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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A walk in the park

Did you know that Oklahoma City is home to more than 100 parks? Yep, you read that right – more than 100 parks in OKC. No matter how you prefer to get your recreation on, there’s sure to be something for you. Playgrounds, fishing, walking paths, spraygrounds and even a mountain bike trail are all just minutes away, no matter what part of the city you choose to call home. There are even special parks for thrillseekers including the Mat Hoffman Action Sports Park and the Route 66 Skate Court.

Oh, and did we mention that there are accommodations for every sport imaginable—soccer, baseball, basketball, football, tennis, disc golf and even cricket? And the offerings at OKC parks are only going to get better thanks to MAPS 3 projects which are currently in the works. We can hardly wait for the downtown park which will connect downtown with the Oklahoma River. We can only imagine the fun concerts, festivals and events that will be held at the 70-acre park.

family-friendly, fishing, kids, mountain biking, outdoor recreation, parks
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Hit the trails

One of our favorite things about springtime is the ability to get out and explore the great outdoors. Luckily, OKC is home to several trails to help you stay fit while you explore all the city has to offer. And speaking of trails – these are increasing all of the time.

Our personal favorite is the Bert Cooper Trail at Lake Hefner. Who doesn’t love to run, bike or skate around a beautiful body of water? And Lake Hefner has it all – beautiful scenery including a lighthouse and sail boats, a slew of fun things to do including parks for the kiddos, picnic areas and paved running and bike lanes around the entire lake.

If water really isn’t your cup of tea, explore Oklahoma City’s Adventure District on the Katy Trail. You’ll get a new view of the Oklahoma City Zoo, Science Museum Oklahoma, Remington Park, Railroad Museum, Firefighters Museum and National Softball Hall of Fame.

There are a numerous other trails throughout OKC and each trail has a unique feel and varies in distance. For a complete list of Oklahoma City, click here.

running, water sports, zoo, adventure district, cycling, family-friendly, museums, outdoor recreation, parks
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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An oasis in the middle of downtown

If you are a frequent reader of our blog, you know that we love the Myriad Botanical Gardens. Seriously, what’s not to love? The Gardens offer 17 acres of flowing water falls, and fragrant flowers and even a tropical observatory. Numerous public works of art including the gateway sculpture, goldfish sculpture and the storytelling chair certainly add to the Gardens charm. This is hands-down one of our favorite spots for a perfect springtime picnic or a weekend visit. Michael Bublé and other celebrities have even taken time to explore the Gardens while in OKC and it has been featured in the Wall Street Journal.

What you may not know, is that the Myriad Botanical Gardens host a variety of events each month. From yoga in the Crystal Bridge to book readings, instructional seminars and even plant sales, there’s never a shortage of things to do here. There are monthly events for adults ranging from brown bag lunch speakers series to painting in the gardens wine and palette sessions and much more! Kiddos can learn about growing tomatoes or creepy crawlies. And of course, the children’s garden offers hours of fun!  There’s even a dog park so Sparky can enjoy the scenery with the rest of the family. Educational walking tours will be added this spring, thanks to a recent grant from the Oklahoma Community Foundation.

And after a nice relaxing afternoon at the Gardens, make sure you check out Park House, the on-site restaurant at the Gardens – we guarantee you’ll be glad you did. The appetizers here offer a plethora of options including chicken and waffle nachos, fried oysters and deviled egg flights. But that truly is only the beginning. Lunch and dinner menus offer something for everyone and range from green chili enchiladas to pork belly carbonara and filet mignon to oyster po’boys. A brandy ice is the perfect way to complete your meal or even as a treat on a hot summer day.

The spectacular views of the Crystal Bridge and the downtown skyline, as well as an impressive wine list and hand-crafted cocktails make this a fun locale to meet-up with friends or enjoy a special dinner. Chef Jonathan Krell seems to take pride in every dish served and has even been recognized as one of the top chefs in America by his peers.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: March 24 - March 30, 2015

Tuesday, March 24
Ansel Adams: Masterworks; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
LA Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, March 25
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
Bringing Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Tomato Time!; 11 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission is free but donations suggested.

Thursday, March 26
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
FIRST Robotics; 8:30 a.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Admission is free. 
Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series: “Not too big garden on a budget” Panel Discussion; Noon;
Myriad Botanical Gardens, 2nd floor conference room; 445-7080; This event is free to the public.

