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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Memorial Day in OKC

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As we’ve written about in the past, Oklahoma City has deep ties to our armed forces. With Memorial Day approaching, we thought it would be a good time to revisit those connections and look at ways you can celebrate and honor those who have fallen in service to our country.

Of course it all starts with Tinker Air Force Base, one of the largest Air Forces bases in the country. Tinker employs more than 26,000 and is our state’s largest single site employer. The base houses the Air Force Sustainment Center which is the focal point for all the Air Force’s weapon systems, providing crucial support in defending our country. You can read more about Tinker AFB in our past post.

Our city and state have also had the honor of having a battleship and a submarine named after us. Most famously the USS Oklahoma, which fought in the attack on Pearl Harbor. Tragically, 429 crewman were killed in the attack as the ship was sunk. The anchor of the ship is located in Campbell Park, just north of Downtown Oklahoma City. Read more about the USS Oklahoma here.

There has also been a submarine and light cruiser christened the USS Oklahoma City. The submarine is currently active and has been used to fight the War on Terror and illegal drug shipments. The light cruiser fought in both WWII and Vietnam and has accumulated more than 13 battle stars. You can read more about those ships here.  

military, Tinker, holiday
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Thunderbirds

45th Infantry Museum

One of the best ways to celebrate Memorial Day is to visit the 45th Infantry Museum. Located in the Adventure District, the museum is dedicated to telling the story of the 45th Infantry Division.

The 45th Infantry Division (nicknamed the Thunderbirds) was organized in 1923 under the National Defense Act of 1920. The guardsman saw no major action until 1941, when they were one of the first National Guard units activated for World War II. During the war, the 45th participated in four amphibious landings and fought their way across Sicily, Italy, France and Germany.

During the Sicily campaign, the unit served with General George S. Patton. The renowned general had high praise for the 45th, saying, “Your division is one of the best, if not best division in the history of American arms.” The division led the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp in Germany and the museum includes artifacts from this historic event.

The 45th was activated a second time in June of 1950 for the Korean War. The unit was one of only two National Guard divisions to see combat in the Korean War.

The 45th Infantry Division’s contribution to America is distinguished, as nine men were awarded Medals of Honor and the division sustained more than 25,000 battle casualties.

The museum is a must-visit for anyone with an interest in military history, and features a 15-acre park that holds more than 60 different types of combat vehicles. The museum is so dedicated to telling the story of the 45th that admission is free, although donations are appreciated.

Each Memorial Day the museum holds a special ceremony that begins at 10 a.m.

holiday, military, museums, Adventure District
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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The Paseo Arts Festival turns 40

Paseo Arts District

The Paseo Arts Festival is a great excuse to discover (or hopefully rediscover) the fantastic Paseo Arts District. For 40 years the annual festival has brought food, fun, music and yes art to the district’s streets, drawing more than 60,000 visitors.

This year’s festival will take place May 28 through May 30 and feature more than 80 visual artists. Stroll through the booths and check out the art on your way to two different stages showcasing Oklahoma entertainers and musicians. And bring the kids for some hands-on fun in the children’s area (at no cost).

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: May 24 - May 30, 2016

Paseo Arts District

Tuesday, May 24
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Real Monarchs SLC vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 6 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.
Floggy Molly; 7:30 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; 677-9169; Ticket prices vary.
Bullets over Broadway The Musical; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 8 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 208-4667; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, May 25
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Brining Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Tech N9ne; 7:30 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; 677-9169; Ticket prices vary.
Bullets over Broadway The Musical; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, May 26
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Deftones; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; 1-800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, May 27
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Eats on 8th; 6 p.m.; Midtown; 234-7960; Event is free.
Bullets over Broadway The Musical; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, May 28
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Paseo Arts Festival; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; 525-2688; Event is free.
Bullets over Broadway The Musical; 2 & 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, May 29
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Paseo Arts Festival; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; 525-2688; Event is free.
Bullets over Broadway The Musical; 2 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, May 30
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Paseo Arts Festival; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; 525-2688; Event is free.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Shop till you drop in OKC

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The last few years have had us buzzing about all the new retailers who are making their way to OKC. And there seems to no signs of a slowdown in our future. We don’t know about you, but one of the things we love about OKC is the absolute perfect mix of national retailers and eclectic locally-owned boutiques.

