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Black History Celebration 

Small-Farms Conference & Zoo Date

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Small-Farms Conference
No, it's not spring yet, but it's coming soon to a garden near you. If you're a beginner or just thinking about starting a little for-profit farm business, the fourth annual Urban and Small Farms Conference has a lot to offer you. Specialty crop producers engaged in direct marketing are especially invited to check out workshops, including the Good Agricultural Practices (GAP) workshop on Thursday. Irrigation, cover crops, USD programs, food hubs and more will be covered. A highlight will be meeting and hearing Dr. Kurt D. Nolte of the University of Arizona's School of Plant Sciences and Stewart Jacobson of the Arizona Department of Agriculture, who both have experience working with farmers for GAP certification. Information and sample forms available. Viridian Center, 8030 S. 1825 West, West Jordan, 435-797-2323 , Feb. 17, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.; Feb. 18, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., $35 per day (includes lunch and breaks), DiverseAg.org

Black History Celebration
As President Barack Obama wraps up his term of office, February is good time to recognize the achievements of African Americans. Black History Month (also called National African American History Month) began in 1915 after the 13th Amendment abolished slavery. Weber State University's Black Scholars United Black History Month 2016 is honoring the "sites, souls and sounds of Utah's black experience." This series of events is wrapping up with jazz and the spoken word. You'll be treated to live music and poetry from WSU students and community members. Weber State University, Shepherd Union Building, Ballroom A (313A), 3848 Harrison Blvd., Ogden, 801-626-6413, Feb. 24, 6 p.m., free and open to the public, Weber.edu

Balloon Festival
Here's a great excuse for a road trip—Kanab's Balloons & Tunes Roundup. You can watch daily launches of colorful hot-air balloons in the red rock Vermilion Cliffs near the scenic Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. Weather permitting, the balloons will launch each morning, and bands will compete in a Battle of the Bands on Friday and Saturday. The Street Fair is on Main Street, where you can buy food and one-of-a-kind crafts from area vendors. There will be a "S'mores School" by Chef Shon Foster, the "Balloon Glow" and a wishing lantern launch on Center Street in Kanab on Saturday at 7 p.m. Kanab Main Street, 76 N. Main, Kanab, 435-644-3696, Feb. 19-21, 7 a.m. daily balloon launch, free, BalloonsAndTunesRoundup.com

Zoo Date
OK, it's a little past Valentine's Day, but you can still be romantic at Woo at the Zoo, a "best-date-ever" event that promises a magical night of romantic wagon rides, a tour around the zoo to hear about how animals woo a mate, and a picnic dinner inside the Wildlife Learning Center. You can meet some of the zoo animals close up—but give them privacy while they're mating, please. Willow Park Zoo, 419 W. 700 South, Logan, 435-890-0356, Feb. 19, 6-8 p.m., $25 per couple, Facebook.com/WillowParkZoo

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