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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

The Thunder celebrates 10 years of NBA in OKC

OKC Thunder Fans

This story originally ran on VelocityOKC.com.

October 2018 marked 10 years since the Oklahoma City Thunder played its first game in Oklahoma City, the beginning of Oklahoma City’s status as a big-league city. But bringing the NBA to Oklahoma City is a story that started much earlier than the Thunder’s first game.

Oklahoma City’s serious aspirations to attract a major sporting franchise began in earnest with the passage of the Metropolitan Area Projects (MAPS) in 1993. One of the MAPS program’s capstone projects was the construction of an arena built to meet NBA and NHL specifications. Construction on that arena began in 1999, and the facility opened on June 8, 2002. In 2005, Oklahoma City had an opportunity to host a professional sports team when the New Orleans Hornets temporarily relocated to Oklahoma City following Hurricane Katrina. From 2005-2007, the Hornets played two seasons in Oklahoma City, enjoying its sell-out crowds and supportive fan base. The excitement in Oklahoma City provided overwhelming evidence to the NBA that a team could be successful here.

Fans were just as eager to see Oklahoma City have a team of their own. In March 2008, Oklahoma City residents approved a penny sales tax to further propel Oklahoma City to the big leagues. The temporary sales tax raised $121 million to pay for needed improvements to the arena and to construct a practice facility.

Later that year, the Oklahoma City Thunder started its inaugural season and played its first home game on Oct. 14, 2008. In a Q&A that appeared in that month’s issue of The POINT!, Thunder Vice President of Corporate Communications Dan Mahoney said, “Because Oklahoma City has experienced the NBA through the Hornets, the city realizes what a tremendous community asset the Thunder can be. The people of Oklahoma City have been incredibly welcoming. Our players, coaches and staff are as excited to be here as the city is to have us.”

live sporting events, Thunder, basketball, history
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Get on board with the blue

OKC Blue logo

With the start of Thunder basketball also comes the start of the regular season for the NBA G League (formerly known as the D League). In fact, one of the coolest things about the Thunder’s G League team, the Oklahoma City Blue, is the way in which they use it.

If you can’t make it to a Thunder game, an OKC Blue game is a great way to get in your basketball fix throughout the regular season. The Blue are off to a great 9-2 start this season.

They play the majority of their home games at the Cox Convention Center and the best part is they are usually on the weekend. You can see their full schedule here.

live sporting events, basketball, family-friendly
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Here’s what you missed on VeloCity in November

OKC Skyline

VeloCity is a website aimed at helping keep residents of Greater Oklahoma City up to date on important issues. Whether you have lived in the metro for 30 years or 30 minutes it is important that you are informed and engaged with your community. If you haven’t checked out the new site, here are some stories you may have missed last month:

  • OKC gets top honors: Oklahoma City was recently honored as “America’s Most Livable Community”.
  • Aerospace is still soaring: A panel of experts recently gave their thoughts on the future of aerospace in our region.
  • Sur La Table opens: The popular kitchenware retailer recently opened their first Oklahoma location in Classen Curve.
  • CEO Q&A: SYNQ3 CEO Steve Bigari sat down with the website to talk about his decision to expand his company to Oklahoma City.
community, retail, velocity, aerospace, business
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: December 11 - December 17, 2018

Plaza District Festival

Tuesday, December 11
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.

Wednesday, December 12
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.

Thursday, December 13
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; All day; Midtown; This event is free.
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Elf; 7 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, December 14
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; All day; Midtown; This event is free.
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Memphis Hustle vs. OKC Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
The Nutcracker; 7 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
LIVE on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; This event is free.
JD McPherson; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, December 15
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; All day; Midtown; This event is free.
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Breakfast with Santa; 10 a.m.; Orr Family Farm.
The Nutcracker; 2 & 7 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Fort Wayne Mad Ants vs. OKC Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
Puddle of Mud; 7 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Tickets are $22.
Los Angeles Clippers vs. OKC Thunder; 8 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Tyler Childers; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, December 16
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; All day; Midtown; This event is free.
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
A Christmas Story; 11 a.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
The Nutcracker; 2 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Ugly Sweater Holiday Party w/ Biz Markie; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, December 17
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Chicago Bulls vs. OKC Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
The Muppet Christmas Carol; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Streetcar celebration

OKC Streetcar

Mark Dec. 14 on your calendars because it will be a historic day for our city as the Oklahoma City Streetcar officially opens for business. The celebration will start at 10 a.m. in the heart of downtown Oklahoma City at the Business District Platform in the plaza of Leadership Square.

