Wine-tasting Event to Support Adult Literacy

Community Literacy Centers invites readers to two sensational events this May supporting adult literacy. Private Reserve, CLC’s signature wine-tasting gala, offers selected wines paired with a three-course meal, silent/live auctions and unforgettable entertainment. The event will be held Friday, May 3, at The Skirvin, and is chaired by Mary Blankenship Pointer and Jonna Kirschner. On Saturday, May 4, CLC’s more casual tasting event, Wine and Words: Uncorked, offers wine samplings from around the country and hors d’oeuvres from local restaurants.  

FMI:; Cheryl MacDonald at 524.7323 or

Orr Family Farm Plans Spring Fun

This year, the Orr Family Farm is celebrating its 15th anniversary season. Through May 25, the farm is open Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. All ages can enjoy unique experiences like petting and feeding animals in the barnyard, riding the train and bouncing on the giant jumping pillows.

Moms will get into the farm for free on May 11 for a Mother’s Day Celebration, and everyone enjoys a discounted admission price of $8 per person on May 25 for the Memorial Weekend Special.

The Orr Family Farm is an agri-tainment experience created to provide families, groups and school children a glimpse of their heritage, history and good old-fashioned fun. For more information, visit or call 799.3276.

Save the Date for Purse-onality 2019

Make sure to save the date for this year’s Purse-onality fundraising luncheon, presented by Full Circle Adult Day Center. The luncheon is scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 24, at The Railhouse, 102 W. Eufaula St., Norman.

Guests at this fun event will enjoy a catered meal, including dessert, prepared by Abbey Road Catering, complimentary signature cocktail, silent and live auction, individual gift bags and door prizes. Reservations are required. Tickets are $80 and are available by contacting Full Circle at 447.2955.

Heartbreak Rodeo Celebrates Anniversary

Norman band Heartbreak Rodeo celebrated five years together in April. The band played their first show together at Norman Music Festival in 2014. At first a duo, David Henson and Michael Bendure played for a year before adding Chris Walsh on bass guitar.

The band has performed more than 150 shows together throughout the state. In June 2018, the band released their first full-length album, “End of Summer,” which was recorded and produced by Oklahoma guitar legend Terry “Buffalo” Ware. The album is available on Spotify, iTunes and Amazon.

Annual Book Sale Moved to Spring

The Friends of the Norman Libraries are moving their annual fall book sale to the spring this year, on Friday through Sunday, May 3-5, at Norman Public Library Central, 225 N. Webster Ave.

Sale hours are 6-9 p.m. Friday, May 3; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, May 4; and 1-6 p.m. Sunday, May 5.

The event will feature thousands of items in many genres, with first editions, signed books, out-of-print titles and much more, many priced at 50 cents or $1 per item. The main sale takes place in the library’s Lowry Room, while a sale of children’s books will be set up in the Children’s Story Time Room. And Sunday features a “bag sale” with shoppers able to fill a bag with books for $5.

Proceeds from the sale will go to help the Friends group in its support of library activities throughout the year.

Norman Music Institute Sets Beatles Celebration

The public is invited to attend Norman Music Institute’s grand opening, slated from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 18. The event will feature a Beatles’ “Love Is All You Need” celebration featuring the diversity in music that the Beatles created.

The set includes selections that focus on their use of classic strings, high-energy horn and, of course, driving contemporary ensembles. All songs will feature luscious harmonies that were the hallmark of the Beatles’ compositions. This presentation is in medley form—nine songs all strung together for a roller coaster ride of emotion.

The institute, established in 2007, on March 1 relocated to an all-new, state-of-the-art facility at 2901 Broce Drive. Adding three classrooms and three private lesson rooms, the building also showcases an amazing performance hall with the latest innovations in sound, lights and video. Parents can use the waiting rooms with video monitors to monitor their child’s progress.

Cope with Grief Seminar Scheduled

Cope with Grief Seminar Scheduled

Facing the loss of someone close to your heart is one of the hardest and most difficult challenges a person might face in their life. Assistance from family members and/or friends sometimes is just not enough for a person to be able to cope with the pain and the grief. There are times where you might find yourself all alone, and it seems to no one can help or understand.

To help those facing the loss of a loved one, Roy Slootheer founded Cope with Grief, through which he offers seminars, workshops and other activities to help individuals on the road to healing and recovery.

A Cope with Grief seminar is planned for June 15 and 16 in Oklahoma City. Lifestyle readers who sign up for the seminar this month will receive a discount: $99 for the one-day seminar with lunch buffet, $199 for the two-day seminar with lunch buffet.

For more information and to register, visit or

Royal Bavaria’s Beergarten Re-Opens

Beginning May 2, the beergarten at Royal Bavaria re-opens! Each Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the beergarten will feature live music as well as the best authentic German food and brew available in the state.

Bands featured this month are: Shawn Proffitt, May 2, Kenneth Rich, May 3, and Route 66, May 4; Hunter Thomas, May 9, Heartbreak Rodeo, May 10, and Wedding, May 11; Redgrass Duo, May 16, Greg Singleton, May 17, and Shawn Proffitt, May 18; Hunter Thomas, May 23, John the Franklin, May 24, and Wedding, May 25; and Tim Bauer, May 30, and Route 66, May 31.

Royal Bavaria is located at 3401 S. Sooner Road. For more information, call 799.7666 or visit