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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Afterschool Special

The school day ends at around three, but that’s no reason for the learning to stop. Now that ABC no longer offers after-school learning-via-television (with just a hint of morality) for kids, our friends at the Metropolitan Library System offer a number of after-school activities for students of all ages to fill that gap. One of the most popular is the After School @ Your Library program, which allows kids ages 10-16 to work weekly with a professional artist over a six-week period and exercise their creativity on a whole range of art projects, depending on their interest. How cool is that? But if art’s not your kid’s game, there’s still plenty to take in at your local library après- école. Ralph Ellison, Village and Capitol Hill all offer Chess Clubs; Belle Isle has a Gaming Club; Ellison, Belle Isle, Edmond and Southern Oaks offer an Anime Club; Del City sports a Lego Club; and Midwest City offers their popular Mad Scientist program, among others. Keep up with all the after-school goodness by checking out the calendar of events or contacting your local library. And that’s a good afterschool lesson for all of us!

After School @ Your Library Current Schedule (subject to change, be sure to check with your library prior to start of program)

Capitol Hill
Savannah Mitchell
Thursdays, 4-5pm
October 3, 10, 31, November 7, 14, 21

Del City
Savannah Mitchell
Wednesdays, 4-5pm
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6

Ralph Ellison
Natasha Corso
Wednesdays, 4:30-5:30pm
October 2, 9, 30, November 6, 13, 20
(skip Oct. 16 & 23 for OKCPS Fall Break)

Southern Oaks
Nathan Lee
Thursdays, 4-5pm
October 3, 10, 31, November 7, 14, 21
(skip Oct. 17 & 24 for OKCPS Fall Break)

Belle Isle
Scott Delsigne
Thursdays, 4-5pm
October 3, 10, 31, November 7, 14, 21
(skip Oct. 17 & 24 for OKCPS Fall Break)

Village Library
Kiona Millirons
Mondays, 4-5pm
October 7, 28, November 4, 11, 18, 25
(skip Oct. 14 & 21 for OKCPS Fall Break)

Almonte
Nathan Lee
Wednesdays, 4-5pm
October 2, 9, 30, November 6, 13, 20
(skip Oct. 16 & 23 for OKCPS Fall Break)

Midwest City
Natasha Corso
Thursdays, 4:30-5:30pm
November 7, 14, 21, December 5, 12, 19

Bethany
Taryn Parker
Wednesdays, 4-5pm
October 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, November 6

Northwest
Kiona Millirons
Wednesdays, 4-5pm
November 6, 13, 20, December 4, 11, 18

family-friendly, kids, library
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Surprise! It's Time for Supplies

Admit it, as much as you may have resisted, you’ve begun to see them: back-to-school displays at your local big-box retailer. The mere sight of these end-of-summer staples can inspire a range of emotions, from outright fear and denial in kids, to dreamy memories of going back to school for some new-to-the-working-world young professionals, to perhaps even a sense of impending relief for harried parents. Unfortunately, some of OKC’s less fortunate kids may look at those displays and wistfully wonder, “What if I could have the use of even the most basic non-designer series Trapper Keeper?” Help keep Oklahoma City Public Schoolkids in Trapper Keepers (as well as pencils, paper, rulers, etc.) by donating to the Oklahoma City Public Schools Foundation’s Teachers Warehouse program. $25 provides a basic set of school supplies to an elementary student, and helps students, parents as well as teachers (often, teachers are forced to foot the bill for supplies when their students’ families cannot afford them). In addition, Team Up OKC’s annual school supply drive aims to replenish the Warehouse, and provides supply dropoff locations throughout the city during the drive, usually in September. Don’t live in OKC Public Schools? Check with your local school district to see how you can donate. Give what you can, in turn giving our kids the best opportunity to achieve in the classroom—and in life.

