Oklahoma City Events | Weekend of June 8th, 2018

Friday Forward

Here is a rundown of a few events happening in Oklahoma City this weekend

 

Friday:

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Dead Center Film Festival June 7th-10th

This film festival is local and ever-growing. If you couldn’t make it this year, be sure to get an all-access pass for next year. Many films will be screened, including Woman Walks Ahead featuring Michael Greyeyes (whom you might recognize from the tv show The Walking Dead) and Jessica Chastain. The film will be screened at The OKCMOA at 5:30pm Friday night. Even if you don’t have the all-access pass, some screenings and events will have paid admission after pass holders have taken their seats. See more information here: https://dcff2018.eventive.org/schedule/5adf51c1971476001454f07b

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Friday Evening Glow

Presented by Riversport Adventures, this event will be recurring all summer long. Catch the first event featuring live music from Jimmy Dale and the Beltline, grab a drink, and relax on the patio. What’s better than being waterside? Event takes place 6pm-11pm. See more details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2078708775783978/

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LIVE! On the Pawza

This playful take on “LIVE! On the Plaza” is a pet-centered approach to the usual event that takes place every month in the Plaza District. Pet weddings, free pup-cones from Sasquatch Shaved Ice for the first 75 pets, pet caricatures, doggy pool party, and more make this event one you cannot miss! 6pm-10pm in the Plaza District. See more details here: https://okc.carpediem.cd/events/6976887-june-live-on-the-pawza-at-plaza-district/


 

Saturday:

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Red Earth Festival

A juried art market with native artists from all over the United States, a parade on Friday in Myriad Gardens, and The Red Earth Pow Wow on Saturday and Sunday are just a few reasons to attend. Located in the Cox Convention Center it ends on Sunday. See more details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/245498979326938/

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Asian District Night Market Festival

Starting at 4pm on Saturday night and ending at 11pm this inaugural event takes place in Military Park. There will be a pho eating contest, a kids area with inflatables, food trucks with asian food items, and a center stage with various entertainment acts for all to enjoy. Nuevo Studio designed the graphic for the event and countless sponsors stepped in to make this first event HUGE! See more details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/436415870130013/


Sunday:

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Wanderlust Pop-Up Shops

Sunday from 10am-6pm more than 80 vendors will pack the space surrounding the Wheeler Ferris Wheel. This is a free event and the emphasis is on the local vendors and supporting local business! The Big Friendly Beer Bus and other food trucks will also be in attendance. This is a family-friendly event, so bring the kids! See more details here: https://www.facebook.com/events/2040947109520102/


 

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Top 10 Tuesday at Verbode- Fall Events in the OKC Metro

Top Ten Tuesday at Verbode – Fall Events in the OKC Metro

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There are so many fun fall events coming up in October and November in the OKC Metro. Here’s a run-down of the ten we think you should not miss:

1. OKC Horror Fest: Two Things

This event put on by the OKC Film Society and hosted at The Venue OKC will offer a viewing of The Thing From Another World (1951) and John Carpenter’s The Thing (1982). These movies both offer political commentary on their respective eras without sacrificing story. Catch the showings for free from 6-11 PM tonight, October 3rd, 2017.

More information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1895443027134303/

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2. A Night Out for Puerto Rico: Fundraiser and Supply Drive

On Thursday the 5th of October from 5-8pm, Flashback RetroPub and The Fried Taco have joined together to throw a fundraiser for hurricane relief efforts. 100% of the evening’s food and beverage sales will be donated in conjunction with a supply drive for needed items. There will be tables set up outside for families and those who wish to enter Flashback will need to be 21+.

More information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/167705537140003/

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3. Lunar Moon Festival

Saturday, October 7th, from 4PM-10PM the Vietnamese American Community of Oklahoma City and Vicinity are hosting this harvest festival that is celebrated by ethnic Vietnamese and Chinese. According to the Facebook event, “Dragon dances, traditional dance performances, food trucks, vendors…and games” will be essential parts of this celebration. Children will also be treated to free lanterns and other goodies. It will take place in Military Park.

