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Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Will Rogers Trail

Will Rogers Trail Grand Opening

Over the past decade, Oklahoma City has invested heavily in its trails system in an effort to remake the city and promote more healthy living.

Oklahoma City’s first neighborhood trail opened in March as civic leaders cut the ribbon on the  MAPS 3’s Will Rogers Trail. As the second of three trails funded by MAPS 3, Will Rogers Trail connects Lake Hefner with the Oklahoma River. The final of three MAPS 3-funded trails, at Lake Stanley Draper, broke ground this month.

Outside of the newest additions to the trail system, 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, Overholser Trail, South Grand Trail, Tinker-Draper Trail and the West River Trail. Recreational activities abound around 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. If you are feeling really adventurous and sporty we recommend the Oklahoma River Trails. You can run and bike along the river and stop at OKC’s famed Boathouse District and grab a canoe or kayak. No matter your interests, Oklahoma City’s expanding trail system will give you a way to enjoy the great outdoors.

MAPS, outdoor recreation, running, cycling
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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A biotech story

Bio in OKC

One thing that consistently surprises newcomers to our great city is the width and depth of Oklahoma City’s bioscience sector. When most people think of biosciences they think of the coasts. However, for decades, cutting-edge research that has helped save countless lives has happened in the heart of downtown OKC. In fact, the industry employs more than 51,000 in our region.

In an attempt to better explain the history and look towards the future of the industry, bio tech in Oklahoma City has a new story feature at www.greateroklahomacity.com/biostory. The story focuses on Oklahoma City’s rising biotech industry. With a format intended to be easily shared with clients, coworkers and friends, the storytelling section of the Chamber’s economic development website combats the disconnect between Oklahoma City’s impressive growth and outdated perceptions about Oklahoma City’s culture. “Brilliant: Soaring Science from a Rising Bio Campus,” the second installment of the series, demonstrates how Oklahoma City’s pioneering spirit shows up in the futuristic achievements of the region’s biotech industry. From its foundations until today, the feature walks the reader through how synergy, discovery and sharing Oklahoma City’s bioscience industry with the world has made the region a frontier for achievement.

Each chapter of the story offers the chance to engage with more contextual content, with links to interviews with some of Oklahoma City’s brightest researchers, virtual tours of research space and more. Like all Chamber websites, this site is responsive and can be accessed on smartphones, tablets and computers, which means it will look great however you choose to read it. The story is also easy to share with friends, co-workers and contacts outside of the Oklahoma City area.

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

Clown Face Painting

Tuesday, March 20
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Black Angels; 7:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Wednesday, March 21
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Colter Wall; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Thursday, March 22
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Austin Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
The Dead South; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.
Greater Tuna; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Shrine Circus; 7:30 p.m.; State Fair Park; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, March 23
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Miami Heat vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Shrine Circus; 7:30 p.m.; State Fair Park; Ticket prices vary;
Greater Tuna; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
The Lacs; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Saturday, March 24
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Shrine Circus; 10 a.m.; 2 & 7:30 p.m.; State Fair Park; Ticket prices vary;
Greater Tuna; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Eric Johnson; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Sunday, March 25
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
30th Anniversary Celebration of the Myriad Gardens; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; This event is free.
Greater Tuna; 1:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Shrine Circus; 2 & 7:30 p.m.; State Fair Park; Ticket prices vary;
Monty Python and the Holy Grail; 4 & 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.
Portland Trailblazers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, March 26
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Free with museum admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.

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

Energy FC

OKC Energy FC

Oklahomans have always been accused of being football crazy but few could have predicted just how fútbol crazy Oklahoma City has become. Thanks to the Oklahoma City Energy FC, the love of soccer has swept across the metro. 

The Energy will kick off their 2018 season March 17 against their rivals the Roughnecks FC out of Tulsa at Taft Stadium in Oklahoma City. This will mark the franchise’s fifth season and the club will be welcoming a new head coach this season, Steve Cooke. The Energy FC have made the playoffs three straight years which has led to raucous home crowds. The club routinely draws 4,000 fans to their matches.

