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Hardesty Foundation Donates to Tulsa Ballet

The Hardesty Family Foundation has donated 13.72 acres of land to support the development of a Tulsa Ballet satellite school in Broken Arrow. The future site of the Hardesty Center for Dance Education (CDE) is located just east of the intersection of Aspen Ave. (145th) and New Orleans (101st). The lead gift for the project, valued at $4.185 million, is one of the largest gifts ever awarded by the foundation and its founders, Roger and Donna Hardesty.

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BOK Recognized for Garth PR Campaign

The SMG-managed BOK Center was honored for its 2015 Garth Brooks PR campaign during the recent 2015 SMG Marketing Summit held at the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center in Long Beach, California.

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In Harmony

MUSIC PROGRAM: The Community Food Bank’s “Empty Bowls” fundraiser was held recently, where Harmony Project Tulsa students performed for more than 900 people. Harmony Project Tulsa is a music-based mentoring program that provides instruments and music lessons to local students. In May, the program celebrated its one-year anniversary. Harmony Project proponent Kathy Lafortune arranged for the children to perform at the event, saying, “This program will help keep our children from going down destructive paths of influence and, instead, help strengthen families and lift up children to be all that they can be through the universal language of music.”

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Starlight Opens Season

In June, Starlight Concerts began its 69th season and its second summer season at Guthrie Green in downtown Tulsa’s Brady Arts District. Starlight’s professional groups are made up of a concert band and a jazz orchestra.

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OK Mozart Celebrates Youth, Italy and Opera

Putting Oklahoma and Mozart back into the 2015 OK Mozart (OKM) Festival (June 6 – 13) with Italian flair proved to be an exhilarating venture for artistic director and conductor Constantine Kitsopoulos and the Amici New York Orchestra.

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Sights, Sounds, Adventures Await in Bartlesville

Out & About in Greater Tulsa By EMILY RAMSEY

I am making it a goal to focus less on booking trips to faraway destinations and more on exploring what immediately surrounds me. One place on my list is Bartlesville, less than an hour’s drive from Tulsa.

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Local Officer Turns Novelist

By KIM SHOEMAKE

Gary Neece, sergeant and 22-year veteran of the Tulsa Police Department, surprised even himself when he added author to his list of accomplishments. Neece’s introduction into the world of writing crime fiction began in 2008, when he was searching for a new hobby. “I just sat down and started writing,” says Neece, “and the first book just poured out.” A rough draft of his first book was finished within six months. While he originally had no intention of sharing his manuscript with anyone except close friends and colleagues, as he received positive feedback, he wondered if he might have the potential for a writing career.

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BAPAC Announces 2015-16 Star-Studded Season

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,” highlighted by the triumphant stage performance of Liza Minnelli.

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Woodcarving Event

AWARD-WINNING WORK: Pictured is a woodcarving created by artist Bob Block that received past awards at annual Eastern Oklahoma Woodcarvers Association’s Woodcarvers World Show and Sale. The 38th annual event will be held June 12-13 at the Union Multipurpose Activity Center, 6836 S. Mingo Rd. Featured artists for this year’s two-day event are award-winning woodcarvers Stan and Jo McKenzie of Rogers, Arkansas, each with more than 40 years of experience.

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Broken Arrow Antique Radio Club to Hold ‘Sizzler’

John Anderson, vice president of the Broken Arrow Antique Radio Club, announces the club’s annual event, The Summer Sizzler, will be held at the Asbury United Methodist Church Saturday, June 13 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

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Bixby Artist Helps Nonprofit

Autumn Andrews, a 14-year-old Bixby art student, held her first art show in May and used the event to give back to the Tulsa Girls Art School (TGAS), 2202 E. Admiral Blvd.

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Annual Taste of Bixby: June 11

The annual Taste of Bixby networking event, hosted by the Bixby Metro Chamber, will be held June 11, 5:30 p.m.-8 at the SpiritBank Event Center.

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SummerStage Highlights a Busy June at the PAC

Show Buzz By NANCY HERMANN

Summer is here! It’s time to play. Take a look at the entertainment lineup at the Tulsa PAC.

SummerStage returns for four weekends in June. Great variety at affordable prices makes this festival an attractive option for everyone. If you love a good musical, check out Tulsa Project Theatre’s “West Side Story,” June 5-14, Theatre Tulsa’s “Next to Normal,” June 19-21, and Sand Springs Community Theatre’s “Into the Woods,” June 25-28.

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Philbrook Features Picasso, Dali and Matisse

Philbrook Museum of Art’s newest exhibition, which opened May 31, brings together work from some of the most prominent European artists of the late nineteenth through mid-twentieth centuries including Pablo Picasso (1881-1973), Salvador Dalí (1904-1989), Henri Matisse (1869-1954), and Auguste Rodin, (1840-1917) among others.

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Gilcrease Presents Works of California Impressionism

Running May 3-Sept. 6 is Gilcrease Museum’s exhibition “California Impressionism: Selections from The Irvine Museum.”

Some of the most popular works of art in The Irvine Museum’s collection will be displayed in this exhibition. Arcadian Hills by William Wendt (1865-1946) gets its title from the ancient Greek district of Arcadia, the idyllic paradise of legend and epic poetry. Titles echoing poetry and biblical passages are frequently seen on Wendt’s paintings as a way of praising the beauty and nobility of the California landscape, which he characterized as “Nature’s Temple.”

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