Friday, March 27
Ansel Adams: Masterworks; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
FIRST Robotics; 8:00 a.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Admission is free. 
2015 NCAA DI Women’s Basketball Regional; 6:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
H&8th; 7 p.m.; Hudson Ave., between N.W. 6th & 10th; Free.

Saturday, March 28
FIRST Robotics; 8:00 a.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Admission is free. 
4th Annual Oklahoma Heritage Land Run; 8:30 a.m.; Gaylord Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum; (580) 370-6939; Fees vary.
OKC Zoo Smile Safari; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Oklahoma City Zoo; 424-3344; Regular zoo admission.
SUPER! BitCon Video Game Expo; 10 a.m.; State Fair Park, Expo Hall; Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.
First Look Fanfest; Noon; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; This event is free.

Sunday, March 29
Ansel Adams: Masterworks; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
SUPER! BitCon Video Game Expo; 11 a.m.; State Fair Park, Expo Hall; Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.
2015 NCAA DI Women’s Basketball Regional; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.

Monday, March 30
Ansel Adams: Masterworks; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Have a Shamrocking Good Time

Hope you have donned your brightest green, because it is St. Patrick’s Day! Whether or not you have Irish heritage, Oklahoma City’s watering holes will make sure you throw back a pint or two in celebration. These Greater Oklahoma City Chamber members would love to show you some Irish hospitality today, so check them out if you need a place to shoot the blarney.

JAMES E. MCNELLIE'S PUBLIC HOUSE [MORE]
Restaurants
1100 N Classen Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73103-2608
Phone: (405) 601-7468
Website 

BRICKTOWN BREWERY [MORE]
Restaurants
1 N Oklahoma Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Phone: (405) 232-2739
Website

BELLE ISLE RESTAURANT & BREWING CO.[MORE]
Restaurants
50 Penn Place
1900 Northwest Expressway
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
Phone: (405) 840-1911

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Workin’ on the Railroad

If the idea of a road trip to the Dallas-Ft. Worth area gives you 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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Sights to See in Southern Oklahoma

The communities along the Interstate 35 corridor between Oklahoma City and the state’s southern boundary are full of attractions that warrant a trip in their own right. 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. This museum gives new meaning to the prehistoric age as it walks you through four billion years of the earth’s history. If you prefer post-impressionism to Pentaceratops, visit the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Learn more about current exhibitions at the museum.

Pauls Valley
Calling all kids and kids at heart! The Toy and Action Figure Museum was ranked as one of Time Magazine’s “Top 50 Most Authentic American Experiences” and offers more than 13,000 classic pop culture figures for you to enjoy. The museum walks you through the toy-making process from concept through manufacturing and has an interactive area if you feel the urge to play. The museum is 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, a can’t-miss glimpse into the history, heritage and way of life of the Chickasaws.  While in Davis, indulge your sweet tooth by paying a visit to Bedré Fine Chocolate Factory, which provides a behind the scenes look that could only be topped by Willy Wonka himself. Delectable chocolates are produced Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and don’t worry – you can buy these tasty chocolates on site (chocolate covered chips, anyone?).  

oklahoma, pauls valley, sulphur, attractions, davis, day-trip, family-friendly, museums, norman
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Ride into the Sunset

Want a lovely way to end your Tuesday (other than by reading this blog post)? Members of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber host a monthly Sunset Reception that is open to the public and free to attend. This month, on March 31, the March Sunset Reception will be held in the Oklahoman’s new offices at 100 W. Main St. in downtown Oklahoma City. From 4-6 p.m. you and your friends can enjoy food, drinks and networking all while touring the offices of downtown Oklahoma City’s new corporate neighbors. Come one, come all!

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: March 17 - March 23, 2015

Tuesday, March 17
An Evening with Santana; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall; 201 N. Walker Ave.; 297-2264; Ticket prices and availability may vary.
"As Green as it Gets" w/ Pierce Hart Celtic Band and Oklahoma Academy of Irish Dance; Noon; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 1 Myriad Gardens; 445-7080; Free admission.
KIND Yoga Series; 5:45 p.m.; The Crystal Bridge at Myriad Botanical Gardens; 1 Myriad Gardens; 445-7080; Free for garden members, $10 for nonmembers.
Oklahoma City Barons vs. Milwaukee Admirals; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary.

