Turkey Day Workout

Looking forward to that tasty smorgasbord that makes up the traditional Thanksgiving feast, but not to that heavy, sleepy feeling you get afterward, not to mention the weight gain that shows up on the scales the next morning? 

How Do You Wish to Be Remembered?

What is the definition of planning? Every day, we plan something: what to have for lunch or where to go for summer vacation. Yes, I understand some people prefer to go through life and just deal with things as they come up; however, most try to develop a plan for the bigger events in life. We begin a college savings fund…

Small-Group Gatherings

After a 10-year career in the insurance industry, Doug Cowart felt called into full-time ministry. As a pastor at Life.Church Moore, he helps people connect within small groups and build friendships that spur them on in their relationship with God.

Full Circle Adult Care Center

Before Full Circle was taken on as a project of Aging Services Inc. in Norman, the only adult day centers in Oklahoma were in Oklahoma City and Choctaw. Home health nurses and aides spoke at their weekly meetings of isolated patients and overwhelmed families with limited time and resources, as well as those unable to attend the Senior Citizens Center…

It’s Autumn!

At this writing, the temperatures are still in the 90s and the grass still needs mowed, but the coming days show promise of cooler weather. Already, the ancient pecan tree in my backyard is dropping its multitude of leaves upon my backyard and patio, and I’ll soon need to get out the rake. I don’t mind, … Continued

November 2018 Around Town

Women’s Resource Center Gala Scheduled for Dec. 9 The Women’s Resource Center Gala, the Norman-based organization’s annual event to raise awareness about the effects of domestic and sexual violence on individuals, families and the community, is scheduled for Friday, Nov. 9, at the Hall at the Railhouse, 102 W. Eufaula St. This year’s gala will … Continued

Rivendell’s Luxury Broker’s Open Extravaganza

Rivendell's annual Luxury Broker's Open Extravaganza, where Southwest OKC’s luxury real estate agents combine forces to host a tour of eight exquisite homes for guests within the real estate industry, was hosted by Kathy and Steve Griffith, Tiffany Elcyzyn, Lisa Ray, Lacey McMillan, Susanna Lorg, Vada Dwaileebe and Donna Asher, Tiffany McClung, Jill Baker, and … Continued

Lawyers Unite

Beginning at 830 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 15, Noble McIntyre and McIntyre Law will host the Ninth Annual Day of Kindness at McIntyre Law’s offices, 8601 South Western Ave., Oklahoma City. The event will continue until they have distributed all the free turkeys.

Holiday Recipe

La Baguette is known far and wide for its delectable desserts, as well as their quiches and other main dishes, salads and soups. Owner Rudy Khouri shares with our readers their recipe for the iconic Thanksgiving pie, but with a twist. This one includes bourbon! If you're short on time, feel free to just order one or more of these…

Unique Gifting

As the holidays approach, the season of giving begins. The best-known day of shopping in America is Black Friday, which occurs the day after Thanksgiving. Big-box stores slash prices and offer door busters to lure customers inside. But for a refreshing change to the mass-produced items these stores push, look a little deeper into our community; you're sure to find some hidden…

Thinking About Revamping Your Dining Room?

When it comes to their dining environment, homeowners today are increasingly opting for simplicity and open dining concepts, rather than the formal rooms of decades past.

Orangetheory Fitness Moore Celebrates Milestones

Orangetheory Fitness Moore members in September celebrated two big milestones: the first member to hit 500 classes and a coach whose total number of classes taught at the fitness center totaled 1,000.  Other members were recognized for attending 100 or 250 classes. Visit OrangetheoryFitness.com or call 703.5259 to schedule your FREE workout.

