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VOL. 12 • NO. 12 • DECEMBER 2017 EDITORIAL Publisher Brent Wheelbarger Editor Jeff Albertson Creative Director Rob Morris Copy Editor Katie Roberts


8 The Light Issue: Tis the season to share the joy, the love, and the light. Hear from our community about what really lights things up.

Lighting the Way: Frank and JoAnne Randall, owners of Randall’s Temperature Control Specialists, Inc., believe in the power of community contribution.


20 Lunar Music Opens in Moore: Moore natives and musicians bring the music back to their hometown.

Westmoore Grad Embracing Life as a Musketeer: Ashley Gomez knew that going from high school in Oklahoma to Division I college ball at Xavier University in Ohio was going to be a challenge.

From the Editor Christmas is upon us! Time to snuggle up to the fire (or that neat app on your fancy smart TV that looks like a real fire) and read this here issue of Moore Monthly.

WRITERS Staff Writers Beverly Ferree Rob Morris Brent Wheelbarger Luke Schumacher Olivia Dubcak Contributing Writers Adam Shahan Henry Dumas L.T. Hadley Kathleen Wilson Heather Fellenstein Grace Pistilli Nicole R. Hudon Lindsey Canoy CREATIVE Art Director Jeff Albertson Design Shelbi Rosa Photography Rob Morris Shelbi Rosa Fred Wheelbarger Augmented Reality Kenna Baker Rob Morris Video Zach Delaune ADVERTISING Sales Donna Walker Aleta Wheelbarger EXECUTIVE President Armand McCoy Chief Financial Officer Ennie H. Neeley Office Manager Suzanne Torvi Distribution Fred Wheelbarger For comments, contribution, or just to say ‘Hi!’ For ad placement, specifications and rates 405.793.3338

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Did you know when you wake up Christmas morning and celebrate by exchanging presents in front of the Christmas tree, you’re taking part in a holiday that goes back thousands of years? Father Jack Feehily from St. Andrew Catholic Church in Moore helped shed some light on how the Christmas holiday started.

The song “The Twelve Days of Christmas” also has its root in religious tradition. “The song originated in Ireland during a time when the English were repressing Catholics,” said Father Feehily. “All of those twelve days of Christmas refer to Christian beliefs.”

“We find in the scripture two stories of the conception and the birth of Jesus, in the Gospel of Matthew and the Gospel of Luke, including how he was born and where he was born,” explained Father Feehily. “The controversy arises because it took until the fourth century for there to be the consciousness of the need for a specific date for which to remember the birth of Christ.”

Each element in the song is a code word for religious truth. They were written as a secret catechism that they could sing in public without fear of arrest. For example, the partridge in a pear tree is Jesus, the two turtledoves are the Old and New Testaments, and the three French hens stand for faith, hope, and love.

In Rome and throughout the empire, they already celebrated something called the Feast of the Light. December 22nd was the time of the winter solstice, in which people celebrated the fact that they had just finished the shortest day of the year and the light was beginning to return.

Christmas greenery also got its start as part of the winter solstice celebration. The evergreen fir tree has traditionally been used for thousands of years to celebrate winter festivals. Pagans used branches of it to decorate their homes during the winter solstice to remind them that spring was coming.

“The church leaders decided to take it out of the pagan context,” said Father Feehily. “They wanted to remember what has been revealed to us in the New Testament about the conception and the birth of Jesus, the Son of God, the Son of Mary, and they decided to do it on the 25th day of December. He might have been born in March, but that is not how these things get started.”

But not all things associated with Christmas are religiously based. The way Santa Clause looks today actually originated in a Coca-Cola ad at the beginning of the 20th Century. It was based on drawings of St. Nick from newspaper cartoonist Thomas Nast during the Civil War, based on descriptions from the poem "A Visit from St. Nicholas" (The Night Before Christmas), written in 1823.

Before the church set an exact date, people were observing Christ, but they were not doing so universally.

“Coca Cola invented his modern look to sell Coke at Christmas,” explained Father Feehily. “St. Nicholas was a bishop of the church in a small city and he did some kindly things and was attentive to the poor. But the connection between this bishop helping poor people is a far cry from Santa Claus we know today.”

“So, beginning in the fourth century in Rome, the practice of celebrating it on December 25th began,” said Father Feehily. “Now there was another practice in the east. The Roman Empire was divided into a western part and an eastern part. When you think east, think Turkey, Constantinople, the Middle East, the Holy Land. They had a tradition of remembering this on January 6th, and they called it the Feast of the Epiphany. A manifestation of God and his Son made flesh. In the west, we celebrate the 12 days of Christmas beginning on December 24th. That’s why we have evening masses and midnight masses, and we end it with the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6th.”

Christmas trees, carols, and Santa Claus are sure to be celebrated this season among many of us. But whatever the origin, each family is sure to have their own meanings tied to their special Christmas traditions


Light It UP! Randall’s Temperature Control Gives Back BY DONNA WALKER Frank and JoAnne Randall, owners of Randall’s Temperature Control Specialist, Inc., believe in the power of community contribution. They both graduated from Moore High School and are long-time Moore residents. The couple looks for opportunities to devote their time and resources to their beloved hometown. For example, the Randalls were instrumental in building the current Chamber of Commerce building and assist the elderly with heat and air needs. Sheila Haworth calls them a truly humble and very community-minded couple. “They have always been involved in some kind of civic contribution to the City of Moore. They are awesome team players in any event that involves them. They always want to be the behind-the-scenes workers and they always work together as a couple.” Sheila said. They strive to be a “beacon of light” to the Moore community, and chances are that you have heard their name and seen the results of their contributions to the city in some way, especially during the holiday season. Every year beginning in late September Frank and JoAnne spend most all of their free time sharing their beacon of light— literally—with a Christmas light show. They take inventory, check lights, rewire cords and repair decorations. They make a list and check it twice to ensure all their holiday displays are in prime condition. “They do all the decorating themselves including choreographing the lights to music, repairing and rewiring decorations, repairing extension cords, wiring all junction


boxes," explained Sheila. “Their goal in life is to leave their community a better place when they leave than when they showed up. It’s a big reason they started their celebration of lights.” What you may not realize, though, is that they take their holiday cheer and community outreach a step further by playing the roles of Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus for community events. Many families have made the Randalls’ Christmas lights a part of their holiday traditions, and a visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus is always a big hit. The Randall’s find dressing up as Mr. and Mrs. Claus to be very rewarding as well. Perhaps it’s because of their giving hearts. Or, maybe it’s Frank’s grey hair that makes him at ease being Santa. Either way, they agree that the reaction and excitement of the children make it all worth it. Sometimes they even see as much enjoyment from the adults as they do from the children. Joanne said, “Kids have such excitement for Mr. and Mrs. Claus. They wave and yell to ‘Santa’ as they drive by. Sometimes they get out of the car and run to hug; nothing is more rewarding for Mr. & Mrs. Claus. Dressing up as Mr. & Mrs. Claus can turn a very bad day into something wonderful in seconds.” Through the years, the Randalls’ light display has gained notoriety, as have Mr. and Mrs. Santa. Their efforts have delighted hundreds of families and have even left a lasting impact on many lives. JoAnne recalled one year a couple stopped to thank them for “giving their children a Christmas.” The family had fallen

on some hard times and did not have the money to buy Christmas gifts, so visiting the Randalls' celebration of lights regularly was Christmas for their children. She told of the most heartfelt story about when a middleaged man stopped by one day to thank them. He wanted them to know that the religious scene, particularly the cross display, really touched him. JoAnne said he seemed very emotional. He returned the following year to tell the couple how he had lost everything the year before when they first met, including his desire to live, when he passed by their Christmas decorations that day. The man said that the large cross on display grabbed his attention and something unexplainable came across him. “He said that image really stayed with him and he lost his thoughts of suicide. He just wanted us to know what that large bright cross meant to him.” There’s one display in the yard that is of special significance to the Randalls and their neighbors. In the yard along 34th Street stands a large blue tree called the Shelly Queen tree. The tree glows blue to honor a dear family friend who lived across the street from them. Shelly was in the last stage of cancer the year they dressed the tree in her favorite shade of blue. The tree was a special message to Shelly and one that she could see from her dining room window. They left the lights on the blue tree up that year until March 2, 2015, the date of Shelly’s passing. Blue lights continue to shine on Shelly’s tree every year. Neighbors of the Randalls are happy beneficiaries of the joy they so passionately spread. Their neighbors have come to enjoy the displays so much that many of them have stepped up their own holiday décor in honor of their “Griswald Family-like” neighbors. Frank and JoAnne are happy to be bearers of cheer and joy. The message of the light and reminding everyone of “the reason for the season” inspires them most. And this year, they are putting action to their Christian faith by asking others to do the same. . This year the Randalls hope to share the message of love through the Food for Kids Backpack program. A donation box will be included in their decorations to support this program. If you are in need of some wonder and awe this Christmas, check out the Randalls’ Celebration of Lights from December 1 through January 1st at 3301 Shady Creek Lane. Come for the fun and continue to spread the light by giving to the Food for Kids Backpack program.



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MASHED SWEET POTATOE BRULEE INGREDIENTS: 5 1/2 lbs. sweet potatoes, peeled and boiled until soft (6 cups cooked) 3/4 cup 1% milk 3 tbsp. light butter, softened 1/2 tsp salt 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1/2 cup unpacked light brown sugar

By Beverly Ferree While turkey is a relatively lowcalorie food naturally at only 147 calories per three-ounce serving, it’s the other dishes that usually get us in trouble when we step on that scale the day after a big holiday meal. So, to help lighten up your other recipes, we have provided some of the most popular skinny recipes for your holiday dinner.