Following the successful openings of H&M in Quail Springs Mall (which we hear was the largest opening in the Midwest by the way) to Cabela’s, TopGolf and iFly, we can’t wait to see what the future holds for our city.

One booming area might be something to hang your hat on in some cities, but not in OKC. Call us overachievers, but we revel in the fact that each and every area of our city is thriving with new developments. From the ever-growing list of tenants at the Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City and Westgate Marketplace to the continued success and vibrancy at Penn Square Mall, most retailers agree that OKC is where they want to be. We can’t wait to see what the future holds as The Market at Czech Hall near Yukon opens this year with a slate of top-notch tenants.

We would be amiss not to give kudos to the different districts in the heart of OKC. Each district has its own flair and showcases fun and funky boutiques as well as world-class restaurants. Get more information on each of our district here.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Resources for retailers

For Sale Sign

What makes OKC a prime place for retailers? It could be that we continue to have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the entire country for major metropolitan areas. Or it could be our low cost of living which for us at Better Life headquarters simply means more money for shopping. One thing is for certain, retailers love OKC and we, of course, love the steady stream of new shopping and dining options.

Has all this talk about retail success made you wonder about maybe opening up your own shop and trying your hand? You might be surprised to learn that the graduate entrepreneurship programs at both University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University ranked in the top 25 recently by the Princeton Review. So you can get the skills you need to succeed right here at home.

If you are ready to try your hand at the fast-paced life of a retailer, you’re in luck: okcretail.com is a website dedicated to helping the world know about how easy it is to find retail success in OKC. Scout for locations, pull demographic reports, find out about permitting and even peruse property listings from the literally anywhere. You can also hear success stories from others who are proud to have a retail presence in OKC.

entrepreneur, retail, college
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Planting the seeds for growth

Recon Booth

In OKC, we mean business – literally. The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, the city of Oklahoma City and a number of the other community partners are always looking for new ways to attract new businesses to our community. It is with this goal in mind that a group from OKC is heading west to Las Vegas next week for the International Council of Shopping Centers RECon conference. We’ll have an opportunity to tell more than 36,000 retailers, business owners and developers how great OKC is in a mere three days.   

Why is bringing new retail to OKC important? In short, retail is what makes our city go. Sales taxes in Oklahoma City fund the city’s core services and day-to-day operations. That’s important stuff like police, fire, street maintenance, the Zoo, parks, etc. While property taxes can be used to fund voter-approved bond issues for specific capital projects, Oklahoma law actually prohibits cities from levying property taxes for services. So shop till you drop – not only will enjoy finding great deals on fabulous items, but you’ll be helping keep our city great.

retail, shopping, business
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: May 17 - May 23, 2016

OKC Arena

Tuesday, May 17
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Las Vegas 51s vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Dave Matthews Band; 8 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 208-4667; Ticket prices vary.
Gregg Allman; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; 1-800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, May 18
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Brining Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Ellie Goulding; Gates open at 5:30 p.m.; Zoo Amphitheatre; 602-0683; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, May 19
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Salt Lake City Bees vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, May 20
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Salt Lake City Bees vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, May 21
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
The Exchange on Film Row; 6 p.m.; Film Row, Sheridan Avenue in Downtown; Free to attend.
The Beach Boys; 7 p.m.; Oklahoma Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Salt Lake City Bees vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Randy Rogers Band; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; 1-800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, May 22
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Salt Lake City Bees vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 1:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 208-4667; Ticket prices vary.
Fort Lauderdale Strikers vs. Rayo OKC; 7 p.m.; Miller Stadium; 232-7223; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, May 23
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Las Vegas 51s vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Bullets over Broadway The Musical; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

All Points South

We often brag about Oklahoma City’s ideal location at two of the nation’s major arteries, Interstates 35 and 40. Sure, our equidistance between both coasts makes us a great location for business, but it also has benefits for residents, too. A quick drive south on I-35 offers plenty of sites to see and towns to enjoy. Get to know your state as you explore these southern points!

Norman
With its close ties to the University of Oklahoma, this town is a quick escape from Oklahoma City with attractions for every age. You would be remiss if you missed Norman’s museums and educational attractions, including the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Read some of our past coverage on Norman attractions here.

