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Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Opening Night

NYE in OKC

Each new year is a time of reflection and resolutions. But first, you have to ring in the year in style. Are you still looking for that perfect place to welcome 2017? Well, we’ve got you covered. OKC is hopping with so many exciting events on NYE that it may be hard to choose just one.

Do you love music, dancing, theater or fireworks? If so, you certainly won’t want to miss Opening Night, one of OKC’s premier New Year’s Eve parties. Put on by the Arts Council of Oklahoma City, Opening Night offers fun for the entire family with performances throughout downtown OKC featuring acts such as Jabee, L.T.Z., Moetowne Alex and the Nightview Band, OKC Improv, Ali Harter, Michael King, Yung Tray, Susan Herndon, Sativa Prophets, Kinsey Charles, and more. Trust us, there is absolutely zero chance of a less than stellar New Year’s Eve. Did we mention there’s fun for the whole family? The youngsters are sure to enjoy face painting, an interactive art project, and lively music performances. And the fireworks finale is a show-stopping spectacle that you won't soon forget.

Wristbands are just $8 in advance and you can pick them up at 7-Eleven Stores of Oklahoma, Oklahoma City Museum of Art and MidFirst Bank locations. You can also get wristbands for $10 at the event.

And don’t worry about grabbing grub before heading downtown – seriously, they’ve thought of everything – the city’s best food trucks will be on-hand to serve up a variety of exciting food. Get your dinner on Finale Alley any time before midnight!

family-friendly, festivals, live music, music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Race for the Prize

5K Run

Before putting on your dancing shoes, kick off the evening (or that 2017 resolution) a little early with Opening Night 5k. Just think, you can squeeze in one last run in 2016 and make a big difference in our arts community at the same time. 

The run starts at 4 p.m. just east of Bicentennial Park downtown (where the Opening Night Finale takes place). This isn’t your normal race though. Don your best costume of neon and glitter or dig out your superhero cape because the most festively dressed wins an original piece of art. The best part? Every participant gets an Opening Night wristband. That is what we in the fun business call a win-win.

outdoor recreation, running
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Thundering up the new year in style

Devon Ice Rink

Some might say that we here at Better Life Central suffer from Thunder-mania year-round and rightfully so. Anyone who’s seen the Thunder this season can attest to the excitement our boys in blue bring to the court each game. So of course we will be enjoying the game this New Year’s Eve as the Thunder take on the Los Angeles Clippers at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Find tickets here. Downtown restaurants including Park Avenue Grill, Flint, Mahogany Prime Steakhouse, Vast and many others will have special menus before and after the game to help you make sure that you and your special someone kick off 2017 with a bang.

Some of our favorite other places around town to ring in 2017:

And our resolution for 2017: keeping you – our loyal reader – in the know about all of the cool, hip happenings in OKC. Don’t hesitate to hit us up on Facebook or Twitter with questions or ideas. All our posts are also tagged by topic so you can easily find past blogs for information, everything from attractions to downtown and much more.

festivals, restaurants, Thunder
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: December 27, 2016 - January 2, 2017

OKC Thunder Game

Tuesday, December 27
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Snow Tubing Winter Festival; 12 to 8 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; ticket prices vary.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Elf the Musical; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, December 28
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Snow Tubing Winter Festival; 12 to 8 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; ticket prices vary.
Elf the Musical; 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Reno Bighorns vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 208-4667; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, December 29
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Midtown; Event is free.
Snow Tubing Winter Festival; 12 to 8 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; ticket prices vary.  
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Shen Yun; 7 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Elf the Musical; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Beyond the Stratosphere; 8 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, December 30
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Snow Tubing Winter Festival; 12 to 8 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; ticket prices vary.
Shen Yun; 2 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Elf the Musical; 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Greensboro Swarm vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 208-4667; Ticket prices vary.
Beyond the Stratosphere; 8 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, December 31
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Snow Tubing Winter Festival; 12 to 8 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; ticket prices vary.
Elf the Musical; 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Opening Night 2017; 7 p.m.; Downtown; 270-4848; Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 the night of the event.
L.A. Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, January 1
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Snow Tubing Winter Festival; 12 to 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; ticket prices vary.