DIRECTIONS: When the potatoes are cooked and soft, combine them with milk, light butter, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg and mash or puree until smooth. Preheat the broiler. Sprinkle 1/2 cup brown sugar evenly over top. Broil 2 minutes or until sugar melts, careful not to burn. Let it stand until the melted sugar hardens (about 5 minutes). NUTRITION INFORMATION: 7 servings; Serving Size: 1/2 cup Amount per Serving: 113 calories; 1.5 grams fat: 2.2 grams protein; 25.6 grams carbs; 2.9 grams fiber; 14.8 grams sugar; 141 grams sodium


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INGREDIENTS: 15 oz. canned pumpkin 2 tbsp. whipped butter, softened 3/4 cup light brown sugar, unpacked 1/2 cup fat free milk 1 large egg 2 large egg whites 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg 1 tsp vanilla extract 1 frozen pie crust, Pillsbury (thawed to room temperature.) DIRECTIONS: Preheat oven to 350°F. Lightly dust a large cutting board or flat surface with flour. Roll out a room temperature pie crust sheet, so that it becomes thin enough to cut off about 30%, so that your final crust is 5 oz. Place into a 9-inch pie dish, cutting off excess dough. Place pumpkin puree in a large bowl. Add butter, and mix well. Using an electric mixer, mix in brown sugar, milk, eggs, egg whites, pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. Beat on medium speed until mixture is smooth. Pour filling into unbaked pie crust. Bake about 70 to 75 minutes, or until knife inserted in center comes out clean. Cut into 10 slices and serve with whipped coconut cream or whipped cream if desired.


NUTRITION INFORMATION: 10 servings; serving size: 1 slice Amount Per Serving: 137 calories; 5 grams total fat; 114 mg sodium; 25 grams carbohydrates; 1.5 grams fiber; 16.5 grams sugar; 3 grams protein.

LIGHTENED UP GREEN BEAN CASSEROLE WITH SHALLOT CRUMB TOPPING INGREDIENTS: 2 lbs. green beans, cut in half, trimmed and washed For the topping: 1 tbsp. olive oil 1 cup shallots, finely diced 1/2 cup seasoned breadcrumbs 1 tbsp. grated Romano or Parmesan cheese 1/2 tsp dried thyme (or 1 tsp fresh) For the green beans: 1 tbsp olive oil 1/3 cup shallots, minced 16 oz sliced mushrooms, (I used cremini) 1/4 cup flour 1 cup reduced sodium chicken stock (or vegetable for vegetarian) 1 cup 2% milk 1/4 cup grated Pecorino Romano cheese

DIRECTIONS: Boil a large pot of water. When boiling, add green beans and blanch for 2 minutes (or 6-8 minutes if you like them softer). Drain in a colander and rinse under cold water to stop them from cooking. Meanwhile make the topping. Heat a medium-sized skillet over medium heat. Add the shallots and sauté about 3-5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium-low, add breadcrumbs, grated cheese and thyme; sauté until golden brown, about 5-6 minutes, stirring frequently, careful not to burn. Preheat the oven to 375°. Lightly spray a 13x9 inch baking dish. Heat oil in a large sauté pan over medium-high heat. Add shallots and sauté 1 to 2 minutes. Add mushrooms, season with salt and pepper and sauté 6-8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Sprinkle flour over the mushrooms, stir constantly for about a minute, then slowly add chicken stock, then milk. Bring to a low boil, and cook stirring occasionally until thickened, about 3 minutes. Stir in Romano cheese. Add blanched green beans and mix well, season with salt and pepper as needed; pour into prepared baking dish. Top with toasted bread crumbs and bake about 30 minutes. NUTRITION INFORMATION: 8 servings, Serving Size: 1/8th of recipe Amount Per Serving: 160 calories: 6 grams total fat: 280 mg. sodium; 22 grams carbohydrates; 4 grams fiber; 2 grams sugar; 7 grams protein

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Holiday Cocktails By Beverly Ferree

The holidays are a tricky time for those of us who are committed to being health-conscious during the many festivities and celebrations. Instead of avoiding every Christmas party in town, add these dietfriendly, low-calorie holiday cocktails to your party list. Just follow these simple recipes and enjoy yourself this holiday season!

RASPBERRY COSMOPOLITAN Serves 2; 80 calories per serving INGREDIENTS: 30 ml Raspberry Vodka Juice of 1/2 Lemon 1 Cup of Sparkling Water 60 ml Hansells Lemon, Raspberry & Elderberry Syrup DIRECTIONS: 1. Add all ingredients to the glass & stir 2. Serve in a Cold Martini Glass (add a couple frozen raspberries if you like) 3. Enjoy

MOJITO Serves 1; 115 calories per serving INGREDIENTS: 30ml Hansells Old Fashioned Lemonade with Key Lime Extract Syrup 30ml White Rum (like Malibu) Juice of 1/2 Lime 1.5 cups Sparkling Water DIRECTIONS: 1. Add all ingredients to the glass & stir 2. Serve in a Tall Glass with ice 3. Add Chopped Mint and Lime Wedges 4. Enjoy

MANDARIN LIME MARGARITA Serves 2; 120 calories per serving INGREDIENTS: 50 ml Tequila 75 ml Hansells Mandarin, Lime & Bitters Syrup 3/4 Cup Sparkling Water Juice of 1/2 Lime DIRECTIONS: 1. Add all ingredients to the glass & stir 2. Serve in a Cold Glass 3. Enjoy

BLACKCURRENT AND CRANBERRY DAIQUIRI Serves 1; 115 calories per serving INGREDIENTS: 30ml Hansells blackcurrant, Cranberry and a hint of Basil Syrup 30ml white rum Juice of 1/2 lime 2.5cups of ice DIRECTIONS: 1. Crush the ice in a blender 2. Add the crushed ice to a cold class or Mason Jar 3. Pour the other ingredients into the cold glass or Mason Jar and stir 4. Enjoy All recipes provided by



Still Lights the Way After 78 Years! BY BEVERLY FERREE It would be hard to find someone who hasn’t heard of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, lighting the way for Santa with his bright red nose, on the foggiest of Christmas eves. But how many of us know how Rudolph was made into an iconic American Christmas tradition? Believe it or not, we would have to go back to the time of Montgomery Ward to find the beginning of Rudolph. In January of 1939, retail giant Montgomery Ward began plans for the next Christmas season eleven months away. They usually distributed coloring books to children as their holiday promotion, but the advertising department decided it would be cheaper to develop its own in-house themed book. They knew just the person who would take on the task: Robert May, a copywriter who was known for his ability to “turn a limerick” at the company’s holiday party. The problem for May was that while the country was still trying to come out of a decade-long Great Depression, his wife was suffering from cancer. The medical bills had put the May family in significant debt. While May was still pursuing his passion to write, he found himself instead churning out mail-order catalog copy about men’s shirts instead. At 33 years old, with a degree from Dartmouth College, this was not the life that May envisioned for his family. But like most people do when they’re facing tragedy, May stuck with it. He was given the assignment to develop a story


that centered around an animal. May decided on a reindeer, partly because his four-year-old daughter loved the reindeers when she visited the zoo. As he peered out at the thick Lake Michigan fog one day, he came up with the idea of a misfit, ostracized reindeer with a luminescent nose who would use his physical abnormality to guide Santa’s sleigh and save Christmas. Deciding on a name for the reindeer, and wanting an alliterative choice, May scribbled down possibilities: Rollo, Reginald, Rodney, Romeo…And as we all now know, he settled on Rudolph. As May continued working on his soonto-be masterpiece, his wife took a turn for the worse. She passed away in July of 1939. May found himself a widower and a single dad, but he refused his bosses offer to give the assignment to someone else. Burying his wife and his grief, May finished the story in August of 1939. Montgomery Ward aggressively advertised the new 32-page, illustrated book as a free gift to children visiting any of the department store’s 620 locations, believing the publicity would bring the store a tremendous amount of traffic. Nearly 2.4 million copies were given to children in 1939, and Montgomery Ward had plans to print an additional 1.6 million copies for the following holiday season. But by the time the next season came around, there was a paper shortage due to World War II, and Rudolph was put on hiatus until

1946, when it was even more popular. That year, Montgomery Ward handed out 3.6 million copies of the book. In the meantime, May married a fellow Montgomery Ward employee and became a father again, but he was still struggling financially. In 1947, Montgomery Ward’s Board of Directors, possibly in their belief that the story lacked revenue-making potential, signed over the copyright for “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” to May. Big mistake. That next year, May licensed a commercial version of the book, in addition to a full range of Rudolph-themed merchandise, including puzzles, View-Master reels, snow globes, mugs and slippers with sheep wool lining and leather soles. In 1949, songwriter and May’s brother-in-law Johnny Marks put Rudolph’s story to music. After Bing Crosby reportedly turned down the chance, singing cowboy Gene Autry recorded the song. His record sold two million copies in the first year and remains one of the bestselling songs of all time. May eventually returned to Montgomery Ward as a copywriter until his retirement in 1971. He died five years later. But by that time, “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” had become part of modern American folklore, to this day still lighting the way for Santa. Background information for this piece provided by

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Lunar Music Opens in Moore By Beverly Ferree When Lunar Music owner Mark Quenzer

“We do everything from simple things like

with flash cards and information on an

and employees Patrick Evans and Spencer

restringing a guitar to more complicated

app that you can download and play along

Powers played music together growing up,

things like fret and neck work. It can get

with songs from people like The Beatles or

they did not plan on opening a music store

very in depth,” Evans said.

Taylor Swift.”

together, but sometimes life brings friends together in a way of fate. Four weeks ago, Lunar Music opened at 2100 N. Eastern, just down from The Boxcar of Moore. “We all kind of grew up here in Moore,” said Patrick Evans, head of graphic design and

They also have a Reverb store, which is basically the Amazon for music products. “We cater to seasoned guitar players and

is $79.99. The Pro-Acoustic is $179.99 and the Pro-Electric is $199.99.

guitar collectors,” Evans explained. “We have

They also have a demo room in the store

several handmade guitars that you can only

that is insulated and gives people a chance

find at Lunar.”

to try out the guitar with pedals or different

operations for Lunar Music. “It’s home for us,

Prices for guitars range from $1,200 to

and Moore is coming alive. There is so much

$3,500. Everything is unique, and they can

happening here, but music shops is not one

special order guitars as well.


