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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Things to Do & See: July 31 - Aug 6, 2012

Tuesday, July 31
Planokc Summer Update and Open House; 4 - 6 p.m.; Oklahoma City City Hall, 200 N Walker; 297-2283
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Omaha Storm Chasers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary

Wednesday, August 1
Way Back Wednesday at the OKC Zoo; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Oklahoma City Zoo, 2101 NE 50; 424-3355; $1 admission
OSU-OKC Wednesday Farmers Market; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Whole Foods Market, 6001 N Western; 879-3500
Art Moves: Michael King; noon - 1 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive; 270-4892; Admission is FREE
Summer Movie Nights featuring "Indiana Jones & The Temple of Doom"; 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 100 Myriad Gardens; 297-3995; FREE and open to the public; First come, first served seating on the Great Lawn

Thursday, August 2
Noon Tunes: Metro Strings; 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave; 231-8650; Admission is FREE; Open to all ages
Art Moves: Wayne McEvilly; 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Devon Tower, Nebu dining area, 333 W Sheridan; 270-4892; Admission is FREE
Cocktails at the Gardens; 5 - 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 100 Myriad Gardens; 297-3995; $5 cover; Light hors d'oeuvres and cash bar; Must be 21 to attend
Concerts in the Park featuring The Roland Bowling Band; 7 p.m.; Joe B. Barnes Regional Park, 8700 E Reno, Midwest City; 739-1293; FREE and open to the public
Lower Bricktown Live Summer Concert Series featuring Horse Thief; 7:30 p.m.; United Way plaza, near the fountain outside Harkins Bricktown Cinemas, 150 E Reno; 840-4275

Friday, August 3
Oklahoma State Sales Tax Holiday; all day; at participating retail locations; 800-522-8165
American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show; 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6704
Art Moves: Cami Stinson and Matt Stansberry; noon - 1 p.m.; Leadership Square, 211 N Robinson;
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

Saturday, August 4
Oklahoma State Sales Tax Holiday; all day; at participating retail locations; 800-522-8165
Hooked on Fishing free summer clinic; 8 - 10 a.m.; Edwards Park Lake, 1515 N Bryant; 316-3474; Register in advance; All equipment provided, no license needed
American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show; 9 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6704
A Faerie Home in the Garden; 10 a.m. - noon; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 100 Myriad Gardens; 297-3995; $5 for members, $10 for non-members
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, August 5
Oklahoma State Sales Tax Holiday; all day; at participating retail locations; 800-522-8165
American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show; 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6704

Monday, August 6
American Quarter Horse Association World Championship Show; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6704
Art Moves: Michael Fresonke; noon - 1 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave; 270-4892; Admission is FREE

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Sales Tax Takes a Hike (just for the weekend)

Back to school season can put a pinch on your pocket book. Thankfully, Oklahoma's annual sales tax holiday is here to help out. This weekend, Aug. 3-5, will give you the chance to purchase clothing and shoes free of sales tax (including all state, city, county and local municipality sales tax). However, there is some fine print you should be aware of before you shop till you drop.

  • The sales tax holiday weekend begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, Aug. 3 and ends at 12 midnight Sunday, Aug. 5.
  • Any item of clothing or footwear with a sales price of less than $100 per article is exempt of sales and use tax.
  • Things that don't qualify: any accessories or special clothing or footwear primarily designed for athletic activity or protective use or the rental of clothing or footwear. Also not included, belt buckles; costume masks; patches and emblems; sewing equipment and supplies, even when used to make clothing.
  • "Clothing" is defined as "human wearing apparel suitable for general use, including belts and suspenders; boots; coats and jackets, diapers, gloves and mittens; hats and caps; hosiery; insoles for shoes; raingear; scarves; shoes and shoe laces; socks; underwear; athletic and non-athletic uniforms and more."
  • Jewelry, handbags, luggage, umbrellas, wallets, watches, and other similar items carried on or about the human body, without regard to whether worn on the body in a manner characteristic are considered taxable.

For FAQs and other info on the Sales Tax Holiday, check out the Oklahoma Tax Commission.

family-friendly, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Come and Stay Awhile

Summer is winding down. Soon the kids will head back to school and the busyness of fall will take over. Before you head back into the grind, we suggest you have one last hoorah.

