Why is child abuse on the rise in Tulsa?

Child abuse and neglect seem to have spiked in Tulsa County, but the experts are unsure why —and funding problems limit prevention services.



Therapy dogs like Nala accompany child abuse victims to court appearances through the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office Special Dog Unit. The program started in 2010, and prosecutors applaud its benefits to victims, who are more at ease with a canine companion.

 

In Tulsa County, substantiated cases of child abuse and neglect jumped 102 percent from 2012-16, according to data from the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. That’s nearly double the statewide increase experienced over the same period.

Why is this number so high?

Local child welfare experts, including OKDHS officials, say it’s difficult to know the specific reasons for this spike. Anna America, CEO of Child Abuse Network, says citizens, who are mandated by law to report suspected child abuse and neglect, might be doing so with more frequency.

Ashleigh Kraft, clinical director for the Parent Child Center of Tulsa, suggests the rise could correspond to the 2012 implementation of OKDHS’ Pinnacle Plan, a five-year blueprint to improve Oklahoma’s child welfare services.

One thing is certain: The professionals interviewed don’t expect to see the pattern quickly reverse. “When we look at the current challenges families face, we don’t see protective factors improving,” Ashleigh Kraft explains.

All agree that when social services for adults, including services addressing mental health and substance abuse, are cut at the state level, children pay a price.

When adults are left to suffer, children pay the price

OKDHS has been one of the agencies hardest hit by the state’s revenue shortfall in recent years. Since Fiscal Year 2015, its budget has been slashed by more than $100 million. As a result, foster care and adoptive reimbursement rates have been reduced, the agency has lost more than 1,200 employees — including child care licensing and mentoring staff — and education programs for child care workers have been cut.

Sarah McAmis, assistant district attorney for Tulsa County, has prosecuted child abuse and neglect cases for 23 years. She says, “Every single time I hear about the state budget cuts to social service agencies, it absolutely horrifies me because these families are not going to get the assistance they need, and children will suffer as a result.”

Parent Child Center of Tulsa Clinical Director Ashleigh Kraft  and Executive Director Regina Moon

Neglect vs. abuse

The majority of OKDHS cases, including those in Tulsa County, are related to child neglect. In the most severe neglect cases, a child might die or experience significant medical issues, according to Cpl. Mark Kraft, detective for the Tulsa Police Department’s Child Crisis Unit. In those cases, he says charges are filed and warrants issued for the child’s guardians.

Sometimes a child is not in imminent danger, but there might be no food in the home or substandard living conditions. In these situations, charges might not be appropriate, so OKDHS works to connect the family with in-home services that might include education, therapy, public assistance programs or court-ordered addiction treatment.

Patterns in child abuse and risk factors

But child abuse is clearly a problem, and troubling patterns do emerge, say McAmis and Mark Kraft.

Tulsans have heard this scenario on the evening news many times: A mother leaves her child with someone who is not equipped to be a caregiver, and the child is abused or even killed as a result.

“I would venture to say that in physical abuse cases especially, 75 to 80 percent (of the time) the perpetrator is Mom’s boyfriend or a stepdad or a non-family member who’s not related or associated with the child,” Mark Kraft says.

Often the perpetrator has a history of violence, sexual crimes or drug abuse, and many are under the influence at the time of abuse, Kraft says. Anna America points out that one of the greatest risk factors for becoming an abuser is having been abused as a child.

The mothers in these situations might have been well-intentioned or desperate for child care, but they have not done their due diligence to ensure their children’s safety, Mark Kraft says. A mother can be charged if investigators feel most people under the same circumstances would have understood they were not making a safe choice for their family, McAmis explains.

Charges also can be filed against the mother when she does not report her child’s abuse right away. “A mother’s first and foremost responsibility is to her child, so when 

Child abuse prevention through education is possible

A key way to prevent abuse and neglect is by identifying at-risk families and educating them about healthy relationships and safe parenting choices, Ashleigh Kraft says.

The PCCT attempts to do just that through Parents As Teachers, a home-visitation service targeting families who have risk factors for abuse and/or neglect. Factors can include living in poverty, growing up in an abusive or neglectful home, experiencing domestic violence, struggling with substance abuse and not completing high school.

