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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Living in a Golferís Paradise

OKC Golf Course

If you are new to our great state then you know how crazy we can get about our sports. Football is king and the Thunder have taken the state by storm (pun somewhat intended). What you might not know is that golf has a great tradition in the Sooner state. From affordable local courses, prestigious tracks that host major golf championships and a couple of the winningest college programs in college golf, Oklahoma is a golf lover’s dream. With more than 30 courses in the metro (and plenty of sun), hitting the links is pretty easy.

The City of Oklahoma owns and operates five courses throughout the metro that offer great golf on any budget. Be sure to bookmark www.okcgolf.com for all the info you need to know about city courses.

  • Earlywine- Located on 11600 S. Portland, Earlywine offers 2 courses that show off the natural landscape of Oklahoma City. Earlywine has plenty of water features which make for a great view but challenging round of golf.
  • Lake Hefner- Right off scenic Lake Hefner, this golf course offers length and water hazards to challenge experienced golfers but is also enjoyable for all skill levels.
  • Lincoln Park- You’ll find two courses at Lincoln Park, both maintained at tournament conditions. Lincoln is located at 4001 NE Grand.
  • Trosper Park- An OKC favorite, Trosper is a heavily wooded, 6,660-yard layout located at 2301 SE 21st St.
  • James E. Stewart- This course has been providing enjoyable golf in the heart of the city for generations. Located at 824 Fredrick Douglas Dr., James E. Stewart also partners with First Tee of Oklahoma City to introduce new generations to the sport of golf.
golf, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Par for the Course

The metro also offers a plethora of golf courses both public and private not run by the city. Whether you are a beginner who wants to learn the game or a scratch golfer who wants to challenge themselves on courses that have hosted major championships for the best players in the world, a course for you is nearby.  For a more comprehensive list check below but here are some local courses that have made national headlines:

  • Oak Tree National- Oak Tree National is not only one of the most prestigious golf courses in our state but also ranks as one of the top courses in the country. The course opened in 1971 and was designed by the renowned Pete Dye. The private course has hosted multiple major golf championships including the U.S. Amateur, PGA Championship, Senior PGA Championship and U.S. Senior Open. The course is also home to no fewer than seven championship golfers from the PGA and Senior PGA.
  • Oklahoma City Golf and Country Club- Designed by Perry Maxwell and opened in 1920, this 6,947-yard course is located in the heart of Nichols Hills.
  • Gallardia Country Club- Opened in 1998, Gaillardia has become a nationally recognized private country club and residential community. The expansive links course, designed by architect Arthur Hills and later renovated by famed player Tom Kite, can play from 5,100 yards to well over 7,300. The manicured course features generous fairways but requires precision iron play which challenges every level of skill from the astute to the beginner. The clubhouse is world renowned and has many recreational amenities including tennis, pool, fitness center, and an indoor golf learning facility.
  • Jimmie Austin Golf Club- One great advantage of having powerhouse college golf programs is they also offer top-notch courses to test your skills. You can play the same courses that have helped shape some of golf’s biggest names. In Norman, the University of Oklahoma won the 1988 NCAA Championship and has produced 16 conference titles and 50 All-Americans. Their home course is the Jimmie Austin Golf Club. This top-rated course has hosted multiple amateur golf championships in its history. Best of all, the course is open to the public.
  • Karsten Creek- This course is home to the Oklahoma State University Cowboys and Cowgirls. The Cowboys are widely regarded as one of the top programs in all of collegiate sports. The Cowboys have won 10 NCAA titles, 8 individual champions, 160 All-Americans and more than 50 conference titles. Karsten Creek was named the best new course by Golf Digest when it opened and was also named the best college course in the country by Travel & Leisure Golf Magazine. The course has hosted multiple NCAA Championships and is also open to the public.  

