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VOL. 14 • NO. 4 • APRIL 2019

9 MOORE’S WEATHER WIZARD He’s not just KOCO’s Chief Meteorologist, he’s also a fellow resident of Moore who has been a science nerd for as long as he can remember. Get to know a little more about Damon Lane and why he has lederhosen in his wardrobe.

30 MPS STORM SHELTERS In just three short years the Moore Public Schools have gone from the devastation of the 2013 tornado to being on the cusp of having storm shelters in every school. Find out how MPS administrators also used the time to expand much-needed resources across the school district.

FROM THE EDITOR April is typically the month when Oklahomans start paying close attention to severe weather warnings. You might not know it, but one of the nation’s best meteorologists makes his home right here in Moore. In this issue you’ll get to know Damon Lane and find out how he held it all together back on May 20, 2013, broadcasting live coverage of a devastating EF-5 tornado as it bore down on his home in Moore. We’ll also celebrate the career of retiring Westmoore athletic director, John Burruss and you’ll find out how he ended up becoming one of the region’s top Elvis impersonators. Enjoy your April showers and this edition of the Moore Monthly!

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41 VR THERAPY Virtual reality isn’t just for gaming and entertainment. A local physical therapy group is using the cutting edge technology to help patients who suffer from long-time, chronic pain find relief in remarkable ways.

51 BURRUSS IN THE WIND For many people around town, Westmoore athletic director John Burruss is “Mr. Jaguar.” As he prepares to retire at the end of this school year, Burruss talks about his career, his passions, and how he became one of the region’s best Elvis impersonators.

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“If you’d asked me 20 years ago where I was going to end up I don’t think that I ever would have expected or thought I’d be here in Moore,” says KOCO Chief Meteorologist Damon Lane. The road to Oklahoma began in Fairfax County, Virginia, just south of Washington, D.C. Lane happily admits to growing up as something of a science nerd. “My mom was a science teacher,” says Lane. “I’ll never forget in 7th grade one of the local TV stations were doing a thing called, ‘Weather at Your School” and putting weather stations at local schools. Of course, I picked up the phone, got the ball rolling, and we ended up with a weather station at our middle school.” Lane says he spent a lot of time watching the Weather Channel, even though it basically repeated every 7 minutes. But high school was also pretty standard, even for a weather-and-science-obsessed kid like him. “It was all about girls, baseball, and swimming back in high school,” said Lane. “I completely overlooked all of the cool museums and things Washington has to offer, like the Smithsonian. My dad still lives there, and when we go back now, we’re like the biggest tourists ever.” When it came time for college, Lane chose Old Dominion University in Norfolk and picked up his first degree in Communication and Mass Media. While he was doing an internship at WTKR, the local CBS affiliate, the station meteorologist asked him, “If you’re not getting a meteorology degree, why do you want to go into meteorology?” So Lane finished up his degree and Old Dominion and then quickly enrolled at the University of North Carolina-Asheville, where he got his degree in Meteorology and Atmospheric Sciences (the only Chief Meteorologist in Oklahoma City with that degree). As his college career wound down, Lane began the difficult search for a job, sending out 200 resumes and tapes all over the country.

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“Back in the 90’s we didn’t have YouTube or DVD’s,” said Lane, “So we were sending out these big, bulky videotapes as our video resumes.” His first interview was with a TV station in Mason City, Iowa. When he finished interviewing there, there was a call waiting from another station in Abilene, Texas. Lane says he interviewed with the Texas station and a few weeks later they offered him the job. There was one small

one because most meteorologists don’t really leave once they make it here.

from ABC national and countries from all over the world who are fascinated by our weather and what we do.”

“Rick Mitchell was the chief meteorologist at KOCO at that time,” said Lane. “Gary England had been here forever, and Mike Morgan had also been around a long time. I remember thinking there’s not really going to be much room for me to move up.”

Severe weather can be deadly for Oklahomans. With lives on the line, local meteorologists are held to an extremely high standard by viewers who count on them to provide critical and timely information. A big storm can make or break meteorologists in the eyes of those viewers.

But it’s funny how things work out. Lane moved to OKC in 2009 and began doing the weekend mornings. Three years later, Mitchell was given the opportunity to move to Dallas, and Lane stepped into the chief meteorologist role, moving to the prime time spot on the evening news in a city most feel is the epic-center of the

“Rick was at KOCO for seven years before he faced that May 3, 1999 storm,” said Lane. “During those seven years a lot of people weren’t sure they could take him seriously because there were a lot of smaller storms, but he had never had to deal with a major storm. He gained a lot of respect in the aftermath.” Lane faced the same kinds of early criticisms when he took the chief meteorologist spot in 2012. Then came May 20, 2013, and Lane found himself on the air as an EF-5 tornado took aim at Moore, the town where he and his family lived. “It’s one thing to handle an EF-5 tornado,” said Lane. “It’s a whole ‘nother thing to deal with it when it’s coming through the town you live in. No one teaches you in school how to prepare yourself for that, for the fact that your family is in the path of a monster storm like that.” When you watch the tapes of that day, you see a meteorologist who is calm and in control. From the outside looking in, it’s clear that Lane weathered the storm like a seasoned pro. But he admits it wasn’t easy.

problem: the job offer came in March, and he was still in school, finishing up his degree. “The head of my department told me, we’ll let you leave early, but you still have to do your homework online,” said Lane. “So I went out to Abilene and started work in April, finished up my classwork online, walked across the stage to get my meteorology degree in May, and was lucky enough to have a job already.” After four-and-a-half years in Abilene, Lane was ready to move up. He had offers from stations in Seattle, Memphis, Austin, Indianapolis, and Oklahoma City. Lane says as he looked over the offers he realized there was only one real choice to be made. “I realized that as a young meteorologist if I was going to get my feet wet in Tornado Alley, then Oklahoma City was definitely the place to do that,” said Lane. Lane and his family settled in Moore, but he admits he initially thought his stay in Oklahoma would be a brief

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weather world, right in the middle of Tornado Alley. “OKC is a mid-sized market,” said Lane, “It’s ranked around 41 out of 210 television markets in the country. But when severe weather hits, everybody turns to Oklahoma City to see what we’re going to do and how we’re going to cover the weather.” In fact, Oklahoma City meteorologists are celebrated by their peers for their coverage of severe weather, drawing attention from all over the world. “We’re out here launching helicopters and flying them around tornadoes,” said Lane. “We have all these storm chasers getting close to the storm, and we’ll start showing up on national and international feeds, getting phone calls

“I look back at it even today, and it feels like a blur,” said Lane. “I had never seen destruction like that before. I had never heard people tell the stories you hear after going through that kind of storm.” Lane says he learned a lot from the experience, but it still impacts him today. “Every single tornado warning that comes through I still think about May 20th, 2013 and what it was like after that and knowing that, just like that, someone’s life is about to change,” said Lane. The tools for meteorologists are getting better and better, allowing more accurate forecasts. Lane says a typical day begins with pouring over data for up to an hour-and-a-half before starting to put together a forecast.


“There’s so much computer data out there nowadays,” said Lane, “Especially when we look back at what we had 20 or 30 years ago. As computers get more powerful, the ability to fine-tune weather models and date allows us to be more precise.” That forecasting power is critical in this part of the country, something that Oklahoma residents are well aware of. “One of the biggest challenges here is that this is the breeding ground for where these big storms begin,” said Lane. “When you get over the east of Oklahoma they’ve been watching these storms develop and move halfway across the United States. Here, we’re trying to forecast something that’s developing right on our doorstep, not something that has been brewing five states away and moving in.” Lane says severe weather can be challenging, but winter weather can make a meteorologist crazy. “When it comes to winter forecasting, you’re sitting there with eight different computer models coming in, and each one is telling you something just a little bit different,” said Lane. Adding to the challenge is the fact that forecasting snow and forecasting rain are two vastly different things. Lane says meteorologists in Oklahoma use what’s called a “10-to-1 ratio” for winter precipitation. “It means that 1-inch of rain equals 10-inches of snow,” said Lane. “So when you hear us forecasting 1 or 2 inches of snow, that would be the summertime equivalent of trying to forecast between .1 and .2 inches of rain. The difference is so incredibly small; it’s crazy to think about.” When that snow doesn’t materialize, as happens from time to time in Oklahoma, social media fills up with negative comments from people unhappy with the forecasts. Lane says that’s just part of being a meteorologist.

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“I say this to every intern we get: you have to have thick skin or this business will rip you apart,” said Lane. “It’s frustrating, but you just have to be able to brush it off and tell people to have a nice day.” Lane and his family make it a point to experience a lot of beautiful days away from work by embracing a passion for travel. “Some people spend their money on boats,” said Lane, “Some like to spend it fixing up their car or their house. My wife and I love to travel and experience new places, cultures, and people all over the world. We also like to introduce our daughter to new cultures as well.” The Lane family has made trips to Poland, Germany, and Asia and is planning a trip to Iceland this year. “This is the science nerd in me coming out,” said Lane. “I’ve always wanted to see the midnight sun, so we’re going to Northern Iceland to experience the Summer Solstice event up there.” The various trips have produced wonderful memories for Lane and his family. They were able to trace his ancestor’s roots in Poland and shop for lederhosen in Germany. But one of the more special memories came on a trip to Asia. “My daughter had just turned two and had learned to talk,” said Lane, “And I looked over, and she was sitting there, holding hands with a little boy who was also about two years old. Neither of them was able to speak the other’s language, there they were just having fun.” You’ll also see plenty of photos from the mountains on Lane’s social media accounts. Lane is an avid skier who likes to hit the slopes as much as possible. “Cold weather never bothers me,” said Lane. “In the winter you’ll usually find pictures of me on the mountains skiing.” But home for Lane and his family is definitely Moore, a town they love even as they get the familiar “tornado question” most Moore residents have been asked at one time or another: “Why do you stay here after the city keeps getting hit by storms?” “We love being here,” said Lane. “My wife and I have long-term plans to stay in Oklahoma. As a matter of fact, we just bought a brand new house in Moore. As a meteorologist, it doesn’t get any better than being in Oklahoma City. Sure, the weather can be scary, but we’re happy to be here.”

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generated graphics, characters leaped to life from the pages of Marvel comics to the tune of $18.4 billion. $18.4 BILLION! DOLLARS! It has been dubbed “The Marvel Cinematic Universe” or MCU...and if you listen to Hollywood filmmakers, it’s either the greatest or worst thing to ever happen to talking pictures. We’re not gonna get caught up in that debate today. We’re just going to take a quick ride through the MCU to prepare you for the arrival of Avengers: Endgame on April 26. Here’s a look at every Marvel movie you should watch before heading off to a theater near you on April 26 to see how the Avengers undo the Snapture that erased half of all life in the universe at the end of Avengers: Infinity War last year. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8.

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No, this is not the order in which the movies were released into theaters. This is the order in which the story unfolds in the MCU. If you don’t want to be sitting in a theater at the end of April trying to figure out why the talking raccoon with the huge gun is making fun of the weapons being used by the guy in the red-and-gold iron suit, you really need to watch each and every one of these movies. And I mean REALLY watch, including sitting through the credits to see the little vignette’s known as “stingers.” Now go. Watch the movies. I’ll be waiting for you here when you get back. Seriously. Stop reading. Put the magazine down and don’t come back until you’re done. OK! Welcome back! You look smarter! Wait a second... have you been crying??? Never mind. Let’s get to this before it’s too late. Let’s just make sure we’ve filled in a few gaps that may be troubling you before we head over to see how the Avengers undo what Thanos did: Who Survived the Snapture? Thanos snapped his finger and half of all life floated off into ash. Those “Left Behind” include Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, Hulk, Black Widow, and Hawkeye (aka “The Original Avengers”) along with Rocket, War Machine, Nebula, Ant-Man, Okoye and M’Baku, and Thanos. Who’s Dead? Boy, this is awkward and painful: Loki, Heimdall, Gamora, and Vision all died prior to the Snapture. Those who turned to dust are Black Panther/T’Challa, Shuri (T’Challa’s ultra-smart sister), Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Bucky Barnes, the Falcon, the Scarlet Witch, Peter


Quill, Drax, Groot, Mantis, Nick Fury, Maria Hill, Hope Pym, Hank Pym, Janet Van Dyne. Where Are They? Iron Man is lost in space with Nebula. Cap, Black Widow, Thor (Bruce Banner) and War Machine are huddled together somewhere trying to come up with a plan of action. Rocket hasn’t been seen in the credits, so we’re not sure about his location. Hawkeye hasn’t been seen since before Infinity War, but it’s looking pretty grim for his family. AntMan is trapped in the Quantum Realm by the Snapture. And then there’s Thanos. Sitting in a primitive hut watching the sun rise and set. What does a Mad Titan do when he actually checks “Wipeout 50% of all living creatures” off his to-do list?