Voice of The Heartland

The Sooner Theatre's Voice of The Heartland finals gala raised almost $50,000 to benefit The Studio of The Sooner Theatre, a nonprofit performing arts academy serving almost 1,000 students annually, providing camps and classes in acting, singing, dancing, musical theatre, magic and more. This year's Voice of The Heartland winner is Norman resident Maddie Breedlove. PHOTOGRAPHY … Continued

Legends Restaurants Celebrates 50th Anniversary

Legends Restaurant celebrated its 50th anniversary Sept. 15 with a mid-afternoon wine tasting for their vendors. Afterward, members of the Norman Chamber of Commerce joined current and previous restaurant staff for a ribbon cutting. The restaurant was then opened to the public, who were treated to complimentary lemon cake, punch and Legends’ 50-year anniversary T-shirts.

Republic Bank & Trust Hosts Business After Hours

Republic Bank & Trust recently hosted the Norman Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours at its Downtown Norman Banking Center, located at Main and University. Republic bankers and the Norman business community enjoyed the opportunity to build relationships and share ideas as nearly 200 local professionals were in attendance. PHOTOGRAPHY RYAN LASSITER, DEFINING IMAGE

Chefs’ Roundtable

Ever wondered what drives talented chefs? We talked to three noted chefs in our readership area, who agreed to share their stories, along with their recipes for their favorite dishes to make. The dishes (two entrees and an appetizer) vary from fairly difficult and unusual (see Anthony Compagni’s Wild Boar Ragu with Pappardelle Pasta) to simple and straightforward and sure…

Expensive vs. Inexpensive

One of the fringe benefits of my job is that I get to taste a lot of wine. I mean, A LOT. Wine reps stop by pretty regularly with samples. After years of drinking free wine samples, the one thing I know for sure is that I can never tell whether the bottle costs $5 or $50. That might make…

Kitchen Gadgets

In Cleveland County, professional chefs as well as serious home cooks know where to go for high-quality bakeware/cookware, cutlery and electrics (such as mixers and blenders), as well as a wide assortment of food-preparation tools: The International Pantry. But did you know the International Pantry also carries an assortment of fun and whimsical (yet useful) gadgets for the kitchen?

Oklahoma Cooking

 Best of the BEST from Oklahoma Cookbook  Edited by Gwen McKee and Barbara Moseley  QuailRidge.com

Cleaning for a Reason

Making and keeping a home is a full-time endeavor. Add illness into the mix, and not only does housework fall behind, but it may have to be neglected entirely. This fact is the basis of the nonprofit group, Cleaning for a Reason, which matches cleaning companies with cancer patients to help them get through this very difficult time in their…

OU’s “Living Room”

To enter the doors of the University of Oklahoma’s Oklahoma Memorial Union is to walk into a perfect blend of the past, present and future. An endless bustle of students, faculty, vendors and visitors are uniquely and successfully juxtaposed against the backdrop of a 1920s-era, Gothic-inspired building that helped set the tone for future campus architecture. OU’s heritage is celebrated…

Bon Appetite!

If you’re a “Foodie” (like me), you’ll almost certainly find this one of our “tastier” issues!  In our main feature, the Chefs’ Roundtable, three noted chefs from our readership area share their favorite dishes to make, along with the recipes for them! The most time-consuming entree to prepare, and the most unusual, is the Wild Boar Ragu … Continued

October 2018 Around Town

Libraries Plan Halloween Fun The Pioneer Library System’s branch libraries in Cleveland County have numerous activities planned for all ages in October, including these Halloween-themed events. Noble Frankenstein Turns 200, 6 p.m. Oct. 25–It’s the 200th anniversary of the creation of Dr. Frankenstein and his famous monster from the pages of author Mary Shelley. The … Continued

Comedy Night: Comedy for a Cause

ABLE Comedy Night: Comedy for a Cause, held Aug. 24 at The Mercury Events Center, was a great success for Norman’s ABLE Community Based Services, netting approximately $1,500 more than the inaugural event. Funds raised will allow ABLE to continue striving to realize its mission–to enable adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities to lead meaningful … Continued

Full Circle’s Purse-onality Fundraiser

A total of $38,746 was raised at Full Circle Adult Day Center’s “Purse-onality” fundraising luncheon Aug. 25 at The Railhouse. Attendees enjoyed a signature cocktail and dessert catered by Abbey Road Catering; silent and live auctions of purses; individual gift bags; and door prizes. Proceeds will go toward scholarships, the new building fund and a … Continued

Fun Times at Orangetheory Fitness Moore

Orangetheory Fitness Moore members celebrated the King of Pop’s 60th birthday and participated in the Moore War Run, among other fun activities, during August. Visit OrangetheoryFitness.com or call 703.5259 to schedule your FREE workout.  

