CATALYST Events ~ Resources for Creative Living
September 17- 24

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Dear friends and family,

1. Usually this is a short list of my picks for the week ahead, with images and details. However, this time I gave you many more choices, more concisely presented. Just reading this list makes me happy. Let me know which format you prefer.

2. The Parliament of World Religions, which will be held in SLC October 15-19, just announced that Jane Goodall will also be a speaker, joining His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Karen Armstrong, Vandana Shiva, Arun Gandhi, Robert Thurman, Marianne Williamson, Terry Tempest Williams, Krista Tippett, Michael Beckwith, Jean Shinoda Bolen and more. If you haven't signed up yet ~ the Parliament is offering a 35% discount to CATALYST readers at this time. See details, left column. This is seriously starting to look like the international Olympics of psychospirituality. What an exciting privilege it will be to be present! We encourage you to join us.

3. We are all safely returned from Burning Man ~ John deJong, Sophie Silverstone, Alice Toler, Dennis Hinkamp, myself and additional occasional CATALYST contributors. Big, deep dust; compelling art; great encounters and conversations with old friends and new, from all over the planet; best and worst music; working and playing hard; excellent exercise. We arrive home with new connections, ideas and perspectives.

Greta Belanger deJong 
editor & publisher, CATALYST
The trip home: Sophie learns about ratchet straps.
Event picks for
September 17-24
Thursday, Sept 17

Wasatch Community Gardens
Volunteer Orientation

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
RawBeans Coffee House & Drive-thru 
611 South West Temple
[email protected]


Volunteer Orientation: Bird Docents
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
HawkWatch International 
2240 South 900 East


Beginning T'ai Chi 
@ Red Lotus School of Movement
6:15 pm
Red Lotus School of Movement 
740 South 300 West. 


The Nation 150th Anniversary Speaker Series: Ari Berman
7:00 pm
Salt Lake City Public Library, 
Main Library Auditorium 
210 East 400 South
Registration is encouraged, but not required:


Tony Furtado presented by IAMA @ The State Room
8:00 pm/doors @ 7:00 pm
The State Room 
638 South State Street

Friday, September 18
Friends of Great Salt Lake's Second Annual Alfred Lambourne Prizes for visual arts, literary arts, sound/music and movement/dance.
6:00 pm
Eccles Art Gallery, South Campus, 
Salt Lake Community College, 
1575 State St.


Salt Lake Gallery Stroll


2nd+2nd Block Walk
200 South 200 East
Bands, art, DJs, exhibits, design, architecture, food carts, spread across much of the upper 2nd and 2nd block and Edison St. 
Free. 21+
Get on list for private parties.
 Link to Facebook Page


A Silver Bullet for Climate Change
First Unitarian Church, 
Eliot Hall 569 S. 1300 E. 
Salt Lake City 
Learn how a Carbon Tax and Dividend returned to all households could level the playing field for renewable energy and reduce carbon emissions by 50% while keeping the economy stable.


Book launch for My Father, 
Alberto Misrachi by Tina Misrachi Martin
7:00 pm
The King's English Bookshop
1511 S 1500 E
Tina Martin grew up in a house full of artists, playwrights and intellectuals, including Diego Rivera, Rufino Tamayo, Salvador Novo and Frida Kahlo, who was her godmother.  In this book she brings to life one of the most fascinating chapters in Mexico's history.


Dance Into Your Weekend
RemedyWave Studio, 
300 West 403 North


Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin & The Guilty Ones w/ Dead Rock West @ The State Room
9:00 pm - 12:00 am
also Saturday night
The State Room 
638 South State Street 

Friday September 19
Free Yoga in the Park Series
10:00 am
Liberty Park, 900 S at 600 E 
Open to everyone of all ages and skill level. 
Gather just north of the big hill. 
Follow the signs.
Link to Facebook page


Samba Fogo's Malandro (male-style) Samba Workshop
2:00-3:30 pm
Salt Lake City Arts Hub, 
663 W 100 S
$12 drop-in rate.   


