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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Myriads more than just the bare necessities at MBG

Myriad Gardens and the Moon

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

family-friendly, kids, Myriad Botanical Gardens
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Martin Park recreation

Man Hiking at Martin Park Nature Center

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

family-friendly, free, outdoor recreation, parks
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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70 acres of green, blue and you

MAPS 3 Central Park

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

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

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

downtown, MAPS, parks
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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A warm welcome

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

 

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

MAPS Whitewater Rapids

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 26, 2016

A hometown adventure

Oklahoma History Center

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Guthrie, history, museums, Oklahoma, Oklahoma City history
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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A moment in time

Landrun Wagon Statue

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

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

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

arts and culture, Bricktown, history, Oklahoma City history
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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The sweet sound of music

Live Music

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

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

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

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

festivals, live music, music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: April 26 - May 2, 2016

Food trucks

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Coming together

Oklahoma City Memorial

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

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

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

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

community, museums, Oklahoma City history
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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A Run to Remember

Memorial Marathon sign

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

community, museums, Oklahoma City, running
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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oNE OKC

oNE OKC

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

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

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: April 19 - April 25, 2016

Festival of the Arts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, April 12, 2016

OKC’s Rite of Spring

Festival of the Arts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Where the art is

Throwing pottery

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

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

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

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

arts and culture, education, family-friendly, music, theater
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Control the weather

Weather art exhibit

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

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

arts and culture, weather
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Things to Do & See: April 12 - April 18, 2016

Chesapeake Energy Arena at night

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, April 5, 2016

Asian District

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

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

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

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

Asian District, food, nightlife, restaurants
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Moving made easy: specialty grocery stores

We know moving is stressful and while big ticket items like housing and schools can turn your hair grey, simple things like, “where am I going to shop?” can also turn into major inconveniences.

The good news is that no matter your proclivity, Oklahoma City has a ton of options outside of your standard grocery stores. Organic, local or ethnic, the metro has a place nearby to satisfy your growling stomach.

How would one easily find what they are looking for? Well we’ve made it easy for you. Check out the Specialty Grocery Store page on our website. While we consider ourselves all knowing when it comes to OKC we might not have thought of every place. Have a specialty grocery store we missed that people need to know about? Let everyone know in the comments or hit us up on Facebook or Twitter.

food, shopping
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The Criterion

From Grammy-winning psychedelic rockers to country music superstars and Jazz pioneers, Oklahoma City has a diverse and impressive music history (read more about that here). The OKC music scene got even better this month as The Criterion opened up for its first show. Oklahoma native Ben Rector had the honors of being the first concert in the new ballroom.

Located in East Bricktown, The Criterion can hold up to 4,000 concert goers and has formed a partnership with world-renowned entertainment company Live Nation to help book shows.

That partnership is paying off as a diverse group of well-known acts are already scheduled to play the ballroom in its opening months. Rock band My Morning Jacket, singer-song writer Sturgill Simpson, Grammy-nominated duo Disclosure and comedian Brian Regan are just a sample of the already announced concerts. Check out the full list here and grab your tickets. They are going fast.

Bricktown, concerts, live music, music
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SchmoozaPalooza

SchmoozaPalooza

Are the hairs on your arms starting to stand up in excitement? That can only mean one thing! Oklahoma City’s most fun networking event, SchmoozaPalooza, is tonight! We know this is a lot of exclamation points, but that is just the kind of fun there is to be had at Schmooza.

Doors will open at 4 p.m. today and the rocking good times will go onto until 7 p.m., at the Oklahoma Expo Hall at State Fair Park. A $10 admission, which includes a drink ticket, will give you a preview of the latest products and services (which means free stuff!) from Chamber member exhibitors while enjoying live music, networking activities, food tastings from more than 20 restaurants and caterers and door prizes (scroll down at the link to see our wonderful exhibitors).

We know you are already sold but just in case we haven’t tickled you fancy enough there is also a theme: western wear. That is right, bust out your cowboy hat, boots and rhinestones and we will see you tonight.

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Things to Do & See: April 5 - April 11, 2016

ACM@UCO students

Tuesday, April 5
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Deuce Days/Jazz Night; 7 to 10 p.m.; Deep Deuce; Event is free.

