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What better time to step back up to the starting line and create a whole new you than the beginning of a new decade! We’ve compiled the best tips on making those resolutions last a lifetime to help you get a great head start on 2020 and beyond.

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EDITOR’S NOTE Resolutions. We’ve all made them. We’ve all broken them. So, let’s be honest about them: it’s a love-hate relationship. But the good news is that every year offers us a chance to hit the reset button one more time and try again. In this month’s edition of the Moore Monthly, we kick off a new year and a new decade with a deep dive into some of the ways you can make your resolutions stick. We’re hoping the first resolution you make, dear reader, is to tackle the article and take some notes. There’s great advice to be found there! Welcome to the New Roaring ‘20s, Moore!

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THE BEST YOU EVER: KICKING OFF A NEW DECADE WITH PURPOSE By Rob Morris Here we stand. It’s not just a New Year…it’s a whole New Decade. The canvas of our lives isn’t completely empty. After all, we’ve put some serious mileage on ourselves in the years leading up to this point. But no matter what point you’re at in your life’s journey, there’s always time to make adjustments and begin again.

Level 1 trainers at Crossfit 134. The trio is unanimous about avoiding long-term fads or gym memberships that you end up dropping out and not using.” “What’s hot right now is not necessarily the thing that’s going to help you achieve your goals in the long-run,” said

“That’s one of the things that makes Crossfit so successful for so many people,” said Jamie. “You might go to a big gym and work out on your own, but most people work so much better when they’re paired up with someone or in a group that’s reaching for the same goals.”

Jan Astani’s primary gig is Marketing Director for Citywide Mortgage, but her long history of motivational speaking and blogging puts her in a great position to advise all of us at that starting line. Jamie. “So be careful about getting stuck in a contract just because you see a lot of your friends doing it.”

Astani says if you’re already perfect, then choosing to make no changes would be the right thing to do. But obviously, none of us are perfect.

“The smart thing to do is to focus on something that maybe you’re already interested in,” said Tim. “If you’ve enjoyed riding bikes, then maybe you can start off riding bikes once or twice a week and make it a habit.”

“The great thing about resolutions is that it recognizes that I’m not perfect,” said Astani, “And then taking that first simple step to address the area we want to work on.”

Brent points out that if you’re starting from a sedentary lifestyle, you should be very careful about trying to do too much, too soon.

One of the first places people turn to when contemplating New Year’s resolutions is the area of personal fitness. We visited with Tim, Brent, and Jamie Gray, who are all Crossfit

Brent adds that community is one of the most overlooked aspects of tackling a New Year workout goal. “Having a good group of people you can work out with makes it so much more fun and keeps you accountable,” said Brent.

But we didn’t want to just do the same-old-same-old when it comes to “New Year’s Resolutions!” That’s why we gathered a sort of Motivational A-Team to help us help you as you ponder what you’d like to do with the canvas of your life. The idea is just to give you a few tools that will help you step beyond the standard resolutions in a variety of areas of interest.

“I don’t know who to attribute this to because I found it on Facebook,” said Astani, “But I love this quote that says: Whatever you’re not choosing, you ARE choosing.”

and start slowly because the goal is to still be doing this when 2021 rolls around.”

“Trying to work out five days a week when you’re going from nothing is really a recipe for a failed resolution,” said Brent. “Like Tim said, find something simple that you can do

Tim says that as a Crossfit coach, he’s excited about recommending the group workouts that are the norm at Crossfit 134. But he also says you should look for community no matter what exercise you choose. “Get a walking partner or a biking partner,” said Tim. “It’s so much better when you have someone to laugh and have fun with as you workout. That’s one of the things I love so much about Crossfit is the people that have become friends.” Tim, Brent, and Jamie say there are so many more recommendations they could make about fitness resolutions that it would be easy to get lost in them. They agree that the most successful resolutions boil down to a couple of key ingredients. “I think the more fun it is and the more fun you have with the people you work out with, the more likely you’re going to stick with it,” said Tim.

your children. Rose also says it’s smart to track your progress so that you can see how you’re doing on things like paying off credit card debt. One other financial essential you’ll want to tackle: build an emergency fund. “I encourage my clients to have three to six months of expenses in their emergency fund,” said Mark. “But if you don’t have one yet, start with a goal to have a least one month of expenses set aside. Astani says that when you tackle things like financial and business goals, Rob Garibay, a certified personal business coach and owner of Clarity Pro, says everyone needs to realize that when it comes to New Year’s resolution, most people who make them fail. The key to overcoming that failure, says Garibay, begins with habits.

Jamie said, “Fun and then making it a priority that fits where you’re at physically. If you’re just getting started, a few days a week where you’re committed to a partner or a group. If you’re more advanced, more often but maybe with a higher level of accountability.” Of course, all three coaches would be delighted for folks to check out Crossfit at their box. “We’re like a lot of the Crossfit boxes in that we have groups that will work for any level of fitness,” said Tim, “And we’re happy to work with folks on a month-to-month payment basis to they don’t have to get locked into a year-long contract.” Astani says that physical fitness goals can be good examples of setting SMART goals, goals that are: Specific (simple, sensible, significant) Measurable (meaningful, motivating) Achievable (agreed, attainable) Relevant (reasonable, realistic) Timely (time-base, time-sensitive) “For example, you wouldn’t want to set a general goal of, ‘I want 2020 to be the year I get in the best shape I’ve ever been in,’” said Astani. “Instead, you might set a goal of exercising 30 minutes every day. It’s specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and timely.”

Those principles also apply when it comes to setting financial goals. We talked with Mark Rose, Financial Advisor from Retirement Income Strategies, LLC, about tackling New Year’s personal finance resolutions. Mark pointed out that January might actually be the best time to start planning for next Christmas. “One of the most common mistakes people make is overspending during the Holidays,” said Rose. “Create a budget and live on less than you make. It is not always fun, but there is a lot of emotional freedom knowing that you can afford it when the credit card bill arrives in January.” If you’ve already been hit with credit card sticker shock this month, Rose says there’s still plenty you can do to recover and prepare for the year (and decade) ahead. “The trendy thing for so many people is to jump in and buy a gym membership,” said Rose. “While getting fit is important, I would recommend evaluating how often you’ll use the gym before you commit to a membership.” No matter where you are in life, Mark says right now is the perfect time to take a couple of small steps toward financial health. “It’s just like running a marathon,” said Rose. “You’re not going to roll out of bed and run 26.2 miles. You’ll want to create small financial goals that add up to big goals over time.” At the top of the list, Rose recommends paying off debt. Then you can begin saving for retirement and education for


“Small habits and little choices define how we view ourselves,” said Garibay, “Which creates our identity. We are who we are because of the compound effect (8th wonder of the world) of the millions of tiny choices we have made in our life to this point. If we truly want to improve, we must understand that good habits are challenging to acquire and easy to lose, while bad habits are easy to acquire and challenging to lose.” Garibay suggests a great place to start is to develop a picture of our desired “self.” Then you can make time work for you (compound effect) rather than against you. The four steps to developing self-improvement habits that make time work for you are:

1. NOTICING “In noticing, find or draw (if you’re good at art) an image that will remind you of the self you desire to be,” said Garibay. “Put it where you can see it every day and then put something representing the good habit you want to acquire where you see it every day.” For example, the simple act of driving past the gym every day or adding it to a calendar can help increase the chances of getting in shape.

2. WANTING “We must trick our mind into ‘wanting’ to do the work necessary to acquire the good habit,” said Garibay. “Associate with people who have the habits you desire and represent the image you wish to become. Design our environment to make our good habits easier and bad habits harder. Changing our

environment is a large step toward changing our self-image to what we desire.”

3. DOING “It’s the starting that is difficult,” said Garibay. “Realize that any outcome we wish to achieve is just a point along a spectrum of repetitions.” But you have to start somewhere to create those repetitions. If you want to become an accomplished writer with a lot of followers, realize that each article you publish or post moves you closer to your goal. Get started and then focus on the finish line.

4. LIKING “There are only two reasons we repeat behaviors,” said Garibay. “We like doing them, or we like the reward. The problem is that good habits have an immediate cost and a delayed compounding reward, while bad habits have an immediate reward and a delayed compounding cost.” Garibay says the repetition of good habits not only changes our results, but it also changes our identity. “Every action we take is a vote for the type of person we want to become,” said Garibay. For Astani, failure isn’t really a bad thing when it comes to working toward the person you want to become. “I don’t think you can call if a failure if you’re doing something to try and improve yourself,” said Astani. “The critical thing is not that we fail. It’s how we respond to that failure.” Astani says it’s important to remember that if your goal is to do something seven days this week and you only did it five, instead of considering that a failure focus on the fact that you hit the goal five times. Even more encouraging is the fact that you didn’t even hit the target five times last year, so you’re way ahead of where you were 12 months ago. “Every day, you have a chance to start anew,” said Astani. “One thing that helps me have a positive attitude about each new day is that I choose a ‘word of the year.’ My word for 2020 is going to be ‘reduce,’ as in ‘I’m going to reduce clutter and junk.” Some other examples of a word to choose are kindness, grace, hustle, health, knowledge, and faith.

When it comes to faith, there’s a vast body of scientific evidence that points to spiritual health as the foundation for every other area of positive growth in our lives. Tommy Haynes, pastor at Central Church of Christ in Moore, says he advises people looking to tackle a spiritual resolution to consider three-basic steps. “First of all, identify the spiritual goal that you want to reach,” said Haynes, “Once you’ve done that, come up with a plan of work that will help you reach that goal. And the final component is to make sure that you’re emotionally invested in the goal.”   According to Haynes, that last facet of a resolution, emotional investment, is all about being honest with yourself and with those around you. “It has to be genuine, or it’s not going to stick,” said Haynes, “If you’re not genuine, the most people can see right through that, and they’ll look at you as a fake. Furthermore, you’ll recognize that you’re less than honest about your spiritual pursuits.” Haynes says that anyone looking to tackle spiritual goals should let go of any preconceived notions about faith and begin with the Bible. Haynes says a quick Google search will reveal plenty of reading plans for anyone at any point in life.

