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OKLAHOMA CITY
WINTER WEATHER UPDATE


Several rounds of snow and dangerously low temperatures are affecting Oklahoma City and is expected to continue through the week.

The city is encouraging the community to stay home. However, if essential trips are necessary, one lane in each direction has been cleared by city crews and contractors along city snow routes. Crews will continue to plow the City’s snow routes until conditions improve.

The city is asking that you conserve water usage in your home by avoiding the use of large amounts of water. Some customers on the City’s water system may experience lower-than-normal pressures. Line maintenance crews are also responding to multiple main breaks, which during these extreme temperatures, may take longer to repair. The record cold weather has caused a substantial number of water line breaks in the water system and at homes and businesses.

Additionally, trash, recycling and bulky waste collection has been postponed due to ongoing weather concerns and court sessions have been canceled for Wednesday, February 17 and Thursday, February 18. 

For more information, and to stay up to date with city services and news, visit okc.gov.
WINTER SHELTER INFORMATION

In an effort to keep our community safe and warm, there are several shelters across downtown welcoming individuals during both the day and night. We have gathered important information about these shelters and included it below.

Daytime Shelters:
The City has opened a daytime warming center at Red Andrews Park (720 NW 8th) which is open from 7am to 4pm through February 19.

The Homeless Alliance Day Shelter (1729 NW 3rd) will remain open 7-days a week for the next two weeks from 7am to 3pm. At their shelter, pets are welcome and no ID is required.

Nighttime Shelter:
With the City of OKC’s support, The Homeless Alliance and Mental Health Association Oklahoma have opened the old Willard School (1400 NW 3rd) as a temporary winter night shelter. It will be open nightly 3pm to 7am. Pets are welcome and no ID is required.

If you see someone in need of help, you can call the non-emergency line of OKCPD at 405-231-2121 and ask them to do a welfare check. Also, Embark is providing free bus rides to the warming centers and shelters. 
EMBARK + STREETCAR UPDATES

EMBARK bus service is running with reduced service levels, equivalent to weekend service, which is one-hour frequency on most routes operating from 6:30am to 6:30pm. EMBARK bus transportation from the Willard Center and Homeless Alliance to the municipal warming center at Red Andrews Park will continue. Public Transit is free for any resident needing transportation to a warming center or shelter.

OKC Streetcar has temporarily suspended operation of the streetcar vehicles to conserve electricity during low ridership and extreme weather conditions. 

For more information, and to see the latest updates, visit embark.com.
THE UNDERGROUND

When navigating between buildings in freezing temperatures and winter weather downtown, the Underground is a great resource to avoid cold temperatures and snow-covered sidewalks. 

The Underground is a series of art-filled tunnels covering more than 20 blocks in downtown Oklahoma City. It connects many of OKC's most prominent buildings and hosts photo galleries and art installations. The Underground is typically open weekdays from 6am-8pm. However, the schedule is subject to change due to unsafe road conditions or power outages.

Find a map of the Underground, including tunnels and entrances, located here.
DOWNTOWN DEVELOPERS' CONNECTION

Downtown Oklahoma City Partnership is excited to debut the Downtown Developers’ Connection (formerly Developers’ Luncheon) on Wednesday, March 24 at 10am. Cost to attend is $20 per person and proceeds will benefit the Downtown Oklahoma City Initiatives nonprofit.

Each year, DOKC connects local developers, business and civic leaders, elected officials, and design professionals with national experts to discuss tips, trends, and innovations. The tradition continues with the 2021 Downtown Developers’ Connection webinar event featuring David C. Smith (Cushman & Wakefield – Atlanta, GA) and Christopher Leinberger (Places Platform, LLC – Washington, DC).

For more information, and to register for the event,
visit downtownokc.com/developers-conection.

SUPPORT AUTOMOBILE ALLEY
AN UPDATE ON CHOCOLATE DECADENCE


By now you've likely heard that Automobile Alley's annual fundraiser, Chocolate Decadence, is not taking place this February. But have you taken the opportunity to contribute to the district and its businesses by making a donation? When doing so, you'll support the district's community programming efforts all year long.

To learn more information, visit automobilealley.org/chocolate-decadence.

 
Make a donation to Automobile Alley
BEST OF 405

Every year, 405 Magazine highlights the Best of the 405, a tribute to the region’s finest. Many of our downtown businesses, restaurants and shops are nominated this year including Midtown's nomination for "Best District".