Autumn Fun

Do you enjoy a fine wine? Are you curious about what goes into producing fine wines? No need to travel to Napa Valley. A short road trip to Canadian River Vineyard and Winery, located at Highway 77 and Slaughterville Road just south of Norman (in Lexington) may be just the thing.

Eat the World

 Misal Bistro  580 Ed Noble Parkway, Norman  579.5600

Oklahoma Chic

 Article Jerri Culpepper | Photography Teresa Byrd, TinyMite's Photography  Oklahomans, as a rule, are led by a fashion sense that’s unique to this state. Clothes, shoes and accessories can be stylish and chic, but are generally purposely understated.  Shelly Cox, owner of Cayman’s Clothiers, has a keen eye for what today’s fashion-conscious woman is looking for. In December 2016, when…

Operation School Bell

 Article Lindsey Davies | Photography Lisa Gerard  Assistance League Norman  809 Wall St.

A to Z Productions

 Article Jerri Culpepper  Organizers behind a new Norman-based cultural nonprofit are determined to bring music to every corner of America—starting with Oklahoma.  A to Z Productions, which gained 501(c)(3) status in March, is composed of the Norman Philharmonic and the Richard Zielinski Singers' traveling 24-voice choir and incorporates educational outreach and international studies aspects into its mission.

Fashion, Oklahoma Style

In August, we held our second-ever fashion photo shoot at a beautiful upscale brownstone in the heart of Oklahoma City’s Deep Deuce district. Though of a smaller scale than our 2016 photo shoot at the Montford Inn, we drew on several of our previous participants, including Cayman’s Clothiers, who supplied three complete outfits complete with … Continued

September 2018 Around Town

Grammy Award-winner Linda Davis to Perform at Sooner Theatre Grammy-winner Linda Davis Performing Sept. 21 at Sooner Theatre Grammy-winner Linda Davis will perform Sept. 21 at the Sooner Theatre. Davis is best-known for her duet with Reba McEntire, “Does He Love You,” which earned a Grammy for Best Country Vocal Collaboration. Recently, she, her husband, Lang Scott, and daughters Hillary … Continued

Orange Theory Fitness Moore Attains Milestones

Orange Theory Fitness Moore recently attained several milestones, among them: 3,000 Facebook likes. In addition, Coach Kyle led and taught his 1,000th class! Visit OrangeTheoryFitness.com or call 703.5259 to schedule your FREE workout. .

Food Styling 101

 Photography Ryan Lassiter with Defining Image  Benvenuti’s Ristorante Chef Anthony Compagni, known far and wide for his "artful, understated dining" concepts, shares with readers this recipe for Vanilla Bean Panna Cotta with Berry Coulis (serves 8). Try it yourself, and awe your family and friends. Benvenuti's is located at 105 W. Main St. in Norman. For more information, visit BenvenutisRistorante.com.…

A Passion for Purses

 Article Jerri Culpepper | Photography Ryan Lassiter  Purses. They’re so much more than just containers in which to carry your wallet, car keys, makeup and such. For many women, function is only a small part of the equation.  These women want their purses to reflect their personality: sparkly or conservative, funky or serious, formal or casual, loud or subtle.

Norman East Library Opens Doors

Norman’s third library, Norman Public Library East, has opened its doors at 3501 E. Alameda St.  The library project—a part of the Norman Forward quality of life package approved by Norman voters in 2015—features 12,500 square feet of space housing a collection of more than 20,000 items, with meeting rooms, study rooms, outdoor spaces and areas for … Continued

Moore Chamber Ribbon Cuttings

The Moore Chamber of Commerce helped several new businesses celebrate their openings with ribbon-cuttings in July.

