Heritage center gets cute
WELLSVILLE -- The cuteness factor will be in overdrive when Baby Animal Days begins Thursday at the American West Heritage Center with piglets, chicks, bunnies and calves.
The annual springtime event runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursday and April 8 and 9 at the center, 4025 S. U.S. 89-91.
Returning this year will be baby bears from Yellowstone Bear World, a drive-through wildlife park located near Rexburg, Idaho.
Children will be able to pet lambs, ducklings, kids and other animals, as well as ride on a pony, train or wagon. Other activities include living history demonstrations, sheep-shearing, the Lil Buckaroo Rodeo, a history treasure hunt, stage performances and food and craft vendors.
The center's horses will be out showing how the fields are plowed and tilled, said Nelda Ault, education director.
After a long winter, visitors enjoy Baby Animal Days because they can see -- and smell -- many signs of spring, Ault said.
And, she added, "People hardly ever get a chance to hold baby animals these days; hardly anyone lives on a farm."
Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for students, military personnel and seniors, and $6 for ages 3 to 11. Folks who bring a food or hygiene item to be donated to the Cache Community Food Pantry will receive a $1 discount.
The Baby Farm Animals event, which features all of the baby animals but no festival activities, runs 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday and April 16 and 23. Admission is $5.50; pony and train rides are included.
For more information, call 435-245-6050 or visit www.awhc.org.
What's a ger? Find out
OGDEN -- No need to go all the way to Mongolia to see a ger -- now there's one right here in Ogden.
The round house with a canvas top makes its debut at the Treehouse Museum Saturday as part of the "One World" exhibit gallery.
The ger, which opens at 1 p.m., is 13 feet in diameter and 50 feet in circumference. The building was made in Mongolia and includes carved woodwork and furniture, a wool felt covering and a painted canvas top.
Visitors may go inside the house and play games or read books about the country of Mongolia.
The structure is a gift from the Dr. W.C. Swanson Family Foundation of Ogden, a private organization involved in humanitarian missions. The ger will be used at Treehouse for story times and as part of school tours.
Also featured Saturday are Mongolian crafts, folk tales and games. A magic show will be presented in the Castle Theater at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. A new kiosk with two embedded iPads will feature a geography game and stories from around the world.
Admission is $6 for children, $5 for adults. The museum, 347 22nd St., is open 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Mondays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday and Saturdays, and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Fridays.
For more information, call 801-394-9663 or visit www.treehousemuseum.org.
Event center features Gemstone Junction
OGDEN -- The Golden Spike Gem & Mineral Society presents the 60th annual Gemstone Junction.
This event is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 8, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. April 9, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 10 at the Golden Spike Event Center, 1000 N. 1200 West.
Many demonstrations, displays, exhibits and dealers will be available. These include wire-wrapped jewelry and beading demos, rock painting and a silent auction, and rock and mineral dealers.
Gold prospecting equipment will be on display. Life-size, walking dinosaur puppets, including the Utah raptor, will be featured. Admission is $2 for adults and $1.50 for students. Children under 12 are admitted for free with an accompanying adult.
For more information, call 801-648-5060.
Planetarium presents 'Nature of Science'
OGDEN -- "The Nature of Science" is explored in a planetarium show Saturday during the monthly Science Saturday event at Weber State University.
The Ott Planetarium show begins at 1:30 p.m. Other star shows run every half-hour, from noon to 4:30 p.m., and include "Cosmic Journey" at 12:30 p.m., "Expanded View" at 2:30 p.m. and "Legends of the Night Sky: Orion" at 3:30 p.m.
Science Saturday runs from noon to 5 p.m., with hands-on science activities at the planetarium and the Museum of Natural Science, both located in the Lind Lecture Hall on campus, 3848 Harrison Blvd.
Admission is free.
'Meteorology Madness' hits nature center
LOGAN -- "Meteorology Madness" is the theme for this month's Nature Night, at the Stokes Nature Center, 2696 E. U.S. 89.
This free event, formerly known as Wild Wednesday, will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Wednesday; it will be held the first Wednesday of each month.
Activities will include learning about weather, performing weather experiments and making your own weather-measuring tools.
For more information, call 435-755-3239 or visit www.logannature.org.
USU museum explores ancient marketplace
LOGAN -- Utah State University's Saturdays at the Museum series presents the annual "Ancient Mesoamerican Marketplace" from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
This free event focuses on ancient Aztec, Incan and Mayan cultures. The marketplace includes weaving, making Incan jewelry and Aztec fans, and learning about the Aztec calendar and Mayan hieroglyphics. Samples of foods eaten by the people of these cultures will be offered.
The Museum of Anthropology is in Room 252 of the Old Main building on the Utah State University campus, 500 N. 700 East.
For more information, call 435-797-7545 or visit http://anthromuseum.usu.edu.
Wild Wednesdays ready for some spring flings
OGDEN -- Learn all about nature with Wild Wednesdays each week at 3:30 p.m. at the Ogden Nature Center, 966 W. 12th St.
* Wednesday -- "Jump into Spring!" will celebrate the arrival of spring.
* April 13 -- "Hiding Habitats" will teach about the survival of birds.
* April 20 -- "Close Encounters of the Natural Kind" puts you behind the eyes of an ant.
* April 27 -- "Nests and Nooks" explores how and where birds build their nests. You can also build a nest of your own.
Meet in the visitor center for these activities. Admission to the center is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors and $2 for children.
For more information, call 801-621-7595 or visit www.ogdennaturecenter.org.
Students compete in annual art show
BRIGHAM CITY -- An annual high school art competition and exhibition opens Saturday at the Brigham City Museum-Gallery, 24 N. 300 West.
The exhibit will feature pieces from students in grades 9 through 12 in Box Elder and Cache counties. A variety of art will be displayed, from paintings and ceramics to photography and wood-turned items.
The show runs through May 4. Gallery hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday.
An opening reception will be 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 14, with awards presented at 7 p.m.
Gallery admission is free. For more information, call 435-723-6769 or visit www.brighamcitymuseum.org.