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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Dodger days

OKC Dodgers Baseball

Although some form of professional baseball has been played in Oklahoma City since pre-statehood days, last year marked the beginning of an era as Oklahoma City became the AAA affiliate of the historic Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Oklahoma City Dodgers got off to a quick start during their inaugural season by winning their division and going on a thrilling playoff run. 

AAA baseball is a great way to enjoy Oklahoma springs with the family or friends while seeing some of the future stars of baseball. Recent All-Stars like Nelson Cruz, Chris Davis, R.A. Dickey, Adrian Gonzalez, Ian Kinsler and Carl Crawford are just a few to have spent time in OKC. Even Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg spent a couple of seasons in the metro. Check out this past post for more Oklahoma City baseball history.

The first home game of the 2016 season will be April 5 against the Nashville Sounds. So check the schedule, buy your tickets and we will see you at the fabulous Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. We’ll be the ones enjoying the world famous Dodger Dogs.

baseball, Dodgers, live sporting events
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Big 12 baseball

Bricktown Ballpark

Oklahoma City will once again host the Big 12 Baseball Championships this spring at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. This year’s tournament will be held May 25 – 29 and tickets are on sale now.

This will mark the 17th time our city has hosted the tournament since the Big 12 was formed in 1997. In fact going back to the old Big 8 days, OKC has hosted 38 of the last 41 conference championships.

Basically that was long way of saying our community has done an outstanding job of supporting the tournament and we know that tradition will continue. Whether you root for the guys in Orange, Crimson, another Big 12 school or have no allegiance, this is an Oklahoma City tradition that shouldn’t be missed.

baseball, college, live sporting events
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Moving Made Easy: Transportation

business man on EMBARK bus

One thing that might surprise newcomers to the 4-0-5 is just how big Oklahoma City is. The city covers 620 square miles, making it one of the top three largest cities in America by land size. In a city that size transportation is crucial.

The good news is that Oklahoma City sits at the crossroads of three major interstates. If your preferred mode of transportation is automobile … well you won’t spend much time there. Out of the biggest 52 metros in the U.S., OKC had the third-lowest commute time.

As the population of the metro continues to grow, public transportation is also key. EMBARK is Oklahoma City’s bus system and has recently won a trio of prestigious awards. We also have a popular bike sharing program called Spokies.

One of the most anticipated transportation projects (heck, one of the most anticipated developments of any kind) is the upcoming MAPS 3 Modern Streetcar. The final route for the streetcar was recently approved, the streetcars are on order, and construction on the line is slated to begin this year.

If you are looking to travel outside of the metro, come home soon, but check out Will Rogers World Airport and the Heartland Flyer. The airport boasts seven airlines with 22 nonstop flights and the train makes daily trips to Ft. Worth (with connections further south) with several stops along the way. 

For more information on transportation in OKC our website is a great start.

community, MAPS, public transportation, streetcar
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Jazz Nights

Deep Deuce neighborhood

The Deep Deuce neighborhood near Downtown has deep connections to jazz history and culture (as we wrote about here). To celebrate that heritage the district recently started Jazz Nights in Deep Deuce. Held every Tuesday from 7 to 10 p.m., local restaurants, bars and shops offer special deals and live jazz music. Yes, live music and scoring a bargain. We couldn’t think of a greater way to get to know the area.

Deep Deuce, live music, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: March 29 - April 4, 2016

Chesapeake Energy Arena at night

Tuesday, March 29
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Deuce Days/Jazz Night; 7 to 10 p.m.; Deep Deuce; Event is free.
Rio Grande Valley Vipers vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 8 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, March 30
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Art Moves; Noon; Downtown Library; 270-4848; Event is free.

Thursday, March 31
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Art of the Cocktail; 7 p.m.; The R&J Lounge and Supper Club; Tickets are $30.
LA Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Rio Grande Valley Vipers vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, April 1
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Paseo Arts District First Friday Gallery Walk; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; Event is free.

