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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Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Opening to the public on Thursday, Nov. 16, the 110th anniversary of Oklahoma statehood, “The Art of Oklahoma” celebrates the Museum’s outstanding and...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Book Signing - Hannibal Johnson's new OK history book, The Sawners of Chandler, Tulsa Historical Society, 2445 South Peoria Ave.,Thursday, May 17, 7:00 pm. George and Lena...

Cost: 0

Where:
Tulsa Historical Society
2445 South Peoria
Tulsa, OK  74114
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Sponsor: Tulsa Historical Society
Telephone: 918-712-9484
Contact Name: Michelle Place
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FlyingTee patrons are invited to participate by hitting the longest drive, with unlimited chances to take the lead through the month. The top 5 leaders qualify to compete in a championship round...

Cost: No additional charge with regular playing time

Where:
FlyingTee
600 Riverwalk Terrace
Jenks, OK  74037
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Telephone: 918-528-7717
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If you saw a car on a golf green, you would probably try to avoid hitting it, but at FlyingTee, the object is to hit it on purpose to benefit Special Olympics Oklahoma. Bob Hurley Ford and River...

Cost: $10 for 5 balls with regular playing time

Where:
FlyingTee
600 Riverwalk Terrace
Jenks, OK  74037
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Telephone: 918-528-7717
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You’re invited to join Cancer Treatment Centers of America and the American Cancer Society for a free education event, on Tuesday, April 24, from 5 to 7:30 p.m., featuring a live showing of...

Cost: Free

Where:
Circle Cinema
10 S. Lewis
Tulsa, OK  74104
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Sponsor: Cancer Treatment Centers of America
Telephone: 918-286-5690
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Contact: Barbara L. Eikner Trabar Communications LLC Phone 918-645-4508 Email: Trabar@windstream.net Post Office Box 54741 Tulsa, Oklahoma 74155 Trabar...

Cost: Free

Where:
Black Wall Street Archives, Arts and Curio
116 N Greenwood Avenue
Tulsa,, OK  74120
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Sponsor: Don Thompson Images
Telephone: 918-585-2227
Contact Name: Roberta Clardy
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join us at MAINLINE ART BAR for an incredible group exhibit entitled 'NEGATIVE SPACE'.  we'll offer light refreshments, live music, full bar and LOCAL ART!    ...

Cost: free

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

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Tulsa Artists Guild has partnered with nationally recognized instructor, Clifton Raphael and his award winning Jenks High School Documentary Film Class to produce 5 mini-documentaries of 5 Tulsa...

Cost: Free

Where:
Hardesty Regional Library
Frossard Auditorium
8316 E 93rd St
Tulsa, OK  74133
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Sponsor: TULSA Artists Guild / Jenks Film Class
Contact Name: Lori Abrams-Rauchwerger
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If you saw a car on a golf green, you would probably try to avoid hitting it, but at FlyingTee, the object is to hit it on purpose to benefit Special Olympics Oklahoma. Bob Hurley Ford and River...

Cost: $10 for 5 balls with regular playing time

Where:
FlyingTee
600 Riverwalk Terrace
Jenks, OK  74037
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Telephone: 918-528-7717
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Where:
River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa
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Where:
Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa
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Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa
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The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa
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Where:
Blackbird On Pearl
1336 E 6th St
Tulsa
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Cost: $30-$45

Where:
Cain's Ballroom
423 N Main St
Tulsa
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Gypsy Coffee House
303 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd
Tulsa
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Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame
5 S Boston Ave
Tulsa
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With school closures set to begin on Monday, April 2nd, 2018 at the request of OEA (Oklahoma Education Association) in their efforts to secure school funding and the second failure of the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Eastwood Baptist Church
948 S 91st E Ave
Tusla, OK  74112
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Sponsor: Eastwood Baptist Church
Telephone: 918-836-8686
Contact Name: Shirley Pittenger
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The work of renowned artist Christopher Curtis will be featured at Tulsa Botanic Garden’s first sculpture exhibit March 17 through August 26. Curtis works primarily in stone and he often...

