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FROM THE EDITOR The month of February can spark a wide range of emotions for an ever wider range of reasons. For the romantic it can be the month for renewed hope, fueled by binge-watching classic rom-coms like “Sleepless in Seattle” or “Serendipity.” For the cynic, all of that Valentine’s Day mish-mash is typically jettisoned with a “just get me past February 14th” kind of attitude. No matter. There’s much to be excited about in February…and you’ll find a great deal of it in this issue of the Moore Monthly. Our cover story takes you into the details of two projects that many believe will continue to change the face of Moore in a very positive way: the Old Town revitalization project and The Curve. For those who love gardening you’ll find our first column from Dale Spoonemore, creator of the wildly popular Seed to Spoon app, with some great tips on what you should be planting right now…in February! And for senior singles who still have a bit of the romantic spark floating around your hearts, check out our tips for dating in the age of the internet. Happy February!

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by Rob Morris hange can be a fickle thing to manage. Over the past 20 years, the City of Moore has managed to walk the tightrope of change, turning disaster into prosperity. In the wake of a devastating series of storms, including two EF-5 tornadoes, city leaders have earned the trust of citizens by transforming a once sleepy community into a thriving city with destination shopping and entertainment. Now two new projects are ready to help continue the reshaping of Moore’s future. Change is once again on the menu.

OLD TOWN REVITALIZATION Elizabeth Weitman is the Community Development Director for the City of Moore, and she’s been working with citizens on the Envision Moore 2040 Plan for years. Weitman says the overwhelming majority of Moore residents want to see something done with Old Town. But Weitman says this kind of change is all about finding that delicate balance between preserving and enhancing the unique qualities of Moore.


“The number two response we got from all of the citizens was that they wanted a better Old Town,” said Weitman. “They wanted an old town where they could come to shop, eat, and maybe attend some special activities.” The challenge of creating a “better Old Town” without compromising what long-time residents love about the area is proving to be tricky. Weitman says there’s a little bit of a difference between what younger, new residents want with the desires of those who’ve lived in the area for generations. “The newer folks who moved into Old Town have young families and kids that walk to school,” said Weitman. “They want to walk to the library, they want to walk everywhere they can.” Those desires have been translated into plans for more sidewalks and bike lanes, such as those installed on the recent Howard Avenue project. But for long-time residents, things like bike lanes and sidewalks are reasons to be nervous over fears of the increased presence of non-Old Town residents. Assistant City Manager Todd Jenson says city leaders are

taking all of those concerns to heart as they look for ways to move forward in Old Town. “I just think that it's essential that people know Elizabeth and her staff have done an excellent job about getting a great deal of community input and incorporating that into the plan,” said Jenson. “Anytime you can do that you can be assured that any plan is not driven by just one group but that everybody has a stake in what's going to happen.”

WHAT THE CITY CAN AND CAN’T DO Weitman says that as of right now nothing is etched in stone when it comes to the revitalization of Old Town. The priority of city leadership is to help the area retain its unique character while enhancing it so that’s it’s a more vibrant town center.

“We want to provide some flexibility for the property owners to utilize their properties in ways they can't use today,” said Weitman. “So we’re looking at the possibility of allowing mixed-use in the commercial corridors, where you would have something commercial on the bottom floor and then residential on the top floor.”

“Everybody agrees that we don't want Old Town just to become another 19th Street,” said Weitman. “Everybody wants it to be different and unique. What we're trying to do is to plan and identify the areas that everybody can agree on and, the things that we can preserve, and the things that we can change.”

Weitman says other zoning changes could change parking and landscaping requirements to give property owners the ability to count on-street parking against their parking totals. Another potential change would allow multi-story buildings to create more leasable square footage. And then there’s a potential change that would help bring some consistency to the Old Town area.

The change of zoning regulations will be the primary tool used by the City of Moore to bring revitalization to Old Town. Weitman says one of the problems that Old Town property owners face is that the zoning requirements are so outdated and inconsistent that it’s led to a hodge-podge of building styles in the area. Even worse, if the city’s center were significantly damaged by weather or fire property owners would be hamstrung in their rebuilding efforts.

“Today’s zoning doesn’t require any consistency at all,” said Weitman. “So while we’re not looking at changing the uses in Old Town, we’ve heard enough from citizens that they’d really like to see some basic standards as new buildings are built or rebuilt. Not the kind of standards that you’d see in a historic district like other cities have, but just basic design standards you’d find in any commercial area.”

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OLD TOWN PARK IMPROVEMENTS Assistant City Manager Todd Jenson says that one of the projects he’s most excited about is a new park that will help provide a destination or gathering place for Moore residents. It’s a park that has some very unique ties to Moore’s beginnings as a railroad town. “The oldest building that I'm still aware of from Moore is the old railroad Depot,” said Jenson. “The city doesn't own it anymore, and it no longer resides on city property, but we’re planning to build a replica of that building that will anchor a new park across from the Public Safety building on Main Street.”


The location of the new park will be where the original depot was located, Jenson says the city originally bought the land thinking it might be needed for parking. As it turns out, there’s plenty of parking so the idea of using it as a “destination park” is a bit of a no-brainer.” “While it’s going to be a replica of the old railroad depot it’s going to be all-new,” said Jenson. “It will have some very nice landscaping, some public art that’s pretty typical for cities, park benches, lighting, and we’ll have an artist-in-residence and a coffee shop where folks can gather.” Jenson adds that once work on the 4th Street railroad underpass commences; the new park will be connected with Central Park via an extended park that runs next to the railroad tracks between Main Street and 4th Street.

“Right now it's just a gravel road, some trees, some weeds,” said Jenson. “Our hopes and plans are to turn that whole strip into a connecting park from Main Street to Central Park.” Weitman agrees that the park will be an essential piece of the Old Town revitalization puzzle. She believes this park will be another game-changer for the area. “It’s one of the key points in our Old Town plan,” said Weitman. “It creates a connection between Old Town and Central Park that we don’t have right now. Plus bringing in an artist-in-residence and a coffee shop provides the kinds of amenities a new generation of residents expect to see in their community.”

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THE CURVE The second major project coming to Moore is called “The Curve.” It’s one of the last projects using the $52 million HUD grant the city was awarded in the wake of the 2013 tornado. “This has been a very long process that began back in 2013,” said Jenson. “It’s a mixed-use, mixed-income project that will be located on the spot of the old Royal Park trailer park.” Jenson says that one of the most important aspects of The Curve is the potential for creating a vibrant area between 19th Street and Little River Park. “After 2013 our plans were never just to build back what was there before,” said Jenson. “We wanted to come back with something that was better, stronger, and more resilient than ever while still meeting the HUD requirements for affordable housing.” After a lengthy selection process, the City of Moore chose to partner with the Belmont Development Group, an Oklahoma City-based company with a history of developing these types of projects. “We’re excited to be in this partnership with Belmont,” said Weitman. “They have a great history with these kinds of projects along with real knowledge and desire to provide affordable housing for residents of Moore and Oklahoma. I think the city and the residents are going to be really happy with what these apartments are going to look like.” The Curve will consist of three buildings, two of which will be apartment buildings. The third building will feature commercial/ retail space on the bottom floor with residential area on the


second and third floors. In addition to the basic layout, The Curve will also offer amenities like a pool, 24-hour fitness center, a business center, and storm shelters. The property will feature a large open space called “The Great Lawn” for recreation and picnics and will be connected with Little River Park. Weitman and Jenson both want citizens to know that this mixedincome development is different than what is typically called “Section 8” housing. “Mixed-income is gaining a lot of traction in the housing world because it creates a situation where market-rate housing exists next to affordable housing,” said Weitman. “It puts everyone on a level playing field by providing really nice apartments where you can’t tell who’s paying an affordable rate and who are paying market rate. It also forces the apartment managers to keep all of the apartments up to a high standard of cleanliness and maintenance to attract the market rate renters.” The Curve will have a total of 280 units, a mix of 1-bedroom, 2-bedroom, and 3-bedroom apartments. 80% of those units will be “affordable,” and the remaining units will be marketrate. The $49 million project uses about $13 million of the original HUD or CDBQ-DR funds with the remainder of the funds coming from private sources. The Belmont Development Group will manage the property, which will provide the kinds of new walkability and convenience features popular with young residents and families. “It promotes the idea of living in a place where you don’t have to get into your car for every single trip you need to make,” said Weitman. “You have shopping, grocery stores, and restaurants all within walking distance and that’s really attractive.” Jenson says that The Curve and Old Town projects are the kinds of projects that go a long way toward improving Moore’s

quality of life, something that has been on the upswing for a couple of decades now. But he and city leaders realize there will always be more work to be done in the future. “The progress we’ve made over the last 15-to-20 years has been nothing short of remarkable,” said Jenson. “It’s a tribute to the people who live in Moore and for the city government that we’ve been able to accomplish what we have. But we all know there are still areas of the city that need improvement and we’re committed to doing all we can to make Moore a great place to live, work, and play.”


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Moore High School Gives Moore Love Sometimes life gets messy, really messy. When everything feels like it is going wrong, sometimes a simple act of kindness is all we need to get back on our feet. Moore High School is well aware of the power kindness holds and continually works to promote compassion for others both inside, and outside of the classroom. In the spirit of generosity, Moore Public Schools has decided to promote a kindness campaign during February. The Moore Love Campaign will be managed by the three high schools’ Leadership classes. MHS Leadership sponsor Mr. Kamiar Mehrabian explained what Leadership’s new project is all about. “The Moore Love campaign is about reaching out to the community and doing something bigger than yourself, something that is just totally beyond ourselves,” he stated. “It’s a monthlong philanthropic event where we as leaders are all raising money to donate to various organizations,” he continued. MHS Lions demonstrate kindness in many facets. From day-to-day campus life to charity work such as Moore for Christmas, students are always looking for ways to make their community a better place. For example, the Heart of A Lion was a kindness initiative and fundraising extravaganza headed by MHS FUSE. The idea began when MHS counselor Janet Andersen suggested FUSE incorporate a week dedicated to promoting kindness around the school. FUSE sponsor

Ms. Sally Lawrence took the idea and ran with it. Her project quickly became a schoolwide, community involved, month-long event. When asked how MHS already promotes kindness, Mehrabian expressed his admiration for the Moore High School programs that exemplify kindness every day. Regarding MHS FUSE and their Heart of A Lion initiative, he stated, “they’re exemplifying kindness by being good to one another and treating each other as one’s own.” Mehrabian elaborated, “We all act like day to day we’re kinda distant from one another other than our close group of friends, but you see through these events that we put on that at MHS everybody groups together,” With a smile, he acknowledged the compassionate nature of Moore’s residents, “And that may be just an Oklahoma thing.” The leaders of Moore High School, from all different organizations, are always eager to help and innovative in their ways to do so. In the case of the recent Moore Love project, Mehrabian described the excitement his Leadership class felt when superintendent Dr. Robert Romines announced they had been given this opportunity, “We were all excited because we were thinking about different ways that we could help out all these people.” MHS Leadership has come up with some creative ideas to get the student body involved in the fundraising process. When asked about their event plans, Mehrabian jumped right in, “Skate night at Skate Moore,


because in elementary school and junior high, it was really popular to go to Skate Moore. I know being at the skating rink is something really nostalgic and really fun,” Last school year, Leadership’s skate night was a smash hit amongst students. Mehrabian is hopeful the event will generate the same revenue. One of the goals of the Moore Love campaign is to bring the people of Moore High School closer together. By creating an environment where principals, teachers, and students all feel like they belong, MHS hopes to bring about a sense of unity. This year, leadership is partnering with MHS FUSE to promote this by holding a Teacher vs. Student basketball game. Mehrabian has high hopes for the upcoming game. “It’s gonna be bigger than last year. Last year there was not enough room in the auxiliary gym, so it has to move to the big gym.” Students will be especially pleased to learn that head principal Mr. Mike Coyle will be partaking in the game. “I just want the school population to envision Mr. Coyle wearing like Air Jordan basketball shoes with like sweatbands on,” Mehrabian said excitedly. Leadership has many activities planned for the upcoming month, ranging from a movie night to a bike-a-thon to pajama day. The

month of February itself offers numerous fundraising opportunities. “There might be days where we have Valentine’s grams because it is February. We’ll sell roses and crush soda grams,” detailed Mehrabian. The project will offer an opening for more quality time between the MHS population. “I’m hopeful to do other things in school, not necessarily to get kids out of class, but if the whole student body is here that’ll be amazing,” said Mehrabian. “For example, we’re gonna have an assembly, and it’ll just be strictly about the Moore Love campaign.” It’s clear the strong sense of family at Moore High School is what inspires students to do well for one another. MHS Leadership hopes that feeling of family can extend to the rest of the community, and invites all members of the community to come take part in the events. “We don’t want just Moore High School people to attend, we want the community to attend, we want alumni to attend, patrons to attend; we want everybody to be there and feel welcome. It’s Moore Love,” Mehrabian emphasized.



