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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

There is more than meets the eye in the OKC economy

OKC Skyline

While energy jobs are the first thing that pops into most people’s mind when talking about the Oklahoma City economy, most new residents (and even some longtime residents) are surprised to find out how big industries like aerospace, biotech and technology are in the metro. Ever wonder why Oklahoma City ranks so high as a place for job seekers? The growth and stability of these industries are definite contributors to our success.

Aerospace
With recent announcements of job growth from Boeing and Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City’s aerospace industry is soaring, pun intended. Greater Oklahoma City’s aerospace industry represents more than 36,000 jobs at more than 230 public- and private-sector firms. The state of Oklahoma ranks 12th nationally in the number of aerospace engineers, fifth in aircraft mechanics and service technicians, and eighth in avionic technicians. Aerospace firms now produce $4.9 billion in goods and services locally, up from $4.3 billion as of 2011.

Biotechnology
With the Oklahoma Health Center just north of downtown, Oklahoma City has long been a hub of biotech research. In recent years, Oklahoma City’s own research institutions have made significant advances in the fields of Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and septicemia, to name a few. Firms in Greater Oklahoma City’s biotech sector boast annual revenues of more than $6.7 billion and employ more than 51,000 workers.

Technology and entrepreneurship
It is no secret that Oklahoma City’s pioneers, both in the past and present, have carried a spirit of entrepreneurship into their business and civic ventures. That spirit is very much alive today in Oklahoma City’s growing entrepreneurship community. From successful tech startups to the inventor’s workbench, OKC is a place where your ideas can get off the ground. (Looking for entrepreneurial resources? Visit www.greateroklahomacity.com [especially the EDIS and LBI tools] and www.i2e.org.). For more on the entrepreneur scene in Oklahoma City check out http://viewer.zmags.com/publication/35fc33e7#/35fc33e7/1.

Energy
Oklahoma City has long been considered a global oil capital, and with good reason. Oklahoma has a rich history of growing successful energy companies, and our state Capitol even has a working oil rig on its grounds. But a lot has changed since the early wildcatter days of Oklahoma’s past. Oklahoma energy companies work in petroleum, compressed natural gas, wind power and solar energy, and they use state-of-the-art technology. In fact, GE Research’s first industry-specific research center recently opened in Oklahoma City and will bring the most updated oil and gas technology to Oklahoma City’s energy companies. 

aerospace, bioscience, employment, energy, entrepreneur, jobs, tech
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Rankings round up

Civic Center Lawn

We aren’t the only people to brag about OKC. In fact, organizations all over the nation are naming Oklahoma City as one of the top cities for its residents’ purchasing power, its housing market and its job market. Read on to hear what people are saying about Oklahoma City.

OKC Among the Top Cities Rebounding from the Great Recession – CNBC
OKC Ranks No. 1 for Quality of Life – Business Facilities
Oklahoma City Ranked as One of the Best Cities for 20-Somethings – Angie’s List
Best Cities for Jobs? You know OKC Makes the List – Glassdoor
OKC Ranked in Top 10 for Best Cities to Start a Career - WalletHub
OKC Named Most Affordable Metro for Young Adults - CareerTrends
OKC is the No. 1 Place in America for First-Time Homebuyers – SmartAssest
New Study: OKC Ranks No. 1 for Women Entrepreneurs – Merchant Cash USA
You Get More Apartment for Your Buck in OKC – Forbes

OKC’s accolades are too lengthy to list here, but you can read them all at A Better Life OKC.

cost of living, entrepreneur, housing, jobs, Oklahoma City
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Get to work on your future in OKC

Better Life website

Has all this talk about OKC’s strengths inspired you to look at your career options in Oklahoma City? We don’t blame you. And we have all the resources you need to start your job search on A Better Life OKC. Your best career move is just a few clicks away!

