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Ohana Arts provides creative outlet in various crafts

Anyone who knows and loves the Disney movie Lilo & Stich knows all about the meaning of “ohana.” We are taught it means, “Family — no one gets left behind.” That’s exactly where the new family-centered arts studio, Ohana Arts, earned its name.

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Matching grant program helps beautify neighborhoods

A partnership between Owasso Strong Neighborhood Initiative and Owasso Community Foundation has allowed registered neighborhoods the opportunity to apply for grants.

Baja Jacks offers locals casual, 'coast-like' dining experience

If you’re looking for a fun, tropical getaway this February, you won’t have to travel far. Baja Jacks Burrito Shack, located in the Smith Farm Marketplace, offers locals a casual, “coast-like” dining experience for the whole family.

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Janis Riker Janis Eileen Riker was born September 1, 1927, in Hoyt, Oklahoma, to Logan and Ona Wilma (Hisaw) Wood. She died Tuesday, February 2, 2016, in Owasso, Oklahoma, at the age of 88 years. Janis was reared and educated in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and was a graduate of Will Rogers High School. She was married September 2, 1949, in Tulsa, to Raymond Riker. She and Ray had made their home in Owasso since 1968. She spent most of her working life as an administrative assistant at First Christian Church in Owasso, where she also served as a longtime faithful member. She enjoyed a variety of pastimes including going garage sale shopping. She also enjoyed sewing and was an excellent seamstress. Janis was quite fond of her role as a "Grandma Specialist" to her grandchildren. Loving family members include: Her husband of over 66 years; Ray, of the home Two sons; Gary Riker and wife Pam, of Lewisville, Texas Les Riker and his wife Sheila, of Owasso Five grandchildren; Kara Jordan and husband Dusty, Morgan Riker ,Shelby Williams and husband Stephen Angela Emmert and husband Kevin, Wade Riker Two great grandchildren; Natalie Jordan and Jack River Jordan Brother; Derl Wood and wife Kenny, of Tulsa She was preceded in death by her parents, two sisters, Betty Wood and Ruby Sharp, and brother, Jim Wood. Visitation was held from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., Thursday, February 4, 2016, at Mowery Funeral Service in Owasso. Funeral services were held 11:00 Friday, February 5, 2016, at the First Christian Church in Owasso with Pastor Ben Killion and Pastor Charlie Curran officiating. Serving as casket bearers were Gary Riker, Les Riker, Dusty Jordan, Stephen Williams, Kevin Emmert, and Wade Riker. Committal service and interment followed at Floral Haven Memorial Gardens in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. The family suggests that memorial donations be made in memory of Janis to Clarehouse of Tulsa, 7617 South Mingo Road, Tulsa, OK 74133. Arrangements and services were entrusted to Mowery Funeral Service in Owasso. www.moweryfs.com

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Anniversary: Frank and Jane Enzbrenner Celebrate 50 years

The Enzbrenner’s celebrated the 50 year marriage of Frank and Jane with a family dinner at the Owasso home on Sunday 9/20/15. The dinner was catered by Smokin J’s Barbecue of Arlington Texas complimented with other family dishes. It was well attended with children and grandchildren.

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Understanding the 'big deal' about Rustic Cuff

I recently attended an event where Jill Donovan, creator of Rustic Cuff, was the special guest speaker. I wasn’t there to hear her speak, but I’m glad I stayed to hear what has been dubbed “the story.”

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Barnes' student qualifies for 'Doodle 4 Google' contest, needs votes to win

Kataleena (Kat) Bandasack, a fifth grade student at Owasso's Barnes Elementary School, is celebrating a sweet victory after recently winning the state vote in the national Doodle 4 Google 2015 contest for her artwork. She's now in need of votes to qualify for the competition's top five finalists.

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