For your last summertime hoorah, we think a staycation is in order. To help you plan something spectacular, we're about to hook you up with a super awesome, recently-redesigned website – VisitOKC.com. Here you'll find great suggestions for things to do, places to stay, where to eat and more! So head over to VisitOKC.com and plan to your heart's content.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Time for a Cool Down

Heat seems to have taken over Greater Oklahoma City. From the news to pictures of the seven-day forecast popping up in your social media feeds, it's getting difficult to ignore. And hearing your a/c run non-stop isn't exactly a morale booster. So we have a suggestion – get out of the house. That's right. Get out and do something – and since we doubt you want to fully experience what 100+ feels like, we've been thinking of some indoor activities to help you pass the time.

  1. Check out a museum. Are you an art fanatic? Scientist-in-training? Do you love history? No matter what your interests, Greater Oklahoma City's vast choice of museums makes it easy to find just what you're looking for. And to help you narrow it down, our buddies over at the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber have a list of museums that we think is tops.
  2. Visit one of OKC's spraygrounds. Get the kids, throw on your suits (and plenty of sunscreen) and head to one of these interactive water play parks to get a break from the heat.
  3. Curl up with a good book. If you've been hanging around the blog long, you have probably caught onto to the fact that we love the library – specifically the Metropolitan Library System. All those books just waiting there to be checked out . . . for free! And they have so many great activities for kids and adults. What's not to love?

What's your favorite way to cool down? Let us know so we can tell other OKC'ers!

family-friendly, library, museums, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Things to Do & See: July 24 - July 30, 2012

Tuesday, July 24
Light Up The Night; 2 - 3 p.m.; Belle Isle Library, 5501 N Villa; 843-9601; Open to teens; Admission is FREE
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Iowa Cubs; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary

Wednesday, July 25
Way Back Wednesday at the OKC Zoo; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Oklahoma City Zoo, 2101 NE 50; 424-3355; $1 admission
Midweek Movie Break; 10 a.m. - noon; Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library, 2201 SW 134; 979-2200; Attendance open to children elementary school and preschool ages
OSU-OKC Wednesday Farmers Market; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Whole Foods Market, 6001 N Western; 879-3500
Art Moves: OKC Philharmonic String Quartet; 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Devon Tower, Nebu dining area, 333 W Sheridan; 270-4892; Admission is FREE
Oklahoma Writing Project: Diary of a Writing Kid; 1 - 3p .m.; Capitol Hill Library, 334 SW 26; 634-6308; 2nd – 6th graders; Class is limited to first 20 students; call to register
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Iowa Cubs; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary
Summer Movie Nights featuring "Grease"; 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 100 Myriad Gardens; 297-3995; FREE and open to the public; First come, first served seating on the Great Lawn

Thursday, July 26
Noon Tunes: DuoFisher and More; 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave; 231-8650; Admission is FREE; Open to all ages
Art Moves: Alegria Real; noon - 1 p.m.; City Rescue Mission, 800 W California; 270-4892; Admission is FREE
Summer at the Movies; 1 - 3 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave; 231-8650; Admission is FREE; Open to all ages
Cocktails at the Gardens; 5 - 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 100 Myriad Gardens; 297-3995; $5 cover; Light hors d'oeuvres and cash bar; Must be 21 to attend
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Iowa Cubs; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary

Friday, July 27
Grow Strong and Healthy Health Expo; 9 a.m.7 p.m.; OU Health Science Center, 1100 N Lindsay; 271-4000
Art Moves: Justin Young; noon - 1 p.m.; Leadership Square, 211 N Robinson; 270-4892; Admission is FREE
Bricktown Reggae Fest; 4 p.m. - midnight; Bricktown, Sheridan & Oklahoma Avenues; 236-4143; All ages welcome; Admission is FREE; Gates open at 3 p.m.
2012 Olympic Games Opening Ceremonies Watch Party; 6:30 p.m.; OKC National High Performance Center, Devon Boathouse, SE 6 & Lincoln Blvd
Oklahoma Organic Gardening Association Meeting; 7 p.m.; OSU-OKC, Agriculture Resource Center, 400 N Portland
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Iowa Cubs; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary

