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May is that magical month when we suddenly realize, “Hey, summer’s pretty much here!” We’re all about giving you a head start on planning those lazy, crazy days of summer leisure, so it’s with a great deal of excitement that we bring you our annual Summer Events Guide. In this issue you’ll find all of the information you need to chart a course of maximum fun. Music, movies, camps, farmer’s markets and much, much more. All right at your fingertips. We’ll also walk you through the biggest change in Oklahoma high-school football in decades, and you’ll hear from the coaches of all three Moore schools about what those changes will mean for the local teams. Welcome to the May edition of your Moore Monthly. Rob Morris
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Summer 2013 | 6 Summer is just around the corner! Start making your plans now with our complete guide to summer fun. Answer Crew | 19 Healthcare, Gardening, Real Estate, Fitness, Business Taking Robots into the Competitive Arena is a Big Challenge for Local Students | 21 Local students get competitive as they pit their robots against other teams from across the region.
6A Football Changes Expected to Have Big Impact on Moore | 42 Class 6A football is going to look radically different in 2014, and it’s a change that has local coaches somewhat frustrated.
What’s Your Tornado Safety Plan? | 52 Public tornado shelters in Moore have been closed this year and will be closed next year in Norman. Do you have a back-up plan in case of a major storm?
Gigger, Tucker Lead the Way for All-City Hoops | 43 A pair of senior stars topped voting for the 2013 Moore Monthly/ TheMooreDaily.com All-City basketball team.
Sequestration Will Have Impact on Local Businesses and Individuals | 53 By now you’ve probably heard the term “sequestration.” But chances are you’re wondering exactly what it means and how it will affect Moore and South OKC.
Disc Golfers Get a Major Upgrade with New Course at Little River Park | 25 Get off the couch, get up and get to Little River Park for a round of disc golf on the state’s newest, and possibly most-challenging, course.
SaberCat Wrestler Claims National Championship | 44 Southmoore senior Zac D’Amico will finish his last year of high school in style after he added a national wrestling championship to his impressive résumé.
Senior Moment | 38 The Music Therapy program at Full Circle Life Enrichment Center
Citizen Spotlight | 45 Lieashen Saale and the Baptist Children’s Home
Sketches | 39 Resting in Peace
Healthy Moore | 50 Are you getting enough water?
Moore Students Want to Make Sure Everyone Gets Their Point | 35 In this age of technology and video games, a some local students are doing their best to bring back a classic, hands-on sport.
Get “Pinterested” for Mother’s Day | 51 Meet two members of our Pinterest Squad who will guide you through all the popular social media site has to offer.
South OKC Chamber and Local Businesses Honor Students | 56 It was all about excellence as the South OKC Chamber recognized area administrators, teachers, and students for their remarkable achievements in the classrooms this year. Moore Student Reaches Semi-finals of National Geographic Bee | 59 A Central Junior High student proves she really knows her geography and qualifies for a prestigious state competition.
Community Announcements . . . . . . 26 Calendar of Events . . . . . . . . . . . . . 32 Event Spotlight . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 High School Sports . . . . . . . . . . . . . 41 Library Book Reviews . . . . . . . . . . . 46 Cinemaniacs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47 Show Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 48 Warren Movie Guide . . . . . . . . . . . . 54 Shop & Taste . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57 Parting Shots . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60
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Your Complete Guide to Summer Fun in Moore The summer of 2013 is just around the corner. That means it’s time to start making plans to check out the wide variety of events, activities, and opportunities that will unfold in the coming months. As usual, we’ve scoured the area to bring you the most comprehensive guide to summer that you’ll find for Moore and South Oklahoma City. You’ll find everything from live music and fireworks to sports camps and kids movies series. For ease of use, our guide is divided into four major categories: • Festivals and Events • Camps • Library • Amusements You’ll want to keep this issue handy all summer long and refer to it often. With the Moore Monthly as your guide, just add sunshine and free time—the end result will be fun!
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When: July 4th—from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Where: Buck Thomas Park, 1903 12th Street in Moore Musical Entertainment: Banana Seat, 7 p.m.
FESTIVALS AND EVENTS
A Celebration in the Heartland
The biggest event in Moore every year takes place on July 4th at Buck Thomas Park at the annual Celebration in the Heartland. Each year the park welcomes an estimated 20,000 people for the event, making it one of the larger Fourth of July gatherings in the metro area. “It’s our premiere event of the year as we celebrate our independence,” says Moore’s Director of Parks and Recreation, Todd Jenson. “We’ve upped the ante on our fireworks show so that it will be one of the largest in Oklahoma. Actually it should be one of the best in the whole state.” Banana Seat will perform on July 4th beginning at seven in the evening. Banana Seat is a 10-piece band from the Norman/Oklahoma City area that has been performing since 1996. They are one of the most popular 70’s and 80’s cover bands in the region, covering bands such as Earth, Wind and Fire, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Chicago and Steely Dan. Featuring a fourpiece horn section and rich, complex vocal arrangements, Banana Seat has developed a reputation for dynamic performance including appearances for the NCAA, the Big 12 Conference and various corporate events. Visitors will find great food vendors, craft vendors, a giant sand pit for kids, a children’s tent provided by the Moore Public Library with story telling and themes from around the world. Volleyball players will also get a chance to enjoy a big Sand Volleyball tournament. Everything is capped off around 9:4510 p.m. on July 4th with one of the metro area’s most spectacular fire works show. In addition to all of this, there will be great food vendors, craft vendors, a giant sand pit for kids, a children’s tent provided by the Moore Public Library with storytelling and themes from around the world. Everything is capped off at 10 p.m. on July 4th with one of the metro area’s most spectacular fireworks shows. As you might expect, the crowds will likely be as large, if not larger, than past years, so arrive early. There are also some important rules to keep in mind. According to Jeremy Lewis with the Moore Police Department, “You cannot bring any dogs. There are no animals allowed. When activities are going on at the park, we don’t allow any animals. So you’ve got to leave your dogs at home. There’s no alcohol. You can’t bring alcohol into the park. There are certain alcoholic beverages being served at the park, but you can’t bring your own in here.” What you can bring is your entire family and sense of adventure. For more information about A Celebration in the Heartland, contact Teresa Smith at 793-4332 or go to the city’s website at www.cityofmoore.com.
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FESTIVALS AND EVENTS
Summer Nights Music in the Park
When: Friday nights in June, 7 p.m. Where: Buck Thomas Park (south pavilion), 12th Street in Moore Cost: Free What to Expect: • Live music events with a family oriented theme • Child entertainment • Snow cones • Food vendors
Get your music on and swing into the freedom of summer, neighborhood gatherings, warm nights, and music under the stars. Summer Nights: Music in the Park 2013, presented by the Moore Public Library, returns at 7 p.m. every Friday night in June in the south pavilion of Buck Thomas Park. This year features something for every musical taste on the agenda. Here is the schedule of performers: June 7—Zoom City, a classic rock band rooted in rich traditions, get things started. With a song list that includes everything from Motown to Santana, there is something for everyone in a Zoom City performance. June 14—Mountain Smoke, one of Oklahoma’s premier bluegrass bands. This four-decade-old band has performed with the likes of Alabama, Jimmy Buffett, Merle Haggard, George Strait, and Three Dog Night, just to name a few. Their concerts have been described as, “original and unpredictable” and feature a blend of bluegrass, newgrass, mountain ballads, and country. June 21—The Duo Sonics bring a unique blend of blues and roots music to the Summer Nights stage this June. Bob Parker and David Bernston have each been playing blues professionally for over 25 years. The Duo Sonics cover every blues style imaginable, from boogie-woogie to slow. June 28—Nicnos has been voted “Best Pop/Rock/Alternative Band in Oklahoma” by Live Music Oklahoma and “Who New to Watch” by the Country Music Association. Each member of the five-piece band brings his own musical background with influences from The Dave Matthews Band, Ray LaMontagne, Nickel Creek and Maroon 5. Pronounced “Nick Knows,” Nicnos performs original songs as well as bringing their own unique touch to popular covers like “All Along the Watch Tower” and “Devil Went Down to Georgia.” There will be food vendors and children’s entertainment available during the evenings. Concerts are sponsored by the Oklahoma Arts Council, the City of Moore, Tinker Federal Credit Union, Cleveland County Tobacco Free Coalition, Apollo Building Systems, Pioneer Library System, and the Friends of the Moore Public Library. For more information, come by the Moore Public Library, call 793-5100, or log onto www.justsoyouknow.us/moore. 8 | MOORE MONTHLY | MAY 2013
Farmer’s Market FESTIVALS AND EVENTS
When: May 23–August 31 Every Thursday from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Every Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon Where: South parking lot of the Moore Community Center, 301 S. Howard What to Expect: Fresh produce and garden-related products from across the state, and friendly people
The freshest produce around is just down the street at Moore’s seventh annual Farmer’s Market. Stock up on sun-ripe tomatoes, sweet watermelon, and homemade jams and sauces. Once again the market will be located on the south parking lot of the Moore Community Center, providing great highway access and visibility. “We’ve been doing our Farmers Market since back in 2005, so it’s been around for eight years. There’ll be some different vendors other than just produce,” Todd Jenson said. “This year folks are going to find more than just produce at our Farmers Market. We’re aiming to have around 15 vendors, including some spices and crafts to go along with the normal produce vendors.” For more information about the Farmer’s Market, contact Todd Jenson with the city of Moore at 793-5090 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Just in time for Father’s Day, the Moore Community Center will become an Island Paradise with not one, but TWO dances. The Aloha Dance will last from 5 to 6:30 p.m. and the Luau Dance from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Both dances will be similar and allow parents more flexibility for planning and bedtimes. Tickets are available for purchase at Moore City Hall and the Community Center for $5 per person. Tickets will not be sold at the door, so make sure you plan ahead for this popular and fun event. Summer casual attire is perfect, so dress for the islands in your favorite Hawaiian shirt and flip flops. MAY 2013 | MOORE MONTHLY | 9
FESTIVALS AND EVENTS
Oklahoma’s Got Talent What to Expect: music, dancing, comedy, and talent from local residents.
Can you sing, dance or play an instrument? Or perhaps you have other talents. This is your chance to show off in the first ever citywide talent show, Moore’s Got Talent! Applications can be picked-up beginning June 1 at Broadway Florist, 328 N. Broadway, or call 793-8889. Moore’s Got Talent is a fundraiser to benefit the Oklahoma Regional Food Bank’s Backpack for Kids program in Moore Public Schools.
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Summer time is a great time to let kids explore new things, and numerous businesses and organizations in Moore are offering plenty of opportunities. Here’s a list of Moore area camps for kids.
When: Throughout the summer months Where: Various locations in the Moore area What to Expect: Lots of interactive camps covering a variety of interests for kids
There are many sport camps taking place through the Community Center in Moore. Enroll for any of the six summer sport camps online. All camps are from Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to noon. Camps are for kids seven to eighteen years old (boys and girls). SPACE IS LIMITED TO THE FIRST 50 PAID CAMPERS. Available sports camps include the following: Golf Camp: May 28–31 9 a.m.–noon At Earlywine Golf Course with Mike McConville (SHS golf head coach) Fee: $60 per person Basketball Camp: June 3–7 9 a.m.–noon At Moore Community Center with Scott Hodges (WHS Men’s nasketball head coach) Fee: $75 per person Volleyball Camp: June 10 –14 9 a.m.–noon At Moore Community Center with Jerod Donahue (Hillsdale College volleyball head coach) Fee: $75 per person Baseball Camp: June 24–28 9 a.m.–noon At Hillsdale College with Eddie Davis (Hillsdale College baseball coach) Fee: $75 per person Softball Camp: June 27–July 1 9 a.m.–noon At Hillsdale College with Brienna Deaton (Hillsdale College softball coach) Fee: $75 per person
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Cheerleading Camp: June 24–28 9 a.m.–noon At Moore Community Center with Morgan Pistole (Current OU cheerleader) Fee: $75 per person Basketball Shooting Camp: July 8–12 9 a.m.–noon At Hillsdale College with Hannah Owen (Hillsdale College women’s head basketball coach) Fee: $75 per person Soccer Camp: July 18–22 At Hillsdale College with Beau Richmond (Hillsdale College soccer head coach)
City of Moore Summer Camps Extreme Animals of Africa and South America: June 3–7 9 a.m.–noon A wildly entertaining experience where you can get up close and personal with endangered species, creepy crawly critters, and much more. At the Moore Community Center Fee: $100 Tippie Toes Princess Camp: June 5–7 9 a.m.–noon Ages 3–7 (Must be potty trained) Young princesses will come from near and far dressed as princesses or ballerinas to share dance, stories and work on crafts together. At the end of their time together, they will get to invite their Queen Mom to join them for an award ceremony at the Moore Community Center. Fee: $90 Abrakadoodle Art Camp: June 17–21 9 a.m.–noon Campers will create some very cool art by painting, printing, stamping, and designing. Fueled by music, games and fun activities, children’s imaginations are sure to go wild. At the Moore Community Center. Fee: $90 per person Eureka Mad Science Camp: July 8–12 9 a.m.–noon When school is out, Mad Science is in! A fun journey into the world of detection, spy science and forensics. Eureka Inventors Camp at the Moore Community Center Fee: $100 per person 12 | MOORE MONTHLY | MAY 2013
Secret Agent Mad Science Camp: July 22–26 9 a.m.–noon When school is out, Mad Science is in! A fun journey into the world of detection, spy science, and forensics. Secret Agent Lab at the Moore Community Center Fee: $100 per person
Extreme Animals of Australia and Asia: July 22–26 9 a.m.–noon A wildly entertaining experience where you can get up close and personal with endangered species, creepy crawly critters, and much more. Fee: $100
YMCA Summer Camp
Earlywine Park YMCA offers Summer Day Camps for children and teens at multiple locations. Traditional day campers will be divided into small groups based on age. This allows your child to experience camp while making strong connections with other children and staff. Some camp activities will combine more than one age group, such as swimming, lunch, and field trips, giving siblings and friends the opportunity to interact during the day. Each week of camp will feature themes that include, Great Outdoors, Super Hero, Go Green, and Make It Go Boom! Costs range from $95–$15 a week for Y Family Members, $105–$20 a week for Y Youth Members, and $125–$25 a week for non-Y Members. Dates: May 27–Aug. 11, Monday through Friday, 6:30 a.m.–6 p.m. Locations: Earlywine Park YMCA, 11801 S. May Ave, OKC Greenbriar YMCA Program Center, 1500 Kingsridge Dr., OKC Contact the Earlywine YMCA for more information at 378-0420.
