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Features 8 Family Valentine’s Day Feast Create culinary memories with a festive night in 10 Building Strong Bonds How goal setting as a family makes a long-term impact 16 Bump, Baby & More Get the scoop on our expo for new and expecting parents 44 Parenting Kids with ADHD 6 strategies to help children thrive

In Every Issue 12 Local Family Fun Date night options for families, BFFs and sweethearts


20 Calendar Spread the love with 146 family fun events 36 Real Moms of the Metro Restaurant owner talks work-life balance 40 Exploring Oklahoma with Children Start planning epic Oklahoma adventures for summer and fall 48 Super Kids of the Metro High school students inspire kindness, mental health awareness 54 #okcfamilyfun Readers out and about in OKC



Valentine’s Day Fun Guides Love is in the air and there is so much #okcfamilyfun to be had! Find our recommendations of familyfriendly Valentine events, local spots to pick up festive treats and more at valentines.

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ike most mornings, we’re running late, but the school carpool line waits for no one so off we go. As I’m driving, I’m also peppering my three kids with questions: Do you have your bags? Your folders? Lunches? Gloves? My youngest interrupts my barrage to sweetly announce, “I love you, mama.” It occurs to me that his little voice won’t sound like a toddler for much longer. My middle son will realize a “wash car” is actually called a car wash. And, likely soon, my daughter won’t hug me and hold my hand when I pick her up from school. Those three little words gave me pause amidst chaos, reminding me to slow down and become more intentional in the way I parent and love those around me.


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As we celebrate Valentine’s Day, February is the perfect time to consider how to love ourselves and our families well. Make time to spend together, either with our OKC family date night ideas on page 12 or plan a night in with recipes for a festive family feast on page 8. Talk about how to spread kindness, with inspiration from two metro high school seniors on page 48. Like their story did for my crew, I hope our Super Kids of the Metro will also spark a conversation with your family about mental health awareness. I certainly know from experience that moms can be the very worst at loving ourselves. My conversation with Jessica Falkner, local restaurant owner and February’s Real Mom of the Metro, reminded me that even in our mom guilt we have to seek moments of joy and carve out time to love our families when and how we can. Find Jessica’s story on page 36.

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Wherever your life’s journey finds you at this moment, I hope you’ll take time this month to affirm yourself, your children and the other parents around you. We’re all in this together. In solidarity,

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The mission of The Curbside Chronicle has always been to employ and empower people transitioning out of homelessness. From the creation of the magazine itself to selling holiday wrapping paper designed by local artists, staff at the Chronicle and parent organization the Homeless Alliance are continually seeking new opportunities to achieve that vision.

Since 2011, Sam Presti’s Forward Thinking Leadership program has bolstered the leadership skills of more than 500 local students. Designed to help students identify their strengths and find their voice as leaders, the program culminates each year with a leadership summit presented by Presti, Oklahoma City Thunder executive vice president and general manager.

Five years ago, The Curbside Chronicle tested the waters in creating and selling 100 Valentine’s Day bouquets to the community, an additional opportunity for their vendors transitioning out of homelessness to earn a dignified income. Vendors sold out of the bouquets within a day, and the sale has grown exponentially since. In 2019, more than 40 vendors were employed to hand-assemble 1,800 Valentine’s Day bouquets.

Star Spencer Mid-High School will become the fourth Oklahoma City Public School to join the program this year, along with OK Centennial High School, U.S. Grant High School and John Marshall High School.

“You are giving your loved one something beautiful and special while also giving our vendors dignity and an opportunity to get out of the difficult situations they are in,” said Ranya Forgotson, director of The Curbside Chronicle. Curbside Flowers now has its own name and website and has expanded to selling Mother’s Day bouquets and, new in 2019, handmade holiday wreaths. The community support has been so significant that the organization is working to open a full-time retail shop. “There is a level of confidence and self-esteem built through the products our vendors sell,” said Forgotson. “They are benefitted by earning a wage but they take pride in knowing they’re giving people something to enjoy. It’s an equal transaction.” Pre-orders for Valentine’s Day bouquets for your sweetheart, friend or child will be taken online, with prices ranging from $20 to $100. A small number of grab-and-go bouquets will be available at three pick-up locations in Edmond and Oklahoma City. To order or for more information, visit


“We identified students that have leadership potential and strive to develop their skills,” said H. Charmaine Johnson, principal at Star Spencer Mid-High School, explaining how students were selected to participate. Also new in 2020, the program is partnering with the University of Pennsylvania Positive Psychology Center to provide sessions on learned optimism, gratitude and identifying and leveraging character strengths. Dr. Sean McDaniel, OKCPS superintendent, says the amplified programming is in line with EmbraceOKC, a collaborative initiative focused on mental health between OKCPS and other local partners. EmbraceOKC strives to embrace mental health as preventable and treatable, achieve social and emotional wellbeing for students and their families and hold schools as a sanctuary of support. “Adding the University of Pennsylvania’s Positive Psychology Center into the program this year comes at a critical time when resilience and optimism are so important for our students,” said McDaniel.



Resources for strong families New parents receive ongoing education and support

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Parent Promise and INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center’s Right Track program provides new parents education and support after returning home with their newborns. Before leaving the hospital after delivery, parents receive information about the services offered and a care/resource package. Parent educators schedule an appointment to visit the family within a few weeks of hospital dismissal.

Smart Start Central Oklahoma offers its free Early Birds program to support parents and caregivers of children under 5 with toys, books and activities to develop school readiness. More than 4,000 participants benefit from the program each year.

Melinda Campbell, MSW, LCSW with INTEGRIS Case Management, says timely in-home visitation and support can make a tremendous difference in the lives of their patients, especially in monitoring concerns like the development of postpartum depression and following safe sleep recommendations.

“The years before age 5 are the most critical for a child’s developing brain,” says Stacy Dykstra, executive director for Smart Start Central Oklahoma. “During a child’s first 5 years of life, the parent is the primary and most important teacher and role model, so it’s important to give them the support and skills they need to serve as confident, effective teachers of their children.”

Sherry Fair, executive director of Parent Promise, calls the new program “groundbreaking.” Parent Promise is a nonprofit organization offering home-based support programs to assist parents in creating a loving, nurturing and safe home. The Women’s Center at INTEGRIS has been a top referral source for Parent Promise. “The earlier we can begin working with vulnerable families, the better opportunity these families have to start on a path to parenting success,” said Fair. “This program is a front-line effort in the direction of providing more nurturing homes and families, ensuring children are on a healthy track physically and emotionally.” The program is free to patients due to funding provided through grants from the Arnall Family Foundation and the INTEGRIS Foundation. Find out more about the educational resources and support available through Parent Promise at

Early Birds promotes healthy parent-child relationships and interactions, provides children with positive early learning experiences and supports parents as their child’s first and most influential teacher.

During each 90-minute class parents learn how to take advantage of teachable moments throughout the day, and a trained instructor discusses developmental milestones, everyday learning, purposeful parenting and family health and wellness. In support of school readiness, Early Birds enables parents to help their children develop healthy social-emotional skills, and the open atmosphere encourages discussion, sharing of resources and the opportunity to meet other parents. Parents receive a free bag of educational toys and books to stimulate learning and development at home. Parents may attend Early Birds beginning with a prenatal class and then three times per year until their child is 5 and ready to enter kindergarten. Classes are offered in Oklahoma County public school districts and at community partner locations in both English and Spanish. A complete schedule can be found at METROFAMILYMAGAZINE.COM / FEBRUARY 2020


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The kitchen is the heart and soul of a home for many families. It’s where we make memories and yummy meals. It’s also where, as a mom, you can feel like you spend the majority of your time. If someone says they’ve been in the kitchen for nine years, believe them!

Since the kitchen is my home-away-fromhome, I quickly learned that getting my kids in the kitchen with me is a great way to spend time with them and make them part of the meal prep process (with hopes that will make them like a vegetable or two!) From make-your-own pizza night to fancy grilled cheese night, if I’ve learned anything about cooking with my kids, it’s that they love choices. There’s something powerful about getting to customize your meal. Customizing is not always feasible, but one thing we have mastered is snacks. There’s nothing better than a snack plate with a variety of things to nibble on, and you can create one for any occasion. After years of calling them “mama’s lunchables,” I discovered a big snack plate is called a charcuterie board. I also discovered that when you throw your snacks on a big wooden cutting board and post it on social media, you up your mom game by 10 points. For Valentine’s Day we’re opting to forgo the meat and cheese charcuterie board and tap into our sweeter side with a mix of chocolate covered strawberries and chocolate dipped wafers with heart


sprinkles. A side of blueberries and apple slices provides balance, along with some peanut butter Greek yogurt dip. For some reason the ability to snack on a variety of things laid out in front of them makes my kids more willing to try new things. Kids are weird like that. They also like dips (no one can deny the power of a good dip!) and to eat things in ball form. My son snubs meatloaf, but if I roll the exact same concoction into small meatballs, he’s all about it. Making meatballs together combines the perfect amount of fun and mess and by making a garlic honey sauce, there’s enough ingredients for everyone to get a turn contributing before rolling up our sleeves. I’m thankful my boys have discovered the love of cooking. We hope your family will, too, using these recipes to create a special Valentine’s dinner together. Editor’s note: This is the second article in a three-part series exploring ideas for cooking as a family from local moms. ReRe Lunsford is a Norman mom of two boys and an adjunct journalism professor at The University of Oklahoma.

Valentine’s Day Menu MAIN COURSE Garlic Honey Meatballs with Honey Glazed Carrots Garlic Honey Meatballs

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1 pound of ground beef ¼ cup of finely diced onion 1 tsp of salt 1 tsp of pepper 1 tsp of garlic powder 1 tsp of minced garlic


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¼ cup of brown sugar ⅓ cup of honey ½ cup of ketchup 2 TBS of soy sauce 1 TBS of minced garlic

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Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray baking dish with nonstick spray. Combine beef, onions, garlic and spices. Form into meatballs and place in dish. Mix sauce ingredients and pour over meatballs. Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes.

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Crockpot Honey Glazed Carrots 1½ pounds of baby carrots 4 TBS of honey 4 TBS of butter (cubed) ½ tsp of salt

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Intentional parenting:

How setting goals and values strengthens families BY ERIN PAGE. PHOTOS PROVIDED.

Siblings without rivalry … kids who respond graciously to the word “no” … teens choosing family over outside influences … sound too good to be true? Greg Gunn, founder of Family-iD, has discovered these seeminglyutopian ideas can be realities for any family. A self-proclaimed goal-setting fanatic in his business life, more than 20 years ago a friend challenged Gunn to a new kind of goal setting, for his family. Greg and wife Rhonda wrote a vision statement for their family and considered goals for each of their children, with the kids’ input.

“Some things were practical, like brushing their teeth without being asked,” said Gunn. “Others were things they wanted to accomplish that year.” The experience was so positive and profound the Gunns wanted to encourage other families to do the same through goal-setting workshops. Family-iD was born in 1996 and became a 501(c)3 in 2003. Gunn sold his financial services company in 2009 to focus full time on helping families become more intentional in planning their family and parenting successes. “As parents, most of the time we take things day by day, dealing with things as they come and hoping it turns out for the best,” said Derek England, administrative director for Family-iD. “But the most important and successful things in life take incredible intention, sacrifice and direction.” England’s family attended a Family-iD workshop seven years ago and it drastically changed how they approach life. In the workshops, families identify shared values, set goals and learn how to put each other first. Involving everyone in the family, kids too, in that planning process creates ownership and


a shared vision for moving forward together. That intentionality then influences behaviors for everyone in the family. “When a family has a vision or core identity, then behaviors become acceptable or unacceptable based on that,” said England.

