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

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.