Check out the 2018 schedule and get your tickets today.

live sporting events, OKC Energy, soccer, family-friendly
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Just for kicks

Kids playing soccer

If you are anything like us, after each Energy home game we are ready to do our best Pele impersonation. The good news is 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, located at 100 N McCormick Ave., 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.

kid, soccer, adult sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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St. Patrick’s Day

Friends enjoying beer

It is time to make sure all your green clothes are washed because St. Patrick’s Day is right around the corner. We’ll be completely honest, it is not all that difficult to find a fun St. Patrick’s Day celebration in Oklahoma City. Your favorite restaurant or bar will probably have the green beer flowing. However, there are handful of events we want to make you aware of:

  • St Patrick’s Day in the Garden: This is a St. Patrick’s Day event the whole family can enjoy at the Myriad Botanical Gardens. Food trucks, face painting, bag pipes and even Scottish dancing will all be taking place.
  • O’City St. Patrick’s Day Parade: The official parade of Oklahoma City is back and will begin at 11 a.m. All sorts of local organizations will be showing their St. Paddy’s Day pride during the parade. The parade will take place on Sheridan between the Myriad Botanical Gardens and the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
  • Bricktown St. Patrick’s Day Block Party: Kicking off at noon around Reno & Oklahoma Ave, this all day shindig will feature live music and food trucks. It is for all ages and the admission is free.
family-friendly, holiday, Myriad Botanical Gardens, parade, Bricktown
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Spring Break in OKC

OKC Whitewater Rapids

Spring Break for most Oklahoma schools and colleges will be taking place over the next couple of weeks. Here at Better Life HQ we want to make sure you know you don’t have to go to somewhere like Cabo or Cancun to have a good time. All you leave those places with are awful braids and regret. Trust us, that barbwire tattoo won’t wipe off.

If you stay in OKC you can whitewater raft downtown, sky dive indoors and so much more. Watch the video for more.

spring break, attractions
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: March 13 - March 19, 2018

Civic Center Performance

Tuesday, March 13
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
The Room; 6:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.
Finding Neverland; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, March 14
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Finding Neverland; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, March 15
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Run the Alley; 6 p.m.; 708 North Broadway; 702-9291; This event is free.
Finding Neverland; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, March 16
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Jurassic Quest; 3 p.m.; State Fair Park; Ticket prices vary.
Los Angeles Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Coop Showcase; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Admission is $10.
Finding Neverland; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, March 17
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Jurassic Quest; All Day; State Fair Park; Ticket prices vary.
O’City St. Patrick’s Day Parade; 11 a.m.; Bricktown; This event is free.
St. Patrick’s Day in the Gardens; Noon to 4 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; This event is free.
Finding Neverland; 2 & 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Winter Jam; 5 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Hip Hop Showcase; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Sunday, March 18
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Jurassic Quest; All Day; State Fair Park; Ticket prices vary.
Finding Neverland; 2 & 7 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
WWE Live; 5 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, March 19
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Free with museum admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Big Trouble in Little China; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.

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

Meet the mayor

Early next month Oklahoma City will have a new mayor for the first time in almost 15 years as David Holt will be sworn into office. On Feb. 13, Mayor-elect Holt was elected by an overwhelming margin to take over for outgoing Mayor Mick Cornett.

Holt is an Oklahoma City native who has been serving in the Oklahoma State Senate since 2010. Prior to that, Holt served as Cornett’s Chief of Staff for five years. Holt recently sat down for a Q&A for the Chamber’s POINT! newsletter to talk about his vision for our city.

Chamber: What inspired you to run for Oklahoma City mayor?

Mayor-elect Holt: On a civic level, I wanted to see our city’s momentum continue. I love Oklahoma City. This is my hometown and where our family has chosen to build our lives together. I felt as if I uniquely understood how to continue that momentum and make sure it reaches every part of our city. And on a more personal level, I’ve served at every level of government, but I felt the most fulfilled when I was at City Hall. This is where you can make a difference.

Oklahoma City has a lot of positive momentum after three decades of successful public investments that in turn spurred even more private investment, jobs and development. As mayor, how do you plan to continue that momentum?