Family-iD workshops in action To start the process, the entire family attends a Family-iD workshop together. Each person writes his or her personal values and then together families identity their core values as a group. Deep conversations often ensue about why the family values things like kindness, responsibility or faith. “There is a level of relationship and conversation that just wouldn’t happen without knowing [the core values],” said England. “Then it becomes this basis for communication, like when you sit down with your son or daughter to talk about something that’s gone on at school and you can look back at [the values] they wrote down; that is gold.” Gunn encourages families to review their shared and individual goals regularly, but even families who admit they forget to do so have later said their kids were still able to accomplish their goals.

“Even just writing a goal, there’s power in that,” said Gunn. “It helps kids learn to be intentional and become goal setters, which will help them be successful in life.” Beyond identifying shared values and goals, families spend a great deal of time considering sibling relationships and what it means to be an interdependent family. According to England, how siblings treat each other in the home is the basis for all other relationships they will experience in life, especially as they eventually seek out a life partner. England calls unresolved sibling rivalry one of the greatest threats to family interdependence and “as serious as burning the house down.” “Everybody in a family should be able to turn toward each other to get their identity needs met by the family,” said England. “If those needs are met, who I am, what I’m about, that I’m seen, heard and valued, they won’t turn to get those needs met outside the family.” While kids and their relationships with each other will never be perfect, by focusing on the principle that siblings should treat each other better than their best friends and not allowing siblings to intentionally be mean to or hurt each other, the family bond is strengthened and kids are less likely to succumb to negative peer pressure outside the home. Another key parenting issue addressed in

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Family-iD workshops is teen rebellion. England says parents who are willing to be vulnerable and admit when they are wrong goes a long way toward building a relationship of trust.


“Children don’t rebel against authority, they rebel against a lack of relationship,” said England. “Being quick to admit and ask for forgiveness brings a healing relationship to a teen that almost nothing else can do.”

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When requiring children in the home to treat each other with respect and kindness, parents should remember the same holds true for them. England laughingly says teens are always willing to help keep parents accountable for their actions and behaviors, another positive step in helping teens feel valued and respected. Gunn advocates role playing with kids of all ages, teaching key principles like conflict resolution and forgiveness in times of nonconflict, a practice his now-grown children remember with fondness and laughter. His adult children often attend workshops to serve as positive examples for families that intentional parenting does make a difference in the long run, even if it’s hard to see whether kids are really understanding what parents are teaching them in the short term. “When you are continually giving [your kids] moral and practical reasons, eventually it gets in there,” said Gunn.




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Make it a date! Valentine’s Day isn’t just about romance. The whole month of February is a perfect time to make plans with all those you love, your family, your sweetheart and your friends. We’ve rounded up locally-owned restaurants great for families, grown-up date options and fun girls’ night out experiences. BY LINDSAY CUOMO & ERIN PAGE. PHOTOS PROVIDED.

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Perfect for family, friends or date night, check out OKC Black Restaurant Weeks, running all month long. This city-wide celebration of black-owned restaurants, chefs, food trucks and caterers is a foodie adventure to explore new restaurants and old favorites. With more than 30 restaurants participating throughout the metro, there are plenty of options to tempt all taste buds, including breakfast, brunch and lunch creations like smoked salmon avocado toast at The Hive Eatery (1149 E 2nd St, Edmond); Tuesday date nights with live music, entertainment and food and drink specials at Ice Event Center & Grill (1148 NE 36th St); and cold treats with cool toppings at Freezing Cow Rolling Ice Cream (6401 Northwest Expy, #126B). In honor of Black History Month, community members can make a concerted effort to support minority-owned businesses. “Supporting a locally-owned small restaurant or business means those dollars stay in the


community and have a direct impact,” said Apollo Woods, founder and CEO of OKC Black Eats. “We’re a resource for people to find new places [to eat].” While OKC Black Eats has hosted similar smaller-scale events, like monthly brunches to encourage community members to try new-to-them black-owned restaurants, this inaugural year of OKC Black Restaurant Weeks is a much larger undertaking. The goal is to get 2,200 people to spend $100 at participating restaurants, and then the economic impact will be analyzed.


“Food is the tool to get people having conversations,” said Woods. “We’re excited to see where this goes as we’re having conversations about housing, residential and commercial development and policies that better impact minority-owned business in the state.” Find out more at



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Family-Friendly Eats Fresh & Flavorful

For casual fast food, Saturn Grill (6432 Avondale Dr) creates fresh, scratch-made favorites for lunch and dinner. From the spicy turkey sandwich on homemade flatbread to sweet and spicy house-made chicken salad, there’s something for everyone, including vegetarian and vegan options. Save room for their homemade desserts! For a tasty spin on comfort food, check out Iron Starr Urban Barbeque (3700 N Shartel). Smoked meats, fancy mac & cheese and out-of-this-world double chocolate bread pudding make for a flavorful family meal. In the Paseo District, Picasso Cafe (3009 Paseo Dr) creates delicious, vegetarian-inspired fare for brunch, lunch and dinner, from vegan tacos and burgers to fish, steak and chicken.

Dinner & a Park

Downtown Oklahoma City’s new Scissortail Park is the perfect place to work up an appetite. Walk the beautiful trails, rent a paddleboat at the boathouse and let imaginations run wild on the unique, creative play structures, sand pits and climbing walls. Then, head across Hudson Street to Social Capital (517 S Hudson) for street tacos, salads and house-made ice cream. You can’t beat the view of the sun setting on the OKC skyline from the expansive outdoor decks.

schools and organizations on the first Friday of each month!). Enjoy indoor and outdoor play spaces plus breakfast, lunch and snacks and a coffee and cocktails bar at Play Cafe (610 NW 23rd St).

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You can’t go wrong with burgers or pizza! S&B Burger Joint (multiple locations) has something for everyone, from smothered fries (try the PB Fry with sweet potato fries, peanut butter and bacon) to unique sliders. On Tuesdays, get a free kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree. The Garage (multiple locations) has arcade games perfect for entertaining kids while they wait for tasty burgers, and kids’ menu items come with free bomb pops. For pizza pie, enjoy table games for the whole family at Norman’s Notorious P.I.E. (305 E Main St, Norman), check out Empire Slice House (1804 NW 16th) in the Plaza District or visit Hideaway Pizza (multiple locations).

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If early morning fare is your fave, check out Hatch (Chisholm Creek & Automobile Alley) for pancakes, French toast or waffles (don’t miss the Oklahoma-shaped pancake!) and Neighborhood JAM (OKC & Norman) for scratch-made creative eggs benedict, pancakes and seasonal granola (plus, JAM donates 15 percent of proceeds to local

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Food Hall Fun

Food halls have become all the rage, and they are perfect for families as the variety of options means everyone can get exactly what they want. The Collective (308 NW 10th St) features 11 kitchens and an outdoor dog-friendly patio with views of downtown OKC. Try a poke bowl from Okie Pokie or locally-sourced meats and produce from Local-Homa. Parlor (11 NE 6th St) combines a collection of chefs with three levels of seating, including outdoor patios. Try Korean comfort food from Sura Eats or Nashville-style hot (or not) chicken from Mother Clucker (don’t miss their rotating milkshake flavors with crazy combos).

Ethnic Eats

Owned by parents wanting to create a family-friendly atmosphere, Nhinja Sushi & Wok (OKC, Edmond, Yukon) provides fast, fun and fresh

fare. For Guatemalan food and Latin favorites, check out Cafe Kacao (3325 N Classen Blvd), offering breakfast, brunch and lunch fare.

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For an after-dinner or anytime treat, grab a whole pie or just a slice at Pie Junkie (1711 NW 16th St) with flavors ranging from bird dog buttermilk and peanut butter chocolate to key lime and apple crumble. Enjoy cupcakes, pies, coffee and other goodies at Cuppies & Joe (727 NW 23rd St), which also offers twice-monthly Saturday story times. Indulge in an ice cream cookie sandwich, sundae or fountain favorite at Roxy’s Ice Cream Social (OKC, Plaza District, Classen Curve, Edmond).


Editor’s note: Find our list of metro restaurants offering kids-eat-free and family discounts at www. PIE JUNKIE


Date Night Do: Learn something new at a forensic date night Dine: Olivetto’s Italian Bistro


If you are looking for something outside the box, SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology (10301 S Sunnylane Rd) is hosting a Valentine’s Forensic Date Night on Feb. 14. Spend the evening learning about the scientific methods law enforcement, doctors and anthropologists use to discover information. Work as a CSI team to read the features of a replica human skull cast from a real trauma case. Tickets are $30 and the hands-on class starts at 7:30 p.m., which gives you time to cozy up for a meal beforehand at Oliveto’s Italian Bistro (1301 S I-35 Service Rd) in Moore. Enjoy Italian classics like pastas and pizza as well as house specialties like the seared New York strip steak served with gorgonzola butter and a jalapeño risotto.


Do: Fall in love with a classic ballet Dine: Midtown eats An annual tradition since 2015, the OKC Ballet brings the stunning production of Robert Mills’ Romeo & Juliet to the Civic Center Music Hall Feb. 14 through 16. Get swept away with this timeless tale of star-crossed lovers told through beautiful scenery, romantic scores performed by the Oklahoma City Philharmonic and the eloquent dancing of OKC Ballet. A quick trip up Walker Ave offers a host of Midtown dining options including Packard’s New American Kitchen and Ludivine Dining Room. Find more February productions at

Do: A night out for a good cause Organizations around the metro host a variety of galas that make for perfect date night entertainment, plus you can feel good about paying it forward to support a worthy cause. The Warriors of Freedom Foundation hosts the annual Beads & the Brave Gala on Feb. 22 at The Criterion. Attendees can enjoy dinner prepared by veteran chefs and live entertainment, emceed by Mayor David Holt. Tickets start at $150. The Oklahoma City Zoo invites couples to enjoy Wine in the Wild on Feb. 14. Attendees get a plush tram ride to Sanctuary Asia where they can enjoy unlimited wine samples, live music, light hors d’oeuvres, zookeeper talks and a unique art gala with pieces painted by zoo animals. Tickets start at $65.

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The funny mom duo Kristin Hensley and Jen Smedley took social media by storm with their frank and relatable commentary on motherhood. Stopping in Oklahoma City on Feb. 21 at The Criterion, their Round 2 tour is sure to incite plenty of laughs about the struggles of raising a family. Tickets start at $49.75 and doors open at 6 p.m.

Having Our Say at Lyric’s Plaza Theatre There is something so real about a conversation between friends and Lyric’s production of Having Our Say takes that experience to the stage. While making dinner, 103-year-old Sadie and 101-yearold Bessie, famously known as the Delany sisters, recount monumental events in their lives from the old Jim Crow South to renaissance Harlem, weaving a rich tapestry of the last century as they lived it. The show opens Feb. 19, runs through March 8 and tickets start at $25.

