2 Tulsans uncover the city’s residential history

Arena Mueller and Rachel Shoemaker share passions for houses, history and this city.



New houses are all about square footage, cabinet choices, countertop options, sparkling appliances and insurable roofs. Buyers just have to move in, arrange the furniture, empty dozens of boxes, hang some pictures and start making memories.

Older homes come with different attributes. Stories and plots are already built into their plaster walls, archways or unique trim kits. Physical and historical baggage are just waiting to be unpacked. And when diligent researchers like the two women featured here uncover such details, those homes become more than just address numbers on a street. Each becomes its own fingerprint. A one-of-a-kind snowflake in a blizzard of abodes.

Arena Mueller and Rachel Shoemaker share passions for houses, history and this city. Their research provides the narratives these structures might speak. More than just homes, these houses are lived-in history.   

Arena Mueller is the Tulsan behind the Renaissance Neighborhood History Project. She has named her 1930 home “Golden Gables,” and loves the many original details. In the research of her home, she discovered that a man who owned the mineral, oil and gas rights to her property and the adjacent area in the early 1900s happened to be a long-lost relative of hers from Pennsylvania. He worked in the oil industry and came to Tulsa for work.

Renaissance woman: Arena Mueller

Anyone driving through Tulsa’s Renaissance neighborhood can see the charm and uniqueness of its homes. Arena Mueller considers it the heart of midtown Tulsa; bordered on the north and south by East 11th and 15th streets, on the east and west by South Lewis and Harvard avenues. It’s also ground zero for her research. She has called the neighborhood home since 2009.

Mueller describes her own home in the neighborhood as “a little jewel box on a corner lot.” She fell in love with the 1930-built, yellow-brick gingerbread house and its arched tray ceilings and original chandeliers. “It’s tiny, but magnificent,” she claims.

There are no granite countertops or fancy backsplashes for her. “I still have the original 1930 kitchen,” she says proudly.

Along with being curious about her own home, she decided to research the rich histories (or checkered pasts) of others in the neighborhood. “There isn’t another home in the neighborhood like mine,” she says, “but my neighbors can say the same.”

In spring 2017, Mueller created the Renaissance Neighborhood History Project, a working study of her special piece of Tulsa history. She posts her findings at tulsarenaissancehistory.blogspot.com.

Monday through Friday, Mueller is a hard-working government employee. A clinical psychologist who works with veterans. Long hours. High stress levels.

“I needed a hobby that captivated me during my time away from work,” she says, explaining how she became interested in researching older homes.

One Renaissance home, in particular, has physical treasures worth noting. Also built in 1930, the home has two flat, octagonal stained glass panels that serve as ceiling light fixtures. One, blue/green; the other, silver/gold. Mueller’s work is helping to photograph and document these features for historic preservation.

Arena Mueller is the Tulsan behind the Renaissance Neighborhood History Project. She has named her 1930 home “Golden Gables,” and loves the many original details, like its chandelier.

The first house she wrote about was built in 1925, constructed around a safe in the basement. Cassie DeLozier Miller and Travis Miller already knew the history of their home and Mueller asked to write about it. “I thought it was a good place to start since the builder of that home, W.P. Miles, subdivided a significant part of the neighborhood,” Mueller says. As the gossip goes, the owner was a bootlegger. When the Millers heard the story, they invited guests to a speakeasy-themed party to help fund a safecracker. Sadly, much like the
Geraldo Rivera safecracking fizzle of 1986, the inside only contained a shot glass, mirror and milk-glass light shade.

It was the character of the home that drew in the homeowners. “One of the reasons we bought in midtown and the house we did is that we had an interest in architectural details that you can’t get in new homes,” Delozier Miller says. “These have a life and a story of their own, and we were interested in finding that story.”

When the homes were built in the late ’20s and early ’30s, most came with clauses stating they were never to be “sold or occupied by anyone of the Negro race,” with one exception: domestic service. The 1968 Fair Housing Act made housing discrimination illegal.

The most recent house Mueller researched also had ties to Tulsa’s race issues. The original owner was William Redfearn, a white man who owned a theater and hotel on Greenwood Avenue.

In Mueller’s most recent blog post, “The Secret in the Wall,” she tells the story of Paul and Norma Trees, and their daughter, Radine, who lived in the neighborhood. The Trees placed a time capsule filled with photos and a letter in their home in 1948. It was found in 2016.

