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(Sarah A. Miller | Tribune file photo) Maki Chavoya of Salt Lake City dances with the Mexican group Ballet Folklorico Citali at the 2011 Living Traditions Festival. This year's festival runs through Sunday at the Salt Lake City & County Building.
Weekend Express: Your fun-stuff planning tool
First Published May 18 2012 11:03 am • Last Updated May 18 2012 11:03 am

We’re here to help you plan your weekend, with best picks from our entertainment reporters, critics and bloggers. For more event listings, visit nowsaltlake.com.

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Environmental Stewardship Volunteer Day » 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, Lower Parley’s Canyon Crag. Volunteers are needed to install check dams in the existing fall line access trail, maintaining and constructing water diversion structures on the main trail and installing a kiosk at the trail head. Pre-registration is required. Sign up at www.saltlakeclimbers.org.

Trail Volunteer Day » 10 a.m. Saturday, Summit County, meet at the new Silver Creek trail head by the mailboxes on Silver Creek Road. Contact SilverCreekTPAC@gmail.com for volunteer information and to RSVP.

Ethan Stacy memorial walk » 10 a.m. Saturday, Layton Hills Mall north parking lot, Layton. A walk against child abuse in memory of abuse victim Ethan Stacy. More information, www.facebook.com/events/395242297167800/.

Best Buddies Friendship Walk » 9:30 a.m.-noon Saturday, This is the Place Heritage Park, 2601 E. Sunnyside Ave. A walk for friendship and the overall enhancement of the lives of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. More information, www.bestbuddiesutah.org/walk or 801-440-8029.

Green River nuclear power plant protest » 6 p.m. Saturday, west end of Green River, Utah, along Highway 6 just north of I-70 exit 157. March to protest a nuclear power plant proposal. More information, www.nogreenrivernuke.org.

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Solar eclipse » Much of southern Utah will be able to view the "ring of fire" annular solar eclipse Sunday evening. The Wasatch Front will be able to view a partial eclipse. More information, www.sltrib.com/sltrib/mobile/54027686-68/eclipse-view-moon-utah.html.csp.

12th Annual Bryce Canyon Astronomy Festival » Friday through Sunday, Bryce Canyon National Park. More information, www.nps.gov/brca/planyourvisit/astrofest.htm.

Living Traditions Festival » 5-10 p.m. Friday, noon-10 p.m. Saturday, noon-7 p.m. Sunday, Salt Lake City & County Building, 400 S. State St. Free to the public, the festival presents the music, dance, crafts and foods of the many ethnic communities of Salt Lake City.

2012 Utah Pasifika Festival » 6-11 p.m. Friday, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Saturday, Provo High School, 1125 N. University Ave., Provo. Concert performances from several Polynesian musicians and groups, food booths representing the Islands of Hawaii, Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, Tahiti and more. More information, www.utahpasifikafestival.com.

Chalk Art Festival - Bountiful » Friday and Saturday, Main Street, Bountiful. Admission free. More information, 801-298-6142.

Armed Forces Day Celebration » 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Gallivan Center, 239 S. Main. Music, food and fireworks. The Choral Arts Society of Utah will perform at 7:30 p.m. with the 23rd Army Band for the Armed Forces Day Celebration. In addition to the main performance of the Chorale and Band, entertainment will be provided by Joshua Creek, Caleb Chapman and the Voodoo Orchestra. Admission free.

Salute Our Military Day » 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, Hogle Zoo, 2600 E. Sunnyside Ave. Special flag raising ceremony, color guard and marching band performance. A variety of vehicles, equipment, and displays from every branch of the military will be on grounds. Free admission with military ID. More information, 801-582-1631.

Armed Forces Day At Tracy Aviary » 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Tracy Aviary, 589 E. 1300 South. All military personnel, veterans and their immediate family will receive admission for $1 on Armed Forces Day. Show your military or veteran organization ID to receive free admission. More information, www.tracyaviary.org/.

Armed Forces Day at Lefavi Financial Center » 12:20-2:20 p.m. Saturday, Lefavi Financial Center, 2323 Foothill Drive. Active duty, retired military, and their families are encouraged to attend Bruce Lefavi’s Armed Forces Day celebration. Hot dogs and other refreshments will be served along with prize giveaways. Active military and veterans can also enter a special drawing for $1,000.

Great Salt Lake Bird Festival » Daily through Monday, Legacy Events Center, 151 S. 1100 West, Farmington, and other sites. Admission is free but there is a charge for tours. More information, www.greatsaltlakebirdfest.com or 801-451-3286.

25th Annual UVU Auto Expo and Swap Meet » Noon-4 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Electric Park at Thanksgiving Point, Lehi. More than 700 entries. Free admission. More information, www.uvu.edu/autoexpo.

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