Orr Family Farm Summer Camp
June 18–21 July 16–19 For kids in kindergarten through 6th grade, the Orr Family Farm offers a fun and educational summer camp program that includes fishing, train rides, farm animals, milking a life-size fiberglass cow, mining for gemstones, crafts, nature hunts, pony rides and a finale hayride and wiener roast on the last day. Cost for camp is $160.00 per camper and includes lunch each day and a special t-shirt. For more information, contact the Orr Family Farm at 799-3276 or find them on the web at www.orrfamilyfarm.com.
Blazer’s Ice Center Day Camp
The Blazer’s Ice Center offers kids ages five to twelve years old a camp where they keep moving all day with ice skating and exciting theme-weeks filled with cool adventure all summer long. The camp runs from May 28 to August 16, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Monday–Friday. Call Cindy at 631-3307 for more information and to register.
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Artworks Academy Summer Camps
Summer is an exciting time at ArtWorks Academy, now located at the corner of I-35 and Indian Hills inside the Star Sports Center. They have camps and classes available for students from kindergarten to 18 years old. For younger students, summer is a great time to attend dance classes or musical theatre camps. The short-term commitment provides an opportunity to see your childâ€™s passions grow and their talents develop, before enrolling them for the school year. For older students, summer is a time to further broaden their performing arts training, by taking classes not normally offered year round. For a complete listing of available camps, contact Artworks Academy at 397-1824 or go to their website at www.artworksacademy.com.
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Summer Reading Programs LIBRARY
When: Signups begin on May 24, 2 p.m.–6 p.m. and will be allowed until the last week in July. Where: Moore Public Library, 225 S. Howard and SW OKC Public Library, 2201 SW 134th St. Who: All ages What to Expect: Different reading programs geared to children, teens, and adults with the theme of “Construction.” If you’re looking to explore your creative side this summer, you’ll find some fantastic opportunities at the two local library branches. Both locations will feature programs for kids, teens, and adults with an overall theme of “Construction.” The staff of the Children’s department will help kids build on their creative instincts as they “Dig Into Reading.” In addition to enjoying regular reading, story times and movies, youngsters will also be challenged and entertained by touring performers like the OKC Improv, Tiger Safari, and Insect Performers. The staff will also present a caves program and a special “Nights in Neverland” pirates program. Aiden Street, director of the Southwest OKC library, says the programs have become so popular that patrons will want to make sure they go online and register early. “Last year we were at the limit of what the rooms could hold,” said Street. “So we’re encouraging people to go to the Pioneer Library System website and select the branch they want so that they can sign up in advance.” Street said that once you’re on the branch website, just click on the program you’re interested in and you can sign up online. The libraries have also added some evening programs this year to help accommodate the crowds. Children will also pledge to read 10 minutes every day. Parents can read to their small children, and family participation counts. Beginning in early July, children who have met their goals will receive recognition and awards. Teens get their own theme: “Beneath the Surface,” that will take them on a deep exploration of various creative activities including steam-punk, theater makeup, and dance. They’ll get a backpack when they sign up for the program, and there will be a very cool giveaway at the end of the summer. In the past the library has given away MP3 players and flip cams, so while this year’s giveaway is still a secret, it’s expected to be something exciting. Naturally the library isn’t going to leave the adults out. The theme for the older crowd this year is “Groundbreaking.” It’s a program designed to challenge adults to take some creative and adventuresome risks. Among the programs being offered are digging into your family history and trying new things, like becoming an author or an artist. Matthew Joplin, founder of
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the Food for Thought Institute, will present a “Dig into Dinner” program and a master gardemer from the OSU Extension will also make two visits to present programs on gardening. Adults will log the books they read during June and July. By completing their goals, they are entered a drawing for various prizes. Medallions for readers will be awarded beginning after the Fourth of July all the way up until school starts in August. The Friends of the Moore Public Library sponsor Summer Reading Program prize giveaways. Street said the summer reading program is a great way for families to connect with activities that help them to grow together and as individuals. “We’ve know for years that kids who are active in summer reading maintain and improve their reading skills going back to school,” said Street. “The pressure’s off during the summer, so it’s a great way to spend time as a family exploring your creative side, something that you can’t necesarrily do during the school year.” And if getting to the library is ever a problem, Street wants everyone to remember that the online access will allow them to participate even if they’re unable to get to a nearby branch. For the full calendar of events, visit the Moore Public Library, call 7935100, or go online to www.justsoyouknow.us/moore or www.justsoyouknow.us/moore
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There are plenty of places in the Moore area to keep you amused this summer. From Laser Tag and go-carts to farm animals and great kid movies, this list leads directly to fun.
When: All summer Where: Throughout the area What to Expect: Fun parks Farm animals Kid movies Athletic events
Andy Alligator’s Fun Park
Every day of the week this summer there’s a different special at Andy Alligator’s. And you may need several days to cover everything. Their list of attractions includes go-carts, bumper cars, bumper boats, rock wall, batting cages, mini-bowling, Gator Golf, water wars and the arcade, among other things. Find them on the web atwww.andyalligators.com or call 321-7275.
Andy Alligator’s Water Park
Beat the heat at this new $4.2 million-dollar park that features a variety of attractions including a lazy river, double tube slide, the first four-lane mat racer in Oklahoma, an 800-gallon bucket of water that will be regularly dumped on kids, and a whole lot more. Andy Alligator’s will be offering the following specials for the summer of 2013: Monday: Mom’s Monday—get 1 free child admission per paid adult admission. Tuesday: $12 Tuesday—all tickets $12 Wednesday: Everyone Pays Kids’ Price—All Tickets are $15.95 Friday: Family Slide Night— 4 tickets for $44. Additional tickets $12 each (starts at 3 p.m. every Friday in June and July). Regular ticket prices: General, $18.95 Junior & Military, $15.95 Seniors 60+, $9.95 Dual Park, $29.95. For more information on daily and season prices just go to www.andyalligators.com/ water-park/ or call 321-7275.
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How about unlimited Laser Tag in the all-new arena and mini-golf or the ropes course all summer long? For just $84.99 you’ll get a pass that’s good from June 1 through August 26. HeyDay provides the perfect “staycation” with its summer season pass. There’s also the HeyDay weekday pass for $29.99, or the weekend pass for $34.99—both good for unlimited Laser Tag, mini-golf, and ropes course, plus a small 1-topping pizza and a drink. HeyDay has the best of both worlds: enjoy the sun while playing mini-golf or stay cool inside with Laser Tag, video arcade and indoor ropes course. They also have that yummy DoubleDave’s pizza to keep you going while you play. Find them on the web at www.heydayfamilyfun.com or call 310-3500.
Orr Family Farm
The Orr Family Farm offers summer field trips for kids and families in which visitors get to experience life on a farm, including petting animals in the Animal Barn, and riding an historic train. You can also ride the zip line, mine for gemstones, and visit the Sweet Shoppe for goodies. Bring Mom to the special Mother’s Day Celebration, and she’ll enjoy free admission on Saturday, May 11th. Fathers will get their turn for a free day at the Father’s Day Fiesta on Saturday, June 15. Find Orr Family Farm on the web at www.orrfamilyfarm.com or call 799-3276.
Warren Theatre Summer Kids’ Series
The Warren Theatre is extending an invitation for kids to enjoy special features during the summer months in its 2012 Summer Kids’ Series. All shows begin at 10 a.m. on the designated days. Tickets are $2.00 for everyone or $15.00 for the whole summer. Call 735-9676 for more information or go online to www.warrentheatres.com. Here are the tentative dates. The movie titles will be announced in a few weeks. Movie TBA: May 29 and 31 Movie TBA: June 5 and 7 Movie TBA: June 12 and 14 Movie TBA: June 19 and 21 Movie TBA: June 26 and 28 Movie TBA: July 3 and 5 Movie TBA: July 10 and 12 Movie TBA: July 17 and 19 Movie TBA: July 24 and 26 Movie TBA: July 31 and August 2.
When the weather gets hot, go inside at Skate Moore, Moore’s only roller skating rink. Every Thursday night this summer is Cheep Skate night in which kids can skate for a reduced price. Skate Moore also sports a cool “glow floor” that adds a whole new element to roller skating. For more information, give them a call at 794-4644 or online at www.skatemoore.com. 18 | MOORE MONTHLY | MAY 2013
Miles4Smiles Bike Ride 2012
The Oklahoma Baptist Children’s Home is sponsoring their 12th annual bike ride on Saturday, June 16th. Registration for all distances begins at 6 a.m. at Emmaus Baptist Church, directly north of the Children’s Home campus, 16301 S. Western Ave. The Miles4Smiles ride begins at 7 a.m. More than 500 bicyclists are expected. The ride is designed for all levels of cyclists with a 56-mile endurance course, a 44-mile medium range course, a 27-mile course and a short, 10-mile course. Food is provided in addition to a t-shirt and great raffle prizes. Pre-registration cost is $25 for individuals, $35 for tandem, and $15 for children 12 and under. Pre-register by calling 691-7781 or go to www.miles4smilesokc.com
Moore War 5K Run
Join the Moore and Westmoore Alumni Associations as they kick off the fourth annual 5K Moore War Run the Saturday before the annual Moore War game, August 25. The run will help raise scholarship money for Moore and Westmoore students. Register by Aug. 11 to be guaranteed a t-shirt. Contact Kelli Kinnamon at 202-1708 to register or check out the website at www.moorewarrun.com
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Healthcare Insurance Professional What changes to health care do I need to be aware of in 2013? Changes in Healthcare There are three important facets to the new healthcare law: guaranteed issue, individual mandate, and subsidies. Guaranteed issue means all people regardless of health are eligible for coverage and will not be charged higher rates for preexisting conditions. The individual mandate requires most Americans to buy coverage. Premium subsidies are based on income from the previous year and projections for the current year. To comply with the law, new plans must pay towards the following: Hospitalization, Emergency Services, Laboratory services, Maternity Care, Mental Health/Substance abuse, Prescriptions, Rehabilitative needs, Preventive/Chronic management, Ambulatory services, and Pediatric services (including oral/vision). There is no lifetime maximum for services. Large group, self-insured, and grandfathered plans are excluded from these guidelines for 2014. Analysts are predicting benefits will come with a 3 to 50% increase in premiums. To combat this, the healthcare mandate has the Medical Loss Ratio. This requires that 80 to 90 cents of every premium dollar must go to medical costs. If carriers fail to meet the ratio, they send a refund the next year. If you want to avoid making changes, you have options. Any plans in effect before March 23, 2010, with no changes in coverage made since that date, are grandfathered and eligible to be kept indefinitely. For small groups with plans effective after March 23, 2010, many carriers are allowing them to renew their existing plans effective December 2013 to December 2014. If you already have affordable coverage through a large employer, it is a good idea to have a plan B. While large companies with 100 or more employees must offer health coverage, it is only to full-time employees working 30 or more hours a week. Groups 50–100 (varies by state) are not required to offer coverage. Christopher L. Crow, PLCS
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Gardening Expert What are the benefits of growing your own produce from seeds? Growing from Seeds For those gardeners who enjoy variety in their produce, you can enjoy growing many different types of plants and be selective in both quantity and quality. Settlers arriving on the Mayflower came with little or no knowledge about farming, but were befriended by Iroquois natives, who taught them local farming methods. The primary crops were corn, pole beans, and squash, now known as the three sisters. In North America, gardeners are very fortunate to have fresh, high-quality seeds every growing season. Seed packets proliferate in many stores. These packets are an educational tool. On the back, is information about the seeds, from germination rate to number of days to harvest. If you look at the reverse side of a tomato packet, you’ll see you have some 25 to 30 seeds inside. Question: How many Cherokee Purple tomatoes do you want to grow? And what about other varieties of both heirlooms and hybrids? In my research, I have discovered a nonprofit organization in East Meadow, New York, called WinterSown. For a selfaddressed, stamped envelope, they will send you a variety of seeds. Each packet contains only seven to twelve seeds. Now you can experiment with many different types of plants, including tomatoes. For generations, farmers have grown crops and saved seeds for the next growing season. This system is being sorely tested by some large corporations such as Monsanto and DuPont. Once you buy their GMO (genetically modified) seeds, you will have to buy new ones every year and not be able to save them. Heirloom seed companies are trying to negate this practice. One of them is the Baker Creek Heirloom Seed company in Mansfield, MO. The country of Norway took note of the devastation of seed repositories around the world by both military forces in Afghanistan and a cyclone in the Philippines. Norwegians took the initiative to build the Global Seed Vault on a remote island called Svalgaard in the Arctic Circle. Tons of seeds from all over the world are kept under refrigeration until such time that a country loses its crops. I learned to keep my seeds refrigerated, which maintains their viability for some years. Keeping abreast of gardening processes in our area is a regular educational process. For one event, I offer a Seed and Plant Exchange twice a year. Some 83 avid gardeners attended the spring workshop, learning how to become more successful in their gardens and then taking advantage of the more than 100 seed packets offered free. At the close, no seed packets were left. A garden tip about weather is in order. Like many of you, I become impatient to begin my garden in the spring. This year, my tomato seedlings were ready to plant and the time was appropriate, I thought, in late March. Then I was blindsided by a freeze, which took them all. I am in the process of assembling more plants and getting ready to re-plant. Watch the weather. Resources: Your public library, Garden clubs, Master gardener groups, A new book entitled, The Heirloom Life Gardener by Jere & Emilee Gettle, co-founders of Bear Creek Heirloom Seed Co. Norm Park, Ed.D., expert gardener
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Real Estate Expert What’s the Process of Renting a Home? Eight Steps to Becoming a Happy Tenant First things first, know your rights! Before starting your rental search, do some research on local and state laws on tenants’ rights. A good place to start is Department of Housing and Urban Development at www.HUD.gov, where you will find plenty of helpful information. Second is Location, Location, Location. Choosing a home to rent is different from buying a home, because you may only commit for a year or two. When you want something different, you move. You may want to live in a specific school district, within a short commute to work or walking distance to dining and shopping. Third is the actual process of finding a home. Check in newspapers, real estate publications, real estate companies and their web sites, Craig’s List, social Internet sites and real estate-related web sites. DO NOT mail a check to someone who claims to be “on vacation, deployed in the military or getting a divorce” before you have a chance to physically check out the property. If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is! Fourth is to take your time viewing homes. Don’t turn your research into a whistle-stop tour. Check everything carefully. Does it have central heating and air conditioning, a washing machine and dryer, dishwasher, refrigerator? What are the showers like? Are the windows in good condition? These important issues can all be forgotten in the excitement of the moment. You may want to take a checklist with you when viewing homes you really like. You may want to wander around the neighborhood on foot to really get a feel for your new place. Fifth is to turn in your rental application. You will want to look and act the part. Despite anti-discrimination laws, landlords can legally reject applicants for many reasons, so you need to sell yourself as you would in a job interview. You need to look like someone who will take care of the place, pay the rent on time, and not be a nuisance to the neighbors. Sixth is to get it in writing. The signed lease governs the relationship between you and the landlord. Don’t rely on verbal promises not in the contract. Once you find a place, negotiate the price. If it’s empty, the landlord may be eager to get someone in as soon as possible. Don’t forget renter’s insurance. Your insurance carrier will issue a policy to cover your belongings. If the home is destroyed, your furniture, clothes, electronics and household appliances could cost you several thousand dollars to replace. You may even have to find other accommodations while your home is being repaired or rebuilt. A basic renter’s insurance policy can cost $20 to $45 a month, according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Seventh is to move in and start making your rental payments. Most landlords require first and last months’ rent plus a security deposit, usually equal to one month’s rent. If you set up a direct deposit, your landlord may discount your monthly rent. Being a tenant who doesn’t pay on time is 20 | MOORE MONTHLY | MAY 2013
the best way to guarantee your landlord won’t go out of his way to help you. Notify your landlord if there are problems, preferably in a letter or email so you’ll have documentation. Don’t delay in reporting problems. Your landlord will appreciate knowing if something needs fixing, since it’s his investment you are living in. And having problems fixed at no cost to you is one of the privileges of being a tenant. Eight is at the end of your lease. Look carefully at any lease provisions allowing you or the landlord to end the deal early. Typically, the tenant has the right to stay until the lease expires, even if the property is sold. Some leases allow you to leave early, with notice of a month or two, for a new job or transfer or if you purchase a home. If you break the lease, the landlord will keep your security deposit and may well sue you for the remaining months’ rent. This could also damage your credit score. The landlord may agree to terminate the lease early if it doesn’t cause financial loss. Don’t let your deposit go easily. Some landlords try and cash in on departing tenants’ deposits. By law they must prove the exact cost of every deduction. In the long run, owning a home is better than renting, but if you expect to move in a few years, or you’re wanting to test different areas of Oklahoma City, or for one reason or another you cannot make it into the home-owner ship arena, renting is your best option. Kathy Griffith, Broker, BNI, ePRO, GRI, SRS, Prime Realty, Inc. 1530 SW 89th, A1, Oklahoma City OK 73159, 405-759-3570
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or the past three months, team 1742 Shockwave, representing the Moore-Norman Technology Center and Moore High School, have been building a robot for this year’s FIRST Robotics Competition Challenge: Ultimate Ascent. The main objective was to build a robot that would be able to both climb a pyramid and shoot discs through a goal post. Once the challenge was revealed in January, teams nationwide had only six weeks to complete a functional robot for competition. Shockwave had some issues; however, the team worked through them and came out with a functional robot. “We have a set time limit to figure out what we have to do. The parameters are not disclosed until kick-off, and it’s really difficult to determine whether we need to go short, tall, and account for the top heaviness of the shooter. Everything is just a mind game,” said Sean English, teammate of Shockwave.
