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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Hop on the Sooner Schooner

University of Oklahoma

Did you know that The University of Oklahoma is one of the top public schools in the country, ranking No. 1 in enrollment of National Merit Scholars and is among the top 10 in the graduation of Rhodes Scholars? OU serves more than 30,000 students with campuses in Norman, Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

The university encourages students to strive for academic excellence, but also provides plenty of opportunities for local involvement and extracurricular leadership. OU offers more than 150 majors – including the popular degree fields of business, engineering, health professions, international studies, journalism and marketing. Recognized nationally as an excellent research university, OU provides both undergraduate and graduate students opportunities to work closely with innovative faculty mentors.

In addition to their academic interests, many students participate in the university’s active campus life through Greek fraternities and sororities, student government, campus activities or the varsity and intermural sports teams. The Big Event, a university-sponsored community service venture, demonstrates the Sooners’ annual effort to make a positive local impact.

While OU is a great place to earn a top-notch degree, its sports programs have a rich history and the football team consistently competes on the national stage (with seven national championships).

college, Norman
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Orange you glad we mentioned OSU?

Oklahoma State University (OSU around these parts) is located in Stillwater about an hour north of OKC. OSU boasts more than 35,000 students system-wide with campuses in Stillwater, Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Okmulgee. OSU has been named among the top values in public education, according to Kiplinger and others, and it boasts a presence in all 77 of Oklahoma’s counties, thanks to the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service.

When OSU was originally established in 1890, it was named Oklahoma A&M. True to its heritage, even today OSU boasts top-notch programs in the fields of agriculture, horticulture and engineering.

Having grown far beyond its historic roots as an A&M (agriculture and mechanical) school, OSU offers todays’ students nearly 200 major fields of study. The College of Veterinary Medicine, the School of Engineering and the School of Entrepreneurship are all renowned for excellence.

The university is home to the largest student union building in the world, complete with a movie theatre, restaurants, student lounges, art exhibitions and an 81-room hotel that gives hospitality students an opportunity for first-hand experience in the industry. No wonder OSU’s School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration consistently ranks in the top 25 nationally.

OSU is also known for its annual Homecoming celebration. Each year, more than 40,000 alumni and 70,000 spectators fill Boone Pickens Stadium for a spectacle that supporters claim is the best homecoming celebration in the country. And Cowboy fans have plenty of reasons for school pride, OSU boasts 51 NCAA titles across its sports, the fourth-most team championships in the country.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Education options closer to home

student studying

Students looking for a slightly smaller campus life have a number of options for furthering their education in the Greater Oklahoma City area. Nearly 17,000 students attend Edmond’s University of Central Oklahoma, making it the third largest college in the state. On the south side of the metro, students at Oklahoma City Community College can earn associate’s degrees and learn valuable technical skills.

The state capital is also home to a number of private universities that bring quality educations to the local academic field. Forbes has listed Oklahoma City University, a liberal arts United Methodist-affiliated school in the Uptown district, on its list of “Best Christian Colleges” and “100 Best College Buys,” according to OCU’s website. The university also recently moved its OCU School of Law downtown and opened in a renovated 105-year-old building that once operated as the first high school in Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma Christian University, located in Edmond, is also a top-ranked regional university according to both U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review.

Other metro options include:

Edmond, education, Oklahoma City, Stillwater, career tech, college
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Learn more about learning

students on computers

We know just how critical educational opportunities are any time someone relocates to a new community. Here at Better Life HQ we want to help answer any questions you have about education in OKC. Check out the education tab on our website to get more info on everything from public schools, private schools, charter schools, universities and childcare.

This week’s blog was just a small sample of info on the universities in our region. With more than 18 public and private schools with 125,000 college students, we believe Greater OKC offers an educational fit for every type of student. Be sure to visit the university section of our website for more information and links on the schools we talked about and more.

If you can’t find the info you are looking for on our website, give us a shout on Facebook, Twitter or the comments below, and we will help you gain more knowledge on the wealth of educational opportunities in our region.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: July 28 - August 3, 2015

H&8th Night Market

Tuesday, July 28
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Wheeler Criterium; Events start at 5:30 p.m.; Downtown OKC Airpark, 1701 S. Western; Admission is free.

Wednesday, July 29
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Weekly Walk-Ups: Reading Wednesdays; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Suggest donation of $2.
Okie Tales; 10:30 a.m.; Oklahoma History Center; 522-0765; $2 for children and includes museum admission.
Sonic Summer Movies: The Wizard of OZ; 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080; Event is free.