The day of the 1921 Tulsa Race Massacre, his buildings burned to the ground. Redfearn estimated his loss at $104,000 (more like millions in today’s dollars). Although he was fully insured, the insurance company refused to pay.

Redfearn sued the city, county and insurance company, claiming police burned down his buildings. He produced 19 witnesses in a case that went all the way to Oklahoma Supreme Court. Although he lost, trial records and witness statements proved to be historical treasure troves of information.

He built another house, a Tudor near East 14th Street and South Birmingham Avenue, in 1929 but died before finishing the second floor. None of the next six owners over 86 years got around to it either. Residents of the home were plagued by divorces, bankruptcies and foreclosures. For Mueller, the possibility of a curse only adds to the intrigue.

The Renaissance Neighborhood Association has been a fertile source of history about the homes in the area and is credited for helping to save the Campbell Hotel by opposing an effort in the late 1990s to raze the then-vacant building. “We’re looking at our assets to consider an historical designation,” Mueller says of the neighborhood. Nothing regulatory to set remodeling standards. Just for the accolade and to recognize the assets that exist within the neighborhood, like the Tudor revival by architect Joseph Koberling Jr. — known for Tulsa’s downtown library, the Public Service Co. building and Will Rogers High School — and a streamline art deco home. Mueller’s work could help toward that goal, too.

A home in the Renaissance neighborhood was built around this safe. It was the home of W.P. Miles, owner of the Diamond Drug Store and an early developer of the neighborhood.

Her research process is linear. Point A to Points B, C, D and so on. Her neighbors have been encouraging and willing to share the history they know.

“I start by getting my hand on the abstract from the abstract company,” she says. That official document provides the history of the property. Once she gets the line of homeowners, she matches those names to the 1930 and 1940 U.S. census. Documents from the county assessor and
Oklahoma Historical Society also are useful.

Originally, all the land in the neighborhood was owned by members of the Creek Nation, as allotted by the federal government. One of the original allotments went to 8-year-old Addie Perryman, considered a member of Tulsa’s “first family.” She received 160 acres.

After a few transactions, some of Perryman’s property was sold to W.P. Miles, the first man to plat and subdivide much of the land that became Renaissance Neighborhood. He called it the Miles Addition. 

Arena Mueller and Jeremy Walker stand in Walker’s unfinished second floor. The home was originally built by Tulsa  businessman William Redfearn in 1929. Over its 90 years, none of the owners have finished the project. Mueller researched Redfearn and the home as part of her Renaissance Neighborhood History Project.

Although Mueller hasn’t quite reached her goal of researching four homes a year, her pursuit of local history continues. “I’m behind,” she admits. “My hobby has to wait for weekends. But once I get into a house, it almost just wraps me up.”

Mueller didn’t grow up in a historically significant home. In fact, because her parents moved so often, she doesn’t claim any home as the one she grew up in. Her appreciation for homes with a history originated with her grandparents.

They lived in the west suburbs of Chicago in the 1980s, where her grandmother was a real estate professional. When as a young girl Mueller would visit in the summers, the two would tour older homes. Everything from the smallest detail to the third-floor ballrooms fascinated her.

Historic homes have always attracted her — some real, some imaginary, some literary. The homes in her grandparents’ neighborhood. Thornfield Hall in “Jane Eyre.” And especially Grey Gardens, the East Hampton estate whose decline and decay inspired a documentary, Broadway musical and TV movie.

“Grey Gardens taught me that a house can be a character, an entity, a living, breathing family member with its own quirks and style,” Mueller says on her website. “These homes evoke a sense of stewardship for the future from their owners and caretakers.”

 

Sears-ious historian: Rachel Shoemaker

Rachel Shoemaker has developed a large library of kit-home blueprints and catalogs.

If you want to know about Route 66, ask Michael Wallis. For T-Town weather, try Travis Meyer. But if you’re looking to learn something about kit homes from Sears, Rachel Shoemaker is your local authority. And if she hadn’t needed a rotator cuff repair, none of this might have been possible.

This recently retired firefighter was placed on light duty following surgery in April 2008. Her supervisor, knowing she had a degree in music, assigned her an interesting task: researching artwork displayed at fire stations.   

As a result of a 1969 city ordinance, a small percentage of the cost for Tulsa’s public buildings was designated for public art, including statues and paintings. Armed with a camera and curiosity, Shoemaker dug into the works, the artists and how the pieces came to be. She also stumbled onto information about the architects and blueprints for local fire stations. And a few detours later, she wandered into the world of mail-order kit homes.

