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Monday, December 30, 2013

Ring-a-Ding-Ding

It’s the shindig of the year: literally. You don’t need Times Square, and certainly not Ryan Seacrest, to bring in the New Year right. Opening Night is Oklahoma City’s New Year’s Eve extravaganza, an array of music, dancing, roller derby, theater, magic, family fun and fireworks. Hosted by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City, the annual party is also family-friendly, boasting a scavenger hunt, children’s area (at the Cox Convention Center) and more. Admission wristbands are $8 in advance and $10 at the event. Children ages 5 and under are free. You can purchase them beforehand at 7-Eleven Stores of Oklahoma, metro Homeland stores, Science Museum Oklahoma and MidFirst Bank locations.

See the performers. Find out about the family fun. Check out a map of the festivities.

downtown, family-friendly, festivals, music, theater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Run in the New Year

Race to the finish of 2013 with the first-ever Opening Night Finale 5k. Sign up and then come NYE, lace up those running (or walking) shoes and jet through a 5k in Downtown. Don’t think a 5k is for you? No worries. You can still enjoy the fun with a 1-mile run/walk through the Myriad Gardens. What a festive time that will be!

To sweeten the deal, sign up for the 5k (a $30 fee) and receive an Opening Night wristband (a $10 value). Score! And you get a t-shirt. Who doesn’t love a t-shirt?

[Photo courtesy of Arts Council of Oklahoma City]

downtown, family-friendly, outdoor recreation, running
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Dine in Style

New Year’s Eve is known for its glitz and glamour. Why not throw on some of your best duds, grab that special someone and enjoy a lovely night out on the town? Oklahoma City has an extensive selection of unique restaurants and fine-dining establishments that are sure to start your night right. Here are a few suggestions for a perfect night out on the town.

Upscale Comfort Food
Does the chilly weather have you in the mood for some of your favorite comfort foods, but with a twist? Look no further than Cheever’s Café. They’ve got traditional American fare with a Southwest flair.

Euro-American and So Much More
A Bricktown staple for nearly 10 years, Nonna’s Euro-American Ristorante & Bar has the best of everything – great drinks, fabulous entrees, delectable desserts and more – all set in a renovated warehouse just steps from all of Bricktown’s premier entertainment options.

Hip and Delicious
Another great Bricktown option for New Year’s Eve is the Melting Pot. Their fondue is fabulous and the prix fix menu they’ve set up for NYE is prix-ty awesome.

Great Steaks, Contemporary Atmosphere
Along Broadway Avenue in Automobile Alley, you’ll find RED PrimeSteak where you can have your choice of, well, steak. But it’s more than that. At Red Prime you will have steak worthy of being called your last meal of 2013. Trust us.

Dine In the Sky
As one of Oklahoma City’s newest dining experiences, guests at VAST will dine on a whole new level. More than 720 feet above downtown Oklahoma City, VAST occupies the 49th floor of the Devon Energy Tower. Here you will experience fine cuisine and the best view of the entire city.

Timeless Elegance
Looking for a classic dining experience? Look no further than The Coach House. The Coach House offers seasonal cuisine highlighting the best local produce and regional specialties prepared with classical perfection.

Maybe you’ve got something else in mind for your New Year’s Eve meal. Not to worry! Check out these other great restaurants! We’re certain you’ll find just what you’re looking for.

food, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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New Year, New You

It’s almost 2014. Do you know what that means? It means there’s still time for you to get your New Year’s resolutions mapped out and stick to them for a full 365 days.

Resolution: Save money
If saving money is at the top of your list this year, you’ve definitely come to the right place. When it comes to cost of living, OKC consistently ranks low – as in we have one of the lowest costs of living out there. So lucky for you, OKC gives you the perfect opportunity to live it up for less.

So let’s all start the year 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.

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 millions upon millions of volunteer hours. During 2012, OKC ranked No. 21 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 members are non-profits. So check out the Member Directory to find one you can help!