“Don’t approach it with prejudices,” said Haynes. “I know that’s hard to do for a lot of folks, but even if you don’t believe the Bible, you’re going to find so much in it that can enrich your life.” Haynes suggests not just reading the Bible, but also taking notes on what you read. “Don’t just swallow what’s being preached at you from a pulpit,” said Haynes, “Sit down and think through what it says to you personally.” And in this day and age, where there’s so much anger and division over so many issues, Haynes believes that spending time exploring and expanding your faith can only help anyone be more peaceful and loving. “I think about Jesus and the Beatitudes and how they call me to have a better attitude toward others,” said Haynes. “And in that same sermon, you have the Golden Rule, treating others the way you want to be treated. I think that kind of attitude is important and that we can carry it into relationships with people who aren’t like us and who have different opinions than we do. I think if we all did this, we might be able to stop overreacting to every little thing that comes up.”d allowing us to bless so many families in this way.”




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Best of Moore & South OKC What You Need to Know: The community response to the “BOM Awards” has been overwhelming…and so have your suggestions for making the awards even better. That’s why we’ve put our heads together and come up with a few new wrinkles that should simplify the process and give more businesses a chance to take home some coveted “Bommie” hardware. Here are the rules:

VOTING Voting will begin at 12:01 a.m. on December 1, 2019 and end at midnight on January 31, 2020. That’s right – two whole months to make your votes known. You may vote multiple times each day, but our voting system will not allow you to cast consecutive votes within a short time-span.

There will be only one round of voting. WINNERS The top three finishers in each category will be invited to our festive Best of Moore Awards Show in February where the winner will be revealed. The runners-up will also be recognized at the “Bommie’s” so that everyone goes home a winner. A complete list of winners and runners-up will be featured in the March edition of the Moore Monthly along with a photo gallery from the gala event.


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THE WINTER WASTELAND: Hollywood’s Cinematic Dumping Ground The Grumpy Old Critic What is it about January that movie executives hate? I mean…seriously…the suits who do everything they can to screw up the movies we love with their marketing pablum live their lives in the warmth of the Los Angeles climate. You would think that would put them in a good mood. You would think that good mood just might translate into some goodwill toward those of us who spend January indoors, waiting for the miserable winter to fade. Nope. Their cold and calculating hearts look at the month and unload movies like “I, Frankenstein” (Rotten Tomatoes score of 3%) or “In the Name of the King: A Dungeon Siege Tale” (Rotten Tomatoes score of 4%). It’s enough to make a movie fan stab themselves in the face with a pencil, to be honest. As bad as January is, February might be even worse: the month of “love” has given us not one, not two, but three “Fifty Shades of Misery” movies. If there’s a worse movie trilogy in existence, it’s hard to imagine what it might be. Even the Star Wars prequels feel like Scorsese epics when compared to the dismal movie experience delivered by the E.L. James stories.

Still…there is the rare mid-winter jewel. In 2008, J.J. Abrams gave us “Cloverfield,” a found-footage monster flick that caught movie-goers entirely by surprise. Take a look at January 1997, and you’ll find “Waiting for Guffman,” a brilliant mockumentary about a small-town theater company’s attempt to stage a hilariously bad historical pageant. February 2016 was also the month we were finally treated to Ryan Reynold’s born-to-play role of “Deadpool.” It was everything comic book fans had hoped for. And you have to go all the way back to the early 1990s, and you’ll find two excellent comedies, 1997’s “Wayne’s World” and 1993’s “Groundhog Day.” So it is with a combination of dread and hope that we survey the upcoming months to see if there is any hope, or if the winter of 2020 is going to be as described by Bill Murray in “Groundhog Day.” – “I’m going to give you a prediction about this winter. It’s going to be cold. It’s going to be dark. And it’s going to last you for the rest of your lives.”


THE GRUDGE January 3 Directed by: Nicolas Pesce Starring:  Betty Gilpin, Andrea Riseborough, William Sadler, Lin Shaye Winter of Discontent Rating: To be honest, the most terrifying thing about The Grudge is that it’s a reboot of a series that is barely 10 years old. Horror movies are among the cheapest-to-make in Hollywood. Apparently, this cheap reboot is so bad it wasn’t even worth releasing in October for Halloween. Now THAT’S scary.

MY SPY January 10 Directed by: Peter Segal Starring:  Dave Bautista, Ken Jeong, Greg Bryk, Kristen Schaal Winter of Discontent Rating: Let’s do a quick cliché check here…hardened and muscle-bound CIA operative played by a former professional wrestler: check. Cute and terribly precocious pre-tween girl: check. Dangerous, but comedic villains: check. Yeesh. How do these things continue to get made in Hollywood??? Here’s your most prominent red flag: this was scheduled to be released last

August (the dumping ground for summer movies that were considered second tier). It was dumped from the summer dumping ground to January. View at your own risk.

DOOLITTLE January 3 Directed by: Nicolas Pesce Starring:  Betty Gilpin, Andrea Riseborough, William Sadler, Lin Shaye Winter of Discontent Rating: I guess Robert Downey Jr’s string of movie-making magic has been snapped. “Doolittle” does boast a starstudded cast. And it is Downey’s first postAvengers/Iron Man movie. Don’t get your hopes up on this one. Audiences hated the test screenings, so the movie has undergone 21-days of reshoots…and that’s almost as unsettling as Thanos showing up at Avengers’ headquarters.

SONIC THE HEDGEHOG February 14 Directed by: Jeff Fowler Starring: Jim Carrey, James Marsden, Neal McDonough Winter of Discontent Rating: Well, I guess nothing says “I Love You!” on Valentine’s

Day like a CGI video game character who’s primary trait is that he runs fast. The potential for disaster on this one is sky-high. Fans were so horrified by the computer-generated hedgehog in the first trailer their outrage nearly distracted Greta Thunberg from her climate-change campaign. How dare you, Hollywood!

FANTASY ISLAND February 14 Directed by: Jeff Wadlow Starring: Maggie Q, Michael Peña, Lucy Hale Winter of Discontent Rating: Fantasy Island was a somewhat beloved TV show from the ’70s where well-known celebrities would play odd characters who came to a mysterious island to live out some fantasy. It was classic cheesy stories, resolved in the 60-minute show-frame, held together by a very suave Ricardo Montalbán as “Mr. Roarke” and Hervé Villechaize as “Tattoo.” Hollywood, in its infinite wisdom, has turned it into a horror film. Blasphemy like this can only end in real-life terror as Hervé’s ghost will haunt the studio exec’s behind this catastrophe.



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LEGACY OF A PIONEER PASTOR His first job in America was with a factory in Illinois, making $4.00 a week and spending $3.75 for room and board. After several jobs in several different locations, he settled in 1893 southeast of Moore, where he lived and farmed until shortly before his death in 1948. The original home still exists in the center of the house of his grandson, Carroll Matthesen, who lives on the farm. Shortly after the turn of the century, Ed Matthesen felt a call to preach. He helped to establish Church of God congregations in Capitol Hill, Bessie, Shawnee and Oklahoma City. He pastored the congregation in Moore for over 25 years.

created equal, and was a friend to all. Men who might not agree with his philosophies still respected and admired him. He firmly believed that studying and adhering to the teachings of the Bible make a better person, a better neighbor and a better citizen. He was staunch in his appreciation and love for his country, his state and his town. He was proud of the progress Moore made, especially the paved roads, and looked forward to the day when there would be traffic signals in Moore. He was “a man of God,” one among many pioneer ministers who helped shape the character, integrity and destiny of the people of their day, and whose legacies still live on long after them. From the Moore Monthly archives.

Mid-nineteenth Century America beckoned irresistibly to the European and Asian worlds. With open arms, it promised unlimited frontiers, freedom of movement and speech, personal prosperity as a result of hard work and diligence, lush forests and fertile soil, and room— plenty of room. Ewald (Ed) Matthesen was born in Nesse, Germany, in 1864, and spent 10 years in school where a daily hour of Bible study was required. During this time, he developed a great love and familiarity with the scriptures and a life-long habit of study. In 1880, at the age of 16, he immigrated to America from his own country, where there was a mandatory military conscription.

He was a big man, physically and spiritually, with a big bushy moustache that moved and fluttered expressively as the words of comfort, instruction and warning rolled out beneath it in a rumbling German-laden accent. His knowledge of the Bible was phenomenal, his ability to quote scripture remarkable, and his faith firmly grounded. He was known to be a man of great faith, great compassion, and great integrity. Once in the middle of the night, a man on horseback pounded on Ed’s door to cry out that his wife needed help. Matthesen hitched his team to the buggy and drove 20 miles out into the darkness to minister to someone in need. This was repeated many times and places. His own congregation depended greatly on his faith and his kind and loving concern and guidance. Ed Matthesen was noted for his enthusiasm, friendly nature and brotherly love. He believed that all men are




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Renegades: Bruce Goff and the American School of Architecture January 24 – April 5, 2020 “A new school, probably the only indigenous one in the United States” is how architect Donald MacDonald characterized the radical School of Architecture that developed at the University of Oklahoma (OU) after WWII. At the time, most architecture schools in the the United States either followed the classical tradition of the French Beaux Arts model or the German Bauhaus model, centered on abstraction and materiality. The University of Oklahoma School of Architecture stood apart from these two trends and created an authentically American approach to design.