A Better Life’s employment resources can help you find your fit in Oklahoma City’s job market. Resources include links to job boards, internship listings, staffing agencies and industry-specific tools. You can also find links to Oklahoma City’s major employers and profiles of Oklahoma City’s major industries.

employment, jobs
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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VeloCity

Now that you are up to speed on what makes the Oklahoma City economy tick, aren’t you ready to tell your friends, family and coworkers all about what makes OKC great? Of course you are and here at the Better Life Headquarters, we want to make it easier for you. Let us introduce you to VeloCity, Oklahoma City’s digital magazine. Some of you have already read an issue of VeloCity, if so give yourself a high five while no one is looking, but if not, each issue is jam packed with stories and dynamic video that help tell our city’s stories. The most recent issue is all about our city’s amazing food culture, but be sure to click on the archives to take a gander at past issues. VeloCity is a great tool to pass along to anyone who you think might need some more information on OKC. 

food, Oklahoma City, velocity
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: September 20 - September 26, 2016

Plaza District Festival

Tuesday, September 20
Oklahoma State Fair; All day; State Fair Park; 948-6800; Ticket prices vary.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Disney’s Newsies; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Tickets prices vary.

Wednesday, September 21
Oklahoma State Fair; All day; State Fair Park; 948-6800; Ticket prices vary.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Disney’s Newsies; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Tickets prices vary.

Thursday, September 22
Oklahoma State Fair; All day; State Fair Park; 948-6800; Ticket prices vary.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Disney’s Newsies; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Tickets prices vary.
The Avett Brothers; 8 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage.
Astronomy Nights in the Garden; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Lawn; Event is free.

Friday, September 23
Oklahoma State Fair; All day; State Fair Park; 948-6800; Ticket prices vary.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
ZOObrew; 5:30 p.m.; OKC Zoo; 425-0618; Ticket prices vary.
Disney’s Newsies; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Tickets prices vary.
The Medium; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Tickets prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage.

Saturday, September 24
Oklahoma State Fair; All day; State Fair Park; 948-6800; Ticket prices vary.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Paddle Boarding in the Gardens; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, The Lake; 445-7080; $5 per person.
Plaza Festival; 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Plaza District; 367-9403; Event is free.
Disney’s Newsies; 2 & 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Tickets prices vary.
St. Louis FC vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 6 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.
The Medium; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Tickets prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage.

Sunday, September 25
Oklahoma State Fair; All day; State Fair Park; 948-6800; Ticket prices vary.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Disney’s Newsies; 1:30 & 7 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Tickets prices vary.
The Medium; 2 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Tickets prices vary.
Arts Council of OKC’s Twilight Concerts; 7:30 p.m. Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.

Monday, September 26
Oklahoma State Fair; All day; State Fair Park; 948-6800; Ticket prices vary.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Fun for everyone!

State Fair Rides

Hold on to your hat, break out your walking shoes, and get ready for one of our favorite can’t-miss events of the year – the Oklahoma State Fair kicks off this Thursday. The 11-day event will continue through Sept. 25 at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds and offers something for everyone, from bacon-covered, deep-fried treats to karate kids and street outlaws.

Action? Did someone say action? Well, expect nothing less from the Oklahoma State Fair. Enjoy the thrills of extreme bull riding or one of the tremendous shows featuring the world's largest traveling collection of raptors, the high-flying stunts of the Zoppe’ Italian Family Circus and even a fire-eating magician. Your little princess (or prince for that matter) is sure to enjoy the stories of Buzz Lightyear, Tow Mater, Elsa and Anna as Disney on Ice presents “Worlds of Enchantment.

For those who prefer something on the tamer side, check out the petting zoo and pony trail ride, the kids creation station, Swifty Swine Pig Races, Farmyard Follies or simply take a stroll down Clydesdale Alley. To get a feel for what it was like in the olden days, check out the chuck wagon cookin’ or goat’s milk soap making demonstrations. The antique tractor exhibit and auto show are sure to be an auto lovers paradise.

Don’t miss the Adventure Road Entertainment Stage or the Bandshell Stage to enjoy free concerts each evening from jazz, blues, hip hop, rock, country and Christian bands. You might even catch classical dancers, choirs, or magicians while you’re at it.

