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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

In Too Deep (Deuce)

Located in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City, the Deep Deuce District (located at Northeast 1st Street and Central Avenue) may be small but its historical significance runs deep. In the 1940s, it was Oklahoma’s premier African-American jazz and business district, and was home to jazz legends such as Charlie Christian, the Blue Devils and Jimmy Rushing. Today the neighborhood is still bopping, but to a slightly different beat. It is now an urban neighborhood home to local favorite restaurants such as Deep Deuce Grill and the Wedge Pizzeria, as well as housing like The Deep Deuce Apartments and Level Urban Apartments, with more on the way. Each year the area hosts the Deep Deuce Music Festival and features jazz and blues bands, and local artists. So if jazz, blues, art or a cool modern vibe is your thing, you won’t want to miss this historical district. 

restaurants, Bricktown, community, downtown, housing
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Welcome Home

From sleek, modern condos to sprawling acreages, Oklahoma City has a variety of options for even the pickiest of home-seekers. With single family homes ranging from $60,000 to $359,000, and condos and townhomes from $65,000 to $300,000, Oklahoma City is also gentle on the wallet. Too good to be true, you say? Well, we are about to sweeten the deal - with our average commute time at about 20 minutes, you can choose to live anywhere in the city and still be at work in record time. Yes, we are bragging.

So what are your choices? We are glad you asked. If you want tree-lined streets and historic charm, neighborhoods like Crown Heights, Mesta Park or Heritage Hills might be for you. Want to be in the heart of the action? We suggest the Bricktown or Midtown area. Need wide open spaces for your growing brood? Northwest Oklahoma City has plenty of options, with average home prices at just around $233,209. And if you just can’t make up your mind, perhaps renting first is the best choice. No matter what you choose, we can guarantee one thing – you won’t be disappointed.

community, family-friendly, housing
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Beautiful Things

Spring is in the air, and you may have noticed things becoming a bit more colorful around here. The grass is green, leaves are returning to the trees and the flowers are in bloom. But we know that keeping things pretty goes beyond the work done by Mother Nature. Here, it’s a community effort, and if you agree with us, we are here to tell you how you can be involved. Adopt-A-Park allows you and a few friends (or perhaps a church group, work colleagues – anyone who loves beautiful things!) to adopt a park, median or greenbelt to maintain. You and your posse can pick up litter, mow, or make city-approved landscape improvements year-round. Is your green thumb ready? Visit OKC Beautiful to get started. 

[Photo credit: OKC Beautiful]

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Making Futures Brighter

Oklahoma City is a community of people who care about each other – and that is obvious through the variety of programs available to help our neediest citizens. Positive Tomorrows is an elementary school specifically for homeless children and their families. There are Oklahoma City children living with homelessness and poverty, and as much as we wish this problem didn’t exist, turning our backs is not an option. Positive Tomorrows helps children by meeting their basic needs, offering education and supporting their families. This awesome organization is always in need of support – whether that be financial or through volunteering. What better way to get involved with your new community than by helping some of its neediest citizens. Visit their website to learn how you can become involved.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: April 30 - May 5, 2013

Tuesday, April 30
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Nashville Sounds; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary

Wednesday, May 1
Reading Rainforest in the Crystal Bridge; 10 - 11 a.m.; Myriad Gardens, Crystal Bridge, 100 Myriad Gardens; Free for members; Nonmembers pay Crystal Bridge admission
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 RedHawks vs. Nashville Sounds; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary

Thursday, May 2
Cocktails on the Skyline & Art After 5; 5 - 9 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive; 236-3100; Admission is $5
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Nashville Sounds; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary

Friday, May 3
Let’s Glow Teen Night Roof Terrace Party; 7 - 10 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive; 236-3100; Admission is $3

Saturday, May 4
Ready to Ride Spring Skills Tune-Up Event; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; OSU-OKC, Public Safety Training Center, corner of Reno and Portland; free and open the public
Low Maintenance Landscapes Workshop; 9:30 a.m. - noon; Will Rogers Garden Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36; 943-0827; Registration required by calling 943-0827
Butterfly Gardens; noon - 1 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Children’s Garden, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; $2 for members, $5 for nonmembers
Drop-In Art: Decorative Kites; 1 - 4 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive; 236-3100; Free with paid museum admission
Drop-In Drawing; 2 - 4 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive; 236-3100; Free with paid museum admission
Better Block OKC; 8 a.m.  4 p.m.; Oklahoma City Public Farmers Market, Southwest 2 and Klein Ave; Admission is free and open to the public

Sunday, May 5
Plaza Sundays; 1 - 4 p.m.; The Plaza District, NW 16 between Classen and Pennsylvania; 308-5991; Free and open to the public

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Need ThunderWear?

