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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Hop on the Sooner Schooner

University of Oklahoma

Did you know that The University of Oklahoma is one of the top public schools in the country, ranking No. 1 in enrollment of National Merit Scholars and is among the top 10 in the graduation of Rhodes Scholars? OU serves more than 30,000 students with campuses in Norman, Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

The university encourages students to strive for academic excellence, but also provides plenty of opportunities for local involvement and extracurricular leadership. OU offers more than 150 majors – including the popular degree fields of business, engineering, health professions, international studies, journalism and marketing. Recognized nationally as an excellent research university, OU provides both undergraduate and graduate students opportunities to work closely with innovative faculty mentors.

In addition to their academic interests, many students participate in the university’s active campus life through Greek fraternities and sororities, student government, campus activities or the varsity and intermural sports teams. The Big Event, a university-sponsored community service venture, demonstrates the Sooners’ annual effort to make a positive local impact.

While OU is a great place to earn a top-notch degree, its sports programs have a rich history and the football team consistently competes on the national stage (with seven national championships).

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Orange you glad we mentioned OSU?

Oklahoma State University (OSU around these parts) is located in Stillwater about an hour north of OKC. OSU boasts more than 35,000 students system-wide with campuses in Stillwater, Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Okmulgee. OSU has been named among the top values in public education, according to Kiplinger and others, and it boasts a presence in all 77 of Oklahoma’s counties, thanks to the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service.

When OSU was originally established in 1890, it was named Oklahoma A&M. True to its heritage, even today OSU boasts top-notch programs in the fields of agriculture, horticulture and engineering.

Having grown far beyond its historic roots as an A&M (agriculture and mechanical) school, OSU offers todays’ students nearly 200 major fields of study. The College of Veterinary Medicine, the School of Engineering and the School of Entrepreneurship are all renowned for excellence.

The university is home to the largest student union building in the world, complete with a movie theatre, restaurants, student lounges, art exhibitions and an 81-room hotel that gives hospitality students an opportunity for first-hand experience in the industry. No wonder OSU’s School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration consistently ranks in the top 25 nationally.

OSU is also known for its annual Homecoming celebration. Each year, more than 40,000 alumni and 70,000 spectators fill Boone Pickens Stadium for a spectacle that supporters claim is the best homecoming celebration in the country. And Cowboy fans have plenty of reasons for school pride, OSU boasts 51 NCAA titles across its sports, the fourth-most team championships in the country.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Education options closer to home

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Students looking for a slightly smaller campus life have a number of options for furthering their education in the Greater Oklahoma City area. Nearly 17,000 students attend Edmond’s University of Central Oklahoma, making it the third largest college in the state. On the south side of the metro, students at Oklahoma City Community College can earn associate’s degrees and learn valuable technical skills.

The state capital is also home to a number of private universities that bring quality educations to the local academic field. Forbes has listed Oklahoma City University, a liberal arts United Methodist-affiliated school in the Uptown district, on its list of “Best Christian Colleges” and “100 Best College Buys,” according to OCU’s website. The university also recently moved its OCU School of Law downtown and opened in a renovated 105-year-old building that once operated as the first high school in Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma Christian University, located in Edmond, is also a top-ranked regional university according to both U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review.

Other metro options include:

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Learn more about learning

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We know just how critical educational opportunities are any time someone relocates to a new community. Here at Better Life HQ we want to help answer any questions you have about education in OKC. Check out the education tab on our website to get more info on everything from public schools, private schools, charter schools, universities and childcare.

This week’s blog was just a small sample of info on the universities in our region. With more than 18 public and private schools with 125,000 college students, we believe Greater OKC offers an educational fit for every type of student. Be sure to visit the university section of our website for more information and links on the schools we talked about and more.

If you can’t find the info you are looking for on our website, give us a shout on Facebook, Twitter or the comments below, and we will help you gain more knowledge on the wealth of educational opportunities in our region.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: July 28 - August 3, 2015

H&8th Night Market

Tuesday, July 28
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Wheeler Criterium; Events start at 5:30 p.m.; Downtown OKC Airpark, 1701 S. Western; Admission is free.

Wednesday, July 29
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Weekly Walk-Ups: Reading Wednesdays; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Suggest donation of $2.
Okie Tales; 10:30 a.m.; Oklahoma History Center; 522-0765; $2 for children and includes museum admission.
Sonic Summer Movies: The Wizard of OZ; 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080; Event is free.

Thursday, July 30
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Art after 5; 5 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Admission is $5.

Friday, July 31
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Arizona United vs. OKC Energy; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.
H&8th; 7 p.m.; Hudson Ave., between N.W. 6th & 10th; Free.
Lower Bricktown Live on the Green; 8 p.m.; Lower Bricktown; Event is free.

