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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A Better Life: climate

Family enjoying outdoor BBQ

If you are someone who enjoys four seasons, Oklahoma City is the place for you. The Summers are sunny, falls are crisp, winters give you plenty of excuses for hot chocolate and the springs bring plenty of rain. Weather in Oklahoma changes with the seasons, providing a climate that has a little something in store for everyone.

Oklahoma City experiences each of the four seasons distinctly, while enjoying clear skies (65 percent of the time), clean air and an average annual temperature of 60 degrees. Whether you are a resident or visitor, time spent in Oklahoma City will leave you with a favorite season.

To learn more about what to expect out of weather in Oklahoma and how to prepare, head over to the Climate section of www.abetterlifeokc.com.

weather
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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A Better Life: health

Family exercising on trails

When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, Oklahoma City is putting its money where its mouth is by investing in world-class health amenities. Recent investments in trails, bike lanes and the Oklahoma River have made OKC an outdoor lover’s dream. Oklahoma City is home to a wide variety of active living experiences, ranging from 140 miles of walking, running, bicycling, and skating trails to 26,000 square feet of terrain for skateboarding, in-line skating and BMX freestyle biking and even whitewater rafting and kayaking.

To learn more about active living opportunities and health care options in Oklahoma City, check out the Health section of www.abetterlifeokc.com.

cycling, Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation, running, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Be our friend

social media on phone

Next time you’re scrolling through your social media, go ahead and type ‘Better Life OKC’ into the search engine because we want to be friends (if we aren’t already). Click the Follow/Like  button and check out what’s going on around Oklahoma City so you don’t miss any of the fun happening in the 4-0-5.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Get iced

Downtown In December Ice Skating

It’s time to pull out your sequined leotard, channel your inner Dorothy Hamill, Nancy Kerrigan, Scott Hamilton or Michelle Kwan and head downtown to lace up a pair of skates. The Devon Ice Rink is back at the Myriad Botanical Gardens beginning November 10th through January 28th. Plan an afternoon of fun with your little ones, an adventurous staff holiday party, or a cozy date night on ice.

Times and prices vary depending on day of the week, so be sure to click here to plan your outing.

family-friendly, festivals, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: November 14 - November 20, 2017

Christmas in Automobile Alley

Tuesday, November 14
2017 AQHA World Championship Show; All Day; State Fair Park; (806) 376-4811.
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
The Fifth Element; 6:30 & 9:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Texas Legends vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, November 15
2017 AQHA World Championship Show; All Day; State Fair Park; (806) 376-4811.
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Chicago Bulls vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Old Crow Medicine Show; 8 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, November 16
2017 AQHA World Championship Show; All Day; State Fair Park; (806) 376-4811.
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Celebrate Statehood Day; 10:30 a.m.; Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Gaylord-Pickens Museum; 235-4458; This event is free.

Friday, November 17
2017 AQHA World Championship Show; All Day; State Fair Park; (806) 376-4811.
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Chris Stapleton; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Trippie Redd; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
The Lovin’ Spoonful; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, November 18
2017 AQHA World Championship Show; All Day; State Fair Park; (806) 376-4811.
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Lights on Broadway; 4 to 8 p.m.; Automobile Alley; This event is free.
Mandolin Orange; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, November 19
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Ring of Honor Wrestling; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer; 7 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-1586; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, November 20
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.

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

A riverís rise

Riversport Rapids

In many ways, the story of the Oklahoma River and the modern-day renaissance of Oklahoma City go hand-in-hand. The river and Oklahoma City had many ups and downs during their first century before the original MAPS program jumpstarted an unprecedented rebirth for both.  

To help tell that story, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber recently launched a new storytelling feature on www.greateroklahomacity.com/river depicting the rise of Oklahoma City’s river.

“A River’s Rise” walks the reader through the history of the Oklahoma River from the Land Run of 1889 to today. Each of the six chapters cover an important aspect of the river’s renovation, from its roots as an important water source for early settlers and a venue for entertainment offerings like Delmar Gardens at the turn of the 20th Century, to the more recent addition of the RIVERSPORT Rapids Whitewater Center and hosting the 2016 Olympic trials for whitewater kayaking.

