17 amazing Tulsans we sadly lost in 2017

Each January, TulsaPeople remembers some of those we have lost in the past year — individuals who made the city great with their talent, passion or philanthropy.



Each January, TulsaPeople remembers some of those we have lost in the past year — individuals who made the city great with their talent, passion or philanthropy. Several were educators, ministers or mentors. All gave of themselves to make this community a more vibrant and viable home for us all.

Tommy Allsup

Nov. 24, 1931-Jan. 11, 2017

Guitarist and music producer

An Oklahoma Music Hall of Fame inductee and Grammy Award winner, he was considered a renaissance musical genius, influencer and mentor who played with or produced the work of other greats, including Buddy Holly, Bob Wills, Willie Nelson and Hank Thompson.

“Not many musicians have been involved in major events in two different musical genres. But as the Buddy Holly sideman who gave up his airplane seat to Ritchie Valens as well as the producer of Bob Wills’ famous last recordings, Tommy Allsup left his lasting footprint on both rock ’n’ roll and Western swing.”

— John Wooley, music historian

 

Stephen Cranford

Oct. 16, 1942-Dec. 6, 2016

Former executive director, Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry

Considered a pillar of Tulsa’s interfaith community, he was pastor, teacher, mentor and civil rights advocate. A denominational executive for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ), and a trustee emeritus of Phillips Theological Seminary, he served on the National and World Council of Churches, and as a member of the Oklahoma Conference for Community and Justice and Tulsa Interfaith Alliance.

“Stephen Cranford was a great statesman of interfaith work. He combined perfectly the clear head and the warm heart. Quiet and courageous, Stephen lived as if the truth were true.”

— Keith O. McArtor, president of Tulsa Metropolitan Ministry

 

Jay Cronley

Nov. 9, 1943-Feb. 26, 2017

Journalist, novelist and humorist

An inductee into the Oklahoma Journalism Hall of Fame and Oklahoma Writers Hall of Fame, the longtime columnist for both the Tulsa World and the Tulsa Tribune provided smiles and laughter to Tulsans with his quirky take on everyday life. He wrote eight novels, several of which were adapted into films, including “Funny Farm,” “Good Vibes,” “Hold Up” and “Cheap Shot.”

“Every newsroom needs one, and probably only one, Jay Cronley. Something about his personality would draw people to try and win his approval. I was lucky enough to have my desk near his for more than a year, which meant every day there would be some argument about a TV show, or a movie, or a basketball game. I wanted to work at the Tulsa World my whole life, and I’m thankful I’ll always be able to say that I worked with Jay.”

— Dylan Goforth, editor in chief, The Frontier

 

Millard House

Jan. 28, 1944-Sept. 3, 2017

Retired associate superintendent, Tulsa Public Schools; president, Tulsa Urban League

In 1970, as the school system’s first director of human relations, the former social studies teacher was tasked with responding to the federal government’s order to racially integrate Tulsa’s schools. It was a massive, multi-year undertaking that involved moving both teachers and students. As associate superintendent, he continued the effort by recruiting minority teachers and staff, then retired to head the Tulsa Urban League.

“ … His desire was to see our education system achieve the excellence he believed possible with change and true equality. He often stated that until every student in every school in the city of Tulsa was considered … real progress will not be made.”

— Jennettie Marshall, Tulsa Public Schools Board of Education member and longtime friend

 

Carol “Jerri” Jones

April 16, 1937-Jan. 11, 2017

Community leader

Her involvement in civic and nonprofit work covered every aspect of Tulsa. Most notably, she served as the first female president of All Souls Unitarian Church and as vice president of Planned Parenthood. She was a founding member of the Tulsa chapter of Association for Women in Communications, and worked with Tulsa Junior League, Leadership Tulsa and as a docent for Philbrook and Gilcrease museums. But she also saw the world, visiting all seven continents and more than 100 countries.

“Jerri was more than a sister-in-law. I was lucky to know her for more than 50 years. A true artist in ceramics and the culinary arts, she was also a consummate volunteer; a deep, compassionate friend; an adventuresome traveler; and a source of laughter and light. I will miss her.”