Saturday, August 1
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Weekly Farmers Market; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Farmers Public Market; 232-6506; Event is free.
Outdoor Games; 3 p.m.; Martin Nature Park; 297-1429; This event is free.
New Orleans Zyphers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Graham Colton; 7:30 p.m.; Overholser Carriage House; Tickets are $35.

Sunday, August 2
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
New Orleans Zyphers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 3:35 p.m.- double header; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Sunday Twilight Concert Series; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080; Event is free.

Monday, August 3
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
New Orleans Zyphers 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, July 21, 2015

Stop in Prague, but don’t pronounce it like the Czech capital

We at The Better Life tend to spend most of our time exploring all the great things to do in the immediate Oklahoma City area but it’s always fun to venture out a bit and explore the area’s sites and history. Last week we took you on a trip west of the metro. This week, we’re going to explore to the east, starting with Prague, so here is a rundown, ready for you to Czech out.

OK, so that phrase is a little corny and cliché, but it’s true. Like Yukon, the community is home to many Oklahomans with Czech heritage, even if they pronounce the town’s name with a long “a” instead of like a short “o” as they do in the Czech Republic’s capital in Europe. Make plans now to attend the town’s annual Kolache Festival, held in May, and see the Czechs in action – with food, dance, music and more.

Prague developed after the Land Run of 1891 opened the Sac and Fox Reservation for settlement and a mother and her son settled there from Austria, according to the city’s website. Its formal beginning as a town named Prague dates back to 1902. Read more online there, but moving into the present, there’s plenty to do and see.

First, visit Prague City Lake, a 400-acre lake that includes a boat ramp, boat docks, picnic areas, volleyball court and playground. For hours and usage fees, go online. It is surrounded by the Prague Lake Trail, which features 30 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails, although you have to bring your own horse.

You can also play golf at the nine-hole Prague Municipal Golf Course, 1112 N Ayars, or learn more about the Czech pioneers who settled there at the Prague Historical Museum, 1008 Jim Thorpe Blvd. 

The Prague Historical Museum tells the history of Czech pioneers who founded Prague in 1902 through interpretive exhibits, artifacts and early-day business displays. A portion of the museum also features memorabilia from Olympic athlete and Prague native Jim Thorpe. His birthplace is also marked at the Jim Thorpe Birth Site, 8601 NBU, where he was born on May 2, 1887.

And those who are Catholic or seeking answers to prayers can visit the National Shrine of the Infant Jesus of Prague at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church. Nearly 70 years ago, a statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague (a replica of a 16th-century one) arrived at the church, and many believers have felt their prayers to the Infant Jesus answered there ever since. Thousands of people visit the shrine each year. Read more about the church’s history dating back to 1899 and that of the shrine. Or visit yourself.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Shawnee’s diverse history includes Native Americans and French monks

The City of Shawnee has its own charm and history and it’s big enough (more than 30,000 people in 2013) to have a small regional airport. But there are plenty of reasons to drive west on Interstate 40 to visit Shawnee.

While you’re there, stop at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art and see its Egyptian, Greek and Roman objects; Renaissance art from the early 20th century; and other cultural artifacts. It is home to Oklahoma’s only Egyptian mummy. Founded in 1919, the museum is affiliated with Catholic-affiliated St. Gregory’s University, which developed because of the value that two Benedictine monks placed on education in what was then Indian Territory more than 100 years ago. These monks, Dom Isidore Robot and Frere Dominic Lambert, moved to the area from France in 1875 and immediately started education programs under the Sacred Heart Mission.

Don’t miss a stop by the Cultural Heritage Center of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, which has its headquarters in Shawnee. The heritage center even includes an eagle aviary – a home to injured eagles rescued from the wild that cannot be rehabilitated and released. Tours of the aviary are available by appointment, but you can stop by the heritage center’s museum to see cultural and contemporary objects presenting the Native American tribe’s history. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

What served as the Santa Fe Train Depot from 1902 and served as a train station until 1973 now serves as the home of the Pottawatomie County Museum and Historical Society. Visitors can learn about the area’s history, including more about the country’s railroad and transportation history. Near the museum is the current home of Shawnee’s first building, a home known as the Beard Cabin, built after the land run in 1891.

And finally, on the Shawnee Board of Directors’ website to promote area tourism, www.visitshawnee.com, are two must-see sites that sound quite intriguing:

  • For the water gardening fans, the Pond Pro Shop has streams, waterfalls, fountains and ponds to help you design, build and maintain your backyard pond.
  • If you have children and want to venture a little further from Shawnee – about 20 miles to the southeast – don’t miss the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum in Seminole.
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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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German beer, schnitzel and strudel abound at Oktoberfest in Choctaw

If you’ve made The Better Life Blog’s to-the-east rounds this week, you’ve learned about Czech history in Prague, as well as that of the Native Americans in Shawnee. Now it’s time to turn our attention to the Germans, specifically its annual Oktoberfest.

