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Your guide to Business • Recreation & Living along Tulsa's River Corridor

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The Birth of Our River Made in Oklahoma

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Tulsa Hills Merchant’s Association

The best gift isn ’t always in the biggest box

Bank of Oklahoma

Logan’s Roadhouse

Yankee Candle

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UPS Store

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Jiffy Lube

Cracker Barrel

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The Wine Cellar

Sam’s Club

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Contents  4| New Directions  5| Tulsa the Beautiful  6| Birth of our River 10| The Gift That Keeps

On Giving


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The Arkansas River looks much today as it did when Tulsa was settled more than 100 years ago. PHOTO BY vernis maxwell

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he election is finally over and our thoughts turn to celebrating the Holidays and planning for the future. The hopes and dreams of many were realized while others expressed disappointment if not major concern. The national and local elections provided a very mixed response from conservative and liberal sides, the most curious of which might be the “triumph” of those who insisted on “No Vision.” River development will have to continue down other channels, but that’s what rivers do. Our River’s Edge has a nice share of the Made in Oklahoma business. Beth Ann Turner joins our team this month to fill us in on these great products that will make great gifts this season. My Oklahoma pride swells when I look at all the creativity and productivity my fellow residents bring to the business world here. Many of us are deciding how we will make the best use of our volunteer time this season. Some of our neighbors continue to have significant needs and sometimes the smallest effort makes such a difference in the lives of those who struggle. We have a vast array of respected non-profit organizations throughout the River Corridor who would love to have

your time. Jessica Worch offers her tips based on her research. I’m proud to be a part of PLANiTULSA’s Small Area Plan Citizen Advisory Team for the West Highlands/ Tulsa Hills plan. I also have attended several meetings of the Eugene Field Small Area Plan, which I’m proud to say is the only neighborhood in the United States to have received BOTH the HUD Choice Neighborhoods planning grant and the Promise Neighborhood grant from the Department of Education. Good regions plan ahead. Great things are on the horizon! River’s Edge is proud to provide our first of many excerpts from Ann Patton’s upcoming book The Tulsa River. She goes all the way to the Collegiate Peaks in Colorado for the beginning of the story. You won’t want to miss this. With over 30,000 copies of River’s Edge Magazine floating around the Tulsa area, we thought it was time to announce a new way of receiving your copy. Two hundred residents found River’s Edge Magazine in the mail during the first week of November, commenting warmly about what they read inside. You can subscribe to receive River’s Edge by mail during 2013 for only $12.95 per year. Send it as a gift to your friends and family next year! You can even subscribe online! ~

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Adopt-a-Spot by Mayor Dewey Bartlett


ne of the shared goals between the City Council and the Mayor’s Office is to restore Tulsa to its once prominent place as “America’s Most Beautiful City.” I want to thank Councilor Karen Gilbert for all of her hard work in developing the City of Tulsa’s Adopt-a-Spot

initiative, which kicked off Nov. 10 at Asbury Corner. The program seeks volunteers to take care of public spaces to help beautify our city, neighborhoods and community. It’s easy to participate in Adopt-aSpot. You can pull together your own group of volunteers to clean and care for a park, median, or right-of-way that needs a little extra attention. Pledging now to adopt a spot in our city and community will make a

Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett Jr., right, helped to dedicate East Meets West. Photo by Vernis Maxwell

difference for you, your family and your fellow citizens and will show visitors that we take great pride in our city. Adopt-a-Spot volunteers can expect to receive a certificate of recognition, supplies such as trash bags, gloves and vests, promotional items such as buttons, bags, T-shirts, and recognition on the City of Tulsa’s website. As part of this ongoing beautification program, the City of Tulsa is asking individuals and groups to commit to our Adopt-a-Spot program for one, three, or five years. You may apply for up to three areas for adoption, however only one may be approved. After approval, City of Tulsa department personnel will contact you or your organization with approval of the adopted spot and will schedule training on an asneeded basis according to availability of staff. For more information about the City of Tulsa’s Adopt-a-Spot program, visit or call the Customer Care Center at 918-596-2100. I invite you to join Councilor Gilbert and me on the path toward a better Tulsa. Help us make Tulsa known, once again, as “America’s Most Beautiful City.” ~

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Collegiate Peaks, Colo., is the birthplace of the Arkansas River. Photo courtesy of Laura Bennett Photography.

“Where does this river come from and where does it go?” The lazy winter Arkansas River lapped at its ragged edge where a black Lab nosed a patch of yellow sod. A father and son were not far behind, watching the treetops and hoping to spot an eagle. Where, asked the boy as he chunked rocks across a sandbar into the slow current, does this river come from, and where does it go? Editor’s note:With this article, the River’s Edge begins a series about the heritage and little-known lore of the Arkansas River at Tulsa, part of a forthcoming book titled The Tulsa River. © 2012 Ann Patton. 6 | River’s Edge Magazine

Our River by Ann Patton


n Tulsa, we’re used to thinking of our segment of the Arkansas River as our own. Our river reach, as hydrologists would call it, is the most dominant feature of our terrain and, in fact, is the reason there is a HERE, here. It was the river that lured ancient wildlife, prehistoric natives, and more recent settlers here. It is a river of contradictions: both friend and foe. It has separated and united us, fed and flooded us. It is so integral to our ecology and our economy, and our civic psychology, that it well could be called The Tulsa River. An 11th Street Bridge viewpoint of the Arkansas River.

Photo by Vernis Maxwell

Born in the mountains Our Tulsa River reach is, of course, only a part of the entire Arkansas River and is one of the longest in North America at 1,450 miles long – like driving from Milwaukee to Miami.The river starts small and crystal-clear, born in a snowpack of the Collegiate Peaks of the Rocky Mountains near Leadville, Colo. The young river is in a hurry, carving its narrow bed and gaining speed as it runs sharply downhill through the mountains. The river is, in fact, older than the mountains. Geologists say the small rivulet flowed in a defined path before the planet belched, some 3 million years ago, to create the Rocky Mountains. It is daunting to consider the force of the exploding uplift of the granite and the gentle opposing tenacity of drops of moving water, relentlessly nagging and wearing away at the rising stone over millennia. Today, whitewater rafters navigate the sparkling, rocky waters whose stubborn, unrelenting erosion has carved canyons such as the 1,250-feetContinued next page December 2012 | 7

Even before humans came, the waters drew ancient creatures: probably dinosaurs and other reptiles, certainly prehistoric elephants, mastodons and mammoths that left hundreds of thousands of bones and fragments along the river bed, according to those who read fossils. Even today, people find elephant teeth between Sand Springs and Keystone Dam.

Water worshipers

Located just north of the Arkansas River Bridge on Memorial in Bixby, Washington Irving Park marks one of the areas Irving visited on his 1832 trek.

deep Royal Gorge near Canon City in Colorado.� Before it’s done, the river will gather waters from lands that cover more than 168,000 square miles, a landmass larger than California or roughly 2-1/2 times the size of the state of Oklahoma. It will slow and spread out as it flows through Kansas, wanders into Oklahoma, loops around through Tulsa, and meanders across the state of Arkansas to its mouth near Napoleon, Ark., where it becomes part of the mighty Mississippi River, thence to the sea.

folded, eroded, rose and fell again, off and on covered by ancient inland seas.� And readers of the soil see a historical riverbed that wandered back and forth as it wrote its story in fine alluvial river sands that extend miles wide along the course of the river through the Tulsa area.�

The now-extinct wildlife drew hunters — PaleoIndians, ancient, nomadic Indians — to the water’s edge in those prehistoric days. So great was their awe of the water, primitive men worshipped it. Some anthropologists believe man was present in Oklahoma as early ago as 12,000 years ago. � To readers of shards (archeologists), evidence of prehistoric occupation is clearly revealed at sites such as the Spiro mounds north of the Arkansas River in northeastern Oklahoma. Sometime after 500 BC, the Caddo Indians created a fabled center of commerce and religion, famous for its wealth accumulated by leaders of the Arkansas Basin cultures and buried with them.The river became their channel for trade and communication. The site was occupied as late as 1400 AD, the beginning of our prehistory’s dark ages. Little is known about the next

The Tulsa Mountains and ancient seas The birth of our Tulsa River reach was no less violent. Readers of rock (geologists) say what we know as home rests on the buried Tulsa Mountains, vast ranges that rose and fell over geologic time,

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The birdlife along ‘The Tulsa River’ include herons, ducks, gulls, geese, terns, cormorants, pelicans and eagles. Photos by Vernis Maxwell

