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Let the Hunt Begin! Folk Secrets is a county-wide treasure hunt. It’s presented as a TV show on Facebook and you can take part by hunting for treasure with an app...all focused on where we live. Find out more and get the app at FolkSecrets.com.

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Folk Secrets: How did a secret pirate treasure make it's way from the other side of the Atlantic to Cleveland County? More importantly -- how can you cash in by finding that treasure and help your favorite charity at the same time?

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The Boxcar: a Moore couple is bringing a bit of excitement to the city's east side with the opening of a very unique coffee and wine shop. We talked with them about their passion for local business.

From the Editor Welcome to the dead of summer, usually a time that’s best spent in the comfy confines of an air-conditioned sanctuary. But not this year, my friends! There’s pirate treasure out there…buried somewhere in Cleveland County. And if you follow the trail of clues left by a mysterious benefactor you could strike it rich. Plus, you can help your favorite charity. Check out the Folk Secrets story in this issue.

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Disc Golf: The nation's top designer of disc golf courses is partnering with First Baptist Church and the Moore Disc Golf Association to bring the sport back to the area in a divinely-big way.

KD and Boredom: So Kevin Durant and the Golden State Warriors got their championship ring. Well lahdee-frickin-dah! Here's why we think KD's path to a championship is a case of shrinkage as opposed to courage.

Moore Monthly Team

And we get downright snarky in the wake of the NBA championship series this year. It’s not that we don’t appreciate Kevin Durant and all he did during his time in OKC…it’s just that we think he took the easy way out. Let us know what you think. And by all means, enjoy the July edition of the Moore Monthly. - Rob Morris Editor

Editors Rob Morris Brent Wheelbarger Staff Writers Beverly Ferree Abby Hayes Rob Morris Katie Roberts Luke Schumacher Brent Wheelbarger Contributing Writers Henry Dumas L.T. Hadley Mike Rush Kathleen Wilson Kerinda O’Neal Natasha Parker Candace Herrera

Art Jeff Albertson Kenna Baker Shelbi Rosa

Advertising Sales Donna Walker Distribution Fred Wheelbarger

Photography Rob Morris Shelbi Rosa Fred Wheelbarger

Chief Financial Officer Ennie H. Neeley

Augmented Reality Patrick Glueck

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Off the coast of Nova Scotia lies a mysterious plot of land called Oak Island, where legend says a vast treasure has been buried for hundreds of years. A popular History Channel show, “The Curse of Oak Island” documents an ongoing search to find that treasure and various traps and puzzles it presents. Whether you’re a fan of the show or not, the idea you could solve clues to find a hidden treasure is, to say the least, intriguing. This is the inspiration behind Folk Secrets, a treasure hunt created by Moore based Trifecta Communications. With the use of TV-style videos, social media and a smartphone app, Trifecta has designed a treasure hunt for the Cleveland county area unlike any we’ve ever seen.

So, for those of you interested in solving riddles and looking for clues, this could be your summer adventure! “It’s called Folk Secrets,” explained Brent Wheelbarger of Trifecta Communications. “Basically, it’s a treasure hunt in the Cleveland County area, including Purcell, tied to our local history and benefiting charity. The whole thing is presented as a TV show viewers can actually participate in by hunting for the treasure themselves, using the Folk Secrets Codex App.” If you plan to take part in the hunt, you’ll want to ‘like’ the Folk Secrets Facebook page, where updates and information will be disseminated. You’ll also want to download the Folk Secrets Codex App to your smartphone or mobile device.

Before delving into the specifics, let’s deal with the question on everyone’s mind…the prize! Being the first to complete the hunt will yield you a $1,000 cash prize. But perhaps more importantly, the opportunity to award the treasure itself, valued at $4,000, to a non-profit from an approved list of charities serving the Cleveland County area. Everyone who completes the hunt, whether they’re first or not, will be in the running to win numerous additional prizes.

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classes to do a mini-treasure hunt in the Old School Building in Moore to test market the idea. They all said it was too easy!” Wheelbarger said. “Brackeen also brought some teachers who gave us feedback, and they all said we needed to emphasize the history component. They felt an initiative like this could really grab kid’s imaginations and engage them with history in a powerful way.” But a big priority for the Trifecta group is simply getting people to explore their communities. “More than anything, we really want people to get out and explore where they live and have a better understanding of this place,” Wheelbarger said. “This will be a fun way to get people engaged with their community and surrounding communities. They’ll have to go out on an adventure.” The history, or twistory, is a storyline that goes back hundreds of years.

The treasure’s story is something Wheelbarger calls “twistory,” history with a twist. “The entire story ties to the history of the Cleveland County area,” Wheelbarger said. “It’s actually twistory…real history connected to a fictitious story. The show on Facebook tells the background of the treasure; how and why it got here; the legend behind it; is it cursed? Once you watch the first episode, you’ll learn the first image to scan. You will then use the app to scan that item, which will animate and reveal the second clue. You’ll then figure out the second clue and go scan that item. The process continues from there until you’ve completed the hunt” After the first few clues, the hunt gets harder, “Most of the clues are spread throughout the area and you have to visit the clue and scan it in order to know what’s next,” Wheelbarger said. “The clues are distributed throughout Moore, South Oklahoma City, Norman, Noble, Lexington and Purcell. Through the course of the hunt, you’ll criss-cross the area and hopefully see new things and learn new things about the place where we live.” There are 10 clues within the treasure hunt. “Some of the clues are really difficult,” said Patrick Glueck, Trifecta’s augmented reality specialist. “But for those who grew up here, it will be much easier.” The Trifecta group called in the big guns to test their ideas. “We had some Moore Public Schools S.E.A.R.C.H. classes (gifted and talented students) come help us when we first started developing the idea. Shannon Brackeen brought her S.E.A.R.C.H.

“We’ve tied the story with lots of interesting historical characters including Kidd the Pirate, Washington Irving, Belle Starr and numerous historical figures from Oklahoma history,” Wheelbarger said. “The various characters are showcased in the Facebook videos and the clues themselves. A character named Jonathon Quill serves as narrator, describing the travels of the treasure and how it all converges on this part of Oklahoma. The whole thing is presented in print and video as a graphic novel with a comic book look and feel. And the fun thing is, even the local historical figures have been turned into graphic novel characters…they all seem bigger than life.” So, is there a future in this type of entertainment? “Who knows,” explained Wheelbarger. “We wanted to start small and we’ll see where it goes.” Trifecta is partnering with numerous area media outlets including the Moore American, Moore Monthly, The Purcell Register and The Norman Transcript to advertise the event. The project is being underwriting by local businesses including BancFirst, Cobble Insurance Agency, Crossland’s A&A Rent-All & Sales Co., Levant Technologies, Lincoln Lending, Nosh, Norman Regional, OZ Saferooms Tech, Randall’s Temperature Control Specialists and Van’s Pig Stands. Whether there’s really a treasure buried off the coast of Nova Scotia is anyone’s guess. But this summer, we know for sure there’s a treasure buried in the Cleveland County area. Be the first to find it and win money, help charity and maybe even learn something. The winner will be revealed on Facebook during a live Season Finale video event on Sept. 1, and everyone else who completes the hunt will get their names in a drawing for prizes. Find out more and see the full list of rules at www.FolkSecrets.com. JULY 2017 | MOORE MONTHLY | 13


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List of Charities The Folk Secrets treasure hunt is an opportunity to help charity. More than $4,000 (the treasure) has been designated for charitable contribution. The first person to complete the hunt picks which charity receives the treasure (from our approved list). Each approved charity will also be spotlighted on the Folk Secrets Facebook Page through the course of Season 1. • American Legion (Cleveland County) • American Red Cross (Cleveland County or Central Oklahoma Chapters)

• Moore Fire Department Santa Express Program • Moore Norman Technology Center Foundation

In 1872 Henry Applegate came to what is today Moore. He had fought for the North in the Civil War, served in the Freedman’s Bureau and then promptly moved his family here; before the railroad, before the Land Run, before everyone else. He went on to become a founding father of Moore, serving as the first mayor. Incidentally, 1872 is also the same year Abner Norman came to what is today Norman. A surveyor for the U.S. Government, he helped provide the initial survey of Indian Territory. The City of Norman is named after him. Both are real people who did real things…and intertwined with the history of our county in important ways.

• Among Friends Activity Center, Inc

• Moore Public Schools Foundation

• Baptist Children’s Home

• Noble Public Schools Foundation

• Boy Scouts of America,

• Norman Public Schools Foundation

Secrets. Through the Folk Secrets video series and

• Norman Regional Health Foundation

Codex clues, you’ll encounter numerous people,

• Bridges Norman

• Pioneer Library Foundation

places, and objects throughout history, ultimately

• Cleveland County Aging Services

• Purcell Animal Welfare Society

honing-in on the Cleveland County area and the local

• Purcell Public Schools Foundation

history of our communities. As a resource to educators,

• Rotary (Cleveland County)

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• HUGS Project, Inc.

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Central Oklahoma Chapters)

• J.D. McCarty Center

• VFW (Cleveland County)

• Junior League of Norman, Inc.

• Women’s Resource Center

founding of the communities in our county, it’s all in the

• Kiwanis Club of Norman

• Work Activities Center (Moore)

story, and it’s all documented with attributed sources

• Younglife (Moore / Norman)

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• YMCA Norman (Cleveland County)

engaged in history? Let them play Folk Secrets and

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discover the real history beneath the story.

• Lexington Public Schools Foundation • Loveworks • Luggage with Love • Mary Abbott Children’s House

From the Civil War to the Oklahoma Land Run to the

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There’s a new barista in town! Matthew and Kaylea Vaughan, owners of the new coffee and wine restaurant in Moore called The Boxcar, are bringing something new, yet nostalgic and comfortable to the area. Located at 2100 North Eastern Ave., Suite 4, this "third space" is hoping to become a unique staple in the community, providing high-end coffees, homemade sandwiches, and beer and wine. It’s referred to as a third space because it provides an alternative to home and work. The Boxcar presents a third wave coffee and drinks, gourmet sandwich shop and social gathering space. The restaurant is aptly named The Boxcar after Al Moore. “In 1889, Moore was founded,” explained Matthew Vaughan. “Before that, in 1893, it was called Verbecks, who was the owner of the railroad that came through Moore. Al Moore worked for the railroad, and he lived in a boxcar next to the railroad tracks and was having problems receiving his mail, so he wrote Moore on the outside of his boxcar in red so the post office knew where to deliver his mail. From there, people just started calling it Moore.” In 1893, Moore became a town and in 1960 a city. Vaughan wants the city to always remember its history. “Our theme here at The Boxcar is historically appreciative and culturally relevant,” said Vaughan. “We want to look back on the past fondly to appreciate where we came from. For generations, citizens of Moore have always helped other people, propped

from the northwest side of Oklahoma City, and I lived on the north side of Oklahoma City for three months, and that was about all I could take!” Vaughan is now a teacher at Southmoore High School and plans to keep teaching once the restaurant opens. And Vaughan extends his ties to Moore schools through the restaurant. “We have three Moore High School students working in the restaurant,” said Vaughan. “We have someone who graduated from OU, students from Southmoore, a band director from Crooked Oak. And one thing we are looking to do in the future is hiring special needs students who have graduated from the local high schools. Darlene Speegle, who is a special education teacher at Southmoore, was Teacher of the Year this year, and she and I have started conversations about hiring special needs students. We would like to give them jobs to empower them.” Because The boxcar is a third space for people to meet, Vaughan and his wife wanted to provide exceptional gourmet coffee and gourmet sandwiches while hosting and a really great hang out. The restaurant will also have a board game menu for those customers who want to enjoy time with family and friends for a game night. And while this isn’t the first time the Vaughans have owned a business, Matthew still can’t believe it’s happening. “To take something that used to just exist in my head,” explained Matthew, “and then to put it down on paper, and now to have carpenters. It’s crazy! My wife and I owned an entertainment company before, and I was the MC for the Oklahoma City Thunder for seven seasons, so we have a background in entertainment, but we never wrote a business plan before The Boxcar. And we decided if we are going to do this, we wanted to do it with excellence. For us, it started with writing an excellent business plan. We had help from a guy named Henry with the Moore-Norman Tech Center for Small Business Development. Then we went to a bank. We found three investors. It was really crazy!” So how does The Boxcar differ from other wellknown coffee shops?

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people on their shoulders to help them get where they’re going. We want to know where we came from, and, at the same time, we want to know where we are going. Just as much as we love Moore of 1893, we want to love Moore in 2093.” And Vaughan has every right to be proud of his community. This is where he was raised. “I was raised in Moore,” said Vaughan. “My kids are going to be raised in Moore. I graduated from Westmoore High School in 2005. I married a girl

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“In the coffee world, there are three tiers of coffee,” explained Matthew. “We have third wave coffee. Meaning that we are don’t have mass produced coffee. We have specialty coffees made from handsorted beans and coffee seeds, meticulously gone through. And we’ll also have the traditional Italian drinks, like a more traditional macchiato.” The Vaughans wanted to give you a reason to come back three times a day, and it looks like they've got plenty to satisfy morning, noon and evening gatherings. “We want you to come by for your morning coffee,” said Vaughan. “Then come by for lunch, and then come back in the evening to hang out with your friends! We’ll have some breakfast items, some specialized gourmet sandwiches, gourmet toast, highend breads and gourmet cheeses. My dad makes a ham and cheese sandwich every day, so we’ll have a Papaw Sandwich. And every time I went to my grandmother’s house, she always had coffee brewing. So, we will have Memaw’s Bottomless Coffee. And we’re not just doing tables and chairs; we’ll have couches and free wifi. We’ll make sure you’re fed and have your coffee. We’ll make sure you’re taken care of!” But for those of you who like the convenience of a quick drive through experience, there are no worries. Vaughan and his wife Kaylea have covered that concern as well. “We don’t have a drive through, but we have a walk-up window and curbside service,” said Vaughan. “That idea coming from Kaylea. Being a mother of two kids, she knows the importance of convenience. We also have an app where customers can order ahead of time. Customers can walk up to the window and get their order, we’ll also have curbside service, or they can walk into the store.” And the Vaughans are also taking care of local businesses, “For the most part, we will have beer and wine based out of Oklahoma, from local breweries and wineries, from people right here in our state that are trying to make a living too.” The Boxcar will also have trivia every Tuesday night starting July 11, and they plan on having live music on occasion as well. So, whether you need a coffee on-the-go, a gourmet sandwich for lunch, or want a beer or wine with your friends, it looks like The Boxcar will be Moore's new place to meet, eat and enjoy company.


