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Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Authors that call OKC home

Ralph Ellison

Authors that call OKC home          
Fellow bibliophiles, rejoice! Oklahoma City is home to authors of all genres. Get to know your new hometown by reading the works of some of its more wordy residents.

  • Ralph Ellison, author of the 1953 National Book Award winner “Invisible Man” and Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree (1969), grew up in Oklahoma City. You can see a sculpture of him at the Oklahoma City library that bears his name or see a portrait of him at the Oklahoma State Capitol.  Read more by checking out some of the books by him and about him from the Metropolitan Library System.
  • Award-winning mystery writer Carolyn Hart grew up in Oklahoma City and has written 58 books, and most recently published Ghost Times Two in October 2016. Her standalone novel Letter From Home, which is set in Oklahoma, won the Agatha for Best Mystery Novel of 2003 and was a New York Times notable book that year.
  • Oklahoma City native and resident Lou Berney has written three critically-acclaimed, award-winning novels and his latest, The Long and Faraway Gone, is a mystery based in Oklahoma City. The Long and Faraway Gone has won multiple awards including the 2016 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original.
  • Oklahoma City native Gena Showalter, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, writes young adult romance novels often featuring paranormal creatures. The second book in her Everlife series, Lifeblood, is set to be released on Feb. 28.
  • Chef Rick Bayless grew up in Oklahoma City (his family’s business was the barbecue restaurant called Hickory House) and now operates Frontera Grill in Chicago. He has written several cookbooks featuring the Mexican cuisine for which he is known. His brother, Skip Bayless, is a sportswriter and columnist and a television commentator for Fox Sports 1.
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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Bulk up your personal library

Friends of the Library

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If you enjoy sifting through mountains of books, magazines, videos, etc., then the Metropolitan Library System in Oklahoma City has a solution for that: The Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale.


Each year, more than 600,000 books are for sale, making it one of the largest in the nation. Admission is free. This year’s Book Sale will be from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 25, and Sunday, Feb. 26, in the Oklahoma Expo Hall at the State Fairgrounds. If you are a Friends of the Library member, you can shop early – at the members-only pre-sale event from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24.


If you want even more time around the books (and what reader wouldn’t?), then volunteer.

Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Get to know the Metropolitan Library System

Downtown Library

Here in Oklahoma City we have an amazing library system that allows easy access to your favorite titles so you can keep your brain sharp and your imagination running free.

The Metropolitan Library System serves more than 600,000 people throughout 19 locations in Oklahoma County. To get a card, you just have to live in Oklahoma County. And if your county is Cleveland, McClain, or Pottawatomie and you are part of the Pioneer Library System, you can still join in the Metropolitan Library System’s fun – our Oklahoma City-area libraries have a reciprocal service agreement with the Pioneer Library System, with its headquarters in Norman.

In addition to the books, the library allows its members to check out and download eBooks (including indie and self-published works), audiobooks, magazines and music. The library also gives members access to online learning resources for kids and adults, with popular resources like Lynda.com and Mango Languages available at no cost. There are virtually no limits to the things you can learn and do as a card-carrying member of the library. Find a library near you.

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More than just books

Kids

The Metropolitan Library System has a long list of activities for those who want to connect with real people in the real world. Whether you want to join a book club, pursue a hobby like tai chi or art, get healthy with exercise classes or attend a story hour with your kids, you can find something that interests you at a nearby library. Check out the events calendar and sign up for one.

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Things to Do & See: February 21 - February 27, 2017

Live music

Tuesday, February 21
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Yoga Tuesday in the Gardens; 5:45 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room; Free for members and $10 for nonmembers.
Bon Jovi; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.


Wednesday, February 22
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Reading Wednesday; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
New York Knicks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.


Thursday, February 23
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.


Friday, February 24
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
L.A. Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.


Saturday, February 25
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play; 1:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Florida Georgia Lines; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Turnpike Troubadours; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; 840-5500; Ticket prices vary.


Sunday, February 26
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Mr. Burns, A Post-Electric Play; 1:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.


