I don’t mind it raining in the spring, but where is the spring rain? These are supposed to be warm April showers, otherwise how will the May flowers grow?

Speaking of May, it’s not too soon to get your May calendar in order. Start with May 4, as this is when the City College Center for the Arts will be celebrating the arts and artists at the City College Center for the Arts inaugural awards benefit. Honorees are Carmen De Lavallade, Gina Prince-Bythewood, Arturo O’Farrill and Alexa Ray Joel. A special treat will be the concert by O’Farrill, with his Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra.

The Center has been serving for the past few years as a cultural hub for building a sense of community both within the school and in its surrounding neighborhood, “while inspiring creativity and diversity,” according to its mission statement. The Center also serves as a premier venue for local and national performers and for tristate area art patrons.

It promises to be an exciting evening for all, with cocktails, the awards program, dinner and dancing. Honorary chairs for the event are Dr. Lisa S. Coico, president, the City College of New York, and Karen Witherspoon, vice president, Division of Government, Community and Cultural Affairs. Alicia Bythewood (always a pleasure to see), Stewart F. Lane and Bonnie Comley serve as chairs, with Carole Haarmann Acunto and Stephen Byrd serving as co-chairs. For media and event and ticket inquiries, please contact Christine M. Biddle at 914-763-3843 or Christine@BiddleandBellidora.com, or Carole Bellidora Westfall at 973-507-9303. The event will be held at Aaron Davis Hall, West 135th Street and Convent Avenue. Parking is available.

Sunday, May 10 is Mother’s Day, which means the Whispers are in town. Performing at Westbury Music Theatre, Friday May 8, in Washington, D.C., Saturday May 9 and in Symphony Hall, Newark, N.J., with the Temptation Review Sunday May 10, the group is making the rounds. I am psyched to see the Westbury show, which will also feature Stephanie Mills.

The real show, however, will take place June 27 at the Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, Va., where Jennifer Hudson and Kem will join the cast. My head is now going into fast mode over how can I plan a family trip to Hampton, Va. I know all of you millennials out there are probably saying “Whisper who?” and “Stephanie what?” but if you ever want to hear real music, then step back in time and listen—not too far back, just a little.

OK, Yvonne, you’ve taken us all the way into May, June even, but what’s happening now? Well, word just in, “Supreme City: How Jazz Age Manhattan Gave Birth to Modern America,” a book written by Donald L. Miller, a professor at Lafayette College, on the history of New York, jazz and that sort of thing, is a really good read. It’s approximately 700 pages and the print is small, but if you’re looking for something rather than someone to curl up with, this could be it.

Speaking of history and April, April 9 marked the 150th anniversary since the end of the Civil War. Amazing how the day was commemorated in certain areas along the East Coast, especially since the unjust, racially charged scenes of inequality continue throughout the country today, just as they did in pre-Civil War days; it’s just a different day, different outfit.

The kick-off party for El Museo del Barrio’s annual gala took place most recently with more than 100 guests in attendance. This year’s gala, which will take place May 14 at the Plaza, will honor Eugenio Lopez Alonso, founder and president of Fundacion Jumex Arte Contemporaneo; Yolanda Santos, from El Barrio’s Board of Trustees; and Lisa Garcia Quiroz, senior vice president and chief diversity officer at Time Warner.

More than 330 supporters joined the Young New Yorkers for the Fight Against Parkinson’s Committee of the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation in celebrating the eighth annual Celebrate Spring New York at TAO Downtown, 92 Ninth Ave. Festive and fun, it was a great turnout for a great cause. The PDF was founded by William Black, the founder of Chock Full o’Nuts. It was the first national not-for-profit organization to focus on Parkinson’s disease, and since its founding in 1957, the PDF has invested $105 million in the research of leading scientists around the world. The foundation continues to commit an additional $44 million to support education and advocacy programs. The evening raised $91,000, and will benefit the PDF’s Postdoctoral Fellowships Program, which prepares future leaders in Parkinson’s disease research and care. Music was provided by DJ Brenda Black.

The NYC Mission Society raised nearly $600,000 at its annual Champions for Children gala. The benefit helps to support more than 13,000 of its members with programs and services that help youth and families in our city’s communities to achieve success. The myriad of services offered include cultural and academic enrichment, and workforce development programs, along with career opportunities. Who doesn’t remember Camp Minisink? Learn more at www.nycmissionsociety.org.

This year’s Champions for Children honorees were Colbert Narcisse, managing director and global head of Alternative Investments, Morgan Stanley, and Hollis Russell, partner, Ackerman, Levine, Cullen, Brickman & Limmer, LLP. The gala was held at the Mandarin Oriental in Columbus Circle, starting with cocktails, followed by the awards ceremony and dinner. Bill Ritter, anchor at WABC-TV and “20/20” correspondent, served as master of ceremonies. The Fat Afro Latin Jazz Cats, an ensemble of the Afro Latin Jazz Alliance, provided the entertainment, so you know the music was hot.

Grammy Award-winner Arturo O’Farrill, founder of ALJA, attended the gala, along with former Mayor David Dinkins, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr., New York City Council Member Jumaane Williams, David Banks, Erik Bottcher, Geoffrey Bradfield, Valentino Carlotti, Natasha Das, former Bronx Borough President Fernando Ferrer, Joseph Fichera, L. Priscilla Hall, Brooke Laing, Gregory Mays, Scott Nammacher, Amelia Ogunlisi, James Peterson, Cole Rumbough, Martin Shafiroff, Derek Steinhiser, William and Elsie McCabe Thompson, Elinor Tatum, Sheena Wright, B. Michael, Marc Anthony, Shannon Hale, James Coram, Frances and Barbara Kerson, Sharon Bush (loved the dress), Deirdre and Colbert Narcisse, Flo Anthony and Victor De Souza.

Happy birthday to Fat Dicky’s wife, Melvin Coombs, and me.

Until next week … kisses.