More info:
http://okckids.com/invest/donate/
http://teamupokc.com/

kids, school, volunteer, community, family-friendly
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Sales Tax Holiday, AKA Just the Excuse you Need to Get Some Crazy Socks

In what very well may be the latest sign of the end of the world as we know it, the sock craze is officially upon us here in OKC. Stripes, dots, patterns, and golfer-chic argyle is where it’s at—and hey, the flashier the better, amiright?  But maybe you’ve been waiting for just the right time to beef up your sock stock. Well, look no further than the Oklahoma Sales Tax Holiday, heading our way August 2-4. It can potentially knock your old socks right off your feet (as well as whatever else you happen to be wearing). Yep, that’s right – any item of clothing or pair of shoes up to $100 intended to be worn daily, including even the most awe-inspiring, epilepsy-inducing, ridiculous-looking pair of socks, is exempt from sales tax. (Some items designed primarily for athletic activity and others are excepted. For example, if the costume mask craze hits us next year, you’ll be sadly (thankfully?) out of luck.) Give the inside of your boots as well as your pocketbook a little break, and get your back-to-school wardrobe ready from bottom to top.

shopping, family-friendly, school
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: July 30 - August 5, 2013

Tuesday, July 30
Lunchtime Zumba; 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; $5 for members, $10 for non-members
Yoga in the Gardens; 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; $5 for members, $10 for non-members
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Reno Aces; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary

Wednesday, July 31
Way Back Wednesday at the Zoo; all day; Oklahoma City Zoo, 2000 Remington Place; 424-3344; Zoo admission is $1 per person
Mid-Week Market; 4 - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Sheridan Lawn, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; 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
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Reno Aces; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary
Night Time Stories; 8:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, The Children’s Garden, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; Admission is free
SONIC Summer Movie Nights: Forrest Gump; 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Lawn, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; Admission is free; Bring chairs or a blanket; No glass

Thursday, August 1
Plant it to Take It Day; 10 a.m.  3 p.m.; Science Museum Oklahoma, 2100 NE 52; 602-6664; Cost is $1 per person in addition to museum admission
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 City RedHawks vs. Reno Aces; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary

Friday, August 2
Community Beautification Workshop; 9:30 a.m. - noon; Will Rogers Garden Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36; 943-0827; Registration required; Free to attend
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
First Friday Gallery Walk; 6 - 10 p.m.; Paseo Arts District, Northwest 28 to Northwest 30 and Dewey; Free and open to the public
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Reno Aces; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary
Lower Bricktown Live Summer Concert Series; 8 - 10 p.m.; Lower Bricktown Plaza, 150 E. Reno; Free and open to the public
Wise Guys Concert; 8 - 10 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Great Lawn; 301 W Reno; 297-3995; $5 suggested donation per person to benefit the Gardens; Food trucks will be on site

Saturday, August 3
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
Gardening for Small Spaces, 9 - 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Porch in the Children’s Garden, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers
Reading Rainforest; 10 a.m. - noon; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; Free for members, nonmembers pay Crystal Bridge 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
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary

Sunday, August 4
Plaza Sunday; all day; Plaza District, on Northwest 16th between Pennsylvania and Classen Avenues; Admission is free and open to the public
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox; 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; Admission is free

Monday, August 5
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Colorado Springs Sky Sox; 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, July 23, 2013

Row Row Row Your Boat

If you have a teenager at home, you know that sometimes you wish there were a way to get them away from the computer or their cell phone. We’ve got a great suggestion for you – and hey, they might even end up earning a gold medal one of these days. The OKC RIVERSPORT Chesapeake Junior Crew offers competitive rowing for kids ages 13 to 19. “But wait!” you say. “My kid doesn’t know anything about rowing.” Not to worry! Rowers come from all backgrounds and all levels of athletic ability. And to top it off, the first two weeks of practice are free so your kid can test the waters (pun intended) to see if it’s right for them! Practices are Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 to 11:30 a.m. Find out more and join today!

outdoor recreation, water sports, family-friendly, Oklahoma River
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Oh Baby Baby

Infant Crisis Services provides a wide range of life-saving services to infants and their families. Launched 27 years ago as a Sunday school project, the organization provides formula, food, diapers, clothing and loving care to tiny tots during times of crisis. The backbone of the organization is its volunteers, and their mission is to let no baby go to bed hungry. There are plenty of ways to help this nonprofit agency fulfill its mission, either through donations or a host of volunteer opportunities.

community, volunteer
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Wild Wild West

Summer is a great time to squeeze in some adventure. So why not head out to Frontier City, Oklahoma City’s largest theme park? With more than 50 rides, shows and attractions, this Wild West has enough fun-filled activities for the whole family. Are you a thrill-seeker? We suggest you check out the Mindbender. Spending the day hanging out with the family? Atop the Grand Centennial Ferris Wheel you’ll be able to see for miles and miles. Taking the little ones for a day of fun? Let them get a roller coaster experience on the Wild Kitty. Looking to cool off on a warm day? Get wet at the Wild West Water Works. No matter what kind of adventure you’re seeking, Frontier City will fill your day with fun and leave you plum tuckered out.