Pauls Valley
Pauls Valley is home to The Toy and Action Figure Museum, one of Time Magazine’s “Top 50 Most Authentic American Experiences” and a must-see museum for the kid at heart. The Toy and Action Figure Museum houses more than 13,000 classic pop culture figures, and it’s also home to the Oklahoma Cartoonists Collection, which features Oklahoma cartoonists like Chester Gould (of Dick Tracy) and Jack and Carole Bender (from Alley Oop).

Sulphur and Davis
Just east of I-35, the towns of Sulphur and Davis are in the heart of the Chickasaw Nation and are an easy distance to the Chickasaw National Recreation Area and the Lake of the Arbuckles. The Chickasaw National Recreation Area is Oklahoma’s oldest national park and offers campsites and opportunities for biking, boating, water sports and hiking, to name a few. Nearby is the Chickasaw Cultural Center, The Artesian Hotel, Casino and Spa, the ARTesian Gallery and Studios, and Bedré Fine Chocolate Factory.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Hit the rails

If you are looking to travel in the tradition of a bygone era (or just want to avoid gridlock and road rage), then Oklahoma City’s Heartland Flyer may be your ideal way to travel. Leaving from the Santa Fe Station at 8:25 a.m., the Heartland Flyer makes a daily round trip to the Amtrak station in Ft. Worth and back to OKC. From Ft. Worth, connections are available to Dallas, Chicago or San Antonio via the Texas Eagle.

The Heartland Flyer, which is usually made up of two Superliner Coaches and a Superliner II Coach/Café Car, comes wired for electricity with outlets dispersed throughout the train. With more leg room than most automobiles, you can stretch out and enjoy the scenic view of southern Oklahoma during your trip. The train is also part of the National Park Service’s Trails & Rails program, an innovative partnership that highlights the natural and cultural heritage of the land along the train’s path. Between May and October, a National Park Service guide from the Chickasaw National Recreation Area will provide on board narratives about the history of southern Oklahoma.

In addition to taking you south of the Red River, the Heartland Flyer makes stops in Norman, Purcell, Pauls Valley and Ardmore, giving you the option of taking in the history and attractions of other Oklahoma towns before catching the return train to Oklahoma City.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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On the road to adventure

Adventure Road Logo

All this talk about travel got you itching for a road trip, but you don’t know where to start? Lucky for you, Adventure Road has trip resources along Interstate 35, with information on more than 200 stops along the way (including several right here in OKC!).

Check out their website for trips centered around subjects, like foodie adventures or girls’ getaways, and for deals on destinations near year. You can even save destinations and itineraries for the future, so you will be prepared no matter when or where wanderlust hits you. 

day-trip, food, attractions
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: May 10 - May 16, 2016

Tuesday, May 10
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.

Wednesday, May 11
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Brining Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Admission is free.
An Evening with Sturgill Simpson; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; 1-800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, May 12
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
New Orleans Zephyers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, May 13
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Bedlam Baseball; 6:30 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
LIVE! on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; 367-9403; Free
Disclosure; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; 1-800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, May 14
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Las Vegas 51s vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Luke Bryan: 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 208-4667; Ticket prices vary.
A Philharmonic Gala; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, May 15
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Las Vegas 51s vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 2:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
St. Louis FC vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 6 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, May 16
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Las Vegas 51s vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Myriads more than just the bare necessities at MBG

Myriad Gardens and the Moon

If you’re a long-time reader of our little blog here (and a heartfelt “thank you” to those of you who are!), you probably think we’re penning passages about the Myriad Botanical Gardens in our sleep because we mention it so much—or maybe if you’re a conspiracy theorist and/or rabblerousing crank, that they’re paying us in tulip bulbs like it’s 17th-century The Netherlands up in here. In either case, you’d be wrong—we write about it simply because they have a lot of great activities and it’s so lovely! Wherever we wander and wherever we roam in the MBG, we couldn’t be fonder of it, TBH. This month is no exception, as “The Jungle Book” takes over the Children’s Garden from May 6-22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. To take a glance at the fancy ants or for more information: http://oklahomacitybotanicalgardens.com/the-jungle-book-takes-over-the-childrens-garden-in-may/

