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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Take flight in OKC

Tinker

If you are new to OKC, you might not fully appreciate how important the aerospace 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 engine 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. More than 3.7 million travels pass through our airport every year. Most recently, the airport announced three new restaurants coming to the airport including local favorites Tucker’s Onion Burgers and Coolgreens.

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.

aerospace, aviation, restaurants, Tinker
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 our state 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.

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.

This year is a great opportunity to learn more about the history of Tinker Air Force Base and the impact it has on our community. The base turns 75 this year and will host events all year long to celebrate including a half marathon and air show. Check out a list of events to get involved. 

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Tinker, aviation, festivals, history, running
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Stay weather aware this spring

OKC Downtown Skyline

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.

Last year OKC adopted a new tornado siren policy. These changes make 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 http://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

Bricktown Canal

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 for you and your family. 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.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: January 31 - February 6, 2017

Thunder fans

Tuesday, January 31
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Yoga Tuesday in the Gardens; 5:45 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room; Free for members and $10 for nonmembers.

Wednesday, February 1
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Reading Wednesday; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Chicago Bulls vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, February 2
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.

Friday, February 3
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Paseo Arts District First Friday Gallery Walk; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; Event is free.
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Verdi’s La Traviata; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, February 4
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
The Harlem Globetrotters; 2 & 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Los Angeles D-Fenders vs. the Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 1-800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Classics 5- Andreas Delf, Guest Conductor; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, February 5
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Verdi’s La Traviata; 2 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Portland Trailblazers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, February 6
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Hollywood and the American West; Regular museum hours; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; 478-2250; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Farmers Market District

Farmers Market

Although many would classify the district as up-and-coming, the Farmers Market District can trace its history back nearly a century.

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

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

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

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

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

Elephants at the Zoo

If there is one thing you can say about the Adventure District, it is that it lives up to its name and then some.

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

Next door to the Zoo is Science Museum Oklahoma which has been entertaining and teaching generations of kids about science since the late 50s. If you were raised in Oklahoma City, you know all about the shadow wall. The museum is home to a must-see Science Live performance and a planetarium. Also you still have a couple of months to check out the Red Dirt Dinos exhibit. In this one-of-a-kind experience, the dinosaurs who used to roam the Sooner State come back alive.

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

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

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

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

family-friendly, kids, museums, nightlife, racetrack, western heritage, zoo, Adventure District, concerts
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Deep Deuce

Deep Deuce neighborhood

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

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

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

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

Stockyards City entrance

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

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

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

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

restaurants, retail, Stockyards, western heritage
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: January 24 - January 30, 2017

Downtown in December Ice Skating

Tuesday, January 24
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Yoga Tuesday in the Gardens; 5:45 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room; Free for members and $10 for nonmembers.

Wednesday, January 25
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Reading Wednesday; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, January 26
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Dallas Mavericks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.
Iowa Energy vs. the Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 1-800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, January 27
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Disney in Concert: Tales as Old as Time; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, January 28
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Disney in Concert: Tales as Old as Time; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, January 29
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
An Evening with Dawes Live in OKC; 8 p.m.; ACM&UCO Performance Lab; 866-966-177; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, January 30
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Live! on the Plaza

Live! on the Plaza

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

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

free, Plaza District, restaurants, retail, family-friendly, festivals
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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The Exchange on Film Row

Musicians in Film Row

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

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

The Exchange on Film Row is the district’s monthly festival and it is held the third Friday of each month from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. (beginning in May). Premiere on Film Row aims to be family friendly and features live music, some of the best food trucks in OKC and even film screenings.  

Oklahoma City history, restaurants, festivals, Film Row
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Gallery Walk

Paseo District

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

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

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

arts and culture, festivals, Paseo District, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: January 17 - January 23, 2017

Bull Riding

Tuesday, January 17
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Yoga Tuesday in the Gardens; 5:45 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room; Free for members and $10 for nonmembers.

Wednesday, January 18
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Reading Wednesday; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, January 19
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.

Friday, January 20
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
The OKC Boat & RV Show; 11 a.m.; Cox Convention Center; 1-800-745-3000.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, January 21
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
The OKC Boat & RV Show; 9 a.m.; Cox Convention Center; 1-800-745-3000.
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
PBR: Express Employment Professionals; 6:45 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, January 22
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
The OKC Boat & RV Show; Noon; Cox Convention Center; 1-800-745-3000.
PBR: Express Employment Professionals; 1:45 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, January 23
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All that Southwest Jazz Exhibit; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Follow then lead

Smart phone user

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

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

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

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

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

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Sharing is caring

Couple on bikes

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

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

Check out www.velocityokc.com for Oklahoma City’s digital magazine VeloCity. The publication is packed with features on OKC life, style, architecture, industry, culture, accolades, personalities and more. VeloCity also features stunning photography and video to show off OKC to the unfamiliar. You find an archive of past editions that are easy to share with your friends and family.

