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Winter Nights & Holiday Lights Make for Christmas Delights

By: Tom Fink | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2018

No matter where you may live in Oklahoma, odds are there’s a dazzling holiday light display just a short drive away from wherever you are.

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New Year's Eve Party Planning Ideas

By: Tom Fink | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2018

Value News presents a few suggestions to help ring in the new year.

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Collinsville Hosting Third Annual Hometown Christmas

By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2018

Don’t miss this wonderful Christmas experience in charming downtown Collinsville!

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Claremore's Newest Family Tradition

By: Ashley Waitkus | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2018

Traveling over 1,000 miles to Michigan and back for a 55 foot fresh Christmas tree, Visit Claremore goes to great distances to make sure the annual West Bend Winterland provides an incredible, memory-making experience for families.

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Carols & Crumpets

By: Carol Puckett | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2018

The Spirit of Christmas is shining bright during the Tulsa Garden Center’s 29th annual Carols and Crumpets juried craft show and sale, December 1 from 8:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. Known for it’s incredible selections of gifts, decorations, goodies and greenery; this year’s event plans on being it’s best ever.

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Promoting Patriotism

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2018

The Military History Museum was founded in 1989 by retired Air Force Colonel Robert Powell. He passed away in 2015 at the age of 94. Powell joined the Army as a private in 1940 and flew small planes for personnel transport and spotting during World War II. He later became a glider pilot and in 1944 participated in the aerial invasion of the Netherlands known as Operation Market-Garden.

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Folds of Honor

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2018

Since 2007, the Folds of Honor has carried forth this singular, noble mission: To provide educational scholarships to spouses and children of America’s fallen and disabled service-members. Their motto says it best: Honor their sacrifice. Educate their legacy.

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Oklahoma Caring Award Winners Announced at Disney-Themed Gala

By: Sarah Soudek | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2018

The third annual Oklahoma Caring Awards on Sept. 13 celebrated finalists and announced the winners in six distinct award categories. The evening gala featured Jody Jean Dreyer, a 30-year Walt Disney former Senior Executive as the keynote speaker and incorporated Disney-themed elements throughout the event.

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A Tribute to Will Rogers

By: Debra West | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2018

The Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club will host their annual tribute to Will Rogers, Saturday at 10:00 a.m. November 3, 2018. The Wreath Laying Ceremony by the Pocahontas Club will begin at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in the Rotunda. The ceremony begins with the club members, dressed in their Cherokee tear dresses and shawls around the bronze statue of Will Rogers.

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Halloween Festival Showcases New Events

By: Beki Akins | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2018

The Halloween Festival at the Castle of Muskogee is just around the corner! Only a short drive from Tulsa, the Ghost Hosts’ of Oklahoma’s 60-acre park would like you to join them each weekend this fall. You’ll find a collection of culinary creations, 20+ 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 between 11 different attractions.

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Holland Hall ARTworks Announces Workshop and Gallery Opening

By: Kristy White | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2018

Holland Hall will feature the work of local photographer Bob Sober in a unique residency/workshop program at its ARTworks Holliman Gallery Exhibit beginning Monday, Oct. 22 and running through Nov. 20.

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AVB Bank Announces Promotion

By: AVB Bank | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2018

Ted Cundiff, AVB Bank President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), has announced the promotion of Cooper Rash to Marketing Officer.

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Hunger Action Month Brings Many Events to Tulsa

By: Kristen Ware | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2018

In conjunction with September’s Hunger Action Month, administration at the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma is excited to announce a month full of events designed as fun for Tulsans while raising money to feed hungry Oklahomans.

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Celebrating 100 Years Of Serving Oklahoma’s Boys

By: Macy Goodnight | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2018

One of the greatest treasures in Oklahoma is celebrating 100 years of healing and hope for more than 13,000 Oklahoma boys. The Tulsa Boys’ Home opened its doors on August 28, 1918 to fill the need for housing of young homeless boys living on the streets of downtown Tulsa. The foundation that housed the boys in the beginning was a two-story white house where the Bernsen Community Life Center is now located at 710 S. Boston. Three of the five boys that first lived at the home were found living in cardboard boxes in downtown Tulsa, a city that was growing faster than its social services could handle during the oil boom of the early 1900’s.

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The $145 Million Marriage Proposal

By: Tammy Laakso | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2018

Starting in 2022 it will be possible to ask for the beloved’s hand in marriage while flying over the lunar surface to the sound of Franck Sinatra’s “Fly Me to the Moon”. The one-week interplanetary flight will be carried out using a self-contained and autonomous spacecraft allowing the two lovers to travel alone.

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Oklahoma's Rose

By: Teresa Bond-Mason | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2018

Broken Arrow Mayor Craig Thurmond recently accepted the 2018 Livability Award at the 86th U.S. Conference of Mayors honoring Broken Arrow’s Rose District. The award, which recognizes mayoral leadership in developing and implementing programs that improve the quality of life in America’s cities, was a tough competition between more than 150 other cities.

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Free Safety and Lifestyle Fair for Older Adults

By: Carol Carter | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2018

The Senior Safety and Lifestyle Fair promotes health and safety, active aging and independent living for older adults and also offers information and support for family caregivers.

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Are You Bonkers For Bunco?

By: Mary Bransford | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2018

You haven’t experienced summer in Inola unless you have participated in the rush and fun of the annual Bunco tournament. It is a great way to spend a summer evening even if you have never played the game before.

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Stepping Into the 'Time Lab'

By: Amy Beth Dobbins | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2018

This June, area children are invited to take part during the annual, week-long VBS. The theme will be “Time Lab”, and attendees, from kindergarten to 8th grade, will travel back in time to experience the Bible in living color, as the stories are brought to life via skits, crafts, dress up days, theme-related snacks and so much more! “It is like nothing you have ever seen—this VBS,” recalls church member, Julie Dermody. “About 150 families come together to help, and it is absolutely amazing!”

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Goodwill's 2018 Honorees

By: Nancy Webster | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2018

Goodwill Industries of Tulsa celebrated another year of accomplishments at their Annual Awards Luncheon which was held on May 9th, at the Southern Hills Marriott. Over 700 employees, clients, board members, community leaders and other business partners and friends of Goodwill joined in the celebration at the Southern Hills Marriott Hotel.

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Just In Time For Early Voting

By: Amy Beth Dobbins | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2018

A new satellite location is being added for early voting in elections in Owasso. The satellite will be available to any and all voters, legally registered to vote in Rogers County, at Central Baptist Church 9001 N. 145th E. Ave. Owasso, OK on Thursday, June 21 and Friday, June 22 from 8am-7pm and Saturday, June 23 9am-2pm, in advance of the June 26 primary election date. Additional dates for early voting in future elections will also take place at this location. As always, Rogers County voters may also cast their early ballots at the Rogers County Election Board on those same dates and times; however, the new location allows for flexibility and convenience if a citizen works or lives closer to the satellite location. If a citizen waits to cast his or her vote on the election date (June 26 for the primary election, for instance), the vote will need to be cast at a designated polling place to which he or she has been assigned.

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Who is Carl Parson?

By: Mary Bransford | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2018

Carl Parson has spent many years in his beloved community helping others. He is a self-educated, plain spoken Christian man who believes in doing the right thing. He strives to put others first before himself. He makes a habit of reaching out to the less fortunate and helping them with things they need. He has a mind like a steel trap and believes strongly in building a better Oklahoma and District 8 for the entire community, his neighbors, friends and family.

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Tuesdays in the Park

By: Janie Green | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2018

Tuesdays in the Park, presented by ARTSOK-The Regional Arts Alliance of Broken Arrow, is a long-running success for arts in Broken Arrow. Each Tuesday evening in June, 7 - 9 pm, a musical performance is presented on an outdoor stage in Central Park, 1500 S. Main St. The grassy slope of the park provides an excellent amphitheater for the crowds relaxing and listening...and often dancing. Tuesdays in the Park is free to attend and appropriate for families.

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Patriotic Celebration in its 21st Year

By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2018

In honor of Independence Day, American Heritage Bank presents the 21st annual fireworks show in Sapulpa on Wednesday, July 4.

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Tulsa Automobile Dealers Association Donation Fuels IMPACT Kids Program

By: Tracey Norvell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2018

It can take more than drive to get ahead and an early start accelerates the potential of a successful career.

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Twisted Soul Sisters Mother-Daughter Look-a-Like Contest

By: Dana Pugh | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2018

Send us your best photo of you and your mom, or two if it’s a side-by-side comparison by Thursday, April 19 for your chance to win.

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Spring Into Spring

By: Mary Bransford | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2018

Warmer temperatures are here, and that means outdoor activities and festivals are on their way! Mark your calendars for these events. Be sure to check online for the latest information. Enjoy spring with your family and have a great time!

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Make It Pop!

By: Mary Bransford | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2018

The beginning of a new year marks the annual pledge many of us make for healthier eating habits after the long gluttonous run from Halloween thru New Year’s day. With the heft of the holidays weighing in both body and mind comes the desire for clean, simple, lighter eating. Cue popcorn.

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Chilling with the Animals

By: Kristi Roe-Owen | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: January 2018

Grab your best adventuring hat and head out on your animal expedition while the weather’s still nice and frosty.

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Our Readers Express Their Thankfulness

By: Mary Bransford | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: January 2018

Our Readers Express Their Thankfulness.

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Happy Holiday Happenings

By: Kristi Roe-Owen | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2017

Get ready for beautiful lights, hot cocoa and crafts of all kinds. There’s something for everyone to enjoy, so don’t forget your coat and head out to as many of these great events as you can.

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Christmas Shows

By: Kristi Roe-Owen | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2017

If you’re looking for a some soul-filling Christmas love, several churches in Tulsa offer performances to set your heart soaring this season.

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Linde Oktoberfest Returns to Tulsa

By: Dana Pugh | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2017

Linde Oktoberfest Tulsa brings the best of Bavarian culture back to Tulsa October 19-22 at River West Festival Park, 2100 S. Jackson Ave.

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Halloween Fun For All

By: Dana Pugh | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2017

The festival is better than ever this year, with new haunts ranging from tame to terrifying.

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Leading Ladies Expo Promises Shopping, Awards and a Good Time

By: Dana Pugh | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2017

The Claremore Chamber of Commerce and Claremore Main Street have designed the event to provide products, services and information women need and want to make their lives more efficient, more productive and happier. Regardless of their age or circumstances, women will find something valuable there. It is not only a great way to discover new and exciting things available locally, it is also a wonderful opportunity to network with other area women.

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Inaugural Gala Benefits Connected Kids

By: Kristi Roe-Owen | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2017

The Gala will be held at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame on October 5 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $100, and there are still a few table sponsorships left at $1000. Catered dinner, drinks, and wine service will be included.

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Chalk It Up! An Art Festival

By: Kristi Roe-Owen | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2017

The festival, which is by all accounts growing significantly every year, provides an opportunity for many local artists to share their passion and vision with the community.

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A Great Party. An Even Greater Cause.

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2017

The popularity of Wine, Eats & Easels has grown each year and so has the number of people attending. The event was moved to the Rose District Pavilion & Plaza on Main, and to the Museum Broken Arrow located next door, in 2008. The Museum serves as the official V.I.P. location for high-level sponsors. Multiple Sponsorship Levels are available to individuals and businesses.

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Entertainment Heats Up in Claremore

By: Amy Beth Dobbins | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2017

In perfect harmony, the distinctive sounds of bluegrass music and the spicy tastes of chili are sure to delight, as Claremore hosts the 38th Annual Bluegrass & Chili Festival on the grounds of the Claremore Expo Center on September 7, 8 & 9th.

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Back to Class in 2017

By: Kristi Roe-Owen | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2017

For many kids, teens, and tweens, one of the best parts about the return to school is that exciting feel of strutting around in a new pair of kicks, flashing a cool new backpack. However, for families struggling to make ends meet, the end of summer can be just another reminder of the hardships they face. Between school supply lists and the sudden realization that a child’s pants are two inches too short, many families could use an extra hand with getting everyone ready and confident for that first week back to school.

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The Tasting in Woodward Park

By: Deb Kirkpatrick | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 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.

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49th Annual Brumley Gospel Sing Strikes a Winning Combination

By: Carol Matza | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2017

The 49th Annual Brumley Gospel Sing comes to Tulsa August 2-5 at the Mabee Center located at 7777 S. Lewis Ave. Tickets start at $25 and are available online at brumleymusic.com, mabeecenter.com or by calling 1(800) 678-1353.

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Remembering V-J Day

By: Amy Beth Dobbins | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2017

Everyone is invited to join in the 72nd Anniversary Celebration of V-J Day on Saturday, August 12, on the lawn of the Military History Center, 112 N. Main Street, Broken Arrow. The ceremony will kick off at 1:30 p.m. The museum will open its doors at 10 a.m., however, and admission is free on that day.

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Born To Make

By: Kristi Roe-Owen | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2017

Attention DIYers, creatives, lifehackers, craftistas, Doc Emmett Browns and Tim “The Tool Man” Taylors--put down that Dremel and step away from the glue gun for this very important PSA. The amazing team over at the Hardesty Center for Fab Lab Tulsa have teamed up with Make: (a zine for makers) to offer Tulsans the chance to participate in what they call “the Greatest Show and Tell in Oklahoma”: Tulsa Mini Maker Faire

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Big Bunco Benefit

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2017

The 10th annual Bunco tournament hosted by Gamma Pi ESA will be held on August 12, 2017.

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Goodwill Does Good to Tulsa for 90 Years

By: Chris Beach | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2017

This year, Goodwill celebrated its 90th anniversary at its annual awards luncheon while honoring three special people who personify what this trusted friend to our community does to help those we love.

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Tulsa’s Hidden Gems

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2017

Join the Tulsa Rock and Mineral Society for their annual Gem and Mineral Show at the Tulsa County Fairgrounds on July 8 and 9. The show serves as the organization’s largest fundraiser, supporting educational and enrichment programs for the community.

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Celebrating the Red, White & Blue

By: Dana Pugh | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2017

The skies are set to ignite this Fourth of July! Gather your family and friends for a night full of fireworks, fun, and food. Enjoy a patriotic evening and celebrate the things that have made America the wonderful country that it is.

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A Community Celebration

By: Dana Pugh | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2017

The third annual Bixby Freedom Celebration will be held on June 30, 2017 at The Bridge Church’s undeveloped property at 121st & Memorial. Sponsored by The Bridge Church along with many area businesses, the event celebrates the Fourth of July with a fireworks display and a festival atmosphere.

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Longtime Tulsa PAC Director John E Scott to Retire

By: Nancy Bizjack | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2017

After 28 years of running the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, Director John E. Scott has announced he will retire at the end of June.

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Striking a Chord

By: Casey Thompson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2017

Muskogee’s newest festival, G Fest , returns in in its second to Hatbox Field on June 15-17, 2017, for three nights of music, camping and entertainment.

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Faire for the Ages

By: Staff Reports | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2017

The Annual Oklahoma Renaissance Festival is back and this year the Castle of Muskogee is stepping in to 1569 Elizabethan England to celebrate with the Royal Court of Castleton.

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Boots and BBQ

By: Seana Warren | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2017

If you live in the South, chances are you’re serious about your barbeque. The Kansas City Barbeque Society (KCBS) means business, too.

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Keep Kids Cool on a Budget

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2017

Spring has sprung and summer is just around the corner. Before you know it, you’ll be getting everyone together for Memorial Day and planning the annual Fourth of July barbecue. But what about those days in between?

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Fostering Hope

By: Whitley Mumm | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2017

For Kelly Evans, fostering children wasn’t just a choice – it was a calling.

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Tee Off for a Cause

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2017

Do you ever see a need in your community but don’t know the best way to serve it? In the United States, the sexual exploitation of children is a growing epidemic.

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Buck On In to Claremore

By: Tanya Andrews | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2017

The Will Rogers Stampede PRCA Rodeo returns May 26-28 celebrating their 71st annual rodeo. The rodeo earned the top spot at the Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association annual banquet held in Las Vegas, NV last December.

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Bringing Broadway Back to Broken Arrow

By: Seana Warren | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2017

In 2012, Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth came home to Broken Arrow, Oklahoma for a special concert.

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Rock Your Prayer

By: Seana Warren | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2017

Members of The Rock Church in Tulsa, Oklahoma are taking prayer to another level.

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Spring Home & Outdoor Living Expo

By: Frank Sawyer | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2017

Tulsa’s newest home and garden show is coming back for another year. The Spring Home & Outdoor Living Expo is set for a three-day weekend opening at noon on Friday, April 21, 2017 in the River Spirit Expo at Expo Square.

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In Good Taste

By: Seana Warren | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2017

They say every city has its own energy, a collective vibe made up of blending things like history, culture, architecture, music and food.

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Shine A Light

By: Chris Beach | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2017

The thought of even one little boy or girl in Tulsa being traumatized by a horrific act of child abuse is painful enough. But the fact that the numbers are rapidly increasing each year – 2500 children in our community this past year alone – is absolutely heart breaking.

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Cinco Made Simple

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2017

Do you find yourself dreaming of fresh guacamole? Or maybe just the thought of mixing up a homemade margarita makes you giddy. Whatever your favorite dish, Cinco de Mayo is a day of celebrating and great food!

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Build a Better Home and Garden

By: Tanya Andrews | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2017

Spring is in bloom. It’s time to load the kids in the backseat and head to the Claremore Home & Garden Show. The annual show is produced by Visit Claremore and Rogers County Builders Association, Roger’s County greatest recourse for the home building and remodeling industry for 46 years.

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Suit Up

By: Ernie Osborn | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2017

Calling all superheroes and sidekicks. You’re needed to come help save the day and spread some smiles.

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Let the Games Begin

By: Peggy McGehee | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2017

Mark your calendars for Tuesday, March 21st, Donkey Basketball is returning to Claremore. Come to the Frank Mobra Gymnasium at Claremore High School at 7:00pm to see last year’s teams - the Claremore Police Department, Claremore Fire Department, Claremore High School Faculty and Rogers State University Athletic Staff fight for the title of “Donkey Basketball Champions of Claremore”.

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Love on the Rocks: The Big Meat Run Hits Disney

By: Claire Carter | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2017

It has been called one of the largest events in the state of Oklahoma. The beautiful part about it is that it all happened by accident.

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40 Years of Performing Arts

By: Adam Foreman | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2017

The Tulsa Performing Arts Center is celebrating its 40th anniversary with a special gala performance on Sunday, March 12, at 7 p.m.

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A Night She'll Never Forget

By: Carolyn Swopes | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2017

Put on your dancing shoes and celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Me & My Guy Dance, formerly known as the Daddy Daughter Dance.

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Spring Break Staycation

By: Jillian Moore | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2017

Spring break isn’t just beaches, parties and overindulgences. It’s a time to take adventures and learn new things. The best part? You don’t even have to travel to the coast to do it. Oklahoma has a few hidden gems of its own and Spring Break is the perfect time to go discover them.

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Are You an Aspiring Writer or Photographer?

By: Seana Warren | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2017

Have you ever dreamed of becoming a journalist, writer or blogger? We have. In fact, we have turned our passion into Northeast Oklahoma’s leading consumer news magazine.

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Broken Arrow's Impact Award

By: April Sailsbury | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2017

The Broken Arrow Chamber Successful Women’s Community Impact Award, presented by Woods and Associates, was established to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of women in Broken Arrow. The winners for the most recent calendar year were announced on December 1, 2016.

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A Date with Oklahoma Music Royalty

By: Carol Matza | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: January 2017

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to rub shoulders with some of the most notable names in music? Well, grab your valentine and put on your best suit for this date night to remember.

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Musical Chair-ity

By: Melynda Stone | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: January 2017

Put on your Mardi Gras beads and celebrate “Fat Tuesday” at the 4th Annual Volunteers for Youth “Chair-ity” Auction. The event is slated for February 18th, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Moore Farms Rustic Weddings & Event Barns.

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Taking Chances

By: Tanya Andrews | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2016

The trickledown effect of state budget cuts have reached two state museums in Claremore; the Will Rogers Memorial Museum and the JM Davis Arms & Historical Museum. The JM Davis suffered a cut of more than $55,000 for this fiscal year, on an already lean budget.

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A Castle Christmas

By: Sarah Gile | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2016

Celebrate the best of family holiday traditions at The Castle of Muskogee. Take a leisurely drive through the Castleton Village, which is filled with thousands of holiday lights and displays. The drive through is free, and donations are gratefully accepted.

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A Voice for Hope

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2016

Throughout history, stars have served as a symbol of hope. From shepherds in the field, to the ancient Greeks, to even Peter Pan finding his way back to Neverland, stars have always been there to offer comfort and light to those who need it.

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Carols and Crumpets

By: Sue Stees | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2016

The holidays are fast approaching and the perfect place to find unique handcrafted gifts and decorations is at Carols and Crumpets, the Tulsa Herb Society’s annual craft fair. It will be held Saturday December 3rd, 2016, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Tulsa Garden Center, 2435 South Peoria Ave. Admission is free.

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Step Back Into History

By: Vicky Bowlin | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2016

Experience the true story of Christmas at Christview Christian Church’s Bethlehem Walk, a free outdoor walk through a living nativity.

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Twelve Years of Trees

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2016

Safenet Services’ Festival of Trees jump starts the holiday season in Claremore each year. This year not only marks the 12th year for the event, with proceeds benefiting the domestic and sexual assault agency for women and children, but 25 years of operation for Safenet Services.

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A Special Thank You For Veterans

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2016

Continuing a tradition that started eleven years ago, MMS-Payne Funeral Home & Cremation Service is once again sponsoring Claremore’s annual Veterans Day parade, which will start promptly at 11:11 a.m. on Friday, November 11.

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Downtown Development

By: Jessica Jackson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2016

Three blocks of downtown Claremore received a new designation last month as the National Parks Service officially added the district to the National Register of Historic Places.

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A Belvidere Christmas

By: Seana Warren | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2016

The holidays are all about tradition, and there are three traditions gaining popularity at the Belvidere Mansion: the annual Holiday Tea, the annual Holiday Home Tour and Christmas at the Belvidere Mansion.