Through Parents As Teachers, PCCT parent educators visit families, who participate voluntarily, to provide in-home education to caregivers every other week. Referrals come from hospitals, obstetric and pediatric doctors, and other social service organizations, according to Ashleigh Kraft. 

the mother does not seek medical attention for them because she is more concerned with protecting her boyfriend, she has to be held accountable,” McAmis says.

Caregivers learn about home safety and how to manage the challenges of parenting in safe and nurturing ways, and how their baby should be developing. The visits also provide professionals an opportunity to screen children for developmental delays and make referrals for needed services.

However, despite high demand and fairly constant wait lists for the Parents As Teachers program, in November the PCCT lost the $444,000 state contract to provide the program through the Tulsa Health Department — a casualty of cuts within the Oklahoma Department of Health. The program, which the PCCT continues to provide, reached 220 families during the 2017 calendar year and is on pace to surpass that this year if funding can be secured through other sources.

“While we lost the funding from the Health Department, we are working very hard to raise enough money to keep this program going to the end of this year,” says Carrie Little, director of external relations for the PCCT. “Beyond this year, we will need to establish a relationship with a donor or donors willing to sustain the program over time.”

Prevention is the cheapest (and best) solution

As with most societal issues, preventing child abuse and neglect is less expensive than the alternative. “Statistics show, time and again, that prevention of child abuse and neglect is much less costly both in dollars and human suffering than treatment to address the impact on children and families after abuse has occurred,” Ashleigh Kraft says.

Child Abuse Network CEO Anna America

America says many in the child welfare field agree Tulsa would benefit from a higher-level view of child abuse and neglect — a data-driven, collaborative effort to identify key markers that could be used to guide strategies and policies, potentially keeping more children from becoming victims. Right now, “Everyone’s doing triage, so the worst cases get higher priority,” America says, but she says that approach likely leaves many children vulnerable.

What happens when less severe cases go unaddressed?

“If you talk to everybody in this field, we know that probably the biggest group of underserved kids right now (are in those families) where we have recognized as a community that there’s a problem, but it hasn’t escalated to the level where there are more intervention services available,” she says.

At press time, the five detectives in TPD’s Child Crisis Unit were each carrying 80-90 cases. Mark Kraft says adding two more detectives would increase the unit’s capacity to investigate less severe cases of abuse and neglect more quickly. “When you have that many cases, especially with the types of cases we work, they’re often pretty involved, and you often have to triage the more serious cases,” he says. “And oftentimes some of those more minor cases keep getting pushed back, and it might take us more time to look into those.”

Though more oversight and staffing might help the cause, both would require more funding — the perpetual source of frustration for those in the field. “Every time we try to have more oversight and the budget is slashed, we lose ground,” McAmis says.

Child welfare pros struggle with compassion fatigue, lack of resources

“How do you do it?” is possibly the most-asked question of child welfare professionals who can’t un-see or un-hear the trauma and tragedies they encounter on the job.

The secondary traumatic stress they can experience is sometimes referred to as “compassion fatigue,” according the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. It can be a cumulative response to the cases they’ve worked, or it can result because of a particular client’s traumatic experience.

Tulsa County Assistant District Attorney Sarah McAmis with court therapy dog Nala

From a law enforcement perspective, Mark Kraft says it helps to focus on the outcome, instead of the incident. “There’s kind of some reward in that,” he says. “We put a lot of really bad people in prison for the rest of their lives. We kind of keep focused on those end goals of knowing that we made a child safer by taking them out of a situation (or) bringing justice to a child by putting away this monster who did these horrific things to them.”

McAmis, who started her legal career prosecuting child abuse and neglect cases, continues more than two decades later. Ninety percent of the cases she prosecutes are child fatalities.

Although she admits wanting to quit many times over the years, McAmis says it is her responsibility to the victims that keeps her coming to the Tulsa County Courthouse.

“I keep doing it because unfortunately kids keep getting hurt and killed,” she says. “I want to be able to help as many kids as I can and get justice for them.”

 

Need to Know: How is child abuse different from neglect?

Abuse: Harm, threatened harm or failure to protect from harm or threatened harm, to the health, safety or welfare of a child by a person responsible for the child’s health, safety or welfare, including, but not limited to, nonaccidental physical or mental injury, sexual abuse or sexual exploitation.

This can be any real or threatened physical, mental or emotional injury or damage to the body or mind that is not accidental, including, but not limited to, sexual abuse, sexual exploitation, neglect or dependency.

