April is the month of vibrant colors: dandelion yellow, Earth Day green, pink and purple Easter eggs -- and brightest of all, taxes in the red.
1 April Fools' Day, National Lawn and Garden Month, and watch out for jokers in the garden. The snapdragons snap, the buttercups dribble, and the forget-me-nots have trick memories.
Springfest family fun day, games and pooch parade, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on the banks of the Arkansas River, downtown Little Rock. Details at riverfestarkansas.com. Call (501) 255-3378.
CHOO-CHOO WHO'S WHO
Railroading Show and Sale, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Arkansas Railroad Museum, Pine Bluff. Details at arkansasrailroadmuseum.org. Call (870) 535-8819.
Musical Smokey Joe's Cafe through April 29 at Murry's Dinner Playhouse, Little Rock. Details at murrysdp.com. Call (501) 562-3131.
2 The Little Mermaid writer Hans Christian Andersen's birthday, 1805.
IT IS TO LAUGH
3 National Humor Month, National Poetry Month.
To jest, to hoot, to be in stitches,
Scoff and sniggle, split your britches,
Ha-ha, hee-hee, silly goose --
The circus closed, the clowns are loose.
Tee Off for a Cause golf tournament benefits Arkansas Enterprises for the Developmentally Disabled, Pleasant Valley Country Club, Little Rock. Details at aeddinc.org. Call (501) 801-3648.
HELP WANTED SECTION
4 Hug a Newsman Day. The ink stains mostly wash out.
5 National Garden Week raises the question: What is April's sunny-bright flower of the month that grows all over Arkansas: (A) daffodil, (B) sunflower, (C) marigold, (D) buttercup or (E) I Can't Believe It's Not Buttercup.
Answer at April 25.
6 Arkansas Travelers baseball team's season opener, 6:10 p.m. at Dickey-Stephens Park, North Little Rock. Details at travs.com. Call (501) 664-1555.
7 Eggshibition auction of celebrity-decorated eggs benefits Youth Home Inc., 7 p.m. at Jack Stephens Center, University of Arkansas at Little Rock. Details at youthhome.org. Call (501) 821-5500.
SWINE AND DANDY
Hogskin Holidays Festival, racing pigs and pork chop cook-off through April 8, Calhoun County Fairgrounds, Hampton. Details at hogskin-holidays.com. Call (870) 798-2100.
8 Arkansas Symphony Orchestra concert, "Beethoven & Blue Jeans," 7:30 p.m. April 8 and 3 p.m. April 9 at Robinson Center Performance Hall, Little Rock. Details at arkansassymphony.org. Call (501) 666-1761.
ON, DASHER; ON, PRANCER
Junior League of Little Rock Downtown Dash, 8 a.m. from the Junior League building on Scott Street. Details at jllr.org. Call (501) 375-5557.
READY OR YACHT
Antique Boat Show, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Garvan Woodland Gardens, Hot Springs. Details at garvangardens.org. Call (800) 366-4664.
YELLOW SLICK ROAD
Diamond Edge Figure Skating Club show, All About Oz, 6 p.m. April 8 and 9 at Arkansas Skatium, Little Rock. Details at diamondedgefsc.org. Call (501) 231-4375.
LIVING IN WELDED BLISS
9 How to celebrate National Welding Month: Bolder and bolder, solder to solder.
10 National Siblings Day -- and still no fun to ride in the backseat.
HELLO, MY RAGTIME GAL
11 How to celebrate Barbershop Quartet Day: with harmony, yes. Harmonica, no.
GLOBAL A CHORD
12 International Guitar Month. April is when the axman meets the taxman.
13 Arkansas Folk Festival, bluegrass music and dancing through April 15, Mountain View. Details at yourplaceinthemountains.com. Call (870) 269-8068.
14 "Riverdance: The 20th Anniversary World Tour" through April 16 at Robinson Center Performance Hall, Little Rock. Details at celebrityattractions.com. Call (501) 244-8800.
Ozark Foothills Film Fest through April 15 and April 21-22 at University of Arkansas Community College at Batesville. Details at ozarkfoothillsfilmfest.org. Call (870) 251-1189.
DEVISE OLD OWL
15 Leonardo da Vinci's birthday, 1452. He never married, which left him free to invent other things besides excuses.
Saturday's Fair, games and entertainment 11 a.m.-2 p.m. at Hughes Community Center, Russellville, benefits Arkansas Hospice River Valley Home. Details at arkansashospice.org. Call (479) 964-4500.
Little Rock's new Broadway Bridge eases car traffic gridlock on the Bunny Trail.
17 Bat Appreciation Day -- otherwise known as Joker Calls In Sick Day.
DOOM FOR ONE MORE
18 Federal income tax pay-up-or-else day.
Stress Awareness Month.
