Staying Power

Why six alums of City Year and Teach for America now call Tulsa home




Teach for America recruits leaders early in their careers to make a commitment to expanding educational opportunity for children. That commitment begins with two years teaching in a public school, partnering with children and families most acutely impacted by limited academic opportunities.


City Year Tulsa partners with Tulsa Public Schools to deploy diverse teams of City Year AmeriCorps members to provide research-based student, classroom and school-wide support to help students stay in school and on track to graduate from high school, and to be ready for college and career success.

 

Tulsa: Come for the classrooms; stay to make an impact.

Teach for America and City Year, noted service programs, send recent high school and college graduates to Tulsa’s underserved schools, either as teachers or in-class tutors and mentors. Although Tulsa is one of the least-requested cities by applicants, many of whom long for big cities like Washington, D.C., and New York City, its retention rate for both programs is one of the highest.

So far, 300 TFA and 95 CY alumni have decided to call Tulsa home. “The number of people who stay exceeds everyone’s expectation,” says Leslie Daugherty, executive director of Teach for America-Greater Tulsa.

Most TFA participants are from other states. Fewer than 10 percent plan to work in education past their two-year commitment. But, ultimately, two-thirds do.

About one-third of City Year AmeriCorps members consider education as a career. Around half are from Oklahoma, most of those from Tulsa. “Some AmeriCorps members serve in the same neighborhood where they grew up,” says Paul Davis, City Year Tulsa executive director.

So far, 300 TFA and 95 CY alumni have decided to call Tulsa home.

The idea to recruit talented young people started in 2008. Teach for America’s decision to open a Tulsa region was based on multiple factors, including whether the area could raise the money necessary to support ongoing operations. Easy enough for this generous community. The inaugural class came in 2009. City Year followed in 2013.

Once TFA launched, Tulsa and the George Kaiser Family Foundation sweetened the deal with affordable, ultra-cool housing as well as opportunities for post-graduate degrees. No other region offered such perks.

What’s the attraction to stay? A combination of the big fish/small pond story and two or three degrees of separation. Tulsa offers a direct path to leadership. Here, people can get things done. Or they know someone who can.

“Tulsa doesn’t have the brand awareness other cities do,” Davis says, “but it’s one of the best cities to jumpstart a career, be part of a thriving community and build a network.”

Ben Stewart, senior program officer at GKFF, agrees. “What we’ve created is a leadership pipeline for key roles throughout our community.”

Six individuals came to Tulsa from across the nation to help children. The city had an effect on them, and they chose to stay. Here are their stories.

 

Marco Herrera

Hometown: El Paso, Texas
College/degree: University of Texas El Paso/political science

Marco Herrera

What do you do with a political science degree and no clue about what to do next? Herrera signed up for Teach for America. “It was a way to earn a salary while deciding what to do,” he says.

Just five weeks into teaching pre-K and kindergarten at Tulsa Legacy Charter Schools in north Tulsa, Herrera decided to stay. Not only in Tulsa, but also in education, as a teacher, administrator and student.

Halfway through his master’s in education program at the University of Oklahoma-Tulsa, he completed his second year of TFA and was preparing to teach third grade. His classroom was already set up. He was working on unit plans. Then he got a call.

“It happened all of a sudden,” Herrera says. One of his professors was asked to recommend someone for an administrative position at Union Public Schools. Herrera just finished his first year as assistant principal at McAuliffe Elementary. This month he assumes that role at Ochoa Elementary.

“Working with families is my favorite part of the job,” he says. Herrera is happiest when he’s working within the community, connecting families with resources.

He finished that master’s degree and is now in pursuit of a doctorate of education. Ultimately, he hopes to land a position in system-level administration. Maybe as superintendent.

“I love kids. That’s the difference. That’s why people stay (in education),” he says. “Those who stay are passionate and great to work with.”

Herrera has learned to explore Tulsa beyond downtown, Brookside and Cherry Street. “There are so many great places all over the city.” He worships in east Tulsa and likes exploring restaurants in that part of town. “The cool mom-and-pop shops remind me of where I grew up in El Paso,” he says. Other favorite spots include O’Brien Park and Tastee Freez, a little burger shack in north Tulsa.

“Tulsa is underrated,” Herrera says, talking about the vibrancy of the city. “The people I work with are incredible and committed to change.

