The 2009 class of Brainiacs

Get to know this year's class of outstanding high school graduates.



Another year, another breed of Brainiacs. Unfortunately (or fortunately), choosing this year’s slate of outstanding high school graduates didn’t get any easier. Selecting from the list of impressive and outstanding high school seniors in the Tulsa area was like trimming down a roster filled with nothing but all-stars. But after careful consideration, we chose these six students as representatives of the class of 2009. Read on for a look at local graduates who have earned straight “A’s,” excelling in academics, athletics, arts and activism. Facebook friend-worthy? We think so.

Phoebe Richards

School: Edison Preparatory High School.
Noted for:
National Merit Finalist, drum major, homecoming queen, 2009 Oklahoma Academic Scholar, named “Miss Edison.”
Involved in: Class board, band, theater, First Presbyterian youth group.
Hobbies: Frisbee, watching “Lost” with friends.
Describes self as: Friendly, confident, outgoing, joyful.
Plans to attend: Washington University (St. Louis).
Major: Engineering.
Favorite senior memory: Playing a role in Edison’s production of “Eleemosynary” alongside her two best friends.
Favorite thing about Tulsa: “It was a really great place to grow up.”
Passion: Performing, interacting with people.
Bad habit: Procrastination.
Goal in life: “To be joyful and let that spill over to other people.”
Bad habit: “I’m hoping to turn over a new leaf in college and keep my room clean!”
Advice to peers: “Don’t be afraid to try new things. High school is a great time to learn what you like to do and to explore.”

“So much of life is performance and how you present yourself,” says Phoebe Richards, recent Edison Preparatory High School graduate. That’s one lesson Richards has learned not only on the stage of life but also in her drama classroom, the backdrop of many of Richards’ significant high school memories.

It all started Richards’ freshman year with an intimidating audition for an Edison production of “Annie,” for which she received a part. And, as they say, the rest was history.

Richards became a key figure in Edison’s performing arts during her years as an Eagle and won numerous choral, theater and band awards. Richards served as drum major her junior and senior years; excelled at playing the trumpet and piano; and performed in more than 10 plays and musicals during her high school career, including roles in Edison’s productions of “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” and “Little Shop of Horrors.”

“We take a lot of pride in our theater department,” Richards says. “We feel really good about our skills as actors and work really hard.”

Richards exercised her leadership skills and creative flair when co-producing “Thursday Night Live” — a student-run comedy show inspired by “Saturday Night Live” and produced annually by Edison’s theater department — her senior year. Over the course of three months, Richards played a direct, hands-on role in the writing, casting, rehearsing and implementation of the show.

Richards says extracurricular involvement, whether in the arts or elsewhere, is vital to a successful high school career and cites the opportunities to make friends, fill free time and learn about yourself as reasons for getting involved.

A member of Washington University’s incoming freshman class, Richards currently plans to concentrate on an engineering degree. While excited to embark on her collegiate adventure, she unhesitatingly admits her attachment to and love of her hometown.

Tulsa “was a really great place to grow up,” she says. “I’ll really miss my house, family, church and high school.”

And considering Richards’ undeniable talent, infectious joy and strong work ethic, Tulsa’s sure to miss her, too.


Blake Duncan

School: Nathan Hale High School.
Noted for: Varsity football captain, homecoming king, French club president.
Involved in: Varsity football and golf, key club, concert choir, show choir, extensive service work.
Hobbies: Recreational sports.
Describes self as: Fun-loving, outgoing, competitive, hard-working.
Attributes academic success to:
“My mom; she always pushes me to be the best I can be.”
Plans to attend: University of Central Oklahoma.
Major: Physical education, English minor.
Wants to be a: Football coach and high school principal.
Favorite senior memory: Being chosen as homecoming king and receiving the football from the winning game.
One thing to take to college: “My new car!” Favorite movie: “Grumpy Old Men.”

Whether on the field, in the classroom or on the stage, Blake Duncan spent his four years at Nathan Hale High School establishing a legacy of excellence.

Interestingly, high personal achievement and excellence seem to run in the Duncan family; his elder brother, Billy, was chosen as a TulsaPeople Brainiac in 2007.

When asked what advice he would give to incoming and current high school students, Duncan says, “Do all your work, study and try to have a little bit of fun.”

And Duncan sure walks his talk. A goal-oriented, natural-born leader in a variety of athletic, academic and extracurricular areas, Duncan embodies the diversity and well roundedness of a modern-day Renaissance man. Serving as president of the French club and co-president of his senior class, Duncan also shined in his involvement with varsity football and golf, choir, community theater and service work.

Duncan showcased his vocal and theatrical talents outside of the Nathan Hale walls when gracing the public stage with a role in the Broken Arrow Community Theater’s production of “Copacabana.”

In the fall, Duncan plans to attend the University of Central Oklahoma, where he will play football and participate in the school’s President’s Leadership Council, the most prestigious scholarship program offered by the university. A prospective physical education major and English minor, Duncan hopes to pursue a career as a football coach and high school principal, ideally in Tulsa.

While the future holds countless possibilities for Duncan, one thing is certain: From his competitive nature on the field to his fun-loving and outgoing charisma in person, Duncan never settles for second-best and is sure to go far, well past any goal line.


Hillary Hassink

School: Bishop Kelley High School.
Noted for: National Merit Finalist; named “Miss Kelley”; voted “Most Likely to Brighten Your Day” by senior class; Regional Championship Comet volleyball team captain; named “Super Comet Fan.”
Involved in: Brother Bernadine Scholars, student council, varsity volleyball, Women’s Forum.
Hobbies: Swimming, tennis.
Describes self as: Outgoing, optimistic, dependable, eager, athletic.
Attributes academic success to: Parents and elder siblings.
Plans to attend: Wittenberg University (Springfield, Ohio).
Major: Biology, math minor.
Wants to be a: Pediatric nurse.
Favorite quote: “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.” — Eleanor Roosevelt
Favorite thing about Tulsa: Not too big, but not too small; great community feel.
Passion: Playing the violin.
One thing to take to college: A rosary and a family picture “to bring a piece of home with me.”
Goal in life: To be a mom and a pediatric nurse.
Bad habit: Procrastination and taking on too many things at once.
Hopes high school classmates remember her as: Dependable, reliable, trustworthy.

