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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Things to Do & See: Oct. 30 - Nov. 5, 2012

Tuesday, Oct. 30
Pumpkinville; 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 297-3995; Free for Myriad Gardens members, non-member admission is $5 per child and $2.50 per adult; Various activities available
Storybook Forest; 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.; Arcadia Lake’s Spring Creek Park, 2.5 miles east of I-35 on 15th Street, Edmond; 216-7471; Admission is $5 per child Monday through Thursday; $7 per child Friday through Sunday; Adults enter for free with the purchase of a child’s ticket.

Wednesday, Oct. 31
Pumpkinville; 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 297-3995; Free for Myriad Gardens members, non-member admission is $5 per child and $2.50 per adult; Various activities available
OSU-OKC Wednesday Farmers Market; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Whole Foods Market, 6001 N Western; 879-3500
Storybook Forest; 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.; Arcadia Lake’s Spring Creek Park, 2.5 miles east of I-35 on 15th Street, Edmond; 216-7471; Admission is $5 per child Monday through Thursday; $7 per child Friday through Sunday; Adults enter for free with the purchase of a child’s ticket.
Museum of Osteology Halloween Bash; 6 - 9 p.m.; Museum of Osteology, 10301 S. Sunnylane Rd; 814-0006; Admission is $3 per person, kids 3 and under are free with a paid adult
Haunt The Zoo; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Zoo, 2101 NE 50 Street; 424-3344; Admission is $6 for children in advance or $7 at the gate; Adults (ages 18 and older) may accompany children for free

Friday, Nov. 2
General Election Early Voting; 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; local county election boards
Chemistry Day; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Science Musuem Oklahoma, 2100 NE 52; 602-6664
Historic Walking Tour; 9:30 - 11 a.m.; Will Rogers Garden Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36; 943-0827; Free and open to the public
St. Elijah Food Festival & Bake Sale; 10 a.m.8 p.m.; St. Elijah Orthodox Christian Church, 15000 N. May; 755-7804
First Friday Gallery Walk; 6 - 10 p.m.; Paseo Arts District, NW 28 and Walker to NW 30 and Dewey; FREE and open to the public
Oklahoma City Barons vs. Houston Aeros; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary

Saturday, Nov. 3
General Election Early Voting; 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.; local county election boards
Beginner Beekeeping Class; 9 a.m. - noon; Oklahoma County Extension Center, 930 N Portland; 473-5680; $75 per family of 2 (includes 4 classes); Register by calling 473-5680
St. Elijah Food Festival & Bake Sale; 10 a.m.8 p.m.; St. Elijah Orthodox Christian Church, 15000 N. May; 755-7804
First Friday (Saturday) Gallery Walk; noon - 5 p.m.; Paseo Arts District, NW 28 and Walker to NW 30 and Dewey; FREE and open to the public

Sunday, Nov. 4
Fall Fest; 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Farmers Public Market, 311 S. Klein; 232-6506; Free and open to the public
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Atlanta Hawks; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

Monday, Nov. 5
General Election Early Voting; 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; local county election boards

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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A Look Into the Past

Oklahoma City – and the state as a whole – have a storied past in the Wild West. Relive the glory days of the cowboy through a fantastic exhibit at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. Shown at only 10 locations across the U.S. “National Geographic: Greatest Photographs of the American West” will transport you to the days of saddles and spurs as you experience our nation’s western heritage through the art of photography. The exhibit kicks off this Saturday, Oct. 27 and will run through Jan. 6, 2013. And when you fall in love with the exhibit (because we know you will), you can head over to the Museum Store and purchase the companion book. The store has endless treasures for you to take home – maybe you can even get a jump start on your holiday shopping.

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., except for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day. Admission is $12.50 for adults, $9.75 for seniors (62+) and students with a valid ID, $5.75 for children ages 4-12. Children under 3 are admitted for free.

Adventure District, museums, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Championship Dreams

As you’ve likely heard (because we like to talk about it) fall is football time here in Oklahoma. But that’s not the only sport on our radar. In fact, when it comes to sports, things in OKC are ramping up.

Earlier this month, the Oklahoma City Barons had their first face off of the 2012-2013 season. They’ve got three more home games this month, and the rest of their schedule is jam-packed with great games that you don’t want to miss. Single game tickets start at just $16 each.

The Oklahoma City Thunder have been dribbling through preseason action, but the official start to the 2012-2013 season is just days away (it starts Thursday, Nov. 1!). After last year’s run in the NBA Finals, Thunder tickets are sure to be a hot item this year. Upcoming games include the season opener against San Antonio (Nov. 1), a trip to Chicago (Nov. 8) and so many others. Even if you can’t make it down to Chesapeake Energy Arena to watch a game in person (and check out the finished arena upgrades), there are plenty of places around town that have prime game-watching seats.

live sporting events, Thunder
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Do Your Patriotic Duty

Man oh man – do we love to vote. It’s true. Using that felt-tipped marker to choose our candidates of choice and vote on the issues is something we look forward to. Not to mention, we love sporting those “I Voted” stickers around town. There’s just one week left until Election Day 2012 is upon us. But you don’t have to wait until Nov. 6 to cast your ballot. You’ve got a couple of other options

Absentee voting
If you want to get in on absentee voting for the election, you better get on the ball. Tomorrow (that’s Oct. 31) at 5 p.m. is the last time you can request an absentee ballot. You need to fill out an application and submit it to the county election board in the county where you are registered. Not sure where that is? Check here.

