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Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Get your row on

Regatta on the Oklahoma River

Did you know that there’s a world-class rowing site right in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City? In fact, numerous local companies and organizations throughout OKC have teams who hone their rowing skills and compete annually against teams from all over during the Oklahoma Regatta Festival. This year on Oct. 1-4, more than 2,500 athletes will gather to compete in the Boathouse District.

Not only is it a fun-filled, exhilarating time for participants but spectators also have a unique opportunity to see OKC in a whole new light. Head of the Oklahoma races will include 2.5 mile races against the clock each day where participants compete for the best time. The 500-meter night sprints Saturday evening will surely be a sight not to miss. Events are held in different categories including collegiate, masters and junior rowing as well as kayak and dragon boat racing. But the fun isn’t just limited to participants. Each year a free family festival including games, fun and great food is held to coincide with the Regatta and each evening concludes with a fireworks display over the Oklahoma River!

One event that we are anxiously awaiting is Quixotic Cirque Nouveau. We’re not sure if we are more in awe of the acrobatics and phenomenal artistry or the fact that the show is literally taking place at the top of the six-story SandRidge Sky Trail. Bring the whole family to enjoy this unique, free event. Just don’t forget the blankets!

Boathouse District, family-friendly, Oklahoma River, water sports, adult sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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World-class fun

[Photo by: Georgia Read]

In addition to hosting the Regatta annually, the Oklahoma City Boathouse District serves as a U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Site year-round. In fact, it is one of only a few in the nation to earn this prestigious designation.

But it also a place for a ton of family fun. Looking for a little adventure? The Boathouse district has you covered! Try out the free fall experience of the Rumble Drop or SandRidge Sky Trail, the tallest adventure course of its kind in the world! We have to admit that both the 700-feet zip line across the Oklahoma River and 72-foot sky slide from atop the sky trail make us feel like kids again. But don’t fret, there is plenty to do for those who prefer a little tamer entertainment. Rent a kayak or stand-up paddle board for the day or test your skills on the climbing walls. There is even a youth zone for the kiddos. And certainly all outdoors men and women (young and young at heart) will love the 13 miles of scenic trails that meander along the Oklahoma River.

We are anxiously awaiting the completion of RIVERSPORT Rapids which is slated to be open in 2016. The project, which is part of the city's MAPS 3 initiative, will be one of only six man made white water courses in the entire country. Approximately 2,000 people each day will be able to enjoy the course which is powered by a total of six pumps that weigh more than 12,000 pounds each and circulate 82,000 gallons per minute. If you ask us, that’s a lot of water! In fact, RIVERSPORT Rapids will be one of the biggest rafting facilities in the world. Not an experienced white water rafter? Don’t worry. The site will offer different course ranging from class II rapids (perfect for families and first time rafters) to class IV rapids which will challenge even elite athletes. Get a virtual tour of RIVERSPORT Rapids here.

family-friendly, Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation, water sports, Boathouse District
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Making history

Oklahoma River and Skyline photo by John Jernigan

[Photo by: John Jernigan]

While it’s hard to imagine OKC today without the fantastic amenities that are available in the Boathouse District, the district is actually in its infancy. A seven-mile stretch of the North Canadian River, known today as the Oklahoma River, was part of the original MAPS projects and was completed in 2004, a mere 11 years ago. Prior to MAPS, the area had been a dry riverbed whose water was redirected to avoid flooding downtown Oklahoma City. The river actually got its name after local civic leader Ray Ackerman encouraged city leaders to name the area the Oklahoma River. The progress in the Boathouse District continues even today. If you take a stroll through this area, prepare to see world-class boathouses with stunning architecture from Oklahoma City companies and universities. The addition of RIVERSPORT Rapids and the 70-acre downtown park which will stretch from the heart of downtown OKC to the Oklahoma River will only add to the excitement of this unique area. If you haven’t, pack up the family and make the short trek to explore this growing area. We can promise you will be glad you did.  

