For the entire month of April, Guilford County government is planning a lot of “fun and engaging” free activities for county residents – many geared toward helping make the county a better and safer place.

OK, so nothing is really “free” when it comes to county government; however, since you’ve already paid for county events with your taxes, there is, at least, no additional price of admission.

One event for animal lovers will be the return of Guilford County Animal Services’ “Must Love Dogs Spring Festival,” which will take place on Sunday, April 14.  Also, the county will hold a series of Pet Therapy and Animal Showcases throughout the month.  Another perk is that, at each Pet Therapy session, Animal Services will waive adoption fees.

But there are things to benefit humans looking for a home as well: On Saturday, April 13, the Guilford County Division of Social Services is hosting an Art Exhibit and Foster Parent Information Session.

There are other events too, such as the Division of Public Health’s free Naloxone and Overdose Awareness Training on Tuesday, April 9.

This month, the county’s Cooperative Extension will offer various in-person and virtual events that include everything from a Digital Literacy series to gardening courses.

You can visit for more details on various special events and see a calendar of more community outreach events.

You can also follow Guilford County on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and LinkedIn to learn about events.  The county will be highlighting beneficial programs and services for residents all month.

The special events are due to April being National County Government Month, which is promoted by the National Association of Counties (NACo).  This year’s national theme for the month is “Forward Together; connecting, inspiring and leading – pillars of county government that build trust and drive towards solutions.”

 For about three and a half decades, the National Association of Counties has been encouraging counties across the country to raise public awareness about county roles and responsibilities during the month of April.

On April 4, Guilford County released a statement listing the county’s recent accomplishments and service stats for various departments and services.

In prepared remarks, Chairman of the  Guilford County Board of Commissioners Chairman Skip Alston said, “Guilford County is proud of the programs and services we provide to our residents. This month we celebrate the many ways our county connects, inspires, and leads as One Guilford within our community and in collaborations with our municipal partners. I encourage all county residents to participate in National County Government Month outreach events to learn about county government and county departments.”