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Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Overview of the Metropolitan Library System

Downtown Library

Here in Oklahoma City we have an amazing library system that allows easy access to your favorite titles so you can keep your brain sharp and your imagination running free.

The Metropolitan Library System serves more than 600,000 people throughout 19 locations in Oklahoma County. Yes, you can go to use free Wi-Fi in any of its locations, but why would you go for that reason when you can enjoy such a great collection of books and other activities? The library system is also digital with eBook and music downloading services.

To get a card you just have to live in Oklahoma County. And if your county is Cleveland, McClain, or Pottawatomie and you are part of the Pioneer Library System, you can still join in the Metropolitan Library System’s fun – our Oklahoma City-area libraries have a reciprocal service agreement with the Pioneer Library System, with its headquarters in Norman.

In addition to the books, the eBooks, the Wi-Fi and the music, the Metropolitan Library System has a long list of activities for those who want to connect with real people in the real world. Whether you want to join a book club or pursue a hobby like tai chi or art, you can find something that interests you at a nearby library. Check out the events calendar and sign up for one.

There are virtually no limits to the things you can learn as a card-carrying member of the library.
Find a library near you.

family-friendly, free, library
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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How to get a library card

books on a shelf

If you live or own property in Oklahoma City or Oklahoma County, you can become part of the Metropolitan Library system for free by applying for a card. Here’s how it works: Bring two forms of ID (one showing proof of residence) to your nearest library and apply for a card. If you’re older than 17 and you live in the area, you can get a primary card for free. If you are younger, you can apply for a card with your parent or guardian. Teachers and students who live outside the library system’s area but whose school is located inside it can get a school card, while those who live in Cleveland, McClain or Pottawatomie counties and are part of the Pioneer Library System) can apply for a reciprocal card. Nonresidents also can pay a $40 annual fee.

Confused about all the choices? You shouldn’t be. Your local librarian will help you sort through the options and get you signed up quickly.

Once you have a card, you can check out or download books, music, movies and more.
Find out more.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Famous Oklahoma authors

Ralph Ellison

While you’re at the library, check out books by some well-known Oklahoma City authors, including:

  • Ralph Ellison, author of the 1953 National Book Award winner “Invisible Man” and Presidential Medal of Freedom honoree (1969), grew up in Oklahoma City. You can see a sculpture of him at the Oklahoma City library that bears his name or see a portrait of him at the Oklahoma State Capitol.  Read more by checking out some of the books by him and about him from the Metropolitan Library System. Or learn even more about this distinguished author who was born in 1914 (or maybe 1913, depending on the source you use) online at these sites:
  • Award-winning mystery writer Carolyn Hart grew up in Oklahoma City and has written 56 books, according to her website, http://www.carolynhart.com.  The latest book in her popular Death on Demand Mysteries series, “Don’t Go Home,” was released in May.

  • Oklahoma City native and resident Lou Berney has written three critically-acclaimed, award-winning novels and his latest The Long and Faraway Gone, is mystery based in Oklahoma City. The novel was recently nominated by the Mystery Writers of America as a “Best Paperback Novel”. It has also been featured on the Today’s Show as the perfect summer read and an Amazon Best Book.

  • Oklahoma City native Gena Showalter, a New York Times and USA Today bestselling author, writes young adult romance novels often featuring paranormal creatures. The latest in her White Rabbit Chronicles, “A Mad Zombie Party,” was released in late 2015.

  • Chef Rick Bayless grew up in Oklahoma City (his family’s business was the barbecue restaurant called Hickory House) and now operates Frontera Grill in Chicago. He has written several cookbooks featuring the Mexican cuisine for which he is known. His brother, Skip Bayless, is a sportswriter and columnist and a television commentator for ESPN’s “First Take.”
library, Oklahoma City history
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Friends of the Library Book sale

Friends of the Library Book Sale

If you prefer to own books or just enjoy sifting through mountains of books, magazines, videos, etc., the Metropolitan Library System in Oklahoma City has a solution for that, too: The Friends of the Library Annual Book Sale.