From the moment the 2013 playoffs tip off until the championship parade ends in OKC (we are dreaming big) OKC will be colored blue. Just about everyone wears their Thunder gear nonstop during the playoffs. Need to expand your Thunder wardrobe? The Thunder has four official team shops – one located in the Chesapeake Energy Arena, one located in Leadership Square and two new shops: one located at Penn Square Mall on the upper level near Macy’s and one at the Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City. These are great places to find officially licensed jerseys, t-shirts and more. You can find Thunder gear pretty much anywhere around town, but if you want something a little different, we have a few suggestions for you. Many local retailers like SHOP GOOD, DNA Galleries, Tree & Leaf Clothing, Blue 7 and others have a variety of Thunder shirts and other gear to help you cheer on our team.

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Posted by: The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Thunder Mania

People aren’t the only ones getting in the Thunder spirit this time of year. Yes, in OKC we like to show the team our support any way we can, even if that means dressing up a few buildings in Thunder blue. Have you see the awesome lights that spell “GO THUNDER” down the side of the Devon Energy Center? Or the skybridge over Park Avenue between Robinson and Harvey Avenues?  Keep your eyes peeled as businesses show off their team spirit.

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Posted by: The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Can't Watch at the 'Peake? No Sweat.

Whether you have lived in OKC all your life or just moved here you already know that we take our Thunder basketball seriously. So serious in fact, finding a seat in Chesapeake Energy Arena can border on difficult, especially during the playoffs. Don’t fret, the party isn’t just happening in the arena. You can find a ton of Thunder faithful enjoying the game all over town. While we can’t highlight every great place to watch a game, here are three places that will get you headed in the right direction.

Belle Isle Restaurant & Brewery has an upstairs that is a sports lover’s dream, tons of amazing high-def TVs, plenty of seating and great food. What more can you ask for as you watch the Thunder march through the Western conference?

If TVs and a great beverage selection (350+ beers) are what you are looking for, RePUBlic Gastropub is a good start. Heck, they even have TVs in the restrooms so you will never miss a Westbrook dunk.

Want to get closer to the action? Head down to Bricktown where just about every establishment will be packed with exuberant fans watching the game. Who knows, you might even bump into a player or two after the game.

Bricktown, Classen Curve, restaurants, Thunder
Posted by: The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Thunder Up on Twitter

The playoffs have started and in OKC that means we take Thundering Up to a whole new level. The NBA playoffs are fast and furious, and the best place to keep up with all the news is Twitter. To help you stay up-to-date, we’ve created a who’s who guide to being a Thunder fan on Twitter.

A great start is obviously the team itself (@okcthunder) where you can find great pics, info and even quotes from the players and coaches. Heck even Rumble (@rumblethebison) gets in on the action.

Almost every player is on Twitter with Nick Collison (@nickcollison4), Russell Westbrook (@russwest44) and Kevin Durant (@KDTrey5) being among the most active. Of course, as the playoffs heat up you might expect the players to be less active as they concentrate on bringing home the NBA title.

Darnell Mayberry (@DarnellMayberry), John Rohde (@RohdeOK) and Anthony Slater (@AnthonyVSlater) do a great job covering the Thunder for The Oklahoman and can always be counted on for the inside scoop. Also, don’t forget about Royce Young (@dailythunder) who runs The Daily Thunder blog.

If you’re looking to completely fill your feed with even more Thunder-ness, use the hashtags #Thunder, #okcthunder and #ThunderUp to find even more follows.

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Posted by: The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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VeloCityOKC

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Looking for some great Thunder stories? Our digital magazine, VeloCity, has you covered. From a feature on the New York Times Magazine’s cover story to a whole issue dedicated to the Thunder, VeloCity is a great place to find out how the Thunder are helping to move OKC forward.

