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Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Weather 101

National Weather Center

Much is made about weather in Oklahoma but most of the time it couldn’t be nicer. In fact, we see 350 sunny days a year in Oklahoma City with an average temp of 61 degrees.

We also have four distinct seasons. Summers are sunny and warm with plenty of days for swimming. Winters are bright and cold so you'll have plenty of excuses to enjoy a cup of hot chocolate after doing a little outdoor ice skating. Autumn is crisp, perfect for football or a scenic drive. And springs are often wet, but filled with plenty of clear days to get out and watch the flowers bloom.

Even though Oklahoma’s weather can be sensationalized, it never hurts to be weather aware. Luckily for Oklahomans, the National Weather Center is located in Norman, just south of Oklahoma City. The center is home to the most technologically advanced weather equipment in the world and does an amazing job of monitoring not only the weather in central Oklahoma but of the world.

Head over to the climate section of our site for some more helpful info and weather related info.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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A guide to watches and warnings

family enjoying the outdoors

If you aren’t familiar with the categories for severe weather, watching a meteorology report can be a little confusing. Here is a no-frills guide to severe weather reporting.

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. The National Weather Service in Norman has put together a handy-dandy guide to make sure you have everything you need in the event of severe weather.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Register for OKC Parks adult rec hoops and softball leagues

Adult sports

This story originally ran on VeloCityOKC.com.

Get fit, have fun and reclaim some of your former athletic glory with OKC Parks' adult softball and basketball leagues. Co-ed, competitive and recreational leagues are all available! And even if you don't have a team, you can still join as an individual, enjoy the thrill of getting drafted, meet some new people and have some new fun. For basketball, the seasons start mid-March, include 7 games and conclude in mid-May with a single-elimination tournament. For softball, you get 16 games starting mid-March and a double-elimination tournament in mid-May. There truly is something for everyone, so check it out and get registered today.

Read the full story on VeloCityOKC.com.

adult sports, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: March 26 - April 1, 2019

Tuesday, March 26
Ancient.Massive.Wild.- The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.

Wednesday, March 27
Ancient.Massive.Wild.- The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Indiana Pacers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Rob Lake Magic; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Lil Baby; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, March 28
Ancient.Massive.Wild.- The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
India Shrine Circus; 7:30 p.m.; State Fair Park; Ticket prices vary.
Blue October; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, March 29
Ancient.Massive.Wild.- The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
OKC Railroad Expo; All day; State Fair Park; Price is $8, children under 12 free.
Denver Nuggets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
India Shrine Circus; 7:30 p.m.; State Fair Park; Ticket prices vary.
Pops 6- E.T. the Extra Terrestrial in Concert; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 8 p.m.
Lenny Carlton; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, March 30
Ancient.Massive.Wild.- The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
OKC Railroad Expo; All day; State Fair Park; Price is $8, children under 12 free.
India Shrine Circus; 10 a.m., 2 & 7:30 p.m.; State Fair Park; Ticket prices vary.
Mercy Me; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Pops 6- E.T. the Extra Terrestrial in Concert; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 8 p.m.
Rob Bell; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, March 31
Ancient.Massive.Wild.- The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
OKC Railroad Expo; All day; State Fair Park; Price is $8, children under 12 free.
India Shrine Circus; 2 & 7 p.m.; State Fair Park; Ticket prices vary.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 2:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, April 1
Ancient.Massive.Wild.- The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Military roots

Tinker Charles B. Hall Airpark

Oklahoma has a close relationship with our nation’s military. And with with three Air Force bases and a very large Army post in the state, it’s clear that they have a large impact on our state. The closest of these to OKC is Tinker Air Force Base, one of the largest maintenance, repair and overhaul facilities in the world.

The base was named in honor of Major General Clarence L. Tinker of Pawhuska, Okla. General Tinker lost his life while leading a flight of LB-30 "Liberators" on a long-range strike against Japanese forces on Wake Island during the early months of World War II.

Tinker AFB's history began in 1940 when a group of Oklahoma City civic leaders and businessmen learned that the War Department was considering the central United States as a location for a maintenance and supply depot. On April 8, 1941, the order was officially signed awarding the depot to Oklahoma City.