Neglect: The failure or omission to provide any of the following:

  • Adequate nurturance and affection, food, clothing, shelter, sanitation, hygiene or appropriate education
  • Medical, dental or behavioral health care
  • Supervision or appropriate caregivers
  • Special care made necessary by the physical or mental condition of the child

 

The failure or omission to protect a child from exposure to any of the following:

  • The use, possession, sale or manufacture of illegal drugs
  • Illegal activities
  • Sexual acts or materials that are not age-appropriate

SOURCE: Oklahoma State Statute, current through February 2016

Upcoming events supporting Child Abuse Network

In April, which is Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month, Tulsa’s Child Abuse Network will host two fundraisers to help serve approximately 2,400 children each year:

April 8 — Fifth annual CAN Superhero Challenge
A family-oriented event with two obstacle course runs; snacks and drinks; games for all ages; and booths from event sponsors and CAN’s partner agencies. Superhero costumes encouraged. 1-4 p.m. | POSTOAK Lodge and Retreat, 5323 W. 31st St. N. | $25, tickets; sponsorships start at $500.

April 20 — CANdlelight Ball
Cocktails, dinner and dancing. | 6 p.m. | The Mayo Hotel, 115 W. Fifth St. | Sponsorships begin at $1,000.

Call 918-624-0217, email events@childabusenetwork.org or visit childabusenetwork.org for more details.

 

GKFF program aims to improve child welfare

With many successes to date, the George Kaiser Family Foundation has long focused on improving early childhood education in Tulsa. More recently, that focus has recognized the critical importance of parents.

The foundation’s latest initiative, the Birth through Eight Strategy for Tulsa (BEST), has this lofty goal: to help families break the intergenerational cycle of poverty in Tulsa by connecting them with programs, services and community agencies to build opportunity. 

Such dramatic change requires dramatic funding. Blue Meridian Partners is a philanthropic collaboration of individuals and institutions investing in social change on an unprecedented scale. This partnership of impact-driven philanthropists is seeking to change the odds for U.S. children and youth living in poverty, according to Sophia Pappas, BEST managing director at the GKFF.

By investing $31 million over two years to help fund the first phase of BEST, Blue Meridian Partners will be able to learn what elements of the strategy work in concert with one another, Pappas says. Additionally, BEST will connect Tulsa families with programs and services that are evidence-based programs of other Blue Meridian Partners grantees.

Pappas says approximately 40,000 children under age 9 are living in or near poverty in Tulsa County. Over the course of 10 years, BEST is projected to reach 80 percent of these children annually.

BEST wants to move the dial forward in four areas in Tulsa with increasing the percentages of healthy births, children raised in safe and nurturing homes, children ready for kindergarten and children achieving success by third grade. It aims to do so by increasing access to quality programs and services from preconception through age 8; providing individualized, ongoing navigation support to help families connect with desired programs and services; and improving conditions for success with tools, partnerships and other supports.

Pappas says decades of research on brain development as well as input from organizations providing health, education and social services in Tulsa and insights from focus groups with Tulsa families have all shaped BEST’s approach.

“Essentially, what we have learned about how much of the brain develops in the early years has steered us and our partners toward an intensive focus on that period in a child’s life in order to ensure that all children have the opportunity to succeed,” she says.

Although Tulsa already has many proven services targeting families who are socio-economically disadvantaged, Pappas says BEST came out of the need for a more integrated, coordinated approach that involves collaboration among organizations to review data, plan and support children and families for a full eight years. BEST partners include the Parent Child Center of Tulsa, the Tulsa Health Department, Community Action Project of Tulsa, Educare, Tulsa Public Schools and Reading Partners.

“Only by working together can we solve the complex problem of intergenerational poverty,” Pappas says. “Program and service providers from across Tulsa, GKFF and other partners, families and the BEST team must collaborate to strengthen our community for our children.”

She acknowledges that BEST — which launched in summer 2017 — is a complex initiative with many moving parts. However, if successful, it could change generations. Pappas says, “There is potential, through BEST, to impact not only children and families in Tulsa, but throughout the country.”

 

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ONEOK Field
201 N Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $5

Where:
Duet
108 N Detroit Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Dining Out for Life began in 1991 and has grown into an international fundraiser that is held in over 60 cities across the United States and Canada. Over 25 restaurants in the Tulsa area have...

