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Two Hmong-Americans discuss life in Tulsa three decades after they immigrated to the U.S.



In 1979, Charles Ck Thao fled his home in Laos. Today, he says his life in Tulsa is “100 percent different” from what it could have been. The father of six children is pastor of Tulsa’s Hmong Baptist Church and has worked for NORDAM for 28 years.

The Vietnam War has recently ended. Two children from different remote villages in the highlands of Laos eye the enormous metal “birds” that will take them more than 7,000 miles from home.

The commercial airplanes will carry them and their refugee families on separate journeys to new lives in the United States. One child is suspicious; the other excited about the possibilities that await.

However different their outlooks about the long trips before them, both are eager to escape the fear that has followed them in their homeland for far too long.

Fear of death at the hands of the North Vietnamese Army drove their families to flee Laos for refugee camps in neighboring Thailand.

Fear of starvation also threatened the subsistence farmers for years. Over and over, war forced them to abandon their fields — which contained precious rice, their dietary staple — just before harvest.

Thirty years later, the children are Hmong-Americans living in Tulsa with children of their own. 

Here are their stories.

 

WHO ARE THE HMONG?

Hmong is an Asian ethnic group from the mountainous regions of Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and Cambodia. 

The origins of the Hmong are disputed, but they can be traced to China, according to the Lao Family Community of Minnesota Inc. (LFCM). U.S. Census data indicates Minnesota is home to the greatest concentration of Hmong-Americans — more than 66,000 in 2010.

Historically, some Chinese dynasties tried to enslave the Hmong, who sought to preserve their freedom and culture, according to the LFCM. Hmong means “free people.”

 

Charles Ck  Thao

Charles Ck Thao is raising the second generation of Hmong-Americans — six of them.

Large families are common among the Hmong, who have a dominant family hierarchy.

“We believe that the father and mother are always the heads of the family, and every child needs to obey their parents,” says Thao, whose children range from ages 14-27.

Family is especially important to 49-year-old Thao, who fled Laos as an orphan in 1979. Thao’s grandmother and aunt raised him and his three siblings after his father died and his mother remarried.

War overshadows Thao’s only memories of Laos, where he lived until he was 14. 

“We used to work in the field 8-10 hours a day, all our life,” he recalls. 

Hmong families in Laos cultivated crops year-round, he explains. Most raised rice to eat throughout the year, corn to feed their livestock and to supplement the family’s diet, and opium, which was a cash crop used to buy clothing and other products.

The Communist invasion forced residents of his village into Thai refugee camps, where Thao taught himself rudimentary English. He and his family eventually immigrated to Kankakee, Ill.

In 1982, Thao relocated to Tulsa with his uncle, who found a job as a stairway polisher.

“He wanted me to come with him to translate for him,” he says. “I also wanted to start a life — to go to school and find a job.” 

Thao graduated from Central High School, where he met his future wife, Bea Moua, another Hmong refugee. Tulsa’s First Lutheran Church sponsored her family’s move from Thailand to Tulsa in 1976.

After earning his associate’s degree from OSU Institute of Technology, Thao found a job at NORDAM through a connection at Tulsa Baptist Temple. He repairs and assembles fan reversers for Boeing and Airbus jets and celebrated 28 years at NORDAM on Oct. 27. 

“I built my precious life through this company,” he says. 

Indeed, Thao’s life in Tulsa is “100 percent different” than if he had remained in his native country, he says. Thousands of Hmong did stay in Laos, either by choice or because they missed the window of opportunity for political asylum. 

“If I didn’t come over here, I might have passed away already,” he says. “I think the Lord had the American people get involved in the war so that we could have a chance to come over here.”

Thao attributes other life events to a divine hand, as well. 

During childhood, Thao “was able to do things I didn’t really know how to do,” he says, such as learn English more quickly than his relatives and help his grandmother raise his siblings. “I realized that it wasn’t on my own. It was the Lord who helped me step by step all this time.”

It was that understanding that led Thao to become a Christian in 1986 and eventually minister to other Hmong-Americans.

“We went to church, and I learned about the Lord, who has almighty miracles and love and helps us,” he says. “Then I realized that since he served me, it was time for me to serve him.”

Ten Christian families, including Thao’s, founded the Hmong Alliance Church in 1988. It’s the largest Hmong congregation in the Tulsa metro area, he says.

In 1996, his family and four others helped start an Owasso congregation. Thao’s family later helped start a third church, the Hmong Baptist Church, which he now leads as pastor.

