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CITY OF NORMAN
City of Norman The city of Norman, incorporated in May 1891, is governed by city charter adopted June 28, 1919. The charter remains the guiding force for the city’s operations and identifies the roles of the mayor, city council members and city manager, the administrative head of the city’s government. Running under the council-manager form of government, the city’s residents elect council members, who serve two-year terms, in eight wards. The mayor is elected by the entire voting population, serving a three-year term. City services are administered by a staff of more than 600 workers, who fill positions in 11 separate departments. Norman City Hall, where the city’s council, boards, commissions and many committees meet, is downtown at 201 W. Gray St. Key department heads Steve Lewis, City Manager 366-5402 email@example.com Shawn O’Leary, Public Works Director 366-5453 shawn.o’firstname.lastname@example.org Ken Komiske, Utilities Director 366-5494 email@example.com Anthony Francisco, Finance Director 366-5413 firstname.lastname@example.org Jud Foster, Parks and Recreation Director 366-5471 email@example.com Jeff Bryant, City Attorney 366-5423 firstname.lastname@example.org Drivers license To get a new Oklahoma drivers license or identification card: • Go to the Department of Public Safety driver testing facility to show required identification documents and to take any tests. First-time Oklahoma applicants need one primary and one secondary proof of identification. Primary document must be either a state-issued certified birth certificate (birth registrations and hospital documents don’t count), a U.S. passport or, for naturalized citizens, a certificate of naturalization. Secondary documents include military cards, school-issued photo ID, state-issued permits or judgments documents, insurance policy and Bureau of Indian Affairs ID cards. New applicants must pass vision, written and driving tests. Applicants who hold valid drivers licenses from another state must pass a vision test. Applicants will receive a DL-10 form. The
Norman driver testing facility is at 430 N. Berry Road and is open 7 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday through Friday. • Take the DL-10 form received at the DPS driver testing facility to a tag agency to receive your license. There are four tag agencies in Norman and others in neighboring cities. Cash and checks are accepted at tag agencies, not credit or debit cards. To renew your valid Oklahoma drivers license: • Tag agencies handle license renewals. Secondary proof of ID documents can be used for renewals, include military cards, school-issued photo ID, state-issued permits or judgments documents, insurance policy and Bureau of Indian Affairs ID cards. Cash or checks are accepted for payment. To upgrade your license class: • Go to the DPS driver testing facility. Car tags • For vehicle registrations, take proof of insurance, the vehicle’s title or registration and the vehicle itself for VIN inspection to a tag agency. Cash or checks are accepted for payment. Utilities OG&E, the state’s largest power company, is the primary electric utility in Norman. The company reports that it has about 42,000 residential and business customers in the city. Oklahoma Electric Cooperative also maintains a presence in Norman. Headquartered at 242 24th Ave. N.W., the company boasts about 10,000 residential and commercial customers in Norman. The city of Norman’s water utility is the primary supplier of water in the local area, although thousands of residents and some businesses use water wells fed by the GarberWellington Aquifer. The city reports that it has about 34,000 customers and its water treatment plant and infrastucture can deliver up to 23 million gallons of water each day. Oklahoma Natural Gas also maintains a large presence in Norman, serving customers across the city. Utility contact information OG&E 321 N. Harvey Ave. Oklahoma City, OK 73102 • 272-9741 OEC Headquarters 242 24th Ave. N.W. Norman, OK 73069 • 321-2024 City of Norman Water Utility 201 W. Gray St., Building C Norman, OK 73070 • 217-7739 Oklahoma Natural Gas 625 N. Berry Road Norman, OK 73069 • 800-664-5463
Roger Gallagher, Ward 1 329-4395 email@example.com Tom Kovach, Ward 2 701-0436 firstname.lastname@example.org Hal Ezzell, Ward 3 928-2066 email@example.com Greg Jungman, Ward 4 250-6145 firstname.lastname@example.org Dave Spaulding Ward 5 361-5380 email@example.com James Griffith, Ward 6 329-0568 firstname.lastname@example.org Linda Lockett, Ward 7 922-0557 email@example.com Chad Williams, Ward 8 928-3219 firstname.lastname@example.org
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08 Firefighters Cleveland County has fire stations in Norman, Moore, South Oklahoma City, Noble, Lexington, Slaughterville, Cedar Country and Little Axe. Norman opened its eighth station at 3901 36th Ave. NW in May. Station No. 9 is under construction on E. Alameda • Norman Fire Administration, 411 E. Main St., 292-9780 Chief James Fullingim www.normanok.gov Moore opened three new stations including the Fire Administration Station at 2400 S. Fritts Blvd., this year. • Moore Fire Administration, 2400 S. Fritts Blvd., 799-4357 Chief Charles Stephens www.cityofmoore.com Station No. 1, 2400 S. Fritts Blvd.; Station No. 2, 725 NW 12th St.; Station No. 3, 2901 S. Sunnylane Road; and Station No. 4, 1350 N. Bryant Ave. • South Oklahoma City, 7101 S. Anderson Road, 737-4040 Chief G. Keith Bryant www.okc.gov • Noble Fire Administration, 119 N. Second St., 872-3030 Chief Gary Bonner www.nobleok.org • Lexington Fire Administration, 121 E Broadway St., 527-9881 Chief Jansen Idlett • Slaughterville Fire Dept. , 10701 US Highway 77, 872-3000 Chief Paul Long Station No. 1, 12021 Slaughterville Rd; Station No. 2, 9101 Cemetery Road; and Station No. 3, 10701 US 77 • Cedar Country Volunteer Fire Dept. , 10191 180th St., Noble, 899-4122 Chief Roger Wilke • Newcastle Fire Dept. , 801 N. Carr Drive, Newcastle, 387-5823 Chief Curt Smith www.cityofnewcastleok.com Norman Fire Dept. Chief James Fullingim Headquarters 415 E. Main St. 292-9780
Station No. 1 411 E. Main St. Station No. 2 2211 W. Boyd St. Station No. 3 500 Constitution St. Station No. 4 4145 W. Robinson St. Station No. 5 1050 168th Ave. N.E. Station No. 6 7405 Alameda Drive Station No. 7 2207 Goddard Ave. Station No. 8 3901 36th Ave. N.W. Police Dept. Chief Keith Humphrey Police Station 201 W. Gray St., Building B 321-1600 The University of Oklahoma is like an island in the middle of Norman, and the City of Norman and OU police departments work together to keep all residents safe. Lt. Bruce Chan of the University of Oklahoma Police
department and Capt. David Teuscher of the Norman Police department both said the agencies work cooperatively. Through statewide mutual aid statutes, the two departments are able to call upon one another in times of need, Chan said. This includes helping handle large crowds during sporting events. Chan said OUPD boosts its manpower on football game days by hiring officers from other agencies throughout the state. These additional officers are provided with briefings and training. Chan explained that Norman police provide assistance by handling the bulk of the traffic control protocol and assisting the public around Norman while OUPD officers assist the public in the stadium and around campus. OUPD’s jurisdiction is set by statute as being on campus and areas next to campus. Regardless of jurisdiction, on occasion, the two forces work together on traffic collisions depending on location and injury or fatality. Both departments call upon the same Collision Investigation Reconstruction Team or CIRT team. Teuscher said three officers from OU and six officers from Norman serve on this team and respond if a major collision or fatality has occurred.
Non 911 Emergency Numbers The following numbers are for fire and police departments in Cleveland and McClain counties: Blanchard Fire Department: 485-3939 Blanchard Police Department: 485-9391 Cedar Country Fire District: 899-4122 Cleveland County Sheriff’s Department: 701-8888 Lexington Fire Department: 527-6121 Lexington Police Department: 527-9881 Little Axe Volunteer Fire Department: 386-7700 McClain County Sheriff’s Office: 527-1961 Moore Fire Department: 793-5110 Moore Police Department: 799-4357 Noble Police Department: 872-9231 Norman Fire Department: 292-9780 Norman Police Department: 321-1600 Noble Fire Department: 872-3030 Purcell Fire Department: 527-4640 Purcell Police Department: 527-4606 Slaughterville Fire Department: 872-3000 OUPD: 325-2864
Chan said OU has three officers who handle canines. Teuscher said Norman also has a canine unit as well as bomb techs and a robot. On rare occasions, the OU hazardous devices unit is deployed. When needed, the OU and Norman teams call upon each other for support. Norman’s SWAT team partners with OUPD which supplies officers on the negotiation side, Teuscher said. Both officers agreed that the partnership between the Norman Police Dept. and OUPD is a good one. “We want them (citizens) to know that both agencies are working for the same goal,” Teuscher said. Chan, who has been with OUPD for 28 years, echoed Teuscher’s sentiment and said he finds his work at OU interesting. “Working at a big university is a unique and special environment. It’s very vibrant and diverse,” Chan said. “We have a great variety of people and cultures at our university and keeps things interesting.” - Jocelyn Pedersen
Other county offices: Alan J. Couch Center 1650 W. Tecumseh Road 447-0201 Juvenile Services 1650 W. Tecumseh Road 360-4310 Dan Cary, Emergency Mgmt 201 S. Jones Ave. 366-0249 Dept. of Human Services Norman, 631 E. Robinson St. 573-8300 Moore, 2507 N. Shields Blvd. 912-2000 OSU Extension Office 601 E. Robinson St. 321-4774 Fair Board 615 E. Robinson St. 360-4721 County Jail 2550 W. Franklin Rd. 321-8605 Purchasing Dept. 201 S. Jones Ave. 366-0224
There’s always something going on in Norman. Whether it’s one of Norman’s annual festivals or a sporting event, it isn’t hard to find something to do. Using industry standard formulas, the Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau estimates 1.1 million overnight visitors to Norman in the past year. Stefanie Brickman, Manager of the Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau, says Norman hosts 20 festivals annually which see over 600,000 attendees. Additionally, 167 OU athletic events bring an estimated 1 million attendees. More than 75 other events including Farmers Markets, live music, wine festivals and other agri-tourism opportunities bring an estimated 21,000 attendees. For more information about the Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau, go to VisitNorman.com or call 366-8095. The Norman Chamber of Commerce works with the Norman Visitors Bureau and the Norman Economic Development Coalition. In some cities these entities are under one roof, but in Norman, they serve separate functions. The Visitor’s Bureau deals with tourism, the Norman Economic Development Coalition brings in new business and the Chamber is a “bridge between the two” says Kyla McMoran, Vice President of
Communications at the Norman Chamber. McMoran says the chamber advocates for businesses and can provide newcomers to the city with relocation packages, which include contact information for various utility departments and basic information about the city. These packages can be customized with apartment or Realtor contact information. For more information about the chamber, stop in at 115 E. Gray St., call 321-7260 or visit www.normanchamber.com. The Norman Economic Development Coalition, or NEDC, is a four-way partnership between the Norman Chamber of Commerce, the City of Norman, the Moore-Norman Technology Institute and the University of Oklahoma. Don Wood, Executive Director of NEDC, said over the last 12 months, 2,563 new jobs have been created in Norman with 2,518 new people joining the labor force—either new graduates, people returning to the labor force or newcomers to the community. Wood said unemployment has reduced from 4 percent a year ago to 3.7 percent today. “It’s a general indication of the strength of the overall economy in Norman,” Wood said. “Our businesses are going well and need to hire new people to expand. That’s a very healthy economic situation.” The NEDC strives to create job opportunities to recruit new business. To find out more about the NEDC, call 573-1900 or visit www.nedcok.com. - Jocelyn Pedersen
Our businesses are going well and need to hire new people to expand their business. That’s a very healthy economic situation. - Don Wood
(dominant) Stephanie Clinton play around with some Hula-Hoops at Norman Music Festival. (inset) A girl jumps through an inflatable at Norman Day. photos by Kyle Phillips
Here is partial list of annual events and approximate attendance provided by Stefanie Brickman, Communications Manager, Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau,. 366-8095, www.visitnorman.com. 5 Craft Fairs Chocolate Festival Mardi Gras Medieval Fair Norman Music Festival 89er Day Parade May Fair Battle of the Burger Groovefest Jazz in June Norman Day Midsummer’s Night Fair Cleveland County Fair Westheimer Air Festival National Weather Festival Christmas Parade
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community leaders Cleveland County judges Cleveland County is part of Judicial District 21. The district also includes McClain and Garvin counties. Cleveland County has three district judges and an associate judge that are elected positions. The district attorney’s office covers all three counties as well. It is an elected fouryear position. Four special judges are appointed to their positions. Greg Mashburn, District Attorney 201 S. Jones Ave. • 366-0269 District Judges Tracy Schumacher, 447-3737 Tom Lucas, 329-2400 Lori Walkley, 366-0639 Associate District Judge Stephen Bonner, 321-6251 Special Judges Janet A. Foss, 360-9393 Michael D. Tupper, 329-9788 Jequita Napoli, 329-5733 Steve Stice, 321-5638
The commissioners meet at 9 a.m. every Monday, (Tuesday if Monday is a holiday) in Room 200, County office Building, 201 S. Jones Ave. These commissioners oversee all county business. All matters are decided by a quorum vote. George Skinner, Rod Cleveland and Rusty Sullivan, can be reached at 3660200. Cleveland County government Cleveland County elects an assessor, commissioners, county clerk, court clerk, district attorney, sheriff and treasurer. All serve four-year terms. Other county officers are an election board secretary, fair board secretary and health department administrator. Elected to Cleveland County offices: David Tinsley, county assessor 201 S. Jones Ave., Room 120 366-0230 Tammy Howard, county clerk 201 S. Jones Ave., Room 210 366-0240
All courtrooms and offices except for Foss are in the Cleveland County Courthouse, 200 S. Peters Ave. Foss’ courtroom is at 1650 W. Tecumseh Road. The court reporter’s office is at 1670 W. Tecumseh Road.
