The Oklahoma Home and Garden Show is scheduled for January 21-23 this year. This is one of the first major events in Oklahoma in 2011. It might sound odd that there’s a garden show in the middle of winter, but the Home and Garden Show is one of the biggest draws this time of year. I’ve been to the show a few times in the past, and I’ve always been impressed. If you’re looking for a place to learn about turning your home or garden into something amazing, this is the place. There are more than 400 exhibitors and home/garden experts at the show, and they are all ready to help you learn what you need to create all those home projects you’ve been planning.
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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!
Once you ring in the new year, what’s next? Well, if you’re in Oklahoma City during January 2011, here are some events you may want to check out.
If you’re interested in walking in potentially cold weather, the Oklahoma City Zoo has free admission every Monday in January. Also, there’s still a few more days of Downtown in December—the lights, ice skating, and other events don’t end until January 2nd.
01/01 – Opening Night at Bricktown (various areas and events)
01/01 – 01/02 – OKC Barons vs. Rockford Ice Hogs at the Cox Convention Center
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.
One of my favorite movies to come out in recent years was Avatar, James Cameron’s amazing CGI film about soldiers interacting with the alien Na’vi. These blue aliens lived among the forests of a planet far away from Earth, and they spoke their own interesting language.
If you love Avatar as much as I do, you’ll be very interested to know that Dr. Paul Frommer, the creator of the Na’vi alien language, is going to be in Oklahoma on October 7. He will discuss how he developed the Na’vi language, how it works, and talk about training the actors to speak it. For linguist students and those interested in language, it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity.
Every now and then I find myself going somewhere to eat that I am sure I will not like. However, since I do not like to be the squeaky wheel or prevent people from going somewhere just because I do not think I will like it, I go along. Sometimes I am pleasantly surprised though, and this was the case the other day when I went into a new restaurant based on salads, CoolGreens.
This Valentine’s Day, everyone’s going to be heading out to romantic little restaurants or cooking intimate little dinners. Buying flowers, giving chocolates, and exchanging other gifts are all traditional Valentine’s Day events, but what about those who want to do something a little different? Here are some Valentine’s Day ideas that are unique to OKC.
Looking for something to do in Oklahoma City this February? Here are a few things going on in the city.
02/01 – New Frontiers exhibit opens at the OKC Museum of Art and runs through April 11
02/02 – OKC Thunder vs. Hawks at the Ford Center
02/03 – 02/14 – Fools at the Jewel Box Theatre
02/04 – 02/06 – Mauritius at the Carpenter Square Theatre
02/04 – 02/07 – Romeo & Juliet by OK Shakespeare in the Park at the OCU Kirkpatrick Center
One of Oklahoma City’s most popular events, An Affair of the Heart craft show returns February 12, 13, and 14. The event is held at the OKC fairgrounds at 10th and North May Ave. The doors are open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Friday and Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. Admission is $6.00 and is good for all three days. Trust me, you’ll need three days to see everything offered! An Affair of the Heart is huge. The show is spread out over seven different buildings and features more than 1,000 different booths. Various OKC radio personalities will be on hand in several of the buildings to provide entertainment and music while you shop.
Last year, I mentioned that a local Harry Potter group was hosting their first annual charity ball near the new year. Well, this year, the Oklahoma Wizards League (OWL), is back, and they’ve moved their ball to the day before Valentine’s Day. While last year’s wizard rock extravaganza was called the Yule Ball and was winter-themed, this year, the theme is Carousing With Cupid. Once again, it will feature some of the top wizard rock bands from around the country. This year’s concert will be hosted by the one and only Professor Gilderoy Lockhart, the only Hogwarts professor to acknowledge Valentine’s Day in the book series.