Tinker's largest organization is the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Complex. It is the largest of three depot repair complexes in the Air Force Materiel Command. More than 9,400 military and civilian employees work at the OC-ALC. The complex is headquartered out of historic Building 3001, which covers 62 acres and stretches for seven-tenths of a mile. Within its walls, workers perform a vast array of maintenance on aircraft, engines, components and accessories and perform a multitude of administrative tasks.

While you can’t just wander around the base, the Charles B. Hall Airpark is free and accessible to the general public. Located at the Air Depot exit on I-40, the park is open between dawn and dusk and features many of the aircraft that have operated from the base.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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History comes to life

45th Infantry Division Museum

The 45th Infantry Division, also known as the Thunderbirds, has a long and storied history and the 45th Infantry Division Museum is a place where history comes alive.

Following World War I, the National Defense Act of 1920 created the authority to form the 45th Infantry Division from the four states of Oklahoma, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico. The division was organized in 1923, and Oklahoma members camped together for the first time at Fort Sill, Okla., in 1924.

The Thunderbirds trained at Fort Sill; Camp Barkeley, Texas; Fort Devens, Mass.; Pine Camp, N.Y.; and Camp Pickett, Va. They had trained hard for their part in World War II, and on July 10, 1943 the division participated in their first of four amphibious landings. In all the division served 511 days in combat; fighting their way across Sicily, other parts of Italy, France and Germany. The National Guard Division of the southwest became highly regarded by both regular army forces and the enemy for their valiant efforts and fighting abilities.

The 45th Infantry Division served with General George S. Patton’s U.S. 7th Army during the Sicilian campaign, and when the fighting was done, the commander said about the division, “Your division is one of the best, if not the best division in the history of American arms.”

The 45th continues to serve today, with various elements regularly deployed overseas.

The museum features numerous artifacts from the unit’s earliest days, a collection of Bill Mauldin cartoons, and also features a 15 acre park with tanks, artillery, personnel carriers, aircraft and the Thunderbird Monument. The monument pays tribute to the men and women who served with the 45th during WWII and the Korean conflict, as well as those who continue to serve in Oklahoma’s National Guard.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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1 Million Cups OKC aims to caffeinate entrepreneurship

One Million Cups

This story originally ran on VeloCityOKC.Com.

It has been said that one of the most vital ingredients of a successful startup is pretty simple: coffee. A cup of coffee with peers or mentors have led to countless connections and solutions for entrepreneurs with “that next great idea.”

1 Million Cups is a program started by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation in 2012 to educate, engage and inspire entrepreneurs around the country. In just six years, the program has expanded to more than 163 communities in 40 states.

“1 Million Cups has become sort of a rite of passage for an entrepreneurial community,” said Evan Fay, manager of innovation and entrepreneurship for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. “People from outside of a market know that if there is an active 1 Million Cups program in a community, that place has a vibrant startup environment.”

In OKC, the format is simple. Once a month, two speakers have 10 minutes to pitch their company and then the floor is opened up for questions.

Read the full story on VeloCityOKC.com.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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OKC Streetcar how-to: brewery taproom crawl

OKC Streetcar

This story originally ran on VeloCityOKC.com

Ding, ding! That’s your signal to get on the streetcar and have a day out. But what to do? We here at VeloCityHQ aim to please, so we’ve taken the liberty of checking out some experiences and ideas to relay to you (again, it’s a tough job and all that). So sit back, relax, and let us take you on a streetcar-based outing extravaganza. For this edition, we’re looking at a local beer taproom crawl (with a winery as well, just to salt-and-pepper the experience).

