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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

What are we thankful for? Local Charities

United Way Volunteer

Time to break out those carving skills because Thanksgiving is upon us. Great food, family, friends and a little football are pretty hard to beat. Of course Thanksgiving is not all about eating. It is also about giving thanks. So that is what we are going to do this week on the blog … let you know some things we are thankful for.

Of course in the spirit of the season we want to start with our communities’ amazing network of nonprofit organizations. No matter your passion, there is a local organization who could use your helping hand, be it financial or your time. Here is a rundown of past blog posts that highlight these charities and the work they do.

  • Infant Crisis Services- Launched nearly 30 years ago, Infant Crisis Services provides a wide range of life-saving services to infants and their families.
  • #GivingTuesday- Learn more about Upward Transitions, Regional Food Bank and Allied Arts.
  • Safe Kids Oklahoma- Safe Kids Oklahoma is a nonprofit dedicated to the prevention of unintentional childhood injuries.
  • Central Oklahoma Humane Society- This great nonprofit has found homes for more than 14,000 cats and dogs.
  • United Way of Central Oklahoma- This United Way has formed partnerships with more than 60 organizations that contribute to the area’s health, safety, education or economic well-being of families.
  • Get Involved- More on Feed the Children, Calm Waters, Dress for Success, Rebuilding Together and Whiz Kids.

These organizations need our help year-round so keep them in your thoughts even after the holidays. If you are new to our city there is no better way to connect with people than by volunteering your time.  Do you know of a nonprofit that could use some help this week? Let us know in the comments below or send us a shout on Facebook or Twitter.

Also be sure to check out the volunteerism page on our site for more causes and ways to get involved.

community, nonprofit, volunteer
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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What are we thankful for? MAPS

Bricktown Ballpark

If you have read our blog for long or been in Oklahoma City for more than a day you know there is great civic pride in the Metropolitan Area Projects (the cool kids just call it MAPS). Just about every good thing to come through our city the last 30 years probably owes a little (or a lot) of its success to at least one of the MAPS iterations. Time and time again the citizens of our great city have invested in the community and the results have been outstanding. That is something we can all be thankful for.

  • MAPS- The granddaddy of them all. The original MAPS brought us the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Chickasaw Bricktown Ball Park, Oklahoma River, Bricktown Canal and so much more.
  • MAPS for Kids- Sequels rarely live up to the originals (looking at you Weekend at Bernie’s II) but this one did. Every single school in the Oklahoma City metro was either rebuilt or renovated.
  • MAPS 3- Progress on the latest projects is well underway and will bring a massive downtown park, whitewater facility, streetcar and more.
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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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What are we thankful for? Local Districts

Louie\\\'s in Midtown

Partying in the Plaza and Paseo. Singing in the Stockyards. Boogieing in Bricktown. You get the picture, in Oklahoma City we love our local districts. Ask a random stranger walking down the street and they will probably agree with us, local districts are something we should definitely be thankful for in OKC.

The local districts have done a great job of carving out unique niches with eyes towards the future while celebrating their history. Food, shopping, music and fun are great ways to sum up these Oklahoma City hotspots.

  • Adventure District- A zoo, science museum, race track … yeah, this district is appropriately named.
  • Asian District- Oklahoma City has a rich Asian heritage and it is on full display in this district. Of course you already knew that if you are a fan of Pho.
  • Automobile Alley- Especially stunning this time of year with the fabulous light display.
  • Boathouse District- Just when you think the river couldn’t get any better, it does.
  • Bricktown- OKC’s original district success story.
  • Deep Deuce- This district is bursting with history and is quickly becoming the hub for urban living.
  • Film Row- An up-and-coming district that was once the center for film distribution in the region.
  • Midtown- This district is a great microcosm of Oklahoma City’s modern-day renaissance.
  • Paseo Art District- A hub of arts, history and great food.
  • Plaza District- A great place to get funky with food, local shops and live entertainment.
  • Stockyards City- Our city’s Western heritage come to life.
  • Western Avenue- Trendy food and shopping in abundance can be found on Western.
  • Uptown 23rd- Already home to some of OKC’s favorite restaurants this district is one to watch the next couple of years.
Paseo District, Plaza District, Stockyards, Adventure District, Uptown 23, Asian District, Western Avenue, Automobile Alley, Boathouse District, Bricktown, Deep Deuce, Film Row, Midtown
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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What are we thankful for? Sports

