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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Festival of the Arts

This week marks one of our absolute favorite weeks in Oklahoma City. We love hearing and seeing the talents of our fellow Oklahomans and there is no better locale for that than the annual Festival of the Arts.

The six-day event is an annual rite of passage to welcome spring in Oklahoma City. The festival, now in its 48th year, literally transforms downtown OKC into a bazaar-like atmosphere complete with colorful tents and thousands of attendees. The festival had humble beginnings in 1967, when Arts Council committee members personally sought out artists to exhibit and even made sandwiches and hot dogs for attendees. But today, the Festival of the Arts is one of the largest and most successful in the country.

Here are some things to remember when you visit the Festival of the Arts:

  • The art is world-class. More than 500 artists submitted work for the Festival jury process. The 141 chosen artists are some of the nation’s finest. Artworks include oil paintings, watercolors,   photography, ceramics, glass, sculpture, fiber, jewelry, wood, and more!
  • There’s plenty of entertainment. Nearly 300 entertainers will take the stage during the festival. From the big band sounds of the 145th Army Bank to the bluegrass sounds of Southbound Mule and choral groups such as the Sweet Adelines to Irish step dancers, Mexican folk dancers and ballet artists, the talent of Oklahomans is hard to dispute. 
  • Family fun is important too. There’s plenty to keep the youngsters entertained at the festival. Kids can create their own works of art at the Children’s Art Field. Other family-friendly activities include face painting and a creation station. The tikes are also sure to enjoy the Young-at-Art Mart, a children-only shopping site where all artwork is $5 or less. 
  • Bring your appetite! From appetizers to desserts, the festival is also a celebration of the culinary arts. Dozens of vendors bring their delicacies to the festival and each one is partnered with a local arts organization, so each bite you take supports the arts in central Oklahoma. Go ahead and expand your palate with daily culinary arts demonstrations from restaurants such as Sushi Neko , VAST, Rococo, Paseo Grill and many more. 
kids, arts and culture, family-friendly, festivals, food
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Behold the beauty

From the moment you step into the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, it’s hard not to be in awe of its grandeur. A 55-foot Chihuly tower in the Museum’s atrium serves to welcome visitors, but that is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to what OKCMOA has to offer.

In addition to boasting one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of Chihuly glass, OKCMOA also offers a varied and spectacular selection of permanent and rotating exhibits.

We can’t wait to test our skills of deduction at the Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World exhibit. More than 60 works by some of the world’s most notorious con artists will be displayed alongside actual works of art. Bring your best sleuthing skills. We bet you’ll need them.

Where can you see images of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jack Nicklaus, figure-skating Olympic gold medalist Dorothy Hamill, boxing icon Muhammad Ali and O. J. Simpson all portrayed in classic Andy Warhol style? Where else, but OKCMOA, of course. The striking works found in Warhol: The Athletes offer an interesting perspective on athletes and something you certainly don’t want to miss. 

Grab some friends and head out to Art After 5. The weekly event, held each Thursday, offers a fun way to unwind from a busy day, socialize and enjoy great works of art all while enjoying a spectacular view of downtown.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Expand your horizons

The art scene is not limited to downtown OKC, as galleries showcasing the talents of Oklahomans are spread throughout the different districts our great city. No matter what media and style you fancy, there’s sure to be something that piques your interest.

Check out the exhibit “Alex Leme: Small Town: Portraits of a Disappearing America” for an interesting interpretation of small-town America at the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center. The Orly Genger: Terra exhibit also offers a spectacular site.

Another of our favorite galleries, JRB Art at the Elms, is currently featuring the unique and mesmerizing photographs of Siegfried Halus and clay sculptures by Paul Media as part of a rotating exhibit. The gallery also features works by more than 100 Oklahoma artists.

Exhibit C, one of OKC’s newest galleries, offers an intriguing look at the talents of Chickasaws in Oklahoma.  Jewelry, pottery, paintings and clothing from Chickasaw artisans are just a small sampling of what you can expect to find here. And don’t forget to pick up some Bedré Fine Chocolate – we could argue that it’s some of the best you’ll ever have. 

Dozens of artists will be gathering at Howell Gallery of Fine Art for “Painting in the Courtyard” on May 2. This is a great way to see the talents and techniques of some of the city’s finest artists first-hand.

Get out and see OKC. There are plenty of cultural offerings to keep you busy and we promise you won’t be disappointed.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: April 21 - April 27, 2015

Tuesday, April 21
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
Festival of the Arts; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Downtown Oklahoma City; Admission is free.
Wheeler Criterium; Events start at 5:30 p.m.; Downtown OKC Airpark, 1701 S. Western; Admission is free.