Their Mini is the smallest acoustic which

amps. And soon they will add individual guitar lessons to their list of services. “We are finalizing the last details,” said Ev-

“We have guitars that look distressed,”

ans. “But within the next month or two we’ll

So, they decided to take a chance on Moore's

Evans said. “They look brand new but have

be starting beginner guitar lessons, and we

booming community by bringing music to

a distressed look. The brand is called Nash

hope to eventually get into piano, drums and

their hometown.

guitars. That’s their signature thing. They


“We all grew up playing music together,”

make these brand-new guitars that look and

If you ever go into the store and just don’t

Evans said. “And so we thought, 'it’s our

feel and play like guitars that you’ve had and

find what you’re looking for, make sure to

hometown and it’s what we love to do. Let’s

worn in yourself.”

ask about special ordering. You can also visit

do it.'” Lunar specializes in electric guitars, but they will add acoustics in the future. They

Although they have a niche for specialized guitars for seasoned players, they also have plenty of items for beginners.

also have drum sets and accessories for ev-

“We have guitars called Loog guitars. They

erything, including amps, pedals and strings.

are designed for youth,” Evans said. “They

One service they offer that is missing in

have three strings. We sell electric, acoustic

many music stores is guitar repair.


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Senior Living - by Kathleen Wilson

One Out of Four Seniors Has Diabetes More than 25% of seniors age 65+ are diabetics. Many folks have not been diagnosed and don’t realize the symptoms they attribute to aging are actually due to diabetes. In 2012, diabetes affected 29.1 million Americans, but only 21 million knew they had it. Diabetes is a disease in which blood glucose levels are above normal. When we eat most food is turned into glucose, or sugar, for our bodies to use for energy. The pancreas makes a hormone called insulin to help glucose get into the cells of our bodies. A diabetic’s body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use its own insulin as well as it should. This causes sugar to build up in their blood. Diabetes can cause serious health complications including heart disease, blindness, kidney failure, and lowerextremity amputations. Diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the United States. About 90% of people with the disease have type 2 diabetes. Individuals can experience different signs and symptoms of diabetes, and sometimes there may be no signs. SOME OF THE MOST COMMON SYMPTOMS ARE: • Frequent urination • Excessive thirst • Increased hunger • Weight loss • Tiredness • Lack of interest and concentration • Frequent infections • Vomiting and stomach pain (often mistaken as the flu) The development of type 1 diabetes is usually sudden and dramatic while the symptoms can often be mild or absent in people with type 2 diabetes, making this type of diabetes hard to detect. Often the ‘minor’ diabetes symptoms go unrecognized, and physical and neurological problems may arise.

MINOR, LESS RECOGNIZABLE SYMPTOMS OF DIABETES: • Blurred vision may occur because diabetes can lead to macular degeneration/blindness. • Numbness and/or tingling in the hands and feet may occur due to peripheral neuropathy / nerve damage in the extremities. • Slow healing of minor scratches and wounds may be the result of diabetesrelated impaired immune system function. • Recurrent or hard-to-treat yeast infections in women are another sign of impaired immune function. • Dry or itchy skin may result from peripheral neuropathy which affects circulation and proper sweat gland function. Not everyone will experience the above symptoms, and they are not usually severe in those who do get them. Visit your doctor as soon as possible if you have any of these symptoms or think you have diabetes. The most common diagnostic tool is a fasting blood glucose test. After not eating for at least eight hours, usually overnight, your doctor will take a blood sample. The normal, non-diabetic range for blood glucose is 70 to 110 mg/dl. If your level is over 140 mg/dl, you may have diabetes. Early diagnosis and treatment may reduce your risk of developing complications later on. Diet, exercise, and proper blood sugar management can often prevent or delay more serious symptoms.


Many people turn to assisted living to help improve their health and quality of life. Assisted living communities offer the nutritious meals, wellness activities, and medication administration that greatly benefit diabetics. For more information, call Featherstone Assisted Living at 405.799.9919. Featherstone is Moore’s new assisted living community at 301 N. Eastern Avenue, across from Moore high school.

Sketches of Moore - by L.T. Hadley

Two Centenarians’ Secret to Happiness On July 4th, 1776, the signatures of 56 men from the 13 United States notified the world that “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.” These men did not presume to promise Happiness, but the Pursuit of Happiness. In the 232 years since that day, thousands of citizens, residents, immigrants and hopefuls, each in his own way, have joined that pursuit in our fair land. Our town has been the stage for every possible effort, plan, dream and desire to fulfill the great American dream— happiness. Among the multitudes that lived, worked and “pursued” are two very distinctive former residents who each found satisfaction and fulfillment in reaching beyond their own personal needs to help make life more pleasant and meaningful to others. Both lived to a grand old age, never losing zeal for helping others.

Dennis Almack was a native of Kansas who came to Moore in 1925 after he met and married the daughter of Cleveland County commissioner R. F. McBride. Almack and his wife later settled on a farm outside Moore’ then Dennis became a traveling agent for an insurance company. In 1934, he took the examination for postmaster and on May 29, 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed and commissioned him postmaster in Moore. He served in this position for 25 years. Mr. Almack was a diligent worker, putting in long hours on the job. He knew everyone in Moore and their address. For ten years, he met the mail train at 5 a.m. every day. The only incident happened one morning when he was awakened by the train, leaped out of bed, hit the dresser and broke a rib. Nonetheless, he ran to meet the train only to find it was the 1 o’clock train, not the 5 o’clock. He became actively involved in the Boy Scout movement in 1937, serving in all capacities from cub master to assistant

district commissioner and finally won the Silver Beaver Award for volunteer work. He was a charter member of his church in 1961, serving as elder, trustee, treasurer and other positions. His motto was “I try to live by the Golden Rule. I always try to find some good in everyone. It is there, if you look for it.” Dennis lived far past 100 years of age. Sallie Dyer was born in Missouri in 1900, but her family moved the next year and settled in the Moore area. She was only nine when her mother died, but a neighboring family, the Samuel Dyers, befriended the family. Eventually, when she was 17, Sallie married their son, Melvin. When they moved into Moore, Mel built the first brick house in Moore for his wife. The house where they spent the rest of their lives still stands on West Main. Sallie worked as a Red Cross volunteer and was given a certificate of appreciation from President Roosevelt for her more than 2,000 hours of service. She volunteered for 20 years in the

school’s health program. In later years, she, along with other Senior Citizens, worked diligently to raise money for the new Senior Citizens Center. Her main contribution was hours and miles of tiny, perfect stitching on quilts. She went daily to the center to quilt even until she was 98 years old. She lived until just shortly before her 100th birthday. These are only two of the multitudes of people of Moore who have found that the concern and interest in the well-being of others has been an important part of their successful “pursuit of happiness.” One poet wrote, “I have wept in the night for the shortness of sight that to another’s needs made me blind. But I never have yet had one single regret for being a little too kind.” Note: This edition of Sketches of Moore was first published in the November 2009 edition of Moore Monthly.


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Be Prepared for Winter Storms

1. Develop a list of emergency numbers; include the number of your electric company and your account number. Remember that a cordless phone doesn’t work when the power is out; keep at least one corded phone. 2. If you live alone, have life support equipment, are homebound or live in a secluded area, arrange for a nearby friend or relative to check on your well being during severe weather. 3. Assemble a “storm” kit that contains items such as a battery-powered radio, flashlights with fresh batteries, and a wind-up clock. Keep the kit in a location you can access easily. 4. Stock a supply of shelf-stable and canned food items and bottled water. Have a hand-operated can opener available. When a winter storm is approaching your area, fill your bathtub with water. If your electricity does go out, consider the following steps: 1. See if your neighbors have electricity. If they do, the problem may be a tripped circuit breaker. 2. If your neighbors’ lights are also out, immediately contact your electricity provider. Don’t assume that someone else has already called. 3. Food will stay frozen in a fully loaded freezer for 36-48 hours, if the door is kept shut. Try not to open your freezer or refrigerator when the power is out because this will speed up the thawing process. 4. If you venture outside, stay away from downed power lines as they could be live/energized. If a person or object is in contact with a power line, don’t touch the person, object or line. Always assume that downed power lines are live/energized.

1. Don’t use an unvented kerosene space heater. These heaters require proper ventilation. 2. Keep extra blankets handy. 3. Wear several layers of light clothing because that is more versatile than a single heavy layer. 4. At night, cover windows with drapes or blanket to minimize heat loss. 5. Never use a gas range to heat your home. 6. Never leave candles or portable heaters unattended. 7. Avoid alcoholic beverages as they increase the loss of body heat and risk of hypothermia. At Aging Services Inc. of Cleveland County, we suggest that all seniors stock up on shelf stable food products at the beginning of the winter so that they will have food on hand in case a bad winter storm occurs. We close our central kitchen and suspend food service on days when the Norman Public Schools close for bad weather. We don’t want the seniors we serve and our staff members to have to get out on icy, slick roads. We hope everyone will use caution on bad weather days this winter.

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Anyone who has lived in Oklahoma for very long knows that severe winter weather can lead to the temporary loss of electricity. Approximately 70% of power outages are caused by weather-related events. Widespread or severe damage may result in outages lasting extended periods. Although our electric companies work hard to restore power as quickly and safely as possible, power outages are an inconvenience no matter how long they last.

by Kathleen Wilson


Holiday Joy: Aktion Club Drive Helps Children By Luke Schumacher

The holiday season is filled with many ways to serve the community and the Moore Aktion Club is currently in the middle of their own initiative.

Currently, there are 25 children that live at Jordan’s Crossing. However, that population can grow up to 100 during the weekends or when school is out.

The Aktion Club is raising funds and collecting donations for Jordan’s Crossing, a drug addiction treatment center. However, this is not your typical treatment center.

“Their largest population are children between newborn and five-years-old,” said Smith. “There are babies born in this facility.”

Jordan’s Crossing helps women with children overcome addiction. The center allows for the mothers and children to live together. “Usually, women would not seek help with drug addiction because they would have to find a new home for their children,” said Jessicia Smith, Aktion Club advisor and quality assurance director of Santa Fe Place. “Jordan’s Crossing helps these women by bringing their children with them.”

These newborn children and their moms have little to no supplies to provide for themselves. This is where Aktion Club comes in. They are currently collecting simple items like baby shampoo, baby wipes, onesie pajamas, and blankets to name a few items. “Pajamas and blankets are a huge need for them,” said Smith. “They also need pacifiers, diapers, and coats.