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Win Cash for Shopping in Claremore

By: Seana Warren | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2016

The Claremore Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Santa Cash promotion is just around the corner. The Santa Cash shop local event will run through noon on December 16th. “We are excited that we will reward shoppers with $15,500 in prizes this year,” reports Santa Cash Chair Julie Simmons.

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Holly Jolly Festivities

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2016

The holiday season has made its welcome once again. Whether you’re thinking about the cooler weather finally arriving, watching football after Thanksgiving dinner or hitting Black Friday sales, don’t forget to make time for those special events that you can only see this time of year.

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Veterans Day is November 11

By: Seana Warren | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2016

Cities and local organizations around Green Country have planned events for this Veterans Day to make sure our gratitude continues for those living and who have passed. Tulsa hosts one of the biggest Veterans Day parades in the United States.

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Classic Hollywood Horror Halloween Bash

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2016

Melanie Hasty-Grant and Ken Grant, Waterstone Private Wealth Management Owners, invite you to join them and other Owasso Area neighbors at the Classic Hollywood Horror Annual Halloween Bash happening at the Grant Haunted Mansion.

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Will Rogers Days Plans Expansion

By: Pat Reeder | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2016

Will Rogers Memorial Museum opened Nov. 4, 1938, three years after the death of the man who still remains Oklahoma’s most recognizable native.

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A Charitable Tradition

By: Bev Schwarzkopf | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2016

Epsilon Sigma Alpha in Broken Arrow will be hosting their 44th annual Benefit Craft Show for October 29. This popular tradition, at Oliver Middle School, located at 3100 West New Orleans, is from 9-4 p.m.

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A Halloween Experience for All

By: Renee Profitt | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2016

Fall is in the air, which means the Halloween Festival at the Castle of Muskogee is just around the corner!

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Authentic Bavarian and Tulsa Culture

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2016

A beloved Tulsa tradition is back for a 38th year. The 2016 Linde Oktoberfest will take place October 20-23.

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Holiday Gifts from the Heart

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2016

The Tulsa County Oklahoma Home and Community Education (OHCE) will be hosting their second annual “Happy Holiday Gift Ideas” event on Monday, October 24 at the Memorial Drive United Methodist Church in Tulsa, located at 7903 E. 15th St., from 9:45 a.m. until 3 p.m.

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Claremore's Chamber's Sporting Clay Shoot

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2016

Claremore Area Chamber of Commerce will host the first ever Sporting Clay Shoot on Friday, October 28, at Long Shot Ranch located west of Skiatook. Sponsors for this exciting event are Bill’s Sporting Goods, RCB Bank, BancFirst, Hillcrest Hospital/Claremore, HydroHoist Boat Lifts and TNG Power Equipment.

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Holiday Tea-Off

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2016

Heart of Broken Arrow Arts & Crafts Show Saturday, November 12 , 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Central Park Community Center on Main Street.

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A Week to Remember

By: Jessica Wilbourn | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2016

Home of Hope, Inc. recognized their staff through National Direct Support Professionals Recognition Week from September 11th through September 17th to honor the men and women who provide services to people with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our communities.

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Transforming Lives for Over 20 Years

By: Scott McClung | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2016

UBER Healthcare of Tulsa recently announced the addition of Andronica Handie, DPM, MS, to their medical staff.

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Scares, Carnivals and Candy

By: Ruby Quinn | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2016

October brings to mind beautiful fall leaves, cooler temperatures and children dressing up to cash in on tricks and treats.

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Shop to Your Heart's Content

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2016

The 23rd annual Broken Arrow Main Street Merchants Association’s Holiday Tea-Off will be held on on Thursday, November 10. The Tea-Off will be from 6 to 9 p.m. in Downtown Broken Arrow.

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Ladies Night Out

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2016

The Ladies Lifestyle event is returning with the new format introduced at last year’s festivities. The 11th annual affair is set for Tuesday, October 11 at the new Claremore Conference Center at 1400 Country Club from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. This event is a ladies night out with an array of shopping opportunities as well as booths offering information appealing to women of all ages.

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Sleeping with the Sharks

By: Kara Lovell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2016

Have you ever wondered what it’d be like to dream under the sea? Well now you can. Pack up your PJs and sleeping bags and join the Oklahoma Aquarium for Sleep with the Sharks!

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Cruisers, Cars and Crafts

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2016

Over 300 vintage, modified and antique cars and motorcycles are expected to cruise into Claremore on September 23 for the 9th annual Route 66 Cruisers Car & Motorcycle Show. The cruise-in begins at 6 p.m. w

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Join the Race for Justice

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2016

The Demand Project’s Xplore for Justice Scavenger Hunt will commence Saturday, October 1, at the Center of the Universe. The Center of the Universe is located in downtown Tulsa at the apex of a rebuilt span of the old Boston Street Bridge between 1st & Archer Street and is directly northwest of the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame (Formerly the old Union Train Depot).

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Preparing for Medicare Enrollment

By: Audrey Taylor | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2016

As Medicare’s open enrollment period approaches, Hillcrest’s Silver Elite program is hosting Medicare education luncheons across the Tulsa Metro area to help Medicare beneficiaries, their representatives and those soon-to-be eligible understand their options and the process.

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Chocolate, Wine and More

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2016

United Way of Rogers and Mayes Counties is proud to present their annual Chocolate Affair at the Claremore Conference Center on Thursday, October 6 from 7-9 p.m. This year’s event, titled the “Chocolate, Wine and More Affair”, is the second biggest fundraiser for the organization.

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Sock Hoppin and Doo-Woppin'

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2016

Rogers County Youth Services is excited to announce their annual fundraiser for 2016. Grab your poodle skirt and hair grease because this year’s fundraiser is all about the fabulous fifties, as it has been given the appropriate name of “2016 Sock Hoppin & Doo-Woppin’”.

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Coming Home

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2016

Ronald McDonald House Charities of Tulsa, Inc. is celebrating 25 years of serving families in need at the Ronald McDonald House of Tulsa. They will be hosting their annual McDazzle Fun Ball on Thursday, August 25th at the Cox Business Center in Tulsa. Executive Director Jean Ann Hankins says she and her staff expect about 500 people in attendance.

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Wine, Dine & Jazz

By: Trisha Kerkstra | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2016

POSTOAK Lodge & Retreat is thrilled to announce the return of it’s own Wine & Jazz Festival, presented by Citizens Bank.

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Growing the Good

By: Melynda Stone | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2016

Katie Gibson (second from right) accepts a $500 sponsorship check from TSET Healthy Living Program Project Directors Jody Reiss (far left) and Alyson Short (Left of Katie). Caitlin Turpel (far right) is the Partnerships to Improve Community Health (PICH) Project Director. Reiss, Short and Turpel are members of the Prevention Team at Volunteers for Youth.

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Safenet Services Partners with Harps Foods to Round Up Support

By: Emily Brown | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2016

Harps Foods of Inola, Chelsea, and Locust Grove have partnered with Safenet Services in their fourth annual Round Up campaign. “We are so happy to partner with Harps in this effort,” says Rose Ann McCaw-Ransom, Safenet board member and Round Up chair. “We appreciate their support and enthusiasm. They are an employee-owned business and the employees really take pride in helping raise money for Safenet.”

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Bird's the Word

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2016

The annual fundraiser banquet of the Tall Grass Heritage chapter of Quail Forever is an event for bird and animal lovers of all ages. The local division of the national group, Quail Forever, is hosting its third annual fundraising banquet on August 27 at the Creek County Fairgrounds in Kellyville.

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Heating Up the Competition

By: Lorrie Ward | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2016

American composer and pianist John Tesh once said, “The world is full of people who have dreams of playing at Carnegie Hall, of running a marathon, and of owning their own business.

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Fall Fair Fun For All

By: Kristi Roe-Owen | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2016

When the nights turn cooler and the air a little crisper, Oklahomans anxiously await autumn decadences such as oversized sweaters, pumpkin spice everything, and holding hands on the midway at the local fair. The Rogers County Fair, established in 1914, is the perfect place to add to your fall bucket list. With its emphasis on traditional arts and agriculture, the event to be held September 15-18 at the Claremore Expo Center is everything a country fair should be.

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Flying Into New Traditions with Hometown Heroes

By: Pat Reeder | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2016

It’s been 81 years since Will Rogers and Wiley Post died in an Alaska plane crash. News of the crash on Aug. 15, 1935 remains a historic tragedy felt worldwide, but no place more stunned than Oologah, the town where Will was born of and the home place where he lived as a boy.

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Because They’re Worth It

By: Chris Butler | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2016

Rogers County Volunteers for Youth invites golfers and hackers of all skill levels to participate in their 12th annual “Smokin’ Hot 100” Golf Marathon on Tuesday, July 26th at Claremore’s Heritage Hills Golf Course.

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A Classical Instrument That Still Knows How to Rock

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2016

Since Ancient Egypt, the harp has played a significant role in all genres of music including Celtic, Classical, Bluegrass, Country, Rock/Pop, Show Tunes, Vocals, Jazz and even Heavy Metal.

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Why I Just Follow Jesus

By: A Jesus Follower | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2016

Years ago while I was in the military, on one very dark night, I was driving a noisy Jeep on a runway with no person in sight in any direction.

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May the Best Chili Win

By: Lorrie Ward | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2016

American composer and pianist John Tesh once said, “The world is full of people who have dreams of playing at Carnegie Hall, of running a marathon, and of owning their own business. The difference between the people who make it across the finish line and everyone else is one simple thing: an action plan.”

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A Fresh Approach

By: Kayla Jones | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2016

Blooming Acres: Where Inclusion Comes to Thrive, is a new vocational program that started in fall 2015 by A New Leaf. The organization received an innovation grant from Tulsa Area United Way in December 2014 for a Community Supported Agriculture Program, Blooming Acres.

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Tulsa’s Hidden Gems

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2016

Join the Tulsa Rock and Mineral Society for their annual Gem and Mineral Show at the Tulsa County Fairgrounds on July 9 and 10.

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Uncork and Unwind

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2016

Broken Arrow Neighbors serves the Broken Arrow Community as a basic-needs service agency for residents who have found themselves in compromised situations due in part to food and financial insecurity. The agency offers numerous resources geared to guiding individuals to self-sufficiency.

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Fun for All Fundraiser

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2016

Get your dice ready. The 9th annual Bunco tournament hosted by the Inola ESA Gamma Pi chapter will be held Saturday, August 13, 2016 starting at 4 p.m. at the Inola Hay Capital Round-up Club.

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Home of Hope Admirals Banquet

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2016

Home of Hope, Inc. is proud to present the 12th Annual Admiral’s Club Recognition Banquet and Charity Auction. The event is scheduled for June 4, 2016, at the beautiful Cherokee Yacht Club on Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees and will kick off at 6 p.m.

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Claremore Air Show to Reach New Heights

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2016

The Claremore Regional Air Show is back! The family-fun event is scheduled to return for the first time in ten years on Saturday, June 11. This event held at the Claremore Regional Airport is free, open to the public and the only one of its kind in Northeastern Oklahoma. The show will commence with a sky divers flag jump and will provide thrilling displays of skill. A military presence will be a feature of the show, both in the sky and on the ground.

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Gardens, Tea Parties and Berries

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2016

The 21st annual Safenet Services Garden Tour will be held Saturday, June 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Claremore. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased at Stonebridge Garden Center, Pixley Lumber or at the Safenet Services office in Claremore. Proceeds from the event benefit domestic violence victims.

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A Year of Smiles

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2016

Over 700 employees and friends of Goodwill Industries of Tulsa celebrated a year of smiles and accomplishments at the Annual Awards Luncheon May 10th at Southern Hills Marriott Hotel.

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Comedy Legend Coming to Broken Arrow

By: Adam Foreman | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2016

History continues to be made at the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center in downtown Broken Arrow as comedy legend Carol Burnett will bring her show “Carol Burnett – An Evening of Laughter and Reflection - Where the Audience Asks Questions” on October 8, 2016. Tickets go on sale August 1.

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Woolaroc and Kidsfest

By: Bob Fraser | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2016

A clear sign that summer is officially here is when Kidsfest arrives at Woolaroc.

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Black Music Month

By: Cassandra Gaines | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2016

Black Music Month began in 1979 when Kenny Gamble, Ed Wright, and Dyana Williams developed the idea to set aside a month dedicated to celebrating the impact of black music.

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Route 66 Blowout: History in the Making

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2016

Summer is usually a cause for celebration because school is out for a few months, but it carries a bigger meaning in Sapulpa. The Route 66 Blowout is returning for a 27th year of fun, food and of course, cars. The annual event will be held on Saturday, June 4, in the heart of downtown Sapulpa.

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Expanded Selection for 2016

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2016

The Castle of Muskogee, Oklahoma’s 37,000-square-foot fireworks retail showroom, keeps working to improve everyone’s enjoyment on the Fourth of July. The quantity and selection is amazing: imagine a Castle filled to the rafters with an array of pyrotechnic choices – that’s what awaits you in Muskogee!

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Tulsa County Fair

By: Erica Ludwig | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2016

To the members of OHCE and 4-H, the Tulsa County Fair is the best kept secret in Tulsa. This annual event, set for July 21-22, encourages people to show their handiwork and skills in various categories such as painting, photography and quiltwork.

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Library Hosts 14th Annual Asian-American Festival

By: Jackie Hill | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2016

Celebrate and learn about the customs and traditions of the Asian-American heritage with entertaining, educational events for the entire family. The Tulsa City-County Library will present the 14th annual Asian-American Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, June 4 at the Martin Regional Library.

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A Special Heart for Children

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2016

Pastors Billy Joe and Theresa Watts began their outreach ministry at The Rock Church in 2007.

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Christians Living Single

By: Julie Alexander | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2016

After 22 years of marriage, Mary Morris was divorced and unsure of what the future held.

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Serve for Youth

By: Julie Alexander | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2016

May is tennis month! If you enjoy tennis at any level, please consider playing in the annual Serve for Youth tennis tournament in Claremore. We gather together to play tennis in honor of Dian Russell, a well-known Claremore tennis player and local tennis coordinator.

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Who Has the Best Chips and Salsa?

By: Sara Hadaway | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2016

Ever wonder which Tulsa restaurant has the best chips and salsa? Come find out out, and support foster care in Tulsa at the same time! The third annual Salsa de Mayo is coming back to Tulsa on Sunday, May 22 from 2:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the UMAC, 6836 S. Mingo Rd. in Tulsa. The event will determine which restaurant has the best chips and salsa in town.

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Promoting Healthy Aging

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2016

The Broken Arrow Senior Center provides seniors access to a safe, comfortable place to meet new and old friends. The center hosts dozens of activities including line dancing, Monday night dances, fitness classes, cards and dominoes, scrapbooking, painting, pool, quilting, bingo, pot luck luncheons, field trips, ukulele jam sessions, tai chi and so much more.

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Old Fashion Picnic May 21

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2016

Founded in 1899, the Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club is continuing one of their most cherished traditions. The group was originally formed as a club focused on creating social activities for local females to get together while they were on summer break from seminary. Men and women both were invited to these gatherings, and Will Rogers was even a member of the club.

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Celebrating the Renaissance Spirit

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2016

The Renaissance was a rebirth of the human spirit, igniting a passion for beauty expressed through poetry, art, music, intellect and romance. This pivotal time cultivated a desire for a noble life, for a freer opportunity for expression, and for the melding of intellectual curiosity, diverse culture and exotic commerce.

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Fly Me to the Moon

By: Cassie Woods | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2016

The Junior Ocieleta Club of Claremore is gearing up for its next big fundraiser event, a 40s-themed Hangar Dance in conjunction with this year’s Claremore Air Show. This Inaugural Hangar Dance, dubbed Fly Me to the Moon, will hopefully replace the previously held annual Christmas Home Tour organized by the Junior Ocieleta Club.

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Boots & BBQ Festival

By: Lorrie Ward | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2016

Have you ever heard someone say “Kansas City Barbecue” and wondered, “What is the distinction?”

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New Health Care Initiative: makeOKbetter

By: Mary Bransford | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2016

The Oklahoma Hospital Association (OHA) today unveiled a new initiative, makeOKbetter, to broaden health care coverage under Insure Oklahoma.

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Messiah’s Mansion Coming to Claremore

By: Mary Bransford | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2016

This traveling exhibit brings Oklahoma a chance to learn a little bit of ancient history through a living museum.

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Kids Bowl Free

By: Julie Alexander | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2016

Summer is right around the corner and parents are looking for fun activities to keep their little ones busy without breaking the bank. Andy B’s Entertainment Center has the answer and the best thing is, it’s free.

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Food Bank Event Seeks to Raise Two Million Meals

By: Kristen Ware | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2016

To combat hunger in eastern Oklahoma, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma is hosting the 20th annual Empty Bowls Hunger Awareness Dinner and Auction, set for 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 26 at the Cox Business Center.

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OHCE Friendship Day

By: Julie Alexander | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2016

At 90 years young, Mary Ellen Kingdom is an active community volunteer for several local organizations. But she always makes time for knitting, her favorite hobby. She will pass along her knowledge during a class on May 2 at the OSU Extension Center.

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Tee Off for a Cause

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2016

For over five decades, the Rogers County Training Center (RCTC) has assisted individuals with developmental and physical disabilities to find independence and a meaningful way of life through vocational training and job placement services, while also providing area businesses with valuable labor, either on a permanent or intermittent basis.

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Home & Garden Show Coming Soon

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2016

Spring has arrived, and homeowners know what that means – it’s time to spruce up the house and yard. Attendees can learn about home improvement, gardening and a whole lot more at the Claremore Home & Garden Show, April 15-17 at the Claremore Expo Center.

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Plant Your Feet in Jenks

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2016

Attention all gardeners, plant lovers, and wannabe green thumbs! Widely anticipated as the official start to spring, the Jenks Herb & Plant Festival will be held Saturday, April 23 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in downtown Jenks. Organizers are excited to be celebrating the festival’s 20th year.

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The Most Dangerous Leftovers: Unused Medications

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2016

Fifty-two people die from opioid pain medications every day in the United States.

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Sip, Savor & Shop

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2016

The always-popular Sip, Savor & Shop: Taste of Claremore returns to downtown Claremore on April 30, offering an opportunity to sample local fare while enjoying the shopping offered in the downtown district.

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An Evening of Intrigue

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2016

Prohibition was the legal prevention of the manufacture, sale and transportation of alcoholic beverages in the United States and lasted from 1920 to 1933.

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Spring Into the Expo

By: Frank Sawyer | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2016

Tulsans have a new event to put on their calendars! The Spring Home & Outdoor Living Expo is scheduled for Friday, April 22 through Sunday, April 24 in the River Spirit Expo at Expo Square.

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American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women 2016 Saves Lives

By: Mary Waller | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2016

Heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year – more than all cancers combined. Fortunately, this can change, because 80 percent of cardiac events can be prevented with education and lifestyle changes.

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NPI Names Brooke Hamilton as President and CEO

By: Simon Hammond | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2016

NPI (formerly Nameplates, Inc.) announced Brooke Hamilton will take the helm of the company as president and CEO. Hamilton has served as president since January 2012 and will now also serve as CEO with the retirement of current CEO Claudia Hamilton, who will assume the role of chairman.

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A Private Event Oasis

By: Jim Butcher | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2016

One of the most challenging steps in planning a wedding is finding the perfect location, and for several years the Tulsa metro area has been limited to only a handful of places available for such an important event.

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Run to the Well

By: Julie Dermody | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2016

Most of us give little thought to where our water comes from when we turn on a faucet, but in countries like Uganda, potable water is at a premium. When a group of missionaries from Searcy, Arkansas visited the country in 1994, they quickly discovered how important water is to communities and to their own mission.

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The Function, Responsibility and Performance of the Tulsa County Assessor’s Office

By: Donetta Johnson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2016

What exactly is a county assessor, and what are their responsibilities to the public? The Tulsa County Assessor’s Office of Ken Yazel clears up these common questions.

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Superhero Challenge

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2016

Although every child deserves to grow up in a safe, supportive home, we are all frighteningly aware that child abuse happens every day.

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Building a Better Future

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2016

Republican Carl Parson is owner and founder of Inola Portable Buildings & Pole Barns and has announced his candidacy for District 8 Oklahoma State Representative.

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Can You Walk a Mile in Her Shoes?

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2016

As the old adage goes, “Never judge a person until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” To bring awareness to and raise funds for domestic violence and sexual assault in Rogers County, Safenet Services is sponsoring the 6th annual “Walk a Mile in Her Shoes” on Saturday, April 16, during the National Crime Victims’ Rights Week and Sexual Assault Awareness Month. PAWS for a Cause will return this year as well, and supporters are invited to bring their canine friends to join the fundraiser.

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Party Like the Irish

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2016

Claremore Main Street is gearing up for its annual St. Patrick’s Day events. The first will be an evening street party on Friday, March 11, followed by a lunch event on Tuesday, March 17.  

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Agora Spartan Craft Market

By: Kristy White | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2016

Bixby North Elementary PTA is set to host its second annual Agora Spartan Craft Market to benefit Bixby North Elementary on Saturday, April 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bixby North Elementary gym, located at 7701 E. 121st St. S. in Bixby.

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Route 66 Cruisers Donate to Akdar Shrine

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2016

The Route 66 Cruisers Car Club donated $4,000 to Akdar Shrine for the Sponsored Children of the Akdar Shrine in 2015. Half went to the Stocking Fund and the other half went to the Transportation Fund. In the past 9 years, the club has donated a total of $21,000 to Shriners.

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Calling All Outdoor Enthusiasts

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2016

Hunting, fishing, archery, boating safety – all things outdoors will be coming to the Claremore Expo Center for the 3rd annual Outdoor Sporting Expo, March 12-13. Vendors and celebrities will be on hand with booths and demonstrations during the event that offers something for everyone in the family.

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Sign Up for Voter Alert System

By: Julie Dermody | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2016

Are you part of the population that sees a “Vote Here” sign at your polling place and wonder, “Do I vote today?” or “What is this vote for?” If so, you are not alone.

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Catoosa: A City of Growth

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2016

Catoosa, Oklahoma is a wonderful community located on Route 66 that continues to see growth and change. According to the 2010 census, Catoosa’s population rose 31.2% in only 10 years.

