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Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Rock Around the Clock

This week we say goodbye to 2014 and usher in 2015. If you want to celebrate the New Year in style, the place to be in OKC is Opening Night. If you are new to our great city, you might be asking yourself what, exactly, is Opening Night? Well, it is an epic New Year’s Eve celebration all around downtown. Great music (of all kinds of genres), food, drinks, fireworks and even improv comedy performances – Opening Night has a little something for everyone.

Put on by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City, Opening Night is OKC’s premier New Year’s Eve party. Wristbands are just $8 in advance and you can pick them up at 7-Eleven Stores of Oklahoma, metro Homeland stores, Science Museum Oklahoma and MidFirst Bank locations. You can also get wristbands for $10 at the event. Children under 5 are absolutely free.

What are you waiting for? Go get a wristband and then check out the schedule and map online because what better way to say “hasta la vista” to 2014 than with thousands of your new best friends?

downtown, festivals
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Race for the Prize

Looking to stay a little more active in 2015? Why not get a jump start on your New Year’s resolution by participating in the 2nd annual Opening Night Finale 5K? Before putting on your dancing shoes on New Year’s Eve get one last run in for a good cause.

Presented by INTEGRIS the run starts at 4 p.m., just east of Bicentennial Park downtown (where the Opening Night Finale takes place). This isn’t your normal race, though as there is also a costume contest and the prizes are original works of art. The best part? Every participant gets an Opening Night wristband. That is what we call a win-win.

fitness, running
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Best of 2014

It is time to say goodbye to 2014 and what a year it has been for OKC. Oklahoma City celebrated its 125th birthday, the Thunder had another great season, pro soccer came to OKC, GE announced a huge project in our town and much, much more.   

This time of the year is filled with “Best of Lists.” Best of music, best of movies, best of television … you get the idea. So why not us? So here are our favorite posts of the past year. Below is a good example of what this blog is all about so you can easily share with your friends and show them why this blog is such a good and entertaining resource. Consider it a “Here-are-five-important-things-a-newbie-to-OKC-needs-to-know” list:

  • Trails Without Tribulations- Oklahoma City has an extensive and impressive trail system for outdoor enthusiasts.
  • A Work of Art- From our world-class art museum to many festivals, art is an important part of life in OKC.
  • Live on the Music- OKC is melting pot of music. Everyone from the Flaming Lips to Garth Brooks and jazz pioneer Charlie Christian have called OKC home. Live music can be found all over the metro on any given night.
  • Par for the Course- With more than 3,000 hours of sunlight each year and more than 33 courses in metro OKC alone, golf is a hidden recreational gem in the Sooner State.
  • Show Off Oklahoma City to Visitors- Oklahoma City is home to some amazing attractions and museums.

Always remember our blog is a resource for you. Never hesitate to hit us up on Facebook or Twitter with questions or ideas. All our posts are also tagged by topic so you can easily find past blogs for information, everything from attractions to downtown and much more.

So with that we bid 2014 a fond farewell. Stay tuned because we have a sneaky suspicion that 2015 will be even better.

arts and culture, attractions, golf, museums, music, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: December 30, 2014 - January 5, 2015

Tuesday, December 30
OKC125; All day; Downtown OKC Underground; 990-2448; Admission is free.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; $12 for nonmembers, $7 for members.
Portland Trailblazers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, December 31
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; $12 for nonmembers, $7 for members.
Opening Night Finale 5k; 4 p.m.; Bicentennial Park; 270-4848; $35 to participate.
Charlotte Checkers vs. Oklahoma City Barons; 6 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 232-4625; Tickets prices vary.
Opening Night; 7 p.m.; Downtown OKC; 270-4848; $10 at the event.
Phoenix Suns vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, January 1
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; $12 for nonmembers, $7 for members.
The Book of Mormon; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker; 297-2584; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, January 2
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 11 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; $12 for nonmembers, $7 for members.
Washington Wizards vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
The Book of Mormon; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker; 297-2584; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, January 3
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; $12 for nonmembers, $7 for members.
The Book of Mormon; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker; 297-2584; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, January 4
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; $12 for nonmembers, $7 for members.
The Book of Mormon; 2 & 7 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall, 201 N. Walker; 297-2584; Ticket prices vary.
Charlotte Checkers vs. Oklahoma City Barons; 4 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 232-4625; Tickets prices vary.

