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Tuesday, April 28, 2015

Happy Trails to You

It is that time of year. We get it. We are going through the same thing. It has been almost four months since New Year’s Eve. We all did great at first. We hit the gym, we ran through the neighborhood, counted the calories and were glued to our Fitbit. This was the year. No doubt about it. We were sticking to our New Year’s Resolution and staying in shape.

One skipped workout might have turned into two. Maybe a little winter cold threw you off your game. Well, that stops now. It is time to dust off your athletic shoes of choice and get your groove back by hitting the trails. Be it on a bike, your two feet or even roller blades, you can head out to an Oklahoma City trail, take in the beautiful weather and get back to being active.

Oklahoma City has extensive trail system that has seen millions of dollars in investment over the past decade. Bond issues in 2000, 2007 and the recent MAPS 3 initiative will help add more than 200 miles of trails to our city (with construction of some of that well under way). The best part is the trails are motor free so you and your family and/or friends can enjoy the outdoors in complete safety (assuming you don’t go Mat Hoffman on everyone).

So hop onto the city’s website to find a trail close to you (we promise there is one) or check out the city’s master plan for what is on the way.

running, cycling, family-friendly, MAPS, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Rolling on the River

You’ve heard us talk about the Oklahoma River many times, including the old jokes about how we used to have to mow the river. Like any good joke, there is a lot of truth to it. Thanks to MAPS, the river has gone from a sometimes partially full river that sometimes had to be mowed to a world-class rowing venue with millions of dollars of public/private investment. Maybe no other part of Oklahoma City embodies our modern-day renaissance like the river and its development.

The Oklahoma River is home to an official training site for U.S. Olympic & Paralympic river sports. However, the river is not just for Olympic athletes. The river has something for everyone and is a great place to enjoy the spring weather and get in a little exercise.

No matter your age, Olympic-hopeful or not, you can benefit from this great resource in the heart of Downtown Oklahoma City. If you already have some watersport experience you can head right to the river and rent a canoe or kayak. If you aren’t familiar with rowing, canoeing and kayaking, OKC RIVERSPORT offers classes that will teach you basic technique and general safety rules so you will be out on the water in no time.

As a crazy as it sounds, the Oklahoma River is not just for water enthusiasts thanks to some recent additions like the SandRidge Youth Pavilion. The pavilion is exactly what it sounds like, a pavilion for youths to get rowdy with the Sky Slide, Rumble Drop, playground and much more.

Not a rowdy youth? Try the new SandRidge Sky Trail if you want a thrill. The Sky Trail is the world’s tallest adventure course with six levels of challenges that will have you climbing, jumping and zig-zagging to the top.

Are you about to get in your van and head down to the river? Look at a buying a RIVERSPORT Adventure Pass. The pass allows you to enjoy everything we’ve talked about at one low price.

outdoor recreation, water sports, family-friendly, kids, MAPS, Oklahoma River
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Mapping the Future

So we’ve talked about the Oklahoma River and the great trail system in OKC. Those things didn’t just happen randomly. Thanks to the citizens of OKC passing the MAPS initiatives, we all get to enjoy world-class quality of life amenities like the Oklahoma River, Bricktown Canal, Chesapeake Energy Arena and much more. If you are new to Oklahoma City and not familiar with MAPS check out this quick refresher on the ground-breaking initiatives.

With all the construction and development announcements, even we have trouble keeping track of everything going on so we thought we would give you a little MAPS 3 construction update. For future reference bookmark the city’s website for the latest updates on the projects.

  • Sidewalks: Construction is well underway and you can already walk on MAPS 3 sidewalks in many parts of the city. All sidewalk construction should be completed this year.
  • Oklahoma River: The racecourse improvements have been installed and the Whitewater course is under construction. All phases of the river improvements should be done in 2020.
  • Downtown Public Park: The Master Plan has been approved and the land is being acquired. The park will be complete in 2020.
  • Oklahoma State Fairgrounds: Construction of the new expo center has started.
  • Convention Center: Additional site analysis is underway with an opening in 2019 or 2020.
  • Modern Street Car: Route framework has been approved. The plan is to have the streetcar operational in 2019.
  • Trails: Construction on the West River Trail is nearing completion and the I-44 Trail is in final design. The final phase of the trails will be completed in 2017.
  • Senior Health and Wellness Centers: Architects and operating partners have been identified for the first center. All four wellness centers are slated to be complete by 2021.
parks, State Fair Park, downtown, MAPS, Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Spring into Action

The old saying “Don’t like the weather? Wait a day…” is definitely true for Oklahoma, especially this time of year. Most of the time, the weather couldn’t be nicer. In fact, we see 350 sunny days a year in Oklahoma City with an average temp of 61 degrees (Fahrenheit, of course – 61 degrees Celsius would be a tad uncomfortable).

