Fetch Fido a Flight

I have heard of dogs who like to ride in cars with their heads out of the windows and standing in the beds of trucks, but buying a plane ticket for one was certainly a new one. But dogs on a plane are a real thing, and it’s for a great cause. For the price of airfare, one can save…

Forget the Piggy Bank

As a teenager, I started out stuffing all of the money I earned from my part-time jobs into a very plump piggy bank. Occasionally, I would pour out the contents onto my bed so I could count how my earnings had grown. Eventually, I opened my own checking account, and I would drive to the bank to deposit my paychecks.…

Living the Healthy Lifestyle

These are buzz words as of late—“Healthy Lifestyle”— but they can mean so many things! It can mean anything from getting more rest, to intermittent fasting and eating more vegetables, to exercising three to five times per week, depending on who you talk to. 

Straight Talk

It’s easy to come to work when your job is all about creating awesome smiles. That’s why Dr. Robi Craig and Dr. Ryan Streight thoroughly enjoy their role as specialists enhancing the smiles of central Oklahoma’s children and adults.

Big Brothers Big Sisters

Fifty years and still going strong, Cleveland County’s Big Brothers Big Sisters organization has a lot to celebrate this year, and there are always ways for people to get involved. I spoke recently with Blossom Crews, Big Brothers Big Sisters area director, about the organization’s goals in taking on the next half-century of serving the community and how our readers…

1st Oklahoma Home Offers the Latest in Luxurious Living

There’s plenty of room for the kids and pets (not to mention large gatherings of family and friends) in one of the latest creations by 1st Oklahoma Homes.

Kids and Pets!

Few things can make us laugh and smile as much. Just look at YouTube, where videos of babies and children and all manner of animals number in the thousands. Maybe because they are so natural and true to themselves. Maybe its their innocence and joie de vivre. Certainly, there’s plenty of slapstick humor to be … Continued

Foundation Honors Outstanding Students, Educators

The Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence recently held its 33rd Annual Academic Awards Banquet honoring outstanding public high school seniors and innovative educators in Oklahoma public schools. The televised awards banquet, described as the “Academy Awards” of public education in Oklahoma, featured a keynote address by former Space Shuttle astronaut Leland Melvin. Over 800 people attended … 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

South OKC Chamber Enjoys Busy June

The South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce enjoyed a busy June, with its Southern Thunder Car Show, New Members Briefing, ribbon cuttings, Business After Hours and other events.

Legislative Summit at The Station

Community leaders and members of the Moore Chamber came together on June 25 to attend the Legislative Summit at the Station at Central Park. The legislators answered prepared questions that provided insight into some key topics from the past legislative session. Special thanks to AT&T for sponsoring with the program.

Orangetheory Fitness Moore Meets Fundraising Goals

Orangetheory Fitness Moore met their goal of raising $5,000 as a studio for Augie’s Quest and finding a cure for ALS this May. Find out about how Orangetheory Fitness can help you meet your fitness goals by calling 703.5259.        

Photographers Share Insights Into the Art, Aims of Photography

Cleveland County Lifestyle currently is fortunate to be able to draw on the diverse talents of three local photographers to help showcase the unique people, places and other things that make living and working here so rewarding.

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…

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…

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.

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.

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

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.

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

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…

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…

Cleveland County

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

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.

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.”

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.

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

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.

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!

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…

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…

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…

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.

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…

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…

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.”