More information here: https://www.facebook.com/events/1718783128427502/

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4. Midtown Walkabout

October 21st, from 2-6PM the 4th Annual Midtown Walkabout will feature live music, giveaways, specials from local businesses and more. For a complete list of offers visit the link below. Listed on their website are several new additions to the event including, “Live pumpkin carving demonstration, live muralist, The Big Friendly, live chalk artist, and more!”

More information here: http://downtownokc.com/midtown-walkabout/

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5. Brick or Treat

At this free event Bricktown businesses cater to the kiddos encouraging children under the age of 14 to come dressed in full costumes. Maps will be passed out in Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark and Mickey Mantle Plaza for trick-or-treaters. Afterwards, the movie Hocus Pocus will be played at 7:30pm in the Ballpark. This event will take place on Tuesday, October 24th from 4-7PM.

More information here: http://downtownokc.com/brick-or-treat/

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6. St. Elijah Annual Food Festival and Bake Sale

Well worth the short drive to St. Elijah Antiochian Orthodox Christian Church on North May Avenue, this annual festival combines culture, arts, and extremely good Mediterranean ethnic food. This event runs from October 27th at 10 AM until October 28th at 8pm. In addition, the church itself has beautiful architecture and a small room is staged for displays on history and tradition.

More information here: https://www.facebook.com/StElijahAnnualFoodFestival/

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7. Gypsy Glam Roadshow Fall Festival

October 28th from 11AM-3PM at Tony’s Tree Plantation. This family-friendly event will feature a “pooch parade” and pumpkin decorating as well as numerous pop-up shops and food trucks. Halloween costumes are encouraged for this event as there will be selfie-stations for your children and/or pets.

More information here: https://www.oklahomagypsyglam.com/show-details

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8. Fall Open Streets OKC

This street festival is a celebration of healthier living and community. The stretch of S. Robinson from SW 15th to SW 29th is “reclaimed” for the use of cyclists, walkers, skateboarders, etc. and the purpose is to encourage accessible communities in order to strengthen the local community and economy. Local food and activities will be a key part. It will take place from 1-5PM on October 29th.

More information here: http://www.openstreetsokc.com/about-open-streets

 

9. Wizards on Western: Harry Potter Festival

Hosted in the Western Avenue District of Oklahoma City, this event combines all the love for Potter World with the idea of community and local business patronage. The sorting hat, selfie stations and photo ops, activities, and more will be high-points. Additional activities will require a paid admission but include Tri-Wizard Harry Potter Trivia and a Harry Potter themed band inside Will Rogers Theater. November 12th from 1PM-6PM.

More information here: http://www.metrofamilymagazine.com/Calendar/Events-Calendar/index.php/name/Wizards-on-Western-Harry-Potter-Festival/event/27048/

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10. Thanksgiving Celebration at Chickasaw Cultural Center

Saturday November 25th and Sunday November 26th the Chickasaw Cultural Center in Sulphur opens their doors for two days filled with cultural demonstrations, including stomp dance, and tours of their traditional village. There will also be a children’s Christmas workshop and decorations on display and for sale throughout the center and in the retail shops.

More information here: http://chickasawcountry.com/events/ccc-thanksgiving-celebration

Photo from the Cultural Center in Sulphur. January 25, 2011 Photographer: Mike McKee

Photo from the Cultural Center in Sulphur.
January 25, 2011
Photographer: Mike McKee

 

Let us know which ones you make it to!

 

 

 

Top Ten Ways to Pick a Neighborhood for your Family

In modern day Real Estate, we have found more than ever that choosing a Neighborhood is the most important decision a Buyer makes. They are looking for the perfect community, not just the perfect home. Schools, retail, traffic, walkability and style all play a role in choosing a Neighborhood. The Urban Core of OKC is seeing a renaissance of the City Neighborhood.

