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New Eco-Friendly Restaurant Opens in Norman

Norman has a new eco-friendly restaurant to try out. Local opened earlier this month and is located in the Normandy Creek Shopping Center at NW 24th and Main. Local is a casual dinning restaurant that follows the farm to fork concept.

Local focuses on locally sourced, sustainable and creative American food. They feature a seasonal menu, which includes grass-fed meats and specials created with fresh, local produce.

Local not only has great food but also has retail space which features complete take-away meals, local products, and more. And if that’s not enough they also have a children’s center called “Localville.” Localville is great for families. Local know kids often eat differently and faster than adults so kids can go to Localville to eat, watch movies, read, and play!

“We are busy people,” states owner Melissa Scaramucci.  “Sometimes we want to just pick up something that is fresh and nutritious, so we created a take-away retail space.  Sometimes we wish we could sit down with our friends or husbands without having the expense of a sitter, so we created LOCALVILLE for the kids.  But mostly, we love sustainable, locally sourced, delicious food, which is why we hired Ryan Parrott.  This has been our dream.  And now we’re excited this dream is our reality.”

If you are looking for a new restaurant to try in Norman be sure to head over to Local. You can learn more about Local on their website, Twitter, Facebook,  and YouTube.


About the Author

Lisa Sharp is passionate about green living, organic food, animals, and natural medicine. She is an environmental activist, green living expert, and freelance writer. In addition to being the founder and editor of Green Oklahoma, Lisa has a green living blog, Retro Housewife Goes Green. You can follow Lisa on twitter @Retrohousewife5 and Facebook.




Eco-friendly Products at your Door

We all know the actress Jessica Alba, but you may be unaware of her latest efforts regarding all things green. She is a spokes person for Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families. And she has now partnered with Christopher Gavigan and together they have launched a new company, The Honest Company.

It is a company based on giving our children and our families the products that are safest, natural and healthy. I know for myself that this is a big concern, that is why I won’t use a lot of conventional products such as standard disposable diapers. Cloth diapering is a great way to be eco-friendly and avoid harsh chemicals along with being economical. For some, the idea of cloth makes them a little squeamish, but the natural and biodegradable diapers on the market are very expensive.

The Honest Company has kept this in mind when making all of their products. They have everything from diapers, baby wipes, soaps/shampoos, laundry detergent and even dish detergent that are all eco-friendly and at lower costs than many other similar products. They offer a free months trial of their products to first time customers so it is a great way to test out their products first hand!

About the Author


Deanna Layman is a stay at home mom, blogger and passionate about “going green.” After the birth of her son she realized just how much we are exposed to chemicals. She decided to begin her journey of going green. She is passionate about it and love to share all the new adventures she is experiencing. She also started a site for moms, Raisinginspiration.com, a place for moms to go and be encouraged, inspired and to create community.


Holiday Happenings at the OKC Zoo

The Oklahoma City Zoo (OKC Zoo) has many great holiday events going on this month. The OKC Zoo is a wonderful place for some family fun this winter and it just got even better, every Monday in December, January, and February admission to the Zoo is free! This is a great way to take advantage of all of the mild winter days we have been having.

On Saturday, December 10th from 9 to 11:30 a.m., you can take advantage of another great event at the Zoo, the Wreath Making Class. You will learn to create a holiday wreath using plants grown on Zoo grounds. This event is for ages 16 and up and the cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members. You do need to enroll for this event.

If you are looking for something to do with younger kids be sure to go to the Zoo on Monday, December 12 from 11 a.m. to noon. Santa will be stopping by to deliver holiday goodies to his animal friends. Guest will also be able to enjoy hot chocolate and doughnuts, while supplies last. This activity is free and doesn’t require a reservation.

On December 21st from 9 a.m. to noon kids ages 6-12 yeas can come to the Zoo to make tasty presents for their pets and shelter animals. The cost is $20 for members and $25 for non-members and you need to enroll. For more information or to enroll for this class and/or the wreath making class, call (405) 425-0218 or visit www.okczooed.com.

Another great thing going on at the Zoo right now is the Wild Wish Tree. With the Wild Wish Tree you can help your favorite animal friends at the zoo. At the ZooFriends office there is a tree decorated with ornaments bearing descriptions of the items the Zoo residents need. There is a wide range for price, they start at just under $1. Some of the items include:

  • Paper lunch sacks for raccoons and Children’s Zoo animals ($3 at area stores, multiple bags needed.)
  • Un-popped popcorn for birds and primates ($2 at grocery stores, unlimited quantities needed)
  • Perfume or cologne for cats, giraffes, primates, zebra, bears and okapi ($5 at grocery and drug stores,unlimited quantities)
  • Puppy pools for raptors ($10 at pet stores)
  • Litter boxes for owls ($5 at area stores, 3 needed)
  • Specialty toys like boomer balls for elephants, rhinos, pygmy hippos, and golden lion tamarins (range from $7 to $365 at www.boomerball.com)
  • Gift cards for every department from stores like Home Depot, Lowes, WalMart, Target and Petsmart in any denomination (unlimited quantities).

The complete list can be found by clicking here. The presents may be dropped off during regular business hours, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Donations will be accepted through December 31st, 2011. For more information call (405) 425-0262.

If you are looking for gifts for your human friends and family be sure to check out the Zoo’s Safari Gift Shop, which even includes some great eco-friendly gifts. ZooFriends will get a 25% discount (on non-sale items) at the Zoo’s Safari Gift Shop from December 1st through 31st.

Another eco-friendly gift is a ZooFriends membership. ZooFriends receive:

  • Unlimited Zoo admission for one year
  • Discounted membership to nationwide zoos
  • Members ONLY entrance
  • Quarterly members-only newsletter, ZooSounds
  • 10% discount at Zoo gift shop and concessions
  • 10% discount on Zoo Education classes
  • 25% discount to Zoo Buddy Shop
  • Exclusive ZooFriends “Capture the Wild” calendar
  • Invitations to Family Fun Night and special events

Renew before January will receive $5 off any gift, new or renewal membership purchased now through December 31st. (Excludes minor and adult membership levels).

For more news and events from the Oklahoma City Zoo be sure to visit their website www.okczoo.com.


About the Author


Lisa Sharp is passionate about green living, organic food, animals, and natural medicine. She is an environmental activist, green living expert, and consultant. In addition to being the founder and editor of Green Oklahoma, Lisa has a green living blog, Retro Housewife Goes Green. You can follow Lisa on twitter @Retrohousewife5 and Facebook.