400 years. In the 1540s, Spanish explorers DeSoto and Coronado came near to what is now Oklahoma and claimed the entire area for Spain. In the 1700s, French explorers and trappers in hollowed-out cottonwood canoes used the rivers as highways, giving French names to rivers and places such as Verdigris and Chouteau. Some believe petroglyphs on Turkey Mountain rocks above the Arkansas River prove that Tulsa was visited by Vikings at some point in the years before Columbus. Some don’t, but no other explanation has surfaced for the mysterious carvings. In any event, in time France claimed the Mississippi Valley, then sold it to United States for 3 cents an acre, as part of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase of the vast, 800-million-acre western valley that doubled the size of the USA at that time.�

Tulsey Town History’s silence is little broken until after the 1820s, when Native Americans were removed from the Southeast, force-marched along the infamous Trail of Tears, and relocated in what would become Indian Territory and, in time, Oklahoma.� History was made in 1836, when the survivors of a band of Creek Indians named the Lochapokas came up the Arkansas, around a bend, and up the valley to a low hill that faced the sunset. Nearly half the band had been lost along the way since they were forced from their home village in Alabama. Legend holds that a single brave knelt beside a stately oak and struck a flint spark to ignite ashes they had carried from their homeland council fire, thereby dedicating their new home in the wildlands along the river. It was, some said, a ghost of the tribe’s earlier council fire, seen and reported 300 years earlier by explorer DeSoto at an old Creek settlement named Talise, Tulsey, meaning town.� Thus, on the banks of the river, was born the town we know as Tulsa. ~ December 2012 | 9

The Gift That Keeps On Giving by Tracy LeGrand


here’s just something especially dear about a handmade gift. Whether it’s a tin of homemade edibles or a personally crafted project, there are many free and low-cost opportunities to personalize cards, calendars and other gifts all infused with your own creative spirit. And, thankfully, the River’s Edge area offers fun and varied opportunities to give from the hands and heart while still shopping local. For 18 years Tulsan Marnie Flegler has brought friends and family to Purple Glaze, a “you-paint” ceramic studio, to make gifts and throw parties. Storeowner Jeff Stunkhurd says he’s especially glad to see regulars like Flegler and her girls - Olivia, Maggie, Felicity,Abigail and Lucy. He wonders what they’ll create next in their whimsical works of pet bowls, treasure containers and special gifts for their parents. West Tulsa’s history Red Fork district is home to Red Fork Art Gallery, another place to find the work of local artists for gifts or to take classes and perhaps produce a work of art. The best of efforts can be framed at Ziegler Art & Frame where the staff also hosts frequent art classes, as does WaterWorks Art

Studio – home of about any craft you can name. Another way to express creativity is a certificate for a session with Gary Patton Photography. The holiday season is a perfect time to get together with loved ones and pose for a portrait that will be treasured for a lifetime. Got the knack to knit? Check out Loops in Utica Square for classes; meet local artisans and purchase finished pieces. When a big splurge is needed, or the hat has been passed for a spectacular gift, consider a night or weekend stay at Cedar Rock Inn. The private and pristine grounds feature a waterfall and fountain. You’ll also enjoy exploring the beautiful treasures, antiques, astounding décor, and gourmet experiences featured here. Another thoughtful gift - with practical appeal - is to have a tree planted for someone by We Be Trees – although it’s a good idea to let the gift-getter know in advance! Who wouldn’t appreciate a gift certificate and frequent-burger-reward card to the legendary West Tulsa icon, Linda-Mar Hamburgers – home of a burger lauded nationwide in several publications? What little kid or kid-at-heart wouldn’t appreciate a gift certificate to Ollie’s Station Restaurant and Train Museum? Sometimes there’s just no time to make a gift. Rather than pick up a generic gift card, consider a gift shop certificate or gift membership to Gilcrease Museum or Philbrook Museum of Arts. Another easy option is to have flowers or plants

Marnie Flegler is pictured with her daughters, shown clockwise from their mom; Olivia, Maggie, Felicity, Abigail, and Lucy. Jeff Stunkard, owner of Purple Glaze, enjoys the creativity and fellowship found in his store. Photos by Vernis Maxwell

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delivered through the help of Sue’s Westside Flower Garden. If there’s time, browsing at some stores is just a treat in itself when it comes to fun-and-funky choices including Ida Red’s on Brookside and Peace Frog in Jenks and Dwelling Spaces in downtown Tulsa. “Christmas is our busy season and we’ve been here for seven years now,” says Jamie Carrels, a Dwelling Space employee. “Everything we do is Oklahoma-based and local. Stop by for music and at the coffee shop – there is a lot going on live and always something going on. Some of our items we’re known for are the Cuddle Monster dolls handmade by our manager, Ashley Carver.” For a one-of-a-kind shopping experience, the downtown Tulsa Deco District Association is again sponsoring a Pop-Up Retail District through Dec. 28 on the first floor of the Philcade building downtown and nearby venues like Park Center for candy, books, pet items, artsy pieces and unique gifts, with many especially for men.The Deco District's Pop-Up Retail District is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. ~

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’ Tis (always) the season by Jessica S. Worch


uring the holiday season many of us get the urge to “do something” for others, but what about the rest of the year? People are in need all year long. One way to explore the plethora of volunteering options within the Tulsaarea nonprofit community is to contact The Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits. The OCN provides programs to assist more than 550 nonprofits and offers volunteer opportunities to the community at large. Daniel Billingsley, the OCN Director of Development and Communications, says many people who give their time to others do so because it is something they have always wanted to do. The OCN will point those interested in volunteering toward opportunities to explore their options.

Volunteerism is the lifeblood of nonprofits “Nonprofits are only as good as their volunteers,” says Billingsley. “The most important thing a person should ask themselves is ‘what are my passions and how can my skills help someone with similar passions?’ Many people want to volunteer because it feels good to do that. But to be an effective volunteer for a win-win situation,

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People are in need all year long, not just during the

your volunteering niche

holidays. Choosing a cause

Another way to examine volunteering options is to explore your own skills, interests and hobbies. By doing so, you can parlay your talent and enthusiasm for those activities into an opportunity to help others. Each nonprofit organization needs volunteers throughout the year, not just during the holidays. There are plenty of worthy causes, ranging from state/citywide non-profits to local ministerial organizations. Choosing a cause as a group is another way to give back. One example is five friends and fellow parishioners of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church, who can be found every Friday morning at Trinity Episcopal Church Iron Gate ministry serving hot meals to the homeless.

to volunteer for is a way to give back.

the relationship has to be a friendship. There should be some mutual interest, with both parties working well together. If people are interested in volunteering, they should contact an organization directly or sign up through a city or statewide volunteer program where professionals can match passions and skills to nonprofits that need volunteers.”

Every Friday friends and fellow members of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church volunteer at Iron Gate. Photo by Vernis Maxwell

Mike Massey is among the volunteers to have dedicated thousands of hours to the restoration of train and tourism outdoor museum pieces at The Route 66 Village on Southwest Boulevard. Photo by Anna F. Brown Courtesy of Tulsa County Publishing Inc.

Speaking on the importance of volunteers to the mission, Deacon Deborah Underwood says, “We cannot open our doors without our volunteers.” Laura Robertson, social services and food pantry coordinator, says, “Our volunteers are the spirit, heart, soul, and backbone of our organization. Our mission of ‘Feeding the Hungry and Homeless of Tulsa - Every Day’ can only be fulfilled because of the dedication of our volunteers. Our volunteers epitomize our philosophy of treating our guests with courtesy, kindness and respect.” “The Friday St. Patrick's crew is unique,” says Underwood. “The majority of our weekday volunteers are individuals and our weekend volunteers are groups. We have volunteer groups from churches, businesses, clubs, and school groups.The St. Patrick’s crew - Bob Morgan, David Ray, Chris Reiland, Steve Carrell and Frank Tackett - have been a loyal and dedicated group for nine years. They not only come weekly with smiles on their faces and positive attitudes, but also take time to visit with the guests. A lot of volunteers make friends and create a long-lasting bond through their weekly service.” One St. Patrick’s volunteer says, “Volunteering is not just about the hope and service we impart to others, it is about how much better we feel by doing so.” Another says, “Volunteering is a therapy to those who serve.”