— Georgia Snoke, sister-in-law

 

Olivia Jones

Jan. 10, 1941-June 1, 2017

Community leader and entrepreneur

The wife of U.S. Rep and Ambassador to Mexico James R. Jones, she carved her own path. A graduate of Harvard Law School, she was a partner in her husband’s political career. She worked as a law clerk and ran two businesses. She served on several boards and co-authored a book on English ceramics. Tulsans recall her fascinating stories, her sense of style and her practicality, from doing repairs on their home (the old Skelly Mansion) to riding her lawnmower to the nearby service station.

“Olivia dabbled in nothing. If a subject seemed interesting, she researched it exhaustively and became an expert in that subject … from residential reconstruction to knitting, needlepoint and sewing, to English and Chinese pottery and ceramics. She was a true scholar and renaissance woman. Alas, her last subject of intensive study was multiple myeloma, to which she ultimately succumbed.”

— Jim Kincaid Sr., longtime friend

 

Duane King

May 18, 1947-Sept. 17, 2017

Former executive director, Gilcrease Museum; director Helmerich Center for American Research; vice president, museum affairs, the University of Tulsa

Known as a gentleman and a scholar, he was a widely recognized authority on Native American history, particularly Cherokee and Native American language and art. He began his tenure at TU in 2008. Among his other accomplishments were as founding editor, Journal of Cherokee Studies; executive director, Cherokee National Historical Society; and advisor to the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum for the American Indian.

“Duane King was a remarkable man. His extraordinary intellect was matched by the strength of his character and gentle spirit. There’s no replacing Dr. King, but we are fortunate to be inspired by his memory to achieve excellence at Gilcrease Museum and the Helmerich Center for American Research.”

— Susan Neal, executive director, Gilcrease Museum; vice president, public affairs, the University of Tulsa

 

Peter Meinig

July 15, 1939-Sept. 25, 2017

Chairman and CEO, HM International; philanthropist

A past director of the Williams Cos., Williams Communications and Purolator, he also served as board chairman of his alma mater, Cornell University, where he and his wife, Nancy, founded the Meinig School of Biomedical Engineering. He also was a trustee of the University of Tulsa, to which he and his wife gave generously, and where he was named to the Business Hall of Fame as an outstanding entrepreneur.

“Peter Meinig’s life was marked by remarkable accomplishments, immeasurable generosity and unfailing kindness. He always made you feel like his friend. Simply put, Peter Meinig was a wonderful human being.”

— Linda Frazier, longtime friend

 

Phyllis Radcliffe

Aug. 13, 1926-July 18, 2017

Former vice president, First National Bank; civic leader

Beloved by decades of Tulsa’s younger professional women for her mentorship and encouragement, she used her public relations skills to promote the Tulsa Area United Way, the Red Cross and American Diabetes Association. She was president of Tulsa Press Club and was honored with a Saidie Lifetime Achievement award by the Tulsa chapter of the Association for Women in Communications. She was named Advertising Executive of the Year by the American Advertising Federation.

“Phyllis was not only a trailblazer for women in leadership, but an icon in the business community as a whole, leaving a significant imprint on the Tulsa area. She taught us through her example the importance of being professional, ethical and giving back to the community. And she did it all with such grace and style.”

— Becky Frank, chairwoman and CEO, Schnake Turnbo Frank

 

Mable Rice

Dec. 31,1933-Oct. 6, 2017

Longtime community leader

She was a woman of firsts: founding the city’s first Black Arts Festival — which became Juneteenth — and starting the Oklahoma chapter of the National Association of Sickle Cell Disease. An arts lover, she was a founding member of the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame, the Simon Estes Education Foundation and a member of the Tulsa Arts Commission and Tulsa Performing Arts Center Authority. She helped develop the North Tulsa Heritage Foundation and the Greenwood Cultural Center. Among her numerous honors was the League of Women Voters Pathfinder Award.

“What made Mable and I friends? It was feeling at ease and comfortable in conversation when we first met. Our journey began speaking our true sentiments, sharing our joys, our sorrows; staying out late at night — lots of fun; having the ability to accept one another’s weaknesses; recognizing one another’s talents. But more importantly, maintaining our love and loyalty for one another for 70 years. I will truly miss my best friend.”

