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Power of partnership

Four Tulsa couples share their secrets of success

A community’s school

The rise of Eugene Field Elementary February 2014

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Features FEBRUARY 2014 ✻ VOLUME 28 / ISSUE 4

39 The power of partnership

Four Tulsa couples share why their relationships just work. by JANE ZEMEL


Food Lovers’ Guide

TulsaPeople’s food editor spills the beans on where to find her favorite culinary treats. by JUDY ALLEN



A community’s school

An administrator realizes Eugene Field Elementary School has bigger problems than low test scores and poor student attendance. by JAMIE RICHERT JONES


Departments FEBRUARY 2014 ✻ VOLUME 28 / ISSUE 4

CityBeat 13 History exposed A local couple brings a historical photo method back to life.

14 Notebook What Tulsans are talking about

16 Everyday stories The benefits of Junior League of Tulsa expand beyond the community for two Tulsa women.

18 What it’s like Tulsan Norm McDonald was inducted into a national hall of fame for motorcyclists.


20 Five questions Get to know Leslie Wardman, CEO and founder of Ambiance Matchmaking.

22 Storefront A Tulsa business creates art in unlikely places.

24 Four corners A nearly 60-year-old school prepares for expansion.

26 Passions A Tulsa woman has crocheted more than 1,000 hats for Tulsa’s hungry

28 Artist in residence Longtime instructor Steve Walter shares his love of woodworking.


30 Locker room Grant Jerrett, the D-League’s No. 1 overall draft choice starts his career with the Tulsa 66ers.

32 Not so long ago Fourth-favorite boy friend 34 At large Imperfect past

The Good Life 83 Practically perfect The results of our seventh annual Blank Slate Designer Challenge

90 My perfect weekend Brian Horton shares his weekend hotspots.

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92 Health Three specialists share life-saving tips for taking care of your heart.

The Dish 99 Let them eat cake Perfectly portioned sweets to share with your sweetie

100 Table talk Spaghetti and meatballs, hot toddlers, what to do with leafy greens and a look at Tulsa’s newest deli 102 Wine Valentine’s Day calls for a sip of something special.

104 Musings Fry bread as big as your face


119 Fun and games The entertaining athletes known for their amazing basketball skills return to Tulsa. 120 Agenda This month’s standout events

122 Out & about See and be seen.

124 Benefits Fundraisers and fun happenings

126 The culturist The Tulsa Youth Symphony Orchestra celebrates 50 years. 128 Tulsa sound Music Columnist Matt Cauthron reflects on the New Tulsa Sound.

132 Worth reading A look at “Poetry to the People,” a compilation of poems by Oklahoma poets, plus a listing of February and March book events 136 Flashback Epic arena

Special sections

57 Private School Guide Officials from five Tulsa private schools discuss how to get the most out of an open house. Plus, our annual listing of Tulsa’s major private schools. 77 Wealth Management Guide A Q&A with local financial experts as well as a glossary of the most common financial designations will help you navigate your money matters.



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Artist in Residence Longtime woodworking instructor Steve Walter spends hundreds of hours building beautiful furniture, but his favorite aspect is teaching others the craft (p. 28). Watch this video to experience the self-trained expert at work.

Can’t get enough of Food Editor Judy Allen’s Food Lovers’ Guide (p. 43)? Check out her online tips, including how to build a locally sourced charcuterie plate and where in Tulsa to find her favorite Okie dishes.

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Pediatric cardiac surgeon Dr. Mary-Jane Barth on easing families’ concerns and what it means to care for her tiny patients.

How did you decide to become a pediatric cardiac surgeon? Working as a secretary in pediatric cardiology inspired me to finish college and attend medical school. Initially I planned to pursue adult medicine but soon found that surgery was where I belonged. So I decided that if I were going to be a surgeon, I wanted to be a pediatric cardiac surgeon. How do you comfort the families of your patients? Basically we talk to them about the anatomy and physiology of the baby. We talk about normal anatomy and about what we can do. Family members tend to be most anxious before the operation. They often find the anticipation to be the hardest part. However, after surgery, most people are relieved that it’s done and to see that their baby is doing fine. What other resources are available for families? Mothers, especially, need to know there are support options available to them. A mother may sometimes think, “I can’t do anything for my baby.” There’s a support group in the community called Mended Little Hearts where mothers talk to other moms who are going through the same thing. These shared experiences help give families perspective.

How do you communicate with such young patients? I always talk to my patients. Babies just don’t answer in the way you and I would. They will smile, squeeze your hand or coo and give you some evidence of whether or not they are comfortable. What moments do you find most inspiring? I love the kids, and I love to see them get better. Watching them go home and come back healthy and happy and just really enjoying life—it doesn’t get any better than that. What made you choose The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis? The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis has developed tremendously over the last three years. Several pediatric specialists have joined the hospital, and we’re all working to improve children’s health in the community. Families don’t need to go to Boston or Philadelphia. Top-notch care is available right here in Tulsa.

“The heart of a newborn infant is about the size of a plum. Seeing it begin to beat again is just beautiful.” MARY-JANE BARTH, M.D.


From the editor



As often is the case around here, we like to

repeat a good thing when we happen upon one. Two years ago we put pizza on the cover of our February issue and barely saw an issue on the stands, they flew off so quickly. The next year, our “comfort food” cover yielded the same results. It does not take a rocket scientist to figure out Tulsans love food, so we decided it was time to publish our very own food lovers’ guide. In this cover feature, on p. 43, Food Editor Judy Allen has truly outdone herself bringing you the most comprehensive guide to finding all things foodie-focused in our fair city. From meat markets to bakeries to spices and tools, this guide has it all — whether you like to cook from scratch or let someone else do all the dirty work. Of course, the February issue also has an education focus. This year we take a look at one of Tulsa’s most promising community schools and the administrator who realized its potential. Read the story of Cindi Hemm and her impact on Eugene Field Elementary on p. 53. We’ve also included our annual private schools guide, complete with tips on making the most out of an open house. We also teach you how to make the most of your money in this issue, thanks to our wealth management guide on p. 77. Four local financial professionals break down hot topics on savings, retirement and more. We help you navigate the language of financial distinctions by explaining the difference between a CFP, CLU or ChFC, making sure you find just the professional you need. Food and education aside, there is one February theme we simply can’t ignore: love. For some couples, it just works. But, why? This month, writer Jane Zemel asked four high-profile couples to share the secrets behind their powerful partnerships. Their candid responses on p. 39 will have you laughing and falling in love with them at the same time. Too bad for single Tulsans, these better halves are already taken. Last but not least, I must mention one of my personal favorites — our annual Blank Slate Designer Challenge on p. 83. Typically we ask several designers to give the same object their own unique look. This year, we chose the Mascotte wooden multi-functional table — an amazing product that adjusts to seven heights and expands to seat six, making it a dining table, desk and coffee table, all in one. Each of the three featured designers tackled a different function of the table, and the results are sure to impress and inspire. Whether you’re looking for home inspiration, education guidance, love notes or foodie finds, we hope you find this issue full of a few good things.

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The story behind the story On compiling the Food Lovers’ Guide — JUDY ALLEN It’s no secret I love food. Fortunately for me, I get paid to write about it. When I lived in New York City, I was constantly amazed at the bounty of food available to me. Whether it was at restaurants, farmers’ markets or ethnic grocers, one could get anything imaginable — at virtually any hour of the day. Since I moved back to Oklahoma nine years ago, I have watched our food scene explode. New restaurants open every week, food trucks are parked on just about every corner of the city, and the passion for great food (whether eaten out or made at home) has increased dramatically. As an avid home cook myself, I enjoy perusing local markets for ingredients, visiting with butchers regarding different cuts of meat, and stopping into a pastry shop now and again for a special treat. So, naturally I had a great time compiling a list of my local favorites in a food lovers’ guide to Tulsa. I hope readers are able to use it to make some delicious discoveries of their own.

On Tulsa’s “power couples” — JANE ZEMEL Many times editors have tried to get me to accept an assignment by saying, “Oh, the story practically writes itself.” The article about the power of partnership was the first time I’d ever actually seen that happen. The four couples featured were quick to accept my request to participate; even speedier in returning their completed questionnaires. (Two more rare occurrences.) It was as if they couldn’t wait to share the details of what makes their relationships work. By the time I’d compiled their answers and cobbled together a first draft, I realized I had so much more than the required word count in front of me. I was staring at a free marriage counseling session for the TulsaPeople audience. Readers should pay particular attention to how these eight senses of humor shine through, how each person chooses to gloss over their partners’ flaws rather than focus on them, and how lucky each Part One of a relationship feels about having Part Two in their lives.

Best of all, these four couples turn so many myths and catch phrases into facts — love at first sight, soul mates, opposites attract, happily ever after — that the whole fairy tale practically writes itself.

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History exposed Angie Pember Brockey


The photographic process of contemporary artists and alchemists Justin Brockey and Angie Pember Brockey of Silver and Glass Photography pays homage to an era long before digital cameras and smartphones made everyone a “photographer.” The couple practices wet plate collodion, the primary photographic method of the mid to late 19th century. Producing the ethereal effect shown here, the process goes far beyond today’s point-and-shoot photography. Creating one wet plate — which uses glass for the film — takes 30-40 minutes, Justin says. He or Angie hand-cut and deblur the glass, arrange their subject and shoot the image on an 1860s reproduction camera with an 1870s

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Dallmeyer lens. They mix chemicals using original 19th century formulas and pour collodion over the plate. The couple then “sensitizes” the plate in silver nitrate, then exposes the image, creating a photographic negative on the glass. The pair makes wet plates up to 8-by-10 inches, but Justin plans to restore an even larger camera that can create plates more than triple that size. He also hopes to eventually teach classes on wet plate techniques. “Wet plate was kind of a dying art and now it is starting to build back up a little bit,” he says.

EDITOR’S NOTE: This self-portrait of Justin Brockey is a 5-by-7 ambrotype (a glass negative) titled “Cameras for Breakfast.”

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What Tulsans are talking about

LOOK Musical Theatre


Curtain rises on partnership Students at Tulsa Community College now attend the only community college in the nation with both a professional orchestra and theater company through a new partnership with LOOK Musical Theatre. As of December 2013, LOOK professionals and TCC students have more opportunities to work collaboratively on theater productions, which beginning in June will be staged at TCC’s VanTrease Performing Arts Center for Education, 10300 E. 81st St. The partnership will provide students hands-on learning experiences and benefit the long-term financial stability of LOOK, according to a press release. The theater group completed its 30th season in August with a $100,000 budget shortfall. Visit or call 918-583-4267 for more information on LOOK’s 2014 season, which will include Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Sunset Boulevard” and Gilbert and Sullivan’s “The Gondeliers.”

Sudsy success The red dirt-enriched soap of Okie Crowe, Tulsa’s hub for handcrafted and homebrewed products, has been called up to the big leagues. Urban Outfitters, the mega retailer of clothing and quirky gift items, now sells five scents for $8 each exclusively at (In Tulsa, Okie Crowe products can be found at the Okie Crowe shop, 501 S. Boston Ave., and at Ida Red, Dog Dish and a host of other spots.)

Also this month: Some of Tulsa’s most community-minded female leaders, including Sharon King Davis, will share personal stories with KRMG veteran John Erling during a six-week session beginning Feb. 11. The college-level course, “String of Pearls,” will be from 1-3 p.m., Tuesdays through March 18, at the Central Center, 1028 E. Sixth St. The class is available to members age 50 and older of OSU’s Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Annual memberships can be purchased for $50 with the first course included. Call 1-800-765-8933 or visit for more information.

It takes two

Evan Taylor

A program helping Tulsa’s young men and women develop leadership abilities and career interests through mentorship celebrates six months of work in February. Since August 2013, Life on Life Mentoring has provided a relationship-oriented curriculum for atrisk youth ages 15-22, providing positive role modeling and creating opportunities for youth to develop new interests, skills and cultural awareness. The program marries the efforts of two nonprofit organizers: Ashley Walker, founder of Launch Out-

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Man Project

reach, and Dexter Sullivan, founder of The Man to

Man Project, whose individual startups were profiled in the December and February 2013 issues of TulsaPeople. Launch Outreach encompasses Project Manna Girls’ Home, a transitional living project that assists young women aging out of the foster care system. The Man to Man Project has helped young men in north Tulsa develop mentoring relationships since September 2010.  Contact Kara Alee at to volunteer or recommend a mentee.

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Tulsans you should know

Sisters in service


Brooke Sturdivant and Lindsay Hunter have what

Last fall, Tulsa Public Schools



some would call a sisterly bond. They eat, shop and exercise together, a relationship that formed after meeting through the Junior League of Tulsa. The longtime organization has helped shape their lives and their friendship. “Everyone in the Junior League has been encouraging, but Brooke has had such a powerful impact on me,” Hunter says. “She’s just pretty stinking awesome.” “Word, sister,” her friend agrees. Sturdivant, marketing chairwoman and threeyear Junior League member, joined the group to build connections when she moved to Tulsa in 2010. Hunter, a second-year member, also joined to become more involved in the community. The women’s eagerness to volunteer connected them to an array of women who serve the community. “The Junior League of Tulsa is a group of women who want to make their city better and put forth the time and resources to do so,” Sturdivant says. In 1923, 13 women formed the Junior League of Tulsa to help women and children in transition. The organization is divided into three main branches. At the forefront is the Community Council, under which five key initiatives are cultivated yearly. Each initiative is a partnership with a community-based program that the Junior League helps launch or con-

Lindsay Hunter and Brooke Sturdivant became acquainted through the Junior League of Tulsa, a service organization established in 1923.

tinue through volunteer hours and training. The current initiatives are the Laura Dester Children’s Shelter, Harvest Market/Kids in the Kitchen, Resonance, the Philbrook myMobile Me project and IMPACT. Hunter is the committee chairwoman for the Laura Dester Shelter, a short-term emergency care facility that houses children while the state Department of Human Services investigates cases of alleged abuse and neglect. The Junior League’s Laura Dester committee members each volunteer one hour twice per month and work on projects with the children. “Our goal is to give them normalcy and to make them smile,” Hunter says. “I love the feeling that we have done something to make them feel special.” For Sturdivant, the benefits of Junior League membership are extensive, from making friends, to connecting to the city, to learning how to serve. The connections that members are privy to are another benefit, she says. Members include Tulsa leaders Deidra Kirtley, Ronald McDonald House of Tulsa former board president and executive director of Resonance, and Mary Collins, former Tulsa Zoo Friends executive director. “So many women have made incredible strides before us,” Sturdivant says. “That is what has impressed me most, the dedication of women and the power of a goal.” tþ

A for the arts by ALANA JAMISON began partnering with the Arts and Humanities Council and the Mayor’s Office to launch Any Given Child, an initiative of the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The program’s primary goal is to assist communities in developing a plan for expanding arts education for students in grades K-8, according to the Kennedy Center. “Each grade level is matched up with a local arts organization, ensuring that TPS students have at least nine live arts experiences by the time they reach high school,” according to Chris Payne, TPS director of public information.


Cities across the United States, including Tulsa, are participating in the Any Given Child program.


Arts organizations in Tulsa, including Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa Opera and Philbrook Museum of Art, are program sponsors.

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Percent: projected growth of art industry jobs in the next 20 years.

Other lesson plans will ensure students have one meaningful arts experience across four disciplines: visual arts, theater, dance and music.


Grade students will visit the Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art this year in conjunction with the Any Given Child program.


Percent of artists vote, compared to the average 60 percent of Americans who vote.


More points, on average, are scored on the SAT by students involved in the arts. They also are three times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement.


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First-person experiences

Behind the wheel Tulsan Norm McDonald was inducted into a national hall of fame for motorcyclists.



Courtesy of Norm McDonald

Courtesy of Norm McDonald

a week. We sold new and used If there’s one thing motorcycles to racers we were Norm McDonald knows, it’s familiar with, and that’s how it motorcycles. An ambassador all started. of the sport of motorcycling, he was inducted this past fall Why Yamaha? We took on into the American Motorcyclist Indian, which was Royal Enfield Association Hall of Fame. at the time, and in 1958 Frank McDonald, 81, is an accomCooper Motors got us to take plished racer, businessman, deon Yamaha. signer, promoter and educator. He also is the “N” in the internaOn the unique air filter he tionally recognizable K&N logo, and Johnson invented, conand the owner of K&N Motorcysidered a “game changer” cles at 6105 New Sapulpa Road. by many in the industry: We At 22, McDonald discovered saw a need for a lighter air his passion for motorcycles filter; paper filters would get after being honorably disdamp, clog up and not work. charged from the Navy during Norm McDonald with one of his motorcycles at the American Motorcyclist Association Hall of Fame banquet in We went to 3M; they designed the Korean War. Las Vegas. Below, McDonald (center) with AMA racer Ralph White and K&N co-founder Kenny Johnson in 1969 at it and taught us how to make He started his business in Daytona Beach, Fla. our own molds. We pleated the 1957, “with just $200 and material and put it together ourselves. A K&N filter three used motorcycles,” in Loma Linda, Calif. The with 5,000-10,000 miles would still have better air location grew into several shops across Southern flow than a paper filter. California. McDonald, a successful entrepreneur at this point On the family following in his racetracks: My boys and father of four, decided to pack up and head Pat, Sam and Phil all race. Sam was an AMA Road east in 1971 because “drugs were running rampant Racing national champion; Pat, raced cross-country through the schools, and Oklahoma was a better and motocross; and Phil was the youngest driver to place to raise kids.” win the Daytona in ’73 as a 17-year-old high school Since then, K&N Motorcycles has been serving the senior. My grandsons Tyler and Calvin race, too; Tulsa metro area for more than four decades. It is the Tyler’s a (Central Motorcycle Roadracing Associaoldest original Yamaha dealership in the world. tion) champion. On McDonald’s racing background: I started On his induction into the American Motorcyclist racing in 1955, doing AMA (American Motorcycle motorcycle greats such as world champions Barry Hall of Fame in October 2013: It was so overAssociation) flat track, a few road races and a lot of Briggs and Scott Autry and movie legend Steve whelming. They only take five a year — national cross-country, and they (the races) were 150-500 McQueen.) champions, world champions and such. I was surmiles. I would race at least once a week. We started prised and in shock that I made it and was inductto help a couple of young riders in 1958. Some of On becoming an entrepreneur: Kenny (Johnson) ed. (For) the first time in my life I was speechless; it them with parts and labor, some we sponsored. It and I started K&N Motorcycles in Loma Linda, Calif., makes me very proud. I never expected to get (an depended on what he could do for us and what we 1957, in a garage with $200 (and) three used motoraward); I just do it because I love it. Racing is in my could do for him. And that’s how it all started. (Many cycles. I worked from 6 a.m.-4 p.m., six to seven days blood. tþ of the riders McDonald helped went on to become


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Q&A with the community

Leslie Wardman



Leslie Wardman, the CEO and founder of Ambiance Matchmaking, is a matchmaker, an author and an expert on love and dating.


What’s the difference between an online dating website and your matchmaking business? I don’t know what the percentage of fraudulent online profiles is, but it has continued to grow. You just don’t know what you are getting yourself into. Also, on online profiles, I think a lot of people put a little bit more of what they wish they were, as opposed to reality. That must be the No. 1 difference because we screen people, and online they don’t. We do a phone interview followed by an in-office personal consultation, where we ask the client about family values, work, hobbies, how they spend their time on the weekends and more. We are very particular about who we take as a client. We feel very strongly that someone should have their ducks in a row before they go into something that is huge, such as (finding) a significant other or marriage.


What makes two people a good match? First, I will say that of all the couples that have gotten married (through Ambiance), only one that we know of has divorced. The point being, we put together really good marriages. We are always getting more sophisticated and savvy, but one thing that determines a good match would be how someone was raised. It’s like being programmed, like a computer. And how you watched your parents interact. Also, how somebody knows himself or herself. The more you know yourself, the more you can readily embrace a significant other. And if I could add one more, I would say energy and balance. By “energy” I mean what kind of energy you have — how you embrace life and go after it.


What is the No. 1 mistake people make when looking for love? People have these guidelines and barriers and rules, and they think that they have to implement them


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in order to find the best match — and nothing could be further from the truth. If I were to write a book right now, it would be called “Leslie’s Rule Book,” and you would open it up and it would be a bunch of blank pages. I think people need to be more open-minded to the possibilities as opposed to having a little box where they think their significant other is sitting.


What is your idea of the perfect date? The right table, a glass of wine, a nice ambiance where you can get to know each other one on one, to talk and embrace each other’s ideas and philosophies and thoughts. It’s pretty simple. … Because if you meet the right person, there is nothing you want more than to sit there and get enthralled in their world and what makes them tick, and laugh and enjoy each other’s company. And then maybe take a walk.


What advice do you have for someone looking for love? Know yourself. The better you know yourself, the better you will be able to love yourself and open up the possibility of loving someone else. … For anyone that has given up on love, tell them not to. It’s worth the hunt and the search, and it involves some energy and strategic planning, perhaps. … Explore the possibilities, and keep living and learning and questing for that possibility. tþ

Fill in the blanks When I’m bored I … I don’t know. I call my boyfriend? I don’t get bored because there is always something to do. I like to exercise, read and learn. Day or night person? Definitely both! To unwind, I … have a glass of wine. My worst habit is … Facebook. The last book I read was … Bill O’Reilly’s new bestseller, “Killing Jesus.” It’s a great book.

Leslie Wardman


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Spotlighting small businesses

A pop of color A Tulsa business creates art in unlikely places.


by BRITT GREENWOOD elements together in your project.” After seeing ColorPop’s live event painting at the Mayo Hotel, newlywed Monica Kopec knew she had to have the service at her wedding. “Through the planning process they were very helpful and answered any questions I had,” Kopec says. “When they came to the reception, I didn’t even notice them there. They were in a corner and out of the way.”

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says. The company creates murals, window paintHow many wedding receptions include live ings and animated commercials and provides other painting and caricatures? Probably not many, but custom art services and residential painting. For exthe Tulsa business ColorPop wants to change that. ample, if given a home as a canvas, ColorPop could “Everyone loves our services at weddings bepaint a trompe l’oeil scene in the kitchen and a carcause they are so unique and fun,” says Scott toon mural in a child’s bedroom, then gather up the Taylor, the company’s owner and founder. “Guests family to pose for a charcoal portrait. love receiving their caricature illustrations or beTulsans may recognize ColorPop’s more public ing able to watch as a professional artist paints the work: murals at Tulsa cheesesteak stop Phat Philly’s event in real time — a thrill they never forget.” Taylor started his business to make art accessible to everyone, not just the wedding guests ColorPop often serves. He aimed to create an art company that was a one-stop shop for everything from public murals to event services. “ColorPop provides a reliable and convenient way for anyone and everyone to get custom-designed, locally made artwork of all kinds for their home or business,” he says. ColorPop opened in 2012 and employs 15 artists, including muralists, cartoonists, designers and painters. Its home studio is the Pearl District co-working space, Creative Room, but most ColorPop owner and founder Scott work is produced on site with Taylor with one of his company’s murals clients. Taylor hopes to someday have a brick-and-mortar store to display his artists’ work. depicting its essence and history; a fitness- and muBefore ColorPop, Taylor worked as a Starbucks sic-themed mural at Lee Elementary; and, created barista. The idea for his innovative art company for the Next/Now Art Show, its Mario Bros.-inspired was spawned by Taylor’s favorite Starbucks duty: chalk mural outside of the Arts & Humanities Harddesigning the daily deals board. He began illustratesty Arts Center (AHHA) in the Brady Arts District. ing superheroes and other pop culture references Taylor works with clients and artists to form a on the chalkboard, which was a hit with customers. collaborative idea of what best fits the customer’s “I’ve always been interested in art,” he says. “When vision. I got back into it later in life, I realized my passion for “Our approach to the creative process is guided artistic expression.” by our clients,” he says. “We begin by engaging in ColorPop’s artists are hired based on their portthorough communication with you. folios and a series of artistic aptitude tests. With “Before we respond, we ask questions, listen and artists ranging in age from 17 to early 40s, Taylor develop a comprehensive understanding of your emphasizes that he hires according to talent and expectations and desires. With that as a foundation, amount of professional experience. we begin our design consultation where we flesh Along with creating wedding memorabilia, Colout ideas and possibilities as to how to bring those orPop can match almost every artistic need, Taylor


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When it came to ColorPop’s heirloom-quality painting of her and her husband’s first dance, Kopec says she was blown away. “They’re going places and doing big things,” she says. “I can’t wait to watch where they go.” ColorPop’s motivation to keep growing is derived from making clients happy, Taylor explains. “The look on a child’s face when they see the amazing airplane mural on the bedroom wall for the first time, or the look on a bride’s face when she receives her finished, one-of-a-kind painting of her wedding — that’s what it’s all about for us.” tþ

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Tulsa to the north, south, EAST and west

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Father Matt Gerlach attended St. Pius X School as a child. Today he is pastor of the St. Pius X church and school, which is raising funds for new construction.

East Tulsa icon

A nearly 60-year-old school prepares for expansion.