Under the leadership of Bruce Goff (1904-82), Herb Greene (b. 1929), Mendel Glickman (1895-1967), Elizabeth Bauer Mock (1911-98), and others, OU faculty developed a curriculum that emphasized individual creativity and experimentation. Students were taught to look to sources beyond the accepted canon of Western architecture and to find inspiration in everyday objects, the natural landscape, and non-Western cultures such as the designs of Native American tribes. The results of this pedagogical experiment—the fantastic environments imagined on paper and through built works—are characterized by experimental forms, attention to context, and material resourcefulness. The architects of the American School have long been characterized as renegades, iconoclasts, and apostates. Renegades: Bruce Goff and the American School of Architecture  showcases the radical pedagogy and practices that emerged from Oklahoma in the mid-century. The exhibition includes over 150 drawings, documents and objects, many of which are drawn from the newly created American School Archive in the OU Libraries Western History Collection. Original drawings by students and architects of the American School highlight the creativity and originality of this work. Organized into three sections, the exhibition tells the story of dramatic change in architectural education.  From Beaux-Arts to Bauhaus,  the first section, highlights the evolution in American architecture schools at the time. The second section,  Bruce Goff and the School of Architecture at OU, showcases the curriculum and student work produced at OU as well as the work of faculty at the time. Bruce Goff and His Legacy, the third section, highlights the built works of American School architects around the world.  After seeing  Renegades, you’ll understand why contemporary starchitect Frank O. Gehry called Bruce Goff “the model iconoclast, the paradigm of American." O. Gail Poole’s Sideshow January 24 – May 10, 2020 Sideshow surveys the satirical and often irreverent imagery of artist O. Gail Poole. Orville Gail Poole (1935-2013), often known simply as Poole, was born in Marlow, Oklahoma. He developed an interest in art early in childhood, receiving encouragement and support from his mother, Hazel. He continued his education at the University of Oklahoma and, after his graduation in 1957, pursued a career in advertising. Poole worked with Ackerman McQueen initially before founding the advertising firm Poole-Hobbes, Inc. in 1967. During this time, he began painting images of the American West in an impressionistic style. The success of his painting career encouraged him to sell his shares in the firm in 1975 and devote himself to a career as an artist. He took lessons from Oklahoma City artist Dick Goetz and exhibited widely. By 1990, however, Poole began creating enigmatic and witty caricatures as a critique on the foibles of American culture. These paintings employed diverse influences ranging from the Renaissance to Vincent van Gogh to create uncanny environments.  O. Gail Poole’s Sideshow  explores the oddities of the artist’s late work. Sideshows are, by definition, diversions that use the spectacular, unusual, or bizarre to entertain or distract

National Theatre Live – All My Sons Sunday, January 19, 2:00 p.m. Academy Award-winner Sally Field (Steel Magnolias, Brothers & Sisters) and Bill Pullman (The Sinner, Independence Day) star in Arthur Miller’s blistering drama. It’s 1947 in America and despite hard choices and even harder knocks, Joe (Pullman) and Kate (Field) Keller are a success story. They have built a home, raised two sons and established a thriving business. But nothing lasts forever and their contented lives, already shadowed by the loss of their eldest boy to war, are about to shatter. Directed by Jeremy Herrin. Captured live from The Old Vic in London. For tickets visit the OCCC Performing Arts Center webpage: or call (405) 682-7579. Farewell Angelina Tuesday, January 21, 7:30 p.m. Heads up country music fans! Named after a haunting Bob Dylan song, this country group, composed of four talented women, will win you over with their powerhouse vocals, blazing double violins, guitars and songwriting. Named Rolling Stone’s “New Artists You Need to Know,” these talented ladies have opened shows for Kenny Chesney, Old Dominion, Frankie Ballard, Jake Owen, Billy Currington. Don’t be fooled by their “country” roots as you’re sure to hear a little bluegrass, classical, pop and rock mixed into this fun-filled event. For tickets visit the OCCC Performing Arts Center webpage: http://tickets. 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).

CITY MEETINGS AND EVENTS City Council Meeting, Monday, January 6 at 6:30 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore Parks Board Meeting, Tuesday, January 7 at 7:00 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore. Board of Adjustment Meeting, Tuesday, January 14, 5:30 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore. Planning Commission Meeting, Tuesday, January 14, 7:00 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore. City Council Meeting, Tuesday, January 21, at 6:30 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore. Moore Economic Development Authority Meeting, Tuesday, January 21, 6:30 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore.

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) 7935070 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 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. Moore Chamber of Commerce –Closed for Holiday, January 1. South OKC Chamber of Commerce – Closed for Holiday, January 1. Moore Chamber of Commerce Business Before Hours, Thursday, January 9, 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., Whataburger, 2290 S. Service Road. 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. Check out the Chamber Calendar for the location of the next one! Contact Kim Brown at 405-794-3400 for more information or email Moore Chamber of Commerce Eggs n’ Issues – House and Senate Update, Wednesday, January 15, 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., Moore Chamber of Commerce, 305 W. Main Street. Eggs & Issues is the Moore Chamber of Commerce's forum where our business community gathers to discuss business and legislative issues. $10 registration, RSVP required. RSVP’s must be paid unless notified 24 hours in advance. Catered by: Boomerang Diner. Contact Kim Brown at 405-794-3400 for more information or email Moore Chamber of Commerce Lunch n’ Learn – Brain Food/ Legal/HR/Safety, Thursday, January 16, 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 a.m., Moore Chamber of Commerce, 305 W. Main Street. The Chamber ”Lunch n’ Learn” Series is an innovative and creative program as noted. Chamber members who are experts in their fields are invited to share their expertise with other Chamber members over the lunch hour. Each lunch will focus on topics related to professional and personal development. $10 registration, RSVP required. RSVP’s must be paid unless notified 24 hours in advance. Catered by: Boomerang Diner. Contact Kim Brown at 405-794-3400 for more information or email South OKC Chamber of Commerce Dream Team Networking Group, Wednesday, January 8, 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. at The Stuffed Olive, 12215 S. Pennsylvania Ave. There is  no cost to participate in this networking session other than the food and beverages you choose to order. Membership in the South OKC Chamber is required to be a regular participant.  Non-Chamber members are welcome to attend once, prior to joining the South OKC Chamber. For more information contact Linda Richardson with HMIpromos at or 405-473-8008 or Marla Robinson with Wonderland Treasures at 405-514-8937 or South OKC Chamber of Commerce Seriously Fun Networking, TThursday, January 9 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Jimmy John’s, 10601 S. Western Avenue. There is no cost to participate in this networking session. Complimentary refreshments will be available. Membership in the South OKC Chamber is required to be a regular participant. Non-Chamber members are welcome to attend once, prior to joining the South OKC Chamber. For more information contact Co-Chair: Linda Richardson with HMIpromos at or 405-473-8008..

Moore Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, Thursday, January 23, 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., Tinker Federal Credit Union, 400 SW 6th Street. 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. Check out the Chamber Calendar for the location of the next one! Contact Kim Brown at 405-794-3400 for more information or email LRichardsonOKC@aol. com or (405) 473-8008 Co-Chair: Karen Proctor with Village on the Park at or (405) 692-8700. South OKC Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet Celebration 2019 in 2020, Thursday, January 16, 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. at Jimmy John’s, Embassy Suites Hilton, Oklahoma City Downtown Medical Center, 741 N. Phillips Ave. Reception at 6:30 p.m. and dinner at 7:00 p.m. Save the date, and join us for an evening of celebration for the new year! The Annual Banquet serves as the installation ceremony for the 2020 Board of Directors, as well as an award ceremony to recognize the Volunteer of the Year, Ambassador of the Year, Citizen of the Year, and our Native Oklahoman. Individual tockers are $125. Corporate table of eight is $1350. RSVP’S must be received by Thursday, January 9. Any RSVP received after January 9, individual tickets are $150. For more information call 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 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 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 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) 7352527. 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.

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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.


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) 326-5554, or 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. 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 405-793-2600.

SENIOR CONNECTION Moore Senior Citizen Nutrition Site, Monday – Friday, 11:30 a.m., Brand Senior Center, 501 E. Main, (405) 793-9069. 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.


Emotions Anonymous, meets every Wednesday at 6p at Earlywine YMCA. A weekly support group for men and women having emotional difficulties, looking for peace of mind. Contact info should you have any questions is Bruce Allen 405-364-9845 or

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.

CELEBRATE RECOVERY: • 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.

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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.

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 Betty Worley at 405-691-9161.

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.

Moore Horseshoe Pitching Club, every Thursday, 6:00 p.m., Fairmoore Park. For more information, contact (405) 237-1171.

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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) 8314405 or go to for more information.

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 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 or call (405) 735-3060.

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 WOMEN: Moms Club of Moore, the second Thursday of the month, Westmoore Community Church. Go to for more information.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Volunteer for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, Volunteers will work on large projects together sorting food, putting together food kits and filling up food for kids boxes for the backpack program. There are also opportunities to work in our high capacity kitchen or protein processing room. Volunteers work inside our main volunteer center located at 3355 S Purdue Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73139. To volunteer go to RFBO. or call 405-972-1111. 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 or contact Mel Rogers at (405) 841-5817 or Blue Star Mothers of America. Moore City Hall is a donation drop-off for items for our service members overseas. For needs, see or go to City Hall. Help Deliver Meals to Moore homebound residents. Volunteer drivers needed. Call Darlene Carrell, 793-9069, Brand Center. 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 Moore Food Resource Center, The Moore FRC is located at 2635 N. Shields Blvd. in Moore and it is a high capacity grocery store setting that offers groceries at no cost to those in need. Volunteers help clients shop, restock shelves, sort food and have an incredible experience helping fight hunger in Moore, Norman and South OKC. To sign up to volunteer go to RFBO. or call 405-600-3188. 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

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“So, the idea of our first ‘Ninja’ restaurant was born,” said Mary. “We opened our first restaurant in 2010, and it just expanded on the north side from there.” As the restaurants grew in popularity, Kang and Mary realized they had hit on a winning concept and decided to make the move south and open opportunities for franchising. They ran into a small problem when checking on the possibility of trademarking the “Ninja” name. “Obviously, there were a lot of restaurants out there with that name,” said Mary. “But as we thought about it, we looked at the name of one of the sons, which was ‘Jo Jo,” and the ‘Nhinjo’ brand was born.” A family dining experience isn’t necessarily the first thing that comes to mind when you think about great sushi. That’s changing as the Oklahomans behind the new Nhinjo Sushi near Westmoore High School aim to freshen up the whole sushi image. Kang and Mary Nhin are the owners of a chain of restaurants and have been eagerly looking to bring their concept to the south side of the metro. “It all started back in 2006,” said Mary. “We have three boys, and we would love to take them out to eat when they were ages two, three, and four. But it was just hard to find a place where we could be comfortable as a family.” Mary and her husband decide to create a concept for Asian dining that was fast, fun, fresh, and family-friendly.

