From the Publisher: Springing into April

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April is here, and if you are thinking “April showers bring May flowers,” you might also be someone who looks forward to that feeling of rebirth that gardens can give. In that case, you’re in luck. This month, we bring you the latest trends in gardening, offering tips to get the most out of the experience. Don’t have a green thumb? That’s okay. There’s something for everyone in our feature article, including some great reasons to get close to the Earth and dig in.

Speaking of showers, this month we also visit the Prince William County Service Authority’s Water Academy. Read why so many residents have become involved with the academy.

When it comes to April, of course, Easter is always popular. That’s why in this month’s Family Fun, we share ways for everyone to get involved in the festivities. Then in Destinations, we bring you to the famous Burnside Farm in Haymarket and Nokesville. Read all about their Festival of Spring and learn about the farm’s history. We’re pretty sure you’ll want to make a trip to the farm a priority this season and experience nature’s rebirth on a grand scale. If you’re hungry after, hop on over to Crossroads Tabletop Tavern where you’ll experience delicious food and entertaining board games. It’s a whole day of fun for the family without having to drive very far.

In the mood for music? We’ve got Gainesville Community Choir bringing us a variety of tunes. Read how this group has grown from just a few to dozens more and what they offer the community. Then, it’s back to business. If you’re looking for an alternative place to get work done, we’ve got it. In Taking Care of Business, we bring you to CENTERFUSE in Manassas.

This month, we also have a special Giving Back. We’re celebrating folks who are helping the homeless. StreetLight Ministries is making a big difference every season, and you’ll want to know about the important resources they offer the community. Our Changemaker this month is Mary Lopez of Independence Empowerment Center. Learn what Mary loves about this area she and her organization serve.

This spring, we hope you get some time to enjoy the amenities around us as we celebrate the season of beauty and growth. We thank you for making Prince William Living part of that celebration as you learn what our area offers and read about the people who make this a wonderful place to call home. Enjoy this
issue of your community magazine.

Rebecca Barnes
Publisher

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