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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Letís hear it for the beer

Oklahoma Beers

To the editorial staff here at TBL, beer is dear! We’ve told you about some of our favorite local breweries in the past, and since then, even more have come up on the scene. Let’s focus on some of the existing and coming-soon-to-you brewery taprooms in OKC. These are great places to taste and sample, learn more about the brewery’s beers, enjoy the company of fellow beer lovers and even hang out and enjoy some live music and /or food trucks and games in some cases. Check them out!

  • Anthem Brewing Company at 908 SW 4th St. in Oklahoma City
  • COOP Ale Works at 4745 Council Heights Rd. in Oklahoma City
  • Roughtail Brewing Company at 1279 N. Air Depot Blvd. in Midwest City
  • Mustang Brewing Company / Elk Valley Brewing Company at 520 N. Meridian Ave. in Oklahoma City
  • Twisted Spike at 1. NW 10th St. in Oklahoma City (opening soon)

In addition to others that will surely be forthcoming, public plans have been announced for Stone Cloud Brewery at the old “Sunshine Cleaners” building near Film Row at 1000 NW 1st St., and a Prairie Artisan Ales taproom at 3 NE 8th St. Wahoo!

We’ve barley begun to tell you about the great maltitude of OKC craft beer that’s available for you to drink in, so get out there and hops to it!

beer, breweries
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Get into the spirits of this punny headline

Prairie Wolf Vodka

The next time you’re browsing the aisles in your neighborhood liquor store looking for ingredients to make that perfect cocktail, be sure to look for some of our tasty local products that won’t disappoint (unless you happen to be a teetotaler, in which case we’d wonder why the heck you were in the liquor store in the first place, unless you also just like to look at stuff in bottles, in which case you’d be totally stoked, because there are typically a lot of ‘em in there. Hey, we all have our quirks).

We’re big fans of Prairie Wolf Spirits’ DARK coffee liqueur. Try it with some Irish cream and some espresso for a caffeine bomb of tasty proportions, or better yet, pair it with some Prairie Wolf vodka and enjoy a White Russian, dude. Success Vodka makes… you guessed it… Success Vodka. This award-winning ultrapremium spirit can be found throughout a multi-state region and is definitely worth a try. Scissortail Distillery in Moore makes a namesake bourbon we’re big big fans of (you could say it’s “suburban bourbon”), as well as rum and gin, and Leadslingers brand whiskey, cinnamon whiskey, rye and rum. Yum yum yum!

Visit your liquor store of choice and give yourself the gift of a spirited OKC treat this week!

local goods
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Donít quit your wining

Wine Grapes

As you may have guessed, we here at TBL HQ fancy ourselves connoisseurs of all the bacchanalian delights, wine included. While we’ve told you about some of our local “urban” wineries like Waters Edge and Put A Cork In It, did you know our area boasts some more classic style vineyards and labels located nearby making some great juice of the gods? No Napa, no problem around here. Just check out the list below for some great possibilities:

  • Strebel Creek Vineyard in Oklahoma City
  • Clauren Ridge Vineyard and Winery in Edmond
  • Native Spirits Winery in Norman
  • StableRidge Vineyards in Stroud
  • Red Hills Winery & Vineyard in Coyle
  • Redbud Ridge Vineyard & Winery in Norman
  • Canadian River Vineyards in Lexington
  • Sparks Vineyard and Winery in Sparks
  • Summerside Vineyards Winery & Meadery in Tuttle
  • Chapel Creek Winery in El Reno
  • Legends Vineyeard & Winery in Lindsay
  • Tres Suenos Vineyards and Winery in Luther
  • Woodland Park Vineyards and Winery in Stillwater
  • Farfalla Wines in Yukon

If that’s not enough, our friends at travelok.com have a list of 44 wineries all across the state.

local goods, wine
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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OKBio Brewfest

2016 OKBio BrewFest

Want to experience more of the great brews, wines and spirits you have been reading about? Make your plans now to check out the Oklahoma Bioscience Association’s BrewFest, Nov. 10th at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Sample all you want and then some for only $35, and the first 300 registrants get a BrewFest t-shirt! Free shirts and fantastic samples? We’re in. We’ll see you there!

beer, breweries, festivals, wine
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: August 30 - September 5, 2016

Kid enjoying OKC Dodgers baseball

Tuesday, August 30
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.
Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m..; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Wheeler Criterium; 5:30 p.m.; Downtown OKC Airpark; 364-3700; Event is free.

