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

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

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

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

October 2019 Around Town

Touch A Truck returns Oct. 5 The annual Touch A Truck event returns for its 15th year in Norman from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 5, at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds, 615 E. Robinson St. Attendees get an up-close look at vehicles like big rigs, public service machines, construction vehicles and more and to … Continued

September 2019 Around Town

#FeastOKC Set for Sept. 12-22 LiveSouthOKC.com, in partnership with the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, will hold its second annual restaurant week, #FeastOKC, Sept. 12-22. For this event, local restaurants will prepare exclusive deals area residents won’t want to miss. Visit LiveSouthOKC.com for a complete list of participating restaurants. Both eat-in and takeout specials … Continued

August 2019 Around Town

New OU School of Drama Director Named Seth Gordon, a nationally recognized stage director and producer of new plays, has been named as director of the Helmerich School of Drama at the University of Oklahoma. A passionate educator, Gordon has taught stage directing, dramaturgy and audition techniques, and he has been invited to lead master … 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

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

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

April 2019 Around Town

Sister Cities Global Achievement Luncheon During the Sister Cities Global Achievement Luncheon, held March 1 at the Petroleum Club, the following were honored: -The Honorable David Walters, Global -Chickasaw Nation, represented by Chickasaw Nation Gov. Bill Anoatubb, Global Leadership -Vicki Clark Gourley, Global Lifetime Achievement -Eli Reshef, M.D., Global Humanitarian Event chair was Jonna Kirschner; … Continued

March 2019 Around Town

Lewis Jewelers Associates Named Forever Carat Club Winners Maggie Rogers and Heather Gomez of Lewis Jewelers in Moore have been named winners of the prestigious Forevermark Carat Club. Reaching this goal means they finished in the Top 10 in selling these diamonds in the entire country. They have earned spots on an upcoming trip to … Continued

February 2019 Around Town

Wine, Cheese and Chocolate Event Planned Native Spirits Winery in Norman invites area couples to celebrate Valentine’s Day early at a celebration of Oklahoma-made wine, gourmet cheese and local chocolate made by Apple Tree Chocolates. The event is set from 2 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 11, at the winery at 10500 E. Lindsey St. … Continued

January 2019 Around Town

Norman Chocolate Festival Set for Jan. 26 The Norman Chocolate Festival, an annual fundraising event with a rich history of bringing the community together to support education, is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, at Norman North High School, 1809 Stubbeman Ave. Partnering restaurants and businesses will offer samples of delectable … Continued

December 2018 Around Town

Libraries Planning Seasonal Activities The calendar is filled with special activities for the holiday season around the Pioneer Library System, with events ranging from themed story times to Holiday Galas. The Norman Central, Noble and Moore libraries each host annual Holiday Celebrations. An avid library lover and hearty holiday fan could attend all if they … 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…

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.

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.

January 2018 Around Town

Fine Print! Posters From the Permanent Collection, an exhibition that explores how posters work to sell audiences on products, people and ideas, opens Jan. 26 at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus.

December 2017 Around Town

Engelbert Humperdinck’s fairy tale opera Hansel and Gretel will take the stage at the Reynolds Performing Arts Center on the University of Oklahoma Norman campus this holiday season.

November 2017 Around Town

Women of the South recently added $100,000 to their charitable organization endowment fund through the Oklahoma City Community Foundation. The check presentation was made by Erica Stone, 2017-18 president, during the organization’s annual membership kickoff Aug. 25 at the Wheeler Ferris Wheel / Wheeler District in South Oklahoma City.

October 2017 Around Town

October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and throughout the month, the Women’s Resource Center will be engaging the community at local events, raising awareness about the perils of domestic violence on individuals, families and the community. The Women’s Resource Center in Norman provides emergency shelter, advocacy, court advocacy, safety planning, forensic exams, Domestic Violence Education Group, counseling, prevention education and…

September 2017 Around Town

Promising young vocalists are being sought to take part in a vocal competition, which doubles as a fundraiser to benefit the educational Programs of the Sooner Theatre and The Studio of The Sooner Theatre of Norman. The Voice of The Heartland vocal competition, created in 2015, is open to three age groups: ages 7 to 12, 13 to 17, and…

August 2017 Around Town

Sightseeing Sooners–a program of the University of Oklahoma Alumni Association–in 2018 will for the first time ever visit all seven continents on a record-setting 38 tours. Offerings include ocean and river cruises, land tours, and nature and wildlife experiences, along with other types of programming.

July 2017 Around Town

Legend Senior Living, which operates nine senior living communities in Oklahoma, recently received a top industry honor for innovative programming in senior living. Argentum, a national trade association for senior living companies, presented Legend with the Best of the Best Award for its PARO seal program in memory care. This is the fifth such award Legend has received.