Cost: Determined by Dining Preference

Where:
25 Restaurants
Tulsa, OK  74120


Sponsor: Health Outreach Prevention Education, Inc.
Telephone: 918-688-5022
Contact Name: Kathy L Williams
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Dozens of Tulsa Restaurants Participate in the 13th Anniversary of Dining Out For Life! Health Outreach Prevention Education (H.O.P.E.) encourages Green Country residents to Dine Out For...

Cost: N/A

Where:
Tulsa Restaurants
, OK


Sponsor: Health Outreach Prevention Educaiton
Telephone: 918-749-8378
Contact Name: Kathy Williams
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The official kickoff party of the 46th annual Tulsa Designer Showcase benefiting the Foundation for Tulsa Schools. This year the Designer Showcase transforms the historic Harwelden Mansion and will...

Cost: $250 for two patron tickets

Where:
Harwelden Mansion
2210 S. Main Street
Tulsa , OK  74114
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Sponsor: Rosenstein, Fist & Ringold
Telephone: 918-746-6600
Contact Name: Brian Paschal
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As Lakota artist Oscar Howe wrote in 1958, “There is much more to Indian art than pretty, stylized pictures.” This exhibition highlights this depth and the 20th century American masters who...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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Men and women from across the American West played critical roles — both “over there” and on the home front — in helping the Allies win World War I. The American Expeditionary Force (AEF)...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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The Museum’s Dickinson Research Center is home to more than 700,000 photographs, 44,000 books, and perhaps unexpectedly, at least 1,000 horses. Meet some of the herd in Horseplay, the new...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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Few animals conjure the power and symbolic presence of the North American bison. Whether painted on a tipi or an artist’s canvas, minted on a nickel, or seen grazing in Yellowstone National Park,...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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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:
n/a
, OK


Sponsor: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoman
Contact Name: Ellen Devereux

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Join Camp Fire Green Country for our 4th annual fundraiser, Spark 2019: Trivia Night. The money raised allows Camp Fire to help young people gain the critical skills they need to thrive...

Cost: $100, individual tickets; $10,000; $5,000; $2,500; $1,500, sponsorships.

Where:
Mike Fretz Event Center
11541 East 43rd Street
Tulsa, OK  74146
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Sponsor: Camp Fire Green Country
Telephone: 918-592-2267
Contact Name: Colleen Mansur
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The Peggy V. Helmerich Women's Health Center presents the eighth annual Tatas & Tinis on behalf of Oklahoma Project Woman. OPW provides no cost mammography, diagnostic procedures and...

Cost: $75

Where:
Agora Event Center
1402 S. Peoria Ave.
Suite 200
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Project Woman
Telephone: 405-255-5579
Contact Name: Sammi Payne
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Batter Up!  Forks Up!  It's a savory salute to Lou Gehrig and to America's favorite pastime, only kicked up a notch or two at the ballpark!  Join us for ballpark food like you've never seen...

Cost: sponsorships available

Where:
ONEOK Field
201 N Elgin
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: Muscular Dystrophy Association
Telephone: 918-749-7997
Contact Name: Becky Prine
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Where:
Renaissance Hotel
6808 S 107th E Ave
Tulsa, OK  74133
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Sponsor: The Salvation Army
Contact Name: Dj Morrow Ingram
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Where:
Hard Rock Casino - Riffs
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Where:
Four Aces Tavern
11035 E 41st St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $39.50-$59.50

Where:
Hard Rock Casino - The Joint
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Where:
Crow Creek Tavern
3534 S Peoria Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Hard Rock Casino - Track 5.
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Blackbird on Pearl
1336 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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The Pulitzer-winning author will discuss her new book on being a grandmother, Nanaville.

Cost: $30 for two tickets + 1 hardcover book

Where:
Congregation B'Nai Emunah
1719 S Owasso Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $47-$197.50

Where:
Brady Theater
105 W Reconciliation Way
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Run
3141 E Skelly Dr
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Juicemaker Lounge
3508 S Sheridan Rd
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Hunt Club
224 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Los Cabos - Owasso
9455 N Owasso Expy
Owasso, OK
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Where:
River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Los Cabos - Jenks
300 Riverwalk Terrace
Jenks, OK
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Los Cabos - Broken Arrow
151 Bass Pro Dr
Broken Arrow, OK
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Paintings by Tulsa Artist Fellow Yatika Fields.

