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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Say Goodbye to 2012!

For our last post of 2012, we have a special NYE edition for you. On top of all of the great activities in OKC (like the awesome Downtown in December festivities), we have some yummy dining recommendations for that great NYE meal along with the premier way to ring in 2013 in OKC!

From all of us at “The Better Life,” we hope your 2012 was great and your 2013 is even better, and we can’t wait to share many more wonderful years (and great posts) with you as we all discover the many reasons life here in OKC really is a better life!

Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Dine in Style

New Year’s Eve is known for its glitz and glamour. Why not throw on some of your best duds, grab that special someone and enjoy a lovely night out on the town. Oklahoma City has an extensive selection of unique restaurants and fine dining establishments that are sure to start your night right. Here are a few suggestions for a perfect night out on the town.

Upscale Comfort Food
Does the chilly weather have you in the mood for some of your favorite comfort food, but with a twist? Look no further than Cheever’s Café. They’ve got traditional American fare with a Southwest twist.

Euro-American and So Much More
A Bricktown staple for nearly 10 years, Nonna’s Euro-American Ristorante & Bar has the best of everything – great drinks, fabulous entrees, delectable desserts and more – all set in a renovated warehouse just steps from all of Bricktown’s premier entertainment options.

Hip and Delicious
Another great Bricktown option for New Year’s Eve is the Melting Pot. Their fondue is fabulous and the prix fixe menu they’ve set up for NYE is prix-ty awesome.

Great Steaks, Contemporary Atmosphere
Along Broadway Avenue in Automobile Alley, you’ll find RED PrimeSteak where you can have your choice of, well, steak. But it’s more than that. At Red Prime you will have steak worthy of being called your last meal of 2012. Trust us.

Dine In the Sky
As one of Oklahoma City’s newest dining experiences, guests at VAST will dine on a whole new level. More than 720 feet above downtown Oklahoma City, VAST occupies the 49th floor of the Devon Energy Tower. Here you will experience fine cuisine and the best view of the entire city.

Timeless Elegance
Looking for a classic dining experience? Look no further than The Coach House. The Coach House offers seasonal cuisine highlighting the best local produce and regional specialties prepared with classical perfection.

Maybe you’ve got something else in mind for your New Year’s Eve meal. Not to worry! Check out these other great restaurants! We’re certain you’ll find just what you’re looking for.

food, nightlife, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Ring It in Right!

It’s the shindig of the year, literally. You don’t need Times Square, and certainly not Ryan Seacrest, to ring in the New Year right. Opening Night is Oklahoma City’s New Year’s Eve extravaganza, an array of music, dancing, roller derby, theater, magic, family fun and fireworks. Hosted by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City, the annual party is also family-friendly, boasting a scavenger hunt, children’s area (at the Cox Convention Center) and more. Admission wristbands are $8 in advance and $10 at the event. Children ages 5 and under are free. You can purchase them beforehand at 7-Eleven Stores of Oklahoma, metro Homeland stores, Science Museum Oklahoma and MidFirst Bank locations.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: Dec. 26, 2012 - Jan. 1, 2013

Wednesday, Dec. 26
Downtown in December activities; all day; locations, hours and prices vary
Wednesday Night at the Movies; 6 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.; 231-8650; Admission is free; Open to all ages
Lyric’s “A Christmas Carol” Presented by Devon Energy; 7:30 p.m., Lyric at the Plaza, 1727 NW 16; 524-9312; Tickets are $40 per person

Thursday, Dec. 27
Downtown in December activities; all day; locations and prices vary
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary
Lyric’s “A Christmas Carol” Presented by Devon Energy; 7:30 p.m., Lyric at the Plaza, 1727 NW 16; 524-9312; Tickets are $40 per person

Friday, Dec. 28
Downtown in December activities; all day; locations and prices vary
Oklahoma City Barons vs. San Antonio Rampage; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary
Lyric’s “A Christmas Carol” Presented by Devon Energy; 8 p.m., Lyric at the Plaza, 1727 NW 16; 524-9312; Tickets are $40 per person

Saturday, Dec. 29
Downtown in December activities; all day; locations and prices vary
OSU-OKC Farmers Market; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; OSU-OKC, Horticulture Pavilion, 400 N. Portland; 945-3326
Drop-In Art: Fish Prints; 1 - 4 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive; 236-3100; Open to children of all ages; Free with paid museum admission
Lyric’s “A Christmas Carol” Presented by Devon Energy; 2 and 8 p.m., Lyric at the Plaza, 1727 NW 16; 524-9312; Tickets are $40 per person

Sunday, Dec. 30
Downtown in December activities; all day; locations and prices vary
Lyric’s “A Christmas Carol” Presented by Devon Energy; 2 p.m., Lyric at the Plaza, 1727 NW 16; 524-9312; Tickets are $40 per person

Monday, Dec. 31
Downtown in December activities; all day; locations and prices vary
Oklahoma City Barons vs. Texas Stars; 6 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Phoenix Suns; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary
Opening Night 2013; 7 p.m.; various locations in downtown Oklahoma City; Wristbands are $8 in advance or $10 at the event, with children 5 and under admitted free

Tuesday, Jan. 1
Happy New Year!
Downtown in December activities; all day; locations and prices vary

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Ho-Ho-HO-K-C

With Christmas just around the corner, we think its prime time for you to get out and enjoy some of the great winter-wonderlandness that abounds. And since we’re self-proclaimed OKC experts, we’re happy to give you some tips on where you’ll find holiday happiness all around town.

(P.S. while we’ve somewhat broken these into age groups, pretty much all of these activities are for OKC’ers of all ages. And remember to check their websites for specific details, including time and prices).

Grown-Up Greatness
Kid-Friendly Adventures
Date Night Dandies

Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Grown-Up Greatness

Looking for a great way to celebrate the holidays with friends? We’ve got some great suggestions for you!

