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Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The Better Life in OKC

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Just last week we unveiled a new video about Oklahoma City, and it’s a hit! Launched Jan. 24, it already has more than 50,000 views with viewers from all 50 states and more than 100 different countries. WOW! Say it backwards – WOW! We think the video is pretty awesome, and we know you will, too. So go check it out! And then share it with any and every one you know!

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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The Animal Kingdom

Let the good times ROAR! The Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Garden is home to more than 2,000 animals, including 50 endangered or threatened species. Oh, and it’s where you’ll find Malee, the first ever baby elephant born at the Oklahoma City Zoo. Born in August 2011, she’s not the wee thing she was at birth (by wee, we mean 300 pounds), but even at more than 700 pounds, her cuteness hasn’t waned.

At the Zoo, you can discover the state-of-the-art Elephant Habitat Malee calls home, as well as the Great EscApe, Cat Forest and Lion Overlook, and the Children’s Zoo. What’s not to love? And to further entice you to visit (maybe for the second, third, fourth, umpteenth time), the Zoo is offering free admission every Monday through Feb. 25, 2013. If Mondays don’t work for you, the zoo is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

You should also check out ... Science Museum Oklahoma, which just happens to be right next door to the Zoo! It’s the place for hands-on, science-related family fun with activities and exhibits focused on aviation, space and so much more. Their calendar for 2013 is jam-packed with great events and activities for kids of all ages.

Photo credit: Melissa Willis

Adventure District, family-friendly, museums, zoo
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Ask a Local: Romy Owens, Artist-in-Residence

The Skirvin Hilton, in partnership with the Paseo Arts Association, chose Oklahoma City artist Romy Owens as its first Artist-in-Residence. Her live studio space is open to hotel guests and visitors. She shared why she chose to stay in Oklahoma City and some of her favorite things around town.

Talk about your art. How would you describe it?
Reconstructed photographs, hand sewn meticulously into unrecognizable abstract compositions.

Why did you choose to plant roots in Oklahoma City after graduation, instead of another city?
I still live in Oklahoma City because of our tremendously supportive art community.

What is your favorite gallery in OKC to visit?
I can’t answer this question, because there are so many wonderful options. One I really like is City Arts Center because they bring amazing art to OKC that we wouldn’t otherwise be able to see, and the gallery is free and open to the public.

Describe your perfect day in OKC:
A perfect day in Oklahoma City is any day in spring or fall when the air is crisp and the sky is bright, and I have participated in all three of the following activities: a productive day in my studio, a delicious dinner at one of OKC’s amazing locally-owned restaurants and an art event (either visual or performing) that inspires me.

arts and culture, Paseo District
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Connect With The Better Life

Did you know that you can follow The Better Life on Facebook? It’s true! Here you can connect with other OKC’ers and share what you love about this great city of ours!

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: Jan. 29 - Feb. 4, 2013

Tuesday, Jan. 29
Devon Ice Rink; 3 - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; $10 per person (includes skates), $7 for guests who bring their own skates
Oklahoma City Public Schools Town Hall Meeting; 7 - 8 p.m.; Rogers Middle School, 4000 N. Spencer Road, Spencer; 587-0000; Free and open to the public

Wednesday, Jan. 30
Reading Rainforest in the Crystal Bridge; 10 - 11 a.m.; Myriad Gardens Crystal Bridge, 301 W. Reno; 297-3620; Free for Myriad Gardens members; Nonmembers pay Crystal Bridge admission
Devon Ice Rink; 3 - 10 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; $10 per person (includes skates), $7 for guests who bring their own skates

Thursday, Jan. 31
Pruning Workshop; 9:30 a.m.; Will Rogers Garden Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36; 943-0827; Free and open to the public
Devon Ice Rink; 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; $10 per person (includes skates), $7 for guests who bring their own skates
Noon Tunes presents Del City High School Jazz Band; noon - 1 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.; 231-8650; Admission is free; open to all ages
Oklahoma City Barons vs. Charlotte Checkers; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