While Hillary Hassink, a Bishop Kelley High School graduate, would like her fellow classmates to remember her as “the girl that was always smiling, offering a hug and there any time you needed her,” it seems her reputation precedes her hopes.

Hassink was voted “Most Likely to Brighten Your Day” by her senior class and named “Miss Kelley” by the faculty and student body. With a goal set her freshman year of knowing every member of her grade by name, Hassink wasted no time in getting involved in the Bishop Kelley community.

“I was encouraged by older BK students to get involved right away and start meeting new people,” she says.

With an uncompromising commitment to academic, athletic, social and spiritual spheres, Hassink devoted her extracurricular time toward the Brother Bernadine Scholars Program, student council, varsity volleyball team and Women’s Forum.

Hassink pursues the highest quality of work possible, whether in or out of the classroom, she says. When not in meetings or practices, she could be found interning for Saint Francis or St. John hospitals, swimming, playing tennis with one of her five siblings or having movie nights with friends. Hassink is on the fast track to a bright future and successful career. However, she’s not forgetting to make time for her hobbies and passions.

And this is sure to be no different throughout Hassink’s collegiate career. Come fall, she will attend Wittenberg University in Springfield, Ohio, to play volleyball and major in biology. With hopes of ultimately furthering her studies at Johns Hopkins University or Case Western Reserve University, Hassink plans on becoming a pediatric nurse.

When it comes to beginning her freshman year, Hassink is most excited about having “a new experience and opening a whole new chapter of life,” she says. “I’m looking forward to a change and getting out of my comfort zone.”

To her peers who have yet to complete their high school career, Hassink advises them to “really challenge yourself in your courses. Those hard classes will prove worth it.”

To her alma mater community, Hassink’s success is proof enough.

 

Roland Brown

School: Cascia Hall Preparatory School.
Noted for: National Merit finalist; received top academic scholarships to three private colleges; voted most talented male in senior class; classical piano honors; used piano improvisation talents for community service; state champion soccer player.
Involved in: Varsity and club soccer, Spanish Club president, National Honor Society president, Academic Bowl varsity team captain, piano improv and classical piano, peer tutoring.
Describes self as: “Pretty likable guy” and “decently outgoing.”
Attributes academic success to: “My parents. They pushed me when I didn’t want to push myself.”
Plans to attend: St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn.
Major: Undecided.
Favorite quote: “Those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” — Bernard Baruch
Favorite thing about Tulsa: “I’m a fan of the new BOK Center.” In fact, he’s seen three concerts there: Neil Diamond, The Eagles and Billy Joel with Elton John.
One thing to take to college: Memory foam pillow. “It’s like your head’s on a cloud.”
Goal in life: “Do something in life that I enjoy.”
Bad habit: “I’m really incredibly messy.”
Favorite movie: “Casablanca.” “It’s just a solid movie with a solid plot and 15 of the greatest movie quotes of all time.”
Best lesson learned in high school: Time management. “It wasn’t until high school that I took classes that challenged me.”
Advice to incoming freshmen and high school students: “Start early” on college preparation, but most of all, “enjoy it.”
In five years: Graduate school.
Most excited about when it comes to college: “The freedom.”

Roland Brown is a lot things —Cascia Hall alumnus, skilled pianist, champion soccer player, National Merit finalist, community volunteer, linguist (he speaks Spanish and Mandarin Chinese proficiently) and world traveler, having visited everywhere from China (twice) to New Zealand to 40 of 50 United States and a slew of other countries.

One thing he is not: an inside-of-the-box kind of guy. From birth, he broke the mold. Brown has a mixed cultural background; his father is from Tulsa and his mother is from China.

He also loves soccer, a game free from the limitations of strict playbooks, timeouts and player hierarchies.

“It’s a team game,” he says. “Soccer, to me, is more about creativity. The coach’s job is done when the game starts.”

This flexibility is also why he prefers piano improvisation over his classical piano training. He relishes the opportunity to create and innovate. And when he finds such opportunities, he sticks with them.

Brown has played soccer since he was 4 years old. He started playing piano a year or two later. He has been successful with both hobbies. Between club and varsity soccer teams, Brown has played in 10 state championships, winning seven of them. And in 2008, he received the highest rating in the Oklahoma Music Teachers’ Association’s Achievement Audition for classical piano. Not to mention he can play 350 songs by ear.

Such dedication to a passion is characteristic of Brown. Subdued and self-deprecating, he’s not overly talkative when it comes to discussing himself. But hit on a subject of interest to him, whether it’s his favorite animal (rock wallaby), his experiences with speaking Spanish in Costa Rica, the hypnotist at Cascia Hall’s graduation party or stories about his 97-year-old grandmother, and he becomes a fount of interesting facts, trivia and anecdotes. 

Luckily, he uses his powers for good. Charitable as he is remarkable, Brown uses his piano improv skills to entertain at retirement centers, fund-raisers and school events. It’s just his way of sharing all the abilities he has been given.

“I got too many talents for my own good … way more than I deserve,” he says.