Wednesday, March 18
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Boston Celtics; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability may vary.
Spring Break Pop-Ins; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; $2 suggested donation.
Bringing Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.

Thursday, March 19
Edgar Cruz; Doors: 6:30 p.m. Show: 7:30 p.m.; UCO Jazz Lab; 100 E. Fifth St. Edmond; 359-7989; $20 cash/check.
Corpus Christi - the Play; 8 p.m.; CitySpace at Civic Center Music Hall; 201 N. Walker Ave.; 297-2264; Ticket prices and availability may vary.
Drink N Draw; 8 p.m.; Tree and Leaf Clothing; 1705B NW 16th St.; 728-2026; Free admission.
Automobile Alley Shop Hop; 6 p.m.; Automobile Alley District; North Broadway Avenue between Northwest Fourth and Northwest 10th Streets; Free admission.
Ansel Adams: Masterworks; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
Spring Fling 2015; 1 p.m.; Choctaw Library; 390-8418; Admission is free.

Friday, March 20
Corpus Christi - the Play; 8 p.m.; CitySpace at Civic Center Music Hall; 201 N. Walker Ave.; 297-2264; Ticket prices and availability may vary.
Oklahoma City Home & Outdoor Living Show; Noon; Oklahoma State Fair Park; 333 Gordon Cooper Blvd.; 948-6704; Ticket prices vary.
Premiere on Film Row; 6 p.m.; Film Row District; West Sheridan Avenue between Dewey and Shartel Avenues; Free admission.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Atlanta Hawks; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability may vary.
Oklahoma City Barons vs. San Antonio Rampage; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary.

Saturday, March 21
Corpus Christi - the Play; 8 p.m.; CitySpace at Civic Center Music Hall; 201 N. Walker Ave.; 297-2264; Ticket prices and availability may vary.
Oklahoma City Home & Outdoor Living Show; 10 a.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park; 333 Gordon Cooper Blvd.; 948-6704; Ticket prices vary.
Charlie Wilson; 8 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 100 W Reno Ave.; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices and availability may vary.
Oklahoma City Barons vs. Chicago Wolves; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary.
Fifth Annual Cowboy Round-Up; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Oklahoma History Center; 522-3602.
Kicklahoma; Noon to 5 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Admission is $15.
Missouri Valley College vs. OKC Energy; 3 p.m.; Casady High School Soccer Field; Admission is free.

Sunday, March 22
Oklahoma City Home & Outdoor Living Show; 10 a.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park; 333 Gordon Cooper Blvd.; 948-6704; Ticket prices vary.
Open Streets OKC; Noon-4 p.m.; Uptown District; Northwest 23rd Street between Western and Robinson Avenues; Free admission.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Miami Heat; 2 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability may vary .
Oklahoma City Barons vs. Chicago Wolves; 4 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary.
Delaware 87ers vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, March 23
Ali Harter; 8 p.m.; Blue Note Lounge; 2408 N Robinson Ave.; 600-1166; No cover charge.
Ansel Adams: Masterworks; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
Lego Club; 4 p.m.; Midwest Library, Family Place; 732-4828; Admission is free.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

SXSW: Meet Oklahoma in Austin

Music, film, interactive? What’s the deal with those and why do we care? Well, according to the Inter-American Development Bank, creative industries contribute more than 10 percent to the U.S. GDP, with a higher percentage of young folks in the workforce than elsewhere in the economy. It goes without saying that growing our creative industries and keeping and recruiting the minds that power them are important to Oklahoma’s future. We support these areas, integral to our cultural and economic scene, and work to help grow them. As part of that effort, for the past four years, the Greater OKC Chamber has been partnering with some of our friends to promote Oklahoma’s creative industries and opportunities to excel here to the world at the SXSW conference and trade show in Austin, Texas. This year, under the “Meet Oklahoma” banner,  the Chamber and our partners will occupy a 20x20-foot booth at the SXSW trade show to help get the good word out about all the opportunities available in our great state’s film, music and interactive / tech / startup areas. If you’re going to be in Austin, be sure to come by! Give us a shout on Twitter @meetoklahoma and get more info at http://www.meet-oklahoma.com/.

entrepreneur, film, music, tech
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Turning Innovation into Enterprise: i2E