Friday, Feb. 1
Devon Ice Rink; 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; $10 per person (includes skates), $7 for guests who bring their own skates
Oklahoma Tackle and Hunting Show; noon - 9 p.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6704; Ticket prices vary
First Friday Gallery Walk; 6 - 10 p.m.; Paseo Arts District, Northwest 28 to Northwest 30 and Dewey; Free and open to the public

Saturday, Feb. 2
OSU-OKC Farmers Market; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m; OSU-OKC, Horticulture Pavilion, 400 N Portland; 947-4421; Admission is free and open to the public
Devon Ice Rink; 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; $10 per person (includes skates), $7 for guests who bring their own skates
Oklahoma Tackle and Hunting Show; 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6704; Ticket prices vary
Saturdays for Kids; 10:30 a.m.; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63 St; 478-2250; Children must be accompanied by an adult; Program is free and includes museum admission
First Friday (Saturday) Gallery Walk; noon - 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District, Northwest 28 to Northwest 30 and Dewey; Free and open to the public

Sunday, Feb. 3
Devon Ice Rink; 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; $10 per person (includes skates), $7 for guests who bring their own skates
Oklahoma Tackle and Hunting Show; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6704; Ticket prices vary

Monday, Feb. 4
Devon Ice Rink; 3 - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; $10 per person (includes skates), $7 for guests who bring their own skates
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Wild, Wild West

Born from the single gunshot that launched the historic Land Run of 1889, Oklahoma City’s history and heritage is uniquely Western. And the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is the ideal place to experience the legacy of the American West. With more than 28,000 Western and American Indian art works and artifacts, it’s home to one of the most comprehensive collections of Western art in the world. The museum is a can’t-miss destination with fine art, pop culture, Native American objects, historical cowboy gear, an amazing gift shop and tasty dining.

You should also check out ... historic Stockyards City where you can pick up some Western wear of your own, enjoy one of OKC’s most famous restaurants – Cattlemen’s Steakhouse – and see a live cattle auction.

... the Red Earth Museum in downtown to see more than 1,400 traditional and contemporary Native American art pieces including traditional and contemporary fine art, pottery, basketry, textiles, jewelry and beadwork.

arts and culture, museums, restaurants, shopping, Stockyards, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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A Sporting Good Time

OKC is full of sports enthusiasts. If you are looking to do more than cheer from the stands, here are five ways you can get in on the action.

  1. Join a Dragon Boat race at the Oklahoma River.
    Join nine to 19 other paddlers and a drummer as you paddle along in this festive, Chinese boat decorated with a fierce dragon head.
  2. Ice skate like the pros.
    Or, if you’re like us, like an amateur. There are less than two weeks left to enjoy the Devon Ice Rink at the Myriad Gardens and the wonderful atmosphere it brings to downtown OKC.
  3. Drive away from a hockey game in a new car.
    The Barons will be giving away 12 new cars at Saturday night games throughout the 2012 - 2013 season.
  4. Learn to stand-up paddle board at the Oklahoma River.
    Rent a paddle board by the hour, and learn what it feels like to cruise the river while standing in the middle of it.
  5. Visit the National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum.
    Learn about the history of softball, from its invention in 1887 to today.
downtown, museums, Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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The Thunder Twitterverse

The Oklahoma City Thunder are 40-ish games into the 2013 season and we think it’s safe to say “so far, so good.” And with the best record in the league, the Thunder are certainly the team to watch.

You don’t want to miss a minute of the excitement and we’re here to help you stay up-to-date by giving you a little breakdown of who’s who in the Thunder Twitterverse.

