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Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Take a Picture Ė Itíll Last Longer

Glorious galleries, fine dining, amazing art, afternoon tea, art classes, film screening, a treasure-filled gift shop and more – the Oklahoma City Museum of Art is big on activities, culture and fun. And their latest exhibition is something that simply cannot be missed.

Photorealism Revisited features approximately 60 amazing works of art from some of the world’s best photorealist artists. If you find yourself asking, “What is photorealism?” you’re not alone. According the OKCMOA’s site, it was “the first modern movement to assert reliance on photography as a crucial part of the artistic process.” Open now through April 21, 2013, the exhibit focuses on aspects of urban and suburban landscapes. You’ll see trucks, motorcycles, cars and roadside eateries.

And while you’re there checking out the photorealism exhibit, why not explore the rest of this downtown gem? Each year more than 125,000 people come through the doors of the museum to explore collections covering five centuries of European and American art, not to mention a growing collection of contemporary art and a comprehensive collection of glass sculpture by Dale Chihuly.

Photo credit: Robert Bechtle (American, b.1932). ‘68 Cadillac, 1970. Oil on canvas, 22 x 24 in. (55.9 x 61 cm). Private Collection, Louis K. Meisel Gallery, New York. © Courtesy International Arts®

arts and culture, downtown, family-friendly, museums
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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The Highs and Lows of Winter

You may have noticed that winter here in OKC can bring some interesting temps. A lovely weekend with highs in the 60s, sometimes followed by a blizzard during the week. We want you to be able to take advantage of it all. Sled down a hill while the snow sticks around, and crack open a cold one on your patio (or on the patio of a nearby watering hole) and enjoy the spring-like temps.

So about that cold brew . . . Oklahoma City beer connoisseurs can satisfy their thirst while keeping things local. The Sooner State boasts a number of fine breweries, including COOP Ale Works, Mustang Brewery, Redbud Brewing Company in Oklahoma City, and Battered Boar Brewery in Edmond. Based elsewhere in the state, but readily available in the metro, are products from Krebs’ Choc Beer Company and Tulsa’s Marshall Brewing Company. If you don’t already have a favorite outdoor spot for enjoying a tasty beverage, we suggest you try out any of these or these.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Weather Youíre Ready or Not

Yes, that’s a weather-related pun. Here in OKC, we have the benefit of experiencing all four seasons. And we love it. That means we get to really live it up weather-wise – so in the winter, you might get the benefit of a snow day, and come summer you’ll likely have the opportunity to spend a warm day poolside. And to be sure you’ll have the tools and knowledge to be ready for the chance of snow, you’ve got a source for essential winter weather information – the City of Oklahoma City!

The City provides a variety of winter weather info on their site, including regional snow routes, winter weather tips for your home and vehicle and more. You’ll even find videos covering a number of winter-weather preparation tips. Don’t get caught out in the cold unprepared. Use this resource to be ready if and when we see a little thunder snow (don’t you just love how your weather vocabulary has expanded since you moved here?).

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Monday, February 25, 2013

Things to Do & See: Feb. 26 - March 4, 2013

Tuesday, Feb. 26
Art Moves: Michael King, magician; noon - 1 p.m.; The Underground, below 101 Park Ave.; 235-0877; Admission is free and 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
Oklahoma City Barons vs. Texas Stars; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary

Wednesday, Feb. 27
Art Moves: Andrew Tutak, painting demo; noon - 1 p.m.; OKC Museum of Art lobby, 415 Couch Dr.; 235-0877; Admission is free and open to the public
Wednesday Night at the Movies; 6 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.; 231-8650; Admission is free; Open to all ages
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New Orleans Hornets; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

Thursday, Feb. 28
Art Moves: Alegria Real, latin/world folk group; noon - 1 p.m.; First National Center, 120 N. Robinson; 235-0877; Admission is free and open to the public

