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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Things to Do & See: Aug. 28 - Sept. 3, 2012

Tuesday, Aug. 28
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Albuquerque Isotopes; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary

Wednesday, Aug. 29
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
Wednesday Night at the Movies!; 6 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave; 231-8650; Admission is FREE
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Albuquerque Isotopes; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary
Summer Movie Nights featuring "Sherlock Holmes"; 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, Aug. 30
Noon Tunes: Local Honey; 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 After 5; 5 - 10:30 p.m.; OKC Museum of Art, theatre, 415 Couch; 270-4892; $5 per person
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. Albuquerque Isotopes; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary

Friday, Aug. 31
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Round Rock Express; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary
Full Moon Hike; 8 p.m.; Martin Park Nature Center, 5000 W Memorial; 755-0676; $2 per person

Saturday, Sept. 1
Arts Festival Oklahoma; 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Oklahoma City Community College, 7777 S May Ave; 682-7576; Admission is FREE; Parking is $4
Drop-In Art: Colorful Model Magic Sculptures; 1 - 4 p.m.; OKC Museum of Art, theatre, 415 Couch; 270-4892; Free with paid museum admission
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Round Rock Express; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary

Sunday, Sept 2.
Arts Festival Oklahoma; 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Oklahoma City Community College, 7777 S May Ave; 682-7576; Admission is FREE; Parking is $4
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Round Rock Express; 6:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary

Monday, Sept. 3
Happy Labor Day!
Arts Festival Oklahoma; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Oklahoma City Community College, 7777 S May Ave; 682-7576; Admission is FREE; Parking is $4
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Round Rock Express; 11:05 a.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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Whoa, Nelly!

Did you know that Oklahoma City is the reigning "Horse Show Capital of the World?" Home to more national and international equine (that's horse-related for you city slickers) championship events than any other city in the world, Oklahoma City is prime time when it comes to top national and world championship horse shows, and you don't want to miss the opportunity to check out one (or more) of the rough riding, yee-hawing good times.

And fall is a great time to watch these riders and their horses giddy-up – all while getting a taste of Oklahoma City's western heritage. Feel free to slap on some Wranglers, a pearl snap and boots, or just head over to State Fair Park in your weekend wear. Five of the industry's biggest shows will be in Oklahoma City over the next few months and you certainly don't want to miss out on any of the excitement.

Grand National Morgan Horse Show
October 6 - 13
www.morgangrandnational.com

U.S. Team Roping Championships
October 20 - 28
www.ustrc.com

American Quarter Horse World Championship Show
November 2 - 18
www.aqha.com

National Reining Horse Association Reining Futurity
November 22- December 1
www.nrha.com

World Barrel Racing Futurity
December 4 - 8
www.barrelfuturitiesofamerica.com

live sporting events, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Bustling Bricktown

Adjacent to downtown Oklahoma City is the fastest-growing entertainment district in the Southwest – Bricktown. With its large concentration of high-energy night clubs, casual lounges and list of restaurants covering a multitude of culinary cultures, Bricktown has something for every taste. And, when you factor in its picturesque setting, which embraces a mile-long canal lined with eateries, clubs, a movie theater, a bowling lounge, the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark and beautifully landscaped gardens and public art, you'll discover something the whole family can enjoy! Vibrant melodies can be heard coming from the American Banjo Museum and the Academy of Contemporary Music. Take a Bricktown Water Taxi cruise along the canal and discover the history of this energetic district. And while the weather is warm, be sure to hail a pedicab or one of several horse-drawn carriages that can be seen ferrying customers all over Bricktown. It's the perfect place for you to choose your own adventure.

museums, music, nightlife, parks, restaurants, arts and culture, downtown, family-friendly, movies
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Kicking Things Off

Oklahoma City is kind of a sports haven. We've got Olympic-caliber rowing, the Oklahoma City Thunder and so many other opportunities for sports enthusiasts to be, well, enthusiastic. Here in OKC, and really Oklahoma as a whole, we go crazy (yes, crazy) over college football. Tailgating borders on extreme. You will see college team paraphernalia everywhere:on cars, people, homes, pets – basically if it has two square inches of open space, it's fair game.