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Martin Park recreation

Man Hiking at Martin Park Nature Center

As the great Ron Swanson once said, “I think it’s pointless for a human to paint scenes of nature when they can go outside and stand in it.” While we actually think painting landscapes and other scenes of the great outdoors is a noble pursuit, nature is indeed readily available at Martin Park Nature Center. Now that we’re into the warmer months, summer hours are in effect which means even more time on Thursday-Saturday to satisfy those occasional stand-in-nature cravings we all get. We’ve written about Martin Park Nature Center a bunch, so enjoy these blasts-from-the-pasts as you get to know Martin Park and its 144 acres of accessible wildlife. After all, you should “never half-ass two things; whole-ass one thing”–in this case, learning about Martin Park Nature Center.

Park It at Martin Park Nature Center
You’ll want to give up your neighbor’s open wi-fi connection for this, nature fiend. More>>

Visiting Martin Park Nature Center
For hiking, nature and wildlife, visit Martin Park Nature Center at 5000 W Memorial Road, an oasis of calm by the busy John Kilpatrick Turnpike. More>>

Hang out with Mother Nature
You've felt that, right? That cool air in the morning? The pleasantly just warm afternoons? Fall is on the way, and this weather makes us want to be outside ALL THE TIME. Since you probably feel the More>>

Back to Nature
You don't need to travel far to get in touch with nature's glory. Martin Park Nature Center & Trail is one of Oklahoma City's greatest treasures, a crossroads of wildlife, recreation and More>>

Nurturing your Nature Side
Nestled on 144 acres on Oklahoma City’s northwest side, Martin Park Nature Center is what we like to call a “hidden gem.” Yes, we’ve talked about it on here before, but we More>>

Stroll along, stroll along like we know you do
Last week we told you about some great ways to get in some two-wheeled action around town, but maybe you prefer to stay grounded on your own two feet. Not to worry. We’ve got some great ideas More>>

Spring has Sprung
Spring is upon us, fellow OKC’ers. The birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, sometimes there’s a torrential downpour. We know that you’re itching to put away those winter coats More>>

10 Ways to Do OKC for Free
We know that sometimes your pocketbook gets a little on the empty side. Not to worry. There are plenty of activities in Greater Oklahoma City that are full of free fun! Mat Hoffman Action Sports More>>

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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70 acres of green, blue and you

MAPS 3 Central Park

One of the MAPS 3 projects we’re most excited about is the new downtown public park. Situated just south of the Chesapeake Energy Arena and going all the way to the river, the MAPS 3 park will give us 70 total acres of green space right in the middle of our community.

The master plan has been approved by the City Council, and designs are being fine-tuned. Current plans call for a lake, a café, nature walks, sports facilities and more.

The 40-acre north section is scheduled to be complete in 2018, with the 30-acre south portion ready in 2021. And if you’ve been wondering how you’ll get across I-40 to access both sides, that’s what the Skydance Pedestrian Bridge is for!

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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A warm welcome

As a loyal TBL reader, you know we’re all about making new residents feel at home. Our yearly print publication, the Welcome Guide, has just been released. Between that, this blog, our website, VeloCity e-magazine and greaterokc.tv, that’s enough OKC newcomer info to choke even the most voracious blue whale (if information were krill, but you know what we mean). Be sure to check it out online or order a printed copy if you just like the feel of paper between your fingers, and don’t forget to share with friends who are new to the area or who may be thinking about their next move.

 

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: May 3 - May 9, 2016

MAPS Whitewater Rapids

Tuesday, May 3
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
New Orleans Zephyers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Joe Bonamassa; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, May 4
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Brining Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Admission is free.
New Orleans Zephyers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 11:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, May 5
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
New Orleans Zephyers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, May 6
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Paseo Arts District First Friday Gallery Walk; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; Event is free.
WWE NXT; 7:30 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 8:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 208-4667; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, May 7
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
RIVERSPORT Rapids/Road to Rio; All Day; Boathouse District; Event is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Greg Proops; 6:30 p.m.; ACM@UCO Performance Lab; Tickets are $17 in advance and $22 at the door.
Gardens Walking Tour; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.

