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Tuesday, December 12, 2017

A night at the theatre

Oklahoma City Ballet the Nutcracker

We don’t know about you, but nothing gets us in the holiday spirit quite like the classics (although the BC Clark jingle and lights of Automobile Alley are close). One line from “A Christmas Carol” puts an end to our inner Grinch quicker than you can say Tiny Tim. The great thing about living in Oklahoma City is just about every night in December you can catch one of your favorite holiday classics being performed.

Lyric Theater’s annual performance of “A Christmas Carol” is an Oklahoma City favorite. This is the seventh year of Lyric’s performing the Dickens classic, and you can catch the run through Dec. 24. If you miss this, you might get some unwanted visits from your ghost of Christmas Past.

Running through Dec. 19, you can experience the Oklahoma City Ballet’s rendition of the Nutcracker at the Civic Center Music Hall. In our opinion, the Nutcracker is a great way to introduce people to the ballet.

arts and culture, ballet, holiday, Plaza District, theater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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December in OKC


It is a new month, and that means another great video from our friends at the Convention and Visitors Bureau highlighting all there is to do in the 4-0-5 this month. Check out the link for information on the Nutcracker, NRHA Futurity Show, Red Earth Tree Festival and more. These videos are great to share with out of town family and friends to let them know all the fun they are missing in OKC.

ballet, holiday, horse show, attractions
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Getting around

Skydance Bridge over I 40 at night

Don’t know your I-40s from your I-35s? What exactly is a Broadway Extension and why is it extended to begin with? Learning to get around your new hometown is one of the most overwhelming aspects of relocating. If you are wondering about anything from bus service to our airport, be sure to visit the transportation page of our website. When you combine Oklahoma City’s efficient traffic grid with the fact it sits at the center of several major interstates, it is easy to see why the metro has one of the shortest commute averages in the U.S.  In Oklahoma City, it is simply easier to get around. Next year it is going to get even easier when the Oklahoma City Streetcar makes its debut.

public transportation, community
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Artist in residence

Skirvin Hilton

Some might call the Skirvin’s Artist in Residence a hidden gem in Oklahoma City. As part of the program, the Skirvin offers its one-of-a-kind studio space to world-class artists. The unique program gives visitors a chance to interact with the artist and get a first-hand look at their process.

The current artist-in-residence will be Marissa Raglin. Raglin is a local visual artist who works in collage and resin. As the 2017-18 Skirvin Hilton Artist in Residence, Raglin will create a new body of collage work. Raglin will also help guests make their own postcards using vintage pictures. 

The opening reception happens tonight from 5 to 7 p.m. and will include free drinks and snacks. The opening reception will also coincide with the lighting of the Skirvin’s holiday tree. Don’t worry if you can’t make tonight’s reception because Raglin will be exhibiting at the Skirvin until next September.

arts and culture, holiday
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: December 12 - December 18, 2017

OKC Pop Up Shops

Tuesday, December 12
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Pan’s Labyrinth; 6:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.
Robert Earl Keen’s Fam-O-Lee Back to Country Jamboree; 9 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Tickets are $35.

Wednesday, December 13
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Batman Returns; 6:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol; 7: 30 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, December 14
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; All Day; Midtown; Entry is free.
Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Sioux Falls Skyforce vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol; 7: 30 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, December 15
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; All Day; Midtown; Entry is free.
Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
The Nutcracker; 7 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol; 8 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, December 16
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Devon Saturdays with Santa; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; This event is free.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; All Day; Midtown; Entry is free.
Shops at Myriad Gardens; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; This event is free.
Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes; 11 a.m., 3 p.m. & 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing; Noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Entry prices vary.
The Nutcracker; 2 & 7 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol; 2 & 8 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.
Agua Caliente Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, December 17
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; All Day; Midtown; Entry is free.
Shops at Myriad Gardens; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; This event is free.
Home Alone; 10:30 a.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.
LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing; Noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Entry prices vary.
Home Alone 2; 1:30 p.m..; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.
Marvel Universe Live! Age of Heroes; 2 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
The Nutcracker; 2 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol; 2 & 7 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma City Holiday River Parade; 6 p.m.; Boathouse District; This event is free.

Monday, December 18
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing; Noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Entry prices vary.
This is Spinal Tap; 6:30 p.m..; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.
Denver Nuggets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
The Nutcracker; 7 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Winter wonderland 

Myriad Gardens in the snow

We like to brag about the weather in Oklahoma City. Most days are sunny and clear, and we get to enjoy all four seasons. That being said, once in a blue moon, we will get hit with a winter storm.