Read the full story on VeloCityOKC.com.

nightlife, streetcar, Automobile Alley, beer, breweries, Midtown
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: March 19 - March 25, 2019

Chesapeake Energy Arena

Tuesday, March 19
Ancient.Massive.Wild.- The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Sioux Falls Skyforce vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
American Psycho; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Waitress; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, March 20
Ancient.Massive.Wild.- The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Waitress; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Toronto Raptors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 8:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, March 21
Ancient.Massive.Wild.- The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Footloose; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Waitress; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, March 22
Ancient.Massive.Wild.- The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Waitress; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, March 23
Ancient.Massive.Wild.- The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Waitress; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Austin Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
P!NK; 8 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Blackstreet; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, March 24
Ancient.Massive.Wild.- The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Waitress; 2 & 7 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, March 25
Ancient.Massive.Wild.- The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 12, 2019

Get to know the Paseo

Paseo First Friday

We’re pretty fond of art here in OKC, and nowhere is that more apparent than the Paseo Arts District. For the less initiated, it’s a district loaded with local artists, galleries, food and more. Locals know that there’s never a wrong time to visit Paseo, but the best times are First Fridays and their annual Arts Festival. Like the name implies, First Fridays happen on the first Friday of every month throughout the year. It’s an especially lively time to see galleries and sample some of the great food in the district! And the festival is when everything comes together—the galleries, local musicians, performers, artisans of all kinds—and delivers the ultimate summer experience.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Go green

O\'City

Get your favorite green clothes out and get ready—St. Patrick’s Day is this Sunday. Like all other holidays, OKC is ready to celebrate the day in style. As always, the O’City Parade will be making its way through the downtown area and Bricktown is hosting a block party. If you’re looking for something new this year, consider how the street car can be your ticket to the ultimate OKC taproom crawl. Don’t get pinched!

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Arts central

Art Gallery

The arts scene in Oklahoma City is healthy, flourishing and full of surprises. You can’t go wrong with the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, which houses several great pieces of work in its permanent collection (perhaps most well-known among them being a dazzling collection of Dale Chihuly glass works) as well as countless traveling exhibitions that have attracted visitors from states away. The Paseo District is home to countless local artists and their galleries—in fact, there’s a yearly Arts Festival at Paseo that’s happening at the end of May. The art on display at the 21c Museum Hotel is popular, too, as is at Oklahoma Contemporary (and we can't wait for their new facility to open). The most recent addition to OKC’s booming arts scene is Factory Obscura, a “contemporary arts juggernaut” that specializes in art experiences like its newest one, Mix Tape. And between visits to these, locals can see countless murals sprinkled generously throughout the metro. We hope you like art as much as we do!

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Oklahoma Cityís presidential piece of colonial history

George Washington painting

Ever wondered why President’s Day always happens when it does? It’s because it’s meant to fall around the birthday of our country’s first President, George Washington. Oklahoma City may be known for many things, but because we’re the 46th state, an abundance of colonial history isn’t one of them. Yet despite this, in the heart of the downtown area, on the third floor of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, visitors can find themselves face-to-face with Washington from a time before his Presidency.

Read the full story on VeloCityOKC.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: March 12 - March 18, 2019

OKC Dodgers Uniforms

Tuesday, March 12
Ancient.Massive.Wild.- The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.

Wednesday, March 13
Ancient.Massive.Wild.- The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Shutter Island; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, March 14
Ancient.Massive.Wild.- The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Neon Indian; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, March 15
Ancient.Massive.Wild.- The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Jurassic Quest; All day; State Fair Park; Ticket prices vary.
Memphis Hustle vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
Ray Wylie Hubbard; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, March 16
Ancient.Massive.Wild.- The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Jurassic Quest; All day; State Fair Park; Ticket prices vary.
Bricktown St. Patrick’s Day Beer Party; All day; Bricktown; This event is free.
Stockyards City St. Patrick’s Day Parade; 10 a.m.; Stockyards City; This event is free.
OKC Energy FC O’City Parade; 10 a.m. Downtown; This event is free.
2019 Dodgers Fan Fest; 10 a.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; This event is free.
Classics 5-Grand Romanticism; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Maren Morris; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.
Green Dazed; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, March 17
Ancient.Massive.Wild.- The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Jurassic Quest; All day; State Fair Park; Ticket prices vary.
Go Green, St. Patrick’s Day; Noon; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Music is free and wristbands are $5.
Memphis Hustle vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 2 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Steve ‘N’ Seagulls; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, March 18
Ancient.Massive.Wild.- The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Miami Heat vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Gone Girl; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, March 5, 2019

Hike, bike, scout about, fish for trout and camp like a champ: explore Oklahomaís nearby state parks

Roman Nose State Park

Despite some of the cold stuff coming down out of the sky lately, it is March and that means spring is indeed on its way—and thus that also means it’s time to get outside and enjoy some nature. Some great places to explore the local flora and fauna (well, mostly flora, which is probably best, let’s be honest), perhaps even on an overnight basis, are Oklahoma’s state parks. We here at The Better Life HQ have been exploring some of the nearby locations just so we can report to you, dear reader, a few ways to best enjoy some of these spots.

