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SLIGHTLY OFF CENTER DENNIS HINKAMP Homeless or home free?

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ENVIRONEWS AMY BRUNVAND State land grab undermines SLC Northwest Quadrant plan Conflicted Mike Noe; Legislature environmental scorecard.

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DON’T GET ME STARTED Assault on civil society. JOHN DEJONG

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LIVING TRADITIONS SOPHIE SILVERSTONE Celebrating what makes America great.

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LEARNING TO LOVE REAL FOOD NATASHA SAJE A teacher finds that embracing new experiences may lead to a shift in perception.

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GARDEN CALENDAR Want to be a better gardener? Start here! Inspiration and practical assistance.

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HOW MANY EARTHS DO YOU NEED? Meet the Ecological Footprint Calculator.

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EVENT CALENDAR

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YOGA CHARLOTTE BELL Metta meditation, Pt. 2: Practicing kindness towards yourself.

EDITOR’S NOTEBOOK GRETA DEJONG BREATHE ASHLEY MILLER A banner year for air quality bills in the state legislature.

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LEGISLATIVE WRAPUP JESSICA REIMER The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

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ARK OF TASTE KATHERINE PIOLI Food connects us - to feelings, memories, seasons.

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CATALYST’S COMMUNITY RESOURCE DIRECTORY

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BRIEFLY NOTED STAFF U of U E-Bike Community Buy; Take the Pesticide-Free pledge; Eat those crickets; Strawless in SLC campaign; Make your own zerowaste kit; Support for EV owners; What to do with your old plastic bags; Join the co-op market; Hosts needed for Urban Farm & Garden Tour; Lung cancer and sugar.

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GROW A GARDEN FRED MONTAGUE How your garden patch can help save the world.

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METAPHORS SUZANNE WAGNER You can access energies that are not of this world.

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URBAN ALMANAC STAFF A monthly compendium of random wisdom from the natural world and beyond.

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Homeless or homefree?

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here’s a van and a small camper that keep popping up in various parking lots around town. I won’t describe them in more detail because I don’t want to impinge on their joie de camp. I only notice them because I have had a lifelong love of recreational vehicles. They are probably stealth camping; something I used to do frequently when I was younger and braver. This is how it works: You park in the lot of a 24-hour business or a dense neighborhood street and sleep there. If you don’t out yourself by covering your windows or turning on interior lights, nobody is quite sure if you are in there, out shopping or visiting someone in a nearby house. Most Walmarts actually encourage people to park overnight in their lots. I have availed myself of these free hardscape campsites when driving across Nevada. What you lose in scenery you make up with convenient shopping for anything you forgot to bring. If you are lucky, no truckers are running their engines all night right next to you. I have a feeling the stealth campers I see around Logan aren’t doing it as a vacation or part of youthful wan-derlust, but rather because they have to. There is a whole subculture of people out there that I wouldn’t have known about had I not read Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century (Jessica Bruder). The people I see in these lots are RVing via some mix of choice and necessity. You can classify them as homeless or home-free. You could look at them as living the dream of a tiny home like all the cool kids. The differentiating factor is choice. I ate three-for-a-dollar pot pies in college because I knew there was something better on the horizon. Some of the new fulltime RV tenants are doing so because it beats low-income housing and a

permanent fast food job. Many of them travel the country as a new migrant worker class that toils seasonally as campground hosts and Amazon warehouse Christmas rush slaves. Cruise around Facebook and you will find legions of them communicating about how they are getting by on a different American dream. I cannot judge them for this. I have been a part-time RVer for about 35 years starting with my first 1967 money-pit Volkswagen camper van, followed by eight other variations including a classic Airstream, a couple Toyota chassis anachronisms, some horrible thing with a French Renault engine (money pit 2), a VW Eurovan, Sportsmobile (money pit 3), another nondescript trailer and the current truck bed pop up. If you are keeping track, my winning percentage is only slightly over .500. Freedom is seldom free. If I were brave enough to do the accounting I probably would discover that I could have flown first class, rented a car and stayed at Marriott hotels on all those trips for what I have spent on RVs. However, if you are going to throw logic like pasta against a wall, it will not stick. As Bruce Springsteen so eloquently growled… one, two, three, four! In the day we sweat it out on the streets of a runaway American dream At night we ride through the mansions of glory in suicide machines Sprung from cages out on highway nine, Chrome wheeled, fuel injected, and steppin' out over the line H-Oh, Baby this town rips the bones from your back It's a death trap, it's a suicide rap We gotta get out while we're young ‘Cause tramps like us, baby we were born to run

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ENVIRONEWS BY AMY BRUNVAND

Happy International Mother Earth Day, April 22, 2018!

The Earth and its ecosystems are our home. In order to achieve a just balance among the economic, social, and environmental needs of present and future generations, it is necessary to promote harmony with nature and the Earth. — United Nations Resolution, 22 April, 2009

Land grab undermines SLC Northwest Quadrant plan Internationally important Great Salt Lake wetlands at risk

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n March 16 Governor Gary Herbert signed SB 234, a bill creating an unelected Utah Inland Port Authority to take control of nearly 20,000 acres in the Northwest Quadrant of Salt Lake City. The move to create a massive industrialized trade hub on undeveloped pastures and Great Salt Lake wetlands took city leaders by surprise. The legislation which passed without hearings and with no opportunity for public debate, makes the City responsible for public safety and street mainte-

The legislation, which passed without hearings and with no opportunity for public debate, makes the City responsible for public safety and street maintenance but lets the Port Authority collect taxes so that there is no revenue to pay for infrastructure. nance but lets the Port Authority collect taxes so that there is no revenue to pay for infrastructure. If that weren’t bad enough, the bill contains language to undermine environmental protections. Under this law, the city

would not be able to block transportation of coal or storage of toxic materials. The bill overrides Salt Lake City’s Northwest Quadrant Master Plan, developed through public process and approved by the City in 2016. The Master Plan envisions economic development in the area, but it also recognizes that Great Salt Lake wetlands are an important, environmentally sensitive habitat for migratory birds. One reason the Northwest Quadrant is not already built out is that much of the area is not suitable for building. Much of it was underwater in the flood year of 1983, and natural hazards include earthquake fault lines and “liquefiable” soil. Nonetheless, all that empty space has proven too tempting for the real estate developers who dominate the Utah Legislature. This is not the first land grab in the Northwest Quadrant. In 2015, the Utah Legislature forced Salt Lake City to accept a new $860 million state prison site near the Salt Lake City International Airport. The move opened up valuable property near Draper

for development. Alliance for a Better Utah noted an apparent conflict of interest since real estate developers in the Legislature were particularly behind the prison move. (A commission to sell the former prison property has now been formed, so we’ll see who gets that windfall.) At the time, the Salt Lake City Council issued a statement opposing prison relocation which noted, “Salt Lake City has been very cautious in planning its northwest quadrant. The balance of potential for development and the need for preservation of important wetlands is delicate. Dropping a 5,000-person prison in this area is the polar opposite of the careful planning that Salt Lake City has done to date.” Unfortunately, it seems that careful, environmentally sensitive planning for the lake floodplain is precisely what the Utah Legislature intends to undermine. The Salt Lake City Council has already canceled existing development agreements due to

Under this law, the city would not be able to block transportation of coal or storage of toxic materials. uncertainty. Governor Herbert says he will call a special session of the legislature to address concerns over the Inland Port bill. The responsible thing would have been for the governor to veto this bad piece of legislation, but it’s too late for that. ◆ Salt Lake City NW Quadrant Master Plan: SLCDOCS.COM/PLANNING/PROJECTS/NORTHWESTQ/NWQ.PDF


Oil leasing commences near our monuments When President Trump “downsized” two Utah national monuments, Interior Ryan Zinke claimed that “Bears Ears isn’t really about oil and gas.” That turned out to be a blatant lie. The New York Times and Media Freedom and Information Access Clinic sued the Interior Department to obtain emails regarding monument downsizing. These show that the maps of oil, natural gas and coal had been drawn long before Zinke’s monument review ever began, and that new boundaries were drawn to match the maps. Last month the Trump Administration started auctioning oil and gas leases on sensitive areas of Utah public lands that would likely be off limits under proper environmental review. Leases were sold on the edge of Bears Ears National Monument as well as near Hovenweep and Canyons of the Ancients. The National Park Service has expressed concerns that the flurry of leasing will impact air quality, groundwater and dark skies near Arches and Canyonlands National Parks. Zinke, who seems to misunderstand the public responsibility of government, told an audience at an energy industry conference in Texas that “Interior should not be in the business of being an adversary. We should be in the business of being a partner” and called environmental regulation of drilling “un-American.” Citizen organizations pressing for proper environmental review before lease sales include Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance, Natural Resources Defense Council, Center for Biological Diversity, Sierra Club and The Wilderness Society.

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rassy lawns in Salt Lake City are borrowed from a whole different ecosystem than the one we live in. Maintaining a perfectly green lawn not only requires copious water but also application of chemical fertilizers and pesticides that can be hazardous to people and pets as well as wild birds and pollinating insects. If fertilizer gets into lakes and streams it can cause toxic algae

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Environmental roundup for the Utah State Legislature During the 2018 General Session the Utah Legislature passed good and bad environmental bills, and one very, very ugly bill.

lands agenda, prioritizes extractive industry, and is anti-wilderness • HB 272 Privatization of state land to build artificial islands in Utah Lake (I am not making this up) • HB 372 Plans to sell the 700-acre former prison site at Point of the Mountain • HJR 1 Asks the U.S. Congress to exempt Utah from the Antiquities Act that gives presidents the power to create (but not dismantle) National Monuments. • HJR 2 Asks the federal government to move the Department of the Interior and U.S. Forest Service headquarters to Utah • SB 71 Toll roads to target public lands recreation • SB 135 New fees on electric and hybrid vehicles. Also “rebrands” the Utah Transit Authority for no good reason • SCR 8 Supports replacing Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument with a much, much smaller national park in order to block lawsuits to restore original boundaries

Good: • HB 27 Environmental assurance for underground storage tanks • HB 38 Fireworks restrictions for better air quality • HB 101 Emissions testing for diesel powered vehicles • HB 216 Money for the Jordan River trail • HB 261 Rocky Mountain Power can go solar • HB 302 Licensing to grow industrial hemp • HB 331 Air quality as a part of driver education • HB 369 You can buy a Tesla electric car in Utah now! • HCR 7 Advocates environmental stewardship and sound science to address climate change • SB 141 Renewable energy tax credits through 2020 • SB 157 Solar industry accountability • SCR 2 Encourages shielded outdoor lighting to preserve dark skies Bad: • HB 169 A $1.72 million tax break for EnergySolutions radioactive waste company • HB 249 Adopts a statewide resource management plan that promotes the transfer of public

Mike Noel: conflicted

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blooms like the one that shut down recreation in Utah Lake last summer. In an effort to reduce chemicals in the environment, SLC Green (Salt Lake City’s Department of Sustainability) has launched a new initiative for pesticide-free yards. The new Pesticide-Free Yard Guide features happy bees on the cover and offers practical tips for how to create attractive pesticide-free landscaping. Take a pledge to go pesticide free and SLC Green will send you a yard sign with a picture of those happy bees. And mark your calendar for the 8th Annual Bee Fest, June 16, of which CATALYST is the proud new organizer. See more on page11.

he Utah Rivers Council has filed an ethics complaint against Representative Mike Noel (R-Kanab 73) regarding apparent conflicts of interest, unsurprisingly connected to real estate development. Noel, who uses his elected office to make himself an anti-environmental nuisance, owns a large piece of undeveloped property in Kane County. When President Trump downsized

Ugly: • SB 234 a land grab to develop the Northwest Quadrant of Salt Lake City Read the full text of bills that passed at LE.UTAH.GOV. And find more about these bills from Ashley Miller and Jessica Reimer in this issue.

