Golf is often perceived as a single player game–a lone person with a set of clubs taking on the challenges of the links. But it's far from a solitary sport, particularly for young golfers. Youth can play on school and competitive golf teams or pick up a round of golf with friends. In fact, golf is one of the few sports…

A ‘Sip of Hope’ for Your Health

Coffee lovers, take note! If you need to lose a few pounds and you’re a java junkie, there’s a new product that can help. It’s called SlimROAST Optimum, and people around the globe are successfully using it to shed unwanted pounds and boost their overall health. It’s manufactured in the United States and shipped around the world by Valentus, a…

Women & Investing

More women have become economic forces with the modern workplace. All of those college degrees women are earning these days and the evolution of the family structure, along with the fact that women live longer than men, have all led to a rise in women being the primary person responsible for planning and maintaining their financial future. Mothers alone contribute…

Pop a Cork!

Pop a cork, grab some great food and spend the evening helping your community. Le Tour de Vin, a powerful collaboration of the Cross Timbers, Sooner, Norman Noon and Legacy Rotary clubs, puts on this yearly event to raise money for various local organizations. I recently talked with Joe Gil, executive director, about the event’s history and the search for a…

Linda Kukuk: Following Her Vision

Award-winning Choctaw artist Linda Kukuk has never hesitated to step out of her comfort zone. The self-taught artist has always had a strong sense of purpose and confidence, both in her professional life and her artistic endeavors. But nothing in her previous experience prepared her for the leap of faith that she would take after receiving an email from Disney-Hyperion.

Soulmate’s Death Leads Man on Mission to Help Others Deal With Grief

When Roy Slootheer’s wife, Becky, whom he married in 1999, was diagnosed with stage IV cancer in July 2012, he took care of her “heart and soul.”

Cleveland County Lifestyle’s

 Breea Clark  Occupation: Norman City Councilwoman  Bio: Breea represents Ward 6 on the Norman City Council and on July 2 will become the first Millennial Mayor in the history of the city of Norman. She also works with OU students as director of the JCPenney Leadership Program in the Price College of Business. She is a proud mom of two boys…

To the Ladies,

In May, Cleveland County Lifestyle salutes the many outstanding ladies in our community. The role played by women here, as elsewhere, all too often goes unnoticed and unappreciated. First, I’d like to tip my hat (or would, if I had one!) to all the moms (past, present and to-be). Mothering is one of the toughest … Continued

Sister Cities Global Achievement Luncheon

Over 200 people attended the Sister Cities Global Achievement Luncheon March 1 at the Petroleum Club. This year's honorees were the Honorable David Walters, Global Vision; Chickasaw Nation, Global Leadership; Vicki Clark Gourley, Global Lifetime Achievement; and Eli Reshef, M.D., Global Humanitarian. SCI's mission is to promote peace through mutual respect, understanding, and cooperation—one individual, one community at a time.

May 2019 Around Town

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 … Continued

Bethesda Champions Luncheon

Over $30,000 was raised to support the capital campaign of Bethesda at the Second Annual Champions Luncheon March 12 featuring University of Oklahoma head softball coach Patty Gasso. Bethesda's mission is to heal the trauma of childhood sexual abuse through therapy, education and prevention. Learn more at

A Sacred Sojourn

A couple slender copper olive leaves serve as a visual reminder to Judy Hatfield of her recent journey to Israel and the intense spiritual connection she felt while traveling through the Holy Land.

Business After Hours

On March 26, Republic Bank & Trust’s location at 119th & S. Western in Oklahoma City hosted a Business After Hours for the Moore and South Oklahoma City Chambers of Commerce. Members from both communities enjoyed the opportunity to share ideas and build relationships. This event has become an early spring tradition that everyone looks … Continued

Life in Every Drop

“Life in every drop.” That’s what you get in every bottle of organic cold-pressed juice and freshly made smoothies at Organic Squeeze, which opened to enthusiastic crowds in January 2014 in Nichols Hills and continues to draw devotees of all ages, backgrounds and fitness levels.

A Fresh Start

Gov. Kevin Stitt took office Jan. 14, 2019. Since then, he’s hit the ground running, separating the political wheat from the chaff and setting a clear vision for his cabinet members. Tulsa Lifestyle magazine caught up with him at the Capitol a few weeks into his office to discuss his plans to make Oklahoma a Top 10 state.