Monday, February 27
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Road Trip North: Edmond

Jazz Lab

Edmond is Oklahoma City’s closest neighbor to the north and one of Oklahoma’s largest cities, but its location allows it to be a popular suburb for people who work all across the Oklahoma City area. And thousands of students at Oklahoma Christian University and the University of Central Oklahoma call Edmond home during their academic careers. Even if you don’t live in the area, don’t miss out on all that Edmond has to offer visitors.

If you’re still in the mood for music, enjoy some live soul music at the University of Central Oklahoma’s Jazz Lab. During the week, across the street, you can learn about Edmond’s history at the Edmond Historical Society and Museum.

Want to spend time outdoors? Edmond offers ways to do that, too, especially with several parks. Arcadia Lake offers trails for bicycling, motorcycles and hiking/running, boat rentals and horseback riding, among other things. Edmond has a range of other parks, as well, but two big ones with lots of trails are MitchPark and Hafer Park.  In warmer weather, you can check out two water parks: The Edmond Y Water Park and Pelican Bay Aquatic Center.

Also in far north Edmond is another architectural marvel, the Armstrong Auditorium. It is a luxury venue that hosts premier concerts and performing arts, ranging from the Russian National Ballet to classical, jazz or even bluegrass music, depending on the season.

Arcadia, Edmond, Oklahoma City
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Road Trip North: Stillwater

Oklahoma State

Home of Oklahoma State University, Stillwater is just an hour or so up the road from OKC and features plenty of diverse activities to do in its own right. Read on for more ideas on how to spend your time in Stillwater.

  • The National Wrestling Hall of Fame – this “shrine to the sport of wrestling” should definitely be on your Stillwater to-do list. Full of memorabilia and history, “mankind’s oldest and most basic form of recreational combat” is celebrated here. Learn about the sport’s pioneers, African-American and Latino wrestling history, America’s Olympic heroes, and more. 
  • Main Street Shopping – Downtown Stillwater features that classic Main Street feel, with lots of local flavor and things to see and eat. Bike nights, Food Truck nights, and the Car and Bike Show augment the experience. Check the calendar at the link above to see what’s going down Downtown, or just head out and get your shop on.
  • Lake Fun – Stillwater’s three area reservoirs of regalement stand ready for you to visit any time of year. Lakes BlackwellMcMurtry, and Boomer offer all the typical lake fun you can stand and then some, including bird watching, mountain biking, hunting, disc golf, camping, horseback riding and trails for fitness, among other features.
  • Golf at Karsten Creek – The Stillwater area in general offers plenty for the duffers out there, but you may want to pay a special visit to Karsten Creek. Considered one of the best public courses in the nation, this Tom Fazio-designed course is the home of Oklahoma State’s golf teams, and you can play there too! Take the opportunity to grab your clubs and experience a demanding course you’re sure not to forget.

For more info, just hop over to www.visitstillwater.org.

golf, Oklahoma City, outdoor recreation, Stillwater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Road Trip North: Guthrie

Guthrie

The city of Guthrie (located just 35 minutes north of Oklahoma City) was chosen as the Territorial Capital in the months following the Land Run of 1889, and when Oklahoma gained statehood in 1907, Guthrie became the state capital. Today, Guthrie has retained much of its territorial architecture (and charm!) to become one of the most picturesque places to visit. It stands today as a National Historic Landmark filled with examples of late 19th and early 20th Century architecture.

Here are just a few of the many ways to experience Guthrie:

  • Grab some delicious donuts at Missy’s Donuts & Bakery.
  • Find your inner musician at the Double Stop Fiddle Shop. We hear that Vince Gill has been known to pop in.
  • Catch a show at the Pollard Theater.
  • Get your caffeine fix at Hoboken Coffee Roasters.
  • Going in the summer months? Don’t miss the chance for a good old-fashioned drive-in movie at Beacon Drive-In.
Guthrie
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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2017 Relocation Video

Midtown

Do you know someone looking for a new situation? If you already live in the 4-0-5, we don’t have to tell you that Oklahoma City represents opportunity that's here for the taking. Our region combines a stellar standard of living and a spirit that says "go for it!" Watch our new relocation video for more information about relocating to Greater Oklahoma City and be sure to share it with friends, family, peers, coworkers, pets … well you get the point.

