RACINE — The Racine Literacy Council, 734 Lake Ave, needs help in maintaining its unique Shakespeare urban Garden. Volunteer gardeners tend the plants mentioned by Shakespeare that surround the RLC parking lot and building. It is the only Shakespeare urban garden in Wisconsin and is tended by volunteers.

The Friends of the Shakespeare Urban Garden will hold an early spring work day from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 21, to get the garden ready for spring plantings. It is a themed garden that displays plants and herbs mentioned in the works of Shakespeare. The garden is divided into nine distinct areas, each with signage to depict the thematic planting and relevant Shakespearean quotations. A mural by local artist Jerry Belland anchors the urban garden.

Birthday celebration

The Racine Literacy Council will celebrate Poetry Month by celebrating Shakespeare’s birthday from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sunday, April 22.

Those attending will be able to share their thoughts about Shakespeare and eat some birthday cake as the bust of Shakespeare is moved outside to the Poet’s Corner. There will be readings in English, German, Spanish, Czech, Korean and other languages.

In conjunction with the birthday celebration, a variety of Shakespeare items will be sold to support the garden. This includes books, graphic novels, prints, playing cards, band aid boxes, postcards, pins, teaching aids, a First Folio facsimile and texts.

For more information, contact Andy McLean at 262-833-0092, Kay Gregor at 262-681-0159 or the Literacy Council at 262-632-9495.

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