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Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Y Not?

Looking for a yoga class? Ready to find out what Zumba is all about? Want to go jogging without having to deal with the elements? Been thinking about getting on the boot camp train? With multiple branches and nearly 20 program sites throughout the metro, the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City is your best bet for all things health and fitness. But there’s much more to the Y, from healthy living challenges for adults to a spectrum of sports for children. For membership info and more, check out the agency’s website at http://www.ymcaokc.org.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Pedal Power

Show off your green side by leaving your parking and traffic worries behind and hopping on a two-wheeled, man-powered, moving machine (aka a bicycle). Still have no clue what we’re talking about? SPOKIES! Spokies is OKC’s official bike share program. You can check out a bike seven days a week between 6 a.m. and 11 p.m., from any of seven kiosks located around downtown. And as an extra special gift to you during Earth Month (April), Spokies is giving away free memberships. Whoa, Nelly! That is awesome. So save your green and be greener by hopping on a Spokie and taking a spin around downtown.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Free for All

Who doesn’t enjoy some playtime? Even if you’re a grown-up, there are plenty of ways to recreate here in Greater Oklahoma City. And if you find yourself pinching pennies, that’s A-OK because we’re about to lay down some FREE-as-can-be options for you.

Mat Hoffman Action Sports Park
Ranked in the top 10 skateparks in the U.S., the action park is divided into two areas – a flow course with bowl combinations and a street course with ledges and handrails.

City Parks
Did you know that there are more than 100 public parks are located across the city? True story. Check one (or many) out.

Downtown Community Basketball Court
Located on the southwest corner of Hudson Avenue and Reno Avenue in Downtown, the court is open to the public daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Disc Golf
FORE! Head over to one of three disc golf parks in Oklahoma City and play 18 holes of flying fun.

Mountain Biking & Hiking Trails
Are you a biking and hiking enthusiast? The Bluff Creek Trail is a single loop of more than 2.5 miles with tight turns around trees and some moderately difficult terrain. The Lake Stanley Draper Trail has three connecting loops that can be ridden consecutively for a distance of 12 miles, with three color-coded loops that vary in difficulty.

Walking Paths
In the mood for a stroll? Get moving on one of the many trails and walking paths around town.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Expert Advice

Still not sure how to fill your free time and keep your commitment to being healthy? Our friends over at Downtown OKC can help! They have a health and fitness itinerary to spur your decision-making. Check it (and their other great itineraries) out!

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History Lesson: OMRF

Way back when . . . In 1944, the University of Oklahoma Medical School Alumni Association studied the possibility of creating a research facility in Oklahoma. Just two years later, the articles of incorporation for the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF) were signed, and the following year, Oklahoma Governor Roy J. Turner launched a drive throughout the state’s 77 counties to raise more than $2 million to build laboratories and a research hospital. On Dec. 17, 1950, the OMRF research building was opened. Not long after, the organization received its first grant from the American Cancer Society for $30,000.

These days . . . OMRF is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected nonprofit biomedical research institutes. The organization employs more than 500 people from around the world and annually secures more than $30 million in competitive grants – ranking it in the top 15 of the Association of Independent Research Institutes.

In 2011, OMRF moved into a new eight-story, $70-million, 186,000-square-foot research facility which houses dozens of new labs, the Samuel Roberts Noble Cardiovascular Institute and the OMRF Multiple Sclerosis Center of Excellence. But the organization’s years of work is more than a fancy facility. Since its inception, OMRF and its labs have produced three FDA-approved drugs, more than 600 U.S. and international patents and several biotechnology spin-off companies.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: March 25 - March 31, 2014

Tuesday, March 25
Tell Me a Story: Play & Learn; 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.; Capitol Hill Library, 334 SW 26; 634-6308; Best for Ages 6 and Under, Families
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
Oklahoma City Barons vs. San Antonio Rampage; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket Prices and Availability Vary

Wednesday, March 26
“Science of Rock ‘n’ Roll”; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Science Museum Oklahoma, 2100 NE 52; (800) 532-7652; Admission Prices Vary
Bringing Books to Life; 10 - 11 a.m.; Myriad Gardens, South Lobby, Crystal Bridge, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; Free Admission; Best for Ages 2-5
Orchid in the Crystal Bridge Walking Tour; 11 a.m. -  12 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Crystal Bridge, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; Admission Prices Vary