Cost: FREE for Garden members; $8 ages 13+, $4 ages 3-12. Kids 2 and under free

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
Contact Name: Lori Hutson
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In 1968, the Oklahoma Art Center, OKCMOA’s predecessor, purchased the 150-piece permanent collection of the Washington Gallery of Modern Art, the first art museum in the nation’s...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Website »

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A leading figure in both contemporary film and art, Apichatpong Weerasethakul (born 1970) has developed a singular, realist-surrealist style in which the portrayal of the everyday alongside...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Website »

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Opening to the public on Thursday, Nov. 16, the 110th anniversary of Oklahoma statehood, “The Art of Oklahoma” celebrates the Museum’s outstanding and...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Website »

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Book Signing - Hannibal Johnson's new OK history book, The Sawners of Chandler, Tulsa Historical Society, 2445 South Peoria Ave.,Thursday, May 17, 7:00 pm. George and Lena...

Cost: 0

Where:
Tulsa Historical Society
2445 South Peoria
Tulsa, OK  74114
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Sponsor: Tulsa Historical Society
Telephone: 918-712-9484
Contact Name: Michelle Place
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FlyingTee patrons are invited to participate by hitting the longest drive, with unlimited chances to take the lead through the month. The top 5 leaders qualify to compete in a championship round...

Cost: No additional charge with regular playing time

Where:
FlyingTee
600 Riverwalk Terrace
Jenks, OK  74037
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Telephone: 918-528-7717
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A Modern Dance inspired exercise class. Fifty minutes of fun, freedom, and flow.  Who: ALL levels Bring: movement clothes, layers, cotton socks When: Wednesdays, Nov. 29 - Dec. 20,...

Cost: $12/class or $10 with punch card

Where:
Fly Loft studio 3
117 N Boston
Tulsa, OK  74103
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A Modern Dance inspired exercise class. Fifty minutes of fun, freedom, and flow.  Who: ALL levels Bring: movement clothes, layers, cotton socks When: Wednesdays, Nov. 29 - Dec. 20,...

Cost: $12/class or $10 with punch card

Where:
Fly Loft studio 3
117 N Boston
Tulsa, OK  74103
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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:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd St.
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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Sponsor: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma
Telephone: 918-551-2164
Contact Name: Ellen Devereux

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If you saw a car on a golf green, you would probably try to avoid hitting it, but at FlyingTee, the object is to hit it on purpose to benefit Special Olympics Oklahoma. Bob Hurley Ford and River...

Cost: $10 for 5 balls with regular playing time

Where:
FlyingTee
600 Riverwalk Terrace
Jenks, OK  74037
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Telephone: 918-528-7717
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join us at MAINLINE ART BAR for an incredible group exhibit entitled 'NEGATIVE SPACE'.  we'll offer light refreshments, live music, full bar and LOCAL ART!    ...

Cost: free

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

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Contact: Barbara L. Eikner Trabar Communications LLC Phone 918-645-4508 Email: Trabar@windstream.net Post Office Box 54741 Tulsa, Oklahoma 74155 Trabar...

Cost: Free

Where:
Black Wall Street Archives, Arts and Curio
116 N Greenwood Avenue
Tulsa,, OK  74120
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Sponsor: Don Thompson Images
Telephone: 918-585-2227
Contact Name: Roberta Clardy
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Class draws from release technique, classical modern dance, improvisation, and various somatic practices. We combine technique, interior awareness, and specific movement qualities in floor work and...

Cost: Donations. Thanks to support from Tulsa Community Foundation and donors like you

Where:
Fly Loft studio 3
117 N Boston
Tulsa, OK  74103
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If you saw a car on a golf green, you would probably try to avoid hitting it, but at FlyingTee, the object is to hit it on purpose to benefit Special Olympics Oklahoma. Bob Hurley Ford and River...