Grand Staircase Escalante National Monument he opened up a route to build the billion-dollar Lake Powell Pipeline (LPP) project. The Trump monument boundary also has a peculiar cutout that goes right around Noel’s land. Connecting the dots, if the pipeline were built it would carry water directly past Noel’s land, and it seems Noel (who also serves as Director of the Kane County Water Conservancy District) may have already secured a water right from the yet unbuilt pipeline. With

a reliable water supply, Noel’s land would be far more valuable for development. If the Lake Powell Pipeline ever is built, the public would have to pay for super-expensive water, but Noel himself would get rich. For years, Noel has used his position as Rules Chair to engage in strong advocacy for the Lake Powell Pipeline, but he has never registered as a lobbyist for the Water Conservancy District or disclosed his real estate holdings. Utah Rivers Council: UTAHRIVERS.ORG


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DON’T GET ME STARTED

Assault on society In the autumn of 1969, just as soon as my basic training company had learned to disassemble, clean, re-assemble and fire the U.S. Army's M-14 battle rifle, the Army decided to accelerate its replacement with the new M-16 assault rifle. As a result, we quickly learned to disassemble, clean, reassemble and fire the M-16. The M-16 had many advantages over the heavy M-14, most of them relating to its effectiveness in killing or wounding people in combat situations. The Geneva Convention outlaws unjacketed bullets, which blow apart on impact, causing grisly injuries. With the M-16, and other assault rifles like the iconic Soviet AK-47, weapon manufacturers and their customers got around the restriction by decreasing the bullet size but increasing the velocity to the point where bullets began to tumble when they hit a soft target, causing as much or more damage as their slower but larger predecessors. The lighter weight and smaller size made it possible to pack more rounds into the magazine. With a single pull of the trigger it was possible to mow down a whole field full of Viet Cong suspects. Or a school room full of children. One of the trade-offs was a reduction in the assault rifle's effective range to 400 meters (two thirds of a block). That's not a problem if you're a mass murderer. In civilian settings, school yards, malls, festivals, night clubs and churches are well within 400 meters. The Las Vegas shooter, who killed 58 people and injured 851, had a wide array of assault rifles (fourteen AR-15 rifles, twelve of which had bump stocks and 100-round magazines, eight AR-10 rifles, as well as a bolt action rifle and a pistol). It appears that he conducted his own field trials, shooting several magazines from each different weapon in his killing spree. I wonder, did he submitt field trial notes to the NRA before he shot himself? According to the NRA, “from 1986 to 2007, at least 1,626,525 AR-15-style semiautomatic rifles” were manufactured in the US. I would guess that number has gone up since then. Gun advocates claim that the stagger-

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ing levels of gun ownership in the United States make it a safer society. The facts don't bear them out. Around the world the rates of gun violence are directly correlated to the rates of gun ownership. According to Wikipedia: “Compared to 22 other high-income nations, the U.S. gun-related murder rate is 25 times higher. Although it has half the population of the other 22 nations combined, the U.S. had 82 percent of all gun deaths, 90 percent of all women killed with guns, 91 percent of children under 14 and 92 percent of young people between ages 15 and 24 killed with guns.” The main argument for widespread gun ownership is wording in the Second Amendment to the Constitution that cites the need for a well-regulated militia as a defense against tyranny. The last election confirmed the need for a capability to overthrow oppressive governments resorting to the bullet box when the ballot box of democracy is hijacked by oppressors. But that's not going to happen with the pea shooters used in suicides and domestic gun violence or the assault rifles used in mass killings. The last time we overthrew an oppressive government we did it with sniper rifles from behind trees. The surreality of some people's concept of a well-regulated militia is betrayed by our military's refusal to forward information to civilian authorities on the mentally unstable, highly trained in the ways of killing, hard cases that they have been discharging into the civilian population. It's anybody's guess how many of the recent massacres could have been prevented if our military had abided by the law. A well-regulated militia would own one or two weapons per member, not the eight guns the Washington Post estimated every gun owner in the United States owned in 2015. Also, a well-regulated militia is probably difficult to regulate without turning into the private armies that characterize much of the Third World. Mass killings are only different from everyday gun deaths in the relatively small numbers involved. They are not an existential threat to our society, though an in-

teresting article in the New Yorker made the point that many gun owners put an alarming amount of existential meaning into their guns. Mass killing are only the tip of the iceberg. Suicide and domestic violence using guns kill many more Americans. In 2016 guns killed 36,658 Americans. Additionally, about twice that number were injured by guns. The problem of gun violence is essentially a political problem. Up till now the contributions from the gun lobby to our elected representatives have drowned out the voices of voters and victims of gun violence. Politicians in the pay of the gun lobby attempt to appear even-handed by saying things like “we need to study the data before making a hasty decision,” and “all options are on the table” knowing that as far as their paymasters are concerned, there will never be enough data and that no options are really on the table. It's been done before. In 1994 Congress passed and President Clinton signed a prohibition against the sale of assault rifles. The law was unsuccessfully challenged in court, but expired in 2004 due to sunset provisions. We need to decide: What is reasonable gun control? Other countries around the world manage to be safe from gun violence yet allow gun ownership with reasonable limits. We don't want to strike down the Second Amendment. Such a Quixotic quest will lead us nowhere. We just want to be true to the founding fathers’ intention of allowing citizens the ability to overthrow oppressors. John deJong is CATALYST s associate ? pub lisher.

The problem of gun violence is essentially a political problem. Up till now, the contributions from the gun lobby to our elected representatives have drowned out the voices of voters and victims of gun violence.


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n January, CATALYST put on the Clean Air Solutions Fair, with assistance from a crackerjack team of excellent volunteers. While it was lots of work that challenged our existing skillset, we had a blast. And soon afterward we got to thinking, “What’s next?” A Dandelion Festival, we decided, to celebrate the ubiquitous harbinger of Spring. Something simple, small, maybe in a park somewhere. We were inspired by Katrina Blair’s book, The Wild Wisdom of Weeds (Chelsea Green: 2014) and her Durango, Colorado festival ongoing since 2008. “The golden plant shares so much generosity in beauty, health and happiness, year after year,” she writes. That’s worth celebrating! Then, last month, I went to lunch with Gwen Crist and Kim Angeli of Slow Food Utah, a local chapter of the national convivium. Their motto is “Good, Clean, Fair Food.” For the past seven years they’ve held a Honey Bee Festival, extolling the benefits of honey bees and other pollinators. At lunch, Gwen and Kim said the project’s main organizer had retired from the group. As it is all volunteer-run, they wondered if CATALYST would like to take over the festival. I mentioned the pending dandelion festival. “The dandelion is the first food of the bee,” Gwen pointed out, with a twinkle in her eye. Long story short: Thanks to the wonderful catalyst provided by Slow Food Utah, our humble dandelion idea has mushroomed into the full-fledged Bee Fest: A Celebration of Pollination! Please join us on June 16, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Wasatch Community

BY GRETA DEJONG Gardens’ Green Team Farm, located just west of the Gateway. It’s a beautiful, inspiring garden managed by James Loomis, our “Garden Like a Boss” writer. Already lovely with pollinator plants, on that day the garden will also host an abundance of pollinator-related projects, products and people. This year we’re celebrating all manner of pollinators—honey bees, native bees, bats, birds, butterflies, moths and more. And the plants they love! We’re looking for exhibitors— both nonprofit educational groups and vendors. Do you have special pollinator-related skills, knowledge or products you’d like to share? We’re also looking for volunteers! Maybe we’ll have a honeybased bake sale and a honey tasting. We’ll need a plant sale coordinator. And does anyone know of someone who does bee beards? (Yes, it’s a thing.) We’ll have more specifics next month. For now, mark your June calendar. June 16. The Green Team Garden is within easy walking distance of the Downtown Farmers Market. Visit one, then walk over to the other. As if this gift from Slow Food weren’t serendipity enough, when we approached Governor Herbert’s office re. declaring a week in June Pollinator Week, we received the delightful news that he had actually just done so! June 18-24 is now officially Pollinator Week in the State of Utah! In the meantime, please help us spread the buzz! Greta Belanger deJong is the founder, editor & publisher of CATALYST.


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BREATHE

A banner year for air quality bills Not all was won; but many steps were taken in the direction toward cleaner air for all Utahns

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uring the 2018 Legislative Session, I was closely watching proposed “clean air legislation” that included a transportation omnibus bill, additional fines for tampering with diesel engines, rail yard equipment upgrades (see CATALYST February), diesel emissions testing programs for Utah County, and a few other bills that would have an effect on our airshed. Breathe Utah’s top legislative priority this year was ensuring our state Division of Air Quality (DAQ) was adequately funded—a task that has been shown to be quite cumbersome in sessions past. As Utah strives to improve the air, the population is growing, businesses are more numerous and people need to get where they are going. The DAQ is tasked the research, analysis, modeling, and compliance on which all solutions depend. In order to support business with timely permits and inspections, keep Wasatch Front counties in demonstration of attainment and continue to support our communities’ efforts to improve health and quality of life, the DAQ requires, at a minimum, an allowance of ongoing research funds and the addition of some fulltime staff.

This collaborative effort on the part of legislators on behalf of Utah’s air quality was really the first of its kind. Representatives from business and industry and air quality advocates were successful in working together to secure budget support for the DAQ, which included the ongoing funding for three new fulltime employees, and $500,000 in ongoing research money that will focus on solutions to pollution problems along

the Wasatch Front and in the Uinta Basin. The research funding would immediately fund projects to better understand the impacts of wood burning on mandatory no-burn days, the impact of ammonia emissions from diesel vehicles during winter inversions and improved emission inventories and air quality modeling in partnership with the University of Utah. These projects will help the state’s efforts in developing cost-effective, targeted regulations that actually improve air quality, not just look good on paper. This collaborative effort was really the first of its kind. For the first time, legislators who typically view being helpful as slashing budgets, understood and advocated for increased capacity for a state division that is crucial to any ongoing air quality solutions. In addition to the DAQ funding, our state lawmakers passed some meaningful air quality legislation.

