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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Things to Do & See: March 22 - March 28, 2016

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Tuesday, March 22
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Bakersfield Jam vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Cinderella; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2584; Ticket prices vary.
Deuce Days/Jazz Night; 7 to 10 p.m.; Deep Deuce; Event is free.

Wednesday, March 23
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Bringing Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Cinderella; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2584; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, March 24
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Cinderella; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2584; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, March 25
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
First Robotics; 8:30 a.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Event is free.
Oklahoma Employment Security Commission Job Fair; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Chevy Bricktown Event Center; 234-5000; Event is free.
Texas Legends vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Cinderella; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2584; Ticket prices vary.
Bleu Edmonson; 9:30 p.m.; Wormy Dog Saloon; 60-1-6276; Tickets are $10.

Saturday, March 26
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
First Robotics; 8:30 a.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Event is free.
Industry Flea; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Midtown; Event is free.
Cinderella; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2584; Ticket prices vary.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC vs. OKC Energy FC; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-5425; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, March 27
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Cinderella; 2 & 7 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2584; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, March 28
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Take flight in OKC

Tinker Planes

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

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

Will Rogers World Airport is another hub of Greater Oklahoma City's aviation industry is with approximately 10,000 employees and 67 tenants. A recent $10 million renovation nearly doubled the size of the terminal, as well as expanded and updated amenities to make traveling more enjoyable for the 3.7 million passengers it serves every year.

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

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Making a mark on aviation history

While the Wright brothers may not have hailed from Oklahoma, plenty of other aviation pioneers did, allowing Oklahoma to leave an indelible mark on the industry’s history. Aviation pioneers Clyde Cessna, Will Rogers, Shannon Lucid, Wiley Post, and John “Lee” Atwood all contributed to the craft of aviation while living in Oklahoma, with Will Rogers and Wiley Post both calling Oklahoma “home” for the majority of their lives.

Post first made headlines in 1931 when he and his navigator broke the record by flying around the world in just eight days (hey, it was 1931). This accomplishment made Post a national celebrity (on par with Charles Lindbergh). In 1933, he became the first person to fly solo around the world. For most people, that would be enough accomplishment for a lifetime, but not for Mr. Post. He also developed one of the first pressure suits and discovered the jet stream (all while wearing an amazing eye patch).

Another Oklahoma aviation and military pioneer is Major Gen. Clarence Tinker, who was born in Osage Nation near Pawhuska, Okla., in 1887. He began his distinguished military service in 1912, when he was commissioned into the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant. During World War I, he rose in rank to major, and in 1919 he was transferred to the place where he would spend the bulk of his career, the Air Corps.

After rising through the ranks, he was named Commander of the Seventh Air Force in Hawaii after the attacks on Pearl Harbor. In 1942, Tinker was promoted to major general, becoming the first Native American to reach that rank and the highest-ranking officer with Native American ancestry in the U.S. Army at that time. Tinker demonstrated the hands-on, get-things-done nature of Oklahomans when he personally led a force of B-24s against the retreating Japanese naval forces during the Battle of Midway on June 7.

During that battle, Tinker became the first American general killed during World War II, but his legacy was commemorated in a lasting way a few months later when the Oklahoma City Air Depot was named Tinker Field in his honor. That air depot served its country faithfully during World War II and is still serving faithfully today as Tinker Air Force Base and the Air Force Sustainment Center.

aerospace, aviation, history
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Stay weather aware this spring

Skydance Bridge

Spring in Oklahoma City brings a lot of activities that we look forward to each year – the blooms at Myriad Gardens, patio season at our favorite restaurants, the start of the OKC Dodgers season – but it also brings with it an increased likelihood of severe weather. Since OKC recently changed its tornado siren policy, it is important for both long-time residents and OKC newbies to review the changes.

Oklahoma City’s new tornado siren policy makes it more important than ever to immediately take shelter and get more information when you hear a siren. In previous years, OKC sounded all of its sirens within a county affected by a National Weather Service (NWS) tornado warning. For example, if the NWS issued a tornado warning in Cleveland County, Oklahoma City sounded all of its Cleveland County sirens. As a result, people could hear sirens far away from tornado threats.

