Yes, it is ridiculously cold outside, but there are plenty of ways to stay warm in spite of what the thermometer says.

Yes, it is ridiculously cold outside, but there are plenty of ways to stay warm in spite of what the thermometer says.

Free BBQ for a year would be a good start toward a thaw. City Barbeque is dangling that prize worth $250 in a drawing for customers who download the restaurant's new City Rewards loyalty app by the end of March.

Too cold for food trucks? Maybe, but registration is open for the first annual Columbus Mobile Food Conference and Expo, nice and cozy inside the Sheraton Columbus Hotel. Don't despair that your favorite vendor will take his or her cart off the street to attend. The conference will run the last Saturday and Sunday of February.

Curl up with a warm drink and a good book, and then catch an upcoming Evenings with Authors event sponsored by Thurber House and held at the Columbus Museum of Art. These events can keep you warm all winter with eight authors appearing from Jan. 27 to May 4.

If you can't keep your offices warm enough this week, or if the thought of the energy costs gets you steamed, time to sign up for the 20th Annual Ohio Energy Management Conference. It's set for Feb. 16-17 at the Renaissance Hotel.

You can always warm up with a good workout. Mount Carmel just celebrated the grand opening of its new MC Fitness & Health facility in Orange Township. For extra incentive to get in shape, registration opens Wednesday for Pelotonia 16. Six months is plenty of time to be ready to ride!

Resigned to just be cold for the next few weeks? Perfect! Volunteers are still needed for the Chilly Open at the Columbus Zoo Feb. 6. The fundraiser supports central Ohio children's charities, including the Children's Hunger Alliance. Helping with such a good cause is sure to warm you up quickly.