Friday, March 1
Designing Colorful Plant Containers; 9:30 a.m.; Will Rogers Garden Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36; 943-0827; Admission is free, but registration is required
Art Moves: Kyle Dillingham, fiddler; noon - 1 p.m.; OKC Museum of Art theater, 415 Couch Dr.; Admission is free and open to the public
Oklahoma City Spring Remodel & Landscape Show; 2 - 8 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Admission is $3 for adults, children under 18 are free
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, March 2
Growing Pains – Gardening in Oklahoma’s Tough Climate; 8:30 - 11:30 a.m.; Oklahoma County Extension Center, 930 N. Portland; 731-1125; Registration required
Saturdays for Kids; 10 a.m. - noon; 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
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
Oklahoma City Spring Remodel & Landscape Show; 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Admission is $3 for adults, children under 18 are free
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
Drop-In Art: Chihuly Paintings; 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

Sunday, March 3
Oklahoma City Spring Remodel & Landscape Show; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Admission is $3 for adults, children under 18 are free

Monday, March 4
Art Moves: Cami Stinson Duo, pop/soul; noon - 1 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, atrium, 300 Park Ave.; 235-0877; Admission is free and open to the public

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

THE Tool for Movers and Shakers (Mainly Movers)

clientuploads/blog/Relo-cover-1.jpgWe love being your go-to source when it comes to Oklahoma City. We know that while many of you already call this great place home, some of you are just in the beginning stages of pondering a move. To help you along in the decision-making process, we have a handy dandy little guide that provides you the essential info on what it’s like to call OKC home sweet home. Get excited because the latest version of our relocation guide is live, folks! And it’s filled to the brim with awesomeness – info on housing, education, employment, health, weather and more! Oh, and it has more than 30 videos, giving you the opportunity to learn more about our city and hear first-hand from some fellow newbies about their first impressions and experiences here.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Itís a bird! Itís a plane! Itís another nonstop flight option!

Being located smack dab in the middle of the country means that you’re just a hop, skip and a jump from just about anywhere you might like to visit in the continental U.S. OK, so you might have to do a little more than hopping, skipping or jumping if you want to get anywhere in a timely manner. So why not head over to Will Rogers World Airport and hop on a plane! Did you know that from OKC you can travel nonstop (no changing planes, no pesky layovers, no switching seats) to 23 airports in 20 cities? True story. Just last week United Airlines began nonstop service between Oklahoma City and Cleveland. So go on. Plan a trip. Pack a bag. And feel free to bring us back a souvenir.   

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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The ABCs of OKC

A – In the 1920s, Automobile Alley, located just north of Downtown Oklahoma City, was home to 52 of the city’s first 76 auto dealerships.
B – Greater Oklahoma City is home to five local Beer Breweries.
C – The Oklahoma City Museum of Art hosts the world’s largest, most comprehensive collection of Dale Chihuly glass.
D – One of the biggest (and best) surprises for people new to OKC is the Diversity of cultures that abounds.
E – In Elmira, New York, the average apartment rent is $1,037, compared to $739 in Oklahoma City. Crazy for a place you’ve never heard of, right?
F – Here in OKC, we have the opportunity to experience all Four seasons.
G – The Grand Event Lawn at the Myriad Gardens is a great place to toss a Frisbee, enjoy a picnic, catch an outdoor concert and so much more.
H – It’s basketball season in Oklahoma City and that means lots of opportunities to watch our beloved Oklahoma City Thunder – and one of our personal favorite players, Hasheem Thabeet, or as we like to call him the “Tanzanian Terror.”
I – Easy access to Interstates helps keep the average commute time in Oklahoma City down to 20 minutes or less.
J – “Jewelry is the gift to give . . . cause it’s the gift that’ll live and live.” That famous jingle for BC Clark plays each year during the holidays and was written by Oklahoma Citian Ray Ackerman.  
K – Kayaking is just one of the great activities you can participate in at the Oklahoma River in the Boathouse District.
L – The city of Oklahoma City was settled on April 22, 1889 during the “Land Run”.
M – You might have heard of a little something called “MAPS.” That stands for Metropolitan Area Projects and has led to more than $5 billion in private investment in our city.
N – The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is one of OKC’s gems, and sees more than 10 million visitors come through its doors each year.
O – On the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol sits an operating oil well. 
P – The first ever Parking meter was installed in Oklahoma City in 1935.
Q – Go on a nature Quest at Martin Park Nature Center.
R – Do you enjoy Rollerblading or Running? Then you’ll love the more than 140 miles of walking, running, bicycling and skating trails that snake throughout Oklahoma City.
S – From the Santa Fe Depot in downtown you can hop on the Heartland Flyer, an Amtrak train that’ll take you as far south as Fort Worth, Texas.
T – With 27,000 employees, Tinker Air Force Base is the largest single-site employer in the state of Oklahoma. And it’s right here in Greater Oklahoma City.
U – Did you know that UPS is one of Oklahoma City’s major employers?
V – Velocity is a digital magazine all about OKC!
W – Strangely enough, two of Oklahoma City’s airports, Will Rogers World Airport and Wiley Post Airport were named for two Oklahoma gents, Will Rogers and Wiley Post, who just happened to perish in a plane crash in Alaska in 1935. 
X – Want to hear the lovely music of a Xylophone? (You knew we were going to use that for X.) Check out of a performance by the OKC Phil – that’s the philharmonic.
Y – You want to live in Oklahoma City. It’s true.
Z – Catch an Oklahoma City Barons ice hockey match and you’re sure to spot a Zamboni.