Saturday, April 2
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Third Eye Blind; 7 p.m.; The Criterion; 308-1803; Ticket prices vary.
A Night at the Opera; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2584; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, April 3
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Open Streets OKC; Noon to 4 p.m.; Uptown 23rd District; Event is free.
Peter and the Wolf and Friends; 2 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2584; Ticket prices vary.
Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, April 4
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Riding the Whirlwind: Weather in the West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Making waves

If you’ve been in OKC any time at all, you have probably heard about MAPS (Metropolitan Area Projects) and how it sparked the revolution of Oklahoma City. Everyone from Men’s Fitness and National Geographic to the New York Times have chimed in to give kudos to the community for investing in itself.

2016 is shaping up to be an exciting year for MAPS 3 projects as some are being completed (think white water rafting in downtown OKC) and others are kicking into high gear.

We are counting down the days (45 to be exact) until the opening of the RIVERSPORTS Rapids Whitewater Rafting and Kayak Center on the Oklahoma River on May 7. And apparently we’re not the only ones – expect Bricktown and all of downtown to be teeming with excitement as Olympians from across the nation gather at the site to take part in Road to Rio Tour presented by Liberty Mutual Insurance U.S. Olympic Team Trials on opening weekend.

The site is one of only six man-made whitewater courses in the country and will be powered by a total of six pumps that weigh more than 12,000 pounds each (think full-grown elephant or two great white sharks) and circulate 82,000 gallons per minute (fast enough to fill an Olympic-sized swimming pool in a mere 80 seconds). About 2,000 people will be able to raft in a single day making RIVERSPORTS Rapids one of the largest rafting facilities not only in the United States, but in the entire in the world. But don’t fret, the facility is family-friendly too, offering rafting and kayaking for all levels of users from novice to Olympic Champion.

In addition to adding fun and excitement to our community, RIVERSPORT Rapids will also help increase community safety. The center will be available for firefighter swift water rescue training, offering a controlled setting where rescuers can learn the most advanced techniques for rescuing people from fast-running water.

While you’re exploring the Boathouse District, be sure to check out the three new high-speed slides at RIVERSPORT Adventures. The word on the street is that they are tallest in the country!

Boathouse District, family-friendly, MAPS
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Something for everyone

Lake Hefner Trails

If you prefer drier modes of transportation, there’s plenty of other MAPS 3 projects coming that will keep you moving and exploring our great city. From trails that will connect lakes Hefner, Overholser and Draper and the Oklahoma River, to a modern street car system that will link Bricktown, Automobile Alley, Midtown and the Central Business District, the momentum in OKC is unstoppable.

And the truly fun thing, is we are just getting started. In the coming years, we’ll add a fabulous 70-acre park in the heart of downtown OKC connecting the Central Business District to the Oklahoma River. Other additions will include a state-of-the-art convention center and hotel to be built south of Chesapeake Energy Arena as well as a new Expo Center at State Fair Park.

It's easy to stay up-to-date on what's happening with MAPS 3. Sign up for the MAPS 3 newsletter to stay informed about upcoming community meetings, groundbreakings and other progress.

streetcar, cycling, MAPS, Oklahoma River, parks, running, State Fair Park
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Building on success

Chesapeake Arena

The success and vibrancy that OKC now enjoys didn’t happen overnight. In fact, voters set the wheels in motion more than two decades ago when they voted for the original MAPS projects on Dec. 14, 1993. Since that time, we’ve come to enjoy the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Chickasaw Bricktown Ball Park, Oklahoma River, Bricktown Canal and so much more.

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

In fact, the original MAPS projects were so successful – and the results so undeniable – that voters have since approved similar limited-term MAPS sales taxes time and time again. MAPS for Kids funded school improvements and renovations at each and every school in the OKC metro and MAPS 3 is currently changing the dynamic of OKC once again.

The success of MAPS has representatives from cities all over the country flocking to OKC to study how we did it. Each and every one of the projects have been built debt free (using only the one cent dedicated sales tax), and each sales tax has had a term limit.

baseball, Bricktown, education, MAPS
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: March 22 - March 28, 2016

OKC Energy Fans  [Photo Credit: OKC Energy]

[Photo Credit: OKC Energy]

Tuesday, March 22
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Houston Rockets vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Bakersfield Jam vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Cinderella; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2584; Ticket prices vary.
Deuce Days/Jazz Night; 7 to 10 p.m.; Deep Deuce; Event is free.

