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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Go Fly a Kite

In the state where the wind comes sweeping down the plain, is it any wonder that the capital city boast some capital kite/wind-related activities? Lake Hefner is the place where wind powers all kinds of fun. Get friendly with Ben Franklin (though not during thunderstorms, please) and fly a kite on the east side of the lake. You can also kite board and windsurf here. Not quite ready to be so extreme? Don’t fret, all the cool kids are catamaraning! And of course, it’s plain sailing when you’re, well, plain sailing. Afterward, you can celebrate and chill out by listening to OKC’s own Kite Flying Robot. We’ve got the wind to wind you up for all kinds of adventures in OKC.

family-friendly, outdoor recreation, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Smarter Than the Average Pic-a-nic-er

You’re a picnic enthusiast. Yep, we know how you are. Red-and-white checkered blanket, a wicker basket of just the right size, a can of Off, and it’s on: Picnic Time in OKC, baby. But you don’t want to just plop that blanket down anywhere and start eating! If you tried that in some places, you’d be in big trouble (a stranger’s front yard, on top of the Capitol dome, or in the middle of the river, for instance). Fear not, fellow fare-in-the-field fans. All our picnic base we list here are belong to everyone.

Besides the multitude of City parks in which you can satisfy your picnicy pinings, the Grand Lawn at the Myriad Gardens provides a myriad of opportunities to dine whilst communing with Mother Earth – the Sunday Twilight Concert Series, the SONIC Summer Movie Nights (all five(!) Wednesdays in July), or really any day for that matter.

We’ve told you about Lake Hefner’s picnicking prowess before, but have you thought about the other lakes in town? Like Lake Overholser. Mayor Ed Overholser’s namesake lake and OKC’s oldest drinking water reservoir (it’s been around for nearly 100 years!) allows you to drink in a prime picnic spot along with your picnic beverage of choice (might we suggest something frosty from an OKC-based brewery, perhaps?).

Sometimes picnicking can be a zoo, especially if you’re got a large group. You know where it’s not? Paradoxically, the OKC Zoo! That’s right. Eat while watching animals dream of eating your tasty treats! Good thing they’re behind all those fences.

Speaking of hungry bears, where else can you get your Yogi Bear on? Let us know in the comments section.

parks, zoo, Adventure District, downtown, family-friendly, food, free, movies, music, Myriad Botanical Gardens
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Cooliní at the Playground Ya Know!

Ah yes. The tire swing, the crawl tube, the seesaw, the swirly slide, the monkey bars, the seemingly misplaced and unconnected steering wheel that is nonetheless a favorite. OKC area playgrounds are perfect for the young or the young at heart. If you’re looking for playgrounds in the OKC metro, here ya go:

Did we miss any of your favorites? Let us know in the comments section.

family-friendly, free, parks
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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More Than Just Kicks

Route 66 (also known as the Will Rogers Highway) once paved the way from Chicago to L.A. and back, and was one of the original parts of the U.S. Highway System. This “Main Street of America” wove together towns and cities and was a symbol of a uniquely American brand of freedom and opportunity. For this reason, Route 66 is commonly known as “The Mother Road.” These days, however, even finding the route can sometimes be a mother. Not so in the Sooner State! Did you know Oklahoma holds the longest section of Route 66? BOOM!

And in the metro, though it shifted somewhat over the years, the Route is fairly easy to follow, entering from the west at Northwest 39th street, turning south on May to Northwest 23rd, then over to Lincoln Boulevard and going north until hitting present-day I-44. The Capitol, the Milk Bottle building, the Tower Theater, the Will Rogers Theater, Ann’s Chicken Fry, the Western Trail Trading Post and the Gold Dome are all along 66, and there are plenty of other things to see and do on the way. Just outside of town to the northwest in Arcadia, the Round Barn and Pops delight the 66 traveler. Further to the west, Elk City is home of the National Route 66 Museum.