These are just a small sampling of great courses in the metro. For more public courses click here. To find more private courses click here. Also check out the Sporting Life on our website.

golf, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Golf with a Spin

Golf takes many forms. Long gone are the days of yore when golf required a club and ball. Today you can play a round of disc golf in a public park or show off your skill when it comes to putting a ball through a clown’s mouth.

Looking for a fun place to take your date after enjoying a cold Coke? Or maybe just want to have a relaxing afternoon with the family? Head out to one of OKC’s popular miniature golf courses. These establishments offer 18-holes of the finest mini-golf around and the best part is that balls and putters are included:

Like the idea of golf but don’t want to mess with clubs, golf carts and green fees? Give disc golf a try. Never head of disc golf? It is actually quite simple: think golf with a Frisbee. All you need is a Frisbee because the courses are free. Central OKC is home to several courses:

family-friendly, free, golf, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Golf with a View

One of the newest additions to Central Oklahoma is TopGolf. Never been to a TopGolf? The concept is simple, you hit golf balls towards certain targets to score points. The great thing is the balls have computer chips in them so the score is totaled by a computer. You don’t have to break out your math skills. That is a good thing because you can enjoy TopGolf while eating and enjoying your favorite adult beverages. The three-story complex allows even the most novice golfers to hit the ball a mile (not literally). TopGolf is fun for everyone in the family, from those who think they are the next Jack Nicklaus to those who don’t know the difference between a birdie and a bogey. Slated to open off Memorial Road later this summer, this will be the first TopGolf in the state of Oklahoma.

golf, nightlife
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: May 26 - May 31, 2015

Tuesday, May 26
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Wheeler Criterium; Events start at 5:30 p.m.; Downtown OKC Airpark, 1701 S. Western; Admission is free.

Wednesday, May 27
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Bringing Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
Bringing Gardens to Life: May Flowers!; 11 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080.

Thursday, May 28
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
OQHA Redbud Spectacular Horse Show; 8 a.m.; State Fair Park; 948-6700; Free to the Public.
Brown Bag Lunch Speakers Series: “Love Your Landscape”; Noon; Myriad Botanical Gardens, 2nd Floor Conference Room; 445-7080.
Art after 5; 5 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Admission is $5.

Friday, May 29
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
OQHA Redbud Spectacular Horse Show; 8 a.m.; State Fair Park; 948-6700; Free to the Public.
Under the Sea Sleepover; 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Oklahoma City Zoo; The event is $35 for kids and $20 for adults.
H&8th; 7 p.m.; Hudson Ave., between N.W. 6th & 10th; Free.
Fresno Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, May 30
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
OQHA Redbud Spectacular Horse Show; 8 a.m.; State Fair Park; 948-6700; Free to the Public.
Fresno Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, May 31
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
OQHA Redbud Spectacular Horse Show; 8 a.m.; State Fair Park; 948-6700; Free to the Public.
Fresno Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 2:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Austin Aztex vs. OKC Energy FC; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, June 1
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
OQHA Redbud Spectacular Horse Show; 8 a.m.; State Fair Park; 948-6700; Free to the Public.
Barre3 Free Community Workout; 7 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080.
Fresno Grizzlies 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, May 19, 2015

Itís Zoo-rific!

If you want to get in touch with Oklahoma City’s wild side, then look no further than the Oklahoma City Zoo & Botanical Gardens located in Oklahoma City’s Adventure District. Oklahoma City’s zoo is one of the oldest zoos in the Southwest and is home to around 1,900 of the world’s most exotic animals, 54 of which are endangered or threatened species.

At the Zoo, you can discover the state-of-the-art Elephant Habitat (be sure to say hello to five-month-old Achara and new-to-OKC elephants Bamboo and Chai), catch the waves at Stingray Bay, and flutter your way through the largest walk-through outdoor Butterfly Garden in Oklahoma. And that doesn’t even begin to cover the Zoo’s Lion Overlook, Cat Forest and bear habitat, oh my!