Sunday, May 8
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
RIVERSPORT Rapids/Road to Rio; All Day; Boathouse District; Event is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 208-4667; Ticket prices vary.
Harry Connick Jr. ; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, May 9
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
New Orleans Zephyers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A hometown adventure

Oklahoma History Center

Today, we know Oklahoma City as a thriving, vibrant city full of fun things to do, great places to shop and world-class restaurants. You might be surprised that our city has a storied history. Born at the sound of a gunshot, Oklahoma City was settled by a historic land run involving 10,000 homesteaders on April 22, 1889. By 1900, the population had more than doubled and on November 16, 1907, Oklahoma became the 46th state.

A fun fact for all you history buffs – Oklahoma City was not always the capitol of Oklahoma; nearby Guthrie takes the distinction of being the first. On June 11, 1910, voters decided to move the capitol from Guthrie to Oklahoma City. In fact, the Secretary of State brought the state seal by order of Gov. Haskell to the Huckins Hotel, making the hotel the State Capitol of Oklahoma. Despite the hotel being demolished in 1971, its colorful history lives on. You can read a full account of the state capitol move here. The current Oklahoma State Capitol was built in 1919 at N.E. 23rd Street and Lincoln Boulevard.

These are just a few of the fun facts that you can discover on a self-guided tour of the Oklahoma History Center. Why not check it out and find out about the state’s history for yourself?

Located just northeast of downtown near the Oklahoma State Capitol, the Oklahoma History Center is a great place to explore. Check out the Smithsonian-quality exhibits and more than 2,000 artifacts which reflect the inspiring and adventurous spirit of our state. More information on museum hours and admission prices is available here.

The Oklahoma Museum of History is a division of the Oklahoma Historical Society, the keeper of the state’s history. That website is filled to the brim with information that could fill out any school history report or satisfy your curiosity about all things history Oklahoma. Explore photographs, news accounts, oral histories, records and more. It’s definitely our go-to resource for all history questions.

While you’re here, don’t miss the Red River Journey -- a walking tour of the Red River Valley.  In addition to land forms, vegetation and important historical locations, the grounds also include an outdoor oilfield exhibit complete with drilling derricks, a portable derrick and machinery associated with Oklahoma oil explorations.

And an extra fun fact – The street where the Oklahoma History Center is located is named after another well-known and respected immigrant, Dr. Nazih Zuhdi, who was born in Beirut, Lebanon, and performed Oklahoma’s first heart transplant and was a pioneer surgeon in many other ways. Read more about him here and here.

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A moment in time

Landrun Wagon Statue

Have you ever wondered what the earliest moments of our city looked like? A stunning visual representation of the first moments can be seen at the Centennial Land Run Monument, near the south end of the Bricktown Canal. Two cast bronze statues have been added recently to the larger-than-life exhibit, bringing the total to 36 pieces of public art.

The monument begins with a soldier and a cannon, firing the shot to start the run. Twenty-four horses and riders are commemorated.  Vehicles used in the race including a buckboard, two covered wagons and a buggy also take center stage. When completed, this piece of art will contain 45 sculptures and will be one of the largest freestanding bronze sculptures in the world, spanning more than the length of a football field.

Next time you are in Bricktown, be sure to check it out. It’s a great way to get a small glimpse of our exciting history.

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The sweet sound of music

Live Music

If learning about Oklahoma history teaches us anything, it’s that we are certainly an adventurous group. So it’s probably no surprise that numerous Oklahomans have tried their hand in a variety of fields including expanding their musical prowess. In fact, some of today’s chart-topping songs were written by Oklahomans.

Check out some amazing talents of local and national songwriters and get your creative juices flowing during the Oklahoma Songwriters Festival in downtown OKC April 28-30.

Hob nob with accomplished songwriters from Nashville, Los Angeles and Oklahoma (as well and music executives and industry leaders) during free daytime workshops. Hear from the pros on topics such as Music Biz 101 and how to write a hit song. Sign up here.

Don’t miss the songwriter showcases held in the evenings during the festival. Thursday’s showcase will feature local favorites including Kierston White, Michael Fracasso and Beau Jennings. Saturday’s session will give attendees an opportunity to witness some of today’s hottest songwriters in "writer in the round" style performances. Seriously, these guys have worked with everyone from Ozzy Osbourne and Aerosmith to Carrie Underwood and Toby Keith and every genre in between. Regardless of your musical preference, we guarantee that you have jammed along to their magnificent work. Purchase tickets for the evening events here.

