Community Partners Provide Foster Care Support

At Life.Church, we know our community won’t be changed by programs alone. What really makes the difference is trusted, ongoing relationships among the people in the community. That’s why our local mission work is focused on partnering with local organizations to help build and support relationships that inspire change. We help connect individuals, families and small groups to carefully selected…

Travel America’s Historic East Coast

Before I share with you my passion to travel to America’s Historic East, I judged we should talk about passports. No, you don’t need a passport to travel to Washington, D.C.; however there is information you need to know about Real ID Enforcement. Oklahoma is one of the few states left that has not met the established minimum-security standards for…

Introducing the Indian FTR 1200 S

Looking for a summer vacation that’s a little bit edgier than what you’ve done in the past? Imagine taking the open road on Indian’s FTR 1200 S. With its race-inspired design and iconic style, this bike is as much fun to look at as it is to ride.

Bathroom Remodel Extraordinaire

We were so excited to have the opportunity to remodel/update the master bathroom of Kelley and Patrick Grace. They wanted their master bath to reflect the sophisticated style of the rest of their home and to become something they would enjoy for years to come. Transforming the ambience from mundane to chic while maintaining the aspects of the room they…

Welcome to Summer!

As I write this, we’re still in the middle of a very wet and volatile spring. I’ll be glad to get past prime tornado season, but I’m not really a hot-weather aficionado, either. Still, there’s lots to do in our readership area during the summer. We’ve included some information on several Independence Day celebrations and, … Continued

July 2019 Around Town

Rodeo Set for June 28-29 The Norman Native American and Frontier Days Rodeo will be held June 28 and 29 at the Norman Roundup Club arena, located at 519 60th St. NE (between Alameda and Robinson). Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children. Discounted advance tickets are available at Homeland on Lindsey, Classic … Continued

Smithsonian Brings Water/Ways Exhibit to Norman Public Library East

From above, Earth appears as a water planet with more than 71% of its surface covered with this vital resource for life. Water impacts climate, agriculture, transportation, industry and more. It inspires art and music.

Military Appreciation Luncheon

The Moore Chamber, along with sponsors Tinker Federal Credit Union and OG&E, hosted their Second Annual Military Appreciation Luncheon. Maj. Gen. Michael Thompson, adjutant general of Oklahoma, was the keynote speaker. Members of the chamber, along with community leaders and active and retired service men and women, enjoyed a heartfelt appreciation presentation from Thompson.

Moore Chamber’s Annual Golf Tournament

The Moore Chamber of Commerce hosted its Annual Golf Tournament at Belmar Golf Club. The sold-out tournament was blessed with sunshine and low winds. Business leaders from throughout the chamber membership enjoyed the day at the beautiful course, thanks to the sponsors that made the event possible. There was even a hole-in-one from the Baker Brothers Electric … Continued

South OKC Chamber Happenings

The South OKC Chamber kept busy in May with Instant Connections, ribbon-cuttings/grand openings, its membership luncheon and Business After Hours.

Ready to Celebrate Independence Day?

With so many different 4th of July events around, how are you supposed to decide where to spend the day? We’ve sorted through the many choices and found some festivals that offer something unique. From a Top 10 US festival in Edmond, to a day filled with water sports, we give you the inside scoop so you can be sure…

Terra Verde Discovery School Green Gala

Guests at Terra Verde Discovery School's Green Gala on May 17 enjoyed a delectable dinner, dancing and mingling, as well as a live and silent auction, in which guests bid on such items as trips, sporting events and student projects. Funds raised go to support the Norman school's operating budget. Learn more at TerraVerdeSchool.org. PHOTOGRAPHY KRYSTYN RICHARDSON OF BOLD-MULTIMEDIA

A Fido-Friendly Retro Road Trip:

Nothing captures the freedom of summertime like a road trip. If you have a four-legged friend who enjoys the freedom of the open road, there is ample fun to be found on a road trip to northeastern Oklahoma. So get ready to hit Route 66 with your furry friend, head toward Tulsa and enjoy many dog-friendly places along the way.

A Cocktail to Beat the Summer Heat

To cool off this summer, try this delectable recipe for Strawberry-Basil Smash using Cantera Negra Silver tequila from Boardwalk Distribution mixologist Kristen Roelofsen. Ask for Cantera Negra Silver tequila at your local liquor store.

