Birds and herbs in April
Two programs this month at the Williamsburg Botanical Garden offer birding information for kids and herb garden maintenance for adults. The programs are free, but a $5 donation is suggested by the garden. For more information, go to http://www.williamsburgbotanicalgarden.org/wordpress.
April 12—"Birds!!" Recommended for kids 5-12. 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Basics of bird identification. Instructors are birding specialists Jeanne and Mike Millin. Information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
April 19—"All About Herbs." 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m. Jacqui Winther, a member of the Colonial Triangle Unit of the Herb Society of America will talk about herb garden maintenance, basic culinary herbs, and herb growing tips for the Williamsburg area.
Gardening symposium at CNU
The 17th Gardening Symposium is Saturday, April 12 from 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Ferguson Center Music and Theatre Hall on the Christopher Newport University campus in Newport News. The cost for the day is $30. An optional buffet lunch can be reserved for $15.
Topics covered during the day include how to attract and protect bluebirds, what plants attract birds and butterflies, sustainable gardening techniques and easy seed starting tips, and garden design and containers for wildlife. Native plants will be for sale, and bluebird house kits with instructions for assembling them in the afternoon workshop will be available for $15.
Register online at gardening.cnu.edu or call 269-4368.
Anderson's celebrates 60 years
Anderson's Home and Garden Showplace in Newport News celebrates 60 years in business with a special sale Friday-Sunday, April 11-13, according to a news release.
During the three-day sale, Anderson's will offer deep discounts on certain products for one-hour "flash sales" each day between noon and 1 p.m. Other discounts and events are scheduled, including prices rolled back and reminiscent of 1954 and free massages and hot paraffin hand dips from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. each day, the release said.
Download home color ebooks
Homeowners looking for color exterior ideas and inspiration can download free ebooks written by Kate Smith, a color expert with DaVinci Roofscapes.
Get "FRESH Color Schemes for Your Home Exterior" and "5 Steps for Finding the Perfect Color Hues for Your Home" at http://www.davinciroofscapes.com/color-studio.php. The website also includes videos and a link to Smith's blog.
Birding events at the VLM
There are several upcoming birding events at the Virginia Living Museum in Newport News. Register in advance at 595-1900, Ext. 217, at 595-9135 or http://www.thevlm.org.
•Friday-Saturday, April 11-12: Birding Cup Challenge. This event is a timed search for as many species of birds that can be found within a 24-hour period. Counting begins at 6:30 p.m. April 11 and ends at 6:30 p.m. April 12. Teams of three to five members may count in any or all of the following six areas: Newport News, York County, Hampton, Poquoson, Williamsburg and James City County. Prizes will be given to the experienced and novice birding teams that count the most species of birds and the individual with the largest contribution. The event ends with a dinner at the museum.
•Tuesday, April 15: Birding on the Boardwalk. 7:15-8:30 a.m. Before the museum opens to the public, take a morning walk with assistant education director and avid birder Rock Moeslein around the boardwalk to see what kind of bird life activity is happening there. After the walk there will be a short bird lesson. Ages 18 and above. VLM members free, non-members $5 (does not include museum admission).
•Saturday, April 26: Earth Day Celebration. Learn ways to help the environment by reducing, reusing and recycling waste. Visit the Goodson Living Green House and Conservation Gardens for green building and gardening tips, including plants for birds. Several environmental organizations will have displays and information about conservation measures. Earth-friendly vendors will show and sell green wares. There will also be crafts, eco-friendly giveaways and earth-friendly animal shows. Watch the museum's animals receive toys, treats and other enrichment activities to stimulate natural behaviors. The animal playground will be open all day with several special guests. Bring batteries, cell phones, cosmetic kits and old sneakers for recycling.
Home, garden show
The Mid-Atlantic Home & Garden Show take place at the Virginia Beach Convention Center Friday-Sunday, April 11-13.
In addition to shopping opportunities and vendor showcases, the home and garden show will feature highlighted guests including Alison Victoria, the host of the "Crashers" series on HGTV, William Moss, as seen on HGTV's "Dig In" and CNN's "Weekend to Live," and "Top Chef All-Stars" runner-up Mike Isabella. Win free tickets on the show's Facebook page.
The event is 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. Tickets: $10. Children 12 and younger get in free. Discounts available for active duty and retired military and senior citizens. Information: midatlantichomeshow.com.