Wildflower celebration coming March 31

A preponderance of rain in recent months has begun to yield dividends in the form of wildflowers in foothills, canyons, and around town.

Several area organizations will join in welcoming them with the Ridgecrest Desert Wildflower Celebration over the March 31 through April 2 weekend.

Leading the flower-filled events, Maturango Museum holds its annual Wildflower Exhibition all three days, and guest speaker Joy England will talk about “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough: Flora of the Upper Rock Creek Watershed” at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, April 2. Additionally, field trips will leave the museum at 10:15 a.m. on both Saturday and Sunday, returning by 1:00 p.m., and the Desert Artists’ League offers drawing and painting demos during the exhibit.

The Historic Society of the Upper Mojave Desert’s Local Wildflower Photo Competition and Display runs Friday through Sunday. To enter or sell, bring photos to the Historic USO Building Bldg. on March 30 between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Red Rock Books hosts local children’s author Terry Pierce on Saturday, April 1 (see related story, this page).

Rounding out the activities: free crafts for all ages, refreshments, and Ridge Writers’ table 1-5 p.m., featuring local author Julianne DiBlasi Black, word games, door prizes, and free bee-friendly flower seeds while supplies last.

Story First Published: 2017-03-17