Each chapter of the story offers the chance to engage with more contextual content, with links to news archives about Oklahoma City’s hosting of the Olympic Festival of 1989 and videos capturing the original vision for the boathouses that now dot the banks of the Oklahoma River, all to tell Oklahoma City’s story more fully.

So check out “A River’s Rise” and be sure to share it with you friends and family.

MAPS, Oklahoma City history, Oklahoma River
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Celebrating those who served

45th Invantry Division Museum

As we’ve talked about before, Oklahoma City’s ties to the military run deep. This weekend is Veterans Day, and events across Oklahoma City will give you plenty of opportunities to celebrate America’s armed forces and honor those who have served.

  • The annual Veterans Day service at the 45th Infantry Division Museum will take place at 10 a.m. on Nov. 11. Pay tribute to the men and women of the military at this patriotic ceremony, which includes a helicopter flyover, massing of the colors and guest speakers. More information.
  • Midwest City will hold their annual Veterans Day Parade on Friday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. The parade begins at Century Boulevard and Southeast 15th Street. More information.
  • On Nov. 11, the Oklahoma City Zoo will offer free entry to all active duty, active reserve and retirees of the military. More information.

If you know of any events we didn’t mention, please include them in the comments or give us a shout on Facebook or Twitter.

holiday, military, museums, zoo
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Oklahoma City and the military

USS Oklahoma

Veterans Day may only occupy one day on the calendar, but in Oklahoma City you can learn about this community’s military history year round.

Did you know there have been two different USS Oklahoma City ships? There is currently a submarine christened the USS Oklahoma City that served in the Persian Gulf. There was also a light cruiser named the USS Oklahoma City with an interesting history that served in World War II and the Vietnam War.

Want to experience a more hands-on history of the military? Visit the 45th Infantry Museum, which is dedicated to telling the story of the “Thunderbirds” of the 45th Infantry Division. This group of was formed during the National Defense Act of 1920 and spent their first years maintaining order in times of disaster and political unrest. Before deploying during World War II, the Thunderbirds trained at five bases, including Fort Sill in Oklahoma. They participated in four amphibious landings and saw 511 days in combat, and were described as “one of the best, if not the best division in the history of American arms” by General George S. Patton.

The Thunderbirds continued to serve after WWII until January 1969, and their legacy lives on today at the museum honoring the accomplishments of the division. Admission is free to this 27,000-square-foot attraction.

If the history of America’s military aviation is more to your liking, then visit the Charles B. Hall Air Park near Tinker Air Force Base on Interstate 40 East. The park is rich in the history of Tinker Air Force Base and in the aircraft that have been part of Tinker’s operations for more than seven decades.

history, holiday, military, museums, parks
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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November in OKC

November is a busy month in OKC, but don’t worry because our friends at the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau have you covered with their November in OKC video. This month they even brought along a very special guest, Thunder defensive wizard Andre Roberson. Get fired up with six Thunder home games this month, Downtown in December festivities kicking off, Chris Stapleton at the Chesapeake Energy arena and so much more.

Thunder, attractions, concerts, downtown, holiday, live sporting events, music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: November 7 - November 13, 2017

Downtown In December Ice Skating

Tuesday, November 7
2017 AQHA World Championship Show; All Day; State Fair Park; (806) 376-4811.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Rent; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-1586; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, November 8
2017 AQHA World Championship Show; All Day; State Fair Park; (806) 376-4811.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Rent; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-1586; Ticket prices vary.
Penny & Sparrow; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, November 9
2017 AQHA World Championship Show; All Day; State Fair Park; (806) 376-4811.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Mistletoe Market; All Day; Cox Convention Center; 843-5668; Admission prices vary.
Rent; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-1586; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, November 10
2017 AQHA World Championship Show; All Day; State Fair Park; (806) 376-4811.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Mistletoe Market; All Day; Cox Convention Center; 843-5668; Admission prices vary.
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Dustin Lynch; 7 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; (800) 514-3849; Ticket prices vary.
Live on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; 367-9403; Free.
Rent; 8 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-1586; Ticket prices vary.
Los Lobos; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
L.A. Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 8 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, November 11
2017 AQHA World Championship Show; All Day; State Fair Park; (806) 376-4811.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Mistletoe Market; All Day; Cox Convention Center; 843-5668; Admission prices vary.
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Rent; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-1586; Ticket prices vary.
Rainbows Are Free; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, November 12
2017 AQHA World Championship Show; All Day; State Fair Park; (806) 376-4811.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Rent; 1:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-1586; Ticket prices vary.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, November 13
2017 AQHA World Championship Show; All Day; State Fair Park; (806) 376-4811.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

