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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Roll out the red carpet

deadCenter film at Myriad Gardens

Oklahoma City's deadCenter Film Festival is celebrating its 16th anniversary June 8-12. Named one of the "20 Coolest Film festivals in the World" by MovieMaker magazine, deadCenter hosts five full nights of fantastic parties and screens more than 100 movies from around the world to 30,000 film fans in theaters across downtown Oklahoma City. 

More than 1,200 films applied this year and 106 were chosen, including 22 feature films and 84 short films. Twenty-four of the films chosen were made in Oklahoma, including four narrative features. Other standouts include Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise and A Song for You: The Austin City Limits Story with live performances by Willie Nelson, Ray Charles, Bonnie Raitt, Beck, and Radiohead.

This year, deadCenter is partnering with ACM@UCO in Bricktown to provide a full day of film seminars and classes that are free and open to the public. Classes are led by filmmakers and industry experts and include the following: selling scripts and ideas, editing, casting, acting, cinematography, directing and producing.

To learn more about the festival and to buy tickets, visit www.deadcenterfilm.org.

film, arts and culture, festivals
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Get jazzy

Guitar Player

For the third year, the OKC Jazz Festival is back to celebrate Oklahoma City’s jazz heritage and its contribution to the music industry with jazz, rock, hip hop and R&B performers starting today through June 4 in Bricktown and the historic Deep Deuce district.

Local and national artists will perform on both indoor and outdoor stages during the five-day festival, and festival headliners Jarreau, Color Me Badd and The Gap Band will perform at the new Criterion Music Hall located in the Bricktown Entertainment District. One of the highlights of the festival is the homecoming of Color Me Badd as part of their 25th Anniversary National Tour.  Formed in Oklahoma City in 1991, Color Me Badd is an American contemporary R&B group that has sold more than 12 million records worldwide.

View the complete schedule and purchase tickets at www.okcjazzfest.com.

live music, Deep Deuce, festivals
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Hey, batter batter

Oklahoma City is known as a place where people are passionate about sports, a trait that is evident at the NCAA Women’s College World Series (WCWS) hosted in Oklahoma City, along with the Oklahoma City All Sports Association and the University of Oklahoma. The 2016 WCWS will take place June 2-8 at ASA Hall of Fame Stadium – OGE Energy Field in the Adventure District of Oklahoma City. Get tickets to the games.

During the tournament, eight softball teams will be cheered on by around 70,000 spectators. Since 2010, the ASA Hall of Fame complex has welcomed record-setting crowds for the event, and the venue is scheduled as the home of WCWS until at least 2035. The complex is home to four fields and a variety of fan and athlete amenities. While you are cheering on your team of choice, be sure to visit the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum, a shrine to the growing game of softball and the athletes who have taken the sport to new heights.

college, live sporting events
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: May 31 - June 6, 2016

Tuesday, May 31
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Tyler the Creator; 7 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; 677-9169; Ticket prices vary.
Deuce Days/Jazz Night; 7 to 10 p.m.; Deep Deuce; Event is free.

Wednesday, June 1
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, June 2
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
OKC Jazz Fest; Various; Civic Center Music Hall & Bicentennial Park; Event is free.
Women’s College World Series; TBD; ASA National Softball Hall of Fame-OG&E Field; $15-$25.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; 445-7080; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, June 3
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
OKC Jazz Fest; Various; Civic Center Music Hall & Bicentennial Park; Event is free.
Women’s College World Series; TBD; ASA National Softball Hall of Fame-OG&E Field; $15-$25.
Paseo Arts District First Friday Gallery Walk; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; Event is free.
Iowa Cubs vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; 445-7080; Ticket prices vary.
H&8th Night Market; 7 p.m.; Midtown; Event is free.
OKC ProAm Classic; 5:30 p.m.; Midtown; Event is free.

Saturday, June 4
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
OKC Jazz Fest; Various; Civic Center Music Hall & Bicentennial Park; Event is free.
Women’s College World Series; TBD; ASA National Softball Hall of Fame-OG&E Field; $15-$25.
R. Kelly; 8 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Ticket prices vary.
Minnesota United FC vs. Rayo OKC; 8 p.m.; Miller Stadium; 232-7223; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Water Stage; 445-7080; Ticket prices vary.
OKC ProAm Classic; 8 a.m.; Film Row; Event is free.

Sunday, June 5
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Women’s College World Series; TBD; ASA National Softball Hall of Fame-OG&E Field; $15-$25.
OKC ProAm Classic; 8 a.m.; Automobile Alley; Event is free.
Peace Love & Goodwill Festival; 10 a.m.; Myriad Gardens; Event is free.