For all the official Oklahoma City Thunder news and info:
@okcthunder

Keep track of Rumble the Bison:
@rumblethebison

See what the Thunder Girls are up to:
@thundergirls

Follow some of your favorite players:
Kevin Durant
@KDTrey5
Russell Westbrook
@russwest44
Serge Ibaka
@sergeibaka9
Nick Collison
@nickcollison4
Kendrick Perkins
@KendrickPerkins

Get the inside scoop:
The Oklahoman/NewsOK.com’s coverage of the OKC Thunder
@newsokthunder
Darnell Mayberry, OKC Thunder Beat Writer for The Oklahoman
@DarnellMayberry
Royce Young, NBA Blogger at CBSSports.com
@dailythunder

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: Jan. 22 - Jan. 28, 2013

Tuesday, Jan. 22
Downtown Oklahoma City Restaurant Week; various locations serving prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner; $12 per person for dinner, $35 per person for dinner
Devon Ice Rink; 3 - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; $10 per person (includes skates), $7 for guests who bring their own skates
Greater Oklahoma City Chamber Sunset Reception; 4 - 6 p.m.; The Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City, 7624 W. Reno Ave., Suite 380; 297-8900; Admission is free; Open to the public
Oklahoma Horticulture Society Meeting; 7 p.m.; OSU-OKC Agriculture Resource Center, 400 N. Portland; Admission is free and open to the public

Wednesday, Jan. 23
Downtown Oklahoma City Restaurant Week; various locations serving prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner; $12 per person for dinner, $35 per person for dinner
Devon Ice Rink; 3 - 10 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; $10 per person (includes skates), $7 for guests who bring their own skates
Wednesday Night at the Movies; 6 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.; 231-8650; Admission is free; Open to all ages

Thursday, Jan. 24
Downtown Oklahoma City Restaurant Week; various locations serving prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner; $12 per person for dinner, $35 per person for dinner
Devon Ice Rink; 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; $10 per person (includes skates), $7 for guests who bring their own skates
State of the City luncheon; 11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 297-8900; $50 for members of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, $75 for non-members
Noon Tunes presents Easy Street; noon - 1 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.; 231-8650; Admission is free; open to all ages
MAPS 3 Park Meeting; 6 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.; 231-8650; Open to the public

Friday, Jan. 25
Downtown Oklahoma City Restaurant Week; various locations serving prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner; $12 per person for dinner, $35 per person for dinner
Devon Ice Rink; 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; $10 per person (includes skates), $7 for guests who bring their own skates

Saturday, Jan. 26
Downtown Oklahoma City Restaurant Week; various locations serving prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner; $12 per person for dinner, $35 per person for dinner
Devon Ice Rink; 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; $10 per person (includes skates), $7 for guests who bring their own skates
All About Terrariums; 1 - 3 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Plaza Room; 100 Myriad Gardens; 297-3995; $25 for Myriad Gardens members, $35 for non-members; All ages welcome; Class size limited
Make Your Own Rain Barrel; 3 - 5 p.m.; Martin Park Nature Center, 5000 W. Memorial Road; 755-0676; Pre-registration required; Participants will purchase their own supplies (list provided at registration) then construct the rain barrel with instruction from a park naturalist; Class cost is $10, food-safe barrels for use in the class are available for $20

Sunday, Jan. 27
Devon Ice Rink; 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; $10 per person (includes skates), $7 for guests who bring their own skates

Monday, Jan. 28
Devon Ice Rink; 3 - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; $10 per person (includes skates), $7 for guests who bring their own skates

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Did You Know?

OKC is full of surprises and we’ve got a few to share with you. Here are five things you might not have known about our great city.

  1. OKC may lie smack dab in the middle of the U.S. – about as far from a coast as you can get – but did you know that the state of Oklahoma has more man-made lakes than any other state? And the amount of shoreline miles in Oklahoma is more than the Atlantic and Gulf coasts combined. It’s no wonder we’re such water recreation enthusiasts here in OKC.
  2. OKC is growing in popularity. Since 2000, Oklahoma City’s population has increased by 23 percent – outpacing cities such as Denver, Phoenix, Boston and Dallas. Even better? OKC has seen a total employment growth of 10 percent since 2004.
  3. At 621 square miles, Oklahoma City is the nation’s third largest city land-wise. However, we boast one of the shortest commute times at just 20 minutes.
  4. The Underground in downtown Oklahoma City is a three-quarter mile tunnel system that links 16 blocks and more than 30 buildings. The original tunnel link was built in 1931 with most of the remaining system developed in the 1970s.
  5. Oklahoma City is nearly equidistant from Los Angeles and New York City – and both are less than a 24-hour drive if a road trip strikes your fancy.
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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Book It, OKC!

