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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Living in a Golfer’s Paradise

OKC Golf Course

If you are new to our great state then you know how crazy we can get about our sports. Football is king and the Thunder have taken the state by storm (pun somewhat intended). What you might not know is that golf has a great tradition in the Sooner state. From affordable local courses, prestigious tracks that host major golf championships and a couple of the winningest college programs in college golf, Oklahoma is a golf lover’s dream. With more than 30 courses in the metro (and plenty of sun), hitting the links is pretty easy.

The City of Oklahoma owns and operates five courses throughout the metro that offer great golf on any budget. Be sure to bookmark www.okcgolf.com for all the info you need to know about city courses.

  • Earlywine- Located on 11600 S. Portland, Earlywine offers 2 courses that show off the natural landscape of Oklahoma City. Earlywine has plenty of water features which make for a great view but challenging round of golf.
  • Lake Hefner- Right off scenic Lake Hefner, this golf course offers length and water hazards to challenge experienced golfers but is also enjoyable for all skill levels.
  • Lincoln Park- You’ll find two courses at Lincoln Park, both maintained at tournament conditions. Lincoln is located at 4001 NE Grand.
  • Trosper Park- An OKC favorite, Trosper is a heavily wooded, 6,660-yard layout located at 2301 SE 21st St.
  • James E. Stewart- This course has been providing enjoyable golf in the heart of the city for generations. Located at 824 Fredrick Douglas Dr., James E. Stewart also partners with First Tee of Oklahoma City to introduce new generations to the sport of golf.
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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Par for the Course

The metro also offers a plethora of golf courses both public and private not run by the city. Whether you are a beginner who wants to learn the game or a scratch golfer who wants to challenge themselves on courses that have hosted major championships for the best players in the world, a course for you is nearby.  For a more comprehensive list check below but here are some local courses that have made national headlines:

  • Oak Tree National- Oak Tree National is not only one of the most prestigious golf courses in our state but also ranks as one of the top courses in the country. The course opened in 1971 and was designed by the renowned Pete Dye. The private course has hosted multiple major golf championships including the U.S. Amateur, PGA Championship, Senior PGA Championship and U.S. Senior Open. The course is also home to no fewer than seven championship golfers from the PGA and Senior PGA.
  • Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club- Designed by Perry Maxwell and opened in 1920, this 6,947-yard course is located in the heart of Nichols Hills.
  • Gallardia Country Club- Opened in 1998, Gaillardia has become a nationally recognized private country club and residential community. The expansive links course, designed by architect Arthur Hills and later renovated by famed player Tom Kite, can play from 5,100 yards to well over 7,300. The manicured course features generous fairways but requires precision iron play which challenges every level of skill from the astute to the beginner. The clubhouse is world renowned and has many recreational amenities including tennis, pool, fitness center, and an indoor golf learning facility.
  • Jimmie Austin Golf Club- One great advantage of having powerhouse college golf programs is they also offer top-notch courses to test your skills. You can play the same courses that have helped shape some of golf’s biggest names. In Norman, the University of Oklahoma won the 1988 NCAA Championship and has produced 16 conference titles and 50 All-Americans. Their home course is the Jimmie Austin Golf Club. This top-rated course has hosted multiple amateur golf championships in its history. Best of all, the course is open to the public.
  • Karsten Creek- This course is home to the Oklahoma State University Cowboys and Cowgirls. The Cowboys are widely regarded as one of the top programs in all of collegiate sports. The Cowboys have won 10 NCAA titles, 8 individual champions, 160 All-Americans and more than 50 conference titles. Karsten Creek was named the best new course by Golf Digest when it opened and was also named the best college course in the country by Travel & Leisure Golf Magazine. The course has hosted multiple NCAA Championships and is also open to the public.  

These are just a small sampling of great courses in the metro. For more public courses click here. To find more private courses click here. Also check out the Sporting Life on our website.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Golf with a Spin

Golf takes many forms. Long gone are the days of yore when golf required a club and ball. Today you can play a round of disc golf in a public park or show off your skill when it comes to putting a ball through a clown’s mouth.

