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Look! Up in the Sky!




It’s a bird (sorta); it’s a sculpture; it’s a winner. The Oklahoma City SkyDance Bridge, officially unveiled in April, is already gaining nationwide acclaim: it was recently named one of the 50 best public art projects to debut in the last year by the 2012 Public Art Network Year in Review by Americans for the Arts. Inspired by the scissor-tailed flycatcher, its soaring lines are functional too, carrying pedestrians across I-40 through the two halves of what will soon be – thanks to MAPS 3 funding – a verdant park between downtown and the Oklahoma River.

Speaking of the new park,

The extra impetus to walk around outside should help since Oklahoma City was once again identified by the American College of Sports Medicine as the country’s least fit city in 2012, based on a calculus that includes factors like obesity, smoking rates and availability of exercise facilities. Fortunately, we rank better on some other lists: Gallup gave OKC the highest ranking on its 2011 Job Creation Index, Forbes named us 10th on its Best Cities for Jobs 2012, Kiplinger’s has us tied for 16th lowest on its cost of living index, and Farmers Insurance determined we’re #18 of the Most Secure Places to Live in the U.S. Maybe that helps explain why an online survey at careerbliss.com reported OKC as the third happiest city to work in nationwide…

Speaking of rankings,

WinStar World Casino, located just north of the Oklahoma-Texas border along Interstate 35, is almost finished with an ambitious slate of expansions and improvements. How ambitious? When completed around Labor Day, the casino floor will measure a whopping 442,000 square feet, making WinStar the second biggest casino in the world. Besides the extra gaming space, the expansion adds three new restaurants and a nightclub to the complex’s more than 6,800 electronic games, 112 blackjack and poker tables, 3,400-seat events center, 27-hole golf course and academy and 395-room hotel. It’s kind of a big deal.

Speaking of public improvements,

Downtown Norman is about to become a bit more visually appealing. On behalf of the Norman Arts Council and the City of Norman, the Norman Public Arts Board is selecting two permanent outdoor sculptures to purchase for placement at the corners of West Main/ Webster and West Main/ Santa Fe, to enhance the busy intersections that visually anchor the downtown arts district.

The installations may be made of any material and will embody a theme representative of central Oklahoma – cultural heritage, the pioneer spirit, wildlife or flora, weather, really big pickups (it probably won’t be really big pickups)… the sky was the limit, and somebody’s imagination and execution will be rewarded August 27. After the unveiling November 9, the reward will be the community’s.

Speaking of new art,

Oklahoma City’s artistic community remains a work in progress – as creative minds continue to experiment and express themselves, this summer has seen multiple venues open to share some of that work with the public. Casady Square at the corner of Penn and Britton is now home to The Art Group Gallery and Studio, a collective of creators in paint, pottery and jewelry, and Automobile Alley at 710 N. Broadway houses the ivc gallery, a display space and creative sanctuary operating under the tenet that art is essential. Stop into both galleries and welcome them to the neighborhood!

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More than 20 speakers in a one-track session designed for the digital marketing professional, marketer, business owner or anyone interested in branding, PR, advertising, social media, SEO, search,...

Cost: $250

Where:
Tower Theatre
425 NW 23rd St
Oklahoma City, OK  73103
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Sponsor: BigWing
Telephone: 405.475.4185
Contact Name: Janelle Archer
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This year will mark the eighth time the John F. Kennedy Awards have been celebrated, honoring individuals making a significant contribution to Oklahoma, its communities and its people, while paying...

Cost: $300

Where:
Skirvin Hilton Hotel
1 Park Ave.
Oklahoma City, OK  73102
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Sponsor: Santa Fe Family Life Center
Telephone: 405-840-1817
Contact Name: James Timberlake
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More than 20 speakers in a one-track session designed for the digital marketing professional, marketer, business owner or anyone interested in branding, PR, advertising, social media, SEO, search,...

