Pollinator paradise

Tulsans ensure our butterflies and bees thrive.



Black swallowtail on golden crownbeard

Sandy Schwinn

The bad news? Our nation’s butterfly and bee populations are on the decline. The good news? Tulsans are making their mark by planting gardens that offer host plants for pollinators to lay their eggs, as well as plentiful nectar resources that ultimately promote the pollinator population. 

 



At home with butterflies

When now-retired teacher Sandy Schwinn found her first caterpillar on a honeyvine in her garden 36 years ago, she knew she had caught the butterfly bug.

“I brought the caterpillar in on the vine with my young kids, and we raised it in a canning jar,” Schwinn says. “Once we saw that it turned out to become a monarch butterfly, I became obsessed with figuring out which butterfly species were attracted to laying their eggs on which host plants.” 

Schwinn’s next discovery was on a parsley plant: a caterpillar that  this time developed into a black swallowtail butterfly. She actively started planting the varieties she knew attracted pollinators, especially the endangered monarch. 

To attract monarch butterflies to lay their eggs, Schwinn says the milkweed plant is king. Milkweed is easy to grow and can be found at local farmers’ markets. To encourage black swallowtail butterflies to lay eggs, Schwinn found that planting dill, parsley and fennel are safe bets. 

Hoary-edged skipper on milkweed. Photo by Sandy Schwinn.

Schwinn is one of Tulsa’s resident pollinator enthusiasts. She has lived at her current residence in Broken Arrow for 12 years, which boasts a 400-square-foot pollinator garden that bears certification as an official monarch waystation. 

Over the years, Schwinn has carefully documented 88 species of butterflies that have landed in her garden. Her space isn’t exclusive to butterflies; she sees diverse pollinators, including wild bees, bumblebees, hummingbirds, praying mantises and dragonflies that coexist alongside the occasional garden toad.

As the monarch butterfly population became increasingly endangered, Schwinn dedicated herself to advocating for the conservation of the species. Most recently, Schwinn was named an official conservation specialist for Monarch Watch. 

She assists schools, homeowners, churches and local businesses with their efforts to meet the criteria to become official monarch waystations. She also encourages even the most inexperienced gardener to give it a try. 

“It’s easy to get started with just a few plants,” she says. “Plant milkweed, nectar plants and a handful of herbs — and beware that you’ll be smitten with butterflies and want to do more and more.”

Monarch caterpillar on milkweed. Photo by Sandy Schwinn

Although it’s easy enough to get started attracting pollinators, developing a pollinator garden does come with challenges. Schwinn warns against becoming disillusioned or discouraged by oleander (yellow) aphids, a common byproduct of having thriving milkweed plants. 

“When aphids are on your plants, obviously they look like they’re dying, and most people want their plants to look perfect all the time,” Schwinn says. “But if you wait long enough and let the plants go ahead and get horrible looking, natural predators like ladybugs and lacewings will show up on the scene and take care of the problem. Nature has a delicate balance built in — but you have to be patient.”

Of course, Schwinn also touts the emotional benefits of having a pollinator garden at home — not just the environmental ones.

“When you can walk out of your back door and have a yard full of butterflies, any day can become better,” Schwinn promises. 

 

Garden of hope

Crossroads Clubhouse, a dedicated safe space for adults diagnosed with mental illness, has brought the “farm-to-table” concept to life at its midtown Tulsa facility. 

Crossroads is a nonprofit agency that offers employment, education, housing and food assistance to its members. In 2009, a staff-led effort to bolster member opportunities for social interaction turned an empty office lot behind the clubhouse into a “Garden of Hope.” Members and volunteers tend to the garden year-round and grow fresh vegetables and fruits that they then turn into in-house meals. The garden is a National Wildlife Federation certified wildlife habitat, as well as a certified monarch waystation.

Master Gardener Joan Crager has worked with the garden since 2013, making sure the Crossroads gardening space was giving back to the environment by encouraging pollinators to lay their eggs on host plants and fill up on the plants’ sweet nectar. 

“If we can’t use it in the kitchen for meals, and it’s not a host plant for a butterfly or another pollinator, then we don’t have room for it,” Crager says. “Our plants have a purpose.”

Sheree Allen, Joan Crager, Ann Marie DiStefano and Rikki Brown work on the Crossroads Clubhouse garden. The center grows produce for its in-house meals. Photo by Scott McClung.

The Crossroads garden touts a 100 percent organic gardening process and also uses environmentally friendly rain barrels and butterfly boxes. 

Crossroads has championed the use of both hot and cold composting, even winning the 2013 “Golden Shovel” award at a local composting contest. Bill Leighty, a member of Crossroads, takes great pride in volunteering to manage the cold composting process in the garden and touts its mental health benefits.

“This garden means a lot to me, therapeutically,” he says. “I love to see how things decay, and then see that decay bring other things to life. Some people come to Crossroads depressed and anxious with uncertain futures; they may be unemployed and without family support. Coming to work in the garden, being around sunlight and seeing the butterflies just helps people’s souls.”