MAPS 3 update

Scissortail Park Groundbreaking

So we tend to talk about the MAPS projects a lot. A whole lot. Just type in MAPS to our search bar and you will see an abundance of content. In our defense, MAPS is a pretty big deal around these parts. The program helped jump start our city’s modern renaissance and a lot of great things around our city can be traced back to one of the programs (Oklahoma River, Thunder, Bricktown Canal, etc.).

If you are new to Oklahoma City here is a brief refresher on each MAPS program:

The MAPS 3 projects are well underway and they will help change the face of OKC over the next couple of years. We thought it would be a great time to give a quick update on all the projects. It is important to remember that MAPS projects are built debt-free. That helps keep our city in great financial shape, but also means the projects take a little longer to build.

  • Downtown Convention Center- The design of the new convention center has been approved and construction crews will break ground in early 2018. Also, an agreement was reached with Omni to operate an attached convention center hotel.
  • Scissortail Park- Construction has begun on the new 70-acre park. The park will include everything from a café to sports facilities and a lake. The name was chosen from an online vote of residents.
  • Oklahoma City Streetcar- If you have been downtown lately, you know construction on the streetcar lines are well underway. Service is set to begin late next year.
  • RIVERSPORT Rapids- One of the first projects to be completed, you can now whitewater raft in the heart of downtown.
  • Bennett Event Center- Completed earlier this year, the Bennett Events Center added 279,000 square feet of exhibit space to State Fair Park.
  • Senior Health and Wellness Centers- The first center has opened and membership has exceeded projections. Three more centers will open throughout the city over the next three years.
  • Trails- This $40 million project will bring three new trail systems to OKC’s already robust network. The West River Trail is already complete with two more trails finishing up before the end of next year.
  • Sidewalks- This ongoing project is bringing much-needed sidewalks to every part of the city. Click here for a map of the progress.
Bricktown, downtown, MAPS, Oklahoma River, Thunder
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Infrastructure investment

OKC Skyline

While the MAPS program is used for big, bold quality-of-life projects, those things don’t matter as much if your city fails to keep up with infrastructure needs.

Just like the MAPS programs, the citizens of Oklahoma City have a great record when it comes to voting for these improvements through bond and sales tax proposals. Also, this is a good time to remind our dedicated readers that our city government is mainly funded through sales tax. The more you spend your dollars in Oklahoma City, the more services our city can provide.

This past September the voters approved the largest bond and sales tax program in Oklahoma City’s history. The vote will allow Oklahoma City to invest $1.2 billion in improving Oklahoma City streets, libraries and parks, as well as hiring more firefighters and police officers. The investment will not only allow Oklahoma City to keep up with our city’s rapidly growing population, but also help pave the way for future growth.

community, government
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Brewfest

2017 Brew Fest

One of our favorite trends in Oklahoma City is how many craft breweries are popping up around town. It is getting to the point that keeping up with the latest great suds is getting difficult. The good news is we know of an event where you can try out products from all the local breweries as well as local wineries and distilleries.

The Oklahoma Bioscience Association’s annual BrewFest will take place Nov. 9 at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Tickets are $35 and get you a mug, t-shirt (if you are one of the first 300 registered), free parking and, best of all, unlimited samples of local beer, wine and spirits. This year’s event will have nearly 30 local purveyors of tasty beer and spirits.

beer, breweries, festivals
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Resources for moving

moving resources

Moving to a new city is already stressful enough before you even start to worry about the smaller details like how to get cable or who provides the electricity. We are so happy to have every new resident to our city that we wanted to provide a one-stop place to answer some of those questions. From utilities to auto tag registration to selecting a moving company, we’ve got some resources to help you get your plans in order, get moving and get settled. So check them out! And if there are any moving-related questions we may have left unanswered, don’t be afraid to ask. We’re here to help!

community, moving
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: October 31 - November 6, 2017