Monday, January 2
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Gift giving made easy

Plenty Mercantile

We are four shopping days away from Christmas! If you haven’t wrapped up your shopping yet, there’s no need to fret. Your friends at Better Life Central are here to save the day with last-minute Christmas ideas that everyone on your list is sure to love. Give a gift uniquely Oklahoman from Red Dirt Emporium, Plenty Mercantile or Exhibit C.

Are you looking for a one-stop experience to gather all of today’s trendy must-have gifts? You are sure to find it at one of OKC’s retail mechas including the Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City, Quail Springs Mall, Penn Square Mall, the Holiday Pop-Up Shops in Midtown or the Winter Shoppes at the Myriad Gardens. And gift certificates to some of OKC’s coolest destinations are sure to make anyone on your list shout with glee. From high-flying fun and whitewater adventures to massages or a day of golf, your gift list will be complete in no time flat.

holiday, local goods, retail, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Holiday Heritage

OKC Thunder Fans

You’ve heard us talk about the history and heritage of OKC. Why not explore some of our rich heritage and maybe start a new tradition with your own family this holiday season? There’s no better place to get in the holiday spirit than in OKC.

Explore Oklahoma’s Native American culture at the Red Earth Treefest. Your family is sure to be amazed at 18 Christmas trees adorned with handmade ornaments from Oklahoma tribes including the Cheyenne and Arapaho, Chickasaw, Citizen Potawatomi, Comanche and Osage nations each showcasing the distinctive and diverse cultures of the Native nations and tribes that call our great state home. Or celebrate an old-fashioned Christmas tradition in style with a visit to Fort Reno’s Christmas Guns event. Traced back to German immigrants, legend has it that the loud noise produced by the firearms will dispel evil spirits before the upcoming holiday.

If you’re having a hard time finding your Christmas cheer, kick your inner elf into overdrive with festive lights around Oklahoma City and sounds of the season at the Lyric Theater and Civic Center Music Hall. For sports enthusiasts, Oklahoma City has plenty to offer this holiday season. The Oklahoma City Thunder plays at the Chesapeake Energy Arena on Christmas day and New Year’s Eve. The OKC Blue also takes the court tonight as well as twice next week at the Cox Convention Center.

Thunder, western heritage, arts and culture, holiday, Oklahoma City history, theater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Have a holly, jolly dining experience

bar beer with taps

If entertaining guests is making you say, “Bah, humbug,” then why don’t you leave the cooking to the professionals? Lighten your to-do list and brighten your mood with festive libations and world-class cuisine. Many OKC restaurants including Flint, Park Avenue Grill at the Skirvin Hilton, Viceroy Grill, and many others are serving special menus on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, meaning that you can enjoy a great meal with your loves ones with none of the stress!

Have other suggestions that didn’t make it on our list? Let us know in the comments!

holiday, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: December 20 - December 26, 2016

SNow Tubing

Tuesday, December 20
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Snow Tubing Winter Festival; 12 to 8 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; ticket prices vary.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Rio Grande Valley Vipers vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 208-4667; Ticket prices vary.
Jane Austen’s Christmas Cracker; 7 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, December 21
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Snow Tubing Winter Festival; 12 to 8 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; ticket prices vary.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, December 22
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Midtown; Event is free.
Snow Tubing Winter Festival; 12 to 8 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; ticket prices vary.  
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Shen Yun; 7 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, December 23
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Snow Tubing Winter Festival; 12 to 8 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; ticket prices vary.
Shen Yun; 2 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, December 24
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Snow Tubing Winter Festival; 12 to 8 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; ticket prices vary.

Sunday, December 25
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Snow Tubing Winter Festival; 12 to 8 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; ticket prices vary.
Minnesota Timberwolves vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, December 26
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Snow Tubing Winter Festival; 12 to 8 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; ticket prices vary.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 13, 2016

EMBARK on a bus ride

Roy on an EMBARK bus

Don’t miss the bus! EMBARK, Oklahoma City’s bus system, won a national award this year due to the system’s growth and improvements that have been implemented. The American Public Transportation Association named Embark the “Outstanding Public Transportation System” for systems providing less than 4 million annual passenger trips. And it just keeps getting better: the system is now boasting realigned routes that improve frequency, upgraded bus stops with double the number of shelters, Wi-Fi on every bus, real-time arrival information and other mobile tools, and best of all, expanded service hours until midnight on four of the most popular routes. Check out embarkok.com for routes, schedules, fares, “how to ride” info and more.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Getting around Downtown in December

