September 2017 Around Town 1

Smoke & Mirrors, All Keyed Up

Raising money for a great cause, Clarehouse’s annual fundraising gala, Smoke & Mirrors, All Keyed Up, takes place September 28th at 6 p.m. at River Spirit Casino Resort. Attendees will enjoy dinner, games, raffles, a wine and whiskey pull, photo booth and caricatures, followed by the Big Show Dueling Pianos and dancing.

“We are planning a fabulous evening with high energy entertainment in Tulsa’s most exciting new venue,” says Betsy Pettit, Event Chair. “Community support of Clarehouse care is crucial and we are looking forward to celebrating with our donors!”

All proceeds from Smoke & Mirrors support Clarehouse, a non-profit dedicated to 24-hour compassionate care for dying people in need. Dollars raised will fund more than 20% of the charity’s annual budget. The final days’ care that Clarehouse offers is free of charge, so the organization depends on the generosity of the community. Clarehouse offers dying individuals the support to pursue a peaceful death, living out final days as they choose, while supporting loved ones in their grief journey.

Sponsorship Chair Ted Sherwood states “We are thrilled to be closing in on our goal and are deeply grateful to our generous sponsors.” Presenting Sponsors are John and Kristie Gibson. Benefactors are the Ruth Nelson Family Foundation and the George Kaiser Family Foundation. Patrons are the Jess L. and Miriam B. Stevens Foundation and Barbara and Arlo DeKraai.

Tickets are $125 and on sale now at or, and sponsorships are still available.

Contact Stacy Brah at 918-893-6150 for more information.

The Tasting at Woodward Park

The Tulsa Garden Center will present a spectacular new fundraising event, The Tasting at Woodward Park, on Friday, September 29th, 2017.

For over 20 years, the Tulsa Garden Center hosted An Evening of Wine & Roses, a much-beloved event which truly embodied elegance in the garden. For 2017, this historic event has been transformed into an updated and gorgeous experience which continues the tradition of matching upscale wines with delectable hors d’oeuvres, all while enjoying some of the most beautiful gardens in Tulsa.

This exclusive Garden Party event is set on a redesigned Woodward Park location, encompassing the top terrace of the Rose Garden as well as the ever-stunning Linnaeus Teaching Garden. Enjoy a beautiful evening under the stars with delicious food and drink and, finally, look forward to a dramatic end-of-evening display as fireworks brighten the night sky at 9:30 p.m.

Reservations are required and space is limited to the first 400 guests.

Proceeds from The Tasting at Woodward Park benefit the mission of providing horticultural and environmental education opportunities while serving as horticultural headquarters for the Tulsa area. or 918-576-5155

Halloween Festival at 
The Castle of Muskogee

Fall is in the air, which means the Halloween Festival at the Castle of Muskogee is here! Only a short drive from Tulsa, the Ghost Hosts’ of Oklahoma’s 60-acre park would like you to join them on Fridays and Saturdays
, September 29th through October 28th from 6 to 10 p.m. You’ll find a collection of culinary creations, 30+ shops for crafts, décor, clothing, and delightful entertainment for the entire family! Much more than a Haunted House, the Castle provides an array of thrills on multiple attractions. The goal is to create one-of-a-kind memories of fun and adventure to everyone; Guests and Cast alike!

Families are encouraged to plan a trip to Halloween Land, a carnival themed area which is ideal for younger castle goers. Activities include kid-friendly games, face painting, and prizes with absolutely no scares!

Parking and admission to the Halloween Village is FREE. Tickets must be purchased for each attraction and prices range from $3.00 to $15.00 with Combo Specials available. Advance tickets may be purchased on-line.

Plant Propagation Class at 
the Tulsa Garden Center

Join local landscape designer/horticulturist Cherlyn Reeves for a fun learning session at the Tulsa Garden Center on Tuesday, September 12th at 6:30 p.m. In this 90 minute session you will learn the basics on how to propagate several different types of plant material by using different propagation methods. Some are so simple you won’t believe how easy it can be. Plant propagation is a fun and inexpensive way to increase your plant material without buying them from the store. This demonstration will include a plant give away at the end of the session that Mrs. Reeves has propagated herself for this learning session – while supplies last.

Oklahoma Caring Awards

Mark D. Tiernan D.M.D. is one of the 18 finalists for the second annual Oklahoma Caring Awards, presented by Hospitality House. Winners in six distinct categories will receive a $1,000.00 award, as well as recognition for their outstanding caring role.

“I am humbled & honored to be counted as one of three of these fine candidates. Should I be selected as the top recipient, the money will be used to provide free dentistry, toys at Christmas and special Holiday Celebrations for 1,000’s of Oklahoma kids & parents.” – Mark D. Tiernan D.M.D.

“In time of crisis, Oklahomans have always been known for their spirit of caring for their communities, neighbors and strangers,” says Toni Moore, President and CEO of Hospitality House.

