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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A great escape

Feeding Lorikeets at the Zoo

OKC is home to one of the best zoos in the country, in our humble opinion. In fact, we are home to one of the oldest zoos in the southwest with a vast collection of the world’s most exotic animals. With more than 500 species of animals including 87 species of mammals, 117 species of birds, 153 species of reptiles and amphibians and 155 species of fish and aquatic invertebrates and marine mammal, we promise that you’ll be channeling your inner animal lover in no time flat.

Discover your inner wild side and get up close and personal with grizzly bears, sea lions, Galapagos tortoises and elephants during hands-on encounters. Take a walk on the wide side and enjoy feeding the giraffes or lorikeets, touching stingrays, playing in the Children’s Zoo, exploring the elephant habitat or a variety of other wildlife experiences. Seriously, the OKC Zoo’s calendar is chock-full of events – from story times with zoo keepers to painting in the wild – your family fun day is one not soon to be forgotten.

In the fall, be sure to visit the red panda exhibit to get an oh-so-cute look at the zoo’s newest oh-so-cute arrival. A red panda cub, born earlier this month, is the 15th cub born at the OKC Zoo since the red panda program began in 1988. Since the youngsters take a few months to bond with their parents, don’t be surprised if the proud parents aren’t visible in the general viewing area.

Adventure District, family-friendly, kids, zoo
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Going way back! 

Feeding giraffes at the zoo

Remember when $1 made you feel like a king or queen? Ah, the good ol' days. Head over to the Oklahoma City Zoo on Wednesdays during the months of July and August for $1 “Way Back Wednesday” admission for guests of all ages. If Wednesdays don’t quite work with your schedule, don't fret. The zoo is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day (except for a few holidays) and is always a great bargain for family fun. For the total experience, consider a zoo-it-all pass which includes rides, attractions, shows, feedings and more! So hop aboard the Elephant Express and get ready for a fun-filled adventure.

Adventure District, family-friendly, zoo
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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You’ve got a friend in me

Kids at the Zoo

You don’t have to have the singing voice of Gayla Peavey to make a difference in the lives of OKC’s zoo animals. There are several ways that you can make a hippo-sized impact for mere peanuts.

Consider becoming a ZooFriend. In addition to scoring unlimited free admission to our world-class zoo for a year (and numerous other benefits), you’ll be helping support the Oklahoma City Zoo further its mission to educate, research and provide exceptional care for our animals. Another way to support the OKC Zoo is through animal “adoption.” You can be the proud parent of any animal in the kingdom from sea lions to giraffes and elephants to snow leopards.  But the best part – when you adopt an animal at the OKC Zoo, you get all of the fun with none of the responsibilities. Don’t worry about the stinky fish or creepy crawlies that your animal thrives on; just make sure you visit often to check on your new-found friend.

Adventure District, community, zoo
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: July 19 - July 25, 2016

OKC Energy Player [Photo Credit: OKC Energy]

[Photo Credit: OKC Energy]

Tuesday, July 19
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Wheeler Criterium; 5:30 p.m.; Downtown OKC Airpark; 364-3700; Event is free.
Full Moon Bike Ride & Run; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.

Wednesday, July 20
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Sonic Summer Movies: Hook; 7 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.

Thursday, July 21
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Auto Alley Shop Hop; 6 p.m.; Automobile Alley; Event is free.
Movie at the Beach: Dolphin Tale; 9 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Event is free.

Friday, July 22
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Hillsong UNITED; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Jason Boland & the Stragglers; 7 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.
New Orleans Zephyrs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
True Sky Credit Union Summer Movies: Ant Man; 8:30 p.m.; Riversports Adventures; 552-4040; Event is free.
Micky and the Motorcars; 9:30 p.m.; Wormy Dog Saloon; 601-6276; Tickets are $10.

Saturday, July 23
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
New Orleans Zephyrs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Tulsa Roughnecks FC vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7:30 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, July 24
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Summer Oklahoma Bridal Show; 1 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500.
New Orleans Zephyrs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 6:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Arts Council of OKC’s Twilight Concerts; 7:30 p.m. Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.