OKC Energy Player [Photo Credit: OKC Energy]

[Photo Credit: OKC Energy]

Crimson and Cream, Orange and Black, Blue and “Sunset” … no matter what color you pledge alliance to, it has been a year to be thankful for in the Sooner State (or Cowboy Nation). The football teams are making national waves, the Thunder just tipped off an exciting year and our local pro baseball and soccer teams got a taste of deep post-season runs. Check out some recent blog posts if you need a quick refresher on the joy (and sometimes agony) our local teams provide.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder- Injuries derailed an exciting Thunder team last season but a new coach and healthy team (knocking on all the wood in the world) has this looking like a year we won’t soon forget.
  • Oklahoma City Dodgers- The Dodgers wrapped up their inaugural season in OKC with a division title.
  • Oklahoma City Energy- In just two short years OKC’s soccer team has already developed a rabid fan base. The fan base was rewarded with a great season as the Energy advanced to the Western Conference finals.
  • Oklahoma City Blue- The Blue are starting their second season in Oklahoma City and the games are a great place to get a preview of future NBA talent.
  • Oklahoma Sooners- The Sooners have one of the most storied football programs in the country and are looking to add to their impressive trophy case this season. The basketball team is also nationally ranked to start the season.
  • Oklahoma State Cowboys- The Cowboys are in the winningest era in the program’s history. OSU will play OU this weekend with a potential conference championship on the line.
  • Small-College Football- The Sooners and Cowboys are not the only local colleges who play big-time football.
college, Dodgers, football, OKC Energy, soccer, Thunder, baseball, basketball
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: November 24 - November 30, 2015

Myriad Gardens pop-up shops

Tuesday, November 24
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Admission prices vary. 
Oklahoma City Blue vs. Los Angeles D-Fenders; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, November 25
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Admission prices vary. 
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Brooklyn Nets; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Learn to Skate; 7 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Lesson prices vary.

Thursday, November 26
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Admission prices vary. 

Friday, November 27
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; All day; Midtown; Admission is free.
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Admission prices vary. 
Bricktown Tree Lighting Festival; 5 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 235-3500; This event is free.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Detroit Pistons; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, November 28
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; All day; Midtown; Admission is free.
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m. Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Admission prices vary. 
Winter Shoppes; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Jason Boland and The Stragglers; 9:30 p.m.; Wormy Dog Saloon; 601-6276; Tickets are $20;

Sunday, November 29
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; All day; Midtown; Admission is free.
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m..; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Admission prices vary. 
Winter Shoppes; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Admission is free.

Monday, November 30
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; All day; Midtown; Admission is free.
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Winter Shoppes; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Admission prices vary. 
Learn to Skate; 7 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Lesson prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Downtown in December

Downtown in December Sandridge Santa Run

We know, we know … Winter doesn’t technically start for another month. The trees still have leaves but we can’t help but look ahead to one of our favorite times of the year in Oklahoma City. Nothing wrong with planning ahead right?

There’s no place like home for the holidays… isn’t that how the song goes?! At any rate, there’s no truer statement in Oklahoma City. Just because the temperatures are cooling off, doesn’t mean that the fun is slowing down.

Downtown in December kicks off in a few weeks and it will be chock-full of fun, family activities that we’re sure you and your little angels will want to be a part of. Just watch out for Santa as he makes his way through downtown on his Segway. He’ll be handing out treats for boys and girls of all ages.

