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Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Deck the Halls Downtown

"What do you wanna do?"
"...I dunno. What do you wanna do?"
"I dunno."

If you find yourself having a similar conversation this month, look no further than Downtown in December, presented by Devon, to spice up your holiday season. Whether you're old or young, a thrill seeker or a penny pincher, there’s a Downtown in December activity on the schedule guaranteed to make you smile.

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Check it out:

  • The Devon Ice Rink returns for its third season in the Myriad Botanical Gardens. Lace up your skates for another great winter of outdoor ice skating at Downtown in December's premier attraction.
  • Devon’s Saturdays with Santa. Devon Energy invited Santa to OKC every Saturday in December. Kids of all ages will be welcomed to take free photos with Santa, write letters to the North Pole and enjoy holiday entertainment.
  • Chesapeake Energy Snow Tubing. Cruise down one of the country’s largest manmade snow tubing slopes at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Admission is $10 for a 90-minute session of tubing fun.
  • The SandRidge Santa Run will have guests prancing in the streets of downtown on Saturday, Dec. 14. The event includes a 5K race and a one-mile Fun Run, followed by a free Santa Claus Kid’s Dash.
  • Free Water Taxi Rides. On designated evenings, all ages are welcome to enjoy a fun-filled float down the beautifully-adorned Bricktown canal free of charge. The OneMain Financial Bricktown Canal lights will make your trip a little bit brighter.
  • On Saturday, Nov. 30 and Sunday, Dec. 1, the Deluxe Winter Market will offer an opportunity for guests to do their holiday shopping at more than 40 vendor booths.
  • See the historic buildings of Automobile Alley in a whole new light at Automobile Alley Lights on Broadway. More than 180,000 colorful LED lights will drape the buildings along eight blocks of North Broadway, making for a magical holiday wonderland.

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This is only the beginning! There are over 20 holiday events to choose from during Downtown in December. Click here for a full list of events and for more details.

free, Myriad Botanical Gardens, outdoor recreation, running, shopping, downtown, family-friendly, festivals
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Midtown Merriment

This holiday season, more than 30 local shops will rotate through one location in Downtown Oklahoma City for your shopping convenience. The Holiday Pop-Up Shops presented by St. Anthony Hospital features a village of geodesic domes filled with local shops, nestled amid an urban Christmas tree lot.

Last year was the first year for this event and its return includes an expanded roster of shops and list of activities for the entire family. The Shops are open Thursday through Sunday in Midtown at 1000 N. Walker next door to St. Anthony Hospital. The shops not only encourage shopping at their weekly set of shops, they hope visitors will support the restaurants in Midtown and downtown before or after their visit.

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During lunch on Thursdays and Fridays, Continental Resources is providing a shuttle service from their headquarters for employees downtown. All involved hope this will make shopping at a local shops even easier for people on tight holiday schedules.

Get more info here.

Midtown, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Deck the River with Boughs of Holly

A few weeks back, we told you about the transformation that’s taken place at the Oklahoma River, changing a mostly-dry drainage ditch into a sparkling waterway that’s the envy of other cities and the premier training spot for flatwater sport Olympic athletes.

Each year, the Boathouse District hosts an annual Holiday River Parade. This year marks the ninth year for such a tradition, but seeing as it’s the 20th anniversary of MAPS, they’ve got something extra special planned. Grab a thermos full of hot cocoa and head down to the Oklahoma River this Friday, Nov. 29, so you don’t miss out on any of the festivities. Click here to see a schedule of all the great events taking place that day.

[image courtesy of Oklahoma River Events]

Oklahoma River, family-friendly, festivals, MAPS
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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For Good Behavior

Consider it a reward for your excellent gift choices or an energy boost to finish out your list, but no shopping trip is complete without something sweet. Thankfully, several local shops are permanently parked next to a spot for a treat.

SHOP: Shop Good, located on 9th Street in Automobile Alley, sells thoughtful gifts and clothing with a give-back element. A portion of their products, like this Apolis Oklahoma City Market Bag, gives back globally. Other items like their in-house-designed tees and soy candles contribute to their local giveback organization. This year’s organization is Citizens Caring for Children, a non-profit that supports children in foster care.

