Book Buddies

 Article Heide Brandes | Photography Cindy Ritchie  Can a dog help a child become a better reader? As odd as it sounds, a study at the University of California showed that reading aloud to a canine listener not only improves a child's reading skills by as much as 12 percent in 10 weeks but also creates confidence in speaking aloud.  The Oklahoma…

New Technology Makes Homes Safer for Kids, Pets

 Article Heide Brandes  Imagine knowing exactly when your child comes home from school. Imagine the ability to remotely control how many hours of television that child can watch when you're not home or what websites they can access.  Imagine knowing exactly when a door opens in the home and being able to see who is entering. For many families, having…

What’s New at OKC Zoo?

 Article Heide Brandes  This summer, children of all ages can find new and recently renovated experiences and adventures at the Oklahoma City Zoo. From playgrounds to new “sensory-inclusive” areas, the OKC Zoo is expanding its offerings to children of all needs, abilities and ages.  First and foremost, the Children’s Zoo, which opened in 2010, includes 2.5 acres of interactive features…

Five Favorite Things

 Article Heide Brandes | Photography Cindy Ritchie  Oklahoma City native Dustin Chilcoat loves anything to do with sports and water, and in his hometown, he finds plenty of places to indulge those passions.  The 32-year-old married his high school sweetheart and was involved in sports like baseball, cross country, volleyball and more. A graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University, Dustin loves being outdoors and traveling to new…

Tennis for Kids

 Article Heide Brandes  Tucked away at Will Rogers Park in Oklahoma City, youth of all ages are learning the game of tennis at one of the nation's premier facilities.  The OKC Tennis Center is the largest tennis center in the 10-state region and won Outstanding Tennis Facility of the Year in 2016. Built in 1969, the OKC Tennis Center boasts 24…

People’s Bank of Edmond

 Article Heide Brandes | Photography Cindy Ritchie  Tips to Help Children Start Saving  When it comes to savings or teaching kids how to save, sometimes the less you think about it the better.

Celebrating Family

When you think of family, what comes to mind? Maybe it’s the people you share your mornings with: the husband or wife who makes you breakfast, the toddler who wakes you up before sunrise or the drooling pup in the kitchen just itching for a full dish of food. Maybe it’s the people you share … Continued

August 2018 Around Town

City Breaks Ground on New Convention Center Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt and other civic leaders broke ground on the new MAPS 3 Convention Center June 15 as part of the Core to Shore renaissance in downtown Oklahoma City. The convention center will draw events that bring attendees from around the region and world, boosting Oklahoma … Continued

The Meadows Center for Opportunity Inaugural Golf Outing

The Meadows Center for Opportunity in Edmond recently hosted its inaugural Golf Outing. The Meadows is a nonprofit organization where the majority of its workforce is developmentally challenged individuals. In spite of some early morning rain, the sun came out, and it was a great day for those who participated!