Be sure to check out the Zoo’s upcoming events and schedule a behind-the-scenes tour to take full advantage your trip.

Adventure District, zoo
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Must Love Dogs

If you are looking for some quality time with man’s best friend – or looking for a fellow dog lover like yourself – then you might want to load up your furry friends and take them out for an afternoon adventure at one of Oklahoma City’s many dog parks.

  • Paw Park at Lake Hefner, which recently received some construction upgrades, has separate big/small dog play areas, water stations, a duck pond, benches, trees and other features sure to keep your dog’s tail wagging.
  • In addition to the flora that Myriad Gardens’ features for humans, the park boasts an off-leash dog area so your pup can also enjoy some of OKC’s finest scenery.
  • Bickham-Rudkin Park in Edmond has half an acre of off-the-leash fabulousness for Fido, including pond access for a water-splashing good time.
  • Ray Trent Park in Del City sports the awesomely-named Wiggly Field Dog Park. The park has equally awesome features, like agility equipment, fire hydrants (what a relief) and even lights for night use.
  • Griffin Community Park in Norman has two acres of off-leash fun for pets as well as owners – the first few holes of the disc golf course are part of the dog area! A hole-in-one while your dog runs freely about? That’s the best of both worlds.
  • Midtown Mutts Dog Park is the newest dog park on the scene. Located in Midtown between NW 10th and 11th Streets and west of Hudson, the park is open daily from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m., giving you and Rover plenty of time for roaming.
parks, pets
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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All Paws on Deck

Patio weather is upon us, and in case the warmer weather, bright sunshine and good food aren’t enough to entice you outdoors, you should also know that a lot of Oklahoma City restaurants allow dogs on their patios. Below are a few establishments that will welcome your furry friend with open arms. (As always, call the restaurant before you go to get their specific pet policy!)

Ice House at Myriad Botanical Gardens
S&B Burger Joint – 9th Street Location
Tucker’s Onion Burgers – 23rd Street Location
Jazmo’z Bourbon Street Cafe
Bleu Garten

Did we miss your favorite place to take your pup? Let us know in the comments!

pets, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Three days of arts and entertainment

The three-day weekend is a perfect excuse to head over to one of America’s “10 Greatest Neighborhoods” and check out the 35th annual Paseo Arts Festival. Held Saturday, May 28 through Monday, May 30, this festival features more than 80 artists representing all types of art and all mediums. Stroll through the booths and check out the art on your way to two different stages showcasing Oklahoma entertainers and musicians. And bring the kids for some hands-on fun in the children’s area.

Paseo District, arts and culture, family-friendly, festivals, free
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: May 19 - May 25, 2015

Tuesday, May 19
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 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.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, May 20
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 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.
Eagles; 8 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, May 21
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 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.
Art after 5; 5 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Admission is $5.
Video Games Live; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, May 22
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 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.
Under the Sea Sleepover; 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Oklahoma City Zoo; The event is $35 for kids and $20 for adults.

Saturday, May 23
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 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.
Paseo Arts Festival; 10 a.m.; Paseo Arts District; 525-2688; This event is free.
Sacramento Republic FC vs. OKC Energy FS; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, May 24
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 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.
Paseo Arts Festival; 10 a.m.; Paseo Arts District; 525-2688; This event is free.

Monday, May 25
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 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.
Paseo Arts Festival; 10 a.m.; Paseo Arts District; 525-2688; This event is free.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Enjoy the Great Outdoors

While forecasts for Oklahoma City still predict some rain this week, we are quickly moving into the season where it’s fun to be outside as much as possible. Oklahoma City has one of the sunniest climates around – around 65 percent of our days each year are sunny and perfect for outdoor activities.