Wednesday, April 22
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
Festival of the Arts; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Downtown Oklahoma City; Admission is free.
Bringing Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.

Thursday, April 23
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
Festival of the Arts; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Downtown Oklahoma City; Admission is free.
San Antonio Rampage vs. Oklahoma City Barons; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, April 24
Festival of the Arts; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Downtown Oklahoma City; Admission is free.
H&8th; 7 p.m.; Hudson Ave., between N.W. 6th & 10th; Free.
Gabriel Iglesias; 8 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Charlie Robison; 9:30 p.m.; Wormy Dog Saloon, 311 E. Sheridan; 601-6276; Tickets are $12.

Saturday, April 25
Festival of the Arts; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Downtown Oklahoma City; Admission is free.
San Antonio Rampage vs. Oklahoma City Barons; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
St. Louis FC vs. Oklahoma City Energy; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium, NW 27th 7 May; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.
Omaha Storm Chasers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, April 26
Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon; 6:30 a.m.; Starts at the Oklahoma City National Memorial; 235-3313.
Festival of the Arts; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Downtown Oklahoma City; Admission is free.
Party for the Planet; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Oklahoma City Zoo; 425-0262; Free with Zoo admission.
Omaha Storm Chasers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 2:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, April 27
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
Omaha Storm Chasers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

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

We’re Gonna Party Like its 1889

April 22 marks the 126th anniversary of the Oklahoma Land Run and the birth of Oklahoma City, and we know you are going to want to celebrate. Step back in time and revel with our neighbor to the north! The ‘89er Days Celebration in Guthrie celebrates the Oklahoma Land Run in the largest urban historic district in Oklahoma, which makes it easy for you to imagine what life was like during Oklahoma’s earliest days. The events, including the Chuck Wagon Feed & Auction and the beard and moustache contest, start tonight, and culminate with gospel and bluegrass concerts on Sunday, April 19. Don’t miss the largest parade in Oklahoma on Saturday, April 18, at noon. View the entire schedule here.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Stake Your Claim as Trivia Champion

Want to impress your friends and stump your foes with some cool Land Run trivia knowledge? Look no further for some facts about Oklahoma City’s first days.

  • President Benjamin Harrison signed a proclamation on March 23, 1889, that opened the Unassigned Lands of Indian Territory to settlement. The Oklahoma Land Run took place less than a month later on April 22, 1889.
  • The Land Run opened up a 1.9-million-acre tract of unassigned land for eager citizens to settle.
  • Cannons and pistols fired at precisely high noon on April 22, giving the go ahead for people to stake their claim on a tract of land. Those that participated in the mad dash were called “Boomers,” since they waited for the boom of the cannon to charge into the new territory.
  • Soldiers were tasked with keeping the rowdy crowd in line, but a few sneaky citizens slipped through and crossed into Indian Territory before the sound of the gun. These people were labeled “Sooners,” which is the source of Oklahoma’s nickname “The Sooner State.”
  • Veterans of the Land Run were known as “eighty-niners.”
  • While Rome wasn’t built in a day, Oklahoma City sure was. From high noon to sundown, Oklahoma City added 10,000 residents to its streets, all residing in tent residences.
  • The Land Run on April 22, 1889, was the first of seven land runs to take place in Oklahoma.
  • Oklahoma has an official Land Run Song called The Oklahoma Run. It was written by an area professor to commemorate the explosive start to our upstart state. Many people who grew up in Oklahoma learned this song in elementary school. We suggest you memorize it and sing it spontaneously to all your friends.
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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Make Our History Less of a Mystery

We know that all this history talk has probably whetted your whistle for more insight into what makes Oklahoma City the place it is today. Lucky for you, OKC is home to many history-focused museums and organizations that make it their mission to educate people about the past.

The Oklahoma Historical Society
The Oklahoma History Society has chronicled the history of Oklahoma for more than 100 years, and its Oklahoma History Center provides a self-guided exploration of Oklahoma’s past and present. In addition to having tons of resources available on their website (including several different first-hand experiences of the 1889 Land Run), the Oklahoma History Center currently houses an exhibit detailing the Century Chest Time Capsule unearthed in the basement of the First Lutheran Church of Oklahoma City in 2013.