Outside of the Oklahoma City metro, our friends over at OK Tourism have a great article on top sights in Oklahoma along “America’s most beloved highway.” Take the opportunity to join folks like Sir Paul McCartney (who drove the route in 2008, stopping at Nonna’s for dinner), and experience this great and accessible cultural icon for yourself!

family-friendly, free, museums, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: June 25 - July 1, 2013

Tuesday, June 25
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Omaha Storm Chasers; 4:30 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary

Wednesday, June 26
62nd National Square Dance Convention; all day; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Activities and times vary
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, June 27
62nd National Square Dance Convention; all day; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Activities and times vary
Cocktails on the Skyline and Art after 5; 5 - 10:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive; 236-3100; $5 admission

Friday, June 28
62nd National Square Dance Convention; all day; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Activities and times vary
MidTown Market at Saints; 1 - 6 p.m.; St. Anthony’s Hospital Main, Northeast corner of Ninth St. and Walker Ave.; Admission is free and open to the public
Final Friday on Film Row; 6 - 9 p.m.; Film Row, W. Sheridan Ave. between Dewey and Shartel; Free and open to the public
Reel Paddling Film Festival; 7 p.m.; Boathouse District, 725 S. Lincoln; 442-4040; Free and open to the public
H&8th Night Market; 7 - 11 p.m.; On Hudson between Seventh and Eighth Streets and on Seventh Street west of Hudson; Admission is free and open to the public
Dive-In Movies; 8 p.m.; White Water Bay Water Park, 3908 W. Reno; 943-9688; Free with park admission
Lower Bricktown Live Summer Concert Series; 8 - 10 p.m.; Lower Bricktown Plaza, 150 E. Reno; Free and open to the public

Saturday, June 29
62nd National Square Dance Convention; all day; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Activities and times vary
2013 SandRidge Energy Stars & Stripes River Festival; all day; Boathouse District, 725 S. Lincoln; 442-4040; Free and open to the public; Times and activities vary
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
2013 Riversport Challenge: 500M Kayak Race & 5K Run; 8 a.m. race start; Boathouse District, 725 S. Lincoln; 442-4040; $35 per adult entry, $15 for youth ages 12 and under; Entry fee includes 1 free kayak rental.
Photography Workshop; 1 - 4 p.m.; Myriad Gardens Tropical Bridge, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; Cost to participate is $25 for members, $35 for non-members; Participants must bring their own camera
Oklahoma River Lighting Ceremony; 8:45 p.m.; Pavilion adjacent to the Chesapeake Finish Line Tower, 725 S. Lincoln; 552-4040; Admission is free and open to the public

Sunday, June 30
Sunday Twilight Concert Series Presented by Devon; 7:30 - 9 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Great Lawn; 301 W Reno; 297-3995

Monday, July 1
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Albuquerque Isotopes; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

A Rosy Outlook

Have a fondness for flowers? We’re positive that you’ll be blown away by the radiant roses at the Charles E. Sparks Rose Garden located in the Will Rogers Gardens. Here you’ll find more than 800 bright and colorful rose bushes including more than 90 varieties of roses. This half-acre garden can be found on the northern side of Will Rogers Gardens, one of the city’s oldest park properties, and is a testing space for the All-America Rose Selections. With mild spring temperatures this year, now is the perfect time to head over and scope out these blooming beauties.

family-friendly, free, gardening, parks
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Alfresco Awesomeness

No matter what time of year, you can enjoy amazing meals at great OKC restaurants. But to step it up a notch this summer, we’re going to give you a list of some of the many places you can dine while taking in some stunning views of the city. There are hundreds of restaurants across the metro with outdoor seating, but we’ve narrowed it down to a few of our favorites in a variety of locations. No matter what you’re craving – Mexican, sushi, steak, burgers, dessert or an ice cold beverage – Oklahoma City’s outdoor dining options include everything under the sun.

