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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tighten Those Laces

That lovely fall breeze is ushering in one of our favorite times of the year in OKC – Downtown in December. You’re probably thinking, “Hey now! It’s only November!” And you’re right. But we all know that the holiday festivities kick off as soon as we finish washing those Thanksgiving dinner dishes.

In its second season, the Devon Ice Rink at the Myriad Botanical Gardens will kick start the winter wonderland festivities by opening Friday, Nov. 23, 2012. From then until Feb. 3, 2013, you can skate to your heart’s content seven days a week. So grab your friends and family (and some money for hot cocoa) and head down to the Myriad Gardens and get your skate on. And be sure to be on the lookout for more info from us about the other Downtown in December festivities that will be happening in OKC this year.

downtown, family-friendly, Myriad Botanical Gardens, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Lights, Camera, Action!

If you’ve been hanging around The Better Life for long, you might have heard us talk about a lovely, up and coming district known as the Film Exchange District – sometimes the locals just call it Film Row. This gem is located along Sheridan Avenue between Classen Boulevard and Walker Avenue, and is home to a number of businesses, including a yummy pizza joint, Joey’s Pizzeria. These days, Joey’s has a lovely, mostly new, across-the-street neighbor – The Paramount, OKC. Enter its doors and you’ll find coffee, wine, pie, and, of course, movies. Sounds splendid, right?

Located in the 700 block of West Sheridan, The Paramount sits in a building that was once a distribution facility for Paramount Pictures. Today, patrons can stop by and enjoy tasty treats from their menu – grilled cheese, soup, cookies, pie, coffee, and more. After gobbling up something delicious, we suggest you head over to their 70-seat theater where they screen a wide variety of movies.

This isn’t your run-of-the-mill place to catch the latest blockbuster. Click here to find out more info about their hours, showings, prices, facility rentals, etc.

Photo Credit: By Patrick W. Moore (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

arts and culture, downtown, movies, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Get Pumped for Pumpkins

Starting this Saturday, head down to the Myriad Gardens and celebrate all things fall! Pumpkinville will run daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Oct. 31, and is filled to the brim with fall fun for all – crafts, a pumpkin village, hay bale maze, pumpkin decorating, cider pressing, tasty treats, gourds, ghosts and scarecrows, pumpkin fairy houses, storytelling and more!

If you're a Myriad Gardens member, your admission is free – woo hoo! For the rest of you folks, admission is $5 per child and $2.50 per adult.

Here's a glimpse of what's on the docket for this Saturday, Oct. 13 at Pumpkinville!

  • Cider Pressing
    Top-of-the-hour action – loading, grinding and pressing . . . then tasting!
  • Magnetic Jack O Lantern
    Make a pumpkin's face using magnetic pieces!
  • Crafts Beneath the Pavilion
    Burlap Sack Wreath – scrunch strips of rustic burlap onto a frame and decorate it with pompom pumpkins, colorful fall leaves, and a variety of decorations.
    Autumn Crown – weave together strands of raffia and charming leaf decorations for a topper that's as individual as its maker!
  • Ghostly Grove
    Salt dough ghosts come to life in the Grove, with a little help from you.
  • Pumpkin Decorating
    Members receive a free pumpkin and all the fixings to gussy it up, including sequins, paint, feathers and markers. Non-members can purchase a pumpkin for $5 and decorate to their hearts' content.
  • Under "Tree" Fort Amphitheater
    Story times are 10 a.m., noon and 2, 4 and 6 p.m. Lots of stories will be read and they'll all have Halloween/Fall/Pumpkin themes.
  • Pie Making by Pie Junkies OKC
    Enjoy classes at10 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. Classes last for an hour and a half and are free to members. Nonmembers may attend for $5.
  • Ghost Stories in the Grove
    Just spooky enough tales told at twilight from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The fall festivities continue through Oct. 31 so be sure to check their website for activities taking place.

downtown, family-friendly, festivals, Myriad Botanical Gardens
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

A Two-Wheeled Tour

Downtown OKC is filled to the brim with all things new and old – great historic buildings, shiny new skyscrapers, cool public art projects and so much more. Now you have the opportunity to get to know downtown, its hidden gems and famous finds, all from a unique perspective – a bicycle. Downtown OKC, Inc. is making it possible for you to get up close and personal with Downtown through bike tours led by resident OKC experts. Each tour is FREE and begins at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, Oct. 9 and Oct. 16. Here's what's on the agenda for each tour:

How does it work? Each tour will last about an hour and will cover 2.5 to 3 miles. All participants must be 16 or older. But once you've hit that mark, you're good to go. Just bring your bike (and a helmet – safety first, kids) and meet up with the group for a tour to remember. If you want to check out the routes, click here.

downtown, fitness, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Fair Warning, Ladies. Frankie Valli's in Town.