Bricktown Water Taxi and Canal at Christmas

We’ve told you about some of our favorite Downtown in December activities already, but we would be remiss if we neglected to remind you to take advantage of the free water taxi rides offered Thursday – Sunday from 6-9 p.m. until December 31 (excepting Christmas Day, of course)! The narrated 20-30-minute rides allow you to check out the holiday décor as well as learn some cool facts about Oklahoma and OKC in a festive, fun-filled, family-friendly atmosphere of fantasticness. If you’ve got an aversion to water, or just want to hear those sleigh bells ring-a-ling jing-jing-jingaling too, don’t fret – perhaps it’s a great time to try out a ride in a horse-drawn carriage from one of the many such vendors around downtown. If your horse sense is telling you to stay away from horses, Downtown in December is featuring Segway rentals as well, and of course, there’s always Spokies. Get down to Bricktown and check out all the ways to get around and enjoy all the festive holiday spirit in your downtown!

holiday, Bricktown, downtown, festivals, free
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Streetcar surprises

Streetcar branding

It’s been a banner year for the upcoming OKC Streetcar system. In addition to the release of the branding and colors, the City Council approved two routes for the initial system, the purchase of up to six streetcars from Brookville Equipment Corporation, and a contractor for the installation of the rails. Things are really “moving along” when it comes to the OKC Streetcar, and we can’t wait to start riding in 2018. Keep up with the MAPS 3 news archive on the City’s website.

MAPS, public transportation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: December 13 - December 19, 2016

Myriad Gardens Popup Shops

Tuesday, December 13
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Austin Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 208-4667; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, December 14
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, December 15
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Midtown; Event is free.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
A Tuna Christmas; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Jane Austen’s Christmas Cracker; 8 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Beyond the Stratosphere; 8 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, December 16
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Midtown; Event is free.
Winter Shoppes; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 708-6499; Event is free.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
A Tuna Christmas; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
The Nutcracker; 2 & 7 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
The Flaming Lips; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; 840-5500; Ticket prices vary.
Jane Austen’s Christmas Cracker; 8 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Beyond the Stratosphere; 8 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, December 17
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Midtown; Event is free.
Winter Shoppes; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 708-6499; Event is free.
The Nutcracker; 2 & 7 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Phoenix Sun vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 4 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
A Tuna Christmas; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Jane Austen’s Christmas Cracker; 8 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Beyond the Stratosphere; 8 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, December 18
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Midtown; Event is free.
Winter Shoppes; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 708-6499; Event is free.
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
A Tuna Christmas; 1:30 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Beyond the Stratosphere; 2 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
The Nutcracker; 2 & 7 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, December 19
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Atlanta Hawks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 6, 2016

Greetings from Stockyards City

Stockyards City

Cowboy culture is alive and well in Oklahoma City, and you can experience it for yourself at Stockyards City, just a few miles southeast of downtown OKC. Stockyards City is home to the Oklahoma National Stockyards – the world’s largest stocker and feeder cattle market. Originally called “Packingtown,” the area was developed as a meat processing and packing plant in 1910, and by 1915 the area was home to cowboys and cattle drives.

The meat packing plant closed in 1961 and was replaced by a cattle auction, which has seen more than 102 million head of livestock pass through its iron gates since opening. Today, you can experience a live action on Mondays and Tuesdays of each week starting at 8 a.m.

The original business district of the area is still intact, making it the perfect place to buy gear for your homestead (or just a pair of boots for two-stepping). Several businesses date back to the early 1900s and still provide authentic Western wear and gear to the cattle buyers and ranch hands that come to Stockyards City each week.

retail, Stockyards, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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A tribute to the Old West

Chuck Wagon Festival

Oklahoma City’s storied past – from its shotgun-start beginning to its important role in the cattle industry – is an important part of our community’s identity. If you want to get a better historical understanding of the cowboy culture that helped drive the development of this area, visit the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

With multiple exhibits, art and sculpture galleries, the 17-foot-tall “End of the Trail” sculpture by James Earle Fraser and a replica of a Western town called Prosperity Junction, you’ll learn about cowboy culture and gear, Native American history, Western performers, settling the frontier and more.

