Ease into spring

Illustration by Margaret Larkin

Congratulations. You made it through those epic weeks of rain. You survived the flu. And now, you can officially put that winter coat away because it’s finally spring, y’all. Can you feel the symbolism in the air? This transitional time is a prime opportunity to think about all things rebirth, renewal and growth.

That’s essentially the theme of Grow: Poetry at 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 24, at Sol Collective (2574 21st Street). Emcee Paul Willis will host this evening with performances by local poets—expect thought-provoking stories and frank conversations about difficult issues. The cover costs $5. Find more details at www.facebook.com/

The concept of growth will be addressed again on Saturday, March 25, at Ode to Earth, a performance and visual arts showcase exploring the ways artists connect with nature. Doors at the CLARA Auditorium (2420 N Street) will open at 7 p.m. with a $10 suggested donation. More at www.facebook.com/

Take your reflections to the next level with a special restorative yoga class, specifically focused on easing into the shift in seasons. Avoid spring fever by practicing balance at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 26, at It’s All Yoga (2405 21st Street). Get $30 tickets for this two-hour class at www.itsallyoga.com.

And what better way to truly contemplate these ideas than by getting your hands into some real plant matter? Join local floral designer Cheryl Keech and the Sacramento Cactus and Succulent Society for a one-off wreath designing class, where you’ll learn how to craft a cute wall hanging out of succulents. Basic supplies will be provided, but you’ll need to either bring your own trimmings from your garden or buy some at the otherwise free class, which takes place at 7 p.m. on Monday, March 27, at Shepard Garden and Arts Center (3330 McKinley Boulevard). To learn more about the group, visit www.sacramentocss.org.