The move into restaurants was a natural one for Kang. “Growing up, my family owned a noodle manufacturing company,” said Kang. “It wasn’t just that, food and cooking was a central part of our family traditions and gatherings. So I grew up in that environment, and sharing that experience is a passion for me.” Mary laughs when Kang talks about his passion for cooking. “Kang’s ‘love language’ is service, and cooking is one of the ways that he has always served,” said Mary. That language of love and service is a significant component of the Nhinjo Sushi


experience. Mary and Kang believe it sets them apart from so many other sushi restaurants. “While we work hard to make sure the environment is fun, we don’t sacrifice on quality,” said Mary. “We offer sushi, plenty of Asian entrees, and a great selection of healthy dining choices. You can come in on your lunch break or with your families for dinner and dine relatively quickly compared to other places.” One of the things that helps Nhinjo Sushi quickly deliver great sushi has been the way the kitchen has incorporated cutting edge technology. Director of Operations Tony Nguyen says Nhinjo has added robots to the sushi-making process in a way that compliments their chefs. “It allows us to deliver high-quality sushi quickly and consistently,” said Nguyen. “The robot can roll out a sheet of rice that is the same thickness and then slice the sushi in perfect proportions every single time. It’s fast and efficient.” While the robot helps with rolling and slicing the sushi, the preparation and recipes are all the product of careful and passionate human hands. “Serving others and preparing meals is something that we take so much personal and family pride in,” said Kang. “It’s easy when you enjoy cooking so much. It’s just a part of who you are.”

Nhinjo Sushi also provides a variety of ways customers can order their meals that help make the process even quicker. You can order at the counter in the same way as most fast-casual restaurants, but you can also take advantage of the latest technology. “Of course, you can order by phone,” said Mary, “But you can also download our app and order using it. When you come to the restaurant, you’ll also find a touch-screen ordering station near the door that you can use.” Kang says they also have plans to add a drive-through to the Nhinjo Susi restaurant on Western in 2020. “Business customers are another niche for us,” said Kang. “They have limited time available for lunch, so we want to make the process of ordering and pick-up as easy as possible for them.”



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From Seed to Spoon: January is the Perfect Time to Embrace Indoor Gardening for you to grow based on your reasons for wanting to grow! January is a great time to get seeds going indoors for your cool-season crops. We grow in 2 different indoor grow areas. We have a small tabletop setup from Burpee that is set up in our living room as well as a larger unit that we built ourselves from supplies we found on Craigslist. We have a video all about how you can build this 4-rack seed starting system that will allow you start up to 1,152 seeds at a time for less than $100! We also show how we made our do-it-yourself seed starting mix. Check out our YouTube channel at fromseedtospoon to watch it!

Happy January! Believe it or not, this is the time to get excited about gardening! Did you make a new year’s resolution to start eating healthier or to live a more active life? Instead of spending time indoors at the gym, we like to kill two birds with one stone and work in the garden. This way we can get some exercise while we’re growing healthy food for our family! Check out our free From Seed to Spoon app in the App Store to help walk you through how to get started growing your own food. There are even health benefits listed within the app to help you see which plants are best


Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, onions, and parsley are a few of the plants you can start this month indoors here in our area. You can see the full list of all the plants you can grow where you live with planting dates customized for your GPS location in our free app. Starting seeds indoors now gives us a head start on our growing season so we will start getting food earlier! This also saves us quite a bit of money because we don’t have to buy all these transplants at a store. We love having easy access to this food in our backyard because it makes it more likely that we will actually eat healthier. We can just go grocery shopping outside in our garden when preparing our meals! There are a lot of plants that can survive outdoors in the cold temperatures that we get here in Oklahoma. Most of these cool-season plants can handle a freeze. They’ve even survived an Oklahoma snowfall! This is one of the reasons why we like to plant a lot of these plants outdoors in the fall so we can already have them established outdoors for the spring temperatures when they will start producing food for us. 

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Norman Regional’s Journey Clinic is dedicated to helping people battling with obesity. It offers both medical and surgical options for weight loss. Medical weight loss is a comprehensive approach focused on the patient’s individual needs. Treatment plans vary but may include medications, personalized meal plans, nutritional counseling, an individualized exercise plan and metabolic testing. Our surgeons are board certified and fellowship trained in weight loss surgery. Weight loss procedures include bypass, sleeve or band surgery, as well as modified duodenal switch. All of these can be performed with minimally-invasive techniques. For patients, that means less blood loss, smaller scars, and a shorter recovery time. The results are absolutely tremendous, with some patients losing more than 100 lbs. after surgery. Lana Nelson, DO, is the Director of the Bariatric Service Program at Norman Regional Health System. She knows weight loss is about much more than the number on the scale. “It’s also about enabling people to go for a hike on the weekend and do that without getting out of breath or without having terrible pain,” said Dr. Nelson. “It’s about helping people be able to ride a roller coaster at Frontier City. It’s about helping people get on an airplane and not asking for a seat extender. It’s about helping people train for their first 5K, and in some instances, their first marathon.” Journey Clinic’s new Norman location, 2821 36th Ave. NW, Suite 200, offers patients a comprehensive program onsite. Appointments, labs, physical therapy and psychological evaluations will all take place in one location. Journey Clinic even has a demonstration kitchen for patients to learn how to cook healthy meals. We want to help patients along every step of their weight loss journey. If you’d like to learn more, call 405-515-2049.

Oklahoma’s other big health problem is tobacco, whether it’s smoking, dipping, chewing or vaping. Statistically speaking, when compared to all other states, Oklahoma is 4.4% higher in its high school smoking rate, 6.2% higher in its adult smoking rate, and 7.3% higher for male high school students using smokeless tobacco. Oklahoma sees 1,800 kids under the age of 18 become new daily smokers each year. The use of e-cigarettes has exploded in our youth, with a one-year increase of 78%! As if these statistics are not staggering enough, consider that smoking costs Oklahoma $1.62 billion a year in healthcare. Norman Regional Health System has made it a priority to turn the tide. We recently implemented a new process to refer patients to the Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline, 1-800-QUIT-NOW. The new process led to nearly 700 referrals in just one year. That’s a cumulative 604 years of life given back to our patients. We are also taking part in a statewide campaign to help Oklahomans quit tobacco. The campaign, OK to Quit, encourages tobacco users to talk to their healthcare provider about how to quit smoking. That’s important because studies have shown that people who combine counseling and medication double their chances of success. More than 50 organizations are taking part in OK to Quit, helping spread the message during Oklahoma Quit Week, Jan. 15-22. Quitting tobacco is tough, but support from loved ones and medical professionals can help you kick the habit and live a healthier life. Norman Regional Health System has 15 primary care locations across south central Oklahoma, six of which are in Moore or south Oklahoma City. All six locations strive to offer same-day or next-day appointments, while some also accept walk-in patients. Call us at 405-515-5000 to find the right provider for you and your family.

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A Hot Take on Sustainable Food Systems during these Cold Months. foods, “up to 2,700 million hectares of pasture and 100 million hectares of cropland could be abandoned, resulting in a large carbon uptake from re-growing vegetation. Additionally, methane and nitrous oxide emission would be reduced substantially.”

During these cold winter months, the issue of global warming is likely far from the brain. But, did you know that what you put on your plate plays a large role in environmental health? This has to do with the fact that the livestock supply chain is a large contributor to climate change. The livestock sector alone contributes 14.5% of humaninduced greenhouse gas emissions, with beef and cattle milk accounting for the majority of those sector emissions (Gerber et al. 2013). According to the Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research (CGIAR), a meatrich diet, comprised of about 33% animal products, causes significantly more greenhouse gas emissions than a diet comprised of less meat, or only about 10% animal products.

One of the main ways the livestock sector contributes to global warming is through deforestation. Raising animals for human consumption requires a large amount of land and resources. Trees must be cut down, soil is lost, and precious water is used. The agriculture industry is actually responsible for 75% of deforestation worldwide (Stehfest et al. 2009). In order to generate one pound of edible flesh, a cow must consume sixteen pounds of vegetation and approximately 2,500 gallons of water are used in the process (PETA). It only takes about twenty-five gallons of water to produce one pound of wheat (PETA). In their analysis on “Climate Benefits of Changing Diet,” Stehfes et al. estimates that if everyone were to reduce their meat consumption, or even switch to completely plant-based protein