One of our good friends and partners in growing OKC’s tech / biotech / entrepreneurial industries is i2E. i2E is a nonprofit that’s “focused on growing innovative small businesses in Oklahoma and making a positive impact on the state’s economy.” In addition to collaborating with Oklahoma’s universities to commercialize technologies and programs like the Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan competition, which helps students turn business ideas into cash and actual businesses, i2e also helps fledgling (or even serial) entrepreneurs, inventors, researchers and more get their projects on the road to growth and profitability – helping develop Oklahoma’s homegrown entrepreneurism into successes that ultimately employ more and more Oklahomans. And that’s good for all of us! To learn more about i2E, check out its website and attend one of its great events like the BioSummit, Brewfest, Who Wants to Be an Entrepreneur Workshop and more!

bioscience, business, entrepreneur, tech
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Bio Boom

You may not realize it, but biotech is big business in OKC. In fact, companies in the bio industry in Greater OKC cumulatively sport annual revenues of more than $4.1 billion and employ more than 27,800 workers with total compensation of $1.5 billion (yep, those are Bs, people). Those big numbers are just some of the reasons the OKC Chamber partners with the Oklahoma Bioscience Association (also known as “OKBio”) to promote Oklahoma at the BIO International Convention every year. Last year, Oklahoma biotech companies, research institutions, universities and other organizations held 150 meetings with potential partners, investors, employees and more at our booth. We had so many meetings, in fact, that we decided to add another meeting room this year, for a total of four! Collaborative efforts like these help lead to long-term success for our companies and organizations, and that helps make for a healthy economy as well as healthy people. To learn more about Bio in OK, check out www.okbio.org.

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World Creativity Forum Returns to OKC

There is a good creative way of writing this blog post, but we are just not sure what that is. Perhaps it’s writing a poem or haiku? No, bad verse just makes it worse. Writing in the circular stream-of-consciousness style of Gertrude Stein? Our militant AP style editors would never let that go. Throwing a bunch of letters down on paper like we’re channeling some sort of literary Jackson Pollock? Maybe, but you wouldn’t be able to actually read it then. We could make you have to decode it Enigma-style, but that’d just be extra work on your part. Hmm…

Anyway, the Creativity World Forum returns to OKC on March 31, bringing together business and community leaders, innovators, students, educators, experts on innovation and more. Our friends over at Creative Oklahoma have helped put together a fantastic program and look forward to showing off the only North American region currently represented in the International Districts of Creativity Network. Speakers include esteemed names like Sir Ken Robinson, Michael Strautmanis of the Walt Disney Co., and Stephan Turnipseed of LEGO Education, among others. If you were around the last time OKC hosted this forum, you know you’ll be in for an enthralling, inspirational experience. Learn more at http://stateofcreativity.com/forum/!

ABOUT THE EVENT
Tuesday, March 31, 2015  
Civic Center Music Hall
201 N Walker Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
ENGAGE – UNITE – GET INSPIRED
Share your ideas, improve them, gain global perspectives and innovate.
Start new projects. Make new business connections. Take the next step with what you have learned.
Discuss what matters the most in 2015 including topics like health, environmental and social issues in a global vision.
Get registered

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: March 10 - March 16, 2015

Tuesday, March 10
Jewel Orchids: Treasures of the Rainforest; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Free for members, regular bridge admission for nonmembers.
LA Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Milwaukee Admirals vs. Oklahoma City Barons; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, March 11
Jewel Orchids: Treasures of the Rainforest; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Free for members, regular bridge admission for nonmembers.
Spring Break Pop-Ins; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; $2 suggested donation.
LA Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, March 12
Jewel Orchids: Treasures of the Rainforest; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Free for members, regular bridge admission for nonmembers.
Santa Cruz Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Fleetwood Mac; 8 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, March 13
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
Jewel Orchids: Treasures of the Rainforest; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Free for members, regular bridge admission for nonmembers.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Live on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; Free.