Early Voting
If going to the polls between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Election Day doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, why not take advantage of early voting? It’s a breeze, and you still get an “I Voted” sticker that you can sport on Election Day. Early voting is available on the following days:

  • Friday, Nov. 2 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  • Saturday, Nov. 3 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
  • Monday, Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.

As you probably assumed, this voting extravaganza takes places at the county election board in the county where you are registered.

And don’t forget to study up on the candidates and State Questions before you head to the polls. Informed voting is the best kind of voting. We recommend the Prosperity Project as a great one-stop shop for information on the candidates and the issues.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Things to Do & See: Oct. 23 - Oct. 29, 2012

Tuesday, Oct. 23
Pumpkinville; 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 297-3995; Free for Myriad Gardens members, non-member admission is $5 per child and $2.50 per adult; Various activities available
Storybook Forest; 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.; Arcadia Lake’s Spring Creek Park, 2.5 miles east of I-35 on 15th Street, Edmond; 216-7471; Admission is $5 per child Monday through Thursday; $7 per child Friday through Sunday; Adults enter for free with the purchase of a child’s ticket.

Wednesday, Oct. 24
Pumpkinville; 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 297-3995; Free for Myriad Gardens members, non-member admission is $5 per child and $2.50 per adult; Various activities available
OSU-OKC Wednesday Farmers Market; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Whole Foods Market, 6001 N Western; 879-3500
Storybook Forest; 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.; Arcadia Lake’s Spring Creek Park, 2.5 miles east of I-35 on 15th Street, Edmond; 216-7471; Admission is $5 per child Monday through Thursday; $7 per child Friday through Sunday; Adults enter for free with the purchase of a child’s ticket.

Thursday, Oct. 25
Pumpkinville; 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 297-3995; Free for Myriad Gardens members, non-member admission is $5 per child and $2.50 per adult; Various activities available
Storybook Forest; 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.; Arcadia Lake’s Spring Creek Park, 2.5 miles east of I-35 on 15th Street, Edmond; 216-7471; Admission is $5 per child Monday through Thursday; $7 per child Friday through Sunday; Adults enter for free with the purchase of a child’s ticket.
Downtown Park Public Input Meeting; 6 - 8:30 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 4th floor auditorium, 300 Park Ave.
Haunt the Harn; 6 - 9 p.m;Harn Homestead, 1721 N. Lincoln Blvd.;235-4058;Admission is $3 for children in advance or $5 at the door, up to two adults may accompany a child for free, no cost to museum members

Friday, Oct. 26
Pumpkinville; 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 297-3995; Free for Myriad Gardens members, non-member admission is $5 per child and $2.50 per adult; Various activities available
Storybook Forest; 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.; Arcadia Lake’s Spring Creek Park, 2.5 miles east of I-35 on 15th Street, Edmond; 216-7471; Admission is $5 per child Monday through Thursday; $7 per child Friday through Sunday; Adults enter for free with the purchase of a child’s ticket.
Haunt The Zoo; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Zoo, 2101 NE 50 Street; 424-3344; Admission is $6 for children in advance or $7 at the gate; Adults (ages 18 and older) may accompany children for free

Saturday, Oct. 27
Halloween Train; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Oklahoma Railway Museum, 3400 NE Grand Blvd.; 424-8222; Train leaves the depot at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.; Admission is $15 for guests 13 years and up; $13 for guests 13 and up in costume; $5 for guests ages 3 to 12; Free for guests under 3
Pumpkinville; 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 297-3995; Free for Myriad Gardens members, non-member admission is $5 per child and $2.50 per adult; Various activities available
Fall Foliage Walking Tour; 9:30 a.m.; Will Rogers Garden Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36; 943-0827
Haunt Old Town Moore; 4 - 7 p.m.; Old Town Moore, 101 W Main, Moore; 793-5000; Costume Contests Information: Ages 0-2 at 4:30 p.m.; Ages 3-4 at 4:50 p.m.; Ages 5-7 at 5:10 p.m.; Ages 8-11 at 5:30 p.m.; Ages 12-15 at 5:50 p.m.; Ages 16+ at 6:10 p.m.
Pumpkinville Halloween Party; 4 - 8 p.m.; Pumpkinville in the Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W Reno; 297-1528; Free to members; $10 per person or $35 per family (2 adults and 2 children) – each additional child is $5.
Pumpkin Palooza; 5 - 8 p.m.; Edmond Multi-Activity Center, 2733 Marilyn Williams Drive, Edmond; 359-4630; Admission is FREE for all ages; Food and drinks available for purchase
Storybook Forest; 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.; Arcadia Lake’s Spring Creek Park, 2.5 miles east of I-35 on 15th Street, Edmond; 216-7471; Admission is $5 per child Monday through Thursday; $7 per child Friday through Sunday; Adults enter for free with the purchase of a child’s ticket.
Haunt The Zoo; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Zoo, 2101 NE 50 Street; 424-3344; Admission is $6 for children in advance or $7 at the gate; Adults (ages 18 and older) may accompany children for free
6th Annual Gazette Halloween Parade; 7 p.m.; Parade starts at NW 10 & Broadway Ave continues through Downtown and Midtown – ending where it began
Oklahoma City Barons vs. Houston Aeros; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary
Oklahoma Organic Gardening Association Meeting; 7 p.m.; OSU-OKC Agriculture Resource Center, 400 N. Portland; Open to the public

