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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Downtown in December 2018

Christmas Lights in Automobile Alley

Every December, downtown Oklahoma City transforms into a winter wonderland. You might think we are being a tad hyperbolic but Downtown in December brings everything from ice skating to pop-up shops in central Oklahoma City. Here is a rundown of things to look forward this year:

  • Quickly becoming everyone’s favorite Downtown in December event, the Devon Ice Rink is already open at the Myriad Botanical Gardens.
  • Are you fan of holiday trees? Check out the fourth-annual Red Earth Treefest for a great look at Oklahoma’s native cultures.
  • Speaking of trees, don’t miss the Bricktown Tree Lighting Festival.
  • Automobile Alley’s annual Lights on Broadway is your chance to see the district’s breath-taking lights display for the first time this year. As an added bonus EMBARK will have a staged OKC Streetcar at the event so people can get a sneak peek of what to expect when it goes live later next month.
  • Looking for that unique or quirky gift for someone who has it all? You can’t go wrong with the Holiday Pop-Up Shops.
  • The Deluxe Winter Market is also a great place to do you holiday shopping.
  • Starting Nov. 23, Lyric Theatre will be putting on their annual performance of their classic A Christmas Carol.

Shockingly enough this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Downtown in December. For a full list of activities visit their site.

downtown, family-friendly, free, holiday
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Small Business Saturday

Shopping local

This time of year shopping is on every one’s mind. The holidays, combined with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, are the busiest time of year for retailers nationwide. When shopping for those on your nice list, don’t forget your local stores. A great place to show your support is Small Business Saturday.

Why is shopping local so important? Besides supporting local entrepreneurs, more of the money you spend locally stays local. In a place like Oklahoma City, where sales tax is the primary source of revenue, it means funds crucial for services like fire and police. This year’s Small Business Saturday is this Saturday, Nov. 24.

P.S. If you get a free candy bar from a local business on Small Business Saturday be sure to open it. 500 of those bars will have a golden ticket that will get you on one of the very first rides of Oklahoma City’s new streetcar.

local goods, retail, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Show them what they are missing

Family enjoying OKC

One of the best things about Thanksgiving is family. Sure the turkey, football and parades are nice but there is nothing like seeing your long-lost relatives, especially those who aren’t from around these parts. Assuming you like your family, wouldn’t it be great if they lived a little closer? We think Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to introduce them to the sides of OKC they might not know. In fact, why not sign them up for our blog while they are in town? Simply go to www.abetterlifeokc.com/blog and on the left side of the page you will see a simple signup form. Signing up couldn’t be easier and we promise no spam. Once a week we will deliver the goods straight to your inbox on why OKC is the perfect place to live, work and play.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: November 20 - November 26, 2018

Midtown Pop-up Shops

Tuesday, November 20
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Thanksgiving Tea Party; 11 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, November 21
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Broncho; 7 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, November 22
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.

Friday, November 23
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; All day; Midtown; This event is free.
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Iowa Wolves vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 2 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
Bricktown Tree Lighting Festival; 5 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ball Park; This event is free.
Charlotte Hornets vs. OKC Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Bone Thugs N’ Harmony; 8 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Stoney Larue; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, November 24
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; All day; Midtown; This event is free.
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Denver Nuggets vs. OKC Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Plies; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.
My So Called Band; 10 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, November 25
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; All day; Midtown; This event is free.
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.

Monday, November 26
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Little Steven; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Get involved

United Way Volunteers

One easy way to get to know your hometown better is by lending a helping hand.  Check out one of these great local nonprofits to get involved. Just an FYI, this is far from an exhaustive list of those doing great work in our community. You can find a more complete list here.

  • United Way: United Way of Central Oklahoma is committed to improving the health, safety, education and economic well-being of individual families in need in central Oklahoma.
  • Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity: Habitat for Humanity helps build and restore homes in Central Oklahoma.
  • City Care: Found in 1996, City Care helps provide food and shelter for the homeless.
  • Positive Tomorrows: For more than 25 years, Positive Tomorrows has helped educate our metro’s homeless children.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma: BBBS helps pair kids with mentors who can provide a positive influence in their lives. 
  • Calm Waters: Provides counseling and support to children and their families who experience grief caused by death, divorce or other loss. The organization directly serves approximately 2,500 children, youth and adults in Central Oklahoma annually.
  • Central Oklahoma Humane Society: The Central Oklahoma Humane Society is the largest animal-related charity in Oklahoma.
  • Infant Crisis Center: Provides essential supplies to vulnerable babies and toddlers.
  • Rebuilding Together OKC: Since 1992, Rebuilding Together OKC has repaired more than 3,000 homes, 30 non-profit facilities, and eight public school buildings with the help of 70,000 volunteers. These repairs represent a value to the community of more than $20 million.
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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Free in OKC

