A Time to Cook, 
to Eat and to Give Back

Do you love to cook? It seems that most people can be divided into two camps: those with a real passion for cooking, and those who prefer to just reap the rewards of their labor! I admire those with the desire and talent to lift cooking into an art. In these pages, you’ll read about Norman resident/entrepreneur Agi Lurtz who,…

November 2017 Around Town

Women of the South recently added $100,000 to their charitable organization endowment fund through the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. The check presentation was made by Erica Stone, 2017-18 president, during the organization’s annual membership kickoff Aug. 25 at the Wheeler Ferris Wheel / Wheeler District in South Oklahoma City.

The Guitar Man

Beautiful as it is, the lure of the Oregon coast wasn’t enough to keep veteran Farrel Droke from his Oklahoma roots. After two years away, this past August he and his wife, Julie, returned to their longtime hometown of Norman, settling happily into a post-retirement routine that includes lots of music.

Workin’ Out to Boogie Beats

During Orangetheory Fitness Moore’s recent ’70s Day, members worked out to some boogie beats. Members also recently participated in the Moore War Run benefiting Moore High and Westmoore High students!

Voice of the Heartland Competition

Promising young vocalists recently took part in the vocal competition "Voice of the Heartland" at the Southwind Hills Event Barn in Goldsby. The competition, created in 2015, doubles as a fundraiser to benefit the educational programs of the Sooner Theatre and 
The Studio of The Sooner Theatre of Norman.

Global Citizen Awards Gala

Two individuals with ties to Cleveland County were among those honored during the recent Global Citizen 2017 Awards Gala, hosted by the World Experiences Foundation, headquartered in Norman. The event, featuring multicultural entertainment, was held Nov. 9 at the Embassy Suites Downtown in Oklahoma City.

Giving Back to the Community

Noble McIntyre of McIntyre Law, with the assistance of the incredible support offered by over 100 member lawyers of the Oklahoma Association for Justice, a group composed of plaintiff attorneys across the state who have dedicated their careers to helping people injured as the result of another’s negligent conduct, has raised more than $500,000 over the past seven years to…

Nancy A. Brown, D.O.

If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis or one of the other musculoskeletal diseases/systemic autoimmune conditions commonly referred to as rheumatic diseases, you know how important it is to have a doctor you not only respect, but one with whom you feel comfortable.

From Machine Gun Kelly to the OKC Bombing

Machine Gun Kelly. Timothy McVeigh. Names like these are indelibly printed on the American psyche. Others, like Roger Dale Stafford or Gene Leroy Hart, are less familiar. All played crucial roles in some of Oklahoma’s worst examples of criminal infamy, recently documented by Kent Frates in his book, Oklahoma’s Most Notorious Cases.

Winterize Your Life

Winter is upon us once again. The days are shorter, the air is colder and the need to increase our self-care is here. The gray weather, freezing temperatures and shockingly cold wind can wreak havoc on our health if we’re not careful. Even though humans have learned to adapt to harsh weather, there are still steps we can take to…

Tulsa Time

If you haven’t visited T-Town in several years, now’s a great time. In addition to a plethora of entertainment and dining options, Tulsa lays claim to many unique shopping centers and boutiques, so you can have fun while getting your holiday shopping done!

Agi Lurtz Shares

This recipe for Hungarian Galuska and Pörkölt came from Agi Lurtz's mother, who grew up in Hungary, escaped the war, found a sponsor and became a naturalized American citizen. Agi says her mother typically made the beef version; however she often substitutes chicken as a healthier option and and because it requires far less prep and cooking time. Over the…

Look to the Library

A centerpiece for literature in the community, Norman Public Library West adds the sound of music for visitors on many occasions during the month. A favorite recurring event are the library’s monthly Lunch and Listen concerts. The free concerts, offered during the noon hour on the fourth Wednesday of the month, have been a big part of the library’s program…

Ready to Retire?

When it comes time to start withdrawing the money you’ve spent a lifetime accumulating in your retirement portfolio, you want to ensure that you make the right decisions. One that the government makes for you is requiring that you withdraw at least some of your funds annually, depending on your age and the account type. This is known as a…


The holiday season is full of giving and gratitude. However, while you've been dreaming of an expensive new watch or picking up the perfect gift for your sister, some families are simply hoping for the basic necessities with which to feed and clothe their infants. This is where Infant Crisis Services comes in. With the community’s support, this nonprofit organization…

When Getting Tired and Sweaty Is a Good Thing

Cherie Pope has found her exercise niche at Orangetheory Fitness Moore. She writes: "My only regret since joining Orangetheory Fitness Moore is that I didn't join it when I first received the promotional ads. I belonged to another gym at that time and had hit a plateau. I was working out three to four days a week for several hours…

Hops in the Kitchen

Stout Chocolate Brownies

Autumn Time for 
Tailgates and Road Trips

Shorter days and cooler temperatures. Trees and bushes covered in a riot of multi-hued leaves. These are just a few of the heralds of autumn. In Sooner Country, the arrival of autumn also means University of Oklahoma football and, for some, the long-awaited tailgate party. On home football gamedays, Sooner Village and other venues across campus hum with activity as…

Church Hill Estate Celebrate National Night Out

Residents of Moore's Church Hill Estates turned out for National Night Out, a community-police awareness-raising event held in neighborhoods across the country that's held the first Tuesday of August. The annual community-building event promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.