Looking for a fun place to take your date after enjoying a cold Coke? Or maybe just want to have a relaxing afternoon with the family? Head out to one of OKC’s popular miniature golf courses. These establishments offer 18-holes of the finest mini-golf around and the best part is that balls and putters are included:

Like the idea of golf but don’t want to mess with clubs, golf carts and green fees? Give disc golf a try. Never head of disc golf? It is actually quite simple: think golf with a Frisbee. All you need is a Frisbee because the courses are free. Central OKC is home to several courses:

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Golf with a View

One of the newest additions to Central Oklahoma is TopGolf. Never been to a TopGolf? The concept is simple, you hit golf balls towards certain targets to score points. The great thing is the balls have computer chips in them so the score is totaled by a computer. You don’t have to break out your math skills. That is a good thing because you can enjoy TopGolf while eating and enjoying your favorite adult beverages. The three-story complex allows even the most novice golfers to hit the ball a mile (not literally). TopGolf is fun for everyone in the family, from those who think they are the next Jack Nicklaus to those who don’t know the difference between a birdie and a bogey. Slated to open off Memorial Road later this summer, this will be the first TopGolf in the state of Oklahoma.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: May 26 - May 31, 2015

Tuesday, May 26
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Wheeler Criterium; Events start at 5:30 p.m.; Downtown OKC Airpark, 1701 S. Western; Admission is free.

Wednesday, May 27
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Bringing Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
Bringing Gardens to Life: May Flowers!; 11 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080.

Thursday, May 28
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
OQHA Redbud Spectacular Horse Show; 8 a.m.; State Fair Park; 948-6700; Free to the Public.
Brown Bag Lunch Speakers Series: “Love Your Landscape”; Noon; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 2nd Floor Conference Room; 445-7080.
Art after 5; 5 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Admission is $5.

Friday, May 29
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
OQHA Redbud Spectacular Horse Show; 8 a.m.; State Fair Park; 948-6700; Free to the Public.
Under the Sea Sleepover; 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Oklahoma City Zoo; The event is $35 for kids and $20 for adults.
H&8th; 7 p.m.; Hudson Ave., between N.W. 6th & 10th; Free.
Fresno Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, May 30
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
OQHA Redbud Spectacular Horse Show; 8 a.m.; State Fair Park; 948-6700; Free to the Public.
Fresno Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, May 31
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
OQHA Redbud Spectacular Horse Show; 8 a.m.; State Fair Park; 948-6700; Free to the Public.
Fresno Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 2:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Austin Aztex vs. OKC Energy FC; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, June 1
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
OQHA Redbud Spectacular Horse Show; 8 a.m.; State Fair Park; 948-6700; Free to the Public.
Barre3 Free Community Workout; 7 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080.
Fresno Grizzlies 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, May 19, 2015

It’s Zoo-rific!

If you want to get in touch with Oklahoma City’s wild side, then look no further than the Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Gardens located in Oklahoma City’s Adventure District. Oklahoma City’s zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the Southwest and is home to around 1,900 of the world’s most exotic animals, 54 of which are endangered or threatened species.

At the Zoo, you can discover the state-of-the-art Elephant Habitat (be sure to say hello to five-month-old Achara and new-to-OKC elephants Bamboo and Chai), catch the waves at Stingray Bay, and flutter your way through the largest walk-through outdoor Butterfly Garden in Oklahoma. And that doesn’t even begin to cover the Zoo’s Lion Overlook, Cat Forest and bear habitat, oh my!

Be sure to check out the Zoo’s upcoming events and schedule a behind-the-scenes tour to take full advantage your trip.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Must Love Dogs

If you are looking for some quality time with man’s best friend – or looking for a fellow dog lover like yourself – then you might want to load up your furry friends and take them out for an afternoon adventure at one of Oklahoma City’s many dog parks.