Rachel Shoemaker, left, found Tulsa’s oldest existing Sears home in the Brady Heights neighborhood. It is owned by Scott Trizza, right, who treasures its large front porch and original aesthetics, like the special-order, original front door and mantel.

The idea behind kit homes originated with a Michigan lumber dealer/mill that wanted to sell more materials. The Aladdin Co. in Bay City offered “knock down boats” (essentially boat kits). The lumber for the boats came with the plans needed to put the pieces together.

The marketing approach was simple yet genius. Buy the material, get the blueprints free. The idea expanded to homes and cottages to go with the boats. Eventually, heavyweights like Sears jumped on the bandwagon.

The company precut and bundled all the materials needed — framing, windows, door hardware. Everything but concrete and rock. Those materials were too heavy to ship and had to be bought locally. Also excluded were materials for electricity or plumbing, neither of which were standard at the time.

Sears produced kit homes between 1908 and 1940, ranging in price from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars. Approximately 70,000 kit homes were shipped to all (at the time) 48 states through the company’s Mail Order Modern Homes program.

This original mantel in a Sears Hazelton was an upgrade to the original kit plan.

Buyers could choose from 370 models, not counting mirror-image plans. All 10,000 to 30,000 pieces were well marked and shipped via boxcar. Most comforting, they arrived with a 75-page instruction book.

Over her 10 years of research, Shoemaker has identified 20 Sears homes in Tulsa. The earliest dates to 1912; it’s a Sears Hazelton in Brady Heights owned by Scott Trizza. The longtime Brady Heights resident did not know his home was a Sears catalog home until the day Shoemaker knocked on his door to meet him and show the homeowners its catalog. Trizza says he loves to sit on his front porch and often meets travelers touring Tulsa’s historic home sites.

Statewide, there are closer to 60 Sears homes. In the beginning, Oklahoma was too far from the Sears lumber mill in Cairo, Illinois, to make shipping efficient. Other kit home companies such as Aladdin and Gordon van Tine had small mills located across the country, which made shipping costs more reasonable. As the original lumber supplier bought other mills around the country, outposts like Oklahoma were within reach.

At the beginning of her research, Shoemaker bought books on the subject and pored over the photos. She recognized one home — a Sears Woodland — close to her assigned Fire Station No. 2 on West Edison Street. “I’ve got an eye for detail,” she says. “I have a really good memory for things like that.” Even throughout potential decades of change or additions, the homes are still recognizable to Shoemaker.

She discovered another one in Owen Park. “It looks like every other house for the most part,” but she focused on the details. To determine if the house is the Sears version, room measurements have to be exact. She obtains dimensions from assessor websites and gets a good idea on room size and floor plans based on window and door placement.

From there, she does meat-and-potatoes detective work. She researches the buyers from sales records and can obtain addresses from census reports or city directories from that particular timeframe, eventually finding the home and maybe even descendants who have photos.

Mortgage records can yield helpful information, too, as Sears offered financing for the homes.

“First thing I look for is if (the house) matches the catalog image,” Shoemaker says. She then checks examples of the millwork to confirm the Sears connection.

Other evidence can be stenciling on the wood to indicate it was precut and to instruct builders about which pieces go together. Shipping labels on the back of the millwork are other clues (look for Sears as the return address). “It’s like paint-by-number or Ikea in today’s world,” she says of the bygone kit-home phenomenon.

“They’re not any different — not any better or any worse — than any other house; just part of Americana,” she points out, adding that the homes of this era were built from first-growth lumber.  

Rachel Shoemaker has a library of catalogs for Sears kit homes. This one, a Sears Hazelton, dates to 1912.

The more she drilled, the more she discovered. For instance, the plans for the Sears homes came from articles in building trade journals or pattern books where architect designs were often featured. These kit companies were in the business to sell lumber and building materials, and having prepared plans saved time and money — although they did, upon request, design homes for buyers.  

Kit homes died out as building codes became stricter and more varied by local jurisdictions. According to Shoemaker, they still are available through other sources with the understanding that the owner/builder adapts them to local building codes.