Wednesday, March 23
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.
Cinderella; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2584; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, March 24
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Cinderella; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2584; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, March 25
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
First Robotics; 8:30 a.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Event is free.
Oklahoma Employment Security Commission Job Fair; 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Chevy Bricktown Event Center; 234-5000; Event is free.
Texas Legends vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Cinderella; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2584; Ticket prices vary.
Bleu Edmonson; 9:30 p.m.; Wormy Dog Saloon; 60-1-6276; Tickets are $10.

Saturday, March 26
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
First Robotics; 8:30 a.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Event is free.
Industry Flea; 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Midtown; Event is free.
Cinderella; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2584; Ticket prices vary.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC vs. OKC Energy FC; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-5425; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, March 27
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Cinderella; 2 & 7 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2584; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, March 28
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, March 15, 2016

Take flight in OKC

Tinker Planes

Oklahoma City and aerospace go hand-in-hand, but if you are new to OKC you might not fully appreciate how important the industry is to our current economy.

Most people will recognize the major players in Oklahoma City’s aerospace industry, like the Oklahoma City Air Logistics Center at Tinker Air Force Base and its partnerships with private companies such as Boeing, Lockheed Martin and Pratt & Whitney to operate the largest aircraft and jet repair center in the U.S. Another star performer is the FAA’s Mike Monroney Aeronautical Center, whose 5,500 employees provide aviation training and logistics support to the nation’s aerospace system. And Oklahoma City’s educational institutions in the region have close and frequent interaction with these industry professionals, laying the foundation for further growth.

Will Rogers World Airport is another hub of Greater Oklahoma City's aviation industry is with approximately 10,000 employees and 67 tenants. A recent $10 million renovation nearly doubled the size of the terminal, as well as expanded and updated amenities to make traveling more enjoyable for the 3.7 million passengers it serves every year.

All of these factors combine to make aerospace one of the key drivers of our region’s economy. It supports more than 85,000 workers and the production of $7.3 billion in goods and services in Oklahoma City alone. On a state level, aviation is Oklahoma’s top foreign export and accounts for a staggering 10 percent of our state’s economy. Oklahoma is one of the top 10 states nationally in traditional aerospace employment.

aerospace
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Making a mark on aviation history

While the Wright brothers may not have hailed from Oklahoma, plenty of other aviation pioneers did, allowing Oklahoma to leave an indelible mark on the industry’s history. Aviation pioneers Clyde Cessna, Will Rogers, Shannon Lucid, Wiley Post, and John “Lee” Atwood all contributed to the craft of aviation while living in Oklahoma, with Will Rogers and Wiley Post both calling Oklahoma “home” for the majority of their lives.

Post first made headlines in 1931 when he and his navigator broke the record by flying around the world in just eight days (hey, it was 1931). This accomplishment made Post a national celebrity (on par with Charles Lindbergh). In 1933, he became the first person to fly solo around the world. For most people, that would be enough accomplishment for a lifetime, but not for Mr. Post. He also developed one of the first pressure suits and discovered the jet stream (all while wearing an amazing eye patch).

Another Oklahoma aviation and military pioneer is Major Gen. Clarence Tinker, who was born in Osage Nation near Pawhuska, Okla., in 1887. He began his distinguished military service in 1912, when he was commissioned into the U.S. Army as a second lieutenant. During World War I, he rose in rank to major, and in 1919 he was transferred to the place where he would spend the bulk of his career, the Air Corps.

After rising through the ranks, he was named Commander of the Seventh Air Force in Hawaii after the attacks on Pearl Harbor. In 1942, Tinker was promoted to major general, becoming the first Native American to reach that rank and the highest-ranking officer with Native American ancestry in the U.S. Army at that time. Tinker demonstrated the hands-on, get-things-done nature of Oklahomans when he personally led a force of B-24s against the retreating Japanese naval forces during the Battle of Midway on June 7.