Surrounded by a quiet neighborhood in east Tulsa, St. Pius X School has

taken on the look of a village. The tree-lined campus is composed of seven yellow-paneled Army-style barracks. Since 1957, students have moved from building to building for classes, lunch and chapel. Today some 400 students from 21 Tulsa-area zip codes attend pre-K through eighth grade at St. Pius X. But the school and parish community are so tightly knit, students and teachers are not likely to pass through campus without bumping into someone who can greet them by name. Father Matt Gerlach is an especially familiar face around campus. He is the pastor of the church (and school) he attended as a child. “That rarely happens,” he says, “but my history here is long.” Built on farmland donated to the diocese, the school itself has a long history in east Tulsa. The founding St. Pius X parishioners initially worshipped in a converted barn so they could build a school before they built the permanent church. Volunteers built the St. Pius X School campus through donated physical labor, plumbing and electrical skills. Meanwhile, a neighborhood grew up around the St. Pius X community. And the school got involved in the neighborhood. It welcomes the University of Oklahoma Summer Reading Program to its campus and hosts local Boy and Girl Scout troops, various speakers and events throughout the year. It also offers social justice programs that address the needs of the community’s poor, oppressed and excluded, Gerlach says. Although charming and clean, the school’s facilities are clearly antiquated. And the neighborhood beyond the school has seen growth in recent years. Homes are


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being refurbished, streets are being repaved, area public schools are being renovated and several large building projects have recently been completed. Today the school is near capacity in several grade levels and at capacity in a few, says Principal Lisa Beardshear. Early last year, Cheryl Kane moved from her St. Pius X middle school English classroom into an office at the school to lead a multi-million dollar capital campaign to raise funds for new construction. “These buildings were intended to be used as temporary structures,” Kane says. “The campus was constructed in the 1950s with an anticipated life span of 7-10 years.” Previously, “much like a family that lives within its means, fiscal responsibility indicated maintenance and repair were the best options,” Beardshear says. “Today the time is right to construct a modern, permanent school for east Tulsa and area children.” St. Pius X has raised nearly $1.9 million of the approximately $7 million needed to pay for a new 42,000-square-foot school that will include classrooms; art, music and science rooms; motor skills and tutoring rooms; administrative offices; and a cafeteria. Following the spring 2013 tornado season, St. Pius X school officials were glad to tell their neighbors the building, which will be constructed at a to-be-determined date, also will feature a storm shelter, providing a safe place for not only students, but also neighbors and parishioners. “Investing in this area,” Gerlach says, “will send the message that after 50 years, St. Pius X is an important part of not just the history, but the future of east Tulsa.” tþ


People, places and other things Tulsans love

From head to heart

A Tulsa woman has crocheted more than 1,000 hats for Tulsa’s hungry.


The 43-year-old can paint or duplicate almost anything by just looking at an example, and her fingers magically work to recreate it. During the cold days of winter, Hatfield’s favorite craft is just what people need to stay warm. Her passion is crocheting hats, and she says she saw a need and tried to fill it. Not only is “hat” part of her name, but she also works as a hairdresser in a nursing home. “I guess I was destined to work around the cranium,” she says. All of this came to mind when she taught herself to crochet about five years ago. Now, she has made more than 1,000 hats by hand. They are all donated to the Iron Gate soup kitchen and food pantry, a nonprofit located inside Trinity Episcopal Church. “I go to Trinity, and every Sunday the Iron Gate line is very long,” Hatfield says. “They feed 600 (people) a day. It crossed my mind how cold many of the guests waiting in line outside must become, and few had hats to wear.”  Now her mission is to make sure that each person’s head is covered. Hatfield says she finds plenty of time to make the hats in the evening. She says she can make 10-12 hats on average every two weeks, and some hats only take a day to make. When she has more time during the summer, she can create them even more quickly. “Crocheting is like reading,” Hatfield says. “You just do it when you’re waiting, or on lunch, or before bed, that sort of thing. It is a way to help your mind relax.” Before she distributes the hats, she also takes the time to pray over each one. Then she takes them to be sprinkled with holy water. “I say a prayer for the ones who will wear them — that God will speak positive thoughts to them and bless their lives,” Hatfield says. “These hats are going on people’s heads. I want them to bring good thoughts and peace to their minds.” Right now, Hatfield is working on more “girl colors” since most of her hats are gender neutral. She can create all sizes and colors and only uses yarn to make them. Hatfield says crocheting is fairly easy to pick up. “Just buy a pamphlet at Hobby Lobby like I did, or YouTube it,” Hatfield says. “The yarn wrapper will show you what size hook is required. It’s very simple; it just takes a little time.”  tþ


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Anne Hatfield typically crochets 10-12 hats every two weeks. She donates the hats to clients of the Iron Gate soup kitchen and food pantry.

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Annie Hatfield is Tulsa’s all-around DIY woman.

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Highlighting local talent

Knotty and nice

Longtime instructor Steve Walter shares his love of woodworking.



est in woodworking bloomed in shop class as a struggling seventh grader who was unhappy with his family’s relocation to small-town Ohio.“ My shop teacher took an interest in me and helped me through a difficult period in my life,” Walter says. “He gave me something to focus on other than my problems.”  That teacher probably never realized he would help Walter decide his career path, which included a teaching stint a few years ago at Clear Creek Abbey, near Hulbert, Okla., showing the monks there “how to use their equipment to make furniture for the abbey,” he says. Nearly 10 years later Walter would found Tulsa Wood Arts in 2012 and begin teaching his own students the craft. In light of the school’s recent closing this past December, Walter continues to look for more opportunities to teach. In the meantime, he continues his own journey in the art of woodworking.

How did you become interested in wood arts? With the renaissance of woodworking in the ’70s and ’80s, I was inspired by the books and magazine articles published by woodworkers James Krenov, Tage Frid and Sam Maloof. Did you train in woodworking, or are you self-taught? I am mostly self-taught, learning many basics and techniques of furniture making from the books by John G. Shea. Working with inexpensive lumberyard pine, I built many of John’s pieces for my home. I learned my skills generally by trial and error — not a method of woodworking that I would recommend to anyone today.


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What types of pieces do you create? I enjoy building pieces with Shaker influence and 18th century pieces with veneering, stringing and inlays. Although I have made many pieces that I have been very pleased with, I enjoyed making the Southern Ladies’ Desk (a small piece that looks like a drop-front secretary desk) the most up to now. Yet, the piece that I am most proud of is not a piece at all. What brings me the most pride is seeing the accomplishments of the students I work with. How long does it take to create such pieces? I have had some commissions that have taken several hundred hours to complete. For example, the Southern Ladies’ Desk ... took me 160 hours. (Some) custom-designed commission pieces ... have taken up to 400 hours. I am usually working on at least one piece for myself or as a commission. What types of wood do you prefer? Whatever wood I happen to be working with today. More specifically, I love the subtle beauty of cherry; the wonderful workability of genuine mahogany; the warm, rich beauty of black walnut; and the complexity and distinctive characteristics of curly maple, in spite of its difficult workability. Why did Tulsa Wood Arts close? Tulsa Wood Arts closed because we could not generate enough students to cover our cost of doing business. What do you enjoy most about teaching? I most enjoy seeing the growth and development of the students. tþ


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Steve Walter with some of his pieces at the recently closed Tulsa Wood Arts school

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Getting to know Tulsa’s top athletes

Jerrett’s basketball resumé

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Born: July 8, 1993 Hometown: Chino Hills, Calif. Height: 6 feet 10 inches Weight: 232 pounds Vertical jump: 34 inches Wingspan: 7 feet 2 inches Position: Power forward

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Tulsa 66ers Power Forward Grant Jerrett

Grant Jerrett

The D-League’s No. 1 overall draft choice starts his career with the Tulsa 66ers.



The National Basketball Association’s “one and done rule” — under which a college basketball player becomes eligible to enter the professional ranks after one year of college — has often resulted in mixed success. However, if work ethic, a positive attitude, size and youthful enthusiasm can be predictors of future success, then Grant Jerrett of the Tulsa 66ers should have a promising future in professional basketball. The well-spoken 20-year-old joined the 66ers this season after being the top draft choice in the 2013 Development League draft. TulsaPeople caught up with Jerrett as he finished an early season practice with his 66ers teammates.

You had quite a basketball experience in high school. What was it like? I went to a really small high school in LaVerne, Calif. — there were only about 130 kids total. My sophomore and junior years we won state titles back to back. My senior year, we came close to a third title. It was just a lot of good memories.


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You’re 6’10’’ now. How tall were you when you entered high school? I was 6’5’’ as a freshman in high school. You spent only one year at the University of Arizona before deciding to turn pro. Why did you leave college early and decide to enter the professional ranks? I felt I just had to do what was best for me to reach my ultimate goal, which is to play in the NBA. I had thoughts of playing in the D-League or overseas to get where I wanted to be. There are steps you have to take and I’m willing to take them. (I’ve) had the ultimate goal of playing in the NBA since I was about 4 years old. What has been the biggest adjustment you have had to make from college basketball to the pro ranks? It’s a much faster pace — getting up and down the court — and there are different rules on defense, but ultimately, it’s the strength and pace of the game that is so different. Any aspect of your game you have been concentrating on? I’ve been working on ball handling. It’s import-

ant enough that I’ve been working on it every day with the coaches. What do you consider your strengths? Being able to play (near the basket). I also feel that shooting is one of my strengths as well as being a team player. I think getting my teammates involved is also important. It’s a whole teamwork process. What are your expectations for the next couple of years? I see myself playing with the Thunder. I’ll just take it day by day and work hard. You have to be patient. To move up to the Thunder, what aspects of your game do you feel you have to improve? I can always work on something new. For me, the big things are getting stronger, becoming more confident and having a good mindset. What about outside interests and hobbies? It’s kind of different now since this (playing for the 66ers) is a full-time job, so I don’t really have that much time. If I (were) back in California, I’d probably be on the beach or just (be) outside. I like the outdoors. tþ

High school: Lutheran High School in La Verne, Calif. • Named McDonald’s All-American, Parade Magazine All-American and Gatorade California Player of the Year (2012) • Averaged 22.3 points, 10 rebounds and 2.4 blocks per game during senior year (2011-12) • Rated ninth-best high school player in the country by College: Played one year for University of Arizona before turning pro • Averaged 5.2 points and 3.6 rebounds per game • High point game was 15 points against Oral Roberts University on Dec. 18, 2012 • Led his team in the unusual combination of blocked shots (33) and three-point shooting percentage (40.5 percent) Professional: Selected 40th overall in 2013 NBA draft by the Portland Trail Blazers, who then traded his rights to the Oklahoma City Thunder • Selected by the Tulsa 66ers as the No. 1 pick in the 2013 NBA D-League draft • Scored 28 points in his second start for the 66ers





Stories from Tulsa’s past

Fourth-favorite boy friend



Second graders at Lee Elementary School stuffed Valentine’s Day

sacks faster than a Chicago precinct captain stuffed ballot boxes. It was the mid-1950s. Long before self-esteem mattered. On the playground the first fellow who shouted “second captain, first choose” would pick the biggest kid for his side in softball. And, the same fat kid with glasses always got picked last. No adults intervened and, of course, the fat kid with glasses went on to major in geology, get rich finding oil and retire at the age of 35. So, in 1954 there was no limit on the amount of valentines one could bestow upon one’s favored second-grade objects of affection. The self-esteem police were not yet patrolling. Oh, most moms would insist you give a valentine to every member of the class. But moms didn’t know about multiple submissions. Moms, however, did know about pink icing on white cake cupcakes that would be served at every homeroom’s Valentine’s Day party. Each icing-topped cupcake would be dotted with tiny cinnamon hearts or the chalky sugar hearts with messages printed on them. Due to the predominate color of the day, the class would wash down the pink-topped cupcakes with strawberry pop or pink lemonade. Rather than produce a sugar high of activity, this combination would typically induce stupor among its participants as we wandered zombie-like around the classroom stuffed with cake, sugary hearts and a chocolate or two from the large heart-shaped box of candy one of the moms brought. The valentines themselves reflected the innocence of the time. No love, some “like.” No superheroes, cartoon characters or sports figures. Mostly rosy-cheeked kids with curls who looked like they had spent too much time playing the Candy Land game with real candy.


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Cheap ones had to be carefully “punched” out from larger sheets, and when a corner or two was torn, that card went to a less favored classmate. Each package (these merchandisers knew their market) included about 30 kiddy cards and one larger valentine for the teacher. Since the T.G.& Y. store in Utica Square was the most popular emporium of its kind in the area, homeroom teachers usually ended up with close to 30 of the same valentine. Western themes were big, as in “I’d like to rope you for my valentine, pardner,” “I’d like to corral you for my valentine,” and “Git along little valentine, I’m heading to round up your heart.” Yes, mushy stuff such as that. In addition, there was a certain compulsive-possessive spirit in the air as many cards demanded that the recipient “Be Mine!” Betsy Carpenter was an elementary school heartthrob popular enough to classify her young suitors like the Associated Press basketball rankings. One day in the cafeteria line I inquired about my status and was informed I was her “fourth-favorite boy friend.” That sustained me for more than a week. Her valentine sack always overflowed. Those sacks themselves may not have been works of art, but they were works from art. Art class, that is. White sacks adorned with hearts cut from red and pink construction paper with blunt-nosed scissors. Too vertical and your heart looked like The Joker’s manic grin in the Batman comics. Too horizontal and the heart resembled the Batman beacon. There were no displays of public affection — it would be at least four years before we would see a boy strolling down the hall of Edison Junior High with his arm around the back of a girl’s waist as they resembled two displaced members of the Radio City Rockettes. No such PDAs in the second grade. Only stuffed sacks, sugared homeroom parties and vain attempts to move up a notch in Betsy Carpenter’s hit parade. tþ

The valentines themselves reflected the innocence of the time. No love, some ‘like.’ No superheroes, cartoon characters or sports figures. Mostly rosy-cheeked kids with curls who looked like they had spent too much time playing the Candy Land game with real candy.”

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One man’s opinion

Imperfect past by BARRY FRIEDMAN

Y You

know, you can Google this stuff before changing conferences. Oral Roberts University announced it is leaving the Southland Conference, where it had been for the past two years, and returning to the Summit League, where it had been for the previous 15. According to Athletic Director Mike Carter, the move was prompted in part by a desire “to improve travel costs.” Odd, for when the school left for Southland, then-school President Mark Rutland said, “This is a good decision for us. The footprint, geographically, is a benefit.” Crazy geography. Keeps changing.

“Hey, Barresi, leave those schools alone, Part II” Researchers at the University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University called the state’s new A-F school grading system misleading, concluding the differences between the A-F letter grades are “meaningless”; that combining math, reading and science in one letter grade is neither “clear” nor “reliable”; and determining the use of “letter grades masks achievement gaps between poor and minority children and their wealthier, non-minority peers.” Well, an accountability expert from the University of Colorado who specializes in such studies called for “scrapping the current A-F system and developing a more valid accountability system for Oklahoma.” Hammer. Nail. Head. In a related story, Gov. Mary Fallin’s spokesman Alex Weintz said, “We will not tolerate Washington trying to control Oklahoma’s education policies.” Right. When in doubt, blame Obama. Now, there’s

Ups and downs

 … QuikTrip, for donating $12.5 million to A Gathering Place. Now, bring back the PB&J sandwich.  … A New York-based Satanic temple for planning to put a

pentagram next to the Ten Commandments monument at the state Capitol. The precedent has been set.

 … The local TV networks that pimp out school closings by

selling sponsorships. Considering the airwaves are owned by the public, why not just provide the closings as a public service? How much can the crawl at the bottom of the screen cost you, anyway?

Dumb (and Most Dangerous) Criminal of the Month The suspect, who was eventually sentenced to life without parole, punched his attorney in the face in full view of taser-wielding court law enforcement officials. Overheard The man, visiting from Las Vegas, while viewing Tulsa’s street construction: “Weren’t they working on this road last year?” (As regular readers of this column will notice, he said the same thing last year about the year before that.)

How sweet! — Yeah … and? But getting the state involved in

a job.


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Let it go , Barry.

health care is government interference in our lives. Oklahoma has spent more than $70 million in federal money on keeping people ... married. The problem? (I mean, other than spending federal money on keeping people married.) Eighty percent of the funds have come from the state’s welfare fund — money that could have been used to help single mothers at Reasor’s. The program began in 1999, when then-Gov. Frank Keating decided to cut the state’s divorce rate by a third.

When that proved unreachable, the goal was to, well, encourage healthy relationships. According to the Oklahoma Marriage Initiative, however, financial troubles are one of the leading causes of divorce in the state. So, let’s make even less money available. Worse, last session, a bill authored by House Speaker T.W. Shannon made discretionary welfare funds available to pay for public service announcements promoting marriage. That’s right: commercials. “Stay married. For yourselves. For your kids. For Oklahoma.” This message paid for by people who don’t have enough to eat. Rule 12 E-cigarettes should be smaller than kazoos. In which I move down the virtual hall. As many of you know, Urban Tulsa Weekly recently folded and Langdon Publishing Co. has begun an alternative newspaper, The Tulsa Voice. (Full disclosure: I worked at UTW a million years ago.)

The big moochers around these parts and I have concluded I will be of more use at The Tulsa Voice — and it was a close call on this — than I will be staying at TulsaPeople. The Tulsa Voice (as you probably know by now) is published bi-weekly and is an eclectic combination of local events and stories that lends itself more to the cranky, liberal snark found in this column. Plus, I’ve been promised I can curse more over there. So, I’m leaving, but not going far. Actually I’m not going anywhere. The staff of TulsaPeople barely sees me now; the staff at The Tulsa Voice will not see me just as much. On that note, though, TulsaPeople has been a pleasure and an honor. Kendall, Joy (now in Missouri), Michelle, Morgan, Amanda (now in Arizona), Jim, Juley, Judy, Mary, Matt, (now the new honcho at The Tulsa Voice): my thanks for fielding the angry phone calls and allowing me to drop in obscure Yiddish references. And for your friendship. I’m over the fence at The Tulsa Voice. Come see me there. tþ

We love you, too, Barry. Now stop drawing this out. Barry Friedman is a national touring comedian, the author of “Road Comic” and “Funny You Should Mention It,” and doesn’t trust anyone who refers to him or herself in the third person.

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The power of partnership Four Tulsa couples share why their relationships just work.



Sometimes William Tell’s aim is better than Cupid’s. But when the

god of desire, love and attraction finally gets it right, it’s worth noting. What does it take to build a lasting relationship? Is finding the right person all there is to it? When do opposites attract? And how do like-minded people find each other? TulsaPeople asked four local couples to spill their secrets or share their advice on the power of partnership. (Spoiler alert: it’s more than hearts and flowers.)

Jeff Martin

Online communications manager, Philbrook Museum of Art; founder, BookSmart Tulsa, a local literary organization

Molly Martin

Owner, Antoinette Baking Co. How long have you been married/together? Married for nearly nine years, together for 11. How did you meet? We met while working together in a bookstore in 2002. What was the moment you knew your partner was the one? In a spontaneous moment, not knowing each other very well at all, we took a road trip to Des Moines to see a painting by Edward Hopper. The trip took several days and lots of gas money (in Molly’s old Jeep Cherokee). But by the time we returned, we were simply together from that point on. What’s the one thing you would change about your partner? After more than a decade together, we’ve either changed those things that annoy one another or accepted them as part of the package. What’s your biggest challenge as a couple? Committing to anything other than each other (pets, kids, events, etc.). Describe a typical weeknight. Early dinner together. Maybe a walk through the neighborhood. Watch a show. Molly heads to bed usually by 8:30 or 9 p.m. Afterward, Jeff reads, writes, catches up on work or watches a movie until midnight or so. There may be some ironing and laundry thrown into the mix, as well. Describe a great date night. Dinner at a favorite spot (Juniper, Lucky’s, Palace Café) and some sort of cultural happening like a gallery opening or show. We love to catch a performance by the Tulsa Symphony whenever possible. What do you disagree about but tolerate anyway? He: Jane Austen novels and British period dramas, a la “Downton Abbey.” She: Jeff’s often-repeated mantra that “anything can be interesting.” That’s simply not always the case. His passion? Her passion? He: It’s hard to say without coming off as cheesy, but more than anything I like to make some sort of impact. Small or large. She: Baking and giving people (my customers) a moment of pleasure in this busy, hectic world. What’s the quintessential story that describes your relationship? When we met, we were both in need of something. Not necessarily a rescue, but more of a North Star to guide our lives by. It’s been a fantastic journey so far. What’s your advice for making a relationship work? Lots of little trips. Take some time. Get away. Even if only for a day or two. We all need a recalibration every so often.


How long have you been married/together? We have been legal 20 years. However, previous to that we lived together in sin for about five years. Children? How many? Three going on 103. Boys; ages 17, 15 and 10. What brought you together? We met on a kibbutz in northern Israel. I was a soldier and Miranda was a volunteer. We hooked up. What was the moment you knew your partner was the one? When I asked what he was thinking and he said, “I think I’m falling in love with you.” What’s your partner’s best trait? She: His honesty. Also he’s super smart, very funny and incredibly cute. He: She’s beautiful, funny, creative, ballsy, and I’ve heard she can cook.

Miranda Kaiser Philip Kaiser

Owners, Laffa Medi-Eastern Restaurant & Bar and Cosmo

What’s the one thing you would change about your partner? She: He’d not make me feel bad when I buy more (stuff). I’ve only filled up two rooms, an attic, warehouse and storage unit. The cats are all accounted for. He: She’s a bit of a hoarder. What’s your greatest strength as a couple? We have complementary skill sets. She’s creative; I’m practical.

How long have you been married/together? 17 years. Children? How many? A 15-year-old son, Braden; a 12-year-old daughter, Eva. A complete set. How did you meet? We met when Anna was a City Hall reporter for the Tulsa Tribune and I was doing contract work with the city. I talked to her at a public meeting then saw her at the Sunset Grill on Brookside. What was the moment you knew your partner was the one? After we had been dating a few months, he helped my sister and me do a cross-country drive with her three toddlers — and didn’t run away screaming when it was over. I knew then he’d be a good partner and father.

Anna America

Journalist and writer-turned-activist working on education/environment/community issues

Michael Patton

Executive director at the Metropolitan Environmental Trust


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What’s your partner’s best trait? She: Michael knows every street in Tulsa. I love that I can get turned around in any part of the city and call him; then he can instantly direct me to the right address. He: She tolerates my idiosyncrasies. What’s your greatest strength as a couple? She: Our shared love of our community. He: Anna.

Describe a typical weeknight. Argue with kids about dinner. Get Chipotle. Go back to work at 6 p.m. Come home at 8:30 p.m. Snuggle with our youngest and watch (an episode of TV show) “Kitchen Nightmares” together to make ourselves feel better. Read a bit. Go to bed. Describe a great date night. She: Sitting at the bar of a great restaurant together with no phone calls from work or kids. In a different city so we don’t run into anyone we know. He: Dinner at one of Tulsa’s superb local restaurants, then get hammered at SoundPony and see a great band at Cain’s Ballroom. What do you agree on wholeheartedly? She: Making a difference. He: Religion. Have the same politics? Yes. Now that he sees it my way. His passion? Her passion? She: His, Israel. Hers, eating. He: His, her. Hers, food. How do you see yourself as a couple when you’re old and gray? I’ll be out with my hot male nurse at Cain’s having fun. He’ll be discussing the world’s problems with his cronies. He’ll have all his hair. What’s the quintessential story that describes your relationship? The one-night stand that never left.

Your biggest challenge? She: Trying to balance all of our commitments and still focus the energy we need on us as a couple. He: Me. What do you agree on wholeheartedly? She: That it’s part of our responsibility as humans to try to make a difference, and that we want our kids to grow up believing that. He: We both like bacon. What do you disagree about but tolerate anyway? She: The importance of baseball. He: How funny my jokes are. What’s the quintessential story that describes your relationship? He had the idea that we could do worm composting in a bin in the dining room. I reluctantly agreed until I found worms escaping out the sides and crawling across the hardwood floor. We went back to “regular” composting. Have the same politics? He: If politics were baseball, she would play left center, and I would play left field and stand in foul territory. She: But we would be on the same team.

Shirley Elliot

Program director for the PAC Trust

Steve Liggett

Artistic director at Living Arts of Tulsa How long have you been married/together? We are a couple, but are not married by agreement. Three and a half wonderful years. How did you meet? We have known each other professionally for years, but we started dancing at the Absolute Best of Tulsa Awards in 2010 and never stopped. Are you an opposites-attract or things-in-common couple? We are wonderfully like-minded but not cookie cutters of each other. We can talk for hours about our jobs, the people we meet, the art world in Tulsa and never get tired of it. What’s your greatest strength as a couple? We understand each other’s need for alone time and each other’s work commitments, yet love to get together on the weekends and maybe a few times during the week for lunch. Your biggest challenge? Being able to have enough time together with our busy lives. Describe a great date night. He: Having dinner after wandering through the Night Markets in Luang Prabang, Laos. Or maybe having a smoke from a sheesha at a little second-floor café across from the great pyramids at Giza. She: Salmon Sunday. Our Sunday night tradition is like a ritual. We cook together, and Steve grills salmon with rosemary fresh from the garden. If the weather is right, we eat by candlelight out on my deck, watch the moon rise and listen for the owl that lives nearby in the woods. What’s the quintessential story that describes your relationship? Our 60th birthday party. We celebrated after returning from Egypt together. India Palace catered it, JD McPherson’s band played, we filled Liggett Studio with lots of projections and people. Made handmade invitations that we created together and just had a blast of a time. How do you see yourself as a couple when you’re old and gray? We are both 62, so some people might put us in that category already. But I (Shirley) see us doing all the things we love until we keel over: traveling, gardening, creating and playing with our grandchildren.

Have the relationship that works for you and your mate. Don’t let others define what love should look like.” — Shirley Elliot

What’s your best relationship advice? He: Don’t look for someone. Just enjoy life and “they will come.” But first, be happy within your own skin. She: Have the relationship that works for you and your mate. Don’t let others define what love should look like. tþ



McGraw Realtors names Luke Strawn company president


Luke Strawn

cGraw Realtors, the largest independent real estate company in Oklahoma, has named Luke Strawn president of the Tulsa business. Strawn succeeds John Woolman, who will now serve as chairman of McGraw’s board of directors. “It has always been our goal as a company to represent everything that is good about our industry and our community,” Woolman says. “Luke has proven over the past four years — as our senior vice president — to be a person of excellent character, with a high degree of ambition and a work ethic to be admired. Luke has 16 years of experience in the real estate and mortgage industries and possesses the proven knowledge and experience to make a company successful and resilient.” Woolman will work closely with Joe McGraw, the company’s past board chairman, who continues to be instrumentally involved in the culture and dynamics of the longtime Tulsa business.

