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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Moving made easy: voting

voting booths

You probably haven’t heard but there is a small election taking place later this year. If you are new to our city (and maybe even if you aren’t) you might be wondering how to register to vote. Don’t worry, here is just about everything you need to know.

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

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

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

community, election, government
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Golfing in the FORE-0-5

Golfing

With the next couple of weeks looking unseasonably warm for February and spring right around the corner, it is time to get you up to speed on Oklahoma City’s golf scene. If you are new to our great state you might be a little surprised to find out just how big golf is in the Sooner state. Yes football rules the roost and the Thunder grab most of the headlines this time of year but with an average temperature of 61 degrees and 350 sunny days a year, golf is pretty popular here.

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

  • Earlywine- Located on 11600 S. Portland, Earlywine offers 2 courses that show off the natural landscape of Oklahoma City. Earlywine has plenty of water features which make for a great view but challenging round of golf.
  • Lake Hefner- Right off scenic Lake Hefner, this golf course offers length and water hazards to challenge experienced golfers but is also enjoyable for all skill levels.
  • Lincoln Park- You’ll find two courses at Lincoln Park, both maintained at tournament conditions. Lincoln is located at 4001 NE Grand. Last year, a new $9.25 million clubhouse was opened at the course that offers an event center, restaurant, conference rooms and more.
  • Trosper Park- An OKC favorite, Trosper is a heavily wooded, 6,660-yard layout located at 2301 SE 21st St.
  • James E. Stewart- This course has been providing enjoyable golf in the heart of the city for generations. Located at 824 Fredrick Douglas Dr., James E. Stewart also partners with First Tee of Oklahoma City to introduce new generations to the sport of golf.
golf, Oklahoma City, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Birdies might be hard to come by

The Greens

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

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

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

golf, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Bucking tradition

Top Golf

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

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

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

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

outdoor recreation, adult sports, family-friendly, golf, nightlife
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: February 23 - February 29, 2016

OKC Energy Player [Photo Credit: OKC Energy]

[Photo Credit: OKC Energy]

Tuesday, February 23
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
TobyMac; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Children Reading to Dogs; 7 p.m.; Midwest City Library; 732-4828; Event is free but please register.

Wednesday, February 24
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
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 non-members. 

Thursday, February 25
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Orchid Show Guided Weekly Tour; 2 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Free with admission to Crystal Bridge.
Brantley Gilbert; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, February 26
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Chess Club; 4 p.m.; The Village Library; 755-0710; Event is free.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, February 27
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma City Blue vs. Austin Spurs; 1 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Golden State Warriors; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma City Energy FC vs. Dallas FC; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, February 28
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Black History Month Celebration; 2 p.m.; Downtown Library; 231-8650; Event is free.

Monday, February 29
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Poetry Reading; 7 p.m.; Ralph Ellison Library; 424-1437; Event is free.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

On the road again

Classic car in Auto Alley

Oklahoma City has many bragging rights, one of which being its ideal location at the crossroads of America. Situated at the intersection of Interstates 35, 40 and 44, Oklahoma City has an ease of travel that not only enables you to travel from coast to coast, but also to other parts of Oklahoma in a matter of a few hours. Today, The Better Life is focusing on all points North – or at least destinations within an hour’s drive of Oklahoma City.

Edmond/Arcadia

Guthrie

Stillwater

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Edmond/Arcadia

POPs

Edmond is Oklahoma City’s neighbor to the north and one of Oklahoma’s largest cities, but its location (15.2 miles from downtown and 22.6 miles from Tinker Air Force Base) allows it to be a popular suburb for people who work all across the Oklahoma City area. And thousands of students at Oklahoma Christian University and the University of Central Oklahoma call Edmond home during their academic careers. Even if you don’t live in the area, don’t miss out on all that Edmond has to offer visitors.

If you’re still in the mood for music, enjoy some soul music at the University of Central Oklahoma’s Jazz Lab. Each week, the Jazz Lab features live entertainment, and visitors can order food and drinks from Hideaway Pizza next door. During the week, across the street, you can learn about Edmond’s history at the Edmond Historical Society and Museum.

Want to spend time outdoors? Edmond offers ways to do that, too, especially with several parks. Arcadia Lake offers trails for bicycling, motorcycles and hiking/running, boat rentals and horseback riding, among other things. Edmond has a range of other parks, as well, but two big ones with lots of trails are Mitch Park and Hafer Park. In warmer weather, you can check out two water parks: The Edmond Y Water Park and Pelican Bay Aquatic Center.

