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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

OKC remembers events 20 years ago

Memorial 9:03 Gate

Just in time for the 20th anniversary of the April 19, 1995, Oklahoma City bombing, the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum has undergone a $10 million transformation in order to commemorate that day and remember the event. It is well worth a visit, especially if you have never been and want a greater understanding of what happened to Oklahoma City 20 years ago – and how it pulled us together as a community.

“We come here to remember those who were killed, those who survived and those changed forever. May all who leave here know the impact of violence. May this memorial offer comfort, strength, peace, hope and serenity,” reads the mission statement on the memorial’s website.

On that April day, 168 Oklahomans died when the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building was bombed in what was then the worst terrorist act on American soil.  Most of the victims were federal employees; 19 of them were children who were part of the building’s day care center. Hundreds more were wounded; more than 12,000 volunteers and rescue workers participated in rescue efforts, recovery and support.

Out of that act, the grief and the many acts of kindness from around the world that followed the bombing came the National Memorial, which includes the Outdoor Symbolic Memorial, a beautiful and serene outdoor park that rests between two gates etched with the minute before – 9:01 a.m. – and the minute after the attack – 9:03 a.m. In between the golden-hued gates are representations of what happened at 9:02, the minute the bomb went off – 168 chairs with each of the victims’ name on it, a reflecting pool and the Survivor Tree, which miraculously survived the bomb blast and is still growing, and more.

More than half of the people who live in Oklahoma City today either weren’t born or didn’t live here in 1995. If you are one of those people, take a moment to visit and understand the events from April 19, 1995.

museums, Oklahoma City history
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Oklahoma Standard reflects state residents’ kindness, generosity

Oklahoma Standard

To commemorate the 20th anniversary of the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah federal building, the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum is asking Oklahomans to commit to the Oklahoma Standard by committing one act of service, honor and kindness in the month of April.

Volunteer your time to someone in need, honor the victims and survivors of the 1995 bombing and show kindness in smaller ways in order to demonstrate the spirit of generosity that Oklahomans demonstrated to the world – and the world showed to us – during that tragedy.

Watch a video that details more about this effort that Oklahoma City Thunder General Manager Sam Presti, chairman of the campaign, suggested based on his experience living in the state.

The Oklahoma Standard kickoff with the Thunder will be from noon to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 5, 2015, at the Chesapeake Arena.

Join Oklahomans there, or sign up online to participate in the campaign.

Other events related to the Oklahoma City bombing anniversary include:

  • The Memorial Motorcycle Run from noon to 6 p.m. on April 18, a “Ride to Remember” which will include bikers from across the state and beyond to honor those who were killed. Sign up or donate.
  • A reunion with family members, survivors, rescue workers, investigators and law enforcement members associated with the bombing efforts from 3 to 5 p.m. on April 18.
  • The 20th Anniversary Remembrance Ceremony from 8:55 to 10:55 a.m. on April 19, which annually includes 168 seconds of silence at 9:02 a.m.
  • The Reflections of Hope Award luncheon from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on April 20. It will honor the prosecutors, defense attorney and judges who fought for justice following the bombing.
  • The annual OKC Memorial Marathon on April 26, which started in 2001 and has grown into an event with more than 25,000 runners. It is one of the Memorial’s major fundraisers and a Boston-qualifying, sanctioned race. Register now.
  • Cox Community Day on April 19, which includes free museum admission courtesy of Cox Communications.
community, museums
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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OKC National Memorial Museum gets a $10 million facelift

Visitors at the Memorial Museum

While you’re visiting the OKC National Memorial, don’t miss the chance to tour the Memorial Museum, which has gone through $10 million in improvements and renovations in time for the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing.

