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The New I-40 Pedestrian Bridge

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Drawing of the SkyDance Bridge (image from the City of Oklahoma City website)

Construction has begun on a new Oklahoma City landmark: the I-40 Pedestrian Bridge, also called the SkyDance Bridge, will allow pedestrians to cross the new route of I-40 near Robinson Avenue.  It’s a part of the MAPS 3 downtown park, which will be built in 2013.  The bridge was designed by Professor Hans Butzer and is supposed to resemble the scissor-tailed flycatcher, Oklahoma’s state bird.

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Great Ways to Save in Oklahoma City with the Keep it Local Card

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If you are like me, then you probably like to go and explore the city and all that it has to offer as frequently as you can.  I have found that I am particularly fond of finding things that are local and are distinctively Oklahoman.  Because of this I was very excited to find out about the Keep it Local card.  I hadn’t read anything about it or seen any advertisements, but rather I noticed this stack of cards sitting on the countertop of my local coffee house.  So, I was excited to learn that this card offered a wide variety of discounts at local merchants that I would frequent anyway.  Plus, the ten dollars that I spent on the card was going to be used to help boost the local economy, which is something that appealed to me greatly.

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New Bill Would Make OK Law Immune to the Supreme Court

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Every now and then, I have to take a break from talking about the great restaurants and fun events of Oklahoma City and talk about some of the interesting, crazy, or just plain weird things our legislature is doing.  I recently learned about a new bill introduced in the Oklahoma state Senate that fits all three categories.

State Senator Ralph Shortey of Oklahoma City recently introduced Senate Joint Resolution 84, a bill that would amend Oklahoma’s state constitution.  This amendment would prevent the United States Supreme Court from reviewing the constitutionality of any Oklahoma law.  Basically, it would remove any federal oversight of Oklahoma laws.

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Events in OKC in February, 2012

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Love is in the air!  If you’re going to be in Oklahoma City on Valentine’s Day, there’s a lot going on.  In fact, February is a pretty busy month overall.  Here are some of the most popular activities going on in OKC.

Feb. 1-3 – Art Now exhibit of local artists at the Arts Center
Feb. 1-12 – OU School of Art Student Exhibit at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum
Feb. 1-28 – Carolyn Faseler art exhibit at the Santa Fe Depot
Feb. 1-Apr. 8 – Illuminations and Chihuly North-West art exhibit at the OKC Museum of Art
Feb. 1-Apr. 29 – Photography Collection Highlights at the Fred Jones Jr. Museum

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An Affair of the Heart 2012

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Here at ClearlyOKC, I’ve noticed that our blogs on the An Affair of the Heart craft show always get a lot of comments.  It’s one of the biggest events held in Oklahoma City, and people love it.  That’s why we’re once again bringing you all the latest news on this event, including the 2012 dates!

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The Outlet Shoppes at Oklahoma City

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With all of the hoopla surrounding the opening of the new outlet mall in Northwest Oklahoma City I was a little hesitant to go and visit them for myself.  One reason is that I happened to drive by the mall soon after it opened and saw that people were parking on the side of the street almost a half mile away just to go shopping.  I promptly decided that I was going to avoid the onslaught of the shopping lemmings and the mall until after it had died down.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events in Oklahoma City

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day is the third Monday of every January, and this year, that date is the 16th (Dr. King’s actual birthday is the 15th).  This national holiday is celebrated in a variety of ways.  This year, there are several events going on in Oklahoma City.

The day will start off with a prayer breakfast at 7:00 am.  It will be held at the Reed Conference Center at Rose State College in Midwest City, and there is a cost of $10 per person to cover food.  At 9:00 am, a silent march will begin at the Freedom Center in OKC.  The march, a tribute to the marches done as part of the civil rights movement, will end at the Oklahoma History Center.

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Oklahoma City is Home to the First Matthew Kenney Academy

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We’ve got a number of unique things in Oklahoma City, and we’ve recently added one more: the first licensed Raw and Living Foods educational center in the world!  The Matthew Kenney Academy, which was formerly called 105degrees, provides future chefs with the skills they need to produce amazing meals featuring only raw and living foods.  The academy is the brainchild of chef Matthew Kenney and OKC resident Dara Prentice. It’s connected to the Matthew Kenney restaurant.

The academy’s curriculum focuses on using organic, whole, and unprocessed foods to create an amazing meal that is healthy and flavorful.  The academy was previously named 105 degrees because that’s the temperature food must be keep under in order for it to keep its natural enzymes.

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The Spirit of Giving

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The holiday season is upon us, and many people are shopping, planning parties, and preparing to celebrate.  But here in Oklahoma, just like all over the world, there are those who aren’t as blessed as others.  There are a number of needy families who simply don’t have the means to provide a cheerful holiday for their children, and there are some who are completely alone during the holiday season.  Oklahomans have always shown their giving spirit all year ‘round, but we really dig into our pockets during the holidays to make everyone feel loved.  If you’re in Oklahoma City during December, here are some organizations you can give to who will pass it on to those who truly need it.

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Santa is Coming!

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Oklahoma City’s Downtown in December events have already begun, even though it’s not quite December yet.  Downtown in December, now in its ninth year, started on November 25th and will run to January 1st.  Many of the events and activities are traditional ones that we’ve seen in years past, but there are a few new things to enjoy.  Even better, since a number of Oklahoma corporations are sponsoring events, some of them are completely free!

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