Boathouse District, family-friendly, MAPS
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: September 29 - October 5, 2015

Man rowing on Oklahoma River

Tuesday, September 29
Halloween Costume Drop & Swap; 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.; OKC Zoo; 425-0262; Event is free.
KIND Yoga; 5:45 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Price $5 for non-members
Foo Fighters; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, September 30
Bringing Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Even is free.
Nature Play Group; 10:30 a.m.; Martin Nature Park Center; 297-1429; Price $2.

Thursday, October 1
Oklahoma Regatta Festival; Boathouse District; 552-4040.
Dodgers Dodgeball Tournament; 6 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-2115; $35 per person.
6th Annual Scrabble Showdown; 5:30 p.m.; Castle Falls Event Center, 820 N. MacArthur; 830-2790; $25 per person.
Drew Holcomb and the Neighbors; 7 p.m.; ACM@UCO Performance Lab; Tickets are $15.
The Texas Tenors; 7:30 p.m.; OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center; 682-7579; Tickets prices vary.

Friday, October 2
Oklahoma Regatta Festival; Boathouse District; 552-4040.
FrackFest; Ticket prices vary.
Terror on 10th Street Haunted House; 7 p.m.; 2005 NW 10th St.; Tickets are $8 per person.
Circus Nouveau at Boathouse; 7 p.m.; Boathouse District; Event is free.
Bart Crow; 9:30 p.m.; Wormy Dog Saloon; 601-6276; Tickets are $10.

Saturday, October 3
Oklahoma Regatta Festival; Boathouse District; 552-4040.
FrackFest; Ticket prices vary.
Czech Festival; All day; Yukon; 206-8242; Event is free.
Weekly Farmers Market; 9 a.m.; 311 S Klein; 232-6506; Event is free.
OKC Bully Dog Show; 10 a.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, October 4
Oklahoma Regatta Festival; Boathouse District; 552-4040.
FrackFest; Ticket prices vary.
Construction Derby; 11:30 a.m.; NW 5th between Walker and Shartel; 607-0464.
OKC Energy vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks; 6 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, October 5
Chicago Tap Theatre; 7:30 p.m.; Mitchell Hall; 974-3375; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Forecast: You will be Thundering up

Kids cheering at the Thunder game

So, last year, eh? Remember that? Racked with injuries the Thunder fought tough to the bitter end and missed the playoffs by just one game. No one personified the fight of the team more than our man Russell Westbrook. Russ averaged 28.1 points, 8.6 assists, and 2.1 steals en route to winning the NBA scoring title, powering his way through an orbital fracture with his trademark toughness and competitive fire.

This year, however? Well, it’s a new year, baby. The team looks to be fully healthy and loaded to roll for the first time in what feels like a long time, while the overall talent level seems improved, top to bottom. The addition of scoring center Enes Kanter at the end of last season provided an instant spark on the offensive end and the team added former-4th overall pick Dion Waiters via trade mid-season, in addition to moves to obtain D.J. Augustin, Kyle Singler and Steve Novak. The questions in years past largely centered around where scoring outside of KD, Russ and Ibaka might come from. This year, the question is more of how the team will ultimately divide up shots, as overall scoring prowess has undoubtedly improved. How will all the new players mesh with a fully healthy Durant? Will defense take a hit with more Kanter and zero Perkins down low? How will new coach Billy Donovan’s “spread pick-and-roll” offensive system lend itself to NBA talent and competition? We’ll soon find out, as preseason games begin Oct. 7 in Minneapolis, while the regular season tips off Oct. 28 in Chesapeake Energy Arena vs. those pesky, ageless and heavily-accented San Antonio Spurs. We can’t wait!

basketball, Thunder
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Arena annals

Aerial of arena construction

The Chesapeake Energy Arena, current home of the Oklahoma City Thunder, has a relatively short but interesting history. The seeds of the arena were first sown with the passage of the MAPS projects in December 1993. Construction commenced on May 11, 1999, with the design of the arena indicative of the minimum NBA and NHL standards of the time. Completed at a cost of only $89.2 million initially, the arena opened as the Ford Center on June 8, 2002 with a basketball seating capacity of 19,163. It hosted Britney Spears, the Rolling Stones, the Eagles, Paul McCartney and more over its first 12 months, in addition to the OKC Blazers hockey team.