While it is nice if you get a day to break out your snow tube, sometimes you do have to get around. The good news is the City of Oklahoma City does an excellent job of maintaining snow routes if we get snow. The routes allow you to access all parts of Oklahoma City and you can find them here.

We recommend you go ahead and bookmark that page because in addition to snow routes, you can find winter driving tips, regional snow routes, definitions for winter weather advisories and so much more. In our experience, you probably won’t need any of it, but as the old saying goes “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”

weather
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Rockstar

live music in Bricktown

As we talked about a while back, the opening of several new music venues in Oklahoma City has led to a surge in live music in OKC. No matter what kind of music you like, there has never been a better time to be a music fan living in the 4-0-5. If you haven’t checked out any live music lately, what are you waiting for? December is a great month to get started. Lady Gaga and the Trans-Siberian Orchestra are making stops at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. John Moreland and Steve Earle hit the Tower Theatre. If you like your rock a little harder check out some of the acts coming to the Diamond Ballroom this month. We’ve been noticing tickets at a lot of venues seem to be going pretty quickly. If you are poking around looking for a show in December, you might as well look ahead to 2018 while you are at it. You wouldn’t want to miss out on your favorite artist coming through.  

P.S.- Be sure to check out our weekly Things to Do and See post because we always try and highlight great live music in OKC.

live music, concerts
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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The Art of Oklahoma

OKC MOA

In celebration of the 110th anniversary of Oklahoma statehood, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art recently debuted their Art of Oklahoma exhibit. Open through August of 2018, the exhibit honors art either created by Oklahomans or the cities and landscapes they call home. The exhibit features art from John Steuart Curry, Oscar Brousse Jacobson and more.

arts and culture, museums
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: December 5 - December 11, 2017

Chesapeake Energy Arena

Tuesday, December 5
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
The Outsiders; 6:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, December 6
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol; 7: 30 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, December 7
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; All Day; Midtown; Entry is free.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol; 7: 30 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, December 8
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; All Day; Midtown; Entry is free.
Festive Fridays: Santa Paws; 6:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Animaniacs; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol; 8 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, December 9
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; All Day; Midtown; Entry is free.
Shops at Myriad Gardens; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; This event is free.
LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing; Noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Entry prices vary.
The Nutcracker; 2 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol; 2 & 8 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.
Lady Gaga; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, December 10
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; All Day; Midtown; Entry is free.
Shops at Myriad Gardens; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; This event is free.
LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing; Noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Entry prices vary.
The Nutcracker; 2 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol; 2 & 7 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra; 3 & 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, December 11
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; All Day; Midtown; Entry is free.
The Blues Brothers; 6:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Decembering up downtown

Devon Ice Rink

The calendar is about to change from November to December which means one thing…. Downtown in December! If you are new to our fair city, you might be wondering what exactly is Downtown in December. Basically, downtown Oklahoma City turns into a winter wonderland of holiday cheer.

The very best thing about Downtown in December is most of the activities and events are free. Here are some of our favorite events, but be sure to check out their website for more.

  • Devon Ice Rink
    The ice rink is open at Myriad Botanical Gardens and is ready for you and your friends, family and/or honey lambs to make some memories whilst making lazy circles in the ice and doing your best to stay level and off your backside. Click here for schedule and prices.
  • SandRidge Santa Run
    Run a 5K with various Santas, elves, reindeer and other assorted Christmasy characters as you work off some of that cranberry sauce and sweet potato casserole (either in or out of a costume). It’s an all-ages event, with a Kid’s Dash and 1-mile Fun Run part of the festivities as well. Saturday, Dec. 9 is the day and activities begin at 8:45 a.m. at SandRidge Energy, 123 Robert S. Kerr. Get more info here.
  • Devon’s Saturdays with Santa
    Each Saturday in December the world famous Santa Claus will be at the Devon Energy Center to hear want toys your kids want under the tree. Learn more here.
family-friendly, festivals, holiday, kids, outdoor recreation, running, downtown
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Last one down

Snow Tubbing

Get ready to snow tube your colorful woolen socks off starting at the LifeShare Winterfest. One of our favorite holiday traditions is cruising down one of the country’s largest manmade snow-tubbing slides at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark each year. Check hours and prices here.

family-friendly, festivals, holiday, downtown
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Hope you’re on the good list

OKC Pop Up Shops

With another Black Friday in the books, that means it is officially shopping season. If parking lot fighting is not your thing, or if you are looking for a gift on the unique side, why not do some pop-up shopping?

