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Beginning in March 2020, general meetings of the OURA will be held in the Oklahoma Redbud Room on the third floor of the Norman Central Library, 103 W.  Acres Street in Norman. Any change of venue will be announced both on this web page and on page 1 of The Banner issue that precedes the meeting affected. Recent and upcoming meeting dates are:

  • Thursday, June 10, 2021, 1:30 P.M. [Held at Norman's 12th Avenue Recreation Center]
  • Thursday, September 9, 2021, 1:30 P.M.
  • Thursday, December 9, 2021, 1:30 P.M.

 

DAY TREKKERS:  Oklahoma City's new First Americans Museum (FAM) is the location for our Fall Adventure, scheduled for 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 24th, six days after the museum's Grand Opening. In one place, visitors can experience the collective histories of 39 distinctive First American nations. The 175,000-sq.ft. museum showcases state-of-the-art exhibits in First American history, culture, and art; live public and educational programs; a family discovery center with immersive family-friendly activities; a full-service restaurant offering unique Native-inspired cuisine; and a museum store featuring authentic one-of-a-kind handmade items and products by premier First American artists. - Admission is $15 per person, but if we have 15 or more in our group, the cost will be only $8 each (paid collectively). FAM is located along the Oklahoma River across from downtown OKC at 659 First Americans Blvd., OKC 73129. If you've not updated your address apps recently, First Americans Blvd. may still be listed as Eastern Avenue. There is a passenger drop-off location in front of the building with limited free parking nearby. We are asked to arrive 15 minutes prior to our scheduled tour time. I am working on getting details for a box lunch at the museum, or we can go elsewhere for lunch following our tour. Once I know who and how many will be attending, I can plan a lunch option for attendees who are interested. - For those who want to carpool, we'll meet in the northside parking lot of Homeland Supermarket at Robinson and I-35 at 9:15 a.m. and caravan up I-35 to the 15th Street exit, turning east and traveling some 1-2 miles to Eastern Avenue, where we will turn north and drive to the museum. - This outing is open to group members, their families and friends, and nonmembers as well. Everyone is welcome. Please let me know by Wednesday, September 22nd, if you will be joining us for all or part of this fun adventure.   -  Grettie Bondy, gbondy@ou.edu, 405-447-8818 (h), 405-537-2642 (c).

OURA BOOK CLUB:  The OURA Book Club continued its in-person meetings on August 17th with a discussion of Marie Benedict's The Other Einstein. On September 21st the group will examine C. Morgan Babst's novel The Floating World and its depiction of destruction and heartbreak in the aftermath of Hurrican Katrina. On October 18th club members' attention will be focused on Jessica Bruder's documentary-style Nomadland (now also an Oscar-winning movie), which follows the recently widowed and newly jobless Fern as she becomes a "nomad survivalist" living out of her van and traveling to wherever she can find work. Lisa Wingate's Before We Were Yours takes center stage on November 16th with its fact-based account of a 1930s Tennessee family whose children were removed by authorities and sold to wealthy couples. The club's 2021 schedule concludes on December 21st with a discussion of Fiona Davis's The Lions of Fifth Avenue and its dual narrative about a 1930s female research journalist and a 1990s descendant who discovers the original story and uncovers a major mystery.  -  All meetings begin at 1:30 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month and take place in one of the small conference rooms on the third floor of the Norman Central Library.  -  Book Club meetings are open to OURA members and non-members alike. For further information about the club, about obtaining the selected books, and about future meeting dates, times, and locales, contact club founder and chairman Peter Vail at 405-364-9307 or at pvail@ou.edu.