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Moore Disc Golf Returns Home By Luke Schumacher Just over four years ago, an EF5 tornado tore apart sections of Moore and, while some people have recovered and rebuilt, there are others who still have not healed from the devastating effects. Now, four years later, the Moore Disc Golf Association (MDGA) finally gets the chance to heal. In April of 2013, the previous disc golf course at Little River Park had its opening tournament. After the tornado came through, the course was leveled. “After the tornado hit, it was not our main focus to rebuild the course,” said Chris “Sparky” Molskness, president of the MDGA. “Our club’s focus was to help the community rebuild and begin to heal.” Many of the members of the MDGA were first responders that day. As they helped the community recover, they began attending city council meetings to discuss bringing back the course. The team quickly learned that it wasn’t going to happen. “Little River was our home and we wanted it back,” said Molskness. “It was like we were never allowed to heal.” Now, on the four-year anniversary of the tornado the MDGA announced its

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new partnership with the First Baptist Church of Moore to build a new course. “It started out with just a couple of guys that asked me to play disc golf one day,” said Doug Mikes, First Baptist Church disc golf oversight team leader. “From there we talked about the possibility of a disc golf ministry and putting a course on the land.” Through a chain of events, Mikes and other members of the church met with Molskness and the partnership was born. “It was almost divine intervention,” said Molskness. “It’s an amazing partnership.” Divine intervention it may be. It just so happened that John Houck, the number one disc golf course designer in the world, came across the story of the small town crisis and has volunteered his services in the redesign of a course in Moore. “We read the newspaper story about the tornado,” said Dee Houck, John’s wife. “We wanted to give back to the


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The courses may bring people together, but there are other programs that can be added to make any course life changing. For example, after the initial course is installed, both First Moore and MDGA want to install an EDGE course. These courses are designed for children and implements STEM education into disc golf. “The EDGE program is an amazing program,” said Molskness. “This will get kids off the couch and get them outside to play. The excitement on their face is insane.” As Molskness talked about the EDGE program, it was apparent that the redesign of a course in Moore will have a huge impact on the community. In addition, the MDGA is working on becoming an official 501c3 non-profit organization. These efforts are all for the benefit of the community and both the MDGA and First Baptist are excited about the positive impact it will have.

“This is a labor of love,” said Dee. “We hope the community will have a course they’re proud of for years to come.” The course is scheduled to open in the fall but it won’t be completed until a lot of trees are planted to make more. To inquire about donating trees, contact Kris Molskness at (405) 887-2652 or contact the Moore Disc Golf Association through their Facebook page.

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Sketches of Moore - by L.T. Hadley

Legacy of a Pioneer Pastor

Ewald Matthesen

Mid-19th Century America beckoned irresistibly to the European and Asian world. With open arms it promised unlimited frontiers, freedom of movement and speech, personal prosperity as a result of hard work and diligence, lush forests and fertile soil, and room—plenty of room. Ewald (Ed) Matthesen was born in Nesse, Germany, in 1864, and spent 10 years in school where a daily hour of Bible study was required. During this time, he developed a great love and familiarity with the scriptures and a life-long habit of study. In 1880, at the age of 16, he immigrated to America from his own country where there was a mandatory military conscription. His first job in America was with a factory in Illinois, making $4.00 a week and spending $3.75 for room and board. After several jobs in several different locations, he settled southeast of Moore in 1893, where he lived and farmed until shortly before his death in 1948. The original home still exists in the center of the house of his grandson, Carroll Matthesen, who lives on the farm. Shortly after the turn of the century, Matthesen felt a call to preach. He helped to establish Church of God congregations in Capitol Hill, Bessie, Shawnee, and Oklahoma City. He served as pastor for the congregation in Moore for over 25 years. He was a big man, physically and spiritually, with a big, bushy moustache that moved and fluttered expressively as the words of comfort, instruction and warning rolled out beneath it in a

rumbling German-laden accent. His knowledge of the Bible was phenomenal; his ability to quote scripture remarkable, and his faith firmly grounded. He was known to be a man of great faith, great compassion, and great integrity. Once in the middle of the night, a man on horseback pounded on his door to cry out that his wife needed help. Matthesen hitched his team to the buggy and drove 20 miles out into the darkness to minister to someone in need. This was repeated many times and places. His own congregation depended greatly on his faith and his kind and loving concern and guidance. Ed Matthesen was noted for his enthusiasm, friendly nature and brotherly love. He believed that all men are created equal, and was a friend to all. Men who might not agree with his philosophies still respected and admired him. He firmly believed that studying and adhering to the teachings of the Bible make a better person, a better neighbor, and a better citizen. He was staunch in his appreciation and love for his country, his state, and his town. He was proud of the progress Moore made, especially the paved roads, and looked forward to the day when there would be traffic signals in Moore. He was “a man of God,� one among many pioneer ministers who helped shape the character, integrity, and destiny of the people of their day, and whose legacies still live on long after them. Note: This edition of Sketches of Moore was first published in a previous issue of Moore Monthly.

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Senior Living - by Kathleen Wilson

Too Hot To Trot It is that time of year again when we can expect temperatures to reach at least 100 degrees or more on a fairly regular basis. This is just the norm for Oklahoma during July, August and September. It can be just too hot to trot!As we age, it is harder for our bodies to adjust to changes in temperature, especially the extreme hot weather we know we can expect for the next several months. Insulation – The body is protected by skin and fat tissue. This becomes thinner as we age. It is then harder to keep body temperature at a normal level. Perspiration – Seniors sweat less because of changes in the glands. This means a senior’s body doesn’t shed heat as quickly. Hydration – Seniors often lose the sense of thirst. This means seniors sometimes do not drink enough water to fight the heat. Medication – Some medicines remove salt and fluids from the body. When combined with heat, seniors can become dehydrated more easily.

Some tips to beat the heat: Home Cooling – Air conditioning is the key. If you do not have an air conditioner, create a breeze by opening windows on opposite sides of the room. Cover windows in direct sunlight during the hottest part of the day. Use fans and misters. After the sun sets, you can open windows to let in cooler air and cool the house down. Or leave your home and spend the hottest part of the day in cool zones such as the public library, the senior center, a shopping mall or a movie theater. Clothes – Dress for the weather. Try light colored cotton clothes. Wear short sleeves or sleeveless clothing. When you are at home, try wearing as little clothing as possible. Slow down – If you must be active or go outdoors, do it during the coolest part of the day. This is usually in the early morning before 7:00am. Wear a wide brimmed hat and use an umbrella. Take breaks and avoid strenuous exercise.

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Cool Compresses – Pat your wrists, face and back of the neck with wet washcloths or ice cubes wrapped in a washcloth. Cool baths or showers provide amazing relief from heat. Cool water removes extra body heat 25 times faster than cool air. Check on Others – If you know senior adults that live alone, check on them often during hot weather. You can check with a phone call or if you are able to be out and about in the heat, stop by and visit them. Animals – Ensure that your animal’s needs for water and shade are met. Check on your animal frequently to ensure that they are not suffering from the heat. Never leave your animal in a closed up car on a hot day. Drink Water – Unless your doctor tells you otherwise, carry water or juice. Drink it often, even if you do not feel thirsty. Watch your Salt Intake – Do not take salt tablets without your doctor’s permission.

Avoid Alcohol – Alcohol interferes with your body’s ability to fight against heat stress. It can put a strain on your heart. Meals – Eat small meals or eat small portions or snacks more often. Try salads, sandwiches, fresh fruit and vegetables. Avoid hot food and use your stove as little as possible. If you must cook try to do so before 10:00am or after 7:00pm. Both these moves will also help you save on your electricity bill. Serious Signs – The following are signs of serious heat stress and they mean that your body is trying to tell you that you are in danger. If you experience any of the following during hot weather, call your doctor or seek other medical help immediately: Dizziness, rapid heartbeat, diarrhea, nausea, throbbing headache, dry skin (no sweating), chest pain, significant weakness, mental changes, breathing problems, vomiting or cramps. It is important to recognize and care for heat related emergencies.


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Clothes Mentor By Abby Hayes (405) 608-5040 1609 240 Penn Park Blvd Oklahoma City, OK 73159 Monday- Saturday: 10a.m.- 8p.m. Sunday: Noon - 5 p.m. Whether you’re looking to buy or sell gently-used name-brand or designer clothing the Clothes Mentor store on I-240 needs to be at the top of your list when it comes to places to check out. For the fashion, hungry shopper words like “consignment” and “thrift” don’t do justice to the selection found at Clothes Mentor. Think of it as “upscale retail.” When they walk into the store customers are greeted by rack after rack of name-brand and designer clothing along with shoes and accessories, all for up to 70% off original retail prices. The staff at Clothes Mentor also take great care in selecting the items that make it onto the sales floor, choosing only pieces that are in great condition and on-point with fashion trends. The clean, well-designed store is organized by type and color; making for easy browsing, whether you’re looking for a sharp business outfit or a something casual for a party or even a workout. The Clothes Mentor name-brand inventory comes from the closets of customers where they’ve frequently never been worn. Clothes Mentor pays cash on-thespot or issues store credit to customers with high-end clothes, shoes, and accessories with which they're ready to part. Customers will find clothing in sizes 0 to 26, along with petites, maternity, shoes, handbags, workout gear, and other accessories. Many fans of Clothes Mentor take advantage of their free personal shoppers and private events such as “Girls Night Out.” Among the brand names Clothes Mentor loves to share are Ann Taylor, Anthropologie, Athleta, Avenue, Banana Republic, Brahmin, Burberry, Calvin Klein, Chicos, Coach, Cole Haan, Eileen Fisher, Express, Gap, Gucci, J Crew,J.Jill, Kate Spade, Kenneth Cole, Lane Bryant, Limited, Loft, Lululemon, Louis Vuitton, Michael Kors, North Face, Old Navy, Prada, Ralph Lauren, Rebecca Minkoff, Talbots, Tory Burch, Vince Camuto, White House Black Market, and much more.

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Senior Living

25 Years of Love in Home Food Delivery: A Quarter Century of Volunteer Service by Kathleen Wilson

Anyone who sees Pauline in action can tell that she truly loves doing this volunteer work. She enjoys getting to know the seniors she brings lunch to on her route. She looks forward to shaking their hands and wishing them a good day. Over the years she has developed relationships with these meal recipients. So much so that she frequently gets to meet their friends and family as well. It makes Pauline feel good knowing that she is bringing them a well balanced hot noon meal that will meet 1/3 of their recommended daily allowance for nutrients. Pauline thinks most of the meals are satisfactory and some are extra good. On days when the menu features cookies for dessert, she always brings along an extra bag of cookies to share. Aging Services Inc. only provides one cookie with lunch, but Pauline feels everyone needs two cookies, so she adds an extra to each order as a small gesture of love. If the senior recipient has a dog, she is always ready with dog biscuits or treats. During the season when Girl Scouts are selling cookies, she always buys them for the seniors’ lunches and packs them inside. Pauline understands that this volunteer service is more than just a meal. The daily delivery of these meals to seniors also serves as a well-being check. When she delivers the noon meal she knows that, for many of these seniors, she will be the only person they will see that day. Over the years Pauline has come across lots of situations. On several occasions, Pauline has found a senior who has fallen in their home when she came to deliver the meal. The meal site manager at Eastlake has emergency contact information for all participants so a family can always be notified immediately if there is a problem. Pauline’s volunteer service is not confined to just doing home meal delivery. She is the Eastlake site representative at the Aging Services Inc. Advisory Council. She also makes biscuits and gravy every Friday morning for the Eastlake meal site participants and her fellow home delivery volunteers. She frequently brings sausage, egg and cheese biscuits to our Site Manager Marcie and the other home delivered meal drivers. She loves to look after the seniors as well the other volunteers who help out our seniors. Everyone at Aging Services appreciates Pauline’s service to the senior community and her love for connecting with everyone she meets. She truly has a caring heart and makes a difference in so many lives each and every day. Thanks Pauline for all you do.

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Pauline's story began in the early 1990s when she was recruited to help Southern Hills Baptist and Methodist Churches with their new home delivered meal programs. Pauline recalls that she was encouraged and motivated to do the home meal delivery by her friend Patty Keas. After helping these churches for several years, Pauline was recruited to help with meal delivery for the Aging Services Inc. meal site at Eagle Heights Church near 149th and South Portland in Oklahoma City. When Aging Services Inc. moved the meal site to its current location at Eastlake Cumberland Presbyterian Church located at 700 South West 134th, Pauline loyally joined to continue her delivery routes.

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

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auline Stiles may be a small, petite woman but she has an enormous heart for homebound seniors. Pauline has spent the past 25 years delivering hot, noon meals to homebound senior adults in the northern part of Cleveland County.


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Brand Senior Center July 2017 Activities July 6

Angel’s Home Care “Anxiety & Depression”

10:30 a.m.

July 7

MCOA Monthly Meeting

10:00 a.m.

July 11 Wii Bowling 10:00 a.m. Library 10:00 a.m.

BP & Sugar checks provided by Loving Care

10:30 a.m.

July 13

ComFor Care “Home Care”

10:30 a.m.

July 14

BINGO with Scott

12:15 p.m.

July 18

Country Music House Singers

10:00 a.m.

BP checks provided by Walgreens

10:30 a.m.