Fun family activities include:

  • Free Holiday Water Taxi Rides: All aboard for a fun-filled cruise on a Bricktown Water Taxi! On designated evenings in November and December, everyone can enjoy a fun-filled float down the beautifully-adorned Bricktown canal.
  • Saturday with Santa: Bring the kiddos downtown on to the Devon Energy Center each Saturday in December, to visit meet Santa himself, make crafts, and participate in holiday-themed activities.
  • Prance, dance, jog or run through downtown as part of the SandRidge Santa Run. The ultimate goal is just to have fun! Events include a 5K race, a one-mile fun run or a free Santa Claus kids' dash. Did we mention this is also a fabulous chance to Rumble the Bison and the Thunder Girls?
  • We triple dog dare you to take part in Little Willie’s Triple Dog Dare. The stair climbing challenge will test your endurance and speed as you climb 138 flights of stairs or recruit a couple of friends to take part in the relay challenge.
  • Hit the slopes for a little snow tubing at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Choose either the bunny slopes regular slope for the true adventure seeker.
  • Get in the holiday spirit while you learn about Oklahoma’s diverse Native American culture at the Red Earth Treefest. Trees will be decorated with ornaments honoring tribes including the Cheyenne & Arapaho Tribes, Chickasaw Nation, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Comanche Nation, Osage Nation.

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.

outdoor recreation, running, theater, ballet, Bricktown, downtown, family-friendly, holiday, kids, movies, music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Merry and brightÖ

Christmas Lights in Automobile Alley

One of our favorite things about the holiday season in OKC are the beautiful decorations and light displays that adorn the city.

If you haven’t visited Automobile Alley during the holiday season, then you are truly missing out. More than 180,000 colorful lights drape the historic buildings transforming the eight blocks of North Broadway into a magical holiday wonderland. There are also some really awesome shops along this stretch including where you can find unique local gifts for that special someone on your holiday list.

Don’t miss the annual tree lighting festival in Bricktown as Mayor Mick Cornett officially kicks off the holiday season in OKC on Nov. 27. The festivities will continue that evening at the Oklahoma River during the annual holiday river parade and will conclude with a fireworks show. The beautiful lights in Bricktown can be enjoyed throughout the holiday season.

We know most towns in the metro have great holiday light displays and tours so hit us up in the comments and with more information so we can spread the Holiday cheer.

Automobile Alley, Bricktown, festivals, free, holiday, Oklahoma River, parade, retail
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Natural beauty

Ice Skating at the Myriad Gardens

We have to admit that Myriad Botanical Gardens  might just be one of our favorite places in downtown OKC. Seriously, the gardens recently received the Urban Land Institute’s Urban Open Space Award recognizing it as one of the most outstanding public spaces in the entire world. So we are obviously not alone in our love of the OKC gem.

The Myriad Botanical Gardens always provide a serene locale to escape from the hustle and bustle of downtown OKC, but in the wintertime the gardens come to life in a whole new way complete with shopping, a festive outdoor atmosphere complete with lights and a selection of boutique-style vendors.

If you’ve never strolled through the gardens, we might suggest taking part in one of the free monthly walking tours. While you’re here be sure to take in the beauty of Crystal Bridge. The holiday season is the perfect time to explore the 750 varieties of plans in the 13,000 square feet conservatory. If you visit on Sunday evenings in December, you can take in all of the beauty for free.

The gardens also give you a great view of the fabulous Devon lights just across the street (look North).

Another fun family-friendly winter attraction at the Myriad Botanical Gardens is the Devon Ice Rink. The young and young at heart are welcome to slip and slide the night (and day) away now through January. A bit rusty on the ice? Don’t fret, you can even take skate lessons so you will be ready to show off your mad skills to your kids, friends, co-workers or all of OKC. Check the schedule for rink hours and get ready to hit the ice.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: November 17 - November 23, 2015

People enjoying Automobile Alley

Tuesday, November 17
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
2015 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championships; 8 a.m.; State Fair Park; 948-6800; Ticket prices vary.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Admission prices vary. 
Oklahoma Community Orchestra; 7:30 p.m.; Hardeman Auditorium in the Garvey Center OCU; 425-1000; Tickets are $12.50 or $15 at the door

Wednesday, November 18
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
2015 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championships; 8 a.m.; State Fair Park; 948-6800; Ticket prices vary.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Admission prices vary. 
Oklahoma City Thunder vs New Orleans Pelicans; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Learn to Skate; 7 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Lesson prices vary.  

Thursday, November 19
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
2015 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championships; 8 a.m.; State Fair Park; 948-6800; Ticket prices vary.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Admission prices vary. 
Shop Hop; 6 p.m.; Automobile Alley, 1015 N. Broadway; 488-2555; this is event is free.

