Water Rockets and Wine, Toddlers and Lettuce, Earthquakes of the Literary Sort, Films that Go Bang! and Ten Blocks of Grub

October 1, 2008

Wednesday is the new Thursday

Fun things to make plans to do this week…

Renkoo Tip of the Week

Life is short and can be full of worries. WITNT is aware of the gloomy headlines lately and would like to take this opportunity to remind you of Corrie Ten Boom’s wise advice: “Worrying does not empty tomorrow of its troubles, it empties today of its strength.” So try to stop worrying about the economy for a few days and have some fun with us. If you can’t let it go completely, worry for part of the day, and have fun for the rest.


When you think of the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI), you might think of it as a fun and educational place to spend a day with children. But OMSI encourages you to bring your inner kid to its OMSI After Dark event. This is your chance to enjoy the museum in the evening with other 21+ folks, have a glass of wine and shoot off water rockets!


Today you do want to be with the kiddos, so those of us in or near Chicago can head to the Chicago Botanic Garden to play in the garden as part of their Little Diggers program. It can be hard to find things to do with the toddler-set, and this is geared towards two- and three-year-olds. This week is “Fruits & Veggies” involving planting lettuce to bring home, digging for vegetables and pumpkin walking.


Are you tired of hearing about the Big Earthquake that is going to hit California and force it to sink into the Pacific? No worries this time because we’re talking about Litquake instead which opens today and runs through the 11th of October. This literary festival in San Francisco really got going in 2002 and brings together more than 300 authors and fans for readings, panel discussions and performances. To encourage attendance “from children to seniors,” more than 80% of the events are free. Don’t miss the three-hour Lit Crawl through the Mission District.


Philadelphia is hosting the Big Bang Film Festival this weekend. This is the celebration of a devotion to all films action, adventure and suspense, fictional or documentaries. Grab your BFF and head to the BBFF (got that?) for the world premiere of Jim Ford’s “Wiffle Ball” about the “beauty and beast of competition and how some people take some things waaay too seriously.” Seriously, how can you think of skipping out?


Since we’re on the east coast, let’s scoot over to Brooklyn for some grub today at the Atlantic Attic Street Festival. This festival is ten blocks of yummy foods from around the world including baklava, funnel cakes, grilled sardines, pulled pork sandwiches, fried mozzarella (that’s what we’re talkin’ about!) and fresh lemonade to wash it all down. There is so much food, they’ve made you a handy Food Map. Lest you get bored stuffing your face, there will be music on ten stages. That’s one stage per block, impressive.

Renkoo helps you make plans with your friends.

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