Nonprofit Directory The following is a sampling of Tulsa-area nonprofits. For general information, start with the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits at 1145 S. Utica Ave., Suite 1100; 918-579-1900. Aids Resource Center, 3507 E. Admiral Place; 918-834-4194 American Cancer Society, 4110 S. 100th E Ave, Grant Building, Ste 101; 918-743-6767 Arthritis Foundation, 7170 S. Braden, Suite 170; 918-495-3553
 Caring Center, 305 S. Detroit Ave.; 918-587-6000 Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants, 918-744-9857 Community Action Project of Tulsa, 4606 S. Garnett Road; 918-382-3200 Community Food Bank, 1304 N. Kenosha Ave.; 918-585-2800 Domestic Violence Intervention, 4300 S. Harvard Ave.; 918-585-3163 Goodwill Industries of Tulsa, 2800 Southwest Boulevard; 918-584-7291 Heal the Nations, 4616 West 84th St.; 918-446-0185 Iron Gate at Trinity Episcopal Church, 501

S. Cincinnati Ave.; 918-582-4128. Homelife Association, 5127 S. Lewis Ave.; 918-745-1114 John 3:16 Mission, 2027 N. Cincinnati Ave.; 918-592-1186 and 506 N. Cheyenne; 918-587-1187 Junior Achievement of Eastern Oklahoma, 3947 S. 103rd E. Ave.; 918-663-2150 Madonna House, 2450 N. Harvard Ave.; 918-585-5186 Manna Mission, 2448 E. 81st St, Suite 1450; 918-491-9555 Meals on Wheels of Tulsa, 12620 E. 31st St.; 918-627-4130 Mental Health Association of Tulsa, 1870 S. Boulder Ave.; 918-382-2418 Neighbors Along the Line, 5000 Charles Page Boulevard; 918-582-3491 Parent Child Center of Tulsa, 1421 S. Boston Ave.; 918-599-7999 RedFork Main Street, 2800 Southwest Boulevard; 918-445-4457 Restore Hope Ministries, 2960 Charles Page Boulevard; 918-582-5766 Route 66 Village, 3770 Southwest Boulevard;

Salvation Army, 924 S. Hudson Ave.; 918-587-7801 Spay Oklahoma, 501 E. 36th Street North; 918-728-3144 Tulsa Animal Shelter Friends - Tulsa, 3031 N. Erie Ave.; 918-669-6283 Townwest Sertoma is available online at Tulsa Area Conservation Foundation, 5401 S. Sheridan Road; 918-280-1595 Tulsa Global Alliance, 600 S. College Ave., 918-591-4750 Veterans Association, 6953 S. 66th East Ave.; 918-628-2500 Volunteers of America of Oklahoma - Tulsa, 9605 E. 61st St., 918-307-1500 Western Neighbors, P.O. Box 570976; 918445-8840 and 918-808-4142 Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization Northeastern Oklahoma Affiliate - Tulsa, 4606 E. 67th St.; 918-494-8808 YWCA of Tulsa, 1910 S. Lewis Ave.; 918-749-2519 YMCA of Tulsa, 420 S Main St.; 918-747-9622

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Members of the Sperry High School Key Club.

Photo by Jessica Worch

Community impact The fruits of volunteer labor at the Route 66 Village on Southwest Boulevard are there for everyone to enjoy. Thousands of hours from the same group of dedicated volunteers, including Roy Heim, Mike Massey and Ed Massey, created and now maintain the international attraction that includes a towering oil derrick and train cars restored to perfection. Thanks to such generosity of spirit and time, thousands of people from around the world relish sights such as this while touring Route 66. Also on the West Side of Tulsa, the nonprofit Western Neighbors has been assisting those in need for more than 30 years. Executive Director David Breed

is also active in the Southwest Tulsa Historical Society that in turn often works in amiable partnership with the surrounding churches and area-specific nonprofits including RedFork Main Street and the Southwest Tulsa Chamber of Commerce. Many of the same faces and neighbors are active as a community in the unofficial cooperative of nonprofits in a pattern repeated in other city sectors. The community hub of networking means the impact of one individual’s volunteerism has a greater impact when joined with the larger group.

The Wisdom of Youth Whether raised in a family of givers or not, many young people

volunteer in the community. Some easily available choices to them are within their churches and with the outreach versions of various nonprofits in their schools. Outreach programs from groups including Sertoma or Key Clubs like the one at Sperry High School with sponsor Debra Burch. This Key Club teen group chooses to mentor first-graders and do frequent outreach to senior citizens who otherwise might not have visitors for months on end. Townwest Sertoma’s Serteens at Berryhill High School and Daniel Webster High School mentor younger kids and participate in projects that help keep local landmarks attractive, among other projects such as the ongoing upgrades to the Route 66 Village.

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Nonprofits are an economic engine “There are more than 12,000 active nonprofit organizations in Oklahoma and they employ more people than any other business sector in the state,” says Billingsley. And, “If one nonprofit closes - unlike a for-profit business – those they serve likely have no where else to turn. If Best Buy closed all of its locations tomorrow, there is always somewhere else to buy electronics. But when a homeless shelter closes, its residents are again without homes. Our main goal is to help nonprofits thrive by giving them the tools they need. Our mission is to build better communities through effective nonprofits.”

Helping heals your spirit To be a volunteer, it takes a special heart for people or a specific organization. Some people just thrive on helping those that are less fortunate. Owasso’s Rob Rizzo is one of those people and participates in the Southern Baptist Disaster Relief North American Mission Board as well as several other missions and says, “I felt like I needed to do something. It got under my skin and I am compelled to action, especially considering all that has been done for me.” Rizzo’s mission work has taught him that he impacts more than the people and nonprofits he serves – he helps himself. He says, “There is personal satisfaction in helping meet the needs of others. There are so many stories of how God works through others, both survivors and volunteers. The best memories are of those whose lives have changed because of the work that has been done. Go ahead and volunteer, step out of your comfort zone. Once you do, I guarantee you will be forever changed.” ~

Iron Gate volunteers, from left, Bob Morgan, David Ray, Chris Reiland, Steve Carrell and Frank Tackett.

Compassion or a handful of coins by Tracy LeGrand


pproaching the red light, you slow down and see the disheveled person holding a hand-written sign. The inevitable decision – do you make eye contact? If you smile or nod it can be an implied as invitation to approach the car window. Do you hand over some coins, a dollar bill? What if you can hand them a card that was no-cost to you and which is redeemable for a pick-up and ride to a shelter. Make sure the money you give away matters, says Rev. Steve Whitaker, John 3:16 Mission senior pastor. Many panhandlers aren’t homeless and in fact consider it a day’s work that they can average $60,000 a year doing. “Compassion Card is an effort to do something substantial to reach out to the homeless while giving the passerby on the street something to give them rather than pull money out of their billfold,” Whitaker says. “A Compassion Card means we will come pick you up, if need be, and take you to the shelter. If you arrive with a Compassion Card you get first in line to a meal, shower, a change of clothes and a warm bed for the night. Our staff will talk with you – if you want – and try to find the social services that may benefit you. You will find kindness, caring and hospitality. “Make the money you give away really count,” he says. “The true story is that most

panhandlers drive late-model cars and make more money than you and me both. Compassion Cards are a way to help those who truly need help.” Whitaker is the third generation in his family to specifically serve in the hunger mission and says “I’ve been at this a long time and have seen firsthand that there are those who choose to live on the street because it is a part of their drugging lifestyle. And giving money to that isn’t good for anyone. I wanted to make it possible for there to be no need for a person to give money to a panhandler. Give them a Compassion Card. When they come to the mission we can work with them because we collaborate with all of the other non-profits. We help those who need help. We’re calling out every single panhandler because we’re here to get people off the streets.” Donations are accepted at the Family & Youth Center at 2027 N. Cincinnati Ave. Compassion Cards can be printed and are found at www.

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Photos & Story by Beth Turner

Lee’s Bicycles storefront

Create Holiday Happiness Through Local Gift Giving Let’s face it. Holiday shopping is not an easy task. From business partners to family members, the season does allow us the opportunity to remind those in our lives that they are special to us. Finding the balance between sentiment and budget brings in the toil. To throw in thinking of where an item is made and by whom it’s sold can make a gift-giver crazy! 16 | River’s Edge Magazine

Window shopping at Bison & Bear, nestled next to Made: Indie Emporium downtown Tulsa at 5th Street & Boston Avenue.

