CATALYST Weekly ReaderJune 20 - June 27

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Utah Arts Festival
The Backyard Chicken Fight
Utah Phillips Summer Solstice Concert Fundraiser
Urban Garden & Farm Tour
Creating a Native Pollinator Garden
She & Himm
The Hidden Health Costs of Dehydration
Plan Ahead: Jelly Music X
Fowl Play: Come Meet the Windsor Street Flock
Ralfee Finn's "The Aquarium Age"
Tix to Utah Arts Festival!
Dear Friends & Family,

Interested in gardening? Looking for inspiration? Visit and sign up for this Saturday's Urban Farm Tour. I'd love to attend! However, I have a higher calling that day, and that's to greet you if you decide to do the tour, as CATALYST's plot is on the map. Sheida, botanist for Desert Water Gardens, will be here in the a.m. to answer pond-related questions. We will also have onhand copies of the funny and fascinating "A Nature Lover's Almanac: Kinky Bugs, Stealthy Critters, Prosperous Plants and Celestial Wonders" (Gibbs Smith, 2012) by CATALYST contributor Diane Olson, beautifully illustrated by Adele Flail.

New blog: Twice a month, Margaret Ruth will present a specifically body/mind/spirit-focused sampler of events. See the first one below ~ aptly titled "Mind/Body/Spirit Utah."

This month in CATALYST: See Diane Olson's deliciously scary story about the inside of your body. Shane Farver looks at the Granary District. Amy Brunvand and Adele Flail spotlight solar in Utah.  Katherine Pioli updates us on the soccer complex. Also, learn a surefire way to tell if a snake is dangerous; find natural allergy relief with nettles & Mormon tea; see what's next for Move to Amend; and LOTS more.

Happy Solstice!
Greta deJong, editor & publisher



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Event picks for
June 20  - June 27 

June 20-23, noon-11p. 230 S 500 W.     


Visual art, music, dance, film, the spoken word, interesting food and beer: The granddaddy of Salt Lake's festivals happens this weekend on Washington Square and the library mall. See schedule and mark your calendar for what inspires you. Free bike valet. 


Fri. June 21,  4-5:30p. 

The King's English Bookstore, 1511 S 1500 E. Free. 

Mother Earth News blogger and Utah native Gretchen Anderson will discuss and sign her book The Backyard Chicken Fight: How Keeping Chickens in Your Yard is Ruffling Feathers Across the Nation.

Fri. June 21, 7p. 

Riff's Acoustic Music, 1205 Iron Horse Dr. Park City. $20 suggested donation.    


A tribute to Utah Phillips, the labor activist, folk singer, story teller, and poet--"the Golden Voice of the Great Southwest." Presented by his son, Duncan Phillips.  
RSVP to Riff's at (435) 647-1940. 

Sat. June 22, 10a-2p. 

Self-Guided Tour of Backyards in Salt Lake. $5 bike tour (limited), $10 individual/$20 group.    


The tour features not only a lot of great chicken coops, but also backyards with innovative uses of space: small livestock; permaculture gardens; intensive and vertical gardening techniques; community and youth gardens; small urban farms; organic veggie gardens; mushroom growing; restaurant gardens; sustainability features such as rainwater catchment, solar ovens, beehives, food preservation and cob and strawbale structures.
The tour is self-guided--it begins and ends where convenient for you. This year's tour will feature 18 stops to pick and choose from. Sign up to get your tour guide emailed to you 48 hours in advance of the tour, so that you can plan your route! CATALYST's office garden is on the tour--visit our bog-filtered pond-in-the-making!  

Mon. June 24, 6:30-7:30p. 



Pollinators make a critical contribution to worldwide food production. One in three mouthfuls of our food require the presence of a pollinator. A presentation for restoring native pollinator communities that are beautiful and naturally diverse. 

Mon. June 24, 7p. 

Jeanne Wagner Theatre, 138 W 300 S. Free (tickets required @ 


This staged reading is part of the Script-In-Hand Series. REYKJAVIK dramatizes the iconic two-day summit in Reykjavik, Iceland in 1986, during which President Reagan (read by Robert Scott Smith) and Mikhail Gorbachev (read by Jason Tatom) debated the total abolition of their countries' nuclear weapons.
Tues. June 25, 5p. 

Red Butte Gardens, 300 Wakara Way. $50 (some tickets still available)  


The seemingly unlikely pairing of the effervescent actress/singer Zooey Deschanel and the sought-after guitarist M. Ward in an indie-pop duo. 

Tues. June 25, 6:30-7:30p.
Dave's Health and Nutrition, 1108 E 3300 S. Free.   


Are you experiencing any one of these symptoms: fatigue, allergies, headaches, hypertension, depression, insomnia, brain fog, poor appetite or irregular breathing? You could be dehydrated! Hear Dr. Keith Stevens, OMD, LAc, speak on the critical importance of hydration for good health. 

Fri. June 28, 9p-2a. 

Mixx, 615 W 100 S.   




Outlaws, bandits, rustlers and thieves: It's time for a showdown at this hoedown. Dust the prairie off your favorite holsters, chaps, and spurs, and come get your boot-stompin' and firewater-guzzlin' on with the most rambunctious rascals in the West. Yes, this is a "Burner-friendly" event. 


Blog Updates
You've read about them. You've watched them grow up from tiny little bobble-headed peepers into egg-laying, kiddie-pool-swimming, midnight-honking backyard mobsters. You've even watched one of them wage mortal combat with a watering can. Now come meet the Windsor Street flock this Saturday 22nd June as a featured stop on the Wasatch Community Garden's Urban Garden and Farm Tour...(read more). 



It's a bumpy ride this week. The planets are in transition, and so are we. And while I don't and won't blame the stars for cranky attitudes, as most of us know, shifts--emotional, psychological, spiritual, or physical--are often uncomfortable, especially if you're feeling tired, overworked, stretched too thin, or just downright suspicious of what's going to happen next...(read more).   

Reader Rewards

We're giving away several pairs of tickets to the Utah Arts Festival--which starts TODAY (and goes through Sunday).

Email [email protected] AS SOON AS POSSIBLE if you'd like a pair! Make sure to include 'reader rewards' in the subject line. Tickets will be available at our office.