The grand opening weekend will be full of live entertainment, special promotions and family activities. Also don’t forget that the streetcar will be free through January 5! You can read more about the special grand opening events here.

The modern streetcar system was approved by voters in 2009 as part of the MAPS 3 package. As of now the streetcar is scheduled for 17 hours of service daily Monday through Thursday (7 a.m. to 12 a.m.) and until 2 a.m. on Fridays and Saturday nights. Service will run on Sundays for special events like Thunder games and conventions. There are two “loops” or streetcar routes. The main Downtown Loop, or “D Line,” is 4.86 miles long and will service all 22 stops and carry passengers through five downtown districts. The Bricktown Loop (“B Line”) is 2.04 miles long, will only service the southern portion of the route, and will run on Saturdays and during special events.

streetcar, MAPS, public transportation
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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OKC ranked as the best city for retired vets

45th Infantry Museum

This story originally ran on VeloCity.com.

Did you know that about 250,000 military members transition out of service every year? There can be a lot of perks to retirement, but retired veterans in Oklahoma City have something to be especially happy about: Not only was Oklahoma City recently ranked among the top 5 cities for veteran homebuyers, but now a study conducted by Navy Federal Credit Union found that Oklahoma City is the best city for retired vets.

“The ranking was made by considering 11 metrics of veteran success and wellness, including veteran’s income, unemployment rates, proximity to VA hospitals and military bases, and then coupling it with a suite of quality of life measures, which include factors like affordability, the local economy, access to health resources, colleges and the arts, and more…Oklahoma City earns its top ranking with some of the strongest scores for both veteran-specific metrics and for overall quality of life measures…OKC scored particularly well in the categories of high incomes and income growth for veterans, low unemployment among veterans and the number of veteran-owned businesses.”

Tinker, cost of living, military
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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December in Oklahoma City

It’s the most wonderful time of the year. That’s right, it is officially time for the holidays as the calendar turned to December and you know Oklahoma City does this time of year right. Check out all the great events going on this month via our friends at the OKC CVB.

Visit OKC, attractions, holiday
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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2018 All-College Basketball Classic

All College Basketball

Did you know the world’s oldest basketball event takes place right here in Oklahoma City? Well you do now. The first All-College Basketball Tournament was held in 1936 and continues to this day. The current format sees Oklahoma State and Oklahoma rotate years hosting a marquee opponent at the Chesapeake Energy Arena.

This year Oklahoma will host the Wichita State Shockers Saturday, Dec. 8 at 11 a.m. You can get tickets here. Some of the greatest players in the history of basketball have participated in the All-College including Pete Maravich, Bob Kurland, Wayman Tisdale and Bill Russell.

live sporting events, basketball, college
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: December 4 - December 10, 2018

Paseo

Tuesday, December 4
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.

Wednesday, December 5
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Kurt Vile; 6:30 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.
Trans-Siberian Orchestra; 7:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, December 6
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; All day; Midtown; This event is free.
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Lewis Black: The Joke’s On Us Tour; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, December 7
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; All day; Midtown; This event is free.
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Pancho Barraza; 6 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.
First Fridays on the Paseo; 6 p.m.; Paseo Arts District; This event is free.
Cody Canada and the Departed; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, December 8
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; All day; Midtown; This event is free.
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Indie Trunk Show; All day; State Fair Park; Admission is $6.
All-College Basketball Classic; 11 a.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Kodak Black; 7 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.
Hip hop for a Cause!; 7 p.m.; ACM@UCO; Cover is $5.
Colter Wall; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, December 9
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; All day; Midtown; This event is free.
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Brian Regan; 7 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.
Robert Cray; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, December 10
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Utah Jazz vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Warren G; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Do some business and make new friends

SchmoozaPalooza

There is no better place to make new friends than at Oklahoma City’s premier networking event, SchmoozaPalooza. Head on over to the State Fair Park’s Oklahoma Expo Hall for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber’s SchmoozaPalooza Trade Show on Thursday, Nov. 29, from 4-7 p.m.

