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There are lots of events happening around this wonderful state of ours. Take a peek at the goings on near and far.

Saturday, April 11 at 12:00, visit Davidson Baseball Field and watch the Gladiators take on Waxahachie Faith Family. Area business continue to be honored before each home game beginning at 11:30. The Lady Gladiators will play April 14 in Itasca beginning at 5:30.

Don’t forget about the Mayor’s Egg Hunt at the library. If it rains, the Mayor will head to the school. Just check out instructions beginning at 10:00 am.

Sunrise Service is at Mt. Gilead Church on Harris Street with Rev Todd Gray providing the message. The service begins at 7:00 am.

April 1-30 are the official dates of the Texas Bluebonnet Trails which includes 40 miles of mapped wildflower trails. There are free maps and tour guides available. Visit their website or call 972-878-4748.

April 4-May 25, enjoy the Scarborough Faire Renaissance Festival. For ticket prices and times visit their website or call 972-938-3247. They are located at 2511 FM Hwy 66.

April 11 and 25 are the dates of The Bird Program. Meet Lee Clauser and Lady, a 25 year old red-tailed hawk at this program about the birds that may be seen on a visit to the park. Call to confirm program at 254-897-4588. This will be located at the Dinosaur Valley State Park.

Vietnam traveling Wall Memorial includes 80% size replica of the Vietnam Wall, Cost of Freedom Memorial and 911 memorials, Vietnam Remembered Art Display and World War II memorials April 15-20 at 500 E. Centre Park Blvd. You can visit their website or call 972-224-3565.

Mesquite Championship Rodeo is April 10-11, 17-18 and 24-25. This includes bull riding, bronc busting, steer wrestling, chuck wagon races and much more. It all begins at 8pm at the Resistol Arena. For more information, visit their website or call 972-285-8777.

April 11 is the official date of the Redbud Festival & Romp. This coincides with the blooming redbud trees. Activities include a home and garden show, booths, educational programs and exhibits throughout the day. Hours are 10am-4pm at the Civic Center. Check out their website or call 940-349-8737.

April 1-30 is Wildflower Month in Cuero. Enjoy a wildflower display at the museum, photography contest exhibit at the library, wildflower excursion by bus, scenic bike and cycling tour, self-guided tours and Wildflower Gift Mart. You can visit the DeWitt County Historical Museum or visit their website or call 361-275-9942.

Texas Monthly has some great suggestions as well.

BOB BULLOCK TEXAS STATE HISTORY MUSEUM Thru Oct 11: Forgotten Gateway: Coming to America Through Galveston Island—the newest exhibit at the Bullock takes us back to 1845, when Texas was a newly minted state and thousands of foreigners had begun disembarking on our coast. “Forgotten Gateway” features more than two hundred artifacts (a Czech Bible from 1765, a Yiddish-alphabet eye chart) and documents (an 1816 editorial from the Texas New Yorker) that impressively convey the immigrant experience. For full write-up see In the Chute. Open Mon—Sat 9—6, Sun noon—6. Gen adm $7; senior citizens, military & college students with ID $6; youths 5—18 $4; children 4 & under and museum members free. For more information, please visit their website. To visit in person, go to 1800 N. Congress Ave (512-936-8746).

THEATRE THREE Thru Apr 26: Murder on the Nile—the title may seem to ruin the ending, but for the young newlyweds at the center of this melodramatic Agatha Christie mystery, death is only part of the puzzle. Thur at 7:30, Fri at 8, Sat at 2:30 & 8, Sun at 2:30 & 7:30. $10—$40. If you would like more information, please visit their website. The address is The Quadrangle, 2800 Routh (214-871-3300).

MUSEUM OF NATURE AND SCIENCE The result of the 2006 merging of the Dallas Museum of Science and History (established in 1936), the Science Place (established in 1946), and the Dallas Children’s Museum (established in 1995), the MNS occupies three structures in Fair Park: the Nature Building, which houses hundreds of artifacts and mammal specimens; the Science Building, where you’ll find more than two hundred hands-on exhibits (everything from the Dental Gallery to the Little Urban Farm); and the city’s only public planetarium. The newest permanent gallery, Your Incredible Body, is an interactive exploration of why and how our body does what it does, from sneezing and sweating to digesting food and thinking. Open Mon—Sat 10—5, Sun noon—5. Gen adm $8.75; youths 12—18, students & senior citizens $7.75; children 3—11 $5.50; 2 & under free. You can visit their website for more details. Visit them at 3535 Grand Ave & 1318 S. 2nd Ave (214-428-5555).

EL PASO ZOO This eighteen-acre zoo is home to more than 250 animal species from across the globe, including endangered Mexican wolves, Indo-Chinese tigers, and rare leopards from the Amur River region in Russia and China. Open Mon—Fri 9:30—4, Sat & Sun 9:30—5. Gen adm $5, senior citizens & active-duty military with ID $4, children 3—12 $3, 2 & under and Zoological Society members free. For more details visit their website. The address is 4001 E. Paisano (915-521-1850).