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

Oklahoma City, social media, velocity
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Acclaim city

Skydance Bridge with clouds

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

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

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Tools for success

ABL Photos Page

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

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

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

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Things to Do & See: January 10 - January 16, 2017

International Finals Rodeo

Tuesday, January 10
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Yoga Tuesday in the Gardens; 5:45 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Terrace Room; Free for members and $10 for nonmembers.

Wednesday, January 11
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Reading Wednesday; 10 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
Memphis Grizzlies vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, January 12
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.

Friday, January 13
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
International Finals Drive; All day; State Fair Park; 948-6800; Ticket prices vary.
Live on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; 367-9403; Free.

Saturday, January 14
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
International Finals Drive; All day; State Fair Park; 948-6800; Ticket prices vary.
Austin Spurs vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 208-4667; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, January 15
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All the Southwest Jazz Exhibit; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 

Monday, January 16
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Oklahoma: All the Southwest Jazz Exhibit; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 
International Finals Drive; All day; State Fair Park; 948-6800; Ticket prices vary.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration; 1 to 4 p.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens, Crystal Bridge; 445-7080; This event is free. 

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Tuesday, January 3, 2017

The Better Life: Giving you the 411 in the 405

Civic Center Lawn

As we ring in 2017, we thought it might be time for a quick refresher of what we are all about. Here at Better Life HQ our goal is simple. We want to help you get to know your new hometown a little better. Oklahoma City is a diverse metro with new pockets of development and events being added at the blink of an eye. Even for the most seasoned of OKC natives, staying on top of everything to do in our city can feel like an endless task.

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

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

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

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

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BetterLife: The Website

Better Life website

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

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

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

Oklahoma City, education, employment, housing, moving
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Best of 2016

Riversport Rapids

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

  • With or without a paddle- Maybe no place in OKC had a bigger 2016 than the Oklahoma River. The opening of the RIVERSPORT Rapids gave citizens and visitors an experience you can’t find anywhere else, whitewater rafting in a metropolitan downtown.
  • Let’s hear it for the beer- The craft beer scene in Oklahoma City has been on the rise for a while with some local breweries who have won big honors. However, recent efforts to modernize our state’s liquor laws have set the stage for local breweries to reach a whole new level.
  • Area of innovation- Entrepreneurship has been in our city’s DNA since its founding in a single day. This year an effort in placemaking centered around a proposed innovation district took huge strides towards reality.
  • Making a mark on aviation history- Our city and state have played an underrated role in the evolution of aviation. From early pioneers like Wiley Post to astronauts like Shannon Lucid, the Sooner State has been on the forefront of aerospace innovation.
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Let us help with New Year’s resolution

business people

The year is new and that means it is time to come up with a plan for 2017. Here are our three suggestions:

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

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

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

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Things to Do & See: January 3 - January 9, 2017

Snow Tubing

Tuesday, January 3
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Snow Tubing Winter Festival; 12 to 8 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; ticket prices vary.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Elf the Musical; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, January 4
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Snow Tubing Winter Festival; 12 to 8 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; ticket prices vary.
Elf the Musical; 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Reno Bighorns vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 208-4667; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, January 5
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Snow Tubing Winter Festival; 12 to 8 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; ticket prices vary.  
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Shen Yun; 7 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Elf the Musical; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Beyond the Stratosphere; 8 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, January 6
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Snow Tubing Winter Festival; 12 to 8 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; ticket prices vary.
Shen Yun; 2 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Elf the Musical; 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Greensboro Swarm vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; 208-4667; Ticket prices vary.
Beyond the Stratosphere; 8 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, January 7
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Snow Tubing Winter Festival; 12 to 8 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; ticket prices vary.
Elf the Musical; 2 & 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center; 297-2264; Ticket prices vary.
Opening Night 2017; 7 p.m.; Downtown; 270-4848; Tickets are $8 in advance and $10 the night of the event.
L.A. Clippers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; 800-745-3000; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, January 8
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.
Snow Tubing Winter Festival; 12 to 4 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark; 218-1000; ticket prices vary.

Monday, January 9
Red Dirt Dinos: An Oklahoma Dinosaur Adventure; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Da Vinci- The Genius; Regular museum hours; Science Museum Oklahoma; 602-6664; Regular museum admission.
Devon Ice Rink; 3 to 9 p.m.; Devon Ice Rink; 708-6499; Ticket prices vary.

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