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.

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.

Resolution: Reduce, reuse and recycle
Looking to be a little greener in 2014? 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 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.

arts and culture, community, education, gardening, volunteer
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: December 30 - January 6, 2014

Monday, Dec. 30
Chesapeake Snow Tubing open; noon - 8 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S. Mickey Mantle; 218-1000; $10 for hour-and-a-half session; Sessions begin every 2 hours starting at noon
Santa’s Adventures on the Oklahoma River; 1 - 8 p.m.; Boathouse District, 725 S. Lincoln; 552-4040; $25 passes for adults, $15 passes for youth under 12
Devon Ice Rink open; 3 - 9 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Seasonal Plaza, 113 S. Robinson; 708-6499; Admission is $10 per person (includes skates) or $7 for guests who bring their own skates

Tuesday, Dec. 31
Chesapeake Snow Tubing open; noon - 8 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S. Mickey Mantle; 218-1000; $10 for hour-and-a-half session; Sessions begin every 2 hours starting at noon
Santa’s Adventures on the Oklahoma River; 1 - 8 p.m.; Boathouse District, 725 S. Lincoln; 552-4040; $25 passes for adults, $15 passes for youth under 12
Opening Night Finale 5k; 2:30 p.m.; Starts and finishes at the 300 block of Sheridan Avenue; $30 for 5k walk/run participants, $15 for 1-mile run participants
Devon Ice Rink open; 3 - 9 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Seasonal Plaza, 113 S. Robinson; 708-6499; Admission is $10 per person (includes skates) or $7 for guests who bring their own skates
Oklahoma City Barons vs. Texas Stars; 6 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Portland Trailblazers; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary
Opening Night 2014; 7 p.m.; various locations in Downtown Oklahoma City; $8 in advance, $10 at the event
Bubbles & Bites New Year’s Eve; 9 - midnight; Myriad Gardens, Terrace Room, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; Tickets must be purchased by Dec. 24; $50 for members, $60 for nonmembers

Wednesday, Jan. 1
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Devon Ice Rink open; 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Seasonal Plaza, 113 S. Robinson; 708-6499; Admission is $10 per person (includes skates) or $7 for guests who bring their own skates
Chesapeake Snow Tubing open; noon - 8 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S. Mickey Mantle; 218-1000; $10 for hour-and-a-half session; Sessions begin every 2 hours starting at noon

Thursday, Jan. 2
Devon Ice Rink open; 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Seasonal Plaza, 113 S. Robinson; 708-6499; Admission is $10 per person (includes skates) or $7 for guests who bring their own skates
Chesapeake Snow Tubing open; noon - 8 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S. Mickey Mantle; 218-1000; $10 for hour-and-a-half session; Sessions begin every 2 hours starting at noon
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Brooklyn Nets; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

Friday, Jan. 3
Devon Ice Rink open; 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Seasonal Plaza, 113 S. Robinson; 708-6499; Admission is $10 per person (includes skates) or $7 for guests who bring their own skates
Chesapeake Snow Tubing open; noon - 8 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S. Mickey Mantle; 218-1000; $10 for hour-and-a-half session; Sessions begin every 2 hours starting at noon

Saturday, Jan. 4
Salad Bowls for Little Sprouts; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; Myriad Gardens, Water Plaza Room, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; $15 for members, $17 for non-members
Devon Ice Rink open; 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Seasonal Plaza, 113 S. Robinson; 708-6499; Admission is $10 per person (includes skates) or $7 for guests who bring their own skates
Chesapeake Snow Tubing open; noon - 8 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S. Mickey Mantle; 218-1000; $10 for hour-and-a-half session; Sessions begin every 2 hours starting at noon
Santa’s Adventures on the Oklahoma River; 1 - 8 p.m.; Boathouse District, 725 S. Lincoln; 552-4040; $25 passes for adults, $15 passes for 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, Jan. 5
Devon Ice Rink open; 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Seasonal Plaza, 113 S. Robinson; 708-6499; Admission is $10 per person (includes skates) or $7 for guests who bring their own skates
Santa’s Adventures on the Oklahoma River; 1 - 8 p.m.; Boathouse District, 725 S. Lincoln; 552-4040; $25 passes for adults, $15 passes for youth under 12
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Boston Celtics; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