  • Paw Park at Lake Hefner, which recently received some construction upgrades, has separate big/small dog play areas, water stations, a duck pond, benches, trees and other features sure to keep your dog’s tail wagging.
  • In addition to the flora that Myriad Gardens’ features for humans, the park boasts an off-leash dog area so your pup can also enjoy some of OKC’s finest scenery.
  • Bickham-Rudkin Park in Edmond has half an acre of off-the-leash fabulousness for Fido, including pond access for a water-splashing good time.
  • Ray Trent Park in Del City sports the awesomely-named Wiggly Field Dog Park. The park has equally awesome features, like agility equipment, fire hydrants (what a relief) and even lights for night use.
  • Griffin Community Park in Norman has two acres of off-leash fun for pets as well as owners – the first few holes of the disc golf course are part of the dog area! A hole-in-one while your dog runs freely about? That’s the best of both worlds.
  • Midtown Mutts Dog Park is the newest dog park on the scene. Located in Midtown between NW 10th and 11th Streets and west of Hudson, the park is open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., giving you and Rover plenty of time for roaming.
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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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All Paws on Deck

Patio weather is upon us, and in case the warmer weather, bright sunshine and good food aren’t enough to entice you outdoors, you should also know that a lot of Oklahoma City restaurants allow dogs on their patios. Below are a few establishments that will welcome your furry friend with open arms. (As always, call the restaurant before you go to get their specific pet policy!)

Ice House at Myriad Botanical Gardens
S&B Burger Joint – 9th Street Location
Tucker’s Onion Burgers – 23rd Street Location
Jazmo’z Bourbon Street Cafe
Bleu Garten

Did we miss your favorite place to take your pup? Let us know in the comments!

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Three days of arts and entertainment

The three-day weekend is a perfect excuse to head over to one of America’s “10 Greatest Neighborhoods” and check out the 35th annual Paseo Arts Festival. Held Saturday, May 28 through Monday, May 30, this festival features more than 80 artists representing all types of art and all mediums. Stroll through the booths and check out the art on your way to two different stages showcasing Oklahoma entertainers and musicians. And bring the kids for some hands-on fun in the children’s area.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: May 19 - May 25, 2015

Tuesday, May 19
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
Wheeler Criterium; Events start at 5:30 p.m.; Downtown OKC Airpark, 1701 S. Western; Admission is free.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, May 20
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
Eagles; 8 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, May 21
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
Art after 5; 5 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Admission is $5.
Video Games Live; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, May 22
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
Under the Sea Sleepover; 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Oklahoma City Zoo; The event is $35 for kids and $20 for adults.

Saturday, May 23
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
Paseo Arts Festival; 10 a.m.; Paseo Arts District; 525-2688; This event is free.
Sacramento Republic FC vs. OKC Energy FS; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, May 24
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
Paseo Arts Festival; 10 a.m.; Paseo Arts District; 525-2688; This event is free.

Monday, May 25
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
Paseo Arts Festival; 10 a.m.; Paseo Arts District; 525-2688; This event is free.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

While forecasts for Oklahoma City still predict some rain this week, we are quickly moving into the season where it’s fun to be outside as much as possible. Oklahoma City has one of the sunniest climates around – around 65 percent of our days each year are sunny and perfect for outdoor activities.

If you’re stuck for ideas, here are a few to get you started exploring:

  • We’ve written about this before, but check out hiking, nature and wildlife at Martin Park Nature Center at 5000 W Memorial Road, an oasis of calm by the busy John Kilpatrick Turnpike.
  • Go to Lake Overholser on the city’s west side and check out the Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge, 1,000 acres featuring a hardwood forest, marshlands and animals. Hike or bike, or explore on water with kayaks or canoes. Find out more by searching “Stinchcomb” at www.travelok.com. Or call 405.297.3882.
  • Visit the Oklahoma City Zoo, and see if you can get a glimpse of the baby gorilla born in March.
  • Play at Oklahoma City’s two major amusement parks –  White Water Bay for pool fun and Frontier City if you like your rides with a Western feel.
  • Fish at any number of Oklahoma City’s lakes and ponds.
water sports, zoo, family-friendly, fishing, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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On and Around Lake Hefner

The beautiful sunset views at Lake Hefner aren’t the only reason to visit the reservoir in north Oklahoma City, which is basically bound by Lake Hefner Parkway on the east, MacArthur Boulevard on the west, the Northwest Expressway on the south and Hefner Road on the north.

Lake Hefner is one of three urban reservoirs that store Oklahoma City’s drinking water, but you can also fish in it and take boats out on it with proper permits. Get out on the lake through the Oklahoma City Boat Club Oklahoma City Boat Club, Sailorbrains or Sail Lake Hefner, LLC. You can also surf on a kiteboard through 405Kite or Lake Hefner Kiteboarding or ride a stand-up paddle board. Also check out Friends of Lake Hefner and Oklahoma Outdoors if you really want to explore.

