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Jenks opens dog park

posted April 28th, 2018 by
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The City of Jenks welcomed its first public dog park with a grand opening and ribbon cutting Friday morning.

Barkwest is the result of a partnership between the Jenks Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation and the City of Jenks.

Photos by Jessica Stacy/Jenks Chamber of Commerce

Photos by Jessica Stacy/Jenks Chamber of Commerce

The new park, located at 990 W. 101st St. (behind Reasor’s), spans three acres and features separate areas for large and small dogs, water fountains, double gate entries and natural shade.

Barkwest is open daylight to dusk seven days a week. It will be closed from 7 to 10 a.m. on Thursdays for maintenance.

You can find more information and pictures at the Barkwest Facebook page.

— Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

Muddy Paws offers free groom for teachers’ pets

posted April 24th, 2018 by
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For the month of May, Muddy Paws is offering teachers one free dog grooming.

“We know that the Tulsa metro community has helped us so much. And the Tulsa school teachers walk out had such an impact on all of us that we felt like we wanted to give back to the community,” said Debbie Davis, director of operations and outreach.

“We may not as an organization understand everything that was involved with the teacher walkout, however we want to give that same unconditional acceptance of the teachers, we want to honor them, just like these little doggies honor us,” Davis said.

Teachers must call to set up an appointment and dogs must be current on their vaccinations. Grooms typically range $20 to $65 depending on the size and type of dog. The free groom is good for one dog, no matter the size, and will include bath, nails, ear cleaning, anal expression and full haircut.

Muddy Paws is staffed by Pets helping People, a training program for incarcerated women. During the month of March, the group groomed 1,000 dogs, the most groomed during a single month since the program started in 2010.

As of the end of 2017, the group’s recidivism rate was down to 1%, the state rate for females for the same time period is 14.4%.

To make an appointment at Muddy Paws, call 918-749-5255 or visit muddy-paws.org for more information.

— Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

Bridges Foundation Mercantile Opens

posted April 24th, 2018 by
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Our Story……..The Bridges Foundation was founded by a group of parents of children with disabilities on August 21, 1964. Parents wanted a safe environment for their loved one to work post-graduation while building their life skills and independence. The mission of Bridges quickly became to enhance the quality of life for individuals with unique capabilities, their families, and our community through training, education, employment services and advocacy. In 1988, Bridges saw the need to expand this program by offering community employment opportunities at competitive wages for each individual. The Community Integrated Employment Program provided individuals with a greater sense of independence and self-sufficiency. In an effort to continue providing pathways for individuals with disabilities or barriers to employment, Bridges introduced the Vocational Rehabilitation Program. This program provides job search assistance, placement, and one-on-one training directly with an employer.

Self-advocacy is important for people with disabilities. Beginning this educational process at an early age helps to build confidence and acquire the needed skills to achieve their desire for independence. Bridges introduced the Work Adjustment Program (WAT) in 2009 to provide the necessary education and resources for young students and families. Additionally, Bridges Summer Camp was developed as a way for families to have a safe environment for their children throughout the summer months. Summer camp offers youth ages 10-21 activities to continue educational goals, engage socially with their peers, and develop natural supports.

In an effort to continue providing meaningful employment, The Bridges Barkery opened in 2013. This innovative dog treat bakery teaches employment and life skills while promoting self-sufficiency and financial independence. The Bridges Foundation serves Tulsa and surrounding communities at our two locations in Jenks and north Tulsa.

Today……

The south campus Work Adjustment class visited Game Day Popcorn in downtown Jenks to observe working in a retail location. It didn’t take long for owners Jaclan and Dennis Buczek to fall in love with the students and Bridges. We also fell in love with this amazing couple and could feel the love they had for our program. When they approached us about purchasing this business, we knew it was a blessing and meant to be. Game Day Popcorn will now be known as Bridges Mercantile. We will continue the tradition of Game Day Popcorn and also add amazing products made by the individuals served at Bridges. Bridges Mercantile will provide employment opportunities for individuals with special needs. Each of their individual talents will be showcased in the products sold and customer service. You can visit the Mercantile to purchase popcorn, Bridges Barkery treats, handmade bath products for both you and your furry friend, as well as art and other goods made by the individuals served at Bridges.

 

 

Grand Opening Coming Soon!!

Follow The Bridges Foundation facebook page for details.

Visit the Mercantile at 108 E. Main st. Jenks, OK.

 

 

Dates to Know:

April 28 Jenks Herb and Plant Festival

Purchase your Barkery Treats and Game Day Popcorn

May 21 Talking is Teaching (1813 N. Ash St Jenks) 10:00 AM

Parents and children ages 5 and under come talk, read, craft, and sing with the

clients of Bridges. Enjoy a free lunch! Each family receives a free book!

June 4 First day of Bridges Summer Camp! Register at www.thebridgesfound.org

June 9 5th Annual Dirty Dog GLOW Run!

Register and see all the details at www.thebridgesfound.org

Come enjoy The Fabulous Mid Life Crisis Band!!!

If you are interested in being a sponsor for the Dirty Dog Run please contact Nikki Jolly at 918-299-2656 or [email protected]. All proceeds go towards providing employment and training for individuals with disabilities.

August 17 Bridges Night at the Tulsa Drillers Game!

Purchase your tickets here to benefit The Bridges Foundation!

https://groupmatics.events/event/Bridgesfoundation

 

 

Weekend brings fun adoption opportunities

posted April 12th, 2018 by
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This Saturday brings with it two fun opportunities to support local animal rescues, or better yet, to adopt a homeless animal.

From 8:30 a.m. to noon, Sky Fitness and Wellbeing will host its second annual Cardio for Canines event at all three area locations. Each location will support a different local rescue group.