The Holiday Pop-Up Shops are back in Midtown, featuring a weekly rotating schedule of local vendors. The pop-ups are open now and will run through December 13.

local goods, retail, shopping, holiday
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Free rides

Downtown In December

We’ve told you about some of our favorite Downtown in December activities already, but we would be remiss if we neglected to remind you to take advantage of the free water taxi rides offered Thursday – Sunday from 6-9 p.m. until December 31 (excepting Christmas Day, of course)! The narrated 20-30-minute rides allow you to check out the holiday décor as well as learn some cool facts about Oklahoma and OKC in a festive, fun-filled, family friendly atmosphere of fantasticness. If you’ve got an aversion to water, or just want to hear those sleigh bells ring-a-ling jing-jing-jingaling too, don’t fret – perhaps it’s a great time to try out a ride in a horse-drawn carriage from one of the many such vendors around downtown.

downtown, free, holiday, Bricktown
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: November 28 - December 4, 2017

OKC Thunder

Tuesday, November 28
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.

Wednesday, November 29
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Santa Cruz Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol; 7: 30 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, November 30
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; All Day; Midtown; Entry is free.
The Christmas Show; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol; 7: 30 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, December 1
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; All Day; Midtown; Entry is free.
First Fridays on the Paseo; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; 525-2688; This event is free.
Salt Lake City Stars vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Rock N’ Skate Night at the Devon Ice Rink; 7 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
The Christmas Show; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol; 8 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, December 2
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Shops at Myriad Gardens; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; This event is free.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; All Day; Midtown; Entry is free.
Devon Saturdays with Santa; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; This event is free.
LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing; Noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Entry prices vary.
The Christmas Show; 2 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol; 2 & 8 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.
Papa Roach; 7 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; 800-514-3849; Ticket prices vary.
Greensboro Swarm vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
John Moreland; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, December 3
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; All Day; Midtown; Entry is free.
LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing; Noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Entry prices vary.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol; 2 & 7 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; 524-9312; Ticket prices vary.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Messiah; 7 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Maria Bamford; 7:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, December 4
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

A helping hand

United Way Volunteering

Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday at Better Life HQ. We are suckers for piles of turkey, stuffing and weird desserts your aunt makes involving Jell-O (at least we think it is Jell-O). But the most important thing about Thanksgiving is the thanks part. We feel like there is no better way to give thanks than by giving a helping hand to those who could use one. Check out one of these great local nonprofits to get involved. Just an FYI, this is far from an exhaustive list of those doing great work in our community. You can find a more complete list here.

  • United Way: United Way of Central Oklahoma is committed to improving the health, safety, education and economic well-being of individual families in need in central Oklahoma.
  • Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity: Habitat for Humanity helps build and restore homes in Central Oklahoma.
  • City Care: Found in 1996, City Care helps provide food and shelter for the homeless.
  • Feed the Children: Feed the Children exists to end childhood hunger. It’s the cause the organization (what organization?) has championed for more than 35 years from the world headquarters located right here in OKC.
  • Positive Tomorrows: For more than 25 years, Positive Tomorrows has helped educate our metro’s homeless children.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma: BBBS helps pair kids with mentors who can provide a positive influence in their lives. 
  • Calm Waters: Provides counseling and support to children and their families who experience grief caused by death, divorce or other loss. The organization directly serves approximately 2,500 children, youth and adults in Central Oklahoma annually.
  • Central Oklahoma Humane Society: The Central Oklahoma Human Society is the largest animal-related charity in Oklahoma.
  • Infant Crisis Center: Provides essential supplies to vulnerable babies and toddlers.
  • Rebuilding Together OKC: Since 1992, Rebuilding Together OKC has repaired more than 3,000 homes, 30 non-profit facilities, and eight public school buildings with the help of 70,000 volunteers. These repairs represent a value to the community of more than $20 million.
  • Whiz Kids: The mission of City Care's Whiz Kids is to improve the well-being of inner city youth through academic tutoring and positive mentoring relationships as well as communicating spiritual and moral value.
nonprofit, volunteer, community
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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What we’re thankful for

MAPS Whitewater Rapids

Since 2017 was such a big year for our community, and this is the week of giving thanks, we thought we would share some of the things we are thankful for.