Horse Show

Tuesday, October 31
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Breaking Benjamin; 7 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; (866) 9777-6849; Tickets are $29.50 in advance.
Third Eye Blind; 8 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, November 1
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Matisyahu; 8 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, November 2
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Will Hoge; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, November 3
2017 AQHA World Championship Show; All Day; State Fair Park; (806) 376-4811.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
First Fridays on the Paseo; 6 to 10 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; 525-2688; This event is free.
Boston Celtics vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Rio Grande Valley vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 208-HOOP; Ticket prices vary.
The Wonderful Music of Oz; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, November 4
2017 AQHA World Championship Show; All Day; State Fair Park; (806) 376-4811.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
The Wonderful Music of Oz; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, November 5
2017 AQHA World Championship Show; All Day; State Fair Park; (806) 376-4811.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Reno Bighorns vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 208-HOOP; Ticket prices vary.
Vintage Trouble; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, November 6
2017 AQHA World Championship Show; All Day; State Fair Park; (806) 376-4811.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Full Moon Bike Ride and Run; 5:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; $5 per person.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

All treats, no trick

Halloween is right around the corner, and there is nothing we like better than some candy and costumes. If you aren’t in the mood to go door-to-door in your neighborhood, don’t sweat it. We’ve compiled a list of some family friendly haunts to enjoy. Of course, we can’t list everything. If you know about a cool Halloween event, list it in the comments below or hit us up on Twitter or Facebook.

  • Haunt the Zoo: Haunt the Zoo is an Oklahoma City favorite as it has been going strong for 30-plus years. This year the event will take place on October 21, 22, 28 and 29 and will feature candy, mascots and a Halloween trail through the Zoo.
  • Halloween Train: Tour the Oklahoma Railway Museum and take a spooky train ride October 28 and 29. Admission varies depending on age, but children under 3 are free.
  • Haunt the Harn: A little something for everyone: trick-or-treating, marshmallow roasting, hayrides, pumpkin bowling and much more. Children are $3 in advance and $5 at the door. Up to two adults may accompany a child for free. This year’s Haunt the Harn will be Oct. 26 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
  • Haunt Old Town Moore: On Oct. 28 from 4 to 7 p.m. the streets will be shut down for family-friendly fun. Everything you could ask for in one place: face painting, exotic animals, food trucks, live music and even clowns (hopefully not the scary kind).
family-friendly, holiday, kids, Moore, zoo
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Costume HQ

Rumble the Bison

We figure our regular readers of The Better Life are bursting with civic pride and can’t wait to show it -- and the best way to do that come Halloween time is to dress up like something that just screams “OKC.” Here are a few ideas for you.

  • A Parking Meter – Perhaps you didn’t know that the biggest reason behind all those unpaid parking tickets you’ve got was first installed right here in Oklahoma City! Have stationary fun at the party while sporting a convenient excuse to keep boring folks from standing in front of you for too long.
  • Captain W.L. Couch, OKC’s First Provisional Mayor – Though murdered in a dispute over his land near the present-day OU Health Sciences Center campus shortly after leaving office in 1890, W.L. Couch nevertheless sported a killer moustache and beard and therefore makes for a fantastic costume idea, hipster or not. Get that “grass grin” growing and maybe throw a six-shooter (fake, of course) on your hip and guard that claim!
  • Wayne Coyne – So perhaps you have an affinity for glitter and grey suits, or you just like walking around in a homemade hamster ball whilst surrounded by confetti and weirdness. Either way, this is the costume for you. And you never know – if you’re at the right party, you might actually run into Wayne while you’re dressed like him! We’re not sure what would happen at that point, but one thing’s for sure – somebody’s mind is gonna be blown.
  • OKC Mascots  - Are you shy, but still like getting hugs from strangers? You don’t have to say anything to anyone in a big giant animal head. RumbleSplashBrooklyn and Brix are ready to be had for your pro-OKC sports team Halloweening pleasure. These costumes might be a little difficult to recreate, but we have faith in you. You can do it!
  • Devon Tower – Get a big cardboard cylinder, a three-cornered hat, some Christmas lights and BANG! You’re a walking version of OKC’s tallest landmark. For added effect, papier-mâché your shoes into something resembling the building’s rotunda and podium. Now that would be impressive.
  • Thunder Storm Chaser – Run around like a maniac waving a giant flag, jump on mini-trampolines, get the crowd pumped up and throw out some free t-shirts! The only con is that this could get expensive if you don’t own your own t-shirt factory.

