Plant a tree for Arbor Day, monitor the NFL Draft, celebrate Shakespeare and Cervantes, catch the TV Land Awards and honor penguins and Audubon.


Plant a tree

Friday is Arbor Day, so get out your spade and plant a tree in your yard. If you’d like to plant several trees but don’t want to spend a lot of money, go to ArborDay.org and become a member – you’ll get 10 free trees. You can also celebrate the day by heading to a community event. Check the newspaper for listings, or go to the Arbor Day Web site mentioned above.

Are you ready for some drafting?

The NFL Draft takes place Saturday and Sunday, and you can follow your team’s picks on a wide variety of Web sites or TV channels. A couple Internet suggestions are ProFootballWeekly.com, ESPN.com or NFL.com.

Read some classic lit

Shakespeare and Cervantes coincidently died on the exact same day – April 23, 1616 (and Shakespeare’s birthday is generally held to be April 23), so why not take some time to honor these literary giants by reading some of their work? If you’re hoping to introduce youngsters to some classic literature, “Don Quixote” is a great place to start.

And celebrate some classic TV

TV Land’s annual awards show is Sunday at 8 p.m. (local time), so be sure to tune in if you’re a fan of classic TV and celebrity fun. Neil Patrick Harris will be hosting this year’s show, which will honor “Home Improvement,” “Magnum, P.I.,” “Knots Landing,” “Married with Children,” “M*A*S*H” and more.

For the birds

We can’t find much information on it, but Saturday is World Penguin Day, so head to the zoo or watch a penguin DVD (“March of the Penguins” is our favorite, of course) to honor these cute birds. And there’s another reason to celebrate birds this weekend – April 26 is the birthday of John James Audubon. To learn more about birding and Audubon’s work, head to the National Audubon Society’s Web site: Audubon.org.