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

Public Schools Foundation Soireé

The third annual Soireé benefiting the Moore Public Schools Foundation was held Feb. 24 at the beautiful Southwind Hills. This event raised over $27,200 that will directly benefit the Moore Public Schools district. This funding goes toward initiatives such as teacher resource grants and safety projects. Photography by TinyMite's Photography

2018 Camry Hybrid

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April 2018 Around Town

Cleveland County Habitat for Humanity is bringing the greatest show on Earth to Norman for its Circus of Dreams gala. Members of the community are invited to attend Habitat’s 25th anniversary fundraising event, scheduled from 8 to 10 p.m. Saturday, April 21, at the Mercury Event Center, 426 E. Main St., in Norman. Build up an appetite: the big show includes…

Bee Yourself

Along with the national rise of urban gardens and backyard chickens, another fast-growing pastime has been generating significant buzz across Oklahoma for the past decade.

You’ll Want to ‘Say Cheese’

“Now featuring miles of smiles” isn’t the official slogan of Norman’s Orthodontics Exclusively, but it very well could be. As the experts behind the town’s oldest orthodontic practice, owners Dr. Tim Shannon and Dr. Mark Revels each day treat patients of all ages with a wide variety of tooth alignment issues.

earth rebirth

Earth Rebirth, a nonprofit with a focus on educating and empowering individuals to take food, energy and water into their own hands, strives to bridge the gap between economic and environmental problems. The organization offers several community-based programs. With the recent addition of a mobile unit, Andrew Sartain, Earth Rebirth founder and president, said they are expanding their efforts statewide and…

Hardy & 

When selecting plants for your garden or other landscaping areas, it’s important to consider a number of factors. Picking native plants ensures you get species that will thrive in your area, while getting drought-tolerant plants can help both your pocketbook and the planet (not to mention your time).

March 2018 Lifestyle Letter

When Mike and Teresa Collins, then living in the Boston/D.C. area, decided they wanted to move to Norman, where Mike has fond memories of growing up, they lucked out in at least two ways. One, they found a reputable custom builder—Alan Cheshier with Muirfield Homes—who was able to successfully and smoothly transform their ideas of their “dream” home into a…

“Fluent Generation” Exhibition Reception

"Fluent Generations: The Art of Anita, Tom and Yatika Fields,” which runs through May 6, debuted on Jan. 19 with a reception for the artists, the artists' family and friends, and members of the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History.

March 2018 Around Town

The branches of the Pioneer Library System in Cleveland County have planned plenty of activities for children and teens to do over Spring Break, including a Dr. Seuss Celebration and Story Time with a Scientist. Highlights are listed below.

Surface Pizzazz

Decorative painting has been a staple in interior design to make spaces unique for eons. According to Architectural Digest (
decorative-painting-techniques), it is the latest trend in interiors today. However, these techniques have evolved, and are now better than ever! Faux finishes can recreate the look of stone, marble, brick, concrete or even wallpaper for significantly less and without the hassle…

What Makes a 
House a Home?

Most of us would probably agree that a home is much more than the sum of its parts. A house is simply a structure, the framework for something far greater and meaningful.

SOKC Chamber’s Annual Banquet

The South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce held its 2018 Annual Banquet Jan. 18 at the Cox Convention Center. The event, presented by AT&T, served as the installation for the chamber’s 2018 Board of Directors. Outstanding individuals in the community also were honored. Photography by Ahh Shoot! Photography

Solid Rock Training

As the clock nears 8:30 on a recent Monday morning, folks start rolling into Solid Rock Training for a 50-minute solid endurance group fitness class. What’s in store for them is a rapid-fire lineup of activities that will have them pedaling atop stationary bikes, testing their stamina on rowing machines, performing reverse crunches on the floor and barreling across the…

Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

The statistics are staggering: Oklahoma is one of the hungriest states in the nation: one in six Oklahomans may not know where their next meal is coming from. One in four children suffer from hunger, and Oklahoma is ranked 51st (behind the District of Columbia) in summer feeding. While these numbers can seem overwhelming, an organization exists close by that…

Medicine Park

The scenic small town of Medicine Park, nestled at the foot of the Wichita Mountains in southwest Oklahoma, has been called by many names since its founding in 1908, including, most recently, Oklahoma’s best-kept secret. But in its earlier days, the little town with the river that runs through it was known as a playground for many of the state’s rich…

Orangetheory Fitness’s 100 Class Club

Orangetheory Fitness Moore's newest 100 Class Club inductees. To learn more about OTF and how you can "work 1 hour, burn for 36," call 703.5259 or visit

Coming Home

After living some years in the Boston/D.C. area, Mike and Teresa Collins, who grew up in Norman and Bartlesville, respectively, together decided they were ready to return to their roots–specifically, to Norman.

From the Streets of Cairo

I’m Egyptian, but was born and raised in Qatar. Kushari is the first dish I had on the street in Cairo the first time I went out with my cousins when I was 12 years old. They sold it in a plastic bag. You had to puncture the bag and squeeze the food out of it into your mouth. It…

VanGuard Property Inspectors’ Soiree

Brenda and Phillip Graham, the proprietors of VanGuard Property Inspectors, LLC, based in southwest Oklahoma City, recently served as hosts for a customer appreciation party/soiree.

February 2018 Around Town

Sponsors are being sought for Full Circle Adult Day Center’s fundraising event to kick off its building campaign, the Bubbles & Brews Gala. Members of the public also are invited to attend the gala, which is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday, March 30, at the Embassy Suites Hotel & Convention Center, Norman.

‘The Big Read’

When it comes to the “best of” in the local library scene, not much is a bigger deal on a yearly basis than the Pioneer Library System’s participation in The Big Read.

Mary’s Story

[Editor’s Note: Mary Pointer Blankenship, senior vice president at Republic Bank & Trust, is serving as the 2018 Go Red for Women chair, a program of the American Heart Association whose mission is to encourage women and their families to take action and live a healthier life. February is National Heart Month.]

Holiday Happening

On Dec. 7, the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History in Norman hosted its popular yuletide event, Holiday Happening, featuring live music, photos with Santa Claus, special holiday activities with the museum’s education department, and a scavenger hunt for elves hidden throughout the museum galleries.

2 Years and Counting

With this issue, we celebrate the start of our third year. It’s not overstating the matter to say a LOT has happened in this short time.

Nicole Jarvis MD Winter Gala

Young Onset Parkinson’s patient and competitor on American Ninja Warrior Jimmy Choi was guest speaker at the Sixth Annual Nicole Jarvis MD Parkinson’s Research Foundation's Winter Gala at the Embassy Suites. Some 600 guests attended, resulting in over $300,000 being raised in 2017 to benefit Parkinson’s research and local services.

WRC Gala

Nearly $15,000 was raised at the WRC Gala in early December. The gala is an annual fundraising and awareness event hosted by the Women’s Resource Center, which provides emergency shelter, advocacy, court advocacy, safety planning, forensic exams, a Domestic Violence Education Group, counseling, prevention education and community education. Visit

Best Of

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