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8 SPIRIT OF THE SEASON

FULL HEART

While the air is full of holiday spirit there are many families who are facing difficult circumstances this month. Fortunately the true spirit of the season is on full display through a number of charities and organizations that go the extra mile to make sure everyone experiences the magic of Christmas.

After a few decades of coaching, Southmoore softball coach Jeff Small is stepping down. But he leaves with an overflow of gratitude and memories that go far beyond state championships and Hall of Fame honors.

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We combed through our photo archives for the past year and pulled out a selection of the pictures that we think tell the story of this great community with clarity, emotion, and humor.

EDITOR’S NOTE Popcorn. It’s a simple, but welcome gift every holiday season. Who hasn’t taken great delight in opening up that tin of popcorn and digging into the selection of cheesy, caramelly, or buttery deliciousness? Now, imagine that you have 63-flavors of popcorn to choose from! There’s a store in Moore that pops and flavors corn in such a wild variety that your taste-buds will be forever grateful. There’s also deep gratitude in the form of those who give in profound ways. In the December issue of the Moore Monthly we highlight three of those organizations and encourage all of our readers to participate in the greatest act of holiday spirit there is: give to those in need. Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from the Moore Monthly staff.

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THE SPIRIT OF THE SEASON: Making Sure Everyone Experiences the Magic of the Holidays By Rob Morris For most of us, the holidays are a precious time of celebrating, warm meals with family and friends, and the exchanging of gifts. We should embrace and enjoy these things. Still, as the refrain of the classic Andy Williams Christmas song “The Most Wonderful Time of the Year” floats through the air this December, we’re reminded of an aspect of the Moore community that truly embraces the spirit of Christmas. All across our community, people band together to ensure that those individuals and families who are on the fringe of this happy season are not left out of the celebration. There are so many charities, churches, and organizations that work to provide a wonderful holiday experience to families and children during December. We’d like to highlight three of those that go above and beyond. We’d also like to encourage you and your family to get involved with these or other groups that are working to make sure every family and every child experience the magic of the season this year. The great thing about all three of these charities is that  100% of everything given goes directly to the children and families. There is no overhead or administrative cost involved.

The Sharon Vanover Christmas Dinner 405-793-7779 Sharon Vanover was a lover of all things Christmas and a woman with a generous heart. Ryan Colley is the “Head Elf ” for the Sharon Vanover Christmas Dinner, and he says it was 12 years ago that the idea came to Timothy Vanover, Sharon’s son. “She just loved helping people in need,” said Colley. “So, we got together and decided to do something good for the community to carry on her passion for giving.”

That something was a special Christmas dinner show at the Yellow Rose Theater in Moore. It was a show filled with all the music and magic of the holidays. The audience was made up of children and their families who, for whatever reason, were in danger of missing out on Christmas presents and meals.

Colley says the ministry of giving during Christmas fits perfectly with the overall philosophy of the Revival for Christ Club and the Yellow Rose Theater. He says the events are always special and are always a highlight for everyone working to make the dinner happen. And they do work hard to pull off the dinner.

“That first year, it was just with people and families that we knew of personally,” said Colley. “And when it was over, it occurred to us that this was something we could really throw ourselves into.”

“We are definitely a blue-collar charity,” said Colley. We work hard raising funds all year round because the need is so great.”

12 years later, the Sharon Vanover Christmas Dinner has grown to 2-to-4 shows, each of which has the theater filled with needy families who experience a wonderful evening of food, fun, and Christmas gifts they might otherwise miss out on. Colley says, when it comes to pulling off the events, it is truly a communitywide effort that makes it happen. “We team up with the Moore Public Schools to make this happen,” said Colley. “They provide us with lists of families that need assistance during the Christmas season, and we do the rest.”

Among the fund-raising events, the RFC and Yellow Rose staff put on each year are a golf tournament, a motorcycle run, a car show, benefit shows, and breakfast events. It’s a lot of work, but no one ever complains. “If you ask anybody in our theater, they’ll tell you that this is our favorite show to do,” said Colley. “It’s something that’s so special, and we look forward to those nights.” Colley says the cost of pulling off the shows is about $50,000. That covers the meal and gifts for the children.


“We like to give these kids quality gifts,” said Colley, “So they’re getting really nice things like bicycles and remote-control helicopters.” The Sharon Vanover Christmas Dinner does get support from local businesses. Colley says that Kohl’s, Walmart, and Target all have various ways of helping out. Some companies offer grants, while others will extend special deals to help make the ministry’s funds go farther as they purchase gifts. There are also opportunities for folks in the community to help out. “We are always happy when people want to help out,” said Colley, “Whether it be through donations of funds or presents or coming over to one of our gift-wrapping and helping us wrap the presents.”

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“It’s something that sticks with all of us, not just throughout the rest of year, but over the rest of our lives,” said Dickinson. “We run into kids years later, and they still remember the experience and how it impacted them.” This is the ninth year the Moore Police Department has provided the Shop with a Cop experience. It all began when Target opened its Moore location, and local officers became aware of the company’s participation in this annual event. “We met with them when they first got here,” said Dickinson, “And we only had a few months to get ready, so they did a great job of helping us pull it off that first year.” The annual event began with 15 kids that first year. The number grew to 20 the next year, then up to 30 a few years later. Dickinson says the number has been steady at 30 for about six years.

breakfast together and get to know each other before climbing into the police cars for a ride over to Target, complete with lights on and sirens blasting. “It’s such a great thing to see at Target when they arrive,” said Dickinson, “There’s a crowd of people waiting for them at the doors. Cheerleaders from the local high schools, dancers from the Thunder dance squad, OU mascots Boomer and Sooner. It’s just a crazy, fun moment.” From there, the officers and their child head inside to begin their shopping spree. The children find personalize shopping carts, and off they go. Dickinson says the officers are always moved by the choices the children make. “So many of the kids aren’t just looking for things for themselves,” said Dickinson. “A lot of them want to buy things for their siblings. Because of that, we’ll find that many of our officers will also chip in some extra money to help buy things on the day of the event.” Dickinson says Shop with a Cop doesn't need manpower since most of the officers in the Moore police department delight in participating. But they are happy to accept donations from the community at any point during the year. “If you’d like to help out you can just give a donation to any cop and let them know that it's for Shop with a Cop,” said Dickinson, “Or you can bring it by the records section at the public safety center and drop it off there.” In the end, Dickinson says Shop with a Cop is one of the highlights of the year for Moore police officers. “It takes a lot of work,” said Dickinson, “But we really enjoy doing it because it’s a chance for us to be involved in the community positively.”

There’s an exceptional Saturday morning that happens each December. 30 underprivileged kids are paired up with 30 Moore police officers for breakfast at Chick-Fil-A and a Target shopping spree that is a lifechanging event for everyone involved. Sergeant David Dickinson says Shop with a Cop has undoubtedly become a highlight for him and his co-workers.

“We work with the Moore Public Schools and counselors to make sure we have kids that are truly in need,” said Dickinson. “The funds for the event come from sponsors, donations, and from the police officers themselves. And, of course, Chick-Fil-A donates the breakfast that we all get to enjoy.” The event itself begins with breakfast at Chick-Fil-A, where each police officer is paired with a child. They eat

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Santa Express

Donations can be dropped off at any Moore fire station

Sigmen says in addition to contributing directly from their paychecks, firefighters are working to secure donations all year long. They’re happy for help from the community and can accept help in December.

chance for them to bring some good into homes that need it most.” As Christmas Day draws closer and final preparations are made to deliver the gifts to the various family, Sigmen says the gratitude felt by Moore firefighters grows. “’ We have such a great appreciation of our fellow Oklahomans,” said Sigmen. “Their generosity is really evident during this time of the year, and we just really want to thank them for helping us make Christmas special and allowing us to bless so many families in this way.”

Santa Express began about 25 years ago when a couple of Moore firefighters decided to do something to give back to the community during the Christmas season. Assistant Fire Marshal Darren Sigmen says Santa Express has grown over the years and has become something that nearly every firefighter takes great joy participating in. “These are families that have some pretty tough situations and have some needs that aren’t being met,” said Sigmen. “So most of us give from our paycheck all year long to this program to help make sure the children and families that are in need are taken care of during the Christmas season.” Sigmen says public school counselors help provide the fire department with the names of families and children who are in need. That includes children as young as sixmonths all the way through high school. That means there’s a wide range of gifts that need to be gathered. “We try to help these families with jackets, clothing, and shoes,” said Sigmen, “That’s in addition to the toys, footballs, basketballs, and things like that. To be able to do this allows these families a chance to catch up on their bills and other expenses.”

“If you’re trying to get us something for this year, we’d love to have it a week before the day of Christmas,” said Sigmen. “That way, we can get it bagged and get it to the right family.” Donations are best given in the form of cash because the Santa Express team is working from a list of specific needs that include things like jackets, socks, shoes, bedding, and pillows. Toys are also acceptable. “I think the biggest need is for kids that are in the second-to-tenth-grade range,” said Sigmen, “So toys are great. Clothing is better. But when it comes to items like clothing, they have to be something new that is still in the package. Unfortunately, we can’t accept anything that has been used.” Sigmen says that for firefighters who see some of the hardest moments faced by Moore residents, Santa Express is a chance to pour out some good on the community. “These guys run on tough calls all year long,” said Sigmen. “They see fires, motor vehicle accidents, medical calls. They see families who are struggling with some of life’s most trying circumstances. So, this is a wonderful


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The Grumpy Old Critic's Definitive List of the Best Christmas Movies & Where to Find Them If I come across a little more Scroogish than normal, understand that I’m writing this column in early November, where people are already gripin’ about being wished “Happy Holidays!” instead of “Merry Christmas!” I have deep thoughts on this topic, but since it’s not movie-related I won’t dwell other than to say this: as a conservative, Boomer who takes his relationship with Christ seriously…lighten up, already! Is it that hard to just be nice to each other! Frankly, I’m thrilled anytime anyone recognizes that I’m a living, sentient being these days!