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Things to Do & See: April 26 - May 2, 2016

Food trucks

Tuesday, April 26
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Deuce Days/Jazz Night; 7 to 10 p.m.; Deep Deuce; Event is free.

Wednesday, April 27
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Brining Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Admission is free.
My Morning Jacket; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; 1-800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, April 28
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Oklahoma Songwriting Festival; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Various locations; Ticket prices vary.
Tony Bennett; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, April 29
Norman Music Festival; All day; Downtown Norman; This event is free.
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Oklahoma Songwriting Festival; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Various locations; Ticket prices vary.
Food Truck Play; 6 to 11 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 535-7532; Admission is free.
Blue Man Group; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, April 30
Norman Music Festival; All day; Downtown Norman; This event is free.
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
oNE OKC; All day; Miller Stadium; Event is free.
Oklahoma Songwriting Festival; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Various locations; Ticket prices vary.
Gardens Walking Tour; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Blue Man Group; 2 & 8 p.m.; Oklahoma Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Indy Eleven vs. Rayo OKC; 7 p.m.; Miller Stadium; 232-7223; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, May 1
Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon; All day; Downtown OKC.
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.

Monday, May 2
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
New Orleans Zephyers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Coming together

Oklahoma City Memorial

21 years ago today, our community was forever changed and an unbreakable bond was forged among all Oklahomans. On that April day, 168 Oklahomans died when the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was bombed, in what was then the worst terrorist act on American soil.  Hundreds more were wounded and more than 12,000 volunteers and rescue workers participated in rescue efforts, recovery and support.

Out of that act, the grief and the many acts of kindness from around the world that followed the bombing came the Oklahoma City National Memorial. The Outdoor Symbolic Memorial is a beautiful and serene park that rests between two gates etched with the minute before – 9:01 a.m. – and the minute after the attack – 9:03 a.m. In between the golden-hued gates are representations of what happened at 9:02, the minute the bomb went off – 168 chairs with each victims’ name, a reflecting pool and the Survivor Tree, an American elm that miraculously survived the blast and is still growing strong.

While you’re visiting, don’t miss the chance to tour the Memorial Museum. If you haven’t ever experienced the museum, or it’s been a while since you have, we can promise it’s something you won’t soon forget. Renovated with new interactive exhibits just last year, including  ‘Investigation and Justice, survivor experiences and “Gallery of Honor” provide visitors a true sense of the magnitude of that fateful day and the search for justice that followed.  

There’s even an app containing video and audio tours for the Outdoor Symbolic Memorial and Memorial Museum. Search OKCNM in the Apple App Store and in Google Play. Tickets for the museum are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors, military personnel and students ages 6-17; and free for children ages 5 and younger.

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A Run to Remember

Memorial Marathon sign

We run to remember the victims of April 19, 1995.
We run to honor the survivors and first responders.
We run to never forget.
And we run to ensure the future of the
Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum.

Each year since 2001, thousands of runners have gathered in downtown Oklahoma City to take part in the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon. The “Run to Remember” which begins and ends near the OKC National Memorial has grown since its’ inception, now drawing more than 25,000 runners from across the U.S. as well as Japan, China, Germany and the UK. The event has even been labeled "12 Must Run Marathons" by Runner's World magazine.

From the 168 seconds of silence before the race begins to the green banners carefully hung throughout the course which pays tribute to the victims, the race is certainly not one to miss. It is a reminder of the hope, perseverance and pride in our community that grows stronger each day.

Get involved with the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon on April 24, whether you want to support a runner, volunteer or run races of several different lengths – a full or half marathon, a relay, a 5k and even a kids marathon completed with a 1.2-mile kids’ fun run as part of the day’s festivities. The full marathon is a Boston-qualifying, USA Track and Field (USATF)-sanctioned event.

Register to runSign up to donate or form a team to raise money for the Memorial’s mission. A separate web page is for those who want to volunteer. Don’t miss the Health & Fitness Expo at the Cox Convention Center where you can pick up your race gear and other awesome swag!

If you would like to cheer on the runners, some of our favorite places include:

  • Starting line
  • Bricktown
  • State Capitol Complex
  • Edgemere Park
  • Crown Heights
  • Nichols Hills
  • Classen Boulevard
  • Finish line

The Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum is the sole beneficiary of Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon event proceeds. This is the Memorial’s largest fundraiser. To learn more about the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, click here.

