July 2017 Around Town 5

Sam Noble Museum Named 
Among Top 50 Most Impressive 
College Museums

The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History at the University of Oklahoma has been named one of the top 50 most impressive college museums, according to College Values Online. Among both private and public colleges included in the list, OU is the only school in Oklahoma to be selected, joining the ranks of other universities such as Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Princeton University and Yale University.

The Sam Noble Museum was selected based on its more than 10 million objects and specimens over 12 collections. Together, the collections narrate the natural history of Oklahoma and much of the world.

To be considered in the recent online ranking, museums must have a connection financially or organizationally with a college or university. Selected for their permanent and sizable collections, each college museum’s displays were required to span more than one time period and hold recognizable works of art in their collections or artifacts that appeal to a variety of audiences.

Legend Senior Living Wins Argentum Best of the Best Award

Legend Senior Living, which operates nine senior living communities in Oklahoma, recently received a top industry honor for innovative programming in senior living. Argentum, a national trade association for senior living companies, presented Legend with the Best of the Best Award for its PARO seal program in memory care. This is the fifth such award Legend has received.

PARO, whose name comes from a Japanese abbreviation of “personal robot,” is an FDA-approved therapeutic robotic seal. Its sensors detect light, sound, touch, posture and temperature, and respond to human interaction much like a living creature would. It can even learn to respond to its name. Research shows that petting and interacting with this biofeedback seal helps reduce stress and depression in people living with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.

Legend founder and CEO Tim Buchanan, along with COO Chris Mahen, accepted the award May 3 at Argentum’s Senior Living Executive Conference in Nashville.

Legend at Rivendell, a standalone memory care residence at 2800 SW 131st St. in Oklahoma City, has been using a PARO seal named Molly since opening in 2015.

PARO works through neuroplasticity, the brain’s ability to adapt by forming new neural pathways. Certain stimuli, such as interaction with a PARO device, help form those neural pathways so the brain can reconnect old memories and build new ones. Just as exercising a muscle helps build new tissue, exercising the mind helps build the brain. Studies have shown PARO is a viable alternative to psychotropic medications, which can pose an increased risk of falls, fractures and stroke for seniors. Participating in three PARO biofeedback sessions per week allows some people to reduce their dose of these medications–and in some cases, forgo them altogether.

Business Growth Academy : Increase Your Business Acumen

Owning a business is tough. You’re frequently faced with pressing decisions you’re not prepared to answer. It’s not a knock on you; business ownership is tough. You have to be an expert leader of people, expert administrator, excellent at juggling cash, and a sales and marketing professional. Then, if you’re proficient at all of those skills you have to learn how to protect your assets and manage the cash you’ve accumulated.

The problem that business owners face is that they typically learn about these things one of two ways: by a salesperson with an agenda to sell, and the hard way. The hard way is very costly. If you’ve ever had an underinsured accident, or had someone from the IRS knock on your door, you already know this.

So what’s the solution? Tony Robbins says that 90 percent of the struggles in business are caused by the psychology and skills of the owner. The Business Growth Academy team is poised to help local business owners in both of those areas.

The BGA team is composed of Rennie Cook, an executive coach with specialties in leadership development and sales training; Martin Holland, a business coach who helps business owners build highly profitable businesses that work without them; Korey McMahon, a marketing expert who owns a local marketing agency that runs international campaigns; Matt Mann, a CPA and former CFO for large companies; Trent Willis, a risk management expert with a background in commercial banking and insurance; and Jesse Miller, a business consultant who has owned and helped build small businesses for the past 17 years.

The team holds two in-person meetings monthly in Norman, and will be launching an online platform in the near future. To learn more, check out businessgrowthacademy.net.

OHCE Celebrates 100 Years of 
Service With Quilt Show at 
County Fairgrounds

Cleveland County Oklahoma Home and Community Education, whose mission is “to encourage individuals to live up to his/her potential and to encourage participation in all phases of family and community life,” is celebrating its 100th anniversary.

As part of its centennial observance, the group (formerly known as Home Demonstration or Extension Homemakers) hosted a quilt show themed “100 Years of Pioneering Spirit” May 5 and 6 at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds.

Prizes were awarded to Burma Kernel, Best of Show; Susie Lee, President’s Choice; Donna Felty, Vendor’s Choice; and Shirley Potter, Viewer’s Choice. First-place awards went to Dana Beach, First Timer; Shirley Burns, Rag; Pam Argo, Patriotic; Kathy Nielsen, Self Machine Quilted; Brenda Williams, Art; Margaret Lewis, Mini; Karen Pospisil, Miscellaneous; Donna Felty, Baby; Kernel, Applique and Pieced; Kathy Nielsen, Hand Quilted; Virgie Andrews, Handwork; and Melody Srank, Recycled.

