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In This Issue
Music and a Mystery
WCG Plant Sale
Couture in Motion Fashion Show
People's Market Season Opening
"True Wolf" movie
Great Salt Lake Bird Fest
News & Notes
Chickens in Your Backyard? Veggies in your Front Yard?
Ralfee Finn's "The Aquarium Age"
Free tix to Bill Payne or Brown Bird at The State Room
Dear friends & family,

Besides this week's picks (below), I bring you this month's magazine. Click on the cover above to read about sex hormones (part of the Chakra series), a look at the formation of a local grocery co-op, rain magic rock art, crowd-sourced advice for newlyweds, a look at the place of ponds in the desert, and lots more.

Enjoy it all.

Also: Come visit us at Wasatch Community Gardens Plant Sale this Saturday, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Pax and I will be there, along with Diane Olson and Adele Flail, who will be selling and signing their book, A Nature Lover's Almanac. Swing by, say hi, get some plants and a book!

Best wishes,
Greta deJong, editor & publisher

** You can access the entire online calendar AND our Community Resource Directory from this email now, as well as note sunrise times and moon phases. See left.




Event picks for
May 9  - May 16 

Thurs-Sat, 7:30pm (also Sat. 2pm), May 9-11, 7:30p.

Marriott Center for Dance, U of U. $15-$30; 




This multi-arts concert, directed by Tandy Beal, asks the perennial question: What happens after we die? Dance, theatre, music by Jon Scoville, video by Ellen Bromberg & Denise Gallant and magical visuals are woven into contemporary and historical views of the afterlife. Post-show Q&A participants include Kelly Fogarty, Diane Musho Hamilton, Sam Brown, Tandy Beal and artists.




Thurs, May 9, 7:30pm.

First Unitarian Church (569 S. 1300 East). Free. 


Gerald Elias, author of the Daniel Jacobus mystery series, is also an orchestra conductor and violinist.  Each of his novels revolves around a specific classical music piece. Here Elias speak, and read from his newest book. He may even illustrate it with a tune or two.


Sat, May 11, 8a-1p.

Rowland Hall, 720 S Guardsman Way
(1580 E).  


Over 60 varieties of organic heirloom tomatoes, waterwise and Utah native plants, expanded selection of edible perennials and herbs.

   Organic seed potatoes and onion sets,

Oakdell organic compost for $6/bag.

Some of the most competitive pricing for organics, heirlooms and perennials in the valley. Over 30,000 plants.

PLUS: CATALYST'S Diane Olson and Adele Flail will be on hand to sign copies (for sale at event, $12.99) of their book "A Nature Lover's Almanac," which Diane adapted from her 17-year-long CATALYST column, "The Urban Almanac." Come get some plants, and get a book! 


Sat, May 11, 9a-5p. Pre-show, 6p; Fashion Show, 8p.    

Ballet West Warehouse, 560 S 300 W. $40 general pass, $100 all-access (includes pre-party, drinks and hors d'oeuvres). 

Ballet West and Runway Producer Heidi Gress of HMG Productions team up for the fifth annual Couture In Motion, an elite fashion show featuring emergent designers from around the world, modeled by the artists of Ballet West.

Sun, May 12, 9a-2p.

International Peace Gardens 1000 S 900 W  


This year the People's Market will open on May 12th, celebrating Mother's Day with their annual seedling sale and swap. In addition to seedlings, this year there will be produce and craft vendors. Spend the day at the market hunting for those early spring vegetables and the just-right gift for your mother accompanied by good music and good food to share with friends and family.


Wed, May. 15, 7-8:30p. Tower Theater, 876 E 900 S, $8.75. 

Utah Environmental Congress and Salt Lake Film Society present the movie True Wolf.  When fate intervenes, a young Montana couple gives up everything for the love of an abandoned wolf pup named Koani. But could they even live with this beast? As wolves are wild creatures who cannot be domesticated, Bruce and Pat are forced to live by Koani's ways, not vice versa. What is it like to live with a wolf? Wolf toys, stickers, t-shirts and bottles for sale. 

May 16-20.
Times, locations and costs vary. See website for full schedule. 


Kevin Karlson, author, birder and shorebird expert will speak May 18. In addition to giving the keynote address, Karlson will also guide a few fieldtrips and sign books.
See website for full list of events: classes, workshops, hikes and adventures!
News & Notes 
Chickens in Your Backyard? Veggies in Your Front Yard?

Six years ago CATALYST covered the story of a Salt Lake County woman whose well-kept hens were evicted from their coop due to county regs prohibiting poultry. That story marked the beginning of a campaign to update local laws that were criminalizing sustainable living practices. (Note: Poultry has always been permissible in SL City.)

Recently Salt Lake County released a chart showing ordinances regarding beekeeping, fowl keeping, hoop houses and garden produce sales for the county as well as various cities within the county. We're thrilled to see that hens are now legal throughout Salt Lake County. In fact, communities throughout the valley have opened their arms wide to home food production activities.

The only anomalies left in the chart are Holladay, which is alone in banning beekeeping, and West Valley City, still holding a grudge against backyard birds. And you can legally make use of that otherwise-abandoned land known as the parking strip by planting it--anywhere but Midvale and Sandy. For details, click on "survey" in this link:
Blog Updates

For the next several weeks, the best transformational tool for conscious living is the willingness and the flexibility to embrace a kaleidoscope of perspectives. We're in the thrall of several intense astral patterns, all of which require dexterity - emotional, physical and spiritual - to shift from one point of view to another with minimal effort. Mental agility is also crucial during this phase, for as the days and nights unfold, handling certain circumstances will require moving between the many dimensions of the mind, from the practical to the ideal and back again to the pragmatic, all in the blink of the mind's eye...(read more). 

Reader Rewards
Win tickets to Brown Bird or Bill Payne at the State Room.

We're giving away tickets to Bill Payne on Thursday, May 16 (doors at 7, music at 8) and Brown Bird on May 18 (doors at 8, music at 9). Both shows 21+. Check out the music at

Email [email protected] by Monday, May 13.  Mention which show for which you'd like to be entered to win. Tickets will be available for pick-up at our office, 140 McClelland St. Make sure to put 'reader rewards' somewhere in the subject line!