Enjoy a relaxing day or night out with friends and experience some of OKC’s holiday hoopla. Open through Christmas Eve, the Pop Up Shops at the Myriad Botanical Gardens are a great place to grab those last minute stocking stuffers and gifts. And with its proximity to the Devon Ice Rink, we suggest you lace up some skates and go for a turn on the ice.

Then head over to Bricktown to grab a bite to eat or a drink. But on the way, be sure to check out the incredible lights that abound. You can even check them out via Water Taxi – for free. Or hop on up to Automobile Alley and the 9th Street District for more lights and other great shopping and dining options.

downtown, family-friendly, Myriad Botanical Gardens, nightlife, outdoor recreation, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Kid-Friendly Adventures

If you’ve got kids (or maybe you’re just a kid at heart), then these great activities are not to be missed!

With just one week left before Christmas, there’s still time to take the kiddos to see Santa. Thanks to a little Christmas magic, you can find him all around town, but one of our favorite places to spot Jolly Old Saint Nick is at the Devon Energy Center. He’ll be making one final appearance this Saturday, Dec. 22, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. While there, don’t miss the chance to play in snow flurries on the lawn, visit life-sized snowmen, listen to a holiday story from Mrs. Claus and more!

Now that you’ve gotten that checked off your list, head over to the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark for a giant adventure. Chesapeake Energy’s snow tubing is one of the most popular events during Downtown in December and your kids (heck, even you) will be thrilled as you tube from the upper deck all the way down to the field.

Let the adventures continue down on the Oklahoma River. Santa’s Adventures on the Oklahoma River are adding zip to the holiday season in OKC. They’ve got something to feed your kid’s adventurous spirit – the 200-foot SandRidge Santa Zip zipline, Polar Paddle, various holiday bounce inflatable toys, mechanical surfing machine, candy cane rock climbing wall and Rudolph’s Launch extreme air jumper.

All that fun is sure to leave your kids with a grumbling stomach. So why not check out one of these great options for a tasty treat?

downtown, family-friendly, Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Date Night Dandies

The holidays are a time to be with loved ones. So why not show that special someone a great date filled with holiday magic?

Your lovely lady dropped hints for weeks and unfortunately, you were a little slow picking up on them. Sadly, the Oklahoma City Ballet’s version of “The Nutcracker” has completed its run for this year, but we’ve got some ideas to get you out of the dog house.

Head over to the Plaza District, for Lyric’s “A Christmas Carol” presented by Devon Energy. Shows will run through Dec. 31 so there’s plenty of time to work this into your holiday happenings. If a play is not really your thing, we know what is. You don’t want to miss the last Continental Resources Free Movie Monday of the year. Start your New Year’s Eve date right with a showing of “Home Alone” at Harkins Theatres in Bricktown. These showings have been a hit all season so get your registration in early!

What’s a date night without getting all dolled up? The Skirvin Holiday Celebrations are a great way to enjoy a lovely holiday meal in a beautifully decorated setting. With various options including a Christmas Eve dinner and several choices for Christmas Day, you’ll have time to enjoy a meal with the one you love amid the holiday rush.

family-friendly, movies, restaurants, theater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: Tuesday, Dec. 18 - Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2012

Tuesday, Dec. 18
Santa’s Adventures; 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Boathouse District, 725 S Lincoln; 442-4040; $20 for unlimited zipline access and all adventures; $10 for one zipline trip and all adventures
Pop-Up Shops at the Myriad Gardens; 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, east side, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; The MakeUp Bar, Bella Vita Jewelry, Sara Kate Studio, Blue Seven, Full Circle Bookstore, special appearances by Green Bambino, OUI, Bones & Arrows
Lyric’s “A Christmas Carol” Presented by Devon Energy; 7:30 p.m., Lyric at the Plaza, 1727 NW 16; 524-9312; Tickets are $40 per person

Wednesday, Dec. 19
Santa’s Adventures; 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Boathouse District, 725 S Lincoln; 442-4040; $20 for unlimited zipline access and all adventures; $10 for one zipline trip and all adventures
Pop-Up Shops at the Myriad Gardens; 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, east side, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; The MakeUp Bar, Bella Vita Jewelry, Sara Kate Studio, Blue Seven, Full Circle Bookstore, special appearances by Green Bambino, OUI, Bones & Arrows
Wednesday Night at the Movies; 6 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.; 231-8650; Admission is free; Open to all ages
Lyric’s “A Christmas Carol” Presented by Devon Energy; 7:30 p.m., Lyric at the Plaza, 1727 NW 16; 524-9312; Tickets are $40 per person

Thursday, Dec. 20
Santa’s Adventures; 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Boathouse District, 725 S Lincoln; 442-4040; $20 for unlimited zipline access and all adventures; $10 for one zipline trip and all adventures
Pop-Up Shops at the Myriad Gardens; 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, east side, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; The MakeUp Bar, Bella Vita Jewelry, Sara Kate Studio, Blue Seven, Full Circle Bookstore, special appearances by Green Bambino, OUI, Bones & Arrows
Lyric’s “A Christmas Carol” Presented by Devon Energy; 7:30 p.m., Lyric at the Plaza, 1727 NW 16; 524-9312; Tickets are $40 per person

Friday, Dec. 21
Santa’s Adventures; 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Boathouse District, 725 S Lincoln; 442-4040; $20 for unlimited zipline access and all adventures; $10 for one zipline trip and all adventures
Pop-Up Shops at the Myriad Gardens; 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, east side, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; The MakeUp Bar, Bella Vita Jewelry, Sara Kate Studio, Blue Seven, Full Circle Bookstore, special appearances by Green Bambino, OUI, Bones & Arrows
Lyric’s “A Christmas Carol” Presented by Devon Energy; 8 p.m., Lyric at the Plaza, 1727 NW 16; 524-9312; Tickets are $40 per person