At the competition in Oklahoma City in late March, 58 teams from all over the country competed for a chance to go to Nationals. The first day consists of multiple matches in order to qualify for the finals. Each team is composed of three teams that form an alliance. During the matches, the blue and red alliances have two minutes to score as many points as possible. The first fifteen seconds of a match is called autonomous mode, where the robot is pre-programmed to shoot and score as many points as possible. For the rest of the match, all robots are driven by the teams and can either shoot or climb the pyramid. Shockwave did well during qualifications and was chosen to join the other alliances for the actual competition. During a tight race in the quarter finals, the team raced around and scored as many points for shooting and climbing as possible. With a tie against the blue alliance, the team battled it out on the field.
In the end, the team was defeated by a narrow margin of only three points. “All in all, it was a pretty good match. We scored fifteen points, which isn’t bad. We’ll do better next time,” said Derek Moates. One of the positive aspects of FIRST is that teams are encouraged to assist other teams’ success at competitions. Most of those who do participate learn and grow with the help of others. In the end, it’s not whether one robot is better than the other. These students walk away with so much more than what went into the challenge. By no mean is the work easy, but these future scientists and engineers met the challenge and accomplished a robot, a team, and skills that will lead them into a bright future. MAY 2013 | MOORE MONTHLY | 21
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Fitness Expert Do senior citizens have anything to gain from resistance training? Senior Fitness
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With the slow but steady increase in life expectancy over the years, more and more of the population are living longer. Between 2000 and 2010 the number of people aged 45 to 64 increased by 31.5%, and believe it or not, older adults have much to gain from regular resistance training. First, strength training can halt the ravaging effects of osteoporosis. As people age, they have an increased risk of osteoporosis, which means that they have a decreased bone mineral density. Bone density begins to decline around the age of forty without resistance training. When bone density decreases, bones are more porous and more prone to fracture. And in older adults, fractured bones take a longer time to heal. The good news is that resistance training can increase bone density, which decreases the risk of bone fractures. Second, with age the human body naturally atrophies, which means it loses muscle and becomes weaker. Muscle is what moves you around. Standing up, sitting down, getting out of bed, getting in and out of your vehicleâ€”well, you get the point. According to most research, beginning in your mid-twenties, without progressive resistance training a person can lose a half pound of muscle per year. If you go through the majority of your life without lifting weights, it is possible to lose a significant amount of your muscle mass. So if you are climbing up there in years and have found that your normal day-to-day activities are becoming more difficult, the loss in strength could be a reason. Also with aging comes an increase in body fat, at the rate of 1.5 pounds per year. It isnâ€™t the gain in body fat that is scary. That is the switch from storing subcutaneous fat to more visceral fat as we age. Visceral fat is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular and metabolic diseases, including diabetes, heart disease, and hypertension. The great news is that, like other types of physical training, resistance/strength training can produce a loss of body fat (visceral as well as subcutaneous). On top of everything mentioned above, strength training for older adults can also improve their overall mental health and well-being, including reduced risks of depression and anxiety, and improve memory and attention functions. Jon Vanderslice
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Business Expert Most entrepreneurs inherently have some exposure and involvement with intellectual property, either patents, trademarks or copyrights, based on their unique business proposition. What advice can you provide for the small business person or entrepreneur about managing intellectual property (IP)? Managing Intellectual Property 1. What kinds of risk do businesses face when it comes to intellectual property? The fundament risks in play are first, not leveraging to the utmost—or even losing—your own intellectual property assets; and second, stepping on someone else’s IP rights. Generally, successful business people effectively manage risk—it is inherent to the task at hand. My experience is that a good number of otherwise effective business people suffer extensive and at times irreversible harm to their business by anecdotally attempting to build and manage their IP assets. Many even feel confident and smart cutting corners by not obtaining serious, qualified, and objective legal advice in building and maintaining their IP portfolio and steering clear of others’ IP rights. Too many times a business person comes to me for help after it is too late. For all effective IP strategies, time and timing are of the essence. 2. What steps should businesses take to protect such things as patents, trademarks, copyrights, etc.? The business person should be meeting on a regular basis with an objective counselor to initiate and follow through with affirmative actions to build and maintain the strongest IP portfolio practicable. Those affirmative actions generally fall into one of four categories: • patents, • trademarks, • copyrights, and • trade secrets. Decisions about IP investment should be based on a continual flow of legal and technology information, with emphases on both what the business IP portfolio road map is and where competitive intelligence says others are going. This will involve cultivating IP awareness in every aspect of the business operation in an affirmative, proactive manner. If the business person is ever surprised at receiving a cease-and-desist letter, for example, the IP awareness system is not yet where it needs to be. 3. Can business owners do this themselves or should they hire an attorney, and why? The answer to this question unfortunately depends on who the attorney is. As I said above, the business person who sets off alone and attempts to anecdotally manage his IP assets is going to miss some opportunities, and is more likely to get a cease-and-desist letter from a competitor. However, some attorneys lacking in integrity might take advantage of the business
person’s anxiety and ignorance of IP law and overcharge for IP protection. Further, some attorneys are by nature adversarial and litigious, and can quickly build a mountain out of a molehill. As mentioned earlier, the business person needs a serious, qualified, and objective legal counselor. The most important aspect to finding the right attorney is finding the relationship that works. Find an attorney who can explain the complexities of IP law in terms that you can understand and help you make critical business decisions based on that understanding. 4. What happens when a business has an infringement on its intellectual property? Assuming that all the time and timing considerations of the IP portfolio given above have been dealt with to properly protect the IP, then the business owner stands in the favorable position of being in control and able to assert the legal right to the protected IP. The owner may opt to license the IP for an agreed-upon revenue, or demand that the other cease using the protected IP. Litigation is an expensive resolution, so the preferred business strategy is usually to begin the discussion with attempting to resolve the dispute short of litigation. Sometimes, however, litigation becomes the only way to seek redress from IP infringement. (Note: Our thanks to Mick McCarthy of McCarthy IP Law of Norman for his contributions to this article)
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Disc Golfers Get a Major Upgrade with New Course at Little River Park By Rob Morris
isc golf enthusiasts from around the area have been toiling on the new course at Moore’s Little River Park for more than a year now. And in April their labor of love made a tournament debut with the inauguåral Little River Open. The event drew a remarkable response: of the 90 spaces available 89 were filled. The field included Paul McBeth of Huntington, California. McBeth is the 2012 World Disc Golf champion, who made his first trip to Moore just to play the new course. “It’s a really nice design,” said McBeth. “I can’t wait to see what it’s like when it’s broken in.” Kris “Sparky” Molskness is one of the key players behind the creation of the course. Molskness has been working with the city of Moore to get the course built and is thrilled with how it has turned out. Molskness said, “This course is different from all the other courses in the OKC area. It’s more of a tighter course, more of a technical course.” The availability of the Little River Course gives disc golfers in central Oklahoma an option they haven’t had until this point. “We don’t have a ton of courses in central Oklahoma that are like this,” said Jennifer Allen, “They’re usually flat and open, and when Oklahomans travel and play other courses around the U.S., they typically have a hard time playing.” Allen has been playing since 1999, picking up the sport when she decided she’d rather play than just watch her husband and his friends having all the fun. She’s become quite the player, winning the women’s division in this year’s Little River Open. Allen said, “Disc golf is something you can do your whole life. It’s not like basketball or football that just kind of stop when you get to ‘that age.’” Another disc golfer who’s excited about Moore’s new course is Edmond’s Brad Workman. He’s been playing for five years, competitively for four of those. Workman said, “What got me playing was just being with friends. Then I found out that there were tournaments and mini’s, and that really appealed to my competitive side.” McBeth, who ended up winning the men’s division of the Little River Open in a thrilling come-from-behind finish after trailing by three strokes heading into the final nine holes, says disc golf is a great sport that’s accessible to anyone, recreationally or competitively. “It’s a lot like traditional golf. The lowest scores win. There are three, four and five pars. The discs are like the different clubs, drivers, irons and putters that perform differently,” said McBeth. McBeth recommends starting with a slower driver so that you can learn form, then moving up to some of the other discs as your skill increases. There’s also another benefit. “It’s pretty cheap, compared to ball golf, and it’s great to be outdoors,” he said. Nearly every golfer at the Little River Open echoed McBeth’s sentiments. “The good thing about disc golf is that it’s a really athletic sport. It gets you out of the house and off the couch, gets you up active and moving,” Molskness said. Workman agrees, but adds that the thing that initially drew him to disc golf is the relationships he formed. “Disc golf is a really good family atmosphere,” said Workman. “The people around it is what makes it go.” For those who want a little more competitive atmosphere, there’ll be plenty of that as well. Molskness says the local disc golf association will begin to sponsor “club mini’s” in May. Those are smaller 18-hole, bestscore tourneys with small entry fees. Then there will be a bag tag challenge series beginning in June. Players participating in this competition buy tags that rate them from #1 to #100 and then challenge other players to match play to win their tag. The local disc golfers are also planning to bring the sport to youngsters in the Moore area. They’re raising money to buy Educational Disc Golf Experience (EDGE) programs that would be used at local elementary schools. The programs feature portable baskets and discs for kids to use on their campuses, and teaches students to incorporate elements of mathematics in their play. MAY 2013 | MOORE MONTHLY | 25
MOORE MONTHLY | MAY 2013 • COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS
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MOORE POLICE DEPARTMENT HAS MOVED. MPD’s offices have moved to 224 S. Chestnut Ave., behind the Library, just north of the Community Center. YMCA Before and After School Care. Moore Community Center; call 378-0420 for participating schools and more information. 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 793-5070 to schedule your trash pick-up. Recycle Moore. Recycle Center at 400 N. Telephone Rd. Self service open 24 hours. Attendant for drive thru on duty 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday–Saturday and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Check out the recyclemoore.org website for details on what materials are accepted. Neighborhood Watch Program. Moore Police Dept. is starting a Neighborhood Watch Program. If interested in helping your neighborhood reduce crime, contact Jeremy Lewis, 793-4448. Adopt A Pet. Call Moore Animal Shelter, 7935190; 3900 S. I-35 Service Rd. Open M–F, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sat. 8 a.m. to 12 noon. First Church Moore, 201 W. Main. Every Wednesday, 2:30 p.m. SONderful Wednesdays for Youth (7–12 grades). Free Community Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Family Activities & Church School at 6 p.m. Afterschool Matters, an after-school program from FBC Moore that helps students who need academic success. Available for 1st through 6th graders every Tuesday from 3 to 6 p.m. Contact director Carissa Taylor at carissa.taylor@ fbcmoore.org to learn more about enrolling your child or to volunteer. CHHS Class of 1963 Reunion Planning is looking for classmates for their 50-year reunion on June 7 and 8. Contact Rosemary at firstname.lastname@example.org or Diana at 381-2060 or Twyla 691-1251 for more information.
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Fresh Start Community Church Food Pantry 309 Eastern Avenue, West Campus Family Life Center. Open the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Canned and dry goods available. Must be a resident of Moore. (Please bring an ID). JenniferAshford-Roberson Lymphoma Fund. Donations requested to help this lifelong Moore resident battling stage 4 follicular non-Hodgkin's lymphoma for six years. Donations will help fund a bone marrow transplant and can be dropped off at the Bank of Oklahoma location at Crest Foods in Moore. Beautiful Beasts Public Gallery Talk. Sam Noble Museum. 2401 Chautauqua Ave., Norman. 7 p.m. Contact Jen Tregarthen 325-0598 or visit online at www.snomnh.ou.edu. Family Insect Safari and Macrophotography Workshop 2401 Chautauqua Ave., Norman. 9–noon. Learn about close-up photography. Bring your own camera (SLR, phone etc.). $20 for members and $30 for non-members. Admission includes one adult and one child. To enroll call 325-1008. Oklahoma Home and Community EducationRobinson Group 11 a.m. 201 W. Indian Hills Rd, Moore. Contact Phyllis Embrey 895-6630. Friday Night Live for HIM First Baptist Church, 6:30 p.m. 301 NE 27th St. Join the Singles of FBC. Dinner for a small charge. Contact Marji Robison 793-2624. Dementia/Alzheimers Support Group Village on the Park 1515 Kingsgate OKC 3 p.m. Contact Karen Proctor at 692-8700. MHS Class Reunion 1973 at Moore High School 6 p.m. More information, visit moorehigh1973.com or call Vonnie Clark 249-2952. Fighting Fore a Family Westwood Golf Course 2400 Westport Drive, Norman 8 a.m. Tournament benefits Libby Marshall and Justin Waganer. Contact Tara Warwick at 503-6639. First American Silent Auction for Ally’s House 9 a.m.–12 p.m. 105 N Eastern, Moore. Goes on until June 1, 2013. Funds raised benefits a local charity for children battling cancer. Contact Tammy or Ashlie 794-0063.