  • Roman Nose State Park (near Watonga, OK; approximately 1.25 hours / 75 miles from downtown OKC) – This beautiful lakeside park offers great hiking and mountain biking trail, resulting in memorable views atop the gypsum cliffs at aptly named Inspiration Point. You can also enjoy an 18-hole golf course, a swimming pool and even hayrides (in season) in addition to fishing, canoeing and paddleboating (both of the latter available to rent). Just north of the state park proper lies Lake Watonga, which is a great place for trout fishing as well as bass, catfish and more. As Roman Nose is just far enough away from the metro to “get away from it all” including a lot of OKC’s light pollution, TBLers have enjoyed some starry-eyed stargazing in addition to mountain biking and the views from Inspiration Point, and even a little fishing.
  • Lake Thunderbird State Park (near Norman; approximately 30 minutes / 27 miles from downtown OKC) – Lake T-Bird is large and in charge of two marinas, two swim beaches, more than 200 RV sites, playgrounds, an archery range and a wide variety of hiking (and even equestrian!) trails of various lengths, in addition to a relatively large number of scenic lakeside primitive camping spots. TBLers especially enjoyed the views of a morning fog lifting off the lake as a prelude to a great day hike in the Clear Bay area.
  • Greenleaf State Park (near Braggs, OK; approximately 2.5 hours / 150 miles from downtown OKC) – This is a popular park for a few reasons. First, it’s generally regarded as very scenic and appears on a variety of “best camping parks in Oklahoma”-type lists around the internet. Second, the original WPA-constructed facilities are still in use and have been well maintained, adding to the atmosphere. Third, this is a popular park for families, as the facility boasts playgrounds, basketball and volleyball courts, a swim area, a discovery center, miniature golf, and even a kid’s pond where 16-and-unders can fish without a permit! Permit yourselves to enjoy Greenleaf State Park, especially if you’ve got little campers in tow (though as the park is quite popular, Greenleaf may not be the best place to “get away from it all” and enjoy the quiet side of nature, as TBLers can attest).
  • BONUS: Red Rock Canyon Adventure Park (near Hinton, OK; approximately 1 hour / 56 miles from downtown OKC) – This former state park is now privately operated, which is good news because it means you can still enjoy the unique red sandstone cliffs and canyons, which are favorites for rappellers and climbers. Other standout features of the park are original wagon-wheel ruts left by settlers on their way west in the mid-19th century, as well as great hiking trails, a swimming pool and playground, and a fishing pond. TBLers really appreciated the luxurious swimming facilities after a rather warm hiking adventure in mid-July, as well as being able to camp in the shadow of the cliffs and trees, offering great shade!
camping, day-trip, family-friendly, outdoor recreation, parks
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OKC Parks offer something for everyone

Mat Hoffman Action Sports Park

One thing that OKC Parks & Recreation excels at is providing a little something for everyone. Whether you’re into swimming, nature, gardening, cycling, kayaking, fishing, hosting a party or reunion, senior programs, youth programs, adult recreational sports and more, OKC Parks & Rec truly has you covered. Learn more about the OKC Parks system, find something that interests you, and, as they say, “dive in!”

family-friendly, outdoor recreation, parks
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Itís no hyperbole, in fact we agree: you should go see the OKC Energy FC

OKC Energy FC

In 2014 at Pribil Stadium, play began
11 on a side, all wearing green (well, except the goalie, but you know what we mean)
USL and perhaps beyond was the plan
And fans everywhere were seen.