We here at The Better Life hope we look this good when it's time for our diamond (that's 75) anniversary-ee-yee. A WPA (aka the Works Project Administration which was part of FDR's New Deal – you remember that one from history class, right?) project and indeed a jewel of Oklahoma City's arts venues, the Civic Center Music Hall has been captivating crowds since 1937. Extensively renovated by the original MAPS, the Center re-opened to capital commendations in 2001 with a new lease on its midlife and has been stirring and stupefying spectators ever since.

And to celebray-yay-yate, they're throwing quite the twist party with a special radio-show themed program paying tribute to some of the great artists that have played the Civic Center's stage, like James Brown and Elvis, performed by members of the Center's seven resident arts companies. After intermission, a concert featuring Frankie Valli (also born in 1937) and The Four Seasons will delight. Can you come, come, come out tonight, er, on Sept, 27? (You-oo-ooh better ask your mama. Tell her everything is all right down at the Civic Center.) Even big girls may cry-yi-yi if they miss this show. All tickets are $75 (get it?) and help benefit more renovation efforts for the facility, so get your preferred seats fast before they say goodbye-yi-yi.

arts and culture, downtown, music, theater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Different Type of Toga Party

Are you a college student living on Ramen Noodles and need a little culture in your life? Or maybe you just know one. We've all been there, and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art is ready to help with College Month. All through September students from Oklahoma's higher education institutions get free access to the Museum. That is right . . . totally free. And college students across the metro won't want to miss College Night on Thursday, Sept. 27, from 5 to 9 p.m.

College students don't have to just enjoy our outstanding Art Museum in September. For just $20, students can buy a one-year membership and experience all the museum has to offer.

arts and culture, downtown, museums
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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You Don't Have to Worry about Bears at these Picnics

As fall begins to sweep across the state, it might be a nice time to take advantage of the cooler temperatures and enjoy a picnic. Luckily, Oklahoma City offers a variety of city parks where you can stretch out your favorite blanket and enjoy a relaxing meal outdoors.

The Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City recently underwent a $10.5 million renovation and offers plenty of green space to plop down your picnic basket and enjoy the sights and sounds of downtown. Time your visit right and you might just catch a play on the floating amphitheater, or a concert.

More of a river rat? Be sure to check out the Boathouse District on the Oklahoma River. Enjoy a picnic by the river while watching Olympic-caliber athletes train. How many cities can offer that?

Looking for a prime picnic spot away from the hustle and bustle of downtown? No problem. No matter where you live in OKC, a park is close by. Whether you want to want to watch sailboats at Lake Hefner or enjoy stunning plant life at Will Rogers Gardens, get out and enjoy the beautiful Oklahoma fall at a park near you. There is one around every corner.

downtown, family-friendly, Myriad Botanical Gardens, Oklahoma River, parks
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Stretch Those Legs!

Did you know that if you walk (or jog, skip, run, hop) around the perimeter of the Myriad Gardens 1.5 times that you've gone a mile? Working on your fitness has never been so easy! Join Oklahoma City Mayor and other OKC'ers for the kickoff of Walking Wednesdays at the Myriad Gardens Great Lawn and Band Pavilion at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12. If you're one of the first 50 people to show up, you'll get a free pedometer so you can track all those steps you take each day. Mayor Cornett will be joined by some other fitness enthusiasts, including fitness guru and trainer Brian Attebery, Miss Oklahoma Alicia Clifton, Miss Oklahoma's Outstanding Teen Julianne Thomison and others. Then, make sure you come back each Wednesday (or any day) to walk at least a mile at the Gardens and get and stay fit with your fellow OKC'ers.