OU’s “Renegade” Architecture Faculty

“A new school, probably the only indigenous one in the United States” is how the architect Donald MacDonald described Bruce Goff and Herb Greene’s influence on the University of Oklahoma School of Architecture in the 1950s and ’60s. The famous architects transformed the ways architecture was learned, taught and practiced, creating a uniquely American architectural style now represented in an archive…

‘Green’ Houses

 New Builds  Are you in the market for a new, high-performance home? One with all the “bells and whistles,” but also energy-efficient and built with other “green” practices? Are you planning to work with a custom builder or purchase an already constructed home? Either way, there are some questions to ask to ensure you are getting what you want, says…

Revisiting Normandy

On June 6, 1944, and during that long, hot and hard summer to follow, men young and old came to Normandy from all over the world to defeat Nazism and re-establish freedom. Throughout this coming summer, Normandy, located in northern France, will lend respect and remembrance through a series of rich and unprecedented celebrations and ceremonies to bring the memory…

Outdoor Escapes’ Brian Scroggins

One might say that, by occupation, Brian Scroggins is passionate about going green.

Greetings, friends and neighbors!

In this, our “Eco” issue, we have several stories about how some of our local businesses are helping us reduce our carbon footprint in different ways. In one, a custom home builder talks about their whole-house approach to constructing a home that’s not only beautiful and comfortable but will make you smile when you get your … Continued

Daddy Daughter Dance

Dads and daughters danced the night away with music and entertainment from a live DJ at the 2019 Daddy Daughter Dance, held Feb. 2 at the Embassy Suites in Norman. The annual event is hosted by the Norman Parks and Recreation and City of Norman. PHOTOGRAPHY KRYSTYN RICHARDSON OF BOLD MULTIMEDIA

April 2019 Around Town

Sister Cities Global Achievement Luncheon During the Sister Cities Global Achievement Luncheon, held March 1 at the Petroleum Club, the following were honored: -The Honorable David Walters, Global -Chickasaw Nation, represented by Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubb, Global Leadership -Vicki Clark Gourley, Global Lifetime Achievement -Eli Reshef, M.D., Global Humanitarian Event chair was Jonna Kirschner; … Continued

Moore FFA Special Olympics

The Moore FFA Special Olympics, hosted annually by the Moore FFA chapter and Ag Boosters, teams FFA students with special Olympian students from Moore to show livestock. It's a great community event that shows the effect livestock can have on students. Rep. Mark McBride is a longtime supporter of this event and the Moore FFA. 

Moore Chamber Bowling Tournament and General Membership Luncheon

In February, the Moore Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual bowling tournament at HeyDay Entertainment and, along with First United Bank, hosted Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell at the General Membership Luncheon. Teams from area businesses came to the bowling tourney for a night of fun and fellowship,

A Bright Idea

A group of Moore Public Schools patrons is concerned about the condition of education in Oklahoma, especially during the past few years’ financial turmoil. They take a great deal of pride in their school system, praising the outstanding job the school board and administration have done in shepherding the schools through these difficult times. But the challenges are daunting, and…

Press & Plow Fine Wine, Spirits and Provisions

Anthony Compagni, known locally as the accomplished executive chef at Benvenuti’s Ristorante and Volare Pizzeria, knew at a young age that his career would involve food. As a boy, he helped cook in his father’s and nonna’s kitchens, and at the young age of 15, landed his first job in a commercial kitchen. 

Buying a House?

If you’re in the market for a custom home that’s guaranteed to have the highest quality of materials and workmanship, 1st Oklahoma Homes may be your answer. The company constructs homes around the Oklahoma City metro area, primarily in south Oklahoma City, Moore and Norman. It owns multiple subdivisions, with the largest being Apple Estates in Moore and Rio del…

Fostering in Oklahoma

A family is where children should feel safe, wanted and worthy. When a family must be separated, for just a short while or longer, it’s difficult for everyone involved and, too often, the children are left feeling unloved and alone.

Change an Entire Space

1. Beekman Small Table Lamp by Kate Spade New York, $669, available via

Norman’s ‘Time Machine’

Cleveland County has a rich and vibrant history. The Moore-Lindsay Historic House Museum preserves and shares this history with the community.

Beautiful Bathroom Remodels Start With the Shower

Today’s upscale bathrooms are a far cry from those of yesterday. They’re generally larger and airier, with more attention to comfort and aesthetics. But perhaps the most eye-catching change in this private domain is the shower.

Home Sweet Home

As I write this, we’re experiencing a couple of days of moderately warm temperatures before sliding back down into the usual, chillier winter pattern. But when this issue of Cleveland County Lifestyle hits your mailbox, spring—in all its colorful, tumultuous glory—will be here. It seems only appropriate that the theme for this issue centers on … Continued

Explore the Mysteries of Peru

It takes more than epic views and colorful landscapes for a truly memorable journey to Peru. It takes grand experiences. From unraveling the mysteries of Machu Picchu to experiencing a ceremony performed by a local shaman; from flying above the enigmatic Nazca lines to visiting a local Peruvian food market, your South American adventure awaits.

March 2019 Around Town

Lewis Jewelers Associates Named Forever Carat Club Winners Maggie Rogers and Heather Gomez of Lewis Jewelers in Moore have been named winners of the prestigious Forevermark Carat Club. Reaching this goal means they finished in the Top 10 in selling these diamonds in the entire country. They have earned spots on an upcoming trip to … Continued

Celebration Honors Legacy of Martin Luther King Jr.