Off the water, the Bert Cooper Trails, formerly known as the Lake Hefner Trails, surround the lake and are wide enough for bikers as well as joggers and pedestrians. Play golf on one of the two 18-hole courses at the Lake Hefner Golf Course, or enjoy a picnic lunch at Stars and Stripes Park off of Lakeshore Drive and North Portland Avenue.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Get on (or Zip Over) the Oklahoma River

If you are new to Oklahoma City, don’t miss all of the fun that we’ve been having for awhile on the Oklahoma River at the Boathouse District. Made for kids and adults alike, the Oklahoma River has developed into one of Oklahoma City’s entertainment jewels.

Whether you’re into kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, dragon boating, zip lining or climbing the SandRidge Sky Trail adventure course, RIVERSPORT Adventures is a good place to start learning what you can do.

The Oklahoma River is home to U.S. Olympic training for canoe/kayaking and teams of both corporate and youth river sports.

All ages can enjoy the Oklahoma River. Choose your adventure and buy a pass.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Jump, Jive and Roll at Mat Hoffman Sports Park

Maybe you’re more into BMX freestyling, boarding and skating. If so, check out the Mat Hoffman Action Sports Park at 1700 S Robinson, open from dawn to 11 p.m. year-round. Even better, it’s free and has been named one of National Geographic’s Ten Best skate parks in the country.

Oklahoma City native and resident Mat Hoffman is one of BMX Freestyle’s pioneers and brought the sport into the mainstream with his accomplishments, both on the course and in the business world. The ESPN documentary “Birth of Big Air” is all about his career and gravity-defying tricks on the BMX circuit.

At the Mat Hoffman Action Sports Park, there is a bowl course with various shapes, depths and heights and a street course featuring ledges and handrails, all welcoming your latest tricks.

Just don’t forget the protective gear.

Oklahoma City also has two other skate parks, the Route 66 Skate Court at 3350 W Overholser Drive and South Lakes Skate Court at 4302 SW 119.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: May 12 - May 18, 2015

Tuesday, May 12
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
Wheeler Criterium; Events start at 5:30 p.m.; Downtown OKC Airpark, 1701 S. Western; Admission is free.

Wednesday, May 13
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
Bringing Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; This is event is free.
Utica Comets vs. Oklahoma City Barons; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, May 14
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
Utica Comets vs. Oklahoma City Barons; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, May 15
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
Premiere on Film Row; 6 p.m.; Film Row, Sheridan Avenue in Downtown; Free to attend.
Southern Sounds Concert Series- The Lone Bellow; 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Band Shell; 445-7080; This event is free.
They Might Be Giants; 9:15 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; (866) 977-6849; Tickets are $19 in advance.
Mickey and the Motorcars; 9:30 p.m.; Wormy Dog Saloon, 311 E. Sheridan; 601-6276; Tickets are $10.

Saturday, May 16
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
39th Street Jazzy Fest; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; NW 39th & Penn; 778-6375; Admission is free.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Sing-A-Long Sound of Music; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080; This is event is free.

Sunday, May 17
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 2:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, May 18
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
New Kids on the Block; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Iowa Cubs 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, May 5, 2015

Get Campy

Robin and Batman Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, camping! If you’re a regular reader of The Better Life, you know we love us some camping (and if you don’t subscribe to our weekly digest, riddle me this: why the heck not?). Luckily, it’s again a great time of year to make some more s’mores over an open fire, crack a few of those fabulous local brews (POP!), and sleep under the stunning star-lit sky instead of your popcorn ceiling and noisy, dusty ceiling fan (not judging, just sayin’).  In the past we’ve given you some camping primers for you beginning outdoorsmen and women and some tips for where to camp around town and around the state. POW! Why not read those blogs, get inspired, pack up and make it a big camping weekend? Camping in Oklahoma offers a wide variety of experiences. In fact, you can even check out bat caves while you’re at it. BOOM!