First, we want to make sure we take care of the basics—police, fire, streets, infrastructure. The good news is the voters approved major investments in those areas last September, and I’ll work to ensure those promises are kept. Second, we need to have an inclusive conversation about continuing the quality-of-life investments that have given us this positive momentum. Specifically, we’ll need to start talking soon as a community about whether to pursue a MAPS 4 and what challenges it might address. Third, to continue our momentum, we have to focus on education. And finally, we have to better incorporate the diversity of our city into decision making. To me, these are the foundational elements that allow us to continue this momentum and to extend it to every part of the city.

Four years from now, what is your vision for what Oklahoma City will look like?

We’ll have core services we’re extremely proud of. We’ll have more quality-of-life investments coming that ensure our momentum for another decade. We’ll have a hopeful vision for public education that we’re pursuing together. We’ll have a decision-making process that the whole city feels a part of. And I think with those things in place, we’ll have continued job growth and a continued sense of pride and optimism.

You can read the full Q&A here.

Oklahoma City, government
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Better know a district: the Asian District

Super Cao Nguyen

One thing newcomers to our great city are sometimes surprised of is the vibrant Asian community that permeates our city. The epicenter of the community and culture is the Asian District, located around NW 23rd and Classen.

Oklahoma City experienced an influx of Vietnamese immigrants in the 1970s who were looking to escape religious and political persecution. Those new citizens helped establish OKC as one of the most underrated centers of Asian cuisine in America. We aren’t kidding when we say our city has some of the best and most authentic Vietnamese food this side of the Pacific. Of course we’ve been known to succumb to hyperbole at times so don’t take our word for it. Check out this article on Vietnamese food in Oklahoma City from the New York Times.

The Asian District is not just limited to Vietnamese food though. You can also find Tokyo-style sushi, Taiwanese bubble tea, Hong Kong-style dim sum and so much more.

One of the newest additions to the district is the Vietnam War monument that was dedicated last summer. The monument is located in Military Park and features an American Soldier and South Vietnamese soldiers standing together.

The bustling district is also home to shops, nightclubs and Super Cao Nguyen, one of the largest Asian grocery stores in this part of the United States.

Asian District, nightlife, restaurants, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Something for everyone

Grocery Shopping

One of the most disheartening parts about wanting to cook something new is not being able to find the ingredients you need at your typical go-to grocery store.

Thankfully, Oklahoma City has a plethora of options outside of your standard grocery stores. Whether you’re going organic or looking for more ethnic flavors, the metro has a place nearby that has exactly what you’re looking for.

The hardest part would be finding where these places actually are; that is, if we didn’t make things a little easier for you first. Take a look at our specialty grocery store page on our website. Do you notice any stores missing from our list that people have to know about? Let us know in the comments or on Facebook or Twitter.

food, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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March in OKC

It is March in OKC, and that means spring break and warmer temperatures. March is one of the busiest months in the 4-0-5, but our friends over at the CVB have you covered with their monthly What to OKC video. This month’s highlights include eight Thunder games, Miranda Lambert, Dropkick Murphys, Finding Neverland and more.

live music, live sporting events, attractions
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: March 6 - March 12, 2018

OKC Thunder game

Tuesday, March 6
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
The Shape of Water; 6:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.
Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, March 7
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.

Thursday, March 8
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Phoenix Suns vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Vince Staples w/ Jabee; 7 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.
Shooter Jennings; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Friday, March 9
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
OKC Auto Show; All Day; State Fair Park; 607-0400; Ticket prices vary.
4th OKCine Latino Film Festival; 5:30 p.m.; 632-0133; Ticket prices vary.
Beers and Bierstadt; 5:30 p.m.; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Tickets are $25.
LIVE on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; This event is free.
405 Pitstop; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.
Miranda Lambert; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Texas Legends vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, March 10
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
OKC Auto Show; All Day; State Fair Park; 607-0400; Ticket prices vary.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Iowa Wolves vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
405 Pitstop; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.
Whiskey Myers; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, March 11
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
OKC Auto Show; All Day; State Fair Park; 607-0400; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, March 12
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Free with museum admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Sacramento Kings vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

2018 OKC Auto Show

Car enthusiasts have been holding an Auto Show in Oklahoma City for more than 100 years. That's right, the first OKC Auto Show was held way back in 1917. This year’s OKC Auto Show will be held March 9-11 at the Bennett Event Center in State Fair Park.