George Skinner, Rod Cleveland and Rusty Sullivan, commissioners 201 S. Jones Ave. • 366-0200
Cleveland County Commission Cleveland County is run by a threeperson commission elected to four-year terms. Districts No. 1 and No. 3 are open the same year. The next election for those offices will be 2014. District No. 2 will be open in 2012. District No. 1 is the northern part of the county. District No. 2 covers the midsection and District No. 3 is the southern part of the county. At the beginning of the fiscal year, July 1, a chairman and vice chairman are elected by the three-man council. All meetings are ran by the chairman. George Skinner, District No. 2, will be replaed on Jan. 1 by Darry Stacy. Rod Cleveland, District No. 1, is vice chairman. Rusty Sullivan, District No. 3, serves as chariman.
Greg Mashburn, district attorney 201 S. Jones Ave. • 366-0269
Rhonda Hall, court clerk 200 S. Peters Ave. • 321-6402
Joseph Lester, county sheriff 128 S. Peters Ave. • 701-8888 Jim Reynolds, county treasurer 201 S. Jones Ave. • 366-0217 Appointed to Cleveland County offices: Jim Williams, election board secretary, 641 E. Robinson St. 366-0210 Shari Kinney, county health department administrator Norman office, 250 12th Ave. N.E 321-4048 Moore office, 424 S. Eastern Ave. 794-1591
on your payroll Here are the state and local elected officials serving the voters of Cleveland County. Norman representatives in Washington: U.S. Rep. Tom Cole, R-Moore, 4th District, Oklahoma, 2420 Springer Drive, No. 120, Norman, OK, 73069, 329-6500; 2458 Rayburn House Office Building, Washington, D.C., 20515, 202-225-6165, tom. email@example.com U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Tulsa, Oklahoma, 1900 N.W. Expressway, Suite 1210, Oklahoma City, OK, 73118, 608-4381; 205 Russell Senate Office Building, Washington, DC 20510 -3603, 202-224-4721. U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, Oklahoma, 100 N. Broadway Ave., Suite 1820, Oklahoma City, OK 73102, 2314941; 172 Russell Senate Office Bldg. Washington, DC 20510, 202-224-5754 Cleveland County’s representatives to the Oklahoma State Capitol: State Rep. Emily Virgin, D-Norman, House 44, 1403 Lindale Ave., Norman, OK, 73069, 557-7323 or 306-4294, emily.virgin@okhouse. gov State Rep. Aaron Stiles, R-Norman, House 45,116 W. Main St., Norman, OK, 73069, 557-7386 or 412-2112, aaron.stiles@okhouse. gov State Rep. Scott Martin, R-Norman, 2916 Stonebridge Court, Norman, OK, 73071, House 46, 557-7329, or 313-0646, scott.martin@ okhouse.gov State Rep. Randy Terrill, R-Moore, House 53, 612 S.W. 12th St., Moore, OK, 73160, 895-6608 or 557-7346, randyterrill@okhouse. gov State Rep. Paul Wesselhoft, R-Moore, House 54, 1105 N.E. 29th St., Moore, OK, 73160, 794-9464 or 557-7343, firstname.lastname@example.org. State Sen. Jonathan Nichols, R-Norman, Senate 15, 3901 Annalane Drive, Norman, OK, 73072, 366-1515 or 521-5535, Senate15@cox.net. State Sen. John Sparks, D-Norman, Senate 16, 2512 Walnut Road, Norman, OK, 73072, 701-1863 or 521-5553, Sparks@oksenate.gov.
TIME TO UNWIND Your guide to the arts & entertainment around Norman
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Norman is a town vibrant with the arts and multiple entertainment events happening year round. From summers filled with concerts in the park and streets filled with art vendors to winters filled with spectacular gallery visits, Norman truly has something for everyone. Fairs, festivals and concert series A series of live entertainment events pull visitors to the “City of Festivals” throughout the year. • The Chocolate Festival, sponsored by Firehouse Art Center, is going strong after more than 30 years. At the festival, the second weekend in February, visitors may sample a variety of chocolate delights from Norman-area dining establishments. • The Medieval Fair of Norman, typically either the last weekend in March or the first weekend in April, began in 1976. Games, jousting tournaments, human chess games, live theater and reenactments, rides, jugglers, costume contests, minstrels, magicians and dozens of arts and crafts and food vendors are among the attractions at the fair which takes place in Reaves Park at the corner of Constitution Street and Jenkins Avenue. • ’89er Day is the third weekend in April and celebrates the 1889 land run that led to settlement of the Norman area. The annual ’89er parade, including a horse-and-wagon train that takes about a week to travel to Norman, heads down Main Street. • GrooveFest is in April and October of each year, usually in Andrews Park, 201 W. Daws St., if the weather allows. The nonprofit music and human rights festival benefits Amnesty International. • Numerous concert series are set during the year through the Performing Arts Center including the Winter Wind concert series inside PAC’s home, the Norman Depot, 200 S. Jones Ave., Second Sunday poetry readings inside the Depot, jazz concerts inside the Depot and, during the
summer, the Lunchtime Concert series on second Fridays and the Summer Breeze concert series, usually in Andrews Park or Lions Park at the corner of Flood Avenue and Symmes Street. • Second Friday Circuit of Art occurs at galleries in downtown Norman and at museums in the campus area on the second Friday of each month, combining live music, visual art viewing and special service on Cleveland Area Rapid Transit (CART) buses throughout the area. • Midsummer Nights’ Fair is in Lions Park, next to Firehouse Art Center at 444 S. Flood Ave. The fair, usually in July, features artist booths, live art demonstrations, food vendors, live music and live art events including a Kids’ Art Wall and an Adult Art Wall. • Jazz In June is an acclaimed threenight concert series featuring blues and jazz artists performing in Brookhaven Village at 36th Avenue N.W. and Robinson Street, Andrews Park and several clubs around the city. The festival marked its 29th year in 2012. • One of the newer events coming to Norman is the Norman Music Festival, a massive three-day music festival on the last weekend in April. Movie theaters • Starplex Robinson Crossing 6 Theater, 1300 N. Interstate Drive, 447-1005. • Hollywood Spotlight 14 Theater, 1100 N. Interstate Drive, 579-0911. • Meacham Auditorium in Oklahoma Memorial Union at the University of Oklahoma, 900 Asp Ave. 325-2121, hosts various meetings, performances and free movies for students. The theater can be rented for special events. Live theater • Norman’s historic Sooner Theatre, 101 E. Main St., is housed in a Spanish Revival-style building first constructed as a
movie theater in 1929. The theater, which is on the National Register of Historic Places and the Oklahoma List of Historic Sites, hosts live theater productions including Sooner Stage musical theater productions, the Main Event concert series and various special events and performances by area theater companies. 321-9600 or www. soonertheatre.com. • The University of Oklahoma has performances of live drama, comedy, musical theater and classical music in various theaters throughout the school year, including Old Science Hall Theatre and Donald W. Reynolds Performing Arts Center on the North Oval, Rupel J. Jones Theatre and A. Max Weitzenhoffer Theatre at 563 Elm Ave. and the performance halls inside the School of Music at Catlett Music Center at 500 W. Boyd St. 325-4101. • Cimarron Circuit Opera Company produces live theater including Thomas Carey Recital Series, Opera Theatre Camp, Festival of Spirituals and touring productions, with a focus on opera and live concert performance. P.O. Box 1085, Norman, OK 73070, 364-8962 or email@example.com. • Nancy O’Brian Center for the Performing Arts, 1809 Stubbeman Rd., is home to many Norman Public Schools productions and professional performances throughout the year. NOCPA can be rented. NOCPA can be reached at 364-0397 for more information. Clubs with live music • Benvenuti’s, 105 W. Main St. 310-5271. • Bill and Dee’s, 311 E. Main St. 579-6227. • Brothers Eatery & Pub, 563 Buchanan Ave. 329-0040, brotherseaterypub.com. • Cafe Plaid, 333 W. Boyd St. 360-2233. • Clear Bay Cafe 321-5670. • Coach’s Brewhouse, 110 W. Main St. 321-2739, coachsbrewhouse.com. • The Deli, 309 White St. 329-3534;
www.thedeli.us. • Michelangelo’s Coffee and Wine Bar, 207 E. Main St. 579-3387. • Opie’s, 1430 W. Lindsey St. 360-1828. • Opolis, 113 N. Crawford Ave. 820-0951; starlightmints.com/opolis. • Othello’s, 434 Buchanan Ave.701-4900, othellos.us. • Pepe Delgado’s, 752 Asp Ave. 321-6232. • The Red Room, 114 W. Main St. 579-2000; redroomparty.com. Galleries • Crucible Gallery, 110 E. Tonhawa 579-2700; www.thecruciblellc.com. • Downtown Art and Frame, 115 S. Santa Fe Ave. 329-0309. • Dreamer Concepts Studio and Foundation, 324 E. Main St. 701-0048; www.dreamerconcepts.org. • Firehouse Art Center, 444 S. Flood Ave. 329-4523; www.normanfirehouse.com.Once a firehouse, The Firehouse Art Center offers classes for art enthusiasts of all ages as well as an art gallery. It is home to the annual Chocolate Festival, a favorite for residents and visitors alike. • Jacobson House, 609 Chautauqua Ave. 366-1667; www.jacobsonhouse. com. Jacobson House at the University of Oklahoma, 609 Chautauqua Ave., is a Native American Art Center. Jacobson house is rich in history and the melding of cultures. • MAINSITE Contemporary Art, 122 E. Main St. 360-1162; www.mainsite-art.com. • Norman Arts Council, 122 E. Main St. 360-1162; www.normanarts.org. • Performing Arts Studio, 200 S. Jones Ave. 307-9320; www.pasnorman.org. • Ring of Fire Studio, 318 E. Main St. 701-5300; www.ringoffirestudio.com. • Standing Buffalo Art Gallery, 106 E. Main St. 701-4060. • Tribes131 Gallery, 131 24th Ave. N.W. 329-4442; www.tribes131.com. • Weitzenhoffer Family College of Fine Arts, 540 Parrington Oval, Suite 122 325-7370; www.ou.edu/finearts. Museums • Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, 555 Elm Ave. 325-3272; www.ou.edu/fjjma. Located at 555 Elm Ave, Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art includes exhibitions from Andy Warhol, Frankoma Pottery, Walt Disney cells from original productions of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs and Fantasia. Pablo Picasso’s’ Woman in the Studio will be on loan to the museum. Many activities and informative talks are scheduled throughout the year. • Moore-Lindsay Historical House Museum, 508 N. Peters Ave. 321-0156; www.normanhistorichouse.org. • Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, 2401 Chautauqua Ave. 325-4712; www.snomnh.ou.edu. The Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, located at 2401 Chautauqua Ave., is a treat for people of all ages. SNOMNH offers a nose-to-nose look at a dinosaur when riding the glass elevator up to eyeball level. Other huge relics are assembled and explained for visitor’s edification. Native art, local wildlife and a diverse ornithological collection are just some of the attractions at the museum. The space can be rented for special events.
