Crunch time

A new fitness club in Norman aims to help patrons get healthy.
The owner of a new fitness center in Norman, the latest expansion in a growing nationwide chain, said it’s a great time to look at getting back in shape, no matter where you are today.

ALCOHOLMANAC To the streets

Festival organizations prepare for updated alcohol laws.
If Oklahoma’s liquor laws have seemed like something out of the Prohibition era, they were for years.

ALCOHOLMANAC Palate and palette

Art and wine events are flourishing by catering to artists in need of liquid courage to coax out their creativity.
As old adages go, “Everyone has an artist in them” is a harmless gem wielded liberally by every art teacher in the world trying to inspire students.

Native sound

Chickasha-based TalkJive Radio is putting Native American culture on blast.
Them Damn NDNs are at it again, pumping the airwaves full of relevant news, friendly conversation and a heterogeneous compilation of music broadcasted to audiences across the globe.

Triumphant Ark

The Little Ark boutique and community space in Nichols Hills is a gathering spot for family and friends.
The Little Ark, 6425 Avondale Drive in Nichols Hills Plaza, is a bright and airy boutique filled with gifts for all ages.

Historic engagement

Southern Nazarene University celebrates Women’s History Month and the campus’ blossoming diversity with a one-woman show.
Every suburban university worth its salt has at least one firebrand professor pushing big ideas to rattle the norms of its sleepy campuses.

Poundstone politics

Paula Poundstone gets serious about her comedy in the Trump era.
One of the many things altered by the contentious political atmosphere that helped put Donald Trump in the White House is Paula Poundstone’s standup act.

Processing death

Local author Kim Ventrella’s newest book continues helping children explore different aspects of death.
Working as a librarian, Oklahoma City author Kim Ventrella saw how often children want to be frightened.

Care and feeding

Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma’s Chef’s Feast 2019 ensures that important programs continue to fight hunger.
Federal employees just withstood the longest government shutdown in U.S. history.

New life

Grain & Grange furniture manufacturers rely on reclaimed lumber to create pieces filled with history and personality.
On the wall of Todd Miller’s office at Grain & Grange is a hefty bundle of race bibs and medals from numerous marathons, duathlons and triathlons, including Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon.

New beginnings

Ariel Beasley will receive a new home and a fresh start during Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity’s Women Build event.
Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity (COHFH) will take part in 2019 National Women Build Week, an annual event starting March 2 and coinciding with International Women’s Day.

Valentine's Day: #MeToo continued

Local singles continue to navigate the stresses of dating during the heightened awareness of the #MeToo movement.
In late 2017, after the allegations of sexual abuse surrounding entertainment mogul Harvey Weinstein came to light, actress Alyssa Milano encouraged women on social media to use the hashtag #MeToo to start a conversation about sexual harassment in their own lives.

Ballpark uplift

Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark will look different during April 4’s opening day and with a new manager in the dugout.
Coming off a season in which the Oklahoma City Dodgers were recognized as Baseball America’s Triple A Franchise of the Year and the team won its third division title in four years as an affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, the organization is not resting on its laurels.

Valentine's Day: Modern love

Valentine’s Day spending increases, even as less people participate in traditional forms of the holiday.
Valentine’s Day spending in the United States is projected to grow this year even as fewer people are celebrating the holiday, as the market is fueled by those in the 35-44 age group and people ages 25-34, according to National Retail Federation.

Community cupboard

Local free pantries and community-minded citizens provide food for those who need it.
Those in search of their next meal now have a reliable food supply thanks to the efforts of a concerned citizen actively taking steps toward caring for her community.

Chill science

Science Museum Oklahoma is dialing everything down for a sensory-friendly event for patrons who want a quieter romp through the wonders of the universe.
Walking through Science Museum Oklahoma (SMO) with a child with Asperger’s Syndrome is a different experience, a much more cautious experience.

Rude calls

Street harassment continues to be a pervasive problem for many in 2019, but groups like Stop Street Harassment hope education will foster change.
Imagine being alone somewhere.

Chocolate city

Automobile Alley Association’s Chocolate Decadence fundraiser highlights progress in the district.
Roughly nine years ago, a small crew of artists climbed rickety scaffolding, stood up on their tiptoes and hefted circular saws above their heads to cut down the sagging ceiling of the top floor of the Magnolia Building in Automobile Alley.

Cosmic science

Science Museum Oklahoma hypothesizes that you are not, in fact, too old or too jaded to be amazed at the wonders of the natural world.
Clint Stone is the sort of person who will greet you outside a restroom with a tarantula named Sputnik.

Working women

The Treasury is a new coworking space on Film Row that caters to professional women.
Hannah Schmitt is editor of the local parenting magazine Metro Family.

One Eno

Oklahoma City Philharmonic expands its musical horizons in its latest program.
Freemason symbolism and a spacey soundtrack created by an “ambient god” are included in Oklahoma City Philharmonic’s upcoming concert celebrating artistic freedom.

Design rewind

Robinson’s Repurposed brings a fresh look to vintage furnishings.
Robinson’s Repurposed in Norman bills itself as an “eclectic marketplace.” And certainly, if you step into the shop at 114 S. Porter Ave., you’ll find a mix of refurbished furniture in various styles, numerous knickknacks, local art pieces, rare antiques and more.

Musical magic

New Horizons Ensemble aims to inspire and transform audiences with its contemporary acoustic performances.
Music has the power to inspire, shape careers and take listeners on journeys, as is the case for New Horizons Ensemble, a six-person contemporary acoustic group coming to Oklahoma City Community College (OCCC) Jan. 31.

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