The highlight of this year’s event will be the exhibit of a 1953 General Motors Futurliner. The Futurliner was a large dual-front wheeled display vehicle that crisscrossed the country in the early 1950s, part of a General Motors promotion called the Parade of Progress. Only 12 Futurliners were ever made. This year’s show will also have an exhibit of four rare 100-year old cars. You can find a full lists of events here.

The show’s organizers are so eager to spread their love of automobiles with you they’ve got several ways for you to save on tickets. Buying online will get you a little discount and you can also get buy one, get one free tickets at your neighborhood 7-Eleven stores. 

State Fair Park
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Coffee & Cars

OKC Classic Cars

How do you feel about cars? How about a warm cup of joe? If you answered affirmative to both, Coffee & Cars is the event for you.

Held the first Saturday of each month, from 8 to 11 a.m., at Northpark Mall, Coffee & Cars brings together car enthusiasts from the region to show off their beauties. The best part is the event is completely free. That is right, all you need is your love for four wheels. Each month you can check out a diverse lineup of classic automobiles. You can see everything from the best American muscle cars to Volkswagen vans and everything in between. So fill up your thermos with your favorite coffee and we will see you there bright and early.

free, festivals
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Main Street of America

Route 66

Route 66 (also known as the Will Rogers Highway) once paved the way from Chicago to L.A. and back, and was one of the original parts of the U.S. Highway System. This “Main Street of America” wove together towns and cities and was a symbol of a uniquely American brand of freedom and opportunity. For this reason, Route 66 is commonly known as “The Mother Road.” These days, however, even finding the route can sometimes be a mother. Not so in the Sooner State! Did you know Oklahoma holds the longest section of Route 66? BOOM!

And in the metro, though it shifted somewhat over the years, the Route is fairly easy to follow, entering from the west at Northwest 39th street, turning south on May to Northwest 23rd, then over to Lincoln Boulevard and going north until hitting present-day I-44. The Capitol, the Milk Bottle building, the Tower Theater, the Will Rogers Theater, Ann’s Chicken Fry, the Western Trail Trading Post and the Gold Dome are all along Route 66, and there are plenty of other things to see and do on the way. Just outside of town to the northwest in Arcadia, the Round Barn and Pops delight the Route 66 traveler. Further to the west, Elk City is home of the National Route 66 Museum.

Outside of the Oklahoma City metro, our friends over at OK Tourism have a great article on top sights in Oklahoma along “America’s most beloved highway.” Take the opportunity to join folks like Sir Paul McCartney (who drove the route in 2008, stopping in OKC for dinner), and experience this great and accessible cultural icon for yourself!

day-trip, Oklahoma City history, Route 66, attractions
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Live music in March

Live music

From a massive show with one of country music’s biggest stars at the Chesapeake Energy Arena to more intimate performances with local favorites at the Blue Door, March is a great month for live music in Oklahoma City. Below are some highlights but be sure to click on the venue links for more great shows.

  • Dropkick Murphys- March 2 at the Diamond Ballroom; The Dropkick Murphys are a long-time cult-favorite band out of Boston who are known for their raucous live shows.
  • Bob Schneider- March 8 at The Blue Door; The Blue Door listening room is the perfect place to catch Austin-legend Bob Schneider, known for his wit and lyrics.
  • Miranda Lambert- March 9 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena; Grammy Award-winning artist (and one-time Oklahoma resident) Miranda Lambert will bring her Livin’ Like Hippies Tour to OKC. Up-and-comer John Pardi will be the opening act.
  • Shooter Jennings- March 8 at the Tower Theatre; The son of country legends Waylon Jennings and Jessi Coulter has blazed his own trail combing classic country, southern rock and punk.
  • Whiskey Myers- March 10 at the Criterion; If southern rock is your type of music, Whiskey Myers are a can’t miss concert anytime they are in town.
  • Ty Dolla $ign- March 30 at the Tower Theatre; Ty Dolla $ign will be bringing his unique style of hip hop to the Tower Theater later this month.
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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: February 27 - March 5, 2018