Saturday, Dec. 22
Santa’s Adventures; 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Boathouse District, 725 S Lincoln; 442-4040; $20 for unlimited zipline access and all adventures; $10 for one zipline trip and all adventures
Devon Saturdays with Santa; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Devon Energy Center, 333 W. Sheridan; Free parking available on a limited basis in the Devon Energy Center Parking Garage, located off the north side of the building off Harvey Avenue
OSU-OKC Farmers Market; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; OSU-OKC, Horticulture Pavilion, 400 N. Portland; 945-3326
Pop-Up Shops at the Myriad Gardens; 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, east side, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; The MakeUp Bar, Bella Vita Jewelry, Sara Kate Studio, Blue Seven, Full Circle Bookstore, special appearances by Green Bambino, OUI, Bones & Arrows
Drop-In Art: Poinsettia Paintings; 1 - 4 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive; 236-3100; Open to children of all ages; Free with paid museum admission
Lyric’s “A Christmas Carol” Presented by Devon Energy; 2 and 8 p.m., Lyric at the Plaza, 1727 NW 16; 524-9312; Tickets are $40 per person

Sunday, Dec. 23
Pop-Up Shops at the Myriad Gardens; 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, east side, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; The MakeUp Bar, Bella Vita Jewelry, Sara Kate Studio, Blue Seven, Full Circle Bookstore, special appearances by Green Bambino, OUI, Bones & Arrows
Free Museum Sundays; noon - 5 p.m.; various locations
Santa’s Adventures; 1 - 5 p.m.; Boathouse District, 725 S Lincoln; 442-4040; $20 for unlimited zipline access and all adventures; $10 for one zipline trip and all adventures
Lyric’s “A Christmas Carol” Presented by Devon Energy; 2 p.m., Lyric at the Plaza, 1727 NW 16; 524-9312; Tickets are $40 per person
Free Crystal Bridge Sundays at Myriad Botanical Gardens; 6 - 9 p.m.; 100 Myriad Gardens; 445-7080

Monday, Dec. 24
Pop-Up Shops at the Myriad Gardens; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, east side, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; The MakeUp Bar, Bella Vita Jewelry, Sara Kate Studio, Blue Seven, Full Circle Bookstore, special appearances by Green Bambino, OUI, Bones & Arrows

Tuesday, Dec. 25
Merry Christmas!

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Bright Lights, Big City

Holiday happiness has taken over downtown Oklahoma City. With so many lights and sights to see, we’ve created a little guide to ensure you don’t miss any instance of the bright lights filling this great city.

For a grand site, we suggest you start off at the Devon Energy Center where super-sized ornaments have taken over the lawn and the outside of the Colcord Hotel. Venture inside the rotunda (it’s open to the public, remember) and glance up to see the giant (seriously, giant) silver pine cones hanging from the ceiling. If your tour finds you here on a Saturday, be sure to check out Devon’s Saturdays with Santa. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Dec. 22, you can meet Santa and his friends, write letters to the North Pole, create holiday crafts and enjoy holiday musical entertainment. Aravalli, the coffee shop located at the Devon Energy Center will be open to offer a family friendly menu to fill your stomachs before you continue your journey.

Now back to the holiday extravaganza . . . Head across Sheridan into the Myriad Gardens to check out the OG&E Garden Lights. The 17-acre park is perfect for wandering and enjoying the holiday lights. And while you’re in the gardens, you might as well strap on some skates and take a turn around the Devon Ice Rink.

Next we’ll take this holiday adventure over to Bricktown for more festive follies. Did you know that through the end of the month on Thursdays through Sundays from 6 to 9:30 p.m. you can take advantage of free Water Taxi rides? It’s true! And there’s really no better way to experience OneMain Financial’s Bricktown Canal Lights. Once you’ve hopped off the Water Taxi, we suggest you head up the stairs to the corner of Reno and Mickey Mantle Drive to see the SandRidge Christmas Tree. Then head across Reno to Lower Bricktown for even more holiday lights thanks to Stonegate-Hogan. Who knew there were so many great lights in OKC?! And we’re not done yet!

Hop on a Spokie (or you can get in your car if it’s nearby) and head up to Automobile Alley. All along Broadway Avenue between Northwest 4th and Northwest 10th Streets you can enjoy seeing the historic buildings of Automobile Alley all lit up for the holidays. So ho-ho-hop to it and experience the bright lights of this winter wonderland!

downtown, family-friendly, Myriad Botanical Gardens, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Lunch & Art

Sure, lunch is a great time to fill your belly, but why not spend a little time feeding the soul, too? Art Moves, an Arts Council of Oklahoma City initiative presented by Devon Energy, brings lunchtime arts programming to such downtown locations as the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Downtown Library, Myriad Botanical Gardens and many others. Music, storytelling, dance, film – Art Moves showcases Oklahoma artists and even provides a Q & A at the end of each performance or presentation. The one-hour programs are every Monday through Friday from noon to 1 p.m. (unless otherwise noted on their calendar). For more information, phone Art Moves director Angela Hodgkinson at 270-4892 or email ahodgkinson@artscouncilokc.com.

arts and culture, downtown
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Getting Down to Business

The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber is all about getting down to business – literally. Representing more than 5,000 businesses in the 10-county region that includes Oklahoma City and its surrounding area, the Chamber works to attract new businesses and high-paying jobs, strengthen economic development, promote retail development, offer education and workforce initiatives and advance the interests of its members and the business community. On top of all that, it also finds time to produce a terrific blog highlighting the best of Oklahoma City (the one you’re reading now, coincidentally). Whew!