Big Truck Tacos – Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner; Mon. - Thurs. 7:30 a.m. - 10 p.m., Fri. – Sat. 7:30 a.m. - midnight; 530 NW 23rd Street
Kitchen No. 324 – Breakfast/Brunch/Lunch; Mon. - Sun. 7 a.m. - 2 p.m.; 324 N. Robinson
Belle Isle Restaurant & Brewing Co. – Lunch/Dinner; Mon. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.; 1900 NW Expressway
Sushi Neko – Lunch/Dinner; Mon. - Thurs. 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Fri. - Sat. 11 a.m. - midnight; 4318 N. Western
The Wedge Pizzeria in Deep Deuce – Lunch/Dinner; Mon. - Thurs. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., 5 - 10 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m. - 3 p.m., 5 - 11 p.m., Sat. noon - 11 p.m., Sun. 5 - 10 p.m.; 230 NE 1 Street
Paseo Grill – Lunch/Dinner; Mon. - Thurs. 11 a.m. - 9:30 p.m., Fri. 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sat. 5:30 - 10 p.m.; 2909 Paseo
Yucatan Taco Stand Tequila Bar & Grill – Lunch/Dinner; Sun. - Thurs. 11 a.m. - 11 p.m., Fri. & Sat. 11 a.m. - 1 a.m.; 100 E. California
Cuppies & Joe – Dessert/Coffee; Tue. - Sat. 8 a.m. - 10 p.m.; 727 NW 23 Street
Iguana Mexican Grill – Lunch/Dinner; Mon. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 10 p.m., Sun. 10:30 a.m. - 8 p.m.; 9 NWth 9 St.
Bravo! Cucina Italiana – Brunch/Lunch/Dinner; Sun. - Thurs. 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Fri. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.; 13810 N. Pennsylvania Ave.
Nonna’s Euro-American – Lunch/Dinner; Tue. - Sat. 11 a.m. - 10 p.m.; 1 Mickey Mantle Drive
Buffalo Wild Wings – Lunch/Dinner; Daily 11 a.m. - 1:30 a.m.; 4130 NW Expressway

Got a favorite? Let us know! With so many great options, this is a subject we can’t cover just once. So let us know your favorite places and you can help us share the OKC eatery love.

food, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Get Thee to the Park

Where to be or not to be? There’s no need to ask because we know you’ll be basking in the glorious iambic pentameter at Shakespeare in the Park.

With four Shakespeare plays this summer – Measure for Measure, Ring Round the Moon, King John and King Lear – there’s plenty of outdoor, dramatic entertainment to be had. Each play is performed on Thursday, Friday and Saturday during the run beginning at 8 p.m. They’ve even added a 2 p.m. matinee for the production of King John on Sunday, July 28.

Seating is limited at both venues so hurry and buy your $15 tickets now online before they sell out. Tickets are also available at the box office beginning one hour before the start of each performance.

Measure for Measure
When: June 6 - 22, at 8 p.m. (each Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
Where: Myriad Gardens, Water Stage

Ring Round the Moon
When: June 27 - July 13, at 8 p.m. (each Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
Where: Myriad Gardens, Water Stage

King John
When: July 25 - 28, at 8 p.m. (each Thursday, Friday and Saturday) & July 29, Matinee at 2 p.m.
Where: Oklahoma City University's Burg Theatre

King Lear
When: Sept. 12 - 28, 2012, at 8 p.m. (each Thursday, Friday and Saturday)
Where: Myriad Gardens, Water Stage

arts and culture, Myriad Botanical Gardens, theater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Itís Warming Up So Cool on Down

Spring lasted a little longer than usual in OKC this year. But summer is upon us (officially beginning on June 21) and the warm temps will be here to stay for a couple months. Luckily, the Parks & Recreation Department has just the thing to keep your kids nice and cool – and entertained – on those hot summer days. Kids of all ages will love splashing their way through one of the 17 spraygrounds available throughout the city. With options as far north as NW 122 St., and as far south as SW 74 St., there is sure to be an option close to you. Spraygrounds are open daily from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. through Sept. 2, so grab your swimsuit and your sunscreen, and get ready to beat the heat at one of these locations:

Douglas Park, 901 N. Frederick Douglass Ave.
EB Jeffery, 4432 NW 16th
Harvest Hills Park, 8235 NW 104th St.
Lippert Park, 5500 S. Shartel
Macklanburg Park, 11700 N. Stratford
McCracken Park, 425 SE 64th
McKinley Park, 1300 N. McKinley
Melrose Park, Northwest 5th and Council
Memorial Park, 3600 N. Classen
Minnis Lakeview Park, 12518 NE 36th
North Highland Park, 301 NW 81st St.
Reed Park, 1217 N. May Ave.
Schilling Park, 537 SE 25th St.
Sellers Park, Southwest 82nd and Villa
Taylor Park, 1113 SW 70th
Wiley Post Park, Southwest 17th and Robinson
Youngs Park, Southwest 44 and Youngs

family-friendly, free, outdoor recreation, parks
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: June 18 - June 24, 2013

Tuesday, June 18
Wild Tuesdays Story Time Safari; 9:30 and 10:30 a.m.; Oklahoma City Zoo, 2000 Remington Place; Geared toward children 11 and under; Free with paid Zoo admission

Wednesday, June 19
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, June 20
Cocktails on the Skyline and Art after 5; 5 - 10:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive; 236-3100; $5 admission
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: “Measure for Measure”; 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Water Stage, 301 W. Reno; 403-1750; Ticket prices and availability vary

Friday, June 21
Crape Myrtles Workshop; noon; Will Rogers Garden Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36; 943-0827; Admission is free
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: “Measure for Measure”; 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Water Stage, 301 W. Reno; 403-1750; Ticket prices and availability vary

Saturday, June 22
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
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Omaha Storm Chasers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: “Measure for Measure”; 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Water Stage, 301 W. Reno; 403-1750; Ticket prices and availability vary

Sunday, June 23
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Omaha Storm Chasers; 3:30 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary
Sunday Twilight Concert Series Presented by Devon; 7:30 - 9 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Great Lawn; 301 W Reno; 297-3995
Full Moon Bike Ride; 10 - 11 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, meet at the bandshell, on Sheridan Ave. between Robinson and Hudson; Suggested donation $5 per rider; Bring your own bike and helmet (or rent a Spokie)

Monday, June 24
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Omaha Storm Chasers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Be Wowed on Western Avenue

Whether you’re looking to find new places to explore – a great new restaurant to try, a cool shop to, well, shop, and so much more – Western Avenue is a unique entertainment district in OKC with it all. Western Avenue’s shops and businesses are vibrant aspects of OKC living. You can have a bite at any number of yummy restaurants – Café Nova, Café 501, The Coach House, Deep Fork Grill, Earl’s Rib Palace, Flip’s Wine Bar & Trattoria, Iron Starr Urban Barbecue, Musashi’s, Pearl’s Oyster Bar, RePUBlic Gastropub, Sushi Neko, The Metro Wine Bar & Bistro, VZD’s Restaurant & Club, West or The Lobby Café & Bar. Maybe you’ve already got dinner in mind at home. No problem. Check out Big Sky Bread Company or the Savory Spice Shop to help you round out your meal. If you’re in the market for some retail therapy, Balliets, Liberte, On a Whim, Ruth Meyers, Spencer Stone Company and Uptown Kids have you covered. So go on. Spend some time on Western Avenue. You won’t regret it.

food, restaurants, shopping, Western Avenue
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Giving Quality of Life to Those in Need

City Care is giving stability and purpose to the less fortunate in Greater Oklahoma City by offering diverse programs to help those in need. City Care is a 501c(3) non-profit organization that offers services to better the homeless, educate OKC kids and make volunteers the easy resolution to big problems.

Here’s a quick glance at some of their programs:

  • The Whiz Kids program helped serve 750 Oklahoma students during the 2012-2013 school year.
  • Each day the OKC Day Shelter assists 300 people with access to healthcare services, internet services for finding jobs and access to housing solutions.
  • The Food Outreach program by City Care prepares food baskets for the elderly, disabled and low-income families of Oklahoma City.