The Old Germany Restaurant, which opened in 1976, started the tradition in Choctaw that now is hosted by the restaurant, the City of Choctaw and the Choctaw Chamber and includes nine days of celebrating all things German – food, beer, wine, live music and dancing included. About 40,000-50,000 people attend the event in the 160-acre Choctaw Creek Park. The next Oktoberfest where beer, schnitzels and strudel will be served up, will be Sept. 4-12. Cost for the family-friendly event is $5, although children under 12 are free.

Overall, though, Choctaw is so close to the metro area that many of the things to do include what you would do in Oklahoma City, but here are some places to visit specific to the community in eastern Oklahoma County:

  • Choctaw Creek Park is the largest park in Choctaw and has a pond that offers fishing, horse trails, a playground, pavilions for rental and a disc-golf course. In addition to Oktoberfest, the park also hosts the Haunted Trails at Halloween.
  • Ten-Acre Lake offers fishing on a stocked lake, outdoor adventures, a playground, picnic tables and a pavilion for special events.
  • Cool off this summer by visiting the Barrel Springs Splash Pad in the heart of Choctaw’s Old Town District. Parents can hang out on picnic tables while children play in the fountain.
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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: July 21 - July 27, 2015

Tuesday, July 21
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Wheeler Criterium; Events start at 5:30 p.m.; Downtown OKC Airpark, 1701 S. Western; Admission is free.

Wednesday, July 22
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Weekly Walk-Ups: Reading Wednesdays; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Suggest donation of $2.
Okie Tales; 10:30 a.m.; Oklahoma History Center; 522-0765; $2 for children and includes museum admission.
Sonic Summer Movies: Big Hero 6; 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080; Event is free.

Thursday, July 23
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Art after 5; 5 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Admission is $5.

Friday, July 24
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Bun B; 7 p.m.; Farmers Public Market; 232-6506; Ticket prices vary.
Lower Bricktown Live on the Green; 8 p.m.; Lower Bricktown; Event is free.
Southern Sound Concert Series Presents John Fullbright; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Event is free.

Saturday, July 25
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Weekly Farmers Market; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Farmers Public Market; 232-6506; Event is free.
The Comedy Get Down; 8 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Nature’s Fireworks- Firefly Hike; 8 p.m.; Martin Nature Park; 297-1429; $5 per person.

Sunday, July 26
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Uptown Farmers Market; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Uptown 23rd District; Event is free.
Sunday Twilight Concert Series; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080; Event is free.

Monday, July 27
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
WWE Monday Night Raw; 6:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 14, 2015

El Reno is El Realest When It Comes to Trolleys and Onion Burgers

El Reno Trolly

“El Reno” means “The Reindeer” in Spanish, which is cool, but in reality the coolest thing about visiting El Reno isn’t Blitzen et al. No, it’s the fact that it’s the only city in the state with an operating streetcar (though OKC’s new streetcar system is not too far away)! The Heritage Express Trolley runs from Heritage Park at the Canadian County Historical Museum to El Reno’s downtown main street area. While in El Reno, you can also get an original fried onion burger from Sid’s Diner, which has been featured on the Travel Channel and the Food Network. In fact, the first Saturday every May is the Fried Onion Burger Day Festival. Yum!

Downtown El Reno Oklahoma 5-31-2014

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Bring On Yukon

Yukon Main Street

Another great stop west of OKC proper is Yukon. Yukon is known as the “Czech Capital of Oklahoma” and features the historic Czech Hall, which is a national historic site and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Since 1925, the hall has hosted Czech dances every Saturday night, which you should totally go Czech out, because you knew we were going to go there with that pun, and also because you can enjoy dancing, Czech snacks, beers and meeting some new people. The famous Yukon Czech Festival occurs on the first Saturday of October, so mark your calendars now to get your hands on some of those kolaches or klobasy sandwiches you love.

Yukon also hosts the Chisholm Trail Crawfish Festival in June, which seeks to integrate a celebration of the historic Chisholm Trail with a little dash of Cajun charisma (why not?). Go get your Yukon on!

Monument, Czech Hall, Yukon, OK Czech Hall - Bohemian Hall, Yukon, OK

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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You Must Mustang

Located adjacent to OKC to the southwest, Mustang was first settled during the 1889 land run and was named for Mustang Creek, which flows just north of town. The Mustang Historical Museum pays tribute to these early days of Mustang and OKC with exhibits featuring pioneer artifacts and garb, agriculture and ranching items, a scale model one-room schoolhouse, and even the original Mustang Jail from the 1960s. Mustang also holds the annual Western Days festival, this year on Sept. 11-12. Join about 30,000 other folks enjoying a parade, a chili cook-off, a car show, arts and crafts, local entertainment, the Western Stampede Run, a rodeo and more during this time-honored celebration of the pioneer and western spirit.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Red Rock Canyon State Park Rocks

Canyon wall and Gaillardia flower

[photo credit: Lisha Newman / OK Tourism]

