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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:

college, education, Norman, Stillwater, university
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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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.

camping, day-trip, family-friendly, mountain biking, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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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.

camping, family-friendly, fishing, golf, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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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.

Boathouse District, cycling, family-friendly, Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation, parks
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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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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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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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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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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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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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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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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: August 9 - August 15, 2016

Twilight Concert

Tuesday, August 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.
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.
Drowsy; 7:30 p.m.; OKC Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, August 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.
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.
Drowsy; 7:30 p.m.; OKC Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Sonic Summer Movies: Spiderman; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.

Thursday, August 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.
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.
KATTFest: Disturbed/Breaking Benjamin; Gates open at 5 p.m.; Zoo Amphitheatre; 866-977-6849; Ticket prices vary.
Make America Rock Again; 7 p.m.; The Criterion; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Drowsy; 7:30 p.m.; OKC Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, August 12
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Live on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; 367-9403; Free.
El Paso Chihuahuas vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m..; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Drowsy; 8 p.m.; OKC Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Floating Films: Without a Paddle; 8:30 p.m.; Riversports Adventures; 552-4040; Event is free.

Saturday, August 13
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Drowsy; 2 & 8 p.m.; OKC Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
El Paso Chihuahuas vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m..; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
L.A. Galaxy II vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7:30 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, August 14
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
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 15
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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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Use your energy to go see some soccer

OKC Energy Fans [Photo Credit: OKC Energy]

 [Photo Credit: OKC Energy]

Whether young or old, new or long-time resident, tall or short, talk-with-your-hands or only-with-your-mouth, Pepsi or Coke, Ford or Chevy, Calvin or Hobbes, bald or hairy and boisterous or shy, Energy FC matches are a favorite activity among the community. Energy FC was founded in 2013 and is currently in the middle of the 2016 season. Energy FC is a part of the United Soccer League, an affiliate of Major League Soccer, and was named 2014 Rookie Franchise of the Year. Taft Stadium of OKC is the home of Energy FC. Eventually, a purpose-built stadium for Energy FC are in the team’s long term plans. Recently, Energy FC had a ribbon-cutting of their new practice facility located at 2810 NE 63rd St. As Energy FC continues to grow, so does the fan base. With only 11 games remaining this season, go out and watch Energy FC fight to the top of the table!

Upcoming Schedule:
-August 2, 7:30 p.m. – Home – vs. Sacramento Republic FC
-August 6, 7:30 p.m. – Away – vs. Rio Grande Valley FC Toros
-August 13, 7:30 p.m. – Home – vs. LA Galaxy II
-August 20, 7:30 p.m. – Away – vs. Tulsa Roughnecks FC
-August 24, 8:00 p.m. – Away – vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
-August 27, 7:30 p.m. – Home – vs. Tulsa Roughnecks FC
-August 31, 7:00 p.m. – Away – vs. Saint Louis FC
-September 4, 4:00 p.m. – Away – vs. Portland Timbers 2
-September 11, 6:00 p.m. – Home – vs. Seattle Sounders FC 2
-September 18, 6:00 p.m. – Home – vs. Swope Park Rangers
-September 24, 6:00 p.m. – Home – vs. Saint Louis FC

-www.EnergyFC.com
-Instagram: @EnergyFC
-Twitter: @EnergyFC
-Facebook: Energy FC

live sporting events, OKC Energy, soccer
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Say Hi-O to Rayo

Soccer Field

Oklahoma City’s newest professional soccer team, Rayo OKC, was established in early 2016 and is a part of the North American Soccer League.  Rayo OKC plays at Miller Stadium of Yukon High School. Rayo OKC soccer matches are another great opportunity to get out for the evening in the summer and the fall! Season tickets are available online at www.rayookc.com.

Upcoming Schedule:
-August 7, 3:00 p.m. – Away – vs. New York Cosmos
-August 13, 6:30 p.m. – Away – Indy Eleven
-August 20, 8:00 p.m. – Home – vs. Miami FC
-August 27, 6:30 p.m. – Away – vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies
-September 3, 7:00 p.m. – Away – vs. Minnesota United FC
-September 11, 7:00 p.m. – Home – vs. Jacksonville Armada FC
-September 14, 8:00 p.m. – Away –vs. FC Edmonton
-September 18, 7:00 p.m. – Home – vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers
-September 24, 6:00 p.m. – Away – vs. Jacksonville Armada FC
-October 2, 6:00 p.m. – Home – vs. Carolina RailHawks
-October 8, 7:00 p.m. – Away – vs. Miama FC
-October 12, 6:30 p.m. – Away – vs. Carolina RailHawks
-October 16, 6:00 p.m. – Home – vs. Ottawa Fury FC
-October 22, 6:00 p.m. – Away – vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers
-October 30, 6:00 p.m. – Home – vs. Indy Eleven

-Twitter: @RayoOKC
-Facebook: Rayo OKC
-www.rayookc.com

live sporting events, Rayo, soccer
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Put on those soccer socks

Ready to recapture the form of your youth, or just want to get out for some exercise and friendly competition? —OKC offers plenty of places to get involved in the beautiful game indoors.

