Got the Summer Blues?

 Article Lindsey Davies  Summer in Oklahoma can be hot, dry and drag on. What can you do to beat the heat and boredom of the dog days of summer? We’ve rounded up a few of Central Oklahoma’s “hottest” attractions. Here, get the inside scoop into some wet and wild adventures that are sure to thrill the whole family, all summer…

Grilling the Perfect Steak

 Article Jerri Culpepper | Photography Ryan Lassiter at Defining Image  There’s nothing like the flavor of a quality steak cooked on the grill—at least, if it’s cooked correctly! I think most of us have been disappointed to cut into a grilled steak, only to find it either under-cooked or overcooked and tough.  Whether you’re planning a special Fourth of July…

The Trails Golf Club

 Article Morgan Day  FMI, call 364.3790, or visit to find more information on memberships ranging from Family Golf, Individual, Junior Executive, Senior and Junior (under 18).  At the Trails Golf Club, you’ll find a healthy mix of longtime members, recently retired OU alumni and young families alongside the youngest athletes just cutting their teeth on the sport. No matter their…

Patio Penache

 Article Jerri Culpepper | Photography Ryan Lassiter at Defining Image  In the summer, gatherings with family and friends are just that much more fun when they're held outdoors. Here, we shine the light on three favorite outdoor restaurant hangouts, each with very different vibes.  Each of these venues offers its own unique ambiance, not to mention a very different menu and drink…

Sheriff Todd Gibson

 Article Lindsey Davies  In the month we celebrate our freedom, our thoughts are with those that serve their community, both at home and abroad. I spoke with Cleveland County Sheriff Todd Gibson about his time serving our country and our community.  Your whole life has been one of service, starting with service in the U.S. Air Force Reserve and continuing…

Entertainment, Education & More

 Article Christian Potts  2018 SRP sponsors: Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Friends of the Library groups, Hitachi Computer Products of America Inc., Institute of Museum and Library Services, Oklahoma College Savings Plan, Pioneer Library System, Pioneer Library System Foundation, Sonic – America’s Drive-In Corp., Oklahoma Department of Libraries, Oklahoman Newspapers in Education  The Pioneer Library System is famous for its entertaining yet…

Dental Depot Turns 40

 Article Jerri Culpepper  Dental Depot was founded in summer 1978 as a small private practice by Dr. Glenn Ashmore upon his return from service in the U.S. Navy. A lifelong resident of Oklahoma City, Glenn graduated from Northwest Classen High School, just blocks from the original office on 23rd Street.  The original office was a renovated duplex boasting five operatories…

Fun in the Sun

Well, summer’s officially upon us. And in Oklahoma, that generally means heat, heat, heat. And yes, some like it hot, though I doubt there are too many out there who enjoy 100 degrees F. or above, which is not uncommon here. Still, there’s plenty of things to do in Cleveland County (and the surrounding area), … Continued

July 2018 Around Town

“Seals of Isaiah and King Hezekiah Discovered” Archaeological Exhibit Displayed “Seals of Isaiah and King Hezekiah Discovered,” an archaeological exhibition that enables visitors to discover the history of ancient Judah’s most famous king-prophet pairing—a story that illuminates how Jerusalem escaped annihilation at the hands of King Sennacherib’s Assyrian army at the end of the 8th … Continued

Orangetheory Fitness Brag Board

Check out these incredible accomplishments by the OTF Moore Fit Fam! Way to go! Keep up the great work. Call 703.5259 or visit to schedule your free workout.

Outdoor Living

 Article Jerri Culpepper | Photography Ryan Lassiter with Defining Image  Are you still cooking out on the hibachi or cheap grill you bought years ago and is now gathering rust? Is your outdoor living space limited to the concrete flooring of your back patio? If so, you should know that many people in central Oklahoma—nay, across the country—are ratcheting up…

Veterans Corner

 Article Staci Elder Hensley | Photography Ryan Lassiter with Defining Image  It’s a sad fact that the men and women who fight for our country often have to fight against it after serving in order to receive veterans’ benefits they’ve rightly earned. For most, the fight is long and discouraging. They frequently get nowhere on their own or end up paying…

Try a Guys’ Night Out – Norman Style

 Article Jerri Culpepper | Photography Ryan Lassiter of defining Image  The activities and environments may have changed slightly over the years, but the tradition of a regular “guys’ night” is still going strong for males young and old. And one of the good things about living in a college town like Norman is knowing you and your buddies have a…

Training (and Eating) for Life

 Article Bob Algard | Photography Ryan Lassiter of Defining Image  This is an example of a workout performed on a metabolic conditioning day at Solid Rock Training in Norman . It's a functional full-body workout. All of the movement patterns are functional; strengthening these movement patterns will help you perform better in everyday life. An assault bike is added to…

Behind the Scenes

 Article Jerri Culpepper | Photography Matthew Stratton  Q. When did you first know you wanted to perform?  A. I think, in a weird way, I’ve never really viewed myself as a performer. I grew up singing in choir and playing hand bells in church, and playing trumpet in band and orchestra, so I was comfortable playing music in front of others.…

Study Links Good Financial Habits to Achieving Happiness

 Article John Harris    From record-breaking stock market returns to falling unemployment, the United States has no shortage of positive economic indicators, and the majority of investors say they feel confident about achieving both their short- and long-term goals, according to the latest Morgan Stanley Investor Pulse Poll, which surveyed more than 1,200 investors age 25 to 75 with over…

Got Time?