Celebrate all the glitz and glamour of the Oscars with your mom team. Enjoy food, red carpet photo opps, Oscars BINGO, a silent auction and multiple viewing screens at the Paramount Room (701 W Sheridan Ave). The event benefits Positive Tomorrows, Oklahoma’s only elementary school specifically for homeless children. Tickets are $40.

Express your creative side

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is celebrating their Warhol exhibition with a creative painting event on Feb. 28. Wine & Palette will provide instruction to help attendees create their own Warhol-inspired canvas painting. Tickets are $45; all supplies are provided, including light hors d’oeuvres. Find more local painting-night-out options at www.



Learn the fun pottery technique “pinching” while creating a pot of your own and listening to Caddo potter Chase Earles.

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Junior Triathlon at the Earlywine Park YMCA

Feb. 13

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live: Neighbor Day at the Hudiburg Chevrolet Center

Feb. 18

Perked-Up Playdate at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

Feb. 22


Bump, Baby & More Expo hosted by MetroFamily and BabiesOK at Cole’s Community Center

Feb. 23

OKC Philharmonic Discovery Family Series — SPACE: The Final FunTier! at Civic Center Music Hall


Through Feb. 9

Dr. Seuss’s The Cat in the Hat at Lyric at the Plaza (1727 NW 16th St) features a family-friendly stage production of the classic children’s book. $20-$25. See website for show times. 524-9312, Oscar Contenders at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features screenings of Academy Award-nominated short films including live action, documentaries and animation. Adults, $9; college students & teens (13-18), $7; kids (12 & under), $5. See website for show times. 236-3100,

Feb. 3

First Mondays for Kids at Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman) features complimentary admission for kids 17 years old and under on the first Monday of each month. General admission applies to guests 18 and older. Adults (18-64), $8; seniors (65+), $6; kids (17 & under), free. 10am-5pm. Also held: March 2. 325-4712,

Feb. 4

Oklahoma City Blue vs South Bay Lakers at Cox Convention Center (1 Myriad Gardens). Prices vary. 7pm. Also held: 2/6 vs Memphis, 2/8 vs Stockton, 2/11 vs Long Island, 2/22 vs Sioux Falls, 2/29 vs Iowa & 3/4 vs Memphis. 6028500,

TobyMac at Chesapeake Energy Arena (100 W Reno Ave) with special guests Tauren Wells, Jordan Feliz, We Are Messengers, Ryan Stevenson, Aaron Cole and Cochren & Co. $19.75 & up. 7pm. 602-8700,

Feb. 4-9

Come From Away at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features the true story of 7,000 stranded passengers and the small town in Newfoundland that welcomed them. Best suited for ages 10 & up. $27 & up. See website for show times.

Feb. 5

FREE Cowgirls of Color at National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a presentation by the inspiring all-black, all-female rodeo team and activity stations for students throughout the museum. Program lasts approximately one hour.

Preregister. Best suited for ages 5 & up. Free for families, school groups and chaperones. 10:30am-1pm. 478-2250, Oklahoma City Thunder vs Cleveland Cavaliers at Chesapeake Energy Arena (100 W Reno Ave). Prices vary. 7pm. Also held: 2/7 vs Detroit, 2/9 vs Boston, 2/11 vs San Antonio, 2/21 vs Denver, 2/23 vs San Antonio, 2/27 vs Sacramento & 3/3 vs Los Angeles Clippers. 6054306, Oklahoma State University Men’s Basketball vs Texas Christian University at Gallagher-Iba Arena (200 Athletic Center, Stillwater). Prices vary. 7pm. Also held: 2/15 vs Texas Tech, 2/22 vs OU, 2/29 vs Iowa State & 3/4 vs Kansas State. 877-255-4678,

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University of Oklahoma Women’s Basketball vs West Virginia University at Lloyd Noble Center (2900 S Jenkins Ave, Norman). Prices vary. 7pm. Also held: 2/11 vs OSU, 2/16 vs Kansas State, 2/26 vs Kansas. 325-2424,

Feb. 6

Chocolate Decadence at Leadership Square (211 N Robinson Ave) features chocolate-inspired cuisine, jazz music, wine, craft beer, champagne and an auction. Benefits community projects in Automobile Alley. For 21 & up. Business or cocktail attire requested. $75 & up. 6-9pm. 706-7484,


Feb. 6-8

Tribes at UCO’s Mitchell Hall (100 N University Dr, Edmond) features the story of Billy, who was born deaf in a hearing family, and Sylvia, a young woman on the brink of deafness. $10-$20. 7:30pm. 974-3375,

Feb. 7

FREE Night to Shine Prom at Putnam City Baptist Church (11401 N Rockwell Ave) features a prom night experience for people with special needs, ages 14 & older, with a red carpet, VIP treatment including hair and makeup stations, shoe shining stations and more. Parents and guardians can also enjoy a special night with live entertainment, dancing and dinner. Preregister. 6-9pm. 773-6900,



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FREE Night to Shine Prom at Crossings Community Church - Edmond (1500 W Covell Rd, Edmond) features a red carpet welcome, a live DJ, a Tim Tebow gift bag, food and drink, salon room, karaoke, limousine rides, lighted dance floor and more, for people ages 14 & up with special needs. Parents can enjoy the parent prom. Preregister. 6-9pm. 242-5449, FREE First Friday Gallery Walk in the Paseo District (NW 30th & 27th St, Walker & Hudson Ave) features special themed exhibits, refreshments, guest artists and a variety of entertainment. 6-9pm. 525-2688, Junior Triathlon at the Earlywine Park YMCA (11801 S May Ave) features a kid-friendly triathalon for ages 4-11. Kids complete in three age-divided events (swim, scoot, run). All finishers will receive a medal. Preregister. $15. 6pm. 378-0420, Late Nite Labs: Crime Scene Investigation at Science Museum Oklahoma (2020 Remington Pl) explores the science of solving crimes


with fingerprinting, DNA extraction, blood typing and more. Create codes and secret messages during this sensory-sensitive family night out. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Adults, $15; kids (3 & up), $10; kids, (2 & under), free. 6-10pm. 6026664, Make Your Own Terrarium at Elk Valley Brewing (1210 N Hudson Ave) features a step-by-step class to make your own terrarium. Preregister, space is limited. For 21 & up. $25 & up. 6:30 & 8pm. www.

Feb. 7-9

Braum’s An Affair of the Heart at State Fair Park (3001 General Pershing Blvd) features Oklahoma’s largest contemporary craft show with nearly 800 booths of handmade items, boutiques and gourmet food items. $10; kids (12 & under), free. Friday & Saturday, 9am-6pm; Sunday, 11am-5pm. 632-2652,

Feb. 8

Oklahoma City Fairytale Ball at Noah’s Event Venue (14017 Quail Springs Pkwy) features crafts, story time, songs,

games, princess portraits and more. $25-$50. Three sessions available: 10-11:45am, 1:30-3:15pm & 5-6:45pm. FREE See You Saturdays at Oklahoma Hall of Fame (1400 Classen Dr) features themed experiences, crafts and guided tours. All ages welcome. Activities begin at 10:30am. 2354485, FREE Open House at Crème De La Crème Early Learning Center (14400 N Penn Ave) features food trucks, a moon bounce, games, educational activities and teacher meet & greets. 10am-noon. 977-0191, Indian Taco Sale and Indie Market at the Ok Choctaw Tribal Alliance (5320 S Youngs Blvd) features traditional Indian tacos and other native dishes as well as native vendors offering crafts and handmade goods. Benefits the OK Choctaw Tribal Alliance. Free to attend. 11am-2:30pm. 681-0869, www. FREE Eagle Watch at Lake Thunderbird State Park (1201 Clear Bay Ave, Norman)

features a tour of the park to catch a glimpse of magnificent eagles in their winter home. Preregister, space is limited. 1-4pm. Also held: Feb. 22. 321-4633 University of Oklahoma Men’s Basketball vs West Virginia University at Lloyd Noble Center (2900 S Jenkins Ave, Norman). Prices vary. 1pm. Also held: 2/12 vs Iowa State, 2/18 vs Baylor, 3/3 vs Texas. 325-2424, Oklahoma State University Women’s Basketball vs West Virginia University at Gallagher-Iba Arena (200 Athletic Center, Stillwater). Prices vary. 2pm. Also held: 2/26 vs Texas Tech & 3/3 vs Kansas State. 877-255-4678, Victorian Valentine’s Workshop at the Moore-Lindsay Historic House Museum (508 N Peters Ave, Norman). Attendees will learn the history of valentine cards and will create their own card to take home. Preregister. For ages 6-10. $5. 2-4pm. 3210156, Animal and Snake Painting Gallery at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial Rd) features pieces of art made by snakes, turtles and spiders. Attendees can enjoy a meet-the-artist hour, live snake painting demonstration, an artist corner with kid crafts and a silent auction. Benefits Friends of Martin Park. Free to attend. 3-5pm. 297-1429, Midwest City’s Daddy Daughter Dance at Reed Conference Center (5750 Will Rogers Rd, Midwest City) features music, dancing and light snacks. Attendees can also enjoy carriage rides and professional photographer packages for an additional cost. For ages 3-14. $15 per person. Dance sessions: 4-5:30pm, 6-7:30pm & 8-9:30pm. 739-1293, University of Oklahoma Men’s Gymnastics vs University of Iowa at McCasland Field House (151 E Brooks St, Norman). Prices vary. 7pm. Also held: 2/15 vs Michigan. 3252424,

Feb. 9

Frozen Nose 5k at Wheeler Park (1200 S Western Ave) features a wintertime race benefiting Sox of Love. Wear your wacky socks on race day and bring extras for the sock drive to help those in need. $35. 2-4pm. 7030052,

Drop-in Drawing at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NW 63rd St) features a come-&-go art gathering open to the public. Practice different techniques and skills and be inspired by the artwork on display. Borrow drawing materials from the Visitor Services Desk in the museum lobby (while supplies last) or bring your own. Free with admission. 2-3pm. 4782250,

ages 2-6. 10-11:30am. 979-2200,

Feb. 13

FREE Chocolate & Crafts at the Warr Acres Library (5901 NW 63rd St) features valentine-themed crafts, chocolate-themed challenges and chocolate prizes. For teens. 6-7pm. 721-2616,

OKC at the Oscars at The Paramount Room (701 W Sheridan Ave) features specialty cocktails, nominee-themed foods, fun prizes, an all-you-can-eat buffet, red carpet photo opportunities and multiple viewing screens. Benefits Positive Tomorrows. $40 & up. 6-10:30pm. 5326376, My So Called Band at Tower Theatre (425 NW 23rd St) features a live performance by the local-favorite 90s cover band. For ages 21 & older. $12. 9pm. 708-6937,

Feb. 10

The Choir of Man at OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater (7777 S May Ave) features a cast of nine guys from the UK and Ireland singing, dancing, tumbling and stomping. $30 & up. 7:30pm. 682-7579,

Feb. 10-14

FREE Valentine’s Celebration at the Chickasaw Cultural Center (867 Cooper Memorial Dr) features cultural and language demonstrations, chocolate tastings, make-&-take activities and more. 10am-5pm. 580-622-7130, www.