If you’re stuck for ideas, here are a few to get you started exploring:

  • We’ve written about this before, but check out hiking, nature and wildlife at Martin Park Nature Center at 5000 W Memorial Road, an oasis of calm by the busy John Kilpatrick Turnpike.
  • Go to Lake Overholser on the city’s west side and check out the Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge, 1,000 acres featuring a hardwood forest, marshlands and animals. Hike or bike, or explore on water with kayaks or canoes. Find out more by searching “Stinchcomb” at www.travelok.com. Or call 405.297.3882.
  • Visit the Oklahoma City Zoo, and see if you can get a glimpse of the baby gorilla born in March.
  • Play at Oklahoma City’s two major amusement parks –  White Water Bay for pool fun and Frontier City if you like your rides with a Western feel.
  • Fish at any number of Oklahoma City’s lakes and ponds.
family-friendly, fishing, outdoor recreation, water sports, zoo
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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On and Around Lake Hefner

The beautiful sunset views at Lake Hefner aren’t the only reason to visit the reservoir in north Oklahoma City, which is basically bound by Lake Hefner Parkway on the east, MacArthur Boulevard on the west, the Northwest Expressway on the south and Hefner Road on the north.

Lake Hefner is one of three urban reservoirs that store Oklahoma City’s drinking water, but you can also fish in it and take boats out on it with proper permits. Get out on the lake through the Oklahoma City Boat Club Oklahoma City Boat Club, Sailorbrains or Sail Lake Hefner, LLC. You can also surf on a kiteboard through 405Kite or Lake Hefner Kiteboarding or ride a stand-up paddle board. Also check out Friends of Lake Hefner and Oklahoma Outdoors if you really want to explore.

Off the water, the Bert Cooper Trails, formerly known as the Lake Hefner Trails, surround the lake and are wide enough for bikers as well as joggers and pedestrians. Play golf on one of the two 18-hole courses at the Lake Hefner Golf Course, or enjoy a picnic lunch at Stars and Stripes Park off of Lakeshore Drive and North Portland Avenue.

cycling, family-friendly, fishing, golf, running, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Get on (or Zip Over) the Oklahoma River

If you are new to Oklahoma City, don’t miss all of the fun that we’ve been having for awhile on the Oklahoma River at the Boathouse District. Made for kids and adults alike, the Oklahoma River has developed into one of Oklahoma City’s entertainment jewels.

Whether you’re into kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, dragon boating, zip lining or climbing the SandRidge Sky Trail adventure course, RIVERSPORT Adventures is a good place to start learning what you can do.

The Oklahoma River is home to U.S. Olympic training for canoe/kayaking and teams of both corporate and youth river sports.

All ages can enjoy the Oklahoma River. Choose your adventure and buy a pass.

Boathouse District, family-friendly, Oklahoma River
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Jump, Jive and Roll at Mat Hoffman Sports Park

Maybe you’re more into BMX freestyling, boarding and skating. If so, check out the Mat Hoffman Action Sports Park at 1700 S Robinson, open from dawn to 11 p.m. year-round. Even better, it’s free and has been named one of National Geographic’s Ten Best skate parks in the country.

Oklahoma City native and resident Mat Hoffman is one of BMX Freestyle’s pioneers and brought the sport into the mainstream with his accomplishments, both on the course and in the business world. The ESPN documentary “Birth of Big Air” is all about his career and gravity-defying tricks on the BMX circuit.

At the Mat Hoffman Action Sports Park, there is a bowl course with various shapes, depths and heights and a street course featuring ledges and handrails, all welcoming your latest tricks.

Just don’t forget the protective gear.

Oklahoma City also has two other skate parks, the Route 66 Skate Court at 3350 W Overholser Drive and South Lakes Skate Court at 4302 SW 119.

bmx, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: May 12 - May 18, 2015

Tuesday, May 12
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 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, May 13
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 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 Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; This is event is free.
Utica Comets vs. Oklahoma City Barons; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, May 14
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 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.
Utica Comets vs. Oklahoma City Barons; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, May 15
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 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.
Premiere on Film Row; 6 p.m.; Film Row, Sheridan Avenue in Downtown; Free to attend.
Southern Sounds Concert Series- The Lone Bellow; 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Band Shell; 445-7080; This event is free.
They Might Be Giants; 9:15 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; (866) 977-6849; Tickets are $19 in advance.
Mickey and the Motorcars; 9:30 p.m.; Wormy Dog Saloon, 311 E. Sheridan; 601-6276; Tickets are $10.