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oNE OKC

oNE OKC

The sense of community pride and working together for the greater good is in our DNA. It’s what us Oklahoma Citians do. A group of young community leaders are helping organize the first oNE OKC – a community block party – to showcase the northeastern part of Oklahoma City at Douglas High School’s Miller Stadium on April 30.

Plan to hear live music and enjoy the food truck park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Participate in a community mural and enjoy pop up shops and fun activities for the entire family.

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Things to Do & See: April 19 - April 25, 2016

Festival of the Arts

Tuesday, April 19
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Festival of the Arts; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Bicentennial Park; 270-4848; Event is free.
Deuce Days/Jazz Night; 7 to 10 p.m.; Deep Deuce; Event is free.
Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, April 20
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Brining Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Festival of the Arts; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Bicentennial Park; 270-4848; Event is free.
Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, April 21
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Festival of the Arts; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Bicentennial Park; 270-4848; Event is free.
Shop Hop; 6 p.m.; Automobile Alley; Free.
Norman Music Festival; 6 p.m.; Downtown Norman; This event is free.
Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, April 22
Norman Music Festival; All day; Downtown Norman; This event is free.
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Festival of the Arts; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Bicentennial Park; 270-4848; Event is free.
Miami FC vs. Rayo OKC; 7 p.m.; Miller Stadium; 232-7223; Ticket prices vary.
Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
The Struts; 7:30 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; 677-9169; Tickets are $15.

Saturday, April 23
Norman Music Festival; All day; Downtown Norman; This event is free.
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Festival of the Arts; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Bicentennial Park; 270-4848; Event is free.
Swope Park Rangers vs. OKC Energy FC; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.
The Great Divide; 9:30 p.m.; Wormy Dog Saloon; 601-6276; Tickets are $15.

Sunday, April 24
Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon; All day; Downtown OKC.
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Festival of the Arts; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Bicentennial Park; 270-4848; Event is free.

Monday, April 25
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Nashville Sounds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

OKC’s Rite of Spring

Festival of the Arts

From discovering new artists to experiencing global flavors, Arts Council of Oklahoma City’s Festival of the Arts has been Oklahoma City’s rite of spring for 50 years. And the 50th annual Festival of the Arts, April 19-24, promises to continue this rich tradition in its new location at Bicentennial Park located in front of Civic Center Music Hall.

The event runs from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Every year Festival of the Arts attracts up to 750,000 people over six days. Free admission, amazing art, fantastic food, exciting entertainment and fun activities are all in store for visitors to enjoy at this year’s Festival.

Visual Arts
The Festival features 200 artists from 41 states, including several artists representing the rich culture and talent of Oklahoma.

Culinary Arts
Take a break from the visual and performing arts to enjoy all the fine food that Festival of the Arts has to offer. International Food Row features old favorites like Indian Tacos, Strawberries Newport, Craig & Carter’s Famous Fish Tacos and C’est Si Bon. New additions to this year’s International Food Row include Meat Market Refectory, The Saucee Sicilian, Crepe Brewers and I Don’t Know & I Don’t Care. Each food vendor is partnered with a local arts-related nonprofit agency, so each bite goes to support the arts in central Oklahoma.

Performing Arts
Festival of the Arts has three stages of non-stop performing arts entertainment ranging in scope from the youngest elementary school performers to professional musicians.

Art for Children
Festival of the Arts will include many great activities for children and families. Shop from Festival’s youngest artists at the Youth Art Sale where youth ages 8 to 18 present their own artwork for sale. Young at Art Mart is a special no-adults-allowed section where children can purchase art created by their favorite Festival artists for $5 or less. Children can create their own unique work of art in the Children's Art Field. Face painting for $1 will be available.

All proceeds from the Festival support Arts Council Oklahoma City’s year-round, free and low-cost programming. Another unique way to support this effort is by attending the Angels and Friends Party. It boasts entertainment, fare from OKC’s best restaurants, an open bar and a chance to celebrate the arts and the coming of spring with OKC’s most devout arts supporters.

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Where the art is

Throwing pottery

Oklahoma City has artistic opportunities for every interest and discipline. From taking art classes to supporting community theater, you are sure to find the perfect place to embrace your hidden artistic talents while supporting the arts in Oklahoma City.