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Museum Spring Break On Tap March 14-18

By: Pat Reeder | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2016

Spring Break 2016 activities will be at both the Will Rogers Memorial Museum and Birthplace Ranch this year March 14-18. Exciting events are being planned for Monday through Friday, said Bart Taylor, Museum assistant curator for education.

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Save the Date: 18th Annual Creek County Spelling Bee Date Set

By: Melissa Struttman | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2016

The date is set for Sapulpa’s most fun and entertaining event – Creek County Literacy Program’s Annual Spelling Bee is Thursday, April 7, 6 p.m. at Sapulpa High School Commons.

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Me and My Guy Dance

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2016

In an article entitled “The Science of Dad: Engaged Fathers Help Kids Flourish,” author Stephanie Pappas discusses the importance of fathers and other male figures being involved in their children’s lives, writing, “Increasingly involved dads are good news for kids, studies suggest.

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She's Going to Hollywood

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2016

She’s going to Hollywood! While Kailey Abel, a Verdigris High School sophomore, is excited about the opportunity she has to compete in the final season of “American Idol,” the 15-year-old is grounded in her faith, trusting God to open or close the right doors for her.

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Food for the Soul

By: Sherry Clark | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: January 2016

If you consider yourself a top notch soul food cook, you still have time to enter the Cook-Off. The 10th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Soul Food Cook-Off will take place at the Muskogee Civic Center, January 16, 2016. Chefs will prepare their delicious soul food cuisine for thousands of attendees to enjoy.

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Volunteering for Will

By: Pat Reeder | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: January 2016

A new class of Will Rogers Ropers, volunteers at Will Rogers Memorial Museums, officially ended their training and received their badges of honor and red bandana neckerchiefs in early December. It was just in time for two days of volunteering for Will’s Country Christmas, a first-ever holiday event at Will’s Birthplace Ranch.

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New Venue, Same Great Chair-ity Auction

By: John Reim | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: January 2016

Join Volunteers for Youth at The Barns of Moore Farms east of Claremore for their third annual “Chair-ity” Auction, February 5 at 6:30 p.m. Bring out your Mardi Gras beads and get ready for a night of Cajun cuisine, jazz music, and art.

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An Oklahoma Treasure

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: January 2016

Well-known Broken Arrow sculptor J. David Nunneley began his journey into the art world as an art student at the University of Oklahoma and the University of Tulsa. His first job was that of a professional illustrator for a scientific instrument company.

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The Greatest Story Ever Told

By: Vicky Bowlin | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2015

Experience the true story of Christmas at Christview Christian Church’s Bethlehem Walk, a free outdoor walk through a living nativity.

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Scuba Diving Santa Claus Visits Aquarium

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2015

We all know Santa flies over rooftops with his reindeer and slides down chimneys. But have you ever seen a scuba diving Santa Claus?

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‘Ragtime,’ TEN Tenors Mark Exciting December for Broken Arrow PAC

By: Adam Foreman | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2015

It’s lucky number seven for the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center and Kristin Chenoweth Theatre, as the seventh season of the Spotlight Series is celebrated for 2015-2016 with “Legends Alive,” continuing with two amazing shows for December: the Tony-winning Broadway smash “Ragtime: The Musical” on December 8, and the return of The TEN Tenors with their show “Home For The Holidays” on December 15.

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Reason for the Season

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2015

As we prepare to spend the next month decorating our homes and Christmas trees and purchasing gifts for loved ones, King of Kings Lutheran Church in Glenpool calls us all to remember the true purpose of the Christmas season.

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Experience the Wonder of Christmas

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2015

Celebrate the best of family holiday traditions at The Castle of Muskogee. Take a leisurely drive through Castleton Village, filled with thousands of holiday lights and displays.

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Will’s Country Christmas

By: Pat Reeder | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2015

Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch near Oologah will come alive with Christmas holiday lore and activities on Friday and Saturday, December 11 and 12. “Will’s Country Christmas” hours will be from 6 to 9 p.m.

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Time for Tea-Off and Heart of BA

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2015

What better way to kick off the holiday season than by bringing your family to the Broken Arrow Main Street Merchants Association’s Holiday Tea-Off on Thursday, November 12 and the Heart of Broken Arrow Arts & Crafts Show on Saturday, November 14.

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Thank You, Veterans

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2015

Continuing a tradition that started eight years ago, MMS-Payne Funeral Home & Cremation Service is once again sponsoring Claremore’s annual Veterans Day parade, which will start promptly at 11:11 a.m. on Wednesday, November 11.

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It’s a Dickens of a Time

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2015

Locals and visitors alike put on their best Victorian-era costumes and head downtown for the annual event that kicks off the holiday season in Claremore.

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Keep ’Em Flying

By: Jim Butcher | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2015

Tickets are now on sale for the 14th annual “Keep ’Em Flying” Hangar Dance on Saturday, November 7.

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Free Assistance with Medicare Part D Plans

By: Carol Carter | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2015

For most Medicare beneficiaries, the Medicare Open Enrollment period, which runs through December 7, is their only opportunity each year to enroll or change their healthcare and Medicare Part D prescription drug coverage.

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Paintings of An American Legend

By: Pat Reeder | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2015

The original Mike Wimmer oil paintings from Governor Frank Keating’s book “Will Rogers: An American Legend” have been relocated to the entry gallery of Will Rogers Memorial Museum. Call it serendipity or a home run.

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Do You Choose to Help?

By: Jim Butcher | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2015

How large is your heart? Not physically, but its capacity to love and care for children? What about for children with special needs? Bringing a child into your home to live is a truly benevolent act, but it can be especially challenging when the child has special needs.

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Honoring a Veteran and His Family

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2015

In July of last year, a fire destroyed the home of retired U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Ronny Sweger, his wife, Claudia, and their young triplet sons, Brooks, Briggs and Brett.

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Volunteers Are a Blessing

By: Carol Carter | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2015

Bad news seems to be all we ever hear about – crime, evil deeds and illness permeate the news and occupy our daily conversations.

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97 and Going Strong

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2015

In honor of Veterans Day, we are proud to share the story of a local veteran, Mr. William E. Miller (also known as Bill). At 97 years old, Bill’s life is brimming with personal experiences rooted in major historical events of our country.

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Ten Point Master Plan

By: Jim Butcher | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2015

“Are you familiar with the Ten Point Master Plan of the Rock Church?” asks Pastor Billy Joe Watts. “We need your help in serving God and helping His people through this plan.”

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Festival of Trees

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2015

Safenet Services’ Festival of Trees jump starts the holiday season in Claremore each year.

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Celebrate Life

By: Mary Waller | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2015

Celebrating every moment since her cancer diagnosis, Betty Jones, of Tulsa, Okla., was among more than 190 cancer survivors who celebrated their five-year milestone since their first treatment at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) at Southwestern Regional Medical Center.

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Swing Your Partner Round and Round

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2015

“If you know your right hand from your left and can walk a block, you can square dance – whether you’re eight years old or 80,” says Don Williams of the Will Rogers Squares, Claremore’s square dancing club.

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Win Cash for Shopping in Claremore

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2015

The Claremore Area Chamber of Commerce’s annual Santa Cash promotion is just around the corner.

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Leading Ladies

By: Jessica Jackson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2015

Claremore Main Street and the Claremore Area Chamber of Commerce recently hosted the Ladies Lifestyle event.

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8th Annual Live Nativity

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2014

As we prepare to spend the next month decorating our homes and Christmas trees and purchasing gifts for loved ones, King of Kings Lutheran Church in Glenpool calls us al…

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See It, Make It, Give It

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2015

Oklahoma Home and Community Education (OHCE) presents “Happy Holiday Gift Ideas” on Monday, October 26 at the OSU Extension Office, 4116 E. 15th St. in Tulsa, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.

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Christmas Tree Exhibit Accepting Donations

By: Lori Lewis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2015

Every Christmas season, businesses, organizations, and individuals donate uniquely decorated trees to be on display at the Broken Arrow Historical Society Museum.

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Step Up To Success

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2015

You only get one chance to make a first impression. Dress for Success Tulsa is here to help disadvantaged women make a winning impression as they transition from unemployment to a successful work environment.

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Busy Season for Rogers County Historical Society

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2015

For the Rogers County Historical Society, the next few months are an exciting time as several events are planned to raise funds for the non-profit organization.

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Gifts from the Heart

By: Bev Schwarzkopf | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2015

Eager shoppers at the October 24th Epsilon Sigma Alpha Benefit Craft Show may focus on finding special holiday gifts for family and friends – they may not realize that they are also bestowing gifts on grateful strangers.

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Kids and Adults Agree – Corn Maize Doesn’t Shuck

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2015

A fall family-friendly tradition returns with the annual Tulsa Corn Maize in Broken Arrow, featuring two corn maizes (one haunted), children’s activities, fire pits, paintball and more. The fun takes place Friday, October 2 through Sunday, November 8.

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Halloween Activities for Everyone

By: Renee Profitt | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2015

Expect a bigger, better, and more exciting Halloween Festival at the Castle of Muskogee with new scenes, more actors, and new merchants.

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Uncorking the Cure for MS

By: Gena Hyde | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2015

On Thursday, October 15, the National MS Society will host the 14th annual Uncorking the Cure for MS with a western chic theme at the legendary Cain’s Ballroom.

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Ranchers, Ropers and Wranglers

By: Debra West | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2015

Calling all ranchers, ropers and wranglers! It’s “Hats Off to Will,” Will Rogers’s birthday celebration. The Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club will host their annual “Will Roger’s Day” luncheon and silent auction Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 1 p.m.

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Founder of Rustic Cuff to Speak at Ladies Lifestyle

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2015

Ladies, this event is just for you! The Ladies Lifestyle event is returning, but with a slight format change this year. The 10th annual affair is set for Thursday, October 8 at the new Claremore Conference Center at 1400 Country Club from 4 p.m. until 9 p.m. Ladies will discover an array of shopping opportunities as well as booths offering information appealing to women of all ages.

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Boots and Bling

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2015

They’re the workers who staff Show Recycling Center, do onsite shredding for the City of Sapulpa, go out on curbside and commercial recycling pickups in Sapulpa and Tulsa, and help provide the landscaping services for Sapulpa Main Street. All of them are adults with developmental disabilities. Thanks to Show, Inc., approximately 100 people receive employment training that provides them a paycheck.

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Sizzling September Entertainment

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2015

Bluegrass, country, gospel, contemporary Christian, classic rock, Western swing classics and some R&B music are on tap for the 36th annual Bluegrass & Chili Festival at the Claremore Expo Center grounds, set for September 10-12, according to Dell Davis, Chamber of Commerce CEO. “Celebrating our 36th year as a festival is exciting,” she says. “That’s a long time for a festival to last and maintain a great reputation.”

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A Day in the Country

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2015

The Eden Mennonite Country Festival will be held Saturday, September 26 in Inola and will feature delicious food, fun family activities, a car show, live entertainment, live and silent auctions, a bike ride and more. Everyone is welcome to attend and enjoy an exciting autumn day in the country.

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Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2015

Register now as a team or individual to walk the “Hope Walk” to support Huntington’s disease (HD) research. HD slowly diminishes an individual’s ability to walk, think, talk and reason.

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101 Years of Fun and Education

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2015

Once again, a fireworks show will kick off the opening night of the annual Rogers County Fair on Thursday, September 17 at 8:45 p.m. Free concerts, carnival rides, livestock shows and a host of other family-fun activities are on tap for the 101st year of the fair.

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Cruise into Claremore for a Cause

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2015

Over 300 vintage, modified and antique cars as well as motorcycles are expected to roll into Claremore on September 25 for the 8th annual Route 66 Cruisers Car & Motorcycle Show. The cruise-in begins at 4 p.m. with music and door prizes at Ne-Mar Center.

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Tulsa Boys’ Home Promotes Public Awareness

By: Kyle Johnston | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2015

Since 1918, Tulsa Boys’ Home has been helping heal Oklahoma’s young boys dealing with abuse, neglect, and drug addiction. They have recently initiated a new public awareness campaign to show anyone and everyone just how their mission is delivered. They’re called Hope Tours, and Tulsa Boys’ Home wants you to be at the next one!

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An Evening of Wine & Roses

By: Mike Blake | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2015

Exceptional wines and creative hors d’oeuvres to please the most sophisticated palette blend with the scent of roses and gentle breezes whispering through the trees to create an exceptional sensory experience at the 21st annual An Evening of Wine & Roses. The region’s oldest and largest wine tasting event will be held on September 25, 2015, from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Tulsa Municipal Rose Garden.

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8th Annual Bike Ride Supports Claremore Main Street

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2015

Over 300 cyclists are expected to converge on downtown Claremore Main Street on October 3 for the 8th annual Dickens of a Ride. With cooler weather and fall officially beginning, riders who participate will enjoy the scenic countryside of west Claremore, through Oologah and around Claremore Lake.

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American Celebrates America

By: Christopher Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2015

In honor of Independence Day, American Heritage Bank presents the 19th annual fireworks show in Sapulpa on Saturday, July 4.For most, July 4th tradition involves friends…

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Not Your Average Obstacle Course

By: Christopher Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2015

Do you have what it takes to conquer one of the most demanding obstacle courses around? Test your ability and endurance at Conquer the Gauntlet on August 22 at Tulsa Raceway Park.

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Roll the Dice

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2015

It’s that time again! The 8th annual Bunco tournament hosted by the Inola ESA Gamma Pi chapter will be held Saturday, August 22, 2015 from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Inola Hay Capital Round-up Club. Attendees will enjoy a thrilling evening of competition, prizes, food and lots of fun. All proceeds will benefit Food 4 Kids at Inola Elementary School, the Compassion Women’s Center, and other community projects. The Food 4 Kids program, sponsored by the Salvation Army, provides backpacks of food for children in need to take home on the weekends. The Compassion Women’s Center in Inola provides pregnancy resources including prenatal care and counseling to women in Rogers County.

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Visit the “Beach” in Broken Arrow

By: Christopher Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2015

As summer reaches its zenith, families have all but exhausted their bag of tricks to keep the kids entertained. Fortunately, the City of Broken Arrow Parks and Recreation Department is bringing a bit of the beach to Broken Arrow. On Saturday, August 15, all are invited to Sand Dazzle.

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Project Back-to-School Runway

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2015

In a blog post by Sarah Edsall, who works with the communications team for Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children (OBHC), and who has developed close relationships with multiple children from the organization’s four campuses, Sarah relates what she’s learned from her experience: “Every child who comes to live at OBHC brings with them their own individual personality, distinctive care needs and a unique background story. As different as they are from one another, every child I’ve met has something in common. They are good – no, GREAT – kids who are full of potential and hope for their futures. For most children in our care, moving to OBHC was not out of consequence for their own actions, but rather a crisis in their family.”

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Embers of Hope

By: Kayla Butler | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2015

Rogers County Youth Services (RCYS) is excited to announce a major change in the format for their annual fundraising event, Embers of Hope. This year, Embers of Hope will take place on August 22, 2015 at the Underwood Cattle Ranch in Verdigris and will be an old-fashioned hoedown complete with a BBQ dinner, dancing, auction items, and a live performance by the world-renowned fiddler, Jana Jae.

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Celebrate the Rose District in Southern Summer Style

By: Christopher Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2015

Break out your lightest linen outfit and spend a breezy evening in Rose District. White Linen Night: A Summer Celebration draws inspiration from the French Quarter to present an event that will beat the heat and bring a smile to faces.

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Will and Wiley 80 Years Later

By: Pat Reeder | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2015

Will Rogers and Wiley Post died in an Alaska plane crash on August 15, 1935. It is often called the “crash heard around the world.” This year the Will Rogers & Wiley Post Fly-In at the Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch will be Saturday, August 15, the 80th anniversary of the history-making event, when bold headlines in newspapers all over the world carried the story.

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Become a Roper

By: Pat Reeder | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2015

Volunteers are an active part of the mission of Will Rogers Memorial Museums’ daily operations and programs. A training program for a new class of Will Rogers Ropers, the name chosen for volunteers who wear a bandana kerchief, will begin September 3. Classes will meet each Thursday through November 12 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The graduation celebration will be November 19.

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Supplying Kids with Success

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2015

Before July is over, area stores will begin posting classroom supply lists.

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Kids Relive History at Frontier Days Kid Camp

By: Pat Reeder | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2015

Kids can experience life in the 1880s, when Will Rogers was growing up on an Indian Territory family ranch, this summer.

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Fiddling and Fun at American Heritage Music Festival

By: Kathleen Pixley | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2015

Multi-talented singer, fiddler and entertainer Kyle Dillingham will headline the American Heritage Music Festival, June 11, 12 & 13 at the Grove Civic Center and Sni…

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Corey Kent White to Perform the 37th Annual Black Gold Days

By: Jim Butcher | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2015

Oklahoma is known for many things and the annual Black Gold Days Festival in Glenpool celebrates the city’s rich oil history beginning June 18 and continuing through S…

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BAPAC Foundation Celebrates Seventh Spotlight Series with ‘Legends Alive’ Season

By: Adam Foreman | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2015

It’s lucky number seven for the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center and Kristin Chenoweth Theatre, as the seventh season of the Spotlight Series is celebrated for 2015…

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Expanded Selection for 2015

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2015

The Castle of Muskogee, Oklahoma’s 37,000-square-foot fireworks retail showroom, keeps working to improve everyone’s enjoyment on the Fourth of July.

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Carnival opens 40th annual Bixby’s Green Corn Festival June 25-27

By: Jim Butcher | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2015

Jacquie Young, a Bixby Green Corn Festival volunteer, responsible for vendors, booths and food services for more than 15 plus years believes it is all about: Kids. …

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Fathers are Special on June 21 and Oklahoma Aquarium says 'Thank you'

By: Jim Butcher | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2015

The Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks is giving children a great opportunity to say thank you to their dads or even granddads on Father’s Day.All Dads can get in free, accord…

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Golf for Youth

By: Lorrie Ward | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2015

In June, two organizations will once again join forces to tee off on the golf course and raise awareness for important programs that have a great impact on our community.

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It’s a Berry, Berry Fun Place!

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2015

Thunderbird Berry Farm is a family-owned and -operated business that was begun in the summer of 2005 by Don Hansen.  Today there are four generations of Hansons inv…

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2015 Great Race to Travel Route 66

By: Lisa Rogers | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2015

Claremore will host a lunch stop on the 2015 Hemmings Motor News Great Race presented by Hagerty Sunday, June 21, race organizers have announced.

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Take a Taste of Bixby

By: Christopher Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2015

The Bixby Metro Chamber of Commerce is known for working hard to promote civic and commercial growth in their community.

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Camp Courage Does Good, Clean Outdoor Fun Like No One Else.

By: Christopher Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2015

Every summer, parents face the same dilemma: What to do with the kids over summer break? It’s enough challenge moderating time spent on video games and preparing healthy snacks.

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Celebrating the Renaissance Spirit

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2015

The Renaissance was a rebirth of the human spirit, igniting a passion for beauty expressed through poetry, art, music, intellect and romance.

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Old Fashion Picnic

By: Debra West | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2015

The Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club’s distinguished Honorary Members, and the Chief of the Cherokee Nation, Chief Bill John Baker, are honored to host guests at the c…

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Route 66 Blowout Bigger, Better

By: Jim Butcher | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2015

Begin your summer with a one-day extravaganza of fun, food and activities for the entire family at the 26th annual Route 66 Blowout Car Show & Festival set for Satur…

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Green Country All Stars and Serve For Youth

By: Mendy Stone | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2015

Nearly 150 senior all star athletes from approximately 27 area schools have been nominated by their high school coaches for participation in the 2015 Green Country All Star Games.

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Back to His Roots with Will

By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2015

Beau Jennings has a history in Rogers County, but spread his wings to New York, where he was all set to make a new album about his Brooklyn experiences.His plans took a …

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Quality Family Entertainment for Hard Earned Dollars

By: Jim Butcher | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2015

It wasn’t too long ago when ever boy in America wanted to grow up and be a cowboy.  And while there aren’t too many cowboy and western movies being produced, th…

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Test Your Detective Skills

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2015

Mixing fact with fiction, “The Apartment House,” a play written by Mark Ogle, will be performed at Claremore’s historical Belvidere Mansion during two upcoming April weekends.

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Barbecue: Cook It, Taste It

By: Clarice Doyle | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2015

On Saturday, May 9, the general public is invited to sample some of the region’s best barbecue during the KCBS-sanctioned 2015 Boots and BBQ Festival, a Claremore Reve…

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You CAN Help Children

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2015

An evening of glamour, fun and entertainment on April 25 will benefit a cause that has alarming, widespread and increasing statistics throughout the community.

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Sip, Savor & Shop

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2015

Claremore is the place to be for great food, family-friendly fun, free entertainment and much more on May 2 as downtown Claremore kicks off its third annual Sip, Savor &…

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Fitness Fashion Show to Benefit Girls on the Run

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2015

Enjoy a women’s night out and view the latest in fitness apparel and shoes while supporting Girls on the Run® at a women’s fashion show set for 7 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, April 11.

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Funday Sunday at Gilcrease Museum

By: Sarah Wright | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2015

Finding fun for the whole family is easy at Gilcrease Museum.

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Jenks Herb & Plant Festival Returns

By: Mari Migliore | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2015

Saturday, April 25 is Herb & Plant Day in Jenks, America. The Jenks Herb & Plant Festival is widely anticipated as the official signal of the start of spring.

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Tulsa Community Says “Yes” to Mabee

By: Christopher Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2015

This spring, the Mabee Center at Oral Roberts University continues to serve as a venue for community gatherings.

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Make Strides Toward a World Free of MS

By: Christopher Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2015

“Multiple sclerosis is a disease that destroys connections. Walk MS builds connections,” says Sarah Flowers, development manager at the National Multiple Sclerosis Society – Oklahoma.

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Our Miss Brooks

By: Kim Thornhill | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2015

Join Owasso Community Theatre Company for an evening of fun for the whole family!

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Tee Off for a Good Cause

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2015

For the 30th year, the Rogers County Training Center will kick off its annual fundraiser with a golf tournament, set for Friday, May 1 at the Heritage Hills Golf Course in Claremore.

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Run for Their Lives

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2015

“The Demand Project’s mission is to direct our efforts, resources and energy toward the eradication of sexual exploitation, with an emphasis on the sexual exploitation of children.

