All you need is love … and art

February is the month we focus on artistry including making, collecting, admiring and learning. We love art because it gives us a glimpse into someone’s heart, the part of them we don’t see on the surface. We are all drawn to art in different ways. We like to look at and listen to art that makes … Continued

Learning to swim

If you ask people about their first experiences with swimming, most everyone can recall his or her first time in the water. Some remember learning how to swim at a local recreation center while others learned in a neighbor’s pool. Some may even tell you, “My uncle just tossed me in the lake and said swim!”

February 2020 Around Town

Tulsa Remodel & Landscape Show  This comprehensive home show brings together homeowners and the area’s best building and remodeling experts. From top quality exhibits and informative seminars, to insightful demonstrations and more, you will discover thousands of smart, stylish and cost-effective ways to design or renovate your home – including ideas on the latest in cabinetry and countertops, sunrooms, … Continued

Giving Spirits: A Whiskey Tasting Experience

Honorary Ambassadors Tina and Lance Parkhill welcomed guests to this one-of-a-kind whiskey tasting experience benefiting the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. Guests sampled whiskeys from all over the world, enjoyed a paired gourmet menu, learned from whiskey experts, listened to live music, and spent time with friends.

Sublime artistry

 Kevin Byrne  “My inspiration comes from seeing someone lovingly hold something I’ve made in their hands.”  Pottery is one of the oldest art forms, found in museums but also in mid-century modern homes and rustic farmhouses. Potter Kevin Byrne specializes in custom stoneware such as vases, trays, canisters, and an endless variety of dinnerware items including plates, bowls, platters, and…

Express your inner artist

If you want to get started developing your creative talent, a great place to begin is with a helpful book and project guide that teaches you technique and helps you advance your practice. Thanks to the good people at Barnes & Noble and Tulsa Toy Depot, consider one of these selections and get started.

Gifts for your sweetheart

While the roots of Valentine's Day go all the way back to Roman times, candy gift giving is a much more recent development. According to, By the 1840s, the notion of Valentine’s Day as a holiday to celebrate romantic love had taken over most of the English-speaking world. It was Cupid’s golden age ... Victorians adored the notion of courtly love and showered each other with elaborate cards…

Sculpture by acclaimed artists Goff, Robinson, Dallin and Cook

Woodward Park is known to many in Tulsa for its peaceful green spaces, towering trees, historic mansions and beautifully designed gardens, but not everyone knows about its impressive gallery of artwork. Throughout the park, visitors can wander upon dozens of memorials and statues that commemorate everything from the land’s Native American heritage to William Shakespeare and famed botanist Carl Linnaeus.

Fur Ball Gala “It’s Raining Cats and Dogs” benefits Oklahoma Alliance for Animals

The Gala was held November 16, 2019 at Southern Hills Country Club. Co-chairs were Ashley Dwyer Phillips and Lori Phillips. The Phillips family donated two acres of land between Osage Casino and the Tulsa Botanical Gardens for the future OAA facility. Dr. Brady Robbins received a special award for making a positive difference in spay and neuter. … Continued

First class travel to Chicago

Tulsa was chosen as one of the first cities in the world to offer service on United Airlines Bombardier CRJ-550 to Chicago. United saw a need for travelers to have the option to travel first-class from Tulsa to their final destination. Believing better service is more important to customers than the number of seats offered, United came up with an innovative…

January 2020 Around Town

New Hope Oklahoma’s Mardi Gras Save the date! You will be transported to lively New Orleans at the newly renovated Tulsa Club Hotel, where a sting of nostalgia welcomes you as you enter into the glamour of an Art Deco past. A fun filled evening of dinner, dancing and live auction excitement awaits you, benefiting … Continued

Seeing your way clear to achieving new goals in 2020

Five, four, three, two, one … go! It’s a new year. As we begin 2020, some of us may be setting goals for what we want our future selves to feel and look like. January is a time to cleanse, start fresh and create a plan for the year.   In the process of setting … Continued

Monday Evening Manhattans benefiting Crosstown Learning Center

Crosstown Learning Center celebrated its 50th anniversary of providing quality, nationally accredited early care and learning for Tulsa children and their families the evening of November 18, 2019. Crosstown, with presenting sponsor Manhattan Construction Group, hosted a cocktail hour and dinner at Southern Hills Country Club for supporters and sponsors. Event photos by David Maxey … Continued

18th Annual Uncorking the Cure for MS

The National MS Society held Uncorking the Cure for MS presented by WPX Energy and Patricia and Newton Box at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Tulsa on Friday, Nov. 8. Tulsa’s own Jill Donovan was presented with the 2019 MS Hope Award. The event raised $190,000 and had approximately 300 attendees.

The beauty of Latin dancing for mind and body

Can you hear the beat? Pa– pa– pa–, pa pa. It’s the “son clave” beat that gives Latin music pulsating style with building and releasing musical tension. When you hear it, your hips start to move, and your feet are soon to follow. You’re dancing … and exercising. Salsa and bachata is a sure way to spice up your health…

Wellness warrior

Lisa Hardin is a successful Tulsa business owner with a full, exciting life. In June 2017, she received a call that changed her life forever. She had uterine cancer.