 Article Lindsey Davies  Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma – Norman  502 East Main St., Norman

A Man, a Vet and a Dog

 Article Dr. Jeff Boyer  "Dr. Jeff" practices veterinary medicine at Boyer Veterinary Clinic, 13500 South Western Ave., in Oklahoma City. For more information, visit  

June 2018 Around Town

Library Events Target Children, Teens and Adults Summer’s here, and that means busy times for the Pioneer Library System. Norman Central At 2 p.m. Mondays, events for children up to age 11 and their families will include “Lights! Music! Circus!” with the group Juggle Whatever and a dance party. Norman West Jazz in June will … Continued

To Our Male Readers,

Welcome to our “Gents” issue of Cleveland County Lifestyle! We’ve packed this issue full of stories we hope will be of interest to our male readers (and our female ones, as well). In our Hot Spot column, writer Staci Elder Hensley checks out some of Norman’s hottest “guy’s hangouts”: Hollywood Corners, an historic gasoline station/general … Continued

South OKC Chamber’s Excellence in Education Banquet

Outstanding educators and students in the community were honored for their work in the 2017-2018 school year at the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce’s 2018 Excellence in Education Banquet, held April 3 at Moore Norman Technology Center- South Penn Campus.

Women of the South’s Annual Gala

Women of the South recently transformed Devon Boathouse into a cruise ship for their Annual Gala Fundraiser. At the close of the evening, a $33,000 grant was revealed from the Kirkpatrick Family Fund and nearly $20,000 was raised for high school scholarships, primary provider scholarships and other philanthropic efforts.

Orange Theory Fitness Brag Board

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Julia Chew Insurance Agency Open House

The Julia Chew Insurance Agency celebrated its new location at 701 Wall St. (at the corner of Boardwalk and Wall Street) in Norman with an all-day open house April 10. For more information about the agency, visit

Habitat for Humanity’s ‘Circus of Dreams’

Cleveland County Habitat for Humanity celebrated its 25-year anniversary with a “Circus of Dreams: A Big Top Gala!” April 21 at the Mercury Event Center in Norman. VIPs arrived early to enjoy wine and beer tastings and hors d’oeuvres. The big show included live music, carnival games and a photo booth. Almost $20,000 was raised.

Harrison and his dad

 Article Jerri Culpepper  2018 Salomon Assassin Pro (snowboard)  Salomon Store, $549.95

Designer’s Market Spring Line Show

Over a dozen interior design vendors showed the latest products and trends for spring at the 2018 Spring Line Show hosted March 29 by Designer’s Market in OKC.

Movers& Shakers

 Article Jerri Culpepper  P.B. Odom Jr., President of P.B. Odom Construction Co.  P.B. Odom, 89, oversees the management of 150 commercial locations and works to develop and improve existing land holdings. He has built and developed many homes, subdivisions and shopping centers that helped create a thriving South Oklahoma City. He has served on BancFirst’s Corporate board for 19 years,…

All Aboard!

 Article Lesa Deeson Crowe | Photography Brooklyn Vaughn  Take five old friends (who have traveled the world and are on the prowl for new experiences close to home), and you have a recipe for fun.  Beth found The Red Pony while searching for unique experiences on, and knew it would be the perfect place for a weekend away. “We…

Tranquil Spaces

 Photography TinyMite's Photography  Kathryn Morris started her career in the wellness field in 1991 as a massage therapist, and while exploring a technique called Face-lifting Massage, she discovered her true passion was in skincare. After studying at Dana Point, California, Morris became the first graduate of Moore Norman Technology Center’s Master’s program, and in 1994, she purchased Le Visage Spa…

Katelynn & her mom

 Photography TinyMite's Photography  Sushi (especially their Adair roll)  Full Moon Sushi, $15.50


 Article Lindsey Davies  A sanctuary is defined as a place of refuge and safety. For women without a place to call home, the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma City offers both through sanctuaries located in the OKC metro. Homelessness affects all aspects of life, and when its numerous causes are not addressed together, many women remain mired in…

Cleveland County Lifestyle’s Women of Influence

 Article Jerri Culpepper | Photography Ryan Lassiter at defining Image  The Marketing Maven  Leslie Christopher

Le Tour de Vin

 Article and Photography  Looking for something to do the weekend of June 9? Look no further: Le Tour De Vin is hosting its annual event supporting a local charity that evening at the Marriot Conference Center at NCED. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., Le Tour De Vin hosts a variety of local fares offering samples of their unique cuisine (for listing,…