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Southmoore Embraces a “Month of Love” Here at Southmoore, we are very competitive. This year the Moore school district id having our second year of the “Moore Love” project. This year the project is drawing us to be very competitive with the two other high schools, Moore and Westmoore. Whichever highschool raises the most money from the project gets “bragging rights,” but it’s also cool to know that your school raised the most. The leadership teams at each high school went around to each of their feeder junior highs and elementary schools to talk about the Moore Love project with them, they will also be a big help to raising the money. Although winning a competition is pretty great, the three organizations we are raising the money for is even better. One of the organizations the Moore Public Schools is raising money for is the Mary Abbott House. This is kind of like a house for children who have been abused, sexually or physically, and/ or neglected in some way. It creates a safe house for children to be able to feel comfortable to share their stories and

get the help they need. The house provides medical exams and offers wellness checks to every child. They also have an officer there as well to listen outside of the room to see what precautions need to take place. The rooms they share their stories in is supposed to act as a “playroom,” an area for the child to be okay with sharing their stories and opening up. This whole organization’s goal is to be a safe and comfortable place to be able to listen and help children, unlike a police station, not as inviting or welcoming. Another organization we took on to help fundraise for, is called the “Sparrow Project.” The Sparrow Project is a nonprofit organization designed to create an environment for people with special needs that have already graduated from high school. Sparrow was designed to keep people with disabilities busy but also having fun. It’s no fun to sit at home all day doing nothing! Sparrow puts on dances, Halloween parties, and many more fun activities for them to do. Some of the people that attend Sparrow


are some people you may know from high school. “It’s cool to see an organization so involved and with so many volunteers to help these kids to have a good and fun time past high school. I know some of them that attend Sparrow, and it’s near and dear to my heart.” Sparrow picked their name because of a scripture, Matthew 10:29, that says, “Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father’s care.” The sparrow is a symbolism of joy and creativity. They are small but protective. The sparrow also serves as a reminder that everybody has worth, busy hands, and minds that promote happiness. Last but not least is the backpack program. This program was launched in 2003 by the regional food bank. They decided to launch this organization when a child was in the lunch line and passed out because he didn’t have enough nutrients over the weekend. After the incident, the regional food bank would fill up backpacks and give them to children that don’t get food over

the weekend. Last year the program served 19,051 chronically hungry elementary school students attending 481 schools. All these organizations have one goal in common, helping people and peoples needs, giving and not really receiving. They all have helped and left a significant impact on people and their lives without maybe noticing it. They are selfless and a very helping hand in our community. These organizations are special to us, and we are excited to help them out in any way we can. Good luck to all the schools on raising money. We are excited to see who raises the most!!

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February is THE Month to Make Summer Plans for Your Kids! You might think February is a little early to start making plans for summer, but right now is the time to get your children signed up for Oasis Summer Day Camp or Swim Lessons at The Station at Central Park.

OASIS SUMMER DAY CAMP Want your kids to have the absolute best summer they have ever had? If the answer is yes then you need to sign them up for The City of Moore’s Oasis Summer Day Camp. The Oasis Summer Day Camp will be from June 3rd-August 9th. It will be every Monday-Friday except July 4th as we will be closed that day for Independence Day. Kids will get to learn, play games, participate in arts & crafts, and meet new friends at the Oasis Summer Day Camp. Kids will also get to go on awesome field trips once a week and we will go to the Station Aquatic Center once a week as well. Some of the field trips we will go on include bowling at Hey Day, going to the movies at Warren Theatre, going to the Oklahoma City Zoo, and going to The Oklahoma City Science Museum to name just a few. The field trips and the trips to The Station Aquatic Center are also provided in the cost per week. Snacks and drinks will be provided every day for no additional cost. Kids will need to provide their own sack lunch every day and bring a swimsuit, towel and/or change of clothes on the days we will be going to the Aquatic Center at The Station. Registration is per week but you can also sign up for the entire summer as well. The City of Moore’s Oasis Summer Day Camp and its staff are under American Camping Association standard guidelines. AGE: 5 years to 12 years LOCATION: Moore Community Center 301 S. Howard Ave. TIME: 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. WHEN: June 3rd - August 9th REGISTRATION: Starts February 1st Must register in person at The Station Recreation Center front desk. COST: Station Passholders Entire Summer: $115 per week x 10 weeks = $1150 Select Weeks: $125 per week Non-Station Passholders Entire Summer: $130 per week x 10 weeks = $1300 Select Weeks: $140 per week


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Resting in Peace Along the paths through the American West are sheltered the “end of the trail” for thousands of pioneers and settlers who fell from disease, starvation, warring tribes and the American equivalent of the highwayman. The forgiving land keeps its secrets of pain and sorrow, of unfulfilled dreams and plans. Moore, like many other communities along those paths, lent the use of their cemeteries to travelers. The westwardbound pioneers usually left only a small wooden cross with a name and date, which the elements soon destroyed. As early as 1890, Moore had a cemetery. A homesteader named Chestnut set aside a four-acre tract on his 160-acre claim for a cemetery. It was a private property and not platted. However, people, and not just the travelers, used it without asking, choosing a place and burying their dead. Chestnut sold the cemetery to J.W. Payne in 1913. Payne began laying out plots and selling them; trying to trace down names, dates, and locations—a nearly impossible task. Officially,

it was a private cemetery, but people considered it public property and continued to make use of it, unofficially. Albert A. Smith, an 1890-vintage resident related the following incident that took place at a board meeting he attended in 1919. The chairman was G.S. Meloy, and the other two members were K.W. Payne and John Godwin. Two irate women appeared and demanded that the town board do something about the deplorable condition of the cemetery. Smith said that Payne rose majestically to his feet and said, “That cemetery is my private property. I’d sell the whole thing for $5.00 if anybody would buy it.” Without a word, Meloy rose to his feet, drew out his wallet, selected a five-dollar bill and handed it to Payne. Payne silently placed it in his wallet and then both men sat down to resume board business. The next day, they went to the county court house and signed the transfer to make the cemetery the property of the Town of Moore. Albert Smith was appointed cemetery sexton and he served for the next 55 years, until his

death. He also served on the Cleveland County Election Board, so he used an old election record book for keeping cemetery records, plus envelopes, scraps of paper, receipts, etc. In 1922, four more acres were added to the cemetery. Through the years, more land has been purchased and the cemetery now contains 22.5 acres. Early in the century, another private cemetery came into use. A different family named Smith, who lived at South telephone Road and 34th Street, had a son who died during a great flood in the area. Unable to get to the cemetery, they buried the son on their land and fenced off a part for a private family cemetery. People began using that cemetery, also, and finally records were kept of who and where and when. During the 1930s, a cemetery board was established for it, and a perpetual care account begun. During the mid-’60s, the City Council was petitioned to assume ownership of both the property and the perpetual care account in return for maintenance of the cemetery. This transaction was approved and the Smith cemetery became property of Moore.

The size has been enlarged and now contains two acres, though there are no spaces left for sale. During the last few years, many improvements have been made to both locations. Cemeteries should not be fearful or gloomy places. They are perfectly natural places, since death is as much a part of life as birth. They contain worlds of historical information. People drive all over the country, searching out large and small cemeteries to get information for family records. These can be peaceful places, places of quiet beauty and serenity, separate from the hectic pace of everyday life. The poet Thomas Gray described it as “Far from the madding crowd’s ignoble strife.” But like that or not, cemeteries are here to stay, and Moore has two beautiful, wellmaintained ones. Note: This edition of Sketches of Moore was first published in a previous issue of Moore Monthly.


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How to Conduct Your Competitive Analysis What is a Competitive Analysis?

Based on research and observation, a competitive analysis lets you evaluate your competitors’ strengths and weaknesses. By getting a better understanding of what these companies are doing right or wrong, you will be able to create a more effective plan to promote your product or service. To conduct a competitive analysis, you should start by putting together a competitor array. This is a simple method of ranking your competitors and including yourself to see where you fit in. You will first need to know who your competitors are, so you can find out some basic facts about them. Identify Your Top Three Competitors Whether you are a local, national, or international company there are some, specifically the sales and marketing teams, who can quickly rattle off your top competitors as well as what differentiates them from you. If you need a little help identifying your competitors, Google is a great resource. By simply "Googling" the type of service or product you are offering, it is likely a few of your top competitors will show up.  As you review your competitors, ask yourself: • What is the range of products and services they offer? • Are their products or services aimed at satisfying target markets similar to mine? • Do they have a competitive advantage; if so, what is it? • What are their pricing structures? • Determine what strengths each competitor brings to the table, whether it is price, product quality, convenience, or customer service. As you consider your business, ask yourself: • How can I distinguish my company from my competitors? • On what basis am I able to compete? Perform the same assessment on your competitors’ websites • What is your first impression of the site? • Is the design attractive and user-friendly? • Does it load well from a mobile device? • Note any customer reviews, testimonials, or interactive features. • How current and popular is their blog? Look at your own website and ask the same questions. Analyze and compare competitor content. What types of content creation do your competitors focus on, a blog? Case studies? Premium content? Once you have  located their content, you can determine the quality, and most importantly, you can see how it compares to yours. Be sure that you look for how frequently they are blogging, adding, and updating new content, as well as what topics they are frequently discussing. Are they doing anything that you are not?

Follow your competitors on social media. A company's presence on social media  is becoming increasingly important every day and every company is utilizing each platform differently. Social media networks are a great way for companies to interact with users and fans. Additionally these sites allow you to share your content. Learn from your competitors’ experience by taking note of which social media platforms they are actively engaged on. Check out their posts and comments to get a feel for how widely and by whom they are followed. Promotional Events Tally up the promotional events your competitors offer, like free webinars or information downloads, community involvement, regular sales events and other activities. SEO (Search Engine Optimization) Practices Finally, make a point of checking out your competitors’ SEO practices. When you search for a term associated with your industry, do your competitors come up first near the top of your search results? What are they ranking for? Do they rank well for the search terms your customers might use? Identify Areas for Improvement After performing a competitive analysis, you will have a better idea and understanding of what your  competitors  are doing. Take all the information you gathered about each competitor and identify particular areas of your business that need improvement. One of the best reasons to conduct a competitive analysis is to avoid blind spots where future competitors are concerned. Making competitive analysis, a regular part of your business strategy offers great preventative benefits like showing if and where untapped competitive advantages exist. It can reveal unrealized growth potential, unmet needs, or customer dissatisfaction inside your industry. Just as important as performing a competitive analysis is acting on the results. Take what you learn from your competitors to make your business better – whether that means adjusting your prices, exploiting unused advertising routes, or exploring the promise of a new target market.

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A Brief History of Our Services vices to those who are on or feel they can qualify for the Advantage Waiver Program which is an Oklahoma Medicaid Waiver program. Clients must meet income guidelines and be at a nursing home level of care. Oklahoma Department of Human Services staff determines if participants are eligible. The program can assist seniors in being able to stay in their own home while receiving services to maintain their health. This is a much cheaper alternative than nursing home placement and the cost of institutional care. SOS Food Pantry – We maintain a food pantry that can help seniors with a bag of groceries to tide them over when needed. Now you know what we do and of course how we do it depends on the generosity of others. Therefore, I am extending an invitation to our fundraiser. I would love to see you there, and it will be so much fun!

SOIREE FOR SENIORS Dinner and Entertainment Yellow Rose Dinner Theatre 1005 SW 4th Street Moore, OK Thursday, February 28, 2019 6:30 p.m. Opportunity to purchase tickets for fantastic gift items and baskets. Registration forms available at If you or a family member is interested in any of these services or you want to purchase a table or ticket to our exciting fundraiser, please do not hesitate to contact our offices at: 405-321-3200 or

Moore's Assisted Living Community

Home Delivered Meals – These are available to seniors who have had an inhome assessment and found to be homebound. The meal is offered for a suggested donation of $2.25. Meals are provided Monday through Friday. Meals are delivered between 11:00 a.m. and 12:00 Noon by friendly volunteers who also check on the well-being of the senior. Outreach Services – Our outreach work will meet with seniors to review their needs and help them to connect with Older Americans Act services and other services that may help them. We try to help resolve problems and address unmet needs and issues. Housekeeping Services – We offer housekeeping assistance to frail and physically limited seniors who are found eligible following an in-home assessment. The service is meant to help seniors continue to live independently in their own home. Respite Voucher Program – Respite vouchers can be provided to full-time live-in caregivers and to grandparents raising grandchildren to allow the caregiver to hire a service or a person of their choice to care for their loved ones and will enable the caregiver to take a break. We can issue 3 vouchers each quarter for respite care. Vouchers are good for up to $100 each. Durable Medical Lending Closet – We can loan people of any age equipment such as wheelchairs, walkers, shower chairs, etc. and there is no charge for this service. Special Assistance Fund - As funds are available, we can help seniors with a bona fide need up to $100 once a year, usually for utility bills, rent, eye exams, and glasses. Advantage Case Management Services – We offer case management ser-

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I have been writing articles for the Moore Monthly now for over 6 months and have enjoyed it immensely as well as the input I have gotten from those who have read them. What started me on the path of writing? I’m glad you asked….I became the new Executive Director of Aging Services of Cleveland County in April 2017 and was kindly invited to contribute articles. I decided this article would center on what Aging Services of Cleveland County can offer you and your family as well as an exciting fundraiser to help fill seniors’ special needs. Aging Services was incorporated in 1988, and the mission is to enhance the lives and dignity of Cleveland County Senior Adults by providing programs and services and referrals that assist and promote healthy independent living. Services are provided on a donation only basis. No one is ever denied assistance because of an inability to pay. The only eligibility requirement for most services is that you be at least 60 years of age. Most services are not means tested, and there are no income guidelines for most services. We have multiple services administered by one umbrella agency: Congregate Meal Sites – We have five congregate sites provide a nutrition noon meal that meets 1/3 of the R.D.A. of senior adults each day. Sites are open Monday through Friday. The meal is served from 11:30 until 12:00 noon. The meal is offered for a suggested donation of $2.25. Sites are friendly places with opportunities to socialize and make new friends. We have sites located at the Eastlake Cumberland Presbyterian Church and Brand Senior Center in Moore, two more sites located in Norman at Rose Rock Villa and Norman Senior Center, and one more site in Noble Senior Center.