The diversity of style and location in the Urban Core allows many buyers to have multiple options. Everything from Historic to modern housing is on the rise. So how do you find that perfect Neighborhood for your Family? We put together a list of ten ways to make that decision.

10. Traffic

Living in the Urban Core of a major Metropolitan area can be a time saver. Unless of course you live next to a major street or highway. Always check the traffic in and around the Neighborhoods you are looking at. You might find it is too much for your sanity to wait in line to get only a few blocks. Oklahoma City is still relatively light on traffic, but populations grow.

Example: Jefferson Park is close to a major highway, but is hidden away from major traffic.

9. Landscape

Believe it or not, there are Urban Core Neighborhoods with inclined streets and busy yards in OKC. If you love doing yard work yourself, look for homes that have customizable spaces. Streets lined with tall streets can give you shade during Summer months. However, those trees then drop their leaves all over yards and streets. If that is a hassle to you, choose a Neighborhood with younger, smaller trees.

Example: Crown Heights is known for the many different landscapes and has close access to multiple parks.

 

 

8. History

At Verbode we love the history of our homes. The stories of owners past and the many changes the Neighborhood and home have been through. Some Neighborhoods have more history than others which will likely give them protection from the Historic Preservation of OKC. Changes to homes must be approved in order to keep the Neighborhood as it was meant to look.

Example: Heritage Hills has more homes with great stories than they know what to do with.

7. Retail

With the rise of OKC districts, more and more local retail is opening near Urban Core Neighborhoods. Whether it be restaurants or shopping opportunities, the Urban Core has plenty to choose from. If your favorite store or restaurant is only walking distance away, you may want to rethink moving in that Neighborhood. It may cause you to gain weight or spend too much money. All joking aside, there are many Neighborhoods that benefit from their close proximity to retail.

Example: Gatewood, in close proximity of the Plaza District, is walking distance from many new shops and restaurants.

 

6. Walking & Biking Ability

Cities are trying harder to give their citizen’s more options of getting around town. It is a huge plus to have sidewalks and plenty of room for bikes in a Neighborhood. It almost seemed a sense of nostalgia to think of a Neighborhood that was walkable and bike safe. Now thanks to a few Maps Projections, OKC neighborhoods are getting new sidewalks and streets are being widened. Nothing is better than walking in your Neighborhood with your family and pets. Check out the walkscore of your favorite Neighborhood.

Example: Mesta Park has wide streets and brand new sidewalks that a many residents use on a daily basis.

5. Association

Not all Neighborhoods have Associations, but the strong and well connected ones do. In recent years a few Neighborhoods in the Urban Core lacked a plan of action to make their Neighborhoods better. Now there are strong Associations within even the smallest of Neighborhoods. Associations can help with beautification and maintenance of the area. It also allows for block parties and get togethers so you can better know those who live nearby.

Example: Miller has recently put together a great and well received Neighborhood Association.

4. Access

Access has a lot to do about location and how to get in and out of your Neighborhood. Most Neighborhoods in the Urban Core were planned on a grid system. Allowing multiple different entrance and exit points through out. It is now important to find the routes through your Neighborhood that take you to your favorite Districts. You may find out it is easier to access by foot or bike, than by car.

Example: Paseo is wedged between the Paseo Arts District and Uptown 23rd. Both a short walk from the Neighborhood.

3. Affordability

We are very lucky in the OKC Urban Core to have many ranges of affordability. Yes, most everyone wants to live in the Historic Neighborhood with large estates and amazing architecture. However, the best Neighborhood for your family, is the one that is affordable to your financial situation. There are Neighborhoods that would surprise you with their affordability.

Example: Crestwood gives you the historic feel with the affordability for all price ranges.