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Things to Do & See: February 14 - February 20, 2017

Tower Theater

Tuesday, February 14
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Yoga Tuesday in the Gardens; 5:45 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room; Free for members and $10 for nonmembers.
Santa Cruz Warriors vs. the Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 1-800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.


Wednesday, February 15
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Reading Wednesday; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
New York Knicks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.


Thursday, February 16
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Pippin; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.


Friday, February 17
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
The Sleeping Beauty; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.


Saturday, February 18
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Monster Jam; 1 & 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
The Sleeping Beauty; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Tower Theater Grand Opening w/ Jabee; 8 p.m.; Tower Theater; $10 in advance and $15 at the door.


Sunday, February 19
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Monster Jam; 1 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
The Sleeping Beauty; 2 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.


Monday, February 20
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.

Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Our Handy Guide to Visiting

Visitors Guides

Have some friends or family coming to town or simply need another resource to help you discover more of Oklahoma City? The Oklahoma City Visitors Guide is a magazine you need to get to know.

If there is fun to be had in OKC, you will find the info you need inside. Everything from festival and event listings, district guides and even some ideas of free things to do dot the pages. If you want to be a true resident of Oklahoma City be sure to check out Iconic OKC to check off stuff from your OKC bucket list. With Valentine’s Day around the corner you might even get some great ideas of how to spend that special evening with that special someone.

attractions, Oklahoma City, publication, Visit OKC
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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What to See in #OKC

Thanks to our friends at VisitOKC.com, each month you can take your own virtual tour with a new “What to OKC” video highlighting that month’s events and attractions. And then you can dive deeper to get area highlights and happenings, as well as local trips for your specific interest – outdoors, sports, history, the arts, nightlife and more.

The videos post to the main page of VisitOKC.com at the beginning of each month. You can check out February’s video now. You should also visit the VisitOKC YouTube channel to catch up on past videos you missed (along with other great content). 

While we at The Better Life Blog can’t imagine living anywhere else, we realize that Oklahoma City certainly would be fun to visit as well.

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Moving on Up

Moving to a new city can be stressful. What part of town should I live in? Should I get a house, condo or apartment? Rent or buy? Sometimes you may even be looking for a job. While we here at the Better Life spend most of our time trying to keep you informed on great things to do in Oklahoma City, we also want to give you some practical info to help relieve any of the stress we can.

The utilities page on our website is a great starting point if you have any questions on who provides what in Oklahoma City. In Oklahoma City proper OGE Energy is our electric provider and Oklahoma Natural Gas provides, you guessed it -- gas. The City of Oklahoma City takes care of water, waste and recycling. Like most major metros, we have a plethora of television, phone and internet providers to choose from.

Living outside of the city? No problem we also have links to the surrounding communities where you can get more information on the utilities in your town.  

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Tinker Turns 75

If you have spent any time at all reading our blog then you know we tend to talk about Tinker Air Force Base a lot. Well we have good reason too. Not only is Tinker critical in the defense of our country, but it is one of the biggest economic drivers in our state. More than 26,000 employees got to work at Tinker every day and the base contributes more than $3 billion to the local economy annually.

This year Tinker celebrates its 75th anniversary. The year will be filled with fun activities to celebrate the monumental anniversary culminating in an Air Force Ball on Sept. 16.

This a chance to not only celebrate the crucial work being done at Tinker but also 75 years of deep commitment between the Air Force and our community. So check out the schedule, get to an event (or two) and celebrate Tinker’s 75 years in our city as we look forward to even more success for the base in the future.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: February 7 - February 13, 2017

Tuesday, February 7
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Yoga Tuesday in the Gardens; 5:45 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room; Free for members and $10 for nonmembers.
Pippin; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, February 8
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Reading Wednesday; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Pippin; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, February 9
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Pippin; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, February 10
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Bart & Nadia Sports Experience; All Day; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Event is Free.
An Affair of the Heart; All Day; State Fair Park; $8 per person
Live on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; 367-9403; Free.
Pippin; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, February 11
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Bart & Nadia Sports Experience; All Day; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Event is Free.
An Affair of the Heart; All Day; State Fair Park; $8 per person
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Pippin; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, February 12
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
An Affair of the Heart; All Day; State Fair Park; $8 per person
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Pippin; 2 & 7 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, February 13
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Take flight in OKC

Tinker

If you are new to OKC, you might not fully appreciate how important the aerospace industry is to our current economy.