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Go Climb a Rock

You don’t have to go far to get your rock climbing fix in OKC. Rocktown is the famous former-grain-silo-turned-indoor-and-outdoor-climbing-gym that is located downtown between Bricktown and the Boathouse District. Rocktown was also featured in the recent short documentary from TheCoolist, Oklahoma City: Uncovering a Hidden Gem of American Cool (which you should definitely watch if you haven’t already).

Another nearby place to consider testing out the quality of your carabiners is Red Rock Canyon State Park. Located one hour west of OKC near Hinton, Red Rock Canyon offers hiking where you can see original wagon wheel ruts left by settlers on their way to California, in addition to cool 80-foot red canyon walls perfect for rappelling and climbing.
Red Rock Canyon SP sign

(Among other great spots, the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge discussed below also offers rock climbing. Read on!)

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Go for a Hike in the Wichita Mountains

Wichita Mountains Bison
Let us answer the question “which hike?” by suggesting the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. A refuge is that which protects native flora and fauna from environmental degradation, which in this case will also enable you to hike the balls of your feet flat if you so desire. The Wichita Mountains trails are 15 miles long, which travel through a variety of terrain and which reward hikers with all sorts of great views and potential Wichita wildlife sightings, and which (as an added bonus for you folks from Salem) are witch-free. Yes, Wichita is that place in which you can gain an appreciation for hiking as well as at which you can see many outdoorsy things, which is also great, which is what we strive for, amirite?

Anyway, the only question now is, which trail are you going to choose?

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: May 5 - May 11, 2015

Tuesday, May 5
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
Wheeler Criterium; Events start at 5:30 p.m.; Downtown OKC Airpark, 1701 S. Western; Admission is free.
New Orleans Zephyrs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, May 6
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
New Orleans Zephyrs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

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

Friday, May 8
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
Live on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; 367-9403; Free
Steve Earle; 9:30 p.m.; Wormy Dog Saloon, 311 E. Sheridan; 601-6276; Tickets are $30.

Saturday, May 9
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
Worms with a Purpose!; 11 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; $4 for members and $6 for nonmembers; Best for ages 5-10.
L.A. Galaxy II vs. OKC Energy; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, May 10
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
Million Dollar Quartet; 2 and 7 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2584; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, May 11
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
Utica Comets vs. Oklahoma City Barons; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Happy Trails to You

It is that time of year. We get it. We are going through the same thing. It has been almost four months since New Year’s Eve. We all did great at first. We hit the gym, we ran through the neighborhood, counted the calories and were glued to our Fitbit. This was the year. No doubt about it. We were sticking to our New Year’s Resolution and staying in shape.

One skipped workout might have turned into two. Maybe a little winter cold threw you off your game. Well, that stops now. It is time to dust off your athletic shoes of choice and get your groove back by hitting the trails. Be it on a bike, your two feet or even roller blades, you can head out to an Oklahoma City trail, take in the beautiful weather and get back to being active.

Oklahoma City has extensive trail system that has seen millions of dollars in investment over the past decade. Bond issues in 2000, 2007 and the recent MAPS 3 initiative will help add more than 200 miles of trails to our city (with construction of some of that well under way). The best part is the trails are motor free so you and your family and/or friends can enjoy the outdoors in complete safety (assuming you don’t go Mat Hoffman on everyone).

So hop onto the city’s website to find a trail close to you (we promise there is one) or check out the city’s master plan for what is on the way.

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Rolling on the River

You’ve heard us talk about the Oklahoma River many times, including the old jokes about how we used to have to mow the river. Like any good joke, there is a lot of truth to it. Thanks to MAPS, the river has gone from a sometimes partially full river that sometimes had to be mowed to a world-class rowing venue with millions of dollars of public/private investment. Maybe no other part of Oklahoma City embodies our modern-day renaissance like the river and its development.

The Oklahoma River is home to an official training site for U.S. Olympic & Paralympic river sports. However, the river is not just for Olympic athletes. The river has something for everyone and is a great place to enjoy the spring weather and get in a little exercise.

No matter your age, Olympic-hopeful or not, you can benefit from this great resource in the heart of Downtown Oklahoma City. If you already have some watersport experience you can head right to the river and rent a canoe or kayak. If you aren’t familiar with rowing, canoeing and kayaking, OKC RIVERSPORT offers classes that will teach you basic technique and general safety rules so you will be out on the water in no time.