Cost: $10 for 5 balls with regular playing time

Where:
FlyingTee
600 Riverwalk Terrace
Jenks, OK  74037
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Telephone: 918-528-7717
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Cost: $10

Where:
Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame
5 S Boston Ave
Tulsa
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Where:
The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa
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Where:
Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa
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Cost: $0-$14

Where:
Loony Bin
6808 S Memorial Dr
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa
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Where:
VFW Post 577's Centennial Lounge
1109 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Wyld Hawgz
6151 E 31st St
Tulsa
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Cost: $25-$40

Where:
Cain's Ballroom
423 N Main St
Tulsa
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Where:
River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa
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Where:
Hard Rock Casino - Riffs
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa
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Where:
Los Cabos - Jenks
300 Riverwalk Terrace
Jenks
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Where:
Pit Stop
816 S Sheridan Rd
Tulsa
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Dozens of Tulsa Restaurants Participate in the 12th Anniversary of Dining Out For Life! Health Outreach Prevention Education (H.O.P.E.) encourages Green Country residents to Dine Out For...

Cost: Free to attend

Where:
Tulsa Restaurants
Tulsa, OK


Sponsor: Health Outreach Prevention Educaiton
Telephone: (918) 749-8378
Contact Name: Jeremy
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With school closures set to begin on Monday, April 2nd, 2018 at the request of OEA (Oklahoma Education Association) in their efforts to secure school funding and the second failure of the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Eastwood Baptist Church
948 S 91st E Ave
Tusla, OK  74112
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Sponsor: Eastwood Baptist Church
Telephone: 918-836-8686
Contact Name: Shirley Pittenger
Website »

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Opening to the public on Thursday, Nov. 16, the 110th anniversary of Oklahoma statehood, “The Art of Oklahoma” celebrates the Museum’s outstanding and...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Website »

More information

In 1968, the Oklahoma Art Center, OKCMOA’s predecessor, purchased the 150-piece permanent collection of the Washington Gallery of Modern Art, the first art museum in the nation’s...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Website »

More information

A leading figure in both contemporary film and art, Apichatpong Weerasethakul (born 1970) has developed a singular, realist-surrealist style in which the portrayal of the everyday alongside...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Website »

More information

The work of renowned artist Christopher Curtis will be featured at Tulsa Botanic Garden’s first sculpture exhibit March 17 through August 26. Curtis works primarily in stone and he often...

Cost: FREE for Garden members; $8 ages 13+, $4 ages 3-12. Kids 2 and under free

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
Contact Name: Lori Hutson
Website »

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Book Signing - Hannibal Johnson's new OK history book, The Sawners of Chandler, Tulsa Historical Society, 2445 South Peoria Ave.,Thursday, May 17, 7:00 pm. George and Lena...

Cost: 0

Where:
Tulsa Historical Society
2445 South Peoria
Tulsa, OK  74114
View map »


Sponsor: Tulsa Historical Society
Telephone: 918-712-9484
Contact Name: Michelle Place
Website »

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FlyingTee patrons are invited to participate by hitting the longest drive, with unlimited chances to take the lead through the month. The top 5 leaders qualify to compete in a championship round...

Cost: No additional charge with regular playing time

Where:
FlyingTee
600 Riverwalk Terrace
Jenks, OK  74037
View map »


Telephone: 918-528-7717
Website »

More information

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


Sponsor: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma
Telephone: 918-551-2164
Contact Name: Ellen Devereux

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If you saw a car on a golf green, you would probably try to avoid hitting it, but at FlyingTee, the object is to hit it on purpose to benefit Special Olympics Oklahoma. Bob Hurley Ford and River...

Cost: $10 for 5 balls with regular playing time

Where:
FlyingTee
600 Riverwalk Terrace
Jenks, OK  74037
View map »


Telephone: 918-528-7717
Website »

More information

join us at MAINLINE ART BAR for an incredible group exhibit entitled 'NEGATIVE SPACE'.  we'll offer light refreshments, live music, full bar and LOCAL ART!    ...

Cost: free

Where:
MAINLINE ART BAR
111 n main street
tulsa, OK  74103
View map »


Telephone: 918-704-3330
Contact Name: katy eagleston

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Contact: Barbara L. Eikner Trabar Communications LLC Phone 918-645-4508 Email: Trabar@windstream.net Post Office Box 54741 Tulsa, Oklahoma 74155 Trabar...