— Maxine Horner, former Oklahoma state senator

 

David Sawyer

July 3, 1945-Aug. 20, 2017

Former superintendent, Tulsa Public Schools

He spent 47 years in public education, serving five school districts across the country as superintendent. During his time in Tulsa (2000-2006) he was noted for his ability to listen to other viewpoints, especially those of the children he served. Navigating TPS through tough financial times, his proudest achievement was the implementation of a new district staffing plan, which included increases in art, music and physical education offerings. Through all this, he took time for his own arts education, learning and playing the banjo at church and school events.

“Dr. Sawyer’s superintendency had a tremendous impact on Tulsa Public Schools and the community. He led with his heart and keen instincts for what was ‘best’ for all students and staff. He never diverted from challenging situations or policies that hindered the district from becoming the leading school district in the state of Oklahoma.”

— Oliver Wallace, director of student and family advocacy, Tulsa Public Schools

 

Steadman Upham

April 4, 1949- July 30, 2017

President emeritus, the University of Tulsa

Affectionately known as “Uncle Stead” by students, the anthropologist-turned-university-president served two terms at TU (2004-2012) and (2012-2016), during which the institution grew significantly on all fronts. From housing to new classroom buildings, from community service to cutting-edge programs, campus life and a diverse student body, he helped transform a small university into a one of the top 50 private universities in the country.

“Stead was always interested in not only making TU a great university but also making Tulsa a great city. He made connections. He saw opportunities. He sought ways to make everything he touched better through compassion and competition. The university lost a visionary leader when my predecessor passed, and the city lost an unwavering advocate.”

— Dr. Gerard P. Clancy, president, the University of Tulsa

 

Rev. John Wolf

Sept. 6, 1925-Sept. 19, 2017

Former longtime minister, All Souls Unitarian Church

An outspoken, impassioned voice for personal and civil rights, he spoke for the needs of education, the arts, racial equality and the rights of women and the LGBT community. In 1965, he led a march through downtown Tulsa in response to the one in Selma, Alabama. He served All Souls for 35 years before becoming minister emeritus and was named to TulsaPeople’s 100 Tulsans Who Made a Difference during the city’s centennial year.

“Dr. Wolf was both a theologian and a preacher, who loved church but mistrusted religion. He rebelled against human indifference to other humans and exemplified a socially and politically engaged faith. He built the largest Unitarian Universalist church in North America here in Tulsa, Oklahoma.”

— Rev. Marlin Lavanhar, senior minister, All Souls

 

Lee Woodward

Sept. 22, 1931-June 19, 2017

Longtime weather broadcaster, KOTV

A seasoned broadcaster, Woodward filled a variety of roles for KOTV. He and his droll puppet sidekick, Lionel, first appeared on one of the station’s children’s shows. When it ended, demand was so great for the pair, Woodward brought him back to help announce the weather. Their banter helped KOTV dominate the evening news ratings during the 1960s and ’70s. An arts lover, Woodward was a talented painter, sculptor and tenor. He and Lionel emceed more than 26 children’s benefit concerts for Tulsa Public Schools.

“Lee Woodward never turned down anybody for a chat, and with King Lionel, a friendly greeting, somehow making a frozen-faced puppet sound as if it were smiling. He loved his own children, of course. He connected with others only with wires in a box and pictures that flew through the air.”

— Clayton Vaughn, longtime KOTV newsman and friend

 

Yevgeny Yevtushenko

July 18, 1933-April 1, 2017

Internationally recognized poet

Hailed by some as the greatest poet of his generation, he was a former Soviet dissident and human rights advocate who was known for his fearless criticism of his country’s repressive regime. His inspirational voice landed him on the cover of Time Magazine in 1962. The country changed, and from 1989-1991 he served in the Soviet Parliament. After some time teaching in New York, he moved to Tulsa in 1992, where he spent 25 years as a literature professor at the University of Tulsa.

“Yevgeny Yevtushenko became a literary sensation early in his career as he challenged his country to think critically about Soviet bureaucracy and the horrors of Stalin’s regime. Always outspoken and known for his colorful personality, (he was) yet a kind and compassionate friend to orphans and widows.”

— Sue Bennett, friend

 

We also remember

Rick Hader

March 31, 1958-Nov. 1, 2017

Many knew the Union Public Schools teacher by his alter ego, Myron Noodleman.