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina forced the New Orleans Hornets from their home and into the welcoming arms of OKC and the arena. For two seasons, Chris Paul, David West and coach Byron Scott led the “New Orleans / Oklahoma City Hornets” to newfound fan support and success on the court, unearthing the “Loud City” phenomenon and a strong demand for pro hoops in OKC at the same time.

In late 2007, relocation of the NBA franchise in Seattle to Oklahoma City became a legitimate possibility. The city council placed a temporary 1-cent sales tax on the ballot to begin at the conclusion of the “MAPS for Kids” program in order to fund upgrades intended to bring the arena up to current NBA standards (as well as construct a team practice facility) should the team indeed relocate. The measure was handily approved by the voters in March 2008, and the team was given the OK to relocate to OKC the next month.

Naming rights for the Oklahoma Ford Dealers expired in 2010, and the arena was known as “Oklahoma City Arena” until the next year, when it became known by its current moniker. Meanwhile, a multi-year renovation schedule had commenced. After the upgrades were complete, the basketball seating capacity stood at 18,203, but additional suites, restaurants, clubs, premium seating, lighting, sound, NBA-specific locker rooms and more were added, in addition to concourse and other public area renovations, as well as a new “front door” for the arena that faces the future Oklahoma City Boulevard alignment to the south.

The future looks bright for Chesapeake Energy Arena outside, inside, and on the court. Thunder Up!

basketball, concerts, Thunder
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Dodgers Dodgeball!

Dodgers Dodgeball

The inaugural Oklahoma City Dodgers season may be over (boooo!), but the fun’s not finished at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (yayyyy!). The Dodgers are hosting the first Dodgers Dodgeball tournament on Thursday, October 1st from 6-10 p.m. So get anywhere from six to 10 of your friends with good arms and quick feet together and try your luck dodging those flyin’ red balls as you take a trip back in time to middle school at The Brick. $35 per person gets you at least three games guaranteed, along with a t-shirt, three beers (we know you didn’t get any cold ones in gym class), and a lifetime of memories—as long as you don’t get beaned in the head too much, anyway. Are you in or are you “out” (get it??)? Hurry, because registration closes on September 24. Be there!

adult sports, baseball, Dodgers
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Use your energy to cheer the Energy’s playoff run

OKC Energy Player [Photo Credit: OKC Energy]

Led by head coach Jimmy Nielsen (AKA The White Puma), the Energy have had the best regular season campaign in their short history, and now look toward the 2015 USL playoffs! The Energy will end the season in 2nd place in the Western Conference. So yeah, it’s playoff time in OKC! The Energy charged themselves into a first-round playoff bye, and will host a second-round match at Taft Stadium on Sunday, October 4 at 6:00 p.m. against the winner of one of the first-round matchups (#3 seed vs. #6 seed). Final seeds will be determined tonight with the conclusion of the Sacramento vs. Orange County match.

 

If you haven’t seen a match in person yet, it’s definitely going a great time to break the seal on that deal and experience the ball-kicking Energy action yourself. More info can be found at www.energyfc.com. Get out to historic Taft Stadium and support your Energy!

 [Photo Credits: OKC Energy]

OKC Energy, soccer
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: September 22 - September 28, 2015

Tuesday, September 22
Oklahoma State Fair; Gates open at 8 a.m. daily; Oklahoma State Fair Park; 948-6700; Admission prices vary.
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Larry Hancock Signing; 6 p.m.; Full Circle Book Store; 842-2900; Admission is free.