Ballet Folclórico Nacional at Armstrong Auditorium (14400 S Bryant Rd, Edmond) features stomping rhythms, traditional whirling dances, brilliantly colored costumes and festive songs. $31 & up. 7:30pm. 285-1010,

FEATURED Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live: Neighbor Day at the Hudiburg Chevrolet Center (6000 S Prosper Blvd, Midwest City) features an interactive adventure in the neighborhood of make-believe with new songs and fan-favorites from the series, including the beloved “Won’t You Be My Neighbor?” $23-$73. 3:30 & 7pm. 594-8300,

Feb. 13-15

Death at Rehab: A Murderous Mystery Tour at Sooner Theatre (101 E Main St, Norman) features dinner and a musical theatre extravaganza benefiting Sooner Theatre. For adults only. $75. 6:30pm. 321-9600,

Feb. 14

Feb. 11

FREE Norman 2nd Friday Art Walk in downtown Norman (Main St, Norman) features a monthly celebration of the arts with a variety of live entertainment, art experiences and more. 6-9pm.

Feb. 11-14

Sweetheart Ball at the Renaissance Waterford Oklahoma City Hotel (6300 Waterford Blvd) features dinner, dancing, comedy, games and more. Benefits Eye To Eye Marriage Enrichment Community. Preregister. $100 & up. 6-10pm. 6272475,

The Levante Duo at The Depot (200 S Jones, Norman) features a unique repertoire of original music and arrangements. $10. 7:30pm. 307-9320,

Cabaret at Oklahoma Christian University’s Judd Theater (2501 E Memorial Rd) features a musical production by OC students with popular songs from a variety of musicals. $15. 7:30pm. 800-877-5010,

Feb. 12

FREE Touch, Learn, Create — Valentines at the Southwest OKC Library (2201 SW 134th St) features themed sensory stations for kids

Big Pink Party at the Minnis Lakeview Recreation Center (12520 NE 36th St) features a family dance with refreshments, games and more. All ages welcome. $2. 6-8pm. 7692676,




FREE LIVE on the Plaza in the Plaza District (1700 block of NW 16th) features local and regional artists, live music, special events, local shopping and more. 6-10pm.

& Texas Woman’s University at Lloyd Noble Center (2900 W Jenkins Ave, Norman). Prices vary. 6:45pm. Also held: 2/29 vs Denver & 3/6 vs Michigan. 325-2424,

Parents Valentine’s Night Out at Schilling Recreation Center (539 SE 25th St) features games and arts & crafts for kids ages 6-12. Preregister. $10. 6-10pm. 297-1442,

1964: The Tribute at the McKnight Performance Hall (9419 S Monroe, Stillwater) features a re-creation circa 1960s live Beatles concert. Hear your favorite Beatles tunes as they would have been played by the fab four themselves. $25 & up. 7:30pm. 744-9999,

Wine in the Wild at the Oklahoma City Zoo (2101 NE 50th St) features an evening of wine tastings from local vineyards and national distributors at the Oklahoma City Zoo’s newest attraction, Sanctuary Asia. For ages 21 & up. Members, $65, Non-members, $75; designated drivers, $25. 6-10pm. 425-0218, Valentine’s Social at the Macklanburg Recreation Center (2234 NW 117th St) features dancing, karaoke and a dance contest. For ages 13-17. $10. 6-8pm. 297-1428, University of Oklahoma Women’s Gymnastics vs West Virginia University


Broadway Tonight: 10 Hairy Legs at Mitchell Hall Theatre (100 N University Dr, Edmond) features an all-male repertory dance company performing works from some of the most wellknown choreographers in modern dance today. $25-$35. 7:30pm. 9743375, Valentine’s Forensic Date Night at SKELETONS: Museum of Osteology (10301 S Sunnylane Rd). Explore the scientific methods and tools that law

enforcement, doctors and anthropologists use to examine and identify human skeletons. Through a hands-on activity, learn to “read” the features of a human skull to determine: age, sex and trauma. For ages 16 & up. $30. 7:30-9pm. 814-0006, Valentine’s Day Concert at the Ritz of Shawnee (10 W Main St, Shawnee) features a concert by Matt Stansberry and the Romance. $25-$35. 7:30pm.

Feb. 14-16

OKC Ballet presents Romeo & Juliet at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave). Get swept away to Verona, Italy where two star-crossed lovers meet and ultimately share a destiny that alters everyone in its wake. Best suited for ages 12 & up. $20-$77. Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2 & 8pm; Sunday, 2pm. 594-8300,

Feb. 15

FREE Storybook Hour at Cuppies & Joe (727 NW 23rd St). Children

listen to a story while parents enjoy coffee and conversation. 10-11am. 528-2122, The Great Backyard Bird Count at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave). Join scientists and bird watchers all over the world for the annual Great Backyard Bird Count. Attendees will learn how to identify common birds in Oklahoma City. All ages welcome. Members, $4; nonmembers, $6. 10-11:30am. 445-7080, FREE Mardi Gras Mask Making at the Norman Central Library (225 N Webster, Norman). Make your own original mask with feathers, glitter and more and enjoy refreshments. All ages welcome. Kids under 12 must have a caregiver present. 10am-noon. 7012600, Drop-in Art at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features a handson art project inspired by the art on display. All ages welcome, no registration required. Free with admission. 11am4pm. 236-3100,

FREE Historically Speaking: Tulsa Race Massacre Program at the Downtown Library (300 Park Ave) features local historian Bruce Fisher as he shares about one of the worst, but least known, incidents of racial violence with recorded firsthand accounts from survivors. Topics discussed may not be suited for all ages. The program is designed for teens and adults. Preregister. 2-3pm. 231-8650, Valentine’s Couple’s Date at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial Rd) features an hour sunset kayak trip and dessert. Preregister. For ages 18 & up. $35 per couple. 4-7pm. 297-1429, Learn to Curl with the Oklahoma Curling Club at Arctic Edge (14613 N Kelly Ave, Edmond) features a twohour class to learn the basics of the game. Attendees then play a partial game. Preregister. For ages 15 & up. Minors must have a legal guardian present to sign a waiver and remain present

during the class. $25. 5-7pm. 7485454,

Feb. 15 & 16

Monster Jam at Chesapeake Energy Arena (100 W Reno Ave) features racing and freestyle action with some of the biggest Monster Jam superstars. $15 & up. Saturday, 1 & 7pm; Sunday, 1pm. 602-8700,

Feb. 16

Sugar Free Allstars Concert with the Oklahoma Community Orchestra at OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater (7777 S May Ave) features a family-friendly concert with rock beats and audience participation. $12.50. 3pm. 682-7579,

Feb. 17 & 18

Shen Yun at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features classically trained dancers, a unique orchestra blending east and west cultures and animated backdrops. For ages 4 & up. $80-$150. 7:30pm. 594-8300,

Saturday, March 7 8:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Free Youth Fishing Event Dale Robertson Center Pond 1200 Lakeshore Dr.

Don’t forget to bring your fishing pole and bait! Door Prizes, raffles, prize for Golden Trout and prizes for catching the smallest and largest fish and other fishing related activities! Fish Cleaning $1 per fish. Fishing License required for those 16 and over, but no trout stamp needed. www. 405.350.8937 | 405.354.84427 Concessions available. Adults must be accompanied by a child.




Feb. 18

Perked-Up Playdate at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features complimentary lattes for adults and hot cocoa for children in the saloon area of Prosperity Junction, the museum’s indoor 19thcentury boomtown. Plus, enjoy story time, crafts, a virtual reality experience in the Dorothea Lange exhibition and a sneak peak of Liichokoshkomo’, the museum’s new backyard experiential learning space opening in March. Free with admission. 10-11:30am. 478-2250,

Feb. 18 & 19

University of Oklahoma Baseball vs Texas Southern University at Dale Mitchell Park (401 Imhoff Rd). Prices vary. 3pm. Also held: 2/21-23 vs Illinois State & 3/3 vs Dallas Baptist. 325-2424,

Feb. 20

FREE Storytime at The Boxcar (2100 N Eastern Ave, Moore) features story time, songs and a little bit of dancing hosted by representative from the Moore Library. For ages 10 & under. 4-5pm. 759-7295, Third Thursday at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features art activities, live music and access to the roof terrace, weather permitting. $12; members, free. 5-9pm. 236-3100, Dinner and a Movie at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a dinner of comfort foods inspired by Route 66 and prepared by The Petroleum Club of Oklahoma City and a special screening of The Grapes of Wrath (1940). Following the film, spend exclusive time in the exhibition Dorothea Lange: Politics of Seeing. Members, $40; nonmembers, $45. 5-9pm. 478-2250,

Third Thursday: Adult Night at Mix-Tape at Factory Obscura (25 NW 9th St). Factory Obscura stays open late to give grown-ups the run of the experience on the third Thursday of each month. For ages 18 & up. $15. 7-9pm. Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live: The Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour at the Hudiburg Chevrolet Center (6000 S Prosper Blvd, Midwest City) features



an all-new live show with Joel Hodgson, original host and the creative vision behind the beloved TV and Netflix comedy series for more than three decades. For ages 10 & up. $22-$82. 594-8300, FREE Ping Pong Mania at The Station at Central Park (700 S Broadway, Moore) features a family-friendly evening of ping pong. All experience levels welcome. Kids 6 & under must be accompanied by an adult. 7:30-9:30pm. 793-5090,

Feb. 20-22

Simply Indie Film Fest at the Edmond Conference Center and Hilton Garden Inn (2833 Conference Dr, Edmond) features a variety of short and feature films of various genres including drama, documentary, comedy, animation, horror, action, thriller, student and web/new media. Individual tickets, $5; day passes, $10 & up. See website for film schedule. 5113-0870,

Feb. 21

Perfect 10 Challenge at the Cox Convention Center (1 Myriad Gardens) features a women’s gymnastics meet between OU and Stanford. $15 & up; kids (2 & under), free. 6:45pm. 325-2424,

FREE Stargazing in the Park at Scissortail Park (415 S Robinson Ave) features free public viewings of astronomical objects via club member telescopes, as well as brief tutorials on astronomy as a hobby. The program begins at sundown and continues until 10pm, weather permitting. 4456277,

Feb. 21 & 22

Mariachi Los Camperos at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features the Grammy Award-winning ensemble with a rich vocal tradition of Mexico and a lively program showcasing the country’s most beloved songs. $19. 8pm. 594-8300,

Feb. 21-23

Friends of the Metropolitan Library System Annual Book Sale at State Fair Park Oklahoma Expo Hall (3212 Wichita Walk) features more than 700,000 books covering a wide variety of topics on sale including fiction, nonfiction, cookbooks, biographies, medical, westerns, romance, children’s,

encyclopedias and reference books, plus a large selection of music, DVDs and audio books. Friday, members only sale, 1-9pm; Saturday & Sunday, 9am5:30pm. 606-3763, Oklahoma State Baseball vs University of Texas Rio Grande Valley at Allie P. Reynolds Stadium (598 N Duck St, Stillwater). Prices vary. Friday, 4pm; Saturday & Sunday, 1pm. Also held: 2/25 & 26 vs Little Rock, 3/3 vs Missouri State. 877-255-4678,