 

 

Recent Programs

  • September 2021, Dean of Fine Arts Mary Margaret Holt and Fred Jones Jr Museum of Art audience-development director Lesha Maag, "2021-22 Theatre/Music/Dance Events and Art Exhibits at OU."
  • June 2021, Claire Dowers-Nichols, Executive Director of Healthy Living & Fitness Inc., "Norman's New Senior Wellness Center."
  • March 2021, Meeting canceled due to health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • December 2020, Meeting  canceled due to health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • September 2020, Meeting canceled due to health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • June 2020, Meeting canceled due to health concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic
  • March 2020, Kevin Kloesel, Oklahoma Climatological Survey Director, "Weather-Emergency Preparedness"
  • December 2019, Nicole Van Every, Soprano, "Festive Seasonal & Holiday Music"
  • September 2019, Cody Plunk, Director of Therapy in Motion's Purcell clinic, "Living a Healthy Life,"
  • June 2019, Caroline Dulworth, Associate Director of the Pioneer Library System, "The New Norman Public Library Central"
  • March 2019, Polly Christian, President of the Oklahoma Retired Educators Association, "Advocating for TRS Cost-of-Living Adjustments and Other Retiree Benefits"
  • December 2018, OU's Xenon Quartet [saxophone ensemble], "Festive Holiday Music"
  • September 2018, Jim Miller, "Savvy Senior: Gadgets & Gizmos for Easier Aging"
  • June 2018, KGOU General Manager Dick Pryor, "KGOU Radio and Public Service Media"
  • March 2018, Ken Johnson, "River Cruises in the U.S. and Canada"
  • Dec 2017, OU Soprano Skye Singleton, "Festive Holiday Music"
  • Sept 2017, "Volunteer Opportunities for Norman Seniors and Retirees"
  • June 2017,  April Heiple, "Norman's 'Food & Shelter' Program for the Homeless"
  • March 2017, Terry Floyd and Jud Foster, "The 'Norman Forward' Projects"
  • Dec 2016, OU Student Brass Quintet, "Seasonal Holiday Music"
  • Sept 2016, Charles Kimball, "Islam in the 21st Century: What in the World Is Going On . . . and Why?"
  • June 2016, Angelo Lombardo, "Traffic Planning in Norman: Past, Present, Future"
  • Mar 2016, Climatological Survey Director Kevin Kloesel, "Severe Weather Emergency Preparedness"
  • Dec 2015, OU Student Woodwind Quartet, "Seasonal Holiday Music"
  • Sept 2015, Debra Bemben, "Osteoporosis and Exercise"
  • June 2015, Jay Wilkinson, "Dear Jay, Love Dad," Letters from Bud Wilkinson
  • Mar 2015, KGOU General Manager Karen Holp, "KGOU Radio & Jazz in June"
  • Dec 2014, Jerry Hargis and Allan Ross, Holiday music program "Through the Years to Christmas"
  • Sep 2014, John Lovett, Curator of OU Libraries' Western History Collections, "Photography in Oklahoma: 1870-1940"
  • June 2014, OU Office of Human Resources and Osher Lifelong Learning Institute
  • Mar 2014, Bill Crynes, OU College of Engineering, "Outhouses: A Passing Americana"
  • Dec 2013 Jennifer Baker and Jerry Hargis and Allan Ross performing holiday music
  • Sep 2013 Bob Goins, OU Regional & City Planning, "Norman’s Early and Wartime Formative Years"
  • June 2013 Keith Gaddie, OU Political Science, "Oklahoma’s Forrest Gump Politics"
  • Mar 2013 David Boeck, OU Prof. of Architecture, "Age-Friendly Design"
  • Dec 2012 Lauren Sonder (Sonder Music & Arts) and students with holiday music
  • Sep 2012 David Levy, OU History Prof., "Mark Twain's Life and Work"
