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Tuesday, February 25, 2014

It Floats Our Boat if You Vote

In one week, Oklahoma City citizens will go to the polls to elect a mayor to lead our city for the next four years. We’ve told you about all the great things that Oklahoma City has accomplished in recent years. It takes a mayor with a vision to keep us on the path to even further greatness.

Here’s a little voting FAQ to help you understand the ins-and-outs before you head to the polls next week.

Voting FAQ

  1. Where do I vote?

    Polling locations vary, but are in the vicinity of where you are registered. Click here to find your polling place.

  2. Can I vote early?

    Yes. Early voting is available at your county election board on Thursday, Feb. 27, and Friday, Feb. 28, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Find out more here

  3. Can I vote if I do not live in Oklahoma City?

    Maybe. Even if you have a mailing address in Yukon, Edmond or other communities, you may actually live in Oklahoma City and could be eligible to vote in the election! If you pay your trash bill to the City of Oklahoma City, signs point toward YES!

  4. I’m still not sure if I can vote in this election. Is there someone I can call?

    Yes. Call your local county election board:

    • Canadian County 405-422-2422
    • Cleveland County 405-366-0210
    • Oklahoma County 405-713-1515
    • Pottawatomie County 405-273-8376

  5. Can I still register to vote?

    Not for this election. The last day to register for the 2014 Oklahoma City Mayoral Election was Friday, Feb. 7.

Last, but certainly not least, vote on March 4!

community, government
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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GOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAAL

If you’re a fan of futbol (that’s soccer for you Americans), then you’ve come to the right place. Not only is OKC now home to its very own USL Pro soccer team, OKC Energy, but we’re an all-around very soccer-enthusiastic community.

Don’t miss the start of the OKC Energy’s first season in OKC. The first home game is Saturday, April 26 at 7 p.m. Get your tickets now.

Help your little one get in the game by signing them up for the Oklahoma City Parks Department’s 2014 Spring Youth Soccer Leagues. Registration ends March 7 and the season starts on April 12. Download a registration brochure.

family-friendly, live sporting events, OKC Energy, outdoor recreation, soccer, youth sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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A Little Art History

We’ve talked your ear off when it comes to MAPS, but can you really blame us? It took OKC from so-so to so awesome in just two decades.

Now you can experience MAPS in a whole new way with the “MAPS 20th Anniversary Artist Projects” at IAO Gallery in historic Film Row. This exhibition features the work of six artists to help tell the city’s transformational story. It’s free which is awesome. And you’ve got a couple weeks to make sure you stop by. The exhibit will be up through March 15.

Read more about historic Film Row here.

[Photo from ULI Oklahoma]

arts and culture, Film Row, free, MAPS
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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125 Years and Counting

We’ve mentioned before that this year is OKC’s 125th birthday. This city has come a long way since the Land Run of 1889, but it didn’t get there on its own. The city has had 35 mayors to help guide it along the way.

Here are five facts we’re pretty certain you didn’t know about some of Oklahoma City’s previous mayors.

  1. The city’s first mayor, William L. Couch, served the city from April 27, 1889 (that’s just five days after the Land Run) until Nov. 11, 1889. Not long after resigning from office, Couch was in a dispute over a claim to his homestead which culminated in a duel. Couch died from gunshot wounds on April 21, 1890 – just one day before the first anniversary of the Land Run.
  2. While Oklahoma City was built in a day, its infrastructure was most certainly not. During Mayor Lee Van Winkle’s (1899-1901; 1903-1905) second term, the city’s engineering, auditing and accounting departments were created and he secured $2 million to pave city streets.
  3. Mayor Edward Overholser (1915-1918) was mayor during a serious water-supply crisis which led to the creation of Oklahoma City’s first municipal reservoir – Lake Overholser.
  4. Mayor James H. Norick (1959-1963; 1967-1971) was the first Oklahoma City mayor to actually be born in Oklahoma City. He was also a big supporter of sporting events in Oklahoma City and promoted the city’s first Central Hockey League franchise.
  5. Mayor Patience Latting (1971-1983) was not only the first woman to be elected mayor of Oklahoma City, but she was also the first woman to be elected mayor of an American city with a population exceeding 350,000.