Feb. 21-March 6

Go, Dog. Go! at Oklahoma Children’s Theatre (2501 N Blackwelder Ave) features a family-friendly stage production of the classic children’s book. The dogs delve into life with gusto, creating a visual spectacle for the audience. Best suited for 2 & up. Adults, $11; kids (2-12), $9. See website for show times. 606-7003,

Feb. 22

FREE Bart & Nadia Sports Experience at Cox Convention Center (1 Myriad Gardens) features a variety of events that all have an emphasis on sports, health and wellness. Kids who complete the fun fitness activities will earn a gold medal. 9am-3pm. 447-7500,

Run for Recovery at Lake Hefner Trails & Stars and Stripes Park (3701 S Lake Hefner Dr) features a 5k and 10k run benefiting Teen Recovery Solutions. $35-$40. 9am-1pm. 8432402, Bump, Baby & More at Cole’s Community Center (4400 NW Expressway) is designed for those who are expecting and those with young children and features informative breakout sessions with local experts, giveaways and representatives from local businesses and non-profits. $5/adult in advance; $8/adult at the door. Kids free. VIP Breakfast is limited to 50 tickets and is $25 for two people. VIP Breakfast, 8am; open to the public, 10am-3pm. 6012081, FREE Eagle Watch at Lake Thunderbird State Park (1201 Clear Bay Ave, Norman) features a tour of the park to catch a glimpse of magnificent eagles in their winter home. Preregister, space is limited. 1-4pm. 321-4633

Tree Climbing at Martin Park Nature Center (5000 W Memorial Rd). Learn how to climb trees using harnesses and ropes. Closed-toes shoes required. Best suited for ages 14 & up. $15. 3-4pm. 297-1429, FREE Purcell Family Dance at the Purcell Library (919 N 9th St, Purcell) features dancing, refreshments and more. Tickets are required as space is limited. Dress is casual to formal. All ages welcome. 3-5pm. 527-5546, Mustang Dad & Daughter Dance at Mustang Town Center (1201 N Mustang Rd, Mustang) features a fun-filled night with music, dancing and refreshments. Tickets must be purchased in advance. $10. 5 & 7:30pm. 376-3411, www. Women of Color Art Showcase at Heart Studios (1605 E 2nd St, Edmond) features the visual artwork of local artists. Mingle with the artists and view their work while enjoying light snacks and drinks. Proceeds from art sales go toward the artists and ticket sales go toward art programs for kids. $10. 6-10pm. Krewe De Banjo Mardi Gras Celebration at the American Banjo Museum (9 E Sheridan Ave) features an evening of jazz music and New Orleans cuisine. Members, $25; nonmembers, $30. 6-9pm. 604-2793,

Chocolate Cherry Heart-Smart Cookies



- 1/3 cup all-purpose flour

Preheat oven to 350° F. Spoon flours into measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flours and next 3 ingredients in a large bowl. Stir with a whisk.

- 1/3 cup whole wheat flour - 1 1/2 cups rolled oats - 1 teaspoon baking soda - 1/2 teaspoon salt - 6 tablespoons unsalted butter - 3/4 cup packed light brown sugar - 1 cup dried cherries - 1 teaspoon vanilla extract - 1 large egg, lightly beaten - 3 oz. bittersweet chocolate, coarsely chopped

Beads & the Brave Gala at The Criterion (500 E Sheridan Ave) features dinner, live entertainment and an auction. Benefits the Warriors of Freedom Foundation. For 21 & up. $150. 6:30-11pm. 2869920, FREE Norman Mardi Gras Parade in downtown Norman (Main St & Crawford Ave, Norman) features floats, musicians, dancers and a wide array of fun and unusual characters. The parade makes its circle twice. 7-9pm. SixTwelve Mardi Gras Ball at Tower Theatre (425 NW 23rd St) features food by Picasso’s, live music by SpaceFace & Brothers Griiin, an art auction and dancing. Benefits SixTwelve. $100 & up. 8-11pm. 208-8291,




Melt butter over low heat. Remove from heat. Add brown sugar; stir until smooth. Add sugar mixture to flour mixture; beat at medium speed until well blended. Add cherries, vanilla, and egg; beat until combined. Fold in chocolate. Drop dough onto baking sheets coated with cooking spray, two inches apart. Bake at 350° F for 12 minutes. Cool on pans 3 minutes or until almost firm, then cool on wire racks.

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Feb. 22 & 23

Boutique Blowout at State Fair Park Centennial Building (609 Kiamichi Pl) features a variety of boutiques. $5. Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 11am-3pm. 640-3964,

FREE Teacher Open House at SKELETONS: Museum Of Osteology (10301 S Sunnylane Rd). Teachers can visit for FREE and learn about field trip options for their students. This year the museum is partnering with Martin Park Nature Center. One of their naturalists and a surprise live animal from the park will be in attendance. 11am-5pm. Sunday, 1-5pm. 814-0006,

Feb. 23

OKC Philharmonic Discovery Family Series — SPACE: The Final FunTier! at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features a kid-friendly one-hour concert for ages 4-13. Preconcert fun includes an instrument playground, conductor’s corner, performer meet & greets and more. $9. 2pm. 842-5387, FREE Crowns Tea at the Norman Central Library (103 W Acres St, Norman) features a reading from the book Crowns and a tea service. Attendees are invited to wear a hat in celebration. The event is free but tickets are required. All ages welcome. 2-4pm. 701-2600,

Feb. 25

to parents, educators and mental health professionals on how to effectively handle unruly kids, transforming them into respectful and responsible children. $99. 8:30am-2:30pm. Couples Night Out at the Jasco Event Center (10 E Memorial Rd). Mark Whitacre was the highest ranked Fortune 500 executive in history to become an FBI whistleblower and the events that followed would have destroyed almost any marriage. Hear Mark and Ginger share their powerful story from their unique perspectives. Preregister. $25 per couple, dinner included. 6:308:30pm. 302-2474,

Feb. 27-29

Monkey Business Children’s Consignment Sale at the Shawnee Expo Center (1700 W Independence, Shawnee) features items for children, teens and moms-to-be. Free to attend. Thursday & Friday, 9am-7pm; Saturday, 9am-2pm. 580320-3605,

Feb. 28

Warhol and Wine Paint Night at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NE 63rd St) features a painting class under instruction of Wine & Palette. Create your own Warhol-inspired canvas painting. All supplies provided, including light hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Preregister. For ages 21 & up. Members, $40; nonmembers, $45. 6-9pm. 4782250,

FREE Admission to the Oklahoma City National Memorial Museum (620 N Harvey Ave) courtesy of the Oklahoma City Thunder, in recognition of the upcoming 25th anniversary of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building bombing. 9am-6pm. 2353313,

Feb. 28 & 29

Meechie and Kidz Urban Groovezz Presents The Minni Musical at Ralph Ellison Library (2000 NE 23rd St) features an adaptation of the smash children’s book Hey Meechie You’re the Greatest! All ages welcome.7-8:30pm. 424-1437,

Feb. 28-March 1

Feb. 27

A Day of Love and Logic with Dr. Charles Fay at the Reed Conference Center (5750 Will Rogers Rd, Midwest City) features a one-day conference with child behavioral expert Dr. Charles Fay. Fay will offer practical advice and steps



University of Oklahoma Softball Courtyard Marriott Tournament at Marita Hynes Field (2500 S Jenkins Ave, Norman). Prices vary. See website for game times. Also held: 3/4 vs Wichita State & 3/6-7 vs Utah. 3252424, Oklahoma State University Softball Invitational at Cowgirl Stadium (701 N Duck St, Stillwater). Prices vary. See website for game times. Also held: 3/6 vs Missouri State & Murray State. 877-255-4678,

Feb. 29

Extra Life 1UP Open at Cox Convention Center (1 Myriad Gardens) features E-sports tournaments and an OKC Blue game vs the Iowa Wolves. Games include Super Smash Ultimate, Tekken 7, NBA 2K 2020 and Rocket League. Benefits

Extra Life, a Children’s Miracle Network program. All ages welcome. Prices vary. 9am-9pm. FREE Believe in Impossible Things! A Celebration of Leap Day at the Southwest OKC Library (2201 SW 134th St) features Alice in Wonderland themed activities including games, crafts and cookies. This is a come-&-go event. All ages welcome. 10:30am-noon. 9792200, FREE Kids Fly Fishing Clinic at Backwoods OKC (12325 N May Ave) features a free clinic for kids ages 6-14. Attendees will learn how to tie knots and cast. 1-3pm. 751-7376, www. Seemore and Friends at 50 Penn Place (1900 NW Expressway) features games, food, raffles and story time with live-action characters, benefiting Vizavance. $5. 2-5pm. 8487123, Ties & Tiaras: Edmond’s Daddy Daughter Dance at the Edmond Conference Center (2833 Conference Dr, Edmond) features dancing, a DJ, refreshments and a professional photographer. For girls ages 3-12 and their dads. Preregister. $15 per person. Two sessions available: 4 & 6:30pm. 359-4630, Winter Jam at Chesapeake Energy Arena (100 W Reno Ave) features Crowder, Hillson Young & Free, Andy Mineo and more, hosted by Newsong. $15. Doors open at 5pm, concert, 6pm.

Feb. 29 & March 1

Humor Jeanne Robertson at OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center Theatre (7777 S May Ave) features the Rocking Humor Tour. At 76 years young, Jeanne Robertson continues to charm audiences with her humorous observations about life around her. $25 & up. Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 3pm. 682-7579,

March 3-8

Anastasia at Civic Center Music Hall (201 N Walker Ave) features a new musical about a brave young woman who sets out to find her home, love and family. Best suited for ages 7 & up. $27 & up. Tuesday-Thursday, 7:30pm; Friday, 8pm; Saturday, 2 & 8pm; Sunday, 1:30 & 7pm. 594-8300,

March 4-8

Disney’s The Little Mermaid at Sooner Theatre (101 E Main St, Norman) features a community production of Hans Christian Andersen’s most beloved story and the classic animated film. $15. Wednesday-Friday, 7:30pm; Saturday, 2 & 7:30pm; Sunday, 2pm. 321-9600,

March 4

FREE Weather School at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 Ne 63rd St). Learn about Oklahoma’s ever-changing weather in a lively format with the KFOR 4Warn Storm Team. Following Weather School, explore the museum’s exhibitions to discover the role of weather in the West. Preregister. 10:30am-1pm. 478-2250,

March 6-8

Trolls Live at Cox Convention Center (1 Myriad Gardens) features a hair-raising

adventure with Poppy, Branch and all their Trolls friends in their first-ever live tour. $22 & up. Friday, 6:30pm; Saturday, 10am, 2:30 & 6:30pm; Sunday, noon & 4pm.

March 7

FREE Kid’s Trout Fish Out at Dale Robertson Center Pond (1200 Lakeshore Dr, Yukon) features a fishing derby for young anglers with door prizes, raffles and other fishing related activities. 8-11am. 350-8937,

Thunder Run & Rumble’s Family Fun Run at Chesapeake Energy Arena (100 W Reno Ave) features a 5k and family fun run through downtown, ending at center court at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Benefits the Thunder Cares Foundation. $35 & up. 9am. Kids Take over the Cowboy at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 Ne 63rd St) features

stories about the life and work of photographer Dorthea Lange, Depressionera toy making and a showing of Kit Kitteridge: An American Girl. Free with admission. 10am-noon. 478-2250, Uncanny Comic Expo at Firelake Arena (18145 Old Rangeline Rd, Shawnee) features a family-friendly comic book and pop culture convention featuring comics, cosplay, gaming and more. All ages welcome. Adults, $7 & up; kids (12 & under), free. 10am-6pm.

