Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Tulsa’s Garden Deva, Lisa Regan, reminds us, “Home is where the Heart is”


I don’t know if every town has a “Garden Deva,” but we have one in Tulsa. And we’re darn proud of her.

Tulsa’s Garden Deva is local artist, Lisa Regan.

Lisa began cutting metal twenty years ago and after becoming somewhat successful touring art shows, she finally quit her “real job” and plunged into her art business full-time. She now owns a large studio east of downtown, which doubles as a venue for other local artists to show their wares from time to time.

We have Devas all around Tulsa, as our community has embraced her spunky, cheerful, whimsical creatures, almost as a symbol of who we are in Tulsa. Her work can be seen all over Tulsa; in schools, libraries, parks, shopping centers, restaurants, youth centers, and private collections. Lisa designs trash can covers used in our city parks and attention-getting Devas used in shopping centers.

Lisa is as much a part of Tulsa as Tulsa is a part of her. We appreciate her creative spirit and the blood, sweat, and tears that go into hand-crafting Garden Deva’s wide range of iron sculptures, from her whimsical $20 cat statues to $3,000 landmarks.

Lisa donates a lot of work, which is how I became familiar with her Devas. It didn’t matter if it was a Silent Auction for a domestic violence group, the Resonance Center for woman or any other charity I support, a Deva donation was included.

Our Tulsa Garden Deva has been featured in Tulsa People, the Oklahoma Magazine, Urban Tulsa, and Southern Living magazine. We are proud of her!

I buy many of my real estate closing gifts from Lisa, because I love to share her whimsical sculptures and enjoy the smiles they bring to my clients in their new homes – but also because Lisa gives back so much to our community. She really does pay it forward.

Garden Deva Sculpture Company was commissioned by the U.S. Postal Service to design and fabricate the menorah used on the 2009 Hanukkah stamp. After the reveal ceremony in New York City on October 9th, the stamp is available nationwide at all post offices. The 2009 Hanukkah design features a photograph of a menorah with nine lit candles. The menorah was designed by Lisa Regan of the Garden Deva Sculpture Company in Tulsa, OK, and photographed by Ira Wexler of Braddock Heights, MD.

Join us at Garden Deva November 6th & 7th, 2009 for the 10th Annual Open Studio Party. Come see over 35 local artists who work in everything from painting, pewter, ceramics, clothes, concrete, jewelry and more. While we shop and visit, we will enjoy local food, local artists and local music.

Most of my friends have Deva artwork in their homes, offices or gardens. In fact, if I meet someone without a Deva, I give them one – I think it’s bad karma not to have one!

If you don’t have a Deva in your town, we’ll share ours – you can shop online!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

HallowZOOeen

A Tulsa favorite, HallowZOOeen is five nights of Halloween fun at the Tulsa Zoo. Kids and their families can visit the Pumpkin Stops for treats, ride the train at night and navigate the haunted Hay Maze! Lots of safe entertainment and not-too-spooky fun for kids 12 and under and their families! HallowZOOeen benefits America’s Favorite Zoo.

Cost: $5 per person
When: October 27-31 from 6:30-8:30 PM
More Info: Visit www.tulsazoo.com

Sunday, October 25, 2009

HALLOWEEN DECORATING IDEAS

Let the ghoul times roll with these bewitching decorating, costume, pumpkin-carving and party-planning ideas. Everybody be safe, stay warm, and enjoy the beginning of Fall!

John Sawyer
Sawyer Wallace Home Collection
918-289-7065 cell
jsawyer@cctulsa.com

Our skittish pup, Theo, is finding his way

Demetrius and I adopted Theodore (Theo) from the Collinsville shelter on Father’s Day this year. Hence his name, Theo – Demetrius’ middle name is Theodore, named after his father, Theodore. So, that makes our 4-legged family addition the third generation Theo.

The shelter didn’t know much about his background, but we assume he was abused at some time. He shivered for weeks after we adopted him and would hide under furniture when friends came over.

