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Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Free in OKC

45th Infantry Division Museum

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

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

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

cost of living, free, horse show, museums, State Fair Park
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Be weather aware

Downtown OKC Skyline

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

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

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

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

Basketball

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rock the vote

Vote February 13

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

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

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

Oklahoma City, community, education, election, government
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Nothing middling about Midtown

Midtown Plaza Court

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

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

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

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

restaurants, retail, bar, housing, Midtown, nightlife
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Film Row is blending the past with the future

Film Row OKC

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

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

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

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

arts and culture, Film Row, housing, live music, restaurants, theater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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What to do in February

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

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: February 13 - February 19, 2018

Wanda Jackson

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Nonstop options

Will Rogers World Airport Terminal

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

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

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

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

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

aviation, community
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Reaching for the sky

Airplane

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

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

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

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

aerospace, business, jobs, Tinker
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Aviation giant

Our love of aerospace and aviation isn’t really a new phenomenon – it’s as big a part of our Oklahoma DNA as football or the land run.  While Oklahoma has had many famous pilots they all trace back to Oklahoma native Wiley Post. Post became an international superstar when he made the first solo flight around the world in 1933. Post also developed the first pressure suit,  allowing him to fly his famous plane, the Winnie Mae, into the stratosphere.

What some people don’t know about Post is the he didn’t begin his aviation career as a pilot. He actually started out as a parachutist in a flying circus! An oilfield injury that caused him to lose his left eye, but gave him a rad eye patch, brought an $1,800 settlement that he used to buy his first plane.

To honor the aviation giant, Oklahoma City named an airport in NW Oklahoma City in recognition.

aerospace, aviation, history, Oklahoma City history
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: February 6 - February 12, 2018

Civic Center Performance

Tuesday, February 6
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
School of Rock; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, February 7
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Prairie Classic Quarter Horse Show 2018; All Day; State Fair Park; This event is free.
Migos; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
School of Rock; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, February 8
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Prairie Classic Quarter Horse Show 2018; All Day; State Fair Park; This event is free.
A Date with the Duke; 6:30 p.m.; Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Tickets are $40.
Little Big Town; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
School of Rock; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Cameron Neal; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Friday, February 9
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Prairie Classic Quarter Horse Show 2018; All Day; State Fair Park; This event is free.
An Affair of the Heart; 9 a.m.; State Fair Park; 632-2652; Tickets are $8.
LIVE on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; This event is free.
Heisenburg; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
School of Rock; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, February 10
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Prairie Classic Quarter Horse Show 2018; All Day; State Fair Park; This event is free.
An Affair of the Heart; 9 a.m.; State Fair Park; 632-2652; Tickets are $8.
Metro Family’s Kids Fest; 11 a.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Heisenburg; 1:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Harlem Globetrotters; 2 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
School of Rock; 2 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Salt Lake City Stars vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Read Southall Band; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.
Killswitch, Engage & Anthrax; 7:30 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, February 11
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Prairie Classic Quarter Horse Show 2018; All Day; State Fair Park; This event is free.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
An Affair of the Heart; 11 a.m.; State Fair Park; 632-2652; Tickets are $8.
Heisenburg; 1:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
School of Rock; 2 & 7 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, February 12
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Free with museum admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
The Disaster Artist; 6:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Let a library card open a door

Dowtown OKC Library

There is an old saying that goes: “There is no problem a library card can’t solve.” Once you start to take advantage of all the great resources Oklahoma City’s amazing library system provides, that statement will ring pretty true.

The Metropolitan Library System serves more than 600,000 people through 19 locations in Oklahoma County. To get a card, you just have to live in Oklahoma County. And if your county is Cleveland, McClain, or Pottawatomie and you are part of the Pioneer Library System, you can still join in the Metropolitan Library System’s fun – our Oklahoma City-area libraries have a reciprocal service agreement with the Pioneer Library System, headquartered in Norman.