Shoemaker, herself, doesn’t live in a Sears kit home. Her Bixby house was built in 1999, and contains her pair of four-drawer file cabinets filled with catalogs of kit homes. The catalogs featured testimonials (today’s customer reviews) sent to the companies by recent users. Using those testimonials, she was able to locate several hundred kit homes built across the country from all kit-home manufacturers.

Her research once took 10-12 hours a day. Now retired, she mostly answers questions via email, her blog or the Facebook page she created nine years ago. She has become a leading researcher of Sears kit homes. She has been contacted on Sears’ behalf as an expert witness to prove a house in question was not a Sears kit home. She also has done radio interviews and has been featured in newspaper articles in Los Angeles and Colorado Springs, as well as in Connecticut History magazine.

When Shoemaker notifies someone of their home’s history, she gets different reactions. “Some aren’t interested to find out they live in a Sears home,” she says. But some are because the homes have become popular again. “All the rage,” she adds.

Shoemaker invites her followers to widen their appreciation of Tulsa architecture to include these homes: “Look past the mansions of the oil tycoons and the Art Deco that has made us so popular and enjoy a little Tulsa history as well as Oklahoma history.”

 

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Los Cabos - Jenks
300 Riverwalk Terrace
Jenks, OK
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River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame
5 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Hard Rock Casino - Track 5.
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Where:
Mother Road Market
1124 S Lewis Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Juicemaker Lounge
3508 S Sheridan Rd
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10-$40

Where:
ONEOK Field
201 N Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $2-$14

Where:
The Loony Bin
6808 S Memorial Dr
Tulsa, OK
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Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $9.75-$12

Where:
Cain's Ballroom
423 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $5

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

Cost: Determined by Dining Preference

Where:
25 Restaurants
Tulsa, OK  74120


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

Cost: N/A

Where:
Tulsa Restaurants
, OK


Sponsor: Health Outreach Prevention Educaiton
Telephone: 918-749-8378
Contact Name: Kathy Williams
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The Museum’s Dickinson Research Center is home to more than 700,000 photographs, 44,000 books, and perhaps unexpectedly, at least 1,000 horses. Meet some of the herd in Horseplay, the new...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

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

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

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

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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As Lakota artist Oscar Howe wrote in 1958, “There is much more to Indian art than pretty, stylized pictures.” This exhibition highlights this depth and the 20th century American masters who...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

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

Cost: $250 for two patron tickets

Where:
Harwelden Mansion
2210 S. Main Street
Tulsa , OK  74114
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Sponsor: Rosenstein, Fist & Ringold
Telephone: 918-746-6600
Contact Name: Brian Paschal
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The Champions of Health awards recognize those who make a difference in the health of Oklahomans. Winners in select categories will receive $5,000 for their organization or program, and will be...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
n/a
, OK


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

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Where:
Renaissance Hotel
6808 S 107th E Ave
Tulsa, OK  74133
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Sponsor: The Salvation Army
Contact Name: Dj Morrow Ingram
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Batter Up!  Forks Up!  It's a savory salute to Lou Gehrig and to America's favorite pastime, only kicked up a notch or two at the ballpark!  Join us for ballpark food like you've never seen...

Cost: sponsorships available

Where:
ONEOK Field
201 N Elgin
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: Muscular Dystrophy Association
Telephone: 918-749-7997
Contact Name: Becky Prine
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Join Camp Fire Green Country for our 4th annual fundraiser, Spark 2019: Trivia Night. The money raised allows Camp Fire to help young people gain the critical skills they need to thrive...

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

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

Cost: $75

Where:
Agora Event Center
1402 S. Peoria Ave.
Suite 200
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Sponsor: Oklahoma Project Woman
Telephone: 405-255-5579
Contact Name: Sammi Payne
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Hard Rock Casino - Riffs
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Cost: $39.50-$59.50

Where:
Hard Rock Casino - The Joint
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Hard Rock Casino - Track 5.
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Four Aces Tavern
11035 E 41st St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $47-$197.50

Where:
Brady Theater
105 W Reconciliation Way
Tulsa, OK
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Juicemaker Lounge
3508 S Sheridan Rd
Tulsa, OK
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The Pulitzer-winning author will discuss her new book on being a grandmother, Nanaville.

Cost: $30 for two tickets + 1 hardcover book

Where:
Congregation B'Nai Emunah
1719 S Owasso Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Blackbird on Pearl
1336 E 6th St
Tulsa, OK
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Crow Creek Tavern
3534 S Peoria Ave
Tulsa, OK
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The Run
3141 E Skelly Dr
Tulsa, OK
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Los Cabos - Broken Arrow
151 Bass Pro Dr
Broken Arrow, OK
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Paintings by Tulsa Artist Fellow Yatika Fields.