Read more about Oklahoma City’s mayors here.  

government, history, Oklahoma City history
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: February 25 - March 3, 2014

Tuesday, February 25
Art Moves presented by Devon; noon; The Underground, downtown; 270-4848; Admission is free
Yoga with Alexis Persico; 5:45 - 6:45 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Water Plaza Room, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers

Wednesday, February 26
Bringing Books to Life; 10 - 11 a.m.; Myriad Gardens, South Lobby, Crystal Bridge, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; Admission is free; Best for ages 2-5
Art Moves presented by Devon; noon; First National Center, 120 N. Robinson; 270-4848; Admission is free
Wednesday Night at the Movies; 6 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.; 231-8650; Admission is free; Recommended for ages 13+
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Cleveland Cavaliers; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

Thursday, February 27
Art Moves presented by Devon; noon; Leadership Square,211 N Robinson; 270-4848; Admission is free
Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series: Deceptive Orchids; noon - 1 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Terrace Room, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; Admission is free

Friday, February 28
Organic Oklahoma; 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.; OSU-OKC Agriculture Technology Building, 900 North Portland Avenue; 918-623-0658; Registration is $50 and includes food and educational materials
Orchid Show at the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory; 9 a.m.  5 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; Admission prices vary
Art Moves presented by Devon; 11:30 a.m.; Devon Tower, 333 W Sheridan; 270-4848; Admission is free
Oklahoma City Spring Remodel & Landscape Show; 2 - 8 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Admission is $3
Oklahoma City Barons vs. Rockford Icehogs; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

Saturday, March 1
Organic Oklahoma; 8:15 a.m. - noon; OSU-OKC Agriculture Technology Building, 900 North Portland Avenue; 918-623-0658; Registration is $50 and includes food and educational materials
Orchid Show at the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory; 9 a.m.  5 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; Admission prices vary
Seed Starting Workshop; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; Myriad Gardens, Terrace Room, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; $15 for members, $20 for non-members
Oklahoma City Spring Remodel & Landscape Show; 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Admission is $3
Drop-In Art: Mardi Gras Masks; 1 - 4 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr; 236-3100; Free with paid museum admission
Oklahoma City Barons vs. Rockford Icehogs; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary

Sunday, March 2
Orchid Show at the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory; 11 a.m.  5 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; Admission prices vary
Oklahoma City Spring Remodel & Landscape Show; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Admission is $3
Oklahoma City Barons vs. San Antonio Rampage; 4 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Charlotte Bobcats; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

Monday, March 3
Orchid Show at the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory; 9 a.m.  5 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; Admission prices vary

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

The Fast and the Fanatical

Feeling a need? A need for speed? Want to get in some heel-and-toe action and clip the apex as you take plenty of exit speed out of the corner and overtake your opponent on the straight? If so, you’re not alone, motorsport enthusiast.

Luckily, here in OKC you have plenty of places to put your right foot on the floor and fulfill that urge—in a go-kart. Go on, release that inner Jackie Stewart! After all, they’re called “go-karts,” not “don’t go-karts.” Strap on the helmet, throw it in “top gear” and take the ideal line to some of OKC’s finest racing establishments.

Andy Alligator’s Fun Park
Celebration Station
Gattitown
Oklahoma Motorsports Complex / Champion Kart Racing
Pole Position Raceway

cars, family-friendly, kids
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Auto Alley: Required Reconnoitering

One of our city’s awesome districts worth seeking out, Automobile Alley, is easily accessible. Located downtown and just north of the central business district, it sports enough retail, dining, coffee and arts establishments to “drive” you to a new state of urban bliss. Contrary to the name, you don’t have to take a car, truck or an Explorer to explore this neon-lit, flourishing part of our city’s past, present and future.

Why is it called Automobile Alley? As you cruise past the brick storefonts and concrete- and stone-cast architecture you might notice signs reading “Buick,” “Vesper,” “Pontiac,” “Hudson,” and more. That’s because in the teens and 20s, this was home to more than 50 of OKC’s first “horseless carriage” dealerships, as well as other car service companies. (Luxury makes and Smart cars are still sold in the area today.) Pretty cool, eh?

And as if we haven’t piqued your curiosity enough, we’ve got a great feature in our VeloCity e-magazine on the district. Check it out, then put your right foot on the floor and head down to Auto Alley!

