CATALYST Weekly ReaderSept. 11- Sept. 18

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In This Newsletter:
Fine Art & For With a Local Flavor
Downtown SLC Dine O'Round
Strut Your Mutt
28th Annual India Fest
Avenues Street Fair
4th Annual Urban Flea Market
The Roosevelts: An Intimate History
Food Talks: The Global Imperative for the Local Garden
TELOS: The Fantastic World of Eugene Tssui
Best Local Fall Hikes
Renaissance Man: The Art and Science of Andreas Vesalius
The Aquarium Age
Dear friends & family,

If you ever visited CATALYST during the 12 years we had our office downtown on Broadway, you've met Spalding, who was our official greeter. He received mail, addressed to Spalding Wilson, sports editor.

Speaking two nights ago to our friend Monica Dixon, who was practicing her pet psychic skills, Spalding, diabetic and old (19), said  he didn't mind leaving us... as long as he didn't have to ride in the car again. And so today, on a desk in the CAT office, with the aid of our beloved Dr. Nan (of Dancing Cats Vet Clinic), he joined the choir invisible.

Spalding was a noble cat, dignified even as the indignities of infirmity overcame him. His lifelong love was flowers, roses in particular. One last old-fashioned red rose remained in the garden. He inhaled its fragrance as the euthanasia overtook his frail, unconscious body. What's better than the scent of a good rose to bind one's being to Earth? And then he let go.

Good night, sweet Spalding. May we all be as gracious as you, in our living, loving and dying.

~ Greta Belanger deJong
editor & publisher

(This week's events below; September issue available here.)

Spalding, ca. 2000

Event picks for
Sept. 11 - Sept. 18  


Thurs. Sept. 11, 6-10:30p. 64 W. Fayette Ave. (970 So.). Free. 


This is a Wasatch Cooperative Market event highlighting all things local: our very own cooperative grocery store, food, art and music; all a part of Utah Eat Local Week.   

Facebook Event Link

Sept. 12-28
Featuring the top downtown restaurants, Dine O' Round is a fun and affordable way to try new dining locations and/or return to favorites. Participating restaurants offer $5 or $10 two-item lunches, as well as $15 or $30 three-course dinners in addition to their existing menus. 

Sat. Sept. 13, 8a (registration) 10a (walk starts). Liberty Park, 900 S 600 E
Join the Strut Your Mutt pack at Liberty Park to support the animals of Utah Animal Adoption Center.This year, they have set a high goal of $10,000. Bring your dog to its favorite walk of the year. 


Sat. Sept. 13, 5p. 

Krishna Temple, Spanish Fork. 311 W 8500 S. $3. 


Pageant of the Ramayana. Indian food, dance, music, dramas and fireworks. 


Sat. Sept. 13, 9a-6p. Fourth Avenue between I and N Streets. Free. 


Local artists, food vendors, government agencies and nonprofit organizations. There is a children's parade at 9am and free all-day art activities for kids. Live music plays throughout the day on two stages.

Sun. Sept. 14, 9a-3p. 600 S Main St.

Over 80 vendors, music by KRCL DJ Bad Brad Wheeler, local food trucks. Rescue Rovers are the featured animal rescue and will have dogs available for adoption. 


Sept. 14-20, 7p. KUED (Channel 7).


This new 14-hour documentary by Ken Burns will air for seven consecutive nights. The film weaves the stories of Theodore, Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, three members of one of the most prominent and influential families in American politics.  Meryl Streep portrays Eleanor Roosevelt in readings from her personal letters and writings.Episodes will be available on-demand beginning the morning after the broadcast for the following two weeks. 

Tue. Sept. 16, 7-8:30p.
Main City Library, 210 E 400 S. Free.

Join Wasatch Community Gardens and special guest speaker Fred Montague for a discussion about making big changes in our world one garden at a time. 


Tues. Sept. 16, 7p. 
Main City Library, 210 E 400 S. Free. 

TELOS chronicles the unorthodox life and revolutionary work of Eugene Tssui, an eccentric visionary and a maverick architect. Tssui questions traditional building standards and put nature and the environment at the forefront of his designs long before "green" and "eco-friendly" became buzzwords.

Thurs. Sept. 18, 7p. 
REI, 3285 E 3300 S. Free. 


Join REI's experts as they reveal their favorite fall hikes and help you plan an escape to cooler temperatures and fall colors on a day-hike. You will learn about trip planning, essential items, safety precautions, local resources and places to go. Registration required. 

Thurs. Sept. 18, 6:30p. 
J. Willard Marriott Library, 295 S 1900 E. Free

Lecture by Mark Nielsen. 6:30p. Nielsen, a professor in the U of U's Dept. of Biology, will speak about the contributions of 16th century scientist Andreas Vesalius to medicine, anatomy and education. Tours of the exhibition will start at 5:30 outside the Gould Auditorium. J. Willard Marriott Library. Reception to follow. 

Blog Updates 
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