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

Tuesday, July 23
Lunchtime Zumba; 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; $5 for members, $10 for non-members
Yoga in the Gardens; 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; $5 for members, $10 for non-members

Wednesday, July 24
Way Back Wednesday at the Zoo; all day; Oklahoma City Zoo, 2000 Remington Place; 424-3344; Zoo admission is $1 per person
Sweet Cookie Science; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Science Museum Oklahoma, 2100 NE 52; 602-6664; $3 per person, in addition to museum ticket; Pre-register to guarantee a spot
Midweek Movie Matinee; 2 - 4 p.m.; Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library, 2201 SW 134; 979-2200; Free and open to children of all ages
Mid-Week Market; 4 - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Sheridan Lawn, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; 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
Night Time Stories; 8:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, The Children’s Garden, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; Admission is free
SONIC Summer Movie Nights: Sandlot; 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Lawn, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; Admission is free; Bring chairs or a blanket; No glass

Thursday, July 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
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: “King John”; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City University’s Burg Theater, 2501 N. Blackwelder Ave; 403-1750; Ticket prices and availability vary

Friday, July 26
Final Friday on Film Row; 6 - 9 p.m.; Film Row, W. Sheridan Ave. between Dewey and Shartel; 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
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Iowa Cubs; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary
Lower Bricktown Live Summer Concert Series; 8 - 10 p.m.; Lower Bricktown Plaza, 150 E. Reno; Free and open to the public
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: “King John”; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City University’s Burg Theater, 2501 N. Blackwelder Ave; 403-1750; Ticket prices and availability vary

Saturday, July 27
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
Reading Rainforest; 10 a.m. - noon; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; Free for members, nonmembers pay Crystal Bridge admission
Kids Cricket Clinic; 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Band Shell and Great Lawn, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; Free to the public; Best for ages 8 to 12
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Iowa Cubs; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: “King John”; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City University’s Burg Theater, 2501 N. Blackwelder Ave; 403-1750; Ticket prices and availability vary

Sunday, July 28
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: “King John”; 2:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City University’s Burg Theater, 2501 N. Blackwelder Ave; 403-1750; Ticket prices and availability vary
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Iowa Cubs; 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; Admission is free

Monday, July 29
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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Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Cannonball!

Let’s be honest, as the dog days of summer roll on it can get a little hot in Oklahoma City. One of the best (and most fun) ways to cool down is a visit to the state’s premier water park, White Water Bay.  Open seven days a week, this 25-acre oasis features 11 water slides and one massive wave pool. Whether you want to relax in the slow-moving Castaway Creek or reach speeds of 35 miles per hour on the Bermuda Triangle, White Water has something your speed. Feeling really adventurous? Try the 277-foot-long Mega Wedgie (yes that is what it is called). Let’s just say it lives up to its name. And you won’t want to miss their two newest slides – the RipQurl and the Pipeline Wave.

[Photo courtesy of White Water Bay]

water sports, family-friendly, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Sit-In Movies

Want to enjoy a beautiful Oklahoma summer evening? Like good movies? Enjoy good food served out of a truck? Well we have might have the perfect event for you. Every Wednesday night in July, you won’t want to miss SONIC Summer Movie Nights at the Myriad Gardens. Grab your family, friends, favorite blanket or chair and enjoy the spectacular Myriad Gardens while watching such classics as “Forrest Gump” or “Sandlot” on the big screen. Make it a night by bringing your own picnic or eating at one of a variety of local food trucks and vendors.

[Photo courtesy of Myriad Botanical Gardens]

food, movies, Myriad Botanical Gardens, downtown, family-friendly
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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We Pity the Phở (who doesnít visit the Asian District)

OKC is full of great districts where you can shop, play and eat. From Bricktown to the burgeoning Film Row and Plaza District, OKC has several growing (and exciting) pockets. One of the metro’s true hidden gems though is the Asian District. Located on Classen Blvd., between Northwest 23rd and Northwest 30th Streets, the Asian District serves as the hub for Asian culture in our community.

