Today’s warm weather is a sure sign of one thing: D.C.’s famous cherry trees will be blooming soon. There’s about a week until the start of the National Cherry Blossom Festival on March 26, and judging by the volume of cherry blossom haikus that readers have submitted to the Going Out Guide so far, blossom fever is in full swing. We’ve received hundreds of odes, some of which will appear in the March 25 Weekend section. In the meantime, check out some of the haikus -- you can scroll through some of the best submissions with a quick click — and submit your own.
This year, it’s hard to think about the festival without also thinking of the recent disaster in Japan. Festival organizers have planned ways for the public to donate to relief efforts and show support for the Japanese people. On March 24, you can take park in a fundraising walk around the Tidal Basin. The Japan-America Society announced that it will aid the Red Cross by collecting donations from visitors and donating a percentage of the profits from the National Cherry Blossom Festival’s Sakura Matsuri street festival on April 9.