The museum now features additional interactive exhibits and includes:

  • An ‘Evidence Trail,’ showing how law enforcement officers put together the evidence that led to the arrest and conviction of the bomber, Timothy McVeigh; his accomplice, Terry Nichols; and a lesser conspirator, Michael Fortier. The exhibit now includes McVeigh’s getaway car. McVeigh was executed for the deaths in 2001; Nichols is serving a life in sentence without the possibility of parole.
  • A ‘Responsibility Theater,’ which lets visitors explore the themes of forgiveness and punishment.
  • Oral histories of those who were involved in the bombing aftermath.
  • Survivor experiences.
  • Artifacts.
  • An official recording of the Oklahoma Water Resources Board that had just started when the blast went off.
  • A ‘Gallery of Honor’ that depicts the lives of the 168 who were killed with personal photographs and artifacts contributed by their families.
  • Information about rescue and recovery operations.

Museum admission will be free on Cox Community Day April 19, but on other days tickets are $15 for adults; $12 for seniors, military personnel and students ages 6-17; and free for children ages 5 and younger.

For more information or to explore the area online first, go online to the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum's web page.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Memorial Marathon is a ‘Run to Remember’

Memorial Marathon Finish Line

Get involved with the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon on April 26, whether you want to support a runner, volunteer or run races of several different lengths – a full or half marathon, a relay, a 5k and even a kids marathon completed with a 1.2-mile kids’ fun run as part of the day’s festivities.
The “Run to Remember” marathon started in 2001 and now features more than 25,000 runners running along the streets of Oklahoma City, starting and ending downtown near the OKC National Memorial. The full marathon is a Boston-qualifying, USA Track and Field (USATF)-sanctioned event.

Register to runSign up to donate or form a team to raise money for the Memorial’s mission. A separate web page is for those who want to volunteer.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: March 31 - April 6, 2015

Easter Egg Hunt

Tuesday, March 31
Ansel Adams: Masterworks; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.

Wednesday, April 1
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
Bringing Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, April 2
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
Ansel Adams: Masterworks; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
Uptown Uncorked; Oklahoma History Center; 521-2491; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, April 3
Ansel Adams: Masterworks; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
Good Friday in the Park; 5:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Idaho Stampede vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Arianna Grande; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, April 4
Ansel Adams: Masterworks; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
Easter Egg Hunt; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Event is $5 for members and $10 for non-members.
Doggie Easter Egg Hunt; 3 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Lawn; 445-7080; $10 per dog.
OKC Outlaws Roller Derby vs. OKCRD Lighting Broad; Oklahoma State Fairgrounds, Centennial Building; Tickets are $15 at the door.

Sunday, April 5
Ansel Adams: Masterworks; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; Noon; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, April 6
Ansel Adams: Masterworks; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

A walk in the park

Did you know that Oklahoma City is home to more than 100 parks? Yep, you read that right – more than 100 parks in OKC. No matter how you prefer to get your recreation on, there’s sure to be something for you. Playgrounds, fishing, walking paths, spraygrounds and even a mountain bike trail are all just minutes away, no matter what part of the city you choose to call home. There are even special parks for thrillseekers including the Mat Hoffman Action Sports Park and the Route 66 Skate Court.

Oh, and did we mention that there are accommodations for every sport imaginable—soccer, baseball, basketball, football, tennis, disc golf and even cricket? And the offerings at OKC parks are only going to get better thanks to MAPS 3 projects which are currently in the works. We can hardly wait for the downtown park which will connect downtown with the Oklahoma River. We can only imagine the fun concerts, festivals and events that will be held at the 70-acre park.

fishing, kids, mountain biking, outdoor recreation, parks, bmx, family-friendly
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Hit the trails

One of our favorite things about springtime is the ability to get out and explore the great outdoors. Luckily, OKC is home to several trails to help you stay fit while you explore all the city has to offer. And speaking of trails – these are increasing all of the time.

Our personal favorite is the Bert Cooper Trail at Lake Hefner. Who doesn’t love to run, bike or skate around a beautiful body of water? And Lake Hefner has it all – beautiful scenery including a lighthouse and sail boats, a slew of fun things to do including parks for the kiddos, picnic areas and paved running and bike lanes around the entire lake.