Wednesday, September 23
Oklahoma State Fair; Gates open at 8 a.m. daily; Oklahoma State Fair Park; 948-6700; Admission prices vary.
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Butterfly Garden Monarch Migration; 1 to 3 p.m.; OKC Zoo; 424-3344; Admission $8 for Adults and $5 for kids and seniors

Thursday, September 24
Oklahoma State Fair; Gates open at 8 a.m. daily; Oklahoma State Fair Park; 948-6700; Admission prices vary.
Julius Caesar; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; 445-7080; Prices vary.
Astronomy Nights in the Garden; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Lawn; 445-7080; Event is free.

Friday, September 25
Oklahoma State Fair; Gates open at 8 a.m. daily; Oklahoma State Fair Park; 948-6700; Admission prices vary.
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Industry Flea; 5 to 11 p.m.; 399 NW 10th St; Admission is free.
PRCA Xtreme Bulls Tour ft. Casey Donahew; 7:30 p.m.; State Fair Park; 948-6700; Ticket Prices vary with age.
H&8th; 7-10 p.m.; Hudson & NW 8th.

Saturday, September 26
Oklahoma State Fair; Gates open at 8 a.m. daily; Oklahoma State Fair Park; 948-6700; Admission prices vary.
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Industry Flea; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m..; 399 NW 10th St; Admission is free.
Plaza District Festival; Plaza District, 12 - 10 p.m.
Julius Caesar; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; 445-7080; Prices vary.

Sunday, September 27
Oklahoma State Fair; Gates open at 8 a.m. daily; Oklahoma State Fair Park; 948-6700; Admission prices vary.
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Uptown 23rd Farmer’s Market; 11 a.m.; Walker Ave., between 23rd and 24th; Admission is free.
Sunday Twilight Concert Series; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Lawn; 445-7080; Event is free.

Monday, September 28
Oklahoma State Fair; Gates open at 8 a.m. daily; Oklahoma State Fair Park; 948-6700; Admission prices vary.
Full Moon Bike Ride and Sunset Run; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Band Shell; 445-7080; Suggest donation of $5 per person.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Variety is the spice of OKC’s economy

Tinker Air Force Base

Oklahoma City has a robust job market with several strong industries, all of which contribute to the area’s low unemployment rate. Ever wonder why Oklahoma City ranks so high as a place for job seekers? The growth and stability of these industries are definite contributors to our success.

Aerospace
With recent announcements of job growth from Boeing and Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City’s aerospace industry is soaring, pun intended. Greater Oklahoma City’s aerospace industry represents more than 38,000 jobs at more than 300 public- and private-sector firms. The state of Oklahoma ranks 12th nationally in the number of aerospace engineers, fifth in aircraft mechanics and service technicians, and eighth in avionic technicians.

Biotechnology
With the Oklahoma Health Center just north of downtown, Oklahoma City has long been a hub of biotech research. In recent years, Oklahoma City’s own research institutions have made significant advances in the fields of Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, and septicemia, to name a few. Firms in Greater Oklahoma City’s biotech sector boast annual revenues of more than $4.1 billion and employ more than 27,800 workers.

Energy
Oklahoma City has long been considered a global oil capital, and with good reason. Oklahoma has a rich history of growing successful energy companies, and our state Capitol even has a working oil rig on its grounds. But a lot has changed since the early wildcatter days of Oklahoma’s past. Oklahoma energy companies work in petroleum, compressed natural gas, wind power and solar energy, and they use state-of-the-art technology. In fact, GE Research’s first industry-specific research center is being constructed in Oklahoma City and will bring the most updated oil and gas technology to Oklahoma City’s energy companies.  