Just an hour west of OKC and a little south of Hinton off Interstate 40 is Red Rock Canyon State Park. Nestled among fantastic red Rush Springs Sandstone canyon walls and native Caddo maple trees, the park is a favorite for rappellers, hikers, climbers and car campers. Historically, Red Rock Canyon was a preferred winter camp for Plains Indians, and was also a typical stop on the “California Trail” for pioneers headed west in the mid-19th century. In fact, you can still see wagon wheel ruts left by their covered wagons in the park! Besides hiking and climbing, there is a fishing pond, swimming pool and playground to enjoy. In the fall, it also makes a fantastic spot to see the native foliage embrace its colorful autumnal awesomeness. Red Rock Canyon State Park makes for an easy and fun quick escape and is ready to be explored by TBL readers, so get out there, campers, and be sure to let us know how it went in the comments section.

Red Rock Canyon SP sign

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: July 14 - July 20, 2015

Prix de West at National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

Tuesday, July 14
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Wheeler Criterium; Events start at 5:30 p.m.; Downtown OKC Airpark, 1701 S. Western; Admission is free.
Live Performance at ACM@UCO Performance Lab; 8 p.m.; 329 E. Sheridan; Tickets are $12.

Wednesday, July 15
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Weekly Walk-Ups: Reading Wednesdays; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Suggest donation of $2.
Okie Tales; 10:30 a.m.; Oklahoma History Center; 522-0765; $2 for children and includes museum admission.
Sonic Summer Movies: Back to the Future; 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080; Event is free.

Thursday, July 16
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Art after 5; 5 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Admission is $5.
Shop Hop; 6 p.m.; Automobile Alley; Free.
Round Rock Express  vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, July 17
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Turnpike Troubadours; Gates open at 5:30 p.m.; Zoo Amphitheatre; 602-0683; Ticket prices vary.
Premiere on Film Row; 6 p.m.; Film Row, Sheridan Avenue in Downtown; Free to attend.
Fiesta Friday; 6:30 p.m.; Historic Capitol Hill, SW 25th and Hudson; 632-0133; Event is free.
Round Rock Express  vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Lower Bricktown Live on the Green; 8 p.m.; Lower Bricktown; Event is free.

Saturday, July 18
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Weekly Farmers Market; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Farmers Public Market; 232-6506; Event is free.
Randy Rogers Band and Stoney LaRue; Gates open at 5:30 p.m.; Zoo Amphitheatre; 602-0683; Ticket prices vary.
Tulsa Roughnecks vs. Oklahoma City Energy; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.
Round Rock Express  vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, July 19
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Round Rock Express  vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 6:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Sunday Twilight Concert Series; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080; Event is free.

Monday, July 20
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Made in Oklahoma

Made in Oklahoma Coalition

Ooooooo-kla-homa is both where the wind comes sweeping down the plains and local companies and organizations thrive. If you are a frequent reader, then you know that an entrepreneurial spirit flows through the veins of our great state (and we might be more than a little proud of that).

One of the organizations ensuring the success of Oklahoma businesses and farms is Made in Oklahoma (MIO). In fact, what started out as an organization of less than a dozen Oklahoma food manufacturers in 2000 has grown into a 40-member coalition that employs more than 20,000 Oklahomans and generates more than $3 billion in sales annually. MIO is a great example of what can be accomplished when businesses pool resources. From produce and baked goods to essential oils, dog treats, handmade furnishings and more, you might be surprised to find out what is truly Made in Oklahoma.

To get a glimpse of some of the products available, visit the Oklahoma City Farmers Public Market Tuesday-Sunday or Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City Farmers Market in the Horticulture Pavilion on any Saturday throughout the year. Expect to find fresh delicious produce, herbs, honey, farm-fresh eggs, meat, cut flowers and much more. A farmers market is held in Oklahoma Department of Agriculture parking lot from noon to 5:30 p.m. each Tuesday and monthly in the Uptown 23rd neighborhood. Made in Oklahoma products are always in supply at Plenty Mercantile and the Red Dirt Emporium.

The MIO Coalition also offers numerous mouth-watering suggestions to use all those tasty items. Some of our favorites include candied bacon, fried okra salad, the working man’s quiche and so many more.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Ripe from the Vine

mother and daughter gardening

To get a true sense of farm-fresh quality (and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon) pack up the family and visit one of many farms around the OKC metro where you can pick your own fruits and vegetables straight from the vine. From juicy peaches and blackberries to tomatoes and purple hull peas, there’s no better place to find your favorite tasty treat and make some great memories. And the best part: no matter what part of OKC you choose to call home, there’s sure to be a farm or orchard close. Just remember to pack your sunscreen and plenty of beverages.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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More than a green thumb

Fabulous Oklahoma products aren’t limited to just food though. We are a skilled bunch with many talents and certainly see the beauty in everything.  We can make ladders from willow trees, leather vests by hand, furniture and kitchen utensils, soaps, beeswax lotions, soy candles and even turn salvaged wood into beautiful works of art. Don’t believe us: Check out the fabulous local shops and galleries throughout Oklahoma City to see our talents on display. From Automobile Alley to the Plaza District and Western Avenue to the Paseo District, there are products made by Oklahomans everywhere you turn. Check out the coolest places to shop in OKC here.

