POSTED ON DECEMBER 23, 2009:
Santa Claus and his reindeer have made their worldwide rounds, and itís now time for all of the kiddies to see which list they were on and what he brought. Christmas day has finally arrived with families and friends gathering to spend time together and exchange gifts. But letís not forget that Christmas was established originally to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. To set the scene, the Virgin Mary gave birth to our Lord in a manger in Bethlehem. All rejoiced in his birth, and three wise men brought gifts for the young king. So, when youíre giving gifts and seeing what presents you received, donít forget the true holiday meaning. Most importantly, Merry Christmas.
Winter Wonderland. You don't have to venture outside to enjoy the frosty effects of Mother Nature this winter. In fact, the Tulsa Artists' Coalition Gallery, 9 E. Brady, which is hosting Frost on Winter, allows you to stay inside but still feel chilled. The exhibit is the result of a call for entries sent out to area artists seeking subjects inspired by the imagery and mood of three Robert Frost poems, "After Apple-Picking," "Desert Places" and "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening," and the gallery is showcasing subjects judged to be the best of all entries. The show is open for viewing from 6-9pm. For more information, call 592-0041 or visit tacgallery.org.
This Christmas. Santa Claus and his reindeer have made their worldwide rounds, and it's now time for all of the kiddies to see which list they were on and what he brought. Christmas day has finally arrived with families and friends gathering to spend time together and exchange gifts. But let's not forget that Christmas was established originally to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. To set the scene, the Virgin Mary gave birth to our Lord and Savior Jesus in a manger in Bethlehem. All rejoiced in his birth, and three wise men brought gifts for the young king. So, when you're giving gifts and seeing what presents you received, don't forget the true holiday meaning. Most importantly, Merry Christmas.
Sleep Over. What eerie things happen in a museum after closing hours? See the possibilities with Night at the Museum playing at Circle Cinema, 12 S. Lewis. Ben Stiller stars as a new night security guard who gets more than what he bargains for when the museum closes for business. Historical exhibits come to life, dinosaur remains roam the premises and a sneaky monkey wreaks havoc on the night watchmen's duties. Show starts at 11am. Adult tickets are $8.25 and children are $5. For more information, call 585-3456.
Wedding Bells Ringing. It's never too early to start planning your wedding, especially when there's so much to do. Making decisions about dresses, flowers, cakes and everything in between can be overwhelming, but My Wedding Extravaganza is here to help. The event takes place from 1-4pm in Broken Arrow at the Stinchcomb Mansion, 1004 S. Main St. Wedding specialists from the area will be in attendance to answer your questions. There will be wine, coffee, food and cake samples, and gift basket giveaways from over a dozen vendors. The cost for future brides is $20 and includes two tickets for the bride and a guest. Pre-registration is required and seating is limited. Call 251-1558 to RSVP or for more information.
Back to Africa. After getting your Christmas fill, take in a bit of cultural enrichment with the Tulsa City-County Library's Kwanzaa Celebration. At the Rudisill Regional Library, 1520 N. Hartford, Dr. Leroy Cole, pastor to Mount Zion Baptist Church, will serve as teacher of the celebration, along with students from KIPP Academy presenting readings and performances during the evening. Kwanzaa was founded in the 1960s by Maulana Karenga for African Americans to better understand their heritage and past by giving honor to it. Normally, it is a week-long celebration and honors seven principles each day, including Umoja, Imani, Ujima, Nia, Kuumba, Ujamaa and Kujichagulia. The celebration starts at 6:30pm, and it's free to the public. For more information, call 596-7977.
Up, Up and Away. In case the kids are missing that educational tidbit of life during winter break, there's still ways for them to get their fill. The Wings and Things one-day camp at Tulsa Air and Space Museum, 3624 N. 74th E. Ave., enriches children in the first through sixth grades on the wonders of space. For this particular camp, children will explore the four forces of flight in order to better understand aeronautics and how we've gone from a kite to a 747 jet. They will also be able to build their own machine craft with paper and other materials. The cost of the camp is $40 for members and $45 for nonmembers. Camps are held from 9am till 4pm. For more information, visit tulsaairandspacemuseum.com.
Merry Holidays. If local art is your thing, then The Pearl Gallery, 1201 E. 3rd St., may be the place for you to visit this holiday season. The latest exhibition at the gallery, Happy Merry Art, presents new works by Tulsa-area artists created in a variety of art media. The show features a collection of fine art, handmade masks, sculpture, jewelry and art glass. If you can bundle up long enough to weather the cold outside, you can visit the exhibition of brand new art on its final day. The show concludes this afternoon from 1-6pm. Visit pearlgallerytulsa.com or call 588-1500 for more information.
Bye Bye 2009. How quickly a New Year comes and then goes, but New Year's Eve has arrived with the falling mirror ball in tow. Just because you're not in Times Square doesn't mean that T-Town won't be rocking all the night long. Maybe you'll be at the Mabee Center, 7777 S. Lewis Ave, crooning with B.B. King, or taking in a bit of Brookside for their New Year's Eve celebration. At any rate, have your champagne glass handy with a girl or guy to smooch at midnight and bring in 2010 the right way. For a complete overview of what's happening around Tulsa on New Year's Eve, check out our Events Section.
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