Rachel Zarrow

School: Holland Hall.
Noted for: Created jewelry line Purple Soup and donated 5 percent of sales to charities; founded Fellowship of Jewish Athletes; established Art from the Heart, a free summer arts instruction program for under-resourced middle school students; 2008 Stephanie Jackson Outstanding Young Artist Award; 2008 Mayfest Young Artists Award.
Involved in: Editor-in-chief of Hallway school newspaper, president of Fellowship of Jewish Athletes, varsity cross-country team, volunteer tutor at Eugene Field Elementary School.
Describes self as: Outgoing, creative and driven.
Plans to attend: Stanford University.
Major: Undecided.
Favorite quote: “No one thing defines you, not even two.” — Michele Cruncleton, former teacher
Wants to: “Do something that’s community-oriented. I want to do something that helps other people.”
Role model: Her parents and her older sister for setting “good examples.”
Passion: “Anything creative. Art, volunteer work. Anything that’s as rewarding to others as it is to you.”
Goal in life: “I’ve always wanted to look at the things I’ve done and think I’ve done my best.”
Bad habit: Biting her fingernails out of nervousness.
Best lesson learned in high school: “Never give up.”
Advice to incoming freshmen and high school students: “To not be afraid and to work hard. Take all the opportunities you have.”
Most excited about when it comes to college: “I’m really excited to meet new people and really discover what my passion is.”

Look up “ambition” in the dictionary and you’re likely to find Rachel Zarrow’s picture. The Holland Hall grad has never been one to shy away from a challenge, much less let an opportunity pass her by.

“If there’s something I really want to do, I’ll try my hardest to achieve it,” she says.

At 18, she has accomplished more than some people twice her age. In ninth grade, she started her own handcrafted jewelry business, Purple Soup, which includes lines of necklaces, bracelets, earrings, rings and Judaica. In its first 18 months, revenues exceeded $20,000, 5 percent of which she donated to charities for children.

In 10th grade, Zarrow founded a free weeklong summer arts instruction program for middle school students from under-resourced minority communities. Art from the Heart, which has since expanded to two weeks, provides instruction from Holland Hall teachers and students in drawing, painting, dance, creative writing and acting.

Not surprisingly, Zarrow says she’s interested in “all kinds of art.” Behind that love of art, however, is a compassionate teenager who likes to use her talents to lend a hand, a trait instilled in her by her parents, who have been active in community service.

“Ever since I was little, I just liked helping people out,” she says.

This desire has led Zarrow to volunteer her time as a tutor at Eugene Field Elementary School and as a Spanish translator at Educare, an early-childhood education program for low-income families.

When asked about her favorite memory from senior year, she’s quick to offer one related to the children she has helped. The last day of Art from the Heart is the day the campers perform or present the projects they’ve been working on. This year, the students and volunteers took the opportunity to thank Zarrow for her efforts.

“I felt like that was my greatest accomplishment,” she says.

Despite her academic successes —making the Headmaster’s Honor Roll repeatedly, among other honors —Zarrow is still proudest of her outside-the-classroom achievements. After all, she says good grades don’t always equate to good people.

“My parents have always told me, ‘You’re not your test score,’” she says. “It doesn’t make you superhuman if you make good grades. You aren’t a number, whether it’s good or awful.”


Justin Skillens

School: Booker T. Washington High School.
Noted for: Recruited to play football for The University of Tulsa, community volunteer, captain of state champion varsity football team, four-year letter winner in football and track and field.
Involved in: National Honor Society executive board, Spanish Club, Paradise Baptist Church Youth Usher Board, church youth group, varsity football team captain, varsity track and field.
Describes self as: “I consider myself to be funny. I’m fun to be around, or so I’ve been told. I’m helpful. I like to give advice. I’m outgoing. I love to try new things. I love going to church. I’m a big family person.”
Attributes academic success to: “God first. Then my parents.”
Plans to attend: The University of Tulsa.
Major: Energy management.
Wants to be a: “High executive in a business.”
Favorite senior memory: Winning the football state championship and being crowned homecoming king (“Mr. Hornet”).
Passion: “Going to church and learning about the Bible. Of course, football, too.”
One thing to take to college: His iPhone. “I can’t go anywhere without it.”
Goal in life: “To become a good Christian husband and father. That’s the main thing. And be successful as far as my business endeavors.”
Best lesson learned in high school career: “Hard work pays off.”
Best advice you’ve been given and by whom: His family, particularly his grandmothers and great-grandmother, have always told him to “keep God first.”
Advice to incoming freshmen and high school students: “Keep working hard and don’t allow things to discourage them or get them down.”
In five years: “I’ll probably have my first real job, and I’m pretty sure I’ll still be in Tulsa because of the family influence.”
Most excited about when it comes to college: “The challenge.”

It takes a secure man to admit he can quote episodes of SpongeBob SquarePants.

Then again, what does Justin Skillens have to be insecure about?

The 18-year-old graduated from Booker T. Washington High School with a 3.91 GPA, was captain of the state champion varsity football team, served on the executive board of the National Honor Society and was a four-year letter winner in both football and track and field. And in the fall, he’ll be one of the newest members of the Golden Hurricane football team at The University of Tulsa.

Polite and humble, Skillens gives much of the credit for his successes to a tight-knit family. He is one of three siblings (he has a 7-year-old brother and a 4-year-old sister), and even his extended family is close, with his grandparents and great-grandmother all living within two miles of his home.

“We’re a very close-knit family,” he says. “We do a lot of things together.”

For instance, the Skillenses have a family night at least once a month. They play board games, watch movies or just hang out. In addition, the family always goes to church together, he says.

Even football has been a family affair. Skillens began playing in first grade introduced to the game by his father, a former high school All-American.

“Coincidentally, I fell in love with football like him,” he says.

Since then, Skillens’ dad has coached him in some capacity for most all of his years on the field.

He’s naturally talented, but that alone is not what makes him stand out. It’s Skillens’ determination and work ethic that make him exceptional.

After three years of being eliminated in the quarterfinals of the playoffs, Skillens, as captain, made it his mission to lead the varsity football team to a state championship. He did. Everyone on the team just came together, he says.