Wednesday, August 31
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.
Bringing Books to Life; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Deep Deuce Dash and Draft; 6 p.m.; Anchor Down.
Plaza Beer Walk; 6 p.m.; Plaza District; $15 and proceeds go to Oklahoma City schools.
Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m..; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, September 1
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.
Memphis Redbirds vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m..; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, September 2
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.
Geekinomicon; 3 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Pass prices vary.
Paseo Arts District First Friday Gallery Walk; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; Event is free.

Saturday, September 3
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.
Geekinomicon; 10 a.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Pass prices vary.
West Fest 2016; Noon to 10 p.m.; Western Avenue; The event is free.

Sunday, September 4
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.
Geekinomicon; 10 a.m.; Cox Convention Center; 602-8500; Pass prices vary.
Uptown Farmers Market; 10 a.m.; Uptown 23rd; This event is free.
Arts Council of OKC’s Twilight Concerts; 7:30 p.m. Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.

Monday, September 5
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Teacherís pet

High school pep band

It’s that time of the year again – back to school for students throughout the Oklahoma City metro area. When moving to a new city, we know how important a role education plays when choosing where to live. Luckily for Oklahoma City, there are excellent public schools throughout Greater Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma City Public Schools
This district covers 134 square miles and includes 60 elementary schools, 17 middle schools and 13 high schools. Listen to new OKCPS Superintendent Aurora Lora discuss her goals for the district at this recent Chamber lunch.

Putnam City Public Schools
Covering 43 square miles, the district serves more than 18,000 students at 18 elementary schools, five middle schools and three high schools and has an overall population of 117,700.

Edmond Public Schools
The district covers 129 square miles and serves more than 20,000 students.. It includes 23 schools – 15 elementary schools, five middle schools and three high schools, as well as one early childhood center.

Oklahoma School of Science and Mathematics (OSSM)
OSSM is located on a 32-acre site to the northeast of downtown Oklahoma City, adjacent to the libraries and research resources of the Oklahoma Health Center. OSSM is a tuition-free residential high school for juniors and seniors from across the state with exceptional ability in math and science.

Read a complete list of public school districts at abetterlifeokc.com.

Charter schools are public schools established by contract with sponsors and often promote a specific curriculum and learning style. Several Greater Oklahoma City school districts have authorized charter schools -- Choctaw-Nicoma Park, Edmond, Mid-Del, Moore, Mustang, Oklahoma City and Putnam City. View a list of area charter schools.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Head of the class

Students on Computers

Along with quality public schools, Greater Oklahoma City has a variety of private schools that offer world-class educations.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Higher education

Old North at UCO

With more than 18 public and private schools with 125,000 college students, we believe Greater OKC is the perfect place to start or continue your college experience. Oklahoma City is 20.9 miles from the University of Oklahoma and only 66.9 miles from Oklahoma State University – the two largest universities in the state with a wide variety of educational opportunities.

Students looking for campus life have a number of options for furthering their education in the Greater Oklahoma City area. Nearly 17,000 students attend Edmond’s University of Central Oklahoma, making it the third largest college in the state. On the south side of the metro, students at Oklahoma City Community College can earn associate’s degrees and learn valuable technical skills.

The state capital is also home to a number of private universities that bring quality educations to the local academic field. Oklahoma City University, a liberal arts United Methodist-affiliated school is located in the Uptown district. The university’s OCU School of Law is located downtown and in a renovated 105-year-old building that once operated as the first high school in Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma Christian University, located in Edmond, is also a top-ranked regional university according to both U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review.

Other metro options include:

college, education, Norman, Stillwater, university
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: August 23 - August 29, 2016

OKC Energy Player [Photo Credit: OKC Energy]

[Photo Credit: OKC Energy]

Tuesday, August 23
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.
Wheeler Criterium; 5:30 p.m.; Downtown OKC Airpark; 364-3700; Event is free.

Wednesday, August 24
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m..; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, August 25
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m..; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, August 26
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.
Eats on 8th; 7 p.m.; 8th and Harvey; 234-7960; Event is free.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m..; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Park After Dark with Graham Colton; 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Seasonal Plaza; This event is free.