Get all of the details on hours, admission and special discount days here. A complete schedule of events is available here.

concerts, family-friendly, festivals, food, live music, State Fair Park
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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A foodieís paradise

While we at Better Life Central certainly enjoy the rides and exhibits of the State Fair, we must admit that we look forward to seeing the new delicacies each year. You’ll be happy to know that this year’s food selections won’t disappoint. More than 20 new and unique foods have been added to the State Fair lineup this year. If you are into delicious, one-of-a-kind grub then the State Fair is certainly where you need to be. Oklahoma sweet tea glazed fried chicken piqued our interest and just the thought of pineapple upside down cake cinnamon roll sent our taste buds into overdrive. And, as always, the classics such as corn dogs and turkey legs can be found throughout Fair Park.

You can zero in on your favorite sweet or savory treat using the Fair’s interactive food finder. Choose from categories such as “bacon,” “on-a-stick,” “deep-fried,” or “great taste of a Fair.” Then select your favorite treat and instantly get a map to your favorite foodie destination.

food, State Fair Park
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Get involved!

State Fair Expo Building

Did you ever wonder what it takes to put on a world-class fair such as that in OKC? The Oklahoma State Fair is rich in history and heritage and is ranked among the top State Fairs in North America. But the fun family event wouldn’t be possible without dedicated volunteers working behind the scenes to ensure its success. If you are interested in having loads of fun with a great group consider volunteering. In addition to the State Fair, volunteers get together for other fun and educational opportunities throughout the year including socials and dinners. While the State Fair brings thousands of thrill seekers and game lovers to the fairgrounds each year, hundreds of other events are hosted at the site as well. With the coming addition of the MAPS 3 Bennett Event Center, the number of ways you can have a good time at Oklahoma State Fair Park is expected to grow exponentially.

MAPS, State Fair Park, volunteer
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: September 13 - September 19, 2016

Midway at the OK State Fair

Tuesday, September 13
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Cyndi Lauper; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Tickets prices vary.

Wednesday, September 14
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.

Thursday, September 15
Oklahoma State Fair; All day; State Fair Park; 948-6800; Ticket prices vary.
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage.

Friday, September 16
Oklahoma State Fair; All day; State Fair Park; 948-6800; Ticket prices vary.
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
The Exchange and Film Row; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Film Row; Event is free.
Jerry Seinfeld; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Tickets prices vary.
Full Moon OKC Bike Ride and Run; 7 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage.

Saturday, September 17
Oklahoma State Fair; All day; State Fair Park; 948-6800; Ticket prices vary.
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage.

Sunday, September 18
Oklahoma State Fair; All day; State Fair Park; 948-6800; Ticket prices vary.
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Swope Park Rangers vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 6 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.
Fort Lauderdale Strikers vs. Rayo OKC; 7 p.m.; Miller Stadium; Ticket prices vary.
Arts Council of OKC’s Twilight Concerts; 7:30 p.m. Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.

Monday, September 19
Oklahoma State Fair; All day; State Fair Park; 948-6800; Ticket prices vary.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Move with the Mayor; 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080; Event is free.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Flag football

Flag Football Game

It’s fall in Oklahoma, and you know what that means: it’s time to pumpkin spice anything and everything possible. It also means that it’s time for football. If watching football has reawakened that yearning to run deep post patterns, check out a flag football league. There are a few leagues around the city worth checking out. For example, Game Plan Sports has a league with registration closing September 10, so hurry. The City parks and rec department also offers a flag football league for adults. No need to wait five Mississippis—get signed up today.

adult sports, football
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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High school football on Fridays

Stout Football Field

If you’re paying any attention, you’re probably aware that college football in Oklahoma is quite popular. If you are having trouble finding tickets, or you just want your live sports with perhaps a little less video board, consider attending a local high school football game. Oklahoma high schools have produced more than 400 NFL players, and in many places, Friday night lights are a community ritual. Join the masses--check out a high school game and see possible future gridiron stars in the making.

family-friendly, football, school
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Join a city sports league

Softball Glove

As we mentioned in the flag football post, the City parks and rec department offers a number of different leagues for both adults and youths. No matter what sport most piques your competitive interest, you’re almost sure to find something fun. Among the offerings for adults are baseball, basketball, softball, and even bubble soccer. Join a league today.

adult sports, youth sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Climbing for fun and fitness

Rock Wall Climbing

Another sport in which to consider participating is climbing. Challenge yourself and build fitness while getting a view you could otherwise only obtain by riding on a platform suspended by a few hundred remote-controlled helicopters. A number of notable climbing facilities are located in Oklahoma City, such as Rocktown Climbing Gym, Climb Up OKC, and the Sandridge Sky Trail at the river, among others.

adult sports, Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation, youth sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: September 6 - September 12, 2016

Live music in OKC

Tuesday, September 6
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.