Monday, July 25
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
New Orleans Zephyrs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Happy trails to you

Whether you run, bike or hike, Oklahoma City has many options throughout the metro that residents can choose from when looking for a nice exercise trail. The trail system of OKC currently has 10 intertwined trails stretching across the majority of the city. These trails include the Bert Cooper Trails, Earlywine Trail, Hefner-Overholser Trail, Katy Trail, Lightning Creek Trail, Oklahoma River Trails, Overholser Trail, South Grand Trail, Tinker-Draper Trail and the West River Trail. Recreational activities are abounding within each of these trails so the options are endless. The Bert Cooper Trails are located along Lake Hefner with easy access to the restaurants along the East Wharf, fishing docks, Stars & Stripes Park and the Lake Hefner Golf Course. The Overholser Trail is another trail with fun amenities including kayak and canoe rentals, a café, and even zip lines. No matter your interests, Oklahoma City’s expanding trail system will give you a way to enjoy the great outdoors.

cycling, family-friendly, outdoor recreation, running
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Rollin’ on the West River Trail

Summer is the perfect time to get outside and explore your new hometown, and Oklahoma City’s extensive network of trails will help you do just that. Through MAPS 3, Oklahoma City’s current capital improvements program, the community will have invested more than $39 million in its trails by the end of 2017. MAPS 3-funded trails include the West River Trail, which opened in 2015. This outdoor trail, stretching 7.5 miles from Lake Overholser to the Oklahoma River Trail, provides residents a place to be outdoors and engage in bettering their health. With a scenic view winding through the trees along the river, the West River Trail offers you a little getaway the next time you are looking to get out and about.

Other MAPS 3-funded trails include the Will Rogers Trail (which will connect Lake Hefner to the Oklahoma River trails) and Lake Draper Trail. Both are scheduled to be complete by the end of next year.

cycling, Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation, running
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Cyclists of a feather ride together

Whether you want to get in shape or meet new people, Oklahoma City has both competitive and recreational cycling clubs and events across the metro in which you can participate – no matter your experience level. Each of these cycling organizations welcome novices and also provide events throughout the year.

For those more interested in spectating than riding, be sure to check out the Wheeler Criterium, Oklahoma City’s cycling festival. This is a weekly event that takes place every Tuesday, from March 11 until Sept. 9, at the Downtown OKC Airpark. The Wheeler Criterium provides an opportunity for families and friends to engage in what this city has to offer, especially during the summer months. Food trucks only add to the atmosphere for a nice evening out in OKC!

Did we miss your favorite cycling event or organization? Let us know in the comments!

cycling, festivals, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: July 12 - July 18, 2016

Film Row sign

Tuesday, July 12
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Wizard of Oz; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, July 13
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Wizard of Oz; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Puerto Rico FC vs. Rayo OKC; 8 p.m.; Miller Stadium; 232-RAYO; Ticket prices vary.
Sonic Summer Movies: Minions; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.

Thursday, July 14
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Wizard of Oz; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Movie at the Beach: Dolphin Tale; 9 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; Event is free.

Friday, July 15
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
The Exchange and Film Row; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Film Row; Event is free.
Wizard of Oz; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, July 16
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Wizard of Oz; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Weezer & Panic! At the Disco; Doors open at 6 p.m.; Zoo Amphitheatre; 602-0683; Ticket prices vary.
New York Cosmos vs. Rayo OKC; 6:30 p.m.; Miller Stadium; 232-RAYO ; Ticket prices vary.
Orange County Blues FC vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7:30 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, July 17
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
OklaCon; 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Tickets are $25.
Oklamania; 6 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Arts Council of OKC’s Twilight Concerts; 7:30 p.m. Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.

Monday, July 18
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Glass Animals; 7 p.m.; The Criterion; 1-800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary. 

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Industry changers

From Grammy-winning rockers to country superstars and early jazz pioneers, Oklahoma Citians have left their mark on nearly every genre of music and have changed the industry in remarkable ways. OKC is or has been home to a long list of musicians including Color Me Badd, Leona Mitchell, Hinder, Garth Brooks, Neal Schon, Nathan Followill and Kristen Chenoweth.  But since the city’s infancy, OKC residents have been changing the face of music. Take a stroll through Bricktown and you might discover Wanda Jackson Way, Charlie Christian Boulevard, Vince Gill Avenue and Flaming Lips Alley. The impact of these musical icons can be felt in not only Oklahoma City, but the entire world.

music, Oklahoma City history
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Rock on OKC!