Saturday, July 28
Drop-In Art: Pinwheels; 1 - 4 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive; 236-3100; FREE with paid museum admission
Bricktown Reggae Fest; 2 p.m. - midnight; Bricktown, Sheridan & Oklahoma Avenues; 236-4143; All ages welcome; Admission is FREE; Gates open at 1 p.m.
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Omaha Storm Chasers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary

Sunday, July 29
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Omaha Storm Chasers; 6:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary
Sunday Twilight Concert: Justin Juslin/Handsom Devils; 7:30 - 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 100 Myriad Gardens; 297-3995; Free and open to the public

Monday, July 30
Art Moves: Aaron White; noon - 1 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave; 270-4892; Admission is FREE
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Omaha Storm Chasers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Oklahoma’s Olympic Ties

We think Oklahomans are pretty fantastic – fantastic people and often fantastic athletes. With so many sports and recreation opportunities in Greater Oklahoma City, it's really no surprise that a number of current Olympians and Paralympians have called this great state (and community) home at some point.

Check out the list below to see which Olympians are representing Oklahoma in their chase for the gold.

Men's Basketball
Tyson Chandler, U.S. (Former Oklahoma City/New Orleans Hornet)
Kevin Durant, U.S. (Oklahoma City Thunder)
James Harden, U.S. (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Serge Ibaka, Spain (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Chris Paul, U.S. (Former Oklahoma City/New Orleans Hornet)
Russell Westbrook, U.S. (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Joseph Sharpe, U.S. athletic trainer (Oklahoma City Thunder trainer)

Men's Gymnastics
Chris Brooks, U.S. (Former University of Oklahoma athlete)
Jake Dalton, U.S. (University of Oklahoma athlete)
Jonathan Horton, U.S. (Former University of Oklahoma athlete)
Steven Legendre, U.S. (Former University of Oklahoma athlete)
Tom Meadows, U.S. (Former University of Oklahoma athlete)
Alex Naddour, U.S. (Former University of Oklahoma athlete)
Mark Williams, U.S. personal coach (University of Oklahoma gymnastics coach)

Men's Track And Field
Mike Rodgers, U.S. (Former Oklahoma Baptist University athlete)
Prince Mumba, Zambia (Former Oral Roberts University athlete)

Rowing
Emma Preuschl, U.S.(Trains at Oklahoma City's U.S. Rowing Training Center)
Andrew Johnson, U.S. (Trains at Oklahoma City's U.S. Rowing Training Center)
Robin Prendes, U.S. (Trains at Oklahoma City's U.S. Rowing Training Center)
Nick LaCava, U.S. (Trains at Oklahoma City's U.S. Rowing Training Center)
Will Newell, U.S. (Trains at Oklahoma City's U.S. Rowing Training Center)
Anthony Fahden, U.S. (Trains at Oklahoma City's U.S. Rowing Training Center)
Tom Peszek, U.S (Trains at Oklahoma City's U.S. Rowing Training Center)
Silas Stafford, U.S. (Trains at Oklahoma City's U.S. Rowing Training Center)

Bryan Volpenhein, U.S. Lightweight Head Coach (Interim head coach at Oklahoma City's U.S. Rowing Training Center)

Canoe/Kayak
Shaun Caven, U.S. Sprint Team Manager / Coach for Canoe/Kayak (Coaches at Oklahoma City's U.S. Canoe/Kayak Training Center)

Women's Basketball
Dominique Allen, Great Britain (Former Oral Roberts University athlete)
Rose Anderson, Great Britain (Former University of Central Oklahoma athlete)
Liz Cambage, Australia (Tulsa Shock)
Bo Overton, assistant coach for China (Former University of Oklahoma women's assistant coach, former OU and Ada athlete)

Women's Swimming
Ines Remesaro, Uruguay (Oklahoma Baptist University athlete)

Women's Track And Field
Brittany Borman, U.S. (University of Oklahoma athlete)
Tia Brooks, U.S. (University of Oklahoma athlete)
Latoya Greaves, Jamaica (Former University of Oklahoma/Oklahoma Baptist University athlete)
Laverne Jones-Ferrette, U.S. Virgin Islands (Former University of Oklahoma athlete)
Nickeisha Wilson, Jamaica (Former Oklahoma Baptist University athlete)
Brian Bluetrich, U.S. personal coach (University of Oklahoma assistant track and field coach)
Kerri-Ann Mitchell, Canada (Former University of Oklahoma athlete)

