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and moms and dads too Your guide to the destinations, day camps and more in and around Norman


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Playing to Learn

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Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History

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National Weather Center 120 David L. Boren Blvd., opened in 2006 and houses University of Oklahoma, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and state organizations concerned with understanding atmospheric events. Free tours for up to eight members of the general public are 1 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; each tour lasts 1 to 1.5 hours and reservations are required. School (and large group) tours for up to 35 visitors are Tuesdays and Thursdays at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. (and 9 a.m. and 5 p.m.), respectively. The center advises tours should be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. Free seminars on weather-related topics are offered at the center regularly. Phone: 405-325-3095. www.nwc.ou.edu.

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Harn Homestead and 1889ers museum 1721 N. Lincoln Blvd. in Oklahoma City, takes visitors back to the state’s territorial days with hands-on experience of an early-day Oklahoma farm.  After the Land Run on April 22, 1889, there were many claim disputes. William Fremont Harn was appointed by President Benjamin Harrison to be a special land commissioner to settle those disputes. William and his wife, Alice, moved to the territory and bought 160 acres. They donated 40 acres to relocate the state capitol, which sits just north and east of the farm. Gates open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Admission is $5, $4 for seniors or military with ID. Guided tours of the Harn house are daily at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m. and 3 p.m.  Phone: 405-235-4058. harnhomestead.com.

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Science Museum Oklahoma Formerly known as the Omniplex, Science Museum Oklahoma offers hands-on activities for all ages. From walking through a mouth, experiencing an earthquake or trying to solve a murder, kids will be entertained all day. Science Museum also offers explosive shows. Led by Otto the robot, kids get to watch trained professionals blow things up. They may even get to try it (safely, of course). After the kids have run around enough, the quiet planetarium is a nice break from the noise and activity. There is also a theater showing exciting IMAX films. Located at 2100 NE 52nd St in Oklahoma City, the museum is open from 9-5 MondayFriday, 9-6 on Saturday and 11-6 on Sundays. Call 405-602-6664 or visit sciencemuseumok.org for more information.

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(SNOMNH) offers education and fun for all ages. It has a variety of permanent exhibits, appealing to many different interests related to natural history, especially that of Oklahoma. One permanent exhibit, the Paleozoic Gallery, teaches a history of the early life on Earth. A walk-through diorama brings to life the swamp forests from which Oklahoma’s coal deposits were formed. The Paleozoic gallery, as well as all the exhibits at the museum, are kid-friendly, with lots of hands-on activities. The museum is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon.Sat. and 1 to 5 p.m. Sun. Address: 2401 Chautauqua Ave. on the University of Oklahoma campus Phone: 405-325-4712 Cost: Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $3 for children, free for children five and younger and free for OU students. It is also free on the first Monday of each month. Website: snomnh.ou.edu.

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Orr family farm 14400 S. Western Ave. in Oklahoma City, touts itself as “agri-tainment.”The farm features an animal petting barn, a carousel, fishing, duck races, pony rides, a maze, a wedding garden, a zip line and a train that runs visitors around the park. Dr. Glenn Orr, a retired veterinarian and horseman, and his family have owned the farm, known as Celestial Acres, for 32 years. It has 240 horse stalls, a racing track, a running track and an indoor and outdoor arena. Admission is $10.50, zip line, pony rides and mining rough are extra charges. Check website or call for hours/dates of operation. Phone: 405-799FARM (3276) orrfamilyfarm.com. Photo provided by orrfamilyfarm.com


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Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art is a local art museum with a permanent collection on par with many national museums. Highlights of the museum’s collection include the Weitzenhoffer collection of French Impressionist art. The University of Oklahoma received the collection in 2000, the single most important collection of French Impressionism ever given to an American public university. The Adkins Collection was a private collection acquired by OU in a nationally competitive process. It features works by the Taos artists and Native American Works of Art. The art museum also has a continually revolving set of traveling exhibits that often have interesting events associated with them, such as lectures and public opening receptions. "EESFTT&MN"WFt1IPOF $PTUGPSBEVMUTGPSTFOJPSTGPSDIJMESFOTJY $2 for OU faculty and staff; and free for children under six, Museum Association members, OU students with a valid ID and free to everyone on Tuesdays Website: ou.edu/fjjma