Technology and entrepreneurship
It is no secret that Oklahoma City’s pioneers, both in the past and present, have carried a spirit of entrepreneurship into their business and civic ventures. That spirit is very much alive today in Oklahoma City’s growing entrepreneurship community. From successful tech startups to the inventor’s workbench, OKC is a place where your ideas can get off the ground. (Looking for entrepreneurial resources? Visit www.growinokc.com, www.greateroklahomacity.com [especially the EDIS and LBI tools] and www.i2e.org.). For more on the entrepreneur scene in Oklahoma City check out www.velocityokc.com.

aerospace, bioscience, energy, entrepreneur, jobs, tech
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Racking up some rankings

OKC Skyline

We aren’t the only people to brag about OKC. In fact, organizations all over the nation are naming Oklahoma City as one of the top cities for its residents’ purchasing power, its housing market and its job market. Read on to hear what people are saying about Oklahoma City.

OKC is a an Ideal Summer Travel Destination – WalletHub

Oklahoma Tops the Pack in Wind Power – U.S. Department of Energy

Oklahomans Have More Purchasing Power – Tax Foundation

OKC Continues to get High Marks for Housing Market – WalletHub

STEM Professionals Should Look Towards OKC – WalletHub

Manufacturing Remains Strong in OKC – New Geography

The Oklahoma Economy is Doing A-OK – Mercatus Center

Oklahoma City Ranks High for Recession Recovery – Glassdoor

Looking to Start a Career? Check out OKC – WalletHub

Fortune: OKC One of the Best Places to Find a JobFortune magazine

OKC’s accolades are too lengthy to list here, but you can read them all at A Better Life OKC.

jobs, Oklahoma City
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Get to work on your future in OKC

OKC Business Woman

Has all this talk about OKC’s strengths inspired you to look at your career options in Oklahoma City? We don’t blame you. And we have all the resources you need to start your job search on A Better Life OKC. Your best career move is just a few clicks away!

A Better Life’s employment resources can help you find your fit in Oklahoma City’s job market. Resources include links to job boards, internship listings, staffing agencies and industry-specific tools. You can also find links to Oklahoma City’s major employers and profiles of Oklahoma City’s major industries.

employment, internship, jobs, Oklahoma City
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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VeloCity

Velocity 11 Cover

Now that you are up to speed on what makes the Oklahoma City economy tick, aren’t you ready to tell your friends, family and coworkers all about what makes OKC great? Of course you are and here at the Better Life Headquarters we want to make it easier for your. Let us introduce you to VeloCity, Oklahoma City’s digital magazine. Some of you have already read an issue of VeloCity, if so give yourself a high five while no one is looking, but if not, each issue is jam packed with stories and dynamic video that help tell our city’s stories. The most recent issue is all about entrepreneurship and startups in the region, but be sure to click on the archives to take a gander at past issues. VeloCity is a great tool to pass along to anyone who you think might need some more information on OKC. 

entrepreneur, jobs, Oklahoma City, velocity
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: September 15 - September 21, 2015

Ferris Wheel

Tuesday, September 15
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Mother Goose on the Loose; 9:30 a.m.; Warr Acres Library, Meeting Room A; 721-2616; Event is free but please register.

Wednesday, September 16
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Bringing Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Admission is free.

Thursday, September 17
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma State Fair; Gates open at 8 a.m. daily; Oklahoma State Fair Park; 948-6700; Admission prices vary.
Art after 5; 5 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Admission is $5.
Julius Caesar; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; 445-7080; Prices vary.
Of Mice and Men; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, September 18
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma State Fair; Gates open at 8 a.m. daily; Oklahoma State Fair Park; 948-6700; Admission prices vary.
Julius Caesar; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; 445-7080; Prices vary.
Of Mice and Men; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, September 19
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma State Fair; Gates open at 8 a.m. daily; Oklahoma State Fair Park; 948-6700; Admission prices vary.
Weekly Farmers Market; 9 a.m.; 311 S Klein; 232-6506; Event is free.
West Fest; Noon to 10 p.m.; Western Avenue; Event is free.
Julius Caesar; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; 445-7080; Prices vary.
Of Mice and Men; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, September 20
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma State Fair; Gates open at 8 a.m. daily; Oklahoma State Fair Park; 948-6700; Admission prices vary.
Of Mice and Men; 2 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
OKC Sunday Twilight Concert Series; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Lawn; 445-7080; Admission is free.

