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It's April showers, dear readers, but things to do are stacking up.

The Susquehanna Museum of Havre de Grace at the Lockhouse reopens April 12, 1 to 5 p.m. for the season. Free admission. Contact 410-939-5780, lockhousemuseum@gmail.com or http://www.thelockhousemuseum.org.

Take a guided historical walking tour every Saturday through November, 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. or schedule a tour by appointment. Enjoy a 1-1/2 hour walking tour through tree lined streets. Tickets available http://www.mainstreethdg.com, 410-9398-1811, 410-939-0565 or hdgmainstreet@verizon.net.

The HdG Historic Preservation Commission has a quiz for students kindergarten to 5 grade and grades 6 to 12 to win an oval sticker "I walked the Lafayette Trail." Quiz copies are available at the HdG Visitor Center, 450 Pennington Ave., 410-939-2100. A great family project!

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

Take advantage of clean-up-days, April 19 and 26 and May 3, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., sponsored by the HdG Department of Public Works, 410-939-1800 ext. 1107.

Carol Zimmerman, 410-939-2770, told me about HdG Community Gardens. The HdG Green Team with the invites you to garden with them hdggreenteam@gmail.com, by picking up an application form at City Hall, 711 Pennington Ave., 410-939-1800. Each community garden features your own plot, a shared water supply and other common resources at a modest fee of $35 annually.

Congratulations Havre de Grace, you have been chosen as No. 12 on the top 20 US cities, population under 15,000, list by Smithsonian.com. Check it out!

As you plan ahead for Easter, April 20, remember: Good Friday, April 18, noon to 1 p.m. the Susquehanna Ministerium sponsors the Good Friday Way of the Cross. Meet at Jean Roberts Park, 503 St. John St., 410-937-1790.

On April 19, the HdG Recreation Committee sponsors and Easter Egg Hunt in Tydings Park at noon, 410-939-6124.

An Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by the Shamrocks of St. Patrick's Church commences April 19 at 10 a.m., rain or shine at the church on Congress Avenue.

It's not too early to collect those items for the HdG community-wide yard sale, April 26, rain date April 27. Contact me for details, 410-939-6562. Spaces are available for $10. Businesses downtown, how about a sidewalk sale? Coakley's Pub, Doodads, Billie Smith's Designs and Flickerscents are planning to participate.

Already the list of participating yard sales grows including, 218 War Admiral Way, 314 Victory Gallop Court, 146 Snow Chief Drive, 325-26 Cigar Loop, 328 Tecumseh Way, all in Bulle Rock, and 304 Superior St. off Route 155 and 226 N. Union Ave. Add 303 Native Dancer Circle and 347 Hall Court.

You are invited to join the CAT "Citizens Against Trash" Club. The CAT Club is striving to make HdG the cleanest city in Maryland. If you enjoy meeting people, getting some exercise and doing some good, join them! They meet at Rochambeau Plaza, Washington, St. John and Green streets, at 8:30 a.m. every Saturday for one hour to pick up litter around the town. Contact Al Peteraf, 443-734-3352, cat@hdgmd.org.

Let's dig it, April is Archaeology Month. In honoring Earth Day, who knows what you may find at the annual river sweep along the Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway, April 26, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Tydings Park to the Susquehanna Museum at the Lockhouse. For details, 410-939-7644, 410-457-2482, peter.d.green@att.net or http://www.histourtrails.com.

Happy birthday wishes to Leo Heppner, April 13; George Deibel III, April 16,;Phil Grundman and my aunt Joan Harding, April 16; and Brigitte Peters, April 18.

On a wet note, if some of the drizzle of April showers has you thinking of Noah's Ark or floods in titanic proportions, remember April 14, 15 1912 commemorates the 102nd anniversary of the sinking of HMS Titanic to the bottom of the Atlantic. Perhaps a breezy walk along the HdG Promenade, one day this week, will put things in a better perspective.

The Humane Society of Harford County invites you to the Bow Wow Boogie, May 2, 7:30 to 11:30 p.m. at the Richlin Ballroom, 1700 Van Bibber Road, Edgewood. Contract May Leavens, 410-836-1090 ext. 101, mleavens@harford shelter.org or http://www.harfordshelter.org.

Mail your news at 226 N. Union Ave. or phone me at 410-939-6562. Uh oh, taxes are due by April 15. We will see you standing in line at the HdG post office mailing yours? See ya.

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