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Museum of Osteology

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Outdoor Excursions

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Legacy Trails is the perfect place to get some exercise, enjoy the beautiful weather or catch up on Norman’s history. The 10-foot-wide track of sidewalk winds through central Norman adjacent to the railroad corridor. The trail features plaques at intermittent places along the path that detail the history of Norman. The trail currently stops on the south end at Duffy Street, but the city is planning to extend it further south so it will connect with Campus Corner in the near future. It heads north past Main street and almost to Robinson.  Address: north-south from Duffy Street almost to Robinson Street Phone: Parks and Recreation Department, 405-366-5472 Cost: free Website: normanfun.com

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George M. Sutton Wilderness Park

2000 12th Ave. NE A great place to find a little country in the middle of suburbia. The park has many trails that can be explored and is also peaceful and scenic place to walk or jog, with two or three ponds and native Oklahoma

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Calypso Cove Marina is your gateway to a day of fun and sun on the water at Lake Thunderbird. The marina is open May 1 to Sept. 15, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and is staffed full-time for boat rentals: paddle boats seat four and rent for $5 an hour; canoes seat two and rent for $20 for two hours or $30 for the day. All safety equipment is included with rentals. Water skis, kneeboards and tubes are also available for rent or sale. Groceries, boating supplies, fishing tackle, bait, full dock, picnicking and boat storage are available. Boat storage prices depend on size of boat. To get to Calypso Cove Marina drive 12 miles east on State Highway 9 to 142nd Street, the entrance to Clear Bay area of Lake Thunderbird State Park, and follow the signs.  Phone: 405-360-9846, for boat reservations and lake information.  Website: calypsocovemarina.com.

scenery. Bird watchers also flock to the park to take in the wildlife. Phone: 405-366-5472. www.ci.norman.ok.us/parks/george-m-sutton-wildernesspark.

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Lake Thunderbird Boathouse promotes safe enjoyment of water sports and lake activities through educational programs and community partnerships. The BoatHouse is available to rent for events related to water safety and boating education. Youth Sailing, Adult Dinghy, Keel Boat and Level 1 Instructors are just some of the classes the BoatHouse offers. The BoatHouse is on the western shore of Hogg River arm just north of Indian point. Drive out Alameda until reaching the entrance to the park. Turn left and then right. The CAST (Catch a Special Thrill) is a favorite annual event during which 30 to 40 disabled children are taken out for a day of fishing on the lake and treated to a picnic afterward. Phone: 405-447-4974 (BoatHouse manager). Web site: www.lakethunderbirdboathouse.org.

lake Thunderbird state park's discovery cove nature center 1201 Clear Bay Ave., opened in May 2008 and has native snakes and animals, furs and artifacts on display. Park naturalists offer a variety of activities for children, including interactive exhibits, informative programs, crafts and nature walks. Almost all of the programs are free, but none cost more than $2. Activities are available for larger groups. Visitors need to call before going to the center. The center is usually open 10 a.m.-4:45 p.m. Mon.-Sat. and noon-4:45 p.m. Sun. Take State Highway 9 to Clear Bay Avenue at Lake Thunderbird State Park. Phone: 405-321-4633 Website: www.oklahomaparks.com.

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thunderbird riding stables 1150 Clear Bay Ave. just southeast of Lake Thunderbird, has been owned and operated by Bobby and Cindy Steveson for 26 years. The Stables offer open riding on trails spanning more than 500 acres and featuring many types of wildlife. Cost is $22 per person for a one-hour ride. In addition to the open riding, hayrides, summer horse camps and fullcare horse boarding facilities also are offered. The Stables are on Clear Bay Avenue at Lake Thunderbird State Park. They are open year-round, weather-permitting, except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Phone: 405-321-5768 for reservations. Website: thunderbirdstables.com.