Since we’re on the topic of interesting facts about this city we call home, what better time to talk about the great books that are about OKC. There’s a ton of information out there, and we’re lucky to have a number of key experts whose fascination with this city ranks right up there (or maybe even just a smidge above) our own. If you’re looking to find out even more great information on Oklahoma City, its past, present and future, here are a few bound (as in book) suggestions. P.S. Time to get out that library card – the books noted with an * below are available for check-out through the Metropolitan Library System.

Another Hot Oklahoma Night: A Rock and Roll Story*– Discover the role Oklahoma and Oklahomans played in a variety of music styles                                                              
Bricktown* – The history of one of Oklahoma City’s districts
For All Good Sports* – A history of the Oklahoma City All Sports Association
OKC Second Time Around*– A look at the history of downtown Oklahoma City from 1956 to 2006
Oklahoma City Impressions– A book filled with photography and informative captions all about OKC
Operation Scissortail* – A history of the building of the Devon Energy Center and the Project 180 makeover of downtown

Have a favorite book about Oklahoma City? Let us know what it is so we can share it!

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Dine Downtown for Charity

clientuploads/blog/restaurant-pic.jpgWe’ve mentioned before that OKC is filled to the brim with great places to eat. Starting this coming Sunday (Jan. 20), we can help you narrow down the options with Downtown OKC Restaurant Week 2013. Presented by Downtown OKC, Inc. and the Oklahoma Gazette, this food-filled week is a great opportunity for you to check out local eateries and dine on delicious prix-fixe menus filled with special items the restaurants don’t normally feature. And with dining options at both lunch and dinner, you’re sure to be able to have plenty of opportunities to hit up several of the great options. Prices are $35 per person for dinner and $12 per person for lunch.

To make the deal even sweeter, after you enjoy your splendid meal, you will have the opportunity to complete a comment card and be entered to win cool prizes. But it gets even better! Filling out the comment card also means that Downtown OKC, Inc. will donate $1 to the City Rescue Mission Impact Hunger Food Resource Center. So do some good this week – both for your belly and the people of Oklahoma City – and don’t miss the Downtown OKC Restaurant Week 2013!

downtown, food, nightlife, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: Jan. 15 - Jan. 21, 2013

Tuesday, Jan. 15
Devon Ice Rink; 3 - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; $10 per person (includes skates), $7 for guests who bring their own skates

Wednesday, Jan. 16
Devon Ice Rink; 3 - 10 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; $10 per person (includes skates), $7 for guests who bring their own skates
Wednesday Night at the Movies; 6 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.; 231-8650; Admission is free; Open to all ages

Thursday, Jan. 17
Noon Tunes presents Callen Clarke; noon - 1 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.; 231-8650; Admission is free; open to all ages
Devon Ice Rink; 3 - 10 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; $10 per person (includes skates), $7 for guests who bring their own skates

Friday, Jan. 18
Devon Ice Rink; 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; $10 per person (includes skates), $7 for guests who bring their own skates
Oklahoma City Home & Garden Show; noon - 9 p.m.; State Fair Park, 333 Gordon Cooper Blvd; 948-6704; $11 for adults, children 12 and under are free
Oklahoma City Barons vs.San Antonion Rampage; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary
International Finals Rodeo; 7:30 p.m.; State Fair Park, Jim Norick Arena, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6700; Ticket prices vary

