Good Stewards 
of the Earth

Welcome to our “Green” issue, devoted to both definitions of “green”: the symbolic color of environmentalism and sustainability, and the color most commonly associated with nature and growth. The theme is a timely one, as April 22 is celebrated nationwide as Earth Day. In this issue, you will find stories on how to be a good citizen of Earth–one being…

Norman’s Daddy Daughter Dance

Fathers and daughters forged new memories at the Norman Parks and Recreation's annual Daddy Daughter Dance 
in February. The popular event was launched in 2000 at the 12th Avenue Recreation Center with about 250 attendees; 
today it attracts about 1,000 and is held at the Embassy Suites Conference Center.

Around Town

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…

New & Improved:

“Everything old is new again” isn’t just a cliché; it’s a living, breathing statement when it comes to landscaping in Oklahoma. An increased customer focus on water conservation and the environment has led to resurgence in popularity for many of Oklahoma’s native grasses, flowers and other plants that were popular decades ago, say experts with a variety of nurseries around…

A New Kind of Home Front:

Brian and Laura Ables credit the U.S. Air Force with not only showing them the world, but helping to bring their family together. Laura, a Norman native, spent four years as a staff sergeant working as an intelligence analyst. Brian, a native of Springfield, Missouri, was a staff sergeant who worked in transportation as a protocol driver for nine years.…

Royal Bavaria Offers a Touch of Germany

Cut the flank steak into thin fillets, about ¼-inch thick and 3 inches wide. Generously spread one side of each filet with mustard to taste. Place bacon, onions and pickle slices on each filet and form into a roll. Use toothpicks or string to hold together. Heat skillet over medium heat and melt butter. Place the rolls in the butter…

Meet Sarah Caldwell: This Year’s Medieval Fair Poster Winner

Our featured artist this month is Norman resident Sarah Caldwell, whose artwork was selected for the 2016 Medieval Fair poster, and who will also have a booth at the fair, which is set for April 1-3 at Norman’s Reaves Park.

Farm Markets Offer Fresh Produce, Green Alternative

It’s that time of year again, when the seemingly dead trees start to put off little buds, the grass (and weeds) begin to need to be mowed, and a drive through the country shows the hard work farmers are putting into their fields as they ready for growing season. A growing number of Oklahomans are realizing this is the perfect…

City of Norman Takes Leadership Role in Water Conservation Efforts

A few years ago, the state and many other parts of the nation experienced a drought so severe, it recalled to many the frightening stories of the state’s Dust Bowl of the 1930s. In 2012, the Oklahoma Climatological Survey declared that an “exceptional” (the most severe category) drought extended from Cleveland and McClain counties in central Oklahoma to the northwest.…

Celebrating Black History Month

Turnout was robust for the Pioneer Library System’s African-American Read-In, held Feb. 14 at Norman Public Library West, and 12th annual Crowns Tea, held Feb. 28 at Norman Public Library Central. The latter is based on the photo essay 
“Crowns: Portraits of Black Women in Church Hats.”

Toast to the Arts

Arts patrons who attended the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art’s annual spring fundraiser, Toast to the Arts, Feb. 26 had the opportunity to explore the museum’s permanent collection and enjoy cuisine and drinks unique to the artists’ nationalities. Event proceeds go toward the museum’s 2016 art acquisition budget.

Outdoor Oases

If you’re a fan of HGTV and the host of other television home and home/yard improvement shows that have sprung up like kudzu in recent years, you know that extending a house’s living quarters outdoors is a huge trend nationwide. This movement hasn’t missed Oklahoma, and Brian Scroggins is taking full advantage of that.

Respect the Planet–It’s the Only One We Have

Lawns are transitioning from brown to green. The redbuds, forsythia, flowering quince and a multitude of other trees, bushes and flowers are bursting forth in a riot of color. Tiny green, fragile shoots are boldly breaking through the earth in backyard gardens everywhere. Spring has sprung, and who isn’t happy about that, unless it’s those of us with seasonal allergies?

Market Timing Is a Losing Game

Market timing seems so easy, in theory. Buy when prices are low and sell when they are at a high. Anyone who diligently follows the market and stays abreast of economic news can anticipate, and capitalize of these movements, right? Wrong, at least not over the long term. As history has shown repeatedly, market timing is a losing game. Volumes…