McGraw began his real estate career in 1961 with Crouch Davisson Mulhall Realtors, a company established in 1938 by Dan Davisson Jr., Kenneth Crouch and Lee Mulhall. After serving in the state House of Representatives and Senate, McGraw merged his Tulsa real estate company into Crouch Davisson Stewart to form McGraw Davisson Stewart in 1986. Today, McGraw Realtors has more than 480 associates in seven offices. It is a partner in two real estate-related businesses: First Title and Oklahoma Mortgage Lenders. “Our goal is to give our clients more control and efficiency in the real estate buying or selling process,” Strawn says. “Our being active in the title and mortgage lending businesses enables McGraw to offer our clients a one-stop-shop option.” McGraw’s online presence provides a wealth of information to homebuyers and sellers, and an up-to-date listing of the company’s residential and lake home real estate offerings at

Naples Flatbread & Wine Bar opens downtown location


aples Flatbread & Wine Bar is a part of downtown Tulsa’s resurgence with the opening of its second Tulsa restaurant in the One Place building directly across the street east from the BOK Center. Florida restaurateur and Naples founder Ralph Desiano and his partner, noted Tulsa entrepreneur and businessman Jim Wilburn, opened Tulsa’s first Naples Flatbread more than a year ago at East 71st Street and South Yale Avenue. Three other Naples restaurants are located in southwest Florida, where the concept originated. With approximately 4,000 square feet of space, plus another 1,450 square feet on an outdoor patio, the downtown Tulsa Naples is the company’s largest restaurant to date. Desiano says it is the prototype for future franchising. “I’ve always loved building something from the ground up, and that’s what Ralph and I have been doing with Naples Flatbread & Wine Bar,” Wilburn says. “I also love being a part of the renaissance of downtown Tulsa, my hometown for over 60 years.” The downtown Naples’ upbeat, casual-chic atmosphere features floor-to-ceiling windows, striking black galaxy granite countertops, and cold-rolled steel elements on a Wood Stone oven and the island bar. The 360-degree bar area boasts nine televisions, a custom water feature, and an illuminated glass and


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stainless steel wine cabinet. The dining area has an impressive 10-foot-long “firewall” that includes a large elongated, enclosed fireplace that can be seen from both sides of the wall. As the name suggests, Naples Flatbread specializes in gourmet flatbreads — bold, sensual flavor combinations served on a house-made crust and cooked to perfection in a fiery hearth oven. But while flatbreads made the restaurant famous, its menu is dynamic — changing and expanding to satisfy guests’ Mediterranean Sizzle Wrap palates with items such as Neapolitan pizza, gourmet baked The newest Naples Flatbread & Wine Bar is open pastas and mac and cheese, 11 a.m.-10 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m., as well as signature entrees like boneless short ribs, Friday-Saturday; and 11 a.m.-9 p.m., Sunday. Diners award-winning osso buco and roasted Norwegian have access to ample free parking in the One Place salmon. Other menu options include oven-roasted parking lot on the south side of the building. For wings, warm paninis, cold deli sandwiches, salads more information, call the downtown Tulsa location and a selection of desserts. Naples spotlights a fine at 918-879-1990 or visit  selection of more than 30 wines by the glass, an eclectic variety of beers and a full-service bar.





TulsaPeople’s food editor spills the beans on where to find her favorite culinary treats. by JUDY ALLEN





Local, sustainable and organic are

buzzwords tagged to every aspect of today’s food scene. Here in Tulsa, we are fortunate to have a devoted group of people dedicated to good food in all three categories — and many others. As food editor, I have been fortunate to sip, eat and shop my way through Tulsa’s restaurants, bars and markets to find the best of what our fine city has to offer. This guide provides the inside scoop on my favorite local culinary offerings. Dig into this delicious list, and then get out there and start eating!


Oklahoma may be known elsewhere as a beef producer, but there are several spots to grab fin and feather as well as a hearty cowboy rib eye. In my opinion, these options are a cut above the rest.

Cimarron Meat Co.

8173 S. Harvard Ave., 918-935-3210, This family-owned butcher shop prides itself on grass-fed (and grass-finished) beef as well as free-range chicken, pork and lamb. The deli case is stocked with house-smoked turkey, pastrami and ham, and new chef Matt Louviere has been busy working on side dishes and desserts to complete your meal.

Siegi’s Sausage Factory

Siegi’s Sausage Factory

8104 S. Sheridan Road, 918-492-8988, Oktoberfest happens year-round at this south Tulsa mainstay. The factory has been selling handmade links since 1980, but owner Siegi Sumaruk has been churning out the best of the wurst since 1965. The market and restaurant settled into much larger digs in 2010 and now features around 20 varieties of hand-made sausages, wieners, brats, wurst and lunchmeats along with various cuts of meat, some prepared salads and house-smoked salmon.

White River Fish Market & Restaurant

1708 N. Sheridan Road, 918-835-1910, This north-side market and restaurant has been selling and serving fish (typically with a line out the door) in a small strip mall since 1932. Thanks to its proximity to the airport, White River’s freshly flown-in varieties come from coastal cities all over North and South America as well as right here in Oklahoma. Fried catfish, anyone?

Bodean’s Seafood

3376 E. 51st St., 918-749-1407, This classic seafood market has been the go-to fish counter in Tulsa since 1968. In addition to fresh fish (flown in twice daily from around the world), Bodean bakes breads from scratch, smokes salmon in-house and pulls fresh mozzarella daily. But the star attraction is the gorgeous display of fish and shellfish, featuring everything from black cod to cockles ... in season, of course.

The Hamlet

1660 E. 71st St., Suite I; 9107 S. Sheridan Road, 918-496-2242; When the menu calls for ham, one local spot excels. The Hamlet has been spiral slicing and fire glazing choice honey-cured hams since 1986. A recent renovation of the East 91st Street location added an outdoor patio, with a menu serving hot and cold sandwiches. (I choose ham, of course.) Salads are served at lunch only. The Hamlet also specializes in party platters, catering and gift baskets. What better gift to receive than a delicious ham?


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Judy’s Charcuterie Plate Clockwise, from top center: three-seed levain, Farrell Family Bread; Seikel’s Oklahoma Gold Old Style Mustard; German bratwurst, Boston Deli; Blackberry Wine Cheddar, Christian Cheese; chorizo, Boston Deli; Raw Wildflower Honey, Gold Standard Honey; sweet pickles and sopressata, Boston Deli; Batista Goat’s Milk Cheese, Lovera’s; Wine Fruit Spread, Toasted; and bacon jam, Boston Deli.

 Find Judy’s favorite signature Okie dishes and learn how to build your own locally sourced charcuterie plate.




It’s a given that locally grown fruits and vegetables are better for the environment, the local economy and your health. The added bonus, however, is the relationship forged by interacting with the farmers who grew what you are about to eat. It may be the dead of winter, but these passionate entrepreneurs are hard at work preparing for the summer season, while still harvesting what the winter weather allows.

Cherry Street Farmers’ Market Winter Market: every other Saturday through March 29; the parking lot of Whole Foods Market in Brookside, 1401 E. 41st St.

Summer Market: Saturdays, April through October; on East 15th Street just east of South Peoria Avenue, This is Oklahoma’s premier farmers’ market, with several dozen vendors lining Cherry Street on any given Saturday during market season. Booths feature everything from produce, meats and dairy to prepared foods and crafts. It is a purely Oklahoma-grown market, which means all agricultural products must be grown or raised in Oklahoma, as well as a 100 percent producer market. (All agricultural products are grown or raised by the farmer/vendor).

Chase and Colin Healey of Prairie Artisan Ales

Carmichael’s Produce

14800 S. Memorial Drive, Bixby; 918-366-4728 Don Carmichael’s quaint produce stand was long overshadowed by a larger business down the road. These days Carmichael’s has the market on Bixby-grown produce. In season, look for tomatoes, peaches and, of course, Bixby corn. The market is open year-round, with potatoes, pecans, pumpkins and peanut, pecan and almond brittle lining its Top, George Brining’s Gold Standard Honey; bottom, root vegetables from shelves during the winter months.

the Cherry Street Farmers’ Market

Living Kitchen Farm and Dairy

25198 S. 481st W. Ave., Depew, Okla.; 918-284-8169; Living Kitchen Farm and Dairy is a certified organic sustainable farm woven into 400 acres west of Tulsa, just off historic Route 66. The farm’s single purpose is the “continual journey to raise, grow, forage and create the perfect meal.” Lisa Becklund and Linda Ford raise Angus beef, heritage chickens, goats for milk and cheese, and unusual varieties of produce — sold at farmers’ markets and through their CSA (community-supported agriculture). Many are drawn to Living Kitchen for its Farm Table Dinners — themed meals served on a large screened-in porch on the farm.

Whole Foods Market

1401 E. 41st St., 918-712-7555; 9136 S. Yale Ave., 918-879-0493; You may not get to look your farmer in the eye at this popular (and somewhat cult) grocery chain, but you can be assured the ingredients have been well selected. A smattering of local products can even be found around the store. A bright and shiny new superstore (with several tributes to T-town adorning the walls and diner menu) opened recently out south, and the longtime Brookside location still boasts a loyal clientele.


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Some of the food we eat has to travel thousands of miles to reach our plates. The “locavore movement” has been trying to change that by urging consumers to eat food grown or produced within 100 miles. Fortunately many wonderful specialty producers in our area are contributing delicious treats, sometimes associated with faraway places, to Tulsa’s locavore menu.

Della Terra Pasta Co. Chris Becker, the executive chef of culinary operations at the Francis Tuttle School of Culinary Arts in Oklahoma City, also happens to be a veteran of some big-name Italian kitchens. (He worked under chefs Mario Batali and Lidia Bastianich in New York.) As a result, he developed a passion for fine, handmade pasta. He staw wheat semolina — readily available to home chefs. The line features many of the classic Italian shapes in fresh (and hopefully soon, dried) form at both Whole Foods Markets here in Tulsa.

Prairie Artisan Ales

Found in many local liquor stores, Brothers Chase and Colin Healey self-funded this start-up company because they wanted to do something “that was awesome.” Their brews have achieved cult status in a short time, landing them at the top of many beer lists. The brothers concoct and brew more than a dozen options — including Prairie Ale, Funky Galaxy and Puncheon — at their new location in west Tulsa. Grab a pint at many a local bar, or take some home for yourself. (My favorite brew boutique is BierGarten Wine & Spirits, just over the bridge in Jenks.)


Wyandotte, Okla.; 918-533-7132; Stanley and Donna Johnson’s herd of pampered Jersey cows graze on more than 200 acres (the Land of Milk and Honey, as the name implies) of chemicalfree pasture and churn out pure, fat-rich milk for some of the best handmade cheeses around — Havarti, Gouda, Feta, cheddar and Neufchatel are favorites. Purists grab a gallon of raw, non-homogenized milk (with the cream at the top). Products are available at the Cherry Street Farmers’ Market, as well as some specialty food stores in town, including Petty’s Fine Foods in Utica Square.

Wagon Creek Creamery

Helena, Okla.; 580-496-2447; Ron and Barbara Crain have been operating Crain Dairy in northwest Oklahoma since 1991, but in 2001 Barbara began experimenting with cheese making. Wagon Creek Creamery has been operating since 2005 and is a certified production facility. The Crains produce Greek-style, plain nonfat and creamline yogurts; butter; fresh buttermilk; and ricotta, mozzarella, aged jack and yogurt cheeses (in original, garlic and jalapeño flavors). In 2007 the Crains added grassfed beef and pasture-raised veal to their offerings.

Sweet Daddy Corn

918-381-4743, Jeff Patton (Sweet Daddy himself) started Sweet Daddy Corn in 2012. The family-run, Broken Arrow-based business serves up the perfect blend of salty and sweet kettle corn, freshly popped to order. They don’t have a store. So, order online (whether you need one or 100 bags) and Sweet Daddy will meet you with the order. Keep an eye out for them at local festivals, as well. As a side note, Sweet Daddy Corn is gluten free and does not contain any peanut products.

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On any given Saturday, you will be hard-pressed to find a supermarket in town that is not stocked to the gills with shoppers, many stuffing their baskets in advance of some serious home cooking. Sometimes, however, we have to step out of the box (or the box store) for more adventurous ingredients: house-made charcuterie, artisan cheese or aged balsamic vinegar are just a few ingredients I have sourced from these delicious destinations.

Boston Deli Grill & Market

6231 E. 61st St., 918-492-4745, Drones of loyal customers grab house-made breads and many other of the restaurant’s popular items to enjoy at home: soups, salads and dressings, and desserts as well as house-cured charcuterie, roasted garlic, salsas, side dishes, jams and jellies and, if you are lucky, some of chef Doug Zimpel’s smoked baby-back ribs. Owner Ken Schafer recently expanded the market by adding a larger baking area, walk-in refrigeration and more deli cases.

LaDonna’s Fancy Foods

1615 E. 15th St., 918-582-1523, If it is cheese you desire, this Cherry Street shop is the stop. LaDonna Cullinan just celebrated 10 years in business, and it is easy to see why customers keep coming back — she stocks the shelves with the freshest and most unique cheese selection in town, hardto-find pantry items and an eclectic assortment of housewares. (Continued p. 48)



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Mecca Coffee Co.

1143 E. 33rd Place, 918-749-3509; 10114 S. Sheridan Road, 918-296-3519; Mecca Coffee Co. opened in downtown Tulsa in 1921 and settled into its current Brookside location more than 25 years ago. A second location opened in October at East 101st Street and South Sheridan Road. Yes, as the name implies, they sell coffee (as well as tea), but there is so much more to be found here, including dozens of varieties of olive oil and vinegar, kitchen essentials and aromatic spices.

Stonehorse Market

Most home cooks draw the line at freshbaked bread and choose instead to supplement their efforts with purchased baked goods. Whether you need a fancy dessert for this week’s dinner party or a baguette for sopping up the wine-laden sauce in your bowl of steamed mussels, these “rising stars” have what you need.

Merritt’s Bakery

1748 Utica Square, 918-712-9350, This upscale food market, attached to Tim Inman’s cozy and popular Stonehorse Café, offers handmade soups, fresh-baked breads, artisan cheese, gorgeous cuts of beef, lamb and pork, and giant herb-rubbed chickens ready for the roasting pan. The freezer is stocked with ready-to-serve meals, the salad bar overflows with ingredients ready for tossing and the rest of the market is filled with goodies to stuff in your shopping bag: preserves, house-made sausages, and bulk grains and beans.

Three Tulsa locations, If you have never been to a Merritt’s Bakery, be sure to allot a few extra minutes to study the cases. There are so many cookies, cakes, tarts, pastries, pies and doughnuts available at any given moment that selecting something quickly can prove to be an impossible task. Merritt’s offers baked goods from around the globe: petit fours, rugelach, stollen and, of course, good ole’ apple pie and chocolate cake. My son and I stop in frequently for one (or more) of the seasonally decorated sugar cookies.

Lambrusco’z To Go

Farrell Family Bread

1344 E. 41st St., 918-496-1246; 114 S. Detroit Ave. (coming soon); I’ve been going to Lambrusco’z for years (I even worked there for a few), and I always grab a tub each of white queso and jalapeño pimento cheese before I even make it to the counter to order. You will be tempted with one-of-a-kind sandwiches, hearty prepared foods and downright sinful desserts along the way to the cashier. Head downtown to the soonto-open location in the Blue Dome District, which offers all of the daily deli items, lunches, carryout and take-and-heat dishes available at the Brookside store.

Local Pantry OK Adele Beasley, co-owner of Heavenly Bread Co., and George Brining, beekeeper and owner of Gold Standard Honey Co., met at the Cherry Street Farmers’ Market this past summer. Chatting at adjacent booths turned into a business partnership: Local Pantry OK. It offers products from farmers and producers in the Tulsa area, which are available for delivery or pick-up. Right now the service features Beasley’s breads, Brining’s honey, Koehn’s Grassfed Beef, produce from Moua Farm and baked goods from Antoinette Baking Co., but the owners plan to add more vendors down the line.


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8034 S. Yale Ave., 918-477-7077, Walking into Farrell’s bakery is akin to stepping foot in grandmother’s kitchen after she has been baking all day. There is a faint cloud of freshly milled flour in the air, and the aroma of freshbaked loaves, croissants and cinnamon rolls is so strong it makes choosing a single loaf nearly impossible. Open-air racks are lined with fresh, European-styled loaves (levain and stirato are favorites), as well as loaves for slicing (sourdough, rye and 12-grain). Grab a tub of salted French butter for smearing — you’ll thank me later. Farrell bread products also can be found in local retailers Reasor’s, Whole Foods Market, Petty’s Fine Foods and Green Acres Market.

Great Harvest Bread Co.

5203 S. Sheridan Road, The Farm Shopping Center; 918-878-7878; Stillwater couple Joel and Terri Roark reopened Great Harvest Bread Co. after the original owners closed it several years ago. The bakery handcrafts its rich and hearty loaves daily using pure and simple ingredients. Whole wheat is milled fresh each morning and blended with yeast, salt and honey, then individual varieties gain added

punch from sesame, pumpkin, flax and sunflower seeds, and millet. Muffins, scones, brownies and granola bars are other sweet creations made in the bakery.

Antoinette Baking Co.

3305 S. Peoria Ave., 918-764-8404, Molly Martin and Andrea Mohn, owners of Antoinette Baking Co., have created a following with their take on French macarons (sweet meringue-based confections made with egg whites, sugar and ground almonds, commonly sandwiched together with a ganache, buttercream or jam filling) and their popular “pie nights.” Stop in for a slice of pie and housebrewed coffee from Intelligentsia from 7-10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights, but don’t dawdle. Because the great flavors — butterscotch meringue, chocolate orange crunch, strawberry rhubarb and chocolate caramel are just a few — sell out quickly. Pop in during morning hours for a sampling of other delicious and creative treats such as brown-butter crispy treats, sausage rolls and chocolate blackberry scones.

Heirloom Baking Co.

1441 S. Quaker Ave., 918-295-8975, The Gaberino family, owners of the seed-to-cup coffee company Topéca, recently opened this cozy Cherry Street bakery to pair their unique brews with fresh pastries, breads and sandwiches. Start your day with a cup of coffee and a flaky croissant, grab lunch on the go or pick up a loaf of bread for dinner. The bakery sources many of its ingredients from local farmers (from eggs and milk to produce), and the menu changes with the seasons. With chef Tim Fitzgerald on board, things are bound to be delicious.

Heirloom Baking Co. Manager Chelsea Davy

Whether it is morning, noon or night, we all get a sweet tooth craving now and again. Bacon-infused caramel frosting? Check. Oldfashioned lemon bars? Check. Dark chocolate-studded flaky croissants? Check. From bakeries to food trucks, satisfy your craving at any one of these delicious, familyowned stops.

Glacier Confection

15 E. Brady St., 918-938-6368, Bill Copeland crafts ingredients sourced from all over the world into his signature truffles and chocolates. Recognized as one of the Top 10 Chocolatiers in North America by Dessert Professional magazine, Copeland has plans to open a 50,000-square-foot factory this spring, which means more chocolate for us all. Right now, though, head to the counter in his cozy Brady Arts District shop and select a few of his signature truffles: key lime pecan, panna cotta dark chocolate or blood orange and wild honey are just a few of the dozens of offerings.

Queenie’s Café and Bakery

1834 Utica Square, 918-749-3481, Ruth Young recently celebrated 30 years at the helm of Queenie’s, and it is easy to see why. The cozy Utica Square eatery has long featured delicious sandwiches, but it is the cake and cookie-lined bakery case that has customers flocking back daily. I love the large cookies (snickerdoodle, peanut butter and gingersnap are favorites) but my sister Mary can inhale a lemon square or magic cookie bar like nobody’s business.


6105 S. Mingo Road, 918-461-0228, The cupcake trend took off years ago, and we have some gorgeous and delicious treats

to brag about here in town. Kupcakz owner Andrea Castro uses only the finest ingredients in her cupcakes, as well as a creative palate. The result: delicious flavors such as Peppermint Paddy (bittersweet chocolate cake with mint buttercream and French chocolate sprinkles), Cheeky Monkey (fresh banana cake with caramel cream cheese frosting, candied pecans and caramel drizzle) and Tropical Bliss (coconut cake with mascarpone cream cheese frosting and toasted coconut flakes).

Blue Moon Bakery & Café

3512 S. Peoria Ave., 918-749-7800, This eclectic bakery and breakfast spot can boast about its case full of flaky, buttery pastries as well as its collection of salt and pepper shakers customers have shared from travels all over the world. In addition to hearty breakfast fare, many customers grab a loaf of fresh-baked bread or a sweet pastry on the way out. I never leave without a morning bun (flaky croissant dough wrapped around loads of cinnamon sugar).

Mod’s Coffee and Crepes

507 S. Boston Ave., 918-582-6637, Colleen McCarty and Rusty Rowe opened Mod’s in 2010 to fill an unanswered niche in downtown dining. The quaint deli serves salads and soups for lunch, but fans dive in to the warm crepes (filled with both savory and sweet ingredients) and chilly gelato (flavors change often and include mango, mixed berry, chocolate and stracciatella).

Lick Your Lips Mini-Donuts Customers have been lining up for food truck doughnuts since Laken Gooch parked her 1972 Alpine Sprite trailer at Guthrie Green. Her mobile food business was inspired by a mini doughnut shop she visited on a trip to Colorado. Gooch has been baking ever since. With flavors such as French toast, caramel-coated turtle and maple bacon, it is impossible to eat one without licking your lips. I dare you to try.

Lick Your Lips Mini-Donuts with chocolate glaze and sprinkles

Chicken tikka masala, Thai red curry, baba ghanoush and red chili posole are just a few of the ethnic dishes I love to create at home. Sometimes it takes a trip beyond the local supermarket to gather ingredients for a successful recipe. Here are my go-to stops, which cover many corners of the globe.

India Bazaar

6916 S. Lewis Ave., 918-523-4247 If you are looking to fortify your homemade curry, masala and biryani with authentic ingredients, this is the market for you. India Bazaar carries dals, spices, rice, flours, pickles, vegetables, fruits, cheese and halal meats. Try it out: India Palace is directly across the street from India Bazaar. I like to pop in for the extensive (and inexpensive) lunch buffet, but my favorite dishes are on the menu — tandoori chicken and saag paneer (creamed spinach with fresh cheese). 6963 S. Lewis Ave., 918-492-8040,

Nam-Hai Oriental Food Market

1924 S. Garnett Road, 918-438-0166 I believe this is the largest Asian market in town, featuring aisle after aisle of affordable ethnic ingredients from across Asia, in addition to meat, seafood, produce and exotic fruit such as durian. Grab a bamboo steamer while you’re at it, and a bag of frozen dumplings. Try it out: I often crave a hot bowl of ramen noodles — homemade, of course, not the 25 cent dorm room packets. Yokozuna offers my favorite take on it — the Chicken Chili Ramen is chock full of spicy broth, cabbage and perfectly grilled chicken breast. 309 E. Second St., 918-508-7676; 9120 S. Yale Ave.; (Continued p. 50)




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7847 E. 71st St., 918-249-8355, Tucked into a strip center behind Toys ‘R Us, Euromart is a quaint shop featuring groceries, deli items and gifts from Europe and beyond. Try it out: Margaret’s German Restaurant has offered a plethora of German and European favorites for almost 25 years — I go for the tangy sauerbraten (beef cooked in sweet and sour sauce) and homemade spaetzle. 5107 S. Sheridan Road, The Farm Shopping Center; 918-622-3747;

Jerusalem Market

6124 E. 51st Place, 918-660-7102 Explore the flavors of the Middle East at this cozy market. The shelves are stocked with spices, tea, grains and essential Mediterranean ingredients (pomegranate molasses, tahini and Bulgarian feta are just a few of the things I grab). I recently acquired the three cookbooks by the owners of Ottolenghi Restaurant in London (“Ottolenghi,” “Plenty” and “Jerusalem”) and can’t wait to cook my way through them. Try it out: Miranda Kaiser lures me to Laffa Medi-Eastern Restaurant & Bar with her delicious mezze assortment, served with warm laffa bread. Pick from couscous salad, pickled beets and spicy muhammara spread for starters. 111 N. Main St., 918-728-3147,

Supermercados Morelos

2119 S. Garnett Road, 918-794-2578; 5147 S. Peoria Ave., 918-712-3222; This popular east Tulsa market recently set up a second location at East 51st Street and South Peoria Avenue. I stock up on fresh and dried chilies, fresh chorizo and giant bottles of Valentina hot sauce, but I always linger at the vast meat case. Try it out: For truly authentic Mexican fare, head to Cancun International Restaurant. Menudo (tripe stew), lengua (tongue) tacos and pastor tortas (spicy pork sandwiches) are just a few of the delicious offerings. 705 S. Lewis Ave., 918-583-8089,

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COOKING SCHOOLS Take the money you might spend on a fancy dinner and spend it at one of Tulsa’s cooking schools. You’ll enjoy an evening of entertainment and education, and a fancy dinner to boot — with no dishes to clean. Cooking classes are a fun way to expand your kitchen repertoire and explore new foods with family and friends while learning a few tricks of the trade.

Urban Kitchen

1635 E. 15th St., 918-381-8947, Chef Candace Conley can teach you how to whip up anything from poulet en papillote to puff pastry in her Cherry Street kitchen. Classes are hands-on, and you leave with recipes and an Urban Kitchen logo apron to brag about your accomplishment. Conley’s passion is cooking delicious food from around the globe, but she also focuses on stress-free entertaining — a plus for her students, who learn how to wow guests at home with nary a worry.

The Stock Pot

7223 E. 41st St., 918-627-1146, If you have ever visited Smalley Equipment Co./The Stock Pot to grab kitchen tools, cookware or gourmet food items for home use, you may have missed the surprise lurking in the back room. Several evenings per week, hungry home cooks gather around an open kitchen to learn tips and tricks from some of Tulsa’s best chefs. The Stock Pot’s classes include everything from rolling sushi to roasting chicken and include a full meal, as well as recipes to take home to practice.