Women\'s Big 12 Championship Trophey

Tuesday, February 27
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Ghost of Paul Revere; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Wednesday, February 28
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Lomelda; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Thursday, March 1
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Over the Line! Coen Brothers Film Festival; 5 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Friday, March 2
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Dr. Seuss Day in the Gardens; 10 a.m. to noon; Myriad Botanical Gardens; $2 for members and $4 for nonmembers.
Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
First Fridays on the Paseo; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; 525-2688; This event is free.
Dropkick Murphys; 6:30 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; (800) 514-3849; Ticket prices vary.
Platinum Comedy Tour; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, March 3
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Discover the Dinosaurs; All day; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship; 11 a.m. & 6 p.m..; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Pearl Charles; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Sunday, March 4
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Discover the Dinosaurs; All day; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship; 2 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, March 5
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Free with museum admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship; 8 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Meet and greet

Chamber Forum

So you are new to Oklahoma City and you’ve completed the first step of becoming an official Oklahoma Citian by signing up for our blog, but now what? How do you make new friends in your new hometown? Take our advice and join a local civic group. They are a great way to meet people who love their community while making a local impact.

Of course, our No. 1 recommendation would be to join the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. Besides paying the bills at the Better Life headquarters they offer a plethora of exciting networking events like SchmoozaPalooza and Chamber Forums. In fact, there is a Chamber Forum tomorrow on the topic of entrepreneurship in OKC. If you want to test the waters before jumping into a membership know that most Chamber events are open to non-chamber members.

Besides the Chamber, other organizations like Lions Club or a local chapter of the Rotary Club are great ways to meet people and get involved. 

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Nothing but net

Women\'s Big 12 Championship

The Thunder aren’t the only ones who bring thrilling roundball to Chesapeake Energy Arena. This year you can catch the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship right here in Oklahoma City. This year’s championship will be held March 2 – 5 and tickets are on sale now.

This year marks the third straight year the Big 12 has hosted its championship at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. West Virginia upset top-seeded Baylor to win the title last season. This year Baylor and Texas have two of the top squads in the country, but the home teams of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State aren’t far behind. The championship game will be played Monday, March 5.

basketball, college, live sporting events
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Free in OKC

45th Infantry Division Museum

Here at Better Life HQ, we love to brag about Oklahoma City’s low cost of living. When your dollar stretches just a little bit further it is much easier to stop to smell the roses (or buy Thunder tickets). However, that doesn’t mean we are opposed to saving a few bucks when we can. The good news is that in OKC there is plenty to do for the low, low price of free. Below are some of our favorite things to do for free in OKC:

  • Horse Shows at State Fair Park Arena
    Oklahoma City is home to more national and international equine championship events than any other city in the world and most don’t charge admission. You have the chance to experience two very different shows in October, with the Grand National Morgan Horse Show and the US Team Roping Championships.
  • The 45th Infantry Division Museum
    Dedicated to the military history of Oklahoma and the 45th Infantry Division, this museum is a must for any history buff. It includes the country’s third-largest collection of historic U.S. military firearms and the world’s largest collection of items once owned by Adolf Hitler. Donations are accepted and appreciated.
  • Oklahoma City Outdoor Symbolic Memorial
    The memorial honors the victims, survivors, rescuers and all who were changed forever by the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.

Need more free in OKC ideas? Check out more from our partners at the OKC CVB.

free, horse show, museums, State Fair Park, cost of living
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Be weather aware

Downtown OKC Skyline

Spring is right around the corner and with that comes baseball, the Oklahoma City Festival of the Arts and anything else that can be enjoyed outside. However, spring can also bring severe weather. While it doesn’t happen as often as you might think, if you are new to OKC then it doesn’t hurt to be aware of the severe weather warning system in our metro.

