Touch A Truck Brings Smiles

The Cleveland County Fairgrounds were full of rigs, first responder vehicles and smiling faces as the 12th edition of Touch A Truck returned to Norman Sept. 24. The event is put on by the Pioneer Library System Foundation as a fundraiser for the five Cleveland County branches of PLS.

Seeking Adventure Along the 
Oklahoma River

What is it about fall that makes us want to take to the road in search of adventure? Like Bilbo and Frodo Baggins in J.R.R. Tolkien’s classic tales set in Middle Earth, autumn is when I most feel the desire to grab a sturdy walking stick and set out for parts unknown in search of amazing new sights and thrills,…

Moore Happenings

Once again, members of the Moore Chamber of Commerce joined other community members in numerous ceremonies, dedications, ribbon-cuttings and other events across town during September.

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 for a complete list of activities planned for the month.

Giving Back in a ‘Fine’ Way

Avid readers around Cleveland County and the Pioneer Library System service area have the chance to not only give back to fight hunger in their communities but also put a dent in their library fines through the annual Food for Fines campaign. Hometown libraries of PLS will conduct Food for Fines from Saturday, Nov. 5, through Monday, Nov. 14.


As a contractor for several years in the U.S. Army and the Army National Guard and then an adviser to the California and Oklahoma departments of veteran affairs, Jonathon Lunardi found his calling serving members of the military and veterans, particularly veterans facing the often-tough transition period immediately following military service.

Rowing on the River

To paraphrase musician Paul Simon, many adventurous Oklahoma City folk are “zip-sliding away” these days, enjoying one of more than a dozen fitness and adventure opportunities, courtesy of the Oklahoma City Boathouse District’s Riversport Rapids and Adventures.

Catering for the Holidays

When it comes to catering around Cleveland County, many local restaurants have a “whatever it takes” attitude to help customers achieve their best holiday bash, family dinner or intimate gathering. Need someone to recreate your great-grandmother’s Italian baked rigatoni? Look to Benvenuti’s. Love La Baguette’s meals but don’t see your favorite dish on the menu? Just ask. And if you’ve…

The Jacobson House…

The Jacobson House Native Art Center is located at 609 Chautauqua Ave., at the intersection of Boyd Street and Chautauqua, immediately west of the University of Oklahoma campus. Admission is free, and the museum is open from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 1-5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. More information is available at, or by calling…

Christmas Store of Cleveland County

Thanks to the Christmas Store of Cleveland County, countless area low-income families enjoy a more joyous holiday season. The store is a community project involving hundreds of people who donate their energies and resources in return for the opportunity to shop for gifts.The program, nearing five decades of existence, has become an example for similar programs across the country.

Frederic Remington and the American West

The Old West. For many of us, the term conjures up romantic (if largely unrealistic) visions of sitting around the campfire at night during a long cattle drive, relaxing as a cowboy sends mournful notes out across the vast expanse with his harmonica while coyotes howl an accompaniment in the distance; a sheriff poised for the draw against a desperate…

Looking for a Charming, Delightful Experience?

Nosh: A Yiddish word meaning to eat food enthusiastically. Imagine my reaction, then, when I was presented the homemade-style meals provided at Nosh restaurant in Moore. Beginning with the Cheese Platter for Two, my date and I split the three cheeses competitively. Crisp slices of buttered bread accompanied each kind of cheese–spicy, Merlot-infused and cranberry.

Holiday Blues?

The turkey's in the oven. Friends and family are on their way. You pace, thinking there must be something you forgot to do, to buy, to prepare. You know you should be excited, but you just can’t relax. Company arrives, and you put on your biggest smile and tell everyone how happy you are, but inside you feel like you’re…

A Grape-Stompin’ Good Time

Canadian River Vineyard and Winery attracted numerous visitors to its Grape Stomp Festival Sept. 24; it also featured live music and craft and food vendors.

Beautiful & Functional

“The architecture at the White Water Center is inspired by the kayak. Similarly, the other buildings in the Boathouse District are inspired by the rowing shell and the art of human propulsion. The kayak is different in its smaller size and agility. Able to be submerged and turned quickly, the kayak embodies water sport acrobatics. When you study the landmark…

November 2016 Good Times

The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art Association's Silver Soirée fundraiser, held Sept. 23 at Norman's Legacy Park, 
celebrated the legacy of the museum's longtime members.