In addition to taking a heavy toll on the environment, a meat rich diet is also less sustainable in a world with a rapidly rising global demand for food. This increased demand for food can be attributed to both population growth and changing food patterns. The Standard American Diet which is rich in meat, sugar, and vegetable oils has spread to many other regions of the world (Pradhan et al. 2013). As mentioned above, if food patters do not change, agriculture production will need to increase by 60%, relative to 2005, to meet global food demands in 2050 (Alexandratos and Bruinsma 2012). According to the Worldwatch Institute, “roughly two of every five tons of grain produced in the world is fed to livestock, poultry, or fish; decreasing consumption of these products, especially of beef, could free up massive quantities of grain and reduce pressure on land.” While food demands are on the rise, food waste is a growing problem as well. Approximately one-third of food produced for human consumption is lost or wasted (Gustavsson et al. 2011). With all of these dim statics, you may be wondering what can be done. There are several things individuals can do to assist in the mitigation effort. First, aim on trending towards a more plant-

forward diet. You will likely experience health benefits from eating more fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes. If you’re not interested in significantly cutting down on your meat intake, consider engaging in concepts such as “Meat-less Mondays.” Secondly, make an effort to eat local. Local food travels less, reducing greenhouse emissions from fuel. Last but not least, avoid wasting food. Save your leftovers for future meals. Donate items you won’t use to food pantries. Don’t purchase more than you can cook before the ingredients spoil. These small changes can make a big difference. Eat sustainably this winter! SOURCES Gerber PJ, Steinfeld H, Henderson B, Mottet A, Opio C, Dijkman J, Falcucci A, Tempio G. Tackling Climate change through livestock: a global assessment of emissions ad mitigation opportunities. Rome: FAO. “Big Facts on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security.” Consultative Group on International Agriculture Research. Accessed 19 Nov. 2019. Stehfest E, Bouwman AF, van Vuuren DP, den Elzen MGJ, Eickhout B, Kabat P. 2009. Climate benefits of changing diet. Climatic Change 95:83–102. DOI 10.1007/s10584-008-95346. “Frequently Asked Questions: How Does Eating Meat Harm the Environment?” People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. Accessed 20 Nov. 2019. Pradhan P, Reusser DE, Kropp JP. 2013. Embodied greenhouse gas emissions in diets. PLoS ONE 8(5):e62228. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0062228. Alexandratos N, Bruinsma J. 2012. World agriculture towards 2030/2050: The 2012 revision. ESA Working Paper No. 12-03. Rome: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. ap106e.pdf. Accessed 19 Nov. 2019. Gustavsson J, Cederberg C, Sonesson U, van Otterdijk R, Meybeck A. 2011. Global food losses and food waste. Rome: Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. GFL_web.pdf. Accessed 21 Nov. 2019.

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*This is a partial schedule of classes, camps, and activities available through Moore Parks and Recreation. For a full schedule please visit: departments/parks-recreation/events-andprograms or activities-programs JANUARY SPECIAL New Year Resolution – Bring a Friend Passholders – bring a friend and if they sign up for an annual pass then you will receive 1 FREE MONTH at the station. (One referral per annual pass). Month of January only. New passholders will receive a Station t-shirt and a Station water bottle.

SPRING BREAK CAMPS Art Camp WHEN: March 16th - March 20th TIME: 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center AGES: 6-12 REGISTRATION: February 1st - March 15th FEE: $95 w /T-shirt Create colorful paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and more. You will use watercolors, paint, crayons, beads, strings, and clay. A lot of fun and the best part is you get to keep and take home what you make. Gizmo’s, Gadgets, & Thangs Camp Presents: Robots & Rockets WHEN: March 16th - March 20th TIME: 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center AGES: 7-14 REGISTRATION: February 1st - March 15th REGISTRATIONTYPE: Online FEE: $95 w /T-shirt Science has never been this much fun before. In this camp you will get to build and create your very own robot that will do multiple things. You will also get to build and launch rockets that you will get to take home at the end of camp.

Extreme Animals Camp WHEN: March 16th - March 20th TIME: 1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center AGES: 6-12 REGISTRATION: February 1st - March 15th FEE: $125 w /T-shirt Get ready for a wildly entertaining experience! Get up close and personal with endangered species, creepy crawlies and more! You will also learn about different habitats and create different types of arts and crafts that relate to those species and their habitats. Basketball Camp WHEN: March 16th - March 18th TIME: 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.

WHERE: The Station Recreation Center AGES: 7-14 REGISTRATION: Febru ary 1st - March 16th FEE: $70 w /T-shirt For any young athlete who is looking to improve his or her skills, work hard, make new friends and have fun. Learn offensive and defensive skills and game like scenarios. Volleyball Camp WHEN: March 19th - March 20th TIME: 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center AGES: 7-14 REGISTRATION: February 1st - March 15th FEE: $55 w /T-shirt For any young athlete who is looking to improve his or her skills, work hard, make new friends and have fun. What better way than by getting to play volleyball for 2 days and learn some new things in the process. Backyard Sports Camp WHEN: March 16th - March 20TH TIME: 1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center AGES: 7-14 REGISTRATION: February 1st - March 15th FEE: $75 w /T-shirt For any young athlete who is looking to improve his or her skills, work hard, make new friends and have fun. In this this camp you will learn about a variety of Sports that will include but not limited to Football, Baseball, Soccer, Volleyb all & Basketball.

OASIS SUMMER DAY CAMP AGE: 5 years to 12 years LOCATION: Moore Community Center 301 S. Howard Ave. TIME: 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. WHEN: June 1st - August 7th REGISTRATION: Starts February 18th Must Register in Person at The Station Front Desk Station Passholders $115 per week x 10 weeks = $1150 Entire Summer $125 per week Select Weeks Non-Station Passholders $130 per week x 10 weeks = $1300 Entire Summer $140 per week Select Weeks Want your kids to have the absolute best summer they have ever had? If the answer is “yes”, then you need to sign them up


for The City of Moore’s Oasis Summer Day Camp. The Oasis Summer Day Camp will be from June 1st-August 7th. It will be every Monday-Friday. Kids will get to learn, play games, participate in arts & crafts, and meet new friends at the Oasis Summer Day Camp. Kids will also get to go on awesome field trips once a week and we will go to the Station Aquatic Center once a week as well. Some of the field trips we will go on include bowling at Hey Day, going to the movies at Warren Theatre, going to the Oklahoma City Zoo, and going to The Oklahoma City Science Museum to name just a few. The field trips and the trips to The Station Aquatic Center are also provided in the cost per week. Snacks and drinks will be provided every day for no additional cost. Kids will need to provide their own sack lunch every day and bring a swimsuit, towel and/or change of clothes on the days we will be going to the Aquatic Center at The Station. Registration is per-week but you can also sign up for the entire summer as well. The City of Moore’s Oasis Summer Day Camp and its staff are under American Camping Association standard guidelines. The first payment is due when registering your child. When choosing Select Weeks Option, payment is due at the time of registration.

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YOUTH SPRING LEAGUES Youth Soccer Spring League When: Coaches Meeting – March 2nd at 7:00 p.m. Games: Saturdays starting March 28th Time: 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. League runs 7 weeks + Tournament Ages: Boys & Girls 3,4,5, & 6, Co-Ed 7/8 – Boys and Girls Age Determination Date: March 28, 2020 Fee: $60 for residents, $70 for nonresidents, $20 Late Fee after February 16th Where: Buck Thomas Park Registration/Signups: January 1st – February 16th Registration Type: Online at www. Birth Certificate Due: March 26th by 5:00 p.m. Practices Begin: March 9th Practices Bid Sheet Due: March 6th at 8:00 a.m. Jerseys will be given to each team by the first game. Shorts, athletic shoes, cleats, shin guards and any other equipment will not be supplied.

CLASSES ADULT SPRING LEAGUES Adult Men’s Spring Basketball League When: Coaches Meeting – February 25th at 6:00 p.m. Games: Monday nights starting March 2nd Time: 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. League runs 7 weeks + Tournament Ages: Men 18 years and older Fee: $450 per team Where: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room Registration/Signups: January 1st – February 21st Registration Type: Online-Coach Registers Team Team Minimum: 4 Team Maximum: 16 Adult Spring Co-Ed Indoor Volleyball League When: Coaches Meeting – February 25th at 7:00 p.m. Games: Tuesday nights starting March 3rd Time: 6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. League runs 7 weeks + Tournament Ages: Men & Women 18 years and older Fee: $275 per team Where: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room Registration/Signups: January 1st – February 21st

Adult Drawing Class When: January 14th-February 4th Tuesday Nights (4 Classes) Time: 6:30 P.M-8:15 P.M. for January Classes Ages: 15+ Fee: $60 per Session Where: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room Registration: Now - January 13th for January Classes Use several drawing media and various techniques in this class. All supplies included. Class taught by certified art instructor. Adult Morning Painting & Drawing Class When: January 14th – February 18th (Tuesdays) Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Age: 15+ Fee: $60 per session Where: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room Registration: Now – January 13th Instructor: Maria Villegas Use several drawing, painting, media and various techniques in this class. All supplies included. Class taught by a certified art instructor.

AGES: 18+ COST: $55 per session REGISTRATION PERIOD: April 1st - July 9th INSTRUCTOR: Torie Sangi

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

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Combo Dance Class When:January 8th - January 29th Wednesday Nights (4 Classes) February 5th - February 26th Wednesday Nights (4 Classes) Time: 6:30 P.M -7:15 P.M. Ages: 4-8 Years Fee: $50 per Session Where: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room Registration: Now - January 7th t for January Classes Now - February 4th for February Classes This is a class where we combine Ballet, Tap, and Jazz throughout the class so the student can get an even mix of the 3 styles of dance. High energy and fun. All Classes will then get practice sessions included in the cost for a recital. Recitals will be the end of February. Hip Hop/Jazz Dance Class When: January 9th- January 30th Thursday Nights (4 Classes) February 6th - February 27th Thursday Nights (4 Classes) Time: 6:30 P.M -7:15 P.M. Ages: 4-8 Years Fee: $50 per Session Where: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room Registration: Now - January 8th for January Classes Now – February 5th for February Classes This uses popular and current music the kids will know and recognize to learn dances and choreography with different elements. Age appropriate music that is clean and not derogatory. All classes will then get practice sessions included in the cost for a recital. Recitals will be the end of February. Baby Ballet When: January 9th - January 30th Thursday Nights (4 Classes) February 6th - February 27th Thursday Nights (4 Classes) Time: 5:30 P.M -6:15 P.M. Ages: 3-5 Years Fee: $50 per session Where: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room Registration: Now - January 8th for January Classes Now - February 5th for February Classes Without mom and dad, the child gets to learn the basics of Ballet through music, movement, and balance. Fun, positive, and appropriate for the little ones. All classes will get practice sessions included in the cost for a recital. Recitals will be at the end of February at a date to be determined.