Men's Wrestling
Jared Frayer, U.S. (University of Oklahoma assistant coach, former University of Oklahoma athlete)
Sam Hazewinkel, U.S. (Former University of Oklahoma athlete)
Coleman Scott, U.S. (Former Oklahoma State University athlete)
Dr. Robert Hines, U.S. team doctor (University of Oklahoma wrestling team physician)
Michael Lightner, U.S. personal coach (University of Oklahoma assistant coach, former University of Oklahoma and Marlow athlete)
John Smith, U.S. personal coach (Oklahoma State University coach, former OSU and Del City athlete)

Women's Wrestling
Keith Williams, U.S. assistant coach (Former University of Oklahoma athlete)

P.S. We did our best research to make sure to include everyone, but if there's anyone we missed, please be sure to let us know. We don't want to miss out on the opportunity to acknowledge these amazing athletes!

community, live sporting events
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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The 411 on Some of the Hottest Olympic Events

Oklahoma City is a hot spot for trying your hand at some Olympic sports, as well as being a prime location for training Olympic-caliber athletes. We're sure you're as taken with these impressive water sports as we are. Here's a little info (thanks to our pals over at Oklahoma City RIVERSPORT) to help you understand the ins and outs of canoe / kayak events you'll witness during your Olympic watch parties.

Sprint
Sprint racing is a fast-paced sport that includes both canoe and kayak events. Athletes race in separate lanes on a straight course with calm water. Sprint kayaking focuses on 200m, 500m and 1000m racing. In kayak events, paddlers are seated in their boats and use a double-blade paddle. In canoe events, paddlers kneel and use a single-blade paddle.

Slalom
As an Olympic sport, whitewater slalom made its debut during the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich, Germany, but did not reappear until the 1992 Games in Barcelona, Spain. Today, it is fast growing in popularity as one of the more exciting Olympic sports.

Whitewater slalom athletes navigate their canoe or kayak through gates as they work their way through whitewater rapids in the fastest time possible. Hitting one of the hanging gates or missing one completely results in penalties which are added to the paddler's time at the end of his or her run. A two-second penalty is given for a touched gate, and if the gate is missed completely there is a 50-second penalty.

Each course has approximately 18-24 hanging gates that are color-coded to indicate which direction the paddler must pass through. Green gates are negotiated heading downstream while red gates require the paddler to reverse direction and pass through them heading upstream.

Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Olympic Rings Right in Our Own Backyard

Did you know that the Oklahoma River is the only river to be named a U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Site? In 2009, Oklahoma City was given the designation as a training site for both rowing and canoe/kayak.

Oklahomans had been fanatics of our river playground for years, but this event marked our city's emerging role in both national and international sports. It also opened the door for opportunities to grow this venue and the sports that happen on the water. Today, OKC provides some of the U.S.'s top rowing and canoe/kayak athletes with the best training facilities and resources available – helping them prepare for their shining moment on the world's stage.

Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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London is Calling

This Friday marks the official start of the 2012 Olympics in London. We have been gearing up for months, watching Olympic Trials, filling out our fantasy Olympics brackets (yes, those really exist) and filling our closets with red, white and blue. To help you get in the Olympic spirit, Oklahoma City RIVERSPORT is hosting an Opening Ceremonies Olympic Watch Party, Friday, July 27, at 6:30 p.m. So head down to the Oklahoma River for some free fun (our favorite kind) and cheer on the USA!

Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Things to Do & See: July 17 - July 23, 2012

Tuesday, July 17
FREE admission at the OKC Zoo; 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Oklahoma City Zoo, 2101 NE 50; 424-3344
RIVERSPORT Run/Walk Program; 6 - 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Boathouse, 725 S Lincoln Blvd; 552-4040; Free and open to the public