Monday, June 6
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Women’s College World Series; TBD; ASA National Softball Hall of Fame-OG&E Field; $15-$25.
WWE Monday Night Raw; 6:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 208-4667; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Memorial Day in OKC

Parade

As we’ve written about in the past, Oklahoma City has deep ties to our armed forces. With Memorial Day approaching, we thought it would be a good time to revisit those connections and look at ways you can celebrate and honor those who have fallen in service to our country.

Of course it all starts with Tinker Air Force Base, one of the largest Air Forces bases in the country. Tinker employs more than 26,000 and is our state’s largest single site employer. The base houses the Air Force Sustainment Center which is the focal point for all the Air Force’s weapon systems, providing crucial support in defending our country. You can read more about Tinker AFB in our past post.

Our city and state have also had the honor of having a battleship and a submarine named after us. Most famously the USS Oklahoma, which fought in the attack on Pearl Harbor. Tragically, 429 crewman were killed in the attack as the ship was sunk. The anchor of the ship is located in Campbell Park, just north of Downtown Oklahoma City. Read more about the USS Oklahoma here.

There has also been a submarine and light cruiser christened the USS Oklahoma City. The submarine is currently active and has been used to fight the War on Terror and illegal drug shipments. The light cruiser fought in both WWII and Vietnam and has accumulated more than 13 battle stars. You can read more about those ships here.  

Tinker, holiday, military
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Thunderbirds

45th Infantry Museum

One of the best ways to celebrate Memorial Day is to visit the 45th Infantry Museum. Located in the Adventure District, the museum is dedicated to telling the story of the 45th Infantry Division.

The 45th Infantry Division (nicknamed the Thunderbirds) was organized in 1923 under the National Defense Act of 1920. The guardsman saw no major action until 1941, when they were one of the first National Guard units activated for World War II. During the war, the 45th participated in four amphibious landings and fought their way across Sicily, Italy, France and Germany.

During the Sicily campaign, the unit served with General George S. Patton. The renowned general had high praise for the 45th, saying, “Your division is one of the best, if not best division in the history of American arms.” The division led the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp in Germany and the museum includes artifacts from this historic event.

The 45th was activated a second time in June of 1950 for the Korean War. The unit was one of only two National Guard divisions to see combat in the Korean War.

The 45th Infantry Division’s contribution to America is distinguished, as nine men were awarded Medals of Honor and the division sustained more than 25,000 battle casualties.

The museum is a must-visit for anyone with an interest in military history, and features a 15-acre park that holds more than 60 different types of combat vehicles. The museum is so dedicated to telling the story of the 45th that admission is free, although donations are appreciated.

Each Memorial Day the museum holds a special ceremony that begins at 10 a.m.

military, museums, Adventure District, holiday
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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The Paseo Arts Festival turns 40

Paseo Arts District

The Paseo Arts Festival is a great excuse to discover (or hopefully rediscover) the fantastic Paseo Arts District. For 40 years the annual festival has brought food, fun, music and yes art to the district’s streets, drawing more than 60,000 visitors.

This year’s festival will take place May 28 through May 30 and feature more than 80 visual artists. Stroll through the booths and check out the art on your way to two different stages showcasing Oklahoma entertainers and musicians. And bring the kids for some hands-on fun in the children’s area (at no cost).

festivals, food, music, Paseo District, arts and culture, family-friendly
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: May 24 - May 30, 2016

Paseo Arts District

Tuesday, May 24
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Real Monarchs SLC vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 6 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.
Floggy Molly; 7:30 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; 677-9169; Ticket prices vary.
Bullets over Broadway The Musical; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 8 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 208-4667; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, May 25
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Brining Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Tech N9ne; 7:30 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; 677-9169; Ticket prices vary.
Bullets over Broadway The Musical; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, May 26
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Deftones; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; 1-800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, May 27
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Eats on 8th; 6 p.m.; Midtown; 234-7960; Event is free.
Bullets over Broadway The Musical; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, May 28
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Paseo Arts Festival; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; 525-2688; Event is free.
Bullets over Broadway The Musical; 2 & 8 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, May 29
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Paseo Arts Festival; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; 525-2688; Event is free.
Bullets over Broadway The Musical; 2 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, May 30
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Paseo Arts Festival; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; 525-2688; Event is free.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Shop till you drop in OKC

Girls Shopping

The last few years have had us buzzing about all the new retailers who are making their way to OKC. And there seems to no signs of a slowdown in our future. We don’t know about you, but one of the things we love about OKC is the absolute perfect mix of national retailers and eclectic locally-owned boutiques.