If water really isn’t your cup of tea, explore Oklahoma City’s Adventure District on the Katy Trail. You’ll get a new view of the Oklahoma City Zoo, Science Museum Oklahoma, Remington Park, Railroad Museum, Firefighters Museum and National Softball Hall of Fame.

There are a numerous other trails throughout OKC and each trail has a unique feel and varies in distance. For a complete list of Oklahoma City, click here.

family-friendly, museums, outdoor recreation, parks, running, water sports, zoo, Adventure District, cycling
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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An oasis in the middle of downtown

If you are a frequent reader of our blog, you know that we love the Myriad Botanical Gardens. Seriously, what’s not to love? The Gardens offer 17 acres of flowing water falls, and fragrant flowers and even a tropical observatory. Numerous public works of art including the gateway sculpture, goldfish sculpture and the storytelling chair certainly add to the Gardens charm. This is hands-down one of our favorite spots for a perfect springtime picnic or a weekend visit. Michael Bublé and other celebrities have even taken time to explore the Gardens while in OKC and it has been featured in the Wall Street Journal.

What you may not know, is that the Myriad Botanical Gardens host a variety of events each month. From yoga in the Crystal Bridge to book readings, instructional seminars and even plant sales, there’s never a shortage of things to do here. There are monthly events for adults ranging from brown bag lunch speakers series to painting in the gardens wine and palette sessions and much more! Kiddos can learn about growing tomatoes or creepy crawlies. And of course, the children’s garden offers hours of fun!  There’s even a dog park so Sparky can enjoy the scenery with the rest of the family. Educational walking tours will be added this spring, thanks to a recent grant from the Oklahoma Community Foundation.

And after a nice relaxing afternoon at the Gardens, make sure you check out Park House, the on-site restaurant at the Gardens – we guarantee you’ll be glad you did. The appetizers here offer a plethora of options including chicken and waffle nachos, fried oysters and deviled egg flights. But that truly is only the beginning. Lunch and dinner menus offer something for everyone and range from green chili enchiladas to pork belly carbonara and filet mignon to oyster po’boys. A brandy ice is the perfect way to complete your meal or even as a treat on a hot summer day.

The spectacular views of the Crystal Bridge and the downtown skyline, as well as an impressive wine list and hand-crafted cocktails make this a fun locale to meet-up with friends or enjoy a special dinner. Chef Jonathan Krell seems to take pride in every dish served and has even been recognized as one of the top chefs in America by his peers.

Myriad Botanical Gardens
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: March 24 - March 30, 2015

Tuesday, March 24
Ansel Adams: Masterworks; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
LA Lakers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, March 25
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
Bringing Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Tomato Time!; 11 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission is free but donations suggested.

Thursday, March 26
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
FIRST Robotics; 8:30 a.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Admission is free. 
Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series: “Not too big garden on a budget” Panel Discussion; Noon;
Myriad Botanical Gardens, 2nd floor conference room; 445-7080; This event is free to the public.

Friday, March 27
Ansel Adams: Masterworks; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
FIRST Robotics; 8:00 a.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Admission is free. 
2015 NCAA DI Women’s Basketball Regional; 6:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
H&8th; 7 p.m.; Hudson Ave., between N.W. 6th & 10th; Free.

Saturday, March 28
FIRST Robotics; 8:00 a.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Admission is free. 
4th Annual Oklahoma Heritage Land Run; 8:30 a.m.; Gaylord Pickens Oklahoma Heritage Museum; (580) 370-6939; Fees vary.
OKC Zoo Smile Safari; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Oklahoma City Zoo; 424-3344; Regular zoo admission.
SUPER! BitCon Video Game Expo; 10 a.m.; State Fair Park, Expo Hall; Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.
First Look Fanfest; Noon; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; This event is free.

Sunday, March 29
Ansel Adams: Masterworks; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
SUPER! BitCon Video Game Expo; 11 a.m.; State Fair Park, Expo Hall; Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.
2015 NCAA DI Women’s Basketball Regional; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.

Monday, March 30
Ansel Adams: Masterworks; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.