Each year, more than 600,000 books are for sale, making it one of the largest in the nation. Admission is free. This year’s Book Sale will be from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 20, and Sunday, Feb. 21, in the Oklahoma Expo Hall at the State Fairgrounds. If you are a Friends of the Library member, you can shop early – at the members-only pre-sale event from 5:30 to 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 19.

If you want to even more time around the books (and what reader wouldn’t?), then volunteer.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: January 26 - February 1, 2016

Devon Ice Rink

Tuesday, January 26
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.

Wednesday, January 27
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
Bringing Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Bringing Gardens to Life; 11 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room; 445-7080; $2 for members and $3 for nonmembers.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.

Thursday, January 28
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Oklahoma City Blue vs. Rio Grande Valley Vipers; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, January 29
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Houston Rockets; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Do You Hear the People Sing; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, January 30
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
Gardens Walking Tour; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Winter and Snowflakes and Ice, Oh My! 1 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room; 445-7080; $5 for members and $7 for nonmembers. 
Do You Hear the People Sing; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, January 31
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Jillian Michaels; 2 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, February 1
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Washington Wizards; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 19, 2016

Live on the Plaza

Plaza District Festival

The Plaza District, located along NW 16 between Classen Boulevard and Pennsylvania Avenue, is a perfect example of the development that has happened in Oklahoma City the last couple of decades. Local retailers helped breathe new life into an aging retail corridor that many thought was beyond repair. Today the Plaza is a hub of unique and funky local restaurants, clothing stores, art boutiques and more.

The best way to experience it is the monthly Live! On the Plaza. Held the second Friday of each month, the businesses stay open late to feature live music, artists, shopping and more starting at 7 p.m. The event is jam-packed with people, free and family friendly.

festivals, Plaza District, restaurants, retail
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Shop Hop

People enjoying Automobile Alley

Located just north of downtown on Broadway Avenue, what used to be the primary location for the city's car dealerships is known today as Automobile Alley – home to some of OKC's great local dining and specialty shops. We love the vibe of Automobile Alley during the day, but we get downright giddy during the district’s Shop Hop event held on the third Thursday of each month.

Each Shop Hop you can cruise the historic district for great deals from retailers while enjoying live music, street artists and all kinds of kid’s activities. Automobile Alley is home to everything from a salon to great restaurants, home décor retailers and so much more. No matter your taste the district has something waiting for you. 

Automobile Alley, festivals, restaurants, retail
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Premiere on Film Row

Premiere on Film Row

Film Row is located on Sheridan just west of downtown and is another Oklahoma City district bustling with history. Placed on the National Register of Historic Place, the district was home to OKC’s film industry at the dawn of the film age. Hollywood studios including Paramount Pictures, Warner Bros., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer and Fox Films had operations in the 42-block area between Classen Boulevard and Walker Avenue along Sheridan Avenue where theater owners came to view and lease films.

Today the district is home to local retailers and businesses and it seems you can’t go a day without hearing of a new development in the up and coming district. Soon there will even be a live music venue and historic hotel.

Premiere on Film Row is the district’s monthly festival and it is held the third Thursday of each month from 7 to 10 p.m. (beginning in March). Premiere on Film Row aims to be family friendly and features live music, some of the best food trucks in OKC and even film screenings.  

live music, Oklahoma City history, festivals, film, Film Row, food
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Gallery Walk

Paseo Arts District

The Paseo Arts District was originally developed in 1929 by Oklahoma City pioneer GA Nichols as the first commercial shopping district north of Downtown. The Paseo still features the same Spanish-inspired, stucco buildings it did in the ’20s.

In the 1970s the district (located around North 28th Street and Walker Avenue) saw a renaissance take shape as artists began to move to the area and open galleries. Today the street is home to some of the top art galleries and local restaurants in the city.

During the Paseo’s First Friday Gallery Walk you can see more than 60 artists from about 20 galleries participate in this event, from 6 to 10 p.m. on the first Friday of each month, and it includes themed exhibits, refreshments, guest artists and other entertainment.

arts and culture, festivals, Paseo District, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: January 19 - January 25, 2016

Bull Riding

Tuesday, January 19
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Admission prices vary. 

