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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Things to Do & See: Sept. 25 - Sept. 30, 2012

Tuesday, Sept. 25
Oktoberfest at VZD's; all day; VZD's Restaurant & Club, 4200 N Western Ave; 524-4203; Celebrate Oktoberfest with Bavarian specials, including Oktoberfest-style lagers from Germany and Oklahoma

Wednesday, Sept. 26
Oktoberfest at VZD's; all day; VZD's Restaurant & Club, 4200 N Western Ave; 524-4203; Celebrate Oktoberfest with Bavarian specials, including Oktoberfest-style lagers from Germany and Oklahoma
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, Sept. 27
Oktoberfest at VZD's; all day; VZD's Restaurant & Club, 4200 N Western Ave; 524-4203; Celebrate Oktoberfest with Bavarian specials, including Oktoberfest-style lagers from Germany and Oklahoma
Rain Garden Workshop; 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; OSU-OKC Student Center, 900 N Portland; 297-1629
Cocktails on the Skyline; 5 - 10 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive; $5 admission includes complimentary chips and salsa
Oklahoma Regatta Festival: OGE NightSprints; 6 - 10 p.m.; Regatta Park on the Oklahoma River, 725 S Lincoln; 552-4040; Admission is FREE
Oklahoma Regatta Festival: Paddle for the Cure; 7 p.m.; Regatta Park on the Oklahoma River, 725 S Lincoln; 552-4040;$35 per individual, $650 for a team of 21 (20 paddlers and 1 drummer)


Friday, Sept. 28
Oktoberfest at VZD's; all day; VZD's Restaurant & Club, 4200 N Western Ave; 524-4203; Celebrate Oktoberfest with Bavarian specials, including Oktoberfest-style lagers from Germany and Oklahoma
Friends of the Moore Public Library; 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Moore Public Library, 225 S Howard Ave; 793-5100; $5 per individual, $10 per family, $1 for students
Oklahoma Regatta Festival: OGE NightSprints; 6 - 10 p.m.; Regatta Park on the Oklahoma River, 725 S Lincoln; 552-4040; Admission is FREE
Oklahoma City RedHawks Beerfest; 7 - 10 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; $10 advance tickets, $15 at the door; Must be 21 to enter

Saturday, Sept. 29
Oktoberfest at VZD's; all day; VZD's Restaurant & Club, 4200 N Western Ave; 524-4203; Celebrate Oktoberfest with Bavarian specials, including Oktoberfest-style lagers from Germany and Oklahoma
Friends of the Moore Public Library; 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Moore Public Library, 225 S Howard Ave; 793-5100; $5 per individual, $10 per family, $1 for students
Oklahoma Regatta Festival; 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Regatta Park on the Oklahoma River, 725 S Lincoln; 552-4040; Admission is FREE
Oklahoma Regatta Festival: OCU Head of the Oklahoma; 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Regatta Park on the Oklahoma River, 725 S Lincoln; 552-4040; Admission is FREE
Oklahoma Regatta Festival: Olympic & Paralympic Experience; 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Regatta Park on the Oklahoma River, 725 S Lincoln; 552-4040; Admission is FREE
Plaza District Festival; noon - 10 p.m.; Plaza District, 1700 block of NW 16; 367-9403; Admission is FREE
Oklahoma Regatta Festival: Oklahoma Regatta Run; 4 p.m.; Regatta Park on the Oklahoma River, 725 S Lincoln; 552-4040; $25 per runner

Sunday, Sept. 30
Oklahoma Regatta Festival: OCU Head of the Oklahoma; 8 a.m. - noon.; Regatta Park on the Oklahoma River, 725 S Lincoln; 552-4040; Admission is FREE
17th Annual Mesta Festa; noon - 6 p.m.; Mesta Park, 700 NW 18; 550-2719; Admission is FREE
Friends of the Moore Public Library; 1 - 3 p.m.; Moore Public Library, 225 S Howard Ave; 793-5100; $5 per individual, $10 per family, $1 for students

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Fair Warning, Ladies. Frankie Valli's in Town.