The Gaylord-Pickens Museum
No one tells the story of Oklahoma like its own people, and the Gaylord-Pickens Museum specializes in honoring and preserving the stories of the individuals who have shaped this state into what it is today. Through its interactive exhibits, you will get to know the faces, voices and spirits of Oklahomans from every walk of life. You can also become part of Oklahoma’s history by sharing the story of your own heritage. Be sure to visit the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Gallery to research the stories of more than 650 inductees dating back to 1928.

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
The early days of Oklahoma City probably make you think about the Wild West, right? If you want to dive into Oklahoma’s Western past, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is America’s premier institution of Western history, art and culture – and it's located right in the heart of Oklahoma City. This museum is home to a vast collection of classic and contemporary Western art, including the awe-inspiring 18-foot “End of the Trail” sculpture by James Earle Fraser.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Run, Settler, Run

Although we weren’t there, it is a pretty safe assumption that the first minutes of the Oklahoma Land Run were complete chaos with canons firing, hoofbeats pounding and eager pioneers as far as the eye can see. While we can’t go back in time to experience it, we can see the frenzied spirit of the day captured by the Centennial Land Run Monument at the south end of Bricktown Canal.

When complete, this monument will feature 45 larger than life sized figures of land run participants, including a soldier and a canon, 24 horses and riders, covered wagons – all giving the viewer an idea of what that day might have looked like. The artist Paul Moore will have created one of the largest freestanding bronze sculptures in the world, spanning 365 feet in length, when the installments are complete later this year. This monument is a city park and is open to the public 24 hours a day year round, but it is best viewed during daylight hours.  

arts and culture, bricktown, downtown, oklahoma city history
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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OKC Remembers April 19, 1995

As we’ve written about, this Sunday also marks the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. To commemorate all the lives lost and changed forever, you can get involved in a variety of ways. At the top of that list is the Oklahoma Standard campaign. You can read more here, but it is pretty simple: commit one act of service, honor and kindness in the month of April. As always, the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon (which is will take place April 26) is a great way to show your support. Also be sure to visit the newly renovated OKC National Memorial sometime in the month of April.

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

Tuesday, April 14
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
Hamilton Bulldogs vs. Oklahoma City Barons; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Nashville Sound vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, April 15
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
Bringing Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Nashville Sound vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, April 16
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
Shop Hop; 6 p.m.; Automobile Alley; Free.
Nashville Sound vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
20th Anniversary Oklahoma City Bombing Project; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City University, Burg Theatre; 208-5227. Event is free but please register for a ticket.

Friday, April 17
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
Premiere on Film Row; 6 p.m.; Film Row, Sheridan Avenue in Downtown; Free to attend.
Iowa Wild vs. Oklahoma City Barons; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Fleetwood Mac; 8 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
John Moreland; 8 p.m.; The Blue Door, 2805 N. McKinley; 524-0738; Tickets are $20.
20th Anniversary Oklahoma City Bombing Project; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City University, Burg Theatre; 208-5227. Event is free but please register for a ticket.

Saturday, April 18
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
Kids Fest 2015; 10 a.m to 3 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; $5 for adults and children are free.
Oklahoma City Comic Con; 10 a.m.; The Paramount OKC, 701 W. Sheridan;  517-0787; $5 admission.
Iowa Wild vs. Oklahoma City Barons; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Seattle Sounders FC 2 vs. Oklahoma City Energy; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium, NW 27th 7 May; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.
20th Anniversary Oklahoma City Bombing Project; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City University, Burg Theatre; 208-5227. Event is free but please register for a ticket.

Sunday, April 19
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
20th Anniversary Remembrance Ceremony; 8:45 a.m.; Oklahoma City National Memorial; 235-3313.
Malee’s Birthday Bash; 1 to 3 p.m.; OKC Zoo; 425-0262; This event is free with Zoo admission.
20th Anniversary Oklahoma City Bombing Project; 2 p.m.; Oklahoma City University, Burg Theatre; 208-5227. Event is free but please register for a ticket.

Monday, April 20
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.

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

Bleeding Dodger Blue

photo provided by Oklahoma City University

[photo credit: Oklahoma City University]

Your chance to join “The Blue Crew” is here! The first game of the Dodger era in Oklahoma City is on Thursday, April 9 at 7:05 p.m. when your Oklahoma City Dodgers take on the Round Rock Express. It’s “Two-Dollar Thursdays” at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, so beyond the bragging rights you get by being among the first to see the new team in action, you can also quench your thirst with $2 beer, soft drinks, or even just plain old water if you’re trying to balance out those salty peanuts you’ll probably eat (because hey, it’s hard to turn down a delicious salty bag when they’re being hawked vociferously and right there for the taking). If you’re not so into peanuts, perhaps consider taking in a hotdog or two as the world-famous Dodger Dog makes its OKC debut. It’s going to be a great, historic day at The Brick so don’t miss it!