Saturday, May 16
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 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.
39th Street Jazzy Fest; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m.; NW 39th & Penn; 778-6375; Admission is free.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Sing-A-Long Sound of Music; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080; This is event is free.

Sunday, May 17
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 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.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 2:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, May 18
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 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 Kids on the Block; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Iowa Cubs 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, May 5, 2015

Get Campy

Robin and Batman Na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, na, camping! If you’re a regular reader of The Better Life, you know we love us some camping (and if you don’t subscribe to our weekly digest, riddle me this: why the heck not?). Luckily, it’s again a great time of year to make some more s’mores over an open fire, crack a few of those fabulous local brews (POP!), and sleep under the stunning star-lit sky instead of your popcorn ceiling and noisy, dusty ceiling fan (not judging, just sayin’).  In the past we’ve given you some camping primers for you beginning outdoorsmen and women and some tips for where to camp around town and around the state. POW! Why not read those blogs, get inspired, pack up and make it a big camping weekend? Camping in Oklahoma offers a wide variety of experiences. In fact, you can even check out bat caves while you’re at it. BOOM!

camping, family-friendly, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Go Climb a Rock

You don’t have to go far to get your rock climbing fix in OKC. Rocktown is the famous former-grain-silo-turned-indoor-and-outdoor-climbing-gym that is located downtown between Bricktown and the Boathouse District. Rocktown was also featured in the recent short documentary from TheCoolist, Oklahoma City: Uncovering a Hidden Gem of American Cool (which you should definitely watch if you haven’t already).

Another nearby place to consider testing out the quality of your carabiners is Red Rock Canyon State Park. Located one hour west of OKC near Hinton, Red Rock Canyon offers hiking where you can see original wagon wheel ruts left by settlers on their way to California, in addition to cool 80-foot red canyon walls perfect for rappelling and climbing.
Red Rock Canyon SP sign

(Among other great spots, the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge discussed below also offers rock climbing. Read on!)

camping, Oklahoma, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Go for a Hike in the Wichita Mountains

Wichita Mountains Bison
Let us answer the question “which hike?” by suggesting the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge. A refuge is that which protects native flora and fauna from environmental degradation, which in this case will also enable you to hike the balls of your feet flat if you so desire. The Wichita Mountains trails are 15 miles long, which travel through a variety of terrain and which reward hikers with all sorts of great views and potential Wichita wildlife sightings, and which (as an added bonus for you folks from Salem) are witch-free. Yes, Wichita is that place in which you can gain an appreciation for hiking as well as at which you can see many outdoorsy things, which is also great, which is what we strive for, amirite?

Anyway, the only question now is, which trail are you going to choose?

family-friendly, Oklahoma, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: May 5 - May 11, 2015

Tuesday, May 5
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.
New Orleans Zephyrs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, May 6
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.

Thursday, May 7
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.

Friday, May 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.
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
Live on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; 367-9403; Free
Steve Earle; 9:30 p.m.; Wormy Dog Saloon, 311 E. Sheridan; 601-6276; Tickets are $30.

Saturday, May 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.
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
Worms with a Purpose!; 11 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; $4 for members and $6 for nonmembers; Best for ages 5-10.
L.A. Galaxy II vs. OKC Energy; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, May 10
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.
Million Dollar Quartet; 2 and 7 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2584; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, May 11
The Nature of Life: Sculptures Don Narcomey; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080.
Utica Comets vs. Oklahoma City Barons; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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