Sounds of Summer

Let’s face it. Oklahoma summers are just plain hot. But as the days grow long, why not enjoy those extra hours of light (and hopefully more moderate temperatures) and check out one or more of the metro’s many evening concert series? The series range from weekly to monthly and offer up a huge selection of artists and styles, so you are…

Norman Music Institute

Music enriches any education and provides students with a unique perspective and valuable skills. Locally, the Norman Music Institute has been raising the next generation of music artists for 12 years. I spoke with Dean Brown, NMI co-owner and director of music education, about the institute’s history, unique teaching methods and brand-new state-of-the-art facility.

Planning a Cruise or a Vacation

I founded Bentley Hedges Travel in 1970—and still, after all these years, I get excited for my next cruise or tour. From a man’s point of view, I like to be involved in the planning process from beginning to end. As I judge all men should do! Don’t get me wrong; women plan fabulous journeys, which often involve more activities…

There Is No Bad Whiskey…

Famed detective novelist Raymond Chandler once said: “There is no bad whiskey. There are only some whiskeys that aren’t as good as others.”

Volare Soars Above Its Competitors

From its very conception, Anthony Compagni’s restaurant Volare on Norman’s historic Campus Corner was meant to soar above its competition—and it does in more ways than one.

Cleveland County

Resting in the heart of Oklahoma, Cleveland County is one of the most culturally and economically diverse areas in the state.

Folds of Honor

To serve one’s country is a tremendous honor. To give one’s life is the ultimate sacrifice. The bravery continues at home for the families of fallen military personnel. Not only have they lost a loved one, but they must carry on for their families. Folds of Honor offers these families help by providing financial assistance for education.

Solid Rock Training’s

You'll definitely get a solid workout with Solid Rock Training's Full Body Functional Strength Training program. For the full effect, you'll want to go five rounds.

Junior League of Norman’s Charity Ball

Guests at the Junior League of Norman's Charity Ball, themed “A Night in Hollywood" and held March 9 at the NCED Conference Center, enjoyed the legendary “Taster’s Affair,” featuring samples by local restaurants, as well as a silent auction, raffle, live DJ and dancing. This year’s event featured a Cleveland County Lifestyle After Party. PHOTOGRAPHY NEXUS PRODUCTIONS INC.

Welcome to our Men’s Issue!

In one of our two feature stories, three of this area’s movers and shakers share some of their thoughts on the future of Cleveland County whilst sipping a selection of whiskeys and enjoying the ambiance of Volare on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus. This amiable gentlemen’s discussion was the brainchild of Cleveland County Lifestyle publisher … Continued

June 2019 Around Town

Libraries Offer Summer Learning Challenge Summer’s coming to Pioneer Library System, with a new theme and new name but many of the same features families have come to expect, plus some new twists. This year will feature a Summer Learning Challenge, similar to past year’s moniker of “Summer Reading” but with additional activities like taking part in … Continued

Orangetheory Fitness

Orangetheory Fitness-Moore staff and members continue to receive recognition, affirm their fitness vows and have fun while doing it! Schedule a visit or learn more by calling 703.5258.      

Moore Chamber Hosts Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby

The Moore Chamber of Commerce, along with sponsor Norman Regional Moore, hosted Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubby on April 4. Over 100 members of the chamber and community came for this unique opportunity to hear from Gov. Anoatubby and the impact of the Chickasaw Nation on the state of Oklahoma.

Moore Chamber Celebrates New Businesses to the Community

The Moore Chamber of Commerce has been busy celebrating new businesses to the Moore community.

Lewis Jewelers: Driven by a Passion for the Craft

 TIMELINE:  1971  Glenn Lewis begins as an apprentice in a jewelry repair shop  1973  Tim Lewis begins at the retail counter of a catalog showroom jeweler

Let Your Pilot Do the “Driving”

Whether you love to drive or prefer to let someone else do it for you, sometimes the best travel alternative is not a car or SUV, but a …. jet!

Fore!

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.

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

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.”

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 BethesdaOK.org.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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…

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.

‘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…

Outdoor Escapes’ Brian Scroggins

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

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…

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