The Hugs Project, nonprofit organization puts together care packages for our troops in Middle East. For more info call 651-8359 or TheHugsProject@cox.net. 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, 7939069, Brand Ctr. Moore Medical Ctr. Volunteer/Auxiliary Services. Volunteers needed. Contact Debbie Steele, 912-3485. Living Faith Church. 825 NW 24th, feeding program called the “Father’s Business.” About 100 families are provided food every Tues. Call Pastor Jimmy Milligan, 794-3161; or email to email@example.com
Moore Senior Citizen nutrition site. Brand Senior Center, 501 E. Main, 793-9069. Open 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Mon.–Fri. Meal offered at 11:30. Call by 1 p.m. day before to request a meal. Donation for a meal for seniors 60 & above: $2.25. Required cost for meal for guests under 60: $5.00 P.A.L.S. Program for Seniors. Seniors will be assigned to a buddy who will call every day to check on you. Sign up with Officer Lewis, Moore Police Dept., 793-4448. Moore Council on Aging. Seniors may have transportation anywhere in city of Moore for errands or appointments. 8 a.m.–3 p.m., Mon.– Fri. Call 7993130 at least one day in advance. Dance Night at the Old School Building Live music at 201 N. Broadway every Thursday night from 6 to 9 p.m. Seniors are welcome to participate. New Types of Transportation: *Metro Transit will provide van service for age 60 and older on Tue. and Thu. from the Moore area to OKC medical appointments. Call Jackie at 297-2583. *”Share-A-Fare” Age 60 and over or disabled to purchase taxi fare at a 40% off. Project Return Home For Alzheimer’s patients in Moore. For information about enrolling a loved one,
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Extreme Animals of Africa & South America June 3rd - June 7th Abrakadoodle - Art Camp If you give a Kid a Paintbrush! June 17th - 21st Eureka Mad Science Camp July 8th - 12th Extreme Animal of Australia & Asia July 22nd - 26th
Golf Camp: May 28th - 31st
Basketball Camp: June 3rd - 7th Volleyball Camp: June 10th - 14th Youth Cheer Camp: June 10th - 14th Ages 7 - 10 Speed & Agility Camp: June 18th - 20th Baseball Camp: June 24th - 28th Softball Camp: June 24th - 28th Teen Cheer Camp: June 24th - 28th Ages 11 - 18 Soccer Camp: July 8th - 12th Basketball Shooting Camp: July 8th -12th
Secret Agent Science Camp July 22nd - 26th
Speed & Agility Camp: July 23rd - 25th
All education camps are held at the Moore Community Center â€˘ 9am-Noon
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Movie in the Park June 1 & August 10 Join us at little river park and Bring your lawn chairs and blankets. Arrive early to get a good spot! Movies will start at 8:45pm.
Join the City of Moore parks department every Friday in june and on July 12 at 9:30 am as we host games & activities. This is a great way to meet your neighbors and make new friends over the summer months for no charge. www.cityofmoore.com/fun for locations
EXPLORING NATURE Explore Nature on June15th, July 27th and Sept. 14th as we learn about different elements of the outdoors at Little River Park. Exploring nature starts at 9am. Meet in the North Parking area just off of 700 SW 4th street.
Parents can Register & Pay Online for camps listed above, visit www.cityofmoore.com/fun. Other programs do not require registration & additional details are available online. 28 | MOORE MONTHLY | MAY 2013
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AARP meets on the fourth Tuesday of every month at 5 p.m. at the Brand Senior Center, 501 East Main St., Moore. Programs are on subjects of interest to persons 50 years and over. Potluck dinner follows the program each month. Moore Old Town Association meets 4th Tue. every month at First United Methodist Church. For further information contact Janie Milum at: cjmilum@ sbcglobal.net Malcolm Hunter Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution, Moore, OK meets 2nd Wed. of each month at Hillcrest Presbyterian Church, 6600 S. Penn, at 1 p.m. Contact Pat Towns,376-5653. Moore Rotary Club. Wed, at Belmar Golf Club, 1025 E. Indian Hills Road. Civic organization dedicated to contributing and volunteering in our community. South OKC Rotary Club. Fridays, 12 to 1 p.m. at Southwest Integris Cancer Center, SW 44th & Southwestern. Civic organization dedicated to contributing and volunteering in our community. Moore Horseshoe Club. Every Thursday 6 p.m. at Fairmoore Park. Contact Johnny Vanderburg 237-1171
Zumba avalible just for women at First Baptist Church Moore. Come experience a high-energy workout that’s a lot of fun! Classes are every Tuesday and Thursday at 7 p.m. Call 405-793-2600 for more information. Southern Hills Baptist Church. Mothers of Preschoolers (MOPS) are invited to come on the 2nd & 4th Thursdays of each month to have breakfast, listen to speakers, enjoy crafts, mentor moms and have great childcare. SHBC is located at 8601 S. Penn., OKC. Central Okla. Holistic Moms Network Chpt. meets 2nd Monday of month in the atrium area of the Moore Medical Center. For more info call Page Cornelius at 831-4313.
South OKC Women’s Connection. This club meets every 3rd Wednesday at noon at Southern Hills Baptist Church, 8601 S. Penn, OKC. Call Joyce, 6928792, for more information. Nursery provided! Moms Club of Moore meets 2nd Thursday of month at Westmoore Community Church. www. momsclubsofmoore.com
First Baptist Church of Moore. FBC Moore Community Life/Recreation Ctr. Two basketball courts & racquetball courts, fitness center, walking/running track. Open 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Call 735-2527. Tai Chi is avalible at First Baptist Church Moore every Tuesday at 6 p.m. The cost is $2 per class. Call 405793-2600 for more information. Karate is available at First Baptist Church Moore every Tuesday from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, 9–12. The classes are free for anyone ages eight years old and up with uniforms availble at a discounted rate. Call 405-793-2600 for more information. Brand Senior Center. Senior Exercise at 10:15 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. Moore Community Cente Step Aerobics. One-hour class will be available every Monday and Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. and Saturday at 10:15 a.m. Cost is $20. Instructor: Angie Ceyler. For more information contact Whitney at 793-5090 or email at wWathen@ cityofmoore.com. Moore Community Center R.I.P.P.E.D. exercise classes. This endurance and fitness class takes place Thursdays from 6 to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Cost is $15 dollars a month per person. For more information, call 793-5090 or email at wWathen@cityofmoore.com. Moore Community Center Zumba Classes. Fee is $15 dollars a month per person, Tuesdays at 6:15 p.m. and Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Instructor: Ritchel Schultz. For more information call 405-793-5090. Body Fit Strength Training Tues. & Thurs. from 9 to 9:50 a.m. at Fresh Start Community Church, 309 N Eastern, 794-7313.
Southern Hills School of Fine Arts, 8601 S. Penn, OKC 73159. Enrolling children and adults for private lessons in piano, voice, guitar, bass, drums, strings, brass and woodwinds. Call David Allen at 405-589-3618 or www.http://myshbc. com/arts. Sooner Sensation Show Chorus, Sweet Adelines. Mon. 7 p.m. at Fresh Start Church. 309 N Eastern. Call 436-5828 for more information. Also FREE voice lessons on Mondays.
Fresh Start Community Church Celebrate Recovery, 12-Step Program will meet on Tuesday nights, 6:30 p.m. at 309 N Eastern, 794-7313. Beth Haven Baptist Church. 12400 S. Western is having an Addiction Recovery Program every Friday at 7 p.m. Call Pastor Rick, 691-6990 for information. The OK Chapter of the Scleroderma Foundation, monthly support group meetings, third Tuesday of every month at the Moore Chamber of Commerce (I-35 & Main St.) 6:30 p.m. Call 694-1098 for more information. First Baptist Church Grief Share. Support group for individuals and family members struggling with life events such as death, divorce, disappointments; and learning healthy ways to cope with life. Meets weekly on Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 301 NE 27th Street. First Baptist Church Celebrate Recovery. Support and help for those struggling with addiction. Meets weekly on Thursday nights at 6:30 p.m. at First Baptist Church, 301 NE 27th Street.
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MOORE MONTHLY | MAY 2013 • LIBRARY EVENTS
Moore Public Library Children’s Programming Wednesday, May 1, at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 2 p.m. Baby Story Time Saturday, May 4, 11 a.m. Saturday Story Time Tuesday, May 7, 10 a.m. Story Time Tuesday, May 7, 6:30 p.m. Barks, Books and Buddies Wednesday, May 8, at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Baby Story Time Thursday, May 9, 10 a.m. Make and Take Tuesday, May 14, 10 a.m. Story Time Wednesday, May 15, at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 2 p.m. Baby Story Time Saturday, May 18, 11 a.m. Saturday Story Time Tuesday, May 21, 10 a.m. Story Time Tuesday, May 21, 6:30 p.m. Barks, Books and Buddies Wednesday, May 22, at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Baby Story Time Thursday, May 23, 10 a.m. Make and Take Tuesday, May 28, 10 a.m. Story Time Wednesday, May 29, at 10 a.m., 10:30 a.m., and 2 p.m. Baby Story Time Thursday, May 30, 10 a.m. Summer Reading Program Kickoff Teens and Adults Thursday, May 2, 6 p.m. Friday, May 3, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 7, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 7, 7 p.m. Thursday, May 9, 6 p.m. Friday, May 10th, 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, May 14, 9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 16, 6 p.m. Friday, May 17, 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 18, 11 a.m. Monday, May 20, 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, 9:30 a.m. Thursday, May 23, 6 p.m. Thursday, May 23, 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 28, 7 p.m. Thursday, May 30, 10 a.m. Thursday, May 30, 6 p.m. Thursday, May 30, 6:30 p.m.
Zumba Computer Basics Internet Basics Part 1 YourTutor for all grades Preventing Identity Theft Zumba Internet Basics Part 2 E-Mail Basics Zumba Advanced E-Mail GameOn On the Same Page Book Discussion Group eBay Basics: Selling Zumba Basic Microsoft Excel 2010 Self Defense Strikes and Escapes Summer Reading Program Kickoff, Parade from City Hall to the library Zumba Moore Reads Book Discussion Group
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SouthWest OKC Public Library Children’s Dept. Wednesday, May 1, 4:15 p.m. ASK (Afterschool Kids) Thursday, May 2, at 10 and 10:30 a.m. Baby Story Time Monday, May 6, 10 a.m. Children’s Story Time Monday, May 13, 10 a.m. Children’s Story Time Thursday, May 9, at 10 and 10:30 a.m. Baby Story Time Monday, May 20, 10 a.m. Children’s Story Time Thursday, May 16, at 10 and 10:30 a.m. Baby Story Time Thursday, May 16, 2 p.m. Make and Take Thursday, May 23, at 10 and 10:30 a.m. Baby Story Time Friday, May 24, 10 a.m. Summer Reading Program Kickoff Thursday, May 30, at 10 and 10:30 a.m. Baby Story Time Tuesday, May 30, 6 p.m. ROCKing out at the Library TEEN/ADULT Monday, May 13, 6 p.m. Pilates class Monday, May 20, 6 p.m. Pilates class Thursday, May 9, 6:30 p.m. Penn Ave. Literary Society Wednesday, May 15, 6:30 p.m. Dan Brown live stream Saturday, May 18, 11 a.m. Exploring Video Conferencing Online Tuesday, May 21, 11 a.m. Email for Beginners Wednesday, May 22, 11 a.m. Business Connections Book Discussion Group Friday, May 24, 2 p.m. Summer Reading Program Kickoff Saturday, May 25, 1 p.m. Towel Day, movie showing
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CITY OF MOORE & BRAND CENTER
Zumba Fitness at Moore Community Center. $15 a month per person. Tuesdays at 6:15 p.m., Saturdays at 10:30 a.m. Instructor: Ritchel Schultz. For more information, call 405-793-5090. R.I.P.P.E.D.—The One Stop Body Shock R.I.P.P.E.D.—The One Stop Body Shock™ is a “Plateau Proof Fitness Formula” that helps you to create continuity, consistency and challenge in each and every R.I.P.P.E.D. class. It is Plateau Proof, because each component of the workout provides a uniquely different emphasis or system response, so your body never gets accustomed to the constantly changing format. Thus, regular R.I.P.P.E.D. participants achieve undeniable, ultimate results in minimal time, boasting 750-1000 calories burned in just 50 minutes. This total body, high-intensity style program, utilizing free weights, resistance and body weight, masterfully combines the components of R.I.P.P.E.D.—Resistance, Intervals, Power, Plyometrics and Endurance— as the workout portion along with diet suggestions to help you attain and maintain your physique in ways that are fun, safe, doable and extremely effective. The deliberate combination of the R.I.P.P.E.D. elements and how they are precisely organized in the R.I.P.P.E.D. class format provide the basis for the One Stop Body Shock System, by stimulating both, different energy systems and muscles in each workout segment, changing the focus and activities every 6 to 9 minutes. Along with driving, motivating music, participants jam through R.I.P.P.E.D. with smiles, determination and strength. No boredom here, for all levels, R.I.P.P.E.D. is effective, it’s tough yet doable; R.I.P.P.E.D. will absolutely challenge your levels of fitness and endurance! Class on Thursday 6–7 p.m. & Saturday 11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. at Moore Community Center; $15 per month. For more information call 793-5090. Step Aerobics A one-hour fitness class that will include 30 minutes of aerobic conditioning and Reebok step, etc., and 25 minutes of strength training and toning, and a 5-minute cool down. The class will also include an introduction to a free online website that will provide tracking and tips on weight loss and improving fitness levels. Monday & Wednesday, 5:30 p.m.- - 6:30 p.m., Saturday 10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m., $20 a month.
The City of Moore’s Parks and Recreation Department provides a rich and wide variety of events, camps and programs to residents and their families. Now they’ve made it easier than ever for you to sign up for those events with a new online registration system. You can use it to sign up for and pay fees to anything from the annual Daddy-Daughter Dance to any of the Park & Rec Departments summer camps. Just go to www.cityofmoore/fun and click on the “Request Account” button to get started. You’ll also find links to the various activities offered by the Park & Recreation Department as well as a way to reserve facilities. See a list of summer camps in our cover story or on page 28!