Automobile Alley, downtown, Oklahoma City history, restaurants, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Drag Yourself Down to the Drag Races

Are you thirstier than the V-12 in a Lambo or an Aston for some hot auto action? Then head on down to Thunder Valley, located in Noble – just south of Norman. Not only can you spectate, you can also turn your visit into an audience participation moment at the park’s Open Test ‘n Tune. A full schedule of racing is now underway at this National Hot Rod Association-sanctioned facility, so get on down to the strip!

Thunder Valley Raceway in Noble

[Photo courtesy of Thunder Valley Raceway]

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Easy There, Hot Rod

Calling all gearheads! If you just can’t get enough of the cars and car-related, you’re in luck. OKC can appease your auto appetite at a number of car shows throughout the year (we really do have enough to choke a camel). Here’s just a sample:

Leake Classic Car Sale and Auction
Feb. 21 and 22, State Fair Park
http://www.leakecar.com/

Southwest Street Rod Nationals
April 11-13, State Fair Park
http://www.okstatefair.com/content/southwest-street-rod-nationals

Norman All-Transportation Swap Meet
March 13-15, Cleveland County Fairgrounds
http://www.normanswapmeet.com/

Bethany 66 Festival
May 23 – Cars, trucks, and motorcycles will cruise starting at 6:30
http://www.bethany66.com

[Image courtesy of the National Street Rod Association]

cars, family-friendly, festivals
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: February 18 - February 24, 2014

Tuesday, February 18
Art Moves presented by Devon; noon; Chase Tower, 100 N Broadway; 270-4848; Admission is free
Yoga with Alexis Persico; 5:45 - 6:45 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Water Plaza Room, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers

Wednesday, February 19
Bringing Books to Life; 10 - 11 a.m.; Myriad Gardens, South Lobby, Crystal Bridge, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; Admission is free; Best for ages 2-5
Flower Parts; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; Myriad Gardens, Terrace Room, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; $10 for members, $12 for non-members
Art Moves presented by Devon; noon; First National Center, 120 N. Robinson; 270-4848; Admission is free
Open House for Santa Fe Station; 1 - 3 p.m.; Santa Fe Station, 100 S. EK Gaylord; 297-2500; Admission is free

Thursday, February 20
Art Moves presented by Devon; noon; City Rescue Mission, 800 W California; 270-4848; Admission is free
Auto Alley Shop Hop; 6 - 9 p.m.; Automobile Alley, Broadway Avenue between Northwest 4th and 10th Streets; Admission is free
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Miami Heat; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

Friday, February 21
Art Moves presented by Devon; noon; Oklahoma Tower, 210 Park Ave.; 270-4848; Admission is free
Premiere on Film Row; 6 - 9 p.m.; Historic Film Row, 700 W. Sheridan; Admission is free

Saturday, February 22
Bart & Nadia Sports Experience; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 475-3156; Admission is free
Friends of the Metropolitan Library System Annual Book Sale; 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; State Fair Park, Oklahoma Expo Hall, 3001 General Pershing; Admission is free
Let’s Talk Turf; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; Myriad Gardens, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; $10 for members, $15 for non-members
RIVERSPORT RUNderground; Registration open from 10 a.m. - noon; Race starts at 12:30 p.m.; Start location: Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; Pre-registration is $25; On-site registration is $30
Drop-In Art: Recycled Paper Collage; 1 - 4 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr; 236-3100; Free with paid museum admission

Sunday, February 23
Friends of the Metropolitan Library System Annual Book Sale; 9 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.; State Fair Park, Oklahoma Expo Hall, 3001 General Pershing; Admission is free
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. LA Clippers; noon; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

Monday, February 24
OKC Zoo Free Admission Monday; all day; Oklahoma City Zoo, 2101 NE 50 St; 424-3344
Art Moves presented by Devon; noon; Leadership Square, 211 N Robinson; 270-4848; Admission is free
LEGO Club; 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.; 231-8650; Admission is free; Recommended for ages 6-12

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 11, 2014

LOVE to the heart, through the stomach

Is the way to your Valentine’s heart through their stomach? Dinner at one of Oklahoma City’s finest, Red PrimeSteak in downtown OKC or Ranch Steakhouse on Britton Road, would most definitely suffice. The 2014 Oklahoma City Visitors Guide also includes some excellent fine dining options that are sure to impress.