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

Have a Shamrocking Good Time

Hope you have donned your brightest green, because it is St. Patrick’s Day! Whether or not you have Irish heritage, Oklahoma City’s watering holes will make sure you throw back a pint or two in celebration. These Greater Oklahoma City Chamber members would love to show you some Irish hospitality today, so check them out if you need a place to shoot the blarney.

JAMES E. MCNELLIE'S PUBLIC HOUSE [MORE]
Restaurants
1100 N Classen Drive
Oklahoma City, OK 73103-2608
Phone: (405) 601-7468
Website 

BRICKTOWN BREWERY [MORE]
Restaurants
1 N Oklahoma Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
Phone: (405) 232-2739
Website

BELLE ISLE RESTAURANT & BREWING CO.[MORE]
Restaurants
50 Penn Place
1900 Northwest Expressway
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
Phone: (405) 840-1911

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Workin’ on the Railroad

If the idea of a road trip to the Dallas-Ft. Worth area gives you road rage, then Oklahoma City’s Heartland Flyer may be your ideal way to travel. Leaving from the Santa Fe Station at 8:25 a.m., the Heartland Flyer makes a daily round trip to the Amtrak station in Ft. Worth and back to OKC. From Ft. Worth, connections are available to Dallas, Chicago or San Antonio via the Texas Eagle.

The Heartland Flyer, which is usually made up of two Superliner Coaches and a Superliner II Coach/Café Car, comes wired for electricity with outlets dispersed throughout the train. With more leg room than most automobiles, you can stretch out and enjoy the scenic view of southern Oklahoma during your trip. The train is also part of the National Park Service’s Trails & Rails program, an innovative partnership that highlights the natural and cultural heritage of the land along the train’s path. Between May and October, a National Park Service guide from the Chickasaw National Recreation Area will provide on board narratives about the history of southern Oklahoma.

In addition to taking you south of the Red River, the Heartland Flyer makes stops in Norman, Purcell, Pauls Valley and Ardmore, giving you the option of taking in the history and attractions of other Oklahoma towns before catching the return train to Oklahoma City.  

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Sights to See in Southern Oklahoma

The communities along the Interstate 35 corridor between Oklahoma City and the state’s southern boundary are full of attractions that warrant a trip in their own right. Get to know your state as you explore these southern points!

Norman
With its close ties to the University of Oklahoma, this town is a quick escape from Oklahoma City with attractions for every age. You would be remiss if you missed Norman’s museums and educational attractions, including the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. This museum gives new meaning to the prehistoric age as it walks you through four billion years of the earth’s history. If you prefer post-impressionism to Pentaceratops, visit the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Learn more about current exhibitions at the museum.

Pauls Valley
Calling all kids and kids at heart! The Toy and Action Figure Museum was ranked as one of Time Magazine’s “Top 50 Most Authentic American Experiences” and offers more than 13,000 classic pop culture figures for you to enjoy. The museum walks you through the toy-making process from concept through manufacturing and has an interactive area if you feel the urge to play. The museum is also home to the Oklahoma Cartoonists Collection, which features Oklahoma cartoonists like Chester Gould (of Dick Tracy) and Jack and Carole Bender (from Alley Oop).

Sulphur and Davis
Just east of I-35, the towns of Sulphur and Davis are in the heart of the Chickasaw Nation and are an easy distance to the Chickasaw National Recreation Area and the Lake of the Arbuckles. The Chickasaw National Recreation Area  is Oklahoma’s oldest national park and offers campsites and opportunities for biking, boating, water sports and hiking, to name a few. Nearby is the Chickasaw Cultural Center, a can’t-miss glimpse into the history, heritage and way of life of the Chickasaws.  While in Davis, indulge your sweet tooth by paying a visit to Bedré Fine Chocolate Factory, which provides a behind the scenes look that could only be topped by Willy Wonka himself. Delectable chocolates are produced Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and don’t worry – you can buy these tasty chocolates on site (chocolate covered chips, anyone?).  