Thursday, March 27
Oklahoma Farm to Fork Market; 11 a.m. - noon; Heritage College; 7100 S Interstate 35 Service Road; Free to the Public
Hansel & Gretel; 11:30 a.m.; Oklahoma Children’s Theatre, 2501 N Blackwelder; 951-0011; Admission Prices Vary
Brown Bag Lecture Series: South Africa Garden Tour; noon - 1 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 2nd Floor conference room, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; Free Admission
Cherokee Artist for Lecture on Language Preservation; 6 p.m.; UCO, Central’s Liberal Arts Building, Pegasus Theater, 100 North University Drive, Edmond; 974-2000; Free and Open to the Public

Friday, March 28
Friday Films, Family and Fun; 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Southern Oaks Library, 6900 South Walker; 631-4468; Free Admission; All Ages
Friday Gallery Walk; 11 – 11:45 a.m.; National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63rd Street; 478-2250
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Sacramento Kings; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket Prices and Availability Vary

Saturday, March 29
Container Bean Teepees; 10 a.m. - noon; Myriad Gardens, Children’s Garden, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; $19 for Members, $24 for Nonmembers; Best for Ages 6-11
Introduction to Watercolor; 10 a.m. - noon; Edmond Library, 10 S. Boulevard; 341-9282; Ages 16 - Adult
Smile Safari; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Oklahoma City Zoo, Global Plaza, 2101 Northeast 50th St.; 424-3344; Free with Zoo Admission

Sunday, March 30
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Utah Jazz; 2 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket Prices and Availability Vary
Orchid Sale; 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Crystal Bridge, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; Prices Vary
Hansel & Gretel; 2 p.m.; Oklahoma Children’s Theatre, 2501 N Blackwelder; 951-0011; Admission Prices Vary
Oklahoma Farm to Fork Market; 12:30 - 1 p.m.; Prairie Gypsy’s, 411 NW 30th; Free to the Public

Monday, March 31
Tai Chi; 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.; Northwest Library, 5600 NW 122nd St.; 606-3580
“Valery and Friends”: Design Fundraising Concert; 6 p.m.; UCO, NUC Ballrooms, 100 N. University Drive, Edmund; 974-3752; Admission Prices Vary
Woven With a Silent Motto: Drawings 1977-2014; 9 a.m. - 10 p.m.; Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center, 3000 General Pershing; 951-0000; Admission Prices Vary

 

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

Libraries Abound

Reading is pretty important. I mean how else would you be consuming this awesome blog? Luckily here in Oklahoma City we have an amazing library system that allows easy access to your favorite titles so you can keep your brain sharp and your imagination running free.

The Metropolitan Library System serves more than 600,000 people throughout 19 locations in Oklahoma County. To get a card you just have to live in Oklahoma County. The library system is also digital with eBook and music downloading services.

No matter where you live in OKC there is bound to be a library just around the corner waiting for you. Find a library near you.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Buy Your Books Here

In the market to actually purchase your favorite prose so it can sit on your book shelf as a conversation starter? Or maybe you want to be able to lend it to a friend. Perhaps you want it on-hand so you can read it cover-to-cover repeatedly? We’ve also got you covered on where to buy books in OKC.

Located in 50 Penn Place, Full Circle Bookstore is the largest independently owned bookstore in the Sooner State. Full Circle has been open for more than 30 years (in bookstore years that is at least 250 years) and is the go to place if you need to find a book by a local author. The bookstore routinely holds book signings and other special events. Like to curl up with a great cup of coffee while reading a book? You don’t have to go home because Full Circle also features Java Joe’s Coffee Bar. Be sure to take a picture with Pearl the Buffalo before you leave!