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted by: The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: April 23 - April 28, 2013

Tuesday, April 23
Festival of the Arts; 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Festival Plaza and the Myriad Botanical Gardens, between Walker and Robinson Avenues and Sheridan and Reno Avenues; Admission is free

Wednesday, April 24
Reading Rainforest in the Crystal Bridge; 10 - 11 a.m.; Myriad Gardens, Crystal Bridge, 100 Myriad Gardens; Free for members; Nonmembers pay Crystal Bridge admission
Festival of the Arts; 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Festival Plaza and the Myriad Botanical Gardens, between Walker and Robinson Avenues and Sheridan and Reno Avenues; Admission is free
Yard Waste Reduction Seminar; noon; Will Rogers Garden Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36; 943-0827; Admission is free
Wednesday Night at the Movies; 6 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.; 231-8650; Admission is free; Open to all ages

Thursday, April 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
OSU-OKC Earth Day Fair; 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.; OSU-OKC, outside the Student Center, 400 N. Portland; 945-9150; Admission is free
Festival of the Arts; 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Festival Plaza and the Myriad Botanical Gardens, between Walker and Robinson Avenues and Sheridan and Reno Avenues; Admission is free

Friday, April 26
USA Canoe/Kayak Flatwater Sprint Team Trials; check oklahomariverevents.org for times
Spring Walking Tour; 9:30 a.m.; Will Rogers Garden Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36; 943-0827; Admission is free; Comfortable footwear recommended; Register by calling 943-0827
Creating an Urban Wildflower Bed Workshop; 9:30 a.m. - noon; Will Rogers Garden Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36; 943-0827; Admission is free
Festival of the Arts; 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Festival Plaza and the Myriad Botanical Gardens, between Walker and Robinson Avenues and Sheridan and Reno Avenues; Admission is free
H&8th Night Market; 7 p.m. - 11 p.m.; Midtown, Hudson and Northwest 8; Admission is free

Saturday, April 27
USA Canoe/Kayak Flatwater Sprint Team Trials; check oklahomariverevents.org for times
Walk a Mile in My Shoes, Foster Care Awareness Walk; 9 - 11 a.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S. Mickey Mantle Dr.; Participation is free, but registration is required
Recycling and Hazardous Waste Disposal Day; 9 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing; 948-6704; for Oklahoma City residents only, bring current Oklahoma City water bill stub to prove residency
Festival of the Arts; 11 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Festival Plaza and the Myriad Botanical Gardens, between Walker and Robinson Avenues and Sheridan and Reno Avenues; Admission is free
Children’s Spring Flower Arranging; 1 - 2 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Children’s Garden Pavilion, 301 W. Reno; 297-3620; Best for ages 7 and up (children under 7 are welcome with the help of an adult; $12 for members, $15 for nonmembers
Earth Fest; 1 - 4 p.m.; Martin Park Nature Center, 5000 W. Memorial Road; 755-0676; Admission is free

Sunday, April 28
Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon; Race starts at 6:30 a.m.; Check out the course map and cheer on the runners
Festival of the Arts; 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Festival Plaza and the Myriad Botanical Gardens, between Walker and Robinson Avenues and Sheridan and Reno Avenues; Admission is free

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Posted by: The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Do you know your Land Run?

We all know that Rome wasn’t built in a day, but Oklahoma City sure was. On April 22, 1889, more than 50,000 hopefuls were lined up on the edge the unauthorized lands of Indian Territory to stake their claim on some cheap land—and a new life. Overnight, a tent-town of 10,000 people had formed the city that we now call home. Here are a few more facts that you may not know about Land Run Day:

  • The Land Run was authorized by President Benjamin Harrison, and it opened up a 1.9-million-acre tract of land for eager citizens to settle.
  • Cannons and pistols fired at precisely high noon on April 22, giving the go ahead for people to stake their claim on a tract of land. Those that participated in the mad dash were called “Boomers,” since they waited for the boom of the cannon to charge into the new territory.
  • Soldiers were tasked with keeping the rowdy crowd in line, but a few sneaky citizens slipped through and crossed into Indian Territory before the sound of the gun. These people were labeled “Sooners,” which is the source of Oklahoma’s nickname “The Sooner State.”
  • Oklahoma has an official Land Run Song called The Oklahoma Run. It was written by an area professor to commemorate the explosive start to our upstart state. We dare you to give it a listen and not have the tune stuck in your head. Many people who grew up in Oklahoma learned this song in elementary school.