Cost: $250

Where:
Tower Theatre
425 NW 23rd St
Oklahoma City, OK  73103
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Sponsor: BigWing
Telephone: 405.475.4185
Contact Name: Janelle Archer
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Price Tower Art Gallery in Bartlesville will host Women Artists of the West's 48th annual juried art exhibition, featuring over 200 original art works, created by women in all mediums, subjects...

Cost: Free 2018-09-21,22,23

Where:
Price Tower Art Gallery
510 S. Dewey Ave.
Bartlesville, OK  74003
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Sponsor: Price Tower Arts Center
Telephone: 918.336.4949
Contact Name: Angelina Bourgou
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Escape the ordinary, and learn about OKC from a different point of view. Relax in the climate controlled cabin on one of our 65’ cruisers, or enjoy the breeze on the viewing deck and listen...

Cost: $15 for Seniors and kids under 12, $20 Adults

Where:
Regatta Landing
701 S. Lincoln Blvd.
OKC, OK  73109
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Telephone: 405.702.7755
Contact Name: Business Office
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A fabulous art auction to raise money to help support Oklahoma A+ Schools at UCO.

Cost: $100

Where:
CHK|Central Boathouse
732 Riversport Dr.
Oklahoma City, OK  73129
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Sponsor: Oklahoma A+ Schools at UCO
Telephone: 405.974.3791
Contact Name: Heather Bryant
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The evening Cocktail Cruise offers stunning views of the downtown skyline, the Boathouse District and Finish Line Tower, the Wheeler Ferris wheel and quite possibly an amazing Oklahoma sunset. Come...

Cost: $15 for Seniors and kids under 12, $20 Adults

Where:
Regatta Landing
701 S. Lincoln Blvd.
OKC, OK  73109
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Telephone: 405.702.7755
Contact Name: Business Office
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Join supporters in communities across the nation for the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer during Childhood Cancer Awareness Month. This family-friendly event raises funds to support the...

Cost: $10 for adults or children six and older

Where:
Stars and Stripes Park
3701 S. Lake Hefner Drive
Oklahoma City , OK  73116
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Telephone: 405.403.7762
Contact Name: Emily Drover
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Let’s end childhood cancer. Together! This September, supporters across the country will unite to participate in the St. Jude Walk/Run to End Childhood Cancer, an exciting, family-friendly...

Cost: $10 for Registration

Where:
Stars and Stripes Park
3701 S Lake Hefner Dr
Oklahoma City, OK  73116
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Sponsor: ALSAC St. Jude Oklahoma City
Telephone: 405.403.7762
Contact Name: Emily Drover
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Price Tower Art Gallery in Bartlesville will host Women Artists of the West's 48th annual juried art exhibition, featuring over 200 original art works, created by women in all mediums, subjects...

Cost: Free 2018-09-21,22,23

Where:
Price Tower Art Gallery
510 S. Dewey Ave.
Bartlesville, OK  74003
View map »


Sponsor: Price Tower Arts Center
Telephone: 918.336.4949
Contact Name: Angelina Bourgou
Website »

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Escape the ordinary, and learn about OKC from a different point of view. Relax in the climate controlled cabin on one of our 65’ cruisers, or enjoy the breeze on the viewing deck and listen...

Cost: $15 for Seniors and kids under 12, $20 Adults

Where:
Regatta Landing
701 S. Lincoln Blvd.
OKC, OK  73109
View map »


Telephone: 405.702.7755
Contact Name: Business Office
Website »

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The evening Cocktail Cruise offers stunning views of the downtown skyline, the Boathouse District and Finish Line Tower, the Wheeler Ferris wheel and quite possibly an amazing Oklahoma sunset. Come...

Cost: $15 for Seniors and kids under 12, $20 Adults

Where:
Regatta Landing
701 S. Lincoln Blvd.
OKC, OK  73109
View map »


Telephone: 405.702.7755
Contact Name: Business Office
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