Wednesday, July 18
Way Back Wednesday at the OKC Zoo; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Oklahoma City Zoo, 2101 NE 50; 424-3355; $1 admission
OSU-OKC Wednesday Farmers Market; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Whole Foods Market, 6001 N Western; 879-3500
Art Moves: Squirrel & Friends; noon - 1 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 405 Couch Drive; 270-4892; Admission is FREE
Summer Movie Nights featuring "Shrek"; 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 100 Myriad Gardens; 297-3995; FREE and open to the public; First come, first served seating on the Great Lawn
Registration and Auditions: American Idol; 8 a.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Auditioners must be between the ages of 15 and 28; Audition on July 20

Thursday, July 19
Art Moves: Larry & Susan Pierce; noon - 1 p.m.; Robinson Renaissance, food court, 119 N Robinson; 270-4892; Admission is FREE
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park presents The Tempest; 8 p.m. – 11 p.m.; 100 Myriad Gardens – Water Stage; 297-3995; $15 for General Admission
Lower Bricktown Live Summer Concert Series; 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.; Harkins Bricktown Cinema, 150 E Reno; 840-4275;Admission is FREE

Friday, July 20
Art Moves: Brianna Gaither; noon - 1 p.m.; The Underground, under Broadway Ave near China Chef; 270-4892; Admission is FREE
Registration and Auditions: American Idol; 8 a.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Auditioners must be between the ages of 15 and 28; Audition on July 20

Saturday, July 21
RIVERSPORT OKC Family Movie Night; 8:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Finish Line Tower, Lincoln & SE 6th; The Muppets; 552-4040; Admission is FREE
Bricktown Marketplace Saturday Sidewalk Sale; Noon – 7 p.m.; Bricktown Marketplace, 115 E California, Canal Level
Museum Schedules Train Rides; 424-8222; Oklahoma Railway Museum, 3400 NE Grand Blvd; Train leaves Oakwood Depot at the museum at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., Noon, 1:30 p.m., 2:30 p.m.; Open to all ages; Tickets - 13 years and up is $12.00, 3 years to 12 years is $5.00, and Under 3 FREE.

Sunday, July 22
Capture the Wild Zoo Photography Contest; 424-3344; OKC Zoo, 2101 NE 50; Take pictures at the Zoo to be used in Zoo Friends Calendar; Contest ends July 31; General Admission to Zoo required; Several Categories

Monday, July 23
Art Moves: Janie Mobley; noon- 1 p.m.; Chase Tower lobby, 100 N Broadway, ; 270-4892; Admission is FREE

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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A Better Summer with The Better Life

There is a seriously awesome summer happening in Greater Oklahoma City. There is so much to do – free outdoor movies and concerts, the new Adventure Saturdays on the Oklahoma River, kids' fishing classes offered through the City of Oklahoma City, a plethora of outdoor dining options and so much more! If you're like us, you have been busy soaking up all the fun. And maybe in the hubbub of activities, you've missed one of our great posts. Have no fear. We're here to catch you up on anything you might have missed.

Did you know downtown OKC now has its very own bike share program?
Explore OKC's wilderness at the Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge
Get your kids hooked on fishing
Relax by the water at OKC's nearby lakes
Do some alfresco dining
Kick back with a good book
Work on your jump shot at downtown's community basketball court
Catch a performance of Shakespeare – outside!
Make a meal using OK-grown ingredients
Make a new furry friend
Discover Oklahoma's heritage
Catch a movie under the stars
Learn about nature at the Myriad Botanical Gardens
Find out more about our great state with Oklahoma Today magazine

arts and culture, community, family-friendly
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Jam on in Bricktown

Whether you're into music, food, or just enjoy a lively afternoon of people-watching, the Bricktown Reggaefest is for you. Visitors of all ages are encouraged to bring their blankets and lawn chairs and come and sample delicious Caribbean food and a continuous stream of live reggae music.

This year's line-up
Friday

100 Bones 4:00 - 5:15
Sunnyside up 5:30 - 6:45
The Suspects 7:00 - 8:30
Watusi 8:45 - 10:15
The Ark Band 10:30 - 12:00

Saturday

100 Bones 2:00 - 3:15
Sunnyside up 3:30 - 5:00
Sam and the Stylees 5:15 - 6:45
Melody Memory 7:00 - 8:30
Ugly Lion 8:45 -10:15
Local Culture 10:30 - 12:00

Beer, soft drinks, t-shirts and beads will be available for purchase. But be sure to leave Fido at home – and in addition to your pets, remember to not bring any of these other prohibited items: outside food/drink, coolers, video cameras and weapons.

