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Posted at 10:45 AM ET, 04/15/2009

Spring Happenings, Rain and Shine

By Ann Posegate

Wx and the City

* Sun, Warmth on the Way: Full Forecast *

Planning outdoor activities during this "in-between" weather (warm and sunny days interspersed with cool and showery days) can be challenging. Yet, there are many great events happening in the metro region over the next several days, and the sun is on its way back for later this week. Here are some top outdoor picks you might enjoy during nice weather, as well as indoor alternatives.

Earth Day-Related Events

Earth Day Clean-up at the National Zoo - April 17 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Green Apple Festival - April 18 starting at noon; annual Earth Day celebration on the National Mall (looks like they'll have much better weather than last year).

Keep reading for more upcoming outdoor events, and indoor alternatives...

15th Annual Anacostia River Cleanup & Celebration - April 18, 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at various locations in Maryland and the District.

U.S. Department of the Interior 2009 Earth Day Fair - April 22 (Earth Day) from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Alexandria Earth Day - April 25, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Other Outdoor Activities

Washington Nationals (season opened this week) and D.C. United home games - be sure to check our NatCast and UnitedCast before you go.

National Sustainable Design Expo - April 18-20 on the National Mall, featuring sustainable technology designs from the Environmental Protection Agency's college and university student competition.

Nature centers in Maryland, Virginia and D.C.

Parks in Maryland, Northern Virginia and D.C.

In Case of Rain: Indoor Events

Take Five! JAM Fest - live jazz on April 15, 16 and 17 from 5-8 p.m. on in the Kogod Courtyard at the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Family Urban Gardening: The Best Vegetables to Grow in D.C. - a lecture on April 18, 1-2 p.m.

Living Lincoln speaker and discussion series (limited tickets still available for April 27 and May 18) and The Civil War theater performance (through May 24) at Ford's Theater.

BIG! Family Day - April 18, noon to 3 p.m.; a celebration of the National Archives' new exhibit, "BIG! Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the National Archives," which features big records, big events and big ideas from the archives.

Earth Day Poetry Slam on Climate Change - April 22 from 6:30-8:30 p.m., and Global Climate Change Science Café - April 23 from 6:30-8 p.m.; both events at the Marian Koshland Science Museum of the National Academy of Sciences.

Do you know of other weather-appropriate indoor or outdoor events? Please list them in the comments section below.

By Ann Posegate  | April 15, 2009; 10:45 AM ET
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