In Oklahoma City you don’t have to have a big pocketbook to have a great time. In fact, there are many great activities you can do for the low, low price of free. That’s right, from museum admission, to water taxi rides and even story time in the park, the fall offers some great events for free. Check out the video for more.

attractions, free, holiday, museums, Visit OKC
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Guthrie’s Historic District is called one of the best neighborhoods in America.

Historic Downtown Guthrie

This story originally ran on VeloCityokc.com.

Anyone who’s taken a stroll through Guthrie’s Historic District will vouch: It’s one of the most gorgeous neighborhoods in the nation and easily one of the most underrated attractions in Oklahoma in its entirety. Well, we actually won’t be able to say “underrated” for much longer: Guthrie’s Historic District was recently rated by the American Planning Association (APA) to be one of the five best neighborhoods in the entire country. With the Canalway Cultural District in Lowell, MA; the Village of Shelburne Falls in Shelburne and Buckland, MA; Historic Downtown Georgetown in Georgetown, TX; and Ghent in Norfolk, VA as its list mates, Guthrie’s Historic District finds itself in good (and prestigious) company.

“APA’s Great Places in America recognizes unique and exemplary streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces — three essential components of all communities. These authentic places have been shaped by forward thinking planning that showcases affordable transportation options, promotes community involvement and accessibility, and fosters economic opportunity.”

You can read an article about this and view the APA’s best public spaces and streets on NextCity.

accolade, attractions, day-trip, Guthrie, history, Visit OKC
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Here’s what you missed on VeloCity in October

Downtown OKC Skyline [Photo Credit: Justin Coleman]

VeloCity is a website aimed at helping keep the citizens of Greater Oklahoma City informed. That means you … yes, you. Whether you have lived in the metro for 30 years or 30 minutes it is important that you are informed and engaged with your community. If you haven’t checked out the new site here are some stories you may have missed last month:

  • Streetcar success: While the streetcar is still a month away from opening, OKC is already seeing its impact according to a new report.
  • Innovation District update: The Innovation District is a big part of OKC’s future. Get an update on the plans for the area.
  • Omni groundbreaking: The Omni broke ground and it is one of the most anticipated projects happening in OKC right now.
  • Unemployment rate: Oklahoma City saw its lowest unemployment rate in more than a decade.
Innovation District, jobs, MAPS, velocity
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: November 13 - November 19, 2018

OKC Blue logo

Tuesday, November 13
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Love Never Dies; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
2001: A Space Odyssey; 8:30 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, November 14
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
New York Knicks vs. OKC Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Greensky Bluegrass; 7 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.
Love Never Dies; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
An Evening with David Sedaris; 7:30 p.m.; Hudiburg Chevrolet Center; Ticket prices vary.
Of Montreal; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, November 15
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Sioux Falls Skyforce vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
Love Never Dies; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Killer Queens; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, November 16
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
World Championship Boxing; 5:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Moscow ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker; 7 p.m.; Hudiburg Chevrolet Center; Ticket prices vary.
Love Never Dies; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Shane Smith and the Saints; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, November 17
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Love Never Dies; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, November 18
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Love Never Dies; 2 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
K Camp; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, November 19
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Dark City; 7 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Military roots

KC-46A refueling

If you’re new to the 4-0-5 (and even if you’re not,) you may not realize how significant a part of our history and culture the military has in OKC. Sure, you see those big ole airplanes with the flying saucer-looking thingees on top of them and you hear a local car dealer claiming to be located across from “where the big birds fly”, but what in the name of Wiley Post are they talking about??

What better time to clear the air (see what I did there?) about OKC and the history we share with the military than right before Veterans Day – Monday, Nov. 11.