From McGuinness to Taft in 2015,
Balls were kicked and goals scored
Playoffs that season were no dream,
Nor in ’16 and ’17, as championship hopes soared.

2018’s success built slowly, but no one was bored
In fact, the season ended quite well.
Out of the playoffs despite movement toward,
And now the stage is set to give the foes of 2019 hell.

And so, as in any given spring, hopes will swell
And bearded Laurendi returns to guard the net
The roster is full of players that aim to propel
OKC’s pro soccer club to victory, so go get a ticket.

live sporting events, soccer
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Big 12 Womenís Basketball Championships coming to OKC

NCAA Basketball

It’s tournament time in OKC! Get your March Madness started early by attending the Phillips 66 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Tournament, March 8 to 11 at Chesapeake Energy Arena. This is the last year OKC will hold the tournament after serving as host since 2016, as the show will move to Kansas City in 2020 for at least the next five seasons. Let’s send the ladies out with a bang, OKC!

Tickets start at just $12 for a single game, and the #Big12WBB tournament promises four days of great hoops action. The league has been pretty competitive this season, and even though Baylor hasn’t yet lost in conference play, anything can happen come tournament time (just ask Stanford in 1998 or Tennessee in 2009, for example). The tourney should be a great time for fans of every stripe as we look forward to extending OKC’s famed hospitality to visiting fans from all across the league. Check out the bracket and schedule and make plans to attend!

basketball, live sporting events
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Things to Do & See: March 5 - March 11, 2019

LIVE on the Plaza

Tuesday, March 5
Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
A Bronx Tale; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, March 6
Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Split; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
A Bronx Tale; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, March 7  
Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
A Bronx Tale; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Marsha Ambrosius; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, March 8
Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
OKC Auto Show; 10 a.m.; State Fair Park.
2019 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship; 6 & 8:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
LIVE on the Plaza; 8 p.m.; Plaza District; This event is free.
A Bronx Tale; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
No Justice; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Whiz Khalifa and Curren$y; 9 p.m.; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, March 9
Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
OKC Auto Show; 10 a.m.; State Fair Park.
2019 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship; 11 a.m. & 1:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
A Bronx Tale; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Clutch; 8 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Aaron Lewis; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.
Mt. Joy; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, March 10
Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
OKC Auto Show; 10 a.m.; State Fair Park.
2019 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship; 2 & 4:30 p.m. Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
A Bronx Tale; 2 & 7 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Los Temerarios Tour; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.
Watsky; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Northern Arizona Suns vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 2 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
The Big Easy Supper Club with Kevin Griffin; 6 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.
Dave Mason; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, March 11
Ancient. Massive. Wild. - The Bison Exhibit; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Black Swann; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
2019 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship; 8 p.m. Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, February 26, 2019

Horse show central

OKC Horse Show

There’s a long list of things OKC is famous for—its food, its craft beer, the MAPS projects—but did you know that OKC is also famous for being the horse show capital of the world?

OKC hosts more horse shows than any other spot in the entire world—and yes, you read that correctly. The world. Is it the great mix of modern and cowboy culture that makes OKC the perfect spot? Our wonderful venues? We like to think it’s all of the above!

Two of the biggest horse shows each year are the Grand National Morgan Horse Show in October and the AQHA World Championships held in November. No matter the month, you can find a world-class horse show taking place in Oklahoma City. Check the calendar for more events and dates.

equine, horse show, western heritage
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Enjoy a stroll

cyclists

Need a breath of fresh air? A walk to clear your head? A nice bike ride? Just want to enjoy the beauty of the outdoors? We don’t blame you. OKC’s so scenic and as the weather starts to warm up, this is the perfect time of year for a nice, long walk, run, bike ride, etc. If any of this sounds appealing to you, good news! There’s plenty of trails throughout OKC to help you do exactly that. You can find a list of all of them on the OKC.gov site, as well as a map if you’d like to see how far the trail goes.

Happy trails!

cycling, outdoor recreation, running
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Live music in March

concert

Local live music fans are in for fun of all genres coming to OKC in March. Pop, rap, country—there’s something for everyone. Here’s some of the more noteworthy shows that you can see in OKC this upcoming month. As always, if you think we missed out on anything, feel free to let us know via Facebook or Twitter.

