Spring arrives this weekend, promising a seasonal boost from what has been a miserable winter hereabouts. So put some spring in your step and get out to enjoy some of the things that this Westport weekend has to offer.

On Friday, cheer on stylish Staples High School students who'll be modeling some of the latest fashions at Mitchell's, 670 Post Road East. It's the 14th annual Varsity Vogue Fashion Show and Auction, starting at 7 p.m., to benefit the Staples varsity cheerleaders. Working the runway will be the captains of the school's football and basketball teams, as well as the varsity cheerleaders. Tickets cost $5 for students, $15 for adults, and they can be purchased at the door or in advance by contacting beverlystanley@optonline.new or 203-557-3506. For more information, check www.staplescheerleading.com.

Earthplace, Westport's own nature center and environmental museum, on Saturday springs ahead of the solstice with a day-long celebration. The spring does not officially arrive until Sunday evening, Earthplace will mark the occasion from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with crafts, walks through its Woodside Lane nature sanctuary for signs of spring -- even plant a seed in spring's honor. Call 203-227-7253 or visit www.earthplace.org for details. Admission is free for Earthplace members; for non-members, $7 for adults and children over 12, $5 for children 1 to 12 years old and senior citizens.

Get a rare peek at how things work behind the scenes at the landmark Westport County Playhouse, which is hosting a "Community Day" program on Saturday. The public takes the spotlight at the free event, from 1 to 5 p.m., as the playhouse invites one and all to check out its backstage facilities, displays some of its artifacts, stages other theater-related activities and previews its coming season. The backstage tours take place every 45 minutes beginning at 1:15 p.m. The theater is at 25 Powers Court. For more information call 203-227-4177 or check www.westportplayhouse.org.

Feeling hungry after taking in all that theatrical lore? Then sustain yourself with some of the new "gastro-pub" fare at the Dressing Room Restaurant, right next to the playhouse at 27 Powers Court. The restaurant's menu these days, according to its website, has added a variety of small plates that "feature local, natural and organic ingredients" as well as "regional American heirloom food." During the time of the playhouse's Community Day, the restaurant will be serving brunch from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. and right afterward, dinner will be served starting at 6. For menu details, check www.dressingroomhomegrown.com, or call 203-226-1114.

Feel like a little literary interaction before pulling out the celebratory stops when spring arrives Sunday evening? Head to the Westport Public Library, 20 Jesup Road, for a session with the Usual Suspects mystery discussion group. At 2 p.m., they'll be dissecting "The Shape of Water" by Andrea Camilleri. The book tells the tale of "world-weary, empathetic Sicilian Inspector Salvo Montalbano (who) is handed a hot potato when the body of Silvio Luparello, a local politico, is found in the Pasture, the little town of Vigata's red-light district." New members are welcome to drop by and join the chat. For copies of the book, call 203-291-4821, or check the website: www.westportlibrary.org.