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Dodger Data

Dodger Fans

Let’s get to know a little more about OKC’s parent club, the Los Angeles Dodgers.

  • Nicknames include: The Blue Crew, The Boys in Blue, The Azul, and Los Doyers (more)
  • The Dodgers have won the World Series six times and the National League pennant 21 times.
  • The Dodgers moved to LA from Brooklyn in 1958.
  • The team, formed in 1883 (before the land run!), was originally called the Brooklyn Atlantics.
  • The “Dodgers” name is a shortened form of “Trolley Dodgers,” which came about in 1895 due to the “complex maze of trolley cars that weaved its way through the borough of Brooklyn.” (Fittingly, Oklahoma Citians will soon be dodging our own streetcars soon!)
  • Jackie Robinson became the first African-American to play Major League Baseball when he suited up for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947.
  • Dodger Stadium in LA is currently the third-oldest ballpark in MLB, behind Fenway Park in Boston and Wrigley Field in Chicago.
  • The Dodgers’ biggest rivals are the San Francisco Giants, who used to play across town in Manhattan as the New York Giants when both teams were in NY.
  • Other rivalries include the LA Angels of Anaheim (the “Freeway Series”), the San Diego Padres (both in NL West), and the New York Yankees (there have been 11 Yankees-Dodgers World Series).

There is lots more great Dodger info at the team’s website. Let’s go Dodgers!

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Baseball Has Been Very Good to Us

Drawing of All Sports Stadium

Did you know pro baseball has been played in Oklahoma City since at least 1903, and maybe even earlier? That’s right, just a few years after settlers ran for land to call home, players ran for home plate at Colcord Park, a baseball field near the current Farmer’s Market area in what was called Delmar Gardens. The Oklahoma City Metropolitans made the park their home until 1908, when the Oklahoma City Indians, managed by the too-apropos-for-an-old-school-baseball-guy-to-be-made-up-sounding Doc Andrews, joined the class C Texas League the following year and took up residence at the park. After years of bouncing around lesser leagues, in 1962 Oklahoma City joined the ranks of AAA with the advent of the 89ers, who played in All Sports Stadium at the Fairgrounds and were the farm club of the awesomely-named Houston Colt .45’s. 1990 saw the advent of the much-heralded Robo Niner era. The ‘Niners and their mascot stayed there until the opening of the Bricktown Ballpark in 1998, when the team was renamed the RedHawks. (Local legend has it Robo-Niner escaped destruction by hiding in the basement of the Space Tower, but his plan was foiled when it flooded in 2010 and he finally succumbed to metastasizing rust.) The RedHawks, after becoming the Astros top farm team in 2011, switched affiliations to the LA Dodgers over the winter, and Boom! It’s Dodger time in OKC. If you’d like to delve further, a good read on the history of baseball in Oklahoma City would be the book Baseball in Oklahoma City by Bob Burke.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Batter Up

kickball

All this baseball talk got you revved up for a run around the bases, but you just don’t think you have it in you to run too much without a beverage or two in hand? We hear you, Uncle Rico. Forget the buzzkill that comes with being unable to hold a beer with a baseball glove and join the kickball revolution. There are at least two kickball leagues we know of in OKC, and occasionally the OKC parks department even offers a tournament. Social co-ed sports can be a great way to meet new people in OKC and have some fun while you try to regain a few fleeting moments of your former all-star form.

For more info, check out D-Bat Sportsplex on NW 122nd and WAKA (that’s World Adult Kickball Association, for the un-initiated) kickball at www.kickball.com/okc. If you know of any more leagues around the city, let us know in the comments!

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: April 7 - April 13, 2015

Redbud Run

Tuesday, April 7
San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
San Antonio Rampage vs. Oklahoma City Barons; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly; 7 p.m.; Harkins Theatre, 150 E. Reno; 231-4747; Ticket prices vary depending on age.