Even though Oklahoma’s weather can be over sensationalized, it never hurts to be weather aware. Luckily for Oklahomans, the National Weather Center is located in Norman, just south of Oklahoma City. The center is home to the most technologically advanced weather equipment in the world and does an amazing job of monitoring not only the weather in central Oklahoma but of the world.

Head over to the climate section of our site for some more helpful info and weather related info.

climate, weather
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: April 28 - May 4, 2015

Tuesday, April 28
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.
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
Wheeler Criterium; Events start at 5:30 p.m.; Downtown OKC Airpark, 1701 S. Western; Admission is free.

Wednesday, April 29
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.
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
Bringing Gardens to Life: April Showers!; 11 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Suggest donation $2.

Thursday, April 30
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.
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
Brown Bag Lunch Speaker Series: Dig a Ten Dollar Hole; Noon; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 2nd Floor Conference Room; 445-7080; Admission is free.

Friday, May 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.
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
Downtown Edmond Arts Festival; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Downtown Edmond; Admission is free.
First Friday Gallery Walk; 6 p.m.; The Paseo District; Free.
Lecrae; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, May 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.
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
Downtown Edmond Arts Festival; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Downtown Edmond; Admission is free.
Bedlam at the Brick; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, May 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.
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
Downtown Edmond Arts Festival; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Downtown Edmond; Admission is free.
Sonic Presents Free Family Day; Noon to 5 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Dr.; 236-3100; Admission is free.
Bedlam at the Brick; 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, May 4
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.
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
New Orleans Zephyrs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Festival of the Arts

This week marks one of our absolute favorite weeks in Oklahoma City. We love hearing and seeing the talents of our fellow Oklahomans and there is no better locale for that than the annual Festival of the Arts.

The six-day event is an annual rite of passage to welcome spring in Oklahoma City. The festival, now in its 48th year, literally transforms downtown OKC into a bazaar-like atmosphere complete with colorful tents and thousands of attendees. The festival had humble beginnings in 1967, when Arts Council committee members personally sought out artists to exhibit and even made sandwiches and hot dogs for attendees. But today, the Festival of the Arts is one of the largest and most successful in the country.

Here are some things to remember when you visit the Festival of the Arts:

  • The art is world-class. More than 500 artists submitted work for the Festival jury process. The 141 chosen artists are some of the nation’s finest. Artworks include oil paintings, watercolors,   photography, ceramics, glass, sculpture, fiber, jewelry, wood, and more!
  • There’s plenty of entertainment. Nearly 300 entertainers will take the stage during the festival. From the big band sounds of the 145th Army Bank to the bluegrass sounds of Southbound Mule and choral groups such as the Sweet Adelines to Irish step dancers, Mexican folk dancers and ballet artists, the talent of Oklahomans is hard to dispute. 
  • Family fun is important too. There’s plenty to keep the youngsters entertained at the festival. Kids can create their own works of art at the Children’s Art Field. Other family-friendly activities include face painting and a creation station. The tikes are also sure to enjoy the Young-at-Art Mart, a children-only shopping site where all artwork is $5 or less. 
  • Bring your appetite! From appetizers to desserts, the festival is also a celebration of the culinary arts. Dozens of vendors bring their delicacies to the festival and each one is partnered with a local arts organization, so each bite you take supports the arts in central Oklahoma. Go ahead and expand your palate with daily culinary arts demonstrations from restaurants such as Sushi Neko , VAST, Rococo, Paseo Grill and many more. 
kids, arts and culture, family-friendly, festivals, food
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Behold the beauty

From the moment you step into the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, it’s hard not to be in awe of its grandeur. A 55-foot Chihuly tower in the Museum’s atrium serves to welcome visitors, but that is only the tip of the proverbial iceberg when it comes to what OKCMOA has to offer.