Everyone wants to support a neighbor, but it is easy during the holiday season to forget just how much a person’s spending affects the overall health of a community. reports that, “The average American spends more than $700 annually on holiday shopping. If just $64 of this was spent on gifts made in the USA, the economic impact would equate to the creation of 200,000 American jobs.” So think on this: Where once a product made in distant lands brought a touch of the mystic to gift giving, today’s global marketplace brings anything under the sun right to your doorstep. Hunting for the perfect gift within our local marketplace

is the new mystic, taking center stage in finding a unique gift that shows off just how much you care. In order to bring some order to the holiday chaos, and to help you help your community, the following information can serve as a cheat sheet to finding the perfect gift that keeps your dollars within the local economy. There are many shops locally owned carrying an array of local product. Once you begin looking for them, you’ll find everything under the sun available right along the river. One standout includes Made: The Indie Emporium Shop. Its original store nestles in with two adjoining local artisan shops, Bison & Bear and artist Ariana Jakub, on the corner of 5th Street and Boston Avenue in downtown Tulsa. A new location of Made opens in December on 15th Street in the Cherry Street District. No longer have time for knitted treats? Pick up something handcrafted by local artisan Sherry Lee. Her items provide you with warm, woolly socks to scarves to adorable baby hats. Made carries a wide array of children’s gifts such as stuffed animals, dress-up dolls, Oklahoma onesies, pillows and more. And let’s not forget Fido. Made carries Okie Crowe doggie treats as well as handcrafted soaps, all made from the hops waste of a Tulsa beer brewer. Many provided products like Okie Crowe’s line of soaps and doggie snacks can also be found at several other shopping locations with a flare for the local such as Ida Red: Tulsa’s Rockin’ Boutique, tucked in Brookside at 3336 South Peoria Ave. According to its website, Ida Red,“Opened in 2008 as an outlet store for Cain’s Ballroom,Tulsa’s historic rock and country concert venue, Ida Red has since expanded into a one-stop shopping experience for Tulsa-centric gifts.” You might, however, run across a product made out-of-state or-country. They support jewelry made by women trying to make it in third December 2012 | 17

world countries, clothing that supports causes or Tom’s Shoes, which gives a pair of shoes for someone in need with every pair you purchase. All of these locations tout an array of holiday cards made in the Tulsa area, including Dwelling Spaces, located in downtown Tulsa at 119 South Detroit next to Yokozuna, which is a locally-owned sushi restaurant and bar. Dwelling Spaces also provides a great selection of local music records and cds, movies and documentaries, books, photographs, paintings, jewelry, t-shirts, toys, stuffed animals and even a cup of Joe Robot’s coffee. If you can’t think of what to buy the teenager in your life and are leaning towards a gift card, look no further than locally owned QuikTrip. Indulge the youth in your life with the gift card of freedom – cash on a card that allows someone with a newly minted driver’s license to fill up the tank and cruise the nationally recognized icon of Route 66, without needing to be far from home. Maybe it’s an electronic upgrade on the holiday list. Look no further than Video Revolution located at 7030 South Lewis Avenue.Video Revolution provides home theater solutions as well as still and video cameras and accessories. They can also re-master old home movies to an updated format for a

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special holiday treat of bringing old film and videotape memories back to life through digital and DVD formats. Another thoughtful gift idea includes one that says you want more time together, such as season tickets to local sporting events such as Tulsa Shock basketball or Tulsa Oilers hockey, both hosted at the BOK Center, or Drillers baseball games at the beautiful downtown stadium. Maybe it’s season tickets to performing art events such as Tulsa Ballet in Brookside or Tulsa’s Performing Arts Center. Maybe it’s finally time to take a loved one to see the longest-running play in American history, The Drunkard and The Olio. Reserve tickets for a Saturday night at Spotlight Theatre, located at 1381 Riverside Drive. Many people like to use the holiday season to re-invigorate exercise routines with new sports equipment. Tulsa’s got you covered. Voted as a Bicycle Friendly Community 2009-2013, there are several local sales shops from which to choose, such as Tom’s Bicycles in the Cherry Street district at 1506 East 15th Street. Downtown provides two options: Lee’s Bicycles at 420 East 2nd St. and G. Oscar Bicycle at 1623 South Main St. Take up running for yearlong community involvement in the many races and running groups touted in Tulsa. Get your gear at locations such as Runners World at 1207 East 45th Place

in Brookside, or one of the Fleet Feet Sports locations at 418 East 2nd St. or 5968 S.Yale Ave. Don’t forget about yourself as holiday party season creeps up and has you wondering what to wear.Want a pair of Christian Louboutins at a great price? Need a sleek, new dress while still supporting local business? Use a few local upscale resale shops to help you find a custom, classic look that leaves some green in your wallet. In the Cherry Street District, gently worn name-brand clothing comes at a reduced price thanks to Resurrect Boutique, located at 1631 East 15th Street. Another smart stop is Déjà vu Boutique located at 6929 S. Lewis Ave. in Tulsa. Find brands such as Dior, Hermes, Prada and more. Foods, sauces, meats, cheeses also abound in Tulsa County, many of which can be found at shops such as Hebert’s Specialty Meats on 2101 East 71st St., Harvard Meats at 3245 East 15th St. or LaDonna’s Fancy Foods at 1615 East 15th St. Shopping tip: sample cheeses for free and bring in your own take-away bag for a tiny taste of artisan chocolate. Finally, if you are still left guessing for a local gift giving option found in your neighborhood, log on to ~

Stuffed animals and a onesie for sale at Made: Indie Emporium downtown Tulsa

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by Gale Allison

Death Tax Law Change Looming... By now most people have at least a vague awareness of the tax stuff going on in Washington, D.C. The fact is… pretty big stuff is going on because unless our government comes together in some exquisite compromise and agreement, as we ring in the New Year, we will be ringing in ancient history. For all of us, and particularly those of us who serve people affected by all this, it is beyond annoying that Congress cannot give us all some stable rules to live by. If the fiscal cliff is not bridged soon,

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the oft prediction of a $600 billion hit to the economy, the loss of 5 points of the Gross National Product when we only make about 2 points anyway… well, kids, we will feel the horror of the tsunami of bad economic factors that will play out. Negative GNP equals unemployment and at least deep recession.The number of taxes and spending policies that are affected is mind-boggling. Look at the estate planning area of wills, trusts and death taxes for some of the most dramatic of impacts. If you manage to die this year, you can be worth $5.12 million dollars and no death taxes are due on your estate. With minimal effort, a married couple can pass $10.24 million death tax free to their loved ones. But if nothing is changed and you are silly enough to live to January 1, 2013, for every dollar you die with over $1.1 million, your estate

owes Uncle Sam 55 cents. And there is nothing minimal about the planning we have to do to shield $2.2 million dollars for a married couple under our old law. We are about to return to the past history of Bush in 2002. To arrive at what your estate is worth you need to know that the IRS counts everything you own to arrive at these numbers. So when you count up what your estate is worth, know that it's everything from your home, bank accounts and brokerage accounts to the death benefit on your life insurance, your 401(k), your car...heck, it is the toaster sitting on your counter, used, maybe worth two bucks! In 2001, if your estate was more than $675,000 you were advised to discuss your estate planning with a tax lawyer. Then in 2002, the tax-free amount went to $1 million. In 2004, it went to $1.5 million, in 2006; it went to $2 million and so on, so that today only those estates of more than $5.12 million need to consider planning around the death tax. Today if you need to plan and you don’t do it, your estate will owe only a mere 35 percent of every dollar over that critical death tax free zone. Of course if you did your planning for a $675,000 tax-free amount and you die this year, your estate planning is not going to work exactly right. And vice versa, those who

The Jan. 1 Fiscal Cliff planned this year and die next year may have their heirs a tad surprised. So because of the continued failure of Congress to act, come this Jan. 1, 2013, everything changes. We are going to shoot back to the law that existed in 2002 with only a $1.1 million death tax exemption and 55 percent tax rate on every dollar a decedent owns over that magic amount. Now planning your estate to avoid death taxes is ridiculously complicated.You can leave your stuff to someone outright, in his or her hands, but when they pass away it will be taxed again and so forth, so

that the only way to avoid the constant death taxation is with what is often a series of irrevocable trusts. When I say the phrase “irrevocable to trust” to a client, I can see their eyes roll at the thought of simply trying to understand what it all means. What it mostly means is it is not easy and is tied up in ways people find, at the very least, expensive and annoying. So what’s a person to do about all this? It seems we just rolled the dice when we cast our votes. Already the partisan rumblings are in full-tilt boogie, and no one really can even guess what will come next. But one thing is certain, whether it is your kids who would owe no taxes if you died this year or several million if you die next year, or all of us, small kids to the elderly, the effects are going to be huge. ~ Editor’s Note: Gale Allison is principal attorney at The Allison Firm, PLLC which limits it law practice to all matters involving estates and trusts including planning, taxes and disputes.