Monday, January 5
OKC125; All day; Downtown OKC Underground; 990-2448; Admission is free.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; $12 for nonmembers, $7 for members.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Last minute gifts made easy…

There is one shopping day left before the big day. Wait … ONE DAY?! We are still running around picking up last-minute gifts. If you are still searching for the perfect gift or stocking stuffers for your favorite people, consider stocking up on some local flair so your loved ones can rep the 405 in 2015. If you hadn’t noticed the people of OKC have a lot of pride in our city so it is easy to find OKC clothes, art, coffee mugs and just about anything you can think of. In fact, here are 5 boutiques that offer great OKC-themed gifts. Of course this isn’t an exhaustive list. Check out this list for a great list of retail in OKC.  Also if we missed your favorite place let us know by posting in the comments or hitting us up on Facebook or Twitter.

  • Shop Good- Located off Automobile Alley on 9th St., Shop Good offers clothing and home goods with a local spin. Plus the donate part of their profits to local charities.
  • Plenty Mercantile- A great shopping destination in Automobile Alley with an eclectic variety of goods you won’t find anywhere else.
  • Red Dirt Emporium- Their mission statement is simple, introducing locals and visitors alike to the best Oklahoma has to offer. Everything from clothes to music, art and more. Red Dirt Emporium is located in Bricktown.
  • Painted Door- Located in the heart of Bricktown the Painted Door has been a staple of local shopping for more than 20 years in OKC.
  • On a Whim-  On a whim is located in Classen Curve on offers one-of-kind clothing, housewares and gifts for all ages.

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local goods, retail, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Share the story of OKC

We love to show off our city to out-of-town guests and there’s no better time than the holidays. Once you finish your holiday feast, head out to explore some of the exciting activities in the city.

  • Treat the whole family to an unforgettable experience at the Myriad Botanical Gardens & Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory.  We love the tranquil setting and the out-of-this-world playground area, but our favorite activity during the holidays has to be the ice-skating rink. Hours for the ice rink have been extended throughout the holiday season.     
  • Science Museum Oklahoma, one of our favorite destinations for family fun, houses so many hands-on science experiments that we have a hard time choosing where to start. From the Tinkering Garage and Gadget Trees to daily shows in the planetarium and dome theater, the museum allows your inner child to run wild.
  • We love to share the history of our great state, and the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is the perfect locale to take an inside peek at the spirit, passion and grit symbolized by the American West. There are exhibits for the tikes, too, including the Chuckwagon and Prosperity Junction.
  • Come on, the wild is calling! Did you know the Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Gardens ranks among the top three family-friendly zoos in the nation? If you haven’t visited in a while, check it out. 2014 has been an exciting year as the zoo celebrated 110 years. 2015 is sure to be just as exciting as with the expected arrival of a baby elephant before the end of the year.
  • The 45th Infantry Division Museum, the nation’s largest state-operated military history museum, offers an inside glance at Oklahoma’s military history. Stroll through Thunderbird Park to see more than 60 types of equipment, including tanks, artillery, personnel carriers and aircraft.
  • Boot-scoot over to Oklahoma City’s Historic Stockyards City, one of the largest livestock markets in the world, to immerse yourself in authentic cowboy culture. This unique district offers a glimpse into Oklahoma’s cowboy scene. Satisfy your hunger at Cattlemen’s Steakhouse, then head over to catch a live show at the Centennial Rodeo Opry.
  • Enter the Oklahoma History Center and let the fascinating lives of Oklahoma oil barons, pioneers, American Indians and Oklahoma’s famous citizens bring the past to life. From the mighty Land Run to nostalgic Route 66 lore and from the stirring Civil War to high-flying airplanes, there’s something for everyone at the Oklahoma History Center.
  • OKC 125: A Photography Exhibition provides an interesting perspective on downtown Oklahoma City. The exhibit features works by 125 individuals who captured their favorite downtown sites in 125 minutes.
restaurants, Stockyards, western heritage, zoo, Adventure District, attractions, downtown, museums, Myriad Botanical Gardens, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Fun and games