Cost: Free

Where:
Black Wall Street Archives, Arts and Curio
116 N Greenwood Avenue
Tulsa,, OK  74120
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Sponsor: Don Thompson Images
Telephone: 918-585-2227
Contact Name: Roberta Clardy
Website »

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If you saw a car on a golf green, you would probably try to avoid hitting it, but at FlyingTee, the object is to hit it on purpose to benefit Special Olympics Oklahoma. Bob Hurley Ford and River...

Cost: $10 for 5 balls with regular playing time

Where:
FlyingTee
600 Riverwalk Terrace
Jenks, OK  74037
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Telephone: 918-528-7717
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Where:
River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa
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Where:
Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa
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Cost: $50-$325

Where:
River Spirit Casino - Paradise Cove
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa
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Where:
Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa
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Cost: $15.25-$20

Where:
The Venue Shrine
112 E 18th St
Tulsa
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Where:
The Hunt Club
224 N Main St
Tulsa
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Where:
Soundpony
409 N Main St
Tulsa
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Where:
Lot No. 6
1323 E 6th St
Tulsa
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Hard Rock Casino - Riffs
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa
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Where:
Blackbird On Pearl
1336 E 6th St
Tulsa
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Where:
Los Cabos - Jenks
300 Riverwalk Terrace
Jenks
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Lefty's on Greenwood
10 N Greenwood Ave
Tulsa
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Los Cabos - Owasso
8455 N Owasso Expy
Owasso
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Los Cabos - Broken Arrow
151 Bass Pro Dr
Broken Arrow
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With school closures set to begin on Monday, April 2nd, 2018 at the request of OEA (Oklahoma Education Association) in their efforts to secure school funding and the second failure of the...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Eastwood Baptist Church
948 S 91st E Ave
Tusla, OK  74112
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Sponsor: Eastwood Baptist Church
Telephone: 918-836-8686
Contact Name: Shirley Pittenger
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TFI invites you to join us at TFI Family Services in Tulsa OK for a 2-day simulcast conference. The Empowered to Connect Conference is a two-day event presented by Show Hope and the Karyn Purvis...

Cost: Free

Where:
TFI Family Connections
2532 E. 71st Street, Suite A
Tulsa, OK  74136
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Sponsor: TFI
Telephone: 785-271-6657
Contact Name: TFI Family Connections
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In 1968, the Oklahoma Art Center, OKCMOA’s predecessor, purchased the 150-piece permanent collection of the Washington Gallery of Modern Art, the first art museum in the nation’s...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Website »

More information

Opening to the public on Thursday, Nov. 16, the 110th anniversary of Oklahoma statehood, “The Art of Oklahoma” celebrates the Museum’s outstanding and...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
View map »


Website »

More information

The work of renowned artist Christopher Curtis will be featured at Tulsa Botanic Garden’s first sculpture exhibit March 17 through August 26. Curtis works primarily in stone and he often...

Cost: FREE for Garden members; $8 ages 13+, $4 ages 3-12. Kids 2 and under free

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
View map »


Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
Contact Name: Lori Hutson
Website »

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A leading figure in both contemporary film and art, Apichatpong Weerasethakul (born 1970) has developed a singular, realist-surrealist style in which the portrayal of the everyday alongside...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Sweet Tooth Candy and Gift Co. will be hosting a Trollbeads Trunk Show Friday, April 27; Saturday, April 28; and Monday, April 30.  Sweet Tooth is proud to be the only Trollbeads...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sweet Tooth Candy and Gift Co.
3541 S. Harvard Ave.
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: Sweet Tooth Candy and Gift Co.
Telephone: 918-712-8785
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Book Signing - Hannibal Johnson's new OK history book, The Sawners of Chandler, Tulsa Historical Society, 2445 South Peoria Ave.,Thursday, May 17, 7:00 pm. George and Lena...