During that battle, Tinker became the first American general killed during World War II, but his legacy was commemorated in a lasting way a few months later when the Oklahoma City Air Depot was named Tinker Field in his honor. That air depot served its country faithfully during World War II and is still serving faithfully today as Tinker Air Force Base and the Air Force Sustainment Center.

aerospace, aviation, history
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Stay weather aware this spring

Skydance Bridge

Spring in Oklahoma City brings a lot of activities that we look forward to each year – the blooms at Myriad Gardens, patio season at our favorite restaurants, the start of the OKC Dodgers season – but it also brings with it an increased likelihood of severe weather. Since OKC recently changed its tornado siren policy, it is important for both long-time residents and OKC newbies to review the changes.

Oklahoma City’s new tornado siren policy makes it more important than ever to immediately take shelter and get more information when you hear a siren. In previous years, OKC sounded all of its sirens within a county affected by a National Weather Service (NWS) tornado warning. For example, if the NWS issued a tornado warning in Cleveland County, Oklahoma City sounded all of its Cleveland County sirens. As a result, people could hear sirens far away from tornado threats.

The important new policy change divides OKC into zones. When the NWS issues a tornado warning, only the sirens in zones covered by the warning will sound. Residents and visitors don’t need to know what zone they’re in, only to immediately take shelter and get more information if they hear a siren. Oklahoma City will continue to test its sirens every Saturday at noon unless there is a threat of severe weather.

Emergency management officials recommend you have more than one way to get warnings and other information about storms. Information sources include NOAA weather radios, smartphone apps, television news, traditional radios and online news and weather websites.

People with disabilities can receive alerts and warnings from the city’s Accessible Hazard Alert System (AHAS). Go to okc.ahasalerts.com to learn more.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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A guide to watches and warnings

weather center in the fall

If you aren’t familiar with the categories for severe weather, watching a meteorology report can be a little confusing. Here is a no-frills guide to severe weather reporting.

Severe thunderstorm watch
What it means:
The potential exists for the development of thunderstorms that might produce large hail and/or damaging winds.
What to do: Go about your normal activities, but be aware of the weather. Listen to the National Weather Service’s weather radio or local stations for further weather updates.

Severe thunderstorm warning
What it means:
A severe thunderstorm – meaning a storm with large hail and/or damaging winds – is occurring or is imminent.
What to do: Move indoors or to a place of safety.

Tornado watch
What it means:
Conditions are favorable for severe thunderstorms to form, and these storms may be capable of producing a tornado.
What to do: Go about your normal activities, but be aware of the weather. Listen to the National Weather Service’s weather radio or local stations for further weather updates.  

PDS tornado watch
What it means:
This type of tornado watch is issued when the National Weather Service deems a storm to be a “particularly dangerous situation” with the potential for multiple strong or violent tornadoes. Of the tornado watches issued across the U.S. from 1996-2005, only 7 percent were classified as PDS tornado watches.
What to do: Go about your normal activities, but be aware of the weather. Listen to the National Weather Service’s weather radio or local stations for further weather updates.  

Tornado warning
What it means:
A tornado has been spotted or intense low-level rotation has been indicated on weather radar.
What to do: According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), you should take cover immediately in an enclosed, windowless area on the lowest level of your home or office.

It is a good idea to have a severe weather plan in place before potentially dangerous storms hit. The National Weather Service in Norman has put together a handy-dandy guide to make sure you have everything you need in the event of severe weather.

weather
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: March 15 - March 21, 2016

NCAA Basketball

Tuesday, March 15
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Spring Break Pop-Ins; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission is free ($2 suggested donations).
Deuce Days/Jazz Night; 7 to 10 p.m.; Deep Deuce; Event is free.

Wednesday, March 16
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, March 17
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Spring Break Pop-Ins; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission is free ($2 suggested donations).
St. Patrick’s Day at the Gardens; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 445-7080; Admission is free ($2 suggested donations).
Orchid Show Guided Weekly Tour; 2 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Free with admission to Crystal Bridge.