Cover: May 2007

 

Ginny Howland

April 8, 1923-Sept. 17, 2017

A real “Rosie the Riveter” during World War II, Howland was a former TulsaPeople coverwoman.

Cover: November 2012

 

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October 2018

We’re serving up our new chef-inspired fondue and traditional brunch options like Alpine Benedict Cheese Fondue, French Toast Fondue, Avocado Fiesta Toast plus bottomless mimosas. Reserve...

Cost: Varies

Where:
The Melting Pot of Tulsa
300 Riverwalk Terrace #190
Jenks, OK  74037
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Sponsor: The Melting Pot of Tulsa
Telephone: 918-299-8000
Contact Name: Alex Cooper
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FlyingTee is fun for the whole family and on Sundays, kids eat free! *Limit one free meal from the kids’ menu with each purchase of an adult entrée. Not valid on brunches or holidays.

Cost: Free with purchase

Where:
FlyingTee
600 Riverwalk Terrace
Jenks, OK  74037
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Telephone: 918-528-7717
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Temple Israel would like to invite everyone to SHALOMFEST 2018. ShalomFest will take place at Temple Israel on October 14th from 12:00pm-4:00pm. This is our 25th annual celebration of Jewish...

Cost: Free & open the public

Where:
Temple Israel
2004 E 22nd Pl
Tulsa, OK  74114
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Sponsor: Temple Israel
Telephone: (918) 747-1309
Contact Name: Sam Kirzner
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Join Thread Talk at West Elm on Sunday, October 14 for a special pop-up event from 12 to 4 p.m. Thread Talk provides comfort to its customers while making an impact across the U.S. For every...

Cost: Free

Where:
West Elm
1926 Utica Square, Tulsa, OK 74114
Tulsa, OK  74114
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Sponsor: https://threadtalk.com/
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Stroll the streets and tour some of the iconic homes and gardens of the Maple Ridge Neighborhood!  Join us for our 20th year and don't miss the antique cars, refreshments, raffle prizes and Beer...

Cost: Prepaid Tickets $15.00

Where:
1615 S. Owasso Ave.
4012 S Yorktown Ave
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: Maple Ridge Neighborhood Association
Telephone: 918-645-3918
Contact Name: Marlene Martindale
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Tulsa Boys’ Centennial Homecoming will be held on October 14, 2018 from 2:00pm-6:00pm, 2727 S. 137th W. Ave., Sand Springs OK, 74063.

Cost: free

Where:
Tulsa Boys' Home
2727 S. 137th W. Ave.
Sand Springs, OK  74063
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Orth Contemporary is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new Silver Deposit paintings by Jimi Gleason on view at the gallery from September 7ththrough October 19th.    ...

Cost: free

Where:
Orth Contemporary
20 South Lewis Avenue
Tulsa, OK  74104
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Telephone: (918) 565-9404
Contact Name: Katie
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Orth Contemporary is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new Silver Deposit paintings by Jimi Gleason on view at the gallery from September 7ththrough October 19th.    ...

Cost: free

Where:
Orth Contemporary
20 South Lewis Avenue
Tulsa, OK  74104
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Telephone: (918) 565-9404
Contact Name: Katie
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The Fear Factory is Tulsa's newest haunted attraction.

Cost: $20

Where:
Tulsa, OK  74115


Sponsor: 75 Productions
Telephone: 918-947-9544
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Luncheon honoring our Employee of the Year, Achiever of the Year, Graduate of the Year, and Community Partner.

Cost: none

Where:
Southern Hills Marriott Hotel
1902 E. 71st St
Tulsa, OK
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Think you can't do something, like sculpt, build a robot, or make a stamp? Think again! Come enjoy our 45-minute workshops held every Monday at noon at the McKeon Center for Creativity....

Cost: free and open to the public

Where:
McKeon Center for Creativity
910 S. Boston Ave.
TCC Metro Campus
Tulsa, OK  74119
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Sponsor: McKeon Center for Creativity
Telephone: 918-595-7339
Contact Name: McKeon Center for Creativity
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Speaker name: Miriam Moreno-Diaz, RN, MPH, CCP Speaker title: Quality Improvement Specialist, Oklahoma Health Initiatives Presentation title: “Matters of the Heart”...