Cost: 0

Where:
Tulsa Historical Society
2445 South Peoria
Tulsa, OK  74114
View map »


Sponsor: Tulsa Historical Society
Telephone: 918-712-9484
Contact Name: Michelle Place
Website »

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FlyingTee patrons are invited to participate by hitting the longest drive, with unlimited chances to take the lead through the month. The top 5 leaders qualify to compete in a championship round...

Cost: No additional charge with regular playing time

Where:
FlyingTee
600 Riverwalk Terrace
Jenks, OK  74037
View map »


Telephone: 918-528-7717
Website »

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Come meet some of our available cats and dogs, and maybe make a furrever friend! See all of our adoptables at www.animalaid.org/adopt Not adopting right now? Consider a donation!...

Cost: 0

Where:
Animal Aid Thrift Store
3307 E 15th St
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: Animal Aid of Tulsa
Telephone: 918-794-6688
Contact Name: Michelle Morris
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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:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd St.
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
View map »


Sponsor: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma
Telephone: 918-551-2164
Contact Name: Ellen Devereux

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join us at MAINLINE ART BAR for an incredible group exhibit entitled 'NEGATIVE SPACE'.  we'll offer light refreshments, live music, full bar and LOCAL ART!    ...

Cost: free

Where:
MAINLINE ART BAR
111 n main street
tulsa, OK  74103
View map »


Telephone: 918-704-3330
Contact Name: katy eagleston

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All children age 13 and under, accompanied by an adult, will be allowed in to all 2018 ORU Regular Season Baseball Games with a Kids in Free ticket. This policy will only include single game...

Cost: $7-14

Where:
J.L. JOHNSON STADIUM
7777 S Lewis Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74171
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If you saw a car on a golf green, you would probably try to avoid hitting it, but at FlyingTee, the object is to hit it on purpose to benefit Special Olympics Oklahoma. Bob Hurley Ford and River...

Cost: $10 for 5 balls with regular playing time

Where:
FlyingTee
600 Riverwalk Terrace
Jenks, OK  74037
View map »


Telephone: 918-528-7717
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Taste wine from 50 acclaimed vintners from around the world and culinary delights from 20 regional restaurants. Proceeds benefit Philbrook's educational programming and museum operations.

Cost: $200

Where:
Philbrook Museum of Art
2727 S Rockford Rd
Tulsa, OK
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Fresh off her win on season three of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars, Trixie Mattell embarks on her first solo tour, performing music from her new album One Stone.

Cost: $38-$55

Where:
Tulsa PAC - John H. Williams Theatre
110 E 2nd St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10

Where:
Rabbit Hole Improv
2504 E 14th Pl
Tulsa, OK
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An aging vaudevillian comedy duo reunites for a TV special many years after an acrimonious split.

Cost: $5-$12

Where:
Sapulpa Community Theatre
124 S Water St
Sapulpa, OK
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Featuring all things outdoors, this expo is a great resource for RVs, pools, boats, outdoor gear, ATVs, and much more.

Where:
Expo Square
4145 E 21st St
Tulsa, OK
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Giacomo Puccini's final and most musically adventurous opera is the fable of a princess who requires any suitor to answer three questions correctlyÑor face his death.

Cost: $25-$115

Where:
Tulsa PAC - Chapman Music Hall
110 E 2nd St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $6-$16

Where:
ONEOK Field
201 N Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Los Cabos - Jenks
300 Riverwalk Terrace
Jenks
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Where:
Los Cabos - Broken Arrow
151 Bass Pro Dr
Broken Arrow
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Where:
Los Cabos - Owasso
8455 N Owasso Expy
Owasso
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Where:
Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa
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Where:
Osage Casino - NINE18 Bar
951 W 36th St N
Tulsa
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Where:
American Legion Post 308
11328 E Admiral Pl
Tulsa
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Wyld Hawgz
6151 E 31st St
Tulsa
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Where:
River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa
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Where:
Bad Ass Renee's
6373 E 31st St
Tulsa
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Where:
The Run
3141 E Skelly Dr
Tulsa
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Cost: $7-$10

Where:
The Venue Shrine
112 E 18th St
Tulsa
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Where:
River Spirit Casino - Volcano Stage
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa
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The Hunt Club
224 N Main St
Tulsa
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The Max Retropub
114 S Elgin Ave
Tulsa
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The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa
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You're invited to join us on Saturday, April 28, for Celebrating the Art of Healing. Celebrating the Art of Healing is an annual day of hope and inspiration for cancer survivors and the...