 

2. Schools

Now more than ever we are searching for schools that we feel safe sending our kids too. Not only do we want them to receive a great academic education, we also want them to have a strong social education. Learning to interact with all types of people and cultures. Many of the Urban Neighborhoods have schools built right in the middle. This means you can walk your most precious of family members to school everyday.

Example: Cleveland has a school with the same name and is also close to the Middle & High schools your children would attend.

1. Safety

Above all we want to feel safe in our Neighborhoods. Crime is not always consistent in certain areas, so it is important to research the area and those living in it. Ask potential Neighbors if they have felt safe living in that Neighborhood. Make sure the crime rate is low and on the decline. Take a stroll through the streets at night to gage if it feels safe. Street lights and open front doors are good indicators of how safe a Neighborhood is.

Example: Putnam Heights has sidewalks with lights and plenty of room between homes. Allowing for a buffer from the major streets and traffic.

 

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Top Ten Reasons to be at the Festival of the Arts

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10. Relaxation

Now that the Festival is back at Bicentennial Park, there are plenty of places to stop and relax. Grassy lawns, tree lined walkways, park benches and plenty of shade. All that with the views of the skyline and our beautiful Civic Center.

9. Work Break

The population of workers Downtown has grown a great deal. If you are one of those Downtown workers, why not take a break from the everyday grind and venture down to the Festival? It is a great way to clear your head and fill your mind with new ideas.

8. Kid’s Events

The Festival is a fun event for all ages to attend. They do a great job of adding many Kid friendly events and even a Kid’s performance stage. Another great tent is the

7. Waste Free

This year with the help from groups like Fertile Ground, the Festival is looking to be Waste Free. Instead of trash cans they will have compost and recycling cans all over the park. This is all apart of their Go Green Initiative.

6. People Watching

Yes, there are many of people performing, but there are also those unique individuals you see every year. They have their own sense of style and personality. You can see families enjoy a day together or a human walking their best furry friend. Our suggestion, people watching is great while devouring a turkey leg.

Festival Map:

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5. Volunteering

One of the best ways to spend time at the Festival, is the many opportunities to volunteer. Whether pouring a cold beer or giving balloons to a happy child, it is always a rewarding experience at the Festival. List of ways you can help.

4. The Weather

It has long been said, the Festival of the Arts always brings the rain. It seems the weather waits to drop all the rain during the week of the Festival. There is nothing more satisfying than going to the Festival on a day with no inclement weather.

3. The Music/Performance

Every year the Arts Council does a great job of putting together a performance list of local and regional acts. There is always something great to see and hear on the Festival stages. List of Performances with Dates and Times.

2. The Food

The Festival could also be called the Festival of Food with the overwhelming amount of choices. It is always a tough to figure out what you want on any given day. It is best just to go every day and try everything. List of food Vendors and Culinary Tent events.

1. The Art

The very reason for the Festival is never a disappointment. Local and Regional artists have brought amazing work to Oklahoma City since 1967. At the Festival you’ll be able to check out artwork from 144 different artists hailing from across the U.S. From mixed media to jewelry to photography. You’ll find beauty in every direction. List of Artists and their Medium.

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Top Ten Oklahoma City Events Happening this Spring

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10. Eats on 8th

Eats on 8th is a monthly, family- and pet-friendly street festival built around a lineup of the city’s top gourmet food trucks and live music on the third Saturday of each month from noon until 8:00 PM. There is no cost to attend.

9. Wanderlust Pop-Up Shops at the Ferris Wheel

Wanderlust Pop Up Shops will be an outdoor market that includes exhibitors that are artists, hand crafted artisans, boutiques, repurposed, vintage and unique local businesses. April 15th at 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with free admission.

8. Uptown Uncorked

Uptown 23rd District’s fourth annual fundraiser, Uptown Uncorked, is March 30, 2017 at the Oklahoma History Center. Come and enjoy our food and beverage-tasting event that features Uptown restaurants and merchants. The monies raised from the event support the beautification of medians and public spaces along 23rd Street, Uptown 23rd events and programming efforts, all of which help to improve the appearance and livability of Oklahoma City’s urban core.