Here are some other bookstores in the Metro you can check out:
Barnes & Noble- 6100 North May Ave.
Half Price Books May- 6500 N May Ave.
Half Price Books Penn Park- 1449 W I-240 Service Road
Second Chance Books – 3909 North MacArthur

[Photos courtesy of Full Circle Books]

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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“A Good Book Has No Ending”

We’ve told you where you can check out or buy books; now let’s discuss what to read. Of course we love books about our city’s interesting past. Here are a trio of books that will help you better understand how Oklahoma City became the city it is:

And Satan Came Also - As you know OKC was founded in a single day. It’s probably no surprise that a booming metropolis set up overnight led to a very interesting early history with a cast of colorful characters (operating on all sides of the law). And Satan Came Also by Albert McGilltells the (sometimes sordid) story of OKC beginnings. Originally published in 1955, this book was always rare and if you managed to track down a copy your wallet would surely suffer. Luckily it was recently re-released with notations from present day historian Larry Johnson. You can find the book at Full Circle Books.

Historic Photos of Oklahoma City - While light on text, this book by Larry Johnson features the most comprehensive collection of photography from Oklahoma City’s founding through the late 1900s. This is a must have for anyone’s coffee table.

OKC Second Time Around - Written by Steve Lackmeyer and Jack Money, Second Time Around focuses on Oklahoma City from the 1950s to present day. It is an engaging look at how against all odds OKC rebuilt its downtown after the oil bust of the 80s. You can find this book at Full Circle Books.

[Photos courtesy of Full Circle Books]

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Today in…

This year Oklahoma City turns the big 1-2-5. In honor of the 125th anniversary of our city’s founding, we are giving you a look back the history that made OKC the place it is today.

So today here are our top eight (1+2+5) headlines for March 18 that helped shaped our city:

  • Boundary Committee to Make its Report Today - March 18, 1906. The initial report that led to the Oklahoma having 74 counties at its founding. Oklahoma currently has a total of 77 counties.   
  • Oklahomans Smash Hidenburg Line - March 18, 1919. This article highlights Oklahoman help in WWI.
  • Oklahoman Set High Record with Circulation - March 18, 1930. With a circulation of 200,000 the Oklahoman had the highest readership in the Southwest.
  • Earhart Speeding over Pacific - March 18, 1937. While not Oklahoma-related, our state has an amazing history in the aviation realm (read up on Wiley Post).
  • We are Ready to Fight – Chamberlain - March 18, 1939. The beginnings of World War II are starting to take place.
  • We Go on From Here - March 18, 1941. A front-page editorial urging Oklahomans to support the efforts to land a military supply and maintenance depot. Oklahoma City would eventually land that depot and it became Tinker Air Force Base. Tinker is a major economic driver of the Sooner State.
  • Norick Wins in Unofficial Results - March 18, 1987. Ron Norick wins his first election to become mayor of Oklahoma City. Mayor Norick would be instrumental in the upcoming MAPS initiative.
  • Humphreys, Liebmann Face Runoff - March 18, 1998. Kirk Humphreys would go on to win the mayoral election. Mayor Humphreys led the MAPS for Kids initiative that transformed metro public schools.
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Things to Do & See: March 18 - March 23, 2014

Tuesday, March 18
Spring Break Day Camps Begin; Oklahoma City Zoo, Global Plaza, 2101 Northeast 50th St.; 424-3344; For children 4 to 11 years old; $20 for members and $25 for nonmembers per day
Did You Ever? Spring Break Camps; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Science Museum Oklahoma, 2100 NE 52nd St; 602-3760; Registration is $235 per student for Science Museum Oklahoma members, $250 per student for non-members; Open to students in 1st – 6th grades
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
Take & Make Historical Crafts; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Edmond Historical Society & Museum, Main Gallery, 431 S. Boulevard, Edmond; 340-0078; No registration required; Crafts available while supplies last; 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
Orchid Care 101; 6 - 7 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; Free for members, $10 for non-members

Wednesday, March 19
Did You Ever? Spring Break Camps; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Science Museum Oklahoma, 2100 NE 52nd St; 602-3760; Registration is $235 per student for Science Museum Oklahoma members, $250 per student for non-members; Open to students in 1st – 6th grades
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
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
Take & Make Historical Crafts; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Edmond Historical Society & Museum, Main Gallery, 431 S. Boulevard, Edmond; 340-0078; No registration required; Crafts available while supplies last; Admission is free
Orchid in the Crystal Bridge Walking Tour; 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Crystal Bridge, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; Admission prices vary
Wednesday Night at the Movies; 6 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave; 231-8650; Admission is free; Ages 13+