It was that same drive and ambition that motivated him to overcome earning a C in geometry, his first and only C, his freshman year.

“It drove me to work harder,” Skillens says.

Soon, he’ll take that same attitude and apply it to the challenges of college classes and no-huddle football.

So this fall, tune in to TU’s 10 nationally televised football games and keep your eye on No. 10 — he’s going places.

Edit ModuleShow Tags Edit Module

Add your comment:

 

Get the best in arts, entertainment and more straight to your inbox.

Join our email list

Edit ModuleShow Tags

October 2019

The annual US National Arabian & Half Arabian Horse Show returns to Tulsa. You will be able to see over 1700 Arabian and Half Arabian horses competing in many divisions, including Breeding/In Hand...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Tulsa State Fairgrounds
4145 E 21st St,
Tulsa, OK  74114
View map »


Sponsor: Arabian Horse Association
Telephone: 303-6964500
Contact Name: Kelsey Berglund
Website »

More information

Willkommen to four days of Oompah (or Bavaria or Oktoberfest) in Oklahoma  with nationally known German bands, authentic European foods, arts and  crafters MarktHaus, full carnival, and fun...

Cost: $10 at the gate or $7 in advance for adults. Children 12 and under are FREE.

Where:
River West Festival Park
2100 S. Jackson Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74107
View map »


Sponsor: Resolute PR
Telephone: 903-292-7885
Contact Name: Zachary Johnston
Website »

More information

Hello, Friends!   Fall is in the air! We are excited to present the 5th Annual Hugo Pumpkin Festival, a fun-filled event featuring a variety of entertaining activities for the whole family....

Cost: $ 6 - $ 20

Where:
Endangered Ark Foundation
2657 E 2070 Rd
Hugo, OK  74743
View map »


Sponsor: Endangered Ark Foundation
Telephone: 580-317-8470
Contact Name: Emily
Website »

More information

Wiener dogs are already funny to look at. Now try watching over 100 of them zig, zag, jump, and generally get confused in a test of speed and intelligence! Ok, we’re being dramatic. The pups...

Cost: $0-$10

Where:
River West Festival Park
2100 South Jackson Avenue
Tulsa, OK  74107
View map »


Sponsor: River Parks
Contact Name: Ryan Howell

More information

What is 1662 Choral Evensong? Choral Evensong is a 45-min long peace-inducing church service in which the ‘song’ of voices sounding together in harmony is heard at the...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Saint Dunstan's Episcopal Church
5635 East 71st Street
Tulsa, OK  74136
View map »


Sponsor: Saint Dunstan's Episcopal Church
Telephone: 479-544-5228
Contact Name: Chas Emerson
Website »

More information

Abersons presents Pink Ribbon -- an exclusive, high-fashion fundraiser featuring a runway show by one of the world's hottest designers. Cocktails 6 p.m. | Dinner & Live Auction 7...

Cost: $1,250

Where:
Southern Hills Country Club
2636 E. 61st St.
Tulsa, OK  74136
View map »


Sponsor: Abersons
Telephone: 918-834-7200
Contact Name: Scarlet Henley
Website »

More information

Go into the woods and experience the return of this fantastic family production with performances in both Tulsa and Broken Arrow. Tulsa Ballet's Hardesty Family Foundation Children's...

Cost: $15

Where:
Studio K (Tulsa) and Zarrow Studio (Broken Arrow(
1212 E 45th Place
Tulsa, OK  74105
View map »


Sponsor: Tulsa Ballet
Telephone: 918-749-6006
Contact Name: Dan
Website »

More information

Originally from West Africa, Kizomba is a partner dance that is a sexy addition to any Latin dance party. It is the fastest Latin growing dance in the U.S. Come and learn the basics plus a few more...

Cost: 109

Where:
THE DANCE PLACE
3310 WEST 42ND PLACE
TULSA, OK  74107
View map »


Telephone: 918-813-6514
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

The annual US National Arabian & Half Arabian Horse Show returns to Tulsa. You will be able to see over 1700 Arabian and Half Arabian horses competing in many divisions, including Breeding/In Hand...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Tulsa State Fairgrounds
4145 E 21st St,
Tulsa, OK  74114
View map »


Sponsor: Arabian Horse Association
Telephone: 303-6964500
Contact Name: Kelsey Berglund
Website »

More information

A RSVP/OSU Opioid Awareness Educator volunteer will educate and inform adults and teens about the personal, family, and community risks of opioid addiction and what steps people can take to help...

Cost: Free

Where:
Central Library
400 Civic Center
Tulsa, OK  74103
View map »


Sponsor: RSVP and OSU Extension
Telephone: 918-549-7429
Contact Name: Nick Abrahamson

More information

Think you can’t do something? Think again! Step outside your comfort zone and try something new at the I Can’t workshops. The fall lineup includes crowd favorites as well as some new...

Cost: free & open to the public

Where:
McKeon Center for Creativity
910 S. Boston Ave.
TCC Metro Campus
Tulsa, OK  74119
View map »


Sponsor: Tulsa Community College
Telephone: 918-595-7339
Contact Name: Cindy Armstrong
Website »

More information

Hello, Friends!   Fall is in the air! We are excited to present the 5th Annual Hugo Pumpkin Festival, a fun-filled event featuring a variety of entertaining activities for the whole family....

Cost: $ 6 - $ 20

Where:
Endangered Ark Foundation
2657 E 2070 Rd
Hugo, OK  74743
View map »


Sponsor: Endangered Ark Foundation
Telephone: 580-317-8470
Contact Name: Emily
Website »

More information

Go into the woods and experience the return of this fantastic family production with performances in both Tulsa and Broken Arrow. Tulsa Ballet's Hardesty Family Foundation Children's...