July 19

Fresh Cobbler provided by Village on the Park

11:45 a.m.

July 20

John Koons “Heat Stress”

10:30 a.m.

BP checks provided by Arbor House

10:30 a.m.

July 25

BINGO with Allegiance Credit Union

10:00 a.m.

Library 10:00 a.m.

AARP Monthly Meeting & Potluck Dinner

6:00 p.m.

July 27

Roy & Sharon to sing

10:00 a.m.

BP checks provided by Nurses on the Go

10:30 a.m.

July 28

Ann to play the Piano

11:45 a.m.

July 31

MCOA Board Meeting

10:00 a.m.

• Exercise: Mon, Wed, & Fri 10:15 • Line Dancing Lessons: Wed 12:15 • Wood Carving: Thurs 9:00-11:00, • Dominos, Card games, Jig-Saw puzzles, Pool, Quilting, & Volunteer work to assist the homebound or work is available at the Brand Center • Moore Council On Aging Bus Service: 799-3130 Seniors may have transportation anywhere in the city of Moore for errands or appointments 8am to 3pm, Monday through Friday • Moore Senior Citizen Nutrition Site Brand Center 501 E. Main Reservations for meals: 793-9069 Donation for a meal for seniors 60& above: $2.25 Required cost for guests under 60: $5.00

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Calendar of Events & Performances ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT The Cultivated Connoisseur: Works on Paper from the Creighton Gilbert Bequest, Ellen and Richard L. Sandor Photography Gallery. On display Creighton Eddy Gilbert (1924-2011) was a renowned art historian specializing in the Italian Renaissance and was one of the foremost authorities on Michelangelo. He received his bachelor of art degree from New York University in 1942 and eventually earned his doctorate there in 1955. After teaching for a few years at Indiana University in Bloomington, he served as a curator at the Ringling Museums in Sarasota, Florida, as a professor at Brandeis University in Waltham, Massachusetts, and as a professor at Queens College in Flushing, New York. In 1967, Gilbert left for a position at Harvard University, then taught at Cornell University before joining the faculty of Yale University in 1981. The prior year, he was named the editor-in-chief of Art Bulletin, one of the leading journals of art historical research, and he remained in the position until 1985. Gilbert published extensively during his career, including the important texts Michelangelo: On the Sistine Ceiling (1994) and Caravaggio and His Two Cardinals (1995). In 2005, Dr. Eric Lee, then-director of the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, encouraged Gilbert to leave his private collection to the museum. The bequest includes a total of 272 objects, the majority of which are works on paper, spanning a time period from the fourteenth century to the twentieth. Gilbert collected broadly but focused on Old Master prints and drawings from the Renaissance, Baroque, and Rococo periods. The Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Avenue, Norman, OK. Joe Andoe: Horizons, on display through September 10, 2017. “Our journey has now become your journey. As you travel through this exhibition, you also travel through our minds.” Contemporary artist Joe Andoe (b. 1955) was born and came of age in Tulsa, surrounded by church-es, trees, highways, and horses, motifs that recur in his paintings and prints. At the University of Oklahoma, where he completed an MFA in 1981, he eschewed the colorful, vertical abstractions popular in the art department at the time. Instead, he painted a 45-foot-long black landscape for his thesis project. For Andoe, the canvas, lit by fluctuating light filtered through the Lightwell Gallery’s skylights, was not a representation so much as “the thing itself.” Following graduation, Andoe moved to New York, where he earned his first solo exhibition in 1986. His work is held in private and public collections including the Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of American Art in New York, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. His work has been exhibited in Japan, Finland, Italy, and throughout the United States. Andoe considers himself a painter of landscapes and of things that inhabit the land. The distant horizon—perhaps a reference to the artist’s east Tulsa roots, or to his treks through Texas and Wyoming as a young man—is ever present in his work. It appears in roadside photographs of Oklahoma City made in 1977. In later paintings, horses graze against it, illuminated as if by penumbral light. Oak leaves alternately fall beneath or rise above it. Birds, trumpets, and letterforms float over it. On one hand, the quiet drama of these images reflects the artist’s interest in “the stillness at twilight when animals come out into the open.” And yet, the horizon’s subtle omnipresence behind the objects and creatures that populate Andoe’s often stark, monochromatic images fosters contemplation and a sobering awe at the transience of life. On display in the Ellen and Richard Sandor Gallery. Picher, Oklahoma: Catastrophe, Memory, and Trauma, on June 13 – September 10. On May 10, 2008, a tor-

nado in the northeastern Oklahoma town of Picher struck the final blow to a onetime boomtown. The lead and zinc mining that had given birth to the town had also proven its undoing, earning Picher the distinction of being the nation’s most toxic Superfund site in 2006. Todd Stewart’s photoessay Picher, Oklahoma: Catastrophe, Memory, and Trauma explores the otherworldly ghost town and reveals how memory can be dislocated and reframed through both chronic and acute instances of environmental trauma. Prompted: A Writing Workshop - 2-4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 1 Nancy Johnston Records Gallery and Sandy Bell Gallery Jumpstart your creativity during this drop-in writing workshop guided by creative writer and OU graduate student Matt Jacobson. Writing prompts will be drawn from images and artifacts in the Picher, Oklahoma exhibition, and photographer Todd Stewart will provide an overview as well as his inspiration for the show. After the event, share your stories, poetry, and ideas over complimentary coffee and bagels. Public Closing Reception - Thursday, Sept. 7 7 p.m.: Public Closing Lecture Mary Eddy and Fred Jones Auditorium Displaced Memories in Picher, Oklahoma Join Alison Fields, the Mary Lou Milner Carver Professor of Art of the American West and Assistant Professor of Art History, as she leads a talk about Picher, Oklahoma: Catastrophe, Memory, and Trauma. Members at the Supporter level and higher may reserve seating in the auditorium for this public lecture by calling (405) 325-2297. 8 p.m.: Public Closing Reception - Sandy Bell Gallery Following the lecture, stay for the public reception featuring complimentary hors d’oeuvres from El Toro Chino, a cash bar, and live music. Body, on June 23 – 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. Gallery Talk - Tuesday, Oct. 31, 1-2 p.m. Ellen and Richard L. Sandor Photography Gallery Join Sherri Irvin, Presidential Research Professor of Philosophy and Women’s and Gender Studies and co-curator, as she leads a gallery talk about the Body exhibition. Yellow Rose Theater is proud to present “Todd Oliver & Friends”, Shows begin on July 7 and run through July 15. Tickets include dinner and show. Call (405) 793-7779 for tickets.

CITY MEETINGS AND EVENTS City Council Meetings, Monday, July 3 and 17 at 6:30 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore. Parks Board Meeting, Tuesday, July 10, 7:00 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore. Board of Adjustment Meeting, Tuesday, July 11, 5:30 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore. Planning Commission Meeting, Tuesday, July 11, 7:00 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broad-way, Moore. Moore Economic Development Authority Meeting, Monday, July 17, 6:30 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway, Moore. Play in the Park, Fridays, 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Free program: Supervised summertime activities for children ages 6 - 14 years of age. An Adult must accompany children. Games; Snacks; Arts and Crafts. A different park each week: July 7 Parmele Park, 1308 N Janeway Ave. July 14 Arbor Gardens 1695 SW 34th St. Food Truck Fridays, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Come join us on Fridays beginning in May and running through September 29th for lunch at Central Park: BBQ, Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, music, and more. Food Truck Fridays. The food trucks will be set up at the Multi-Purpose Pavilion. For more information visit cityofmoore.com/centralpark or call (405) 793-5090. Drive-In Movie, Friday, July 21 from 8:30 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. at the Station Aquatic Center. Bring your entire family to the Aquatic Center for a movie while you swim and enjoy the lap lane pool. The movie is “Finding Dory.” For more information visit www.cityofmoore.com/centralpark or call (405) 793-5090. Kid’s Fishing Derby, Saturday, July 29 from 7:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at Little River Park. The City of Moore and OK Wildlife Department co-host this event (rain or shine). The OK Wildlife Department will have a Fishing Clinic at 8am covering safety, knot tying, fishing ID, fish cleaning and ethics. Bring your own pole and bait (crawlers, stink bait, shrimp, liver, etc.) 4 fish limit per family. No culling. You catch it, you keep it! For more information visit cityofmoore.com/centralpark or call (405) 793-5090. A Celebration In the Heartland, Tuesday, July 4 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. at Buck Thomas Park. Car Show (8am - 2pm), Music, food vendors, children's activities, inflatables, arts and craft vendors, and helicopter rides. We end the night with the best fireworks show in the area. Fireworks begin at dark. Make this event the place to spend your 4th of July Holiday!

ested in helping your neighborhood reduce crime, contact Sgt. Jeremy Lewis, (405) 793-4448. South OKC Chamber of Commerce The Dream Team Networking Group – Finale of the American Dream Event, Wednesday, July 12 at 12:15 p.m. at Quality Inn at OKC Airport, 6300 Terminal Drive. At our July Dream Team networking session, we will have the finale with the drawings for The American Dream special event. Please note that this meeting will be held at the Quality Inn at OKC Airport. There is no cost for participants other than the cost of the food and beverages you choose to order. For more information contact Linda Richardson at (405) 473-8008 Moore Chamber of Commerce Business Before Hours, Tuesday, July 18 at 8:00 a.m. at Hampton Inn & Suites, 614 NW 8th Street. This event is a business networking opportunity for Moore Chamber of Commerce Members. Attendees can make meaningful connections that can result in successful business leads. Food and beverages are served. No cost to attend. Visit moorechamber.com/ for more info. Moore Chamber of Commerce Networking Lunch, Tuesday, July 11 at 11:45 a.m. at the Moore Chamber of Commerce, 305 W. Main. Cost is $10. Visit moorechamber.com to register. South OKC Chamber of Commerce Healthy Heart Walkers Club at INTEGRIS Southwest Medical Center, Wednesday, July 19 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 healthrelated 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, July 20 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. Moore Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, Thursday, July 20 at 5:00 p.m. at Hey-Day Entertainment, 3201 Market Place, Norman. This event is a business networking opportunity for Moore Chamber of Commerce Members. Attendees can make meaningful connections that can result in successful business leads. Food and beverages are served. Visit moorechamber.com for info.

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

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Adopt-A-Pet, Moore Animal Shelter, S-I35 Service Road. Open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., closed on holidays. For additional information call (405) 793-5190. Big Trash Pick Up, Moore residents will be allowed two FREE big trash pick-ups a year and one free voucher to the city landfill for each physical address in Moore. Call (405) 7935070 to schedule your trash pick-up. Neighborhood Watch Program, Moore Police Dept. is starting a Neighborhood Watch Pro-gram. If you’re inter-

Bootcamps: • Morning Bootcamp is available at First Moore Baptist Church every Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 10:00 a.m. Ages 13 and up. The class is $2. Call (405) 793-2600 for more information. • Evening Bootcamp is available at First Moore Baptist Church every Tuesday and Thursday at 6:00 p.m. Ages 13 and up. The class is $2. Call 793-2600 for more information.


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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 fiftyonefif-tybjj@yahoo.com.

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

Adult Salsa Classes, every Wednesday 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Adelante Dance Studio (Inside Moore Old School) 201 N. Broadway, Suite 201. $10 per class or $35 a month. Call (405) 586-0201 for more information. First Moore Baptist Church of Moore Community Life/Recreation Center, The Link is open Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.; Wednesdays and Fridays, 6:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; and Saturday open 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Two basketball courts and racquetball courts, fitness center and walking/running track. For more information, call (405) 735-2527. Karate, First Moore Baptist Church, every Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The classes are free for anyone ages 8 and up. Uniforms available at a discounted rate. Call (793-2600 for more info. 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 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 moorechurch.com. Afterschool Matters, First Moore Baptist Church, Tuesdays from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. This program helps students work towards academic success. Available to 1st – 6th grade. Contact director Carissa Taylor at carissa.taylor@fbcmoore. org to learn more about enrolling your child or to volunteer. 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.

Celebrate Recovery: • Faith Crossing Baptist Church Celebrate Recovery, Mondays, 13701 S. Pennsylvania, Oklahoma City. • First Moore Baptist Church Celebrate Recovery, Thursday nights, 6:30 p.m., First Moore Baptist Church, 301 NE 27th Street. Call (405) 793-2600 for more information. Support and help for those struggling with addiction. • Fresh Start Community Church Celebrate Recovery 12 Step Program, Tuesday nights, 6:30 p.m., 309 N Eastern. Call (405) 794-7313 for more information. Dementia/Alzheimer’s Support Group, Village on the Park, 1515 Kingsridge, Oklahoma City. Contact Karen Proctor at (405) 692-8700 for meeting times and details. Divorce Care, First Moore Baptist Church, Wednesday nights, 6:15 p.m., 301 NE 27th Street. Support group for those going through a divorce. Call (405) 793-2600 for more information. Grief Share Support Group, First Moore Baptist Church, every Monday night at 6:30 p.m., 301 N.E. 27th Street. Support group for individuals and family members struggling with life events such as death, divorce, and disappointments and learning healthy ways to cope with life. Call (405) 793-2600 for more information. Grief Share Support Group, Fresh Start Community Church, every Wednesday, 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., 309 N. Eastern, Moore, Fresh Start Community Church Fireside Room. We offer help and encouragement after the death of a spouse, child, family member or friend. Please contact the office at (405) 794-7313, Lyn Jacquemot at (405) 326-5554, or ladylyn1941@gmail.com to register or participate. HOPE Addictions Recovery, every Wednesday, 6:30 p.m., Beth Haven Baptist Church, 12400 S. Call Pastor Rick Carter at (405) 691-6990 for information. 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.

