Lillie-Beth Brinkman

Even though the Crystal Bridge is closed for a major renovation and the weather is snowy, we can dream of spring and make plans to visit Myriad Botanical Gardens in downtown Oklahoma City.

Here are some things coming up. Find out more at

• This weekend’s “Raised Bed Gardening” class is sold out, but you can still sign up for “Seed Starting and Sharing” taught by horticulturist Bradley Fowler from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 19. You’ll leave with both planted and unplanted seeds as you learn. The class is $14 for members and $19 for nonmembers. Register by Feb. 18.

• The Great Backyard Bird Count will take place from 10 a.m. to noon Feb. 18 for all ages at the Children’s Garden Porch. Make bird feeders, practice bird calls, read stories and prepare for citizen science by picking up a journal log. The next day, you can use the log to help with the official count at the gardens. When the hunt is over, your logs will be submitted as part of the worldwide Great Backyard Bird Count. This activity is best for ages 6-12. Cost is $5 for members and $7 for nonmembers. Register by Feb. 17.

‘I’m Still Standing’

Elton John proved to Oklahoma City that he was still standing – and playing and singing – after all these years during his recent stop here for the “Farewell Yellow Brick Road Tour,” the last the star plans to do. If you get a chance to see him in any other city, go. His voice is as strong as ever and filled the Paycom Center. His piano playing was as good as ever. I’m so glad I bought a ticket at the last minute and didn’t miss this amazing show. In speaking to the packed and enthusiastic crowd, John said this was his 10th time to perform in Oklahoma City. The first time was in 1971 – over 50 years ago. He played all the favorites – opening with Bennie and the Jets and ending with three encore songs, Cold Heart, Your Song and Yellow Brick Road as he walked off the set on a video-projected yellow brick road. The video behind him as he performed throughout the evening projected scenes from his brilliant concerts and outfits through the years, as well as a montage of Marilyn Monroe during Candle in the Wind. He played 22 songs over more than two hours, and each left me in awe of his brilliant career.

Of note

The Oklahoma Arts Council has launched a grant program for 36 rural counties to “boost arts programming and cultural infrastructure” in certain areas of the state. Organizations in eligible counties can apply to receive up to $5,000 in funding for capacity building and professional development and learning- or audience-based arts programs. Read more at or call or email Thomas Tran at 405-521-2041 or

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