  • June 2012 Kate Richey, Oklahoma Policy Institute analyst, "The Affordable Care Act"
  • Mar 2012 Cindy Rosenthal, "Personnel Issues Facing Today's Public Employees"
  • Dec 2011 Prof. Irvin Wagner and OU trombone students performing holiday music
  • Sep 2011 Norman Cooper, Okla. Retired Educators Ass'n Director, "Today's State Politics"
  • June 2011 Julius Hilburn and Nick Kelly, "OU Retiree Health Insurance"
  • Mar 2011 Judith Evans, "Life on Purpose and Coaching Kids and similar life-skill programs"
  • Dec 2010 Allan Ross and Debbie Zizzo performing holiday music
  • Sep 2010 David Fields, OUHSC Prof. of Pediatrics, "Diet/Fitness/Weight/Health in Seniors"
  • June 2010 Alvin Turner, "Changing Images of Oklahoma from 1890 to Today"
  • Mar 2010 Tom Huston Orr, OU Drama Prof., "Combat Choreography and Staging"
  • Dec 2009 OU Student String Quartet performing Yuletide favorites
  • Sep 2009 Steve Lewis, Norman City Manager, "An Update on the Status of the City and Projects Under Consideration for the Upcoming Year"
  • June 2009 Jackie Farley, co-founder and director of WISE Women Inc. and an OU retiree and OURA member, "Lifestyle Management for All and Everyday Assistance for Busy Individuals"
  • Mar 2009 Dr. Robert Dauffenbach, director of the Center for Economic and Management Research in OU’s Price College of Business, "The Oklahoma and U.S. Economies: Present Conditions and Future Prospects"
  • Dec 2008 Dan Davis and Jerry Hargis and the Moss Brothers, "A Western Christmas Music Program"
  • Sep 2008 Jackie Farley, Wise Women Inc., "Travel Hints for Seniors"
  • June 2008 Robert Ferrier and Mary Menges Myers, "Poetry from Oklahoma"
  • Mar 2008 Gordon Greene, "Ethics on Horseback: What I Learned from Hoppy, Gene and Roy"
  • Dec 2007 Dan Davis and Jerry Hargis, Christmas Program CANCELLED DUE TO ICE STORM
  • Sep 2007 David M. Levy, "The Rise and Fall and Rise and fall of Edwin (‘Daddy’) DeBarr"
  • June 2007 John Burns CFP, Burns Advisory Group, "Investments, Trusts, Probate"
  • Mar 2007 T.H. Milby, "Discovering Oklahoma: Four Centuries of Exploration"
  • Dec 2006 Jennifer Heavner Baker and Dan Davis and Jerry Hargis, holiday music program
  • Sep 2006 Julie A. Bayes, Oklahoma Attorney General’s Office, "Identity Theft and Consumer and Internet Fraud"
  • June 2006, Shari Carney portraying Sacagawea and telling the story of the Lewis & Clark Expedition
  • Mar 2006, Dr. Bruce Roe, “Human Genomes”
  • Dec 2005, The Sweet Adelines performing a program of holiday songs
  • Sep 2005, Dr. Rufus Fears, “The Art and Leadership of Winston Churchill”
  • June 2005, Ron Stahl, “Discover Oklahoma!”
  • Mar 2005, Jack Hobson, “OU Campus History and Lore”
  • Dec 2004, OU Faculty Brass Quintet performing holiday music
  • Sep 2004, Jim Miller, “The Savvy Senior”
  • June 2004, Gordon Greene, “Elderhostel: Ways to Spend Your Retirement in Exotic Places at Budget Prices Retirees Can Afford”
  • Mar 2004, Grant Farimond, Information about ongoing programs at Norman Regional from senior aerobics to yoga classes
  • Dec 2003, Dan Davis and Jerry Hargis performing a program of holiday music
  • Sep 2003, Bonnie Dunn and Todd Balcom of Transition House, “Music Therapy with Drums”
  • June 2003, Cleveland County Deputy Sheriff Kim Lucas, “Scams on Seniors” plus free stroke screening
  • Mar 2003, Loretta Hamilton-Geary, telling about her brother, Lt. Hershel Wilson, a B-17 pilot missing in action during WWII and later found to be buried in Belgium