Cost: Free

Where:
Central Library-Pocahontas Greadington Center
400 Civic Center
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Orth Contemporary is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new Silver Deposit paintings by Jimi Gleason on view at the gallery from September 7ththrough October 19th.    ...

Cost: free

Where:
Orth Contemporary
20 South Lewis Avenue
Tulsa, OK  74104
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Telephone: (918) 565-9404
Contact Name: Katie
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Orth Contemporary is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new Silver Deposit paintings by Jimi Gleason on view at the gallery from September 7ththrough October 19th.    ...

Cost: free

Where:
Orth Contemporary
20 South Lewis Avenue
Tulsa, OK  74104
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Telephone: (918) 565-9404
Contact Name: Katie
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Featuring Jessica Zitter, MD, Critical and Palliative Care Specialist and author focused on finding a better path to the end of life. The evening will include a viewing of the Academy Award...

Cost: free

Where:
Hard Rock Casino & Hotel
777 W Cherokee
Catoosa, OK  74015
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Sponsor: Clarehouse
Telephone: 918-893-6150
Contact Name: Britni Smith
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Orth Contemporary is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new Silver Deposit paintings by Jimi Gleason on view at the gallery from September 7ththrough October 19th.    ...

Cost: free

Where:
Orth Contemporary
20 South Lewis Avenue
Tulsa, OK  74104
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Telephone: (918) 565-9404
Contact Name: Katie
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Orth Contemporary is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new Silver Deposit paintings by Jimi Gleason on view at the gallery from September 7ththrough October 19th.    ...

Cost: free

Where:
Orth Contemporary
20 South Lewis Avenue
Tulsa, OK  74104
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Telephone: (918) 565-9404
Contact Name: Katie
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Orth Contemporary is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new Silver Deposit paintings by Jimi Gleason on view at the gallery from September 7ththrough October 19th.    ...

Cost: free

Where:
Orth Contemporary
20 South Lewis Avenue
Tulsa, OK  74104
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Telephone: (918) 565-9404
Contact Name: Katie
Website »

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Orth Contemporary is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new Silver Deposit paintings by Jimi Gleason on view at the gallery from September 7ththrough October 19th.    ...

Cost: free

Where:
Orth Contemporary
20 South Lewis Avenue
Tulsa, OK  74104
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Telephone: (918) 565-9404
Contact Name: Katie
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Song, music and dance from the tradition of the semi-nomadic traveling musicians from Rajasthan, India

Cost: 0

Where:
Gathering Place Tulsa, QuikTrip Great Lawn
Tulsa, OK


Sponsor: SAPAF with GKFF
Telephone: 918 665 6419
Contact Name: Mohan Kelkar
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Join us for an evening of discussion with award-winning mystery author Sara Paretsky as she discusses the latest book in her acclaimed V.I. Warshawski series, "Shell Game." A book signing...

Cost: Free

Where:
Central Library
civic center
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: Tulsa City-County Library
Contact Name: Rebecca H

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Mothers of Preschoolers (and preschool means prior to school, ages 6 weeks to 5 years old). MOPS warmly welcomes any mom that has at least one child age 6 weeks to 5 years old. By joining MOPS, you...

Cost: Free

Where:
Eastwood Baptist Church
948 S 91st E Ave
Tulsa, OK  74112
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Sponsor: Eastwood Baptist Church
Telephone: 918-836-8686
Contact Name: Shirley Pittenger
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Come prepared to interview with dozens of actively hiring companies representing a variety of career fields and industries. Use a workstation for online job applications. Connect with...

Cost: Free to attend

Where:
Edgar J. Helms Center
2740 Southwest Boulevard
Tulsa, OK  74107
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Sponsor: Goodwill Industries of Tulsa
Telephone: 918-599-0067
Contact Name: Clarice Floyd
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This six-week cooking demonstration series will help you learn to shop smarter and use nutrition information to make healthier choices and make delicious and affordable meals. Each Cooking Matters...

Cost: Free

Where:
Friendship Church
1709 N. Madison Ave,
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: LIFE Senior Services
Telephone: (918) 664-9000
Contact Name: Emily Fox

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Fish, fun, friends and stories! Join us for our own seaside story time. Ages 2-5, maximum of 35, available on a first come basis. Free with admission to the Aquarium.