Brand Senior CENtEr Activities For more information on other activities and times, call 793-9069.
5-1 10:00-11:30 BP & Sugar checks 5-3 10:00 MCOA Monthly Meeting 5-7 10:00 Country Music House Singers 5-10 10:00-11:00 Mary& Rudy to sing Mother’s Day Program 5-14 10:00 Last Chance Band// Library 10:30 BP & Sugar Checks Provided by Loving Care 5-15 11:45 Cobbler provided by Village on the Park 5-16 10:00-11:00 Frank from Generations Home Care “Supplemental Secure Income” 5-20 10:00 MCOA Board Meeting 5-21 10:00 Country Music House Singers 12:15 AARP Board Meeting 5-23 10:30-11:00 Medical Alert Pendent 5-27 Closed for Memorial Day 5-28 10:00 BINGO provided by Allegiance Credit Union Exercise: Mon, Wed, & Fri 10:15 Wed 12:15 Thurs 9:00-11:00 Thurs 1:00
Line Dancing Lessons Wood Carving Oil Painting 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 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., 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 meal for guests under 60: $5.00
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CITY OF MOORE PARKS & RECREATION
Putting the “Fun” into Registering for Camps & Events
CALENDAR OF EVENTS & PERFORMANCES
MOORE MONTHLY | MAY 2013 • CALENDAR OF EVENTS
MAY 2 • THURSDAY City-Wide Garage Sale All day. Register online at www.cityofmoore.com. Live Music at Dan McGuinness Irish Pub, 103 SW 19th, 703-3367. MAY 3 • FRIDAY City-Wide Garage Sale All day. Register online at www.cityofmoore.com. Beautiful Beasts Public Gallery Talk 2401 Chautuaqua Ave, Norman. 7 p.m. Live Music at Dan McGuinness Irish Pub, 103 SW 19th, 703-3367. MAY 4 • SATURDAY City-Wide Garage Sale All day. Register online at www.cityofmoore.com. Family Insect Safari and Macrophotography Workshop 2401 Chautuaqua Ave, Norman. 9-noon. MAY 5 • SUNDAY City-Wide Garage Sale All day. Register online at www.cityofmoore.com. may 6 • monday City Council Meeting at Moore City Hall at 6:30 p.m., 301 N. Broadway, 793-5000 Santa Express Golf Tournament For many Moore families, Christmas time is fun and exciting, with plenty of presents under the tree Christmas morning. But there are those in Moore where there is no guarantee of gifts for the kids. That’s where the Moore Fire Department and the Santa Express program come in. Firefighters go shopping and buy toys for kids who are on a predetermined list, bag them up and send them off to their destination on a Moore fire truck. The Moore Firefighters will be hosting a Golf Tournament on May 6th to raise funds for the 2013 Christmas Season. Click the links below for registration and sponsorship forms. For more information just log on to www.cityofmoore.com/santa-express-golf-tournament. may 7 • tuesday Parks Board Meeting 7 p.m. at Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway. Live Music at Dan McGuinness Irish Pub, 103 SW 19th, 703-3367. may 8 • wednesday Oklahoma Home and Community Education-Robinson Group 11 a.m. 201 W. Indian Hills Rd, Moore may 9 • thursday Live Music at Dan McGuinness Irish Pub, 103 SW 19th, 703-3367. may 10 • friday Live Music at Dan McGuinness Irish Pub, 103 SW 19th, 703-3367. Friday Night Live for HIM First Baptist Church, 6:30 p.m. 301 NE 27th St May 13 • monday School Board Meeting at 6 p.m., 1500 SE 4th street. Dementia/Alzheimer’s Support Group Village on the Park 1515 Kingsgate OKC 3 p.m. may 14 • tuesday Planning Commission Meeting at 7 p.m., Moore City Hall, 301 N. Broadway.
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may 15 • Wednesday MHS Class Reunion 1973 at Moore High School 6 p.m.
may 17 • friday Live Music at Dan McGuinness Irish Pub, 103 SW 19th, 703-3367. Fighting Fore a Family Westwood Golf Course 2400 Westport Dr., Norman 8.a.m. may 20 • monday City Council Meeting at Moore City Hall at 6:30 p.m., 301 N. Broadway, 793-5000 may 23 • thursday Live Music at Dan McGuinness Irish Pub, 103 SW 19th, 703-3367. Old Town Farmers Market Moore Community Center 301 S. Howard. 4–7:30 p.m. may 24 • friday Live Music at Dan McGuinness Irish Pub, 103 SW 19th, 703-3367. may 25 • saturday Old Town Farmers Market Moore Community Center 301 S. Howard. 8–12:00 p.m. may 27 • monday First American Silent Auction for Ally’s House 9a.m. – 12 p.m. 105 N Eastern, Moore. may 28 • tuesday Golf Camp Earlywine Golf Course. $60 per person. Ages 7–18. First American Silent Auction for Ally’s House 9 a.m.–12 p.m. 105 N Eastern, Moore. may 29 • wednesday First American Silent Auction for Ally’s House 9 a.m.–12 p.m. 105 N Eastern, Moore. may 30 • thursday Old Town Farmers Market Moore Community Center 301 S. Howard. 4–7:30 p.m. Live Music at Dan McGuinness Irish Pub, 103 SW 19th, 703-3367. First American Silent Auction for Ally’s House 9 a.m.–12 p.m. 105 N Eastern, Moore. may 31 • friday Live Music at Dan McGuinness Irish Pub, 103 SW 19th, 703-3367. First American Silent Auction for Ally’s House 9 a.m.–12 p.m. 105 N Eastern, Moore.
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may 16 • thursday Live Music at Dan McGuinness Irish Pub, 103 SW 19th, 703-3367.
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Fa M i ly day & F u n d r ai S e r to B e n e F it
The Dandy-Walker Alliance S u n day, M ay 1 9 t h • 1 2 p M - 6 p M Join Freddy’s for good food and a good time - to help a good cause: The Dandy-Walker Alliance. Dandy-Walker Syndrome is a congenital brain malformation that affects 1 in 2,500 children. Come to Freddy’s on May 19th and have a great time with your family while helping create awareness and find a cure.
Freddy’S will donate 15% of our sales to the dandy-Walker alliance Activities include: BSL Car Club Show with over 200 Cars • Guest Choice Create Your Own Custard Contest • Kid’s Sundae Eating Contest at 2pm •Face Painting & Clown
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Positive School Coverage Sponsored by Raising Cane’s
Moore Students Want to Make Sure Everyone Gets Their
Point By Christiaan Patterson
hen you think of school athletics, probably the first sports to come to mind are basketball, soccer, or football. But for the past six years, Houchin Elementary has been home for the Bulldog Archery team. Kids have quickly begun to pick up the bow and arrow with natural ease and have gained so much more than just scoring points dead center. “It’s an amazing program to see a kid who can’t shoot a basketball, or who has problems with swinging a bat—but they get up here and get just a keen sense of archery. They have great aim and they get in here and find something they love, something they can do that’s competitive, and they feel good about themselves—and they develop a lot of selfesteem,” said coach Ed Fowlkes. For the fourth year, the team went to the state championship held at the state fairgrounds and placed
second. The team scored one hundred more points than they have ever in the past. Two girls placed in the top five out of twenty-five elementary schools. Students who want to get involved start out with a three-week safety and form course before they even get a chance to pick up a bow. If students pass the test, they are trained on how to actually shoot an arrow. The next six weeks of the program consist of training and narrowing the number down to twenty kids for competition. Once they’re selected, it’s time for the tournaments. Many hours are spent at the school practicing and building skills. For the kids, it’s a great way to build confidence and release some stress. Outside of the actual practice, all students on the team are required to maintain good standing in their academics. If grades slip, the student is placed on academic probation and is not allowed to participate until he or she brings scores up. Also, students
cannot have any type of discipline problems in the classroom. These outstanding kids give up a lot of free time to be a part of the team. “It’s a unique group of kids I have this year. They are quirky, they’re goofy, but they are dedicated. Some of them even gave up their spring break so they could practice,” Fowlkes said. Currently, there are five other elementary schools that either have a team going or will be starting on in the fall. Those are • Wayland Bonds Elementary • Fisher Elementary • Briarwood Elementary • Apple Creek Elementary • Oak Ridge Elementary. This program provides such a positive atmosphere for the kids and allows every one of them to grow, both athletically and as a person. MAY 2013 | MOORE MONTHLY | 35
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Relay for Life Gears Up for 5th Annual Fundraising Event
elay for Life Moore has been raising money and forming teams for the past few months and is gearing up for the 24-hour event later this month. This will be the fifth year for the relay in Moore. “Earlywine YMCA is partnering with Relay for Life Moore to both promote the LIVESTRONG program as well as Relay for Life Moore. It’s basically a 24-hour walk, run, jog just to raise money in remembrance and support of cancer survivors,” said Aline Ludwig, health and wellness director of Earlywine YMCA. Relay for Life is a time for remembrance and to support those who have both survived and passed away from a battle with cancer. It is held overnight as a campout with several activities going on. Teams take turns walking around the track during the night. Here is a rundown on the specific activities, which take place during the night: • Survivors Lap: This is a special lap set aside at the beginning of the night for those who have battled and won against cancer. • Luminaria Ceremony: Conducted after dark, the Luminaria Ceremony is a moment of silence with a candlelight vigil. All candles are lit and set inside special bags and placed around the track. • Fight Back Ceremony: During this ceremony, cancer survivors and those who are currently battling are encouraged to fight. It represents the action needed to keep going for one’s family, friends, and other loved ones. Relay for life is open to all those who either have fought, are fighting, or who support someone going through the journey. For one cancer survivor, relay was a chance to come back swinging for herself as well as her family. “I got involved because my mother had breast cancer. So after my cancer journey was over, my grandfather died of colon cancer. Then my mother got breast cancer, and that was the point where I said enough is enough,” said Stephanie Birdwell, cancer survivor. The YMCA also encourages those who are battling cancer and a supporter to participate in the LIVESTRONG program. It’s 12 weeks long and provides exercise for the body and mind to help with the fight. The YMCA believes that a body fights better when it remains physically active and positive. This year’s Relay for Life will be held at the Moore Community Center on May 31 from 7p.m. to 7 a.m. Those wanting to get involved as a team or donate for the cause are encouraged to visit www.relayforlife.org or stop by the Earlywine YMCA on 119th and Penn Avenue for more information on the LIVESTRONG program. MAY 2013 | MOORE MONTHLY | 37
The Music Therapy Program at Full Circle Life Enrichment Center
n a recent edition of the AARP magazine, there was an article about how music therapy is being used to help former Congresswoman Gabby Giffords recover from a gunshot wound to the head. Music therapy is available in our community at Full Circle Life Enrichment Center, and it can benefit people who are suffering from Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other circumstances. Full Circle Life Enrichment Center, located in Norman at 1304 Lindsey Plaza Drive, is an adult day center designed to help families keep their loved ones at home as long as possible. The Full Circle program provides adults with Alzheimer’s, dementia, and other circumstances a safe and nurturing environment with lots of structured activities to fill the day in a meaningful way. The Center is open Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30p.m., and on the second Saturday of each month from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. One of the many special activities Full Circle offers is the Music Therapy Program. According to the musictherapy.org website, music therapy is the clinical and evidence-based use of music interventions to accomplish individualized goals within a therapeutic relationship by a credentialed professional who has completed an approved music therapy program. Music therapy interventions can be designed to promote wellness, manage stress, alleviate pain, express feelings, enhance memory, improve communication, and promote physical rehabilitation. Jennifer Voss is the Life Enrichment coordinator at Full Circle and a board certified music therapist. Voss realized in high school that music therapy was the career she wanted to pursue. She has a Bachelor of Music degree with an emphasis in Music Therapy from West Texas A & M University and a Masters of Music Education degree with an emphasis in Music Therapy from the University of Kansas. Voss leads weekly music therapy groups at Full Circle that are made up of eight to ten individuals. Over the course of each month, she works with every participant at Full Circle to provide them with music therapy. Each group is composed of individuals who have similar circumstances and who are reaching to meet the same goals. The music interventions often focus on improving physical wellness, cognitive abilities such as maintaining attention, as well as communication and socialization. Full Circle is the only adult day center in our area that offers music therapy provided by a board certified music therapist. Voss said, “Music therapy is goal oriented and used to motivate and facilitate non-musical goals.”
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by Kathleen Wilson Director of Aging Services Inc.
She believes that she sees a positive difference in the anxiety behaviors as a result of the therapy. “One of the most important results of therapy is that participants experience moments of joy, Voss said. “They experience successes while participating in a group and enjoying themselves. This can have a lasting effect on the participants.” The music therapy program also incorporates intergenerational activities The interaction between the senior adults and the young people is, to quote Voss, “The best part of my job!” If you have loved ones with dementia, Alzheimer’s, or other circumstances that prevent them from being left alone, you may wish to look into Full Circle or one of the other adult day centers in our area. You will get a break from caregiving and your loved one can have an enjoyable, fulfilling experience outside the home.
SKETCHES History Coverage Sponsored by Moore Funeral & Cremation
Resting in Peace by L.T. Hadley
long the paths through the American West are sheltered the “end of the trail” for thousands of pioneers and settlers who fell from disease, starvation, warring tribes and the American equivalent of the highwayman. The forgiving land keeps its secrets of pain and sorrow, of unfulfilled dreams and plans. Moore, like many other communities along those paths, lent the use of their cemeteries to travelers. The westwardbound pioneers usually left only a small wooden cross with a name and date, which the elements soon destroyed. As early as 1890, Moore had a cemetery. A homesteader named Chestnut set aside a fouracre tract on his 160-acre claim for a cemetery. It was a private property and not platted. However, people, and not just the travelers, used it without asking, choosing a place and burying their dead. Chestnut sold the cemetery to J.W. Payne in 1913. Payne began laying out plots and selling them; trying to trace down names, dates, and locations—a nearly impossible task. Officially, it was a private cemetery, but people considered it public property and continued to make use of it, unofficially. Albert A. Smith, an 1890-vintage resident related the following incident that took place at a board meeting he attended in 1919. The chairman was G.S. Meloy, and the other two members were K.W. Payne and John Godwin. Two irate women appeared and demanded that the town board do something about the deplorable condition of the cemetery. Smith said that Payne rose majestically to his feet and said, “That cemetery is my private property. I’d sell the whole thing for $5.00 if
anybody would buy it.” Without a word, Meloy rose to his feet, drew out his wallet, selected a five-dollar bill and handed it to Payne. Payne silently placed it in his wallet and then both men sat down to resume board business. The next day, they went to the county court house and signed the transfer to make the cemetery the property of the Town of Moore. Albert Smith was appointed cemetery sexton and he served for the next 55 years, until his death. He also served on the Cleveland County Election Board, so he used an old election record book for keeping cemetery records, plus envelopes, scraps of paper, receipts, etc. In 1922, four more acres were added to the cemetery. Through the years, more land has been purchased and the cemetery now contains 22.5 acres. Early in the century, another private cemetery came into use. A different family named Smith, who lived at South telephone Road and 34th Street, had a son who died during a great flood in the area. Unable to get to the cemetery, they buried the son on their land and fenced off a part for a private family cemetery. People began using that cemetery, also, and finally records were kept of who and where and when.