Sunday, Oct. 28
Pumpkinville; 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 297-3995; Free for Myriad Gardens members, non-member admission is $5 per child and $2.50 per adult; Various activities available
16th Annual Gatewood Historic District Home/Garden Tour; noon - 5 p.m.; Gatewood Historic District, NW 16 to NW 23 and Pennsylvania to Classen Blvd; 525-9441; Tickets are $10 in advance and $12 on tour day
Oklahoma City Barons vs. Texas Stars; 4 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary
Storybook Forest; 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.; Arcadia Lake’s Spring Creek Park, 2.5 miles east of I-35 on 15th Street, Edmond; 216-7471; Admission is $5 per child Monday through Thursday; $7 per child Friday through Sunday; Adults enter for free with the purchase of a child’s ticket.
Haunt The Zoo; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Zoo, 2101 NE 50 Street; 424-3344; Admission is $6 for children in advance or $7 at the gate; Adults (ages 18 and older) may accompany children for free

Monday, Oct. 29
Pumpkinville; 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 297-3995; Free for Myriad Gardens members, non-member admission is $5 per child and $2.50 per adult; Various activities available
Storybook Forest; 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.; Arcadia Lake’s Spring Creek Park, 2.5 miles east of I-35 on 15th Street, Edmond; 216-7471; Admission is $5 per child Monday through Thursday; $7 per child Friday through Sunday; Adults enter for free with the purchase of a child’s ticket.
Haunt The Zoo; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Zoo, 2101 NE 50 Street; 424-3344; Admission is $6 for children in advance or $7 at the gate; Adults (ages 18 and older) may accompany children for free

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Help the Hungry

Did you know that more than 675,000 Oklahomans struggle with hunger every day? Help Oklahomans fight hunger this fall. From now until Nov. 15, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin is leading the “Feeding Oklahoma Food and Fund Drive” to work toward a hunger-free Oklahoma. Helping is easy – all you have to do is make a gift to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma or drop off non-perishable food items at any BancFirst location, Love’s Travel Stops, Verizon Wireless Stores, the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and any other partner food bank. You can view a list of participating businesses here. Last year, this food and fund drive raised enough to provide more than 1 million meals for hungry Oklahomans. So raid your pantry or your wallet and help out your neighbors!

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Drumroll, Please

This Saturday, Oct. 27, the University of Oklahoma Sooners football team will take to the gridiron as they tackle a storied opponent, the University of Notre Dame Fighting Irish. While you might not be able to make it to Norman for this historic match-up, we’ve got another opportunity for you to check out the Irish. On Friday evening at 5:30 p.m., the Band of the Fighting Irish (aka Notre Dame’s Marching Band) will be on the stage of the Grand Lawn at the Myriad Botanical Gardens at 5:30 p.m. for a free performance. You don’t want to miss this. And while you’re in the Gardens, be sure to check out Pumpkinville. We told you all about it a couple weeks ago!

family-friendly, football, music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Halloween-ish Happenings

With just a little more than a week until Halloween is upon us, there are plenty of Halloween festivities happening in Greater Oklahoma City. Whether you’re up for being spooked or have your treat bag at-the-ready, we’re certain you’ll find an activity worth screaming about. Here are a few of our suggestions:

Storybook Forest – Hayrides, campfire with hot chocolate and marshmallows, children’s aloud book readings and trick-or-treating in the not-so-scary forest from Storybook characters.
Location: Arcadia Lake’s Spring Creek Park, 2.5 miles east of I-35 on 15th Street, Edmond
Dates: Oct. 23-31 from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Admission: $5 per child Monday through Thursday; $7 per child Friday through Sunday. Adults enter for free with the purchase of a child’s ticket.