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Ride into the Sunset

Want a lovely way to end your Tuesday (other than by reading this blog post)? Members of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber host a monthly Sunset Reception that is open to the public and free to attend. This month, on March 31, the March Sunset Reception will be held in the Oklahoman’s new offices at 100 W. Main St. in downtown Oklahoma City. From 4-6 p.m. you and your friends can enjoy food, drinks and networking all while touring the offices of downtown Oklahoma City’s new corporate neighbors. Come one, come all!

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

Tuesday, March 17
An Evening with Santana; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall; 201 N. Walker Ave.; 297-2264; Ticket prices and availability may vary.
"As Green as it Gets" w/ Pierce Hart Celtic Band and Oklahoma Academy of Irish Dance; Noon; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 1 Myriad Gardens; 445-7080; Free admission.
KIND Yoga Series; 5:45 p.m.; The Crystal Bridge at Myriad Botanical Gardens; 1 Myriad Gardens; 445-7080; Free for garden members, $10 for nonmembers.
Oklahoma City Barons vs. Milwaukee Admirals; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary.

Wednesday, March 18
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Boston Celtics; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability may vary.
Spring Break Pop-Ins; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; $2 suggested donation.
Bringing Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.

Thursday, March 19
Edgar Cruz; Doors: 6:30 p.m. Show: 7:30 p.m.; UCO Jazz Lab; 100 E. Fifth St. Edmond; 359-7989; $20 cash/check.
Corpus Christi - the Play; 8 p.m.; CitySpace at Civic Center Music Hall; 201 N. Walker Ave.; 297-2264; Ticket prices and availability may vary.
Drink N Draw; 8 p.m.; Tree and Leaf Clothing; 1705B NW 16th St.; 728-2026; Free admission.
Automobile Alley Shop Hop; 6 p.m.; Automobile Alley District; North Broadway Avenue between Northwest Fourth and Northwest 10th Streets; Free admission.
Ansel Adams: Masterworks; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
Spring Fling 2015; 1 p.m.; Choctaw Library; 390-8418; Admission is free.

Friday, March 20
Corpus Christi - the Play; 8 p.m.; CitySpace at Civic Center Music Hall; 201 N. Walker Ave.; 297-2264; Ticket prices and availability may vary.
Oklahoma City Home & Outdoor Living Show; Noon; Oklahoma State Fair Park; 333 Gordon Cooper Blvd.; 948-6704; Ticket prices vary.
Premiere on Film Row; 6 p.m.; Film Row District; West Sheridan Avenue between Dewey and Shartel Avenues; Free admission.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Atlanta Hawks; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability may vary.
Oklahoma City Barons vs. San Antonio Rampage; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary.

Saturday, March 21
Corpus Christi - the Play; 8 p.m.; CitySpace at Civic Center Music Hall; 201 N. Walker Ave.; 297-2264; Ticket prices and availability may vary.
Oklahoma City Home & Outdoor Living Show; 10 a.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park; 333 Gordon Cooper Blvd.; 948-6704; Ticket prices vary.
Charlie Wilson; 8 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 100 W Reno Ave.; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices and availability may vary.
Oklahoma City Barons vs. Chicago Wolves; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary.
Fifth Annual Cowboy Round-Up; 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.; Oklahoma History Center; 522-3602.
Kicklahoma; Noon to 5 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Admission is $15.
Missouri Valley College vs. OKC Energy; 3 p.m.; Casady High School Soccer Field; Admission is free.

Sunday, March 22
Oklahoma City Home & Outdoor Living Show; 10 a.m.; Oklahoma State Fair Park; 333 Gordon Cooper Blvd.; 948-6704; Ticket prices vary.
Open Streets OKC; Noon-4 p.m.; Uptown District; Northwest 23rd Street between Western and Robinson Avenues; Free admission.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Miami Heat; 2 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 W Reno; 602-8700; Ticket prices and availability may vary .
Oklahoma City Barons vs. Chicago Wolves; 4 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 602-8500; Ticket prices and availability vary.
Delaware 87ers vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, March 23
Ali Harter; 8 p.m.; Blue Note Lounge; 2408 N Robinson Ave.; 600-1166; No cover charge.
Ansel Adams: Masterworks; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
Lego Club; 4 p.m.; Midwest Library, Family Place; 732-4828; Admission is free.

