CarnivalLights 002_0Mesquite Days 2014 gets started Thursday at 7 p.m. with the Founders Forum at Mesquite City Hall, 10 E. Mesquite Blvd.

This year’s traditional bake-off is set for 4:45 p.m. on the synthetic field to the west of the Mesquite Recreation Center, 100 W. Old Mill Road, when local chefs will demonstrate the art of the cookie.

You can work those chocolate chip and oatmeal raisin cookies off at the Relay for Life 6-9 p.m., Friday, at Virgin Valley High School, 280 Valley View Drive or you can dance pounds away at the ‘50s’ sock hop, 6-8 p.m., at the recreation center on Friday.

If you like excitement (and corn dogs, cotton candy and deep fried Twinkies) attend the Davis Amusement Cascadia carnival to be held at the recreation center park, today through Sunday.

Now you really better exercise and there’s no where better that the Zumbathon, 6-8:30 p.m., Saturday at the recreation center. Saturday is the big day with the mayor’s pancake breakfast, 8-9:30 a.m., at Heritage Park, adjacent to the LDS Stake Center’s parking lot at 100 Arrowhead Lane. And the Mesquite Days Parade is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. from the same area, march up Arrowhead and to turn east onto W. Mesquite Boulevard and proceed to Willow Street where it will again turn left and disband.

The celebrating of Mesquite’s past, present and future will be continued through May 31 at the Virgin Valley Heritage Museum, 35 W. Mesquite Blvd. The museum is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission is free. File Photo by Kent Harper