  • Severe thunderstorm watch
    What it means:
    The potential exists for the development of thunderstorms that might produce large hail and/or damaging winds.
    What to do: Go about your normal activities, but be aware of the weather. Listen to the National Weather Service’s weather radio or local stations for further weather updates.
  • Severe thunderstorm warning
    What it means:
    A severe thunderstorm – meaning a storm with large hail and/or damaging winds – is occurring or is imminent.
    What to do: Move indoors or to a place of safety.
  • Tornado watch
    What it means:
    Conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms to form, and these storms may be capable of producing a tornado.
    What to do: Go about your normal activities, but be aware of the weather. Listen to the National Weather Service’s weather radio or local stations for further weather updates.
  • PDS tornado watch
    What it means:
    This type of tornado watch is issued when the National Weather Service deems a storm to be a “particularly dangerous situation” with the potential for multiple strong or violent tornadoes. Of the tornado watches issued across the U.S. from 1996-2005, only 7 percent were classified as PDS tornado watches.
    What to do: Go about your normal activities, but be aware of the weather. Listen to the National Weather Service’s weather radio or local stations for further weather updates.
  • Tornado warning
    What it means:
    A tornado has been spotted or intense low-level rotation has been indicated on weather radar.
    What to do: According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), you should take cover immediately in an enclosed, windowless area on the lowest level of your home or office.

It is a good idea to have a severe weather plan in place for you and your family.

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Things to Do & See: February 20 - February 26, 2018

Basketball

Tuesday, February 20
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.

Wednesday, February 21
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Waxahatchee; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Thursday, February 22
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Art After 5; 5 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; The price is $5.
Coop Showcase; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.

Friday, February 23
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Midtown Rotary Spelling Bee-R; 6 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $45.
Austin Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Michael Cavanuagh- The Songs of Elton John; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2265; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, February 24
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Delaware 87ers vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Michael Cavanuagh- The Songs of Elton John; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2265; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, February 25
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
The Disaster Artist; 1 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.

Monday, February 26
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Free with museum admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Poetic Justice; 6:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.
Orlando Magic vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Rock the vote

Vote February 13

Voting has been the backbone of Oklahoma City’s modern renaissance. From MAPS to bond packages, citizens showing up at the ballot box have transformed our city. Beyond big infrastructure projects, our citizens have also elected leaders who have not let the metro rest on past successes. Oklahoma City has a history of electing leaders with a vision for the future.

Today, you can do your part to help to make sure that tradition continues by voting for Oklahoma City Mayor and Oklahoma City Public School’s District 5 seat. Polls are open until 7 p.m. this evening.

Use the Oklahoma State Election Board's online voter tool to confirm your registration, find your polling place and view sample ballots. Many residents with non-OKC addresses or ZIP codes actually live in Oklahoma City and can vote in the mayoral primary. See if you are eligible to vote in Oklahoma City elections

education, election, government, Oklahoma City, community
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Nothing middling about Midtown

Midtown Plaza Court

Over the past decade, Oklahoma City’s Midtown has developed into a bustling district with local retail and that momentum doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.

Midtown District is centered around Walker Avenue and 10th Street, near St. Anthony Hospital, the city’s first hospital. Midtown connects the energy of downtown with beautiful, historic neighborhoods to its north.

The lively area continues to develop for people who want to live, work and play in the heart of Oklahoma City, and features housing, retail, night life, hotels and history, with many of its original buildings being brought back to life. The heart of the district is Plaza Court, an 84-year-old building that features some of OKC’s favorite restaurants, bars and local shopping options.

Public and private investments have created a thriving district of diversity within its 387 acres. The city’s first grocery store and kindergarten were located in Midtown, while surviving territorial Victorian homes and a strong restaurant and night-life scene comprise the current district. Midtown continues to be an urban center in its current-day renaissance as it is one of the hubs of downtown living with a plethora of urban housing recently opened, under construction or announced.

housing, Midtown, nightlife, restaurants, retail, bar
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Film Row is blending the past with the future

Film Row OKC

While many of Oklahoma City’s urban districts have undergone unbelievable changes over the past decade, Film Row might take home the prize for most improved.

Starting in 1907, what is now known as Film Row was home to film exchange distribution offices, a place where movie theater owners could return old films and exchange them for new releases. By the 1960s, every major film studio was represented in the area (along with theater supply stores), but changing technologies caused the industry to disintegrate, leaving Oklahoma City with the last remaining film exchange district in the U.S.

