April is the fourth month of the year, one of 4 months with 30 days. It is spring here, in our northern hemisphere.

April’s birthstone is the diamond.The birth flower is typically listed as either the Daisy (Bellis perennis) or the Sweet Pea and the zodiac signs for the month of April are Aries and Taurus.

The new moon will be on April 7 and the full moon on April 22, 2016:

April Observances:

National Poetry Month
Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month
National Autism Awareness
Stress Awareness Month
National Donate Life Month

Divine Mercy Sunday 3
Tax Day (taxes due) 15
Earth Day 22
Passover (start) 23
Administrative Professionals 27
Arbor Day 29
Passover (end) 30

Here are some things to do this April:

1. APRIL FOOL’S DAY! Everyone expects something, so be creative 😉

2. GET THOSE TAXES FILED! (Due on 4-15) Hopefully you’ll get some $$$ back!

3. In observance of Autism Awareness, register or donate to the 2016 Blue Run for Autism 5K & Family Fun Run @ Eisenhower Park on 4/23

4. Don’t forget your assistant on Administrative Professionals Day on April 27. Pick up some fresh flowers or a gift card to thank them for their hard work! Everyone likes to feel appreciated and you definitely DO NOT want to be that boss that forgets! Try Floras Avenue in Huntington:)

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5. In light of National Stress Awareness in April, treat yourself to a massage, yoga, or just take time to breathe easy. East Wind Long Island in Wading River offers some #amazing spa packages.

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6. CELEBRATE ARBOR DAY!

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Planting Fields Aboretoreum: ARBOR DAY FAMILY FESTIVAL
10:00AM – 5:00PM / Rain or shine / $20 per vehicle
The 2016 Arbor Day Family Festival features live musical shows by the crowd’s favorites Peat Moss and the Fertilizers, performances by PLAY DATE, kid’s tree climb by Wonderland Tree Care, petting zoo, face painting, National Circus Project performances and workshops, TR Sanctuary, caricaturists, plant clinics, tree plantings with Smokey the Bear, FREE self-guided visits of Coe Hall. The festival is a collaborative effort between Planting Fields Foundation and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. $20 per car load; once inside the park all activities are FREE! For more information contact Jennifer Lavella at (516) 922-8678 or email

Westbury Gardens: Memorial Tree Funds
During the last weekend in April, a special Arbor Day Tree Dedication Ceremony takes place at Old Westbury Gardens. Trees are planted in remembrance of all those who have been memorialized throughout the year. Each person who made a donation, along with the family and friends of the honored individuals, are invited to attend.

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve: DAY SPRING NATURE WALK
Tuesday, April 26th, 2016 11:00 am and 1:00 pm
Celebrate Arbor Day with a walk through the spring woods, learn about plants, trees, animals and how they interact to make an ecosystem. Join us as we discover the rebirth of nature that occurs every year.

7. CELEBRATE EARTH DAY!

Garvies Point Museum and Preserve: TERRARIUM CRAFT
Saturday, April 23rd, 2016 10:00 am to 3:00 pm
Celebrate Earth Day and make an enclosed ecosystem that can last for years! Includes everything you need: Glass jar, plants, soil, pebbles. $8 per participant

Bayard Cutting Arboretum: EARTH DAY CELEBRATION
April 29-1:00 pm Manor House Tour
Offering a broad range of exhibits and events for family fun and education!

Earth Day Tap Takeover with the Tweakers
Beer Event-7:00PM – 1:00AM
Tap and Barrel-558 Smithtown Bypass Smithtown, NY 11787
631-275-3206

 

 

8. Check out these Passover recipes!

Passover is April 23 – April 30, 2016.
ThMatzah Potato "Knishes" ingredientse Jewish people celebrate Passover as a commemoration of their liberation by God from slavery in Egypt and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses.

Celebrate Passover with these delicious recipes!

 

9. Spectacular Meteor Shower :0

The meteor shower is called the Eta Aquarids because you can see it in the same area of the sky as the constellation of Aquarius. The shower will start on April 20 and last through May 21, but your best chance to see the meteors will happen May 5 through May 7 in the early hours of the morning. –IFLScience

10. Visit a Long Island Garden!

Spring is officially here so why not take this opportunity to visit one of LI’s enchanting gardens and surround yourself with the nature’s magical beauty.

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11. In Observance of National Poetry month, visit Walt Whitman’s birthplace.

Walt Whitman Birthplace Association (WWBA) was organized in 1949 to purchase the deteriorating Whitman Birthplace from private sellers to safeguard it for future generations. In 1957, WWBA sold the Birthplace to NY State, and WWBA agreed to continue operating the Birthplace. WWBA fulfills the responsibilities of NY State by preserving the historic site, for sustaining the legacy of Walt Whitman, for presenting literary and artistic programs, for conducting educational programs, and for providing visitor tours. Check out their April events here!

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Sources:

http://www.autismspeakswalk.org/

http://www.wincalendar.com/

http://wikipedia.org

http://giphy.com/

http://www.midnightkite.com/

http://www.iflscience.com/

 

 

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Maria Greco is a writer for LI Finds. She is a native Long Islander who lives on the south shore with her family. Maria loves to read, write, take pictures, and manage LIFinds.com. “The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination.” ― Albert Einstein

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