The children also need some toys, games, puzzles, and outdoor items to play with. These are important not just so the children have something to do, but so they can bond more with their mothers. Members of the Aktion Club are excited about the opportunity. “I am excited to help,” said Patsy Fleming, secretary of the Moore Aktion Club. “I want the kids to get presents so they can be happy and have a nice Christmas.” “I like to help and give things to kids,” said Scott Cooper, leader of the community service committee. “It makes me feel good.” Despite recent budget cuts and other setbacks, Aktion Club has been a light in the Moore community in other ways since they were chartered in August. The members volunteer at the Moore Faith Clinic

frequently, and they also work a lot with the Key Clubs at the Moore high schools. “They have huge hearts and it’s amazing how happy they are to give to the community,” said Smith. The Aktion Club will be raising funds and collecting donations until December 18th. They are collecting anything from baby products such as shampoo, diapers, pajamas, and pacifiers to children’s’ toys, games, books, and movies. There is also a huge need for blankets. If you are interested in helping or finding a place to drop off a donation, contact Jessicia Smith at jessismith@santafeplace. net or call 793-1643.



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12-12 10:00 Library // 10:00 Wii Bowling //

10:30 BP & Sugar checks provided by Loving Care

12-14 10:30-11:00 Dan to sing 12-18 10:00 MCOA Board Meeting 12-19 10:00 Library // 10:00 County Music House Singers 12-20 11:45 Fresh Cobbler provided by Village on the Park 12-21 10:30-11:00 ComFor Care “Resource to Healthy at Home //

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December 2017 Activities

Calendar of Events & Performances - December 2017 ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT FRED JONES JR. MUSEUM OF ART THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA Distinguished Visiting Artist: Robert Taylor, Nancy Johnston Records Gallery, through December 30, 2017. Robert Taylor (U.S., b. 1951) is a self-taught artist known for his use of iconic symbols and manipulation of bodily proportions as a symbolic representation of human connections to the earth and sky. Taylor’s paintings often depict figures from Native American life at the end of the reservation era, around the turn of the twentieth century, but his interest in mysticism often gives the work an enigmatic tone. He describes his deeply symbolic works as a response to a variety of religious traditions. Taylor drew influence from the work of Paul Pletka and John Biggers. The exaggerated hands and feet that characterize Taylor’s figures have been interpreted as references to both the ingenuity of humanity and its rootedness in the earth, respectively. Taylor serves as the sixth guest artist in the university’s Jerome M. Westheimer, Sr. and Wanda Otey Westheimer Distinguished Visiting Artist Chair program. In addition to works on display inside the museum, multiple works from the museum’s permanent collection are on display inside the OU Health Sciences Center’s Harold Hamm Oklahoma Diabetes Center and the Jim Thorpe Multicultural Center on the OU Norman campus. Taylor attended Central Missouri State and the University of Tulsa, though he never completed a formal education. He was drafted into the Navy, where he served from 1970 to 1972. Taylor has exhibited and received awards from the Trail of Tears exhibition at the Cherokee National Museum in Tahlequah, the Five Civilized Tribes Museum, the Gallup Inter-Tribal Indian Ceremonial, the Los Angeles Contemporary Art Fair, the Red Earth Festival, and the Smithsonian Institution. In 2005, he was commissioned by the State of Oklahoma to create a triptych commemorating the U.S. marshals who served in Indian Territory. Janne Höltermann - Artist Statement, through December 30, 2017 Space is a mechanism for us to experience ourselves and yet it only exists through our embodied experience. With the use of moving images and digital media, our understanding of space has changed.
 It generates new topographies and geographies that are no longer congruent with static maps or a traditional architectural-urban order. Space is deconstructed, dissolved, and, at the same time, expanded with performative and virtual elements. As a consequence, hybrid spaces emerge that exist between real and virtual environments. I am curious about moments when real, physical, virtual, and animated space merge with each other so that they develop a performative quality. Often I film architectural sites because they frame and define space, and I can use them as a vehicle to investigate spatial dynamics. Many filming locations of my videos intrinsically carry the theme I am interested in exploring. For example, I typically will use the video camera and site-specific dollies to navigate empty space to examine a topic, such as gymnasiums and bodily movements, hedge mazes and human spatial orientation and mental mapping, and outdoor horizon line boundaries between the atmosphere and the sea in the perception of movement and distance. My working process is an ongoing back and forth between the site and the studio, as well as ongoing analysis and synthesis between the camera, computer, and projector. The camera is the most important tool to explore space, for example, by rolling it over the floor, to slowly scan a space, or to zoom into its depth.
 When I invent site-specific camera choreographies and editing techniques for spatial representation, 
I do not claim to offer an accurate, or even objective, picture of the world, but rather one that is bound by the topic of a work or the context of a site. I propose that space and time are no longer a priori categories for organization, but that space is constructed, con-

tinuously transformed, and that we are dealing with mobile topologies. At the core of my practice is a supposedly simple question: How do physical, digital and virtual architectures, media, and movement shape our mental and psychological space and our embodied sense of being in the world? Body, through December 30. The human body has been the subject of diverse forms of art since time immemorial. Works from the museum’s permanent collection have been curated to examine how the body has been used to address the themes of movement, fragmentation and mechanization, geometry, and identity, with a brief survey of historical images of the body. Co-curated by Sherri Irvin, Presidential Research Professor of Philosophy and Women’s and Gender Studies, and heather ahtone, James T. Bialac Associate Curator of Native American and Non-Western Art.

Tickets Cost: $7.50 per person (Children and Adults). Children under the age of 2 Free. Professional pictures will be available or feel free to bring your own camera. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Christmas Spectacular, Saturday, December 9 from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Free fun for the entire family at The Station at Central Park Amphitheater. Activities Include: Inflatables, Polar Express Barrel Train, Christmas Music, Visit from Santa Claus and Holiday Fireworks (Sponsored by local businesses). Board of Adjustment Meeting, Tuesday, December 12 at 5:30 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore. Planning Commission Meeting, Tuesday, December 12 at 7:00 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore.


Moore Economic Development Authority Meeting, Monday, December 18 at 6:30 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway.

Hip Hop Nutcracker Friday, December 8 at 8:00 p.m., Saturday, December 9 at 2:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Like the original Nutcracker, the Hip Hop Nutcracker follows the journey of a young man who seeks to find something missing from his life, only to discover that “it” already exists within himself. However, the Hip Hop Nutcracker's high-energy music and dance styles incorporate many more twists and turns than the traditional Nutcracker. The take away for the audience is a message of perseverance, family and holiday spirit. For tickets visit the OCCC Performing Arts Center webpage: upcoming-events or call (405) 682-7576.

City Offices Closed for Christmas, December 25 and 26. Trash service for Monday, December 25 will be Wednesday, December 27th. November 22. The Station at Central Park Recreation Center will be closed Monday, December 25. Christmas Eve hours for The Station on Sunday, December 24: Noon – 5:00 p.m.

National Theater Live – Amadeus, Sunday, December 10 at 6:00 p.m. Lucian Msamati (Game of Thrones) plays Salieri in Peter Shaffer's iconic play. This encore presentation is prerecorded 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 (405) 682-7576. Riders in the Sky – Christmas the Cowboy Way, Tuesday, December 12 at 7:30 p.m. For more than 30 years, Riders in the Sky have been keepers of the flame passed on by the Sons of the Pioneers, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers, while remaining true to the integrity of Western music. They have become modernday icons by branding the genre with their own legendary wacky humor and way-out Western wit, and all along encouraging buckaroos and buckarettes to live life "The Cowboy Way!" For tickets visit the OCCC Performing Arts Center webpage: http:// or call (405) 682-7576.

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 (bring an ID). Soul Food Community Dinner, Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Moore First United Methodist Church, 201 W. Main St. Food, fun, fellowship and friends. See menu at

CITY MEETINGS AND EVENTS City Council Meetings, Monday, December 4 and 18 at 6:30 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore Parks Board Meeting, Tuesday, December 5 at 7:00 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore. Breakfast with Santa at The Station, Saturday, December 9 from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Breakfast Starting at 8:00am. Candy Cane Hunt at 9:00am. Ages: 2 - 8 years old


City Offices Closed, Monday, January 1. Monday trash will be collected on Wednesday, January 3. The Station at Central Park Recreation Center will be closed on Monday, January 1. New Year’s Eve hours for Sunday, Dec. 31: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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. 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 Christmas Open House, Tuesday, December 5 from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 pm. at the Moore Chamber of Commerce, 305 W. Main. The Moore Chamber of Commerce likes to celebrate our membership each year with our Christmas Open House. Come join us in a mid-day come and go event of food, fun, and fellowship. South OKC Chamber of Commerce Coffee Retirement 101 – Business Briefing Lunch, Wednesday, December 6 at 11:30 a.m. at the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, 701 SW 74th Street. Come join us this holiday season and plan for your future. We will be covering everything from learning ways to protect your estate to preparing for your financial future. Presenting sponsor is Moore Norman Technology Center. $10 for members/$20 for non-members. RSVP required by noon, December 4. For more info email or call 405-634-1436. South OKC Chamber of Commerce Coffee with Councilman David Greenwell, Thursday, December 7, 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. Come enjoy a morning of coffee and networking with Ward 5 Councilman David Greenwell. For more information call at 405-634-1436. Moore Chamber of Commerce Donuts & Demographics, Tuesday, December 12 at 9:30 a.m. at the Moore Public Library