Following the successful openings of H&M in Quail Springs Mall (which we hear was the largest opening in the Midwest by the way) to Cabela’s, TopGolf and iFly, we can’t wait to see what the future holds for our city.

One booming area might be something to hang your hat on in some cities, but not in OKC. Call us overachievers, but we revel in the fact that each and every area of our city is thriving with new developments. From the ever-growing list of tenants at the Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City and Westgate Marketplace to the continued success and vibrancy at Penn Square Mall, most retailers agree that OKC is where they want to be. We can’t wait to see what the future holds as The Market at Czech Hall near Yukon opens this year with a slate of top-notch tenants.

We would be amiss not to give kudos to the different districts in the heart of OKC. Each district has its own flair and showcases fun and funky boutiques as well as world-class restaurants. Get more information on each of our district here.

retail, shopping
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Resources for retailers

For Sale Sign

What makes OKC a prime place for retailers? It could be that we continue to have one of the lowest unemployment rates in the entire country for major metropolitan areas. Or it could be our low cost of living which for us at Better Life headquarters simply means more money for shopping. One thing is for certain, retailers love OKC and we, of course, love the steady stream of new shopping and dining options.

Has all this talk about retail success made you wonder about maybe opening up your own shop and trying your hand? You might be surprised to learn that the graduate entrepreneurship programs at both University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma State University ranked in the top 25 recently by the Princeton Review. So you can get the skills you need to succeed right here at home.

If you are ready to try your hand at the fast-paced life of a retailer, you’re in luck: okcretail.com is a website dedicated to helping the world know about how easy it is to find retail success in OKC. Scout for locations, pull demographic reports, find out about permitting and even peruse property listings from the literally anywhere. You can also hear success stories from others who are proud to have a retail presence in OKC.

retail, college, entrepreneur
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Planting the seeds for growth

Recon Booth

In OKC, we mean business – literally. The Greater Oklahoma City Chamber, the city of Oklahoma City and a number of the other community partners are always looking for new ways to attract new businesses to our community. It is with this goal in mind that a group from OKC is heading west to Las Vegas next week for the International Council of Shopping Centers RECon conference. We’ll have an opportunity to tell more than 36,000 retailers, business owners and developers how great OKC is in a mere three days.   

Why is bringing new retail to OKC important? In short, retail is what makes our city go. Sales taxes in Oklahoma City fund the city’s core services and day-to-day operations. That’s important stuff like police, fire, street maintenance, the Zoo, parks, etc. While property taxes can be used to fund voter-approved bond issues for specific capital projects, Oklahoma law actually prohibits cities from levying property taxes for services. So shop till you drop – not only will enjoy finding great deals on fabulous items, but you’ll be helping keep our city great.

shopping, business, retail
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: May 17 - May 23, 2016

OKC Arena

Tuesday, May 17
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Las Vegas 51s vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Dave Matthews Band; 8 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 208-4667; Ticket prices vary.
Gregg Allman; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; 1-800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, May 18
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Brining Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Admission is free.
Ellie Goulding; Gates open at 5:30 p.m.; Zoo Amphitheatre; 602-0683; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, May 19
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Salt Lake City Bees vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, May 20
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Salt Lake City Bees vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, May 21
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
The Exchange on Film Row; 6 p.m.; Film Row, Sheridan Avenue in Downtown; Free to attend.
The Beach Boys; 7 p.m.; Oklahoma Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Salt Lake City Bees vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Randy Rogers Band; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; 1-800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, May 22
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Salt Lake City Bees vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 1:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Golden State Warriors vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 208-4667; Ticket prices vary.
Fort Lauderdale Strikers vs. Rayo OKC; 7 p.m.; Miller Stadium; 232-7223; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, May 23
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Las Vegas 51s vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Bullets over Broadway The Musical; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma City Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

All Points South

We often brag about Oklahoma City’s ideal location at two of the nation’s major arteries, Interstates 35 and 40. Sure, our equidistance between both coasts makes us a great location for business, but it also has benefits for residents, too. A quick drive south on I-35 offers plenty of sites to see and towns to enjoy. Get to know your state as you explore these southern points!

Norman
With its close ties to the University of Oklahoma, this town is a quick escape from Oklahoma City with attractions for every age. You would be remiss if you missed Norman’s museums and educational attractions, including the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Read some of our past coverage on Norman attractions here.