Where:
Joseph Gierek Fine Art
1342 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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Join us as we bring together our community to celebrate the profound leadership of educators working to expand educational opportunity for all children in Tulsa. The Rise & Shine Education...

Cost: 25

Where:
Helmerich Center
1400 N Gilcrease Museum Rd
TULSA, OK  74127
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Few animals conjure the power and symbolic presence of the North American bison. Whether painted on a tipi or an artist’s canvas, minted on a nickel, or seen grazing in Yellowstone National Park,...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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The Museum’s Dickinson Research Center is home to more than 700,000 photographs, 44,000 books, and perhaps unexpectedly, at least 1,000 horses. Meet some of the herd in Horseplay, the new...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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The official kickoff party of the 46th annual Tulsa Designer Showcase benefiting the Foundation for Tulsa Schools. This year the Designer Showcase transforms the historic Harwelden Mansion and will...

Cost: $250 for two patron tickets

Where:
Harwelden Mansion
2210 S. Main Street
Tulsa , OK  74114
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Sponsor: Rosenstein, Fist & Ringold
Telephone: 918-746-6600
Contact Name: Brian Paschal
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As Lakota artist Oscar Howe wrote in 1958, “There is much more to Indian art than pretty, stylized pictures.” This exhibition highlights this depth and the 20th century American masters who...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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Men and women from across the American West played critical roles — both “over there” and on the home front — in helping the Allies win World War I. The American Expeditionary Force (AEF)...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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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:
n/a
, OK


Sponsor: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoman
Contact Name: Ellen Devereux

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The MOW Mixer 6:00 p.m. Friday, April 26 Hyatt Regency Downtown The MOW Mixer is a festive evening of dining, dancing, and celebration. After dinner, wander over to the room that fits your mood....

Cost: $175

Where:
Hyatt Regency Downtown
100 E 2nd St
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa
Telephone: 918-627-4105
Contact Name: Terrie Winship
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A one-of-a-kind fundraiser for Tulsa Botanic Garden, Botanical - ‘A Weekend of Culinary Wonder’ is a 3-day exploration of the way food, drink, and the land intersect. Each year is based on a...

Cost: $1500 per person

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Dr.
Tulsa , OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
Contact Name: Jane Dunbar
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Get ready for Havana Nights, the 7th annual Operation ART gala event at the Mayo Hotel.   Guests will enjoy cocktails, appetizers, and live Latin style entertainment and have the opportunity to...

Cost: 125

Where:
The Mayo Hotel
115 WEST 5TH STREET
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: Operation Aware
Telephone: 918-582-7884
Contact Name: Jennifer Barnett
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Will Rogers Movie Night, Will Rogers Memorial, Claremore, doors open 6:30 p.m., movie begins 7 p.m. Admission free, free popcorn and drink, show of Will Rogers in “Conneticut Yankee.” Visit...

Cost: Free

Where:
Will Rogers Memorial Museum
1720 W. Will Rogers
Claremore, OK
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Celebrating craft cocktails, craft beer, and craft-making.

Where:
Gilcrease Museum
1400 N Gilcrease Museum Rd
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $5

Where:
Collins Family Softball Complex
680 S Delaware Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Hunt Club
224 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Los Cabos - Broken Arrow
151 Bass Pro Dr
Broken Arrow, OK
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Where:
Hard Rock Casino - Track 5.
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Where:
Los Cabos - Jenks
300 Riverwalk Terrace
Jenks, OK
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Los Cabos - Owasso
9455 N Owasso Expy
Owasso, OK
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Cost: $30-$45

Where:
Osage Casino Tulsa - Skyline Event Center
951 W 36th St N
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Hard Rock Casino - Riffs
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Browse dozens of exhibits and attractions including a Tiny Home Town and market.

Where:
Expo Square - RiverSpirit Expo
4145 E 21st St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10

Where:
Blackbird on Pearl
1336 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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41 Brookside
4131 S Peoria Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Bull and Bear Tavern
5800 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Cabin Boys Brewery
1717 E 7th St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $5

Where:
Duet
108 N Detroit Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Retro Grill & Bar
800 N Peoria Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Starlite
1902 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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The Run
3141 E Skelly Dr
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10

Where:
The Vanguard
222 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $8

Where:
Rabbit Hole Improv
1526 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Max Retropub
114 S Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $8-$10

Where:
The Venue Shrine
112 E 18th St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10

Where:
Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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River Spirit Casino - Volcano Stage
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Priscilla Shirer Simulcast We invite you to join Bible teacher, Priscilla Shirer for a Bible teaching event!  Women will gather from all around the Tulsa area for this one-day teaching and...

