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CATALYST Weekly ReaderSept. 13- Sept. 20
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Dear Friends & Family,


I hope you're enjoying these weekly updates.

If you have not already read the September CATALYST, here is a bit to entice you. (Scroll below this letter to find this week's picks, blogs and reader rewards.) 


The September issue continues our theme of retrospection as we celebrate our 30 years of publishing. This month we review the stories we've written since 1982 on the subject of alternate states of reality, and particularly how they enhance "ordinary" states -- from dreams and breathwork to psychedelics and entheogens. Plotting this story was enlightening, as we realized how popular culture has changed in the past 30 years: Subjects once considered by many as "out there" found a  graceful home in CATALYST. Now, scientists are conducting related studies and producing similar information that is emerging in the popular press worldwide.


We also introduce you to this year's Eat Local challenge, present an opportunity for inter-generational dialogue for women, and revisit the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and what it will take to end nuke tests forever. PLUS all the regular columns, relating to food, environment, sustainability, pets, bike commuting and yoga, as well as the calendar, the Community Resource Directory, and more. 


I also want to take this opportunity to thank our summer intern, Hannah Korevaar, who is a now Junior at Wesleyan University in Connecticut. What can I say about Hannah? Best. Intern. Ever. We thank her from the bottoms of our hearts. She gives me faith in the future. 


Thanks for reading CATALYST.



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Event picks for September 13 - 20

Sept. 16, 5:30p. Alta Club, 100 E South Temple. $85 (plus $35 for optional wine pairing).


In the name of good taste and to support Slow Food Utah's Micro-grant Fund, eight local celebrated chefs will use the bounty of Utah's local food producers and artisans in an evening of delicious food and conviviality to raise funds for Slow Food Utah's wide range of programs. 

Feast makers for 2012 include:

Kassie Little of Liberty Heights Fresh
Greg Neville of Lügano
Ethan Lappe of Café Niche
Nathan Powers of Bambara
Phelix Gardner of Finca
Brian Edwards of the Alta Club
Amber Billingsley of Vinto
Romina Rasmussen of Les Madeleines
Uinta Beer will offer pairings
Francis Fecteau of Libation LLC will be pairing a wine with each course.

Seating is limited but some spaces remain. We hope to see you there!

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Sept. 13, 7-8p. Clark Planetarium, 110 S 400 W. $2.


Do you want to know about the geology on Mars? Join the Planetarium for Night School, their new quarterly lecture series. Topics range across scientific disciplines and the open format encourages group discussion and exploration. University of Utah geologist Dr. Marjorie Chan will explore the similarities of Mars' geology with that of Southern Utah. Night School sessions are hosted in the Hansen Dome Theatre, and are followed by light refreshments in the Third Floor Exhibits area.
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Sept. 18, 12:15-1:15p. S.J. Quinney College of Law, 332 S 1400 E.


Juan Palma, Utah State Director, Bureau of Land Management, will speak about issues regarding energy development on Utah's BLM Lands.

Juan Palma provides leadership for the 23 million acres of BLM in Utah.

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Sept. 18, 5:30-8:30p. Harmon's City Creek, 135 E 100 S. $25


Join Wasatch Community Gardens for a class on making pickles: dill pickles, bread and butter or mustard pickles, giardniera relish and pickled carrots.

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Sept. 19, 6-7:30p. Swaner EcoCenter, 1258 Center Dr, Park City. $5.


Frank Whitby, a research assistant at the University of Utah, will talk about the basics of beekeeping: how to raise bees and start your own hive, including demonstrations on the equipment required for raising bees in your own backyard. Also learn about the current threats honey bees face and what is being done to protect this important species.
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Sept. 20, 6-9p. Rice Eccles Stadium Tower, 6th Floor, 451 S 1400 E. $50.


Don't miss HawkWatch International's annual Wings Across the West fundraiser with guest speaker Brian Sullivan from the Cornell Lab of Ornithology as he presents "The Evolution of Birders," his personal story of birding, and eBird: Citizen Science.  Join HWI staff and education birds for an evening of food, drinks, bird blind tour and a silent auction.
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Blog Updates
Fowl Play: Splish Splash, Peepers Taking a Bath 
Since day one when we received our grant from Slow Food Utah, the plan was to put in a permanent peeper pond out back. That plan became reality a couple weeks back. We purchased a prefab pond form from a local hardware store in early summer, so we more or less had everything we needed, but the real challenge was excavating the earth to fit the pond. My brother Phil performed that the bulk of that feat of labor in a day, and when I found the time weeks later I put on the finishing touches, dropped the form in place and filled it up.

The ducks and geese took to the pond tentatively. First a goose slipped her beak into the water to take a sip, then the ducks moseyed around to have a look see. Of course, the ducks were the first to take a dip, but the geese weren't far behind. Before I knew it, they were all in the pool, splish-splashing around before - and they do this often - all of a sudden one of them burst out of the water in a squawking fury and bolted through the nearby bush, followed closely by the rest of the flock...(read more).


The Aquarium Age: Sept. 12-18 
The planets array themselves in deceptively simple patterns this week, but unfortunately daily life doesn't mirror that ease. A complex power grid lies just beneath this seeming astral simplicity, and skillfully navigating its surges requires confidence as well as consciousness. Many of us may be more than a little on edge. Be prepared for dramatic declarations or responses that at first glance seem disproportionate to the event, but upon deeper examination reveal dormant feelings in need of expression...(read more).


News & Notes
SLC Bike Count Volunteers Needed 

Be a part of the National Bicycle/Pedestrian Documentation Project.  Data that you collect will be used to help plan upgrades to bike corridors or facilities. Volunteers can sign up for one- or two-hour shifts and are welcome to fill multiple shifts throughout the week. To view the shifts, locations, and sign up, visit Contact Michael at [email protected] or 801-554-8803 to learn more.

Reader Rewards
Free James McMurtry & the Gourds Tickets!

We're giving away two pairs of tickets to James McMurtry & the Gourds at The State Room on Saturday, September 22. Doors at 8p, music at 9p.

If you'd like to enter to win a pair of tickets, email [email protected] no later than 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 17. 
Free Dance Classes!

We're giving away vouchers for two dance classes at RDT's Adult Community Dance program. Choose from SOMA (Simple Organic Movement for All), Zumba, Modern Technique, Ballet Technique, Flamenco, Prime Movement, African or Dance for Musical Theatre.

Click here for full schedule.

If you're interested, email [email protected] First email, first serve.