Wiz Khalifa – March 8 at the Criterion. This iconic rapper has made several top Billboard hits.
Maren Morris – March 16 at the Criterion. A new country music star who already has several prestigious awards and award nominations.
P!nk – March 23 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Grammy award winning pop icon P!nk, returns to OKC on her Beautiful Trauma tour with special guest and Grammy nominee, Julia Michaels.

concerts, live music
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VeloCity recap

OKC VeloCity

VeloCity is a website aimed at helping keep residents of Greater Oklahoma City up-to-date on important issues. 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 in the last two months:

Interview with Ward 7’s Nikki Nice – An interview with the new City Councilwoman of Ward 7.
Oklahoma City named a best place to move to get a fresh start – Livability names OKC one of the best places for a fresh start, largely thanks to our flourishing arts scene.
Mayor Holt delivers first State of the City address – Mayor Holt talks OKC, MAPS 4 and more at his first State of the City.
Economic growth projected to continue, report finds – OKC’s economic forecast for 2019 is looking mostly positive.
Take a quick peek inside the American Indian Cultural Center and Museum – Currently slated to open in spring 2021, things are moving along well for the construction of OKC’s American Indian Cultural Center and Museum.
Exhibit at the Chamber’s first State of Health event – The Chamber’s first State of Health luncheon will be happening in May. Now’s your chance to sponsor the event.

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Things to Do & See: February 26 - March 4, 2019

Shakespeare in the Park

Tuesday, February 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Kiss; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Shen Yun 2019; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
I’m With Her; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, February 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Rob Lake Magic; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, February 28       
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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Nothing More; 6:30 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: Twelfth Night; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; Ticket prices vary.
Justin Moore; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.
Johnny Cash Birthday Celebration; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, March 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
First Fridays on the Paseo; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; This event is free.
Pops 5- The Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Strfkr; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, March 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Dr. Seuss Day in the Gardens; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; $3 for members and $4 for nonmembers.
Mardi Gras on Myriad Street; 2 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.
Winter Jam; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Sevendust; 6 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Pops 5- The Sounds of Simon and Garfunkel; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, March 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Northern Arizona Suns vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 2 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
The Big Easy Supper Club with Kevin Griffin; 6 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.
Dave Mason; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, March 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.

 

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

OKCís economic engine

Tinker worker

While energy jobs are important to our local economy, most newcomers (and even some longtime residents) are shocked to learn that energy jobs make up only 3.5 percent of Oklahoma City’s employment base. The diversity of our local economy and the size of sectors such as aerospace and bioscience are a surprise to most. Here are some of the sectors having a big impact on our region’s economic health:

Aerospace
Oklahoma City’s aerospace industry is soaring, pun intended. Greater Oklahoma City’s aerospace industry represents more than 36,000 jobs at more than 230 public- and private-sector firms. The state of Oklahoma ranks 12th nationally in the number of aerospace engineers, fifth in aircraft mechanics and service technicians, and eighth in avionic technicians. Aerospace firms now produce $4.9 billion in goods and services locally.

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

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

Energy
Oklahoma City has long been considered a global oil capital, and with good reason. Oklahoma has a rich history of growing successful energy companies and our state Capitol even has a working oil rig on its grounds. But a lot has changed since the early wildcatter days of Oklahoma’s past. Oklahoma energy companies work in petroleum, compressed natural gas, wind power and solar energy, and they use state-of-the-art technology.

aerospace, bioscience, energy, entrepreneur, tech
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2019 Greater Oklahoma City Economic Forecast

According to the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s 2019 Economic Forecast, an annual report looking at the year ahead for the Oklahoma City economy, the metro’s economy is expected to continue to grow in 2019. In fact, job growth this year is expected to increase by 2.1 percent or 13,600 jobs.

The report also highlights OKC’s impressive population growth. The OKC MSA has grown to 1.4 million people and is expected to add more than 200,000 people by 2020. If the metro continues its current population growth, 2 million people will live here by 2040.

