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DOWNTOWN DEVELOPERS' CONNECTION

The Downtown Developers’ Connection is in ONE WEEK. Taking place next Wednesday, March 24 at 10am, this interactive webinar event will explore how the pandemic has affected employers’ and employees’ views on work flexibility and the purpose of the office, and if that should have long-lasting effects on how we build, manage, and promote our downtown workspaces. 

The cost to attend is $20 per person, be sure to get your tickets now, and encourage your friends and coworkers to do the same.


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

Mark your calendars! Tickets for Starlight Supper: Picnic will be available Thursday, April 8 at 10am. Guests are invited to pack their best blankets, pillows, and lawn chairs, and enjoy a picnic-for-two in Kerr Park on May 13.

Each pre-packaged picnic will include a selection of savory bites, sweets, and adult beverages. The evening will be completed with live music, a cash bar, sparkling lights, and more. Our 2021 participating restaurants are Broadway 10, La Baguette, The Hall's Pizza Kitchen, The Jones Assembly, Riviere Banh Mi, and Rococo.

All proceeds from Starlight Supper: Picnic benefit Downtown Oklahoma City Initiatives, whose mission is to foster an environment of creativity and culture in downtown OKC through public art and activation. Join us on May 13 for a socially-distanced night under the stars!

To learn more, visit downtownokc.com/starlight-supper/.
 SPRING MIDTOWN WALKABOUT
 

The Midtown District is bringing back the Midtown Walkabout this Spring! Join the district for family fun on Saturday, April 17. Hop all over Midtown with fun shopping specials and patio dining. The Make Ready Market will host its 3rd event in conjunction with the Midtown Walkabout. Local makers and artists can apply to participate at the Make Ready Market here.

Midtown merchants throughout the district will provide specials, discounts, and activities during their normal operating hours, and there will be free pop-up programming to enjoy such as live music, art demonstrations, and photo ops during certain hours. Put your walkin’ shoes on and join us for Midtown Walkabout!

Find more information and updates at downtownokc.com/midtown-walkabout.

ST. PATRICKS DAY CELEBRATIONS

Happy Saint Patrick's Day, OKC! There are several celebrations happening around the city today and we encourage you to participate in the fun while continuing to follow safety guidelines and practice your own social distancing in public spaces. Here's a compiled list of events happening downtown:
SPEND YOUR SPRING BREAK IN OKLAHOMA CITY

Spending your Spring Break in town? There's plenty to do! Looking for more family fun activities to fill the rest of your week? We've pulled together some of the most popular things happening downtown during Spring Break and listed them for you here:

Take a ride on the Bricktown Water Taxi
Visit the Myriad Botanical Gardens Spring Break Pop-Ins
View the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum Spring Break activities
Spend Spring Break in Scissortail Park
Several Spring Break activities at MixTape
Riversport OKC opening just in time for Spring Break


For more information on downtown events, and a directory of districts and businesses, visit downtownokc.com.

FEATURE OF SOUND FEST
AT FACTORY OBSCURA


Join Factory Obscura in Automobile Alley this Saturday, March 20 for a socially distanced outdoor festival of local art & music celebrating the return of Spring!  Visitors can rock out to live bands in Artist Alley, performing original songs inspired by the Mix-Tape experience. They can also experience collaborative performances of spoken word, live paintings, and movement artists inspired by the music. Get creative with art activity stations while watching Oklahoma Shirt Company do live screen printings. This outdoor event is free and open to all ages.

For more information, visit factoryobscura.com.
KEEP MOVING OKC

Keep Moving OKC, a wellness initiative of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, encourages Oklahomans to participate in active lifestyles by connecting them with free or low-cost physical fitness opportunities in Central Oklahoma. Explore their newly launched website which includes an online calendar to help you find fun, engaging, and low-cost ways to Keep Moving

For more information, visit keepmovingokc.org.
BLOOD DRIVE AT OCCF

The Oklahoma Blood Institute is hosting a blood drive at Oklahoma City Community Foundation next WednesdayMarch 24 from 8am to 11am. The community is encouraged to "Rise Up & Give". After making your donation, you'll receive a limited edition tie-dye t-shirt and one free adult admission to the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. All donations will be tested for COVID-19 antibodies.

Find more information and sign up for your donation appointment at yourbloodinstitute.org.
CITY CARE VIDEO SERIES ON
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


In an effort to debunk the myths around poverty and those who are plagued by it, the team at City Care has created an FAQ video series to address these types of questions.

City Care inspires those willing to look at social injustice and extreme poverty in the face and empowers them to do whatever it takes to create change. Through homeless services, permanent supportive housing, and character-based and literacy-focused tutoring, they witness remarkable stories of transformation.