The museum also organizes an annual chuck wagon gathering and children’s cowboy festival and the invitational Prix de West exhibit each year, an event that highlights the world’s best contemporary Western paintings and sculptures. While the next Prix de West is not scheduled until 2017, you can always see the past winners on display at the museum.

museums, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Hit the trail

equestrian park ground breaking

Itching to saddle up and experience our Western heritage for yourself? Civic leaders and community officials recently announced plans for an equestrian park on the Oklahoma River that will give you the opportunity to do just that. The park, on the Oklahoma River’s south bank, is just east of Exchange Ave. adjacent to Stockyards City. When it is complete, it will include a visitor center, a corral, an exercise area, open and covered outdoor arenas, and a riding stable that will be open to the public.

But you don’t have to wait to enjoy it (as long as you own a horse, that is)! The first phase of the development is open for visitors, with 20 acres and a 0.6 mile looped trail. Go ahead and hit the trail, pardner!

equine, Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: December 6 - December 12, 2016

OKC Civic Center

Tuesday, December 6
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Austin Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 208-4667; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, December 7
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, December 8
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Midtown; Event is free.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
A Tuna Christmas; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Jane Austen’s Christmas Cracker; 8 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, December 9
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Midtown; Event is free.
Winter Shoppes; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 708-6499; Event is free.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Live on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; 367-9403; Free.
A Tuna Christmas; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Jane Austen’s Christmas Cracker; 8 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, December 10
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Midtown; Event is free.
Winter Shoppes; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 708-6499; Event is free.
The Nutcracker; 2 & 7 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
All-City College Basketball Classic 2016; 3 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 11 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Westchester Knicks vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 208-4667; Ticket prices vary.
A Tuna Christmas; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Jane Austen’s Christmas Cracker; 8 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, December 11
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Midtown; Event is free.
Winter Shoppes; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 708-6499; Event is free.
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
A Tuna Christmas; 1:30 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Jane Austen’s Christmas Cracker; 2 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
The Nutcracker; 2 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Boston Celtics vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, December 12
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, November 29, 2016

What to OKC

The view from Vast

The holiday season is in full swing and whether you are a long-time OKCer who is looking to entertain guests or a visitor checking out the city for the first time, OKC has plenty of shopping, holiday lights, museums, events and activities to keep everyone bustling.

There’s no better place to get in the holiday spirit than Oklahoma City. Here are a few of our favorite ways to introduce OKC.

  • Take a Water Taxi Along the Bricktown Canal: Enjoy the lights, sights, and sounds and get a quick introduction to Bricktown during a water taxi ride this holiday season.  Free rides are offered on designated days in November and December. Nearby in Deep Deuce, Legends Night will take place from 7 to 11 p.m. on Dec. 17 and will bring some of the best jazz musicians in OKC back to Downtown in December.
  • Gaze at 55 Feet of Beauty: 2,400 individually hand-blown glass pieces make up the Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s 55-foot Chihuly Tower, making it one of the tallest Chihuly structures in the world. In fact, Oklahoma City Museum of Art is home to one of the most comprehensive collections of Dale Chihuly glass sculptures in the world.  Art lovers will also enjoy the eclectic exhibits at 21c Hotel and Museum in OKC’s Film Row district.
  • Take a stroll through the gardens: During the holidays, the Myriad Botanical Gardens is a favorite destination among locals and visitors as they enjoy the Devon Ice Rink, Winter Shoppes and the holiday carousel. The Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory offers a beautiful balmy oasis featuring more than 750 varieties of plant life in two distinct climates: a tropical wet zone at the south end and a tropical dry zone at the north end.
  • Explore our history. Step back in time at the National Cowboys and Western Heritage Museum and discover the American West through one-of-a-kind exhibits, artwork and artifacts or check out the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum to learn about the day that changed our city forever.

Of course, this is just a small sampling of the fun going on here in OKC. There are so many festivals, games and activities happening in various districts, you’re sure to find an activity to appease any guest. Our friends at Visit OKC offer a plethora of ideas on how to get out and experience OKC. Learn more at visitokc.com.

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Food city

Bowl of Pho

No matter where you reside in OKC, you and your guests can enjoy top-shelf hand-crafted cuisine. Each district offers a unique flair and culinary selections that you won’t soon forget.