  • A River’s Rise: The Oklahoma River continues to be an unexpected gem in the heart of downtown.
  • MAPS 3: The landmark initiative continues to make huge strides as we see more and more projects take shape.
  • The citizens: This year the citizens of OKC approved a $1.2 billion infrastructure investment to improve their community.
  • The Thunder: This year marks a decade of Thundering Up in OKC.
  • Innovation: Oklahoma City took the first steps in creating an innovation district based on the results of a Brookings/Project for Public Spaces study on OKC.
  • Beer: Recent changes in state law have resulted in an explosion of craft breweries in the metro.
  • Live music: The opening of several new venues have brought the live music scene in Oklahoma City to another level.
  • Tinker: This year marked the 75th anniversary of Tinker Air Force Base.
community, Innovation District, live music, MAPS, Oklahoma River, Thunder, Tinker, beer
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Sign ‘em up

OKC Skydance Bridge and Skyline

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

Oklahoma City, moving
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Charter school options in OKC

Lunch Time at John Rex

In Greater Oklahoma City, options are the name of the game when it comes to education. The metro has a great array of public, private and charter schools that provide flexibility in finding the right fit for your kids. In the past we’ve highlighted both the public and private schools in our area. Today we are going to shed a little light on OKC’s growing charter school options.

Charter schools are public schools established by contract with sponsors and often promote a specific curriculum and learning style. Several Greater Oklahoma City school districts are authorized by state law to have charter schools -- Choctaw-Nicoma Park, Edmond, Mid-Del, Moore, Mustang, Oklahoma City and Putnam City.

In the Oklahoma City district alone there are 18 charter schools providing education for students between kindergarten and 12th grade. More than 850 students are enrolled in charter schools in the district.

If you want more information on charter schools be sure to visit our website. There you will find a comprehensive list of schools and frequently asked questions about charter schools in OKC.  

kids, school, education
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: November 21 - November 27, 2017

Bricktown Christmas Tree

Tuesday, November 21
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Yo Gotti; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.
Planes, Trains & Automobiles; 6 & 9 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, November 22
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Willie Nelson; 8 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, November 23
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.

Friday, November 24
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; All Day; Midtown; Entry is free.
LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing; Noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Entry prices vary.
Erie Bayhawks vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 2 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Bricktown Tree Lighting; 5 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; This event is free.
Detroit Pistons vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Tank & Leela James; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.
The Crystal Method; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, November 25
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; All Day; Midtown; Entry is free.
LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing; Noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Entry prices vary.
Agua Caliente Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 2 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
My So Called Band; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, November 26
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; All Day; Midtown; Entry is free.
LifeShare Winterfest & Snow Tubing; Noon, 2 p.m. & 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Entry prices vary.

Monday, November 27
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.

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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A Better Life: climate

Family enjoying outdoor BBQ

If you are someone who enjoys four seasons, Oklahoma City is the place for you. The Summers are sunny, falls are crisp, winters give you plenty of excuses for hot chocolate and the springs bring plenty of rain. Weather in Oklahoma changes with the seasons, providing a climate that has a little something in store for everyone.

Oklahoma City experiences each of the four seasons distinctly, while enjoying clear skies (65 percent of the time), clean air and an average annual temperature of 60 degrees. Whether you are a resident or visitor, time spent in Oklahoma City will leave you with a favorite season.

To learn more about what to expect out of weather in Oklahoma and how to prepare, head over to the Climate section of www.abetterlifeokc.com.

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A Better Life: health

Family exercising on trails

When it comes to living a healthy lifestyle, Oklahoma City is putting its money where its mouth is by investing in world-class health amenities. Recent investments in trails, bike lanes and the Oklahoma River have made OKC an outdoor lover’s dream. Oklahoma City is home to a wide variety of active living experiences, ranging from 140 miles of walking, running, bicycling, and skating trails to 26,000 square feet of terrain for skateboarding, in-line skating and BMX freestyle biking and even whitewater rafting and kayaking.

To learn more about active living opportunities and health care options in Oklahoma City, check out the Health section of www.abetterlifeokc.com.

Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation, running, water sports, cycling
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Be our friend

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Next time you’re scrolling through your social media, go ahead and type ‘Better Life OKC’ into the search engine because we want to be friends (if we aren’t already). Click the Follow/Like  button and check out what’s going on around Oklahoma City so you don’t miss any of the fun happening in the 4-0-5.

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Get iced

Downtown In December Ice Skating

It’s time to pull out your sequined leotard, channel your inner Dorothy Hamill, Nancy Kerrigan, Scott Hamilton or Michelle Kwan and head downtown to lace up a pair of skates. The Devon Ice Rink is back at the Myriad Botanical Gardens beginning November 10th through January 28th. Plan an afternoon of fun with your little ones, an adventurous staff holiday party, or a cozy date night on ice.

Times and prices vary depending on day of the week, so be sure to click here to plan your outing.

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Things to Do & See: November 14 - November 20, 2017

Christmas in Automobile Alley

Tuesday, November 14
2017 AQHA World Championship Show; All Day; State Fair Park; (806) 376-4811.
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
The Fifth Element; 6:30 & 9:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Texas Legends vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, November 15
2017 AQHA World Championship Show; All Day; State Fair Park; (806) 376-4811.
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Chicago Bulls vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Old Crow Medicine Show; 8 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, November 16
2017 AQHA World Championship Show; All Day; State Fair Park; (806) 376-4811.
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Celebrate Statehood Day; 10:30 a.m.; Oklahoma Hall of Fame and Gaylord-Pickens Museum; 235-4458; This event is free.

Friday, November 17
2017 AQHA World Championship Show; All Day; State Fair Park; (806) 376-4811.
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Chris Stapleton; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Trippie Redd; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
The Lovin’ Spoonful; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, November 18
2017 AQHA World Championship Show; All Day; State Fair Park; (806) 376-4811.
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Lights on Broadway; 4 to 8 p.m.; Automobile Alley; This event is free.
Mandolin Orange; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, November 19
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Ring of Honor Wrestling; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Rudolph the Red Nose Reindeer; 7 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-1586; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, November 20
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.

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Tuesday, November 7, 2017

A river’s rise

Riversport Rapids

In many ways, the story of the Oklahoma River and the modern-day renaissance of Oklahoma City go hand-in-hand. The river and Oklahoma City had many ups and downs during their first century before the original MAPS program jumpstarted an unprecedented rebirth for both.  

To help tell that story, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber recently launched a new storytelling feature on www.greateroklahomacity.com/river depicting the rise of Oklahoma City’s river.

“A River’s Rise” walks the reader through the history of the Oklahoma River from the Land Run of 1889 to today. Each of the six chapters cover an important aspect of the river’s renovation, from its roots as an important water source for early settlers and a venue for entertainment offerings like Delmar Gardens at the turn of the 20th Century, to the more recent addition of the RIVERSPORT Rapids Whitewater Center and hosting the 2016 Olympic trials for whitewater kayaking.

Each chapter of the story offers the chance to engage with more contextual content, with links to news archives about Oklahoma City’s hosting of the Olympic Festival of 1989 and videos capturing the original vision for the boathouses that now dot the banks of the Oklahoma River, all to tell Oklahoma City’s story more fully.

So check out “A River’s Rise” and be sure to share it with you friends and family.

MAPS, Oklahoma City history, Oklahoma River
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Celebrating those who served

45th Invantry Division Museum

As we’ve talked about before, Oklahoma City’s ties to the military run deep. This weekend is Veterans Day, and events across Oklahoma City will give you plenty of opportunities to celebrate America’s armed forces and honor those who have served.

  • The annual Veterans Day service at the 45th Infantry Division Museum will take place at 10 a.m. on Nov. 11. Pay tribute to the men and women of the military at this patriotic ceremony, which includes a helicopter flyover, massing of the colors and guest speakers. More information.
  • Midwest City will hold their annual Veterans Day Parade on Friday, Nov. 10 at 10 a.m. The parade begins at Century Boulevard and Southeast 15th Street. More information.
  • On Nov. 11, the Oklahoma City Zoo will offer free entry to all active duty, active reserve and retirees of the military. More information.

If you know of any events we didn’t mention, please include them in the comments or give us a shout on Facebook or Twitter.

holiday, military, museums, zoo
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Oklahoma City and the military

USS Oklahoma

Veterans Day may only occupy one day on the calendar, but in Oklahoma City you can learn about this community’s military history year round.