The Norman Philharmonic, with the OU and Norman communities, honored the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. during a special performance Jan. 21 at Sharp Hall, Catlett Music Center. Guest speakers included George Henderson, prominent local advocate for ethnic diversity and interracial understanding. The MLK celebration featured the OU Combined Choirs, Norman Philharmonic and performances of several forms … Continued

South Oklahoma City Chamber Honors Outstanding Individuals

The South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce held its 2019 Annual Banquet Jan. 10 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Oklahoma City Downtown Medical Center, presented by AT&T. The event served as the installation for the South Oklahoma City Chamber’s 2019 Board of Directors. Outstanding individuals in the community also were honored for their work … Continued

The “Forever” Home

When looking to build their “forever” home, Anthony McDermid, AIA, RIBA, a principal at TAP Architecture, and his wife, Aubrey, had a lengthy “must” list. First, they wanted it in the heart of Oklahoma City, where they could get a panoramic view of the downtown skyline. They wanted it to comfortably accommodate both family and guests. He wanted plenty of…

Sit Back & Relax

They may not always know your name here (at least on your first visit), but the management and staff of The Winston, a restaurant specializing in American cuisine that opened its doors in April 2018, wants its patrons to feel welcome from their first step inside.

DIY Gift Basket

Expecting house guests? Why not present them with a gift basket that will make them feel welcomed and serve as a reminder of their stay?

Drawing Creativity From Faith, Cherished Memories

[Editor’s Note: This month’s Parting Thoughts is written by Shaneé Newville, daughter and former partner of Crimsy Photography with her mother, Linda Irie. Linda, sometimes with her daughter, shot the majority of photos that appeared in Cleveland County Lifestyle its first year of existence (2017). She, and Shaneé’s young son and daughter, tragically died in an automobile accident caused by…

Gift Locally

Shaneé Newville is the creator of these lovely and fanciful works of art. Want to learn more? Visit Le Café Boutique, her coffee-themed shop located at Showplace Market, 2001 S. Broadway (off 19th Street) in Moore or check out her Facebook page for announcements on pop-ups, give-aways, specials and upcoming shows. Shaneé's work also will be on display at An Affair of the…

Redrock Canyon Grill’s

Let's face it. When the north wind blows and the local TV station meteorologists crack out their special winter weather jargon (think ice quakes), it may take more than just the promise of good food to force many of us out of our warm, comfortable homes.

A New, Inclusive Community

A new community is springing up on the south bank of the Oklahoma River. But the developers of Oklahoma City’s latest urban neighborhood aren’t taking a cookie-cutter approach to this project.

Hello, Cleveland County!

I cannot believe we concluded our third year in January and are beginning our fourth this month! It has been my honor to serve you these past three years on the pages of our magazine! Our mission is simple: we hope to play a small role in helping the community flourish by producing a quality … Continued

Night Out With the Arts

Among the city’s other monikers, Norman is known as the “City of Festivals” for its plethora of arts festivals, including the May Fair, Medieval Fair and 2nd Friday Art Walk, as well as other fun and arts-related events, such as the Norman Music Festival, Groovefest and Chocolate Festival. With the help of Erinn Gavaghan, executive director of the Norman Arts…

Children and Education Focus of Newest Assistance League

Most people are familiar with all the good things the Assistance League™ (founded in 1919) does for communities nationwide. Things like Operation School Bell, which provides clothing for students, some of whom have never owned an article of new clothing, while also building self-esteem, improving school attendance and raising grades. Things like establishing thrift shops in which no- or low-income…

February 2019 Around Town

Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Event Planned Native Spirits Winery in Norman invites area couples to celebrate Valentine’s Day early at a celebration of Oklahoma-made wine, gourmet cheese and local chocolate made by Apple Tree Chocolates. The event is set from 2 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at the winery at 10500 E. Lindsey St. … Continued

Royal Bavaria’s Christkindl Market

Santa Claus delighted children at Royal Bavaria’s first Christkindl market, a community-based Christmas market to raise money for area schools and other nonprofit institutions. Children sold arts and crafts and several local artists took part to help raise money for the local community. And of course, everyone enjoyed Royal Bavaria's authentic German food.

Holiday Concert Raises Scholarship Funds

Women of the South teamed up with Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Famer Justin Echols and OCCC for a Holiday Concert that raised enough money to award six scholarships at the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce Annual Education Banquet, set for spring 2019. Visit for more information or to apply for a scholarship. 

Client Appreciation Christmas Soiree

Guests danced to live music performed by A Perfect Body, great food and drink, and more at Guard Property Inspectors’ annual Client Appreciation Christmas Soiree 2018.