Take a creative art retreat

Starting in a hobbyist’s living room, Richard Bohm, founder and owner of Tulsa Stained Glass rapidly grew the company into a full-service stained glass studio. Since 1975, Tulsa Stained Glass has served the Tulsa community with custom stained glass for residential, religious and business applications. The studio offers multiple options of three-hour, "no experience required," Stained Glass Expressions workshops for the beginner or those…

Gift Giving Guide

Give the gift that keeps on giving by shopping local this year. While big box stores and online retailers might offer door-busting deals, local businesses provide jobs and generate tax revenue in the community. And when area nonprofits or community groups have a need, small businesses are often the first to give back.

The magic of tradition during the holidays

December in Tulsa is special. It’s the beginning of winter and a month full of celebrations with the sharing of gifts. It’s also the month we look back fondly over the past year and kiss the memories of yesterday goodbye in preparation for the new year. In anticipation of Christmas, many parents take their holiday-dressed … Continued

A Christmas Tradition

Since the 1950s, “The Nutcracker” has been the most widespread American holiday tradition. Almost every city in the country, whether it has a professional company, a civic company or a ballet school has its own version of this classic tale of love, conflict, good versus evil, candy canes, sugar plums and ultimate kindness. It’s a holiday tradition for families and young, aspiring dancers.

December 2019 Around Town

Give the Gift of Wood Fired Pizza Go to Upper Crust this holiday season for toasty, crave-worthy pizzas. New York-style pies paired with a superb wine list stand the test of time. Visit for the full menu and wine list. Upper Crust is is great for family celebrations, friend reunions and office holiday parties. With menu options for vegetarians … Continued

Gifts of Travel

You know that feeling you get when you step off the plane into a new destination? It’s a sense of wonder and excitement about what is to come. It opens your mind and your senses for new experiences. When you gift the gift of travel, you’re offering more than just another tie or iPhone - you’re offering experiences that will…

A Punch for Every Party

 Ingredients:  2 cups Egg Nog  4-5 large scoops of Peppermint Ice Cream

A sense of place

There’s a French term that’s used to describe wines that express a distinctive character … "gout de terroir." A literal translation means the “taste of the earth.”

We are thankful

In this month of thanksgiving, we asked several Tulsa business owners what makes them grateful. The answers are both unique and universal ... in the end, it's people that make the difference. 

Finding the lightness of gratitude

Thanksgiving brings with it the reminder to thoughtfully count blessings and share appreciation for those we love. We find that in doing so, we feel uplifted and those we share our gratitude with feel the same way. Perhaps that’s why gatherings for Thanksgiving are so much fun. Everyone is lifted up by statements of thankfulness … Continued

November 2019 Around Town

Tulsa Stained Glass parties and classes Tulsa Stained Glass hosts a variety of classes throughout the month and November is filled with fun holiday themes for Ladies Night Out to Family Glass Mosaics and additional classes throughout the month. Additional classes are varied and most include fun holiday themes. No experience required. Learn stained glass construction as you design and … Continued

Gratitude guides

The Gratitude Diaries : How a Year Looking on the Bright Side Can Transform Your Life by Janice Kaplan

Grapefruit and ginger tailgate cooler

 Ingredients:  2 cups Cask and Crew Ginger Spice Rye Whiskey 1 bottle Naonis Prosecco 1 cup Bentley’s Triple Sec 1 1/2 cups lime juice 1/2 cup lemon juice 3 1/2 cups Mr. Pure grapefruit juice (4 inch) piece of ginger, grated Fresh grapefruit and lime slices for garnish  Directions:

Mondo’s, a taste of Italy in Tulsa

Half a century is a long time to do something … well, do anything for that matter. In a world where so many things come and go fading away into our memories, what is it that makes some last and others not? To answer this question, why not ask a family that has done it? Perhaps it’s a secret but…

Celebrating food, drink and life

The month of October brings cooler weather in Oklahoma and an array of outdoor festivals from the Tulsa State Fair to Oktoberfest. In each one of our celebrations with friends and family, good food and drink is a key element.   Recently, my family surprised me with a birthday dinner at Polo Grill in Utica … Continued

Goodness in every bite

With all the great holiday parties coming up at the end of the year, it’s good to have healthy options to offer your guests or to help you maintain the fantastic shape you’ve earned over the summer. A new restaurant called ah-Sigh-e will help you do both.

October 2019 Around Town

PANCAKES FOR POOCHES IS OCTOBER 12th Enjoy a pancake breakfast fundraiser hosted by the firemen at Tulsa Fire Station #32, on 91st between Sheridan & Yale, to support Benjamin’s Biscuit Acres Dog Park. The event is Saturday October 12th from 8-11 a.m. Meet the firemen, tour the station, and enjoy raffles and door prizes! Pancakes for … Continued

Cookies to make at home with the kids

Get ready to have fun with the kids while making these cute, custom-designed sugar cookies with candy decorations.