He’s a blue heeler mix, which are generally friendly and smart dogs – so we’re just loving him until he understands that he’s safe here.

We take Theo to the Bark Park, and while he doesn’t play much with the other pups yet, he allows the people to pet him. We also discovered that he knows how to fetch and can run pretty darn fast. He now has an entire collection of squeaky toys and tennis balls.

Theo loves riding in the car, so I take him with me when I’m running errands or off to the grocery store. He is getting much more comfortable with our active lifestyle and loves hanging out with Mom & Dad.

It’s hard to imagine not having a pup in our home. If you’re considering adopting a pet, visit the Humane Society of Tulsa’s web site.

And if you'd like to do something special for your pet, visit my friends Danny & Rich's web site, the Spoiled Pet Cafe. They make organic treats and gift baskets for your pups.

Funny thing about dogs - they love unconditionally. I have a pillow that is embroidered, "I strive to be the person my dog believes I am." That's a pretty good goal for all of us.


Lori is a residential Realtor with Chinowth & Cohen Realtors, serving the greater Tulsa area. You can contact Lori at 918-852-5036 or visit her web site, LoriCain.com!

Friday, October 23, 2009

Hallow Marine 2009


Bring the kiddos by the Oklahoma Aquarium for Trick-or-Treating!!





Talena M. Floyd
Chinowth & Cohen Realtors
"Make My Hometown, Your Hometown"
www.WelcomeHomeTulsa.com
Talena@WelcomeHomeTulsa.com
(918) 361-3404

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Get your GREEN on - recycling isn't enough!

Some of us are newer to becoming green in our lifestyles, so I’m starting out with a few small suggestions. Easy stuff. I have recycled for years, but it’s time to step it up a notch.

Habits are hard to break and just as difficult to make. I am in the habit of taking my reusable shopping bags with me when I grocery shop. As long as I hang them on the door after I unload my groceries, it’s easy to remember to take them back to my car. When you’re in the check-out lane at the grocery and you are asked, “paper or plastic?” you can proudly produce your bags and respond, “neither – I brought my own!” Trust me – it will make you feel good.

After much nagging from my eco-responsible Dad, I am filling my reusable water bottle with filtered water from home and cutting back tremendously from purchasing bottled water. Although we recycle our water bottles, we just don’t know whether they’ve been stored or transported in heat and what may possibly leach from the plastic. So, yes, I will still grab a bottle of water from a convenience store when necessary, but for the most part, it’s easy to fill and carry your own bottle. Many are available today that are dishwasher-safe.

Now for the tough assignment. I shop online almost exclusively, yet retailers continue to send me printed catalogs. Usually I toss them in the trash wondering what marketing idiot thought to put me on a snail-mail list when I clearly shop online! Now, I am stacking up all the Harry and David catalogs, Williams-Sonoma, even Syracuse Cultural workers and taking time to CALL to be removed from their mailing list. It’s a time-consuming task, but almost as righteous as planting a tree yourself.

When Demetrius and I remodeled our kitchen, we converted our entire house to energy-efficient light bulbs. We may have to take out a second-mortgage when it's time to replace them, as it was not an inexpensive endeavor. There's lots of good information on the internet about the newer bulbs available - here's a good "green" light bulb buying guide.

It's my privilege as a Realtor to make suggestions to my clients when purchasing appliances or replacing a hot water heater. Why not replace those wood windows with energy-efficient vinyl windows or ditch that 25 year-old hot water heater and buy a tankless water heater? Here's a good site to assist you in making more green purchasing decisions.

While you're at it -- look into the tax credits available for purchasing energy-efficient home improvements!

About the author: Lori is a residential Realtor with Chinowth & Cohen Realtors, servicing the greater Tulsa area. Visit Lori at her web site or call 918-852-5036.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Have Yourself a Green Halloween!


Although most people associate Halloween with ghouls and goblins, did you know that the holiday is actually rooted in a celebration of the harvest season? So why not GREEN your Halloween by paying special homage to the planet?