Wednesday, April 8
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
Bringing Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Santa Cruz Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, April 9
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
Ansel Adams: Masterworks; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
Round Rock vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, April 10
Southwest Street Rod Nationals Plus; 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; State Fair Park; 948-6700.
ACM@UCO Metro Music Fest; 3 p.m. – 2 a.m.; Bricktown; 974-4711; This event is free.
Sacramento Kings vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Live on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; 367-9403; Free
Round Rock vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, April 11
Southwest Street Rod Nationals Plus; 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; State Fair Park; 948-6700.
Spring Plant Sale; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, The Pavilion; 445-7080; Entry is free.
Kevin Hart; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Round Rock vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, April 12
Spring Plant Sale; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, The Pavilion; 445-7080; Entry is free.
33rd Annual Redbud Classic; 2 p.m.; 842-8295; Race starts at the Waterford and Penn. 
Southwest Street Rod Nationals Plus; 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.; State Fair Park; 948-6700.
Round Rock vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 2:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, April 13
Portland Trailblazers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Nashville vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 2:05 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, March 31, 2015

OKC remembers events 20 years ago

Memorial 9:03 Gate

Just in time for the 20th anniversary of the April 19, 1995, Oklahoma City bombing, the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum has undergone a $10 million transformation in order to commemorate that day and remember the event. It is well worth a visit, especially if you have never been and want a greater understanding of what happened to Oklahoma City 20 years ago – and how it pulled us together as a community.

“We come here to remember those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever. May all who leave here know the impact of violence. May this memorial offer comfort, strength, peace, hope and serenity,” reads the mission statement on the memorial’s website.

On that April day, 168 Oklahomans died when the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was bombed in what was then the worst terrorist act on American soil.  Most of the victims were federal employees; 19 of them were children who were part of the building’s day care center. Hundreds more were wounded; more than 12,000 volunteers and rescue workers participated in rescue efforts, recovery and support.

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

More than half of the people who live in Oklahoma City today either weren’t born or didn’t live here in 1995. If you are one of those people, take a moment to visit and understand the events from April 19, 1995.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Oklahoma Standard reflects state residents’ kindness, generosity

Oklahoma Standard

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building, the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum is asking Oklahomans to commit to the Oklahoma Standard by committing one act of service, honor and kindness in the month of April.

Volunteer your time to someone in need, honor the victims and survivors of the 1995 bombing and show kindness in smaller ways in order to demonstrate the spirit of generosity that Oklahomans demonstrated to the world – and the world showed to us – during that tragedy.

Watch a video that details more about this effort that Oklahoma City Thunder General Manager Sam Presti, chairman of the campaign, suggested based on his experience living in the state.

The Oklahoma Standard kickoff with the Thunder will be from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 5, 2015, at the Chesapeake Arena.

Join Oklahomans there, or sign up online to participate in the campaign.

Other events related to the Oklahoma City bombing anniversary include:

  • The Memorial Motorcycle Run from noon to 6 p.m. on April 18, a “Ride to Remember” which will include bikers from across the state and beyond to honor those who were killed. Sign up or donate.
  • A reunion with family members, survivors, rescue workers, investigators and law enforcement members associated with the bombing efforts from 3 to 5 p.m. on April 18.
  • The 20th Anniversary Remembrance Ceremony from 8:55 to 10:55 a.m. on April 19, which annually includes 168 seconds of silence at 9:02 a.m.
  • The Reflections of Hope Award luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 20. It will honor the prosecutors, defense attorney and judges who fought for justice following the bombing.
  • The annual OKC Memorial Marathon on April 26, which started in 2001 and has grown into an event with more than 25,000 runners. It is one of the Memorial’s major fundraisers and a Boston-qualifying, sanctioned race. Register now.
  • Cox Community Day on April 19, which includes free museum admission courtesy of Cox Communications.
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OKC National Memorial Museum gets a $10 million facelift

Visitors at the Memorial Museum

While you’re visiting the OKC National Memorial, don’t miss the chance to tour the Memorial Museum, which has gone through $10 million in improvements and renovations in time for the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing.

The museum now features additional interactive exhibits and includes:

  • An ‘Evidence Trail,’ showing how law enforcement officers put together the evidence that led to the arrest and conviction of the bomber, Timothy McVeigh; his accomplice, Terry Nichols; and a lesser conspirator, Michael Fortier. The exhibit now includes McVeigh’s getaway car. McVeigh was executed for the deaths in 2001; Nichols is serving a life in sentence without the possibility of parole.
  • A ‘Responsibility Theater,’ which lets visitors explore the themes of forgiveness and punishment.
  • Oral histories of those who were involved in the bombing aftermath.
  • Survivor experiences.
  • Artifacts.
  • An official recording of the Oklahoma Water Resources Board that had just started when the blast went off.
  • A ‘Gallery of Honor’ that depicts the lives of the 168 who were killed with personal photographs and artifacts contributed by their families.
  • Information about rescue and recovery operations.