But, for showcasing your culinary skills at home, grab your favorite recipe and try cooking. Not sure where to get your ingredients? We suggest you check out one of these Greater OKC grocers. Finish with a delicious dessert and a toast to the night with bubbly from Byron’s Liquor Warehouse.

Red PrimeSteak - 504 N. Broadway Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102, redprimesteak.com
Ranch Steakhouse - 3000 W. Britton Rd, Oklahoma City, OK 73120, ranchsteakhouse.com
Byron’s Liquor Warehouse - 2322 N. Broadway Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73103, byronsliquor.com

Find even more great restaurant suggestions here and here.

food, nightlife, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Bejeweled Gestures

Giving the gift of fine jewelry isn’t cliché if you do it well: A sterling silver filigree necklace for her or David Yurman cuff links for him. Maybe a classic timepiece for both?

Oklahoma City has a number of great local jewelry stores filled with helpful staff to help you make a selection. No matter which store you choose, you’re sure to find a very special gift that will make Cupid proud.

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But, if this is a year to skip the diamonds, one local jeweler is making it easy for you to share a memory (maybe one that included a special ring) with their “OKC is for Lovers” Project. Mark their interactive map with places around the world that have significance for you and your love… the location of a first date, marriage proposal, wedding, anniversary or moment that simply made you happy.

[Images courtesy of Naifeh Fine Jewelry, Samuel Gordon Jewelers, BC Clark Jewelers

shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Think Outside the Heart-Shaped Box

Valentine’s Day isn’t all chocolates, jewelry and flowers. Functional, everyday gifts can be just as thoughtful as the traditional gestures. Here’s just a sampling of ideas.

Eyewear may be a necessity for some, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be a treat. Frames by Mykita or Thom Browne or Garrett Leight are no ordinary purchase. Package them with a Makr Black Optical leather sleeve to keep your specs in good condition for many a Valentine’s Days to come.

You and your Valentine can coast the Downtown streets or pedal one of OKC’s bike trails on a set of bikes from Schlegel Bicycles. No experience is needed to enjoy a bike from Schlegel; their staff will help you pick one for your style and experience level.

Down the street from Schlegel, Plenty Mercantile offers a variety of thoughtful artisan gifts. Their quirky little hardware keychain pictured above lets someone know that you’re nuts about them. Plenty’s selection of lovely greeting cards will help you find a clever way to say Happy Valentine’s Day too.

Schlegel Bicycles - 900 N Broadway Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102, schlegelbicycles.com
Plenty Mercantile - 807 N Broadway Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73102, plentymercantile.com
Black Optical - 5820 N Classen Blvd #2, Oklahoma City, OK 73118,
blackoptical.com

shopping, cycling, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Show Your Sweetie Some Love

clientuploads/blog/TrochtasFlowers.pngFLOWERS: Though love languages differ throughout the year, it seems that everyone needs a little gift receiving on Valentine’s Day. Sticking to the classics, flowers and sweets, never goes out of style. Trochta’s has an environment to put you in the flower-gifting mood. Inside their greenhouse and shop spaces, the choices are endless. As an alternative to roses, orchids and tulips are beautiful and Trochta’s has vibrant varieties to choose from. Or, show your originality with a pot of succulents.

CUPCAKES: Cuppies & Joe hosts a warm and cozy environment to share a cupcake (or two!) with your special someone. Donnie Darko (pictured above) satisfies any chocolate craving.

CANDY: For retro and classic candy brands, visit Bricktown Candy Company. Grab a scoop of gelato while you stroll along the Bricktown Canal… hand-in-hand.

Trochta’s Flowers - 6700 Broadway Ext, Oklahoma City, OK 73116, trochtasflowers.com
Cuppies & Joe - 727 NW 23rd St, Oklahoma City, OK 73103, cuppiesandjoe.com
Bricktown Candy Company - Suite 100, 100 E California Ave, Oklahoma City, OK 73104, bricktowncandy.com

Check out other greater Greater OKC florists, bakeries and candy stores.

shopping, food, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Request for Proposals

Heads up, you unsuspecting but head-over-heels guys and gals! If your valentine has you headed to one of the following locations, make sure to do your hair in your finest tears-of-joy fashion and put on your best threads. Why? You may be in for the type of surprise that includes a bended knee. These spots have been identified by our love doctors as a few of the most intriguing places to pop the question in town. So go ahead, say yes to the request and make St. Valentine proud.