Streaming on Amazon Prime, YouTube, iTunes There’s no question that this is, hands down, the greatest Christmas movie every created. Yeah, yeah, it’s in black-and-white. Sure, it’s schmaltzy. But there was never a better Christmas moment captured on film than George Bailey’s ( Jimmy Stewart) prayer asking for God’s intervention in his life. What he gets is a rookie angel who shows him what life would have been like had he never existed. “No man is a failure who has friends.”

OK…rant over. Christmas movies. I’m not going to split hairs on this. My list is THE definitive list of what’s great about Christmas cinema. It cancels out any other list in existence. If your favorite isn’t on this list or one of my choices offends your delicate sensibilities…you can take your “OK, Boomer” and stick it up your chimney. Let’s see if Santa can get around that one.

1. IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946) Directed by: Frank Capra Starring: Jimmy Steward, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore

2. ELF (2003) Directed by: Frank Capra Starring: Jimmy Steward, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore Streaming on Amazon Prime, YouTube, iTunes There’s no question that this is, hands down, the greatest Christmas movie every created. Yeah, yeah, it’s in black-and-white. Sure, it’s schmaltzy. But there was never a better Christmas moment captured on film than George Bailey’s ( Jimmy Stewart) prayer asking for God’s intervention in his life. What he gets is a rookie angel who shows him what

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life would have been like had he never existed. “No man is a failure who has friends.”

3. SCROOGED (1988) Directed by: Richard Donner Starring: Bill Murray, Karen Allen, Bobcat Goldthwaite, Robert Mitchum Streaming on Amazon Prime, iTunes, YouTube Nobody does cynical like Bill Murray…and this is directed by the same guy who directed the Christopher Reeve version of Superman. That’s definitive, folks. Plus, you have Bobcat Goldthwaite. Forget all those hoighty-toighty high-minded versions of the Dickens classic! This is Scrooge as he is meant to be seen: a ruthless television executive who is more concerned about ratings that the Christmas spirit. Talk about a fable for our times!

4. A CHRISTMAS STORY (1983) Directed by: Bob Clark Starring: Peter Billingsley, Melinda Dillon, Darren McGavin Streaming on Amazon Prime, YouTube, iTunes

Ok, so this is the story of a little boy who wants a gun for Christmas. Don’t go get triggered…it’s a Red Ryder BB gun. Little Ralphie’s desperate pursuit of the perfect Christmas gift winds through classic moments of a grade-school kid’s life. Yeah, yeah…I know this isn’t exactly a politically correct movie these says. But if it really sets you off that much, go ahead and join the other snowflakes in the chimney.

5. NATIONAL LAMPOON’S CHRISTMAS VACATION Directed by: Jeremiah Chechik Starring: Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Juliette Lewis, Streaming on Amazon Prime, YouTube, iTunes Ever watch your dreams for a merry Christmas dissolve in a radioactive meltdown of unexpected (and unwelcome) guests, gifts that disappointed, and failed Christmas lights? Chevy Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase) is the inept dad who just wants to give his family the perfect Christmas. Instead he ends up with a squirrel in the family Christmas tree and a one-year subscription to the Jelly-ofthe-Month club. Save the neck for me, Clark!


Honorable Mention: DIE HARD Directed by: John McTiernan Starring: Bruce Willis, Alan Rickman, Bonnie Bedalia Streaming on Amazon Prime, YouTube, iTunes Blah, blah, blah. Die Hard is not a Christmas movie. Blah, blah, blah. Shaddup, yah peon. Nothing says “Merry Christmas” like a shoeless John McLane in a wife-beater vs Hans Gruber in the Nakatomi Tower. This is the movie that made Bruce Willis an action-movie icon and spawned a generation of kids running around saying, “Yippee-ki-yay, PROFANITY DELETED!” Welcome to the party, pal! The John McClane Christmas party!

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BEDROOM CITY had no children, but schoolteachers and high-school students boarded with them. Banker Smith’s house at South Broadway and Second was two storied and had a basement with a furnace as big as a small locomotive that warmed the house and a small greenhouse attached on the south side. It was a famous landmark for years, but was principally the home and castle of a family. In 1930, Mel Dyer built the first brick house in Moore for his wife, Sally. It is located on the corner of West Main and Classen. They raised their daughter there and it was Sally’s home for 70 years, until she died within a few months of 100 years of age. Through all the activities of the family, this was their refuge from the elements and from the noise and confusion of the world. At time went on, housing styles changed: bungalows, ranch style houses, split levels, duplexes, apartments, mobile home parks, houses of brick and stone and wood, cottages and grand manors, but all had the same purpose—a home, a place to stay all night. During much of its history, Moore has been described as a “bedroom city,” often accompanied by a smirk that inferred that Moore was just a place where people stayed all night while doing the important things of life somewhere else. Jobs are important, education is important, the availability of materials and supplies is important. But these are all dependent upon having a place to live, a place to go to at the end of the day for the blessing of peace and rest. In the earliest years, Moore was fairly self-contained, mainly because the expectations of the residents were simple: the main concerns were food, shelter from the elements and a way to make a living. In fact, by the end of the first day after the settlement, there was a shack where bacon, sugar and coffee could be bought and horses rented. But there were also people camping in tents and the beginning of a few houses.

The building lots were 25 feet wide by 125 long. Many people took only one and built a small one-room house that served as kitchen, living area and bedroom; but it met the needs. Most of the floors were dirt, pounded solid, with earth mounded on the outside to keep rainwater out. By the turn of the century, times were better, and the homes were improving with several rooms, glass windows and wooden floors. But they were still the headquarters for living, even for those who went to the other towns for employment.

Moore has expanded into a metropolis with every imaginable business, and there continue to be houses built. There is no stigma to being a “bedroom city,” no reason for the smirks. It simply means homes, places to raise and nurture children, an environment for being refreshed and energized for the day ahead. It is a place to go into at night, shut the world out, kneel beside the bed and be thankful for the wonderful gift of freedom that permits us to have a home of our own. From the Moore Monthly archives.

There were a few grand houses in Moore. Dr. Nail lived in a house at North Broadway and Second Street with several upstairs rooms. The grounds were beautifully kept and the cedar trees he planted lasted through the 1980s. The Nails

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2. Know your industry’s risks: Every industry is different, and so are the risks that a small business owner might face. For example, an accountant needs to worry about being sued if a mistake is made filing a customer's tax return, while a restaurant owner should be more concerned about a customer becoming sick after eating a meal at the restaurant. Professional liability insurance can protect accountants and other experts from lawsuits related to errors they make in their professional capacity, while product liability insurance can pay a restaurant's legal bills if customers become ill or suffer an allergic reaction because of the food they consumed.

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By carefully evaluating the risks they are most likely to experience in their industry, business owners can ensure they are purchasing the appropriate coverage to protect their business. 3. Prioritize coverage over business insurance cost: Once business owners know which policies they need, their next question is usually how much business insurance will cost. After all, when the budget is tight, every penny counts. However, it's important to realize that while business insurance is an added expense, it plays a crucial role in protecting businesses from serious financial damage. It can be tempting for budget-conscious business owners to pick the cheapest policies they can find, but that could leave them exposed to greater financial risk. Cheaper policies are priced that way for a reason. Perhaps they offer limited coverage, or maybe the insurance carrier follows questionable practices, such as slower claim processing times or abrupt premium hikes. Business owners would be better served by prioritizing the reputation of the insurance provider and the amount of coverage they are getting instead of making decisions based strictly on cost. That way if an incident happens and they need to file a claim, they have the needed coverage. One way to ensure that you purchase coverage from an insurance company you can trust is by looking at its rating. Ideally, you should look for insurance companies with an "A" rating. A-rated carriers have a reputation for offering reliable coverage, prompt payouts, and consistent terms. They are top-tier in the industry and have a reputation for the quality of their products. 4. Work with Licensed Insurance Agents: To make sure you are buying coverage from insurance carriers you can trust, consider working with licensed insurance agents. Licensed agents can then help you select the coverage that best matches your business's needs. Experienced agents can also help save you money by bundling policies. For example, agents often recommend a business owner's policy, or BOP, which combines general liability and commercial property insurance – typically at a lower rate than if the two policies were purchased separately.