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

SXSW: Meet Oklahoma in Austin

Music, film, interactive? What’s the deal with those and why do we care? Well, according to the Inter-American Development Bank, creative industries contribute more than 10 percent to the U.S. GDP, with a higher percentage of young folks in the workforce than elsewhere in the economy. It goes without saying that growing our creative industries and keeping and recruiting the minds that power them are important to Oklahoma’s future. We support these areas, integral to our cultural and economic scene, and work to help grow them. As part of that effort, for the past four years, the Greater OKC Chamber has been partnering with some of our friends to promote Oklahoma’s creative industries and opportunities to excel here to the world at the SXSW conference and trade show in Austin, Texas. This year, under the “Meet Oklahoma” banner,  the Chamber and our partners will occupy a 20x20-foot booth at the SXSW trade show to help get the good word out about all the opportunities available in our great state’s film, music and interactive / tech / startup areas. If you’re going to be in Austin, be sure to come by! Give us a shout on Twitter @meetoklahoma and get more info at http://www.meet-oklahoma.com/.

entrepreneur, film, music, tech
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Turning Innovation into Enterprise: i2E

One of our good friends and partners in growing OKC’s tech / biotech / entrepreneurial industries is i2E. i2E is a nonprofit that’s “focused on growing innovative small businesses in Oklahoma and making a positive impact on the state’s economy.” In addition to collaborating with Oklahoma’s universities to commercialize technologies and programs like the Governor’s Cup Collegiate Business Plan competition, which helps students turn business ideas into cash and actual businesses, i2e also helps fledgling (or even serial) entrepreneurs, inventors, researchers and more get their projects on the road to growth and profitability – helping develop Oklahoma’s homegrown entrepreneurism into successes that ultimately employ more and more Oklahomans. And that’s good for all of us! To learn more about i2E, check out its website and attend one of its great events like the BioSummit, Brewfest, Who Wants to Be an Entrepreneur Workshop and more!

bioscience, business, entrepreneur, tech
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Bio Boom

You may not realize it, but biotech is big business in OKC. In fact, companies in the bio industry in Greater OKC cumulatively sport annual revenues of more than $4.1 billion and employ more than 27,800 workers with total compensation of $1.5 billion (yep, those are Bs, people). Those big numbers are just some of the reasons the OKC Chamber partners with the Oklahoma Bioscience Association (also known as “OKBio”) to promote Oklahoma at the BIO International Convention every year. Last year, Oklahoma biotech companies, research institutions, universities and other organizations held 150 meetings with potential partners, investors, employees and more at our booth. We had so many meetings, in fact, that we decided to add another meeting room this year, for a total of four! Collaborative efforts like these help lead to long-term success for our companies and organizations, and that helps make for a healthy economy as well as healthy people. To learn more about Bio in OK, check out www.okbio.org.

bioscience
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World Creativity Forum Returns to OKC

There is a good creative way of writing this blog post, but we are just not sure what that is. Perhaps it’s writing a poem or haiku? No, bad verse just makes it worse. Writing in the circular stream-of-consciousness style of Gertrude Stein? Our militant AP style editors would never let that go. Throwing a bunch of letters down on paper like we’re channeling some sort of literary Jackson Pollock? Maybe, but you wouldn’t be able to actually read it then. We could make you have to decode it Enigma-style, but that’d just be extra work on your part. Hmm…

Anyway, the Creativity World Forum returns to OKC on March 31, bringing together business and community leaders, innovators, students, educators, experts on innovation and more. Our friends over at Creative Oklahoma have helped put together a fantastic program and look forward to showing off the only North American region currently represented in the International Districts of Creativity Network. Speakers include esteemed names like Sir Ken Robinson, Michael Strautmanis of the Walt Disney Co., and Stephan Turnipseed of LEGO Education, among others. If you were around the last time OKC hosted this forum, you know you’ll be in for an enthralling, inspirational experience. Learn more at http://stateofcreativity.com/forum/!