Saturday, Jan. 19
Oklahoma City Home & Garden Show; 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; State Fair Park, 333 Gordon Cooper Blvd; 948-6704; $11 for adults, children 12 and under are free
OSU-OKC Farmers Market; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m.; OSU-OKC, Horticulture Pavilion, 400 N Portland; 947-4421; Admission is free and open to the public
Devon Ice Rink; 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; $10 per person (includes skates), $7 for guests who bring their own skates
Drop-In Art: Innovative Painting Techniques; 1 - 4 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive; 236-3100; Open to children of all ages; Free with paid museum admission
Sensory Afternoon; 1 - 4 p.m.; Martin Park Nature Center, 5000 W Memorial; 755-0676; Free and open to the public
International Finals Rodeo; 1:30 p.m.; State Fair Park, Jim Norick Arena, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6700; Ticket prices vary
Oklahoma City Barons vs. San Antonio Rampage; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary
International Finals Rodeo; 7:30 p.m.; State Fair Park, Jim Norick Arena, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6700; Ticket prices vary

Sunday, Jan. 20
Downtown Oklahoma City Restaurant Week; various locations serving prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner; $12 per person for dinner, $35 per person for dinner
Oklahoma City Home & Garden Show; 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.; State Fair Park, 333 Gordon Cooper Blvd; 948-6704; $11 for adults, children 12 and under are free
Devon Ice Rink; 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; $10 per person (includes skates), $7 for guests who bring their own skates
International Finals Rodeo; 1:30 p.m.; State Fair Park, Jim Norick Arena, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6700; Ticket prices vary

Monday, Jan. 21
Downtown Oklahoma City Restaurant Week; various locations serving prix fixe menus for lunch and dinner; $12 per person for dinner, $35 per person for dinner
Devon Ice Rink; 3 - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; $10 per person (includes skates), $7 for guests who bring their own skates

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 8, 2013

New & Improved

Oklahoma City’s growing popularity is hard to deny. We see it all around town – new construction, new faces, new excitement. And that’s ultimately why we’re here – because sometimes all the “new” (and even the old) can be a little overwhelming if you’re new yourself.

It has been nearly three years since we launched www.abetterlifeokc.com to help new and potential residents discover, well, the better life here in OKC. And to keep with that mission, we’ve done a little revamping to better serve you guys, your friends and anyone else who might stumble across this gem of a website. If you’re one of our frequent visitors, you already know that we are here to give you information on everything from Greater OKC’s quality of life and housing to what the climate is like and more. Please accept our invitation to take a gander through the improved site and share it with your friends and family!

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Plaza Pizzazz

Located a whopping three miles northwest of downtown, the historic Plaza District, located on Northwest 16th Street between Classen and Pennsylvania, is one of Oklahoma City’s super hip urban neighborhoods where you’ll find cool stores, artful galleries, yummy restaurants and other local businesses. In fact, the Plaza District is one of the districts throughout OKC where “local” lives and thrives. And the locals love it.

We know you’re looking for an excuse to go check it out and we’ve got a great one. This Friday, marks the first LIVE on the Plaza of 2013. Live on the what? LIVE on the Plaza, an art walk featuring live music, featured artists, special events and local shopping, is held the second Friday of each month from 7 to 11 p.m. So grab some friends and head over to experience this great district on the rise.

arts and culture, business, festivals, music, Plaza District, restaurants, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Get a Move On

So you’re planning on (or maybe just thinking about) moving to Greater Oklahoma City. First off – bravo! We think you’ve made an excellent decision. But we also understand that moving – whether across town, across the state or across the country – is not exactly an easy task and there’s quite a bit you need to arrange. From utilities to auto tag registration and selecting a moving company, we’ve got some resources to help you get your plans in order, get moving and get settled. So check them out! And if there are any moving-related questions we may have left unanswered, don’t be afraid to ask. We’re here to help!

