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Apr. 19, 2013 @ 09:56 AM

Bam. Thanks to a string of these 80-degree summer-like days, the outdoors is popping as such trees as weeping cherries and flowers are splashing color into every yard and hill.

Here are a few good ways to get out and about this weekend and enjoy the outdoors.

Party on the Patio: The Greater Huntington Park and Recreation District gets the spring kick-started with the first Party on the Patio. Come out and see bluegrass band, Hammertowne from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday, April 19, at Heritage Station. The concert is free and open to the public. There will be drink and food vendors as well as Heritage Station businesses. Call 304-696-5954 for more info.

Outside Art: Let your kids get in touch with their inner Picasso or Jackson Pollock at the 6th Annual Children's Art Festival Extravaganza (CAFÉ) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20, at Heritage Station, at the corner of 11th Street and Veterans Memorial Boulevard downtown. Check out 10 art stations with the theme "Picture Stories," allowing children ages 3 to 12 to create their own artwork to take home. Hat making, creating a flip book and clay modeling are some of the stations that will be provided by the Marshall University School of Fine Art and Design and the Huntington Museum of Art. Cookie decorating taught by the Goodwill Industries Culinary class is planned as well.

Critical Mass: See the city in full bloom in evening light by taking part in the free, monthly community bicycle ride called Critical Mass. Meet at 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, at the Ritter Park fountain. Cyclists will travel about six miles during the free monthly event. The Critical Mass monthly bicycle events began in San Francisco in 1992. Local cyclists do a Critical Mass ride very third Friday at 6:30 p.m. beginning near the Ritter Park fountain

Get to the Gorge: The New River and Red River gorges may get a lot of the press, but the smaller but spectacular Laurel Gorge is a great hike that's relatively close by. The Tri-State Area Native Plant Society is sponsoring a field trip on Saturday, April 20 to the Laurel Gorge Cultural Center, Sandy Hook, Ky. The hike will leave at 10 a.m. from the center. If you wish to carpool from the Huntington area, meet at the 5th Street Park and Ride. They will leave there at 8:45 am. Directions to Laurel Gorge: I-64 to Grayson exit, Rt. 7 south about 23 miles, Look for Laurel Gorge Cultural Center sign on the left. Naturalist, Romie Hughart will lead the hike. Call 304-523-1049.

Make A Great Cave Escape: Usually Carter Caves subterranean wonderland is the cause for a trip over to Olive Hill, but this weekend, the spring wildflowers draw attention to the beauty above ground. Carter Caves State Resort Park will host its Wildflower Pilgrimage Weekend April 19-21. Guests can experience the beauty of the area during wildflower walks and van tours throughout the weekend. Admission to field trips and workshops is $15 and $10 for children (ages 6-12). Guests will sign up for programs at the park Friday night or Saturday morning. Evening programs will also be scheduled. There will be trips focusing on wildflowers, birds, ferns and tree identification, a canoe trip on Smoky Lake and more. Call the park at 1-800-325-0059 to register.

Take an Art Walk: Running from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday, April 18, it's the monthly Art Walk in downtown Huntington. Go online at http://www.art-walk.info/ for more info on the walk.

Thurs. April 18

Got A Pocket? Gotta A Place for a Poem

Hey, is that a poem in your pocket or are you just happy to see us?

Join Boyd County Public Library and the Academy of American Poets in celebrating Poem in Your Pocket Day on Thursday, April 18. The concept is simple: Select your favorite poem and carry it in your pocket. Share it with family, friends and co-workers throughout the day. Then, pass the poem along to someone else, and ask them to share it.

You can also share your poem selection on Twitter by using the hashtag #pocketpoem. The city of New York created Poem in Your Pocket Day in 2002.

If you need a poem, pick one up at any BCPL branch on April 18 or go to poets.org/pocket anytime. The Academy also has a site for mobile device users, featuring more than 2,500 poems. It can be found at www.poets.org/m .

Fri. April 19

'Bowling' For the Hungry

Looking for a good spot for lunch on Friday as well as a place to nab some handmade clay bowls?

Have we got the cool fundraiser for you. It's the 10th annual Empty Bowls fundraiser that takes place from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Friday, April 19, at First Presbyterian Church, 1015 5th Ave., Huntington.

For a $12 donation, people will receive a modest soup lunch and leave with a handmade ceramic bowl, with all proceeds donated to the Huntington Area Food Bank. Participants pick their one-of-a-kind bowl, and go through a soup line. The lunch is intended to be modest as a reminder to participants that many people in the Tri-State go hungry.