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Jordan Crudo is skating with the Tulsa Oilers. Courtesy photos

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the giddy feeling of Christmas C hildren look up to professional athletes for many reasons, but mainly because such athletes pursue and live their dreams. Kids understand and respect that. It is a long, rough road full of ups and downs for a person to achieve professional athlete status. And that road is made even rougher by the number of people who attempt it, and more often than not, fail. The sheer difficulty in becoming a professional athlete is one of the reasons athletes are glorified. The amount of hard work, dedication, and good fortune required is daunting. But once they make it to that level, they feel an exhilarating sense of accomplishment.This feeling also brings a new rush of anxiety as the athlete asks themselves, ‘Can I keep up this level of intense work, can I keep my spot on the team and can I move up?’ Many fans only see the games, but I can tell you that it’s

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the non-stop training and thrill of competition that backdrop those games for me. The Tulsa Oilers is a solid hockey franchise with a particularly rich history, having played competitively since its inaugural game on Jan. 1, 1929.The Oilers are now in full swing of the 2012-2013 season - a season shadowed by the looming National Hockey League lockout. With the NHL benched, the American Hockey League (AHL) is now the top North American league with the Central Hockey League (CHL) right behind it.With a current winning record, the Oilers have more than just aspirations to win the championship this year - they have solid expectations. With arguably the strongest roster in the league, and the best coach in the game, the Oilers have already made significant gains versus teams that actually have NHL and AHL players

because of the lockout. This makes this particular hockey season especially exciting. Attending a professional hockey game can bring out the child in anyone – it’s a lot like that holiday feeling. And for a kid, meeting a pro-hockey player is akin to meeting Santa Claus. I should know because I used to be one of those kids.The feeling eventually came back to me as an adult, as I am fortunate enough to be skating with the Tulsa Oilers. Every time I am in the locker room and realize I’m standing next to top goaltenders like Ian Keserich or Dan Bakala, I get that giddy ‘it’s Christmas time’ feeling. Almost every day I get to have that happy emotion being around the funny Canadian sense of humor in the locker room.The kid inside is so excited to be skating in one of the nicest arenas I have ever seen, as the BOK Center rivals the best NHL arenas in the country. Most of all I get a rush like no other when

players like Michel Beausoleil barrel down the ice at me taking a shot…and then an even bigger rush when I actually stop the puck. Being with the Oilers makes me feel like a child again, and reinforces the idea of never giving up on your dream. The team puts in countless hours of onice practice, dry-land work, and weighttraining. Hours and hours are spent video-reviewing game materials to improve their game and to acknowledge successes. They give back to the community. The Oilers are led by a deep defensive core and a feisty-productive offense to create a winning mixture for a long and tough season. Though there will be a roller coaster of emotional ups and downs this season, the city and the team is ecstatic! ~ Editor’s Note: The Tulsa Oilers’ home games for December are Dec. 2, 4, 8, 26, 28 and 29. For details or tickets, visit www.

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Small Area Plan by Dr. Matt Crain Planning Director Dawn Warrick at the Sept. 8 Public Meeting for all Small Area Plan groups

Small area plans are not new to Southwest Tulsans. City Planner David Simmons met with dozens of residents and business owners over several years and developed some of the first and most detailed additions to Tulsa’s Comprehensive Plan to date. Members of the Tulsa Metropolitan Area Planning Commission complimented the work done by these volunteer efforts as a “model for the rest of Tulsa.” Earlier this year, PLANiTULSA announced three small area planning groups immediately following the hiring of Planning Director Dawn Warrick. An additional plan was added due to the awarding of two federal planning grants in the Eugene Field neighborhood last year through the Department of Housing and the Department of Education. As a participant on the Citizens Advisory Team for the West Highlands/Tulsa Hills, I’m impressed with the process under way to gain citizen input and fashion the expected growth that will most certainly occur in this area over the next 20 years. The Small Area Plan group for West Highlands/Tulsa Hills met first in late March to perform a S.W.O.T. (Strengths/ Weaknesses/Opportunities/Threats) analysis to which planners added a significant demographic analysis. These inventories of existing conditions formed the basis for visioning exercises in June and September which were drawn up by four volunteers from the American Institute of Architects of Eastern Oklahoma.

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Public meetings held in the planning area are designed to give feedback on the process and design.While residents are often reminded that their ideas are not likely to be implemented in the near future, the plan can form a basis for developers who want to know the kinds of projects that will more likely be supported in the future. An active Neighborhood Association consistently lobbies for the “rural character” of this area, containing hills and valleys covered with trees. Even with the Tulsa Hills Shopping Center just across the Highway 75 corridor from these residents, the cherished Turkey Mountain Wilderness can be viewed from many vantage points along this corridor. If local residents can have their way, equestrian and single family development on several acres will be the rule on the West side of Highway 75 with business and commercial development dominating the East side. Trails and connectivity are a high priority with a strong desire for plenty of green space along the corridors, supporting the slower pace of the residential lifestyle in the area. After creating a vision statement, the planning group will fashion their final recommendation early next year for TMAPC approval before taking their plan to the Tulsa City Council to be adopted into the Comprehensive Plan sometime next year. ~

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A restored and pristine 1935 Cadillac hearse is among those at Mark Griffith Memorial Funeral Homes. Courtesy photo

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uneral planning often isn’t high on anyone’s list – until it has to be. Whether pre-planning for oneself or dealing with life’s inevitabilities, it pays to explore options beyond picking a name out of the phone book. More people than ever before are choosing cremation, says Geoff Griffith, president at Mark Griffith Memorial Funeral Homes. Cremation is generally quite a bit cheaper than traditional interment and costs about $600. Savings include $1,100 to open a grave and an average of $3,000 to buy a plot. Funeral homes are required to be the only party releasing remains to the crematorium and many protocols are in place, such as pre-cremation fingerprint checks and identification screening before (the locked) urns of remains are released to the designated family members, says Griffith. Most area funeral homes offer the same basic planning options. Around since about 1915, Mobley Dodson Funeral Services in Sand Springs provides online planning tools for exploring options at under the Pre-Planning tab. Choosing a locally owned and family-operated funeral services option can save money as the lack of middle- and uppermanagement figures like district managers and vice presidents keep the costs down by an average of about $2,000 per funeral, says Griffith. Ninde Brookside Chapel has served Tulsa since 1939 and been in the community ever since, says Steve Goff,Vice President. The local connection means the funeral home is vested in the community, instead of the money usually going out of state when a corporate funeral home is involved.

“With a large corporation, you don’t know who is making the decisions for the facility,” said Goff. “Here, you know who is running the operation and you can talk to the owner. I think that is important. The Ninde family has been here forever, just about, and they make the connections. You are dealing with someone local and those friendships go way back. “Just having the local knowledge is another reason it is advantageous,” he said. “I’ve been here 32 years myself and have employees here even longer. That says a lot about a familyowned business, as opposed to a corporate location where turnover is a common theme.” Goff recommends locking in today’s prices with an insurance product or savings device to fund your funereal wishes. “The locked-in part of the price is that when you select services on a prearrangement basis, the funeral home guarantees those costs,” said Goff. “So if specifics were chosen in say, 1987 and there is a difference, we guarantee we aren’t going to charge any more today. Typically the difference in price is about $900 and up difference in price and the further back in time the insurance policy goes, the more price difference there is.” Griffith points out that funeral homes are required to be bonded and are audited on a yearly basis. Oklahoma state law requires prepaid funeral arrangements to hold even if a funeral home goes out of business; the arrangements are then transferrable. Goff recommends insurance policies over saving trust accounts, because those are subject to 1099 miscellaneous income statements and Internal Revenue Service considerations. Griffith is the third generation leader of his family-owned funeral home. “We believe it is our ministry here,” he says.“It is a privilege and an honor to be there for people in their darkest hours. And it is satisfying to know that we as a family provide what we want for ourselves – considerate, respectful service at the most reasonable prices possible.” ~ December 2012 | 25

by Tracy LeGrand Photos by Vernis Maxwell

A Taste of Serenity Many know Camp Loughridge as an American Camp Association-accredited camp for children. You might not know it’s also a gorgeous setting for weddings and an interesting place for family and corporate gatherings. Proceeds from using the facilities fund the camp’s ministry – a camping experience for children. Its firstever Winter Camp runs Dec. 26 to Jan. 4, 2013.