ABOUT THE EVENT
Tuesday, March 31, 2015  
Civic Center Music Hall
201 N Walker Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
ENGAGE – UNITE – GET INSPIRED
Share your ideas, improve them, gain global perspectives and innovate.
Start new projects. Make new business connections. Take the next step with what you have learned.
Discuss what matters the most in 2015 including topics like health, environmental and social issues in a global vision.
Get registered

arts and culture
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: March 10 - March 16, 2015

Tuesday, March 10
Jewel Orchids: Treasures of the Rainforest; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Free for members, regular bridge admission for nonmembers.
LA Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Milwaukee Admirals vs. Oklahoma City Barons; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, March 11
Jewel Orchids: Treasures of the Rainforest; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Free for members, regular bridge admission for nonmembers.
Spring Break Pop-Ins; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; $2 suggested donation.
LA Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, March 12
Jewel Orchids: Treasures of the Rainforest; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Free for members, regular bridge admission for nonmembers.
Santa Cruz Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Fleetwood Mac; 8 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, March 13
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
Jewel Orchids: Treasures of the Rainforest; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Free for members, regular bridge admission for nonmembers.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Live on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; Free.

Saturday, March 14
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
Oklahoma Gardening School; 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.; Devon Energy Corporation Auditorium; 445-7080; $35 for members and $60 for nonmembers.
Jewel Orchids: Treasures of the Rainforest; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Free for members, regular bridge admission for nonmembers.
Carolina Checkers vs. Oklahoma City Barons; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, March 15
Orchid Sale; 11 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
Chicago Bulls vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; Noon; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Carolina Checkers vs. Oklahoma City Barons; 4 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Grand Rapids Drive vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, March 16
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
Spring Break Pop-Ins; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; $2 suggested donation.

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

Asian Sensation

Did you know that OKC has one of the largest Vietnamese populations in the U.S.? Vietnam’s loss in the late 1970s in the form of emigrants escaping religious and political persecution was Oklahoma City’s gain and paved the way for the emergence of OKC’s Asian District, centered along NW 23rd between Classen Bouelvard and Western Avenue. Today, they join Chinese and other Asian American cultures in what is a true multicultural experience right in the middle of Oklahoma City. Tokyo-style sushi? Got it. Taiwanese bubble tea? Check. Hong Kong-style dim sum? Get some. Vietnamese noodle soup? Pho yeah! Curry favor with the god of curry, and don’t forget to thank General Tso for being such a warrior against rebellion and tastelessness – all available for your gastronomic pleasure here in the Asian District. Besides restaurants, there are plenty of shops, nightclubs, grocery stores (see below) and more to explore right here in your hometown. Check out the Asian District!

Read another article we wrote on the Asian District that has a much better headline back in 2013.

Asian District
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Groceries with Global Flair

If you’ve been itching to try tako but weren’t sure how to find the best octopus, Super Cao Nguyen has your back (even though an octopus doesn’t have one). Find the octopi to occupy your favorite recipe and even more wild fare over at Super Cao Nguyen. The state’s largest Asian supermarket features all manner of fresh and imported packaged foods as well as all the assorted accoutrements you need to fully enjoy your Asian experience. From exotic tropical fruits and in-store baked goodness to a variety of fish sauces and even home goods and gifts, Super Cao Nguyen can be described in one word – super! (OK, forgive us for that last pun, but it really is pretty awesome.)

SUPER CAO NGUYEN
Grocers - Retail
2668 N. Military Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73106
Phone: (405) 525-7650

Asian District, food
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Sushi Salvation

If you’re like us, sushi is super hard to beat for a fun feast or evening out with friends. There are plenty of great places to get your fresh fish fix in OKC, but a couple of our favorites are Sushi Neko on Western Avenue and In The Raw in Bricktown. If the very thought of sushi leaves you woozy, fear not, gaijin. These restaurants have much more than just sashimi (fresh raw fish) on offer. We say, why not try some negimaki (strips of rolled broiled beef marinated in teriyaki) and pork gyoza with a Sapporo or some sake before calling it a day with the edamame? We may be “land-locked,” but we’ve got lots of places to feed your fresh fish frenzy. Go ahead, order the boatload!