Cost: Children under 3 FREE Kids (3-12) $11.95 Adults $15.95

Where:
Oklahoma Aquarium
300 Aquarium Drive
Jenks, OK  74037
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Telephone: 918-296-FISH
Contact Name: Ann Money
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Are you staying in town for Fall Break? The Melting Pot is offering an extended weekend-long family special with kid-friendly fondue for the whole family.

Cost: $29.95 per adult | $19.95 per child

Where:
The Melting Pot of Tulsa
300 Riverwalk Terrace #190
Jenks, OK  74037
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Sponsor: The Melting Pot of Tulsa
Telephone: 918-299-8000
Contact Name: Alex Cooper
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Orth Contemporary is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new Silver Deposit paintings by Jimi Gleason on view at the gallery from September 7ththrough October 19th.    ...

Cost: free

Where:
Orth Contemporary
20 South Lewis Avenue
Tulsa, OK  74104
View map »


Telephone: (918) 565-9404
Contact Name: Katie
Website »

More information

Orth Contemporary is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new Silver Deposit paintings by Jimi Gleason on view at the gallery from September 7ththrough October 19th.    ...

Cost: free

Where:
Orth Contemporary
20 South Lewis Avenue
Tulsa, OK  74104
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Telephone: (918) 565-9404
Contact Name: Katie
Website »

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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

Where:
River West Festival Park
2100 S. Jackson Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74107
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Sponsor: Linde
Telephone: 918-596-2007
Contact Name: Tonja Carrigg
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Baptist Village of Owasso presents our annual Family Fun Fest, Thursday, October 18, 2018 from 5 to 7 pm. There will be free hot dogs, drinks, and popsicles! This event is for people of all ages,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Baptist Village of Owasso
7410 N. 127th E. Ave
Owasso, OK  74055
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Tulsa Metro Sound invites you to visit our weekly rehearsals - to be introduced to the women's All American craft of a cappella singing. We meet every Thursday evening at Christ Church Episcopal,...

Cost: 0

Where:
Christ Church Episcopal
10901 S Yale Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Sponsor: Tulsa Metro Sound
Telephone: 918-352-6091
Contact Name: Candace
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A fun Indian take on Jane Austen's famous novel with all the charms of Indian dance and music

Cost: 0

Where:
Guthrie Green
Tulsa, OK


Sponsor: SAPAF with GKFF
Telephone: 918 665 6419
Contact Name: Mohan Kelkar
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Third Thursdays in the Rainbow Room returns October 18 with Tulsa icon Rebecca Ungerman performing her one-woman show, "Oy, Gestalt!" “Oy, Gestalt” is a rollicking look at...

Cost: $10 and $15

Where:
Lynn Riggs BlackBox Theatre - OkEq
621 East 4th Street
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: OkEq
Telephone: 918-637-2866
Contact Name: Pat Hobbs
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TU Theatre presents Man of La Mancha on October 18-20 and October 25-27 at 8pm. October 21 at 2pm,

Cost: 10.00

Where:
Kendall Hall
3102 E 4th Place
Tulsa, OK  74104
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The Arabian Horse Association is headed back to Tulsa, Okla. for the 2018 U.S. National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show from October 19-27. Join us for exciting new events,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Expo Square
4145 East 21st Street
Tulsa
Tulsa, OK  74114
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Sponsor: Arabian Horse Association
Telephone: 303-696-4500
Contact Name: Kelsey Bergland
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Are you staying in town for Fall Break? The Melting Pot is offering an extended weekend-long family special with kid-friendly fondue for the whole family.

Cost: $29.95 per adult | $19.95 per child

Where:
The Melting Pot of Tulsa
300 Riverwalk Terrace #190
Jenks, OK  74037
View map »


Sponsor: The Melting Pot of Tulsa
Telephone: 918-299-8000
Contact Name: Alex Cooper
Website »

More information

Orth Contemporary is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new Silver Deposit paintings by Jimi Gleason on view at the gallery from September 7ththrough October 19th.    ...

Cost: free

Where:
Orth Contemporary
20 South Lewis Avenue
Tulsa, OK  74104
View map »


Telephone: (918) 565-9404
Contact Name: Katie
Website »

More information

Orth Contemporary is pleased to present a solo exhibition of new Silver Deposit paintings by Jimi Gleason on view at the gallery from September 7ththrough October 19th.    ...