A $10 admission, which includes a drink ticket, will give you a preview of the latest products and services (which means free stuff!) from Chamber member exhibitors while enjoying live music, networking activities, food tastings from more than 20 restaurants and caterers and door prizes.

To purchase tickets www.okcchamber.com/schmooza.

business, networking
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Live music in December

Live music in OKC

You would think December might be a slow month for music but not in the 4-0-5. While there is something for everyone, it is an especially good month for those who are fans of Americana music. As always be sure to hit us up on Twitter, Facebook or the comments below to tell us your favorite show of December.

  • Lindsey Stirling- Dec. 1 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. The acclaimed electronic violinist will kick off December by getting OKC in the holiday spirit.
  • Kurt Vile- Dec. 5 at the Jones Assembly. The songwriter has gotten rave reviews for his recent album with Courtney Barnett.
  • The Trans-Siberian Orchestra- Dec. 5 at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. One of the few holiday shows where it is loud enough you might need ear plugs.
  • Colter Wall- Dec. 8 at the Tower Theatre. This Canadian country singer has been making waves with his traditional sound.
  • Warren G- Dec. 10 at the Tower Theatre. Mount up for the west coast legend.
  • JD McPherson- Dec. 14 at the Tower Theatre. This Oklahoma native recently released an acclaimed holiday album.
  • Tyler Childers- Dec. 15 at the Tower Theatre. Many have hailed Childers as an up-and-comer to watch in the alt-country scene.
  • Robert Earl Keen’s Cosmic Cowboy Christmas- Dec. 18 at the Jones Assembly. Keen kicks off his annual Christmas tour right here in OKC.
concerts, live music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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A good day to pie hard

OKC Pot Pies

This story originally ran on VelocityOKC.com.

Can you feel it? Fall is in the air. With the changing colors of leaves, bonfires, flannel and pumpkin everything comes another fall favorite—comfort food.

In my book, it doesn’t get more comforting than chicken pot pie. And OKC has plenty to choose from that will leave you completely satisfied. I tried several places in my quest to find the best, traditional chicken pot pie in OKC. Here is the inside scoop on places that won’t disappoint.

Café 7: Pocketed in a delicious buttery crust, the perfectly seasoned veggies (including new potatoes) and chicken form a creamy mixture that you’ll no doubt enjoy.

Kitchen 324: If fried chicken and pot pie got married, this dish would be their child. Aside from the inventive presentation with a fried chicken leg atop the buttermilk crust blanket, the fried chicken nestled into the creamy goodness puts this comfort dish over the top.

Paseo Grill: The presentation is great, coming in its own little cast iron skillet, but the flavor is even better. Rich with a crust that covers both soft and crispy, this savory dish has a hint of curry that will not disappoint.

Pie Junkie: This Plaza District hotspot has several take and bake options and guys…this is not a drill…they have one made with COOP Ale Works beer called Veggie Ale Pot Pie. It is a true vegetarian dish and has mushrooms, brussels sprouts, carrots, potatoes, sweet potatoes, onion, garlic, lemon and rosemary. However, for this round, it was the tried-and-true traditional chicken pot pie I tried. At first glance, it appears to have a beautiful crust. But then you bite into it and realize it’s not just pretty to look at, it’s perfection. The ratio of sauce to veggie and meat was just right. Priced at a reasonable $6.75, this pot pie is a solid choice.

Sweets & Eats: A downtown favorite for many, this version might very well take you back to your childhood when you bite into the biscuit-y pie crust. Catch their creamy pot pie most Wednesdays as their blue plate special.