Saturday, March 14
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
Oklahoma Gardening School; 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Devon Energy Corporation Auditorium; 445-7080; $35 for members and $60 for nonmembers.
Jewel Orchids: Treasures of the Rainforest; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Free for members, regular bridge admission for nonmembers.
Carolina Checkers vs. Oklahoma City Barons; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, March 15
Orchid Sale; 11 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
Chicago Bulls vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; Noon; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Carolina Checkers vs. Oklahoma City Barons; 4 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Grand Rapids Drive vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, March 16
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
Spring Break Pop-Ins; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; $2 suggested donation.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Asian Sensation

Did you know that OKC has one of the largest Vietnamese populations in the U.S.? Vietnam’s loss in the late 1970s in the form of emigrants escaping religious and political persecution was Oklahoma City’s gain and paved the way for the emergence of OKC’s Asian District, centered along NW 23rd between Classen Bouelvard and Western Avenue. Today, they join Chinese and other Asian American cultures in what is a true multicultural experience right in the middle of Oklahoma City. Tokyo-style sushi? Got it. Taiwanese bubble tea? Check. Hong Kong-style dim sum? Get some. Vietnamese noodle soup? Pho yeah! Curry favor with the god of curry, and don’t forget to thank General Tso for being such a warrior against rebellion and tastelessness – all available for your gastronomic pleasure here in the Asian District. Besides restaurants, there are plenty of shops, nightclubs, grocery stores (see below) and more to explore right here in your hometown. Check out the Asian District!

Read another article we wrote on the Asian District that has a much better headline back in 2013.

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Groceries with Global Flair

If you’ve been itching to try tako but weren’t sure how to find the best octopus, Super Cao Nguyen has your back (even though an octopus doesn’t have one). Find the octopi to occupy your favorite recipe and even more wild fare over at Super Cao Nguyen. The state’s largest Asian supermarket features all manner of fresh and imported packaged foods as well as all the assorted accoutrements you need to fully enjoy your Asian experience. From exotic tropical fruits and in-store baked goodness to a variety of fish sauces and even home goods and gifts, Super Cao Nguyen can be described in one word – super! (OK, forgive us for that last pun, but it really is pretty awesome.)

SUPER CAO NGUYEN
Grocers - Retail
2668 N. Military Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Phone: (405) 525-7650

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Sushi Salvation

If you’re like us, sushi is super hard to beat for a fun feast or evening out with friends. There are plenty of great places to get your fresh fish fix in OKC, but a couple of our favorites are Sushi Neko on Western Avenue and In The Raw in Bricktown. If the very thought of sushi leaves you woozy, fear not, gaijin. These restaurants have much more than just sashimi (fresh raw fish) on offer. We say, why not try some negimaki (strips of rolled broiled beef marinated in teriyaki) and pork gyoza with a Sapporo or some sake before calling it a day with the edamame? We may be “land-locked,” but we’ve got lots of places to feed your fresh fish frenzy. Go ahead, order the boatload!

SUSHI NEKO / MUSASHI'S 
Restaurants
4318 N. Western Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
Phone: (405) 528-8862

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200 S. Oklahoma Ave., Suite 130
Oklahoma City, OK 73104-2488
Phone: (405) 702-1325

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Greater Grads is Great for Both Grads and OKC

Greater Grads is the Chamber’s program to help build the talent base in Oklahoma City – that’s you – and to connect that base with OKC’s employers. There are two main areas of the Greater Grads program you should know about. The first is our Greater Grads Career Fair. If you’re a new graduate, you should be at the Cox Convention Center on Thursday, March 5, from noon to 4 p.m. suited and booted with that resume ready to roll. Last year more almost 100 Oklahoma employers connected with more than 650 students, and this year’s fair promises to be even better. Free parking and shuttles are available at the Chevy Bricktown Events Center. To find out more, including a list of exhibiting employers, and/or to register, just hop on over to greatergrads.com.

The second cool thing you should know about in the Greater Grads universe is the InternOKC Internship Program. Every summer, more than 400 OKC-area interns participate in this five-week program that gives participants a chance to connect with their peers while getting a unique, in-depth look at all the reasons to stay, work and play in Oklahoma City post-graduation. To find out more info, get your interns enrolled in the program, or do a little more digging, head over to greatergrads.com or contact:

Elisa Milbourn
Manager, Education & Outreach Programs
Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
123 Park Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
(405) 297-8951

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Monday, March 2, 2015

Things to Do & See: March 3 - March 9, 2015

Tuesday, March 3
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
Jewel Orchids: Treasures of the Rainforest; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Free for members, regular bridge admission for nonmembers.
Lou Berney Book Signing; 6 p.m.; Best of Books, 1313 E. Danforth; 340-9202; Admission is free.

