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Read instrument

She founded the Oklahoma City Metro Literacy Coalition, which helps adults and children alike improve their reading skills. Its participants vary wildly in age. “I had a 69-year-old grandma call me last week, looking for help on statistics,” Surbeck said. She said the coalition’s purpose is getting people aid they need through their database of

Golfing for good

Toby Keith will celebrate the 10th annual Toby Keith & Friends Golf Classic tournament this weekend. Proceeds go toward construction of OK Kid’s Korral, a cost-free home for pediatric cancer patients and their families. In 2003, Scott Webb, one of Keith’s original band members, lost his 2-year-old daughter to cancer. Keith, after seeing the toll

From runway to OK!

While OFW is still on a smaller scale than New York, Paris or London fashion weeks, this year’s gathering was bigger and included more events than ever before. In fact, it marked the first in which designers came in from cities such as Los Angeles, New York, Dallas and Chicago. The opportunity for Oklahomans to

Sustainable learning

They do not lack for ambition, aiming to transform SixTwelve an oasis for creativity and sustainability. “Our areas of focus will be art, music, film, cooking, gardening and sustainable living practices,” said Young. “We’ll have a preschool during the day, after-school programs for kids and classes for adults.”                         She and Varnum said they have

Cinemix

While it’s more fun to watch a movie with other people than by yourself, heavier cinematic fare doesn’t always work so well in a group where most of the viewers are more blockbuster-minded. What’s a serious film buff to do? This dilemma prompted Alex Palmer to create the OKC Film Club, which holds its second

Let it ride

Tracy Senat Credit: Mark Hancock In 2002, she lost her sight and forfeited her driving privileges. Since then, she’s been relying on mass transit and other social service agencies for transportation. But each of them has limitations, which means Webster and others in her situation can’t get up and go at a moment’s notice. “It’s

TEEM player

Kris Steele at a TEEM graduation Credit: Mark Hancock Since November, he has led The Education and Employment Ministry (TEEM) as its executive director. Founded in 1987, the Oklahoma City-based nonprofit began as a support center for men battling substance abuse, but now focuses on providing free education and job placement services to men and

Love and marriage

Moliere Bridal Am I married? No. But ask me how many times I’ve been a bridesmaid. The answer is 13. I don’t mind, because I find weddings to be generally exciting celebrations of love. In my experience, a happy bride makes all the difference. If she can’t check things off the seemingly endless list of

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