The Myriad Gardens and Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory includes 17 acres of natural loveliness as well as a 224-foot long circular jungle with palm trees, exotic plantings, crashing waterfalls and nightly LED shows just perfect for a ring and prayer. Located at 301 West Reno, the Crystal Bridge is open Monday through Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., while the outside gardens are open daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Lake Hefner is another lovely urban oasis where gents are prone to find themselves on bended knee in front of their lady love. If you notice your beau taking your “spur-of-the-moment” leisurely stroll over near the lighthouse on the east side of the lake, you might find yourself wishing you’d gotten that last-minute manicure. (Maybe go ahead and schedule one anyways.)

Oklahoma sunsets are (we think) some of the very best the world has to offer. So don’t be surprised if your valentine wants to stop by the SkyDance Bridge to take it in. The backdrop of a bright downtown shining off the disappearing sun will take your breath away … as will the ring he places on your finger.

parks, downtown, Myriad Botanical Gardens
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Things to Do & See: February 11 - February 16, 2014

Tuesday, February 11
Devon Ice Rink open; 3 - 9 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Seasonal Plaza, 113 S. Robinson; 708-6499; Admission is $10 per person (includes skates) or $7 for guests who bring their own skates
Yoga with Alexis Persico; 5:45 - 6:45 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Water Plaza Room, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers

Wednesday, February 12
Prairie Classic Quarter Horse Show; 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing; 354-0214
Bringing Books to Life with Guest Speaker Chase Thomason, KFOR; 10 - 11 a.m.; Myriad Gardens, South Lobby, Crystal Bridge, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; Admission is free; Best for ages 2-5
Devon Ice Rink open; 3 - 9 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Seasonal Plaza, 113 S. Robinson; 708-6499; Admission is $10 per person (includes skates) or $7 for guests who bring their own skates
Wednesday Night at the Movies; 6 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.; 231-8650; Admission is free; Recommended for ages 13+

Thursday, February 13
Prairie Classic Quarter Horse Show; 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing; 354-0214
Noon Tunes: Traditional Jazz Project Trio; noon - 1 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.; 231-8650; Admission is free
Early Season Veggies; 1:30 - 3 p.m.; Midwest City Library, 8142 E. Reno, Midwest City; 947-4421; No registration required
Devon Ice Rink open; 3 - 9 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Seasonal Plaza, 113 S. Robinson; 708-6499; Admission is $10 per person (includes skates) or $7 for guests who bring their own skates
Urban Neighbors Downtown Social; 5:30 - 7 p.m.; Hilton Garden Inn Bricktown, 328 E. Sheridan

Friday, February 14
Prairie Classic Quarter Horse Show; 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing; 354-0214
Devon Ice Rink open; 3 - 11 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Seasonal Plaza, 113 S. Robinson; 708-6499; Admission is $10 per person (includes skates) or $7 for guests who bring their own skates
Oklahoma City Barons vs. Lake Erie Monsters; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary
LOVE on the Plaza; 7 - 11 p.m.; Plaza District, Northwest 16 Street between Pennsylvania and Classen; 367-9403; Admission is free

Saturday, February 15
Prairie Classic Quarter Horse Show; 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing; 354-0214
Gorgeous Gourdhouses; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; Myriad Gardens, Terrace Room, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; $12 for members, $15 for non-members; Best for ages 6-11
Devon Ice Rink open; 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Seasonal Plaza, 113 S. Robinson; 708-6499; Admission is $10 per person (includes skates) or $7 for guests who bring their own skates
Drop-In Art: Presidential Silhouettes; 1 - 4 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr; 236-3100; Free with paid museum admission
Oklahoma City Barons vs. Lake Erie Monsters; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary

Sunday, February 16
Prairie Classic Quarter Horse Show; 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing; 354-0214
Devon Ice Rink open; 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Seasonal Plaza, 113 S. Robinson; 708-6499; Admission is $10 per person (includes skates) or $7 for guests who bring their own skates

 

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Spring Breakers

Have memories from recent snow days left you dreading the two-week terror known (to parents) as Spring Break? Never fear, spring break camps are here!