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Where Has Captain Marvel Been While All Hell Has Broken Loose on Earth? For cryin’ out loud, Nick. You’ve had the pager for around 20-years, and you finally pull it out as you’re turning to ash??? I know Kevin Feige and Samuel L. Jackson have offered some half-hearted excuses as to why the most powerful superhero in all of creation hasn’t been paged to provide help before the disastrous end of Infinity War...but we’re still interested in seeing how that question is answered on screen. Is There Anything I Need to Prepare Myself for Emotionally? What? Do you mean something along the lines of, “Are Captain America and Iron Man going to die in this movie? Let me just give you this little piece of advice. Over the next few weeks, you’re going to see all kinds of theories and spoilers popping up all over the internet. Keep your eyes on the road, friend. There are people out there who want to answer all the questions before they see the movie. I know, I know...it ruins the film. No! I don’t understand why they’re like that. They just are. But what’s worse, they also want to make sure they ruin it for you, too. Do yourself a favor and just look away.

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Horses, Trains and Automobiles One of the successes of a municipality is being accessible to other towns, businesses, schools—its ways to get from there to here. For most of Moore’s life, its claim to fame was, “between Oklahoma City and Norman.” Between the turn of the century and the late 40s, there were four major north-south corridors of transportation through Moore: the railroad, Highway 77, the Interurban and Telephone Road. In 1887, before the Land Run, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway laid lines across Oklahoma lands and Indian Territory, anticipating the opening of land to settlement. Designated places were equipped for taking on water, switching cars and providing camping for workers. On the days of the runs, people rode trains and dropped off at places throughout the territory, many of them in this area. Eventually a depot was built in Moore, and Louis Arback appointed as the station master. During all the years the depot operated, there were only three station masters. When Arback left, P. R. Simms took the job after going to Arkansas City, Kansas, to learn Morse Code. This made it possible to send and receive telegrams. The trains were valuable for mail, transportation, shipping and the newspapers. The last and longest-term station master was Mr. Phillips. Far more people remember his wife more than him. She was a “perfect lady” who walked the three blocks to the depot every day dressed beautifully—complete with hat and gloves—for a mid-afternoon visit with Mr. Phillips. During the 1950s, with the advent of an automobile in every garage, the railroad lost its importance, and the depot closed. Ultimately it was sold and moved, to be used as a business building. Another corridor was Highway 77. At first it was a dirt road that followed the railroad tracks closely. An early resident said it was moved to the present Broadway location and paved through a bond issue in 1922. A farmer who leased the land between South Fourth and 19th next to the tracks reported finding remnants of the old road. In 1913, Oklahoma Railway Company began a major project to connect towns surrounding Oklahoma City, and laid Interurban lines. The motors were connected to an overhead line that furnished electricity generated at the Belle Isle Power Plant, built in 1908. Auto transportation was still in its early stages, so both the railroad and Interurban were vital to Moore. But great changes were happening in transportation, and eventually the Interurban lost its customers to personal autos and finally ceased operation in 1947. Interstate 35 was built in almost the same right-of-way that still belonged to the state.

The fourth corridor ran along the Western edge of Moore. When electricity was brought through Moore in 1918, one of the main roads used for the great poles was a section-line road named High Street, which went from Norman straight north into Oklahoma City. However, after the bridge north of 12th Street fell in, that portion of the road was abandoned. When telephone lines came to Moore later, they used the electric poles. No one knows for sure when or how the road got the name “Telephone Road,” except that telephone linemen referred to it that way. Now Telephone Road is its official name. The Interurban is gone, replaced by I-35; Telephone Road was swallowed up by development; Highway 77 has been fragmented until it is hardly recognizable. The only one left of the four important early corridors is the railroad. But it has lost its identity as a service to Moore and has become more of a nuisance; especially to school traffic, residents, and fire and police services—but…it was here first. Note: This edition of Sketches of Moore was first published in a previous issue of Moore Monthly.

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What Legal Documents Are Essential to My Business? 1. LLC ARTICLES OF ORGANIZATION/OPERATING AGREEMENT a. What is it? - Articles of Organization, and Operating Agreement are both documents that relate to LLC formation. Articles of Organization are filed with the Oklahoma Secretary of State and contain some fundamental information about the LLC: · The LLC's name. · Street address of the principal place of business for the LLC. · Name and address of a registered agent for service of legal papers. · The purpose of the LLC - usually anything lawful · The duration of the LLC – usually perpetual. In most cases, no other information is necessary. - Your Operating Agreement is one of the most important documents for your business. It is an internal document and not filed with the state. Essentially, it is an agreement between the LLC members on the handling of certain basic operations, taxes, handling of profits and losses, and resolving disputes. By adopting and keeping an Operating Agreement up to date, members can refer back to a clear set of rules that they have already agreed to. It can help reduce arguments and disagreements down the line and save money and time spent dealing with misunderstandings. Operating Agreements give LLCs the ability to govern their business the way they want rather than by default state rules. They govern the management and operation of the LLC and can describe the economic and business arrangement of LLC members. b. Why do I need it? - Business owners need to do this to shield themselves from personal liability for claims against the company. It also establishes credibility and legitimacy for people with whom you do business. Banks, lenders, and others you may do business with require one before they can do business with you. 2. EMPLOYMENT AGREEMENT - At the very least, have a letter or term sheet for the employee with a job title sentence, job description sentence, compensation rate sentence, at will employment sentence, and place for employee to sign. Some jobs may call for more thorough legal contracts. a. What is it? - An Employment Agreement is a written agreement that specifies the conditions of the relationship between an employee and an employer, including compensation and expectations. Also referred to as an Employment Contract, this form is sometimes executed for a specified period of time, such as one year, or it may say employment is “at will,” meaning the parties are free to end the relationship at any time. b. Why do I need it? - To avoid confusion, misunderstanding, and claims about what the job is and what the employee is supposed to be paid.

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Fatigue: How to get some pep back in your step!

Many medical problems and treatments can add to fatigue. These include: • Taking certain medications, such as antidepressants, antihistamines, and medicines for nausea and pain. • Having medical procedures, like che motherapy and radiation. • Recovering from major surgery. Are you fearful about the future? Do you worry about your health and who will take care of you? Are you afraid you are no longer needed? Emotional worries like these can take a toll on your energy. Fatigue can be linked to many emotions, including: • Anxiety

Exercise or other physical activity may help relieve emotional problems such as anxiety and stress. Some people have lifestyle habits that rob them of energy. Here are some things that may be a drag on you: Staying up too late. A good night’s sleep is essential to feeling refreshed and energetic. Try going to bed and waking up at the same time every day. Having too much caffeine. If you drink caffeinated drinks like soda, tea, or coffee late in the day, it can keep you from having a good night’s sleep. Limit the amount of caffeine you take during the day and have non-caffeinated drinks in the evening. Drinking too much alcohol. Alcohol changes the way you think and act. It may also interact with your medical treatments. Be careful with the amount you drink. Eating junk food. Say “no thanks” to food with empty calories like chips and cookies. You need nutritious food to have the energy to do the things you enjoy. Being bored can also make you feel fatigued. That may sound strange, but it’s true. If you have been very busy during your working years when you stop working you may find yourself a little lost about how to spend your time. When you wake up in the morning, you may see long days stretching before you with nothing planned. It doesn’t have to be that way. Research shows that engaging in social and productive activities that you enjoy, like volunteering in your community, may help maintain your wellbeing. Think

about what interests you and what you have to offer, and look for places to volunteer. If you’ve been tired for several weeks with no letup, it may be time to call your healthcare provider. He or she will ask questions about your sleep, daily activities, appetite, and exercise and will likely give you a physical exam and order lab tests. Your treatment will be based on your history and the results of your exam and lab tests. If medications are prescribed, they may target underlying health problems, such as anemia or irregular thyroid activity. Your provider may suggest that you eat a well-balanced diet and begin an exercise program. There are many lifestyle changes you can make that will help you get the most out of life. Here are a few suggestions: Keep a fatigue diary so you can pinpoint certain times of the day or situations that make you feel more or less tired. Exercise regularly. Moderate exercise may improve your appetite, energy, and outlook. Some people find that exercises combining balance and breathing (for example tai chi and yoga) improve their energy. Try to avoid long naps that can leave you feeling groggy in the middle of the day and may make it harder to fall asleep at night. Stop smoking. Smoking is linked to many diseases and disorders such as cancer, heart disease, and breathing problems that can be a drain on your energy. Some people have so much to do that just thinking about it can make them feel tired. If you feel swamped, ask for help. Working with others may make a job go faster and be more fun.

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Feeling fatigued can be like an alarm going off in your body. It may be the first sign that something is wrong. But, fatigue itself is not a disease. For example, many older people live with rheumatoid arthritis, a painful condition that affects the joints, usually in hands or feet. In addition to their pain, people with rheumatoid arthritis, a painful disease that affects the joints, usually in hands or feet. In addition to their pain, people with rheumatoid arthritis often complain of other symptoms such as fatigue. Or, people with cancer may feel fatigues from the disease or treatments, or both. They may be dealing with pain and nausea as well. These are just two examples of situations where talking to your healthcare provider about feeling fatigued may lead to helpful solutions – for instance, adding mild exercises to your daily routine.

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Everyone feels tired now and then. Sometimes, you may just want to stay in bed. But, after a good night’s sleep, most people feel refreshed and ready to face a new day. If you continue to feel tired for weeks, it’s time to see your doctor. They might be able to help you find out what’s causing your fatigue. They may even suggest you become more active.

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calendar of events, performances & Community announcements

ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Top 40 ROCK NATION. April 5th – 20th. All the Top Forty rock & roll music you love from the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s. Get ready to have a fun ride on the Rock & Roll Train with all your favorite Yellow Rose Theater performers. Starring Michael Cooper, Sheila Francisco, James “The Honey Cat“ Morris and some special surprise guests. Come with your best rock & roll outfit and let’s have a great night! Call now for tickets: 405-793-7779. Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art - Art Adventures Free and open to kids of all ages Tuesdays at 10:30am Dee Dee and Jon R. Stuart Glassroom Free and open to kids of all ages April 2: I’m the Best Artist in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry April 9: Louise Loves Art by Kelly Light April 16: White Rabbit’s Color Book by Alan Baker April 30: Purple, Green, and Yellow by Robert Munsch Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art – Celebrating Military Families Free and open to the public April 13: 2-4 p.m. Sandy Bell Gallery Join us for an afternoon celebrating and supporting military families. Together we will explore works of art created in the spirit of collaboration through a guided tour and art activity for the whole family. Free and open to all active duty and retired military families. Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art – A Night of Testimony Free and open to the public April 18: 7-9 p.m. Sandy Bell Gallery Miriam Friedmann Morris and Lorne Richstone, Associate Professor of Music at OU, will discuss the legacy of the Holocaust through the work of Morris’s father, artist David Friedman. Morris will explore her father’s life, including his imprisonment at Auschwitz and his notable series Because They Were Jews!, and Richstone will lead an ensemble, which will perform five excerpts by notable Jewish composers whose careers were lost to the Holocaust. 105th Annual OU School of Visual Arts Student Exhibition April 26-May 12 This competitive juried show is held each spring and highlights the diverse works of art created by visual art students from the University of Oklahoma’s School of Visual Arts. Students submit their projects for inclusion in the exhibition with a select few students awarded additional cash prizes. Artist Gerald Clarke, who has shown widely throughout the United States will serve as Guest Juror. One of several honors the students will compete for is the T.G. Mays Purchase Award, distributed to a student whose artwork then becomes part of the museum’s permanent collection. The 105th student exhibition celebrates the very best of OU’s creative spirit while encouraging artistic expression in the next generation of visual artists. Testimony: The Life and Work of David Friedman January 25 – May 26, 2019 Testimony surveys the career of artist David Friedman (1893-1980), from his early days in Berlin to his late career in St. Louis, Missouri. The exhibition includes portraits and landscapes as well as his notable series Because They Were Jews!, a visual diary of his time in the Lodz Ghetto in Poland and his internment at the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau. Testimony is both an indictment of the horrors of the Holocaust and an affirmation of survival. Friedman was born in Mährisch Ostrau, Austria (now Ostrava, Czech Republic) but moved to Berlin in 1911, where he studied with German impressionist Lovis Corinth. Following Friedman’s service in the Austro-Hungarian army during World War I, he earned a reputation as a portraitist of politicians and celebrities. In 1938, fearing Nazi threats, he and his family escaped to Prague, where he continued his career until 1941 when the family was deported by the Nazis to Lodz Ghetto in Poland. All of his work from the early years of his career was confiscated and much of it was lost or destroyed. When Lodz

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was evacuated in 1944, Friedman was separated from his wife and daughter, who were later killed during the Holocaust, and was sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau. He survived the concentration camp, married a fellow survivor, Hildegard Taussig, and left for the new country of Israel in 1949. Six years later, Friedman left for the United States, where he ultimately settled in St. Louis and worked as a commercial artist for the General Outdoor Advertising Company. OCCC VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS CENTER THEATER 6 Guitars Tuesday, April 9, 7:30 p.m. Chase Padgett delivers a virtuosic performance as he becomes 6 different guitar players, each with their own distinct voice, views, and musical style (Blues, Jazz, Rock, Classical, Folk, and Country). Each of the characters, ranging from a 19-year-old rock prodigy to an 87-year-old blues man, share their musical journeys, from discovery to mastery, through songs and stories. For tickets visit the OCCC Performing Arts Center webpage: http://tickets.occc. edu/upcoming-events or call (405) 682-7579. The Stray Cat Rocker Thursday, April 11 – 7:30 p.m. Lee Rocker made his mark singing, playing, standing on, spinning and rocking his giant upright bass in the legendary music group, The Stray Cats. Grammy-nominated, The Stray Cats have sold nearly 10 million albums and garnered an astounding 23 gold and platinum certified records worldwide. Founded by Rocker, Brian Setzer and Slim Jim Phantom, The Stray Cats remain a radio staple, were music video pioneers at the infancy of MTV, and repeatedly brought rockabilly music to the top of the charts. For tickets visit the OCCC Performing Arts Center webpage: http:// tickets.occc.edu/upcoming-events or call (405) 682-7579. I’m Not Running Sunday, April 28 – 6:00 p.m. I’m Not Running is an explosive new play by David Hare, premiering at the National Theatre and broadcast live to cinemas. Pauline Gibson has spent her life as a doctor, the inspiring leader of a local health campaign. When she crosses paths with her old boyfriend, a stalwart loyalist in Labour Party politics, she’s faced with an agonising decision. This encore presentation is pre-recorded at London's West End and rebroadcast in High Definition (HD). National Theatre Live is co-presented by OCCC and CityRep Theatre. For tickets visit the OCCC Performing Arts Center webpage: http://tickets.occc.edu/upcoming-events or call (405) 682-7579.