National Drive Electric Week
Tim Dahle Nissan Murray
4528 S State St, Murray
 Link to Facebook Page


Third Annual Provo Pride Festival
Memorial Park, 
800 E Center St., Provo. 
Link to Facebook Page


Downtown Farmers Market: 
Farms, Food, Crafts. 
8:00 am - 2:00 pm
Pioneer Park 
350 S 300 W

with Michelle Nicolo Prentice
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Dave's Health & Nutrition 
880 East 3900 South

The British Passion for Landscape 
10:00 am-5:00 pm
Utah Museum of Fine Arts 
410 Campus Center Drive, 
University of Utah
Free every 3rd Saturday 



Birds of Paradise: 
Amazing Avian Evolution Opening 
@ the Natural History Museum
10:00 am- 5:00 pm
Natural History Museum of Utah, 
301 Wakara Way, University of Utah


10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Natural History Museum of Utah 
301 Wakara Way, University of Utah
Conduct your own digital pigeon-breeding experiments. Examine a rare, first-edition copy of Charles Darwin's On the Origin of Species. Immerse yourself in the diversity of pigeons with beautiful, large scale images. Transform yourself into a pigeon as your try on fanciful costumes.
Free with admission to Birds Of Paradise


2015 Rumi Festival: a gathering of poetry, art, music and contemplation
2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Anderson Foothill Library 1
135 S. 2100 E. 

29th Annual India Fest - 
Pageant of the Ramayana
5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Krishna Temple. 
311 West 8500 South, Spanish Fork
Plenty of free parking. Seating will be on grass; if you like, bring a blanket.
$3/$1 children
Eat Local Week Finale - 
Harmons City Center
6:00 pm
Harmons City Creek 
135 East 100 South
Sample some of the hundreds of local products that cannot be found in any other grocery store, including cheeses from eight different local cheese makers, salts, chocolate, soaps, pickles, vinegars, beers and more. Also included is a Beer and Wine Garden featuring locally produced wines, beers, and spirits as well as an appetizer and dessert buffet, prepared by their four executive cooking school chefs using local products.
Music, dancing, and a good time! Event is free, food starts at $5.

Third Saturday Contra Dance
7:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Montessori Community School 
2416 East 1700 South
Live music. All dances are taught and called. Come alone or with a partner. First-time dancers welcome. 

Festa Italiana SLC
also Sun., Sept 20, noon-7pm
400 West and 300 S 
(across from Pioneer Park)
Local Italian restaurants, live entertainment, beer, Italian wine, art.
Free admission.
Sugar House Fall Pub Crawl
Live music by Color Animal on SH Monument Plaza 4:30-6:30pm
UBER and SLC Bike Taxi will be available.

Utah's Got Dance
Draper Amphitheater, 
944 Vestry Rd., Draper
See dance teams and companies from every college or university in Utah as well as independent companies and teams, high schools, studios and soloists
Sunday September 20

Wine and Cheese Party 
@ the Bayou for Crossroads Urban Center
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Bayou, 645 State Street
Crossroads is home to one of Utah's busiest emergency food pantries. The organization supports advocacy projects that address different poverty related issues such as affordable housing, utility rates and vision/dental care for Medicaid recipients. Crossroads also provides education and information to local, state and federal officials on issues that directly impact low-income people, the disabled and minorities.
To purchase tickets, go to 
Monday September 21

Joe Hill Centennial Discussion
7:00 pm
Ken Sanders Rare Books 
268 S. 200 E.
Join in a conversation on IWW labor leader, Joe Hill, and his life and times, including his execution in Utah 100 years ago. Presentations by prominent local attorney Ron Yengich, attorney and author of Pie in the Sky Kenneth Lougee and historian John Sillito. 
Followed by a panel discussion and Q&A


A new idea for sustainable soil fertility.
Red Butte Garden, 300 Wakara Way
Presented by Britney Hunter, USU Extension Assistant Professor of Horticulture.
Biochar is wood that has been pyrolized or burned to resemble charcoal.  Pyrolysis turns wood that would have been wasted into a soil amendment with water and nutrient retention properties.  Biochar was discovered in soils where ancient civilizations lived near the Amazon, creating the richest soils imaginable.  This class will answer all your questions on this cutting-edge soil amendment and will also discuss biochar basics, including how biochar affects plant growth and soil health and biochar's potential benefits for Utah's gardens, farms, and forests.