Pauls Valley
Pauls Valley is home to The Toy and Action Figure Museum, one of Time Magazine’s “Top 50 Most Authentic American Experiences” and a must-see museum for the kid at heart. The Toy and Action Figure Museum houses more than 13,000 classic pop culture figures, and it’s also home to the Oklahoma Cartoonists Collection, which features Oklahoma cartoonists like Chester Gould (of Dick Tracy) and Jack and Carole Bender (from Alley Oop).

Sulphur and Davis
Just east of I-35, the towns of Sulphur and Davis are in the heart of the Chickasaw Nation and are an easy distance to the Chickasaw National Recreation Area and the Lake of the Arbuckles. The Chickasaw National Recreation Area is Oklahoma’s oldest national park and offers campsites and opportunities for biking, boating, water sports and hiking, to name a few. Nearby is the Chickasaw Cultural Center, The Artesian Hotel, Casino and Spa, the ARTesian Gallery and Studios, and Bedré Fine Chocolate Factory.

day-trip, museums, Norman, outdoor recreation, Pauls Valley, Sulphur, attractions, Davis
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Hit the rails

If you are looking to travel in the tradition of a bygone era (or just want to avoid gridlock and road rage), then Oklahoma City’s Heartland Flyer may be your ideal way to travel. Leaving from the Santa Fe Station at 8:25 a.m., the Heartland Flyer makes a daily round trip to the Amtrak station in Ft. Worth and back to OKC. From Ft. Worth, connections are available to Dallas, Chicago or San Antonio via the Texas Eagle.

The Heartland Flyer, which is usually made up of two Superliner Coaches and a Superliner II Coach/Café Car, comes wired for electricity with outlets dispersed throughout the train. With more leg room than most automobiles, you can stretch out and enjoy the scenic view of southern Oklahoma during your trip. The train is also part of the National Park Service’s Trails & Rails program, an innovative partnership that highlights the natural and cultural heritage of the land along the train’s path. Between May and October, a National Park Service guide from the Chickasaw National Recreation Area will provide on board narratives about the history of southern Oklahoma.

In addition to taking you south of the Red River, the Heartland Flyer makes stops in Norman, Purcell, Pauls Valley and Ardmore, giving you the option of taking in the history and attractions of other Oklahoma towns before catching the return train to Oklahoma City.

attractions, day-trip
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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On the road to adventure

Adventure Road Logo

All this talk about travel got you itching for a road trip, but you don’t know where to start? Lucky for you, Adventure Road has trip resources along Interstate 35, with information on more than 200 stops along the way (including several right here in OKC!).

Check out their website for trips centered around subjects, like foodie adventures or girls’ getaways, and for deals on destinations near year. You can even save destinations and itineraries for the future, so you will be prepared no matter when or where wanderlust hits you. 

food, attractions, day-trip
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: May 10 - May 16, 2016

Tuesday, May 10
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.

Wednesday, May 11
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Brining Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Admission is free.
An Evening with Sturgill Simpson; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; 1-800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, May 12
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
New Orleans Zephyers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, May 13
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Bedlam Baseball; 6:30 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
LIVE! on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; 367-9403; Free
Disclosure; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; 1-800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, May 14
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Las Vegas 51s vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Luke Bryan: 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 208-4667; Ticket prices vary.
A Philharmonic Gala; 8 p.m.; Oklahoma Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, May 15
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Las Vegas 51s vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 2:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
St. Louis FC vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 6 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, May 16
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Las Vegas 51s vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Myriads more than just the bare necessities at MBG

Myriad Gardens and the Moon

If you’re a long-time reader of our little blog here (and a heartfelt “thank you” to those of you who are!), you probably think we’re penning passages about the Myriad Botanical Gardens in our sleep because we mention it so much—or maybe if you’re a conspiracy theorist and/or rabblerousing crank, that they’re paying us in tulip bulbs like it’s 17th-century The Netherlands up in here. In either case, you’d be wrong—we write about it simply because they have a lot of great activities and it’s so lovely! Wherever we wander and wherever we roam in the MBG, we couldn’t be fonder of it, TBH. This month is no exception, as “The Jungle Book” takes over the Children’s Garden from May 6-22, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. To take a glance at the fancy ants or for more information: http://oklahomacitybotanicalgardens.com/the-jungle-book-takes-over-the-childrens-garden-in-may/

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Martin Park recreation

Man Hiking at Martin Park Nature Center

As the great Ron Swanson once said, “I think it’s pointless for a human to paint scenes of nature when they can go outside and stand in it.” While we actually think painting landscapes and other scenes of the great outdoors is a noble pursuit, nature is indeed readily available at Martin Park Nature Center. Now that we’re into the warmer months, summer hours are in effect which means even more time on Thursday-Saturday to satisfy those occasional stand-in-nature cravings we all get. We’ve written about Martin Park Nature Center a bunch, so enjoy these blasts-from-the-pasts as you get to know Martin Park and its 144 acres of accessible wildlife. After all, you should “never half-ass two things; whole-ass one thing”–in this case, learning about Martin Park Nature Center.

