Valentine’s Day Gifts

This Valentine’s Day, surprise your sweetheart with a gift from the heart. Whether you’re looking for something sweet or something sparkly, traditional or non-traditional, these three Cleveland County merchants offer some great gift ideas. Your valentine is sure to appreciate the thought and care that went into your purchase.

After Years of Planning and Two Decades of Discussion

Library service in Norman has taken a huge leap forward with the opening of the new Norman Public Library Central, the flagship library for the Pioneer Library System.

An Emerald Isle Honeymoon

Here we are in the most romantic time of the year! Valentine’s Day roses are being presented to loved ones, SOME accompanied with and engagement ring and will you marry me? With the answer “Yes, I will!” comes excitement and plans for the wedding and honeymoon.

Dear Neighbors,

Sitting here writing this letter, almost a month before you receive this issue, and it is the beginning of January and hard to believe we are at the beginning of a new decade. February also marks the beginning of our fifth year with you. As from the very start, this magazine is here to serve … Continued

Feel Like You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling?

Few things can damage a marriage like issues in the bedroom. What many couples don’t realize, though, is that there are many hidden physical causes that can be identified and successfully treated, said Dr. Kim Weaver, owner of the Weaver Clinics, based in Moore.

February 2020 Around Town

Disability Compensation Available to Blue Water Navy Veterans The Blue Water Navy Vietnam Veterans Act of 2019 (Public Law 116-23), effective Jan. 1, extends the presumption of exposure to herbicides to veterans who served in the offshore waters of the Republic of Vietnam. Eligible Blue Water Navy veterans will be able to apply for disability … Continued

Red Andrews Dinner

At the 2019 Red Andrews Dinner, held Christmas Day at the Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma City, over 6,000 enjoyed a free holiday repast. In addition, over 1,500 coats were donated, and toys were given to approximately 4,000 children. The dinner has been a Christmas tradition since 1947.

Romance Is in the Air

Valentine’s Day will soon be here, and it’s never too early to start making plans for the most romantic day of the year! With Cupid’s arrow drawing near, the stylists of Clementine Hair Lounge, the outfitters at The Clothing Bar, and models Morgan Ellison and Amanda Abbott have put together four gorgeous looks for a Valentine’s Day date night that…

ABWA Fundraiser

Prime Realty Inc.formed bowling teams to participate in and provide support for the annual American Business Women's Association fundraiser. The ABWA began in 1949 to bring together business women of diverse occupations to provide opportunities to help themselves—and others—grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition.

Arts Support Is Community Support

Sure, you are probably aware that there's a plethora of arts offerings in Norman: galleries, museums, music festivals, theatre, public art, art walks. Every day of the year, Norman residents have access to art. But the arts have many more, unseen impacts on our community and we thought you might like to know a bit more about those—because YOU make them…

February Flirtations

This month, let your taste buds take a diversion from boxed chocolates and cheesecake. Explore the creative side of coffee and delicious treats to delight the senses.

Local Artists’ Works Take Very Different Forms

Ginna Dowling grew up surrounded by art. As one of five women artists in three consecutive generations of her family, she came of age playing in studios, surrounded by drawings, portfolios and the smell of damp clay. While many of her family members were painters, sculptors and poets, Ginna was drawn to printmaking as her chosen medium of expression.

Thunderbird Clubhouse

As a new year approaches, we often make resolutions to take care of our physical health and appearance. While these are worthy goals, there’s another aspect of health that’s all too often overlooked or pushed aside in pursuit of other achievements. A little secret: taking care of mental health is a vital step in helping achieve goals in ANY area…

Solid Rock Training’s “Before and Afters”

Are you ready to transform your health, happiness and fitness in 2020? Join the enthusiastic team at Solid Rock Training to start living your best life! Visit TeamSolidRockTraining to get started with their exclusive one-week trial and transform your life alongside these amazing people! Hurry! Spots are limited.

Eating Better One of Your New Year Resolutions?

Eating healthy tops many New Year resolution lists and, thanks to Oliveto Italian Bistro in Moore, achieving that goal has never been so easy or tasted so good.

What’s in Your Gym Bag?

Kyle Dake, or "Coach Kyle" as Orangetheory Fitness Moore participants call him, takes keeping healthy and physically fit seriously, though he's not afraid to interject some fun into the process. Coach Kyle, whose Instagram handle is @thekyledake, practices what he preaches as an Orangetheory Fitness Moore coach, a National Academy of Sports Medicine-certified personal trainer, and a FASTer Way to Fat Loss…

Dentists Offer Patients More Than a Dazzling Smile

Getting, and maintaining, a beautiful smile is about much more than just pearly white teeth.