The garden at Crossroads Clubhouse is a certified monarch waystation and a National Wildlife Federation certified wildlife habitat. Photo by Scott McClung.

Along with its own produce, the facility also receives plentiful donations from the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, so any fruits and vegetables that aren’t suitable to eat or are about to spoil get put to good use in the composting pile. And though most gardeners focus on making their space flourish in the springtime, Crager puts specific efforts into a different season — fall. 

In addition to planting plenty of pollinator host plants like milkweed, Crager also focuses on making sure that she has a balance of plants and flowers that burst at the seams with nectar. Monarch butterflies migrate from north of Mexico City to the Canadian border, where they stay in the summer. In the fall, when they migrate back to Mexico, Tulsa is about the halfway point in the long journey. 

“In the fall, we take particular care to make sure we have flowers that will provide the nectar to fuel the butterflies in their journey back to Mexico,” Crager says. “Lantanas are a great nectar plant for butterflies, but Black-eyed Susans, coneflowers, catmint and butterfly bush also are great options.”

Whether prepping the garden for spring, or seeing the nectar plants through to the fall, the Crossroads Clubhouse garden is making a consistent impact on the environment and on its members. 

“Work is an element of the recovery process,” says member Sheree Allen. “Working in the garden and working with your own hands is huge. It quiets your mind. It helps you focus on something other than your own problems. It brings you outside of yourself.”

 

Learning lab

 Attached to Eisenhower International, a public language-immersion elementary school, is the “Life Lab” — an innovative, creative, imaginative space for children to learn and play. 

A certified monarch waystation, the Life Lab was created in 2015 as a dedicated pollinator garden, offering teachers the ability to take learning outside of the classroom. 

Laura Golden Shannon, a parent volunteer, spearheaded the project, which was funded by the PTA, students, parents and community partners. 

The garden, bursting with plants from passion vine to milkweed to vitex trees, is community collaboration exemplified. 

First-grade teacher Gilda García, Assistant Principal Kelly Mears, and Eisenhower students Fuller and Muriel Shannon inspect plants in the Eisenhower Life Lab. Photo by Lauren Golden Shannon.

Girl Scout Troup 465 donated ladybugs and birdfeeders to the cause while Monarch Watch recently provided a grant for milkweed plants. A local Eagle Scout troop built a native bee habitat and the special “Butterfly Chalet,” a protected structure where kids can observe the entire life cycle of a butterfly while it is safeguarded. A parent donated materials for shade sails, keeping the garden cool for students, and volunteers installed a rain barrel irrigation system. Carl Szafranski of Szafranski Landscape Architecture LLC designed the garden pro bono. 

Although the Life Lab has seen a huge surge in pollinators since its inception, the benefits of the project aren’t just environmental. Many of Eisenhower’s teachers utilize the Life Lab for lessons in math, science, art and other subject curricula, all of which are developed in English, Spanish and French. 

“This generation of students, families and teachers at Eisenhower planted these plants themselves,” Shannon says. “They knew this space when it was just a field, so they’ve truly gotten to see their plants grow up and see the fruits of their labor. They’re invested. They’re committed. It teaches them skills inside the classroom, but, more importantly, life lessons outside the classroom.”

Shannon’s vision for the Life Lab is to see it integrated into every classroom at Eisenhower as the garden continues to grow and expand with endless learning opportunities. 

“Their brains just light up when they enter the Life Lab,” says first-grade teacher Gilda García. “Kids sit by the plants and count the caterpillars. We do math projects where they chart how many bees and butterflies they see. 

“We do science projects to learn the life cycles of plants and animals. It helps their critical thinking and observation skills. We do art projects. And sometimes, it’s just a nice place for the students to be outside.”

Third-grade teacher Cesar García Morales agrees. “Since this is an immersion program, I teach everything in Spanish, so kids can get lost in the classroom sometimes because of the language barrier. But with the Life Lab, nothing is lost because they are actually living what I am teaching.”

The student benefits of the Life Lab directly align with the school’s mission and values.

“The best part about the Life Lab is that it enriches our mission to make students into global citizens,” says Principal Connie Horner. “They learn about extinction, about finite resources and about how the choices they make affect the environment. They learn global responsibility and about politics and smart decision-making. They are quite literally learning from the ground up.” 

The joy and ownership the students feel for the Life Lab is easy to see. 

“I’m so connected with the outdoors, and with the Life Lab, spiritually. It’s kind of like my sanctuary,” says 10-year-old fourth grader Kalliope Wilcox. “I like to take new students to the Life Lab and give them a tour. I love to see the smiles on their faces. It has had a huge impact on me, and now I even like to garden at home.”

 



The buzz off

Insects like bees and butterflies are the most common species of pollinators and are crucial to the production of most fruits, nuts and berries in our ecosystem. 

Over 150 U.S. food crops, like squash, tomatoes and apples, depend heavily on a healthy pollinator population. However, pollinators’ fragile nectar sources are deteriorating due to widespread use of herbicides in croplands, pastures and roadsides. 