It is not too early to think about how you can occupy your little tike’s time (and save your sanity) this March. Whether your darling is interested in sports, science or the arts, one of Oklahoma City’s organizations is prepared to show your kids a good, educational time—no matter their age!

Tikes (Ages 4-7)

  • LEGO Robotics Basic, TechJOYnt | March 10-13 | Enroll.
  • Knights and Princesses, Oklahoma Contemporary | March 10-14 | Enroll.
  • Fit & Fun Camp, INTEGRIS Baptist | March 10-14 and 17-21 | Contact camp coordinator.
  • Spring Break Art Camp, Oklahoma City Museum of Art | March 11-14 and 18-21 | Enroll.
  • Spring into Nature, Oklahoma Contemporary| March 17-21 | Enroll.
  • Day Camps, Oklahoma City Zoo | daily from March 18-21 | Enroll.
  • Thunder Youth Basketball Camp, Thunder Community Events Center | March 19-21 | Enroll.

 

Tweens (Ages 8-12)

  • Flying High!, Oklahoma Contemporary| March 10-14 | Enroll.
  • Webster Abstraction, Oklahoma Contemporary | March 10-14 | Enroll.
  • Spring Adventure Camp, Boathouse District | March 10-14 and 17-21 | 552-4040.
  • Fit & Fun Camp, INTEGRIS Baptist | March 10-14 and 17-21 | Contact camp coordinator.
  • Stop Motion Animation Camp, Oklahoma City Museum of Art | March 11-14 | Enroll.
  • Soccer Spring Break Camp, Soccer City | March 17-20 | 748-3888.
  • Rock Climbing Spring Break Camp, Rocktown Climbing Gym | March 17-20 | 319-1400.
  • Primitive Masks and Totems, Oklahoma Contemporary | March 17-21 | Enroll.
  • Elemental Hip Hop, Oklahoma Contemporary | March 17-21 | Enroll.
  • Day Camps, Oklahoma City Zoo | daily from March 18-21 | Enroll.
  • Beautiful Black and Whites Art Camp, Oklahoma City Museum of Art | March 18-21 | Enroll.
  • Thunder Youth Basketball Camp, Thunder Community Events Center | March 19-21 | Enroll.

 

Teens (Ages 13+)

  • Spring Adventure Camp, Boathouse District | March 10-14 and 17-21 | 552-4040.
  • Soccer Spring Break Camp, Soccer City | March 17-20 | 748-3888.
  • Rock Climbing Spring Break Camp, Rocktown Climbing Gym | March 17-20 | 319-1400.
  • Thunder Youth Basketball Camp, Thunder Community Events Center | March 19-21 | Enroll.

[Photos courtesy of techJOYnt, Oklahoma Contemporary]

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A Stamp for a Sticker

You’re new to OKC and we’re so glad you’re here. Now that you’re calling this grand place home, it’s time that you get involved in who runs the world (well, OKC). We think that the first election in your new hometown is a big deal. So why not do it right by voting in the Oklahoma City mayoral election on Tuesday, March 4.

“March?!” you say. “That’s like a month away!” Touché. However, registering to vote takes a little bit of time and less energy. You gotta have that bad boy known as a voter registration form in the mail 24 days before the election if you want to be able to go to the polls and cast your vote. So download a form. Fill it out. Pop a stamp on it and send it back. Easy peasy.

Are you asking, “Can I register to vote?”
Easy. Are you:

  • at least 18 years old
  • a United States citizen
  • a resident of Oklahoma City

Then you can probably register to vote in the mayoral election on March 4! See the Oklahoma State Election Board's "Voter Registration in Oklahoma Page" for complete Oklahoma eligibility info.

Want to vote in the Oklahoma City mayoral election, but not sure if you can?
Even if you have a mailing address in Yukon, Edmond or other communities, you may actually live in Oklahoma City and could be eligible to vote in the election!

If the following applies to you, signs point toward YES!

  • You pay your trash bill to the City of Oklahoma City.