Cost: free

Where:
Orth Contemporary
20 South Lewis Avenue
Tulsa, OK  74104
View map »


Telephone: (918) 565-9404
Contact Name: Katie
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

Where:
River West Festival Park
2100 S. Jackson Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74107
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Sponsor: Linde
Telephone: 918-596-2007
Contact Name: Tonja Carrigg
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Nimrod Journal and Booksmart Tulsa will host Write Night 2018 at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, October 19th, at the Tulsa Garden Center. Write Night will feature a reception and Author Chat with poet...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Tulsa Garden Center
2435 S. Peoria Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74114
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Sponsor: Nimrod Journal
Telephone: 918-631-3080
Contact Name: Eilis O'Neal
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The Nimrod Conference for Readers and Writers begins with Write Night on Friday, October 19th, at the Tulsa Garden Center at 6:30 p.m. Write Night is free and open to the public and will begin...

Cost: Free

Where:
Tulsa Garden Center
2435 S. Peoria Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74114
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Sponsor: Nimrod Journal
Telephone: 918-704-7006
Contact Name: Cassidy McCants
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Nimrod Journal and Booksmart Tulsa will host Write Night 2018 at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, October 19th, at the Tulsa Garden Center. Write Night will feature a reception and Author Chat with poet...

Cost: Free

Where:
The Tulsa Garden Center
2435 S. Peoria Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74114
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Sponsor: Nimrod Journal
Telephone: 918-631-3080
Contact Name: Eilis O'Neal
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The Fear Factory is Tulsa's newest haunted attraction.

Cost: $20

Where:
Tulsa, OK  74115


Sponsor: 75 Productions
Telephone: 918-947-9544
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THERE IS MORE TOUR brings falls dates to the U.S. featuring music artists Hillsong Worship and teaching from Pastor Brian Houston.  Following the successful spring tour that filled to capacity...

Cost: $28.00 General, $40.00 Deluxe

Where:
Victory Church
7700 S. Lewis Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74136
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Sponsor: Premier Productions
Telephone: 855-484-1991
Contact Name: Carol
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The two-timed Grammy Nominated, Stellar Award winning Walls Group, will be performing live on The Great Lawn Stage along with the MET Choir and Kirk Franklin. Hailing from Houston, TX, this...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
Great Lawn Stage
2650 S. John Williams Way East
Tulsa, OK  74114
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Sponsor: Gathering Place

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Admission is FREE, and this is a fun event for the entire family. The event will have a DJ performing various traditional, Indian folk and modern Bollywood tunes, including energetic Dandiya...

Cost: 0

Where:
Guthrie Green
Tulsa, OK


Sponsor: SAPAF with GKFF
Telephone: 918 665 6419
Contact Name: Mohan Kelkar
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TU Theatre presents Man of La Mancha on October 18-20 and October 25-27 at 8pm. October 21 at 2pm,

Cost: 10.00

Where:
Kendall Hall
3102 E 4th Place
Tulsa, OK  74104
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The Arabian Horse Association is headed back to Tulsa, Okla. for the 2018 U.S. National Arabian and Half-Arabian Championship Horse Show from October 19-27. Join us for exciting new events,...

Cost: Free

Where:
Expo Square
4145 East 21st Street
Tulsa
Tulsa, OK  74114
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Sponsor: Arabian Horse Association
Telephone: 303-696-4500
Contact Name: Kelsey Bergland
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Tulsa's 11th annual Out of the Darkness Walk, benefiting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  Each year, suicide claims more lives than war, murder, and natural disasters...

Cost: Free, but must register at afsp.org/tulsa

Where:
Kendall-Whittier Park
2601-2633 S Columbia Ave
Tulsa, OK  74104
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Sponsor: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Telephone: 539-777-0122
Contact Name: Robin Hudson LeBlanc
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Nimrod International Journal of Prose and Poetry will host its annual Conference for Readers and Writers at The University of Tulsa on October 20th, 2018. The Conference will begin at...

Cost: $60; scholarships available

Where:
TU's Allen Chapman Student Union
400 S. Gary Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74104
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Sponsor: Nimrod Journal
Telephone: 918-631-3080
Contact Name: Cassidy McCants
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Nimrod Journal will host its annual Conference for Readers and Writers on Saturday, October 20th, at The University of Tulsa. The conference will feature workshops on fiction, poetry, memoir,...