Greater Oklahoma City is home to two of the big dogs in all of college football – the Oklahoma State Cowboys (OSU) and the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU). Both schools kick off their seasons this weekend. At 6 p.m., Oklahoma State University will tackle (get it?) Savannah State in Stillwater. Later that evening (at 9:30 p.m. to be exact), the University of Oklahoma will be south of the Red River as they take on the University of Texas at El Paso. Both games will be on TV so call up your friends, neighbors, anyone and yell your heart out for four exciting quarters of college football.

If you're not already planning on it, we suggest you make plans this season to head to either Norman or Stillwater (or both!) and experience game day for yourselves. Both college towns have atmospheres that are the envy of universities across the nation.

Stillwater, Thunder, football, live sporting events, Norman, Oklahoma River
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Things to Do & See: August 21 - August 27, 2012

Tuesday, August 21
Downtown Boulevard Public Meeting; 5:30 p.m.; Coca-Cola Bricktown Events Center, 425 E California; 522-1465; Free and open to the public
Family Craft Night; 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.; Midwest City Library, 8143 E Reno, Midwest City; 732-4828; All ages; Call ahead to register

Wednesday, August 22
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: Mark Giammario; noon - 1 p.m.; Chase Tower, lobby, 100 N Broadway; 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
Summer Movie Nights featuring U2's "Rattle & Hum"; 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 23
Noon Tunes: Timmy Davis and Anita Dumar; 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: Local Honey; noon - 1 p.m.; City Rescue Mission, 800 W California; 270-4892; Admission is FREE
What’s the Write Word? Creative Writing Club; 5 - 6 p.m.; Capitol Hill Library, 334 SW 26; 634-6308; Open to children in grades 4-7
Art After 5; 5 - 10:30 p.m.; OKC Museum of Art, theatre, 415 Couch; 270-4892; $5 per person

Friday, August 24
Art Moves: Annie Chrietzberg; noon - 1 p.m.; Leadership Square, 211 N Robinson;
270-4892; Admission is FREE

Saturday, August 25
8 to 8 at the Zoo; 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Zoo, 2101 NE 50; 424-3344; extended hours at the zoo
Adventure Saturday; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Boathouse District and Route 66 Boathouse; 552-4040; Prices vary
Mother Nature’s Rx; 10 a.m.; Martin Park Nature Center, 5000 W Memorial; 755-0676; $2 per person
Drop-In Art: Outrageous Animal Masks; 1 - 4 p.m.; OKC Museum of Art, theatre, 415 Couch; 270-4892; Free with paid museum admission
RedHawks Movie Night: "Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory"; 6 - 10 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; For ticket information, click here or call 218-1000

Sunday, August 26
Sunday Twilight Concert: Smilin' Vic and the Soul Monkeys; 7:30 - 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 100 Myriad Gardens; 297-3995; Free and open to the public

Monday, August 27
Art Moves: Aaron Newman; noon - 1 p.m.; Leadership Square, 211 N Robinson; 270-4892; Admission is FREE
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Albuquerque Isotopes; 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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Hang out with Mother Nature

You've felt that, right? That cool air in the morning? The pleasantly just warm afternoons? Fall is on the way, and this weather makes us want to be outside ALL THE TIME. Since you probably feel the same way, we're going to remind you of one of OKC's great opportunities to explore the great outdoors – Martin Park Nature Center. We've talked about this great facility before, but here's a quick refresher:

  • Located at 5000 W Memorial Road
  • 144 acres
  • 3.5 miles of gentle hiking trails
  • A hands-on education center

You're probably thinking, "I have got to go there!" You should, especially since they have some great educational programs and hikes on the docket.

August 25, 10 a.m.
Mother Nature's Rx
$2 per person (Call 755-0676)
Does the Summer heat have you hiding inside? If so, Martin Park Nature Center has the perfect prescription. Join us for an origami program in the breezy and cool Martin Park woods.

August 31, 8 p.m.
Full Moon Hike
$2 per person (Call 755-0676)
Grab some binoculars and weather-appropriate gear and head to the park for a tour after dark. We'll take a look at the brightest orb in the sky - the full moon - and discuss this astrological phenomenon.