The important new policy change divides OKC into zones. When the NWS issues a tornado warning, only the sirens in zones covered by the warning will sound. Residents and visitors don’t need to know what zone they’re in, only to immediately take shelter and get more information if they hear a siren. Oklahoma City will continue to test its sirens every Saturday at noon unless there is a threat of severe weather.

Emergency management officials recommend you have more than one way to get warnings and other information about storms. Information sources include NOAA weather radios, smartphone apps, television news, traditional radios and online news and weather websites.

People with disabilities can receive alerts and warnings from the city’s Accessible Hazard Alert System (AHAS). Go to okc.ahasalerts.com to learn more.

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

weather center in the fall

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 before potentially dangerous storms hit. 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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Things to Do & See: March 15 - March 21, 2016

NCAA Basketball

Tuesday, March 15
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Spring Break Pop-Ins; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission is free ($2 suggested donations).
Deuce Days/Jazz Night; 7 to 10 p.m.; Deep Deuce; Event is free.

Wednesday, March 16
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Bringing Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.

Thursday, March 17
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Spring Break Pop-Ins; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission is free ($2 suggested donations).
St. Patrick’s Day at the Gardens; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 445-7080; Admission is free ($2 suggested donations).
Orchid Show Guided Weekly Tour; 2 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Free with admission to Crystal Bridge.

Friday, March 18
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend; 10:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship; 12:30 & 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Kristin Chenoweth in Concert!; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2584; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, March 19
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend; 10:30 a.m., 2 & 5:30 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Kristin Chenoweth in Concert!; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2584; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, March 20
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship; TBA; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend; 10:30 a.m., 1 & 4:30 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Il Volo; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2584; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, March 21
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 8, 2016

I o’love an o’parade

St. Patrick's Day postcard 1908

OK, we know that title doesn’t really make any sense. But this does: The O’City St. Patrick’s Fest & Parade is Saturday, March 12, starting at 11 a.m.! I love a parade, you love a parade, we all love a parade, especially when there’s fancy outfits involved. Well, we’re in luck: from Reno and Hudson, floats, clowns, animals, and even more manifestations of pure raw fun will indeed parade east toward the Bricktown Ballpark in a flash of Irish-inspired green-garbed glory. Join in the fun! Sláinte!

For more information: http://www.ocityparade.com/.

holiday, parade, family-friendly
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Block party in b-town

Irish flag (220399586)

No silent alarm here – we’re sounding the laudatory bell for the Bricktown St. Patrick’s Day Block Party. Conveniently, the 27th annual event starts at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, so after the O’City parade, check out loads of live music, imbibe some green beer (as well as some awesome naturally-colored local craft beer!) and have some tasty eats from area food trucks right there at Reno and Oklahoma Avenue. The party lasts until midnight, so there’s plenty of time to enjoy that day ‘o the year when everyone’s Irish.

Performers:
3 p.m. – Rocky Kanaga
4 p.m. – Empire Grey
5 p.m. – Denver Duncan
6 p.m. – Bowlsey
7 p.m. – Squad Live
9 p.m. – Josh Sallee
10 p.m. – My So-Called Band

More info: http://www.bricktownokc.com/

nightlife, beer, Bricktown, food, holiday, live music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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A St. Paddy’s garden party

St Patrick's Day

You won’t want to get ejected from the Myriad Botanical Gardens on Thursday, March 17 (which, weekend celebrations aside, is actually St. Patrick’s Day), as the Great Event Lawn and Band Shell will be full of myriad opportunities to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. In addition to craft activities for the kids, there will be shows by the Oklahoma Academy of Irish Dance Performance, Celtic folk band Three Ravens, and bag piping by Oklahoma Scottish Pipes and Drums. You can even get a lesson in Irish step dancing with instructor Chelsea Baron, and then show off your new-found skills afterward by dancing on the Water Stage with the Three Ravens. Cushlamachree! The MBG draws a lot of water in this town, and for good reason, so get out there and go mingle Irish-style with the many other interested parties.

Get more info at http://oklahomacitybotanicalgardens.com/events/st-patricks-day-at-the-gardens/.

