Weekend Express: Utah Bird fest, Astronomy Day, Earthfest
Published: May 10, 2014 01:24PM
Updated: May 9, 2014 11:14AM
Francisco Kjolseth | Tribune file photo Carol Ann Chamberlain of West Jordan walks in support of several people including her sister and a good friend as she joins thousands gathered in downtown Salt Lake for the 2012 Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. This year's fundraiser is on Saturday at Library Square.

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22nd Annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive • Mail carriers will be collecting donations of nonperishable food for the Utah Food Bank and other food banks throughout the state. Donations will go to Utah Food Bank and its statewide network of 130 emergency food pantries and agencies. Most-needed food items include beef stew, chili, peanut butter, boxed meals, canned meats, and canned fruits and vegetables. Information, about.usps.com/corporate-social-responsibility/nalc-food-drive.htm.

When: Set out your bags of food by 9 a.m. Saturday

Where: Your mailbox

Walk to End Lupus Now • Walk End to Lupus Now events are held in more than 60 cities across the country to raise money for lupus research and education programs. In the Salt Lake City area alone, more than 1,000 Utahns turn to the Lupus Foundation of America, Utah Chapter, for support and resources. Register at www.lupus.org/utah/events/entry/walk-to-end-lupus-now or call 800-657-6398.

When: Saturday: 9 a.m. registration opens, 11 a.m. walk begins

Where: Liberty Park, 600 E. 1000 South

Registration: Free, but you must raise a minimum of $50 ($50 for returning walkers) to get a T-shirt, gift bag and snacks.

18th Annual Susan G. Komen Utah Race for the Cure • This 5K raises funds toward ending breast cancer. Last year, the almost 12,000 participants helped raise more than $640,000. More information, komenutah.org.

When: 7 a.m. registration opens, 8:15 a.m. one-mile run/walk begins, 8:30 a.m. 5K run/walk begins

Where: Library Square, 450 S. 200 East

Registration: Online (closes at midnight Friday) $35 adults 18 and over, $20 youth; race-day $45 for all ages groups

Urban Bird Festival • A day of bird encounters, tours, workshops, lectures, games and more at the Tracy Aviary. For more information, www.tracyaviary.org/ubf.

When: 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday

Where: Tracy Aviary, 589 E. 1300 South

Admission: $10 ages 13 and up, $5 ages 3-12, free for kids 2 and under

Humane Society of Utah grand opening • Help the society celebrate the opening of its new “The Wait Is Over, Rover” Dog Adoption Center. Activities include tours of the completed shelter, food, pet vendors, face paintings, a bounce castle and more. Information, www.utahhumane.org/.

When: 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday

Where: Humane Society of Utah, 4242 S. 300 West, Murray

Admission: Free

Celebrate Astronomy Day • Professional and amateur astronomers from across the country will gather to observe astronomy day at Clark Planetarium with free hands-on demonstrations and activities during the day and a star party that night. Information, clarkplanetarium.org/exhibits/astronomy-day/ or 385-468-STAR(7827).

When: Noon-4 p.m. Saturday at the planetarium

Where: Clark Planetarium, 110 S. 400 West; and the Stansbury Park Observatory Complex, about 30 miles west of Salt Lake City

Admission: Free

Adventure + Gear Expo • Outdoor gear vendors plus activities such as a bike demos, advanced and novice climbing, slackline demos, speakers and more. Olympic medalist Noelle Pikus-Pace will be signing autographs 5-7 p.m. Friday and 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday. Information, www.adventuregearexpo.com/.

When: Noon-9 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday

Where: South Towne Expo Center, 9575 S. State St., Sandy

Admission: $10 ages 13 and older, $5 ages 6-12, free for kids 5 and under; $25 for a famiy pack (two adults, two kids)

Golden Spike celebration • Golden Spike National Historic Site is celebrating the 145th anniversary of the completion of the nation’s first transcontinental railroad with a re-enactment of the driving of the last spike. More information, www.nps.gov/gosp/planyourvisit/event-details.htm?eventID=592814-452862.

When: 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; program begins at 11:30 a.m., re-enactment begins at 12:20 p.m.

Where: Golden Spike National Historic Site,

Admission: Free

Ogden Union Station 90th Birthday • Celebrate National Train Day at Ogden Union Station as it observes its 90th birthday. Events include a LEGO model building competition, rides on railroad “speeders,” a mini-train for children, demonstrations by a blacksmith, model train exhibits and more. For more information, theunionstation.org/90th/.

When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday

Where: Union Station, 2501 Wall Ave., Ogden

Admission: $5 for ages 13 and older, children 12 and under free with an adult

8th Annual Amazing Earthfest • Each third week of May, Amazing Earthfest celebrates the land and life on the Colorado Plateau with educational activities — guided hikes, bike rides, ATV tours, performance art, yoga, documentaries and more — focusing on the natural environment. Information, amazingearthfest.com/.

When: Sunday through Saturday, May 17

Where: Various locations in and around Kanab and Fredonia, Ariz.

Admission: Donation requested