Cost: $15

Where:
Studio K (Tulsa) and Zarrow Studio (Broken Arrow(
1212 E 45th Place
Tulsa, OK  74105
View map »


Sponsor: Tulsa Ballet
Telephone: 918-749-6006
Contact Name: Dan
Website »

More information

Abersons presents Pink Ribbon -- an exclusive, high-fashion fundraiser featuring a runway show by one of the world's hottest designers. Cocktails 6 p.m. | Dinner & Live Auction 7...

Cost: $1,250

Where:
Southern Hills Country Club
2636 E. 61st St.
Tulsa, OK  74136
View map »


Sponsor: Abersons
Telephone: 918-834-7200
Contact Name: Scarlet Henley
Website »

More information

Originally from West Africa, Kizomba is a partner dance that is a sexy addition to any Latin dance party. It is the fastest Latin growing dance in the U.S. Come and learn the basics plus a few more...

Cost: 109

Where:
THE DANCE PLACE
3310 WEST 42ND PLACE
TULSA, OK  74107
View map »


Telephone: 918-813-6514
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

The annual US National Arabian & Half Arabian Horse Show returns to Tulsa. You will be able to see over 1700 Arabian and Half Arabian horses competing in many divisions, including Breeding/In Hand...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Tulsa State Fairgrounds
4145 E 21st St,
Tulsa, OK  74114
View map »


Sponsor: Arabian Horse Association
Telephone: 303-6964500
Contact Name: Kelsey Berglund
Website »

More information

Hello, Friends!   Fall is in the air! We are excited to present the 5th Annual Hugo Pumpkin Festival, a fun-filled event featuring a variety of entertaining activities for the whole family....

Cost: $ 6 - $ 20

Where:
Endangered Ark Foundation
2657 E 2070 Rd
Hugo, OK  74743
View map »


Sponsor: Endangered Ark Foundation
Telephone: 580-317-8470
Contact Name: Emily
Website »

More information

Don't miss the Second Annual Pause4Paws Trivia Night! Test your trivia skills with Live Event Trivia, enjoy great food, bid on silent auction items, take your chance on raffle items, AND...

Cost: $40 per person

Where:
Baxter's Interurban Grill
717 S. Houston Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74129
View map »


Sponsor: Pause4Paws, Inc.
Telephone: 918-829-9811
Contact Name: Cindy Webb
Website »

More information

Go into the woods and experience the return of this fantastic family production with performances in both Tulsa and Broken Arrow. Tulsa Ballet's Hardesty Family Foundation Children's...

Cost: $15

Where:
Studio K (Tulsa) and Zarrow Studio (Broken Arrow(
1212 E 45th Place
Tulsa, OK  74105
View map »


Sponsor: Tulsa Ballet
Telephone: 918-749-6006
Contact Name: Dan
Website »

More information

Abersons presents Pink Ribbon -- an exclusive, high-fashion fundraiser featuring a runway show by one of the world's hottest designers. Cocktails 6 p.m. | Dinner & Live Auction 7...

Cost: $1,250

Where:
Southern Hills Country Club
2636 E. 61st St.
Tulsa, OK  74136
View map »


Sponsor: Abersons
Telephone: 918-834-7200
Contact Name: Scarlet Henley
Website »

More information

Originally from West Africa, Kizomba is a partner dance that is a sexy addition to any Latin dance party. It is the fastest Latin growing dance in the U.S. Come and learn the basics plus a few more...

Cost: 109

Where:
THE DANCE PLACE
3310 WEST 42ND PLACE
TULSA, OK  74107
View map »


Telephone: 918-813-6514
Website »

More information

The University of Tulsa Darcy O’Brien Presidential Lecture Series presents New York Times bestselling author David Grann October 22 at 7:30 p.m. in the TU Reynolds Center. Grann is an...

Cost: Free

Where:
TU Reynolds Center
3208 East 8th Street
Tulsa, OK  74104
View map »


Sponsor: The University of Tulsa
Telephone: 918-631-3730
Contact Name: Gail Ellis
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

The annual US National Arabian & Half Arabian Horse Show returns to Tulsa. You will be able to see over 1700 Arabian and Half Arabian horses competing in many divisions, including Breeding/In Hand...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Tulsa State Fairgrounds
4145 E 21st St,
Tulsa, OK  74114
View map »


Sponsor: Arabian Horse Association
Telephone: 303-6964500
Contact Name: Kelsey Berglund
Website »

More information

Hello, Friends!   Fall is in the air! We are excited to present the 5th Annual Hugo Pumpkin Festival, a fun-filled event featuring a variety of entertaining activities for the whole family....

Cost: $ 6 - $ 20

Where:
Endangered Ark Foundation
2657 E 2070 Rd
Hugo, OK  74743
View map »


Sponsor: Endangered Ark Foundation
Telephone: 580-317-8470
Contact Name: Emily
Website »

More information

Whether you are remarried or planning to remarry, discover the key steps to building a healthy stepfamily with expert Ron Deal, using his Smart Stepfamily book and participant guide. Through eight...

Cost: 0

Where:
Asbury United Methodist Church
6767 S Mingo Rd
Tulsa, OK  74133
View map »


Sponsor: Asbury United Methodist Church
Telephone: 918-392-1146
Contact Name: Ruth Winn
Website »

More information

DivorceCare is a faith based, 13-week support program to help you through the after-effects of divorce. The DVD teaching includes topics such as understanding the hurt, dealing with anger,...

Cost: $15

Where:
Asbury United Methodist Church
6767 S Mingo Rd
Tulsa, OK  74133
View map »


Sponsor: Asbury LifeCare Ministry
Telephone: 918-392-1146
Contact Name: Ruth Winn
Website »

More information

Abersons presents Pink Ribbon -- an exclusive, high-fashion fundraiser featuring a runway show by one of the world's hottest designers. Cocktails 6 p.m. | Dinner & Live Auction 7...

