It's hard to believe, but it's that time of year again when we celebrate preservation, our historic neighborhood and all the little things that make us great.

It's hard to believe, but it's that time of year again when we celebrate preservation, our historic neighborhood and all the little things that make us great.

If you're new to the neighborhood, know that this is when we shine, this is when you'll meet lots of new neighbors and it might just be this time of year that prompted you to move here.

If you're a veteran, you know what this is all about. You turn into part welcoming committee, part master gardner, part tour programmer for all your non-village friends and part party planner just for the heck of it.

In the coming months, we have the "Caretakers of a Legacy" awards reception, Village Valuables, the Garten Club's GartenMarkt and Jazz and Juleps, Mother May I? and finally, the big one, the Haus und Garten Tour.

These events are opportunities to applaud our neighbors and celebrate our village for its history, its beauty and its open arms. (Sidenote: It's pretty easy for me to feel excited about German Village spring events because it's already been in the 70s here in Georgia. I can appreciate though that it's not quite as "springy" in 43206. Yet.)

Jazz and Juleps is May 6 and is a great fundraiser for the Garten Club. Plants and gardening accessories are available for presale before GartenMarkt the next day and "Jazz Mary" Daniels will be there for your listening pleasure. This fundraiser is huge in that it's what makes the free summer concerts in Frank Fetch Park possible, so if you like being able to walk to the concerts, support the Garten Club at Jazz and Juleps.

The GartenMarkt and Mother May I? are both May 7, just in time for your Mother's Day shopping needs. The shops will have special treats, the Garten Club will be selling all sorts of beautiful plants and herbs and there will be energy on the streets from all the visitors. And all those visitors are just training for the next week.

Village Valuables, our enormous village-wide yard sale where shoppers can truly find anything and everything, is May 14. Visitors plan their route according to the map printed in ThisWeek, so be sure your sale is listed. Look in Neighbors4Neighbors and on www.germanvillage.com for details about how to sign up.

My personal favorite of these events is the Caretakers of a Legacy reception. It is aligned with our mission, it honors those who do good work and it celebrates historic preservation. The German Village Society hosts the event and presents one award, but the German Village Commission presents three awards for excellence, both large and small, in preservation practice.

The awards reception will be Wednesday, May 18, at 6:30 p.m. in the Brent Warner Fest Hall of the Meeting Haus. What better way to celebrate Preservation Month than with awards for going the extra mile?

Last but not least, we have the 52nd annual Haus und Garten Tour, always the last Sunday in June. Plans are well under way and the committee has been hard at work, so look for PreTour information and tour day surprises.

Jody Graichen is director of Historic Preservation Programs for the German Village Society.