Friday, November 20
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
2015 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championships; 8 a.m.; State Fair Park; 948-6800; Ticket prices vary.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Admission prices vary. 
Amazing Oklahoma City Comic Convention 2015; 3 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 843-5668; Ticket prices vary.
Rock ‘n’ Skate; 6 to 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Admission prices vary. 
Oklahoma City Thunder vs New York Knicks; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats; 8 p.m.; ACM@UCO Performance Lab; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, November 21
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
2015 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championships; 8 a.m.; State Fair Park; 948-6800; Ticket prices vary.
Amazing Oklahoma City Comic Convention 2015; 10 a.m.; Cox Convention Center; 843-5668; Ticket prices vary.
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m. Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Admission prices vary. 
China Circus; 8 p.m.; Rose State College Hudiburg Chevrolet Center; 294-2264; Cost is $30 to $45.

Sunday, November 22
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
2015 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championships; 8 a.m.; State Fair Park; 948-6800; Ticket prices vary.
Amazing Oklahoma City Comic Convention 2015; 10 a.m.; Cox Convention Center; 843-5668; Ticket prices vary.
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m..; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Admission prices vary. 
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Dallas Mavericks; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, November 23
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
2015 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championships; 8 a.m.; State Fair Park; 948-6800; Ticket prices vary.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Admission prices vary. 
Learn to Skate; 7 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Lesson prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 10, 2015

OKCís ties to the military run deep

Military Color Guard

It’s no secret that Oklahoma City has strong connections to the U.S. military, and as our nation celebrates Veterans Day on Nov. 11, we feel like it is appropriate to honor the ways that the military has shaped the growth of Oklahoma City. Not only have brave Oklahomans served in all branches of the military spanning several decades, but the state of Oklahoma is home to several military bases, including Altus Air Force Base, Vance Air Force Base, Fort Sill Army Base, McAlester Army Ammunition Army Base, and Oklahoma City’s own Tinker Air Force Base.

Tinker Air Force Base has been part of the Oklahoma City community since 1941 and frequent readers of our blog know how the base plays an important role to the region. Not only is it the largest employer in the state, it is also one of the largest Air Force bases in the nation. Currently, Tinker’s estimated economic impact to the region is $3.41 billion annually.

For more ways to feel inspired this Veterans Day, check out area events honoring the military and year-round exhibitions that celebrate Oklahoma City’s military contributions.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Learn more about OKCís military history

display at the 45th Infantry Museum

Veterans Day may only occupy one day on the calendar, but in Oklahoma City you can learn about this community’s military history year round.

Did you know there have been two different USS Oklahoma City ships? There is currently a submarine christened the USS Oklahoma City that served in the Persian Gulf. There was also a light cruiser named the USS Oklahoma City with an interesting history that served in World War II and the Vietnam War. 

Want to experience a more hands on history of the military? Visit the 45th Infantry Museum, which is dedicated to telling the story of the “Thunderbirds” of the 45th Infantry Division. This group of was formed during the National Defense Act of 1920 and spent their first years maintaining order in times of disaster and political unrest. Before deploying during World War II, the Thunderbirds trained at five bases, including Fort Sill in Oklahoma. They participated in four amphibious landings and saw 511 days in combat, and were described as “one of the best, if not the best division in the history of American arms” by General George S. Patton.     

The Thunderbirds continued to serve after WWII until January 1969, and their legacy lives on today at the museum honoring the accomplishments of the division. Admission is free to this 27,000-square-foot attraction.

You can also head out to the 99s Museum of Women Pilots to learn more about the history of women in aviation. One of the best exhibits includes features on female military pilots. Read more about the 99s Museum here.

If the history of America’s military aviation is more to your liking, then visit the Charles B. Hall Air Park  near Tinker Air Force Base on Interstate 40 East. The park is rich in the history of Tinker Air Force Base and in the aircrafts that have been part of Tinker’s operations for more than seven decades. 