During the 1930s, a cemetery board was established for it, and a perpetual care account begun. During the mid-’60s, the City Council was petitioned to assume ownership of both the property and the perpetual care account in return for maintenance of the cemetery. This transaction was approved and the Smith cemetery became property of Moore. The size has been enlarged and now contains two acres, though there are no spaces left for sale. During the last few years, many improvements have been made to both locations. Cemeteries should not be fearful or gloomy places. They are perfectly natural places, since death is as much a part of life as birth. They contain worlds of historical information. People drive all over the country, searching out large and small cemeteries to get information for family records. These can be peaceful places, places of quiet beauty and serenity, separate from the hectic pace of everyday life. The poet Thomas Gray described it as “Far from the madding crowd’s ignoble strife.” But like that or not, cemeteries are here to stay, and Moore has two beautiful, well-maintained ones.
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MAY SPORTS SCHEDULES State Slow Pitch Softball Tournament Girls’ State Golf Tournament Girls’ State Tennis Tournament Regional Baseball Tournaments Regional Track Meets State Soccer Tournament - Round 2 Boys’ State Golf Tournament Boys’ Tennis Regional Tournament State Soccer Tournament - Semifinals Special Olympics Summer Games State Baseball Tournament State Soccer Championship Game Boys’ State Tennis Tournament State Championship Track Meet High School Spring Football
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6A Football Changes Expected to Have Big Impact on Moore
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By Rob Morris
n April, Oklahoma’s 6A coaches voted to change the structure of the state’s largest football class, splitting the 32 teams into two 16-team divisions. In the days following the vote, the head football coaches from Moore, Southmoore, and Westmoore expressed concerns about the change. Moore coach Todd Watters said the push for a change began because many coaches were concerned about the growing imbalance between the number of students in schools on the west side of the state and those in the Tulsa area schools. “This began over the problem of schools like Union and Broken Arrow having one school in their district with 4,000 or more students, giving them a growing advantage over all the other schools in Class 6A,” said Watters. “But instead of addressing that imbalance for all 32 schools, they decided to make things more competitive for the bottom 16 schools.” The current numbers used by the Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association (OSSAA) show that Broken Arrow and Union are easily the largest schools in the state with over 4,000 students each. Jenks is third with just over 3,000 students. That means the difference between Broken Arrow/ Union and Jenks is about 1,200 to 1,300 students. That’s an advantage, to be sure. But the difference between Broken Arrow/Union and Moore is 2,100 students. That’s essentially doubling the size of Moore High School and it’s one reason the last seventeen 6A state championship trophies sit in trophy cases at Union and Jenks. “It’s great for the schools from 17 to 32 because they’ll get a chance to compete with other schools close to their size,” said Langford. “Those schools from number 6 to number 16—it doesn’t really do a whole lot for them.” Brickman said, “The bottom line is that you have about four teams that have over 3,000 stands and 42 | MOORE MONTHLY | MAY 2013
that’s the big issue. It’s one thing for a school our size with 1900 kids to play a school with 4,000 kids. It’s a much bigger difference between a team like Choctaw or Putnam City West—sitting around 1200 students—playing a team that big.” Moore’s coaches say that massive mathematical difference is what gives Broken Arrow, Union and Jenks their biggest advantage. When you have so many more students to draw from, you can’t help but find more quality players. “Sometimes it comes down to a numbers game,” said Langford. “If you’ve got 3,000 or 3,500 kids in your school you can probably find a backup offensive pretty easily. He may not be as good as the guy you were starting, but he’ll likely come in and be pretty close.” “In football there’s a huge difference between a two or a three for our schools, and a two or a three for one of the east side schools,” Brickman said. “If you’ve got 4,000 students and 2,000 are male, it’s just common sense. You can see that your depth’s going to be a lot better.” And it’s that kind of numbers that make the decision even more frustrating for Todd Watters, who is in his first year of trying to turn around a onceproud Moore Lions football program that has fallen on hard times in recent years. Watters said, “I was disappointed the OSSAA didn’t consult the 6A coaches. We were left out of the loop, and they made their own proposal based on their own goals of what they wanted to achieve. And all we got to do was vote on their two choices that achieved their goals.” Brickman is taking a more pragmatic view and says there’s really no point in worrying about things you can’t control. Even so, he admits he would like to hear school administrators from the districts explain one thing.
“Is Broken Arrow one day going to be 6,000 students?” Brickman asked. “I think the administration needs to be asked, ‘Why do you have the philosophy of building these centers instead of building high schools?’ Maybe there’s a great reason behind it. I’m sure there is or they wouldn’t be doing it.” While Watters was careful to explain his deep pride in how hard his team is working and his own pride at coaching at Moore, he believes the new alignment will make the task of resurrecting the Lions’ football pride even more difficult. “Bottom line: we have to win and we have to win now, not five years from now,” said Watters. “And this just puts a huge speed bump in our way.” Watters also points to the impact the new alignment will likely have on the local rivalry games like the Moore War. Those games contribute significant amounts of revenue to the district’s athletic budgets. His coaching counterpart in the Moore War agreed. Langford said, “It’ll have to impact those rivalry games in some way or form because two out of the three Moore schools will be in the same district, so that will change that aspect of it.” In the meantime all three coaches are gearing up for the new challenge. Langford said, “One thing I do know is that it’s going to make the schedule tougher. Week in, week out, it’s going to be a challenge. It’s going to be a grind.” “It’s all these schools in the west plus one or two of the big four in the east,” said Watters, “So there’ll be no off weeks whatsoever.” “I look at it as a competition thing, where every week you’ve got to be on top of your game, so I’m excited about that scenario,” said Brickman. “In the end you’ve just gotta play who’s on your schedule and not worry about things you can’t control.”
Gigger, Tucker Lead the Way for All-City Hoops By Rob Morris
A pair of senior stars topped voting for the 2013 Moore Monthly/TheMooreDaily. com All-City basketball team. Moore’s Dorion Gigger led the way for the boys, while Southmoore’s Kayla Tucker was at the top of the girls’ voting results. Westmoore placed three players on the Boys All-City team, while Moore had two. For the girls, Southmoore and Westmoore each had two players, while Moore landed one student on the team. Here’s a look at the complete list of 2013 winners:
2013 GIRLS ALL-CITY BASKETBALL TEAM
2013 BOYS ALL-CITY BASKETBALL TEAM
Sydney Chastain Kyra Gilbert Ashley Gomez Amanda Patterson Kayla Tucker
Trey Ayala Maurice Davenport Tripp Fuller Dorion Gigger Dillion Thompson
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Westmoore Moore Westmoore Moore Westmoore
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6TH MAN OF THE YEAR
Ahmarie Butler Cyndy Campbell Victoria Gonzalez Caitlin Hall Kyeria Hannah Serithia Hawkins Bry Jones Victoria Lay Bailey Olsen Callie Palmer Megan Roberts Ashlie Rose Tamera Shaver
Jon Arvin Justin Bean Darius Hodge Calvin Johnson Cole Oliver Braydon Powell Logan Smith Preston Smith Danny Swanner Zac Vanover Jaylon Wilson
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SaberCat Wrestler Claims National Championship
By Rob Morris
outhmoore senior Zac D’Amico has a national championship trophy to add to his mantle after a big win in the National High School Coaches Association Wrestling Championships on Sunday in Virginia Beach. D’Amico beat Aaron Assad (Ohio) 2-1 in double overtime to claim the title. Assad is a three-time state placer from St. Peter Chanel High School of Breckville, Ohio, who has signed to wrestle for Purdue University. D’Amico reached the finals with victories over Cole Schreiber of Columbia High School (Lake City, FL), Matt Bradice of William Floyd High School (Mastic Beach, NY), and Brant Leadbeter of Northern High School (Owings, MD). Junior Nathan Marek finished as the runner-up in the prestigious event, dropping an 11-7 championship match to unbeaten Will Schany from Nebraska. Marek reached the final round by beating Joey Balboni 15-6 in the semi’s. Balboni is a regional champion and third-place state finisher from New Jersey. Earlier in the tourney Marek won his first match against Anthony Fabiano (New Jersey) 15-0. Fabiano wrestled for Middletown North High School in the New York City area. Marek’s second round opponent, Lane Thomas (Ohio), went down in similar fashion, 14-2. On Friday, Marek pinned Michael Gallagher, the varsity state runner-up from Narragansett High School in Rhode Island. Gallagher brought a 45-2 record into the match, but that didn’t keep the SaberCat wrestler from pinning him at the 3:00 mark. Marek also knocked off Trey Ronayne, the 170-pound state wrestling champion from Basha High School in Prescott, Arizona, winning by a 10-5 count. Freshman Jakobe Walker finished third in the nation by beating Osawru Odighizuwa (Oregon) in a rematch of an earlier loss that knocked Walker out of the championship round. Odighizuwa beat Walker 18-6 the first time around. Walker got his revenge in the consolation championship match by pinning Odighizuwa at 5:22 in the match. In his first match, Walker pinned Tristen Weirich (Ohio) at the 3:00 mark to advance. Walker lost to Osawru Odighizuwa (Oregon) 18-6 in his second match of the day. That dropped Walker to the consolation round, where he beat Porter Thomas (Idaho) 6-1, Lucien Chretien (Massachusetts) 5-3, and Zac Sintobin (Pennsylvania) by fall at 3:17. Southmoore sophomore Conor Dooling also wrestled in the Virginia event, finishing winning five out of seven matches in the crowded 113-pound. sophomore field. 44 | MOORE MONTHLY | MAY 2013
Lieashen Saale This month’s Citizen Spotlight is on Lieashen Saale, who says she was born to be a mother. “I’ve always had a passion to be a mom…ever since I was a little girl,” she said. “That’s all I wanted to be when I grew up.” And she definitely got her wish. After getting involved in a volunteer ministry, Lieashen and her husband discovered a love of working with children. “My husband and I are Christians, and we both felt that God was calling us to ministry. We spent some time working with a camp in New Mexico that worked with at risk kids,” she said. “It was a great experience, but we didn’t want to stop after just one week, so I got online and started checking out other options.” After learning about the Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children organization, Lieashen decided to give it a try. “I saw an opening here, so we came and just felt like this is exactly where we needed to be,” she said. Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children is the largest provider of private, not-for-profit, residential childcare in the state. The organization’s Children Residential Care Program offers family-style living to children who come from unsuitable living situations. “Kids we get here can be from DHS or be placed here by parents who need time to get their feet on the ground,” Leiashen said. “We’re the stand-in-the-gap parents. We just try to give them as much love and structure that we can while they’re in between being away from their family and their next stage. We’re really a solid place where they can make that transition.” After working with the organization for nine years, Lieashen is currently a parent to thirteen children of all different ages: four of her own and nine who came to her through the Children Residential Care Program. She says it’s a big job, but caring for these kids is something she was called to do.”
“I just love on these kids and treat them as my own,” Lieashen said. “I don’t want them to feel ashamed or embarrassed about where they came from, because there’s nothing for them to be ashamed of. I want to give them pride in themselves and a sense of respect.” Lieashen says the best way to accomplish this is simply by showing some respect. “Kids respect people who respect them. All I do is show them that, and it’s amazing how they respond. Kids see far more than what you realize.” That mindset helps Lieashen build strong relationships with her kids, but she says those relationships can make things tough when it’s time for the children to move back home, or on to the next stage in their lives. “It is tough when they move on,” she said. “So many times I’ve prayed and asked God why, why are you putting them back in that situation? But you have to understand it’s just what’s right for them in that moment.” But to Lieashen, being a role model is really what her ministry is all about. “To me, it’s mainly sharing the love of Jesus with these kids who may not exactly know what love is. All I can do is be an example of that for them to follow so they can be prepared for whatever comes their way… no matter what path they are given.” For additional information on the mission of Oklahoma Baptist Homes for Children, see their website at www.OBHC.org
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By Tupelo Hassman Pages: 275 Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Reviewer: Brenda Johnson, Information Services librarian, Moore Public Library
ADULT BOOK REVIEW ory Dawn Hendrix lives in a single-wide trailer in the Calle of Reno, Nevada. Meant to become a beautiful subdivision in a city where people gamble on dreams, the Calle never lived up to its dream and symbolizes the dashed hopes of people who have given up on ever finding a way out of the Calle. Rory is a third-generation, sexually abused, daughter of a single, addicted mother who always falls for the wrong man. Rory is smart and determined, the perfect candidate for escaping the Calle, but when caught in a family cycle of always being poor and without luck, getting out proves easier said than done. Rory loves to read and learn; her teachers recognize her talent. She goes to the state spelling bee, but being singled out as smart and talented and being something friends and family have never seen before is too much for Rory, especially when even her clothing is seen as lacking. Rory’s favorite book is The Girl Scout Handbook. She’s worn it out, looking for answers in its straightforward training on problems of survival and existence in a world that Rory longs for but cannot grasp. The character Rory pulls the novel Girlchild from being another depressing story of despair to a study of the human spirit with smart observations about how outcasts and sub-classes form their own cultures, norms, rules, and cycles that are hard to break. Girlchild is a beautifully written book, told in first-person comments and observations, in home-visit notes from social workers, letters from her grandmother, and story problems. It somehow finds beauty in despair and rises above a simple recounting of poverty. If you are looking for a book that lets you escape reality, this is not your book. Girlchild is a look at real life, a culture that exists all around us but is ignored by most. If you like gritty memoirs such as The Glass Castle by Jeanette Walls and Angela’s Ashes by Frank McCourt, you may enjoy this novel about a poor girl doing her best to break the cycle in Reno, Nevada. Girlchild is available from Moore Public Library.