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: Jan. 8 - Jan. 14, 2013

Tuesday, Jan. 8
Devon Ice Rink; 3 - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; $10 per person (includes skates), $7 for guests who bring their own skates

Wednesday, Jan. 9
Devon Ice Rink; 3 - 10 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; $10 per person (includes skates), $7 for guests who bring their own skates
Wednesday Night at the Movies; 6 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.; 231-8650; Admission is free; Open to all ages
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Minnesota Timberwolves; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

Thursday, Jan. 10
OKC Winter Quilt Show; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; State Fair Park, Cox Pavilion, 3001 General Pershing Blvd.; 948-5704
Noon Tunes presents Em and the Mother Superiors; noon - 1 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.; 231-8650; Admission is free; open to all ages
Devon Ice Rink; 3 - 10 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; $10 per person (includes skates), $7 for guests who bring their own skates
Oklahoma Rose Society Meeting; 7:30 p.m.; Will Rogers Garden Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36 Street; 943-0827; Open to the public, Admission is free

Friday, Jan. 11
OKC Winter Quilt Show; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; State Fair Park, Cox Pavilion, 3001 General Pershing Blvd.; 948-5704
Devon Ice Rink; 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; $10 per person (includes skates), $7 for guests who bring their own skates
Oklahoma City Barons vs. Charlotte Checkers; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary
Trout Fishing Clinic; 7 - 8:30 p.m.; Putnam City High School, 5300 NW 50; 789-4350; Free and open to the public

Saturday, Jan. 12
OKC Winter Quilt Show; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; State Fair Park, Cox Pavilion, 3001 General Pershing Blvd.; 948-5704
Devon Ice Rink; 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; $10 per person (includes skates), $7 for guests who bring their own skates
OSU-OKC Farmers Market; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m; OSU-OKC, Horticulture Pavilion, 400 N Portland; 947-4421; Admission is free and open to the public
Drop-In Art: Aboriginal Pointillism; 1 - 4 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive; 236-3100; Open to children of all ages; Free with paid museum admission
Oklahoma City Barons vs. Charlotte Checkers; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary

Sunday, Jan. 13
Devon Ice Rink; 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; $10 per person (includes skates), $7 for guests who bring their own skates
2nd Sunday Concert Series; 2 - 3 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.; 231-8650; Admission is free; open to all ages
Oklahoma City Barons vs. Texas Stars; 4 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary

Monday, Jan. 14
Devon Ice Rink; 3 - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; $10 per person (includes skates), $7 for guests who bring their own skates

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Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Starting 2013 on the Right Foot

It’s January 2, 2013. Do you know what that means? It means you’ve still got 363 days (OK, fine, 362.25 days) left to complete those New Year’s resolutions you set. You did set some, right? If not, go ahead and set them now – better late than never.

To help you on your quest to fulfill those pesky goals, we did a little research to find out what some of the most common resolutions are (thanks, Health.com and USA.gov). We’ve picked five of the most common resolutions, and now we’re here to help you see how they best fit into this better life we live in OKC.

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Resolution: Save money
If saving money is at the top of your list this year, you’ve definitely come to the right place. Throughout 2012, OKC found itself at the top of many lists in terms of annual earnings growth, personal income gains and more. And when it comes to cost of living, we consistently rank low – as in we have one of the lowest costs of livings out there. So lucky for you, OKC gives you the perfect opportunity to live it up for less.

So let’s all start 2013 on the right financial foot. Grab a pen and paper (or, if you’re like us, make a handy-dandy spreadsheet) and work up a budget with a fantastic plan that balances both fun and savings. There are tons of online budget tools available out there on the world wide web if you need a little assistance getting a good plan going. Then stick to it.

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Resolution: Volunteer to help others
Oklahoma City is famous for its friendly people and vibrant community spirit. That spirit resonates throughout the year as OKC’ers rack up nearly 25 million volunteer hours. During 2011, OKC ranked No. 22 of the 51 largest metro areas in terms of number of residents who volunteer. It’s no wonder – OKC has so many great groups around town that could benefit from your time.

Wondering where you can help? We suggest you check out the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits and the United Way of Central Oklahoma. Also, many of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s more than 5,000 members are non-profits. So check out the Member Directory to find one you can help!