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 AND COMMUNITY CLUBS AND ORGANIZATIONS American Legion Meetings, every Wednesday, 12:00 p.m. 4:00 p.m., 207 SW 1st St., Moore. Open for all veterans. Call (405) 794-5446 for more information. 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 237-1171. Moore Old Town Association, the fourth Tuesday of every month, First United Methodist Church. For more information, contact Janie Milum at cjmilum@sbcglobal.net. Moore Rotary Club, Wednesdays at Moore Chamber of Commerce. Moore Rotary Club is a civic organization dedicated to contributing and volunteering in our community. Moore Toastmasters, every Thursday, 7:00 p.m., First United Methodist Church, 201 W. Main St., Moore. Become the speaker and leader that you want to be. Join our group as we practice Toastmasters’ proven learn-by-doing program. The Oklahoma Women Veterans Organization, the third Saturday during the months of February, April, June, August, October and December, 11:00 a.m., Sunnylane Family Reception Center, 3900 SE 29th St., Del City. If you need directions, call (405) 445-7040. South Oklahoma City Rotary Club, every Friday, 12:00 p.m., Southwest Integris Cancer Center, SW 44th St. and S. Western, Oklahoma City. A civic organization dedicated to contributing and volunteering in our community. VFW Bruce January Post 8706, the second Thursday of every month, 7:00 p.m., Lynlee Mae Event Center, 501 W. Main St., Moore. All veterans welcome. Call Mike Eaton at (405) 8314405 or go to www.vfwpost8706.org for more information.

Moore Senior Citizen Nutrition Site, Monday – Friday, 11:30 a.m., Brand Senior Center, 501 E. Main, (405) 793-9069. Call by 1:00 p.m. the day before to request a meal. Donation for a meal for seniors 60 and above is $2.25. Required cost for meal for guests under 60 is $5.00.

Women: Moms Club of Moore, the second Thursday of the month, Westmoore Community Church. Go to www.momsclubsofmoore.com for more information.

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.

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.

YMCA Before and After School Care, Moore Community Center. Call (405) 378-0420 for participating schools and more information.

Project Return Home for Alzheimer’s Patients in Moore, For information about enrolling a loved one, contact Virginia Guild at 793-4478 or Sgt. Jeremy Lewis at (405) 793-4448.

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 relay-forlife.org/mooreok or contact Mel Rogers at (405) 841-5817 or mel.rogers@cancer.org.

Girl Scouts Meetings, Tuesdays, 7:00 p.m., Moore First United Methodist Church, 201 W. Main St.

Blue Star Mothers of America. Moore City Hall is a donation drop-off for items for our service members overseas. For needs, see www.bsmok6.org or go to City Hall. Help Deliver Meals to Moore homebound residents. Volunteer drivers needed. Call Darlene Carrell, 793-9069, Brand Center. The Hugs Project, a non-profit organization, puts together care packages for our troops in the Middle East. For more information, call (405) 651-8359 or TheHugsProject@cox.net. Moore Food Resource Center, a part of the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, allows volunteers to help fight hunger in Moore. Volunteers at the Moore Food Resource Center will assist with a variety of tasks, including serving as client shopper helpers, assisting with loading and unloading vehicles, sorting and shelving food items and cleaning. The Moore Food Resource Center is located at 2635 N. Shields. For more information on becoming a volunteer, contact Alex Strout at astrout@regionalfoodbank.org or (405) 600-3186. Oklahoma Ducks Unlimited. Volunteering for Ducks Unlimited is a great way to have fun, meet new people and support Ducks Unlimited’s critical waterfowl habitat conservation mission. Whether you want to sell event tickets, gather donations, secure sponsorships or help put on a successful party and fundraising event, there are many opportunities that will fit your needs to support your local community. For more information about volunteering, please contact Mr. Nathan Johnson, Regional Director for Oklahoma Ducks Unlimited at (405) 315-0093 or Mr. Randall Cole at (479) 220-9735. Serve Moore. Are you looking for a way to help others? Serve Moore is looking for volunteers to help with disaster relief and renewal projects. If you would like to volunteer or need volunteer help, visit www.servemoore.com/help to submit a request. You can also visit the Serve Moore headquarters located inside the Community Renewal Center at 224 S. Chestnut Avenue in Moore. For more information, visit www. servemoore.com or call (405) 735-3060. To keep up with the events and opportunities that are being added throughout the month, log on to mooremonthly.com and click on the Calendar link at the top of the home page. You’ll find an updated calendar for this month and the rest of the year.

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Keep It Local:

Moore Welcomes Fuzzy’s Taco Shop By Abby Hayes 825 SW 19th St. Ste 13. in Moore • (405) 378-2419 It all started in 2001 in Fort Worth, Texas. One man, one business, one dream. A dream of Fuzzy’s Tacos. Today, Fuzzy’s is a spreading taco empire with a new location in Moore, Oklahoma. And it’s no understatement to say it’s a family affair. Kory and Kelly Allen are the brothers behind the brand new Fuzzy’s on SW 19th Street, which opened on Tuesday, May 30th of 2017. The Allen brothers, who are now also business partners and owners, forged an unbreakable bond growing up in Edmond, Oklahoma. They played basketball together through high school and then continued their passion for the hoops at Oklahoma Christian University. After graduation, that passion for sports became a passion for the restaurant business. They’ve been in business together for ten years now. In 2006, they opened Alfredo’s Mexican Restaurant in Moore, which was the birth of a chain of which the Moore location is the largest location in the metro area. So naturally, that wasn’t enough for the duo. They wanted to bring something new and special to the Moore area. “We love the concept. We love the food. We love the fast-casual side of it."

Helping Kory and Kelly was The Social Dining Collective, who brought a vast amount experience to the table, having opened a string of Fuzzy’s in Oklahoma. The Allens want to provide Moore with great food in a fun environment, which seems to be working. Business has been booming since the grand opening.

Kory said, “We always have people coming in. It really doesn’t matter what time of day. I don’t think we’ve had a time yet, where there hasn’t been someone in line.” The Allens’ family focus comes in handy as they manage an army of employees who help keep Fuzzy’s humming along. Every time you come into Fuzzy’s, there’s a sense of fun and family. There are smiles all around, from the cook to the cashiers, to the customers, and to the wonderful owners. “We want to give customers a comfort in coming to a place where they feel apart of a family,” said Allen. Of course, family dynamics aren’t always completely smooth. Kory said, “ We fight all the time but at the end of the day, he has my back, and I have his always.” Having each other’s back is important when you have a popular menu like Fuzzy’s. The primary focus of the Allens’ business is providing Moore with great food. From the famous Baja Tacos to steaming nachos to gourmet breakfast burritos, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop has it all. Oh, and you can’t forget the frozen margaritas. The task of opening a new restaurant is challenging, but Kory says it's been made easier by the hundreds of hands helping them out. That includes the founders of The Social Dining Collective, Brian Bogert and Manny Leclercq, as well as the district manager of Fuzzy’s Taco Shop, Cole Lipscomb. And Kory says his staff of 50+ employees is critical to keeping the taco’s coming and margarita’s flowing. “I couldn’t do this alone,” said Kory. Fuzzy’s Taco Shop is open daily from 10a to 10p. and serves breakfast all day.


Family Video : More Than Just a Video Store

By Luke Schumacher

In the digital age when millions of TV shows and movies are just a simple click away, it’s crazy to think that video stores still exist. While Hollywood Video closed in 2010 and Blockbuster in 2013, there is one video store that continues operations – Family Video. Getting in your car to driving to a video store may seem like an inconvenience. Who wants to do that when Netflix, Hulu, HBO, and on-demand services make it easy to find something you’d like to watch? At Family Video, whether it is the time which they get their product or the family atmosphere, there is clear insight as to how the store manages to not only stay operating, but to thrive in a digital age. “One of the advantages we have over other competitors is that we get all our products the first day it comes out,” said Nelson. “Typically, our products will pay for itself in the first 10 days of being available for rent.” It’s not simply movies and video games that keep Family Video alive. The parent company of Family Video, Highland Ventures LTD, has a “unique property ownership model” which distinguishes itself from other retailers. “We buy really great real estate,” said Nelson when talking about how Family Video works with other Highland businesses.

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“Using our resources, we can look at a building and can carve out a little bit to add an additional accessory business.” Another business of Highland is Marco’s Pizza. A Marco’s Pizza became attached to a FV, so now families could get a pizza and a movie in one place. Highland Ventures LTD prides itself on its strong entrepreneurial spirit, and this spirit rubs off onto Family Video. The Google definition of entrepreneur is “a person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so.” When you walk into Family Video, you can see the financial risks they take. Most everything is outrageously cheap. The rental prices are extremely low, and some films are even cheaper to buy. For example, there is a section in the middle of the store where you can get two DVD’s for $1. When you create a free Family Video account, you get half-price rentals for 30 days. Creating an account also adds you to the Family Video text program, where you can receive a text about a deal or coupon redeemable every day. Oh, and the kids section is free, too. “We’re continuously saying the word free and customers are surprised,” said Kylee Goodson, multi-store manager, who runs the Moore location, when talking about the benefits of a Family Video account.

But why drive out somewhere to go into a store and find a movie to watch when you have Netflix, HBO and other outlets to acquire entertainment? “I think the main reason people come here is for the experience,” said Goodson, “Getting to actually touch the movies and pick out something you want makes customers have flashbacks of going to blockbuster as a kid.” That “something” could be anything from the newest releases of a Hollywood blockbuster to a TV series that, somehow, isn’t on Netflix, to one of your favorite movies as a child. Regardless of what you chose to rent – or purchase – after a visit to Family Video, you understand why the store is named what it is. “We get to know each other, more than just saying ‘hey,’” said Goodson. “I feel like my whole life revolves around the people I’ve met here.” As Goodson checks out customers, they tend to be smiling, laughing, and having a conversation as the transaction takes place. With its amazing deals, entrepreneur spirit and astounding customer service, Family Video continues to be successful in the digital age. So, check out Family Video, and you’ll experience why it is “Moore” than a normal video store.


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Movie Guide - July 2017

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Spider-Man: Homecoming Following the events of Captain America: Civil War (2016), Peter Parker attempts to balance his life in high school with his career as the web-slinging superhero Spider-Man.

War for the Planet of the Apes After the apes suffer unimaginable losses, Caesar wrestles with his darker instincts and begins his own mythic quest to avenge his kind.

Dunkirk Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, Canada, and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

From the Land of the Moon In 1950s France, Gabrielle is a passionate, free-spirited woman who is in a loveless marriage and falls for another man when she is sent away to the Alps to treat her kidney stones. Gabrielle yearns to free herself and run away with AndrĂŠ.

A Ghost Story In this singular exploration of legacy, love, loss, and the enormity of existence, a recently deceased, white-sheeted ghost returns to his suburban home to try to reconnect with his bereft wife.

I Wish A teenage girl discovers a box that carries magic powers and a deadly price for using them.

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.

Atomic Blonde An undercover MI6 agent is sent to Berlin during the Cold War to investigate the murder of a fellow agent and recover a missing list of double agents.

Editor’s Note: Each month our Movie Guide provides a listing of top films expected at the Moore Warren. Dates are subject to change.


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Wonder Woman:

Faith, Love, and Girl Power Give DC a Much-Needed Win By Rob Morris Directed by: Patty Jenkins Written by: Allan Heinberg (story by Zach Snyder) Starring: Gal Gadot, Chris Pine, Connie Nielsen, Robin Wright, Danny Huston Buoyed by charismatic lead Gal Gadot (Fast & Furious 6 and 7, Batman v Superman) and a great directorial turn by Patty Jenkins (Monster, Entourage), Warner Brothers and DC Comics finally have a superhero movie that gets off the ground. This World War I era origin story follows the life of Diana, a princess of the Amazons, as she becomes a trained warrior and discovers her unique heritage. After a nicely-executed prologue lays the mythical foundation for the legendary Amazons (they were put here by Zeus to balance out the evil intentions of Ares, God of War), we get a snappily-paced montage of little Diana chafing under the protection of her mother, Hippolyta (Connie Nielsen), who also happens to be Queen of the Amazons. Fortunately, Diana's sympathetic aunt, Antiope (Robin Wright), who is the kingdom’s top warrior, begins training her in secret. As she grows, Diana begins to display unusual fighting skills that hint at a very special origin. Cue the World War I plot development: Allied spy Steve Trevor (Chris Pine) crash lands just offshore of the hidden Amazonian island, Diana rescues him. Diana and her fellow Amazons find themselves in the middle of the "war to end all wars" when German soldiers follow Trevor ashore and attack the Amazons. In the wake of the attack, Diana decides it’s her duty to accompany Trevor back to the world outside where she plans to seek out Ares, who is suspected to be behind all human conflict. Working from a story by Zack Snyder (Man of Steel) and a script by Allan Heinberg (Party of Five, Gilmore Girls, Grey’s Anatomy), Jenkins keeps the story moving along with a nice blend of humor and action while avoiding the twin pitfalls of too much camp or too much grit. It’s

an impressive balancing act when you consider that aside from the Nolan Batman series, no other director has been able to achieve the balance between light and heavy in a way that elevates their protagonist to that perfect comic book movie zone. It’s Gadot who makes the movie work, though. The Israeli-born actress is every bit the casting inspiration as was Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark/Iron Man. Gadot generates tremendous audience sympathy as her character journeys from naiveté through disillusionment to the discovery of why people are worthy of redemption. Ultimately, it’s her relationship with Trevor that unlocks the key to her will to fight: faith and love are strong motivators. Marvel still easily rules the comic book universe, with their unparalleled run of winning big-screen hits, but DC has stepped up their game with Wonder Woman. That should generate some hope for the upcoming DC installments of Justice League, The Flash, and Aquaman. In a bit of irony, Marvel chose Jenkins to be the original director for “Thor: Dark World" but left because of the all-to-familiar “creative differences.” Jenkins has said that she had pictured the second Thor movie as a sort of “Romeo and Juliet” storyline with Odin forbidding Thor to return to Earth because of his relationship with Jane Foster, allowing a dark enemy to arise that would threaten the entire universe. Marvel decided to take the story in a different direction and “Thor: Dark World” is now regarded as the weakest of the Marvel movies.