Ready to celebrate this festive day? Stake your claim for fun and head to the annual 89ers Days Celebration in Guthrie or the Land Run Festival in Choctaw to experience Western-style food, old-fashioned games, concerts, parades and carnivals. Or head over to Myriad Gardens with your friends and some picnic supplies and host your own modern-day version.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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How the West Was Fun

With more than 100 years of history under its belt, there is no better place to go experience Oklahoma City’s rough-and-tumble past than Stockyards City. Located just southwest of downtown, Stockyards City is home to the Oklahoma National Stock Yards—the world’s largest stocker and feeder cattle market.  Originally called “Packingtown,” the area was developed as a meat processing and packing plant in 1910, and by 1915 the area was booming with cowboys and cattle drives.

By 1961, the packing plant closed and was replaced by a cattle auction. More than 102 million head of livestock have passed through the iron gates of the Stockyards since that time, and the auction is still in operation today.

Even though the days of the cattle drive are over, the area still serves up its unique Western heritage to cattlemen and greenhorns alike. The original business district is intact and still sells its wares to Oklahoma’s farmers and ranchers, and many of the area’s stores and restaurants are among OKC’s oldest establishments. Stop in at Cattlemen’s Steakhouse for food that has won the approval of everyone from U.S. presidents to Sir Charles Barkley since 1910, and rustle up some authentic cowboy gear at Langston’s Western Wear, which was established in 1916.

restaurants, shopping, Stockyards, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Lasso Up Some Cowboy Gear

All this information about cowboy cultures means you can talk the talk, but can you walk the walk? Don’t leave Stockyards City without lassoing some authentic cowboy gear.

Visit Shorty’s Hattery for a custom made and stock Western-style cowboy hats that have been worn by rodeo winners and country music stars. The store’s owner, Lavonna “Shorty” Koger is well-steeped in the tradition of the Western cowboy, and she keeps that tradition alive through custom hats made with the highest quality materials.

Langston’s Western Wear is the oldest store of its kind in Oklahoma, and it has become a national leader in Western fashion. Its flagship location in Stockyards City recently underwent an award-winning restoration and they carry over 15,000 pairs of boots and 40,000 pairs of jeans—so you are sure to find just the style for you.

A cowboy’s life might contain a little more dirt and mud than most, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be refined. Cross Bar Gallery specializes in high-end western furniture, art and home décor. Its furniture is all made in the U.S.A. and the gallery offers the largest selection of western artwork in Oklahoma City.

shopping, Stockyards, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Rustle Up Some Cowboy Grub

Oklahoma City has some of the world’s best cowboy grub around, so put on a feedbag with some of these Okie-food favorites:

Cattlemen’s Steakhouse is an Oklahoma City-staple with a history as rich as its decadent homemade desserts. This restaurant, which opened in 1910, was won in a high-stakes dice game between the owner and a local rancher. Be sure to try the T-Bone “Presidential” Steak, which won the approval of President George H.W. Bush while he visited Oklahoma City.

Iron Starr Urban Barbeque offers a modern spin on traditional comfort foods with its Oklahoma barbeque with traditional smokehouse flavor. Named after Belle Starr, Oklahoma’s notorious outlaw, this restaurant stays true to its traditional roots by with its down-home atmosphere. Order the fancy macaroni and cheese for the ultimate comfort-food treat.

Onion burgers are an Oklahoma specialty with origins dating back to the 1920s, and you can’t get much better than the selection at Tucker’s Onion Burgers. Tucker’s serves up this Oklahoma classic in a casual setting with a focus on fresh, regionally-grown ingredients. Not a fan of beef? You can get an all-natural turkey burger or choose from its selection of salads to round out your meal.

food, restaurants, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: April 16 - April 22, 2013

Tuesday, April 16
Spring Plant Sale; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; OSU-OKC Greenhouse, 400 N. Portland; 945-3358; Proceeds benefit the Horticulture Center and students
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Round Rock Express; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary

Wednesday, April 17
Spring Plant Sale; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; OSU-OKC Greenhouse, 400 N. Portland; 945-3358; Proceeds benefit the Horticulture Center and students
Reading Rainforest in the Crystal Bridge; 10 - 11 a.m.; Myriad Gardens, Crystal Bridge, 100 Myriad Gardens; Free for members; Nonmembers pay Crystal Bridge admission
Water-Saving Landscape Class; noon; Will Rogers Garden Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36; 943-0827; Admission is free
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
OU vs. OSU Softball; 7 p.m.; National Softball Hall of Fame Stadium, 2801 NE 50; 800-654-8337; Tickets are &8
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Milwaukee Bucks; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Round Rock Express; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary

Thursday, April 18
Spring Plant Sale; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; OSU-OKC Greenhouse, 400 N. Portland; 945-3358; Proceeds benefit the Horticulture Center and students
Perennials and Annuals Workshop; 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.; Oklahoma County Extension Center, 930 N Portland; 713-1125; Free
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Round Rock Express; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary

Friday, April 19
Day of Remembrance; all day; Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, 620 N Harvey; 235-3313
Spring Plant Sale; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; OSU-OKC Greenhouse, 400 N. Portland; 945-3358; Proceeds benefit the Horticulture Center and students
Oklahoma City Barons vs. Abbotsford Heat; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Round Rock Express; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary

Saturday, April 20
Spring Plant Sale; 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.; OSU-OKC Greenhouse, 400 N. Portland; 945-3358; Proceeds benefit the Horticulture Center and students
OSU-OKC Farmers Market; 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.; OSU-OKC, Horticulture Pavilion, 400 N. Portland; 947-4421; Admission is free and open to the public
Water Conservation Workshop; 10 a.m. - noon; OSU-OKC, Agriculture Resource Center, 400 N. Portland; 744-5404; Registration is free to the first 75 participants
Oklahoma City Roller Derby; 5 - 9 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Admission prices vary

Sunday, April 21
Oklahoma City Barons vs. Houston Aeros; 4 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary

Monday, April 22
Happy Land Run Day!

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Rainy day adventures

It’s springtime and that generally means we get a healthy dose of rainy days. But that doesn’t mean you have to spend your time cooped up and bored. Throw on some galoshes, grab an umbrella and follow our lead to some excellent rainy day adventures.

  1. Eat something yummy. So what if it’s raining? Sounds to us like great time to explore OKC’s awesome restaurant scene.
  2. Catch a flick. Everyone loves the rainy day activity of hitting up the movies. But we’re here to help you think outside the box. So this time around, why not check out the showings at The Paramount or the Oklahoma City Museum of Art?
  3. Wander the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory. When you’re inside, it doesn’t matter what’s happening outside – you’re in a tropical paradise.

Got a favorite rainy day activity? Tell us about it!

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Road rules

One of the many perks to life in Oklahoma City is that we don’t spend hours sitting in traffic going to and from work. In fact, residents have an average one-way commute of only 21 minutes. Compare that to 26.5 minutes in Phoenix and 26.7 in Denver. Sure, five minutes might not sound like much, but when you double it daily, then multiply it by five days a week, you’ll end up with a time savings of 50 minutes. That’s about 50 hours – or more than two days – saved in a single year. Just think about what you could do with all of that extra time. (And in case you need suggestions, this blog is chock full of them.)

The city’s location, equidistant from both coasts at the junction of three of the nation’s major arteries, ensures easy travel and transportation from Oklahoma City to anywhere in the U.S. Two of the nation’s most important highways – Interstate 40, which runs from Los Angeles to Raleigh, N.C.; and Interstate 35, which runs all the way from Mexico to Canada – meet in downtown Oklahoma City. Road trip anyone?

So get ready to pack even more awesomeness into your day, because here in OKC, you’re living the better life.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Find a furry friend

Thinking about adding a furry friend to your life? Look no further than the Central Oklahoma Humane Society. And if you think it’d be wise to ease yourself into pet ownership, we’ve got a deal for you – the Stepping Stones foster program. You’ll get to offer an animal a cozy place to call home until they find a forever home. And you get to spoil them rotten for a temporary amount of time. But if you’re like us, these furry friends will probably win you over, and if that’s the case, then their forever home can be right there with you. To help you with the transition into pet parenting, the Humane Society will provide you with the necessary food, supplies (crates, toys, leashes, etc.) and veterinary essentials your new playful pal might need. All you have to do is provide a loving environment (i.e. tummy rubs, walks, ear scratches and the like) for the pet you choose to bring home with you. Not sure that fostering a pet is right for you? You can still help! Check out other ways to get involved.

