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Sunday, February 4, 2018

The weather outside has been frightful: Wild Weather exhibition; orchid show; Winterlicious

   One-Tank Trip for Feb. 3/18

   (c) By Jim Fox

   Baby, it’s cold outside.
   It’s been a weird, perhaps “wild,” winter with mood swings from bitterly cold to a mid-January thaw and back again.
   Take it from the son of a “weatherman,” you can learn all about “Wild Weather” at an exhibition by that name in Kitchener.
Learning all about wild weather.
   Or, get a taste of spring with orchids at the Royal Botanical Gardens and come in from the cold to wine and dine at Winterlicious in Toronto.
   Billed as a “highly interactive and entertaining blockbuster travelling exhibition,” Wild Weather illustrates severe weather as a “powerful and unpredictable force,” said Sean Jasmins of the Waterloo Region Museum.
   It will be featured from next Friday (Feb. 2) to April 29 and “immerse visitors of all ages in the science of severe weather.”
   The exhibition delves into current severe weather science, explores cutting-edge technology and investigates the stories of scientists, forecasters and passionate enthusiasts.
   “Visitors will leave the exhibition feeling they have been saturated in severe weather elements,” said Adele Hempel, museum manager/curator.
Dancing up a storm at the Wild Weather exhibit.
   Get blown away
   Fly through the eye of a hurricane, create a mini-tornado and dance up a storm as the weather around you responds to your movements and blows you away in a staged hurricane photo op.
   There are eight exhibit zones leading visitors through a series of Wild Weather experiences to gain a better understanding of the science behind the phenomena, its connection to climate change and emerging technologies and forecasting techniques.
   From thunderstorms to summer heat waves, hurricanes to blizzards, it explains the science behind the weather and how exciting new discoveries are unraveling many mysteries.
   Experience weather in its many powerful and unpredictable forms in the exhibition from Science North and the Ontario Science Centre.
Exploring the Tornado Sculpture Group at the weather show.
   There will also be a lecture and roundtable on March 22 from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. on “Our Changing Climate.”
   Participants are Profs. Christine Dow, Chris Fletcher and Johanna Wandel, all of the University of Waterloo; and David Roewade, sustainability specialist for Waterloo Region.
Our changing climate

   The museum is at 10 Huron Road in Kitchener, with hours Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
   Admission is $11; $8, seniors and students; $5, ages five to 12; free, children four and younger; $25, family. waterlooregionmuseum.ca; (519) 748-1914

   Fox trots
   - Leave the cold behind at the Orchid Society Annual Show and Sale, Feb. 24 and 25, at the Royal Botanical Gardens Centre (680 Plains Rd. W.) in Burlington.
Dendrobium Nobile orchids will be on display at the RBG show.
   This judged event showcases the beauty and diversity of orchids and features displays by societies and growers from across Canada and the U.S.
   There are also exhibits of flower arrangements, paintings, photographs and plant sales.
   Hours are Feb. 24, noon to 5 p.m., and Feb. 25, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Photographers: Feb. 25, 8 a.m. to 10 a.m.
   The RBG’s current exhibit until April 15 is Frogs, whose “beauty and elegance are often overlooked.” rbg.ca; 1-800-694-4769
   - Winterlicious is simply yummy as 210 Toronto restaurants offer three-course, prix-fixe menus at bargain prices.
A meal of sea bass at Ricarda’s restaurant for Winterlicious.
   These samplings cost $23, $28 and $33 for lunch and $33, $43 and $53 for dinner now through Feb. 8.
   Diners should make reservations directly at the restaurants or online, with the list at toronto.ca/winterlicious.


Jim Fox can be reached at onetanktrips@hotmail.com
For more One-Tank Trips: http://1tanktrips.blogspot.ca

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