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here are a variety of activities for families and groups to do at Loughridge in the fall months,” says Jill Probst, marketing director. “Hayrides and bonfires are a huge hit this time of year. We have a 5k trail that encompasses the entire 188 acres as well as our three lakes. You can canoe or fish - catch and release - from the bank, dock or canoe. Groups of 15 can utilize our ropes course through mild fall months. Groups or families can plan a day or overnight retreat. We can host up to 70 people bunk-style in the Lodge or mini-campus. Tent camping is also available.” Former Camp Counselor Rachel Wesel is now employed at Loughridge and can be found assisting brides like Dr. Kristie Plunkett, a veterinarian with a mobile hospital. Plunkett – now Hartle - married her sweetheart at Kirkland Chapel last month. Loughridge was started almost 90 years ago by the YWCA and was then known as Camp Parthenia, says Probst. It was used to house widows and orphans

Opposite page, and above, pictured is Kirkland Chapel. Photos by Vernis Maxwell

during the Depression. In 1959, the First Presbyterian Church bought the camp and renamed it after the missionary to the Creek Indians. After much debate, in 1995, the Camp became a 501c3 and non-denominational Christian camp. Loughridge has stayed true to its history by keeping its largest ministry day camp. Each year, more than 2,100 kids attend Loughridge including some economically challenged, hearing- impaired and autistic children. Loughridge works with several agencies to open up the natural beauty of Camp to youth from all walks of life. Many companies of all sizes find Loughridge a great place to hold a budgetary meeting, strategic planning session, a fun picnic or Christmas party, Probst added. Loughridge has hosted groups as small as 30 and as large as 800. Loughridge is also a favorite place for other non-profits to host their galas and fundraisers, either waterfront or in the large conference center. “April is the biggest month for

camp as far as scholarships for Kids to Camp,” she said. “Spring Fling is a fun and festive time where patrons, camper parents and the public can gather to raise funds while enjoying a fabulous meal from our on-site caterer and enjoying live entertainment. In May we sponsor the Xtreme 5K Obstacle Race. Runners of all ages and abilities come out to run, walk and raise money for scholarships while getting their fill of water, mud and sweat. Loughridge is open 365 days a year. We have booked over 100 weddings this year and continue to book weddings and receptions all year long. All of these events fund Loughridge's day camp ministry.” Winter campers can participate in many of the usual activities but – weather permitting – some special outdoor fun is planned including snow fort making (if the white stuff shows up). Fees cover a hot lunch and snacks. Loughridge is located at 4900 W. 71st St. and can be reached at 918-4464194. ~ December 2012 | 27

December events Dec. 01 Casey Donahew Band + Matt Stell & The Crashers, 7 p.m., Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N. Main St., details at www.cainsballroom. com Dec. 01 Tulsa Symphony: Yellow (“The Wizard of Oz” with live music), 7:30 p.m., Tulsa PAC, 119 E. 2nd St., details at Dec. 01 River Lights (music, food, and lighting), 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., River Park, 41st Street and Riverside Parkway, details at www. Dec. 01-02 A Christmas Story, 7:30 p.m., Tulsa PAC, 119 E. 2nd St., details at Dec. 01-02, 07, 08-09 The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, times vary, Henthorne PAC, 4825 S. Quaker Ave., details at henthornepac Dec. 01-02, 07-09, 14-16, 21-23 Holiday Lights on the Hill, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Chandler Park, 6500 W. 21st St., details at

Nov. 23-Jan. 6 Winterfest (ice skating, music, Santa, etc.) BOK Center, 201 S. Denver, details at or call (918) 894-4268. Dec. 01-30 The Art of Phil Cooper, 10 a.m. to 5:30 pm, Tulsa PAC, 119 E. 2nd St., details at www. Dec. 02 George and Ira Gershwin Songbook, 5 p.m., Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 111 E. First St., details at Dec. 02 Side by Side (High School and Professional Musicians and Singers), 2 p.m., Tulsa PAC, 119 E. 2nd St., details at Dec. 02 Tulsa Oilers vs. Arizona Sundogs, 4:05 p.m. BOK Center, 205 S. Denver Ave., details at Dec. 02 12 Gifts of Christmas, 6 p.m., ORU Mabee Center, 7777 S. Lewis, details at www. Dec. 03 The Mountain Goats + Matthew E. White, 7 p.m., Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N. Main St., details at Dec. 03 Kinky Friedman, 7 p.m., Oklahoma Jazz Hall

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of Fame, 111 E. First St., details at www. Dec. 04 Tulsa Oilers vs. Missouri Mavericks, 7:05 p.m., BOK Center, 205 S. Denver Ave., details at Dec. 04 Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker, 7:30 p.m., ORU Mabee Center, 7777 S. Lewis, details at www.mabeecenter. com Dec. 05 Ghostland Observatory, 7 p.m., Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N. Main St., details at www. Dec. 05 Brown Bag It: Tulsa Festival Ringers, 11:30 a.m. & 12:45 p.m., Tulsa PAC, 119 E. 2nd St., details at Dec. 06 Trans-Siberian Orchestra, 7:30 p.m., BOK Center, 205 S. Denver Ave., details at www. Dec. 06 Old Crow Medicine Show + Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys, 7 p.m., Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N. Main St., details at www. Dec. 06-09, 12-15, 19-22 A Christmas Carol, times vary, Tulsa PAC, 119 E. 2nd St., details at Dec. 07 Dancing at the Depot, 7:30 p.m., Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 111 E. First St., details at Dec. 07 Eric Church w/ Justin and Kip Moore, 7:30 p.m., BOK Center, 205 S. Denver Ave., details at Dec. 07 Brian Regan Tour, 8 p.m., ORU Mabee Center, 7777 S. Lewis, details at www.mabeecenter. com Dec.07-09 ACRA Finals (rodeo), times vary, Built Ford Tough Livestock Complex, Expo Square, details at Dec. 07-09 A Charlie Brown Christmas, times vary, Tulsa PAC, 119 E. 2nd St., details at www. Dec. 08 Tulsa Oilers vs. Bloomington Blaze, 7:35 p.m., BOK Center, 205 S. Denver Ave., details at Dec. 08 Tulsa Holiday Parade of Lights, 6 p.m., Downtown Tulsa, Begins at 4th and Elgin, details at Dec. 08 Tulsa Christmas Parade, 6 p.m., Tulsa Hills Shopping Center, 71st Street & Olympia Avenue, details at 918-583-2345 Dec. 08 King of the Cage Unification, 7 p.m., River Spirit Event Center, 8330 Riverside Parkway, details at

Dec. 08-09 Tulsa 66er’s vs. Rio Grands Vipers, times vary, SpiritBank Event Center, 105th Street & Memorial Drive, details at dleague/tulsa Dec. 08-09, 15-16, 22-23 Tulsa Ballet: The Nutcracker, times vary Tulsa PAC, 119 E. 2nd St., details at www. Dec. 09 Olivia Duhon Live at The Depot! 5 p.m., Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 111 E. First St., details at Dec. 10 Bryan Adams “Bare Bones Tour: Solo and Acoustic”, 8 p.m., Brady Theater, 105 W. Brady St., details at Dec. 12-16 Cirque du Soleil - DRALION, times vary, BOK Center, 205 S. Denver Ave., details at www. Dec. 13 104.5 the Edge Ugly Christmas Sweater Concert 2012, 7 p.m., Brady Theater, 105 W. Brady St., details at Dec. 13 Tulsa Camerata “Winter Winds” (chamber music), 7 p.m., Philbrook Museum of Art, 2727 S. Rockford Road, details at www. Dec. 13, 18 Candlelight Concert Series: The Spirit of Christmas Past, 6 p.m., Harwelden Mansion, 2210 S. Main St., details at www. Dec. 13-16, 20-23 The Eight: Reindeer Monologues, times vary, Tulsa PAC, 119 E. 2nd St., details at Dec. 14-16, 21-23 Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, times vary, Tulsa Convention Center, 101 Civic Center, details at www. Dec. 15 The Red Dirt Rangers + The Great Divide, The Damn Quails, Bo Phillips Band, 7 p.m., Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N. Main St., details at Dec. 15 Alliday Show (arts and crafts show), 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Ford Truck Exhibit Hall, Expo Square, details at Dec. 16 Cindy Cain and Friends, 5 p.m., Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 111 E. First St., details at Dec. 16 Half & Half or Double Half (half and full marathon options), 9 a.m., Turkey Mountain, 69th Street & S. Elwood Avenue, details at Dec. 21 Holiday Dancing at The Depot, 7:30 p.m., Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 111 E. First St., details at