arts and culture, community, downtown, live sporting events, museums, music, Myriad Botanical Gardens, Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: Feb. 19 - Feb. 25, 2013

Tuesday, Feb. 19
Almonte Library Grand Opening Celebration; all day; Almonte Library, 2914 SW 59; 606-3575; Admission is free and open to the public

Wednesday, Feb. 20
Be a Myriad Gardens Volunteer; 9 a.m. - noon; Myriad Gardens, Children’s Gardens amphitheater, 100 Myriad Gardens; 445-7087
Art Moves: Reality & the New Era; noon - 1 p.m.; City Rescue Mission, 800 W. California; 235-0877; Admission is free and open to the public
Public Relations 101: Media Relations; 6 - 7:30 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.; 231-8650; Registration required; Admission is free

Thursday, Feb. 21
Free Fitness Fair; 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Skirvin Hilton Hotel, 1 Park Ave; 272-3040; Admission is free and open to the public
Art Moves: Chris Hicks Duo; noon - 1 p.m.; Leadership Square, 211 N. Robinson; 235-0877; Admission is free and open to the public
Belle Isle Library Teen Crafts; 4 - 5 p.m.; Belle Isle Library, 5501 N Villa; 843-9601; Admission is free; Open to teens only
Central Oklahoma Cactus and Succulent Society Meeting; 7 p.m.; Will Rogers Gardens Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36; 943-0827
Science Lounge: Science of Star Wars; 7 p.m.; Science Museum Oklahoma, 2100 NE 52; 602-3760; Must be 21 to enter; Tickets are $15 in advance and $20 at the door

Friday, Feb. 22
Art Moves: East Side Boys; noon - 1 p.m.; Robinson Renaissance, 119 N. Robinson; 235-0877; Admission is free and open to the public
Friends of the Library Members Only Pre Sale; 5 - 9 p.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing; 948-6704; Admission is free, but open to members of Friends of the Library Only
Oklahoma City Barons vs. Houston Aeros; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Minnesota Timberwolves; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

Saturday, Feb. 23
Friends of the Library Book Sale; 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing; 948-6704; Admission is free and open to the public
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
The How, When and Where of Pruning and Garden Tool Sharpening Event; 1  2:30 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Children’s Gardens amphitheater, 100 Myriad Gardens; 297-3995; $10 for nonmembers (includes sharpening of up to three items; free for members
Drop-In Art: Fancy Portraits; 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
Free Zoo Career Conference; 1 - 4 p.m.; Oklahoma City Zoo, 2101 NE 50; 425-0218; Ages 13 and older; Free to attend (zoo admission not included); Registration required

