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Bixby Outreach Receives Check

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

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Downtown Residential Soon to Open in Jenks

By EMILY RAMSEY

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

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Tulsa Library’s Writing Contest Begins Feb. 1

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

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Midtown Climbing Gym Breaks Ground

In January, a groundbreaking ceremony was held for Climb Tulsa, a 17,500-square-foot climbing facility to be located at 4923 E. 32 St.

Climb Tulsa is scheduled for completion in late 2017 and will be one of the largest climbing gyms in the U.S., in the top 15 percent. The gym’s size and features will allow it to host national climbing competitions.

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Toyland Honors Desiree Doherty

Toyland Ball, held every January, is The Parent Child Center of Tulsa’s annual signature fundraising event. This black tie gala with a whimsical theme offers an elegant evening of dinner and dancing, with a live auction.

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Nonprofit Gives Hope to Incarcerated Women

By EMILY RAMSEY

Christy VanCleave knows firsthand the challenges that individuals, particularly women, face when reintegrating into society after serving a prison sentence.
After completing her sentence, VanCleave continued to visit local prisons as part of a church group, and “I saw the same people coming back into prison over and over again,” she says.

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Peace, Community at Heart of Be Love Yoga

By EMILY RAMSEY

The practice of yoga has seen a sharp uptick in national popularity in the past four years. Tulsa is no exception to that.

Broken Arrow native Joe Picorale, owner of Be Love Yoga Studio, co-founded Tulsa’s I Am yoga, music and art festival in 2011 when there were only three local yoga studios, he says.

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Oklahoma Aquarium Sea Turtle Exhibit Nears Completion

By EMILY RAMSEY

The final phase of the Oklahoma Aquarium’s Sea Turtle Island, presented by The Oxley Foundation, is well underway, with the exhibit expected to open in March.
The 65,000-gallon tank will feature two 300-pound loggerhead sea turtles, reef sharks and tropical fish.

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Foundation Preserves Washington Irving Park

By EMILY RAMSEY

As the city of Bixby moves forward on its Vision plans, which were approved in 2015 and include renovations of its area parks, there is one group that is particularly vigilant toward the future of Washington Irving Memorial Park and Arboretum and the original vision for the park.

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Tulsa Press Club Names John Durkee as Media Icon

The Tulsa Press Club has named radio broadcaster John Durkee as the 2016 Media Icon during the Newsies Awards, held Sept. 28.

John Durkee is the news director for KWGS radio in Tulsa. He has over 40 years of experience in radio news and has served as news director of radio stations in Tulsa, Missouri and Kansas. He was also a reporter in Oklahoma City early in his career.
Durkee is a Tulsa native and served as the City of Tulsa communications director prior to joining the staff at KWGS.

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Habitat For Humanity Leads 24-Hour Home Build

By EMILY RAMSEY

In an effort to redevelop the Kendall Whittier neighborhood, Tulsa Habitat for Humanity and local community partners, including the Home Builders Association (HBA) Charitable Foundation and Silvercrest Homes, held “Open the Door in 24,” a 24-hour complete home build event starting the morning of Aug. 18.

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Williams Lodge Taking Shape At Tulsa’s Gathering Place

By EMILY RAMSEY

The first structure that individuals will see when entering A Gathering Place For Tulsa will be Williams Lodge. Construction on the lodge is not quite halfway complete. However, enough progress has been made at this point to create a beginning picture of what is to come.

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Rose District Expansion

FORMER CHURCH DEMOLITION: On June 23, demolition work began to remove the old Assembly of God Church at 305 N. Main St. The building has been vacant since 2006.
“The demolition of the vacant church building will clear the way for an entire city block to be developed into another great addition to the Rose District,” says City Manager Michael Spurgeon.

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AVB Bank Supports ArtsOK

Tuesdays in the Park 2016, hosted and supported by ArtsOK and AVB Bank and held during the month of June in downtown Broken Arrow, started and ended on a high note. The month-long weekly concert series kicked off with a $5,000 donation from AVB Bank and a $1,000 matching challenge to the attendees of the concert series.

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Miss USA Visits Senior Star

Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan visited Tulsa recently to visit the Senior Star locations at Woodland Terrace and Burgandy Place.

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