Cost: $35.00 until April 19th

Where:
St. James Church
5050 E. 111th Street
Tulsa, OK  74137
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Sponsor: St. James Church
Telephone: 918-299-1133
Contact Name: Robyn
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Please join us on April 27, 2019, for our annual Family History Conference. This is a great opportunity for hobbyists and experts alike to improve research skills and to get to know fellow...

Cost: 0

Where:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
12110 E 7th St
Tulsa, OK  74128
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Sponsor: Tulsa Family History Center
Telephone: 918-938-5901
Contact Name: Cathy Hall
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Challenge Air provides 30 minute flights for special needs children (ages 7-21) for FREE. The families attend a short ground school before going up on their flight and when they return, the pilot...

Cost: Free to those signed up.

Where:
R.L. Jones Airport, hosted by Riverside Tulsa Tech
801 E. 91st St.
Tulsa
Tulsa, OK  74132
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Sponsor: Challenge Air
Telephone: 918-408-6379
Contact Name: Tricia Horn
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The Orbit Initiative, produced by The Tulsa Performing Arts Center and Trust, resumes its FREE community satellite adventures at seven local community centers this Saturday, January 12th, and...

Cost: Free

Where:
Various
Various
Tulsa, OK  Various
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Sponsor: The Tulsa Performing Arts Center and Trust
Telephone: 918-596-7119
Contact Name: Jeremy Stevens
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April 27, 2019 March for Babies at the University of Tulsa 9:00am-1:00 March with us to lead the fight for the health of all moms and babies. Because when a society supports every family, we...

Cost: Free to attend

Where:
Univeristy of Tulsa
2933 E 6th St,
Tulsa, OK  74104
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Sponsor: March of Dimes
Telephone: 918-407-2332
Contact Name: Jenny Thai
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Come join us at Mohawk Park on April 27th as Parkside Psychiatric Hospital & Clinic hosts the By Your Side 5K. Parkside’s By Your Side Run promotes physical fitness, and all proceeds will...

Cost: varies by event

Where:
Mohawk Park
near shelter #3
5701 E 36th St N
Tulsa, OK  74115
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Sponsor: Parkside Psychiatric Hospital
Telephone: 918-588-8826
Contact Name: Eric Sachau
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Few animals conjure the power and symbolic presence of the North American bison. Whether painted on a tipi or an artist’s canvas, minted on a nickel, or seen grazing in Yellowstone National Park,...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
View map »

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The official kickoff party of the 46th annual Tulsa Designer Showcase benefiting the Foundation for Tulsa Schools. This year the Designer Showcase transforms the historic Harwelden Mansion and will...

Cost: $250 for two patron tickets

Where:
Harwelden Mansion
2210 S. Main Street
Tulsa , OK  74114
View map »


Sponsor: Rosenstein, Fist & Ringold
Telephone: 918-746-6600
Contact Name: Brian Paschal
Website »

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As Lakota artist Oscar Howe wrote in 1958, “There is much more to Indian art than pretty, stylized pictures.” This exhibition highlights this depth and the 20th century American masters who...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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Men and women from across the American West played critical roles — both “over there” and on the home front — in helping the Allies win World War I. The American Expeditionary Force (AEF)...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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The Museum’s Dickinson Research Center is home to more than 700,000 photographs, 44,000 books, and perhaps unexpectedly, at least 1,000 horses. Meet some of the herd in Horseplay, the new...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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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:
n/a
, OK


Sponsor: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoman
Contact Name: Ellen Devereux

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Take Advantage of BBB's "Secure Your ID" Day! Did you know that protecting your identity is largely in your own hands? The number of identity fraud victims increased by eight percent in 2017....

Cost: Free

Where:
Shredder's Inc.
635 W 41st St.
Tulsa, OK  74107
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Sponsor: Better Business Bureau
Telephone: 918-492-1266
Contact Name: Shannon Spainhour
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America’s LARGEST interactive comedy murder mystery dinner show is now playing at the Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa Broken Arrow! At The Dinner Detective, you’ll tackle a challenging crime while you...