Computer Lab, 225 S. Howard. Join us as we learn about how current demographic trends might impact the future of your business from Eric Long, Research Economist with the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. Plus, walk away with several practical research tools from the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber and Pioneer Library System websites to obtain free business lists and perform customized demographic/market analysis. Presented in partnership with the Moore Chamber of Commerce and REI Women's Business Center. Free to attend, but seating is limited Feel free to bring your own laptop. For more information contact Heather Thompson at 405-793-5100. Moore Chamber of Commerce Networking Lunch, Tuesday, December 12 at 11:45 a.m. at the Moore Chamber of Commerce, 305 W. Main. Cost is $10. RSVP Required. Visit to register. South OKC Chamber of Commerce Dream Team Networking, Wednesday, December 13 at Event Location Accel at Crystal Park, 315 SW 80th Street. 12:15 p.m. to 12:30 p.m. – Informal Networking. 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. – Formal Networking. This will be our Holiday session... with a special venue at the beautiful Accel facility at Crystal Park! Their chefs will prepare a buffet lunch for us. Those who wish to participate can bring a gift for the gift exchange (value $10 to $15). Reservations requested. Usually we meet at a Chamber restaurant and people pay for their own lunch orders. This time, their chefs are preparing a buffet for us. Participants are asked to do a freewill donation (what you would have typically paid for lunch) to their charity of choice. This is one of the Chamber's monthly networking groups! Success always starts with a dream! The Dream Team group meets once a month at lunchtime. Everyone participates in the round of self-introductions; plus, we have a member spotlight each time! The guidelines explain that there are limitations based on industry category. Any chamber member may attend twice. So, please join us to learn more. All of our special events are open to any chamber member. Non-chamber members are welcome to attend once, prior to joining the South OKC Chamber. For more information contact Linda Richardson at 405-473-8008 or South OKC Chamber of Commerce Holiday Gathering, Wednesday, December 13 from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, 701 SW 74th Street. We would like to say "Thank You" to all of our wonderful members for supporting the South Oklahoma City Chamber and our business community this year. Stop by the Chamber and have a festive drink on us! Moore Chamber of Commerce Business Before Hours, Tuesday, December 14 at 8:00 a.m. at Sooner Shopping Center, 623-644 N. Broadway. Attendees can make meaningful connections that can result in successful business leads. Food and beverages are served. Visit for more information. South OKC Chamber of Commerce Healthy Heart Walkers Club at INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center, Wednesday, December 20 from 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. at the INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Office Building, 4200 South Douglas, Suite B-10. Reap the benefits of adding walking to your exercise routine. Then join us each month to hear a presentation on a health-related topic and enjoy a healthy breakfast provided by INTEGRIS. Registration is required but the event is free. For more information contact INTEGRIS HealthLine at (405) 951-2277. South OKC Chamber of Commerce Caregiver Support Group at INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation, Thursday, December 21 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Jones Education Room, INTEGRIS Jim Thorpe Rehabilitation, 4219 South Western, 73109. This support group is offered only for caregivers of patients with a chronic medical condition. Caregivers will be able to connect with others, express their feelings, and gain insights from those going through similar challenges. Contact respite care, private duty caregivers or a trusted friend/ family member to

provide care for your loved one so that you may join us. Admission is free. For more information contact INTEGRIS HealthLine at (405) 951-2277. South OKC Chamber of Commerce Fourth Friday Tasting by Nosh at Catering Creations Restaurant, Friday, December 22, 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. The end of the month will never be the same. Introducing 4th Fridays Tastings, hosted by Nosh. For just $8 ($6 in advance), you get samplings of appetizers and take and bakes, live music and an electric atmosphere. Preorder your tickets with the cashier. Contact Cathy Hanselman for more information. Moore Chamber of Commerce Closed for Holiday Monday, December 25 through Monday, January 1. South OKC Chamber of Commerce Closed for Holiday Monday, December 25 through Monday, January 1.

FITNESS AND DANCE CLASSES Bootcamps: • Morning Bootcamp is available at First Moore Baptist Church every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:00 a.m. Ages 13 and up. The class is $2. Call 793-2600 for more information. • Evening Bootcamp is available at First Moore Baptist Church every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 p.m. Ages 13 and up. The class is $2. Call 793-2600 for more information. Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu & Judo, classes held Monday – Sunday at 117 Skylane Drive in Norman for ages 7 and up. A non-profit organization, all classes are offered in a family friendly environment. Fees are $20 per month for an individual or $40 per month for a family. Discount uniforms are available. For more information, call (405) 465-1925 or send an email to Adult Salsa Classes, every Wednesday 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Adelante Dance Studio (Inside Moore Old School) 201 N. Broadway, Suite 201. $10 per class or $35 a month. Call (405) 5860201 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 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 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. Christian Life Center Zumba, Mondays at 7:15 p.m. at the Christian Life Center located at 201 W. Main St. $3 fee per class.

KIDS’ CORNER Agape: First United Methodist Church Moore, Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m., 201 W. Main. Homework and Hangout for Youth (7th–12th grade). Community Dinner at 5:30 p.m. (cost is $1 for dinner), Family Activities & Church School at 6:00 p.m. Menu can be found at Boy Scouts Meetings, Mondays, 7:00 p.m., Moore First United Methodist Church, 201 W. Main St. Children’s Chimes, Moore First United Methodist Church,

Wednesdays, 6:15 p.m. - 7:45 p.m., 201 W. Main St., children 4th – 6th grade will learn to read music. 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. LEAP (Learning Enrichment Arts Program), Moore First United Methodist Church, Wednesdays, 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., 201 W. Main St. Open to kindergarten – 6th grade. Choir, life skills games, snacks and help with homework. YMCA Before and After School Care, Moore Community Center. Call 378-0420 for participating schools and more information.

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

RECOVERY AND SUPPORT GROUPS 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.

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

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

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.

Moore Old Town Association, the fourth Tuesday of every month, First United Methodist Church. For more information, contact Janie Milum at

Divorce Care, First Moore Baptist Church, Wednesday nights, 6:15 p.m., 301 NE 27th Street. Support group for those going through a divorce. Call (405) 793-2600 for more information.

Moore Rotary Club, Wednesdays at Moore Chamber of Commerce. Moore Rotary Club is a civic organization dedicated to contributing and volunteering in our community.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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. 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 (405) 6003188 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 Blue Star Mothers of America. Moore City Hall is a donation drop-off for items for our service members overseas. For needs, see or go to City Hall. Help Deliver Meals to Moore homebound residents. Volunteer drivers needed. Call Darlene Carrell, 793-9069, Brand Center. The Hugs Project, a non-profit organization, puts together care packages for our troops in the Middle East. For more information, call (405) 651-8359 or Moore Food Resource Center, 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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Mama Carol’s By Donna Walker “You know it's going to be good when your waitress describes your plate as a plate full of yum yum!”. This is just one of the comments posted on Mama Carol’s Facebook page. The legendary Chickasha mom-and-pop café has welcomed hungry diners from near and far for over 65 years. “Mama Carol” Bingham and her husband, Bart, pulled out their aprons, collected their beloved family recipes, and opened up shop seven years ago last month. They’ve received a constant stream of praises ever since from diners “in the know” who travel from all over the state to enjoy a meal at this jewel of a diner. Luckily for Moore residents, now you need only drive to the Sooner Shopping Center to get your Mama Carol’s fix. The shopping center officially became home to Mama Carol’s second location December 1st. “Chickasha has been home to Mama Carol’s for the past 65 years,” Carol Bingham explained. “When our kids were growing up, we were the parents the kids came to hang out with and they all called me Mama Carol. So we just decided we didn’t want to change history and that the name Mama Carol’s was meant to be!” The Binghams have dozens of regular customers. Carol told about one oilfield worker who dined at Mama Carol’s daily for years and brought his wife all the way from Ponca City one weekend so she could try the food. Many customers suggested the Binghams open another location and some even requested specific locations such as Blanchard, Anadarko and Dallas.

“We’ve been looking for the right location for the past five years. Someone told us about an opportunity in Moore and we just fell in love with it. The people in Moore have been unbelievably warm and friendly. It’s so homey here.”

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Carol sites three “ingredients” as primary to the success of Mama Carol’s. She said it’s all about faith, family, and quality food. Well, that and hard work. “We concentrate on offering quality food. We buy the freshest ingredients and Angus beef. Everything is fresh and home-made,” Carol said. “If the food isn’t good and we wouldn’t eat it, then we won’t serve it.” The Mama Carol’s menu offers homestyle cooking like what your mom and grandma used to make. The Mama Carol’s menu offers family favorites like homemade mashed potatoes, chili, stew, chicken and dumplings, and hamburger steak. They are best known for their fried catfish, chicken fried steaks and breakfast offerings, which has won accolades in the Express-Star Readers Choice contest. Daily specials may include Indian tacos, liver and onions, chicken and dressing or pork chops. Homemade desserts such as coconut cream pie, chocolate cream pie and apple pies are constant customer favorites. Bart and Carol have achieved success together in other business ventures as well. They originally worked together running a local flooring business. Then one day, they decided to combine Bart’s passion for the restaurant industry with Carol’s infectious “people person” personality. Together they’ve created a restaurant that offers much more than just delicious homemade style food — a cozy, family atmosphere open to all.


When asked what she has come to appreciate the most in recent years, Carol immediately lists her faithful partner of nearly 39 years and the “Mama Carol’s Family”. The family played a pivotal role in the continued success of the business when Carol was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2014. She credits her family and her Creator with the positive outcome, as today she is cancer free.

This family focus is a theme Carol hopes to continue at the new Moore location. “Mama Carol’s prides itself on offering good food and great services in a safe, clean, family environment. It’s a place where not only can you bring your family, but you become family.” Carol said. “We are so happy to be in Moore. We love the people…it feels like home.”

Carol was diagnosed with cancer the day after returning from her 3rd Susan B Komen 3-day 60-mile walk in Dallas. She participated in support of family and friends until she herself became a “fighter”. Her fellow walkers provided her with some much-needed encouragement. Bart was her supporter who was beside her every step of the way. The Mama Carol’s family was the anchor that kept the business running.

Mama Carol’s is located at 636 N. Broadway and is open from 6 a.m. until 2 p.m. every day. Breakfast starts at $4.99 and lunch costs around $7.99 and includes meat, potatoes, a vegetable, salad and roll.

“Our restaurant family stepped up and took care of our business so Bart could take care of me. We didn’t worry about the business at all. We always say our employees don’t work for us they work with us….they truly are family.”



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Directed by: Taika Waititi Written by: Eric Pearson, Craig Kyle Starring: Chris Hemsworth, Cate Blanchett, Mark Ruffalo, Tom Hiddleston, Jeff Goldblum, Idris Elba Marvel’s first two Thor movies were heavy on the action and drama while going very light on humor. That changes in spectacular fashion in “Thor: Ragnarok”, the third outing for hammer-wielding demi-god from Asgard. Taika Waititi (Flight of the Conchords, Hunt for the Wilderpeople) is at the helm this time around and he takes a page from the very funny (and very successful) Guardians of the Galaxy movies – remember that you’re a comic book movie and don’t take yourself too seriously.