From the pho of the Asian District to the historic (and presidentially approved) Cattlemen’s Steakhouse in Stockyard’s City, OKC is brimming with pubs, supper clubs and world-class restaurants that foodies of all ages are sure to enjoy. Farm-to-table options abound at Kitchen 324, Ludivine and Packard’s; and seafood loving guests are in for a treat at The Drake, Rococo and Pearl’s Oyster Bar. If you are looking for a way to visually show off the city while enjoying a dinner to remember, consider Vast. We can promise, you won’t be disappointed.  

For more information about the restaurant renaissance in OKC, check out the special edition of VeloCity

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Planning the perfect visit

Bricktown Water Taxi and Canal at Christmas

Looking for fun ideas to keep your guests entertained? Check out an interactive map of OKC to see all of the restaurants, attractions and events near you. If you’re looking to a plan a night out on the town with the guys or girls, we’ve got you covered there too. Check out these trip ideas and guides to make your OKC experience one to remember.

For an ultimate, comprehensive guide on everything OKC, check out the Oklahoma City Visitors Guide. Updated each year, the Visitors Guide is sure to include the latest attractions of our growing city. You can view the visitors guide digitally or request a copy by mail. In its 88 pages, you’ll see all Oklahoma City has to offer – sports, recreation, nightlife, shopping, arts, dining, hotels, etc.

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Things to Do & See: November 29 - December 5, 2016

NRHA

Tuesday, November 29
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
2016 NRHA Futurity; All day; State Fair Park; 946-7400.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Los Angeles D-Fenders vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 208-4667; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, November 30
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
2016 NRHA Futurity; All day; State Fair Park; 946-7400.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Washington Wizards vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, December 1
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
2016 NRHA Futurity; All day; State Fair Park; 946-7400.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Midtown; Event is free.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, December 2
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
2016 NRHA Futurity; All day; State Fair Park; 946-7400.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Midtown; Event is free.
Winter Shoppes; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 708-6499; Event is free.
Paseo Arts District First Friday Gallery Walk; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; Event is free.
Texas Legends vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 208-4667; Ticket prices vary.
Jeff Dunham; 8 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, December 3
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
2016 NRHA Futurity; All day; State Fair Park; 946-7400.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Midtown; Event is free.
Winter Shoppes; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 708-6499; Event is free.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 11 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Brian Regan; 7 p.m.; The Criterion; 840-5500; Tickets are $42.50.
WWE Live Holiday Tour; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, December 4
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Midtown; Event is free.
Winter Shoppes; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 708-6499; Event is free.
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
New Orleans Hornets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, December 5
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Trot out of the house for your turkey

Thanksgiving at a restaurant

Listen, we get it – cooking a turkey and all the fixings is not for the faint of heart. If you find yourself in a fix when it comes to time or you just want to change things up, consider going out for Thanksgiving. There are a number of Greater OKC Chamber members ready and waiting for you and yours to brighten their door and would be thankful for the opportunity to serve your Thanksgiving meal. Check out the list on the Chamber website of restaurants open on Thanksgiving and give thanks that you don’t have to worry about cleaning, cooking and carving that big bird yourself.

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Brighten up Black Friday by checking out some pop-up shops

As your social media feeds fill up with stories of camping out in parking lots, fistfights and stampedes just for dubious deals on soon-to-be-obsolete electronics, stay nice and smug snug as you shop locally and without fear of getting hit over the head for that last flatscreen at some of the pop-up shopping opportunities around downtown.

Deluxe Winter Market – Nov. 26 and 27, Leadership Square

Holiday Pop-up Shops at Midtown – Nov. 25 – Dec. 22 (weekly Thursday – Sunday), NW 10th and Hudson

Winter Shoppes at Myriad Botanical Gardens – Nov. 25 – Dec. 18 (weekly Thursday – Sunday), North Plaza of MBG by the Great Lawn (look for the carousel!)