Monday, September 21
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma State Fair; Gates open at 8 a.m. daily; Oklahoma State Fair Park; 948-6700; Admission prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Get your blood pumping…

Great State Fair of Oklahoma

Hold on to your hat cowboys and cowgirls, and get ready for one of our favorite can’t-miss events of the year – the Oklahoma State Fair. This year’s event will be held Sept. 17-27 at the Oklahoma State Fairgrounds and offers something for everyone, from bacon-covered, deep-fried treats to karate kids and ferocious dinosaurs.

Action? Did someone say action? Well, expect nothing less from the Oklahoma State Fair. Enjoy the thrills of extreme bull riding or one of the tremendous shows featuring the world's largest traveling collection of raptors, dinosaurs and even a fire-eating magician. Your little princess (or prince for that matter) is sure to enjoy the stories or Elsa and Anna as Disney on Ice presents “Frozen.”

For those who prefer something a little on the tamer side, check out the Swifty Swine Pig Races, Farmyard Follies or the ACM@UCO’s Party on the Plaza. Or, to get a feel for what it was like in the olden days, check out the chuck wagon cookin’ demonstration.

Don’t miss the Adventure Road Entertainment Stage or the Bandshell Stage to enjoy free concerts each evening from jazz, blues, hip hop, rock, country and Christian bands. You might even catch classical dancers, choirs, or magicians while you’re at it.

And we would be amiss not to mention that Oklahoma City was chosen as one of 12 cities in the nation to host Navy Week, which happens to coincide with this year’s Oklahoma State Fair. Plan to see special shows from the Navy Band Southwest and Leap Frogs Parachute Team and exhibits such as the USS Constitution and USS Oklahoma City.

State Fair Park, concerts, family-friendly, festivals, food
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Food, food and did we mention, food?!

Cheese Curds

More than 15 new and unique foods have been added to the State Fair food lineup this year. If you are into delicious, one-of-a-kind grub then the State Fair is certainly where you need to be.

Honestly, we can’t decide which of these delightful treats we want to try first. Bacon-wrapped corn on the cob might be our vegetable of choice, but the deep-fried beer battered mushrooms are also calling our name. And then there’s the bacon-wrapped donut burger, deep-fried chocolate-covered bacon, cheese corn dog or deep-fried banana pudding. There are so many delicious choices … and we can seriously hear our scale screaming now.

family-friendly, food, State Fair Park
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Get involved…

State Fair at Night

Did you ever wonder what it takes to put on a world-class fair such as that in OKC? The Oklahoma State Fair is rich in history and heritage and is ranked among the top State Fairs in North America. But the fun family event wouldn’t be possible without dedicated volunteers working behind the scenes to ensure its success. If you are interested in having loads of fun, with a great group (and possibly scoring free gate admission AND free season parking) consider volunteering

State Fair Park, volunteer
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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More great things are coming…

New Expo Hall at Fair Park

The fun at State Fair Park isn’t limited to 10 days each year. Construction is currently underway on the new 277,000-square-foot Expo Center that will house a variety of events throughout the year.  The Expo Center, which is expected to be complete next year, will allow for bigger and better events and will also bring new national and international shows to Oklahoma. In fact, once the Expo Center is completed, it will be the largest event space in Oklahoma City.

The Expo Center is one of eight projects funded by MAPS 3, a one-cent, limited-term sales tax to pay for debt-free projects that improve our quality of life. You can find additional information about MAPS 3 projects here.

