Let's go shopping, dear readers!

The Havre de Grace Community-wide Yard Sale is Saturday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. (raindate Sunday April 27). Spaces are still available, 410-939-6562 for $10 (benefits Havre de Grace Historic Preservation Commission). Downtown businesses conducting sidewalk sales include Flicker Scents (311 N. Union Ave.); Doodads (308 St. John St.); Billee Smith Designs (322 St. John St.); and Coakley's Pub (406 St. John St). Participants in Bulle Rock include: 325, 326 Cigar Loop; 106 Flying Ebony Place; 403 Majestic Circle; 303, 306 Native Dancer Circle; 201 Secretariat Street; 203, 230 Smarty Jones Terrace; 146 Snow Chief Drive; 214 Spectacular Bid Drive; 328 Tecumseh Way; 319 Victory Gallop Court; 218 War Admiral Way.

In old town Havre de Grace, 553 Commerce St.; 1305 Lewis Lane; 226 N. Union Ave. (here's the $10 tables!; 413 N. Stokes St.; 319 Revolution St. corner with Strawberry Lane; and 729 Warren St. between Juniata and Adams streets. Look for 547 Hall Court in Bayview Estates and 304 Superior Street, Route 155, between Ohio and Juniata Street. Lots of bargains to find.

Grace Place Serving Center will serve a free, hot meal April 29 from 11:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at St. John's Episcopal Church, 114 N. Union Ave. in Havre de Grace. Phone 410-939-2107 for details. Volunteers will provide the luncheon to anyone who enters in need.

Charlie Mike told me that the Havre de Grace Independence Celebration Committee will hold this year's parade on Saturday, July 5, 410-939-4362. Fourth of July T-shirts are available at the Havre de Grace Visitor Center, 450 Pennington Ave., 410-939-2100. Cost $8 and $9 for 2X or 3X. The design was created by Havre de Grace High School Senior Hugh McFarland.

The Havre de Grace Independence Day Celebration Fundraiser will be held at the Vandiver Inn, 301 S. Union Ave., May 8, 6 to 9 p.m. Price $30 per person in advance; $35 at the door. Tickets at Havre de Grace Visitor Center, 410-939-5303, 410-939-4362, or 410-939-0385.

Happy birthday wishes Shaun Smith (April 25), Bayou Restaurant owner Lou Ward (April 28) and "Capt." Jim McMahan (April 30).

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 worshipped the goddess Flora (goddess of flowers) on May 1.

Buy your flora at the downtown Havre de Grace Farmers Market at Washington Street and Pennington Avenue, 9 a.m. to noon, Saturdays starting May 3.

First Fridays will resume May 3, 5 to 9 p.m. in downtown Havre de Grace.

In conjunction with First Fridays May 2 the Joseph L. Davis Post 47 American Legion, 501 St. John St. hosts a pavilion party 5 to 8 p.m. with live music and eats – pit beef, ham or turkey $6, steamed shrimp $12 pound, boardwalk fries $2 and beverages.

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 1. Details 410-939-1796.

The Havre de Grace Decoy Museum presents its 33rd decoy and wildlife art festival May 2 through 4. Hours are Friday 6 to 9 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. See 125 decoy carvers, artists, commercial outfitters and guide services. Enjoy live and silent auctions and retriever dog demonstrations. Held at three locations including the museum, Giles Street. Admission. 410-939-3739 or visits http://www.decoymuseum.com.

May 3 is Free Comic Book Day at Washington Street Books and Music, 131 N. Washington St., Havre de Grace 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 Frankllin St., 443-502-2798, http://www.justforfunmd.com.

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!

David Jaffe notified me that OPAC, the Ontario Otsego Positive Action Committee will host a candidate night for Havre de Grace city council Thursday, May 1, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at City Hall, Pennington Avenue.

Havre de Grace Cadette Girl Scout Troop 2816 will host a Mother's Day Tea on Saturday, May 10 at Tidewater Marina, 100 Bourbon St., Havre de Grace at 10 a.m. to noon or 1 to 3 p.m. The cost is $15 including tea, sandwiches and sweets. Contact Terri, smhitchings@yahoo.com or 410-939-5053.

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 at http://www.mainstreethdg.com, 410-939-1811, 410-939-0565 or hdgmainstreet@verizon.net.

The Havre de Grace Historic Preservation Commission has a quiz for students in kindergarten to fifth grade and sixth to 12 grades to win an oval sticker "I walked the Lafayette Trail." Quiz copies are available at the Havre de Grace Visitor Center. A great family project.

Take advantage of Clean-Up Days – April 26 and May 3, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., sponsored by the Havre de Grace Department of Public Works, 410-939-1800, ext. 1107.

In honoring Earth Day, join the annual River Sweep along the Lower Susquehanna Heritage Greenway Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. from Tydings Park to the Susquehanna Museum at the Lock House. For details, contact 410-939-7644, 410-457-2482, peterd.green@att.net or http://www.hitourtrails.com.

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. Tickets are $50. Contract Mary Leavens, 410-836-1090, ext. 101, mleavens@harfordshelter.org or http://www.harfordshelter.org.

Mail your news to 226 N. Union Ave. or phone me at 410-939-6562. See ya!