For every mile run, meter rowed, stories climbed, group fitness class attended, or training session completed between 8:30 a.m. and noon, Sky will donate money to local non-profits that support animals. There will also be adoptable dogs at each location.

Sky Broken Arrow — Legacy of Hope Dog Rescue
Sky South — River Trails Dog Rescue
Sky Midtown — Route 66 Dog Rescue

Non-members can bring a dog item (food, collar, etc.) to donate in exchange for a one day guest pass. For more information, view the Facebook event here.

After you have worked up an appetite breaking a sweat at Sky Fitness, head on over to Fuel 66 from noon to 4 p.m. for some good food and a beer to celebrate the opening of its new dog park.

The Humane Society of Tulsa will be on-site with low cost vaccinations, $25 microchipping and adoptable animals.

You can get more info about Community Dog Day at Fuel 66 here.

So get out there and make the most of your weekend while supporting local animal shelters and local businesses.

–Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

Free pet tag on Shutterfly today only

posted April 11th, 2018 by
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Did you know you could create pet tags on Shutterfly? Neither did I. Today only, you can snag your favorite pet a free pet tag using the code PETDAY.

You can choose bone, heart or circle shaped tags and customize with up to 2 photos. Of course, there are plenty of designs available as well.

Get started on your custom tag here.

–Lauren Cavagnolo, [email protected]

Rib Crib Raises $105,000 for Charities

posted April 7th, 2018 by
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RIB CRIB PITMASTERS GOLF TOURNAMENT RAISES $105,000 FOR TULSA CHARITIES  

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Abby (Rib Crib’s office dog), Danielle Palm, Sherri Hardy and Marc Chastain

 

Tulsa, Okla. – Rib Crib BBQ & Grill presented $105,000 to five local Tulsa charities April 4 from proceeds of its 15th annual golf invitational, the 2017 Pitmasters Golf Tournament presented by Prosperity Bank.

More than 144 golfers participated in the annual golf event to support the five local nonprofit organizations: The Foundation for Tulsa Schools, The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis, Pet Adoption League (PAL), Emergency Infant Services, and 12&12.

“We are so thankful to the sponsors, golfers and employees who helped raise this money for us to give back to these charities who provide wonderful services to our community,” said Marc Chastain, Rib Crib President.

Chastain and Danielle Palm, Rib Crib tournament director, presented oversized checks to each of the agencies and their representatives, which included: Bryan Day, CEO, and Clayton Woodrum, board member, of 12&12; Tom Neff, Senior Vice President of Saint Francis Health System and Kacie Frazier, Coordinator at The Children’s Hospital Foundation; Sherri Hardy, Pet League Adoption President; and Bill Andoe, Executive Director, and Ranan Gangel, Board Secretary, for Emergency Infant Services.

“Our vendors, volunteers and charitable donations helped make the tournament a success,” said Bret Chandler, Chairman & CEO. “The Rib Crib family is proud to be a part of such a generous community, and we’re so thankful for all the time and effort everyone donated for us to give our local charities.”

The tournament was held at the newly remodeled Oaks Country Club, featuring a shot-gun start four-person scramble, hole-in-one prizes from Land Rover of Tulsa and

Don Thornton Cadillac, a smoked tenderloin lunch and lunch on the course from Rib Crib’s competitive BBQ team, and live and silent auctions.

Rib Crib acknowledges the many contributors of financial, in-kind and services donation who made the tournament possible. Special thanks go to tournament presenting sponsor, Prosperity Bank. Major sponsors were Andreini & Company Insurance, Auto Chlor, Barcas, LLC, Curtis Restaurant Supply, Dr. Pepper, Farmer Brothers Coffee, The Barkley Law Firm, The Hub Group, Tyson Foods and Saint Francis Hospital.

Silent and live auction items included:  $500 Bruce G. Weber gift card raffle, a Hasty Bake Grill, Yeti coolers, an Argentina Dove Hunt, 100 -Person PigMen BBQ cater, a Fleming’s Steakhouse private dinner for 12, a Duck Hunt at Dillingham Ranch, Polo Grill dinner for ten, Cigar dinner from SMOKE On Cherry Street, University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma State and OKC Thunder memorabilia.
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About Rib Crib BBQ & Grill

With 60 locations in eight states, Tulsa-based Rib Crib BBQ & Grill offers a fast-casual environment and family-friendly menu featuring a wide variety of hickory-smoked meats served in sandwiches, dinners, salads and combination platters. Open daily for lunch and dinner, Rib Crib’s bold barbecue is perfect for dining in, carryout or catering. The Tulsa-based company has headquarters located at 4535 S. Harvard Ave. For more information about Rib Crib BBQ & Grill, or for past tournament charities and team results, visit www.ribcribgolf.com.

 

The Foundation for Tulsa Schools is a community based 501(c)(3) nonprofit that was formed March 29, 2001 with the mission of building a better community through resources in educational quality, creativity and innovation.

The Children’s Hospital at Saint Francis was founded to welcome and foster charitable giving and to provide and care for the special spiritual, emotional and physical needs of children and their families. Funds raised support pediatric care, programming and facilities for sick children, regardless of their ability to pay.

12 & 12 offers life-saving recovery tools for adults suffering with addiction or co-existing mental health and substance use disorders to achieve individualized recoveries. They are a leader in the substance abuse and addiction treatment and recovery fields and the largest non-profit addiction treatment facility in the four-state area.

Pet Adoption League finds approved, loving and forever homes for rescued animals. They make the transition of adopting dogs to their new homes as easy as possible with educational materials.

Emergency Infant Services is a non-profit organization that provides temporary assistance to children five and younger in the Tulsa area whose families are in dire economic straits. They provide the most basic of needs: food, formula, clothing, and diapers, along with other children’s items.

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