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Poor Will’s Almanack for the very edge of middle spring, in the second week of the Cabbage White Butterfly Moon, the first full week of the sun in Aries, the seventeenth week of the new year in nature.

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The first stage in the progress of spring brings the sighting of “firsts”: first bluebird, first robin, red-winged blackbird, first crocus, first daffodil, first tulip and so forth.

Now with as middle spring approaches, quantity matters as much as novelty.

Firsts are easy now: first hepatica, first violet cress, first Dutchman’s breeches, first twinleaf, first spring beauty, first lungwort, first bluebell, first cabbage white butterfly.

And the discovery of firsts lasts as long as a person might look or listen.

A celebration for the Do It Yourself day is  Saturday, at WBI Tec^Edge Innovation and Collaboration Center. It is to bring together various maker groups/businesses and to encourage exploration and tinkering as a path to innovation and to inspire future generations to become interested in STEM. This event is free and open to the community. All ages are welcome.

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More and more things are happening, the plot of the story of March becoming more and more apparent as the month comes toward its climax.

Bright aconites and snowdrops and snow crocus have reached full bloom. Hyacinths and daffodils and tulips and pushkinia are inching up, sometimes budding, sometimes opening in the sun.

Tonight in downtown Dayton is First Friday…5 to 10 p.m.  Check out activities at downtown’s art galleries, local retailers, food specials  and shows.  On your Facebook check out First Friday: March Madness Edition

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Bluebell growing season begins as its first dusky foliage emerges from the hillsides. Daffodil, chickweed, purple deadnettle, and dandelion blooming times unfold slowly just as clumps of nettles, shepherd’s purse, cress, clover and lamb’s quarters reach the spring tipping point and spill across the waysides, fields and gardens.

courtesy of Dayton History

Tomorrow, on Saturday, at 9:00am there is a slow-paced walk through the Woodland Cemetery and Arboretum. This is home to many diverse species of birds and the bare trees make it easy for viewing. Don't forget your camera and binoculars!

The Junior Leaguers Club of Dayton is sponsoring a special screening of DEAR WHITE PEOPLE on Saturday at noon at The Neon. This is a 2014 American satirical film that focuses on African American students who attend a predominately white university.

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When one thing happens, something else is always happening, too. The flowering of snowdrops and early crocus and aconites bears witness to the blossoming of silver maples and the red maples along city streets, the blooming of weedy henbit in the garden, the increasing flow of maple sap, the full emergence of pussy willows, the appearance of honeybees and carpenter bees in search of the new pollen, the full bloom of snow trillium along the rivers, the final bloom of skunk cabbage in the wetlands, the time for killdeer and woodcocks and red-winged blackbirds to arrive from the South.

One chapter in my most recent book, African Immersion: American College Students in Cameroon (Lexington Books, 2015) looks at racial interactions in Cameroon: African American-Caucasian, African-Caucasian, and African American-African. The research finds gross ignorance in public discourse on race relations. But academic institutions neither mandate students to take courses about America’s racial past nor create other avenues for a critical examination of racism in the U.S.

A dinner, screening and discussion of an award winning film, "The Human Face of Climate Change," is on tonight, 5-8pm at Christ Episcopal Church, in downtown Dayton. Come, learn and articulate solutions for a problem that is not limited to the Third World. No admission charge for the event…"love offerings" gratefully accepted.

On Saturday at 10:30 am. at the Sunwatch Indian Village there will be a presentation about “Tracking down the Homes of the Mound Builders.”