In addition to boasting one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of Chihuly glass, OKCMOA also offers a varied and spectacular selection of permanent and rotating exhibits.

We can’t wait to test our skills of deduction at the Intent to Deceive: Fakes and Forgeries in the Art World exhibit. More than 60 works by some of the world’s most notorious con artists will be displayed alongside actual works of art. Bring your best sleuthing skills. We bet you’ll need them.

Where can you see images of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Jack Nicklaus, figure-skating Olympic gold medalist Dorothy Hamill, boxing icon Muhammad Ali and O. J. Simpson all portrayed in classic Andy Warhol style? Where else, but OKCMOA, of course. The striking works found in Warhol: The Athletes offer an interesting perspective on athletes and something you certainly don’t want to miss. 

Grab some friends and head out to Art After 5. The weekly event, held each Thursday, offers a fun way to unwind from a busy day, socialize and enjoy great works of art all while enjoying a spectacular view of downtown.

arts and culture, museums, nightlife
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Expand your horizons

The art scene is not limited to downtown OKC, as galleries showcasing the talents of Oklahomans are spread throughout the different districts our great city. No matter what media and style you fancy, there’s sure to be something that piques your interest.

Check out the exhibit “Alex Leme: Small Town: Portraits of a Disappearing America” for an interesting interpretation of small-town America at the Oklahoma Contemporary Arts Center. The Orly Genger: Terra exhibit also offers a spectacular site.

Another of our favorite galleries, JRB Art at the Elms, is currently featuring the unique and mesmerizing photographs of Siegfried Halus and clay sculptures by Paul Media as part of a rotating exhibit. The gallery also features works by more than 100 Oklahoma artists.

Exhibit C, one of OKC’s newest galleries, offers an intriguing look at the talents of Chickasaws in Oklahoma.  Jewelry, pottery, paintings and clothing from Chickasaw artisans are just a small sampling of what you can expect to find here. And don’t forget to pick up some Bedré Fine Chocolate – we could argue that it’s some of the best you’ll ever have. 

Dozens of artists will be gathering at Howell Gallery of Fine Art for “Painting in the Courtyard” on May 2. This is a great way to see the talents and techniques of some of the city’s finest artists first-hand.

Get out and see OKC. There are plenty of cultural offerings to keep you busy and we promise you won’t be disappointed.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: April 21 - April 27, 2015

Tuesday, April 21
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.
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
Festival of the Arts; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Downtown Oklahoma City; Admission is free.
Wheeler Criterium; Events start at 5:30 p.m.; Downtown OKC Airpark, 1701 S. Western; Admission is free.

Wednesday, April 22
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.
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
Festival of the Arts; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Downtown Oklahoma City; Admission is free.
Bringing Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.

Thursday, April 23
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.
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
Festival of the Arts; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Downtown Oklahoma City; Admission is free.
San Antonio Rampage vs. Oklahoma City Barons; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, April 24
Festival of the Arts; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Downtown Oklahoma City; Admission is free.
H&8th; 7 p.m.; Hudson Ave., between N.W. 6th & 10th; Free.
Gabriel Iglesias; 8 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Charlie Robison; 9:30 p.m.; Wormy Dog Saloon, 311 E. Sheridan; 601-6276; Tickets are $12.

Saturday, April 25
Festival of the Arts; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Downtown Oklahoma City; Admission is free.
San Antonio Rampage vs. Oklahoma City Barons; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
St. Louis FC vs. Oklahoma City Energy; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium, NW 27th 7 May; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.
Omaha Storm Chasers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, April 26
Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon; 6:30 a.m.; Starts at the Oklahoma City National Memorial; 235-3313.
Festival of the Arts; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Downtown Oklahoma City; Admission is free.
Party for the Planet; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Oklahoma City Zoo; 425-0262; Free with Zoo admission.
Omaha Storm Chasers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 2:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, April 27
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.
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
Omaha Storm Chasers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