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5. Read your business insurance policy thoroughly: Policies vary widely from carrier to carrier, each with its own limits, premiums, deductible, and exclusions. Business owners should make sure they understand what is included – and excluded – in a policy before they buy. Taking the time to read and understand a policy before purchasing it can help business owners ensure there are no gaps in coverage, and can help prevent unexpected surprises if they ever need to file a claim. 6. Consider the deductible: Most business insurance policies include a deductible, which is the amount the business owner is responsible for paying in the event a claim is filed for a covered loss. The insurance carrier will then cover the rest of the claim amount, up to the policy limit. Business owners may be tempted to choose a policy with a higher deductible in order to pay a lower premium. But if they ever need to file a claim, a high deductible might be more than their business can afford to pay. Although policies with a lower deductible tend to have a higher premium, it also means a smaller amount to pay when making a claim. 7. Overestimate your insurance needs: If your business is ever sued, the litigation process can be financially devastating. Even if a lawsuit is dismissed, it can still cost your business thousands of dollars in legal fees. That’s why it's better to buy more than the minimum insurance coverage if you can. You never know when you might need that extra protection. If a customer is injured at your business, or an employee gets into a car accident while running work-related errands, expenses can add up quickly. If a settlement is awarded, any amount past your policy limits is your business's responsibility. One way to make sure you have adequate protection is with commercial umbrella insurance. This policy offers extra liability coverage in situations where legal costs exceed the limits of your policy. It can supplement existing policies you've already purchased for your business, such as general liability, employer's liability insurance (typically included in workers' comp policies), and commercial auto liability insurance . 8. Compare Multiple Offers Before Buying Business Insurance: Every insurer has its own formula for determining premiums. Some put more weight on your industry while others are more concerned with your claims history, revenue, or business size. As a result, it’s a good idea to compare costs and coverage details from more than one insurer. An easy way to do this is to work with an independent agent or broker who has access to and can submit your information to many carriers. 9. Have an Annual Business Insurance Checkup: As your business grows, so do your liabilities. No one wants to be caught unprepared when a disaster strikes. Have you purchased or replaced equipment or expanded operations this past year? If so, contact your insurance broker to discuss changes in your business and how they affect your coverage. It might seem like wasted time and resources now, but should something unexpected happen, you’ll be thankful you made that investment. With the right business insurance coverage, you’re in control of your company’s future.

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As we count down the days to the end of 2019 and look toward the beginning of a new decade, Moore Public Schools Superintendent, Dr. Robert Romines says there’s so much to be grateful for. “We started this current school year with 100% of our schools have safe rooms or storm shelters on-site,” said Dr. Romines. “That has been such a huge success and triumph for the entire community, and we’re grateful to the citizens of Moore for helping us make this happen.”   In addition to all the brick-and-mortar work that has taken place over the past few years, Dr. Romines says Moore schools are leading the way with innovation in the classroom as well.   “We’ve started the STEM and STEAM initiatives at our elementary sites,” said Dr. Romines. “The ‘A” in STEAM is an art component that goes along with the science, technology, engineering, and math of the more familiar STEM programs. We believe very much that art is an essential component for students, and we didn’t want to lose sight

of that as we incorporated STEM into our curriculum.” Plans are to continue to push the STEAM initiative into the junior highs and high schools in the coming years.   Dr. Romines also pointed out that security has become an increasing issue of concern for schools all across the nation and that Moore Public Schools is leading the charge in ensuring students have a safe and secure environment in which to learn.   “We hired Dustin Horskoetter a few years ago,” said Dr. Romines. “He was formerly with the Moore Police Department and brings with him and point of view and expert knowledge that we, as educators, aren’t always aware of.”   Horskoetter got right to work, immediately shoring up the campus security by requiring anyone coming onto a Moore school campus to have and ID. Dr. Romines says the implementation of these and other changes have been costly, but the Moore Public Schools Foundation has helped

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secure private donations and funds from the community to help offset the cost. “Because of their help, we were able to implement some of these changes about 18 months sooner than we had initially planned,” said Dr. Romines. “We now have in place a lot of layers of security for our staff and students, some of which we don’t share with the public for obvious reasons. The bottom line is that we’ve been able to do some great things in regards to safety and security for our staff and students.”   Dr. Romines says that there’s an expectation that the Moore Public Schools population, currently at more than 25,000 students, is going to continue to grow in the years to come.   “We had a little bit of a dip last year, but we’re back to a trend of growth and families moving into our district,” said Romines. “That’s a great thing, and I think it reflects on the great opportunities we offer our students in and outside of the classroom.”   Dr. Romines pointed to the excellence being achieved in academics, but also in the fine arts, speech and debate, band and choir, and athletics as examples of why parents want to give their kids a chance to go to school in Moore.   “We have such a wide variety of opportunities for our kids to be involved in things,” said Dr. Romines. “One of the coolest things I think I’ve seen recently is the ‘Moore Love” campaign that started two years ago.”   Moore Love is a philanthropic effort that takes place in schools all across the district. It’s a friendly competition that is all about raising money for various non-profits in the area. Dr. Romines says the Moore Love campaign is creating a culture of giving back

to the community. One of the beneficiaries of that campaign is the Backpack for Kids program, part of the Regional Food Bank’s effort to see that no student ever goes hungry at home. “Last year, we were able to fund that program at 100 percent with the Moore Love campaign,” said Dr. Romines. “That’s huge, and it’s such a great reflection on the quality of kids in our district.”   Other organizations that have been helped by the Moore Love campaign are:   Ally’s House:  providing financial support for families dealing with pediatric cancer. Soonerthon:  providing financial support for Children’s Hospital Moore Faith Medical Clinic:  a free clinic within the Moore community providing much-needed medical attention to individuals in financial need.   “This is such a special thing that helps create such a great sense of community for our students,” said Dr. Romines. “We hope that our students will graduate and go to college or develop a career that brings them back home to Moore. But wherever they go, I hope that the lessons they learn will make them great citizens wherever they end up.”   Dr. Romines says that all of those things are part of the foundation for the future.   “We’re wrapping up our 2015 bond issue with the storm shelter initiative,” said Dr. Romines. “There are still a couple of structures that we’re working on, and we’re just getting geared up for taking care of the anticipated growth that is to come. Our goal is to make sure our kids continue to grow and flourish with a small-town feel, even though we have such a large school system.”


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CALENDAR OF EVENTS & PERFORMANCES AND COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS • DECEMBER 2019 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art - Art Adventures Free and open to kids of all ages Tuesdays at 10:30am Dee Dee and Jon R. Stuart Glassroom Free and open to kids of all ages December 3: Red is Best by Kathy Stinson December 10: Mousterpiece by Jane Breskin Zalben December 17: No Two Alike by Keith Baker All Aboard! Thursday, December 12 Free and open to all 6-8 p.m. Sandy Bell Gallery Model trains are back and better than ever! See them during the last half of December during our festive installation featuring live music and a visit from Santa. The opening night includes art activities, a cookie and hot cocoa bar, and much more! This family-friendly event starts at 6 p.m. Don't miss your chance to get your holidays on the right track! Harold Stevenson’s The Great Society October 4 – December 29 In April of 1966, artist Harold Stevenson began The Great Society, an ambitious series of portraits depicting residents of his hometown of Idabel, Oklahoma and the surrounding McCurtain County. Composed of 98 large portraits, Stevenson considered The Great Society a single work of art. This exhibition is the first time the work has been seen together since Stevenson gave the series in 2007. Misunderstood! Indigenous Art and Poetry as Political Resistance October 4 – December 29 Misunderstood!  features poems and artworks ranging from 1894 to 2017. As these works demonstrate, Native artists and writers have grappled with the same misperceptions of their communities for more than 100 years. These texts and images draw attention to neglected and curated histories about Native peoples in order to secure a better future. This is exhibited through the following themes: Stereotype Threat, Undoing History, Proud to Be an American, and Love/d. Together, the Native voices in this exhibition demand of the viewer the same thing: “Please don’t let us be misunderstood.”  Leviathan I: The Aesthetics of Capital October 4 – December 31 In  Leviathan I: The Aesthetics of Capital, artist Pete Froslie transforms the Ellen and Richard L. Sandor Gallery into an experimental extension of his art studio. Leviathan I offers the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art audience the unique opportunity to watch a working artist’s project unfold, beginning with Froslie’s earliest stages of idea testing in the Sandor Gallery. Through this process, Froslie will draw on his recent experience traveling along the Svalbard archipelago of Norway aboard an ice class tall ship, called the Antigua. During this time, he collected 3D scans and photo-documentation of this environmentally vulnerable territory and obtained underwater recordings of Svalvard fjords. Froslie imagines that this continuous practice of travel, research, and making can summon a contemporary “Leviathan,” allowing the intersections between nature, society and capital to be seen and felt. OCCC VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS CENTER THEATER The Tempest – Stratford Festival on Film Sunday, December 1, 2:00 p.m. In Shakespeare’s great drama of loss and reconciliation, a long-deposed ruler uses magical arts to bring within her power the enemies who robbed her of her throne and marooned her on a remote island. Directed for the stage by Stratford Artistic Director Antoni Cimolino. Filmed at the Stratford Festival in Ontario, Canada, which is considered to be North America’s largest classical repertory theatre company and

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The 35th Anniversary of Windham Hill’s Winter Solstice Tuesday, December 17, 7:30 p.m. Join us for an extraordinarily unique experience as we usher in this year’s winter solstice and celebrate the traditions of the world. The evening will feature GRAMMY®-winning guitarist Will Ackerman, GRAMMY® Award–nominated singer, fiddler, pianist, and songwriter Barbara Higbie, guitarist Todd Boston, and special guest, cellist Mia Pixley. For tickets visit the OCCC Performing Arts Center webpage: http://tickets.occc.edu/ upcoming-events or call (405) 682-7579.

CHURCH & SPIRITUAL CONNECTION Fresh Start Community Church Food Pantry, open the third Thursday of each month, 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., 309 N Eastern Avenue, West Campus-Family Life Center. Canned and dry goods available. Must be a resident of Moore (please bring an ID).