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Bicycle league of norman Those looking for some outdoor fun need look no further. The BLN has group rides at 6 p.m. every Tue. and Thu., and members also participate in many regional events.  Tuesday night rides leave from Brookhaven Village parking lot and Thursday evening group leaves from Reaves Park. Website: www.bicycleleague.com.


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Those SUmmer Nights

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The Damn Quails performed Sunday, June 26, 2011, at Lions Park as part of the 2011 Summer Breeze concert series. Photo by Jerry Laizure

Summer Breeze Concert Series

Crowd enjoying the music of the Damn Quals in the 2011 Summer Breeze concert series. Photo by Jerry Laizure

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Jazz in June has become a yearly summertime tradition in Norman. The festival began as a small fundraising concert in 1984 and has thousands of visitors who come to enjoy the outdoor concerts. The 29th annual free three-day festival runs June 21-23. Thursday and Friday concerts take place at Brookhaven Village (corner of West Robinson Street and 36th Avenue NW) and Saturday’s concerts will be in Andrews Park (corner of West Davis and North Webster streets near downtown Norman).  Website: www.jazzinjune.org.

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The Damn Quails performed Sunday, June 26, 2011, at Lions Park as part of the 2011 Summer Breeze concert series. Photo by Jerry Laizure

May Fair Arts Festival A celebration of the visual and performing arts. May Fair 2012 will be from 10 a.m.-8p.m. May 5 in Andrews Park. More than 100 artists and craftsmen are expected, along with stage entertainment, children’s art activities, artists’ demonstrations, lots of food, a 2K fun run and a 5K race. Proceeds help support Assistance League projects. www.norman.assistanceleague.org.

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Farmers Markets in its 32nd season, takes place at 615 E. Robinson St. at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds. Hours are 8 a.m. to noon each Saturday and Wednesday through Oct. 31. The 80 vendors sell bedding plants in the spring and a variety of fresh vegetables, honey, herbs, cut flowers and plants throughout the season. Website: www.clevelandcountyfair.org/ farmmarket.html. City of Moore sponsors the Old Town Moore Farmers Market, 301 S. Howard Ave. at the Moore Community Center. Hours are 4-7:30 p.m. Thursdays and 8 a.m. to noon Saturdays from May 24th-Sept.1. Website: http://www.cityofmoore.com/ moore-community-center/old-townfarmers-market.

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A Norman summertime tradition, Summer Breeze showcases national and local music artists in Lions and Andrews Parks. The Performing Arts Studio of Norman has been sponsoring the event for a decade and invites you to come, bring a blanket, sit down, relax and enjoy the music. These Sunday Night Concerts run from May until September. Visit www.pasnorman/org/ programs/summerbreeze for a complete list of performers and dates.

Midsummer Nights’ Fair If the summer days have been too hot, spend the evenings at Lions Park. Featuring artists, live music and fun, the Midsummer Nights’ Fair, sponsored by Firehouse Arts Center is the perfect end to those summer days. Kids can participate in hands-on art projects and mom and dad can purchase art from the local artists. Occasionally, the music even spawns impromptu dance parties. The festival runs July 13 and 14 from 6 to 11 pm. Come and join in the fun. Call 329-4523 or visit normanfirehouse.com/events/index. cfm?page=midsummernightsfair for more information and a complete list of artists and musicians.


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Kidspace at Reaves Park, 2502 Jenkins Ave., is a 13,000-square foot playground built by volunteers over a five-day period in March 1999. The Kidspace project was communitydesigned, community-funded and community-built with the help of thousands of Norman residents. The Kidspace playground features wooden structures in the forms of a Western fort, pirate ship, rocket, fighter jet, bucking bronco, dinosaur, castle, covered wagon and more. Kidspace is free. Phone: 405-366-5472.