As the weather cools you might find yourself craving something warm and hearty. Throw on some stretchy pants and use this guide to pick what’s for dinner.

food, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Things to Do & See: November 27 - December 3, 2018

A Christmas Carol

Tuesday, November 27
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Good Charlotte; 6:45 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, November 28
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol 2018; 7:30 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, November 29
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; All day; Midtown; This event is free.
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Five Finger Death Punch & Breaking Benjamin; 6 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol 2018; 7:30 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Machester Orchestra; 8 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, November 30
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; All day; Midtown; This event is free.
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Atlanta Hawks vs. Oklahoma City Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Cory Holcomb; 7:30 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Koe Wetzel; 8:30 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Chase Rice; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol 2018; 8 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, December 1
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; All day; Midtown; This event is free.
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
The Nutcracker; 1 p.m.; Hudiburg Chevrolet Center; Ticket prices vary.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol 2018; 2 & 8 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
Lindsey Stirling; 8 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Somo; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, December 2
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; All day; Midtown; This event is free.
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Lyric’s A Christmas Carol 2018; 2 & 7 p.m.; Lyric Theatre; Ticket prices vary.
The Wood Brothers; 8 p.m.; Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, December 3
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.

 

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Downtown in December 2018

Christmas Lights in Automobile Alley

Every December, downtown Oklahoma City transforms into a winter wonderland. You might think we are being a tad hyperbolic but Downtown in December brings everything from ice skating to pop-up shops in central Oklahoma City. Here is a rundown of things to look forward this year:

  • Quickly becoming everyone’s favorite Downtown in December event, the Devon Ice Rink is already open at the Myriad Botanical Gardens.
  • Are you fan of holiday trees? Check out the fourth-annual Red Earth Treefest for a great look at Oklahoma’s native cultures.
  • Speaking of trees, don’t miss the Bricktown Tree Lighting Festival.
  • Automobile Alley’s annual Lights on Broadway is your chance to see the district’s breath-taking lights display for the first time this year. As an added bonus EMBARK will have a staged OKC Streetcar at the event so people can get a sneak peek of what to expect when it goes live later next month.
  • Looking for that unique or quirky gift for someone who has it all? You can’t go wrong with the Holiday Pop-Up Shops.
  • The Deluxe Winter Market is also a great place to do you holiday shopping.
  • Starting Nov. 23, Lyric Theatre will be putting on their annual performance of their classic A Christmas Carol.

Shockingly enough this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to Downtown in December. For a full list of activities visit their site.

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Small Business Saturday

Shopping local

This time of year shopping is on every one’s mind. The holidays, combined with Black Friday and Cyber Monday, are the busiest time of year for retailers nationwide. When shopping for those on your nice list, don’t forget your local stores. A great place to show your support is Small Business Saturday.

Why is shopping local so important? Besides supporting local entrepreneurs, more of the money you spend locally stays local. In a place like Oklahoma City, where sales tax is the primary source of revenue, it means funds crucial for services like fire and police. This year’s Small Business Saturday is this Saturday, Nov. 24.

P.S. If you get a free candy bar from a local business on Small Business Saturday be sure to open it. 500 of those bars will have a golden ticket that will get you on one of the very first rides of Oklahoma City’s new streetcar.

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Show them what they are missing

Family enjoying OKC

One of the best things about Thanksgiving is family. Sure the turkey, football and parades are nice but there is nothing like seeing your long-lost relatives, especially those who aren’t from around these parts. Assuming you like your family, wouldn’t it be great if they lived a little closer? We think Thanksgiving is a great opportunity to introduce them to the sides of OKC they might not know. In fact, why not sign them up for our blog while they are in town? Simply go to www.abetterlifeokc.com/blog and on the left side of the page you will see a simple signup form. Signing up couldn’t be easier and we promise no spam. Once a week we will deliver the goods straight to your inbox on why OKC is the perfect place to live, work and play.

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Things to Do & See: November 20 - November 26, 2018

Midtown Pop-up Shops

Tuesday, November 20
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Thanksgiving Tea Party; 11 a.m.; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, November 21
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Broncho; 7 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, November 22
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.

Friday, November 23
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; All day; Midtown; This event is free.
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Iowa Wolves vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 2 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
Bricktown Tree Lighting Festival; 5 p.m.; Chickasaw Bricktown Ball Park; This event is free.
Charlotte Hornets vs. OKC Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Bone Thugs N’ Harmony; 8 p.m.; Diamond Ballroom; Ticket prices vary.
Stoney Larue; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, November 24
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; All day; Midtown; This event is free.
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Denver Nuggets vs. OKC Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Plies; 8 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.
My So Called Band; 10 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, November 25
Holiday Pop-Up Shops; All day; Midtown; This event is free.
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.