That light touch may upset some fans of the genre. But you have to admit that it’s difficult to balance (yet another) end of creation threat by beings of unthinkable power against the fact that your characters are comic book superheroes. There’s plenty of room for action and drama, but as Marvel has done so successfully over the years, you have to allow your actors have a little fun with their characters. I’m looking right at you, DC Comic movie-makers. In the immortal words of “Stripes” Sergeant Hulka, “Lighten up, Francis.”

Waititi succeeds with this balancing act in spectacular fashion. Thor’s (Chris Hemsworth) monologue that sets up the movie is ripe with comic self-awareness. The son of Odin is on a mission to prevent Ragnarok, a prophecy about the complete destruction of Asgard. The entire opening segment cements this thematic balance between comedy and dramatic action, which Waititi and cast are able to effortlessly carry throughout the rest of the movie.

Tom Hiddleston is back as Loki, master of mischief, lounging around the Asgarian palace wearing the outward form of Odin, whom he abandoned on earth at the end of “Thor: Dark World.” Thor confronts Loki (keep your eyes peeled for an uncredited cameo by a Hollywood A-lister that had the audience howling in laughter) and they go in search of Odin. That search is partly successful, but still ends in disaster with the appearance of Hela, the Goddess of Death (Cate Blanchett). Turns out she’s the older sister of Thor that Odin never mentioned. Banished for a few millennia due to her vicious ambition to conquer the universe, Hela is back in town and it’s not so that she can enjoy some warm and fuzzy sibling time. Hela easily defeats Thor and he ends up crash-landing on the planet Sakaar, which is basically a cosmic garbage dump surrounded by wormholes. There Thor is forced to fight as a gladiator, where his first opponent turns out to be the Hulk(Mark Ruffalo), last scene at the end of “Avengers: Age of Ultron” running away in a Shield jumpjet. With his trademark hair now cut short, the hammerless demi-god must find a way to beat the Hulk in battle, escape from Sakaar, and get back to Asgard to prevent Hela from destroying the kingdom. My guess is that aside from a few surly purists, this go-round with Thor is going to be immensely satisfying. There’s plenty of action to keep everyone satisfied, along with a much-needed boost in comic relief. And of course you’ll find a score of Easter eggs that will tie the movie to the Marvel Cinematic Universe and the upcoming Avengers showdown with Thanos. Frankly, the only complaint I have is there’s not enough of Heimdall (Idris Elba). But let’s be honest…can you EVER get enough of Idris Elba?

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I am Jim Henson Author: Brad Meltzer Reviewed by: Heather Fellenstein, Children’s Services Associate, Moore Public Library


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with entertainment they all could enjoy together. A great role model for us all. Jim Henson showed the world that there’s nothing more beautiful than imagination, especially when it’s accompanied by laughter and kindness. If you’re looking for a biography with heart, puppets and fun, go no further than “I am Jim Henson” by Brad Meltzer.

Ordinary people change the word. What a great lesson to

This is a biography that would be fun for kids and parents

teach our children. This sentiment and many more are shared

alike to read together. The pictures are bright and engaging

in the children’s biography series of the same name, “Ordinary

and the text is good for children third grade and up.

People Change the World” by Brad Meltzer.

For more information on finding a copy of “I am Jim

One of his most recent titles I would like to highlight is “I

Henson” and other great books in the “Ordinary people

am Jim Henson.” Jim Henson is the creator of such childhood

change the world" series, please feel free to visit the Moore

favorites as the Muppets and helped in the creation of the

Public Library Children’s Services Desk or call 793-4347.

early years of Sesame Street. Jim Henson was a dreamer, a lover of television and movies. All in all, he just wanted to make the world a better place for families and provide them

Adult Book Review

The Underground Railroad: A Novel Author: Colson Whitehead Publisher: Doubleday Reviewed by: Grace Pistilli, Library Associate, Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library “The Underground Railroad” by Colson Whitehead follows the brutal adventures of a teenage slave named Cora in the antebellum South. After she flees the Georgia plantation where she was born, Cora risks everything in her pursuit of freedom. The horrors laid bare in the text are a painful reminder of the realities of slavery. Whitehead's novel challenges the reader to find connections between his plantation era south and modern day.


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5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 – Holiday Gala 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 2 – Viva Glart! Grow a Learner Through Art 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5 – Preschool Story Time 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5 – Barks, Books & Buddies 10 and 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6 – Lapsit Story Time 4:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11 – Kid’s Club 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12 – Preschool Story Time 10 and 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13 – Lapsit Story Time 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 14 – Pre-K Play 11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16 – Music Together 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19 – Preschool Story Time 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 19 – Barks, Books & Buddies 10 and 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20 – Lapsit Story Time 4 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20 – Sensory Story Time Sunday, Dec. 24 and Monday, Dec. 25 – Library closed 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 26 – Preschool Story Time 10 and 10:45 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 27 – Lapsit Story Time 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 28 – Pre-K Play

10 and 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 4 – Family Story Time and Craft 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5 – Baby Lapsit 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5 – Lego Quest 10 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6 – Family Music Time 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 7 – Toddler Story Time & Play 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7 – After School Kids: Happy Holidays 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 9 – Dads and Donuts Story Time 10 and 11 a.m. Monday, Dec. 11 – Family Story Time and Craft 10 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12 – Baby Lapsit 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 14 – Toddler Story Time & Play 11 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 14 – Family Play Time/la hora de jugar Sunday, Dec. 24 and Monday, Dec. 25 – Library closed

Teen and Adult 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 1 – Holiday Gala 9:15 a.m. Monday, Dec. 4 – Tai Chi for Health 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4 – Girls Who Code 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4 – Beginner’s Yoga 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 5 – Cozy DIY for Teens 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7 – Zumba 12:15 p.m. Friday, Dec. 8 – Estate Planning (at the Brand Senior Center) 9:15 a.m. Monday, Dec. 11 – Tai Chi for Health 4 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11 – Girls Who Code 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 11 – Beginner’s Yoga 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12 – Donuts & Demographics 6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12 – Cozy DIY for Adults 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 13 – Estate Planning 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14 – Zumba 9:15 a.m. Monday, Dec. 18 – Tai Chi for Health 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18 – Beginner’s Yoga 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 20 – Open for Discussion Book Club 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 21 – Zumba Sunday, Dec. 24 and Monday, Dec. 25 – Library closed 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 28 – Zumba

Teen and Adult 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 4 – Tai Chi for Health 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7 – Holiday Craft: Sock Snowmen 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 12 – TweenScene: Holiday Party 6 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14 – Teen Sewing Program 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 14 – Penn Avenue Literary Society 6 p.m. Monday, Dec. 18 – Tai Chi for Health Sunday, Dec. 24 and Monday, Dec. 25 – Library closed


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Activities at The Station FIT KIDS ALL ABOARD KIDS CLUB: Arts, Crafts, Board Games Designed especially for Kids 7-12 years of age. Depending on the day, kids can play various sports and games in the gym ranging from basketball, soccer, dodgeball and much more. There will also be days and times where the youngsters can expand their mind by participating in arts and crafts as well having fun playing board games. This Club is open to Pass holders and Non-Pass holders. We hope to see your kiddos come out and enjoy the fun as The Station really is a place for everyone. WHEN: January 1st - December 31st TIME: Varies by day Mondays 4:30 P.M.-7:30 P.M. - Board Game Fun Tuesdays 4:00 P.M.-8:00 P.M. - Youth Gym Activities Thursday 4:30 P.M.-7:30 P.M. - Arts and Crafts Saturdays 11:00 P.M.-3:00 P.M. - Youth Gym Activities WHERE: The Station Recreation Center AGES: 7-12 year olds Cost: Free for Pass Holders and Day Pass Holders INSTRUCTOR: The Station Staff FALL BREAK DATES: October 19th - 20th (TH-F) Time: 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M. THANKSGIVING BREAK DATES: November 20th - 24th (M-F) Time: 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M. WINTER BREAK DATES: Dec 21st - Jan 2nd (M-F) Time: 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M

CHRISTMAS BREAK CAMPS CHRISTMAS BREAK ART CAMP DESCRIPTION: Create colorful paintings, sculptures, jewelry, and more. You will use watercolors, paint, crayons, beads, strings, and clay. So much fun and the best part is you get to keep and take home what you make. WHEN: December 27th-December 29th TIME: 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center AGES: 6-12 year olds REGISTRATION PERIOD: October 1st - December 22nd FEE: $70 CLASS MINIMUM: 10 CLASS MAXIMUM: 25 EXTREME ANIMALS CHRISTMAS BREAK CAMP Get ready for a wildly entertaining experience! Get up close and personal with endangered species, creepy crawlies and more! You will also learn about different habits and create different types of arts and crafts that relate to those species and their habits. WHEN: December 21st & December 22nd TIME: 9:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center AGES: 6-12 year olds REGISTRATION PERIOD: October 1st - December 20th FEE: $75 CLASS MINIMUM: 10 CLASS MAXIMUM: 30


CHRISTMAS BREAK GIZMO’S, GADGETS, & THANG’S CAMP PRESENTS: ROBOTS 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 might get to assemble a robotic car, plane or pendulum machine. This camp will keep you engaged from beginning to end. WHEN: December 27th - December 29th TIME: 1:00 P.M. - 4:00 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center AGES: 7-14 year olds REGISTRATION PERIOD: October 1st - December 22nd FEE: $70 INSTRUCTOR: Julie Robinson CLASS MINIMUM: 10 CLASS MAXIMUM: 25 CHRISTMAS BREAK 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 way than by getting to play volleyball for a week and learn some new things in the process. WHEN: December 27th-December 29th TIME: 9:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center AGES: 7 - 14 years old REGISTRATION PERIOD: October 1st - December 22nd FEE: $60 INSTRUCTOR: Janet Brannon CLASS MINIMUM: 20 CLASS MAXIMUM: 50