Thursday, March 20
Did You Ever? Spring Break Camps; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Science Museum Oklahoma, 2100 NE 52nd St; 602-3760; Registration is $235 per student for Science Museum Oklahoma members, $250 per student for non-members; Open to students in 1st – 6th grades
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
Take & Make Historical Crafts; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Edmond Historical Society & Museum, Main Gallery, 431 S. Boulevard, Edmond; 340-0078; No registration required; Crafts available while supplies last; Admission is free
Auto Alley Shop Hop; 6 - 9 p.m.; Automobile Alley, Broadway Avenue between Northwest 4th and 10th Streets; Admission is free

Friday, March 21
Did You Ever? Spring Break Camps; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Science Museum Oklahoma, 2100 NE 52nd St; 602-3760; Registration is $235 per student for Science Museum Oklahoma members, $250 per student for non-members; Open to students in 1st – 6th grades
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
Take & Make Historical Crafts; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Edmond Historical Society & Museum, Main Gallery, 431 S. Boulevard, Edmond; 340-0078; No registration required; Crafts available while supplies last; Admission is free

Saturday, March 22
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
Orchid Show: Orchid Delirium; 2 - 3 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 301 W Reno; 445-7080; Free for members, $10 for nonmembers
Oberlin Steel Drums Performance; 6 - 8 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Seasonal Plaza by the Ice House, 301 W Reno; 445-7080
Celebrate Preparedness; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Oklahoma City Zoo, Global Plaza, 2101 Northeast 50th St.; 424-3344
Drop-In Art: Lucky Leprechaun Wands; 1 - 4 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr; 236-3100; Free with paid museum admission

Sunday, March 23
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

Monday, March 24
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
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Denver Nuggets; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket Prices and Availability Vary

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Urban Dweller Had a Farm, E-I-E-I-O!

Spring is almost in full swing, which means it is the perfect time to start your garden for summer. Think gardening is only for those in rural areas? Think again. Whether you live on a corner lot or only have access to a corner balcony, you too can polish your green thumb this spring.

Thanks to an urban agriculture ordinance recently passed by the Oklahoma City Council, people who live in Oklahoma City can now participate in backyard composting, rainwater harvesting, building greenhouses and hoop houses, and gardening in the front, side and back yards. So get to your local lawn and garden shop and go flora crazy!

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If you find that you need a little guidance in the world of horticulture, Oklahoma City’s Myriad Gardens offers monthly horticulture tips online, and on March 15, the Gardens will host the Oklahoma Gardening School, which will focus on the modern kitchen garden. The event is open to gardeners of all skill levels and goals. Nationally-known speakers and local horticulture experts will help attendees learn how to design, plant and maintain a healthy kitchen garden—which means that at harvest time, you’ll be eating as local as you can get. Bonus: if you are a member of the Gardens, your cost to attend is half-off! Register here.  

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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To Market, To Market

If your green thumb is more like the kiss of death, you should probably spare the plants and leave the harvest to the pros. Local veggie production will be in full swing in May, but you can still visit one of several year-round farmers markets in the area to get your fix of fresh veggies right now.

  • OSU-OKC Farmers Market – Open year round, this farmer’s market is a member of the Oklahoma Grown Farmers Market program. Every item sold here is grown or made in Oklahoma.
  • Urban AgrarianUrban Agrarian gives a whole new meaning to the term food truck as it pedals its fresh produce on wheels at weekly mobile markets. Follow them on Twitter to find the truck or visit their physical location at 1235 SW 2nd Street.
  • Oklahoma City Farmers Public Market – The Oklahoma City Farmers Public Market opened its doors on June 16, 1928, and was restored in August 2002. Now the area hosts an eclectic mix of shops that sell everything from antiques to fresh flowers.

