SALT LAKE CITY — At the risk of jinxing it, we're just going to say it: spring has finally sprung.
Get out in the sun this weekend with the March for Babies, get a delicious Cinco de Mayo dinner at the Park City Culinary Institute’s Salt Lake location or watch “Napoleon Dynamite” with the film’s cast and crew at East High School. But wait, there’s more — namely, the Wasatch Reptile Expo and various “Star Wars” events. Here’s what you need to know.
'Napoleon Dynamite' 15th anniversary
This’ll be flippin’ sweet. Members of the “Napoleon Dynamite” cast and crew will be on hand for a special 15th anniversary screening at East High School, hosted by the Utah Film Center. “If socially, you’re not up to the task of breaking the ice with someone like Napoleon or Kip, maybe the film will open that door a little bit for you,” director Jared Hess recently told the Deseret News. May 3, 7:30 p.m., East High School, 840 S. 1300 East, $50-$150 (utahfilmcenter.org).
March for Babies
They march because the babies cannot — the March of Dimes hosts a special walk to raise money for research, advocacy and programs that support the health of mothers and newborns. With a goal of $75,000, Saturday’s walk has raised nearly $19,000 so far. May 4, registration at 9 a.m., start at 10 a.m., Sugar House Park, 1330 S. 2100 South, free, donations accepted (marchforbabies.org).
May The Fourth Be With You
No May 4 is complete without a little “Star Wars” action. The Clark Planetarium hosts a special “Star Wars” celebration on Saturday afternoon, which includes $4 movies, a costume contest and an appearance from The 501st Legion, an acclaimed worldwide “Star Wars” costuming organization. May 4, 2-6 p.m., Clark Planetarium, 110 S. 400 West (385-468-7827, slco.org/clark-planetarium).
Cinco de Mayo chef-tasting dinnerComment on this story
Salt Lake chef and cooking instructor Cheryl Schaefer will prep a special three-course Cinco de Mayo dinner. The meal features a trio of street tacos (al pastor, Baja shrimp and pollo feliz), Berkshire pork with mole verde, Spanish rice and savory black beans, and caramel flan with Mexican vanilla. A variety of drinks will also be available. Best of all: Attendees will be given the recipes to everything served that night. May 5, 5:30-8 p.m., Park City Culinary Institute, 1484 S. State St., Salt Lake City, $75 (801-413-2800, parkcityculinaryinstitute.com).
Wasatch Reptile Expo
All of nature’s creepy, crawly things, all in one convenient location. The Wasatch Reptile Expo comes to the Utah State Fairpark, and features thousands of reptiles, amphibians, arachnids and insects. May 4 from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., May 5 from 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Utah State Fairpark, 1000 W. 155 North, $10, kids under age 4 free (facebook.com/wasatch.reptile.expo).