CITY MEETINGS AND EVENTS City Council Meeting, Monday, December 2 at 6:30 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore Parks Board Meeting, Tuesday, December 3 at 7:00 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore. Board of Adjustment Meeting, Tuesday, December 10, 5:30 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore. Planning Commission Meeting, Tuesday, December 10, 7:00 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore. City Council Meeting, Monday, December 16, at 6:30 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore. Moore Economic Development Authority Meeting, Monday, December 16, 6:30 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore. Breakfast with Santa, Saturday, December 7, 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m., at The Station at Central Park, 700 S. Broadway. Activities include breakfast from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., holiday crafts, visit and storytime with Santa, Candy Cane Hunt at 9:45 a.m. Tickets are $7.50 per person (child and adult). Tickets are available online at www.cityofmoore.com/fun or call 405-7935090. Christmas Spectacular, Saturday, December 7, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., at The Station at Central Park Amphitheater, 700 S. Broadway. Event is free to all and includes inflatables, Christmas music by community groups, a holiday fireworks celebration (sponsored by local businesses), and visits/photos with Santa Claus. For more information call 405-793-5090. The American Legion Oratorical Scholarship Program, Wednesday, December 11, 7:00 p.m. at The Station at Central Park, 700 S. Broadway. "A constitutional speech contest" The American Legion Oratorical Contest exists to develop deeper knowledge and appreciation for the U.S. Constitution among high school students. College scholarships are available to high school students that advance. The competition will be conducted on December 11th, 2019: 7:00 pm at The Station at Central Park (Students must register prior to participating in the Oratorical Scholarship program. For more information please contact Stephen Worley, (405) 532-1342, stephen0508@att.net Jeff Van Dorp, (405) 314-5131, vandorp6@yahoo.com A Norman Rockwell Christmas Parade, Saturday, December 14, 6:00 p.m. in Downtown Old Town Moore. Parade of Lights in Old Town Moore, starting at Central Junior High to Main Street, then west on Main Street to Howard Street. Come to the Parade and

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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 Holidays, December 24-31. South OKC Chamber of Commerce – Closed for Holidays, December 24-31.

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 nonprofit organization, all classes are offered in a family friendly environment. Fees are $20 per month for an individual or $40 per month for a family. Discount uniforms are available. For more information, call (405) 465-1925 or send an email to fiftyonefiftybjj@yahoo.com. Adult Salsa Classes, every Wednesday 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Adelante Dance Studio (Inside Moore Old School) 201 N. Broadway, Suite 201. $10 per class or $35 a month. Call (405)586-0201 for more information. First Moore Baptist Church of Moore Community Life/ Recreation Center, The Link is open Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Wednesdays and Fridays, 6:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; and Saturday open 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Two basketball courts and racquetball courts, fitness center and walking/running track. For more information, call (405) 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.

Moore Chamber of Commerce Christmas Open House, Tuesday, December 3, 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. The Moore Chamber of Commerce likes to celebrate our membership each year with our Christmas Open House. Come join us in a mid-day come and go event of food, fun, and fellowship. Contact Kim Brown at 405-794-3400 for more information or email kbrown@ moorechamber.com.

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South OKC Chamber of Commerce Seriously Fun Networking, Thursday, December 5, 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Village on the Park, 1515 Kingsridge Drive. 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 LRichardsonOKC@aol.com or (405) 473-8008 Co-Chair: Karen Proctor with Village on the Park at kproctor@ rcmseniorliving.com or (405) 692-8700.

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

South OKC Chamber of Commerce Holiday Gathering, Tuesday, December 10, 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at South OKC Chamber of Commerce, 701 SW 74th Street, OKC. We would like to say "Thank You" to all of our wonderful members for supporting the South Oklahoma City Chamber and our business community this year. Stop by the Chamber for a festive drink and holiday mingle! For more information contact Liz Cromwell at 405634-1436 or lizcromwell@southokc.com.

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

Afterschool Matters, First Moore Baptist Church, Tuesdays from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. This program helps students work towards academic success. Available to 1st – 6th grade. Contact director Carissa Taylor at carissa.taylor@fbcmoore.org to learn more about enrolling your child or to volunteer.

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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.

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.

RECOVERY AND SUPPORT GROUPS 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 otto1manx@yahoo.com. 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. Dementia/Alzheimer’s Support Group, Village on the Park, 1515 Kingsridge, Oklahoma City. Contact Karen Proctor at (405) 692-8700 for meeting times and details. Divorce Care, First Moore Baptist Church, Wednesday nights, 6:15 p.m., 301 NE 27th Street. Support group for those going through a divorce. Call (405) 793-2600 for more information. Grief Share Support Group, First Moore Baptist Church, every Monday night at 6:30 p.m., 301 N.E. 27th Street. Support group for individuals and family members struggling with life events such as death, divorce, and disappointments and learning healthy ways to cope with life. Call (405) 793-2600 for more information. Grief Share Support Group, Fresh Start Community Church, every Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., 309 N. Eastern, Moore, Fresh Start Community Church Fireside Room. We offer help and encouragement after the death of a spouse, child, family member or friend. Please contact the office at (405) 794-7313, Lyn Jacquemot at (405) 326-5554, or ladylyn1941@gmail.com to register or participate. HOPE Addictions Recovery, every Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Beth Haven Baptist Church, 12400 S. Call Pastor Rick Carter at (405) 691-6990 for information. 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.

SERVICE CLUBS, COMMUNITY CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS 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. DAR SEEKS MEMBERS: The Daughters of the American Revolution is a lineage based, non-profit, non-political women’s Service Organization, whose motto is “God, Home, and Country”. We promote Historic Preservation, Education and Patriotism. DAR was founded October 11, 1890. ANY woman, 18 years of age or older regardless of race, religion, or ethnic background, who can prove lineal descent from an ancestor who aided in achieving American independence is eligible for membership. For more information please contact us at: www.DAR.org 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. Moore Horseshoe Pitching Club, every Thursday, 6:00 p.m., Fairmoore Park. For more information, contact (405) 237-1171. Moore Rotary Club, Wednesdays at Moore Chamber of Commerce. Moore Rotary Club is a civic organization dedicated to contributing and volunteering in our community. Moore Toastmasters, every Thursday, 7:00 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 201 W. Main St., Moore. Become the speaker and leader that you want to be. Join our group as we practice Toastmasters’ proven learn-by-doing program. The Oklahoma Women Veterans Organization, the third Saturday during the months of February, April, June, August, October and December, 11:00 a.m., Sunnylane Family Reception Center, 3900 SE 29th St., Del City. If you need directions, call (405) 445-7040. South Oklahoma City Rotary Club, every Friday, 12:00 p.m., Southwest Integris Cancer Center, SW 44th St. and S. Western, Oklahoma City. A civic organization dedicated to contributing and volunteering in our community.

SENIOR CONNECTION

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 www.vfwpost8706.org for more information.

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.

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

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405-300-9244 or email flowergirl9806@gmail.com WOMEN: Moms Club of Moore, the second Thursday of the month, Westmoore Community Church. Go to momsclubsofmoore.com 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. givepulse.com 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 www.relayforlife.org/mooreok or contact Mel Rogers at (405) 841-5817 or mel.rogers@cancer.org. Blue Star Mothers of America. Moore City Hall is a donation drop-off for items for our service members overseas. For needs, see www.bsmok6.org or go to City Hall. Help Deliver Meals to Moore homebound residents. Volunteer drivers needed. Call Darlene Carrell, 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 TheHugsProject@cox.net. 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. givepulse.com 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 sell event tickets, gather donations, secure sponsorships or help put on a successful party and fundraising event, there are many opportunities that will fit your needs to support your local community. For more information about volunteering, please contact Mr. Nathan Johnson, Regional Director for Oklahoma Ducks Unlimited at (405) 315-0093 or Mr. Randall Cole at (479) 220-9735. Serve Moore Are you looking for a way to help others? Serve Moore is looking for volunteers to help with disaster relief and renewal projects. If you would like to volunteer or need volunteer help, visit www.servemoore.com/help to submit a request. You can also visit the Serve Moore headquarters located inside the Community Renewal Center at 224 S. Chestnut Avenue in Moore. For more information, visit servemoore.com or call (405) 735-3060.

To keep up with the events and opportunities that are being added throughout the month, log on to mooremonthly.com and click on the Calendar link at the top of the home page. You’ll find an updated calendar for July and the rest of the year.


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For those who grew up in the days when there were only three flavors of popcorn in the world (without butter, with butter, or Cracker Jacks), a trip to Oklahoma Gourmet Popcorn in Moore is like a trip to a popcorn Disneyland. OK, the store’s not really huge or anything…but it’s loaded with a staggering variety of popcorn, something owner D.J. Boles takes a great deal of delight in. “We opened with 42 flavors and kind of went crazy from there,” said Boles. “And people are always asking for new flavors, so we try to do that from time to time.” The business was born during Boles’ senior year at Oklahoma State. In the fall of 2015,

he was facing a retail management class assignment to come up with a new or nichetype business and then create a business plan. Boles decided to write his paper about a popcorn store named “Oklahoma Gourmet Popcorn” that would be loaded with all sorts of wild flavors. The idea may sound random, but for Boles, it came from a lot of experience.

Willy Wonka and the Oompa-Loompa’s giddy. In addition to the classics (buttered, caramel, and cheese), you’ll find something to satisfy every taste bud: Birthday Cake, Mac & Cheese, Pizza, Loaded Baked Potato, Blueberry, Watermelon, Cotton Candy, Oreo, and S’mores. Yes, they even have Pumpkin Spice popcorn.

“A lot of the idea began with my dad,” said Boles. “He’s in concession sales, and he’s been selling popcorn to theaters and ballparks since I was little.”

And the holiday season is prime popcorn time.