Getting a grip on diesel emissions HB 101 Air Quality Emissions Testing Amendments, sponsored by Representative Patrice Arent from Millcreek and Senator Curt Bramble from Provo, passed this year. This compromise bill will require Utah County to implement a three-year pilot program for including diesel passenger cars and trucks in the emissions testing. It also requires the Division of Air Quality to submit a report to the Natural Resources committee on the estimated emissions reduced through the program, yearly. The local health departments in four non-attainment counties in the state have voluntarily included diesels as a part of their emissions testing programs, but Utah County stopped testing diesels back in 2006. Diesel exhaust contains pollutants most harmful to public health, including small particulate matter (PM 2.5), and nitrogen oxides (NOx). NOx reacts with other pollutants in the atmosphere and contributes to the formation of PM2.5. Light- and medium-duty diesel vehi-

cles are up to six times more likely to fail emissions testing than comparable gas vehicles. Failing diesel vehicles produce up to four times the direct PM2.5 pollution of compliant diesels, and 21 times the NOx pollution. This important air quality policy has the potential to eliminate over 170 tons of pollution per year from Utah County, if the pilot program is transitioned into a fully implemented program. We are confident the data from the pilot will solidify the need for a permanent program. Another very important bill that would have a positive impact on reducing diesel emissions was HB 171 Motor Vehicle Emissions Amendments sponsored by Representative Angela Romero and Senator Luz Escamilla of Salt Lake City. This bill would have increased the fines for those who intentionally tamper with emissions controls in vehicles—specifically, the drivers of those diesel trucks who intentionally blow huge plumes of black smoke for fun. We call this “rolling coal.” Currently in Utah there is only a $50 fine for the first offense. This bill would increase that to $100. Other states around the country have much steeper penalties for these unhealthy behaviors. New Jersey, for example, will slap you with a $5,000 fine the first time it happens. $50 isn’t much of a deterrent for this obnoxious behavior that has grave consequences for public health and air quality. Unfortunately, this bill ran out of time at the end, after passing through the first three steps, with only a Senate Floor vote needed for final passage. We are hopeful that it will pass next legislative session.

Learning to drive? Learn about air quality! HB 331 Air Pollution Mitigation Education Program sponsored by Representative Mike Kennedy of Alpine and Senator Todd Weiler of Woods Cross passed and will require new drivers in the state of Utah to learn about ways to improve air quality and the harmful effects of vehicle emissions. The information will be pro-


BY ASHLEY MILLER vided to applicants for a driver license, included in the driver education curriculum of a commercial driver training school, and included in the curriculum of a driver education program in a public school. Breathe Utah has been working with the Utah State Board of Education and the Driver License Division to develop materials to help turn these directives into rich learning opportunities. This bill will complement these efforts.

Transportation SB 136 Transportation Governance Amendments sponsored by Senator Wayne Harper of Taylorsville and Representative Mike Schultz of Hooper, passed after many substitutions and amendments and a long stakeholder process. Overall, this bill creates some great opportunity for expanding transit throughout the state, allowing for a local option sales tax that municipalities can opt into to fund expansion projects. The troubling portion of this bill was the increase in annual registration fees for certain clean vehicles including electric, hybrid and plug-in hybrid models. Breathe Utah and other advocates worked tirelessly on getting these fees reduced to a more reasonable amount and a compromise was struck in the waning hours of the session. The additional fees imposed will phase in over a threeyear period, and the fees will go into a fund that will support building electric vehicle infrastructure, hopefully offsetting some of the unintended consequences of pre-

maturely imposing additional fees on clean vehicles. Annual registration fees will increase as follows: Electric models $120, plug-in hybrids $52, and hybrids $20.

Freight switcher failure HB 211 Freight Switcher Emissions Mitigation that was discussed in last month’s CATALYST article, did not pass and was not funded. But the bill did make it farther than originally expected and

Fees will go into a fund to support building electric vehicle infrastructure. generated great discussion amongst lawmakers that something must be done to combat this significant source of NOx pollution. I am committed to continue working on this important issue. As the bell tolled at midnight on the last day of the session, air quality advocates didn’t get everything we hoped for, but this was a banner session for positive steps in air quality. Next year will be better because of our efforts this year ◆ Ashley Miller, J.D., is the program and policy director for Breathe Utah. She is a member of the state’s new Air Quality Policy Advisory Board and is also the Salt Lake County Health Department Environmental Quality Advisory Commission.

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ON THE HILL

Legislative wrapup on some environmental bills

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et another legislative session has passed, and as always, there is the good, the bad, and the ugly that emerged. HEAL Utah was up on the Hill every day, working with our allies to support the good ones and defeat the bad ones. Here are some of the environmental bills that got considered.

THE GOOD: HCR 007—Concurrent Resolution on Environmental and Economic Stewardship (a.k.a. The Climate Change Resolution) Yep, folks, this actually happened! The Utah Legislature PASSED a resolution recognizing climate change and the human contribution to it. While it was informally known as the ‘climate resolution written in Utahn,’ which alludes to the fact that it is very carefully crafted and focuses primarily on the economic impacts of a changing climate, it is a big step toward meaningful action on climate in Utah. As an example of how to discuss climate policy in conservative states, this resolution sets a precedent for other places across the country to spark this conversation. HB101—Air Quality Emissions Testing Amendments (a.k.a. The Diesel Emissions Testing Bill) See page 14 for details on this and all the other positive air quality bills and appropriations that passed this year!

HB261—Renewable Energy Amendments This bill will help increase the development of renewable energy projects throughout the state by allowing Rocky Mountain Power to take advantage of the federal investment tax

BY JESSICA REIMER

asked for a $1.7 million reduction in inspection fees, and they got it? Yep, that happened this session. To make it worse, that fee reduction is instead going to be covered by the general tax fund, meaning that every taxpayer shoulders some of the operational costs of Utah’s lowlevel nuclear waste facility (one of only three in the country).

credit (ITC), which they were previously not eligible for. The ITC provides a 30% tax credit for renewable energy projects. While smaller companies were concerned that this would make it more difficult for them to compete for renewable energy development contracts, the details got worked out so that all parties are satisfied with the outcome. Hopefully we will see more commercial solar arrays soon!

THE BAD: HB373—Waste Management Amendments What seems so bad about allowing solid waste facilities to self-inspect, after only five hours of formal training? A lot! This sounds like the fox guarding the hen house, especially when this bill also offers a reduction in inspection fees if facilities take this route. One positive is that a fund is created for the Department of Environmental Quality to upgrade their permitting and compliance technology. However, we doubt it will help facilities be more responsible for determining how well they are complying with state and federal regulations. HB234—Utah Inland Port Authority Salt Lake City’s Northwest Quadrant is currently the middle of a pretty ugly fight between the state and the city for jurisdiction over development of the land. The plans to develop an Inland Port may be great for Utah’s economy, but potentially detrimental for air quality and the Great Salt Lake ecosystem. While we believe there is a real opportunity here to demonstrate and set a precedent for smart, sustainable development for Utah and the West, the way this bill currently stands does not leave much room for that. Read more on this bill on page 8.

THE UGLY: HB169—Commercial Waste Fee Amendments Remember that time when EnergySolutions

EnergySolutions stores Class A hazardous waste, and they are trying to get a permit for depleted uranium, which is a radioactive waste that becomes even more radioactive over time. Suffice it to say, we were not thrilled that this bill passed and are asking for the Governor’s veto.

Appropriation: California Coal Lawsuit This $1.65 million line-item appropriation was advocated for by outgoing Rep. Mike Noel (R-Kanab), who wants to help fund a lawsuit against California’s cap and trade program. The lawsuit stems from the defeat of the Oakland Coal Terminal, which Utah was largely in support of because of the coal resources the state wants to continue extracting. However, the coal economy is largely declining because of market forces that support cheap renewable energy pricing, not because there is an inability to get it to China. It goes without saying that this is a waste of taxpayer funds; we hope the Governor agrees as well. That’s a wrap! Lots to be excited about, but lots to continue fighting (both for and against). Remember that these issues don’t stop with the legislative session—your voice continues to matter and to be a critical aspect of all that we do. ◆ Visit HEALUTAH.ORG for info on how you can make your voice heard on issues you care about.


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IN THE GARDEN

The Ark of Taste

Food connects us—to feelings, memories, seasons BY KATHERINE PIOLI

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ver 100 years ago, the citizens of Charleston, South Carolina noted the beginning of summer with the appearance of street-side vendors selling groundnut cakes, little cookie-shaped sweets made of molasses, peanuts, butter, eggs and sugar. Starting around the 1830s these iconic street candies were sold all along the town’s shady street cor-

The Ark of Taste, started by Slow Food in 1996, is essentially a registry of foods that are in danger of extinction — being lost and forgotten. ners by the “maumas,” free black women. They sold for a penny a piece and were found nowhere else in the United States, nowhere else even in South Carolina. They were a truly local delicacy. Today, however, few people, even Charlestonians, have tasted a groundnut cake. That’s be-

Capitol Reef Apples, Capital Reef National Park

how I came across it, along with hundreds of other foods with fascinating stories. The Ark now has more than 3,500 products from over 150 countries. There are fruits and vegetables, livestock and birds, fish, vinegars, salts, breads, herbs and more — with over 200 of these foods coming from the United States.

The Capitol Reef apple Anyone who has visited Capitol Reef National Park has driven by, and some may have even tasted, an Ark of Taste treasure that has roots (literally) in our own soil, and in the Mormon history of our state. That treasure is the Capitol Reef apple, first planted by Mormon settlers in the town of Fruita. Little remains of the town today, which lies within the boundaries of Capitol Reef National Park, except for a one-room schoolhouse and the apple orchard. After many generations the apples these settlers grew became perfectly adapted to the canyon’s microclimates and soil. You can still pick the Capitol Reef apple each fall in the Park. The Ark isn’t for just any food. Like the groundnut cakes and the Capitol Reef apple these foods are being immortalized on the Ark, protected and propagated, because they provide important links to our individual histories and cultures. Some of these food histories, like that of the Nevada single leaf pinyon, go back beyond the written word.

cause sometime around 1930 the maumas were shut down, casualties of a larger national The Nevada single leaf pinyon sanitation effort initiated after World War I. This The Nevada single leaf pinyon (Pinus monosweet piece of southern, and black, history phylla), another Utah food on the might have been lost if it Ark, is a seed of culinary imweren’t for a few remaining portance — culturally, historrecipes (first printed in Miss ically and nutritionally — for Ellen Parker’s The Carolina American Indians of the Great Housewife, c. 1847) and the Basin region. This small, olive Slow Food Ark of Taste. pit-sized, pine nut was excepSince 1989, Slow Food, a tionally nutrient rich, high in global organization first esfats and carbohydrates. Tribes tablished in (not surprisingly) harvested the nut in the late Italy, has been dedicated to summer and early fall and ate preserving local foods, food the food throughout the year, cultures and traditions. Everyas a mash or gruel or frozen where you look there are like ice cream. unique and interesting foods, like Charleston’s groundnut Support the Ark: cake, that make our world, Buy, grow and our diets, more interesting and our lives richer — not to Nevada single leaf pinyon The Ark of Taste is always seeking mention the benefits of biologimore nominations for its list, says cal diversity that comes along with varied re- Gwen Crist, board chair for the Utah chapter of gional agricultures. Slow Food. The Ark of Taste, started by Slow Food in It could be a cultivated crop, like the 1996, is essentially a registry of foods that, like Mayflower bean, or a livestock breed, like the the groundnut cake, are in danger of extinction Pineywoods cattle, or a traditionally processed — being lost and forgotten. The groundnut food, like the pa’akai traditional sea salt from cake is listed in the Ark’s catalogue, which is Hawai’i. Products and foods must adhere to


strict standards set up by the Slow Food organization. What is the food’s story? Who uses it? Is it endangered—produced in limited quantities and at risk of disappearing from use in the next generation? Is it clean—no engineered foods, not harmful to the environment—and is it fair? Is it linked to a place and community?