OFF TO WORK WE GO
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Spring Job Fair, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at the Statehouse Convention Center, Little Rock. Details at jobfair.arkansasonline.com. Call (501) 378-3807.
19 National Garlic Day -- made possible by a grant from the Phew Charitable Trust and by phewers at home.
20 TAURUS (April 20-May 20): Is today your birthday? If so, beware of china shops. You break it, you've bought it -- and what do you need with another moo-cow butter dish? Go bullish with England's Queen Elizabeth II, 91 on April 21; and Jerry Seinfeld, 63 on April 29.
Little Rock Wind Symphony concert, "Godzilla Eats Las Vegas," 7:30 p.m. at Second Presbyterian Church, Little Rock. Details at lrwindsymphony.org. Call (501) 666-0777.
ONE MAN WITH A CIGAR
MAKES A DIFFERENCE
Smokin'-jokin' Ron White, 8 p.m. at Robinson Center Performance Hall, Little Rock. Details at ticketmaster.com. Call (800) 745-3000.
MAKE IT NAPPY
21 Kindergarten Day -- because deep down we all know that crying is the only good response to spilled milk.
DAILY PLANET HEADLINES
22 How to celebrate Earth Day: with global warm greetings.
Earth Day Celebration and tree-planting, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Pinnacle Mountain State Park near Little Rock. Details at arkansas.com. Call (501) 868-5806.
Red Hot Chili Peppers, 8 p.m. at Verizon Arena, North Little Rock. Details at verizonarena.com. Call (501) 975-9000.
LICENSED TO TRILL
Fort Smith Symphony concert, "Bonded -- The Music of James Bond," 7:30 p.m. at ArcBest Performing Arts Center, Fort Smith. Details at fortsmithsymphony.org. Call (479) 452-7575.
RUST AROUND THE CORNER
Bella Rustina Modern Vintage Market through April 23 at Conway Expo Center, Conway. Details at bellarustina.com. Call (501) 230-5728.
CHROME SWEET CHROME
Arkansas Street Machines Car and Truck Show, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Goodsell Truck Accessories, Jacksonville. Benefits the Jacksonville Museum of Military History. Call (501) 982-2245.
Arkansas County Master Gardeners Plant Sale and luncheon, 10 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Arkansas County Fairgrounds, DeWitt. Call (870) 946-3231.
TENOR IS THE NIGHT
23 River City Men's Chorus concert, "In the Spirit," 3 p.m. April 23, 7 p.m. April 24 and 7 p.m. April 27 at Second Presbyterian Church, Little Rock. Details at rivercitymenschorus.com. Call (501) 377-1080.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, 7:30 p.m. at Verizon Arena, North Little Rock. Details at verizonarena.com. Call (501) 975-9000.
24 National Karaoke Week -- or in the words of Tom Petty, "Don't Do Me Like That."
TIE A YELLOW BIB ON
25 Mr. Mustard in the meadow quiz answer: (B) sunflower, but look quickly before the squirrels get the best of everything.
TURN, TURN, TURN
26 National Pretzel Day. The plot takes a twist.
GOTTA LOTTA LIT
27 Arkansas Literary Festival through April 30 in and around the Central Arkansas Library System campus, downtown Little Rock. Details at arkansasliteraryfestival.org. Call (501) 918-3098.
THE HAIR UP THERE
28 Rapunzel through May 14 at the Arkansas Arts Center Children's Theatre, Little Rock. Details at arkarts.com. Call (501) 372-4000.
Rhythm on the River jazz-theme dining and dancing with The B Flats, 6:30 p.m. at Robinson Center Performance Hall, Little Rock, benefits Arkansas Symphony Orchestra. Details at arsymphonyguild.org. Call (501) 747-2162.
IRIS 'R' DESIROUS
29 Central Arkansas Iris Show, 1-4 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, Little Rock. Call (501) 416-6390.
KNISHES COME TRUE
30 Jewish Food and Cultural Festival, 9 a.m. at War Memorial Stadium, Little Rock. Details at jewisharkansas.org. Call (501) 663-3571.
BUT NOW WE HAVE TO GO
R.I.P.: Restore in Perpetuity benefit picnic, 5-7 p.m. at historic Mount Holly Cemetery, Little Rock. Call (501) 666-1723.
Coming next month: May! Write to Ron Wolfe, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 121 E. Capitol Ave., Little Rock, Ark. 72203, or email
by April 15 to suggest May calendar entries or how to celebrate May as National Salad Month, such as: Rally the radicchio, lettuce eat. Each event requires a phone number that is answered during business hours or by an answering machine that identifies the event or its sponsor.
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