We here at The Better Life hope we look this good when it's time for our diamond (that's 75) anniversary-ee-yee. A WPA (aka the Works Project Administration which was part of FDR's New Deal – you remember that one from history class, right?) project and indeed a jewel of Oklahoma City's arts venues, the Civic Center Music Hall has been captivating crowds since 1937. Extensively renovated by the original MAPS, the Center re-opened to capital commendations in 2001 with a new lease on its midlife and has been stirring and stupefying spectators ever since.

And to celebray-yay-yate, they're throwing quite the twist party with a special radio-show themed program paying tribute to some of the great artists that have played the Civic Center's stage, like James Brown and Elvis, performed by members of the Center's seven resident arts companies. After intermission, a concert featuring Frankie Valli (also born in 1937) and The Four Seasons will delight. Can you come, come, come out tonight, er, on Sept, 27? (You-oo-ooh better ask your mama. Tell her everything is all right down at the Civic Center.) Even big girls may cry-yi-yi if they miss this show. All tickets are $75 (get it?) and help benefit more renovation efforts for the facility, so get your preferred seats fast before they say goodbye-yi-yi.

arts and culture, downtown, music, theater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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You Gotta Regatta

Much like the Oklahoma River itself, the Oklahoma Regatta Festival has progressed from relatively humble beginnings in 2004 to a fun, free, family-friendly, full-on four-day flabbergasting function featuring fantastic fast-floating finishers for 50,000 folks. Phew!

Anyway, this year's festival runs from Thursday, Sept. 27 through Sunday, Sept. 30 and is sure to be a great time for everyone. College, masters and corporate rowers, kayakers, dragon boat racers, runners and even stand-up paddle boarders will all be racing their oars off while live music, a children's area, food from some of OKC's best restaurants, and a wine garden rages. Thursday and Friday will feature racing under the lights at the ever-popular OGE NightSprints, one of the most unique events in the world of paddle sports. Saturday's docket includes the first of two days of Head of the Oklahoma racing, the Olympic & Paralympic Experience, the Regatta Run, and the blu VIP Party. Sunday concludes the Regatta with—you guessed it—racing, racing, racing! What's that, you say? You haven't been out to the river before? Well come on out and see what all the fuss is about, in this fun-filled, fantabulous, first-class, free… OK, OK. We'll see you there.

Oklahoma Regatta Festival & OCU Head of the Oklahoma
Sept. 28 - Sept. 29
Regatta Park on the Oklahoma River
725 S Lincoln
Oklahoma City, OK 73129
Phone: 552-4040
Free admission

family-friendly, festivals, fitness, food, live sporting events, Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation, running
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Harbor Your Own Arbor

Nearly everyone enjoys plopping down under a shady tree for some light reading. Or perhaps you prefer to picnic under the leafy branches of a big tree. Maybe you're an avid tree climber. What's the common theme here? Trees. We all learned in school that they're crucial to us being able to breathe (all that photosynthesis mumbo jumbo), but they're good for about a thousand other reasons, too. So why not plant some? Well, maybe you're hesitant because you don't know what kinds of trees are best for planting, growing and enjoying in Oklahoma City. Have no fear. The tree experts are here.

When you're deciding amongst deciduous, evergreen or some type of ornamental, you need all the help you can get your hands on. Get some definitive direction for planting trees and keeping woodsy pests and diseases at bay with "Putting Down Roots," the City's guide to tree planting, specifically designed for successful Johnny-Appleseeding in OKC's particular climatological conditions. With this tome on tree planting and care, you'll be bagging up the bagworms, doing away with Dutch elm disease, resisting the cedar apple rust and growing a tree that's strong, wise and sensitive to the environment, much like famed aficionado of all things arboreal John Denver. So go ahead and plant that tree today!

community, family-friendly
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Things to Do & See: Sept. 18 - Sept. 24, 2012

Tuesday, Sept. 18
Oklahoma State Fair; 8 a.m. - close; State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing; 948-6808; Admission prices: Adults (ages 12+) $9, Children (ages 6-11) $5, Children (ages 5 and under) FREE; Season passes are available for $25

