Good Shopping, Brew and Biking, Penny Arcade Expo and a Polynesian Luau

August 22, 2007

Renkoo Tip of the Week

Our Booze Bot wanted to show how much he loves all you Trekkers and Trekkies by creating four new drinks, perfect for your next encounter at Far Point. Enjoy a Romulan Ale, Klingon Blood Wine, Tea, Earl Gray, Hot, and for those working on matter antimatter containment, we offer a tall Synthehol. Other new drinks include the Caribou Lou, Hefeweizen, Incredible Hulk, and Prairie Fire.

Wednesday is the new Thursday

Fun things to make plans to do this week… besides going to Sal’s Pizza

Wednesday
You’ve pretty much stopped shopping at WalMart, you support local agriculture at your neighborhood farmer’s market and you know why shade grown, fair trade coffee beans matter. Just when you think you have a handle on the issues, you learn about something new that’s bad. Richie Unterberger and Ellis Jones (the authors of The Rough Guide to Shopping with a Conscience and The Better World Shopping Guide: Every Dollar Makes a Difference respectively) tell you why it matters how you spend your dollars tonight at their Booksmith book signing in San Francisco.

Thursday
Are you 21, a party animal or a do-gooder? Then Brew at the Zoo is the event for you.
Your $55 ticket ($40 for Friends of the National Zoo members) will support the National Zoo’s Asian elephant conservation program and samples from more than 20 microbreweries, appetizers from local restaurants and live music by Welbilt.

Friday
It’s PAX time in Seattle and if you don’t know that stands for the Penny Arcade Expo, you might be outside their demographic of “people who know their shit when it comes to games.” Nevertheless, the three-day festival for tabletop, video and PC gamers has it all: nerdcore concerts, panel discussions, exhibit booths with the latest and greatest and last, but not least, Omegathon. Omegathon is an elimination tournament with 20 Omeganauts culminating on the last day with a live match during closing ceremonies. Prior years’ games included Pong, Tetris and Atari’s Combat, with surprisingly awesome grand prizes.

Saturday
Smart Preppy or Smart Polynesian is the dress code tonight at the Embassy of
New Zealand
in Washington, D.C. They are hosting a Polynesian Luau with traditional food, music, art, film and native people. A highlight is a performance by the dance group Kahurangi, the only professional Maori dance company touring in North America. Seating is limited so wear your dancing shoes. Please let us know if the Quesadilla Hawaiian Style is as good as it sounds (colored tortillas filled with mango and brie and served with a side of peach-ginger salsa).

Sunday
We are all about good living this week: good spending, good drinking and now, good cycling: register for the Tour d’Organics. You don’t have to overdo it on a century either, choose the 35 or 65 mile routes and you will still be served farm-fresh organic fruit at SAG stops as you wind your way through scenic areas in California (Santa Cruz and Sebastopol) and Oregon. Forget the Oreos and orange slices from the rest stops of yore; this is the new wave of green. Next year, organic Chamois Butt’r!

Renkoo helps you make plans with friends.

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