OKC is home to some of the coolest music venues around. But don’t take our word for it. Take a quick trip around the city on any night and you’re sure to find awesome live music at more than one venue.

From the Criterion– one of the city’s newest music and entertainment venues – to Chesapeake Energy Arena ssome of the biggest names in music bring their fun and lively shows to our great city throughout the year. But there are also plenty of more intimate venues who host cool shows all over town. Don’t forget about spots like XIIIX Lounge (formerly Kamps 1310 Lounge), 89th Street Collective, The Blue Note, Opolis, Blue Door, the Diamond Ballroom, the Chevy Bricktown Events Center, the ACM@UCO Performance Lab and more.

Prefer concerts of the outdoor variety? Check out the Sunday Twilight Concert Seriesat the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. From classic rock and pop to jazz, salsa and big band – they’ve got it all covered. Several of the city’s districts also feature live music as part of their monthly event. Check out LIVE on the Plaza, First Friday Gallery Walk in the Paseo Arts District, or Shop Hop in Automobile Alley. The city’s food truck parks also feature a variety of live music.

festivals, live music, music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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A piece of OKC history

For 80 years, OKC’s  Zoo Amphitheater has been a local favorite for musicians and music lovers, but the venue has a storied history. It was constructed from native red sandstone in the mid-1930s by the Civilian Conservation Corps, an organization formed under President Franklin Roosevelt’s Works Projects Administration, to carry out public works projects during the Great Depression.

Between 1933 and 1936, approximately 400 men lived in tents and wooden barracks in the area while they laid the groundwork for Lincoln Park, the Oklahoma City Zoo and the Zoo Amphitheatre. “The Circus of 21 Death-Defying Acts” was the first performance to be held at the amphitheater. During its early years, the Zoo Amphitheatre hosted circus extravaganzas, pageants, theatrical performances, concerts and public meetings.

The 1960s saw the site fall into disrepair due to non-use. But in the 1970s, the site was resurrected and the Amphitheater has been hosting some of the greatest acts in the entertainment business ever since. Some of the performers who have graced the stage here include the Grateful Dead, Sting, Dire Straits, Santana, Judas Priest, Willie Nelson, Marvin Gaye, Joni Mitchell, Heart, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Oklahoma’s own The Flaming Lips.

Over the years, more than 1 million fans have visited the Zoo Amphitheatre, many with blankets and lawn chairs in tow to place on the venue’s native rock terracing. Check out the lineup of upcoming shows here.

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Adventure District, live music, music, Oklahoma City history, zoo
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: July 5 - July 11, 2016

Plaza District Festival

Tuesday, July 5
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; Doubleheader starting at 11:05 a.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, July 6
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; Doubleheader starting at 11:05 a.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Sonic Summer Movies: Three Amigos; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.

Thursday, July 7
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Omaha Storm Chasers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m..; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, July 8
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
LIVE! on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; 367-9403; Free
Omaha Storm Chasers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
FAA Summer Movies: Goosebumps; 8:30 p.m.; Riversport Adventures; 552-4040; Event is free.

Saturday, July 9
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma Wellness & Fitness Expo; 9 a.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door.
Omaha Storm Chasers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; Doubleheader starting at 4:25 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Twenty One Pilots; 7 p.m.; Frontier City; 602-0683; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, July 10
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Omaha Storm Chasers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 5:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Arts Council of OKC’s Twilight Concerts; 7:30 p.m. Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.

Monday, July 11
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Loud noises

Fireworks

Next Monday we celebrate the 240th birthday of these United States of America. So break out the sparklers (making your own firework display is highly frowned upon and some would even call it illegal in most metro cities), grill a hotdog, grab an ice-cold beverage and enjoy the Fourth. No matter what corner of the OKC metro you live in we promise you there is a celebration nearby. Also, we weren’t kidding about personal fireworks being illegal in OKC proper. Here are a few public fireworks displays for you to enjoy:

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

family-friendly, festivals, free, holiday
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Red, White & Boom!