Dec. 21 Tulsa 66er’s vs. Iowa Energy, 7 p.m., SpiritBank Event Center, 105th Street & Memorial Drive, details at com/dleague/tulsa Dec. 22 Tulsa 66er’s vs. Canton Charge, 7 p.m., SpiritBank Event Center, 105th Street & Memorial Drive, details at com/dleague/tulsa Dec. 23 Gospel Holiday Extravaganza with Dr. Joey Crutcher, 5 p.m., Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, 111 E. First St., details at

Dec. 26 Tulsa Oilers vs. Texas Brahmas, 7:35 p.m. BOK Center, 201 S. Denver, details at Dec. 27-30 Tulsa Shootout (micro sprint racing), times vary, QuikTrip Center, Expo Square, details at www.tulsashootout. com Dec. 28 Tulsa Oilers vs. Quad City Mallards, 7:35 p.m., BOK Center, 205 S. Denver Ave., details at Dec. 29 Tulsa Oilers vs. Missouri Mavericks, 7:35 p.m., BOK Center, 205 S. Denver Ave., details at Dec. 29-30 Mannheim Steamroller Christmas, times vary, Tulsa PAC, 119 E. 2nd St., details at Dec. 31 Randy Rogers Band + Kyle Park, 8 p.m., Cain’s Ballroom, 423 N. Main St., details at Dec. 31 Brady New Year’s Eve Party, 8 p.m., Brady Theater, 105 W. Brady St., details at Dec. 31 Run Into the New Year, times vary, River Parks West Amphitheater, 2100 South Jackson, details at www. Dec. 31 The Party! New Year’s Eve Ball Drop, 9 p.m. to 12 a.m., Blue Dome District, 2nd Street and Elgin Avenue, details at Dec. 31 Sobriety Powwow, noon to 2 a.m., Tulsa Convention Center, 100 Civic Center, details at

Congratulations National Merit Students! Seventeen percent of the senior class was recognized by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation for their performance on the qualifying exam. • 13 Semifinalist Students • 3 Commended Students • 1 National Achievement Student

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Cascia Hall is a Catholic, collegepreparatory school for students of all faiths in grades 6-12; 100% of our students matriculate to a college or university following graduation. The Cascia Hall program prepares students for college and for life with challenging academics, extensive extracurricular activities, and community service opportunities.

Ongoing events Ongoing every Monday Choctaw Language Class 7 to 9 p.m. at Creek Community Center, 8611 S. Union. Country and Western Dance free or low cost for seniors. Call 918-607-3600. Ed’s Country Dance Class is free 6:30 p.m. No partner required. Call 918-425-8476. Ongoing Mondays through Fridays Oklahoma Military Academy Museum in Claremore offers free admission. Details at 918-343-7773. Ongoing Mondays through Saturdays Waite Phillips Filling Station Museum in Sapulpa just off Route 66 offers free admission. Details at 918-224-7765.

Ongoing Tuesdays through Fridays Sand Springs Cultural and Historical Museum, 9 E. Broadway. Details at 918-246-2509.

Ongoing every Tuesday Free live music at Lambrusco’z at 1344 E. 41st St. from 5 to 8 p.m. Free music at Tuesdays at Trinity Episcopal Church at noon. Details at 918-582-4128.

D.W. Correll Museum in Catoosa features historic automobiles, geological showcases and Port of Catoosa history. Free admission. Call 918-266-1687.

Ongoing every Thursday Cherokee Language Class, 6 p.m. at Zarrow Library. No previous knowledge necessary.

Ongoing Tuesdays through Saturdays Pierson Art Gallery on Cherry Street features free exhibitions. Call 918-548-2440.

Ongoing every Friday, Saturday Free live music at Key of G Jazz Club at RiverWalk, Jenks. 6 p.m.-2 a.m.

Ongoing every Monday and Thursday Free Grief and Bereavement Support Group at Grace Hospice. Call 918-794-3555.

Ongoing every Saturday Joe Momma’s Saturday Book Club, 11:30 a.m., with crafts. Call 918-794-6563.

The Red Fork Art Gallery & Studio Where artists come to play – to paint – to grow. • A variety of art classes are offered for ages 8 to adult. • W  e accept commissions – just tell us what you want and we’ll paint it.

• W  e have a large variety of art —including oils, acrylics, pastels, porcelain, watercolor, and jewelry — affordably priced.

The Red Fork Art Gallery and Studio is located in the heart of historic Red Fork.

4071 Southwest Boulevard Call 918.639.4811 for more information

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Tulsa’s Holly Jolly Season Is it necessary to rent a hotel room or limo, ride a horse-drawn carriage through a happy, glowing haze of holiday lights or catch a trolley to catch performances and explore favorite pubs, bowling alleys, and restaurants? Perhaps not, but oh what fun it is…

Holiday Lights on the Hill Nov. 23-Dec. 25 Thanks to volunteers led by West Tulsans Sam Cue and Tom Cue, Chandler Park has hosted the three-mile Holiday Lights on the Hill wonderland of lights for the past five years. Highlights include the options of horse-drawn carriage rides and visits from Santa. The park is located at 6500 West 21st Street. The light show is free and donations are encouraged. For details, call 918-591-6053.

Winterfest & Downtown Holiday Parade Now-Jan. 6, 2013 Winterfest, also celebrating a five-year anniversary, is a new downtown Tulsa tradition featuring ice-skating, caroling, Oklahoma’s tallest Christmas tree and more. Centered outside the BOK Center on Third Street, Winterfest features free outdoor entertainment with outdoor seating, a warming tent and various vendors offering a variety of tasty treats. Regardless of whether you actually skate on the 9,000-square-foot ice rink overlooking the Tulsa skyline or just watch those braving the ice, you’re sure to have a great time. Adding to the holiday spirit is the spectacular fireworks display, immediately following the Holiday Parade of Lights. You may also choose to make a day or afternoon of exploring downtown Tulsa’s restaurants, coffee shops and shopping opportunities such as the Holiday Market on parade day in the BOK Center Grand Lobby from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. With literally hundreds of vendors – many locally owned and operated - you can check off names on your gift list with choices such as candles, gourmet foods, wearable art garments and many forms of art and décor. And, for hockey fans, there is a 3 p.m. junior hockey game hosted by the Tulsa Oilers, previewing their meeting against Bloomington at 7:35 p.m. Free skating is offered Dec.9, which otherwise costs $8 per adult, $5 for children under three years old and $5 for those using their own skates. Visit for details and weekly updates featuring promotions benefiting both your pocketbook and area nonprofits. These include half-price skating admission on Mondays, with the donation of a nonperishable food item to the food bank. On Tuesdays, skating is again half price with the donation of a new or like-new book to Volunteers of America’s literacy program. Wednesday’s half price skating special is with the donation of a new or gently used coat, blanket, scarf, mittens or gloves to benefit the Tulsa Day Center. Segway Santa is available on Sunday afternoons for free photo ops and a “ho, ho, ho.” A full Winterfest calendar with hours of operation is at

12 Gifts of Christmas, Dec. 2 The Nutcracker, Dec. 4

Tulsa Christmas Parade Dec. 8, 6 p.m. Tulsa Hills will again host the festive Tulsa Christmas Parade, with at least 20,000 spectators expected, says Melissa Armstrong, spokesperson for Tulsa Christmas Parade LLC. Some folks like to stay at the Tulsa Hills Hampton Inn as a convenient home base for dining and shopping, including the new Sam’s Club, where you can find holiday décor, gift items – and practically anything else on your shopping list.

Perched in sight of the river’s edge at 7777 S. Lewis Ave., the Oral Roberts University campus draws visitors year round to admire the architecture and attend events at the Mabee Center. This year’s holiday shows include 12 Days of Christmas, in honor of the birthday of Jesus and starring Grammy award winners Steven Curtis Chapman and Laura Story. For a classic, timeless experience, consider attending The Nutcracker performed by the Moscow Ballet. Tickets and details at

Brady Arts District First Friday Art Crawl Dec. 7, 6 p.m. kick off “Arrive early and stay late,” at downtown Tulsa’s Main Street and Brady Avenue, says The Brady Arts District Business Association. With locally-owned restaurants, including Caz Chow House, a glass-blowing studio and more, the Crawl is a way to rediscover this pocket of urban cool. Visit for details.