Without mom and dad, the child gets to learn the basics of Ballet through music, movement, and balance. Fun, positive, and appropriate for the little ones. All

classes will get practice sessions included in the cost for a recital. Recitals will be at the end of February at a date to be determined. Toddler Dance Class When: January 8th -January 29th Wednesday Nights (4 Classes) February 5th - February 26th Wednesday Nights (4 Classes) Time: 5:30 P.M -6:15 P.M. Ages: 18 months-3 Years Fee: $50 per Session Where: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room Registration: Now - January 7th for January Classes Now - February 4th for February Classes Toddler will learn the basics of dance all while having fun and making new friends in the process. All classes will get practice sessions included in the cost for a recital. Recitals will be the end of February. Spanish 4 Kids When: January 6th- February 27th Every Monday & Thursdays (16 Classes) Time: 5:15 P.M -6:15 P.M. for September Classes 4:00 P.M-5:00 P.M. for January Classes Ages: 6-13YR Fee: $90 per Session Where: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room Registration: Now - January 5th for January Classes Learn Spanish for beginners. Kid classes will teach Spanish to the children with parents and the parents will learn how to teach their child at home. Spanish 4 Adults When: January 6th - February 24th Every Monday (8 Classes) 5:15 P.M.-6:15 P.M. for January Classes Ages: 15+ Fee: $70 per Session Where: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room Registration: Now - January 5th for January Classes Learn Spanish for beginners. Adult classes will teach the basics of understanding and being able to use basic Spanish in the real world. Continuation Spanish 4 Adults When: January 6th-Febuary 24th Every Monday (8 Classes) Time: 6:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M. Ages: 15+ Fee: $70 per Session Where: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room Registration: Now - January 5th for January Classes For anyone who has completed Spanish 4 Adults at the Station or is interested in

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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.


but please let us know. For ages 3-6 you will check your child in the Child Watch Room and the Activity Room for ages 7-11.

Family Game Night When: January 23rd Time: 7:30 P.M -9:30 P.M. Ages: Anyone-Children 6 & Under must be accompanied by an Adult. Fee: Free Where: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room Registration: No Registration Instructor: The Station Staff Open for families of all ages with a variety of different family games from board games like Monopoly to card games like Go Fish. Also more active games like Ping Pong. Ping Pong Mania When: February 20th, March 26th Time: 7:30 P.M -9:30 P.M. Ages: Anyone- Kids 6 & Under accompanied by an adult Fee: Free Where: The Station Recreation Center Registration: No Registration Instructor: The Station Staff Free to come. Whether you want to play just for fun or have a more competitive game, this is for you. Our team will also have a tutorial of how to play. Parents Night Out When: January 3rd, February 7th and March 6th Time: 6:00 P.M -10:00 P.M. Where: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room & Child Watch Room Ages: 3 Years-11 Years Old Fee: $15 per child Registration: Now - Day before Parent’s Night Out Day for The Month.. Instructor: The Station Staff Once a month on a Friday, parents can enjoy a night on the town while their children are having fun and learning. Depending on the age, the child will either be in the Child Watch Room or the Activity Room. Check in as at 6 P.M. and you must pick your child up by 10 P.M. If you wish to check them in later or pick them up earlier you may do so. Dinner will be provided (pizza). If your child has a food allergy this will be accommodated.




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On the Night of the Shooting Star

Author:  Amy Hest Illustrator:  Jenni Desmond Publisher:  Candlewick Press Reviewer:  Mary Maynord, Children’s Librarian, Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library Bunny and Dog live on opposite sides of the fence. Every morning, first thing, Bunny looks through the fence and the tall grass at Dog. And every morning, first thing, Dog looks through the fence and the tall grass at Bunny. No one says hello. Or hi. Or nice to see you today. But then one night, Bunny and Dog both see a shooting star – Zzzzip! – and then it is gone. Could this shared moment be the start of a friendship? This is a heartwarming story of friendship and being brave enough to take the first step. Children will easily relate with Bunny and Dog in the difficulty there is sometimes in making friends. The illustrations exude warmth and compassion with lovely details that children will want to look at over and over. If you enjoy On the Night of the Shooting Star, you may enjoy other books by Amy Hest like “The Reader” or “When Charley Met Grandpa.”  For more book recommendations stop by the children’s desk at your local library or call 405-979-2200.  For other library events and information visit or download the Pioneer Library System Connect App.



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Wednesday, Jan. 1 – Library closed, New Year’s Day Thursday, Jan. 2 – Library closed, collection inventory day Friday, Jan. 3 – Zumbini 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4 – Familes Explore: Gaming 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 5 – Sunday Story Time: Won’t You Be My Neighbor? 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7 – Preschool Story Time​ 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 8 – Lapsit Story Time​ 10 and 10:45 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 9 – Pre-K Play 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 12 – Sunday Story Time: Won’t You Be My Neighbor? 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13 – Kids Club: Games 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14 – Preschool Story Time​ 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15 – Lapsit Story Time​ 10 and 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15 – Sensory Play Time 4 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 – Story Time at the Boxcar Coffee 2 p.m.           Friday, Jan. 17 – Zumbini 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 – Familes Explore: Gaming 11 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 19 – Sunday Story Time: Won’t You Be My Neighbor? 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20 – Library closed, Martin Luther King Jr. Day Tuesday, Jan. 21 – Preschool Story Time​ 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22 – Lapsit Story Time​ 10 and 10:45 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 – Pre-K Play 10 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 26 – Sunday Story Time: Won’t You Be My Neighbor? 2 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27 – Tween Scene: Gaming 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28 – Preschool Story Time​ 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29 – Lapsit Story Time​ 10 and 10:45 a.m.  


Wednesday, Jan. 1 – Library closed, New Year’s Day Thursday, Jan. 2 – Library closed, collection inventory day Sunday, Jan. 5 – Writers’ Workshop Monday, Jan. 6 – Beginner’s Yoga​ Thursday, Jan. 9 – Zumba Thursday, Jan. 9 – “Servin’ Up Books” Book Club Monday, Jan. 13 – Beginner’s Yoga​ Thursday, Jan. 16 – Zumba Monday, Jan. 20 – Library closed, Martin Luther King Jr. Day Tuesday, Jan. 21 – Teen DIY Club Thursday, Jan. 23 – How to Prepare for a Marathon Thursday, Jan. 23 – Zumba Friday, Jan. 24 – Social Security Forum Friday, Jan. 24 – DIY with Essential Oils Monday, Jan. 27 – Beginner’s Yoga​ Thursday, Jan. 30 – Zumba Friday, Jan. 31 – Daffodil Dreams: Planning Your Spring Garden


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Wednesday, Jan. 1 – Library closed, New Year’s Day Thursday, Jan. 2 – Library closed, collection inventory day Monday, Jan. 6 – Little Movers Story Time (ages 18-36 months) 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 6 – Early Explorers (ages 1-6) 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 9 – Baby Lapsit (ages 18 months and under) 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 10 – Preschool Story Time (ages 3-6) 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 11 – Familes Explore: Winter Art 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13 – Little Movers Story Time (ages 18-36 months) 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 13 – Early Explorers (ages 1-6) 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14 – STEAM Club Jr.: Animals in Winter (ages 5-7) 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 – Baby Lapsit (ages 18 months and under) 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 – Tween STEAM (ages 8-11) 4:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 – Preschool Story Time (ages 3-6) 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20 – Library closed, Martin Luther King Jr. Day Wednesday, Jan. 22 – Touch, Learn, Create: Snow (ages 2-6) 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23 – Baby Lapsit (ages 18 months and under) 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 24 – Preschool Story Time (ages 3-6) 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 25 – Library Music Connection (ages 3-7) 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27 – Little Movers Story Time (ages 18-36 months) 10 a.m. Monday, Jan. 27 – Early Explorers (ages 1-6) 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 30 – Baby Lapsit (ages 18 months and under) 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31 – Preschool Story Time (ages 3-6) 10 a.m.  Teen/Adult Wednesday, Jan. 1 – Library closed, New Year’s Day Thursday, Jan. 2 – Library closed, collection inventory day Monday, Jan. 6 – Barre for Beginners 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7 – Juicing for Immunity 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9 – Teen STEAM: Forensic Science 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9 – Penn Avenue Literary Society 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 13 – Barre for Beginners 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14 – SOKC Friends of the Library Meeting 9 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14 – Overcoming Overwhelm via Time & Priority Management 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20 – Library closed, Martin Luther King Jr. Day Tuesday, Jan. 21 – Barre for Beginners 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27 – Teens: Theatrical Reading 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27 – Barre for Beginners 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 30 – 80’s Workout Night 6:30 p.m.


Momentum: Updates from the Moore Chamber of Commerce The most profitable connections in business come from relationships, and the Chamber provides the most opportunity to associate with influential and connected people than any other source in Moore. Being engaged is the best way to connect with decision-makers. In regards to public policy, we listen to legislators, and they listen to us. Our relationships mean that we understand and influence topics that impact the success of your business. If you haven’t experienced the excitement and benefits of chamber membership, we encourage you to start the dialog. Connect with us on social media or join us at one of our events. We have the tools to help you succeed.

Editor’s Note: We are pleased to introduce this new monthly feature to Moore Monthly readers. The Moore Chamber of Commerce plays an important and positive role in our community and we look forward to regular updates from our friends at the Chamber! The Moore Chamber of Commerce (MCC) serves as the voice of the Moore area business community, focused on driving business success. The Chamber has been driving business success in the Moore for more than 70 years. Times have changed since we opened our doors, but our goal remains the same: to promote and facilitate the growth of the business community. Business development is the cornerstone of what we do for the community. The Chamber is dedicated to marketing Moore

to potential new residents and businesses looking to locate in our community. Why? Companies bring jobs that give Moore residents a higher standard of living. At the same time, successful businesses create a strong tax base that can be used in our city for quality roads, parks, and resources for our kids’ schools. While it is essential to dedicate time to new business, it is vital to devote countless hours to existing local businesses. Our local businesses are the backbone of our community. Those business owners are neighbors. They have children in our schools. They shop local. They do business local. They are you and me. Local businesses provide us with unique opportunities, innovative solutions, and, more importantly, they re-invest in the community. So be

sure to re-invest in them so that we do not lose the uniqueness that they bring to the community. The Chamber has educated Moore business and civic leaders since 1997. Our Leadership Moore (LR) program is a shining example of building community leadership. More than 250 participants have graduated from the program, which includes members of the city council and school board, not to mention small, medium, and large businesses.