SUSHI NEKO / MUSASHI'S 
Restaurants
4318 N. Western Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK 73118
Phone: (405) 528-8862

IN THE RAW 
Restaurants
200 S. Oklahoma Ave., Suite 130
Oklahoma City, OK 73104-2488
Phone: (405) 702-1325

Western Avenue, Bricktown, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Greater Grads is Great for Both Grads and OKC

Greater Grads is the Chamber’s program to help build the talent base in Oklahoma City – that’s you – and to connect that base with OKC’s employers. There are two main areas of the Greater Grads program you should know about. The first is our Greater Grads Career Fair. If you’re a new graduate, you should be at the Cox Convention Center on Thursday, March 5, from noon to 4 p.m. suited and booted with that resume ready to roll. Last year more almost 100 Oklahoma employers connected with more than 650 students, and this year’s fair promises to be even better. Free parking and shuttles are available at the Chevy Bricktown Events Center. To find out more, including a list of exhibiting employers, and/or to register, just hop on over to greatergrads.com.

The second cool thing you should know about in the Greater Grads universe is the InternOKC Internship Program. Every summer, more than 400 OKC-area interns participate in this five-week program that gives participants a chance to connect with their peers while getting a unique, in-depth look at all the reasons to stay, work and play in Oklahoma City post-graduation. To find out more info, get your interns enrolled in the program, or do a little more digging, head over to greatergrads.com or contact:

Elisa Milbourn
Manager, Education & Outreach Programs
Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
123 Park Avenue
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
(405) 297-8951

business, college, internship
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Monday, March 2, 2015

Things to Do & See: March 3 - March 9, 2015

Tuesday, March 3
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
Jewel Orchids: Treasures of the Rainforest; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Free for members, regular bridge admission for nonmembers.
Lou Berney Book Signing; 6 p.m.; Best of Books, 1313 E. Danforth; 340-9202; Admission is free.

Wednesday, March 4
Jewel Orchids: Treasures of the Rainforest; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Free for members, regular bridge admission for nonmembers.
Philadelphia 76ers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Bakersfield Jam vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, March 5
Jewel Orchids: Treasures of the Rainforest; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Free for members, regular bridge admission for nonmembers.
The Delicious, Delightful Vanilla Bean; 11 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room; 445-7080; $8 for members, $10 for nonmembers.
Greater Grads Career Fair; noon to 4 p.m.; Cox Convention Center, 1 Myriad Gardens; 297-8900; Admission is free.

Friday, March 6
First Friday Gallery Walk; 6 p.m.; The Paseo District; Free.
Chocolate Festival; 6:15 p.m.; Mustang Town Center, 1201 N. Mustang Road; 376-3411; Admission is $8.
Sesame Street Live: Let’s Dance!; 10:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Miranda Lambert; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, March 7
Sesame Street Live: Let’s Dance!; 10:30 a.m., 2 & 5:30 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Underground Monster Carnival; 1 – 9 p.m.; Oklahoma State Fairgrounds; $11 for adults and $7 for ages under 10.
Winter Jam; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Entry is $10.
Whiskey Myers; 9:30 p.m.; Wormy Dog Saloon; 601-6276; Admission is $12.

Sunday, March 8
Jewel Orchids: Treasures of the Rainforest; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Free for members, regular bridge admission for nonmembers.
Rio Grande Valley Vipers vs. Oklahoma City Blue; Noon; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Sesame Street Live: Let’s Dance!; 1 & 4:30 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Toronto Raptors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, March 9
Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Regular Museum admission.
Jewel Orchids: Treasures of the Rainforest; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Free for members, regular bridge admission for nonmembers.
Spring Break Pop-Ins; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; $2 suggested donation for each child.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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