Wednesday, Sept. 19
Community Giving Day; 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Whole Foods, 6001 N Western Ave.; 879-3530; 5% of sales will be donated to benefit the Foundation for OKC Public Schools
Oklahoma State Fair; 8 a.m. - close; State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing; 948-6808; Admission prices: Adults (ages 12+) $9, Children (ages 6-11) $5, Children (ages 5 and under) FREE; Season passes are available for $25
OSU-OKC Wednesday Farmers Market; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Whole Foods Market, 6001 N Western; 879-3500
Art Moves: East Side Boys; noon - 1 p.m.; State Fair of Oklahoma, Expo Hall, State Fair Park, 333 Gordon Cooper Blvd.; 270-4892; FREE with admission to the State Fair of Oklahoma
Wednesday Night at the Movies!; 6 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave; 231-8650; Admission is FREE
Thunder Drummer Auditions; 6:30 p.m.; ACM@UCO Performance Lab, 323 E Sheridan; 974-4700

Thursday, Sept. 20
Oklahoma State Fair; 8 a.m. - close; State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing; 948-6808; Admission prices: Adults (ages 12+) $9, Children (ages 6-11) $5, Children (ages 5 and under) FREE; Season passes are available for $25
Art Moves: Bread & Butter Band; noon - 1 p.m.; State Fair of Oklahoma, Expo Hall, State Fair Park, 333 Gordon Cooper Blvd.; 270-4892; FREE with admission to the State Fair of Oklahoma
Cocktails on the Skyline; 5 - 10 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive; $5 admission includes complimentary chips and salsa

Friday, Sept. 21
Lt. Governor's Young Professional Conference; 8:30 a.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500;
Oklahoma State Fair; 8 a.m. - close; State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing; 948-6808; Admission prices: Adults (ages 12+) $9, Children (ages 6-11) $5, Children (ages 5 and under) FREE; Season passes are available for $25
Art Moves: Wayne McEvily; noon - 1 p.m.; State Fair of Oklahoma, Expo Hall, State Fair Park, 333 Gordon Cooper Blvd.; 270-4892; FREE with admission to the State Fair of Oklahoma

Saturday, Sept. 22
Yoga on the Great Lawn; 8 - 9 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W Reno; 297-3995; Classes are FREE
Oklahoma State Fair; 8 a.m. - close; State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing; 948-6808; Admission prices: Adults (ages 12+) $9, Children (ages 6-11) $5, Children (ages 5 and under) FREE; Season passes are available for $25
Zumba on the Great Lawn; 9 - 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W Reno; 297-3995; Classes are FREE
Oklahoma Horticultural Society Garden Tour for Connoisseurs; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Mesta Park, 700 NW 17; Ticket prices vary
Drop-In Art: Chihuly Shape Painting; 1 - 4 p.m.; OKC Museum of Art, theatre, 415 Couch; 270-4892; Free with paid museum admission

Sunday, Sept. 23
Oklahoma State Fair; 8 a.m. - close; State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing; 948-6808; Admission prices: Adults (ages 12+) $9, Children (ages 6-11) $5, Children (ages 5 and under) FREE; Season passes are available for $25

Monday, Sept. 24
Art Moves: Mitch Bell; noon - 1 p.m.; Oklahoma Tower, 210 Park Ave.; 270-4892; Admission is FREE

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Different Type of Toga Party

Are you a college student living on Ramen Noodles and need a little culture in your life? Or maybe you just know one. We've all been there, and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art is ready to help with College Month. All through September students from Oklahoma's higher education institutions get free access to the Museum. That is right . . . totally free. And college students across the metro won't want to miss College Night on Thursday, Sept. 27, from 5 to 9 p.m.

College students don't have to just enjoy our outstanding Art Museum in September. For just $20, students can buy a one-year membership and experience all the museum has to offer.

arts and culture, downtown, museums
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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You Don't Have to Worry about Bears at these Picnics

As fall begins to sweep across the state, it might be a nice time to take advantage of the cooler temperatures and enjoy a picnic. Luckily, Oklahoma City offers a variety of city parks where you can stretch out your favorite blanket and enjoy a relaxing meal outdoors.

The Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City recently underwent a $10.5 million renovation and offers plenty of green space to plop down your picnic basket and enjoy the sights and sounds of downtown. Time your visit right and you might just catch a play on the floating amphitheater, or a concert.

More of a river rat? Be sure to check out the Boathouse District on the Oklahoma River. Enjoy a picnic by the river while watching Olympic-caliber athletes train. How many cities can offer that?

Looking for a prime picnic spot away from the hustle and bustle of downtown? No problem. No matter where you live in OKC, a park is close by. Whether you want to want to watch sailboats at Lake Hefner or enjoy stunning plant life at Will Rogers Gardens, get out and enjoy the beautiful Oklahoma fall at a park near you. There is one around every corner.

downtown, family-friendly, Myriad Botanical Gardens, Oklahoma River, parks
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Vote Now or Forever Hold Your Peace

Exercising your right to vote is something that should not be taken lightly. With national and local elections right around the corner, making your voice heard is important and critical. If you are not registered to vote, the deadline to be eligible for the upcoming elections is Oct. 12. That's less than a month away, people! You can download a voter registration form, with all the details you need, here.

Now that you're on your way to being a registered voter, there's that pesky business of filling out the ballot. No, the ballot itself doesn't require a degree in rocket science, but all those names and state questions can get a little confusing if you haven't brushed up on your election essentials. No matter your political affiliation, being an informed voter is vital to making sure our city, state and country take the right path. To find out who is running in your district and their stances, visit the Oklahoma Prosperity Project and type in your address. For more information on where to vote visit your county's election board website. Most importantly, make sure you get registered, get informed and VOTE!

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

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

Tuesday, Sept. 11
RIVERSPORT Run/Walk Program; 6 - 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Boathouse, 725 S Lincoln Blvd; 552-4040; FREE run/walk program for beginners

Wednesday, Sept. 12
OSU-OKC Wednesday Farmers Market; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Whole Foods Market, 6001 N Western; 879-3500
Art Moves: Squirrel and Friends; noon - 1 p.m.; Lower Bricktown Fountain, 150 E Reno; 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, Sept. 13
Oklahoma State Fair; 8 a.m. - close; State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing; 948-6808; Admission prices: Adults (ages 12+) $9, Children (ages 6-11) $5, Children (ages 5 and under) FREE; Season passes are available for $25
Art Moves: Erica Thomas & Terri Hlubek; noon - 1 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, West Lake Pavillion, 301 W Reno; 270-4892; Admission is FREE
Noon Tunes presents Allegria Real; noon - 1 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave; 231-8650; 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
Drop-In Drawing; 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.; OKC Museum of Art, theatre, 415 Couch; 270-4892; Free with paid museum admission

Friday, Sept. 14
Oklahoma State Fair; 8 a.m. - close; State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing; 948-6808; Admission prices: Adults (ages 12+) $9, Children (ages 6-11) $5, Children (ages 5 and under) FREE; Season passes are available for $25
Art Moves:Justin Young; noon - 1 p.m.; Chase Tower lobby, 100 N Broadway; 270-4892; Admission is FREE

Saturday, Sept. 15
Oklahoma State Fair; 8 a.m. - close; State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing; 948-6808; Admission prices: Adults (ages 12+) $9, Children (ages 6-11) $5, Children (ages 5 and under) FREE; Season passes are available for $25
Adventure Saturdays; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Boathouse District, 725 S Lincoln Blvd. and Route 66 Boathouse, 3115 E Overholser Drive; 552-4040; All-day passes are $40 per adult, $20 for youth ages 8-12
Drop-In Art: Crazy Hat Day; 1 - 4 p.m.; OKC Museum of Art, theatre, 415 Couch; 270-4892; Free with paid museum admission

Sunday, Sept. 16
Oklahoma State Fair; 8 a.m. - close; State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing; 948-6808; Admission prices: Adults (ages 12+) $9, Children (ages 6-11) $5, Children (ages 5 and under) FREE; Season passes are available for $25

Monday, Sept. 17
Oklahoma State Fair; 8 a.m. - close; State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing; 948-6808; Admission prices: Adults (ages 12+) $9, Children (ages 6-11) $5, Children (ages 5 and under) FREE; Season passes are available for $25
Art Moves: Local Honey; noon - 1 p.m.; State Fair of Oklahoma, Expo Hall, State Fair Park, 333 Gordon Cooper Blvd.; 270-4892; FREE with admission to the State Fair of Oklahoma
Family Craft Night; 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.; Del City Library, 4509 SE 15, Del City; 672-1377; Space is limited; register in advance

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Stretch Those Legs!