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The Duck Pond in Brandt Park, a 60-acre park one block east of the central campus on Lindsey Street, offers a place to relax, read or just enjoy the sun. The pond honors former OU President Joseph Brandt, who served in the 1930s before the late George Lynn Cross. The pond is home to many water fowl and previously served as the site of Norman’s spring Medieval Fair and was once home to OU’s 9-hole golf course. Website: www.ou.edu

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A family-oriented theme park. According to an Andy Alligator’s brochure, children and adults can enjoy arcade games, batting cages, bumper cars, go-karts and a rock wall. The climbing wall is 32 feet high. People must be between 40 and 250 pounds to climb the wall. The newest attraction is a water park, slated to open in May. Prices range from $2 to $5.95 for attractions at the fun park, and admission to the water park ranges from $15.95 to $18.95, while children 2 and younger in swim diapers get in free. Dual park day passes are $29.95 for a water park admission and an unlimited wristband at the fun park. Andy Alligator’s offers daily specials and corporate and group events. Lockers are available for an extra charge. Andy Alligator’s is at 3300 Market Place Dr, near I-35 and Indian Hills Road in Norman. Phone: 405-321-7275.  www.andyalligators.com

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Lions park in central Norman is the setting for numerous concerts and festivals during the year. The park at 450 S. Flood Ave. features a lighted ball field available for game rental; picnic facilities; a children’s playground; a walking/running track; fenced and lighted tennis courts; a gazebo; and a shelter with restrooms, available April through October.  Phone: 405-366-5472 for facility rental information. www.ci.norman.ok.us/ parks/LionsParkInfo.htm.

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Norman dog park two-acre, doublegated, grass park with separate large-andsmall-dog areas and is operated by the city and volunteers. The park closes at dusk daily. There are trees, benches, doggie bags and lots of space. Well-behaved humans are welcome, too. The park is off 12th Avenue NE just north of the traffic light at High Meadows Drive. Turn in at the green Dog Park sign. The Park is on the right hand side at the end of the access road. Website: http:// normandogpark.tripod. com/index.html.

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Westwood water slide 2400 Westport Drive, opens for summer fun. Prices are $6 for pool and slide and $4 for pool only 1 to 5:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; $5 for pool and slide and $3 for pool only 6 to 8 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; and $6 for pool and slide and $4 for pool only Sat. and Sun. Single season passes are $60; Family season pass (up to four members) is $140; each additional family member pass is $25 and a babysitter pass is $35. The pool is available for weekend rental 6 to 8 p.m. Phone: 405-329-5422. Web site: www.ci.norman. ok.us/Parks/westwood_ pool.htm.

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Heyday offers fun for the family with rounds of laser tag, miniature golf and an arcade.  According to the HeyDay website, Laser Tag is played inside a 7,000-square-foot area. Laser tag sessions range from $12 to $25. For those looking to spend the day outdoors, an 18hole miniature golf course awaits them. A round of miniature golf costs $6.50. There is also an arcade filled with games for all ages, and parties and lock-ins can be scheduled in advance. Hey Day Family Fun Center is at 3201 Market Place, near Interstate 35 and Indian Hills Road in Norman. Phone: 405-310-3500. heydayfamilyfun.com.