As a crazy as it sounds, the Oklahoma River is not just for water enthusiasts thanks to some recent additions like the SandRidge Youth Pavilion. The pavilion is exactly what it sounds like, a pavilion for youths to get rowdy with the Sky Slide, Rumble Drop, playground and much more.

Not a rowdy youth? Try the new SandRidge Sky Trail if you want a thrill. The Sky Trail is the world’s tallest adventure course with six levels of challenges that will have you climbing, jumping and zig-zagging to the top.

Are you about to get in your van and head down to the river? Look at a buying a RIVERSPORT Adventure Pass. The pass allows you to enjoy everything we’ve talked about at one low price.

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Mapping the Future

So we’ve talked about the Oklahoma River and the great trail system in OKC. Those things didn’t just happen randomly. Thanks to the citizens of OKC passing the MAPS initiatives, we all get to enjoy world-class quality of life amenities like the Oklahoma River, Bricktown Canal, Chesapeake Energy Arena and much more. If you are new to Oklahoma City and not familiar with MAPS check out this quick refresher on the ground-breaking initiatives.

With all the construction and development announcements, even we have trouble keeping track of everything going on so we thought we would give you a little MAPS 3 construction update. For future reference bookmark the city’s website for the latest updates on the projects.

  • Sidewalks: Construction is well underway and you can already walk on MAPS 3 sidewalks in many parts of the city. All sidewalk construction should be completed this year.
  • Oklahoma River: The racecourse improvements have been installed and the Whitewater course is under construction. All phases of the river improvements should be done in 2020.
  • Downtown Public Park: The Master Plan has been approved and the land is being acquired. The park will be complete in 2020.
  • Oklahoma State Fairgrounds: Construction of the new expo center has started.
  • Convention Center: Additional site analysis is underway with an opening in 2019 or 2020.
  • Modern Street Car: Route framework has been approved. The plan is to have the streetcar operational in 2019.
  • Trails: Construction on the West River Trail is nearing completion and the I-44 Trail is in final design. The final phase of the trails will be completed in 2017.
  • Senior Health and Wellness Centers: Architects and operating partners have been identified for the first center. All four wellness centers are slated to be complete by 2021.
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Spring into Action

The old saying “Don’t like the weather? Wait a day…” is definitely true for Oklahoma, especially this time of year. Most of the time, the weather couldn’t be nicer. In fact, we see 350 sunny days a year in Oklahoma City with an average temp of 61 degrees (Fahrenheit, of course – 61 degrees Celsius would be a tad uncomfortable).

Even though Oklahoma’s weather can be over sensationalized, it never hurts to be weather aware. Luckily for Oklahomans, the National Weather Center is located in Norman, just south of Oklahoma City. The center is home to the most technologically advanced weather equipment in the world and does an amazing job of monitoring not only the weather in central Oklahoma but of the world.

Head over to the climate section of our site for some more helpful info and weather related info.

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Things to Do & See: April 28 - May 4, 2015

Tuesday, April 28
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
Wheeler Criterium; Events start at 5:30 p.m.; Downtown OKC Airpark, 1701 S. Western; Admission is free.

Wednesday, April 29
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
Bringing Gardens to Life: April Showers!; 11 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Suggest donation $2.

Thursday, April 30
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series: Dig a Ten Dollar Hole; Noon; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 2nd Floor Conference Room; 445-7080; Admission is free.

Friday, May 1
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
Downtown Edmond Arts Festival; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Downtown Edmond; Admission is free.
First Friday Gallery Walk; 6 p.m.; The Paseo District; Free.
Lecrae; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, May 2
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
Downtown Edmond Arts Festival; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Downtown Edmond; Admission is free.
Bedlam at the Brick; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, May 3
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
Downtown Edmond Arts Festival; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Downtown Edmond; Admission is free.
Sonic Presents Free Family Day; Noon to 5 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Admission is free.
Bedlam at the Brick; 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, May 4
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
New Orleans Zephyrs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Festival of the Arts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Expand your horizons

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Things to Do & See: April 21 - April 27, 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

We’re Gonna Party Like its 1889

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

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Stake Your Claim as Trivia Champion

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

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