Boles took the idea to his dad over the Christmas holidays to see what he thought. His dad really liked the idea, so the next semester they took the business plan to a bank in search of financing, and Oklahoma Gourmet Popcorn was born. Boles opened his first store in Moore on August 2, 2016. It did so well that he opened a second store in Edmond. Make no mistake about it, Boles and his crew take their popcorn seriously. Everything flavor of popcorn is made right there in the store, using carefully chosen popcorn seed from a farm in Nebraska. “I actually went up and toured the farm last year to make sure we’re getting great seed,” said Boles. “We pop everything out of one kettle, and then we make all the flavors ourselves.” When Boles says “all the flavors,” he’s talking about a selection that would make

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“Things really pick up for us school starts back because we do so fundraisers,” said Boles. “But for November and December are really, busy.”

when many sure, really

Boles and his crew typically have some unique flavors for the holidays. The store is filled with a wide variety of popcorn tins that make perfect gifts…and a big tin of gourmet popcorn makes the perfect gift for nearly everyone. “We always have a candy mint flavor and a chocolate-flavored popcorn for the holidays,” said Boles. “But the one constant favorite for so many people is caramel.” Boles also keeps extremely busy with fundraisers for schools and other organizations throughout the year. He invites anyone interested in finding out more about the fundraising opportunities to call, email, or visit their website or Facebook page. That community participation mindset is part of his business philosophy.

“The popcorn might be great, but if you don’t treat people well, they’re not going to buy from you,” said Boles. “We always look at everyone who comes through our door as a friend and treat them like a friend, not just a customer.” Part of that mindset comes from growing up in the town of Tuttle. Even though he now lives and works in Moore, his roots still mean a lot to him. “I have to give a big shout-out to Tuttle because they really supported me when I first started the business,” said Boles. “That smalltown feel is actually one of the things that drew me to Moore when I wanted to open my first store. I remember coming up and helping clean up after the tornado and just being struck with how great people are here and how much it felt like a small town. So that’s what really drew me here.” And if you can’t find a flavor you like, Boles is up to the challenge of creating something new even though they already have flavors like Fried Pickle, Spicy Buffalo, Southwest Jalapeno and banana. “People are always coming in and asking for something new,” said Boles. “Some of those have turned into favorites, like the Loaded Baked Potato, which is really pretty awesome.”


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From Seed to Spoon: Happy Holidays, From Our Family to Yours!

During the holiday season, we are focusing more on our upcoming season than what we are currently growing. By this time, our outside plants are pretty much dormant and not producing a lot. We are focusing more on planning our early spring crops and getting all of our supplies together! This is also a great time to splurge and buy yourself those garden supplies that you’ve been wanting!   For a beginner gardener, we recommend starting small with a few Smart Pots. If you haven’t seen these fabric raised beds before, check them out on our free iOS & Android app or on our website at www.seedtospoon.net. These are super easy to set up- you simply unfold and place where you want to have a garden! The smaller ones are also moveable, so you can place them anywhere and then move them around as desired. These Smart Pots would make a great stocking stuffer for any gardener!  

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One of our favorite garden gadgets is the seeding square. This small square is great for those learning square foot gardening. This method is excellent for those with a smaller growing space that want to maximize their growing room! We have square foot gardening recommendations for each plant throughout our app. Our kids love this device and call it their “toy.” It helps our kids with counting and color matching, as well! There are links to purchase these seeding squares throughout our app- check it out! One of our favorite holiday garden crafts is making a rosemary wreath! It not only looks absolutely beautiful but smells incredible too! If you have lots of rosemary, this works great as a gift to give others this holiday season!   We love to make DIY presents for our friends and family! One of our favorites is including the dried luffa that we grew over the summer. We include this as a sponge with some homemade sugar scrub!    We hope you have a great holiday season and enjoy garden planning for the upcoming growing season! Make sure to download our free iOS and Android app to help plan ahead for spring! December is when we are usually starting to feel the effects of all of the holiday food, and we are beginning to plan our garden for next year accordingly. Our app helps you figure out what plants you should grow based on over 25 different health-centered reasons for growing. Once you narrow down the list, you can choose what plants you want to start with, and our plants will guide you through all of the information you need to start growing your own food!

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PRACTICE FOOD SAFETY As you prepare holiday meals, keep yourself and your family safe from food-related illness. Wash hands and surfaces often. Avoid cross-contamination by keeping raw meat, poultry, seafood, and eggs (including their juices) away from ready-to-eat foods and eating surfaces. Cook foods to the proper temperature. Refrigerate promptly. Do not leave perishable foods out for more than two hours. PROTECT YOUR HEART According to a recent study from Sweden, the odds of suffering a heart attack are the greatest on Christmas Eve, specifically at 10 p.m. In fact, research has shown that heart attack-related deaths are 5% more likely during the holiday season. Experts blame the cold weather for constricting blood vessels. People also tend to overeat unhealthy foods, drink too much alcohol and skip the gym this time of year. AVOID HOLIDAY BURNOUT The holidays are supposed to be an enjoyable time, but traveling, shopping, cooking, cleaning and spending leaves many of us exhausted and stressed out. So don’t overdo it! Figure out your budget and your boundaries and stick to them. Take a break when you need to and make sure to get plenty of sleep. HOLIDAY DEPRESSION The stress of the holidays triggers sadness and depression for many people. Experts say a big reason for it is loneliness. 43% of Americans are single and 27% of Americans live alone. Others may be in grief over losing a loved one or are estranged from friends or family. Make plans in advance so you know who you’ll be spending time with. Reach out to friends and maybe even volunteer. It can be extremely gratifying. If you feel guilty about not having a lot of money for gifts – don’t. Let your loved ones know how much you care about them and would like to, but can’t afford it. If your symptoms of depression become severe or last more than a few weeks, seek professional help. IT’S THE MOST DANGEROUS TIME OF THE YEAR? Our emergency rooms get pretty busy around the holidays. Potential hazards including flammable trees, wobbly ladders placed on

• Place decorations with small removable parts that can pose a choking hazard to young children out of reach. • Examine new and old light sets for damage. Discard sets with cracked or broken sockets, frayed or exposed wires, and loose connections. • Keep burning candles in sight and away from places where kids and pets can knock them over. • When using ladders, make sure yours extends at least 3 feet over the roofline or working surface. Place it on level ground, stick to the maximum load rating, and don’t stand on the top three rungs of a straight, single or extension ladder. We hope you don’t need us, but if you do, Norman Regional Moore’s Emergency Department includes a trauma area, fast track for minor illnesses and injuries, an isolation room and onsite lab and diagnostic testing including x-ray, ultrasound and CT. Happy holidays!

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Start by drinking once less pop a day by replacing it with a glass of water. Do this for a week or until its easy to not have that pop then switch out another pop for water. If you are having a hard time letting go of soda then try sparking water, flavored sparkling water, diluting sodas or sugary drinks, or try drinking Powerade Zero, G2, or Gatorade Zero. Taking out one soda a day alone will reduce 30 – 35 grams of sugar alone. Increasing water not only hydrates your body, it doesn’t add any calories or sugar into your diet. Increasing water intake flushes the sugars, etc. out of your body. If you are having a hard time drinking plain water, try adding certain fruits and/

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or vegetables to the water to add some flavor. After one goal is almost where you want to be, then you will add another small reasonable goal. Have a small goal for exercise, start walking 15 minutes three times a week. Once you can reach that goal then you will continue to add on time or exercises. Try taking more walking breaks at work if you have the time, if you don’t then try standing at work with a standing desk instead of sitting. You can do something as small as parking ten spots further from the door than you did before. You don’t ever want to start multiple small goals at one time, because some goals are harder to get started or to achieve. If you are wanting to remove certain foods or food groups from your regular diet, try something small or find alternatives until you have found something that works for you. Try

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THE STATION SCHEDULE • DECEMBER 2019

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

The Holiday Hustle Challenge Now thru December 28th Cost: $30 per person Registration: at The Station Front Desk Sign-ups: November 1 – November 30 Challenge Begins: November 16 Challenge Ends: December 28 Includes assessments by a personal trainer, bi-monthly weigh-ins and measurements, Workout plan, t-shirt. For more information visit The Station Front Desk, cityofmoore.com/fun, or call 405-793-5090.

THANKSGIVING BREAK CAMPS Art Camp When: December 30th – January 3rd Time: 9:00 a.m. -- Noon Where: The Station Recreation Center Ages: 6–12 years old Registration: Now – December 22nd Fee: $55 Class Minimum: 10 Class Maximum: 25 Create colorful paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and more. You will use watercolors, paint, crayons, beads, strings, and clay. So much fun and the best part is you get to keep and take home what you make. Basketball Camp When: January 2nd – January 3rd TIME: 9:00 a.m.–Noon Where: The Station Recreation Center Ages: 7–14 years old Registration: Now – January 1st Fee: $55 Instructor: Scott Hodges Class Minimum: 20 Class Maximum: 150 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 basketball for 2-days and learn some new things in the process. Gizmo’s, Gadgets, & Thangs Camp: Wacky Science When: December 30th – January 3rd Time: 1:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. Where: The Station Recreation Center Ages: 7–14 years old Registration: Now – December 29th Fee: $55 Class Minimum: 10 Class Maximum: 25 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 might get to assemble a robotic car, plane or pendulum machine. This camp will keep you engaged from beginning to end. Volleyball Camp When: December 30th – January 3rd Time: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Where: The Station Recreation Center Ages: 7–14 years old Registration: Now – December 29th Fee: $55 Class Minimum: 10 Class Maximum: 25 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 a week and learn some new things in the process. Extreme Animals Camp When: January 2nd – January 3rd Time: 9:00 a.m. - Noon Where: The Station Recreation Center Ages 6-12 years old Registration: Now – January 1st Fee: $80 Class Minimum: 10 Class Maximum: 30 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 habits and create different types of arts and crafts that relate to those species and their habits.

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CLASSES 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

cost for a recital. Recitals will be the end of February.