MAPS, State Fair Park
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: September 8 - September 14, 2015

Live on the Plasa

Tuesday, September 8
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.

Wednesday, September 9
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Bringing Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Kid’s Healthy Eating Tour; 4 p.m.; Whole Foods; 879-3500; Admission is free.
Figure Drawing Session; 7 p.m.; Oklahoma Contemporary; 951-0000; Price for non-members $5.

Thursday, September 10
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; 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.
Interpreting Clouds; 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Reception is free.
Julius Caesar; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; 445-7080; Prices vary.
Of Mice and Men; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, September 11
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; 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
Julius Caesar; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; 445-7080; Prices vary.
Of Mice and Men; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, September 12
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Weekly Farmers Market; 9 a.m.; 311 S Klein; 232-6506; Event is free.
Mesta Festa; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Mesta Park; 623-7206; Admission is free.
Julius Caesar; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; 445-7080; Prices vary.
Of Mice and Men; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, September 13
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Critter Crunch; 2 p.m.; Martin Park Nature Center; 267-1429; Admission is $2.
Of Mice and Men; 2 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Grassland Caravan; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Lawn; 445-7080; Admission is free.

Monday, September 14
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Art Moves; 11:30 a.m.; Robinson Renaissance.; 270-4848; Event is free.

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

How to vote

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With the 2016 presidential campaign heating up, it’s time to start thinking about voting in the presidential election – or in any of the other upcoming elections between now and then, including a special election on Sept. 8. On that date, those who live in State House District 85 will vote for state representative between Chip Carter and Cyndi Munson.

Here’s a quick primer on voting in Oklahoma:

  • First, you have to register. You can do this by downloading a form online and mailing it in or by going to your county’s election board office, a tag agency, a post office, a public library or another designated public location. After Nov. 1, voters will be able to submit the form online, thanks to a new state law. For the Nov. 10 general election, registration deadline is Oct. 16. Find out additional registration deadlines on this election calendar.
  • Once you’ve registered, you’ll get a voter ID card that you’ll need to show when you go to your precinct to vote. If you’ve already registered and are in the Oklahoma State Election Board system, find your precinct using your name and birth date here. Or get additional help here.
  • And then you vote. Statewide, polls are open at individual precincts from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on election days. Find your precinct. But you can vote early -- Request an absentee ballot in writing or through your individual county’s election board, or go in person to your county election board and participate in early voting, usually from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Thursday and Friday before the election. Check the election calendar for specifics. In Oklahoma County, the address is 4201 N Lincoln Blvd.

The Oklahoma State Election Board’s website is a good resource.

Note that even if you have a mailing address from one of our suburbs, you still might be eligible to vote in Oklahoma City – if you pay utilities to the City of OKC. Also, here are the numbers to surrounding-area local election boards (with their county seats in parentheses) if you still have questions:

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The root of Oklahoma City’s forward momentum

Kayakers on the Oklahoma River

While we’re on the subject of elections, let’s talk about one of the most important elections in Oklahoma City’s recent history – the one that changed everything and led to the city’s current, ongoing transformation. If you have visited the Oklahoma River or seen the U.S. Olympic training programs for both canoe/kayak and rowing programs there or attended an OKC Dodgers game in Bricktown, you’ve enjoyed some of the results of that election more than 20 years ago.

Informally and most commonly known as MAPS, the first election for Metropolitan Area Projects happened on Dec. 14, 1993. Then, voters approved a five-year, one-cent sales tax to build or upgrade nine community facilities – projects that are now known as the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (construction), Cox Convention Center (renovation), State Fair Park (improvements), the Bricktown Canal (construction), Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library (construction), Chesapeake Energy Arena (construction), the Oklahoma River (transformation into a popular recreation area with rowing, kayaking and more), Civic Center Music Hall (rebuilding) and new trolleys.

