Tuesday, August 25th
Stand with Planned Parenthood Demonstration: It’s time to stand with Planned Parenthood. On Friday, Aug. 14, Gov. Gary Herbert announced that he intended to issue an executive order barring Planned Parenthood from receiving federal funding via state agencies. This specifically targets programs that test for and treat STIs and critical education programs. Planned Parenthood’s doors will remain open — but it’s time to stand with Planned Parenthood. We need to tell Gov. Herbert: don’t play politics with our lives!
Join us for an official press conference from Planned Parenthood and a community-led rally to follow. If you can, please wear pink. We’ll be providing some signs and encourage you to make your own (though we are encouraging folks to avoid explicit language and profanity). We’ll also be providing cards that you can fill out to send to Gov. Herbert. Details: From 6-7 p.m. at the Utah State Capitol.
What Goes Around Comes Around: Bonnie Monteleone, an artist and plastic marine debris researcher from the University of North Carolina, is debuting her exhibition from the Plastic Ocean Project. Exhibits include her recreation of “The Great Wave of Kanagawa” a print and recreation of Katsushika Hokusai’s work from 1829…made completely from ocean plastics collected in a 10,000 mile radius! Details: The exhibit runs through October 8th at the Marriott Library on the University of Utah Campus (level 3).
Wednesday, August 26th
What Do You Think, Utah? Sexual Assault on Campus: This months “What Do You Think Utah?” will be called “Sexual Assault On Campus”. Guests will include: Holly Mullen, the Executive Director of the Rape Recovery Center.Krista Pickens, Director of The Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action at the University of Utah. Tiffany Thorne, a survivor of Sexual Assault and a community activist. Bruce Baird, an attorney and political advisor. And, as always, the discussion will be moderated by Bill Allred from The Radio From Hell Show on X96. Details: Doors open at 6 p.m. and the discussion starts promptly at 7 at The 50 West Club and Cafe, located at 50 West Broadway in Salt Lake City. Admission is free.
Lit Knit, Literary Knitting!: Join Catherine the Knit Chick for crafts and conversation! Lit Knit is held the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month. Details: From 6-8 p.m. at Weller Book Works (607 Trolley Square, Salt Lake City).
Thursday, August 27th
Mark Hertsgaard, “The Environment:” Mark Hertsgaard, The Nation’s environment correspondent, is an independent journalist and the author of six books that have been translated into 16 languages, including HOT: Living Through the Next Fifty Years on Earth. For twenty years, Hertsgaard has written about global warming for outlets including The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Time, NPR, the BBC, and The Nation. Follow him on Twitter @markhertsgaard. Details: Starts at 7 p.m. at the Salt Lake City Public Library – Main (210 E. 400 South, Salt Lake City).
Friday, August 28th
Honey Launch Party: Honey, an organization that focuses on victim advocacy and education on the topic of sexual assault, will launch a crowd-funding campaign, hold a silent auction, and allow you to learn more about its future endeavors and missions. This event is free and open to the public. It will be a part of Salt Lake City’s gallery stroll. Details: From 6-10 p.m. at Studio Elevn (435 W. 400 South, # 304 , Salt Lake City)
Peruvian Festival in Utah: Enjoy the Peruvian music, rock concert, Zumba, Salsa and folklore show with more of 100 performers, art painting, crafts, dancing, fun for kids and its exquisite and award food. This 2015 the festival includes the “Peruvian Food Fair.” Come with your family to enjoy delicious Peruvian Food: Lomo Saltado, Inca Kola, Tamales, Anticuchos, Grilled Steak, Ceviche, Huancaina, Picarones, Chicha morada, Fried rice and more. Details: From 2-9:30 p.m. at the Bountiful City Park (400 N. 200 West, Bountiful) This is a family event and free admission.
Saturday, August 29th
Women of the Mountains Fundraiser: Fundraiser for the Women of the Mountains Conference to bring awareness of both sustainable mountain development and gender issues in mountain communities. Free film screening of To Climb a Gold Mountain produced by Alex Azmi, Silent Auction, food and music. Details: From 6-9 p.m. at the Pacific Heritage Academy (1755 W 1100 N). Free admission, donations welcomed.
Japanese Fall Festival “Aki Matsuri:” Home of the Kenshin Taiko drummers — hear the beat, watch the artful moves, and experience the energy!
- Japanese food menu: futomaki sushi, inari sushi, manju (Japanese bean pastries), gyoza (pot stickers), agedashi tofu (deep fried tofu), spam musubis (teriyaki spam wrapped in seaweed), somen noodle salad, chicken teriyaki obento box, and Japanese noodles. Cool off with a shaved ice delight (shaved ice, red bean, and morsels of fruit).
- Japanese arts, crafts, entertainment, exhibits, kids face painting and opportunity drawing.
- Silent auction/Japanese painting by local artist Ron Nishijima
Details: Admission free; free parking; located one block south of Energy TRAX station. Hosted at the Japanese Church of Christ (268 W 100 S) from noon to 6 p.m.
Ride to Zero: The Combat Veteran’s Motorcycle Association, the U’s National Center for Veteran Studies, the American Hitmen, and the Royal Bar present the first annual Ride to Zero. All proceeds will go to further research and treatment for veterans through the NCVS. Details: Registration and family events from 9:30-12; Kick stands up at 1; Concert at 5–all held at The Royal (4760 S. 900 E.).
Monday, August 31st
Volunteer with the Utah Rivers Council: Help out Utah Rivers Council this summer at fun events across the Wasatch Front! We need volunteers to help staff with community outreach at farmers’ markets and other unique events throughout the summer. Volunteers will help promote our new RainHarvest program, which provides discounted rain barrels to residents to help reduce Utah’s nation leading water use (per-person). This is a great chance to get out in the community and to help Utah’s amazing rivers. Details: If you’d like to get involved contact Amanda at Amanda@utahrivers.org or Nick at firstname.lastname@example.org