Where:
Joseph Gierek Fine Art
1342 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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The Hunt Club
224 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Soul City
1621 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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Los Cabos - Owasso
9455 N Owasso Expy
Owasso, OK
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The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Los Cabos - Jenks
300 Riverwalk Terrace
Jenks, OK
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The Colony
2809 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Join us as we bring together our community to celebrate the profound leadership of educators working to expand educational opportunity for all children in Tulsa. The Rise & Shine Education...

Cost: 25

Where:
Helmerich Center
1400 N Gilcrease Museum Rd
TULSA, OK  74127
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Men and women from across the American West played critical roles — both “over there” and on the home front — in helping the Allies win World War I. The American Expeditionary Force (AEF)...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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As Lakota artist Oscar Howe wrote in 1958, “There is much more to Indian art than pretty, stylized pictures.” This exhibition highlights this depth and the 20th century American masters who...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

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

Cost: $250 for two patron tickets

Where:
Harwelden Mansion
2210 S. Main Street
Tulsa , OK  74114
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Sponsor: Rosenstein, Fist & Ringold
Telephone: 918-746-6600
Contact Name: Brian Paschal
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The Museum’s Dickinson Research Center is home to more than 700,000 photographs, 44,000 books, and perhaps unexpectedly, at least 1,000 horses. Meet some of the herd in Horseplay, the new...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

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

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

Where:
National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
1700 NE 63rd Street
Oklahoma City, OK  73111
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The Champions of Health awards recognize those who make a difference in the health of Oklahomans. Winners in select categories will receive $5,000 for their organization or program, and will be...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
n/a
, OK


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

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

Cost: $175

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

Cost: $1500 per person

Where:
Tulsa Botanic Garden
3900 Tulsa Botanic Dr.
Tulsa , OK  74127
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Sponsor: Tulsa Botanic Garden
Telephone: 918-289-0330
Contact Name: Jane Dunbar
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Will Rogers Movie Night, Will Rogers Memorial, Claremore, doors open 6:30 p.m., movie begins 7 p.m. Admission free, free popcorn and drink, show of Will Rogers in “Conneticut Yankee.” Visit...

Cost: Free

Where:
Will Rogers Memorial Museum
1720 W. Will Rogers
Claremore, OK
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Get ready for Havana Nights, the 7th annual Operation ART gala event at the Mayo Hotel.   Guests will enjoy cocktails, appetizers, and live Latin style entertainment and have the opportunity to...

Cost: 125

Where:
The Mayo Hotel
115 WEST 5TH STREET
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: Operation Aware
Telephone: 918-582-7884
Contact Name: Jennifer Barnett
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Celebrating craft cocktails, craft beer, and craft-making.

Where:
Gilcrease Museum
1400 N Gilcrease Museum Rd
Tulsa, OK
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The Run
3141 E Skelly Dr
Tulsa, OK
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Los Cabos - Broken Arrow
151 Bass Pro Dr
Broken Arrow, OK
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Hard Rock Casino - Track 5.
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Los Cabos - Jenks
300 Riverwalk Terrace
Jenks, OK
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Los Cabos - Owasso
9455 N Owasso Expy
Owasso, OK
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Cost: $30-$45

Where:
Osage Casino Tulsa - Skyline Event Center
951 W 36th St N
Tulsa, OK
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Mercury Lounge
1747 S Boston Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Hard Rock Casino - Riffs
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Cost: $10

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

Where:
Collins Family Softball Complex
680 S Delaware Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
Retro Grill & Bar
800 N Peoria Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $5

Where:
Duet
108 N Detroit Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
The Starlite
1902 E 11th St
Tulsa, OK
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The Max Retropub
114 S Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10

Where:
The Vanguard
222 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $8-$10

Where:
The Venue Shrine
112 E 18th St
Tulsa, OK
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Browse dozens of exhibits and attractions including a Tiny Home Town and market.

Where:
Expo Square - RiverSpirit Expo
4145 E 21st St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $8

Where:
Rabbit Hole Improv
1526 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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The Hunt Club
224 N Main St
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10

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

Cost: $35.00 until April 19th

Where:
St. James Church
5050 E. 111th Street
Tulsa, OK  74137
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Sponsor: St. James Church
Telephone: 918-299-1133
Contact Name: Robyn
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Challenge Air provides 30 minute flights for special needs children (ages 7-21) for FREE. The families attend a short ground school before going up on their flight and when they return, the pilot...