GULB as well as the CSA’s head farmer. “Some of these foods that we no longer grow are extremely resilient and will become very valuable.” And, as if we needed more of a reason to support growers using Ark of Taste foods, as part of the GULB/Slow Food Utah

products will bring even more treasures back into our lives. Treasures like the Navajo-Churro sheep. A desert-adapted species, and North America’s earliest domesticated farm animal, it was introduced to native peoples by Spanish explorers in 16th century but was almost completely wiped out by the US government during a shameful and effective campaign in the 1860s that sought to destroy native (Dine) culture by destroying their traditional foods and partnership, Slow Food memagricultural practices. Today bers will receive a discount on the Navajo-Churro sheep is no their Urban Lunch Box food longer considered endanAunt Molly’s Ground Cherry share. gered. There is even an assoby Forkert Gorter, gardensalive.com ciation and registry for trusted Crist knows a handful of local producers, in addition to GULB, who are raising breeders and regulation for breed standards. Ark of Taste foods and animals. Likely, she says, Today, the Navajo-Churro sheep, alongside there are even more than she’s aware of. So many other plants, animals and culinary tradiwhen you go down to the farmer’s market, or tions on the Ark of Taste, is making a comeyou order your animal from the rancher, says back. ◆ Crist, “ask them if they are raising Ark of Taste Katherine Pioli is CATALYST’s assistant editor. In 2011 she received a grant breeds and varietals. We must create a demand from Slow Food Utah to purchase and raise two North American heritage for these things in order to keep them.” breed birds (American Buff ington geese and Cayuga ducks) that are on And who knows, maybe an increased inter- the Ark of Taste. est in these local historical foods, animals and

This year, Green Urban Lunch Box is partnering with Slow Food Utah to bring 11 Ark of Taste foods to CSA shareowners. While Utah could undoubtedly come up with a number of good additions for the Ark of Taste, in the meantime Gwen Crist and the people at Slow Food Utah are coming up with other ways to encourage the survival of Ark of Taste foods. Crist, who is well connected with Utah’s local growers and ranchers, says that part of keeping the Ark going is buying from those producers who raise Ark of Taste foods and animals. One local grower raising Ark of Taste foods this year is Green Urban Lunch Box (GULB). Though this group may be better known for their work organizing community fruit harvests from trees around the city, they also run a CSA program. This year, Green Urban Lunch Box is partnering with Slow Food Utah to bring 11 Ark of Taste foods to CSA shareowners. Among these are the Cherokee purple tomato, Seminole pumpkin, tennis ball lettuce (a small head lettuce that grows no bigger than a tennis ball), yellow-meated watermelon (known as the Sikyatko by the Hopi people), Beaver Dam pepper and Aunt Molly’s ground cherry. “It’s important to have diversity in all we eat, especially as we experience climate change,” says Shawn Peterson, executive director of

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April 2018

CULTURAL SALT LAKE

Living Traditions

Part 1, The artists: Dancers, crafters and musicians

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BY SOPHIE SILVERSTONE, ANNA ALBERTSEN, CLAIRE BROWN AND JANE LYON

mug, you could call us Utahns who know that beyond our homogenous appearance, the Salt Lake Valley boasts one of the most diverse and unique patchwork quilts of various cultures and immigrant communities in the nation. Other than walking down the diversity-filled halls of my alma mater, West High School, there are few encapsulated opportunities like the Living Traditions Festival that can remind us of this. Every year I collect a new favorite part of the festival: watching the whirling dervishes spin in place endlessly, seeing the smiles of the volunteers parading the Chinese Dragon around, and the of victory having vanquished the line for the Utah Basque Club’s food booth, finally biting into the heavenly meat and béchamel cheese cloud that is a croqueta. Now in its 33rd year, the Salt Lake City Arts Council continues producing Living Traditions, one of the most important (and free) annual opportunities to honor our different and nuanced cultures and traditions, and simultaneously celebrate the fact we all live in this one beautiful state. The United States, and its long history with being a safe haven for the world’s refugees, has certainly laid the groundwork for a thriving, enriched pockets of culture, even in

what may seem to outsiders as one of the least diverse states. As enjoyable and inspiring each year as this free three-day festival is, your actual experience might be a little overwhelming. Among the crowds, the lines to food vendors (and the subsequent decisions that have to be made), the dances, music and craft booths going on all at once, it’s almost impossible to take in the glory of the festival at full value in one visit. Even if you go multiple times that year, your experience might only include a handful of the 70 different cultures represented at the festival. This year we’re guiding you through the festival (LT) at a more graduated pace. This month we’ll focus on some of the stories from the craft and performing artists from the festival. Next month is all about the food vendors.

South Sudan DOMINIC RAIMONDO & LOUDO VILLAGE SOUTH SUDAN SCHOOL PROJECT

Before Dominic Raimondo’s home, Loudo, a Didinga village in South Sudan, was overrun by Civil War in the late 1980s, a typical day might be spent playing with his friends, making mini

figurine cows out of clay from the riverbed. Meanwhile, their parents tended to the families’ real cows. Raimondo remembers the early morning that the rebels attacked his village, when he was eight years old. He and his family were separated in the chaos. “Our neighbors’ houses burning, the cows were running around, and my brothers and sisters ran in different directions… So I ended up running away to hide in a bush. I hid from the rebels until morning, and joined a group of neighbors and started walking,” Raimondo tells CATALYST. Raimondo is one of the Lost Boys of Sudan, a group of some 20,000 of orphaned children who walked up to 1,000 miles from their villages in South Sudan to neighboring borders of Kenya to escape the rebel armies in the civil war. “I was very little and tired. Thank goodness I had some of the elderly neighbors who helped me. Some of the friends got sick and died. Some of my friends got attacked by lions. Some of us, by grace of God, made it to the border of Kenya and South Sudan,” says Raimondo, who was among those who made it to Kakuma refugee camp in Kenya. Kakuma became one of the biggest refugee camps in Africa, with some of the world’s most war-traumatized groups. Raimondo was one of a small few of the Lost Boys who were taken to the U.S. after a series of medical and mental exams. He ended up in Syracuse, New York in 2008. His brother, who was living in Salt Lake, brought him here the following year. Eight years ago he started selling his crafts–clay cows at the craft market at LT, where the proceeds go straight back to his community at home in Loudo. “Initially the goal was to share the culture with the community, and to enrich the Utah culture. It also helps me preserve my culture, as well as practice it. If one doesn’t practice your culture, you end up losing it,” says Raimondo. The cows symbolize a bountiful, successful life in the pastoral heritage of South Sudan. “They are very important in our community because of the respect you get from people. The more cows you have, the more people will respect you,” he explains. Over the years Raimondo’s booth at the festival has become a place for him to share about the Didinga culture, and tell people what is going on in South Sudan.


It appears his plan of “the more cows, the better” is working. Since tending his craft booth, selling the decorated clay cows with two others from South Sudan, Raimondo finds the connections he has made opening so many doors for him, including becoming a citizen in 2016, teaching about his culture in schools around the state and taking a few trips back to visit his tribe in Sudan and the refugee camps. There he recaptures and documents his culture through the assistance of his long time friend, Dr. Anna Lomax, of the Association for Cultural Equity in New York City. Immediately following LT 2018 he will return to the refugee camp and meet his four-monthold daughter for the first time. He will also continue with his work with his foundation to build a school in Loudo, and preserve the Didinga culture. “I really appreciate what a warm, welcoming love that the community here in Utah have been showering me with,” Raimondo

this land seeking greater opportunity and despite all odds, we’ve made it our home. This message is more important now than ever, with a country divided due to political battles and an administration that hasn’t always been friendly to immigrants. Thankfully, festivals like LT are helping us break down the barriers of ‘us versus them’ and shining a light on the fact that while we can be proud of where we’re from, we can also work together to create something great,” says Smusz. (CB)

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MARY JO ANTON, ANTON FAMILY BAND

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Poland MACIEJ SMUSZ, KARPATY DANCE ENSEMBLE

In 2015 Maciej Smusz, a Polish immigrant, moved to SLC from Chicago to pursue a degree in Computer Science. That same year he founded the Karpaty Dance Ensemble, a Polish folk dance troupe. The following year the fivemember group debuted at LT. The troupe is now 30 dancers strong, including their youth group (ages 6-14), Maki. “We all have a common history, we came to

on by their four kids along with a handful of grandchildren, nieces, nephews and spouses. “As we grew old enough and our parents taught us the music and Lebanese traditions, we began playing with them and joining them in the love of the music and ANYTHING Lebanese,” says Mary Jo Anton, eldest of the four siblings. These four are second generation Lebanese-American. “So we are all born in Utah, although we are all Maronite Catholic. My Jido (grandpa in Arabic) taught us something very important, and that is that we are Arabicspeaking Phoenicians, not Arabs as many people at that time (and even now) think...We are not all the same. If anyone does any research, their eyes would be opened wide by the diversity in the Middle East.” Since 1900, the Lebanese community has had a presence in Utah. A Lebanese food booth sponsored by the St. Jude Maronite Catholic Church will also be present at LT 2018. The Anton’s musical heritage, and the mem-

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ory of her mother, Helen Anton, live on in Mary Jo’s own voice. She sings in her mothers place now. “It is my deepest honor, and when anyone ever tells me ‘You sound just like your Mama.’ I cry, because for me, there is no greater compliment than being compared to her. I will never be able to replace her. Never,” Mary Jo tells CATALYST. (AA)

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Rinceoiri Don Spraoi, pronounced “rin-KOR-ee don SPREE” means “dancing for fun” in Gaelic. Hannah Thompson, head teacher and board president of the South Jordan-based, nonprofit, noncompetitive Irish dance school, began dancing with Rinceoiri soon after moving to Utah. She remembers dancing at LT in Rinceoiri’s “Shamrock” class for the youngest dancers in 1997; she has stuck with it ever since. (CB)

Philippines EUNICE JONES-LANE, KULTURANG PILIPINO ENSEMBLE OF UTAH (KPEU)

Eunice Jones-Lane, the Cultural Director of the KPEU, arrived in the U.S. in 1986 from Manila at 27 years old with $50 in her pocket. By way of Los Angeles and Las Vegas, Jones-Lane and her husband came to Utah in 1995. She got involved with local organizations, and by 1999 she became the first female president of the Philippine American Association of Utah. KPEU is comprised of 40-50 volunteers, ranging in age from 5 to 74 years old. Along with many tra-

ditional Filipino dances, including Tininkling (bamboo dance), they also dance some adapted Spanish dances with some Filipino flare (the Philippines were under Spanish rule for almost 300 years). (JL)