Most people will recognize the major players in Oklahoma City’s aerospace industry, like the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center at Tinker Air Force Base and its partnerships with private companies such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney to operate the largest aircraft and jet engine repair center in the U.S. Another star performer is the FAA’s Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center, whose 5,500 employees provide aviation training and logistics support to the nation’s aerospace system. And Oklahoma City’s educational institutions in the region have close and frequent interaction with these industry professionals, laying the foundation for further growth.

Will Rogers World Airport is another hub of Greater Oklahoma City's aviation industry is with approximately 10,000 employees and 67 tenants. More than 3.7 million travels pass through our airport every year. Most recently, the airport announced three new restaurants coming to the airport including local favorites Tucker’s Onion Burgers and Coolgreens.

All of these factors combine to make aerospace one of the key drivers of our region’s economy. It supports more than 85,000 workers and the production of $7.3 billion in goods and services in Oklahoma City alone.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Making a mark on aviation history

While the Wright brothers may not have hailed from Oklahoma, plenty of other aviation pioneers did, allowing our state to leave an indelible mark on the industry’s history. Aviation pioneers Clyde Cessna, Will Rogers, Shannon Lucid, Wiley Post, and John “Lee” Atwood all contributed to the craft of aviation while living in Oklahoma, with Will Rogers and Wiley Post both calling Oklahoma “home” for the majority of their lives.

Post first made headlines in 1931 when he and his navigator broke the record by flying around the world in just eight days (hey, it was 1931). This accomplishment made Post a national celebrity (on par with Charles Lindbergh). In 1933, he became the first person to fly solo around the world. For most people, that would be enough accomplishment for a lifetime, but not for Mr. Post. He also developed one of the first pressure suits and discovered the jet stream.

Another Oklahoma aviation and military pioneer is Major Gen. Clarence Tinker, who was born in Osage Nation near Pawhuska, Okla., in 1887. He began his distinguished military service in 1912, when he was commissioned into the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant. During World War I, he rose in rank to major, and in 1919 he was transferred to the place where he would spend the bulk of his career, the Air Corps.

After rising through the ranks, he was named Commander of the Seventh Air Force in Hawaii after the attacks on Pearl Harbor. In 1942, Tinker was promoted to major general, becoming the first Native American to reach that rank and the highest-ranking officer with Native American ancestry in the U.S. Army at that time. Tinker demonstrated the hands-on, get-things-done nature of Oklahomans when he personally led a force of B-24s against the retreating Japanese naval forces during the Battle of Midway on June 7.

During that battle, Tinker became the first American general killed during World War II, but his legacy was commemorated in a lasting way a few months later when the Oklahoma City Air Depot was named Tinker Field in his honor. That air depot served its country faithfully during World War II and is still serving faithfully today as Tinker Air Force Base and the Air Force Sustainment Center.

This year is a great opportunity to learn more about the history of Tinker Air Force Base and the impact it has on our community. The base turns 75 this year and will host events all year long to celebrate including a half marathon and air show. Check out a list of events to get involved. 

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Stay weather aware this spring

OKC Downtown Skyline

Spring in Oklahoma City brings a lot of activities that we look forward to each year – the blooms at Myriad Gardens, patio season at our favorite restaurants, the start of the OKC Dodgers season – but it also brings with it an increased likelihood of severe weather.

Last year OKC adopted a new tornado siren policy. These changes make it more important than ever to immediately take shelter and get more information when you hear a siren. In previous years, OKC sounded all of its sirens within a county affected by a National Weather Service (NWS) tornado warning. For example, if the NWS issued a tornado warning in Cleveland County, Oklahoma City sounded all of its Cleveland County sirens. As a result, people could hear sirens far away from tornado threats.