Haunt the Harn – Trick-or-treating, children’s craft projects, face painting, cupcake walk, pumpkin bowling, hayrides, marshmallow roasting and more.
Location: Harn Homestead, 1721 N. Lincoln Blvd.
Date: Oct. 25 from 6 - 9 p.m.
Admission: Children are $3 in advance or $5 at the door; up to two adults may accompany a child for free; No cost to museum members

Haunt The Zoo – Fantasy-themed booths where children can collect treats, party pics.
Location: Oklahoma City Zoo, 2101 NE 50 Street
Dates: Oct. 26 - 31 from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Admission: Children are $6 in advance or $7 at the gate; Adults (ages 18 and older) may accompany children for free

Halloween Train –Tour the museum, ride the Halloween Train.
Location: Oklahoma Railway Museum, 3400 NE Grand Blvd.
Date: Oct. 27 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. – Train leaves the depot at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.
Admission: $15 for guests 13 years and up; $13 for guests 13 and up in costume; $5 for guests ages 3 to 12; Free for guests under 3

Haunt Old Town Moore – Extreme animals petting zoo, scary karaoke, costume contest, haunted room, bingo, hayrides, food and fall picture taking.
Location: Old Town Moore, 101 W Main, Moore
Date: Oct. 27 from 4 - 7 p.m.
Costume Contests Information: Ages 0-2 at 4:30 p.m.; Ages 3-4 at 4:50 p.m.; Ages 5-7 at 5:10 p.m.; Ages 8-11 at 5:30 p.m.; Ages 12-15 at 5:50 p.m.; Ages 16+ at 6:10 p.m.

Pumpkin Palooza – Pumpkin decorating contest, arts and crafts, flashlight pumpkin hunt (bring your own flashlight) and more.
Location: Edmond Multi-Activity Center, 2733 Marilyn Williams Drive, Edmond
Date: Oct. 27 from 5 - 8 p.m.
Admission: Free for all ages; Food and drinks available for purchase

Pumpkinville Halloween Party – Trick-or-treating, fun games, monster mash music and more.
Location: Pumpkinville in the Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W Reno
Date: Oct. 27 from 4 - 8 p.m.
Admission: Free to members; $10 per person or $35 per family (2 adults and 2 children) – each additional child is $5.

Museum of Osteology Halloween Bash – Games, activities, door prizes, free candy, safe and educational trick-or-treating
Location: Museum of Osteology, 10301 S. Sunnylane Rd
Date: Oct. 31. from 6 - 9 p.m.
Admission: $3 per person; Kids 3 and under are free with a paid adult

family-friendly, festivals, museums, zoo
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Get Your Schmooze On

It’s that time of year – when hundreds of Greater Oklahoma Citians will head over to the Travel & Transportation Building at State Fair Park for the SchmoozaPalooza Trade Show, Thursday, Oct. 25 from 4 to 7 p.m. With more than 100 Oklahoma businesses exhibiting, SchmoozaPalooza is a great place to check out the latest products and services available. Bring your friends, coworkers, clients, mom, brother, anyone and enjoy tasty treats from some of OKC’s best restaurants while making connections with other OKC’ers. With tickets only $10 (and that includes one drink ticket!), it’s a steal of a deal. Check out the photo booth pictures from the April SchmoozaPalooza and see what a blast it is. And be sure to check out the SchmoozaPalooza video here.

business, networking
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Be a Lean, Mean Composting Machine

According to the City of Oklahoma City, each household in OKC generates approximately 4.5 pounds of waste per day. Whoa! That is quite a bit of trash. Thankfully, about a quarter of that tends to be things like leaves, yard trimmings and food scraps – all things that can be composted and later spread in your garden as a rich fertilizer.

Here are the City’s simple steps for outdoor composting:

  • Select a dry, shady spot near a water source for your compost pile or bin. Add equal parts of three basic ingredients, chopped or shredded:
    • Browns (dead leaves, branches and twigs) for carbon.
    • Greens (grass clippings, vegetable waste, food scraps and coffee grounds) for nitrogen.
    • Water, moistening dry materials as they are needed.
  • Mix these items well, stirring frequently for about six months. Make sure you don’t let the mixture become too wet or too dry. You can even cover the top of the compost with a tarp if you’d like.
  • When the materials on the bottom are dark and rich in color, your compost is ready to be used.

The City also provides a list of things that should be left out of your composting combination:

  • Black walnut tree leaves or twigs
  • Coal or charcoal ash
  • Citrus rinds
  • Dairy products (butter, egg yolks, milk, sour cream, yogurt, etc.)
  • Fats, grease, lard or oils
  • Meat or fish bones and scraps
  • Diseased or insect-ridden plants
  • Pet wastes
  • Yard trimmings treated with chemical pesticides

If you’d like more information on the magic of composting and how you can get started, contact Utilities Customer Service at 405-297-2833 or water@okc.gov for a free guide!

community, gardening
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Don’t Miss a Single Touchdown

Fans cheering. Whistles blowing. Cleats sprinting down the turf. Crimson. Orange. Aw, the sweet sights and sounds of October. Oklahoma is filled to the brim with football fanatics, and the same can be said for the folks here in OKC. Whether you have a favorite team you love to root for or just enjoy watching some classic pigskin match-ups, there are plenty of spots throughout Greater OKC that are top-notch when it comes to watching the big game.

Here are just a few suggestions if you’re looking for a place to catch the game.

809 Sports Grill
(located at the Hilton Garden Inn)
2809 NW Expressway

Buffalo Wild Wings
(multiple locations across the metro)
4130 NW Expressway, Oklahoma City
2601 I-35 Frontage Rd., Moore
5500 Tinker Diagonal St., Del City
6910 SW 3rd St., Oklahoma City
1333 N Santa Fe Ave., Edmond

Coach’s Bricktown Restaurant
20 S. Mickey Mantle Drive

Dave & Busters
5501 N May Ave.