We are excited about what the future holds and feel that 2020 is a year of action! Moore is continuing to grow, and with that comes with some “pains.” We, as residents and consumers, need to come together and support the efforts of our city to better the community for our children but also come together and support our local businesses, all our businesses. When you are investing your money in your local economy, you are not just helping local business owners - you are also helping yourself. You are making your community a better place to live in, with a rich character, a thriving economy, and a tightly knit community.

The Chamber provides members the benefit of visibility and connection. Studies show that consumers are more likely to do business with businesses who have shown they support the community through Chamber membership and sponsorship.



UNFINISHED BUSINESS PART ONE: Moore Lady Lions Target Improvement It was a tough moment for the Moore Lady Lions last February as they fell just short of a trip to the 6A state basketball tournament. The Lady Lions fell to Page High School 5743 that night. Head coach Brent Hodges says loss hurt but has become a significant source of motivation for this season. "I think we've started this year with the end in mind," said Hodges. "We have a lot of returning players, and I think we have everything we need to make a deep run in the tournament and contend for a gold ball." Hodges says the entire state is now aware of just how potentially good this Lady Lions team is. They're loaded with size, speed, and talent and aren't going to sneak up on anyone. That means they're going to get the best effort from every team they face. "When you have some talented and hardworking players like we do, it's going to get everyone's attention," said Hodges. "For us, that means we just have to be even more focused and work together to get this done." Juniors Aaliyah Moore and Raychael Harjo are two of those talented players Hodges points to. Both are being recruited by multiple D1 schools, and Moore played on the USA 16-Under team this summer at the FIBA U16 America's tournament in Chile, winning a gold medal. Neither Moore nor Harjo is taking anything for granted this year. "It was definitely disappointing last year," said Moore, "We did look back and realize that we need to go harder this year. But we've been looking forward since then and are expecting a lot from each other." Harjo says this team embraces those high expectations and is turning the energy from that into some profound effort in practices. "I love playing with this group of girls," said Harjo. "We really work hard together, and I think our energy is really great. We do need to be more disciplined, but I think we're working hard on that." Hodge says those harder practices are by design. One of his goals going into the year was to turn up the heat in practices, especially on the defensive end. "We've done a lot of defensive conditioning and focused on some things that we struggled with late in the year last year," said Hodges. "So we're working on that defensive mindset and being more disciplined in every facet of what we do on the court."

For Harjo, it's that mental part of the game that she has embraced. "I have a pretty good idea of the things I need to work on," said Harjo. "For me, it's just being more mentally prepared to go into battle and to support my teammates as much as I can, helping them stay focused every day." The harder practices and the more intense focus are also a welcome step for Moore, especially when it comes to paying attention to the details. "It's crazy how much the little things matter," said Moore, "But they really do. Paying attention that detail as a team and as individuals, even something as simple as warming up. It seems like a simple thing, but warming up really does set the tone physically and mentally for how you're going to start the game, so we want to warm up with focus and energy." Both Harjo and Moore say they love the friendships and bonds they've found on this team and believe that's something that's only going to get stronger as the season goes on.

UNFINISHED BUSINESS 2: Southmoore Boys Expect No Surprises This Year As the Southmoore boys basketball team heads into the meat of their January schedule, head coach Tim Stogsdill says this is a balanced team, both in talent and mindset. “What’s great about this group is that they genuinely don’t care who gets the credit,” said Stogsdill. “Anyone of them could go off for 25 points on any given night, but they’re not worried about that.” Stogsdill says a recent game with perennial state power Edmond Memorial is an excellent example of how the team adapts to their opponents. “When we beat Edmond Memorial, we had four different guys in double figures,” said Stogsdill. “They’re great about sharing the ball and not worrying about how ends up with the points.” The Southmoore boys surprised a lot of folks by advancing to the semifinals of last year’s 6A state basketball tournament. The Sabercats blasted Putnam City 64-49 before falling to eventual state champion Tulsa Washington in a heartbreaker, 61-59. Stogsdill says this year’s team won’t surprise anybody. That also means their expectations are for a return to the big dance.

"We've really come together as a team," said Harjo. "Even in the middle of hard practices when we're running and about to drop, we pick each other up and encourage one another."

“There’s a whole lot of basketball yet to be played,” said Stogsdill, “But these guys have had the experience of getting to state, and they know what it takes to get there. I think they’re taking that experience and building on it.”

Moore said, "There's pretty much no tension on this team. We genuinely like each other and get along great."

One other note about the team that was a first for Stogsdill last year. It was the youngest team he’d ever taken to the state tourney.

That closeness is going to come in handy as the team rolls into regional and area tournaments in February. A year will have passed since the Lady Lions lost that area tournament game. They're determined to learn the hard lessons from last year and turn it into better performances on the court in 2020.

“This is the first group of guys I’ve had in 30-something years of coaching where I’ve had underclassmen get to state,” said Stogsdill.

"We're taking it game by game," said Moore, "But we definitely have the highest of expectations for this year. Our goals are to win our John Noble Tournament, host a regional, and make it to state. We truly believe we can get that gold ball at the end." Harjo said, "Getting that gold ball is the goal. We feel like we have everything we need to make it to the state finals. We just have to stay focused and work hard to get there."


This year’s team is senior-laden and well-balanced, with plenty of height and speed. 6’8” Wofford University Sam Godwin gets a lot of attention. Still, Steven Jackson and Darrin Ryan are two more seniors who bring a lot of experience and talent to the Sabercat cagers. Both Jackson and Ryan say they’ve devoted the off-season and early 2019-2020 season to becoming the kind of players who can help Southmoore bring home their first state title. Jackson said, “I think the thing I’ve been most focused on is how to be coachable and always play at 100%.” “I’ve been working on just being a much better version of the player I was last year,” said Ryan, “That’s both on and off the court, and I feel like I’ve really improved.”

Ryan and Jackson say there’s a unique bond that holds this team together, to the point where their chosen way of relaxing is not the typical Netflix binge or Fortnite video game marathon. “We actually like to go watch other 6A teams,” said Ryan. “Teams that we play and even teams we don’t play, so we can understand how they play their game and talk about them.” Stogsdill says you can see the balance of intensity and friendship in the way the players handle their practices. “There are times when they’ll really go hard in practice and get after each other,” said Stogsdill. “But when practice is over, they go right back to being the best of friends.” “We’re just really open with each other,” said Jackson. “We’re always willing to talk about what we did well and what we didn’t do well without getting mad at each other.” Stogsdill says that kind of closeness and attitude is going to come in handy as the long season wears on because the Sabercats have a lot of work to do to live up to their expectations. “One of the things we need to do is adjust to the way the game’s being called,” said Stogsdill. “Against Memorial, the refs were really letting us play, but against Deer Creek, they called it a lot closer, and it’s can be tricky to make that kind of adjustment.” Jackson says the Sabercats are doing everything they can to learn how to make those kinds of adjustments. “Everybody’s on the same page right now,” said Jackson. “We know what we’re capable of doing, so we just have to push ourselves out of the comfort zone to get better.” Ryan said, “I think the chemistry we have and the fact that we all understand our roles helps so much. We’re willing to play those roles and not worry much about who gets the credit.” Stogsdill says the early part of the season is challenging as the team looks to improve on defense and become more consistent shooting the ball. He says the Sabercats also have to embrace the idea that they have become a target. “Nobody is going to take us lightly this year,” said Stogsdill. “We have to understand that we’ve got that bullseye on our backs, and we’re gonna get everybody’s best shot every night. We can’t take a night off.”

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BASKETBALL January 3 January 7 January 9-11 January 17 January 21 January 23-25 January 23-25 January 31

@Deer Creek Mustang Lady Jag Classic Stillwater Edmond North @Deer Creek Tourney (Boys) @Newcastle Tourney (Girls) @Norman

BASKETBALL January 2-4

Senior Meet@Mitch Park PCO@Mitch Park COAC Meet@Mitch Park Chickasha@USAO

January 31

@Yukon @Southmoore @Edmond Santa Fe Norman North John Nobles Tournament (Boys & Girls) @Edmond Memorial

SWIM January 4 January 14 January 18 January 21

Senior Meet@Mitch Park PCO@Mitch Park COAC Meet@Mitch Park Chickasha@USAO

SWIM January 4 January 14 January 18 January 21

WRESTLING January 9 January 10-11 January 14 January 17-18 January 23 January 24-25 January 30

City Duals@Southmoore @Jenks Tournament Norman COAC Tournament@Southmoore District Duals@Edmond North @Yukon Tournament Edmond Santa Fe

WRESTLING January 3-4 January 7 January 9 January 10-11 January 14 January 15 January 17-18 January 23 January 30

@Allen, TX Tournament @Edmond North City Duals@Southmoore @Jenks Tournament @US Grant @PC North COAC Tournament@Southmoore Choctaw,PC West, Edmond Santa Fe Quad@Westmoore @Deer Creek

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Bartlesville Invitational (Boys & Girls) Moore @Norman John Nobles Tournament (Boys & Girls) Edmond Santa Fe Stillwater

SWIM January 4 January 14 January 18 January 21

Senior Meet@Mitch Park PCO@Mitch Park COAC Meet@Mitch Park Chickasha@USAO

WRESTLING January 9 January 10 January 10-11 January 16 January 17-18 January 30 January 31

City Duals@Southmoore @Shawnee Tournament @Jenks Tournament Lawton Ike COAC Tournament@Southmoore Edmond Memorial @Chickasha Tournament

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Here are a few reminders to help motivate you when you need it most:

Sometimes life closes doors because it’s time to move forward. And that’s a good thing because we often won’t move unless circumstances force us to. When times are tough, remind yourself that no pain comes without a purpose. Move on from what hurt you, but never forget what it taught you. Just because you’re struggling doesn’t mean you’re failing. Every great success requires some type of worthy struggle to get there. Good things take time. Stay patient and stay positive. Everything is going to come together, maybe not immediately, but eventually. Remember that there are two kinds of pain: pain that hurts and pain that changes you. When you roll with life, instead of resisting it, both kinds help you grow. #2. EVERYTHING IN LIFE IS TEMPORARY. Every time it rains, it stops raining. Every time you get hurt, you heal. After darkness, there is always light – you are reminded of this every morning, but still, you often forget, and instead choose to believe that the night will last forever. It won’t. Nothing lasts forever. So if things are good right now, enjoy it. It won’t last forever. If things are bad, don’t worry because it won’t last forever either. Just because life isn’t easy at the moment, doesn’t mean you can’t laugh. Just because something is bothering you, doesn’t mean you can’t smile. Every moment gives you a new beginning and a new ending. You get a second chance every second. You just have to take it and make the best of it. (Read The Last Lecture.) #3. WORRYING AND COMPLAINING CHANGES NOTHING. Those who complain the most, accomplish the least. It’s always better to attempt to do something great and fail than to try to do nothing and succeed. It’s not over if you’ve lost; it’s over when you do nothing but complain about it. If you believe in something, keep trying. Don’t let the shadows of the past darken the doorstep of your future. Spending today complaining about yesterday won’t make tomorrow any brighter. Take action instead. Let what you’ve learned improve how you live. Make a change, and never look back. And regardless of what happens in the long run, remember that true happiness begins to arrive only when you stop complaining about your problems, and you start being grateful for all the issues you don’t have.

Don’t ever be ashamed of the scars life has left you with. A scar means the hurt is over, and the wound is closed. It means you conquered the pain, learned a lesson, grew stronger, and moved forward. A scar is the tattoo of a triumph to be proud of. Don’t allow your scars to hold you hostage. Don’t let them to make you live your life in fear. You can’t make the scars in your life disappear, but you can change the way you see them. You can start viewing your scars as a sign of strength and not pain. Rumi once said, “The wound is the place where the Light enters you.” Nothing could be closer to the truth. Out of suffering have emerged the strongest souls; the most powerful characters in this great world are seared with scars. See your scars as a sign of “YES! I MADE IT! I survived, and I have my scars to prove it! And now I have a chance to grow even stronger.” #5. EVERY LITTLE STRUGGLE IS A STEP FORWARD. In life, patience is not about waiting; it’s the ability to keep a good attitude while working hard on your dreams, knowing that the work is worth it. So if you’re going to try, put in the time and go all the way. Otherwise, there’s no point in starting. This could mean losing stability and comfort for a while, and maybe even your mind on occasion. It could mean not eating what, or sleeping where, you’re used to, for weeks on end. It could mean stretching your comfort zone so thin it gives you a nonstop case of the chills. It could mean sacrificing relationships and all that’s familiar. It could mean accepting ridicule from your peers. It could mean lots of time alone in solitude. Solitude, though, is the gift that makes great things possible. It gives you the space you need. Everything else is a test of your determination of how much you really want it. And if you want it, you’ll do it, despite failure and rejection and the odds. And every step will feel better than anything else you can imagine. You will realize that the struggle is not found on the path, it is the path. And it’s worth it. So if you’re going to try, go all the way. There’s no better feeling in the world… there’s no better feeling than knowing what it means to be ALIVE. (Angel and I discuss this in more detail in the “Goals and Success” chapter of 1,000 Little Things Happy, Successful People Do Differently.) #6. OTHER PEOPLE’S NEGATIVITY IS NOT YOUR PROBLEM. Be positive when negativity surrounds you. Smile when others try to bring you down. It’s an easy way to maintain your enthusiasm and focus. When other people treat you poorly, keep being you. Don’t ever let someone else’s bitterness change the person you are. You can’t take things too personally, even if it seems personal. Rarely do people do things because of you. They do things because of them. Above all, don’t ever change just to impress someone who says you’re not good enough. Change because it makes you a better person and leads you to a brighter future. People are going to talk regardless of what you do or how well you do it. So worry about

yourself before you worry about what others think. If you believe strongly in something, don’t be afraid to fight for it. Great strength comes from overcoming what others think is impossible. All jokes aside, your life only comes around once. This is IT. So do what makes you happy and be with whoever makes you smile, often. #7. WHAT’S MEANT TO BE WILL EVENTUALLY, BE. True strength comes when you have so much to cry and complain about, but you prefer to smile and appreciate your life instead. There are blessings hidden in every struggle you face, but you have to be willing to open your heart and mind to see them. You can’t force things to happen. You can only drive yourself crazy trying. At some point, you have to let go and let what’s meant to be, BE. In the end, loving your life is about trusting your intuition, taking chances, losing and finding happiness, cherishing the memories, and learning through experience. It’s a long-term journey. You have to stop worrying, wondering, and doubting every step of the way. Laugh at the confusion, live consciously in the moment, and enjoy your life as it unfolds. You might not end up exactly where you intended to go, but you will eventually arrive precisely where you need to be. (Read A New Earth.) #8. THE BEST THING YOU CAN DO IS TO KEEP GOING. Don’t be afraid to get back up – to try again, to love again, to live again, and to dream again. Don’t let a hard lesson harden your heart. Life’s best lessons are often learned at the worst times and from the worst mistakes. There will be times when it seems like everything that could possibly go wrong is going wrong. And you might feel like you will be stuck in this rut forever, but you won’t. When you feel like quitting, remember that sometimes things have to go very wrong before they can be right. Sometimes you have to go through the worst, to arrive at your best. Yes, life is tough, but you are tougher. Find the strength to laugh every day. Find the courage to feel different, yet beautiful. Find it in your heart to make others smile too. Don’t stress over things you can’t change. Live simply. Love generously. Speak truthfully. Work diligently. And even if you fall short, keep going. Keep growing. Awake every morning and do your best to follow this daily TO-DO list: Think positively. Eat healthily. Exercise today. Worry less. Work hard. Laugh often. Sleep well. Repeat… “Everything is temporary, this too shall pass” is a phrase that always comes to my mind whenever things are not going well. All of these are excellent reminders.

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Truth be told, happiness is not the absence of problems, but the ability to deal with them. Imagine all the wondrous things your mind might embrace if it weren’t wrapped so tightly around your struggles. Always look at what you have, instead of what you have lost. Because it’s not what the world takes away from you that counts; it’s what you do with what you have left.


Business Spotlight: Let’s Get Twisted! Twisted Axes Throwing House 609 NW 8th Street (New City Center) 405-676-8697 “You want the axe to rotate just once between the time it leaves your hand and reaches the target,” said Jen. “Some people struggle with that at first, but once you experience that first moment of getting one to stick, it becomes a great time.” “I think I can always get someone to stick an axe,” said Ben. “We’ve had lots of different people come in at all sorts of ages and abilities, and it’s never been a problem.” There are various games and score-keeping methods and it’s a great team-building activity. Ben says that they actually book a lot of groups who like to come for that specific reason. He also notes that there’s an axe throwing league that Twisted Axes will be participating in for folks who love competition. “It’s called the World Axe Throwing League and they have a championship on ESPN,” said Ben. “We just joined the league and we’ll be starting up leagues in the new year.” The leagues are similar to bowling leagues and will last for eight weeks. The first league starts in mid-January, so there’s still time to sign up a team. Ben says league winners will have a chance to participate in other competitions and tournaments and might even find their way to the U.S. and World Championships on ESPN.

There’s something serenely beautiful about the sight of a perfectly balanced axe spinning through the air towards a target. The satisfying “chunk” you hear when the blade of that axe lodges into the bullseye is hard to describe. Until recently, most of us would be hard-pressed to find a place to experience the visceral enjoyment of axe-throwing. But with the opening of Twisted Axes Throw House in Moore, anyone can participate in the hot new sport. Ben and Jen Gaddy are the owners of Twisted Axes Throw House. Ben is a former Moore police officer and Jen works with Anheuser-Busch as her regular gig. The husband and wife team spend the rest of their waking hours helping introduce folks in the area to the joys of throwing axes.

Jen says not only did she enjoy the sport, she got onto Ben about holding out on her. “I was like, ‘Why have you never mentioned this before!’” said Jen, “I had a blast and was immediately on board when we started talking about opening our own venue.” As a part of brainstorming ideas for the new business, the Gaddy’s began circling around a specific image and idea for a name. “We were talking it out one day,” said Jen, “And we wanted something that really communicated how great it is to live in Moore. We were talking about how we have twisters here and the Twisted Axes name and logo was born.”

“I learned about axe throwing from my brother,” said Ben. “He took my dad and I throwing and we had a blast learning how to do it.”

Ben and Jen point out that axe throwing is a sport that the entire family can enjoy together.

Ben says the trip to an axe throwing venue left him thinking about opening his own venue, but he wasn’t sure what his wife would think…until she had a chance to throw.

“The minimum age we have for throwing is 8-years-old,” said Ben, “So it’s a great thing for the whole family to come out and spend a few hours throwing.”

“Jen and I were in Springfield, Missouri,” said Ben. “We ended up going axe throwing with some friends at a venue up there and she really enjoyed it as well.”

Jen says that learning to throw an axe is actually pretty simple, though it takes quite a bit of practice to become competitive.


“We’re looking forward to getting leagues started up and having folks come out and compete,” said Ben, “But there will still be plenty of opportunities for folks to just come out and enjoy learning to throw.” In addition to axe throwing, the Twisted Axe also offers corn hole, Jumbo Jenga, big screen televisions, and a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. The cost is $20 for an hour and $35 for two hours. You can also purchase ninja stars and metal playing cards to throw. After all, who hasn’t wanted to throw ninja stars! “I think the thing that’s exciting to us is how much fun people have when they experience it for the first time,” said Jen. “We’re the largest axe throwing venue in the Oklahoma City area right now, so we get a lot of team building and corporate events along with family outings.”

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