Cost: Free

Where:
Town & Country School
8906 E. 34th Street
Tulsa, OK  74145
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Telephone: 918-744-0123

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  TWS holds an annual High School Senior Welding Competition, looking for the best high school senior AG students in the country. This yearly event is a great way to showcase your welding...

Cost: Free

Where:
Tulsa Welding School Campus
2545 East 11th Street
Tulsa, OK  74104
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Sponsor: Tulsa Welding School
Telephone: (888) 765-5555
Contact Name: Tulsa Welding School
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TFI invites you to join us at TFI Family Services in Tulsa OK for a 2-day simulcast conference. The Empowered to Connect Conference is a two-day event presented by Show Hope and the Karyn Purvis...

Cost: Free

Where:
TFI Family Connections
2532 E. 71st Street, Suite A
Tulsa, OK  74136
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Sponsor: TFI
Telephone: 785-271-6657
Contact Name: TFI Family Connections
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Opening to the public on Thursday, Nov. 16, the 110th anniversary of Oklahoma statehood, “The Art of Oklahoma” celebrates the Museum’s outstanding and...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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In 1968, the Oklahoma Art Center, OKCMOA’s predecessor, purchased the 150-piece permanent collection of the Washington Gallery of Modern Art, the first art museum in the nation’s...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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A leading figure in both contemporary film and art, Apichatpong Weerasethakul (born 1970) has developed a singular, realist-surrealist style in which the portrayal of the everyday alongside...

Cost: Free with admission

Where:
Oklahoma City Museum of Art
415 Couch Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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The work of renowned artist Christopher Curtis will be featured at Tulsa Botanic Garden’s first sculpture exhibit March 17 through August 26. Curtis works primarily in stone and he often...

Cost: FREE for Garden members; $8 ages 13+, $4 ages 3-12. Kids 2 and under free

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Drive
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
Contact Name: Lori Hutson
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Sweet Tooth Candy and Gift Co. will be hosting a Trollbeads Trunk Show Friday, April 27; Saturday, April 28; and Monday, April 30.  Sweet Tooth is proud to be the only Trollbeads...

Cost: Free

Where:
Sweet Tooth Candy and Gift Co.
3541 S. Harvard Ave.
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: Sweet Tooth Candy and Gift Co.
Telephone: 918-712-8785
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Book Signing - Hannibal Johnson's new OK history book, The Sawners of Chandler, Tulsa Historical Society, 2445 South Peoria Ave.,Thursday, May 17, 7:00 pm. George and Lena...

Cost: 0

Where:
Tulsa Historical Society
2445 South Peoria
Tulsa, OK  74114
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Sponsor: Tulsa Historical Society
Telephone: 918-712-9484
Contact Name: Michelle Place
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Come meet some of our available cats and dogs, and maybe make a furrever friend! See all of our adoptables at www.animalaid.org/adopt Not adopting right now? Consider a donation!...

Cost: 0

Where:
Animal Aid Thrift Store
3307 E 15th St
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: Animal Aid of Tulsa
Telephone: 918-794-6688
Contact Name: Michelle Morris
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FlyingTee patrons are invited to participate by hitting the longest drive, with unlimited chances to take the lead through the month. The top 5 leaders qualify to compete in a championship round...

Cost: No additional charge with regular playing time

Where:
FlyingTee
600 Riverwalk Terrace
Jenks, OK  74037
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Telephone: 918-528-7717
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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:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd St.
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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Sponsor: Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma
Telephone: 918-551-2164
Contact Name: Ellen Devereux

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Dewey, Ok. – The blues are alive and well and on tap April 28 in downtown Dewey, Oklahoma for the first ever Baker Heritage Blues Festival! Get ready for a spectacular lineup, with special...