Developments like subdivisions, factories and shopping centers are consuming habitats for pollinators at an alarming rate of 6,000 acres per day, covering 2.2 million acres each year — the area of Delaware and Rhode Island put together, according to Monarch Watch. Scientists estimate that one out of every three bites of food we eat exists because of animal pollinators like bees, butterflies, moths, birds, bats, beetles and other insects. 

Luckily, average at-home gardeners can do their part to help offset the loss of these habitats by planting pollinator-friendly host plants like milkweed, as well as other rich nectar sources (see p. 43). 

By planting specific host plants that allow butterflies to lay their eggs and offering a variety of nectar-laden plants, bees, butterflies and other pollinators will flock to your home garden and continue nature’s precious cycle. 

Many conservationists are taking their advocacy one step further to specifically tackle the endangerment of the monarch butterfly species, whose population has taken a nosedive. 

Monarch Watch, a national organization dedicated to helping the species, offers a special program to certify official Monarch Waystation Habitats around the nation. Monarch waystations are dedicated places that provide the resources necessary for a monarch butterfly to produce successive generations and sustain their migration from Mexico to Canada. 

Although monarch waystations are specific to the species, they typically also contain flowers and plants that attract multiple pollinators, from bees to beetles.

 

D-I-Y

Interested in making your own pollinator garden? Here are four easy-to-grow, pollinator-friendly plants to start attracting the butterflies and the bees to your backyard.

 

 

 

Milkweed

Monarchs cannot survive without milkweed; their caterpillars only eat milkweed plants, and monarch butterflies need milkweed to lay their eggs. Milkweed also provides valuable nectar to a diverse group of pollinators. And, did we mention it produces beautiful flowers? Monarch Joint Venture recommends Green Antelopehorn milkweed and Zizotes milkweed for our region.  

 

 

 

Parsley

Who knew one of the most basic household herbs is actually a host plant to the beautiful black swallowtail butterfly? Planting parsley is a sure-fire way to find caterpillars on its bright green feathery foliage. Parsley is easily accessible at local nurseries or farmers’ markets. Other herbs that make a mark on the pollinator population include sage, cilantro, thyme and fennel. 

 

 

 

 

Butterfly bush

Despite its namesake, all pollinators, and especially bees, love to stop by butterfly bush to sample its exotic and plentiful nectar. Plant butterfly bush in a vibrant color like cool-pink or purple to make it extra visible to bees. Looking for more nectar sources? Lantana, catmint and Black-eyed Susan also will do the trick.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Vitex trees

Looking to cater to the bees? Vitex, or chaste trees, are your best bet. This large shrub blooms in long, upright clusters of light blue flowers and is a favorite for landscape plantings across the southern United States. Vitex trees are a tried-and-true choice for beekeepers and require plenty of space. 

 

 

 



If you’re interested in taking your pollinator garden to the next level, simply visit monarchwatch.org and download an application to become a monarch waystation site. The requirements are basic: plant host plants for monarchs, add nectar plants and engage in sustainable management practices like amending the soil, eliminating the use of insecticides and watering regularly.

 

Illustrations by Morgan Welch and Georgia Brooks

 

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Tulsa, OK  74145
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Sponsor: Sungate Pool
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“Green Art, Red Wine”; Your Design Gallery’s event celebrating Earth Day!  “Green Art, Red Wine” will include artists that create sculpture, clothing,...

Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Where:
Your Design Gallery
211 S. Main St.
Broken Arrow, OK  74012
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Telephone: 918-994-4473
Contact Name: Alisa Inglett

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it's that time again!  First Friday Art Walk @ MAINLINE welcomes Codak Smith and his exhibit, LEFTOVERS. Codak’s work is defined by an acute sense of how to utilize space and...

Cost: free

Where:
MAINLINE ART BAR
111 n main st
tulsa, OK  74103
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Telephone: 918-704-3330
Contact Name: katy eagleston

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Curated by Anh-Thuy Nguyen and Janet Hasegawa, and in partnership with the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities, the exhibition aims to look at the past, present, and future of tea - and the way this...

Cost: Free

Where:
108|Contemporary
108 E M.B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: 108|Contemporary
Contact Name: Ellen McGivern

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The University of Tulsa Department of Theatre presents a performance of directing scenes put on by the students.

Cost: Free

Where:
Kendall Hall - Theatre 2
601 South College Avenue
Tulsa, OK   74104-9700
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Adam Hunter has ruled the television, You've seen him on Showtime, LAST COMIC STANDING, MTV, VH1, TruTv, Nickelodeon, The Tonight show (twice), CBS, Comedy Central.  Now you can see him...