Wednesday, September 7
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.

Thursday, September 8
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage.

Friday, September 9
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.
Live on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; 367-9403; Free.
Blake Shelton; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage.
Pat Green; 9:30 p.m.; Wormy Dog Saloon; 601-6276; Tickets are $22.

Saturday, September 10
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.
Blake Shelton; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Classics I conducted by Maestro Joel Levine; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Tickets prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage.

Sunday, September 11
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.
Seattle Sounders FC 2 vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 6 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.
Arts Council of OKC’s Twilight Concerts; 7:30 p.m. Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.
Jacksonville Armada FC vs. Rayo OKC; 8 p.m.; Miller Stadium; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, September 12
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.
Jason Isbell; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; 840-5500; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Letís hear it for the beer

Oklahoma Beers

To the editorial staff here at TBL, beer is dear! We’ve told you about some of our favorite local breweries in the past, and since then, even more have come up on the scene. Let’s focus on some of the existing and coming-soon-to-you brewery taprooms in OKC. These are great places to taste and sample, learn more about the brewery’s beers, enjoy the company of fellow beer lovers and even hang out and enjoy some live music and /or food trucks and games in some cases. Check them out!

  • Anthem Brewing Company at 908 SW 4th St. in Oklahoma City
  • COOP Ale Works at 4745 Council Heights Rd. in Oklahoma City
  • Roughtail Brewing Company at 1279 N. Air Depot Blvd. in Midwest City
  • Mustang Brewing Company / Elk Valley Brewing Company at 520 N. Meridian Ave. in Oklahoma City
  • Twisted Spike at 1. NW 10th St. in Oklahoma City (opening soon)

In addition to others that will surely be forthcoming, public plans have been announced for Stone Cloud Brewery at the old “Sunshine Cleaners” building near Film Row at 1000 NW 1st St., and a Prairie Artisan Ales taproom at 3 NE 8th St. Wahoo!

We’ve barley begun to tell you about the great maltitude of OKC craft beer that’s available for you to drink in, so get out there and hops to it!

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Get into the spirits of this punny headline

Prairie Wolf Vodka

The next time you’re browsing the aisles in your neighborhood liquor store looking for ingredients to make that perfect cocktail, be sure to look for some of our tasty local products that won’t disappoint (unless you happen to be a teetotaler, in which case we’d wonder why the heck you were in the liquor store in the first place, unless you also just like to look at stuff in bottles, in which case you’d be totally stoked, because there are typically a lot of ‘em in there. Hey, we all have our quirks).

We’re big fans of Prairie Wolf Spirits’ DARK coffee liqueur. Try it with some Irish cream and some espresso for a caffeine bomb of tasty proportions, or better yet, pair it with some Prairie Wolf vodka and enjoy a White Russian, dude. Success Vodka makes… you guessed it… Success Vodka. This award-winning ultrapremium spirit can be found throughout a multi-state region and is definitely worth a try. Scissortail Distillery in Moore makes a namesake bourbon we’re big big fans of (you could say it’s “suburban bourbon”), as well as rum and gin, and Leadslingers brand whiskey, cinnamon whiskey, rye and rum. Yum yum yum!

Visit your liquor store of choice and give yourself the gift of a spirited OKC treat this week!