Area television stations • KFOR-TV Channel 4, NBC, 444 E. Britton Road, Oklahoma City, 424-4444. • KOCO-TV Channel 5, ABC, 1300 E. Britton Road, Oklahoma City, 478-3000. • KWTV-9 Channel 9, CBS, 7401 N. Kelley Ave., Oklahoma City, 843-6641. • OETA TV Channel 13, Educational Programming, 7403 N. Kelley Ave., Oklahoma City, 848-8501. • KOKH Channel 25, FOX, 1228 E. Wilshire Blvd., Oklahoma City, 843-2525. • KOCB Channel 34, The CW, 1228 E. Wilshire Blvd., Oklahoma City, 843-2525. • KAUT Channel 43, Freedom 43, 444 E. Britton Road, Oklahoma City, 424-4444. Area radio stations • KGOU 106.3 FM/KROU 105.7 FM is the community-supported public radio network of the College of Continuing Education at the University of Oklahoma. The stations feature news and music daily from 5 a.m. to midnight. 325-3388. • KREF 1400 AM is billed as “The Ref” and broadcasts in a sports radio format. 2020 E. Alameda St. 321-1400. Local landmarks/other diversions • Barnes & Noble, 540 Ed Noble Parkway 579-8800. • Cleveland County Fairgrounds, 615 E. Robinson St. 360-4721; clevelandcountyfair. org. • Goldsby Gaming Center, 1038 W. Sycamore Road, Norman 329-5447; 500nations.com/casinos/ okGoldsbyGaming.asp. • Hastings, 2300 W. Main St. 329-5527. • Libby’s Cafe, 111 N. Main Ave., Goldsby 288-2418; libbyscafe.com. • McMichael Music, 230 Alameda St. 360-1199. • Norman Institute for the Performing Arts, 2795-B Broce Drive 292-8400; nipahome.com. • Norman Public Library, 225 N. Webster Ave. 701-2600; www.pioneer.lib.ok.us/home/nortop/. • Newcastle Casino, 2457 State Highway 62 Service Road, Newcastle 387-6013; mynewcastlecasino.com • Riverwind Casino, 1544 State Highway 9. 322-6464; riverwind.com. • Sonder Music, Dance and Art, 225 E. Gray St. 474-9734; www.sondermusic.com. • Thunderbird Casino, 15700 E. State Highway 9 360-4092; thunderbirdcasion.net. Weekend road trips • Firelake Grand Casino, Shawnee, offers casino games and frequent live music, on Interstate 40, Exit 178. 964-7263; firelakegrand.com. • Turner Falls Park in Davis, Exit 51 on Interstate 35, is about 50 miles south of Norman. Located in the Arbuckle Mountains, the park is known for a 77-foot waterfall, natural swimming holes, shallow pools, sandy beaches, picnic areas, nature trails and natural caves. 580-369-2988;
turnerfallspark.com. • The Warren Theatre in Moore, 1000 S. Telephone Road, only a few miles north of Norman, features two grand auditoriums with balconies plus 12 regular auditoriums, an IMAX theater and a diner and is a popular weekend destination for Norman families looking for an old-style “movie palace” experience. 735-9676; warrentheatres.com/ moore.asp.
water fun Water. Everything and everyone needs it. Especially on these hot summer days. The City of Norman offers fun ways for residents to cool off during summer. Open from late May until early September from 10 a.m.–8 p.m., the splashpads at Andrews Park, 201 W. Daws and Colonial Estates, 1641 E. Lindsey St., offer youngsters a way to beat the heat. Residents and visitors of all ages can visit Westwood Water Park located at 2400 Westport Dr. The water park offers a wading pool for little ones, a dive tank, large pool and slides. Season swim passes can be purchased or individual admission can be purchased at the door. Swimming lessons are available. For more information, visit www.normanok. gov or call 329-5422. Faculty, staff and students can enjoy pools at OU’s swim complex, 1401 Asp Ave. Featuring a pool and dive tank both indoors and outdoors, the OU swim complex is ready to make a splash any time of the year. — Jocelyn Pedersen
A little girl plays at the splash pads on a hot summer afternoon. photo by Kyle Phillips
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12th Avenue Recreation Center Tennis/lighted tennis; building; basketball; restrooms; recreation classes. 1701 12th Ave. N.E. Adkins Crossing Picnic; playground; soccer. 2136 24th Ave. S.W. Abe Andrews Picnic; playground; splash pad; shelter/building; jogging/walking course; restrooms (April-Oct.); skate park; amphitheater; volleyball. 201 W Daws St. Berkeley Picnic; playground; backstops; jogging/walking; basketball; soccer; volleyball. 3750 Astor Dr. Brookhaven Picnic; playground; backstops; jogging/walking; basketball; soccer. 1801 N. Brookhaven Blvd. Brookhaven Square Undeveloped/open space 3333 River Oaks Dr. Canadian Trails Picnic; playground equipment; shelter; jogging/walking. 3600 Canadian Trails Dr.
The city of Norman Parks and Recreation Department facilitates 55 neighborhood and community parks, three recreation centers, a golf course and driving range, two disc golf courses, a complete swim complex with waterslides, a wading pool, 32 tennis courts and three special services centers, offering cultural arts and senior citizen activities. Most parks have some handicapped accessible facilities. Norman Parks and Recreation Department, 366-5472; normanok.gov/parks.
Cascade Picnic; playground; backstops 3499 Astor Dr. Castlerock Picnic; playground; backstops; jogging/walking; basketball; soccer. 4136 Castlerock Road Centennial Picnic; playground. 411 W. Symmes St. Cherry Creek Picnic; playground; basketball; soccer. 530 Stonewell Dr. Chisholm's Cattle Trail Picnic; playground. 2515 Wyandotte Way Colonial Commons Picnic; playground; basketball; soccer. 1909 Beaumont Dr. Colonial Estates Picnic; playground; jogging/walking; disc golf; shelter; splash pad. 1641 E. Lindsey St Creighton Park Picnic; playground equipment. 2001 Creighton Dr.
Crestland Picnic; playground; shelter; jogging/ walking. 501 Crestland Dr.
Falls Lakeview Picnic; playground; backstops; basketball; restrooms (April-Oct.). 3280 108th Ave. N.E.
Deerfield Picnic; playground; jogging/walking; basketball. 2501 Queenston Ave.
Francis Cate Picnic; playground; backstops; shelter; basketball. 333 N. Carter St.
Doubletree Picnic; playground; basketball. 2009 Timbercrest Dr.
George M. Sutton Urban Wilderness Lake; gazebo; jogging/walking. 192012th Ave. N.E.
Eagle Cliff Picnic; playground; backstops; jogging/walking; basketball; soccer. 3901 Eagle Cliff Dr.
Griffin Community Picnic; playground; sports complex; shelter; jogging/walking; disc golf; restrooms (April-Oct.); lake; dog park. 1001 E. Robinson St. High Meadows Soccer. 1525 High Meadows Dr.
Earl Sneed Gazebo 1381 Classen Blvd. Eastridge Picnic; playground; backstops; jogging/walking; basketball; soccer. 1701 Clearwater Dr.
Irving Recreation Center Picnic; building; basketball; restrooms. 125 Vicksburg Ave.
Eastwood Picnic; playground. 1001 S. Ponca Ave.
June Benson Picnic; playground; gazebo. 209 E. Alameda St.
Faculty Heights Picnic; playground. 1017 E. Lindsey St.
Kevin Gottshall Memorial Picnic; playground; backstops; basketball; soccer. 5399 Cypress Lake Dr.