music, arts and culture, downtown, family-friendly, festivals
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Beat the Heat

As the temperature goes up, you may think that the number of options for free outdoor fun start to dwindle. Luckily, the Parks & Recreation Department has just the thing to keep your kids nice and cool – and entertained – on those hot summer days. Kids of all ages will love splashing their way through one of the 17 spraygrounds available throughout the city. With options as far north as NW 122nd St., and as far south as SW 74th St., there is sure to be an option close to you. Spraygrounds are open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Sept. 3. So grab your swimsuit and your sunscreen, and get ready to beat the heat at one of these locations:

Douglas Park, 901 N. Frederick Douglass Ave.
EB Jeffery, 4432 NW 16th
Harvest Hills Park, 8235 NW 104th St.
Lippert Park, 5500 S. Shartel
Macklanburg Park, 11700 N. Stratford
McCracken Park, 425 SE 64th
McKinley Park, 1300 North McKinley
Melrose Park, NW 5th and Council
Memorial Park, 3600 N. Classen
Minnis Lakeview Park, 12518 NE 36th
North Highland Park, 301 NW 81st St.
Reed Park, 1217 N. May Ave.
Schilling Park, 537 SE 25th St.
Sellers Park, SW 82nd and Villa
Taylor Park, 1113 SW 70th
Wiley Post Park, SW 17th and Robinson
Youngs Park, SW 44 and Youngs

family-friendly, outdoor recreation, parks
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Things to Do & See: July 10 - July 16, 2012

Tuesday, July 10
RIVERSPORT Run/Walk Program; 6 - 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Boathouse, 725 S Lincoln Blvd; 552-4040; Free and open to the public
Stephane Wrembel and Kyle Dillingham; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 100 Myriad Gardens; 297-3995; FREE and open to the public; First come, first served seating on the Great Lawn

Wednesday, July 11
Way Back Wednesday at the OKC Zoo; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Oklahoma City Zoo, 2101 NE 50; 424-3355; $1 admission
OSU-OKC Wednesday Farmers Market; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Whole Foods Market, 6001 N Western; 879-3500
Art Moves: Susan Herndon; noon - 1 p.m.; Robinson Renaissance, food court, ; 270-4892; Admission is FREE
Summer Movie Nights featuring "Ferris Bueller's Day Off"; 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 100 Myriad Gardens; 297-3995; FREE and open to the public; First come, first served seating on the Great Lawn

Thursday, July 12
Art Moves: Samantha Crain; noon - 1 p.m.; Myriad Gardens Crystal Bridge, 100 Myriad Gardens; 270-4892; Admission is FREE
Cocktails at the Gardens; 5 - 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 100 Myriad Gardens; 297-3995; $5 cover; Light hors d'oeuvres and cash bar; Must be 21 to attend
Concerts in the Park featuring High Ground; 7 p.m.; Joe B. Barnes Regional Park, 8700 E Reno, Midwest City; 739-1293; FREE and open to the public
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. New Orleans Zephyrs; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary

Friday, July 13
Art Moves: Miss Brown to You; noon - 1 p.m.; Robinson Renaissance, food court, 119 ; 270-4892; Admission is FREE
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. New Orleans Zephyrs; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary

Saturday, July 14
OSU-OKC Saturday Farmers Market; 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.; OSU-OKC Horticulture Pavilion, 400 N Portland; 947-4421
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. New Orleans Zephyrs; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary
Sunday Twilight Concert: 411 Band with Cara Black; 7:30 - 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 100 Myriad Gardens; 297-3995; Free and open to the public
Sunset Cinemas; begins 20 minutes after sundown; Charles J. Johnson Central Park, SE 29 & Mid-America Blvd in Midwest City; 455-1808; FREE and open to the public

Sunday, July 15
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. New Orleans Zephyrs; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary

Monday, July 16
Art Moves: Wayne McEvilly; noon - 1 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, atrium, 300 Park Ave; 270-4892; Admission is FREE

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A Melodic End to the Weekend

Long summer hours mean even more time to enjoy the weekend. Delay the whole "getting ready for Monday" ritual with the Sunday Twilight Concert Series at the Myriad Botanical Gardens. Presented by Devon Energy, the concert series has been rocking since June, but there's still plenty of time for you to enjoy the musical magic. So come Sunday evening, grab your picnic basket, blankets, lawn chairs and head to the Myriad Gardens to enjoy a variety of performers at this free concert in the heart of downtown.