Oklahoma City Fireworks

One of the best annual traditions in the 4-0-5 around the fourth is the annual Red, White & Boom performance at State Fair Park. The family-friendly, and most importantly free, event takes place Sunday, July 3rd starting at 8:30 p.m., and features the Oklahoma City Philharmonic playing your favorite songs about America through the night. Hear classics like “America the Beautiful,” “God Bless the USA,” “The Washington Post March” conducted by Maestro Joel Levine.

Fireworks usually start around 10 p.m., and concessions will be available but be sure to bring a blanket or lawn chair.

family-friendly, festivals, free, holiday
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Make your voice heard

voting booths

While you are enjoying fireworks with a cold drink and hot dog on July 4th it is also important to remember what makes our country great. Besides serving in some capacity, the next most patriotic thing you can do is vote. No matter your political views making your voice heard on the local, state and national level is extremely important. Heck, there are actually primaries going on in our state today, so if you are reading this before 7 p.m., on June 28th, there is still time to get to the polls.

You may have also heard there are some elections going on in the fall too. From picking a president, to senators, state legislators and state questions the ballot will be packed in the Sooner State. If you are new to Oklahoma or simply need a refresher we recently wrote a handy how-to-guide about voting in Oklahoma City. Give it a gander why don’t you?

community, government
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Free ride Friday

Embark Bus

Did you know that on the third Friday of each month EMBARK is offering free bus rides? Well, now you do. Since 2011, EMBARK has provided the Third Friday program to encourage those who don’t normally ride the bus to give it a try. The program also helps reduce emissions and improve our air quality during the dog days of summer.

The buses also provide free Wi-Fi so you can get some work done while saving on gas money and helping the environment. The program will continue through Sept. 16 so visit www.embarkok.com to plan your trip today.

free, public transportation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: June 28 - July 4, 2016

Prix de West Art

Tuesday, June 28
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; Doubleheader starting at 11:05 a.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Chivas Guadalajara vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.
Dreamgirls; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, June 29
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Maxwell; 7 p.m.; The Criterion; 1-800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary. 
Dreamgirls; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Sonic Summer Movies: Hotel Transylvania 2; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.

Thursday, June 30
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Taste of Chaos Tour; 5:30 p.m.; The Criterion; 1-800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary. 
Dreamgirls; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, July 1
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Paseo Arts District First Friday Gallery Walk; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; Event is free.
Dreamgirls; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Corey Morrow; 9:30 p.m.; Wormy Dog Saloon; 601-6276; Tickets are $12.

Saturday, July 2
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Summer Saturdays at the Museum of Osteology; 1 to 4 p.m.; Museum of Osteology; 814-0006; $7 for children and $8 for adults.
Dreamgirls; 2 & 8 p.m.; Oklahoma Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Rio Grande Valley FC Toros vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7:30 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, July 3
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Arts Council of OKC’s Twilight Concerts; 7:30 p.m. Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.
Red, White and Boom!; 8:30 p.m.; State Fair Park; This event is free.

Monday, July 4
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; Doubleheader starting at 11:05 a.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Plaza District

Plaza District Festival

Dramatic changes in the past 15 years brought new life to the Plaza District. The district was first developed in the 1920s at the end of the city’s trolley line. For the next 40 years the area served as a bustling commercial district for the growing neighborhoods that surrounded it. The district started to a decline through the 70s, 80s and 90s but new development there since has turned it into a thriving hub of creativity.

The Plaza District, located on NW 16 between Classen Boulevard and Pennsylvania Avenue, is one of the city’s most walkable corridors and contains art galleries, a tattoo shop, restaurants, collaborative work spaces and Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, which includes the Thelma Gaylord Academy and a performance space in the 1935-era Plaza Theatre, newly rebuilt and home to professional performance productions and other events. Lyric Theatre was one of the first entities to invest in the district, playing a crucial role in the Plaza’s rebirth.