Kiwanis Picnic; playground; jogging/walking; basketball. 635 Sherwood Dr. Legacy Trail Jogging/walking; public art. E. Duffy St. at the railroad tracks Lions Memorial Picnic; playground; backstops; jogging/walking; basketball; soccer. 514 Parkside Road Lions Picnic; playground; backstops; lighted fields/rental; shelter; gazebo; jogging/ walking; lighted tennis; restrooms (April-Oct.). 450 S. Flood Ave. Little Axe Community Center Picnic; playground; backstops; shelter; basketball; restrooms; disc golf; congregate meal site. 1000 168th Ave. N.E. McGeorge Picnic; playground; basketball. 631 E. Eufaula St. Normandy Picnic; playground; backstops; tennis; gazebo; basketball; volleyball. 209 Westside Dr. Northeast Lions Picnic; playground; lake; disc golf; shelter; restrooms (April-Oct.). 1800 Northcliff Ave. Oak Tree South Picnic; playground equipment; jogging/walking; disc golf. 2881 Oak Tree Ave. Oakhurst Picnic; playground; basketball. 1900 Oakhurst Ave. Pebblebrook Picnic; playground; jogging/walking. 2500 Overbrook Dr. Prairie Creek Picnic; playground; backstops; basketball. 2025 Pendleton Dr. Reaves Picnic; playground; backstops; shelter; jogging/walking; restrooms (April-Oct.); sand volleyball; basketball. 2501 Jenkins Ave.
Rotary Picnic; playground; backstops; tennis; shelter; volleyball; jogging/walking; basketball; restrooms (April-Oct.); lighted fields/rental. 1501 W. Boyd St. Royal Oaks Picnic; playground; backstops; shelter; jogging/walking; basketball; soccer. 430 Coalbrook Dr. Russell Bates Picnic; backstops; soccer. 800 24th Ave. N.W. Ruth Updegraff Gazebo 505 N. Peters Ave. Senior Citizens Center Building; restrooms; congregate meal site; games & activities. 329 S. Peters Ave.
Vineyard Picnic; playground; jogging/walking; basketball. 3111 Woodcrest Creek Dr. Walnut Ridge Swing set. 3319 Walnut Road Westwood Picnic; playground; tennis/lighted tennis (fee); 18 hole golf; swimming; restrooms. 2400 Westport Dr. Whittier Recreation Center Tennis; building; basketball; restrooms; recreation classes 2000 W. Brooks St. William Morgan Picnic; playground; lake; shelter; jogging/walking; basketball. 1701 Schooner Dr.
Sequoyah Trail Picnic; playground; gazebo. 410 Sequoyah Trail
Woodcreek Picnic; playground; backstops; jogging/walking; basketball; soccer. 1509 Concord Dr.
Sonoma Park Picnic; playground; backstops; basketball. 1432 Glen Ellen Circle
Woodslawn Picnic; playground; backstops; shelter; soccer. 1317 Regent St.
Springbrook Picnic; playground. 816 Branchwood Dr.
Other parks and recreation facilities
Summit Lakes Picnic; playground; shelter; basketball. 3000 Summit Crossing Parkway Sunrise Picnic; playground; backstops; basketball; volleyball. 324 Skyline Dr. Sutton Place Picnic; playground. 301 Sandpiper Lane Sutton Wilderness Lake; gazebo; jogging/walking. 1920 12th Ave. N.E. Tulls Park Picnic; playground equipment; backstops; shelter; jogging/walking. 100 W. Vida Way
Lake Thunderbird State Park provides visitors a lakeside getaway while still within easy reach of city attractions and services. It features 1,874 park acres, a 6,000-Acre lake, 447 campsites, assigned campground, nature trails, horse stables, swimming beach, marinas, boating, a bike trail and fishing. Lake Thunderbird is at 13101 Alameda Dr.; 15 miles east of Interstate 35 on State Highway 9. 360-3572 Sooner Bowling Center 550 24th Ave N.W. Open 10 a.m.-midnight Mon.-Thu., 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Fri.-Sat., and noonmidnight Sun. • 360-3634 www.soonerbowl.com Cleveland County Family YMCA 1350 Lexington Ave. • 364-9622
Cobblestone Creek Golf Club, Cobblestone Course 1350 Cobblestone Creek Dr. 9 holes over 1,530 yards with a par of 27 (Public) • 872-2582 Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club 1 Par Dr 18 holes over 7,380 yards with a par of 72 (Public) 325-6716 Belmar Golf Club 1025 E Indian Hills Road Norman, OK 73071-7944 18 holes over 6,578 yards with a par of 70 (Private) 364-0111 The Trails Golf Club 18 holes over 6,602 yards with a par of 70 (Private) 3200 S. Berry Road 364-3790 Westwood Park Golf Course 18 holes over 6,153 yards with a par of 70 (Municipal) 2400 Westport Dr. 292-9700 Andy Alligator's Fun Park/Water Park 3300 Market Place Dr. mini golf, go carts, bumper cars, bumper boats, mini bowling, batting cages, water park 321-7275 Vineyards Canadian River Vineyards and Winery Lexington 872-5565 canadianriverwinery.com Native Spirits Winery Norman • 329-9942 nativespiritswinery.com Redbud Ridge Vineyard & Winery Norman • 321-9463 redbudridgewinery.com Legends Vineyard and Winery Lindsay • 823-8265 legendswinery.com Rosebrook Vineyards Oklahoma City • 651-2440 www.rosebrookvineyards.com
Norman Hangouts Norman residents, visitors and students have options galore when it comes to finding a place to kick back. Caitlin Moore, advertising junior at the University of Oklahoma, said she enjoys the Gray Owl Coffee shop at 223 E. Gray St. “It’s very relaxing. You feel at home there doing homework,” Moore said, adding that she likes the mismatched furniture and meeting people she might not have otherwise. Moore and her friends also enjoy T.E.A. Café with two locations in Norman. For those late night pickme-ups when studying, Moore says she and her buddies hit Taco Bell or Walgreens for food and energy drinks. Professional Writing alumna, Aubrey Kinat said when she was in graduate school, she and her friends would frequent local restaurants to relax. “My favorite place to hang out would be a tie between The Library and The Mont because they’re very low key. It’s very easy to brush off the trials of the day and relax there,” Kinat said. “I frequented them when I was a student
(top) Grey Owl Coffee is known for their lattee foam designs. photo by Kyle Phillips. (above) Patron frequen The Mont’s patio for the laid back atmosphere and good drinks. photo by Jocelyn Pedersen. (right) The entrance to The Library Bar & Grill is tucked away. photo by Jocelyn Pedersen.
and now that I live out of state, they are places I like to visit when I return to Norman.“ Norman offers a variety of ethnic restaurants to choose from including Mexican, Indian, Asian, and Greek to name a few. “Norman has that small-town feel, but it provides that international feel,” Kinat said. “OU provides Norman with a broader culture than it would have by itself. Norman is one of those places that has places to go and things to do without being as overwhelming as a big city.” Event Venues Here is a sampling of the event centers available for rent in Norman. This is not meant to be an exhaustive list. • Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center: 2501 Conference Drive, 364-8040, large events and conferences. • Havenbrook Event Center: 3401 Havenbrook St., 329-0101, weddings and general events. • Joy’s Palace: 300 E. Main St., 8873474, general events.
• NCED Conference Center and Hotel: 2801 E. State Highway 9, 4479000, large events, weddings and conferences. • Primrose Funeral Service: 1109 North Porter Ave., 321-6000, general events. • Old Town Center: 102 W. Eufaula St., 360-5753, general events. • Sam Noble Museum: 2401 Chautauqua Ave., 325-4712, large events, weddings and conferences. • Santa Fe Depot: 200 S. Jones Ave., 307-9320, general events. • Sooner Legends Inn and Suites: 1200 24th Ave. SW, 701-8100, general events. • Sooner Theatre: 101 E. Main St., 3219600, general events. • StepBrothers: 423 S. Webster Ave., 329-1236, general events. • The Red Room: 114 W. Main St., 579-2000, general events. • Thunderbird Chapel: 11395 E. State Highway 9, 329-4848, weddings and general events. • Whispering Pines Bed and Breakfast: 7820 E. State Highway 9, 447-0202, weddings and general events. -Jocelyn Pedersen
The historic downtown Norman area surrounds Main Street and has many places to shop, play and conduct business. There are eight art galleries and eleven live music venues along Main Street. Larry LaMunyon and his Black Percheron horse, Jim, provide carriage rides through the historic district. A 9-ft. statue of James Garner leads the way to Normanâ€™s Legacy Trail with historical points of interest and sculptures along the walk. Train-goers can grab a breakfast or a cup of coffee in a nearby restaurant before hopping on the Heartland Flyer heading south to Fort Worth each morning just before 9 a.m. or have a night cap after it arrives back in Norman about 9:30 p.m. Shopping, services and restaurants are open daily and the post office, City of Norman offices and public library are all within walking distance. Antiques, furniture, a gymnasium, dairy, veterinarians, tattoo parlors and non-profit agencies are just some of the shops and services available downtown. For a complete list of vendors, services, restaurants and events, visit www.downtownnorman.com.
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Big 12, SEC reach bowl game agreement same year the four- team playBy John Shinn Transcript Sports Writer off for the national championship begins. The champions Any lingering doubts about of the two conferences will be the long- term stability of the in the game unless one or both Big 12 conference were oblit- are selected to play in the new erated on Friday. The league four- team model to determine announced it has signed a five- the national championship. year agreement for its football Should that occur, another champion to face the champi- team from the conference on of the Southeastern Confer- would be selected for the ence in a postseason bowl game. What the Big 12 and SEC game, beginning at the end of have created is a major bowl the 2014 season. The game will begin the game totally free of the current
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Cityofficials confirmed the Norman Police Department presented charges to the Cleveland County District Attorney’s Office involving a possible larceny by a city employee. The suspect is a noncommissioned police department employee. The District Attorney will consider the evidence in determining whether formal criminal charges are warranted. Further details of thesuspected crimehave not been released. “This is an ongoing investigation,” City Manager Steve Lewis said. “I think it would be impossible to comment on it at this time.” Lewis said that any larceny, regardless of the amount, is considered serious. The employee is on administrative leave with pay pending the completion of the ongoing internal investigation, Lewis said.
