January 2018 Around Town


The Sparta Gala, raising money for Bixby Public Schools, teachers and students, is set for Saturday, January 27, 2018 at 6:30 pm at the River Spirit Casino.

The evening will include a cocktail hour, three-course meal with complimentary wine from Republic National Distributing Company, a jewelry-pull from Olive and Poppy, silent and live auction items and music by Hook, an Oklahoma funk band. 

“The generosity and involvement of our community and Bixby families are what makes this evening a success,” said Erin McIntyre, Bixby Sparta Gala chair. “With the state of education in Oklahoma, we are hoping we can all work together again this year to raise even more money for our school to support our teachers in every way we can.”

Tickets are available for $150 individually, $1,400 for a table of eight or $1,750 for a table of 10. 

For more information about the gala, to become a sponsor or purchase a table or tickets, contact Erin McIntyre at (918) 260-7995, email SpartaGala@gmail.com or visit One.BidPal.net/SpartaGala/


The 2018 Designer Showcase, celebrating its 45th anniversary, will feature two new ways for patrons to engage, including a raffle to win a trip to another city’s Designer Showcase. About 20 interior designers will transform this year’s home in midtown Tulsa. Festivities begin on February 22, concluding with the public opening in April 2018. The Designer Showcase is the signature fundraising event for the Foundation for Tulsa Schools. Private or corporate parties can book now and public tickets go on sale April 1. To purchase tickets or learn more about The Foundation for Tulsa Schools, visit FoundationForTulsaSchools.org.


Retro Den, a happy home shop in Midtown, welcomes four cool new studio spaces located along its north wall in January 2018. The creative community influx includes Ruby Murry and Whitney Wade of Laurel & Marie (custom stationery and calligraphy), Bianca Howell of Owl & Drum (modern fabric and sewing supplies), Natasha Ball of House Sparrow Fine Nesting (fiber arts supplier and instructor), and sewing instructor Mary Perisho of Mary Make & Do. Each business will act separately, but they will host joint events and pop-up shops in the shared space. Join them for their official kick-off event Saturday, Jan. 27 from 11 am to 6 pm at Retro Den, located at 12th and Harvard. Head over to RetroDenTulsa.com for more info.

Infusing Creativity Into All 
Aspects of Our Lives

Laura Linney, a renowned Broadway, television and movie actress. In addition to being nominated for three Academy Awards and three Tony Awards, Ms. Linney has won four Emmys, two Golden Globes and a SAG Award. She has also been honored for her cancer advocacy work, which was inspired by her father’s death from the disease. As a result of her passion for the arts, Ms. Linney started an arts education program for children at Juilliard. For tickets and more info, go to TulsaTownHall.com


Todd Fimple and Shannon Thompson have formed a new Native- American owned company, Oklahoma Promo, offering thousands of advertising and promotional products. The owners have a combined 40 years of sales and marketing experience with 14 years in advertising and promotional products.

Their motto? “We will provide the BEST customer service in the industry!”  This includes timely responses, relevant product ideas and suggestions, quick turnaround times and on-time delivery.

“We believe in treating people like they are our only customers and in the way that not only we would want to be treated but in how God would want them to be treated,” said Thompson.

In addition to daily products such as screen printing and embroidery, t-shirts and polos, Oklahoma Promo is currently highlighting holiday ideas for customer and employee appreciation gifts and winter jackets.

For more information, go to OklahomaPromo.com