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andrews park 201 W. Daws St., is open dawn to dusk and hosts some of the Performing Arts Studio’s free Summer Breeze concerts. Also at the park is Groovefest, a free semi-annual human rights and music festival with a 27-year history. MayFair Arts Festival will take place from 10 a.m.-8p.m. May 5 in the park. The park also has numerous free outdoor recreation facilities including a splash pad for children, which will open May 26, and Blake Baldwin Skate Park, which is open dawn to dusk and is subject to numerous rules for skating safety.  Website: www.ci.norman. ok.us/parks/ www.ci.norman.ok.us/ parks/skate-park

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Splash pads Cool off the kids in summer’s heat with a visit to the splash pad. Norman has two splash pads, 201 W. Daws St. in Andrews Park and 1641 E. Lindsey St. in Colonial Estates Park. The splash pads will be open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. May-Sept. and feature water guns, shooting fountains and tipping buckets controlled by touch pads with random programs. They are free for all ages. In Noble, Austin’s Big Splash opened in April 2008 in Dane Park at the corner of Maguire Road and Eighth Street. The splash pad is open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Wed.-Mon. from May until after Labor Day. It is closed Tuesdays for maintenance. Web site: www.ci.norman. ok.us/parks.


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Star Skate 2020 W. Lindsey St., Norman’s Skateland has transformed into Star Skate. Star Skate is owned and operated by the Hale family, who said they’ve have been “rockin’ and rollin� for more than 25 years. Summer skate sessions will be 1-4 p.m. Thu. and Fri. from June through August. Cost is $6, price includes regular skate rental. Inline and speed skates are $4 extra. Party packages, fund raising parties, skating lessons and special events are also available at various times of the year. Phone: 405-3291818.  starskate.com

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Griffin community park If you hear the smack of the bat or loud cheers, more than likely it’s coming from Griffin Community Park, 1001 E. Robinson St., part of Norman’s sports facilities complex. The park has 16 soccer fields, 14 baseball/softball fields and four football fields, with support facilities spread out across 160 acres. Activities such as baseball, running, soccer, rugby, softball, football and volleyball all take place at the park. The complex also is home to the Griffin Park Open, a national disc golfer tournament. The Recreation Division offers free classes on a seasonal schedule. Pavilions and shelters are available on a rental basis, and there also is a lake and a dog park.  Phone: 405-366-5472. Website: www.ci.norman.ok.us/parks/griffincommunity-park.

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The Norman Next folks from the Norman Chamber of Commerce sponsored a benefit Kickball Tournament at the YMCA that benefits CCFI. Joe Rohr gets a force out on Jessica Ortman while Anje Campbell goes to cover the base . Photo by Jerry Laizure

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Golf Choices for good golf abound in Cleveland County. Local courses, with address, course length and regular green fee are: t8FTUXPPE1BSL(PMG$PVSTF 8FTUQPSU Drive. Par 70, 6,153 yards. $21. t+JNNJF"VTUJO6OJWFSTJUZPG0LMBIPNB(PMG Course (semi-private), 1 Par Drive. Par 72, 7,387 yards. $25-$68. t5IF5SBJMT(PMG$MVC QSJWBUF 4#FSSZ3PBE  Par 70, 6,502 yards. t#FMNBS(PMG$MVC QSJWBUF &*OEJBO)JMMT Road. Par 70, 6,519 yards. t$PCCMFTUPOF$SFFL(PMG$PVSTF QBS IPMFT  1350 Cobblestone Creek Drive. Par 27, 1,532 yards. $14.  t#SPBENPPSF(PMG$PVSTF 8JMMPX1JOF%SJWF  Moore. Par 71, 6,334 yards. $18. t.PPSF(PMGBOE"UIMFUJD$MVC QSJWBUF 48 19th St., Moore. Par 72, 6,789 yards. 1350 Lexington Ave., offers access to a range of fitness equipment and facilities including a 10-lane pool and group fitness programs for a range of ages. Sports for adults and children are offered for an additional fee. Child care programs with differing prices and schedules are offered, including summer camp. Programs, including ballroom dance, OVUSJUJPOBOE4$6#"DMBTTFT BSF offered for an additional fee. Memberships are $53 per month for individuals or $74 per month for families; other rates apply for seniors and students and financial assistance toward a membership may be available through the YMCA’s Scholarships to Enable Participation program. Phone: 405-364-9622. Website: www.ymcanorman.org

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Oklahoma motor sports complex 3501 S. Interstate Drive in Norman, just south of the Canadian River bridge, features a .7-mile, 30-foot wide road course. The track hosts competitive kart racing, as well as kart rental for open racing 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Mon.-Sat., except weekends when local club series, regional or national events are scheduled. The track also is available for rental for birthdays or corporate outings and provides driving classes based on age groups, starting at 5. Charges for kart and facility rental vary. Phone: 405-579-2777. oklahomamotorsportscomplex. com.

