CATALYST Weekly ReaderDecember 27- January 2

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Snowshoeing on the Swaner Preserve
Jehiah Bray
Micky & The Motorcars with Tony Holiday
Wisebird, Lady Legs and Triggers & Slips
Salt City Slam featuring Shae Sveniker
Blessingway 2014: Birthing a New Year
3rd Annual Japathon
Thirst Fursday Historic Pub Crawl
The Aquarium Age
Dear Friends and Family,

What a wild week for Utah! I raise my cup in celebrating the 1,400 newlyweds of the past few days.

Last Friday I signed the "Let It Stand, Governor" petition started by Tim Wagner. The goal was 5,000. A few days later, the number of signatures topped 38,000, three-fourths of which are from Utahns. To read and sign the petition, go to

On another note: I recently got snow tires for my bicycle from Wasatch Touring. Feeling both foolhardy and brave, I rode into the night last Sunday. It was a gas. I highly recommend it, if you're even a casual cyclist. Just remember to deck your bike (and body) with lots of blinky lights.

~ Greta Belanger deJong 
editor & publisher

P.S. Last call for the December CATALYST: 
Of course you're concerned about our air quality. Read what our civil servants and elected officials are tasked with doing, who the corporate culprits are, and how to get involved. Visit with the owners of Himalayan Kitchen. Check out  Valhalla ~ a ski film that breaks new trails. Toast with low-carbon-footprint spirits. Explore radical enactivism: the notion that people can think-in-motion instead of being all-in-their-heads. Look at two moving books ~ Kenvin: An Artist's Kitchen and The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined. And see how you can still participate in Great Salt Lake Audubon's 114th annual Christmas Bird Count.
Now, on to this week's events.

Event picks for
December 27 - January 2 
Swaner EcoCenter, 1258 Center Drive, Park City. $10 ($5 shoe rental).     
During the tour, you will learn about the history of the Preserve as well as the plants, animals, and habitats that make up the Swaner Preserve. Additional highlights of the tour will include information about ongoing conservation and education efforts, as well as time to search for and identify animal tracks and other signs of animal life on the Preserve.  
Registration Required at:  

Sat. Dec. 28, 7-10p.
 Joffee's Coffee's, 2121 McClelland, suite #103. ($10 rsvp online) $12 door.


New York City based jazz saxophonist Jehiah Bray will be performing with a trio at Joffee's Coffee, the new jazz friendly venue in Sugarhouse. 


This is a BYOB event for wine and beer only (no hard spirits).   


Sat. Dec. 28, 9p-12a. 

The State Room, 638 S State.

This alternative Texas Country band was formed in Stanley, Idaho and has released six albums since 2003. Two of the five members are siblings of two brothers in the Austin-based alt-country rock band Reckless Kelly. They must have fun family gatherings!
Listen here: 




Sun. Dec. 29, 8p. 

Urban Lounge, 241 S 500 E. $10.      


Wisebird, Lady Legs, and Triggers & Slips will be rocking out for you this holiday season at the Urban Lounge.



Mon. Dec. 30, 8p.

Weller Book Works, 607 Trolley Square. $5/$3 students. 


Monthly poetry slam at Weller Book Works featuring former Salt City Slam Master and team member Shae Sveniker. He paints, plays multiple instruments, writes and requests that nobody brings rotten tomatoes to throw at him. 


KID Labs, 214 Cottage Avenue, Sandy. $14.   


A dynamic evening  of blessings, dancing, musical performances, alchemy and inner power workshops, astrology readings, living foods and water, light work and energy play. At midnight, they will count down and perform the blessingway ceremony to birth the new year. Sponsored by Water Wellness. 

Wed. Jan. 1, 

Arati at 12p & 6p.

Krishna Temple, 311 W 8500 S. Free.  


Start off the New Year trying
to chant 300,000 names of God, or 350 rounds on rosaries.


Thurs. Jan. 2, 6p.
Location provided with registration. $20 ($15 members).   


On the Thirst Fursday Historic Pub Crawl, Utah Heritage Foundation tells the history of beer in Utah and takes you into three of Utah's most well-known watering holes. A Thirst Fursday Pub Crawl pint glass  is included with your registration.
Registration required:  
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