Still not sure? Call your local county election board:

  • Canadian County 405-422-2422
  • Cleveland County 405-366-0210
  • Oklahoma County 405-713-1515
  • Pottawatomie County 405-273-8376
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Stop. Trolley Time

We are super excited about the modern streetcar/transit system that is coming to OKC thanks to MAPS 3. But it’s not the first time that rail-based transit has graced Oklahoma City’s streets. When housing districts were developed between Northwest 10th and Northwest 23rd Streets in the early 1900s, the new houses were too far for most people to walk to work. The need for an efficient public transportation system was apparent.

In 1902, Anton Classen, Charles Colcord, Henry Overholser and John Shartel (the namesakes of a street, hotel, lake and street, respectively) obtained a franchise for a streetcar system with two lines that helped Oklahoma City’s industrious business people get to and from work daily. As Oklahoma City’s population boomed, the system extended to include recreation destinations, including State Fair Park, Delmar Gardens and Wheeler Park. By 1906, nearly four million riders had utilized the system. Read more about the history of OKC’s transit system.

Oklahoma City history, history, MAPS
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Things to Do & See: February 4 - February 10, 2014

Tuesday, February 4
Devon Ice Rink open; 3 - 9 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Seasonal Plaza, 113 S. Robinson; 708-6499; Admission is $10 per person (includes skates) or $7 for guests who bring their own skates
Yoga with Alexis Persico; 5:45 - 6:45 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Water Plaza Room, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; $5 for members, $10 for nonmembers

Wednesday, February 5
Bringing Books to Life ; 10 - 11 a.m.; Myriad Gardens, South Lobby, Crystal Bridge, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; Admission is free; Best for ages 2-5
Devon Ice Rink open; 3 - 9 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Seasonal Plaza, 113 S. Robinson; 708-6499; Admission is $10 per person (includes skates) or $7 for guests who bring their own skates
Wednesday Night at the Movies; 6 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.; 231-8650; Admission is free; Recommended for ages 13+
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Minnesota Timberwolves; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

Thursday, February 6
Wiggly, Wonderful Worms for the Garden; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; Myriad Gardens, Terrace Room, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; $8 for members, $10 for non-members
Noon Tunes: Ali Harter; noon - 1 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.; 231-8650; Admission is free
Early Season Vegetable Seminar; 1:30 - 3 p.m.; OSU-OKC, 900 N. Portland; 947-4421
Devon Ice Rink open; 3 - 9 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Seasonal Plaza, 113 S. Robinson; 708-6499; Admission is $10 per person (includes skates) or $7 for guests who bring their own skates

Friday, February 7
An Affair of the Heart; 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing; 632-2652; Admission is $7 per person
Devon Ice Rink open; 3 - 11 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Seasonal Plaza, 113 S. Robinson; 708-6499; Admission is $10 per person (includes skates) or $7 for guests who bring their own skates
First Friday Gallery Walk; 6 - 10 p.m.; Paseo Arts District, 3022 Paseo; 525-2688; Admission is free

Saturday, February 8
An Affair of the Heart; 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing; 632-2652; Admission is $7 per person
Houseplant Propagation Workshop; 10 - 11:30 a.m.; Myriad Gardens, Terrace Room, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; $15 for members, $20 for non-members
Devon Ice Rink open; 11 a.m. - 11 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Seasonal Plaza, 113 S. Robinson; 708-6499; Admission is $10 per person (includes skates) or $7 for guests who bring their own skates
First Friday (Saturday) Gallery Walk; noon - 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District, 3022 Paseo; 525-2688; Admission is free
Drop-In Art: Valentine Card Making; 1 - 4 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr; 236-3100; Free with paid museum admission

Sunday, February 9
An Affair of the Heart; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing; 632-2652; Admission is $7 per person
Devon Ice Rink open; 11 a.m. - 7 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Seasonal Plaza, 113 S. Robinson; 708-6499; Admission is $10 per person (includes skates) or $7 for guests who bring their own skates
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New York Knicks; noon; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

Monday, February 10
Devon Ice Rink open; 3 - 9 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Seasonal Plaza, 113 S. Robinson; 708-6499; Admission is $10 per person (includes skates) or $7 for guests who bring their own skates

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