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.”

Haylee’s Story

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

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…

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 SouthOKC.com.

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:

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

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

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.

Cleveland County Lifestyle Women of Influence Honored

This year's Women of Influence were honored during a celebration Oct. 8 at Benvenuti's Ristorante. This year's honorees are Ashley Adair-Garner, Aisha Ali, Erin Barnhart, Breea Clark, Anna Clough, Teresa Collado, Karla Marshall, Barbara Ohsfeldt, Amy Reeve, Karen Rieger, Kristy Stewart and Mirelsie Velasquez, representing women leaders in multiple fields, including education, law, business and nonprofits. PHOTOGRAPHY RYAN LASSITER/DEFINING … Continued

Voice of the Heartland Competition

The Sooner Theatre and Hal Smith Restaurant Group presented the sixth annual Voice of the Heartland talent competition benefiting the educational programs of The Studio of The Sooner Theatre. This year's competition will support the purchase, renovation and equipment at the new permanent location for The Studio. The Finals Gala was held at Southwind Hills Event Barn on Sept. … Continued

A Culinary Journey at Grey Sweater

What’s in a name? In the case of Grey Sweater, everything. 

From Combat to Conservation

As a young boy, Ernest Martin would hear his father and uncles talk about their military service, and he always knew he would one day follow in their footsteps. From his Marine father, Martin also learned that whenever he accepted a challenge, it was his sacred duty to fulfill it to the best of his ability.

Grapefruit and Ginger Tailgate Cooler

Looking for a new, fun and easy-to-make cocktail to serve up during your next tailgate party? Check out this refreshing recipe by Boardwalk Distribution mixologist Kristen Roelofsen.

Craft Beer Boom

Beer doesn’t have to hail from a mega-brewery to be worth your time, and that’s something many brew lovers across Cleveland County are well aware of.

Attention, Foodies and Beer Lovers!

If you enjoy fine cuisine, as well as other well-prepared food, and/or love trying out different types of brews, this is your issue! In our main feature, we shine the spotlight on Cleveland County’s growing craft beer business, which was fanned with the recent passing of State Question 792, allowing wine and all beer to … 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

ABLE Dinner

Able's third annual "Comedy for a Cause," featuring comedian Brett Eastburn, a silent auction, a wine pull and a raffle, was held Aug. 23 at the NCED building in Norman. Some $7,500 was raised; funds will be used to purchase upgrades for their locations that house some of their clients. Visit okable.org to learn more about this worthy nonprofit.

Orangetheory Fitness Moore Attains Milestones

Milestones were met this summer! During Orange Voyage, we rowed around the world! We hosted the Half-Century Challenge, encouraging members to complete 50 workouts in just 84 days. We wrapped the summer up with our special fundraising workout for Caleb Freeman and dominated the Moore-War 5K. And of course, a No Shower Happy Hour for … Continued

Party for a Cause

Looking for a fun night on the town while also giving back to your community? Many nonprofits in Cleveland County offer galas throughout the year to raise the money they need to fulfill their missions. Many are quite elaborate, with big-name speakers, live and silent auctions, great food and drink, and much more. Following is a round-up of some of…

SOKC Chamber

The South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce hosted Business After Hours, a Back-to-School Update and a bowling tournament, among other activities in August.

Culinary Edge Comes to Deep Deuce

Chefs Andrew Black and Rudy Khouri set out to provide Oklahoma City diners with a new restaurant experience that is as different as the diners themselves.

Fear Outliving Your Money?

If you have a fear of outliving your retirement savings, you’re not alone. A recent survey from Allianz Life states that over 75% of those over age 44 fear outliving their money more than they fear death. On top of that, over half of these people do not feel prepared for retirement. If you are one of these people, here are…

The Naked Ladies

Spark a memory? This lovely sculpture previously stood on the site of the original Schwab Mansion (of Schwab Meat Co. fame) at South Broadway and 19th in Moore where Sunnyside Up diner now is located. Kathy Griffith—daughter of previous owners Norman and Rose Ann Bewley (and now a broker/co-owner of Prime Realty)—said that, sadly, after the oil boom bust, the…

Rock Stars in Life & the Courtroom

If you have been on the McIntyre Law website (McIntyreLaw.com) and viewed the firm photo and individual employee photos, you probably noticed a hiring trend. The firm is almost entirely staffed by strong, independent women. That was no accident.

Greetings!

Our cover story this month is on a personal injury law firm that is devoted to helping clients and their families navigate the devastating physical, financial and emotional healing processes necessary when catastrophic injury, or sadly sometimes death, occurs as the result of another’s negligent actions. In this piece, you’ll ready about the emphasis McIntyre … 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

Norman Rotary Clubs’ Le Tour de Vin

At the 17th Annual Le Tour de Vin, held June 22 at the NCED Conference Center and Hotel in Norman, over $150,000 was raised, of which $50,000 will go to Full Circle Adult Day Center to help pay for their new building. The remaining funds will be used to support numerous Rotary projects. 

South OKC Chamber Goings-On

The South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce participated in a myriad of events and activities, including Instant Connection, grand openings/ribbon cuttings and Business After Hours.

Weaver Clinic

If you want to feel better, look better and make sure your hormone levels are where they should be, you can find it all at the Weaver Clinics’ central location in Moore. Owned and operated by Dr. Kim Weaver, the clinic, at 2125 Riverwalk Drive, recently celebrated its 10th birthday, and is offering a wide variety of state-of-the-art procedures designed…

SOKC’s Excellence in Education Banquet

The South OKC Chamber of Commerce held its 2019 Excellence in Education Banquet at Moore Norman Technology Center- South Penn Campus. Premier sponsor was South OKC Walmart Supercenters; presenting sponsors were Cox Business, Frontier State Bank and SONIC, America’s Drive-In. Outstanding educators and students in the community were honored for their work in the 2018-2019 school … Continued

The Trails 4th of July Celebration

Members and guests were on hand to celebrate the holiday with face painting, a bouncy house, photo booth, games and, most importantly, fireworks. Sponsors were Craig and Streight Orthodontics, Dental Design Studio, Garner Insurance, and Gabriel Bird DDS. PHOTOGRAPHY KRYSTYN RICHARDSON OF BOLD MULTIMEDIA