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Things to Do & See: July 7 - July 13, 2015

Crowd at Twilight Concert [photo credit: Carl Shortt]

[photo credit: Carl Shortt]

Tuesday, July 7
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Wheeler Criterium; Events start at 5:30 p.m.; Downtown OKC Airpark, 1701 S. Western; Admission is free.
Omaha StormChasers  vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Mary Poppins; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2584; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, July 8
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Weekly Walk-Ups: Reading Wednesdays; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Suggest donation of $2.
Okie Tales; 10:30 a.m.; Oklahoma History Center; 522-0765; $2 for children and includes museum admission.
Third Eye Blind/Dashboard Confessional; Rescheduled from July 7 due to weather; gates open at 5:30 p.m.; Zoo Amphitheatre; 602-0683; Ticket prices vary.
Mary Poppins; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2584; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, July 9
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Art after 5; 5 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Admission is $5.
Mary Poppins; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2584; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Garden, Water Stage; 445-7080; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, July 10
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Live on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; 367-9403; Free
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Garden, Water Stage; 445-7080; Ticket prices vary.
Mary Poppins; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2584; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, July 11
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Weekly Farmers Market; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Farmers Public Market; 232-6506; Event is free.
Mary Poppins; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2584; Ticket prices vary.
Orange County Blues vs. OKC Energy; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, July 12
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Sunday Twilight Concert Series; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080; Event is free.

Monday, July 13
Weekly Walk-Ups: Make-It Mondays; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Suggested donation of $2 per child.
Children Reading to Dogs; 7 p.m.; Almonte Library; 606-3575; Event is free.

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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Happy Birthday to You…

Guess who turns the big 2-3-9 this week? These United States of America, of course. Since firefighters across the country might frown on putting 239 candles on the cake, why don’t you let someone else do all the work and hit one of the many celebratory events all over the metro instead? On this week’s blog we will take a look at some of the best firework displays, festivals and parades you will find in OKC.

So grill a hotdog, grab an ice-cold beverage (something made in ’Merica) and enjoy the Fourth. No matter what corner of the OKC metro you live in we promise you there is a celebration nearby. Also, don't forget that personal fireworks are illegal in OKC proper, including sparklers, snakes and bottle rockets. (Don't say we didn't warn you.) Here are a few public fireworks displays for you to enjoy:

Know of any other communities nearby having Fourth of July bashes we missed? Let us know in the comments.

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Red, White and Boom

If you want to get a head start on the Fourth of July check out the annual Red, White & Boom performance at State Fair Park on Friday, July 3. The family-friendly, and most importantly free, event features the Oklahoma City Philharmonic playing your favorite songs about America through the night. Hear classics like “America the Beautiful,” “God Bless the USA,” “The Washington Post March” and “Who Let the Dogs Out” conducted by Maestro Joel Levine (we are kidding about that last song, by the way).

The concert starts at 8 with fireworks around 10. Those times are p.m., because a firework show at 10 a.m. might be slightly less impressive and kind of weird. Concessions will be available but be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chair.

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Take Me Out to the Ballgame

What could be more American than spending the Fourth watching baseball and eating a Dodger Dog? The answer is simply nothing (unless you go to the game in an Uncle Sam outfit). After the Oklahoma City Dodgers play, and hopefully beat, the Storm Chasers of Omaha you will be treated to a spectacular fireworks show, an annual tradition in OKC.

Not much of a baseball fan even in celebration of America? No problem. The great thing about fireworks is that you can see them from almost anywhere. Grab a bite to eat at your favorite Bricktown establishment, take a cruise down the Bricktown Canal or even check out Live on the Green in Lower Bricktown for some free, live music while enjoying the dazzling display of pyrotechnics. 

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Remember Those Who Have Served

Fourth of July can be about fun, friends and family but it is also a great time to remember all those who have served to help keep our country free over the years. It does not take living in Oklahoma City very long to see the deep roots and pride the community takes in the military. We’ve written extensively about OKC’s military ties in the past so take some time this Fourth of July week to check out some of our past blogs:

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Things to Do & See: June 30 - July 6, 2015

Tuesday, June 30
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Wheeler Criterium; Events start at 5:30 p.m.; Downtown OKC Airpark, 1701 S. Western; Admission is free.

Wednesday, July 1
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Weekly Walk-Ups: Reading Wednesdays; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Suggest donation of $2.
Okie Tales; 10:30 a.m.; Oklahoma History Center; 522-0765; $2 for children and includes museum admission.

