I’m going to need a bigger calendar! Art, Sports, Fundraisers, Gnomes, Colorful Races, Walks … and oh yeah MOM!

Good Wednesday to you! Sometimes I think … I’m going to need a bigger calendar. I love my Google calendar but I might have to upgrade to a new WordPress Plugin for easier reading. So much is happening it’s amazing! You can like my Facebook page Leslie’sOKC  where I like to post photos from a lot of these events while they’re happening. It’s really cool to see all the happy faces in all the right places.

Here’s ALL that I’ve found going on:

Wednesday, May 8

Thursday, May 9

 Friday, May 10

Saturday, May 11

 Sunday, May 12 HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY! 

Monday, May 13

 Tuesday, May 14

Two more July 4th events!

When I posted about July 4th festivities last week, I did not see these two listed. Today I received this eblast from Downtown OKC, Inc. Must have finalized plans I guess… Good news! Downtown will be lively!

Myriad gardens hosts 4th of July event for the whole family

Spend a family-friendly 4th of July at the Myriad Botanical Gardens where the outdoor grounds will be bustling with games, fun activities and music from 11 a.m. – 4 pm!

Remote control sailboats and game sets like croquet and bocce ball will be available to rent and the Crystal Bridge will be open for visitors who want to enjoy over 2000 tropical plants on display inside.

For more information, call 297.3611.

4th of July Fireworks Extravaganza in Bricktown

In an effort to continue the tradition set many years ago, the Bricktown Association will host a Fourth of July fireworks celebration in Bricktown.

Scheduled for Wednesday, July 4, at approximately 9:30 p.m., visitors are invited to bring lawn chairs and blankets to Bricktown to view the fireworks.

There are several locations in the Bricktown area that provide a great view of the show, including along the Bricktown canal, Lower Bricktown, any parking area, or one of the many Bricktown restaurant patio dining areas.

Don’t be afraid of finding a parking space! Bricktown is offering free parking for everyone in the RedHawks lot.

A big thanks goes out to the Bricktown Association members, the Oklahoma Chevy Team Dealers and JakeFM for making this event possible.

Looking ahead to July 4th activities

Can you believe June is coming to a close and that the July 4th holiday is quickly approaching? I went on a search today to see what was going on and found really good information on About.com/oklahomacity from author Adam Knapp. Additionally I contacted others. Here’s what I found:

Saturday, June 30

Sunday, July 1

Monday, July 2

Tuesday, July 3

Wednesday, July 4

I’m still looking for any further events in Bricktown on July 4th… as always, I’ll keep you posted!

OKC needs just a few more things to do this week!

I continue to be amazed at everything this city has to offer! If you’re game, rest up. If you’re working on an event, enjoy the ride! Chart your course. Here’s what I’m doing:

So um… what are your plans?

Wednesday, June 6

Thursday, June 7

Friday, June 8

Saturday, June 9

Sunday, June 10

OKC First Impressions for Online Dating Meet-Up

Last night a friend we’ll call “Heather” asked me at 5pm through Facebook instant messaging for any advice where to take her new “gentleman caller” to have a good time and show off the city.

The pizza ovens at the Wedge from the Wedge’s website.

It’s very common these days for single people to meet someone online that lives in another city. The dating services narrows down your choices of “suitors.” You take the bold move to begin the conversation via email. Maybe you Skype or do a Google Plus hangout. Then it’s decided to meet in person. Doesn’t matter if it’s the boy going to meet the girl or reverse or if the home city is more fun than the other city, you just need to have the first meeting.
For the hosting suitor the panic begins: “Where am I going to take them to show the town off?”  We have to also admit the thinking is if you can make make your city look good, it makes you look good. First impressions (in person) are everything for this new age in dating.
So this was my quick thinking advice, based on Leslie’s OKC calendar for Saturday, June 2:
  • You could go to MidTown, have a casual dinner at McNellie’s, Irma’s, Louies, or upscale Italian at Stella then watch all the runners in the Downtown Dash starting at St. Anthony’s hospital. He’ll see the town is athletic with a variety of restaurants and a big hospital and a charming drive through Heritage Hills neighborhood.
  • You could also take part in a little OKC Thunder alley before the game but it does end after the game starts, which is a shame because of you know what but still…
  • If you want to spend some extra $$ head over to Individual Artists of Oklahoma Gallery on Film Row (which is very pleasant with their new streets and lighting) and go to Sit Stay Art! Super cool atmosphere of artsy/pet people benefiting the homeless pet population.

Then I was out the door to my event – Havana Nights benefiting UpWard Transitions at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. When I got home I asked through Facebook what she ended up doing. They were still on the date. Here was her response: “We had dinner at the Wedge on Western and now we’re having drinks at Picassos in Paseo and all is going great!”

She didn’t take my suggestions, which was fine. I probably offered events that were people watching events when they just needed to focus on each other. The good news? It was a very successful evening for her and Oklahoma City! Do keep us posted “Heather.”

OKC Events This Weekend

I love promoting these events. It’s easy for me. I use all resources – websites, Facebook invites, invitations in the mail, posters in store fronts, news articles, eblasts, print ads, radio, tv and more. A pet peeve of mine is when organizations draw you in through one source then don’t have an updated website. For example – not to be too harsh but the Charlie Christian Jazz Festival website has information from 2011. I read about it through @NewsOK’s Brandy McDonnell. It’s a fabulous festival and they should be grateful to Brandy for her coverage. The links provided below are to her articles.

Photo from the Arts Council of OKC’s site

I saw a poster at the Starbucks at May and Grand for the Nichols Hills Garden tour. I remembered the date, got home and put it in the calendar. I Googled it and alas, I was taken to the City of Nichols Hills website that had information on the 2007 tour. Then I found 2011’s deets. One Google search and I’m done. If it’s not showing up in the first page then to me, it means – no Facebook page, no website, no nothing except for a lovely poster in a store front, which I think is good too but you can’t stop there. Don’t make me jump through hoops to find out more.

Note to all planners of these events (both volunteer & paid positions): you have so many tools available for promotion and they’re generally free! Do it. It will make your event so much better attended.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE let me know about events you’re working on for 2013. Especially fundraisers. Several sites aren’t listing them. The Monday after your event I know this all too well: you’re exhausted, elated, soaking in the success but just for a few minutes – okay, an hour, come down to earth and set the date immediately for the next year on your website! Just by doing that alone you’re jump starting yourself and your event!

Here’s what’s up for this weekend!

May 31

Friday, June 1

Saturday, June 2

Sunday, June 3