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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Things to Do & See: June 1 - June 6, 2011

Wednesday, June 1

“Secretariat”, Wednesday Night at the Movies; 6 - 8 p.m.; 46th Star Auditorium in the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.; 231-8650

Thursday, June 2

Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City Job Fair; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Francis Tuttle Technology Center - Reno Campus, 7301 W. Reno; 717-7799

NCAA Women’s College World Series; Game times vary; ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, 2801 NE 50 St; 745-3000; Ticket prices vary

Cocktails on the Skyline; 5 - 10 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Roof Terrace, 415 Couch Drive; 236-3100

Summer Concert Series; 7:15 - 8:30 p.m.; Hafer Park, 1034 S. Bryant, Edmond; 359-4640; Admission is FREE

Friday, June 3

NCAA Women’s College World Series; Game times vary; ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, 2801 NE 50 St; 745-3000; Ticket prices vary

Saturday, June 4

Free Fishing Days; Locations and times vary; Oklahoma City fishing permit required – daily permit available for $3.50, annual permit available for $18.50

NCAA Women’s College World Series; Game times vary; ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, 2801 NE 50 St; 745-3000; Ticket prices vary

RIVERSPORT Learn to Row; 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Boathouse, 725 S. Lincoln Blvd; 552-4040; Available to anyone ages 13+

Sunday, June 5

Free Fishing Days; Locations and times vary; Oklahoma City fishing permit required – daily permit available for $3.50, annual permit available for $18.50

NCAA Women’s College World Series; Game times vary; ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, 2801 NE 50 St; 745-3000; Ticket prices vary

Sunday Nature Hikes; 2:30 p.m.; Martin Nature Park Center, 5000 W. Memorial; 755-0676; Reservations required; $2 fee per person

Sunday Twilight Concerts; 7 - 8:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens Grand Lawn, 100 Myriad Gardens; 297-3995; Admission is FREE

Monday, June 6

NCAA Women’s College World Series; Game times vary; ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, 2801 NE 50 St; 745-3000; Ticket prices vary

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Monday, May 30, 2011

Music, shopping and food – oh my!

This Thursday marks the first Thursday of the month – and you know what that means?Concerts on the Curve! On the first Thursday of each month from May through September, Classen Curve is hosting live outdoor “micro-festivals” for you to enjoy while partaking in some retail therapy. Don’t have any immediate shopping needs? No biggie. Just enjoy a lovely evening outside with Oklahoma musicians in three areas, a kids’ area, an art walk featuring work by local artists and food and drinks.

arts and culture, Classen Curve, family-friendly, food, music, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Friday, May 27, 2011

Dust off your Scrabble dictionary

Know any words that start with Q but don’t need a U? Line up your letter tiles and join Scrabble enthusiasts of all skill levels at the Ralph Ellison Library from 2 until 4 for Scrabble Club on the first Saturday of each month.

family-friendly, library
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Thursday, May 26, 2011

Get on your bike and ride

Dust off your bicycle and grab your helmet forRIVERSPORT Ride. Every Wednesday, you can join riders of all ages and experience levels at the Chesapeake Boathouse for a 5- or 10-mile ride on the Oklahoma River Trails. Don’t worry if you’re not a super speedy pro. The group has a strict “no drop” policy to make sure no one gets left behind. And if you come 30 minutes early, you can get pre-ride bike fittings and mini-clinics from Schlegel Bicycles on topics including road safety, how to change a flat, proper gear shifting and more.

outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Help your kids beat the heat this summer

It’s starting to heat up out there. Help your kids beat the heat while having a blast at one ofOklahoma City’s spraygrounds. Open daily from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day weekend, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., these interactive water play parks are fun for kids of all ages. And with locations all over the city, there’s sure to be one near your neck of the woods.

family-friendly, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Get Your Grub on . . . With Fresh Produce & More

Spring comes with a variety of connotations. Warmer weather. Longer days. Fresh fruits and vegetables. And where better to find the freshest ingredients than at the farmers markets in Oklahoma City? Check out one or all and get the fresh ingredients you need – eggs, cheeses, honey, yogurt, meat, nuts, breads, cookies, salsas, pickles, spices, and more – to round out your springtime smorgasbord.

OSU-OKC Farmers’ Market
400 N. Portland Ave
Oklahoma City
OSU-OKC Horticulture Pavilion
Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

OSU-OKC Wednesday Farmers’ Market
1120 NW 63rd Street
Wednesdays, 2:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.

Edmond Farmers’ Market
2nd & Broadway
Edmond
Saturdays, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Midtown Market at Saints
St. Anthony’s Hospital - Main
1000 N. Lee, East Parking Lot
Oklahoma City
Fridays, 2:30 - 7 p.m.

