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“Wine & Design” Event Scheduled

Want to learn more about interior designing in a relaxing, stress-free environment? Denise Duff, Decorating Den Interiors’ award-winning interior designer, invites you to join her for an afternoon of “Wine & Design”!

While sipping upon wine, guests will learn about the principles of design, focusing on the various applications of balance, scale and proportion, as well as get the opportunity to ask their own, personal design dilemma questions.

This free event, which includes door prizes and light appetizers, is set from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, July 16, at Blackbird GastroPub, 575 S. University Blvd., in Norman.

Reservations are required: call or text 308.2611 or email

Museum Offers Complimentary Admission to Veterans

Through a collaboration among the National Endowment of the Arts, Blue Star Families, the Department of Defense and more than 2,000 museums across America, the Sam Noble Museum is offering complimentary admission to all active-duty military personnel and their families, as well as active-duty National Guard and Reserve members, through Labor Day.

Visit the museum during the summer and enjoy Titanoboa: Monster Snake, an exhibit featuring the largest snake ever found from the Paleocene epoch, and Through the Eyes of the Lynx: Galileo and the Microscope. The Apiarium, published in 1625, is one of only six known copies and is the centerpiece of the latter exhibit.

In addition to this program, the museum offers free admission with identification to active-duty military and veterans throughout the year and a $1 per ticket discount to military and veteran immediate family members.

Leadership support has been provided by MetLife Foundation through Blue Star Families.

It’s All Happening at the … Library!

Concerts, crafts, indoor and outdoor activities, and a zoo presentation are just a sampling of special events planned for July by the Pioneer Library System. Highlights, by location, follow.

Norman Central

1 p.m. Sundays, July 10, 17, 24 and 31–Teen Journeys in Art, for ages 12 to 17 to create a visual journal

Norman West

4 p.m. Sunday, July 10-Acoustic Sessions with Mike Hosty, a free concert with the Norman-based musician

6:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14–Dancing Through Books, featuring a literal dance through the classic “Where the Wild Things Are” by Maurice Sendak (for ages 14 and under)


2 p.m. Saturday, July 9–Bath Lab 2.0, featuring the Oklahoma Museum Network (must be 18 and up)

2 p.m. Monday, July 25–Teen Life-Sized Pac-Man, a flashback to the ’80s video game played in a life-size way


5:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 5, 12, 19–Studio 204, crafts and activities for ages 18 and up, with program featuring painting, book discussion and more

5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 21–Summer Reading Program Finale, with Olympic-style games and activities for all ages

Southwest Oklahoma City

3 p.m. Thursday, July 14–Mega Sports Day! An afternoon of outdoor activities (for ages 11 and under)

2 p.m. Tuesday, July 19–Oklahoma Animals, presented by the Oklahoma City Zoo

For a full listing of events scheduled by the Pioneer Library System, visit and click on Events.

Company Transitions to 
Full-service Ad Agency

Now there are more ways to tell your story! Local business Freestyle Creative recently transitioned from a film production company to a full-service advertising agency.

Cleveland County businesses can reach customers with attention-grabbing digital ads, graphic design, mobile responsive websites and cinema-quality video. Freestyle Creative is located in Moore, just off I-35 at 2200 N. Broadway.

Their innovative team of professionals are actively involved in the community and are eager to help local businesses achieve their full potential. Freestyle’s director of marketing states, “Just because you live in Moore or Norman doesn’t mean you shouldn’t have access to high-quality creative design!”

Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Visit and follow them on Facebook today!

Classes Offer Inspiration 
for Gardeners

Horticulturist Tracey Payton Miller invites gardening enthusiasts to attend free classes being offered this summer through fall at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds, 615 E. Robinson St., in Norman. Each begins at 10 a.m. and lasts approximately one hour.

July 9 – Fairy Gardening, Room C, fairground building

July 16 – Seed Gathering, 10 a.m., demonstration garden

Aug. 6 – Oklahoma Proven Selections, Room C, fairground building

Sept. 17 – Garden Photography, demonstration garden

Oct. 15 – Attracting Butterflies to Your Garden, demonstration garden

In addition, the Cleveland County Master Gardener Association Demonstration and Teaching Gardens are open for tours as an educational and free service to the public from 9 a.m. to noon Saturdays, weather permitting, through the fall.

Some of the themes for this year’s garden, located in the southwest corner of the fairgrounds, are square-foot gardens, Oklahoma native plant beds, dreamcatcher gardens, xeriscape gardens, shade gardens, tropical beds, Veteran’s Honor beds, cutting gardens, herb gardens and fairy gardens–plus, check out the composters in the Worm Hotel! Master Gardeners have handpicked plants to demonstrate what can be grown successfully in Oklahoma.

For more information, call the Extension office at 321.4774.

21c Museum Hotels Unveil Penguin Color

21c Museum Hotels, the award-winning boutique hotel and restaurant group, unveiled the color selected for its iconic penguin sculptures created for the 21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City at a public event May 10 at its newest location, 900 W. Main St., in the historic Fred Jones Assembly Plant. 21c Oklahoma City combines a boutique hotel, contemporary art museum and Mary Eddy’s Kitchen x Lounge, a restaurant and bar led by executive chef Jason Campbell.

Each 21c Museum Hotel is home to a flock of colored penguins–sculptures created by Italian artist collective Cracking Art Group. Playful and vibrant, the penguins are emblematic of 21c Museum Hotels’ identity as a community cultural center.