Taste of Bixby this Thursday

Story by Jo-Ann Jennings found at BixbyBulletin.com

The Bixby Metro Chamber of Commerce calls The Taste of Bixby the networking event of the year, and it might well be. The Taste of Bixby started several years ago in the great out-of-doors of Washington Irving Park and has made its way into the SpiritBank Event Center.

The 2011 Taste of Bixby features (for $10) food and beverages from area restaurants and wineries in Bixby and South Tulsa, in addition to live music. One “perk” is knowing that the favorite foods found at the tasting are available close to home.

The fun and never-ending tasting takes place 5:30-8:30 p.m., SpiritBank Event Center, 1044 S. Regal Blvd.

For more information or to sign up as a vendor contact the Chamber at info@bixbychamber.com or call 918-366-9445.

Ninth Annual Car Show/Gospel Sing at Bixby Church June 5th

Story from Staff Reports at BixbyBulletin.com

The Ninth Annual Car Show & Gospel Sing event is coming to First United Methodist Church of Bixby, 15502 South Memorial Drive,  3-6 PM, Sunday, June 5. Classic Cars  will arrive 1-3 PM.

The gospel sing and car show are  long-time tradition in Bixby and never disappoints those who participate. In addition to great music provided by local talent, there are door prizes, crafts and vendor booths, activities for the children.

Burgers, chips and hot dogs are available for purchase.

Parking for the Show Cars is in the football field just west of the north parking lot.  The car show features many restored classic cars, trucks, motor cycles and other “interesting” vehicles.

This year there will be NO CHARGE for…

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Jim Brown to Lead Bixby Green Corn Festival Parade

Story by Jo-Ann Jennings found in BixbyBulletin.com

The 2011 parade marshall for the Green Corn Festival Parade, Jim Brown, claims  he was at one time  Bixby’s “market brat,” but those who know him just chuckle, knowing he  loves the Bixby community and has accomplished much and for many since November, 1950, when he was born here, the only boy in the family.

Jim’s father, Roy T. “Doc” Brown, moved to Bixby in 1945-1946 after  being discharged from the US Army. Doc’s plan had been to return from the Army and work at Spartan Aviation, Tulsa, but his relatives, who owned the Packing House Market in Tulsa, convinced him he should become part owner of the business. Doc owned the market by 1952 and remained the owner until his death in 1985.

Having made a name for himself as defensive back-field of the Bixby Spartans’ football team, Jim graduated from Bixby High School in 1968 and took a series of marketing courses, earning an associate’s degree at TJC (now TCC) becoming a full time employee at Doc’s in 1972; the store’s owner, in 1985.

Through the years Jim Brown has offered meaningful contributions to wherever there was a need in Bixby.

He married Eva Jane in June 25, 1970. They are the parents of Courtney and Ava and grandparents of Shelby and Riley.

Jim is a founding member of…

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13-Year Old Bixby Resident Raises Money for Orphanage

Story by Jo-Ann Jennings found in BixbyBulletin.com

Bixby’s 13-year old Matt Benjamin recently finished a half marathon, winning more than just a medal. He had raised $27,000, more than needed to build an orphanage in Uganda. He’s on to another race next week, and then it’s time to determine what his next project will be. His long time mission goal is to become a doctor.

Backtracking to 2007, Craig and Amy Bays, Tulsa, started Bless the Children Ministries in a small village of Uganda, Africa, which now serves over 150 orphans and has developed into a full community development project.  Last summer Matt went on a mission trip to serve with this ministry, spending almost two weeks among young orphans. As the week progressed, these children became more than orphans to Matt; they became his friends with names such as Paul, John, and Cramer.

It didn’t take long for Matt to realize his friends were sleeping alone on the dirt floor in a local church; they didn’t have parents, a home, or anybody to love them. They were outcasts in their community; but he believed he could change that. So Matt decided to try to help the children get a home by raising money as he prepared for and ran a half-marathon. His goal was to raise $20,000 to complete an orphan home for 20 children.

Matt said recently during an interview that even before he traveled to Uganda himself, he was touched by the stories brought back by the Bays family. After careful prayer, he decided to sponsor a child on his on. He saved his money all summer, and in the fall started giving $36 a month to the ministry which provided everything his adopted orphan, Paul Kato, needed. “I felt led to go on a mission trip then,” Matt said, adding that he prayed more about it before making his final decision.

Matt’s father Matthew said…

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Bixby Economy Strengthens

Story by Kelsy Lorin Taylor found in GTR Newspapers

Bixby has become a successful and growing community that continues to show promise for a bright tomorrow. Through economic development and community support, businesses continue to look at the area as prime real estate.

