Today is Monday, April 8, 2019. Here’s what you need to know:

Good morning, 

The gorgeous cherry blossoms trees of Ohio University have earned national recognition. National Geographic released a list of the best places in the U.S. to see cherry blossoms, and the 217 trees that stretch the familiar bike path made the cut.

The trees were a gift from Chubu University, an OU sister school in Japan, and are lit for late-night viewing across from Bob Wren Stadium. The Japanese Student Association hosts a Sakura Festival with a plethora of events annually to commemorate the flowering of the blossoms.

National Geographic highlighted that OU’s trees are currently in peak bloom, so take a friend and go tree gazing to see for yourself why they deserve national acclaim.

Other places that earned a spot on the list include the International Cherry Blossom Festival in Georgia and Sakura Matsuri at the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens in New York.

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News from The Post:

Kindred Market, a new market, is opening on East State Street. (The Post)

It was a busy, exciting time in Athens when Moms Weekend and the International Street Fair were held on the same weekend,. (The Post)

The Athens International Film and Video Fest starts today. Here are some films you should check out during the week-long event (The Post)

Scores and Game Times:

Ohio softball suffered losses in both games against Central Michigan this weekend. (The Post)

Ohio baseball ended its losing streak by winning both games of its series against Northern Illinois this weekend. (The Post)

Podcasts from The Post:

Hosts Alex and Max discuss new music from Billie Eilish, Vampire Weekend, Mac DeMarco on this week’s episode of Beats on the Bricks. (The Post)

Athens Weather:

It may have been beautiful out for Moms Weekend, but you’ll need to break out your umbrellas. Today it will be a high of 70 degrees and cloudy with a 50 percent chance of showers and thunderstorms. (Courtesy of Scalia Lab)

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