The initiative was so successful and popular that voters have since approved similar limited-term MAPS sales taxes three more times. MAPS for Kids funded school improvements and renovations and MAPS 3, which passed in 2009 is currently underway.

All projects have been built debt free, and each sales tax has had a term limit.

Since MAPS passed in 1993, Oklahoma City has seen more than $5 billion in new public and private investment throughout the city. But the energy, momentum and pride these projects have added to our city are unmeasurable.

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How to find and contact your elected officials

Business Advocacy Center

If you don’t know who your elected officials are, the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber offers a handy tool to find them online at its Business Advocacy Center.

Just type in your ZIP code or address in the box on the right-hand side of the page, hit enter, and you’ll see all of them connected to your geographic location, from President Obama on down to state senators and representatives. The corresponding list offers direct links to the office holders’ web pages.

On this page, you can also sign up to join our email list that will update you about the Chamber’s advocacy efforts, especially during Oklahoma’s legislative session, offering updates and more.

And if you want to find out about who has filed for office, who is running and more, go online to the Oklahoma State Election Board. Here’s a comprehensive list, in PDF form.

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Learn how Oklahoma’s governments work

As a reader of this blog, you probably know this, but A Better Life OKC is another good resource for all things Oklahoma City, including about how our city and state governments work.

Check out more about how Oklahoma City, Oklahoma County and the state governments are structured on the site’s Government Page. The Chamber’s www.greateroklahomacity.com has a list of local municipalities surrounding the Oklahoma City area.

You can also go directly to these institutions’ home pages:

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Things to Do & See: September 1 - September 7, 2015

First Friday on the Paseo

Tuesday, September 1
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Art Adventures; 10:30 a.m.; Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art; 325-3272; Admission is free.
OKC Dodgers vs. Iowa Cubs; 4:35 p.m. (doubleheader); Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices will vary.
Wheeler Criterium; Events start at 5:30 p.m.; Downtown OKC Airpark, 1701 S. Western; Admission is free.
Natalie Syring; 7:30 p.m.; UCO Jazz Lab; for ticket prices call 974-5004.

Wednesday, September 2
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
OKC Dodgers vs. Iowa Cubs; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices will vary.
Christine Stedman; 8 p.m.; The Loony Bin; 239-4242; Ticket prices $2.

Thursday, September 3
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; 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.
OKC Dodgers vs. Iowa Cubs; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices will vary.
Late Spring; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, September 4
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
First Friday Gallery Walk; 6 p.m.; The Paseo District; Free.
FAA Credit Union Summer Movie Series: Guardians of the Galaxy; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Finish Line Tower; Event is free.
OKC Dodgers vs. Memphis Redbirds; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices will vary.
Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine; 5:30 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, September 5
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Weekly Farmers Market; 9 a.m.; 311 S Klein; 232-6506; Event is free.
Arts Festival Oklahoma; 11 a.m.; Oklahoma City Community College; 682-7575; Parking $5; Admission is Free
OKC Dodgers vs. Memphis Redbirds; 7:05pm; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; (405)-218-1000; Ticket prices will vary.
Steve Jobs: The Man in the Machine; 5:30 p.m. & 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, September 6
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Arts Festival Oklahoma; 11:00 a.m.; Oklahoma City Community College; 682-7575; Parking $5; Admission is rree.
OKC Dodgers vs. Memphis Redbirds; 2:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices will vary.
Hip Hop Night; 7:30 p.m., Great Lawn Stage, Myriad Gardens; 445-7080; Event is free.
OKC Dodgers vs. Memphis Redbirds; 2:05pm; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; (405)-218-1000; Ticket prices will vary.

Monday, September 7
Faberge: Jeweler to the Tsars; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
OKC Dodgers vs. Memphis Redbirds; 11:05 a.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices will vary.
Safari Day Camp; Drop off from 8:20am-8:30am; OKC Zoo;424-3344; Prices: Half Day-$25, Full Day-$45.

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