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A Room With a View

By: Mary Kathryn Moeller | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2015

Painter and musician Daniel Sutliff says his studio space might be untidy, but it works perfectly for him.

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Growing the Good in Rogers County

By: Amy Graham | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2015

Volunteers for Youth Project Director for Sober Truth on Underage Drinking, Amy Graham, has initiated a county-wide strategy to remind adults not to provide alcohol to t…

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Discover Your Family’s History

By: Jan O’Brien | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2015

The genealogy volunteers at the Will Rogers Library in Claremore are back after a seasonal break for Christmas and bad weather.

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Bixby North Elementary to Host Agora Spartan Craft Market

By: Kristy White | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2015

Bixby North Elementary PTA is set to host its first Agora Spartan Craft Market to benefit Bixby North Elementary on Saturday, March 28 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Bixby Nor…

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The Midtown Men Bring Magic to Broken Arrow

By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2015

In what has been an amazing year for entertainment, the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center brings its Spotlight Series to a close on Friday, April 17 with The Midtown M…

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Superheroes and Sidekicks CAN Make a Difference

By: Christopher Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2015

Join hundreds of superheroes in the rally to support victims of child abuse at the 2nd annual CAN Superhero Challenge.

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Party Like the Irish

By: Cassie Woods | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2015

Claremore Main Street is gearing up for its annual St. Patrick’s Day events. The first will be an evening street party on Friday, March 13, followed by a lunch event on Tuesday, March 17.

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Spring Market Returns

By: Jim Butcher | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2015

Members of the Glenpool King of Kings Lutheran Church are busy putting the finishing touches on the 5th annual Spring Market, scheduled to open its doors at 10 a.m. on S…

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Olympic Medalist Shannon Miller to Speak at Community Cancer Survivor Event

By: Kendra Thompson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2015

The 11th annual Celebrating the Art of Healing cancer survivor symposium, titled “Finding Balance in 2015,” is slated for March 28 from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at St.

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Running for Water

By: Jim Butcher | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2015

The Tulsa Kibo Group International is preparing for its first-ever “Run to the Well” 5K and 1 mile Fun Run, which begin at 8 a.m. Saturday, March 28, at Riverwalk Crossing in Jenks.

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It’s Time to Kick Some Butts!

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2015

Did you know that three out of four teenagers who think they will stop smoking in five years don’t?

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What Do You Want to BEE When You Grow Up?

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2015

The date is set for Sapulpa’s most fun and entertaining event – Creek County Literacy Program’s annual Spelling Bee is Thursday, April 2 at 6 p.m. at Sapulpa High School Commons.

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Art in the Rose District

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2015

The Green Country Watercolor Society will have a special exhibit, Art in the Rose District, at the Broken Arrow Historical Museum February 4 through March 26, 2015.

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Lose Your Blues, Everybody Cut Footloose!

By: Kim Thornhill | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2015

This Valentine’s Day weekend, make plans for date night with your sweetheart when Owasso High School presents “Footloose” February 13 and 14.

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Feel the “Spirit!”

By: Kim Thornhill | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2015

Owasso Community Theatre Company (OCTC) presents “Spirit!” by Peg Kehret at 7 p.m. February 19-21 on Stone Canyon Elementary’s stage at 7305 N. 177th E. Ave. in Owasso.

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A Rocking “Chair-ity” Auction

By: Celina Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2015

Bring out your Mardi Gras beads and celebrate “Fat Tuesday” at the 2nd annual Volunteers for Youth “Chair-ity” Auction slated for February 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Claremore Community Center.

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Enjoy Moonlight in Morocco

By: Jim Butcher | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: January 2015

The Junior League of Tulsa (JLT) will be honoring one of the community’s brightest jewels at its annual fundraising dinner celebration on February 28 at the Cox Busine…

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Compete or Eat at Soul Food Cook-Off

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: January 2015

The 9th annual Dr. Martin Luther King Soul Food Cook-Off will take place at the Muskogee Civic Center, January 17, 2015.

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Theatre of Illusions

By: Ruby Quinn | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: January 2015

Put a bit of magic and mystery in your next Valentine’s Day.

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BAPAC Captures Spirit of the Season

By: Christina Dixon | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2014

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, and the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center is spreading holiday cheer by offering three unique shows in December, including …

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Oklahoma Author Releases New Book

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2014

In a media-saturated world focused on having more, it’s sometimes difficult for adults to teach children about the value of money, especially at Christmas time.

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Beautiful Lighted Holiday Displays for 2014

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2014

Celebrate the best of family holiday traditions at The Castle of Muskogee. Take a leisurely drive through Castleton Village, filled with over 2,000 holiday lighted displays.

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Aquarium Recruits Volunteers to Get Their Feet Wet

By: Christopher Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2014

When Ann Money first moved to the area 14 years ago to help open the Oklahoma Aquarium, there were only a handful of “land-locked” aquariums. Since its official open…

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Portraits of a Garden

By: Mike Blake | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2014

To Tulsa area amateur photographers of all ages: Tulsa Garden Center offers you the opportunity to exhibit your photographic art during the Portraits of a Garden Amateur…

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TYPros Launches New Community Foundation

By: Matt Stockman | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2014

In an effort to expand the organization’s reach, respond to community needs, and offer diverse and consistent opportunities for its members to volunteer, Tulsa’s You…

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Santa Claus is Coming to Will Rogers Memorial Museum

By: Pat Reeder | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2014

Santa Claus will visit the Will Rogers Memorial Museum three Saturdays in December when admission will be free to all.

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Broken Arrow Bustling for the Holidays

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2014

The holidays are upon us, and there’s no better way to kick off the season than by attending the 21st annual Broken Arrow Main Street Merchants Association’s Holiday Tea-Off.

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Greatest Story Ever Told

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2014

Christview Christian Church, located at 2525 S. Garnett, is pleased to present the 16th annual Bethlehem Walk to the Tulsa community.

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Shopping Local Pays Off

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2014

If you need some extra money for holiday spending or for paying bills, patronizing Claremore businesses for the 12th annual Santa Cash promotion might help.

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History Is In the Air

By: Christopher Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2014

Mark your calendars for Saturday, November 8, and plan on attending the Commemorative Air Force Spirit of Tulsa Squadron’s Wings Over Tulsa and the 13th annual Big Ban…

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31st Annual Christmas Home Tour

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2014

Since 1983, the Junior Ocieleta Christmas Home Tour has become a community tradition, showcasing some of Claremore’s fantastic homes.

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Citizens of District 3 Want Roll-Off Containers

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2014

Ron Burrows is the Republican candidate for Rogers County Commissioner District 3.

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Festival of Trees

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2014

Rustic Elegance is the event theme for Safenet Services’ 11th annual Festival of Trees Gala & Auction, set for Friday, December 5.

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Carols & Crumpets

By: Tina Lynn | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2014

Members of the Tulsa Herb Society have been busy cooking and crafting for their annual event – Carols & Crumpets.

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Hoof It with 4-H Horse Club

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2014

Three area organizations will benefit from the Hoof It 5K & Fun Run set for Saturday, October 11 at Claremore Lake.

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Crafts for Charitable Causes

By: Bev Schwarzkopf | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2014

A win-win tradition returns to Broken Arrow with the annual Epsilon Sigma Alpha Benefit Craft Show at Oliver Middle School on October 25, 2014 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. This…

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Kids, Give It a Shot

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2014

The Broken Arrow Youth Basketball Association serves the City of Broken Arrow and Broken Arrow Schools.

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Thrills for the Whole Family

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2014

Expect a bigger, better, and more exciting Halloween Festival at The Castle of Muskogee with new scenery, more actors, and new merchants.

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Take a Ride the First Weekend in October

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2014

Bicyclists in northeastern Oklahoma, plan to enjoy a great ride on Saturday, October 4 during the Dickens of a Ride bicycle tour through the beautiful rolling hillsides surrounding Claremore.

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Fall Craftacular

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2014

Get an early start on Christmas shopping at the Fall Craftacular at Faith Church in Glenpool.

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Whale of a Tale Artisan Sale

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2014

Friends of the Catoosa Public Library is an organization with the mission “to strengthen our local library, to encourage our community by providing opportunities for i…

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Goodwill Fall Job Fair

By: Nancy Webster | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2014

Goodwill Industries of Tulsa will host its annual Fall Job Fair on Thursday, October 2, 2014, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The job fair will be held in the South Annex of G…

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Thousands Drawn to Main Street

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2014

Looking for a day of fun, music and art that the entire family will enjoy?

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It’s the Ultimate Ladies Day Out

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2014

Hobbies, women’s health and wellness issues, as well as fashion and shopping adventures are on tap for the 9th annual Ladies Lifestyle Extravaganza, set for Saturday, …

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Time to Chicken Dance

By: Stacey Roggendorff | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2014

Tulsa’s largest fall festival turns 36 this year.

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Mopars at the Park Celebrates 100 Years of Dodge

By: Christopher Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2014

The 10th annual Mopars at the Park Car Show hits the pavement on Saturday, November 8.The festivities take place at Osage Casino Tulsa Raceway Park (3101 N. Garnett Rd.)…

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Night at the Wax Museum

By: Kim Thornhill | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2014

Owasso Community Theatre Company (OCTC) invites you to a comical journey through the funniest wax museum of all time.

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Harvest Carnival – A Halloween Alternative for Children

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2014

Friday, October 31, from 6 to 9 p.m., Rhema Bible Church proudly presents Harvest Carnival – a Halloween alternative for children that provides a safe, action-packed, …

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Connecting Children with the Loving Homes They Deserve

By: Christopher Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2014

It is no secret that our state has a crisis when it comes to providing resources and safe homes for displaced children, but the numbers can be paralyzing.

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Preserving Cowboy Cooking Culture

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2014

If they were being pulled by horses or oxen, it might look like an Old West cattle drive.

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Will Rogers Days

By: Pat Reeder | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2014

 Something new has been added to the four-day Will Rogers Days, marking the November 4, 1879 birthday of Will Rogers and the 1938 opening of the Will Rogers Memoria…

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Murder Abounds This Fall in Claremore

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2014

If you love a great murder mystery (and who doesn’t?), you are in luck. There are two murder mystery dinner theatre fundraisers being planned this fall in Claremore.

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Black & White: A Night at the Museum

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2014

Located in historic downtown Broken Arrow, the Broken Arrow Historical Society Museum gathers and preserves regional history and artifacts that enrich the heritage of the city.

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Golf for a Cause

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2014

You may not be a golf pro, but that doesn’t matter to the Claremore Christian School Booster Club or Parent Teacher Organization.

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Davis Seeks District 3 Commission Seat

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2014

When the votes for District 3 are counted in November, Dell Davis is hoping to become the second woman ever to be a county commissioner in Rogers County.

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Harvest on the Hill Craft Show

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2014

Handcrafted soaps and body products, wood crafts, boutique items and home décor, along with many other items, will be available at the 6th annual fall craft show hosted…

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Goodwill and Dell Reconnect

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2014

Technology is improving every day. Today’s computers are quickly leaving yesterday’s systems in the past – or in your closet, basement or attic.

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Kindle the Flame

By: Christi Finley | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2014

Lynette Hagin’s Kindle the Flame® Women’s Conference will be held September 25–27 at Rhema Bible Church in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

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Master Gardeners Plot Teaching Garden

By: Lorrie Ward | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2014

By nature, gardens are always “under construction,” so the members of the Master Gardeners Association of Rogers County (MGARC) are no strangers to the amount of pla…

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Don’t Just Ride, Bike MS

By: Christopher Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2014

Multiple sclerosis (MS) affects an estimated 2.3 million people worldwide. In the United States, celebrities like Jack Osborne, Annette Funicello and Richard Pryor help put a face to the disease.

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Achieve the Dream of Home Ownership

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2014

For most people, a home is the largest investment they will ever make.

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Celebrating a Century of Tradition

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2014

For the second year in a row, a fireworks show will kick off the opening night of the annual Rogers County Fair on Thursday, September 11 at approximately 8:45 p.m. The …

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Making CHANGE with Your Change

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2014

With 24 non-profit agencies counting on your support, the Rogers County United Way is set to kick off its annual campaign with a “Lunch at the Gazebo” on September 1…

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Check Out Local Food and Products

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2014

The Rose District Farmers Market in Broken Arrow is located on South Main Street.

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Enjoy An Evening of Wine & Roses

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2014

Memorable wines, soft moonlight and the fragrance of roses combine to create a magical experience at Tulsa Garden Center’s An Evening of Wine & Roses on Friday, Se…

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Tulsa’s Restaurant Week Returns

By: Maggie Hoey | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2014

In conjunction with September’s National Hunger Action Month, area restaurants are helping the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma fight hunger in eastern Oklahoma…

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Sign Up Now for Competitions

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2014

Award-winning musical performances, a competitive chili cook-off, vocalist competitions, marketplace shopping, a car show and other family-friendly activities are on tap…

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Boogying to Benefit the Community

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2014

Dancers will be jiving, swinging and tangoing their way across the Robson Performing Arts Center stage on Saturday, August 23 at 7 p.m. as part of “A Celebration of Helping Others: Dancing with the Stars of Rogers County 2014.”

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Senior Citizens – You Can Make a Difference

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2014

Help a struggling first and second grade reader: become a volunteer literacy tutor.

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Stopping Predators, Restoring Lives

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2014

In 2004, Jason and Kristin Weis were living in “the perfect world” when a headline story gripped their hearts and changed their lives.

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It’s Bunco Time

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2014

Nothing creates more excitement in this rural Oklahoma community than a friendly game of Bunco, especially when it’s for a good cause.

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Golf Tournament Benefits Children with Cancer

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2014

When the elevator doors opened at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, Mark Meyer came face to face with a small child. She was bald. A cotton ball was taped to the inside of her arm.

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Pedal for a Cure

By: Christopher Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2014

The National MS Society educates, inspires and empowers those affected by multiple sclerosis.

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Steak Cook-Off Beefed up for 2014

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2014

Tulsa’s Young Professionals is partnering with the Oklahoma Championship Steak Cook-Off to bring the Steak Cookoff Association’s U.S. Steak Championship to downtown …

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Pow Wow of Champions

By: Lynnetta Blalock | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2014

Experience the beauty and richness of Native American culture when the Intertribal Indian Club of Tulsa (IICOT) hosts the 37th annual Pow Wow of Champions August 8-10, 2014.

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Depression and Recovery in 1930s Tulsa

By: Mary Waller | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2014

The Tulsa Historical Society & Museum (THS) has opened a new exhibit exploring the financial calamities, broken dreams and the resilient can-do spirit of the 1930s in Tulsa.

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Free Healthy Cooking Classes

By: Mark Roe | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2014

The staff at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) wants you to stay healthy. Kalli Castille is the director of nutritional support and culinary at CTCA.

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Expanded Selection for 2014

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2014

The Castle of Muskogee, Oklahoma’s 37,000-square-foot fireworks retail showroom, keeps working to improve everyone’s enjoyment on the Fourth of July.

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You Can Help Rogers County Students

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2014

Some may take for granted a new backpack filled with crayons, pencils, pens, notebook paper, and other school supplies.

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Sapulpa Community Theatre in Crisis

By: Sherry Whisman | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2014

Sapulpa Community Theatre, Inc.

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Scissortail Wine Festival

By: Lorrie Ward | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2014

As Oklahoma’s state bird, the scissortail flycatcher is a symbol of grace and elegance.

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Feel the Call to Foster?

By: Lorrie Ward | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2014

Imagine you are a child who has been abused or neglected in the only home you have ever known.

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A Show That Rocks

By: Mark Roe | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2014

The Tulsa Rock and Mineral Society’s (TRMS) annual show at the Tulsa Fairgrounds promises to be bigger and better than ever.Liz Thomas is publicity director for the show.

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A Day of Golf for a Lifetime of Change

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2014

You don’t have to be a Jack Nicklaus, an Arnold Palmer or even a Phil Mickelson to participate in the 10th annual ‘Smokin’ Hot 100 Golf Marathon,’ a fundraiser f…

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Former Lawmaker To Lead Will Rogers Memorial Museums

By: Pat Reeder | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2014

Tad Jones, former Rogers County legislator, will take the reins as Will Rogers Memorial Museums director, replacing retiring Steve Gragert.

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Museum Celebrates Five Year Anniversary

By: Lori Lewis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2014

The Broken Arrow Historical Society Museum is happy to be celebrating the fifth anniversary of their grand opening at 400 S. Main St. in the heart of the Rose District.

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Chalk It Up to a Fun Weekend of Art

By: Christopher Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2014

Hosted by Your Design Art Gallery, the 3rd annual Chalk It Up – An Art Festival is set to take place on June 6 and 7 in Broken Arrow’s Rose District.

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Jason Carini Runs for Rogers County Treasurer

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2014

Local business owner and longtime Rogers County resident Jason Carini has announced his candidacy for Rogers County Treasurer.

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Ballard Brings Experience and Leadership

By: Lorrie Ward | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2014

Experience and leadership: these are two qualities that Claremore attorney, former prosecutor, and Republican Matt Ballard hopes to bring to the office of district attor…

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Vote for Growth

By: Tanya Andrews | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2014

Rogers County Citizens for Growth is a grassroots effort led by caring citizens whose goals are to increase business opportunities for our local restaurants and bars, an…

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County Commissioner: More than Roads and Bridges

By: Lorrie Ward | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2014

Most people have heard the words “county commissioner,” having seen them on political and public announcement signs, in newspaper articles, and on voting ballots.

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Farmers Market In Bloom

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2014

This marks the sixth year for the Farmers Market in Broken Arrow, and it now has a new name.

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Nurturing Our Gardens So Survivors May Blossom

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2014

The 19th annual Safenet Services Garden Tour returns Saturday, June 7 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Claremore.

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Enjoy an Evening of Music Under the Stars

By: Christopher Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2014

Every summer, the Starlight Concert Series brings quality live music to diverse audiences in Tulsa.

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Golf for Youth

By: Lorrie Ward | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2014

In June, two organizations will once again join forces to tee off on the golf course and raise awareness for important programs that have a great impact on our community.

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Chair-itable Event Benefits Volunteers for Youth

By: Lorrie Ward | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2014

Once upon a time, a tiny child’s rocking chair hung in Mendy Stone’s shed, collecting dust and holding memories of days gone by when Mendy’s children were small.

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Bruce Springsteen: A Photographic Journey

By: Todd Cunningham | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2014

Bruce Springsteen: A Photographic Journey, a traveling photography exhibition curated by the GRAMMY Museum Los Angeles, made its debut in Tulsa at The Woody Guthrie Center in late April.

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Battle of the Big Cats Retuns

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2014

Battle of the Big Cats: Route 66’s Richest Noodling Showdown willreturn to the Claremore Expo Center on June 14.

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Celebrate the Spirit of the Renaissance

By: Beki Akins | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2014

The Renaissance was a rebirth of the human spirit, igniting a passion for beauty expressed through poetry, art, music, intellect, and romance.

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New Lynn Riggs Exhibit Showcases Famous Oklahoma Playwright

By: Liz Vierheller | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2014

Decades before anyone had heard of writer-actor Tracy Letts or his award-winning play-turned-movie “August: Osage County,” a talented Cherokee playwright from Clarem…

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Can You Sprint in Stilettos?

By: Christopher Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2014

Dress for Success Tulsa is hosting one of its major fundraising events this month. The Stiletto Sprint and 5K Power Walk/Run is a fun and healthy way to raise awareness and support with good friends.

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Healthy Mind, Body and Outlook on Life

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2014

Older adults in the Tulsa area now have even more reasons to become part of LIFE’s Senior Centers.

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Relay For Life

By: Judy Burdell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2014

Instead of allowing cancer to define or limit her, one local cancer survivor has chosen to give the gift of hope to others going through cancer treatment.Jane Niemeyer w…

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Burrows – A Public Servant

By: Lorrie Ward | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2014

A public servant: that is what Ron Burrows has worked towards all of his adult working life.

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Round-Up Your Change

By: Lorrie Ward | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2014

Sometimes when we hear that change jingling around in our pockets or purses, we do not give it much thought. After all, those are just coins, right?

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Celebrate Salsa de Mayo

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2014

If there is one appetizer most people can agree on, it’s chips and salsa!

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Join Us for a Tailgate Party

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2014

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Broken Arrow builds character in young people of all backgrounds by guiding them in their behavior and attitude.

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Route 66 Blowout Turns 25

By: Christopher Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2014

Summer in Sapulpa would not be complete without a celebration downtown. On Saturday, June 7, Sapulpa Main Street hosts the 25th annual Route 66 Blowout.

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Promoting Awareness, Raising Funds for Children’s Cancer Research

By: Christopher Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2014

“Cancer is the leading cause of death by disease in children,” says Anabella Gonzalez, committee member for Tulsa CureSearch. “Every day 42 children are diagnosed with cancer.

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Ridesharing Service New to Tulsa Area

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2014

International ridesharing company Uber launched uberX transportation service in Tulsa in March, in response to a surge of support following a recent Tulsa’s Young Prof…

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May Is Tennis Month!

By: Liz Cary | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2014

If you enjoy tennis at any level, consider playing in the fifth annual Serve for Youth tennis tournament in Claremore, Friday, May 30 through Sunday, June 1.

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Hit the Stampede

By: Lorrie Ward | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2014

There are only two things you can do if a stampede hits: run with it or get out of its way.

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Wishbone Day

By: Lorrie Ward | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2014

If you are at Claremore Lake the afternoon of the first Sunday in May and you see a group of people wearing yellow as they walk and run around the lake, you may be tempt…

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Saddle Up for the Rodeo

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2014

Shine up your boots and shape your hats, the 9th annual Green Country Classic Ranch Rodeo and Tradeshow are around the corner, April 25-26 at the Claremore Expo Center.

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Strongman Competition

By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2014

The Oral Roberts University Aerobics Center has ­partnered with Living Well Ministries to bring you the first ever ORU Strongman Competition.

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“Sherlock Holmes” at Stone Canyon Elementary, My Dear Watson

By: Kim Thornhill | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2014

Owasso Community Theatre Company’s production of “Sherlock Holmes” will be an entertaining performance full of romance, mystery, action, and danger.