The District is home to monthly events such as Live! On the Plaza and the Plaza District Festival in September. It is a popular place for visitors who want to find that unique gift, enjoy a drink and soak in an area that now has a hipster, modern vibe.

arts and culture, festivals, Plaza District, restaurants, theater
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Midtown

Plaza Court Midtown

To see OKC’s renaissance in action, you don’t have to look any farther than the Midtown Distric, centered around Walker Avenue and 10th Street, near St. Anthony Hospital, the city’s first hospital. Midtown connects the energy of downtown with beautiful, historic neighborhoods to its north.

The bustling area continues to develop for people who want to live, work and play in the heart of Oklahoma City, and features housing, retail, night life, hotels and history, with many of its original buildings being brought back to life. The heart of the district is Plaza Court, an 84-year old building that features some of OKC’s favorite restaurants and bars.

Public and private investments have created a thriving district of diversity within its 387 acres. Midtown included the city’s first grocery store, kindergarten and the surviving territorial Victorian homes. Midtown continues to be an urban center in its current-day renaissance as it is one of the hubs of downtown living with a plethora of urban housing recently opened, under construction or announced.

bar, housing, Midtown, restaurants, retail
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Paseo Arts District

Families in the Paseo

In recent years, we in Oklahoma City have loved seeing the development of defined districts with their own flavor and happenings. And a lot of those have emerged around historic neighborhoods that formed decades ago, in the early days of the city. The Paseo Arts District fits that description as it dates back to the 1920s.

This thriving neighborhood, located mostly between Walker and Lee avenues and NW 30th and 28th streets, was the city’s first shopping district north of downtown and features Spanish revival architecture with original stucco buildings. Its clay tile roofs are still intact, and The Paseo is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

The Elms, an art gallery and studio built in 1920 at 2810 N Walker, was home to the first Oklahoma City artist studio and gallery and is an art gallery today, JRB Art at the Elms. After several years, small businesses and jazz clubs were added to the district. The Paseo transitioned into an arts district in the ’70s and held its first Paseo Arts Festival in 1977. The festival continues the tradition over Memorial Day weekend annually. In 1987, the City of Oklahoma City designated the Paseo neighborhood as its first neighborhood revitalization project, and it has been a thriving cultural scene ever since. The Paseo Arts Association helps foster this artistic vibe.

If you go, you can tour art galleries, take art classes, shop, eat or mix with artists on a regular basis. Or, you can stroll through the entire district during the Paseo’s First Friday Gallery Walk. More than 60 artists from about 20 galleries participate in this event, from 6-10 p.m. on the first Friday of each month, and it includes themed exhibits, refreshments, guest artists and other entertainment.

arts and culture, festivals, Paseo District
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Boathouse District

Kayak in the Riversport Rapids

Maybe no district mirrors Oklahoma City’s modern-day renaissance like the Boathouse District. A little more than two decades ago the Oklahoma River was a local joke that had to be routinely mowed (it wasn’t exactly flowing with water). Thanks to investment from the local citizens through MAPS the river now is a hotbed of activity, features multiple boathouses and is a U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Site year-round.

Just last month the one-of-a-kind RIVERSPORT Rapids opened. The project, which is part of the city's MAPS 3 initiative, is one of only six man made white water courses in the entire country. The site will offer different courses ranging from class II rapids (perfect for families and first time rafters) to class IV rapids which will challenge even elite athletes.

The district is not just for Olympic-caliber water athletes but for the whole family. Try out the free fall experience of the Rumble Drop or SandRidge Sky Trail, the tallest adventure course of its kind in the world! We have to admit that both the 700-feet zip line across the Oklahoma River and 72-foot sky slide from atop the sky trail make us feel like kids again. But don’t fret, there is plenty to do for those who prefer a little tamer entertainment. Rent a kayak or stand-up paddle board for the day or test your skills on the climbing walls. There is even a youth zone for the kiddos. And certainly all outdoors men and women (young and young at heart) will love the 13 miles of scenic trails that meander along the Oklahoma River.

Can’t decide what to do? Don’t worry you can buy a RIVERSPORT All Access or Adventure pass. You can buy a day or annual pass and try everything the Oklahoma River has to offer.

