What You’ll Do: April 9-12

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WYD1There is something for everyone this week, including a farmers market, a car show and a book signing. We’ve also got the scoop on how you can see more than 70 live frogs from around the world and see a play at Colonial Williamsburg.

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Exhibits and Talks:

Are frogs or toads your thing? The Virginia Living Museum has more than 70 live frogs from around the world ready to enchant audiences with their sundry croaks and disparate colors. The amphibian symphony is settled in to a diverse slate of habitats, with features like rock ledges, live plants and waterfalls to delight frog enthusiasts and amateurs alike. The exhibit, called Frogs! A Chorus of Colors, runs through September.

A descendant of the citizens of a free black settlement once situated at the present day site of James City County’s Freedom Park will give a free presentation at 3 p.m. Saturday at the park. Col. Lafayette Jones Jr. will discuss life in the 18th Century, when the savage institution of slavery was still a reality. He will also conduct a book signing. The free event starts at 3 p.m. Saturday at Freedom Park.

A fellow from the International Security Program at Harvard University’s Belfer Center will give a free talk at 3 p.m. Friday at Washington Hall at the College of William & Mary. Emile Simpson will deliver Neither War Nor Peace: Why the Information Revolution Makes ‘Forever Wars’ a New Normal. Simpson, who is finishing his doctorate at King’s College London, has been featured in numerous spublications and also served in the British Army.

Arts and Theater:

Poet and author Shonda Buchanan is the featured writer for April at the Peninsula Fine Arts Center. She will share from her work, which deals with race and culture. The event, which starts tonight at 6 p.m. at PFAC, is free and open to the public. Attendees are invited to bring their own favorite poems to share.

Theater lovers are in for a treat Thursday as Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre stages a production of Miss in Her Teens, a classic 1747 play by legendary English playwright David Garrick. The comical farce traces the activities of Miss Biddy — a young, single woman with a substantial fortune — and her encounters with a trio of suitors. Tickets are $18 for those 13 and over, $9 for those between 6 and 12. Kids under 6 get in free. The performance starts at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Kimball Theatre.

This and That:

Fresh foods and fun crafts abound at the Williamsburg Farmers Market, where you’ll find seasonal produce, meats, seafood, herbs, potted plants, honey, flowers and baked goods for sale. The artisanal mélange — which also includes demonstrations from chefs and live music — begins at 8 a.m. Saturday at Merchants Square.

Stop by the Toano Farmers Market, held from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday at the pavilion near the James City-Bruton Volunteer Fire Department located at 3135 Forge Road. The market features Bob’s Sausage Company, Rainbow Eggs, Heidi’s Home Grown and more.

The Classic Cruisers Car Club is hosting a cruise-in beginning at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at the Heritage Square Shopping Center in Grafton. The show will feature a slew of cars from throughout the years along with a DJ and local restaurants selling food on site. Get your own car in the show for $2 or show up to spectate for free.

The Blue Talon Bistro will present its monthly Second Sunday festival from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. The festival will feature more than 75 artisanal vendors and events, including a balloon artist, henna specialists, face painters, kids arts projects, sno-cone sales and live performances from several musical groups touching genres like Americana and rock. The festival is free to attend and takes place on Prince George Street and North Boundary Street.