Amazing restaurants and supermarkets appeal to the metro’s large Asian population as well as hungry tourists and locals who crave a taste of the Orient. Of course we are a little biased so don’t take our word for it. A reporter from the New York Times drove all the way to OKC in 2007 to try the famous food in the Asian District. You can read his experiences here. Also, check out GreaterOKC.tv for a more in depth look at the Asian District.

restaurants, Asian District, food
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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And I Would Walk (or Drive) 100 Miles Ö

While we love Oklahoma City, Oklahoma as a whole is a diverse state with a little something for everyone. Within just 100 miles of OKC you can find everything from sand dunes to mountains. Here is a quick rundown of some of our favorites within 100 miles of OKC:

arts and culture, family-friendly, parks, restaurants, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: July 16 - July 22, 2013

Tuesday, July 16
Yoga in the Gardens; 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Terrace Room; 301 W Reno; 297-3995; $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers

Wednesday, July 17
Sales Tax Appreciation Day: Free Zoo Admission; all day; Oklahoma City Zoo, 2000 Remington Place; 424-3344
Midweek Movie Matinee; 2 - 4 p.m.; Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library, 2201 SW 134; 979-2200; Free and open to children of all ages
Mid-Week Market; 4 - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Sheridan Lawn, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; Admission is free
Night Time Stories; 8:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, The Children’s Garden, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; Admission is free
SONIC Summer Movie Nights: Despicable Me; 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Lawn, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; Admission is free; Bring chairs or a blanket; No glass

Thursday, July 18
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, July 19
Metro Transit Third Friday Free; all day; free bus service
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
Wise Guys concert presented by Prodigal; 8  10 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Great Lawn; 301 W Reno; 297-3995; Admission is free

Saturday, July 20
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
Sunday, July 21
Sunday Twilight Concert Series Presented by Devon; 7:30 - 9 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Great Lawn; 301 W Reno; 297-3995; Admission is free

Monday, July 22
Full Moon Bicycle Ride; 9 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, meet at the Band Shell in the Great Lawn, on Sheridan between Robinson and Hudson; 297-3995; $5 donation to the Gardens is suggested per rider; Lights and helmets required

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Mini-Tri for Your Mini-Me

It’s the dog days of summer, and we can bet that you are ready for the kids to get out of your hair. What better way to help them burn off some extra energy (and get healthy, to boot) than signing them up for the Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department’s Kidathlon? This mini-triathlon with swim, bike and run is the perfect way to introduce your kiddos (ages 5 to 13) to a fun and challenging endurance sport.

Head out to the Earlywine Park & Family Aquatic Center on Aug. 10 for the pre-race meeting and sign-in at 7:45 a.m. Event distances vary by age group, and all participants need to bring their own gear, including a bike (and a helmet, of course). Here’s hoping that your family brings home the gold!

running, water sports, family-friendly, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Sky-High Fun at the Oklahoma River

Photo by Georgia Read

Sure, you know that the Oklahoma River is home to Olympic athletes and some of the best boathouse facilities around, but did you know that kids can also get their kicks at the recently-opened SandRidge Youth Pavilion? Adventure abounds at this outdoor playground, which includes the Sky Trail course, the Sky Slide, the Rumble Drop, an outdoor climbing wall and an adjacent playground.

While the area is focused on the youth of OKC, kids of all ages are sure to get some thrills at this newest river attraction no matter your age. The SandRidge Sky Trail is the world’s tallest adventure course with six levels of challenges that will have you climbing, jumping and zig-zagging to the top. Looking for a fast track down to the ground? Visitors can get their adrenaline pumping at the Sky Slide, the tallest stainless steel slide in the country, or at the Rumble Drop, a free-fall base jump platform.

Open Weekends, March-May and Sept-Oct
Open Daily, Memorial Day to Labor Day Mon-Sat 10a-8p and Sundays 1-5p

outdoor recreation, water sports, family-friendly, Oklahoma River
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Down, Set, Hut

We know, we know: you miss your glory days on the high school football (or powder puff) team. And as fall inches closer, your football withdrawals are likely getting worse and worse. Lucky for you, the Oklahoma City Parks Department has a way for you to relive every touchdown and tackle during its flag football season starting July 28. Players must be 18 or older and out of high school to compete in these co-ed or all-male leagues, so gather your game-winning team and register by July 20.

football, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: July 9 - July 14, 2013

Tuesday, July 9
Community Gardening Workshop; 1 - 3 p.m.; Oklahoma County Extension Center, 930 N. Portland; 713-1125; Admission is free