There are plenty of ways to make your Halloween celebration as green as they get. Here are some great ideas from Kim Carlson, eco-expert and founder of EarthSmart Consumer Certified.
DIY Trick-or-Treat Tote – Make a trick-or-treat container out of an old empty and washed out non-toxic brand paint can. Cover with construction paper or a collage of bats, pumpkins and witches. Or you can sew a Halloween motif fabric onto a re-useable cloth grocery store bag. Either of these can be used year after year.

Earth Inspired Costumes – This Halloween, try making your child’s costume instead of buying a one-time use. Try creating a nature inspired costume like a caterpillar from a matching green sweatpants and a hoodie with pipe cleaner antennae. Or make wings from old scarves stitched together and attached to the underarms and side of brown or black hoodie.

Non-Toxic Face Paint and Pencils – Instead of a plastic or rubber mask try a non-toxic brand of face decorating, Nova Naturals Face Pencils. Made from plant oils they are easy to apply, wash off and you can use them over and over. Or make your own face paints with plain yogurt and a few drops of food coloring. It will dry shiny with some texture.

Edible Scary Show – Hang a white sheet from the ceiling with audience seated on one side and a table that is backlit on the other so the scene is projected by shadow on the sheet. One person (the surgeon) stands and another person (the patient) lies on the table. With the audience side of the room dark the surgeon pretends to do surgery removing body parts that are made from organic and local food – linked sausages for intestines, cold spaghetti noodles for brains, etc… .

Party and Home Decorations – Use LED candles in pumpkins rather than candles. They burn cool and you can use them for other things throughout the year. Corn stalks and hay from decorative hay bales can be dismantled and spread on garden beds to help protect plants and shrubs from snow and ice.

Pumpkins – Use up every part of the pumpkin that you can – make salted and roasted seeds. Keep the meat of the cut outs for soup or roasting like squash. If you do have pumpkin leftovers from jack-o-lanterns that are past their prime, compost them in your backyard. It will turn into nice black nutrition rich dirt for your spring gardens.

So whether you’re out trick or treating or preparing to decorate your home for the festivities, keep the three R’s (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) in mind while being kind to the environment.

And if this is not enough, there are plenty of other ways to create your own Green Halloween celebration. Click here for more ideas.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Money Magazine Ranks Broken Arrow in Top 25

Located about 15 miles southeast of Tulsa, this quiet community provides residents the ease of suburban living with close proximity to metropolitan offerings like museums, shopping and dining. Broken Arrow has seen major growth in the past decade, thanks to home prices that start in the low $100,000s.

Golfing is a chief pastime here, with seven courses in town and several just beyond its borders. Broken Arrow has a traditional downtown commercial district, with local shops and restaurants. The downtown also boasts the Broken Arrow Historical Museum, the Broken Arrow Community Playhouse, and a spanking new performing arts center, which will host its inaugural concert Sept. 29.

Broken Arrow's hospital shut down a few years ago, and residents currently have to drive to Tulsa to reach the closest hospital. But construction began in March on a 96-bed hospital right in Broken Arrow. Plans for the development also include a medical office building and a retail center. --B.B.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Vote Today! The Tulsey's!

Voting for the Second Annual Tulsey Award's is underway! The Tulsey Awards were created to recognize the pioneers and innovators of the Tulsa community.

Our very own Sheryl Chinowth is nominated in the Emerging Nominee Category. This category recognizes an entrepreneur who has succeeded in setting up a business enterprise around an idea, gained acceptance of customers, started generating revenue and ready for second-stage growth. Must have been in operation for a minimum of up to two years.

On November 19, 2009 at the world-famous Cain's Ballroom, Mayor Kathy Taylor will recognize and celebrate ten inspirational Tulsa entrepreneurs, along with a special appearance from the winner of the 2009 Mayor Taylor’s Tulsa Entrepreneurial Spirit Award, sponsored by SpiritBank.

Exercise your right to vote. Voting ends November 10th. Vote Now! And, of course our vote is cast for Sheryl Chinowth! Good luck Sheryl! We're behind you 100%!