Topéca Coffee Roastery

1229 E. Admiral Blvd., 918-398-8022, If you are more into coffee than your Mr. Coffee can teach you, join Topéca’s director of coffee, Ian Picco, at the roastery for an educational hands-on cupping session with coffees from familyowned farms around the world. Topéca hosts the free session on the first Friday of every month (10 a.m.-noon), starting with a tour of the roasting facility, followed by a short lecture on the many different aspects of the coffee industry. Picco will walk you through the whole coffee process from seed to cup, and you’ll get the chance to connect these concepts directly with your nose and your palate. tþ

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A community’s school

An administrator realizes Eugene Field Elementary School has bigger problems than low test scores and poor student attendance. by JAMIE RICHERT JONES Eugene Field Elementary School Principal Dr. Sheila Riley with third-graders Julianne Bretz, Danalie Patterson and Yoshio Garfias, and first-grader Wesley Gaines


It was the Big Gulp cup of Dr. Pepper that finally brought Principal Cindi Hemm to tears.

She hadn’t cried when the assistant superintendent of Tulsa Public Schools reassigned her to Eugene Field Elementary a few months earlier. She hadn’t even cried when students shouted obscenities and revolted against her instructions during the school spelling bee. It was when the abusive mother of a special education student threw a Big Gulp full of Dr. Pepper in Hemm’s face that the levee of tears she’d fought hard to hold back finally broke. “What I saw when I first came was a pretty violent culture,” Hemm says. “I had no idea what to do or how to do it, truly.” It was 2003 when she took over as principal of the troubled Eugene Field Elementary in a last-ditch effort to save the school from closure. However, with enrollment at an all-time low of 170 students and test scores among some of the worst in the state, Hemm had her work cut out for her. It wasn’t the first outside attempt, however, to

Cindi Hemm, former principal of the school

make improvements in this high-poverty, highcrime area in west Tulsa. Bordered by Southwest Boulevard, the Arkansas River and two oil refineries, the Eugene Field neighborhood has struggled for more than a century. In the early 1900s, the area served as a quick solution to the housing shortage for the oil workers flocking to the area. Though plagued by devastating floods, destructive fires and widespread contagious disease, there was an impenetrable pride in being from west Tulsa. Residents recall a beautiful grove of ancient cottonwood trees along the banks of the Arkansas River and an amusement park called The Sunset Plunge, which served as the community centerpiece. The park eventually closed when visitors dwindled and new competition, the Crystal City amusement park, came to town. In the meantime, the area’s refineries expanded, and the independent spirit of west Tulsa lost its centerpiece. The uprooting of the cottonwood trees would foreshadow an unfortunate culture of transiency that would haunt the neighborhood for decades.

Many attempts have been made over the years to remedy the area’s abject poverty and violence; unfortunately the well-intentioned antidotes often created more maladies. Some point to the urban renewal projects of the 1970s that dealt Eugene Field neighborhood its most devastating blow. In an attempt to clean up the area, city officials bulldozed old buildings and low-income neighborhoods to make room for barrack-style apartment buildings. The tragic consequence was that the close-knit community was dispersed, and the commercial district was almost destroyed. The making of a community school Hemm realized just how devastating the city’s intervention decades before had been to the neighborhood’s commerce when she heard the closest grocery store required a half-day, round-trip bus ride. Since most residents didn’t own a car, the only place her families could buy groceries was a rundown convenience store, where they charged $7 for a half-gallon of milk and did not carry fresh fruit or vegetables. (Continued p. 54)


(continued from p. 53) It quickly became apparent the children of Eugene Field faced far greater struggles than the traditional model of education could accommodate. So, to improve the school’s grades and test scores, Hemm knew she had to first find a way to meet the students’ basic needs. She made a bold move and opened her doors to the community, thus becoming a community school. “We didn’t even know what the term ‘community school’ meant when we started,” Hemm says. “We just knew we had to help the members of the community meet their basic needs before any learning could take place.” By definition, community schools serve the whole child by not only focusing on academics, but also on health and social services, youth and community development, and real-world learning. The hope is that by meeting the child’s basic needs in a safe, supportive and stable environment, student learning is improved, and stronger families and healthier communities are built. At Eugene Field Elementary, the results were extraordinary, but so were the sacrifices on the part of Hemm and her staff. They found the resources to help with myriad needs, including utility bills, groceries, rescue from abusive relationships, emergency medical attention, counseling, transportation to medical appointments and countless other services. “We became the social center and center of social services,” Hemm explains. “It was important that the families knew this was a safe place.” Through the generous donations of time and money from First United Methodist Church of Tulsa, OSU Center for Health Sciences, Covanta and many others, the foundation of a strong community was beginning to take shape. But Hemm knew there was still much work to be done. When she called around to see if they could get a grocery store in the neighborhood, the answer was always the same: “It’s too dangerous.” Fortunately, local businessman and philanthropist the late Clark Millspaugh wanted to help. In 2009, through the tireless efforts of Millspaugh, Hemm and Heather Oakley of Global Gardens, the Westside Harvest Market opened next door to Eugene Field Elementary. This unique, nonprofit grocery store not only offers goods at cost to customers, but it also houses a kitchen classroom, 24/7 prayer room and the Global Gardens’ offices. The market is the only source of fresh produce in the area and provides one of the only healthy alternatives to residents. The Westside Harvest Market is a vital component to the goal of improved education. However, equally integral is the Global Gardens partnership with the school, offering exciting and tangible evidence of growth, as well. It all started in 2007 when Oakley approached Hemm with her vision of education through gardening. With a teaching career that took her to classrooms from Uganda to Harlem, N.Y., Oakley saw firsthand how empowering a garden can be for children, especially those in high-risk environments. With Hemm’s blessing, Oakley launched the first Global Garden in the land adjacent to the school in April 2007. The results were astounding. “We had 100 percent of our fifth graders pass science for the first time,” Hemm says. “Our test scores just soared after the garden went in.” This innovative program allows each class to develop and maintain its gardens under the direction of the Global Gardens staff. Students take great pride and

ownership in the gardens, and the produce not used in the classroom is sold in the Westside Harvest Market. In addition to educational improvements, the garden provided something the community had been missing for almost a century since the Sunset Plunge amusement park, a safe gathering place, was demolished. “During the growing season you can see kids and families in the garden late into the day as well as on Saturdays and Sundays,” Hemm says. The roots are finally taking hold With the implementation of Global Gardens, Westside Harvest Market and initiatives by the Eugene Field faculty, the school’s test scores ascended to some of the best in the state. Equally encouraging, student attendance and parental involvement increased to an unprecedented level. In 2012, Hemm retired from school administration. Her miraculous tenure at Eugene Field won her numerous awards and inspired her to write a book about her experience there (see sidebar). She now tours the country as a motivational speaker and educational consultant for high-risk schools. The torch was passed to Dr. Sheila Riley, who has carried on the tradition of activism at Eugene Field. “Last year, I wrote and received a grant for The Leader In Me program, which we are really excited about,” Riley says. “It’s based off of Stephen Covey’s book, ‘Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.’” The program teaches students leadership skills and how to be successful in school and beyond. By embedding the skills throughout the Eugene Field curriculum, the hope is that they will eventually infiltrate the school’s culture, Riley says. Indeed, there is much to be excited about at Eugene Field Elementary. Not only have test scores remained high, but also 26 after- school programs have been established, a new building was finished in 2005, a new wing was added in 2012, and 30 community partnerships have been forged with local corporations and churches, whose members read to and tutor Eugene Field students and provide financial support. Enrollment is now above 400 students, and businesses have begun to return to the area. “We all want to be a part of something bigger than ourselves, and this is our way of changing a child’s life,” Riley says, “so that we can send them off a better person than when they got here.” With the prospect of a much-needed neighborhood revitalization project through the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), school administrators are hopeful that the students’ quality of life will continue to improve. “I hope that project comes to fruition because that will add a lot of needed resources to our families, outside of what the school is capable of doing,” Riley says. For more than a century, through oil booms and urban renewal, the neighborhood of Eugene Field has struggled to find its identity. In the end, however, the catalyst of change was there all along. A school, whose power had remained dormant for so long, just needed the right, vigilant guardians to nurture the roots until they took hold. tþ

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The children of Eugene Field participate in activities and gardening projects at Global Gardens.

‘Miracle on Southwest Boulevard’



What happens when God drops a self-described “white, middle-class

woman who drinks wine and says the occasional curse word” into one of Tulsa’s most challenged elementary schools? Cindi Hemm (with her daughter Katie Hemm Kinder) paints the picture in vivid color and heart-wrenching detail in the 2011 book, “Miracle on Southwest Boulevard,” which chronicles her time as principal at Eugene Field Elementary School. At the beginning of the tale, Hemm is wrenched from her comfortable place in a stable middle-class elementary school to take over as principal at Eugene Field, which has a 97 percent poverty rate and a 92 percent rate of mobility: the number of times a child moves schools. In the first few chapters, the reader careens with Hemm from incident to incident exemplifying the challenges she finds there — from students and teachers who curse at each other, to physical violence, to ceilings that literally fall in on students’ heads. Student behavior is out of control and test scores are worse. But step by step, with patience, perseverance and a measure of stubbornness, Hemm calls on the community, her colleagues and most of all, her faith in God, to raise expectations and improve results. Hemm reveals a healthy measure of relentless advocacy and a form of bending the rules that she calls “positive deviance.” As a result, new resources pour in. By the end of the book, Hemm and her hard-won school community are celebrating many achievements, including a new school building, a beautiful community garden, higher test scores

and an award-winning early childhood center. But despite the celebration, the reader retains the awareness that every day continues to be a battle when loving and serving students from one of the poorest districts in Tulsa. Readers outside the field of education may have previously heard such terms as “teaching to the test,” “community schools” and “yearround school,” but they take on whole new meanings within the context of Hemm’s storytelling. She describes in vivid detail how students living in poverty don’t benefit from long summer vacations and traditional class days. She explains how school uniforms and “brainbased classrooms” can help calm and focus children. She asks out loud why students from nearby affluent schools should have better playground equipment and nicer facilities than her students. Although not highly polished in its narrative style, the book has an authenticity of voice that pulls readers in and causes them to wish it were longer than its scant 120 pages. A fast read, this book teaches more about the topic of urban education than a vast number of more academic volumes on the subject. “Miracle on Southwest Boulevard” is available at Amazon. com as well as from the publisher, West Bow Press, and other online retailers. tþ


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Welcome home Officials from five Tulsa private schools discuss how to get the most out of an open house. by BONNIE RUCKER


Much of the research required to select a private school can be done through studying websites, talking to others who attend the school and reading online reports. But how can parents and students really get a feel for a school’s atmosphere and have many of their specific questions answered? The best way is through attending an open house or other campus visit opportunities, according to local private school representatives. “Coming to an open house is a great opportunity to experience the school’s environment and watch teachers and students in action,” says Britton Fox, director of admissions at Riverfield Country Day School. “Visiting will give families a great feel for the school’s culture and philosophy.” Open houses come in various forms and include opportunities for families to meet faculty and current students, as well as for students to try on-campus activities. “A review of the school website or a conversation with a director of admission is nothing compared to working with another student on a lab experiment, joining in a choral song or speaking with a softball coach within the context of the school community,” says Olivia Martin, director of admission at Holland Hall. Miss Helen’s Private School hosts open houses for families who want an initial impression of the school, says Director Jayme Wingo-Martin. But she offers tours by appointment to address more specific questions, a step she recommends parents and students take before choosing a school.   Bishop Kelley High School holds an annual High School Preview: a Sunday afternoon during which parents and students can tour the campus and hear from current students, faculty and administration, as well as learn general school statistics such as class size, teacher-to-student ratio, college acceptance information, curriculum requirements and co-curricular offerings. “Our High School Preview covers the nuts and bolts of the school and tries to give the prospective students and families a ‘profile’ of the school,” says Jane Oberste, Bishop Kelley’s director of admissions. But Oberste considers Bishop Kelley’s Shadow Days “the best way to experience everything our school has to offer.” The Shadow Days offer prospective students the opportunity to attend classes and interact with current students and teachers “to get a feel for the school community,” she says. And the only preparation necessary for a Shadow Day at Bishop Kelley is to “come with an open mind.” Holland Hall also offers Shadow Days for elementary through high school students and similar Play Days for prospective preschool students. Martin recommends families research information on the Holland Hall website, review the school’s admissions packet and prepare questions in advance of their visit. Kerry Hornibrook, director of school advancement at Cascia Hall, suggests

parents also “talk to administrators, teachers, students and other families who have attended the school to get a complete picture. “I think everyone with school-age children should attend an open house just to take a look,” she says. “Education is so important, and we want everyone to ensure they find the best fit for their child.” Questions to ask To get the most out of an open house at a private school, it is important to come prepared with questions. “Choosing a school is an extremely important decision, and parents should solicit as much information as they can in order to decide which school best addresses their children’s needs and aspirations,” says Holland Hall’s Martin. She also advises parents to bring questions that relate directly to their child’s interests and strengths. “If a student is a gifted cellist, parents should ask about the strings program and its record in competitions,” Martin says. “If a student hopes to earn a Division 1 soccer scholarship, parents should ask about the team, meet the coach and ask a college counselor about recent soccer-playing graduates.” Hornibrook of Cascia Hall suggests asking questions such as whether financial aid is available; the criteria for admission; and how the ACT, SAT and Advanced Placement scores of the school’s students compare to other schools across the state and nation. Wingo-Martin of Miss Helen’s Private School recommends a wide variety of questions, including those about teacher qualifications. Some examples are: What degrees do teachers hold? Are teachers contracted? What is the teacherstudent ratio? Does the school conduct Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation background checks? She also proposes questions about the process for student assessments or report cards and what to expect regarding communication between parents and teachers. Riverfield Country Day School’s Fox suggests questions to help get a feel for the school’s philosophy — inquiries such as: How can the school meet my child’s individual academic, social, physical and emotional needs? She also advises parents to ask about the school’s philosophy on homework, what extra-curricular activities are available, and what aspects of the school set it apart from others.  Fox says, “I am always impressed when someone has done a little bit of research about Riverfield and asks questions based on how their child’s needs will be met in our context. I appreciate an open, friendly conversation.” tþ


Guide to Tulsa’s private schools

From educational approach to admissions process, here’s everything you need to begin your search for a private school. compiled by AUDREY MORRILL AND MOLLY EVANS

All Saint’s Catholic School 299 S. Ninth St., Broken Arrow 918-251-3000, All Saints Catholic School is a coeducational elementary and middle school that offers a first-rate Catholic education to students in pre-K through eighth grade. All students in kindergarten through eighth grade attend weekly mass, and students in sixth through eighth grades participate in daily religion classes. FACILITIES: Classrooms in the main buildings, two playgrounds and a gymnasium EDUCATIONAL APPROACH: To provide children a total educational experience that emphasizes academic excellence and personal accountability within a Catholic community PROGRAMS OFFERED: Kindergarten through fifth grade: language arts, math, social studies, science, art, music, Spanish, computer science and physical education. Sixth through eighth grades: math, language arts, social studies, art, foreign languages, computer science, speech, drama and physical education ADMISSIONS: Testing required for academic placement. STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO: 20-1 FINANCIAL AID: Yes UNIFORMS: Yes Augustine Christian Academy 6310 E. 30th St. 918-832-4600, Augustine Christian Academy, formerly St. Augustine Academy, is a Christian classical school dedicated to providing a setting that is both challenging and supportive. FACILITIES: Located in midtown Tulsa near East 31st Street and South Sheridan Road EDUCATIONAL APPROACH: Classical, Christian programs for pre-K through 12th grade 58

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PROGRAMS OFFERED: All three levels of the Trivium: grammar, dialectic and rhetoric; math; history; literature; composition; science; foreign languages; music; and art TUITION: $4,240, K4-K5 (full day); $4,880, grades 1-5; $5,480, grades 6-8; $6,200, grades 9-12. Part-time status is available for home-schooled students grades 6-12. ADMISSIONS: Call for open house dates or to receive an enrollment packet. FINANCIAL AID: Yes UNIFORMS: Yes Bishop Kelley High School 3905 S. Hudson Ave. 918-627-3390, Built in 1960, Bishop Kelley High School serves Catholic and non-Catholic families who seek a life preparatory program within a Christian environment of concern, trust and growth. The school is owned by the Catholic Diocese of Tulsa and serves 850 students in grades 9-12. FACILITIES: Located in midtown Tulsa on 37 acres that include the Stephenson Family Library/Media Center, a student commons, classrooms, computer labs, science labs, a theater, two gymnasiums and athletic fields EDUCATIONAL APPROACH: Providing students a Lasallian education that develops individuals whose hearts and minds are prepared for a purposeful life. Bishop Kelley students are accepted at outstanding colleges and universities across the United States. PROGRAMS OFFERED: Scholars, Advanced Placement/Honors curriculum and Learning Styles programs are available. Extensive co-curricular activities, such as retreat and community service opportunities, are available. The school also has top 5A and 6A athletic programs and competitive OSSAA teams. TUITION: $8,500 (Catholics supporting a

parish); $10,800 (all others) ADMISSIONS: Placement exams and application STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO: 11-1 FINANCIAL AID: Yes UNIFORMS: Yes Cascia Hall Preparatory School 2520 S. Yorktown Ave. 918-746-2600 (Upper School) 918-746-2616 (Middle School) Founded in 1926 in midtown Tulsa by the Order of St. Augustine, Cascia Hall offers a college preparatory program for students in grades 6-12. FACILITIES: Forty acres of wooded campus in historic midtown Tulsa with French neo-style buildings, including a monastery, chapel, performing arts center and athletic facilities PROGRAMS OFFERED: A Catholic, Augustinian college preparatory school offering traditional liberal arts curriculum educating the whole person spiritually, physically, emotionally, psychologically and intellectually TUITION: $12,545 ADMISSIONS: Middle School entrance exam (entering grades 6-8); Upper School entrance exam (entering grade 9); mandatory application and interview; shadow day (optional) STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO: 12-1 FINANCIAL AID: Approximately $900,000 distributed annually to assist need-based families. UNIFORMS: Yes Christian Montessori Academy 3702 S. 90th E. Ave., 918-628-6524

As Tulsa’s only Christian Montessori school, children 3-15 years old (preschool through eighth grade) receive instruction in classrooms designed to accommodate the individual learning styles of students. FACILITIES: One-story facility containing multiple classrooms EDUCATIONAL APPROACH: Individualized, hands-on learning using Montessori methods and curriculum PROGRAMS OFFERED: Extended learning opportunities in core subjects: math, science, language, reading, writing, history, geography, sensorial and practical life lessons, art, music, home economics, band, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese TUITION: $450 per month, three full days per week; $550 per month, five full days (students ages 3-6); $550 per month, students ages 6-9; and $600 per month, students ages 12-15. After-care programs available for additional fee. ADMISSIONS: School tour, interview and application STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO: 9-1 FINANCIAL AID: No UNIFORMS: No Happy Hands Education Center 8801 S. Garnett Road 918-893-4800, Happy Hands is a full-time, year-round early intervention program committed to developing language and communication skills for children from infants to 6 years old who are deaf, hard of hearing or have other communication disorders. FACILITIES: State-of-the-art deaf education facility PROGRAMS OFFERED: An accredited infant, preschool and kindergarten program, along with child care services, all in a Christian environment; a speech

and language pathologist who meets with students individually and in the classroom; parent classes; and fellowship opportunities planned throughout the year EDUCATIONAL APPROACH: To provide total communication teaching through methods of sign language, voice and music for tailored learning TUITION: Sliding-scale tuition ADMISSIONS: Family interview and tour STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO: 4-1, infants; 5-1, all others FINANCIAL AID: Yes UNIFORMS: No Holland Hall 5666 E. 81st St. 918-481-1111, Holland Hall provides a challenging, comprehensive co-educational experience for pre-K through 12th-grade students that promotes critical thinking and lifelong learning. FACILITIES: A 162-acre wooded campus with nine science labs, six computer labs, a state-of-the-art language lab, three libraries, six art and six music studios, a photography lab, a dance studio, the Walter Arts Center, the All Saints Chapel, gymnasiums, an all-weather track, tennis courts and athletic fields EDUCATIONAL APPROACH: Holland Hall provides an educational experience grounded in a rigorous liberal arts, collegepreparatory curriculum. PROGRAMS OFFERED: English, foreign language, mathematics, science, social studies, religious studies, fine arts, athletics, and wellness (grades 9 and 12) TUITION: $4,200-$10,300, preschool; $11,850, junior kindergarten; $13,750, kindergarten; $14,175, grades 1-3; $15,875, grades 4-5; $16,500, grades 6-8; $17,850, grades 9-12 ADMISSIONS: Completed application and parent waiver, teacher recommendation, copy of birth certificate and immunization records (preschool); application, teacher recommendation, grades from past two years and current standardized test scores, copy of birth certificate and immunization records (kindergarten through third grade); application, parent waiver, grades from last two years and current standardized test scores, copy of birth certificate and immunization records, grade-level assessment, interview with faculty member (grades 4-12) STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO: 9-1 FINANCIAL AID: Yes UNIFORMS: Yes

Holy Family Cathedral School 820 S. Boulder Ave., 918-582-0422 Founded by St. Katharine Drexel 113 years ago, Holy Family Cathedral is an accredited Catholic school that serves students from preschool to eighth grade. The school offers a rigorous academic program and small class sizes. FACILITIES: Located next to Holy Family Cathedral, the school is a four-story building with a resource room, library, computer lab, science lab, writing lab, urban garden and playground. EDUCATIONAL APPROACH: Holy Family Cathedral School is a culturally diverse Catholic school working together with Christ to create lifelong learners; articulate, faith-filled leaders; and peacemakers. PROGRAMS OFFERED: Accelerated math, leveled reading and enrichment program are offered during the school day. Afterschool programs include aftercare, Scouts, Academic Bowl, MathCounts, Odyssey of the Mind, chess club, spirit club and athletics program. TUITION: $4,800, preschool; $3,750, kindergarten through eighth grades (Catholic); $4,650, kindergarten through eighth grades (non-Catholic); multiple child discounts available ADMISSIONS: Enrollment applications are available online at www. Student interview may be requested for transfer students. STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO: 10-1, preschool; 15-1, kindergarten through eighth grade FINANCIAL AID: Yes UNIFORMS: Yes Lincoln Christian School 1003 N. 129th E. Ave., 918-234-8150 Lincoln Christian School’s philosophy is stated in three priorities: godly character, academic excellence and extracurricular activity. FACILITIES: Classrooms are exceptional in design, and special facilities at the secondary level are offered for art, music, science and computer labs. EDUCATIONAL APPROACH: Lincoln Christian School emphasizes good communication between teachers and parents, mutual respect and skillful conflict resolution. PROGRAMS OFFERED: AP classes for calculus, chemistry, English, biology and U.S. history. High school electives include

accounting, art, drama, band, vocal music, driver’s education, economics and jazz. Elementary specials include art, computers, music, physical education and Spanish. TUITION: Available on request ADMISSIONS: Application process and family interview STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO: 16-1, preK-kindergarten; 18-1, first grade; 20-1, second grade; 22-1, third-fifth grades; 16-1, sixth-12th grades FINANCIAL AID: Limited UNIFORMS: Yes The Little Light House 5120 E. 36th St. 918-664-6746, Since 1972, The Little Light House has served as a learning haven for children living with autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and many other special needs. It provides a unique program designed to offer special education and therapeutic services to children from birth to 6 years old. FACILITIES: Eight classrooms, small and large therapy gyms, low vision lab, speech therapy center and four playground areas designed for children with special needs EDUCATIONAL APPROACH: The Little Light House uses a trans-disciplinary team program that allows therapists and teachers the opportunity to learn from one another to further a child’s learning and development. PROGRAMS OFFERED: Bible-based curriculum written by teachers and therapists; physical, speech, vision and occupational therapy; and an assistive technology program ADMISSIONS: Children from birth to age 6 with physical or mental challenges causing a delay in one or more areas of development are eligible for LLH services. Conditions that typically create these challenges include Down syndrome, cerebral palsy and autism. STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO: 8-1 UNIFORMS: No Marquette School 1519 S. Quincy Ave. 918-584-4631, Established as Sacred Heart School in 1918, Marquette is dedicated to teaching Catholic values and offering a comprehensive curriculum to preschool, elementary and middle school students in an atmosphere that promotes the growth of each child’s

mind, body and spirit. FACILITIES: New Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC); gymnasium; elementary library; and art, music, computer/technology and resource rooms PROGRAMS OFFERED: Excellent academics, Sacramental preparation, weekly liturgical celebrations, Academic Bowl, MathCounts, National Junior Honor Society, athletics, choir, dance, piano, karate, gymnastics, strings, weightlifting, guitar, Happy Feet soccer, That’s Dancing, Amazing Athletes, before- and after-school care, and more TUITION: $4,788, one child (parishioner); $7,816, two children (parishioner); $10,589, three children (parishioner); $12,890, four or more children (parishioner); $6,053 per child (nonparishioner); kindergarten through eighth grade. ECDC rates vary according to attendance. ADMISSIONS: Screening required for kindergarten; testing for grades 1-8. STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO: 12-1, pre-K; 22-1, kindergarten through eighth grade FINANCIAL AID: Yes UNIFORMS: Yes Metro Christian Academy 6363 S. Trenton Ave. 918-745-9868, Metro Christian Academy, established in 1984, is a state-accredited, college preparatory, interdenominational Christian school serving P3 through 12th-grade students. Metro provides an education that is founded on biblical principles, cultivates Christian character and equips students to excel academically, spiritually, physically and socially. EDUCATIONAL APPROACH: Serving more than 1,000 students in P3-12th grade, Metro Christian Academy is a Christian, college preparatory academy with high academic standards focused on developing young Christian leaders who will have a positive impact on the world around them. PROGRAMS OFFERED: Academic services range from 12 AP courses; honors classes; and Spanish, French and Chinese languages; to programs assisting students with diverse learning needs. As a member of the OSSAA, co-curricular activities include state-recognized music, drama and arts programs; leadership; honor societies; and championship-level athletics. Metro also offers multiple service organizations and mission opportunities for its students. FACILITIES: Located on a 40-acre campus, the school consists of a single-building facility where students attend classes. The


2014 guide to Tulsa’s private schools building includes a recently renovated auditorium, two lunchrooms, three gyms and a swimming pool. The campus has athletic fields for football, baseball, softball and soccer, and a new track and field complex. The campus is fully secured with perimeter fencing and provides a single (guarded) point of entry during the school day. TUITION: $5,450-$8,950 ADMISSIONS: A signed Statement of Faith, current transcript and standardized testing results, a pre-admissions questionnaire, copy of the applicant’s birth certificate and current immunization records are required. STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO: 18-1 FINANCIAL AID: Available to qualifying families UNIFORMS: Yes Mingo Valley Christian School 8720 E. 61st St. 918-294-0404, Established in 1976, Mingo Valley Christian School offers a wide range of learning opportunities for K4 through 12th-grade students. It is a nonprofit, nondenominational, college preparatory,

ADMISSIONS: Please visit the school website or contact the school for an admissions packet. OPEN HOUSES: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Feb. 4; 6-8 p.m., March 4; and 9 a.m.-1 p.m., April 1 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO: 15-1 FINANCIAL AID: No UNIFORMS: Yes

Christian school with a wide range of opportunities for students, including a dynamic arts program, a growing athletic program, clubs and a variety of leadership opportunities. Mingo Valley has a strong emphasis on discipleship and seeks to help students develop a biblical worldview. FACILITIES: Two-story building with two science labs, computer labs, a multipurpose gym and a library, all housed in the Mingo Valley Bible Fellowship church building EDUCATIONAL APPROACH: Mingo Valley Christian School adds a unique dynamic to private school education with uncompromising academics, programs and activities in a Christian culture built on faith, prayer, character and moral responsibility. PROGRAMS OFFERED: Mathematics, science, Spanish, history, computer science, life skills classes, theater, engineering design programs, educational-based clubs, leadership programs, volleyball, track, football, basketball, soccer, cross country and concurrent enrollment classes TUITION: $2,743, K4 part time; $5,009, K4 full time; $5,009, K5-sixth grade; $5,494, seventh-eighth grade; $5,903, ninth-12th grade

Miss Helen’s Private School 4849 S. Mingo Road 918-622-2327, Family owned for almost 60 years, Miss Helen’s provides a year-round safe, loving environment for students in preschool through fifth grade. FACILITIES: 19,000 square feet of space featuring a uniquely designed pod system for separate programs and state-of-theart equipment, which allows the school to expand its educational programs and provide increased counseling and student services EDUCATIONAL APPROACH: Miss Helen’s Private School aims to provide a yearround learning experience in which all students are challenged to achieve their full potential.