For sports enthusiasts, Oklahoma City has plenty to offer this holiday season. The Oklahoma City Thunder plays at the Chesapeake Energy Arena tonight, Friday night and New Year’s Eve. The OKC Blue also takes the court on Friday at the Cox Convention Center. Don’t miss Family Fun Day as the OKC Barons take the ice to face the Charlotte Checkers on Sunday, Dec. 28. We can’t resist soft drinks and hot dogs and the opportunity to skate with the players following the game.  

basketball, hockey, live sporting events, Thunder
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Skip the kitchen this Christmas …

If you are looking to skip the hustle and bustle of cooking Christmas dinner this year, visit one of the following restaurants that will be open on Christmas Day:

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: December 23 - December 29, 2014

Tuesday, December 23
OKC125; All day; Downtown OKC Underground; 990-2448; Admission is free.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; $12 for nonmembers, $7 for members.
Portland Trailblazers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, December 24
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; $12 for nonmembers, $7 for members.

Thursday, December 25
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; $12 for nonmembers, $7 for members.

Friday, December 26
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 11 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; $12 for nonmembers, $7 for members.
Charlotte Hornets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Los Angeles D-Fenders vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, , 1 Myriad Gardens; 232-4625; Tickets prices vary.

Saturday, December 27
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; $12 for nonmembers, $7 for members.
Hosty Duo; 8 p.m.; Grandad’s, 317 NW 23rd St.; 604-0922; Admission is $5.

Sunday, December 28
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; $12 for nonmembers, $7 for members.
Charlotte Checkers vs. Oklahoma City Barons; 4 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 232-4625; Tickets prices vary.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, December 29
OKC125; All day; Downtown OKC Underground; 990-2448; Admission is free.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; $12 for nonmembers, $7 for members.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Time Flies When You’re Having Fun

If you are a regular reader of this blog (if you aren’t you should be) then you know 2014 was a pretty big year for OKC.  2014 marked the 125th anniversary of our great city’s founding. Yes the town born in a single day (true story) celebrated its Quasquicentennial. Oh, and what a 125 years it has been. From land runs and rugged wildcatters looking for oil to the Oklahoma City Thunder and construction of the 50-story Devon Tower, our fair city has seen some things. While the city continues to evolve in dynamic new ways, one thing stays the same: the people. The original settlers of the city claimed their lands on April 22, 1889, and did so with an independent and entrepreneurial streak that lives on in the citizens to this day. With the land run, Oklahoma City has a history and a founding that is truly unlike any other city. People from around the country gathered on one day to take a chance, start a new life and work together to build a city from scratch. That wildcatter spirit and sense of teamwork is still at the heart of OKC 125 years later.

So as 2014 draws to a close, we wanted one last chance to look at some of our favorite history posts from the past year. These posts help tell the story of our city but there are many chapters yet to be written. You can also access the history posts on your own here.

history, Oklahoma City history
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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How Do I Love Thee? Let Me Count the Ways.

125 Reasons We Love OKC from Greater OKC Chamber on Vimeo.

As you can tell, we have been pretty fired up to celebrate OKC’s 125th birthday all year long. You’ve heard of birthday parties and even birthday weeks, we made it a birthday year. In fact, we came up with 125 reasons we love Greater OKC and put them in this little video. Give it a look and be sure to share with your friends, family, peers, pets or even that weird neighbor next door. Help us spread how awesome of a city we live in. Of course, OKC is so awesome there are a lot more than 125 great things to talk about. What do you love about OKC? Leave it the comments or hit us up on Facebook or Twitter. We want to hear from you!

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Public Service Reminder

The holidays are here! Still last minute shopping? Still looking for that perfect gift for that special someone who has everything? Why not sign them up to our blog? Okay it might not be as exciting as a diamond ring, Teddy Ruxpin or a pony but it will cost you a lot less. For the low cost of just no cents a day you can get great ideas for things to do in and around Oklahoma City each week.

New to OKC? The blog was designed just for you. We want you to get to know your new hometown as quickly and well as possible. Our goal is to make you feel like a local pronto. We want you screaming your head off for Thunder while enjoying your favorite restaurant in your favorite local district with the 405 tattooed across your belly. Okay, maybe that last part was a little too much civic pride even for us (or maybe not).