Performers for the remainder of the season include:
July 15 - 411 Band w/Cara Black – Motown/Soul
July 22 - Singer/Songwriter night Feat. Carter Sampson, Bob Moore, & Others
July 29 - Justin Joslin/Handsome Devils – Indie/Americana/Folk
August 5 - Son del Barrio – Salsa/Meringue
August 12 - Allie Lauren – Jazz/Pop
August 19 - Lemma – Alternative Rock
August 26 - Smilin' Vic and the Soul Monkeys – Old School Classics

The concerts take place each Sunday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Pets and glass containers are prohibited.

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Get Your Team on Board

Trust falls and ropes courses are so last year. Pretty much everyone is on a team – work, sports, community group, etc. – so why not get the gang together for some team building on the Oklahoma River? With three unique approaches, the OKC Boathouse Foundation staff will help your group improve collaboration, build trust and get energized. Row the river and help your group discover how to work together. Challenge the dragon by trying your hand at the world's fastest growing water sport. Or get into the mindset of the country's top Olympic rowers as you take on high performance team building. Experiences are priced individually and based on the number of participants and the schedule of activities. Call or email Sarah Laurent at 552-4040 to get your group set up today!

community, fitness, Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation
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Starry Night at the Movies

Spend a summer night under the stars while also watching some stars on the big screen. The "Summer Movie Nights" series will kick off this Wednesday, July 11 at 9 p.m. on the grand lawn of the Myriad Gardens. With "Ferris Bueller's Day Off" set as the first movie of the summer, this series is sure to be a hit. Best of all? It's FREE! So save yourself $9 and head down to the Myriad Gardens for a grand time on the grand lawn with a few hundred other Oklahoma Citians.

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Discover More about OKC

Discover even more about your new hometown with VeloCity, a digital magazine put out by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. Filled with compelling articles and interactive features, this powerful publication helps tell the story of Oklahoma City. Just last week, the Chamber launched the fourth issue of VeloCity. This latest issue focuses on Oklahoma City's appearance on the international stage as the Oklahoma City Thunder made its first-ever trip to the NBA Finals. We know you're still beaming with Thunder pride so head over to GreaterOKC.tv and check out the latest issue of VeloCity.

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Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Things to Do & See: July 3 - July 9, 2012

Tuesday, July 3
Battle in the Saddle; all day; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6704
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Memphis Redbirds; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary
Red, White & Boom!; 8:30 p.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6704; FREE concert with fireworks

Wednesday, July 4
Battle in the Saddle; all day; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6704
Edmond LibertyFest Parade; 9 a.m.; Downtown Edmond; Parade starts at the corner of Ayers St. and University Drive; See route
2012 Bethany Freedom Festival; 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Eldon Lyon Park, 7400 NW 36, Bethany; 789-5005
Edmond LibertyFest ParkFest at UCO; 6:30 p.m.; UCO Campus, 100 N University Drive
Bricktown Fireworks Extravaganza; 9:30 p.m.; Bricktown; Fireworks can be seen from anywhere in Bricktown
Edmond LibertyFest Fireworks; 10 p.m.; UCO Campus, 100 N University Drive; Seating available throughout UCO's campus

Thursday, July 5
Battle in the Saddle; all day; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6704
Art Moves: Patrick Riley; noon - 1 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive; 270-4892; Admission is FREE
Cocktails on the Skyline featuring Born in November; 5 - 10 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive; 236-3100

Friday, July 6
Battle in the Saddle; all day; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6704
Art Moves: Bob Hanlin; 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Devon Building, Nebu Dining Area, 333 W Sheridan; 270-4892; Admission is FREE

Saturday, July 7
Battle in the Saddle; all day; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6704
Hooked on Fishing; 8 - 10 a.m.; Edwards Park Lake, 1515 N Bryant; 316-3474; Open for children ages 5-15; Children under 13 must be accompanied by a parent; FREE
Drop in Art: Chihuly Painting; 1 - 4 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive; 236-3100; FREE with paid museum admission

Sunday, July 8
Battle in the Saddle; all day; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6704
Sunday Twilight Concert: Michael Fracasso; 7:30 - 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 100 Myriad Gardens; 297-3995; Free and open to the public

Monday, July 9
Art Moves: Gaye LeBlanc; noon - 1 p.m.; Chase Tower lobby, 100 N Broadway; 270-4892; Admission is FREE

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Stretch that Dollar!