We’re Gonna Party Like its 1889

April 22 marks the 126th anniversary of the Oklahoma Land Run and the birth of Oklahoma City, and we know you are going to want to celebrate. Step back in time and revel with our neighbor to the north! The ‘89er Days Celebration in Guthrie celebrates the Oklahoma Land Run in the largest urban historic district in Oklahoma, which makes it easy for you to imagine what life was like during Oklahoma’s earliest days. The events, including the Chuck Wagon Feed & Auction and the beard and moustache contest, start tonight, and culminate with gospel and bluegrass concerts on Sunday, April 19. Don’t miss the largest parade in Oklahoma on Saturday, April 18, at noon. View the entire schedule here.

festivals, history
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Stake Your Claim as Trivia Champion

Want to impress your friends and stump your foes with some cool Land Run trivia knowledge? Look no further for some facts about Oklahoma City’s first days.

  • President Benjamin Harrison signed a proclamation on March 23, 1889, that opened the Unassigned Lands of Indian Territory to settlement. The Oklahoma Land Run took place less than a month later on April 22, 1889.
  • The Land Run opened up a 1.9-million-acre tract of unassigned land for eager citizens to settle.
  • Cannons and pistols fired at precisely high noon on April 22, giving the go ahead for people to stake their claim on a tract of land. Those that participated in the mad dash were called “Boomers,” since they waited for the boom of the cannon to charge into the new territory.
  • Soldiers were tasked with keeping the rowdy crowd in line, but a few sneaky citizens slipped through and crossed into Indian Territory before the sound of the gun. These people were labeled “Sooners,” which is the source of Oklahoma’s nickname “The Sooner State.”
  • Veterans of the Land Run were known as “eighty-niners.”
  • While Rome wasn’t built in a day, Oklahoma City sure was. From high noon to sundown, Oklahoma City added 10,000 residents to its streets, all residing in tent residences.
  • The Land Run on April 22, 1889, was the first of seven land runs to take place in Oklahoma.
  • Oklahoma has an official Land Run Song called The Oklahoma Run. It was written by an area professor to commemorate the explosive start to our upstart state. Many people who grew up in Oklahoma learned this song in elementary school. We suggest you memorize it and sing it spontaneously to all your friends.
history, Oklahoma City history
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Make Our History Less of a Mystery

We know that all this history talk has probably whetted your whistle for more insight into what makes Oklahoma City the place it is today. Lucky for you, OKC is home to many history-focused museums and organizations that make it their mission to educate people about the past.

The Oklahoma Historical Society
The Oklahoma History Society has chronicled the history of Oklahoma for more than 100 years, and its Oklahoma History Center provides a self-guided exploration of Oklahoma’s past and present. In addition to having tons of resources available on their website (including several different first-hand experiences of the 1889 Land Run), the Oklahoma History Center currently houses an exhibit detailing the Century Chest Time Capsule unearthed in the basement of the First Lutheran Church of Oklahoma City in 2013.

The Gaylord-Pickens Museum
No one tells the story of Oklahoma like its own people, and the Gaylord-Pickens Museum specializes in honoring and preserving the stories of the individuals who have shaped this state into what it is today. Through its interactive exhibits, you will get to know the faces, voices and spirits of Oklahomans from every walk of life. You can also become part of Oklahoma’s history by sharing the story of your own heritage. Be sure to visit the Oklahoma Hall of Fame Gallery to research the stories of more than 650 inductees dating back to 1928.

The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum
The early days of Oklahoma City probably make you think about the Wild West, right? If you want to dive into Oklahoma’s Western past, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is America’s premier institution of Western history, art and culture – and it's located right in the heart of Oklahoma City. This museum is home to a vast collection of classic and contemporary Western art, including the awe-inspiring 18-foot “End of the Trail” sculpture by James Earle Fraser.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Run, Settler, Run

Although we weren’t there, it is a pretty safe assumption that the first minutes of the Oklahoma Land Run were complete chaos with canons firing, hoofbeats pounding and eager pioneers as far as the eye can see. While we can’t go back in time to experience it, we can see the frenzied spirit of the day captured by the Centennial Land Run Monument at the south end of Bricktown Canal.