What other OKC-centric costume ideas are we missing? Let us know in the comments!

holiday, Oklahoma City
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Schmooza is so fun it is scary

Halloween SchmoozaPalooza

Have you ever thought to yourself, “I really wish there was a way to combine my love of costumes and making important business connections?” Boy, do we have an event for you. Head on over to the State Fair Park’s Oklahoma Expo Hall for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s SchmoozaPalooza Trade Show on Thursday, Oct. 26, from 4-7 p.m.

A $10 admission, which includes a drink ticket, will give you a preview of the latest products and services (which means free stuff!) from Chamber member exhibitors while enjoying live music, networking activities, food tastings from more than 20 restaurants and caterers and door prizes. So put on your Halloween best, and bring your friends.

To purchase tickets and see a video from the last event, visit www.okcchamber.com/schmooza.

business, holiday, networking
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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A better life: health

Family exercising

While we are all about to gorge on the sweet, sweet Halloween candy, it is important we think about our health for a second. We know health is one of the most crucial aspects of relocating to a new city. Whether it is healthy living through outdoor activities or outstanding medical care, having options when it comes to the lifestyle you want is extremely important when picking a new hometown.

During the past decade, Oklahoma City has made huge investments in walking/biking trails, sidewalks, watersports and just about any matter of outdoor activity you can think of. The metro is also home to some of the most prestigious medical care facilities in our part of the country. For more on health in Oklahoma City, visit www.abetterlifeokc.com/health.

community, cycling, outdoor recreation, running, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: October 24 - October 30, 2017

live music in Bricktown

Tuesday, October 24
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Brick-or-Treat 2017; 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.

Wednesday, October 25
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Indiana Pacers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
John Mark McMillan; 7:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Dead Horses; 7:30 p.m.; Tower Studio; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, October 26
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Schmoozapalooza; 4 p.m.; State Fair Park, Oklahoma Expo Hall; Tickets are $10.

Friday, October 27
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Wizard World Comic Con; 5 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Coop Showcase; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tower Theatre; Admission is $10.
Conor Oberst; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; 840-5500; Ticket prices vary.
Murder on the Dance Floor; 8 p.m.; The Paramount Room; 410-4978; Tickets are $20.

Saturday, October 28
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Haunt the Zoo; All Day; Oklahoma City Zoo; 425-0292; Ticket prices vary.
Wizard World Comic Con; 10 a.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Spaghetti Eddie!; Noon; Tower Theatre; Tower Theatre; Admission is free.
My So Called Band; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Chase Rice; The Criterion; 840-5500; Ticket prices vary.
Brothers Griiin: The Hallofgriiin; 9 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, October 29
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Day of the Dead Festival; All Day; Plaza Festival; This event is free.
Haunt the Zoo; All Day; Oklahoma City Zoo; 425-0292; Ticket prices vary.
Wizard World Comic Con; 10 a.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, October 30
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Spooky surprises on the river

Oklahoma River Cruise

Has the fall weather put you in the mood for a spooky surprise? Are you counting down the days until it’s time for the tricks and treats of Halloween? Why wait until October 31 to celebrate? Head over to the Exchange Landing and climb aboard an Adult Haunt The River Cruise!

This new take on the classic Halloween party will feature a decorated boat, haunted tunes, light snacks and a cash bar. Enjoy the scenery of downtown OKC in a way unlike anything you have experienced before!

The Adult Haunt The River Cruise will sail through the waters of the Oklahoma River each Friday and Saturday in October beginning October 13th at 8 p.m. Tickets are $35 and reservations are required so don’t delay, buy your tickets today!

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You will heart this shopping experience

An Affair of the Heart

Are you looking for the right piece of furniture or artwork to accent your living room? Do you like to shop small and support local business? If any of these descriptions fit you, head on over to An Affair of the Heart, October 20 - 22 at the State Fair Park!

This unique shopping experience will feature booths filled with a wide variety of arts, crafts, antiques, collectibles, furniture, decorative items, accessories, jewelry, clothing, gourmet foods and more. There will be something for everyone in this marketplace. Affair of the Heart is recognized as one of the largest arts and crafts shows in the United States.