March 7-8

Family Camping Weekends at Arcadia Lake Scissortail Campground (6400 E 15th St, Edmond) features fishing, mountain biking, hiking and more. Set up and borrowed tents included. Also held: April 11-12. $75 per family. Saturday, 3pm-Sunday, 10am. 359-4630,

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Check out our recommended February events for younger and older kids! Top 5 for Toddlers

Top 5 for Teens

Feb. 8

Feb. 6

Oklahoma City Fairytale Ball at Noah’s Event Venue, 10-11:45 a.m., 1:30-3:15 p.m. & 5-6:45 p.m.

Feb. 13

FREE Escape the Fire Swamp Escape Room at the Midwest City Library, 4-5 p.m.

Feb. 20

Mystery Science Theater 3000 Live: The Great Cheesy Movie Circus Tour at Hudiburg Chevrolet Theatre, 7:30 p.m.

Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood Live at the Hudiburg Chevrolet Center, 3:30 & 7 p.m.

Feb. 16

Sugar Free Allstars Concert with the Oklahoma Community Orchestra at OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater, 3 p.m.

Feb. 18

Perked-Up Playdate at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 10-11:30 a.m.

Feb. 22

Run for Recovery at Lake Hefner Trails, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Tree Climbing at Martin Park Nature Center, 3-4 p.m.

Feb. 29

Feb. 21-March 6

Go, Dog. Go! at Oklahoma Children’s Threatre


Extra Life 1UP Open at Cox Convention Center, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.

Free therapeutic screenings offered at McCarty Center

Events to celebrate

Black History Month Feb. 4-23

Dance is a key component of expression for many cultures. Local performers from the R.A.C.E. Dance Collective will explore the history of hip hop with several performances at the Metropolitan Library System. The group will tour several locations throughout the month and all ages are welcome to attend. Visit www. for a complete schedule.

Feb. 5

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum welcomes the Cowgirls of Color, an all-black, all-female rodeo team. The cowgirls invite metro students and families to take part in a special program demonstrating grit, gusto and determination.The event is free to attend but registration is required. Preregister online at nationalcowboymuseum. org. Activities begin at 10:30 a.m.

Feb. 22

Heart Studios in Edmond is showcasing the artistic contributions of women of color with a special exhibition. On Feb. 22, families can mingle with featured artists and enjoy light snacks and drinks from 6 to 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 and proceeds benefit art programs for children.

Feb. 23

An annual community tradition for 16 years, the Crowns Tea, hosted at the Norman Central Library, celebrates the rich traditions of literature, music and church hats for African American women. Attendees will hear a reading from the book Crowns by Michael Cunningham and Craig Marberry while sipping tea. Everyone is encouraged to wear their own fancy hat! The event begins at 2 p.m. and is free, but a ticket is required as space is limited. Tickets are available at all three Norman libraries.

The J.D. McCarty Center for children with developmental disabilities offers a free therapeutic screening for children with special needs and their families to meet with our experts and receive information about services and resources available. The center serves children from birth to age 21. Call 405-307-2800 to schedule a free screening and to learn more about how we enrich the lives of children with disabilities and enhance their skills.



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Weekly EVENTS CALENDAR FREE Reading Wednesdays at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features a nature-themed story time, interactive song and small craft. Best suited for ages 2-5. Walkups welcome. Wednesdays, 10am. 445-7080,

Family Skate Night at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St). Includes basic skate rental. Family package includes admission, skate rentals, pizza and drinks for up to five family members. $6 per person OR $29 for the family deal. Thursdays, 7-10pm; Sundays, 6-8pm. 605-2758,

Storytime Science at Science Museum Oklahoma (2020 Remington Pl) features a story and corresponding hands-on science activity in various locations throughout the museum. Look for signs in the lobby for each month’s location. Best suited for ages 6 & under. Free with admission. Tuesdays & Saturdays, 10:30-11am. 602-6664, Tuesday Classic Movies at Harkins Theatre (150 E Reno Ave) features special presentations of classic films on the big screen including Titanic on Feb. 11. $5. Tuesdays, 7pm. 231-4747, FREE Art Adventures at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art (555 Elm, Norman) for ages 3-5. Young artists are invited to experience art through books. Tuesdays, 10:30am. 325-3272, Preschool art classes at the MAC at Mitch Park (2733 Marilyn Williams Dr, Edmond) feature a variety of hands-on art projects designed for ages 2-5. Preregister. $2$3. Tuesdays, 10:30am & Fridays, 10am. 359-4630, FREE Botanical Balance Yoga at Myriad Gardens (301 W Reno Ave) features an all-levels class. Check in at the south entrance to the Crystal Bridge to find out location. Bring mat and water. Tuesdays, 5:30pm; Saturdays, 8am. 445-7080, Toddler Story & Craft Time at Unpluggits Paint & Play (575 Enterprise Dr, Ste 110, Edmond) features a short story time and age-appropriate craft. Free with admission. Wednesdays & Thursdays, 11-11:30am. 340-7584, Yoga of 12 Step Recovery at Purposeful Play Family Enrichment Center (6051 N Brookline Ave, Ste 106) features a 12-step based discussion and yoga practice that is open to anyone dealing with their own addictive behaviors or those affected by the addictive behaviors of others. Wear comfortable clothing. All levels welcome. Free to attend; donations accepted. Thursdays, 6:30pm. 607-4340,

FREE Children’s Story Time at Full Circle Books (1900 N Expressway) features a fun story time with a special guest or staff member. Saturdays, 10:15am. 842-2900, FREE Littles Story Time at Commonplace Books (1325 N Walker Ave) features a half-hour, all-ages story time. Saturdays, 10:30am. 534-4540, FREE Story Time & Craft at Best of Books (1313 E Danforth Rd, Edmond) features a kid-friendly story time and corresponding craft activity. Saturdays, 11am. 340-9202, FREE Storytime & Activities at the Norman Barnes & Noble (540 Ed Noble Pkwy, Norman) features a themed story time and related activity. Saturdays, 11-11:45am. 579-8800, FREE Learn to Skate Lesson at Skate Galaxy (5800 NW 36th St) features a FREE roller skating lesson. No sign up required. Skate rentals start at $2. All ages welcome. Saturdays, noon. 602-2758, Discovery Time at Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman) features interactive, hands-on activities such as stories, crafts and discovery table specimens. For preschool & elementary-aged kids. Free with admission. Saturdays, 2pm; Sundays, 2:30pm. 325-4712, FREE Moore Chess Club at the Moore Library (225 S Howard Ave, Moore). Learn to play or improve your skills with other local players. All ages and skill levels welcome. Sundays, 1-4pm.



Ongoing EVENTS CALENDAR A New Moon Rises at Sam Noble Museum (2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman) features large-scale, highresolution photographs of the lunar surface taken between 2009 and 2015 by the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter Camera. Adults, $8; kids (4-17), $5; kids (3 & under) free. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. 325-4712,

Through Feb. 29

Wanted: Dead or Alive at the Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zuhdi) features images of some of Oklahoma’s most infamous criminals. The 38 black and white images consist of mug shots, crime scene locations and group shots with criminals and law enforcement officers, spanning more than 70 years. Adults, $7; kids (6-17), $5; kids (5 & under), free. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. 522-0765,

Through March 1

Photographing the Street at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features the work of four American and Canadian artists who have chosen the street as their primary subject: Garry Winogrand, Mike Peters, Gary Mark Smith and Ian Wallace. Adults, $12; kids (6-18), $10; kids (5 & under), free. Wednesday-Saturday, 10am5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm; Third Thursdays, until 9pm. 236-3100,

Through March 15

Bandits & Heroes, Poets & Saints: Popular Art of the Northeast of Brazil at Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art (1900 W MacArthur, Shawnee) features photographs, sculptures, paintings, prints, religious objects and more highlighting the complex and vibrant culture of the northeast of Brazil. Adults, $5; kids (6-17), $3; kids (5 & under), free. Tuesday-Saturday, 10am5pm. 878-5300,

Through March 29

Adults, $12; kids (6-18), $10; kids (5 & under), free. Wednesday-Saturday, 10am5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm; Third Thursdays, until 9pm. 236-3100,

Through May 10

Find Your Western at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NW 63rd St) features a collection of movie posters, film stills, comic books, pulp publications, novels, costumes and more, all exploring how different people have interpreted the West. Adults, $12.50; kids, (6-12), $5.57; kids (5 & under), free. MondaySaturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. 478-2250,

Warhol and the West at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum (1700 NW 63rd St) explores Warhol’s love of the West represented in his art, movies, attire, travels and collecting. The portfolio includes 14 iconic images of Western subjects such as Custer, Geronimo, Annie Oakley and John Wayne. Adults, $12.50; kids, (6-12), $5.57; kids (5 & under), free. MondaySaturday, 10am-5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm. 478-2250, FREE O. Gail Poole’s Sideshow at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art (555 Elm Ave, Norman) features the satirical, often irreverent imagery of artist O. Gail Poole and the oddities of the artist’s late work. TuesdaySaturday, 10am-5pm; Thursday, until 9pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. 325-4938,

Cosmic Culture: Intersections of Art and Outer Space at Science Museum Oklahoma (2020 Remington Pl) features a Minecraft-inspired installation made from 2,000 bamboo and paper kites that explores how space exploration and visual art have influenced each other. Adults, $15.95; kids (3-12), $12.95. Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm; Saturday, 9am-6pm; Sunday, 11am-6pm. 602-6664,

FREE Renegades: Bruce Goff and the American School of Architecture at Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art (555 Elm Ave, Norman) features the practices that emerged from Oklahoma in the midcentury with more than 150 drawings, documents and objects, many of which are drawn from the newly created American School Archive. Tuesday-Saturday, 10am5pm; Thursday, until 9pm; Sunday, 1-5pm. 325-4938,

Through May 3

Through November

One Must See Many Things: Selections from Ben Shahn’s Rilke Portfolio at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features a selection of 20 lithographs by Ben Shahn, known for his linear and abstracted images of the human body.

Until We Organize: The Struggle for the Equal Rights Amendment at the Oklahoma History Center (800 Nazih Zuhdi) features 23 photographs, both local and national, from activists for and against the Equal Rights Amendment

(ERA). The exhibit focuses on the most tumultuous years of Oklahoma’s battle over the amendment, from the late 1970s to the early 1980s. Adults, $7; kids (6-17), $5; kids (5 & under), free. Monday-Saturday, 10am-5pm. 522-0765,

Through December

Apichatpong Weerasethakul’s Fireworks (Archives) at Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Dr) features the first of a series of works by internationallyrenowned filmmaker and visual artist Apichatpong Weerasethakul. Through the use of pyrotechnics in a single-channel video installation, the flickering light of fireworks and the sudden flash of a digital camera illuminate unconventional animal sculptures at a temple in Northeast Thailand. Adults, $12; kids (6-18), $10; kids (5 & under), free. Wednesday-Saturday, 10am5pm; Sunday, noon-5pm; Third Thursdays, until 9pm. 236-3100,

Feb. 4-23

FREE History of Hip Hop Dance Performance at the Metropolitan Library System (multiple locations) features local performers from the R.A.C.E. Dance Collective with a fun and educational performance to celebrate hip hop dance. All ages welcome. See website for show times and locations.