September 8, 3 p.m.
Oklahoma's Venomous Snakes
FREE!
They are all around us; in the hills, in the prairies, near our lakes, and some even right here in the city. What are they? Oklahoma's poisonous snakes. Learn to identify these fanged foes and the purpose they serve our environment. Presented by Michael Wilson of the Oklahoma City Herpetological Society.

family-friendly, outdoor recreation, parks
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Roll on down the river

We're sure you've seen the sparkling jewel that is the Oklahoma River, "home" to a number of superstar athletes. But not all of us are exactly the athletic type. Or maybe you are, but you like the idea of exploring the river without having to lift a finger. We've got just the thing for you – Oklahoma River Cruises. Just hope on board one of the Oklahoma River Cruisers and you can explore some of OKC's hidden treasures. A variety of trip options are available from three boarding locations – Regatta Park Landing (aka Boathouse District near the Chesapeake Boathouse), Exchange Landing (just minutes from Historic Stockyards City) and Meridian Landing (situated just west of Meridian Avenue in the Meridian Corridor).

A cruise down the River and back to your starting location costs between $6 and $15 (depending on your age) and takes approximately 90 minutes. Oklahoma River Cruises also offers a number of specialty and theme cruises including Sunset Cruises, their "History Comes Alive" cruise series, Karaoke Cruises (starting in September) and others. We suggest you go ahead and mark your calendar for October 12-27 when they'll kick off their annual "Haunt the River" cruises. Prices and age recommendations for theme and specialty cruises vary so we suggest you check out their website for the full details.

family-friendly, Oklahoma River
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Keep those kids safe!

Kids are cute and full of energy. An Oklahoma organization wants to help you keep all the kids in your life safe with some easy tips and tactics. Safe Kids Oklahoma is a nonprofit dedicated to the prevention of unintentional childhood injuries. They have a variety of programs from child passenger safety and pedestrian safety to bike safety and home safety to help you keep your kids out of harm's way. Check out some of their great tips and keep your kids safe whether you're at home or out having a great time around OKC!

family-friendly, community
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Things to Do & See: August 14 - August 20, 2012

Tuesday, August 14
Wildlife Food Plot Workshop; 6:30 - 9 p.m.; Oklahoma County Extension Center, 930 N Portland; 713-1125; Free and open to the public
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Fresno Grizzlies; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary

Wednesday, August 15
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: Hartel Dance Group & artist Aaron Robinson; noon - 1 p.m.; OKC Museum of Art, theatre, 415 Couch; 270-4892; Admission is FREE
Lawn Seminar; 1:30 - 3 p.m.; Oklahoma County Extension Center, 930 N Portland; 713-1125; Free and open to the public
Wednesday Night at the Movies!; 6 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave; 231-8650; Admission is FREE
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Fresno Grizzlies; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary
Summer Movie Nights featuring "Never Cry Wolf"; 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 16
Noon Tunes: Brigade Band; 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: Jamie Bramble; noon - 1 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, West Lake Pavilion, 100 Myriad Gardens; 270-4892; Admission is FREE
Teens Turning Green; 4 - 7 p.m.; Whole Foods Market, 6001 N Western; 879-3500; FREE; Get tips on having a greener living space
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. Fresno Grizzlies; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary
Lower Bricktown Live Summer Concert Series featuring The Damn Quails; 7:30 p.m.; Lower Bricktown plaza, near the fountain outside Harkins Bricktown Cinemas, 150 E Reno; 840-4275

Friday, August 17
Free Fare Friday; all day; Metro Transit citywide; 235-7433
Art Moves: 23rd St. Jazz; noon - 1 p.m.; Chase Tower, lobby, 100 N Broadway; 270-4892; Admission is FREE
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Fresno Grizzlies; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary

Saturday, August 18
8 to 8 at the Zoo; 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Zoo, 2101 NE 50; 424-3344; extended hours at the zoo
Hooked on Fishing free summer clinic; 8 - 10 a.m.; Crystal Lake, 6625 SW 15; 316-3474; Register in advance; All equipment provided, no license needed
Water Balloon Throwing Contest; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 100 Myriad Gardens; 297-2995; $2 for non-members; FREE for members
Back to School Carnival; 1 - 5 p.m.; Whole Foods Market, 6001 N Western; 879-3500; FREE; Face painting, food samples, art for kids and more

Sunday, August 19
Sunday Twilight Concert: Lemma; 7:30 - 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 100 Myriad Gardens; 297-3995; Free and open to the public

Monday, August 20
Art Moves: Luna Moth; noon - 1 p.m.; The Underground, under Broadway Ave., near China Chef; 270-4892; Admission is FREE

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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OKC's Best

With so many great options in Oklahoma City, choosing a favorite anything can be difficult. Sometimes it's hard just to know where to start. So let the Oklahoma Gazette's "Best of OKC" help you out! Their extensive list covers food and drink, people, and places so you're sure to find some great recommendations by other OKC'ers. Head over to their website and check out the list.