Norman Farm Market
615 E. Robinson
Norman
Wednesdays & Saturdays, 8 a.m. - noon

Oklahoma City Farmers’ Public Market
311 S. Klein Ave.
Oklahoma City
Saturdays, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sundays, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

farmers market
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: May 24 - May 29, 2011

Wednesday, May 25
Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship; May 25-29; Game times vary; Bricktown Ballpark, 2 South Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary

“Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”; Wednesday Night at the Movies; 6 - 8 p.m.; 46th Star Auditorium in the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.; 231-8650

Thursday, May 26
Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship; May 25-29; Game times vary; Bricktown Ballpark, 2 South Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary

Noon Tunes featuring Dustin Prinz; 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave; 231-8650

Nuts and Bolts of Starting a Business; 6:15 - 8 p.m.; UCO Small Business Development Center, 1 Santa Fe Plaza, Suite 100; 232-1968; $39

Author Steve Russell at the Full Circle Bookstore; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; Full Circle Bookstore, 1900 NW Expressway, 842-2900

Friday, May 27
Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship; May 25-29; Game times vary; Bricktown Ballpark, 2 South Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary

MidTown Market at Saints; 2:30 - 7 p.m.; St. Anthony Hospital-Main, 1000 N. Lee, East parking lot; 272-7000

Saturday, May 28
Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship; May 25-29; Game times vary; Bricktown Ballpark, 2
South Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary

Quail Springs Mall Blood Drive; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Quail Springs Mall, 2501 W. Memorial; 877-340-8777

Sunday, May 29
Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Championship; May 25-29; Game times vary; Bricktown Ballpark, 2 South Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Monday, May 23, 2011

A boot-scootin’ good time

Dust off your cowboy boots and head over to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum for some old fashioned fun at the annual Chuck Wagon Gathering & Children’s Cowboy Festival. Authentic chuck wagon crews will make sure you have plenty of delicious cowboy favorites to fill your stomach. Bring the family and enjoy everything from stagecoach and covered wagon rides to weaving and rope making.

family-friendly, festivals, museums
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Friday, May 20, 2011

Summer fun for kids of all ages

This summer, don’t let the kids stay around the house so long they drive you bonkers. Get them out of the house and off to one (or many) of the summer camps offered in Greater Oklahoma City. Whether they’re into art, music, the great outdoors, science, or just about anything, there’s a camp to fill their days with fun and new friends.

Boathouse District

Camp Dakani

Casady School’s Summer by The Lake

City Arts Center

Harn Homestead

Heritage Hall’s Summer at the Hall

National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum

The Oklahoma City Zoo

Oklahoma City Museum of Art

OU Sooner Flight Academy

Oklahoma Children’s Theatre

Oklahoma City Boat Club

Oklahoma City Tennis Center at Will Rogers Park

Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park

Orr Family Farm

Science Museum Oklahoma

Thunder Youth Basketball Camps

This is just a sampling of what’s available. If there’s something we’ve missed, give us a shout at abetterlife@okcchamber.com!

family-friendly
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Three days of arts and entertainment

The three-day weekend is a perfect excuse to head over to one of America’s “10 Greatest Neighborhoods” and check out the 35th annual Paseo Arts Festival. Held Saturday, May 28 through Monday, May 30, this festival features more than 80 artists representing all types of art and all mediums. Stroll through the booths and check out the art on your way to two different stages showcasing Oklahoma entertainers and musicians. And bring the kids for some hands-on fun in the children’s area.

arts and culture, festivals, Paseo District
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Wednesday, May 18, 2011

You ain’t seen nothing yet

If you’ve been here for long at all, there’s a good chance you’ve heard at least some small mention of a little thing we like to call MAPS 3. The third installment of what was originally known as the Metropolitan Area Projects,MAPS 3 is certain to continue Oklahoma City’s renaissance. Voters voted yes on the penny-on-the-dollar sales tax extension on Dec. 8, 2009. The initiative includes eight projects: a new convention center, modern streetcar system, a 70-acre downtown central park, miles of sidewalks, 57-miles of new public biking and walking trails, improvements to the Oklahoma River (one of the top watersport facilities in the country), state-of-the-art health and wellness aquatic centers and improvements to the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds.

MAPS
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Things to Do & See: May 17 - May 21, 2011

It’s another week of awesome and exciting things happening in Oklahoma City. Between cheering on theOklahoma City Thunder in the Western Conference Finals (that has a nice ring to it, don’t you think?), be sure to check out some other things happening in OKC this week.

Tuesday, May 17:
RIVERSPORT Run and Walk Free; 6 - 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Boathouse, 725 S. Lincoln Ave; 552-4040; FREE

LEGO Club; 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.; Warr Acres Library, 5901 NW 63rd St.; 721-2616; FREE; LEGO bricks provided

RIVERSPORT Moonlight Kayaking; 8 - 9:15 p.m.; Route 66 Boathouse, 3115 E. Overholser Dr.; 787-0900; Ages 16+; Cost: $25 or $12.50 for RIVERSPORT Row/Kayak pass holders

Wednesday, May 18:
“The Everlasting Beatles”; 7 -9 p.m.; Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive; 522-0765; FREE; Seating is limited and granted on first-come first-served basis

“Some Kind of Wonderful”; Wednesday Night at the Movies; 6 - 8 p.m.; 46th Star Auditorium in the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.; 231-8650