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Give thanks for locally brewed beer

Friends Cheersing

Turkey turkey turkey, can’t you see, sometimes your tryptophan just hypnotizes me. However, if you’re among the sort whose holiday family dinners typically incite imbibing a beer or two rather than a nap (no judging, we feel ya), consider checking out some of OKC’s fantastic locally-produced beer at a brewery or restaurant near you. Here are just some of the options:

ANTHEM BREWING COMPANY, LLC [MORE]
Breweries
908 SW 4th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73109-1012
Phone: (405) 604-0446
Website | Map | More Info

COOP ALE WORKS [MORE]
Breweries
4745 Council Heights Road
Oklahoma City, OK 73179
Phone: (405) 842-2667
Website | Map | More Info

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

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

And don’t forget about the “’Miracle on the Canal’ Festive, Pop-Up Bar” coming to downtown in December. Speaking of Downtown in December…

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These are a few of our favorite Downtown in December events

Santa Run

Your friendly neighborhood TBL writers do love us some Downtown in December events, and not just ‘cause we happen to be downtown… in December (and the other 11 months of the year, for that matter, not only because we work here, but also because downtown is awesome. But we digress.) Anyway, here are some of our favs (but of course, don’t limit yourself to just these— there are heaps!).

Bricktown Tree Lighting Festival Presented by Sonic
Mayor Cornett teams up with Santa Claus himself to fire up your holiday spirits as well as the lights on the big Christmas tree. Head to the 3rd Base Plaza at the ballpark (2 S. Mickey Mantle Dr.) on Friday, Nov. 25 at 5 p.m. to enjoy live music, face painting, food trucks, conversations with Santa (maybe ask what he wants for a change?) and general merriment. More info: downtownindecember.com/bricktown-tree-lighting/

Snow Tubing Winter Festival at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark
Get ready to snow tube your colorful woolen socks off starting Saturday, Nov. 26. In addition to two slides (big and little), other perks including Santa’s Workshop, a children’s train and plenty of holiday décor dictate that the Festival promises fun for all. Check hours and prices here: downtownindecember.com/snow-tubing-winter-festival/

Devon Ice Rink
The ice rink is open at Myriad Botanical Gardens and is ready for you and your friends, family and/or honey lambs to make some memories whilst making lazy circles in the ice  and doing your level best to stay level and off your backside. Check out downtownindecember.com/devon-ice-rink/ for schedule and prices.

SandRidge Santa Run / ego boost
A race with Santa? We’re betting you got this one in the bag. I mean, we’re not sure what kind of shape you’re in, but frankly, Santa just doesn’t look that fast. Anyway, run a 5K with various Santas, elves, reindeer and other assorted Christmasy characters as you work off some of that cranberry sauce and sweet potato casserole (either in or out of a costume). It’s an all-ages event, with a Kid’s Dash and 1-mile Fun Run part of the festivities as well. Saturday, Dec. 10 is the day and activities begin at 8:45 at SandRidge Energy, 123 Robert S. Kerr. More info: downtownindecember.com/sandridge-santa-run/

Check out all the events at downtownindecember.com/.

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Things to Do & See: November 22 - November 28, 2016

Tuesday, November 22
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, November 23
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Carrie Underwood; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, November 24
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
2016 NRHA Futurity; All day; State Fair Park; 946-7400.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, November 25
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
2016 NRHA Futurity; All day; State Fair Park; 946-7400.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Midtown; Event is free.
Winter Shoppes; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 708-6499; Event is free.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 11 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Eats on 8th; 7 to 11 p.m.; 8th and Harvey; 234-7960; Event is free.

Saturday, November 26
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
2016 NRHA Futurity; All day; State Fair Park; 946-7400.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; 10 a.m. – 9 p.m.; Midtown; Event is free.
Winter Shoppes; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 708-6499; Event is free.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 11 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Detroit Pistons vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, November 27
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
2016 NRHA Futurity; All day; State Fair Park; 946-7400.
Holiday Pop-Up Shops at Midtown; 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.; Midtown; Event is free.
Winter Shoppes; 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Myriad Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 708-6499; Event is free.
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra; 3:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, November 28
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
2016 NRHA Futurity; All day; State Fair Park; 946-7400.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Get involved

Regional Food Bank

It’s time to break out those carving skills because the holidays are nearly upon us. Great food, family, friends and a little football are pretty hard to beat. Of course the holiday season is not all about eating – it is also about giving thanks. We are thankful that we have so many great organizations in our community who are constantly working to make a difference. If you are looking for ways to get involved in OKC, but don’t know where to start, click here to find all the Chamber members that are nonprofits.