South OKC Chamber of Commerce Happenings

The South OKC Chamber of Commerce was kept busy in July and August with a ribbon cutting for Anytime Fitness, a Business After Hours event at Nabholz and its popular Instant Connections event.

A Passion for Pooches

 Article Jerri Culpepper  Is your dog or puppy a pampered pooch, or does he hold a "part-time" job? We reached out to some dog owners and asked them to share stories about the role their pets play in their lives. While each response was unique, all agreed that their lives were much enriched by having one or more canine companions.  Meet Dog + Human

Adventure Town

 Article and Photography Lindsey Davies  Looking for a new, unique experience for your child? Adventure Town, which opened full time on May 17 in the Normandy Creek Shopping Center in Norman, is designed to resemble a town, but scaled for children. Here, your child’s imagination is sure to soar as he or she crawls, runs and rides through rooms designed…

5 things I love

 Article Jerri Culpepper  Laura Kate Mancino, 10, launched her stage experience in the summer of 2017 with the production of Willy Wonka, Jr., in the role of Grandma Georgina, then was cast as Nana the dog in the 2018 production of Peter Pan, Jr., both performed at the Sooner Theatre. And in June, Laura Kate played the role of Junie B Jones,…

Orthodontics Practice Partners With Nonprofit

 Article Jerri Culpepper  A beautiful smile. It can be the tie-breaker in a job interview, a determining factor in attracting friends, and even play a role in how trustworthy you are viewed. Seen from another point of view, a beautiful smile reflects the giver’s confidence and self-esteem.  But for those, especially children and teens, with crowded and crooked teeth, attaining…

Children’s Books Travel

 Article and Photography Christian Potts  Cute kids and cute animals are sure to lead to smiles. And books about animals written for kids are pretty much a natural.  Everyone knows the classics, like Charlotte’s Web, Old Yeller, or even The Cat in the Hat. But great new works come out on almost a daily basis and can be tough to…

Businesses Cater to Children and Young at Heart

 Article Lindsey Davies  Cleveland County is known for its lively arts scene and amazing festivals. But did you know it’s also a great place for raising children—and the fur children—in your life? We have places to pamper pooches and to enthrall children of all ages. Come explore some of these one-of-a-kind endeavors in the area and help support local businesses.…

Want to Feel Better and Look Better?

 Article Staci Elder Hensley  A New Beginning Healthcare  11401 S. Western Ave., Oklahoma City

Welcome to our “Kids and Pets” issue!

Children and dogs. What’s not to like about an issue devoted to these two popular topics? In our cover story, we shine the light on several individuals and couples who say their relationship with their four-legged canine family members has brought them joy, increased their activity level, and even, in one case, provided invaluable medical … Continued

August 2018 Around Town

Purse-onality Fundraiser Set for Aug. 25 Full Circle Adult Day Center’s annual fun-filled “Purse-onality” fundraising luncheon is set for 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 25, at The Railhouse, 102 W. Eufaula St., in Norman. Attendees will enjoy a signature cocktail and dessert catered by Abbey Road Catering; a silent and live auction of a variety of purses; and individual … Continued

Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Academic Awards Banquet

One hundred outstanding students and five innovative educators were honored during the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence Academic Awards Banquet, held recently in Norman. The event featured a keynote address, "Educating in a Democracy, For a Democracy," by author and historian Johann Neem. The banquet broadcast can be viewed at ofe.org.

MHS Class of 1968 Holds 50th Reunion

Many members of the Moore High School Class of 1968 turned out for their 50th reunion celebration July 29-30. Events included an informal mixer at Toby Keith’s Hollywood Corner, a 50th celebration at Moore High School, a brunch at and tours of the high school, and a gala reunion event at the Embassy Suites in Norman.