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ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art - Art Adventures Tuesdays at 10:30am Dee Dee and Jon R. Stuart Glassroom Free and open to kids of all ages. February 5: Red is a Dragon: A Book of Colors by Roseanne Thong February 12: My Heart is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall February 19: Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni February 26: Riley and Rose in the Picture by Susanna Gretz Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art - Tuesday Concert Series February 5 at 12 p.m. Sandy Bell Gallery Opera preview presented by the School of Music February 12 at 12 p.m. Sandy Bell Gallery Computer Music Studio featuring Kostas Karathanasias February 19 at 12 p.m. Sandy Bell Gallery Viola studio featuring Mark Neumann February 26 at 12 p.m. Sandy Bell Gallery Violin Studio featuring Min Koh Westheimer Distinguished Visiting Artist: Mildred Howard January 25 – April 7, 2019 Over the course of her influential career, artist Mildred Howard (b. 1945) has used a variety of media to engage in pointed yet nuanced examinations of the history and politics of gender, race, and other issues central to contemporary society. Working in collage, sculptural assemblage, and large-scale installations, Howard assembles a blend of American folk art, family photographs, and antique engravings, among other appropriated objects, to explore both cultural memory and the historical roots of topical issues, such as oppression, sexual harassment, and personal privacy. Her enduring interest in history is derived, in part, from her parents, Rolly and Mable “Mama” Howard, who not only collected and sold antiques but were also actively involved with the Civil Rights movement. Howard’s parents fostered in her a desire to address social ills in her art, and recent series such as Casanova’s Assignations  and  I’ve Been a Witness to this Game demonstrate her ongoing commitment to her parents’ legacy.  Howard serves as the seventh guest artist in the university’s Jerome M. Westheimer, Sr. and Wanda Otey Westheimer Distinguished Visiting Artist Chair program. A native of San Francisco, Howard received her MFA from John F. Kennedy University in Orinda, California in 1985 and has worked in the Bay Area for the majority of her career. During her distinguished career, she has been the recipient of the Adeline Kent Award from San Francisco Art Institute in 1991, the Joan Mitchell Foundation Award in 2004-05, the Lee Krasner Award in 2015, the Nancy Graves Grant for Visual Artists in 2017 and, in 2018, an Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts and the Douglas G. MacAgy Distinguished Achievement Award from San Francisco Art Institute. Testimony: The Life and Work of David Friedman January 25 – May 26, 2019. Testimony surveys the career of artist David Friedman (1893-1980), from his early days in Berlin to his late career in St. Louis, Missouri. The exhibition includes portraits and landscapes as well as his notable series Because They Were Jews!, a visual diary of his time in the Lodz Ghetto in Poland and his internment at the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz-Birkenau.  Testimony  is both an indictment of the horrors of the Holocaust and an affirmation of survival. Friedman was born in Mährisch Ostrau, Austria (now Ostrava, Czech Republic) but moved to Berlin in 1911, where he studied with German impressionist Lovis Corinth. Following Friedman’s service in the Austro-Hungarian army during World War I, he earned a reputation as a portraitist of politicians and celebrities. In 1938, fearing Nazi threats, he and his family escaped to Prague, where he continued his career until 1941 when the family was deported by the Nazis to Lodz Ghetto in Poland. All of his work from the early years of his career was confiscated and much of it was lost or destroyed. When Lodz was evacuated in 1944, Friedman was separated from his wife and daughter, who were later killed during the Holocaust, and was sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau. He survived the concentration camp, married a fellow survivor, Hildegard Taussig, and left for the new country of Israel in 1949. Six years later, Friedman left for the United States, where he settled in St. Louis as a commercial artist for the General Outdoor Advertising Company.

OCCC VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS CENTER THEATER The Madness of King George Sunday, February 3 – 6 p.m. Written by one of Britain’s best-loved playwrights Alan Bennett (The History Boys, The Lady in the Van), this epic play was also adapted into a BAFTA Award-winning film following its premiere on stage in 1991. The cast of this new production includes Olivier Award-winners Mark Gatiss (Sherlock, Wolf Hall, NT Live Coriolanus) in the title role, and Adrian Scarborough (Gavin and Stacey, Upstairs Downstairs, After the Dance). This encore presentation is pre-recorded at London's West End and rebroadcast in High Definition (HD). National Theatre Live is co-presented by OCCC and CityRep Theatre. For tickets visit the OCCC Performing Arts Center webpage: or call 682-7579. A Gentri Valentine Thursday, February 14 – 7:30 p.m. GENTRI was established in June 2014 and is comprised of three dynamic tenors who all have extensive backgrounds in musical theatre. Pioneering a signature sound they call "Cinematic Pop", the music of GENTRI is transfused with lush, epic orchestrations and rich, dynamic three-part harmonies. Sponsored by The Ann Lacy Foundation For tickets visit the OCCC Performing Arts Center webpage: or call 682-7579. Oklahoma Community Orchestra Sunday, February 17 – 3:00 p.m. The OCCC-SEHS Jazz Ensemble performs side by side with the Oklahoma Community Orchestra in a concert of popular jazz favorites. For tickets visit the OCCC Performing Arts Center webpage: or call (405) 682-7579.

CHURCH & SPIRITUAL CONNECTION Fresh Start Community Church Food Pantry, open the third Thursday of each month, 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., 309 N Eastern Avenue, West Campus-Family Life Center. Canned and dry goods available. Must be a resident of Moore (please bring an ID). Friday Night Live for Him, Friday, February 15. Join the Singles of First Moore for dinner with a small charge at 6:30 p.m. in the Leadership Center, followed by a wonderful time of praise & worship and a message from David Edwards. Fellowship and table games to follow until 10:00 pm. Please call 793-2624 for more information or email First Moore is located at 301 NE 27th Street, just off I-35 South in Moore.

CITY MEETINGS AND EVENTS City Council Meeting, Monday, February 4 at 6:30 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore Parks Board Meeting, Tuesday, February 5 at 7:00 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore. Board of Adjustment Meeting, Tuesday, February 12, 7:00 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore. Planning Commission Meeting, Tuesday, February 12, 5:30 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore. City Council Meeting, Monday, February 19 at 6:30 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore. Moore Economic Development Authority Meeting, Tuesday, February 19, 6:30 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore. February Flick at the Station, Saturday, February 23, 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Join your friends at The Station Basketball Courts for a free viewing of the live action version of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.


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COMMUNITY CONNECTION Adopt-A-Pet, Moore Animal Shelter, S-I35 Service Road. Open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., closed on holidays. For additional information call (405) 793-5190. Big Trash Pick Up, Moore residents will be allowed two FREE big trash pick-ups a year and one free voucher to the city landfill for each physical address in Moore. Call (405) 793-5070 to schedule your trash pick-up. CT Clothing Closet, last Saturday of each month, 9:00 a.m. 12:00 p.m., CrossTimbers United Methodist Church, 3004 S. Sunnylane, Moore. CrossTimbers UMC Clothing Closet is a place where those in need can find men’s, women’s and children’s clothing along with shoes and accessories. All sizes are available and are free for community members. Neighborhood Watch Program, Moore Police Dept. is starting a Neighborhood Watch Program. If you’re interested in helping your neighborhood reduce crime, contact Sgt. Jeremy Lewis, (405) 793-4448. Moore Chamber of Commerce 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 Networking Luncheon, Tuesday, February 5, 11:45 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Moore Chamber of Commerce, 305 W. Main St. Join us on the second Tuesday of the month for great food and an opportunity to grow your business knowledge, share new ideas and connect with our business community. Each attendee is given the opportunity to present information regarding their business to all in attendance. So bring your best sales pitch - make it innovative and memborable. Cost: $10 Registration, RSVP required. Contact Kim Brown at 405-794-3400 for more information or email kbrown@ Moore Chamber of Commerce Bowling Tournament, Tuesday, February 5, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., HeyDay Entertainment, 3201 Market Place, Norman. The tournament is open only to 20 teams, so reserve your lane today! Compete for prizes including 1st & 2nd place. Awards will also be given to the highest and lowest score. Fees/Admission: Lower Level Team Sponsor: $500. Lower Level Lane Sponsor: $100. Upper Level Team Sponsor: $700. Upper Level Lane Sponsor: $200. Single Bowler: $125. Call 405-794-3400 for details. Moore Chamber of Commerce Business Before Hours, Thursday, February 7, 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m., Moore Norman Technology Center, 4701 12th Ave NW, Norman. This event is a business networking opportunity for Moore Chamber of Commerce Members. Attendees can make meaningful connections that can result in successful business leads. Food and beverages are served. Check out the Chamber Calendar for the location of the next one! Contact Kim Brown at 405-794-3400 for more information or email South OKC Chamber City Connection, Thursday, February 7, 7:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Frontier State Bank, 5100 S. I-35 (4th Floor). Event Description Come enjoy a morning of coffee and networking with Ward 7 Councilwoman Nikki Nice and Oklahoma City County Health Department Executive Director Gary Cox. Councilwoman Nice is newly elected to this position and you will have an opportunity to hear her plans for Ward 7. OCCHD continues to expand in Oklahoma City. Come hear how they are providing services to all areas of the metro area and how the new Southern Oaks location is changing our community. This is an event that you do not want to miss! For more information: Liz Cromwell at (405) 634-1436 or LizCromwell@

South OKC Chamber Seriously Fun Chinese New Year Event, Thursday February 7, 3:15 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., Bistro B, 1620 SW 89th St, Suite G. This is one of the Chamber's monthly networking groups! We always mix a bit of fun in with our work! The Seriously Fun group meets ONCE a month in the late afternoon on the FIRST Thursdays of each month! Each session features a member spotlight. Everyone participates in the round of selfintroductions! The guidelines explain that there are limitations based on industry category. Any Chamber member may attend twice. So, please join us to learn more. All of our special events are open to any Chamber member. Non-Chamber members are welcome to attend once, prior to joining the South OKC Chamber. Contact information – Co-Chair: Linda Richardson with HMIpromos at eMail: OR phone: 405-473-8008 or Co-Chair: Karen Proctor with The Village on the Park at eMail: OR phone 405-692-8700 South OKC Chamber Business Brief Lunch: “Marketing on a Shoestring”, Wednesday, February 13, 11:30 – 1:00 p.m., South OKC Chamber, 701 SW 74th St. Are you a small business owner looking to grow your knowledge in the marketing department so you get the most bang for your buck? "Marketing on a Shoestring" will address the importance of having a marketing budget and how to build one, as well as how to get the most out of your marketing dollars. Brian Wall with Tatanka Creative will share his expertise with us as we dive into this creative world! Cost: $10 for members, $20 for non-members and walk-in members. Must RSVP by Noon, February 11, to attend. For more information: Liz Cromwell at (405) 634-1436 or LizCromwell@ Soiree for Seniors, Thursday, February 21, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., The Yellow Rose Theater, 1005 SW 4th Street. Dinner and Live Auction to benefit Aging Services of Cleveland County. Fees/Admission: Depending on level of gift -- $50-$100 individual. $400-$800 table. Contact Tammy Vaughn at 405-3213200 for more information. The Soiree, Saturday, February 23, 7:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m., Southwind Hills, 468 SW 24th Ave, Goldsby. Join us for an evening celebrating the Moore Public Schools Foundation at the fourth annual Soirée on February 23rd, 2019. This years event will be held at the gorgeous Southwind Hills in Goldsby, Oklahoma with proceeds benefitting various Moore Public Schools sites.Fees/Admission – Single: $100. MPS Employee: $50. Table Sponsor(table for 8): $1,000. Bronze Sponsor: $500. Silver Sponsor: $1,500. Gold Sponsor: $2,500. Platinum Sponsor: $5,000. Diamond Sponsor: $7,500. For more information email Moore Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, Thursday, February 28, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., NOSH by Catering Creations, 200 SE 19th St. This event is a business networking opportunity for Moore Chamber of Commerce Members. Attendees can make meaningful connections that can result in successful business leads. Food and beverages are served. Contact Kim Brown at 405-794-3400 for more information or email Friday Night Live for HIM, Friday, February 15 at First Moore Baptist Church at 301 NE 27th Street. Join the Singles of First Moore for "Friday Night Live for HIM" Friday, January 18th. There's a dinner for a small charge at 6:30 p.m.  in Leadership Center, followed by a wonderful time of praise & worship and a message. Fellowship and table games to follow until 10:00 p.m. Please call 793-2624 for more information or e-mail at marji.






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Bootcamps: • Morning Bootcamp is available at First Moore Baptist Church every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:00 a.m. Ages 13 and up. The class is $2. Call 793-2600 for more information. • Evening Bootcamp is available at First Moore Baptist Church every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 p.m. Ages 13 and up. The class is $2. Call 793-2600 for more information.

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.

