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CATALYST Weekly ReaderAugust 30 - Sept. 6
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Dear Friends & Family,




Here's your CATALYST Weekly Reader for August 30 to September 6. 


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Event picks for August 30 - September 6

Sept. 8, 9a-6p. 9th Avenue, between B and G Streets.


More than 200 booths with food, arts and crafts, jewelry, boutique shopping, useful information and live music. 


This year, the Avenues Street Fair is partnering this year with Intermountain Healthcare / LDS Hospital, who will be holding a community health fair on the same day, and also will be presenting the grand re-opening of the newly renovated LDS Hospital main entrance and foyer.


Mobile Shredding Service: LDS Hospital has arranged for mobile shredding trucks to be at the Fair, and Fairgoers can bring their shreddable papers for free shredding. The trucks will be at the LDS Hopsital Receiving Dock on the north side of 9th Avenue just east of C Street from 8-11 a.m.


The Avenues Street Fair began in the 1970's as a remodeling tool exchange. It expanded into a home tour event to see everyone's handiwork with the borrowed tools, and eventually became a true street fair. An estimated 10,000 people attend each year.

Sept. 1-3. 965 E 3370 S. $40 ($25 one-day pass).


A community-based platform to share yogic talents and resources at an affordable price for beginners and advanced yoga practitioners. Choose from more than 75 classes, seminars, workshops and music events. Yoga, Meditation, Laughing, Kirtan, Workshops, Seminars, Art, Ayurvedic Cooking, Kids Yoga and more. 

Sept. 1, 10-11a. Conservation Garden Park, 8275 S 1300W. $10


Plants are great outside the home, but they can also add some spark to your interior. Find out how to use plants indoors and make your own terrarium to take home. Seating is limited-online registration required.

Taught by Cynthia Bee of Conservation Garden Park. 

Sept. 4, 5:30-8:30p. Harmon's City Cree, 135 E 100 S. $25, reg. required. 


Can those tomatoes! Whether you are looking to preserve the bounty of your garden or the glut of tomatoes you just bought at the farmers market, nothing tastes quite like canned tomatoes from the peak of the season.

Learn to preserve your heirloom beauties in all forms: whole, crushed and sauced.


The Preserving Tomatoes workshop is part of WCG's Summer in a Jar series of canning events.

Sept. 5, 12-p. J. Willard Marriott Library, 295 S 1500 E. Free.


Assistant professor in the U's School of Computing, Dr. Miriah Meyer, will discuss how we design interactive visualizations and how scientists use these tools to glean insight from complex data. Meyer is a 2012 Microsoft Research Faculty Fellow.

Sept. 6, 7-8:15p. Main Library, 210 E 400 S. Free.


The question of how the placebo works--and why it works--has never been scientifically explored as rigorously as it has been by Jungian analyst Richard Kradin. Dr. Kradin will share his findings on the healing power of the placebo. He will discuss the scientifically proven mind/body connection demonstrated by placebos, and look at the ways they can enhance or retard medicinal and mental health therapy. Dr. Kradin is one of the country's foremost experts in mind-body medicine, a research immunologist, Jungian analyst, former Research Director of the Harvard Medical School Mind/Body Medical Institute and the author of The Placebo Response. He is also an associate professor at Harvard Medical School.

Blog Updates
Fowl Play: A damn good life,
with one bad day
It's been too long since our last entry -- blame Ben -- and we apologize for the radio silence. Much has happened in the intervening weeks, and we're going to work hard to bring you up to speed: We've entered phase two with the ducks and geese...(read more).


The Aquarium Age: Aug. 29-Sept. 4 
It's anything but a typical back-to-school, back-to-work, end-of-summer week -- the planets are far too busy to be lolling about on the beach. We're in the tightening grip of the second exact Uranus/Pluto square, an interaction that has more than a few nervous systems struggling to maintain reasonable responses to unreasonable events...(read more).


News & Notes
Farewell Phonebook 

Does anyone use phone books anymore? San Francisco banned the unsolicited distribution of Yellow Pages to homes and businesses. Seattle charges a 14 cent fee for every book delivered. Salt Lake doesn't do anything at all. If, like me, the Yellow Pages goes from your doorstep to your recycle bin, check out the National Yellow Pages Consumer Choice and Opt-Out website. Sort of like the national do-not-call list, you can log onto the website, enter your information, and stop getting paper doorstops delivered every year. Some estimates show that disposing of unwanted phonebooks costs $54 million a year and another $9 million to recycle.

South Campus Gets Bike Sharrows 

"Sharrow" might be a silly word, but they're pretty cool--especially if you're a cyclist. A conflation of the words 'share' and 'arrows,' sharrows are those chevrons-above-bicycle markings painted in the middle of a lane--letting motorists know that the lane is used frequently by (and should be shared with) cyclists. The South Campus Drive sharrows are pre-made thermoplastic graphics melted onto the asphalt--which last longer and needs less maintenance than paint. South Campus Drive is often the only route for University of Utah bike commuters, but the road gets quite narrow in places and has almost no shoulder. It's hoped that the sharrows markings will make the road safer and less nerve-wracking to both cyclists and motorists alike.

USU Battery Breakthrough? 

The U.S. Department of Energy has awarded Utah State University a $3 million grant to develop technology that could dramatically improve the battery per- formance of electric vehicles. The $3 million award is part of $43 million in funding from the U.S. Department of Energy's Advanced Research Projects Agency Energy (ARPA-E) announced earlier last month. USU is the lead research organization on the project, and has part- nered with the National Renewable Energy Laboratory in Colorado, the University of Colorado- Colorado Springs and Boulder campuses-and the Ford Motor Company. Ultimately, researchers will demonstrate their approach on a full-scale commercial Ford PHEV battery pack. 


Reader Rewards
Unfortunately, we don't have any giveaways this week. Next week, for sure, though!