When complete, this monument will feature 45 larger than life sized figures of land run participants, including a soldier and a canon, 24 horses and riders, covered wagons – all giving the viewer an idea of what that day might have looked like. The artist Paul Moore will have created one of the largest freestanding bronze sculptures in the world, spanning 365 feet in length, when the installments are complete later this year. This monument is a city park and is open to the public 24 hours a day year round, but it is best viewed during daylight hours.  

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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OKC Remembers April 19, 1995

As we’ve written about, this Sunday also marks the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing. To commemorate all the lives lost and changed forever, you can get involved in a variety of ways. At the top of that list is the Oklahoma Standard campaign. You can read more here, but it is pretty simple: commit one act of service, honor and kindness in the month of April. As always, the Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon (which is will take place April 26) is a great way to show your support. Also be sure to visit the newly renovated OKC National Memorial sometime in the month of April.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: April 14 - April 20, 2015

Tuesday, April 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.
Hamilton Bulldogs vs. Oklahoma City Barons; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Nashville Sound vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, April 15
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.
Nashville Sound vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, April 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.
Shop Hop; 6 p.m.; Automobile Alley; Free.
Nashville Sound vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
20th Anniversary Oklahoma City Bombing Project; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City University, Burg Theatre; 208-5227. Event is free but please register for a ticket.

Friday, April 17
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.
Premiere on Film Row; 6 p.m.; Film Row, Sheridan Avenue in Downtown; Free to attend.
Iowa Wild vs. Oklahoma City Barons; 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.
John Moreland; 8 p.m.; The Blue Door, 2805 N. McKinley; 524-0738; Tickets are $20.
20th Anniversary Oklahoma City Bombing Project; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City University, Burg Theatre; 208-5227. Event is free but please register for a ticket.

Saturday, April 18
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.
Kids Fest 2015; 10 a.m to 3 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; $5 for adults and children are free.
Oklahoma City Comic Con; 10 a.m.; The Paramount OKC, 701 W. Sheridan;  517-0787; $5 admission.
Iowa Wild vs. Oklahoma City Barons; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Seattle Sounders FC 2 vs. Oklahoma City Energy; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium, NW 27th 7 May; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.
20th Anniversary Oklahoma City Bombing Project; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City University, Burg Theatre; 208-5227. Event is free but please register for a ticket.

Sunday, April 19
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.
20th Anniversary Remembrance Ceremony; 8:45 a.m.; Oklahoma City National Memorial; 235-3313.
Malee’s Birthday Bash; 1 to 3 p.m.; OKC Zoo; 425-0262; This event is free with Zoo admission.
20th Anniversary Oklahoma City Bombing Project; 2 p.m.; Oklahoma City University, Burg Theatre; 208-5227. Event is free but please register for a ticket.

Monday, April 20
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.
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Bleeding Dodger Blue

photo provided by Oklahoma City University

[photo credit: Oklahoma City University]

Your chance to join “The Blue Crew” is here! The first game of the Dodger era in Oklahoma City is on Thursday, April 9 at 7:05 p.m. when your Oklahoma City Dodgers take on the Round Rock Express. It’s “Two-Dollar Thursdays” at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, so beyond the bragging rights you get by being among the first to see the new team in action, you can also quench your thirst with $2 beer, soft drinks, or even just plain old water if you’re trying to balance out those salty peanuts you’ll probably eat (because hey, it’s hard to turn down a delicious salty bag when they’re being hawked vociferously and right there for the taking). If you’re not so into peanuts, perhaps consider taking in a hotdog or two as the world-famous Dodger Dog makes its OKC debut. It’s going to be a great, historic day at The Brick so don’t miss it!

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Dodger Data

Dodger Fans

Let’s get to know a little more about OKC’s parent club, the Los Angeles Dodgers.

  • Nicknames include: The Blue Crew, The Boys in Blue, The Azul, and Los Doyers (more)
  • The Dodgers have won the World Series six times and the National League pennant 21 times.
  • The Dodgers moved to LA from Brooklyn in 1958.
  • The team, formed in 1883 (before the land run!), was originally called the Brooklyn Atlantics.
  • The “Dodgers” name is a shortened form of “Trolley Dodgers,” which came about in 1895 due to the “complex maze of trolley cars that weaved its way through the borough of Brooklyn.” (Fittingly, Oklahoma Citians will soon be dodging our own streetcars soon!)
  • Jackie Robinson became the first African-American to play Major League Baseball when he suited up for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947.
  • Dodger Stadium in LA is currently the third-oldest ballpark in MLB, behind Fenway Park in Boston and Wrigley Field in Chicago.
  • The Dodgers’ biggest rivals are the San Francisco Giants, who used to play across town in Manhattan as the New York Giants when both teams were in NY.
  • Other rivalries include the LA Angels of Anaheim (the “Freeway Series”), the San Diego Padres (both in NL West), and the New York Yankees (there have been 11 Yankees-Dodgers World Series).