Saturday, August 27
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m..; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Tulsa Roughnecks FC vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, August 28
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 6:05 p.m..; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Arts Council of OKC’s Twilight Concerts; 7:30 p.m. Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.

Monday, August 29
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Hell on Wheels: Uniting a Nation by Rail; Regular museum hours; 478-2250; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Regular museum admission.
Colorado Springs Sky Sox vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m..; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

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

Have símore fun in OKC

Lake Marina

As Oklahoma City’s summer comes to an end, we here at The Better Life think there is no better time to explore the great outdoors. In Oklahoma City, there are plenty of places that are perfect for a camping excursion with family or friends. We may live in the largest city in Oklahoma, but that doesn’t mean you have to travel far to get campy this summer or fall.

For the folks in north OKC, Arcadia Lake in nearby Edmond has four parks and more than 140 campsites, ranging from full hook-up campsites to primitive spots (a.k.a. no water or electric hook-ups). Each site has access to picnic areas and fire pits, as well as community water and restrooms.

Lake Stanley Draper, located in southeast Oklahoma City, is the City’s largest lake and outdoor recreation area. The Lake Draper Marina offers a range of primitive camping locations near the southwest corner of the lake and close to the trailhead of the CrossTimbers Riding Area. Camping permits are available for $8 a day for each site.

Lake Thunderbird State Park is 13 miles east of Norman and full of hiking, mountain biking and nature trails sprinkled amidst its 447 campsites and 86 miles of shoreline. The nearby Discovery Cove Nature Center offers programs throughout the year and displays snakes, animals, furs and artifacts native to the region.

In northern Oklahoma City is Bluff Creek Trail. The trail is a single loop with tight turns and pulse pumping challenges. At 3.5 miles you’ll get in plenty of exhilaration without ending totally tuckered out.

If you are itching to visit someplace a little farther from home, check out the Oklahoma camping resources available from our friends at TravelOK.com.

camping, day-trip, family-friendly, mountain biking, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Camping: Itís in tents (get it?)

camping in tents

Did you know that Oklahoma offers some of the nation’s most diverse terrain? It is one of only four states with more than 10 ecoregions and has the most per mile in America according to the EPA. Lucky for us, our State Park system is just as diverse and sets you up for as much adventure as you can handle.

Whether you want to sleep in the forest, next to a lake or waterfall, on the sand dunes or near caves formerly used as hideouts for Jesse James and Belle Starr, our state’s park system delivers. Best of all, each state park comes with its own unique amenities including hiking, rappelling, golfing, fishing, bird watching, scuba diving and more.

What are you waiting for? Learn more about ways to explore this great state at TravelOK.com.

camping, family-friendly, fishing, golf, outdoor recreation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Explore your own backyard

Riversport Rapids Kayaking

Longtime readers know that Oklahoma City offers plenty of ways to get in touch with your exploratory side – without leaving the city limits. Read on for a roundup of ways that you can get adventurous right here in Oklahoma City.

Boathouse District, cycling, family-friendly, Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation, parks
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: August 16 - August 22, 2016

Live music in OKC

Tuesday, August 16
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Wheeler Criterium; 5:30 p.m.; Downtown OKC Airpark; 364-3700; Event is free.
Journey; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; (800) 745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m..; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, August 17
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m..; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, August 18
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Shop Hop; 6 to 9 p.m.; Automobile Alley; Event is free.
Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m..; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Full Moon Bike and Ride; 7 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Band Shell; 445-7080; $5 donation encouraged.

Friday, August 19
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
The Exchange and Film Row; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.; Film Row; Event is free.
Alice Cooper; 7 p.m.; The Criterion; 1-800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary. 
Albuquerque Isotopes vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m..; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Penn & Teller; 8 p.m.; OKC Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Park After Dark with Graham Colton; 9 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Seasonal Plaza; This event is free.

Saturday, August 20
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Miami FC vs. Rayo OKC; 6:30 p.m.; Miller Stadium; 232-RAYO; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, August 21
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Arts Council of OKC’s Twilight Concerts; 7:30 p.m. Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.

Monday, August 22
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.