food, nightlife, restaurants, business
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Help Fight Hunger & Feed Hope

If you've been hanging around this little blog long enough, you might have seen us mention a local organization called the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. We're pretty keen on this group and their work to battle hunger in our state. Did you know they feed more than 90,000 Oklahomans each week? And unfortunately, more than one-third of these hungry Oklahomans are children. To help with this need, three generous donors – Top of the World, Trusted Choice-Independent Insurance Agents of Oklahoma and one anonymous family donor – are offering to match every dollar given specifically to the Food for Kids program.

This program provides chronically hungry elementary school children with backpacks of non-perishable, kid-friendly food to eat over weekends and holidays when school meal programs aren't available.

From now until September 30, any gift you give toward this program will be matched dollar-for-dollar to help feed hungry children. A gift of $200 can provide a backpack or a school pantry full of food every weekend for an entire school year for one child! And thanks to the generous donors we mentioned earlier, now it will feed two children! Make sure you check out this incredible program and help us in our efforts to fight hunger and feed hope in Oklahoma!

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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An Artsy Stroll

Downtown Oklahoma City is pretty awesome. But did you know that it's also a great place to spot some amazing art? To make it easy, Downtown OKC, Inc. has put together a splendid map and audio set for you to use during your exploration. Listen to Mayor Mick Cornett and Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips as you check out the more than 30 expressions of art – from amazing murals to impressive sculptures – inhabiting downtown. The DOKC folks even created a brochure to help you spot the sights. These handy-dandy brochures can be picked up at any of the downtown hotels or visitor centers.

[Image: Paul Houston Photography]

downtown, museums, arts and culture
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Things to Do & See: Aug. 7 - 13, 2012

Tuesday, Aug. 7
American Quarter Horse Youth World Championship Show; 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6704
RIVERSPORT Run/Walk Program; 6 - 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Boathouse, 725 S Lincoln Blvd; 552-4040; Free and open to the public

Wednesday, Aug. 8
American Quarter Horse Youth World Championship Show; 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6704
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: The Justice System; noon - 1 p.m.; Leadership Square, 211 N Robinson;
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
Summer Movie Nights featuring "West Side Story"; 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, Aug. 9
American Quarter Horse Youth World Championship Show; 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6704
Noon Tunes: Onda Cubana; 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
Oklahoma City Metro Literacy Coalition Network Meeting; 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Oklahoma City Metro Literacy Coalition, 1444 NW 28; 830-2790; Open to the public; Register in advance to receive lunch
Art Moves: Albert Bostick; noon - 1 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art lobby, 415 Couch Drive; 270-4892; Admission is FREE
3rd Annual Mustache Bash benefitting Positive Tomorrows; 5 p.m. - midnight; NE 9th Street between Broadway Ave and Oklahoma Ave; Admission is free
Lower Bricktown Live Summer Concert Series featuring Daniel Walcher; 7:30 p.m.; United Way plaza, near the fountain outside Harkins Bricktown Cinemas, 150 E Reno; 840-4275

Friday, Aug. 10
American Quarter Horse Youth World Championship Show; 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6704
Art Moves: Mark Galloway; noon - 1 p.m.; Homeless Alliance – WestTown, 1724 NW 4; 270-4892; Admission is FREE
LIVE on the Plaza; 7 - 11 p.m.; The Plaza District, NW 16 between Classen and Pennsylvania; 308-5991; Admission is FREE
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Sacramento River Cats; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary

Saturday, Aug. 11
American Quarter Horse Youth World Championship Show; 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6704
Hooked on Fishing free summer clinic; 8 - 10 a.m.; Metro Tech Sprinklake, NE 36 & Springlake Drive; 316-3474; Register in advance; All equipment provided, no license needed
Solar Cooking in the Children's Garden; 10 a.m. - noon; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 100 Myriad Gardens; 297-3995; $5 for members, $10 for non-members
Hatch Chile Festival; 1:30 - 4:30 p.m.; Whole Foods Market, 6001 N Western; 879-3500; Admission is FREE
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Sacramento River Cats; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary

Sunday, Aug. 12
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Sacramento River Cats; 6:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary
Sunday Twilight Concert: Allie Lauren; 7:30 - 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 100 Myriad Gardens; 297-3995; Free and open to the public
Sunset Cinema: Grease; 8:30 p.m.; Charles J. Johnson Central Park, SE 29 & Mid-American Blvd, Midwest City; 739-1293

Monday, Aug. 13
Art Moves: Gaye LeBlanc; 11:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Devon Tower, Nebu dining area, 333 W Sheridan; 270-4892; Admission is FREE
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Sacramento River Cats; 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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An End of Summer Splash

The end of summer may be in sight, but there's still time for a splashing good time. For more than three decades, White Water Bay has been cooling off Oklahomans and their visitors with more than 30 water slides, rides, pools and activities. If you're looking for some cool family fun – White Water Bay is the place to be.