7. Metro Family’s Kid’s Fest

MetroFamily’s Kids Fest unites families, businesses and service providers for a lively, full-of-fun event unmatched in the Oklahoma City area. April 1st, 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Cox Convention Center.

6. Midtown Walkabout

Saturday, April 22nd is the 3rd Midtown Walkabout! From 12pm to 7pm, Midtown merchants will be opening their doors and providing specials, discounts, and giveaways, in addition to live music, free face painting, and a free photo-booth. Get to know this cozy community the old fashioned way – a district walkabout.

5. ACM@UCO Metro Music Fest

The Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO) recently secured Guided By Voices, iconic indie rock band, as the headlining act at the eighth annual ACM@UCO Metro Music Fest Saturday, April 8. Additionally, the festival will highlight ACM@UCO student acts that have become regional headliners in their own rights. Acts include Space4Lease, Cutter Elliott, Grant Adams, The Lunar Laugh, Lincka, and Original Flow & The Fervent Route. A complete lineup of all artists, including additional national acts, performing at the festival with corresponding stages/performance times will be released at a date closer to the event.

4. Broadway & Brew

Broadway & Brew 2017 is THE EVENT of the spring! Join us in supporting Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma by drinking the best local brews and amazing local bites! May 11, 2017  from 6 to 11 p.m. at Myriad Botanical Gardens.

3. Open Streets OKC

Open Streets OKC will turn NW 23rd St. from Robinson to Western, including the Paseo Arts District, into a car-free space for biking, walking and more! April 2nd from Noon to 4 p.m. free and open to all ages.

2. The Greatest ARTini on Earth

Allied Arts’ young professionals network – the annual ARTini fundraiser brings together local restaurants for a cocktail and small bites competition coupled with a silent auction of works created by Oklahoma-based artists. Proceeds benefit the nonprofit arts organizations that receive Allied Arts annual grants. The event will feature a vintage circus theme incorporating live performances from Inspyral entertainment, music from The Hot Jazz Group and Harumph, as well as a raffle, Kendra Scott jewelry pull, interactive photo booth and more!

1. Festival of the Arts

Since 1967, the Festival of the Arts has been Oklahoma City’s rite of spring. The Festival is a community celebration of the visual arts, performing arts and culinary arts. The 2017 Festival of the Arts will take place April 25-30 in Downtown Oklahoma City at Bicentennial Park. The festival runs 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Admission is free. Pets are not allowed. A variety of children’s activities are featured in the Youth Plaza and around Festival grounds. Arts for children and families include hands-on activities in the Children’s Art Field for just $2. The Young-at-Art Mart is the children-only shopping venue with all artwork affordably priced for $5 or less. Families can also visit Face Painting, Pottery Place and Creation Station for more fun! For more information call (405) 270-4848.

Top Ten New Local Businesses in OKC

Coming Soon:

Bunker Club

The great people behind the Pump Bar in Uptown 23rd are already giving us another bar to fall in love with. The nostalgic 80’s born millennial will love this cold war themed bar. Set to open any time now, we will have to do more research and let you know all about it.

Ur/Bun Eats

If you love the food at Chae, you will probably enjoy a delicious Korean style bun from UrBun Eats. They will be located next door to the Bunker Club. Which will make a great combination!

Just Opened:

Esca Vitae

A new bakery concept for the Midtown OKC district, Esca Vitae will be located in the same spot Prairie Thunder use to have their bakery. Their soft open was Monday and it will likely become a favorite of the locals.

Rewind Retro Pub

Located in the Farmers Market District, Rewind is a pub with a food menu and plenty of old school arcade games. They are just opened last week and reviews have been pretty good so far. Take the whole family for a night of games and delicious food.