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image courtesy Shop Good

SWEET: Stop in next door to Shop Good to share a Sara Sara Cupcake with your shopping buddy. Go with one of their Sara Sara originals like the Judge Joe Cannon or the Sir Elton John. Follow it up with some egg nog from the milk bar.

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SHOP: DryShop in Midtown is one half blow dry bar, one half boutique. Their bright, modern shop brims with women’s clothing and accessories. Prepare for the chilly weather with a cozy wrap or this Blu Pepper motocycle jacket.
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Images courtesy DryShop

SWEET: Directly next door to DryShop, build your own waffle at Waffle Champion, a recent addition to the Midtown restaurant scene. My advice: start with caramelized banana, lemon curd or their house huckleberry jam.

SHOP/SWEET: Uptown Kids is making it even easier to add a little sugar to your shopping trip. Their latest addition, Uptown Candy, just opened next door to their children’s shop in Classen Curve!
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Image courtesy of Uptown Kids

restaurants, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: November 26 - December 2, 2013

Tuesday, Nov. 26
Yoga in the Gardens; 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, under the Pavilion or in the Terrace Room (weather depending), 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; $5 for members, $10 for non-members

Wednesday, Nov. 27
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. San Antonio Spurs; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

Thursday, Nov. 28
HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
Winter Shops at the Myriad Gardens; 4 - 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Lawn, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; Free; Outdoor kiosk shops featuring an array of vendors

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Holiday Pop-Up Shops; 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Pop-Up Shop Village, 1000 N. Walker; Admission is free; Week 1 shops include Heirloom Shoe, Pencil Shavings Studio, Unlabeled, Gretta Sloane, Urbane, Todd Scott Photography, Sara Kate Studios
Winter Shops at the Myriad Gardens; 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Lawn, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; Free; Outdoor kiosk shops featuring an array of vendors
Santa’s Adventures on the Oklahoma River; 1 - 8 p.m.; Boathouse District, 725 S. Lincoln; 552-4040; Santa’s Adventure Pass is $25 per adult and $15 per youth under 12
SandRidge Tree Lighting Festival; 5 - 7 p.m.; 3rd Base Plaza at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S. Mickey Mantle Drive
Devon Ice Rink Rock ‘N Skate Night; 6 - 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Seasonal Plaza, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Golden State Warriors; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

Saturday, Nov. 30
Saturdays with Santa: The Gingerbread Village; 10 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Devon Energy Center, 333 W. Sheridan Ave; Must sign up by 3 p.m. to ensure a visit with Santa
Deluxe Winter Market; 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Chevy Bricktown Events Center, 429 E. California; 235-3500; Admission is free
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Pop-Up Shop Village, 1000 N. Walker; Admission is free; Week 1 shops include Heirloom Shoe, Pencil Shavings Studio, Unlabeled, Gretta Sloane, Urbane, Todd Scott Photography, Sara Kate Studios
Winter Shops at the Myriad Gardens; 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Lawn, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; Free; Outdoor kiosk shops featuring an array of vendors
Santa’s Adventures on the Oklahoma River; 1 - 8 p.m.; Boathouse District, 725 S. Lincoln; 552-4040; Santa’s Adventure Pass is $25 per adult and $15 per youth under 12
Oklahoma City Barons vs. San Antonio Rampage; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary

Sunday, Dec. 1
Deluxe Winter Market; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Chevy Bricktown Events Center, 429 E. California; 235-3500; Admission is free
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; noon - 6 p.m.; Pop-Up Shop Village, 1000 N. Walker; Admission is free; Week 1 shops include Heirloom Shoe, Pencil Shavings Studio, Unlabeled, Gretta Sloane, Urbane, Todd Scott Photography, Sara Kate Studios
Santa’s Adventures on the Oklahoma River; 1 - 5 p.m.; Boathouse District, 725 S. Lincoln; 552-4040; Santa’s Adventure Pass is $25 per adult and $15 per youth under 12
Free Sundays in December; 6 - 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens Crystal Bridge, 100 Myriad Gardens; 297-3995; Free admission on Sunday evenings in December
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Minnesota Timberwolves; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary
Winter Shops at the Myriad Gardens; noon - 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Lawn, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; Free; Outdoor kiosk shops featuring an array of vendors

Monday, Dec. 2
OSU-OKC Poinsettia Sale; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; OSU Agriculture Resource Center, 400 N. Portland; Admission is free

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

‘Tis the Season

Reasons to shop start long before Black Friday. With family and friends visiting for Thanksgiving, there are desserts to be baked and meals to be shared. Keep your sanity preparing for meals by relying on a few local favorites.