The Huntington Area Food Bank serves around 100,000 people each month in 17 counties in West Virginia, Kentucky and Ohio. Nearly 20,000 of those are in Cabell County.

For more information on Empty Bowls, contact Jaye Ike at 304-696-3296 or at jaye.ike@marshall.edu.

Sat. April 20

Mountain Music -- As Seen On TV

The Harlan County, Ky. bluegrass band, Cumberland River, has gotten thrust into the national spotlight as its music was hand-picked to be seen and heard in the hit F/X dramatic series, "Justified."

The six-man band that records on Rural Rhythm Records will be bringing its hard-driving, mountain-brewing original tunes such as "Harlan Man," and "Justified," to the stage of the V Club, 741 6th Ave., Huntington, on Saturday, April 20.

Tickets are $8 advance or $10 day of the show. The concert is for ages 18 and up.

Opening the show is Modock Rounders as well as regionally-traveling Kentucky singer/songwriter Tyler Childers.

Go online at http://www.cumberland-river.com to hear Cumberland River. Go online at www.vclublive.com to see what bands are coming to the V.

Sun. April 21

Art On the Draw At Dr. Sketchy's

Charleston's Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School has been spreading the love of sketching people in a series of themed drawing sessions that put some fun and life back into drawing.

From 7 to 10 p.m. Sunday, April 21, roll down to the Kanawha Player's Theatre (309 Beauregard St.) in Charleston, where they're hosting a Battlestar Galactica themed drawing session.

Cover is $10 at the door. The session is ages 18 and up (bring your own art supplies). For those 21 and up, there is a BYOB party as well.

All art mediums are accepted as long as they don't disturb anyone else. Artists of any skill level from the novice to the pro are invited to come and draw such models as Kitty Kilton and Leo Tuxedo.

For more information check out http://drsketchywv.com/ and for more info on Dr. Sketchy's Anti-Art School visit http://drsketchy.com.

Mon. April 22

Just Another Capstone Monday

Tis the season for Marshall University's Birke Art Gallery to be filled to the brim with fresh-roasted art shows from students in the School of Art and Design.

At 5 p.m. Monday, April 22, the latest show, 4 + 1 (Four Girls + A Guy) celebrates their capstone or senior show with an exhibit at the gallery, which is located in Smith Hall on campus.

Featuring the works of Andra Levy, Lindsay Emmite, James Decker, Jami Moss and Amber Marie, the show runs through Thursday, April 25.

The opening, which runs 5 to 7 p.m., is free and open to the public. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday - Friday and 6 to 8 p.m. Mondays.

Tues. April 23

Belly Up to Black Sheep For Fundraiser

Black Sheep Burrito and Brews, 1555 3rd Ave., the restaurant built and owned by local artists, gives up the love for its fellow artists by hosting an art auction at 5 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 to help fund Marshall University's Florence Study Abroad Program.

The works of art available for auction will range from small to big-ticket items and are mainly the creations of talented faculty artists at Marshall. Attendees will also be able to bid on other items and services donated by the community.

Through April 19, featured art will be displayed for public view on the 6th floor of Smith Hall.

All money raised goes to the program during which select Marshall students traveling to Florence will explore the historic city while taking interdisciplinary courses in photography and writing.

Community members and local businesses interested in donating big-ticket items for auction, such as gift certificates, may contact Rachael Peckham at peckham@marshall.edu or Daniel Kaufmann at kaufmann@marshall.edu for more information.

Wed. April 24

We Are On The Way to the Forum

Need a good laugh and a shot of excellent live college theater? Head over to the Joan C. Edwards Playhouse, where the Marshall Theater Alliance will be hosting a production of "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum," at 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 24 through Saturday, April 27.

Powered up with music by the legendary Stephen Sondheim, the fast-paced comedy-riddled musical features such standout students as Josh Meredith and Chase Likens (a finalist on American Idol) as well as professional actor/MU professor Jack Cirillo, who starred in an off-Broadway production of the play in New York City.

Tickets to the show, which is directed by Nicole Perrone, are $20 and $15 for Marshall University Faculty members and senior citizens. Admission will be free for Marshall students.

To order tickets, call the box office at 304-696-2787. For more information on "A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum" and the Marshall Theater Alliance visit http://www.marshall.edu/cofa/theatre/ .

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