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Honoring Youth in the Community

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2014

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Tulsa build character by guiding area youth in everyday ­behavior and attitude.

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Gardeners, Spring Into Action

By: Mike Blake | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2014

Now’s the time to plan your garden. Tulsa Garden Center can help you create a great garden that will be the envy of your neighbors and friends.

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Bringing Kids Back to Nature

By: Christopher Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2014

For just about anyone older than 30, childhood memories typically include being sent outside to play with strict instructions not to return until the streetlights turn on.

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Sip, Savor & Shop

By: Dell Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2014

Mark your calendars for the evening of May 3 for the 2014 edition of “Taste of Claremore.” Historic ­downtown Claremore will be the perfect setting for tasty sampli…

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Go Downtown with Value News

By: Christopher Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2014

Downtown Tulsa is bursting with ­original music and art, quirky shops, exciting dining options, and plays host to several professional sports teams and regular concerts from big name performers.

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Worship at The Rock

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2014

The Rock Church is a ­multi-racial, diverse congregation with a mission to serve God and love people.

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Day of Health and Fun for Seniors

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2014

April Ghouls” is the theme for the 26th annual Rogers County Senior Day, set for Tuesday, April 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Claremore Expo Center.

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Countywide Voter Registration Drive

By: Julie Dermod | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2014

Our country was organized on the principles of ­representative democracy. Our freedoms are not the result of chance; we have them because the ­founding men and wo…

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Every Vote Counts

By: Cassie Woods | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2014

Organizers are asking you to mark your calendars for March 7 and 8, for this year’s American Red Cross Murder Mystery.

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Support for Parents of Autistic Children

By: Christopher Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2014

Joe and Win Quier recently helped their son, Jeremiah, move into a dorm room at Victory Bible College.

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Welcome Home, Kristin

By: Christina Dixon | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2014

Tony and Emmy Award ­winner Kristin Chenoweth is graciously lending her years of experience and expertise to the region’s most aspiring high school and college fine a…

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It’s Time for You to BEE Back in School

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2014

It’s time for Sapulpa’s most fun and entertaining event – the Creek County Literacy Program’s annual Spelling Bee, Thursday April 3, 6:30 p.m. at Sapulpa High School Commons.

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Celtic Woman Returns to Tulsa

By: Renee Pfefer | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2014

Global music phenomenon Celtic Woman will return to Tulsa at the Mabee Center concert stage April 17, 2014 with The Emerald Tour, which will encompass over 75 performances in more than 65 cities.

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Be Responsible with Your Prescription Drugs

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2014

Prescription drug abuse is the nation’s fastest-growing drug problem. The problem is so critical that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified it as an epidemic.

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Home and Garden Farm and Ranch Show

By: Christopher Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2014

Claremore is preparing for their biggest annual showcase of all things home and ­garden.

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Help Fund Programs for Broken Arrow Residents

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2014

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Broken Arrow announces its 2014 ­fundraisers with one new program and the renaming of another.

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Godspell

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2014

Spotlight Children’s Theatre will present the musical “Godspell” March 6-9 and 13-16 at the Spotlight Theater, 1381 Riverside Drive in Tulsa.

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Audiences Cheering for “Bring It On: The Musical”

By: Christina Dixon | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2014

Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center will be packed with explosive dance and ­aerial stunts as “Bring It On: The Musical” presents its Oklahoma debut and an evening …

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Are You as Close to God As You Would Like to Be?

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2014

A new year is in full swing, and many are still going strong with their resolutions to lose weight, quit smoking or learn a new hobby.

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An Extraordinary Weekend for Women

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2014

Ladies, mark your calendars now for the Extraordinary Women Conference, a weekend designed to help you draw closer to the heart of God and His amazing plan for your daily life.

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Outdoor Sporting Expo

By: Cassie Woods | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2014

Lovers of all things outdoors are gearing up for the second annual Outdoor Sporting Expo to be held February 28 through March 2 at the Claremore Expo Center.

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Neil Simon’s Rumors

By: Kim Thornhill | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2014

Would you like to make plans for a date night or fun evening out with friends without driving to Tulsa?

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Tulsa Zoo and TYPros: Zoo-Thousand Fourteen

By: Christopher Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2014

Tulsa’s Young Professionals (TYPros) is a nonprofit organization that works to attract and retain young talent in the Tulsa region.

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Get a Descent Education

By: Jan O’Brien | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2014

The genealogy volunteers at the Will Rogers Library in Claremore began their 2014 schedule on January 27. They meet on Mondays from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., except on days when the library is closed for holiday.

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Bringing Broadway to Broken Arrow

By: Christina Dixon | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: January 2014

Continuing its fifth anniversary season, the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center kicks off 2014 with internationally acclaimed singing sensation The Ten Tenors, who will…

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Honoring the Spirit of the American Indian

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: January 2014

The Greater Tulsa Indian Art Festival will be held January 31 through February 2, 2014 at the Glenpool Conference Center, located at Highway 75 and 121st Street.

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Compete or Eat at Soul Food Cook-Off

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: January 2014

The Dr. Martin Luther King Soul Food Cook-Off will take place at the Muskogee Civic Center, January 18, 2014.

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Vendors Wanted for Spring Show

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: January 2014

While most of us are hiding underneath warm blankets to stave off the cold, plans are already underway for the annual  Rogers County Home and Garden Farm and Ranch …

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Portraits of a Garden

By: Mike Blake | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: January 2014

To Tulsa area amateur photographers of all ages: Tulsa Garden Center offers you the opportunity to exhibit your photographic art during the Portraits of a Garden Amateur…

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Larger, Brighter Displays for 2013

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2013

Celebrate the best of family holiday traditions at The Castle of Muskogee! Take a leisurely drive through Castleton Village, filled with over 2,000 holiday inflatables and thousands of colorful lights.

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The Greatest Story Ever Told

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2013

Christview Christian Church, located at 2525 S. Garnett, is pleased to present the 15th annual Bethlehem Walk to the Tulsa community.

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Edible Gifts that Support Literacy Efforts

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2013

“Do you know any cooking or grilling foodies, or don’t know what to get for the guy who has it all?

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Be Extraordinary

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2013

Ladies, you are extraordinary women of God and you deserve a weekend to ­celebrate this fact!

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Celebrate Reason for the Season

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2013

As we gather to decorate Christmas trees and purchase presents for loved ones, King of Kings Lutheran Church calls us all to remember the purpose of the Christmas ­season.

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Celebrate Bedlam at KingsPointe

By: Christopher Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2013

What do you get when you take 100,000 square feet of retail space, set up big screens on the patio, live stream two famous football coaches and douse it all with orange and crimson?

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Rice Hosts Annual Remembrance Service

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2013

Kathy Dopp and her staff at Rice Funeral Service & Cremation Center are once again preparing for the ­annual Tree of Remembrance Service.

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Ring the Bells for Christmas Kettles

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2013

You are probably aware of some of the remarkable work done by the Salvation Army, but likely have no idea of their total outreach, not only across our country, but in Broken Arrow.

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Devoted to the Strength of Family

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2013

Eighty-five Rogers County children need a foster family.

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Parade of Lights

By: JoAnn Frizell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2013

The Tulsa Downtown Parade of Lights – celebrating Christmas, Hanukkah and other holidays – is proud to announce movie and ­television star Samantha (Sami) Isler as …

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Don’t Wreck the Holidays

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2013

As we all know, it is against the law to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle after having one drink too many at happy hour or using illegal drugs.

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Shopping Local Pays Off

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2013

If you need some extra money for holiday spending or for paying bills, patronizing Claremore businesses for the 11th annual Santa Cash promotion might help.

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Dickens on the Boulevard

By: Cassie Woods | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2013

Dickens on the Boulevard is a Victorian-themed Christmas festival in historic downtown Claremore.

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Putting the Wing in Swing

By: Christopher Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2013

Who doesn’t get a thrill from the roar of an engine inside a World War II era combat plane? Just the view alone is enough to give one goose bumps.

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Finish Your Holiday Shopping List Early

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2013

The 14th annual Haley Palmer Memorial Craft Fair will be held Saturday, November 9, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Owasso 7th Grade Center at 86th Street North and Main.

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Focusing on the Reason for the Season

By: Christopher Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2013

As the holidays approach, Pastors Billy Joe and Theresa Watts welcome everybody to join The Rock Church for a season that keeps Christ in mind and extends your sense of family.

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Festival of Trees

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2013

Fun, food and fundraising are on tap for Safenet Service’s 9th annual Festival of Trees Gala & Auction, scheduled for Friday, December 6 at the RSU Centennial Center.

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Your Ticket to Christmas Fun

By: Christopher Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2013

The holidays are here! What better way to get in the spirit than a stroll downtown, a Christmas parade and the hope you could win some big money?

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An Herbal Wonderland

By: Tina Lynn | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2013

Imagine walking into a winter wonderland where fairies, herbal crafts and delicious condiments dance in your head; you smell lavender, ­rosemary and taste chocolate treats.

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Zombies Invade Halloween Festival

By: John Owen | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2013

Expect something different at the 2013 Halloween Festival at the Castle of Muskogee.

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That Johnson Boy’s Music

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2013

Talented and doing what he loves to do – that’s Cory Johnson, an Oklahoma singer/songwriter who now resides in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Step Up to Success

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2013

President Pat Simmons and Executive Director Ronda  Adkisson, of Dress for Success Tulsa, have announced that Friday, October 4 will be the date for the organizatio…

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41st Annual Arts and Crafts Benefit Bazaar

By: Christopher Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2013

The holiday season is fast approaching and with it, the perfect excuse to shop! This season, consider picking out the perfect gift while ­supporting local artisans and the community at the same time.

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Find Your Fair Share of Crafts While Supporting Ministry

By: Christopher Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2013

Have you checked your ­calendar recently? The time to begin planning for the Christmas season is already here!

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Whale of a Tale Artisan Sale

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2013

Friends of the Catoosa Public Library is an organization with the mission “to strengthen our local library, to encourage our community by providing opportunities for i…

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Thousands Drawn to Main Street

By: Christopher Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2013

Looking for a day of fun, music and art that the entire family will enjoy?

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Learning Disabilities Fall Conference

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2013

Bullying is not good, by any means. But bullying kids with learning disabilities can cause life-long negative ­repercussions.

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Fall Fun for Everyone

By: Susan Erler | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2013

There is just something about fall that encourages outdoor activities and a desire to get back to basics.

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Tulsa Oktoberfest Brings Tradition and New Experiences

By: Stacey Roggendorff | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2013

Tulsa’s largest fall festival turns 35 this year.

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Arrr You Ready for a Show, Matey?

By: Kim Thornhill | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2013

Make plans to get swept away for a timeless adventure with Owasso Community Theatre Company’s production of “Jolly Roger and the Pirate Queen” by Craig Sodaro.

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Owasso Can Hardly Wheat for Harvest Festival

By: Susan Erler | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2013

Outdoor activities and the cool, fall weather go hand in hand.

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Plot Your October Schedule at Tulsa Garden Center

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2013

The Tulsa Garden Center has many wonderful events ­coming up in the month of October!    The annual Fall Sale of African Violets and other ­gesneriads will be held Saturday, October 5.

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Hop on the Chuck Wagon

By: Christopher Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2013

Will Rogers’ birthday is November 4, which means that Claremore – the ­hometown of Rogers – is ­planning their annual Will Rogers Days celebration.

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Fundraiser for Local Boy Battling Rare Genetic Disorder

By: Cheena Pazzo | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2013

The Gordon family is ­working hard to raise­ ­awareness for their son, who is battling a rare genetic ­disorder called Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP) or…

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Claremore’s Biggest Festival Returns

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2013

An estimated 30,000 people will converge in Claremore September 5-7 to enjoy lots of free ­­award-winning musical ­performances, a competitive chili cook-off, a vocal…

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The Lucky Seven

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2013

Friday the 13th may just prove to be one of the ­luckiest nights of the year for those who attend the ­production of “The Lucky Seven”, written by local playwright Mark Ogle.

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Guides, Gear, Rods and Rifles

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2013

From guides to gear and rods to rifles – all your hunting and fishing needs will be met as more than 100 vendors from Oklahoma, Texas, Kansas, Arkansas and Missouri ar…

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Ride for Kids

By: Christopher Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2013

On Sunday, September 15 motorcycles from all over will come together and ride in support for children afflicted with brain tumors.

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Rogers County Fair Celebrating 99th Year

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2013

A fireworks show will kick off the opening night of the 99th annual Rogers County Fair on Thursday, September 12 at 9 p.m. According to Lisa Rogers, marketing coordinato…

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Claremore’s Got Talent

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2013

Claremore’s Got Talent and so does Inola, Chelsea, Oologah and the rest of Rogers County.

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A Season of Classic Nostalgia

By: Steve James | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2013

Sapulpa Community Theatre invites you to celebrate their 35th anniversary by joining them for a season of “Classic Nostalgia,” with presentations of well-known works…

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Save the Date for “The Event” of the Year

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2013

Mark your calendar for September 19 and 20.

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An Evening of Wine & Roses

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2013

Memorable wines, romantic moonlight and the heady ­fragrance of roses all combine to create a magical experience at Tulsa Garden Center’s 19th annual An Evening of Wine & Roses.

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It’s Greek to Me

By: Christopher Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2013

The Tulsa Greek Festival is the longest-running ethnic ­festival in Tulsa.

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Will Rogers Park Steeped in History

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2013

Crystal Campbell is on a ­mission. In the spring of 2012, the mother of four ­accompanied her daughter’s class on a field trip to an Owasso park. At first, Campbell was excited.

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Support Tulsa Greek Festival and Celebrate in Style

By: Christopher Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2013

Tonya Van Zandt Boone, chair of VIP Night, invites business and private donors to mark their calendars for Sunday, September 15 for a special night to honor supporters o…

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Bringing the Past Full Circle

By: Justin Johnson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2013

Mark your calendar to celebrate the Circle Cinema’s 85th ­birthday on July 15.

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Rogers County School Supply Drive Prepares 16th Annual Giveaway

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2013

Can you remember your first day of school each August? You were excited because your backpack was filled with new supplies like crayons, pencils and pens, notebook paper and notebooks.

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Summer Family Fun

By: Stephanie Reed | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2013

From the Australian outback to the Venezuelan jungles, World Outreach Church is committed to sharing the powerful truths of faith and healing.  It is in this spirit…

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Black Gold Days Are Back

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2013

The 35th annual Black Gold Days, a celebration commemorating the 1905 discovery of oil in Glenpool, will be Thursday, June 20 through Saturday, June 23.

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Impacting Lives on a Daily Basis

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2013

Goodwill Industries of Tulsa has been a good steward of the community resources entrusted to them.

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Grove Festival Is No Second Fiddle

By: Kathleen Pixley | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2013

The American Heritage Music Festival will be June 6, 7 and 8 in the Grove Civic Center, with evening activities and entertainment at Snider’s Camp on June 6 and 7.

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Live From The Village

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2013

Fourth generation Tulsan Sharon King Davis and her three daughters, Kasey Davis, Kelley Davis Chilcoat and Kalen Davis, continue their family tradition of nearly 60 years.

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Sapulpa’s Best Kept Secret

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2013

Sapulpa Community Theatre President Sherry Whisman says the best kept secret in Sapulpa is the Sapulpa Community Theatre (SCT).

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Sip, Savor & Shop

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2013

Claremore is the place to be for great food, family-friendly fun, free entertainment and much more on Saturday, May 4 as downtown kicks off its Sip, Savor & Shop eve…

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Living Longer, Living Stronger

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2013

Thousands of Oklahomans live with chronic conditions such as diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, cancer, stroke, arthritis, and pain.

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Honoring Legacy by Continuing Tradition

By: Susan Erler | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2013

Many traditions come and go these days. In fact, traditions seem to last only a short time before they fall to the wayside due to lack of interest or lack of support.

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Art Bike Tulsa

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2013

Each year the National MS Society Oklahoma hosts a variety of special fundraising events for the purpose of raising awareness about multiple sclerosis.

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Day Camp for Kids

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2013

Janis Fraley, director of the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club of Broken Arrow, is ­looking forward to the ­organization’s annual Summer Day Camp.

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Get Your Kicks on Route 66

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2013

The 24th annual Route 66 Blowout Car Show and Festival returns to Sapulpa Main Street on Saturday, June 1, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. With 46 different classes for cars an…

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Route 66 Salsa Festival

By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2013

On Saturday, June 1, the Sapulpa Rotary Club will hold its 6th annual Route 66 Salsa Festival from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Courthouse Plaza parking lot (222 E. Dewey).

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Run for the Roses

By: Kyle Johnston | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2013

Spring has sprung and ­excitement is in the air as Tulsa Boys’ Home prepares for its 9th annual Run for the Roses, a Kentucky Derby party.

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Boots and BBQ

By: Lorrie Ward | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2013

Most people consider barbecue to be true American cuisine. But some may not know just how truly American this creation is.

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Singing for the Community Since 1986

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2013

With a mixture of music – from old casual songs to more modern ones – the Claremore Community Chorus invites the public to attend their free ­concert set for Tuesda…

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BEE a S-T-A-R

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2013

Spelling bees have been around since the 1800s, and the first National Spelling Bee was held in 1925 (with the winning word being “gladiolus”).

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Raising Funds for a Cause

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2013

Handcrafted soaps and body products, woodcraft products, boutique items and home décor, along with other items will be available at the 2nd Annual Spring Craft Show hos…

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Dinner Extravaganza to Benefit Charities

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2013

The Parish of St.

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Relay For Life

By: Lorrie Ward | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2013

When one stands on the expanse of lawn, trees and sidewalk in front of the Rogers State University auditorium, it is hard to imagine this park-like setting bustling with…

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Church’s Outreach Ministry Is Rock Steady

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2013

Pastors Billy Joe and Theresa Watts began their outreach ­ministry at The Rock Church in September of 2007.

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Day of Health and Fun for Seniors

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2013

Free health screenings, great door prizes, free breakfast and lunch, bingo with fabulous prizes and information from local businesses is on tap for the 25th annual Roger…

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Tee Off to Help Others

By: Cassie Woods | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2013

For 28 years, the Rogers County Training Center’s annual Golf Classic has drawn hundreds of golfers who love the game and love helping others.

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Can You Walk a Mile in Her Shoes?

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2013

Four-footed walkers will be joining the cause to bring awareness to and raise funds for domestic violence and sexual assault in Rogers and Mayes Counties, when Safenet S…

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Will You Run?

By: Pat Reeder | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2013

It’s time to lace up the running shoes for the 4th annual Will Rogers Memorial Race, which will take runners through the scenic Rogers State University Nature Reserve.…

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Become a Hero

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2013

Dr. Larry Rice, president, Rogers State University, has been selected to be the chairman for the Rogers County 2013 “HEROES for the American Red Cross” campaign.&nbs…

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Paint Inola Green

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2013

As the old adage goes, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure.” Regardless of the ­origin of this saying, it is ­definitely true when it comes to garage sa…

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There’s a New Kid in Town

By: Cassie Woods | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2013

With three months now under his belt as the leader of the City of Claremore, City Manager Jim Thomas is already making big plans for forward movement.

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Celebrate St. Paddy's Day Downtown

By: Cindy Bissett | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2013

Would you like to win a Pot o’ Gold?

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Shopping for a Cause

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2013

Spring is blooming, and now is the time to stock up on gifts for upcoming graduations, ­weddings, baby showers and birthday parties.

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Ladies Day Out

By: Dell Davis | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2013

The eighth annual women’s show, “Ladies Lifestyle Extravaganza,” is scheduled for Saturday, April 6 at the Claremore Expo Center.

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A Tale Spun of Friendship

By: Terry Grufik | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2013

Spotlight Children’s Theatre will present “Charlotte’s Web” March 1-3 and 8-10 at the Spotlight Theater, 1381 Riverside Dr. in Tulsa.

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Bowl for Kids’ Sake

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2013

Would you like to help change the life of a child forever?

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Boogying to Benefit the Community

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2013

Dancers will be jiving, swinging and tangoing their way across the Robson Performing Arts Center stage on Saturday, March 9 at 7 p.m. as part of “A Celebration of Help…

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Joining Forces for a Common Cause

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: January 2013

Imagine a two-lane highway with two busloads of community ­members headed in the same direction.

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Welcome Home

By: Lorrie Ward | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2012

Several years ago, Michelle Heckman and her mother were faced with the difficult task of placing her beloved grandmother into assisted living.

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Helping Students Affected by MS Pursue Their Dreams

By: Brandi Moore | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2012

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society: Oklahoma has announced this year’s recipients of its annual scholarship ­program: Taylor Aldridge, Sean Barger, Christopher B…

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Music Legends Teach Their Craft

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2012

While legend Roy Clark doesn’t teach guitar or fiddle lessons in Claremore, he has endorsed the Northeast Technology Center’s music school which now carries his name.

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Shop Here and Win

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2012

It seems impossible, but we’re less than a month away from the Christmas holiday season, and there’s no time like the present to start shopping for fabulous gifts in Broken Arrow.

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Broken Arrow Holiday Tea Off

By: Lorrie Ward | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2012

Most people don't start listening for the jingle of sleigh bells until the night before Christmas.

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Win Big for Shopping in Claremore

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2012

Do you need some extra money for holiday spending or for paying off your holiday shopping bills?

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You’ll Have a “Dickens of a Time”

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2012

Can you do the Vienna Waltz, the Virginia reel or the Shoddish? Maybe the Grand March or the Polka is more your style.

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Step Back in Time to the 1940s

By: Bob Prater | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2012

On Saturday, November 10, 2012, step back in time to ­experience the sights and sounds of a bygone era when the Spirit of Tulsa Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force …

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Holiday Passport to Cash

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2012

The holidays have arrived! The Glenpool Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce their “shop local” campaign and other holiday activities happening around town.

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Homes for the Holidays

By: Cassie Woods | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2012

The women of the Junior Ocieleta Club are gearing up to host the 29th annual Christmas Home Tour. The tour will run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, December 1, 2012.

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Holiday Giveaways Rock On

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2012

Theodore Roosevelt said, “Let us remember that, as much has been given us, much will be expected from us, and that true homage comes from the heart as well as from the…

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Festival of Trees to Benefit New Facility

By: Cassie Woods | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2012

This fall, the elves at Safenet Services are particularly busy. In addition to opening a new ­state-of-the-art facility at the end of October, they are preparing for their biggest fundraiser of the year.