Park It at Martin Park Nature Center
You’ll want to give up your neighbor’s open wi-fi connection for this, nature fiend. More>>

Visiting Martin Park Nature Center
For hiking, nature and wildlife, visit Martin Park Nature Center at 5000 W Memorial Road, an oasis of calm by the busy John Kilpatrick Turnpike. More>>

Hang out with Mother Nature
You've felt that, right? That cool air in the morning? The pleasantly just warm afternoons? Fall is on the way, and this weather makes us want to be outside ALL THE TIME. Since you probably feel the More>>

Back to Nature
You don't need to travel far to get in touch with nature's glory. Martin Park Nature Center & Trail is one of Oklahoma City's greatest treasures, a crossroads of wildlife, recreation and More>>

Nurturing your Nature Side
Nestled on 144 acres on Oklahoma City’s northwest side, Martin Park Nature Center is what we like to call a “hidden gem.” Yes, we’ve talked about it on here before, but we More>>

Stroll along, stroll along like we know you do
Last week we told you about some great ways to get in some two-wheeled action around town, but maybe you prefer to stay grounded on your own two feet. Not to worry. We’ve got some great ideas More>>

Spring has Sprung
Spring is upon us, fellow OKC’ers. The birds are chirping, flowers are blooming, sometimes there’s a torrential downpour. We know that you’re itching to put away those winter coats More>>

10 Ways to Do OKC for Free
We know that sometimes your pocketbook gets a little on the empty side. Not to worry. There are plenty of activities in Greater Oklahoma City that are full of free fun! Mat Hoffman Action Sports More>>

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70 acres of green, blue and you

MAPS 3 Central Park

One of the MAPS 3 projects we’re most excited about is the new downtown public park. Situated just south of the Chesapeake Energy Arena and going all the way to the river, the MAPS 3 park will give us 70 total acres of green space right in the middle of our community.

The master plan has been approved by the City Council, and designs are being fine-tuned. Current plans call for a lake, a café, nature walks, sports facilities and more.

The 40-acre north section is scheduled to be complete in 2018, with the 30-acre south portion ready in 2021. And if you’ve been wondering how you’ll get across I-40 to access both sides, that’s what the Skydance Pedestrian Bridge is for!

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A warm welcome

As a loyal TBL reader, you know we’re all about making new residents feel at home. Our yearly print publication, the Welcome Guide, has just been released. Between that, this blog, our website, VeloCity e-magazine and greaterokc.tv, that’s enough OKC newcomer info to choke even the most voracious blue whale (if information were krill, but you know what we mean). Be sure to check it out online or order a printed copy if you just like the feel of paper between your fingers, and don’t forget to share with friends who are new to the area or who may be thinking about their next move.

 

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Things to Do & See: May 3 - May 9, 2016

MAPS Whitewater Rapids

Tuesday, May 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.
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
New Orleans Zephyers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Joe Bonamassa; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, May 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.
Brining Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; Admission is free.
New Orleans Zephyers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 11:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, May 5
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.
New Orleans Zephyers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, May 6
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.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Paseo Arts District First Friday Gallery Walk; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; Event is free.
WWE NXT; 7:30 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 8:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 208-4667; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, May 7
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.
RIVERSPORT Rapids/Road to Rio; All Day; Boathouse District; Event is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
Greg Proops; 6:30 p.m.; ACM@UCO Performance Lab; Tickets are $17 in advance and $22 at the door.
Gardens Walking Tour; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.

Sunday, May 8
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.
RIVERSPORT Rapids/Road to Rio; All Day; Boathouse District; Event is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
San Antonio Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 208-4667; Ticket prices vary.
Harry Connick Jr. ; 7:30 p.m.; Oklahoma Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, May 9
O. Gail Poole: Flora and Felines Art Exhibit; All Day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Admission is free.
The Jungle Book; 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Children’s Garden; 445-7080; Admission prices vary.
New Orleans Zephyers vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

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