The fitness fun at the Gardens doesn't stop there. Starting Saturday, Sept. 15 and continuing for three weeks (Sat., Sept. 22 and Sat. Sept. 29) you'll have the opportunity to participate in Yoga on the Great Lawn (8 to 9 a.m.) and Zumba on the Great Lawn (9 to 10 a.m.). The best part? It's free!

If you want to make sure you stay up-to-date on all of the great activities and events happening at the Myriad Gardens, sign up for their weekly newsletter!

running, community, downtown, family-friendly, fitness, Myriad Botanical Gardens, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Did You Hear that Thunder?

No, the Oklahoma City Thunder haven't started another season of rocking the Chesapeake Energy Arena just yet . . . but you're getting closer. This thunder is something we've wanted to tell you about for months, but due to some technical difficulties, we had to hold off. Thankfully, the time has come and we're sure you'll love it.

Drumroll, please . . . You know that we're pretty enthusiastic when it comes to the Myriad Gardens (how could we not be?). Thanks to Project 180, this 17-acre outdoor grounds got a much-needed facelift and now it's one of OKC's crown jewels. These days, if you find yourself in the southeast portion of the gardens (kitty-corner from the Chesapeake Energy Arena) you may here a rumbling. If you follow your ears, you will find yourself at the Thunder Fountain. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., the Thunder Fountain is a great (and free) place for your kids to play and burn off some extra energy. So grab some sunscreen, throw the kids in their swimsuits (or some clothes you don't mind getting wet) and head down for some end-of-the-summer fun in this water wonderland.

downtown, family-friendly, Myriad Botanical Gardens, outdoor recreation, Project 180
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Live It Up Downtown

Whether you're new to town or are thinking it's time to find a new place to rest your head, you do not want to miss the Downtown Living Tour. Brought to you by our friends at Downtown Oklahoma City, Inc., this tour will give you a chance to see what it's like to live in the heart of OKC. The tours will take place on Sunday, Sept. 30 from noon to 4 p.m. During this time, you'll get to check out some of the high-end properties available in the downtown area. These fabulous abodes are on the list so far – Hadden Hall, Twelve Twelve, LEVEL Urban Apartments and City Place. The tours will leave by shuttle every 30 minutes, starting at noon, with the last shuttle departing at 3:30 p.m.

It's free (that's right, FREE!) to experience these lovely locations through the tour, but space is limited so you want to register ASAP. By registering, you'll also receive a free ticket to the Taste of Bricktown event on Sunday, Oct. 7. If you have questions about the Downtown Living Tour, contact Gentry at 235-3500, or gentry@downtownokc.com.

community, downtown, Midtown
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Mapping Out Our Future

By now, you may have heard about a little (or not so little) initiative called MAPS 3. Why MAPS 3? Well, it all started back in 1993 when Oklahoma City voters approved a one-cent sales tax for the Metropolitan Area Projects (hence the "MAPS") which revitalized downtown. This original MAPS was responsible for the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark where the RedHawks play, the Bricktown Canal, the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and much more. After the astounding success of the original MAPS, Oklahoma City voters decided to do something about the needs of the city's public schools by approving MAPS for Kids. The funds raised from this measure (combined with a school bond issue) raised nearly $700 million to fund school facility improvements, technology and transportation projects. Fast forward nearly 20 years and we landed in 2009, when voters once again decided it was time to beef up what our city had to offer with the passage of MAPS 3.

This year marks the kick-off of construction on the $777 million worth of MAPS 3 projects. Over the next decade, we'll build a new convention center; improve the Oklahoma River, including adding a public whitewater rafting and kayaking center; build a 70-acre downtown park linking the Oklahoma River to downtown; build a modern streetcar system; add dozens of miles of sidewalks and bicycling and walking trails; upgrade Oklahoma State Fair Park and build a number of senior health and wellness aquatics centers.