Did you know there have been two different USS Oklahoma City ships? There is currently a submarine christened the USS Oklahoma City that served in the Persian Gulf. There was also a light cruiser named the USS Oklahoma City with an interesting history that served in World War II and the Vietnam War.

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

The Thunderbirds continued to serve after WWII until January 1969, and their legacy lives on today at the museum honoring the accomplishments of the division. Admission is free to this 27,000-square-foot attraction.

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

history, holiday, military, museums, parks
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November in OKC

November is a busy month in OKC, but don’t worry because our friends at the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau have you covered with their November in OKC video. This month they even brought along a very special guest, Thunder defensive wizard Andre Roberson. Get fired up with six Thunder home games this month, Downtown in December festivities kicking off, Chris Stapleton at the Chesapeake Energy arena and so much more.

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Things to Do & See: November 7 - November 13, 2017

Downtown In December Ice Skating

Tuesday, November 7
2017 AQHA World Championship Show; All Day; State Fair Park; (806) 376-4811.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Rent; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-1586; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, November 8
2017 AQHA World Championship Show; All Day; State Fair Park; (806) 376-4811.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Rent; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-1586; Ticket prices vary.
Penny & Sparrow; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, November 9
2017 AQHA World Championship Show; All Day; State Fair Park; (806) 376-4811.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Mistletoe Market; All Day; Cox Convention Center; 843-5668; Admission prices vary.
Rent; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-1586; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, November 10
2017 AQHA World Championship Show; All Day; State Fair Park; (806) 376-4811.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Mistletoe Market; All Day; Cox Convention Center; 843-5668; Admission prices vary.
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Dustin Lynch; 7 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; (800) 514-3849; Ticket prices vary.
Live on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; 367-9403; Free.
Rent; 8 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-1586; Ticket prices vary.
Los Lobos; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
L.A. Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 8 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, November 11
2017 AQHA World Championship Show; All Day; State Fair Park; (806) 376-4811.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Mistletoe Market; All Day; Cox Convention Center; 843-5668; Admission prices vary.
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Rent; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-1586; Ticket prices vary.
Rainbows Are Free; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, November 12
2017 AQHA World Championship Show; All Day; State Fair Park; (806) 376-4811.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Rent; 1:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-1586; Ticket prices vary.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, November 13
2017 AQHA World Championship Show; All Day; State Fair Park; (806) 376-4811.
Ray Harryhausen – Mythical Menagerie; Regular Museum Hours; Science Museum Oklahoma.
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.

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Tuesday, October 31, 2017

MAPS 3 update

Scissortail Park Groundbreaking

So we tend to talk about the MAPS projects a lot. A whole lot. Just type in MAPS to our search bar and you will see an abundance of content. In our defense, MAPS is a pretty big deal around these parts. The program helped jump start our city’s modern renaissance and a lot of great things around our city can be traced back to one of the programs (Oklahoma River, Thunder, Bricktown Canal, etc.).

If you are new to Oklahoma City here is a brief refresher on each MAPS program:

The MAPS 3 projects are well underway and they will help change the face of OKC over the next couple of years. We thought it would be a great time to give a quick update on all the projects. It is important to remember that MAPS projects are built debt-free. That helps keep our city in great financial shape, but also means the projects take a little longer to build.

  • Downtown Convention Center- The design of the new convention center has been approved and construction crews will break ground in early 2018. Also, an agreement was reached with Omni to operate an attached convention center hotel.
  • Scissortail Park- Construction has begun on the new 70-acre park. The park will include everything from a café to sports facilities and a lake. The name was chosen from an online vote of residents.
  • Oklahoma City Streetcar- If you have been downtown lately, you know construction on the streetcar lines are well underway. Service is set to begin late next year.
  • RIVERSPORT Rapids- One of the first projects to be completed, you can now whitewater raft in the heart of downtown.
  • Bennett Event Center- Completed earlier this year, the Bennett Events Center added 279,000 square feet of exhibit space to State Fair Park.
  • Senior Health and Wellness Centers- The first center has opened and membership has exceeded projections. Three more centers will open throughout the city over the next three years.
  • Trails- This $40 million project will bring three new trail systems to OKC’s already robust network. The West River Trail is already complete with two more trails finishing up before the end of next year.
  • Sidewalks- This ongoing project is bringing much-needed sidewalks to every part of the city. Click here for a map of the progress.
Bricktown, downtown, MAPS, Oklahoma River, Thunder
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