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Donít quit your wining

Wine Grapes

As you may have guessed, we here at TBL HQ fancy ourselves connoisseurs of all the bacchanalian delights, wine included. While we’ve told you about some of our local “urban” wineries like Waters Edge and Put A Cork In It, did you know our area boasts some more classic style vineyards and labels located nearby making some great juice of the gods? No Napa, no problem around here. Just check out the list below for some great possibilities:

  • Strebel Creek Vineyard in Oklahoma City
  • Clauren Ridge Vineyard and Winery in Edmond
  • Native Spirits Winery in Norman
  • StableRidge Vineyards in Stroud
  • Red Hills Winery & Vineyard in Coyle
  • Redbud Ridge Vineyard & Winery in Norman
  • Canadian River Vineyards in Lexington
  • Sparks Vineyard and Winery in Sparks
  • Summerside Vineyards Winery & Meadery in Tuttle
  • Chapel Creek Winery in El Reno
  • Legends Vineyeard & Winery in Lindsay
  • Tres Suenos Vineyards and Winery in Luther
  • Woodland Park Vineyards and Winery in Stillwater
  • Farfalla Wines in Yukon

If that’s not enough, our friends at travelok.com have a list of 44 wineries all across the state.

local goods, wine
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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OKBio Brewfest

2016 OKBio BrewFest

Want to experience more of the great brews, wines and spirits you have been reading about? Make your plans now to check out the Oklahoma Bioscience Association’s BrewFest, Nov. 10th at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Sample all you want and then some for only $35, and the first 300 registrants get a BrewFest t-shirt! Free shirts and fantastic samples? We’re in. We’ll see you there!

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Things to Do & See: August 30 - September 5, 2016

Kid enjoying OKC Dodgers baseball

Tuesday, August 30
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.
Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m..; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Wheeler Criterium; 5:30 p.m.; Downtown OKC Airpark; 364-3700; Event is free.

Wednesday, August 31
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.
Bringing Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Deep Deuce Dash and Draft; 6 p.m.; Anchor Down.
Plaza Beer Walk; 6 p.m.; Plaza District; $15 and proceeds go to Oklahoma City schools.
Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m..; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, September 1
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.
Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m..; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, September 2
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.
Geekinomicon; 3 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Pass prices vary.
Paseo Arts District First Friday Gallery Walk; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; Event is free.

Saturday, September 3
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.
Geekinomicon; 10 a.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Pass prices vary.
West Fest 2016; Noon to 10 p.m.; Western Avenue; The event is free.

Sunday, September 4
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.
Geekinomicon; 10 a.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Pass prices vary.
Uptown Farmers Market; 10 a.m.; Uptown 23rd; This event is free.
Arts Council of OKC’s Twilight Concerts; 7:30 p.m. Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.

Monday, September 5
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Teacherís pet

High school pep band

It’s that time of the year again – back to school for students throughout the Oklahoma City metro area. When moving to a new city, we know how important a role education plays when choosing where to live. Luckily for Oklahoma City, there are excellent public schools throughout Greater Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City Public Schools
This district covers 134 square miles and includes 60 elementary schools, 17 middle schools and 13 high schools. Listen to new OKCPS Superintendent Aurora Lora discuss her goals for the district at this recent Chamber lunch.

Putnam City Public Schools
Covering 43 square miles, the district serves more than 18,000 students at 18 elementary schools, five middle schools and three high schools and has an overall population of 117,700.

Edmond Public Schools
The district covers 129 square miles and serves more than 20,000 students.. It includes 23 schools – 15 elementary schools, five middle schools and three high schools, as well as one early childhood center.

Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics (OSSM)
OSSM is located on a 32-acre site to the northeast of downtown Oklahoma City, adjacent to the libraries and research resources of the Oklahoma Health Center. OSSM is a tuition-free residential high school for juniors and seniors from across the state with exceptional ability in math and science.

Read a complete list of public school districts at abetterlifeokc.com.

Charter schools are public schools established by contract with sponsors and often promote a specific curriculum and learning style. Several Greater Oklahoma City school districts have authorized charter schools -- Choctaw-Nicoma Park, Edmond, Mid-Del, Moore, Mustang, Oklahoma City and Putnam City. View a list of area charter schools.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Head of the class

Students on Computers

Along with quality public schools, Greater Oklahoma City has a variety of private schools that offer world-class educations.

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Higher education

Old North at UCO

With more than 18 public and private schools with 125,000 college students, we believe Greater OKC is the perfect place to start or continue your college experience. Oklahoma City is 20.9 miles from the University of Oklahoma and only 66.9 miles from Oklahoma State University – the two largest universities in the state with a wide variety of educational opportunities.

