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Walk in A Child’s Shoes Saturday, May 5, 2012 Noelridge Park Cedar Rapids

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Annual Spring Dinner May 5, 2012 - 4 to 7 p.m. 5th and Main Streets Central City, Iowa

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A railway tea at the museum Belle Plaine Historical Society Belle Plaine, Iowa Sunday, May 6 at 2:00 p.m.

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FLOWERS ARE COMING (continued): • While flowers bloom at different times in many locations, Tusser’s rhyme points to the time of year when most flower gardens are beginning to show their colors. • Of the many famous gardens around the world, there are some, such as in Holland, that are devoted to specific flowers while others offer a menagerie. • The tulip fields that bloom near Amsterdam are among the most famous in the world. The Keukenhof Gardens southwest of Amsterdam in the small village of Lisse are only open from March to May. Keukenhof translates to “kitchen garden,” and the historic park is known as the “Garden of Europe.” Every spring more than seven million flowers bloom with tulips the most abundant but also present are blooms of daffodils, orchids, hyacinths, roses, carnations, irises, lilies and more. • Nearly 50 acres (20 ha) of Giant Tecolote Ranunculus flowers have been blooming on the rolling hills of North San Diego County in Southern California for over 60 years. Known as the Flower Fields® at Carlsbad Ranch, the flowers only bloom for six to eight weeks each year from early March through early May. It is one of the most beautiful and spectacular coordinated displays of natural floral beauty in the world. The flowers announce the arrival of spring to Southern California. • Giant Tecolote Ranunculus were brought to Southern California by Luther Gage, an English horticulturist, more than 60 years ago when his family left England to establish a home in California. Enamored with the flowers in England, Gage brought their seeds with him. These seeds became the first ranunculus known to be planted in North America.

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FLOWERS ARE COMING (continued): • If you love the beauty of azaleas, Callaway Gardens in Georgia is the place to visit. Located at the southern end of the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, Callaway Gardens’ 13,000 acres (5,261 ha) include the world’s largest azalea display. • Callaway Gardens opened to the public in 1952. There are two areas that are bursting with azaleas. The original “Overlook Azalea Garden,” planted under the guidance of the founders, Cason and Virginia Callaway, has more than 700 varieties of cultivated azaleas that were planted many years ago. The “Callaway Brothers Azalea Bowl” was opened in 1999 on 40 acres (16.2 ha). It has more than 3,400 hybrid azaleas in pinks, reds, whites and more. Both areas also boast trees, shrubs and other flowering plants to complement the azaleas. • Azaleas are scattered all over the Southern states, and there are many azalea festivals to highlight the showy plants. While many of those festivals occur in March and April to welcome spring and the masses of colorful blooms, there are many yards and gardens with azaleas blooming well into June. • Peak blooming time in the Gulf Coast states, including Texas, is from February to May or June, and in the Carolinas and Virginia, it is from April to June. • Even though azaleas are mostly found in the Southern states, Brookings, Oregon, a small town just six miles north of the California border on U.S. Highway 101, has a history that includes azaleas and an Azalea Festival dating back to 1939. To live up to its tagline, “Where flowers meet the sea,” five varieties of native azaleas are cared for in Azalea Park, considered the “crown jewel” of Brookings City Parks.

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• In 2007, a world record was set off the coast of Brazil when a single wave was caught by 84 surfers. • If you were to stack up a million $1 bills, they would weigh about one ton. • The Twist dance craze in the 1960s changed the culture in America and spread around the world. Most people don’t realize, though, that the song “The Twist,” which started the fad, wasn’t originally sung by Chubby Checker, though he was the one who sent the single up the charts and has since been irrevocably associated with the dance. The song was originally written and performed by an R&B singer named Hank Ballard. A deejay in Baltimore saw teenagers dancing to Ballard’s song and called Dick Clark, host of “American Bandstand.” Clark loved it and invited Ballard to perform the song on the show, but it didn’t work out. Instead, Clark found someone else to perform the song: Ernest Evans, who changed his name to Chubby Checker. It made his career. • Colonel Sanders started selling chicken when he was 65 years old, and his only goal was to make $1,000 a month. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

Matilda Charles regrets that she cannot personally answer reader questions, but will incorporate them into her column whenever possible. Write to her in care of King Features Weekly Service, P.O. Box 536475, Orlando, FL 32853-6475, or send e-mail to columnreply@gmail.com. (c) 2012 King Features Synd., Inc.

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• On May 1, 1931, President Herbert Hoover officially dedicates New York City’s Empire State Building. The entire 102-story building went up in just over a year, under budget (at $40 million) and well ahead of schedule. During certain periods of building, the frame grew an astonishing four-and-a-half stories a week. • On May 5, 1945, in Lakeview, Ore., six people are killed while attempting to drag a Japanese balloon out the woods. The explosive balloon was one of a handful of Japanese attacks against the continental United States, which were conducted by Japanese submarines and later by highaltitude balloons carrying explosives or incendiaries. • On May 3, 1952, a ski-modified U.S. Air Force C-47 becomes the first aircraft to land on the North Pole. On the flight was Dr. Albert P. Crary, a scientist who in 1961 traveled to the South Pole by motorized

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• Cement manufacturing stopped at the plant in 1916, but tiles and flower pots were made there through 1950. • The gardens are planted annually with over a million bedding plants in approximately 700 varieties. Plantings are made and maintained so that blooms are present continuously from March through October. • Close to a million visitors to Butchart Gardens each year are blessed with not only the floral beauty but entertainment and lighting displays during the summer and at Christmas. The gardens welcome visitors year round for five seasons: the usual four, winter, spring, summer and autumn as well as Christmas. The summer season includes “Firework Saturdays.” • The Butchart family descendants still own the private estate and gardens. The original Butcharts named the estate “Benvenuto,” which is Italian for “welcome.” They developed a truly unique and welcoming spot for visitors to enjoy. The family residence is open for tours during the winter months from January 15- March 15. • With all of the traveling of the Butchart family, many sculptures were brought back to be a part of the gardens as well. One of the most interesting sculptures is a rare bronze copy of a wild boar statue sculptured from marble and displayed at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, Italy. The copy is known as “Tacca,” in honor of Pietro Tacca, who created the statue in 1620. Many visitors rub Tacca’s snout affectionately for good luck. • The family never sought to make the gardens into botanical gardens. Even though there are many plant species present, none are labeled and no botanical collections were created.

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March 21– April 19 Ignorance is not bliss, Aries. Do your homework before you approach anyone with your idea. The more informed you are, the more support you will gather.

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May 21– June 21 Big changes are in store. Receive them with open arms, Gemini, and you will come out on top. An artistic work leads to introspection which leads to fulfillment.

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