Cost: $2-$12

Where:
Loony Bin Comedy Club
6808 S Memorial Ste 234
Tulsa, OK  74133
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Sponsor: Loony Bin Comedy Club
Telephone: 191-839-25653
Contact Name: Bill
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Cost: $10

Where:
Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame
5 S Boston Ave
Tulsa
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Telephone: (918) 928-5299
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Where:
Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $5-$15

Where:
ONEOK Field
201 N. Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Where:
On the Rocks
3120 S. Yale Ave.
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 398-7755

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The Blackbird on Pearl
1336 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 949-1345
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Cost: $2-$12

Where:
Loony Bin
6808 S Memorial Dr
Ste. 234
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 392-5653
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Where:
The Blackbird on Pearl
1336 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 949-1345
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The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 794-4208
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The Champions of Health awards recognize those who make a difference in the health of Oklahomans. Winners in select categories will receive $5,000 for their organization or program, and will be...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
, OK


Sponsor: Oklahoma Caring Foundation
Contact Name: Ben Johnson

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Sungate Pool offers annual private pool memberships for families in the Tulsa community at an affordable rate. Take advantage of our early bird pricing before it ends May 1. Applications available...

Cost: $300/Family of Four

Where:
Sungate Pool
5358 South 70th East Place
Tulsa, OK  74145
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Sponsor: Sungate Pool
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Recharge with an evening escape in nature’s beauty and enjoy the sounds of Paul Benjaman Band starting at 6:00 p.m. Tulsa Botanic Garden is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to...

Cost: FREE for Garden members; $8 for ages 13+; $4 for ages 3–12; 2 & under are free.

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
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“Green Art, Red Wine”; Your Design Gallery’s event celebrating Earth Day!  “Green Art, Red Wine” will include artists that create sculpture, clothing,...

Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Where:
Your Design Gallery
211 S. Main St.
Broken Arrow, OK  74012
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Telephone: 918-994-4473
Contact Name: Alisa Inglett

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This event is a fundraiser to raise money for the HBA Charitable Foundation, supporting local charities focused on housing and education. The evening will include small plates from 10 of...

Cost: $65/$70 at the door

Where:
Metro Appliances & More
5313 S. Mingo Rd.
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: Benefits HBA Charitable Foundation
Telephone: 918-663-5820
Contact Name: Jenni King
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Curated by Anh-Thuy Nguyen and Janet Hasegawa, and in partnership with the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities, the exhibition aims to look at the past, present, and future of tea - and the way this...

Cost: Free

Where:
108|Contemporary
108 E M.B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: 108|Contemporary
Contact Name: Ellen McGivern

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Camp Fire Green Country announces our 2nd annual fundraiser, SPARK 2017: TRIVIA NIGHT. The event and sponsorship includes dinner, cash bar, silent auction , and a fun evening with Live Event...

Cost: $65 individual

Where:
Mike Fretz Event Center
11545 East 43rd Street
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: Benefits Camp Fire Green Country
Telephone: 918-592-2267
Contact Name: Claire Johnson
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The Laureate Institute for Brain Research is hosting a series of lectures focused on brain development in adolescents. This month's talk, taking place Thursday, April 27th from 6-8pm, will...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Laureate Conference Center
6655 S. Yale Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74136
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Sponsor: Laureate Institute for Brain Research
Telephone: 918-502-2223
Contact Name: Collin O'Leary
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it's that time again!  First Friday Art Walk @ MAINLINE welcomes Codak Smith and his exhibit, LEFTOVERS. Codak’s work is defined by an acute sense of how to utilize space and...

Cost: free

Where:
MAINLINE ART BAR
111 n main st
tulsa, OK  74103
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Telephone: 918-704-3330
Contact Name: katy eagleston

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Tulsa Camerata closes its season with a pair of works that evoke dreams of a lost past and hopes for a better future: Osvaldo Golijov’s Kabballah-inspired Dreams and Prayers of Isaac the...

Cost: $25.00 (student tickets available at the door)

Where:
Philbrook Museum of Art
2727 S Rockford Rd
Tulsa, OK  74114
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Sponsor: Tulsa Camerata
Telephone: 918-960-0380
Contact Name: Jason Heilman
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Adam Hunter has ruled the television, You've seen him on Showtime, LAST COMIC STANDING, MTV, VH1, TruTv, Nickelodeon, The Tonight show (twice), CBS, Comedy Central.  Now you can see him...

Cost: $2-$12

Where:
Loony Bin Comedy Club
6808 S Memorial Ste 234
Tulsa, OK  74133
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Sponsor: Loony Bin Comedy Club
Telephone: 191-839-25653
Contact Name: Bill
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Where:
Blue Rose Cafe
1924 Riverside Dr
Tulsa
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Telephone: (918) 582-4600
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Where:
Boom Boom Room
12570 E 21st St
Tulsa
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Where:
Billy and Renee's
6373 E 31st St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: 918-836-0655
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Boom Boom Room
12570 E 21st St
Tulsa
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Cost: $5-$15

Where:
ONEOK Field
201 N. Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Where:
The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 794-4208
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Where:
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - Riffs
777 W Cherokee Street
Catoosa, OK  74105
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Where:
The Blackbird on Pearl
1336 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 949-1345
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Where:
Hunt Club
224 N Main St
Tulsa
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Telephone: (918) 599-9200
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Where:
Crow Creek Tavern
3534 S Peoria Ave
Tulsa
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Telephone: (918) 749-9100
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Where:
Zin Urban Lounge
111 N. Main St.
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 500-3958
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Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - Cabin Creek
777 W Cherokee Street
Catoosa, OK  74105
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Business casual.