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Shop Local, Win Big

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2012

Sapulpa’s Jingle Bell Sweepstakes kicks into gear with ticket distributions to shoppers and patrons of participating local businesses on November 10, 2012.

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Men’s Ministry Helping the Community

By: Shelly Robinson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2012

Carole Noe just can’t say enough good things about the 15 or so men who showed up at her home on a recent Saturday to help with her “honey-do” list.

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Ms. Senior Oklahoma

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2012

Congratulations to Patricia Fisher, newly crowned Ms. Senior Oklahoma 2012! Patricia is a resident of Canoe Brook Assisted Living in Catoosa.

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Boo-B-Que

By: Lorrie Ward | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2012

Have you been told you’re great on the grill?

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A 29-Year Pattern

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2012

The 29th annual Quilt Show, presented by Oklahoma Home and Community Education (OHCE) of Creek County, will be held November 2-3, 2012 at the Creek County Fairgrounds in…

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Meet at the Totem Pole

By: Lorrie Ward | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2012

October signals the end of ­summer, bringing on cooler temperatures and gorgeous fall foliage in eastern Rogers County.

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Make Your List and Check It Twice

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2012

We all say it every time the ­holidays approach – “I’m going to avoid the stress and traffic of last-minute shopping at the mall during December and finish my gif…

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Art on Main

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2012

The 9th annual Art on Main will be held Saturday, October 13 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. in ­downtown Jenks.

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Chilly Weather Calls for Chili

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2012

What could be better than a bowl of warm delicious chili on a cool autumn day?

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Old Home Tour

By: Lorrie Ward | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2012

Sometimes we might think a house is just a house, a place of shelter, somewhere to rest our heads and protect us from the weather. But some homes ­represent more – heritage, ­tradition, history.

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Guys, Find that Special Gift for Your Lady

By: Lorrie Ward | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2012

Gentlemen, start your engines – it’s time to go Christmas shopping! Yes, you read that right.

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Finding Shelter in the Storm

By: Lorrie Ward | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2012

When Safenet Services, Claremore’s shelter for victims of domestic abuse, received a $4.2 million dollar facilities grant from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation to bui…

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Celebrate Oklahoma’s Favorite Son

By: Pat Reeder | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2012

Four days of activities are planned November 1-4, to celebrate the 133rd birthday of Will Rogers, acclaimed Oklahoma’s Favorite Son, a prolific writer, top movie and s…

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This Ride’s a Real Dickens!

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2012

In the heat of summer, bicyclists in northeastern Oklahoma begin looking forward to cooler ­weather and the Dickens of a Ride bicycle tour through the beautiful rolling hillsides ­surrounding Claremore.

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Find Fabulous Crafts

By: Lorrie Ward | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2012

It is often hard to find crafters in this day and age as society relies more heavily on technology, but true artisans are still out there and many will find their way to…

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The Lucky Seven

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2012

Local playwright Mark Ogle, who is known for his comic ­murder mysteries, is definitely changing it up a bit with his newest play “The Lucky Seven.” With the except…

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Enriching the Catoosa Community

By: Lorrie Ward | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2012

The Friends of the Catoosa Public Library Foundation is committed to upholding the integrity and accessibility of the Catoosa Public Library and enriching the community it serves.

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Kindle the Flame

By: Christi Finley | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2012

Lynette Hagin’s Kindle the Flame® Women’s Conference will be held September 27–29 at Rhema Bible Church in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.

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Affordable Family Fun

By: Lorrie Ward | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2012

For the first time in decades, the Rogers County Fair, to be held September 13-16, will host an old-fashioned carnival midway by Fun Time Shows, featuring rides, games a…

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The Roaring ’20s Return

By: Lorrie Ward | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2012

The excitement of a bygone era returns as the Roaring Twenties come roaring in again at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum on September 29 at 7 p.m., when the Rogers County…

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Welcome to Our World

By: Pat Reeder | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2012

A new class of Ropers (docent volunteers) at the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore will begin training Thursday, September 6.

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Fundraising Event for Claremore Boy with FOP

By: Cheena Pazzo | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2012

The Gordon family is working hard to raise awareness for their son, who is battling a rare ­genetic disorder called Fibrodysplasia Ossificans Progressiva (FOP), or “S…

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Two Days of Doggone Fun

By: Lorrie Ward | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2012

f you love animals and are ­passionate about the issues ­concerning them, you will want to mark your calendar for one of the area’s premier events hosted to promote …

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Get Rolling to Inola

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2012

A fun, giving group of ladies in Inola are planning an exciting Bunco party to raise money for local charities.

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McDonald's Is Giving Back

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2012

August 2nd from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. will be a day of fun, ­frolicking, and helping others in the Owasso community at the local McDonald’s locations.

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Fundraiser for Rosalie Goodwin

By: Lorrie Ward | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2012

On June 6, 2012, Owasso almost lost one of its youngest residents when two-and-a-half-year-old Rosalie Goodwin nearly drowned in a neighborhood pool.

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Experience Native American Culture

By: Lorrie Ward | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2012

On August 17-19, 2012, the ORU Mabee Center (7777 S. Lewis in Tulsa) will burst to life with a colorful and vibrant display of Native American culture as the Intertribal…

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American Celebrates America

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2012

Every town has its annual Fourth of July event. Sapulpa, Oklahoma’s celebration of our nation’s birth is appropriately hosted each year by American Heritage Bank.

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2012 Fireworks Flashier and Safer

By: Renee Profitt | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2012

The Castle of Muskogee, Oklahoma’s 37,000-square-foot fireworks showroom keeps ­working to improve everyone’s enjoyment on the Fourth.

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Celebrate Freedom in Claremore

By: Tanya Andrews | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2012

The City of Claremore is hosting the 4th of July fireworks ­celebration on Tuesday, July 3 at Claremore Lake Park.

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Love Will Rogers? Become a Roper

By: Pat Reeder | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2012

Visitors come from all over the world to Will Rogers Memorial Museum.

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Arts on the Avenue

By: Donetta Johnson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2012

Tahlequah, the “City of Firsts,” is presenting the fourth annual Arts on the Avenue, Friday, June 8 from 12 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. to 8 …

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Egg Mystery Cracked

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2012

The 81st annual Rooster Days – the oldest festival in the state of Oklahoma – were held May 11-13, 2012. An annual tradition leading up to the festival is the exciting Rooster Days Egg Hunt.

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Claremore CVB Wins State Tourism Awards

By: Tanya Andrews | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2012

Tuesday evening, May 8 was great for Claremore as the Claremore Convention & Visitors Bureau and Destination Claremore were recognized for being top in our field.

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Firefighters Raising Money for Local Causes

By: Lorrie Ward | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2012

Highway 66 has long been known as the “Mother Road,” an arterial highway link that still pumps lifeblood through ­traditional American towns.

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This Festival Is No Second Fiddle

By: Kathleen Pixley | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2012

The American Heritage Music Festival hosted by Grand Lake Festivals, Inc.

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Ponder the Beauty

By: Lorrie Ward | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2012

It makes up 70 percent of the earth’s surface. It constitutes 70 percent of our brains.

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Rock A Wish

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2012

For a full day of fun while ­supporting a worthy cause, mark your calendar for Saturday, June 30, 2012.

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Taste of Bixby

By: Lorrie Ward | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2012

Have you ever driven through a town, spotted several restaurants, and just wished you could try them all? Now you can in the city of Bixby.

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Supper With The Stars

By: Michael Lail | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2012

The 25th annual Trek Expo will be held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 22-24 at the Wyndham Hotel, 10918 E. 41st St. in Tulsa.

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Fostering Hope

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2012

Foster parents are truly special individuals.

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See the FLIPSIDE

By: Tanya Andrews | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2012

She was just “a kid from Oklahoma who never wanted to be a singer but was told she could sing,” says Patti Page.

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Annual Lilac Festival Is Blossoming

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2012

Claremore is the place to be for family-friendly fun and free entertainment on May 4 and 5 as the annual Lilac Festival returns to downtown Main Street.

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Fight Hunger, Feed Hope

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2012

June 2, 2012 marks the date for the 5th annual Panera Hunger Run to help fight hunger in Oklahoma.

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Pocahontas Club Picnic

By: Pat Reeder | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2012

Bill John Baker, Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, will be a special guest of the 113-year-old Indian Women’s Pocahontas Club at the club’s annual picnic Satur…

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Relay For Life

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2012

Relay For Life is the American Cancer Society’s national ­signature event. The event is characterized by entire communities taking up the fight against cancer.

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Sapulpa Deals Out the Fun

By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2012

Sapulpa Main Street’s annual Route 66 Blowout is Saturday, June 2.

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Serve for Youth

By: Liz Cary | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2012

May is tennis month! If you enjoy tennis at any level, ­consider playing in the third annual Serve for Youth tennis tournament in Claremore, Friday, May 11 through Sunday, May 13.

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The Butler Did It

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2012

The year is 1950. The head “Boss” of a crime gang from Kansas City, Missouri has rented a large house in Claremore for a meeting with Mr. Big, a rival gang boss from St.

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Claremore Welcomes Motorcycle Enthusiasts

By: Tanya Andrews | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2012

The 2nd annual Dog Iron Poker Run is set for April 28.

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Can You Walk a Mile in Her Shoes?

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2012

An old adage goes: “You can’t really understand another ­person’s experience until you've walked a mile in their shoes.”To bring more awareness to and raise fun…

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Bowl for Kids’ Sake

By: Jessica Wilbourn | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2012

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma is appealing to the community to support Bowl for Kids’ Sake, the mentoring ­organization’s biggest annual fundraiser.

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Claremore Celebrates St. Paddy’s Day

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2012

Would you like to win a pot o’ gold?

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See the FLIPSIDE

By: Tanya Andrews | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2012

The life story of Claremore native Clara Ann Fowler, famously known as the Singing Rage Miss Patti Page, is coming to her hometown.

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ESA Invites You to B-I-N-G-O

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2012

Nothing creates more excitement in the small Oklahoma ­community of Inola than ­supporting a good cause.

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Shop for a Mission

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2012

The 2nd annual Glenpool Spring Market on March 31 is sure to get shoppers in the mood for spring.

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Run in Green

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2012

On Saturday, March 17, more than 2,600 runners will race for some other very special athletes. The 30th annual St.

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Destination Claremore

By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2012

Mark your calendars for April 27-May 5. Your destination is Claremore, where nine days of events will celebrate the past, present and future of this historic community and Rogers County.

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Hunting for a Good Show?

By: Lorrie Ward Jackson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2012

The story goes like this: for decades, four friends have gone on an annual hunting trip – but they have never come home with a single deer, because they have too much …

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Are You a Confused Voter?

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2012

As secretary to the Rogers County Election since May of 2011, Julie Dermody has stayed busy.

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Food for the Soul

By: Amy Lynn | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2011

Calling all cooks to the 8th annual Soul Food Cook Off! If you have what it takes to get in the competition with some of the best cooks in the state of Oklahoma, this is for you.

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Celebrate the Reason for the Season

By: Shelly Robinson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2011

Every year in early December, the residents and staff at the Owasso campus of the Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children present their gift to the Owasso community by prese…

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Step Back in Time to Christ’s Birth

By: Lorrie Ward Jackson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2011

This year, Shepherd’s Cross, a working farm and Christian ­mission, will celebrate its 20th year of helping provide a living nativity for Claremore and surrounding ar…

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Holiday Spirit Fills the Belvidere

By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2011

Christmas at the Belvidere fundraiser and gift show is well-known and draws visitors from across state lines.

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Downtown – Where All the Lights Are Bright

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2011

It’s time to shift into shopping gear and head downtown to become part of the Broken Arrow Main Street Merchants Association’s presentation of the 18th annual Holiday Tea-Off.

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Be Part of the Greatest Story Ever Told

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2011

Christview Christian Church presents the 13th annual Bethlehem Walk to the Tulsa community December 1-4 at their campus at 2525 S. Garnett.

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Claremore Lights the Way

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2011

Claremore’s Will Rogers Boulevard will glow with ­thousands of lights when the annual Christmas parade travels down the well-known route to bring smiles to area child…

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Float Through Holiday Homes

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2011

In this rural Oklahoma ­community with a population of approximately 2,000, the Gamma Pi ESA has a passion and concern for helping others.

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Santa Claus Making His First Trip to Verdigris

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2011

Tradition (noun): the handing down of statements, beliefs, ­legends, customs, information, etc., from generation to generation, especially by word of mouth or by practi…

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Get Drawn to Art on Main

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2011

The spotlight is on some of Oklahoma’s best creative talent at the 8th annual Art on Main, to be held Saturday, October 8 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. This large outdoor fam…

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Chills, Shrills and Thrills

By: John Owen | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2011

Expect some different twists, turns and surprises at the 2011 Halloween Festival at the Castle of Muskogee.

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Chili Weather Brings Family Festival

By: Lorrie Ward Jackson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2011

If the autumn season has you in the mood to experience some good wholesome fun, you will want to mark your calendar for the City of Owasso’s 3rd annual Harvest Festiva…

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Home Is Where the History Is

By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2011

The Rogers County Historical Society is celebrating its 20 year anniversary in 2011. One of their earliest fundraisers has been the Fall Old Home Tour.

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Tulsa Oktoberfest Is Brewing

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2011

As one of Tulsa’s most celebrated festivals, Tulsa Oktoberfest has a long and storied history of providing authentic German food, drink, and fun to generations of Okla…

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No Green Grass, But Plenty of Bluegrass

By: Tanya Andrews | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2011

The 32nd annual Bluegrass & Chili Festival is set for September 8, 9 and 10 on the grounds of the Claremore Expo Center.

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Documentary Goes Down in History as Award Winner

By: Betty Gerber | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2011

The Oklahoma Museums Association (OMA) has announced its annual list of museums to be recognized with awards to be presented in September at its annual conference.

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Ride the Mother Road for MS

By: Brandi Davidson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2011

The National Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society, Oklahoma is pleased to announce that Sam’s Club will be the presenting ­sponsor of the 2011 Bike MS Oklahoma: The Mother Road Ride.

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Make Your Way to the Round-Up

By: Lorrie Ward Jackson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2011

Most people associate the word “kick-off” in September with a football game.

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Feast on Chili and the Sounds of Bluegrass

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2011

One of the most popular events in northeast Oklahoma is rapidly approaching, with many ­opportunities to still get involved.

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Exposing Local Businesses

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2011

One of the best ways to let ­others know about your business is to present it to your friends and neighbors of Broken Arrow and surrounding communities attending the 19…

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Fresh Produce Is Uncanny at Farmer’s Market

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2011

The Claremore Farmers’ Market is located at 400 Veterans Parkway and held every Wednesday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon.

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Get Rolling at Bunco

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2011

A fun, giving group of ladies in Inola are planning an exciting Bunco party to raise money for local organizations.

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Artistic Talent Runs in the Family

By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2011

To Family & Children’s Services (F&CS), family is one of the most important ­influences in a child’s life.

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Project Back-to-School Runway

By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2011

On Saturday, August 6, the Owasso campus of the Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children (OBHC) will host its 14th annual Back-to-School Style Show and Brunch at the Renaissa…

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Every Quilt Is a Star

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2011

The art of quilting has been around for generations, and ­people continue to enjoy quilts for all the same reasons – they provide warmth and beauty, as well as heritage and clues to the past.

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Fresh Oklahoma-Grown Produce

By: Lorrie Ward Jackson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2011

Do you ever stroll through the produce section of your local supermarket and wonder exactly where those vegetables and fruits came from?

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Drums of Summer Event July 20

By: Lorrie Ward Jackson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2011

It is one of the earliest images depicted in elementary school American history books and thus recognized by most Americans: three men marching across a battlefield, one…

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Midwest Harp Festival Hosts Paraguayan Harpist

By: Kasey Littlefield | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2011

The Midwest Harp Festival ­celebrates its twelfth year with world renowned Paraguayan harpist Alfredo Rolando Ortiz, performing on Thursday, July 14.

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Spend Your Summer Acting Out

By: Susan Erler | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2011

Summertime doesn’t need to be an endless barrage of mindless activities.

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This Festival’s a Peach

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2011

magine biting into a juicy, ­delicious peach – ah, heavenly. If you love the sweet taste of fresh peaches, downtown Porter, Oklahoma is the place to be this July 14 through 16.

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SalsaFest to Benefit Sustainable Tulsa

By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2011

On Friday, July 15, Elote Cafe and Catering will present its third ­annual SalsaFest at the H.A. Chapman Centennial Green (Sixth Street and Boston) in downtown Tulsa.

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Celebrate Life

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2011

An elder Muscogee citizen, Rev. Joe Lowe, Jr., opens his sermons with the statement, “Yesterday, I asked God for many good things so that I could enjoy life.

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Summer Food Program for Kids

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2011

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is sponsored by the USDA.

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Rumble and Roll Into Brookside

By: Michelle Booth | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2011

The 10th annual Brookside Rumble & Roll motorcycle parade and street party revs up June 9.

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8th Annual Claremore Farmers' Market is Underway

By: Michelle Booth | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2011

The Claremore Farmers’ Market, located at 400 Veterans Parkway, is held every Wednesday and Saturday from 7 a.m. to noon and runs through the end of October.The market…

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10 Years of Hogs 'N Hot Rods

By: Susan Erler | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2011

Polish those chrome accessories and rev up those engines! It’s time for Collinsville’s signature event, Hogs ‘N Hot Rods!

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June Bug Jog Returns June 11

By: Lorrie Ward Jackson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2011

In early summer, balmy weather beckons us outdoors after months of hiding inside from inclement conditions.

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It's Time for a Change

By: Jeff Bardel | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2011

The way we do church needs to change. Charles Finney once said, “Our theaters are full because the world lies well.

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Route 66 Blowout

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2011

The hands of time turn back on Saturday, June 4, as vintage cars and trucks line Sapulpa’s historic downtown during the Route 66 Blowout.Sapulpa Main Street is proud t…

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Golf Tournament Raises Funds to Stop Child Trafficking

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2011

Wanted: 144 golfers who want to stop child trafficking now. On July 18, the nonprofit group of the same name will host its second annual golf tournament at the Golf Club of Oklahoma.

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Supper with the Stars of Trek Expo

By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2011

Trek Expo, the Southwest’s premiere annual sci-fi event, returns Friday, June 24 through Sunday, June 26 at John Q. Hammons Arena at the UMAC (6836 S. Mingo).

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Fundraising with Fireworks

By: Michelle Booth | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2011

For the past 20 years, Big Blast Fireworks has been helping non-profit groups raise thousands of dollars by selling fireworks.

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10 Annual Bixby BBQ 'n Music Festival

By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2011

On Friday, May 6 and Saturday, May 7, the Rotary Club of Bixby is hosting the 10th annual Bixby BBQ ’n Music Festival, the biggest of its kind in Oklahoma, at Washingt…

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Boots and BBQ

By: Lorrie Ward Jackson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2011

Now that warm weather has definitely arrived, minds are turning to the great outdoors and all the fun and activities that can be found there.

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Car Show and Gospel Sing

By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2011

On Sunday, June 5, Bixby’s First United Methodist Church (15502 S. Memorial) will host its 9th annual Car Show and Gospel Sing.

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Celebrate Bristow's Lebanese Heritage

By: Clifford Smith | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2011

Nearly 10,000 people are expected Saturday, May 14, 2011 when Bristow spotlights tabouleh, a popular Lebanese dish, as well as the community's rich Lebanese heritage during the 7th annual Tabouleh Fest.

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Claremore Community Chorus Recruiting Singers

By: Lorrie Ward Jackson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2011

Claremore Community Chorus provides an opportunity for vocalists to share their talent with the community.

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Shirley Jones Headlines Destination Claremore

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2011

It’s almost time again for Destination Claremore! From Friday, April 29 through Saturday, May 7, Claremore is going to be a very busy, exciting and fun place to be.

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13th Annual Creek County Spelling Bee

By: Michelle Booth | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2011

The 13th annual Spell-A-Round Creek County spelling bee will be held Saturday, April 16 at Freddie’s Bar-B-Que and Steakhouse, 1425 New Sapulpa Road, from 6 p.m. to 9 …

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Designer Showcase 2011

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2011

Designer Showcase has been a Tulsa tradition for 38 years, and the proceeds benefit area schools, teachers and students who apply for grants or program assistance that i…

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Celebrity Tribute Artists Come to Tulsa

By: Michelle Booth | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2011

A new concert promoter, Entertainers In Concert, provides live entertainment showcasing celebrity tribute artist performers who transform themselves into well-known musi…

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The Great Claremore Easter Egg Hunt

By: Lorrie Ward Jackson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2011

Since ancient times, the egg has been a symbol of new life. Many stories have circulated over the centuries as to the origin of the Easter egg and its relation to the Easter holiday.

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New Location for Presence Theater Church

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2011

Presence Theater Church, led by Pastors Alvin and Sennola Fruga, is excited to be moving to a new location at the northwest corner of 76th Street North and 129th East Avenue.

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Rogers County Relay For Life

By: Lorrie Ward Jackson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2011

Anyone who has battled cancer personally or who has seen a loved one fight cancer knows how challenging – and sometimes devastating – this disease can be from the moment it is first diagnosed.

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Easter Extraordinaire

By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2011

The Rock Church’s stated mission is to serve God and love people, and the church’s pastors, Billy Joe and Theresa Watts, see major holidays as golden opportunities t…

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Second Annual Art on the Hill April 29-30 at RSU

By: Brent Ortolani | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2011

Artists from across northeast Oklahoma will exhibit and offer their work for sale at the second annual Art on the Hill festival on Friday and Saturday, April 29-30 at Rogers State University.

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5th Annual Red Fern Festival

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2011

The award-winning Red Fern Festival will return April 29-30, 2011 in Norris Park, located at the corner of Muskogee Avenue and Morgan Street in downtown Tahlequah.

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Warning – Murder Is Coming To Claremore!