It's easy to stay up-to-date on what's happening with MAPS 3. The City is launching a MAPS 3 newsletter to keep residents informed about upcoming community meetings, groundbreakings and other progress. Speaking of community meetings, there's one coming up – Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library in the fourth floor auditorium from 6 to 8:30 p.m. At this meeting, you'll have the opportunity to get information and solicit design and programming ideas for the 70-acre downtown park.

downtown, MAPS, Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation, parks
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Bustling Bricktown

Adjacent to downtown Oklahoma City is the fastest-growing entertainment district in the Southwest – Bricktown. With its large concentration of high-energy night clubs, casual lounges and list of restaurants covering a multitude of culinary cultures, Bricktown has something for every taste. And, when you factor in its picturesque setting, which embraces a mile-long canal lined with eateries, clubs, a movie theater, a bowling lounge, the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark and beautifully landscaped gardens and public art, you'll discover something the whole family can enjoy! Vibrant melodies can be heard coming from the American Banjo Museum and the Academy of Contemporary Music. Take a Bricktown Water Taxi cruise along the canal and discover the history of this energetic district. And while the weather is warm, be sure to hail a pedicab or one of several horse-drawn carriages that can be seen ferrying customers all over Bricktown. It's the perfect place for you to choose your own adventure.

nightlife, parks, restaurants, arts and culture, downtown, family-friendly, movies, museums, music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

An Artsy Stroll

Downtown Oklahoma City is pretty awesome. But did you know that it's also a great place to spot some amazing art? To make it easy, Downtown OKC, Inc. has put together a splendid map and audio set for you to use during your exploration. Listen to Mayor Mick Cornett and Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips as you check out the more than 30 expressions of art – from amazing murals to impressive sculptures – inhabiting downtown. The DOKC folks even created a brochure to help you spot the sights. These handy-dandy brochures can be picked up at any of the downtown hotels or visitor centers.

[Image: Paul Houston Photography]

arts and culture, downtown, museums
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Jam on in Bricktown

Whether you're into music, food, or just enjoy a lively afternoon of people-watching, the Bricktown Reggaefest is for you. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to bring their blankets and lawn chairs and come and sample delicious Caribbean food and a continuous stream of live reggae music.

This year's line-up
Friday

100 Bones 4:00 - 5:15
Sunnyside up 5:30 - 6:45
The Suspects 7:00 - 8:30
Watusi 8:45 - 10:15
The Ark Band 10:30 - 12:00

Saturday

100 Bones 2:00 - 3:15
Sunnyside up 3:30 - 5:00
Sam and the Stylees 5:15 - 6:45
Melody Memory 7:00 - 8:30
Ugly Lion 8:45 -10:15
Local Culture 10:30 - 12:00

Beer, soft drinks, t-shirts and beads will be available for purchase. But be sure to leave Fido at home – and in addition to your pets, remember to not bring any of these other prohibited items: outside food/drink, coolers, video cameras and weapons.

arts and culture, downtown, family-friendly, festivals, music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A Melodic End to the Weekend

Long summer hours mean even more time to enjoy the weekend. Delay the whole "getting ready for Monday" ritual with the Sunday Twilight Concert Series at the Myriad Botanical Gardens. Presented by Devon Energy, the concert series has been rocking since June, but there's still plenty of time for you to enjoy the musical magic. So come Sunday evening, grab your picnic basket, blankets, lawn chairs and head to the Myriad Gardens to enjoy a variety of performers at this free concert in the heart of downtown.

Performers for the remainder of the season include:
July 15 - 411 Band w/Cara Black – Motown/Soul
July 22 - Singer/Songwriter night Feat. Carter Sampson, Bob Moore, & Others
July 29 - Justin Joslin/Handsome Devils – Indie/Americana/Folk
August 5 - Son del Barrio – Salsa/Meringue
August 12 - Allie Lauren – Jazz/Pop
August 19 - Lemma – Alternative Rock
August 26 - Smilin' Vic and the Soul Monkeys – Old School Classics

The concerts take place each Sunday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Pets and glass containers are prohibited.

downtown, family-friendly, music, parks
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Starry Night at the Movies

Spend a summer night under the stars while also watching some stars on the big screen. The "Summer Movie Nights" series will kick off this Wednesday, July 11 at 9 p.m. on the grand lawn of the Myriad Gardens. With "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" set as the first movie of the summer, this series is sure to be a hit. Best of all? It's FREE! So save yourself $9 and head down to the Myriad Gardens for a grand time on the grand lawn with a few hundred other Oklahoma Citians.