Monday, Jan. 6
Devon Ice Rink open; 3 - 9 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Seasonal Plaza, 113 S. Robinson; 708-6499; Admission is $10 per person (includes skates) or $7 for guests who bring their own skates

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Monday, December 23, 2013

Happy Holidays!

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Over the past few weeks we’ve shared a number of ways to experience the better life in Oklahoma City this holiday season.

Deck the Halls Downtown – All the Downtown-in-December fun
For Good Behavior – Got any very last-minute shopping to do? Reward yourself with a tasty treat.
‘Tis the Season – Pick up something local and delicious for that holiday meal.
Warm Your Heart – There’s still time to make a difference in someone’s life this holiday season.
Membership Has Its Benefits – Still stumped by someone on your list? Get them a membership.
Be Their Guest – Don’t show up empty-handed for those last parties. We’ve got host gift ideas for you.
Bundled Up – Just because it’s chilly doesn’t mean you have to be bored.

family-friendly
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: December 23 - December 29, 2013

Monday, Dec. 23
Chesapeake Snow Tubing open; noon - 8 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S. Mickey Mantle; 218-1000; $10 for hour-and-a-half session; Sessions begin every 2 hours starting at noon
Devon Ice Rink open; 3 - 9 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Seasonal Plaza, 113 S. Robinson; 708-6499; Admission is $10 per person (includes skates) or $7 for guests who bring their own skates
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

Tuesday, Dec. 24
Chesapeake Snow Tubing open; noon - 8 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S. Mickey Mantle; 218-1000; $10 for hour-and-a-half session; Sessions begin every 2 hours starting at noon
Devon Ice Rink open; 3 - 9 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Seasonal Plaza, 113 S. Robinson; 708-6499; Admission is $10 per person (includes skates) or $7 for guests who bring their own skates
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

Wednesday, Dec. 25
MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Thursday, Dec. 26
Chesapeake Snow Tubing open; noon - 8 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S. Mickey Mantle; 218-1000; $10 for hour-and-a-half session; Sessions begin every 2 hours starting at noon
Devon Ice Rink open; 3 - 9 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Seasonal Plaza, 113 S. Robinson; 708-6499; Admission is $10 per person (includes skates) or $7 for guests who bring their own skates
Free Water Taxi rides; 6 - 9:30 p.m.; On Mickey Mantle Drive across from the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark

Friday, Dec. 27
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 open; noon - 8 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S. Mickey Mantle; 218-1000; $10 for hour-and-a-half session; Sessions begin every 2 hours starting at noon
Devon Ice Rink open; 3 - 11 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Seasonal Plaza, 113 S. Robinson; 708-6499; Admission is $10 per person (includes skates) or $7 for guests who bring their own skates
Free Water Taxi rides; 6 - 9:30 p.m.; On Mickey Mantle Drive across from the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark

Saturday, Dec. 28
Devon Ice Rink open; 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Seasonal Plaza, 113 S. Robinson; 708-6499; Admission is $10 per person (includes skates) or $7 for guests who bring their own skates
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 open; noon - 8 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S. Mickey Mantle; 218-1000; $10 for hour-and-a-half session; Sessions begin every 2 hours starting at noon
Santa’s Adventures on the Oklahoma River; 1 - 8 p.m.; Boathouse District, 725 S. Lincoln; 552-4040; $25 passes for adults, $15 passes for youth under 12
Free Water Taxi rides; 6 - 9:30 p.m.; On Mickey Mantle Drive across from the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark

Sunday, Dec. 29
Devon Ice Rink open; 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Seasonal Plaza, 113 S. Robinson; 708-6499; Admission is $10 per person (includes skates) or $7 for guests who bring their own skates
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 open; noon - 8 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S. Mickey Mantle; 218-1000; $10 for hour-and-a-half session; Sessions begin every 2 hours starting at noon
Santa’s Adventures on the Oklahoma River; 1 - 8 p.m.; Boathouse District, 725 S. Lincoln; 552-4040; $25 passes for adults, $15 passes for youth under 12
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary
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
Free Water Taxi rides; 6 - 9:30 p.m.; On Mickey Mantle Drive across from the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Ho-Ho-Ho-Home Team

Christmas is pretty much here, and we’ll be eating a lot of food and spending quality time with loved ones. If you’re looking to liven up the time spent with your family, why not head downtown to cheer on the home team? Both the Barons and the Thunder have multiple home games left before the year is up. They even have home games on New Year’s Eve. What a way to ring in the New Year!

Check out the Barons and the Thunder schedules.   

family-friendly, hockey, live sporting events, Thunder
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Donít Go Stir Crazy

Most parents recently experienced the joy of a snow day at home with their kids. But then that snow day turned into days and they forgot how difficult it can be to keep little ones entertained. Now that winter break is upon students in Oklahoma City, here are a few ideas for keeping your kids (and you) from going crazy at home.

Show your kids that science is fun at Science Museum Oklahoma.
Let them discover their inner cowboy at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.
Watch them go bananas over bones at the Museum of Osteology.
Help them discover their inner Amelia Earhart at the Museum of Women Pilots.
Let them find their tune at the American Banjo Museum.
Find even more museum options.

Adventure District, family-friendly, museums, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Lotsa Lights

Who doesn’t love grabbing a mug of hot cocoa, getting in the car and taking a drive to look at lights, all while listening to holiday tunes? We’d change out raindrops on roses for that one as one of our favorite things.

For a grand site, we suggest you start off at the Devon Energy Center where super-sized ornaments have taken over the lawn and the outside of the Colcord Hotel. Venture inside the rotunda (it’s open to the public, remember) and glance up to see the giant (seriously, giant) silver pine cones hanging from the ceiling.

Head across Sheridan into the Myriad Gardens to check out even more lights. The 17-acre park is perfect for wandering and enjoying the bright sights. And while you’re in the gardens, you might as well strap on some skates and take a turn around the Devon Ice Rink.

Next we’ll take this holiday adventure over to Bricktown for more festive follies. Did you know that through the end of the month on Thursdays through Sundays from 6 to 9:30 p.m. you can take advantage of free Water Taxi rides? It’s true! And there’s really no better way to experience OneMain Financial’s Bricktown Canal Lights. Once you’ve hopped off the Water Taxi, we suggest you head up the stairs to the corner of Reno and Mickey Mantle Drive to see the SandRidge Christmas Tree. Who knew there were so many great lights in OKC?! And we’re not done yet!

Hop on a Spokie (or you can get in your car if it’s nearby) and head up to Automobile Alley. All along Broadway Avenue between Northwest 4th and Northwest 10th Streets you can enjoy seeing the historic buildings of Automobile Alley all lit up for the holidays. So ho-ho-hop to it and experience the bright lights of this winter wonderland!

Bricktown, downtown, family-friendly, Myriad Botanical Gardens, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: December 17 - December 22, 2013

Tuesday, December 17
Full Moon Bicycle Ride; 6 - 6:45 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Lawn, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; Suggested donation of $5 per rider; Lights and helmets required

Wednesday, December 18
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, December 19
Pressed Flowers; 10:30 a.m. - noon; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Plaza Room, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; $10 for members, $12 for non-members
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Pop-Up Shop Village, 1000 N. Walker; Admission is free; Week 3 shops include A Date with Iris, Always Greener, RetrOKC, OUI, Kokopelli, The Learning Tree Toys and True North Living
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
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Chicago Bulls; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