Louie’s on the Lake
9401 Lake Hefner Parkway

Republic Gastropub
5830 N. Classen Blvd.

TapWerks
121 E Sheridan Ave

Obviously there are more than seven (11 if you count the five different Buffalo Wild Wings locations we’ve got on the list) places in Greater OKC where you can go to watch a game. But we here at The Better Life aren’t here to give an extensive listing of any and every place you might find a TV for your game-watching pleasure. Our goal is to give you a sampling of your options and hope that you enjoy these while also discovering many others. And then we hope that you’ll tell us about the great places you find so we can pass that info along to our faithful readers (aka, folks just like you)! So go out, explore and report back! And if you check out our list and don’t find exactly what you’re looking for, we suggest you check out the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s Membership Directory for other great options.

food, football, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: Oct. 16 - Oct. 22, 2012

Tuesday. Oct. 16
Pumpkinville; 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 297-3995; Free for Myriad Gardens members, non-member admission is $5 per child and $2.50 per adult; Various activities available
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Charlotte Bobcats preseason game; 7 p.m.; 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary
Prairie Fly Fishers Meeting; 7 p.m.; Camp DaKaNi, 3309 E Hefner; Admission is free

Wednesday, Oct. 17
Pumpkinville; 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 297-3995; Free for Myriad Gardens members, non-member admission is $5 per child and $2.50 per adult; Various activities available
OSU-OKC Wednesday Farmers Market; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Whole Foods Market, 6001 N Western; 879-3500
Wednesday Night at the Movies!; 6 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave; 231-8650; Admission is FREE

Thursday, Oct. 18
Myriad Botanical Gardens Orchid Sale; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, south lobby of the Crystal Bridge Conservatory, 301 W Reno; 297-3995
Pumpkinville; 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 297-3995; Free for Myriad Gardens members, non-member admission is $5 per child and $2.50 per adult; Various activities available

Friday, Oct. 19
Myriad Botanical Gardens Orchid Sale; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, south lobby of the Crystal Bridge Conservatory, 301 W Reno; 297-3995
Pumpkinville; 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 297-3995; Free for Myriad Gardens members, non-member admission is $5 per child and $2.50 per adult; Various activities available
Oklahoma City Barons vs. San Antonio Rampage; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary

Saturday, Oct. 20
Master Pumpkin Carving Workshop; 9 a.m. - noon; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 297-3995; $25 for Myriad Gardens members, $35 for non-members; Space is limited; Advanced registration is available
Myriad Botanical Gardens Orchid Sale; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, south lobby of the Crystal Bridge Conservatory, 301 W Reno; 297-3995
Pumpkinville; 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 297-3995; Free for Myriad Gardens members, non-member admission is $5 per child and $2.50 per adult; Various activities available
Creepy Conservatory; 10 a.m. - noon; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 297-3995; $5 for Myriad Gardens members, $10 for non-members (includes admission to Pumpkinville in the Children’s Garden)
Composting at Home: Rotten Luck; 2 - 3:30 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 297-3995; Free to the public
Oklahoma City Barons vs. Lake Erie Monsters; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary
Movie Under the Stars: Casper; 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 297-3995; Free and open to the public

Sunday, Oct. 21
Pumpkinville; 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 297-3995; Free for Myriad Gardens members, non-member admission is $5 per child and $2.50 per adult; Various activities available
Make-A-Scarecrow Sunday; 1 - 4 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 297-3995; $20 for Myriad Gardens members, $25 for non-members
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Denver Nuggets; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

Monday, Oct. 22
Pumpkinville; 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 297-3995; Free for Myriad Gardens members, non-member admission is $5 per child and $2.50 per adult; Various activities available

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Lights, Camera, Action!

If you’ve been hanging around The Better Life for long, you might have heard us talk about a lovely, up and coming district known as the Film Exchange District – sometimes the locals just call it Film Row. This gem is located along Sheridan Avenue between Classen Boulevard and Walker Avenue, and is home to a number of businesses, including a yummy pizza joint, Joey’s Pizzeria. These days, Joey’s has a lovely, mostly new, across-the-street neighbor – The Paramount, OKC. Enter its doors and you’ll find coffee, wine, pie, and, of course, movies. Sounds splendid, right?

Located in the 700 block of West Sheridan, The Paramount sits in a building that was once a distribution facility for Paramount Pictures. Today, patrons can stop by and enjoy tasty treats from their menu – grilled cheese, soup, cookies, pie, coffee, and more. After gobbling up something delicious, we suggest you head over to their 70-seat theater where they screen a wide variety of movies.

This isn’t your run-of-the-mill place to catch the latest blockbuster. Click here to find out more info about their hours, showings, prices, facility rentals, etc.