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Things to Do & See: Dec. 11 - Dec 17, 2012

Tuesday, Dec. 11
Santa’s Adventures; 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Boathouse District, 725 S Lincoln; 442-4040; $20 for unlimited zipline access and all adventures; $10 for one zipline trip and all adventures
Pop-Up Shops at the Myriad Gardens; 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, east side, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; Featuring Blue Seven, Full Circle Books, Kokopelli, Native Roots Market and Uptown Kids
Harkins Theatres Classic Series presents “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation”; 7 p.m.; Harkins Bricktown Cinema, 150 E Reno; 840-4275
Oklahoma City Barons vs. Peoria Rivermen; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary

Wednesday, Dec. 12
Santa’s Adventures; 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Boathouse District, 725 S Lincoln; 442-4040; $20 for unlimited zipline access and all adventures; $10 for one zipline trip and all adventures
Pop-Up Shops at the Myriad Gardens; 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, east side, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; Featuring Blue Seven, Full Circle Books, Kokopelli, Native Roots Market and Uptown Kids
Wednesday Night at the Movies; 6 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.; 231-8650; Admission is free; Open to all ages
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New Orleans Hornets; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

Thursday, Dec. 13
Santa’s Adventures; 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Boathouse District, 725 S Lincoln; 442-4040; $20 for unlimited zipline access and all adventures; $10 for one zipline trip and all adventures
Pop-Up Shops at the Myriad Gardens; 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, east side, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; Featuring Blue Seven, Full Circle Books, Kokopelli, Native Roots Market and Uptown Kids

Friday, Dec. 14
Santa’s Adventures; 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Boathouse District, 725 S Lincoln; 442-4040; $20 for unlimited zipline access and all adventures; $10 for one zipline trip and all adventures
Pop-Up Shops at the Myriad Gardens; 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, east side, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; Featuring Blue Seven, Full Circle Books, Kokopelli, Native Roots Market and Uptown Kids
LIVE on the Plaza: Hipster Santa Edition; 7 - 11 p.m.; Plaza District, Northwest 16 between Classen and Pennsylvania; 308-5991; Admission is free
Oklahoma City Barons vs. San Antonio Rampage; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Sacramento Kings; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

Saturday, Dec. 15
Santa’s Adventures; 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Boathouse District, 725 S Lincoln; 442-4040; $20 for unlimited zipline access and all adventures; $10 for one zipline trip and all adventures
Harkins Theatres Classic Series presents “A Christmas Story”; 10 a.m.; Harkins Bricktown Cinema, 150 E Reno; 840-4275
Devon Saturdays with Santa; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Devon Energy Center, 333 W. Sheridan; Free parking available on a limited basis in the Devon Energy Center Parking Garage, located off the north side of the building off Harvey Avenue
OSU-OKC Farmers Market; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; OSU-OKC, Horticulture Pavilion, 400 N. Portland; 945-3326
Pop-Up Shops at the Myriad Gardens; 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, east side, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; Featuring Blue Seven, Full Circle Books, Kokopelli, Native Roots Market and Uptown Kids
2012 All-College Classic: University of Oklahoma vs. Texas A&M University; 1 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary
Drop-In Art: Poinsettia Paintings; 1 - 4 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive; 236-3100; Open to children of all ages; Free with paid museum admission
Oklahoma City Barons vs. San Antonio Rampage; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary

Sunday, Dec. 16
Pop-Up Shops at the Myriad Gardens; 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, east side, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; Featuring Blue Seven, Full Circle Books, Cedarburg Square, Boho Gypsy Trunk Show (2 days), Pencil Shavings Trunk Show (1 day), True North Living (4 days) and Uptown Kids
Free Museum Sundays; noon - 5 p.m.; various locations
Santa’s Adventures; 1 - 5 p.m.; Boathouse District, 725 S Lincoln; 442-4040; $20 for unlimited zipline access and all adventures; $10 for one zipline trip and all adventures
Free Crystal Bridge Sundays at Myriad Botanical Gardens; 6 - 9 p.m.; 100 Myriad Gardens; 445-7080

Monday, Dec. 17
Pop-Up Shops at the Myriad Gardens; 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, east side, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; Featuring Blue Seven, Full Circle Books, Sara Kate Studio, The MakeUp Bar and Bella Vita Jewelry
Continental Resources Free Movie Mondays: “It's a Wonderful Life”; 7 p.m.; Harkins Bricktown Cinema, 150 E Reno; 840-4275; Register online
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. San Antonio Spurs; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Downtown in December

December brings cooler temps, hot cocoa and the magic of the holidays. What you may not know, is that is also brings one of Oklahoma City’s most beloved events – Downtown in December! This 40-day series of holiday events takes place Nov. 23 through Dec. 31, and features one-of-a-kind winter experiences.

You can start your downtown in December adventure with a spin around the Devon Ice Rink in Myriad Gardens. Next you may want to cruise down one of the country’s largest manmade snow tubing slopes at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. If you head downtown on Saturday, you can enjoy holiday crafts and entertainment, and even get a free photo with Santa Claus himself. These events take place in conjunction with free water taxi rides, free admission to the Crystal Bridge and varying museums on Sundays and beautiful holiday lights. There are many, many other exciting events happening (way too many for us to name them all) so check out www.downtownindecember.com to find your favorite way to celebrate the holidays downtown.

downtown, family-friendly, museums, Myriad Botanical Gardens, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Standing Out Among the (Capitol) Crowd

Here in Oklahoma, we don’t like the status quo – we are always looking for ways to stand out. So while the Oklahoma State Capitol is one of many capitols around the country, we added a few Oklahoma touches to make it our own. Did you know that the Oklahoma State Capitol is the only one in the U.S. with a working oil rig on its grounds? But that is just one way Oklahomans have put their unique stamp on their capitol (ok, so we can’t take credit for the oil, but we can take credit for the rig). Oklahoma’s Capitol is also unique for the amount of artwork adorning its hallways. From sculptures to murals to paintings, visitors can peruse the art while learning about Oklahoma history.

If your interest is piqued, we suggest setting up a tour. Self-guided tours are available every day of the week, or you can get a tour from a trained volunteer Monday through Friday (check online for times). Just make sure you leave ample time to explore – the Capitol has 650 rooms and nearly 11 acres of floor space.