Whether you want to brush up on your basket-weaving or discover your inner Picasso, the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center offers workshops and classes in a variety of mediums. The Oklahoma City Museum of Art also offers a roster of classes geared for both families and adults of all skill levels, including a studio sampler class for those who want to take an art class but aren’t sure where to begin. The artist-in-residence program at the Skirvin Hilton Hotel also offers drop-in opportunities to explore interesting art forms – current artist-in-residence Gayle Curry paints with encaustics (wax), and her live studio space is open to the public. Be sure and check out area art galleries for other options.

For a taste of local thespian talent, the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, Jewel Box Theatre, and the Carpenter Square Theatre all produce a full roster of live performances, ranging from classic musicals to locally-scripted dramas. And if you want to combine dinner and a show into one extravaganza, Greater Oklahoma City is home to the state’s only full-time professional dinner theater. The Yellow Rose Dinner Theater showcases Oklahoma talent in original productions, all while the audience gets to enjoy a delicious meal. These community-based theaters offer audition opportunities, so if theater footlights are calling your name, be sure to check their websites for audition notices.

If making beautiful music is more your style, you can also join one of OKC’s many community choirs or orchestra organizations. Canterbury Voices offers choruses for both adults and children, and its 125-member adult chorus is the largest of its kind in the state. OK City Chorus is an all-women chorus with a goal to preserve the American art form of four-part a cappella barbershop music. For the former band geeks among us (no judgement), the Oklahoma Community Orchestra offers performance opportunities with its 75-member organization.  

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Control the weather

Weather art exhibit

Whether you love or hate Oklahoma City’s ever-changing weather conditions, a new interactive art exhibit at the Arts District Garage will allow you to show Mother Nature who’s boss by controlling the weather. The installation, called “Small Talk About the Weather,” consists of nine bands that swirl along the length of the pedestrian corridor of the garage. LED lights illuminate the bands and display synchronized patterns; an artistic representation of Oklahoma City’s weather.

Visitors can also activate the color and movement by moving in front of the sensor window.  A small ledge allows visitors to place their mobile device and “translate” movement from a video or other active display on their small screen into a pattern of lights and movement on the bands. Visit the display at the pedestrian corridor on the first floor of the Arts District Garage at 431 W Main St.

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Things to Do & See: April 12 - April 18, 2016

Chesapeake Energy Arena at night

Tuesday, April 12
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Deuce Days/Jazz Night; 7 to 10 p.m.; Deep Deuce; Event is free.

Wednesday, April 13
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Brining Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Admission is free.

Thursday, April 14
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Barry Manilow; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, April 15
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Premiere on Film Row; 6 p.m.; Film Row, Sheridan Avenue in Downtown; Free to attend.
Nashville Sounds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
‘night, Mother; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Peter Pan; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Amy Schumer Live; 8 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, April 16
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
‘night, Mother; 1:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Peter Pan; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Saved by the Crawl; 5 to 10 p.m.; Deep Deuce.
Nashville Sounds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Wade Bowen; 9:30 p.m.; Wormy Dog Saloon; 601-6276; Tickets are $18.

Sunday, April 17
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
‘night, Mother; 1:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Peter Pan; 2 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Nashville Sounds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 2:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, April 18
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Nashville Sounds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Asian District

One thing newcomers to our great city are always surprised of is the vibrant Asian community that permeates our city. The epicenter of the community and culture is the Asian District, located around NW 23rd and Classen.

Oklahoma City experienced an influx of Vietnamese immigrants in the 1970s who were looking to escape religious and political persecution. Those new citizens helped establish OKC as one of the most underrated centers of Asian cuisine in America. We aren’t kidding when we say our city has some of the best and most authentic Vietnamese food this side of the Pacific. Of course we’ve been known to succumb to hyperbole at times so don’t take our word for it. Check out this article on Vietnamese food in Oklahoma City from the New York Times.

The Asian District is not just limited to Vietnamese food though. You can also find Tokyo-style sushi, Taiwanese bubble tea, Hong Kong-style dim sum and so much more.

The bustling district is also home to shops, nightclubs and Super Cao Nguyen, one of the largest Asian grocery stores in this part of the United States.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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