Cost: Free to those signed up.

Where:
R.L. Jones Airport, hosted by Riverside Tulsa Tech
801 E. 91st St.
Tulsa
Tulsa, OK  74132
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Sponsor: Challenge Air
Telephone: 918-408-6379
Contact Name: Tricia Horn
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Please join us on April 27, 2019, for our annual Family History Conference. This is a great opportunity for hobbyists and experts alike to improve research skills and to get to know fellow...

Cost: 0

Where:
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
12110 E 7th St
Tulsa, OK  74128
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Sponsor: Tulsa Family History Center
Telephone: 918-938-5901
Contact Name: Cathy Hall
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Come join us at Mohawk Park on April 27th as Parkside Psychiatric Hospital & Clinic hosts the By Your Side 5K. Parkside’s By Your Side Run promotes physical fitness, and all proceeds will...

Cost: varies by event

Where:
Mohawk Park
near shelter #3
5701 E 36th St N
Tulsa, OK  74115
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Sponsor: Parkside Psychiatric Hospital
Telephone: 918-588-8826
Contact Name: Eric Sachau
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The Orbit Initiative, produced by The Tulsa Performing Arts Center and Trust, resumes its FREE community satellite adventures at seven local community centers this Saturday, January 12th, and...

Cost: Free

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

Cost: Free to attend

Where:
Univeristy of Tulsa
2933 E 6th St,
Tulsa, OK  74104
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Sponsor: March of Dimes
Telephone: 918-407-2332
Contact Name: Jenny Thai
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As Lakota artist Oscar Howe wrote in 1958, “There is much more to Indian art than pretty, stylized pictures.” This exhibition highlights this depth and the 20th century American masters who...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

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

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

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

Cost: $250 for two patron tickets

Where:
Harwelden Mansion
2210 S. Main Street
Tulsa , OK  74114
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Sponsor: Rosenstein, Fist & Ringold
Telephone: 918-746-6600
Contact Name: Brian Paschal
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The Museum’s Dickinson Research Center is home to more than 700,000 photographs, 44,000 books, and perhaps unexpectedly, at least 1,000 horses. Meet some of the herd in Horseplay, the new...

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

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

Cost: $12.50 adult entry

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

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The Champions of Health awards recognize those who make a difference in the health of Oklahomans. Winners in select categories will receive $5,000 for their organization or program, and will be...

Cost: 0.00

Where:
n/a
, OK


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

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

Cost: Free

Where:
Shredder's Inc.
635 W 41st St.
Tulsa, OK  74107
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Sponsor: Better Business Bureau
Telephone: 918-492-1266
Contact Name: Shannon Spainhour
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Building Stronger Communities Presents Across the Lifespan: Alzheimer’s – A community health crisis Tulsa, OK – Building Stronger Communities will present Across the lifespan:...

Cost: Free

Where:
Tulsa Central Library - Pocahontas Room
400 Civic Center
Tulsa, OK  74103
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Sponsor: Building Stronger Communities
Telephone: 918-200-2635
Contact Name: Liz Wright

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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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We are a chapter of an organization that began with the grassroots efforts of Marjorie Guthrie, wife of Woody Guthrie. Woody passed away from complications of Huntington’s disease (HD) and an...

Cost: $25.00 per ticket

Where:
Living Arts of Tulsa
307 E Mathew B. Brady St
Tulsa, OK  74120
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Join us we celebrate the release of Quraysh Ali Lansana's first new and collected poems, the skin of dreams. Readings from the book, DJ, and book signing. 

Cost: Free

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

Cost: $25-$35

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

Cost: $250 per person

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

Cost: $15.00

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Charles Page Studios
1229 Charles Page Blvd
Tulsa, OK
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River West Festival Park
2100 S Jackson Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Cost: $10-$40

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ONEOK Field
201 N Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Mohawk Park
5701 E 36th St N
Tulsa, OK
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Shop at over 100 booths.

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

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

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

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

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

Cost: $25-$115

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

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

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

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

Cost: $25-$35

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

Cost: $10-$20

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The ReVue
822 S Sheridan Rd.
Tulsa, OK
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