“Tulsa has profoundly changed how I look at the community and myself. I am a Hispanic person. The opportunities that exist here are endless.”

 

Ross Heyman

Hometown: Chicago, Illinois
College/degree: University of Puget Sound/business and economics

Ross Heyman

Tulsa wasn’t on the list of potential destinations when Heyman applied for Teach for America in 2009. “Midway through the process, TFA asked if I’d be interested in Tulsa,” he says. Multi-sourced support and effort allowed TFA to greenlight the region midway through the application season, which is how he became a member of the inaugural class.

As a third-grade teacher at McClure Elementary, Heyman says kids were his favorite part of the job. “They’re old enough to know right from wrong, young enough to start happy every day,” he says.

The TFA experience gave Heyman the meaningful challenge he’d always wanted. The Jewish community and his work at Capital Homes convinced him to stay.

Real estate, to him, means helping to provide people with a place to live, work, eat and play.

As chief of staff at the office, his focus is affordable housing in Kendall Whittier and other real estate developments around the Tulsa area.

“I’m from a small school where people knew people. There was no red tape or bureaucracy if you wanted to get something done,” he says. That explains his appreciation for the collaboration of Tulsa’s business people, city government and the philanthropic community to make an impact.

Early on, Heyman learned that Tulsa’s Jewish community was a place to get things done. Rabbi Marc Fitzerman and his wife, Alice Blue, hosted dinner for the four Jewish TFA members. Heyman recalls, “It seemed like they loved us even though they didn’t know us.”

Heyman describes the couple as “allies of many progressive initiatives in town.” Tulsa, they told their guests, offers a unique collection of people and services to help solve problems. Heyman became part of that collection — as a youth group advisor and leader in an international Jewish social justice community. He also earned an MBA from the University of Tulsa.

Staying, for him and his TFA colleagues, came down to finding a group they could identify with. “A feeling of rootedness. It could be a church, a running group, TYPros,” Heyman says. “For me, Tulsa felt like home. Like family friends.”

He adds, “The most wonderful things that have happened in my life came from this seemingly random decision to come to Tulsa. And I’m happy about it.”

 

Eugenia “Gia” Chow

Hometown: Los Angeles
College/degree: University of California Santa Barbara/economics and sociology

Eugenia “Gia” Chow

When Chow checked the “Serve Where Needed” box on her City Year application, she couldn’t find Tulsa on a map. Nor could she know it would be her home for the foreseeable future.

For Chow, City Year “was a way to get my toes wet in the classroom,” she says. For a year, she helped eighth-graders with pre-algebra at Will Rogers College Junior High.

“Teachers are superheroes,” she adds. “My team at Rogers was the highlight of my service year — their knowledge, humor and support. It was a privilege to work with these individuals.”

Chow partnered with someone she calls an amazing teacher. But one of the things she learned was that teaching wasn’t for her. She did, however, come away from the experience with many useful skills.

She learned to work with a diverse group for a common goal. That there’s not always a one-size-fits-all solution. She learned to be flexible, how to troubleshoot an issue. How to wear many hats, do many tasks. All of which help in her current job.

Chow’s business card now reads “child outreach specialist at Hunger Free Oklahoma.” HFO partners with other agencies and organizations to end food insecurity in the state. “We worked with food banks and, specifically, with Tulsa Public Schools to make sure students had meals during the teacher walkout,” she says.

One reason she stayed in Tulsa was the opportunity for a master’s degree, thanks to the George Kaiser Education Scholarship. Hers will be from OU-Tulsa, in public administration with a certificate in nonprofit management. Another tool for opening doors.

The music scene in Tulsa fits her eclectic taste — namely, hip-hop and alternative, mostly at Cain’s and the Vanguard. “The low cost of living didn’t hurt either,” she adds.

All told, 16 members of her CY class of 50 stayed here beyond their commitment. “Tulsa has a lot of opportunities. Everyone’s connected through three degrees of separation,” Chow jokes.

“Give it a chance,” is her best advice for someone new to Tulsa. “If you’re from a big city, it can be a culture shock. It’s different. But a good different.”

 

Onikah Asamoa-Caesar

Home states: New Jersey, California, Mississippi
College/degree: California State University Fullerton/history; Johns Hopkins University/education

Onikah Asamoa-Caesar

A State of the Union message changed Asamoa-Caesar’s life. When Barack Obama stated that Oklahoma’s early childhood programs were a national model, it made Oklahoma appealing. “If my president said that about early childhood, I want to go there,” she recalls thinking.