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2011

The whodunit “The Ghost of the Mansion” by Mark Ogle will be performed on Friday, April 1 and Saturday, April 2, in the beautiful Will Rogers Auditorium on the campu…

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Bowl for Kids’ Sake

By: Lorrie Ward Jackson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2011

Through the winds of March and the showers of April, we are reminded each spring of new beginnings – and it could be said that new beginnings are the constant focus of…

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Claremore’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2011

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Spring Market to Raise Money for Missions

By: Michelle Booth | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2011

The first annual Spring Market arts and crafts festival, hosted by King of Kings Lutheran Church, will be held March 26 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the new Glenpool Confere…

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Southern Louisiana Soul Comes to Tulsa

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2011

The Tulsa Children’s Museum and Grammy award-winning artist Terrance Simien will bring the rich history and multi-layered sounds of Zydeco, the music of the French-spe…

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February Is Black History Month

By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2011

February is Black History Month.

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Become an Advocate for Older People

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2011

Ombudsman is a Swedish word meaning “voice of the people.” If you’re concerned about the needs of older citizens and would like to help be their voice, a volunteer…

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Exciting Aquatic Events Coming Soon

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2011

What kind of music fits the ominous view of sharks swimming just inches from your eyes? Which instruments seem to play along with the waving colors of fish and corals in a Caribbean reef?

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Together We Are One

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2011

The 25th annual Tulsa Indian Art Festival will be held Friday, February 11 through Sunday, February 13 at Central Park Hall in Expo Square.

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A New Year’s Miracle

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: January 2011

Some would call it a New Year’s miracle. Against all odds, three young lives that appeared doomed have blossomed.

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Compete or Eat at Soul Food Cook-Off

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: January 2011

The Dr. Martin Luther King Soul Food Cook-Off will take place at the Muskogee Civic Center on January 15, 2011 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. So far, nearly 100 chefs have regist…

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Whole Person Indoor Triathlon

By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: January 2011

Whether you’re an experienced triathlete, a beginner who’s interested in the triathlon, or you’d just like to put your fitness to the test, Oral Roberts University has an event for you.

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Entrepreneurship Program for Disabled Veterans

By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: January 2011

The Veterans with Disabilities Entrepreneurship Program (VEP), from Oklahoma State University’s Riata Center for Entrepreneurship, is now in its second year.

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Rave On, Buddy Holly

By: Lorrie Ward Jackson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: January 2011

It was “The Day the Music Died.” On February 3, 1959, famous American rock ’n’ roll artist Buddy Holly was killed in a plane crash, along with J.P. “The Big Bo…

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Wedding Traditions in Oklahoma Cultures

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: January 2011

The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art currently has two exciting exhibits based on the concept of marriage. Weddings for many are the happiest day of their lives.

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Tulsa Children’s Museum Introduces “Kid-Hop” to Tulsa Families

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: January 2011

The Tulsa Children’s Museum (TCM) and nationally acclaimed children’s performer Secret Agent 23 Skidoo will introduce Tulsa families to “kid-hop,” a mix of tradi…

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For Unto Y’all

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2010

Here’s a great deal – dinner, theater, fun music, and the telling of the ageless story of Jesus’ birth in an unusual kind of setting.

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Parade of Trees Tour and Silent Auction

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2010

If you’re looking for a fun, festive and cost-free way to get into the holiday spirit, you’re in luck.

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Coming Home to Cascia for Christmas

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2010

Every December, Cascia Hall hosts its annual Cascia Christmas Walk, a fundraiser in which a few volunteer families open their homes to the public after the homes are bea…

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Two of the Most Spectacular Lighting Displays in the State

By: John Owen | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2010

The largest free display of holiday spirit in Northeast Oklahoma can be found in Muskogee.

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A Holiday Miracle

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2010

Some would call it a holiday miracle. Against all odds, three young lives that appeared doomed have blossomed.

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Take a Realistic Nativity Tour

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2010

Christview Christian Church presents the 12th annual Bethlehem Walk to the Tulsa community December 2-5 at their campus at 2525 S. Garnett.

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Discover the True Meaning of Christmas

By: Susan Erler | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2010

Finding the real meaning of the holiday season can be hard to do.

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Sights and Sounds of Christmas Parade

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2010

Get ready for an evening of gorgeous Christmas lights, fun floats and exciting performances in downtown Sapulpa!

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Honoring Veterans Every Day

By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2010

For many, Veterans Day is simply a day off of work. Veterans Day sales abound, and recently it has been celebrated commercially more than emotionally.

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25th Annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Show

By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2010

On Saturday, December 4, the Bixby Community Center (211 N. Cabaniss) is hosting its 25th annual Holiday Arts and Crafts Show.

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Celebrate the Wonder of the Human Form

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2010

You may have heard of it coming to other cities, but now the amazing exhibition that celebrates the wonder of the human form is open in Tulsa.

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Turkey Trot for Tots

By: Susan Erler | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2010

Sometimes you never know how meeting someone can change the course of your life. In an instance, you hear their story and suddenly, you are moved to help, to make a difference.

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Oklahoma RedBud Awards

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2010

Each year, the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department partners with the Oklahoma Travel Industry Association to present the RedBud Awards.“It was an exciting …

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Don’t Miss Dickens on the Boulevard

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2010

Transport yourself back to the days of the Victorian era at Claremore’s annual Dickens on the Boulevard, a two-day event celebrating the beginnings of the city and kicking off the holiday season.

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Pride of Owasso Returning to Roses Parade

By: Susan Erler | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2010

For most groups, an invitation to perform on the international stage is something that they dream of, but it never actually becomes a reality.

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Helping Others During the Holidays

By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2010

The Rock Church is active with outreaches and giveaways all year round, but this is the time of year when they kick off an impressive string of holiday giveaways.

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Festival of Trees to Benefit Shelter Campaign

By: Lorrie Ward Jackson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2010

Are you looking for a fun holiday event that can provide enjoyment for the whole family while contributing to a worthy local cause?

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Ceremony to Honor and Remember

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2010

Some come with tears; others come with a token of remembrance. They all share one thing.

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18th Annual Home & Business Expo

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2010

If you’re looking for a super way to spotlight your business, products and services, the Broken Arrow Area Chamber of Commerce welcomes you to the 2010 Home & Business Expo.

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Goodwill Recognizes ­Annual Award Recipients

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2010

May 3 marked the 2010 Goodwill Industries of Tulsa Annual Awards Luncheon at the Southern Hills Marriott.

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Visual Exploration of Jewish Culture

By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2010

The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art is currently featuring Michael Knigin’s Remembrance 2000 exhibition, a visual exploration of Jewish life and culture before, during and after the Holocaust.

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Silent Auction and Dinner to Benefit Happy Hands

By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2010

The first three years of a child’s life are a crucial formative time for that child’s language and pre-literacy development.

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Helping Local Families in Need

By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2010

“When people look at Bixby, it’s easy for them to see the big houses on the north side and think everything’s great – people don’t always see the needs.

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A Lot’s Going On at The Rock Church

By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2010

On January 17, senior pastors Billy Joe and Theresa Watts celebrated The Rock Church’s first Sunday in its new home – Union’s newly-remodeled Performing Arts Cente…

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Rogers County Literacy Council Celebrates Accomplishments

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2010

Imagine not being able to read the contents of a package you wanted to purchase at a grocery store.

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One Quiet Night

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2009

“Beyond the noise, beyond the lights, beyond the chaos of December days and nights…there is a voice whispering within, calling me beyond the noise, back to Bethlehem…

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Assisted Living at Its Finest

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2009

You’re invited to visit the area’s newest assisted living facility, opening soon. The countdown is on for the opening of Canoe Brook Assisted Living Community, 20102 E. Admiral Pl.

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Take the Walk to Bethlehem

By: Vicky Bowlin | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2009

For the eleventh year, Christview Christian Church in Tulsa will present its annual Bethlehem Walk, a 45-minute guided outdoor tour of an exciting and realistic nativity scene.

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Community Coffeehouse for All

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2009

Goodies Community Coffeehouse is an undertaking in partnership with Lord of Life Lutheran Church.

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26th Annual Home Tour

By: Lorrie Ward Jackson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2009

Certain traditions come with the holidays in Claremore, Oklahoma, such as the festive lighting of Will Rogers Boulevard, extending from Rogers State University through old downtown.

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Reaching Out to the Community

By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2009

If you’re looking for a church with a strong, active community and plenty of opportunities for outreach, you should see what the Rock Church is up to.

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Tulsa Herb Society Hosts Carols and Crumpets

By: Tina Lynn | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2009

What began as a humble holiday festival has elevated into a highly anticipated event that Tulsans, along with those in surrounding communities, eagerly await.

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Take a Dance Step Back in Time

By: Julie Dermody | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2009

The year is 1945. Excitement is everywhere as soldiers return from heroic battles fought on foreign soil. The entire nation is celebrating victory. There’s a dance tonight at the local airport.

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Don’t Miss Dickens on the Boulevard

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2009

Claremore pays tribute to Christmas past and ushers in this year’s holiday with everybody’s annual favorite, Dickens on the Boulevard.

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American Girl Fashion Show Spectacular

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2009

The Junior League of Tulsa proudly presents a weekend of tea parties, dolls and fashion shows during the 6th annual American Girl Fashion Show event.

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Will Rogers Days Are Here!

By: Christy Means-Smith | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2009

Will Rogers is a well-known, beloved personage throughout the state and the nation. It is fitting that Rogers County, the birthplace of Will Rogers, will be hosting Will Rogers Days November 4 through 8.

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An Evening of Hollywood Glitz

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2009

Imagine sauntering down the red carpet in your best evening wear, posing for the paparazzi’s flashing cameras.

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37th Annual Arts & Crafts Benefit Bazaar

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2009

The 37th annual Arts & Crafts Benefit Bazaar, sponsored by Epsilon Sigma Alpha (ESA) Sorority’s Alpha Rho Chapter of Broken Arrow, will be held at Clarence Oliver …

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Go Nuts at Route 66 Pecan & Fun Fest

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2009

The Nut House first opened its doors 41 years ago and sold only native pecans. It has been in its current location on Highway 66, just four miles north of Catoosa, since 1979.

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It’s Time for the Chicken Dance!

By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2009

In Tulsa, Oktoberfest is a tremendous phenomenon, and it’s about that time of year again. Oktoberfest begins Thursday, October 22 and runs through Sunday, October 25.

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Official State of Oklahoma Chili Cook-Off Coming to Owasso

By: John Fenrich | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2009

The official International Chili Society State of Oklahoma Chili Cook-Off will be held in Owasso for the first time on October 24, 2009 at Centennial Park in conjunction…

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Safe Trick or Treating Fun

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2009

For Sapulpa-area kids and the kid in everyone else, Sapulpa Main Street presents Trick or Treat Downtown on Saturday, October 31 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.  Main Street,…

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Art of Hope Gala

By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2009

On Saturday, October 3, CREOKS Behavioral Health Services is hosting its 2nd annual Art of Hope Gala at Warren Place’s Doubletree Hotel.

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Don’t Miss the 49th Annual Greek Festival

By: Christy Means-Smith | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2009

A Greek festival is more than just a good time; it is a display of tradition and culture as well as entertainment and food.

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Amazing Race for Charity

By: Christy Means-Smith | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2009

Have you ever wondered what it’s like to participate in a reality show-based event? Now is your chance to find out!

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An Evening of Wine and Roses

By: Cheryl Johnson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2009

Tulsa Garden Center is pleased to present Tulsa’s premiere fall celebration of wine and food, An Evening of Wine & Roses.

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6th Annual Wine, Eats & Easels

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2009

Each year locals anticipate Broken Arrow’s premier gala, Wine, Eats & Easels, benefiting Broken Arrow Neighbors, a charity organization that provides basic needs a…

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Three Generations and Counting

By: Mary Bransford | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2009

While most are familiar with Boy Scouts of America, few actually know how America’s largest youth organization came to be.

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Free Computer Recycling Program

By: Nancy Webster | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2009

Dell and Goodwill Industries of Tulsa have partnered with Reconnect, a no-charge computer recycling program for consumers.

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A Chance to Change

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2009

For 12 years it was a dream that Janet Nusz held firmly: a safe haven where an abused woman could heal from the past and grow into the woman she wanted to be.

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It’s Blackberry Time

By: Lorrie Ward Jackson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2009

Fireworks. Watermelon. Stars and stripes, red, white and blue – all signs of summer.

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Smile from Ear to Ear

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2009

The sun is shining, the kids are out of school, and everyone has a summer smile on their face – June is the perfect time to spend the day outside enjoying a picnic with loved ones.

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Philbrook Trades Tulips for Tomatoes to Feed Oklahoma’s Hungry

By: Cindy Stevens | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2009

In a time when food stamp participation in Oklahoma is at an all-time high, Philbrook Museum of Art recently announced that it will be converting its entire 3,600 square…

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Fun for All at Black Gold Days

By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2009

Glenpool’s 31st annual Black Gold Days festival, celebrating the discovery of oil there over 100 years ago, is coming June 18-20.

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Route 66 Blowout June 6

By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2009

On Saturday, June 6, downtown Sapulpa will host its 20th annual Route 66 Blowout. This fantastic, free festival features hundreds of classic cars and motorcycles, food, crafts, art, music and lots more.

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Antiques Appraisal Day June 28

By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2009

On Sunday, June 28, the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art will present its first Treasures in Your Attic Appraisal Day.

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Farm Fresh and Festival Fun

By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2009

Local Farmers MarketsBartlesville Farmers MarketFrank Phillips Park, Downtown8:30 a.m.-11 a.m. Saturdays Broken Arrow Farmers Market418 S. Main St.4:30-8:30 p.m. Thursda…

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Programs Are Budding at A New Leaf

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2009

A New Leaf’s mission is to provide developmentally disabled children and adults with life skills and job training through horticultural therapy, vocational placement a…

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Educational Fun This Summer

By: Shelly Robinson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2009

Spring is in the air, and a parent’s thoughts turn to…summer! The kids will be home all day – what to do?

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Family Begins Home Mission Church

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2009

John Hamilton and his wife Lori became sweethearts in high school when they were 17 years old. After they were married, work brought them to Oklahoma.

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7th Annual Luck O’ the Turtle Race

By: Melynda Stone | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2009

It’s not as fast as the horse races, but the odds are better than the lottery. The 10 fastest turtles in the county will win prizes at the 7th annual Rogers County Luck O’ the Turtle Race.

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Double the Bargains

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2009

One of the area’s biggest children’s shopping events takes place Saturday, March 28.

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Helping People and Plants Grow

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2008

Currently 24,000 people with developmental disabilities are living in the greater Tulsa area. A New Leaf, Inc.

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Step Back in Time

By: Christy Means-Smith | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2008

Christmas celebrations kick off at Christview Christian Church December 4 through 7 with the 10th annual Bethlehem Walk.

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Rally at the Rock

By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2008

“When you walk in the door of The Rock Church, there’s a lot of excitement,” says Senior Pastor Billy Joe Watts.

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Become a Grandfriend

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2008

RSVP, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program in Tulsa, needs your help. Are you 55 years or better and looking for a fun, meaningful way to volunteer your time?

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Donate Toys for Children in Need

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2008

The U.S. Marine Corps Reserve began its Toys For Tots program in 1947, when Major Bill Hendricks and a group of Marine Reservists in Los Angeles collected and distributed 5,000 toys to needy children.

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Laurette Willis at Dickens on the Boulevard

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2008

Downtown Claremore will travel back in time to the Victorian era on November 21 and 22 at the annual Dickens on the Boulevard event.

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Become a Grandfriend

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2008

RSVP, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program in Tulsa, needs your help. Are you 55 years or better and looking for a fun, meaningful way to volunteer your time?

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Free Upside of Aging Expo November 8

By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2008

As the world changes and personal information becomes less and less private, increasing numbers of vulnerable adults, including some seniors, are being taken advantage of.

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Shoppers and Crafters Wanted

By: Christy Means-Smith | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2008

One of the longest running local crafts shows happens right here in Bixby, Oklahoma.

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Donations Needed for New Playground

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2008

Some people see only a plat of weeds just north of the Bixby North 5th/6th Grade Center.

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Halloween at the Castle

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2008

Now’s the time to get into the spooky spirit of Halloween, so pack up the family for a short 35-minute drive from Tulsa to the Castle of Muskogee, where you can expect…

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Chick-fil-A Night at Owasso Stadium

By: Shelly Robinson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2008

Chick-fil-A in Owasso would like to invite the community out for a special evening of football, food and fun on Friday, October 24 as the Owasso Rams take on the Choctaw Yellowjackets.

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Crazy for Crafts Fest is Coming Soon

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2008

Though it seems too soon to think about, the holidays are practically at our doorstep.

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Arts & Crafts Benefit Bazaar October 25

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2008

What started out 36 years ago as a small arts & crafts event in a Wal-Mart parking lot has turned into one of Broken Arrow’s largest community fundraising projects.

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Holiday Shopping Extravaganza

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2008

It’s never too soon to start thinking about the holidays – every year it seems they arrive earlier and earlier.

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Make A Difference on October 25

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2008

Three local charity organizations – the American Red Cross, Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, and Goodwill Industries of Tulsa – combine forces to spearhead T…

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Happy HallowMarine

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2008

Are you looking for a different and exciting way to celebrate Halloween with your family this year?

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Steps for Success

By: Kim Thornhill | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2008

Exercise is an important part of life for health and wellbeing, but children often choose television and video games as a sedentary way to pass the time after school and on the weekends.

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Become a Grandfriend

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2008

RSVP, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program in Tulsa, needs your help. Are you 55 years or better and looking for a fun, meaningful way to volunteer your time?

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HallowZOOeen Is Spooktacular

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2008

A spooky and thrilling (but not too frightening) Halloween adventure awaits you and your family at the Tulsa Zoo October 27 through 31.

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Autumn Harvest Festival to Benefit Madonna House

By: Mandy Vavrinak | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2008

The 15th annual Autumn Harvest Arts & Crafts Festival benefiting Madonna House will be Saturday, September 20.

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Mexican Folklorico Dancers Bring Culture to Broken Arrow

By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2008

It’s time once again for the Encore Series, brought to you by the Broken Arrow Arts & Humanities Council.

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Broken Arrow’s Home & Business Expo September 20

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2008

The Broken Arrow Area Chamber of Commerce and area businesses and merchants are banking on the weather being a bit cooler the latter part of September than it historically is the month of August.

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Find Gifts at Arts & Crafts Show September 20

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2008

Need a birthday, wedding, holiday or baby gift?

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Dickens of a Ride Set for October 4

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2008

Saturday, October 4 is the date set for the 2nd Annual Dickens of a Ride bicycling event, hosted by Claremore Main Street.

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Participate in PSO Christmas Parade of Lights

By: Patty Croucher | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2008

It’s almost time for Christmas!

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Leadership Tulsa Seeks Applicants for Class 41

By: Dawn Melton | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2008

Tulsa-area residents who want to learn more about the city and explore volunteer opportunities should consider participating in the upcoming Leadership Tulsa program.App…

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Buckskin Buddies at Claremore Expo

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2008

The Oklahoma Buckskin Horse Association (OBHA) is a non-profit organization founded in 1981. A portion of the funding supporting the organization and its activities is derived from area businesses.

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“The Cemetery Club” September 18-21

By: Shelly Robinson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2008

Owasso Community Theatre Company (OCT) continues its tradition of excellence with the production of “The Cemetery Club” by Ivan Menchell.

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Donate Your Used Eyewear

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2008

Today 250 million people around the world suffer from poor vision because they don’t have access to vision care and glasses.

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It’s Fair Time

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2008

It’s September and autumn’s cooler weather is upon us, two signs indicating one thing – it’s time for the fair! Get ready to experience the excitement of the 94th Annual Rogers County Free Fair.

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Amazing Race for Charity

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2008

The Rogers County Young Professionals (RCYPO) was established a year ago with a purpose to help attract and retain young professionals by providing them a social network…

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Say Shalom to Shalomfest

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2008

Mark your calendars for Sunday, September 14 for Shalomfest 2008!

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An Evening of Wine and Roses

By: Cheryl Johnson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2008

Get ready to experience the sweet smell of roses, spectacular wines, scrumptious foods, and a sky full of stars as Tulsa Garden Center presents Tulsa’s premiere fall w…

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Walton Runs for Sheriff

By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2008

“Rogers County is the fastest-growing county in Oklahoma, and it’s important to start today to meet the needs of tomorrow,” says Scott Walton, a 27-year veteran of the Tulsa Police Department.

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American Celebrates America

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2008

Every summer Americans celebrate the birth of their country, commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.

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Bixby Green Corn Festival Going on Now

By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2008

The annual Bixby Green Corn Festival is taking place right now in downtown Bixby.

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Experience the Difference of Cedar Point

By: Jamie Brace | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2008

Ricky Burke, as his peers at Claremore High School called him 30 years ago, is now known as Pastor Rick. After more than 20 years of serving as a youth pastor in other states, he’s back home to stay.

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Claremore’s Freedom Celebration

By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2008

The fourth of July is about celebrating our country and our freedom with loved ones.

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Independence Day 2008

By: Christy Means-Smith | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2008

The Fourth of July is associated with family gatherings, celebrations, parades, picnics, and of course, fireworks.

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Back-to-School Fashion Benefit

By: Julie Dermody | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2008

Though it seems like summer just began, autumn will be here soon, bringing back-to-school fashion trends to the minds of both kids and parents.

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Celebrating 40 Years of Volunteer Nursing

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2008

In March of 1968, MaryAnn Staab, along with five other inactive Tulsa-area nurses, founded Registered Nurse Community Volunteers, Inc. (RNCV).

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Goodwill 2007 Award Winners

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2008

Goodwill Industries of Tulsa recently celebrated its successes of 2007 at the Annual Awards Luncheon at Southern Hills Marriott in Tulsa.

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Skate Night to Benefit Lord of Life Lutheran Church

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2008

Lord of Life Lutheran Church recently dealt with a disheartening situation when their six-by-nine-foot trailer containing all of the church’s holy items and video, aud…

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Owasso Supports the Arts

By: Shelly Robinson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2008

April 19 was an exquisite night for those gathered at Old Central to support the Arts and Humanities Council of Owasso (AHCO).

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Rebecca Lowe Muratet Seeks to Serve

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2008

Rebecca Lowe Muratet knows the importance of giving back to her community, and she credits her father for the honesty and strong work ethic she has developed in life.

