Globetrotters and Home Show coming to O’Dome


Published: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 2:18 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, February 27, 2013 at 2:18 p.m.

If you're looking for some quality time at events for the entire family, then you're in luck because the Harlem Globetrotters and the 14th annual North Central Florida Home & Garden Show will be coming soon to the Stephen O'Connell Center on the University of Florida campus.

Facts

HARLEM GLOBETROTTERS

What: Harlem Globetrotters basketball team.
When: 7 p.m. March 7.
Where: O’Connell Center, UF campus.
Tickets: $24-$85 at the door or at www.ticketmaster.com.
Information: Visit www.oconnellcenter.ufl.edu/default.aspx.

HOME SHOW
What: The 14th annual North Central Florida Home & Garden Show.
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 9 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. March 10.
Where: O’Connell Center, UF campus.
Tickets: $4; free for ages 16 and under at the door.
Information: Visit www.ncfhomeandgardenshow.com.

The Globetrotters may thrill you with their athleticism, theater and comedy, while the Home & Garden Show may inspire you to tackle those home projects you've been putting off.

Renee Muson, associate director of the O'Connell Center, said the Harlem Globetrotters will be making their 17th appearance at 7 p.m. on March 7 and the Home & Garden Show will take place from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. March 9 and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. March 10. The O'Connell Center is located on W. University Avenue and Gale Lemerand Drive.

Tickets for the Harlem Globetrotters will range from $24-$85 and tickets for the Home & Garden Show will be $4 for general admission and free for children ages 16 and under.

Muson said the Harlem Globetrotters Show is one of the first shows hosted at the O'Connell Center when it opened in 1980. "The Harlem Globetrotters are sort of a rite of passage," Muson said. "You have to go to the circus and see the Globetrotters, at least once in a lifetime."

Kristen Bash, marketing coordinator at The Gainesville Sun and Gainesville Magazine, said the Home & Garden Show is being sponsored by The Sun and the Builders Association of North Central Florida. Bash said participants will find everything for the home and garden, including informational seminars, elaborate displays, demonstrations and giveaways.

"You will find inspiration for your home improvement projects." Bash said.

Flight Time Lang, who has played with the Harlem Globetrotters for 14 seasons, said this is the Globetrotters' 87th year providing great family entertainment. "Whether you like the game of basketball or not, come with an open mind and ready to have fun," said Lang. "I promise you will have a fun time."

Globetrotters

Lang said for the first time ever, fans will get to call the shots by voting on a new rule to add to the Globetrotters game in their city. Those interested can vote in advance at www.globetrotters.com by clickingon "Vote" or by voting at the game.

After the game, Lang said fans will have an opportunity to get autographs and have their photos taken with the players, but fans must bring their own camera. Lang said the Globetrotters who will be coming to Gainesville include Tiny, who is 7'8" tall; Too Tall, who is 5'2" tall; and T'Time, who is one of three women players on the Globetrotter team. Lang also will be here.

"Our show is very interactive and family-friendly," said Lang. "You will get lots of laughs and memories that will last a lifetime."

Home & Garden Show

Lynda Strickland, senior advertising manager at The Sun, said the event will provide one-stop shopping for information, with about 128 vendors offering a wide range of goods and services, including financial, insurance, landscaping, real estate, home building and remodeling, hot tubs, flooring, patio furniture, window treatments, closet designs, home theater, roofing and other services.

Strickland said last year, 3,000 people attended the show and more are expected this year.

The following community seminars will address issues of concerns to Floridians and homeowners. They are:

— "Protect and Prepare Your Home From Storm or Hurricane Damage," by Scott Robinson of Robinson Renovation & Custom Homes, 11 a.m. March 9 and noon, March 10, with David Hilman of Custom Design Renovations LLC.

— "Getting to Green: Tips for Creating a Florida Friendly Landscape," by Wendy Wilber, horticultural extension agent at the University of Florida/IFAS Alachua County Extension Service, 1 p.m. March 9 and 1:30 p.m. March 10.

— "Rain Gardens and Water Conservation: Small Steps That Make a Big Difference," by Jennifer Mitchell, senior environmental specialist for the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department, 2:30 p.m. March 9 and 3 p.m. March 10.

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