Wednesday, April 6
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Brining Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Turok – The First Flight; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

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

Friday, April 8
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
ACM@UCO Metro Music Fest; Noon to 2 a.m.; Bricktown; Event is free.
Live on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; 367-9403; Free
Turok – The First Flight; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, April 9
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Turok – The First Flight; 4 & 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
St. Louis FC vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, April 10
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Turok – The First Flight; 1:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, April 11
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
L.A. Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Dodger days

OKC Dodgers Baseball

Although some form of professional baseball has been played in Oklahoma City since pre-statehood days, last year marked the beginning of an era as Oklahoma City became the AAA affiliate of the historic Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Oklahoma City Dodgers got off to a quick start during their inaugural season by winning their division and going on a thrilling playoff run. 

AAA baseball is a great way to enjoy Oklahoma springs with the family or friends while seeing some of the future stars of baseball. Recent All-Stars like Nelson Cruz, Chris Davis, R.A. Dickey, Adrian Gonzalez, Ian Kinsler and Carl Crawford are just a few to have spent time in OKC. Even Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg spent a couple of seasons in the metro. Check out this past post for more Oklahoma City baseball history.

The first home game of the 2016 season will be April 5 against the Nashville Sounds. So check the schedule, buy your tickets and we will see you at the fabulous Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. We’ll be the ones enjoying the world famous Dodger Dogs.

baseball, Dodgers, live sporting events
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Big 12 baseball

Bricktown Ballpark

Oklahoma City will once again host the Big 12 Baseball Championships this spring at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. This year’s tournament will be held May 25 – 29 and tickets are on sale now.

This will mark the 17th time our city has hosted the tournament since the Big 12 was formed in 1997. In fact going back to the old Big 8 days, OKC has hosted 38 of the last 41 conference championships.

Basically that was long way of saying our community has done an outstanding job of supporting the tournament and we know that tradition will continue. Whether you root for the guys in Orange, Crimson, another Big 12 school or have no allegiance, this is an Oklahoma City tradition that shouldn’t be missed.

baseball, college, live sporting events
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Moving Made Easy: Transportation

business man on EMBARK bus

One thing that might surprise newcomers to the 4-0-5 is just how big Oklahoma City is. The city covers 620 square miles, making it one of the top three largest cities in America by land size. In a city that size transportation is crucial.

The good news is that Oklahoma City sits at the crossroads of three major interstates. If your preferred mode of transportation is automobile … well you won’t spend much time there. Out of the biggest 52 metros in the U.S., OKC had the third-lowest commute time.

As the population of the metro continues to grow, public transportation is also key. EMBARK is Oklahoma City’s bus system and has recently won a trio of prestigious awards. We also have a popular bike sharing program called Spokies.

One of the most anticipated transportation projects (heck, one of the most anticipated developments of any kind) is the upcoming MAPS 3 Modern Streetcar. The final route for the streetcar was recently approved, the streetcars are on order, and construction on the line is slated to begin this year.

If you are looking to travel outside of the metro, come home soon, but check out Will Rogers World Airport and the Heartland Flyer. The airport boasts seven airlines with 22 nonstop flights and the train makes daily trips to Ft. Worth (with connections further south) with several stops along the way. 

For more information on transportation in OKC our website is a great start.

community, MAPS, public transportation, streetcar
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Jazz Nights

Deep Deuce neighborhood

The Deep Deuce neighborhood near Downtown has deep connections to jazz history and culture (as we wrote about here). To celebrate that heritage the district recently started Jazz Nights in Deep Deuce. Held every Tuesday from 7 to 10 p.m., local restaurants, bars and shops offer special deals and live jazz music. Yes, live music and scoring a bargain. We couldn’t think of a greater way to get to know the area.

Deep Deuce, live music, restaurants
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Things to Do & See: March 29 - April 4, 2016

Chesapeake Energy Arena at night

Tuesday, March 29
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Deuce Days/Jazz Night; 7 to 10 p.m.; Deep Deuce; Event is free.
Rio Grande Valley Vipers vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 8 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, March 30
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Art Moves; Noon; Downtown Library; 270-4848; Event is free.