Also in far north Edmond is another architectural marvel, the Armstrong Auditorium. It is a luxury venue that hosts premier concerts and performing arts, ranging from the Russian National Ballet to classical, jazz or even bluegrass music, depending on the season.

Further north and east of Edmond, the community of Arcadia will allow you to get your kicks on Route 66 here, starting with POPS, a restaurant and gas station celebrating the original interstate highway – U.S. Route 66 – and all its history as the “Main Street of America” or the “Mother Road.” You can’t miss POPS because of the 66-foot-tall soda bottle and straw that at night lights up in a dazzling show of different colors. POPS is part future, with a bold architectural design, and part past.

Just down the road from POPS is another can’t-miss landmark, the Arcadia Round Barn, which is literally a round red barn that was built in 1898 and restored in 1992. It was used as a barn for livestock and hay storage and for dances around the turn-of-the-century, and today the 45-foot-tall barn again hosts community events.

live music, museums, outdoor recreation, parks, restaurants, Route 66, water sports, Arcadia, college, day-trip, Edmond
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Guthrie

Guthrie at night

The city of Guthrie (located just 35 minutes north of Oklahoma City) was chosen as the territorial capital in the months following the Land Run of 1889, and when Oklahoma gained statehood in 1907, Guthrie became the state capital. Today, Guthrie has retained much of its territorial architecture (and charm!) to become one of the most picturesque places to visit. It stands today as a National Historic Landmark filled with examples of late 19th and early 20th Century architecture.

Here are just a few of the many ways to experience Guthrie:

movies, retail, theater, day-trip, food, Guthrie, history
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Stillwater

OSU

Home of Oklahoma State University, Stillwater is just an hour or so up the road from OKC and features plenty of diverse activities. Read on for more ideas on how to spend your time in Stillwater.

  • The National Wrestling Hall of Fame – this “shrine to the sport of wrestling” should definitely be on your Stillwater to-do list. Full of memorabilia and history, “mankind’s oldest and most basic form of recreational combat” is celebrated here. Learn about the sport’s pioneers, African-American and Latino wrestling history, America’s Olympic heroes, and more.
  • Main Street ShoppingDowntown Stillwater features that classic Main Street feel, with lots of local flavor and things to see and eat. Bike nights, Food Truck nights, and the Car and Bike Show augment the experience. Check the calendar at the link above to see what’s going down Downtown, or just head out and get your shop on.
  • Lake Fun – Stillwater’s three area reservoirs of regalement stand ready for you to visit any time of year. Lakes Blackwell, McMurtry, and Boomer offer all the typical lake fun you can stand and then some, including bird watching, mountain biking, hunting, disc golf, camping, horseback riding and trails for fitness, among other features.
  • Golf at Karsten Creek – The Stillwater area in general offers plenty for the duffers out there, but you may want to pay a special visit to Karsten Creek. Considered one of the best public courses in the nation, this Tom Fazio-designed course is the home of Oklahoma State’s golf teams, and you can play there too! Take the opportunity to grab your clubs and experience a demanding course you’re sure not to forget.

For more info, just hop over to www.visitstillwater.org.

golf, mountain biking, museums, outdoor recreation, retail, Stillwater, water sports, camping, college, day-trip, food
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: February 16 - February 22, 2016

Cheering thunder fan

Tuesday, February 16
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Fiesta Mexico-Americana; 7:30 p.m.; OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater; 682-7579; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, February 17
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Bringing Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.

Thursday, February 18
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Orchid Show Guided Weekly Tour; 2 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Free with admission to Crystal Bridge.
Shop Hop; 6 to 9 p.m.; Automobile Alley; Event is free.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New Orleans Pelicans; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, February 19
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Indiana Pacers; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Avenue Q; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
The Name’s Bond … James Bond; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
William Clark Green; 9:30 p.m.; Wormy Dog Saloon; 601-6276; Tickets are $8.

Saturday, February 20
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Avenue Q; 1:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
The Name’s Bond … James Bond; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, February 21
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Avenue Q; 1:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream; 2 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Celebrate Black History Month; $16; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Cleveland Cavs; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, February 22
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

2016 Oklahoma City Visitors Guide

Have some friends or family coming to town or simply need another resource to help you discover more of Oklahoma City? The Oklahoma City Vistors Guide is a magazine you need to get to know.