Saturday, May 21:
Writing Short Stories that Sell; Free Workshops – Oklahoma City Writers; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; OCU Meinders School of Business, 2701 N. McKinley; 751-3885; Free

Thunder Alley outdoor watch party; 5 p.m.; Reno Avenue between EK Gaylord and Robinson outside the Oklahoma City Arena

OKC Roller Derby Double Header; 6 - 10 p.m.; Oklahoma City Farmers Public Market, 311 S. Klein; 232-6506; Advanced tickets: $12, Tickets available at the door for $15

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Monday, May 16, 2011

A frolicking good time with your furry friend

Longer days and warmer weather make any day a great day to get outside and play. And it’s the perfect time to take your furry friend over to Paw Park – named one of the South’s top 10 dog parks by Southern Living – for some good old fashioned play time. Join other OKC’ers and their pooches at this 2-acre dog haven with two separate fenced play areas. There’s an area for dogs under 30 pounds or for those getting on in years, and another for larger dogs. With water stations, trees, benches, plenty of room to run and a pond, your four-legged buddy is sure to have a blast.

parks, pets
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Friday, May 13, 2011

You get to see this before the Pope does

We’ve already enticed you to visit the Oklahoma City Museum of Art by telling you about Cocktails on the Skyline, but there’s definitely more than one reason to visit. Beginning this week and running until October 16, the museum is playing host to the world premiere of “Passages”. This 14,000-sq.-ft. interactive, multimedia exhibit features some of the most exquisite and rare biblical manuscripts, printed Bibles and historical items in the world.

family-friendly, museums
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Thursday, May 12, 2011

Ready for a little adventure in the big city?

Oklahoma City may be a major metropolitan area, but there are plenty of places to get your adventure on. If you enjoy mountain biking or hiking, head on over to the northwest side of town and check out the Bluff Creek Trail. This single-loop trail is 3.5+ miles of multi-use track with thick trees and quick turns to let your outdoor spirit roam free. Or if you’re looking for a less rugged experience, take a stroll on the 1-mile of sidewalk available.

outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Thursday evenings just got awesome

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

downtown, museums, music, nightlife, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Discover the Better Life

Oklahoma City is full of surprises. We boast friendly people. An award-winning, family-friendly zoo and a fantastic hands-on science museum. Fresh farmers markets and trendy local coffee shops. An exciting, dynamic arts and music scene. More than 300 days of sunshine per year. A great sense of community. No matter what you’re into, Oklahoma City offers it. And if you’re looking to discover more about what Oklahoma City has to offer, you’ve come to the right place.

The Better Life is all about why living in Oklahoma City truly means a better living and a better life. Whether you’re new to our fine city or you’ve been here for years, there’s always something new to discover in Oklahoma City and we’re here to keep you informed.

Each Tuesday we’ll give you the insider info on some of Oklahoma City’s greatest sites, events, attractions, activities and more. And follow us on Facebook and Twitter and make sure you never miss out on the better life in Oklahoma City.

Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Spring into Summer at the Chesapeake Boathouse

Longer days and warmer temperatures are sending people outside to enjoy spring in Oklahoma City. Head over to the Oklahoma River, a seven-mile stretch of the North Canadian River that runs through the heart of Oklahoma City, and try your hand at a number of activities. RIVERSPORT offers hourly recreational kayak, stand-up paddle board, pedal boat and bike rentals. Rentals can be purchased separately, or buy a day pass and do it all!

Recreational Kayak: (Ages 8+) $10 single / $15 tandem

Stand-Up Paddle Boat: (Ages 8+) $15 / hour

Pedal Boat: $15/hour

Bike (includes helmet): $10 / hour

Visit www.riversportokc.orgfor boathouse hours or more information.

Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Help Fight Hunger in Oklahoma

If you’ve been in Oklahoma for more than a minute, you might have noticed that we’re all about community. This week presents a super simple and effective way to make a difference for Oklahoma families with the Letter Carriers Food Drive for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, Saturday, May 14.

Watch your mailbox for a plastic bag left courtesy of your mail carrier. Rummage through your pantry or hit up the non-perishables at the grocery store and toss a few canned goods in that bag. The more you give, the more you can help your mail carrier buff up for the summer – and the more you can help fight hunger and feed hope in Oklahoma.

You can even volunteer to help at your local post office as the mail carriers unload their bounty.

Visit www.regionalfoodbank.org to find out more!

community
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: May 10 - May 16, 2011

Check out someof the events happening around Oklahoma City this week.

Wednesday, May 11:
Thunder Alley outdoor watch party; 5:30 p.m.; Reno Avenue between EK Gaylord and Robinson outside the Oklahoma City Arena

“The Breakfast Club”; Wednesday Night at the Movies; 6 - 8 p.m.; 46th Star Auditorium in the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.; 231-8650

Friday, May 13:
ODOT Day at Science Museum Oklahoma; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; 2100 NE 52nd; 602-6664

LIVE on the Plaza; 7 - 11 p.m.; NW 16 between Classen & Penn; 367-9403

Saturday, May 14:
McNellies OKC Pub Run 2011; 11:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.; McNellie’s Public House, 1100 Classen Drive; 601-7468

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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