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Local Groups Remember 9/11

On Sept. 11, the Wealaka Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) held its annual Patriot Day at Washington Irving Park. The John Plumb Chapter of Colonial Dames also provided support for the event and purchased a contemplation bench, which has been placed on the lawn west of the 9-11 Memorial in Washington Irving Park.

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Unique Balloons at Gatesway Festival

A flying beaver and baby bee will be special guests at this year’s Gatesway Balloon Festival, to be held Sept. 19-20 at Cherokee Casino Will Rogers Downs in Claremore.

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Sigma Chi Tulsa Celebrates Milestone

In July, 300 Sigma Chi Fraternity alumni from across the country gathered for the 100 Years of Brotherhood anniversary celebration, the Tulsa alumni association’s celebration of 100 years of uninterrupted weekly meetings. “Our association is the only one of 150 alumni groups nationally to celebrate 100 years of uninterrupted weekly meetings,” says Aaron Massey, president of Sigma Chi Tulsa Alumni Association.

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Natural Grocery Boom Continues

By EMILY RAMSEY

Even with the recent closing of GreenAcres Market just two years after opening in Jenks, the natural and organic grocery store movement continues to grow locally, begging the question of how many natural grocery stores can Greater Tulsa sustain.

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Castle of Muskogee Offers New Fireworks

The Castle of Muskogee, Oklahoma’s 37,000-square-foot Fireworks Retail Showroom, has added 42 fireworks to its selection for 4th of July celebrations.

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Owasso Farmers Market Enters Tenth Year

By ANNE BOYD

In 2005, a group of friends decided to create a market for the area to enjoy. They set up tables, filled baskets with fresh foods, and greeted everyone who came by.
Since then, the market has grown to be an important part of the community. Families can pick out healthy ingredients that the vendors proudly display.

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AWC Newsmakers Luncheon to Honor Distinguished Writer, Three Local Leaders

Janet Pearson, a reporter turned editorial writer who covered major beats and issues for the Tulsa World for almost four decades, has won the Saidie Award, the highest honor of the Tulsa Chapter of the Association for Women in Communication (AWC). The organization will recognize Pearson and three other women who shape or write about the news at AWC’s Newsmaker Luncheon, Wednesday, May 7, at Southern Hills Country Club.

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Blair Mansion Demolished

Below is a letter from Daniel Buford, owner of Tulsa’s Blair Mansion, regarding his decision to deconstruct the Midtown home.

To My Fellow Tulsans,
It has been my great pleasure to reside in the Blair Mansion at 2800 S. Boston Ave. in the great city of Tulsa. The property on which the house resides will soon become part of A Gathering Place for Tulsa, a planned 66.5-acre park along Riverside Drive. As many of you know, the house was never part of the park design. Recognizing that, I took responsibility for the future of the home.

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Tulsa Bar Association Announces Law Day Events

By EMILY RAMSEY

Tulsa lawyers want to see students embrace what the United States stands for—democracy, the rule of law and freedom.

That is why each year, the Tulsa County Bar Foundation, in conjunction with Tulsa County Bar Association (TCBA), makes a special effort to spread the word about Law Day, held on May 1.

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Jenks Arts District Introduces Lectures

By EMILY RAMSEY

Making art more accessible. That is the concept behind the creation of the Third Thursday Lecture Series. The series is the first endeavor by the arts council, the governing body for downtown Jenks’ arts district, which encompasses Main Street.
The idea for the district began early last year as a way to expand artistic servings in Jenks, says Jenks Communications Director Nick DeMoss.

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Dillon International Holds Lunar New Year Event

Dillon International will ring in the Year of the Horse at its 19th-annual Lunar New Year benefit dinner.

This year’s celebration of the popular Asian holiday, to be held on Feb. 8 from 6–9 p.m. at Tulsa’s Hyatt Regency Downtown, 100 E. 2nd St., will honor company founders Deniese and Jerry Dillon, whose vision has led to more than 6,000 children joining adoptive families throughout the United States.

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NEW LOCATION:

Stu McDaniel, middle, of GuRuStu, an award-winning creative advertising agency, held an open house during the holiday season at the agency’s new location at 628 E. Third St. in Tulsa. Enjoying the tour and festivities are Tulsa County Commissioners Ron Peters and Karen Keith.

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FAMOUS VISITOR:

The Wayne Bradshaw family of Tulsa welcomed Samantha Isler home during the holidays. From left, at a Rotary Club of Tulsa luncheon, are Wayne Bradshaw, daughter Tina Miller, Isler and Linda Bradshaw. Isler is an actress on the NBC sitcom Sean Saves the World and the granddaughter of Wayne and Linda.

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MLK PARADE:

Ebony Clark, winner of the 2013 National American Miss Oklahoma Jr. Pre-Teen Pageant, takes part in the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade on Jan. 20 in downtown Tulsa. Ten-year-old Clark was awarded $1,000, trips to Hollywood and to Disneyland, and a one-year modeling contract. The program is based on inner beauty, poise and presentation. Emphasis is placed on the importance of gaining self-confidence, learning new skills, upholding a good attitude, and achieving personal goals.

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MIDTOWN SPROUTS:

Locals shop during the grand opening of Sprouts Farmers Market on Jan. 8 at 4123 S. Harvard Ave. in Tulsa. This is the natural-food retailer’s second location in the greater Tulsa area, with a third planned to open in Broken Arrow later this year.

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