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Things to Do & See: Dec. 4 - 10, 2012

Tuesday, Dec. 4
OSU-OKC Poinsettia Sale; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; OSU-OKC Horticulture Center, 400 N Portland; 947-4421
Pop-Up Shops at the Myriad Gardens; 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, east side, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; Featuring Blue Seven, Full Circle Books, Cedarburg Square, Boho Gypsy Trunk Show (2 days), Pencil Shavings Trunk Show (1 day), True North Living (4 days) and Uptown Kids

Wednesday, Dec. 5
OSU-OKC Poinsettia Sale; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; OSU-OKC Horticulture Center, 400 N Portland; 947-4421
Pop-Up Shops at the Myriad Gardens; 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, east side, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; Featuring Blue Seven, Full Circle Books, Cedarburg Square, Boho Gypsy Trunk Show (2 days), Pencil Shavings Trunk Show (1 day), True North Living (4 days) and Uptown Kids
Wednesday Night at the Movies; 6 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.; 231-8650; Admission is free; Open to all ages

Thursday, Dec. 6
OSU-OKC Poinsettia Sale; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; OSU-OKC Horticulture Center, 400 N Portland; 947-4421
Pop-Up Shops at the Myriad Gardens; 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, east side, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; Featuring Blue Seven, Full Circle Books, Cedarburg Square, Boho Gypsy Trunk Show (2 days), Pencil Shavings Trunk Show (1 day), True North Living (4 days) and Uptown Kids
Territorial Christmas Celebration, 6 - 9 p.m.; Harn Homestead, 1721 N Lincoln Blvd; 235-4058; Tickets are $3 in advance, $4 at the door; Members and parents accompanying children are free

Friday, Dec. 7
OSU-OKC Poinsettia Sale; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; OSU-OKC Horticulture Center, 400 N Portland; 947-4421
Seasonal Wreath Making Workshop; 9:30 a.m.-  noon; Will Rogers Garden Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36; 943-0827; Admission is free, but limited to 25 participants; Registration required by calling 943-0827
OU Medicine presents Winter Market; 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 100 Myriad Gardens; 445-7080; Admission is free
Pop-Up Shops at the Myriad Gardens; 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, east side, 100 Myriad Gardens; 445-7080; Featuring Blue Seven, Full Circle Books, Cedarburg Square, Boho Gypsy Trunk Show (2 days), Pencil Shavings Trunk Show (1 day), True North Living (4 days) and Uptown Kids
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. LA Lakers; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary
Christmas Vespers; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City University, 2501 N Blackwelder; 208-5000; Tickets are $12

Saturday, Dec. 8
SandRidge Santa Run; 5k run at 9 a.m., 1-mile Fun Run at 9:30 a.m., Kids Dash at 10 a.m.; Leadership Square, 211 N Robinson; 235-6060; prices vary based on events
OSU-OKC Poinsettia Sale; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; OSU-OKC Horticulture Center, 400 N Portland; 947-4421
OU Medicine presents Winter Market; 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 100 Myriad Gardens; 445-7080; Admission is free
Story Time in the Conservatory; 10 - 11 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge, 100 Myriad Gardens; 297-3995; Free to members, $2 per non-member child
Devon Saturdays with Santa; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Devon Energy Center, 333 W. Sheridan; Free parking available on a limited basis in the Devon Energy Center Parking Garage, located off the north of the building off Harvey Avenue
OSU-OKC Farmers Market; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; OSU-OKC, Horticulture Pavilion, 400 N. Portland; 945-3326
Deluxe Indie Craft Bazaar; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6704; Admission is free
Drop-In Art: Poinsettia Paintings; 1 - 4 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive; 236-3100; Open to children of all ages; Free with paid museum admission
Christmas Vespers; 4 and 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City University, 2501 N Blackwelder; 208-5000; Tickets are $12

Sunday, Dec. 9
OU Medicine presents Winter Market; 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 100 Myriad Gardens; 445-7080; Admission is free
Free Museum Sundays; noon - 5 p.m.; various locations
Holiday Open House; 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.; 231-8650; Admission is free; Open to all ages
Free Crystal Bridge Sundays at Myriad Botanical Gardens; 6 - 9 p.m.; 100 Myriad Gardens; 445-7080
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Indiana Pacers; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

Monday, Dec. 10
Continental Resources Free Movie Mondays: “White Christmas”; 7 p.m.; Harkins Bricktown Cinema, 150 E Reno; 840-4275; Register online through Dec. 5

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Wednesday, November 28, 2012

All About OKC

clientuploads/blog/VelocityCover.jpgBy now, you probably know that we love Oklahoma City. So it stands to reason that we would love reading great stories about Oklahoma City. Lucky for us, there is a digital magazine that keeps us up-to-date on all the new success stories that are popping up every day. The fifth issue of VeloCity, an interactive magazine that showcases dynamic stories of Oklahoma City’s rise, recently launched with stories that have us brimming with Oklahoma City pride.

Are you still getting to know Oklahoma City’s eclectic neighborhoods? This issue of VeloCity launches a new segment profiling some of Oklahoma City’s ever-changing districts, starting with Deep Deuce’s transformation from the cradle of American jazz music to the leader of downtown housing developments. The issue also allows you to meet-and-greet some of the finest minds in scientific research, minds that call the Oklahoma Health Center home. Go ahead and check it out. We dare you to not be inspired!

 

 

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Things to Do & See: Nov. 27 - Dec 3, 2012

Tuesday, Nov. 27
2012 NRHA Futurity; Starts at 8 a.m.; State Fair Arena, 3001 General Pershing; 948-6704; Ticket prices vary based on event and day

Wednesday, Nov. 28
2012 NRHA Futurity; Starts at 8 a.m.; State Fair Arena, 3001 General Pershing; 948-6704; Ticket prices vary based on event and day
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

Thursday, Nov. 29
2012 NRHA Futurity; Starts at 8 a.m.; State Fair Arena, 3001 General Pershing; 948-6704; Ticket prices vary based on event and day
OSU-OKC Poinsettia Sale; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; OSU-OKC Horticulture Center, 400 N Portland; 947-4421
Pop-Up Shops at the Myriad Gardens; 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, east side, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; Featuring Blue Seven, Full Circle Books, Cedarburg Square, Boho Gypsy Trunk Show (2 days), Pencil Shavings Trunk Show (1 day), True North Living (4 days) and Uptown Kids