Wednesday, July 10
Way Back Wednesday at the Zoo; all day; Oklahoma City Zoo, 2000 Remington Place; 424-3344; Zoo admission is $1 per person
Midweek Movie Matinee; 2 - 4 p.m.; Southwest Oklahoma City Public Library, 2201 SW 134; 979-2200; Free and open to children of all ages
Mid-Week Market; 4 - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Sheridan Lawn, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; Admission is free
Night Time Stories; 8:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, The Children’s Garden, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; Admission is free
SONIC Summer Movie Nights: Mamma Mia; 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Lawn, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; Admission is free; Bring chairs or a blanket; No glass

Thursday, July 11
World Cup of Softball VII; First game starts at noon; ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, 2801 NE 50; 424-5266; Admission prices 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
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. New Orleans Zephyrs; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: “Ring Round the Moon”; 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Water Stage, 301 W. Reno; 403-1750; Ticket prices and availability vary

Friday, July 12
Water Savings Landscapes Workshop; 9:30 a.m. - noon; Will Rogers Garden Exhibition Center, 3400 NW 36; 943-0827; Admission is free
World Cup of Softball VII; First game starts at 11:30 a.m.; ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, 2801 NE 50; 424-5266; Admission prices vary
Paint your own gnome; noon - 4 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Children’s Garden Back Porch, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; $5 per person; Gnomes and supplies provided
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
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. New Orleans Zephyrs; 4:30 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary
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
Lower Bricktown Live Summer Concert Series; 8 - 10 p.m.; Lower Bricktown Plaza, 150 E. Reno; Free and open to the public
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: “Ring Round the Moon”; 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Water Stage, 301 W. Reno; 403-1750; Ticket prices and availability vary

Saturday, July 13
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 Wise Landscaping: Outdoor Water Conservation; 9 - 11 a.m.; Myriad Gardens, Children’s Garden Back Porch, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; Admission is free
World Cup of Softball VII; First game starts at 10 a.m.; ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, 2801 NE 50; 424-5266; Admission prices vary
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. New Orleans Zephyrs; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: “Ring Round the Moon”; 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Water Stage, 301 W. Reno; 403-1750; Ticket prices and availability vary
Astronomy Night on the Lawn; 8:30 - 10:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Lawn, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; Admission is free
FAA Credit Union Summer Movie Series: Madagascar 3; 8:30 p.m.; Boathouse District, 725 S. Lincoln; 552-4040; Admission is free
OKC Roller Derby Bout; Doors Open at 5 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, Exhibit Hall 3, 1 Myriad Gardens; Admission $12 and kids 12 and under free
Oklahoma City FC Men’s Soccer vs. TX Dutch Lions; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City University, 2501 N Blackwelder Ave; Ticket prices vary

Sunday, July 14
World Cup of Softball VII; First game starts at noon; ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, 2801 NE 50; 424-5266; Admission prices vary
2nd Sunday Concert Series; 2 - 3 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.; 231-8605; Admission is free and open to the public
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. New Orleans Zephyrs; 6:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary
424-5266; Admission prices vary
Sunday Twilight Concert Series Presented by Devon; 7:30 - 9 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Great Lawn; 301 W Reno; 297-3995

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Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Donít Be a Fish Out of Water

Oklahoma is heating up, so we’re here to offer a solution to help you cool down – city pools and spraygrounds! The Parks & Recreation Department operates 17 spraygrounds, two family aquatic centers and multiple community swimming pools throughout the city. You can walk right on to the Family Aquatic Center’s water park. And don’t reach in your wallet for community pools because they’re free for 6 weeks starting mid-June. Click here for the locations that don’t cost a penny!

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Party Like Itís 1776

Uncle Sam is known for throwing himself quite the birthday bash. Fireworks, watermelon, burgers, ice cream, popsicles, yard games, parades and more – it’s all a part of the celebration we hold in honor of him and his pal, Lady Liberty. And you can find celebrations all over town. Whether you’re hitting up the neighborhood shin-dig, or that backyard par-tay at your pal’s house . . . or maybe you’re headed to one of the many community gatherings like the Bricktown 4th Fest, Edmond LibertyFest, the Bethany Freedom Festival or the Yukon Freedom Fest (just to name a few), we’re sure that Independence Day 2k13 will be filled with fun, flags, food, friends, family and fireworks.