Native American ROBB “LITTLE OWL” MARTIN, NATIVE AMERICAN FLUTE MUSIC & STORYTELLING

Performing on the LT stage with traditional regalia, seven different flutes and many stories to tell is Robb “Little Owl” Martin. Born and raised in Salt Lake City, Martin comes from a family whose roots include nations of Southern Ute and Jicarilla Apache, with some Navajo and Pueblo as well. About 20 years ago, Martin was deeply inspired by performances at a Native American festival in Las Vegas. Shortly after, he purchased a flute at Mountain Man Rendezvous in Ogden. “I played it all the time; at home, in the car, while traveling; and slowly overtime got better and better as I watched other flute players and listened to their music on KRCL radio,” says Martin, who makes his own flutes. Martin has been performing at LT for five years. “My flute music is very relaxing and the stories are educational, fun, and interactive. I always try to incorporate a mix of traditional and contemporary culture in my presentations,” he says. Martin starts to prepare for LT a few months before the show when he picks stories that will be the most relevant. The day of his show also takes a significant amount of time to get ready with his full regalia and choosing his flutes based on the weather conditions; the flutes are very sensitive to humidity and wind. Even


before becoming a performer, Martin was participating in powwow demonstrations and enjoying performances at LT. “It is just as much fun to walk around and experience other parts of the world as it is to perform and share a piece of myself each y e a r ,” he says. (CB)

India DIVYA NARAYANAN, INDIAN CLASSICAL DANCE; DIVYA SCHOOL OF DANCE

Traditional Indian dances have been promoted and propagated for generations through “Guru — Shishya Parampara,” meaning direct learning from the teacher in the same method throughout generations. “The classical dance requires many years of training to perfect each movement and to completely learn a dance routine,” says Divya Narayanan. Born and raised in Delhi, India, Narayanan began dance training at age four. She received intensive training in three different classical dances, Bharathanatyam, Mohiniyattom and Kathakali, studying under renowned gurus/ teachers. She was awarded several coveted scholarships to continue her training, including one from the foremost organization dedicated to the propagation of India’s cultural heritage. Narayanan immigrated to the U.S. in 2001. In 2008, she moved to Utah and opened the Divya School of Dance in South Jordan, offering classes in Bharathanatyam, Mohiniyattom and Bollywood styles. She also teaches dance at the Krishna Temple in Salt Lake. 2018 will be Divya School of Dance’s third year at LT, where 20-25 of her students ranging in age from five years old to adults will perform. “Living Traditions Festival is one of the most popular festival within the Indian community and we look forward to it every year,” writes Narayanan. (SS)

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from Morelia Michoacán in Mexico, the native region of the Purepecha Indians. This will be Love’s seventh year at LT instructing on how to make traditional altars for deceased loved ones and crafting Sugar Skulls, the traditional Mexican art that celebrates Dias de los Muertos (Day of the Dead). Marla also runs an art studio called Art First or Arte Primero, “an everyday Living Traditions Festival,” says Love, which celebrates expression in visual arts, theater, music and dance through various cultures. Focusing on children K-6, this studio creates space for kids to learn, share and respect each other’s heritage and traditions with after school and summer camp programs. Love feels pride in continuing the teachings of her heritage with her family. She thinks it is important for her two children, ages 5 and 7, to learn why they celebrate Dias de los Muertos, and how they honor their ances-

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the Dead, “It is now cross cultural–anyone can connect to it because everyone has felt loss.” (AA)

Utah, a longtime hub for refugees, is home to two refugee resettlement agencies: Catholic Community Services of Utah and the International Rescue Committee (IRC), which provide refugees with caseworkers who help newcomers with healthcare, the English language, education for children and job training for adults, as well as economic empowerment programs. Utah receives around 1,000 new refugee residents each year, and one in 12 Utahns is foreign born. Another one in that 12 has at least one foreign-born parent. In an era of travel bans and other anti-immigrant behavior, Living Traditions and events that bind the colorful patchwork quilt that is Utah’s immigrant community are more important than ever. The stories and cultures that result from Utah’s welcoming reputation and flourishing immigrant communities keep our arms wide open. ◆

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THOUGHT FOR FOOD

Learning to love real food A teacher finds that embracing new experiences may lead to a shift in perception BY NATASHA SAJÉ

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’m always thinking about food—what to cook and eat, what restaurant to try. At the small private college where I teach in Utah, my colleagues also appreciate good food, so I assumed that our students did, too. After all, there is a U.S. food revolution. But I was wrong about the students. I discovered this when I traveled with a group of undergraduates for a literary and historical tour of Ireland a few years ago. Each morning we ate “full Irish” breakfasts—eggs, bacon, sausages, beans and breads. On three evenings—when we

course (Literature and History), my students would have learned something from our group meals. Instead, they were absorbed by their phones, taking risks in virtual worlds while playing it safe with comfort food in the real one. I do understand the desire for one’s customary foods while traveling. But I noticed that my

Our business school offers “etiquette dinners,” yet there is no required course on food responsibility. dined as a group with invited Irish writers— the prix fixe menus featured mussels, lamb, asparagus, ramps, pudding thickened with seaweed, and other seasonal and local foods. After one of these dinners, I checked the bill and was startled to discover that two-thirds of my students had ordered hamburgers. Three hours after another dinner, I spotted some of them carrying red and white Pizza Hut boxes through our hotel’s quaint oak lobby. On one of our longer bus rides, I was eating Irish strawberries, fragrant and in season. My students were enjoying their snacks, too— packaged snacks. I offered some berries to a girl across the aisle. “These are so delicious!” she exclaimed. “Where did you get them?” I’d bought them at a grocery near the hotel, and they had cost me no more than a bag of chips. I realized then I had been remiss: I had made the classic mistake of assuming my students thought the way I did. Perhaps if I’d integrated research on agri-business into our

students were also impatient to get the eating over with, rushing to whatever was next. It comes as no surprise to me, as shown in a recent Canadian study, that people who eat fast food are more impatient with everything else in their lives. Back in Salt Lake, we discussed the trip. The students admitted they “didn’t care about food” and would be just as happy to “grab something” as eat in a restaurant. To get context for that feedback, I interviewed the director of our Integrative Learning Program. She told me that food-related offerings usually draw only those already interested in eating well. She added that students tend to eat whatever they learned to eat at home. They

are intimidated by new foods, she said, even by produce from the campus organic garden, offered for free. I also talked to two food-savvy students on the committee that had chosen our new dining service. I asked how they had learned about food. One, the daughter of a former chef who was also the baker of Utah’s best organic bread, said she had grown up with foodconscious parents. The other said she’d experienced a “food awakening” after reading Michael Pollan’s Omnivore’s Dilemma during a semester in Switzerland, an awakening reinforced later by a course on ecological eating. Both women, since graduated, now work for food nonprofits. Watching my own group for 12 days told me just how exceptional these two alumnae are. Wass der bauer nicht kennt, frisst er nicht—what the farmer doesn’t know he won’t eat. That, of course, is exactly what my students were doing and also what I did as a child. My refugee parents shook their heads whenever I turned down a new food, like clams. But over time, travel and curiosity broadened my diet. And then I ran a catering business and taught myself about food preparation and nutrition. A world of tastes, textures and delights gradually opened before me. When I was a 21-year-old art history student in Rome, lunching on pappardelle with wild boar sauce, I was amazed to see construction workers at the next table enjoying their own multi-course meal. Today’s “average” American college student is nothing like the Italian who demands good food as a birthright. Moreover, the median family income of students at our school is far below that of students at more elite private colleges. Sadly, food consumption in the U.S. may be changing only for the educated and monied classes. Most of my working and middle class students have not heard of Pollan’s tenets: Eat real food, mostly plants. Perhaps they and their parents, working harder than ever to stay afloat financially, must relegate cooking and the allied grace of eating well to an afterthought. Or no thought. On the trip, during those buf-


fet Irish breakfasts, I noticed that students routinely took more than they could eat. I noticed it also at the lunch we shared as a class after the trip. Their lack of conscience, or maybe it was ignorance—21% of landfills consist of food waste—pained me. I wondered: Is there a way I might teach them about food? Montaigne wrote, “It is an absolute perfection and virtually divine to know how to enjoy our being lawfully.” Thinking back to those dinners they didn’t enjoy, I asked myself what I could do.

They were absorbed by their phones, taking risks in virtual worlds while playing it safe with comfort food in the real one. My college’s previous liberal education program required students to take a course in The Living Arts—“courses with an emphasis on real world, life-enhancing knowledge.” These included Personal Finance, Yoga, Interpersonal Communication Skills and Exploring Mountain Paths. There was no course on food or diet, although a three-week course on ecological eating was offered as an elective. I use the past tense because our new liberal education program has no living arts requirement. The social engineering aspect of a college education is made clear by the fact that our business school offers “etiquette dinners,” yet there is no required course on food responsibility. Our mission states: “Students are challenged to experiment with ideas, raise questions, critically examine alternatives, and make informed decisions. We encourage students to accept responsibility for their learning, to discover and pursue their passions, and to promote more equitable and sustainable communities.” How could food not be central to all of these things?

Perhaps I’m really asking the degree to which food education should be voluntary in higher education. Chef Alice Waters’ national program The Edible Schoolyard has long offered resources for elementary and secondary schools. Slow Food International now has a Youth Network. And in summer 2015, in 18 cities across the country, Hip Hop Public Health rolled out a nutrition course disguised as game show and music festival to fifth graders. While it’s too late to teach my 85-year-old in-laws about the drawbacks of eating at the Golden Corral, I can integrate food education into the courses I teach. To that end, in my writing workshop, I’ve asked students to research—and prepare—a real food ingredient they’d never eaten before, and then write about the experience. The foods in their “show and tell” have included eggplant, quinoa, marjoram, juniper berries, zucchini, and beets. One student, not understanding what I meant by “real food,” brought a jar of Cajun seasoning whose first ingredient was salt. Yet everyone’s animation in relating their discoveries made me realize I’m onto something. They enjoyed learning about food. Just as my students learned to love junk food, they can learn to love real food. Appetite is not physiological, writes Frank Bruni in a 2014 New York Times essay , citing research at the Chemical Senses Center in Philadelphia. In other words, it’s not a matter of taste buds or “a palate,” but rather psychology. Taste is a “function of expectation, emulation, adaptation.” So a taste for something we may initially dislike, for instance cilantro or lamb, can be learned. With repeated exposure, even people like me with “soapy taste” receptors for cilantro can learn to love it.

highlights the mismatch and the potential threat to our safety…. But every new experience causes the brain to update and enlarge its set of patterns, and this can lead to a shift in how we perceive a food. [paraphrased from Harold McGee, “Cilantro Haters, It’s Not Your Fault,” New York Times (April 14, 2010)]

So it’s a matter of conditioning and it has to start somewhere.

“Every new experience causes the brain to update and enlarge its set of patterns, and this can lead to a shift in how we perceive a food.” On the last night of the semester, I invite the class to my house for dinner, and I share my recipes. I won’t know that these innovations will make a difference in their lives, but I can’t disapprove of their diets without doing something to change them. And if there is a next time I travel with students, I’ll figure out how to help them to savor Wexford berries and Cashel blue cheese made from milk from grass-fed cows. ◆ Natasha Sajé is the author of three books of poems, a poetry handbook and many essays. She teaches at Westminster College in Salt Lake City and in the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing Program.