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Judo, classes held Monday – Sunday at 117 Skylane Drive in Norman for ages 7 and up. A non-profit organization, all classes are offered in a family friendly environment. Fees are $20 per month for an individual or $40 per month for a family. Discount uniforms are available. For more information, call (405) 465-1925 or send an email to

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.

Adult Salsa Classes, every Wednesday 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Adelante Dance Studio (Inside Moore Old School) 201 N. Broadway, Suite 201. $10 per class or $35 a month. Call (405) 586-0201 for more information. First Moore Baptist Church of Moore Community Life/Recreation Center, The Link is open Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Wednesdays and Fridays, 6:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; and Saturday open 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Two basketball courts and racquetball courts, fitness center and walking/running track. For more information, call (405) 735-2527. Karate, First Moore Baptist Church, every Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The classes are free for anyone ages 8 and up. Uniforms available at a discounted rate. Call (405) 793-2600 for more information. Morning Fitness, First Moore Baptist Church, every Monday at 9:00 a.m. Ages 40 and up preferred. The class is $2. Call (405) 793-2600 for more information.

KIDS’ CORNER Afterschool Matters, First Moore Baptist Church, Tuesdays from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. This program helps students work towards academic success. Available to 1st – 6th grade. Contact director Carissa Taylor at to learn more about enrolling your child or to volunteer. 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 or visit Boy Scouts Meetings, Mondays, 7:00 p.m., Moore First United Methodist Church, 201 W. Main St. Cub Scouts Meetings, Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m., Moore First United Methodist Church, 201 W. Main St. Girl Scouts Meetings, Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m., Moore First United Methodist Church, 201 W. Main St. YMCA Before and After School Care, Moore Community Center. Call 378-0420 for participating schools and 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 793-2600 for more info. Grief Share Support Group, Fresh Start Community Church, every Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., 309 N. Eastern, Moore, Fresh Start Community Church Fireside Room. We offer help and encouragement after the death of a spouse, child, family member or friend. Please contact the office at (405) 794-7313, Lyn Jacquemot at (405) 326-5554, or to register or participate. HOPE Addictions Recovery, every Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Beth Haven Baptist Church, 12400 S. Call Pastor Rick Carter at (405) 691-6990 for information. Survivors of Suicide (SoS), every Monday night at 6:30 p.m., First Moore Baptist Church, 301 NE 27th Street. For more information please contact the church office at 405-793-2600.

SENIOR CONNECTION AARP, the fourth Tuesday of every month, 6:00 p.m., Brand Senior Center, 501 East Main Street, Moore. Programs are on subjects of interest to persons 50 years and over. Potluck dinner follows the program each month. For more information, contact Mary at (405) 826-2315. Moore Senior Citizen Nutrition Site, Monday – Friday, 11:30 a.m., Brand Senior Center, 501 E. Main, (405) 793-9069. Call by 1:00 p.m. the day before to request a meal. Donation for a meal for seniors 60 and above is $2.25. Required cost for meal for guests under 60 is $5.00. P.A.L.S. Program for Seniors, Seniors are assigned to a buddy who will call every day to check on you. Sign up with Sgt. Lewis, Moore Police Dept., (405) 793-4448. Project Return Home for Alzheimer’s Patients in Moore, For information about enrolling a loved one, contact Virginia Guild at (405) 793-4478 or Sgt. Jeremy Lewis at (405) 793-4448. Transportation: • Metro Transit will provide van service for age 60 and older on Tuesdays and Thursdays from the Moore area to Oklahoma City for medical appointments. Call Jackie at (405) 297-2583.


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Blue Star Mothers of America. Moore City Hall is a donation drop-off for items for our service members overseas. For needs, see or go to City Hall.

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.

Help Deliver Meals to Moore homebound residents. Volunteer drivers needed. Call Darlene Carrell, 793-9069, Brand Center.

Malcolm Hunter Chapter of Daughters of the American Revolution, the second Wednesday of each month, Hillcrest Presbyterian Church, 6600 S. Penn, at 1:00 p.m. For more information, contact Pat Towns at (405) 376-5653. Moore Horseshoe Pitching Club, every Thursday, 6:00 p.m., Fairmoore Park. For more information, contact (405) 237-1171. Moore Rotary Club, Wednesdays at Moore Chamber of Commerce. Moore Rotary Club is a civic organization dedicated to contributing and volunteering in our community. Moore Toastmasters, every Thursday, 7:00 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 201 W. Main St., Moore. Become the speaker and leader that you want to be. Join our group as we practice Toastmasters’ proven learn-by-doing program. The Oklahoma Women Veterans Organization, the third Saturday during the months of February, April, June, August, October and December, 11:00 a.m., Sunnylane Family Reception Center, 3900 SE 29th St., Del City. If you need directions, call (405) 445-7040. South Oklahoma City Rotary Club, every Friday, 12:00 p.m., Southwest Integris Cancer Center, SW 44th St. and S. Western, Oklahoma City. A civic organization dedicated to contributing and volunteering in our community. VFW Bruce January Post 8706, the second Thursday of every month, 7:00 p.m., Lynlee Mae Event Center, 501 W. Main St., Moore. All veterans welcome. Call Mike Eaton at (405) 8314405 or go to for more information. VFW Bruce January Post 8706 Auxiliary will have its first meeting at the Lynlee Mae Chapel, 507 E. Main St. Meeting time is 7:00 p.m. For the institution of the VFW Auxiliary and election of officers, Joyce Caldwell, Department President will be at the meeting. For more information call Judith Lewis at 405-300-9244 or email Women: Moms Club of Moore, the second Thursday of the month, Westmoore Community Church. Go to for more information.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Volunteer for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, January 2 - January 28. Volunteer jobs include: sorting and processing produce, organizing the warehouse, stocking shelves, checking clients out, and more. For more information call 600-3188 or email, The food bank is located at 2635 N. Shields Blvd. American Cancer Society seeks volunteers who would like to help drive patients to their cancer treatment and/or volunteer with our local Relay for Life event. For more information visit or contact Mel Rogers at (405) 841-5817 or

The Hugs Project, a non-profit organization, puts together care packages for our troops in the Middle East. For more information, call (405) 651-8359 or Moore Food Resource Center, a part of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, allows volunteers to help fight hunger in Moore. Volunteers at the Moore Food Resource Center will assist with a variety of tasks, including serving as client shopper helpers, assisting with loading and unloading vehicles, sorting and shelving food items and cleaning. The Moore Food Resource Center is located at 2635 N. Shields. For more information on becoming a volunteer, contact Alex Strout at or (405) 600-3186. 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) 3150093 or Mr. Randall Cole at (479) 220-9735. Serve Moore. Are you looking for a way to help others? Serve Moore is looking for volunteers to help with disaster relief and renewal projects. If you would like to volunteer or need volunteer help, visit to submit a request. You can also visit the Serve Moore headquarters located inside the Community Renewal Center at 224 S. Chestnut Avenue in Moore. For more information, visit or call (405) 735-3060. To keep up with the events and opportunities that are being added throughout the month, log on to and click on the Calendar link at the top of the home page. You’ll find an updated calendar for this month and the rest of the year.

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Dale's BBQ House 11801 S Western Ave # B, Oklahoma City

If you have lived in the Moore/South Oklahoma City area a while, even if you haven’t visited Dale’s BBQ House’s current location at SW 119 & Western, chances are you have tasted their food. That’s because they have served the area in many capacities and at various locations over the years. In fact, if you shopped at Buchannan’s Grocery stores through the decades, Dale’s operated their BBQ stand for many, many years. They were a favorite destination for barbecue lovers throughout the area. Dale’s was initially opened by Ellis Sexton and was later run by his son Dale. When they opened a dine-in establishment, they located at 19th & Broadway. They later made their home at 12th & Broadway, and today Dale’s is thriving in southwest Oklahoma City. Dewey Chenault was a long time fan of Dale’s as well as a family friend of the Sextons. He found himself not only patronizing the business frequently but also jumping in and helping out when needed. So it was no surprise that when the opportunity presented itself, that Dewey jumped at the idea of owning his favorite barbecue joint. When they approached Dewey, he was running a remanufacturing business and found himself ready to make a change. “As times changed, so did the people,” he said. “I felt like it was time to do something else. I really enjoy this. I like the people. I believe that if your heart is in it, you can make it.” 34 | MOORE MONTHLY | FEBRUARY 2019

Getting to know his customers, making them happy by providing them with a great meal in a family-like atmosphere and seeing a smile on their face…these are the things that warm Dewey’s heart. When Dewey took over, the restaurant had been through several transitions, and some of the recipes had changed. That was one of the first things he addressed. “Over the years they varied from some of the original recipes. We wanted to get back to how it was in the beginning. We brought back some menu items that had been cut, and we’ve added some new things as well.” Dewey also worked hard to ensure they only offered top quality, US grown meats. He also uses Oklahoma-raised meats when he can. He looked at the menu items that weren’t selling as well and worked to make them better. They even changed how they prepared and smoked the meats. That’s when business took off. Dale’s’ most popular, well-loved items are the ribs and brisket. Dewey says there are three reasons their ribs have been called the best in Oklahoma. First, the meat is fresh, not frozen. Second, they use the highest quality product available. And lastly, the way they season and smoke the meat, along with the type of wood they use. It all adds up to a delicious, moist and tender product. “Recently we had a lady from Bethany order a couple of slabs of ribs. She called back to tell us they were the best

ribs that she ever had, and probably the best in Oklahoma. She said they were perfect and that she would be driving to south Oklahoma City more often to get her some more.” Dewey said the fact that she went out of her way to tell him and how happy she was with her purchase is why he does what he does. He said the phone call was more important to him than the actual sale. “Selling is one thing, but having people enjoy your food is quite another. That’s what we strive to do. We try to create the food and an experience that our customers will enjoy.” The turkey is a great hit here too. People come in and buy several pounds at a time. Other barbecued meats include pulled pork, pit ham, smoked sausage, and hot links. A couple of newer offerings include sliced chicken breast, smoked bologna and Dewey’s new favorite jalapeño cheddar sausage. They also offer a good variety of side items including onion rings, macaroni, and cheese, baked beans, fried okra, garlic mashed potatoes, macaroni salad, pinto beans, potato salad, cole slaw, smoked corn on the cob, curly fries, smoked baked potatoes, and green beans. The green beans are such a hit that rarely a day goes by that someone doesn’t hit him up for the recipe. Dewey’s reply is always the same. “Just like the Bush Beans dog, we’re not telling!”

Tremayne Johnson just recently joined the Dale’s BBQ team, but he is already a convert. “The food is delicious. We season everything all the way down to the bone. Aww Oh man, the chicken is so full of flavor. It’s juicy and not dry. It’s moist and just the way it is supposed to be. The barbecue here is amazing. Seriously.” Treymayne exclaimed. Kids can enjoy chicken strips and corndogs, plus they receive a small candy bar and hot wheel when they visit Dale’s. Dales love to give back that way. For instance, they offer $5 specials for students coming in for lunch, and they support the Westmoore Football team. Made from scratch cobblers top the dessert offerings here. They offer cherry, peach, blackberry, and their newest, popular flavor is caramel apple. Brownies and cookies round out the desserts. Dales BBQ has had success building on their history of offering tried and tested recipes that Dewey has worked to perfect. Even still, they continue to look ahead and try new things. “My belief in business is that if you’re not looking at the future to a different generation, you will get left behind. We are continually looking for new things to add.

If we can find something in Oklahoma that we know is good…we’re willing to give it a try.” One of Dewey’s new ideas is a mixed sausage of buffalo and beef. “People are always looking for healthier options and buffalo is very lean. You have to know how to smoke it, so it’s not dry. These are the type of things we are building upon.” While Dewey may be looking to the future to bring in more unique flavors to Dale’s, diners enjoy some great historical memorabilia when they visit. They are treated to an authentic slice of Americana that adorns the walls. Everything from vintage OU Football programs to signed rare sports posters are waiting to be discovered. One of Dewey’s most treasured finds is a Marcus Dupree Fiesta Bowl poster. It is a rare find as it was the only bowl game Dupree played in for Oklahoma, and, it was when he set the Fiesta Bowl record for the most yards rushing. Other unique pieces of history include the Fred Jones Sales and Service plant grand opening ad dated only 2 days before the big stock market crash. Customers love the framed matchbook collection. Dewey has acquired many vintage matchbooks from favorite eating establishments no longer in business. Some of the

restaurants included are Glen’s Hik’ry Inn, Heritage House, Val Gene’s, Sleepy Hollow and The Dutchman. Dewey loves the matchbook collection as it continues to draw customers to it and people continue to bring him new ones to add. “It’s a work in progress as I am always adding things. Everything has a story where they come from etc. Lots of people are drawn to it. They love the memories. I enjoy collecting memorabilia. It initially started because there wasn’t much on the walls, so I brought in my things and started putting things up. People really enjoy it, and they love to share their stories.” Consistent, great food, a family focused environment and historical treasures ready for viewing are all great reasons to stop in to Dale’s. Their commitment to the community, support of the schools and their heart to please and get to really know their customers are reasons Dale’s has become a favorite among barbecue lovers everywhere. Dale’s BBQ is open Monday through Thursday 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 10:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m. They are closed on Sunday.

“ If we find something in Oklahoma that we know is good…we’re willing to give it a try.”