Photo Credit: By Patrick W. Moore (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Tweet Your Heart Out

Getting to know your new hometown can be as easy as 1, 2, tweet. Twitter is a great way to connect with people in the community and learn about everything OKC has to offer - our continually low unemployment rates, what's happening around town and so much more. While there are plenty of awesome OKC tweeters, here are a few we suggest you follow if you want to be in the know about this place we call home.

  • Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett - @MickCornett
  • Steve Lackmeyer, reporter for The Oklahoman - @stevelackmeyer
  • Oklahoma City Thunder - @okcthunder
  • Greater Oklahoma City Chamber - @okcchamber
  • Greater OKC, the Twitter for great OKC news and accolades - @GreaterOKC
  • Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau - @VisitOKC
  • Downtown OKC, Inc. - @DowntownOKCInc
  • Kevin Durant, OKC Thunder player and international superstar - @KDTrey5
  • Keep it Local, a great source for locally-owned businesses - @KeepItLocalOK
  • Greg Elwell, restaurant reviewer for the Oklahoma Gazette - @ElwellEats
  • OKC News Bureau, the Twitter behind PR and Communications who promote OKC - @OKCNewsBureau
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Things to Do & See: Oct. 9 - Oct. 15, 2012

Tuesday, Oct. 9
Oklahoma City Zoo's Annual Pumpkin Drive; all day; OKC Zoo, 2101 NE 50 St; 424-3355; bring a pumpkin bigger than your head and receive free admission that day at the Zoo
Grand Nationals and World Championship Morgan Horse Show; 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6700

Wednesday, Oct. 10
Oklahoma City Zoo's Annual Pumpkin Drive; all day; OKC Zoo, 2101 NE 50 St; 424-3355; bring a pumpkin bigger than your head and receive free admission that day at the Zoo
Grand Nationals and World Championship Morgan Horse Show; 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6700
OSU-OKC Wednesday Farmers Market; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Whole Foods Market, 6001 N Western; 879-3500
Wednesday Night at the Movies!; 6 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave; 231-8650; Admission is FREE

Thursday, Oct. 11
Oklahoma City Zoo's Annual Pumpkin Drive; all day; OKC Zoo, 2101 NE 50 St; 424-3355; bring a pumpkin bigger than your head and receive free admission that day at the Zoo
Grand Nationals and World Championship Morgan Horse Show; 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6700
Free Drawing Class; 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Will Rogers Garden Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36; 943-0827 Open to all ages; Participants are asked to bring an 18-by-24-inch drawing pad, ebony pencils, kneaded eraser, art gum eraser and a hand-held pencil sharpener
Junior League of Oklahoma City's Mistletoe Market; 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 843-5668; General admission is $8 for ages 13+, $5 for adults 65 and older, $5 for children ages 3 through 12 (children under 3 are free)
Speed Dating; 6 - 8 p.m.; .; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave; 231-8650; Open to adults ages 41-55; Registration required; Bring a book you love or loathe as a conversation starter

Friday, Oct. 12
Oklahoma City Zoo's Annual Pumpkin Drive; all day; OKC Zoo, 2101 NE 50 St; 424-3355; bring a pumpkin bigger than your head and receive free admission that day at the Zoo
Grand Nationals and World Championship Morgan Horse Show; 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6700
Junior League of Oklahoma City's Mistletoe Market; 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 843-5668; General admission is $8 for ages 13+, $5 for adults 65 and older, $5 for children ages 3 through 12 (children under 3 are free)
Live on the Plaza; 7 - 11 p.m.; Plaza District, Northwest 16 between Classen and Pennsylvania; 308-5991; Admission is free

Saturday, Oct. 13
Oklahoma City Zoo's Annual Pumpkin Drive; all day; OKC Zoo, 2101 NE 50 St; 424-3355; bring a pumpkin bigger than your head and receive free admission that day at the Zoo
Grand Nationals and World Championship Morgan Horse Show; 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6700
Pumpkinville; 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 297-3995; Free for Myriad Gardens members, non-member admission is $5 per child and $2.50 per adult; Various activities available
Pumpkinville Pie Making Class by Pie Junkies OKC; 10 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m.; Myriad Gardens restaurant, 301 W Reno; 297-3995; Free for Myriad Gardens members, $5 for non-members
OKC Zoo Halloween Costume Swap; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; OKC Zoo, 2101 NE 50 St; 424-3355; Bring a gently used Halloween costume and receive tickets to swap for different ones
Junior League of Oklahoma City's Mistletoe Market; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 843-5668; General admission is $8 for ages 13+, $5 for adults 65 and older, $5 for children ages 3 through 12 (children under 3 are free)
Ghost Stories in the Grove: Fall Festival; 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 297-3995; Free for Myriad Gardens members, $5 for non-members

Sunday, Oct. 14
Oklahoma City Zoo's Annual Pumpkin Drive; all day; OKC Zoo, 2101 NE 50 St; 424-3355; bring a pumpkin bigger than your head and receive free admission that day at the Zoo
Pumpkinville; 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 297-3995; Free for Myriad Gardens members, non-member admission is $5 per child and $2.50 per adult; Various activities available

Monday, Oct. 15
Pumpkinville; 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 297-3995; Free for Myriad Gardens members, non-member admission is $5 per child and $2.50 per adult; Various activities available

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Get Pumped for Pumpkins

Starting this Saturday, head down to the Myriad Gardens and celebrate all things fall! Pumpkinville will run daily from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Oct. 31, and is filled to the brim with fall fun for all – crafts, a pumpkin village, hay bale maze, pumpkin decorating, cider pressing, tasty treats, gourds, ghosts and scarecrows, pumpkin fairy houses, storytelling and more!