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Drink through the decades at your very own OKC time-traveling pub crawl

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On St. Patrick’s Day, if you’re lucky enough to be Irish, this is one of those times where “stereotype threat” actually works in your favor. But even if you’re not, check this out: Did you know that you can virtually travel through time simply by visiting and imbibing at several of our area establishments? Whether it’s in honor of St. Patrick or just in honor of St. Regulus (you know, a regular day), and whether you’re a history lover and/or a lush, you’re in luck, regardless of genetics. But hey, leave the DeLorean at home, time-traveling tipplers – consider a limo or a taxi or some sort of ride-sharing arrangement (please see some suggestions to that end below).

  • ‘20s – ‘30s – 51st Street Speakeasy
  • ‘30s – ‘40s – WSKY
  • ‘50s – ‘60s – R&J’s Supper Club
  • ‘70s – Rockford
  • ‘80’s – Flashback Retropub
  • Modern – RePUBlic Gastropub
  • Bring it back full circle (modern with a classy retro touch) - Sidecar

Your friendly TBL staff was trying to think of a ‘90s place, but the best we could think of is maybe hitting up a bar that hasn’t changed much for 20 years, and we wouldn’t want you (or the fine folks at the bar, for that matter) to accidentally take that in the pejorative. So, unintentional backhanded compliments aside, one thing you could do to get your ‘90s fix in a truly excellent way would be to go to the next My So-Called Band show (who happen to be headlining the Bricktown Block Party above)!

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Things to Do & See: March 8 - March 14, 2016

Plaza District Festival

Tuesday, March 8
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Spring Break Pop-Ins; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission is free ($2 suggested donations).
Deuce Days/Jazz Night; 7 to 10 p.m.; Deep Deuce; Event is free.
Jim Brickman: The Platinum Tour; 7:30 p.m.; OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater; 682-7579; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, March 9
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Bringing Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
An Evening with Lyle Lovett & Robert Earl Keen; 8 p.m.; OKC Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. LA Clippers; 8:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, March 10
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Spring Break Pop-Ins; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission is free ($2 suggested donations).
Oklahoma City Blue vs. Reno Bighorns; 11 a.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Orchid Show Guided Weekly Tour; 2 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Free with admission to Crystal Bridge.

Friday, March 11
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Minnesota Timberwolves; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Live on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; 367-9403; Free

Saturday, March 12
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O’City St. Patrick’s Parade & Fest; 11 a.m.; Downtown OKC; 218-9300; Event is free.
Winter Jam; 5:45 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma City Blue vs. Reno Bighorns; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, March 13
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Madea on the Run; 3 & 7:30 p.m.; OKC Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, March 14
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Get outdoors for spring break

While Oklahoma City’s new whitewater rafting facility, the RIVERSPORT Rapids, won’t hold its grand opening until May, you can get a sneak peek on March 12 when a new zip line and three massive slides will open (the rumor is the slides are the tallest in the U.S.) on the river.

If you don’t want to head to the river there is still plenty of Oklahoma to explore. Oklahoma’s March weather can be a bit unpredictable and sometimes ranges from hot to cold and windy to calm, but it’s usually easy to enjoy the outdoors.

First, take a look at Oklahoma’s State Parks, many of which are just a short drive away. See the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department’s website, TravelOK.com, for more things to do.

You can plan your perfect getaway based on your interests. The closest state park is Lake Thunderbird State Park in Norman and is a good way to get your kids outside – on a boat, for a picnic, at the park’s archery range, on the playground and along one of its swim beaches (although it will likely be a little cold for that in March).

The range of activities offered at state parks includes golfing, disc golf, hiking, horseback riding, swimming and even cave exploring (check out the Alabaster Caverns State Park near Freedom).

Some areas of interest worth exploring that aren’t on the state parks’ list include the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service near Lawton, Quartz Mountain Nature Park in southwest Oklahoma and the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve operated by the Nature Conservancy.

Get a move on, and enjoy Spring Break in Oklahoma.