Funds from a silent quilt auction will fund a scholarship that is open to all Cleveland County high school students.

Celebrating 100 years along with its umbrella organization this year is Clothier #15, which for many years helped maintain one of Oklahoma’s two remaining one-room school houses. About seven years ago, the school house was purchased by a private individual, who restored and refurbished it and relocated it to a site at the intersection of Sooner Road and SE 149th St. Clothier #15 continues to meet at the school house, and is planning a centennial celebration from 1 to 3 p.m. July 15. The public is invited to attend.

For more information on OHCE or the July 15 event, call the Cleveland County OSU Extension Center at 321.4774.

Art Center, School Jointly 
Celebrate Academic Year’s End, Sculpture Installs

The Firehouse Art Center and the University of Oklahoma School of Visual Arts recently celebrated the end of the academic year and the recent installation of student sculptures in Lions Park in Norman with a reception at the Firehouse.

In attendance were 15 Firehouse faculty and staff, including Executive Director Douglas Shaw Elder, and 16 OU SoVA faculty and staff, including Director Bette Talvacchia and Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts Dean Mary Margaret Holt.

In their remarks, Elder and Talvacchia highlighted the strong art education partnership between their two organizations as well as the accomplishments of their organizations and respective faculty members. Attendees had the opportunity to view the 2017 FAC Faculty exhibition, which showcases the creativity and expertise of the FAC’s instructors within the context of the skills and techniques they teach at the Firehouse.

Also during the event, the sculpture students studying under Professor Jonathan Hils in the OU School of Fine Arts led a tour of their new artwork, which they recently installed for temporary display in Lions Park.

Support for the sculpture project was provided by the Norman Arts Council, Public Arts Board and the City of Norman.

Libraries Plan OKC Thunder Bus Visit, Songwriting Festival and More

The Pioneer Library System has a little of something planned for audiences young and old this summer. Listed below are just a sampling of what awaits visitors looking for something fun to do.

Norman Central

Cookbook Swap and Shop, 10 a.m. Saturday, July 8–Join the Friends of the Norman Library for its annual cookbook sale, which also includes a cooking demonstration, door prizes and a chance for participants to swap cookbooks with other people at the event.

Norman West

Build a Better Song with Mike Hosty, 2 p.m. Sunday, July 16–Local musical guru Mike Hosty will lead a songwriting workshop for beginners. Teens ages 12 to 17 may participate.


Summer Reading Finale, 5:30 p.m. Thursday, July 20–Wrap up a summer of reading and fun with games, activities a hot dog cookout and more. Participants can bring their completed reading lists and select a free book as a prize.


Celebration in the Heartland, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, July 4, at Buck Thomas Park, 1903 NE 12th St.–The library will host a table with activities during the City of Moore’s annual 4th of July celebration.

Southwest Oklahoma City

OKC Thunder Bus visit, 10 a.m. Wednesday, July 19–Children going into kindergarten through fifth grades get a chance to board the Thunder Bus to get a free book. Registration will be required beginning July 12.

Royal Bavaria Announces July Band Schedule

If you enjoy classic German food accompanied by a frosty brew and terrific music, you may wish to place Royal Bavaria Restaurant and Brewery’s July band lineup on your July calendar.

The month kicks off on Saturday, July 1, with Shawn Proffitt, followed by Route 66 on Thursday, July 6; Heartbreak Rodeo on Friday, July 7; and the Redgrass String Band on Saturday, July 8. Route 66 will again be featured on Thursday, July 13. Allen Williams will perform on Friday, July 14, and John the Franklin will perform on Saturday, July 15.

Proffitt will again take the stage on Thursday, July 20, followed by Route 66 on Friday, July 21, and John the Franklin on Saturday, July 22. Closing out the month will be Sax & Axe on Thursday, July 27; Williams on Friday, July 28; and John the Franklin on Saturday, July 29.

Royal Bavaria is located at 3401 S. Sooner Road, in Moore. For more information, call 799.7666 or visit royal-bavaria.com.

‘Float Therapy’: A New Way to Relax, Heal Mind and Body

ExpressCRYO is now offering float therapy to help their clients heal their body and mind. The business owners describe float therapy as “a luxurious escape from the constant stress of life’s daily pressures and a natural way to heal the body and mind.”

The concept is similar to the mineral salt baths at the Dead Sea in Israel. One thousand pounds of Epsom salt is dissolved into a shallow pool of skin-temperature water to create this effect.

“This peaceful space frees you of gravity, noise from the outside world and other distractions. As if in deep meditation, your body and mind achieve calmness, entering into a theta brain wave state resulting in a profound state of relaxation,” say Loc Do and Shawn Tram, owners.

ExpressCRYO is located at 825 SW 19th St., Suite 10, in Moore. For more information, call 293.2796.