Learn more about this series from City Care, and watch the videos, on their website at citycareokc.org/FAQ
ROBINSON PARK TRASH SWEEP

Robinson Park is hosting a community give-back effort for their employees next Friday, March 26. They'll be traveling around downtown to pick up trash and litter. If you see them strolling around with a mask on and trash bags in their hands, be sure to say thanks for helping keep our downtown clean.
We're celebrating the many women who continue to contribute to downtown. By owning businesses and being an empowering force in the community, they inspire women throughout Oklahoma City and beyond. This month in our Local Spotlight, we will specifically feature women-owned businesses and community leaders. We encourage you to show them your support throughout the month of March, and all year round.
THE CREATIVE ACADEMY
A NOTE FROM OWNER

 J O I  S L E M P 

My name is Joi Slemp and I am the owner of The Creative Academy located on Film Row in the Arts District. With The Creative Academy, we are able to introduce little ones to the arts in a safe, nurturing environment. We believe in creating opportunities for students to explore the arts in their every day by experiencing daily activities that include art, music, theater, and stories.
In addition to being a wife and mom, I curate routine bookkeeping and accounting services for small businesses and organizations. My specialty is working with startups and creative entrepreneurs. I love the creative side of business and working with others to foster creativity in the community. Our family owns several businesses, and they all began from the desire to create a sustainable ecosystem for creative entrepreneurs to grow and prosper. Why downtown? Honestly, most days it feels like downtown chose us. Doors opened for us to get involved in the downtown entrepreneurial community and we walked through them.
 J O I S '  P I C K S 

 S H O P 
I always love stopping by Plant Shoppe. It's the perfect place to pick up a gift for a client or a hand-tied bouquet. 

 E A T 
If I make a stop at Plant Shoppe, then I also have to swing by Stitch Cafe. Their food and beverages are so tasty, but the team is what never fails to brighten up every day.

 P L A Y 
West Village is my favorite place to play. It has an aesthetic that is unmatched. I love their pools and grills, it's the perfect place to hang out with family in the summertime!

 E M P O W E R I N G  W O M E N 
For so long, I thought that maybe I needed to choose between being a mom and owning a business. My hope is that our family-owned business encourages other women that it’s possible to pursue both. With the right combination of community support, wisdom, and risk, the opportunities are endless for women to make a positive impact in their communities through entrepreneurship.
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UPCOMING EVENTS

Wednesday, March 17
Go Green St. Patrick's Day, Myriad Botanical Gardens
St. Patrick's Day, Elk Valley Brewing Co.
St. Patrick's Day Celebration, McNellie's OKC
St. Pat's & Sports Trivia, Parlor OKC
St. Patrick's Day Party, Sunset Patio Bar

Music First, The Jones Assembly

Thursday, March 18
Adult Night at Mixtape, Factory Obscura
Music First, The Jones Assembly


Friday, March 19
Night at the Museum, OKCMOA
On the Road: The Early Films of Jim Jarmusch, OKCMOA

OKCMOA Omelette Party, Virtual

Saturday, March 20
Free Yoga, Myriad Botanical Gardens
Feature of Sound Fest, Factory Obscura
Thrift + Vintage Pop-Up, Crew Workspace
Photography Workshop, Myriad Gardens
Lucky's St. Patrick's Day Crawl, Coyote Ugly Saloon
OKC Philharmonics- Beethoven's 250th Birthday Celebration, Civic Center Music Hall

On the Road: The Early Films of Jim Jarmusch, OKCMOA
Music First, The Jones Assembly

Sunday, March 21
Sunday Social Brunch, Parlor OKC
On the Road: The Early Films of Jim Jarmusch, OKCMOA


Wednesday, March 24
Downtown Developers' Connection, Webinar
Rise Up & Give blood drive, Oklahoma City Community Foundation
 
OKC THUNDER
2021 SCHEDULE


Thursday, March 18th - OKC Thunder vs. Atlanta Hawks, 6:30PM
Sunday, March 21st - OKC Thunder vs. Houston Rockets, 1PM
Monday, March 22nd - OKC Thunder vs. Minnesota Timberwolves, 7PM
Wednesday, March 24th - OKC Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies, 7PM
Saturday, March 27th - OKC Thunder vs. Boston Celtics, 8PM
Monday, March 29th - OKC Thunder vs. Dallas Mavericks, 7PM
Wednesday, March 31st - OKC Thunder vs. Toronto Raptors, 7PM

 
For the full 2020-2021 schedule click here.
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