Opening Feb. 6

Inclusion in Art–Spirit of Color at the Oklahoma Hall of Fame (1400 Classen Dr) features works by nine prolific artists of color living in Oklahoma, honoring their longstanding commitment to the arts, community, sacrifice and achievements. Adults, $7; kids (6-17), $5; kids (5 & under), free. TuesdayFriday, 9am-5pm; Saturday, 10am-5pm. 235-4458,

Feb. 14-29

Love Letters at Pollard Theatre (120 W Harrison Ave, Guthrie) features a funny and emotional portrait of the powerful connection of love between two friends, rebellious Melissa Gardner and straight-arrow Andrew Makepeace Ladd III, who have exchanged notes over 50 years. $25. See website for show times. 282-2800, Find information about current museum exhibits at




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When guests enter Edmond’s Signature Grill restaurant, owner Jessica Falkner’s warm welcome is like one of a treasured friend. Owning the restaurant for the past 11 years has allowed couple Clay and Jessica Falkner to take charge of their family’s future and make lasting connections with community members. “It’s truly the friendships we have built that mean the most,” said Falkner. “I’ve seen kids graduate high school, go off to college, get married and start their own families. I get to be in the center of that because people celebrate milestones at the restaurant. It’s been really rewarding.” Perhaps what most endears friends and strangers alike to Falkner are her authenticity and kindness. The mom of two is both affirming and willing to be vulnerable about everyday struggles, giving those around her the freedom to be their true selves, too.

Preparing for the future Clay, born and raised in Bethany, and Jessica, an Oklahoma transplant, met while working in Northpark Mall. Jessica moved here from Malaysia just after turning 18 to pursue a piano performance degree at Oklahoma City University, her family’s first choice over Australia’s Sydney Conservatorium of Music. The culture shock was extreme, but Falkner quickly made friends and enjoyed college life in her adopted hometown to the fullest. “International students have no other family around so friends truly become like family,” said Falkner, still close with many of her college friends. Falkner earned a bachelor’s degree in music, and, unbeknownst to her parents, a second degree in business administration. JESSICA AND CLAY FALKNER OWN TWO RESTAURANTS TOGETHER, SIGNATURE GRILL AND BISTRO TWENTY TWO.



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“I didn’t think I’d be the next concert pianist at Carnegie Hall, so I wanted to find something I could do with my life,” said Falkner. “My parents were pretty shocked at graduation!”

“Clay wanted to cook his own dishes and had a true vision for how he wanted his food to be, where you pair your own sides with your entree and get to customize your menu,” said Falkner.

Falkner comes by her self-reliance and determination naturally. After years of supporting her dad in his career as a minister, her mom earned a master’s of divinity from the University of California, Berkeley at age 50. Falkner’s younger sister and brother attended college in Oklahoma, her sister returning to Malaysia and her brother making his home in Edmond.

With concern about Falkner’s company restructuring, the duo created a job for her at the restaurant, handling the business operations. Drawing on her business acumen and restaurant experience, Falkner refined an environment that feels like home, both to patrons and employees.

Solidifying a dream Though Falkner enjoys playing the piano, especially to review what daughter, Mia, 12, is learning in her lessons, it was her foresight in earning her business degree that’s been the foundation of her professional life. After college Falkner managed Taste of China restaurants before seeking a corporate career. In 2008, the Falkners considered their professional futures and made a huge leap, purchasing the space that would become Signature Grill.

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When it comes to working with her husband, Falkner says there are pros and cons. “Owning a business sounds so wonderful in your head, but we almost didn’t know what we were getting into,” said Falkner. “Being business partners, a couple and parents together is taking on a lot.” Falkner focuses on the positive that she and Clay set business priorities together. For





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Clay, with years of experience in the industry, including as executive chef of Deep Fork Grill, had a vision for the intimate space, which he and Jessica painted and decorated themselves.

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“We were young and in a pretty bad economic recession,” recalls Falkner. “It was not the best time to be opening a restaurant, but after the price got down to what we could afford we decided to jump on it.”

“With my servers, I don’t have a training manual or huge test to know everything on the menu,” said Falkner. “Everyone I hire has something to bring to the table, and if we just amplify their strengths and good qualities, it puts them at ease and gives them the freedom to read their tables and express themselves.”


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example, Signature Grill was open six days a week upon inception. After nearly two years, the Falkners decided they needed more time off to recharge and spend with family. “We wouldn’t have been able to make those calls if we were working for someone else,” said Falkner, nor would the couple have had the freedom to open their second restaurant. It can be nearly impossible to compartmentalize work and home life, with most conversations including talk about the restaurant. Since evenings and weekends are spent at work, the couple makes time for Monday lunch dates with minimal discussion about work.

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“I am a terrible cook,” laughs Falkner, “but I can run a great front-of-house and really connect with people. Clay cooks for them really well; he connects with people through his food.”

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Falkner handles administrative and operations tasks in the mornings after dropping her kids at school, picks Mia and Lincoln up after school and returns to the restaurant five evenings a week to greet guests and oversee service. With a schedule that differs from many other working moms, she’s often plagued by mom guilt. “I think that is the biggest thing I live with every day, and I know it’s inevitable, but sometimes I still let it get to me,” said Falkner. When Falkner can’t attend her kids’ events

or chauffeur them to activities, she is thankful for a supportive village of friends and family who step in to help. Falkner has become adept at carving time out for herself, friends and family when and how she can, focusing less on blocking hours of time or making elaborate plans and more on making the time spent meaningful. Sundays are reserved for family, attending church together, going out to lunch and spending time outdoors when possible. “Meals together are few and far between in our household because we are gone during dinner,” said Falkner. “That time we get on Sundays to sit around a table is precious.” To recharge, Falkner makes time to hit the gym, play the piano and catch up with girlfriends.

Looking forward The kindness guests experience upon entering Signature Grill is not happenstance, it’s Falkner’s top priority in life and parenting. “Kindness is the foundation of what my parents taught me, so I try to carry that on,” said Falkner. “Even as babies we would tell [our kids] as they were sleeping that the most important thing to us is that they are kind.” The affirmation Falkner strives to put out into the world has returned to her on countless occasions for more than a decade as a business owner. “We are part of this community that has really supported and encouraged us through 11 years,” said Falkner. “Everything has been worth it.”


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Vacationing as a family can provide much-needed time and space to reconnect, seek adventure and try new things. Through this two-part series, we’re exploring both novel and tried-and-true Oklahoma family vacation ideas in 2020. This second part of the series details summertime fun and fall leaf peeping. Revisit our January issue for wintertime wows in southwestern Oklahoma and spring stargazing in the panhandle. For the digital version of our 2020 Oklahoma Vacation Guide and a plethora of other ideas for exploring our great state, visit


Summer After sharing ideas for winter and spring discoveries in Oklahoma in the January issue, it’s time to explore options for summer and fall. Summer in Oklahoma means lots of water play! When the temperatures soar, families can find fun in the refreshing waters and miles of shoreline in northeast Oklahoma. These destinations will shake up your summertime fun. Keystone Lake, located less than 2 hours northeast of the metro The northeast part of Oklahoma boasts many natural and man-made lakes along the Illinois and Arkansas rivers and their tributaries. Keystone Lake offers families a variety of splashy fun including swimming, boating, water sports and fishing. Keystone State Park in Sand Springs has a children’s fishing pond and playgrounds in addition to their campgrounds, cabin and boat rentals and hiking trails.


In the lakeside town of Mannford, families can play at Jellystone Park Camp-Resort. Between the large pool complex complete with shallow-depth splash pool and towering waterslides and the Aqua Park on the lake, the resort offers plenty of options to keep the whole family cool and entertained. The Aqua Park is a large-scale inflatable that sits on the water. Families can put their athletic skills to the test as they climb, bounce and slide their way through the course. The resort also offers sandy beaches, paddleboard and kayak rentals and three fishing docks. Day passes and overnight accommodations are available. Visit to learn more. Harbor Grill at Keystone Harbor enables families to dine waterside. This family-friendly, two-story restaurant serves traditional American classics that can be enjoyed indoors or outside on the open-air upper deck. They often have live entertainment during the summer season.


Illinois River, located less than 3 hours northeast of the metro Floating the waters of the Illinois River is an iconic summertime activity. The leisurely, moderate flow cuts through the Cookson Hills offering beautiful views of rocky, tree-lined bluffs. The most popular stretch is near Tahlequah where several outfitters and campsites are stocked with kayaks, canoes, rafts and other supplies available for rent. Floating with children in tow does require some extra preparation to ensure everyone has a safe and positive experience. Weekdays tend to be less busy making it an ideal time for families. Local mom Whitney West packs plenty of snacks, drinks and sunscreen and opts for the shorter six-mile float trip option for her family. Shawna Duncan, a mom of four, says her family prefers the longer 12-mile trip, allowing for several breaks to swim, refuel and reapply sunscreen. “We like to make it a full day and my kids love it,” Duncan said.

If you are looking for a destination outside of the norm, consider booking a stay at the Marval Campground Resort in Gore. The resort sits on a one-half mile stretch of the Lower Illinois River near the Lake Tenkiller dam and offers a wide variety of activities geared toward families including two pools, a splash pad, outdoor games, Frisbee golf and bike rentals. “People come for the river but we offer lots of activities to keep the kids busy,” said Bill Gordon, manager of the resort. “We have train rides, fishing tournaments, themed weekends and outdoor movies in the summer.” Cabins and tent and RV sites are available; however, families will need to bring their own floats for the river. Visit www. for more information. Editor’s note: Find more tips and advice for your float trip with our feature on canoeing with kids at canoeing-with-kids-in-oklahoma.

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Fall conjures up images of crisp mornings, cozy sweaters and spectacular colors. From pumpkin patches and county fairs to corn mazes, fall is the perfect time for family fun, and a road trip to the Talimena Scenic Byway highlights the best of the season. Constructed in the late 1960s, the byway was built to showcase the beauty of the forested peaks of the Ouachita National Forest. The road, named for the two cities that cap the drive, Talihina, Okla., and Mena, Ark., offers a leisurely 54-mile cruise, and a quick stop at the visitor’s information station is a great way to start your trek. There are 22 designated vistas along the byway that spotlight spectacular views of the fall foliage, which tends to peak in late October to early November. Spring is also a popular time to visit as the area is awash in blooming buds. Talimena State Park offers camping, picnic facilities, hiking and backpacking trails, playgrounds and a small gift shop. The park is an entrance point to the Ouachita National Forest, popular for fishing, biking, trail riding and hunting. ATV trails are also a

popular way to explore the expansive forest. As you cruise along the byway, enjoy panoramic views of the mountains and the small towns tucked in the valleys. You are also likely to spot hang-gliders, eagles and hawks enjoying the soaring winds. The drive is marked with historic sites including the Heavener Runestone, the Kerr Museum with memorabilia from prehistory to World War II and the Peter Conser Home, a restored 19th century home from the height of the Indian Territory period. Families can extend their trip with white water adventures on the Ouachita, Mountain Fork, Caddo and Cossatot Rivers or with a visit to Robbers Cave State Park, the infamous hideout of Jesse James and Belle Starr, which is located just 45 minutes northwest of Talihina. Each October, the park hosts the annual fall festival with threedays of entertainment including carnival games, live music and a car show. The Queen Wilhelmina State Park in Mena, Ark., is another popular destination along the byway. Start planning your trip today at




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The diagnosis of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder in a child can be daunting and, unfortunately, is an increasingly common reality for families in Oklahoma and throughout the United States. The 2017-2018 National Survey on Children’s Health reports roughly 10 percent of Oklahoma students are currently diagnosed with ADHD, higher than the 8 percent national average. A study by the Center for Disease Control identified Oklahoma among the states with the most significant increases in ADHD prevalence. “ADHD is a neurological condition due to differences in the brain anatomy or ‘wiring,’” explains Cathy Goett, a certified ADHD coach in Oklahoma City who has raised two children with ADHD. “ADHD is not laziness or stupidity. Children with ADHD can be challenging, but many are extremely bright. They just learn differently from the general population.”

