New OU School of Drama Director Named

Seth Gordon, a nationally recognized stage director and producer of new plays, has been named as director of the Helmerich School of Drama at the University of Oklahoma.

A passionate educator, Gordon has taught stage directing, dramaturgy and audition techniques, and he has been invited to lead master classes in directing and acting at Webster University, Fairmount Performing Arts Conservatory, Cleveland Play House, Carnegie Mellon University, Pratt Institute and New York University.

Libraries Offer Fun for All Ages

August wraps up summer vacation for many area students, but there still are a few summer morning and afternoon opportunities to experience the library before heading back to school.

Multiple craft programs dot the schedule during the first full week of August, beginning with “Chalk Bombs” at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, at the Norman East library. Ages 7 to 12 will learn how to make their own chalk bombs to use as decorations.

Norman West, 300 Norman Center Court, presents “Printmaking for Teens/Tweens” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7. It’s a chance for budding artists ages 10 to 18 to learn a new skill.

Norman West also hosts DIY Fluffy Slime at 3 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9. The program, for ages 7 to 12, mixes science and fun to create slime using basic household items.

Norman East, 3051 E. Alameda St., will host numerous programs in conjunction with the Smithsonian’s Water/Ways Exhibit, on display at the library through Aug. 18.

Find out more by visiting any of the libraries of the Pioneer Library System or online at

II Palms Vodka Receives Multiple Awards

II Palms Vodka received the Double Gold SIP Tasting Award as well as a Bronze Bottle Design Award at the 2019 Spirit International Prestige (SIP) Awards Competition, held in Irvine, California. II Palms is an ultra-smooth, premium craft vodka distilled from corn and currently only available in their home state of Oklahoma. They are distributed by Boardwalk Distribution.

II Palms is becoming increasingly available in liquor stores and restaurants around Oklahoma, including placement in the Chesapeake Arena just in time for the upcoming NBA Thunder season.

Royal Bavaria Announces Band Lineup

Each Thursday, Friday and Saturday through August, Royal Bavaria will feature live music, as well as the best authentic German food and brew available in the state, in its beergarten.

Bands featured this month are: Hunter Thomas, Aug. 1, John the Franklin, Aug. 2, and Kenneth Rich, Aug. 3; Greg Singleton, Aug. 8, Tim Brauer, Aug. 9, and Heartbreak Rodeo, Aug. 10; Shawn Proffitt, Aug. 15, Raina Cobb and Ben Brock, Aug. 16, and Redgrass String Band, Aug. 17; Route 66, Aug. 22, and Heartbreak Rodo, Aug. 23; and Kenneth Rich, Aug. 30. The bands that will be performing Aug. 24 and 31 are to be determined.

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

Caring for Your Air Conditioner

Most homeowners know that experts recommend their home’s air conditioner undergo an annual tune-up, along with regular filter changes. But the importance of this ongoing maintenance may not be clear to everyone.

Brian Porch with Norman Heat and Air explains that regular tune-ups not only prevent costly and bothersome breakdowns and other repairs but also save the homeowner money—an average of $60 a month.

Norman Heating & Air offers Comfort Club service plans that make maintaining your AC virtually effortless. For more information, visit or call 823.9641.