Happy New Year!

Hope everyone got off to a great start to the new year!  Did you make a resolution to get more physically fit or to eat more healthfully? You’ll want to read about a local attorney’s journey toward a higher level of fitness, thanks to the support, encouragement and fun she enjoys at a local fitness center, … Continued

True Sky Credit Union’s Moore Grand Opening

A marching band, a boa constrictor, flying cash … and a brand-new credit union. It was all part of the grand opening celebration for True Sky’s newest location in Moore on Nov. 16. The Westmoore High School band kicked off the celebration, which also included special rates on CDs, and an exotic animal-petting zoo. Learn … Continued

January 2020 Around Town

2nd Friday Norman Art Walk Set for Jan. 10 Start your new year out right by supporting the arts! The first 2nd Friday Norman Art Walk of the year will take place Jan. 10. This free, monthly celebration of arts creativity is held from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Walker Arts District of Downtown … Continued

One Woman’s Fitness Journey

 When did you first begin your personal wellness journey?  I began my fitness journey specifically with Orangetheory Fitness sometime around early September of 2018. I had fallen into a rut and a dear friend invited me to attend a class with her. After my first class, I was hooked. I signed up and attend four to five classes each week, rain or…

What’s Hot? What’s Not?

Whether you’re contemplating the purchase of a new home or selling your current home—or just love to keep up on home trends—knowing what today’s home buyers are looking for likely will be of great interest to you.

Norman Philharmonic to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy

Gathered around his family’s piano, singing songs of the ’60s that called for unity and change, a young Richard Zielinski learned firsthand the love and acceptance Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. preached.

Expert Tips for End-of-Year Financial Planning

 1                 Review Cash Flow  Review your monthly expenditures and see where you might be spending unnecessary money. Make a plan to cut out those unnecessary expenses and allocate that money to savings. This is a fairly painless way to increase your savings.  2                 Check Your Asset Allocation

In 2020

 /LEARN TO COOK  Looking to expand your menu and cooking skills in 2020? International Pantry offers cooking classes taught by local chefs. The classes are fun for a date night, girls' night out, a club outing or birthday/anniversary present. Classes include both observation and hands-on styles. Observation classes are structured like “dinner and a show.” You receive recipes of each dish, observe…

Mom Draws on Personal Experience to Become Autism Activist

In 2018, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention determined that approximately one in 59 children is diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. Early intervention can improve learning, communication and social skills, as well as underlying brain development, but there is no known “cure.”

Holiday Gift Giving Guide

 Happy holidays!   How are you making out on your holiday shopping list? Do you have people on your list who are, well, difficult to shop for? Tired of the "same ole things" found at big-box stores and the lack of originality of gift cards? By shopping locally, you'll not only be highly likely to find gifts that'll please even the most…

Haylee’s Story

On June 24, 7-year-old Haylee Bischel's life took an unexpected, and terrifying, turn.

The Art of Philanthropy

When you ask Tim Kenney to describe his life as an artist, he uses words like “incredible,” “unintended,” “crazy” and “wonderful.” The Norman-based artist was 52 years old when he left an established marketing career at St. Anthony Hospital for a new adventure.

The Making of The Nutcracker at OU

The beloved holiday classic ballet, The Nutcracker, as presented on stages across the world for over 100 years, offers audiences young and old a chance to believe in magic, if only for a brief time.

Happy Holidays!

As I write this, it’s still a bit shy of Thanksgiving. The lighted holiday wreaths have gone up on Main Street, and the parking lots are filling up as the early shoppers hit the stores. In the midst of all this hustle and bustle, however, I’ve moved into the slow lane. Not because I wanted to, … Continued

December 2019 Around Town

True Sky Golf Tourney Raises Funds for Children’s Health On Sept. 16, True Sky Credit Union hosted its 12th Annual CMNH Golf Tournament at the River Oaks Golf Course in Edmond. For over 21 years, Credit Union for Kids have partnered with the Children’s Hospital Foundation in raising money to improve the health of Oklahoma’s children. … Continued

Assistance League’s Halloween-Themed Gala

Assistance League®️ Norman’s annual fundraiser took on a spooky twist this year as attendees enjoyed a Halloween party atmosphere at the All Hallows Gala at The Nest at Terra Verde. Over $109,000 was raised through donations, silent and live auctions, drawing and a costume contest. The money raised will benefit the league's main philanthropic program, Operation School … Continued

Norman Public Library Central Opening

Hundreds of area residents showed up for the Ribbon Cutting/Grand Opening of Norman Public Library Central Nov. 3. The new library is more than 1.5 times larger than the previous Norman Central. It will have 270,000 items in its in-house collection, with card holder access to more than 700,000 items owned by the Pioneer Library System. 