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Fantastic Mr. Fox
By Roald Dahl Publisher: Puffin Reviewer: Kelsey Williamson, Moore Public Library Children’s Services KID BOOK REVIEW Fantastic Mr. Fox is a classic imaginative tale written by famous author Roald Dahl (1916-1990) and illustrated by Quentin Blake. Many of Roald Dahl’s works can be described as clever, surprising, humorous, and even unconventional. Fantastic Mr. Fox does not disappoint with its fastpaced plot and quirky characters. This story revolves around the tricky, clever, yet admirable Mr. Fox. We are also introduced to three cruel, greedy farmers by the names of Boggis, Bunce, and Bean. Mr. Fox has been stealing food and other goods from them to survive. The three farmers have had enough and decide to team up for the best chance of putting an end to Mr. Fox’s tricks once and for all. Little do the farmers know they are not dealing with any ordinary fox; Mr. Fox is simply fantastic. We are led on this adventurous duel between the underground burrowing animals and the farmers. Mr. Fox stays one step ahead of his rivals, and you may find yourself rooting for the trickster and his animal friends in the shenanigans they find themselves in. Fantastic Mr. Fox is recommended for grades 4–8 and is a level 4.1 worth 1.0 points, according to Accelerated Reader. This is a good example of a book that can be shared with a group as it lends itself to great discussion points. It is also an entertaining book to experience on your own. This story has been adapted to a movie as well. Try reading the book and watching the film to compare and contrast the two! Some of Roald Dahl’s other works include James and the Giant Peach, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Matilda. Fantastic Mr. Fox is a great read to gear up for the Summer Reading Program this year with all of the burrowing and underground excitement as our theme is Dig Into Reading!
MOVIE REVIEW By Luke Small
My Five Most Hotly Anticipated Movies of 2013 It’s that time of year again. You know the time of year I’m talking about; it’s the time where week after week we flock to the theater to grab some popcorn and catch some of the biggest pieces of spectacle entertainment we’ll see all year. It’s time of year when we pile into the theaters with friends, family, and even total strangers to create experiences, discussions, and memories that will stick with us for years. That’s right! It’s summer blockbuster season!
Star Trek Into Darkness: May 17 In 2009 we were all blown away by J.J. Abrams’s incredible new take on Star Trek. It had great characters, a pitch-perfect cast, impressive action set pieces, and a space opera vibe that has really been lacking in theaters the last several years. After a four-year wait, we’re finally getting a follow-up that is looking to top the original by raising the stakes even further by putting the entire Star Fleet in jeopardy. The entire cast is back for Into Darkness, but perhaps the most intriguing actor on the cast is Benedict Cumberbatch (“Sherlock”) who is playing an elusive villain that looks like he means some
serious business. Everyone including Trekkies, Trekkers, and Star Wars fanboys should all check out Star Trek Into Darkness which is sure to deliver one of the most exciting movie going experiences of the year. Live Long and Prosper! Man of Steel: June 14 Superman has had a super (no pun intended) spotty history on the big screen with only the first two films being memorable at best. Now that he has resurrected the Batman franchise, Chris Nolan is teaming with director Zack Snyder (“300,” “Watchmen”) to bring back the Boy Scout superhero in a way that’s never been done before. What little we’ve seen of the movie looks incredible with the heart of the story being Clark Kent’s coming to terms with his Kryptonian heritage. The movie has a knockout cast I can’t wait to see. I’m especially excited to see Henry McCavill(“The Immortals,” “The Tudors”) as Superman and Michael Shannon(“Take Shelter,” “Boardwalk Empire”) as the iconic and infamous Zod. Can you smell an epic Metropolis-leveling battle? This movie looks bigger, edgier, and more character driven than any of the cheesy old Christopher Reeves movies, which has me hopeful that one of my favorite superheroes will finally get the story worthy of his title for the whole world to see. Pacific Rim: July 12 After the abysmal stupidity of the Transformers movies, I never thought I could bring myself to get
excited to see a movie about giant fighting robots ever again. But then the fan-pleasing director Guillermo Del Toro picked up “Pacific Rim,” a movie that looks like a tribute to old Japanese monster movies. After seeing the first trailer I was sold on the gargantuan robots versus monsters idea in a way I never thought I would be. To call these larger than life battles massive would be the understatement of the decade. Aside from just the monster slaying, the movie is bringing in actors like Ron Pearlman (“Hellboy,” “Sons of Anarchy”) and Idris Elba (“The Wire,” “Prometheus”) to play the people who pilot these machines with a fun bit of cockiness. With all of the spectacle, corny dialog, and crazy explosions, this movie looks like the stuff popcorn blockbusters are made of ! The Wolverine: July 26 I don’t think any of us have forgotten the letdown of “X-men Origins: Wolverine,” but deep down I believe there is still hope for an excellent Wolverine movie out there. Wolverine is a character that is better suited than any other character in the series for his own movie because of his loner tenancies and elusive history. This story takes place sometime after “X-men: The Last Stand” and explores Wolverine’s immortality by taking away the powers that have made him unstoppable. This movie has potential to be his best outing yet as it covers the most famous and most brutal era ...continued on page 48
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from the Wolverine comics. I’ve always been a bit worried about the movie, but Hugh Jackman has promised that (1) Christopher Mcquarrie’s script is the best X-men script yet and (2) this is by far his most challenging take on the character that we’ve seen so far. It’s fair to remain skeptical, but I can’t help but want to see what I hope is the best spin-off in modern Hollywood. I’m still crossing my fingers to see if Logan finally goes into the feral rampage that the comics have been promising us for years. Elysium: August 9 Ever since Neill Blomkamp’s 2009 break-out debut with the sci-fi docudrama “District 9,” I’ve been incredibly curious to see what this young director would be taking on next. Four years later and we are finally getting that answer with” Elysium,” a sci-fi movie starring Matt Damon, Jodie Foster, and Shartlo Copley. This movie continues Blomkamp’s exploration into politics, class warfare, and poverty with the very rich living in the paradise of Elysium above, while those who can’t afford the lifestyle are still living in the wasteland of earth below. Original sci-fi is something that is harder and harder to come by these days, and if the trailer is to be believed, then we are in for a great piece of classic sci-fi made by some of the best people currently working in Hollywood. Even if this movie completely falls apart, at least we still get to see Matt Damon go Jason Bourne on the bad guys with his power suit. 48 | MOORE MONTHLY | MAY 2013
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MOVIE REVIEW By Luke Small
The Summer of 2013: Movies with Maximum Impact A quick look at the movies slated for release this summer makes one thing clear: Hollywood ain’t interested in anything but popcorn movies. You may find a nugget or two of truly creative filmmaking between May and September...but they will be only nuggets, nestled between the big-budget, effects-heavy blockbusters that the suits hope will line studio coffers with filthy lucre. So we’ll play the game and give you a preview of five of 2013’s most prominent summer movies.
to be something of a legend for scripting the “Lethal Weapon” movies along “The Last Action Hero” and “The Long Kiss Goodnight.” This will be Black’s second directing effort. He also directed Downey in “Kiss Kiss Bang Bang,” an action, murder mystery that was very well received. Also along for the ride this time are Gwynneth Paltrow as Stark’s love interest, Pepper Potts; Don Cheadle as James Rhode; and Jon Favreau as Happy Hogan. Ben Kingsley and Guy Pearce are aboard for the first time as the bad guys.
IRON MAN 3: May 3 Robert Downey, Jr. is back as Tony Stark in the big superhero movie that will officially mark the beginning of summer. Pardon the alliteration when I say that the brilliant but brash billionaire faces his direst challenge yet when a mysterious terrorist known as “The Mandarin” literally tears his world apart. Shane Black takes over for Jon Favreau as director, which actually has created a lot of optimism about the action potential for this third Manin-the-Iron-Suit go-round. Black is considered
NOW YOU SEE ME: May 31 The second magician-focused movie of the year, this one takes a cops-and-illusionist approach that will hopefully erase the disappointment of “Burt Wonderstone.” Morgan Freeman, Jesse Eisenberg, Isla Fisher, Woody Harrelson, Mark Ruffalo and Michael Caine star in this tale of a group of magicians who pull off bank heists during their performances and then share the loot with the audience. The all-star cast and a dazzling trailer have put this at the top of my “gotta see this” list for the summer. Louis Leterrier is behind the camera for this one and while he’s been sharp with “The Transporter” and “Unleashed,” he has also missed big with “Clash of the Titans.” The gut feel on “Now You See Me” is that this will be a now-you-must-see-this kind of movie.
AFTER EARTH: June 7 Tom Cruise took his shot at a postapocalyptic earth in “Oblivion.” In June Will Smith and his son, Jaden, get their turn at redeeming the lost planet in “After Earth.” The most terrifying thing about this project: it’s directed by M. Night Shyamalan, who set the movie-going public on their heads with the brilliant twist-ending of “The Sixth Sense,” but then began a slow death spiral with a series of movies that always seemed to be reaching for, but always missing the brass ring of his initial success. “Unbreakable” and “Signs” were solid hits, but every movie since has been a step downward. In “After Earth,” Cypher Raige (seriously... that’s Smith’s character’s name) and his son, Katai, crash land on earth 1,000 years after humanity is forced to abandon the planet. Raige is seriously injured and it’s up to Katai to save his father’s life in this dangerous environment. WORLD WAR Z: June 21 The zombie trend continues and this time Brad Pitt is standing in the way of the undead horde as they swarm all over the planet looking for brains. You may be aware that “World War Z” is based on a book about a global zombie outbreak. You may also be aware that fans of the book are upset with the trailers for the movie, which depict the zombies as a sort of blazing fast, hive-mind
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threat. Apparently the book is a collection of vignettes from around the world about the political and social ramifications of dealing with a realistic zombie threat and book fans were hoping to see that played out on screen. Seriously? You want to focus your zombie-threat debate on the image of Brad Pitt outracing ridiculously-fast zombies in a bid to save the world? Here’s a free entertainment tip: watch C-Span. If it’s a zombie movie on the big screen, blood and explosions are required. Marc Foster directs. You may remember him from “Quantum of Solace,” Daniel Craig’s second James Bond movie. Hopes are high for “World War Z”... and no, I am not going to read the book. R.I.P.D.: July 19 (Tentative) And there’s more afterlife activity in this story of a recently slain cop who joins a team of undead cops working for the “Rest in Peace Department.” Ryan Reynolds stars as the unfortunate policeman who gets a chance to track down his killer. “R.I.P.D.” is an action-comedy movie based on a graphic novel and features a potentially great cast including Jeff Bridges, Kevin Bacon and Mary-Louise Parker. Directing “R.I.P.D.” is Robert Schwenke, a German filmmaker who did a great job handling the ensemble cast of Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren and Mary-Louise Parker in “Red.” Schwenke’s other feature directorial effort was “The Time Traveler’s Wife” which received a lukewarm reception. We’re hoping action-comedy is in Schwenke’s sweet spot.
HEALTHYMOORE Healthy Moore is a section that includes healthy living information and medical trends provided by experts from the Norman Regional Health System.
Are You Getting Enough Water? Emily Womack, Dietetic Intern
May flowers would not be able to grow without rain from the April showers and the heat of summer is only one month away! It will be very important that you are drinking enough water to stay hydrated throughout the day so you can enjoy the outdoor activities that come with the sun. How much water do you need? • The average person loses 2.5 L of fluid a day. Our bodies are made up of 60% water. • The Institute of Medicine sets our needs at 3 L for men (13 cups) and 2.2 L for women (9 cups). • It also depends on how active you are in your day. You may need up to 1.5 L extra to stay hydrated. • When working out, weigh yourself before and after. For every 1 pound lost, drink 2 cups of water. • Whenever you sweat, you also need to replenish electrolytes, Sodium, Potassium, & Calcium. Most sports drinks replenish electrolytes. What are the signs and symptoms of dehydration? thirst
loss of appetite
Benefits of staying hydrated • Helps flush your body of toxins. • Keeps your cells full and energized. • Helps transfer healthy nutrients into your cells. • Regulates body temperature. • Helps prevent dry skin. Tips to stay hydrated • Sports drinks high in sugar can hinder hydration. Read your sports drink nutrition labels. • Drink a full glass of water in the morning, night, and at each meal. • Add a calorie-free water flavor (crystal light, lemons, MiO, etc.). • Bring a water bottle with you wherever you go. BPA-free or stainless steel So whether you are working, working out, or playing outside in the sun, make sure you are staying hydrated with water and replenishing your electrolytes. For nutritional counseling, Norman Regional Health System offers the guidance of registered dietitians. Those interested can schedule an appointment for an assessment with a referral from their family physician. 50 | MOORE MONTHLY | MAY 2013
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Beginning in June the Moore Monthly magazine and TheMooreDaily.com will introduce a new feature that focuses on the growing interest in Pinterest. By now youâ€™ve probably heard of the a social-bookmarking website that allows users to share photos and ideas for everything from quick and easy meals to home decorating projects to planning weddings. This month youâ€™ll meet two of the members of our new Moore Pinterest Squad, Cylinda RichardsonMartin, and Heather Thompson of the Pioneer Library System. Theyâ€™ll be your guides each month as we explore all that Pinterest has to offer.