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Spring break camps cater to many interests and help with child care

If you have to work or want to stay closer to Oklahoma City, sign up your child for one of the area’s many spring break programs. Here are a few ideas, both for dropping off or participating with your children:

  • The Oklahoma City Zoo offers spring break day camps for children ages 4 to 11. You can go all week or select full days or half days (cost is $45 per day from 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. and $25 per day for 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.). Kids will make tasty treats and deliver them each day to the animals, and the zoo will offer other ways to connect them with nature.
  • Sign your child up for Spring Break Science Camp at Science Museum Oklahoma, located in the Adventure District next to the zoo. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, elementary school kids will make things that fly; get dirty with chemistry, bugs and slime; play with water and more on different adventures each day. Cost for the week is $225 for members and $250 for nonmembers, but spots fill up quickly and as of this post, first through third grade slots are already full. But check out other activities at the museum as well.
  • The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63, is offering spring break activities that include weaving, metalworking, water color and more from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 14-18. It is free with museum admission.
  • The Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City is offering Spring Break Pop-Ins from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays from March 8 through 17. They’ll feature walk-up activities that include garden crafts, planting seeds or going on a scavenger hunt. Cost is a suggested $2 donation per child.
  • Oklahoma Contemporary is offering Spring Arts Camps over two sessions, March 7-11 and March 14-18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Tuition is $170 and $40 more if your child needs an extended time there. Depending on the age and session they choose, students will create sci-fi videos, create art projects based on a space theme, explore art and music, work with clay and more.
  • The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is offering spring break arts camps from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 15-18 (Tuesday through Friday). Some are sold out, but children ages 6- to 8 can work with color and abstraction, while 9- to 12-year-olds will be photographing downtown.
  • The Lyric Theatre Thelma Gaylord Academy is offering Spring Break Theatre Camps from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 14 to 18 for the second through eighth grades. Cost is $225.
  • In the Boathouse District, kids ages 8 to 15 can take part in its Spring Break Adventure Camps either at the Oklahoma River or at Lake Overholser. A half-day option is offered at the Oklahoma River, but full days are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Two of the city’s parks, Martin Park Nature Center and Will Rogers Gardens are offering a Natural Resources Camp on weekdays from March 7 to 18 for children ages 7 to 12. Cost is $275 for both sessions and $175 for a one-week session. Camp will run from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The first week will be at Will Rogers Gardens, 3400 NW 36; the second at Martin Park Nature Center, 5000 W Memorial Road.
  • Finally, look into the OKC Thunder Youth Basketball Camps, which is offering basketball workshops in different locations.

If you have a favorite local hangout for you and your children, check its website for spring break activities. Oklahoma City Public Schools are out for two weeks March 9-18, so some places offer two weeks of programs. Also, the local Metro Family Magazine has an even more comprehensive list of things to do throughout the metro. You can find all kinds of things to do each month at www.visitokc.com.

downtown, kids, museums, spring break, theater, Thunder, Adventure District, western heritage, arts and culture, zoo, basketball, Boathouse District, camps
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Hike in a park or take your children on shorter adventures, many of them free

If you don’t want that much structure or to pay so much for some spring break fun, it’s time to check out other places in the metro area. Here are some ideas:

  • The Oklahoma City Visitors Guide, produced by the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau, has more ideas for kids of all ages. Get a digital or printed copy, and browse for ideas of all ages. By the time you finish it, you won’t have enough time over spring break to do them all.
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Find a local school for you

While we’re on the subject of schools, if you’re new around here, you can learn about area schools on The Better Life website. Whether you’re interested in public or private schools, preschools or universities and those in between, take a look at the site’s education section.

In addition to the metropolitan area’s largest district, Oklahoma City Public Schools and programs tailored to different types of students, such as the Career Academies or its charter schools, there are suburban public school districts to choose as well, depending on where you live. There’s even an Oklahoma City school catering to the downtown crowd, called John Rex Charter Elementary School.

For more information about education in the state, go online to the State Department of Education’s website.

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Things to Do & See: March 1 - March 7, 2016

Tuesday, March 1
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Deuce Days/Jazz Night; 7 to 10 p.m.; Deep Deuce; Event is free.

Wednesday, March 2
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Bringing Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.