Wednesday, March 4
Jewel Orchids: Treasures of the Rainforest; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Free for members, regular bridge admission for nonmembers.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Bakersfield Jam vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, March 5
Jewel Orchids: Treasures of the Rainforest; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Free for members, regular bridge admission for nonmembers.
The Delicious, Delightful Vanilla Bean; 11 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room; 445-7080; $8 for members, $10 for nonmembers.
Greater Grads Career Fair; noon to 4 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 297-8900; Admission is free.

Friday, March 6
First Friday Gallery Walk; 6 p.m.; The Paseo District; Free.
Chocolate Festival; 6:15 p.m.; Mustang Town Center, 1201 N. Mustang Road; 376-3411; Admission is $8.
Sesame Street Live: Let’s Dance!; 10:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Miranda Lambert; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, March 7
Sesame Street Live: Let’s Dance!; 10:30 a.m., 2 & 5:30 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Underground Monster Carnival; 1 – 9 p.m.; Oklahoma State Fairgrounds; $11 for adults and $7 for ages under 10.
Winter Jam; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Entry is $10.
Whiskey Myers; 9:30 p.m.; Wormy Dog Saloon; 601-6276; Admission is $12.

Sunday, March 8
Jewel Orchids: Treasures of the Rainforest; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Free for members, regular bridge admission for nonmembers.
Rio Grande Valley Vipers vs. Oklahoma City Blue; Noon; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Sesame Street Live: Let’s Dance!; 1 & 4:30 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Toronto Raptors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, March 9
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
Jewel Orchids: Treasures of the Rainforest; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Free for members, regular bridge admission for nonmembers.
Spring Break Pop-Ins; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; $2 suggested donation for each child.

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Adventures in Oklahoma City

For those of you with school-aged kids or school-related jobs, it’s time to start planning your Spring Break adventure so you can make the most of the time off. Oklahoma City-area attractions offer all kinds of ways to entertain your little ones, whether with visits or longer-term camps. This week, we’ll offer some ideas to visit with your children, entertain them while you work or just to explore by yourself. Consider this your own personal Spring Break Book of Lists.

First, for an extensive list of things to do at any time, dive into the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website, visitokc.com. For this blog, we’ll give you a snapshot:

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Sign up for a Spring Break camp

If you have to work over Spring Break, you’ll find all kinds of ways to let your children pursue their interests during that week, whether they are artists, adventurers, chefs, scientists or something else. Here is a sampling:

For more, check out the resource at Metro Family Magazine.

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Check out state parks and other outdoor places

If you want to get away from the city for Spring Break, many of Oklahoma’s State Parks are just a short drive away. The Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department’s website, TravelOK.com, has a list of state parks that you can explore by selecting your areas of interest. Want a state park that offers archery and an RV hookup? Lake Thunderbird State Park in Norman is your place. What about hiking in a state park off of Interstate 40? Try Red Rock Canyon State Park in Hinton (about an hour from Oklahoma City), Foss State Park in Foss or Lake Eufaula State Park in Checotah. Yes, the options get that specific.

You can plan your perfect getaway based on your interests. The range of activities offered at state parks includes golfing, disc golf, hiking, horseback riding, swimming and even cave exploring (Alabaster Caverns State Park near Freedom).

Some areas of interest worth exploring that aren’t on the state parks’ list include the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service near Lawton, Quartz Mountain Nature Park in southwest Oklahoma and the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve operated by the Nature Conservancy.

Get a move on, and enjoy Spring Break in Oklahoma.

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More information for parents

If you are a parent and you need help finding activities and childcare for your little ones, check out A Better Life OKC for a list of childcare centers, schools and more.

Regular readers of A Better Life’s blog know that you can find all sorts of information about things to do around the Greater Oklahoma City area and beyond, but dive into the site itself, and you’ll learn even more. Search the topic you’re interested in, and share with your friends who are moving to Oklahoma City or who have just landed here.

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Things to Do & See: February 24 - March 2, 2015

Tuesday, February 24
Jewel Orchids: Treasures of the Rainforest; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Free for members, regular bridge admission for nonmembers.
Indiana Pacers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Texas Stars vs. Oklahoma City Barons; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, February 25
Jewel Orchids: Treasures of the Rainforest; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Free for members, regular bridge admission for nonmembers.
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
Rio Grande Valley Vipers vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, February 26
Jewel Orchids: Treasures of the Rainforest; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Free for members, regular bridge admission for nonmembers.
Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series: “Eat Local, Be Local”; Noon; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 2nd Floor Conference Room; 445-7080; This event is free.
Dustin Lynch; 9 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom, 8001 S. Eastern; 677-9169; Tickets are $19.