I enjoy Pinterest for the ideas and the inspiration that it gives me to try new things and see how others have made something great! I like that interactive quality of the site. Like many other social networking sites, Pinterest allows users not only to share content that they find on the site, but it also allows users to upload original content to the site. I have not uploaded my own content myself yet, but I hope I will in the future. In the Pinterest board I created, I have included some ideas that even less experienced crafters can make with success, with very little money, in very little time. These are things you may not even need to go to the store to get supplies for, but can be made in a way that is meaningful for your mom.Â Does she like tea? How about flavored sugar? Does she sew? (Do you lose buttons?) How about a pin cushion with a built in button keeper? Â Remember, just like itâ€™s the thought that counts, it is the idea you find and make your own creation that will be more meaningful to your mom. No canning jar? Thatâ€™s ok, just use an empty pickle jar and some ribbon instead. Donâ€™t have the same fabric as the example? Use a nice scrap from a shirt or the cute part of a tea towel. The possibilities are endless. I hope you enjoy. Ok, letâ€™s face it. No matter how old your kids get, you still cherish everything they make. As a mom, I know this is true for me.Â Â
Iâ€™m a mother of a teen and I pine for Pinterest! Sometimes I tire of constantly seeing my childâ€™s head bent over her cell phone, but sometimes what we both find on a cell phone can be a source of great conversation. And when raising a teen, it is important to spend some time connecting. One of my favorite ways to use Pinterest to connect with my daughter is using a board Iâ€™ve created just for her. When searching Pinterest I find many items reminding me of her from big, pick-up trucks to cute outfits and I pin these to her special board. Oftentimes I will ask her if sheâ€™s taken a look at â€œherâ€? board. Sometimes we chat about the clothes or laugh over the newest, irreverent someecards. Iâ€™m hoping she sees that she is often in my thoughts because Iâ€™ve â€œpinnedâ€? special things with her in mind. This is how I use Pinterest to celebrate Motherâ€™s Day. MAY 2013 | MOORE MONTHLY | 51
What’s Your Tornado Safety Plan? By Christiaan Patterson
hose needing a place in town to go during a tornado might want to have a backup plan. Public shelters are no longer available in Oklahoma City. Steve Eddy, city manager for the City of Moore, confirmed that the Moore shelters have been closed to the public. Norman is the last place that has a few, but this will be the last season they will operate. As of July 1st, 2013, the shelters in Norman will be closed to the public. So for the last season, here are the following public shelters available in Norman only: • Irving Recreation Center, 125 Vicksburg Ave. • Whittier Recreation Center, 2000 W. Brooks St. • Cleveland Elementary School, 500 N. Sherry Ave. • Little Axe High School, NE 168th Ave. Though these are a few of the places someone can go in the event of a tornado, keep in mind these are meant for people caught outside in the storm or living in mobile homes. Those who are at work or in a house are urged to seek shelter at an alternative spot. The following rules are also enforced: • Not pets allowed • No alcohol • No smoking • No weapons or firearms • No loitering Also, Cleveland Elementary and Little Axe High School are available ONLY when students are not present at the time severe weather strikes. If you are at home or work and a tornado strikes, go to the center part of the building away from windows. A bathroom would be best. Get on the floor and cover your head with a mattress, cardboard or anything that would protect you from flying objects. If you are caught outside or driving, DO NOT stop under an overpass. Despite what you may have heard through the grapevine, wind from a tornado increases under the pass, and if you are hiding there, you could sustain injury from debris being circulated through or pulled out by the winds. DO NOT remain in your car. Vehicles can be picked up and tossed around, depending on wind speed. Get into a ditch or lie flat on the ground, covering your head. 52 | MOORE MONTHLY | MAY 2013
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equestration is something that has been tossed around the news lately and can be confusing for those of you who may be affected by it. After being delayed a few weeks, the budget cuts are now being seen by families. sequestration is used when Congress and the White House cannot come to an agreement on a national budget. When a budget is not decided on, an automatic budget cut will take place until a budget can be established. For the Moore area, the affects of sequestration may be felt in many different areas including Tinker AFB. “It would roughly be the equivalent to losing our house payment every single month. That would be something to put into perspective of how much money it would be,” said Julie Kreft. Her husband has been a civilian contractor for about twenty years and has served his country proudly. With the pending uncertainty, the loss of a sense of security is high within the family. The looming furloughs that are being considered are not only frustrating, but a strong let down of its workers by their government. “He feels frustrated and let down, I mean he has served his country for nearly 20 years and for the first time in his life he is thinking about getting a job in the private sector because he just doesn’t feel like this is a place where he can depend on back up,” she said. The Kreft family is one of the 20,000 in the state being put on edge with this inability to come up with a budget for the country. In response to what lies ahead, State Representative Tom Cole sat down and explained the situation going on here in Oklahoma. “The [Defense Department now has] an appropriations bill, which gives them a lot more flexibility in moving money around, to actually put off the announcements of furloughs, which were scheduled for late March into early or mid-April. They want to recalculate. They now might be able to do considerably fewer [furloughs],” Cole said. As you may already know, one of the hardest hit departments from this budget cut is the FAA. With more than a 78 percent cut, this would mean the closure of several control towers and airports nationwide. Locally, Oklahoma University’s Westheimer Airport will be among those closed. Having such an organized budget already, Representative Cole questioned why the FAA got hit with such an intense cut.
“So why did it get 78 percent cuts?” he said. “I mean, no one else went through that. Even across their budget, they’re losing about eight or nine percent max, so why would you pick out one program out of that and hit that hard?” Those working for the federal government got a few more weeks of uncertainty when furloughs were put on hold from the March 27th deadline. The Department of Defense is currently working on some extra funds and trying to flex the budget; however, this could still mean possible furloughs and cuts to employees both military and civilian. For now Oklahomans can expect not doom and gloom, but a waiting game. As of now, where these budget cuts will take everyone is up in the air.
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Editor’s Note: Each month our Warren Movie Guide provides a listing of the top films expected at the Warren. Dates are subject to change.
WARRENMOVIEGUIDE MAY 3 IRON MAN 3 When Tony Stark’s world is torn apart by a formidable terrorist called the Mandarin, Stark starts an odyssey of rebuilding and retribution. THE ICE MAN The true story of Richard Kuklinski, the notorious contract killer and family man. When finally arrested in 1986, neither his wife nor daughters have any clue about his real profession. MAY 10 THE GREAT GATSBY A Midwestern war veteran finds himself drawn to the past and lifestyle of his millionaire neighbor. PEEPLES Sparks fly when Wade Walker crashes the Peeples annual reunion in the Hamptons to ask for their precious daughter Grace’s hand in marriage. MAY 17 STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS After the crew of the Enterprise find an unstoppable force of terror from within their own organization, Captain Kirk leads a manhunt to a war-zone world to capture a one-man weapon of mass destruction. FRANCES HA A story that follows a New York woman (who doesn’t really have an apartment), apprentices for a dance company (though she’s not really a dancer), and throws herself headlong into her dreams, even as their possible reality dwindles.
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MAY 24 FAST & FURIOUS 6 Agent Hobbs enlists the aid of Dom and team to help bring a rival gang, led by Owen Shaw, to justice. In exchange for clear records, they must put an end to their schemes, no matter how personal the cost. THE HANGOVER PART III This time, there’s no wedding. No bachelor party. What could go wrong, right? But when the Wolfpack hits the road, all bets are off. EPIC A teenager finds herself transported to a deep forest setting where a battle between the forces of good and the forces of evil is taking place. She bands together with a rag-tag group of characters in order to save their world—and ours. BEFORE MIDNIGHT We meet Jesse and Celine after nine years in Greece. Almost two decades have passed since their first meeting on that train bound for Vienna. The finale of the trilogy that began with Before Sunrise and Before Sunset. MAY 31 NOW YOU SEE ME FBI agents track a team of illusionists who pull off bank heists during their performances and reward their audiences with the money. THE PURGE If on one night every year, you could commit any crime without facing consequences, what would you do? Over the course of a single night, a family will be tested to see how far they will go to protect themselves when the vicious outside world breaks into their home.
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South OKC Chamber and Local Businesses Honor Students By Christiaan Patterson 1001174.1
arly last month at the Moore-Norman Technology Center, honorees and guests came together for the Excellence in Education Awards Banquet. For more than a decade, the South OKC Chamber of Commerce and businesses in the area have been recognizing and awarding those who have demonstrated outstanding qualities in the field of education. “There are so many people who are excited about education in our community, and it’s one of those events that sponsors flock to because they know the benefit of supporting education in South Oklahoma City,” said Rachel Newberry, events director for the South OKC Chamber of Commerce. During the evening, dinner and music were provided as guests waited anxiously to hear the winners of the different scholarships and awards.
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Some of the awards sponsors were Mid-American Christian University, Tinker Federal Credit Union, Metro Technology Center, and Republic Bank and Trust. Scholarships were given by the Safari McDoulett Memorial and the South OKC Lawyer’s Association and Community College. Towards the end of the night, three awards were given to recognize the administrator, teacher, and student of the year. The most anticipated award of the night was presented by the 2012 Student of the Year, McKenzie Hodge. The 2013 winner was Jordan Wilmont from Western Heights High School. Jordan was selected due to her outstanding academics, community service and leadership. Once on stage, Jordan was then surprised by a Regency Scholarship from Oklahoma State University, where she can pursue civil engineering.
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“I feel amazing, this is one of the best experiences I’ve ever had and I’m so fortunate to have won this award and I’m so thankful for everyone who nominated me and my interviewers who selected me. It’s an amazing feeling and I feel great right now,” said Jordan Wilmont. Each student nominated for student of the year received a Kindle Fire donated by Cox Communications. Jordan was granted $1500 to help with college expenses and a brand-new laptop. Throughout the year, it can be easy to overlook those making such a huge difference in the lives of the next generation. Thanks to these outstanding administrators, teachers, and students, the future looks bright. Congratulations to all who won and were nominated for demonstrating excellence in education.
2719 South Service Road, Moore, OK • (405) 703-4085
By Luke Small
Metro Flooring and Design We like to point out moments of integrity, especially when it seems that the easier route, the road most traveled, is to do the wrong thing. In business, with financial statements always staring you in the face, cutting corners can seem beneficial in the moment. But Metro Flooring and Design, just south of 19th Street on I-35, knows it is always better to have an overflow of character than an overflow of cash. “We figure if you do the right thing, in the end, things will eventually come back to you,” said manager Steven Vandrilla. Vandrilla knows this first hand, having watched owner Bill help customers through difficult jobs. One example, Vandrilla said, was when Metro discovered some defective wood flooring splintering during installation. Metro decided not to cut corners and replaced the entire floor, even paying for some of the costs themselves and not passing them on to the customer. “People have one shot at that wood floor. They will never have that money again. You can make it
one of the worst experiences of their lives or you can make it better for them. We try to make it better,” Vandrilla said. In business for just four years, Vandrilla said the store has seen great growth, with customers coming in for any flooring need––carpet, laminate, hardwood, tile, etc. Metro offers full-service flooring, meaning they will help you pick out the right floor, provide in-home measurement, and install it. They will even provide interior design help, just in case you missed the latest show on HGTV. And the prices for the flooring, he said, compete with any larger retailer. “You get the best of both worlds. You get really good pricing and really good quality at the same time,” Vandrilla said. The reason Metro can keep prices lower is that lots of their merchandise comes directly from the manufacturer, cutting out the middle man. They also offer longer warranties than expected—two-year warranties for hard-surface installations and even
lifetime warranties on carpets. Warranties like that really appeal to homeowners and business owners, which is one of the reasons Metro has gained a reputation in commercial work as well. But Metro knows reputation only lasts as long as integrity is in place, and that means treating the customer right and offering that special kind of Metro service. “We’re servant minded,” said Vandrilla.
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2024 S. Service Rd. Moore, OK • 405-703-2727
By Luke Small
Sandro’s Pizza and Pasta There has always been a great pizza debate in this country. Midwesterners, typically in Chicago, will argue for thick crust and lots of toppings. New Yorkers frown at this, instead, focusing on a thin crust, with minimal toppings. After visiting Sandro’s Pizza and Pasta near 19th street and I-35, you may put yourself on the New York side of this debate. “New York-style pizza is all hand tossed pizza. It is all freshly made, old style,” said Sandro Osmani, owner of this slice of New York-pizza heaven. Osmani may be half Italian, but he is all New Yorker; it is where he worked with his family to perfect the New York-style pizza. But after opening up a store in Norman five years ago, customers have claimed Osmani as an honorary Oklahoman and have begged for a restaurant in Moore. “And I had a lot of customers in Moore keep asking me, ‘Come on, when are you going to open one in Moore?’ And I said, ‘Okay, why not?’”
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The customers have become hooked on Osmani’s old-style pizza, a pie with a crust so thin you will wonder how it holds up the toppings. But speaking of toppings, ask Osmani what he thinks of them, and he will tell you less is more. “My best pizza, what I like, is the cheese. I’m not joking. Because on the cheese, when you take a bite of the piece of cheese, you are going to taste the crust, you are going to taste the sauce,” he said. “When you put all these other toppings on [the pizza]...it takes all the flavor.” So make sure you get a slice of cheese first before you venture into Osmani’s other pizza creations like Alfredo and Margherita (not the drink, but a traditional Italian pie with tomatoes, basil, and garlic). The pizzas are cooked in old stone ovens using homemade dough and homemade sauce, which will make you think twice before you put in that store-bought pizza.
“We sell the quality and we give you good food. And if you compare, just by looking at my pizza, and let’s say all those other chain pizzas, you will see that it’s totally different,” Osmani said. Of course, do not forget about Osmani’s homemade pastas like Baked Ziti or Shrimp Scampi; they are enough to make any Italian food lover do a backflip. Or perhaps your family needs to chow down on a homemade family calzone, big enough for four people. But what is going to get people talking is Osmani’s pizza, which has wowed Norman customers and is sure to keep Moore customers coming back for years to come.
Moore Student Reaches Semi-finals of National Geographic Bee By Rob Morris
How would you fare as a Bee contestant?
At the school-level Bee this year, students had to answer questions such as • From its source in Minnesota, the Mississippi River flows south about 2,300 miles before emptying into what large gulf? Answer: Gulf of Mexico
• The Danakil Depression, located in part of the Great Rift Valley, is one of the lowest points on which continent? Answer: Africa
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• What is the term for the triangular deposit of sediment sometimes found at the mouth of a river— moraine or delta? Answer: delta
he National Geographic Society’s “Geographic Bee” may not have the same kind of name recognition as the Scripps National Spelling Bee, but the participants in the competition are every bit as passionate as their letter-loving counterparts. Moore seventh-grader Destiney Shaw reached the semi-finals of the 2013 Oklahoma National Geographic Bee, which was held at the University of Oklahoman in early April. Even though a competitor from Norman ended up winning the Oklahoma state’s competition, the Central Junior High student represented the City of Moore with excellence. This is the 25th anniversary of the Bee. Bees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-
grade students throughout the state to determine each school’s Bee winner. School-level winners throughout the state then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. In each of the 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia, the Department of Defense Dependents Schools, and the U.S. territories, the National Geographic Society invited the students with the top 100 scores to compete at the state level. The state winner received $100, the “Complete National Geographic on DVD,” and a trip to Washington D.C., where he or she will represent Oklahoma in the national finals at National Geographic Society Headquarters, May 20–22, 2013. The first-place national winner also will
receive a $25,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the Society. The national winner will travel (along with one parent or guardian), all expenses paid, to the Galapagos Islands. The winner will experience geography firsthand through upclose encounters with the wildlife and landscape of Galapagos. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic. For additional information on the National Geographic Bee, please visit www.nationalgeographic.com/bee. National Geographic Channel and Nat Geo Wild will air the final round of the 2013 National Geographic Bee, moderated by Alex Trebek, on Thursday, May 23 (to be followed on public television stations). MAY 2013 | MOORE MONTHLY | 59
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Bad weather may have forced the City of Mooreâ€™s annual Easter Egg Hunt indoors, but there were lots of smiles and excited kids inside the Moore Community Center for the big event.
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STATE OF THE COUNTY
Moore city and business leaders gathered to hear a “State of the County” update from county commissioner Darry Stacy.
APRIL ICE STORM
Old Man Winter ignored the calendar and brought a chilly ice storm to the Moore/South OKC area in mid-April.
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PA R T I N G S H O T S RIBBON CUTTING – IDEAL HEARING
Ideal Hearing Solutions gets the message loud and clear from Moore city and chamber of commerce leaders: Welcome to the Community!
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Chamber of Commerce members turned out to celebrate the opening of Expedia Cruise Ship Center with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
The Moore Chamber and friends welcome a slice of Big Apple-style pizza to town with a ribbon cutting for Sandro’s New York Style Pizza and Pasta.
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