CHURCH & SPIRITUAL CONNECTION

Fresh Start Community Church Food Pantry, open the third Thursday of each month, 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., 309 N Eastern Avenue, West Campus-Family Life Center. Canned and dry goods available. Must be a resident of Moore (please bring an ID). Friday Night Live for Him, Friday, April 19. Join the Singles of First Moore for dinner with a small charge at 6:30 p.m. in the Leadership Center, followed by a wonderful time of praise & worship and a message from David Edwards. Fellowship and table games to follow until 10:00 pm. Please call 793-2624 for more information or email marji.robison@ firstmoore.com. First Moore is located at 301 NE 27th Street, just off I-35 South in Moore.

CITY MEETINGS AND EVENTS

City Council Meeting, Monday, April 1 at 6:30 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore Parks Board Meeting, Tuesday, April 2 at 7:00 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore. Board of Adjustment Meeting, Tuesday, April 9, 5:30 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore. Planning Commission Meeting, Tuesday, April 9, 7:00 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore. City Council Meeting, Monday, April 15, at 6:30 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore.

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Moore Economic Development Authority Meeting, Monday, April 15, 6:30 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore. Community Emergency Response Training, April 9th – April 25th, 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Free emergency skills class! Classes held at Moore Emergency Operation Center, 109 East Main. You must attend all 6 classes to complete the course. Provides basic preparedness skills and information for emergencies Teaches specific actions you can take to assist your family & neighbors during and after an emergency. Taught here in Moore by professional first responders Contact Moore Emergency Management at emermgt@cityofmoore.com or call 405-793-5062. Moore Easter Egg Scramble, Saturday, April 13th, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. The hunts begin at 10:30 a.m. Children with Special Needs and Children Ages 0—12 will all have separate fields to hung for eggs. Bring your own basket or bag for eggs and camera for photos with the Easter Bunny. There will be lots of candy (but no guarantee of candy for every participant). Parents are asked to refrain from helping children search for eggs. Location: football fields at Buck Thomas Park, 1903 NE 12th Street. City of Moore Spring Recycling Event, Saturday, April 27th, 8:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at Moore’s Recycle Center, 220 N. Telephone Road. Times for recyclable items: Paper Shredding: 8:00am – Noon, Electronics: 8:00am – Noon (No TV's over 32", No Faxes or No Printers will be accepted), Glass: 8:00am - 3:00pm, Normal Drive-Thru Service: 8:00am - 3:00pm. No Tires will be accepted. Items accepted daily include: plastics 1-7, aluminum, tin, cardboard, mixed fiber (newspaper, food boxes, etc.) For more information please call (405) 793-4373. City of Moore Spring Arts and Crafts Marketplace, Saturday, April 27th, 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at the Central Park Multipurpose Pavilion, 700 S. Broadway Ave. Over 50 vendors selling handmade items, crafts, quilts, yard art, food, farm produce, direct sale products, and other types of crafts. For more information go to centralpark. cityofmoore.com or call 793-4332. For vendor information: tsmith@cityofmoore.com or call 793-4332. (Only one direct consultant of any direct sales company)

COMMUNITY CONNECTION

Adopt-A-Pet, Moore Animal Shelter, S-I35 Service Road. Open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., closed on holidays. For additional information call (405) 793-5190. Big Trash Pick Up, Moore residents will be allowed two FREE big trash pick-ups a year and one free voucher to the city landfill for each physical address in Moore. Call (405) 793-5070 to schedule your trash pick-up. CT Clothing Closet, last Saturday of each month, 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., CrossTimbers United Methodist Church, 3004 S. Sunnylane, Moore. CrossTimbers UMC Clothing Closet is a place where those in need can find men’s, women’s and children’s clothing along with shoes and accessories. All sizes are available and are free for community members. Neighborhood Watch Program, Moore Police Dept. is starting a Neighborhood Watch Program. If you’re interested in helping your neighborhood reduce crime, contact Sgt. Jeremy Lewis, (405) 793-4448. Moore Chamber of Commerce Business Before Hours, Tuesday, April 2, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Physical Therapy Central, 620 S. Santa Fe. This event is a business networking opportunity for Moore Chamber of Commerce Members. Attendees can make meaningful connections that can result in successful business leads. Food and beverages are served. Contact Kim Brown at 405-794-3400 for more information or email kbrown@moorechamber.com. Moore Chamber of Commerce Live Trivia Night, Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., HeyDay Entertainment, 3201 Market Place, Norman. Think you know it all? Put your knowledge to the test and prove it at HeyDay Trivia Night. ½

priced domestics and discounted appetizers while you play. Call 405-794-3400 for details. South OKC Chamber Seriously Fun Networking at Bistro B, Thursday, April 4, 3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Bistro B, 1620 S. 89th St, Suite G. This is one of the Chamber's monthly networking groups! We always mix a bit of fun in with our work! The Seriously Fun group meets once a month in the late afternoon on the first Thursdays of each month! Everyone participates in the round of self-introductions! The guidelines explain that there are limitations based on industry category. Any Chamber member may attend twice. So, please join us to learn more. All of our special events are open to any Chamber member. Non-Chamber members are welcome to attend once, prior to joining the South OKC Chamber. For More information contact Linda Richardson at lrichardsonOKC@aol.com or 405-473-8008 or Karen Proctor at kproctor@rcmseniorliving.com or 405692-8700. Moore Chamber of Commerce Morning Buzz, Friday, April 5, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., Norman Regional Moore, 700 S. Telephone Road. Topic: Diet Trends and Diabetic Impact. The Morning Buzz is a breakfast series which aims to connect businesses by facilitating the exchange of ideas for business growth and success through connections. No cost to attend. For more information contact Kim Brown at 405-794-3400 for more information or email kbrown@ moorechamber.com. Moore Chamber of Commerce General Membership Luncheon with Governor Bill Anoatubby, Thursday, April 4, 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Yellow Rose Dinner Theater, 1005 SW 4th St. General Membership Luncheons that provide informative presentations and expert speakers on topics of significance and trends in the business community. For more information contact Kim Brown at 405-794-3400 for more information or email kbrown@moorechamber.com. 4th Annual Yellow Rose Charity Poker Tournament, Saturday, April 6, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Yellow Rose Dinner Theater, 1005 SW 4th St. Charity poker tournament helping bring the magic of Christmas to those children in need. Registration begins at 9am. Tournament starts at 10am. $100 buy in for $7500 in chips. $20 dealer appreciation for an extra $2500 in chips. Pre-register by Monday April 1st and get a extra $2500 in chips. (New this year). Lunch and snacks included in buy in. Rebuys til noon. After lunch there will be add-ons. If you have any questions call Ryan @405-401-8979. Oklahoma City Parks Department Job Fair, Saturday, April 6, 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., The Foster Recreation Center, 614 NE 4th Street, OKC. For more information call 405-2973882. Moore Chamber of Commerce Networking Luncheon, Tuesday, April 9, 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Moore Chamber of Commerce, 305 W. Main St. Join us on the second Tuesday of the month for great food and an opportunity to grow your business knowledge, share new ideas and connect with our business community. Each attendee is given the opportunity to present information regarding their business to all in attendance. Cost: $10 Registration, RSVP required. Contact Kim Brown at 405-794-3400 for more information or email kbrown@moorechamber.com. Business Briefing Lunch: Cyber Security Made Easy, Tuesday, April 9, 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., South OKC Chamber of Commerce, 701 SW 74th St. Cyber-attacks are very sophisticated and can be very complicated. This presentation will cover simple solutions to help you with your cyber security concerns. Cost: $10 for members, $20 for non-members and walk-in members. RSVP required by noon on April 5. Since lunch is provided, a reservation is mandatory to attend. You will be charged the fee if you do not attend or do not cancel your reservation by noon, April


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calendar of events & performances - february 2019 5. To RSVP call 405-634-1436. South OKC Chamber Dream Team Networking at Pier 88t, Wednesday, April 10, 11:30 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., Pier 88 Restaurant, 2125 West I-240 Service Road. This is one of the Chamber's monthly networking groups! Success always starts with a dream! The Dream Team group meets once a month at lunchtime. Everyone participates in the round of self-introductions! Any Chamber member may attend twice. So, please join us to learn more. All of our special events are open to any Chamber member. Non-Chamber members are welcome to attend once, prior to joining the South OKC Chamber. For More information contact Linda Richardson at lrichardsonOKC@aol.com or 405-473-8008 or Marla Robinson at 405-946-2200. Grow Your Business Summit, Wednesday, April 24, 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Moore Norman Technology Center, South Penn Campus, 13301 S. Pennsylvania. Moore Norman Technology Center presents its annual Grow Your Business Summit focusing on business growth from start-up to mature. Topics include: Reading your financials, Navigating HR perils, Digital Security and more. Cost is $39 and includes lunch. For more information call 405-801-5000. Excellence in Education Banquet, Tuesday, April 23, 6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Moore Norman Technology Center South Penn Campus, 13301 S. Pennsylvania. we would like to invite you to join us for a special evening featuring dinner, entertainment, and the presentation of awards and scholarships. If you would like to join us for this event, please call the Chamber office to purchase your tickets. To apply for scholarships and view nomination deadline dates, please visit: http://education.southokc.com/. For Sponsorship opportunities, please contact Liz Cromwell at lizcromwell@southokc.com or (405) 634-1436

FITNESS AND DANCE CLASSES

Bootcamps: • Morning Bootcamp is available at First Moore Baptist Church every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:00 a.m. Ages 13 and up. The class is $2. Call (405) 793-2600 for more information. • Evening Bootcamp is available at First Moore Baptist Church every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 p.m. Ages 13 and up. The class is $2. Call (405) 793-2600 for more information. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Judo, classes held Monday – Sunday at 117 Skylane Drive in Norman for ages 7 and up. A non-profit organization, all classes are offered in a family friendly environment. Fees are $20 per month for an individual or $40 per month for a family. Discount uniforms are available. For more information, call (405) 465-1925 or send an email to fiftyonefiftybjj@yahoo.com. Adult Salsa Classes, every Wednesday 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Adelante Dance Studio (Inside Moore Old School) 201 N. Broadway, Suite 201. $10 per class or $35 a month. Call (405)586-0201 for more information. First Moore Baptist Church of Moore Community Life/ Recreation Center, The Link is open Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Wednesdays and Fridays, 6:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; and Saturday open 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Two basketball courts and racquetball courts, fitness center and walking/running track. For more information, call (405) 735-2527. Karate, First Moore Baptist Church, every Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The classes are free for anyone ages 8 and up. Uniforms available at a discounted rate. Call (405) 793-2600 for more information. Morning Fitness, First Moore Baptist Church, every Monday at 9:00 a.m. Ages 40 and up preferred. The class is $2. Call (405) 793-2600 for more information.

KIDS’ CORNER

Afterschool Matters, First Moore Baptist Church, Tuesdays from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. This program helps

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students work towards academic success. Available to 1st – 6th grade. Contact director Carissa Taylor at carissa. taylor@fbcmoore.org to learn more about enrolling your child or to volunteer.

Survivors of Suicide (SoS), every Monday night at 6:30 p.m., First Moore Baptist Church, 301 NE 27th Street. For more information please contact the church office at 405793-2600.

LOGOS Children and Youth Program, Wednesdays from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. through November 21, First Christian Church, 629 NW 12th Street (enter through the west side of building). LOGOS is open to all children from 1st through 12th grade. LOGOS offers worship skills, recreation, bible study and fellowship to all children and adults. LOGOS spring semester is underway and starts at 4:30 pm to 7:00 pm every Wednesday through April 5th. Please come join us, everyone is welcome. Growing up in today’s world is tough.  Youth and children must be able to face this reality and live with purpose, hope, faith and joy.  We believe passionately that these qualities of life are uniquely found in a relationship with Jesus Christ.  First Christian’s LOGOS ministry exists to foster this relationship. The components of the LOGOS ministry follow the example of the early Christians as outlined in  Acts 2:42. They include Bible Study, Worship Skills, Recreation and Family time. For more information contact Melissa Fallon at melissa@fccmoore.org or visit www.fccmoore.org/ministry/logos.

