October 30, 2010 - 11:00 pm
As a mild winter settles over Cerca Country, the region’s livelier folk start celebrating history, holidays, and life itself. See if one of these events can enliven your November.
Saturday, Springdale, Utah: Butch Cassidy 10k Run and 5k walk. The 10k route runs from Springdale to the town of Grafton, and 5k, start on Bridge Road in Rockville and continue on to Grafton, a location site from “Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid.” (435) 772-3434, www.springdaletown.com.
Thursday through Nov. 7, Page, Ariz.: Lake Powell Balloon Regatta. Balloons lift off every morning. Street fair with food, arts and crafts and local fundraisers and balloon glow after dark. (928) 660-3405, www.cityofpage.org.
Friday, Zion National Park, Utah: Thursday Trek. Join a naturalist for an introduction to the geology, flora, fauna and cultural history of Zion. Reservations necessary. Zion Canyon Field Institute. (800) 635-3959,www.zionpark.org.
Nov. 7, Parker, Ariz.: Bluewater Resort and Casino Triathlon. Long course triathlon features a 1k swim, 53k bike and 8k run. Short course includes 0.6k swim, 15k bike and 4k run. mountainmanevents.com.
Nov. 8, Zion National Park: Plein Air Painting. Instructor Anne Weiler-Brown takes participants outdoors for a day. Topics covered include plein air equipment, mixing color, how to select an image and seeing the landscape in terms of mass and form. Beginning painters welcome. Reservations needed. Zion Canyon Field Institute. (800) 635-3959, www.zionpark.org.
Nov. 8-13, Cedar City, Utah: Iron Mission Days. Cedar City’s birthday celebration featuring pioneer living skills demonstrations, lectures and guided tours. Frontier Homestead State Park Museum. (435) 586-9290. www. scenicsouthernutah.com.
Nov. 10-14, Death Valley National Park, Calif.: Death Valley ’49ers Encampment. Highlights include seeing the wagon train and desert riders arrive after days on the trail, cowboy poetry, four-wheel-drive tours, Western art show and competitions in fiddle, mandolin, banjo and guitar. www.deathvalley49ers.org.
Nov. 12, Zion National Park, Utah: Zion Geology Workshop features short hikes to landslides and rockfalls to learn how water and erosion continue shaping Zion’s landscape. Reservations necessary. Zion Canyon Field Institute. (800) 635-3959, www.zionpark.org.
Nov. 11-14, St. George and Springdale, Utah: Red Rock Film Festival. Film competitions and screenings and panel discussions. Various venues. (888) 602-0009. www.ophilia.com.
Nov. 20, St. George, Utah: Turkey Trot. This untimed 5k and one mile walk/ fun run is a benefit race for Dixie Care and Share. Seegmiller Farm and surrounding area. (435) 634-5860. www. scenicsouthernutah.com.
Nov. 21 through Dec. 29, Prescott, Ariz.: World’s Largest Gingerbread Village at Prescott Resort. More than 100 gingerbread structures on display in a winter wonderland that includes electric trains. www.prescottresort.com.
Nov. 18-22, St. George, Utah: Jubilee of Trees features auction for one-of-a-kind Christmas trees, plus gala dinner and talent show, holiday fashion show, teddy bear birthday party and entertainment. A benefit for Dixie Regional’s breast care program. (435) 251-2480. www.jubileeoftrees.org.
Nov. 24, 26 and 27, Flagstaff, Ariz.: Thanksgiving Star Fest at Lowell Observatory. Indoor programs and numerous telescopes set up for viewing throughout the campus. (928) 774-3358. www.lowell.edu.
Nov. 30, Williams, Ariz.: The Magic of Christmas in Williams. The holiday season starts with official lighting ceremony at the town tree, a parade of lights, Victorian-style carolers, lighting contests and an outdoor skating rink. (800) 863-0546. www.themagicofchristmasinwilliams .com.
Dec. 1-4, St. George, Utah: Dickens Christmas Festival. Get a jump on Christmas shopping at unique shops, while being entertained by novelist Charles Dickens’ characters such as Tiny Tim and Scrooge, plus the nonfictional monarch of his time, Queen Victoria. Dixie Convention Center. (435) 688-2990. www.