Golf Champs!

Congratulations to the winners of the Club Championship, which took place Aug. 19 and 20 at Hidden Trails Golf & Country Club in Oklahoma City. To learn more about the club, visit hiddentrailsokc.com, email info@hiddentrailsokc.com or call 685.7751.

Purse-onality Fundraiser

$38,000 was raised during Full Circle Adult Day Center’s Purse-onality fundraiser Aug. 26 at Sooner Legends in Norman. By exceeding a $30,000 matching grant, the organization raised a grand total of $68,000, which will help fund scholarships and go toward the financing of its new home near I35 and Flood.

October 2017 Around Town

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and throughout the month, the Women’s Resource Center will be engaging the community at local events, raising awareness about the perils of domestic violence on individuals, families and the community. The Women’s Resource Center in Norman provides emergency shelter, advocacy, court advocacy, safety planning, forensic exams, Domestic Violence Education Group, counseling, prevention education and…

In Sooner Country

Ahh … Autumn! Time for pumpkin-carving, corn mazes and hay rides, and fall foliage tours! For many in Sooner Country, this season also marks another perennial fall fav: tailgating. For more than a decade, the Brasel family has enthusiastically hosted tailgate parties in a big way prior to each home football game.

The Assistance League of Norman

It’s that time of year again; holiday happenings are all around. But before you book up your holiday season, plan on attending a couple events that are sure to offer a good time while also benefiting your community. I recently spoke with Stephanie Clinton, president-elect of the Assistance League Norman, about the nonprofit, which was founded in 1974 and is…

ABLE Comedy Night

$12,500 was raised during ABLE’s first-ever Comedy Night fundraiser, held Aug. 25 at the Hall at the Railhouse in Norman. The mission of ABLE Community-Based Services is to “assist adults with developmental disabilities live quality lives.” Funds raised from the event will go toward building an adult activity center.

Comic Connection

One of the ways the Pioneer Library System is serving its communities is through direct outreach to school students. One such example is at the Noble Public Library, which is partnering with Noble High School on a pair of book discussion clubs for students. The groups will meet before school, with the Noble High School Book Club meeting at 8…

Life.Church’s Switch Initiative

Cedric Hardimon wanted to be an NBA player. Now, he ministetrs to athletes and students as the youth pastor at Life.Church Norman and couldn’t imagine doing anything else. “MY MOTHER AND I FOUND SUPPORT THROUGH THE LOCAL CHURCH, AND CREATING THAT FOR SOMEONE ELSE IS WHAT I LIVE FOR AS A YOUTH PASTOR.” His favorite Bible verse is Psalm 27:1:…


The days are shorter and cooler, like Peter Dinklage. But seriously, though, do we really have to wait until 2019 for Game of Thrones' final season? C’mon man! The amount of alcohol I’ll consume between Season 7 and Season 8 is going to require one heckuva recap episode to get me back up-to-speed. By the way, I’m not including it…

Excellence Irrigation

One client who recently purchased a new home that backs onto a lake in northwest Oklahoma City called on Excellence Irrigation to take on a major project. He writes, “Excellence Irrigation was responsible for the complete design and installation of all landscaping, including the sprinkler system; outdoor LED landscape lighting; landscape fountain at the front entry; a large round patio…

Do You Like Ghost Stories?

Do you believe in ghosts and spirits and other things that go bump in the night? Even the most diehard skeptics nevertheless enjoy a scary story from time to time, especially this time of year, as Halloween approaches and dry leaves propelled by chilly autumn winds make thin scraping sounds like skeletal fingers scampering across the ground seeking reunion with…

Stepping Up to the Barre

A great, successful workout is one that you can never truly master. It constantly switches things up, and your body never gets the chance to plateau because there’s always a new challenge around the corner. That’s why the dynamic workouts at Pure Barre are so great at giving real results. The instructors always keep you on your toes, and they…

Royal Bavaria’s Andy Gmeiner

One of the best-known specialties of Viennese cuisine, Wiener Schnitzel is a very thin breaded and pan-fried cutlet traditionally made with veal. The Wiener Schnitzel is one of the national dishes of Austria. A popular variation is made with pork instead of veal, in part because pork is cheaper than veal.

Crystal Bridges Adventure

Where can you go to experience glorious fall foliage, enjoy first-rate cuisine, explore architectural treasures by Frank Lloyd Wright, Moshe Safdie and Buckminster Fuller, and view hundreds of masterpieces by American artists from over the past 500 years? It’s all available in one remarkable package: Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas.