There is lots more great Dodger info at the team’s website. Let’s go Dodgers!

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Baseball Has Been Very Good to Us

Drawing of All Sports Stadium

Did you know pro baseball has been played in Oklahoma City since at least 1903, and maybe even earlier? That’s right, just a few years after settlers ran for land to call home, players ran for home plate at Colcord Park, a baseball field near the current Farmer’s Market area in what was called Delmar Gardens. The Oklahoma City Metropolitans made the park their home until 1908, when the Oklahoma City Indians, managed by the too-apropos-for-an-old-school-baseball-guy-to-be-made-up-sounding Doc Andrews, joined the class C Texas League the following year and took up residence at the park. After years of bouncing around lesser leagues, in 1962 Oklahoma City joined the ranks of AAA with the advent of the 89ers, who played in All Sports Stadium at the Fairgrounds and were the farm club of the awesomely-named Houston Colt .45’s. 1990 saw the advent of the much-heralded Robo Niner era. The ‘Niners and their mascot stayed there until the opening of the Bricktown Ballpark in 1998, when the team was renamed the RedHawks. (Local legend has it Robo-Niner escaped destruction by hiding in the basement of the Space Tower, but his plan was foiled when it flooded in 2010 and he finally succumbed to metastasizing rust.) The RedHawks, after becoming the Astros top farm team in 2011, switched affiliations to the LA Dodgers over the winter, and Boom! It’s Dodger time in OKC. If you’d like to delve further, a good read on the history of baseball in Oklahoma City would be the book Baseball in Oklahoma City by Bob Burke.

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Batter Up

kickball

All this baseball talk got you revved up for a run around the bases, but you just don’t think you have it in you to run too much without a beverage or two in hand? We hear you, Uncle Rico. Forget the buzzkill that comes with being unable to hold a beer with a baseball glove and join the kickball revolution. There are at least two kickball leagues we know of in OKC, and occasionally the OKC parks department even offers a tournament. Social co-ed sports can be a great way to meet new people in OKC and have some fun while you try to regain a few fleeting moments of your former all-star form.

For more info, check out D-Bat Sportsplex on NW 122nd and WAKA (that’s World Adult Kickball Association, for the un-initiated) kickball at www.kickball.com/okc. If you know of any more leagues around the city, let us know in the comments!

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Things to Do & See: April 7 - April 13, 2015

Redbud Run

Tuesday, April 7
San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
San Antonio Rampage vs. Oklahoma City Barons; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly; 7 p.m.; Harkins Theatre, 150 E. Reno; 231-4747; Ticket prices vary depending on age.

Wednesday, April 8
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.
Santa Cruz Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, April 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.
Ansel Adams: Masterworks; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
Round Rock vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, April 10
Southwest Street Rod Nationals Plus; 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; State Fair Park; 948-6700.
ACM@UCO Metro Music Fest; 3 p.m. – 2 a.m.; Bricktown; 974-4711; This event is free.
Sacramento Kings 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; 367-9403; Free
Round Rock vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, April 11
Southwest Street Rod Nationals Plus; 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; State Fair Park; 948-6700.
Spring Plant Sale; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, The Pavilion; 445-7080; Entry is free.
Kevin Hart; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Round Rock vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, April 12
Spring Plant Sale; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, The Pavilion; 445-7080; Entry is free.
33rd Annual Redbud Classic; 2 p.m.; 842-8295; Race starts at the Waterford and Penn. 
Southwest Street Rod Nationals Plus; 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.; State Fair Park; 948-6700.
Round Rock vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 2:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, April 13
Portland Trailblazers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena, 100 West Reno; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Nashville vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 2:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

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