And now the moment you've all been waiting for ... the weekend!
(It could be a long weekend—maybe a really long weekend—for federal workers, but let's not go there just yet. Ugh.)
OK, OK, keep it down until 5 p.m. Then you can "bang your drum" out of the office, as we used to say on the afternoon drive show I hosted in my college radio days.
("The PSYou Rush Hour"—the "you" was one of the many cheesy contrivances of the show—along with our BIG BOOMING DJ VOICES! And Todd Rundgren every Friday as we went off-the-air and made way for the news team—they hated us. Go figure.)
Here's your "Not Liv Tyler's Real Daddy" edition of "The Rundown" [(Cue the drummer.) In honor of the approaching outdoor concert season this one's comin' atcha live from Wolftrap, circa 2008, as the "Rush Hour" rolls on ... (slowly pot down the boom mic)]:
- Forget "Hop." While not a flop, all this human-cartoon interaction's gotta stop. (And all this rhyming. Sorry.) At from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday you can have breakfast with the bunny—ahem—the real bunny. You know who I mean. The city can't name him 'cause of the whole church-state thing, so we'll just say that he's a "furry friend" who brings "springtime fun" and "egg hunt[s]." You know what we're talkin' about. $5 for residents; $7 for non-residents. Pre-registration is required.
- Too focused on filing to hang with "Peter Cottontail"? Any county resident who earned less than $49,000 in 2010 is eligible for free tax preparation from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at the . The service is offered by the Montgomery County Community Action Agency VITA Tax Clinic in partnership with the city's Community Services Division. Bring your W-2 and/or 1099 form.
- OK, let's do fun again. It's Sunday, you've finished your taxes. Why not learn something while having fun? Rockville's 22nd annual Science Day offers rocket launching, robot building, reptiles, a visit from Albert Einstein and more than 50 exhibits .
- Feeling more cultural than scientific? Have a short attention span? Did the tax man suck you dry? Then are you ever in luck! offers up a sample platter of vignettes from the city's resident performing companies with the 13th annual Rockville Arts Sampler at 2 p.m. on Sunday. And it's free! But make a $5 donation just to be nice.
- The fun doesn't have to come to an end just because the weekend does. Monday kicks off "Willpower! 2011," -Rockville's multidisciplinary Shakespeare festival. The (mostly) free, weeklong festival is open to the public and features lectures and workshops with MC faculty members and guest scholars. Topics range from the Shakespeare's impact on the colonies to medicine in Bill's days. The festival culminates with performances of "The Tempest" on April 13-17. Tickets are $10 ($8 for seniors, students and MC employees).
- If you stop by the grocery store this weekend and take Ride On, keep your neighbors in need in mind. Donate a canned or nonperishable food item and get a free trip—valued at one regular fare of $1.70—during Ride On's 24th annual food drive from Sunday through April 16. Donations will go to the Manna Food Center, which feeds 3,000 hungry families a month. Not looking for a ride? Hand off a donation (food or checks made out to "Manna Food Center") to bus operators at any Ride On stop.
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