Thursday, July 30
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Art after 5; 5 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Admission is $5.

Friday, July 31
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Arizona United vs. OKC Energy; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.
H&8th; 7 p.m.; Hudson Ave., between N.W. 6th & 10th; Free.
Lower Bricktown Live on the Green; 8 p.m.; Lower Bricktown; Event is free.

Saturday, August 1
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Weekly Farmers Market; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Farmers Public Market; 232-6506; Event is free.
Outdoor Games; 3 p.m.; Martin Nature Park; 297-1429; This event is free.
New Orleans Zyphers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Graham Colton; 7:30 p.m.; Overholser Carriage House; Tickets are $35.

Sunday, August 2
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
New Orleans Zyphers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 3:35 p.m.- double header; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Sunday Twilight Concert Series; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080; Event is free.

Monday, August 3
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
New Orleans Zyphers 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, July 21, 2015

Stop in Prague, but don’t pronounce it like the Czech capital

We at The Better Life tend to spend most of our time exploring all the great things to do in the immediate Oklahoma City area but it’s always fun to venture out a bit and explore the area’s sites and history. Last week we took you on a trip west of the metro. This week, we’re going to explore to the east, starting with Prague, so here is a rundown, ready for you to Czech out.

OK, so that phrase is a little corny and cliché, but it’s true. Like Yukon, the community is home to many Oklahomans with Czech heritage, even if they pronounce the town’s name with a long “a” instead of like a short “o” as they do in the Czech Republic’s capital in Europe. Make plans now to attend the town’s annual Kolache Festival, held in May, and see the Czechs in action – with food, dance, music and more.

Prague developed after the Land Run of 1891 opened the Sac and Fox Reservation for settlement and a mother and her son settled there from Austria, according to the city’s website. Its formal beginning as a town named Prague dates back to 1902. Read more online there, but moving into the present, there’s plenty to do and see.

First, visit Prague City Lake, a 400-acre lake that includes a boat ramp, boat docks, picnic areas, volleyball court and playground. For hours and usage fees, go online. It is surrounded by the Prague Lake Trail, which features 30 miles of hiking, biking and equestrian trails, although you have to bring your own horse.

You can also play golf at the nine-hole Prague Municipal Golf Course, 1112 N Ayars, or learn more about the Czech pioneers who settled there at the Prague Historical Museum, 1008 Jim Thorpe Blvd. 

The Prague Historical Museum tells the history of Czech pioneers who founded Prague in 1902 through interpretive exhibits, artifacts and early-day business displays. A portion of the museum also features memorabilia from Olympic athlete and Prague native Jim Thorpe. His birthplace is also marked at the Jim Thorpe Birth Site, 8601 NBU, where he was born on May 2, 1887.

And those who are Catholic or seeking answers to prayers can visit the National Shrine of the Infant Jesus of Prague at St. Wenceslaus Catholic Church. Nearly 70 years ago, a statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague (a replica of a 16th-century one) arrived at the church, and many believers have felt their prayers to the Infant Jesus answered there ever since. Thousands of people visit the shrine each year. Read more about the church’s history dating back to 1899 and that of the shrine. Or visit yourself.

museums, outdoor recreation, religion, water sports, day-trip, golf
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Shawnee’s diverse history includes Native Americans and French monks

The City of Shawnee has its own charm and history and it’s big enough (more than 30,000 people in 2013) to have a small regional airport. But there are plenty of reasons to drive west on Interstate 40 to visit Shawnee.

While you’re there, stop at the Mabee-Gerrer Museum of Art and see its Egyptian, Greek and Roman objects; Renaissance art from the early 20th century; and other cultural artifacts. It is home to Oklahoma’s only Egyptian mummy. Founded in 1919, the museum is affiliated with Catholic-affiliated St. Gregory’s University, which developed because of the value that two Benedictine monks placed on education in what was then Indian Territory more than 100 years ago. These monks, Dom Isidore Robot and Frere Dominic Lambert, moved to the area from France in 1875 and immediately started education programs under the Sacred Heart Mission.