Friday, March 18
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend; 10:30 a.m. & 6:30 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship; 12:30 & 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Kristin Chenoweth in Concert!; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2584; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, March 19
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend; 10:30 a.m., 2 & 5:30 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Kristin Chenoweth in Concert!; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2584; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, March 20
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
2016 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship; TBA; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Sesame Street Live: Make a New Friend; 10:30 a.m., 1 & 4:30 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Il Volo; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2584; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, March 21
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, March 8, 2016

I o’love an o’parade

St. Patrick's Day postcard 1908

OK, we know that title doesn’t really make any sense. But this does: The O’City St. Patrick’s Fest & Parade is Saturday, March 12, starting at 11 a.m.! I love a parade, you love a parade, we all love a parade, especially when there’s fancy outfits involved. Well, we’re in luck: from Reno and Hudson, floats, clowns, animals, and even more manifestations of pure raw fun will indeed parade east toward the Bricktown Ballpark in a flash of Irish-inspired green-garbed glory. Join in the fun! Sláinte!

For more information: http://www.ocityparade.com/.

family-friendly, holiday, parade
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Block party in b-town

Irish flag (220399586)

No silent alarm here – we’re sounding the laudatory bell for the Bricktown St. Patrick’s Day Block Party. Conveniently, the 27th annual event starts at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 12, so after the O’City parade, check out loads of live music, imbibe some green beer (as well as some awesome naturally-colored local craft beer!) and have some tasty eats from area food trucks right there at Reno and Oklahoma Avenue. The party lasts until midnight, so there’s plenty of time to enjoy that day ‘o the year when everyone’s Irish.

Performers:
3 p.m. – Rocky Kanaga
4 p.m. – Empire Grey
5 p.m. – Denver Duncan
6 p.m. – Bowlsey
7 p.m. – Squad Live
9 p.m. – Josh Sallee
10 p.m. – My So-Called Band

More info: http://www.bricktownokc.com/

live music, nightlife, beer, Bricktown, food, holiday
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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A St. Paddy’s garden party

St Patrick's Day

You won’t want to get ejected from the Myriad Botanical Gardens on Thursday, March 17 (which, weekend celebrations aside, is actually St. Patrick’s Day), as the Great Event Lawn and Band Shell will be full of myriad opportunities to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. In addition to craft activities for the kids, there will be shows by the Oklahoma Academy of Irish Dance Performance, Celtic folk band Three Ravens, and bag piping by Oklahoma Scottish Pipes and Drums. You can even get a lesson in Irish step dancing with instructor Chelsea Baron, and then show off your new-found skills afterward by dancing on the Water Stage with the Three Ravens. Cushlamachree! The MBG draws a lot of water in this town, and for good reason, so get out there and go mingle Irish-style with the many other interested parties.

Get more info at http://oklahomacitybotanicalgardens.com/events/st-patricks-day-at-the-gardens/.

family-friendly, kids, live music, Myriad Botanical Gardens
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Drink through the decades at your very own OKC time-traveling pub crawl

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On St. Patrick’s Day, if you’re lucky enough to be Irish, this is one of those times where “stereotype threat” actually works in your favor. But even if you’re not, check this out: Did you know that you can virtually travel through time simply by visiting and imbibing at several of our area establishments? Whether it’s in honor of St. Patrick or just in honor of St. Regulus (you know, a regular day), and whether you’re a history lover and/or a lush, you’re in luck, regardless of genetics. But hey, leave the DeLorean at home, time-traveling tipplers – consider a limo or a taxi or some sort of ride-sharing arrangement (please see some suggestions to that end below).

  • ‘20s – ‘30s – 51st Street Speakeasy
  • ‘30s – ‘40s – WSKY
  • ‘50s – ‘60s – R&J’s Supper Club
  • ‘70s – Rockford
  • ‘80’s – Flashback Retropub
  • Modern – RePUBlic Gastropub
  • Bring it back full circle (modern with a classy retro touch) - Sidecar

Your friendly TBL staff was trying to think of a ‘90s place, but the best we could think of is maybe hitting up a bar that hasn’t changed much for 20 years, and we wouldn’t want you (or the fine folks at the bar, for that matter) to accidentally take that in the pejorative. So, unintentional backhanded compliments aside, one thing you could do to get your ‘90s fix in a truly excellent way would be to go to the next My So-Called Band show (who happen to be headlining the Bricktown Block Party above)!