M. Night Shyamalan Returns with Flawed “Glass”

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Directed by: M. Night Shyamalan Written by: M. Night Shyamalan Starring: Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, James McAvoy, Sarah Paulson, Anya Taylor-Joy, Spencer Treat Clark M. Night Shyamalan is back…FINALLY…with the conclusion to a promised superhero trilogy he introduce way back in 1999. “Glass” reunites David Dunn (Bruce Willis) and Elijah “Mr. Glass” Price (Samuel L. Jackson), and mixes in a split-personality villain, “The Beast” ( James McAvoy) in hopes of capturing the imagination of audiences with a different take on the superhero genre. The writer-director made a huge splash in the movie world in 1999 with his “OMG, you will not believe the surprise ending!” thriller “The Sixth Sense.” While Shyamalan’s has never matched the success of his first movie, he did deliver an intriguing concept with his second film, “Unbreakable” in 2000. Bruce Willis starred as security guard David Dunn who may or may not be a superhero. His nemesis was Elijah Price, a comic book store owner afflicted with a rare disease that leaves

his bones as fragile as glass. “Unbreakable” was a fascinating deconstruction of the superhero movie, suggesting that comic books are the world’s way of acknowledging that people with extraordinary powers live nearly unnoticed among us. Though it fell short of “The Sixth Sense” box office, it is considered by many to be his best overall film and has become a cult favorite for many. In the wake of “Unbreakable” Shyamalan suggested that the movie was just the first in a planned trilogy. Unfortunately, a string of lackluster movies followed that seemed to put the kibosh on the sequel. Shyamalan managed to win back some fans with his 2016 movie, “Split.” The horror-suspense film featured James McAvoy as a man diagnosed with 23 distinct personalities who kidnaps three girls. The film culminates with the arrival of a 24th personality, “The Beast” and the trademark Shyamalan twist that the characters inhabit the same universe as David Dun and Elijah Price from “Unbreakable.” Surprise!!! “Split” is actually the second chapter of the “Unbreakable” trilogy, which Shyamalan


brings to a close with “Glass.” The sneaky sucker caught everyone off guard with this ploy and raised expectations for this final chapter, which sees Price teaming up with “The Beast” for a final showdown with David Dunn. I would really like to say that Shyamalan has pulled it off. He comes danged close, mind you. There’s a whole lot to love about “Glass.” But it’s an uneven ride that promises a lot while delivering very little in the way of substance. The biggest problem is expectations. “Unbreakable” and “Split” both stand on their own as superior Shyamalan movies, complete with a trademark twist that leaves audiences buzzing and ready for the next installment. “Glass” has a stunning twist of its own, a genuine surprise that is delivered at the very end of the movie. But it also suffers from severely uneven pacing, including a second act during which the film grinds to an annoying and painful halt. Too much exposition. Way too little action. Willis, Jackon, and McAvoy are outstanding in their roles. Sarah Paulson is certifiably

creepy as the psychologist who seemingly wants to convince the trio that they do not have superpowers when it’s obvious to everyone that they do. Spencer Treat Clark is suitably emotional in his return as Joseph Dunn, David’s son. Anya Taylor-Joy is adequate in her return as the sole kidnap survivor from “Split.” No complaint about the performances of any of the actors. It just seems that Shyamalan left the idea for a trilogy on the shelf too long. While it certainly has its moments, “Glass” is a disappointing end to the saga he began with “Unbreakable.”


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From Seed to Spoon: February Planting Strategies Welcome to our very first “Seed to Spoon” column! If you’re interested in the Seed to Spoon app or following our regular updates on social media, here are the links that will get you started.

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Social Media Now let’s get to some planting tips for this month! Although February can usher in some of our coldest temperatures of the year, it’s also the beginning of the planting season for many different foods! It’s also a great time to start planning your garden for the year and ordering seeds. Our free iOS, Android, & Web app makes growing food simple, and I’m going to talk about some of the things you can start planting this month in Oklahoma.

GROWING OUTDOORS Kale originates from Russia and laughs at our “winters.” It can be planted in the fall to overwinter, and it can also be planted again starting in February. Planting kale is as simple as scattering some seeds in your garden and keeping them watered until they sprout. Spinach grows much the same way and can also be started now. Both of these greens are packed full of nutrition and help with a variety of health issues. Lettuce is another cool-season green but doesn’t handle the cold quite well. I usually start planting lettuce at the end of February as the nights warm up a bit. February is also prime time for planting onions. There are a few different ways to grow onions, but most people generally buy packs of transplants from


the nursery. Use a pencil or stick to poke a shallow hole in the dirt and drop the onion in. Keep them well-watered for a few weeks, and they’ll produce fullsized bulbs by June. You want to avoid planting fruit trees and berry bushes too close to the heat of summer, so the end of February is an excellent time for those. We seem to always have at least one beautiful weekend in February, and that would make a great time to add apples, pears, raspberries, or blackberries to your yard!

STARTING INDOORS Most plants can be outdoors by simply spreading seed, but there are a few foods that are generally started indoors and transplanted here in Oklahoma. Broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, and Brussel sprouts are usually started indoors because our window of opportunity for optimum growing temperatures is pretty short. Some varieties can have a growing season of up to 4 months, and our temperatures get too hot before they’re able to produce. An indoor grow light setup can be built for less than $150 (check out our website for details), and you can also buy transplants at nurseries and garden centers. February is also the time to start shopping for seeds and starting tomatoes, peppers, and eggplant indoors. Don’t forget you can use our free iOS, Android, and Web app to shop from over 1500 varieties from Burpee, one of the most trusted names in seeds since 1876. We’ll help you filter their vast list of seeds down to the varieties you care about, and we’ll guide you through growing your own food From Seed to Spoon!



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Norman Regional Welcomes Primary Care Clinic Norman Regional Clinics continue to grow and I’m pleased to introduce you to our newest clinic providers Keith R. Layne, DO, and Mandi Brown, APRN, CNP. The two join Norman Regional Health System recently from the Southmoore Medical Clinic, a family medicine clinic located in south Oklahoma City near Moore. The clinic’s new name will be Norman Regional Primary Care—West Moore and is located at 14800 S. Western Ave. in Oklahoma City. To make an appointment with Dr. Keith Layne or Mandi Brown, call 405-912-4900.

Dr. Layne was born in Germany, and he grew up in the Army. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio, and his medical degree from Ohio University College of Osteopathic Medicine in Athens, Ohio. He completed his residency at Great Plains Family Practice in Oklahoma City. Dr. Layne said he really listens to his patients and tries to apply the totality of who they are to what the medical issue requires. He said he hopes all his patients walk away with a sense that they know what is going on with them and are confident they can manage it effectively. Aside from medicine, Dr. Layne enjoys cycling, rugby, woodworking, reading, cooking, homebuilt aircraft construction, antique auto restoration and collecting ancient coins. Dr. Layne also serves in the Air National Guard and has his private pilot license. Mandi Brown was born and raised in Oklahoma City. She received both her Bachelor of Science in Nursing to become a registered nurse and her Master of Science in Nursing to become a family nurse practitioner from the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Brown chose to become a healthcare provider because she wanted to help others. “I was drawn to nursing and wanted to further my career to become a nurse practitioner,” Brown said. “I enjoy meeting new patients and families. It is rewarding to see people improve their health and feel better.” Aside from medicine, Brown enjoys reading the Harry Potter series and watching movies, she usually always see the new Marvel movies when they are released. She loves Christmas time, Mexican food and going to the ocean with her husband and twin girls.

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Love Your Healthy Heart February is mostly known for celebrating the ones we love on Valentine’s Day (February 14th), but it is also American Heart Month and National Wear Red Day on February 2nd to help raise awareness about cardiovascular disease. Though we tend to lavish our loved ones with flowers, candies, love notes, and jewelry to show our love, it is easy to forget the things our own heart needs to stay healthy. Love experts can provide tips to tune up your relationships, but it's the choices you make along with consultation with your medical professionals like cardiologists and dietitians that can guide you to a lifestyle that promotes a healthy heart. Our hearts are capable of love and heartbreak but are also at risk for cardiovascular disease including heart disease and stroke which remain the leading global cause of death. Many risk factors are out of our control that put us at an increased risk for heart disease, like aging, family history, and race, but there are just as many things in our control that promote a healthy heart. Heart disease is greatly impacted by the types of foods we eat and the amount of physical activity we engage in daily. The foods we choose in our daily diet can lead to risk factors for heart disease such as high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and excess weight. Experts tend to agree that a heart-healthy diet includes a balanced intake of whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and lean protein sources. This includes foods with little to no processing which helps reduce the intake of sodium (salt) which can improve blood pressure. Fiber is known to help reduce cholesterol levels in the blood reducing the amount of plaque that can accumulate in the arteries. Foods like fruits, vegetables, and products made with whole grain provide an excellent source of fiber. A new trend for eating is a “Plant-based or Flexitarian lifestyle.” These plans focus on a diet rich in fruit and vegetables, while limiting animal-based food products, a common suggestion for those trying to promote a healthy heart. Choosing lean protein foods and low fat dairy products reduce the amount of saturated fat in the diet, a known promoter of LDL (low-density lipoproteins) cholesterol levels that increase heart disease risk. Small changes daily can make a large impact on your risk for heart disease. Here is a list of food sources that promote a healthy heart. (Source: Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics)


Food Choices that Promote a Healthy Heart: Grains: Cereals and bread made from whole grain, including whole wheat, barley, rye, buckwheat, corn, teff, quinoa, millet, amaranth, brown or wild rice, sorghum, and oats. Pasta, especially whole wheat or other whole grain types. Brown rice, quinoa or wild rice Whole grain crackers, bread, rolls, pitas Protein: Lean cuts of beef and pork (loin, leg, round, extra lean hamburger) Fish & poultry Dried beans and peas Nuts and nut butters (unsalted) Meat alternatives made with soy or textured vegetable protein Egg whites or egg substitute Dairy: Nonfat (skim), low-fat, or 1%-fat milk Nonfat or low-fat yogurt or cottage cheese Fat-free and low-fat cheese Vegetables: Fresh Frozen Canned vegetables (without added fat or salt) Fruits: Fresh Frozen Canned (with low or no sugar added) Dried fruit

Oils/Fats: Unsaturated oils (corn, olive, peanut, soy, sunflower, canola) Soft or liquid margarines and vegetable oil spreads Salad dressings made from unsaturated fats Seeds, nuts, and avocado In addition to balancing what we eat, movement and exercise helps us manage our weight, another important element to a healthy heart. Experts recommend 30 minutes of exercise on most days, but determining your own type and amount of activity should be discussed with your health care team. This February remember to give your heart some love by adopting some of these foods into your daily intake. The one you love will appreciate it just as much as the cards, candy, flowers, and jewelry (well maybe not the jewelry). If you would like additional information about heart healthy eating visit and for more tips, recipes, and ways to promote a healthy heart all year long. Reference: (American Heart Association & Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics)

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library schedules

Moore Public Library

Southwest OKC Public Library



Saturday, Feb. 2 – Families Explore: Coding Tuesday, Feb. 5 – Chinese New Year Story Time Tuesday, Feb. 5 – Design Squad Wednesday, Feb. 6 – Lapsit Story Time Thursday, Feb. 7 – Pre-K Play Tuesday, Feb. 12 – Preschool Story Time Tuesday, Feb. 12 – Design Squad Wednesday, Feb. 13 – Lapsit Story Time Thursday, Feb. 14 – Pre-K Play Saturday, Feb. 16 – Families Explore: Coding Monday, Feb. 18 – Dragons Love Tacos Party Tuesday, Feb. 19 – Preschool Story Time Tuesday, Feb. 19 – Design Squad Wednesday, Feb. 20 – Lapsit Story Time Wednesday, Feb. 20 – Sensory Story Time Thursday, Feb. 21 – Pre-K Play Monday, Feb. 25 – Tween Scene Tuesday, Feb. 26 – Preschool Story Time Tuesday, Feb. 26 – Design Squad Wednesday, Feb. 27 – Lapsit Story Time Thursday, Feb. 28 – Pre-K Play

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

Teen/Adult Friday, Feb. 1 – Teens! Manga Drawing Friday, Feb. 1 – Argentine Tango Series Saturday, Feb. 2 – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Monday, Feb. 4 – Beginners Yoga Wednesday, Feb. 6 – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Thursday, Feb. 7 – Zumba Friday, Feb. 8 – Argentine Tango Series Saturday, Feb. 9 – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Monday, Feb. 11 – Beginners Yoga Tuesday, Feb. 12 – SparkFun Arduino for Adults Wednesday, Feb. 13 – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Wednesday, Feb. 14 – Teens! SparkFun Arduino Thursday, Feb. 14 – Zumba Friday, Feb. 15 – Argentine Tango Series Saturday, Feb. 16 – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Monday, Feb. 18 – Beginners Yoga Tuesday, Feb. 19 – Money Saving Apps Wednesday, Feb. 20 – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Thursday, Feb. 21 – Zumba Friday, Feb. 22 – Argentine Tango Series Saturday, Feb. 23 – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Sunday, Feb. 24 – Mulch Ado About Nothing Monday, Feb. 25 – Beginners Yoga Wednesday, Feb. 27 – Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Thursday, Feb. 28 – Zumba

