• Cathy O’Connor

Local events keep us informed, connected



I often write about what’s happening in districts across Oklahoma City to keep people informed of interesting events and encourage them to attend or become involved in an area they might not have explored or known much about otherwise. Many of these areas contribute diverse culture and events, unique art and architecture and areas of industry clusters that serve our economic growth.

You can see a new mural in the Southwest 29th Street District, dubbed LA 29, just west of Walker Avenue. The district will host a community celebration on Nov. 12, an appropriate response to finishing a mural that depicts music and dancing on a vibrant color mosaic inspired by traditional Mexican ceramics and embroidery. The work by artist Nick Bayer was funded through donations given to the district, as well as the city’s Commercial Development Revitalization funds. This work shares the voice and beauty of some of the Hispanic cultures represented in the district, honors the memory of Jude Northcutt, a local businessman and musician, and helps connect the businesses in the area.

The LA 29 district is also hosting the Quince Fun Run on Nov. 20 at 10 a.m. starting at Wheeler Park. Participants are encouraged to wear their old quinceanera dresses or party attire while they run along the river trail. Spectators are sure to be entertained.

The Innovation District is recognizing Global Entrepreneurship Week Nov. 8-14 to inspire, connect and empower entrepreneurs in our community. The week kicks off with a statewide virtual conference and networking featuring a keynote by Dr. Dell Gines, a thought leader on entrepreneurial ecosystem building and strategist who specializes in communities of color and economically distressed areas. Networking continues on Tuesday with happy hour at 5:30 at Spiked, 1732 NE 23rd St. The week culminates with a workday event with Restore OKC on the morning of Nov. 13. Volunteer with others from all over the city for a day of service in northeast Oklahoma City.

For an overview of current development, coming MAPS 4 investment in the Innovation District, and this area’s impact on Oklahoma City, plan to attend the Innovation District annual breakfast on Dec. 1 at 8 a.m. at the Omni Hotel.

These events keep us connected and present incredible opportunities to attract people, ideas and development that improve our community.

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