Friday, February 27
Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat; 11 a.m.; Oklahoma Children’s Theatre, 2501 N. Blackwelder; 606-7003; Tickets prices vary.  
OKC Midtown Rotary Spelling Bee(r); 6 p.m.; The Paramount, 701 W. Sheridan; Tickets are $20 or $40.
Marvel Universe LIVE! 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
San Antonio Rampage vs. Oklahoma City Barons; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, February 28
Jewel Orchids: Treasures of the Rainforest; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Free for members, regular bridge admission for nonmembers.
Marvel Universe LIVE! 10 a.m., 3 & 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Camelot; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
San Antonio Rampage vs. Oklahoma City Barons; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, March 1
Jewel Orchids: Treasures of the Rainforest; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Free for members, regular bridge admission for nonmembers.
Marvel Universe LIVE! 1:30 & 5:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Camelot; 2 & 7 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, March 2
Jewel Orchids: Treasures of the Rainforest; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Free for members, regular bridge admission for nonmembers.
Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat; 11 a.m.; Oklahoma Children’s Theatre, 2501 N. Blackwelder; 606-7003; Tickets prices vary.  
Dr. Seuss Pajama Story Time; 7 p.m.; Almonte Library, Program Room; 606-3575; Admission is free but please register.

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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Hop in to Shop

Located just north of downtown on Broadway Avenue, what used to be the primary location for the city's car dealerships is known today as Automobile Alley –home to some of OKC's great local dining and specialty shops. We love the vibe of Automobile Alley during the day, but we get downright giddy during the district’s Shop Hop event held on the third Thursday of each month.

We can’t wait to bottle our very own Italian Moscato as part of "Carboy of the Month" event at Waters Edge Winery during this month’s Shop Hop. You’re not going to have to twist our arm to sample the Neapolitan-style pizzas and Italian wines while we’re at it.  

While you’re in the area, check out these businesses during Shop Hop for special discounts one-of-a-kind finds.

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Works of Art

While we love our retail therapy (who doesn’t, right?) we also appreciate the finer things in life – like great art, live music and fantastic food. That’s why we love Live on the Plaza and First Friday in the Paseo District.

Live on the Plaza, the district’s monthly block party is held rain or shine on the second Friday of each month and showcases the talents of wonderful Oklahomans. The artists and outdoor market changes for each event and complements the districts’ premiere art galleries, photography studios, retail shops and restaurants. From Tango workshops and fashion shows to poetry readings and works from local artists, there’s sure to be something that piques your interest. While you’re exploring the Plaza District, don’t forget to take in a Broadway-caliber show in the heart of downtown OKC at the Lyric Theatre.

Paseo, Oklahoma City’s historic arts district, also holds a monthly art walk and music festival. Expect to see paintings, drawings, sculpture, ceramics, glass, fine crafts and photographs by more than 60 artists in 20 galleries and experience opening receptions for new exhibits each month. Bring your appetite and try the Green Lantern from Sauced on Paseo or the Chicken Saltimbocca from Paseo Grill.

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A piece of history

Did you know that OKC’s Film Row is the last remaining film exchange district in the U.S. and was listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 2007?

At the dawn of the film age, Hollywood studios including Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Fox Films had operations in the 42-block area between Classen Boulevard and Walker Avenue along Sheridan Avenue where theater owners came to view and lease films. Today, you can catch a flick at an old Paramount Pictures distribution warehouse, Paramount OKC, or grab a glass of wine and gourmet pizza in an old film exchange building at Joey's Pizzeria. Each month during Premiere on Film Row, the streets are packed with Oklahoma Citians excited to see the live music, films and more.

This month, enjoy the inaugural Ralph Ellison Festival. The event will feature a wine and jazz reception, festival book fair, readings from international touring poet Lauren Zuniga and live music from Gregory Jerome and others at several venues throughout Film Row.

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H&8th

As we get closer to warmer temperatures we are also nearing the return of the ever popular H&8th in the Midtown District. With more than 25,000 people attending the monthly food festival, H&8th has quickly become the country's largest food truck event and a gathering place for people who love OKC and love food. We can hardly contain our excitement as the March 27 date nears. Seriously, who doesn’t love picking out their favorite delicacies, whether it’s the 5th amendment from Big Truck Tacos or chicken and waffles? This year promises to be bigger and better than ever with the addition of a shopping bazaar as part of the festival.

