Art on Main deadline extended

The deadline for artists to apply for Art on Main has been extended to Friday, Sept. 7.

“We’ve had some artists contact us about getting in the show and being concerned about missing the original deadline,” Jenks Chamber of Commerce President Josh Driskell said. “We decided to bump the deadline back a few weeks to allow those last applications to come in.”

Thousands of art enthusiasts from across the state and region converge on Jenks Main street for this one-of-a-kind show, which will take place on Saturday, Oct. 13 on Jenks Main Street from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Artists displaying mediums like drawings, glass, jewelry, metal, mixed media, painting, photography, sculpture, wood carvings, and many more can apply to enter the art show.

Josh Driskell, President of the Jenks Chamber of Commerce stated, “we want to allow more artists the opportunity to participate and grant them enough time to submit their applications and prepare for the event.”

Wineries are also welcome to participate; nevertheless, spots are limited and are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Applications are available online at and may be requested by email at

This year’s featured musical acts will include Barling, Gary Robert Strickland and Michael Rappe.

More information can also be found on Art on Main’s Facebook page as well as on the chamber website.

Cowboy Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs

The fourth annual Cowboy Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs, to be held over six consecutive Saturday mornings starting October 6 at the OSU-Tulsa campus.

“The Cowboy Bootcamp for Entrepreneurs is an intense, resource- and information-packed program where entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs can learn how to develop a profitable venture and how to manage the day-to-day operations of a business,” said Nola Miyasaki, director of the Riata Center. “You don’t need any kind of background, you just need an idea. It’s designed to provide tools to take an idea or an existing business to the next level.”

Bootcamp classes are taught by nationally-recognized OSU School of Entrepreneurship faculty members and successful entrepreneurs. Mentoring and coaching also will be provided to individual businesses by the Riata Center consulting staff and MBA students in partnership with Oral Roberts University.

Over the course of the program, participants will learn why it is important to approach venture creation as a process, ways to find entrepreneurial opportunity, the components of a great business concept, the role of a business plan, how to use bookkeeping and accounting to make smarter decisions, ways to leverage
resources, how to manage risk, how to organize a business’s day-to-day activities, how to deal with hiring and outsourcing, and the uses for trademarks and intellectual property.


The Riata Center is accepting applications now, but space is limited. Only the first 55 applicants will be accepted to the program. The fee for the six-week bootcamp is $650 and includes instruction, course materials and networking breakfasts. A limited number of $200 scholarships are available based on financial need.

The scholarship application and the Cowboy Bootcamp registration forms are available online at . For more information, visit or call Misty Stutsman at 405-744-7552.

Street closure on “B” St. beginning August 13

Next week “B” St. between 2nd and 3rd will be closed for construction activities on Monday, August 13th and will be reopened to traffic by the end of the work day on Wednesday, August 15th. Attached is a detour map provided by the contractor. Note that westbound traffic will be detoured to A St. at 3rd St. and eastbound traffic will be detoured north on Birch to F St. during this work.

Sen. Tom Coburn Town Meeting

Sen. Tom Coburn would like to invite you to attend a town hall meeting Monday, August 6 at 6 p.m at the University of Tulsa Lorton Performance Center.


Please come ready to share your comments and concerns with Sen. Coburn.

Jenks Kiwanis Club hosts Bicycle Safety Rodeo

The Jenks Kiwanis Club will sponsor a bicycle safety rodeo on Saturday, Sept. 8 from 9 a.m to 12 p.m at the new Jenks high school parking area on First Street Between A and B Streets.

The event is for all students attending or living in Jenks or the Jenks school district. The event will be a non-competitive safety and educational event presented as part of the Kiwanis mission: “changing the world, one child and one community at a time”.

There will be a series of stations to test and teach skills and the understanding of basic safety including bike inspections, a ride through skills course, and how to safely dodge obstacles.

All participants will receive a favor bag and recognition for their efforts.

   The event is sponsored by BancFirst and the Jenks America Kiwanis Club.

The Kiwanis Club meets on the second and fourth Tuesday of every month at the Reasor’s Meeting Room at 7 a.m.