The 2015 version is hot off the presses and if there is fun to be had in OKC you will find the info you need inside. Everything from festival and event listings, district guides and even some ideas of free things to do dot the pages. If you want to be a true citizen of Oklahoma City be sure to check out Iconic OKC to check off stuff from your OKC bucket list. With Valentine’s Day around the corner you might even get some great ideas of how to spend that special evening with that special someone.

 

 

 

attractions, festivals, free, publication
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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#SEEOKC

What to OKC in February

Thanks to our partners at VisitOKC.com each month, you can take your own virtual tour with a new “What to OKC” video highlighting that month’s events and attractions. And then you can dive deeper to get area highlights and happenings, as well as local trips for your specific interest – outdoors, sports, history, the arts, nightlife and more.

The videos post to the main page of VisitOKC.com at the beginning of each month. You can check out February’s video now. You should also visit the VisitOKC YouTube channel to catch up on past videos you missed (along with other great content). 

While we at The Better Life Blog can’t imagine living anywhere else, we realize that Oklahoma City certainly would be fun to visit as well. Come join us and (OK)See.

arts and culture, attractions, nightlife, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Valentine’s Day on a budget

Restaurant dining

Psst … Valentine’s Day is this weekend. Did you forget? Didn’t get a chance to save up your pennies and dimes to take that special someone out on the town? Luckily for you, you live in Oklahoma City. It is a well-established, scientific fact that your dollar goes further in OKC.

Did you know that if you made $35,000 working in Oklahoma City that is the equivalent of only making $14,500 in Manhattan? What kind of witchcraft did we come up with to figure those numbers? Check out our Cost of Living Calculator.

The tool gives you an in-depth break down of what basic living goods cost in each city and most times you will see Oklahoma City always comes in more affordable. Were you thinking of cooking your special someone a nice spaghetti dinner for Valentine’s Day? Good thing you are in OKC. Parmesan Cheese is currently running at $6.56 in Manhattan. Here in the 4-0-5 you can get it for just $3.90. If you just bought parmesan cheese you literally just saved nearly $3 by just living in our great city- #winning!

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Moving made easy

OKC Moving Resources

Moving to a new city can be stressful. What part of town should I live in? Should I get a house, condo or apartment? Rent or buy? Sometime you may even be looking for a job. While we here at The Better Life, we spend most of our time trying to keep you informed on great things to do in Oklahoma City. We also want to give you some practical info to help relieve any of the stress we can.

The utilities page on our website is a great starting point if you have any questions on who provides what in Oklahoma City. In Oklahoma City proper OGE Energy is our electric provider and Oklahoma Natural Gas provides, you guessed it, gas. The City of Oklahoma City takes care of water, waste and recycling. Like most major metros we have a plethora of television, phone and internet providers to choose from.

Living outside of the city? No problem we also have links to the surrounding communities where you can get more information on the utilities in your town.  

housing, jobs, moving
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: February 9 - February 15, 2016

Gymnast

Tuesday, February 9
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Kinky Boots; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, February 10
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Bringing Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Kinky Boots; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, February 11
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. New Orleans Pelicans; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Kinky Boots; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, February 12
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Perfect 10 Challenge; 6:45 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Live on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; 367-9403; Free
Stoney LaRue; Doors open at 7 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; 677-9169; $17 in advance.
Avenue Q; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Kinky Boots; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, February 13
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Bart & Nadia Sports Experience 2016; 9 a.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Event is free.
Fairytale Takeover; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Suggested donation of $1 per person.
Avenue Q; 1:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Monster Jam; 2 & 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Kinky Boots; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Wine & Chocolate Pairing Class; 4:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, February 14
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Avenue Q; 1:30 & 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Monster Jam; 2 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Kinky Boots; 2 & 7 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, February 15
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Farmers Market District

Nestled in the southern part of downtown you will find the Farmers Market District. Although many would classify the district as up and coming, the area can trace its history back nearly a century.

The centerpiece of the district is the Farmers Public Market building, a grand example of Colonial Spanish architecture. Opened in 1928, the building was used by farmers to sell fresh produce and by locals for events, including concerts and boxing matches. Legends such as Bob Wills and Hank Williams Sr., played the auditorium.

The building was put on the National Register of Historic Places in 1982. Today, after extensive renovations. the building is once again a hub of local retail and events. More than a dozen independent retailers operate out of the building.

To call the district funky and eclectic might be cliché but it happens to be true. Urban Farmhouse Designs uses reclaimed lumber to create custom furniture and has become one of the go-to-places in the metro for that one-of-a-kind, must-have piece. Anthem Brewing Company is also located in the district and has quickly become one of the best craft breweries in the state (their Arjuna is a big hit at Better Life HQ).