Quality cooking ingredients are especially important during the holiday season when we want the food that we share with guests to be exceptional. Upgrade to a premium olive oil from Olive & Co. Drizzle over pasta or pair with a balsamic vinegar and bread from Big Sky Bread Company for dipping.

Visit Native Roots Market’s location in Deep Deuce, a convenient stop when you’re downtown enjoying holiday activities or a Thunder game. Their corner market at Northeast 2nd and Walnut sells a large variety of Made in Oklahoma foods and high quality spices. We recommend their in-house Pumpkin Pie spice blend. Packaged in small containers, it’s just enough for this year’s desserts, keeping your spices fresh.

Leave the main dish to Rhett’s Meat Market on North May Avenue. Preorder your prime rib or tenderloin to ensure that there will be one available for your meal – there are limited quantities. Pick up a few steaks for an easy post-Thanksgiving dinner, too.

Olive & Co 7602 N. May Avenue, OKC, OK 73116 http://oliveokc.com/
[image from: Olive & Co.]
Big Sky Bread Company 6606 N Western Avenue, OKC, OK 73116 http://www.bigskybreadokc.com/
Rhett’s Meat Market 9300 N. May Avenue, OKC, OK 73120
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Native Roots Market 131 NE 2nd, OKC, OK 73104 http://nativerootsmarket.com/
[Image from: Native Roots]

food, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Art in the Heartland

Performing arts abound in Oklahoma City, but at the heart of it all is Civic Center Music Hall in Downtown. Home to seven of Oklahoma City’s professional arts organizations, the Civic Center hosts nearly 600 world-class shows each year.

This 1930s Art Deco building sits at the center of Oklahoma City’s Arts District and is surrounded by the recently renovated Bicentennial Park and the nearby Oklahoma City Museum of Art. Home to the best in Broadway, ballet, orchestra and drama, the Civic Center is the state’s premier performance venue.

Under One Roof
Here’s a rundown of the professional arts organizations that make their home at the Civic Center.
Canterbury Choral Society
Celebrity Attractions
Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma
Oklahoma City Ballet
Oklahoma City Philharmonic
Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre Company
Oklahoma City Theatre Company

[photo credit: Joseph Mills]

music, theater, arts and culture, downtown, family-friendly
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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On Pointe

Known for being one of the finest regional ballet companies in America, the Oklahoma City Ballet is the resident dance company of the Civic Center Music Hall. Its repertoire ranges from classical to contemporary and includes renowned guest dancers, choreographers and collaborative artists. With the holidays swiftly approaching, now is the time to pas de bourrée your way to some tickets for the Oklahoma City Ballet’s annual production of The Nutcracker. The 2013 performances of this masterpiece will be on stage Dec. 13-15 and Dec. 20-22.

The Rat King not your thing? Performances on the docket for 2014 include Carmen (Feb. 7-9, 2014) and Beauty and the Beast (April 18-20, 2014) with more to be announced.

[photo credit: Rocky Chen]

ballet, family-friendly
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: November 19 - November 25, 2013

Tuesday, Nov. 19
AQHA Open World Championship Show; 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.; State Fair Park, Jim Norick Arena, 3001 General Pershing; Ticket prices range from $8-$12
Yoga in the Gardens; 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, under the Pavilion or in the Terrace Room (weather depending), 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; $5 for members, $10 for non-members

Wednesday, Nov. 20
AQHA Open World Championship Show; 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.; State Fair Park, Jim Norick Arena, 3001 General Pershing; Ticket prices range from $8-$12
Reading Rainforest; 10 - 11 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; Free; Best for ages 2-5
Lunchtime Pilates; 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; $5 for members, $10 for non-members
Wednesday Night at the Movies; 6 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.; 231-8650; Admission is free; Recommended for ages 13+