 


 

Top Ten:

10. The Laboratory

One word: Sneakers. The Laboratory is not the first speciality shoe store in the urban core of OKC, but it is the first to focus on athletic sneakers as a fashion statement. This small shop is located in the heart of OKC Midtown District and has a new neighbor in Insomniac Cookies. What could be better?

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9. Bone Dog Boutique

Deep Deuce now has a great place to pamper that furry friend of yours. Located at street level inside the Aloft Hotel, it is walking distance for anyone that lives in the apartments near by. It is conveniently next to the Deep Deuce dog park. They offer washing bays, toys, many types of food and an assortment of treats safe for your best friend with four legs.

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8. Yuzo Sushi Tapas

The newest kid on the Automobile Alley block is impressing just about everyone who sits down to their food experience. The saying, “You get what you pay for!” is a great way to describe Yuzo. It may have a higher priced menu, but it makes up for that with the taste and presentation. If you are a sushi fanatic this is should be your new favorite dining location. Try the Elotes, all I have to say is, you’re welcome!

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7. Wheeze the Juice

A child of the 90’s will more than likely get a good laugh out of this clever name. All kidding aside, Wheeze the Juice is not just another juice bar. They bring new flavors to life that you weren’t expecting. If you are not the juicing type, they also offer smoothies. We really love the Camp Anawana smoothie. It fills your stomach while also being filled with flavor. Located in the OKSEE storage containers in Deep Deuce.

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6. The Yoga Box

Yes, there are many great places around OKC that can give you the best Yoga experience. However, there is only one that offers up meal plans as well. The Yoga Box not only heals your mind and muscles, it cures your stomach of bland processed foods. Located inside of the 50 Penn Place building it also gives you a great opportunity to rest after a long session at Full Circle Bookstore.

5. Pritchard Wine Bar

A year or so ago there was a void in the Plaza District. A wine bar had closed and there were many looking for their new place to relax with a glass a wine. Pritchard Wine Bar has come to the rescue. Lovely staff and warm interiors make this a wonderful place to bring your closest friends and indulge in a great wine list.

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4. Silo in Farmers Market

A space with collaborators from JL Woodworkx, The Okay See and Brad Snider Photography. This is the retail location for those who love local craftsmanship and clever t-shirt designs. With the Silo opening in the Farmers Market District, you can now spend all day spending your local dollars in one location.

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3. En Croute

En Croûte is a restaurant, bar and fromagerie opening in 2016 in Nichols Hills Plaza. It is meant to evoke the comfort and leisurely lifestyle the team has enjoyed in the fromageries, cafes, and bars in European country villages, but with an American twist. It is the place to try something new and they will take you on a taste adventure.

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2. Loaded Bowl

Started from the food truck craze and has now added a brick and mortar location in the Farmer’s Market District. Great tasting food you almost forget is vegan. Sure, the menu says chicken, bacon and cheese, however their menu is vegan. Fresh flavors are at an abundance here and you will soon find your favorite vegan entree.

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1. Common Place Books

Before they have even finished their actual location, Common Place Books opened up in the OKC Midtown District with a ton of fanfare. With all the new technology we have in the world there is still something very satisfying about reading a book with paper and a cover. This is an intimate place to bring the family, especially the kids considering their new program called Books and Kids and Art and Stuff.

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Top Ten Last Minute Ideas for Valentine’s Day in OKC

10. Belle Kitchen – Valentine’s Macarons

Anyone can make a quick run to Walgreens and get the same old box of chocolates, but the true romantic will shop local for their treats. Belle Kitchen will have a small Valentine’s Day macaron sampler. It is said they have the best macaron’s in the city.

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9. Eric Johnson at VZD’s – Live & Acoustic

If your Valentine loves live music, take them to see an intimate show at an historic venue. VZD’s welcomes Eric Johnson, a world renowned electric guitarist who is releasing a rare acoustic album. This will be a show that will make a great memory.