The important new policy change divides OKC into zones. When the NWS issues a tornado warning, only the sirens in zones covered by the warning will sound. Residents and visitors don’t need to know what zone they’re in, only to immediately take shelter and get more information if they hear a siren. Oklahoma City will continue to test its sirens every Saturday at noon unless there is a threat of severe weather.

Emergency management officials recommend you have more than one way to get warnings and other information about storms. Information sources include NOAA weather radios, smartphone apps, television news, traditional radios and online news and weather websites.

People with disabilities can receive alerts and warnings from the city’s Accessible Hazard Alert System (AHAS). Go to http://okc.ahasalerts.com/ to learn more.

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A guide to watches and warnings

Bricktown Canal

If you aren’t familiar with the categories for severe weather, watching a meteorology report can be a little confusing. Here is a no-frills guide to severe weather reporting.

Severe thunderstorm watch
What it means:
The potential exists for the development of thunderstorms that might produce large hail and/or damaging winds.
What to do: Go about your normal activities, but be aware of the weather. Listen to the National Weather Service’s weather radio or local stations for further weather updates.

Severe thunderstorm warning
What it means:
A severe thunderstorm – meaning a storm with large hail and/or damaging winds – is occurring or is imminent.
What to do: Move indoors or to a place of safety.

Tornado watch
What it means:
Conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms to form, and these storms may be capable of producing a tornado.
What to do: Go about your normal activities, but be aware of the weather. Listen to the National Weather Service’s weather radio or local stations for further weather updates.  

PDS tornado watch
What it means:
This type of tornado watch is issued when the National Weather Service deems a storm to be a “particularly dangerous situation” with the potential for multiple strong or violent tornadoes. Of the tornado watches issued across the U.S. from 1996-2005, only 7 percent were classified as PDS tornado watches.
What to do: Go about your normal activities, but be aware of the weather. Listen to the National Weather Service’s weather radio or local stations for further weather updates.  

Tornado warning
What it means:
A tornado has been spotted or intense low-level rotation has been indicated on weather radar.
What to do: According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), you should take cover immediately in an enclosed, windowless area on the lowest level of your home or office.

It is a good idea to have a severe weather plan in place for you and your family. The National Weather Service in Norman has put together a handy-dandy guide to make sure you have everything you need in the event of severe weather.

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Things to Do & See: January 31 - February 6, 2017

Thunder fans

Tuesday, January 31
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Yoga Tuesday in the Gardens; 5:45 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room; Free for members and $10 for nonmembers.

Wednesday, February 1
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Reading Wednesday; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Chicago Bulls vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, February 2
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.

Friday, February 3
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Paseo Arts District First Friday Gallery Walk; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; Event is free.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Verdi’s La Traviata; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, February 4
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
The Harlem Globetrotters; 2 & 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Los Angeles D-Fenders vs. the Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 1-800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Classics 5- Andreas Delf, Guest Conductor; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, February 5
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Verdi’s La Traviata; 2 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Portland Trailblazers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, February 6
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.

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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Farmers Market District

Farmers Market

Although many would classify the district as up-and-coming, the Farmers Market District can trace its history back nearly a century.

Located in the southwest portion of downtown, the centerpiece of the district is the Farmers Public Market building, a grand example of Colonial Spanish architecture. Opened in 1928, the building was used by farmers to sell fresh produce and by locals for events, including concerts and boxing matches. Legends such as Bob Wills and Hank Williams, Sr. played the auditorium.

The building was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Today, after extensive renovations, the building is once again a hub of local retail and events. More than a dozen independent retailers operate out of the building.

To call the district funky and eclectic might be cliché, but it happens to be true. Urban Farmhouse Designs uses reclaimed lumber to create custom furniture and has become one of the go-to-places in the metro for that one-of-a-kind, must-have piece. Anthem Brewing Company is also located in the district and has quickly become one of the best craft breweries in the state (their Arjuna is a big hit at Better Life HQ).