If you're a Myriad Gardens member, your admission is free – woo hoo! For the rest of you folks, admission is $5 per child and $2.50 per adult.

Here's a glimpse of what's on the docket for this Saturday, Oct. 13 at Pumpkinville!

  • Cider Pressing
    Top-of-the-hour action – loading, grinding and pressing . . . then tasting!
  • Magnetic Jack O Lantern
    Make a pumpkin's face using magnetic pieces!
  • Crafts Beneath the Pavilion
    Burlap Sack Wreath – scrunch strips of rustic burlap onto a frame and decorate it with pompom pumpkins, colorful fall leaves, and a variety of decorations.
    Autumn Crown – weave together strands of raffia and charming leaf decorations for a topper that's as individual as its maker!
  • Ghostly Grove
    Salt dough ghosts come to life in the Grove, with a little help from you.
  • Pumpkin Decorating
    Members receive a free pumpkin and all the fixings to gussy it up, including sequins, paint, feathers and markers. Non-members can purchase a pumpkin for $5 and decorate to their hearts' content.
  • Under "Tree" Fort Amphitheater
    Story times are 10 a.m., noon and 2, 4 and 6 p.m. Lots of stories will be read and they'll all have Halloween/Fall/Pumpkin themes.
  • Pie Making by Pie Junkies OKC
    Enjoy classes at10 a.m. and 1 and 3 p.m. Classes last for an hour and a half and are free to members. Nonmembers may attend for $5.
  • Ghost Stories in the Grove
    Just spooky enough tales told at twilight from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The fall festivities continue through Oct. 31 so be sure to check their website for activities taking place.

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It's Good to be in OKC

Oklahoma City is pretty much awesome, and we're not the only ones who think so. Here are just a few accolades OKC has been on the receiving end of in recent months.

OKC Ranks as One of the Best Cities for College StudentsAmerican Institute for Economy Research
Housing Revival No Problem in OKCThe Business Journals
Metro Area Makes Best Communities for Young PeopleAmerica's Promise Alliance
OKC Ranks No. 1 in Economic StrengthThe Business Journals
Philanthropy Thrives in OKCNew Geography
OKC Ranks as the Most Business-Friendly CityCNN Money
Men's Fitness Ranks OKC Among the FittestMen's Fitness
Recent College Grads are Happy in OKCForbes

The entire list is long, and continually growing. Be sure to check it out here.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Fall for Fall

Throw on your favorite cardigan, slide on those boots and head over to OSU-OKC for a fall event you do not want to miss. It's time for the OSU-OKC Farmers Market Fall Harvest Celebration and Customer Appreciation Day. And who doesn't enjoy being appreciated? We sure do!

Here's the low-down. This Saturday, Oct. 6, it would be wise if you found yourself at the Horticulture Pavilion on OSU-OKC's campus between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m.. Why? Because that is where you'll find the fun – door prizes, live music, free popcorn and free horse-drawn carriage rides. And what would a farmers market be without fabulous food? The OSU-OKC Farmers Market has it all – fresh foods, seasonal produce, certified organic products, a variety of handmade skincare and craft items – all from more than 30 vendors featuring Oklahoma-grown and made products.

And perhaps you're in the market for some lovely fall plants to spruce up your home or garden. Once again, OSU-OKC has you covered. As part of their extravaganza, the Farmers Market will be hosting its three-day Fall Plant Sale. Just head over to the John E. Kirkpatrick Horticulture Center Greenhouse on campus at any of the following times and pick out that perfect fall plant: Thursday and Friday, Oct. 4 and 5 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 6, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

And just a tip, Farmers Market vendors and the folks at Agriculture Technologies (aka the plant-selling people) only accept cash or checks.

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Things to Do & See: Oct. 2 - Oct. 8, 2012

Tuesday, Oct. 2
Downtown OKC, Inc. Bike Tour; 6 p.m.; Bring your own bike and meet at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 Mickey Mantle Dr.; FREE; Must be at least 16 to participate; Covers approximately 2.5 miles
RIVERSPORT Run/Walk Program; 6 - 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Boathouse, 725 S Lincoln Blvd; 552-4040; FREE run/walk program for beginners

Wednesday, Oct. 3
Oklahoma City Community College Job Fair; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Oklahoma City Community College, 7777 S May; 682-1611; Open to the public; Health employers noon to 6 p.m.; Other employers 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
OSU-OKC Wednesday Farmers Market; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Whole Foods Market, 6001 N Western; 879-3500
Art Moves: Grupo AfroCaribeno; noon - 1 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Band Shell, 100 Myriad Gardens; 270-4892; Admission is FREE
Wednesday Night at the Movies!; 6 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave; 231-8650; Admission is FREE