Don’t miss a stop by the Cultural Heritage Center of the Citizen Potawatomi Nation, which has its headquarters in Shawnee. The heritage center even includes an eagle aviary – a home to injured eagles rescued from the wild that cannot be rehabilitated and released. Tours of the aviary are available by appointment, but you can stop by the heritage center’s museum to see cultural and contemporary objects presenting the Native American tribe’s history. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

What served as the Santa Fe Train Depot from 1902 and served as a train station until 1973 now serves as the home of the Pottawatomie County Museum and Historical Society. Visitors can learn about the area’s history, including more about the country’s railroad and transportation history. Near the museum is the current home of Shawnee’s first building, a home known as the Beard Cabin, built after the land run in 1891.

And finally, on the Shawnee Board of Directors’ website to promote area tourism, www.visitshawnee.com, are two must-see sites that sound quite intriguing:

  • For the water gardening fans, the Pond Pro Shop has streams, waterfalls, fountains and ponds to help you design, build and maintain your backyard pond.
  • If you have children and want to venture a little further from Shawnee – about 20 miles to the southeast – don’t miss the Jasmine Moran Children’s Museum in Seminole.
family-friendly, gardening, museums, western heritage, arts and culture, day-trip
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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German beer, schnitzel and strudel abound at Oktoberfest in Choctaw

If you’ve made The Better Life Blog’s to-the-east rounds this week, you’ve learned about Czech history in Prague, as well as that of the Native Americans in Shawnee. Now it’s time to turn our attention to the Germans, specifically its annual Oktoberfest.

The Old Germany Restaurant, which opened in 1976, started the tradition in Choctaw that now is hosted by the restaurant, the City of Choctaw and the Choctaw Chamber and includes nine days of celebrating all things German – food, beer, wine, live music and dancing included. About 40,000-50,000 people attend the event in the 160-acre Choctaw Creek Park. The next Oktoberfest where beer, schnitzels and strudel will be served up, will be Sept. 4-12. Cost for the family-friendly event is $5, although children under 12 are free.

Overall, though, Choctaw is so close to the metro area that many of the things to do include what you would do in Oklahoma City, but here are some places to visit specific to the community in eastern Oklahoma County:

  • Choctaw Creek Park is the largest park in Choctaw and has a pond that offers fishing, horse trails, a playground, pavilions for rental and a disc-golf course. In addition to Oktoberfest, the park also hosts the Haunted Trails at Halloween.
  • Ten-Acre Lake offers fishing on a stocked lake, outdoor adventures, a playground, picnic tables and a pavilion for special events.
  • Cool off this summer by visiting the Barrel Springs Splash Pad in the heart of Choctaw’s Old Town District. Parents can hang out on picnic tables while children play in the fountain.
day-trip, family-friendly, festivals, food, restaurants, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: July 21 - July 27, 2015

Tuesday, July 21
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Wheeler Criterium; Events start at 5:30 p.m.; Downtown OKC Airpark, 1701 S. Western; Admission is free.

Wednesday, July 22
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Weekly Walk-Ups: Reading Wednesdays; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Suggest donation of $2.
Okie Tales; 10:30 a.m.; Oklahoma History Center; 522-0765; $2 for children and includes museum admission.
Sonic Summer Movies: Big Hero 6; 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080; Event is free.

Thursday, July 23
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Art after 5; 5 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Admission is $5.

Friday, July 24
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Bun B; 7 p.m.; Farmers Public Market; 232-6506; Ticket prices vary.
Lower Bricktown Live on the Green; 8 p.m.; Lower Bricktown; Event is free.
Southern Sound Concert Series Presents John Fullbright; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Event is free.

Saturday, July 25
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Weekly Farmers Market; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Farmers Public Market; 232-6506; Event is free.
The Comedy Get Down; 8 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Nature’s Fireworks- Firefly Hike; 8 p.m.; Martin Nature Park; 297-1429; $5 per person.

Sunday, July 26
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Uptown Farmers Market; 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Uptown 23rd District; Event is free.
Sunday Twilight Concert Series; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080; Event is free.

Monday, July 27
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
WWE Monday Night Raw; 6:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

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

El Reno is El Realest When It Comes to Trolleys and Onion Burgers

El Reno Trolly

“El Reno” means “The Reindeer” in Spanish, which is cool, but in reality the coolest thing about visiting El Reno isn’t Blitzen et al. No, it’s the fact that it’s the only city in the state with an operating streetcar (though OKC’s new streetcar system is not too far away)! The Heritage Express Trolley runs from Heritage Park at the Canadian County Historical Museum to El Reno’s downtown main street area. While in El Reno, you can also get an original fried onion burger from Sid’s Diner, which has been featured on the Travel Channel and the Food Network. In fact, the first Saturday every May is the Fried Onion Burger Day Festival. Yum!