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Honoring those who served

45th Infantry Museum Veterans Day ceremony

Events across Oklahoma City will give you plenty of opportunities to celebrate America’s armed forces and honor those who have served. If you know of any events we didn’t mention please include them in the comments or give us a shout of Facebook or Twitter:

  • Oklahoma City Symphonic Band ConcertAt 7:30 p.m. on Nov. 10, the Oklahoma City Symphonic Band will present “A Veterans Day Salute!” concert honoring American veterans. The concert will feature Sousa marches and a special presentation of the Armed Forces salute. View okcband.org for more information.
  • Veterans Day service at the 45th Infantry Division MuseumOn Nov. 11 at 10 a.m., pay tribute to the men and women of the military at this patriotic ceremony, which includes a helicopter flyover, massing of the colors, patriotic music selections from the 145th Army Band and guest speakers.
  • Midwest City Veterans Day ParadeMidwest City will hold their annual Veterans Day Parade on Nov. 11 at 10 a.m. In addition to area marching bands and floats, a warbird flyover will take place during the parade.
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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: November 10 - November 16, 2015

Kids Ice Skating

Tuesday, November 10
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
2015 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championships; 8 a.m.; State Fair Park; 948-6800; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, November 11
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
2015 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championships; 8 a.m.; State Fair Park; 948-6800; Ticket prices vary.
Bringing Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; This event is free.
Plaza Pub Crawl; 6 p.m.; Plaza District; $10.

Thursday, November 12
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
2015 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championships; 8 a.m.; State Fair Park; 948-6800; Ticket prices vary.
Mistletoe Market; 9 a.m.; Cox Convention Center; 843-5668; Ticket prices vary.
Plaza Pub Crawl; 6 p.m.; Plaza District; $10.

Friday, November 13
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
2015 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championships; 8 a.m.; State Fair Park; 948-6800; Ticket prices vary.
Mistletoe Market; 9 a.m.; Cox Convention Center; 843-5668; Ticket prices vary.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Admission prices vary. 
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Philadelphia 76ers; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Live on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; 367-9403; Free

Saturday, November 14
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
2015 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championships; 7 a.m.; State Fair Park; 948-6800; Ticket prices vary.
Mistletoe Market; 9 a.m.; Cox Convention Center; 843-5668; Ticket prices vary.
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Admission prices vary. 
Oklahoma City Blue vs. Austin Spurs; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, November 15
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
2015 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championships; 8 a.m.; State Fair Park; 948-6800; Ticket prices vary.
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Admission prices vary. 
Oklahoma City Blue vs. Texans Legends; 2 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs Boston Celtics; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, November 16
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
2015 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championships; 8 a.m.; State Fair Park; 948-6800; Ticket prices vary.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Admission prices vary. 
Learn to Skate; 7 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Lesson prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Find your own adventure in Oklahoma City

Stingray Bay at the Zoo - Adventure District

This week on The Better Life Blog we’re going to go exploring in some of Oklahoma City’s districts that offer local flair to appeal to various interests, whether those interests tend towards artsy, uptown and up-and-coming, historical, family-friendly and outdoorsy. While multiple unique districts that reflect the city’s culture have been redeveloped and polished in recent years, this week we’ll focus on three of them – the Adventure District, the Plaza District and Uptown 23.

If you’re coming to Oklahoma City for a visit or are just moving here, chances are the Adventure District is one of the first places you’ll visit. Start with some of our more visible attractions, even if you don’t yet call the collection of attractions in that area by that name.

Located at the crossroads of Interstates 35 and 44, the Adventure District offers outdoor and indoor attractions for all ages. Here are a few things you can do there:

And here’s an old-but-new attraction that you might not know about – The American Pigeon Museum and Library, 2300 NE 63. It initially formed in 1973 as the American Homing Pigeon Institute and purchased the land where it is now. But its new facility opened in 2014 and has since welcomed visitors from around the world with its collections of art, history, memorabilia and more celebrating the American homing pigeon.

While you’re there, visit some of the Adventure District’s partners nearby, including the Gaylord-Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum, 1400 Classen Drive, and the historic Harn Homestead Museum, 1721 N Lincoln Blvd., both places where you can learn more about Oklahoma heritage, territorial life and its people’s pioneering spirit; and Lincoln Park Golf Course, 4001 NE Grand Blvd., for tournament-level golf at one of two 18-hole championship courses.