SENIOR CONNECTION

Boy Scouts Meetings, Mondays, 7:00 p.m., Moore First United Methodist Church, 201 W. Main St. Cub Scouts Meetings, Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m., Moore First United Methodist Church, 201 W. Main St. Girl Scouts Meetings, Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m., Moore First United Methodist Church, 201 W. Main St. YMCA Before and After School Care, Moore Community Center. Call (405) 378-0420 for participating schools and more information.

MUSIC/ARTS

Southern Hills School of Fine Arts, 8601 S. Penn, Oklahoma City. Enrolling children and adults for private lessons in piano, voice, guitar, bass, drums, strings, brass and woodwinds. Call Sarah Gee at (405) 735-6387.

RECOVERY AND SUPPORT GROUPS

• Faith Crossing Baptist Church Celebrate Recovery, Mondays, 13701 S. Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City. • First Moore Baptist Church Celebrate Recovery, Thursday nights, 6:30 p.m., First Moore Baptist Church, 301 NE 27th Street. Call (405) 793-2600 for more information. Support and help for those struggling with addiction. • Fresh Start Community Church Celebrate Recovery 12 Step Program, Tuesday nights, 6:30 p.m., 309 N Eastern. Call (405) 794-7313 for more information. Dementia/Alzheimer’s Support Group, Village on the Park, 1515 Kingsridge, Oklahoma City. Contact Karen Proctor at (405) 692-8700 for meeting times and details. Divorce Care, First Moore Baptist Church, Wednesday nights, 6:15 p.m., 301 NE 27th Street. Support group for those going through a divorce. Call (405) 793-2600 for more information. Grief Share Support Group, First Moore Baptist Church, every Monday night at 6:30 p.m., 301 N.E. 27th Street. Support group for individuals and family members struggling with life events such as death, divorce, and disappointments and learning healthy ways to cope with life. Call (405) 793-2600 for more information. Grief Share Support Group, Fresh Start Community Church, every Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., 309 N. Eastern, Moore, Fresh Start Community Church Fireside Room. We offer help and encouragement after the death of a spouse, child, family member or friend. Please contact the office at (405) 794-7313, Lyn Jacquemot at (405) 3265554, or ladylyn1941@gmail.com to register or participate. HOPE Addictions Recovery, every Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Beth Haven Baptist Church, 12400 S. Call Pastor Rick Carter at (405) 691-6990 for information.

Moore Senior Citizen Nutrition Site, Monday – Friday, 11:30 a.m., Brand Senior Center, 501 E. Main, (405) 7939069. Call by 1:00 p.m. the day before to request a meal. Donation for a meal for seniors 60 and above is $2.25. Required cost for meal for guests under 60 is $5.00. P.A.L.S. Program for Seniors, Seniors are assigned to a buddy who will call every day to check on you. Sign up with Sgt. Lewis, Moore Police Dept., (405) 793-4448. Project Return Home for Alzheimer’s Patients in Moore, For information about enrolling a loved one, contact Virginia Guild at (405) 793-4478 or Sgt. Jeremy Lewis at (405) 793-4448. Transportation: • Metro Transit will provide van service for age 60 and older on Tuesdays and Thursdays from the Moore area to Oklahoma City for medical appointments. Call Jackie at (405) 297-2583. • Moore Council on Aging. Seniors may have transportation anywhere in the city of Moore for errands or appointments. 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Monday – Friday. Call (405) 799-3130 at least one day in advance. • “Share-A-Fare” for age 60 and over or disabled. Purchase taxi fare at 40% off.

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VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

Volunteer for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, January 2 - January 28. Volunteer jobs include: sorting and processing produce, organizing the warehouse, stocking shelves, checking clients out, and more. For more information call 600-3188 or email MRom@ regionalfoodbank.org, The food bank is located at 2635 N. Shields Blvd. American Cancer Society seeks volunteers who would like to help drive patients to their cancer treatment and/ or volunteer with our local Relay for Life event. For more information visit www.relayforlife.org/mooreok or contact Mel Rogers at (405) 841-5817 or mel.rogers@cancer.org. Blue Star Mothers of America. Moore City Hall is a donation drop-off for items for our service members overseas. For needs, see www.bsmok6.org or go to City Hall. Help Deliver Meals to Moore homebound residents. Volunteer drivers needed. Call Darlene Carrell, (405)7939069, Brand Center.

SERVICE CLUBS, COMMUNITY CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS

The Hugs Project, a non-profit organization, puts together care packages for our troops in the Middle East. For more information, call (405) 651-8359 or TheHugsProject@cox. net.

Malcolm Hunter Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, the second Wednesday of each month, Hillcrest Presbyterian Church, 6600 S. Penn, at 1:00 p.m. For more information, contact Pat Towns at (405) 376-5653.

Moore Food Resource Center, a part of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, allows volunteers to help fight hunger in Moore. Volunteers at the Moore Food Resource Center will assist with a variety of tasks, including serving as client shopper helpers, assisting with loading and unloading vehicles, sorting and shelving food items and cleaning. The Moore Food Resource Center is located at 2635 N. Shields. For more information on becoming a volunteer, contact Alex Strout at astrout@regionalfoodbank.org or (405) 600-3186.

American Legion Meetings, every Wednesday, 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., 207 SW 1st St., Moore. Open for all veterans. Call (405) 794-5446 for more information.

Moore Horseshoe Pitching Club, every Thursday, 6:00 p.m., Fairmoore Park. For more information, contact (405) 237-1171. Moore Rotary Club, Wednesdays at Moore Chamber of Commerce. Moore Rotary Club is a civic organization dedicated to contributing and volunteering in our community. Moore Toastmasters, every Thursday, 7:00 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 201 W. Main St., Moore. Become the speaker and leader that you want to be. Join our group as we practice Toastmasters’ proven learn-by-doing program. The Oklahoma Women Veterans Organization, the third Saturday during the months of February, April, June, August, October and December, 11:00 a.m., Sunnylane Family Reception Center, 3900 SE 29th St., Del City. If you need directions, call (405) 445-7040. South Oklahoma City Rotary Club, every Friday, 12:00 p.m., Southwest Integris Cancer Center, SW 44th St. and S. Western, Oklahoma City. A civic organization dedicated to contributing and volunteering in our community. VFW Bruce January Post 8706, the second Thursday of every month, 7:00 p.m., Lynlee Mae Event Center, 501 W. Main St., Moore. All veterans welcome. Call Mike Eaton at (405) 831-4405 or go to www.vfwpost8706.org for more information. VFW Bruce January Post 8706 Auxiliary will have its first meeting at the Lynlee Mae Chapel, 507 E. Main St. Meeting time is 7:00 p.m. For the institution of the VFW Auxiliary and election of officers, Joyce Caldwell, Department President will be at the meeting. For more information call Judith Lewis at 405-300-9244 or email flowergirl9806@ gmail.com

Oklahoma Ducks Unlimited. Volunteering for Ducks Unlimited is a great way to have fun, meet new people and support Ducks Unlimited’s critical waterfowl habitat conservation mission. Whether you want to sell event tickets, gather donations, secure sponsorships or help put on a successful party and fundraising event, there are many opportunities that will fit your needs to support your local community. For more information about volunteering, please contact Mr. Nathan Johnson, Regional Director for Oklahoma Ducks Unlimited at (405) 315-0093 or Mr. Randall Cole at (479) 220-9735. Serve Moore. Are you looking for a way to help others? Serve Moore is looking for volunteers to help with disaster relief and renewal projects. If you would like to volunteer or need volunteer help, visit www.servemoore.com/help to submit a request. You can also visit the Serve Moore headquarters located inside the Community Renewal Center at 224 S. Chestnut Avenue in Moore. For more information, visit www.servemoore.com or call (405) 735-3060. To keep up with the events and opportunities that are being added throughout the month, log on to mooremonthly.com and click on the Calendar link at the top of the home page. You’ll find an updated calendar for this month and the rest of the year.


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Moore Schools Finishing Final School Storm Shelter Projects. In the wake of the deadly May 20, 2013 tornado, Moore voters overwhelmingly approved a five-year $209 million bond issue that would put storm shelters in nearly two dozen schools that did not have them at the time. That bond issue was approved in fall 2015, and this spring Superintendent Robert Romines said the project is nearly done. “This time next year we will be at 100%,” said Romines. “We’ve come a long, long way over the past three years and great things have been accomplished.” Before the 2013 tornado, only two schools in the Moore school district had shelters. “Westmoore High and Kelley Elementary had shelters because, after the 1999 storm, FEMA came in and helped fund shelters as we pretty much completely rebuilt both of those sites,” said Romines. After the 2013 storm, FEMA once again came alongside MPS to help with rebuilds at Highland East, Plaza Towers, and Briarwood and one other location. Romines said the task of putting shelters in every other school in Moore required a lot of planning and work to make sure the school district took advantage of the project to help meet needs at every school site. “We went to every single site and determined what their needs were at that point in time,” said Romines. “Whether it was classroom space, media centers, gymnasiums or other things. We determined that building a storm shelter as a part of new construction to meet those needs was the most cost-effective way of doing things.” It took a year to plan all of that out before presenting the bond issue to the public. Romines said the plan has proven to be hugely successful, allowing schools to meet their specific needs while also providing a safe place for students and staff in the event of severe weather. “I’m so proud of all the work our folks have done as well as the overall community and their support in putting all of this together,” said Romines. “It’s been a huge undertaking, and we’ve been able to do it in just three years. That’s remarkable.” Now that the project is coming to an end, Romines said administrators are taking a hard look at what’s next for Moore Public Schools. “We’ve got some infrastructure in regards to technology and some things that we need to focus on now in terms of potential growth for the future,” said Romines. “A lot of things have changed, and there’s a lot that we need to play catch-up on to provide for our students. But things are going great, and we want to say a huge ‘Thank You!’ to the community for their support. There are great, great things ahead.”

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Older, long-time Cleveland County residents will likely recall with fondness, memories of munching on handbattered onion rings and tasty Theta burgers at their first restaurant in Norman. James Laymen opened Boomerang Grille in the 1960s with the idea of providing delicious fresh food with a relaxing ambiance suited for families. It was here that the Boomerang burger made its debut and was immediately dubbed “Americas best burger.“ The Hal Smith Restaurant Group picked up the concept in the 90s, and the torch was passed along to Mike in 2006 when Hal sold it to him. Mike operated the Boomerang Grille located at 89th & S. Western for many years. Later when the opportunity presented itself, he teamed up with Hey Day Entertainment to open a restaurant at the popular entertainment venue. There, he entered a partnership serving as the Food and Beverage Director for four years.

Mike Lawrence was only 15 years old when he first worked in the restaurant business. He worked as a dishwasher, and that experience was all it took to get him hooked on the industry.

“I fell in love with it. I came to love the restaurant business because of the challenges. Plus, I enjoy making people happy, and food makes people happy.” Fast forward 25 years to present day Moore, Oklahoma. Mike is bringing Moore it’s own Boomerang Grille at 817 SE 4th. He’s hoping to get back to Boomerang’s early roots by continuing the legacy of serving up fresh food in a family fun environment, all while adding his own modern take on the new eatery. 32 | MOORE MONTHLY | APRIL 2019

“I parted ways with Hey Day last year in order to get back on my own,” Mike said. “I just decided I wanted to do things on my own again.” While the menu will have new options and may not include all your favorites, there are a few familiar items that die-hard “Boomerangers” will appreciate. For example, the menu will still include everyone’s favorite Theta Burger, the scrumptious Hand-Breaded Onion Rings and the Best Chicken Tenders around! The California Club sandwich will also be available, as will Mike’s favorite, the Southwest Burger. Many of the recipes among the menu include some of Mike’s original recipes and original menu items. And, when asked about where his recipes come from he replied, “If I told you, I’d have to kill ya.” Sounds like there will be no secret recipes revealed any time soon. Moore’s Boomerang is sure to appease even the most devoted Boomerang fan. It will feature great flavor combos, juicy burgers and traditional fare. Prices are still fair averaging from $7 to $12. All the things you loved

about Boomerang – sans the Batman-type phones that you once used to place your order – are still here. What is it that keeps the Boomerang effect going?? What keeps the customers coming back? Is it the nostalgia of it all? Perhaps. But Mike believes there is more to it than that. He says that it’s the fresh, consistent food and friendly, professional staff that brings people back to Boomerang. “It’s providing consistently great food served by people you know…that’s what brings in regular customers.” After 25 years in the business, there’s not much that surprises Mike. What is surprising is that even over time, not much has changed. “We still have the best chicken tenders around” he claimed. “Nobody does it like Boomerang.” Stop in to soon to enjoy some of your favorites and discover a few new ones at Moore’s Boomerang Grille. Mike and his crew are having great fun continuing the legacy that is Boomerang Grille. Dining hours are 11 am – 9 pm daily. More information can be found on their Facebook page or by visiting www.boomeranggrille.com.