Museum admission will be free on Cox Community Day April 19, but on other days tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors, military personnel and students ages 6-17; and free for children ages 5 and younger.

For more information or to explore the area online first, go online to the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum's web page.

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Memorial Marathon is a ‘Run to Remember’

Memorial Marathon Finish Line

Get involved with the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon on April 26, whether you want to support a runner, volunteer or run races of several different lengths – a full or half marathon, a relay, a 5k and even a kids marathon completed with a 1.2-mile kids’ fun run as part of the day’s festivities.
The “Run to Remember” marathon started in 2001 and now features more than 25,000 runners running along the streets of Oklahoma City, starting and ending downtown near the OKC National Memorial. The full marathon is a Boston-qualifying, USA Track and Field (USATF)-sanctioned event.

Register to runSign up to donate or form a team to raise money for the Memorial’s mission. A separate web page is for those who want to volunteer.

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Things to Do & See: March 31 - April 6, 2015

Easter Egg Hunt

Tuesday, March 31
Ansel Adams: Masterworks; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.

Wednesday, April 1
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
Bringing Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, April 2
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
Ansel Adams: Masterworks; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
Uptown Uncorked; Oklahoma History Center; 521-2491; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, April 3
Ansel Adams: Masterworks; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
Good Friday in the Park; 5:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Idaho Stampede vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Arianna Grande; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, April 4
Ansel Adams: Masterworks; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
Easter Egg Hunt; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Event is $5 for members and $10 for non-members.
Doggie Easter Egg Hunt; 3 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Lawn; 445-7080; $10 per dog.
OKC Outlaws Roller Derby vs. OKCRD Lighting Broad; Oklahoma State Fairgrounds, Centennial Building; Tickets are $15 at the door.

Sunday, April 5
Ansel Adams: Masterworks; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; Noon; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, April 6
Ansel Adams: Masterworks; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A walk in the park

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

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

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Hit the trails

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

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

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

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

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An oasis in the middle of downtown

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

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

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

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

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Things to Do & See: March 24 - March 30, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Have a Shamrocking Good Time

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

JAMES E. MCNELLIE'S PUBLIC HOUSE [MORE]
Restaurants
1100 N Classen Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73103-2608
Phone: (405) 601-7468
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BRICKTOWN BREWERY [MORE]
Restaurants
1 N Oklahoma Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Phone: (405) 232-2739
Website

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

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Workin’ on the Railroad

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

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

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

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Sights to See in Southern Oklahoma

The communities along the Interstate 35 corridor between Oklahoma City and the state’s southern boundary are full of attractions that warrant a trip in their own right. Get to know your state as you explore these southern points!

Norman
With its close ties to the University of Oklahoma, this town is a quick escape from Oklahoma City with attractions for every age. You would be remiss if you missed Norman’s museums and educational attractions, including the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. This museum gives new meaning to the prehistoric age as it walks you through four billion years of the earth’s history. If you prefer post-impressionism to Pentaceratops, visit the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Learn more about current exhibitions at the museum.

Pauls Valley
Calling all kids and kids at heart! The Toy and Action Figure Museum was ranked as one of Time Magazine’s “Top 50 Most Authentic American Experiences” and offers more than 13,000 classic pop culture figures for you to enjoy. The museum walks you through the toy-making process from concept through manufacturing and has an interactive area if you feel the urge to play. The museum is also home to the Oklahoma Cartoonists Collection, which features Oklahoma cartoonists like Chester Gould (of Dick Tracy) and Jack and Carole Bender (from Alley Oop).

Sulphur and Davis
Just east of I-35, the towns of Sulphur and Davis are in the heart of the Chickasaw Nation and are an easy distance to the Chickasaw National Recreation Area and the Lake of the Arbuckles. The Chickasaw National Recreation Area  is Oklahoma’s oldest national park and offers campsites and opportunities for biking, boating, water sports and hiking, to name a few. Nearby is the Chickasaw Cultural Center, a can’t-miss glimpse into the history, heritage and way of life of the Chickasaws.  While in Davis, indulge your sweet tooth by paying a visit to Bedré Fine Chocolate Factory, which provides a behind the scenes look that could only be topped by Willy Wonka himself. Delectable chocolates are produced Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and don’t worry – you can buy these tasty chocolates on site (chocolate covered chips, anyone?).  

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Ride into the Sunset

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, March 10, 2015

SXSW: Meet Oklahoma in Austin

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

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