Thursday, Oct. 4
Art Moves: Miss Brown to You; noon - 1 p.m.; Chase Tower, 100 N Broadway; 270-4892; Admission is FREE
Cocktails on the Skyline; 5 - 10 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive; $5 admission includes complimentary chips and salsa

Friday, Oct. 5
Art Moves: Brian Mitchell Brody; noon - 1 p.m.; Chase Tower, outdoor plaza, 100 N Broadway; 270-4892; Admission is FREE
First Friday Gallery Walk; 6 - 10 p.m.; Paseo Arts District, NW 28 and Walker to NW 30 and Dewey; FREE and open to the public
9th annual ARTonTAP; 7 - 10 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive; $45 for museum members, $50 for nonmembers

Saturday, Oct. 6
Grand Nationals and World Championship Morgan Horse Show; 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6700
Oklahoma City Resident Hazardous Waste Collection Event; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6704; Bring your current Oklahoma City water bill stub to prove residency
First Friday (Saturday) Gallery Walk; noon - 5 p.m.; Paseo Arts District, NW 28 and Walker to NW 30 and Dewey; FREE and open to the public

Sunday, Oct. 7
Grand Nationals and World Championship Morgan Horse Show; 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6700
Taste of Bricktown; 3 - 5 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 Mickey Mantle Dr; 218-1000; $20 in advance, $30 at the door; Children under 12 enter FREE

Monday, Oct. 8
Grand Nationals and World Championship Morgan Horse Show; 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6700
Art Moves: Gay LeBlanc; noon - 1 p.m.; Oklahoma Tower, 210 Park Ave.; 270-4892; Admission is FREE

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Spooky, Scary, Fallish Fun

While fall represents the season when sports enthusiasts huddle together to celebrate football, there's more to fall than the excitement of pigskin. October is also a time when pumpkins are seen in abundance and ghosts, goblins and other mysterious creatures take over Greater Oklahoma City.

For the next few weeks, spook-chilling festivities will fill calendars of residents throughout Greater Oklahoma City, leaving all OKC'ers with plenty of fun-filled entertainment. OKC has a little bit of everything going on this time of year – opportunities for sipping apple cider while enjoying an old-fashioned hayride, making some new furry friends at one of the many petting zoos, picking out that perfect pumpkin at a pumpkin patch, experiencing the thrill of a haunted museum and everything in between.

We're certain you can find plenty of fallish fun, but here are a few suggestions from our team of experts:

TG Farms – petting zoo, pumpkin picking, hayrides, hay maze, naturally grown fruits and vegetables available for purchase, pony rides.
Newcastle location – I-44 south to exit 108. Continue 1 mile and TG Farms will be on the south side of the road.
Norman location – I-35 South to Exit 106, Highway 9 west for 1.5 miles.
Both locations open 9 a.m. to sundown, Monday through Sunday.
Admission: $8+tax, walking age and above, Monday through Friday during school hours; $10+tax after school hours and weekends; Season pass available for $29.95

Parkhurst Pumpkin Patch – corn maze, pony rides, petting zoo, hay rides, fun fort, picnic areas, fun games, pumpkin picking.
Located at 720 Henney Road in Arcadia
Open Friday - Saturday from 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., and Sunday from 1 - 6 p.m.
Admission price: $8 per person

Orr Family Farm – corn maze, pumpkin patch, hayrides
Located at 14400 S. Western in Oklahoma
Open Monday - Thursday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and Friday - Saturday from 10 a.m. -9 p.m. Closed Sundays.
Admission: Farm Pass $10 (Monday – Thursday), $12.50 (Friday – Saturday); Farm Pass Plus $15 (Monday – Thursday), $17.50 (Friday – Saturday), Corn Maze $10 per person

Haunt The River with Oklahoma River Cruises – Adults-only Halloween-themed with hors d'oeuvres, cash bar, costume prizes and more on the Oklahoma River from Oct. 6-27.
Departs from Regatta Park, 725 S Lincoln
Departs Friday and Saturdays at 8 p.m., boarding begins 15 minutes before scheduled departure
Admission: $35 per person

But don't worry. The fun doesn't stop here. Keeping coming back to the blog for even more fall fun happening in Greater OKC!

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A Two-Wheeled Tour

Downtown OKC is filled to the brim with all things new and old – great historic buildings, shiny new skyscrapers, cool public art projects and so much more. Now you have the opportunity to get to know downtown, its hidden gems and famous finds, all from a unique perspective – a bicycle. Downtown OKC, Inc. is making it possible for you to get up close and personal with Downtown through bike tours led by resident OKC experts. Each tour is FREE and begins at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 2, Oct. 9 and Oct. 16. Here's what's on the agenda for each tour:

How does it work? Each tour will last about an hour and will cover 2.5 to 3 miles. All participants must be 16 or older. But once you've hit that mark, you're good to go. Just bring your bike (and a helmet – safety first, kids) and meet up with the group for a tour to remember. If you want to check out the routes, click here.

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