Use several drawing media and various techniques in this class. All supplies included. Class taught by certified art instructor.

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

Build Your Own Pinhole Camera When: December 2nd and 9th Monday Nights (2 Classes) Time: 6:45 P.M -8:15 P.M Age: 13+ FEE: $60 Where: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room Registration: Now – December 1st Instructor: Maria Villegas

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.

This two week intensive gives students the chance to build their own camera out of simple everyday items. Learn about how photographs are made and even develop your own film after a fun day of taking pictures.

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

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

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


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

classes, May 1st - September 6th for September & October classes COST: $55 per session

INSTRUCTOR: Rocie Petchprom

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: 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.arn 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 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. Family Game Night When: December 19th, 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.

City of Moore

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

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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 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.

YOUTH LEAGUES Youth Winter Basketball When: Game Season Starts on December 6th and December 7th Time: Games are on Fridays and/or Saturdays. Game Times are TBD. 7 Game Season Ages: Boys & Girls 7/8, 9/10 & 11/12; Age Determination Date: December 1st, 2019 Fee: $70 Resident, $80 Non-Resident, $20 Late Fee after September 29th Where: The Station Recreation Center & Moore Community Center Sign-ups: August 30th – September 29th Registration Type: Online www. cityofmoore.com/fun Birth Certificates Due: November 21st by 5PM

Parents Night Out When: December 6th, 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

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BOOK REVIEW

Skinnamarink

Author: Sharon, Lois and Bram with Randi Hampson

Reviewed by: Heather Fellenstein, Children’s Services Associate, Moore Public Library Growing up in the late 80’s and 90’s, one of my favorite kid’s shows was the Elephant Show featuring Canadian based folk singers Sharon, Lois and Bram. Their signature ending credits song was always Skinnamarink. Since then, this beloved song has been performed by countless singers and is celebrated by parents and children all over the world. It is so exciting to see this classic kid's song is being reintroduced to a brand-new generation of kids to enjoy. This new version of Skinnarmink still has all of the favorite verses you might have come to know and love as well as some fun new verses. The illustrations by Qin Leng are beautiful, bright and include all types of people and animals from all over the world.  If you are an 80’s baby that is wanting to share your favorite kid’s song with your little ones or if you’re a new fan of Sharon Lois and Bram, I highly recommend this fun sing and read aloud version of the song. “Be sure to sing this love song with everyone around, when we all sing together it’s such a lovely sound.” For more information on finding a copy of “Skinnamarink” and other musical reads, please feel free to visit the Moore Public Library Children’s Services Desk or call us at 793-4347.

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LIBRARY SCHEDULES

Moore Public Library

Southwest OKC Public Library

Children Tuesday, Dec. 3 – Preschool Story Time​ Wednesday, Dec. 4 – Lapsit Story Time​ Thursday, Dec. 5 – Design Squad Saturday, Dec. 7 – Families Explore: Holidays Around the World Saturday, Dec. 7 – Holiday Gala Monday, Dec. 9 – Kid’s Club Tuesday, Dec. 10 – Preschool Story Time​ Wednesday, Dec. 11 – Lapsit Story Time Thursday, Dec. 12 – Pre-K Play​ Thursday, Dec. 12 – Design Squad Tuesday, Dec. 17 – Preschool Story Time​ Wednesday, Dec. 18 – Lapsit Story Time​ Wednesday, Dec. 18 – Sensory Play Time Thursday, Dec. 19 – Story Time at the Boxcar Coffee Thursday, Dec. 19 – Design Squad Saturday, Dec. 21 – Families Explore: Holidays Around the World

10 a.m. 10 and 10:45 a.m. 4:30 p.m. 11 a.m. 5 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 10 a.m. 10 and 10:45 a.m. 10 a.m. 4:30 p.m. 10 a.m. 10 and 10:45 a.m. 4 p.m. 2 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 11 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 24 – Library closed, Christmas Eve Wednesday, Dec. 25 – Library closed, Christmas Day Tuesday, Dec. 31 – Rockin’ Noon Year’s Eve Dance Party

Tuesday, Dec. 24 – Library closed, Christmas Eve

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Monday, Dec. 2 – Little Movers Story Time (ages 18-36 months) Monday, Dec. 2 – Early Explorers (ages 1-4) Thursday, Dec. 5 – Baby Lapsit (ages 18 months and under) Thursday, Dec. 5 – Tween STEAM (ages 8 to 11) Friday, Dec. 6 – Preschool Story Time (ages 3 to 6) Monday, Dec. 9 – Little Movers Story Time (ages 18-36 months) Monday, Dec. 9 – Early Explorers (ages 1-4) Thursday, Dec. 12 – Baby Lapsit (ages 18 months and under) Thursday, Dec. 12 – Tween STEAM (ages 8 to 11) Friday, Dec. 13 – Preschool Story Time (ages 3 to 6) Wednesday, Dec. 18 – Touch, Learn, Create: Christmas Thursday, Dec. 19 – SOKC’s Winter Festival

10 a.m. 11 a.m. 10 a.m. 4:30 p.m. 10 a.m. 10 a.m. 11 a.m. 10 a.m. 4:30 p.m. 10 a.m. 10 a.m. 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 24 – Library closed, Christmas Eve Wednesday, Dec. 25 – Library closed, Christmas Day  Teen/Adult Monday, Dec. 2 – Zumba 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4 through Wednesday, Dec. 11 – Friends of the Library Book Sale

Teen/Adult

Sunday, Dec. 1 – Knotty Knitting Monday, Dec. 2 – Girls Who Code​ Monday, Dec. 2 – Beginner’s Yoga​ Thursday, Dec. 5 – Zumba ​ 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7 – Holiday Gala Monday, Dec. 9 – Girls Who Code​ Monday, Dec. 9 – Beginner’s Yoga​ Tuesday, Dec. 10 – Cozy Winter Mixology Thursday, Dec. 12 – Zumba Friday, Dec. 13 – A Teen Humbug Holiday Craft Saturday, Dec. 14 – ChemisTEA with Leena Nabulsi Monday, Dec. 16 – Beginner’s Yoga​ Tuesday, Dec, 17 – PaperCraft: Card-Making Thursday, Dec. 19 – Zumba Thursday, Dec. 19 – Book Discussion Group Monday, Dec. 23 – Beginner’s Yoga​

Children

2 p.m. 4 p.m. 6 p.m. 5 p.m. 4 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 4 p.m. 10 a.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 4 – Apron Sewing Class Saturday, Dec. 7 – Oklahoma Romance Writers Guild Meeting Monday, Dec. 9 – Zumba Tuesday, Dec. 10 – Writing MY Success Story Tuesday, Dec. 10 – Self-Care: Surviving the Holidays Tuesday, Dec. 12 – OTTER: Holiday Cards Tuesday, Dec. 12 – Penn Avenue Literary Society Wednesday, Dec. 13 – Ugly Christmas Sweater Craft Night Monday, Dec. 16 – Zumba Tuesday, Dec. 17 – Self Care with Essential Oils Tuesday, Dec. 17 – Sugar Cookie Decorating at the Library Thursday, Dec. 19 – SOKC’s Winter Festival Saturday, Dec. 21 – Friends of the Library Burger Day at Johnnie’s

10 a.m. 2 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 10:30 a.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 11 a.m.

Tuesday, Dec. 24 – Library closed, Christmas Eve Wednesday, Dec. 25 – Library closed, Christmas Day Monday, Dec. 30 – Zumba

6:30 p.m.


Why Haven’t People With Neck Pain Been Told These Facts? If you’re over the age of 30 and suffer from neck pain, tingling in the arms, or headaches, this could be the most eye-opening article you’ll ever read.

It can affect your sleep, your marriage and your job. Nothing’s worse than feeling great mentally, but physically feeling held back from life because your neck hurts and the pain just won’t go away!

tiny babies to the elderly. Even top sports star and entertainers… like Tiger Woods, Aaron Rogers, Tony Robbins, Joe Montana, Lance Armstrong, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and Michael Jordan.

My name is Dr. Aaron Wines, owner of Active Chiropractic Health & Wellness. Over the past 11 years since we’ve opened the doors, I’ve seen hundreds of people with neck pain, arm problems and headaches leave the office pain free.

These professional athletes have the money to hire any kind of doctors they want, yet they choose to have a chiropractor on their team.

Because patients tell me too often “I only wished I had found you sooner”, I’m running a special Neck Pain Evaluation for those suffering with neck problems for the month of December. Feel the Improvement – and Say “Yes” to Life Again With my “Neck Pain Evaluation” we’ve been able find the problem and correct it for hundreds of patients. Think of how you’ll feel in just a few short weeks. See and feel your life change for the better. Start your body on the way to pain-free, normal living. Feel tight joints rest, relax, free up. Feel muscles tied in knots become more supple. Feel strength in your muscles increase. As you begin to see motion returning to your joints, you’re preventing and reducing chances of disability and a crippling future. You’re able to live life like a normal person again, without neck pain --able to play with your kids, enjoy time with friends, and not have to worry that your pain will hit you at just the wrong time.

IF YOU READ NOTHING ELSE READ THIS The following conditions can be caused by a problem in your neck… • Carpal tunnel syndrome • Numbness and tingling in the arms and hands • Cervical disc bulging and herniations • Weakness in the arms/hands • Neck Pain • Headaches • Tension in the shoulders • Shoulder and arm pain

Scientific studies showed chiropractic adjustments outperformed massage treatments in reducing pain. The study concluded that patients with chronic neck pain showed “clinically important improvements from a course of spinal manipulation… The current evidence does not support a similar level of benefit from massage.” - J Manipulative Physiol Ther In another study comparing acupuncture, a non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug, and spinal manipulation found…

The 9 Most Dangerous Words A Person With Neck Pain Can Say The big myth about health problems is “maybe it will just go away on its own.” Dating back to 1998 a study in the British Medical Journal proved this myth false, showing that most back pain sufferers who do nothing will have pain 12 months later.