Scrooge, Snoopy, and The Nutcracker

the audience challenged to explore the time-old question “Who are you?” For all event details and tickets, visit

Of the many shows at the Tulsa Performing Arts Center in December, perhaps none is more anticipated than The Nutcracker, as choreographed by Tulsa Ballet Artistic Director Marcelllo Angelini and performed Dec. 8-9, 15-16 and 22-23. For many, A Charlie Brown Christmas on Dec. 7-9 is the family favorite with Snoopy dancing an anticipated moment. The Victorianera Christmas classic A Christmas Carol is presented in musical form by the American Theatre Company for the 35th year running and is offered Dec. 6-9, 12-16 and 19-23. For tickets and show times, visit www.tulsapac. com.

Christmas and the movies times two There are the movies we make sure to watch during the holidays and then there is the music from such movies. In honor of that cinematic Christmas experience, Signature Symphony presents songs from Christmas-themed movies in a show entitled “Christmas Goes to the Movies,” at the Tulsa Community College Van Trease Performing Arts Center. The show runs Dec. 14-15 at 8 p.m. For tickets and details, visit www.signaturesymphonyattcc. org. In a similar vein, the Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center for Education is presenting a Yule movie music-themed performance entitled “Christmas at the Movies” at 2:30 p.m., Dec. 16. For details, visit www.

Santa is all wet at Oklahoma Aquarium, Dec. 1-2, 8-9, 14-23

Scuba Santa is available for photo ops at Oklahoma Aquarium’s Coral Reef. For more information about the Jenks attraction visit www.

Mean kids vs Christmas Clark Theater presents “The Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” the timeless story of the “mean” Herdsman kids and their quest to take over the local Christmas pageant. The show runs Nov. 30-Dec. 8 at the Henthorne Performing Arts Center. For ticket and details, visit www.cityoftulsa.or/HenthornePAC.

Winter Winds Dec. 13, 7:30 p.m.

Festival of Trees, through Dec. 9

The Tulsa Camerata presents a night of chamber music including David Maslank’s Wind Quintet No. 2 at the Philbrook Museum of Art. The museum and gift shop can be a fun family outing that also keeps entertainment and shopping dollars local. The Festival of Trees continues through Dec. 9 and is an unforgettable mustsee. For event tickets and other details visit www.tulsacamerata. org and

Living Arts of Tulsa presents The Four Elements, Vesperae and Identify Yourself The nationally-recognized artists featured in the collaborative show The Four Elements will be on hand at the exhibition’s Dec. 7 opening reception from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Living Arts of Tulsa in the Brady District. The annual show, features Cathryn Thomas, Sharyl Landis, Nancy Hamill, Ron Fleming and Linda Stilley; and was conceptualized by curator Steve Liggett. It is based on the ancient world’s concept of the four elements done in clay, fiber, metal, and wood with motifs offered for sale. Evening highlights include Cristina Speligene playing accordion along with her coffee-inspired exhibition entitled 'Vesperae'. Other treats include a presentation by Tulsa’s finest poets and performers, entitled 'Identify Yourself', on Dec. 8. Curated by Mia Wright, the event covers the complex theme of identity with

Trolleys, limos, and horses Comfort, class and a whiff of nostalgia are part of the Old Urban Trolley experience when exploring downtown Tulsa or rented for a specialized route. For details, call 918-744-1100. Snuggling up for a horse and buggy ride from Dreamcatcher Carriage is one memorable way to celebrate the season. Reservations are available at 918-CARIAGE. If you fancy a chauffeur-driven ride through various light displays, renting a limo can be reasonable when the cost is shared among a group. Christmas light tours can accommodate up to 14 people in a single lavish ride and several beverage choices are usually included. Call Galaxy Limo at 918-481-3374 or VIP Limo at 918492-5984.

Rhema Holiday Lights through Jan. 1, 2013

Broken Arrow is home to the dazzling display of more than two million glowing light bulbs at Rhema Bible College and is highlighted by synchronized Christmas music. The campus is located at 1025 W. Kenosha St. and visitors may park for free and walk through the display or take a drive through the free display. Learn more at

For more than 60 years, Southwest Tulsans have met to plan innovative solutions to the challenges facing its residents. From preventing school closings to launching major revitalization efforts, Chamber meetings have called all parties to the table to prioritize and carry out the work. Recent efforts to facilitate a growing Tulsa Hills Merchant's Association and champion exciting river development dreams through River's Edge Magazine, the Southwest Tulsa Chamber remains committed to assembling the necessary attention and resources to building business and community throughout the Southwest Tulsa river corridor. Arts and Recreation Redberry Farm Red Fork Art Gallery and Studio Silverwolf Productions

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Automotive Bob Hurley Ford Route 66 Auto Orphanage West Tulsa Paint and Body

Churches Carbondale Assembly of God Carbondale Church of Christ Life Park Christian Fellowship Red Fork Baptist Church Trinity Baptist Church West Tulsa United Methodist Church

Banking/Finance American Heritage Bank Edward Jones Investments Oklahoma Central Credit Union ONB Bank - Community Peoples Bank Quick Cash of America Employees Federal. Credir Union Western Sun Federal Credit Union Business Services Aaron Fence Co. American Waste Control B Haulin’ Baker Heat and Air Berry Mechanical and Antiques Contract Clerical Culligan Merchant Services of Oklahoma, Inc. Packard and Associates Promoman ProType Graphics and PrePress Red Fork Signs Sam’s Club, Tulsa Hills

Education Riverfield Country Day School St. Catherine School OSU Center for Health Sciences Tulsa Technology Center Event Venues The Silo Center, Redberry Farm White House Mansion Graphic Art / Marketing PROType Graphics Happy Day Marketing Individuals Jean Breed Anna Brown Val Childers Councilor Jeannie Cue Brandi Forester-Slaton Cassandra Funderburk Gene Griffith John Mark Griffith

Roy and Sherry Heim Walter F. Kempe, D.O. Josh Lamberton Honorable Glen Mulready Mohammad H Nikjou David Nunn Richard and Judy Ryan Bob White Leonard Wood Health/Beauty BJ’s Hair Fashion Hollie’s $5 Haircuts Jone Friesen and Associates Industry Advanced Steel and Crane Allan Edwards Flintco, Inc. Holly Refining and Marketing Maccor, Inc. Rinker Materials Roto Hammer Industries, Inc. Lodging Cedar Rock Inn Bed and Breakfast Hampton Inn at Tulsa Hills Professional Connecting Fathers & Families Dutton Travel Gary Patton Photography H & H Exams, LLC Heath-Griffith Funeral Home Judge Carl Funderburk

Keith D. Robertson, Architect Mark Griffith Memorial Funeral Homes Tulsa Dental Center Public Services Chandler Park Daniel Webster Alumni Association Greater Cornerstone Community Center Goodwill Industries Inhofe Tag Agency Oklahoma Natural Gas Townwest Sertoma Club SW Tulsa Historical Society Western Neighbors, Inc. Westside YMCA Tulsa County Commissioner Karen Keith Tulsa County Parks Zarrow Regional Library Property/Insurance Aaron Fence Co. David Million - Independent Aflac Agent Dena Nicholas Farmers Ins. Agency Elizabeth Apple - Independent Aflac Agent Keller Williams Realty - Linda Fitzgerald LandPlan Consultants, Inc. Money Insurance - Karen Bull

Sawyer-Phillips and Assoc. Sell Buy Design Southwest Properties Vickie Hadley Tulsa Realty - Brenda Barré We B Trees WKM, Inc. (Crystal City) Services Red Fork Cleaners Southwest Tulsa Trophy Sue’s Westside Flower Garden Shopping/Dining Arnold’s Old-Fashioned Hamburgers Billy Rays Bar-B-Q Bishop’s Jewelry Carl’s Coney Island Charlie’s Chicken Chick-fil-A of Tulsa Hills Dick’s Sporting Goods Divine Home Supply Linda-Mar Hamburgers Ollie’s Station Restaurant Rib Crib on Skelly Drive S & S Grocery Sam’s Club of Tulsa Hills Sooner Supplies Tropical Smoothie Café, Tulsa Hills U.S. Cellular of Tulsa Hills Union Street Café Warehouse Market

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