Adventure District, family-friendly, golf, museums, Plaza District, Uptown 23, western heritage, zoo
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Get funky in the Plaza District

Friends in the Plaza District

Breathing new life into Oklahoma City’s old Plaza District proved to be one of the city’s most successful moves. Development there over the last 15 or 20 years has lifted an old part of Oklahoma City out of crime and disrepair and turned it into a thriving hub of creativity.

The Plaza District, located on NW 16 between Classen Boulevard and Pennsylvania Avenue, contains art galleries, studios, a wine bar, a tattoo place, a pie place, restaurants, collaborative work spaces and performance venues like the 1935-era Plaza Theatre, which has been newly rebuilt and is now home to many of the Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma’s professional performance productions and other events.

The District is home to monthly events such as Live! On the Plaza, an artwalk on the second Friday night of each month and the Plaza District Festival in September, and it offers plenty of places to eat. It is a popular place for visitors who want to find that unique gift, enjoy a drink and soak in an area that now has a hipster, modern vibe.

arts and culture, festivals, nightlife, Plaza District, restaurants, theater
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Go uptown for OKCís latest revitalization project

Uptown 23rd at dusk

Uptown 23 is a work in progress, but there is plenty to see and do when you get there. Located near NW 23 and Classen, Uptown 23 is one of Oklahoma City’s oldest retail corridors. It has long been home to the city’s Asian District, anchored by the grocery store Super Cao Nguyen, which is worth a trip to get your fill of Asian cuisine and ingredients.

Now the area is teeming with new development and restaurants going east from there to Broadway/Interstate 235. The restaurants appeal to any taste – tacos, hot dogs, pizza, Vietnamese food, barbecue, fine dining, fish and even a bar located in an old gas station – and new ones are being opened regularly. It’s truly a place to watch and includes the historic Tower Theater currently undergoing renovations into a live music venue set to open next year. (Read more here and here.)

Whichever district you are visiting, find out even more about what to eat, enjoy or experience there online at the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau’s website at www.visitokc.com, which has all kinds of lists in general, and, more specifically, for the Adventure District, the Plaza District and Uptown 23.

Asian District, live music, restaurants, Uptown 23
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Things to Do & See: November 3 - November 9, 2015

American Quarter Horse Association

Tuesday, November 3
A Christmas Story; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 800-840-9227; Ticket prices vary
Stevie Wonder; 8 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, November 4
Bringing Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; This event is free.
Thunder vs Raptors; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
A Christmas Story; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 800-840-9227; Ticket prices vary

Thursday, November 5
2015 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championships; 1 p.m.; State Fair Park; 948-6800; Ticket prices vary.
Bikes and Beers; 6 to 9 p.m.; Oak & Ore; Event is free.
OKBio Brewfest; 5 to 7 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown; Tickets are $30.
A Christmas Story; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 800-840-9227; Ticket prices vary

Friday, November 6
2015 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championships; 8 a.m. State Fair Park; 948-6800; Ticket prices vary.
Chemistry Day; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Event is free with museum admission.
Plant Walk Series; Noon; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; This event is free (suggested donation is $5).
A Christmas Story; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 800-840-9227; Ticket prices vary

Saturday, November 7
2015 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championships; 8 a.m. State Fair Park; 948-6800; Ticket prices vary.
Pumpkin Harvest Craft Festival; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Dale Roberts Center in Yukon; 350-8937; Admission is free.
Orr’s Gourd Wild: Pumpkin Fest; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Orr Family Farm; 799-3276; Event is free with regular admission.
Kinfolk’s Soul Food Festival; 2 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
A Christmas Story; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 800-840-9227; Ticket prices vary

Sunday, November 8
2015 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championships; 8 a.m. State Fair Park; 948-6800; Ticket prices vary.
A Christmas Story; 2 and 7 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 800-840-9227; Ticket prices vary
Thunder vs Suns; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Lewis Black; 7 p.m.; Rose State College Hudiberg Chevrolet Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary

Monday, November 9
2015 Lucas Oil AQHA World Championships; 8 a.m. State Fair Park; 948-6800; Ticket prices vary.

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