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Nov. 27- Dec. 4

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Happy Thanksgiving!
Annual Clay Arts Holiday Sale
Mountain Accord public Q&A/open house
SL County Bicycle Advisory Committee Meetings
Thirst Fursday Pub Crawl
Fred Montague's Holiday Art Exhibit, Sale, and Party
Standing on Sacred Ground
Art Talk: "The Nature Theatre of Christo and Jeanne-Claude"
Merry Christmas George Bailey
The Aquarium Age
Event picks for
Nov. 27 - Dec. 4
Dear family & friends,

I am grateful for you sharing a few moments of your holiday with me. I hope you find what follows worth your time. Speaking of time, here is a thought I like to remind myself of. I wish you a spacious Now, forever and today!
~ Greta

Fri.-Sat., Nov. 28-29, 10a-5p. 
Sugar House Park Garden Center, 1602 E. 2100 S.
Twenty-five different potters will display their own unique styles of beautiful functional and decorative handmade pottery. Featured artists: Barb Schaecher, Joshua Flicker, Kyle Guymon, Erik Brown, Jim Simister, Hermine Testard, Tammy Rodeback, Jeff Clement, Dave Socwell, Elizabeth Lee, Tobias Loveless, Russ Swain, Alyssa Bray, Rita Osborne, Tari Huffaker, Angie Schneider, Vicki Acoba, Diana Lea & Johnny Hughes.

Tuesday, Dec. 2, 6-7:30p.   
Cottonwood High School Auditorium, 5715 S 1300 E. Free.
Mountain Accord is a collaborative public process for making long-term decisions regarding transportation, environment, recreation and economy in the central Wasatch Mountains (between I-80 and Little Cottonwood Canyon). All are welcome. 

Wednesday, Dec. 3, 5:30-7:30p. 
SL County Government Center, 2001 S State Room S-1010.
The Salt Lake County Bicycle Advisory Committee (SLCBAC), a panel of volunteer citizens who are dedicated to bringing the benefits of cycling to the Wasatch Front, meets to discuss community development of better resources for bicycles and walking. All are welcome. 

Thursday, Dec. 4, 4-6p Location provided upon registration. $15 members, $20 nonmembers.

The Utah Heritage Foundation continues its popular Thirst Fursdays (first Thursdays) historic pub crawl. Learn about Utah's beer history while tipping a few cold ones. 

Thursday, Dec. 4, 5-8p.  Carlucci's Bakery and Cafe 314 W. 300 S.
Distinctive holiday gifts, including wildlife drawings and prints, and Fred's hand-lettered, illustrated book, Gardening: an Ecological Approach (frankly, we think this is the only gardening manual anyone would ever need). Complimentary bakery treats from Carlucci's. Artwork door prizes! 

Thursday, Dec. 4, 7-9p.  Main City Library, 210 E 400 S. Free.
Indigenous communities around the world are increasingly resisting threats to their sacred places in a growing movement to defend human rights and restore the environ­ment. In the Standing On Sacred Ground films, native peoples sharing ecological wisdom and spiritual reverence challenge the utilitarian view of land reflected in government megaprojects, consumer culture, resource extraction and climate change. Indigenous peoples tell their own stories--and confront us with the ethical consequences of our culture of consumption. As Director Toby McLeod reflects: "Listening to Hopi elders, I first understood the message of a chorus of indigenous voices around the World: that the environmental crisis is a spiritual crisis; the absence of a conscious connection to land and water inevitably lead to violence and threatens all life."  
Thursday, Dec. 4, 6-7p Kimball Art Center, 638 Park Ave, Park City. Free (registration required).
Professor Fineberg has followed the work of Christo and Jeanne-Claude closely for more than 35 years and written often about them. Previewing part of his forthcoming book Modern Art at the Border of Mind and Brain (University of Nebraska Press, August 2015), Fineberg will speculate on how a profoundly political and social art practice, like that of Christo and Jeanne-Claude, may affect our social thought and even the neural networks of the human brain. 
Dec. 4-6, 11a-8p. This is the Place Heritage Park, 2601 E Sunnyside Ave. Free. 
Patterned after the world-famous German Christmas markets, Christkindlmarkt offers tantalizing foods, holiday entertainment with activities for children, German yodelers, live reindeer, story tellers, service opportunities... and shopping. 

Dec. 4-6, 11a-8p. Babcock Theatre, 300 S 1400 E. $12/$6 students.
Babcock Performing Readers Professional Company presents a play staged in a 1940s radio studio, adapted from the classic movie It's A Wonderful Life. 

Blog Updates 
Planetary congestion along the celestial superhighway could result in terrestrial gridlock over the coming weeks. It isn't really possible to avoid, dismiss, or deny these "traffic jams"-they are physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual-and they are certain to manifest in ordinary as well as extraordinary ways. Given that this time of year is already supercharged with a wide range of needs, expectations, and disappointments, handling this astral clog is going to take extreme patience. Of course, it would be wise to remember that this is the season of goodwill and good cheer, and with that knowledge, to practice, whenever possible, as much kindness as you can muster. Compassion is always a good antidote to overwhelm...(read more).