Thursday, March 3
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Orchid Show Guided Weekly Tour; 2 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Free with admission to Crystal Bridge.

Friday, March 4
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Paseo Arts District First Friday Gallery Walk; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; Event is free.
Oklahoma City Blue vs. Santa Cruz Warriors; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, March 5
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship; 11 a.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma City Blue vs. Santa Cruz Warriors; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Grieg’s Piano Concerto; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, March 6
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Downtown Home Tour; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Downtown OKC; This event is free.
Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship; 1:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, March 7
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship; 8 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Moving made easy: voting

voting booths

You probably haven’t heard but there is a small election taking place later this year. If you are new to our city (and maybe even if you aren’t) you might be wondering how to register to vote. Don’t worry, here is just about everything you need to know.

  • First, you have to register. You can do this by downloading a form online and mailing it in or by going to your county’s election board office, a tag agency, a post office, a public library or another designated public location.
  • Once you’ve registered, you’ll get a voter ID card. You’ll need to show your voter ID card or current driver’s license when you go to your precinct to vote. If you’ve already registered and are in the Oklahoma State Election Board system, find your precinct using your name and birth date here. Or get additional help here.
  • And then you vote. Statewide, polls are open at individual precincts from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on election days. Find your precinct. But you can vote early -- Request an absentee ballot in writing or through your individual county’s election board, or go in person to your county election board and participate in early voting, usually from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Thursday and Friday before the election. Check the election calendar for specifics. In Oklahoma County, the address is 4201 N Lincoln Blvd.

The Oklahoma State Election Board’s website is a good resource.

Note that even if you have a mailing address from one of our suburbs, you still might be eligible to vote in Oklahoma City – if you pay utilities to the City of OKC. Also, here are the numbers to surrounding-area local election boards (with their county seats in parentheses) if you still have questions:

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Golfing in the FORE-0-5

Golfing

With the next couple of weeks looking unseasonably warm for February and spring right around the corner, it is time to get you up to speed on Oklahoma City’s golf scene. If you are new to our great state you might be a little surprised to find out just how big golf is in the Sooner state. Yes football rules the roost and the Thunder grab most of the headlines this time of year but with an average temperature of 61 degrees and 350 sunny days a year, golf is pretty popular here.

The City of Oklahoma owns and operates five courses throughout the metro that offer great golf on any budget. Be sure to bookmark www.okcgolf.com for all the info you need to know about city courses.

  • Earlywine- Located on 11600 S. Portland, Earlywine offers 2 courses that show off the natural landscape of Oklahoma City. Earlywine has plenty of water features which make for a great view but challenging round of golf.
  • Lake Hefner- Right off scenic Lake Hefner, this golf course offers length and water hazards to challenge experienced golfers but is also enjoyable for all skill levels.
  • Lincoln Park- You’ll find two courses at Lincoln Park, both maintained at tournament conditions. Lincoln is located at 4001 NE Grand. Last year, a new $9.25 million clubhouse was opened at the course that offers an event center, restaurant, conference rooms and more.
  • Trosper Park- An OKC favorite, Trosper is a heavily wooded, 6,660-yard layout located at 2301 SE 21st St.
  • James E. Stewart- This course has been providing enjoyable golf in the heart of the city for generations. Located at 824 Fredrick Douglas Dr., James E. Stewart also partners with First Tee of Oklahoma City to introduce new generations to the sport of golf.
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Birdies might be hard to come by

The Greens

The metro also offers a plethora of golf courses both public and private not run by the city. Whether you are a beginner who wants to learn the game or a scratch golfer who wants to challenge themselves on courses that have hosted major championships for the best players in the world, a course for you is nearby.  For a more comprehensive list check below but here are some local courses that have made national headlines:

  • Oak Tree National- Oak Tree National is not only one of the most prestigious golf courses in our state but also ranks as one of the top courses in the country. The course opened in 1971 and was designed by the renowned Pete Dye. The private course has hosted multiple major golf championships including the U.S. Amateur, PGA Championship, Senior PGA Championship and U.S. Senior Open. The course is also home to no fewer than seven championship golfers from the PGA and Senior PGA.
  • Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club- Designed by Perry Maxwell and opened in 1920, this 6,947-yard course is located in the heart of Nichols Hills.
  • Gaillardia Country Club- Opened in 1998, Gaillardia has become a nationally recognized private country club and residential community. The expansive links course, designed by architect Arthur Hills and later renovated by famed player Tom Kite, can play from 5,100 yards to well over 7,300. The manicured course features generous fairways but requires precision iron play which challenges every level of skill from the astute to the beginner. The clubhouse is world renowned and has many recreational amenities including tennis, pool, fitness center, and an indoor golf learning facility.
  • Jimmy Austin Golf Club- One great advantage of having powerhouse college golf programs is they also offer top-notch courses to test your skills. You can play the same courses that have helped shape some of golf’s biggest names. In Norman, the University of Oklahoma won the 1988 NCAA Championship and has produced 16 conference titles and 50 All-Americans. Their home course is the Jimmy Austin Golf Club. This top-rated course has hosted multiple amateur golf championships in its history. Best of all, the course is open to the public.
  • Karsten Creek- This course is home to the Oklahoma State University Cowboys and Cowgirls. The Cowboys are widely regarded as one of the top programs in all of collegiate sports. The Cowboys have won 10 NCAA titles, 8 individual champions, 160 All-Americans and more than 50 conference titles. Karsten Creek was named the best new course by Golf Digest when it opened and was also named the best college course in the country by Travel & Leisure Golf Magazine. The course has hosted multiple NCAA Championships and is also open to the public.  

These are just a small sampling of great courses in the metro. For more public courses click here. To find more private courses click here. Also check out the Sporting Life on our website.

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Bucking tradition

Top Golf

Golf takes many forms. Long gone are the days of yore when golf required a club and ball. Today you can play a round of disc golf in a public park or show off your skill when it comes to putting a ball through a clown’s mouth.

Looking for a fun place to take your date after enjoying a cold Coke? Or maybe just want to have a relaxing afternoon with the family? Head out to one of OKC’s popular miniature golf courses. These establishments offer 18-holes of the finest mini-golf around and the best part is that balls and putters are included:

Like the idea of golf but don’t want to mess with clubs, golf carts and green fees? Give disc golf a try. Never head of disc golf? It is actually quite simple: think golf with a Frisbee. All you need is a Frisbee because the courses are free. Central OKC is home to several courses:

One of the newest additions to OKC is TopGolf. Never been to a TopGolf? The concept is simple, you hit golf balls towards certain targets to score points. The great thing is the balls have computer chips in them so the score is totaled by a computer. You don’t have to break out your math skills. That is a good thing because you can enjoy TopGolf while eating and enjoying your favorite adult beverages. The three-story complex allows even the most novice golfers to hit the ball a mile (not literally). TopGolf is fun for everyone in the family, from those who think they are the next Jack Nicklaus to those who don’t know the difference between a birdie and a bogey.

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Things to Do & See: February 23 - February 29, 2016

OKC Energy Player [Photo Credit: OKC Energy]

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Tuesday, February 23
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
TobyMac; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Children Reading to Dogs; 7 p.m.; Midwest City Library; 732-4828; Event is free but please register.

Wednesday, February 24
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Bringing Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Bringing Gardens to Life; 11 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room; 445-7080; $2 for members and $3 for non-members. 

Thursday, February 25
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Orchid Show Guided Weekly Tour; 2 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Free with admission to Crystal Bridge.
Brantley Gilbert; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, February 26
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Chess Club; 4 p.m.; The Village Library; 755-0710; Event is free.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, February 27
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma City Blue vs. Austin Spurs; 1 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Golden State Warriors; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma City Energy FC vs. Dallas FC; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, February 28
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Black History Month Celebration; 2 p.m.; Downtown Library; 231-8650; Event is free.

Monday, February 29
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Poetry Reading; 7 p.m.; Ralph Ellison Library; 424-1437; Event is free.

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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

On the road again

Classic car in Auto Alley

Oklahoma City has many bragging rights, one of which being its ideal location at the crossroads of America. Situated at the intersection of Interstates 35, 40 and 44, Oklahoma City has an ease of travel that not only enables you to travel from coast to coast, but also to other parts of Oklahoma in a matter of a few hours. Today, The Better Life is focusing on all points North – or at least destinations within an hour’s drive of Oklahoma City.

