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Datebook: Events 3/24-3/31

Birding Hikes at the Well - Thru 4/18, 9am: Park Ranger John Lewis conducts birding and nature hikes each Sunday, weather permitting. Approximately one hour. Free. Meet at the picnic area. Montezuma Well, Beaver Creek Road, Rimrock. (928) 567-3322, ext. 0.

Rama Navami - 3/24, 6:30pm: Celebrate one of India's great spiritual festivals with a showing of the movie Ramayana, Sita Rama bhajans, a delicious vegetarian dinner ($10) and a narration of Lord Rama's super human pastimes. Sedona Center of Vedic Culture, 3270 White Bear Road, (928) 204-4455.

Dances of Universal Peace - 3/27, 7pm: These dances are a joyous, multicultural way to touch the spiritual essence within ourselves. All invited. $8. Old Town Center for the Arts, Studio B, 633 N. Fifth St., Cottonwood. (928) 634-0940, www.oldtowncenter.org.

Art for Sedona's Sake Arts & Crafts Show - 3/27-3/28, 10am-5pm: Contemporary and Native American jewelry, custom furniture, Native American artifacts, pottery, steel art, iron art, fine art, photography and more. Parking $1. Saddlerock Circle at SR 89A, Sedona. (928) 639-4224.

Healing Arts & Psychic Fair - 3/27, 10am-2pm: Energy and soul healing, reflexology, clairvoyance, gypsy cards, tarot. $20/15 minutes. The Book Store Gift Corner, 1699 E. Cottonwood St., Cottonwood. (928) 634-2390.

Books-Games-Music Sale - 3/27, 8:30am-4pm: A fund-raiser for middle school activities includes used books, video and board games, and DVD and VCR movies. Snacks and drinks for sale. Sedona Charter School, 165 Kachina Drive, Sedona. (928) 203-1014.

Diane Ladd & Robert Charles Hunter - 3/27, 1-4pm: The actress and the former CEO of Pepsico unveil their new books, "Spiraling Through the School of Life: A mental, Physical and Spiritual Discovery" and "Curious Journey Origins: A New Age Traveler's Guide to the Unknown." Free. RSVP. Andrea Smith Gallery, Tlaquepaque Arts & Crafts Village, 336 SR 179, Sedona. (928) 203-9002, www.andreasmithgallery.com.

Decorated Ukrainian Eggs - 3/29, 11am: Learn the basics of decorating traditional Psanky eggs by layering beeswax and dyes to create intricate designs. $5. RSVP required. Sedona Heritage Museum 735 Jordan Road, Sedona. (928) 282-7038.

Casino Royale - 4/3, 6-11pm: Third annual fund-raiser for Red Rock High and charities of the Rotary Club features poker, blackjack, craps, roulette and a huge silent auction, plus Vegas star Rita Rudner. Sponsors needed. Enchantment Resort, 525 Boynton Canyon Road, Sedona. (928) 282-4546.

Oak Creek Canyon Tours - 4/8-4/9: Sedona Historical Society hosts a tour of historic sites narrated by Paul Thompson. $40/$45. Sedona Heritage Museum 735 Jordan Road, Sedona. (928) 282-7038.

Native Plant Workshop - 4/10, 7:30am-2pm: Keep Sedona Beautiful presents "Getting the Most out of Your High Desert Garden," with featured speakers, workshops, free plants, silent auction and lunch. $15/members; $25/nonmembers in advance. Sedona Red Rock High School, 995 Upper Red Rock Loop Road. (928) 282-4938.

Brian Mickelsen Memorial Run/Walk - 4/17, 7:30am: The second annual event features a half-marathon, 10K and 2-mile run/walk, starting at Riverfront Park, 1285 E. Riverfront Drive, Cottonwood. (928) 639-3200, www.cottonwoodaz.gov.

Celebrate Spring & Save the Park - 4/17, 10am-5pm: The nonprofit Benefactors of Red Rock State Park host a party/fund-raiser with hikes, activities, music, food, a raffle and a silent auction in an ongoing effort to keep the park operating. Red Rock State Park, 4050 Lower Red Rock Loop Road. (928) 282-6907.

Verde Valley Birding & Nature Festival - 4/22-4/25: Field trips, workshops and special events take participants on nature adventures, birding, geology and wildlife viewing. Registration recommended. (928) 282-2202, birdyverde@gmail.com, www.birdyverde.org.

Sedona Miracle - 4/24-4/25: The annual celebration of philanthropy includes dinner, auction and golf to benefit area charitable organizations. L'Auberge, 301 L'Auberge Lane, Sedona. Jody: (928) 821-1856, www.sedona-miracle.org.

Sedona Jazz on the Rocks - 10/2: After a year's hiatus, the major music festival is returning with jazz, blues and R&B. Poco Diablo Resort, 1752 S. 179, Sedona. (928) 282-1985.

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