Get out there and explore OKC at any of these monthly festivals. It’s a great, inexpensive way to see more of what OKC has to offer. Don’t worry, you can thank us later. 

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Things to Do & See: February 17 - February 23, 2015

Tuesday, February 17
Jewel Orchids: Treasures of the Rainforest; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Free for members, regular bridge admission for nonmembers.
Santa Cruz Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, February 18
Jewel Orchids: Treasures of the Rainforest; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Free for members, regular bridge admission for nonmembers.
Bringing Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby of the Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Riversport Run; 6 p.m.; The Boathouse District, 725 S. Lincoln; 552-4040; Event is free.

Thursday, February 19
Jewel Orchids: Treasures of the Rainforest; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Free for members, regular bridge admission for nonmembers.
Into to Horticulture Series: Tool Care Workshop; Noon; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Free for members and $5 for nonmembers.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, February 20
Jewel Orchids: Treasures of the Rainforest; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Free for members, regular bridge admission for nonmembers.
Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat; 11 a.m.; Oklahoma Children’s Theatre, 2501 N. Blackwelder; 606-7003; Tickets prices vary.  
Premiere on Film Row; 6 p.m.; Film Row, Sheridan Avenue in Downtown; Free to attend.
Ralph Ellison Festival; 6:30 p.m.; Film Row; All events are open to the public.
Adirondack Flames vs. Oklahoma City Barons; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Pixar in Concert; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, February 21
Friends of the Library Book Sale; 9 a.m.; Oklahoma State Fairgrounds, Oklahoma Expo Hall; 606-3763; Admission is free.
Jewel Orchids: Treasures of the Rainforest; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Free for members, regular bridge admission for nonmembers.
Adirondack Flames vs. Oklahoma City Barons; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Pixar in Concert; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, February 22
Jewel Orchids: Treasures of the Rainforest; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Free for members, regular bridge admission for nonmembers.
Friends of the Library Book Sale; 9 a.m.; Oklahoma State Fairgrounds, Oklahoma Expo Hall; 606-3763; Admission is free.
Texas Legends vs. Oklahoma City Barons; 2 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Denver Nuggets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, February 23
Jewel Orchids: Treasures of the Rainforest; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Free for members, regular bridge admission for nonmembers.
Dr. Seuss’ The Cat in the Hat; 11 a.m.; Oklahoma Children’s Theatre, 2501 N. Blackwelder; 606-7003; Tickets prices vary.  

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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Valentine’s Day Shopping

Can you feel it? Love is in the air! That’s right, Valentine’s Day is this week in Oklahoma City (and presumably everywhere else that loves love). We spend 365 days a year telling you the great places to go in OKC. We’ve also written about Valentine’s Day a lot so if you want suggestions on where to eat and what to do simply type in Valentine’s Day on the Better Life search bar or just read about all the cool places we write about. I mean if a place is great on the other 364 days a year it is probably pretty swell on Saint Valentine’s Day (as they call it in the old country).

Going out is the easy part of the day. Today we want to help you out with the hard part. The stressful part that gnaws at you each passing day until Valentine’s Day arrives. What do you get the person in your life that shows them just how swell you think they are?

Luckily, OKC has some amazing local retailers were you can find that unique, one-of-a-kind item for your soul mate. Or it can be for a friend, dog or even a lizard if you are into that sort of thing. Of course we can’t mention everyone so leave some other great local retailers in the comments below!

  • Shop Good- Located off Automobile Alley on Ninth Street, Shop Good offers clothing and home goods with a local spin. Plus they donate part of their profits to local charities.
  • Plenty Mercantile- A great shopping destination in Automobile Alley with an eclectic variety of goods you won’t find anywhere else.
  • Red Dirt Emporium- Its mission statement is simple; introducing locals and visitors alike to the best Oklahoma has to offer. Everything from clothes to music, art and more. Red Dirt Emporium is located in Bricktown.
  • Painted Door- Located in the heart of Bricktown the Painted Door has been a staple of local shopping for more than 20 years in OKC.
  • On a Whim- On a Whim is located in Classen Curve and offers one-of-kind clothing, housewares and gifts for all ages.
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