1. Squeeze the fun out of spring break.

School is out, but the Library is in.  Watch The Lorax and make an Earth Day craft on Friday, April 21, starting at 3 p.m. All ages are welcome. For more information call the Children's Room at 252-527-7066, ext. 133. Join us for a week of Spring Break Activities at the Kinston-Lenoir County Public Library.

 

2. Celebrate Earth Day.

Saturday is Earth Day and this year's theme is "Environmental & Climate Literacy." The Earth Day Network and the March for Science are co-organizing a rally and teach-in on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. There will also be local teach-ins focused on educating communities about environmental issues and empower members to take informed civic action to protect the environment. Find out where your local events are by visiting <a href="http://www.earthday.org" >http://www.earthday.org</a>/. Events are scheduled today at the Neuseway Nature Center and East Vernon Community Garden.

 

3. Escape the warmer temperatures with a movie.

Opening in theaters this Friday is "Unforgettable (R)" starring Katherine Heigl as a woman who sets out to make life difficult for her ex-husband's new wife; for kids and families is the G-rated "Born in China," which captures intimate moments with a panda bear and her growing cub, a young golden monkey who feels displaced by his baby sister, and a mother snow leopard struggling to raise her two cubs.

 

4. Visit Southwood Memorial Christian Church Community Outreach Day.

On Saturday from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. visit Southwood Memorial Church located at 1027 NC 58 South in Kinston. The purpose of this event is to improve the quality of life for the citizens of our community by offering them exposure to the resources that can most help them.  There will be vendors set-up to greet the community, kid’s entertainment, local popular bands and other venues. The event is free to public.

5. Enjoy a picnic.

Sunday is National Picnic Day. Did you know that during the early 19th century a group of wealthy London citizens formed "The Picnic Society" to promote picnics as social gatherings? Host your own at a local park or even in your backyard.

 

6. Celebrate the Bard.

While no one knows which day in April William Shakespeare was born, his birthday is traditionally celebrated on April 23. Replace your "you" with a" thou" or "thee" and address all your friends as "cousins," at the very least add a "eth" to the end of your verbs. Then "go-eth" to talklikeshakespeare.org to learn more about the poet -- such as why he's called "the Bard" -- and even download your own Shakespeare mask.

 

7. Give a book.

It's World Book and Copyright Day on Sunday. According to the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the day is "an opportunity to highlight the power of books to promote our vision of knowledge societies that are inclusive, pluralistic, equitable, open and participatory for all citizens." Celebrate by writing a note in a book saying "Happy Book Day!" leaving it on a park bench. Find other ways to mark the day on <a href="http://www.unesco.org/new/en/wbcd" >http://www.unesco.org/new/en/wbcd</a>.

 

8. Take in a concert.

Kaptivating Kreations, Inc. "The Coffee House" presents in concert featured artists Beverly Bryant of Grifton and Bishop LaRonte' Bryant of New Bern. Tickets are $7 in advance and $8 at the door. Contact James Williams (252)643-4660 or Arts Center (252)527-2517.