1. It’s the first weekend of spring, and Sherman Library & Gardens is hosting a children’s class on Saturday to celebrate. “Spring Baskets with Bunnies” will begin at 9 a.m., letting kids create a spring-inspired basket using colorful flowers, foliage and faux bunnies. Registration for one parent and one child is $35 and $25 for each additional child, and all materials will be supplied. You must pre-register; call the garden office at (949) 673-2261. Sherman Library & Gardens is located at 2647 East Coast Highway.
2. Roger’s Gardens has a jam-packed weekend planned, with the Lime Truck serving food on Saturday and Sunday along with several other educational events. From 9 to 10 a.m. Saturday, you can learn “Spring Garden Design” from Cristin Fusano, who will discuss how to choose plants that work well together and what to add from spring through fall. From noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, Roger’s will host a Radko Trunk Show featuring the new 2012 collection of European glass ornaments and holiday decor. Radko ambassador Sandra Jean Sanchez will sign her Famous Friends ornaments and help customers order any 2012 items that aren’t yet in stock. From 2 to 3 p.m. Saturday, Roger’s will offer “Spring Floral Arranging with Opal and Cynthia,” where you will learn centerpiece design ideas for spring parties and events. And from 11 a.m. to noon Sunday, “Colorful Borders to Complete Your Landscape with Dalia” that will offer techniques and plant combination ideas. Roger’s Gardens is located at 2301 San Joaquin Hills Road.
3. The Easter Bunny has arrived at Fashion Island. From 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily through April 7, the bunny will be available for photos in his spring garden on the Atrium Lawn (although hours might vary due to weather and other factors; call (949) 721-2000 to check.) Families may use their own camera for one photo at no charge, and photo packages are available beginning at $14.
4. The Newport Beach 1st Battalion 1st Marines Foundation is holding a carwash fundraiser from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at The Newport Dunes at 1131 Back Bay Drive. The nonprofit organization is dedicated to helping Newport Beach’s adopted Battalion’s marines and their families. Food will be available, and you can chat with marines while they wash cars as well as get a 20 percent off coupon for the Back Bay Bistro. Organizers advise to use the second entrance on Back Bay Drive and follow signs. For more information, call (949) 385-1110 or visit this website.
5. From noon to 2 p.m. Saturday, the Crystal Cove State Park and Crystal Cove Alliance will host an Open House in the Park and Marine Research Facility in the Historic District, where you can learn about science and the research being conducted in the park. Park in the Los Trancos lot and meet at Cottage #22. You also can take a guided, two-hour, 3 to 5 mile backcountry hike that meets at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Moro day-use parking area amphitheater. The events are free, but there is a $15 day-use fee to park in state lots.