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an apple a day.. Norman Regional Health The Norman Regional Health System serves most of Norman and Moore through three separate facilities. Norman Regional Hospital, at Porter Avenue and Robinson Street, is a 337-bed acute-care hospital that features an emergency room and Level III trauma center. NRH “also offers an array of outpatient services from pre-surgical assessments to diagnostic testing to patient education,” according to the NRHS website. The HealthPlex, which opened about two years ago, is on the city’s west side. Described as a “152-bed, state-of-the-art specialty hospital,” according to the NRHS website, the HealthPlex focuses on “cardiovascular services, orthopedic and spine services and women’s and children’s services.” Designed with “healing in mind, the spacious hospital supports families staying close to patients with large rooms, plentiful natural light and nature elements, comfortable waiting areas ... (and) room service,” the NRHS website said. Moore Medical Center serves the growing city of Moore and features more than 100 physicians, a Level III trauma center and an emergency room. The MMC also features “acute care and surgery services, obstetrics and women’s health services and a full range of diagnostic services,” according to the NRHS website. NRHS officials David Whitaker President and CEO Greg Terrell Senior Vice President and COO Nancy A. Brown Vice President and Chief Nursing Officer Ken Hopkins Vice President and CFO Emergency Rooms Norman Regional Hospital 901 N. Porter Ave. 307-1000 Moore Medical Center 700 S. Telephone Road 307-1000
Social services agencies Many social service agencies in Norman work to meet the needs of the community. The following list of agencies is included on the United Way Helpline Social Services directory. The map is available at each listed agency and from the Norman Public Library, 225 N. Webster Ave. • ABLE: Council for Developmental Disabilities Inc., 300 N. Crawford St., 329-3922. ABLE is a private, nonprofit organization providing resources for individuals with developmental disabilities. • American Red Cross, Cleveland County Chapter: 1205 Halley Ave., 321-0591. Emergency services, blood services, health and safety. • Baby Steps: 941 Nebraska St., 360-2717. Child care, counseling and parenting classes for teen parents who attend Norman Public Schools. • Bethesda Alternative Inc.: 1181 E. Main St., 364-0333. Comprehensive sexual abuse treatment programs for children, families and sexual offenders. • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Cleveland County Inc.: 502 E. Main St., 364-3722. A mentoring program for youth who live in single-parent families. • Birth Choice: 457 W. Gray St., 360-9555. Helps women in a crisis pregnancy with information, referrals and support. • Center for Children & Families Inc.: 1151 E. Main St., 364-1420. Serves children and families and promotes healthy family relationships with a variety of programs such as Teenage Parenting, Divorce Arbitration, Parents Assistance, Extended Families, Study Buddies and R.E.A.L. for girls ages 11-17. Referrals and support. Check name. Tuesday after 6:30. • Central Oklahoma Community Mental Health Center, 909 E. Alameda St., 360-5100. Services to adults and youth dealing with psychiatric problems. Day treatment, psychological social rehabilitation, inpatient and outpatient service available. • Cleveland County Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA): 1650 W. Tecumseh Road,
Suite 400, 360-5295. Provides community residents who serve as court advocates for abused and neglected children. • Cleveland County Fairgrounds: 615 E. Robinson St., 360-4721. Facilities for events and activities, rental fees charged. • Cleveland County Family YMCA: 1350 Lexington Ave., 3649200. Community service programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body. • Cleveland County Health Department: 250 12th Ave. N.E., 321-4048, TDD 329-2831. Preventive health, environmental health and child guidance services. • Cleveland County Workforce: 1141 E. Main St., 701-2000, fax, 701-2042. Employment and training services for economically disadvantaged residents of Cleveland County and Dislocated workers through the Job Training Partnership Act. • Cleveland County Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP): 1155 E. Main St., 701-2133. Trains and places volunteers 55 and older. • Cleveland County Sheriff’s Department: 128 S. Peters Ave., 701-8888. Rural Cleveland County law enforcement. • Cleveland County Youth and Family Center: 1650 W. Tecumseh Road, 321-0240. Provides counseling and/or emergency shelter for children under age 18. • Community After School Program: 1023 N. Flood Ave., 366-5970. Provides before and after school care at all Norman elementary schools. • Department of Human Services: 631 E. Robinson St., 5738300. • Department of Rehabilitation Services: 2227 W. Lindsey St., 4470295. Vocational rehabilitation for individuals with disabilities. • Department of Veteran Affairs Norman Veterans Center: 1776 E. Robinson St., 360-5600. A longterm skilled nursing care provider for Oklahoma veterans. • East Main Place: 1100 E. Main St., 447-4663. East Main Place is a transitional housing facility offering housing, meals and comprehensive support services for homeless families and individuals.
• Food and Shelter Inc: 104 W. Comanche St., 360-4954. Serves a nutritious meal at 11 a.m. Mon.-Sat. to those who cannot afford one. • Full Circle Senior Adult Day Center, 1304 Lindsey Plaza Drive, 447-2955. Designed to serve the mental and physical well-being of elderly individuals to achieve their highest level of functioning. • Griffin Memorial Hospital: An agency of the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, 900 E. Main St., 573-6623. Adult inpatient psychiatric hospital. • Health for Friends: 317 E. Himes St., 329-4161. Serves the mental, dental and pharmaceutical needs of low-income people. Now accepting Medicare patients. • J.D. McCarty Center for Children with Developmental Disabilities: 2002 E. Robinson St., 307-2800. Therapy and medical care for children with developmental disabilities. • Juvenile Services Unit of Office of Juvenile Affairs: 1650 W. Tecumseh Road, Suite 300, 3604310. A state agency that provides intake, probation and parole services to youth up to age 18. • Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma Inc.: 210 E. Main St., 360-6631. Free civil legal services to low income and elderly. • Literacy Council: 225 N. Webster Ave., 701-2682. Free tutoring in reading for adults and English as a second language. • Meals on Wheels of Norman Inc.: 528 E. Main St., 321-7272. Hot, nutritious meals delivered weekdays to Norman’s elderly, ill, homebound and disabled residents. • Metro Transit (CART): 510 E. Cheasapeake St., University of Oklahoma campus, 325-2278, TDD 325-5438. Provides transportation to the residents of Norman on fixed route and demand response van services. • Moore-Norman Technology Center: 4701 12th Ave. N.W., 3645763. Provides vocational education and training for high school students and adults, provides business and industry training. • My Friend’s House: 1801 W. Brooks St., 360-2124 (summer). Provides a quality program for school-age children during the
summer. Call for age requirements. • NAlC-Center for Oklahoma Alcohol and Drug Services lnc.: (Area Prevention Resource Center), 215 W. Linn St., 321-0022, TDD 800-5229054. Provides crisis intervention, outpatient treatment, education, counseling and prevention services for alcoholism and other drug addictions. • Norman Adult Learning Center: 131 S. Flood St., 366-1059. Free basic skills remediation, GED preparation and English as a second language instruction to nongraduates 18 and older. • Norman Chamber of Commerce: 115 E. Gray St., 3217260. Provides information about Norman; cultivates promotes and supports economic opportunities and community enrichment. • Norman Fire Department: 415 E. Main St. (administration), 292-9780, emergency dial 911. Provides emergency fire services and prevention education. • Norman Housing Authority: 700 N. Berry Road, 329-0933, TDD 321-7105. Housing and rental assistance for low-income families, the handicapped and elderly. • Norman Municipal Court: 201 W. Gray St., Building B, 366-5325. Judicial branch of Norman city government. • Norman Police Department: 201 W. Gray St., Building B, 3211600, TDD 29-3323, emergency dial 911. Provides the primary law enforcement for Norman. • Norman Senior Citizens Center: 329 S. Peters Ave., 3294200. Recreation center for senior adults to fill their leisure time. • Oklahoma Employment Security Commission: 1141 E. Main St., 701-2000, fax, 701-2042. Employment agency, unemployment insurance, re-employment services. • Planned Parenthood: 2100-B W. Lindsey St., 360-1556. Provides medical education, counseling and advocacy services for women and men. • Progressive Independence: 121 N. Porter Ave., 321-3203 (TDD use same number). Improves quality of life for people with disabilities (independent living center).
• Salvation Army: 318 E. Hayes St., 364-9910. Food, shelter, utilities, GED classes, school supplies and medical shampoo assistance when emergency situation exists. • Sooner Start Early Intervention Program: 321-4048. Services for developmentally delayed children from birth to 36 months. • Thunderbird Clubhouse: 1251 Triad Village Drive, 321-7331. Rehabilitation program for adults with mental illness. • Transition House Inc.: 700 Asp St., Suite 2, 360-7926. Helps mental health consumers transition to the community. • United Way of Norman/ Helpline: 2424 Springer Drive, Suite
304, 329-2025, Helpline, 364-3800. Provides information and referrals to bring people and services together. • University of Oklahoma Legal Clinic: OU Law Center, 300 W. Timberdell Road, Room 2020, 325-3702. Represents low-income people in Cleveland and McClain counties who are charged with misdemeanor and minor felonies and in civic cases. • Wildcare Wildlife Rehabilitation Facility: 7601 84th St., Noble, 8729338. Takes in sick or injured animals for treatment, releasing them upon recovery. • Willows and Pathways Apartments: 517 N. University Blvd., 364-1224, 603 W. Comanche
St., 364-1224 or 364-0986, 415 W. Symmes St., 364-1224, 1351 High Meadows Drive, 364-1224. Independent living apartments for the physically challenged and elderly. • Women’s Resource Center: 364-9424, TDD 360-0590. Services, education and prevention regarding domestic violence and sexual assault.