Sunday, Feb. 24
Friends of the Library Book Sale; 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing; 948-6704; Admission is free and open to the public
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Chicago Bulls; 8:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

Monday, Feb. 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
Art Moves: Mark Giammario Jazz Quartet; noon - 1 p.m.; Chase Tower lobby, 100 N. Broadway; 235-0877; Admission is free and open to the public

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

Dates on a Dime

Heads up, ladies and gents, because the day of love is upon us – Valentine's Day, that is. If you haven't planned a sweet night for your fine fella or your gal pal, have no fear! There are still plenty of options that won't dive too deep into your savings account. Here are a few ideas to keep you out of the doghouse and in good graces with your special someone.

No time to order a custom bouquet? Head to Whole Foods for the timeless gift of fresh flowers – and with the Whole Trade seal, your blooms are guaranteed to be ethically grown and sustainable. While you are there, pick up a treat that is sure to earn you some bonus points with your sweetie. Whether you opt for a decadent dessert or something that's lighter in calories, the Whole Foods bakery uses the freshest ingredients to stock its shelves daily. There are even gluten-free treats, so anyone with a sweet tooth is sure to fall in love.

And who says you need reservations to dine in style on Valentine's Day? Opt out of candlelight and dine under the stars on the patio of Big Truck Tacos, or grab some all-American grub at S&B Burger Joint. If you are the type of person that likes to DIY, you could even make a picnic dinner to enjoy on the Grand Event Lawn at Myriad Botanical Gardens.

And if your language of love involves gifts galore, think outside of the box – literally. Help your other half discover their inner artist with a class from City Arts Center or the Oklahoma City Museum of Art. If a class is too much of a commitment, mix it up with an instant date night provided by Wine and Palette's step-by-step painting experiences. Not the artistic type? Take your adrenaline level up a notch with OKC Riversport's Adventure Saturdays. The Boathouse District's new features, such as the Air Express Zip Line and the SandRidge Sky Trail, will get your blood pumping as you take in one of Oklahoma City’s most exciting districts.

arts and culture, downtown, Myriad Botanical Gardens, Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Flower Frenzy

We mentioned one great option to shower your valentine with flower love, but there are plenty of options. Our friends over at the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber have some fabulous florist members who’d be happy to help you show your love on the 14th (or any other day of the year for that matter). If planning ahead isn’t your forte, don’t forget that many grocery stores around town have great floral selections.

Maybe beautiful stems of fresh cut flowers in a vase isn’t your thing. Why not check out some beautiful blooms in person? At the Oklahoma City Zoo you can head over to the Butterfly Garden. While it may not be prime butterfly-watching season, the garden is filled with more than 15,000 plants that are sure to create quite an atmosphere. If you’re looking to escape the chilly, winter weather and see some fabulous flowers, don’t forget about the Myriad Botanical Gardens Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory. With indoor temperatures ranging from 62 to 78 degrees Fahrenheit, you’ll keep warm while you enjoy the 2,000 different plant varieties.

Adventure District, downtown, Myriad Botanical Gardens, parks, zoo
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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A Perfect 10

We’re switching gears away from the mushy love stuff, and it involves a little history lesson. Back at the Summer Olympics of 1976 in Montreal, there was a Romanian gymnast named Nadia Comaneci. At the young age of 14, Nadia competed fiercely and after finishing her routine on the uneven bars, she waited for her scores. What showed up on the boards was a little confusing – 1.00. The crowd was stunned. The score boards weren’t prepared for her performance as they were only equipped to show four digits. In fact, Nadia had scored a perfect 10 – the first time in modern Olympics history. Nadia went on to win gold medals in the all-around, beam and bars competitions, and a bronze on the floor.

At that same Olympics, there was another gymnast – Bart Conner, who had attended the University of Oklahoma. Bart’s experience at the 1976 wasn’t quite like Nadia’s, but that’s because the 1984 games were destined to be his show. At those games in Los Angeles, Bart helped the U.S. Men’s team win its first-ever team gold – along with earning a perfect 10 for himself on the parallel bars. When it came time for the individual competition, Bart would repeat his perfect 10 on that same apparatus, winning another gold.

