Today, dear readers, is National Arbor Day (April 27). Plant a tree. HdG has been designated Tree City USA for more than the past 10 years by the National Arbor Day Foundation. Great!

Happy birthday wishes to Shannon Taylor (April 27); Bayou Restaurant owner Lou Ward (April 28); "Captain" Jim Mahan (April 30); and John Margan (April 30). Happy anniversary wishes to Jim and Irene Rudolph (April 28) and Perri Cianelli-Fair (April 29).

April 30 is the Queen's birthday in the Netherlands, where the whole nation goes orange for the House of Orange monarch Queen Beatrix.

Grace Place Serving Center will serve a free, hot meal May 1 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 N. Union Ave. in HdG. Phone 410-939-2107. Volunteers will provide the luncheon to anyone in need who enters.


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April is Autism Awareness Month and Child Abuse Prevention Month. Let's dit it – April is Archaeology Month, too.

Breakfast is served April 29 at the HdG Elks Lodge on Route 40 from 8 to 11 a.m. for $6. Debbie McFadden and Betty Hardin told me breakfast includes waffles with toppings of apples, cherries, blueberries, syrup, whipped cream and butter. Included is bacon, sausage, and beverages. Yum!

Cathy Vincenti reminded me that Fourth of July T-shirts are available for $7 at the HdG Visitors Center, 450 Pennington Ave., 410-939-2100.

The Historical Society of Harford County will host a spring lecture and tea with Dr. Barry Lanman April 29 at 2 p.m. at the society, 143 N. Main St., Bel Air. Cost $10. Make reservations at 410-838-7691.

Play ball! National Physical Education and Sports Week is May 1 to 7, says Harford County Public Schools.

May 1 is celebrated worldwide with great fanfare - in France and Russia with parades and speeches. May 1 is Labor Day in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, Spain and Switzerland. May Day is celebrated with a bank holiday in the United Kingdom. May 1 is Lei Day in Hawaii and Law Day in Nevada.

How about a twirl around a maypole on May Day? The maypole's origins may be traced to pagan rituals celebrated by the Romans, who settled the British Isles and who worshiped the goddess Flora (goddess of flowers) on May 1.

Buy your flora at the downtown HdG Farmers Market at Washington Street and Pennington Avenue, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturdays starting May 5. For information, call Rory, 443-250-5443.

First Fridays will resume May 4, 5 to 9 p.m. in downtown HdG. Historic walking tours of the city will be given on First Fridays at 6 p.m. and last 1 1/2 hours; cost $12 in cash or check to Main Street at the door. Purchase tickets in advance at mainstreethdg.com or phone 410-939-0565. Meet tours at Jana's Java coffeehouse, 217 N. Washington St.

May arrives with a cornucopia of other events, too!

Jerusalem Mill Village will host its spring dinner May 4 at 6 p.m. at the Bayou Restaurant on Route 40. Cost is $35. On May 6, enjoy a concert by the Mean Soup Project (www.beansoupproject.com) at 6 p.m. in the village. 410-877-3560 (www.JersalemMill.org).

The Susquehanna Ministerium will host a National Day of Prayer, noon to 1 p.m. at Havre de Grace City Hall, 711 Pennington Ave., May 3. Details 410-939-2464.

On May 5, re-enact the War of 1812 on the grounds of the Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Relive the May 3, 1813 attack upon HdG by the British. There will be drill formations, people in period attire, troop encampments, craft demonstrations and discussions about the War of 1812. Admission $3. Kids under 12 are free. For details, contact 410-939-5780, thelockhousemuseum@gmail.com or http://www.thelockhousemuseum.org.

Rosie Deal told me about the May 4 VFW 8126 Lodge's $10 dinner of Reuben sandwiches, fries, cole slaw and dessert. Get yours at the lodge, 300 Lodge Lane in HdG, 410-939-4578.

The HdG Decoy Museum presents the 31st Annual Decoy and Wildlife Art Festival, May 4 to 6. Hours Friday are 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. See 150 decoy carvers, artists, commercial outfitters and guide services. Enjoy live and silent auctions and retriever dog demonstrations. Held at three locations including the museum on Giles Street. Contract 410-939-3739 or visit http://www.decoyomuseum.com.

May 5 is Free Comic Book Day at Washington Street Books and Music, 131 N. Washington St. from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Phone 410-939-6215 or visit http://www.washingtonstreetbooksandmusic.com. Also visit Just for Fun shop, 464 Franklin St., 443-502-2798, http://www.justforfunmd.com.

The Lyric Opera Baltimore performs in concert May 6 at 3 p.m. at HdG United Methodist Church, $15. Tickets at visitors center, 410-939-2100.

It was April 30, 1803 that Napoleon of France sold to the USA for $15 million the real estate called the Louisiana Purchase. At approximately 2 cents per acre, that territory included the Mississippi River basin west, the Missouri River basin and the French ports of New Orleans and St. Louis. What a land deal!

I do not recommend sending me an email to list your events. In March, all my email contacts were notified that I was in London (I wish) and I needed them to send me L3,500 to get a flight home after I was mugged and robbed (thank goodness, but no truth to it). Obviously, my email had been compromised and after much time and effort, I think it is back to normal. Nonetheless, I am much more scrupulous in which ones I delete and never open - it may be yours. Sorry. And I didn't get to see Big Ben!

Keep me informed at 410-939-6562 or 226 N. Union Ave. See ya!