SOKC Chamber’s Business Fiesta Expo

The South OKC Chamber of Commerce held a Business Fiesta Expo Oct. 17 at the Cantera Event Center. The event served as a combined Business After Hours and Trade Show. Attendees were able to network while also visiting with local businesses.

SOKC Chamber October Happenings

The South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce hosted or took part in numerous events in October, including a Membership Luncheon and a Casino Night as well as several grand openings and ribbon cuttings. Find out more about this worthy organization at

A Christmas Tradition

Oklahoma City artist/singer-songwriter/educator Michael Todd, who plays Buddy the Elf in the Sooner Theatre production “ELF: The Musical,” has dedicated his life to the creation of art and the education of young people, for the past year, as production manager at the historic Sooner Theatre in Downtown Norman.

Tis the Season

For many people, it’s just not the holidays until they’ve tasted some peanut brittle. Scotty Jackson, owner and operator of Appletree Chocolate, located on Campus Corner in Norman, offers the following recipe so you can whip up a batch in your own kitchen—for you and your family to enjoy or for holiday gift-giving.

For Local Couple

For Brenda and Phillip Graham, decorating their home for Christmas may not be an all-year venture, but it’s close! “Christmas, well... all joking aside, it sometimes starts in January,” Phillip says.

Cozy Up Your Home

Take a cue from the Scandinavian concept of hygge and welcome the transition of summer to autumn with a relaxing refresh Pumpkin spice, apple cinnamon and a hot cup of cocoa. Fall is all about getting warm and comfy as a chill hits the air—preparing yourself for winter, and cherishing those final moments of summer. … Continued

True Sky Credit Union

At True Sky Credit Union, you, the customer, are considered a part owner. That means you get a say in what direction True Sky heads, and you get to share in their success in the form of better interest rates, lower fees, and new products and services. They don’t have stakeholders or investors, so they are able to reinvest in…

Straight Talk

If you watch television, read billboards or shop online, odds are that you have seen advertisements for teeth aligners that can straighten your teeth from the comfort of your own home. Marketing messages about these clear aligners suggest that they are a convenient, pain-free and cost-effective alternative to metal braces and an often “invisible” way to gain the perfect smile…

Benvenuti’s Ristorante

During its 14 years of existence, Benvenuti’s Ristorante has garnered a well-deserved reputation for its signature, made-from-scratch Old World Italian dishes created by master chef Anthony Compagni. It’s the restaurant of choice for many area residents for celebrations like birthdays and wedding anniversaries. Others enjoy the warm atmosphere, great service and, of course, great food and drink throughout the year.…

Holiday Reflections

 Name: Name: The Hon. Breea Clark  Title: Norman Mayor (elected 2019)  Recollection:

Republic Bank & Trust Hosts Business After Hours

On Sept. 17, Republic Bank & Trust hosted the Norman Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours at its Downtown Norman Banking Center, located at Main and University. Republic bankers and many from the Norman business community enjoyed the opportunity to build relationships and share ideas.

A Time of Remembrance

This picture was taken when this magazine began four years ago, so I thought it was fitting to lead off this letter of Thanksgiving. Recently, on July 28th, I woke up just like any other morning to care for my Dad, but as I touched his cheek, I realized he was gone from this earth. … Continued

November 2019 Around Town

Mary Pointer Named to Sister Cities’ International Board of Directors Oklahoma City business leader Mary Blankenship Pointer was named to the Sister Cities International Board of Directors at CSI’s 2019 Annual Conference recently in Houston. Pointer has over 25 years of banking experience, including business development commercial lending and private banking. She currently serves as on the … Continued

South OKC Chamber Hosts Membership Awareness Campaign

Through the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce's Membership Awareness Campaign, held Sept. 17 through 19, they realized a membership growth of 26%. They had 117 incredible volunteers creating a buzz in South OKC and sharing the great work the South Chamber does on a daily basis. The event was held in the newly renovated … Continued

SOKC Starts Fall Season With a Bang

The South OKC Chamber of Commerce started out the fall 2019 season with a bank, with such events as its annual Southern Stampede Auction,

Orangetheory Fitness Moore Offers More

It’s all about More Life at Orangetheory Fitness Moore! We've been celebrating personal records, birthdays and more! We conquered the signature "Orange X" workout and introduced Member Monday. And of course, Boomer made an appearance at our Annual Dri-Tri Relay. For more information, call 703.5259.