How to Create Your Own Unique Spring Bouquet

 Photography Amber Videa of Videa Studios    Sherri Barnett, floral manager at Howard Brothers Florists in Oklahoma City, says even beginners can create a beautiful spring bouquet using mostly local flowers, flowering tree branches and other growing plants found throughout this area. To start, she says, select your color palette. Pastels are top picks for springtime. To create a bouquet…

To the Ladies

This, the May issue of Cleveland County Lifestyle, is dedicated to the ladies, or women, as my activist mother preferred to be called. Before continuing, I’d like to say THANK YOU and HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY to those of you out there who are blessed with sons and daughters, be they children or adults. Although I’m … Continued

May 2018 Around Town

Event to Benefit Colon Cancer Coalition Whether your “thing” is running or walking, you’ll get your chance to put in your paces on Saturday, May 19, while also benefiting a worthy cause! Carrying the twin themes of “We’ve Got The Runs” and “Get Your Rear in Gear,” this 5K Run/Walk and Kids’ Fun Run (and … Continued

Republic Bank & Trust Hosts Business After Hours

Republic Bank & Trust hosted Business After Hours for the Moore and South Oklahoma City chambers at its 119th and S. Western location on March 15. Republic bankers and the chamber community enjoyed the opportunity to share ideas and build relationships as nearly 100 local professionals were in attendance. Photography Ryan Lassiter of defining Image   … Continued

Orange Theory Fitness Dri Tri

Congratulations to Ramon, Kristen, Philip and all the Dri Tri finishers! Call 703.5259 or visit to schedule your free workout.

Leadership Moore’s Governing Bodies Session

The Leadership Moore Class recently held its Governing Bodies session.The day began with their pinning ceremony at the Moore Chamber Board of Directors meeting, after which they visited the State Capitol and had an opportunity to meet with area legislators and watch the Senate and House sessions in action. 

Actress Headlines OU Fine Arts Event

Two-time Golden Globe-winning actress and accomplished director Kathleen Turner headlined the Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts’ 27th annual fundraising gala, Arts! Arts! Arts! March 4 in Oklahoma Memorial Union. This year’s event, led by co-chairs Mark and Beverly Funke of Edmond and a team of 20 community volunteers, raised over $65,000 in student support.

Bubbles & Brews Gala

Full Circle Adult Day Center hosted its Bubbles & Brews Gala fundraiser March 30 at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Convention Center, Norman. Some $33,000 was raised to help fund construction of a 6,000-square-foot building that will provide space for the growing organization and scholarships. Photography Amber Videa of Videa Studios.

Moore Ribbon-cuttings

Members of the Moore Chamber of Commerce welcomed several new businesses to the community with ribbon-cuttings in February. The Chamber hosts ribbon-cutting ceremonies throughout the month as a way of celebrating milestones for its members.

Moore Chamber Bowling Tournament

The Moore Chamber held their Annual Bowling Tournament Feb. 6 at HeyDay Entertainment. Events such as the bowling tournament allow the chamber to continue to expand on existing programs and have an impact on the region.

General Membership Luncheon

Members of the Moore Chamber of Commerce braved the weather to come to the first General Membership Luncheon of 2018. Held at the Station at Central Park and sponsored by First United Bank, members enjoyed lunch catered by NOSH by Catering Creations and heard from the keynote speaker, Kari Watkins.

Loving Our Planet

April! It’s one of my favorite months. The temperatures are still mild. The grass is turning green, while tender young leaves and buds are sprouting on trees and bushes, including those joyful heralds of the season: the electric-yellow forsythia.

Best of Cleveland County Celebration

In February, we ran your selections for our first-ever "Best of Cleveland County" competition, then later in the month honored those outstanding businesses, medical practices 
and the amazing individuals behind them at an elegant celebration at Fowler Toyota. Sponsors included Benvenuti's Ristorante, La Baguette Bakery & Cafe, and Royal Bavaria.

Look at 

Generally, this column is offered as a light-hearted look at a topic or topics relating to the issue’s theme. This time, however, we are using the space to re-run two of the photos that appeared last month in a story examining the latest techniques in faux finishes, which can recreate the look of stone, marble, brick, concrete or even wallpaper,…

Moore Special Olympics Livestock Show

Approximately 30 special needs children, along with their FFA buddies (animal owners), took part in the Moore Special Olympics livestock show, held Feb. 16 at the Moore Public Schools Ag Farm. The purpose of the show is to encourage special needs children to get involved with animals and agriculture.

Murder Mystery Theatre

Cast and audience members alike enjoyed a musically spooky good time during A Spirited Game of Murder, a murder mystery held Feb. 15-17 at the Studio of The Sooner Theatre Event Center. Approximately $30,000 was raised from the fundraiser, during which the audience was invited to determine “whodunit.” Photography by TinyMite's Photography