City Care commits to connecting volunteers and services to the homeless and those in need. To join their efforts, go here and sign up today!

community, volunteer
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Recycling Made Easy

Summertime is often a great time to show off your skills as the hostess with the mostess. However, dinner parties, cookouts, and, well, really any gathering are bound to leave some clean-up. So what are you going to do with all that trash? Well, for starters, we’d bet a good amount of it isn’t trash, but super awesome recyclables. Oh man, everyone loves a good recyclable. But your sweet lil’ blue might not be able to hold all the goods. Have no fear. With the Recycle Bin Loan Program from OKC Beautiful you can check out additional bins for FREE, put them out at your event, and feel better knowing you hosted a great event that gave back to the environment! Be a trend setter for a better Oklahoma atmosphere! And don’t forget to utilize these great gatherers of goodness for your neighborhood picnics and more!

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Oh Where Oh Where Do Your Tax Dollars Go?

You go to the mall. Or the grocery store. Or out to dinner. And at the bottom of your receipt before the grand total is a little number called sales tax. We all know it’s a fact of life in OKC, but where does it go? How much is it? What does it pay for? We’re here to fill you in on the deets.

If you’re shopping in Oklahoma City, your sales tax is 8.375%. The State of Oklahoma collects 4.5%. Then the City of Oklahoma City collects 3.875% – or 3.87-ish cents for every dollar you spend.

Here’s how the City of Oklahoma City uses the money collected:
2 cents goes to the General Fund
3/4 cent goes to Public Safety
1/8 cent goes to the Oklahoma City Zoo
1 cent goes to MAPS 3

The MAPS 3 portion is a temporary sales tax that began in April 2010 and will expire in December 2017. Over that period of time, the City will collect approximately $777 million to fund eight projects.

And to put it all in perspective, here’s a quick look at sales tax rates in other cities:

Tulsa

8.517%

Austin, Texas

8.25%

Memphis, Tenn.

9.25%

Los Angeles

8.75%

Dallas, Texas

8.25%

New Orleans

9.0%

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Things to Do & See: June 11 - June 17, 2013

Tuesday, June 11
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Iowa Cubs; 11:05 a.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary
Lecture: Native Wild Mushrooms of Oklahoma; 6 - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens Crystal Bridge, Terrace Room, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; $10 for members, $12 for nonmembers

Wednesday, June 12
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. Iowa Cubs; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary

Thursday, June 13
Brown Bag Lunch: Plant and Invasive Pests; noon; Myriad Gardens Crystal Bridge, 2nd Floor conference Room, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; Free and open to the public
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Iowa Cubs; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary

Friday, June 14
Fire Resistant Landscape Practices Workshop; noon; Will Rogers Garden Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36; 943-0827
MidTown Market at Saints; 1 - 6 p.m.; Northeast corner of 9th Street and Walker Ave; Admission is free and open to the public
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
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, June 15
OSU-OKC Farmers Market Garden Celebration & All-America Showcase; 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.; OSU-OKC, Horticulture Pavilion, 400 N. Portland; 947-4421; Admission is free and open to the public
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Round Rock Express; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary

Sunday, June 16
Father’s Day at the Museum; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63; 478-2250; Fathers get free admission with one paid family member
Father’s Day at the Bridge; 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Myriad Gardens Crystal Bridge, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; Fathers get free admission with one paid family member
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Round Rock Express; 6:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary
Sunday Twilight Concert Series Presented by Devon; 7:30 - 9 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Great Lawn; 301 W Reno; 297-3995

Monday, June 17
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Round Rock Express; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Hidden Gems

When it comes to art, Oklahoma City has clusters of cool galleries tucked around every corner. Even some of us who have lived here for years still find ourselves discovering something new on the art scene in places we don’t expect it. So instead of making you hunt for these hidden gems, we thought we’d give you some insider insight into Oklahoma City’s rocking art scene.