In addition to books, the library allows its members to check out and download eBooks (including indie and self-published works), audiobooks, magazines and music.  You can even stream video and other content from services like hoopla, Kanopy and more. The library also gives members access to online learning resources for kids and adults, with popular resources like Lynda.com and Mango Languages available at no cost. You may be able to even apply online to start downloading immediately. There are virtually no limits to the things you can learn and do as a card-carrying member of the library. Find a library near you.

education, family-friendly, free, library
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Books, yoga and more

Kids coloring

The Metropolitan Library System has a long list of activities for those who want to connect with real people in the real world. Whether you want to join a book club, pursue a hobby like tai chi or art, get healthy with exercise classes or attend a story hour with your kids, you can find something that interests you at a nearby library. Check out the events calendar and sign up for one.

family-friendly, free, library
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Ch. 1

Ralph Ellison

The first chapter in many renowned authors’ biographies takes place in Oklahoma City. Get to know your new hometown by reading the works of some of its more wordy residents.

  • Ralph Ellison, author of the 1953 National Book Award winner “Invisible Man” and Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree (1969), grew up in Oklahoma City. You can see a sculpture of him at the Oklahoma City library that bears his name or see a portrait of him at the Oklahoma State Capitol. Read more by checking out some of the books by and about him from the Metropolitan Library System.
  • Award-winning mystery writer Carolyn Hart grew up in Oklahoma City and has written 58 books, and most recently published “Ghost on the Case” in October 2017. Her standalone novel “Letter From Home,” which is set in Oklahoma, won the Agatha for Best Mystery Novel of 2003 and was a New York Times notable book that year.
  • Oklahoma City native and resident Lou Berney has written three critically-acclaimed, award-winning novels. One novel, “The Long and Faraway Gone,” is a mystery based in Oklahoma City and has won multiple awards including the 2016 Edgar Award for Best Paperback Original.
  • Oklahoma City native Gena Showalter, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, writes young adult romance novels often featuring paranormal creatures.
  • Chef Rick Bayless grew up in Oklahoma City (his family’s business was the barbecue restaurant called Hickory House) and now operates Frontera Grill in Chicago. He has written several cookbooks featuring the Mexican cuisine for which he is known. His brother, Skip Bayless, is a sportswriter and columnist and a television commentator for Fox Sports.
library, Oklahoma City history
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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A Riverís Rise

OKC Whitewater 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 launched a 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.

water sports, MAPS, Oklahoma City history, Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: January 30 - February 5, 2018

National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

Tuesday, January 30
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
TobyMac Hits Deep Tour; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Propaganda; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Wednesday, January 31
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Iowa Wolves vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Mr. Carmack; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Thursday, February 1
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.

Friday, February 2
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Heisenburg; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
First Fridays on the Paseo; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; 525-2688; This event is free.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 8 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
My So Called Band; 9 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Saturday, February 3
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Heisenburg; 1:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Judah & The Lion; 8 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.  

Sunday, February 4
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 1 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Heisenburg; 1:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
R.LUM.R; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Monday, February 5
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Free with museum admission.
Unlocking the Vault: Mysteries and Marvels of the Museum; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular Museum Admission.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Adventure District

Adventure District

If there is one thing you can say about the Adventure District, it is that it lives up to its name and then some.

The Oklahoma City Zoo is one of the crown jewels of the city and features more than 1,800 animals spread over 119 acres. We recommend the Great escAPE (get it) exhibit where you can watch gorillas, orangutans and chimpanzees monkey around. The newest addition to the Zoo is a baby gorilla born on Dec. 13. The baby is a girl and her name will be revealed soon.  

Next door to the Zoo is Science Museum Oklahoma which has been entertaining and teaching generations of kids about science since the late 50s. The museum is home to a must-see Science Live performance and a planetarium. On Feb. 9, the museum is launching its first-ever Late Nite Lab.

Nearby is the world-renowned National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum where you can find exhibits on cowboy heritage and one of the largest collections of western art in the known galaxy. 

There is also fun to be had for sports fans at the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame & Museum. Not just a place for history, the Museum welcomes thousands each year for the annual Women’s College World Series.

Last, but not least, if you need a break from the kids head over to Remington Park Racing & Casino which is not only the region’s top race track, but the city’s only casino.

You can read more about the Adventure district here.