Downtown El Reno Oklahoma 5-31-2014

food, Oklahoma, day-trip, festivals
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Bring On Yukon

Yukon Main Street

Another great stop west of OKC proper is Yukon. Yukon is known as the “Czech Capital of Oklahoma” and features the historic Czech Hall, which is a national historic site and listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Since 1925, the hall has hosted Czech dances every Saturday night, which you should totally go Czech out, because you knew we were going to go there with that pun, and also because you can enjoy dancing, Czech snacks, beers and meeting some new people. The famous Yukon Czech Festival occurs on the first Saturday of October, so mark your calendars now to get your hands on some of those kolaches or klobasy sandwiches you love.

Yukon also hosts the Chisholm Trail Crawfish Festival in June, which seeks to integrate a celebration of the historic Chisholm Trail with a little dash of Cajun charisma (why not?). Go get your Yukon on!

Monument, Czech Hall, Yukon, OK Czech Hall - Bohemian Hall, Yukon, OK

Oklahoma, Yukon, day-trip, festivals
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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You Must Mustang

Located adjacent to OKC to the southwest, Mustang was first settled during the 1889 land run and was named for Mustang Creek, which flows just north of town. The Mustang Historical Museum pays tribute to these early days of Mustang and OKC with exhibits featuring pioneer artifacts and garb, agriculture and ranching items, a scale model one-room schoolhouse, and even the original Mustang Jail from the 1960s. Mustang also holds the annual Western Days festival, this year on Sept. 11-12. Join about 30,000 other folks enjoying a parade, a chili cook-off, a car show, arts and crafts, local entertainment, the Western Stampede Run, a rodeo and more during this time-honored celebration of the pioneer and western spirit.

museums, Oklahoma, day-trip, festivals
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Red Rock Canyon State Park Rocks

Canyon wall and Gaillardia flower

[photo credit: Lisha Newman / OK Tourism]

Just an hour west of OKC and a little south of Hinton off Interstate 40 is Red Rock Canyon State Park. Nestled among fantastic red Rush Springs Sandstone canyon walls and native Caddo maple trees, the park is a favorite for rappellers, hikers, climbers and car campers. Historically, Red Rock Canyon was a preferred winter camp for Plains Indians, and was also a typical stop on the “California Trail” for pioneers headed west in the mid-19th century. In fact, you can still see wagon wheel ruts left by their covered wagons in the park! Besides hiking and climbing, there is a fishing pond, swimming pool and playground to enjoy. In the fall, it also makes a fantastic spot to see the native foliage embrace its colorful autumnal awesomeness. Red Rock Canyon State Park makes for an easy and fun quick escape and is ready to be explored by TBL readers, so get out there, campers, and be sure to let us know how it went in the comments section.

Red Rock Canyon SP sign

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

Prix de West at National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum

Tuesday, July 14
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Wheeler Criterium; Events start at 5:30 p.m.; Downtown OKC Airpark, 1701 S. Western; Admission is free.
Live Performance at ACM@UCO Performance Lab; 8 p.m.; 329 E. Sheridan; Tickets are $12.

Wednesday, July 15
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Weekly Walk-Ups: Reading Wednesdays; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Suggest donation of $2.
Okie Tales; 10:30 a.m.; Oklahoma History Center; 522-0765; $2 for children and includes museum admission.
Sonic Summer Movies: Back to the Future; 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080; Event is free.

Thursday, July 16
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Art after 5; 5 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Admission is $5.
Shop Hop; 6 p.m.; Automobile Alley; Free.
Round Rock Express  vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, July 17
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Turnpike Troubadours; Gates open at 5:30 p.m.; Zoo Amphitheatre; 602-0683; Ticket prices vary.
Premiere on Film Row; 6 p.m.; Film Row, Sheridan Avenue in Downtown; Free to attend.
Fiesta Friday; 6:30 p.m.; Historic Capitol Hill, SW 25th and Hudson; 632-0133; Event is free.
Round Rock Express  vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Lower Bricktown Live on the Green; 8 p.m.; Lower Bricktown; Event is free.