Last year, the community cast more than 95,000 nominations and 180,000 votes in support of their favorite restaurants, institutions, events, personalities, and more. Vote for your favorite downtown locals now until February 28.

To see a full list of categories, nominees, and to vote, visit 405magazine.com.
BLACK HISTORY MONTH

February is Black History Month and many organizations are hosting events and exhibitions, both in-person and virtually, for those who want to explore Black history and culture. Here is a list of several local events and exhibitions happening in the downtown Oklahoma City.
 
Harkins Theater
Myriad Botanical Gardens
Metropolitan Library
Oklahoma Contemporary
The Conversation Workshop
BLACK HISTORY MONTH + BLACK OWNED BUSINESSES
 
February is spent celebrating Black History Month. If you often read our newsletter, you'll note that we shine a spotlight each week on locally owned businesses downtown. This month in our Local Spotlight, we will specifically feature black owned businesses and community leaders. Show them your support throughout the month of February, and all year round.
CAFE420 ALKALINE
PLANT BASED STOP 
A NOTE FROM OWNERS

  M A R K E D A  +  J A R M A I N E  

Here at Cafe420 The Alkaline Plant-Based Stop, our mission is to provide healthy vegan food that will help people with their overall health. We have products in our café that will help you reset your body and lead you to a better way of health. 

It's true what they say: by changing the way you eat, you can change your health, your way of thinking, and so much more! Our goal is to connect people to plant based living and using that as a way to take care of our temples and eating with mindful consumptions.
 O W N E R ' S  P I C K S 

 S H O P 
I am a vintage type of gal so I like heading over to Oak City Vintage located in Midtown. I love their vintage clothing selections and jewelry. Jermaine loves tee-shirts so he and I will go to the Laboratory OKC in Midtown or any tee-shirt place that we happen to discover.

 E A T 
We love to get out on the town to eat and we love to eat outside when possible. We try to get as close to eating alkaline vegan as possible, but sometimes that proves to be a challenge. One of our most enjoyable places is Yucatan Taco Stand Tequila Bar and Grill in Bricktown. We love their grilled vegetarian burrito bowl, grilled vegetarian nachos and grilled vegetarian tacos. Oh, and we can’t forget about their delicious appetizers, chips and roasted salsa and fried plantains. Whenever the sun is shining, we enjoy sitting on their patio feeling the wonderful cool breeze. So yummy and satisfying!

 P L A Y 
When we need time away to relax and recharge, we love to walk around downtown, ride the scooters or go watch a movie at the Harkins Theater in Bricktown.
DOWNTOWN NEWS
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UPCOMING EVENTS

Thursday, Feb 18
Ed Ruscha: OKLA exhibit opening, Oklahoma Contemporary
Adult Night at Mix-Tape, Factory Obscura


Friday, Feb 19
Strings & Stars Event Benefitting Heart of a Lion, The Criterion
Midtown Rotary Spelling Bee(r), Online

OKC Philharmonics- Ragtime & All That JazzCivic Center Music Hall
Shawn WayansBricktown Comedy Club

Saturday, Feb 20
Moving Vision – Opening Weekend, OKCMOA
OKC Philharmonics- Ragtime & All That Jazz
Civic Center Music Hall
Seed Starting WorkshopMyriad Botanical Gardens
Shawn Wayans
Bricktown Comedy Club

Wednesday, March 24
Downtown Developers Connection, Webinar
 
OKC THUNDER
2021 SCHEDULE


Wednesday, February 17th - OKC Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 8PM
Friday, February 19th - OKC Thunder vs. Milwaukee Bucks, 7PM
Sunday, February 21st - OKC Thunder vs. Cleveland Cavaliers, 5PM
Monday, February 22nd - OKC Thunder vs. Miami Heat, 7PM
Wednesday, February 24th - OKC Thunder vs. San Antonio Spurs, 7PM
Friday, February 26th - OKC Thunder vs. Atlanta Hawks, 7PM
Saturday, February 27th - OKC Thunder vs. Denver Nuggets, 7PM
Wednesday, March 3rd - OKC Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks, 7:30PM
Thursday, March 4th - OKC Thunder vs. San Antonio Spurs, 8PM

 
For the full 2020-2021 schedule click here.
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