Adventure District, arts and culture, family-friendly, live sporting events, museums, nightlife, racetrack, western heritage, zoo
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Plaza District

Plaza District Festival

Dramatic changes in the past 15 years brought new life to the Plaza District. The district was first developed in the 1920s at the end of the city’s trolley line. For the next 40 years the area served as a bustling commercial district for the growing neighborhoods that surrounded it. The district started to decline through the 70s, 80s and 90s, but new development since has turned it into a thriving hub of creativity.

The Plaza District, located on NW 16 between Classen Boulevard and Pennsylvania Avenue, is one of the city’s most walkable corridors. The district contains art galleries, a tattoo shop, restaurants, collaborative work spaces and Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, which includes the Thelma Gaylord Academy and a performance space in the 1935-era Plaza Theatre, which has been newly rebuilt and is home to professional performance productions and other events. Lyric Theatre was one of the first entities to invest in the district, playing a crucial role in the Plaza’s rebirth.

The District is home to monthly events such as Live! On the Plaza and the Plaza District Festival in September. It is a popular place for visitors who want to find that unique gift, enjoy a drink and soak in an area that now has a hipster, modern vibe. Almost any night of the week you can find something interesting going on in the Plaza.

arts and culture, festivals, Plaza District, restaurants, theater
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Paseo Arts District

Paseo Arts District

What do you get when you combine the oldest planned commercial shopping district in Oklahoma City with a creative community? The Paseo Arts District, of course. The winding streets and original Spanish-style stucco buildings are home for the art galleries and studios that give this district so much artistic flair. Perfect for a meandering walk, the Paseo Arts District is also home to some of Oklahoma City’s best restaurants and bars, including Paseo Grill, Sauced on Paseo and others. Its proximity to the Uptown 23rd District and the historic housing options available nearby, including single-family homes and apartments, make this a walkable neighborhood with a community atmosphere.

Each May, the district holds its annual Paseo Arts Festival which routinely draws more than 60,000 visitors to enjoy art, music and food. The 42nd annual Paseo Arts Festival will take place May 26 – May 28 this year.

On the first Friday of each month, the Paseo cranks up the hospitality with the First Friday Gallery Walk, in which more than 80 neighborhood artists show off their wares amid a blocks-long party of music, food and fun.

arts and culture, bar, festivals, housing, nightlife, Paseo District, restaurants
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Stockyards City

Stockyards City

If you’ve read the blog before, you know we are guilty of bragging about the momentum and future of Oklahoma City from time to time. That might be true, but it doesn’t mean we don’t also like to embrace our past and heritage. Stockyards City is a place where that heritage comes alive.

The district was home to one of Oklahoma City’s first major industries, with a rush of meat processors and packing plants, and was known affectionately here as Packingtown. When the original plant closed in 1961, a cattle auction was added to secure the district’s future. The Oklahoma National Stockyards, the world’s largest stocker and feeder cattle market, is open to visitors so you can experience the action firsthand every Monday and Tuesday.

If you have cowboy needs (even of the urban cowboy variety), Stockyards City is the place to be as some of the businesses date back to the early 1900s. Boot and hat repair, western wear and even the Rodeo Opry make up the district.

Of course, talking about the district wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the world-famous Cattlemen’s Steakhouse. The steakhouse opened in 1910 and has been serving hungry ranchers and cattlemen ever since. Heck, if it is good enough for John Wayne and a sitting president, you might want to give it a try.

Stockyards, Oklahoma City history, restaurants, retail, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: January 23 - January 29, 2018

Devon Ice Rink

Tuesday, January 23
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, January 24
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Margo Price; 7 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; (866) 966-1777; Ticket prices vary.
There Will Be Blood; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.

Thursday, January 25
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Washington Wizards vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
DK the Drummer with Sucre; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $12.

Friday, January 26
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Cirque Musica- Heroes and Villans; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
An Evening with Keller Williams; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Saturday, January 27
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; Noon; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.
Jonny Lang; 7 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; (866) 966-1777; Ticket prices vary.
Cirque Musica- Heroes and Villans; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Reckless Kelly; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Sunday, January 28
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri; 1 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 5 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, January 29
Cartoons & Comics: The Early Art of Tom Ryan; Regular Museum Hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Free with museum admission.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Register to vote

Vote February 13

On Feb. 13 citizens of Oklahoma City will have the chance to vote for Oklahoma City mayor and three seats on the Oklahoma City Public Schools Board of Education. If you are not registered to vote in Oklahoma City don’t fret because you still have time. The deadline to register is this Friday.