Today the local Hmong-American community has seven Christian churches comprising approximately 1,000 members in four denominations, Thao says.

Shamanism remains the predominant religion among Hmong-Americans, according to various sources. The practice involves the worship of ancestors and belief in supernatural healing by shamans, Thao says. 

Though he has veered from Hmong tradition in the religious sense, Thao remains connected to other cultural practices, including celebration of the Hmong New Year each fall.

“The New Year is very important for our people because we celebrate the harvest and everything we’ve done all year,” he says. “It’s also a time to visit relatives.”

The multi-day festival also is “the only time I can take my son to look for a wife,” he says. 

It is rare for Hmong-American parents to arrange their children’s marriages — a common practice in Laos — but some take the opportunity during Hmong New Year to point out potential spouses their children should consider.

Marriage is a cornerstone of Hmong culture, Thao says.

“A man or woman does not have any chance to serve the community if they are not married,” he says.

The Thaos urge their children to marry Hmong Christians, he says, but the choice is ultimately theirs. Thao’s eldest daughter married a non-Hmong Vietnamese man. His family is Buddhist and does not speak much English. 

“When we come together, we don’t have much to say,” he laughs. “We still love them as our children.”

 

LINDA LOR

As president of the Hmong American Association of Oklahoma, Linda Lor is a bit of an anomaly. The state employee says her position in the community reflects a cultural shift in gender roles among the traditionally patriarchal Hmong.

“We are changing as we blend into the Western culture,” says Lor, who has five children. “Now, husbands and wives have an equal partnership where both have to work and share duties.”

Still, Hmong-American women must respect and follow the lead of their husbands, Lor says.

“If you respect your husband, then the community respects your husband and your family earns respect from the whole community,” she says. 

Lor and her Hmong-American husband, Vachain, have lived in Oklahoma since 2008, when they relocated from St. Paul, Minn.

“My husband chose to come here because he was tired of the cold,” she says.

Frigid temperatures were one of many shocks Lor received when she arrived in Minnesota from Laos in 1981. The little girl had never seen snow, which was plentiful the December her family arrived. 

“The ground was white and Christmas lights were up,” she recalls. “It was like nothing I’d seen before. I thought, ‘We are in heaven.’”

Tears still wet Lor’s cheeks when she recalls her family’s harrowing escape through the jungle to Thailand. She estimates the journey took at least three weeks, during which they survived on leaves, roots and uncooked rice. Her youngest brother, an infant at the time, nearly died. 

“He was hungry and wet and was crying, so my mom had to dose him with opium to put him to sleep,” she says. “We couldn’t make any noise.

“I saw people die right in front of me. Those memories have haunted me for a long time.”

In her new home, Lor was surprised to find electricity, indoor plumbing and Western clothing.

“I had never been exposed to pants,” she laughs. People in Laos wore traditional Hmong dress, which is handmade with pleated fabrics.

At school, Lor felt out of place. She found her teacher’s brightly lipsticked mouth — and unrecognizable words — mesmerizing. 

“I was terrified but trying to blend in, too,” she says of the experience.

Eventually, Lor mastered English and translated for her parents. She graduated high school and earned her bachelor’s degree in business. After moving to Tulsa, she obtained her master’s degree.  

Lor blazed her own path in leadership because of a passion for her community. She describes her position as a key role. As the first woman in this position, she hopes to influence the next generation of Hmong-American women.

“It took 30 years for a female to step up, and I was like the icon to the community,” she says. “My whole goal is to inspire other females — to say, ‘Step out of your shell. Yes, you can be in a leadership role.’”

 

Hmong immigration to the U.S. and Oklahoma

Courtesy Linda Lor

During the Vietnam War, the CIA recruited about 30,000 Hmong in Laos to fight Communist forces under Gen. Vang Pao of the Royal Lao Army, according to the Lao Family Community of Minnesota Inc. (LFCM). This classified operation became known decades later as the Secret War.

In return for their military service, the Hmong received a promise of protection by the U.S. government.

The LFCM reports that hundreds of thousands of Hmong were killed in the conflict, and about 100,000 fled to Thai refugee camps in 1980. Most ultimately resettled in Western countries, including the U.S., where they were granted citizenship.

American churches sponsored the resettlement of thousands of Hmong to Minnesota, Wisconsin, California and other states, according to various sources.

Some Hmong eventually relocated to northeastern Oklahoma. Many were drawn to the climate, which is similar to Laos and conducive to farming, says Linda Lor, president of the Hmong American Association of Oklahoma. Others were sponsored by Tulsa churches or followed relatives to the area.