At the time, she was working with foster youth in southern California. When she saw the effect teachers could have on changing a child’s trajectory and the importance of understanding trauma in the education setting, she signed up for Teach for America.

Asamoa-Caesar also had volunteered in early education classrooms in Costa Rica, where she saw how normal it was for teachers to breastfeed their newborns in class, or for preschoolers to use the bathrooms as needed — unsupervised — and always wash their hands. Other countries’ norms showed her there isn’t one right answer to many questions, but myriad strategies.

“Some of what we do now (in the U.S.) doesn’t work for students, families or communities,” she says. Those are the things she hopes to change.

Briefly, Asamoa-Caesar and her husband, Kojo Asamoa-Caesar, moved to Denver to impact systems on a larger scale by working in policy. There they found a thriving community of color, that at the time the couple felt Tulsa lacked. But when they returned to Tulsa for a visit, they were met with such an outpouring of love, they realized the community they’d been looking for was right here.

For someone who says she didn’t have roots in any specific place, this is now home. She and her husband built a house in north Tulsa, picking out all the finishes (including grout color) in a record 45 minutes. They’re literally invested in Tulsa as a home and community.

Asamoa-Caesar is the director of strategic advisement for the Birth through Eight Strategy for Tulsa (BEST) at the George Kaiser Family Foundation. The goal of BEST is to end the intergenerational poverty that affects 40,000 children under the age of 9 in the Tulsa area. Her husband, a fellow TFA alum, is the founding principal at Greenwood Leadership Academy.

Other cities have the same problems, but here Asamoa-Caesar has the opportunity to impact children by leading cross-sector collaboration among the education, health care and social service sectors to create solutions. “At GKFF, you can get in contact with anyone to solve the problems,” she says.

Or, to quote Barack Obama, “Let’s do what works and make sure none of our children start the race of life already behind. Let’s give our kids that chance.”

 

Brandi Dixon

Hometown: Milwaukee, Wisconsin
College/degree: Milwaukee Area Technical College/graphic design

Brandi Dixon

In Dixon’s last year of college, she did freelance work in her major, graphic design. That’s when she realized she didn’t want a career in the industry.

During the time she worked in the college’s tutoring center, however, she realized
Milwaukee public school students were coming to college without the knowledge and study skills they needed. “I wanted to work with students before they got to college to help them succeed earlier,” Dixon says.

City Year was an obvious fit for her. She wanted to be a consistent person in a student’s life. Her Milwaukee CY assignment was at a middle school, “where students dealt with life issues that most adults don’t have to contend with,” she recalls.

When the opportunity arose to start a new City Year site in Tulsa, Dixon jumped at the chance. “It was the excitement of being the first person in that city in a red jacket (the CY uniform),” she says.

In 2013, she was one of six senior corps members in the initial CY class of 20, and she tutored seventh- and eighth-grade students at Clinton Middle School. Clinton is a community school, which — she believes — makes all the difference.

“The school is a community center,” Dixon says. Her Milwaukee students were bussed to school and couldn’t participate in after-school, evening or family events. “Here, students live in the surrounding neighborhood,” she adds. At a recent literary carnival at the school, she counted 300 attendees.

Currently, her title is education program director at Fab Lab, which provides education, community and business programming that teaches innovation, design-thinking, problem-solving and change-making. “It’s a job that combines my expertise working in schools as a partner organization, my computer and software knowledge as a designer, and my love of tinkering, science and math,” Dixon explains.

The lab also provides access to advanced manufacturing and digital fabrication tools, equipment, technology and resources available to the community. If you can imagine it, you can design it and make it, she says.

Tulsa biggest draw for her is the number of opportunities for start-ups like Fab Lab. “Some days, I feel like I’m paid to play. To infect students with interest,” she says. “The circuit workshop we do makes my artist heart and my nerdy heart happy.”

 

Andrea Nieves

Hometown: Lots of places
College/degree: Southern New Hampshire University/marketing

Andrea Nieves

To pin down Nieves’ hometown, you’ll need an international map. Start in Mexico City, where she was born; go to Puerto Rico, where she was raised; put a pin in New Hampshire, where she finished high school and graduated from college; and end in Tulsa — where she was first a City Year corps member and is now a digital producer with Resolute PR, a public relations firm.