Thursday, July 2
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Art after 5; 5 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Admission is $5.
Turnpike Troubadours/Jason Boland & the Stragglers; Gates open at 5:30 p.m.; Zoo Amphitheatre; 602-0683; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Garden, Water Stage; 445-7080; Ticket prices vary.
Full Moon Bike Ride and Run; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.

Friday, July 3
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
First Friday Gallery Walk; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District, 3022 Paseo; 525-2688; Free.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Garden, Water Stage; 445-7080; Ticket prices vary.
Red, White and Boom; 8:30 p.m.; State Fair Park; 842-5387; Concert is free.

Saturday, July 4
Stars and Stripes Forever 5K; 7 a.m.; Stars and Stripes Park; 613-5191; Registration is $25.
Weekly Farmers Market; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Farmers Public Market; 232-6506; Event is free.
Omaha StormChasers  vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, July 5
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Omaha StormChasers  vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 6:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Sunday Twilight Concert Series; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080; Event is free.

Monday, July 6
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Weekly Walk-Ups: Make-It Mondays; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Suggested donation of $2 per child.
Omaha StormChasers  vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Housing in Deep Deuce

With entertainment, arts, sporting events and nightlife all in your backyard, it is no surprise that downtown Oklahoma City living is booming. With housing options as diverse as the individuals that live in them, downtown Oklahoma City dwelling will give you the urban adventure that you’ve always wanted.

In downtown Oklahoma City, there are a total of 2,880 housing units, with nearly 2,000 more under construction or announced. Most of the construction is rental, but there are a few ownership units under construction as well.  (Rental prices will range anywhere from $784-$3,000, while for-sale options start at around $180,000 for a one-bedroom condo.) For those with children, living in downtown Oklahoma City allows you to have first dibs on entrance to John Rex Charter Elementary School, a tuition-free elementary school that currently offers pre-K through third grade instruction.  By the fall of 2018, the school will offer pre-K through sixth grade.

Below is a breakdown of downtown’s hottest spots for housing.

Central Business District/Bricktown/Deep Deuce
Oklahoma City’s renaissance is on display in the core of downtown, making it a perfect place to call home. Attractive to the young, the old and families in between, downtown offers plenty of choices and value for those looking for a true urban experience without much of the traditional hassle. Whether you choose to live in the heart of Oklahoma City in the central business district or you embrace the history and culture of the Deep Deuce neighborhood, new condos and apartments abound, as do newly-renovated rental units and fresh loft spaces. Whether you're looking to rent or to buy, downtown offers something for everyone in a hip, sophisticated upscale urban setting.

Midtown
One of the newest areas on the scene, Midtown is truly making a splash as a revitalization effort has taken hold and created multiple success stories. Full of fantastic housing options – from revitalized historic buildings to new developments – plus local restaurants and bars, Midtown is a great place to discover what’s new and hip on the OKC scene.

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Living in the Past

Heritage Hills House

You already know that Oklahoma City has plenty of character, and that is especially evident in the historic neighborhoods throughout the city. Tree-lined streets, peaceful front-porches and beautiful architecture all abound within close proximity to downtown and to several of Oklahoma City’s most popular districts.

Crown Heights
Crown Heights is an attractive Historic Preservation District consisting of homes dating from the 30s. Its mix of Tudor Revival, Colonial Revival, Mission-Spanish, Monterey, French Eclectic, Minimal Traditional and Art Deco styles combine with characteristic landscaping and a trendy location (bordering Western Avenue shopping and dining, near Asian District , midtown, downtown) to create one of Oklahoma City's premier historic neighborhoods.

Mesta Park/Heritage Hills
Home to many of Oklahoma City's founding elite, the neighborhoods just north of downtown, Mesta Park and Heritage Hills, are among the first Historic Preservation Districts in the state. With development starting just after the turn of the century, these neighborhoods feature a wealth of local history and intrigue, with the Overholser Mansion (Heritage Hills), one of the finest house museums in the world, and home of the legendary Perle Mesta (Mesta Park) joining the former Georgian "Oil Mansions," Prairie School / Foursquare, and Craftsman-style homes typical of the area.

Jefferson Park
The bungalow neighborhood of Jefferson Park is located two miles north of downtown and a mile west of the State Capitol. Neighbored by some of Oklahoma City’s other historic neighborhoods, Jefferson Park is filled with smaller bungalows that are big on historic charm.

Historic Capitol Hill
Historic Capitol Hill is located just south of downtown Oklahoma City and was once slated to be the location of the capitol of Oklahoma – thus giving it the source of its name. Years ago, the district was a thriving commercial area and since the creation of Capitol Hill Main Street in 1997, it has experienced a rebirth.

Read more about Oklahoma City’s historic preservation districts and find more neighborhood options.