PROGRAMS OFFERED: Individualized and challenging reading and math curriculums, dance (pre-K), physical education (kindergarten through fifth grade), music, Spanish, art and computers TUITION: $785 per month, preschool; $775 per month, kindergarten; $765 per month, elementary ADMISSIONS: Family interview, tour, application and enrollment fees, as well as an annual supply fee STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO: 10-1, preschool; 15-1, kindergarten through fifth grade FINANCIAL AID: None UNIFORMS: Yes Mizel Jewish Day School 2021 E. 71st St. 918-494-0953, Formerly known as Heritage Academy, Mizel Jewish Day School is the only Jewish day school in Oklahoma. It is an ideal learning institute for children in preschool through fifth grade who are intellectually curious, excited to learn and desire optimal success. FACILITIES: Located inside the Charles

A Foundation for Learning. A Foundation for Life. Sara is the President and Artistic Director for Theatre Tulsa and Chairman of the Education Committee for the Board of Directors of the American Association of Community Theatres. She is a member of the Programming Committee for the Tulsa PAC Trust and serves her alma mater on the Cascia Hall Alumni Board of Directors.

Sara Bingman Phoenix Class of 1995

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Schusterman Jewish Community Center, classrooms overlook Liberator’s Park. A playground, computer labs and a library also are available. EDUCATIONAL APPROACH: Mizel Jewish Day School aims to give all students an outstanding education in both general and Judaic studies by maintaining a supportive yet challenging atmosphere that fosters a lifelong commitment to learning. PROGRAMS OFFERED: Secular studies based on Common Core Standards, Jewish culture and traditions, Hebrew language classes, music, art, physical education and computer instruction TUITION: $7,640 ADMISSIONS: Valid birth certificate for ages 3-5 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO: 8-1 FINANCIAL AID: No UNIFORMS: Yes Monte Cassino School 2206 S. Lewis Ave. 918-742-3364, Founded in 1926 by the Benedictine Sisters, Monte Cassino is a Catholic community school that serves students in preschool through eighth grade. FACILITIES: Five distinctive buildings on a beautiful campus with a student activity center, performing arts theater, running track, chapel and new early childhood center EDUCATIONAL APPROACH: Monte Cassino focuses on the intellectual, spiritual, social, physical and personal characteristics of its students. PROGRAMS OFFERED: Art, computer education, foreign languages, language arts, mathematics, music, physical education, reading, religion, science, social studies and writing TUITION (2013-14): $8,500, kindergarten through eighth grade; $2,720, two-day early childhood; $4,080, three-day early childhood; $6,800, five-day early childhood ADMISSIONS: Entrance test, student records, previous test scores and letter of recommendation from a teacher. Enrollment is ongoing. STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO: 15-1, elementary and middle schools; 10-1, ECLC FINANCIAL AID: Yes (kindergarten through eighth grade only) UNIFORMS: Yes Peace Academy 4620 S. Irvington Ave. , 918-627-1040

Peace Academy is an Islamic private school educating students in pre-K through 12th grade. It aims to provide a unique learning environment with high standards to students of all faith traditions. FACILITIES: The school is positioned on 10 acres and also houses the Tulsa Islamic Center. It has a spacious playing field and two playgrounds. EDUCATIONAL APPROACH: Peace Academy promotes lifelong learning in an Islamic environment that inspires noble character and righteous leadership. PROGRAMS OFFERED: An academic curriculum based on state PASS objectives, as well as instruction in Arabic language and Islamic and Qur’anic studies; dual-enrollment or vocational training opportunities; and extracurricular activities, including spelling bees, science competitions, soccer, Qur’anic recitation, community service and charitable drives TUITION: $4,500, preschool; $4,200, kindergarten through 12th grade ADMISSIONS: Registration fee STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO: 15-1 FINANCIAL AID: Yes UNIFORMS: Yes Rejoice Christian School 13413 E. 106th St. N., Owasso (preschool/elementary), 918-272-7235 12200 E. 86th St. N., Owasso (middle and high school), 918-516-0050 Rejoice Christian School aims to work with parents to develop students academically through Bible-based, Christian principles. The school strives to educate students spiritually, intellectually, physically and socially. FACILITIES: The school has two campuses in Owasso, one for preschool and elementary, and one for middle and high school. EDUCATIONAL APPROACH: Small class sizes and a partnership with parents PROGRAMS OFFERED: Two-, three- and five-day preschool programs; kindergarten through 12th-grade classes; literature, math, writing, science, history, government, AP and honors courses; and electives, including fine arts and sports TUITION: $2,000-$4,855, preschool; $5,065, elementary; $5,350, middle school; $5,800, high school ADMISSIONS: Application, family interview and academic screening. Call for tours and open house dates. STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO: 14-1 FINANCIAL AID: Yes UNIFORMS: No

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but it’s worth it. Yes, at Monte Cassino we’re known as “the saints,” but it’s not simply a moniker students instantly acquire after enrolling, it’s an honor and a reputation we also want them to earn. From the first day of Monte Cassino classes, being a “saint” is tantamount to what is important in being successful: hard work, respect for others, a passion to overachieve, a strong moral compass, and the ability to make good day-to-day decisions. So for all the other excellent reasons to attend Monte Cassino (nationally recognized academics, access to team-building athletics, safety and security), our unique, creative Catholic social skills programs are what set us apart from our academic competitors. More importantly, it will also set your son and/or daughter apart as well. Want your children to have a better opportunity to succeed in life? Be a Saint.



2014 guide to Tulsa’s private schools Regent Preparatory School of Oklahoma 8621 S. Memorial Drive 918-663-1002, Regent Preparatory School provides a challenging Christian-centered education to ensure students receive spiritual nurturing and academic success.

6 and 26 (preschool through fifth grade); 12:30-2:30 p.m., Feb. 4, March 11 and April 15 (grades 6-12) STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO: Based on age, 4-1 to 15-1 FINANCIAL AID: Yes UNIFORMS: No

FACILITIES: A 71,000-square-foot building on 25 wooded acres with a new gymnasium EDUCATIONAL APPROACH: Classical and Christian programs offered in pre-K through 12th grade PROGRAMS OFFERED: Music, art, math, geography, history, foreign languages, literature and athletics TUITION: $2,500-$3,150, Enrichment II and III (4- to 5-year-olds and 5- to 6-yearolds); $6,930, first through sixth grades; $7,500, seventh and eighth grades; $8,800, ninth through 12th grades ADMISSIONS: Application, testing, classroom observation, required reading materials for parents and parent interview OPEN HOUSES: 7 p.m., Feb. 7; 9 a.m.noon, March 4-8 STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO: 11-1 FINANCIAL AID: Yes UNIFORMS: Yes

Saint Catherine Catholic School 2515 W. 46th St., 918-446-9756 Saint Catherine School is dedicated to inspiring its students to become lifelong learners in mind, heart and spirit. It offers a blend of morals and values with a comprehensive curriculum that provides a challenging academic environment for pre-K through eighth-grade students.

Riverfield Country Day School 2433 W. 61st St. 918-446-3553, Riverfield is a nonsectarian school that prides itself on its belief in providing a “whole student” experience and having a family-oriented atmosphere for children 2 months old through the 12th grade. FACILITIES: A 120-acre campus encompassing four buildings for middle and upper school students, a barnyard, a pond, hiking trails, outdoor classrooms and athletic fields EDUCATIONAL APPROACH: Multi-age classrooms with small class sizes and personal attention PROGRAMS OFFERED: All basic courses, the arts, college preparation, athletics, world languages and summer programs for all ages TUITION: $425-$11,115, various school-day plans; $545-$11,220, various extended-day plans ADMISSIONS: Depending on age/grade, requirements include application, a student visit and review of records. OPEN HOUSES: 9 a.m.-noon, Feb. 11 and 25; March 11 and 25; April 8 and 22; May 62

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FACILITIES: One-story building retrofitted with current technology and a computer lab, library and activity center EDUCATIONAL APPROACH: Offering students challenging academics in a Christian environment PROGRAMS OFFERED: Spanish, physical education, computers, art, speech club, MathCounts and athletics TUITION: $3,832, one child (practicing Catholic); $6,431, two children (practicing Catholic); $8,799, three or more children (practicing Catholic); $4,740, one child (non-practicing and non-Catholic); $8,783, two children (non-practicing and non-Catholic); $12,873, three or more children (non-practicing and nonCatholic) ADMISSIONS: Placement test, family interview and tour STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO: 6-1 FINANCIAL AID: Yes UNIFORMS: Yes Saints Peter and Paul School 1428 N. 67th E. Ave. , 918-836-2165 Saints Peter and Paul School offers a diverse educational experience for its students and believes that every student is entitled to an education that provides the opportunity for spiritual, intellectual, social and physical development. FACILITIES: Located in northeast Tulsa on grounds that include a large play area and ropes course EDUCATIONAL APPROACH: Christian values are the center of the school, and teachers offer a warm, caring classroom environment.

PROGRAMS OFFERED: All basic areas, religion, computers, Spanish, co-curricular activities and athletics TUITION: $3,400, practicing Catholics; $3,700, non-practicing Catholics ADMISSIONS: Interview required. STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO: 10-1, pre-K through second grade; 20-1, grades 3-8 FINANCIAL AID: Yes UNIFORMS: Yes The San Miguel School of Tulsa 2434 E. Admiral Blvd. 918-382-9096,   Founded in 2004, The San Miguel School of Tulsa is focused on empowering educationally and economically disadvantaged children in the sixth through eighth grades in a non-tuition-driven, faith-based education environment. FACILITIES: Eight classrooms with SMARTboards, a library/conference room and a common area for meals EDUCATIONAL APPROACH: Literacyfocused, diverse, flipped-classroom, faithbased Lasallian education PROGRAMS OFFERED: Core classes with emphasis on literacy, Title I tutors and reaction to intervention TUITION: $1,000 per year fee based on family, though not tuition-driven ADMISSIONS: All families must meet federal guidelines for the free and reduced lunch program. STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO: 12-1 FINANCIAL AID: Not tuition-based UNIFORMS: Yes School of Saint Mary 1365 E. 49th Place, 918-749-9361 Opened in 1954, the School of Saint Mary is a Roman Catholic parish school that aims to provide its students with a quality education while integrating their spiritual, academic, moral, social, physical and emotional needs. FACILITIES: Two-story building with school library and media center EDUCATIONAL APPROACH: Traditional instruction for kindergarten through eighth grade PROGRAMS OFFERED: Traditional curriculum, foreign language, physical education, computers, art, music and religion TUITION: $4,541, one child (parishioner);

$7,687, two children (parishioner); $10,201, three children (parishioner); $12,106, four children (parishioner); $5,364 per child (non-parishioners) ADMISSIONS: Placement test and interview with principal STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO: 15-1, kindergarten, first and second grades; all other grades have a maximum of 30 students with a teacher’s aide. FINANCIAL AID: Yes UNIFORMS: Yes St. Pius X School 1717 S. 75th E. Ave. 918-627-5367, St. Pius X is a Catholic school at the forefront of education in Tulsa. Open to all faiths and financial backgrounds, St. Pius X currently serves students from preschool to eighth grade. St. Pius X is a Catholic community that joyfully upholds “all things in Christ” by promoting academic excellence, personal responsibility and diversity.  FACILITIES: Seven-building campus with a church, gymnasium, computer lab with 85 workstations, two libraries, tutoring center and language lab EDUCATIONAL APPROACH: St. Pius X offers a safe, caring environment that allows students to meet the fullness of their potential through the belief that school is more than a place to come to learn but a community of people united for the development of students. PROGRAMS OFFERED: Mathematics; science; language arts; social studies; physical education; foreign language, including middle school language lab; music and art TUITION: $4,108, one child (parishioner); $6,781, two children (parishioner); $8,216, three or more children (parishioner); $4,680, preschool (parishioner); $6,353, kindergarten through eighth grade (nonparishioner) ADMISSIONS: School tour, interview and transcripts required. STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO: 16-1 FINANCIAL AID: Available to practicing Catholic families who qualify UNIFORMS: Yes Town & Country School 8906 E. 34th St. 918-296-3113, Founded in 1961, Town & Country is Oklahoma’s only accredited, non-public, full-day first- through 12th-grade program specifically designed to meet the needs of

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2014 guide to Tulsa’s private schools children with learning, sensory and attention disorders. The school’s mission is to improve the lives of students with learning differences by providing a nurturing environment for academic, social and personal growth. FACILITIES: The spacious, single-floor facility is centrally located and accessible from local expressways. EDUCATIONAL APPROACH: Focus on improving critical academic, personal and social skills for optimal functioning in school, family and community environments PROGRAMS OFFERED: Language arts, math, social studies, science, computers, music, art and physical education. Town & Country provides certified special educators, speech and language therapy, occupational therapy, specialized reading programs, life skills curriculum, individualized assessment and curriculum, college-preparatory classes and transitional career training. The school also partners with Tulsa Area Vo-Tech to offer additional courses and with Tulsa Technology Center to provide additional classes for Upper School students. TUITION: Available on request ADMISSIONS: Town & Country admits students with learning differences who have an average to superior IQ. STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO: 6-1 FINANCIAL AID: Yes UNIFORMS: Yes Tulsa Adventist Academy 900 S. New Haven Ave. 918-834-1107, This accredited private Christian school is committed to providing quality “whole person” — physical, mental and spiritual — education to children in pre-K-10th grade. With nearly 100 years of offering Christian education to Tulsa’s kids, Tulsa Adventist Academy is open to people of all faiths who want an advanced academic program in a setting that promotes a Christian lifestyle. FACILITIES: One-story building with school library, computer lab, science facilities, gymnasium and outdoor play area EDUCATIONAL APPROACH: Tulsa Adventist Academy implements small class sizes to allow teachers to personally know and minister to each student’s unique learning style and academic needs. PROGRAMS OFFERED: Science, English, mathematics, fine arts and performing arts, international student program, weekly chapels, girls’ and boys’ athletics, Spanish, computers and physical education TUITION: $4,614, pre-K-sixth grade; $5,014, seventh and eighth grades; $5,554, ninth64

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10th grades ADMISSIONS: Family interview, tour, registration fee, entrance test and recommendations STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO: 15-1 FINANCIAL AID: Yes UNIFORMS: No Undercroft Montessori School 3745 S. Hudson Ave. 918-622-2890, Undercroft Montessori is a nonprofit private school serving children ages 3-15, providing an authentic Montessori education with a commitment to academic excellence; independence in thought and action; critical and collaborative thinking; and compassion and respect for self, community and the world. FACILITIES: Fully equipped classrooms with outdoor patios and gardens outside each class. Natural playscape provides unique play area for all ages. Middle school garden includes green house and chicken coop. EDUCATIONAL APPROACH: Montessori PROGRAMS OFFERED: Rich academic curriculum, art, music, steel drums, rock band, physical education, Spanish, reading/speech therapy, before- and after-school care, and after-school enrichment classes TUITION (ADDITIONAL FEES NOT INCLUDED): $5,795, primary half day; $8,690, primary full day (with or without nap); $9,165, Lower Elementary; $9,400, Upper Elementary; $9,470, Middle School ADMISSIONS: Includes application, review of prior school records and student interview to determine readiness for school and, for older students, ability to successfully transition to Montessori learning environment STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO: 11-1 FINANCIAL AID: Available after first year of enrollment based on financial need UNIFORMS: No

tailored to nurture gifted children PROGRAMS OFFERED: Music, computers, physical education, science, mathematics, library, Spanish, Chinese, art and community projects TUITION (2013-14): $8,976-$9,475, Early Primary and Primary 1, 2 and 3 (Plans A-C); $9,184-$9,585, Intermediate 1 and 2 and Older INTERMEDIATE 5, 6, 7 AND 8 (PLANS A-C); $5,020-$9,475, Early Childhood (two-day to five-day Plans A-C) ADMISSIONS: IQ testing, application and application fee. Call to schedule tour. STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO: 5-1 FINANCIAL AID: Yes UNIFORMS: No Victory Christian School 7700 S. Lewis Ave. 918-491-7720, Victory is one of Oklahoma’s largest private Christian schools, serving students in kindergarten through 12th grade. FACILITIES: A 130,000-square-foot building with labs, specialty rooms for art and vocal music, an activity center, indoor track, library, outdoor stadium and indoor creative play center EDUCATIONAL APPROACH: Traditional, fast-track, pre-AP and AP courses available. PROGRAMS OFFERED: Balanced program of academics, fine arts, performing arts and more than 68 sports teams TUITION: $4,976, K3-K5 regular day; $2,918, K3-K5 half day; $5,556, elementary; $5,777, middle school; $6,058, high school ADMISSIONS: Open to families who agree with the school’s vision. Visit school website for open house schedule. STUDENT-TEACHER RATIO: 18-1 FINANCIAL AID: Multi-child discounts available. UNIFORMS: No; dress code enforced.

University School at The University of Tulsa 326 S. College Ave. 918-631-5060, University School is a private school serving academically talented children ages 3 through eighth grade. The school strives to serve as a national model of excellence in pre-college education.

Wright Christian Academy 11391 E. Admiral Place, 918-438-0922 Wright Christian Academy is a nondenominational, private college-preparatory school that, for 25 years, has provided first-rate college preparatory education to its students, with 98 percent of graduates moving on to college.

FACILITIES: Two-story building on the TU campus with a gymnasium, library, indoor play area, five common areas, paved and covered outdoor picnic areas, and a butterfly garden EDUCATIONAL APPROACH: Curriculum

FACILITIES: More than 62,000 square feet of building space on 10 acres with a performing arts auditorium, library, laboratory and gymnasium EDUCATIONAL APPROACH: Preparing students in pre-K through 12th grade for college

PROGRAMS OFFERED: Concurrent enrollment at Tulsa Community College and Oral Roberts University (juniors and seniors), English, history, mathematics, science, art, Spanish, college-prep classes, football, volleyball, soccer, basketball, daily Bible classes and weekly chapel, electives, mission trips, community service and New Life Ranch TUITION (WITH FEES): $4,750, pre-K; $4,685, kindergarten-fifth grade; $4,985, sixth grade; $5,300, seventh and eighth grades; $5,700, ninth-12th grades ADMISSIONS: Application, immunization record, transcripts, family interview and campus tour OPEN HOUSE: 6-8:30 p.m., Feb. 6 FINANCIAL AID: Limited UNIFORMS: No; dress code enforced.

Private School and College Profiles

SCHOOL PAGE Bishop Kelley..........................................................65 Holland Hall............................................................66 St. Pius X................................................................66 Metro Christian Academy......................................66 Riverfield Country Day School...............................67 John Brown University...........................................68 Rogers State of University.....................................69 OSU Institute of Technology .................................70 The University of Oklahoma.............................72-73 The University of Tulsa......................................74-75

Bishop Kelley High School A Catholic high school in the Lasallian tradition


ishop Kelley offers an excellent Catholic education at an outstanding value. Dedicated teachers, small class sizes, quality facilities and a curriculum that fits a wide variety of abilities are highlights. Many cocurricular activities, retreats, and 13 OSSAA athletic programs offer opportunities for students to grow in faith and prepare for life. Students from more than 30 area schools join to form the close, spirited community at Bishop Kelley. Freshmen are welcomed with a host of activities to start the year. Placement test for 2014-15 incoming freshmen is in March. Register online Shadow visits are available.

For more information, visit or contact Admissions Director Jane Oberste at 918-609-7133 or


Holland Hall Educating. For life.


ounded in 1922, Holland Hall provides a challenging, comprehensive education for students in pre-K through 12th-grade. Grounded in a rigorous liberal arts, college-preparatory curriculum, Holland Hall promotes critical thinking and lifelong learning among its more than 990 students. Students also receive a strong moral foundation and develop a sense of social responsibility. The school’s curriculum ensures a progressive transition from grade to grade where students engage in learning through traditional classroom activities and hands-on experiences. Holland Hall offers an individualized, encouraging atmosphere with a 9-to-1 student-faculty ratio. Settled on a 162-acres, the facility includes seven science labs, four computer labs, three libraries and the 70,000-square-foot Walter Arts Center. Those interested in Holland Hall should contact Olivia Martin in the admissions office,

Holland Hall is located at 5666 E. 81st St. Call 918-481-1111 or visit for more information.

St. Pius X School Promoting personal responsibility and academic excellence.


t. Pius X School’s faculty and staff believe a school is more than a place to learn; it’s a community united for the common good of student development. The school’s mission is simple — to joyfully uphold “all things in Christ” by promoting academic excellence, personal responsibility and diversity. St. Pius X serves students preschool through eighth grade, including a diverse cultural and educative population. St. Pius X is committed to building a new, stateof-the-art facility. Please call us for more information. The school has a low student-to-teacher ratio and offers synergistic and foreign language labs, robotics, music and art. Students excel as National Academic Bowl Champions, in Mathcounts and as speech and drama competitors, athletes and community leaders.

St. Pius X is located at 1717 S. 75th E. Ave. For more information, call 918-627-5367 or visit Find St. Pius X School on Facebook and Twitter.

Metro Christian Academy Pursuing excellence through Christ


etro Christian Academy is a state accredited, college preparatory, interdenominational Christian school serving P3-12th grade students. Metro provides an education founded on biblical principles, which cultivates Christian character. With a student-teacher ratio of 18-to-1, Metro offers challenging academic programs and a wide variety of co-curricular activities. Academic services range from AP and honors courses, and foreign language studies, to programs assisting students with diverse learning needs. As a member of the OSSAA, activities include state recognized fine arts and athletic programs, honor societies and leadership organizations. For more information contact our admissions office at 918-745-9868 ext. 164 or email


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Metro Christian provides, in partnership with involved parents, an accredited college preparatory education that is founded on biblical principles; cultivates Christian character and equips students to excel academically, spiritually, physically and socially.

Riverfield Country Day School 2433 West 61st Street • Tulsa 918.446.3553 •


iverfield helps students 8 weeks-12th grade reach their potential through innovation, small class sizes and positive collaborative relationships. The school’s experienced faculty develops the whole student as a confident and responsible learner, building a foundation for a lifetime of learning. Students are motivated and encouraged to learn, develop and mature in a respectful, secure and diverse environment. The challenging personalized curriculum is presented as an integrated process, blending many subjects and activities. The result is academic excellence. On average, Riverfield students test almost two grade levels above their current grade on standardized tests. The last three graduating classes had an average ACT score of 25. The school’s implementation of the Reggio Emilia approach in the pre-school and primary school is viewed as a point of reference for schools across the country. Riverfield is home to the state’s first school rock band program, with 13 student bands comprised of fourth-12th grade students. A recent addition to the OSSAA, the school is finding success in athletic, academic and arts competitions. AREAS OF ACADEMIC DISTINCTION

Year Founded............................................................................. 1984 Enrollment ................................................................................... 570 Student-Faculty Ratio................................................................4-to-1 16-to-1 based on age/grade level Grades ............................................................................ Infants-12th

The Riverfield campus includes 120 acres of woods, hiking trails, athletic fields and a barnyard that provide environmental learning opportunities. A new 22,000-square foot middle and upper school academic building opened for use at the beginning of the 2013-14 school year. This facility more than doubled the number of classrooms available for grades 6-12.