City Year seemed like a natural next step for Nieves after graduation, following in her brother’s footsteps. He had been a CY corps member in Miami for two years before becoming staff and transferring here to Tulsa with CY. “I reluctantly chose Tulsa,” she says, not knowing much about the city or state.

The people and atmosphere surprised her. Pleasantly. “I was expecting a wicked small town with not much to do, but I loved the city, especially the art concentration everywhere,” she says.

Nieves worked with sixth-graders at Sequoyah Elementary during the 2014-15 school year, providing in-class support for teachers. The year covered lots of topics, including work with fractions, she says. However, “The students had a hard time understanding fractions when they hadn’t mastered addition and subtraction.”

Following her CY year, she was offered a fellowship with the George Kaiser Family Foundation. “Knowing what an incredible influence Kaiser has been within the Tulsa community, I knew it was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up,” Nieves says.

After the fellowship, she worked for a small bike shop for which Resolute did the grand opening marketing. Now she is one of two on the company’s digital marketing team.

“So much good is happening here,” she says. “You can make something happen or easily connect with people who can,” she says.

Nieves is active in Tulsa Young Professionals, where she has built a network of support and people. As co-crew leader for the Attraction Crew, she’s involved in First Friday Say Hey at Philbrook downtown, which she calls “a very chill networking event.”

Festivals like Day of the Dead and Blue Whale Comedy Festival are among her favorites.

Nieves is glad Tulsans embrace the arts, but doesn’t want education overlooked. “Everyone knows how much teachers do, but people don’t realize how much they sacrifice for students,” she says.

 

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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
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Sponsor: Arabian Horse Association
Telephone: 303-6964500
Contact Name: Kelsey Berglund
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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
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
Contact Name: Tulsa Botanic Garden
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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
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Sponsor: Endangered Ark Foundation
Telephone: 580-317-8470
Contact Name: Emily
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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
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Sponsor: United Nations Association of Eastern Oklahoma
Telephone: 918-430-6119
Contact Name: Dr. Ruby Libertus
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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
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Center for Community and Justice
Telephone: 918-583-1361
Contact Name: Eileen Schaumleffle
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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
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Sponsor: Tulsa Ballet
Telephone: 918-749-6006
Contact Name: Dan
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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
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Sponsor: Abersons
Telephone: 918-834-7200
Contact Name: Scarlet Henley
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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
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
Contact Name: Lori Hutson
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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
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Telephone: 918-813-6514
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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
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Sponsor: Endangered Ark Foundation
Telephone: 580-317-8470
Contact Name: Emily
Website »

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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
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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
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Sponsor: Crime Prevention Network
Telephone: 918-585-5209
Contact Name: Karen Gilbert
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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
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Sponsor: Abersons
Telephone: 918-834-7200
Contact Name: Scarlet Henley
Website »

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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
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Sponsor: Tulsa Ballet
Telephone: 918-749-6006
Contact Name: Dan
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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
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Sponsor: Tulsa Dance Company
Telephone: 918-779-7360
Contact Name: Tulsa Dance Company
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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
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Aquarium
Telephone: 918-528-1507
Contact Name: Liz Medrano
Website »

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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
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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
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Sponsor: Tulsa Project Theatre
Telephone: 918-596-7122
Contact Name: Amber Whitlatch
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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
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Telephone: 202-464-8617

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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
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Sponsor: OSU Medicine

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 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
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Sponsor: Asbury UMC
Telephone: 918-392-1165
Contact Name: Kim Broadhurst
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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
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Sponsor: Wagoner Main Street
Telephone: 918-577-1772
Contact Name: Samantha Call
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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
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Telephone: 866-496-0535
Contact Name: The Dinner Detective
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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
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Sponsor: Bixby Community Center
Telephone: 918-366-4841
Contact Name: Victoria Smith

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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 »

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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
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Sponsor: Tulsa Metro Sound
Telephone: 918-352-6091
Contact Name: Marlys Fallen
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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
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Sponsor: Tulsa Chorale
Telephone: 918-625-1527
Contact Name: Anastasia Howard
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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
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Sponsor: Laughing Matter Improv
Contact Name: Jerry Henderson
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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
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Sponsor: Elote Cafe & Catering
Telephone: 918-582-1403
Contact Name: Elote Cafe & Catering
Website »

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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 »

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