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Friday, Feb. 1 – Preschool Story Time (age 3-6) Monday, Feb. 4 – Little Movers Story Time (age 18-36 months) Monday, Feb. 4 – Early Explorers (age 1-4) Thursday, Feb. 7 – Stuffed Animal Sleepover Dropoff Thursday, Feb. 7 – Baby Lapsit (age 18 months and under) Thursday, Feb. 7 – Tween STEAM (age 8-11) Friday, Feb. 8 – Preschool Story Time (age 3-6) Friday, Feb. 8 – Minecraft: Creative (age 7-12) Sunday, Feb. 10 – Stuffed Animal Story Time Monday, Feb. 11 – Little Movers Story Time (age 18-36 months) Monday, Feb. 11 – Early Explorers (age 1-4) Tuesday, Feb. 12 – STEAM Club Jr. (age 5-7) Thursday, Feb. 14 – Baby Lapsit (age 18 months and under) Friday, Feb. 15 – Preschool Story Time (age 3-6) Saturday, Feb. 16 – Family Music Time Monday, Feb. 19 – Little Movers Story Time (age 18-36 months) Monday, Feb. 19 – Early Explorers (age 1-4) Thursday, Feb. 21 – Baby Lapsit (age 18 months and under) Thursday, Feb. 21 – Tween STEAM (age 8-11) Friday, Feb. 22 – Preschool Story Time (age 3-6) Monday, Feb. 26 – Little Movers Story Time (age 18-36 months) Monday, Feb. 26 – Early Explorers (age 1-4) Thursday, Feb. 28 – Baby Lapsit (age 18 months and under)

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Teen/Adult Monday, Feb. 4 – Valentine’s Create and Take: Wooden Spoons and Hammers Tuesday, Feb. 5 – Tai Chi for Health Tuesday, Feb. 12 – Tai Chi for Health Thursday, Feb. 14 – Penn Avenue Literary Society Saturday, Feb. 16 – Teens Reading Terrific Literature (TRTL) Tuesday, Feb. 19 – Tai Chi for Health Tuesday, Feb. 26 – Tai Chi for Health Thursday, Feb. 28 – Stargazing for Beginners

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book review

Knock Knock Author: Tammi Sauer Illustrator: Guy Francis Publisher: Scholastic Press 2018 Reviewed by Pat Younts, Children’s Library Assistant, Moore Public Library   Winter is coming and it is time for Bear to go to sleep, but just as he is settling into his cozy bed, someone comes to the door. “Knock knock. Who’s there? Justin. Justin who? Just in the neighborhood and thought I’d drop by.” This begins a series of more woodland creatures arriving with knock-knock jokes of their own. Bear is growing increasingly tired and frustrated by the seemingly endless parade of visitors bringing supplies and food into his home when he only wants to begin his long winter nap. Eventually, it becomes apparent that Bear’s friends are merely there to wish him a happy hibernation. The charming chipmunk sweetly greets Bear with one last joke. “Knock knock. Who’s there? Al. Al who? Al miss you all winter long.” Young children will surely ask for repeated readings of this laugh out loud text, along with its vivid illustrations and silly jokes. Ms. Sauer has, as with her previous books, found a way to engage young children with her wit and wisdom, making this a wonderful read-aloud book about hibernation and good friends. Check out a copy of “Knock Knock” from your Moore Public Library. Ask the librarians about other books by Tammi Sauer, and good reads for the cold days ahead when weather invites us to hibernate with a good book.



the station schedule Due to space limitations this is not a complete list of classes and activities available at The Station at Central Park. For a complete list of the ongoing opportunities for adults and children please visit:

ACTIVITIES & CLASSES *This is a partial schedule of classes, camps, and activities available through Moore Parks and Recreation. For a full schedule please visit: or Fundamentals Boot Camp When: Mondays, Wednesday, and Fridays Where: Buck Thomas Park (1901 NE 12th Street) Sign-up: By the last Friday of every month Time: 5:30 a.m. In the event of bad weather: Boot camp will be moved to the Moore Community CenterAges: 16+ Fee: $40/month (12 classes) for Station passholders. $50/month for nonpassholders. *Sign up for 3 months $100 for Station passholders and $125 for non-passholders. Instructor: Stacia Becher, CPT The City of Moore is happy to offer the Fitness in the Park series. Join us for group fitness classes all while enjoying our beautiful parks. We will begin the series by offering a fun and challenging boot camp at Buck Thomas Park. The "Fun"damentals boot camp will push you to your limits by focusing on fun drills, including plyometrics and agilities, and challenging intervals of strength training and cardio. "Fun"damentals boot camp is for anyone who is looking to lose weight, get stronger, build muscle, or train for your next 5k. All fitness levels are encouraged to join in on the fun. Weekly Nutritional Informational Classes WHEN: Tuesday TIME: 5:30 p.m. WHERE: Group Exercise Room 2 (last Tuesday of the month - in the kitchen/meeting room 2) FEE: $50/month (available to members and nonmembers) INSTRUCTOR: Angelica Martinez MS, RDN, LD Minimum of 8 participants Nutrition is the key component to living a healthy lifestyle. During this in-depth informational class, a registered dietician will help you navigate this complicated aspect of living a healthy life and being the best you. You will learn how your body reacts to foods, the best way to fuel your body, how you can use nutrition to lose weight, become stronger, or just feel better. The registered dietician will help you learn how to shop for healthy foods at supermarkets and farmer’s markets, how to meal prep, give you some recipe ideas, and walk you through a cooking demonstration. This class is ideal for anyone who is beginning a healthy lifestyle or for those who have been working out for years. Nutritional Basics Monthly Class WHEN: 3rd Wednesday evening of each month TIME: 6:00 p.m. WHERE: The Station meeting room #2 FEE: $30 per class (available to members and non-members Have you ever wondered how many calories you should be consuming, or what the differences between a micronutrients and macronutrients are? Are you curious as to how nutrition will play a role in losing weight or helping control diabetes? This class can answer all of those questions and more! Join a registered dietician and learn the basics about nutrition. In this informative class, you will learn the foundations of a healthy diet, gain some insight into how you can change what you are eating to help meet your goals, and get a few delicious recipes to help start your journey off on the right foot.

Adult Morning Painting & Drawing Class WHEN: April 22nd - May 27th Monday Mornings (6 Classes) August 12th - September 23rd Monday Mornings (6 Classes) No Class on September 2ndLabor Day TIME: 10:00 A.M - 12:00 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room. AGES: 15+ REGISTRATION PERIOD: January 15th-April 21st For April Classes May 1st-August 11th For August Classes FEE: $70 per session DESCRIPTION: Use several drawing media and various techniques in this class. All supplies included. Class taught by a certified art instructor Adult Drawing WHEN: April 3rd-April 24th Monday Nights (4 Classes) July 10th-July 31st Monday Nights (4 Classes) TIME: 6:45 P.M - 8:15 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room. AGES: 15+ REGISTRATION PERIOD: January 1st-April 2nd for April Classes April 1st - July 9th for July FEE: $60 per session DESCRIPTION: Use several drawing media and various techniques in this class. All supplies included. Class taught by a certified art instructor. Beginning Ceramics 4 Adults WHEN: March 6th - April 24th Wednesday Nights (8 Classes) TIME: 6:30 P.M. - 7:45 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room. AGES: 15+ REGISTRATION PERIOD: January 1st - March 5th FEE: $70 per session DESCRIPTION: Students will learn hands on techniques such as Pinch potting, Qoil potting, Slab construction, Cross Hatch and Slipping. Students will build 3 usable projects using the above techniques. We will discuss size vs usage and proper balance and construction for future projects. This is a basic class that will make projects such as planters, jewelry boxes, cups, vases, etc. Adult 3D Art WHEN: March 4th - March 25th Monday Nights (4 Classes) June 3rd - June 24th Monday Nights (4 Classes) TIME: 6:45 P.M -8:15 P.M for March Classes. 7:30P.M.-8:45 P.M. for June Classes WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room. AGES: 15+ REGISTRATION PERIOD: January 15th - March 3rd for March Classes March 1st - June 2nd for June Classes FEE: $50 per session DESCRIPTION: Use several drawing media and watercolor. All supplies included. Class taught by a certified art instructor: Use several drawing media and watercolor. All supplies included. Class taught by a certified art instructor Beginning Drawing 4 Adults WHEN: March 5th - March 26th Tuesday Nights (4 Classes), May 7th - May 28th Tuesday Nights (4 Classes) TIME: 7:00 P.M - 8:00 P.M. for March Classes. 7:45 P.M. - 8:45 P.M. for May Classes WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room. AGES: 15+ REGISTRATION PERIOD: January 1st - March 4th for March Classes March 1st-May 27th for May Classes FEE: $50 per session. DESCRIPTION: A Class for Adults who have always been interested in drawing but have never felt like they could do it. This class will give you the skills and confidence in your ability to draw. This class is for beginners and it is a “Draw what you see class” in which the artist is the one creates the images in which they draw. Beads & Strings WHEN: April 1st - April 23rd,Monday & Tuesday Nights (8 Classes) September 3rd - 24th Monday & Tuesday Nights (7 Classes)


TIME: 3-5 Year Olds (4:30 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.) 6-12 Year Olds (5:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.) WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room. AGES: 3-5 and 6-12 year olds REGISTRATION PERIOD: January 15th September 2nd FEE: $60 per Session DESCRIPTION: In this class you will create, make, mold and build different art using beads and string. Youth Arts & Crafts WHEN: March 4th-March 26th Monday and Tuesday Nights (8 Classes) August 5th-August 27th Monday and Tuesday Nights (8 Classes) TIME: 3-5 Year Olds (4:30 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.) 6-12 Year Olds (5:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.) WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room. AGES: 3-5 and 6-12 year olds REGISTRATION PERIOD: January 15th - March 3rd for March Classes. May 1st - August 26th For August Classes. FEE: $60 per Session DESCRIPTION: A class where kids get to use their imagination in a variety of different ways, making a variety of projects they get to take home. Adult Swing Dancing WHEN: March 6th-April 24th Wednesday Nights (8 Classes) May 1st - June 19th Wednesday Nights (8 Classes) September 4th - October 23rd Wednesday Nights (8 Classes) TIME: 7:30 P.M - 9:00 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room. AGES: Adults 15+ REGISTRATION PERIOD: January 1st - February 27th for March & April Classes. March 1st - May 1st for May & June Classes. July 1st - September 4th for September & October Classes FEE: $60 per session or $8 per class DESCRIPTION: Learn how to Swing Dance and the many variations of Swing Dancing and before you know it you will be able to scoot across the dance floor like a pro. Guitar Lessons WHEN: March 7th-April 25th & July 11th-August 29th TIME: 7:30 P.M. - 8:45 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room. AGES: 12+ REGISTRATION PERIOD: January 15th - July 10th. FEE: $70 per session DESCRIPTION: Ever thought about learning how to play guitar but just never got around to it? Well now is your opportunity to do so. Learn how to count music, read music, and even play some songs in this class. It is recommended to bring a guitar but it is not a requirement. FitKids DAY/TIME: Wednesday at 5:00pm (55 minutes) DURATION: 8 weeks LOCATION: The Station Basketball Gym-Court 4. AGE: 7 years to 12 years COST: $25 for passholders; $50 for non-passholders DESCRIPTION: This 55 minute class is packed with entertaining music, foundational fitness moves, and fun games. Fit Kids will get your child moving and learning the importance of making healthy choices all while having fun! For ages 7 to 12 years. Participants will receive a certificate, water bottle, and a Kids Fit T-Shirt when completing the session. Parents are welcome to stay. Puppy Class WHEN: May 11th - June 15th Saturday Mornings (6 Classes) July 13th - August 17th Saturday Mornings (6 Classes) September 7th - October 12th Saturday Mornings (6 Classes) TIME: 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. WHERE: Buck Thomas Dog Park AGES: Dogs up to 4 months old. Puppies must have had 2nd round of puppy vaccination shots (Distemper/Parvo, DHLPP). Copy of shot records

must be brought to the Station and turned into the Front Desk before 1st class. REGISTRATION PERIOD: February 1st - May 10th for July & August Classes. April 1st - September 6th for September & October Classes FEE: $95 per session. DESCRIPTION: Build a strong relationship with your puppy based on trust and cooperation. Puppy classes are an indispensable foundation for the rest of your dog’s life. All training is gentle and fun, and you will learn how to help your puppy blend into your family. There should be one dog per handler, but the whole family can come train. Every dog in the same family paying for class needs to have their own handler. Basic Manners Class WHEN: May 11th - June 15th Saturday Mornings (6 Classes) July 13th - August 17th Saturday Mornings (6 Classes) September 7th - October 12th Saturday Mornings (6 Classes) TIME: 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. WHERE: Buck Thomas Dog Park AGES: Dogs 4 months old and older. Vaccinations: We do require that your dog is current on Rabies, Distemper and Bordetella. Copy of shot records must be brought to the Station and turned into the Front Desk before 1st class. REGISTRATION PERIOD: February 1st - May 11th for May & June Classes. March 1st - July 13th for July & August Classes. April 1st - September 7th for September & October Classes FEE: $95 per session DESCRIPTION: The focus of this class is to begin to build understanding and communication between dog and owner (guardian) by introducing the concept of positive reinforcement training while learning foundation obedience behaviors including watch me, crate games, sit, down, coming when called, loose leash walking, sit for greeting, wait, leave it and drop it, manner skills, and problem solving. There should be one dog per handler, but the whole family can come train. Every dog in the same family paying for class needs to have their own handler.