If you aren’t eligible to vote ask yourself three simple questions:

  • Am I 18 years old?
  • Am I a U.S. citizen?
  • Am I a resident of Oklahoma City?

If you answered yes to all three questions chances are you can register.

Also it is important to remember that even though your mailing address might be in Yukon, Edmond or another community, you may still actually live in Oklahoma City and are eligible to register. If you pay your trash bill to the City of Oklahoma City odds are you can vote.

To get your voter registration form visit the election board website. To read up on all the candidates be sure to read our election guide here.

community, election, government
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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OKCivics 101

OKC Government

While we are on the subject of voting we feel like an informed voter is a good voter. If you are new to Oklahoma City why not start with a brief civics lesson on the basics of our local government?

Check out more about how Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County and the state governments are structured on the site’s Government Page. The Chamber’s www.greateroklahomacity.com has a list of local municipalities surrounding the Oklahoma City area.

You can also go directly to these institutions’ home pages:

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Better know a district

OKC Skyline

You don’t have to read our blog very long to figure out local districts are a big deal in Oklahoma City. Whether you are getting funky in the Plaza, living it up in Bricktown or getting adventurous in the Adventure District there is a corner of the city that is perfect for you.

We will be the first to admit that getting to know the districts in OKC can be a little overwhelming for newcomers. Getting to know your Midtowns from your Uptowns might take some time. Luckily that is why we are here. Over the next month or so we will be giving you in-depth looks at each district. Until then here is a quick snapshot of each district:

  • Adventure District- the most aptly named district in OKC, home to the Oklahoma City Zoo, Remington Park, Science Museum Oklahoma, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and more.
  • Asian District- a vibrant enclave of Asian culture in the heart of OKC. You’ll find some of the best Asian food in the region here.
  • Automobile Alley- Just north of Downtown, this district used to be the primary location of the city’s car dealerships. Today it is home to local dining and shopping.
  • Boathouse District- home to future Olympians, this district features stunning architecture and is an outdoorsmen’s dream.
  • Bricktown- this former warehouse area is OKC’s prime entertainment district.
  • Classen Curve- located in NW OKC this district features great shopping and dining.
  • Deep Deuce- the center of urban living in OKC.
  • Film Row- what was once home to the film distribution industry for the region is now one of the metro’s quickest developing districts.
  • Midtown- the perfect mix of local retail and historic homes.
  • Paseo Arts District- eclectic art and great restaurants are the name of the game for this district.
  • Plaza District- the epicenter of funky local retail in OKC.
  • Stockyards City- this district is a blast to the past and pays homage to the metro’s western heritage.
  • Western Avenue- an eclectic mix of local restaurants and bars, retail shops and boutiques, antique and furniture stores and fine art galleries make up Western.
  • Uptown 23rd- anchored by the historic Tower Theater, you'll find great locally-owned restaurants and bars, as well as fun boutiques
Bricktown, Classen Curve, Deep Deuce, Film Row, Midtown, Paseo District, Plaza District, Adventure District, Stockyards, Asian District, Uptown 23, Automobile Alley, Western Avenue, Boathouse District
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Good ride Cowboy

Rodeo

Some of the toughest cowboys and cowgirls in the world will convene in Oklahoma City this week for a couple of big-time events with some big-time money on the line. Whether you know exactly what a rank bull means or want to discover the rodeo for the first time, we promise you’ll have a blast at both events.

The International Finals Rodeo takes place Jan. 19- 21 at State Fair Park and will feature the top cowboys and cowgirls of the IFR competing for their share of $250,000 in prizes in various events.

On Saturday and Sunday the PBR: Built Ford Tough Series will make its annual return to the Chesapeake Energy Arena. The event features the best bull riders in the world matching up with the rankest bulls for their piece of a $140,000 payout. Both bull riding aficionados and novices will have a night they won’t forget.

live sporting events, western heritage
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Things to Do & See: January 16 - January 22, 2018

Tuesday, January 16
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
John Hiatt & The Goners; 8 p.m.; Hudson Performance Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, January 17
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Los Angeles Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, January 18
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Mono; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.