Yeah, but what if you’ve lived in OKC for a long time? Don’t fret: The blog is still very helpful. There is nothing we enjoy more than introducing or re-introducing locals to new events, hotspots or general OKC-goodness. No matter how long you lived in OKC it is never a bad time to fall back in love with your home town.

Signing up for the blog is easy; just enter your info on our main page. Also, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter. We would love to hear any ideas or thoughts you have. Act now and we will even throw in a big “Thank You” for no extra charge. You couldn’t beat this deal with a stick.

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OK-LA Dodgers

The Dodger Dog is headed to the big O-K-C. What are we talking about? If you’ve been living under a rock the AAA baseball team in Oklahoma City (formally the Redhawks) is now an affiliate of the historic Los Angeles Dodgers and will now be called the Oklahoma City Dodgers.

The Dodgers are one of the most recognizable brands in all of sports. The franchise has won six World Series titles as well as 21 National League (NL) pennants.

The uniform and logo also have made the Dodgers unmistakable across the world. The Boys in Blue, as they are called, have had virtually the same uniforms for going on 70 years now. The best part is, they have incorporated the logo and color scheme into the new uniforms for Oklahoma City, and we think they look pretty swell. The merchandise is available now in the team store and makes a great holiday gift. We here at Better Life HQ might have already picked up a hat or two (maybe three).

baseball, Dodgers, live sporting events
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: December 16 - December 22, 2014

Tuesday, December 16
OKC125; All day; Downtown OKC Underground; 990-2448; Admission is free.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; $12 for nonmembers, $7 for members.

Wednesday, December 17
Bringing Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby of the Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Event is free.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; $12 for nonmembers, $7 for members.
Dave Chappelle; 7 p.m.; Rose State College Performing Arts Theater, 6420 SE 15th St.; 733-7673; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, December 18
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; $12 for nonmembers, $7 for members.
2014 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Shop Hop; 6 p.m.; Automobile Alley, 1015 N. Broadway; 488-2555; this is event is free.

Friday, December 19
Winter Shoppes; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Band Shell; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 11 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; $12 for nonmembers, $7 for members.
Premiere on Film Row; 6 p.m.; Film Row, Sheridan Avenue in Downtown; Free to attend.
2014 Under Armour All-America High School Volleyball Match; 8 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, December 20
Devon Saturdays with Santa; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Crystal Bridge; 445-7080.
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; $12 for nonmembers, $7 for members.
Santa’s Adventure on the Oklahoma River; 1 to 8 p.m.; Boathouse District, 725 S. Lincoln; 552-4040; $35 for an all-day pass.
2014 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship; 6:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Kevin Fowler; 7 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom, 8001 S. Eastern; 677-9169; $15 at the door.
Rockford IceHogs vs. Oklahoma City Barons; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 232-4625; Tickets prices vary.

Sunday, December 21
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; $12 for nonmembers, $7 for members.
Rockford IceHogs vs. Oklahoma City Barons; 2 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 232-4625; Tickets prices vary.
New Orleans Pelicans vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Red Dirt Rangers Kid Christmas Show; 2 p.m.; The Blue Door, 2805 N. McKinley; 524-0738; Admission is $5.

Monday, December 22
OKC125; All day; Downtown OKC Underground; 990-2448; Admission is free.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; $12 for nonmembers, $7 for members.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Whack-a-Mall

OKC’s malls are certainly popular shopping destinations for many, especially during Christmastime, and for good reason. But if the food court freaks you out, the kiosks are confusing and parking lots induce panic, check out some of the pop-up retail locations around downtown and shop where no one has shopped before! Except for, well, the last couple years or so… Anyway, the Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown feature a rotating mix of retailers every Thursday through Sunday until December 21st. Learn more at their website. Likewise, the Winter Shoppes at the Myriad Gardens are open Thursdays through Sundays, as well as Monday the 21st and Tuesday the 22nd. Check out their retailers and more deets at their website. Shop local boutique-style, and enjoy some of the downtown OKC holiday festivities while you’re at it.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Nothing but the Best, Clark

We compiled a list of places to look at Christmas lights and décor so you can check out the competition and see how big you need to go next year. Gotta check every bulb, Rusty.

