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Tulsa Chamber Announces 2017 Intercity Visit to Fort Worth

In October, the Tulsa Regional Chamber and community representatives will make their eighth Intercity Visit, this year to Fort Worth, Texas. The annual Intercity Visit program focuses on peer cities in order to learn best practices and hear success stories.

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Gathering Place, Riverside Drive to Open in Mid-2018

A Gathering Place for Tulsa (TGP) and the City of Tulsa have announced the coordinated opening of Riverside Drive and the park in late spring/summer 2018. In the meantime, the Chapman Foundations Adventure Playground will open in January 2018 with scheduled visits from Tulsa area elementary school children.

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A Gathering Place for Tulsa Names Leadership Fivesome

As progress continues at A Gathering Place for Tulsa (TGP), the park recently announced its leadership team. TGP has named Kirsten Hein as senior programming officer, Josh Henderson as senior operations officer, Amanda Murphy as senior marketing officer and Steve Terry as senior culinary officer. The team will work together with Tony Moore, park director, in running the day-to-day operations and programming for the park.

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Food Bank Raises Hunger Awareness

The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma held its 21st annual Empty Bowls Hunger Awareness Dinner and Auction on April 25, with the goal of raising enough money to provide 2.4 million meals to feed those in need in Oklahoma and raise awareness of the hunger issues in the state.

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Brady Groundbreaking

THE FLATS AT ARCHER: Representatives of Comstar Advisors, C Star, Rupe Helmer Group and other stakeholders broke ground on April 11 for The Flats at Archer, an $11 million multi-family mixed-use project, to be located at 110 N. Boston Ave. The five-story, 62-unit property is expected to open in summer 2018.

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Beth Rengel Discusses New Book

By EMILY RAMSEY

On March 14, former Tulsa news anchor Beth Rengel spoke to the Rotary Club of Bixby about her recently-published book, “Anchored in Illusion.”

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Central Library Celebrates 100,000th Checkout

In February, Tulsa City-County Library’s Central Library reached a milestone since its reopening: its 100,000th checkout of printed materials.

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CTCA Founder to Receive Horatio Alger Award

Courtesy Horatio Alger Association

Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc., a nonprofit educational organization honoring the achievements of outstanding individuals and encouraging youth to pursue their dreams through higher education, has announced that Richard J Stephenson, founder and chairman of Cancer Treatment Centers of America, has been selected for membership in the prestigious organization. Stephenson, widely recognized for his philanthropic efforts, global business leadership, and establishment of a new standard in personalized cancer care, joins 10 other esteemed business and civic leaders from across North America in receiving this honor in 2017. For the last 70 years, the Horatio Alger Award has been annually bestowed upon admirable leaders who have succeeded despite facing adversity and who are committed to higher education and charitable efforts in their local communities.

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St. Bernard’s Dinner Extravaganza is May 13

The St. Bernard’s Catholic Church Annual Dinner Extravaganza will be Saturday, May 13 at 6 p.m. at the Renaissance Hotel. Tickets are $100 each, which includes dinner, music by The Grady Nichols Band, 99 drawings for $100 and the chance to win the 2017 Ford Mustang pictured at the right or $25,000.

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BBQ ‘n Blues Support

FESTIVAL APPRECIATION: The Rotary Club of Bixby recently presented Tulsa Blues Society President Bill Martin, center, with $500 in appreciation of the society’s support of the Bixby Rotary BBQ ‘n Blues Festival. Also pictured is Rotary Club Grant Chair Jim Robinson and Rotary President Kim Miller. The 16th annual BBQ ‘n Blues Festival will be held May 5-6.

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Red Cross Calls for Type O Negative and AB Blood Donors

The American Red Cross has issued a call for individuals with type O negative and AB blood to make an appointment to give after severe winter weather in some parts of the country caused about 250 Red Cross blood drives to cancel in March, resulting in more than 8,500 uncollected blood donations.

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Give a Little, Change A Lot with the Power of Twelve

By K. J. WEBB

The Salvation Army of Metro Tulsa has launched the Power of Twelve, an ambitious comprehensive program that focuses exclusively on helping those in the community who need it most: the homeless, impoverished and hungry families, children and individuals and the thousands of at-risk youth who encounter challenges on a daily basis.

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Bixby Outreach Receives Check

ROTARY DONATION: In January, the Bixby Outreach Center received a $20,000 donation from the Rotary Club of Bixby. The donation came from proceeds from the Rotary Club’s Bixby BBQ ‘n Blues Festival, held annually in May. From left are Rotary Club of Bixby past president Jim Robinson, Bixby Outreach Center Executive Director Natalie Kemmerly and Rotary Club President Kim Miller. For the club’s 2017 Bixby BBQ ‘n Blues Festival, Hillcrest Hospital South will serve as co-sponsor.

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Downtown Residential Soon to Open in Jenks

By EMILY RAMSEY

Thrive, a residential multi-family property in downtown Jenks, is nearing completion.
Thrive Jenks broke ground in December 2015 and is a development by ERC, which has been building single family and multi-family residential properties in the South and Midwest since 1957. ERC’s first Thrive development opened in Bentonville, Arkansas, in 2015.

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Tulsa Library’s Writing Contest Begins Feb. 1

Entries for the 2017 Tulsa City-County Library’s annual Young People’s Creative Writing contest are being accepted Feb. 1-March 4. The contest is free to enter and open to ages 10-18 for those who live in Tulsa County, attend school in Tulsa County or have a nonresident library card.

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