© Photos courtesy DC Entertainment / Warner Bros.

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Activities at The Station YOUTH SPORT CLASSES BASKETBALL & ME Introduce yourself and your Toddler to the great game of Basketball. As you and your child will participate in our fun and age appropriate activities, your child will be developing their large motor and socialization skills. The fun happens on the court – parents are part of the action for this 8-week class. All 8 classes included in each Session. Price includes 1 parent and 1 child to participate. WHEN: July 1st - August 19th Sat Mornings (8 Classes) TIME: 9:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M. & 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Gym AGES: 2-4 year olds REGISTRATION: May 1st-June 30th for July & August Classes COST: $85 per session includes parent and child JR. CHEER SQUAD Yell It Loud! Yell It Proud! Join us for this fun and engaging class that will introduce your child to the sport of cheerleading. The Cheerleaders will learn fun and basic cheerleading skills. Don’t miss out on the action and join today for this awesome 8-week class. WHEN: July 1st - August 19th Sat Mornings (8 Classes) TIME: 11:30 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Gym AGES: 4-8 year olds REGISTRATION: May 1st - June 30th for July & August Classes COST: $85 per session includes parent and child FIT KIDS This 55 minute class is packed with entertaining music, foundational fitness moves, and fun games. Fit Kids will get your child moving and learning the importance of making healthy choices all while having fun! For ages 7 to 12 years. Parents are welcome to stay. WHEN: July 26th- September 13th DAY/TIME: Wednesday at 4:30pm (8 weeks) WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGE: 7-12 years old COST: $25 for passholders; $50 for non-passholders REGISTRATION: Early Registration ends July 21st Late registration $5 extra July 22nd- July 4th FEE: $25 for passholders; $50 for non-passholders

YOUTH DANCE CLASSES COMBO DANCE CLASS 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 have a Recital. Recitals to be Determined. WHEN: July 5th - July 26th Wednesday Nights (4 Classes) August 2nd - August 23rd 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: May 1st - July 4th For July Classes, June 1st - August 1st For August Classes FEE: $45 per session INSTRUCTOR: Amy Shipman HIP HOP/JAZZ DANCE CLASS 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 have a Recital. Recitals are to be determined. WHEN: July 6th - July 27th Thursday Nights (4 Classes) August 3rd - August 24th 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: May 1st - July 4th For July Classes June 1st - August 1st For August Classes FEE: $45 per session BABY BALLET 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 have a Recital. Recitals are to be determined. WHEN: July 6th - July 27th Thursday Nights (4 Classes) August 3rd - August 24th Thursday Nights (4 Classes) TIME: 5:30 P.M. - 6:15 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room

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...AGES: 18 months - 3 year olds REGISTRATION: May 1st - July 4th For July Classes June 1st - August 1st For August Classes FEE: $45 per session 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 have a Recital. Recitals are to be determined. WHEN: July 5th - July 26th Wednesday Nights (4 Classes) August 2nd - August 23rd Wednesday 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: May 1st - July 4th For July Classes June 1st - August 1st For August Classes FEE: $45 per session INSTRUCTOR: Amy Shipman

YOUTH ART CLASSES BEADS & STRINGS In this class you will create, make, mold and build different art using beads and string. WHEN: September 5th - 26th Monday & Tuesday Nights (7 Classes) TIME: 3-5 Year Olds (4:30 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.) 6-12 Year Olds (5:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.) WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 3-5 and 6-12 year olds REGISTRATION: TBA FEE: $55 INSTRUCTOR: Tara Kerby YOUTH CLAY WORKS & CRAFTS In this class you will create, make and mold different art using clay. WHEN: Oct 2nd-Oct 24th Monday & Tuesday Nights (8 Classes) TIME: 3-5 Year Olds (4:30 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.) 6-12 Year Olds (5:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.) WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 3-5 and 6-12 year olds REGISTRATION: Jul 1st - Oct 1st FEE: $55 INSTRUCTOR: Tara Kerby YOUTH ARTS & CRAFTS A class where kids get to use their imagination in a different way, making a variety of projects they get to take home. WHEN: Aug 7th - Aug 29th Monday and Tuesday Nights (8 Classes) TIME:3-5 Year Olds (4:30 P.M. - 5:30 P.M.) 6-12 Year Olds (5:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M.) WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 3-5 and 6-12 year olds REGISTRATION PERIOD: May 1st - August 6th For August Classes FEE: $55 per Session INSTRUCTOR: Tara Kerby ALL ABOARD KIDS CLUB: ARTS-CRAFTS-BOARD GAMES Designed especially for kids 7-12 years of age. Kids 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 minds mind participating in arts and crafts as well as 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 SUMMER BREAK Dates: May 26th - August 18th (M-F) Time: 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M. FALL BREAK Dates: October 19th - 20th (TH-F) Time: 9:00 A.M.-4:00 P.M.

SPECIAL INTEREST CLASSES GUITAR LESSONS Ever thought about learning how to play guitar but just never got around to it? 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: July 6th - August 24th TIME: 7:30 P.M. - 8:45 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 12+ REGISTRATION: Mar 1st - July 5th FEE: $65 per session GRILL MASTER 101 Summer time brings sun, fun, and BBQ. In this class you will learn how to prepare and grill your favorite meats. All foods and supplies are included in the price. All you will need is to bring an open mind and an appetite. Don’t miss out on this fun Summer Class and join today. WHEN: July 11th - August 1st, Tuesday Nights (4 Classes) August 8th - August 29th, Tuesday Nights (4 Classes) TIME: 6:30 P.M. - 7:45 P.M. WHERE: The Station Catering Kitchen AGES: 15+ REGISTRATION: March 1st - July 10th for July Classes March 1st - August 7th for August Classes FEE: $65 per session PERSONAL TRAINING The goal of our personal trainers is to help you identify your goals and achieve them by creating a personalized fitness plan. When you join The Station, you will receive a free fitness orientation with one of our certified staff members. During the fitness orientation you will learn how to use the fitness equipment for your needs, set personal goals to achieve a healthy lifestyle and most importantly learn how fitness is fun. SMALL GROUP SESSIONS: Work out with a partner (2 or more participants required at registration) $40 per 1 hour session $50 per 1 hour session $250 for 5 sessions $450 for 10 sessions For more information visit the front desk to schedule your Personal Training session today! PARENTS NIGHT OUT Once a month on Fridays, parents can enjoy a night out on the town alone while their children are having fun and being watched by our trained staff. Depending on the age, the child will either be in the child watch room or the activity room. Check in is at 6 pm and you must pick them up by 10 pm. Pizza is provided for dinner. If your child has a food allergy this will be accommodated as well. You will check your child in the Child Watch Room for ages 3-6 and the Activity Room for ages 7-11. WHEN: July 7th, Aug 4th, Sept 1st TIME: 6:00 P.M - 10:00 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room & Child Watch Room AGES: 3 Years-11 Years Old REGISTRATION: August 1st through the first day before Parent’s Night Out. FEE: $15 per child CLASS INSTRUCTOR: The Station Staff CLASS MAXIMUM: 10 children (3 years-6 Years) 20 children (7 years-11 Years) Schedule of Events Ages 3-6 6:00 P.M.-7:30 P.M. - Child Watch Room 7:30 P.M.-8:00 P.M. - Activity Room-Dinner 8:00 P.M.-10:00 P.M. - Child Watch Room/Movie Ages 7-11 6:00 P.M.-7:30 P.M. - Activity Room- Board Games/Art 7:30 P.M.-8:00 P.M. - Activity Room-Dinner 8:00 P.M.-9:00 P.M. - Gym- Sports Games 9:00 P.M.-10:00 P.M. - Activity Room- Educational Activity/Movie Schedule Subject to Change

FAMILY FUN EVENTS PING PONG MANIA 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 on how to play. WHEN: September 21st, October 26th TIME: 7:30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center AGES: Anyone - Kids 6 & Under accompanied by an adult. REGISTRATION PERIOD: No Registration free to come COST: Free FAMILY GAME NIGHT Open for families of all ages with a variety of different games from Monopoly to card games like Go Fish and Ping Pong. WHEN: July 27th, August 24th TIME: 7:30 P.M. - 9:30 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: Children 6 & under must be accompanied by an Adult. COST: Free REGISTRATION: No Registration free to come


EDUCATION CLASSES SPANISH 4 ADULTS Learn Spanish for beginners. Adult classes will teach the basics of understanding and be able to use basic Spanish in the real world. WHEN: September 6th - October 25th Every Wednesday (8 Classes) TIME: 6:15 P.M. - 7:15 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 6-13 year olds REGISTRATION: July 1st - September 5th COST: $65 per session INSTRUCTOR: Rocie Petchprom SPANISH 4 KIDS Children will learn basic Spanish speaking skills. WHEN: Sept 6th - Oct 26th Every Wednesday & Thursday (16 Classes) TIME: 5:15 P.M. - 6:15 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 6-13 year olds REGISTRATION: July 1st - September 5th COST: $85 per session INSTRUCTOR: Rocie Petchprom CONTINUATION SPANISH 4 ADULTS 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: September 7th - October 26th Thursdays (8 Classes) TIME: 6:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 15+ year olds REGISTRATION: May 1st – September 6th COST: $55 per session INSTRUCTOR: Rocie Petchprom SIGN LANGUAGE Sign Language is a system of communication using visual gestures and signs. In this class you will learn the basics of how to use and interpret sign language. WHEN: July 11th - August 29th Tuesday Evenings (8 Classes) TIME: 6:45 P.M. - 7:45 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 12+ year olds COST: $65 per session REGISTRATION: April 1st - July 10th INSTRUCTOR: Torie Sangie

DOG TRAINING CLASSES PUPPY CLASS Build a strong relationship with your puppy based on trust and cooperation. All training is gentle and fun, and you will learn how to help your puppy blend into your family. Please bring something that you know your dog already likes as this will help in the class. There should be one dog per handler, but the whole family can come train. Every dog in the same family paying for class needs to have their own handler. WHEN: July 15th - August 19th Saturday Mornings (6 Classes) September 9th - October 14th Saturday Mornings (6 Classes) TIME: 10:00 A.M. - 11:00 A.M. WHERE: Buck Thomas Dog Park AGES: Dogs up to 4 months old. Puppies must have had 2nd round of puppy vaccination shots (Distemper/Parvo, DHLPP). Copy of shot records must be brought to the Station and turned into the Front Desk before 1st class. REGISTRATION: March 1st - July 14th for July & August Classes April 1st - September 8th for September & October Classes FEE: $95 per session BASIC MANNERS CLASS Please bring something that you know your dog already likes as this will help in the class. There should be one dog per handler, but the whole family can come train. Every dog in the same family paying for class needs to have their own handler. WHEN: July 15th - August 19th Saturday Mornings (6 Classes) September 9th - October 14th Saturday Mornings (6 Classes) TIME: 11:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. WHERE: Buck Thomas Dog Park AGES: Dogs 4 months old and older. Vaccinations: We do require that your dog is current on Rabies, Distemper and Bordetella. Copy of shot records must be brought to the Station and turned into the Front Desk before 1st class. REGISTRATION: March 1st - July 14th for July & August Classes April 1st - September 8th for September & October Classes FEE: $95 per session

MASTER’S SWIM CLASS Whether you are training for a triathlon, swimming for health, or trying to improve form and endurance, this master’s swim class is for you! Each clinic is based on individual stroke analysis and technique instruction according to the needs of the participant. While we are welcoming to all individuals, basic swim ability is encouraged. Class includes a warmup and cool-down swim. When: Monday and Wednesday mornings Session 2: July 3rd–July 26th (8 classes) Session 3: July 31st–August 23rd (8 classes) Time: 6:00am–7:00am Where: The Station Aquatic Facility-Lap Pool Ages: 18+ Registration period: May 10th–June 30th for Session 2 May 10th–July 28th for Session 3 Fee: Passholder: $15/session Non-passholder: $30/session Non-passholder all access lap swim: $45/session

ADULT DANCE CLASSES LINE DANCING Learn how to do a variation of multiple line dances. Get a new experience every class! WHEN: July 5th - August 23rd TIME: 7:30 P.M. - 8:45 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center AGES: Adults 18+ REGISTRATION: April 1st - July 4th FEE: $55 per session or $8 per class INSTRUCTOR: Claudia Clark ADULT SWING DANCING Learn how to Swing Dance and its many variations. Before you know it you will be able to scoot across the dance floor like a pro. WHEN: September 6th - October 25th Wednesday Nights (8 Classes) TIME: 7:30 P.M - 9:00 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: Adults 15+ REGISTRATION: July 1st - September 5th For September & October Classes FEE: $55 per session or $8 per class INSTRUCTOR: Bob Gates

ADULT ART CLASSES ADULT MORNING PAINTING & DRAWING CLASS Use several drawing media and various techniques in this class. All supplies included. Class taught by a certified art instructor. WHEN: August 14th - September 25th Monday Mornings (6 Classes) No Class on September 4th-Labor Day TIME: 10:30 A.M - 12:00 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 15+ REGISTRATION PERIOD: April 1st - July 9th FEE: $65 per session for March and June Classes INSTRUCTOR: Donna Barnard ADULT PAINTING CLASS Use several drawing media and watercolor. All supplies included. Class taught by a certified art instructor. WHEN: September 11th - September 25th (3 Classes) TIME: 6:45 P.M. - 8:15 P.M. For September Classes WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 15+ REGISTRATION PERIOD: June 1st - September 11th For September Classes FEE: $55 per Session For March and June Classes $45 per Session For September Classes INSTRUCTOR: Will Wilson ADULT DRAWING CLASS DESCRIPTION: Use several drawing media and various techniques in this class. All supplies included. Class taught by a certified art instructor. WHEN: July 10th - July 31st Monday Nights (4 Classes) TIME: 6:45 P.M - 8:15 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room AGES: 15+ REGISTRATION: April 1st - July 9th For June Classes FEE: $55 per session for March and June Classes INSTRUCTOR: Donna Barnard CARTOON ART 4 ADULTS Ever thought it would be fun to draw your favorite cartoon characters? Now you have the chance to draw your favorite comic book character. Learn new and exciting techniques in this specialized class. WHEN: August 7th - August 28th Monday Nights (4 Classes) TIME: 6:45 P.M. - 8:15 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center Activity Room