Edmond/Arcadia

Guthrie

Stillwater

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Edmond/Arcadia

POPs

Edmond is Oklahoma City’s neighbor to the north and one of Oklahoma’s largest cities, but its location (15.2 miles from downtown and 22.6 miles from Tinker Air Force Base) allows it to be a popular suburb for people who work all across the Oklahoma City area. And thousands of students at Oklahoma Christian University and the University of Central Oklahoma call Edmond home during their academic careers. Even if you don’t live in the area, don’t miss out on all that Edmond has to offer visitors.

If you’re still in the mood for music, enjoy some soul music at the University of Central Oklahoma’s Jazz Lab. Each week, the Jazz Lab features live entertainment, and visitors can order food and drinks from Hideaway Pizza next door. During the week, across the street, you can learn about Edmond’s history at the Edmond Historical Society and Museum.

Want to spend time outdoors? Edmond offers ways to do that, too, especially with several parks. Arcadia Lake offers trails for bicycling, motorcycles and hiking/running, boat rentals and horseback riding, among other things. Edmond has a range of other parks, as well, but two big ones with lots of trails are Mitch Park and Hafer Park. In warmer weather, you can check out two water parks: The Edmond Y Water Park and Pelican Bay Aquatic Center.

Also in far north Edmond is another architectural marvel, the Armstrong Auditorium. It is a luxury venue that hosts premier concerts and performing arts, ranging from the Russian National Ballet to classical, jazz or even bluegrass music, depending on the season.

Further north and east of Edmond, the community of Arcadia will allow you to get your kicks on Route 66 here, starting with POPS, a restaurant and gas station celebrating the original interstate highway – U.S. Route 66 – and all its history as the “Main Street of America” or the “Mother Road.” You can’t miss POPS because of the 66-foot-tall soda bottle and straw that at night lights up in a dazzling show of different colors. POPS is part future, with a bold architectural design, and part past.

Just down the road from POPS is another can’t-miss landmark, the Arcadia Round Barn, which is literally a round red barn that was built in 1898 and restored in 1992. It was used as a barn for livestock and hay storage and for dances around the turn-of-the-century, and today the 45-foot-tall barn again hosts community events.

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Guthrie

Guthrie at night

The city of Guthrie (located just 35 minutes north of Oklahoma City) was chosen as the territorial capital in the months following the Land Run of 1889, and when Oklahoma gained statehood in 1907, Guthrie became the state capital. Today, Guthrie has retained much of its territorial architecture (and charm!) to become one of the most picturesque places to visit. It stands today as a National Historic Landmark filled with examples of late 19th and early 20th Century architecture.

Here are just a few of the many ways to experience Guthrie:

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Stillwater

OSU

Home of Oklahoma State University, Stillwater is just an hour or so up the road from OKC and features plenty of diverse activities. Read on for more ideas on how to spend your time in Stillwater.

  • The National Wrestling Hall of Fame – this “shrine to the sport of wrestling” should definitely be on your Stillwater to-do list. Full of memorabilia and history, “mankind’s oldest and most basic form of recreational combat” is celebrated here. Learn about the sport’s pioneers, African-American and Latino wrestling history, America’s Olympic heroes, and more.
  • Main Street ShoppingDowntown Stillwater features that classic Main Street feel, with lots of local flavor and things to see and eat. Bike nights, Food Truck nights, and the Car and Bike Show augment the experience. Check the calendar at the link above to see what’s going down Downtown, or just head out and get your shop on.
  • Lake Fun – Stillwater’s three area reservoirs of regalement stand ready for you to visit any time of year. Lakes Blackwell, McMurtry, and Boomer offer all the typical lake fun you can stand and then some, including bird watching, mountain biking, hunting, disc golf, camping, horseback riding and trails for fitness, among other features.
  • Golf at Karsten Creek – The Stillwater area in general offers plenty for the duffers out there, but you may want to pay a special visit to Karsten Creek. Considered one of the best public courses in the nation, this Tom Fazio-designed course is the home of Oklahoma State’s golf teams, and you can play there too! Take the opportunity to grab your clubs and experience a demanding course you’re sure not to forget.