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Disc Golf Want to get into a new sport? Its name is quite descriptive of the sport; it follows the rules of golf but instead of hitting balls the players toss flying discs into upright chain baskets. There are a variety of places to play in the area. The following are the local courses with the descriptions provided by the Professional Disc Golf Association’s website: t$PMPOJBM&TUBUFT &-JOETFZ4U SPMMJOHUFSSBJO and tight pole placements provide a challenge, while a creek and walking trail run the length of the course. t(SJóO1BSL &3PCJOTPO4U PòFSTHPPE variety, starts off open then becomes technical, evenly balanced for righties and lefties. t/PSUI&BTU-JPOT1BSL PO/PSUIDMJò"WFOVFOPSUI of Robinson Street , has rolling terrain with narrow fairways lined with tall rough trees, back nine plays around a large pond with ever-present water danger, wind always blows, poison ivy in spring and summer. Contact: W. Kyle Power, 405-364-5534 for Colonial Estates park; and Daniel Stacey, 405-326-5454, for Griffin and N.E. Lions parks. Cost: free if you already own flying discs. Website: www.normandiscgolf.com


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home is where the art is

The wine industry in Oklahoma has flourished in the past decade, with vineyards and wineries popping up all over the state. That means that grapes are new, so wines have not reached their full potential of flavors yet. It also means, however, that service is stellar as vineyards struggle in a crowded local market. Try some local businesses: t$BOBEJBO3JWFS7JOFZBSETBOE 8JOFSZ 4MBVHIUFSWJMMF3PBE in Slaughterville, produces and sells wine from its own grapes and other local grapes. 405-872-5565, canadianriverwinery.com. t3FECVE3JEHF7JOFZBSEBOE Winery, 7301 E. State Highway 9, has a tasting room, and also features local artists. 405-306-9492, www.

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Second friday circuit of art JTQNTFDPOE'SJEBZ of each month in the Norman Arts District. It is BNPOUIMZ$MFWFMBOE"SFB 3BQJE5SBOTJUSPVUFUIBU connects the downtown Arts District, outlying galleries, performance IBMMTBOE$BNQVT$PSOFS to accompany an art walk. Guests can get POBOEPòUIF$"35 trolleys anywhere along UIF$"35SPVUF WJTJUJOH art galleries, watching independent films and participating in other art activities. Many locations feature special events such as hands-on crafts for kids or snacks and live music to enjoy while looking at art. Phone: 405-325-3178, .JDIBFM#FOEVSFBU'SFE +POFT+S.VTFVNPG"SU 2ndfridaynorman.com.

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redbudridgewinery.com. t3PDL$SFFL7JOFZBSE  24th Ave. NE, a small family vineyard geared toward the hobby winemaker or gourmet jelly/fresh grape consumer. 405-307-9968, rockcreekvineyardok.com. t0&*'BSNBOE7JOFZBSE  156th Ave. SE, offers flowers, trees and vegetables in addition to table grapes available August and September. 405573-9902. t0S JGZPVSFMPPLJOHGPSBWJOFZBSE XJUIPVUUIFXJOFSZ 3FEMBOE+VJDF$P  #SZBOU3PBEJO4MBVHIUFSWJMMF  specializes in nonalcoholic grape juices produced onsite. 405-527-9181, redlandjuice.com.