...AGES: 15+ REGISTRATION: May 1st - August 6th FEE: $55 per session INSTRUCTOR: Tara Thompson

SUMMER SPORTS CAMPS Most summer sports camps run Monday-Friday 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. unless specified differently upon sign up. Sports camps are open to boys and girls ages 7-13 years old. Each participant in a week-long camp will receive a t-shirt. Snacks will be provided in all camps. Parents are asked to make sure campers bring proper attire. Camps are set up to teach basic fundamentals and skills with game like scenarios. Space is limited. Sign up today! SOCCER CAMP WHEN: July 17th – 21st WHERE: Buck Thomas Park South Front Field COST: $85 per person INSTRUCTOR: Robert Williams, Westmoore High School Soccer Head Coach FOOTBALL CAMP WHEN: July 10th & July 11th WHERE: Buck Thomas South Front Field COST: $95 per person INSTRUCTOR: Lorenzo Williams, Westmoore Football Head Coach ONE DAY BASKETBALL CAMP: OFFENSIVE SKILLS This camp is for anyone looking to enhance their skills on the offensive side of the ball. The camp will go over different kinds of dribbling techniques, passing, shooting and other offensive skills. WHEN: July 6th // 8:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center COST: $25 per person INSTRUCTOR: Scott Hodges, Westmoore Basketball Head Coach ONE DAY BASKETBALL CAMP: SHOOTING This camp is to improve your shooting from anywhere in the gym. This camp will focus on jump shots and low post moves. Emphasis will be placed on shooting form and the proper way to make lay-ups. WHEN: July 31st // 8:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M. WHERE: The Station Recreation Center COST: $25 per person INSTRUCTOR: Scott Hodges, Westmoore Basketball Head Coach SPECIAL NEEDS ALL-STAR/PRIDE SOCCER CAMP The Special Needs All-Star/Pride Soccer Camp will give the opportunity of learning and playing soccer to any boy or girl, ages 4 to 16, who has any mental or physical disability. The camp is modified to fit the needs of the players; everyone plays at his/her level. All Participants will receive snacks, water, and sports drinks daily to go along with a camp T-shirt at the conclusion of the camp. We will also be accepting volunteer applications for anyone interested in donating their time to help out with this awesome camp. You can fill out an application to be a volunteer at www.cityofmoore.com or at The Station. WHEN: July 12th-July 14th TIME: 9:00a.m.-12:00p.m. (Ages 4-9) 1:00p.m.-4:00 p.m. (Ages 10-16) WHERE: Buck Thomas Park AGES: 4-16 COST: $75 REGISTRATION (Online): May 1st–July 10th CLASS MINIMUM: 10 CLASS MAXIMUM: 50 INSTRUCTOR: Cristie Oliver Central Jr. High Special Education Teacher

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


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Ask the Tax Guy! Dear Tax Guy: Are there things from a purely financial POV that will help folks with the changing environment in medical insurance? A ‘feeling like the changing environment is a steam roller’ reader Dear ‘Steam Rolled” Reader: Healthcare touches us in our most vulnerable, irrational aspects. Yet, in dealing in with it, we must be our most cold-blooded, rational selves. Health insurance, like other types of insurance, is, in essence, risk management. What is risk management? One way of looking at it would to be realize that before the recent spate of earthquakes in Oklahoma, hardly one in 100,000 homeowners felt the need to take out insurance covering home damage caused by earthquakes! People did not perceive the need to insure themselves against this risk. Insurance is spreading the risk among a large( r ) group of people to spread the costs amongst each other. Some years, you have an event, others don’t. They pay in premiums that you use in covering yourself. Other years, you pay in premiums that you don’t use, others get reimbursed for their event. People instinctively get this in regards to house insurance, auto insurance, etc. Yet, we typically refer to our system as health care,

rather than health care AND health insurance. Yet, to me, if we are to traverse this landscape, we should acknowledge the distinction. In one of the Harvard Medical School alumni newsletters in the 1930s, it was advised that if someone wanted to make money, they should NOT go into medicine. Doctors got ‘paid’ in eggs, produce, if they got paid at all. Most health ‘events’ occurred at home, including child birth and the death of aged parents with the doctor in attendance at critical moments. As we have moved from an agrarian society to an urbanized, technological society, many tasks that we used to do ourselves have been assumed by others. This isn’t right or wrong, but, I think, there needs to be an understanding of how we got here to understand some of what is happening. That may be just me; I’ve always wanted to understand not just the What, but also the Why. Prior to World War II, health insurance was a rarity, an outlier, if you will. During World War II, employers, unable to raise wages because of government-imposed wage and price controls, offered ‘benefits’ to entice scarce workers. Among these benefits was health insurance to help pay for health care. Thus began the modern worker’s expectation of employer-provided coverage ending in the Affordable Care Act’s provision that employers with fifty or more workers MUST provide health insurance or pay a penalty. Health care was ‘primitive’ by today’s standards, thus, employers were purchasing insurance on our behalf for fairly constrained choices and consequences. If you got heart failure, the symptoms would be managed, but you would die. Today, we keep really sick people alive for significant periods of time. We replace their hearts, livers, etc. This has costs. I read somewhere recently that 20 percent of the population accounts for 80 percent of health care spending. In many ways, we got ‘spoiled’ by the old system. Cheap co-pays, etc. The cost of the insurance was being covered by our employer, etc. But, the ground shifted. [Employers changed (in some ways due to the same dynamics driving our current topic) from employer-paid pensions to 401(k)s.] Employers had to deal with large premium increases. They countered with opting for plans that offered less benefits and higher deductibles and co-pays. This was the genesis, if you will, to lifetime limits, exclusion if you had a ‘pre-existing’ condition. Health insurance companies, the government, employers were trying to manage health care costs that were being reimbursed by insurance. (Editor’s Note: Mr. Rush, as usual, has meandered on, not answering the question in the space we allot him in each month’s issue. We had to cut his response in half, and will wrap this up in next month’s issue. We appreciate your forbearance.)

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Entrepreneur'n Moore

How Do I Build Trust Within My Organization? At the core of trust-building is raising people’s consciousness of what trust means and the behaviors that build it. Webster’s Dictionary defines trust as the “assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something.” Think of trust like a bank account. You extend trust “credits” proportional to the risk you are willing to take with someone. When that person honors the trust you have granted, then he or she gets a deposit in the trust account. When the person says or does something that breaks your trust, then you deduct from their trust account. Consider these trust-building behaviors within your organization and with your customers: • Character – talk straight, tell the truth, do what you say you will do, and practice mutual respect and credibility. • Competence – Establish a track record of results. Get the right things done. Accomplish what you were hired to do. Be on time and on budget. Be responsible, accountable – don’t make excuses for not delivering. Be open to feedback, get better, and continue to increase your knowledge and skills. • Create Transparency – Conduct open and honest communication, active listening, seek first to understand others before expecting to be understood yourself. Be authentic and genuine. Avoid gossip, secretive, hidden agendas and objectives. • Clarify and manage expectations – hold yourself and others accountable, address the tough issues directly, do not ignore them. • Extend Trust – Extend trust abundantly to those who have earned your trust. Extend conditionally to those who are earning your trust – balance your trust based on the situation and the risk and credibility of the people involved. When in doubt, however, assume positive intent and choose to extend trust.

• Help others with critical tasks. You don’t hear, “That’s not my job” in a successful organization. You hear, “We’re in this together.” • Recognize that people are not problems—problems are problems. People who have been hurt sometimes turn around and hurt other people. They need to see beyond the hurt and help others instead. • Don't start sentences or thoughts with, “What's in it for me?” but with, “How can I serve you?” Trust is a process, a choice and something that is uniquely human. It is also a worthy investment for organizations to foster and develop with its leaders, employees, customers and the society within which they live.

Henry Dumas Small Business Management Coordinator Moore Norman Technology Center 405-809-3540 • www.mntc.edu

Why is high trust so important in organizations? • Trust forms the foundation for effective communication, employee retention, motivation and engagement beyond the minimum required. Studies show that organizations with a high level of trust have increased employee morale, more productive workers and lower staff turnover. • Effective teamwork involves trust among team members and between management and associates. It is the key to relying on people, cooperating as a group in interdependent relationships, taking thoughtful risks and experiencing believable communication. • Trust promotes creativity, conflict management, empowerment, teamwork and leadership during times of uncertainty and change. • Trust is significantly related to sales, profits and turnover

You will always be able to see, hear and feel when trusting relationships exist in organizations. A healthy organization is full of people who: • Are loyal to one another. They keep their word and honor their journey. • Never judge -- seek first to understand. • Laugh with (not at) others. • Take issues directly to the source. They don’t talk behind others’ backs. • Express genuine appreciation up, down and across the organization.

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to paint a picture that no one wants to see. These health issues go hand-in-hand, which are both largely preventable through exercise & diet.

You’ll find Seafood Nutrition Partnership on Fox 25’s Living Oklahoma morning segment every Tuesday during the three-month challenge for “Take it Off Tuesdays”, which will feature a different local health expert every week sharing beginner’s tips, fun facts and easy ways to get started for families.

One local non-profit has teamed up with Take it Off Oklahoma to spread the word about the tasty benefits of adding seafood to the diet as part of the solution to a healthier community.

Find detailed information on Take it Off Oklahoma Challenge and sign up online.

Free Community-Wide Challenge Encourages Everyone to Get Healthy Together Let’s take it off, Oklahoma! That’s what you’ll be hearing around the community over the next three months as Oklahoma City-County Health Department teams up with Fox 25 in support with Mayor Mick Cornett and other large community partners for “Take it Off Oklahoma”, a free, three-month community-wide weight loss challenge encouraging residents all over the metro to take off the weight together in a fun, family-friendly way. The best part? It’s all free and just in time for your summer goals. Oklahoma ranks as the 8th most obese state in the country, and 29% of metro-area residents qualify as obese. Pair that with heart disease as the leading cause of death in Oklahoma, which accounts for 1 in 4 deaths in the state each year, and it begins

“I think OKC is ready for seafood, ready for progress, and ready to get healthier,” said Seafood Nutrition Partnership Oklahoma City Field Director Katie Roberts. “We’ve partnered with this program to feature collaborators from our coalition to share a new outlook on how Oklahomans can start incorporating seafood into the diet twice a week to become heart healthy and lower their risk of heart disease. It’s an important part of the overall picture.”

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Firstep Recovery Program Provides Alternative to Traditional Drug and Alcohol Treatment By Beverly Ferree The hardest part of overcoming any addiction is taking the first step, and for many addicts in Oklahoma, the OKC Metro Alliance, Inc. Men’s and Women’s Firstep Recovery Programs have become more than just their first step. It has given them the tools to change their path. Located close to Stanley Draper Lake, in the serenity of the trees and nature, the Firstep Programs look more like church camps than rehabilitation centers. There are no high walls and security to go through. No nurses in scrubs and doctors. And perhaps that is what has made a difference to many of the graduates. “The Men’s Firstep Recovery Program began as a homeless program in 1986,” explained Brent Branham, Men’s Firstep Program Work Training Manager. “Ben Brown and Pete White are the people who got it started. They were just trying to help the homeless, and what they discovered was that a large percentage of the homeless population had drug and alcohol problems. The program just transitioned from there.” And while the Firstep Program does not describe themselves as a treatment facility, for many men and women that come to the program, that’s the key. “We provide an alternative to treatment,” said April Prentice, Women’s Firstep Program Assistant. “We are getting them acclimated to be able to function in society as adults, going to work, and even going to the 12-step program in the evening.” The key to this program is not only providing the tools the addicts need to function in society but giving them the opportunity to use those tools in a safe, drug and alcohol-free environment. “We provide the guys with the tools for recovery and the training to get back into society and become a contributing member of society,” said Branham. “They get up at five every morning. We provide them with a job, we get them to work and we get them back here in the evening. Then they have classes on life skills and money management. They have AA meetings and NA meetings. Counseling. They are in bed by 10, and they start it all over again the next day.” The men and women also receive counseling through the Tri City Youth and Family Center out of Choctaw, with one-on-one counseling or peer centered counseling. Firstep also provides parenting classes. And they assist residents with earning their GED and applying and getting grants to attend college.