Entrance into this ultimate shopping experience will be $8 for adults but is free for kids ages 12 and under. Tickets are currently on sale, so buy yours today!

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This combo has our hearts

OKC Ballet Dancers

If you are searching for a new take on a classic date night or even have a child in your life who loves the magic and beauty that is ballet, plan an outing to the Civic Center Music Hall on October 20 - 22 to see Swan Lake.

Swan Lake is the tale of Odette, a beautiful maiden, and the Prince who loves her. Their love is challenged when an evil sorcerer transforms Odette into a swan - will their love remain true? This ballet explores the basic notions of classic takes on good vs. evil. Swan Lake comes to life through the Tchaikovsky score, with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic accompanying the Oklahoma City Ballet. The craftsmanship and dedication given to this performance will leave audiences in awe as they find themselves captivated by each twist in the storyline.

Tickets are on sale now, so be sure to call the box office or order your tickets online soon, as you won’t want to miss out on attending this beautiful ballet.

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Class is in session

Kids using computers

Finding the right education option is never easy, so let the Better Life OKC website assist you in your search! To learn more about education options in Oklahoma City, visit the education section of our website. You can then select the schooling style that’s right for you and your family, whether that be public schools, private schools, charter schools, universities or childcare.

In today’s blog post, we are going to highlight the private school webpage. Here you can find a list of all the private schools in Oklahoma City, and under each school you will find a brief description of what to expect in regard to the grades they teach, how many students they typically serve, and a myriad of other facts as is deemed applicable. You will also find a link to each school’s website, where you can learn more about their values and educational standards.

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

OKC Thunder Fans

Tuesday, October 17
Pumpkinville; Regular Garden Hours; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Entry prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.

Wednesday, October 18
Pumpkinville; Regular Garden Hours; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Entry prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.
Run the Jewels; 7 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Ira Thomas & The Blind Boys of Alabama; 7:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, October 19
Pumpkinville; Regular Garden Hours; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Entry prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.
New York Knicks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Lil Uzi Vert; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; 840-5500; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, October 20
Pumpkinville; Regular Garden Hours; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Entry prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.
Swan Lake; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.
Turnpike Troubadours; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; 840-5500; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, October 21
Pumpkinville; Regular Garden Hours; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Entry prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.
Haunt the Zoo; All day; Oklahoma City Zoo; 425-0292; Admission prices vary.
Halloween Party: Garden Monster Bash; 6:30 p.m.; $10 for members and $13 for nonmembers.
Swan Lake; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, October 22
Pumpkinville; Regular Garden Hours; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Entry prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.
Haunt the Zoo; All day; Oklahoma City Zoo; 425-0292; Admission prices vary.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, October 23
Pumpkinville; Regular Garden Hours; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Entry prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.

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Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Three things to watch this upcoming season

OKC Thunder Fans

The start to the regular NBA season is nearly upon us, which means Thunder basketball is finally returning! Whether you’re a casual fan or claim to be the biggest, here are three things to look out for this upcoming season.

The first, and probably one of the most obvious, is to get to know the new big three in OKC; Russell Westbrook, Paul George and Carmelo Anthony. It was an eventful offseason as the Thunder added George, a four-time all-star and Olympic gold medalist, and the 10-time all-star Anthony. Oh, and some Westbrook guy signed the biggest contract in NBA history to stay in Oklahoma City for six more seasons. With three superstars on the roster, the revamped Thunder are poised to make a run in the Western conference.

Second, be sure to pay close attention to the crazy clothing styles Westbrook will unleash this year. We know, this doesn’t have much to do with the actual game, but one of the reasons for the NBA’s strong rise in popularity has to do with the character and fun the individual players bring to the league. Besides, some of Westbrook’s pre-game style choices may also have a few subliminal messages that are really fun to tweet about if last season was any indication.

Lastly, be sure to buy a program to get to know the new faces. Besides George and Anthony, the Thunder also signed NBA veterans Raymond Felton and Patrick Patterson, as well as drafted Terrance Ferguson. Felton, a former top five pick, has been in the league for 13 seasons and will take over backup PG duties. Paterson is entering his 10th season in the NBA and is known for his defense and shooting ability. Ferguson was picked in the first round last June and is only 19 years old. Fun fact: Ferguson was born in Tulsa.  