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

Family fun in the sun

Lake Tenkiller

While we love exploring the outdoors OKC, and seriously there are new trails, adventures and activities to check out every day, every now and then we enjoy taking a road trip to explore other great parts of the state. Pack up the fam or a few friends and head east to enjoy a fun-filled adventure.

Our great state boasts the largest number of lakes created by dams of any state in the nation, with more than 200. In fact, whether your interests include adventures such as scuba diving and wakeboarding or sailing and swimming, you’re sure to find the perfect locale in eastern Oklahoma.

  • Lake Thunderbird: A short drive from the hustle and bustle of OKC, Lake Thunderbird offers outdoorsmen a variety of water activities and recreation. From swim beaches to primitive camp sites and playgrounds to archery ranges, Lake Thunderbird offers a close-to-home way to reconnect with ­nature.
  • Lake Eufala: Lake Eufaula, Oklahoma's largest lake, is located in southeastern Oklahoma, near I-40. With 600 miles of shoreline, Lake Eufaula offers something for everyone. Whether you prefer the relaxation of paddleboating or the adventure of wakeboarding, you’ll be right at home here. Campsites and cabin rentals are also available. 
  • Lake Tenkiller: Enjoy scuba diving, camping, hiking, fishing, golfing and water sports while surrounded with beautiful rock bluffs. And the spectacular sunsets here are hard to beat.

If your kids are looking for a wet and wild activity to beat the back to school blues, consider the Splash 'n Dash. The non-competitive biathlon-type event will consist of a fun run and swim for boys and girls ages 7-12.

day-trip, family-friendly, fishing, golf, outdoor recreation, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Hands on Nature

Wine Grapes

Did you know that you can enjoy a national scenic byway, tour a vineyard, visit a working alpaca farm or enjoy hand-picking fruit and vegetables right here in the Sooner State?

  • The Talimena National Scenic Byway, a breathtaking 54-mile route in southeast Oklahoma, is known for its spectacular fall foliage. Enjoy hiking and biking trails, hang gliding, equestrian camp and more while you are here. And be sure to check out Talimena Drive. Not only can you enjoy the area's beautiful foliage, you’ll also be exploring one of the highest mountain ranges between the Appalachians and the Rockies.
  • Make the short drive to Just Right Alpacas in Jones to experience a working alpaca farm. Visitors can pet the animals as well as learn the process of making alpaca fleece products from shear to loom.
  • Enjoy a day of family fun picking fresh fruit and vegetables in Harrah. Spencer's Orchard and Wind Drift Orchards offer a variety of tasty treasures.
  • Explore the world of wine at Tres Suenos Vineyards & Winery in Luther and spend some quality time enjoying local cheeses paired with Tres Suenos' current vintage. Guided tours of the vineyard are given year-round and tastings are available each week Thursday-Saturday.
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A history lesson

Cowboys

Our state has a storied history. From gun slingers and outlaws to Olympians and war heroes, a short trip to the east will highlight the diversity in our state.

Check out the 14 Flags Museum in Sallisaw, paying homage to the 14 different nations of people the state has been home to. You can explore historic structures dating back to the time when Cherokee settlers began arriving in the state in 1830. Other places to quench your historical thirst include Robbers Cave State Park and the Spiro Mounds.

Sports enthusiasts can visit Yale to tour the former home of 1912 Olympian Jim Thorpe displaying track and field awards or Stillwater to tour the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.

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Things to Do & See: August 9 - August 15, 2016

Twilight Concert

Tuesday, August 9
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Wheeler Criterium; 5:30 p.m.; Downtown OKC Airpark; 364-3700; Event is free.
Drowsy; 7:30 p.m.; OKC Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, August 10
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Drowsy; 7:30 p.m.; OKC Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Sonic Summer Movies: Spiderman; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.

Thursday, August 11
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
KATTFest: Disturbed/Breaking Benjamin; Gates open at 5 p.m.; Zoo Amphitheatre; 866-977-6849; Ticket prices vary.
Make America Rock Again; 7 p.m.; The Criterion; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Drowsy; 7:30 p.m.; OKC Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, August 12
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Live on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; 367-9403; Free.
El Paso Chihuahuas vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m..; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Drowsy; 8 p.m.; OKC Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Floating Films: Without a Paddle; 8:30 p.m.; Riversports Adventures; 552-4040; Event is free.