Cost: $1,250

Where:
Southern Hills Country Club
2636 E. 61st St.
Tulsa, OK  74136
View map »


Sponsor: Abersons
Telephone: 918-834-7200
Contact Name: Scarlet Henley
Website »

More information

Go into the woods and experience the return of this fantastic family production with performances in both Tulsa and Broken Arrow. Tulsa Ballet's Hardesty Family Foundation Children's...

Cost: $15

Where:
Studio K (Tulsa) and Zarrow Studio (Broken Arrow(
1212 E 45th Place
Tulsa, OK  74105
View map »


Sponsor: Tulsa Ballet
Telephone: 918-749-6006
Contact Name: Dan
Website »

More information

Why walk through grief alone when you can participate in GriefShare’s highly acclaimed 13-week video-based support group with others experiencing the same? This group offers a comfortable...

Cost: $15

Where:
Asbury United Methodist Church
6767 S Mingo Rd
Tulsa, OK  74133
View map »


Sponsor: Asbury LifeCare Ministry
Telephone: 918-392-1146
Contact Name: Ruth Winn
Website »

More information

Originally from West Africa, Kizomba is a partner dance that is a sexy addition to any Latin dance party. It is the fastest Latin growing dance in the U.S. Come and learn the basics plus a few more...

Cost: 109

Where:
THE DANCE PLACE
3310 WEST 42ND PLACE
TULSA, OK  74107
View map »


Telephone: 918-813-6514
Website »

More information

ABOUT THE BOOKFor the last century, Puerto Rico has served as a testing ground for the most aggressive and exploitative U.S. economic, political, and social policies. The devastation was laid bare...

Cost: FREE

Where:
Magic City Books
221 E. Archer St.
Tulsa, OK  74103
View map »


Sponsor: Tulsa Artist Fellowship
Contact Name: Cheyenne Smith

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

The annual US National Arabian & Half Arabian Horse Show returns to Tulsa. You will be able to see over 1700 Arabian and Half Arabian horses competing in many divisions, including Breeding/In Hand...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Tulsa State Fairgrounds
4145 E 21st St,
Tulsa, OK  74114
View map »


Sponsor: Arabian Horse Association
Telephone: 303-6964500
Contact Name: Kelsey Berglund
Website »

More information

Come enjoy the Garden after 5! Stroll through the Tandy Floral Terraces, walk around the Lake, explore the Children's Discovery Garden and bring a blanket and picnic to stay and enjoy the soulful...

Cost: $8 for ages 13+, $4 for ages 3 to 12. Children 2 yrs and under are free

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


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

More information

Hello, Friends!   Fall is in the air! We are excited to present the 5th Annual Hugo Pumpkin Festival, a fun-filled event featuring a variety of entertaining activities for the whole family....

Cost: $ 6 - $ 20

Where:
Endangered Ark Foundation
2657 E 2070 Rd
Hugo, OK  74743
View map »


Sponsor: Endangered Ark Foundation
Telephone: 580-317-8470
Contact Name: Emily
Website »

More information

The United Nations Association of Eastern Oklahoma presents its Annual U.N. Day Dinner on Thursday October 24th at 6 pm at the TaulCoy Room in Tulsa.  Tickets begin at $30 for students, $60...

Cost: $30-$500

Where:
TaulCoy Room
1350 S Boulder Ave
Tulsa, OK  74119
View map »


Sponsor: United Nations Association of Eastern Oklahoma
Telephone: 918-430-6119
Contact Name: Dr. Ruby Libertus
Website »

More information

The Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice will honor Paula Marshall during its 61st Annual Awards Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Tulsa on Thursday, October 24, 2019. Reception at 6 PM, dinner and...

Cost: $300 (individual tickets)

Where:
Hyatt Regency Tulsa
100 E 2nd St
Tulsa, OK  74103
View map »


Sponsor: Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice
Telephone: 918-583-1361
Contact Name: Eileen Schaumleffle
Website »

More information

Go into the woods and experience the return of this fantastic family production with performances in both Tulsa and Broken Arrow. Tulsa Ballet's Hardesty Family Foundation Children's...

Cost: $15

Where:
Studio K (Tulsa) and Zarrow Studio (Broken Arrow(
1212 E 45th Place
Tulsa, OK  74105
View map »


Sponsor: Tulsa Ballet
Telephone: 918-749-6006
Contact Name: Dan
Website »

More information

Abersons presents Pink Ribbon -- an exclusive, high-fashion fundraiser featuring a runway show by one of the world's hottest designers. Cocktails 6 p.m. | Dinner & Live Auction 7...

Cost: $1,250

Where:
Southern Hills Country Club
2636 E. 61st St.
Tulsa, OK  74136
View map »


Sponsor: Abersons
Telephone: 918-834-7200
Contact Name: Scarlet Henley
Website »

More information

Chef Justin Thompson will be crafting a unique menu using herbs and vegetables grown at the Garden. Passed hors d'oeuvres will be followed by a three course meal, themed with food...

Cost: $150 per person; $125 for Garden members

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


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

More information

Originally from West Africa, Kizomba is a partner dance that is a sexy addition to any Latin dance party. It is the fastest Latin growing dance in the U.S. Come and learn the basics plus a few more...

Cost: 109

Where:
THE DANCE PLACE
3310 WEST 42ND PLACE
TULSA, OK  74107
View map »


Telephone: 918-813-6514
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

The annual US National Arabian & Half Arabian Horse Show returns to Tulsa. You will be able to see over 1700 Arabian and Half Arabian horses competing in many divisions, including Breeding/In Hand...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Tulsa State Fairgrounds
4145 E 21st St,
Tulsa, OK  74114
View map »


Sponsor: Arabian Horse Association
Telephone: 303-6964500
Contact Name: Kelsey Berglund
Website »

More information

Hello, Friends!   Fall is in the air! We are excited to present the 5th Annual Hugo Pumpkin Festival, a fun-filled event featuring a variety of entertaining activities for the whole family....