The Thunder regular season begins Oct. 19 with a home game against the New York Knicks. You can check out the complete regular season schedule on the Thunder website.

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A decade in OKC

OKC Thunder Fans

In case you didn’t already know this, Thunder fans are known for being some of the most passionate in the league, which didn’t just transpire by happenstance. In fact, OKC’s passion for basketball started even before the Thunder came to town with the New Orleans Hornets.

When the Hornets came to play temporarily in Oklahoma City due to the effects of Hurricane Katrina, the city embraced the idea of having an NBA team of their own. Thus, when the opportunity arose for a particular NBA team to relocate, OKC jumped on the opportunity and the Seattle SuperSonics became the Oklahoma City Thunder. 

After the move to OKC, the Thunder drafted key players in Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Serge Ibaka and James Harden, among others, in fostering their rise to NBA prominence. The Thunder made it to the NBA Finals for the first time in 2012. The Thunder have made the playoffs seven of their nine years in Oklahoma City and have had two players win the MVP award.

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The G-League is back

With the start of Thunder basketball also comes the start of the regular season for the NBA G League (formerly known as the D League). In fact, one of the coolest things about the Thunder’s G League team, the Oklahoma City Blue, is the way in which they use it.

Brett Dawson from NewsOK highlight’s how the Thunder are adept at treating the OKC Blue as a Triple-A farm team in baseball and to a much greater extent than other NBA teams.

If you can’t make it to a Thunder game, an OKC Blue game is a great way to get in your basketball fix throughout the regular season. The OKC Blue kicks off the regular season with a home game against Rio Grande Valley on Friday, Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. Check out the full schedule here.

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Things to Do & See: October 10 - October 16, 2017

Pumpkinville

Tuesday, October 10
Pumpkinville; Regular Garden Hours; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Entry prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.

Wednesday, October 11
Pumpkinville; Regular Garden Hours; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Entry prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.
Rock of Ages; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.
Post Malone; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; 840-5500; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, October 12
Pumpkinville; Regular Garden Hours; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Entry prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.
Rock of Ages; 7 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.
Paul Horn; 7:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
The xx; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; 840-5500; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, October 13
Pumpkinville; Regular Garden Hours; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Entry prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.
Live on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; 367-9403; Free.
Why Not? Comedy Show; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Rock of Ages; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.
St. Paul & The Broken Bones; 8 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.
Mastodon; 7: 30 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, October 14
Pumpkinville; Regular Garden Hours; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Entry prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.
Rock of Ages; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.
Gojira; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; 840-5500; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, October 15
Pumpkinville; Regular Garden Hours; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Entry prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.
Seattle Sounders FC 2 vs. OKC Energy FC; 5 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.
Rock of Ages; 5 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, October 16
Pumpkinville; Regular Garden Hours; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Entry prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
We the People: A Portrait of Early Oklahoma; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular Museum Admission.

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Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Crew goals

Dragon Boating

Some of the best riversport athletes in the world will be in Oklahoma City on Oct. 5-8 as the Oklahoma Regatta Festival takes place on the Oklahoma River. For four days, 2,500 athletes will compete in rowing, kayaking, dragon boating and whitewater rafting during the Oklahoma City University Head of the Oklahoma Regatta and the OGE NightSprints.

The OCU Head of the Oklahoma races will include 2.5 mile races against the clock each day where participants from across the country will compete in collegiate, masters and junior rowing divisions. The 500-meter night sprints Saturday evening will surely be a sight not to miss – they take place on the only permanently lighted rowing race course in the world. And the friendly dragon boat competition with teams of 20 paddlers and one drummer will “Paddle for a Cure,” with all proceeds benefitting the local affiliate of the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

In addition to the racing, the Oklahoma Regatta Festival will include a family festival with food trucks and beer gardens – all with a first-rate view of the racing and the traditional post-race fireworks. Whether you are rolling with your crew or flying solo, the Oklahoma Regatta Festival is the perfect place to enjoy the first weekend of October in Oklahoma City.

View the schedule at riversportokc.org.

Boathouse District, family-friendly, festivals, Oklahoma River, water sports
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