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Rosicrucian Lectures
Honeybee Festival
Crystal Festival
National Trails Day
Downtown Farmers Market Kick-Off Party & Fundraiser
Trashed: No Place for Waste
Household Hazardous Waste Collection
PechaKucha Night
Ralfee Finn's "The Aquarium Age"
Free Gem Faire Passes
Dear friends & family,

Here's your last chance to read the May issue via this newsletter. (You'll find June on the website by Saturday morning.)

Last Saturday, between putting the magazine together and working in the garden, we took a break to gather at the Capitol with 500 others to stand up against Monsanto Corp., top seed producer in the world and purveyor of seeds containing genetically modified organisms. The resultant food is in our stores, unlabeled, so it is undifferentiated from non-GMO food. We attended this rally because we believe the united voices of people who care about good food counts. Two million people across the planet showed up that day. It's a start.

The bottom line, which almost anyone can participate in: Grow plants you can eat, or plants that support pollinators. Attend farmers markets and support growers you know. Eat less processed food. Embrace diversity.

Don't know much about gardening? Attend one of the many talks listed in CAT's calendar (a few are listed below). Read our back issues ~ we write about gardening regularly.

And now, we've got some asparagus to plant. See you next week!

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 30 - June 6 
May 31-June 2, times vary. 

Crone's Hollow, 2470 S Main. Free (suggested donation $25).  




Friday May 31 (7p): An overview of Rosicrucian history, tradition and past Rosicrucians, as well as a discussion of the Rosicrucians of the present. Saturday June 1 (11a-7p): Spiritual Alchemy and the Seven Processes of Transformation, Qabalah Simplified: The Mystical and the Practical Aspects and more. Sunday June 2 (1-4p)
Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Egypt ~ Neteru and Cosmology. 

Sat, June 1, 1-5p. 

Sorenson Unity Center, 1383 S 900 W. Free


Celebrating Utah's state symbol, the beehive, and the inhabitants, the bees. Beekeeping and bee-friendly gardening tips from experts.  

Sat, June 1, 1-3p. 

Day-Riverside Library, 1575 W 1000 N. $15



Organic gardens are all about soil and soil is what fuels gardens. It's what feeds the plants from the roots up, and creates healthy and delicious fruits and vegetables. Learn the science behind making compost. For beginners to experts.   

Sat, June 1, 10a-6p. 

Rockpick Legend Co.,1017 S Main. W. Free


The First Annual Crystal Festival dedicated to rocks, minerals, fossils, crystals, and crystal energy. Specialists will teach classes and offer readings. Refreshments, children's activities.   

Sat. June 1, 8:30a-12p. 

Redwood Nature Area, 3000 Lester St. Free.    

Join REI and TreeUtah to help complete restoration projects, protect previously planted trees, remove invasive plants and clean up trash. Free lunch on site. 

Tues June 4, 5:30-8:30p.

Squatters Pub and Beers, 147 W Broadway. $40.    

Food from your favorite vendors, drinks, live music, beverage samples from Squatters and High West Distillery and a silent auction. Plus, of course, a chance to hang out with the friendly people you will see this summer at the market! 


Tues. June 4,  7p. 

The City Library, 210 E 400 S. Free.   

This environmental documentary looks at the risks to the food chain and the environment through pollution of our air, land and sea by waste, by revealing surprising truths about very immediate and potent dangers to our health. Visually and emotionally the film is horrific and beautiful: an interplay of human interest and political wake-up call.

Thurs. June 6. 
 Sugar House Park. 7-10a. Free. 
Look in your basement, garage and under the sinks: Pack up anything unused that is poisonous, flammable, corrosive or toxic ~ including cleaning supplies, yard care chemicals, pesticides, fuels, batteries, paints, used oil and antifreeze. Bring it to Sugar House Park next Thurs. morning. Your world (and ours) will be a healthier place. 

Thurs, June 6, 6-11p.

The State Room, 638 S State. $10 adv $15 door.   


Featuring a great line-up of presenters ready to share their passion, work and ideas. PechaKucha Nights are whopping fun and you learn things, too. They often sell out, so buy in advance if you're serious about attending. 

Blog Updates

Versatility is the keyword for the week, as the line-up of planets in Gemini, the Sign of information, continues to inspire a non-stop gab fest that runs the gamut from the ridiculous and unnecessary to the sublime and essential ~ and all the many dimensions in between. Expect vivacious interactions with just about everyone, from family and friends to that stranger sitting next to you on the plane, train or bus. And don't be surprised if the normally taciturn are holding forth on several soapboxes simultaneously...(read more). 

Reader Rewards

We're giving away free passes to the Gem Faire, June 21-23! Gem Faire is one of the largest gem, jewelry & bead shows in the United States.

Email [email protected] by Monday, June 3 if you'd like a pair! Make sure to include 'reader rewards' in the subject line!