Boathouse District, family-friendly, MAPS, water sports
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Things to Do & See: June 21 - June 27, 2016

OKC Dodgers Uniform

Tuesday, June 21
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Round Rock Express vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; Doubleheader starting at 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, June 22
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Round Rock Express vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; Doubleheader starting at 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Sonic Summer Movies: The Little Rascals; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.

Thursday, June 23
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Summer Saturdays at the Museum of Osteology; 1 to 4 p.m.; Museum of Osteology; 814-0006; $7 for children and $8 for adults.
Round Rock Express vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; Doubleheader starting at 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; 445-7080; Ticket prices vary.
Concerts at the Beach: The Hollows; 9 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Event is free.

Friday, June 24
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Round Rock Express vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; Doubleheader starting at 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; 445-7080; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, June 25
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Vancouver Whitecaps 2 FC vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 6 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; Doubleheader starting at 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; 445-7080; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, June 26
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; Doubleheader starting at 3:35 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Arts Council of OKC’s Twilight Concerts; 7:30 p.m. Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.

Monday, June 27
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; Doubleheader starting at 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Thoroughly Modern(ism)

PHOTO provided by Oklahoma City Museum of Art in anticipation of the Matisse exhibit in 2016. “Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre ... Paris.\

[Photo provided by Oklahoma City Museum of Art © Photo CNAC/MNAM Dist. RMN - Philippe Migeat]

The Oklahoma City Museum of Modern Art will become a classroom for students of modernism during Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernisn from the Centre Pompidou, Paris. Oklahoma City is the only place in North America that you can see this particular exhibit, which will provide 50 works spanning the scope of Henri Matisse’s career and 50 additional major works by Picasso, Renoir, André Derain, Georges Braque, Joan Miro and Amedeo Modigliani.

The exhibit, which is organized by Centre Pompidou, Paris (Europe’s leading museum of modern and contemporary art) and OKCMOA, will run from June 18 until Sept. 18. Members of the OKCMOA can experience an all-day member’s preview of the exhibit on Friday, June 17.

A primer for those who slept through art history class: Matisse (1869-1954) was a French artist regarded as a leading figure of modern art. Matisse was the leader of the Fauve (French for “wild beast”) movement, a critical observer of cubism and a contemporary and rival of Pablo Picasso. While he was also a draughtsman, printmaker and sculptor, he is known primarily as a painter.

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We (he)art OKC

Red Earth Museum

Oklahoma City’s art scene is not limited to downtown, as galleries showcasing diverse works of art 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 “Summer Wheat: Pry the Lid Off” for an interesting exploration of Johannes Vermeer’s The Milkmaid at the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center. David Steele Overholt’s audio-visual exhibit “In One Ear…” evokes nostalgia by combining overlapping video clips and a radio soundtrack broadcast of images and sounds from the 80s and 90s.  

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 visit Red Earth Museum’s Art Center for more celebrations and explorations of Native American art and culture.

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

arts and culture, museums, western heritage
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Park it

Family biking on a trail

It’s no secret that the City of Oklahoma City has an array of parks, trails, splash pads and programs that will help you enjoy the great outdoors, and during the summer months, the opportunities to enjoy them are more plentiful than ever. To keep you in the know, the Oklahoma City Parks & Recreation department has created a handy guide to enjoying its amenities during the 2016 summer season.

From enjoying a pool day to taking a nature walk, the guide has something for every interest and every age. View the 2016 Summer Program Guide here, and let us know your favorite way to enjoy your neighborhood parks in the comments.

family-friendly, kids, outdoor recreation, parks, water sports
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Things to Do & See: June 14 - June 20, 2016

Friends drinking beer

Tuesday, June 14
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Omaha Storm Chasers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; Doubleheader starting at 4:35 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, June 15
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Omaha Storm Chasers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 11:15 a.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, June 16
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Omaha Storm Chasers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; Doubleheader starting at 4:35 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; 445-7080; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, June 17
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma Craft Brew Festival; TBD; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Shop Hop; 6 to 9 p.m.; Automobile Alley; Event is free.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; 445-7080; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, June 18
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma Craft Brew Festival; TBD; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; 445-7080; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, June 19
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Widespread Panic; 6 p.m.; The Criterion; 1-800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Sunday Twilight Concert - Kalo; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Lawn; Free.