The district also features a yoga studio, speakeasy and much more, making it the perfect visit for a Saturday afternoon stroll.  You can read more about the district in a past issue of VeloCity.

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Adventure District

Elephants at the Zoo

If there is one thing you can say about the Adventure District, it is that it lives up to its name and then some.

The Oklahoma City Zoo is one of the crown jewels of the city and features more than 1,800 animals spread over 119 acres. We recommend the Great escAPE (get it) exhibit where you can watch gorillas, orangutans and chimpanzees monkey around. This is also where you can find the Zoo Amphitheater, the premier venue for outdoor concerts in the metro.

Next door to the Zoo is Science Museum Oklahoma which has been entertaining and teaching generations of kids about science since the late 50s. If you were raised in Oklahoma City, you know all about the shadow wall. The museum is home to a must-see Science Live performance and a planetarium. Also you still have a couple of months to check out the Red Dirt Dinos exhibit. In this one-of-a-kind experience, the dinosaurs who used to roam the Sooner State come back alive.

Nearby is the world-renowned National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum where you can find exhibits on cowboy heritage and one of the largest collections of western art in the known galaxy. 

There is also fun to be had for sports fans at the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame & Museum. Not just a place for history, the Museum welcomes thousands each year for the annual Women’s College World Series.

Last, but not least, if you need a break from the kids head over to Remington Park Racing & Casino which is not only the region’s top race track, but the city’s only casino.

As you can see the Adventure District has a ton to do (even more than we listed), but if you want to see it all you are going to need more than a weekend.

racetrack, western heritage, zoo, Adventure District, concerts, family-friendly, kids, museums, nightlife
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Deep Deuce

Deep Deuce neighborhood

Located in the heart of downtown, the Deep Deuce District is one of the most historically significant areas of Oklahoma City and now a key urban center for the metro.

First the history, as the Deep Deuce was the home for African-American culture in Oklahoma City for decades. The district was a regional hub for jazz music in the 40s and home to legends like Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Charlie Christian and Jimmy Rushing. Oklahoma City native and literary giant Ralph Ellison even wrote a tribute to the district in his poem entitled “Deep Second”.

Recently the district has seen remarkable investment and redevelopment. Today you can find great restaurants and much of the city’s urban housing developments, making it the center for urban living in OKC.   

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Stockyards City

Stockyards City entrance

If you’ve read the blog before you know we are guilty of bragging about the momentum and future of Oklahoma City from time to time. That might be true, but it doesn’t mean we don’t also like to embrace our past and heritage. Stockyards City is a place where that heritage comes alive.

The district was home to one of Oklahoma City’s first major industry, with a rush of meat processors and packing plants, and was known affectionately here as Packingtown. When the original plant closed in 1961, a cattle auction was added to secure the district’s future. The Oklahoma National Stockyards, the world’s largest stocker and feeder cattle market, is open to visitors so you can experience the action firsthand every Monday and Tuesday.

If you have cowboy needs (even of the urban cowboy variety), Stockyards City is the place to be as some of the businesses date back to the early 1900s. Boot and hat repair, western wear and even the Rodeo Opry make up the district.

Of course, talking about the district wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the world-famous Cattlemen’s Steakhouse. The steakhouse opened in 1910 and has been serving hungry ranchers and cattlemen ever since. Heck, if it is good enough for John Wayne and a sitting president, you might want to give it a try.

restaurants, retail, Stockyards, western heritage
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Things to Do & See: January 24 - January 30, 2017

Downtown in December Ice Skating

Tuesday, January 24
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Yoga Tuesday in the Gardens; 5:45 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room; Free for members and $10 for nonmembers.