In addition to holding a fun event, the club hopes to increase community awareness and encourage club membership. For more information please contact

Oklahoma Blood Institute hosts “Blood Thanks and Giving Day”

Oklahoma Blood Institute (OBI) encourages all Oklahomans to participate in “Blood Thanks & Giving Day” Thursday, August 2. This is a day to celebrate those whose lives have been saved by loyal, blood donors.

Anyone who has received blood is encouraged to show gratitude by sharing the story of how blood donation affected his/her life. When blood recipients fill out cards to share the stories at Oklahoma Blood Institute donor centers, not only will they be an encouragement to blood donors, but will also receive “I’m Alive Thanks to A Blood Donor” T-shirts.

Those, 16 and older, and generally, in good health, can donate blood. Blood can be donated every 56 days.  OBI supplies every drop of blood used by patients in 144 medical facilities throughout Oklahoma.

Every two seconds someone needs blood. Yet, of those eligible to donate blood in the U.S., less than ten percent actually donate each year.

“Blood given with Oklahoma Blood Institute meets the needs of those in Oklahoma communities,” said Dr. John Armitage, Oklahoma Blood Institute president and CEO. “So blood donors know they are saving the lives of their friends, family and co-workers – often the lives of people who have no idea they will need blood in an urgent situation.”

People who have had surgeries and returned to good health can donate blood as early as two weeks after their procedures.  Those who receive blood during surgery can give blood after a year.  Cancer survivors can donate just one year after being cancer free, except for those who have had hematologic blood cancers, such as leukemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma.

To schedule an appointment to donate blood at any OBI site, call (877) 340-8777, or visit

Community Blood Drive set for Aug. 15

 The American Red Cross is hosting the Jenks Community Blood Drive on Wednesday, Aug. 15.

The drive will be held in the Community Room at Jenks City Hall from 11 a.m – 3 p.m.

Donors will receive a “Heismans to the Rescue” t-shirt while supplies last. Every donor also has a chance to win an autographed football from Jason White, Billy Sims, and Steve Owens.

The blood drive is scheduled on Wednesday, Aug. 15.


To make an appointment call 1-800-REDCROSS (733-2767) or visit

Walk-ins are also welcome.


Accepting applications for Leadership Jenks Class XXVI

For the Jenks area to grow and prosper, we need leaders from all backgrounds and vocations, who will handle the challenges facing our community. The goals are to challenge and motivate traditional and non-traditional leaders through information, dialogue and hands on experience so they are better prepared to strengthen and transform our community.


In place since 1986, Leadership Jenks has over 450 alumni with a large percentage still living and active in the Jenks area.


Nominations and applications for the program are now being accepted. Participants are required to live or work within the Jenks city limits.


Nine sessions will introduce participants to the workings of the Jenks City government including topics of financing, economic development, neighborhood development, and the future of Jenks. To successfully complete the program, participants must attend seven or more of the nine sessions. Classes meet the second Tuesday of every month, starting in October and ending in May. There is no charge to the participant.

Download the application here.


ORU Dean of the College of Business to speak on marketing malpractice

   Dr. Steve Greene, Marketing Management and Research Methodology professor at Oral Roberts University, will address the Jenks Chamber’s July luncheon.
Greene will discuss marketing mandates and issues concerning marketing imposters as well as the harm caused to top line revenue at the July 18 event.
   Greene received a Doctorate of Business Administration from Memphis State University. He has given over 500 keynote presentations on marketing to broadcasters, auto dealers, bands, hospitals and retail trade associations. Greene has had his work published in the Academy of Marketing Science and was named Faculty Advisor of the Year by the American Marketing Association.
   Greene currently serves as the Dean of the ORU College of Business.
    The luncheon will be held at the Jenks High School Math and Science center at noon.
Directions can be accessed here.
Cost to attend is $15 for Jenks Chamber members and $20 for non-members.
    To RSVP call the Jenks Chamber at 918-299-5005 or e-mail
The deadline to RSVP is Monday, July 16 by 4 p.m.
    This event is sponsored by Tedford Insurance.
For more information about the Jenks Chamber of Commerce visit