That reference to “where the big birds fly” is Tinker Air Force Base, home of the U.S. Air Force Sustainment Center, the world’s largest military maintenance, repair and overhaul facility. The genesis of the installation came in late 1940 as World War II enveloped Europe and after key Oklahoma City entrepreneurs formed the Oklahoma Industries Foundation. The civic leaders, led by Edward K. Gaylord, Wilbur E. Hightower, Tom Braniff, Frank Buttram, and Stanley Draper, learned that the War Department was looking for an appropriate site to build an aircraft maintenance depot in the American Midwest. They acquired 960 acres and offered the land to the government at no cost. While holding the option on another 480 acres, they promised to provide necessary utilities, roads, and a rail spur to the airfield.

Named in honor of Oklahoma native, Maj. Gen. Clarence L. Tinker, the first Native American major general, the base – originally called the Midwest Air Depot – was formally activated in 1941 as the site that produced approximately half of all C-47 transport aircraft used in WWII.

The base today performs maintenance on such U.S. Air Force aircraft as the KC-135, B-1B, B-52 and E-3 (also known as the AWACS, the airplane with the “flying saucer” on its top), and the Navy’s E-6.

aviation, history, holiday, military, Tinker
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Celebrating history

45th Infantry Division Museum

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

The Thunderbirds continued to serve after WWII until January 1969, and their legacy lives on today at the museum honoring the accomplishments of the division. Admission is free to this 27,000-square-foot attraction. Exhibits include Reaves Military Weapons Collection, which features firearms and related artifacts dating as far back as the Revolutionary War. Thunderbird Park also features tanks, artillery and aircraft onsite. 

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

You can also head out to the 99s Museum of Women Pilots to learn more about the history of women in aviation, including an exhibit on female military pilots. Read more about the 99s Museum here.

military, museums, parks, Tinker, aviation, free, history
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Veterans Day 2018

Veterans Day Parade

OKC does things really well when it comes to honoring our military heroes with concerts, celebrations and parades. Check out one (or more) of these Veterans Day weekend events and remember to thank a veteran for their service!

Nov. 8 – Let Freedom Ring! A musical salute to our Veterans. 7:30 p.m. Oklahoma City University - Petree Recital Hall - Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Center - 2501 N Blackwelder Ave

Nov. 9 – Dedication Ceremony for World War II-era C-47  The City of Midwest City and the Oklahoma History Center will hold a ceremony to dedicate C-47 transport aircraft #42-92838 on Friday, Nov. 9, at 9 a.m. Joe B. Barnes Regional Park – 8700 E. Reno

Veterans Day ceremony, Oklahoma History Center The Oklahoma History Center will host a 2018 Veterans Day ceremony on Friday, Nov. 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is open to the public. Presentations at the ceremony will be made by retired Major General Rita Aragon and Lieutenant Colonel Bill Schwertfeger, who was a prisoner of war (POW) during the Vietnam War.

Nov. 12 – Veterans Day Parade  The parade will begin at 10 a.m. and the route begins at Century Blvd and S.E. 15th St, travels east to Douglas Blvd and goes north to Reno Ave in Midwest City.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: November 6 - November 12, 2018

Devon Ice Rink

Tuesday, November 6
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
An Evening with Dawes; Passwords Tour; 7 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, November 7
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Western Movie Matinee; 1 p.m.; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; This event is free.

Thursday, November 8
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Houston Rockets vs. OKC Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Straight No Chaser; 8 p.m.; Hudiberg Chevrolet Center; Ticket prices vary.
COOP Showcase; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Tickets are $8.

Friday, November 9
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
South Bay Lakers vs. OKC Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
LIVE on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; This event is free.
Felly; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Saturday, November 10
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
Collapse OKC; 6 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.
An Evening with Jack Ingram and Hayes Carll; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Sunday, November 11
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
Texas Legends vs. OKC Blue; 2 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
War Requiem; 3 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Rob Lake; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Monday, November 12
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
Phoenix Suns vs. OKC Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Your vote wanted

Vote Buttons

One of the most important things you can do to become a full-fledged citizen of your new hometown is vote. Nov. 6 is an important election day across the country and things are no different in the metro, where the ballot will be full of elections at every level of government.

You can find your polling place and request an absentee ballot at the Oklahoma State Election Board’s online voter tool.

The ballot will also include a special election to elect Oklahoma City’s next Ward 7 representative. Nikki Nice and Kirk Pankratz earned the most votes in the primary special election and will stand for a decisive runoff election on Nov. 6.