Cost: $65, tickets; $520-$1,000, sponsorships

Where:
Metro Appliances and More
5313 S. Mingo Rd.
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: Benefits HBA Charitable Foundations
Telephone: 918-663-5820
Contact Name: Jenni King
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Cost: $25-$35

Where:
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - The Joint
777 W Cherokee Street
Catoosa, OK  74105
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. Includes dinner, cash bar, silent auction and live event trivia. Casual.

Cost: $65, tickets; $1,500-$10,000, sponsorships

Where:
Mike Fretz Event Center
11545 E. 43rd St.
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: Benefits Camp Fire Green Country
Telephone: 918-592-2267
Contact Name: Claire Johnson
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Showcasing 33 of Tulsa's Finest Designers

Cost: $15 at the door, $12 in advance

Where:
Showcase House
4457 S. Zunis Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: Benefits The Foundation for Tulsa Schools
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The Champions of Health awards recognize those who make a difference in the health of Oklahomans. Winners in select categories will receive $5,000 for their organization or program, and will be...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
, OK


Sponsor: Oklahoma Caring Foundation
Contact Name: Ben Johnson

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Sungate Pool offers annual private pool memberships for families in the Tulsa community at an affordable rate. Take advantage of our early bird pricing before it ends May 1. Applications available...

Cost: $300/Family of Four

Where:
Sungate Pool
5358 South 70th East Place
Tulsa, OK  74145
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Sponsor: Sungate Pool
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A 2-day music and multi-media festival that dives into the relationship between electronic and classical. The theme is nature vs. nurture, pinning ideas of the organic and natural against the...

Cost: $7 each night, or $12 for both nights; Free for Living Arts Members

Where:
Living Arts of Tulsa
307 E Brady St
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: Living Arts of Tulsa
Telephone: 918-585-1234
Contact Name: Laura Eccles
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**SPECIAL CONCERT ADDED** Friday Concert, April 28, 2017 7:30 Performance,108 Contemporary Doors open at 6:30 Enrique Granados: Intermezzo from Goyescas (inspired by Goya’s paintings)...

Cost: $25

Where:
Tulsa Performing Arts Center - Williams Theatre
110 E 2nd St
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: Chamber Music Tulsa
Telephone: 918-587-3802
Contact Name: J.J Cody
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“Green Art, Red Wine”; Your Design Gallery’s event celebrating Earth Day!  “Green Art, Red Wine” will include artists that create sculpture, clothing,...

Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Where:
Your Design Gallery
211 S. Main St.
Broken Arrow, OK  74012
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Telephone: 918-994-4473
Contact Name: Alisa Inglett

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it's that time again!  First Friday Art Walk @ MAINLINE welcomes Codak Smith and his exhibit, LEFTOVERS. Codak’s work is defined by an acute sense of how to utilize space and...

Cost: free

Where:
MAINLINE ART BAR
111 n main st
tulsa, OK  74103
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Telephone: 918-704-3330
Contact Name: katy eagleston

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ARTSCAPE: An evening of art and fashion. ARTSCAPE is back and better than ever before! Join us for a night of beautiful local art and a stunning fashion show in the heart of downtown Tulsa. This...

Cost: $150 per person

Where:
The Bond Center
608 E. 3rd St.
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: Benefits The Tristesse Grief Center
Telephone: 918-587-1200 ext 3
Contact Name: Carolyn Yoder
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A fun and worthwhile event in the tradition of the speakeasies of yesteryear. Funds raised will support the mission and programs of Tulsa Hub.

Cost: 100

Where:
Ross Group
510 East 2nd Street
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: Benefits Tulsa Hub
Telephone: 918-813-0028
Contact Name: Ren Barger
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Curated by Anh-Thuy Nguyen and Janet Hasegawa, and in partnership with the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities, the exhibition aims to look at the past, present, and future of tea - and the way this...

Cost: Free

Where:
108|Contemporary
108 E M.B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: 108|Contemporary
Contact Name: Ellen McGivern

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This is an ORU Baseball Game   https://mabeecenter.com/oru-baseball-2017/

Cost: 14 // 11 // 7 plus 2 s/c

Where:
7777 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK  74171
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Adam Hunter has ruled the television, You've seen him on Showtime, LAST COMIC STANDING, MTV, VH1, TruTv, Nickelodeon, The Tonight show (twice), CBS, Comedy Central.  Now you can see him...