Oklahoma’s craft beer explosion

Not that long ago, the Oklahoma craft beer scene was small and almost non-existent. Revered pioneers including Choc Beer Company, Marshall Brewing and COOP helped to pave the way for the explosion of craft breweries we see today.

City Chic with a Little Bit of Country

Lifestyle blogger Kristen Ray, better known as Miss Southern, writes about urban and southern style. “My blog follows the journey of my life as a southern belle, wife to Kyle and mom to our dog Haddock.” Her fall tips include:

Fashion Trends

Fall fashion for 2019 transports us from more conceptual concepts to a style code paying homage to the late ‘70s and early ‘80s. Vogue magazine says that looks will include more refined silhouettes with skirt-cum-culottes, blazers, sharply pleated trousers, tailoring and trench coats. The key is creating coherent looks with precise cuts.

September is About Style

September is a transitional month signifying fresh starts and new beginnings. It is also one of the most anticipated times for fashion with a first look at style trends and predictions for the upcoming year. Belgian fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg said, “Style is something each of us already has, all we need to do is … Continued

Using Botox for TMJ

When you hear someone say they’ve had Botox®, you expect to see smooth eyes or maybe some frozen foreheads. While Botox is most popular for smoothing away fine lines and wrinkles, it’s also widely used for pain management for an ailment that affects millions of people - temporomandibular joint dysfunction, better known as TMJ. If you’ve ever heard someone complain…

Fall Landscapes

A home landscape filled with magnificent and healthy trees is idyllic. Extended periods of extreme heat in Oklahoma can weaken trees making them more susceptible to infestations. There are steps you can take now through late fall to help your trees recover from the hot conditions, make them less susceptible to storm damage and protect their long-term health.

September 2019 Around Town

Reading and Book Signing with Local Author Andrea C. Neil Visit Esperance Bakery in Jenks, September 7, 9 a.m.-noon, for a book reading and signing by local author Andrea C. Neil. She will present excerpts from her latest book, Beverley Green Finds True North. Names will be drawn for prizes including Beverley Green books. Learn more at … Continued

Tile and Stone in Your Home

Tile and stone flooring is a timeless classic. Stone flooring and walls in castles and mansions have set a standard for luxurious interior designs. The tile and stone industry has taken off in the last decade with new innovations and the latest in technology. The details with textures and color variations are remarkable.

Luxury Driving

The new and extraordinary BMW 8 Series Convertible blends ultra-sporty driving properties with distinctive design and elegance. It even allows you to prove voice commands and answers to “Hey BMW.”

Paw Patrol

Tulsa is the home to many service animals who make the lives of people better. We celebrate three very special animals who serve our community in unique ways from police work to fundraising. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “Never, never be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or an animal is at stake,” and…

Joy for Children

As he sat there twisting an ink pen between his fingers, he began to tell the story of how enriching the lives of others is a job from which he will never retire. This Tulsa CEO is a model for business owners and leaders who strive for success beyond the bottom line. With a sense of brimming pride, this former numbers man,…

Lessons Learned on International Exchange

Annually, Rotary International sends high school students on exchange so that they may experience new cultures. This year, the Rotary Club of Tulsa hosted Lise Delafuys from Auray, France. She lived with three host families and experienced life as an American teenager attending Bishop Kelley High School where she made the honor roll and was a cheerleader.

August 2019 Around Town

Sixty-Six Years of Chamber Music Tulsa on Route 66 Chamber Music Tulsa announced its 2019-2020 season including the Sunday Afternoon Series. The Sunday Series provides a full-length performance in the relaxed atmosphere of the Williams Theatre at the PAC. There is a pre-concert lecture about the music you will hear during the performance and the … Continued

Focusing on Family

For many of us, August is a significant turning point in the calendar year. The freedom of summer is drawing to a close and school bells will be ringing very soon. While the relaxed days of sipping cool beverages poolside may be numbered, this month brings a sense of renewal. New routines, new clothes and … Continued

Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma hosts Chef’s Club

Tulsa’s finest chefs presented a spectacular five-course dinner with wine pairings by Devre Jackson, wine steward. This year's chefs included: Ben Alexander of The Tavern, Devin Levine of the CEC-Cox and BOK Center, William Lyle of the Summit Club, Jeff Marlow of the Food Bank, and Tiffany Woodrell of The Club at Indian Springs.

Scholarships Awarded to Children of Tulsa’s First Responders

In 2018, the members of the Tulsa Southside Rotary Club created the John Benjamin Memorial Golf tournament to honor their former member’s legacy and his dedication to the community. John was a very active Rotarian and Tulsan having served as a city councilor and founder of Langenheim Park Murrah Memorial Children's Playground at 47th Street and Harvard, and Benjamin’s Biscuit…