Remember all the things you used to be able to buy with $1? Ah, the good ol' days. Head over to the Oklahoma City Zoo on Wednesdays and see how far $1 will take you. Every Wednesday during the months of July and August, admission into the Zoo is just $1 for guests of all ages. But the savings don't stop there. They also have plenty of "dollar deals" on Wednesdays, including hotdogs, small drinks, small popcorn, Safari Voyage boat rides, carousel rides and the sea lion show.

If Wednesdays don't quite work with your schedule, head out to the Zoo on Saturdays for their "Stay Late and Play" hours. Now through September 1, the Zoo will stay open extra late (until 8 p.m.) so you can enjoy even more zootastic fun.

And we've got one more way to entice you to hit up the Zoo. Mark your calendar for Tuesday, July 17. Why? Because it's Sales Tax Appreciation Day and every guest will be admitted into the Zoo for FREE! Now, that is some summer fun.

Regular Zoo hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., seven days a week. $1 admission is only available on Wednesdays during July and August. Admission prices all other days are: Adults $8, Kids and Seniors (65 and older) $5, Children under 2 free.

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Discover Nature in Downtown OKC

There is some serious fun (and learning) happening at the Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City. They've got the month of July filled to the brim with outstanding outdoor classes for you and your kids. Check out the following schedule and head over to the southwest corner of the Myriad Botanical Gardens for the nature-inspired activity of your choosing:

July 8 Exciting Insects
July 14 Orange You Glad You Recycle!
July 15 Meandering Mazes and Spiraling Labyrinths
July 21 How to Fingerprint a Tree
July 22 Precious Pollinators
July 28 Little Prairie on the House

For more information on these events, including times and cost, visit the Myriad Gardens' event calendar.

Other great activities at the Gardens include Storytime in the Garden, held every Wednesday and Friday at 10 a.m. This event is free and open to the public, but intended for children ages 2-4.

downtown, family-friendly, gardening, parks
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Waste Not, Want Not

It's summertime in Oklahoma, and that means it's a little on the warm side. It also tends to be on the dry side. We know you spent all spring getting your lawn and gardens into tip-top shape and the last thing you want is to see them wither away. So we're here to give you some pointers on the all-important topic of water conservation because, if done properly, you can keep that yard looking green and those flowers/vegetables/shrubs/etc. growing strong while not being a wasteful-waterson.

Thankfully our pals over at the City of Oklahoma City have set up an entire website on the subject. Here are a few of their pointers:

  • Check the soil moisture before watering. The surface may be dry, but adequate moisture may be retained beneath the surface.
  • Water in the early morning or late afternoon.
  • Water slowly and thoroughly rather than frequently to encourage root growth.
  • Use plenty of mulch or compost to promote water retention in grass and flower beds.
  • Be sure the sprinkler is aimed at the lawn, not the street or sidewalk.

For more tips, visit their site, SqueezeEveryDrop.com. And for even more tips, check out the EPA's site on water conservation.

community, gardening
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A History of Creativity

Oklahoma City and its citizens have always been creative. Today, you can see it reflected in districts around town – the Paseo Arts District, the Plaza District, Film Row – in our world class museums and art galleries and in the vision that has transformed our city. Our history is filled with bold acts of creativity and innovation. We're here to tell you about a few little known facts about your hometown:

  • The world's first installed parking meter was in Oklahoma City? Yup, back in July 1935, the first "coin controlled parking meter" was right here, in OKC.
  • You know that handy shopping cart that you push around the grocery store while you're stocking up on goodies? Well that bad boy was invented and used in Oklahoma City back in 1937.
  • Back in the day, not much happened west of the Mississippi. But WKY, AM 930, helped change that by being the first radio station to transmit west of the Mississippi River.

Who knew, right? Well, we did, and now you do, too.

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