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Takin’ It to the Streets

From noon to 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 30, part of Northwest 23rd Street will turn into a pedestrian’s paradise. Why, you ask? An initiative called Open Streets is repurposing the area into a fun, safe place to experience local businesses, healthy communities and active transportation. Open Streets OKC is reclaiming Northwest 23rd between Western and Robinson Avenues for non-motorized activity. Participants are encouraged to walk, bike, run or play along the route and discover community organizations and businesses along the way. The event is family friendly, so bring the kiddos for an afternoon of healthy fun!

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Myriad Gardens: A History

There is no better place to grab a slice of paradise in downtown Oklahoma City than the Myriad Botanical Gardens, which happens to celebrate its 26th anniversary on March 25. Here are a few facts that you may not know about one of Oklahoma City’s most popular green spaces:

  • This jewel of OKC was born as part of a downtown urban renewal project called the Pei Plan dreamed up by city leaders and legendary architect I.M. Pei in the late 60s.
  • Dean A. McGee, an oil pioneer and founder and CEO of Kerr-McGee Oil Corporation, was a huge proponent of building this centrally-located garden.
  • It was named after “the Myriad”, or what is now known as the Cox Convention Center.
  • Initial design of Myriad Gardens was based on Copenhagen’s Tivoli Gardens and city leaders even made a trip to Denmark to study its design.
  • A nation-wide search was made for the architects that would design the Myriad Gardens. In 1971, the New York architectural firm Conklin + Rossant was chosen.
  • City leaders and members of the Myriad Gardens Authority broke ground on the 17-acre plot for the garden on Nov. 17, 1977. The area was constructed as money was available.
  • In 1981, leaders formed the Myriad Gardens Foundation in order to raise private funds for the construction of the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory.
  • The Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory was constructed from 1983-1985, but it did not open to the public until March 25, 1988.
  • Myriad Gardens and its Crystal Bridge received a facelift thanks to funds from Project 180. In addition to new landscaping, the park also received a new children’s garden, a new restaurant space, and reglazed acrylic panels on the Crystal Bridge.  

Check out the original landscaping and construction of Myriad Gardens, plus some insight on downtown OKC “before downtown was cool” in this retro-fabulous edition of the Mayor’s Magazine.

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Things to Do & See: March 11 - March 17, 2014

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Tuesday, March 11
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
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary
Oklahoma City Barons vs. San Antonio Rampage; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary

Wednesday, March 12
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, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; $10 for members, $12 for nonmembers; Best for ages 7-12
FlipSide: The Patti Page Story; 7 p.m.; Oklahoma City Community College, 7777 S. May; 682-7579; Tickets prices vary
Dmitry Rachmov: World-Renowned Pianist; 8 p.m.; University of Oklahoma, 660 Parrington Ova, Norman; 325-0311; Free admission

Thursday, March 13
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Science Museum Oklahoma, 2100 NE 52; 602-3760; Admission prices vary
High Tea at UCO International House; 3 - 7 p.m.; UCO International House, 912 N. Chowging Ave., Edmond; Free to the public
Oklahoma Farm to Fork; 3 - 8 p.m.; Oklahoma Heart Hospital North, 4050 W. Memorial Road; Free admission
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. L.A. Lakers; 8:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

Friday, March 14
Chicken School; noon - 1:30 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, 2nd Floor Conference Room, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; $10 for members, $15 for nonmembers
Oklahoma City Barons vs. Grant Rapids Griffins; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary
LIVE on the Plaza; 7 - 11 p.m.; Plaza District, Northwest 16 Street between Pennsylvania and Classen; 367-9403; Admission is free

Saturday, March 15
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.; Science Museum Oklahoma, 2100 NE 52; 602-3760; Admission prices vary
Poison Prevention Awareness Day; 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.; Oklahoma City Zoo, Global Plaza, 2101 Northeast 50th St.; 424-3344; Free admission
Ansel Adams: An American Perspective; 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch; 236-3100; Admission Prices Vary
Drop-In Art: Oklahoma Landscapes; 1 - 4 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr; 236-3100; Free with paid museum admission
Technology Crafts; 2 - 4 p.m.; Southern Oaks Library, 6900 South Walker; 631-4468
Martin Park Education Program: Venomous Snakes; 3 p.m.; Martin Park Nature Center, 5000 W. Memorial Road; 755-0676; Admission is free
Oklahoma City Barons vs. Grant Rapids Griffins; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary

Sunday, March 16
Imaskingations; 2:30 - 3:30 p.m.; Downtown Library; 300 Park Ave.; 231-8650; Ages 6 and up
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket Prices and Availability Vary

Monday, March 17
American’s New Super Heroes: Super Sprowtz! 11 a.m. - noon; Myriad Gardens, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; Best for children and families
ASL American Sign Language Class; 1 - 2 p.m.; Village, 10307 N. Penn, The Village; 755-0710
Teapots and Comics Headline Pair of Exhibits; 4 p.m.; UCO, Donna Nigh Gallery, 100 North University Drive, Edmund; 974-3752

 

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Tuesday, March 4, 2014

OK is Ready to Get Weird in Austin

Next week Austin, Texas will get a little weirder (is that even possible?) as the city is taken over by South by Southwest (SXSW). This 27-year-old festival features a mashup of three festivals – a music one, a film one and an interactive one that focuses on emerging technology.

It’s a big deal, and it’s gotten so big through the years that Oklahoma wouldn’t miss it.

Our friends over at the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber wouldn’t miss it for the world – especially since it’s a prime opportunity to show the world all we’ve got to offer. They’ll be there with other Oklahomans in what is known as The Buffalo Lounge, an effort that began in 2010 when the Oklahoma Film & Music Office, the Idea Collective and the Chamber joined forces to increase Oklahoma’s presence at the SXSW festival.

Located in Austin during the festival at The Avenue on Congress, a popular restaurant and bar, The Buffalo Lounge will showcase Oklahoma’s talent: up-and-coming and established musicians during the music festival, celebrate its independent filmmakers and representatives of Oklahoma’s film industry during the film festival and highlight entrepreneurs and more during the interactive festival. Where do we sign up?

Join us and see a showcase of Oklahoma’s talent in one place at the festival. For tickets to SXSW and other information, click here. If you can’t make it to Austin (pesky work and such), you don’t have to worry about missing the action. Follow the Buffalo Lounge on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Oklahoma Entrepreneurs Take Center Stage at SXSW

When we convene at The Buffalo Lounge while the interactive part of the South By Southwest festival is going on in Austin, Texas, we’ll be closely watching a group of carefully selected Oklahoma entrepreneurs competing for up to $10,000 in prizes during the Interactive Elevator Pitch Competition.

On March 10 in the Buffalo Lounge, these entrepreneurs will have 90 seconds each to tell about their innovative companies. These smarty pants business folks were selected by a panel of investment professionals at i2E, Inc.

Take a look at the companies who will be pitching their awesomeness in Austin:

These interactive entrepreneurs are finalists in the competition for $10,000 in cash awards in front of a live audience and a panel of judges.

Did you know that SXSW helped launch or accelerate well known tech companies Twitter, Storify, Foursquare, Phonebooth Free, GroupMe and GameSalad? It’s true. Who knows? Maybe one or a few of these entrepreneurs from Oklahoma competing in the Elevator Pitch will be the next big thing in tech.

For more information about SXSW, click here.

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Where to begin? In Oklahoma City.

So you’ve got this great idea and you’re ready to trek into the world of entrepreneurship. Where do you begin? From the amount of capital needed to where to go for advice, the process can be daunting. But perhaps one of the most important decisions an entrepreneur will face is where to locate in order to have access to the best support and resources. We suggest right here in Greater Oklahoma City.

Over the last decade, our region has invested millions of dollars in the areas entrepreneurs need it the most - infrastructure, access to capital and support.

Greater Oklahoma City has several organizations dedicated specifically to supporting high-tech entrepreneurs and are walking alongside entrepreneurs through the startup process. They include:

  • GrowInOKC.com is a website specifically geared toward the OKC entrepreneur, with interviews, how-tos, news for entrepreneurs, and other resources.
  • i2E is an Oklahoma City-based company dedicated specifically to growing innovative small businesses by helping entrepreneurs, researchers and companies commercialize their technologies and access capital.
  • Office of Entrepreneurial Development, which provides resources and assistance to entrepreneurs in high-growth sectors; and
  • OCAST (the Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology), an agency dedicated to investing in technology transfer and commercialization.
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Long-time entrepreneurial spirit in Oklahoma