Monday, November 26
Red Earth Treefest; All day; Red Earth Center; This event is free.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Little Steven; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Get involved

United Way Volunteers

One easy way to get to know your hometown better is by lending a helping hand.  Check out one of these great local nonprofits to get involved. Just an FYI, this is far from an exhaustive list of those doing great work in our community. You can find a more complete list here.

  • United Way: United Way of Central Oklahoma is committed to improving the health, safety, education and economic well-being of individual families in need in central Oklahoma.
  • Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity: Habitat for Humanity helps build and restore homes in Central Oklahoma.
  • City Care: Found in 1996, City Care helps provide food and shelter for the homeless.
  • Positive Tomorrows: For more than 25 years, Positive Tomorrows has helped educate our metro’s homeless children.
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Oklahoma: BBBS helps pair kids with mentors who can provide a positive influence in their lives. 
  • Calm Waters: Provides counseling and support to children and their families who experience grief caused by death, divorce or other loss. The organization directly serves approximately 2,500 children, youth and adults in Central Oklahoma annually.
  • Central Oklahoma Humane Society: The Central Oklahoma Humane Society is the largest animal-related charity in Oklahoma.
  • Infant Crisis Center: Provides essential supplies to vulnerable babies and toddlers.
  • Rebuilding Together OKC: Since 1992, Rebuilding Together OKC has repaired more than 3,000 homes, 30 non-profit facilities, and eight public school buildings with the help of 70,000 volunteers. These repairs represent a value to the community of more than $20 million.
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Free in OKC

In Oklahoma City you don’t have to have a big pocketbook to have a great time. In fact, there are many great activities you can do for the low, low price of free. That’s right, from museum admission, to water taxi rides and even story time in the park, the fall offers some great events for free. Check out the video for more.

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Guthrie’s Historic District is called one of the best neighborhoods in America.

Historic Downtown Guthrie

This story originally ran on VeloCityokc.com.

Anyone who’s taken a stroll through Guthrie’s Historic District will vouch: It’s one of the most gorgeous neighborhoods in the nation and easily one of the most underrated attractions in Oklahoma in its entirety. Well, we actually won’t be able to say “underrated” for much longer: Guthrie’s Historic District was recently rated by the American Planning Association (APA) to be one of the five best neighborhoods in the entire country. With the Canalway Cultural District in Lowell, MA; the Village of Shelburne Falls in Shelburne and Buckland, MA; Historic Downtown Georgetown in Georgetown, TX; and Ghent in Norfolk, VA as its list mates, Guthrie’s Historic District finds itself in good (and prestigious) company.

“APA’s Great Places in America recognizes unique and exemplary streets, neighborhoods, and public spaces — three essential components of all communities. These authentic places have been shaped by forward thinking planning that showcases affordable transportation options, promotes community involvement and accessibility, and fosters economic opportunity.”

You can read an article about this and view the APA’s best public spaces and streets on NextCity.

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Here’s what you missed on VeloCity in October

Downtown OKC Skyline [Photo Credit: Justin Coleman]

VeloCity is a website aimed at helping keep the citizens of Greater Oklahoma City informed. That means you … yes, you. Whether you have lived in the metro for 30 years or 30 minutes it is important that you are informed and engaged with your community. If you haven’t checked out the new site here are some stories you may have missed last month:

  • Streetcar success: While the streetcar is still a month away from opening, OKC is already seeing its impact according to a new report.
  • Innovation District update: The Innovation District is a big part of OKC’s future. Get an update on the plans for the area.
  • Omni groundbreaking: The Omni broke ground and it is one of the most anticipated projects happening in OKC right now.
  • Unemployment rate: Oklahoma City saw its lowest unemployment rate in more than a decade.
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Things to Do & See: November 13 - November 19, 2018