downtown, family-friendly, movies, parks
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Discover Nature in Downtown OKC

There is some serious fun (and learning) happening at the Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City. They've got the month of July filled to the brim with outstanding outdoor classes for you and your kids. Check out the following schedule and head over to the southwest corner of the Myriad Botanical Gardens for the nature-inspired activity of your choosing:

July 8 Exciting Insects
July 14 Orange You Glad You Recycle!
July 15 Meandering Mazes and Spiraling Labyrinths
July 21 How to Fingerprint a Tree
July 22 Precious Pollinators
July 28 Little Prairie on the House

For more information on these events, including times and cost, visit the Myriad Gardens' event calendar.

Other great activities at the Gardens include Storytime in the Garden, held every Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. This event is free and open to the public, but intended for children ages 2-4.

downtown, family-friendly, gardening, parks
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Hear It First

On April 19, 1995, the future of Oklahoma City was altered forever when a bomb concealed in a rented moving truck shattered the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City, killing 168 people and injuring more than 500 others. This summer, the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum's First Person: Stories of Hope program will give you the opportunity to experience this event through those who lived it. Speakers include family members, survivors, first responders, journalists, judges, FBI agents and others who were directly impacted by the events of that day and those that followed. The programs take place each Friday at 1:30 p.m. during June, July and August and is free with paid Museum admission.

community, downtown, museums
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Realize Your Hoop Dreams

Basketball fever has taken over Greater Oklahoma City and now you have a chance to make your hoop dreams come true. No, we don't think you'll be suiting up with the Thunder anytime soon, but you can certainly show off your skills in sight of the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Located across the street from the Myriad Botanical Gardens at the southwest corner of Hudson and Reno, the new downtown community basketball court is a great place to work on your game while enjoying the excitement happening in downtown. The court is open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. So grab your sneakers and your friends and get your game on.

downtown, family-friendly, fitness, outdoor recreation, Thunder
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Get Your Bike in Gear

May 18 is the official bike-to-work day, and Oklahoma City is celebrating with the official launch of Spokies, Oklahoma City's bike share program. With six kiosk rental stations in the downtown and MidTown areas, your parking and traffic worries can disappear as you take a relaxing scenic ride through Oklahoma City.

Bike to Work Day 2012 is part of a national campaign to promote bicycling as a healthy and efficient transportation alternative, as well as an effort to increase safety awareness among bicyclists and motorists. METRO Transit, the Cleveland Area Rapid Transit in Norman and Citylink Edmond all have free bus fare coinciding with Bike-to-Work Day and all area transit system have bike racks, so leave your car in the garage and pedal to the nearest bus stop.

If you don't have a bike, the upcoming launch of Spokies will still let you have fun on two wheels. You can check out a bike seven days a week between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m., and the three types of memberships make it easy to choose an affordable rental plan. Daily membership cards can be purchased at the kiosks, while monthly and annual memberships can be purchased online. And if a short ride is more your style, 30 minute rides are free and unlimited. Read more about the pricing options.

downtown, fitness, Midtown, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 1, 2012

A lunch-time pick-me-up

Take a break from the grind and head over to the Bank of Oklahoma Plaza, 201 Robert S. Kerr, for some lunch time jams. Each Thursday during May, Downtown OKC, Inc., SandRidge Energy and Bank of Oklahoma have invited some of OKC's most talented artists to fill downtown with sweet melodies during the 2012 SoundBites concert series. These concerts will take place each Thursday in May from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Artists gracing the stage for this year's concert series include:

  • May 3: Smilin' Vic & the Soul Monkeys
  • May 10: Cami Stinson & the Riot
  • May 17: Born in November (see them featured on the Bricktown Chevy Showcase)
  • May 24: Kylie Morgan
  • May 31: Matt Stansberry
downtown, music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

The Ins & Outs of Parking Downtown

UFOs, Bigfoot, the Loch Ness Monster and parking in Downtown OKC, do they exist? Many have claimed to spot these elusive beasts before but to this day no hard evidence remains of their existence. We here at The Better Life have breaking news – we can confirm that parking in Downtown not only exists but can be had in abundance. Despite occasional reports to the contrary, there is plenty of parking Downtown; you just have to know where to look. In fact, in most lots in Downtown and Bricktown you can get daily rates for under $5. You'll have better luck finding the Chupacabra than finding another downtown metro with rates that low. Check out Downtown OKC's parking map yourself if you are still a skeptic.