We asked our students What they can Be at RiveRfield... a friend • a scientist • an astronaut • a painter • a mentor a champion • a veterinarian • a butterfly • a leader • a good student • a helper • a good person • a sculptor • an award winner an artist • an orator • respected • academic all-state a llama • accepted to the college of my choice • smart • excellent involved in everything • a cowboy • a singer • an architect an athlete • a community • a speller • a poet • myself a n engineer • a reader • Quiet • a rock star • a n ac to r a NatioNal Merit SeMifiNaliSt • heard • king of the world • active a peacock • a gardener • a kickballer • helpful • a filmmaker a hiker • accepted • a rock climber • nice • a coach excited • a good friend • whatever i want • respectful a bucket filler • kind • inspirational • shy • successful sweet • different skin colors • a computer geek • caring • amazing

Innovative Education for Infants – 12th Grade

2433 West 61st S t. 918.446.3553

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John Brown University 2000 West University, Siloam Springs, Arkansas • 877.JBU.INFO


stablished in 1919, John Brown University is a private, Christian university offering a top-quality education to over 2,300 students from 44 nations and 42 states. JBU offers 40 majors for traditional undergraduate students to choose from, including biology, renewable energy, music, graphic design, international business and construction management. In addition, JBU has three degree completion programs, and nine graduate degree programs. JBU is evangelical and interdenominational, both in its heritage and in reality today. Sharing a common, sincere commitment to Christ and to the essential truths of the Christian faith, JBU seeks to integrate faith with learning, work and life in authentic ways that transforms the world and its students. The cost of a JBU education is really an investment in your future. Students invest four years of their lives in an experience that will shape them and influence who they’re going to be personally and professionally. JBU’s staff goes above and beyond to help students afford JBU whenever possible. Year Founded .......................................................... 1919 Undergraduate Enrollment ................................... 1,353 Student-Faculty Ratio ..........................................13-to-1 Number of Undergraduate Degrees Offered ......................................................... 40


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AREAS OF ACADEMIC DISTINCTION Faculty members at JBU are excellent in their fields and passionate about teaching students. A professor-to-student ratio of 13:1 gives students personal and interactive educational opportunities. JBU leads numerous study abroad programs and mission opportunities around the world.




Best Value among Southern regional colleges by U.S.News


Rogers State University A

1701 W. Will Rogers Blvd., Claremore • 918.343.7546 2155 Hwy 69A, Pryor • 918.825.6117 401 S. Dewey Ave., Bartlesville • 918.338.8000

t Rogers State University, “it’s personal” is more than just a motto – it’s part of the university’s way of life. This personal approach is seen throughout a student’s entire experience – from their time as a prospective student all the way through their successful journey as an RSU alumnus. RSU is widely recognized for its high-quality academic programs, distance learning options and high-technology learning environment. Rogers State operates three physical campuses in Claremore, Bartlesville and Pryor, along with a nationally recognized online program. RSU is the only public four-year, residential university in the Tulsa metropolitan area. Bachelor’s and associate degree programs include traditional programs such as communications, humanities, business administration and nursing, as well as cutting-edge concentrations like game development, justice administration and environmental conservation. The Honors Program provides an atmosphere where scholars can challenge themselves academically through specialized courses, student/faculty joint research projects and a strong emphasis on service learning in the community. The President’s Leadership Class (PLC), a fouryear scholarship program that fosters personal and professional development, was designed for RSU students who have demonstrated leadership abilities. Students are able to participate in a broad selection of prestigious internships and international study-at-large programs.

Year Founded............................................................................. 1909


Undergraduate Enrollment ....................................................... 4,300

Rogers State University operates the only full-powered university public television station, reaching more than 1 million viewers. RSU’s radio station, KRSC serves as a learning laboratory for communications students and is the only alternative college radio station on a campus in the state.

Student-Faculty Ratio..............................................................26-to-1 Number of Undergraduate Degrees Offered................................. 69 Number of Graduate Degrees Offered ............... 1 (coming fall 2014)

IT'S PERSONAL “I had a lot of options when I graduated from high school, but I chose RSU. The campus is beautiful, and the financial aid office connected me with scholarship opportunities that allowed me to graduate debt free. I got the traditional university experience while getting hands-on research experience that will definitely pay off when I go to dental school.” - Tara Denton



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OSU Institute of Technology 1801 E. Fourth St., Okmulgee • 800.722.4471


klahoma State University Institute of Technology is Oklahoma’s only university of applied technology. It is known for world-class teaching facilities, partnerships with industry, and successful students ready to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation. Instruction is delivered through innovative programming to educate the high performance technicians that businesses and industries seek today for globally competitive environments. Students choose from 42 majors in more than two dozen degree programs earning Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science or Bachelor of Technology degrees. Popular majors include culinary arts, natural gas compression, power plant technology, orthotics and prosthetics, nursing, IT network infrastructure, watchmaking, photography and 3-D modeling and animation. OSUIT students have a more than 90 percent employment rate in technical degree programs. The school is also nationally recognized as a military-friendly university, working with service men and women to discover how their military skills can best transfer to college and beyond. Year Founded............................................................................. 1946 Undergraduate Enrollment ....................................................... 3,000 Number of Undergraduate Degrees Offered................................. 26 Student-Faculty Ratio..............................................................19-to-1

AREAS OF ACADEMIC DISTINCTION Ranked among the top watchmaking degree programs in the world, the OSU Institute of Technology School of Watchmaking exemplifies the crossroads between precision skill and artistic vision. The school observes a rich heritage of classically trained Swiss luxury craftsmanship since World War II and is backed exclusively by the Rolex brand.


Considering a major in the engineering field? We know you’re not just seeking a degree. You’re looking for a career. At OSU Institute of Technology, we have a proven job placement record with one of the lowest tuition rates in the country. It’s that simple. In just two years, you’ll be ready to earn a competitive salary with enormous growth potential.

Discover your future — Apply today. Visit

The Pipeline Integrity Technology program will help you develop the skills and knowledge to assess pipeline damage and risk, corrosion control, regulations, safety, design, and integrity management.


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They declare jobs finished only after they are proud of the result. Their personal standards are higher than most, which is why their successes are also greater.

MORE THAN 90,000 loyal and true Cowboys have combined to exceed

$1 BILLION for

Branding Success: The Campaign for Oklahoma State University. But the state’s most successful higher-education campaign continues until Dec. 31, 2014.



The University of Oklahoma 550 Parrington Oval (OU Visitor Center), Norman • 800.234.6868


reated by the Oklahoma Territorial Legislature in 1890, the University of Oklahoma is a doctoral degree-granting research university serving the educational, cultural, economic and health care needs of the state, region and nation. The Norman campus serves as home to all of the university’s academic programs except health-related fields. The OU Health Sciences Center, located in Oklahoma City, is one of only four comprehensive academic health centers in the nation with seven professional colleges. Both the Norman and Health Sciences Center colleges offer programs at the Schusterman Center, the site of OU-Tulsa. OU has more than 2,600 full-time faculty members and has 21 colleges offering 163 majors at the baccalaureate level, 157 majors at the master’s level, 81 majors at the doctoral level, 28 majors at the doctoral professional level and 28 graduate certificates. While OU has all of the opportunities of a large, public university, its service and commitment to help students succeed

creates a sense of family, more like that of a small, private institution. OU has more than 450 student organizations, 40 intramural activities, and 50 active fraternity and sorority chapters, leadership and volunteer programs. OU stands out with its number of National Merit Scholars enrolled. It’s ranked No. 1 in the nation among public universities in the number of National Merit Scholars. As a pacesetter in American public higher education, OU offers a culture of academic excellence and opportunity. OU students experience a vibrant student life, a diverse community and a beautiful campus.

Year Founded...................................................1890 Undergraduate Enrollment Norman ..................................................... 21,120 All Campuses ............................................ 21,993 Student-Faculty Ratio .................................. 18-to-1

AREAS OF ACADEMIC DISTINCTION The Joe C. and Carole Kerr McClendon Honors College offers one of the most energetic and creative honor programs among public universities in the United States. More than 3,000 students participate in small classes, typically of 19 or less. More than 80 informal book clubs have been created in the past three years.

Number of Undergraduate Degrees Offered ...............................................163 Graduate Enrollment Norman .......................................................5,894 All campuses ..............................................6,682 Number of Graduate Degrees Offered ............157


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OU - Oklahoma’s Leader in Excellence

• OU is the only university in the nation, public or private, whose students have won Goldwater, Mitchell, Truman, Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright and National Security Education Program scholarships this year. • OU has produced 29 Rhodes Scholars; no other university in Oklahoma has had more than three.

• OU is a leader among all American universities in international exchange and study abroad programs. One in four OU students study abroad. OU currently offers programs in over 50 countries and 100 cities in six continents. Students from 120 countries are enrolled at OU. • OU’s $250 million Campaign for Scholarships has reached more than $230 million. The success of the campaign has allowed OU to more than double its private scholarships.

• OU ranks No. 1 in the nation among all public universities in the number of National Merit Scholars enrolled. • The Princeton Review ranks OU among the best in the nation in terms of academic excellence and cost for students. • OU’s entrepreneurship program in the Price College of Business ranks in the top two in the nation among all public universities.

• OU students achieved the highest graduation rate in state history for a public university – a record high of 67.8 percent for the freshman class that entered in 2005. • OU has the academically highest ranked student body at a public university in Oklahoma history.

• OU students from the Peggy Dow Helmerich School of Drama won the largest number of awards of any university in America in the national Kennedy Center American College Theatre Competition. • The Joe C. and Carole Kerr McClendon Honors College offers one of the most energetic and creative honors programs among public universities in the United States. More than 3,000 students participate in small classes, usually of 19 or less. More than 80 informal book clubs have been created in the past three years. • OU has achieved the Carnegie Foundation’s highest tier of research activity classification, the first time a public institution in Oklahoma has received this outstanding recognition.

The University of Oklahoma is an equal opportunity institution.

- The Pride of Oklahoma

The University of Tulsa 800 South Tucker Drive, Tulsa • 918.631.2000


he University of Tulsa is a private, doctoral-degree granting university that provides excellence in scholarship and research, while nurturing student endeavors in public service and commitment to humanity. Founded in 1894, today the university is led by President Steadman Upham. TU’s three undergraduate colleges offer 61 undergraduate degrees including petroleum engineering, computer science, energy management, speech-language pathology, anthropology, accounting, international business and languages, psychology, film studies and athletic training. TU offers 57 graduate degrees through its Graduate School and College of Law. TU students encounter many unique opportunities throughout their time on campus. One of those is the computer science department’s Cyber Corps Program, which trains elite squadrons of “cyber ninjas” who work within the U.S. Government and military to protect and defend America’s critical infrastructure. In addition to well-respected academic programs, TU also has a reputation for producing a diverse group of nationally competitive scholarship winners – more than all other Oklahoma universities combined. In 2013, two students received Fulbright

Student Scholarships, at least five won National Science Foundation Fellowships, and three earned Goldwater Scholarships. Offering more than 160 student organizations including intramural sports, national fraternities and sororities, special-interest clubs, campus ministries, service organizations, honor societies and pre-professional organizations, students have plentiful options for involvement. As a member of the C-USA athletic conference, TU competes in Division I athletics with 18 varsity sports. The 200-acre campus has a vibrant residential life where more than 70 percent of undergraduates reside in campus housing, including 800 new apartments. The university uses an individualized and holistic approach in evaluating potential students. TU seeks students who demonstrate intellectual promise in a challenging curriculum and are committed to the liberal education reflected in the university’s mission. All information, including academic and extracurricular achievement, school records and personal qualities, will be carefully considered. For information on undergraduate admission, contact admission@ For graduate admission, contact

Year Founded...................................................1894 Undergraduate Enrollment ............................3,428


Number of Undergraduate Degrees Offered .................................................61

TU is in the top 100 among national doctoral universities in U.S. News & World Report’s 2013 edition of America’s Best Colleges. Kiplinger’s Personal Finance magazine also named it a best value among private universities. TU had 49 National Merit Scholars in its 2013 freshman class and 74 percent of students graduated in the top 10 percent of their high school class.

Student-Faculty Ratio ...................................11-to-1 Graduate Enrollment ...................................... 1,169 Graduate Degrees Offered .................................57 74

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A Top 100

National University

THE UNIVERSITY OF TULSA is Oklahoma’s only Top 100 doctoral university and a prestigious private institution. At #86 on the U.S. News & World Report’s list of the nation’s best research colleges, TU offers small classes, study abroad, community and professional organizations, and exciting Division I athletics in an urban setting.

TU also offers a Top 100 graduate business school and a Top 100 law school. We have some of the world’s best programs in important fields such as cyber security, petroleum engineering, energy management and Native American law. And graduates of TU have the highest salary potential of any college in the state.

High school students are encouraged to schedule a campus visit.


Junior Visit Day on March 3 offers high school students campus tours, lunch with TU students and informative workshops covering admission and financial aid options. Register now for our Tulsa Time program for seniors, Feb. 16-17. Visit campus, stay overnight in a residence hall, meet with professors and get to know other high school students who are applying to TU.



n TU is an EEO/AA institution. For information, contact the Office of Human Resources, 918-631-2616; for disability accommodations, contact Dr. Tawny Taylor, 918-631-2315.

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Money management 101 Five local financial professionals break down hot topics on savings, retirement and more.



Financial planning. The mere mention of those words can make one’s head spin. And the more choices there are, the more confusing it gets. How much to save? How much to invest? What is the difference? We’ve taken some of the most frequently asked questions to a respected panel of local experts to help navigate the sometimes muddy waters of wealth management.

What is long-term care insurance, and who should purchase it? According to Michael Hopper, assistant vice president of Trust Co. of Oklahoma, long-term care (LTC) insurance policies provide reimbursement for expenses stemming from the treatment of chronic illnesses, potentially lessening the cost of skilled nursing care, Alzheimer’s care or even home health care. “While LTC insurance may be appropriate for a wide range of individuals, it is not appropriate for everyone,” Hopper says. “Those with insufficient savings should qualify for Medicare, whereas individuals with large estates should be able to self-insure. “However, for everyone in between these extremes, the purchase of a qualified LTC policy from a reputable insurer may preserve retirement assets from the costs associated with a long-term care event.” How can I bounce back from a “retirement derailer” — a specific circumstance that seriously impacted retirement plans or reduced retirement savings? “Life happens,” says Stephanie Ede, a Morgan Stanley financial advisor. “It’s not uncommon to experience serious events that can impact your savings and your estate.” However, Ede says retirement accounts should be considered “sacred” money and the last place in the pecking order to get funds. Robert McCormick, senior executive vice president of the Trust Co. of

Oklahoma, recommends developing a sensible plan in advance to minimize the risk of serious loss. “Set your retirement plan so that it will work for you in good times and bad,” he says. “That means don’t shoot for the moon when times are good unless you can truly afford losing most of your retirement in a crisis. Also, on the other hand, don’t be so conservative when times are tough that you miss out on reasonable opportunities.” What are interest rates expected to do in 2014, and how will that impact me? “Interest rates are at a historic low and have been for some time,” says Thomas Bowen, a certified financial planner with Securian Advisors MidAmerica. “Most experts believe that it’s not if interest rates will rise, but when. If that is in 2014, then items like loan interest rates will rise and theoretically inflation will rise.” Regardless of interest rate forecasts, Ede recommends keeping things diverse. “For the average investor, it is wise to maintain a diversified portfolio of fixed income, equity and money market securities, and to not compromise on quality,” she says. “This time-tested strategy eliminates the guess work of trying to figure out the direction of interest rates.” How much should I be saving for emergencies and retirement, and where is the best place to keep my money? “Emergency funds should equate to six months of living expenses and should be kept in a simple money market or savings account,” Bowen says. “It won’t get much interest, but it is safe, and it is liquid.” For retirement, Bowen says the answer depends on several factors, and the amount to save is different for everyone. One should definitely look at all their current assets, then do an analysis


WEALTH MANAGEMENT GUIDE of their living expenses to decide what is needed for retirement, which should include the inflationary cost of living through retirement and expected growth of assets, he says. “My experience is that is takes a lot more to retire on than people realize, and most people don’t save enough,” Bowen adds. Harvie Roe, President of AmeriTrust Investment Advisors Inc., also recommends a home equity line of credit (HELOC). “This allows assets to remain invested but provides a source of liquidity, should it be needed,” Roe says. “There is no perfect investment, but (what is needed is) an understanding of the relationship between balancing lifestyle with resources and the risks being assumed.” Should I invest even if I am paying off debt? Are stocks or bonds generally best? McCormick suggests it is best to try and pay off debt while also investing. “While it is important to keep debt at a manageable level, you should consider saving what you can for future emergencies and retirement,” he says. “You may not be able to save as much as you work down your debt, but it is important to have a portion of each available dollar allocated to both paying off debt and savings.” “Both repaying debt and investing will increase a person’s net worth,” Roe says, adding, “The decision to pay off debt should be a function of the rate and time remaining, and investing in stocks and bonds should be tempered by the level of risk a person is willing to take to meet their long-term goal. The more in equities, the higher the risk and the return will be over the long term. A portfolio consisting of an allocation of both stocks and bonds is normally preferred, but the allocations should be designed with a purpose, and the percentage of one asset class over another will depend on other resources available.” tþ

ALPHABET SOUP Don’t know the difference between a CFP, CLU or ChFC? No worries, we can help.

CFP: Certified Financial Planner. Probably the most widely recognized financial designation in the industry. The media has promoted this designation over most others for years, primarily because of its unbiased approach to teaching the financial planning process and the rigorous certification requirements that are administered by the CFP Board. CLU: Chartered Life Underwriter. This is the highest designation in the life insurance industry.

ChFC: Chartered Financial Consultant. Similar to the CLU, this designation focuses more on the general principals of financial planning.

CFA: Chartered Financial Analyst. This designation is generally considered to be one of the most difficult and prestigious credentials in the financial industry, at least in terms of investment management. CPA: Certified Public Accountant. The oldest financial credential in America. The CPA designation has long been widely recognized as the definitive credential of tax expertise. Source:

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Founded in 2008, the Rotary Club of Tulsa’s Above and Beyond Awards recognize Tulsa’s police officer and firefighter of the year. The event acknowledges these public servants for outstanding acts of character, commitment and compassion to both their profession and community.

Nominated by their peers, the award recipients have gone “Above and Beyond” by serving their communities and exemplifying the values reflected in the Rotary Four-Way Test. Award nominations were provided by each respective department and recipients were selected by a committee of the Rotary Club of Tulsa.




Raymond Beard

Elizabeth Eagan

A ten-year veteran of the Tulsa Fire Department and driver for Station 22, Raymond Beard embodies the meaning of ‘service above self.’ In addition to protecting and serving Tulsa citizens as a dedicated fireman, Beard is a dedicated and active member of the East Virgin Street Church of Christ. When Beard learned that a fellow church member was in search of a kidney donor, he volunteered to undergo the necessary testing to determine if he could be a compatible match. After lab results indicated that Beard was indeed a donor match, he without hesitation and selflessly volunteered to donate his kidney to the congregation member. Beard used his allotted sick leave and vacation time from work so that he could donate his kidney and provide the gift of life to another human being. Beard risks his life daily to protect and save the property and lives of Tulsans. The act of donating his kidney to an individual in need exemplifies the true spirit of going above and beyond. Beard was nominated by a leader of the TFD for the Rotary Club of Tulsa’s Above and Beyond Award. The Rotary Club of Tulsa will donate $1,000 to the Tulsa Youth Athletic Association.

A 31-year veteran of the Tulsa Police Department, Detective Elizabeth Eagan has spent the last 11 years working in the Sex Crimes Unit as an unrelenting and tenacious officer who pursues justice for individuals that have been victims of horrific crimes. When not protecting our community’s most vulnerable citizens, Detective Eagan is an active volunteer of Going Home Animal Rescue & Transport, an organization that transports animals between rescue groups and municipal shelters that are at over capacity so the animals may have an opportunity to become adoptable pets. Detective Eagan has contributed hundreds of hours to care for neglected animals and has transported many of them across the country to locations such as Denver, Chicago and Cincinnati. Eagan also volunteered to rescue and transport animals that were lost and abandoned due to the fatal tornado in Moore, Oklahoma. Eagan’s dedication of service to both her profession and volunteer efforts will have a positive and lasting impact on those touched by her work. TPD nominated Detective Eagan for the Rotary Club of Tulsa’s Above and Beyond Award. The Rotary Club will honor Detective Eagan with a $1,000 donation to the Going Home Animal Rescue & Transport organization. ABOVE AND BEYOND AWARD SPONSORS


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Practically perfect It’s a desk, it’s a coffee table, it’s a dining table … it’s the 2014 Blank Slate Designer Challenge. by KENDALL BARROW


This year we asked three designers to put their own spin on the Mascotte

wooden multi-functional table — which adjusts to seven heights and expands to seat six, making it a dining table, desk and coffee table, all in one. In our seventh annual Blank Slate feature, each designer was given a different function of the table to accessorize with their own personal style. Turn the page to see the inspiring looks. And, visit all month to vote for your favorite. Table courtesy of Fifteenth and Home. For more information, visit Editor’s Note: Table shown at half-capacity. Tabletop expands to 41 inches by 55 inches when fully opened.

Three takes, one table P. 84 ✻ Jam-packed weekend P. 90

Heart health P. 92




“Table: a smooth, flat slab fixed on legs. Traditional dining tables often stand unused in an elegant room reserved for special occasions. Designer Lance Cheney at Richard Neel Interiors and I like to consider all areas and surfaces in your home as opportunities for unexpected use. We love to repurpose that discarded card table, the old folding table in the corner of


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the garage, a high coffee table or an underused game table. Our use of a classic handprinted fabric to drape this table and elegant accessories have brought high style and drama to the quiet corner of this room. Imagine your own ‘blank slate,’ limited only by your creative imagination, and make it an expression of your style. Bon appetit!” — Richard Neel, owner, Richard Neel Interiors

Results That Move You! Chinowth & Cohen Realtors was honored with the ‘Extraordinary Philanthropist’ Award which is given to the Luxury Real Estate member who consistently displays altruistic concern for human welfare and generosity to socially responsible purposes.

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Oh, the places I will go … Fassler Hall 304 S. Elgin Ave. I’d start the day with breakfast tacos at Fassler Hall with their door up — a nice relaxing hang. I love their hot sauce selection. Tulsa Athletics 4802 E. 15th St. Go to the old Drillers Stadium and check out Tulsa’s hottest new sports team, the Tulsa Athletics men’s soccer team. (Their season runs from May through July.) It’s fantastic, with enthusiastic crowd support and great fun for everyone. I might also snag a bite to eat from one of the many Tulsa food trucks. Ida Red 3336 S. Peoria Ave. Next, I’d drive over to Brookside to Ida Red and grab a fancy, old-time soda. I like all of the orange and strawberry choices, plus there’s lots of other cool stuff to browse through, like Man Candles. The Church Studio On Leon Russell Road at East Third Street between South Utica and Peoria avenues I’d head over to The Church Studio and pop in on a session and observe the creative process. It’s fascinating to see Costa Stasinopoulos or other engineers/ producers work with artists and hear songs come to life. There’s something special about that place. Guthrie Green 111 E. Brady St. Then I’d spend some time sitting out on Guthrie Green listening to great music. It’s so relaxing and beautiful to see so many different people with kids and pets, just hanging out. And the Sunday Market (open every Sunday from April through October) is fantastic, with gorgeous produce and lots of great vendors with unique stuff.


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The University of Tulsa 800 S. Tucker Drive I’d want to catch a TU Men’s basketball game. I have high hopes for the program with Coach Danny Manning. When that team is performing well, the atmosphere at the Reynolds Center is fantastic. Lone Wolf Bahn Mi 918-804-1345 The best truck food in T-Town. Bahn Mi, kimchi fries — eat till you win. The Colony 2809 S. Harvard Ave. A weekend would never be complete without a stop at The Colony. I’d enjoy a nice bevy inside or on the patio and chomp on some fresh popcorn — and, of course, there’s the music. There are always special guests and lots of surprises from touring bands and other great Tulsa musicians stopping by to sit in and play. SoundPony Lounge 409 N. Main St. When I stop in SoundPony, I always run into someone I know and laugh a lot. It’s a nice, cozy, relaxing hang, like you are in another world. And the pints are always spot on. Cain’s Ballroom and Brady Theater 423 N. Main St.; 105 W. Brady St. Later I’d go to a concert at Cain’s Ballroom or the Brady Theater and catch a larger touring act. When the venues are full for a bigger show, it’s an electric feeling; the band is on and the audience is involved. tþ 918-749-7961

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Five ways to prevent heart disease Three specialists share life-saving tips for taking care of your heart.


Love your heart by living a heart-healthy lifestyle. Doing so can lower your risk of heart disease, a general term for several disorders and diseases that affect your heart, no matter your age or gender. Types of heart disease include coronary artery disease, rhythm abnormalities, congestive heart failure, congenital heart disease and valvular heart disease. The bad news: genetics is one risk factor. However, the good news is that the rest of the factors are modifiable, and there are things you can to do minimize your risks. But how do you get started? We spoke with Dr. Michael Cassidy, a cardiologist with Warren Clinic, practicing at Saint Francis Hospital; Dr. Wayne Leimbach, interventional cardiologist with the Oklahoma Heart Institute; and Dr. Greta Warta, a cardiologist with St. John Medical Center, to learn their tips for a healthy heart.

1. Eat a heart-healthy diet. Leimbach, Warta and Cassidy agree fresh fruits, vegetables and lean protein are important for a healthy diet. The key word to remember is “fresh.” Cassidy suggests shopping on the perimeter of the grocery store and not in the middle aisles, which typically include more processed foods. “If possible, avoid eating out of cans and boxes,” Cassidy says. “The issue with many canned or boxed foods is the sodium content.” Make sure to read food labels. Leimbach says once you learn which foods are healthy, then you don’t have to continue reading the labels and you can move through the store more quickly. Pay attention to saturated fat content and aim for a diet low in cholesterol and saturated fats. “A heart healthy diet is not a low-fat diet, it’s a lowsaturated fat diet,” Leimbach says. “Don’t be too hard on yourself either. A diet is probably one of the hardest things for people to change,” Warta says. She recommends adding whole grains, beans, nuts, hummus and some fish to your diet. She also suggests a vegan diet over an animal products diet. Her tips to start?