With establishment, expansion and completion, businesses are making progress this year according to Bixby Economic Development Director Trish Richey.

One of the exciting developments being established this year is Encore on Memorial (for more information, see page 16). Richey says, “The $20 million project will offer 248 residences in a garden-style apartment gated-setting community. Ground has been broken and construction is estimated to be completed in December 2012. This really will be a great addition for the local economy due to the number of individuals who will relocate and move into these new homes.”

She continues, “The real advantage that we have in our area is a demographic related to our high Effective Buying Income associated with the per capita income. Our residential population continues to experience steady growth and over the last decade, Bixby moved up the ranks to be the 20th largest city in Oklahoma.”

This year will also bring the further expansion of the Spirit Bank Event Center. Eighty percent of the offices within the center will be occupied by businesses this July. Richey notes that “This really is exciting since the low economy resulted in closed doors. One of the new businesses there is Duke’s Southern Kitchen, which is doing very well and has become a popular dining destination.”

“Just in front of Spirit Bank, Regal Plaza is currently 60 percent occupied. This is an increase from a 30 percent occupation last year. One addition is Southern Nazarene University, which recently opened its doors. They are occupying 17,000 square feet with room to grow. Hopefully, even more businesses will be established there before the end of this year,” Richey adds.

In addition, Bentley Park has been an exciting development that has…

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Taste of Bixby June 2nd

Story by Jo-Ann Jennings found in BixbyBulletin.com

The Bixby Metro Chamber of Commerce calls The Taste of Bixby the networking event of the year, and it might well be. The Taste of Bixby started several years ago in the great out-of-doors of Washington Irving Park and has made its way into the SpiritBank Event Center.

The 2011 Taste of Bixby features (for $10) food and beverages from area restaurants and wineries in Bixby and South Tulsa, in addition to live music. One “perk” is knowing that the favorite foods found at the tasting are available close to home.

The fun and never-ending tasting takes place 5:30-8:30 p.m., SpiritBank Event Center, 1044 S. Regal Blvd.

For more information or to sign up as a vendor contact the Chamber at info@bixbychamber.com or call 918-366-9445.

Partner Relations Committee Meeting – December 14, 2011 4:00 to 5:00 PM

This committee continues to find ways to improve partner programs, benefits and activities. They study suggestions to improve value for each of our business partners. This committee is also responsible for implementing the Co-Branding Campaign for the Chamber each year. This program compiles all the marketing opportunities for each year and then volunteers meet with each business to assure each of our Chamber Partners are making the optimum marketing decisions for their business.

This committee meets the second Wednesday of every month at 4:00 PM in the BMC Offices.

If you are interested in getting more involved by joining one of our committees, contact BMC at 366-9445 or by email at info@bixbychamber.com.

 

Partner Relations Committee Meeting – November 9, 2011 4:00 to 5:00 PM

This committee continues to find ways to improve partner programs, benefits and activities. They study suggestions to improve value for each of our business partners. This committee is also responsible for implementing the Co-Branding Campaign for the Chamber each year. This program compiles all the marketing opportunities for each year and then volunteers meet with each business to assure each of our Chamber Partners are making the optimum marketing decisions for their business.

This committee meets the second Wednesday of every month at 4:00 PM in the BMC Offices.

If you are interested in getting more involved by joining one of our committees, contact BMC at 366-9445 or by email at info@bixbychamber.com.

 

Partner Relations Committee Meeting – October 12, 2011 4:00 to 5:00 PM

This committee continues to find ways to improve partner programs, benefits and activities. They study suggestions to improve value for each of our business partners. This committee is also responsible for implementing the Co-Branding Campaign for the Chamber each year. This program compiles all the marketing opportunities for each year and then volunteers meet with each business to assure each of our Chamber Partners are making the optimum marketing decisions for their business.

This committee meets the second Wednesday of every month at 4:00 PM in the BMC Offices.

If you are interested in getting more involved by joining one of our committees, contact BMC at 366-9445 or by email at info@bixbychamber.com.

 

Partner Relations Committee Meeting – September 14, 2011 4:00 to 5:00 PM

This committee continues to find ways to improve partner programs, benefits and activities. They study suggestions to improve value for each of our business partners. This committee is also responsible for implementing the Co-Branding Campaign for the Chamber each year. This program compiles all the marketing opportunities for each year and then volunteers meet with each business to assure each of our Chamber Partners are making the optimum marketing decisions for their business.

This committee meets the second Wednesday of every month at 4:00 PM in the BMC Offices.

If you are interested in getting more involved by joining one of our committees, contact BMC at 366-9445 or by email at info@bixbychamber.com.