Friday, December 20
Gingerbread Houses; 10 a.m. - noon; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; $25 for members, $30 for non-members
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Pop-Up Shop Village, 1000 N. Walker; Admission is free; Week 3 shops include A Date with Iris, Always Greener, RetrOKC, OUI, Kokopelli, The Learning Tree Toys and True North Living
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
Devon Ice Rink Rock ‘N Skate Night; 6 - 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Seasonal Plaza, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080
Oklahoma City Barons vs. Texas Stars; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary

Saturday, December 21
Saturdays with Santa: The Polar Express; 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
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Pop-Up Shop Village, 1000 N. Walker; Admission is free; Week 3 shops include A Date with Iris, Always Greener, RetrOKC, OUI, Kokopelli, The Learning Tree Toys and True North Living
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
Oklahoma City Barons vs. Texas Stars; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary

Sunday, December 22
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; noon - 6 p.m.; Pop-Up Shop Village, 1000 N. Walker; Admission is free; Week 3 shops include A Date with Iris, Always Greener, RetrOKC, OUI, Kokopelli, The Learning Tree Toys and True North Living
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
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. Toronto Raptors; 6 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, December 10, 2013

Bundled Up

There’s definitely been a chill in the air and if you’re like us, you may be experiencing some cabin fever. Thankfully, there’s no reason to feel all cooped up. No matter the temperature, there are always great things to do and experience in Greater Oklahoma City. Here are just a few suggestions:

Visit a museum.
Warm up inside the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory.
Check out one of OKC’s great districts, filled with plenty of eating, drinking or shopping options. 
Do a little holiday shopping.
Curl up with a good book.
Catch a movie, in the not-so-usual way.

food, library, Midtown, movies, museums, Myriad Botanical Gardens, parks, shopping, Western Avenue, Adventure District, downtown
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Be Their Guest

We’re sure you’ve got a few holiday gatherings on your calendar in the coming weeks. Show your host how much you appreciate them with a token of gratitude. Not sure what to get? Don’t worry. We can help.

Flowers are friendly. Say “thanks” with a lovely bunch of blooms. Our friends at the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber have some fabulous florist members who’d be happy to help you get the best bouquet.

Treats are terrific. Before you head to your party, stop and grab a delicious dessert for your hosts to enjoy once the party is over and they’re ready to prop their feet up and relax.

Local is lovely. Show your hosts how much you love Oklahoma City and spread that love to local retailers.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Membership Has Its Benefits

[Zoo photo courtesy of Carl Shortt]

Stumped on what to buy a few folks on your list this year? Why not give a membership that will keep giving long after the tree is taken down and winter has gone?

Myriad Gardens Membership
Membership to the Myriad Botanical Gardens starts as low as $50 per year and includes discounts to the Gardens’ Gardening School, a printed newsletter, invitations to members-only events and more.

Oklahoma City ZooFriends Membership
ZooFriends get unlimited zoo admission for one year, discounted admission to other zoos nationwide, a quarterly newsletter, a 10 percent discount at zoo gift shops and concessions, a 10 percent discount on the zoo’s education classes and an invitation to Family Fun Night.

Science Museum Oklahoma Membership
Science Museum Oklahoma offers several membership levels ranging from $75 to $175 with varying benefits. All levels include unlimited admission to permanent exhibits, Science Live and the planetarium, plus much more.