(above) Norman Regional Hospital’s newly remodeled North Tower. photo by Joy Hampton (left) A Lifeteam Air Evac helicopter lifts off from the heliport atop Norman Regional Hospital earlier this week. photo by Jerry Laizure
ASSEMBLY OF GOD • First Assembly of God 2500 E. Lindsey St., 321-1848 • Go Church 2040 W. Boyd St., 364-8417 • Noble Assembly of God State Highway 77 & Post Oak Road, 872-8726 BAHA’I • Baha’i Faith 526 Iowa St., 360-8688 www.bahaisofnorman.org BAPTIST • Alameda Baptist Church 1503 Alameda St., 329-5157 • Antioch Missionary Baptist Church of Noble 500 Robin Drive, 872-8744 • Berry Road Baptist Church 500 N. Berry Road, 321-4417 • Bethel Baptist Church 1717 W. Lindsey St., 329-3749 • Blue Lakes Baptist Church 201 W. Indian Hills Road, 329-6191 • Brookhaven Baptist Church 4301 Country Club Terrace, 321-0398 • Calvary Free Will Baptist 3730 N. Porter Ave., 364-1895 • Classen Boulevard Baptist 2373 Classen Blvd. • Community Missionary Baptist 701 E. Apache St., 364-7669 • Concord Missionary Baptist 1500 N. Stubbeman Ave., 329-2447 • Cornerstone Indian Baptist Church 17020 E. Tecumseh Road, 816-6625 • CrossPointe Church 2601 24th Ave. S.E., 329-0823 • East Robinson Baptist Church 4150 E. Robinson St., 329-6074 • Enterprise Baptist Church 2425 84th Ave. S.E., 366-9987 • Everlasting Life Baptist 925 E. Brooks St., 360-0831 • Etowah Baptist Church 180th Street & Etowah Road, Noble, 899-7378 • Faith Baptist Church 3661 120th Ave. S.E., 321-8665 • Faithpointe Baptist Church 3404 36th Ave. N.W., 360-8900 • First Baptist Church of Moore 301 N.E. 27th St., 793-2600 • First Baptist Church of Noble 330 E. Chestnut St., 872-3529 • First Baptist Church of Norman
211 W. Comanche St., 321-1753 • First Baptist Korean Church 300 W. Main St., 321-6727 • First Baptist Church of Newcastle, south campus 2945 S.E. 44th St., Newcastle, 387-4390 • First Hispanic Baptist Church 1639 N. Stubbeman Ave. • Franklin Baptist Church 72nd Avenue N.E. & Franklin Road, 321-4180 • Goldsby Baptist Church 153 W. Center Road, 288-2514 • Grace Fellowship 3201 60th Ave. N.W., 329-4773 • Hilltop Baptist Church 11710 E. Stella Road, 794-0603 • Immanuel Baptist Church 1289 Northcliff Ave., 321-3545 • Lakeview Baptist Church 10510 E. Alameda St., 366-8611 • Little Axe Baptist Church 3405 168th Ave. N.E., 329-2033 • Maguire Baptist Church 9802 Maguire Road, Noble, 872-3845 • Northeast Baptist Church 905 E. Rock Creek Road, 3668391 • Northgate Baptist Church 3786 N. Porter Ave., 321-2613 • NorthHaven Church 4600 36th Ave. N.W., 321-8170 www.northhavenchurch.net • Pleasant Hill Free Will Baptist 4800 E. Franklin Road, 360-3439 • Robinson Street Baptist 801 E. Robinson St., 329-3347 • Skyline Missionary Baptist Church 18523 320th St., 387-2653 • Skyridge Free Will Baptist 150 S.E. 48th St., Noble, 872-3112 • Slaughterville Baptist State Highway 77 & 60th Street, Lexington, 872-5576 • Southern Oklahoma Chinese Baptist 625 E. Frank St., 360-0123 • Twelve Corners Baptist 15601 E. Etowah Road, Noble, 899-4624 • Trinity Baptist Church 801 N. Peters Ave., 321-2000 • Westwood Baptist Church 724 Fairway Drive, 321-6917 • In-Faith Baptist 4900 108th Ave. N.E., 579-9623 CATHOLIC • Our Lady of Lebanon Maronite
Catholic Mission 500 Alameda St., 321-3097 • St. Joseph’s Catholic Church 421 E. Acres St., 321-8080 • St. Mark the Evangelist 3939 W. Tecumseh Road, 3667676 • St. Thomas More University Parish 100 Stinson St., 321-0990 CHRISTIAN • University Christian Church 616 S.W. Bud Wilkinson Drive, 364-0255 • Cornerstone Christian 2323 Classen Blvd., 366-8643 CHRISTIAN-DISCIPLES • First Christian Church of Norman 220 S. Webster St., 329-2192 • Good Shepherd Christian 12323 S. Pennsylvania Ave. (OKC), 691-5366 CHRISTIAN SCIENCE • First Church of Christ, Scientist 520 S. Santa Fe Ave., 321-4298 CHURCH OF CHRIST • Alameda Church of Christ 801 E. Alameda St., 321-0788 • Church of Christ 911 N. Lahoma Ave., 366-8715 or 794-7876 • Noble Church of Christ 111 N. Main St., 872-3140 • Norman Church of Christ 1100 N. Porter Ave., Suite 104, 364-4700 www.normancofc.com South Canadian Valley • Church of Christ 2217 24th Ave. S.W., 364-4051 • Westside Church of Christ 726 McGee Drive, 329-0392 Northside Church of Christ 2400 S. Classen Blvd. CHURCH OF GOD • Lakeside Church of God 4400 E. Alameda St., 364-4200 • Northside Church of God 222 E. Hayes St., 364-9989 • Riverlife Church of God 910 S. Santa Fe Ave., Moore, 7992326 • The Redeemed Christian Church of God 1315 24th Ave. S.W., 226-3614
Norman is full of churches representing all faiths. This list can help you find the church to meet your needs. CHURCH OF JESUS CHRIST OF LATTER-DAY SAINTS • 1506 W. Imhoff Road, Norman: Norman 1st Ward: 9 a.m.-noon, 360-1762 • Norman 2nd Ward: 1-4 p.m., 329-7591 • Spanish Ward: 11 a.m. - 2 p.m., 360-8830 4501 Maguire Road, Noble: • Noble Ward: 1-4 p.m., 872-7201 • Norman 4th Ward: 9 a.m. to noon, 872-1820 • 848 Elm Ave., OU Campus: University Ward: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 364-5275 CHURCH OF THE NAZARENE • Bennett Church of the Nazarene 2919 156th Ave. S.E., 321-0374 • Generations Church 715 E. Eufaula St., 310-6075 generations.tv • Moore Church of the Nazarene 404 S. Janeway Ave., 794-3233 • Noble Church of the Nazarene 4201 Maguire Road, 872-3678 • Norman Community Church of the Nazarene 1801 N. Porter Ave., 321-3423 normannaz.net EPISCOPAL/ANGLICAN • St. Anselm of Canterbury 800 Elm Ave., 360-6453 • St. James Anglican Church 204 S.W.104th St., OKC, 759-3190 • St. John’s Episcopal 235 W. Duffy St., 321-3020 • St. Michael’s Episcopal 1601 W. Imhoff Road, 321-8951 INTERDENOMINATIONAL • Great Life Church 2800 W. Indian Hills Road, 447-5433 JEWISH • OU Hillel Foundation 494 Elm Ave., 321-3703 LUTHERAN • Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church (WELS) 3750 W. Main St., 691-2571 • University Lutheran Church (ELCA) 914 Elm Ave., 321-1584 • Trinity Lutheran (LC-MS) 603 Classen Blvd., 321-3443
MESSIANIC • B’nai Shalom Messianic Congregation 447-4429 MUSLIM • Islamic Society of Norman 420 E. Lindsey St., 364-5341 METHODIST • BridgeView United Methodist 900 24th Ave. N.W., Suite 1, 307-9611 www.bridgeviewumc.org • Franklin United Methodist 7311 E. Franklin Road • Goodrich Memorial United Methodist Church 220 W. Hayes St., 321-0975 • McFarlin Memorial United Methodist 419 S. University Blvd., 321-3484 • Noble United Methodist 204 N. Main St., 872-3913 • Norman First American United Methodist Church 1950 Beaumont Drive, 321-5640 • St. Stephen’s United Methodist 1801 W. Brooks St., 321-4988 • Wesley Foundation United Methodist Student Center 428 W. Lindsey St., 321-6266
824-2592 • Victory Christian Center 1201 W. Boyd St., 447-9400 • Victory Church of Norman 777 84th Ave. N.E., 364-1005 • Wildwood Community 1501 24th Ave. N.E., 329-3939 ORTHODOX CHRISTIAN • Holy Ascension Orthodox Church 3350 12th Ave. N.E., 388-0111 HolyAscensionNorman.org PENTECOSTAL • Apostolic Worship Center United Pentecostal Church 3221 N. Porter Ave., 329-1285 • Abundant Life United Pentecostal Church, Moore 777 19th Ave. S.W., 794-4665 • Heaven Bound Pentecostal Church of God 1055 24th Ave. S.E., 360-2905 PRESBYTERIAN • Christ the King Church (PCA) 2373 Classen Blvd., 364-6722 • First Presbyterian 555 S. University Blvd., 321-0933 • Memorial Presbyterian 601 24th Ave. S.W., 329-3640 Grace Presbyterian (OPC) 310 N. Findlay Ave., 321-5220
NONDENOMINATIONAL • The Calling QUAKER 516 W. Main St., 229-2452 • Quakers — The Society of Friends thecallingchurch.org (Meets at St. Anselm of Canterbury) • Covenant Church 800 Elm Ave., 321-7971 4600 E. Etowah St., Noble, 8727072 SEVENTH-DAY ADVENTIST • The Cross Church of Norman • Seventh-Day Adventist 1225 W. Lindsey St., 618-8081 1818 E. Alameda St., 366-7772 • Discovery Church www.normansda.org 4250 W. Tecumseh Road (Roosevelt Elementary), 823-5184 UNITARIAN • Faith4Life Church • West Wind Unitarian Universalist 1019 24th Ave. S.W., 321-2748 Congregation www.faith4life.us 1309 W. Boyd St., 364-4049 • Heartland Harvest Church 6450 36th Ave. N.W., 366-8118 • Journey Covenant Church North Campus, 3801 Journey Parkway, 217-8700 • Loveworks Campus, 1330 E. Lindsey St. journeychurch.tv • Norman Community Church 801-3300, www.normcom.com • Remnant Fellowship Meets at OU Student Union, Traditions Room • Riverside Church 2300 24th Ave. S.W., 360-3005 • The Seeker Church 622 N. Berry Road, 366-7335 www.theseekerchurch.com • New Life Bible Church 4343 N. Flood Ave., 329-3101 • New Covenant Outreach 2312 Pole Road, Moore • New Season Church 300 N. Telephone Road, Moore, McFarland Methodist Church phto by Kyle Phillips
UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST • United Church of Norman-UCC Meets in United Ministry Center, 1017 Elm Ave., 701-3043, www.normanucc.org UNITY • Unity Church in Norman 3001 S. Berry Road, 310-2525 www.unitychurchnorman.org
OTHER • Christian Center Church 2249 S. Classen Blvd., 360-5504 • Eckankar Center 611 24th Ave. S.W. • Morning Star Center for Spiritual Living 329 S. Peters Ave., www. morningstarcenter.org • New Birth Ministries 900 24th Ave S.W., 329-7283 • Norman Wesleyan Church 701 N. Berry Road, 326-0069 • Oklahoma Community Church 809 S.W. 4th St., Moore, 912-4545 • Promise Church 620 N.W. 5th St., Moore, 793-7833 • Salvation Army 318 E. Hayes St., 364-9910 • Trinity Holiness Church 502 E. Symmes St. • University Fellowship Church Meets at Cleveland County YMCA, 1350 Lexington Ave.
clubs • American Historical Society of Germans from Russia, 6:30 p.m., first Friday, Immanuel Lutheran Church, 1800 N.W. 36th St., OKC, Lil Larwig, 525-3128. • American Legion Auxiliary, 7 p.m., first Monday, 710 E. Main St. Grandmothers, mothers, wives, daughters, sisters and granddaughters of American Legion members are welcome, Beverly, 329-1950. • American Legion Post 88, 7 p.m., third Monday, 710 E. Main St. • American Sewing Guild, 6:30 p.m., second Monday, St. John’s United Methodist Church, 1755 N. Meridian Ave., OKC, okcasg.com. • Asian-American Christian Speakers, 10 a.m., second and fourth Saturday, Southern Oklahoma Chinese Baptist Church, Fellowship Hall, 625 E. Frank St., 364-3687, www. aacs.freetoasthost.org. • Ballet Flamenco Espanol Folklorico Co Hijas De Isabela Spaniard Club of Oklahoma, every Friday and every other Sunday except holidays. Cost for drop-in visits is $8. All ages welcome. 326-2848, www. spanishdancers.org. • Business 2 Business (B2B), 7:15 a.m., Thursday, Catering Creations, 3750 W. Main St., Don Spears, 615-8543. • Central District Square Dance Association, 682-6459, www.cdsda.com. • Central Oklahoma Business Women, second and fourth Wednesdays (except Nov. & Dec.), Louie’s in Brookhaven Village, Carey Childs, 3669355. • Cleveland County Genealogical Society, 7 p.m., third Tuesday, Community Services Building, 1119 E.