View what will appear on the ballot in Oklahoma, Canadian and Cleveland counties, and make sure you are prepared to cast an informed vote on Nov. 6.

community, election, government
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Chamber launches association health plan for small businesses

Small Business owner

This month the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber launched Greater Choice Oklahoma, an association healthcare plan that will provide small business throughout Oklahoma greater choice in health care coverage. The plan will be available statewide Jan. 1 to businesses that have two to 50 employees. The new plan will allow small business to take advantage of large group pricing.

Read more about the exciting development for small business here.

business, healthy living
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Live music in November

Live music

While this time of year can be slow for live music thanks to the holidays there are still plenty of great acts hitting the 4-0-5 this November, including a Grammy-winning hip-hop group and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As always be sure to hit us up on Twitter, Facebook or the comments below to tell us your favorite show of November.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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November in OKC

If you thought Thanksgiving coming around the corner was going to give you a break from the action in OKC, you would be mistaken. November is action-packed with amazing concerts, new art exhibits, world-class sporting events and even a visit from comedy superstar Kevin Hart. Watch this month’s November in OKC video for more. 

arts and culture, concerts, live music, live sporting events, Visit OKC
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: October 30 - November 5, 2018

OKC Philharmonic Strings

Tuesday, October 30
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Los Angeles Clippers vs. OKC Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
The Struts; 8 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, October 31
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Western Movie Matinee; 1 p.m.; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; This event is free.
Cirque Du Soleil Crystal; 7:30 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
Night of the Living Dead; 8 p.m.; Cityspace Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, November 1
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Evil Dead 2; 7 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Cirque Du Soleil Crystal; 7:30 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
Night of the Living Dead; 8 p.m.; Cityspace Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, November 2
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
First Fridays on the Paseo; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; This event is free.
Cirque Du Soleil Crystal; 7:30 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
Night of the Living Dead; 8 p.m.; Cityspace Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Trippie Redd; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, November 3
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Cirque Du Soleil Crystal; 4 & 7:30 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
The Kevin Hart Irresponsible Tour; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Joel’s Farewell; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Granger Smith; 8 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Bryce Merritt; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, November 4
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Cirque Du Soleil Crystal; 1:30 & 5 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
Metal Alliance Tour; 5 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, November 5
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Fight Club/V for Vendetta; 7 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. OKC Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Hippo Campus; 7 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

2018 Greater Grads Career Fair

Greater Grads Career Fair

The 2018 Greater Grads Career Fair is an exciting time of the year. Bright-eyed graduates look to make their mark in the job market and flourishing companies look for graduates to fill the positions they need. Mark your calendars for October 30th folks, here’s all you need to know grads.

The career fair is October 30th from noon to 4 p.m., at the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City. When you arrive, you will be given a fancy nametag and business casual is recommended. Remember, dress to impress.

See a list of the more than 100 Oklahoma companies that will be present here. You can pre-register here.

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Employment resources

Employment Resources

Moving can be stressful. Moving and then trying to find a job? Forget about it. The good thing is Oklahoma provides some great resources and tools for those looking for employment. We’ve got a good rundown of available tools in the employment section of our website. Be sure to check out the info on OKJobMatch. The website allows you to upload your resume, search for jobs and employers to search for you. We also have a good list of local headhunting firms, staffing companies and more.

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Brewfest 2018

2018 BrewFest

To say the craft beer scene in Oklahoma City has taken off the last couple of years would be an understatement. Recent changes to the state’s liquor laws have done nothing but turbo charge the creation of great breweries, wineries and distilleries in the metro. Brewfest, an annual showcase of Oklahoma breweries, is a great chance to sample the newest stuff from your favorite brewers.

Brewfest is put on by the OKBio Association to help raise awareness of the state’s diverse bioscience industry. This year’s event is Thursday, Nov. 8 from 5 to 7 p.m., at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Admission is $35 and includes a mug, t-shirt, unlimited samples and free parking. You can get your tickets here. Of course you must be 21 to enter.

One of the best aspects of Brewfest is that attendance is limited to 500. That means you have plenty of face-to-face opportunities with the people who are making the great beers and spirits in Oklahoma. You can pick their brains on their process, what is on the horizon or even what foods they think their beers pair best with.

While it is called Brewfest don’t be scared away if you are not a fan of beer. A handful of local wineries and distillers will also be in attendance. At last count, more than 30 local breweries, distillers and wineries will be on hand.

