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Moonlit Hike » 9 p.m. Friday, Snow Canyon State Park, 1002 Snow Canyon Drive, Ivins. Join park Snow Canyon State Park staff for a moonlit, two-mile hike. This event is free but registration is required. Call 435-628-2255 to register.

Fear Factory Spring Insurrection Haunt » 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Fear Factory, 666 W. 800 South. Fear Factory is opening to the public. Admission $18 online. For more information, fearfactoryslc.com or 801-363-4061.

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Book Sale Egg-Stravaganza » 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, Bountiful Library, 725 S. Main St., Bountiful. Prices will be $1 for hardbacks and 25 cents for paperbacks. DVDs and VHS tapes will also be for sale. For more information, 801 295-8732 or 801-451-2322.

Inter-Tribal Student Association Powwow and American Indian Woman Scholar Pageant » 6-9 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday, University of Utah Olpin Union Building, 200 S. Central Campus Drive. "Sustaining Our Culture" is the theme of the University of Utah Inter-Tribal Student Association’s annual powwow. This year’s events include the American Indian Woman Scholar Pageant on Friday and powwow on Saturday. Grand entries Saturday at noon and 6 p.m. Admission $5. For more information, www.itsauofu.com.

Red Butte Garden Orchid Show » 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Red Butte Garden Arboretum, 300 Wakara Way. The Utah Orchid Society and Red Butte Garden present displays of over 20 varieties and 100 plants, sales and demonstrations on the care and beauty of orchids. Admission: adults (ages 18–64) $8, children (ages 3–17) $6, U. students free, age 65+ and military $6.

Baby Animal Days » 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, American West Heritage Center, 4025 S. Highway 89-91, Wellsville. Enjoy cuddly baby farm animals to hold, candy cannons, gunfighters, living history activities, wagon/train rides, pony rides, trout fishing, Turtle Town, and welcome back the baby bears from Bearworld. Receive a $1 off when you donate a can of food for the Cache Valley Food Bank.

Paul Myer — How to be a good atheist » 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Orson Spencer Hall, University of Utah, 260 Central Campus Drive. Paul Myers will speak about "The Good Atheist: Goals for the Godless 21st Century."

Household Hazardous Waste Collection Day » 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Provo Towne Centre, 1200 Towne Centre Blvd., Provo. Utah County residents with household hazardous waste items such as old gasoline, paint, fluorescent light bulbs, and unused medications can take them to the collection point in the west parking lot. For details, including a list of what will or will not be collected, www.UtahCountyHealth.org/HHW or call 801-225-8538 (north) or 801-489-3027 (south).

A Feast of Passover for Joseph and Judah » 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Provo City Library, 550 N. University Ave. The Isaiah Institute presents the sixth annual a Passover for Joseph & Judah with Avraham Gileadi and Robert Kay. Please bring only children who sit quietly! (Confirmations are sent via email and will be requested at the door). For further information, call Charlene Stott, secretary, 801-785-0943 or visit josephandjudah.com and click on Marketplace.

Easter sunrise service » 6:30 a.m. Sunday, Fremont Indian State Park, 3820 W. Clear Creek Canyon Road, Sevier. Join Rev. Perry Causey from the Sevier Valley Baptist Church for a sunrise service at 6:30 a.m. just outside the Fremont Indian State Park museum. Visitors are encouraged to dress warmly and bring blankets. Admission free.


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Easter sunrise service, egg hunt and brunch » 6:55 a.m. Sunday service; 9 a.m. Sunday egg hunt, Snowbird Ski Resort. The sunrise service will take place on Hidden Peak. The first tram will depart at 5:29 a.m., and the last tram will depart at 6:43 a.m. The service will begin at 6:59 a.m. and is free to the public. Observers should dress warmly. No skis or snowboards allowed. Snowbird will also host an LDS sacrament meeting at 9 a.m. indoors at the Snowbird Center, and an Interdenominational Worship Service at 1 p.m. at Mid-Gad Restaurant. A free Easter egg hunt for children up to 11 years old will begin at 9 a.m. on the Plaza Deck, with eggs hidden on Chickadee. The Easter Bunny will make a special appearance. Easter Brunch — $36.95 adults, $18.95 children — will be served at The Aerie from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Book a reservation by calling 801-933-2181.

MOVIES

It’s Easter weekend, and you’d be hard-pressed to find an Easter egg as colorful and vibrant as the best new movie in theaters.

That’s "Chico & Rita," a surprise nominee for the Best Animated Feature Oscar. The Spanish-language romance, between a soulful singer and a two-timing jazzman in the 1950s, takes the viewer from the hotspots of Havana to the clubs of New York. Direcors Fernando Trueba and Javier Mariscal combine bold lines, radiant colors and a propulsive jazz score (including animated cameos of Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie) to create a delight for the eyes and ears. (It’s also sexy and very adult, with animated sex scenes and nudity.)

The weekend’s big studio opening is "American Reunion," the fourth (if you don’t count direct-to-DVD releases, and who does?) of the "American Pie" franchise. It’s more than a decade since we first met the awkwardly sex-obsessed Jim (Jason Biggs) and his horndog buddies -- and now we catch up to them dealing with the real world, and still as raunchy as ever. The Tribune’s Scott D. Pierce writes that the movie is just a rehash of the jokes of the previous films.

On the local front, "Redemption" is a Utah-produced drama that unveils a little-known bit of Utah history. It centers on Jean Baptiste (David H. Stevens), a French immigrant convicted of grave-robbing in 1862 Utah territory and exiled to live alone on Antelope Island. His only human contact is the lawman, Henry Heath (John Freeman), who arrested him ­— and who has a personal stake in the case, as his daughter’s grave was one of those robbed. Writer-director Tom Russell captures some marvelous scenery of Antelope Island, but the drama moves at a snail’s pace.

The New Zealand comedy-drama "Boy" is graced with a winning performance by its 11-year-old lead, and with plenty of local color. Alas, the story — of a youngster (James Rolleston) in 1984 discovering that his dad (played by the movie’s writer-director, Taika Waititi) isn’t the hero he’d always imagined -- is a bit thin.

"Thin Ice" is the latest from the indie-film sister act the Sprecher sisters (Karen and Jill write, Jill directs). This one (originally titled "The Convincer" when it played at Sundance 2011) is a too-quirky-for-its-own-good caper comedy, starring Greg Kinnear as a double-talking insurance salesman who tries to swindle a farmer (Alan Arkin) who possesses a rare violin.

And, speaking of ice, there is the 3-D re-release of James Cameron’s "Titanic," for those who want to hear "Jack!" "Rose" for three hours. (Check out this review by The Miami Herald’s Rene Rodriguez.)

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