Main St. 329-9180 or 7012100, firstname.lastname@example.org. • Cleveland County Herb Society, 7 p.m., third Monday, Norman Senior Citizens Center, 329 S. Peters Ave., Mitzi Blackmon, 364-5686. • Cleveland County Master Gardeners, 9:30 a.m., second Friday, 601 E. Robinson St., 321-4774. • Cleveland County Republican Women’s Club, 6:30 p.m., third Tuesday, location TBA, Pat Tautfest, 826-7447, or Tammy Maus, 306-8558. • Community Sewing Circle, for widows and widowers, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., first Thursday, Primrose Event Center, 1109 N. Porter Ave., Debbie Taylor, 321-6000. • Cross Timbers Rotary Club, 6 p.m., Tuesday, Rotary House, 1531 W. Boyd St. • Daughters of Union Veterans, Major Belle Reynolds Tent 21, third Saturday, March, May, Sept. & Nov., Appl Bldg., 3503 Charleston Road, 364-2967. • Delta Kappa Chapter of Epsilon Sigma Alpha, 7 p.m., first and third Monday, Goodrich Memorial United Methodist Church, Vivian Gibson, 364-0484. • Distinguished Toastmasters, 8 a.m., Tuesday, Norman Chamber of Commerce, Matt Branstetter, 872-1160. • Embroiderers’ Guild of America, 7 to 9 p.m., second Monday, McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church, Room 226; 1 to 3 p.m., second Tuesday, McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church, Room 209, Doris Wedge, 364-3426 or email@example.com. • Ex Libris Book Club, 9:30 a.m. for refreshments, 10 a.m. for review, first Wednesday, Sept.-Dec. and Feb.-May, St. Michael’s Episcopal Church,
360-0037. • 40 & 8 Voiture 169, 3100 S.W. 119th St., Oklahoma City. Free dance lessons, 7 p.m. Saturday, Stardust Cowboys Band, 8:30 p.m., Charles Epperson, 659-6069 or 6914267. • Journey Toastmasters, 7:308:30 p.m., Monday, Journey Church in Norman, Matt Branstetter, 872-1160. Moore Horseshoe Pitching Club, 237-1171. • Noble Alumni Association, 7 p.m., third Tuesday, Noble Public Library, 204 N. 5th St., Noble. • Noble Beekeepers Association, 7-9 p.m., third Thursday, Noble Public Library, 204 N. 5th St., Noble, Carolyn McCabe, 899-4228. • Norman Area Quilt Guild, third Monday, McFarlin United Methodist Church, normanareaquiltersguild. blogspot.com. • Norman Area Iris Society, 7 p.m., fourth Monday, Reaves Center in Reaves Park. Norman Black Beaver Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), 329-4767. • Norman Business Leaders Inc., a nonprofit business networking group, 7:30 a.m., Prairie Kitchen, 2520 W. Main St. • Norman Chapter of American Business Women’s Association (ABWA), JoAnn Arps, 4143656. • Norman Chapter of the 40 and 8, 6 p.m., first Tuesday, light meal with general meeting after, Joe Sher, 812-7437. Norman Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), 364-2758, www. normanmoaa.org. • Norman Chapter of NARFE (National Active and Retired Federal Employees), 364-
7434. • Norman Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution, Franklin Appl, 321-4182. • Norman Christian Women’s Connection, noon, third Tuesday except in Aug., second Tuesday in Aug., 809 Wall St., Bonnie, 329-1844, Carolyn, 329-3892. Free luncheon for first-timers with reservations. All others, $7.50 inclusive. • Norman Exchange Club, noon, second and fourth Thursday, Republic Bank, 401 W. Main St. • Norman Fair Trade, 7 p.m., Monday, Second Wind Coffee Shop, 564 Buchanan Ave., normanfairtrade.org. Norman Galaxy of Writers, second Saturday, location TBA, 366-8835. • Norman Kiwanis Club, 11:30 a.m., luncheon, club news and speaker, First Christian Church, activity room, 220 S. Webster Ave., Joseph R. Weaver, 3291910. • Norman Laughter Club, 7 p.m., fourth Monday, West Wind Unitarian Congregation, 1309 W. Boyd St., Cia Campbell, 596-3367 or firstname.lastname@example.org. • Norman Lions Club, noon1 p.m., First Presbyterian Church, 555 S. University Blvd., Shelly Stratton, 5504450. • Norman Masonic Lodge, 1700 N. Porter Ave., Linda, 321-7216. • Norman Masonic Lodge No. 38, 7:30 p.m., first and third Monday, 1700 N. Porter Ave., 321-7310, leave a message. • Norman Newcomers Club, 10 a.m., second Monday, Sept.-April, First Christian Church, 220 S. Webster Ave., Jesslyn Perrin, 217-2233. • Norman Pi Beta Phi Alumnae, 7 p.m., first Monday.
• Norman Rotary Club, noon, Thursday, First Christian Church. • Norman Singers, 7:30 p.m., St. Michael’s Episcopal Church, 1601 W. Imhoff Road, 9242782. • Norman Stamp Club, 7 p.m., first Wednesday, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 235 W. Duffy St. • Norman Tea Party, email@example.com. • Norman Women Entrepreneur Network (NWEN), 6-8 p.m., first Wednesday, Zio’s, 1353 24th Ave. N.W., patio, visitors welcome (buy your own dinner or drinks), Lynn 306-8942, Kris, 701-8817. • Oklahoma Guitar and Mandolin Orchestra, 1 p.m., first and third Saturday, Sonder Music, 225 E. Gray St., new members welcome, 361-5193. • Oklahoma State University Cleveland County Chapter of the Alumni Association, 6:30 p.m., third Monday, Louie’s, Brookhaven Village, 3750 W. Robinson St. • Oklahoma Travelers and Friends perform country and Gospel, 6:30-9 p.m., first Friday, Noble Senior center, State Highway 77 and Maguire Road, free. • Order of the Amaranth Norman Court No. 3, 7:30 p.m., third Friday, Norman Masonic Lodge, 1700 N. Porter Ave., Linda, 3217216. • Order of the Eastern Star Norman Chapter No. 41, 7:30 p.m., first and third Tuesday, Norman Masonic Lodge, 1700 N. Porter Ave., Linda, 321-7216. • PASSPORTS, Norman’s Sister City and International Connections organization, Tricia Carleton, 613-5983, firstname.lastname@example.org. Redbud Chapter, National Society Colonial Dames of Seventeenth Century
(NSCDXVIIC), fourth Friday, Jan., April, June and Oct., Gina McCasland, 261-0212. • Silver Spur Square Dance Club Inc., first and third Saturday, Irving Recreation Center, 125 Vicksburg Ave., Bob Thomas, 642-1832, Morris and Janice Walker, 321-6752. • Sooner AMBUCS, 7-8 a.m., Prairie Kitchen, 2520 W. Main St., Adri-Anne Trammell, 3601521,www.soonerambucs.org, www.ambucs.org. • Sooner Lions Club, 6:30 p.m., first, second, third Mondays. Holiday Inn, 1000 N. Interstate Drive. • Sooner Rotary, 7 a.m Tuesdays., Golden Corral, 123 N. Interstate Drive, www.soonerrotary.org. • Sooner Sensations Chorus of Sweet Adelines, 7 p.m., Mondays, Fresh Start Community Church, 309 N. Eastern Ave., Moore. • South Canadian Cross Timbers Corral of the Westerners, 7 p.m., third Monday, Charles M. Russell Center. • Southern Cleveland County Historical Society, 7 p.m., first Tuesday, Noble Public Library. • Teddy Bear Collectors Club, 6:30 p.m., second Thursday, Golden Corral, 123 N. Interstate Drive, 329-0767. • T.I.P.S., 7-8 a.m., Havenbrook Event Center, 3401 Havenbrook St., John Kiosterud, 366-3928, Roberta Leeper, 329-3502, www.normantips.org. • Sooner Toastmasters, 7 p.m., Thursday, McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church, room 401, 419 S. University Blvd., sooner.freetoasthost.org. • Women of the Moose, 7:30 p.m., second and fourth Wednesdays, Moose Lodge, 2812 S. Classen Blvd. Nancy, 795-0606 or 292-6875.
Norman Regional Hospital Education Center offers many health-related support groups. For more information call 440-8802.
• Norman AARP Chapter, 10 a.m., first Saturday, 329 S. Peters Ave. • NAIC-Center for Oklahoma Alcohol & Drug Services Inc., 215 W. Linn St., P.O. Box 824, Norman, OK, 73070, 3210022, www.naichelp.org. • AA: hotline, 524-1100 • AA: intergroup, 949-0910. • AL-ANON: For those who have a family member or friend with alcohol-related problems. Al-anon step study, noon-1 p.m,. St. John’s Episcopal Church, 235 W. Duffy St. New Hope Al-Anon, 8 p.m., McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church, Room 227. • Alpha-1/Anti-Trepsin Support Group, noon, last Saturday, TBA, Joan Laughlin, 527-2430. • Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group, 11:45 a.m., luncheon, third Wednesday, McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church, 419 S. University Ave., Carol Schreiner, 321-3484. • Breast Cancer Support Group, 6:30-9 p.m., first Tuesday, 307-2600. • Cancer Support Group, 7-8:30 p.m., third Tuesday, Norman Regional Education Center, 440-8802. • Celiac Support Group, 7-9 p.m., third Tuesday, Norman Regional Education Center, Kate Martin, 440-8802. • Compulsive Eaters Anonymous-HOW, 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, First Baptist Church, 211 W. Comanche St., Janann, 447-7441. And 7 p.m., Thursday, Rose Rock Villa, 700 N. Berry Road, Jill, 8260845. • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, 7 p.m., Edsel Ford house, Iva, 373-0059. • Debtors Anonymous, noon-1 p.m., St. John’s Episcopal Church, 235 W. Duffy St., 514-4168. • Developmental Disabilities: For parents of children with developmental disabilities, 6 p.m., Mondays, J.D. McCarty Center, 2002, 307-2800. • Diabetes: For adults and children, 6 p.m., third Tuesday, 440-8802.