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by RACHEL WEAVER “Start with cutting out the obvious: anything packaged. Anything that comes in its natural form is good for you. Those are things we are intended to eat. Your plate should consist of mostly green. It should be half to three-fourths green in color, and the rest should be your meat, if you have any, or your protein, or ... a grain.” For individuals with high blood pressure, watch your salt intake. “The trouble with salt is that it’s everywhere,” Leimbach says. Food such as chips, popcorn, soup, pickles, soft drinks and ham are high-salt offenders. Because your tongue likes salt, sugar and saturated fats, you have

Heart disease is the No. 1 killer of women, according to Cassidy, so it’s crucial for women to see their doctors. ‘Generally women develop heart disease later in life. Sometimes they present with atypical and unusual symptoms and it doesn’t get recognized as being cardiovascular disease,’ he says.” to be mindful of what you’re eating. “But once you learn what’s healthy, then you can just eat that, just like you eat everything else,” Leimbach says.

2. Know your cholesterol level. If you don’t know your cholesterol number, visit your health care provider to find out what it is. The next step is to avoid consuming cholesterol if you can. “The worst food for getting cholesterol in your blood is eating egg yolk,” Leimbach says, adding that egg whites are OK to eat. “When you get cholesterol in your blood, it’s there for days,” he says. “It can be there for up to a week. You don’t want to put any more cholesterol in your blood than you have to.” Certain foods can stimulate your liver to make cholesterol, so Leimbach recommends learning what foods have high saturated fats. Red meat, butter, chicken and cow liver, and cheeses like cheddar are high in saturated fats. “The more delicious the ice cream, the higher the saturated fats,” he says. To lower and improve your cholesterol, Warta suggests regular exercise, cutting out animal products and managing conditions such as diabetes. “If you cannot manage it with lifestyle changes, then you most likely will have to take a medication for it,” she says.

3. Get out there and exercise. Cassidy admits you’ll get varying answers on the amount of exercise you need, but it’s vital to just keep moving. “I try to simplify that for my patients and just tell them, ‘I want you walking for 30 minutes, and try to cover as close to 2 miles in 30 minutes as you can,’” he says. “With routine physical activity, the more you do, the healthier you’ll get,” Leimbach says. “Everybody has 10 minutes. You can do a 10-minute walk every day and actually affect your risk.” Exercising also helps control your weight, blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes. “Bigger than that, it reduces your stress,” Warta says. “People who don’t normally exercise can start by walking — anything they can do to get their heart rate up for 30-45 minutes a day.”



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4. Put down that cigarette or tobacco product. Here’s the truth: smoking increases your risk of cardiovascular disease and death by two to four times compared to a non-smoker. “It increases your risk of developing heart disease, and if you have heart disease, it definitely increases your risk of death from heart disease,” Cassidy says. Quitting smoking and tobacco use is the No. 1 risk factor that most people can modify, according to Warta. Even if you don’t pick up a cigarette but are around smokers, you are still at risk, so minimize secondhand smoke, too. “The chemicals in tobacco cause damage to your vessels in your heart, and it narrows the arteries,” she says. “The nicotine also increases your heart rate, and it slows healing. “If you stop smoking, then your risk of heart disease will drop dramatically just within the first year.”

5. Get regular health screenings. Seeing your doctor might not be high on your priority list, but it’s imperative to get regular health screenings. “If you’re at risk, meaning you have a family history of coronary disease or you’re diabetic, you should be getting regular health screenings,” Cassidy says. Follow-up is necessary, too. “If you’re following up with your doctor, it can be key to preventing a heart attack or a stroke,” Warta says. “It’s a lot easier to prevent heart disease than to fix it once there’s a problem.” Other key factors to remember: start young. Leimbach recommends raising children on a diet low in cholesterol, saturated fat and salt so it’s a normal part of their eating habits. Also, try to maintain a healthy weight, pay attention to your blood pressure and blood sugar numbers, and watch your stress levels. “Treating the risk factors really works,” Leimbach says. “It’s estimated as many as 80-90 percent of heart attacks are preventable. And that’s pretty staggering since it’s the No. 1 cause of death.” tþ

WARNING SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS Heart disease has a wide range of potential symptoms, and Cassidy says each individual can perceive a symptom differently. Possible symptoms: 1. Chest discomfort or pain (this could mean you feel short of breath, fatigue in your chest, tightness, pressure, a tired feeling or heaviness) 2. Discomfort in jaw or neck 3. Arm pain 4. Irregular heartbeat 5. Dizziness/fainting 6. Indigestion/heartburn 7. Decrease in exercise tolerance (you are unable to do same kinds of exercise as a year earlier) 8. Changes in your ability to do daily activities “No matter how funny it feels or how difficult it is for them to describe to somebody, they should seek advice from their physician and not try to diagnose it themselves or try to explain it away to something else,” Cassidy says. He also recommends visiting the American Heart Association website for a list of symptoms that aren’t as traditional as chest discomfort. Leimbach leaves you with this piece of advice: “People don’t want to go to the emergency room because they don’t want to look dumb if it’s not (a heart attack). Better to be alive looking dumb than not. “The most important thing is people need to be very active. The squeaky wheel gets fixed. If you think you have a problem, get it checked out and check it out early. If it’s not, (it’s the) best news you could ever have. And if it is, thank God you looked.”


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Chocolate and peanut butter, grilled cheese and tomato soup, ketchup and French fries ... many food pairings seem to be made for each other. My favorite duo, spaghetti and meatballs, comes together in a bowl, sprinkled with cheese, and is perfect for sharing. Remember that classic scene in “Lady and the Tramp”? This Valentine’s Day, slurp some noodles with your own sweetheart.

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Whip up this romantic dinner, including the sauce, in no time. You also can make the meatballs ahead of time and freeze them; just thaw them completely before proceeding with step 3. 3 tablespoons olive oil Generous pinch crushed red pepper flakes 1 small white onion, finely chopped 2 teaspoons minced garlic 2 cans (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes Coarse salt and ground pepper 1/4 cup finely grated Parmesan, plus more for serving 1/4 cup finely grated Pecorino Romano cheese, plus more for serving 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley 1 large egg


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Spaghetti and meatballs 1 pound ground beef (chuck) 1/2 cup plain dried breadcrumbs 1 cup lukewarm water 12 ounces spaghetti 1. Set a large pot of salted water to boil. In a large saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon oil, the red pepper flakes, onion and half of the garlic over medium heat until garlic is sizzling, about 30 seconds. Stir in tomatoes and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Reduce heat to low and cook at a gentle simmer for 30 minutes. 2. In a bowl, combine cheese, parsley, egg, remaining garlic, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper. Add beef, breadcrumbs and water; mix gently, until just combined, with your hands. Form into 16 balls. 3. In a large Dutch oven or heavy pot, heat remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium heat. Add meatballs and cook, turning occasionally, until browned all over, 8-10 minutes. Add tomato sauce and bring to a simmer. Cover partially and cook, stirring occasionally, until meatballs are cooked through, about 10 minutes longer. 4. Meanwhile, cook pasta al dente. Drain, add to the sauce pot and toss gently. Serve, topped with grated cheese.

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During the winter months, dark leafy greens abound. We have been hearing about kale for the past year or so (it’s hard to leaf through a cooking magazine without finding a kale salad), but there are numerous other “super greens” that are quite healthy and easy to prepare. As an added bonus, these hearty greens have a pretty long shelf life, making them ideal to keep around during the bleak winter months. Collard greens: A variety of cabbage, these dark greens provide lavish, plump and crisp leaves. Store collards unwashed and wrapped in paper towels in a plastic bag in the refrigerator until ready to use. Boiling is the traditional cooking method for collards, but they also are great blanched, sautéed or roasted. To braise, heat 1 tablespoon each of olive oil and butter in a large pot. Sauté half of a chopped onion until slightly softened, about 2 minutes. Add 1 large bunch of collards, that have been stemmed and shredded, and cook another minute. Add 3 cups vegetable stock and simmer until greens are tender, about 40 minutes. Stir in 2 teaspoons each of brown sugar and cider vinegar, and season with salt and pepper. Swiss chard: This rainbow-stemmed green is used often in Mediterranean cooking. The leaves can be green or reddish and pack most of the nutritional punch, but I like to chop up the stems, as well. Try this delicious warm salad: chop 2 slices thick-cut bacon and sauté in a skillet until crisp. Remove bacon from pan with a slotted spoon, leaving fat. Add 1 tablespoon cider vinegar, and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper to pan, whisking until combined. Pour over 6 cups chopped Swiss chard and toss.

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When the weather turns frigid, the first thing my son, Liam, asks for is a mug of hot cocoa. As I am writing this, snow is falling, and it looks as if we are settling in to several more months of frigid temperatures. We have flown through several boxes of ready-made cocoa packets already (love the tiny colored marshmallows), and instead of trekking to the supermarket, I plan to make up a batch of hot cocoa mix to keep in the pantry all winter long. With only three ingredients — sugar, cocoa and salt — I know what I’m getting (not a bunch of preservatives and artificial flavors). To spice it up a bit, feel free to add a few pinches of cinnamon to your mix or your mug. To make about 6 cups of hot chocolate mix, whisk together in a large bowl 3 1/2 cups sugar, 2 1/2 cups cocoa powder and 1 tablespoon salt. Store mixture in an airtight container for several months. To make a mug of cocoa, heat 1 cup of milk in a microwave-safe mug until hot. Add 2 tablespoons of mix and stir well to dissolve. To make a larger batch, warm milk in a saucepan until hot but not  boiling. Stir in 2 tablespoons Pair a cup of cocoa with Judy’s tasty homemade marshmallow recipe. of mix for each cup of milk.

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Love by the glass Valentine’s Day calls for a sip of something special.



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my minds slips easily to “Love Poem” by William Butler Yeats: “Wine comes in at the mouth and love comes in at the eye; that’s all we shall know for truth before we grow old and die. I lift the glass to my mouth, I look at you, and I sigh.” How awesome is that? The only thing better than reciting this poem to your loved one is reciting it with Veuve Clicquot Rosé in hand. The right libations can help make Valentine’s Day more memorable. For this special celebration, spring for the real bubbly: Champagne. It comes from the Champagne region of France; any bubbly outside of this region and in any other part of the world is called “sparkling wine.” For finishing the evening, a sweet, red, strawberry-flavored bubbly can be a delectable treat — especially paired with chocolatecovered strawberries. The Banfi Rosa Regale from Italy is a sweet red, sparkling wine that will bring a smile to any face. Another choice, Godiva Chocolate Liqueur, is simply divine. It’s rich, decadent and produced in Belgium — and who knows chocolate better than the Belgians? Don’t disappoint your love on Valentine’s Day. Arrive with bubbles and chocolate liqueur and fall in love all over again … by the glass. tþ *Wine columnist Randa Warren is a Master Sommelier; Certified Wine Educator; Associate Member of the Institute of Wines and Spirits; and is a Certified Specialist of Spirits.


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Fry bread as big as your face


My mother was the best cook in Nowata County. Sadly, the cooking gene

passed me by. When I called my mother to tell her I was going to work for a soup kitchen, she didn’t reply. A heavy silence lay on the phone. “But I’m not doing the cooking,” I said quickly. “Oh, thank God,” she said. Although I am not a good cook, I have spent many hours in kitchens — trying, watching, cleaning and talking with friends and family around a kitchen table. The kitchen is the heart of a home; it’s where the best communication takes place. Recently, I spent some special time in the soup kitchen watching Indian women make fry bread for 800 people. Native American Days at the Iron Gate soup kitchen were organized by Cherrah Giles, an official with the Muscogee (Creek) Nation. She marshaled an army of Native American volunteers to provide the food, cook and serve authentic dishes, then clean the kitchen. Fry bread was an important part of those meals. The cooks were Creek, Cherokee, Osage, Ponca and from other tribes. They were of several generations, many were related and all were friends. It was a happy kitchen, full of laughter with flour flying, dough rising into mountains and lots of prayer. “We always pray before we cook,” Giles told me. “And we pray while we cook. That’s what goes into fry bread — love and prayer.” That’s what brings us together as a people, she said. Caring about one another and feeding one another. “And, praying is what keeps them from killing one another,” she said, glancing at her mother and aunt at the stoves. “We are fry bread divas,” her mother proclaimed.


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Each cook had her own recipe and style. Some used self-rising flour, a little dried milk and warm water. Some used only warm water and Red Corn Native Foods Mix, produced by the Red Corn family business in Pawhuska. I saw no measuring going on. The real artistry was the mixing, rolling, patting and cutting. After being lightly kneaded, the dough was turned out onto a floured counter. Some rolled it out with a rolling pin the size of a child’s baseball bat. Some patted it out. Then they cut the thick dough like biscuits.

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before we cook,’ Giles told me. ‘And we pray while we cook. That’s what goes into fry bread — love and prayer.’” One cook used a tin can as a cutter. For fry bread the size of your face, another used a small saucepan. Some cooks, I understand, cut the dough with a butcher knife or pizza cutter. Still others don’t roll out their dough at all; they pat and stretch individual balls into large patties. Some cooked it immediately, some let the dough rise overnight at room temperature. Just before the dough was dropped into hot oil, it was stretched slightly and the center of each patty was poked with a finger or a knife. That makes the bread crisper; the indentation better holds honey or the juice of beans and meat for an Indian taco. Others, as befitting a

chef ’s prerogative, did not indent their bread at all. Making fry bread is both a skill and a fine art. That’s why there’s a new movie titled “More Than Frybread,” a pseudo-documentary about an Arizona fry bread contest, and a funny play titled “The Frybread Queen.” That’s why the annual National Indian Taco Championship is held in Pawhuska. That’s why it’s an honor to have Oklahoma Red Corn Native Foods fry bread mix available in the gift shop at the Native American Museum of the American Indian. That’s why South Dakota named fry bread the official state bread. And yet, fry bread has a dark and painful history. From 1864-1868, the U.S. government forcibly evicted the Navajo from their homeland in Arizona to New Mexico. The 300-mile journey, at gunpoint, became known as The Long Walk. The Navajo subsisted on government-issued flour, sugar, salt and lard, which they transformed into fry bread. It is not a healthy food. Since one piece of fry bread contains 700 calories and 27 grams of fat, nutritionists say it has contributed to diabetes among traditional people. Now fry bread is a festive dish associated with fairs, powwows and special occasions. Making it, in large quantities, is part of the celebration. What an adventure I had in the kitchen with Indian fry bread divas. What an honor to be welcomed into a parallel culture that is so close yet separate. What a universal experience: a tribe of women cooking traditional foods. tþ Connie Cronley is a columnist, an author of three books and a public radio commentator. Her day job is executive director of Iron Gate soup kitchen and food pantry.

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Q: I’ve just remarried. Am I responsible for my new spouse’s hospital bills if they get sick? A: “...For better or worse, richer or poorer...” The simple answer is “yes.” Your estateplanning attorney can provide many tools, including prenuptial agreements, trusts, both irrevocable and revocable. However, the law sees you as married, therefore if you intend for Medicaid to provide for your spouse, without you spending your assets for their care, think again. Talk to your estateplanning attorney today to learn more about asset protection as well as your rights and obligations under the law. Karen L. Carmichael The Law Office of Karen L. Carmichael 918-493-4939 • 2727 E. 21st St., Ste. 402

VETERINARIAN Q: I just adopted a rescue dog. How can I find out what breed it is? A: We now have technology available that enables a dog owner to find out what breeds are present and in what percentage. There are DNA kits available from most local pet stores and online that are simple and easy to use. They consist of a person taking a swab of the mouth and mailing it to the company. In a matter of weeks, the company will send a detailed breakdown of the breeds possessed by your dog.

ATTORNEY Q: Can my Facebook, Twitter or Instagram account be used against me in my civil lawsuit?

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A: Postings on social media accounts are likely discoverable and may be utilized in a civil lawsuit. This is a newer legal issue that is arising more often with the increase in social media usage. A court will likely allow discovery of your social media account if the postings show you doing something or saying something that is contrary to an issue relevant in your lawsuit, e.g., riding on a jet ski when you claim a back injury. You should be careful about what you post. Should you have any questions concerning your options, contact the attorneys at Stall, Stall & Thompson, P.A. for a free consultation. Kate D. Thompson Stall Stall & Thompson, P.A. 1800 South Baltimore, Ste. 805 • Tulsa, OK 74119 918-743-6201 •



Q: When should I bring my child to the optometrist for an eye exam?

Q: What can I do now to help my kids find a career they will love?

A: The American Optometric Association recommends an infant’s first eye health examination be between the ages of six months to 1 year. This early examination is important in diagnosing visually devastating conditions such as cataracts, amblyopia and strabismus, as well as ocular diseases like glaucoma or cancer. Between ages 2 and 3, children should visit the optometrist again, and every year while they are in school. Good vision is imperative to proper child development and academic success. If a child is lacking visual skills, such as eye teaming, binocular vision or good visual acuity, development may be delayed and school performance may suffer. Dr. Shannon Morgans, OD and Dr. Lynsey Bigheart, OD Twenty Twenty Eyecare 8931 S. Yale Ave., Suite H • Tulsa, OK 74137 918-794-6700 •

A: It is invaluable to have their aptitudes objectively assessed, but before the age of 15 intentionally and thoroughly expose your kids to activities in all six areas of the world of work. So often they find something they like, such as sports or music, and then prematurely specialize in that one area. Encourage your kids to continually step out of their comfort zone to try different things. Visit the blog on my website for suggestions. Jenny Larsen, M.A., GCDF 2:10 Consulting, Inc. 8988 S. Sheridan, Ste. Y • Tulsa, OK 74133 918-814-2629 •



Q: I make maximum 401(k) plan contributions each year. If I want to do more for my retirement, what should I do? A: Depending on your earnings, you are eligible to make a contribution to a traditional or Roth IRA. Maximum contribution for 2013 and 2014 is $5,500 ($6,500 if 50 and older). Contributions for 2013 are not due until April 15, 2014. Making contributions earlier increases the power of compounding on retirement account earnings, so contribute to an IRA as early in the year as feasible. If you are not eligible to receive a current tax deduction for contributions, the earnings are tax-deferred until the money is withdrawn from the account, possibly at a lower marginal tax rate. J. Harvie Roe, CFP, President AmeriTrust Investment Advisors, Inc. 4506 S. Harvard Ave. • Tulsa, OK 74135 • 918-610-8080

BEAUTY AND WEIGHT MANAGEMENT Q: What can be done to rid myself of stubborn excess fat and be swimsuit ready this year? A: Stubborn excess belly fat often leaves many people feeling they’re only left with two options: live with it or surgery. Not any more because we now offer CoolSculpting®. This technology uses a patented cooling procedure that targets and destroys fat cells. FDA-approved, CoolSculpting® can be done in as quick as 60 minutes with no downtime and lasting results. Our patients begin to see noticeable reduction of fat in as little as three weeks and continue to see improving, long lasting results for up to three months following a treatment. Call today for your complimentary CoolSculpting® consultation. Malissa Spacek and Dr. James Campbell BA Med Spa & Weight Loss Center 500 S. Elm Place • Broken Arrow, OK 74012 918-872-9999 •

GENERAL DENTISTRY Q: My adult child has special needs. How do I find dental help for her? A: Disabled adults, as well as children, can be treated in a hospital setting which can be quite expensive. However, a dentist qualified to perform IV sedation as well as general anesthesia can be an invaluable and much more affordable resource for achieving compassionate, thorough and reasonable oral care for your adult child, whether her challenge is autism, Pick’s disease, cerebral palsy, Asperger’s or another disability. Help is available. Keep searching! Gene McCormick DDS SAFE/COMFORT Dentists 2106 S. Atlanta Pl. • Tulsa, OK 74114 918-743-7444 •

BAHAMA SUN TANNING For 11 years, Bahama Sun Tanning has encouraged folks to come indoors and put on some color. The full-service tanning salon offers safe and superior products and services to clients by utilizing the latest tanning technology, maintaining a clean salon and employing a trained and knowledgeable staff. With a passion to bring local satisfaction to every customer, the salon staff maintains strict attention to detail. Besides tanning, airbrushing and sunless tanning services, Bahama Sun is also the place for bathing suits, swimsuit cover-ups, sundresses, tanning lotions, teeth whiteners, body moisturizers and sunless products. Designer Skin, Devoted Creations, Australian Gold and Norvell are just some of the brands the 11-year-old salon carries. Bahama Sun offers corporate and student rates. Recently, the salon was named a Top 250 salon nationally. Bahama Sun is open 8 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday; and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. COSMETIC SURGERY PLASTIC SURGERY CENTER OF TULSA 2107 E. 15th St. • (918) 712-0888 Board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Greg Ratliff and his staff offer many services to meet individual needs, including breast enhancement procedures, tummy tucks, liposuction, facial procedures, and more.

BURGER, BAR FOOD, BEER SELECTION JAMES E. MCNELLIE’S SOUTH CITY 7031 S. Zurich Ave • 918-933-5250 James E. McNellie’s Pub South City is the newest addition to the McNellie’s group, featuring a massive selection of beers from around the world and a menu full of fresh, local favorites.

LIQUOR STORE RANCH ACRES WINE & SPIRITS 3324A East 31st Street • (918) 747-1171 Great selection, a knowledgeable staff, attractive pricing, and placing a high value on community involvement have made Ranch Acres Wine & Spirits an award-winning favorite in Tulsa for over 54 years.

TANNING BAHAMA SUN 3732 South Peoria Avenue • (918) 748-9971 Along with four levels of tanning, Bahama Sun offers airbrushing and sunless tanning at its Brookside location. The new sunless booth, The Revolutionary, provides another option for a sun-kissed look.

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St. Patrick’s Day Run Saturday March 15, 2013

RunnersWorld Tulsa is excited to be the Presenting Sponsor of the 32nd Annual St. Patrick’s Day Run. This year’s race will start at 3920 S. Peoria and will benefit Special Olympics Oklahoma and the Tulsa Running Club. For more information: (918) 481-1234 or

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FUN AND GAMES The entertaining athletes known for their amazing basketball skills return to Tulsa. by JEFF PROVINE

The world-famous Harlem Globetrotters come to the BOK Center at 6 p.m., Feb. 7, bringing along their own brand of basketball and laughs. As a new twist, the “Fans Rule” tour gives fans a chance to vote on special rules to shake up the game. For more information, visit


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February’s can’t-miss events

The Tulsa Performing Arts Center presents a stage production “Beauty and the Beast” of Disney’s beloved classic “Beauty and the Beast” in the Chapman Music Hall. The timeless fairytale was brought to life in animation in 1991, and its success resulted in a Broadway musical that ran for 13 years, the eighth longest of any show. The stage version includes songs from the film, as well as new material. Lavish costumes and sets conjure up a hidden world of magic, mystery and true love, according to the show’s press materials. Watch Belle’s captivity, Gaston’s buffoonery, the Beast’s transformation and the fantastical antics of the inhabitants of the enchanted castle in a show suitable for all ages. Tickets range from $25-$65. Call 918-596-7111 or visit


This year marks the 100th birthday of late Chiricahua Apache Houser Exhibit Opening artist Allan Houser. Institutions across Oklahoma are celebrating, and Gilcrease Museum brings to Tulsa a special exhibit of Houser’s work, “Form and Line: Allan Houser’s Sculpture and Drawings,” from Feb. 13-June 29.



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Houser is known for his broad artistic range, from flat charcoal drawings to 3-D stone sculpture, both of which will be featured in the exhibit. Also displayed will be sketchbooks of Houser’s conceptual drawings that illustrate his energetic and profoundly organic process of creation and trace his career’s adaptation across a variety of media and materials. Many of the pieces are on loan from his estate collection in Santa Fe, N.M., and are coming to Oklahoma for the first time. Gilcrease Museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday. Admission is $8. Call 918-5962700 or visit Five-time Grammy Award-winner Sandi Patty will perform a “Songs from the Heart” Valentine’s Day concert, “Songs from the Heart,” at the Mabee Center, 7777 S. Lewis Ave., with her singer husband, Don Peslis. Nicknamed “The Voice,” Patty has earned four Billboard Music Awards, three platinum records, five gold records and 40 Dove Awards and was inducted into the Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame in 2013. Concert proceeds will go to the Women Achieving Their Vision Through Excellence (WAVE) Project, which supports women in crisis by supplying mentoring and assistance. Oklahoma ranks as the


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third worst state in the nation for girls to grow up, according to the project’s website, which points to the state’s high rates of female incarceration, child abuse and poverty. Concert begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $20-$50. Call Nataly Schenker, 918-286-8763; or visit King of screen printing Jay Ryan will present a lecture and Jay Bird poster show at the Living Arts Center, 307 E. Brady St. The artist has developed concert posters since 1995 and operates his own shop, The Bird Machine, in Chicago. Known for his hand-drawn text, computer-free design technique and humorous animal subjects, Ryan has worked with thousands of indie rock bands, including Fugazi, Shellac, the Flaming Lips, Andrew Bird, the Melvins, the Decemberists and Hum, as well as his own band, Dianogah. In addition to band art, he is famous for his cartoony prints of raccoons and toasters. He also has served as vice president of the American Poster Institute, organizing the successful “FLATSTOCK” poster convention series. The social hangout opens at 6:30 p.m.; show starts at 7:30. Tickets are $25, general admission; $10, students; free, Art Directors Club members. Visit


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People, places and events

American Heart Association The American Heart Association’s Circle of Red & Red Tie Society Holiday Fundraiser was Dec. 4 at the home of Bill and Susan Thomas. Pictured are Leslie Paris, Toni McGee and Susan Thomas.

Gatesway Storybook Gala Andrew Warren; Rania Nasreddine, event chairwoman; Molly Shi Boren and husband David Boren, University of Oklahoma president and Gatesway Foundation Tower of Strength Award recipient; and Suzanne and William K. Warren Jr. attended the Gatesway Foundation’s Storybook Gala on Jan.10.