June 2017 Around Town

The International Interior Design Association of OKC on April 21 hosted a one-of-a-kind design-oriented event at Gallardia Country Club. Similar events are held in each state, and feature teams of interior designers, architects and students who each turn a pair of materials used in interior design—tile, vinyl flooring, carpet, etc.— into an over-the-top outfit. Then each outfit is strutted down…

May 2017 Around Town

Scott Martin, an OU alumnus with strong ties to Cleveland County, has been named as the new president and CEO of the Norman Chamber of Commerce. He will begin full time in that position on June 1. Martin earned his bachelor's degree in political science from OU in 1995. While at OU, he served as student body president and was…

April 2017 Around Town

Norman resident Sharon Bourbeau and her 2-year-old client Maltese dog, BIS GCH CH Valletta’s Somewhere Over The Reignbow, AKA “Reignbow,” recently returned from New York City, where they participated in what many consider to be the Super Bowl of dog shows–the Westminster Kennel Club show.

March 2017 Around Town

Lions and Tigers and Bears, oh my! Dinosaurs, firefighters and military artifacts, too! The Oklahoma City Orchestra League’s 2017 Symphony Show House, at 4808 Rose Rock Drive, will open its doors May 6 and remain open for tours through May 21.

February 2017 Around Town

Looking for something a little different to do this Valentine’s? The Sooner Theatre has planned a “musical, murderously funny fundraising dinner and show” that promises to have attendees on the edge of their seats–and laughing!

January 2017 Around Town

The Firehouse Art Center’s Chocolate Festival, the center’s biggest community event and the premiere food festival in the region for chocolate-inspired goods, will take place Saturday, Jan. 28, at the Marriott Conference Center and Hotel, 2801 State Highway 9 East, in Norman. Tickets may be purchased online at normanfirehouse.com.

December 2016 Around Town

The newest addition of Memory Care in southwest Oklahoma City is a 50-bed residence designed specifically for those residents suffering with memory loss, particularly the many forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s, plaguing our senior population today.

November 2016 Around Town

All the branches in the Pioneer Library System have scheduled a host of activities, ranging from an apple pie workshop for teens to a lecture and book-signing featuring Sooner football legend Joe Washington. Visit pioneerlibrarysystem.org for a complete list of activities planned for the month.

October 2016 Around Town

October brings spooks and scares, tricks and treats, and the library is bringing some trivia in its event “It’s Alive! Horror Movie Trivia Night” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 12. Teens or adults will have their knowledge of horror movies from all eras tested. Registration is required in advance.

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Despite a difficult economic climate, Allied Arts’ 2016 fundraising campaign, which closed on June 30, raised more than $2.98 million for central Oklahoma’s arts community.This brings the total raised by Allied Arts to more than $60 million for the local arts community in its 45-year history.

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Senior stars of the small and large screen and the stage will perform in an Oklahoma Senior Follies extravaganza Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 20-21, at Oklahoma City Community College, 7777 South May Ave. The show will feature solos, duets, production numbers, choral selections, a dance troupe, a line dance group, a ventriloquist, pianists and country stars during the two productions,…

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Horticulturist Tracey Payton Miller invites gardening enthusiasts to attend free classes being offered this summer through fall at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds, 615 E. Robinson St., in Norman. Each begins at 10 a.m. and lasts approximately one hour.

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The Norman Community Foundation recently awarded grants to the Norman Arts Council and the National Weather Museum and Science Center and scholarships to two local students.

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Kicking off the May events schedule throughout the Pioneer Library System is a jazz concert on Sunday, May 1. Local jazz band Shade of Blue will present the 4 p.m. free concert in the /snak/ Café area of the Norman Library West. Beginning May 2, the whole family can learn some of the basics of the low-impact art of Tai…

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Huntington Fine Jewelers is holding a PANDORA Bracelet Event, and they hope you’ll attend. Whether you’re looking for a perfect gift or wanting to start a new bracelet for yourself, this will be a great opportunity for you to check out their selection. Through April 2, customers will receive a free PANDORA Bracelet with any PANDORA purchase of $100 or…

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Visitors to Frontier State Bank in Oklahoma City may, at least for a few minutes, forget the main reason they came. The reason? A stunning, rainbow-hued, 30-foot-tall, 15-feet-wide prismatic chandelier (see cover photo). The rainbow-hued Prism Chandelier is composed of approximately 6,100 individual, hand-blown glass pieces and weighs in at about 7 metric tons, easily making it the focal point.…

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If you haven’t already begun your tour of Galileo’s World at the University of Oklahoma, you may wish to chart your course now. The massive project, centered on Renaissance Italian physicist and astronomer Galileo Galilei, evolved as a means of celebrating OU’s 125th anniversary in 2016. With 20 uniquely themed exhibits in seven locations across OU’s three campuses, Galileo’s World…