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April is Serious Gardening Time April’s frequent showers combined with longer days and climbing temperatures help plants around Oklahoma flourish. However, the bugs know this too, and it’s their prime time for feeding as well! This sets up battleground in your garden, and what you do now will affect your harvest in the summer. There are lots of companion plants, tools, and tricks you can use around your garden to help repel pests and attract beneficial critters. Check out our top-rated iPhone and Android gardening app that makes it easy to manage pests organically! Although we generally plant our potatoes around St Patrick’s Day, the planting window extends into early April here in Oklahoma. There are many varieties and colors of potatoes you can grow, but the purple varieties have exceptionally high nutritional value, and it’s cool to eat purple mashed potatoes! You could just plant potatoes from the grocery store, but they are often sprayed with chemicals to inhibit growth, so we avoid that. We buy seed potatoes from Burpee or local nurseries. We have links to varieties from Burpee as well as all the information about how to plant them in our app. Beans are one of our favorite things to grow because they are prolific, easy, and have a taste that can’t be matched from store-bought! They can be planted in Oklahoma once we’ve had our last frost which is gener-

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ally early April. Pole beans climb and will need support. These varieties will continue to produce all season and are great to plant along fences. Other varieties, known as bush beans, only grow to a few feet tall and then produce a lot of beans at once. These are great to grow in succession, planting new rounds of them every week throughout April and early May before switching to more heat tolerant Southern Peas. One thing about beans that blew my mind when I first started growing food was learning that dried beans, like pinto and black beans, are simply the seeds of green beans that have ripened! Merely let the green beans (or purple, yellow, etc.) dry on the vine and harvest the seeds inside to have dried beans. Depending on the weather, peppers and tomatoes can generally be planted after tax day in Oklahoma. Sometimes you can get away with planting before then, but it’s always a gamble. Be sure to ease transplants you buy from the nursery or start indoors over a week or two. Start introducing them outdoors for a few hours in the beginning, increasing a little each day until you transplant. Like beans, there are tomatoes that vine and others that bush and create all their fruit at once. We really like to grow peppers and tomatoes in smart pot containers. We have found it useful to put them inside of kiddie pools with a few inches of water for easy watering when it gets hot. The easiest tomatoes to grow in Oklahoma are smaller cherry

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Frozen or Fresh: What’s the Healthier Version of Fruit and Veggies? Q: I love summer fruits and vegetables but I travel a lot and am not always able to get to the farmer’s markets or what I do find may go bad before I can use them. Do we get the same benefits from frozen fruits and vegetables? A: It is good that you are trying to keep up your intake of fruits and vegetables. As you may be aware, fruits and vegetables are essential for health and to reduce the risk of chronic diseases. It has even been shown that by increasing these and with physician guidance, many people are able to reduce and sometimes eliminate some of their medications for chronic disease management by following the DASH guidelines. The USDA recommends 2 ½-3 cups of vegetables and 1 ½-2 cups of fruits daily. It is estimated that 13% of Americans are meeting the vegetable recommendations while 24% are meeting fruit recommendations. One way to increase your intake is certainly by using more frozen options. With advancements in technology, produce is processed in a way that stops browning and bacterial growth making it very safe. It is also able to be processed within a few hours of harvesting resulting in very little nutrient loss. Because chemicals are not needed to process produce, it is considered a “preservative free” process also making them lower in sodium and sugar than canned. In many instances, frozen produce may actually have more nutrient density than their fresh grocery store counterparts as they have time to ripen fully before being picked rather than being picked early so they will last longer at the store. Another benefit to frozen produce is cost savings. Although some items may be higher than fresh, it is most often the reverse. In addition, since you are able to portion out what you want from frozen, there is less waste. There really are no drawbacks to using frozen produce, and they can be used in so many creative ways to add fiber and phytonutrients that our bodies so desperately need. Try adding frozen veggies to soups, sauces, casseroles at the end of cooking to preserve nutrients. Frozen fruits can be added to oatmeal, yogurt, salads, and baked goods or just eaten as they are. Fruits and vegetables alike can be added to smoothies for a great mid-day boost. So, if you are not able to get to some of the fantastic farmer’s markets in the area or can’t use fresh options as often as you like, frozen is a wise decision for more consistent intake. Your body will thank you for the treat!

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PT Therapy Immerses Patients in VR Therapy For many people, the phrase “virtual reality” means the latest in computer gaming technology. But for Jake Shockley, a physical therapist and owner at Physical Therapy Central in Moore, virtual reality, also known as “VR” is a cutting edge therapy tool that is making a difference in the lives of people facing chronic pain.

“We have a spending problem with Healthcare in the US as you know. $3.5 trillion a year and getting worse,” said Gani. “We just aren’t winning that battle as a country and a society. What I believed and saw an opportunity to work on ways to tackle that problem with the unique psychological power of virtual reality.”

with manual therapy and exercise. When you tie all of that together, that’s where the magic really happens.”

“One in four people will have ongoing pain after a typical injury like an Ankle sprain or a back injury,” said Shockley. “One in six children will have ongoing pain after a common injury. VR therapy is producing some crazy results in enhancing the ability of people to improve their pain management.”

Gani said that wellness programs, incentives, and care coordination are useful methods of helping with pain management, but something was missing.

“All of these doors are open that we just didn’t know about 5 or 10 years ago,” said Shockley. “We welcome people to come in, check it out, and demo it if they’re interested. Just give us a call, and we’ll set you up with a demo.”

Shockley points to the understanding of the brain’s role in pain. It’s an area called “Neuroscience education” and researchers are discovering that everyone has the power to train their mind to help deal with pain. “I’ve been practicing physical therapy for coming up on 12-years now, and it has really changed the way I do therapy because I was so tissue-based early on,” said Shockley. “Pain is an output of the brain. The brain decides what’s going to be painful and what’s not. So if you can stimulate the brain with different settings, you can excite the brain with virtual reality and create new neural pathways that can break those old pathways which are easily excited when it comes to pain output.” In layman’s terms, Shockley is talking about breaking down the well-worn nervous system pathways that the brain is used to sending and receiving signals along and replacing them with new pathways that don’t automatically communicate a message of pain. You’re not necessarily wrong in thinking that it sounds a little science-fictiony, but the research shows that people suffering from chronic pain can use VR therapy to break the cycle of long-term pain. The VR technology used by Shockley was created by Aaron Gani and the team at BehaVR. Gani, BehaVR’s CEO, had been working in the health care industry for about 10 years when he realized there was a lot of unnecessary pain and suffering going on among patients.

“What they lacked is sort of that Last Mile of behavior change which helps people with finding a deeper level of understanding and motivation and activations to manage themselves more effectively,” said Gani. “So for me, that was a natural connection between the need and the power of VR to effectively help people address that.” BehaVR’s therapy is surprisingly comfortable and straightforward to use as it helps immerse people in a VR experience, then helps them build awareness and skills for stress resilience along with detecting and managing their pain and arousal. This immersive experience helps people develop a skill set that they can then take outside of VR and use in their daily lives. Gani believes that while VR therapy is not a silver bullet that will fix everyone’s pain, it can help address the dual problems of chronic pain and addiction that have exploded around the world. “A number of people who suffer chronic pain are anxious and concerned about being caught up in the crackdown on opioid prescribing,” said Gani. “There are certainly some people who end up in dependence on opioids when there was a better path available to them.” For those on the front lines of rehabilitation, like Shockley and his team at PT Central in Moore, VR serves as another useful tool they can use as a part of their overall treatment plan. “It’s lightweight, comfortable, and easy to use,” said Shockley, “And it’s extremely effective. But we also value one-toone personal contact. Our treatment plans are going to be a mixture of VR and one-to-one education and practice, along

Shockley says that VR has totally re-energized his drive to serve patients, especially those who’ve been dealing with chronic pain for long periods.

Gani would also encourage people to give the technology a try. “There’s very little to lose from seeing how a VR experience can perhaps help them manage their pain,” said Gani. “We certainly aren’t proclaiming that this is the where-all, be-all solution and nothing else is necessary. But this is a pretty low-risk, low-downside, non-opioid alternative that people should explore.”


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library schedules

Moore Public Library

Southwest OKC Public Library

Children Monday, April 1 – Girls Who Code Tuesday, April 2 – Preschool Story Time Wednesday, April 3 – Lapsit Story Time Saturday, April 6 – Families Explore: Yoga Monday, April 8 – Girls Who Code Monday, April 8 – Kid’s Club Tuesday, April 9 – Music Time with Jennifer Voss Wednesday, April 10 – Lapsit Story Time Thursday, April 11 – Pre-K Play Monday, April 15 – Girls Who Code Tuesday, April 16 – Preschool Story Time Wednesday, April 17 – Lapsit Story Time Wednesday, April 17 – Sensory Play Time Thursday, April 18 – Story Time at the Boxcar Saturday, April 20 – Families Explore: Yoga Tuesday, April 23 – Baby Chick Story Time Wednesday, April 24 – Lapsit Story Time Thursday, April 25 – Pre-K Play Tuesday, April 30 – DIA: Diversity in Action Story Time

Children

4 p.m. 10 a.m. 10 and 10:45 a.m. 11 a.m. 4 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 10 a.m. 10 and 10:45 a.m. 10 a.m. 4 p.m. 10 a.m. 10 and 10:45 a.m. 4 p.m. 2 p.m. 11 a.m. 10 a.m. 10 and 10:45 a.m. 10 a.m. 10 a.m.

Teen/Adult Monday, April 1 – Beginners Yoga Wednesday, April 3 – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Thursday, April 4 – Zumba Friday, April 5 – Money Smart Date Night Saturday, April 6 – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Saturday, April 6 – PLS Reads Discussion Monday, April 8 – Beginners Yoga Wednesday, April 10 – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Thursday, April 11 – Zumba Saturday, April 13 – Disney Trip Tips Saturday, April 13 – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Monday, April 15 – Beginners Yoga Tuesday, April 16 – Meet Us at the Barre II Thursday, April 18 – Zumba Friday, April 19 – Harvesting and Preserving Herbs Monday, April 22 – Beginners Yoga Tuesday, April 23 – Meet Us at the Barre II Thursday, April 25 – Zumba Saturday, April 27 – PLS Reads Community Art Project Saturday, April 27 – Intermediate Chess Monday, April 29 – Beginners Yoga Tuesday, April 30 – Meet Us at the Barre II

6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 10 a.m. 1 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 9:30 a.m. 10 a.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 10 a.m. 1 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m.

Monday, April 1 – Little Movers Story Time (age 18-36 months) Monday, April 1 – Early Explorers (age 1-4) Thursday, April 4 – Baby Lapsit (age 18 months and under) Thursday, April 4 – Tween STEAM (age 8-11) Friday, April 5 – Preschool Story Time (age 3-6) Friday, April 5 – Design Squad (age 8 to 11) Saturday, April 6 – Families Explore: Yoga Monday, April 8 – Little Movers Story Time (age 18-36 months) Monday, April 8 – Early Explorers (age 1-4) Tuesday, April 9 – STEAM Club Jr. (age 5-7) Thursday, April 11 – Baby Lapsit (age 18 months and under) Friday, April 12 – Preschool Story Time (age 3-6) Friday, April 12 – Design Squad (age 8 to 11) Saturday, April 13 – Families Explore: Yoga Monday, April 15 – Little Movers Story Time (age 18-36 months) Monday, April 15 – Early Explorers (age 1-4) Wednesday, April 17 – Touch, Learn, Create: Bugs Thursday, April 18 – Baby Lapsit (age 18 months and under) Thursday, April 18 – Tween STEAM (age 8-11) Friday, April 19 – Preschool Story Time (age 3-6) Friday, April 19 – Design Squad (age 8 to 11) Saturday, April 20 – Families Explore: Yoga Monday, April 22 – Little Movers Story Time (age 18-36 months) Monday, April 22 – Early Explorers (age 1-4) Tuesday, April 23 – STEAM Club Jr. (age 5-7) Thursday, April 25 – Baby Lapsit (age 18 months and under) Friday, April 26 – Preschool Story Time (age 3-6) Saturday, April 27 – Families Explore: Yoga Monday, April 29 – Little Movers Story Time (age 18-36 months) Monday, April 29 – Early Explorers (age 1-4)

10 a.m. 11 a.m. 10 a.m. 4:30 p.m. 10 a.m. 2 p.m. 11 a.m. 10 a.m. 11 a.m. 4:30 p.m. 10 a.m. 10 a.m. 2 p.m. 11 a.m. 10 a.m. 11 a.m. 10 a.m. 10 a.m. 4:30 p.m. 10 a.m. 2 p.m. 11 a.m. 10 a.m. 11 a.m. 4:30 p.m. 10 a.m. 10 a.m. 11 a.m. 10 a.m. 11 a.m.