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Sapulpa Golf Tournament Set for June 20

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2008

Attention golfers! The Sapulpa Annual Chamber Golf Classic will be Friday, June 20 at the Sapulpa Municipal Golf Course.

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Salsa Festival Slated for June 7

By: Christy Means-Smith | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2008

Thirty years ago Route 66 was replaced by Interstate 55, but the historic road continues to live on. Each year its legacy is celebrated with many bustling commemorative festivities.

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Linnaeus Teaching Garden Celebrating 2nd Anniversary

By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2008

The Tulsa Garden Center’s Linnaeus Teaching Garden, located in Woodward Park, is one of Tulsa’s most beautiful hidden gems. Saturday, June 7, the center will celebra…

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SummerStage at Tulsa Performing Arts Center

By: Chad Oliverson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2008

SummerStage is a performing arts festival held at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center. Performances include a variety of disciplines: musical, drama, comedy, dance and cabaret theatre.

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Friends of Will Rogers Docent Program

By: Pat Reeder | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2008

Friends of Will Rogers will soon be taking on a new meaning.

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Bixby BBQ’n Blues Set for May 9-10

By: Mike Gately | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2008

Do you find delicious barbecue irresistible? Do the soulful sounds of blues music really get your feet tapping?

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“Doors of Bixby” Contest

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2008

Many people in Bixby show their community pride and welcoming spirit with their front doors.

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Claremore Celebrates Heritage

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2008

Claremore is a one-of-a-kind place with an interesting history.

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A Time to Lead

By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2008

When Oklahoma became a state in 1907, magnificent clocks were seen in the public areas of towns and cities across the United States.

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Oklahoma Renaissance Festival

By: Karen Cunningham | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2008

Have you ever wished you could travel to a bygone era and visit the days of royalty, court jesters, elaborate costumes and jousting?

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Caregiving Across the Miles

By: Sherry Clark | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2008

According to the National Center on Caregiving, unpaid family caregivers are, and likely will continue to be, the largest source of long-term care services in the United States.

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Top-Ranked Museum

By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2008

“Jewish Living Magazine” has named Tulsa's Sherwin Miller Museum as one of the top Jewish museums in North America, behind only the United States Holocaust Memorial …

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Mayfest Set for 15-18

By: Heather Pingry | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2008

The 36th annual Tulsa International Mayfest is scheduled for May 15 through the 18 in the heart of beautiful downtown Tulsa.

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A Night In The Orient

By: Shelly Robinson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2008

Drive through Owasso and you are sure to notice the numerous bronze statues of children playing, reading, swinging and engaging in a variety of active pursuits.

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Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame Spring Jazz Series Calendar

By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2008

The Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame is hosting its Spring Jazz Concert performances on Sunday afternoons in the month of March.

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Easter Bunny is Coming to Jenks

By: Shelly Robinson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2008

There will be many Easter customs repeated this month… including an egg roll on the White House lawn and an Easter egg hunt in Jenks, Oklahoma.

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Stream Life

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2008

On March 7-9, the Oklahoma Aquarium will unveil the largest new exhibit in nearly five years, “The Hayes Family Ozark Stream.” This 1700 square foot exhibit, adjace…

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The World Famous Platters will Perform at Red Glove Revue

By: Deanna Rebro | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2008

For the first time in 46 years, the Tulsa Cerebral Palsy Association’s Red Glove Revue will feature world famous entertainment--The World Famous Platters.  With c…

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“Portraits of a Garden” Photo Contest Winners

By: Cheryl Johnson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2008

On January 17, 2008 a reception was held at Tulsa Garden Center for all amateur photographers participating in the Portraits of a Garden Photo Contest and Exhibit and their guests.

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Rope-In a Good Time

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2007

For the second consecutive year, the Claremore Expo will host the American Cowboys Rodeo Association’s American Finals Rodeo.

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Volunteers Wanted

By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2007

Since 1971, the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, a nonprofit organization and United Way agency, has been committed to creating partnerships with nonprofit and public a…

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Guardian of the Plains

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2007

Aside from the bald eagle, not many animals represent the United States like the bison of the American plains.  Unfortunately, as early European settlers moved west…

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Calling All Musicians

By: Sarah Mitschke | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2007

Although most people are focused on the holidays, planning for the 36th Annual Tulsa International Mayfest is well underway.

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Voting for the Future

By: Michael Murray | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2007

On November 13, patrons of Claremore Public Schools will decide on a bond issue in the form of two propositions: $42,645,000 for facilities and $330,000 for transportation equipment.

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Cole Butler Launches Campaign for Rogers County Sheriff

By: Julie Dermody | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2007

Centennial celebrations are ending this month as Oklahomans reflect on the past century. The pioneering spirit still fills the hearts of those who call Oklahoma home.

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The Ultimate Benefit for OCR

By: Sarah Mitschke | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2007

Owasso community leaders and residents came together on Thursday, October 11, for a fun evening of mingling, fabulous food and an inspiring guest speaker.

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Vote on Owasso Bond Issue Nov. 13

By: Shelly Robinson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2007

Ever hosted a birthday party and tried to fit 30 kids into your living room?

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Healthy Improvements

By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2007

Dee Sink has been an agent for The Holmes Organization for over four years and has 22 years of experience in the insurance business.

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Generosity Ball Set For December 8

By: Michael Lail | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2007

Interested in helping troubled boys? The Sand Springs community is continuing an exciting holiday tradition.

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Will Rogers Days

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2007

Organized by the Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore, Will Rogers Days is set for November 2 through 4. The annual celebration marks the birth of the famous Oklahoman.

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Putting the Family, Fun and Fright in Halloween

By: Renee Profitt | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2007

For four haunting weekends in October, the Haunted Castle of Muskogee will host nine great Halloween events at its 60-acre Halloween theme park.

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Art on Main Set for October 13

By: Sarah Mitschke | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2007

The Fourth Annual Art on Main: A Celebration of Oklahoma Art and Music will be held Saturday, October 13, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in historic downtown Jenks to celebrate the visual and performing arts.

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Adventure Awaits Ye

By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2007

A safe, indoor, family-friendly event hosted by the Oklahoma Aquarium, HallowMarine is a great way to spend Halloween.

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Opportunities Abound for Businesses

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2007

The Fifth Annual Owasso Chamber of Commerce Total Resource Campaign is preparing for its kickoff.  TRC, as it is known, offers chamber members a wide range of adver…

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Kick Off the Holidays and Make a Difference

By: Lorrie Jackson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2007

It is almost time again for the Simon Evening of Giving, a charity event held every year at Simon malls across the country to kick off the holiday season while helping local charities.

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Upstairs Downtown

By: Lei Rumley | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2007

The Sapulpa Main Street program continually works to keep the heart of Sapulpa alive. The downtown commercial district features much of the original, distinctive architecture of the 1920’s.

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Sapulpa Main Street Trick or Treat

By: Lei Rumley | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2007

Still making Halloween plans? Look no further.

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The Broken Arrow Area Chamber of Commerce Announces Its July 2007 Ribbon Cuttings & Ground Breaking

By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2007

Ribbon Cuttings:July 9 – Driver Testing CenterJuly 10 – Southern Trails Estates/Brandon Perkins Development July 18 – Back Creek Deli & Gifts July 19 – Agio …

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A Fair to Remember

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2007

The Broken Arrow Main Street Merchant Association will host its annual Heart of Broken Arrow Arts and Crafts Fair on Saturday, September 22.

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Spreading Christmas Cheer

By: Heather Pingry | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2007

Every December, Tulsa welcomes the Christmas season with the Public Service Company of Oklahoma Christmas Parade of Lights.  Organizers of the event wish to invite …

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Guten Tag!

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2007

The German-American Society of Tulsa began informal activities in 1979 as a result of the great popularity of Tulsa’s first Oktoberfest.

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Just Between Friends Sale Set for September 13-16

By: Lei Rumley | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2007

It’s here again! The Just Between Friends fall event in Broken Arrow is taking place September 13 through 16 at the Central Park Community Center.

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Rogers County Fair Fun

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2007

As fall quickly approaches, Oklahoma residents anticipate the 2007 Rogers County Fair. Held at the Claremore Expo Center, this year’s fair will run from September 12 through 17.

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An Evening of Wine & Roses

By: Cheryl Johnson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2007

The Tulsa Garden Center is pleased to announce the return of Tulsa’s premiere fall wine and food event.

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Leading the Future of Bixby

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2007

Leadership Bixby is sponsored by the Bixby Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the City of Bixby.

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The Broken Arrow Area Chamber of Commerce Announces Its June 2007 Ribbon Cuttings

By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2007

June 1 – Automax Hyundai of Broken ArrowJune 7 – Keja VuJune 14 – Landmark Business Systems, Inc.June 21 – Johnny Starkey D.D.S., PCJune 26 – China Star Restau…

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Back-To-School Bargains

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2007

With children and young adults heading back to school this month, there are some great savings to be found at Goodwill on back-to-school items. Shoppers will find all si…

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Jenks Car & Truck Show to be Held August 18

By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2007

On August 18, car lovers from all over Oklahoma will have a great opportunity to check out amazing cars while supporting a great cause.

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Free Marriage Workshops

By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2007

“People need education to be doctors. They need extensive training. But people don’t need any education to be able to get married.

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Caring for the Community

By: Renetta Harrison | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2007

The Rogers County Health Department is proud to announce the addition of a new nurse to its clinic staff.

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“Dearly Beloved” Dinner Event

By: Christy Means-Smith | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: August 2007

Community theater provides many genres of art for the community, as well as wonderful opportunities for actors and artists of all kinds.

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Broken Arrow Area Chamber of Commerce Announces Its Ribbon Cuttings and Groundbreakings

By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2007

Changes in the Chamber

By: Sarah Mitschke | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2007

Mickey Thompson, president and CEO of the Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce, has announced that Deb Marshall will join him at the chamber as the new vice president of business support and public affairs.

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Shop for a Chance to Win Five Grand!

By: Sarah Mitschke | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2007

The Christmas in July event is held every year in Owasso to promote shopping during the summertime, a time of the year when companies may experience less business than usual.

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Explore! Summer Arts Camp Will Be Held July 9-20

By: Christy Means-Smith | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2007

By enhancing the ability to think and create, the arts can be a fun way for people to further develop themselves intellectually.

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Sapulpa’s Fifth Annual Royal Jazz Fest Set for July 26-28

By: Joshua Danker-Dake | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2007

Most Oklahoma residents are unaware of jazz music’s roots in Sapulpa. The upcoming Fifth Annual Royal Jazz Festival will provide an opportune time to learn more about jazz and its history in our state.

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Taste of Bixby Successful

By: Sarah Mitschke | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: July 2007

Sponsored by the Bixby Chamber of Commerce, the Taste of Bixby food festival was held June 7 at Washington Irving Memorial Park and Arboretum.

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Art in the Park

By: Sarah Mitschke | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2007

For more than five years, the Arts and Humanities Council of Owasso has produced the Art in the Park series.

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Corn-Chomping Fun

By: Sarah Mitschke | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2007

This year’s Bixby Green Corn Festival will be held June 28 through 30.

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Raising Awareness. Inspiring Action.

By: Sarah Mitschke | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2007

On February 10, 2005, 31-year-old Carrie Tudor, a victim of domestic violence, was shot to death by her ex-husband before he killed himself. The incident occurred at Carrie’s workplace in Tulsa.

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Goodwill Celebrates 80 Years

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2007

Goodwill Industries of Tulsa recently celebrated 80 years of service with its 2007 Awards Luncheon.

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Reliving History

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2007

A replication project of the historic Mason Hotel is now underway at the J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum in Claremore, recreating the hotel’s lobby and coffee shop.

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Christmas Arrives Early in Owasso

By: Sarah Mitschke | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2007

The Christmas in July event is held every year in Owasso to promote shopping during the summertime, a time of the year when companies may experience less business than usual.

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It’s Relay For Life Time

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2007

Tighten up those shoelaces! It is time for the 10th Annual American Cancer Society Relay For Life of Broken Arrow.

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Kickin’ Cancer

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: June 2007

Relay For Life is the main fundraising event for the American Cancer Society.

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BA Chamber Promotes Two Staff Members

By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2007

Broken Arrow Chamber of Commerce CEO and President Mickey Thompson recently announced the promotion of Kathy Reynolds and Sandy Cagle to vice president positions within …

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Renaissance Festival

By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2007

May marks the beginning of the 12th Annual Oklahoma Renaissance Festival.

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Vision of Claremore Shines on a Bright Future

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2007

City Manager Troy Powell and Assistant City Manager Matt Mueller are both very quick to give credit to the Claremore City Council for its willingness and ability to “d…

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Discovery Awaits

By: Eddie Stephens | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2007

Beginning May 6 and continuing every Sunday through May 27, Newspring Family Church in Jenks will explore Character Island.

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True Native American Heritage

By: Julie Dermody | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2007

Oklahoma is a native land of the red man, where landscapes of rolling hills and wide-open prairies meet.

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Locals Raise Funds to Fight Breast Cancer

By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2007

Shauna Henry of Jenks and Debbie Trevino of Collinsville will be holding a garage sale from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on May 19 and 20 at 419 E. F St. in Jenks.

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A Sweet Southern Night

By: Sarah Mitschke | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2007

The Arts and Humanities Council of Owasso excitedly awaits A Sweet Southern Night, the Fourth Annual Timmy and Cindy Gala.

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Tulsa Boys’ Home Announces May Fundraising Events

By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: May 2007

Excitement is high as horseracing fans and Tulsa Boys’ Home supporters sign up for the Third Annual Run for the Roses fundraising event.

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Ready, Set, Grow

By: Sarah Mitschke | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2007

The arrival of spring brings A New Leaf’s Seventh Annual Gardenfest and Craft Fair to Broken Arrow.

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A Legend Lives On: The Glenn Miller Orchestra Returns

By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2007

Combining a tradition of rich music with an evening of wonderment, the Broken Arrow Arts and Humanities Council gives its final presentation of the Encore Series.  …

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Broken Arrow’s Rooster Days

By: Christy Means-Smith | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2007

Renowned as Oklahoma’s oldest festival, Broken Arrow’s Rooster Days event is marked far in advance on the calendars of many.

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Prevent Child Abuse

By: Angela Henderson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2007

Two local child advocacy agencies, the William W. Barnes Children’s Advocacy Center and Tri-County Court Appointed Special Advocates, have announced that April is Chil…

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Centennial Set for May 19

By: Eddie Stephens | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2007

May 19 marks the day Claremore and the rest of Rogers County will honor its history.

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Eggstravagant Fun

By: Eddie Stephens | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2007

On Saturday, April 7, a few thousand children and their families will congregate at Faith Church in Glenpool.  Their annual Easter Extravaganza is a seasonal attrac…

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J.M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2007

J.M. Davis first caught a glimpse of his future shortly after turning seven years old.  Davis’ father gave him a muzzle-loading shotgun that cost only $1.50; not …

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Turn Your Cast-offs into Cash

By: Sarah Mitschke | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2007

It’s officially springtime, and many Oklahomans have replaced their snow boots with flip flops. But with the new season comes spring cleaning, a dreaded task by most.

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Owasso Trail Days: May 3 through 5

By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2007

Owasso’s largest festival celebrates the city’s colorful past and progressive future.  Trail Days, a three-day festival during the first weekend in May, provide…

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SpringFest

By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2007

Spring has sprung! Are you ready to start digging in the dirt to make your landscape beautiful again after the long, cold winter?

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Mayfest Volunteer Positions Available

By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: April 2007

Organizers of the 2007 Tulsa International Mayfest, scheduled for May 17 through 20 in beautiful downtown Tulsa, are seeking volunteers for the festival.  Both indi…

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Wedding Bells are Going to Chime

By: Christy Means-Smith | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2007

Spring is fast approaching, and with it comes many plans for weddings.

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Improving the Quality of Education

By: Mary Bower | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2007

The CPSF was established in 1988 by a group of community citizens for the purpose of improving the quality of education in Claremore Schools.

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Looking to the Future

By: Lorrie Jackson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2007

There has been a new addition to the Tulsa landscape, and it is certainly a welcome one.

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The Art of Leadership

By: Dawn Melton | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2007

What is “Leadership”? Leadership is hard to define. It can mean different things to different people.

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Claremore Turtle Races

By: Julie Dermody | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2007

Several years ago, the Rubber Duckie left the small waterways of the bathtub, graduated to larger waters, and captured nationwide attention as thousands of little yellow…

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Outstanding & Exceptional Leadership

By: Eddie Stephens | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2007

Each year the Sapulpa Chamber of Commerce seeks outstanding individuals to be recognized as their Citizen of the Year.

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More Than A Show

By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2007

Each year the Premium Show and Sale event is put on, involving students committed to agriculture.

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Dog Iron Classic Dog Show

By: Lorrie Jackson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2007

Attention all canine lovers: it’s that time of year again—time to mark your calendars for the annual Dog Iron Classic All Breed Dog Show sponsored by the Claremore Kennel Club.

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Thomas Kwik Kar Enlists to Assist Red Cross in Fundraising Campaign

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2007

Cindy Thomas is the chairperson for the 2007 Rogers/Mayes County “Heroes for the ARC (American Red Cross)” fundraising campaign.

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It’s EZ

By: Eddie Stephens | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: March 2007

Tulsa Transit is excited to introduce their new EZ Rider Program.

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Real Estate for Women

By: Mary Bransford | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2007

Women are no longer waiting for Mr. Right to buy a house. Single women buying their own homes is the fastest growing segment of the real estate market.

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Junior League of Tulsa is Accepting Scholarship Applications

By: Sarah Franzen | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2007

Founded in 1923, The Junior League of Tulsa, Inc.

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Entrepreneur Fair, March 1

By: Eddie Stephens | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2007

What do the following have in common: a parking meter, a grocery cart, and a Yield traffic sign?This is a strange combination of items, certainly.

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Get Ready for Spring Planting

By: Thom Golden | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: February 2007

So, spring is just around the corner and you’re looking out at your garden and wondering what you’re going to do to give that boring yard a little pizzazz.

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Roping, Riding & Racing

By: Lorrie Jackson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2006

If you love a good rodeo and you can not get enough of riding, roping and racing then you are in for a treat.

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Christmas Aglow

By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2006

Muskogee is aglow with the lights of Christmas.

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Thank You to All Who Helped Make Our Owasso Arts & Humanities Murder Mystery A Great Success!

By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2006

“Cross your heart and Hope to Die” was the second annual murder mystery dinner held by the Owasso Arts and Humanities Council on November 4, 2006 at Simmons Barn in Owasso.

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Winterfest

By: Eddie Stephens | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2006

Imagine a crisp December evening with warm coats and blankets, the taste of hot chocolate from a cup nestled in gloved hands and the much anticipated, distant sounds of an approaching parade.

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Holiday Stroll

By: Jane Hanson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2006

Holiday shopping while fighting crowds in packed department stores and malls is never much fun.

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Photo Contest

By: Cheryl Johnson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: December 2006

A toddler smelling flowers, brilliant colors of fall leaves, snow packed trees shimmering in the winter light or a bed of spring tulips. During every season the images of our world change.

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It’s Time to Buy Broken Arrow

By: Karla Hernandez | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2006

November is here and it is not too early to be thinking about purchasing Christmas presents for your family, friends and coworkers.

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In Blue Skies

By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2006

As I close my eyes, and pretend that I’m not melting, I can see, clear skies, cool crisp breezes, leaves on trees turning bright colors – other than brown,  gre…

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“Share the Bread”

By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2006

Panera Bread is inviting the greater-Tulsa community to “Share the Bread” by participating in a food drive to benefit the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.

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Jingle Bell Sweepstakes

By: Jane Hanson | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2006

Enter the Sapulpa Jingle Bell Sweepstakes and you could win $10,000, or one of many other cash prizes.

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Historical Christmas Celebrations!

By: Julie Dermody | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2006

Enjoy a Victorian Christmas at the Belvidere, a place where history has taken a step back in time and preserved the ambience of the Victorian era within its walls.

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Thrills & Chills

By: Value News | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2006

It’s October, 1539, and rumor has it that the Castle of Muskogee is haunted by a strange entity.

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Spook-tacular Fun

By: Eddie Stephens | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2006

If you’re looking for an exceptional place to enjoy seasonal events, Celebration Station has some extraordinary options available to you.On Saturday, October 28th, fro…

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“Roundup for Jesus”

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2006

Rodeo fans are in for a treat when world champion cowboys and cowgirls ride into the Claremore Expo Center October 6-8 for the largest non-sanctioned rodeo in Oklahoma this year.

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Motorcycle Enthusiasts

By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2006

At the ripe old age of five, Jeff Williams was “helping” his father build his motorcycle swap meet business.

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Fun For All: Big Band Hangar Dance

By: Julie Dermody | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: October 2006

This Veterans Day November 11, 2006, the clock will turn back the sands of time for a celebration of years gone by.The Tulsa squadron of the Commemorative Air Force will…

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PSO Christmas Parade of Lights

By: Heather Pingry | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2006

Santa Claus is coming to town…and he wants you to join him in the PSO Christmas Parade of Lights, scheduled for Saturday, December 9th at 6 p.m. Organizers of the para…

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A Horse Show of a Different Color

By: Eddie Stephens | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2006

In this part of the country anything having to do with horses most often brings to mind a western theme.

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Music on the Square Noon-time Concert Series

By: Heather Pingry | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: September 2006

Tulsa, OK., July 20, 2006 – Downtown Tulsa Unlimited is bringing midday entertainment back to the heart of downtown Tulsa with its Music on the Square concert series.

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Le Louvre - Food Review

By: Kristi Roe-Owen | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2017

As I approached the counter, visually absorbing the rainbow of pastries, the smiling man behind the counter named Clement offered up a plate filled with bite-sized pieces of almond croissant.

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The 2017 Holiday Tea-Off

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2017

This year commemorates the 24th Annual Holiday Tea Off sponsored by the Broken Arrow Main Street Merchants Association.

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Happy Holiday Happenings

By: Kristi Roe-Owen | Category: In Our Communities | Issue: November 2017

The holidays are finally here! To celebrate, we want to share this list of the most cheerful happenings around town so you can find the perfect events for your family to enjoy.

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