When we taste a food, the brain searches its memory to find a pattern from past experience that the flavor belongs to. Then it uses that pattern to create a perception of flavor, including an evaluation of its desirability. If the flavor doesn’t fit a familiar food experience, and instead fits into a pattern that involves chemical cleaning agents and dirt, or crawly insects, then the brain

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April 28: Organic Vegetable Gardening. 9-10:30a. Organic options for pest control, plant nutrition. Taught by Katie Wagner/ Utah State University Extension. April 28: Waterwise Tree and Shrub Tour. 10a-noon. Not all trees and shrubs are created equal, find out which trees and shrubs are best suited to Utah’s climate. Also on June 9 and August 4. May 19: Waterwise Perennials Tour. 10a-noon. Find out what’s blooming in the Garden and why they grow well along the Wasatch Front. Also happening July 21 and September 15. May 26: Work and Learn: Planting. 10a-11:30a. How a plant is planted is a major factor in how well it thrives. Learn the best techniques for successful planting. Registration required. July 19: Work and Learn: Lavender Care. 6-7p. Best yard care practices you can use in your own yard. Registration required. August 4: Work and Learn: Switching to Drip. 10-11:30a. Learn how to switch out your sprinklers to a drip system and help us make a switch too. Registration required. May 26: Creating Water Wise Parking Strips. 6:30-8p. This class focuses on techniques to save water through design, including plants that will thrive in

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Wasatch Community Gardens Various locations in SLC. wasatchgardens.org/ April 7: Potting Up In The Greenhouse. 10a-noon @ Grateful Tomato Garden. Learn how to transplant tomato seedlings from their starter cell trays into larger pots. You will also learn why and how to harden off tomato and pepper seedlings in preparation for transplanting into the garden in May. $25. 800 S 600 E. April 7: Sowing Spring Crops. 2-4p @ Grateful Tomato Garden. Learn the basics of planting cool season crops: when to plant which crops, days to maturity, seed spacing, seed planting depth, and seed planting techniques

such as single-row/furrow planting and wide-row/broadcast planting. $20. 800 S 600 E. April 11: Selecting Super Seeds. 6-8p. @ TURN Community Services. Learn about Ark of Taste seeds and more! How to choose, based on flavor, compatibility with other plants, space limitations, days to maturity, pest- and disease-resistance, regional adaptation and heat- and cold-tolerance. Take home an assortment of free seeds! $20. 423 W 800 S. April 14: Soil Basics with Celia Bell. 10a-noon. Grateful Tomato Garden. Soil components, texture and structure, the role of water and air in soil, how to take a soil sample for a soil test and interpret results. $20. 800 S 600 E. April 14: Organic Fertilizers and Amendments. 2-4p. @ Grateful Tomato Garden. Get hands-on experience calculating the correct amount of nitrogen and other materials to add and on working those amendments into the soil. Working lab. $20. 800 S 600 E. April 18: Advanced Chicken Care #1. 6-8p. @ Grateful Tomato Garden. Learn about some of the most common ailments you’re likely to encounter with an adult flock: the proper way to examine a chicken, what to keep in a basic first aid kit, parasites. $15.

April 21: Soil Biology with James Loomis. 10a-noon. TURN Community Services. Dive into the wonderful world of microbes, the fundamental pioneers of life on this planet, and learn about the living web of microscopic organisms in the soil. James Loomis, Wasatch Community Gardens' GREEN TEAM farm manager and CATALYST garden writer, will teach participants about how healthy soil functions and its relationship to all of the other living components of Regenerative Agriculture Design. James will have his microscope on hand to show you these soil organisms and their behavior. Meet the nematodes! $15. 423 W 800 S. April 21: All About Tomatoes. 2-4p @ TURN Community Services. Learn how to "talk tomato" and decipher all the lingo on tomato plant tags, which will help you select the best varieties for your individual garden site and your cooking/eating preferences; tips for boosting productivity; common pests and diseases. This workshop is a 423 W 800 S. $20. April 28: Meet the Red Wigglers. 10anoon @ Grateful Tomato Garden. Make your own compost indoors year-round using worms! For those trying to make their own worm bins to take home, we’ll make some fresh bedding for the red wigglers and make worm bins. $50 – includes supplies. 800 S 600 E.

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EARTH

How many Earths do you need?

BY MYRON WILLSON


Many of us are confused by claims made about lifestyle changes and products and their impact on the planet: Beyond our health, what effect does a vegetarian diet have on the environment? How much impact will that dream trip to Italy have on efforts to reduce our carbon footprint? Will a roof full of solar panels be an adequate investment for a sustainable lifestyle? And what about my transportation choices? We’re here to help you figure this out. “All education is environmental education. By what is included or excluded, students are taught that they are part of or apart from the natural world … we cannot say that we know something until we understand the effects of this knowledge on real people and their communities.” — David Orr

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ack in 2007, I was asked to present green building technologies to a group of BYU construction students. In addition to the basics of sustainable buildings—such as construction waste recycling, solar panels, recycling of construction waste and low-flush toilets—I wanted the students to understand there was much more to the picture than LEED building certification. I felt strongly then, as I do now, that it is important to share sustainability in the context of how our buildings and cities impact “real people and their communities.” Rather than list the environmental aspects of building materials, energy flows, stormwater pollution, etc., I decided to try something new. With the help of some wonderful librarians, I gathered economic information about the people I imagined the construction students hoped to be after graduation: stereotypical upper-class Utah residents. I took those characteristics and entered them into a calculator

that evaluates ecological impact based on a variety of factors. The results were staggering: Based on present-day population numbers, if all 7.46 billion people on the planet lived like upper-class Utahns, we’d need the resources of almost seven or eight Earths. Want to figure this out for yourself? Fortunately, there is a great tool for testing various lifestyle choices at the macro level. We can use the ecological footprint (EF) calculator found at the Global Footprint Network to see just how much impact we have on the planet. The results are based on dietary habits, transportation methods and distances, type and size of housing, energy sources, consumption patterns and other lifestyle choices.

Ecological Footprint background and details The tool was developed in the mid 1990s when William Rees, a professor at the University of British Columbia’s School of Community and Regional Planning, and a graduate student developed a quantitative tool to estimate humanity's ecological impact on the planet. The calculator measures the amount of resources a population uses in everyday living versus the land area required to produce those same resources. It also measures the resources required to absorb the waste that is produced. Additionally, the EF calculator automatically

includes impacts from community services in the person’s region, which are then added to the individual’s footprint. For example: Think about all the theaters running air-conditioning, movie-projectors, lighting and popcorn machines seven days a week whether there are five or 500 people at the movie. Same for restaurants, government buildings, hospitals, military bases and other societal services. The community-related services in our region significantly add to our footprint. Consequently, it is very difficult for someone living in Utah to have a lifestyle that is completely free of environmental impact. Another important thing to know about the EF calculator is that there are no questions about children or other family members living with you. As the EF website states: “Although you may be responsible for the care of children, they have their own individual Footprint just as an adult does. A family or household Footprint can be calculated by adding up the individual Footprints of the family members.” EF calculators also do not include information about non-lifestyle personal activities. This means that efforts such as donating time or money to support reforestation or habit restoration, water conservation, community gardening, reduced chemical use, political activism and other positive steps are not factored

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Ecological footprint calculations can help us understand our ecological assets, current consumption patterns, and opportunities to change behavior, policy and law. into your personal footprint. While these initiatives are extremely important, the Footprint calculator measures only the demand on the ecosystem your personal lifestyle creates.

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Not perfect, but useful Ecological footprint calculators have additional limitations and detractors. They involve so many data points and calculations that they may oversimplify methods and results. While great at helping non-experts to visualize large and complex systems, they should not be used to document specific processes like greenhouse gas accounting or impacts at the local scale. “Any global metric that attempts to capture and summarize a range of large-scale and complex phenomena is sure to entail simplifications, biases, errors, and gaps,” says Peter Kareiva, Director at UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. Author and commentator Bjorn Lomborg wrote in Forbes that EF calculators oversimplify current systems and ignore opportunities to make global improvements. He is specifically concerned that forests are the only tool EF uses to account for sequestration of CO2. But EF is only set up to measure the existing system and current solutions. While it is true that millions of acres of solar farms would do more to sequester carbon than planting forests, nobody is currently planning to build solar farms of that magnitude. Others also worry that sharing this type of information with the general public can produce a backlash. For example, some

might see the enormity of the task at hand and conclude that they can’t make a difference: “These results suggest that environmentalfootprint feedback only promotes sustainable behavior for people who are already committed to environmentalism and may discourage sustainable behavior among people who are not already committed to environmentalism,” Santa Clara University psychologist Amara Brook wrote. On the other hand, social psychologist Robert Cialdini, who studies how to get Americans to lower energy consumption, believes few methods are as effective as comparing people with their peers. “It is fundamental and primitive,” said Cialdini. “The mere perception of the normal behavior of those around us is very powerful.” By relating our results with peers from other countries, other Americans, Utahns, and even our friends and family, we can get back to the positive influence that EF calculators potentially can provide. And we can see that it’s possible to have a great lifestyle and still walk lightly on the Earth. Ecological footprint is not a foolproof measurement, by any means. However, it can help us understand our ecological assets, current consumption patterns, and opportunities to change behavior, policy and law. I also believe that EF calculators provide other opportunities for teaching moments that outweigh potential risks. By looking thoughtfully at the consequences of our own actions, we begin to see patterns and processes that are not obvious on a day-to-day basis. Consequently,


we begin to make the invisible visible, increasing opportunities to improve our impact on the natural world. We can also learn more about demographics, consumption trends and implications of environmental policy, and have a window into the ecological processes upon which we depend. Footprint calculations compared with those of other individuals and groups can provide a basis for wide-ranging discussions of inequality in resource use and waste, as well as the cultural, political and economic systems that structure them. “Footprinting is a powerful and compelling concept because it summarizes complicated phenomena in a single number,” says Reid Lifset, editor-in-chief of Journal of Industrial Ecology. “That is simultaneously its strength and its weakness.” What are the big takeaways we learn from ecological footprint calculators? First, no two people are alike. Although we may come from similar neighborhoods and have similar-looking houses or apartments, our travel, diet, consumption habits and other factors are not always obvious to the outsider. We should be very careful making assumptions about how others live and spend more time trying to improve our own footprint. Second, airline travel is impactful. Even one round trip per year can negatively offset other really good behaviors. Consider purchasing offsets if you must fly. Third, a diet full of meat and dairy products has large consequences. Changing to a vegetarian or reduced-meat diet can not only make you healthier, but could also reduce overall ecological impact by 25% or more. Lastly, if solar is combined with home efficiency efforts, the two together can reduce one’s personal ecological footprint. While rooftop solar can help reduce a person’s footprint coming from electrical use, rooftop alone may not reduce one’s ecological footprint as much as you’d think. As we celebrate Earth Day, I recommend we all take a few minutes to calculate our ecological footprint to evaluate how we can lighten our impact on the planet. Even more importantly, we need to be more engaged in helping to create the kind of communities that support sustainable living. At best, personal ecological footprint calculators are rough estimates to help put major life choices into context. They can’t help decide between a local steak and wild-caught cod, but they help to better understand how our lifestyle choices affect real people and communities. ◆ Myron has been the Deputy Chief Sustainability Officer at the University of Utah since 2009 and formerly practiced architecture and planning in California and Utah. He is also on the Board of Directors for HEAL Utah. Follow him at @WillsonMyron.