Did you know that if you walk (or jog, skip, run, hop) around the perimeter of the Myriad Gardens 1.5 times that you've gone a mile? Working on your fitness has never been so easy! Join Oklahoma City Mayor and other OKC'ers for the kickoff of Walking Wednesdays at the Myriad Gardens Great Lawn and Band Pavilion at 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 12. If you're one of the first 50 people to show up, you'll get a free pedometer so you can track all those steps you take each day. Mayor Cornett will be joined by some other fitness enthusiasts, including fitness guru and trainer Brian Attebery, Miss Oklahoma Alicia Clifton, Miss Oklahoma's Outstanding Teen Julianne Thomison and others. Then, make sure you come back each Wednesday (or any day) to walk at least a mile at the Gardens and get and stay fit with your fellow OKC'ers.

The fitness fun at the Gardens doesn't stop there. Starting Saturday, Sept. 15 and continuing for three weeks (Sat., Sept. 22 and Sat. Sept. 29) you'll have the opportunity to participate in Yoga on the Great Lawn (8 to 9 a.m.) and Zumba on the Great Lawn (9 to 10 a.m.). The best part? It's free!

If you want to make sure you stay up-to-date on all of the great activities and events happening at the Myriad Gardens, sign up for their weekly newsletter!

community, downtown, family-friendly, fitness, Myriad Botanical Gardens, outdoor recreation, running
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Eat, Drink and Enjoy Fall

Labor Day has come and gone, and with it came some cooler temps here in OKC. And we must say, it's pretty fantastic. If you've been with us long, you might remember a little post we did back in June called "Dining Alfresco." It included a few of OKC's outstanding outdoor dining options. And while the internet offers us endless space to go on and on, we didn't want to leave you with restaurant overload. So we're back for another post on the same topic. With upcoming temperatures set to top out in the low 80s, we think it's prime time for some outdoor dining magic.

Bolero Tapas Bar & Spanish Grill – Lunch/Dinner; 200 Oklahoma Ave, Suite 140
Louie's Grill & Bar – Lunch/Dinner; various locations across the metro
Flip's Wine Bar and Trattoria – Lunch/Dinner; 5801 N. Western Ave.
Bellini's Ristorante & Grill – Lunch/Dinner/Sunday Brunch; 6305 Waterford Blvd, Suite 100
Will's Café & The Lobby Bar – Breakfast (Weekdays only)/Lunch/Dinner; 4322 N. Western Ave.
West – Lunch/Dinner/Brunch on Weekends; 6714 N. Western Ave
Belle Isle Restaurant & Brewing Co. – Lunch/Dinner; 1900 NW Expressway
Cool Greens – Lunch/Dinner; 6475 Avondale
Pearl's Oyster Bar – Lunch/Dinner/Brunch on Weekends; 5641 N Classen Blvd
Chelino's Mexican Restaurant Bricktown – Lunch/Dinner; 15 E. California Ave.

food, nightlife, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Did You Hear that Thunder?

No, the Oklahoma City Thunder haven't started another season of rocking the Chesapeake Energy Arena just yet . . . but you're getting closer. This thunder is something we've wanted to tell you about for months, but due to some technical difficulties, we had to hold off. Thankfully, the time has come and we're sure you'll love it.