The Crucible foundry and art gallery The sculptures and paintings on exhibit in 5IF$SVDJCMFTHBMMFSZBOE outside garden showcase the work of talented artists the foundry attracts from across the DPVOUSZ7JTJUPSTUPUIF 1,400-square-foot gallery can enjoy the sculptures, paintings and exhibits free of charge. The exhibits rotate once every season. 5IF$SVDJCMFJTBU& Tonhawa St. in downtown Norman. Phone: 405-579-2700. Website: www. thecruciblellc.com.

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Sooner Theatre 101 E. Main St., a 4QBOJTI3FWJWBM style theater built in 1929, hosts musical guests for its Main Event Series and is also the venue for theater performances during much of the year. Ticket prices range from $20 to $35 per person for a show. Discounts are often available for children 12 and younger, seniors 65 and older and groups of 10 or more; ticket specials are offered on certain performances for college or university students presenting a valid ID. $IJMESFODBOUBLFDPVSTFT through The Studio of The Sooner Theatre, founded in 2007 and located at 227 &.BJO4U$PVSTFUVJUJPOT start at $100. Phone: 405-321-9600. www.soonertheatre.com.

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Santa Fe Depot Serving double duty as a twiceEBJMZTUPQGPS"NUSBLT )FBSUMBOE'MZFSCFUXFFO 0LMBIPNB$JUZBOE'PSU 8PSUI 5FYBT UIF4BOUB'F %FQPUBU4+POFT"WF is home to Performing Arts Studio and a venue for live entertainment and art exhibitions throughout the year. PAS concert series at the depot include the Winter Wind concerts and jazz concerts. Second Sunday Poetry readings on the second Sunday of each month are free, as is viewing artwork on display within the depot. Art gallery hours are BNQN.PO'SJ Phone: 405-307-9320. Website: www.thepas.org.

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Norman PUblic Library The hub of the 10-branch Pioneer Library System, the Norman Public Library offers a full array of materials and services for the residents of Norman and $MFWFMBOE$PVOUZ5IF Norman Library offers meeting rooms, free Internet access, computer workstations, programs, books, compact discs, %7%TBOEPUIFSNBUFSJBMT for it customers. The library partners with other groups and organizations across the county and the state to make programs and materials available to its customers. Open 9 a.m.-9 p.m Mon.'SJ̓BNQN4BU  and 1-5 p.m. Sun. Phone: 405-701-2620

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Firehouse Art Center 4'MPPE"WF  is home to many local artists, festivals and classes. The nonprofit community arts center, built in converted and FYQBOEFE'JSF4UBUJPO No. 2, hosts four major events a year: Midsummer /JHIUT'BJS +VMZBOE 14, a ceramics auction and holiday gift gallery BOEUIFBOOVBM$IPDPMBUF 'FTUJWBMFBDI'FCSVBSZ 'PVOEFEJOCZUISFF MPDBMBSUJTUT UIF'JSFIPVTF "SU$FOUFSGPTUFSTUIF appreciation, enjoyment and practice of art. Hours are from 9:30 a.m.- 5:30 QN.PO'SJBOEGSPN 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sat. Phone: 405-329-4523. Website: normanfirehouse.com

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Jacobson House Native ARt center $IBVUBVRVB"WF PòFST Native American art exhibits, cultural activities, lectures, workshops and educational FWFOUT'MVUFBOEESVNNJOH classes, storytelling events for children and adults are offered. Powwows take place in the backyard. The artwork ranges from the inexpensive up to $15,000. 0TDBSBOE+FBOOF+BDPCTPO built their home in 1916 and 1917, and because of their Scandinavian heritage, many of the art pieces are a cultural mix of Swedish and Native American. The house was placed on the National 3FHJTUFSPG)JTUPSJD1MBDFTJO 1986. Hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tue.-Sat. and 1-5 p.m. Sun. Phone: 405-366-1667. www.jacobsonhouse.com.