Thursday, Nov. 21
AQHA Open World Championship Show; 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.; State Fair Park, Jim Norick Arena, 3001 General Pershing; Ticket prices range from $8-$12
Winter Shops at the Myriad Gardens; 4 - 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Lawn, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; Free; Outdoor kiosk shops featuring an array of vendors
Auto Alley Shop Hop; 6 - 9 p.m.; Automobile Alley, Broadway Avenue between Northwest 4th and 10th Streets; Free to attend
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. LA Clippers; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

Friday, Nov. 22
AQHA Open World Championship Show; 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.; State Fair Park, Jim Norick Arena, 3001 General Pershing; Ticket prices range from $8-$12
Winter Shops at the Myriad Gardens; 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Lawn, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; Free; Outdoor kiosk shops featuring an array of vendors

Saturday, Nov. 23
AQHA Open World Championship Show; 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.; State Fair Park, Jim Norick Arena, 3001 General Pershing; Ticket prices range from $8-$12
Winter Shops at the Myriad Gardens; 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Lawn, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; Free; Outdoor kiosk shops featuring an array of vendors
Chesapeake Snow Tubing; Sessions begin every 2 hours starting at noon; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S. Mickey Mantle; 235-3500; $10 per session

Sunday, Nov. 24
Winter Shops at the Myriad Gardens; noon - 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Lawn, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; Free; Outdoor kiosk shops featuring an array of vendors
Chesapeake Snow Tubing; Sessions begin every 2 hours starting at noon; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S. Mickey Mantle; 235-3500; $10 per session
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Utah Jazz; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

Monday, Nov. 25
Free Day in the Crystal Bridge; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens Crystal Bridge, 100 Myriad Gardens; 297-3995; Free admission on the 25th of each month in honor of the Gardens’ 25-year anniversary

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 12, 2013

This State of Creativity

Creativity has long been a hallmark of the State of Oklahoma. From the bold individuals who staked their claim during the Land Runs to the entrepreneurial spirit that led to the creation of the parking meter, shopping cart and other great inventions that still impact lives today, Oklahoma is certainly a trail blazing state. So it makes sense that Gov. Mary Fallin has declared November 2013 as “State of Creativity Month.” This proclamation coincides with numerous creative events, the largest being Creative Oklahoma’s State of Creativity Forum, taking place across the state in conjunction with Global Entrepreneurship Week, the third week in November.

The State of Creativity Forum is one of the largest creativity and innovation conferences in the U.S. Attendees from across the country will converge on the Civic Center Music Hall in downtown Oklahoma City on Nov. 19th for a day of galvanizing workshops, moving artistic performances, and inspirational talks by some of the globe’s most important creative minds. The theme of this year’s Forum is “Building Bridges.” There are even more offerings on tap for attendees. Read about them here.

arts and culture, business, networking
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Delightfully Deluxe

Speaking of the creativity that abounds here in OKC, there’s a great opportunity coming up for you to see the work of unique artists and maybe even cross some of that holiday shopping off your list. Sounds perfect, right? Hit up the Deluxe Winter Market on Saturday, Nov. 30 and Sunday, Dec. 1 at the Chevy Bricktown Events Center in Bricktown. You can shop ‘til you drop and once you’ve dropped, you can hop outside to grab a bite to eat at the food trucks lined up. And then head back in for even more shopping. Oh, and did we mention that it’s free to enter? Seriously, how have you not written this one on your calendar yet? We’ll wait while you do . . . Ok, good to go now. And if you want to stay up to date with what’s in store, be sure to check out their blog.

shopping, family-friendly, festivals, food
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Doggone Fun

Sure, the air is feeling quite brisk today, but one of the great things about Greater OKC is the plethora of warm days, even in winter. So while you may be bundled up indoors today, this time next week may bring about your desire to get out and enjoy some crisp air—and perhaps you’ll want to do that while giving your hound homie a chance to stretch his legs. Here’s a quick rundown of some great places to let your dogs roam free-ish.