• A thorough analysis of your exam and x-ray findings so we can start mapping out your plan to being pain free. Call today and we can get started with your consultation, exam and x-rays as soon as there’s an opening in the schedule. Our office is called Active Chiropractic Health & Wellness and you can find us at 3201 W. Tecumseh Rd #120 in Norman. Tell the receptionist you’d like to come in for the Neck Pain Evaluation before December 31, 2019. The appointment will not take long at all and you won’t be sitting in the waiting room for long – no more than 15 minutes Sincerely, Dr. Aaron Wines

That’s no way to live. P.S. How many years can your body handle taking one pill after another?

The Single Most Important Solution To Your Neck Pain For December only, $57 will get you all the services someone could expect to pay $250 or more for!

Call today. I may be able to help you live a normal, pain-free life again…. 405-321-9300 THIS OFFER EXCLUDES MEDICARE DUE TO REGULATIONS.

What does this offer include? Everything I normally do in my new patient evaluation. Just call before Dec. 30th and here’s what you’ll get… • An in-depth consultation about your neck problems where I will listen…really listen…to the details of your case. • A complete neuromuscular examination.

“After a median intervention period of 30 days, spinal manipulation was the only intervention that achieved statistically significant improvements.” - J Manipulative Physiol Ther

“Will This Really Work For Me?” Chiropractic has been around for over a 120 years, and has been used to help everyone from

Chiropractor’s manipulation of the spine was “more helpful than any of the following: traction, massage, biofeedback, acupuncture, injection of steroids into the spine and back corsets, and ultrasound.” – Stanley Bigos, MD, Professor of Orthopedic Surgery

In addition to that, here’s what some of the top medical researchers had to say …

• A full set of specialized x-rays to determine if a spinal problem is contributing to your pain or symptoms… (NOTE: These would normally cost you at least $100).

3201 W. Tecumseh Rd. Suite 120 - Norman 405-321-9300 activechw.com

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SPORTS

Small Leaves Southmoore Softball with Full Heart By Rob Morris There was also the jersey worn by the Lady Sabercats that first year, like the framed one Small received as a gift at the banquet. "That jersey was made of wool, and it was miserable to wear when the girls were out playing in 105-degree temperatures," said Small. He says those first years were tough, but the kids who came out and played laid the groundwork for the success that would follow as a string of top-notch talent carried the Sabercats to their first state title in 2013, followed by a second trophy in 2016.

There's a locker-room moment in the movie, "Friday Night Lights" that resonates with retiring Sabercat fastpitch coach Jeff Smalls. "That Odessa Permian football team rallied to come back in the state championship game and fell just a half-yard short of the goal line," said Small. "And in the locker room, there's Coach Gaines telling his players, 'Boys, my heart is full. My heart is full.'" Small says that moment sums up how he feels as he steps away from a Hall-of-Fame coaching career. He has a full trophy case that includes state championships in 2013 and 2016, along with being selected Oklahoma Coach of the Year in 2014 and induction into the Fastpitch Coaches Hall of Fame in 2017. There are also the 511 wins he accumulated while coaching at Plainview and Southmoore. But after the Sabercats 2019 softball banquet, the thing holding the tightest grip on Small's heart was relationships. "It's funny because I was paying attention to the road as I was driving home after the banquet," said Small, "But all I remember about that drive is that I had the biggest smile on my face that I think I've ever had."

It was a smile painted on his face by dozens of former players that surprised him at the end of the banquet. There were plenty of tears mixed with the smiles as those players presented Small with a framed jersey (there's more to tell about that jersey, later) from Southmoore's very first fastpitch team and season. "These girls have been my extended family," said Small. "I've been to more of their weddings than I can recall, and I've probably spent more time with them than anybody else. To see so many of them at the banquet and to hear from so many in that video message is just amazing." Small is the only fastpitch coach the Sabercats have ever known. He came to the school the year it opened and embraced the challenges of building a softball program from scratch. "That first year in 2008, we had to practice over at Hillsdale (now Randall University)," said Small. "All that was over there was a batting cage and a field full of six-foottall Johnson grass that a parent went over and used a sickle to cut down so we could practice."

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"We had two juniors and no seniors that first year," said Small, "We didn't have a single kid who'd ever worn a varsity uniform on that first team. But, boy, did they work hard." Small said there was also an instant connection with Jason Lingo, assistant fastpitch coach, and head coach of the Lady Sabercats slow pitch team. "I'd never met Jason before, just talked to him by phone," said Small, "And we sat down together at Buffalo Wild Wings in June of that first year and talked about coaching philosophy and things that are absolute, like character, integrity, and playing hard." The two have worked well together over the years as they've built Southmoore into one of the state's perennial softball powers. Small says that as he looks back, there's so much to be thankful for and proud of in the way the program was established. "We were able to do what we've done because we've had great kids since day one," said Small. "I feel like I've truly been blessed to have been a part of this program and work with the coaches, players, administrators, and parents I have." As for what the future holds, Small says he plans on doing some traveling and a lot of

mowing, which is a very therapeutic time for him. "I've enjoyed mowing the field so much as a part of my coaching duties," said Small. "It's really just kind of relaxing for me. Fortunately, I have some pretty good acreage at my house so I can get out on the riding mower and continue to have that time of meditation and mowing." Small says he'll also be around from time to time, checking in to see how the program he built continues to grow. "I'm not gonna hover at all," said Small, "But I really want to keep tabs on these kids and see how they do, so I'll probably drop by to see some of their games. I'm also going to take the time to go over and see some of the kids like Lindsey Stoeckel and Katelyn Brown (Oklahoma Christian) and Karli Petty (Oklahoma State) play as well. There are so many kids playing at all these different schools, I'd really like the chance to watch them play now that they've made it to the next level." As he considers this next stage in his life, Small's thoughts are drawn back to that movie clip and the coach talking to a locker room full of athletes about the things that are most important in life. "Certainly the successes and championships we've achieved in our brief history are nice," said Small, "But what I take with me is the memories of all these incredible young women, past, present and future, who make up the Sabercat Softball Nation. I love those kids like they're my own. I'm just glad I don't have to feed 'em, cause I've seen 'em eat."


BAM. You found a shop.

2004 Crystal Drive, Moore, OK 73160 • 405.703.1104 • bamyoufoundashop.com


SPORTS PHOTO GALLERY

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Photo Credit: Diana Bittle & John Del Rosario


SPORTS CALENDAR DECEMBER 2019

MOORE BASKETBALL December 3 December 6 December 10 December 13-15 December 13-15 December 26-28 December 26-28 SWIM December 5 December 12 December 14 WRESTLING December 12 December 17 December 21

Stillwater Westmoore @Edmond North @Harrah Tournament (Girls) @Tahlequah Tournament (Boys) @Tournament of Champions (Girls) @Idabel Tournament (Boys) @Lawton @Stillwater @Mitch Park vs Mustang Lawton Mac Dual Midwest City Dual @Norman High Tournament

WESTMOORE

SOUTHMOORE

BASKETBALL December 3 December 5-7 December 10 December 17 December 20 December 26-28

BASKETBALL December 3 December 6 December10 December 12-14 December17 December26-28

@Edmond Santa Fe @Moore Norman North @Durant Lion Classic (Boys/Girls) @Edmond Memorial @Mustang Tournament (Boys)

SWIM December 5 December 12 December 14

@Lawton @Stillwater @Mitch Park vs Mustang

WRESTLING December 6-7 December 12 December 14 December 20

@Blanchard Tournament Norman North Dual (Homecoming) Westmoore Tournament @Del City Dual

SWIM December 5 December 12 December 14 WRESTLING December 3 December 5 December 6-7 December 12 December 20-21

@Edmond Memorial @Bixby Invitational (Girls) Deer Creek @Mustang Norman North @PB Showdown – Missouri (Boys) @Lawton @Stillwater @Mitch Park vs Mustang Santa Fe Dual @Stillwater Dual @Putnam City Tournament @Tuttle Dual @Kansas City Stampede

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CLASSES STARTING IN JANUARY | ENROLL TODAY MACU.EDU/MOORE | 405.691.3800 Mid-America Christian University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability, or age in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: DARWINA MARSHALL, Director of Human Resources, 3500 SW 119th, OKC, OK 73710 , 405-692-3196.

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SENIOR LIVING BY TAMMY C. VAUGHN, AGING SERVICES INC.

ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE So when you find yourself grumbling about the good old days, consider these six blessings and compare them to days past:

• EMOTIONAL BENEFITS: 1. you will feel more relaxed, 2. more optimistic, 3. able to dwell on happier memories, 4. feel good more often, 5. feel less envious of others, 6. and be less depressed. • SOCIAL BENEFITS: 1. able to be more social, 2. be friendlier and more likable to others, 3. able to have deeper relationships and more friendships, 4. people are kinder towards us. • HEALTH BENEFITS: 1. improved sleep quality, 2. increased energy, 3. being less sick and having less physical pain So how do we get an attitude of gratitude – it starts with kindness, kindness to others, as well as kindness to ourselves. Kindness is defined as the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate. Sometimes kindness has a connotation of meaning someone is naïve or weak, that is not the case. Being kind often requires courage and strength. There are many ways to practice kindness.