Cost: $2-$12

Where:
Loony Bin Comedy Club
6808 S Memorial Ste 234
Tulsa, OK  74133
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Sponsor: Loony Bin Comedy Club
Telephone: 191-839-25653
Contact Name: Bill
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Where:
Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 607-6005
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Where:
Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Fur Shop
520 E 3rd St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 949-4292
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Cost: $5

Where:
The Fur Shop
520 E 3rd St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 949-4292
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Cost: $55-$350

Where:
River Spirit Casino - Paradise Cove
8330 Riverside Pkwy.
Tulsa, OK  74137
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Meet and greet with the team, and receive a special prize if you wear cleats!

Where:
Soundpony
409 N Main St
Tulsa
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Telephone: (918) 582-7669
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Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - Cabin Creek
777 W Cherokee Street
Catoosa, OK  74105
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Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - Riffs
777 W Cherokee Street
Catoosa, OK  74105
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View the Plains Indian Art: Created in the Community exhibition and catch a special performance by the award-winning Oklahoma Fancy Dancers.

Where:
Gilcrease Museum
1400 N Gilcrease Museum Rd
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Telephone: (918) 596-2700
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The Best Storyteller in Tulsa will be decided in Ok, So...Story Slam's Grand Slam. Previous Ok, So... winners will tell true stories based on the theme, Decisions We Make.

Cost: $12-$15

Where:
IDL Ballroom
230 E 1st St.
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Telephone: (918) 551-7447
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Cost: $5-$15

Where:
ONEOK Field
201 N. Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Where:
Yeti
417 N Main St
Tulsa
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Telephone: (918) 936-4994
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Where:
American Legion Post 1
1120 E 8th St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $5

Where:
The Venue Shrine
112 E. 18th St.
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 949-1345
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Where:
Pepper's Grill
2809 E 91st St
Tulsa
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Telephone: (918) 296-0593
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In the tradition of yesteryear speakeasys. Cocktail attire; 1920s-themed attire encouraged, but not required.

Cost: $100, tickets; $500-$10,000, sponsorships

Where:
Ross Group
510 E. 2nd St.
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: Benefits Tulsa Hub
Telephone: 918-813-0028
Contact Name: Ren Barger
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Where:
The Fur Shop
520 E 3rd St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 949-4292
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Local art and a stunning fashion show, featuring unique fashion pieces from local up-and-coming designers. Key pieces will be auctioned during the live auction at the end of the night. Includes a...

Cost: $150, tickets; $500-$10,0000, sponsorships

Where:
Bond Event Center
608 E. 3rd St.
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: Benefits Tristesse Grief Center
Telephone: 9185871200 ext. 3
Contact Name: Carolyn Yoder
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BROKEN ARROW COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE Presents  “The Dixie Swim Club” By Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope & Jamie Wooten   The Broken Arrow Community Playhouse is...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Broken Arrow Community Playhouse
1800 S. Main St.
Broken Arrow, OK  74012
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Sponsor: Broken Arrow Community Playhouse
Telephone: 918-258-0077
Contact Name: Sherry Hacker
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Showcasing 33 of Tulsa’s finest interior and landscape designers. Casual.

Cost: $15, at the door; $12, in advance; $750-$30,000, sponsorships

Where:
4457 S. Zunis Ave.
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: Benefits Foundation for Tulsa Schools
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Cost: $10

Where:
Comedy Parlor
328 E 1st St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 921-3535
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Where:
Westbound Club
6161 S 33rd W Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 446-0706

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Cost: $5-$7

Where:
The Beehive Lounge
2405 E. Admiral Blvd.
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10

Where:
Comedy Parlor
328 E 1st St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 921-3535
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Cost: $10

Where:
Vanguard
222 N Main St
Tulsa
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Telephone: (319) 804-9727
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Where:
Hunt Club
224 N Main St
Tulsa
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Telephone: (918) 599-9200
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Bring friends and family for a beautiful day in the Garden. Shop for hand-blown glass garden art from local artists with Tulsa Glassblowing School, whimsical metal garden art from Tulsa’s...

Cost: FREE for Garden members; $8 for ages 13+; $4 for ages 3–12; 2 & under are free.

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
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Eric Andersen will perform at the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa on April 29. He will be performing with Cheryl Prashker, a percussionist and recording artist who has performed on...

Cost: Free

Where:
Woody Guthrie Center
102 E. Brady St.
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Join the Bixby Metro Chamber and the City of Bixby for the grand opening of Charley Young Event Park! The park will officially open with a press conference and Ribbon Cutting, and then will be open...

Cost: Free

Where:
Charley Young Event Park
50 West Dawes
Bixby, OK  74008
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Sponsor: Bixby Metro Chamber of Commerce and the City of Bixby
Telephone: 918-366-9445
Contact Name: Tashia Taylor
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Sungate Pool offers annual private pool memberships for families in the Tulsa community at an affordable rate. Take advantage of our early bird pricing before it ends May 1. Applications available...