So on November 8, sample some amazing local beers, wines and spirits while supporting the state’s burgeoning bioscience community. You can learn more about the event here and more about the biosciences here.

beer, breweries, festivals, wine
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Things to Do & See: October 23 - October 29, 2018

Skeleton costume

Tuesday, October 23
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Allen Stone; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, October 24
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Western Movie Matinee; 1 p.m.; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; This event is free.
Army of Darkness; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Social Distortion; 8 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Tickets are $32.50.

Thursday, October 25
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Boston Celtics vs. OKC Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Scary Tales at the Overholser Mansion; 7 p.m.; Overholser Mansion; Ticket are $25.
Night of the Living Dead; 8 p.m.; Cityspace Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
St. Lucia; 8 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.
The Nixons; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, October 26
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
KJ103’s Riverscream; 5 p.m.; RIVERSPORT Rapids & Adventures.
Haunt the Zoo for Adults; 7 p.m.; Oklahoma City Zoo.
Scary Tales at the Overholser Mansion; 7 p.m.; Overholser Mansion; Ticket are $25.
Haunt the River; 7:45 p.m.; Oklahoma River Cruises; Price is $35.
Alice in Wonderland; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Night of the Living Dead; 8 p.m.; Cityspace Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Justin Moore; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.
Why Not? Comedy Show; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, October 27
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
KJ103’s Riverscream; 5 p.m.; RIVERSPORT Rapids & Adventures.
Alice in Wonderland; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Floating Films: Hocus Pocus; 7 p.m.; RIVERSPORT Rapids & Adventures; This event is free.
Beetlejuice; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Scary Tales at the Overholser Mansion; 7 p.m.; Overholser Mansion; Ticket are $25.
Night of the Living Dead; 8 p.m.; Cityspace Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, October 28
35th Annual Haunt the Zoo; All day; Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Gardens; Regular Zoo admission.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Day of the Dead Festival 2018; 1 p.m.; Plaza District Festival; This event is free.
Alice in Wonderland; 2 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Night of the Living Dead; 8 p.m.; Cityspace Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Phoenix Suns vs. OKC Thunder; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Andy Grammer; 8 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, October 29
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Brick-or-Treat 2018; 4 p.m.; Bricktown; This event is free.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Higher learning

University Students

As a regular reader of this blog, you’re keeping up to date on all the things to do and see in OKC. As you can tell, there’s plenty to keep you entertained. But what about the rest of your day? If you have a hankerin’ for hustle in the form of college credits, you’re in luck – there are more than 140,000 students just like you here, and 18 public and private colleges and universities in Greater Oklahoma City from which you can choose.

Fancy a law degree? You’re covered, counselor. Medical school? The laughter we get from the question is the best medicine. Musical theater? We sing a six-second affirmative (with full orchestral backing and maybe even a twirl and jazz hands). Liberal arts? No fancy analysis necessary. Veterinarian? You vet you can. Want to do research? Get a Ph.D. and be smarter than that can of Dr. Pepper. We’re running out of ridiculous ways to respond to these questions, but rest assured, whatever you want to do in the world of higher education (even if it’s “become a rock star”,) you can probably do justice to your diploma dream here in OKC.

To learn more about the opportunities in higher education in Oklahoma City, check out the Universities section of this website and our “OKC at a Glance” publication.

college, education, university
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Public schools in OKC

Students painting

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. There are more than 271,000 students enrolled in public schools in the 10-county region and more than 50 schools in the region hold National Blue Ribbon distinction. 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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Private schools in OKC

Students reading

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

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Where quality meets affordability

OKC Shopping

Want to save money this year? Guess what… You’re already doing it just by living in Oklahoma City! Some might say that living in OKC is like finding a $200 shirt for $30… every time you go shopping. To achieve the same standard of living in OKC that $65,000 would get you in Seattle, you would only need $37,043, a difference of nearly $27,957.

You can rest easy knowing OKC is an extraordinary, affordable place to live and grow. Check out our Cost of Living calculator to see how OKC stacks up against other top cities in the nation.

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Things to Do & See: October 16 - October 22, 2018

OKC Thunder fans

Tuesday, October 16
Pumpkinville; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Andy Mineo & LeCrae; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, October 17
Pumpkinville; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Western Movie Matinee; 1 p.m.; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; This event is free.

Thursday, October 18
Pumpkinville; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Rod Stewart; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
The Patriot Tour; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Birdtalker; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, October 19
An Affair of the Heart; All day; State Fair Park; Tickets are $10.
Pumpkinville; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
KJ103’s Riverscream; 5 p.m.; RIVERSPORT Rapids & Adventures.
Colony House; 7 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.
Trivium; 7:30 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Haunt the River; 7:45 p.m.; Oklahoma River Cruises; Price is $35. 