Cost: $ 6 - $ 20

Where:
Endangered Ark Foundation
2657 E 2070 Rd
Hugo, OK  74743
View map »


Sponsor: Endangered Ark Foundation
Telephone: 580-317-8470
Contact Name: Emily
Website »

More information

Buy a Care Card and save up to 20% at more than 200 local stores and restaurants October 25 – November 3, 2018. With Care Card, you’re saving more than money – you’re saving lives....

Cost: $60

Where:
Tulsa, OK


Sponsor: Family & Children's Services
Telephone: 918-560-1115
Website »

More information

Mark your calendar ro the best BBQ Cook-off in Tulsa! Badges 'N' BBQ will be held on Friday, October 25 at Christiansen Jet Center, located at the Jones Riverside Airport. Party goers...

Cost: $75.00

Where:
Christiansen Jet Center
200 Lear Jet Lane, Jones Riverside Airport
Tulsa , OK
View map »


Sponsor: Crime Prevention Network
Telephone: 918-585-5209
Contact Name: Karen Gilbert
Website »

More information

Abersons presents Pink Ribbon -- an exclusive, high-fashion fundraiser featuring a runway show by one of the world's hottest designers. Cocktails 6 p.m. | Dinner & Live Auction 7...

Cost: $1,250

Where:
Southern Hills Country Club
2636 E. 61st St.
Tulsa, OK  74136
View map »


Sponsor: Abersons
Telephone: 918-834-7200
Contact Name: Scarlet Henley
Website »

More information

Go into the woods and experience the return of this fantastic family production with performances in both Tulsa and Broken Arrow. Tulsa Ballet's Hardesty Family Foundation Children's...

Cost: $15

Where:
Studio K (Tulsa) and Zarrow Studio (Broken Arrow(
1212 E 45th Place
Tulsa, OK  74105
View map »


Sponsor: Tulsa Ballet
Telephone: 918-749-6006
Contact Name: Dan
Website »

More information

Parents! Have a date night October 25th!!! Send the kiddos to us for a fun evening - Monster Mash Bash! This fundraiser benefits Tulsa Dance Company Ensemble’s cultural exchange & tour to...

Cost: 25.00

Where:
Tulsa Dance Company
8207 S. Harvard Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74137
View map »


Sponsor: Tulsa Dance Company
Telephone: 918-779-7360
Contact Name: Tulsa Dance Company
Website »

More information

For the first time, the Oklahoma Aquarium will host seven nights of indoor trick-or-treating for kids of all ages from Friday, October 25 to Thursday, October 31! Guests can follow the...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Oklahoma Aquarium
300 Aquarium Drive
Jenks, OK  74107
View map »


Sponsor: Oklahoma Aquarium
Telephone: 918-528-1507
Contact Name: Liz Medrano
Website »

More information

Originally from West Africa, Kizomba is a partner dance that is a sexy addition to any Latin dance party. It is the fastest Latin growing dance in the U.S. Come and learn the basics plus a few more...

Cost: 109

Where:
THE DANCE PLACE
3310 WEST 42ND PLACE
TULSA, OK  74107
View map »


Telephone: 918-813-6514
Website »

More information

No tricks, just treats! Gathering Place is casting a spell for all not-so-scary ghosts and ghouls to make their way to the park for sweets and treats. Meet us on Spooky Street for a kid-friendly,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gathering Place
2650 S. John Williams Way E.
Tulsa, OK  74114
View map »


Website »

More information

Seymour, a nerdy worker at a run-down florist is romantically pining for a seemingly unattainable beauty named Audrey, when he discovers an unusual plant that only thrives when it is fed human...

Cost: $15-$25

Where:
Tulsa Performing Arts Center
110 East Second Street
Tulsa, OK  74103
View map »


Sponsor: Tulsa Project Theatre
Telephone: 918-596-7122
Contact Name: Amber Whitlatch
Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...

The annual US National Arabian & Half Arabian Horse Show returns to Tulsa. You will be able to see over 1700 Arabian and Half Arabian horses competing in many divisions, including Breeding/In Hand...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Tulsa State Fairgrounds
4145 E 21st St,
Tulsa, OK  74114
View map »


Sponsor: Arabian Horse Association
Telephone: 303-6964500
Contact Name: Kelsey Berglund
Website »

More information

The Tulsa Walk to Defeat ALS is the signature fundraising event for The ALS Association Oklahoma. The Walk to Defeat ALS is the #1 way to unite and fundraise for those living with ALS. Each...

Cost: Free

Where:
Guthrie Green
111 East M.B. Brady Street
Tulsa, OK  74103
View map »


Telephone: 202-464-8617

More information

Together OSU Medicine and OSU Medical Center have built a fully comprehensive health care team to serve families in Tulsa and the surrounding areas. One of those levels of expertise is...

Cost: Free

Where:
OSU Medical Center North Lobby
744 W. Ninth St.
Tulsa, OK
View map »


Sponsor: OSU Medicine

More information

 Harvest Hayday!  October 26, from 11am - 2pm.  Come celebrate the arrival of fall!  With hayrides, games, trunk or treating, emergency vehicles, a petting zoo, and more, ...

Cost: Free, except food items for purchase from Food Trucks

Where:
Asbury UMC
6767 S. Mingo Rd
Tulsa, OK  74133
View map »


Sponsor: Asbury UMC
Telephone: 918-392-1165
Contact Name: Kim Broadhurst
Website »

More information

Hello, Friends!   Fall is in the air! We are excited to present the 5th Annual Hugo Pumpkin Festival, a fun-filled event featuring a variety of entertaining activities for the whole family....