So what are these two Olympic gymnasts doing on this blog? Well, they are two of Greater Oklahoma City’s sweethearts – and they just happen to also be sweethearts (see, they’re married). Bart Conner and Nadia Comaneci are not only living gymnastic legends, they are living gymnastic legends who live in Greater Oklahoma City – woo hoo! And this coming weekend, they are hosting the Bart & Nadia Sports & Health Festival.

Held on Saturday, Feb. 16, this festival is a great opportunity for Oklahoma Citians to take charge of their health through activities that embrace the Olympic, Paralympic and Special Olympics ideals. This free festival will be filled to the brim with:

  • Health and fitness related booths offering information on nutrition, health care, exercise, sports activities and more!
  • Various Health Screenings including dental screenings, general physical fitness and smoking cessation, children's health, free children's immunizations (courtesy of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Caring Van) and more!
  • Sports and other fitness activities for kids!
  • Prize giveaways courtesy of The Oklahoman, including an OKC Thunder team autographed basketball; Bob Stoops autographed football; Sherri Coale autographed basketball; youth bicycle from Schlegel Bicycles; family four-pack of tickets for Adventure Sport from the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation and a Garmin Running Watch from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma

If that alone isn’t enough to entice you to check it out, here’s a look at what will be going on:

Can you believe all of this awesomeness is free? So start limbering up now, and get ready to get your wellness on this weekend at the Bart & Nadia Sports & Health Festival.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: Feb. 12 - Feb. 18, 2013

Tuesday, Feb. 12
Art Moves: Boulevard Brass Quintet; noon - 1 p.m.; Leadership Square, 211 N. Robinson; 270-4892; Admission is free and open to the public

Wednesday, Feb. 13
Prairie Classic Quarter Horse Show; 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing; 948-6700; Admission is free
Art Moves: Kristen Vails; noon - 1 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 N. Couch; 270-4892; Admission is free and open to the public
Public Relations 101: Media Relations; 6 - 7:30 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.; 231-8650; Registration required; Admission is free

Thursday, Feb. 14
Prairie Classic Quarter Horse Show; 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing; 948-6700; Admission is free
Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series: All Things Roses; noon; Myriad Gardens Crystal Bridge, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 301 W. Reno; Free and open to the public
Art Moves: Greg Northwood; 11:30 a.m. - noon; Devon Energy Center, Nebu Dining Area, 333 W. Sheridan; 270-4892; Admission is free and open to the public
Cool Seasons Lawn Workshop; 1:30 - 3 p.m.; Oklahoma County Extension Center, 930 N. Portland; 713-1125
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Miami Heat; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

Friday, Feb. 15
2013 Women’s USAG Age Group Competition; 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Cox Convention Center Arena, 1 Myriad Gardens; General admission is $10, Kids 3-12 are $5, Kids 2 & under are free, University students are free with a valid student ID
Prairie Classic Quarter Horse Show; 8 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing; 948-6700; Admission is free
Art Moves: Jack Fowler; noon - 1 p.m.; First National Center, 120 N. Robinson; 270-4892; Admission is free and open to the public
Perfect 10 Challenge Women's Gymnastics Meet; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center Arena, 1 Myriad Gardens; General admission is $10, Kids 3-12 are $5, Kids 2 & under are free, University students are free with a valid student ID