8. Valentine’s on Broadway – Broadway 10 Chophouse

A four-course meal designed by the Chef with wine pairings to complement all courses. The atmosphere is already romantic, just think of adding a meal that makes your taste buds fall in love. Make a reservation now!

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7. Two for One at the Zoo

Valentine’s day lands on a Tuesday this year, so why not save some money at the Zoo. Two for the price of one admission on Tuesdays at the Zoo is fun for everyone. Especially if the kids will be joining you for Valentine’s day this year.

6. Dinner with Art for Dessert at OKCMOA

Celebrate Valentine’s Day this year at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art Cafe with a four-course meal and an elegant atmosphere. Reservations can be made day of and it comes with a Museum full of great modern art.

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5. Build your own

Valentine’s Day does not have to be the same old holiday it has always been. Nothing is more romantic than spontaneous planning, it will keep your favorite person on their toes. Grab a bottle of wine at Broadway Wine Merchants on Automobile Alley, pick up a pizza from The Wedge Pizzeria on Western Ave. and a night cap at Ludivine in Midtown. Roll the dice and mix it up.

4. The Plant Shoppe & Okay Yeah Co.

Is your Valentine a morning person that likes to head to bed early? Try coffee and breakfast at Okay Yeah which is located in the Plant Shoppe in Film Row. Not only can you get a yummy treat, you can buy a beautiful living gift for your most loved!

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3. Beer & Palette at Anthem Brewery

This is a perfect spot for those groups of friends with a majority of singles. Sometimes Valentine’s Day can be a bummer to our single neighbors. Why not spend time with a group and share the love with everyone.

2. Traditional Wine & Dine with a Twist

Sometimes it is hard to come up with a great idea, especially if you are not the romantic type. Try something new or go somewhere you have never been. A great place to start would be the new 21c Museum Hotel. They have a great restaurant in the lobby called Mary Eddy’s, a modern art gallery and luxury rooms with a great view. A perfect place to wow your Valentine.

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1. An All District Valentine

First stop, Downtown to buy flowers from the Curbside Chronicle vendors. Bouquets will be available for sale in front of Leadership Square from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. This will be a long night, so grab a coffee at Coffee Slingers on Automobile Alley. Try a different place for each course. Start at Slaughter’s Hall in Deep Deuce and grab one of many tasty appetizers. Head to the Plaza for your first plate at The Pritchard who is new to the district. After that find a main course at Pizzeria Gusto in Uptown 23rd they have a great wine list. Take a short trip from there to the Paseo Arts District and indulge your taste buds at the Paseo Grill. Their dessert menu is one of the best in the City. Finish your night off in Film Row at Flashback Retro Pub where you can grab a night cap and some nostalgia for video game geek in all of us.

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Top Ten Places in OKC to See Christmas Lights

Just Outside of the Metro

 

10. Midwest City Holiday Lights Spectacular

Address: 8700 E. Reno Ave., Midwest City, OK 73130.
Times: Sunday to Thursday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. until December 30th.
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9. Yukon Christmas in the Park

Address: 500 W. Vandament, Yukon, OK 73099.
Times: Nightly 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. until December 31st.
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8. Chickasha Festival of Lights

Address: 2400 S 9th St., Chickasha, OK 73018.
Times: Sunday to Thursday 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Friday & Saturday 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. until December 31st.
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Downtown OKC

 

7. Myriad Gardens Park Lights

Address: 301 W Reno Ave., Oklahoma City, OK 73102.
Times: Outdoor Park Area Open Daily until 11 p.m.

 

6. Bricktown Canal Lights

Address: Bricktown, Oklahoma City, OK 73102.
Times: Open All day until January 1st

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5. AutoMobile Alley Light Display

Address: NW 4th to 10th St. on Broadway Ave.
Times: Daily from dusk to dawn until January 1st.