ADULT ART CLASSES ADULT MORNING PAINTING & DRAWING CLASS DESCRIPTION: Paint and draw with watercolor, acrylic and other media. No experience necessary. All supplies included. Class taught by certified art instructor. WHEN: January 15th - February 19th Monday Mornings (6 Classes) TIME: 10:00 A.M - 12:00 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 15+ REGISTRATION PERIOD: October 1st - January 14th FEE: $55 per session INSTRUCTOR: Donna Barnard ADULT DRAWING CLASS DESCRIPTION: Explore several drawing media (charcoal, pastel, ink, pencil, etc.) and various techniques in this class. No experience necessary. All supplies included. Class taught by certified art instructor. WHEN: January 16th - February 6th Tuesday Nights (4 Classes) TIME: 6:45 P.M. - 8:30 P.M. for October Classes 6:30 P.M. - 8:30 P.M. for January Classes WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 15+ REGISTRATION PERIOD: October 1st-January 15th for January Classes FEE: $55 per session INSTRUCTOR: Donna Barnard

HOLIDAY ARTS AND CRAFTS 4 ADULTS DESCRIPTION: Adults get to use their imagination in this class in a variety of different ways, making a variety of projects they get to take home. But the best thing about this class is that it is Holiday Themed and everything you make and create will have something to do with the upcoming Holidays. WHEN: November 13th-December 18th Monday Nights (6 Classes) TIME: 6:45 P.M. - 8:15 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 15+ REGISTRATION PERIOD: August 1st - November 12th FEE: $65 per session INSTRUCTOR: Tara Thompson

ADULT EDUCATIONAL CLASSES GUITAR LESSONS 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. WHEN: November 7th - December 26th, Tuesday Nights (8 classes) TIME: 7:30 P.M. - 8:45 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 12+ REGISTRATION PERIOD: August 1st - November 6th FEE: $55 per session INSTRUCTOR: Cory Moon 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: January 8th - February 26th, Monday Nights (8 Classes) TIME: 7:30 P.M. - 8:45 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 18+ REGISTRATION PERIOD: October 1st - January 8th FEE: $65 per session INSTRUCTOR: Tori Sangi

ADULT DANCE CLASSES LINE DANCING Learn how to do a variation of multiple line dances. Fun class. Class varies each time. WHEN: January 10th - February 28th, Monday Nights (8 Classes) TIME: 7:45 P.M. - 9:00 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center AGES: Adults 18+ REGISTRATION PERIOD: October 1st - January 9th FEE: $55 per session or $8 per class INSTRUCTOR: Claudia Clark

FAMILY FUN EVENTS FAMILY GAME NIGHT DESCRIPTION: Open for families of all ages with a variety of different family games from board games like Monopoly to card games like Go Fish. Also more active games like Ping Pong. WHEN: December 21st, and January 25th

TIME: 7:30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center FOR: AnyoneKids 6 & Under accompanied by an adult REGISTRATION PERIOD: No Registration free to come! COST: FREE CLASS INSTRUCTOR: The Station Staff

REGISTRATION PERIOD: October 1st - January 7th for January Classes COST: $65 per session CLASS INSTRUCTOR: Rocie Petchprom

PARENTS NIGHT OUT PING PONG MANIA DESCRIPTION: Free to come. Whether you want to play just for fun or have a more competitive game, this is for you. Our team will also have a tutorial of how to play. WHEN: February 15th TIME: 7:30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center FOR: Anyone- Kids 6 & Under accompanied by an adult REGISTRATION PERIOD: No Registration free to come! COST: FREE CLASS INSTRUCTOR: The Station Staff

SPANISH LANGUAGE CLASSES SPANISH 4 KIDS DESCRIPTION: Learn Spanish for beginners. Kid classes will teach Spanish to the children with parents and the parents will learn how to teach their child at home. WHEN: January 8th - March 1st Every Monday & Thursdays (16 Classes) TIME: 5:15 P.M -6:15 P.M. for September Classes 4:00 P.M-5:00 P.M. for January Classes WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room FOR: 6 - 13 Yr. Olds REGISTRATION PERIOD: October 1st - January 7th for January Classes COST: $85 per session CLASS INSTRUCTOR: Rocie Petchprom

SPANISH 4 ADULTS DESCRIPTION: Learn Spanish for beginners. Adult classes will teach the basics of understanding and being able to use basic Spanish in the real world. WHEN: January 8th-February 26th Every Monday (8 Classes) TIME: 6:15 P.M - 7:15 P.M. for September Classes 5:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M. for January Classes WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room FOR: 15+ REGISTRATION PERIOD: October 1st-January 7th for January Classes COST: $65 per session CLASS INSTRUCTOR: Rocie Petchprom CONTINUATION SPANISH 4 ADULTS DESCRIPTION: For anyone who has completed Spanish 4 Adults at the Station or is interested in refreshing their Spanish. This class is not for beginners but is for those who are past the beginner step but are not quite at the intermediate level. This class will continue to teach the basics of understanding and being able to use basic Spanish in the real world. This class will also use more conversation and further enhance your Spanish vocabulary WHEN: January 8th - February 26th Every Monday (8 Classes) TIME: 6:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room FOR: 15+

WHEN: November 3rd, December 1st, January 5th, February 2nd TIME: 6:00 P.M - 10:00 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room & Child Watch Room AGES: 3 - 11 Years Old REGISTRATION PERIOD: August 1st through the first day before Parent’s Night Out for that month. FEE: $15 per child CLASS INSTRUCTOR: The Station Staff You will check your child in the Child Watch Room for ages 3-6 and the Activity Room for ages 7-11.

YOUTH DANCE CLASSES COMBO DANCE CLASS DESCRIPTION: This is a class where we combine Ballet, Tap, and Jazz throughout the class so the student can get an even mix of the 3 styles of dance. High energy and fun. All Classes will then get Practice Sessions included in the cost For a Recital. Recitals will be the end of February at a date to be determined. WHEN: December 6th-December 27th Wednesday Nights (3 Classes) January 3rd-January 24th Wednesday Nights (4 Classes) January 31st-February 21st Wednesday Nights (4 Classes) TIME: 6:30 P.M - 7:15 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 4-8 year olds REGISTRATION PERIOD: September 1st-December 5th for December Classes October 1st-January 2nd for January Classes October 1st-January 30th for February Classes FEE: $45 per session ($35 for the December) INSTRUCTOR: Amy Shipman HIP HOP/JAZZ DANCE CLASS DESCRIPTION: This uses popular and current music the kids will know and recognize to learn dances and choreography with different elements. Age appropriate music that is clean and not derogatory. All classes will then get Practice Sessions included in the cost For a Recital. Recitals will be the end of February at a date to be determined. WHEN:December 7th-December 21st Thursday Nights (4 Classes) January 4th-January 25th Thursday Nights (4 Classes) February 1st-February 22nd Thursday Nights (4 Classes) TIME: 6:30 P.M - 7:15 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 4-8 year olds REGISTRATION PERIOD: September 1st-December 6th for December Classes October 1st-January 3rd for January Classes October 1st-January 31st for February Classes FEE: $45 per session ($35 for December) INSTRUCTOR: Amy Shipman

BABY BALLET DESCRIPTION: Without mom and dad, the child gets to learn the basics of Ballet through music, movement, and balance. Fun, positive, and appropriate for the little ones. All Classes will then get Practice Sessions included in the cost For a Recital. Recitals will be at the end of February at a date to be determined. WHEN: December 7th-December 21st Thursday Nights (3 Classes) January 4th-January 25th Thursday Nights (4 Classes) February 1st-February 22nd Thursday Nights (4 Classes) TIME: 5:30 P.M. - 6:15 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 3-5 year olds REGISTRATION PERIOD: September 1st-December 6th for December Classes October 1st-January 3rd for January Classes October 1st-January 31st for February Classes FEE: $45 per session ($35 for December) INSTRUCTOR: Amy Shipman TODDLER DANCE CLASS DESCRIPTION: Toddler will learn the basics of Dance all while having fun and making new friends in the process. All Classes will then get Practice Sessions included in the cost For a Recital. Recitals will be the end of February at a date to be determined. WHEN: December 6th-December 20th Wednesday Nights (3 Classes) January 3rd-January 24th Wednesday Nights (4 Classes) January 31st-February 21st Wednesday Nights (4 Classes) TIME: 5:30 P.M - 6:15 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 18 months-3 year olds REGISTRATION PERIOD: September 1st-October 31st for November Classes September 1st-December 5th for December Classes October 1st-January 2nd for January Classes October 1st-January 30th for February Classes FEE: $45 per session ($35 for December) INSTRUCTOR: Amy Shipman

Schedules may change and more camps or classes may be available. Please check out The Station's website for details. Registration: Phone: (405) 793-5090



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Class Acts

By Beverly Ferree

High Schools in Moore Help Families in Need at Christmas O

ne of the many things Moore schools can do well is raise money. Whether it’s collecting $30,000 for hurricane relief in Texas or distributing Christmas presents to kids here in Moore, the high school students always come through. Our local high schools each have their own unique way to help their community, but each school is dedicated to helping families in need during the holiday season.

Moore High School and Moore for Christmas Moore High School has been doing Moore for Christmas for more than 20 years. Each year, students raise money, collect warm clothes for families and donate food to local families in need. “It's a community outreach by the whole school,” MHS teacher and Moore for Christmas sponsor Rob Clark explained. “Counselors at our feeder schools (elementary and junior high) provide the families that need help. Everything is confidential.” After he receives the family’s information, Clark assigns each family a number, and every second hour in the school adopts a family. “The class pulls together funds to purchase hats, gloves and other warm clothing items along with a few gifts,” Clark said. “The fire department does an outreach called Santa Express and provides more toys then we can. We just

add a few things to it and take care of the older kids.” The students and teachers then do a drive to collect food to help each family, along with a prepackaged ham, a bag of potatoes and a loaf of bread. “There are a few other items to make a few meals over the break,” Clark said. “And some classes make stockings and stuff them. Some of the elementary schools and junior highs have food drives to help us.” The night before delivery day, the leadership class comes together and fills the food boxes. On delivery day, each second hour class puts their unwrapped gifts in a plastic bag along with wrapping paper. The boxes are then organized according to schools and are ready for Friday delivery. Volunteers from the Alumni Association, the PTSA and some of the coaches help deliver the food and gifts to the schools.