Friday, Nov. 30
2012 NRHA Futurity; Starts at 8 a.m.; State Fair Arena, 3001 General Pershing; 948-6704; Ticket prices vary based on event and day
OSU-OKC Poinsettia Sale; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; OSU-OKC Horticulture Center, 400 N Portland; 947-4421
Pop-Up Shops at the Myriad Gardens; 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, east side, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; Featuring Blue Seven, Full Circle Books, Cedarburg Square, Boho Gypsy Trunk Show (2 days), Pencil Shavings Trunk Show (1 day), True North Living (4 days) and Uptown Kids
Cowboy Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony; 5:30 p.m.; Stockyards City Main Street, 1305 S Agnew; 235-7627; Admission is free and open to the public
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Utah Jazz; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

Saturday, Dec. 1
2012 NRHA Futurity; Starts at 8 a.m.; State Fair Arena, 3001 General Pershing; 948-6704; Ticket prices vary based on event and day
OSU-OKC Poinsettia Sale; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; OSU-OKC Horticulture Center, 400 N Portland; 947-4421
OSU-OKC Farmers Market; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; OSU-OKC, Horticulture Pavilion, 400 N. Portland; 945-3326
Devon Saturdays with Santa; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Devon Energy Center, 333 W. Sheridan; Free parking available on a limited basis in the Devon Energy Center Parking Garage, located off the north of the building off Harvey Avenue
OSU-OKC Farmers Market; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; OSU-OKC, Horticulture Pavilion, 400 N. Portland; 945-3326
Pop-Up Shops at the Myriad Gardens; 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, east side, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; Featuring Blue Seven, Full Circle Books, Cedarburg Square, Boho Gypsy Trunk Show (2 days), Pencil Shavings Trunk Show (1 day), True North Living (4 days) and Uptown Kids
Drop-In Art: Grandma Moses Watercolor Landscapes; 1 - 4 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive; 236-3100; Open to children of all ages; Free with paid museum admission

Sunday, Dec. 2
Pop-Up Shops at the Myriad Gardens; 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, east side, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; Featuring Blue Seven, Full Circle Books, Cedarburg Square, Boho Gypsy Trunk Show (2 days), Pencil Shavings Trunk Show (1 day), True North Living (4 days) and Uptown Kids
Holiday Boxwood Tree Workshop; 1 - 3 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, McGee Room, Crystal Bridge, 100 Myriad Gardens; 297-3995; $40 for members, $45 for non-members; Bring pruners to the class
Cowboy Christmas Concert; 2:30 - 3 p.m.; Belle Isle Library, 5501 N Villa; 843-9601; Admission is free and open to the public

Monday, Dec. 3
Pop-Up Shops at the Myriad Gardens; 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, east side, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; Featuring Blue Seven, Full Circle Books, Cedarburg Square, Boho Gypsy Trunk Show (2 days), Pencil Shavings Trunk Show (1 day), True North Living (4 days) and Uptown Kids
OSU-OKC Poinsettia Sale; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; OSU-OKC Horticulture Center, 400 N Portland; 947-4421

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Start Your Day with Kris Kringle

Who says that Santa only eats cookies? We have it on good authority that he is a big fan of breakfast, too. And your family can dine with the jolly fellow himself at Myriad Botanical Gardens’ Breakfast with Santa on Sunday, Dec. 16. Two sessions are available at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. The cost for each adult is $25 and $20 for each child. Each child will receive a gift and a photo with St. Nick. Reservations are required by Dec. 11, so make them soon (and make sure you are on the nice list).

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Make Your List, Check it Twice

The holiday shopping season is in full swing, and we know you can’t wait to share the love with your closest family and friends. Oklahoma City is pumped full of holiday cheer, and you get to pick where you experience it. From festive malls to lovely locally owned shops, you can check off everyone on your gift list in no time. Local malls, like Quail Springs Mall, Penn Square Mall and the Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City are a one-stop-shop for your name brand favorites, but Oklahoma City’s local retail scene also has plenty of gifts to please even the pickiest on your list.

To experience some of OKC’s unique local stores in one place, check out the Pop-Up Shops at Myriad Botanical Gardens. Curated by Alison Barta Bailey, the brains behind www.shopcrawlr.com, 10 percent of all the sales from the participating shops will benefit the Myriad Botanical Gardens Foundation, which keeps this amazing downtown space buzzing with activity. The shops will be open from Nov. 29 to Dec. 7, Dec. 11 to 15 and Dec. 17 to 24.

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Friday, November 23, 2012

Things to Do & See: Nov. 13 - Nov. 19, 2012

Tuesday, Nov. 13
AQHA 2012 World Show; 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.; State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6700; Tickets range from $8-$12 per person
Oklahoma City Barons vs. Toronto Marlies; 10:35 a.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary

Wednesday, Nov. 14
AQHA 2012 World Show; 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.; State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6700; Tickets range from $8-$12 per person
Art Moves: Bread & Butter Band; noon - 1 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Ave; 270-4892; Admission is free and open to the public
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

Thursday, Nov. 15
A Perfect Finish Wine & Food Tasting; 5 - 9 p.m.; Chesapeake Finish Line Tower & Devon Boathouse in the Boathouse District, 725 S. Lincoln; 552-4040; Tickets are $50 per person and include the opportunity to taste an assortment of white, blush and red wines, along with food from some of OKC’s finest restaurants; Benefits the OKC RIVERSPORT Chesapeake Junior Crew
AQHA 2012 World Show; 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.; State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6700; Tickets range from $8-$12 per person
Belle Isle Teen Crafts; 4 - 5 p.m.; Belle Isle Library, 5501 N Villa; Free and open to all teens
Art Moves: Andre Tutak; 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Nebu Dining Area, Devon Energy Center, 333 W. Sheridan; 270-4892; Admission is free and open to the public

Friday, Nov. 16
AQHA 2012 World Show; 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.; State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6700; Tickets range from $8-$12 per person
Art Moves: Gaye LeBlanc; noon - 1 p.m.; Robinson Renaissance, 119 N. Robinson; 270-4892; Admission is free and open to the public
Oklahoma City Barons vs. Milwaukee Admirals; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary

Saturday, Nov. 17
AQHA 2012 World Show; 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.; State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6700; Tickets range from $8-$12 per person
OSU-OKC Farmers Market; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; OSU-OKC, Horticulture Pavilion, 400 N. Portland; 945-3326
Drop-In Art: Fall-Inspired Tree Sculptures; 1 - 4 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive; 236-3100; Open to children of all ages; Free with paid museum admission

Monday, Nov. 19
Art Moves: Clayton Stroup; noon - 1 p.m.; Nebu Dining Area, Devon Energy Center, 333 W. Sheridan; 270-4892; Admission is free and open to the public

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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Things to Do & See: Nov. 20 - Nov. 26, 2012

Tuesday, Nov. 20
Holiday Lights Display at Chesapeake Energy; all day; Chesapeake Energy campus, Northwest 63 and Western Ave

Wednesday, Nov. 21
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. LA Clippers; 6:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

Thursday, Nov. 22
Happy Turkey Day!
2012 NRHA Futurity; Starts at 8 a.m.; State Fair Arena, 3001 General Pershing; 948-6704; Ticket prices vary based on event and day
Turkey Tracks Thanksgiving Day 5k and 1-mile Fun Run; 1-mile Fun Run at 8:30 a.m., 5k Run at 9 a.m.; Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, 620 N Harvey; Registration is $30 for the 5k and $25 for the Fun Run until Nov. 21, Day-of registration is $35 for the 5k and $30 for the Fun Run

Friday, Nov. 23
Pop-Up Shops at the Myriad Gardens; 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, east side, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; Featuring Blue Seven, Full Circle Books, Sara Kate Studio and A Date With Iris/Urbane; Pencil Shavings Trunk Show (Nov. 23-24)
2012 NRHA Futurity; Starts at 8 a.m.; State Fair Arena, 3001 General Pershing; 948-6704; Ticket prices vary based on event and day
SandRidge Tree Lighting Festival; 6 - 8 p.m.; Downtown at Reno and Mickey Mantle Drive; Admission is free and open to the public

Saturday, Nov. 24
Small Business Saturday; all day; Check out www.keepitlocalok.com for local stores around the metro and hit up your favorite local stores
Pop-Up Shops at the Myriad Gardens; 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, east side, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; Featuring Blue Seven, Full Circle Books, Sara Kate Studio and A Date With Iris/Urbane; Pencil Shavings Trunk Show (Nov. 23-24)
2012 NRHA Futurity; Starts at 8 a.m.; State Fair Arena, 3001 General Pershing; 948-6704; Ticket prices vary based on event and day
Devon Saturdays with Santa; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Devon Energy Center, 333 W. Sheridan; Free parking available on a limited basis in the Devon Energy Center Parking Garage
OSU-OKC Farmers Market; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; OSU-OKC, Horticulture Pavilion, 400 N. Portland; 945-3326
Drop-In Art: Fall Collage; 1 - 4 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive; 236-3100; Open to children of all ages; Free with paid museum admission

Sunday, Nov. 25
Pop-Up Shops at the Myriad Gardens; 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, east side, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; Featuring Blue Seven, Full Circle Books, Sara Kate Studio and A Date With Iris/Urbane; Pencil Shavings Trunk Show (Nov. 23-24)
2012 NRHA Futurity; Starts at 8 a.m.; State Fair Arena, 3001 General Pershing; 948-6704; Ticket prices vary based on event and day

Monday, Nov. 26
Pop-Up Shops at the Myriad Gardens; 11 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, east side, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; Featuring Blue Seven, Full Circle Books, Sara Kate Studio and A Date With Iris/Urbane; Pencil Shavings Trunk Show (Nov. 23-24)
2012 NRHA Futurity; Starts at 8 a.m.; State Fair Arena, 3001 General Pershing; 948-6704; Ticket prices vary based on event and day
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Charlotte Bobcats; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

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Baby, Itís Cold Outside

If the changing leaves and cooler temperatures didn’t give it away, we’re here to let you in on a little secret: winter is on its way! But winter weather doesn’t mean you need to hole up in your house waiting for Snow-mageddon. The average high in November in Oklahoma City is actually a comfortable 62 degrees. Compare that with the average November high in Minneapolis (41 degrees) or Seattle (51 degrees) and you can see there is no need to dig the snow shovel out of your garage just yet. December is a little cooler with average highs of 51 degrees – just enough chill in the air to usher in cocoa, fuzzy blankets and the winter holidays.

Want more details on winter weather in Oklahoma City? Lucky for you, Oklahoma has one of the best resources on the planet. The National Weather Center is located in Norman, just south of Oklahoma City. Its weather page will keep you up to date on current conditions, advisories and outlooks. Are you the type that likes to plan ahead? The City of Oklahoma City offers winter weather resources, like snow routes and preparation tips.

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A Night Out with the Thunder

So, you’re headed to downtown Oklahoma City to watch the No. 1 sports franchise in the world (according to ESPN The Magazine). Where do you eat? When do you arrive? We’ve got you covered with a few suggestions to give you the full Thunder NBA experience.

Start in Bricktown to grab a bite to eat. Bricktown offers tastes (and sips) for all palates, from casual bars to more upscale dining. After you get your fill, head down to Love’s Thunder Alley on Reno Ave., just north of Chesapeake Energy Arena for some pre-game entertainment. And don’t leave the kids at home – Thunder Alley includes games, music, face painting and much more. By 6:30 p.m., you’ll want to think about finding your seat. You definitely don’t want to miss all the pre-game entertainment and excitement before the Thunder players take to the court.

After a rousing Thunder victory, you may not be quite ready to go home. No problem! Head back to Bricktown for a nightcap and appetizer at one of the many restaurants or bars, all within walking distance. If the weather is nice, there are several rooftop patios to choose from. Most importantly, don’t forget to wear your orange and blue so you can be properly attired to THUNDER UP!

