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People & Places: Visual Arts Contest

People & Places: Visual Arts Contest

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Family & Children's Services' 20th annual competition is designed to spark kids' creativity, celebrate families and show community spirit. The event, the theme of which is "Family Fun Outdoors," coincides with author Khaled Hosseini's opening of Tulsa Town Hall's 79th season Oct. 4. Inspired by Hosseini's debut novel, "The Kite Runner," the competition includes a 3-D kite category, as well as the traditional poster contest. Winning students receive cash prizes, as do teachers of the top artists. Hosseini will make a special appearance at a recognition ceremony for winners on Oct. 3.

Categories range from kindergarten through 12th grade. All entries are due by 5 p.m. Sept. 16, at F&CS, 650 S. Peoria Ave.

Poster, kite details:

Sponsors: Arts & Humanities Council of Tulsa, The Oklahoma Center for Poets and Writers at OSU-Tulsa, Tulsa Reads, Tulsa City-County Library, Tulsa Kids, Tulsa Town Hall, Tulsa International Airport, Tulsa World

Entry: Free

For more: Rochelle Dowdell, 918-560-1115,

Brady Heights Historic Home Tour

Bay windows, carriage houses and broad porches are among the details visitors will spy on this tour of Brady Heights, a showcase of home styles ranging from Folk Victorian to Colonial Revival. The tour will feature 10 homes and three churches, including the famed Brady Mansion. It starts at Centenary United Methodist Church, 631 N. Denver Ave., where tourists (yes, that means you, too) can buy tickets and find a map plus house descriptions.

Proceeds benefit cultural and social projects of the Brady Heights Neighborhood Association.

Event details: 11:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 22, Denver and Cheyenne avenues between Fairview and Marshall

Attire: Casual

Tickets: $9 individuals, $24 families (at door)

For more:

Show support for American military stationed overseas by collecting cigars for them. MICHAEL WYKE / Tulsa World file

Cigars for Troops kickoff

This fifth annual event shows support for American military stationed overseas by collecting cigars for them starting at the kickoff. Special guests will include K.C. and Sean "Casper" Johnson of L'Atelier Cigars, who will reveal new products and offer great deals. Other highlights include live music by Crosstown Groove, raffle prizes and free food.

Event details: 6:30-11 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, The Cigar Box, RiverWalk Crossing, 500 Riverwalk Terrace, Jenks

Attire: Casual

Tickets: Free

For more: 918-299-7110,

Splash Dash

Miller Swim School will hold this event, in which swimmers will have a three-hour period to swim a maximum of 100 lengths. Donors are encouraged to support the athletes by pledging either a flat donation or specific amount of money per length that the swimmer completes.

Proceeds will benefit athletes involved with the Special Olympics Oklahoma program, including more than 2,500 in the Tulsa area.

Event details: 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 29, Aquatic Center of Tulsa, 6415 S. Mingo Road

To pledge: Gina or Mandi, 918-254-1988

For more: SUBHEAD: Cigars for Troops kickoff

Brady Heights Historic Home Tour

Visual Arts Contest

Splash Dash

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