Friday, October 9, 2009

Performing Arts

The brand new 86,200 square foot Broken Arrow Public Schools Performing Arts Center/Education Service Center is the spectacular home of the finest fine arts students in Oklahoma. The cornerstone of downtown Broken Arrow revitalization serves as a host to student performances of Broken Arrow Public Schools students, who regularly win state, regional and national honors in all facets of the performing arts. The 1,500 seat PAC facility, with its distinctive glass entry way, is also available for community events and serves as the Central Office headquarters for the Superintendent and administrative staff of the excellent Broken Arrow School District. The Performing Arts Center/Education Service Center is also a testament to the support of the community for education in Broken Arrow as School District voters approved bond issues on two occations to provide funding for this exceptional venue.

For a list of upcoming events visit http://thepacba.com/events.html.

Source: Opportunity Magazine

Art on Main - Sat. Oct. 10th Jenks


Art on Main 10/10/2009

The Jenks Downtown District will be transformed into a cultural arts experience on Saturday, October 10 from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm as thousands of participants gather to appreciate Oklahoma’s creative talent at Art on Main. This signature art show seeks to create access to a broad array of arts experiences, nurture the development and understanding of diverse art forms and cultures and encourage the expanding depth and breadth of cultural life in Oklahoma. This event recently was awarded Oklahoma Community Institute’s “Outstanding Community Improvement Initiative.” Visitors will have the opportunity to view the beauty of human expression through a variety of mediums, such as drawing, glass, jewelry, mixed media, oil, watercolor, fiber, pottery, photography, sculpture, metal smith and wood carving. Integrated within the hundred artists, Oklahoma wineries will be offering samples. Plus, local musicians create an inviting ambiance along with the expression of a local dance studio group. Featured entertainment will be Tulsa’s own Salsa Rhythm Project and musician Joesf Glaude. Other musicians include The James Band, The Zoots and Mongo Like Bart. Children will also be able to express their creativity at the Children Arts Area sponsored by the Oklahoma Aquarium.Art on Main is free to the public through the assistance of community sponsors and a grant from the Oklahoma Arts Council and National Endowment for the Arts. Presenting sponsor is Public Service Company of Oklahoma and premier sponsors include Arvest Bank, AT&T, BancFirst, New Hope Health Inc, Tulsa Oilers and Tulsa Teachers Credit Union. The event is hosted by the Jenks Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation. For more information on Art on Main, visit www.myspace.com/artonmain or contact the Jenks Chamber of Commerce at 918-299-5005.

Thursday, October 8, 2009

The Race is on!

The race is on for first time home buyers to take advantage of the $8,000.00 tax credit. Buyers must have gone through process of finding a home, getting funding, and closing on a property by November 30th,2009. There are a lot of rumors floating around about the tax credit being extended or even increased but for now home buyers and sellers are racing to meet the deadline.
The number of pending home sales in the $100,000 to $175,000 price range in Tulsa is proof that the stimulus is working for Tulsa. Homes in good condition under $150,000 are going fast. The last two I listed were sold in three days! So get moving! Literally! Call Robin Beene today at 918-906-9525 and I will make it happen!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Record Streak Continues for Pending Home Sales


October 1, 2009 - Pending home sales have increased for seven straight months, the longest in the series of the index which began in 2001.
After several years of study and data collection, the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS® (NAR) developed the Pending Home Sales Index (PHSI), a new leading indicator of housing market activity.
Based on the data from Multiple Listing Services (MLSs) and large brokers, the index provides advance information on future home-sales activity and offers more solid information on changes in the direction of the market than any of the indicators currently available.
Specifically, Pending Home Sales become Existing-Home Sales one-to-two months later. This means that we can use an index derived from Pending Home Sales to predict actual home sales activity.
The NAR Public Affairs Office issues a news release in the first week of each month on the latest index figures.








posted by

Bud Engstrom, CRB, CRS, GRI
Director of Career Development
Chinowth & Cohen, Realtors
9110 S. Sheridan Road
Tulsa, OK 74133

Office: 918.392.9789
Mobile: 918.629.3056
Email:
bengstrom@ccelitemail.com
Web:
http://www.budengstrom.com/

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Art in the Square - Utica Square, Tulsa, October 3, 2009

Art in the Square - Utica Square, Tulsa, October 3, 2009

Art in the Square occurs every October. Local artists showcase their works along Utica Square's sidewalks and we have a chance to meet our artists and purchase their wares. In the beautiful and crisp Oklahoma fall, this is becoming an annual tradition you won't want to miss!