Cost: $300/Family of Four

Where:
Sungate Pool
5358 South 70th East Place
Tulsa, OK  74145
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Sponsor: Sungate Pool
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The Champions of Health awards recognize those who make a difference in the health of Oklahomans. Winners in select categories will receive $5,000 for their organization or program, and will be...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
, OK


Sponsor: Oklahoma Caring Foundation
Contact Name: Ben Johnson

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A 2-day music and multi-media festival that dives into the relationship between electronic and classical. The theme is nature vs. nurture, pinning ideas of the organic and natural against the...

Cost: $7 each night, or $12 for both nights; Free for Living Arts Members

Where:
Living Arts of Tulsa
307 E Brady St
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: Living Arts of Tulsa
Telephone: 918-585-1234
Contact Name: Laura Eccles
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This is an ORU Baseball Game   https://mabeecenter.com/oru-baseball-2017/

Cost: 14 // 11 // 7 plus 2 s/c

Where:
7777 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK  74171
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The 11th annual AOK Walk for Autism will start at Guthrie Green where families can gather their teams and enjoy listening to the Woody Guthrie Music Festival. The walk will head towards ONEOK Field...

Cost: 30

Where:
ONEOK Field
201 N Elgin Avenue
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: Benefits Autism Center of Tulsa
Telephone: 918-502-4823
Contact Name: Jennifer Sollars Miller
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Join the party that everyone will be talking about. TYPROS, Tulsa’s Young Professionals, will host a watch party of the TEDxTulsaCC simulcast at FlyLoft in downtown Tulsa. ...

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
FlyLoft
117 N Boston Ave #208
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: TyPros
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it's that time again!  First Friday Art Walk @ MAINLINE welcomes Codak Smith and his exhibit, LEFTOVERS. Codak’s work is defined by an acute sense of how to utilize space and...

Cost: free

Where:
MAINLINE ART BAR
111 n main st
tulsa, OK  74103
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Telephone: 918-704-3330
Contact Name: katy eagleston

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Curated by Anh-Thuy Nguyen and Janet Hasegawa, and in partnership with the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities, the exhibition aims to look at the past, present, and future of tea - and the way this...

Cost: Free

Where:
108|Contemporary
108 E M.B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: 108|Contemporary
Contact Name: Ellen McGivern

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Cost: $35

Where:
Guthrie Green
207 N Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Oklahoma Center for the Humanities hosts this talk by TU Professor of Nursing Merry Kelly on the use of tea as medicine, citing cultural traditions from around the world and modern science.

Cost: $5

Where:
108 | Contemporary
108 East Brady Street
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 895-6302
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Live Iron Chef-style culinary competition, with tastings from Tulsa’s top chefs, auctions and more. Cocktail attire.

Cost: $150, tickets; $500-$25,000, sponsorships

Where:
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
777 W. Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Sponsor: Benefits Youth Services of Tulsa
Telephone: 918-382-4484
Contact Name: Lynn Starnes
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Begins with Woody Guthrie Music Festival, followed by Autism Night at Tulsa Drillers baseball game at 5:15 p.m. (ONEOK Field, 201 N. Elgin Ave.).

Cost: $30, tickets; $500-$7,500, sponsorships

Where:
Guthrie Green
111 E. M.B. Brady St.
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: Benefits Autism Center of Tulsa
Telephone: 918-502-4678
Contact Name: Jennifer Miller
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Honors 24 outstanding Oklahoma nonprofits. Billie and Howard Barnett, co-chairs.

Cost: $150, tickets

Where:
Tulsa Hotel and Convention Center
6808 S. 107th E. Ave.
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: Benefits Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits
Telephone: 918-579-1910
Contact Name: Mandy Fair
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Join us for a live Iron Chef style culinary competition, incredible tastings from Tulsa's top chefs, exciting auctions and more!

Cost: 150

Where:
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
777 W. Cherokee St.
Catoosa, OK
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Sponsor: Benefits Youth Services of Tulsa
Telephone: 918-382-4484
Contact Name: Lynn Starnes
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  April 29th is International Dance Day.  The day was set aside by the United Nations and the International Council on Dance (Paris France).    International Dance Day...

Cost: 0

Where:
Community Center - South Minister Presby Church
3500 So Peoria
1/2 west of Peoria, on 35pl behind the church
Tulsa, OK  74102
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Sponsor: The Ok Swing Syndicate
Telephone: 918-450-691
Contact Name: Rita Robbins
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The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate (TOSS) hosts a Swing dance and lessons  The Oklahoma Swing Syndicate (TOSS) is the only UNESCO recognized dance organization in Oklahoma.  We are a 501c3...

Cost: $7

Where:
Community Center - South Minister Presby Church
3500 So Peoria
1/2 west of Peoria, on 35pl behind the church
Tulsa, OK  74102
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Sponsor: The Ok Swing Syndicate
Telephone: 918-450-691
Contact Name: Rita Robbins
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McLain High School 2nd Annual Honors & Alumni Gala - Saturday, April 29th @ 7:00 pm The McLain High School Foundation proudly presents... THE MCLAIN HIGH SCHOOL 2ND ANNUAL HONORS...