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Think Big, Shop Small

After filling your belly with turkey, stuffing and cranberries, you might want to think about exercising – exercising your chance to shop for some awesome deals, that is. Sandwiched between Black Friday and Cyber Monday, Small Business Saturday urges people to “Shop Small” by visiting – and of course buying items from – local retailers.

Oklahoma City is a treasure trove of unique, fun and hip local merchants. If you have never visited them before, Small Business Saturday is your perfect opportunity, and there’s a great site to help you find local establishments located across Greater Oklahoma City – www.keepitlocalok.com. Not only is it a great source for local stores, but by purchasing a Keep It Local card (for just $10), you will also be able to partake in fabulous discounts at Keep It Local stores. Keep It Local cards can be purchased online or at a variety of locations across the metro. So put down the fork, grab your friends and family and lace up your walking shoes - because you have some serious shopping to do.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Tighten Those Laces

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

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

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Grab a Cold One

Many of us enjoy the old fall tradition of popping open a brewsky while watching the big game. In recent years, craft beer brewing has grown in popularity across the U.S., and Oklahoma is no different. Each year it seems that another craft brewery pops up with its own tasty beverages. So when it comes time to choose which cerveza to crack open, we invite you to check out some of the great local brews.

Belle Isle Restaurant & Brewing Company offers these great options: Belle’s Blonde, Wild Mary’s Hefeweisen, Flanagan’s Amber Ale, Oatmeal Stout, Power House Porter, IPA (India Pale Ale), and some season brewer’s specials.

If you’re in Bricktown, head over to the Bricktown Brewery to try these: Old King Kölsch, Wiley One-Eyed Wheat, Remington Red, 46 Star Oklahoma Amber Ale and Bricktown Brown.

If none of those strike your fancy, have no fear – there’s lots more Oklahoma beer. No matter where you are around town, you’re likely to come across at least one of the brews from these local craft beer artisans: Anthem Brewing Company, Battered Boar Brewing, Black Mesa Brewing, Choc Beer, Coop Ale Works, Dead Armadillo Brewery, Huebert Brewing, Marshall Brewing Company, Mustang Brewing Company and Redbud Brewing Company.

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Home Improvement

Hopefully, you’ve settled nicely into your new life in OKC – found a nice place to settle in. But just in case you haven’t found that one place to call home sweet home just yet, we’re here to give you a little insight into OKC’s housing market.

In a word, it’s affordable. You’ll find an impressive variety of housing at some of the nation’s best rates without sacrificing quality. In fact, the average Oklahoma City home price in the second quarter of 2012 is $247,252 (according to the Oklahoma Association of Realtors). Single-family home prices start around $60,000 and go up, with condominiums and townhomes ranging from $65,000 to $300,000. And with Oklahoma City ranked among the cities with the best real estate appreciation potential (according to Forbes), if you decide to buy, you’ll be making a wise investment. And you’re certain to find something to fit your style -- no matter what your tastes, Oklahoma City has it all: new homes in suburban communities, urban lofts in the heart of downtown, the simple life of a smaller community with a short commute, recent developments with lots of community amenities. The choices for where you call home are seemingly endless. And the span of architectural styles provides something for every design taste, from arts-and-crafts bungalows to Tudor-style cottages, mid-century modern to traditional ranch homes, or European-inspired homes.

Maybe buying a home isn’t exactly your thing. Not to worry – OKC also has hundreds of rental apartments ranging from brand new luxury complexes to modest, garden-style apartments with the average rental price ranging from $600 to $1,500. In fact, the average 950-square-foot apartment in Oklahoma City costs $746 per month, compared to $1,238 in Chicago, or even higher in other cities.

No matter what you’re looking for, we’re certain you’ll find it here in OKC.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Things to Do & See: Nov. 6 - Nov. 12, 2012

Tuesday, Nov. 6
Election Day; Polls opens 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Find your voting location here
AQHA 2012 World Show; 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.; State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6700; Tickets range from $8-$12 per person
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Toronto Raptors; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

Wednesday, Nov. 7
AQHA 2012 World Show; 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.; State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6700; Tickets range from $8-$12 per person
Wednesday Night at the Movies; 6 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave; 231-8650; Open to the public; Admission is free

Thursday, Nov. 8
AQHA 2012 World Show; 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.; State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6700; Tickets range from $8-$12 per person

Friday, Nov. 9
AQHA 2012 World Show; 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.; State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6700; Tickets range from $8-$12 per person
Live on the Plaza; 7 - 11 p.m.; Plaza District, Northwest 16 between Classen and Pennsylvania; 308-5991; Admission is free
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Detroit Pistons; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

Saturday, Nov. 10
AQHA 2012 World Show; 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.; State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6700; Tickets range from $8-$12 per person
Drop-In Art: Fall Leaf Texture Rubbings; 1 - 4 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive; 236-3100; Open to children of all ages; Free with paid museum admission

Sunday, Nov. 11
AQHA 2012 World Show; 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.; State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6700; Tickets range from $8-$12 per person
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Cleveland Cavaliers; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

Monday, Nov. 12
AQHA 2012 World Show; 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.; State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6700; Tickets range from $8-$12 per person

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Let Your Creativity Flow

Here in Oklahoma City, we take creativity to heart. How else could we have turned a rundown street into the Bricktown Canal or a drainage ditch into the Oklahoma River? We dream big and we want you to, too.

Take your creativity to the next level by attending the 2012 State of Creativity, Tuesday, Nov. 13, at the Cox Convention Center in downtown. From 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., you’ll have the opportunity to hear from innovators, entrepreneurs, policy makers, business leaders, technology experts and trailblazers as you amp up your imagination to increase your capacity to create in your everyday life. Registration for the forum is $95 for students and $150 for others.

If you want to go even more in-depth, make sure you don’t miss the cSchool Bootcamp on Monday, Nov. 12 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The bootcamp includes four 90-minute intensive classes taught by Creative Oklahoma’s Experts in Residence. Registration for the cSchool Bootcamp is $295 per person.

Dust off your thinking cap and register today.

arts and culture
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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