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Small Italian Restaurant Setting Provides Homemade Ingredients to Oklahoma City Guests

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If you are like me, then you enjoy finding small, out of the way restaurants because you never know what you are going to find.  The other day I joined my brother and his family for dinner at The Caffé Pranzo.  When we first stepped into the restaurant I was not sure of what we were going to find; however, we were instantly greeted with a warm welcome and seated at a nearby table.  The atmosphere is intimate and the walls are decorated with a wide variety of local art that is readily available for sale if you find a piece that you like.  Also, each table has a different interesting set of salt and pepper shakers, and there is a small collection of other shakers on display, creating a unique look and feel.

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Myriad Gardens to Reopen

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The Myriad Gardens and the Crystal Bridge, a major landmark in downtown Oklahoma City, have been closed for just slightly over a year due to major renovations.  The upgrades to the gardens are a part of Project 180, a $140 million dollar package that includes many different improvements to downtown OKC, including a redesign of the streets, parks, and plazas.  The construction began in August of 2010 and won’t be completely finished until January 2014.  As part of this year’s Festival of the Arts (April 26 – May 1), the Myriad Gardens will be reopening.

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Carolyn Forché to Speak in OKC

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Carolyn Forché is a poet, human rights advocate, and translator.  Now the “poet of witness” comes to Oklahoma City to discuss her writing and life on April 13, 2011.  She will be in OKC as part of the Oklahoma City University Thatcher Hoffman Smith Poetry Series.

Forché has been fascinated by struggle, especially an individual’s struggle against upheaval and turmoil.  She’s traveled the world researching, witnessing, and writing about people’s challenges.  In El Salvador, for example, she worked with human rights activist Archbishop Oscar Romero, a man who was later assassinated.  She later worked with Amnesty International in finding people who had gone into hiding due to political upheaval.  The chronicled her time in Central America in her book of poetry titled The Country Between Us.  She followed this with several other volumes of poetry and translations of others’ works.

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In the Mood to Try Something New and A Little Different? Try RePUBlic Gastropub

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Every now and then I go to a place not sure of what to expect, and I am more than a little surprised.  My experience with RePUBlic Gastropub was like this.  My friends and I went to the restaurant and one of the first things that I noticed was how busy it was.  We met on a Friday night, but we were able to get there relatively early (before 7:00), and it was still more than an hour wait before we were able to get a table. 

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OKC Traffic is Going to Get Worse!

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So the holidays are over.  That should mean it’s safe to drive through intersections like Northwest Expressway and Penn, right?  These two streets cross at the corner of Penn Square Mall, and traffic in the weeks before Christmas was backed up for blocks.  It was the same up near Quail Springs Mall and on streets like north May, which is home to Target, Best Buy, and other large retail stores.  But now it’s January, and all that traffic is gone!

But wait, just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean our streets will be back to normal.  According to the Oklahoma Transportation Department, we’re in for some major construction projects…projects that are expected to last for a decade! 

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Downtown in December is Returning to Oklahoma City

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If you have lived in Oklahoma City any length of time, then you know that winters here are unpredictable and can range from mild to severe.  Because of this it can be difficult at times for children and adults to enjoy the winter festivities like sledding or ice skating.  It is understandable then how it was rather pleasant the first time that Downtown in December started back in 2002.  For the first time I was able to ski on an outdoor arena and enjoy snow tubing.  These were things that most people my age had bragged about doing when they were kids, but I was now approaching them with a sense of wonder and abandonment.

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Want an Interesting Evening? Take a Tour of an Oklahoma Winery

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If you are like me, then you may have been previously oblivious to the fact that Oklahoma is becoming well known for its wine.  While it is not a traditional wine region like the Napa Valley in California, there are several interesting wineries popping up in the region.  Plus, for a relatively inexpensive amount of money you can take a tour and own a bottle of your own Oklahoma wine. 

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Making History in Oklahoma

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On November 2, 2010, Oklahomans will make history.  How?  We will elect the state’s very first female governor.  The headline election is between Representative Mary Fallin (Republican) and Lt. Governor Jari Askins (Democrat).  Both women bring experience and knowledge to the position, and I’ve been impressed by both in the debates.  Fallin brings to the table her experience as both a member of Congress since 2006 and as a former Lt. Governor, while Askins has severed as Lt. Governor since 2007 and has experience as a judge and as a member of the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

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Looking for a Unique Halloween Experience? Try the Bricktown Haunted Warehouse

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In the warehouse district there are many old buildings that loom over the streets, but for the last twenty-six years the Bricktown Haunted Warehouse has been an attraction that has taken the scary aspects of one of these buildings and turned it into a three story haunting free for all.  In fact some claim that the start of the recent revival in that area began with the opening of the first season of the haunted warehouse back in 1984. 

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October Events in OKC

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If you’re going to be in Oklahoma City this October, here are a few events to check out.

Halloween events running all month long:

Frightfest at Frontier City

Haunt the Zoo

The Storybook Forest

Bricktown’s Haunted Warehouse

Terror on 10th Street

Trail of Terror

Ultimate Terrors Haunted House

A ll month long – the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association 12th Annual Exhibition – National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum.

Oct 7 – 10:  2010 Oklahoma Regatta Festival on the Oklahoma River.

Oct. 8: MUSE performs at the Ford Center.

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