Cost: $ 6 - $ 20

Where:
Endangered Ark Foundation
2657 E 2070 Rd
Hugo, OK  74743
View map »


Sponsor: Endangered Ark Foundation
Telephone: 580-317-8470
Contact Name: Emily
Website »

More information

Outdoor All Day Family Friendly Halloween Event 

Cost: $0-$10.00

Where:
Downtown Wagoner
Main Street
Wagoner
Wagoner, OK  74467
View map »


Sponsor: Wagoner Main Street
Telephone: 918-577-1772
Contact Name: Samantha Call
Website »

More information

Buy a Care Card and save up to 20% at more than 200 local stores and restaurants October 25 – November 3, 2018. With Care Card, you’re saving more than money – you’re saving lives....

Cost: $60

Where:
Tulsa, OK


Sponsor: Family & Children's Services
Telephone: 918-560-1115
Website »

More information

Abersons presents Pink Ribbon -- an exclusive, high-fashion fundraiser featuring a runway show by one of the world's hottest designers. Cocktails 6 p.m. | Dinner & Live Auction 7...

Cost: $1,250

Where:
Southern Hills Country Club
2636 E. 61st St.
Tulsa, OK  74136
View map »


Sponsor: Abersons
Telephone: 918-834-7200
Contact Name: Scarlet Henley
Website »

More information

Go into the woods and experience the return of this fantastic family production with performances in both Tulsa and Broken Arrow. Tulsa Ballet's Hardesty Family Foundation Children's...

Cost: $15

Where:
Studio K (Tulsa) and Zarrow Studio (Broken Arrow(
1212 E 45th Place
Tulsa, OK  74105
View map »


Sponsor: Tulsa Ballet
Telephone: 918-749-6006
Contact Name: Dan
Website »

More information

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
View map »


Telephone: 866-496-0535
Contact Name: The Dinner Detective
Website »

More information

Mummies of all ages! Bring your goblins, witches, and super heroes to our fun and food filled Halloween Dance! Saturday, October 26th, 2019 6-9 pm $5 per person (check or cash)  

Cost: $5 per person

Where:
Bixby Community Center
211 N Cabaniss Ave
Bixby , OK  74008
View map »


Sponsor: Bixby Community Center
Telephone: 918-366-4841
Contact Name: Victoria Smith

More information

For the first time, the Oklahoma Aquarium will host seven nights of indoor trick-or-treating for kids of all ages from Friday, October 25 to Thursday, October 31! Guests can follow the...

Cost: Varies

Where:
Oklahoma Aquarium
300 Aquarium Drive
Jenks, OK  74107
View map »


Sponsor: Oklahoma Aquarium
Telephone: 918-528-1507
Contact Name: Liz Medrano
Website »

More information

Originally from West Africa, Kizomba is a partner dance that is a sexy addition to any Latin dance party. It is the fastest Latin growing dance in the U.S. Come and learn the basics plus a few more...

Cost: 109

Where:
THE DANCE PLACE
3310 WEST 42ND PLACE
TULSA, OK  74107
View map »


Telephone: 918-813-6514
Website »

More information

Tulsa Metro Sound Chorus presents: "As Seen on TMS". A comedic review which will keep you in stitches, including music of Iconic Women of Song . Come enjoy the music of Karen Carpenter,...

Cost: 15.00

Where:
Memorial High School
5840 S Hudson Ave,
Tulsa, OK  74135
View map »


Sponsor: Tulsa Metro Sound
Telephone: 918-352-6091
Contact Name: Marlys Fallen
Website »

More information

Choral Music from North America, South America, Europe, Asia, Africa, and Down Under

Cost: $20

Where:
Cascia Hall
2520 S Yorktown Ave
Tulsa, OK  74114
View map »


Sponsor: Tulsa Chorale
Telephone: 918-625-1527
Contact Name: Anastasia Howard
Website »

More information

Are you looking for a night of Halloween hilarity, ghoulish guffaws, and spooky silliness? Then come and see the spirited stylings of Laughing Matter… Oklahoma’s longest-running...

Cost: $8.00 ($4.00 for children under 12)

Where:
pH Community House
306 S Phoenix Ave
Tulsa, OK  74127
View map »


Sponsor: Laughing Matter Improv
Contact Name: Jerry Henderson
Website »

More information

Luchadores go head to head in the ring to see who really is The Great Pumpkin!

Cost: Free

Where:
Elote Cafe & Catering
514 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK  74103
View map »


Sponsor: Elote Cafe & Catering
Telephone: 918-582-1403
Contact Name: Elote Cafe & Catering
Website »

More information

Seymour, a nerdy worker at a run-down florist is romantically pining for a seemingly unattainable beauty named Audrey, when he discovers an unusual plant that only thrives when it is fed human...

Cost: $15-$25

Where:
Tulsa Performing Arts Center
110 East Second Street
Tulsa, OK  74103
View map »


Sponsor: Tulsa Project Theatre
Telephone: 918-596-7122
Contact Name: Amber Whitlatch
Website »

More information

No tricks, just treats! Gathering Place is casting a spell for all not-so-scary ghosts and ghouls to make their way to the park for sweets and treats. Meet us on Spooky Street for a kid-friendly,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Gathering Place
2650 S. John Williams Way E.
Tulsa, OK  74114
View map »


Website »

More information

Show More...
Show Less...
Edit ModuleEdit ModuleShow Tags
Edit ModuleShow Tags

What's New


What Oklahoma Proven tree is best for your yard?

These trees have proven themselves as outstanding stars in our local landscapes.

Comments

3:05: Gathering Place's successful first year - Jeff Stava

A conversation with Jeff Stava, executive director of Gathering Place

Comments

Anxiety, grandma and more

An interview with spoken-word artist Shane Koyczan

Comments

Things to do in Tulsa in October

Here's what's happening this month, from art exhibits to fall festivals.

Comments: 1

Raising awareness about Tulsa's domestic violence problem

A conversation with Tracey Lyall, CEO of Tulsa's Domestic Violence Intervention Services. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.

Comments