What are your favorite neighborhood displays? Let us know in the comments or via Twitter or Facebook and help us get the word out.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Make Your Breaks

Ahh, Christmastime. Snow, lights, Santa, candy canes, carols, and fudge. Mmm, fudge... Sorry. We just really like fudge. Anyway, for you parents out there, all this merriment can mean maybe just a little too much time with your little snow angels now that they’re out of school for a while. But before you go taking numerous nips from the nog in an attempt to deal, check out some of the winter break options to keep those kiddos from being cooped up in the house too much over the holidays.

  • Thunder Youth Basketball Camp – fundamentals and fun for all skill levels. December 29 & 30, 9 a.m. – 12 p.m., ages 5-16. An alternative to playing ball in the house!
  • Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center – camps include instruction in different mediums / skills depending on age (5-8 or 9-12). December 18-19 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Let ‘em create art here instead of their bedroom walls.
  • OKC Zoo Safari Day Camps – ages 4-12 can hit the zoo December 30, 31 and January 19. Kids will connect with animals and nature instead of your last nerve. Advance registration and payment required.
  • Holiday Magic Drama Camp at NW Optimist Park – campers sing, dance and learn some classic holiday numbers culminating in a family performance. December 22-23 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Call 405-297-1437 for more info ($50 per camper). Now they can be dramatic about something other than that present they won’t shut up about.
  • Soccer City Winter Break Camp – let your kids get their kicks by taking out their frustrations on a soccer ball instead of the furniture and/or their siblings. Ages 4-15 are welcome and will be divided among age, ability and flopping potential (kidding!). December 22-24 and 29-31.
  • Santa’s Adventures at RIVERSPORT – not really a camp per se, but the Rudolph Launch, Candy Cane Rock Wall, Snow Bounce and more are open for riverside fun from 1 – 8 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through January 4th. Note that this includes the SandRidge Santa Zip, where you drop a wrapped package into a chimney target as you fly down the zip line. Picture that for a second, and just try to tell us it doesn’t sound AWESOME.

What camps are we missing in our list? Let us know in the comments and we’ll get it added!

theater, zoo, arts and culture, basketball, camps, kids, Oklahoma River, soccer
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Baby, OKC’s Cold Outside

Need a place to cuddle away from the winter chills? We put our suggestions to music.

I really can't stay
(But baby it's cold outside)
I've got to go away
(But baby, OKC’s cold outside.)

This evening has been
(The tropics we could go in)
So very nice
(I'll hold your hands, while we skate on ice.)

My mother will start to worry
(On the carousel you look blurry)
My father will be pacing the floor
(We can visit the igloo stores.)

So really I'd better scurry
(To The Nutcracker let’s hurry)
But maybe just a half a drink more
(Be charitable while they pour.)

The neighbors might faint
(Baby there are Broadway’s lights out there)
Say what's in this drink
(And water taxis to be had out there.)

I wish I knew how
(They turned the canal lights on now)
To break this spell
(On Western & 63rd, the CHK lights look swell.)

At least I'm gonna say that I tried
(There’s a bunch of snow on that slide.)

I really can't stay
(Those pinecones are both silver and stout)

(Both):
Baby it's cold outside.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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50% Lion + 50% Eagle = 100% Enemy of the Barons

As of this writing, the red-hot OKC Barons are sitting on top of the West division standings. And you have two, count ‘em two, chances this weekend to see your team on the Cox Center ice against those pesky Griffins (well, not really griffins, but hockey players wearing a picture of a griffin on their jersey) of Grand Rapids. It’s hockey time in OKC on Friday and Saturday (December 12 and 13) at 7:00 p.m. They may have rapids that are grand, but we’ve got Hamilton, Williams and Derrick the Mountain Lion (well, not really a mountain lion, but a guy wearing a mountain lion furry. But still!). For ticket info, head over to okcbarons.com and cheer on our Barons!

family-friendly, hockey, live sporting events
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: December 9 - December 15, 2014

Tuesday, December 9
OKC125; All day; Downtown OKC Underground; 990-2448; Admission is free.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; $12 for nonmembers, $7 for members.
Milwaukee Bucks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, December 10
Bringing Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby of the Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Event is free.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; $12 for nonmembers, $7 for members.
Rio Grande Valley Vipers vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 232-4625; Tickets prices vary.