Cost: $10-$70

Where:
University of Tulsa Allen Chapman Student Union
404 S. Gary Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74104
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Sponsor: Nimrod Journal
Telephone: 918-631-3080
Contact Name: Eilis O'Neal
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We’re serving up our new chef-inspired fondue and traditional brunch options like Alpine Benedict Cheese Fondue, French Toast Fondue, Avocado Fiesta Toast plus bottomless mimosas. Reserve...

Cost: Varies

Where:
The Melting Pot of Tulsa
300 Riverwalk Terrace #190
Jenks, OK  74037
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Sponsor: The Melting Pot of Tulsa
Telephone: 918-299-8000
Contact Name: Alex Cooper
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Are you staying in town for Fall Break? The Melting Pot is offering an extended weekend-long family special with kid-friendly fondue for the whole family.

Cost: $29.95 per adult | $19.95 per child

Where:
The Melting Pot of Tulsa
300 Riverwalk Terrace #190
Jenks, OK  74037
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Sponsor: The Melting Pot of Tulsa
Telephone: 918-299-8000
Contact Name: Alex Cooper
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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

Where:
River West Festival Park
2100 S. Jackson Ave.
Tulsa, OK  74107
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Sponsor: Linde
Telephone: 918-596-2007
Contact Name: Tonja Carrigg
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October 20th from 7 to 9 p.m. Oklahoma Performing Arts will host "A Night with Tolleck Winner" to benefit the OPA. The event, in coordination with the Atamian Gallery, will be the first...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oklahoma Performing Arts
718 South Elm Place
Broken Arrow, OK  74011-74014
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Performing Arts & Atamian Gallery
Telephone: 310-254-7149
Contact Name: Jack Price
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America’s LARGEST interactive comedy murder mystery dinner show is now playing at the Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa Broken Arrow! At The Dinner Detective, you’ll tackle a challenging crime while you...

Cost: 59.95

Where:
Hilton Garden Inn Tulsa- Broken Arrow
420 W Albany St.
Broken Arrow, OK  74012
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Telephone: 866-496-0535
Contact Name: The Dinner Detective
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Please join us for our annual event to celebrate and support the Little Blue House. We will have catering by Keo, a cash bar complete with signature cocktail, silent auction, and a dessert dash!...

Cost: $40-1000

Where:
East Side Christian Church
1438 S. Indianapolis Ave
Tulsa, OK  74112
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Sponsor: Little Blue House
Telephone: 918-978-9721
Contact Name: Linda Davis
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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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October 20th from 7 to 9 p.m. Oklahoma Performing Arts will host "A Night with Tolleck Winner" to benefit the OPA. The event, in coordination with the Atamian Gallery, will be the first...

Cost: Free

Where:
Oklahoma Performing Arts
718 South Elm Place
Broken Arrow, OK  74011-74014
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Performing Arts & Atamian Gallery
Telephone: 310-254-7149
Contact Name: Jack Price
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The Fear Factory is Tulsa's newest haunted attraction.

Cost: $20

Where:
Tulsa, OK  74115


Sponsor: 75 Productions
Telephone: 918-947-9544
Website »

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The Mummy & Me dance is a Halloween dance for just the kids and mom. SORRY, NO DADS ALLOWED. We encourage everyone to come in a costume but not required. There will be a costume contest, scary...

Cost: $5.00 Per Person

Where:
Nienhuis Park Community Center
3201 North 9th Street
Broken Arrow, OK  74012
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Telephone: 918-259-6550
Contact Name: Nienhuis Park Community Center

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Are you thirsting for some fun in October? If you're feeling drained, bring your boyfriend/ghoulfriend and join the other children of the night for a show that's so funny, it's spooky. 8:00 p.m.,...

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

Where:
pH Community House
306 South Phoenix Ave
Tulsa, OK  74127
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Sponsor: Laughing Matter Improv
Contact Name: Jerry Henderson
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TU Theatre presents Man of La Mancha on October 18-20 and October 25-27 at 8pm. October 21 at 2pm,

Cost: 10.00

Where:
Kendall Hall
3102 E 4th Place
Tulsa, OK  74104
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