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Apr. 3-May 22: Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism @ Urgyen Samten Ling Gonpa. Tuesdays, 7-9p. 8-week course taught by Lama Palden will give you a glimpse at Tibetan Buddhist philosophy, practice and religion. $50. URGYENSAMTENLING.ORG/ Apr. 3: Under The Gun @ The City Library. 7p. This film looks at both sides of one of the most polarizing issues that is tearing our country apart. Free. UTAHFILMCENTER.ORG/ Apr. 4: Science Night Live @ Sky Lounge. 5:30p-9p. Drink beer and learn about how the brain stores and uses sensory experiences. 21+. Free (except for the beer). SCIENCE.UAH.EDU/ Apr. 4: Anthony Romero @ George S. & Dolores Dore Eccles Center Theater-Park City. 7:30p. Executive Director of the ACLU speaks about the ways in which history, art and politics intersect. $29+. TICKETS.PARKCITY.INSTITUTE/ Apr. 5: Llama Nation @ Rose Wagner. 7p. Follow passionate llama owners, including two 16-year-old girls, as they compete in hopes to become the

Apr. 13: Grid Zine Festival Kick-Off @ Watchtower Cafe. 7-9p. Zine readings, panel discussion and coffee. Free. GRIDZINEFEST.ORG Apr. 2-8: 2018 Wasatch Mountain Film Festival @ Various Locations in SLC. Watch the best outdoor films on the foothills of the mighty Wasatch, various times and locations each day. $10/$50 individual film/festival pass. WASATCHFILMFESTIVAL.ORG/ US National Llama Grand Champion. Free. UTAHFILMCENTER.ORG/ Apr. 5-15: JUMP @ Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. Th-F @ 8, Sat @ 4 & 8, Sun @ 2. Theater production explores the power of second chances and the impact of surviving on those we love. $20. PLANBTHEATRE.ORG/ Apr. 6: Dubwise w/ Shank Aaron @ Urban. 9p-1a. w/ TUSK, Darkside, illoom. $10/$5 before 10p. 21+. Apr. 7: Transform Trash into Treasure @ Ogden Nature Center. 10a-12p. Learn how to upcycle your old things. $10. OGDENNATURECENTER.ORG/ Apr. 7: Dance All Day- RDT Dance Center Open House @ Repertory Dance Theatre. 9a- 3p. Try out all of RDT’s dance classes for only $10! RDTUTAH.ORG/ Apr. 7: The Breadwinner @ Salt Lake City Main Library. 11a. 2018 Academy Award Best Animated Feature Nominee. After the wrongful arrest of her father, a young Afghan disguises herself as a boy in order to provide for her family. Free. UTAHFILMCENTER.ORG/

Apr. 6: Utah Symphony Presents Tchaikovsky’s “Little Russian” & Prokofiev with Conrad Tao @ Abravanel Hall. 7:30p. $15-$66. ARTSALTLAKE.ORG/

Apr. 7: Body Logic Dance Festival @ Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. 7:30-10:15p. Second annual choreography festival. $15. ARTSALTLAKE.ORG/ Apr. 8: First Sunday Mindfulness Group @ Mindful Yoga Collective. 78:30p. With Marlena. MINFULLYOGACOLLECTIVE.COM/

Apr. 14: Grid Zine Festival @ Publik Space. 11a-5p. 71 exhibitors from across Utah and other states share

Apr. 8: Sunday Sitting @ Dancing Cranes Imports w/ Anna Zumwalt. Celebrate Buddha’s birthday with a group zen meditation. 10-11a. FACEBOOK.COM/ SUNDAYSITTINGATDANCINGCRANES/ Apr. 10: Alphago @ The City Library. 7p. Drama and questions unfold as Artificial Intelligence takes on an 18-time world champion at the ancient Chinese strategy game of Go. 7p. Free. UTAHFILMCENTER.ORG/ Apr. 11: 2018 Politisauce! @ The Union Event Center. 6:30p. Come eat spaghetti, meet candidates, connect with friends. $64. SLCOUNTYDEMS.COM/ Apr. 12-14: RDT Presents: Current @ Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. 7:30p. Presenting a generation of new dance-makers who articulate the physical and emotional energy of contemporary life. $30. RDTUTAH.ORG/

their zines. Workshops, panels and creative vendors. 975 S W Temple. GRIDZINEFEST.ORG Apr. 14: Sound Bath Experience @ Dancing Cranes. 1 & 5p. By donation. DANCINGCRANESIMPORTS.COM Apr. 14: Salt Lake City Mini Maker Faire @ Utah State Fairpark. Noon-6p. Make booths, activities, demos and workshops. $5-12 adv. $8-15 at door. SLCMAKERFAIRE.COM. Apr. 14: The Bee // Deception @ Metro Music Hall. 6-10p. Ten storytellers picked at random to tell a true story about deception. $15. 21+. THEBEESLC.ORG


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Apr. 14: RDT's Ring Around the Rose Presents Samba Fogo @ Rose Wagner. 11a. Experience the rhythms and movements of this Brazilian dance and music troupe. $4. RDTUTAH.ORG Apr. 14: Free Tea Tasting @ Natural Law Apothecary. 7-9p. Bulk & custom blends, tinctures, honey and worlds of knowledge. NATURALLAWAPOTHECARY.COM Apr. 14: Spring Boutique @ Living Light Energy Healing Arts. 11a-5p. Crystals, healing classes and certifications. LIVINGLIGHTSCHOOL.COM Apr. 14-15: Tarot Class w/ Suzanne Wagner @ office of Kim Smart. 10a-6p both days. 850 E 9400 S, Ste. 101. $300. SUZANNEWAGNER.COM Apr. 15: Sound Bath Experience @ Dancing Cranes. 1p. By donation. DANCINGCRANESIMPORTS.COM

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Apr. 17: The Good Postman @ The City Library. 7p. A postman in a small Bulgarian village decides to run for mayor to bring the dying village back to life by welcoming refugees. Free. UTAHFILMCENTER.ORG |

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Apr. 24: Five Seasons @ The City Library. 7p. An exploration of how the designer of New York’s High Line and other celebrated public spaces has influenced garden and landscape design. Free. UTAHFILMCENTER.ORG/ Apr. 25: Faces Places @ UMFA. 7p. Director Agnes Varda and photographer JR travel France, producing epically-sized portraits along the way. Free. UTAHFILMCENTER.ORG/

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Apr. 18-20: SALT in Concert @ Rose Wagner. 7:30-9:10p. Contemporary dance performance. $25. ARTSALTLAKE.ORG

Apr. 27-29: Elemental Feminine Workshop w/ Suzanne Wagner & Jennifer Stanchfield @ Heber City. Fri 6-10p. Sat 10a-10p. Sun 10a-6p. $300. Apr. 29: of Montreal @ Urban. 8p. 21+. $20. THEURBANLOUNGESLC.COM/ Apr. 30: Full Moon Meditation @ Dancing Cranes. 5p. $9. DANCINGCRANESIMPORTS.COM/ May 3-6: JenkStars Building Man 2018 @ JenkStar Ranch in Green River, UT. Sustainable living, arts and music festival. $90. JENKSTARS.COM/


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Upcoming Free Film Screenings

Come see our new arrivals fresh from the Tucson Gem Show UNDER THE GUN

A comprehensive film that looks at both sides of one of the most polarizing issues that is tearing our country apart. Official Selection: 2016 Sundance Film Festival Tuesday | April 3 | 7pm The City Library 210 E 400 S, SLC

Post-film panel

LLAMA NATION

THE GOOD POSTMAN

A postman in a small Bulgarian village decides to run for mayor to bring the dying village back to life by welcoming refugees. Official Selection: 2017 Sundance Film Festival Tuesday | April 17 | 7pm The City Library 210 E 400 S, SLC

REBELS ON POINTE

Post-film Q&A with director Tanner Shinnick moderated by

KUER RadioWest host Doug Fabrizio.

Follow passionate llama owners, including two 16-year-old girls, as they compete in hopes to become the US National Llama Grand Champion.

The portrait of a notorious all-male drag ballet company shows that a ballerina can be a revolutionary in a tutu. Winner: Audience Choice Award–2017 Santa Barbara International Film Festival Thursday | April 19 | 7pm The City Library 210 E 400 S, SLC

Thursday | April 5 | 7pm Rose Wagner 138 W 300 S, SLC Utah Film Center Fiscal Sponsor Project

THE BREADWINNER

FIVE SEASONS:

Nominated: Best Animated Feature–2018 Academy Awards

An exploration of how the designer of New York’s High Line and other celebrated public spaces has influenced garden and landscape design.

After the wrongful arrest of her father, a young Afghan disguises herself as a boy in order to provide for her family.

Saturday | April 7 | 11am The City Library 210 E 400 S, SLC

ALPHAGO

Drama and questions unfold as Artificial Intelligence takes on an 18-time world champion at the ancient Chinese strategy game of Go.

The Gardens of Piet Oudolf

Official Selection: 2017 Doc NYC Thursday | April 24 | 7pm The City Library 210 E 400 S, SLC

Post-film panel TBA

FACES PLACES

Director Agnes Varda and photographer JR travel France, producing epically-sized portraits along the way.

Official Selection: 2017 Tribeca Film Festival, 2017 BFI London Film Festival

Winner: Golden Eye Prize–2017 Cannes Film Festival, People’s Choice (Documentary)–2017 Toronto Film Festival

Tuesday | April 10 | 7pm The City Library 210 E 400 S, SLC

Wednesday | April 25 | 7pm UMFA 410 Campus Center Dr, SLC

Post-film discussion

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Metta meditation

YOGA How to practice kindness toward yourself

Practicing kindness toward yourself BY CHARLOTTE BELL You can search throughout the entire universe for someone who is more deserving of your love and affection than you are yourself, and that person is not to be found anywhere. You, yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection. ~ Gautama Buddha

(This is the second installment of instructions on kindness practice. Find the first installment in the March 2018 CATALYST: HTTPS:// CATALYSTMAGAZINE.NET/YOGA-TAKE-KINDNESS-BREAK/.)

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n a world where narcissism seems to be on the rise, it’s ironic that one of the biggest challenges in metta (kindness) meditat i o n practice is offering kindness toward yourself. I’m not sure why this is. But many people find this aspect of practice to be very difficult. I know why I’ve personally found this practice to be a challenge. The biggest sin one could commit in my birth family was to be “selfish.” We were taught always to put ourselves last and that promoting ourselves or wanting anything for ourselves was not okay. When I was introduced to metta practice, I could understand intellectually why it was important to offer kindness to myself. But at the deeper level of actually practicing it, it just felt dry, unsavory and … well … selfish. But if you think about it, is wishing for safety, happiness, health and ease of wellbeing truly selfish? These are basic foundations that contribute to living a contented life.

On the days when it doesn’t feel like it’s happening, practice anyway. Meditation teacher Carol Wilson says, “Fake metta is better than real aversion.”