But we’ll give you some ideas here:

  • Give a gift to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. Through Jan. 15, every gift received will be matched, dollar for dollar, up to $600,000 thanks to APMEX.com, the Cresap Family Foundation and Chesapeake Energy Corporation. You can also sign up your family to volunteer in Food Bank warehouse.
  • Donate to Allied Arts to support more than 40 local arts organizations including the Lyric Theater, deadCenter film festival, the Oklahoma City Museum of Art as well as many more.
  • Donate your time to Habitat for Humanity. Hands-on helpers are always needed to assist with new home construction, critical home repairs and at the Habitat ReStore. 
  • Buy something from the wish list of Infant Crisis Services, Inc., which provides formula, food, diapers and other needs to babies and toddlers in crisis.
  • Donate your time or pet supplies to the Central Oklahoma Humane Society. This great nonprofit has found homes for more than 14,000 cats and dogs.
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Lend a helping hand

United Way Volunteers

Oklahoma and specifically Oklahoma City is renowned not only nationally but worldwide as a community who comes together to help each other in times of need. These acts of giving and helping our neighbors are evident in our everyday lives. In fact, nearly 800,000 Oklahomans donate 84.9 million hours annually in their communities.

As #GivingTuesday approaches, consider lending a helping hand. Oklahoma has more than 17,000 nonprofit groups in the state, so no matter your passion, there are many ways you can get involved. Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits is always a great resource for the state’s nonprofit groups.

These organizations need our help year-round so keep them in your thoughts even after the holidays. If you are new to our city there is no better way to connect with people than by volunteering your time.  Do you know of a nonprofit that could use some help in the coming weeks? Let us know in the comments below.

Also be sure to check out the volunteerism page on our site for more causes and ways to get involved.

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Enrich OKC

Volunteer reading to children

If you are overwhelmed by the number of causes to which you can contribute your time or money, take a look at all the good that the United Way of Central Oklahoma does in our community.

This organization has formed partnerships with more than 60 organizations that contribute to the area’s health, safety, education or economic well-being of families, according to the United Way’s mission. A donation to the United Way will help fund these valuable programs that are held accountable by the United Way.

The United Way picks its partner organizations according to five identified “Focus Areas”: Strong Families, Successful Kids, Healthy Citizens, Independent Living and Community Preparedness. Each year, the organization raises millions of dollars to help fund these nonprofit agencies’ programs.

If you’re interested in finding ways to volunteer for these organizations, check out the United Way’s Volunteer Center.

The United Way has been serving the community for more than 90 years, and the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber is proud that it had a role in its creation decades ago.

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Things to Do & See: November 15 - November 21, 2016

OKC Thunder Fans

Tuesday, November 15
AQHA World Championship Show; All Day; State Fair Park; 806-376-4811.
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Salt Lake City Stars vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 208-4667; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, November 16
AQHA World Championship Show; All Day; State Fair Park; 806-376-4811.
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, November 17
AQHA World Championship Show; All Day; State Fair Park; 806-376-4811.
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Erie Bayhawks vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 208-4667; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, November 18
AQHA World Championship Show; All Day; State Fair Park; 806-376-4811.
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 11 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Brooklyn Nets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, November 19
AQHA World Championship Show; All Day; State Fair Park; 806-376-4811.
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 11 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Pentatonix: The World Tour 2016; 8 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Classics 3- Alexander Mickelthwate; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, November 20
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Indiana Pacers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, November 21
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer: The Musical; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Military ties in OKC

Tinker AWACS

It’s no secret that Oklahoma City has strong connections to the U.S. military. Tinker Air Force Base has been part of the Oklahoma City community since 1941 and frequent readers of our blog know how the base plays an important role to the region. Not only is it the largest single-site employer in the state, it is also one of the largest Air Force bases in the nation. Currently, Tinker’s estimated economic impact to the region is $3.41 billion annually.

Not only have brave Oklahomans served in all branches of the military spanning several decades, but the state of Oklahoma is home to several military bases, including Altus Air Force Base, Vance Air Force Base, Fort Sill Army Base, McAlester Army Ammunition Army Base, and Oklahoma City’s own Tinker Air Force Base.

To all who have served and to the families who support them – thank you for your sacrifice.

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