Thursday, December 11
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; $12 for nonmembers, $7 for members.
Cleveland Cavs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Texas Legends vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 232-4625; Tickets prices vary.

Friday, December 12
Winter Shoppes; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Band Shell; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 11 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; $12 for nonmembers, $7 for members.
Live on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; Free.
Grand Rapids Griffins vs. Oklahoma City Barons; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 232-4625; Tickets prices vary.

Saturday, December 13
Devon Saturdays with Santa; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Crystal Bridge; 445-7080.
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; $12 for nonmembers, $7 for members.
Santa’s Adventure on the Oklahoma River; 1 to 8 p.m.; Boathouse District, 725 S. Lincoln; 552-4040; $35 for an all-day pass.
Grand Rapids Griffins vs. Oklahoma City Barons; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 232-4625; Tickets prices vary.

Sunday, December 14
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; $12 for nonmembers, $7 for members.
Phoenix Suns vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Tribute to Woody Guthrie; 8 p.m.; The Blue Door, 2805 N. McKinley; 524-0738; Tickets are $20.

Monday, December 15
OKC125; All day; Downtown OKC Underground; 990-2448; Admission is free.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; $12 for nonmembers, $7 for members.

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Give back on #GivingTuesday

As the holiday season kicks off, we’ve given thanks for our blessings and shopped the best deals on Black Friday in person and Cyber Monday online. Now it’s time to give something back.

In recent years, the Tuesday after Thanksgiving has become known as Giving Tuesday, or #GivingTuesday as it’s tagged on social media sites. It is a reminder that there are lots of organizations that need our help, especially during the holidays. It’s a global movement that we and our families can join at the local level and start a new holiday tradition of generosity.

And so, in honor of #GivingTuesday today, Tuesday, Dec. 2, let’s talk about some of our local nonprofit organizations.

If you don’t know where to start, click here to find all the Chamber members that are nonprofits.

But we’ll give you some ideas here:

  • Adopt-a-Family during the holidays from Upward Transitions to provide them with specific needs. Upward Transitions operates two programs – Travelers Aid and the Homeless Assistance Center, which is a community outreach program that helps needy and homeless clients by providing basic needs.
  • Buy something from the wish list of Infant Crisis Services, Inc., which provides formula, food, diapers and other needs to babies and toddlers in crisis.
  • Give a matching gift to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma – Chesapeake Energy Corp. and the Cresap Family Foundation will match all donations to the Food Bank between now and Jan. 15 up to $1 million, a gift that would provide 10 million meals for chronically hungry children. Or, sign up your family to volunteer in its warehouse.
  • Donate to Allied Arts, the area’s umbrella organization for central Oklahoma’s cultural groups, and get a chance to win one of 10 prize packages, including a $250 gift certificate.

Oklahoma has more than 17,000 nonprofit groups in the state, so there are many ways you can get involved. Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits is always a great resource for the state’s nonprofit groups.

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Give to the United Way of Central Oklahoma

If you are overwhelmed by the number of causes to which you can contribute your time or money, take a look at all the good that the United Way of Central Oklahoma does in the community.

This organization has formed partnerships with more than 60 organizations that contribute to the area’s health, safety, education or economic well-being of families, according to the United Way’s mission. A donation to the United Way will help fund these valuable programs that are held accountable by the United Way.

The United Way picks its partner organizations according to five identified “Focus Areas”: Strong Families, Successful Kids, Healthy Citizens, Independent Living and Community Preparedness. In 2013, the organization raised more than $22 million to help fund these nonprofit agencies’ programs.

If you’re interested in finding ways to volunteer for these organizations, check out the United Way’s Volunteer Center.

The United Way has been serving the community for more than 90 years, and the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber is proud that it had a role in its creation decades ago.