Thankfully, Film Row has experienced a rebirth that deeply respects its cinematic history. Boasting a unique mix of creative companies, restaurants and retail means that this district has plenty of opportunities to enjoy. Today, you can catch a live music at The Jones Assembly (as well as enjoy their great food and drinks), buy succulent plants while sipping on coffee at the Plant Shoppe/Okay Yeah Co., or grab a drink and view the art galleries at 21c Museum Hotel Oklahoma City.

The most exciting thing about this district? It’s just getting started. The West Village development is currently under construction and will bring a mix of housing, retail, office space and another live music venue to the area. Nearly 350 housing units are part of the project and will bring even more life to this thriving district.  

Film Row, housing, live music, restaurants, theater, arts and culture
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What to do in February

February is jam-packed with events as some of the biggest names in music and entertainment swing through the 4-0-5. Go check out the February in OKC video from our partners at the Convention and Visitors Bureau for a look at all of this month’s happenings. Highlights include The Little Mermaid Live and the Harlem Globetrotters.

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Things to Do & See: February 13 - February 19, 2018

Wanda Jackson

Tuesday, February 13
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Cleveland Cavs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, February 14
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.

Thursday, February 15
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Art After 5; 5 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; The price is $5.
The Disaster Artist; 6:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.
Peter Oren; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Friday, February 16
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Nadia Comaneci International Invitational & Bart Conner Invitational; All day; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Moon Taxi; 6:30 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.
Luke Combs; 7:30 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.
The Little Mermaid; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, February 17
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Nadia Comaneci International Invitational & Bart Conner Invitational; All day; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Monster Jams; 1& 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Wanda Jackson; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.
The Little Mermaid; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, February 18
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Nadia Comaneci International Invitational & Bart Conner Invitational; All day; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Monster Jams; 1 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Lalah Hathaway; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Monday, February 19
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Free with museum admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Menace to Society; 6:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Nonstop options

Will Rogers World Airport Terminal

As much as we love Oklahoma City, we know that sometimes you need to stretch your legs and do some exploring. The good news is jet setting out of the 4-0-5 has never been easier with new nonstop destinations from Will Rogers World Airport.

By this summer, you will be able to fly nonstop to 28 airports across the U.S. out of OKC. But keep your eyes peeled because the airport is aggressive in trying to add new flights that cater to the metro’s leisure and business travelers. Last fall, Frontier Airlines began offering direct flights to Denver and Orlando. The low-cost carrier will offer flights to San Diego beginning in April.

Most recently, ViaAir announced direct flights to Austin and American Airlines announced they will begin service to Philadelphia starting this June.

It appears people are taking notice of the expanded service as Will Rogers World Airport announced 2017 was its busiest year yet with nearly four million passengers flying in and out of the airport.

The improvements at the airport are not just limited to new flights, however. Will Rogers World Airport will soon begin a $90 million expansion. The expansion will include more gates and security checkpoints.  

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Reaching for the sky

Airplane

Oklahoma City and aerospace go hand-in-hand, but if you are new to OKC you might not fully appreciate how important the industry is to our current economy.

Most people will recognize the major players in Oklahoma City’s aerospace industry, like the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center at Tinker Air Force Base and its partnerships with private companies such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney to operate the largest aircraft and jet repair center in the U.S. Another star performer is the FAA’s Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center, whose 5,500 employees provide aviation training and logistics support to the nation’s aerospace system. And Oklahoma City’s educational institutions in the region have close and frequent interaction with these industry professionals, laying the foundation for further growth.

Most recently Kratos Defense announced they will be building a new facility in Oklahoma City that will build jet-powered unmanned aircraft. The new 75,000-square-foot facility will employee more than 350 workers.

All of these factors combine to make aerospace one of the key drivers of our region’s economy. It supports more than 85,000 workers and the production of $7.3 billion in goods and services in Oklahoma City alone. On a state level, aviation is Oklahoma’s top foreign export and accounts for a staggering 10 percent of our state’s economy. Oklahoma is one of the top 10 states nationally in traditional aerospace employment.

business, jobs, Tinker, aerospace
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