ADULT LEAGUES Adult Men’s Spring Basketball League When: Coaches Meeting February 26th 6PM. Games: Monday nights starting March 4th Time: 6:00PM-10:00PM. League runs 7 weeks + Tournament. Ages: Men 18 Years and Older Fee: $450 a team. Where: The Station Recreation Center. Sign-ups: January 1st-February 19th Registration Type: Online-Coach Registers Team Team Minimum: 4 Team Maximum: 16 Adult Spring Co-Ed Indoor Basketball League When: Coaches Meeting February 26th at 8PM. Games Wednesday night starting March 6th Time: 6:00PM-10:00PM. League runs 7 weeks + Tournament Ages: Men & Women 15 Years and Older Fee: $450 per team. Where: The Station Recreation Center. Sign-ups: January 2nd-February 19th Registration Type: Online-Coach Registers Team Team Minimum: 4 Team Maximum: 16 Must have 2 women playing at all times Adult Spring Co-Ed Indoor Volleyball League When: Coaches Meeting February 26th at 7PM. Games Tuesday night starting March 5th Time: 6:00PM-10:00PM. League runs 7 weeks + Tournament Ages: Men & Women 15 Years and Older Fee: $275 per team. Where: The Station Recreation Center. Sign-ups: January 2nd-February 19th Registration Type: Online-Coach Registers Team Team Minimum: 4 Team Maximum: 16 Must have 2 women playing at all times

the station schedule

YOUTH LEAGUES Youth Spring Soccer When: Coaches Meeting: March 4th 7PM Games start on March 30th Time: Games are on Saturdays. Game Times are TBD. 6 Game Season Ages: Boys & Girls 3, 4, 5 & 6; Age Determination Date: March 1st, 2018 Fee: $60 Resident, $70 NonResident, $20 Late Fee after February 17th Where: Central Park or Buck Thomas Park (TBD at a later date) Sign-ups: January 1st- February 17th Registration Type: Online Birth Certificates Due: March 22rd by 5PM Practices Begin: March 11th Practice Bid Sheet Due: March 8th at 8AM Jerseys will be given to each team by the first game. Shorts, athletic shoes, cleats, shin guards and any other equipment will not be supplied.

SPRING BREAK CAMPS Art Camp DESCRIPTION: Create colorful paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and more. You will use watercolors, paint, crayons, beads, strings, and clay. A lot of fun and the best part is you get to keep and take home what you make. WHEN: March 18th - March 22nd TIME: 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center AGES: 6-12 REGISTRATION: February 1st - March 16th REGISTRATION TYPE: Online FEE: $95 w /T-shirt CLASS MINIMUM: 10 CLASS MAXIMUM: 25 Gizmo’s, Gadgets, & Thangs: Robots & Rockets DESCRIPTION: Science has never been this much fun before. In this camp you will get to build and create your very own robot that will do multiple things. You will also get to build and launch rockets that you will get to take home at the end of camp. WHEN: March 18th - March 22nd TIME: 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center AGES: 7-14 REGISTRATION: February 1st - March 16th REGISTRATION TYPE: Online FEE: $95 w /T-shirt CLASS MINIMUM: 10 CLASS MAXIMUM: 25

Basketball Camp DESCRIPTION: For any young athlete who is looking to improve his or her skills, work hard, make new friends and have fun. Learn offensive and defensive skills and game like scenarios. WHEN: March 18th - March 20th TIME: 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center AGES: 7-14 REGISTRATION: February 1st - March 16th FEE: $70 w /T-shirt INSTRUCTOR: Scott Hodges CLASS MINIMUM: 20 CLASS MAXIMUM: 100 Volleyball Camp DESCRIPTION: For any young athlete who is looking to improve his or her skills, work hard, make new friends and have fun. What better w ay than by getting to play volleyball for 2 days and learn some new things in the process. WHEN: March 21st - March 22nd TIME: 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center AGES: 7-14 REGISTRATION: February 1st - March 16th FEE: $55 w /T-shirt CLASS MINIMUM: 10 CLASS MAXIMUM: 50 All ‘n 1 Sports Camp DESCRIPTION: For any young athlete who is looking to improve his or her skills, work hard, make new friends and have fun. In this camp you will learn about a variety of Sports that will include but not limited to football, baseball, soccer, volleyball & basketball. WHEN: March 18th - March 22nd TIME: 1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center AGES: 7-14 REGISTRATION: February 1st - March 16th FEE: $75 w /T-shirt CLASS MINIMUM: 10 CLASS MAXIMUM: 50



DESCRIPTION: Learn Spanish for beginners. Adult classes will

DESCRIPTION: Spanish for beginners. Children will learn basic

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

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


Extreme Animals Camp DESCRIPTION: Get ready for a wildly entertaining experience! Get up close and personal with endangered species, creepy crawli s and more! You will also learn about different habitats and create different types of arts and crafts that relate to those species and their habitats. WHEN: March 18th - March 22nd TIME: 1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center AGES: 6-12 REGISTRATION: February 1st - March 16th FEE: $125 w /T-shirt CLASS MINIMUM: 10 CLASS MAXIMUM: 30

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

TO REGISTER: For more information call Moore Parks & Recreation at (405) 793-5090

Spanish speaking skills.

WHEN: April 30th - June 26th Every Monday & Tuesday (16 Classes) No Classes May 28th & 29th (Memorial Day) September 5th - October 25th Every Wednesday & Thursday (16 Classes) TIME: 5:15 P.M. - 6:15 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 6-13 year olds REGISTRATION PERIOD: March 1st - April 29th,

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

INSTRUCTOR: Rocie Petchprom

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

City of Moore M O O R E ,




MPS Swim Team is Growing in the Face of Challenges It’s been nearly four years since OCCC decided to close their swimming facility. Since that was the primary practice site for all three Moore high school swim teams, many thought the program would simply dry up. Moore Public Schools head swim coach Brent Long says that what has happened since that day is just remarkable. “The original story was that when OCCC shut down the district was going to end the swim program,” said Long. “At first we asked if we could keep the program going with the kids who were swimming on club teams. Unfortunately, when OCCC folded the local club went with it, and now we had kids who were traveling all over the metro to participate in swim clubs.” Long said it didn’t look good that first year. But those who were passionate about the swim team decided to take another path. “We went back to the administration and asked if we could have a team with any kid that wanted to swim,” said Long. With MPS Athletic Director Brian Fitzgerald and Westmoore Athletic Director John Burruss on board and enthusiastically supporting the program, Long and his fellow coaches dove in on a rebuilding program. “Mr. Fitzgerald and Coach Burruss both agreed that we really need a place for all different kinds of kids,” said Long. “It’s been great because a bunch of kids has found a home here in swimming that might not have participated in a lot of the other sports.” Long says the first couple of years after OCCC shut their pool down were pretty lean when it came to the size of the team. But over the past couple of years, the trend has reversed. “We’ve got great numbers this year,” said Long. “We started with over 70 kids, and we’re still right up around that number, so we’re deeper than we were last year.” Moore High School senior Landon Stevens is one of those kids. Landon said he was at Central Middle School when someone asked him if he’d like to join the swim team. Stevens thought the idea sounded pretty cool, so he joined. Seven years later he’s still swimming. “I just tried it out on a lark, and I fell in love with it,” said Stevens. “I love the hard work that

you put in every day and how it forces you to develop self-discipline.” Self-discipline is a significant requirement for the swim team. With the closure of the OCCC pool, the Moore high school swim teams no longer have a “home pool” where they can work out daily. As a result, Long and his fellow coaches have to schedule practices whenever they can at pools like the Earlywine YMCA. That means the swimmers get to practice as a team once a week if they’re lucky. It also means they’ll spend a lot of time working out on their own. “It teaches you dedication and self-discipline,” said Landon. “If you put in the time you’ll get the results you’re hoping for.” Southmoore sophomore Easton Thompson is another of those swimmers who is learning self-discipline. Thompson has only been swimming for two years, but he has already embraced the rewards of self-motivation. “The big thing that I’ve learned is that hard work really does pay off,” said Thompson. “When we get to practice as a team, we work really hard during those 40-minute practices. But I’ve also learned that all of that time I spend practicing on my own pays off when I see my times getting faster and faster.” Westmoore seniors Brianna and Ashley Wells are also members of the swim team. The big difference for these twin sisters is that they also swim for a club team. The advantage for them is that they’re swimming with coaches on a daily basis. While it helps them tremendously to have the daily team practices, the trade-off is that they put some serious mileage on their cars traveling back and forth between the pools. “When OCCC closed down four years ago we started driving an hour each way to Mitch Park in Edmond for club practice,” said Ashley. “Eventually we found a pool about 20 minutes away, but we’re still spending about an hour-and-a-half each day driving to club swim practice.” The sisters have been swimming competitively for about 7 years and feel that it’s a sport where they both fit in very well. They love the balance of team and individual events and the close relationships they’ve formed with teammates. It’s been encouraging to see the growing number of swimmers in Moore.


“The payoff is seeing the improvement in your times,” said Brianna. “I’m really competitive, and I love going to the meets and see how much time I’ve gained from the hard work I’ve put in.” Brianna said, “It’s rewarding to see the times get faster and faster, but I also love the family aspect of being on the team. We’re close to the people we swim with here in Moore, but we’ve also developed great friendships with the people on our club teams, and it’s fun to hang out and talk with them at the meets.” According to Coach Long, the social aspect of swimming is an important one that can’t be underestimated. “Everybody needs a place where they fit in,” said Long. “For a lot of these kids it’s the first time they’ve ever been on a team, so they’re learning what it means to be a good team member and to work with others. It’s so important for kids to have this opportunity for social interaction.” With no home pool, the swimmers get plenty of opportunity for social interaction as they travel to meets in places like Edmond, Shawnee, Harrah, Lawton, Duncan, and Stillwater. “If all they do is go to school and then go home they lose out on what it’s like to be on a team or in a club, hanging out with other people and being social,” said Long.

“For anybody that's never been to the state swim meet I would encourage you to get out and check it out,” said Long. “It really is quite an event to be a spectator.” For those parents and students who are looking for an activity that will provide a high return on their investment of time, Long says swimming might be just what they’re looking for. “We have more a blend of kids from other sports and kids that aren’t involved in any other athletics,” said Long. “I think the thing that really works for them is that it’s easier to work a swim practice schedule into their lives. If it were a 5-days a week, 6th-hour practice schedule, a lot of these kids probably wouldn't participate. This frees them up to take college classes or concurrent enrollment. It frees up anybody that wants to be a part of a team, or they are really competitive they can fit this into their schedule.” Long also notes that folks from the Moore Public School community can help the swim team in a very simple way. “There are a lot of folks who help us out with donations for things like our banquet and other expenses,” said Long. “If there are people who could chip in a little bit here and there, $100 or $200 goes a long, long way helping these kids.”

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Like Stevens and Thompson, the Wells sisters relish the hard work and self-discipline they’ve learned from the sport.

It also helps that the swimmers are improving each year. Long says that the MPS team hopes to take a larger group of kids to the state meet than in the past few years. They face an additional challenge in that nine new schools have been added to the 6A classification, but no additional slots have been allowed for the state meet. That means more competitors for the same number of spots. Long hopes more people will make the trip to Edmond for the state meet on February 15-16.

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“We only had nine swimmers at Westmoore our freshman year,” said Brianna. “Now we have 30 swimmers that are going to regionals, so we’ve tripled in size, and we’re back up where we were when we had OCCC. I think a lot of people would be surprised at how big our team has become.”

byte-size tech by rob morris

Bite Size Tech:

Online Dating for Seniors eniors who are venturing back into the dating world are discovering there are plenty of online options to connect with people who share similar interests and goals. However, there are just a few things you need to keep in mind as you step out onto the dance floor.

1. Dating has changed. Things are different out there, and not just for the younger generations. The 55+ crowd comes into the dating world with different expectations and goals these days. While there are still plenty of people, who are looking to make that “soulmate” connection, more and more people are using online dating sites to just build new friendships with like-minded people close to their own age. These low-key daters often come to the sites because they’ve moved to a new area, lost a spouse, or seen some other major upheaval that has changed their social landscape. They’re not opposed to friendships that grow into something more, it’s just not at the top of their list. It’s best to be honest about your intentions and expectations from the beginning.

2. Safety first. When it comes to online dating, personal safety can be tricky, especially in the age of social media. Be careful not to give out too much personal information in the get-toknow-you stage. Here’s why: let’s say you

have a Facebook page. If you meet someone on a dating site like OurTime or eHarmony and you share your last name and what town you live in, they can easily track you down on Facebook and learn a lot of information about you. That includes the names of your family and friends, where you like to hang out or shop, where you go to church, even where you live. Keep that information to yourself until you’ve confirmed that the person you’re chatting with isn’t Hannibal Lector. Also, if you decide to take the online relationship to the next level make sure you meet in a very public setting and it might even be wise to have a back-up plan in place for a “friend rescue” if the meet-up goes south. There’s a whole lot more that could be set under this point. I’ll leave it at this: err on the side of caution and do your homework about the person you’re chatting with. Google “online catfish stories” and prepare to be shocked. All of this doesn’t mean you should avoid online dating. But if this paragraph steers you toward the OverlyCautious Lane, that’s an excellent thing.