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Help those in need keep warm

As we launch into full winter mode here in OKC, there are plenty of people who will need coats and other gear to keep warm. Here are some ways to help:

  • The Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS) district already has distributed more than 5,000 new coats to children in need through a partnership with the national nonprofit organization Operation Warm. The organization accepts monetary donations, and then OKCPS buys the new coats to distribute to students in need this winter. Although OKCPS is wrapping up the campaign for funds that began this summer, it is still accepting donations to help and still identifying students’ needs. To donate, send a check or money order with the words “OKCPS Coat-A-Kid project” in the memo to Operation Warm, P.O. Box 822431, Philadelphia, PA 19182-2431 or donate online.
  • For more than 30 years, those in need have been able to “shop” for Christmas gifts and other supplies and clothing in a department store setting where all the merchandise is free. Although it started out as a seasonal nonprofit organization, The Christmas Connection has developed into a service agency that provides support throughout the year through five programs: Christmas Shopping Days, School Connections, Crisis Relief, Senior Shopping Days and General Shopping for basic needs. It only takes $20 to give a child a winter coat. Donate funds online, or donate items by dropping them off at Christmas Connection, Inc., 5728 S May Ave., or at one of four Quik Print locations, 3403 Northwest Expressway, 7206 N Western Ave., 406 NW 23 or 10633 N May Ave.
  •  Infant Crisis Services, Inc., is in need of coats for its littlest clients.
  • Give to Brad Edwards’ Warmth 4 Winter coat drive, which goes to the Salvation Army Central Oklahoma Area Command for distribution. Among other locations in central Oklahoma, you can drop off items in Oklahoma City at KFOR-TV NewsChannel 4, 444 E Britton Road; The Salvation Army – Oklahoma City, 1001 N Pennsylvania;  Earlywine Park YMCA, 11801 S May; and The Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City, 7624 W Reno Ave. , #380.  Also, participating Jersey Mike’s restaurants are giving away Philly Cheese subs to those bringing in a new coat for donation through Dec. 21. Find more information on the Warmth 4 Winter website.
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Things to Do & See: December 2 - December 8, 2014

Tuesday, December 2
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; $12 for nonmembers, $7 for members.
WWE Smackdown; 6:45 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Utica Comets vs. Oklahoma City Barons; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 232-4625; Tickets prices vary.

Wednesday, December 3
Dodger Day; 11 a.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, 2 S. Mickey Mantle; 218-1000.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; $12 for nonmembers, $7 for members.
Myriad Gardens Annual Jingle Mingle; 6 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Members are free and admission is $20 for non-members.

Thursday, December 4
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; $12 for nonmembers, $7 for members.
Kathy Mattea-Songs of the Season; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Community College, 7777 South May; 682-1611; Ticket prices vary.
UCO Symphony Orchestra; 7:30 p.m.; Mitchell Hall; 974-3375; $10 for adults.

Friday, December 5
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 11 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; $12 for nonmembers, $7 for members.
First Friday Gallery Walk; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; 525-2688; Event is free to attend.
Family Night with the Birds; 6:15 p.m.; Museum of Osteology, 10301 S. Sunnylane; 814-0006; $20 for children and $10 for adults.
Justin Timberlake; 8 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, December 6
Devon Saturdays with Santa; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Crystal Bridge; 445-7080.
Deck the Halls at the Oklahoma History Center; 10 a.m.; Oklahoma History Center, 800 Nazih Zuhdi Dr.; 521-2491; The event is free with museum admission. 
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; $12 for nonmembers, $7 for members.
Drop-In Art: Word Art; 1 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Included in museum admission.

Sunday, December 7
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; $12 for nonmembers, $7 for members.
Children’s Book Fair; 2 p.m.; Full Circle Books, 50 Penn Pl.; 842-2900; Event is free.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra; 3 and 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, December 8
OKC125; All day; Downtown OKC Underground; 990-2448; Admission is free.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; $12 for nonmembers, $7 for members.

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Tuesday, November 25, 2014

The most wonderful time of the year

The holidays are quickly approaching and there’s no better place to get in the holiday spirit than downtown Oklahoma City. Whether you love the twinkle of holiday lights, meeting Santa, the thrill of finding the perfect one-of-a-kind gift or getting your sweat on, Downtown in December offers an activity for everyone.