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Things to Do & See: April 9 - April 15, 2013

Tuesday, April 9
Public Relations 101: Social Media and Crisis Management; 1 - 2:30 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.; 606-3865; Admission is free; Registration required

Wednesday, April 10
Reading Rainforest in the Crystal Bridge; 10 - 11 a.m.; Myriad Gardens, Crystal Bridge, 100 Myriad Gardens; Free for members; Nonmembers pay Crystal Bridge admission
Yard Waste Reduction Seminar; noon; Will Rogers Garden Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36; 943-0827; Admission is free
Wednesday Night at the Movies; 6 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.; 231-8650; Admission is free; Open to all ages

Thursday, April 11
Spring Plant Sale; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; OSU-OKC Greenhouse, 400 N. Portland; 945-3358; Proceeds benefit the Horticulture Center and students
Brown Bag Lunch: Zing for Your Garden that Won’t Zap Your Wallet; noon; Myriad Gardens, Crystal Bridge, 2nd floor conference room, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; Admission is free
Urban Neighbors Social; 5:30 - 6 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Gardens Restaurant, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; Free to the public
Oklahoma Rose Society Meeting; 7:30 p.m.; Will Rogers Garden Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36; 943-0827; Free and open to the public

Friday, April 12
Southwest Street Rod Nationals; 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6704; Ticket prices vary
Spring Plant Sale; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; OSU-OKC Greenhouse, 400 N. Portland; 945-3358; Proceeds benefit the Horticulture Center and students
Spring into the Plaza: LIVE on the Plaza; 7 - 11 p.m.; The Plaza District, Northwest 16 Street between Classen and Pennsylvania; Admission is free; Open to the public

Saturday, April 13
Spring Plant Sale; 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.; OSU-OKC Greenhouse, 400 N. Portland; 945-3358; Proceeds benefit the Horticulture Center and students
OSU-OKC Farmers Market; 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.; OSU-OKC, Horticulture Pavilion, 400 N. Portland; 947-4421; Admission is free and open to the public
Southwest Street Rod Nationals; 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6704; Ticket prices vary
Great Greens for your Garden; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; Myriad Gardens, Terrace Room, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; $5 for members, $7 for nonmembers
Let’s Go Fly a Kite; 1 - 3 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Children’s Garden Amphitheatre, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; best for kids ages 8 and up; $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers
ACM@UCO Rocks Bricktown; 4 p.m. - 2 a.m.; Various locations in Bricktown, from E.K. Gaylord Ave. to Stiles Ave., from Reno Ave. to Main St; 974-4700; Admission is free and open to the public

Sunday, April 14
Southwest Street Rod Nationals; 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6704; Ticket prices vary
Malee’s Birthday Bash; 1 - 3 p.m.; Oklahoma City Zoo, 2000 Remington Place; 424-3344; free with paid zoo admission
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

Monday, April 15
Spring Plant Sale; 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; OSU-OKC Greenhouse, 400 N. Portland; 945-3358; Proceeds benefit the Horticulture Center and students
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Sacramento Kings; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

 

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Tuesday, April 2, 2013

A little schmoozin’. A little paloozin’.

Whether you are a new resident to OKC or a lifer, SchmoozaPalooza is the must-attend networking party. Never been to SchoozaPalooza? Well you are in for a treat. Part trade show, part networking event and all party, Schmooza (as the locals call it) is a great way to get to know more professionals in the metro area. It’s all about networking while more than 100 exhibitors show off their newest products and services. And when you find yourself needing some sustenance after all that networking, you can sample from dozens of the best restaurants around while winning prizes and listening to live music from Travis Linville. We told you it was a party.

Still not sold for some reason? This Schoomza is a great excuse to break out your Flapper dress or Fedora as we go back in time with a Roaring 20s theme. Dress up and enjoy live jazz music while living it up with your friends. Maybe someone will even break out in the Charleston. So head over to the Travel & Transportation building at State Fair Park on April 9 from 4 to 7 p.m. to schmooze, palooze and party like it is 1929.

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Get your network on.

Networking, networking, networking … does it seem like that is all you hear about these days? Well, for good reason. Networking is key to professional development. And it’s a great way to make connections in your new hometown. Whether you are looking for a new job or just want to strengthen your established business relationships, face-to-face interaction cannot be beat. It is critical that young professionals – especially those new to a city – get to know other professionals through networking. So we’ve got a few suggestions for how to get out there and network your heart out.

A great place to start is the Alliance of Emerging Professionals. Open to those either employed or seeking employment between the ages of 20-39, AEP aims to be the hub of activity and networking to enhance life as a business professional. AEP hosts numerous civic, social and professional events throughout the year in OKC.

Other great networking opportunities are always available through professional organizations and trade groups. Organizations like PRSA, IABC, Women in Communications and Young Professionals in Energy are great places to meet like-minded professionals. No matter what field you are in, chances are there is an organization for you. Check with your human resources department for what groups might best fit your area of expertise.