EL PASO MUSEUM OF HISTORY Thru Sep 6: El Paso Aviation—a T-38 Talon supersonic jet that is usually housed at NASA’s local facility has temporarily relocated to the EPMH, a move that required the large aircraft to be disassembled and then reassembled. Among the avionic artifacts also on view are airport runway lights, a runway beacon, and historical photos and documents. Open Tue—Sat 10—5, Sun noon—5. Free. More details can be seen on their website or travel to 510 N. Santa Fe (915-351-3588).

KIMBELL ART MUSEUM Thru Jun 14: Art and Love in Renaissance Italy—more than 150 paintings and objects dating from 1400 to 1600 remind us what life—and love—was like long before The Bachelor turned courtship into a voyeuristic ratings game. Nuptial portraits and paintings that once hung in the bedchambers of newlyweds share gallery space with vividly painted bridal chests and maiolica (tin-glazed ceramic) childbirth bowls. A selection of drawings and prints by some of the most celebrated artists of the time, including Parmigianino and Giulio Romano, add more than a dash of eroticism and are featured alongside a section on the world of the courtesan. (Gen adm $14, senior citizens & students with ID $12, children 6—11 $10, 5 & under and museum members free; Tue 10—5 & Fri 5—8 everybody half-price.) Open Tue—Thur 10—5, Fri noon—8, Sat 10—5, Sun noon—5. Free. Please go to their website for more information. The address is 3333 Camp Bowie Blvd (817-332-8451).

JUBILEE THEATRE Thru Apr 19: The Piano Lesson—Southern transplant Boy Willie arrives in Pittsburgh in 1936 with little more than a truck full of watermelons to sell. To earn some quick money, he tries to put the family piano on the market, but his sister has other ideas. Thur & Fri at 8, Sat at 3 & 8, Sun at 3 (no performance April 12). Call for prices or visit their website. Their address is 506 Main (817-338-4411).

Easter Egg Hunt in the Stockyards should be a blast. Enjoy the annual Easter celebration and Texas-sized egg hunt. There will be pictures with the Easter Bunny, Easter egg hunt for kids 1 to 12 years of age and an educational program with live chicks and bunnies. Visit the Stockyard Station. You can see to their website or call 817-625-9715 for more information.

BISHOP’S PALACE Completed in 1892, this ornate building is nationally recognized for its rosewood, satinwood, and white mahogany woodwork. The mantel in the front ballroom took home first prize in the World’s Fair of 1876. Open Fri noon—3, Sat & Sun noon—4. Gen adm $10, youths 6—18 $7, children 5 & under free. 1402 Broadway (409-762-2475).

DANCE SALAD Movers and shakers from all corners of the globe—Germany, France, Denmark, Norway, China, and beyond—convene each year for this international showcase of dance talent. The English National Ballet will be premiering a new version of David Dawson’s A Million Kisses to My Skin, and Swedish choreographer Mats Ek will be making his Houston debut with Memory, a piece he’ll perform with his wife, Ana Laguna. Call for schedule & prices. Please visit their website. The address is Wortham Center, Cullen Theater, 501 Texas Ave (713-961-0566).

RADIO MUSIC THEATRE Thru May 9: Grandpa Hasn’t Moved in Days—the Fertile family of Dumpster, Texas, is in for a laugh when grandpa’s dying wish is revealed. Thur & Fri at 8:30, Sat at 8 & 10:30. Call for prices or visit their website. Their address is 2623 Colquitt (713-522-7722).

MUSEO ALAMEDA Thru May 10: Caras Vemos, Corazones No Sabemos: The Human Landscape of Mexican Migration—from the perils of crossing the border to the struggle of acclimating to a new home, the immigration experience is illuminated via the sixty works of this exhibit, the title of which loosely translates to “faces seen, hearts unknown.” Open Tue 10—6, Wed 10—8, Thur—Sat 10—6, Sun noon—6. Free, but $2—$4 donation suggested. Visit their website. Their address is 101 S. Santa Rosa (210-299-4300).

WILDCAT BLUFF NATURE CENTER Named by early cowboys who happened upon a den of wildcats living under the bluff, this wilderness escape is just a few minutes from downtown Amarillo and features more than six hundred acres of rolling grasslands threaded with nature trails aplenty. Run through wildflowers popping up through tall grasses; spy on lizards, hawks, quail, and many other species of wildlife; and inspect the still-visible wagon ruts that date back to when the land was part of the historic Santa Fe Trail. Nature center open Tue—Sat 9—5. Trails open from sunrise to sunset. Gen adm $3, senior citizens & children 3—13 $2, 2 & under free. You can visit their website. Their address is 2301 N. Soncy Rd (806-352-6007).

BEACHCOMBER’S MUSEUM OF LOCAL AND NATURAL HISTORY Housed in one of South Padre’s oldest buildings, this seaside repository was started on a whim in 1998 and now takes up a used-book store (which also happens to sell both coffee and ice cream). Seashells and old bottles abound, but the glass displays also boast rare finds: Civil War buttons, bones from a Columbian mammoth, even a peg leg that belonged to local legend Harpoon Barry, a surfing enthusiast who was the island’s first licensed tattoo artist. Open Tue—Sun noon—5. Free. For information, please visit their website or travel to 104 W. Pompano (956-761-5231).

Whatever you decide to do, Neotrib wishes you a safe and happy Easter!