BACKSTAGE LIMO, LLC [MORE]

Limousine Services
201 Windover Cove
Midwest City, OK 73130
Phone: (405) 590-2452
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KINGS WORLDWIDE TRANSPORTATION[MORE]

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4801 NW 10th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73127
Phone: (405) 733-5466
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2600 Lynnwood Circle
Norman, OK 73072
Phone: (405) 752-5466
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4225 SW 44th St.
Oklahoma City, OK 73119
Phone: (405) 681-3311
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Things to Do & See: March 8 - March 14, 2016

Plaza District Festival

Tuesday, March 8
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Spring Break Pop-Ins; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission is free ($2 suggested donations).
Deuce Days/Jazz Night; 7 to 10 p.m.; Deep Deuce; Event is free.
Jim Brickman: The Platinum Tour; 7:30 p.m.; OCCC Visual and Performing Arts Center Theater; 682-7579; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, March 9
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.
An Evening with Lyle Lovett & Robert Earl Keen; 8 p.m.; OKC Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma City Thunder vs. LA Clippers; 8:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, March 10
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Spring Break Pop-Ins; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission is free ($2 suggested donations).
Oklahoma City Blue vs. Reno Bighorns; 11 a.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Orchid Show Guided Weekly Tour; 2 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Free with admission to Crystal Bridge.

Friday, March 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. Minnesota Timberwolves; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Live on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; 367-9403; Free

Saturday, March 12
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
O’City St. Patrick’s Parade & Fest; 11 a.m.; Downtown OKC; 218-9300; Event is free.
Winter Jam; 5:45 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma City Blue vs. Reno Bighorns; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, March 13
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Madea on the Run; 3 & 7:30 p.m.; OKC Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, March 14
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Get outdoors for spring break

While Oklahoma City’s new whitewater rafting facility, the RIVERSPORT Rapids, won’t hold its grand opening until May, you can get a sneak peek on March 12 when a new zip line and three massive slides will open (the rumor is the slides are the tallest in the U.S.) on the river.

If you don’t want to head to the river there is still plenty of Oklahoma to explore. Oklahoma’s March weather can be a bit unpredictable and sometimes ranges from hot to cold and windy to calm, but it’s usually easy to enjoy the outdoors.

First, take a look at Oklahoma’s State Parks, many of which are just a short drive away. See the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department’s website, TravelOK.com, for more things to do.

You can plan your perfect getaway based on your interests. The closest state park is Lake Thunderbird State Park in Norman and is a good way to get your kids outside – on a boat, for a picnic, at the park’s archery range, on the playground and along one of its swim beaches (although it will likely be a little cold for that in March).

The range of activities offered at state parks includes golfing, disc golf, hiking, horseback riding, swimming and even cave exploring (check out the Alabaster Caverns State Park near Freedom).

Some areas of interest worth exploring that aren’t on the state parks’ list include the Wichita Mountains Wildlife Refuge operated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service near Lawton, Quartz Mountain Nature Park in southwest Oklahoma and the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve operated by the Nature Conservancy.

Get a move on, and enjoy Spring Break in Oklahoma.

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Spring break camps cater to many interests and help with child care

If you have to work or want to stay closer to Oklahoma City, sign up your child for one of the area’s many spring break programs. Here are a few ideas, both for dropping off or participating with your children:

  • The Oklahoma City Zoo offers spring break day camps for children ages 4 to 11. You can go all week or select full days or half days (cost is $45 per day from 8 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. and $25 per day for 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.). Kids will make tasty treats and deliver them each day to the animals, and the zoo will offer other ways to connect them with nature.
  • Sign your child up for Spring Break Science Camp at Science Museum Oklahoma, located in the Adventure District next to the zoo. From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, elementary school kids will make things that fly; get dirty with chemistry, bugs and slime; play with water and more on different adventures each day. Cost for the week is $225 for members and $250 for nonmembers, but spots fill up quickly and as of this post, first through third grade slots are already full. But check out other activities at the museum as well.
  • The National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63, is offering spring break activities that include weaving, metalworking, water color and more from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 14-18. It is free with museum admission.
  • The Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City is offering Spring Break Pop-Ins from 10 a.m. to noon on Tuesdays and Thursdays from March 8 through 17. They’ll feature walk-up activities that include garden crafts, planting seeds or going on a scavenger hunt. Cost is a suggested $2 donation per child.
  • Oklahoma Contemporary is offering Spring Arts Camps over two sessions, March 7-11 and March 14-18, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.. Tuition is $170 and $40 more if your child needs an extended time there. Depending on the age and session they choose, students will create sci-fi videos, create art projects based on a space theme, explore art and music, work with clay and more.
  • The Oklahoma City Museum of Art is offering spring break arts camps from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 15-18 (Tuesday through Friday). Some are sold out, but children ages 6- to 8 can work with color and abstraction, while 9- to 12-year-olds will be photographing downtown.
  • The Lyric Theatre Thelma Gaylord Academy is offering Spring Break Theatre Camps from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 14 to 18 for the second through eighth grades. Cost is $225.
  • In the Boathouse District, kids ages 8 to 15 can take part in its Spring Break Adventure Camps either at the Oklahoma River or at Lake Overholser. A half-day option is offered at the Oklahoma River, but full days are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Two of the city’s parks, Martin Park Nature Center and Will Rogers Gardens are offering a Natural Resources Camp on weekdays from March 7 to 18 for children ages 7 to 12. Cost is $275 for both sessions and $175 for a one-week session. Camp will run from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The first week will be at Will Rogers Gardens, 3400 NW 36; the second at Martin Park Nature Center, 5000 W Memorial Road.
  • Finally, look into the OKC Thunder Youth Basketball Camps, which is offering basketball workshops in different locations.

If you have a favorite local hangout for you and your children, check its website for spring break activities. Oklahoma City Public Schools are out for two weeks March 9-18, so some places offer two weeks of programs. Also, the local Metro Family Magazine has an even more comprehensive list of things to do throughout the metro. You can find all kinds of things to do each month at www.visitokc.com.

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Hike in a park or take your children on shorter adventures, many of them free

If you don’t want that much structure or to pay so much for some spring break fun, it’s time to check out other places in the metro area. Here are some ideas:

  • The Oklahoma City Visitors Guide, produced by the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau, has more ideas for kids of all ages. Get a digital or printed copy, and browse for ideas of all ages. By the time you finish it, you won’t have enough time over spring break to do them all.
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Find a local school for you

While we’re on the subject of schools, if you’re new around here, you can learn about area schools on The Better Life website. Whether you’re interested in public or private schools, preschools or universities and those in between, take a look at the site’s education section.

In addition to the metropolitan area’s largest district, Oklahoma City Public Schools and programs tailored to different types of students, such as the Career Academies or its charter schools, there are suburban public school districts to choose as well, depending on where you live. There’s even an Oklahoma City school catering to the downtown crowd, called John Rex Charter Elementary School.

For more information about education in the state, go online to the State Department of Education’s website.

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Things to Do & See: March 1 - March 7, 2016

Tuesday, March 1
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Deuce Days/Jazz Night; 7 to 10 p.m.; Deep Deuce; Event is free.

Wednesday, March 2
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, March 3
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.

Friday, March 4
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Paseo Arts District First Friday Gallery Walk; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; Event is free.
Oklahoma City Blue vs. Santa Cruz Warriors; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, March 5
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship; 11 a.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma City Blue vs. Santa Cruz Warriors; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Grieg’s Piano Concerto; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, March 6
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Downtown Home Tour; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Downtown OKC; This event is free.
Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship; 1:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, March 7
Navajo Weavings from the Pam Parrish Collection; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship; 8 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 602-8700; Ticket prices vary.

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