Wednesday, January 20
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
Bringing Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.  
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Charlotte Hornets; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, January 21
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Admission prices vary. 
Shop Hop; 6 to 9 p.m.; Automobile Alley; Event is free.

Friday, January 22
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Admission prices vary. 
Kacey Musgraves; Doors open at 6:30 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; (866) 977-6849; $26 in advance.
Oklahoma City Blue vs. Los Angeles D-Fenders; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Jeff Foxworthy & Larry the Cable Guy; 7 & 9:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Professional Bull Riding; 8 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, January 23
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Admission prices vary. 
Professional Bull Riding; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma City Blue vs. Bakersfield Jam; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, January 24
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Admission prices vary. 
Oklahoma Bridal Show; Noon to 5 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Professional Bull Riding; 2 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, January 25
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Admission prices vary. 
Oklahoma City Blue vs. Los Angeles D-Fenders; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 12, 2016

Follow then lead

If you really want to get to know a town and stay on top of the comings and goings, Twitter is the place to be. However if you are new to a city or new to the Twitter community can be a little intimidating. Well, here at the Better Life we want to help your transition to full-blown local as quickly as possible. Here is a good beginner list of accounts to follow. Of course this is not an exhaustive list. If there is anyone you feel we’ve left out put them in the comments below for all to see.

General news, info and events
@BetterLifeOKC – Get the 4-1-1 on the 4-0-5
@okcchamber – Greater OKC Chamber
@VisitOKC – Oklahoma City CVB

Sports
@okcthunder – Oklahoma City Thunder – NBA basketball
@okcblue- Oklahoma City Blue – NBA Development League affiliate of the Oklahoma City Thunder
@okc-dodgers – Oklahoma City Dodgers – AAA Affiliate of the MLB Los Angeles Dodgers
@EnergyFC – Oklahoma City Energy – OKC’s USL Pro soccer team, affiliate of MLS Sporting KC

City stuff
@cityofokc – City of Oklahoma City
@MickCornett – Mayor of Oklahoma City

Media and Blogs
@AboutOKC – About.com’s OKC guide
@JournalRecord – Daily business news
@NewsOK – Daily news
@OKGazette – OKC alternative weekly news
@OKCTalk – Local message board
@OklahomaRock – Local music news, shows, bands, more
@YelpOKC – What’s good in OKC

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Sharing is caring

business people downtown

We here at the Better Life can scream all day and night about how great and wonderful Oklahoma City is (and we do) but no one sells a city better than you. Whether you have lived here a week or 25 years, your opinion is important to your friends, family and peers. Where do people go to express their opinion? Social media of course. So this is our shameless to plug to retweet and share our stuff. We want you to sing from the mountain top about the greatness of our hometown.

You might be asking yourself, “Besides retweeting and sharing your accounts how do I properly sum up the amazingness of OKC in just 140 characters?” That is where we come in. We’ve made proselytizing about OKC easy with some eye-catching videos and publications that were designed specifically to be easy to share on social media.

For starters check out www.velocityokc.com for Oklahoma City’s digital magazine VeloCity. The publication is packed with features on OKC life, style, architecture, industry, culture, accolades, personalities and more. VeloCity also features stunning photography and video to show off OKC to the unfamiliar. Volume 12 was just released and it is bursting with info on the metro’s amazing culinary scene (protip: Don’t read it if you are even slightly hungry). You can also find an archive of past editions that are easy to share with your friends and family.

A companion to VeloCity is www.GreaterOKC.tv. If you are looking for the perfect video about something specific to Oklahoma City, there is a good chance GreaterOKC.tv has it. There are hundreds of videos on Oklahoma City’s districts, education, business climate, museums, the arts, restaurants, recreations, renaissance and so much more. Each video has a social media button for easy sharing with all your social minions.

P.S. Try and use the hashtag #OKC in your posts so other people searching for info on Oklahoma City can get your intelligent insights.