Monday, June 20
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Nashville Sound vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Advancing OKC

OMRF researcher

Did you know that ground-breaking discoveries are made right here in downtown OKC every day?
At the crossroads of Interstate 35 and Highway 77 and just blocks away from both the State Capitol and downtown’s Central Business District, Oklahoma City’s budding innovation district is helping diversify the city’s growing economy and bringing international notoriety.

OKC researchers are putting the city on the map as a front-runner for bioscience and biotechnology discovery not only in the U.S., but globally as well. In fact, students travel from across the globe for an opportunity to take part in the prestigious Visiting Research Graduate Traineeship Program at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF).

Why is this important, you may ask? These world-class researchers have partnerships with some of the most well renowned universities in the country and could conduct their research anywhere, yet they choose to be in OKC. That is pretty cool, if you ask us.

Curious about what is happening in your city? We bet you didn’t know that all of this was happening right here in your back yard.

bioscience, business, Innovation District
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Return on investment

Oklahoma Health Science Center Campus

The expansion of the bioscience and biotechnology industry is paying big dividends throughout all of Oklahoma, contributing more than $6.7 billion in economic activity and supporting more than 51,000 jobs. That’s a lot of moolah, if you ask us.

The 27-acre, $100 million University Research Park, part of the Oklahoma Health Center complex, is home to 37 science-based companies including Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, Accele Biopharma, ARL - Analytical Research Laboratories, Moleculera Labs, Cytovance Biologics, Oklahoma Blood Institute, COARE Biotechnology and Dean McGee Eye Institute just to name a few.

This area is also home to i2E (Innovation to Enterprise) which focuses on helping small start-up businesses thrive in Oklahoma.

Additions in the community will include the 95,000 square-feet GE Global Research Center, which will open its doors in the coming months. The project will add 130 high-tech jobs and is expected to have a direct and indirect economic impact of $13 million on the state and local economies.

The benefits in this growing community will not only have an immediate impact on today’s workforce, but also on future generations. The GE Foundation has pledged resources to help ensure that Oklahoma students are prepared for the growing demand of high-tech jobs through the introduction of STEM Empowers OK – a statewide initiative to engage and inspire greater interest among high school students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

It’s an exciting time to be in OKC for sure. The advancements in these areas are sure to have a lasting impact for years to come.

bioscience, business, Innovation District, tech
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Growing a stronger community

Each June a delegation from across Oklahoma travel to the annual BIO International Convention. In fact, many of OKC’s top minds are in San Francisco as you are reading this. Why are they half way across the country, you may wonder? They are networking and spreading the great news about OKC’s thriving bioscience community. In 2015, Oklahoma biotech companies, research institutions, universities and other organizations held 150 meetings with potential partners, investors, employees and more at the OKBio booth. Collaborative efforts like these help lead to long-term success for our companies and organizations, and that helps make for a healthy economy. To learn more about bio in OK, check out www.okbio.org.

bioscience, business, tech
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Things to Do & See: June 7 - June 13, 2016

Prix de West Art

Tuesday, June 7
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Mamma Mia!; 7:30 p.m.; OKC Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, June 8
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
deadCenter Film Festival; All Day; 246-9233; All around OKC; Admissions prices vary.
Mamma Mia!; 7:30 p.m.; OKC Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, June 9
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
deadCenter Film Festival; All Day; 246-9233; All around OKC; Admissions prices vary.
Nashville Sound vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; Doubleheader starting at 4:35 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Mamma Mia!; 7:30 p.m.; OKC Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; 445-7080; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, June 10
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
deadCenter Film Festival; All Day; 246-9233; All around OKC; Admissions prices vary.
Read Earth Festival; All Day; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Live on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; 367-9403; Free
Nashville Sound vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Mamma Mia!; 8 p.m.; OKC Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; 445-7080; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, June 11
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
deadCenter Film Festival; All Day; 246-9233; All around OKC; Admissions prices vary.
Nashville Sound vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; 445-7080; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, June 12
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
deadCenter Film Festival; All Day; 246-9233; All around OKC; Admissions prices vary.
Nashville Sound vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 6:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, June 13
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Nashville Sound vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

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