What Does Your Dream Home Look Like?

If you were to design your own dream house, what would it look like? What features would you include? Would it look similar to others in your community, or something entirely different? In this, our Design Issue, we feature two houses that are quite differently stylistically.

Team Catalyst Racket Club Updates

The Team Catalyst Racket Club had a busy spring season. Here are some updates on their activities with the U.S. Tennis Association. To learn more about this private club based at Hidden Hills Country Club, contact Tony Daniels, Catalyst Racket Club CEO, at 429.0325.

Congrats to Orangetheory Fitness Inductees

The "100 classes taken club" continues to grow at Orangetheory Fitness Moore! Congratulations to the newest inductees! 
For more information on the club and the fitness center, call 703.5259.

Hidden Trails Member-Guest Golf Tourney

Hidden Trails Golf & Country Club, a private club in south Oklahoma City, hosted its third annual Member-Guest Golf Tournament 
July 27 through 30. For more information, visit hiddentrailsokc.com/golf/

September 2017 Around Town

Promising young vocalists are being sought to take part in a vocal competition, which doubles as a fundraiser to benefit the educational Programs of the Sooner Theatre and The Studio of The Sooner Theatre of Norman. The Voice of The Heartland vocal competition, created in 2015, is open to three age groups: ages 7 to 12, 13 to 17, and…


It’s no surprise when two lovers of the outdoors set a vision for their new home, the outcome is an elegant, airy abode in which nature takes center stage. The newly constructed H-shaped house located near the University of Oklahoma campus brings the outdoors in by playing up natural lighting with tons of windows and lush landscaping showcased just outside…

Find Your Inspiration

Interior designers as well as others looking for design inspiration won’t want to miss the third annual Oklahoma Designer Show House, scheduled from noon to 7 p.m. Sept. 8 through 17. This year’s show house is located at 13300 Hickory Hills Road in Arcadia, Oklahoma.

The House That Wu Built

Stunning. Breathtaking. Luxurious. All words that perfectly capture a gorgeous home showcasing a picturesque location created with the touch of a gifted architect and an accomplished builder. Located at 2700 SW 130th Court in the exclusive Rivendell community, this five-bedroom French Country-inspired residence features a stamped circle driveway, three full bathrooms, two half-baths, a gourmet kitchen, mirrored fitness room, home…

Full Circle Adult Day Care Center

Full Circle Adult Day Center fills a much-needed role in our community, offering the elderly and adults with disabilities a range of mental, physical and social health services while providing assistance to their families, which allows them in turn to take care of themselves and remain full members of society. I spoke with Patricia Ingram, executive director of Full Circle,…

Universal Design

Dave Boeck has a deep and personal understanding of the needs of those requiring special accommodations. Following four surgeries to address knee, back and rotator cuff injuries, Boeck had the “opportunity to discover” the many challenges facing those with mobility issues: at the time, he lived in a two-story house in which all the bedrooms and bathrooms were located on…

From So-So to Wowzer!

Not in love with your home and environs, but don't want to move? We asked a home remodeling professional, an expert on creating beautiful, fun and functional fun outdoors spaces, and an interior designer for their top-six creative “fixes.”

Thinking Outside the Box

What does the term mean to you? In conducting research for my Parting Thoughts column in this, our Design Issue, I searched for famous quotes by designers of all sorts, including graphic artists, interior designers and architects.

Getting Prepared

Hot temperatures and long days may not have you thinking ahead to fall; however, as a pet owner, fall provides an opportunity for you and your pet to spend quality time enjoying the cooler temperatures. Walking in the neighborhood, exploring parks, even taking road trips to your favorite areas all provide opportunities for you and your pet to enjoy the…

Simply Delicious

Nosh:A Yiddish word meaning to eat food enthusiastically. And that's just what Nosh's customers do, whether they choose to dine in at the cozy restaurant located in Moore; select to take their favorite dishes home via the popular "take-and-bake" option; or order up their selections to be catered at a special occasion or business event. Among Nosh's signature homemade-style meals…

Toot, toot!

It’s a morning of smiles, family time and, of course, the sights and sounds of big trucks, as the Pioneer Library System Foundation and numerous community partners present the 13th edition of Touch A Truck, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Sept. 30, at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds, 615 E. Robinson St., in Norman.

The Blindside

Fall is rapidly approaching, take a minute and step outside, smell the air, soak up the sunshine and smile because everyone’s favorite time of year has arrived. I have an unrivaled passion for football season—my wife hates it, but over the years has come to expect six months of football games, be it attending or on TV, and six months…

Moore ‘State of the City’

The Moore State of the City provided a unique opportunity to hear from Moore Mayor Glenn Lewis and new city manager Brooks Mitchell. During the general membership luncheon, they shared their thoughts on the local social and economic climate along with their vision for growth and the future of Moore.