Of course local Chambers are also a great place to network. The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber hosts a monthly networking event called Sunset Reception. Held at different locations each month, Sunset Receptions involve nothing but food, drinks and networking. Best of all, it is 100 percent free.

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Oh What a Beautiful Morning

It’s probably not a surprise that a blog about Oklahoma City might on occasion like to throw in a reference to the amazingly wonderful musical, “Oklahoma!” Here in OKC, it is pretty much always a beautiful morning. But now it’s time to get back on track . . .

How about networking and making Oklahoma City beautiful? That is exactly what the Making Oklahoma City Beautiful Young Professional Organization is all about. The “MOB” gives young professionals the opportunity to network through service. Through projects designed to help make OKC beautiful (or at least prettier than it already is), the organization helps it members network while developing pride and ownership in the metro area. Making your city as beautiful as possible while making new business connections? Sounds like a definite win-win to us!

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Things to Do & See: April 2 - April 8, 2013

Tuesday, April 2
Art Moves: Greg Northwood, flamenco guitar; 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Devon Tower, 333 W. Sheridan; 235-0877; Admission is free and open to the public
Public Relations 101: Social Media and Crisis Management; 1 - 2:30 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave; 606-3865; Registration required
Oklahoma City Barons vs. Hamilton Bulldogs; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary

Wednesday, April 3
Reading Rainforest in the Crystal Bridge; 10 - 11 a.m.; Myriad Gardens, Crystal Bridge, 100 Myriad Gardens; Free for members; Nonmembers pay Crystal Bridge admission
Art Moves: Jill Justice, harp; noon - 1 p.m.; Robinson Renaissance, food court,, 119 N. Robinson; 235-0877; Admission is free and open to the public
Water-Saving Landscapes Class; noon; Will Rogers Garden Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36; 943-0827; Free to attend; call 943-0827 to register
Wednesday Night at the Movies; 6 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.; 231-8650; Admission is free; Open to all ages

Thursday, April 4
RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo (performance #1); 11 a.m.; State Fair Park, Jim Norick Arena, 3001 General Pershing; 282-7433; Ticket prices vary
Art Moves: Patrick Riley feat. Classen S.A.S. Dance Dept.; noon - 1 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 235-0877; Admission is free and open to the public
RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo (performance #2); 7:30 p.m.; State Fair Park, Jim Norick Arena, 3001 General Pershing; 282-7433; Ticket prices vary
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. San Antonio Spurs; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W. Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

Friday, April 5
Wildflower Garden Seminar; 9:30 a.m.; Will Rogers Garden Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36; 943-0827; Free to attend; call 943-0827 to register
Art Moves: Justin Young, jazz saxophone; noon - 1 p.m.; Chase Tower, 100 N. Broadway; 235-0877; Admission is free and open to the public
First Friday Gallery Walk; 6 - 10 p.m.; Paseo Arts District, Northwest 28 to Northwest 30 and Dewey; Free and open to the public
RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo (performance #3); 7:30 p.m.; State Fair Park, Jim Norick Arena, 3001 General Pershing; 282-7433; Ticket prices vary

Saturday, April 6
OSU-OKC Farmers Market; 8 a.m. - 1 p.m.; OSU-OKC, Horticulture Pavilion, 400 N. Portland; 947-4421; Admission is free and open to the public
Lake Overholser and Stinchomb Wildlife Refuge Clean-Up; 8:30 a.m.  2 p.m.; Lake Overholser, NW 14 and Overholser Drive; Includes free lunch and prizes; Register by calling 702-8192
Trade Days at the OKC Farmers Market; 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Oklahoma City Farmers Public Market, 311 S. Klein; 232-6506; Admission is free
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
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
RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo (performance #4); 1 p.m.; State Fair Park, Jim Norick Arena, 3001 General Pershing; 282-7433; Ticket prices vary
Oklahoma City Barons vs. Chicago Wolves; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary
RAM National Circuit Finals Rodeo (performance #5); 7:30 p.m.; State Fair Park, Jim Norick Arena, 3001 General Pershing; 282-7433; Ticket prices vary

Sunday, April 7
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New York Knicks; noon; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W. Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary
Oklahoma City Barons vs. Chicago Wolves; 4 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary

Monday, April 8
Art Moves: Allie Lauren, pop/soul/jazz; noon - 1 p.m.; First National Center, 120 N. Robinson; 235-0877; Admission is free and open to the public

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