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Grand Opening Fri. June 1st and Sat. 2nd for Turley Library & Community Center

You and your family, friends, neighbors, won't want to miss these events. Come and go as you can but stay as long as you can and meet new people, renew friendships, and support our Turley.

Free concerts, lectures, presentations, events for children, free animal tags, a community-wide potluck meal and game night will highlight the grand opening celebration of "a third place," 6514 N. Peoria Ave., the new Turley Library and Community Center, on Fri., June 1 from 6 to 10 p.m. and Sat. June 2 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

The events are open to all Tulsa area residents and visitors, with special invitations to former Turley residents. The new center includes a free library, free internet space, coffeehouse, bargain room, community bulletin boards, meetingplace, art and more.

Events will kick off with a free all-community potluck meal and board game night Fri. June 1 from 6 to 10 p.m. Plates and utensils and cups will be provided. Bring a food item or non-alcoholic drinks to share. We have several board games but feel free to bring others as well as puzzles.

Saturday's program will include all-day free animal tagging sponsored by Saving Pets of Turley, a community volunteer organization, art activities and more for children, a 10 a.m. welcome and talk on the community center, a 11 a.m. lecture presentation "Think Globally, Garden Locally" by Dr. Bonnie Ashing, native and resident of Turley, of Let Turley Bloom, a community volunteer group. See posts below about SPOT and Let Turley Bloom.

Also Sat. noon a concert by Bobby Cooper's bluegrass band "Verdigris Valley Boys," a 1 p.m. Turley history presentation and conversation with Robert Cooper, Sr. and others, followed by 2 p.m. presentation and conversation by the Turley Community Association on Turley's present issues and future and the issue of incorporation and related legislation recently approved by the State House and Senate and signed by the Governor.

At 3 p.m. Saturday there will be a fiction and poetry reading by Turley native and resident Ron Robinson, who received a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship among other writing awards, with an open mic for local writers or musicians at 4 p.m. Also we will be taking sign ups for a local writers group and book discussion group. Open mic sign-up by Friday night at contact information below. A solo vocalist will perform at 6 p.m.

The event will conclude with a free concert by the wonderful Rock and Blues Band, "The Remnants" from 8 to 10 p.m. You won't want to miss any of it, but especially not this concert.

For more information or for offers to volunteer, contact the center at 794-4637,


Daniel Turley said...

Hello Mr. Robinson, I just came across your site because 'Turley' is my surname and I was fascinated to find that there's actually somewhere with the same name!

Ron said...

Thanks Daniel. There was a man named Turley who, as I understand it, opened up a hardware store near the railroad line back 100 years or more ago, and that's where the name came from. But you can doublecheck and get more by going to the Turley history link. There is also, or was, a Turley, New Mexico out in the far northwest part of that state. I went by it a few decades ago and got a picture of the sign on the highway but there wasn't much else there except for a few homes in the distance. Very beautiful; closest city I think would be Farmington.