OKC Blue logo

Tuesday, November 13
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Love Never Dies; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
2001: A Space Odyssey; 8:30 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, November 14
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
New York Knicks vs. OKC Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Greensky Bluegrass; 7 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.
Love Never Dies; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
An Evening with David Sedaris; 7:30 p.m.; Hudiburg Chevrolet Center; Ticket prices vary.
Of Montreal; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Thursday, November 15
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Sioux Falls Skyforce vs. Oklahoma City Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
Love Never Dies; 7:30 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Killer Queens; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Friday, November 16
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
World Championship Boxing; 5:30 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Moscow ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker; 7 p.m.; Hudiburg Chevrolet Center; Ticket prices vary.
Love Never Dies; 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Shane Smith and the Saints; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Saturday, November 17
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Love Never Dies; 2 & 8 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Scott Bradlee’s Postmodern Jukebox; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Sunday, November 18
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Love Never Dies; 2 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
K Camp; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

Monday, November 19
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Dark City; 7 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Military roots

KC-46A refueling

If you’re new to the 4-0-5 (and even if you’re not,) you may not realize how significant a part of our history and culture the military has in OKC. Sure, you see those big ole airplanes with the flying saucer-looking thingees on top of them and you hear a local car dealer claiming to be located across from “where the big birds fly”, but what in the name of Wiley Post are they talking about??

What better time to clear the air (see what I did there?) about OKC and the history we share with the military than right before Veterans Day – Monday, Nov. 11.

That reference to “where the big birds fly” is Tinker Air Force Base, home of the U.S. Air Force Sustainment Center, the world’s largest military maintenance, repair and overhaul facility. The genesis of the installation came in late 1940 as World War II enveloped Europe and after key Oklahoma City entrepreneurs formed the Oklahoma Industries Foundation. The civic leaders, led by Edward K. Gaylord, Wilbur E. Hightower, Tom Braniff, Frank Buttram, and Stanley Draper, learned that the War Department was looking for an appropriate site to build an aircraft maintenance depot in the American Midwest. They acquired 960 acres and offered the land to the government at no cost. While holding the option on another 480 acres, they promised to provide necessary utilities, roads, and a rail spur to the airfield.

Named in honor of Oklahoma native, Maj. Gen. Clarence L. Tinker, the first Native American major general, the base – originally called the Midwest Air Depot – was formally activated in 1941 as the site that produced approximately half of all C-47 transport aircraft used in WWII.

The base today performs maintenance on such U.S. Air Force aircraft as the KC-135, B-1B, B-52 and E-3 (also known as the AWACS, the airplane with the “flying saucer” on its top), and the Navy’s E-6.

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Celebrating history

45th Infantry Division Museum

The 45th Infantry Museum is dedicated to telling the story of the “Thunderbirds” of the 45th Infantry Division. This group of was formed during the National Defense Act of 1920 and spent their first years maintaining order in times of disaster and political unrest. Before deploying during World War II, the Thunderbirds trained at five bases, including Fort Sill in Oklahoma. They participated in four amphibious landings and saw 511 days in combat, and were described as “one of the best, if not the best division in the history of American arms” by General George S. Patton.

The Thunderbirds continued to serve after WWII until January 1969, and their legacy lives on today at the museum honoring the accomplishments of the division. Admission is free to this 27,000-square-foot attraction. Exhibits include Reaves Military Weapons Collection, which features firearms and related artifacts dating as far back as the Revolutionary War. Thunderbird Park also features tanks, artillery and aircraft onsite. 

If the history of America’s military aviation is more to your liking, then visit the Charles B. Hall Air Park near Tinker Air Force Base on Interstate 40 East. The park is rich in the history of Tinker Air Force Base and in the aircraft that have been part of Tinker’s operations for more than seven decades.

You can also head out to the 99s Museum of Women Pilots to learn more about the history of women in aviation, including an exhibit on female military pilots. Read more about the 99s Museum here.

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Veterans Day 2018

Veterans Day Parade

OKC does things really well when it comes to honoring our military heroes with concerts, celebrations and parades. Check out one (or more) of these Veterans Day weekend events and remember to thank a veteran for their service!