The district also features a yoga studio, speakeasy and much more making it the perfect visit for a Saturday afternoon stroll. You can read more about the district in the latest issue of VeloCity.

beer, Farmers Market District, nightlife, Oklahoma City history, retail
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Adventure District

If there were an award for the most properly named district in the 4-0-5, the Adventure District would probably win. The aptly-named section of the city is home to more family fun than you can shake a stick at.

The Oklahoma City Zoo is one of the crown jewels of the city and features more than 1,800 animals spread over 119 acres. We recommend the Great escAPE (get it) exhibit where you can watch gorillas, orangutans and chimpanzees monkey around. This is also where you can find the Zoo Amphitheater, the premier venue for outdoor concerts in the metro.

Next door to the Zoo is Science Museum Oklahoma which has been entertaining and teaching generations of kids about science since the late 50s. If you were raised in Oklahoma City you know all about the shadow wall. The museum is home to a must-see Science Live performance and a planetarium.

Nearby is the world-renowned National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum where you can find exhibits on cowboy heritage and one of the largest collections of western art in the known galaxy.

There is also fun to be had for sports fans at the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame & Museum. Not just a place for history, the Museum welcomes thousands each year for the annual Women’s College World Series.

Last, but not least, if you need a break from the kids head over to Remington Park Racing & Casino which is not only the region’s top race track but the city’s only casino.

As you can see the Adventure District has a ton to do (even more than we listed) but if you want to see it all you are going to need more than a weekend.

racetrack, western heritage, zoo, Adventure District, arts and culture, family-friendly, kids, live sporting events, museums
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Deep Deuce

Located in the heart of downtown, the Deep Deuce District is one of the most historically significant areas of Oklahoma City and now a key urban center for the metro.

First the history, as the Deep Deuce was the home for African-American culture in Oklahoma City for decades. The district was a regional hub for jazz music in the 40s and home to legends like Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Charlie Christian and Jimmy Rushing. Oklahoma City native and literary giant Ralph Ellison even wrote a tribute to the district in his poem entitled “Deep Second”.

Recently the district has seen remarkable investment and redevelopment. Today you can find great restaurants and much of the city’s urban housing developments, making it the center for urban living in OKC.

Deep Deuce, housing, Oklahoma City history
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Stockyards City

If you’ve read the blog before you know we are guilty of bragging about the momentum and future of Oklahoma City from time to time. That might be true, but it doesn’t mean we don’t also like to embrace our past and heritage. Stockyards City is a place where that heritage comes alive.

The district was home to one of Oklahoma City’s first major industry, with a rush of meat processors and packing plants, and was known affectionately here as Packingtown. When the original plant closed in 1961, a cattle auction was added to secure the district’s future. The Oklahoma National Stockyards, the world’s largest stocker and feeder cattle market, is open to visitors so you can experience the action firsthand every Monday and Tuesday.

If you have Cowboy needs (even of the urban cowboy variety) Stockyards City is the place to be as some of the businesses date back to the early 1900s. Boot and hat repair, western wear and even the Rodeo Opry make up the district.

Of course, talking about the district wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the world-famous Cattlemen’s Steakhouse. The steakhouse opened in 1910 and has been serving hungry ranchers and cattlemen ever since. Heck if it is good enough for John Wayne and a sitting president you might want to give it a try.

restaurants, retail, Stockyards, western heritage
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Things to Do & See: February 2 - February 8, 2016

Tuesday, February 2
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 admission.

Wednesday, February 3
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 admission.
Bringing Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. Orlando Magic; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, February 4
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 admission.
Yo La Tengo; 7 p.m.; ACM@UCO Performance Lab; $25 in advance and $30 day of.

Friday, February 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 admission.
An Affair of the Heart; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; State Fair Park; 632-2652; $7 and good for all three days.
Paseo Arts District First Friday Gallery Walk; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; Event is free.
Jason Aldean; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, February 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 admission.
An Affair of the Heart; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; State Fair Park; 632-2652; $7 and good for all three days.
Harlem Globetrotters; 2 & 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma City Blue vs. Raptors 905; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, February 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 admission.
An Affair of the Heart; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; State Fair Park; 632-2652; $7 and good for all three days.
Fairytale Takeover; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Hinder; 7 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; 677-9169; Tickets are $18 in advance.

Monday, February 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 admission..
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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