Wednesday, January 25
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Reading Wednesday; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, January 26
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Iowa Energy vs. the Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 1-800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, January 27
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Disney in Concert: Tales as Old as Time; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, January 28
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Disney in Concert: Tales as Old as Time; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, January 29
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
An Evening with Dawes Live in OKC; 8 p.m.; ACM&UCO Performance Lab; 866-966-177; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, January 30
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Live! on the Plaza

Live! on the Plaza

The Plaza District, located along NW 16 between Classen Boulevard and Pennsylvania Avenue, is a perfect example of the development that has happened in Oklahoma City the last couple of decades. Local retailers helped breathe new life into an aging retail corridor that many thought was beyond repair. Today the Plaza is a hub of unique and funky local restaurants, clothing stores, art boutiques and more.

The best way to experience it is the monthly Live! On the Plaza. Held the second Friday of each month, the businesses stay open late to feature live music, artists, shopping and more starting at 7 p.m. The event is jam-packed with people, free and family friendly.

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The Exchange on Film Row

Musicians in Film Row

Film Row is located on Sheridan just west of downtown and is another Oklahoma City district bustling with history. Placed on the National Register of Historic Place, the district was home to OKC’s film industry 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 the district is home to local retailers and businesses and it seems you can’t go a day without hearing of a new development in the up and coming district. Soon there will even be a live music venue and historic hotel.

The Exchange on Film Row is the district’s monthly festival and it is held the third Friday of each month from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (beginning in May). Premiere on Film Row aims to be family friendly and features live music, some of the best food trucks in OKC and even film screenings.  

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Gallery Walk

Paseo District

The Paseo Arts District was originally developed in 1929 by Oklahoma City pioneer GA Nichols as the first commercial shopping district north of downtown. The Paseo still features the same Spanish-inspired, stucco buildings it did in the ’20s.

In the 1970s the district (located around North 28th Street and Walker Avenue) saw a renaissance take shape as artists began to move to the area and open galleries. Today the street is home to some of the top art galleries and local restaurants in the city.

During the Paseo’s First Friday Gallery Walk you can see more than 60 artists from about 20 galleries participate in this event, from 6 to 10 p.m. on the first Friday of each month, and it includes themed exhibits, refreshments, guest artists and other entertainment.

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Things to Do & See: January 17 - January 23, 2017

Bull Riding

Tuesday, January 17
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Yoga Tuesday in the Gardens; 5:45 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room; Free for members and $10 for nonmembers.

Wednesday, January 18
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Reading Wednesday; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, January 19
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.

Friday, January 20
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
The OKC Boat & RV Show; 11 a.m.; Cox Convention Center; 1-800-745-3000.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, January 21
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
The OKC Boat & RV Show; 9 a.m.; Cox Convention Center; 1-800-745-3000.
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
PBR: Express Employment Professionals; 6:45 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, January 22
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
The OKC Boat & RV Show; Noon; Cox Convention Center; 1-800-745-3000.
PBR: Express Employment Professionals; 1:45 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, January 23
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Follow then lead

Smart phone user

If you really want to get to know a town and stay on top of the comings and goings, Twitter is the place to be. However if you are new to a city or new to the Twitter community, it can be a little intimidating. Well, here at the Better Life we want to help your transition to full-blown local as quickly as possible. Here is a good beginner list of accounts to follow. Of course this is not an exhaustive list. If there is anyone you feel we’ve left out put them in the comments below for all to see.

General news, info and events
@BetterLifeOKC – Get the 4-1-1 on the 4-0-5
@okcchamber – Greater OKC Chamber
@VisitOKC – Oklahoma City CVB

Sports
@okcthunder – Oklahoma City Thunder – NBA basketball
@okcblue- Oklahoma City Blue – NBA Development League affiliate of the Oklahoma City Thunder
@okc-dodgers – Oklahoma City Dodgers – AAA Affiliate of the MLB Los Angeles Dodgers
@EnergyFC – Oklahoma City Energy – OKC’s USL Pro soccer team, affiliate of MLS Sporting KC

City stuff
@cityofokc – City of Oklahoma City
@MickCornett – Mayor of Oklahoma City

Media and Blogs
@AboutOKC – About.com’s OKC guide
@JournalRecord – Daily business news
@NewsOK – Daily news
@OKGazette – OKC alternative weekly news
@OklahomaRock – Local music news, shows, bands, more
@YelpOKC – What’s good in OKC

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