And if you can’t wait until the 4th to kick off the festivities, we have just the answer for you. It just so happens that you can kick off your celebrating with “Red, White & Boom” on July 3 at 8:30 p.m. This fantastic fun-filled event will take place at State Fair Park and includes a free concert plus the all-important fireworks display.

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Oh Say Can You See . . .

. . . All those fireworks in the sky? Come July 4th, you will certainly have your pick of the litter in terms of fireworks displays. From Bricktown to Frontier City to surrounding communities, the sky will be afire with the boom and sparkle of pyrotechnics. When it comes to gazing upon the firework frenzy, you can certainly go the traditional route and set up in lawn chairs in a parking lot near the festivities. However, we also have a few outside-the-box suggestions if you’re a fireworks-watching rebel. Each of the following have great outdoor spots (except for Vast where we must demand that you stay inside, seeing as it’s on the 50th floor of OKC’s tallest building) where you can enjoy food, drinks and a great view of the sky’s shenanigans.

Café Do Brasil & Bossa Nova at The Top
440 NW 11th Street

Captain Norm’s Dockside Bar
103 E. California

Deep Deuce Grill
307 NE 2nd Street

Earl’s
216 Johnny Bench Drive

Fuzzy’s
208 Johnny Bench Dr.

Nonna’s Euro-American Ristorante and Bar
1 Mickey Mantle Dr.

Packard’s New American Kitchen
201 NW 10th Street

Vast
333 W. Sheridan Ave.

The Wedge Pizzeria
230 NE 1st Street

Yucatan Taco Stand Tequila Bar & Grill
100 E. California

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Things to Do & See: July 2 - July 7, 2013

Tuesday, July 2
Lunchtime Zumba; 11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; $5 for members, $10 for non-members
Yoga in the Gardens; 5:30 - 6:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; $5 for members, $10 for non-members
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Albuquerque Isotopes; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary

Wednesday, July 3
Mid-Week Market; 4 - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Sheridan Lawn, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; Admission is free
Yukon Freedom Fest – Tribute to Yukon Veterans; 4:30 - 10:30 p.m.; City Park, 2200 S. Holly, Yukon; 350-8937; Admission is free
Oklahoma City RedHawks vs. Albuquerque Isotopes; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S Mickey Mantle Drive; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary
OKC Phil presents Red, White & Boom; Concert at 8:30 p.m., Fireworks at 10:30 p.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing Blvd; 948-6704; Free concert and parking; Gates 5 & 6 open at 6; Lawn chairs encouraged; No pets, no coolers
Night Time Stories; 8:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, The Children’s Garden, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; Admission is free
SONIC Summer Movie Nights: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory; 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Lawn, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; Admission is free; Bring chairs or a blanket; No glass

Thursday, July 4
Yukon Freedom Fest; 8 a.m. - 11 p.m.; City Park, 2200 S. Holly, Yukon; 350-8937; Admission is free
Edmond Liberty Fest; Parade starts at 9 a.m., ParkFest at UCO starts at 6:30 p.m., Fireworks start at 10 p.m.; Locations vary; Admission is free
Bricktown 4th Fest; 4 p.m. - 12 a.m.; Bricktown Entertainment District; Live music on the Chevy Stage at the corner of Sheridan and Oklahoma; Fireworks at 9:30 p.m.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: “Ring Round the Moon”; 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Water Stage, 301 W. Reno; 403-1750; Ticket prices and availability vary

Friday, July 5
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
First Friday Gallery Walk; 6 - 10 p.m.; Paseo Arts District, Northwest 28 to Northwest 30 and Dewey; Free and open to the public
Lower Bricktown Live Summer Concert Series; 8 - 10 p.m.; Lower Bricktown Plaza, 150 E. Reno; Free and open to the public
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: “Ring Round the Moon”; 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Water Stage, 301 W. Reno; 403-1750; Ticket prices and availability vary

Saturday, July 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
Healthy Snacking Straight from the Garden; 9  10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, The Children’s Garden Porch, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; Admission is free for members, $2 for non-members
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
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park: “Ring Round the Moon”; 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Water Stage, 301 W. Reno; 403-1750; Ticket prices and availability vary

Sunday, July 7
Plaza Sunday; all day; Plaza District, on Northwest 16th between Pennsylvania and Classen Avenues; Admission is free and open to the public
Sunday Twilight Concert Series Presented by Devon; 7:30 - 9 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Great Lawn; 301 W Reno; 297-3995

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