1.One way to be kind is to open your eyes and be active when you see people alone or in need. Opening your eyes means noticing when others are suffering. 2. Other ways are: • A kind word, • a smile, • opening a door, • asking a stranger to sit by you, • celebrating someone you love, • giving honest compliments, • sending an email thanking someone, • telling someone how they are special to you, • inviting someone you know who is alone or new to be a part of your group, • refusing to gossip, • donating your old clothing and home goods • and sharing homemade food Kindness does include being kind to yourself. Do you treat yourself kindly? Do you speak gently and kindly to yourself and take good care of yourself? There are many ways to be kind and many opportunities to practice an attitude of gratitude. When you reach that point in your life when it seems you’ve seen it all, and done it double that amount, it’s hard to stay full aware all the time of the amazing blessings in our life. But when you stop to think about it, we live in an exciting time where we can compare the knowledge of our lives in the past and marvel at the advancements we enjoy today.

3. Entertainment is accessible 24/7. The accessibility to movies, live theater, church services, concerts, and literature is unprecedented. Think about it. If you want to show your grandchildren how awesome Elvis Presley moved, all it takes is a quick search on YouTube. 4. Healthy food is on every shelf. People have more options now than they ever did including congregate meal sites, home delivered meals, having someone else shop for you and bring it to your car, and drive through meals. 5. It’s never too late for a change of attitude. Life shows us that it’s never too late to pattern our behavior after role models or associate with peer groups that reflect the attitude we want for ourselves. Finally – remember: 6. People love you. Think about how much you enjoy visiting with your neighbors or talking with your grandchildren on the phone; or think about how much you appreciate your favorite grocery cashier’s smile. Chances are… they enjoy those things about you. During this Holiday season and for every season, make an effort to embrace an attitude of gratitude for the comforts of life we enjoy every day.

301 N Eastern Ave. Moore, OK 73160 • 405-799-9919

The Holidays are here! It is easy to get caught up in all the hustle and bustle, so especially at this time of year – it is very important to seek the many benefits of practicing gratitude.

2. You keep in touch with family. No matter where you are in the world, today’s innovations in communications make it possible to talk with those you love anytime, anyplace. You can even read the newspaper and get the weather forecast through wireless devices.

Moore's Assisted Living Community

1. You have your health. Advances in healthcare technologies and settings mean disease is being detected earlier, and treatment is becoming more effective.


SHOP LOCAL

Shop: The Stitching Post Combines the Best of Traditional Sewing with New Technology

316 N. Broadway (moving to 901 N. Moore Ave. in 2020) 405-794-0026 www.sewbargain.com

"They have some great automatic features, like an automatic needle-threading option," said Robert, "So they're quite incredible, but they do require more training and technical knowledge to take advantage of these new features." One of the benefits of all this new sewing technology: sewing is turning into much more of a family activity these days. "We have parents who are coming in with their kids," said Robert. "The parents are around 40 and have never really thought about sewing while the kids have picked it up on their own, and they're coming in together like it's a training camp kind of thing. It's a great bonding experience." Robin sees a lot of the family activity as well, but adds that it's also a way for some folks to make money as part of what's now called a "side gig." "Some people sew just because they like control over what they wear," said Robin, "But there are plenty of people who come close to making a living with a sewing machine." In addition to the sewing and quilting machines, The Stitching Post offers pretty much anything one would need to sew or quilt, whether you're doing it for personal pleasure or to make money.

If your image of someone working at a sewing machine is that of a sweet, gray-haired grandmother, you're only partly correct. The owners of The Stitching Post say while it's true that seasoned citizens are among the most faithful customers, they see a growing interest among younger folks. "People need creativity in their lives, and sewing is such a great hobby that's filled with artistic expression," said Robin SendrychHill, co-owner. "We have so many classes that we teach, and that includes children as young as 8 years old all the way up to age 92."

That's a long, long way from where The Stitching Post began back in 1976. "My dad said, 'We're going to start a sewing machine store,'" said Robin. "So he ran a little add in the Penny Pincher, and when my dad would come home from his travel job, we would work on sewing machines. That was my first job, 50 cents a machine to get it repaired, cleaned up, and put back together for my dad."

These are not your grandmother's sewing machines, either. Robin, along with her husband and co-owner, Robert Hill, says the age of smartphones, iPads, and wireless technology has had a positive impact on the world of sewing.

The first store location was at Northwest 16th and MacArthur in Oklahoma City. Robin and Robert opened the Moore store in 2007. Over the years, the family has built a reputation for offering a wide range of sewing and quilting machines. They've also become the "go-to" location for people wanting to learn to use those machines, from the simplest to the very latest technology.

"We sell all types of sewing machines," said Robin. "We have the simple, affordable ones all the way up to the big, high-end machines that interface with a computer and use digitizing and embroidery software."

"We are so thankful for all the lovely people in Moore and the support they give us," said Robin. "They're the reason we're moving to this new building in the New City Center in January. It's an 80,500 square foot facility with a huge classroom space."

Robert said, "There are machines that are wireless and work with your iPad that can take a picture, run it through a program, and turn it into your own embroidery design."

The Stitching Post offers classes in everything from Basic Sewing and Basic Embroidery to Digitizing and Quilting classes. Robert says that with all the available new technology, it's essential to get training on how to use the latest machines.

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"We have all the fabric you could ever need as well as all complete supply of threads, batting, buttons, designs, kits, and more," said Robin. "And our service department is filled with certified technicians who are qualified to repair all makes and models." Robert and Robin are looking forward to the convenience of offering all of their products, services, and classes under one roof in 2020. "It's going to be great for our customers and for us as well," said Robert. "We're so excited to be able to offer all of these things under one roof for the Moore community and folks on the south side of Oklahoma City." And if you're one of those folks who has thought about taking up sewing, Robin says that now is the perfect time to do just that. "Even if you've never sat down at a machine in your life, we have the classes that can get you up and running," said Robin. "And you're going to love these new machines and all the wonderful things they can do."come out to look at the lights a half-dozen times a year. So that’s good motivation to keep it going.�


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December 3 Country Music House Singers 10:00 a.m. December 6 MCOA Monthly Meeting & December Birthdays 10:00 a.m. December 10 Library 10:00 a.m. BP & Sugar Checks 10:30 a.m. December 11 Holiday Depression 11:00 a.m. Fresh Cobbler 1:45 p.m. December 17 Country Music House Singers 10:00 a.m. December 19 “Holiday Scams” speaker Cheryl Presley 10:30 a.m. December 24 Meal Site closed December 25 Closed for Holiday December 30 MCOA Board Meeting 10:00 a.m.

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PARTING SHOTS

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2019 IN 27 PICTURES 2019 was a year filled with moments that ranged from breathtaking to inspiriting. As we move toward the end of the decade, we hope that you will enjoy this photographic walk back through the highlights of the past year.

The City of Moore's annual Fishing Derby is the perfect chance to hang out with old friends and make new ones.

Local athletes work hard to reach the OSSAA regional and state track meets, the highest level of competition in Oklahoma.

One of the best father/son moments we get to experience is at the City of Moore's Annual Fishing Derby

The city's best cross country runners competed at the OSSAA state championships in Edmond.

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Summer is not officially over until the streets of Moore are filled with runners in the annual Moore War Run.

Nothing says Independence Day like spending the 4th of July at Buck Thomas Park for Celebration in the Heartland.

Clear the pool, kids! The City's Doggie Paddle is all about giving our four-legged friends a chance to enjoy The Station Aquatic Center.

Rivalry basketball is an intense as it gets in Moore! Doesn't matter if it's Moore War, Southwest Showdown, or Battle of the Big Cats.

Emotions run high as the city's three excellent high school teams battle to reach the 6A state championship tournament.

Seagulls. In spite of being hundreds of miles from the Gulf of Mexico, Moore has a flock of seagulls that call the pond at Central Park home.

There are few things during the school year that get students as excited as the Supercat Slam.

Residents of Moore always turn out in great numbers to honor our veterans on Memorial Day and Veterans Day.


We all float in Moore, especially during Haunt Old Town.

Homerun celebrations are always in fashion during the regional and state playoff runs by our local softball teams.

The Moore Lions football team thrilled fans with a playoff run in 2019.

It's always a moment of wonder when nature grants us a "winter wonderland."

Rivalry football. Hard-hitting and intense. Our athletes leave it all on the field during the Southwest Showdown.

Moore Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Robert Romines uses his Jedi powers to levitate candy to kids at the annual Red Ribbon Parade.

Hometown hero Toby Keith teamed up with basketball legend Nancy Lieberman to install a new Dream Court at Parmele Park.

Dancing ninjas are just one of the highlights from the state pom competition, where our three high schools make a strong showing.


The City of Moore's annual Daddy Daughter Dance culminates with some time enjoying the Aquatic Center.

Rain or shine, you can count on Moore's athletes to care more about making the play than staying clean.

Special Olympics softball at Moore High is all about moments of joy like this one.

Competition at the highest level includes using your noggin to direct a soccer-ball to a teammater.

More rivalry enthusiasm, this time it's Moore War volleyball.

The Moore Lady Lions softball team celebrates a come-from-behind win in the quarterfinals of the state fastpitch softball tournament.

Moore TIP Club Business Boosters Western Sizzlin Steak House 1317 N Moore Every Thursday @ noon Searching for parents in the crowd at graduation for that once-in-a-lifetime moment where we share the joy of finishing one stage of the journey.

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MM December 2019  

Popcorn. It’s a simple, but welcome gift every holiday season. Who hasn’t taken great delight in opening up that tin of popcorn and digging...

MM December 2019  

Popcorn. It’s a simple, but welcome gift every holiday season. Who hasn’t taken great delight in opening up that tin of popcorn and digging...