Soccer City OKC:

Soccer City OKC is very popular among OKC residents, offering adult leagues throughout the year. Located at 4520 Old Farm Rd., Soccer City hosts coed, women’s and men’s leagues. The adult leagues last eight weeks including one game per week. The days of the games vary depending on each division making the scheduling flexible with a busy work week for players! Soccer City is a great place to go and be active after a work day. There is still time to sign up for the upcoming fall, winter or spring sessions.

Soccer City also offers leagues for youth and children. For more information visit www.soccercityokcity.com

Indoor Soccer Arena

ISA is located at 100 North McCormick. The arena has year-round leagues available to join. If you are looking to play and don’t have a team, this is the place to go. There are several different leagues to choose from with varying dates to accommodate your schedule! Teams include a range from boys and girls under 10 years old to coed over 25 years old and more.

Oklahoma City Sports Center:

Oklahoma City Sports Center is also a great soccer location. Open most week days after 5 p.m. and all day on the weekends, this arena is great for an after work activity. Oklahoma City Sports Center is located at 11100 N. Kelley Avenue.

adult sports, family-friendly, outdoor recreation, soccer
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Social sports in OKC: Play your way

Kickball

Looking for more of a laid-back way to meet folks and have some fun? Social sports in OKC are super popular and super fun. From kickball to darts to bowling and even bubble soccer and more, there are all kinds of leagues to join to socialize, play, and have some beers fun. Here are just a few options to consider.

OKC Parks & Rec:

OKC Parks & Rec also offers a variety of sports programs for the community with an addition of two new sports you may not have heard of before. Bubble soccer and futsal are two new activities offered this fall along with the usual sports. Bubble soccer is normal soccer but the players are wearing giant inflatable bubbles! Futsal is also another game of soccer, except it is on a hard surface rather than grass, and it is played with a smaller ball. Try out these crazy new sports with the rest of OKC! Visit www.okc.gov/departments/parks-recreation/athletics for more information on how to sign up.

OSSO: Oklahoma Sports & Social Organization

The Oklahoma Sports & Social Organization is an exciting group that organizes sports leagues and outings on the town for OKC residents. OSSO create leagues for all sports bring everyone together including: kickball, softball, basketball, bowling, volleyball, ultimate Frisbee and even quidditch! Just one of the fun summer options right now is a night of recreational kickball at Wheeler Park near downtown. OSSO provides a great way to get to know the community in an exciting way. To find out how to get involved or for more information on OSSO visit ossosports.com 

WAKA:

WAKA Kickball & Social Sports is an adult sports league in Oklahoma City. Offering kickball in all seasons, WAKA has something going on all the time! WAKA is currently in the middle of a kickball season and new people are always welcome to join. Not only does WAKA offer sports, but also volunteer opportunities within the community. Whether it be sports, charity work or getting a group together for a night out, WAKA brings together good company! Fall kickball league signups are underway right now. If you are interested in getting involved, visit www.kickball.com/okc for more information!

adult sports, outdoor recreation
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Things to Do & See: August 2 - August 8, 2016

Tuesday, August 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.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Wheeler Criterium; 5:30 p.m.; Downtown OKC Airpark; 364-3700; Event is free.
Sacramento Republic FC vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7:30 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, August 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.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Round Rock Express vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m..; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Sonic Summer Movies: Raiders of the Lost Ark; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.

Thursday, August 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.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Round Rock Express vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m..; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, August 5
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Paseo Arts District First Friday Gallery Walk; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; Event is free.
Round Rock Express vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m..; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
True Sky Credit Union Summer Movies: The Goonies; 8:30 p.m.; Riversports Adventures; 552-4040; Event is free.

Saturday, August 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.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Round Rock Express vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m..; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Internet Cat Video Fest; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.

Sunday, August 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.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
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 8
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Area of innovation

Innovation District

We say it loudly, we say it proudly, and we proclaim it roundly—like leaves on trees and green on peas, entrepreneurship is in Oklahoma City’s very DNA. We’re going to stop the rhyming (for now) just so we can point out that no other city can lay claim to the kind of beginnings and history our city has experienced. Oklahoma Citians have proven time and time again that we’re adept at taking advantage of opportunities, figuring out solutions to problems and working together to remove obstacles to our success.