Lor says 10 clans comprising an estimated 5,000 Hmong live in Oklahoma today. Most are concentrated in the Tulsa metro area — largely in east Tulsa — and work in the manufacturing industry, although many own businesses, according to Lor.

 

Hmong American Association of Oklahoma

A group of Hmong-American elders founded the Hmong American Association of Oklahoma Inc. (HMAAO) in 1979 to help Oklahoma’s Hmong community maintain its culture and language, says HMAAO President Linda Lor. 

The association is headquartered in Tulsa because of the metro area’s large concentration of Hmong-Americans. It operates from the Green Country Event Center at East 31st Street and South Garnett Road.

The volunteer-run nonprofit provides services such as English translation, job interview preparation and other social services.

The HMAAO also organizes Hmong social events and cultural activities, the largest of which is Hmong New Year. The community-wide New Year celebration is hosted annually in October or November at the Green Country Event Center. The venue sold this year to Union Public Schools and will be the site of a new elementary school. 

The association must vacate the center by Feb. 28, and a search is underway for a new place to host Hmong events, which can draw thousands of people. The association welcomes public donations to help purchase a facility for the community. For more information, visit www.hmaao.org.

 

Hmong-American vendors a staple at Tulsa farmers’ markets

Dai Lor, Tria Yang Farms

As the number of Hmong-American vendors at the Cherry Street Farmers’ Market grew in the late 2000s, so did some shoppers’ concerns about the vendors’ produce. 

Former CSFM board president Mike Appel of Three Springs Farm says market organizers and shoppers were amazed at the size and quality of the Hmong-American farmers’ produce. Some shoppers questioned whether it was grown out of state.

The market’s standard farm inspections confirmed the stunning crops were Oklahoma-grown using techniques and seed varieties brought from the farmers’ homelands.

Now, approximately half of the produce vendors at the Saturday market are Hmong-American, Appel says, and shoppers seem to have warmed up to the farmers.

“People are realizing the Hmong vendors are legitimate growers,” he says. “They trust them and are forming relationships with them.”

Several local restaurants and grocery stores are doing the same. Neng Thao, Thao Farms

Nancy Bruce, owner of Lambrusco’z to Go, frequents the Brookside market on Wednesdays because of its convenient location across the street from her restaurant. Bruce buys squash, tomatoes and cucumbers, but her favorite item is kale from the Vinita, Okla., farm of Tria Yang.

“The kale is beautiful, clean and perfect, and it’s just as perfect a week later,” she says. “If you buy it from a regular supplier, it’s wilty and dirty in just a few days.”

She also enjoys working more unique produce into the “farmers’ market selections” available Wednesdays and Thursdays in the Lambrusco’z dinner case. 

Eloté, The Vault, Smoke, Palace Café and Juniper also regularly buy produce from Hmong-American vendors at the Cherry Street and Brookside markets, says Penni Shelton, market administrator. She says farmer Neng Thao also sells to Reasor’s.

“Without the Hmong vendors, there really wouldn’t be much of a farmers’ market,” Appel says. “They add a rich diversity to the market and local food scene.”

 

The Tulsa Hmong community and its members own and operate a number of businesses in Tulsa and the surrounding area.

3 Asian grocery stores
(Owasso and Tulsa) Asian Mart International Food Market, 12919 E. 31st St., is the largest Hmong-owned Asian grocery in Tulsa.

5 restaurants
(Tulsa, Owasso, Broken Arrow)

2 auto service shops 
(Tulsa)

1 auto glass repair shop (Tulsa)

4 laundromats
(Tulsa, Owasso, Collinsville)

3 life, home and auto insurance offices
(Tulsa, Collinsville)

3 real estate offices
(Tulsa, Collinsville)

2  tailor shops
(Tulsa, Owasso)

1 floral, cakes and
desserts shop

1 small machining technology business
(Haskell)

5 or more poultry farms
 

Source: Linda Lor

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Cost: $2-$14

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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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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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Where:
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

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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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Where:
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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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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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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Where:
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
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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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River Spirit Casino - 5 O'Clock Somewhere Bar
8330 Riverside Pkwy
Tulsa, OK
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The Max Retropub
114 S Elgin Ave
Tulsa, OK
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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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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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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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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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Where:
Hard Rock Casino - Riffs
777 W Cherokee St
Catoosa, OK
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Where:
Dusty Dog Pub
5107 S Harvard Ave
Tulsa, OK
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Where:
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

Where:
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.

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

Where:
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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