Oklahoma City, social media, velocity
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Acclaim city

skydance at night

Did you know Oklahoma City was recently named a top travel destination by USA Today? Oklahoma City has been on a bit of a hot streak lately, and the national media has taken notice. The accolades have flooded in for our economy, quality of life and everything in between. This praise is great because it is not us bragging about our city, it is impartial national publications who keep noticing the great things happening in our community.

It seems like every day a new accolade or honor is being announced and it is a daunting task to keep up to date with the latest news. You can check the Better Life website for an always-fresh list of accolades. Be sure to share with your friends and family to show them we aren’t the only ones singing the praises of OKC.

Oklahoma City
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tools for success

You’ve heard us talk about it before but if you are new to our great city or even thinking about a move to Oklahoma City, you should check out www.abetterlifeokc.com. It is a great resource for everything you need to know about calling OKC home.

While we are on the subject of social media, dive into the resources page at www.abetterlifeokc.com/resources for more social media fun. You’ll find all kind of handy links that will help you immerse yourself in Oklahoma City’s digital world.

For starters, that is where this adventurous little blog lives. Bookmark it and share it with the world (or at least someone you know). You’ll also find links to some stunning OKC photography and video. The Community Links/Resources page highlights some great newspapers, blogs and social media accounts that will help you keep you in the know and your finger on the pulse of all things OKC.

moving, Oklahoma City, social media
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: January 12 - January 18, 2016

Jersey Boys

Tuesday, January 12
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Admission prices vary. 
Oklahoma City Blue vs. Texas Legends; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Jersey Boys; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticker prices vary.

Wednesday, January 13
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Admission prices vary. 
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks; 7:00 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Jersey Boys; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticker prices vary.

Thursday, January 14
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Admission prices vary. 
Jersey Boys; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticker prices vary.

Friday, January 15
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
OKC RV & Boat Show; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Admission prices vary. 
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Minnesota Timberwolves; 6:00 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Jersey Boys; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticker prices vary.

Saturday, January 16
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
OKC RV & Boat Show; 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Admission prices vary. 
Jersey Boys; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticker prices vary.

Sunday, January 17
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Admission prices vary. 
OKC RV & Boat Show; Noon to 9 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Jersey Boys; 2 & 7 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticker prices vary.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Miami Heat; 6:00 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, January 18
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Admission prices vary. 

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 5, 2016

The Better Life: Giving you the 411 in the 405

With a start of a new year, we thought it might be time for a quick refresher of what we are all about. Here at Better Life HQ our goal is simple. We want to help you better get to know your new hometown. Oklahoma City is a diverse metro with new pockets of development and events being added at the blink of an eye. Even for the most seasoned of OKC natives, staying on top of everything to do in our city can feel like an endless task.

We understand that moving to a new city can be overwhelming and intimidating. However, with a little knowledge (our part) and an open mind and an adventurous streak (your part), you will quickly find out OKC is place where you can get involved quickly and make a difference.

The blog is posted to the website every Tuesday, rain or shine. In Oklahoma City it is mostly shine though. You can also sign up to get the blog e-mailed to you each week here. Don’t worry, we don’t spam you consistently. Just one e-mail, every Tuesday. We pinky swear.

And of course we want to hear from you. Are you new to OKC? What kind of things are you interested in learning about? If you’ve lived here a long time what do newcomers need to know? Let us know in the comments below, shoot us an e-mail or get a hold of us on Facebook and Twitter.

P.S. Although we focus on people new to OKC, we love nothing more than helping people who have lived in our community for a while rediscover their hometown and find cool new things to do in OKC.

community, Oklahoma City
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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BetterLife: The Website

One more tool you need for your relocation arsenal is www.abetterlifeokc.com. A Better Life OKC is more than just an awesome blog about how cool Oklahoma City is; it is also a great and easy-to-use relocation site. The website goes into more depth for people who are moving (or at least thinking of moving) here. If you are curious about OKC there is a good chance the Better Life has the info you are looking for.

