City Corner column: Many events planned for spring, summer

Does the city have any upcoming events planned for the community this spring?

Yes. Spring and summer are two of the busiest times of the year. There are several events and activities coming up for both individuals and families of all ages and interests. Here is a summary:•  Victoria Market Days is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 21 at DeLeon Plaza and features more than 100 vendors from around the state selling items such as clothing, jewelry, purses, home decor, woodwork, leatherwork, handmade soap, plants, kids' items and much more. There are also a variety of food vendors.

•  In celebration of Earth Day, an Earth Day Expo sponsored by the city's Environmental Services Department, First Victoria Bank and the Texas Zoo, will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 22 at the Texas Zoo. Admission is $1 per person, and zoo members are admitted free. There will be conservation programs, a singing zoologist, kids' activities, booths and interactive, hands-on learning activities.

•  The Victoria Public Library is participating in World Book Night on April 23 by spreading the love of reading by distributing free World Book Night paperbacks. On this day, the Restoration House Ministries, 1204 N. Moody St., will be an official distribution point where free copies of "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings," by Maya Angelou, will be distributed. The library coordinates a variety of free programs and activities each month. To learn more, visit the library's event calendar at victoriapubliclibrary.org or call 361-485-3302.

•  Tunes @ Noon will be at noon Friday at DeLeon Plaza. Bring your lunch and enjoy listening to live music. This event is free.

•  The Parks and Recreation Department, in conjunction with Major League Baseball and Aquafina, is presenting a free Pitch, Hit and Run event for boys and girls ages 7-14 from 9 a.m. to noon April 28 at the Victoria Youth Softball Complex Championship Field. Participants can test their skills in pitching, hitting and running. Winners receive a chance to advance and compete against others in their age and gender groups at a Major League Baseball game. Call 361-485-3200 for more information.

Other upcoming events include:•  Main Street Dance, 7 to 10 p.m. May 3 at DeLeon Plaza. Free and open to the public.

•  Friends of the Victoria Public Library Book Sale, May 7-May 12, in the Bronte Room at the library. Hours vary. Call 361-485-3302 for more information.

•  Idle Free Jamboree and Soap Box Derby to increase awareness about motor vehicle pollution will be at 9 a.m. May 12 on McCright Drive in Riverside Park. Free and open to the public.

•  Spanish Colonial Living History Presentation sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department and the Museum of the Coastal Bend on May 18-May 20, at Riverside Park at Tonkawa Bank. Events start at noon each day. Free and open to the public.

•  Gary T. Moses Municipal Swimming Pool opens for Memorial Day weekend from 1 to 6 p.m. May 26-27 each day. Admission is $1.50 per person. The pool will be open for the summer season starting June 6.

Is the city still under drought restrictions?

No, the city has officially terminated all drought contingency restrictions. Although the drought restrictions have been terminated, residents are encouraged to conserve water at all times. The city's Drought Contingency Plan allows the city to terminate Stage I restrictions when the flow remains above normal for a period of 14 consecutive days. Recent rainfall has increased water levels in the Guadalupe River. The flow on the Guadalupe River has remained consistently above normal throughout most of February and all of March.

Do you have a question about the city of Victoria? Please submit your questions and comments about any city department to Jennifer Sourdellia in the Communications/Public Information Office by emailing jsourdellia@victoriatx.org or mail to P.O. Box 1758, Victoria, TX 77902.