Thursday, March 31
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Art of the Cocktail; 7 p.m.; The R&J Lounge and Supper Club; Tickets are $30.
LA Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Rio Grande Valley Vipers vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, April 1
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Paseo Arts District First Friday Gallery Walk; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; Event is free.

Saturday, April 2
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Third Eye Blind; 7 p.m.; The Criterion; 308-1803; Ticket prices vary.
A Night at the Opera; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2584; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, April 3
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Open Streets OKC; Noon to 4 p.m.; Uptown 23rd District; Event is free.
Peter and the Wolf and Friends; 2 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2584; Ticket prices vary.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, April 4
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Making waves

If you’ve been in OKC any time at all, you have probably heard about MAPS (Metropolitan Area Projects) and how it sparked the revolution of Oklahoma City. Everyone from Men’s Fitness and National Geographic to the New York Times have chimed in to give kudos to the community for investing in itself.

2016 is shaping up to be an exciting year for MAPS 3 projects as some are being completed (think white water rafting in downtown OKC) and others are kicking into high gear.

We are counting down the days (45 to be exact) until the opening of the RIVERSPORTS Rapids Whitewater Rafting and Kayak Center on the Oklahoma River on May 7. And apparently we’re not the only ones – expect Bricktown and all of downtown to be teeming with excitement as Olympians from across the nation gather at the site to take part in Road to Rio Tour presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance U.S. Olympic Team Trials on opening weekend.

The site is one of only six man-made whitewater courses in the country and will be powered by a total of six pumps that weigh more than 12,000 pounds each (think full-grown elephant or two great white sharks) and circulate 82,000 gallons per minute (fast enough to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool in a mere 80 seconds). About 2,000 people will be able to raft in a single day making RIVERSPORTS Rapids one of the largest rafting facilities not only in the United States, but in the entire in the world. But don’t fret, the facility is family-friendly too, offering rafting and kayaking for all levels of users from novice to Olympic Champion.

In addition to adding fun and excitement to our community, RIVERSPORT Rapids will also help increase community safety. The center will be available for firefighter swift water rescue training, offering a controlled setting where rescuers can learn the most advanced techniques for rescuing people from fast-running water.

While you’re exploring the Boathouse District, be sure to check out the three new high-speed slides at RIVERSPORT Adventures. The word on the street is that they are tallest in the country!

Boathouse District, family-friendly, MAPS
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Something for everyone

Lake Hefner Trails

If you prefer drier modes of transportation, there’s plenty of other MAPS 3 projects coming that will keep you moving and exploring our great city. From trails that will connect lakes Hefner, Overholser and Draper and the Oklahoma River, to a modern street car system that will link Bricktown, Automobile Alley, Midtown and the Central Business District, the momentum in OKC is unstoppable.

And the truly fun thing, is we are just getting started. In the coming years, we’ll add a fabulous 70-acre park in the heart of downtown OKC connecting the Central Business District to the Oklahoma River. Other additions will include a state-of-the-art convention center and hotel to be built south of Chesapeake Energy Arena as well as a new Expo Center at State Fair Park.

It's easy to stay up-to-date on what's happening with MAPS 3. Sign up for the MAPS 3 newsletter to stay informed about upcoming community meetings, groundbreakings and other progress.

cycling, MAPS, Oklahoma River, parks, running, State Fair Park, streetcar
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Building on success

Chesapeake Arena

The success and vibrancy that OKC now enjoys didn’t happen overnight. In fact, voters set the wheels in motion more than two decades ago when they voted for the original MAPS projects on Dec. 14, 1993. Since that time, we’ve come to enjoy the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Chickasaw Bricktown Ball Park, Oklahoma River, Bricktown Canal and so much more.

Since the approval of the original MAPS initiative, Oklahoma City has seen more than $5 billion in new public and private investment throughout the city. But the energy, momentum and pride these projects have added to our city are unmeasurable.

In fact, the original MAPS projects were so successful – and the results so undeniable – that voters have since approved similar limited-term MAPS sales taxes time and time again. MAPS for Kids funded school improvements and renovations at each and every school in the OKC metro and MAPS 3 is currently changing the dynamic of OKC once again.

The success of MAPS has representatives from cities all over the country flocking to OKC to study how we did it. Each and every one of the projects have been built debt free (using only the one cent dedicated sales tax), and each sales tax has had a term limit.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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