Southmoore High School and Southmoore Holiday Surprises “Our (community outreach) kicks off the week after Thanksgiving and ends December 5th,” explained Southmoore teacher and Holiday Surprises sponsor Brook Lehew. Southmoore also contacts their feeder elementary schools and identifies families that need help during the holidays. “We raise money through our first hour classes,” said Lewhew. “Leadership


students go shopping for the items requested. We also do a food drive by grade level. The winner will be announced at our Winter assembly on December 15–the winning grade for the canned food drive will receive the coveted spirit stick plus another prize or two!” Lehew added that anyone can donate to Southmoore Holiday Surprises, “Just drop off a visa gift card to the main office at Southmoore before December 14!”

Westmoore High School and Winter Wishes “Our Winter Wishes program takes place throughout November and ends on December 15,” said Westmoore teacher and Winter Wishes sponsor James Helton. “Beginning in October, we ask our feeder elementary and junior high schools to identify children and families who might need a little help during the holiday season. They give us that information at the beginning of November. We never find out student names or anything that could personally identify them; we only find out the age and gender of the child and what their needs and wants are.” Once the students’ information is submitted, the first hour classes adopt the children and come together to buy presents for each child. “We always appreciate when community members try to help, but this

is entirely student-led: the students raise money or go out and buy the gifts themselves, then wrap them. They have total ownership over this activity.” The day before delivery day, the classes take their presents to the Westmoore Student Council, who organizes them into families to make sure nothing is missing. The morning of delivery, the students put on their Santa hats and tacky Christmas sweaters and take the gifts to each of the elementary schools and junior highs. “This is honestly our favorite day of the year,” said Helton. “Our students get really excited to deliver the gifts and it means a lot to them to take something that will bring so much happiness to a child.”

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mately 50% will develop diabetes or prediabetes by age of 40), metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular disease, mood disorders and

Foods to limit: red meat, added sugars, concentrated sweets, fried

some cancers.

food, starchy vegetables, juices with added sugars, alcohol.

PCOS is caused by higher levels of male hormones, such as testos-

Eat every 3-4 hours and include a low-fat protein source every time.

terone. Some of the symptoms include irregular periods, weight gain

Whey protein has been shown to be highly effective in regulating

(especially in the abdomen), acne, excessive body hair, dirty looking

insulin levels. Consider whey protein infused water to hydrate be-

patches of skin, carbohydrate cravings, and high triglycerides.

tween meals to help reduce cravings for sweets.

Treatment of PCOS often includes a combination of medication, ex-

Other supplements showing promise include:

ercise, diet and other lifestyle modifications. The most stressed out-

(NAC), cinnamon, Myo-inositol, Fish oil, alpha-lipoic acid magnesium

come for this group is weight loss of 5-10% as excess weight is so

and vitamin D (consult with your healthcare provider for dosing if not

strongly linked to the long term health issues stated above.

contraindicated). Other things to consider: Meditation and adequate


sleep (6-8 hours) to lower stress and insulin levels; limiting exposure Your health care provider may prescribe medication to help improve how your body uses insulin and carbohydrates. Regular exercise helps to lower insulin levels (a primary cause of weight gain). A combination of aerobic exercise and weight training is the most effective for weight loss in this group. As far as dietary measures, there is not a specific, optimal diet. Evidence suggests that eating plans that focus on lower glycemic index (GI), higher protein, anti-inflammatory foods divided into small, frequent meals were most effective. Very low carbohydrate diets (less


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Westmoore Grad Embracing Life as a Musketeer By Rob Morris Ashley Gomez is no dummy. She knew that going from high school in Oklahoma to Division I college ball at Xavier University in Ohio was going to be a challenge. “You always hear the first year is hard,” said Gomez. “It was definitely a culture shock and not just moving to Cincinnati, but realizing that you’re 13 hours from home.” Gomez quickly adjusted to the changes and turned her attention to competing at a much higher level of athletics. She says there were a few things about Division I basketball that were challenging. “Moving up to D-I I think the physicality of the game surprised me the most,” said Gomez. “Players spend a lot of time in the weight room and so they’re stronger than you expect. And faster.” After a freshman year of watching and learning from older and stronger players, Gomez returned to Oklahoma intent on improving in every area. “I got into the gym with Stacy Hansmeyer (former Georgetown player and OU assistant coach),” said Gomez. “She really helped me take my game to the next level. I also worked with Solid Rock training to help gain some muscle weight and be more prepared for this year.” The hard work has already paid off in terms of confidence and ability. After seeing little playing time as

a freshman Gomez has already found her way onto the court in the early part of the season, averaging 15 minutes and 5-points a game. A deadly 3-point shooter in high school, Gomez says her coaches and teammates want to see her show more confidence in that shooting ability. “The coaches really want me to continue to work on what I’m good at,” said Gomez. “They don’t really like it when I pass up open shots. But I also want to improve on my defense.” Gomez recently won the women’s 3-point shooting contest at the Xavier season kick-off event. She’s proud of that accomplishment, but even more so when you consider how the men’s team did. “I had an 18 in the contest and the highest men’s score was 13,” said Gomez. “Of course the winner for the men’s team says that he also hit 21 points in overtime, but I think I won the regulation competition.” She relishes the fact that Xavier, a relatively small D-I school with around 7,000 students, doesn’t have a football team. That means basketball is the center of most athletic discussions on campus. “It’s a much bigger stage and it’s awesome to see the culture that surrounds that,” said Gomez. “Every game I’m just amazed at all of the work people do to make it happen, from the media all the way down to


the people who work at the arena, all working to pull off this big event.” Even as she embraces the hard work it takes to be successful at the next level, Gomez says there are so many other aspects to the life of a college athlete that she loves. Competing in the Big East Conference means great road trips. “The travel has definitely been one of the best parts,” said Gomez. “We fly to a lot of places like Chicago, Washington, and New York City.” One of those highlights was a trip to New York City where the team stayed in a hotel on Times Square and played their game in the legendary hoops venue, Madison Square Garden. “It was so cool playing in the Garden,” said Gomez. “And after we finished we had courtside seats to watch the men’s team play their game.” Of course, there is that whole “college student” aspect of life at Xavier that demands some attention, especially since Gomez has chosen chemical science as her major. “It’s a really hard major,” said Gomez, “But I want to be a pharmacist. Plus I really like chemistry a lot so that means there’s going to be a lot of studying involved.” A LOT of studying. Especially when you tackle organic chemistry during your sophomore year.

“Everyone says organic chemistry is the hardest class at this school,” said Gomez. “I’m also taking physics, so there’s a lot more studying than I expected. A LOT more than high school.” Gomez says she’s developed great friendships with the other players on her team as well as some really solid friendships through her classes. Those relationships come in handy when she has to miss class for road trips. Even though she doesn’t get much time to enjoy life in Cincinnati, Gomez says there’s one simple pleasure she has come to enjoy. “Some of the parks have such a wonderful view of the skyline,” said Gomez, “So I try to go there a lot to study, to have a little picnic, or just watch the sun set.” While Gomez has adjusted to college life quite well, she says she will never forget her roots as a Westmoore Jaguar and all of the people who have made her life in Moore unforgettable. “Coach Guizec and Stacy Hansmeyer have played such a huge roll in who I am,” said Gomez. “I’ll never forget them or all of the girls I was lucky enough to play and the ones I almost got to play with growing up. I love my coaches and friends back home. I wouldn’t be where I am today without them.”




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Moore Rotary Community Excellence Award: By Rev. Adam Shahan, Moore Rotary Club Teacher of the Year "I recently began chairing a mentorship committee for the state of Oklahoma for young music teachers...I've gotten into this program and met some great young teachers. I want to retain the great teachers we train here," Christine explained. "I'm also a court-appointed student advocate (CASA) for the students of Oklahoma County in the foster care system."

Christine Mueller, Band Director for Central Junior High and Assistant Band Director for Moore High School, is very dedicated to her daily work. Mueller is the 2017 Teacher of the Year for Moore Public Schools and is making a tangible difference in the lives of her students both inside and outside of the classroom. In November, the Moore Rotary Club took our meeting on the road to Central Junior High where we heard the eighth grade band perform pep and marching pieces including Michael Jackson's Thriller. Afterward, Christine joined us for lunch and shared some insight into her teaching perspective. "We can get so accustomed to the student we see coming through our door every day and forget that they have a life outside of the classroom... Remembering this has made me a more holistic teacher." Christine was quick to praise the work of her band students and share how much they are growing through the program. "Through group work every single day, the students are making brain/body connections faster, improving their social skills, and becoming better students, better test takers, and better friends." We asked Christine about her primary role at Central with the band: "We're a Title I school, and over 60% of our students qualify for free and reduced funding for lunches - that also translates into what we do [with the band]. Almost 50% of my students are using an instrument loaned to them by the school, and I provide them with books and binders. I try to do as much as possible to help the parents keep their kids involved."

Christine shared that her students, like others, are dealing with a lot of issues from feeling the impact of budget cuts at the state-level to their personal lives and relationships, but the band program is helping them to succeed. "We're actually helping students break out of cycles of poverty and even crime that in some cases have been generational," Christine said. Rotarian Dee Ann Gay asked Christine about needs for the program and dreams that she had. One of the things she named was a new instrument. "The only money we have received outside of our fundraisers, since 2008 have been our bond issues. We usually spend around $3,000 per year on instrument maintenance and repair alone, and that does not take into account replacement."

The Moore Rotary Club praises the work Christine is accomplishing. We encourage you, as other individuals have, to remember the work of our students and teachers at a time of crisis in education funding. Contribute to your schools, adopt classrooms and teachers, and contact your representatives. Tell them about servant leaders like Christine Mueller. Out there, playing in a sectional, working through the foster care system, or seeking talentbased scholarships and other funding to achieve higher education is the next Christine Mueller. It is our responsibility as citizens of this fine city to stand up for and support our schools and our teachers. Christine revealed that band saved her life. I am certain she is not alone.

Add up the number of students who are loaned instruments from the school - some with deferred maintenance - and you can begin to grasp the financial need for this program. Christine is a difference maker in the City of Moore and in the lives of the students and families she serves both as a band director, a courtappointed advocate for children in foster care and as a mentor to new music teachers in our state.



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