Teen/Adult Tuesday, April 2 – Beginning Yoga Monday, April 8 – Create Your Own Green Cleaning Supplies Tuesday, April 9 – Beginning Yoga Thursday, April 11 – Penn Avenue Literary Society Monday, April 15 – Graphic Design Made Simple Tuesday, April 16 – Graphic Design Made Simple Tuesday, April 16 – Beginning Yoga Saturday, April 20 – Teens Reading Terrific Literature (TRTL) Monday, April 22 – Introduction to Swing Dance Tuesday, April 23 – Beginning Yoga Thursday, April 25 – Community Conversation Monday, April 29 – PLS Reads Book Discussion

6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 10 a.m. 6:30 p.m. 630 p.m. 11 a.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

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book review

WHAT IF... Author: Samantha Berger Illustrator: Mike Curato Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers Reviewer: Vona Bowling, Children’s Librarian, Moore Public Library

“What if …” by Samantha Berger is a book that encourages imagination and fantastic conversation between children and adults. A young girl loves to use her creativity, and she starts to imagine how she could continue to create without access to various materials she would typically use. From making drawings to sand castles to making pictures with finger and dirt, she designs many magical works of art. In the end, she realizes that even if she has nothing but her mind, she can continue to have an artistic outlet. This book has beautiful illustrations that use a variety of mediums to demonstrate the various ways to be imaginatively described by the book. This book reminds children that they have all the tools they need to have an artistic outlet and that nothing can take their creativity away from them. This is an inspirational book that will lead anyone who reads to instantly what to make something. As for a literacy focus, this book is also rhyming which will help children hear patterns in words and can lead to a whole other discussion. “What If …” is AR book level 2.5 and worth 0.5 points, with an interest level that appeals to all ages. Children love to be creative, and this book could inspire creativity in all ages. If you enjoy “What If…,” you may enjoy other books by Samantha Berger like Rock What Ya Got or her humorous Crankenstein series. For more book recommendations stop by the children’s desk at your local library or call 405793-4347. For other library events and information visit www.pioneerlibrarysystem.org or download the app PLS Connect.

Trail of Lightning Author: Rebecca Roanhorse Reviewer: Kirsten Walker, Information Services Librarian, Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library

This is how the world ends—with a resurgence of magic and the rise of the Sixth World. The Dinétah—or parts of the Navajo nation, to ordinary people—have regained their magical abilities, and carved out a world on the reservations in New Mexico and Arizona safe from the outside world. Heroes and gods from the ancient stories are back. But they’re not all friendly. Maggie is a magical monster slayer who uses gifts given to her by terrible circumstances to save a young girl who has been kidnapped by an impossible monster. To fight it, Maggie goes searching for her mentor, a figure out of legend. But when Maggie discovers he is missing, she links up with Kai, a young man with secrets of his own. Together, they travel the lands of the Dinétah to find her mentor and get some answers. But what Maggie finds is far more than she was searching for—and may be her undoing. This book is incredible. It’s unlike anything else I have ever read, and I adored it. Based entirely on the myths and legends of the Navajo, Native American author Rebecca Roanhorse has created a truly unique story. It’s action-packed, heart-breaking and I absolutely could not put it down! Be warned—it ends on a sort-of cliffhanger, but the second book Storm of Locusts is due out soon! 44 | MOORE MONTHLY | APRIL 2019


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the station schedule

*This is a partial schedule of classes, camps, and activities available through Moore Parks and Recreation. For a full schedule please visit: cityofmoore.com/departments/parks-recreation/ events-and-programs or centralpark.cityofmoore. com/activities-programs

ACTIVITIES & CLASSES Fundamentals Boot Camp When: Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays Where: Buck Thomas Park (1901 NE 12th Street) Sign-up: By the last Friday of every month Time: 5:30 a.m. In the event of bad weather: Boot camp will be moved to the Moore Community Center Ages: 16+ Fee: $40/month (12 classes) for Station passholders. $50/month for non-passholders. *Sign up for 3 months $100 for Station passholders and $125 for non-passholders. Instructor: Stacia Becher, CPT The City of Moore is happy to offer the Fitness in the Park series. Join us for group fitness classes all while enjoying our beautiful parks. We will begin the series by offering a fun and challenging boot camp at Buck Thomas Park. The “Fun”damentals boot camp will push you to your limits by focusing on fun drills, including plyometrics and agilities, and challenging intervals of strength training and cardio. “Fun”damentals boot camp is for anyone who is looking to lose weight, get stronger, build muscle, or train for your next 5k. All fitness levels are encouraged to join in on the fun. Weekly Nutritional Informational Classes When: Tuesday Time: 5:30 p.m. Where: Group Exercise Room 2 (last Tuesday of the month - in the kitchen/meeting room 2) Fee: $50/month (available to members and non-members) Instructor: Angelica Martinez MS, RDN, LD Minimum of 8 participants Nutrition is the key component to living a healthy lifestyle. During this in-depth informational class, a registered dietician will help you navigate this complicated aspect of living a healthy life and being the best you. You will learn how your body reacts to foods, the best way to fuel your body, how you can use nutrition to lose weight, become stronger, or just feel better. The registered dietician will help you learn how to shop for healthy foods at supermarkets and farmer’s markets, how to meal prep, give you some recipe ideas, and walk you through a cooking demonstration. This class is ideal for anyone who is beginning a healthy lifestyle or for those who have been working out for years.

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Nutritional Basics Monthly Class When: 3rd Wednesday evening of each month Time: 6:00 p.m. Where: The Station meeting room #2 Fee: $30 per class (available to members and non-members Have you ever wondered how many calories you should be consuming, or what the differences between a micronutrients and macronutrients are? Are you curious as to how nutrition will play a role in losing weight or helping control diabetes? This class can answer all of those questions and more! Join a registered dietician and learn the basics about nutrition. In this informative class, you will learn the foundations of a healthy diet, gain some insight into how you can change what you are eating to help meet your goals, and get a few delicious recipes to help start your journey off on the right foot. Adult Morning Painting & Drawing Class When: April 22nd - May 27th Monday Mornings (6 Classes) August 12th - September 23rd Monday Mornings (6 Classes) No Class on September 2nd-Labor Day Time: 10:00 A.M - 12:00 P.M. Where: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room Ages: 15+ Registration Period: January 15th-April 21st for April Classes May 1st-August 11th for August Classes Fee: $70 per session Description: Use several drawing media and various techniques in this class. All supplies included. Class taught by a certified art instructor Adult Drawing When: April 3rd-April 24th Monday Nights (4 Classes) July 10th-July 31st Monday Nights (4 Classes) Time: 6:45 P.M - 8:15 P.M. Where: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room Ages: 15+ Registration Period: January 1st-April 2nd for April Classes April 1st - July 9th for July Fee: $60 per session Description: Use several drawing media and various techniques in this class. All supplies included. Class taught by a certified art instructor.

Adult 3D Art When: June 3rd - June 24th Monday Nights (4 Classes) Time: 6:45 P.M -8:15 P.M for March Classes. 7:30P.M.-8:45 P.M. for June Classes Where: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room Ages: 15+ Registration Period: March 1st - June 2nd for June Classes Fee: $50 per session Description: Use several drawing media and watercolor. All supplies included. Class taught by a certified art instructor: Use several drawing media and watercolor. All supplies included. Class taught by a certified art instructor Beginning Drawing 4 Adults May 7th - May 28th Tuesday Nights (4 Classes) Time: 7:00 P.M - 8:00 P.M. for March Classes 7:45 P.M. - 8:45 P.M. for May Classes Where: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room Ages: 15+ Registration Period: March 1st-May 27th for May Classes Fee: $50 per session Description: A Class for Adults who have always been interested in drawing but have never felt like they could do it. This class will give you the skills and confidence in your ability to draw. This class is for beginners and it is a “Draw what you see class” in which the artist is the one creates the images in which they draw. Beads & Strings When: April 1st - April 23rd,Monday & Tuesday Nights (8 Classes) September 3rd - 24th Monday & Tuesday Nights (7 Classes) Time: 3-5 Year Olds (4:30 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.) 6-12 Year Olds (5:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.) Where: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room Ages: 3-5 and 6-12 year olds Registration Period: January 15th - September 2nd Fee: $60 per Session

Fee: $60 per Session Description: A class where kids get to use their imagination in a variety of different ways, making a variety of projects they get to take home. Adult Swing Dancing When: May 1st - June 19th Wednesday Nights (8 Classes) September 4th - October 23rd Wednesday Nights (8 Classes) Time: 7:30 P.M - 9:00 P.M. Where: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room Ages: Adults 15+ Registration Period: March 1st - May 1st for May & June Classes July 1st - September 4th for September & October Classes Fee: $60 per session or $8 per class Description: Learn how to Swing Dance and the many variations of Swing Dancing and before you know it you will be able to scoot across the dance floor like a pro. Guitar Lessons When: March 7th-April 25th July 11th-August 29th Time: 7:30 P.M. - 8:45 P.M. Where: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room Ages: 12+ Registration Period: January 15th - July 10th Fee: $70 per session Description: Ever thought about learning how to play guitar but just never got around to it? Well now is your opportunity to do so. Learn how to count music, read music, and even play some songs in this class. It is recommended to bring a guitar but it is not a requirement.

Description: In this class you will create, make, mold and build different art using beads and string.

Grill Master 101 When: June 4th – June 25th July 9th – July 30th Time: 6:30 P.M. – 7:45 P.M. Where: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room Ages: 15+ Registration Period: March 1st – July 8th Fee: $50 per session

Youth Arts & Crafts When: August 5th-August 27th Monday and Tuesday Nights (8 Classes) Time: 3-5 Year Olds (4:30 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.) 6-12 Year Olds (5:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.) Where: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room Ages: 3-5 and 6-12 year olds Registration Period: May 1st - August 26th For August Classes

Description:Summer Time brings Sun, Fun, and BBQ. Ever wanted to show off for your friends and family by being the very best grill master known around town? Now you can. In this class you will learn how to prepare and grill your favorite meats. All foods and supplies are included in the price. All you will need is to bring an open mind and an appetite. Don’t miss out on this fun Summer Class and join today.


the station schedule

FitKids Day/Time: Wednesday at 5:00pm (55 minutes) Duration: 8 weeks Location: The Station Basketball Gym-Court 4 Age: 7 years to 12 years Cost: $25 for passholders; $50 for nonpassholders Description: This 55 minute class is packed with entertaining music, foundational fitness moves, and fun games. Fit Kids will get your child moving and learning the importance of making healthy choices all while having fun! For ages 7 to 12 years. Participants will receive a certificate, water bottle, and a Kids Fit T-Shirt when completing the session. Parents are welcome to stay. Puppy Class When: May 11th - June 15th Saturday Mornings (6 Classes) July 13th - August 17th Saturday Mornings (6 Classes) September 7th - October 12th Saturday Mornings (6 Classes) Time: 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. Where: Buck Thomas Dog Park Ages: Dogs up to 4 months old. Puppies must have had 2nd round of puppy vaccination shots (Distemper/Parvo, DHLPP). Copy of shot records must be brought to the Station and turned into the Front Desk before 1st class. Registration Period: February 1st - May 10th for July & August Classes April 1st - September 6th for September & October Classes Fee: $95 per session Description: Build a strong relationship with your puppy based on trust and cooperation. Puppy classes are an indispensable foundation for the rest of your dog’s life. All training is gentle and fun, and you will learn how to help your puppy blend into your family. Topics include: Lots of socialization and handling by people, Inappropriate mouthing and biting, Socialization with other dogs, New sights, sounds and experiences, How to play with your puppy, Handling exercises, Basic training - be attentive, “sit,” “down,” “come,” “stay,” “leave it,” “give,” and walking on a leash, How to build a structure in your puppy’s life to help them become a happy and well-adjusted adult. Depending on the progression of the class will depend on what may be taught during the class. The first class there will be a discussion about different training tools such as harnesses and martingale collars. Please bring something that you know your dog already likes as this will help in the class. There should be one dog per handler, but the whole family can come train. Every dog in the same family paying for class needs to have their own handler.

Basic Manners Class When: May 11th - June 15th Saturday Mornings (6 Classes) July 13th - August 17th Saturday Mornings (6 Classes) September 7th - October 12th Saturday Mornings (6 Classes) Time: 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. Where: Buck Thomas Dog Park Ages: Dogs 4 months old and older. Vaccinations: We do require that your dog is current on Rabies, Distemper and Bordetella. Copy of shot records must be brought to the Station and turned into the Front Desk before 1st class. Registration Period: February 1st - May 11th for May & June Classes March 1st - July 13th for July & August Classes April 1st - September 7th for September & October Classes Fee: $95 per session Description: The focus of this class is to begin to build understanding and communication between dog and owner (guardian) by introducing the concept of positive reinforcement training while learning foundation obedience behaviors including watch me, crate games, sit, down, coming when called, loose leash walking, sit for greeting, wait, leave it and drop it, manner skills, and problem solving. Depending on the progression of the class will depend on what may be taught during the class. The first class there will be a discussion about different training tools such as harnesses and martingale collars. Please bring something that you know your dog already likes as this will help in the class. There should be one dog per handler, but the whole family can come train. Every dog in the same family paying for class needs to have their own handler.

EDUCATION CLASSES SPANISH 4 ADULTS

SPANISH 4 KIDS

DESCRIPTION: Learn Spanish for beginners. Adult classes will

DESCRIPTION: Spanish for beginners. Children will learn basic

teach the basics of understanding and being able to use basic Spanish in the real world.

Spanish speaking skills.

