Welcome April! April showers bring all sorts of fun holidays! While swinter finishes up and we get those quintessential grey 'burgh days, we've also got a bunch of things to smile about. Grilled cheese, National Unicorn Day, Drop Everything And Read Day, and International Juggler's Day, to name a few. Read on to see what else we're celebrating this month!

We have a few month long celebrations this month: Alcohol Awareness Month (alcohol is cool and all, except for when it isn't), Grilled Cheese Month (cheeeeeeseeeeeeeeeeeeee), National Knuckles Down Month (this shit has to do with MARBLES), and STD's Month. Don't itch that scratch.

First and foremost, April begins with the 40th Annual Maple Syrup FestivalApril Fools Day, and the Pittsburgh Pancakes & Booze Art Show. That's no joke! Next up is National Peanut Butter & Jelly Day (PEANUT BUTTAH JELLY TIME), International Children's Book Day, and Great Lovers Day. What's your favorite children's book? Get ready for a weird one on April 3- it's Tweed Day, National Chocolate Mousse Day, and Fish Fingers & Custard Day. Mmmmmm, custard. Grab a burrito, plan your epitaph, get a beer, and whistle on the 6th for National Burrito DayPlan Your Epitaph Day, New Beer's Eve, and International Whistler's Day. The week ends with a smashing combination of World Health DayEmpowered Women Entrepreneurs Day, the Pirates Home Opener v. Atlanta Braves (PLAY BALL!!!!) and National Walk to Work Day. Hope you don't live far outside of tahn!

Birthdays this week:
1 Anne McCaffrey, the Weasley Twins, and Bart Simpson
2 Hans Christian Anderson
4 Robert Downey Jr.
6 Paul Rudd

Stop hey, what's that sound? It's about a billion of the cutest dogs in Pittsburgh out for a walk at the SAME TIME. April 8 is the Bark Shadyside Pup Walk, plus a Yard Sale + Neighborhood Flea! It is conveniently also Dog Farting Awareness Day. Did you know the average dog farts 17 times a day? We just made that up but doesn't it sound so...right? April 8-16 is National Robotics Week, and April 9-15 is National Library Week. Research robots at the library! Get magical on April 9th for National Unicorn Day, and then come back to earth for Passover, which is April 10-18. April 10 is Sibling Day (give em a noogie), followed on the 11th by Barbershop Quartet Day. (Hello, hello, hello, hellooooooooooooo). April 12 is Drop Everything And Read Day AND International Day of Human Space Flight. Oh what fun it is to riiiiiiide in a big metal spaceship to... spaceeeeeeeeeeee. Finish this week up by kicking ASS in Scrabble for Scrabble Day.

Birthdays this week:
8 Chandler Bing

If you've been procrastinating doing your taxes, you probably want to remember that April 15 is Tax Day. Don't say we didn't try to warn you! April 15 is also National Glazed Spiral Ham Day, and That Sucks Day. Hopefully neither your taxes or your ham suck. The Easter bunny comes in April 16, and it might be in its jammies for National Wear Your Pajamas to Work Day. On April 17, talk like Charlie Brown's teacher for Blah Blah Blah Day. On the 18th, juggle approximately everything you pick up for International Juggler's Day. Sorry Whiskers, gotta do what I gotta do. Then get some breath mints, because the 19th is National Garlic Day AND National Amaretto Day. Phew. What a smelly day. April 20th is 4/20Get to Know Your Customers Day, and High Five Day. Come on in, give us a high five and we can chat about you and life. Like, totally dude. Lastly but not, erm, leastly, April 21 is John Muir Day. He advocated for the preservation of wilderness *before it was cool* back in the 1800s.

Birthdays this week:
15 Emma WatsonHenry James, and Leonardo da Vinci

This week begins awesome-ly with Earth Day and National Send Your Man Nudes Day. Sorry not sorry for pics of earth in the nude. On Talk Like Shakespeare Day (April 23), thee knoweth what tis  wench. April 26 is National Pretzel Day and Administrative Professionals' Day. Sooooooooo you're buying your admins pretzels, yes? On Morse Code Day (April 27), refuse to speak and use Morse code instead. April 28 is Arbor Day, so you should GO PLANT A DAMN TREE. April 30 is Walpurgisnacht and International Jazz Day. Get your pointy black hat and your saxophone, yinz!

Birthdays this week:
22 Vladimir Nabokov
23 William Shakespeare
25 Hank Azaria
27 Eeyore
28 Terry Pratchett, and Harper Lee
29 Jerry Seinfeld
30 Lisbeth Salander

So, what do you think?