For more info, just hop over to www.visitstillwater.org.

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Things to Do & See: February 16 - February 22, 2016

Cheering thunder fan

Tuesday, February 16
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Fiesta Mexico-Americana; 7:30 p.m.; OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater; 682-7579; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, February 17
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Bringing Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.

Thursday, February 18
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Orchid Show Guided Weekly Tour; 2 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Free with admission to Crystal Bridge.
Shop Hop; 6 to 9 p.m.; Automobile Alley; Event is free.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New Orleans Pelicans; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, February 19
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Indiana Pacers; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Avenue Q; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
The Name’s Bond … James Bond; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
William Clark Green; 9:30 p.m.; Wormy Dog Saloon; 601-6276; Tickets are $8.

Saturday, February 20
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Avenue Q; 1:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
The Name’s Bond … James Bond; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, February 21
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Avenue Q; 1:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream; 2 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Celebrate Black History Month; $16; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Cleveland Cavs; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, February 22
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.

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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

2016 Oklahoma City Visitors Guide

Have some friends or family coming to town or simply need another resource to help you discover more of Oklahoma City? The Oklahoma City Vistors Guide is a magazine you need to get to know.

The 2015 version is hot off the presses and if there is fun to be had in OKC you will find the info you need inside. Everything from festival and event listings, district guides and even some ideas of free things to do dot the pages. If you want to be a true citizen of Oklahoma City be sure to check out Iconic OKC to check off stuff from your OKC bucket list. With Valentine’s Day around the corner you might even get some great ideas of how to spend that special evening with that special someone.

 

 

 

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#SEEOKC

What to OKC in February

Thanks to our partners at VisitOKC.com each month, you can take your own virtual tour with a new “What to OKC” video highlighting that month’s events and attractions. And then you can dive deeper to get area highlights and happenings, as well as local trips for your specific interest – outdoors, sports, history, the arts, nightlife and more.

The videos post to the main page of VisitOKC.com at the beginning of each month. You can check out February’s video now. You should also visit the VisitOKC YouTube channel to catch up on past videos you missed (along with other great content). 

While we at The Better Life Blog can’t imagine living anywhere else, we realize that Oklahoma City certainly would be fun to visit as well. Come join us and (OK)See.

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Valentine’s Day on a budget

Restaurant dining

Psst … Valentine’s Day is this weekend. Did you forget? Didn’t get a chance to save up your pennies and dimes to take that special someone out on the town? Luckily for you, you live in Oklahoma City. It is a well-established, scientific fact that your dollar goes further in OKC.

Did you know that if you made $35,000 working in Oklahoma City that is the equivalent of only making $14,500 in Manhattan? What kind of witchcraft did we come up with to figure those numbers? Check out our Cost of Living Calculator.

The tool gives you an in-depth break down of what basic living goods cost in each city and most times you will see Oklahoma City always comes in more affordable. Were you thinking of cooking your special someone a nice spaghetti dinner for Valentine’s Day? Good thing you are in OKC. Parmesan Cheese is currently running at $6.56 in Manhattan. Here in the 4-0-5 you can get it for just $3.90. If you just bought parmesan cheese you literally just saved nearly $3 by just living in our great city- #winning!

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Moving made easy

OKC Moving Resources

Moving to a new city can be stressful. What part of town should I live in? Should I get a house, condo or apartment? Rent or buy? Sometime you may even be looking for a job. While we here at The Better Life, we spend most of our time trying to keep you informed on great things to do in Oklahoma City. We also want to give you some practical info to help relieve any of the stress we can.

The utilities page on our website is a great starting point if you have any questions on who provides what in Oklahoma City. In Oklahoma City proper OGE Energy is our electric provider and Oklahoma Natural Gas provides, you guessed it, gas. The City of Oklahoma City takes care of water, waste and recycling. Like most major metros we have a plethora of television, phone and internet providers to choose from.

Living outside of the city? No problem we also have links to the surrounding communities where you can get more information on the utilities in your town.  

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