One of the coolest things that we’re doing in that vein is looking at ways to bring together all the entrepreneurship, innovation and assets in the Automobile Alley district and the Oklahoma Health Center area in order to take innovation and entrepreneurial activity there to the next level. Along with our friends at The Brookings Institution and Project for Public Spaces, the OKC “innovation district” partners have begun an 18-month study of this area, looking at its economic strength, quality of place, current assets and coming up with ways of linking people, places and creating more synergy and entrepreneurial activity. It’s a very OKC thing to do, when you think about it. Get more information on this effort and sign up for updates at www.okcinnovation.com and following @OKCinnovation on Twitter, and (now back to the rhyming) you can stay-up-to-date soundly, if not profoundly. And if they were around today, innovative luminaries like Antonio Gaudi would surely drive an Audi, say howdy, and get rowdy down at JJ’s Alley after hanging out and working and creating economic value in the innovation district.

entrepreneur, Innovation District
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Attain some entrepreneurial VeloCity

Pardon the pun in the headline, but hey! Speaking of innovation and entrepreneurship, did you know we recently published an edition of VeloCity, OKC’s e-magazine, specifically devoted to startup activity here in OKC? Put down the Pokemon Go for a few seconds and get some training on local entrepreneurship instead. Check out www.greateroklahomacity.com/startups to read articles, see videos and other great features on some of our biotech stars, tech-based startups, some of the hotspots for tech innovation—and even a look at some of Oklahoma City’s past “startups” that have wrought great success. Level up when it comes to startups in OKC!

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entrepreneur, Innovation District, tech
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So whatícha want, fledgling entrepreneur?

(with apologies to the Beastie Boys)

Well, just plug this in like you’re named Beuller, Ferris

You can get Easy Cheese here, not like you’re in Paris

You know we get fly without getting (illegally) high

You can get entrepreneurial info and I’m-a tell you all why!

 

That’s right, future entrepreneur, you’re not losing your mind. Did you know our new economic development website has info to help you along your entrepreneurial journey? Just head over to www.greateroklahomacity.com’s Small Business section and check out the links at the top, like our SizeUp Tool for market information and research, the Entrepreneurs in OKC section for inspiration, and the Resources for Entrepreneurs to get some insight and info to help get your innovative idea and business off the ground, right here in Oklahoma City, one of the best large cities to start a business.

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business, entrepreneur
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A Twitter Time Machine

Entrepreneurship has been part of Oklahoma City’s DNA from the get-go. To get a closer look at the land run, we got some plutonium, a flux capacitor and a little backwards-engineering / technical cross-pollination and found some tweets from that day, along with some more of OKC’s defining historical events.

Land Run - April 22, 1889


 

“Wild Mary Sudik” Well Gushes in South OKC - March 26, 1930

 

 

 

The Skirvin
September 26, 1911

February 26, 2007

July 16, 1935 – World’s First Parking Meter Installed in Downtown OKC

April 8, 1941 – What is to become Tinker AFB sited in OKC

Feb 3, 1964 – FAA’s sonic boom tests begin over Oklahoma City

 

December 14, 1993 – MAPS Passes

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Things to Do & See: July 26 - August 1, 2016

Prix de West Art

Tuesday, July 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.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Wheeler Criterium; 5:30 p.m.; Downtown OKC Airpark; 364-3700; Event is free.
Fiddler on the Roof; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, July 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.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Sonic Summer Movies: Spiderman; 7 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.
Fiddler on the Roof; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Tampa Ray Rowdies vs. Rayo OKC; 8 p.m.; Miller Stadium; 232-RAYO; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, July 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.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Blink-182; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Fiddler on the Roof; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Astronomy Nights in the Garden; 8:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.

Friday, July 29
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
2016 Bricktown Reggaefest; 4:30 p.m.; Bricktown; Event is free.
Eats on 8th; 7 p.m.; 8th and Harvey; 234-7960; Event is free.
Fiddler on the Roof; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Floating Films: Jaws II; 8:30 p.m.; Riversports Adventures; 552-4040; Event is free.

Saturday, July 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.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Industry Flea; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Midtown; Event is free.
Slide the City OKC; 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; 911 Shartel; Ticket prices vary.
Fiddler on the Roof; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
2016 Bricktown Reggaefest; 4:30 p.m.; Bricktown; Event is free.
Minnesota United FC vs. Rayo OKC; 8 p.m.; Miller Stadium; 232-RAYO; Ticket prices vary.
Blue Edmondson; 9:30 p.m.; Wormy Dog Saloon; 601-6276; Tickets are $10.

Sunday, July 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.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma City Summer Music Festival; Gates open at 1:30 p.m.; Zoo Amphitheatre; 602-0683; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, August 1
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.

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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

A great escape

Feeding Lorikeets at the Zoo

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

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

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

Adventure District, family-friendly, kids, zoo
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Going way back!†

Feeding giraffes at the zoo

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

Adventure District, family-friendly, zoo
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Youíve got a friend in me

Kids at the Zoo

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

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

Adventure District, community, zoo
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Things to Do & See: July 19 - July 25, 2016

OKC Energy Player [Photo Credit: OKC Energy]

[Photo Credit: OKC Energy]

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Happy trails to you

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

cycling, family-friendly, outdoor recreation, running
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Rolliní on the West River Trail

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

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

cycling, Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation, running
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Cyclists of a feather ride together

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

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

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

cycling, festivals, outdoor recreation
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Things to Do & See: July 12 - July 18, 2016

Film Row sign

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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