Drumroll, please . . . You know that we're pretty enthusiastic when it comes to the Myriad Gardens (how could we not be?). Thanks to Project 180, this 17-acre outdoor grounds got a much-needed facelift and now it's one of OKC's crown jewels. These days, if you find yourself in the southeast portion of the gardens (kitty-corner from the Chesapeake Energy Arena) you may here a rumbling. If you follow your ears, you will find yourself at the Thunder Fountain. Open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., the Thunder Fountain is a great (and free) place for your kids to play and burn off some extra energy. So grab some sunscreen, throw the kids in their swimsuits (or some clothes you don't mind getting wet) and head down for some end-of-the-summer fun in this water wonderland.

downtown, family-friendly, Myriad Botanical Gardens, outdoor recreation, Project 180
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Live It Up Downtown

Whether you're new to town or are thinking it's time to find a new place to rest your head, you do not want to miss the Downtown Living Tour. Brought to you by our friends at Downtown Oklahoma City, Inc., this tour will give you a chance to see what it's like to live in the heart of OKC. The tours will take place on Sunday, Sept. 30 from noon to 4 p.m. During this time, you'll get to check out some of the high-end properties available in the downtown area. These fabulous abodes are on the list so far – Hadden Hall, Twelve Twelve, LEVEL Urban Apartments and City Place. The tours will leave by shuttle every 30 minutes, starting at noon, with the last shuttle departing at 3:30 p.m.

It's free (that's right, FREE!) to experience these lovely locations through the tour, but space is limited so you want to register ASAP. By registering, you'll also receive a free ticket to the Taste of Bricktown event on Sunday, Oct. 7. If you have questions about the Downtown Living Tour, contact Gentry at 235-3500, or gentry@downtownokc.com.

community, downtown, Midtown
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 4, 2012

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

Tuesday, Sept. 4
2012 Oktoberfest; 5 p.m. - midnight; Choctaw Creek park on Harper Road between NE 23 and NE 10; 390-8647
RIVERSPORT Run/Walk Program; 6 - 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Boathouse, 725 S Lincoln Blvd; 552-4040; FREE run/walk program for beginners

Wednesday, Sept. 5
OSU-OKC Wednesday Farmers Market; 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Whole Foods Market, 6001 N Western; 879-3500
2012 Oktoberfest; 5 p.m. - midnight; Choctaw Creek park on Harper Road between NE 23 and NE 10; 390-8647
Wednesday Night at the Movies!; 6 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave; 231-8650; Admission is FREE

Thursday, Sept. 6
Cocktails on the Skyline; 5 - 10 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive; $5 admission includes complimentary chips and salsa
2012 Oktoberfest; 5 p.m. - midnight; Choctaw Creek park on Harper Road between NE 23 and NE 10; 390-8647
Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival Evening Performance; 8 p.m.; Festival Plaza, 428 W California; $15 admission

Friday, Sept. 7
Fall Planting Class; 9:30 a.m.; Will Rogers Garden Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36; 943-0827; FREE class covering perennial trees, shrubs and colorful annuals.
Downtown Employee Appreciation Day; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Leadership Square, Chase Tower Plaza; mobile units in Automobile Alley, Bricktown & the Arts District; Free ice cream; Follow @downtownokcinc on Twitter for live updates on mobile cart locations
2012 Oktoberfest; 5 p.m. - midnight; Choctaw Creek park on Harper Road between NE 23 and NE 10; 390-8647
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 Storytelling Festival Evening Performance; 8 p.m.; Festival Plaza, 428 W California; $15 admission

Saturday, Sept. 8
Adventure Saturdays; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Boathouse District, 725 S Lincoln Blvd. and Route 66 Boathouse, 3115 E Overholser Drive; 552-4040; All-day passes are $40 per adult, $20 for youth ages 8-12
16th Annual Septemberfest; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Governor's Mansion, 820 NE 23; 521-9211; FREE family event featuring arts, children's acvitivies, interactive exhibits, live entertainment and storytelling
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
2012 Oktoberfest; noon - midnight; Choctaw Creek park on Harper Road between NE 23 and NE 10; 390-8647
Drop-In Art: Abstract Golf Ball Painting; 1 - 4 p.m.; OKC Museum of Art, theatre, 415 Couch; 270-4892; Free with paid museum admission
Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival Family Matinee Performance; 3 p.m.; Festival Plaza, 428 W California; Admission is $3 for children and $5 for adults
Oklahoma City Storytelling Festival Evening Performance; 8 p.m.; Festival Plaza, 428 W California; $15 admission