Saturday, August 13
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Drowsy; 2 & 8 p.m.; OKC Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
El Paso Chihuahuas vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m..; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
L.A. Galaxy II vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7:30 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, August 14
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.
Arts Council of OKC’s Twilight Concerts; 7:30 p.m. Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.

Monday, August 15
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Art Gone Wild: Paintings by the OKC Zoo Animals; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, South Lobby; 445-7080; Event is free.

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Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Use your energy to go see some soccer

OKC Energy Fans [Photo Credit: OKC Energy]

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Whether young or old, new or long-time resident, tall or short, talk-with-your-hands or only-with-your-mouth, Pepsi or Coke, Ford or Chevy, Calvin or Hobbes, bald or hairy and boisterous or shy, Energy FC matches are a favorite activity among the community. Energy FC was founded in 2013 and is currently in the middle of the 2016 season. Energy FC is a part of the United Soccer League, an affiliate of Major League Soccer, and was named 2014 Rookie Franchise of the Year. Taft Stadium of OKC is the home of Energy FC. Eventually, a purpose-built stadium for Energy FC are in the team’s long term plans. Recently, Energy FC had a ribbon-cutting of their new practice facility located at 2810 NE 63rd St. As Energy FC continues to grow, so does the fan base. With only 11 games remaining this season, go out and watch Energy FC fight to the top of the table!

Upcoming Schedule:
-August 2, 7:30 p.m. – Home – vs. Sacramento Republic FC
-August 6, 7:30 p.m. – Away – vs. Rio Grande Valley FC Toros
-August 13, 7:30 p.m. – Home – vs. LA Galaxy II
-August 20, 7:30 p.m. – Away – vs. Tulsa Roughnecks FC
-August 24, 8:00 p.m. – Away – vs. Colorado Springs Switchbacks FC
-August 27, 7:30 p.m. – Home – vs. Tulsa Roughnecks FC
-August 31, 7:00 p.m. – Away – vs. Saint Louis FC
-September 4, 4:00 p.m. – Away – vs. Portland Timbers 2
-September 11, 6:00 p.m. – Home – vs. Seattle Sounders FC 2
-September 18, 6:00 p.m. – Home – vs. Swope Park Rangers
-September 24, 6:00 p.m. – Home – vs. Saint Louis FC

-www.EnergyFC.com
-Instagram: @EnergyFC
-Twitter: @EnergyFC
-Facebook: Energy FC

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Say Hi-O to Rayo

Soccer Field

Oklahoma City’s newest professional soccer team, Rayo OKC, was established in early 2016 and is a part of the North American Soccer League.  Rayo OKC plays at Miller Stadium of Yukon High School. Rayo OKC soccer matches are another great opportunity to get out for the evening in the summer and the fall! Season tickets are available online at www.rayookc.com.

Upcoming Schedule:
-August 7, 3:00 p.m. – Away – vs. New York Cosmos
-August 13, 6:30 p.m. – Away – Indy Eleven
-August 20, 8:00 p.m. – Home – vs. Miami FC
-August 27, 6:30 p.m. – Away – vs. Tampa Bay Rowdies
-September 3, 7:00 p.m. – Away – vs. Minnesota United FC
-September 11, 7:00 p.m. – Home – vs. Jacksonville Armada FC
-September 14, 8:00 p.m. – Away –vs. FC Edmonton
-September 18, 7:00 p.m. – Home – vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers
-September 24, 6:00 p.m. – Away – vs. Jacksonville Armada FC
-October 2, 6:00 p.m. – Home – vs. Carolina RailHawks
-October 8, 7:00 p.m. – Away – vs. Miama FC
-October 12, 6:30 p.m. – Away – vs. Carolina RailHawks
-October 16, 6:00 p.m. – Home – vs. Ottawa Fury FC
-October 22, 6:00 p.m. – Away – vs. Fort Lauderdale Strikers
-October 30, 6:00 p.m. – Home – vs. Indy Eleven

-Twitter: @RayoOKC
-Facebook: Rayo OKC
-www.rayookc.com

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Put on those soccer socks

Ready to recapture the form of your youth, or just want to get out for some exercise and friendly competition? —OKC offers plenty of places to get involved in the beautiful game indoors.

