Jenny Coon Peterson
Let’s tally: In the three years I’ve attempted to garden/control/plead with my backyard, I have killed: one weeping mulberry; two pine trees; three bushes of indeterminate origin; and hundreds of annuals.
Midwest City, home to Hollywood’s brightest stars!
Well, every Sunday night through Aug. 12, that is. Thanks to the Midwest City Parks and Recreation Department, the community now has Sunset Cinema, a free, outdoor movie series to call its own, beginning 20 minutes after the sun slowly dips below the horizon, like a lover waving goodbye.
While the series began last night with The Muppets, plenty of other titles await your blankets and lawn chairs at Charles J. Johnson Central Park Town Center, 7209 S.E. 29th.
• June 10, Puss in Boots
• June 17, Top Gun
• June 24, How to Train Your Dragon
• July 1, Despicable Me
• July 8, Megamind
• July 15, Madagascar
• July 22, Cars
• July 29, Secretariat
• Aug. 5, Gnomeo & Juliet
• Aug. 12, Grease
Fun fact: Two of those selections star America’s most famous Scientologists. For more information, call 739-1293 or visit midwestcityok.org/sunset-cinemas. —Rod Lott
Top Chef fan-favorite contestant Chris Crary will share kitchen tips and healthy recipes as part of the OKC Home & Outdoor Living Show, scheduled for Friday through Sunday at State Fair Park, 3001 General Pershing. Plus, more than 200 exhibitors and 500 experts are on hand to provide ideas for remodeling, home improvement and outdoor living. Admission is $9; children under 12 are free. Call 800-466-7469 or visit homeshowokc.com.
You know what else autumn is the season of? Outdoor food festivals like Fall Fest, which features vendor booths, live music, fun for kids and, yes, food trucks. Festivities run 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday at the OKC Farmers Public Market, 1235 SW Second St. Admission is free. Call 232-6506, or visit okcfarmersmarket.com.
Spring is officially on its way. At the OKC Home & Outdoor Living Show, get inspiration, tips and tricks from some of the nation’s experts on everything from DIY landscaping to building an outdoor kitchen. The show begins at noon on Friday at Oklahoma State Fair Park, 333 Gordon Cooper Blvd., in the Cox Pavilion and Centennial Building. Tickets are $7-$9 for adults and free for children under 12. Call (800)395-1350 or visit homeshowokc.com.