According to the report, urbanization continues to benefit the two largest metros in the state. This is specifically seen in looking at how much of the state’s economy and growth can be attributed to the Oklahoma City and Tulsa metros. Combined, Oklahoma City and Tulsa MSAs now account for 70 percent of the state’s GDP, 66 percent of personal income, and 60 percent of total population (or $7 out of every $10 of goods & services, two out of every three dollars of personal income and three out of every five people).

You can read the forecast at www.OKCChamber.com/forecast.

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Interview with Ward 7ís Niki Nice

Nikki Nice

The story original ran on VeloCityOKC.com.

Nikki Nice is a first-term City Councilor representing Ward 7 in OKC after winning a runoff election last November. She recently took the time to sit down with VeloCityOKC and tell us about her background, which led to on-air radio jobs at Perry Publishing & Broadcasting’s KRMP & KVSP in OKC as well as other markets, why she ran for city council, her thoughts on some of Ward 7’s assets (including her favorite spots to eat) and challenges, and Oklahoma City in general.

VeloCityOKC: Tell us a little bit about yourself.

Councilwoman Nice: I was born and raised here. I grew up in Capitol View, attended Millwood Public Schools, and my church was literally across the street, Greater New Zion Baptist Church. From there, I went to Northeast High School to be a part of the biomedical sciences program there. I didn't want to go to Northeast, but my mom made me go to be a part of the bio-med program, but when I got there, I had 10 of my Millwood friends there with me. Their parents obviously thought it was best for them to be a part of the bio-med program too, so that pretty much made my high school transition much easier, to have some of those friends.

There I [also] did Newsroom 101, yearbook, journalism. I didn't play sports, but I was the basketball manager. I had a few favorite teachers, but one was Ms. Karen Parks [now Patton]. She was our English, yearbook, and journalism teacher. I was also afforded the opportunity to be taught by Ms. Nancy Davis, Jr. -- her mom [Nancy Randolph Davis] was the first African-American student to attend Oklahoma State University, so we got a lot of great history from Ms. Davis.

I was also part of YLX, and I did student council, so [in terms of] civic engagement, community, and leadership, those things shaped me. Even at Millwood, being a part of Brownies, and Girl Scouts, and things like that. Just being active in my church; my mom made sure I was very active in church, reading the church announcements and things like that, ushering with her.

And you are a Langston grad; what did study during college?

I started my college career at the University of Central Oklahoma... My major had always been journalism & broadcasting. I wanted to be a sportscaster, because I love sports. My favorite baseball team is the Cincinnati Reds--I'm so excited now that Matt Kemp is now a Red. And obviously the Thunder, because I was also originally a SuperSonics fan. And I am a [Dallas] Cowboys fan, because my mom was a Cowboys fan, so we would watch football on Sundays, and she pretty much taught me football, and she would scream at the TV at Tony Dorsett and all the football players.

What got me into radio was my church. We had a church broadcast on Saturdays at 1220 AM. After I did that, I was like, “I think I like this. People don't have to see me.”

Read the full interview with Councilwoman Nice at VelocityOKC.com.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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OKC becomes a ďGigacityĒ

Cox News Conference

The story original ran on VeloCityOKC.com.

It's well-known among politicians, investors and entrepreneurs that the Internet — and access to it — is an economic engine. It helps connect Americans to education and government services. It serves as a platform for new ideas and companies that wind up changing the world. And it reduces costs for consumers and businesses everywhere.

At a press conference held at the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, Mayor David Holt and Cox Communications announced that homes throughout the metropolitan area have access to 1 gigabit broadband internet speeds. Cox Communications customers can utilize this powerful connection, equal to 1,000 megabits per second (Mbps), to download 100 songs within 3 seconds, 1,000 photos in 16 seconds and a 2-hour movie in 8 seconds.

“Like virtually all cities, Oklahoma City depends on a partnership with the private sector to provide for our citizens’ ever-growing digital needs,” said OKC Mayor David Holt, “and so I am always grateful when companies like Cox step up and make these kinds of investments. This infrastructure will benefit our existing citizens and their businesses but will also continue to improve Oklahoma City’s profile as a place for job creators and entrepreneurs to relocate. It means a lot to our city’s unity that we maintain that kind of equity, and it fulfills our vision of ‘One OKC.’ I commend Cox not just for providing this service but for the effort to ensure it is provided to all.”

