Firecracking and Green Architecture, Superheroes and Haunted Luaus, Oregon Owls and Handmade Bikes

February 6, 2008

Renkoo Tip of the Week

Are you allergic to cats in real life? You can leave your Kleenex at home when you visit your kitty in Haikoo Zoo. Consider adding a Red Gift Box (for pouncing and playing) and a Scratching Post (need we explain this one?) to your tiger-striped feline’s habitat. When your kitty starts mewing for food, Spam Musubi and Blintzes will fill the belly. This week, we have a new feature so that only you can wake up your napping pet. If you’re new to the Zoo, we’ve also rolled out a quickstart guide so you can get started — you know — quickly.

Wednesday is the new Thursday

Fun things to make plans to do this week…


If you hear the phrase “snap, crackle, pop” and think of firecrackers instead of cereal, we hope you’re free at midnight. You will fit in well at the annual underground gathering of firecracker enthusiasts in Chinatown. Organizers recommend acting nonchalant, “like a tourist,” and wearing a non-flammable hat. Go at your own risk, that’s all we’re saying.


The Goethe-Institut New York is starting a series of lectures and events to explore trendsetting changes in architecture. What is Green Architecture? begins today with a talk by Jürgen Mayer H., whose work focuses on the space where new technology, communication and architecture meet.


The Atlanta Comics Expo at the Sheraton offers a gathering place for fans of illustration, gaming, Asian pop culture and…oh yeah, comics! There will even be a chance to show off your budding work and have it reviewed. You can also try your hand at being a Superhero or a Supervillain. Are you feeling nostalgic for the fall holidays already? Then get ready for Haunted Luau, a South Seas Halloween in February.


Have you ever wondered what makes owls successful night-time predators? Have you always wanted to dissect an owl pellet? No matter your answer, the idea of a winter evening hike in Oregon sounds appealing. Bundle up the family, head over to Tryon Creek State Park and join a guide for an educational evening about owls.


If you are, or know, a cycling enthusiast, then you know a bike frame is not just a way to support the wheels, fork and handlebars. It is an art form unto itself. Like-minded folks are heading to Oregon this weekend for the North American Handmade Bicycle Show. It’s at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, just a hop, skip and a jump from last night’s owl fest. This is the place to be, whether you’re looking for a builder for your custom bike or just want to ogle the amazing things folks are doing with steel, aluminum and carbon fiber.

Renkoo helps you make plans with your friends.

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