The pioneer spirit that settled Oklahoma also has led to a number of inventions – the obvious-how-do-I-solve-this-problem kinds that now are part of our everyday lives all over the country.
Here are just a few familiar inventions that were born in Oklahoma:

The shopping cart, created in 1936 by Sylvan Goldman, an Ardmore native and owner of the Humpty Dumpty Supermarket chain in Oklahoma City. His customers couldn’t fit all the items they needed into handheld shopping baskets, so he put a large basket on top of a frame that looked like a folding chair on wheels, and the “Folding Basket Carrier Co.” was born. He also is credited with inventing baggage carts – carts or trolleys that carry luggage in hotels and airports. Genius.

The parking meter.  The world’s first parking meter was installed in Oklahoma City on July 16, 1935, an invention visualized by OKC resident Carl C. Magee in 1932 when he realized that downtown Oklahoma City workers were monopolizing the city’s downtown parking by leaving their cars in the same spot all day. Around that time Magee was the chairman of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s Traffic Committee. He later worked with Oklahoma State University’s Gerald A. Hale and Professor H.G. Thuesen on the design. Now you know who to blame those pesky parking tickets on (other than yourself).

The electric steel guitar. Braggs, Okla., native Robert Lee Dunn invented the electric steel guitar and was the first person to play it in 1934, with the swing band Milton Brown’s Musical Brownies in Fort Worth, Texas. What a rock star.

The machine that put twist ties on bread bags. Charles E. Burford adapted the hay-bale-wire-tying technology his dad, Earl Burford, had developed and used it for packaging and sealing bread in bags. In 1961, he founded the Burford Co. in Maysville to manufacture the machines that automated this process. He also invented other things that led to his induction into the American Society of Baking Hall of Fame. Handy.

Pressurized flight suit. Notable pilot Wiley Post’s record-breaking flights around the world in the 1930s needed some help as he experimented with high-altitude flying. His plane, the Winnie Mae, was not pressurized, so he designed a pressure suit with help from the B.F. Goodrich Co. These experimental flights, which included one trip around the world in seven days, 18 hours and 49 minutes in 1933, proved the value of using the east-to-west jet stream for flying. And later, Post’s pressure suit inspired the pressure suits used by test pilots and astronauts in the 1950s and 1960s. Out of this world.

Yield sign. Tulsa resident and police officer Clinton Riggs was behind the world’s first yield sign, posted at the corner of First Street and Columbia Avenue in Tulsa in 1950. The intersection was considered one of the most dangerous in Tulsa, and accident rates dropped dramatically within a year of Riggs installing his yellow, keystone-shaped yield sign there. This deserves a safety dance.

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Things to Do & See: March 4 - March 10, 2014

Tuesday, March 4
2014 Oklahoma City Mayoral Election; Polls open until 7 p.m.; Find your polling place
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
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
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Philadelphia 76ers; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability vary

Wednesday, March 5
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
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
Orchids in the Crystal Bridge Walking Tour; 1 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Crystal Bridge, 301 W. Reno; 445-7080; Free with paid admission to the Crystal Bridge
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, March 6
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
Downtown Employee Appreciation Week: Free Gelato Day; 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.; Devon Tower, Aravalli, 333 W. Sheridan; 235-3500; Admission is free; Downtown employees receive one free scoop of select flavors; Bring a business card or company ID

Friday, March 7
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
Downtown Employee Appreciation Week Party; 11 a.m. - 1 p.m.; Leadership Square, 211 N. Robinson; 235-3500; Admission is free; Bring a business card or company ID
First Friday Gallery Walk; 6 - 10 p.m.; Paseo Arts District, 3022 Paseo; 525-2688; Admission is free

Saturday, March 8
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
First Friday (Saturday) Gallery Walk; noon - 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District, 3022 Paseo; 525-2688; Admission is free
Drop-In Art: Oklahoma Landscapes; 1 - 4 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr; 236-3100; Free with paid museum admission

Sunday, March 9
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
Second Sunday Concert; 2 - 5 p.m.; Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library, 300 Park Ave.; 606-3879; Admission is free

Monday, March 10
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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