Cost: $40 (thru 3/31) - $50 (thru 4/28)

Where:
Tulsa Tech - Owasso Campus
10800 North 140th East Avenue
Sycamore Room
Owasso, OK  74055
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Sponsor: McLain High School Foundation
Telephone: 918-313-1305
Contact Name: Darick Morton
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The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) continues the 2016-17 Season with its third Masterworks concert of the year on Saturday, April 29 at Walton Arts Center. Performed under the baton of...

Cost: Single Ticket Prices: $30, $42, $52

Where:
Walton Arts Center
495 W. Dickson St.
Fayetteville, AR  72701
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Sponsor: Symphony of Northwest Arkansas
Telephone: 479-443-5600
Contact Name: Vantage Point Communications
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The Symphony of Northwest Arkansas (SoNA) continues the 2016-17 Season with its third Masterworks concert of the year on Saturday, April 29 at Walton Arts Center. Performed under the baton of...

Cost: $30, $42, $52

Where:
Walton Arts Center
495 W. Dickson St
Fayetteville, AR  72701
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Telephone: 479-443-5600
Contact Name: Symphony of Northwest Arkansas
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Adam Hunter has ruled the television, You've seen him on Showtime, LAST COMIC STANDING, MTV, VH1, TruTv, Nickelodeon, The Tonight show (twice), CBS, Comedy Central.  Now you can see him...

Cost: $2-$12

Where:
Loony Bin Comedy Club
6808 S Memorial Ste 234
Tulsa, OK  74133
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Sponsor: Loony Bin Comedy Club
Telephone: 191-839-25653
Contact Name: Bill
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1-mile walk; pet contests, local vendors, pet adoptions, training tips, $20 microchipping, music, raffles, food trucks, kids zone.

Cost: $25, one dog; $35, two dogs; $250-$3,000, sponsorships

Where:
Central Park on Main Street
1550 S. Main St.
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: Benefits Boxer Rescue of Oklahoma
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Cost: $19-$50

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Cain's Ballroom
423 North Main Street
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Telephone: 918.584.2306
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Honor everyone's favorite 75-foot-tall oilman with a 5K, 10K, half-, or full-marathon.

Cost: $25-$80

Where:
River West Festival Park
2100 S Jackson Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 596-2001
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Where:
Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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727 Club
727 N Sheridan Rd
Tulsa
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Telephone: (918) 836-8529

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The Beehive Lounge
2405 E. Admiral Blvd.
Tulsa, OK
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Sample Turkish delicacies, including stuffed grape leaves, kofte, baklava, and more.

Where:
Tulsa Raindrop TurkishHouse
4444 W Houston Ave
Broken Arrow, OK
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Cost: $5-$15

Where:
ONEOK Field
201 N. Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Get a new wave haircut and prepare for the raddest event in the city...it's the 15th Annual 80's PROM! • What to expect: Attendees​ arrive in over the top 80's costumes, some...

Cost: Advance $19 | Day of Show $23

Where:
Cain's Ballroom
423 N. Main St.
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: Okkle Music
Telephone: 918-584-2306
Contact Name: Rob
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BROKEN ARROW COMMUNITY PLAYHOUSE Presents  “The Dixie Swim Club” By Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope & Jamie Wooten   The Broken Arrow Community Playhouse is...

Cost: $10-$15

Where:
Broken Arrow Community Playhouse
1800 S. Main St.
Broken Arrow, OK  74012
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Sponsor: Broken Arrow Community Playhouse
Telephone: 918-258-0077
Contact Name: Sherry Hacker
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Cost: $10

Where:
Comedy Parlor
328 E 1st St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 921-3535
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Where:
Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 607-6005
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Cost: $5-$7

Where:
Savage Space
1213 East Admiral Blvd.
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Telephone: (918) 947-9806
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Where:
Boom Boom Room
12570 E 21st St
Tulsa
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Where:
The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 794-4208
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Where:
Soundpony
409 N Main St
Tulsa
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Telephone: (918) 582-7669
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Cimarron Bar
2619 S Memorial Dr
Tulsa
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Telephone: (918) 621-4644
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Woody's Corner Bar
325 E 2nd St
Tulsa
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Telephone: (918) 794-8645
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Where:
Westbound Club
6161 S 33rd W Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 446-0706

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Where:
Hunt Club
224 N Main St
Tulsa
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Telephone: (918) 599-9200
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Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - Riffs
777 W Cherokee Street
Catoosa, OK  74105
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Where:
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino - Cabin Creek
777 W Cherokee Street
Catoosa, OK  74105
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Cost: $5-$7

Where:
Savage Space
1213 East Admiral Blvd.
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Telephone: (918) 947-9806
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Where:
The Blackbird on Pearl
1336 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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Telephone: (918) 949-1345
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The punky-est shopping experience of the year, The Tulsa Punk Rock Flea Market returns to the American Legion Post 1 for two days of DIY vendors, music, and more.

Cost: $5

Where:
American Legion Post 1
1120 E 8th St
Tulsa, OK
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