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Sticking with the Suburbs

Suburban Edmond Home

In Oklahoma City, living in the suburbs doesn’t mean that you are too far away from the action. The city’s large land area allows you with plenty of options, while Oklahoma City’s low commute times make getting where you need to go a breeze. Oklahoma City has plenty of options for a suburban paradise in all directions from city center

Near Northwest OKC
Situated in the northwest quadrant of Oklahoma City near scenic Lake Hefner, the enduring popularity of these neighborhoods surprises no one. A variety of residences can be found, ranging from 30s-platted mansions to 50s-built ranch-style to 70s-developed subdivisions with larger footage. Close to shopping and recreation and sporting easy interstate access, this area is an enclave for those desiring suburban living without the commute. Subdivisions and cities include Nichols Hills, Lakeshore, Lansbrook, The Village, Warr Acres and more.

Northwest OKC/Edmond
Recent construction, a growing amount of retail offerings and larger homes are typically what you will find in this area. Some communities are gated and all offer outstanding neighborhood involvement. Good highway and turnpike access comes standard, as does excellent public schools. Subdivisions include Blue Stem, Warwick, Val Verde, Bocage, Summerfield, The Greens, Glen Eagles, Englewood Manor, Gaillardia, Oak Tree, Quail Creek, Silverhawk, Whitehall, Rose Creek, Oak Cliff Estates, Stone Creek Canyon, Highland Trails, Fairfax, Kingsbury Ridge, The Bluffs, Arbor Creek, La Sonata, The Grove South, Montague, Sonador, Heritage Oaks and many others.

South OKC/Moore/Norman
South Oklahoma City boasts more room, more new subdivisions, more new retail, more diversity, more value and more excitement than ever before. Similar to its counterparts in the northwest, newer construction and larger floorplans come standard, as do excellent public schools and interstate access. Subdivisions include Pepperwell Oaks, Rivendell, The Vineyard, Talavera, Brookhaven, Hallbrooke, Blue Creek, Classen Miller, Crossroads, Carrington Place, Summit Lakes, Eagles Cove, Lost Creek, The Willows, The Apples, Deerfield, Park Place, Eagle Cliff South and more.

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Pastoral Paradise

Oklahoma City Pastoral Housing

Looking for a little more room to roam? Living on the outskirts of Oklahoma City has never been more attractive. You’ll have all the peace that pastoral living provides, with much shorter commute times than you expect and still the same access to amenities.

Surrey Hills/Piedmont/Deer Creek
These communities located in far northwest Oklahoma City offer bigger lots and a definite change of pace. Subdivisions include Surrey Hills, Antler Ridge, Anderson Acres and more.

West Bethany/Mustang/Yukon
Large, unplatted residences on lots of land near traditional subdivisions offer all the traditional amenities alongside sought-after public schools. Easy highway access gives you a great way to live the lifestyle you want in the west Oklahoma City metro area. Subdivisions include Brownsville, Westport, Kingsridge, Magnolia Trace, Savannah Lakes, Walnut Manor, Hunters Glen, Canyon Lakes and more.

Midwest City/ Choctaw/ Jones/Nicoma Park/ Lake Aluma
The combination of small-town goodness and the close comforts of a metropolitan area can't be beat! Near Tinker AFB and great outdoors activities, eastern Oklahoma county has lots with lots of room, and lots to offer. Subdivisions include Asheville, Frolich Meadows, Riverwind Estates, Burtondale, Hickory Forest, The Timbers, Mill Creek Pond, Edgewater, and more.

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Things to Do & See: June 23 - June 29, 2015

OKCFest Crowd

Tuesday, June 23
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Wheeler Criterium; Events start at 5:30 p.m.; Downtown OKC Airpark, 1701 S. Western; Admission is free.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox  vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, June 24
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Okie Tales; 10:30 a.m.; Oklahoma History Center; 522-0765; $2 for children and includes museum admission.
Oklahoma City Summer Classic Dog Shows 2015; 8 a.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Tickets are $7 for adults, $2 for children 12+ and free for children 12 and under.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox  vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, June 25
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma City Summer Classic Dog Shows 2015; 7:30 a.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Tickets are $7 for adults, $2 for children 12+ and free for children 12 and under.
Art after 5; 5 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Admission is $5.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox  vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Presents Legends; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, June 26
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma City Summer Classic Dog Shows 2015; 7:30 a.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Tickets are $7 for adults, $2 for children 12+ and free for children 12 and under.
OKCFest; doors open at 4:30 p.m.; downtown OKC; $55 per day or $95 for both days.
H&8th; 7 p.m.; Hudson Ave., between N.W. 6th & 10th; Free.
Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Presents Legends; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, June 27
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Sandridge Energy Stars & Stripes River Festival; All Day; Boathouse District; 552-4040; This event is free.
Oklahoma City Summer Classic Dog Shows 2015; 7:30 a.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Tickets are $7 for adults, $2 for children 12+ and free for children 12 and under.
Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Presents Legends; 2:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
OKCFest; doors open at 4:30 p.m.; downtown OKC; $55 per day or $95 for both days.