If your child has been diagnosed, or you suspect they might have ADHD, you’re probably wondering how to best support them. While not comprehensive or delving into medication, the following strategies can aid in parenting children diagnosed with ADHD, helping kids thrive and embrace their best qualities.



Dr. Lisa Marotta, a child psychologist in Edmond who teaches mindfulness, emphasizes focusing on transition times. Because children with ADHD can have a hard time shifting their attention from one activity to the next, especially those they don’t enjoy, transitioning from home to school or playtime to homework are opportunities to stop, rest and prepare for the next activity. Marotta encourages families to try two exercises. The first is “sitting still like a frog,” quieting the mind for one minute and concentrating on isolating sounds around you. The second is “STOP,” which stands for


Stop, Take three deep breaths, Observe and Pick the next right thing to do. “These techniques provide a pause in an otherwise busy brain and body, which can help slow the child down enough to use their better judgment,” Marotta says. Transition exercises can also be beneficial when kids with ADHD hyper-focus, concentrating intensely on an activity or task they enjoy like gaming, crafting or reading a good book, often at the expense of other things that need to get done. Explaining to a child with ADHD why it’s difficult for him or her to transition can be helpful. Parents also benefit from a brain break. Marotta recommends downloading the Calm and Headspace apps, which families can use together to practice relaxation techniques, reduce anxiety and promote sleep.


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Speaking of sleep, according to a study in the Journal of Sleep Research, up to 70 percent of parents of children with ADHD say their

kids have difficulty falling asleep, and it was found that kids with ADHD slept for 45 minutes less a night than children who don’t have ADHD. A similar study published by the National Institutes of Health reports more than 60 percent of children with ADHD experienced delayed sleep onset, awakening in the night, restless sleep and daytime sleepiness. That’s three times greater difficulty falling asleep than the general population of children. What’s the correlation? The same regions of the brain regulate sleep and attention. Chronic sleep issues can be debilitating for families, but there are methods that can help. Daily exercise can increase the amount of deep sleep a child experiences. A consistent bedtime every day, even on weekends, regulates a child’s circadian clock to promote better sleep. While most kids need a bedtime routine, it can be critical for a child with ADHD to wind down the body and brain for as much as an hour before bed. Relaxation techniques enhanced by the apps Marotta recommends,

ADHD and LD. Based on specific symptoms and conditions, parents can also find customized advice and interactive tools at, including tutorials on teaching a child with ADHD how to tie his shoes, bedtime and chore checklists, sleep regulation ideas and behavior management recommendations.

visualizations, calming music, deep breathing or a back rub can prepare the body for rest. A really dark room will keep your child from seeing things that might distract him or her from sleep.



Oftentimes it’s difficult for parents of kids with ADHD to know when to ask for help. Typical behavior for one child with ADHD might be atypical for another. Consult with doctors, therapists and teachers regularly to find the best symptom management techniques that work for your child.

For school-age kids, Marotta says a collaborative relationship with your child’s teacher is vital to success. She suggests a daily behavior feedback sheet parents can review with their child.

As MetroFamily Magazine assistant editor Lindsay Cuomo, mom of a child with ADHD, explains: “Will the behavior work out on its own or get worse? I am sure that goes for all parenting but often you see other kids similar in age capable of things your child isn’t and the comparison game complicates things.” For expert advice, parenting strategies and support, Goett recommends the magazine ADDitude: Strategies and Support for

“The teacher may be able to identify predictable problem areas so parents can provide additional practice at home,” Marotta says. Identify your child’s favorite activities and learning styles and find outlets for their hyperactivity. ADDitude recommends activities like swimming, martial arts and tennis to help manage ADHD symptoms and hone skills such as self-control and discipline.




Takesmall steps Dr. Tiji Philip, a pediatrician with Northside Pediatrics in Atlanta, Ga., adds it’s important to remember that children diagnosed with ADHD can present unique challenges to parenting. “Seemingly simple tasks and chores may be difficult for many kids with ADHD to perform at home,” said Philip, “and it is important to break these tasks and chores down into smaller steps.”

Parents can help initiate conversations between their child and others and serve as a nonjudgemental coach after difficult interactions, asking the child to talk through what went wrong, what the other person may have been thinking or feeling and what they could do differently next time. Praise after positive interactions is imperative.

their often pushy behavior but they are so accepting.”

Reenacting past or potential social situations at home can empower kids with ADHD to think through their behaviors and other kids’ reactions.

That ability to hyper-focus can be a tremendous asset in school, work, sports or life in general. The same goes for an ability to persevere when others may give up. Creativity, curiosity, willingness to take risks, innovation and charm are other notable qualities kids with ADHD can celebrate.

Written steps, along with verbal instruction, can be helpful for kids with ADHD. Break down large tasks into smaller pieces: “Get ready for bed” could become: “First, go upstairs and change into pajamas. Second, brush your teeth and wash your face. Third, set your alarm and get into bed.”

Short, structured play dates with one child at a time can be less overwhelming than groups, while playing with younger kids can offer a more forgiving atmosphere. Organized sports or extracurricular activities can create built-in playmates with similar interests and a boost of confidence in newly-acquired skills.



Social interaction can be daunting for some children with ADHD, resulting in a struggle to make or keep friends. Difficulty regulating emotions, listening and sensing others’ social cues often make relationships more challenging.

“One thing I find so encouraging is kids with ADHD tend to be so compassionate,” said Cuomo. “They don’t always show it in


Goett says it’s key for parents to accept their children as they are, embracing their unique qualities.



Help your child follow their passions by encouraging their talents and interests. Make them aware of other individuals who have ADHD who have made great contributions to society, Michael Phelps, Walt Disney and Simone Biles to name a few.

“ADHD is a complicated condition,” says Goett. “But with the help of parents, teachers and ADHD professionals, kids can adapt, cope and thrive!” Tanya Schoor is an enthusiastic freelance writer living in Norman with her husband and son. She enjoys exploring our area and seeking out new adventures with her family. Erin Page is editor of MetroFamily Magazine and a mom of three.

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Many adults shudder to think back on their high school years, with closed-off cliques topping the list of bad memories. But a group of students at Putnam City North High School wants to turn the high school experience on its head, creating an atmosphere where inclusion and compassion reign.

who answered ‘it hasn’t,’” said Fonzi. “I saw everything from personal struggles, hospitalizations, suicide attempts, rehab and parent neglect due to parents’ mental illness. It was powerful.”

students reading others’ statements, like: ‘I have tried to kill myself but no one knows,’ ‘My family is homeless,’ ‘I can’t sleep because of extreme anxiety,’ ‘I get made fun of for the way I look.’

DeGiusti, who’s experienced the challenges of mental illness in her family, was shocked by her classmates’ responses.

“We don’t always relate to people when we don’t know them,” said Lee. “We wanted students to hear from other students they have seen in school. That made people pay attention.”

Taleaha Lee and Bella DeGiusti are seniors at PC North who’ve developed a new club to normalize discussion about mental health and subsequently encourage kindness. Inspired by psychology teacher Brooke Fonzi, Lee founded the school’s psychology club last year after a particularly startling lesson in the class’ unit on mental health.

Fonzi hoped to relay two messages to students: first, if you are struggling, you aren’t alone; and second, since you have no idea what’s going on in someone else’s life, treat others with grace, kindness and understanding.

Fonzi asked her students to respond to a single question: How has mental illness affected you? Using an online app, the students’ real-time, anonymous answers popped up on the classroom board for everyone to see. “I only had two out of more than 125 students

“I know I’m going through stuff personally but to see that not just ‘some’ people but literally everyone is going through something similar was crazy,” said DeGiusti.

The psychology club’s first order of business was brainstorming ideas for a week of Pawsitivity (PC North’s mascot is the panther). The same question Fonzi posed to her psychology students was presented to the whole school with answers recorded anonymously on notecards. The psychology club turned those answers into a video, with


Students created a week of activities to inspire kindness, like signing kindness pledges, filling out Pawsitivity notes for other students and writing letters of gratitude to teachers. Dress-up days highlighted mental health awareness, eating disorder awareness and suicide prevention. Students wore cardigans as a nod to Mr. Rogers, and more than 100 students purchased “Be Kind” shirts, with proceeds funding the week’s activities. Lee’s favorite part was a spontaneous student body singalong in the lunchroom. DeGuisti says while high school students are typically self-involved, this exercise caused them to look outside themselves. “Everyone has feelings and we need to pay attention,” said DeGuisti. “Everyone deserves the same amount of care, love and respect.”

Looking forward While Fonzi reminds students they should always be kind regardless, their heightened awareness gives her great hope for the future. “The more this is talked about in school, they will grow up and be adults who teach their families, people they meet in college and their coworkers,” said Fonzi. “They have become such an example to other students of how to treat others.” There is a movement in Oklahoma to encourage more education and better access to mental health resources, but DeGuisti wishes adults in particular were more open minded. “People can be quick to brush [you] off and say ‘get over it,’ ‘it will pass’ or ‘just be happy,’” said DeGuisti. “That’s not how it works. People can be depressed and there’s not always a logical reason. We need more understanding, more genuine listening and trying to understand.” The duo feels the media attention they’ve received is a positive step toward educating the community about the importance of students learning about mental health.

Thanks to KOCO Channel 5’s “What’s Right with our Schools” segment, the students received $600, which will be used for a second Pawsitivity Week during spring finals. Lee and DeGuisti are proud of the legacy they’ve created and hope the club and Pawsitivity Week continue to grow. What they’ve learned and what they leave behind is very personal for the two seniors. Lee calls her home life very different than school life, and she’s grateful for teachers like Fonzi who are willing to both educate students about mental health and provide a listening ear. “Teachers willing to listen to my problems and give me the opportunity to speak up about certain things makes it easier,” said Lee, who plans to attend OU or UCO after graduation. “I’m not sure what I want to major in, but I know I’m going to change the world.” DeGuisti, headed to OSU in the fall to study mass communications, lives with her grandparents due to her mom’s substance abuse and dad’s mental health challenges. She’s learned it’s OK to be open about her experiences because it might help someone else who is struggling.


“I’ve learned to power through and find support,” said DeGuisti. “It has affected me personally, but it doesn’t define me or stop me from being successful.” Watch the video the students created at

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