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“We have a gentleman that comes out and teaches a life skills class,” said Prentice. “He’s a nurse practitioner, and he does classes on anger management, parenting classes, a budgeting curriculum. Tinker Federal Credit Union also does a budgeting class. And we partner with a lot of ministries.” Firstep also works with DHS to provide the residents with visits with their children, and the women’s program works with Remerge, a program at Women’s Firstep that provides housing for up to 13 clients for the first 90 days of their recovery. “Remerge is a women’s diversion program,” says Prentice. “It takes Oklahoma mothers who have charges and are looking at prison time and puts them in a two-year program. At the end of the program, their record is expunged, they have their kids back and they are productive members of society. And for their first 90 days they are housed at Firastep.” The men and women work a five or six-day week, and Sunday is their day off to visit with their families or take passes. The men and women eventually work to receive four hour passes, and in phase five of the program, they start earning 24-hour passes. And as far as cost goes, the men and women pay their own way with the jobs they get through the program. “The money they make goes to pay for everything we provide, housing, food, recovery programs, etc.,” said Branham. But for many of the Firstep residents, the one thing that makes a huge difference to their recovery is working with people who were addicts as well. “I’m a graduate of the program,” explained Branham. “I had been a meth addict for 20 plus years. I had been to drug court. Been to prison. None of that worked for me.” Until he came to Men’s Firstep. And the same is true for Prentice, “I went through the Firstep Program in 2013. Before that, I had been to treatment centers, went to a year-long program and relapsed. That’s when I came here. I learned tools in treatment, but I didn’t know how to apply them. What Firstep has done for me is teach me how to apply those tools to my life and be able to use them in a practical way.” And Men’s Firstep will soon have an OU graduate. Resident Advisor for Firstep, Dedrick K. Perkins gradu-

ated from the Firstep program in September of 2015. He will graduate with his Masters of Social Work from OU in 2020. “After Graduation, I plan to work as an addiction counselor,” said Perkins. “I am a firm believer in what Johann Hari says about addition, ‘The opposite of addiction is connection.’ Firstep gave me the opportunity to connect with people in my life, with myself, and with God. I can now bear to be present in my life because I don’t feel so much shame and guilt from what was done to me and how I was dealing with it. I want to go through the difficult times because it tells me that I am strong and that I don’t need to escape my reality in order to see the beauty and joy that is so abundant in my life and in the lives of people around me. Most importantly, Firstep has showed me how to love, love without requirement or constrictions.” After he graduates, Perkins would like to work with LGBT youth or women in the penal system, eventually pursuing his doctorate in social work or sociology and writing books on addiction and trauma. In addition to rehabilitation, most of the men and women who come to Firstep leave with a job. “Probably 80 to 90 percent of the graduates who want to stay in this area will have a job when they leave here,” said Branham. “They will also have a driver’s license or a state ID and a social security card.” And once they graduate, they help them adjust to living outside of the program. “We have case managers to help them find housing once they leave,” explained Prentice. “In their last days, they have an exit plan to make sure they have a plan for once they leave.” And they must be doing something right, because OKC Metro Alliance just received a million-dollar grant to add transitional housing to the property at Men’s Firstep. For any employers out there interested in hiring some of the men and women for your business, know that Firstep has a great track record. “The employers know the people we provide are going to be drug free, they have transportation, a sack lunch,” said Branham. “They are very dependable.”


“We have even had businesses call and donate their time,” said Branham. “They have painted our dorm. They built a porch. They provided all the materials and the labor.” Firstep also gets a several people from the community who call and hire one to several people to come and do yard work or clean up around their house. “And they get to see the face of addiction,” explained Branham. “They get to see that addiction has no boundaries.” For resident Ashley Miller, Women’s Firstep has saved her life, “I have been a drug addict for 20 years. By the time I was 15, I was

an IV meth user. I’ve been to treatment, to jail, and after everything I’ve been through, this is the best program. At Firstep you learn to deal with people you don’t like, in situations you don’t like, and you just learn to carry on. We as drug addicts are impulsive. We react to things based on our feelings as opposed to what we know is right. But Firstep has given me the tools to take life as it comes.” Branham described the ultimate goal for the Firstep Program, “The 12-steps is a dotted line to help you get through the recovery. It gives you the tools and the direction on how to

get through addiction and how to be successful in life, learn how to be a better person, more Godly. It’s a successful way of finding recovery.” Anyone interested in joining the program, providing employment or donating money or supplies can call Men’s Firstep directly at (405) 799-5297 or Women’s Firstep at (405) 794-2834 or go to okcmetroalliance.com for more info.

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Class Acts

By Beverly Ferree

hile the three high schools in

the building together, look at their goals again and talk about

this district is that it works. It's more than just functional. It’s

Moore may get the attention and

them. Whatever it takes.”

successful. The district is supportive of this program. David

publicity, VISTA Academy has its own success story. Located on 4th street near the railroad tracks is a building that houses the Moore Public School District’s alternative education program. VISTA's night school in particular, at the helm of principals

Cox agrees that things are different in a setting where there are not over 2,000 students in the school.

Peak, Assistant Superintendent of Secondary Education, Jimmy Martin, Director of Alternative Education and

“It’s a smaller setting here,” said Cox. “So, we have more interactions on a more routine basis with the students.

Dr. Romines, District Superintendent, were here to support

We are going to get to know them better. The numbers in the

the students. Our district sees this as a very viable piece that

classroom are small. The students are in and out of the office

helps these students graduate.”

Penny Clark and James Cox, has had great success, and on

all the time for credit checks and to see what class they need

Wednesday, May 24, they celebrated their recent graduates.

to take next. So, we have an opportunity to speak to them in

VISTA is simply for students with difficulties, “When I first

a different manner, to get to know them.”

started teaching 20 plus years ago, I thought the same thing.

With family in attendance and food waiting to be enjoyed,

And Clark has some advice for all those who believe

the graduates had an opportunity to be recognized for their

Clark agrees, “The program is so unique, and it brings a

achievements. And for most of these at-risk graduates, they

unique set of skills to me as an administrator that I’ve never

kids become part of the night school family, and we do

truly had a lot to celebrate.

received anywhere else. I know as a teacher, I didn’t understand

rally around them, to cheer them on towards success. The

the inner workings of the program. I see them as individuals,

personalization, the team approach, support, dedication

this semester,” explained Clark, who teaches English at Moore

to tap into their strengths and weaknesses. I have visited with

and determination by all is required in order for these kids

High School during the day. “That speaks volumes about at-

them at their jobs to see why they haven’t been to class. I have

to make it. There are no limits or labels on them. We expect

risk kids who are so diligent in spite of the odds and all of

called them. Made connections with them, and I have even got

and cheer their successes even if it is as simple as ringing

the obstacles they face on a daily basis, from the car breaking

them essentials needed for home.”

the bell when they finish a class.”

“We had more than 20 graduates in the program alone

down, to the baby being sick, to getting kicked out of their home. Yet they are here.” And it’s easy to see how much the principals admire their students.

“They’re all success stories,” said Cox, who teaches science at Southmoore High School. “Many of them come from broken homes, and some have to work to help support their

Some of the kids that attend VISTA choose to do so because they need a different environment. “Some of them don’t have issues,” explained Cox. “They

That’s where the troubled kids go. But it’s not true. These

Cox agrees, “I tell students all of the time, everyone has their something. “Whether it’s that they have a child or their parents are divorcing. Whether it’s at this building or at a

just prefer night school. To say that we can put all kids in a box

different building. All kids have their something. Some are just

and they all function in that box is not reality. There has to be

better at hiding things than others. This is not where troubled

alternative educational settings.”

kids come. The kids here just need a more personalized place

Clark agrees, “I think the alternative student is a different

to come.”

mom. Others have been kicked out and are living on their

kind of student, and I think that alternative education needs

Clark followed by saying, “I love these kids, and I know

own, and one young man didn’t even have a bed to sleep on.

to stay. We offer the personalization with both the classes and

they know that. By the time they finish and ring that bell.”

Yet they stuck through it and were able to graduate. Some

the smaller atmosphere, to be able to talk to the kids about the

of them we can reach and some we can’t, but we’re always

problems they are going through and to help them see the light

going to try.”

at the end of the tunnel. It’s our job to give them reasons to

Clark explains how some people may see the students at VISTA in the wrong way. “We learn to find the why with each student because it helps you see the side that you don’t understand,” said Clark. “Honestly, it’s such a pleasure to work with these kids. I make sure I make a connection with every single one of them. If they’re working on the computer, I might sit down and do part of their assignment with them. Or if they’re working on a packet, I sit down and do some of the problems with them…

stay. Sometimes they just need the one reason.” Along with counselors Sherre Brauer and Nakie McCarrol and the teachers at VISTA, Clark and Cox rally around their students. “We help them with things they don’t get in a school of over 2000,” said Clark. One thing is for sure, they don’t let the kids fall between the cracks at VISTA. “It’s a different culture. It’s a different mindset,” explained

unless it’s math! But I’ll sit down with them and say, ‘you’re

Cox. “And that’s neither good nor bad. It’s just different. It

not working as well as you did last night, what’s going on?’ And

takes a team, it takes a village, but it takes the right people in

sometimes they don’t want to talk and sometimes they do, and

the village to get the job done.”

we find a way to fix it or work through it. Whether it’s sitting to decompress, talk to the counselor, walk around

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And, as Clark points out, the program has district support, “What I want people to know about the alternative program in

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The Hometown Hero Award Winners

This story sponsored by

Richie Splitt, President & CEO, Norman Regional Health System Four first responders were honored for their

These medics are EMSSTAT’s “STARS of Life” representatives to the Oklahoma Ambulance

Hero celebration at Norman Regional Moore,

Association. Brandon Gray has been with

700 S. Telephone Road. As a healthcare facility,

EMSSTAT for 10 years. He is currently a Relief

we see the work first responders do each

Crew Chief, Critical Care Paramedic, excellent

and every day to keep our community safe,

Field Training Officer and the EMSSTAT’s

protected and healthy.

SWAT Team Commander. Brandon has been developing a strong partnership between the

We honored that work with a celebration that

Moore Police Department and EMSSTAT and now trains monthly with the Department.

event and a chance for Moore Fire, Police and

Devin Anderson has been with EMSSTAT for

EMSSTAT emergency medical services to show

two years serving in the role of Emergency

off their trucks, vehicles and equipment to the

Vehicle Operator. In his time at EMSSTAT,

public. At the event we passed out trophies to

Devin gained profound respect from his peers

first responders.

and quickly earned a spot on the EMSSTAT Disaster Medical Response Team. This is one

The City of Moore’s Fire Department was

of two such teams in the state of Oklahoma.

honored as a whole for its commitment to

It is an all hazards team that responds to

the highest level of public safety. The Moore

disaster and mass casualty events anywhere

Fire Department was established in 1916 and

in the state of Oklahoma for up to two-week

included a “bucket brigade.” Now it has more

deployments.

than 70 fire service professionals protecting the city of Moore.

At this event, we also débuted a demonstration set of our new MRI audio/visual

The award for the Moore Police Department

goggles which enhance our MRI patients’

went to Staff Sergeant Kevin Brown and Officer

experiences, allow for better communication

David Grant. These police officers rescued two

during procedures and reduce anxiety in MRI

people from a frozen pond. On December 22,

patients. The goggles allow the patient to

2016, Sgt. Kevin Brown and Officer David Grant

watch DVD’s, television programming, relaxing

responded to a report of three people who

meditation videos or simply listen to soothing

fell through the ice on the pond. The officers

music of their choice. This state-the-art

arrived and discovered two people were still

technology will be available first at our Norman

in the icy water. A neighbor provided a hose,

Regional Moore location and will be rolled

and they were able to throw the hose to one

out at our other locations by the end of the

person from the shore. The officers pulled him

summer. Initiatives like the MRI audio/visual

out of the water safely and then went onto

goggles are just one of the many ways Norman

the ice to rescue the stranded woman, who

Regional goes the extra step to provide a

was approximately 60 feet from shore. Since

comfortable and calming environment for you

hypothermia can set in quickly in the freezing

to heal.

waters of the pond, it was paramount that the officers get to her as quickly as possible.

Our more than 3,000 healers stand in the

Risking their own safety, Sgt. Brown and

gap between the hurt and healing every day

Officer Grant walked out onto the ice and were

for our patients and their loved ones. The team

able to pull her from the freezing water and

at Norman Regional has loved being your

help her to shore.

hometown healthcare provider for the past 10 years in Moore and we look forward to many

The Hometown Hero Award for EMSSTAT went to paramedic, Brandon Gray and Emergency Vehicle Operator, Devin Anderson.

more years of lifesaving care.

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Keep Your Skin Healthy This Summer

This story sponsored by

Candace Herrera University of Central Oklahoma Dietetic Intern

It’s hot and the sun is bright! Spending some time outside in the sun is good for your health. The sun is our best source of Vitamin D, which is good for strong bones and for getting that sun-kissed look we all love. But don’t get too carefree. Over time, the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) light can be harmful to fibers in our skin called elastin. So be sure to put on sunscreen if you’re going to be in the sun for a while. Luckily, there are lots of ways to keep skin healthy. A healthy diet plays a huge role in keeping your skin looking young and flawless.

Drinks lots of water All cells and organs in the body need water to function properly. Skin cells need water to maintain their strength and elasticity. Therefore, it is critical to drink a minimum of eight glasses of water a day for healthy skin. Drinking enough water will help hydrate skin and keep it from being vulnerable to damage. When you drink water, you are aiding in the prevention of dryness and wrinkles. It also helps

to limit intake of beverages that dehydrate you, or diuretics. Coffee, soda, tea, and alcohol tend to deplete the body of water by causing us to excrete more. But that doesn’t mean you can’t drink them! Try drinking one glass of water for every non-water drink you have. This will help prevent dehydration and slowly train you to drink more throughout the day.

Eat foods that benefit your skin Specific vitamins and minerals have more benefits for skin than others. The trick is finding foods that are rich in the right ones. Here are a few delicious options that you can start incorporating into your daily diet to keep your skin looking pure and bright. • Sweet potatoes – rich in Vitamin A which plays a role in skin maintenance and repair • Nuts and Legumes – contain Biotin & Vitamin E which prevent dry skin and dark scars • Eggs – contain Vitamin A and Biotin which keeps skin looking young

• Avocados – Vitamin E and antioxidants • Citrus fruits – provide Vitamin C and help with collagen production • Whole grains – keeps skin looking young • Dark, leafy greens – gives skin a good, firm texture and reduces wrinkles There are plenty of other foods to enjoy that contain these same vitamins. The listed foods are just a few options to get you started in the right direction for healthier skin this summer. Sources: Mayoclinic, UW Health, & ‘Nutrition Therapy and Pathophysiology’ text

For nutritional counseling, Norman Regional Health System offers the guidance of registered dietitians. Those interested can schedulean appointment for an assessment with a referral from their family physician. For further information feel free to contact 405.307.5730.