We suggest you start at the Paseo Arts District, a two-block street of art galleries located just north of downtown. The Paseo is home to 17 galleries and more than 60 artists. Beyond the art you can enjoy a host of great restaurants, boutiques, a yoga studio and the Spanish revival architecture that gives the district its signature look. Next, you should check out the Plaza District on Northwest 16th between Classen and Pennsylvania Avenues. More than $15 million in investments have transformed this area into a creative hub filled with art galleries, specialty shops, businesses and restaurants. So there is no need to wander – head straight there and check out the best that OKC art has to offer.

arts and culture, Paseo District, Plaza District
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Art Matters

When you think of art, what comes to mind? Beautiful paintings or magnificent sculptures? Art is that – and yet so much more. Oklahoma City is home to every type of art – from visual to performing and everything in between. Luckily for our arts organizations, they have a great advocate in their corner. Allied Arts represents and supports 20 local arts groups in the Greater Oklahoma City area. They raise awareness and money for the organizations, and offer educational opportunities for the community, like art camps for the visually impaired and formal ballet classes for economically disadvantaged students. But this organization wouldn’t exist without the community - it needs our support. Art matters - a thriving arts community is the hallmark of a thriving city – so don’t delay. 

arts and culture, community
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Art Awesomeness

Oklahoma City is home to a pretty awesome downtown art gallery – The Oklahoma City Museum of Art. The Museum in itself is something to brag about. But we are here to share a few things about the Museum with you that perhaps you didn’t know – and that perhaps might make it even more awesome for you (if that is even possible). Did you know that the Museum offers adult travel tours to other cities to check out art throughout the region? In the past art enthusiasts have headed with Museum staff to places like Dallas, Houston and even New York City. And we bet you didn’t know that kids as young at 15 months can take classes at the Museum to begin experiencing art in a variety of ways, from painting to sculpture to puppets. Or how about the fact that you can experience dinner in the Museum Café followed by a movie in the adjacent theatre, all for one low fixed price? See, we told you our Museum was awesome.

arts and culture, family-friendly, movies, museums, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: June 4 - June 10, 2013

Tuesday, June 4
NCAA Women’s College World Series Championship Series; 7 p.m.; ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, 2801 NE 50; Ticket prices and availability vary

Wednesday, June 5
deadCENTER Film Festival; Screening times and locations vary – Check website for detailed schedule; $125 for an all-access pass, $10 for individual screenings
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, June 6
deadCENTER Film Festival; Screening times and locations vary – Check website for detailed schedule; $125 for an all-access pass, $10 for individual screenings

Friday, June 7
deadCENTER Film Festival; Screening times and locations vary – Check website for detailed schedule; $125 for an all-access pass, $10 for individual screenings
The Trails at the Will Rogers Gardens Workshop; noon; Will Rogers Garden Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36; 943-0827; free and open to the public
MidTown Market at Saints; 1 - 6 p.m.; Northeast corner of 9th Street and Walker Ave; 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

Saturday, June 8
deadCENTER Film Festival; Screening times and locations vary – Check website for detailed schedule; $125 for an all-access pass, $10 for individual screenings
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
Charlie Christian International Music Festival: "Feel Deep Deuce"; 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; Urban Roots on Deep Deuce, 322 NE 2; Free and open to the public
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
Beginners Basket Weaving Class; 1 - 6 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Crystal Bridge, Terrace Room, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; ages 14 & up; $35 for members, $40 for non-members; Register in advance; Class size limited

Sunday, June 9
deadCENTER Film Festival; Screening times and locations vary – Check website for detailed schedule; $125 for an all-access pass, $10 for individual screenings
2nd Sunday Concert: Mozart for Mother’s Day; 2 - 3 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.; 231-8650; Admission is free; Open to all ages
Sunday Twilight Concert Series Presented by Devon; 7:30 - 9 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Great Lawn; 301 W Reno; 297-3995

Monday, June 10
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Iowa Cubs; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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