Saturday, October 20
An Affair of the Heart; All day; State Fair Park; Tickets are $10.
2018 Stockyards Stampede; All day; Stockyards City; This event is free. 
35th Annual Haunt the Zoo; All day; Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Gardens; Regular Zoo admission.
Industry Flea; All Day; 10th & Hudson; This event is free.
Oklahoma Book Festival; All day; Boathouse District; This event is free.
Pumpkinville; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Midtown Walkabout; 2 p.m.; Midtown; This event is free.
Haunt the River; 7:45 p.m.; Oklahoma River Cruises; Price is $35. 
Marco Antonio Solis; 8 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Rhett Miller; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, October 21
An Affair of the Heart; All day; State Fair Park; Tickets are $10.
Pumpkinville; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
35th Annual Haunt the Zoo; All day; Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Gardens; Regular Zoo admission.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Sacramento Kings vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Beetlejuice; 10 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, October 22
Pumpkinville; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.

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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Changes in the liquor laws

Friends enjoying beer

On October 1, a whole bunch of new liquor laws went into effect that loosened restrictions on where and how you can buy your favorite suds. Frankly, the amount of changes can make your head spin. Here is what you need to know:

  • The headliner that everyone has been talking about is that wine and beer can be “full strength” or 6 percent like our neighbors down south.
  • Grocery and convenience stores can sell beer and wine from 7 a.m. to 2 a.m. ANY day of the week.
  • Liquor stores can sell chilled beer and chilled wine (if you’re into that).
  • Liquor stores can sell other items other than just alcohol – think mixers and snacks – but it has to be under 20 percent of sales.
  • Small breweries can crank their production 65,000 barrels instead of the measly 25,000 they were capped at previously.
  • Breweries can now operate their taprooms until 2 a.m. instead of closing the doors at 9 p.m. which means you no longer have to miss out on your football!
  • Some really great news for those of you who enjoy spiked grape juice, wineries can now ship directly 30 nine-liter cases per person.
  • An owner can now own two entire liquor stores instead of one.
  • Small wineries (15,000 gallons annually) can now ship and sell directly to restaurants and retailers rather than a wholesaler if they would like to.
  • You can now drink your choice of alcohol at movie theaters as long as they have the appropriate license.
  • Good news, advertising happy hours and specials is now legal.
  • SB 211 allows counties to hold elections to see if liquor stores can be open on Sundays.
  • Finally, clerks selling high-point beer and wine at grocery stores now have to be at least 18 instead of 16; however, to work at a liquor store you still need to be 21 for selling the hard stuff.
beer, nightlife, wine
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Riverscream

KJ103 RiverScream

We all want to make memories with our family, right? We want something we can look back on 10 or 20 years from now to smile, laugh and reminisce. KJ103’s Riverscream is the perfect answer to that need. They have a zombie zip line and zombie-themed laser tag. There is a pirate’s zone for the younger children, ages 2-7, and whitewater rafting. There are a plethora of options available to make memories for the entire family. You can find all the information here.

All of this is great, the kids are important and memories with your family and kids are something you never want to lose, but what about us adults? When do we get to be a little loose and have a little fun without the kids? We love them, but we all need time apart to breathe. Once again, Oklahoma City has your back.

Haunt the River in downtown Oklahoma City provides a relaxing boat ride. The boat is decorated for the holiday, provides haunting music and light appetizers, but maybe most importantly alcohol is available. There is a cash bar on board, which can certainly help you relax and ease into the holiday season. Cruise privileges are not valid for groups of eight or more though. You can find all the information you need here.

Boathouse District, family-friendly, holiday, nightlife, Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation
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Pumpkinville

Myriad Gardens Pumpkinville

Pumpkins have quickly become the official mascot of the fall. We put their spice in our coffee. We put them in pies. Even pumpkin-scented candles are all the rage. For our money’s worth the best pumpkin-related thing every fall is Pumpkinville at the Myriad Botanical Gardens.

This year’s extravaganza will be held October 5 – 21 in the Children’s Garden and will feature more than 16,000 pumpkins. If you’ve never been, the garden is filled all kinds of crafts and games. On Saturday and Sunday the visitors can even ride the Pumpkinville Express.

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