WHEN: April 30th - June 26th Every Monday & Tuesday (16 Classes) No Classes May 28th & 29th (Memorial Day) September 5th - October 25th Every Wednesday & Thursday (16 Classes) TIME: 5:15 P.M. - 6:15 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 6-13 year olds

WHEN: April 30th - June 25th Every Monday Night (8 Classes) No Classes May 28th (Memorial Day), September 5th - October 24th Every Wednesday (8 Classes) TIME: 6:15 P.M. - 7:15 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 14+ REGISTRATION PERIOD: March 1st - April 29th July 1st - September 4th COST: $65 per session INSTRUCTOR: Rocie Petchprom

REGISTRATION PERIOD: March 1st - April 29th,

July 1st - September 4th COST: $85 per session

INSTRUCTOR: Rocie Petchprom

SIGN LANGUAGE

CONTINUATION SPANISH 4 ADULTS DESCRIPTION: For anyone who has completed Spanish 4 Adults at the Station or is interested in refreshing their Spanish. This class is not for beginners but is for those who are past the beginner step but are not quite at the intermediate level. This class will continue to teach the basics of understanding and being able to use basic Spanish in the real world. This class will also use more conversation and further enhance your Spanish vocabulary. WHEN: May 1st - June 26th Tuesdays (8 Classes) No Classes May 28th (Memorial Day) September 6th - October 25th Thursdays (8 Classes) TIME: 6:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 15+ REGISTRATION PERIOD: March 1st - April 30th for May & June classes, May 1st - September 6th for September & October classes COST: $55 per session INSTRUCTOR: Rocie Petchprom

TO REGISTER: www.cityofmoore.com/fun For more information call Moore Parks & Recreation at (405) 793-5090

DESCRIPTION: Sign Language is a system of communication using visual gestures and signs. In this class you will learn the basics of how to use and interpret sign language. WHEN: July 17th - August 28th Tuesday Evenings (7 Classes) TIME: 6:45 P.M. - 7:45 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 18+ COST: $55 per session REGISTRATION PERIOD: April 1st - July 9th INSTRUCTOR: Torie Sangi

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class acts by Jacinda Hemeon

Moore Senior Helps Organize “Buddie Dance” Planning for the dance began months prior when Justyn took the reins and divided FUSE mentors into committees. “I had a lot of seniors and juniors help out, so this definitely wasn’t just a 'me' thing,” Justyn stated. “I definitely couldn’t have done it without them.” A dance this large needed someone with Justyn’s tenacity. Over fifteen hours of work went into the dance. Justyn reflected on a few of the difficulties that came with planning such a significant event, “It was really stressful, we had a lot of food places deny us, and then we had a lot of food places willing to pick up the slack that the other places couldn’t,” he detailed. In addition to coordinating food and drinks, students were tasked with making playlists, asking for donations from businesses, and planning decorations. Those on the decoration committee spent time each class period making posters to welcome the students on the day of the dance. A group of students hand-picked songs that would appeal to a wide range of ages attending.

School dances are a way for students to de-stress and have fun. But, not every student has the opportunity to enjoy dances. Which is why MHS decided to host the Buddie Dance. The dance welcomed the special education students from across the district. Elementary through high school students were invited to the event hosted by FUSE. The dance was made possible thanks to MHS Senior Justyn Luna. Justyn organized every detail of the dance and made sure the guests had a wonderful time. Justyn is a proactive member of the high school community, even earning a nomination for Mr. MHS. It was no surprise when he decided to head up the work for the dance. “I noticed that some of our other commissioners were starting to get stressed out with all the tasks at school, so I went straight to our leaders, and I asked if I could do anything, and they put me in charge of this,” he said.

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The morning of the dance, Justyn and his team arrived early to begin setting up in the gym. They hung posters, garlands, lights, and lined the entrance to the gym with red carpet. Those in charge of the music began setting up the sound system. Goodie bags were made for all 335 students. When the guests of honor arrived later that afternoon, they were greeted by ‘welcome’ posters and a line cheering people as they walked across the red carpet. The excitement in the room was palpable. Every student had a smile on their face. FUSE mentors danced with the students and got them to come out of their shell and have fun. When asked about his expectations for the dance, Justyn said, “[I hoped] everybody would have a good time and forget about everything that was stressing them out.” Justyn’s hopes were exceeded, “I would say it was a 10 out of 10. I would recommend it and do it again,” he smiled. Throughout the day, Justyn was running the music, making sure kids got the snacks they wanted, and that everyone was having a great time. He is extremely modest about his work on the dance, but its overall success can be attributed to his

hard work and compassion. Justyn explained why events like the Buddie Dance are essential, “It showed them that they’re important too. They don’t get the attention they deserve,” he said. “I think this showed them that someone is thinking about them and watching out for them,” he elaborated.


a. Elementary through high school students are eligible. b. Must live within the coverage area of the Moore Public School District. c. Home school and private school students are also eligible (who live within the MPS district). 2. Email their name, grade and why you believe they’re a Class Act to rob@mooremonthly.com 3. Moore Monthly staff will review all submissions and select one student who especially stands out as a Class Act. 4. The winning student for each quarter will be announced and awarded a Class Acts certificate and a $100 gift card at their school. 5. For questions or additional info, email Rob Morris at rob@mooremonthly.com

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SPORTS BY ROB MORRIS

Westmoore’s Burruss Ready for Anywhere the Wind Blows in Retirement It was last fall when Jaguar Athletic Director John Burruss felt the winds of change blowing through his life. “Someone, I’m not sure who it was, told me, ‘You’ll know when it’s time to do something different,’” said Burruss. Burruss decided the 2017-2018 school year would be his last in the world of public school work. It was time to retire so he and his beloved wife, “Miss Donna” could take some time to enjoy their children, grandchildren, and whatever else fate might send their way. “The song Bohemian Rhapsody finishes up with a line that pretty accurately describes my plans for what I’ll be doing once I retire: ‘Anywhere the wind blows,’” said Burruss. As he reminisced recently about his years at Westmoore High School, he seasoned the conversation with an assortment of quotes from different music genres. Those who know him well understand just how appropriate the connection he has with music. And it’s not just because he’s capable of belting out a show-stopping version of “The Star-Spangled Banner.” Burruss actually spent some time in his younger years as one of the top Elvis impersonators in the Southwest. “My wife wanted me to call into a local radio contest where they were giving away a free trip to Las Vegas for the best Elvis impersonator,” said Burruss. “Sometime after puberty, I developed the vocal ability to sound like Elvis singing, so I called in. The problem for Burruss is that he didn’t want his fellow teachers and coaches hearing him impersonate The King. So he thought calling in early one morning would do the trick and no one would hear him at that hour. “Come to find out they recorded it,” said Burruss, “And they played it back during drive time, so everyone heard it.” Not only did he win the trip and take Miss Donna to celebrate in Vegas, but it also turned out that Burruss’ could produce a near-perfect match for the singing voice of Elvis. That led to a fun side-gig as an Elvis impersonator from around 1995 to 1999. He might still be putting on a sequined jumpsuit and strutting onto a stage to the opening notes of “The Theme from 2001: A Space Odyssey.” “I had a great time playing The King in front of a lot of people,” said Burruss, “But the extraordinary moments were these totally impromptu times, like when a man asked me to sing for his elderly mom. It turned out that she had lived next to little Aaron Presley when he was a little boy in Tupelo, Mississippi.” Fortunately for the Jaguar Nation, most of Burruss’ energy was directed toward a legacy of excellence at Westmoore. Burruss was actually a blue-blooded Moore Lion, graduating from MHS in 1979. “ I was a football player,” said Burruss. “I sang in the choir and acted in the drama department. I was as enthusiastic about being a Moore Lion as anyone, and I had big plans after high school.” 50 | MOORE MONTHLY | APRIL 2019

Those high-profile plans included a football career at the University of Oklahoma and then as a member of the Minnesota Vikings. But his life took a completely different turn. Not surprisingly, Burruss has a song lyric that sums it up perfectly.

time, people will just get used to it, and you’ll lose impact. You need to pick your spots carefully.” Burruss says one of the most excellent choices he has ever made is pursuing the woman who would become his wife.

“There’s a country song that I can’t tell you the title or who sings it,” said Burruss, “But one of the prominent lines is, “If you want to see God smile just tell Him your plans.”

“I could not have done any of this without Miss Donna,” said Burruss. “It’s a common adage that Donna Burruss raised five boys, but we only have four sons.”

Burruss ended up at East Central University where he experienced an injury after just three semesters that cut short his career. He switched to UCO, then called Central State University, got a degree in Business Administration.

Miss Donna is as familiar around Westmoore as her husband and just might be a Hall of Fame, “hospitality mom.” She’s also the one, Burruss notes, who is her biggest fan and most trusted critic.

“I had grown up an oilfield brat and worked in the oil field during junior high, senior high, and college,” said Burruss. “Of course right about the time I finished college it all fell apart, and the big oilfield bust was in full swing.”

“I can never hear the song ‘Wind Beneath My Wings’ without thinking of her,” said Burruss. “She’s a great coach’s wife, a great AD’s wife, a wonderful mother and grandmother, and a blessing to all Jaguars, and she does it because she loves me and loves kids.”

So he took a job with Lanier Harris working in computer systems. It was a good job, but Burruss knew it wasn’t something to which he could devote his life. The lure of teaching and coaching proved to be too much to resist, so he went back to school to take care of some requirements for teachers while he worked. As he finished up the next round of school, he took a job with Moore Christian Academy. “I was very fortunate in that I got 25 years of experience in about 4 years at Moore Christian,” said Burruss. “It was a tiny school, and that means you end up being responsible for everything. I taught, coached junior high and high school, mowed the lawn, was the athletic trainer, and more.” It was Wayland Bonds who gave Burruss his start in Moore schools. Burruss was hoping for a job at his alma mater, Moore High. But no positions were open, so he ended up at Westmoore where Ben Straka and Sharon Liston helped him transfer the knowledge he had gained in college and working in computers to a teaching environment. “I had a computer science background from being a sales manager for Lanier Harris,” said Burruss, “But as far as being able to share that knowledge with people I didn't have a clue.” Burruss credits Rick McIntyre and Wayne Estes as the men who took a chance on the then-young coach and gave him a start in athletics. He also has fond memories of Mike Whaley, who helped him channel his “enthusiasm” during his formative coaching years. “I had some pretty rough edges back in those days,” said Burruss. “God hadn’t rolled the river rock quite as far as He has today. I’ve definitely mellowed over the years.” One of the great lessons Burruss learned from Whaley was how to control his intensity as a defensive line coach, where playing with high energy was a requirement for being successful. “Whaley told me that I had to pick my moments to shoot the big fireworks,” said Burruss. “If you’re shooting ‘big-bangs’ all the

Spring is the busiest time of the calendar for athletics, with more kids participating in various sports and activities than at any other time in the school year. Even amid a crazy schedule, Burruss is aware that his last day as a working member of the Westmoore staff is looming closer and closer. He says he will miss working with his boss and friend, Mark Hunt and many others, but he’s determined to enjoy every last moment and is reminding himself to pay attention to the people around him who have made his career at Westmoore so wonderful. “It’s bittersweet,” said Burruss. “I’d be lying if I said otherwise because there are a lot of relationships that are more than professional to me. It doesn’t matter whether they are biological or not, they’re family to me. Red, black, and silver go a long, long way.” The long road he’s been on includes a lot of time spent in prayer and seeking God’s direction. Burruss says his faith in God means everything to him. “I have a little five-by-seven landscape portrait of Jesus walking on water in my office,” said Burruss. “It reminds me of the importance of faith and on who I need to keep my eyes on when the things get kind of stormy in the athletic world. It’s not always sunshine and roses, but I have a great Captain to see me through it all.” He also has two quotes in his office that, most everyone who knows Burruss would agree define his most prominent quality: the ability to love people well. “One of those things is a quote from John 15:13 that says, ‘Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends,’” says Burruss. “The other is a quote from two men named Lennon and McCartney that says, ‘In the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make.” Another song lyric that Burruss will continue to work on making a part of his life as he closes this chapter and moves to the next.