The second annual Oklahoma Caring Awards will be held on Sept. 14th at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel Tulsa – Warren Place. The event will honor the 18 finalist. There will also be a silent and live auction, with all proceeds to benefit the mission of Hospitality House.

Hospitality House is a mission of Philos Hospitality, Inc., a nonprofit organization that provides lodging, meals, prayer support, transportation assistance and health and caregiving education to families facing a medical crisis away from home.

Tickets are on sale at For sponsorship information, call 918.794.0088 ext. 205.


Joe Davidson, Founder and CEO of Oklahoma Joe’s Barbecue & Catering, announced that the Oklahoma company recently relocated from inside Cain’s Ballroom, to the The Pythian Building, at 5th and Boulder and opening a new location in Catoosa.  In reference to the move downtown, Joe said, “We loved working inside the historic Cain’s Ballroom and will miss the fun music scene. This beautiful new location will be more convenient for the folks who live and work downtown. Right in the middle of it all.” Downtown will be open for lunch on weekdays, and will be available for private events after hours.

The Catoosa location will serve a different audience: “We’re so excited to be opening a store across for the Hard Rock Casino in the Catoosa Hills Shopping Center. We believe this will be a great location for Catoosa families, highway travelers, as well as hotel and casino guests. For more information visit

Captain Mark Kelly: 
To Infinity and Beyond

The Tulsa Town Hall Speaker Series presents Captain Mark Kelly;

  • Astronaut and U.S. Navy Captain
  • Commander of Space Shuttle Endeavor’s final mission
  • Husband of former U.S. Representative (AZ) Gabby Giffords

Highly decorated American astronaut Captain Mark Kelly commanded the space shuttles Endeavor and Discovery and visited the International Space Station four times. He also partnered with his identical twin brother, astronaut Scott Kelly, in a historic yearlong NASA study on how space affects the human body. Mark Kelly is now a space and aviation contributor for NBC News and MSNBC. The event will be held September 15th in the Chapman Music Hall of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center (PAC), 3rd and Cincinnati.

Third Annual Cocktails 
for Crayons Gala

The Pencil Box will be hosting their 3rd annual Cocktails for Crayons Gala on October 6th at the Tulsa Historical Society, 2445 South Peoria Avenue from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Enjoy Heavy Hors d’oeuvres, Specialty Cocktails and the Music of Double Treble.

The Pencil Box is a retail store where teachers can shop once a month for free school supplies for their students and classrooms. Teachers from specific schools are invited to shop and the store is not open to the public. An invitation is extended based on the number of children in the school who are enrolled in the USDA National School Lunch Program. For more information on The Pencil Box or to purchase tickets for the gala, visit Deadline for tickets is September 22nd.

Linde Oktoberfest Tulsa

Linde Oktoberfest brings the best of Bavarian culture to Tulsa October 19-22 at River West Festival Park, 2100 S. Jackson Ave. The four day festival features huge tents with more than 50 different beers, authentic German food, live music, an arts and crafts markthaus, a carnival, and German-themed games and pop-up activities.

Festival tickets are $10 at the gate or $7 in advance, and admission is free for children 12 and younger. Zeeco Family Friday offers free admission on October 20 until 4 p.m. Advance tickets, VIP packages, masskrugs and more are available for purchase at

Oktoberfest Inc., a non-profit 501(c)3 organization with a mission to produce an authentic celebration of Tulsa’s German Heritage that will benefit and enhance Tulsa and its River Parks System. Proceeds from Linde Oktoberfest Tulsa benefit River Parks Authority.

Festival Hours

Thursday, Oct. 19: 5 p.m.–11 p.m.

Friday, Oct., 20: 11 a.m.–1 a.m.

Saturday, Oct. 21: 11 a.m.–1 a.m.

Sunday, Oct. 22: 12 p.m.–6 p.m.

Local industry leader lends 
a helping hand and partners 
with the competition

Tulsa based cell phone repair company, PHONEDOCTORS®, has chosen to buck the status quo. With the words “LOVE PEOPLE” emblazoned on their 4-story, modern and industrial, downtown corporate headquarters—Alex Iser and his team are staying true to the cause and practicing what they preach.

Approached in late Spring of this year by Jeremy Martin, President of TWO & A HALF WHITE GUYS. LLC DBA “”— a Metro Tulsa, owned and operated, mobile repair business that can come to an individual’s home or office to repair broken iPhones, iPads, and Samsung Galaxy devices—Iser chose to embrace

Martin and his team’s young company. will be rebranded as PHONEDOCTORS® MOBILE TECHS expanding the services that both companies previously offered, including, but not limited to: Cell Phone and Tablet Device Sales and Repairs, TV Delivery and Installation, and Home and Office IT Support—which will be available for customers in the next 12 months. PHONEDOCTORS® and TWO & A HALF WHITE GUYS have also committed to donate 10% of their joint venture’s profit to schools, churches, and worthwhile causes hoping to create educational, racial, and spiritual healing and growth in Tulsa and the surrounding communities.

The future looks bright for all.