Soccer City OKC:

Soccer City OKC is very popular among OKC residents, offering adult leagues throughout the year. Located at 4520 Old Farm Rd., Soccer City hosts coed, women’s and men’s leagues. The adult leagues last eight weeks including one game per week. The days of the games vary depending on each division making the scheduling flexible with a busy work week for players! Soccer City is a great place to go and be active after a work day. There is still time to sign up for the upcoming fall, winter or spring sessions.

Soccer City also offers leagues for youth and children. For more information visit www.soccercityokcity.com

Indoor Soccer Arena

ISA is located at 100 North McCormick. The arena has year-round leagues available to join. If you are looking to play and don’t have a team, this is the place to go. There are several different leagues to choose from with varying dates to accommodate your schedule! Teams include a range from boys and girls under 10 years old to coed over 25 years old and more.

Oklahoma City Sports Center:

Oklahoma City Sports Center is also a great soccer location. Open most week days after 5 p.m. and all day on the weekends, this arena is great for an after work activity. Oklahoma City Sports Center is located at 11100 N. Kelley Avenue.

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Social sports in OKC: Play your way

Kickball

Looking for more of a laid-back way to meet folks and have some fun? Social sports in OKC are super popular and super fun. From kickball to darts to bowling and even bubble soccer and more, there are all kinds of leagues to join to socialize, play, and have some beers fun. Here are just a few options to consider.

OKC Parks & Rec:

OKC Parks & Rec also offers a variety of sports programs for the community with an addition of two new sports you may not have heard of before. Bubble soccer and futsal are two new activities offered this fall along with the usual sports. Bubble soccer is normal soccer but the players are wearing giant inflatable bubbles! Futsal is also another game of soccer, except it is on a hard surface rather than grass, and it is played with a smaller ball. Try out these crazy new sports with the rest of OKC! Visit www.okc.gov/departments/parks-recreation/athletics for more information on how to sign up.

OSSO: Oklahoma Sports & Social Organization

The Oklahoma Sports & Social Organization is an exciting group that organizes sports leagues and outings on the town for OKC residents. OSSO create leagues for all sports bring everyone together including: kickball, softball, basketball, bowling, volleyball, ultimate Frisbee and even quidditch! Just one of the fun summer options right now is a night of recreational kickball at Wheeler Park near downtown. OSSO provides a great way to get to know the community in an exciting way. To find out how to get involved or for more information on OSSO visit ossosports.com 

WAKA:

WAKA Kickball & Social Sports is an adult sports league in Oklahoma City. Offering kickball in all seasons, WAKA has something going on all the time! WAKA is currently in the middle of a kickball season and new people are always welcome to join. Not only does WAKA offer sports, but also volunteer opportunities within the community. Whether it be sports, charity work or getting a group together for a night out, WAKA brings together good company! Fall kickball league signups are underway right now. If you are interested in getting involved, visit www.kickball.com/okc for more information!

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Things to Do & See: August 2 - August 8, 2016

Tuesday, August 2
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Wheeler Criterium; 5:30 p.m.; Downtown OKC Airpark; 364-3700; Event is free.
Sacramento Republic FC vs. Oklahoma City Energy FC; 7:30 p.m.; Taft Stadium; 235-KICK; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, August 3
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Round Rock Express vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m..; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Sonic Summer Movies: Raiders of the Lost Ark; 8 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.

Thursday, August 4
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Round Rock Express vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m..; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, August 5
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de 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.
Round Rock Express vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m..; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
True Sky Credit Union Summer Movies: The Goonies; 8:30 p.m.; Riversports Adventures; 552-4040; Event is free.

Saturday, August 6
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Round Rock Express vs. Oklahoma City Dodgers; 7:05 p.m..; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; Ticket prices vary.
Internet Cat Video Fest; 7:30 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.

Sunday, August 7
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.
Prix de West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Arts Council of OKC’s Twilight Concerts; 7:30 p.m. Myriad Botanical Gardens, Great Event Lawn and Band Shell; 445-7080; Event is free.

Monday, August 8
Matisse in His Time: Masterworks of Modernism from the Centre Pompidou, Paris; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Regular museum admission.
Our City, Our Collection: Building the Museum’s Lasting Legacy; Regular museum hours; 236-3100; Oklahoma City Museum of Art; Regular museum admission.

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