Cost: 59.95

Where:
Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa- Broken Arrow
420 W Albany St.
Broken Arrow, OK  74012
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Telephone: 866-496-0535
Contact Name: The Dinner Detective
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Join us we celebrate the release of Quraysh Ali Lansana's first new and collected poems, the skin of dreams. Readings from the book, DJ, and book signing. 

Cost: Free

Where:
Archer Studios
109 N MLK, Jr Blvd
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: The Calliope Group/Tulsa Artist Fellowsip/Tri-City Collective
Telephone: 785.826.7681
Contact Name: Shawn Crawford
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A dance performance that epitomizes the subliminal relationship between a man trapped in trying circumstances with nature as his only companion. “The yearning of the human mind to find true...

Cost: $25-$35

Where:
John Williams Theater, Tulsa Performing Arts Cente
110 E 2nd St
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: South Asian Performing Arts Foundation
Telephone: 918-665-6419
Contact Name: Mohan Kelkar
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A one-of-a-kind fundraiser for Tulsa Botanic Garden, Botanical - ‘A Weekend of Culinary Wonder’ is a 3-day exploration of the way food, drink, and the land intersect. Each year is based on a...

Cost: $250 per person

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Dr
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
Contact Name: Jane Dunbar
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Don't miss our Equinox Extravaganza Retro Rockets show as they bring the house down with some of your favorite 50's-60's and a little bit of 70's oldies! We have been selling out so be sure to get...

Cost: $15.00

Where:
Studio 308
308 S Lansing Ave
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: Studio 308
Telephone: 918-638-8464
Contact Name: Paddy Harwell
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Where:
River Spirit Casino - Volcano Stage
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Los Cabos - Jenks
300 Riverwalk Terrace
Jenks, OK
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Los Cabos - Owasso
9455 N Owasso Expy
Owasso, OK
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Los Cabos - Broken Arrow
151 Bass Pro Dr
Broken Arrow, OK
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Where:
Lefty's On Greenwood
10 N Greenwood Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Juicemaker Lounge
3508 S Sheridan Rd
Tulsa, OK
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Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Max Retropub
114 S Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Hunt Club
224 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Soundpony
409 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $15-$20

Where:
IDL Ballroom
230 E 1st St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Hard Rock Casino - Track 5.
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Cost: $5

Where:
Blackbird on Pearl
1336 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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41 Brookside
4131 S Peoria Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $25-$50

Where:
Cain's Ballroom
423 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $5

Where:
Centennial Lounge at VFW Post 577
1109 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Hard Rock Casino - Riffs
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Where:
Dusty Dog Pub
5107 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Cimarron Bar
2619 S Memorial Dr
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Run
3141 E Skelly Dr
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10-415

Where:
The Venue Shrine
112 E 18th St
Tulsa, OK
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Tour the studios of 8 local artists and enjoy live painting, live music, installations, and more.

Where:
Charles Page Studios
1229 Charles Page Blvd
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10-$40

Where:
ONEOK Field
201 N Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
River West Festival Park
2100 S Jackson Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Mohawk Park
5701 E 36th St N
Tulsa, OK
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Shop at over 100 booths.

Where:
Main Street Jenks
Main Street
Jenks, OK
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Featuring more than 20,000 eggs!

Where:
Safari Joe's H2O
4707 E 21st St
Tulsa, OK
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Shop local produce and art every Saturday.

Where:
Langston University
914 N Greenwood Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $20-$50

Where:
Cain's Ballroom
423 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $8

Where:
Rabbit Hole Improv
1526 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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The truTV magician brings his act to Paradise Cove

Cost: $25-$115

Where:
River Spirit Casino - Paradise Cove
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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This musical and comedy review throws things back to the 50s, 60s, and 70s.

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Studio 308
308 S Lansing Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $5

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Collins Family Softball Complex
680 S Delaware Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $23

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BOK Center
200 S Denver Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Based on the epic work by the Sanskrit poet Kalidasa, this play tells the story of an exiled man who pines for his wife and convinces a passing cloud to take a message to her.

Cost: $25-$35

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Tulsa PAC - John H. Williams Theatre
110 E 2nd St
Tulsa, OK
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Moonlight Minx Parade celebrates cannabis through dance.

Cost: $10-$20

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The ReVue
822 S Sheridan Rd.
Tulsa, OK
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