The official kickoff of the holiday season takes place during the Tree Lighting Festival from 5 to 7 p.m. this Friday when Mayor Mick Cornett lights the Christmas tree for the season. Local musicians will provide live entertainment and guests can feast on popcorn and cookies, courtesy of Nonna's Euro-American Ristorante. Little tikes will even be able to meet the jolly big guy himself and have works of art painted on their adorable faces. Festivities also include the Holiday River Parade as boats of all shapes and sizes adorned with holiday lights float along the Oklahoma River.

Enjoy the lights of the season throughout Oklahoma City. More than 4 million lights will adorn an eight-block area around the campus of Chesapeake Energy Corp. at NW 63rd Street and Western Avenue. The historic buildings of Automobile Alley offer an unforgettable experience as more than 180,000 colorful lights drape structures. A stroll down the Bricktown Canal offers a festive atmosphere for dining, shopping and enjoying time with family and friends. During the holiday season, water taxi rides are free each Thursday through Sunday.

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Retail therapy

Looking for a one-of-a-kind gift? Downtown in December offers a plethora of opportunities for retail therapy. The Deluxe Winter Market in Leadership square will feature more than 60 vendors with local and handmade goods, crafts, home decor, art, food and other specialty items.

More than 30 Oklahoma-owned shops and an urban Christmas tree will be showcased at the holiday pop-up shops in Midtown. Shops rotate weekly through a set of geodesic domes at NW 10th and Harvey, next to Bleu Garten. The holiday shopping village is open each weekend, beginning this Friday.

The Winter Shoppes at Myriad Botanical Gardens offer a complete family experience including on-site ice skating, a selection of boutique-style vendors and the breathtaking views of the gardens and Crystal Bridge. You can even enjoy a carousel ride while you’re here. The Myriad Botanical Gardens is hosting a variety of holiday-related events from scavenger hunts to wrapping parties.

Of course, Oklahoma City offers shopping options that are incredibly diverse. From high-end shops at 50 Penn Place, Penn Square Mall, Quail Springs Mall or Classen Curve to funky local shops on Western Avenue or in the Plaza District, OKC offers more than you might imagine. Check out a listing of local retailers here.

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In search of Santa

Santa is calling in reinforcements as he visits Oklahoma City this year. From the Grinch and Cindy Lou Who to the Gingerbread Man and even live reindeer Sven and Idina, Saturdays with Santa is sure to be a memorable experience for the youngsters.

  • Bass Pro Shop will have free photos with Santa, free crafts for kids, games and activities to celebrate the season.  Photos with Santa are available weekdays, 3-8 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays, noon to 5 p.m.
  • Breakfast with Santa at Whole Foods features a tasty morning treat! Grab the kids, bring your camera and enjoy free pancakes with Santa. 9-11 a.m.

Keep an eye out for Santa as he tours downtown events and delivers goodies for both kids and kids-at-heart alike this holiday season. Follow @downtownokcinc on Twitter to learn when and where Santa will be.

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A need for speed

One of our favorite holiday traditions is cruising down one of the country’s largest manmade snow-tubing slopes at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Seriously, where else can you snow tube when it's 50 degrees? No matter the weather, sledders of all ages can enjoy the slopes with a separate slide and smaller snow tubes available for the tikes.

If you require more of the type of speed furnished by your own two legs, prance through the streets and explore downtown Oklahoma City as part of the annual Santa Run. The event includes a 5k race, a 1-mile fun run and a free Santa Claus Kids' Dash. Rumble the Bison and the Thunder Girls will be on hand to get all runners pumped up for the event. Or for thrill seekers, check out Little Willie’s Triple Dog Dare which challenges participants to race 138 flights of stairs through the north and south towers of Leadership Square and the Oklahoma Tower. The 138-floor race is open to people of all ages and there’s even a Firefighters Division – racing in full gear of course!

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A work of art

There are plenty of indoor activities to get you in the holiday spirit as well. Check out the following family-friendly performances throughout the season.

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Stay in the know on all things OKC…

If you’re an area communications professional and you would like to know more about what’s happening throughout the city, attend the quarterly meeting of the OKC News Bureau. The group will meet at 4:30 p.m. Dec. 1 at Von Maur in Quail Springs Mall. To RSVP, contact Carrie Snodgrass, csnodgrass@okcchamber.com or 297-8971.

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