Contact USU Extension Salt Lake County

Tueday September 22

Tuesday Farmers Market
4:00 pm
Pioneer Park, 
350 South 300 West

Best of the Last
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Harmons City Creek Cooking School 
135 East 100 South
How to create giftable jars to share with friends over the holidays using a water bath canning technique.

Wasatch Jazz Project: Big Band Tuesdays @ The Gallivan
7:00 pm 
Gallivan Center 239 South Main Street
Free dance lessons @ 7pm, music 7:30-9:30pm.

Leilani Munter: Trailblazers of Clean Energy Lecture Series
7:00 - 8:00 pm
S.J. Quinney College of Law 
332 South 1400 East, University of Utah

Leilani Münter is ranked one of the top 10 female race car drivers in the world. Her motto is, "Life is short. Race hard. Live Green." Also dubbed the #1 eco-athlete in the world, Münter is a star of the Sundance Film, "Racing Extinction." This fearless NASCAR driver is working to bring 75 million racing fans over to the "green side."
Leilani Münter: A Vegan Hippie Chick With a Racecar: Youtube Video 

Wednesday September 23
City Art readings: David Pace (Dream House on Golan Drive) & Rob Carney (88 Maps)
Salt Lake City Public Library 
210 E 400 S


AFLA Presents: The Equinox Barnraiser with Folk Hogan and Vinyl Tapestries
Artists for Local Agriculture, 
633 W 100 S
Raising awareness and funds for the new Permaculture Neighborhood Hubs coming next spring.
With live art by Sketch Cabaret. Catering by Zest Kitchen and Bar. Featuring local brewery Shades of Pale.
Link to Facebook Page


HEAL Community Night: Curbing Pollution From Utah's Biggest Industries
SLC Public Library, 
210 E 400 S
Join representatives of HEAL Utah, Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment and Western Resources Advocates and learn about the air quality rules that we will formally present to Utah officials in October. In order to improve Utah's poor air quality, we must ask more from each sector -- vehicles, buildings AND industry. 
 Link to Facebook Event

Thursday September 24

Science Unwrapped: 
Are Beavers Friends or Foes?
 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter 
1258 Center Drive, Park City
Joe Wheaton, Utah State University biologist, will present the pros and cons of coexisting with beavers. After the presentation, explore the scientific principles discussed with hands-on experiments and activities.
Families and children are welcome, and please note that registration is required to attend.


The Nation 150th Anniversary Speaker Series: John Nichols
7:00 pm
Salt Lake City Public Library, 
Main Library Auditorium 210 East 400 South
TOPIC: Money in Politics. Free. Registration is encouraged, but not required. Register at 


7th Annual Melon Nights Sustainable Living Art and Music Festival.
(through Sept 28)
Jenk Star Ranch, 230 Corral Reef Road
Utah's only 100% sustainably run music festival. Bring your kids to Coyote camp, 12 and under are free. Dog passes available. This year we will be learning the ins and outs of our new composting toilets that have recently been approved by the Utah health dept. Solar-powered DJ lineup includes illoom, Better Homes & Gardens, Xzentradi, Syn.aesthetic, Lauren Heart, Soltan, Cuddleboy, Carla Eco, Crystal Rose, Vinyl Tapestry, Eights Everywhere, Mattone.
The Jenk Star Ranch is the home of the Jenkstars and Solar Saucer Cosmonauts.


Tumbleweed Wanderers w/ David Williams @ The State Room
8:00 pm  Doors 7:00 pm
The State Room, 638 South State Street 

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