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OKC Neighborhoods

 

4. 30th & Walker Four Great Neighborhoods

This intersection gives you four Neighborhoods to tour. Central Park, Edgemere, Jefferson Park and Paseo.
Address: Between 23rd and 36th, Western and I-235.
Times: Go during early evening hours.

3. Heritage Hills Historic Neighborhood

This Neighborhood boasts large Historic Homes that will take you back in time.
Address: Between 23rd and 13th, Walker and Broadway.
Times: Go during early evening hours.

2. Mesta Park Neighborhood

Address: Between 23rd and 13th, Walker and Western
Times: Go during early evening hours.

1. Nichols Hills Neighborhood

Address: Between Western and May, Wilshire and 63rd Street.
Times: Go during early evening hours.

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Top Ten 2016 Home Updates

Regardless whether you plan to sell your home or not, it is always best to add updates. Fixtures age and look dated. Paint fades and chips. Appliances give out and are not so efficient. Verbode is always suggesting to home sellers to add small updates that make a huge difference in a home. It helps sell the home and adds value at the same time. Also, remember this is a great way to get the family to work on a project together. Here is a list of 10 best ways to update your home in 2016!

10. Water Filter

If you don’t already own a refrigerator that has this option, adding a water filter to your house can save you money. This is especially for those who find themselves buying bottled water every week. You can find many options at any local or large retail home improvement stores. If you don’t want to install it yourself, many plumbing companies around town can give you an install estimate.

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9. Programmable Thermostat

With technology today, you can now use an app to control your thermostat from your phone. You will be able to set schedules and in larger homes allow for different temperatures in certain rooms. All of this adds up and saves money in the long run.

 

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8. Kitchen Backsplash

This upgrade is quickly becoming the new normal for new construction and flipped homes. Most homes will have the same paint color and/or wallpaper throughout the entire kitchen space. Now we are seeing many different styles being used in the kitchen. Everything from colorful tile to the wood paneling. Some choose to update the entire space, while others choose the main areas of preparation.

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7. Bathroom Remodel

Colors are moving to a more neutral palette and fixtures are taking on different shapes. So you are seeing all white bathrooms or even equal parts black & white. Square fixtures are making a come back as well. For those not altogether abandoning a bathtub, we are seeing them switch to a free standing tub. Showers are expanding in space and most have added multiple shower heads some of which are high tech.

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6. Energy Efficient Appliances

The Kitchen backsplash is not the only update popping up all over town, stainless steal energy efficient appliances are too. The saying, “They don’t make them how they use to,” doesn’t always have to be a negative one. In this case they are made to save money and the environment. They also allow you to pick and choose the color palette that works for you and not what works for the appliance.

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5. Exterior Lighting

New LED light technology has advanced the amount of places you can add lighting. You can now splash home exterior accents with light and add illumination to your gardens. Solar lights can add much needed light to a long walkway.

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4. Patio Additions

There is no limit to what you can add to a patio area. From a raised wood deck to a stone fire pit. With concrete remaining the most used material to create a patio space, most are adding shape and color instead of just having a concrete slab. We seem to be wanting to get closer to nature by adding a shaded patio area that acts more like an additional room that just so happens to be outside.

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3. Replace Frontdoor

If they aren’t replacing the front door, they are giving it a new finish or painting it. With exterior paint trends moving to a neutral palette, most are giving their front doors a bright color to create a focal point. Windows are added as well to give an inviting look into the entryway of the house. Designers are looking to the past with a more vintage look giving our front doors more importance as a first impression.

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2. Exterior Landscaping

Keeping with the recent trend of local sourcing of goods, landscapes are seeing flowers and edible plants that are native to the area. Water features have become a new normal with the soothing sound of running water. Added trees give a much needed shade and give height to your landscape.

 

1. Interior/Exterior Paint

The trend has moved to a Simply White with warm accent colors like reds, yellows, violets and blues. The blended whites with different shades of gray allow for a more colorful furniture and art.

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