Students looking for campus life have a number of options for furthering their education in the Greater Oklahoma City area. Nearly 17,000 students attend Edmond’s University of Central Oklahoma, making it the third largest college in the state. On the south side of the metro, students at Oklahoma City Community College can earn associate’s degrees and learn valuable technical skills.

The state capital is also home to a number of private universities that bring quality educations to the local academic field. Oklahoma City University, a liberal arts United Methodist-affiliated school is located in the Uptown district. The university’s OCU School of Law is located downtown and in a renovated 105-year-old building that once operated as the first high school in Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma Christian University, located in Edmond, is also a top-ranked regional university according to both U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review.

Other metro options include:

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Things to Do & See: August 23 - August 29, 2016

OKC Energy Player [Photo Credit: OKC Energy]

[Photo Credit: OKC Energy]

Tuesday, August 23
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.
Wheeler Criterium; 5:30 p.m.; Downtown OKC Airpark; 364-3700; Event is free.

Wednesday, August 24
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m..; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, August 25
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m..; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, August 26
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.
Eats on 8th; 7 p.m.; 8th and Harvey; 234-7960; Event is free.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m..; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Park After Dark with Graham Colton; 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Seasonal Plaza; This event is free.

Saturday, August 27
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m..; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Tulsa Roughnecks FC vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, August 28
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 6:05 p.m..; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Arts Council of OKC’s Twilight Concerts; 7:30 p.m. Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.

Monday, August 29
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox 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, August 16, 2016

Have símore fun in OKC

Lake Marina

As Oklahoma City’s summer comes to an end, we here at The Better Life think there is no better time to explore the great outdoors. In Oklahoma City, there are plenty of places that are perfect for a camping excursion with family or friends. We may live in the largest city in Oklahoma, but that doesn’t mean you have to travel far to get campy this summer or fall.

For the folks in north OKC, Arcadia Lake in nearby Edmond has four parks and more than 140 campsites, ranging from full hook-up campsites to primitive spots (a.k.a. no water or electric hook-ups). Each site has access to picnic areas and fire pits, as well as community water and restrooms.

Lake Stanley Draper, located in southeast Oklahoma City, is the City’s largest lake and outdoor recreation area. The Lake Draper Marina offers a range of primitive camping locations near the southwest corner of the lake and close to the trailhead of the CrossTimbers Riding Area. Camping permits are available for $8 a day for each site.

Lake Thunderbird State Park is 13 miles east of Norman and full of hiking, mountain biking and nature trails sprinkled amidst its 447 campsites and 86 miles of shoreline. The nearby Discovery Cove Nature Center offers programs throughout the year and displays snakes, animals, furs and artifacts native to the region.

In northern Oklahoma City is Bluff Creek Trail. The trail is a single loop with tight turns and pulse pumping challenges. At 3.5 miles you’ll get in plenty of exhilaration without ending totally tuckered out.

If you are itching to visit someplace a little farther from home, check out the Oklahoma camping resources available from our friends at TravelOK.com.

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Camping: Itís in tents (get it?)

camping in tents

Did you know that Oklahoma offers some of the nation’s most diverse terrain? It is one of only four states with more than 10 ecoregions and has the most per mile in America according to the EPA. Lucky for us, our State Park system is just as diverse and sets you up for as much adventure as you can handle.

Whether you want to sleep in the forest, next to a lake or waterfall, on the sand dunes or near caves formerly used as hideouts for Jesse James and Belle Starr, our state’s park system delivers. Best of all, each state park comes with its own unique amenities including hiking, rappelling, golfing, fishing, bird watching, scuba diving and more.

What are you waiting for? Learn more about ways to explore this great state at TravelOK.com.

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Explore your own backyard

Riversport Rapids Kayaking

Longtime readers know that Oklahoma City offers plenty of ways to get in touch with your exploratory side – without leaving the city limits. Read on for a roundup of ways that you can get adventurous right here in Oklahoma City.