Beautiful Utica Square is the backdrop for over 90 local artists as they showcase their work. As you stroll down the tree-lined brick sidewalks, you can admire the different mediums of art ranging from watercolors, stained glass, pottery, sculpture, and woodturning. And if you see something that inspires you, stop and chat with the artist. Each artist is on hand to answer any questions you may have.

This free event celebrates art and the art of shopping.

Art in the Square, Saturday, October 3, 2009, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Utica Square - Tulsa's finer midtown Shopping Centre - The many Tulsa midtown neighborhoods that I love - Terwilleger Heights, Maple Ridge, Swan Lake, Florence Park - all share a unique place to shop: Utica Square.

Once considered the "outskirts of town," Utica Square is an anchor of midtown Tulsa.

Built in the 1950s, Utica Square more resembles a village shopping area than an obtrusive shopping mall. Trees and benches are scattered throughout and most restaurants offer sidewalk dining.

Referred to as "the Square" by locals, its charm and beauty are evidenced by the many clocks and the garden's bronze fountain and statue. With over sixty shops, Utica Square truly provides Tulsa midtown neighbors one-stop shopping.

But, it's not just the great sixty shops that will keep you coming back to "the Square" - you'll become a frequent visitor once you are smitten by its charm and home-town atmosphere.

And, "Art in the Square" is one of the many free attractions offered at the Square. See you there shortly after breakfast at The Wild Fork!

Home Buyer's Tax Credit Changes Possible

The first major change to the $8,000 home buyer's tax credit began moving through Congress the last week of September, giving hope to real estate and building groups pushing for extension of the entire program before it expires November 30, 2009. House Ways and Means Committee chairman, Congressman Charles Rangel, a New York Democrat, combined several smaller bills into the "Service Members Home Ownership Act of 2009", with a floor vote expected soon.

The bill is intended to correct a flaw in the original tax credit legislation: By requiring buyers to occupy and own their first home for 36 months to fully qualify for the credit, the program creates serious problems when military, Foreign Service and intelligence agency personnel are transferred overseas. During their absence, they are not occupants of their houses, and sometimes have to rent them out or sell. Any of these events make them ineligible to retain the $8,000 credit under current law. Ineligible buyers must then repay the credit to the IRS.

Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer, sponsor of one of the bills consolidated into Rangel's, said "it is absurd that thousands of Americans serving our country, away from friends and family ... must choose between their service work and home ownership." The Ways and Means committee's bill would waive the repayment requirement when a service member must sell a home within the 36 month period because of a transfer to a new duty station or overseas, and would count service-related absences toward the 36 month requirement.
Another provision in the bill would extend the $8,000 credit for another year for personnel who may have missed out on claiming the credit because they thought they wouldn't qualify due to an overseas posting.
The credit for these individuals would be extended to November 30, 2010 from November 30, 2009, provided the served outside the U.S. for at least 90 days during calendar year 2009.

The bill, which has bipartisan support, could be sent to the Senate for action as early as next week, Congressional sources told Realty Times. More important for the housing market overall, however, is the precedent set by the bill's extension of the credit for an extra year. It's not a far leap from that position to a general extension of the entire $8,000 credit program to the same date. The National Association of Realtors, National Association of Home Builders and the Mortgage Bankers Association jointly sponsored an ad campaign aimed at convincing Congress to give the credit program another year.


Source: Realty TImes, written by Kenneth R. Harney

Bill Whitescarver
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