“This new service provides our residents and businesses with the technology they are demanding, this is another distinguishing, quality-of-life factor that differentiates our community and helps attract talent in a very competitive environment,” said Roy Williams, president and CEO of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce.

“Our Gigablast service meets the needs of today’s internet users who increasingly have multiple internet-dependent devices in their homes and desire faster speeds for entertainment, communication, safety and a range of other purposes,” said Kristin Peck, Cox Communications’ vice president of public affairs. “Cox Communications’ sizeable network investments, including a $10 billion network infrastructure investment, help us stay significantly ahead of demand and enable smart homes, smart businesses and smart cities – all of which depend on reliable fast internet service.”

Cox is making significant upgrades to its infrastructure in Oklahoma City as part of the company’s commitment to invest $10 billion in its network over the next five years. DOCSIS 3.1 technology builds on the strength of Cox’s fiber-based network and provides the ability to roll out gigabit internet speeds throughout more neighborhoods at a faster pace. Cox has committed to offering gigabit speeds to all customers – not just a select few – and an array of speed and pricing options to all homes and businesses, not just chosen neighborhoods.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: February 19 - February 25, 2019

Library book sale

Tuesday, February 19
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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Blackberry Smoke; 7 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, February 20    
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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Rio Grande Valley Vipers vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
Lettuce; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, February 21        
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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Third Thursday at OKCMOA: A Night at the Oscars; 5 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Tickets are $12.
Born of Osiris; 6 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Jon Wolfe; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, February 22
Leake Classic Car Show & Auction; All day; State Fair Park; Ticket prices vary.
The Friends of the Library Book Sale; All day; State Fair Park; Event entry is free.
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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Midtown Rotary Spelling Bee; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
La Sylphide; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 8:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, February 23
Leake Classic Car Show & Auction; All day; State Fair Park; Ticket prices vary.
The Friends of the Library Book Sale; All day; State Fair Park; Event entry is free.
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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Sacramento Kings vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
La Sylphide; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, February 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
La Sylphide; 2 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Donavon Frankenreiter; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, February 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.
Cowboys in Khaki: Westerners in the Great War; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Ansel Adams and the Photographers of the West; All day; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Free with museum admission.
Shen Yun 2019; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 12, 2019

A game changer for OKC

Oklahoma River

If you are new to OKC, you may think that the Oklahoma River has always flowed freely just south of downtown, or that the Chesapeake Energy Arena has always welcomed screaming sports fans. Actually, the hallmarks of Oklahoma City’s renaissance are relatively new and they all got their start when Oklahoma City residents approved the Metropolitan Area Projects in December 1993.

Before that time, Oklahoma City had endured an economic recession and many of its workforce left for other areas. When an airline chose to locate a production facility in another place because their employees didn’t want to relocate to Oklahoma City, community leaders knew they had to change their investment strategy.

From that motivation, the groundbreaking MAPS program was born—a temporary 1-cent sales tax that was used to construct public facilities debt free. The first iteration of that program brought Oklahoma City back to life and gave us iconic facilities like the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, Bricktown Canal, Cox Convention Center, Chesapeake Energy Arena and the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library—all facilities that we can’t imagine OKC without.

The program was so successful that it was repeated two times: the MAPS for Kids program in 2001 and the MAPS 3 program in 2009. MAPS for Kids infused $800 million in capital investments for schools throughout Oklahoma City. Like other MAPS projects, MAPS for Kids has played a fundamental part in improving the daily lives of Oklahoma City residents. By investing in Oklahoma City student’s schools and programs, MAPS for Kids has also invested in the future of Oklahoma City.

More recently, MAPS 3 expanded the quality-of-life improvements to include a new downtown convention center, a new downtown park, the Oklahoma City Streetcar, the whitewater center at RIVERSPORT Rapids, the Bennett Event Center at State Fair Park, senior health and wellness centers throughout the metro, and more trails and sidewalks to help connect pedestrians to parks, schools and employment centers.

MAPS, Oklahoma City history
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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