Spring is starting to bloom throughout Cerca Country. See if any of these events strike your fancy.
Wednesday, Zion National Park, Utah: Wednesday Naturalist Walk. Learn about the physical and biological worlds of Zion with zoologist/ecologist Allen Brown. Reservations needed. Zion Canyon Field Institute. (800) 635-3959. www.zionpark.org.
Thursday, Zion National Park, Utah: Thursday Trek. Join a naturalist and learn about the geology, flora, fauna and cultural history of Zion. Reservations needed. Zion Canyon Field Institute. (800) 635-3959. www.zionpark.org.
Thursday-April 3, Laughlin: Laughlin River Stampede PRCA Rodeo. Hundreds of participants compete in eight traditional rodeo events, including bareback bronc riding, team roping and bull riding. www.honeycuttrodeo.com.
Friday-Saturday, Lytle Preserve, Utah: Join a geologist and botanist during peak spring migratory bird season. This two-day workshop will include camping at the site. Participants need to bring all their own food and supplies. Reservations needed. Zion Canyon Field Institute. (435) 772-3264. www.zionpark.org.
Saturday, Meadview, Ariz.: Spring Fling 2011. This all-day event features a craft fair, kite-flying contest and raffle. Festivities begin with a biscuit and gravy breakfast at 7:30 a.m. Meadview Civic Association, 247 E. Meadview Blvd. (928) 897-1992. www. meadviewazchamber.biz.
Saturday, Mesquite: Photo exhibition. The Virgin Valley Artists Association and Nevada Touring Initiative present a photo exhibit featuring Great Basin roadside culture. Mesquite Fine Arts Gallery, 15 W. Mesquite Blvd. Closed Sundays. (702) 346-1338. www.mesquitenv.com/
Saturday-April 3, Reno: Nevada Women’s Expo. More than 150 exhibits, workshops and demonstrations filled with information on money management, fashion and food. Free health screenings. Reno-Sparks Convention Center, 4590 S. Virginia St. (775) 750-0841. www. nevadawomensexpo.com.
April 7-9, Reno: Reno Jazz Festival. This event features competitions, clinics and performances by amateurs and professionals alike. Highlights include the Ravi Coltrane Quartet and Terri Lyne Carrington and the Collective. University of Nevada, Reno campus. (775) 784-4046. www.visitreno.com.
April 7-10, Logandale: Clark County Fair and Rodeo. This annual event features day and evening rodeo events with more than 500 participants. Exhibits, entertainment and livestock show. Thursday through Sunday. (888) 876-3247. www.ccfair.com.
April 8, Cedar City, Utah: Thunderbird Film Festival. This independent filmmaking competition features family-friendly films by students and professionals. Film screenings, seminars and tours of Southwest movie locations. Southern Utah University. (435) 586-7861. www.thunderbirdfilmfestival.suu.edu.
April 8, Eureka: Ralph Cuda and the Dixieland Boys. This evening musical extravaganza takes place at the historic Eureka Opera House. (775) 237-6006. www.co.eureka.nv.us.
April 9, Zion National Park, Utah: Geology of Zion. This workshop will focus on the continual geologic processes in the park. Enjoy short hikes and trailside lectures learning how the power of water has shaped this majestic park. Reservations needed. Zion Canyon Field Institute. (435) 772-3264. www.zionpark.org.
April 15-17, Zion National Park, Utah: Zion through the Lens. Learn about the park and photography with a professional photographer and former field archaeologist with extensive knowledge of the area. Topics to be covered include controlling depth of field, exposure, contrast control and appropriate use of filters. Reservations needed. Zion Canyon Field Institute. (435) 772-3264. www.zionpark.org.
April 23, Brian Head, Utah: Brian Head’s Easter Celebration. Fun for the entire family on the day before resort closes for the season. Easter egg hunt. Brian Head Resort. (435) 677-2035. www.scenicsouthernutah.com.
April 23, Springdale, Utah: Earth Day Festival. This free event features earth-friendly vendors, demonstrations, live solar-powered music and a farmer’s market. Bit and Spur Restaurant, 1212 Zion Park Blvd. (435) 772-3498. www.bitandspur.com.
April 23, Zion National Park, Utah: Zion’s Low Desert Wildflowers. Learn about the Mohave flora in the southwest region of the park’s Coal Pits Wash and Petrified Forest areas. Reservations needed. Zion Canyon Field Institute. (435) 772-3264. www.zionpark.org.
April 27-May 1, Laughlin: Laughlin River Run. More than 50,000 bikers descend on this Colorado River town each year for entertainment, poker runs, competitions and to visit the booths of thousands of vendors set up throughout the area. (949) 502-3434. www. laughlinriverrun.com.
April 30, Flagstaff, Ariz.: Arbor Day at the Arboretum. This celebration of trees includes a general tour of the gardens, live birds of prey demonstration, snake displays and a mass tree planting. (928) 774-1442. www.thearb.org.
April 30-May 1, Minden: Carson Valley Chili Cookoff and Craft Fair. This event features a chili cook-off, live music and crafts. Carson Valley Inn, 1627 Highway 395 North. (775) 265-5463. www.visitcarsonvalley.org.