Friday, January 19
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Reno Bighorns vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Madness The Sequel- Hip Hop Showcase; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $12.
International Finals Rodeo; 7:30 p.m.; State Fair Park; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, January 20
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
International Finals Rodeo; 1:30 & 7:30 p.m.; State Fair Park; Ticket prices vary.
PBR Express Employment Professionals Invitational; 6:45 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Back to the Future; 1 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.
Kill Bill Vol. 1 & 2; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.

Sunday, January 21
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
International Finals Rodeo; 1:30 p.m.; State Fair Park; Ticket prices vary.
PBR Express Employment Professionals Invitational; 1:45 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Memphis Hustle vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 2 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Marty Stuart and his Fabulous Superlatives; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Monday, January 22
Devon Ice Rink; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Enter the Dragon; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Tickets are $10.

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Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Tackling Twitter

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So you recently moved to your amazing new hometown of Oklahoma City and you signed up for our little blog (on the left of the page). Now what? While we want to be your No. 1 source for living, working and playing in OKC, there are a lot of great resources that can help make you an OKC expert in no time.

If you really want to get to know a town and stay on top of the comings and goings, Twitter is a great start. Here is a good beginner list of accounts to follow. Of course, this is not an exhaustive list. If there is anyone you feel we’ve left out, put them in the comments below for all to see.

General news, info and events
@BetterLifeOKC – Get the 4-1-1 on the 4-0-5
@okcchamber – Greater OKC Chamber
@VisitOKC – Oklahoma City CVB

Sports
@okcthunder – Oklahoma City Thunder – NBA basketball
@okcblue- Oklahoma City Blue – NBA Development League affiliate of the Oklahoma City Thunder
@okc-dodgers – Oklahoma City Dodgers – AAA Affiliate of the MLB Los Angeles Dodgers
@EnergyFC – Oklahoma City Energy – OKC’s USL Pro soccer team, affiliate of MLS Sporting KC

City stuff
@cityofokc – City of Oklahoma City
@MickCornett – Mayor of Oklahoma City
@okcpd- Oklahoma City Police
@okcfd- Oklahoma City Fire
@EMBARKOK- Oklahoma City Transit
@Maps3- updates on the MAPS program
@okcparks- Oklahoma City Parks & Rec
@ParkingOKC- All things parking OKC
@fly_OKC- Official account of Will Rogers World Airport
@okczoo- Oklahoma City Zoo

Media and Blogs
@AboutOKC – About.com’s OKC guide
@JournalRecord – Daily business news
@NewsOK – Daily news
@OKGazette – OKC alternative weekly news
@OklahomaRock – Local music news, shows, bands, more
@YelpOKC – What’s good in OKC

live sporting events, networking, Oklahoma City, social media
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Accolades and acclaim

OKC Accolades

Did you know Oklahoma City was recently named a top city for millennials? Whether it is praise for our quality of life, affordable living, employment opportunities or even our romantic side, the national media takes notice of OKC.

It seems like every day a new accolade or honor is being announced and it is a daunting task to keep up-to-date with the latest news. You can check the Better Life website for an always-fresh list of accolades. Be sure to share with your friends and family to show them we aren’t the only ones singing the praises of OKC.

accolade, cost of living, employment, moving
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A cornucopia of resources

You’ve heard us talk about it before, but if you are new to our great city or even thinking about a move to Oklahoma City, you should check out www.abetterlifeokc.com. It is a great resource for everything you need to know about calling OKC home.

While we are on the subject of social media, dive into the resources page at www.abetterlifeokc.com/resources for more social media fun. You’ll find all kinds of handy links that will help you immerse yourself in Oklahoma City’s digital world.

For starters, that is where this adventurous little blog lives. Bookmark it (or, even better, sign up for weekly emails if you haven’t already) and share it with the world (or at least someone you know). You’ll also find links to some stunning OKC photography and video. The Community Links/Resources page highlights some great newspapers, blogs and social media accounts that will help keep you in the know and your finger on the pulse of all things OKC.

moving, Oklahoma City, social media
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