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SPORTS CALENDAR APRIL 2019

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BASEBALL April 1 April 2 April 4 April 8 April 9 April 12 April 14 April 15 April 16 April 18-20 April 22 April 23 April 26 April 27

@Westmoore Westmoore Norman North Lawton @Lawton Big Cat Classic @Southmoore @Putnam City Putnam City @COAC Tourney Norman @Norman @Midwest City Yukon

SOFTBALL April 1 April 2 April 4-5 April 8 April 11 April 12 April 16 April 18 April 19 April 22 April 23-25

Choctaw @Norman @Choctaw Tourney @Mustang @Norman North @Dale Fest @Southmoore @Choctaw Westmoore Washington Regional Tournament

SOCCER April 2 April 5 April 9 April 12 April 16 April 19 April 30

@Norman North Southmoore @Putnam City @Edmond Memorial Lawton @Midwest City Playoffs Begin

TENNIS April 5

April 9

April 20

April 23

April 29

Westmoore@ Earlywine Mustang@OKC Tennis Center COAC Conference@ OKC Tennis Center Lawton- MacArthur @OKC Tennis Center Girls Regional Tournament

GOLF April 1

April 2

April 6

April 8

April 8

April 11

April 15

April 16

April 18

April 22

April 23

April 25

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TRACK March 9 March 15 March 29

Deer Creek@Rose Creek (Boys) Edmond@Kickingbird (Boys) Owasso@Bailey Ranch (Boys) COAC Tournament@ Bailey Ranch (Boys) COAC Tournament@ Greens (Girls) Regional Preview@ Hefner (Girls) Enid@Meadowlake (Boys) Del City@Trosper (Girls) State Preview@ Earlywine (Girls) Ardmore@Dornick Hills (Boys) Regionals@Hefner (Girls) Guthrie@Hefner (Boys) Regionals@ Meadowlake (Boys) at Duncan Moore Meet at Choctaw

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April April April April April April

@Bixby Festival @Choctaw Tournament @Jenks Festival Westmoore Moore @Mustang @Choctaw Regional Tournament

Lawton @Moore Midwest City @Mustang Norman North @Putnam City Playoffs Begin

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SOCCER April 2 April 5 April 9 April 12 April 16 April 19 April 30

@Muskogee @Choctaw Tourney Yukon Big Cat Classic@ Moore @Ponca City Ponca City @COAC Tourney @Sand Springs Sand Springs @Yukon Tourney Regionals

TENNIS No Schedule Available GOLF April 1

April 8

April 15

April 18

April 23

April 29

TRACK April 6 April 11-12 April 19 April 25

BASEBALL April 1 April 2 April 4-6 April 8 April 9 April 12

April April April April April April

13 15 16 18-20 22 23

SOFTBALL April 1 April 2

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SOCCER April 2 April 5 April 9 April 11 April 16 April 19 April 30

Deer Creek@Rose Creek (Boys) COAC Tourney@ Greens (Boys) Enid@Meadowlake (Boys) Del City@Trosper (Boys) Midwest City@John Conrad Regionals@Enid

March 4 March 5 March 28

@Norman @Wichita State @University of Oklahoma @COAC Champion ship@Moore

TENNIS April 5 April 9

April 12 April 13 April 15

April 17

April 20

April 29

GOLF April 2

April 3

April 8

April 11

April 16

April 18

April 23

April 23

April 25

April 29

TRACK April 5 April 12 April 25

Moore @Moore @Enid Tournament @Putnam City Putnam City Big Cat Classic@ Moore Yukon @Norman Norman @COAC Tournament @Choctaw Choctaw @Norman @Newcastle/ Tecumseh @Union Tourney Norman North Choctaw @Dale Festival @Southmoore @Tecumseh/Bethel @Moore Regional Tournament @Washington Edmond North @Choctaw PC North @US Grant PC West Yukon Playoffs Begin TENNIS Earlywine Tournament at Ponca City Southmoore at Earlywine Moore@Earlywine Mustang@OKC Tennis Center @Yukon (Boys) @Yukon (Girls) Edmond@Kickingbird (Girls) Edmond@Kickingbird (Boys) COAC@OKC Tennis Center Regionals (Girls) Choctaw@John Conrad (Girls) Carl Albert@John Conrad (Boys) COAC Tourney@The Greens (Boys & Girls) Pre-Regional@Hefner (Girls) Norman@The Trails (Boys & Girls) Del City@Trosper (Boys) Midwest City@John Conrad (Boys) Regionals@Hefner (Girls) Guthrie@Hefner (Boys) Regionals@Enid (Boys) @Deer Creek @Yukon COAC Championships@ Moore

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Gregory’s Sporting Goods Makes Move to Moore 609 N. Moore Avenue Monday through Friday: 10am-8pm, Saturday: 10am-7pm Sundays: 12:30pm-5pm

What began as a 1,750 square foot retail shop selling sports apparel to local residents and a few regional teams in Del City, has grown into Oklahoma’s premier independently-owned sporting goods store. And, now 38 years later, Gregory’s Sporting Goods calls Moore home. Gregory Moore first opened the store in 1981 with the backing and support of his father, Don Moore, long-time owner of Don’s Alley. Their first store was located in the Village Shopping Center in Del City and later moved into a former TG&Y location down the road, where it continued to grow for the next 30 years. They may have started off as a small business, but today they are the leading sports apparel and equipment shop to teams, not only in Oklahoma but throughout the region. In fact, Wilson’s Sporting Goods recently recognized Gregory’s for their top sales transactions as one of the top 17 stores in the nation. Their business thrived in Del City, with customers traveling from all over the state to shop here. Just last month after losing their lease, Gregory’s left Del City and moved to New Moore Shopping Center. It now occupies approximately 15,000 square feet of retail space on the south side of the building. Before the move, their social media accounts touted that changes were coming. Then, starting on Monday teasing followers saying “Something’s Happening,” and on Friday they announced they were heading to Moore. Their posts received over 60,000 hits in a very short time. “We are so happy to be in Moore. In our first week of business here – we had 3 record days. I felt like I was the deacon at church because everyone wanted to shake my hand and welcome me to Moore.” Gregory said. “It was really something else. Made me feel good that I was in Moore.” Since the move, Gregory has seen more traffic from southern communities like Tuttle, Purcell, Lindsey, and Noble. He has been greeted by various area coaches, and athletes as well as booster clubs from Southmoore and Westmoore High Schools. So far, business is good.

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They love the area so much that Gregory and his wife plan to move to Moore very soon. They want to be close to their store, their customers, and most importantly, their grandbabies.

You will also find a great line up of athletic shoes and cleats from the industry’s leaders: Mizuno, New Balance, and Nike.

“I think my grandbaby will be a good little softball player. My daughter was an All-State soccer play, and my son-in-law played College baseball.”

Gregory’s offers one of the biggest glove and bat collections you’ll find anywhere, as the majority of their business comes from softball and baseball. In fact, the store caters to softball and baseball teams from all over the United States and beyond.

Gregory has seen many changes in the industry over the years. For example, in the early days orders were placed a few times a year for football and baseball items. Today, Gregory places orders daily for everything from softball and soccer apparel to track and field and wrestling items.

“A few years ago when the World Cup of Softball was in town at the Softball Hall of Fame, we sold cleats to teams from Australia, Czechoslovakia, and Great Britain. They were all great, happy girls, but they couldn’t speak a lick of English! It was funny.”

In the years since their opening, an influx of big box sports stores entered the market, yet Gregory’s has found success by specializing. They have created a niche that big retailers couldn’t fill.

Despite the language barrier, Gregory was able to fulfill their requests and, not only end the day with some good sales but was adorned with team pins from his young, new customers.

Many of the large chains dabble in such a wide variety of products from fishing equipment to camping supplies. In contrast, Gregory’s concentrates on taking care of the athletes. They handle the things those big stores don’t want to mess with. Things like base kits, catcher’s gear, and field chalkers can all be found here. They offer the top lines and expertise necessary to outfit the area’s best teams, from little leagues to High Schools.

From the 200 teams served to the 1,000 baseball gloves re-laced each year, Gregory’s Sporting Goods has become a household name for dedicated athletes and sports enthusiasts. Their customers span the generations.

“Obviously we have our niche. We concentrate on our niche, and we offer excellent customer service and knowledgeable staff that you won’t always find elsewhere. We strive to exceed expectations” he added.

Gregory said running such a fast-paced, specialty business is hard work and definitely keeps him on his toes. He says it is all worth it though, because of the people he meets and the customers he serves. “I love the people. Our customers have become so much more than customers…they have become life-long friends.”

In addition to outfitting the teams, they also take care of the lettering, screen-printing, and sublimation on the jerseys, as well as striping on sports pants. Gregory’s is also the place to visit for your favorite student’s letterman jacket. “We have perfected the letterman jacket business. All our jackets are American made; they’re made in Berlin, Wisconsin. We stock the jackets, stock the years they graduate and are able to turn those around in about 2 ½ weeks.”

“It’s interesting. I’ve actually got folks who shop with me that have grown up and now I am selling to their kids and even some of their grandkids. Makes me feel real ‘young.’ “

Gregory’s Sporting Goods is open Monday through Friday from 10am-8pm, Saturday 10am-7pm and Sundays from 12:30pm-5pm.


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SPORTS BY ROB MORRIS

MACU Evangels Claim Second Consecutive National Title The Mid-America Christian University women's’ basketball team is going to need a little more space in the trophy case. The Evangels trailed Brewton-Parker College by eight-points with four minutes left to play in the National Christian College Athletic Association (NCCAA) championship game. The team overcame that deficit to win by an 87-84 score to claim their second consecutive NCCAA title. Evangels Head Coach Hannah Moeller said she’s proud of the team, especially the three seniors who helped provide great leadership. “We coach tough kids,” said Moeller. “We like it that way. The fought like dogs to beat a really good host team, Grace College in the semi’s and then did it again to come back from an 8-point deficit to win it all.” Senior Jennah Coffman said the team has fought through some heart-breaking losses over those two years to make the consecutive championships even sweeter. “The fact that we went back-to-back in the 2 years I've been here was unreal,” said Coffman. “What I take from these titles personally is, and you will be rewarded in the end.” Junior forward Alexis Shannon was named the NCCAA Championship Most Outstanding Player. Coffman joined

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Shannon on the All-Region team, along with fellow senior Shayla Coleman and Oklahoma native Nevada Denton. Moeller was also selected as the NCCAA Division I Coach of the year for the second consecutive year. This is Moeller’s third season at the helm of the MACU women’s basketball program. Under her guidance, the Evangels set new marks for overall wins in a season as well in within the Sooner Athletic Conference during the 2017-2018 season. The team went on to claim their first-ever NCCAA title as a Division I school in 2018. Moeller credits the team’s success to her staff and team. “Coach of the Year awards are only won if you have great players and a terrific staff,” said Moeller. “Fortunately, I am lucky enough to have both. The credit for the award goes to them.” While the coach and team are enjoying their successes on the court, everyone involved agrees that championships are secondary to what happens in their lives off the court. “My greatest takeaway this year is the lives that have been changed by the Lord in our program,” said Moeller. “I’m humbled and thankful, but most of all I am grateful for how the Lord is moving in the lives of our players. That’s better than any award.”


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Redbud Farm and Christian School Offers a Unique Approach to Education The dream had been growing in Erin Dulle’s heart for about 10 years before it came to pass. It revolved around the idea of a different kind of school that could do a better job of igniting the minds and hearts of young children, helping them to learn more efficiently and effectively. “I grew up in Blackwell, up by the Kansas border,” said Dulle. “A very small town and we had a farm there, so I grew up just getting dirty, finding mice, or going to to the creek to play all day long.” As Dulle grew older and had kids of her own, she realized that her children didn’t get the freedom to roam and explore in the same ways she did. “We have are fenced yards and that's about as far as they get to go,” said Dulle. “They don't get to just run outside and play like we did growing up on the farm.” From that thought came the dream that has grown into the Redbud Farm and Christian School. The school is located at 15700 South Pennsylvania Avenue, just south of SW 149th and Penn. It offers a chance for students to be challenged academically while providing unique opportunities for the students to step outside the traditional classroom setting and cultivate creative, hands-on learning experiences. The students spend a significant amount of time outdoors and they also get to work with farm animals like rabbits, goats, and pigs. Principal Stacey Gaynor said the Redbud team did a lot of research as they prepared to open the school last year. As they looked into why Finland leads the world in education they discovered that one of the things educators in that country does is add a lot of outdoor exploration to their school day. Gaynor says she and Dulle agreed that a farm school setting offers to perfect opportunity to implement such a powerful and unique structure for children.

“Take the rabbits they have to feed as an example,” said Dulle. “They have to weigh each rabbit to figure out the poundage, and then use that information to determine how much food to feed them. Then they have to measure the food. It’s not just about learning math on a worksheet as a formula. It’s about making math work in the real world.” Gaynor said the students also get a chance to work on their social and emotional skills as well. “You might be able to solve math problems or understand grammar and language,” said Gaynor, “But if you don’t have good social skills you’re not going to be able to go to a job and community that to someone else.”

Dulle and Gaynor also want parents to know that all Redbud Farm & Christian School teachers are certified by the Association of Christian Schools International and carry college degrees. Registration is currently underway for the Fall 2019 session as well as Redbud’s summer program. Dulle encourages parents to contact them very soon if they’re interested in learning more about the school and its programs. For more information you can visit redbudfarmschool.com or call the school at 405-885-2777.

A typical day includes a lot of intentional social group time where the entire school comes together, no matter what their age. Dulle said it helps build community as well as teaching children to problem-solve with each other. “If they have a conflict with one of their friends we don’t send them to the principal’s offce,” said Dulle. “We help them talk through it and see what they can do the next time a problem arises.” Dulle also wants parents of potential students to be aware of the school’s low student-to-teacher ratio. “When you go to a public school a teacher might have 25 kids in their class,” said Dulle. “We have no more than a 1-to-10 ration for our students. And if we see that a child needs help in one area or they’re not challenged by the work in a classroom, we’ll pull them out for small group and give them more activities to help them grow.”

“We’ll do 20-to-30 minutes of instruction and then we’ll go outdoors for 20-to-30 minutes,” said Gaynor. “Then we’ll come back indoors for another 20-to-30 minute lesson, followed by another trip outdoors for 20-to-30 minutes of free exploration.”

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Gaynor said it’s not just a back-and-forth routine between class time and recess. The children spend part of their outdoor time in directed learning experiences as well. “We’ll do a 20-minute focused math lesson indoors,” said Gaynor, “And then we’ll go explore outdoors for 20-minutes. Then instead of coming back indoors for science, we’ll stay outside and do a science lesson there.” Dulle says mathematics is a great example of a more hands-on style of learning. Math is a great example. Dulle says public schools use a lot of worksheets to help kids learn math, while Redbud walks their students through the process of applying their math skills to real-world problems.

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