“August: Osage County” Attending the Jan. 10 opening of “August: Osage County” at Tulsa’s historic Circle Cinema were, front row, Ray and Nancy Feldman, Barbara Sherman Oliver, Janine VanValkenburgh and Stephanie LaFevers, executive director of the Circle. Back row: Jimmy Byfield and Kirk VanValkenburgh, a member of the Circle Cinema Board of Directors.

Blank Canvas Event Chairs Kathrine and David McMahon and Youth Services Executive Director Jim Walker gathered to promote the annual Youth Services fundraiser, Blank Canvas, set for 6:30 p.m., Feb. 28, at the Cox Business Center.

Hillcrest Hillcrest Medical Center recently hosted a “wall-bashing” event to officially begin renovations on a space that will become the hospital’s new emergency department when it is completed in late 2014. Pictured at the event are Kevin Nowak, administrator at Oklahoma Heart Institute; Steve Winegeart, Hillcrest Medical Center chief financial officer; Dr. Jeffrey Dixon; Kevin Gross, Hillcrest HealthCare System CEO; Devon Hyde, Hillcrest Medical Center chief operating officer; and Anne Peterson, Hillcrest Medical Center chief nursing officer.

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Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma Brooke Swain, Kendall McPeters, Erin Fultz and Jessica Hammons recently attended the Juliette Low Leadership Society’s Holiday Pearl Sale benefiting Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma.


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Form and Line:

AllAn Houser’s sculpture And drAwings

The Force

by Allan Houser Vermont marble, copyright 1990 copyright Chiinde LLC photo by Wendy McEahern

Celebrating the centennial of the birth of Chiricahua Apache artist Allan Houser. Works loaned by Allan Houser, Inc.

February 13 – June 29, 2014 Title sponsor of the Gilcrease Museum 2013-14 exhibition season is the sherman E. smith Family Foundation.

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Fundraisers and fun happenings

February 2014

compiled by JUDY LANGDON

2/8 Lunar New Year Dinner Dillon International’s adoptive families, staff and friends will ring in the Year of the Horse at Dillon’s 19th annual Lunar New Year dinner Feb. 8 at the Hyatt Regency Downtown, 100 E. Second St. The annual celebration of the popular Asian holiday helps support the nonprofit’s mission of caring for children and creating families. Sohee Choi, the leader of a Korean dance group in Tulsa, will perform.

2/21 Barry & Buddies The Barry & Buddies event will honor Dr. Barry Epperley, TCC Signature Symphony conductor and artistic director. Pictured are Mary Shaw, event chairwoman and TCC Foundation chairwoman; Barry Epperley; and Carol Messer, event committee member and member of the TCC Signature Symphony Advisory Board.

Feb. 1 — Trivia Night at Holland Hall Benefits Holland Hall. Visit

Feb. 8 — A Taste of Tulsa Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma. Visit

Feb. 11 — National 2-1-1 Day of Dining Benefits 2-1-1 Helpline. Visit

Feb. 1 — Tulsa Heart Ball Benefits American Heart Association. Visit

Feb. 8 — Just a Little Valentine Benefits Crosstown Learning Center. Visit

Feb. 1 — Vintage O-State, Loyal and True Benefits Oklahoma State University Alumni Association scholarship program. Visit

Feb. 8 — Lunar New Year Dinner Benefits Dillon International. Visit

Feb. 13 — A Night of Music and Chocolates Benefits Northeast Active Timers (NEATs). Visit

Feb. 1-28 — It’s Hip to Snip Benefits Oklahoma Alliance for Animals. Visit www.animalallianceok. org. Feb. 2 — OCCJ Interfaith Trialogue Series, Session 1: “The Good” Benefits Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice. Visit Feb. 7 — National Wear Red Day Benefits American Heart Association. Visit www.goredforwomen. org/wearredday. 124

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Feb. 8-March 23 — Girl Scout Cookie Sale Benefits Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma. Visit Feb. 9 — My Furry Valentine Benefits StreetCats. Visit Feb. 9 — OCCJ Interfaith Trialogue Series, Session 2: “The Bad” Benefits Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice. Visit Feb. 11 — Heart of Henry Benefits Tulsa Day Center for the Homeless. Visit www.tulsadaycenter. org.

Feb. 13 — Street School Street Party Benefits Street School. Visit Feb. 14 — Hugs and Fishes Valentine’s Day Dinner Benefits Oklahoma Aquarium. Visit Feb. 14 — Sandi Patty, “Songs from the Heart” Benefits Women Achieving Their Vision Through Excellence (WAVE). Visit Feb. 14 — Wild Hearts Ball Benefits Oklahomans for Equality. Visit

Feb. 15 — Cooking Up Compassion Benefits Catholic Charities. Visit Feb. 15 — Pink Stiletto Benefits Tulsa Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure. Visit Feb. 15 — Tulsa Boys’ Home Junior Women’s Association Buttercup Bash Benefits Tulsa Boys’ Home. Visit www.tulsaboyshome. org. Feb. 16 — “Act Two Cabaret” and Valentine Dinner Benefits LOOK Musical Theatre. Visit Feb. 16 — OCCJ Interfaith Trialogue Series, Session 3: “The Media” Benefits Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice. Visit Feb. 18 — Tulsa Area United Way Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony Benefits TAUW. Visit

Volunteer Spotlight by JUDY LANGDON

Dave Hughes, co-chair, Tulsa Heart Ball Nonprofit: American Heart Association AHA’s mission: To build healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke through groundbreaking research and discovery, educating people about how to lower their risk factors for heart disease and stroke, and changing communities throughout Oklahoma. Volunteer roles: Co-chair, Tulsa Heart Ball, with wife Michele (son Bennett is a 2014 Maverick; daughter Kendall was a 2012 Sweetheart) Years involved with AHA/Heart Ball: Three Why do you volunteer for the American Heart Association? Fighting heart disease has always been important to me. With the advances in medicine in the last few decades, we know how to prevent so many of these situations (heart attacks and strokes).  I lost my grandfather to a heart attack when I was in the first grade. It happened so suddenly. No chance to say goodbye, no chance to get my mind around it; just one day he was with us, and the next day he was gone. ... There are kids today that will be able to grow up with grandparents because of the efforts of the AHA. When I think about the Heart Ball in terms of playing a role in saving lives, it was an easy decision to volunteer.   Feb. 1 — 43rd annual Tulsa Heart Ball Exchange Center, Expo Square, 4145 E. 21st St. $250, tickets; $2,500, tables. Sponsorships start at $5,000. Benefits American Heart Association. Visit, or contact Monica Martin, 918-877-8361 or

Dave and Michele Hughes

Feb. 19-April TBA — Bowl for Kids’ Sake Benefits Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma. Visit

Feb. 22-23 — Post Oak Challenge Benefits Tulsa Boys’ Home, Tulsa Botanic Garden and Tulsa Rowing Club. Visit

Feb. 20 — Puttin’ on the Dog Benefits LIFE Senior Services. Visit

Feb. 22 — Winterset 2014 Benefits Osteopathic Founders Foundation. Visit

Feb. 21 — Barry & Buddies Benefits TCC Signature Symphony. Visit

Feb. 28 — Blank Canvas Benefits Youth Services Tulsa. Visit

Feb. 22 — Adopt a Little Okie Benefits Oklahoma Alliance for Animals. Visit

Feb. 28 — CASA Casino Win for Kids Benefits Tulsa CASA Inc. Visit

Feb. 22 — Bunco for Breast Cancer Benefits Breast Cancer Assistance Program Fund. Visit Feb. 22 — Diamond Jubilee 60th Anniversary Dinner Gala Benefits Metropolitan Tulsa Urban League. Visit Feb. 22 — Icons & Idols Benefits Tulsa Ballet. Visit Feb. 22 — Polar Plunge 2014 Benefits Special Olympics Oklahoma. Visit

Feb. 28 — Mardi Gras Magic Benefits New Hope Oklahoma. Visit


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Forever young

The Tulsa Youth Symphony Orchestra celebrates 50 years.

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The flute section of Tulsa Youth Symphony Orchestra


The Tulsa Youth Symphony Orchestra (TYSO) turns

50 this month, and it is celebrating the milestone with an anniversary concert featuring music from its inaugural year, plus a premiere piece. TYSO’s mission is to provide advanced orchestral training and performance experience for talented young musicians ages 10-18 in northeastern Oklahoma. More than 150 students participate in the program’s two orchestras: the concert orchestra for less experienced musicians, and the symphony orchestra for advanced ensemble. Each orchestra performs at least four formal concerts each season. TYSO is an independent program that is not affiliated with a particular school, explains Conductor Ron Wheeler. Members gather for weekly rehearsals on weekends throughout the school year. Students must apply and audition to participate in the program. “We ask them to prepare an orchestral excerpt, which we provide; play a short solo of their choice; and sightread an excerpt we have,” Wheeler


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says. “Those selected by a panel of judges are assigned to the appropriate orchestra.” Wheeler began conducting the orchestra in 1972, and when he thinks back to the past four decades, two memories emerge over the many others. “A cellist lost part of a finger in a motel door while on a trip to Los Angeles,” he says. “Our doctor on the tour rushed him to a hospital, where the finger was reattached.” Another memory is far more pleasant: “performing in a small church in England for a very appreciative audience,” Wheeler recalls. Co-conductors Richard Wagner and Earl Peterson have worked with TYSO since 2002. It is clear all three men are well loved by the students. “Last year I had a very fun time working with Mr. Peterson; he just made me glad to be there all the time,” says drum major Jared Shay. “This year, Mr. Wheeler is so sarcastic at times, it is just too hilarious, and Mr. Wagner is great, especially when he messes with the horns, picking out everything they do wrong.”

Six-year TYSO member and violinist Katherine Ho says, “Joining the Tulsa Youth Symphony is one of the best decisions I’ve made. ... Being surrounded every week by good musicians who are around my age has helped improve my technique and skill. “Rehearsals are hard work, but we also have fun during (mid-point) breaks” with impromptu jam sessions and chatting among members, Ho says. “Mr. Wheeler, Mr. Wagner and Mr. Peterson are all wonderful conductors who urge the orchestras to never stop working to achieve their best,” she says. “I plan to continue playing piano, violin and cello in college and beyond.” Violinist Ashtin Johnson is thankful for TYSO because orchestra isn’t offered at Pryor High School, where she attends. Instead, Johnson plays clarinet with the high school band. “Without TYSO, I would not have discovered my love of orchestral playing, which is what I want to do for the rest of my life,” Johnson says. Wheeler says the pieces TYSO will play for its 50th anniversary concert were performed at the first TYSO concert in February 1964: “Royal Fireworks Overture” by George Frideric Handel and the first movement of Franz Joseph Haydn’s “Trumpet Concerto.” “The ‘Trumpet Concerto’ will be played by a TYSO alumnus, Jeff Shadley,” Wheeler says. “We will also premiere a piece we commissioned by Dr. Joseph Rivers from The University of Tulsa (called) ‘Buffalo Run.’” tþ

TYSO’s 50th anniversary concert is at 7:30 p.m., Feb. 18, at the Lorton Performance Center at The University of Tulsa, 550 S. Gary Place. Tickets are $10. Call 918-592-7725 or visit

ALSO THIS MONTH Cinderella The Tulsa Ballet will perform the classic fairytale in dance — complete with nasty stepsisters, true love and a lost shoe. Show starts at 8 p.m., Feb. 14 and 15. A third performance is at 3 p.m., Feb. 16. All performances will be held in the Tulsa PAC’s Chapman Music Hall, 110 E. Second St. Tickets are $20-

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Adaskin-Schumann Ensemble The Adaskin String Trio and Ensemble Schumann players will explore the timbres of piano, strings and oboe in several delightful combinations. Doors open at 7 p.m., Feb. 22, for wine and conversation; performance is at 7:30 p.m. in the Westby Pavilion of the Tulsa Performing Arts Center, 110 E. Second St. A second performance is at 3 p.m., Feb. 23, with a preconcert lecture at 2:15 at the PAC’s Williams Theatre.

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The beat goes on by MATT CAUTHRON


The time has come to say goodbye.

For a couple years now (who’s counting?) I’ve shared the writing duties in this space with the always excellent Jarrod Gollihare — switching off every other month to bring a balanced look at Tulsa’s increasingly talent-packed music scene. Recently, however, circumstances have conspired to pull my attentions elsewhere. As many of you know, Langdon Publishing, which has published TulsaPeople for more than 28 years, has an exciting new enterprise already under way. In the wake of the shutdown of Urban Tulsa Weekly, we at Langdon quickly mobilized to create and distribute a new alternative newspaper for Tulsa. It’s called The Tulsa Voice — hopefully you’ve seen it and picked up a copy — and I now serve as associate publisher for that new paper. The bittersweet byproduct of this


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new role is that I’ll no longer have the time to contribute music coverage to TulsaPeople. So, this will be my last Tulsa Sound entry, and on my way out the door I wanted to reflect on my experience with Tulsa music during my time writing this column. First and foremost, my experience has simply reinforced what I already knew: that the quality and quantity of musical talent in this city is beyond belief. It’s off the charts. In a city with a musical heritage as rich and varied as Tulsa’s, it should come as no surprise that a new generation of musicians is ably adding a new chapter to that legacy. I recently wrote an extended cover story for our September “Music Issue,” in which I (with Gollihare’s help) talked to 10 bands and artists associated with the New Tulsa Sound, a moniker that took root with some compilation records released in the last couple of years showcasing local talent. I read criticism somewhere that the feature only focused on the New Tulsa Sound “genre,” and it made me chuckle. (If anyone wanted to explain how the folksy country blues of Wink Burcham somehow shares a genre with the hip-hop/jazz fusion of Booomclap or the tightly composed, cinematic bombast of And There Stand Empires — I’d be interested to see how those dots get connected.) The reason we confined that feature to bands under the New Tulsa Sound umbrella is that those compilations highlight a stable of such diverse and deeply talented acts that it provided a nice cross-section of the current music scene. Of course, we left out a great many talented Tulsa bands, but when whittling down a music scene as grand as Tulsa’s to a mere 10, regrettable omissions are inevitable any way you slice it.

The point is that despite any moniker bestowed by the title of some compilation records, or the highlighting of that particular cadre of artists by this very magazine, Tulsa doesn’t have a “Sound.” Not the way it did in the days of Leon Russell and his merry band of world-renowned musical cohorts, or in the days when Bob Wills made Cain’s Ballroom the undisputed home of Western Swing. No, Tulsa has not one unifying sound, but many. It is home to a wildly diverse and unique array of styles and genres that range from rock to country to pop to hip-hop to electronica to jazz and beyond. The only unifying link to be found among these sounds is the immense talent behind their creation. So, if I have properly conveyed just one sentiment in my time as music columnist for TulsaPeople, I hope it is this: go out and find the music. It’s there, and it’s well worth your time and effort to seek out. Explore this city’s venues. Pick up a copy of The Tulsa Voice (plug alert!) and scan the live music listings. Throw a dart at them and go wherever fate directs you. I promise you’ll find something exciting and inspiring — often downright jaw-dropping — on any given night in Tulsa. Like Leon and JJ and Bob before them, there’s a band or artist out there right now who will someday make Tulsans proudly say, “I saw them when …” Don’t pass up your chance. tþ

Look for our new music columnist, Wyndham Wyeth, to share his input on Tulsa’s music scene beginning with the April issue. Wyeth will alternate columns with continuing Music Columnist Jarrod Gollihare.

Matt Cauthron is TulsaPeople’s online editor, a lover of live music and a true believer in the volcano of musical talent currently simmering in Tulsa. You may remember him from such defunct local rock bands as Scissortail, but almost certainly you do not.

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Power of poetry



Poetry can be intimidating

to many people. Or, when thinking of poetry, we immediately find adjectives like “boring,” “stiff ” or “old” rising in our heads. I assure you, a recently published collection called “Poetry to the People” is anything but boring. It is, in fact, compiled just for you, to move you and to change the way you think about poetry as a whole. “Poetry to the People” is a compilation of poems by Oklahoma poets, writing on many themes and from many time periods. For example, you will find a collaborative blues poem by the prisoners of Stringtown Prison in Oklahoma, as well as “Hard Luck Okie,” a poem by Roy Turner, recorded by the Library of Congress at a migrant farmer’s camp in the 1930s.   Contributors include nationally recognized poets such as Ron Padgett, Joe Brainard and Kevin Young, as well as up-and-coming voices like Rochelle Hurt, named one of the best new poets of 2013. The title of this collection, which is published by This Land Press, indicates its difference from traditional collections. Indeed, editors Abby Wendle and Scott Gregory created this as a movement to literally bring poetry to the people. How they have done so has taken various forms. To begin with, Wendle and Gregory’s mission was to remove some of the mystique around poetry and to create a collection that felt approachable, intimate and plainspoken — poetry that would speak to the masses, and perhaps endear readers to rediscover poetry as a genre or explore it for the first time. 132

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“I think when people are confronted by a poem, it feels like there’s this expectation that you have to ‘get it’ — that there’s a right or wrong answer,” Wendle says. “I think reading a poem should be more like a rela-

tionship. It should be about experiencing the poem, not just trying to understand it.” One manifestation of this was the actual collection in book format. Another was the large endeavor that Wendle herself created and undertook — to bring poetry into random people’s lives. With a tape recorder, microphone and the poems in hand, she traversed the streets of Tulsa and of greater Oklahoma, and even traveled as far as New York City. Wendle approached strangers of all ages and all styles, in all of these places, asking them to spontaneously recite one of the poems from the book.

What she found was that there was no one way to read — or respond to — any given poem. There was no “answer.” “Some protest the poem, others outright refuse to be recorded, but every so often, I found a person who stopped in his/her tracks, read the words on the page and found her own voice in the poem,” she says. This, more than anything, might be the most powerful effect of poetry. In reading others’ words, whether aloud or silently, we find something we have needed to say about our own lives bubbling to the surface. Personally I am inclined on this blustery day to take the book in hand and absorb what these Oklahomans have to say about life. I invite you to curl up in your own favorite spot, to absorb, to journey with these poets over the landscapes they describe, but I also challenge you — yes, challenge you — to read a poem (any poem), aloud and discover what your own voice has to say. tþ “Poetry to the People” also is a podcast. Listen at p2p, or subscribe to This Land Radio in the iTunes store to hear recordings of people across the state reading these poems aloud. Jessica Brogan is a freelance writer, photographer and creative entrepreneur. She has lived all over the world and is ecstatic to now call Tulsa home.

February and March book events 2/7 Timothy Egan, “The Worst Hard Time: The Untold Story of Those Who Survived the Great American Dustbowl,” 10:30 a.m.,

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THE MOUNTAINTOP by Katori Hall is a gripping fictional depiction of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s last night on earth. On April 3, 1968, after delivering one of his most memorable speeches, an exhausted Dr. King (Justin Daniels) retires to his room at the Lorraine Motel while a storm rages outside. When a mysterious stranger (Sonya Rochelle Wallace) arrives with some surprising news, King is forced to confront his destiny and his legacy to his people. The Mountaintop premiered in London in 2009 to great critical acclaim, winning the Olivier Award for Best New Play. It

THE AUDIENCE CHOICE CONCERT this year centers on the work of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Camille Saint-Saëns and features pianists (and twin sisters) Christina and Michelle Naughton. Born in Princeton, New Jersey, to parents of European and Chinese descent, the Naughton sisters are graduates of The Juilliard School and the Curtis Institute of Music, where they were each awarded the Festorazzi Prize. They are Steinway Artists and currently reside in New York City. On the program are Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos and two pieces by Saint-Saëns: Carnival of the Animals and his Symphony No. 3, also known as the Organ Symphony. Sarah Ioannides, music director of the Spartanburg (South Carolina) Philharmonic Orchestra since 2005, is guest conductor.



opened on Broadway in 2011. This is the play’s Tulsa and Oklahoma premiere. February 28 and March 1, 7, 8 at 8 p.m. C H A R L E S E . N O R M A N T H E AT R E Tickets are $20; $15 for students and seniors. For mature audiences

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CHARLOTTE’S WEB WILBUR THE PIG seems destined to wind up as pork chops! But when a little gray spider named Charlotte befriends Wilbur, something terrific, radiant and humble happens. Spinning the words “Some Pig” in her web, Charlotte weaves a solution that not only makes Wilbur a prize pig, but also ensures his place on the farm forever. This Theatreworks USA production, based on the beloved book by E.B. White, features madcap and endearing farm animals and explores bravery, selfless love, and the true meaning of friendship.

CHAPMAN MUSIC HALL Tickets are $25-70.

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February 7 at 7 p.m. J O H N H . W I L L I A M S T H E AT R E Tickets are $10.





FOR MORE THAN 80 years, Tulsa Gridiron has been poking fun at the high and mighty through word and song. This year’s show, “Government Ain’t Twerking: I’ll See Your Shutdown and Raise You the Debt Limit,” includes send-ups of our local, state and national leadership as well as popular newsmakers. The 2014 Gridiron is directed by Rebecca Ungerman and features some of Tulsa’s best musical and comedic talent. This year’s show will be hosted by Julie Chin and Kathy Taylor. City councilman and entrepreneur Blake Ewing will receive the Roasting Ear Award. February 7-8 at 8 p.m. L I D D Y D O E N G E S T H E AT R E Tickets are $27 and $50.



IN TENNESSEE WILLIAMS’ classic drama, fading southern belle Blanche Dubois (Courtneay Sanders) arrives at the seedy New Orleans apartment of her sister, Stella (Norah Sweeney), via a streetcar named “Desire.” Having left a lost family plantation, her job as a teacher, and a host of secrets and lies behind in Mississippi, Blanche is desperate for a new start, but her fragile illusions won’t endure the scrutiny of Stella’s macho husband, Stanley Kowalski (Cody Shelton). A Streetcar Named Desire received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1948. The play’s original Broadway production ran for two years, and there have been numerous revivals and adaptations. February 14-15, 20-22 at 7:30 p.m. February 16 at 2 p.m.

Michele Cantrell


J O H N H . W I L L I A M S T H E AT R E Tickets are $24; $21 for students and seniors, $9 for children.


CINDERELLA A PRINCE, a fairy godmother, a glass slipper — and a little magic — come together to make a princess out of a cinder maid in this lavish story ballet. The antics of Cinderella’s awkward stepsisters (portrayed by men) add hilarity to the romantic fairy tale choreographed by Ben Stevenson to music by Sergei Prokofiev. “In putting Cinderella on the stage, I have tried to appeal to adults and children alike, from the romance of Cinderella and the Prince to the humor of the Ugly Stepsisters,” Stevenson says. “It is always wonderful for me to hear the laughter of the children in the audience.” The Houston Ballet Artistic Director Emeritus’ works are Tulsa Ballet favorites. This is the fourth time the company has performed Stevenson’s Cinderella, and they’ve danced his Dracula twice. February 14-15 at 8 p.m. February 16 at 3 p.m. CHAPMAN MUSIC HALL Tickets are $20-$109.


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BRUCE NORRIS’ wickedly funny and fiercely provocative play about race, real estate — and the volatile values of each — won nearly every honor the theater world has to give, including the 2012 Tony Award for Best Play and the 2012 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Clybourne Park explodes in two outrageous acts set 50 years apart. Act One takes place in 1959 as nervous community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification. Clybourne Park acts as both a prequel and a sequel to Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun.

DON’T MISS the Oklahoma premiere of this new Grammy Award-winning opera by Robert Aldridge. Based on the 1926 novel by Nobel laureate Sinclair Lewis and the 1960 film starring Burt Lancaster, this is the story of the rise and fall of a charismatic but unscrupulous adventurer who finds fame and fortune by joining the Evangelical movement in the 1920s Midwest. This American opera uses gospel, folk and classical music to tell Gantry’s story. Aldridge says that he and librettist Herschel Garfein composed Elmer Gantry “not only for opera fans but for people who might never have seen an opera.” Elmer Gantry, which premiered in Nashville in 2007, is sung in English.



Steven Michael Hall

February 21-22, 27-28 at 8 p.m. March 1 at 8 p.m. February 23 and March 2 at 2 p.m. L I D D Y D O E N G E S T H E AT R E Tickets are $18; $14 for students and seniors.


February 28 at 7:30 p.m. March 2 at 2:30 p.m. CHAPMAN MUSIC HALL Tickets are $25-$98; discounts for students and seniors.


ENJOY the talents of two chamber music ensembles for the price of one when the Adaskin String Trio and Ensemble Schumann team up to perform works by Mozart, J.C. Bach, Martinu and Brahms.

Violist Steve Larson is a member of both groups, and they collaborate frequently to perform masterworks with uncommon instrumentation, charming audiences with their passion Ensemble Schumann and warmth. In Tulsa, the five players will explore the timbres of piano, strings and oboe in different and delightful combinations. February 23 at 3 p.m. J O H N H . W I L L I A M S T H E AT R E Tickets are $25; $5 for students.



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The Coliseum hosted high school graduations, hockey games and wrestling matches, shown here in an undated photo. The Coliseum Building in 1929, the year it opened. It was destroyed in a 1952 fire.

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Long before the BOK Center, downtown

Tulsa was home to another arena nearly as impressive — at least, to Tulsans of the era. The 7,500-seat Coliseum Building opened Jan. 1, 1929, on South Elgin Avenue between East Fifth and Sixth streets. (The slightly smaller Expo Square Pavilion would be built three years later and a few miles east.) In addition to hosting Tulsa’s first hockey league, the Coliseum was home to Monday night wrestling, musical performances and other local events, including high school graduations. According to Beryl Ford Collection records, no fence surrounded the ice rink,


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so hockey spectators had to be careful of flying pucks and players. Like many of downtown’s once glamorous structures, the Coliseum now exists only in photos and memories. The building burned to the ground Sept. 20, 1952, after it was struck by lightning. The fire was the first to be broadcast live on local television, according to the Beryl Ford Collection. The footage was captured from a camera on the roof of KOTV Channel 6’s office. A Tulsa World article published the day after the fire estimated that 12,000 spectators stood outside as the building burned, and police said about 125,000 drove past the smoldering remains the next day. tþ

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