If you are moving to Oklahoma City, housing is important right? The website has information on everything from historic neighborhoods to urban, suburban and pastoral neighborhoods. There is even an apartment listing, a list of realtors and moving resources.

The site has everything you need to know about life in OKC, from educational options to employment and health. There is so much great content and data we can’t even begin to highlight all in this space. You need to check it out for yourself. 

education, employment, housing, moving
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Best of 2015

Happy trails to you 2015. While the past year was a banner one for Oklahoma City we think 2016 might top it. There is so much to look forward to as the MAPS 3 projects will continue to take shape, cranes will once again dot the downtown as new towers begin to change the skyline, new music venues will open, new retail will hit the market and who knows? Maybe we will even celebrate the Thunder with a championship parade come June.

This time of the year is filled with “Best of Lists.” Best of music, best of movies, best of television … you get the idea. So why not us? So here are our favorite posts of the past year. Below is a good example of what this blog is all about so you can easily share with your friends and show them why this blog is such a good and entertaining resource. Consider it a “Here-are-five-important-things-a-newbie-to-OKC-needs-to-know” list:

  • Oklahoma Standard- The bombing that happened in downtown Oklahoma City in 1995 forever changed not only our city but country. While it has had a lasting impact the citizens of OKC have not let it define our community. That was never more apparent than this year when we celebrated the 10th anniversary with the Oklahoma Standard campaign.
  • Make Our History Less of a Mystery- From Native American culture to the Land Run saying our region has a unique history would be an understatement. Luckily OKC has a handful of world-class museums that tell our story.
  • deadCENTER Film Festival- We love nothing more than showing off a side of OKC newcomers might not expect. The annual deadCENTER Film Festival is a perfect example of this.
  • Music is in our DNA- Spend any time here and you start to realize OKC can be a bit eclectic. We are little bit country and little bit rock ‘n’ roll (as the kids would say). Nothing exemplifies that more than the musicians who have called Oklahoma home. From the father of folk music to jazz legends, hippie rockers and country superstars, Oklahoma boosts a diverse music scene.
  • Mmm-Beer- Oklahoma City is home to a craft beer scene with breweries taking hope national (and sometimes international) awards.
film, history, live music, MAPS, retail, Thunder, beer
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Let us help with New Year’s resolution

The year is new and that means it is time to come up with a plan for 2016. We are all going to hit the gym but let’s go with something a little more realistic. Here are our three suggestions:

Resolution: Save Money
This is a bit of a cheat because if you live in Oklahoma City you are already doing this. OKC consistently has one of the lowest costs of living in the U.S. Check out our handy cost of living calculator to see how much money you save by simply living the better life in OKC.

Resolution: Get to Know OKC
Whether you are new to the metro or have lived here all your life we promise you there are sides of OKC you need to discover and explore. Of course our blog is the perfect start but also check out our friends over at VisitOKC.com. The will also do a great job of keeping you informed on the can’t-miss events in OKC.

Resolution: Be an Ambassador
We love nothing more than spreading the gospel of OKC 24-7. However, nothing is more valuable than hearing recommendations from someone you know personally. Help be an ambassador for our community. Know someone thinking about moving? Introduce them to our website, sign them up for our blog and show them the e-magazine VeloCity.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: January 5 - January 11, 2016

Tuesday, January 5
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Admission prices vary. 

Wednesday, January 6
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours
Devon Ice Rink; 3 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Admission prices vary. 
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies; 8:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, January 7
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours
Devon Ice Rink; 3 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Admission prices vary. 
Art After 5; 5 p.m.; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; $5 admission.

Friday, January 8
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours
Devon Ice Rink; 3 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Admission prices vary. 
Live on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; 367-9403; Event is free.

Saturday, January 9
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.  
Star Wars Day at the Gardens; 11 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Admission prices vary. 
A Masterpiece – A Surprise; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 842-5387; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, January 10
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m..; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Admission prices vary. 

Monday, January 11
Quilts and Color from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Arts; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum hours
Devon Ice Rink; 3 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; 445-7080; Admission prices vary. 

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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