Frogs croak

Rains soak

Chicks peep

Crickets leap

Bees hum

Robins come

Birds sing

It's Spring!

(Author unknown)

That little poem made me smile. In Silver Lake we can add- Lakes sparkle, flowers bloom, lawnmowers hum and grass smells sweet, fishermen cast, neighbors greet neighbors across backyard fences (and not just electronically on Next Door Silver Lake), walkers walk around the village, not on the track at the Natatorium, and the Village is so beautiful that, to quote my favorite Dr. Seuss, "it's green is so green that it's green doesn't quit!"

Spring and Garden Club go hand in hand. The next garden club meeting will be on May 15 at 12:30 p.m. at Village Hall. Beth Schreibman-Gehring from the Western Reserve Herb Society will present a program on using our backyard herbs to create scrubs, lotions, spa products and more. And I thought my basil was just for spaghetti sauce. Garden Club welcomes new members. Annual dues are $20.

Save the date: As always, the third Saturday in July this year July 15 - is the Garden Club's annual Silver Lake Festival. The committee has been hard at work since February in planning the event. Villagers young and old will be invited to enter "The Land of Make Believe." It's never too soon to start planning your costume or designing a float for the parade!

On May 20, Silver Lake Estates will host a welcome orientation for all new Silver Lake Estates residents. Join Lake Manager Cliff Morrison at the Boat House between 10 and 11 a.m. to learn all that Silver Lake has to offer. Enjoy coffee and doughnuts and get acquainted with other new Estates residents.

2018 is the Centennial anniversary of the Village of Silver Lake. The Centennial Committee has been hard at work planning multiple celebrations and activities to commemorate the event. Committee meetings take place every third Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m. in Village Hall. Bring your ideas and enthusiasm and join the group. Commemorative bricks are currently being sold with purchaser's name and message. The bricks will be used in the landscape at Christmas Tree Island. Go to the village website to order a brick.

The first major event planned by the committee is the Inaugural Summer 5 K Run for runners ages 10 and older. The run will take place June 3. It will be a timed race. Registration is now open. The fee for the individual 5K run is $25. A 1-mile family fun run is open to all ages with a fee of $10. Go to the village website for more information and a link to registration.

Stay tuned for many more events to come a pancake breakfast and mum sale, a golf outing, and an art show featuring village artists are but a few of the many activities being planned.