Nov. 8 – Let Freedom Ring! A musical salute to our Veterans. 7:30 p.m. Oklahoma City University - Petree Recital Hall - Kirkpatrick Fine Arts Center - 2501 N Blackwelder Ave

Nov. 9 – Dedication Ceremony for World War II-era C-47  The City of Midwest City and the Oklahoma History Center will hold a ceremony to dedicate C-47 transport aircraft #42-92838 on Friday, Nov. 9, at 9 a.m. Joe B. Barnes Regional Park – 8700 E. Reno

Veterans Day ceremony, Oklahoma History Center The Oklahoma History Center will host a 2018 Veterans Day ceremony on Friday, Nov. 9, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The event is open to the public. Presentations at the ceremony will be made by retired Major General Rita Aragon and Lieutenant Colonel Bill Schwertfeger, who was a prisoner of war (POW) during the Vietnam War.

Nov. 12 – Veterans Day Parade  The parade will begin at 10 a.m. and the route begins at Century Blvd and S.E. 15th St, travels east to Douglas Blvd and goes north to Reno Ave in Midwest City.

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Things to Do & See: November 6 - November 12, 2018

Devon Ice Rink

Tuesday, November 6
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
An Evening with Dawes; Passwords Tour; 7 p.m.; The Jones Assembly; Ticket prices vary.

Wednesday, November 7
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Western Movie Matinee; 1 p.m.; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; This event is free.

Thursday, November 8
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Houston Rockets vs. OKC Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.
Straight No Chaser; 8 p.m.; Hudiberg Chevrolet Center; Ticket prices vary.
COOP Showcase; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Tickets are $8.

Friday, November 9
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
South Bay Lakers vs. OKC Blue; 7 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
LIVE on the Plaza; 7 p.m.; Plaza District; This event is free.
Felly; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Saturday, November 10
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
Collapse OKC; 6 p.m.; The Criterion; Ticket prices vary.
An Evening with Jack Ingram and Hayes Carll; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Sunday, November 11
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
Texas Legends vs. OKC Blue; 2 p.m.; Cox Convention Center; Ticket prices vary.
War Requiem; 3 p.m.; Civic Center Music Hall; Ticket prices vary.
Rob Lake; 8 p.m.; The Tower Theatre; Tickets prices vary.

Monday, November 12
American Indian Artists: 20th Century Masters; All day; National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum; Free with regular museum admission.
Philadelphia’s Mummers-Struttin’ Their Stuff at the American Banjo Museum; All day; American Banjo Museum; Ticket prices vary.
Jim Henson- Life and Legacy; All day; American Banjo Museum; Free with museum admission.
Devon Ice Rank; All day; Myriad Botanical Gardens; Admission varies.
Phoenix Suns vs. OKC Thunder; 7 p.m.; Chesapeake Energy Arena; Ticket prices vary.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Your vote wanted

Vote Buttons

One of the most important things you can do to become a full-fledged citizen of your new hometown is vote. Nov. 6 is an important election day across the country and things are no different in the metro, where the ballot will be full of elections at every level of government.

You can find your polling place and request an absentee ballot at the Oklahoma State Election Board’s online voter tool.

The ballot will also include a special election to elect Oklahoma City’s next Ward 7 representative. Nikki Nice and Kirk Pankratz earned the most votes in the primary special election and will stand for a decisive runoff election on Nov. 6.

View what will appear on the ballot in Oklahoma, Canadian and Cleveland counties, and make sure you are prepared to cast an informed vote on Nov. 6.

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Chamber launches association health plan for small businesses

Small Business owner

This month the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber launched Greater Choice Oklahoma, an association healthcare plan that will provide small business throughout Oklahoma greater choice in health care coverage. The plan will be available statewide Jan. 1 to businesses that have two to 50 employees. The new plan will allow small business to take advantage of large group pricing.

Read more about the exciting development for small business here.

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Live music in November

Live music

While this time of year can be slow for live music thanks to the holidays there are still plenty of great acts hitting the 4-0-5 this November, including a Grammy-winning hip-hop group and a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. As always be sure to hit us up on Twitter, Facebook or the comments below to tell us your favorite show of November.

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November in OKC

If you thought Thanksgiving coming around the corner was going to give you a break from the action in OKC, you would be mistaken. November is action-packed with amazing concerts, new art exhibits, world-class sporting events and even a visit from comedy superstar Kevin Hart. Watch this month’s November in OKC video for more. 

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