Cost: 15.00

Where:
Downtown Dewey Ok
306 E Don Tyler Ave
Dewey, OK  74029
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Sponsor: Downtown Dewey Merchants
Telephone: 918-440-2393
Contact Name: Giz Robison, Bo Wilson, Donnie Wood

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Please join Good Samaritan Health Services for our annual Gala and Auctions Celebrating 20 years of serving Tulsa

Cost: 150.00

Where:
Renaissance Tulsa Hotel & Convention Center
6808 S 107th East Ave
Tulsa, OK  74133
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Telephone: 918-710-4222
Contact Name: Anna Jureczki
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join us at MAINLINE ART BAR for an incredible group exhibit entitled 'NEGATIVE SPACE'.  we'll offer light refreshments, live music, full bar and LOCAL ART!    ...

Cost: free

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

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All children age 13 and under, accompanied by an adult, will be allowed in to all 2018 ORU Regular Season Baseball Games with a Kids in Free ticket. This policy will only include single game...

Cost: $7-14

Where:
J.L. JOHNSON STADIUM
7777 S Lewis Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74171
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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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Happy Holidaze! In recognition of National Humor Month, Laughing Matter is devoting our show to the weird holidays of April. So, if you participate in "Wear Your Pajamas to Work...

Cost: 8.00

Where:
PH Community House
306 South Phoenix Avenue
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Laughing Matter Improv
Contact Name: Jerry Henderson
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If you saw a car on a golf green, you would probably try to avoid hitting it, but at FlyingTee, the object is to hit it on purpose to benefit Special Olympics Oklahoma. Bob Hurley Ford and River...

Cost: $10 for 5 balls with regular playing time

Where:
FlyingTee
600 Riverwalk Terrace
Jenks, OK  74037
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Telephone: 918-528-7717
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Osage Casino - NINE18 Bar
951 W 36th St N
Tulsa
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Los Cabos - Owasso
8455 N Owasso Expy
Owasso
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Los Cabos - Jenks
300 Riverwalk Terrace
Jenks
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Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa
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Pit Stop
816 S Sheridan Rd
Tulsa
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Cost: $25-$40

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River Spirit Casino - Paradise Cove
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa
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River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa
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Los Cabos - Broken Arrow
151 Bass Pro Dr
Broken Arrow
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Lefty's on Greenwood
10 N Greenwood Ave
Tulsa
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Cost: $36-$42.50

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Brady Theater
105 W M.B. Brady St
Tulsa
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Cost: $22-$50

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Cain's Ballroom
423 N Main St
Tulsa
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River Spirit Casino - Volcano Stage
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa
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Wyld Hawgz
6151 E 31st St
Tulsa
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Cost: $10

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Rabbit Hole Improv
2504 E 14th Pl
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $5-$10

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LaFortune Stadium
5480 S Hudson Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $9-$31

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ONEOK Field
201 N Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Uncle Bently's
4902 S Sheridan Rd
Tulsa
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The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa
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Soundpony
409 N Main St
Tulsa
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The Hunt Club
224 N Main St
Tulsa
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The Max Retropub
114 S Elgin Ave
Tulsa
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The Run
3141 E Skelly Dr
Tulsa
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Step back to the days of yore and experience Renaissance England right here in Oklahoma. The Festival is open every weekend from April 28 through June 3.

Cost: $5.95-$16.95

Where:
The Castle of Muskogee
3400 W Fern Mountain Rd
Muskogee, OK
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Oklahoma needs more primary and specialty care physicians

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Tulsa Roots Global Bash is April 14

Activist soul-rocker Michael Franti will headline the 5th Annual Tulsa Roots Global Bash on Guthrie Green. Other acts include New Mexico’s Felix Y Los Gatos and Tulsa reggae band Local Hero.

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Battle of the Bands to benefit food bank

Junior Ambassadors announces lineup for their annual Battle of the Bands event scheduled for April 13, at the historic Cain’s Ballroom.

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