  • Paw Park on the southeast side of Lake Hefner is one of the South’s “Top 10 Dog Parks” according to Southern Living and has separate big/small dog play areas, water stations, benches, trees and other features sure to delight the little waggers. Weather-permitting, your furry friend might even want to take a quick swim in the duck pond.
  • In addition to the newly-renovated Myriad Gardens’ features for humans, the park also boasts an off-leash dog area so your pup can enjoy OKC’s finest as well.
  • Bickham-Rudkin Park in Edmond has half an acre of off-the-leash fabulousness for Fido.
  • Ray Trent Park in Del City sports the awesomely-named Wiggly Field Dog Park. The park has equally awesome features, like agility equipment, fire hydrants and even lights for night use.
  • Griffin Community Park in Norman has two acres of off-leash fun for pets as well as owners – the first few holes of the disc golf course are part of the dog area! A hole-in-one while your dog runs freely about? Everyone wins!
  • Midtown Mutts Dog Park is the newest dog park on the scene. Located in Midtown between Northwest 10th and 11th Streets, the park is open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., giving you and Rover plenty of time for roaming.
pets, family-friendly, Myriad Botanical Gardens, parks
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Talk to TED

It’s likely you’ve heard about TED and its talks. They’re pretty famous (and awesome). So awesome in fact that they were smart enough to ask our mayor, Mick Cornett, to give one about how the people of OKC are transforming ourselves. Have a listen

Coming up on Dec. 5, you can experience TED for yourself at TEDxOCU Women. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. This independently organized TED event will take place on the OCU campus. The theme of this event is Resiliency and will offer a chance for the women of Oklahoma to come together, share ideas, engage, encourage and change the community. Find out more and get registered.

business, networking
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: November 12 - November 18, 2013

Tuesday, Nov. 12
AQHA Open World Championship Show; 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.; State Fair Park, Jim Norick Arena, 3001 General Pershing; Ticket prices range from $8-$12
Yoga in the Gardens; 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, under the Pavilion or in the Terrace Room (weather depending), 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; $5 for members, $10 for non-members

Wednesday, Nov. 13
AQHA Open World Championship Show; 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.; State Fair Park, Jim Norick Arena, 3001 General Pershing; Ticket prices range from $8-$12
Wide-Open Wednesday: Free admission at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; all day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd; 478-2250; Free admission all day
Reading Rainforest; 10 - 11 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; Free; Best for ages 2-5
Lunchtime Pilates; 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; $5 for members, $10 for non-members
Wednesday Night at the Movies; 6 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.; 231-8650; Admission is free; Recommended for ages 13+

Thursday, Nov. 14
AQHA Open World Championship Show; 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.; State Fair Park, Jim Norick Arena, 3001 General Pershing; Ticket prices range from $8-$12
Cranberry Jam and Apple Butter; 10:30 a.m. - noon; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; $10 for members, $12 for non-members

Friday, Nov. 15
AQHA Open World Championship Show; 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.; State Fair Park, Jim Norick Arena, 3001 General Pershing; Ticket prices range from $8-$12
Devon Ice Rink; 3 - 11 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Seasonal Plaza, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; $10 per person (includes skates); $7 for guests who bring their own skates
Premiere on Film Row; 6 p.m.; Film Row, 700 W. Sheridan; 235-3500; Admission is free
Oklahoma City Barons vs. Abbotsford Heat; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary

Saturday, Nov. 16
AQHA Open World Championship Show; 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.; State Fair Park, Jim Norick Arena, 3001 General Pershing; Ticket prices range from $8-$12
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Seasonal Plaza, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; $10 per person (includes skates); $7 for guests who bring their own skates
Self-Sustainable Living: A Lecture Series with Tim Tillman; 11 a.m. - noon; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Plaza Room, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; Free
Oklahoma City Barons vs. Abbotsford Heat; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary

Sunday, Nov. 17
AQHA Open World Championship Show; 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.; State Fair Park, Jim Norick Arena, 3001 General Pershing; Ticket prices range from $8-$12
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Seasonal Plaza, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; $10 per person (includes skates); $7 for guests who bring their own skates
Full Moon Bicycle Ride; 8 - 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Band Shell, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; $5 suggested donation per person; Helmets and lights required

Monday, Nov. 18
AQHA Open World Championship Show; 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.; State Fair Park, Jim Norick Arena, 3001 General Pershing; Ticket prices range from $8-$12
Devon Ice Rink; 3 - 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Seasonal Plaza, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; $10 per person (includes skates); $7 for guests who bring their own skates
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Denver Nuggets; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

[photo credit: The American Quarter Horse Journal]

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Happy Birthday, Oklahoma!