Sunday, June 28
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma City Summer Classic Dog Shows 2015; 7:30 a.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Tickets are $7 for adults, $2 for children 12+ and free for children 12 and under.
Ringling Bros. And Barnum & Bailey Presents Legends; 3:00 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Sunday Twilight Concert Series; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080; Event is free.

Monday, June 29
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
International Mud Day; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Thunder Fountain; 445-7080; Suggested donation of $2 per child.
Weekly Walk-Ups: Make-It Mondays; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Suggested donation of $2 per child.

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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Fired Up for OKCFEST

Performer at OKC Fest

OKCFEST is back! Make a calendar note now for June 26-27 (Friday and Saturday), because you won’t want to miss the second iteration of downtown OKC’s music festival and party. Last year, more than 20,000 people took in the inaugural edition. This year, along with expanded musical offerings, there are a number of ticket options of which to take advantage, depending on your taste. Here’s what you need to know:

  • The festival will take place downtown (centered around SW 2nd and Harvey) just west of the Chesapeake Energy Arena. (Good news: the street will be closed so you don’t have to worry about dodging mopeds or getting hit by an inattentive texting motorist whilst enjoying the festival.)
  • There’s a “rock night” (Friday) and a “country night” (Saturday).
  • Friday night artists include: Grace Potter, Better Than Ezra, Graham Colton, Drive-By Truckers, and… Sammy Hagar and The Circle!
  • Saturday night artists include: Rascal Flatts; Hank Williams, Jr.; Clare Dunn; Lucas Hoge and Corey Kent White.
  • You can buy one-night tickets ($55) or two-night passes ($95).
  • Doors open at 4:30 p.m. each day with bands taking the stage at 5:00 p.m.
  • Rock headliner Sammy Hagar and The Circle features Hagar, former Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony, former Bus Boys guitarist Vic Johnson and Jason Bonham, son of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham.
  • Like last year, all profits will go to charity.
  • You might consider watching the @okcfest Twitter for deals.
  • Get more info at http://okcfest.com/

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The City is Alive With The Sound of Music

Crowd at Twilight Concert

We’ve covered places where you can check out some live music in town before, but the great thing about summer in OKC is that there are also plenty of chances to take in some totally free music outdoors with programs like Art Moves, Noon Tunes, OKC’s Friday district extravaganzas and other regularly recurring events. And what’s better than free? Not much, except maybe if they’re paying you… unfortunately, that’s not usually how it works. Wah-wah. Who do you think you are, The Bruce Dickinson? Sorry, you’re not. But still! Get those eardrums in earshot of the events below—and let us know what we’re missing.

  • First Friday of every month – Paseo First Friday Art Walk – 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Art / Gallery Receptions and live music in the Paseo District
  • Second Friday of every month – LIVE on the Plaza – 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. – Plaza District merchants open late with live music and special events
  • Third Friday of every month – Premiere on Film Row – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Art exhibitions, food trucks, film screenings and live music
  • Last Friday of every month – H&8th Night Market – 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. – “Family- and pet- friendly street festival built around a lineup of the city’s top gourmet food trucks and live music…”
  • Every Sunday – Sunday Twilight Concert Series at the Myriad Botanical Gardens (one of our TBL staff’s favorites) – 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. – bring a lawn chair or blanket, some foodstuffs and beverages and stuff yourself with edible and aural goodness.
  • Every Thursday – Noon Tunes at the Norick Downtown Library – 12:00 p.m. (naturally) – 1:00 p.m. – “musical performances from local musicians” in the cool comfort of the atrium of the downtown library
  • First Thursday of every month – Western Avenue on the Lawn Summer Series at 62nd and Western Ave. – 5:00 p.m. – 8 p.m. – “free live music for the whole family” along with food trucks and COOP beer
  • Third Thursday of every month – Auto Alley Shop Hop in Automobile Alley – 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – giveaways, extended shopping hours, activities for kids and live music
  • Every work day (that’s right!) – Art Moves at various locations downtown – 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., generally – music and occasional other live acts while you munch and mingle
  • Every Thursday night – concerts “in the park” in Midwest City (Joe B. Barnes Regional Park), Edmond (Hafer Park), and Yukon (Chisholm Trail Park)
  • Every other Sunday – Norman’s Summer Breeze Concert Series – 7:30 p.m. – Lions Park at the corner of Flood and Symmes
  • Select Fridays during the summer -- FAA Credit Union Summer Movie Series at the Boathouse District – head on down to the Oklahoma River with a blanket or lawn chair for live music, food trucks and a beer garden along with free family-friendly movies projected on the side of the Chesapeake Finish Line Tower. Music and festivities begin at 6 p.m., with films rolling at 8:30 p.m.
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