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Things to Do & See: December 10 - December 16, 2013

Tuesday, Dec. 10
Downtown in December festivities; all day; locations, times and prices vary
OSU-OKC Poinsettia Sale; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; OSU Agriculture Resource Center, 400 N. Portland; Admission is free

Wednesday, Dec. 11
Downtown in December festivities; all day; locations, times and prices vary
OSU-OKC Poinsettia Sale; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; OSU Agriculture Resource Center, 400 N. Portland; Admission is free
Energy Enhancing Botanicals; 10 a.m. - noon; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; $35 for members, $40 for nonmembers
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, Dec. 12
Downtown in December festivities; all day; locations, times and prices vary
OSU-OKC Poinsettia Sale; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; OSU Agriculture Resource Center, 400 N. Portland; Admission is free
Flowers Up Close: Observational Drawing for Beginners; 10 a.m. - noon; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Plaza Room, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; $15 for members, $20 for nonmembers
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Pop-Up Shop Village, 1000 N. Walker; Admission is free; Week 3 shops include A Date with Iris, Always Greener, RetrOKC, OUI, Kokopelli, The Learning Tree Toys and True North Living
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

Friday, Dec. 13
Downtown in December festivities; all day; locations, times and prices vary
OSU-OKC Poinsettia Sale; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; OSU Agriculture Resource Center, 400 N. Portland; Admission is free
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Pop-Up Shop Village, 1000 N. Walker; Admission is free; Week 3 shops include A Date with Iris, Always Greener, RetrOKC, OUI, Kokopelli, The Learning Tree Toys and True North Living
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
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. LA Lakers; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

Saturday, Dec. 14
Downtown in December festivities; all day; locations, times and prices vary
OSU-OKC Poinsettia Sale; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; OSU Agriculture Resource Center, 400 N. Portland; Admission is free
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Pop-Up Shop Village, 1000 N. Walker; Admission is free; Week 3 shops include A Date with Iris, Always Greener, RetrOKC, OUI, Kokopelli, The Learning Tree Toys and True North Living
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

Sunday, Dec. 15
Downtown in December festivities; all day; locations, times and prices vary
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; noon - 6 p.m.; Pop-Up Shop Village, 1000 N. Walker; Admission is free; Week 3 shops include A Date with Iris, Always Greener, RetrOKC, OUI, Kokopelli, The Learning Tree Toys and True North Living
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
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Orlando Magic; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary
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

Monday, Dec. 16
Downtown in December festivities; all day; locations, times and prices vary
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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Tuesday, December 3, 2013

The Story All About How OKC Got Flipped-Turned Upside Down

In the late 80s, downtown Oklahoma City was a victim of suburban flight and failed efforts at revitalization. The surrounding area included a dilapidated warehouse district and a river that had slowed to a trickle through flood prevention engineering. Since the 1990s, an amazing renaissance has taken place. Construction of a mile-long canal, a premiere ballpark and the attraction of billions in private investment has transformed downtown and that deserted warehouse district to one of the most vibrant entertainment districts in the Southwest with countless nightlife and entertainment options. The river that once had to be mowed is now home to world-class water events and an Olympic U.S. Canoe/Kayak training and development center.

Check out a past issue of VeloCity to discover how it all happened.

Bricktown, MAPS, Oklahoma River
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Party Like Itís 1993

clientuploads/blog/MAPS_1.jpgLife in OKC is pretty much a daily celebration, but why not get together with some other OKC-ers to celebrate the initiative that started all the goodness? This Friday, Dec. 6, gather at the Chesapeake Energy Arena (one of the original MAPS projects) for a MAPS Celebration from 5 to 7:30 p.m. With the purchase of your ticket, you’ll enjoy a food and cocktail hour, exciting elements from the Oklahoma City Thunder game day experience, followed by the introduction of the key players from MAPS. Plus, the three prolific MAPS mayors will be on hand. Who would want to miss that? Certainly not us. Get your tickets today!

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Warm Your Heart

There’s a cold front headed this way and while you may get a little chilled, we have a few ways to warm your heart this holiday season.

Warmth for Winter
It can get cold here in OKC, but not everyone has a coat to keep them bundled up. The annual Brad Edwards Warmth 4 Winter coat drive will kick off next week, Dec. 12, and is a great way to clear those forgotten coats out your closet while also helping fellow Oklahomans.