• Divorce Support Group, 7 p.m., Thursday, Aldergate House at McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church, 407 S. University Blvd., pre-school and grade school child care by reservation only, Harriet Lee Kemp, 321-3484. • Epilepsy, quarterly, 440-8802. • Full Circle Caregivers Support Group, noon-1 p.m., first Tuesday, pot luck lunch, CSBI building, 1183 E. Main St., 447-2955. • Low Vision Support Group, 10:30 a.m., fourth Wednesday, University Lutheran Church, 914 Elm St., bring a sack lunch. • Oklahoma Chapter of National Multiple Sclerosis Services, self-help groups and/ or activities, 488-1300 or 918-4880882. • Narcotics Anonymous for people with drug problems, which can include alcohol, 24-hour hotline, 866-524-7068. • Oklahoma Depressive and ManicDepressive Association: Dedicated to educational support of patients and their families, 7 p.m., Thursday, Central Oklahoma Community Health Center, 909 E. Alameda St., Building B (east entrance). • Oklahoma Tobacco Helpline, 800-7848669. • Overeaters Anonymous, noon, Tuesday, St. Thomas More University Parish, 100 Stinson St., 329-4326. • Parents Helping Parents, 7 p.m., second and fourth Thursdays, Norman Regional Hospital, Education Wing, 2781221, email@example.com. • Parkinson’s support group: 7-8:30 p.m., first Thursday, Norman Regional Hospital, Education Wing, 440-8802. • Partners of Hope support parents and caregivers of children with emotional and behavioral health disorders, 6 p.m., fourth Tuesday, Central Oklahoma Community Mental Health Center’s Child and Family Services, 1120 E. Main St., 573-3812. • PFLAG: Parents Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays, 7-9 p.m., second Thursday, St. Stephen’s United Method-
ist Church, 1801 W. Brooks St., 3644466. • Quitsmart (quit smoking), 440-8802. • Rare Pair - For mothers of multiples, 6-9 p.m., first Tuesday, Norman Regional Hospital Education Center, 440-8802. • REACH (Reassurance to Each) sponsored by National Alliance on Mental Illness Cleveland County, 7 p.m., first and third Tuesdays, 107 State Drive, 7012078. • Sooner AMBUCS: creating mobility and independence for children and adults with disabilities, 7-8 a.m., Prairie Kitchen, 2520 W. Main St., Jim Ballard, 329-3577, www.soonerambucs.org, www.ambucs.org. • Teen-Age Parenting Program: Offering support and assistance to pregnant and parent teens, sponsored by Center for Children and Families, children welcome, 364-1420. • TOPS, 6 p.m., Thursday, Lakeside Church of God, 4400 E. Alameda St., 872-9483. • Women in Transition: For women experiencing life changes the Women’s Resource Center. Initial interview required, 364-9424. Grief support groups • Living Information For Today (LIFT), 11 a.m.-1 p.m., luncheon, fourth Thursday, local restaurants, reservations required, 321-6000. • Heartland Hospice and Rambling Oaks Assisted Living daytime grief support group, 3 p.m., Thursdays, Rambling Oaks, 1060 Rambling Oaks Drive. • Compassionate Friends, for parents and families who have lost a child, 7:30 p.m., third Tuesday, CSBI Building, 1183 E. Main St., 24-hour hotline, 360-4287 (someone will respond). Sibling group offered. • PRIDE (Parents Resolving the Infant Death Experience), for those who have experienced miscarriage or the loss of a newborn, TBA, Nikki McCarthy,
of campus beautiful by day and night
The University of Oklahoma is approaching its 125th anniversary in 2015. Founded in 1890 by the thenterritorial legislature before statehood, OU has more than 30,000 students enrolled on Norman, Oklahoma City and Tulsa campuses.
There are more than 2,400 full-time faculty at 21 colleges. There are more than 450 majors offered. The university is ranked first per capita among public universities in enrollment of National Merit Scholars and among the top 10 in the
graduation of Rhodes Scholars. OUâ€™s NCAA Division 1 athletic programs are known nationally for their high level of competition. The football team has won 7 NCAA titles, baseball 2 titles and gymnastics 4 titles.
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President David L. Boren David Lyle Boren, a former legislator, governor and U.S. Senator, serves as the 13th president of the University of Oklahoma. He is the first person in state history to serve in all four of the positions. Boren, 71, born April 21, 1941 is the second-longest-serving president of the university. Only George L. Cross served longer. Boren majored in American History at Yale University, graduating in 1963. He went on to earn a master’s degree in politics,
philosophy and economics from Oxford University in England in 1965. Boren returned to Oklahoma and in 1968 earned his law degree from OU. He served as Oklahoma’s governor from 1975 until 1979 when he was elected to the U.S. Senate. He resigned from the U.S. Senate in 1994 upon his appointment as OU president. Three generations of the Boren family have served in Congress. David L. Boren’s father, Lyle Boren, served from 1937 to 1947. David L. Boren’s son, Dan Boren, has served as Oklahoma’s 2nd District Congressman since 2005. Since coming to OU, Boren has overseen almost $1 billion in construction projects. The most recent completions are the Anne and Henry Zarrow School of Social Work
at Elm Street and Brooks Street, the OU College of Architecture and the OU Cancer Center at the Health Sciences Center. Work continues on the new utility plant under construction north of the Huston Huffman Center. It will supply chilled water, steam and electricity for expanding campus facilities. Boren’s wife, Molly Shi Boren, also an attorney, served as a special district judge in Ponotoc County. She is president emeritus of the Oklahoma Arts Institute. Mrs. Boren is widely credited with building, art and landscape beautification on the campus. The Borens maintain residences on campus in Boyd House and at a ranch home west of Norman in Newcastle.
CAMPUS CORNER then & now
Campus Corner is a small college-oriented shopping district located directly north of the University of Oklahoma along Boyd Street. Restaurants, nightlife, hair salons and unique retail shops comprise a four-block area. It all started in the early 1900’s when Campus Corner was developed to serve faculty, staff and students at the University of Oklahoma. Since student housing was located north of Boyd and students weren’t allowed to have cars back then, according to the Campus Corner Website, the area grew and offered restaurants, clothing stores, laundry facilities, pharmacies, hair salons and bookstores selling school supplies. Some buildings even featured ballrooms on their second floors, one of which still exists today. A dry cleaner, Clark’s Cleaners, took up residence on the corner and is still there today. The Boomer Theater was constructed in 1947 and showed movies up until the 1970’s when it became more of a venue for concerts. Over the years, Campus Corner has been home to dance studios, waffle shops,
one of Oklahoma’s original TG&Y stores, Harold’s, varsity shops, bicycle shops and, at one time, the YMCA. Today, Campus Corner still offers many events and attractions. Although many students have cars these days, Campus Corner is still within walking distance of OU. Norman residents and OU faculty, staff and students still flock to the corner to have their hair cut or relax in one of the many restaurants, bars or coffee shops. Sooner fans can still enjoy varsity boutiques where they can purchase many items in crimson and cream hues. A Norman fixture, O'Connell's Irish Pub and Grille, moved to Campus Corner from its former location southeast of the OU football stadium, and the Boomer Theatre now houses offices. Although the bowling alley closed years ago and other spaces have been transformed into outdoor eating areas or parking lots, Campus Corner has much to offer. For more information about the shops, events or history of Campus Corner, visit http://www.oucampuscorner.com.
(far left) Campus Corner offers numerous shopping, eating and clothing establishments. photo by Kyle Phillips. One of Campus Corner’s newest restaurants, Blackbird Gastropub offers unique food and an extensive whiskey list. photo by Kyle Phillips. Patrons of O’Connell’s wait for their food. photo provided.
Norman Public Schools service the entire Norman area
• Adams Elementary School, 817 Denison Drive, • 366-5972, Principal Cynthia Taylor
• Roosevelt Elementary School, 4250 W. Tecumseh Road, • 447-6581, Principal Tiffany Dixon
• Cleveland Elementary School, 500 N. Sherry Ave.,• 366-5875, Principal Ty Bell
• Truman Elementary School, 600 Parkside Road, • 366-5980, Principal Robye Jackson
• Eisenhower Elementary School, 1415 Fairlawn Dr., • 366-5879, Principal Susan Powell
• Truman Primary School, 601 Meadow Ridge Road, • 366-5950, Principal Kristie Eselin
• Jackson Elementary School, 520 S. Wylie Road, • 366-5884, Principal Craig Stevens
• Washington Elementary School, 600 48th Ave. S.E., • 366-5984, Principal Linda Parsons
• Jefferson Elementary School, 250 N. Cockrel Ave., • 366-5889, Principal Katherine Taber
• Wilson Elementary School, 800 N. Peters Ave., • 366-5932, Principal Chris Crelia
• Kennedy Elementary School, 621 Sunrise St., • 366-5894, Principal Montle Koehn
• Alcott Middle School, 1919 W. Boyd St., • 366-5845, Principal Dana Morris
• Lakeview Elementary School, 3310 108th Ave. N.E., • 366-5899, Principal Paula Palermo
• Irving Middle School, 125 Vicksburg Ave., • 366-5941, Principal Linda Baxter
• Lincoln Elementary School, 915 Classen Blvd., • 366-5904, Principal Olivia Dean
• Longfellow Middle School, 215 N. Ponca Ave., • 366-5948, Principal Peter Liesenfeld
• Madison Elementary School, 500 E. James Drive, • 366-5910, Principal Pamela Charlson
• Whittier Middle School, 2000 W. Brooks St., • 366-5956, Principal Gayla Mears
• McKinley Elementary School, 728 S. Flood Ave., • 366-5914, Principal Carol Emerson
• Norman High School, 911 W. Main St., • 366-5812, Principal Scott Beck
• Monroe Elementary School, 1601 S. McGee Drive, • 366-5927, Principal Lori Connery
• Norman North High School, 1809 Stubbeman Ave., • 366-5954, Principal Bryan Young
• Reagan Elementary School 1601 24th Ave S.E. Principal Carol Burton
career services Like any city, businesses in Norman employ people trained in many different areas. According to Don Wood, Executive Director of the Norman Economic Development Coalition, Norman’s current unemployment rate is 3.7 percent—a statistic he says points to a strong overall economy. Bette Scott, Director of Career Services at the University of Oklahoma, says of where OU is located, many oil companies recruit and hire OU grads. She says Career Services can help OU graduates in any major find jobs. “There are between 5,000-6,000 employers who actively recruit students from OU,” Scott said. “Some are small companies to medium—and some are Fortune 500.” She added that OU graduates typically earn anywhere from $30,000 to $100,000 depending on degree and credentials upon graduation. “What we find the most satisfying is working with students and helping them either with their resumes, or a mock interview or conducting a job search and having them come back and say, ‘Thank you so much, I wanted to let you know I got a job.’ We call that the emotional paycheck,” Scott said. Students who have found a job with the assistance of Career Services are invited to ring a bell as they leave the office. With many service industries in a city the size of Norman, many jobs are typically available for those who wish to work part time. The Norman Economic Development Coalition actively seeks to recruit businesses to Norman for those seeking professional positions. And, although it is not easy to assess how many OU grads find Norman a great place to live, when asking around, its easy to find graduates who have decided to stay and make Norman their home.