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Warren Theaters opened in 2008 in Moore on the west side of Interstate 35 at the 4th Street Exit. According to the website, the Warren Theatre has 14 auditoriums and two grand auditoriums with balconies. Ticket prices range from $7 to $18. The recently opened Moore Warren World Class IMAX shows 2D and 3D movies. Ticket prices range from $9 to $23. The theater also has a balcony, lounge and director’s suites reserved for guests 21 and older. Adults can purchase a drink from the lounge’s full-service bar. Those who sit in the balcony are waited on by wait staff, according to the website. Movie tickets can be purchased in person, over the phone or online. Phone: 405-735-9676. 

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Historic Campus Corner, established in 1917 and bordered roughly by Jenkins Avenue on the east, University Boulevard on the west, Boyd Street on the south and Duffy Street on the north, features arguably the most diverse concentration of restaurants, bars and specialty retail stores for the same square area in Norman. The Corner is the site of seasonal events, including HowlO-Ween, and is a popular staging area for the massive fan fests that are OU football game days. On these autumn Saturdays, thousands walk around Campus Corner as its streets are blocked off for game day fun that includes generations of Sooner fans. Year round, several restaurants and shops offer special discounts during Tuesdays On The Corner. www.oucampuscorner.com.

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Robinson Crossing movie theater, it doesn’t cost a lot of money to see a movie. According to the Starplex Cinemas Web site, movie admission is $2 daily except Tuesdays, when all shows are $1. The movie theater opens 12:15 p.m. daily. Robinson Crossing 6 is located at 1300 N. Interstate Dr in Norman. Phone: 405-447-1005 (movie line).

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Hollywood Theatre Spotlight 14, offers the latest movie releases. According to the theater, admission price for all shows before 6 p.m. is $7.50. After 6 p.m., admission price for adults increases to $9. Students with a valid ID pay $7.50. Tickets for children 2-12 are $6.50 and seniors 60 and older can view a movie for $7. 3D movies incur an extra $3 charge and Timewarp Tuesday tickets cost $7.50. The theater box office opens 12:30 p.m. daily and closes at 10:30 p.m., according to the theater. Tickets can be purchased online at www.gohollywood. com. Gift certificates are available. Hollywood Theatre 14 is at 1100 N. Interstate Drive. Phone: 405-579-0911.

Sooner mall 3301 W. Main St. in Norman, opened its doors as Sooner Fashion Mall in 1975. The first anchor store, Sears, opened in 1976. Penneys, Dillards and Old Navy soon followed. The mall has 75 specialty retailers with prices that run the gamut. Special events take place throughout the year — Safety Town, a police-operated bike safety program, a bridal show in June, tax-free weekend the first weekend in August and, of course, Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny visit the mall and take photos with children. Children can play in the center court playground while parent take a break from their shopping. Phone: 405-360-0360.

Main st. Downtown Norman has been revitalized and energized. The James Garner Corridor begins at West Main Street and University Boulevard and travels east to Porter Avenue. Antique stores, galleries, retailers, restaurants, three theaters or studios, a foundry and many art galleries are on Main Street and also on blocks just to the north and south. A statute of Maverick (Norman’s own James Garner) stands east of the railroad tracks. Legacy Trail, a milelong walking trail, crisscrosses Main Street. Historical markers and Norman information dot the area. Norman Convention and Visitors Bureau, 2424 Springer Drive. Phone: 405-366-8095. Website: www.visitnorman.com.

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Heartland Flyer Amtrak’s passenger rail line between Oklahoma City and Fort Worth, began service in 1999. The daily trip has stops in Norman, Purcell, Pauls Valley, Ardmore, Gainesville, Texas, and Fort Worth. The Flyer is supported through funds made available by the Oklahoma and Texas departments of transportation.  Cost is about $40 each way for the 3 hour and 50 min. trip. The train leaves Oklahoma City at 8:25 a.m. and stops in Norman at 8:49 a.m. The train returns to Norman at 9:04 p.m. daily. Phone: 800-USA-Rail for reservations.  Website: www.heartlandflyer.com


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