Share the Warmth
If you’re an Oklahoma Natural Gas customer, there’s a really easy and awesome way to help out neighbors across our state this season. Their “Share the Warmth” program lets you add any amount to your monthly natural gas bill to help seniors, individuals with disabilities and others in need who cannot cover their home heating expenses.

Give the Gift of Light
None of us look forward to paying our monthly electric bills, but we know they’re just a part of life. Some Oklahomans struggle more than others to figure out where that fits into a budget. With OG&E’s Gift of Light program, you can give the, well, “gift of light” to a family member, friend or your favorite charity or organization. You can also use their “Lend-A-Hand” program to add a few dollars to your monthly bill. The amount added will be forwarded to The Salvation Army which distributes the money to individuals in need.

$1 Million Match
We know that you enjoy that delicious holiday goose (or whatever your holiday meal tradition might be), but with more than 675,000 Oklahomans waking up hungry each day, it’s a great time to remember to help those in need. To help fight hunger in Oklahoma, Chesapeake Energy Corporation and Carità Famiglia, LLC are teaming up to match every dollar donated to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma between now and Jan. 15.

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Things to Do & See: December 3 - December 9, 2013

Tuesday, Dec. 3
OSU-OKC Poinsettia Sale; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; OSU Agriculture Resource Center, 400 N. Portland; Admission is free
Oklahoma City Barons vs. Texas Stars; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary

Wednesday, Dec. 4
OSU-OKC Poinsettia Sale; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; OSU Agriculture Resource Center, 400 N. Portland; Admission is free
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, Dec. 5
OSU-OKC Poinsettia Sale; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; OSU Agriculture Resource Center, 400 N. Portland; Admission is free
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Pop-Up Shop Village, 1000 N. Walker; Admission is free; Week 2 shops include Birdie, STASH, Collected Thread, Native Roots Market, Green Bambino, Plenty Mercantile, Blue Seven, chirps & cheers
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
Free Water Taxi Rides; 6 - 9:30 p.m.; Bricktown Canal, on Mickey Mantle Drive across from the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 235-3500

Friday, Dec. 6
OSU-OKC Poinsettia Sale; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; OSU Agriculture Resource Center, 400 N. Portland; Admission is free
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Pop-Up Shop Village, 1000 N. Walker; Admission is free; Week 2 shops include Birdie, STASH, Collected Thread, Native Roots Market, Green Bambino, Plenty Mercantile, Blue Seven, chirps & cheers
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
Free Water Taxi Rides; 6 - 9:30 p.m.; Bricktown Canal, on Mickey Mantle Drive across from the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 235-3500

Saturday, Dec. 7
Saturdays with Santa: Whoville; 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
OSU-OKC Poinsettia Sale; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; OSU Agriculture Resource Center, 400 N. Portland; Admission is free
Light Up Your Holiday; 10 a.m. - noon; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; $45 for members, $50 for non-members; Preregistration required
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Pop-Up Shop Village, 1000 N. Walker; Admission is free; Week 2 shops include Birdie, STASH, Collected Thread, Native Roots Market, Green Bambino, Plenty Mercantile, Blue Seven, chirps & cheers
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
Free Water Taxi Rides; 6 - 9:30 p.m.; Bricktown Canal, on Mickey Mantle Drive across from the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 235-3500

Sunday, Dec. 8
Free Museum Sunday; all day; Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum, 1400 Classen Dr.; Red Earth Museum, 6 Santa Fe Plaza; free admission
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; noon - 6 p.m.; Pop-Up Shop Village, 1000 N. Walker; Admission is free; Week 2 shops include Birdie, STASH, Collected Thread, Native Roots Market, Green Bambino, Plenty Mercantile, Blue Seven, chirps & cheers
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
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
Free Water Taxi Rides; 6 - 9:30 p.m.; Bricktown Canal, on Mickey Mantle Drive across from the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 235-3500
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Indiana Pacers; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

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

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