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Things to Do & See: August 16 - August 22, 2016

Live music in OKC

Tuesday, August 16
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Wheeler Criterium; 5:30 p.m.; Downtown OKC Airpark; 364-3700; Event is free.
Journey; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m..; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, August 17
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m..; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, August 18
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Shop Hop; 6 to 9 p.m.; Automobile Alley; Event is free.
Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m..; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Full Moon Bike and Ride; 7 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Band Shell; 445-7080; $5 donation encouraged.

Friday, August 19
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
The Exchange and Film Row; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Film Row; Event is free.
Alice Cooper; 7 p.m.; The Criterion; 1-800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary. 
Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m..; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Penn & Teller; 8 p.m.; OKC Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Park After Dark with Graham Colton; 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Seasonal Plaza; This event is free.

Saturday, August 20
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Miami FC vs. Rayo OKC; 6:30 p.m.; Miller Stadium; 232-RAYO; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, August 21
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Arts Council of OKC’s Twilight Concerts; 7:30 p.m. Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.

Monday, August 22
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Family fun in the sun

Lake Tenkiller

While we love exploring the outdoors OKC, and seriously there are new trails, adventures and activities to check out every day, every now and then we enjoy taking a road trip to explore other great parts of the state. Pack up the fam or a few friends and head east to enjoy a fun-filled adventure.

Our great state boasts the largest number of lakes created by dams of any state in the nation, with more than 200. In fact, whether your interests include adventures such as scuba diving and wakeboarding or sailing and swimming, you’re sure to find the perfect locale in eastern Oklahoma.

  • Lake Thunderbird: A short drive from the hustle and bustle of OKC, Lake Thunderbird offers outdoorsmen a variety of water activities and recreation. From swim beaches to primitive camp sites and playgrounds to archery ranges, Lake Thunderbird offers a close-to-home way to reconnect with ­nature.
  • Lake Eufala: Lake Eufaula, Oklahoma's largest lake, is located in southeastern Oklahoma, near I-40. With 600 miles of shoreline, Lake Eufaula offers something for everyone. Whether you prefer the relaxation of paddleboating or the adventure of wakeboarding, you’ll be right at home here. Campsites and cabin rentals are also available. 
  • Lake Tenkiller: Enjoy scuba diving, camping, hiking, fishing, golfing and water sports while surrounded with beautiful rock bluffs. And the spectacular sunsets here are hard to beat.

If your kids are looking for a wet and wild activity to beat the back to school blues, consider the Splash 'n Dash. The non-competitive biathlon-type event will consist of a fun run and swim for boys and girls ages 7-12.

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Hands on Nature

Wine Grapes

Did you know that you can enjoy a national scenic byway, tour a vineyard, visit a working alpaca farm or enjoy hand-picking fruit and vegetables right here in the Sooner State?

  • The Talimena National Scenic Byway, a breathtaking 54-mile route in southeast Oklahoma, is known for its spectacular fall foliage. Enjoy hiking and biking trails, hang gliding, equestrian camp and more while you are here. And be sure to check out Talimena Drive. Not only can you enjoy the area's beautiful foliage, you’ll also be exploring one of the highest mountain ranges between the Appalachians and the Rockies.
  • Make the short drive to Just Right Alpacas in Jones to experience a working alpaca farm. Visitors can pet the animals as well as learn the process of making alpaca fleece products from shear to loom.
  • Enjoy a day of family fun picking fresh fruit and vegetables in Harrah. Spencer's Orchard and Wind Drift Orchards offer a variety of tasty treasures.
  • Explore the world of wine at Tres Suenos Vineyards & Winery in Luther and spend some quality time enjoying local cheeses paired with Tres Suenos' current vintage. Guided tours of the vineyard are given year-round and tastings are available each week Thursday-Saturday.
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A history lesson

Cowboys

Our state has a storied history. From gun slingers and outlaws to Olympians and war heroes, a short trip to the east will highlight the diversity in our state.

Check out the 14 Flags Museum in Sallisaw, paying homage to the 14 different nations of people the state has been home to. You can explore historic structures dating back to the time when Cherokee settlers began arriving in the state in 1830. Other places to quench your historical thirst include Robbers Cave State Park and the Spiro Mounds.

Sports enthusiasts can visit Yale to tour the former home of 1912 Olympian Jim Thorpe displaying track and field awards or Stillwater to tour the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

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