Saturday, Feb. 16
2013 Women’s USAG Age Group Competition; 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; Cox Convention Center Arena, 1 Myriad Gardens; General admission is $10, Kids 3-12 are $5, Kids 2 & under are free, University students are free with a valid student ID
Prairie Classic Quarter Horse Show; 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing; 948-6700; Admission is free
Bart & Nadia Sports & Health Festival; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; Free and open to the public
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
Organic Gardening Seminar; 11 a.m.; OSU-OKC, 400 N. Portland; 945-3358; Reserve your free ticket by emailing farmersmarket@osuokc.edu
Succulent Wreath Workshop; 1 - 2:30 p.m.; Myriad Gardens Crystal Bridge, Terrace Room, 301 W. Reno; $35 for members, $45 for nonmembers; All wreath framework, plants and coaching are supplied with class fee
Bart & Nadia Sports & Health Festival International Session; 6 p.m.; Cox Convention Center Arena, 1 Myriad Gardens; General admission is $10, Kids 3-12 are $5, Kids 2 & under are free, University students are free with a valid student ID
Lovers Dinner at the Gardens Restaurant; 6 p.m.; Myriad Gardens Restaurant, 100 Myriad Gardens; 445-7080; $65 for members, $75 for nonmembers; Space is limited, make your reservations now

Sunday, Feb. 17
2013 Women’s USAG Age Group Competition; 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.; Cox Convention Center Arena, 1 Myriad Gardens; General admission is $10, Kids 3-12 are $5, Kids 2 & under are free, University students are free with a valid student ID
Prairie Classic Quarter Horse Show; 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing; 948-6700; Admission is free

Monday, Feb. 18
Art Moves: Aaron White; noon - 1 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave; 270-4892; Admission is free and open to the public

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

We Find OKC Quite Pinteresting

Go ahead and admit it. We know that you’ve jumped on the social media craze that is Pinterest. Who doesn’t love having a place to keep your inspirations, vacation plans, favorite places – really anything? We certainly do! And some of our favorite OKC-loving groups have boards that fill our hearts with great things about this fabulous city. Here are a few we suggest you check out:

Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau
Downtown OKC
Keep It Local OK

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Family-Friendly Art

Expressing creativity is good for OKC-ers of all ages. The Oklahoma City Museum of Art has a number of programs that will make the art of creating a fun-filled family activity.

Let your child flex his or her creative juices on the weekends with “Drop-In Art” from 1 to 4 p.m. With a different theme each week, kids have the opportunity to paint, glue, draw, rip, scissor and generally let their inner Picassos fly. “Drop-In Art” is free with paid museum admission.

Since the museum is filled to the brim with amazing art, why not use it as the source of your inspiration? Once a month, the museum hosts “Drop-In Drawing” where instructors provide basic instruction to help you along the path to creating something wonderful.  “Drop-In Drawing” is free with paid museum admission and materials are provided.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Time for Some Off-Roading

With warmer temps in the forecast this week, it’s a great time to get out and stretch those limbs that you’ve had bundled up this winter. Even in this booming metropolis we call home, there are still plenty of places to get your adventure on. So why not head out for a little off-road adventure? If you enjoy mountain biking or hiking, head on over to the northwest side of town and check out the Bluff Creek Trail. This single-loop trail is 3.5+ miles of multi-use track with thick trees and quick turns to let your outdoor spirit roam free. Or if you’re looking for a less rugged experience, take a stroll on the 1-mile of sidewalk available.

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Things to Do & See: Feb. 5 - Feb. 10, 2013

Tuesday, Feb. 5
Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits Networking Night; 5 - 7 p.m.; Café 7, 120 N. Robinson; Register online

Wednesday, Feb. 6
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Golden State Warriors; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary
Public Relations 101: Media Relations; 6 - 7:30 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.; 231-8650; Registration required; Admission is free

Thursday, Feb. 7
Noon Tunes presents Lisa and Laura; noon - 1 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.; 231-8650; Admission is free; open to all ages

Friday, Feb. 8
An Affair of the Heart; 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing; Admission is $7 per person
LOVE on the Plaza; 7 - 11 p.m.; The Plaza District, Northwest 16 Street between Classen and Pennsylvania; Admission is free; Open to the public
Oklahoma City Barons vs. Grand Rapid Griffins; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Phoenix Suns; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

Saturday, Feb. 9
An Affair of the Heart; 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing; Admission is $7 per person
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: Funky Photorealism Collages; 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. Grand Rapids Griffins; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary

Sunday, Feb. 10
An Affair of the Heart; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing; Admission is $7 per person
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

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