community, downtown
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Request for Proposals

Heads up, you unsuspecting but head-over-heels guys and gals! If your valentine has you headed to one of the following locations, make sure to do your hair in your finest tears-of-joy fashion and put on your best threads. Why? You may be in for the type of surprise that includes a bended knee. These spots have been identified by our love doctors as a few of the most intriguing places to pop the question in town. So go ahead, say yes to the request and make St. Valentine proud.

The Myriad Gardens and Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory includes 17 acres of natural loveliness as well as a 224-foot long circular jungle with palm trees, exotic plantings, crashing waterfalls and nightly LED shows just perfect for a ring and prayer. Located at 301 West Reno, the Crystal Bridge is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., while the outside gardens are open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The Bricktown Canal is full of nooks, crannies and romantic rendezvous points, as well as all manner of enchanting ways to get around: a quiet walk, a charming water taxi ride, a picturesque Brickshaw or Segway tour, and even horse-drawn carriages. Once she's said yes, you can head over to one of the many fine establishments in Bricktown, perfect for a celebratory toast – Nonna's Purple Bar, The Mantel Wine Bar & Bistro, Mickey Mantle's Steakhouse, or a number of others.

The Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Garden is the perfect place to ask your animal-adoring significant other the big question. Malee, the new baby elephant, can help make the moment even more special, especially if you can train her to hand your future fiancée the ring (we don't recommend trying this). Zoo hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

Castle Falls will transport your valentine to something akin to a fairy tale. The design? Like a German castle. The cuisine? European. The ambiance? Sure to sweep your date off his or her feet.

Lake Hefner isn't just for exercise, boating and taking photos of the lighthouse. Stop in for a romantic dinner at Redrock Canyon Grill or the Hefner Grill. A bottle of red, a bottle of white and delicious dessert mixes with fabulous cuisine and nightly stunning sunsets to create quite the atmosphere of amore.

zoo, Adventure District, downtown, food, nightlife, parks, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Find Your Inner Picasso

Whether you spend your free time painting canvases or simply like to doodle during boring meetings, there's an artist inside each of us. Let your creative spirit flow and hone your skills through one of the many classes offered at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art.

Each "semester" (as the kids call it), the museum offers a variety of classes and camps for artists of all ages. Dust off your camera and brush up on your photography. Learn about print making. Get your hands dirty with clay and much more. Classes for winter 2012 kick off soon so head over to http://www.OKCMOA.com and find one that suits you!

Categories for adult include: Drawing, Painting & Printmaking; Photography; Video Production & Voice Acting; Glassblowing, Clay & Fiber Arts. Classes start for kids as young as 15 months and go up to age 13. And be sure to check out the youth camps to keep your kids busy during Spring Break.

arts and culture, downtown, family-friendly, museums
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Downtown on the Move

If you’ve been downtown, chances are you’ve come across your share of street closures, construction and roadwork. Much of the activity is part of Project 180, an ambitious $140 million makeover to beautify downtown Oklahoma City. Renovating more than 180 acres (hence the name), Project 180 is adding public art, landscaping, decorative street lighting, marked bike lanes and on-street parking spaces.

Already the work has resulted in a dynamic transformation of the Myriad Botanical Gardens and Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory, with more improvements – including a children’s discovery park, restaurant and ice-skating rink – still to come. For more information, check out the Project 180 website.

downtown, Project 180
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Thursday evenings just got awesome

Oklahoma City’s skyline is changing, and you have the chance to see it up close – all while enjoying a tasty beverage and good company. Each Thursday, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art hosts Cocktails on the Skyline. This weekly event gives you access to the museum’s fantastic Roof Terrace and a terrific view of downtown Oklahoma City, all while offering a full bar, complimentary chips and salsa, a fun environment and great live music. The Roof Terrace opens at 5 p.m. and rocks until 10 p.m. And don’t worry – there are back up plans in place in case of rain or extreme heat or wind.

downtown, museums, music, nightlife, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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