But time for your wet and wild adventures is limited with the last day of this year's season landing on Sunday, September 9. Between now and then, there are varying hours and days of operation so we recommend hitting up their site before throwing on your swimsuit.

outdoor recreation, family-friendly
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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You Can Make a Difference

Oklahoma City is a place of true community, and our residents have found themselves on the receiving end of accolades for their volunteer efforts. Oklahoma City is filled with great organizations where you can donate your time, and this week we're here to highlight one.

Whiz Kids is a volunteer tutoring/mentoring program with a mission to “improve the well-being of inner city youth through academic tutoring and positive mentoring relationships as well as communicating spiritual and moral values.” By concentrating on self-esteem, reading, communication skills, goal-setting and character building, Whiz Kids volunteers are helping shape the future of our city.

All it takes is two hours a week to make a difference in the life of an at-risk child in our community. For more information about Whiz Kids or to get information on becoming a tutor, contact info@whizkids.org or call 405-602-2815.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Run for Fun

For fitness. For a cause. Run for any and every reason! The remaining months of 2012 in OKC include a number of options for you to add a little more wear to those running shoes. Whether you're planning a run at the Rio games in 2016 (see the pun there) or you're ready to become more road warrior than couch potato, there are fun and challenging races coming up to get you moving.

Midnight Streak 5k
Who? City Arts Center
When? Saturday, Aug. 11 at 11 p.m. (Festivities begin at 9 p.m. and continue through midnight)
Where? State Fair Park, 3000 General Pershing Blvd. (Enter off May Ave. at Gate 5)
Cost? $30 and includes a Dri-Fit T-shirt for the first 1,300 registrants

Red Coyote & OCU 3 Race Series
Who? Red Coyote and Oklahoma City University
When? Saturday, Aug. 18 – 2-mile road race; Saturday, Sept. 22 – 5k cross country race; Thursday, Oct. 11– 1-mile track race
Where? Saturday, Aug. 18 – OCU Campus; Saturday, Sept. 22 – Remington Park Race Course; Thursday, Oct. 11– Bishop McGuinness High School
Cost? Registration costs range from $10 to $40

Dash for Dad Half Marathon, 5k & 1-Mile Fun Run
Who? Urology Centers of Oklahoma and OPTIM Oncology
When? Saturday, Sept. 8 at 8 a.m.
Where? Stars and Stripes Park, Lake Hefner,
Cost? $35 for half marathon ($40 on race day); $25 for 5k run ($30 on race day); $10 1-mile walk

Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure
Who? Susan G. Komen Oklahoma City
When? Saturday, Oct. 27 at 8 a.m.
Where? Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 South Mickey Mantle Drive
Cost? Registration costs range from $20 to $45

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Bioscience Boomers

Oklahoma City is consistently recognized as being a haven for business. A strong economic climate, diverse industries and low tax rates mean that our businesses have the opportunity to thrive. One of these diverse industries that is growing, thriving and providing OKC'ers with quality jobs is bioscience. You mean you didn't know our bioscience industry was such a big deal? Well, let us set the record straight.

Cutting-edge research is transferring into successful businesses in our region's fast-growing bioscience cluster. You'll find this industry's presence just northeast of downtown with the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC), Presbyterian Health Foundation and a number of other organizations and entities. From the new $125 million Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation's eight-story research tower, substantially powered by wind power (seriously), to the seven-story, $120 million cancer research and treatment facility at OUHSC to the ProCure Proton Therapy Center, Oklahoma City is booming with bioscience. In fact, a study completed in 2011 by Battelle, the world's largest, independent research and development organization, found that the Oklahoma City region's employment in the bioscience sector grew 17.8 percent between 2001 and 2008, outpacing the 15.9 percent growth nationally. Impressive, huh?

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