Touch A Truck returns Oct. 5

The annual Touch A Truck event returns for its 15th year in Norman from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds, 615 E. Robinson St. Attendees get an up-close look at vehicles like big rigs, public service machines, construction vehicles and more and to learn how they serve the community.

The first hour of the event, from 9 to 10 a.m., is a “Quiet Hour” especially set for families with children who may have sensory sensitivity or just not like the noise created from dozens of horns honking. Beginning at 10 a.m., the noise gets started as kids will be able to try out the horns as they sit in the driver’s seat of their favorite trucks.

There’s no official entry fee for the event, although donations will be taken at the entrances. Proceeds benefit the Children’s Services departments of the Pioneer Library System’s six Cleveland County libraries.

 

Groovefest Returns to Norman

The 33rd annual Groovefest will take place Sunday, Oct. 6, at Andrews Park in Norman.

Groovefest is a human rights music festival promoting a global community of peace. The family-friend even features live music, activist speakers, human rights and social service organization tables, arts, vendors and food trucks.

Groovefest has been organizing a free music festival to promote human rights awareness since 1986. It currently is the only human rights music festival in Oklahoma, and it is the second-longest-running human rights music festival in the world.

For more information, visit GrooveFest.org.

 

Republic Bank & Trust to Merge With Armstrong Bank

Chuck Thompson, CEO of Republic Bank & Trust, Dr. Sinclair Armstrong Jr., chairman of Ironhorse Financial Group, and Billy Taylor, CEO of Armstrong Bank, announced recently that their respective boards of directors have entered into a definitive agreement for Republic Bank & Trust to merge with Armstrong Bank, pending standard regulatory approvals. Both banks have been owned and operated as sister banks under common ownership since 1988 and under the same holding company, Ironhorse Financial Group, since 2006. The merger will combine both banks under a common charter with no change in ownership.

The transaction is expected to be complete in the first quarter of 2020. At that time, the banking systems will be converted to a common system, and both banks will merge under the Armstrong Bank name.

With an asset size of $566 million at the end of June 2019, Republic Bank & Trust currently operates five locations in Norman (3), Noble (1) and Oklahoma City (1). 

Royal Bavaria Announces Band Lineup

Each Thursday, Friday and Saturday through October, 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, Oct. 3, and Mandy Brixey and Southern Charcuterie, Oct. 5; Route 66, Oct. 10, Tim Brauer, Oct. 11, and Heartbreak Rodeo, Oct. 12; Shawn Proffitt, Oct. 17, The Indigos, Oct. 18, and the Redgrass String Band, Oct. 19; Route 66, Oct. 24, John the Franklin, Oct. 25. The bands performing on Oct. 4 and 26 are yet to be announced.

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

5k/Kid Event Planned to Introduce Community Cleve

A 5k run and children’s event is planned Saturday, Nov. 2, to introduce Cleveland County residents to Community Cleve, a new organization formed to showcase this area’s great businesses, events and charitable activities.

When runners sign in to the CleveTees.com website, they will be able to select from a selected family of charities (#GWYL; Give Where You Live): CCFI, Food and Shelter, Ally’s House, the Firehouse Art Center, and the Women’s Resource Center. At check-in, runners will receive a T-shirt; each nonprofit will be represented in a different color on the T-shirts. The nonprofit that wins the 5k will receive a traveling trophy, and runners will receive medals. Watch the website for more details.

Each month, Cleve will be selling a different T-shirt to draw awareness of upcoming events and in support of various nonprofits.

The organization has “adopted” a mascot: Community Cleve, the legendary sasquatch of central Oklahoma. Watch for it in this magazine and around Cleveland County!

 

Brunch Elevated at Press & Plow

Anything but average, Press & Plow Brunch this month elevates its brunch menu to surprise and delight its guests! Created by Chef Anthony Compagni, this menu uses fresh, organic and meticulously sourced ingredients. A couple of super stars to try are the Croque Madam and the Fresh Berry Crepes. Over a dozen brunch items can be paired with the extensive coffee, tea and libation offerings. Fan favorites include the Nitro Brew Latte, The Nutty Professor, and Fresh Squeezed Organic OJ. Served daily from 7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Press & Plow is located at 2596 W. Tecumseh Road in Norman. For more information, visit PressandPlow.com.

Women’s Resource Center Gala Scheduled for Oct. 4

The Women’s Resource Center Gala, the Cleveland County-based organization’s annual event to raise awareness about the effects of domestic violence, sexual violence and stalking on individuals, families and the community, is scheduled for Friday, Oct. 4 at the Hall at the Railhouse, 102 W. Eufaula St., Norman.

This year’s gala will be a celebration of the people who have dedicated their lives to the field of gender-based violence. Three individuals who have served others in the field of domestic and sexual violence will be honored.

Sen. Rob Standridge will deliver the keynote address. Standridge introduced legislation last legislative session raising awareness on the detrimental effects of strangulation.

This year’s Kentucky Derby theme will feature a Best Hat contest, a Name that Winning Horse contest, poker tables, a silent auction, and wine pull during the reception hour.

Gala tickets are $100, individual; $1,000, sponsored tables, and may be purchased online at wrcnormanok.org/wrc-gala. For more information on sponsorship opportunities, call Kyla McMoran at 364.9424