3. Profiles are important. Pretty much every dating site asks you to create a profile. If you’re serious about meeting people you need to make sure your profile is complete and honest. Painfully honest. How honest, you ask? The truth is that by the time you hit your mid-50’s the battle against gravity has been lost. Body parts that aren’t supposed to sag do just that. The sixpack is gone. The formerly taut rear-end has


morphed into something a good deal more pliable. The wrinkles are more pronounced. Here’s the bottom line: go ahead and use a recent photo. Truth in advertising really is a good thing, friends. Oh, and find a balance between posting only your most flattering pictures. A balance between a headshot or two with a couple of full-length (and fullyclothed) photos is always nice. Also make sure you give enough details about things like your religious persuasion (if you have one), your interests, and other information that can help establish a level of connection early on. Some people are put off by this part of the process, but if you’re going to play in the online-dating sandbox, you need to play by the rules.

5. Age doesn’t matter. As much as it used to. Most people would say that love really has no age limit. But let’s be honest. Society would disagree with that. The question of “how old is too old/how young is too young” is a subject of varying opinions. But the truth is that as time passes the age gap becomes less of a problem. A lot of people use the tried and true formula of “half your age plus seven years.” According to this rule, it would be absolutely creepy for a 30-yearold to date a 22-year-old. But a 65-year old would be in the safe zone dating a 40-to-65year-old. The truth is the topic is so compelling that scientists have done significant studies on the subject. The results have been

all over the place, but there are a couple of consistent things to keep in mind. First of all, the context of the relationship matters: it’s about compatibility. If you’re in this to find new friends, the age gap is less significant. If you’re looking for someone to marry, you might wanna tighten up that age difference a bit. Secondly (and yes, I know there are some who are gonna blast me for writing this): men and women are different. There. I said it. For men, don’t believe the stories about “trophy wives” being the target. The research clearly shows that most men are interested in marrying someone older than popular thinking would suggest. When it comes to serious relationships men, tend to prefer women closer to their own age. Science shows that women tend to prefer men closer to 3-to-5 years older. That doesn’t mean you won’t be happy with a 27-year-old. It does mean that you’d better be prepared to change your lifestyle a bit, though. Finally, we all keep aging. If you’re 65 and you begin a relationship with a 35-year-old, in 10-years you’re going to be 75, and they’re going to be 45. I’m pretty sure that’s important to keep in mind.

6. Relax on the end game. Love and marriage are less important. Now that we’ve gotten all of the age-difference jibber-jabber behind us, it’s important to note that for seniors, friendships can be incredibly fulfilling. Many seniors come to the relationship table not looking for a happilyever-after. Maybe they’ve already had one. Or two. Perhaps even three. It doesn’t really matter why they’re not interested in romance and wedded bliss. There are a growing number of people who just want others to share experiences with. We’re talking about simple things like going to a movie, lunch, or a 4th of July picnic. Embrace the fun of making friends.

7. Online dating isn’t really all that great. In the end, online dating should be considered nothing more than a starting point. If you find yourself a couple of years into chasing relationships on a site like Silver Singles, Match, or Zoosk the chances are incredibly high that you’re doing it wrong. Also, don’t the tried-and-true method of meeting new people. Physically get off your couch, go

outside, and do something. Go to church. Join a book club. Take some exercise classes. Enroll in a library class and learn a new skill. And as you do these things, just check your peripheral vision from time-to-time. As you experience these new things, you’re likely to glance around and see other interesting people in the room with you. Say hello. Chat. Ask them to have coffee with you. The face-to-face approach has worked in establishing relationships for thousands of years.

The advent of the smartphone/social media/ online dating age has in no way rendered it ineffective. In fact, it’s still the best choice for real relationships. But if you’re really interested in diving into the world of online dating, here are a few sites to get you started (Note: most of them have paid versions).


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CLASS ACTS: Jerzi Hawkins Passion for the Underdog Runs Deep When she was three-years-old Jerzi Hawkins’ parents realized something was not right with their daughter.

“It just clicks for me,” said Hawkins. “To me, they’re just like normal kids, and I honestly don’t see any difference between them and any of my other friends.”

“Basically, I was running into walls,” said Hawkins. “My parents looked into my eyes and saw that my pupils were just huge and they started thinking that something might be a little off.”

Her involvement with the SuperCats and Special Olympians has also widened to include a desire to work with the Sparrow Project. Essentially, the Sparrow Project is a non-profit, faith-based organization that provides social activities for those special needs adults who have graduated from high school programs. Hawkins first encountered the Sparrow Project through participation in her leadership class at Southmoore.

A trip to the doctor’s office soon revealed little Jerzi had a brain tumor the size of a tennis ball in her cerebellum. It took two trips to Fort Worth for surgeries to remove the tumor, procedures that still leave her a little bit at risk today, especially in her role as a member of the Southmoore cheerleading squad. “I have to be really careful when I’m cheerleading,” said Hawkins. “I have to protect myself from getting hit in the head because that really hurts. It also hurts a lot when I get turned upside down.”

“Our class did a Halloween party with them, and I suddenly realized that a lot of the people in the Sparrow Project were kids from the SuperCats,” said Hawkins. “It hit me that I really needed to get involved with it so I could stay in touch with the kids I was really close to when they were at Southmoore.”

Jerzi’s says it’s possible that learning to overcome such a severe obstacle in life has given her a passion for underdogs from all walks of life. She also says her parents have played a huge role in teaching her to have compassion for everyone.

Hawkins also volunteers as a mentor/coach for the Oklahoma City Police Athletic League. She spends at least one afternoon a week working with a group of young cheerleaders from Adelaide Lee Elementary School in south Oklahoma City.

“My parents have always told me that I’m super lucky,” said Hawkins. “They’ve helped me understand that I can use my story to do good in other people’s lives, especially those who seem to have the odds stacked against them.”

“I get to coach them on how to cheer on the sidelines,” said Hawkins, “But we also do a lot to encourage them in their classes and their overall lives.”

That passion for helping others has led Jerzi to serve her fellow students who are members of the SuperCats. Jerzi says it’s hard to explain why she feels such a strong connection to kids who are involved with the SuperCats or Special Olympics.


While she enjoys the coaching part of her PAL volunteer work, it’s the chance to have an impact on young children beyond the athletic world that really drives her.

selecting a non-profit called “Variety Care” as the beneficiary of their work. Hawkins says now her team is learning how to ask for money from community leaders and business owners to help non-profits.”

As a member of the Southmoore Student Council Hawkins has participated in an early morning leadership class that meets at around 7:15 a.m. She says she’s learned a lot from the class about helping plan events for the school and working on projects like Moore Love and fundraisers like the SuperCat Slam. But her passion for the underdog has led her to seek out even greater leadership opportunities.

“They’re training us on how to go out and ask these folks to support our non-profit program,” said Hawkins. “So, we’re going to actually get to meet face-to-face with these people and share our dream with them.”

Hawkins was immediately intrigued by the idea, so she applied. After going through the application and interview process, she was accepted even though she was only a sophomore in high school. The YLX administrators placed her in a group called, “Youth in Action.” Their task for the year is to create a non-profit organization and raise money for a specific cause. “As a group, we decided to do something to support healthcare for children who are involved in the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA),” said Hawkins. “So we looked at a lot of non-profits who offered some kind of healthcare assistance for immigrant children.”

“I’ve been friends with Caleb forever, and we’ve always talked about going to a Halloween party as Beauty and the Beast,” said Hawkins. “Finally this past year we actually did it for the SuperCat’s Halloween party, and it was one of the best things ever.” Hawkins said Caleb and she both had a fantastic time at the party, something that just reminded her once again that when it comes down the basics of friendships, everyone has needs that are special. “The thing that makes me love these special friends so much is that they don’t have any filter for their emotions,” said Hawkins. “They don’t hide how they’re feeling. If they’re happy to see you, they grab you and hug you!”

After studying what all of those non-profits provided, the Youth in Action team chose two finalists before

Nominate a Student for the Class Acts Award Today! Here’s how it works: 1. Nominate a student who you believe is going above and beyond to make a difference. a. Elementary through high school students are eligible. b. Must live within the coverage area of the Moore Public School District. c. Home school and private school students are also eligible (who live within the MPS district). 2. Email their name, grade and why you believe they’re a Class Act to 3. Moore Monthly staff will review all submissions and select one student who especially stands out as a Class Act. 4. The winning student for each quarter will be announced and awarded a Class Acts certificate and a $100 gift card at their school. 5. For questions or additional info, email Rob Morris at

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“My dad was involved in Leadership Oklahoma City,” said Hawkins, “And one day he came home and told me about their program for high school students, Youth Leadership Exchange (YLX).”

All of this activity comes back to Hawkins’s seemingly bottomless passion for helping those whom society would call “underdogs.” For the Southmoore sophomore, it’s more about just loving the people who are your friends than anything else. She points to one of her closest friends, Caleb, as a great example.


“So many of these kids have so little and live in unsafe environments,” said Hawkins. “To be able to give them a safe place to come and to encourage them and help them be strong is what’s really important to me.”






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Moore Rotary Community Spotlight by timothy w. eaton

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Rotary Youth Exchange Builds Peace One Young Person at a Time I got to fly in a propeller plane to Weatherford and go to a real Tribal pow-wow! And I love all my Rotary Youth Exchange friends that I have met in the program. - Enola Bayet, Westmoore Exchange Student from France Each year hundreds of United States high school students participate in the Rotary Youth Exchange program in high schools around the world, and in turn, hundreds of international students walk the halls of American high schools. Students learn a new language, discover another culture, and truly become global citizens. Exchanges for students ages 15-19 are sponsored by Rotary clubs in more than 100 countries. In the process, students unlock their true potential to: • Develop lifelong leadership skills • Learn a new language and culture • Build lasting friendships with young people from around the world • Become a global citizen

Long-term exchanges last a full academic year, and students attend local schools and live with multiple host families. France Dances into Westmoore High School Enola Bayet is from Vichy, France. She currently lives with her host parents, Armand and Ashley Amador. She is enrolled as a Junior at West Moore High School where she is involved in art and choir. In the fall, she was enrolled in dance at All That Dance and participated in lyrical and pom classes. Enola will enroll at Top Hat Talent to explore pointe dance in the coming spring. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to music, drawing, going to church, and hanging out with friends. After she graduates, she plans to travel and attend college to learn about languages in France. Link to her dance: msfIcxfgVvsh1vrAYx9jhgTW53qFWX/view From her host parents: Enola is such a joy. She is vibrant, fun, and thoughtful. She is also willing to try anything, which makes living with her an adventure. She enjoys school and loves to learn--she wants to be the best at

everything! Probably the best part is that she enjoys making meaningful connections with people and has endeared herself to our families and friends. We absolutely love her and are already planning a visit to France next October. Interested in Youth Exchange or More about Rotary? Sponsoring a Youth Exchange Student is just one way that the Moore Rotary Club is seeking to impact and improve our community. Other activities include Student of the Month and Year honors for Moore, Southmoore, and Westmoore high schools; and fighting hunger through the BackPack food program in Moore Public Schools. If you are interested in sponsoring a Youth Exchange Student or in better serving the community and making a difference in the world. You are invited to join Rotary for a noon meal any Wednesday at the Moore Chamber of Commerce.


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Spurs & Roses Mercantile 527 S. Broadway For seven years, Cheri Milburn spent her days running the General Store, creating unique, custom gift baskets and offering various local food, home, and gift items. In 2017 the opportunity arose to sell her building, and she decided to retire. With over 30 years of retail experience, it wasn’t long before Cheri found herself itching for a new project. Within months of retirement, the warehouse directly behind her former business on South Broadway became available. Suddenly her new dream was born, and she retired from her recent retirement. “It didn’t take long for me to decide to buy it and open a new store. It is over 5,000 square feet of space for merchandise of all kinds, lots of room for fun (including a couple of spaces for classrooms) and more.” Cheri wanted to come up with a unique and different name for her new venture. “I wanted a name that would indicate we had a little bit of everything; something that would describe the adventure! Spurs & Roses Mercantile made sense.” Her new venture began last fall when the Spurs and Roses Vintage Market was held at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds. She made her debut and spread the word among vendors and shoppers about her new mercantile. Then, November 1st, the mercantile opened its doors. Spurs & Roses Mercantile offers a little bit of everything to appeal to shoppers of all ages and tastes at all price ranges.


“We wanted to offer a good variety of merchandise so all shoppers can find something they love or would love to give as a gift. I have a portion of the building dedicated to vendors!” You will find antiques, vintage items, handmade wares, clothing, jewelry, Made in Oklahoma products, gift baskets, wood products, home decor, furniture and more at Spurs & Roses Mercantile. Cheri strives to find unique and out-of-the-ordinary items for her customers. To offer the most original and biggest variety of items, the mercantile also offers 15 vendors who bring their own touch and tastes to the store. Custom gift baskets filled with Made in Oklahoma products were a favorite item when Cheri owned The General Store. They continue to be a big hit at the mercantile as well. The shop also has classrooms available to rent for creative time and will soon offer classes where customers can create their own make and take projects. Spurs and Roses Mercantile is open Thursdays through Saturdays from 10 am to 5 pm, and Sundays from 11 am to 4 pm. Fans of the store will want to mark their calendars for the Second Annual Spurs & Roses Vintage Market being held October 4th and 5th at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds. Watch their Facebook page for more information.

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