Saturday, July 18
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Weekly Farmers Market; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Farmers Public Market; 232-6506; Event is free.
Randy Rogers Band and Stoney LaRue; Gates open at 5:30 p.m.; Zoo Amphitheatre; 602-0683; Ticket prices vary.
Tulsa Roughnecks vs. Oklahoma City Energy; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.
Round Rock Express  vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, July 19
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Round Rock Express  vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 6:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Sunday Twilight Concert Series; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080; Event is free.

Monday, July 20
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.

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

Made in Oklahoma

Made in Oklahoma Coalition

Ooooooo-kla-homa is both where the wind comes sweeping down the plains and local companies and organizations thrive. If you are a frequent reader, then you know that an entrepreneurial spirit flows through the veins of our great state (and we might be more than a little proud of that).

One of the organizations ensuring the success of Oklahoma businesses and farms is Made in Oklahoma (MIO). In fact, what started out as an organization of less than a dozen Oklahoma food manufacturers in 2000 has grown into a 40-member coalition that employs more than 20,000 Oklahomans and generates more than $3 billion in sales annually. MIO is a great example of what can be accomplished when businesses pool resources. From produce and baked goods to essential oils, dog treats, handmade furnishings and more, you might be surprised to find out what is truly Made in Oklahoma.

To get a glimpse of some of the products available, visit the Oklahoma City Farmers Public Market Tuesday-Sunday or Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City Farmers Market in the Horticulture Pavilion on any Saturday throughout the year. Expect to find fresh delicious produce, herbs, honey, farm-fresh eggs, meat, cut flowers and much more. A farmers market is held in Oklahoma Department of Agriculture parking lot from noon to 5:30 p.m. each Tuesday and monthly in the Uptown 23rd neighborhood. Made in Oklahoma products are always in supply at Plenty Mercantile and the Red Dirt Emporium.

The MIO Coalition also offers numerous mouth-watering suggestions to use all those tasty items. Some of our favorites include candied bacon, fried okra salad, the working man’s quiche and so many more.

Oklahoma, shopping, Uptown 23, farmers market, local goods
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Ripe from the Vine

mother and daughter gardening

To get a true sense of farm-fresh quality (and enjoy a fun-filled afternoon) pack up the family and visit one of many farms around the OKC metro where you can pick your own fruits and vegetables straight from the vine. From juicy peaches and blackberries to tomatoes and purple hull peas, there’s no better place to find your favorite tasty treat and make some great memories. And the best part: no matter what part of OKC you choose to call home, there’s sure to be a farm or orchard close. Just remember to pack your sunscreen and plenty of beverages.

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More than a green thumb

Fabulous Oklahoma products aren’t limited to just food though. We are a skilled bunch with many talents and certainly see the beauty in everything.  We can make ladders from willow trees, leather vests by hand, furniture and kitchen utensils, soaps, beeswax lotions, soy candles and even turn salvaged wood into beautiful works of art. Don’t believe us: Check out the fabulous local shops and galleries throughout Oklahoma City to see our talents on display. From Automobile Alley to the Plaza District and Western Avenue to the Paseo District, there are products made by Oklahomans everywhere you turn. Check out the coolest places to shop in OKC here.

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

Crowd at Twilight Concert [photo credit: Carl Shortt]

[photo credit: Carl Shortt]

Tuesday, July 7
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.
Omaha StormChasers  vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Mary Poppins; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2584; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, July 8
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Weekly Walk-Ups: Reading Wednesdays; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Suggest donation of $2.
Okie Tales; 10:30 a.m.; Oklahoma History Center; 522-0765; $2 for children and includes museum admission.
Third Eye Blind/Dashboard Confessional; Rescheduled from July 7 due to weather; gates open at 5:30 p.m.; Zoo Amphitheatre; 602-0683; Ticket prices vary.
Mary Poppins; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2584; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, July 9
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Art after 5; 5 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Admission is $5.
Mary Poppins; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2584; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Garden, Water Stage; 445-7080; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, July 10
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Live on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; 367-9403; Free
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Garden, Water Stage; 445-7080; Ticket prices vary.
Mary Poppins; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2584; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, July 11
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Weekly Farmers Market; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Farmers Public Market; 232-6506; Event is free.
Mary Poppins; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2584; Ticket prices vary.
Orange County Blues vs. OKC Energy; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, July 12
Warhol: The Athletes; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Sunday Twilight Concert Series; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn; 445-7080; Event is free.

Monday, July 13
Weekly Walk-Ups: Make-It Mondays; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Suggested donation of $2 per child.
Children Reading to Dogs; 7 p.m.; Almonte Library; 606-3575; Event is free.

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