Monday, Sept. 10
Art Moves: Gaye LeBlanc; noon - 1 p.m.; First National Center, 204 N Robinson; 270-4892

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Mapping Out Our Future

By now, you may have heard about a little (or not so little) initiative called MAPS 3. Why MAPS 3? Well, it all started back in 1993 when Oklahoma City voters approved a one-cent sales tax for the Metropolitan Area Projects (hence the "MAPS") which revitalized downtown. This original MAPS was responsible for the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark where the RedHawks play, the Bricktown Canal, the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library and much more. After the astounding success of the original MAPS, Oklahoma City voters decided to do something about the needs of the city's public schools by approving MAPS for Kids. The funds raised from this measure (combined with a school bond issue) raised nearly $700 million to fund school facility improvements, technology and transportation projects. Fast forward nearly 20 years and we landed in 2009, when voters once again decided it was time to beef up what our city had to offer with the passage of MAPS 3.

This year marks the kick-off of construction on the $777 million worth of MAPS 3 projects. Over the next decade, we'll build a new convention center; improve the Oklahoma River, including adding a public whitewater rafting and kayaking center; build a 70-acre downtown park linking the Oklahoma River to downtown; build a modern streetcar system; add dozens of miles of sidewalks and bicycling and walking trails; upgrade Oklahoma State Fair Park and build a number of senior health and wellness aquatics centers.

It's easy to stay up-to-date on what's happening with MAPS 3. The City is launching a MAPS 3 newsletter to keep residents informed about upcoming community meetings, groundbreakings and other progress. Speaking of community meetings, there's one coming up – Thursday, Sept. 13, at the Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library in the fourth floor auditorium from 6 to 8:30 p.m. At this meeting, you'll have the opportunity to get information and solicit design and programming ideas for the 70-acre downtown park.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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OKC Cares

If you're a resident of the City of Oklahoma City and you've ever taken a look at the utility bill – you know, the one that covers water, trash, etc. – you get from the City each month, you might have noticed a nominal fee ($3.65 to be exact) for a program called "Total Care." Total Care is an optional program for Oklahoma City residents which provides emergency medical transport without any out-of-pocket expenses. If you receive a bill from the City of Oklahoma City and it has this fee on it, you're a Total Care participant. Did you still find yourself thinking, "huh?" No worries. Here's what you need to know:

  • You're a resident of Oklahoma City if you pay your water bill to Oklahoma City. If you're not the bill-payer of the household, you can check out this map to see if your utilities are in Oklahoma City.
  • You and any permanent members of your household are provided with emergency medical transport through EMSA without any out of pocket expenses. (Did you know the charge for a single emergency ambulance ride is now more than $1,300? Whoa!)
  • Your Total Care membership covers expenses not paid by your third-party insurance.
  • Renters are eligible to participate. The owner of your house/apartment/duplex/etc. may have opted to not participate, but you can still sign up. If you want to sign up, call 396-2888.
  • You can opt out. In fact, September is the only month you can do so. All you have to do is call 297-2833.

Confused about whether or not you live in Oklahoma City? Oklahoma City is pretty vast. Even if your street address is Yukon, Edmond or Moore, you still might technically be an Oklahoma City resident. Check out this map. If you want more information on the City's Total Care program, click here. Think Total Care sounds like an awesome idea, but don't live in Oklahoma City? Contact your municipality to see if they offer a similar service!

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Keeping You In-The-Know

While we like to think of ourselves as Oklahoma City experts over here at The Better Life, we also know that OKC is way too awesome for us to know about everything. Thankfully, there are plenty of other folks around town who are as enthusiastic about OKC as we are. In fact, we even have an entire section on our website devoted to hooking you up with these fellow fanatics. From Twitter suggestions and blogs about OKC restaurants to obscure social blogs and local news outlets, these OKC'ers will help you stay up-to-date on some of the coolest things about OKC.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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