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Impyrium Author: Henry H. Neff Publisher: Harper Collins Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy Reviewer: Kerinda O’Neal, Children’s Library Associate, Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library

12-year-old Hazel is the youngest of the Faeregrine bloodline, the magical family who rules Impyrium. 13-year-old Hobson Smythe is a brilliant boy from an outlying village. An unlikely pair, but together the two of them could possibly change the world, for better or worse. Magical creatures, political conspiracies, and loads of excitement abound in this delightful tale.

Released in October 2016, “Impyrium” takes you on an incredible journey to a place where magic reigns. The land of Impyrium might have looked familiar—had you seen it three thousand years prior. It actually takes place in the very world we live in, in the future. An event called The Cataclysm altered the formation of the land as we know it through a series of violent earthquakes. It also changed everything. Magic became the ruling power. The development of technology was banned. A new order of life emerged.

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By Book or By Crook Author: Eva Gates Genre: Mystery Reviewer: Natasha Parker, Information Services, Moore Public Library “By Book or by Crook” by Eva Gates is the story of an academic librarian named Lucy who has recently rejected her ex- fiancee's marriage proposal. She escapes to her childhood summer vacation spot on Bodie Island. Once there, she lands a new job at a library which was previously a lighthouse. Not only does she get to work there but she also gets to live on the top floor of this fabulous lighthouse overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. However, Lucy is not as welcome a newcomer as one might think. One person, Louise Jane, feels overlooked for the position that Lucy received just because she doesn’t have her degree. Louise Jane tries her best to scare Lucy by retelling old wives tales of murder and suicide that had previously occurred in the lighthouse. A second person, library board chair Mr. Uppiton, thinks Lucy is a waste of precious money and that a new librarian isn’t needed at all. Then there is Mrs. Uppiton who believes Lucy is trying to seduce Mr. Uppiton and take him away from their failing marriage. Adding to the disdainful group is Theodore, an avid

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book collector who looks down on Lucy and treats her as an inferior when it comes to rare and collectible books. All the members of the board and special library members are invited to a party showcasing first editions Jane Austen novels, but during the party, something goes awry and Mr. Uppiton is found murdered. Not only that but it appears that someone has stolen one of the precious and priceless Jane Austen books. Police find the Head Librarian at the scene of the crime and so naturally, they blame her. Lucy knows that the head librarian is a calm and gentle lady and would never hurt a fly. It’s up to Lucy to uncover the actual murderer and thief of the book in this cozy mystery that will leave the reader following every clue in this fun-filled summertime book. This book is available as a physical book or eBook.

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Viva GLART! Grow a Learner Through Art: Saturday, July 1 Library closed: Tuesday, July 4 Lapsit Story Time: Wednesday, July 5, 12, 19, 26 – 10 and 10:45 a.m. Wednesday at the Movies: Wednesday, July 5, 12, 19, 26 – 2 p.m. Fitness Fridays: Tween Cooking: Friday, July 7 – 11 a.m. Kid’s Club: Monday, July 10 – 4:30 p.m. Community Helpers Story Time: Tuesday, July 11, 18, 25 – 10 a.m. Pre-K Play: Thursday, July 13, 27 – 10 a.m. Fitness Fridays: USA Taekwondo: Friday, July 14 – 11 a.m. Science and Star Wars: Saturday, July 15 – 2 p.m. OKC Zoo Present Animal Architects: Tuesday, July 18 – 2 p.m. Barks, Books & Buddies: Tuesday, July 18 – 6:30 p.m. Sensory Story Time: Wednesday, July 19 – 4 p.m. Fitness Fridays: Anytime Fitness Fun: Friday, July 21 – 11 a.m. Tween Scene: Book and Cook: Monday, July 24 – 4:30 p.m. End of Summer Dance Party: Tuesday, July 25 – 2 p.m. Fitness Fridays: Kelsey Hoops Hula Hoop Show and Workshop Friday, July 28 – 11 a.m. Happy Birthday, Harry! (Harry Potter Celebration): Monday, July 31 – 1 p.m.

Family Story Time and Craft: Monday, July 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 ¬– 10 and 11 a.m. Library closed: Tuesday, July 4 Family Music Time: Wednesday, July 5 – 10 a.m. Safety and a Craft: Wednesday, July 5 – 3p.m. Toddler Story Time & Play: Thursday, July 6, 13, 20, 27 – 10 and 11 a.m. Science and Star Wars: Thursday, July 6 – 3 p.m. OKC Zoo Presents Animal Architects: Saturday, July 8 – 2 p.m. Baby Lapsit: Tuesday, July 11, 18, 25, – 10 a.m. Build a Better World with Gardening Crafts and Projects: Tuesday, July 11 – 3 p.m. Minecraft/Pokemon Party: Wednesday, July 12 – 1 p.m. Build a Better World with Books: Tuesday, July 18 – 3 p.m. OKC Thunder Bus visit: Wednesday, July 19 – 10 a.m. Build a Better World: Dance Party!: Tuesday, July 25 – 3 p.m. Family Game and Trivia Night: Thursday, July 27 – 4:30 p.m.

Teen/Adult Beginner’s Tai Chi: Saturday, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – 9 a.m. Intermediate Tai Chi: Saturday, July 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 – 10 a.m. Library closed: Tuesday, July 4 Afternoon Movie: Thursday, July 6, 13, 20, 27 – 2 p.m. Zumba: Thursday, July 6, 13, 20, 27 – 6 p.m. Teen Cooking: Friday, July 7 – 11 a.m. Teen Poetry and Painting: Monday, July 10 – 2 p.m. Beginner’s Yoga: Monday, July 10, 17, 24, 31 – 6 p.m. Teen Cooking: Friday, July 14 – 2 p.m. Teen Improv 101: Monday, July 17 – 2 p.m. Mosaic Stepping Stones: Tuesday, July 18 – 6 p.m. Open for Discussion Book Club: Wednesday, July 19 – 6 p.m. Teen STEAM Solar Power Cars: Friday, July 21 – 2 p.m. Poi Dancings: Saturday, July 22 – 2 p.m. Teen Socks for Seniors: Monday, July 24 – 2 p.m. Facebook for Business: Tuesday, July 25 – 11:30 a.m. College Financing for Parents: Tuesday, July 25 – 5 p.m. Teen STEAM Wind Turbine Experiments: Friday, July 28 – 2 p.m. Teen Quidditch: Monday, July 31 – 1:30 p.m.

Teen/Adult Library closed: Tuesday, July 4 Maker Mobile Project: Thursday, July 6 – 6:30 p.m. Teen Engineering Extravaganza: Monday, July 10 – 2 p.m. Tai Chi for All Ages: Monday, July 10, 17, 24, 31 – 6 p.m. Pilates: Tuesday, July 11, 18, 25 – 6 p.m. Penn Avenue Literary Society: Thursday, July 13 – 6:30 p.m. Sensory Teens: STEM Night: Thursday, July 13 – 7 p.m. Teens Give Back: Monday, July 17 – 2 p.m. Build a Better World: Sew for Charity: Thursday, July 20 – 6 p.m. Teens Build Terrariums: Monday, July 24 – 2 p.m. Teen Volunteer Party: Monday, July 31 –2 p.m.

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By Rob Morris Full disclosure. I’m from the Oklahoma City area, and I acknowledge that you’re free to read the following thoughts with all of the implications my place of residency implies. Imagine if what would have happened if Maximus Decimus Meridius (Russell Crowe) had convinced the Felix Legions to rally to his side instead of following Commodus at the beginning of “Gladiator.” There would have been no intrigue, no betrayals, no tormented gladiator battling his way to a satisfying resolution in that grand Roman arena. Or what if Gandalf, Frodo, and the rest of the Fellowship of the Ring had managed to somehow convince the Saruman along with the orcs and goblins to side with them instead of Sauron. The Lord of the Rings would have been a yawn of a march to Mount Doom to drop the One ring into the lava. Boom. End of story. How about Indiana Jones deciding to switch sides and work for the Nazi’s (no Indy on a horse vs Nazis in trucks, tanks, and submarines)? Or Bruce Willis choosing to team up with Hans Gruber and take the cash (no “Yippee-ki-yay, M&*(#& F&*(#^*>”)? What if every single one of The Avengers agreed to sign the Sokovia Accords (no tag-team airport battle with a Spiderman cameo)? Non-sports illustrations to obscure for you? Then picture Jimmy Chitwood abandoning Hickory to play for Terhune in “Hoosiers” (no picket fence plays) or Benny “The Jet” Rodriguez walking away from the Sandlot boys to play for the Tigers with their snappy uniforms (no “You play baseball like a girl!” insults). I believe sports fans look to our athletic heroes in the same way that many look to the great novels and movies, as a means of temporary escape from the everyday concerns of this world. It sure is fun if your team is the Golden State Warriors and you can revel in the excitement of a championship. But there’s something important that’s missing. That something is the drama and uncertainty of competition, especially at the highest levels of athletic skill. Kevin Durant is a really nice guy and he did wonderful things during his time in Oklahoma City. But his decision to bail on the team he began his pro-

fessional career with in order to start collecting championship rings essentially sucked all of the drama out of this year’s playoffs and helped solidify a troubling precedent set by LeBron James when he took his talents to Miami. I grew up watching NBA games with my father back in the age of black-and-white television sets with rabbit ear antenna. There were times when one of us would have to stand next to the glowing box, holding the antenna just right so that the picture would come in clearly. And don’t get me started on the frustration of trying to adjust the vertical and horizontal roll. (The high-def, digital cable, DVR-devouring current generation probably won’t understand that last reference. Just trust me. It was as aggravating as rain and satellite TV.) My earliest memories of the NBA playoffs date back to the mid-60’s. The great “Havlicek stole the ball!” moment in game 7 of the 1965 finals between the Celtics and the 76er’s. The 1969 7-game thriller between the Lakers and the Celtics with Jerry West, Wilt Chamberlain, and Elgin Baylor squaring off against Bill Russell, Sam Jones, and John Havlicek. It was a seven-game battle clinched by the aging Celts in a 108-106 nail-biter that is still considered one of the great upsets in NBA history. In the years that followed, I couldn’t wait for the NBA playoffs to begin. Those teams fought breathtaking full-court battles as the television images changed from black-and-white to full color. So many memorable moments. Willis Reed, limping to center court to tip-off Game 7 of the 1970 Knicks-Lakers war. Magic Johnson at center in place of an injured Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in Game 6 of the 1980 Finals, scoring 42 points and grabbing 15 rebounds as the Lakers blew out the Julius Erving-led 76er’s and kicking off the “Showtime Era” in Los Angeles. Reggie Miller’s “8 points in 9 seconds” performance during the the 1995 PacersKnicks series. So many epic playoff series. The Lakers, led by Johnson, James Worthy, and Kareem versus the Celtics, led by Larry Bird, Robert Parrish, and Kevin McHale. The Bulls with Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, and Steve Kerr versus the Bad Boys of Detroit, Isiah Thomas, Joe

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Dumars, and Bill Laimbeer. Brutal seven-game series with heart-stopping finish after heartstopping finish. There’s no arguing the skill level of today’s NBA athletes. They’re elite and fantastic to see in action. Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Kevin Durant, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, and Kevin Love are all marvels in motion to behold. They obviously love the game and that passion is reflected in their play. But Kevin Durant’s decision to bolt from Oklahoma City to help create this Golden State juggernaut is like a dagger in the drama that the world’s greatest athletes generate on the court or field of play. Imagine Magic Johnson, after losing to the Celtics in an incredibly heated seven-game 1984 Finals, decided to free agent himself over to the Celtics. The 1985 Finals likely would look very much like this year’s Warriors-Cavaliers affair. Boring blow-out after blow-out. Instead, the Lakers and the Celtics resumed their Finals rivalry the following year with the Lakers winning the championship in 6 dramatic games. It’s at this point that you’re most likely embracing the idea of tagging me with the "bitter OKC Thunder fan" label. You have every right to do that because it's partially true. But there are bigger issues than Durant at play here. KD was just following the trail blazed by LeBron James with his leap from Cleveland to Miami, all for the sake of a couple of rings. But don't get me wrong. Kevin Durant and every other NBA player are free to do as they please. Frankly, given the current state of contracts and management strategies, it makes sense for any NBA player to look out for himself. But that whole “looking out for yourself,” be it players or GM’s, is what’s killing the drama in the NBA. And as likeable a guy as Durant is, his OKC Thunder legacy has been forever tainted with the image of a guy who took the easy road to a championship. Golden State didn’t need Durant to win championships. They needed Kevin Durant to not play for the Thunder. There will be those that will argue that there is still a lot of drama to be found in the David-and-Goliath storylines that may play out as the rest of the league scrambles to come up with a line-up that can knock off the Warriors.

But look at the reality of what is happened this year: a great Cleveland team that lost just one playoff game is getting blown out by the Warriors, a team that was unbeaten in the playoffs with a 17-points per game margin of victory. Is this the championship template of the future — players deciding to bond together to create super teams so they can stock up on championship rings? The rest of the league battling to reach the championship series where they’re chewed up by a cherry-picked team? In truth, I’m writing this commentary without having watched a single regular season or playoff game this year. Other than looking at the final scores, I’ve read nothing written about the season or playoffs. I’ve lost all interest in the NBA. For that reason, you could argue that my non-participation denies me any voice in this discussion. But my lack of participation is precisely my point. Just a few years ago I was as rabid a basketball fan as there was on the planet. That joy is now gone, snuffed out by players who want to acquire titles more than they want to be challenged. Sure, the Golden State Warriors got a championship, and Kevin Durant got a ring. If they stay together, they’ll probably get more. You can even make an argument that this Golden State team is one of the greatest teams of all time. But let's be honest here. Not a single one of Golden State’s 2017 playoff series would make a “Top 50 Best Series” list. I dare you to let that sink in for a minute and ask yourself this question: What magical moment do you remember about the Golden State Warriors 2017 championship run? What “Havlicek stole the ball!” call defines the character and determination of this team? Golden State fans might enjoy this championship season. The rest of the basketball-lovin’ world is yawning. This championship doesn’t feel earned. It feels cheap. And boring.


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