On Nov. 16, Oklahoma will celebrate its 106th birthday, marking the day it became the 46th state to enter the union (and we gotta say, Oklahoma is looking pretty good for a centenarian). Here are some ideas if you want to party hard for Oklahoma’s birthday.

Host a dinner party. Did you know that Oklahoma’s official state meal is fried okra, squash, cornbread, barbeque pork, biscuits, sausage & gravy, grits, corn, strawberries, chicken fried steak, black-eyed peas, and pecan pie? We don’t recommend eating this meal every day, but it sounds like the perfect dinner party fare. Be sure to send us an invite.

Sign up for some Oklahoma-themed karaoke. Sure, you could stick to the classic state song of Oklahoma! but don’t stop there. Oklahoma also claims Faded Love, Do You Realize??, Oklahoma Hills and Oklahoma Wind as its other state tunes.

Go on a nature walk. Head over to Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge and see if you can spot any of Oklahoma’s state flora and fauna. White-tailed deer, scissor-tailed flycatchers, redbud trees, mistletoe and Indian blanket wildflowers all make the list as some of Oklahoma’s most iconic images. If you are lucky, you might even find a rose rock, rare petal-shaped rocks that are only found in Oklahoma.

Got any other party ideas for Oklahoma’s birthday? Let us know in the comments!

Oklahoma, parks, food, history, music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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History Lesson

If you want to know more about this state that we are so fond of at TBL, then look no further than the fantastic museums found in Oklahoma City. From authentic homesteads to the lives of famous Oklahomans, there is no better way to learn about this place we call home.

The Oklahoma History Center allows you to experience Oklahoma’s diverse history through eight current exhibits and more than 2,000 Oklahoma artifacts. Watch for their upcoming exhibit on the history of the MAPS program in Oklahoma City.

The Gaylord-Pickens Museum allows you to interact with Oklahomans from the past and present using high-tech interactive touch screens. Before you leave, you can tell your own heritage story at the ONEOK Tell Your Story booth, where a touch-screen computer and video prompter encourage visitors to share stories about their life.

At Harn Homestead, you will feel like you have stepped back into the days of territorial Oklahoma. First settled by William F. Harn in 1892, this museum offers visitors a hands-on look into the lives of Oklahoma City’s pioneers. (Fun fact: William Harn donated the land on which the Oklahoma State Capitol now stands.)

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: November 5 - November 11, 2013

Tuesday, Nov. 5
Yoga in the Gardens; 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, under the Pavilion or in the Terrace Room (weather depending), 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; $5 for members, $10 for non-members

Wednesday, Nov. 6
Wide-Open Wednesday: Free admission at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; all day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd; 478-2250; Free admission all day
Reading Rainforest; 10 - 11 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; Free; Best for ages 2-5
Lunchtime Pilates; 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; $5 for members, $10 for non-members
Wednesday Night at the Movies; 6 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.; 231-8650; Admission is free; Recommended for ages 13+
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks; 8:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

Thursday, Nov. 7
Colorful Cold Weather Containers; 10 a.m. - noon; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; $25 for members, $30 for non-members; Plants provided, bring your own potting container
Top It Off Topiaries; 10 a.m. - noon; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; $25 for members, $30 for non-members; Plants provided, bring your own potting container

Friday, Nov. 8
Historic Walking Tour; 9 a.m.; Will Rogers Garden Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36; 943-0827; Free
LIVE on the Plaza; 7 - 11 p.m.; The Plaza District; NW 16th between Classen and Pennsylvania; (405) 308-5991; Free and open to the Public
Plaza Food Drive; 7 - 11 p.m.; Bring non-perishable, in-date donations to various locations in the Plaza District; NW 16th between Classen and Pennsylvania; (405) 308-5991;

Saturday, Nov. 9
Dub the Plaza; 5 - 10 p.m.; Plaza District, NW 16th between Classen and Pennsylvania; 405-308-5991

Sunday, Nov. 10
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Washington Wizards; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

Monday, Nov. 11
Free admission for Veterans on Veterans Day; all day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd; 478-2250; Free admission for veterans all day

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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