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Exhibit allows player to ‘Be the Dinosaur’

Thanks to innovative video game technology, visitors soon will be able to quite literally be a dinosaur during the upcoming “Be the Dinosaur” exhibit, opening on Saturday, March 5.

“Be the Dinosaur” features video game stations that require each player to decide: do they want to be an herbivore or a carnivore? The decision leads them on a virtual adventure for survival—deciding to eat the wrong plant or turning the wrong corner could spell the end of the game, which is set in an immersive recreation of the Cretaceous period, which took place over 65 million years ago.

The world of “Be the Dinosaur” is one of the world’s most extensive restorations of an extinct ecosystem ever created. In addition to the game stations, the exhibit also features a paleontology field station.

Norman Farm Market reopens April 2

Time to do your happy dance! The Norman Farm Market–with its booths of seasonal, fresh and locally grown produce–reopens April 2 at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds, 615 E. Robinson.

The market, which runs from the first Saturday of April through the last Tuesday and Saturday of October, is a much-anticipated event for those who appreciate the better taste and texture of fresh, locally produced fruits and vegetables.

Market hours are 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays and 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesdays, though experienced shoppers know the key is to arrive early so as to get the best selection.

The Norman Farm Market, was established in 1980 to provide growers an outlet for their agricultural products and consumers a place to find homegrown, local items. The market has continued to grow in popularity and was voted in the top-20 medium-level farmers’ markets in the nation in 2012.

OEC Energy Camp Experience

A four-day action-packed adventure for eighth-graders called Energy Camp will be held May 31 through June 3 at Canyon Camp, near Hinton, Oklahoma. The camp is intended to help students develop leadership skills and promotes teamwork while teaching about cooperative enterprises, the rural electrification program and electrical safety. Each year, OEC sponsors two students to the camp.

While Energy Camp offers many traditional summer camp activities like swimming, hiking, basketball and a ropes course, teens also have the unique opportunity to climb a utility pole, ride in the basket of a bucket truck, tour one of the largest electricity-generating facilities in the state and watch a co-op crew at work. They’ll take home a new-found confidence and a host of new friends—like minded peers from all over Oklahoma.

Students currently enrolled in the eighth grade within OEC’s service territory are eligible to compete for a spot at Energy Camp. To learn more, email tory@okcoop.org.

Theo’s Marketplace Moves, But Not Far

There is now even more to love at Theo’s Marketplace.

The shop, which for 40 years has been offering fine home furnishings, gifts and accessories to residents of Norman and the surrounding area, recently moved to the corner of Bart Conner Drive and 36th Avenue Northwest, about a mile north from its previous location in Brookhaven Village.

Co-owner Jerry and Teddie Crewson and Jerry’s brother Phil want their loyal customers to know that the new site offers even greater floor space in which to show off their extensive selection of quality furniture, including those by Stickley, as well as gifts and home accessories. Theo’s is the only authorized Stickley dealer in Oklahoma.

Theo’s Marketplace, 3500 Bart Conner Drive, retains its regular hours of 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday. For more information, call 405.364.0728.

Energy Symposium scheduled for March 31

“America’s Future–The Role of Energy and Policy in Achieving Visionary Objectives” is the title of an energy symposium to be presented March 31 at the National Weather Center, 120 David L. Boren Blvd., in Norman.

The symposium, slated from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., is sponsored by the Energy Institute in the University of Oklahoma Michael F. Price College of Business.

Speakers will include Rusty Braziel, president, RBN Energy; David Gompert, former deputy director, U.S. National Intelligence; Robert Johnston, CEO, Global Energy & Natural Resources, Eurasia Group; and Joshua Landis, professor and director, OU Center for Middle Eastern Studies.

Others scheduled to present are Mark Mills, CEO, Digital Power Group; Ed Morse, MD and global head of commodities research, Citigroup; Adam Sieminski, director, Energy Information Administration; Bob Sheppard, former CEO, Soma Oil & Gas; and Mark Snell, president, Sempra Energy.

Puterbaugh Festival to feature poet/novelist Alain Mabanckou

Alain Mabanckou, a prolific French-speaking poet, novelist and essayist who has been called “the African Samuel Beckett” and “a novelist of exuberant originality” for his wordplay, philosophical bent, and sometimes sly and often absurd sense of humor, will be the featured speaker at the 2016 Puterbaugh Festival of International Literature and Culture, scheduled April 6-8 at the University of Oklahoma.

Since 1968, World Literature Today—OU’s award-winning international literary magazine—has sponsored the Puterbaugh Festivals, which have featured many of the world’s most celebrated writers, including seven Nobel Prize-winners.

In addition to poetry readings and a film screening, the festival also will feature presentations by visiting scholars from the University of Pennsylvania and UCLA.

All events are free and open to the public.

Altrusa presents donations for literacy services

Altrusa International Inc. of Norman continued its partnership with the Pioneer Library System’s Literacy Services Department by making two recent donations to benefit the program. Two separate checks were presented for purchase of materials to benefit the volunteer tutors and students who take part in the literacy services program.

The funds will be used to purchase materials used by volunteer tutors and their students as part of the library’s free service for adult learners in need of literacy assistance.

Volunteer tutors work with adult learners throughout the three-county library system in each of the 11 PLS hometown library branches.

The department is in constant need of volunteer tutors. Prospective tutors must be age 18 or older, be a high school graduate and go through a training session.

For more information, call Jane Douglass at 701.2682, email her at janed@pls.lib.ok.us.

Butzer Receives Prestigious Architecture Award

The American Institute of Architects has awarded the prestigious Thomas Jefferson Award for Public Architecture to Hans E. Butzer, director of the OU Division of Architecture. The honor recognizes an architect in the private sector who has made significant contributions to the quality of public architecture.

The Butzers are founders of Butzer Architects and Urbanism. They are internationally noted for their design of the Oklahoma City National Memorial. In 2008, Butzer assembled a team that would win an international design competition for a new pedestrian bridge in Oklahoma City. The SkyDance Bridge, which spans Interstate 40 to connect the central business district to the Oklahoma River, takes its cues from the state bird, the scissor-tailed flycatcher.

Most recently, Butzer helped guide the visioning for the $18 million redevelopment of downtown Oklahoma City’s Century Center from a defunct 1970s mall into a lively mix of retail and office space.