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Resolution: Go back to school
Did you know that there are 18 colleges and universities and two community colleges in the OKC metro area? It’s true. Maybe you’re looking to finish your degree; or pick up some new skills; or just keep your brain sharp. No matter what your goals are, there are incredible education choices at your fingertips in Greater Oklahoma City.

Work downtown and want to take some classes? Check out the OKC Downtown College. This consortium of five colleges and universities offers convenient classes whether you’re looking to pursue a college degree, improve professional skills or just take a fun class.

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Resolution: Take a trip
Everyone needs a vacation every once in awhile. But no one said you have to travel to Timbuktu to get away from it all. If you’re looking to stick with two resolutions in one (save money AND take a trip), we suggest a lovely staycation. Get some help planning something spectacular and relaxing with VisitOKC.com. This fantastic tool has great suggestions for things to do, places to stay, where to eat and more. Who knows – you might just discover a hidden gem right in your own backyard.

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Resolution: Reduce, reuse and recycle
Looking to be a little greener in 2013? The City of Oklahoma City makes being a good environmental steward easy and convenient with weekly curbside recycling. Just get a little blue recycling bin, fill it with your permitted recyclables and leave it out the same morning as your regular trash service.

You can also try your hand at composting. We did a post on this fantastic green act last fall so check it out and get started!

But being green goes beyond recycling bottles and cans. With an influx of Christmas gifts, there are likely things around your house you are ready to part with to make room for the new loot – but what’s the green way to “dispose” of those? Well, for starters, don’t put them in the garbage if you think someone else might want them. For instance, unwanted books (and periodicals, videos, cassettes and CDs), can be donated to the Metropolitan Library System. All you have to do is drop them off at any of the MLS’ 18 libraries. Your donation is even tax-deductible! If there are other housewares or furniture that are cramping your style, consider having a garage sale or donating those items to an organization like Goodwill.

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Things to Do & See: Jan. 2 - Jan. 7, 2013

Wednesday, Jan. 2
Chesapeake Snow Tubing; sessions begin at noon and are every 2 hours; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; $10 per session
Devon Ice Rink; 3 - 10 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; $10 per person (includes skates), $7 for guests who bring their own skates
Wednesday Night at the Movies; 6 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.; 231-8650; Admission is free; Open to all ages
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Brooklyn Nets; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

Thursday, Jan. 3
Chesapeake Snow Tubing; sessions begin at noon and are every 2 hours; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; $10 per session
Noon Tunes presents David Korbel; noon - 1 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.; 231-8650; Admission is free; open to all ages
Devon Ice Rink; 3 - 10 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; $10 per person (includes skates), $7 for guests who bring their own skates

Friday, Jan. 4
Devon Ice Rink; 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; $10 per person (includes skates), $7 for guests who bring their own skates
Chesapeake Snow Tubing; sessions begin at noon and are every 2 hours; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; $10 per session
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Philadelphia 76ers; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

Saturday, Jan. 5
Devon Ice Rink; 10 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; $10 per person (includes skates), $7 for guests who bring their own skates
OSU-OKC Farmers Market Food Celebration; 10 a.m. - 1 p.m; OSU-OKC, Horticulture Pavilion, 400 N Portland; 947-4421; Admission is free and open to the public
Chesapeake Snow Tubing; sessions begin at noon and are every 2 hours; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; $10 per session
Drop-In Art: Spectacular Snowflakes; 1 - 4 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive; 236-3100; Open to children of all ages; Free with paid museum admission
Drop-In Drawing; 2 - 4 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive; 236-3100; Basic instruction and materials provided; All ages welcome; Free with paid museum admission

Sunday, Jan. 6
Devon Ice Rink; 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; $10 per person (includes skates), $7 for guests who bring their own skates

Monday, Jan. 7
Devon Ice Rink; 3 - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; $10 per person (includes skates), $7 for guests who bring their own skates

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