These are the simple wishes we offer to ourselves and others in metta practice. It’s not as if we’re wishing ourselves to be king/queen of the world. We’re just offering a wish for happiness. It’s really okay. A word about narcissism: We might think that a narcissistic person actually has a pretty good handle on self-love. But the self-regard of narcissism is not actually what metta is about. Narcissism is characterized by arrogance, entitlement, self-absorption and lack of empathy. Metta for oneself is the basis for being able to share metta with others.

How kindness toward yourself works On the first day of an 18-day silent retreat in 2016, I found out I had earlystage breast cancer. Since the first nine days of the retreat were focused on metta practice, I took the opportunity to focus on myself. (Even then, I had to rationalize it with the excuse of cancer!) Over time, the practice began to feel natural and expansive. A few weeks after returning from the retreat, I forgot an appointment—one of my biggest deadly sins, because it puts other people out. Much to my surprise, I didn’t berate myself when I discovered my mistake. I simply called and apologized, made another appointment, and went on with my day. This was huge. In the past, my first reaction was always to berate myself. Not only did it save me the injury of self-flagellation, but it also confirmed to me the transformative power of practicing kindness toward yourself.

The following instructions are a skeletal version of the instructions from the last metta post. If you want more details, visit the link at the top of this article. 1. Sit comfortably on a meditation cushion or in a chair. Feel free to sit with your back against a wall. Comfort is important; it’s much more challenging to generate kindness when your body is uncomfortable.

Narcissism is characterized by arrogance, entitlement, self-absorption and lack of empathy. Metta for oneself is the basis for being able to share metta with others. 2. Tune into your heart space. Place one or both hands over your heart, if you like. 3. Invite yourself into your own heart space and reflect on what you appreciate about yourself. You can reflect on a quality or trait or some recent act of kindness you’ve performed. 4. Silently say to yourself these four phrases: “May I be safe.” “May I be happy.” “May I be healthy.” “May I live with ease.” Feel free to come up with your own phrases that convey these same sentiments. 5. Don’t just recite the phrases by rote. Connect the phrases to yourself. As you say the phrases, imagine yourself being safe, happy, healthy and at ease. If metta to yourself feels dry, switch to offering the metta phrases to someone who is easy—a family member, friend or animal companion. This practice is creative, and its main purpose is to generate feelings of kindness. So if offering kindness toward yourself is too difficult, practice what’s easiest. Once you’ve generated feelings of good will toward your easy being, try again offering kindness to yourself. Some days this practice will feel sweet and expansive. Other days it may feel dry and lifeless. On the days when it doesn’t feel like it’s happening, practice anyway. Meditation teacher Carol Wilson says, “Fake metta is better than real aversion.” The only way to cultivate kindness, toward yourself and others, is to practice. ◆ Charlotte Bell has been practicing yoga since 1982. She is the author of several yogarelated books and founder of Mindful Yoga Collective in Salt Lake City. CHARLOTTEBELLYOGA.COM


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ENERGY HEALING Amy Berens, OTR/L, CHT (certified Hypnotherapist, MRT, Reiki Master

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801.871.0840 (O), 801.673.1294, 8899 S. 700 E., Ste. 225, Sandy, UT 84070. Robert Harrington, Wealth Advisor. ROBERT.HARRINGTON@LPL.COM, WWW. H ARRINGTON W EALTH S ERVICES . COM


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MOVEMENT & MEDITATION, DANCE RDT Dance Center Community School

801.534.1000, Rose Wagner Center, 138 W. Broadway, SLC. RDT’s Dance Center on Broadway offers a wide range of classes for adults (ages 16+) on evenings and weekends. Classes are “drop-in,” so no long-term commitment is required. Hip Hop, Modern, Ballet & Prime Movement (specifically designed for ages 40+). WWW.RDTUTAH.ORG 6/18

MARTIAL ARTS Red Lotus School of Movement 12/18

801.355.6375, 740 S. 300 W., SLC. Established in 1994 by Sifu Jerry Gardner and Jean LaSarre Gardner. Traditionalstyle training in the classical martial arts of T’ai Chi, Wing Chun Kung-Fu, and Qigong exercises). Located downstairs from Urgyen Samten Ling Tibetan Buddhist Temple. WWW.REDLOTUSSCHOOL.COM, REDLOTUS@REDLOTUS.CNC.NET

MEDITATION PRACTICES Anna Zumwalt: Sunday Sitting at Dancing Cranes ImportsFOG

801.647.8311. 673 E Simpson Ave. First Sunday of each month is a guided meditation. Other Sundays all styles welcomed for group meditation. Dogs, birds, children welcomed. Visit our FB page or contact Anna by phone or text.

YOGA INSTRUCTORS Mindful Yoga: Charlotte Bell DA 1/19

801.355.2617. E-RYT-500 & Iyengar certified. Cultivate strength, vitality, serenity, wisdom and grace. Combining clear, well-informed instruction with ample quiet time, these classes encourage students to discover their own yoga. Classes include meditation, pranayama (breath awareness) and yoga nidra (yogic sleep) as well as physical practice of asana. Public & private classes, workshops in a supportive, non-competitive environment since 1986. WWW.CHARLOTTEBELLYOGA.COM

YOGA STUDIOS Centered City Yoga 12/18

801.521.9642, 926 S. 900 E., SLC. Yoga for Every Body. We offer 75 classes a week as relaxing as meditation and yoga nidra, to yin yoga and restorative, along with plenty of classes to challenge you, such as anusara and power classes. InBody Academy 1,000-hour teacher trainings also offered. WWW.CENTEREDCITYYOGA.COM

Mountain Yoga—Sandy 3/19

801.501.YOGA [9642], 9343 S. 1300 E., SLC. Offering a variety of Hot and Not hot yoga classes for the past 13 years. The Mountain Yoga System is comprised of 5 Elemental Classes EARTH-FIRE-WIND-FLOW-WATER varying in heat, duration, intensity and sequence. The 5 classes work together, offering a balanced and sustainable yoga practice. WWW.MOUNTAINYOGASANDY.COM

PSYCHIC ARTS & INTUITIVE SCIENCES ASTROLOGY Transformational Astrology FOG

212.222.3232. Ralfee Finn. Catalyst’s astrology columnist for 20 years! Visit her website, WWW.AQUARIUMAGE.COM, RALFEE@AQUARIUMAGE.COM

PSYCHIC/TAROT READINGS Nick Stark 6/18

801.721.2779. Ogden Canyon. Shamanic energy healings/ clearings/ readings/offerings/transformative work. Over 20 years experience. NICHOLASSTARK@COMCAST.NET

Suzanne Wagner DA 1/19

707.354.1019. An inspirational speaker and healer, she also teaches Numerology, Palmistry, Tarot and Channeling. WWW.S UZ WAGNER . COM

PSYCHOTHERAPY & PERSONAL GROWTH THERAPY/COUNSELING Big Heart Healing, Dr. Paul Thielking

801.413.8978. SLC. Helping people on the path of personal growth, healing, and self-discovery. Through workshops and retreats, Dr. Thielking utilizes what he has learned as a psychiatrist, Zen student, and Big Mind facilitator to help others to experience a deeper sense of meaning, fulfillment, and joy in life.

PAUL@BIGHEARTHEALING.COM BIGHEARTHEALING.COM 3/19

Cynthia Kimberlin-Flanders, LPC 10/18

801.231.5916. 1399 S. 700 E., Ste. 15, SLC. Feeling out of sorts? Tell your story in a safe, non-judgmental environment. Over 20 years specializing in depression, anxiety, life-transitions, anger management, relationships and "middle-aged crazy." Most insurances, sliding scale and medication management referrals. If you've been waiting to talk to someone, wait no more.

Ed Peterson, LCSW, MBA 7/18

801.809.7990. 684 E. Vine St., SLC. Relationship problems? Addictions? Anxiety or depression? Let me help. Advanced training in Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), a scientifically proven approach to repair and restore distressed relationships. Over 15 years experience treating addictions and mood/anxiety disorders. Approaches: EFT, Jungian Therapy, DBT, CBT, Mindfulness, and Gestalt Therapy. WWW.PETERSONFAMILYTHERAPY.COM

Healing Pathways Therapy Center 2/19

435.248.2089. Clinical Director: Kristan Warnick, CMHC. 4665 S. 900 E. #150. Integrated counseling and medical services for anxiety, depression, trauma, relationship, life adjustment issues. Focusing on clients’ innate capacity to heal and resolve past and current obstacles, rather than just cope. Modalities include EMDR, EFT, mindfulness, feminist/multicultural. Individuals, couples, families. WWW.HEALINGPATHWAYSTHERAPY.COM


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News and notes for a greener life in the Valley

EVs are easier on the air; SLC supports EV owners Utahns are currently buying electric cars at a faster rate than Californians, according to the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy. EVs use no gas. They emit 99% fewer pollutants than their gas counterparts. Salt Lake City officials, committed to improving air quality wherever an opportunity arises, see EVs as a notable player in that cause. Thus, the City Council recently voted to waive charging fees at the 28 existing public charging ports. This will cost the city up to $12,000 annually in utility fees but, it is hoped, will encourage more people to choose electric when buying new vehicles. The annual cost of registering a car in Utah is $44—that is, unless the car is an electric vehicle. And while the Utah State Legislature recently voted to increase annual registration fees for EVs to $120 (reasoning that since electric vehicles don’t use gas, they aren’t paying a gas tax), the first $200,000 worth of fees will go toward building electric vehicle infrastructure.  EV owners can access and view station availability in real time with the ChargePoint app.

DIY zero-waste kit Zero-waste lifestyles are finally reaching critical mass, and bloggers like Lauren Singer (TRASHISFORTOSSERS.COM) and Shia Su (WASTELANDREBEL.COM) are taking the word to millennials, who are graciously sharing tips with their elders. In the words of Pope Francis, we are living in a “throw-away culture” and it’s time to start breaking some of those bad habits. Make yourself a zero-waste preparedness kit to be ready for any waste the day throws at you. The more we all start bringing our own containers for our leftovers at restaurants, the more normalized it will become. Let’s normal-

ize zero-waste living. Here’s what you need to get started: • Canvas tote bag (to carry everything and anything). • Dish towel (great for taking your burrito to-go or nixing napkins). • Coffee canteen (it’s way past time to ditch the to-go cup, people!). • Water canteen (so that you’ll never accept a plastic water bottle again).

• Mason jar (the classic must-have for zero-wasters as its uses are endless). • Clean hankies and a small fabric pocket for used hankies (just like Grandpa’s). • Mesh produce bag (extra space for any shopping that might happen) • Travel cutlery (spoon, fork, knife, straw, chopsticks, etc). • Food storage container (in case you go out to eat, you’ll have a container for leftovers). You don’t need to carry all this stuff with you everywhere you go. If you know what is a head of you in your day, you can bring what y ou  know  you’ll  need.  But  living  in  a  commuter city, you might as well keep this kit in y our  car  for  whenever  you  need  a  zerowaste alternative!

Creative Lab @ The City Library The downtown library has created a dedicated lab of equipment and software for groups and individuals to access who otherwise wouldn’t have had the resources. You can sign up to create, edit and convert your digital media projects including video, audio and photography. They also have a 3D printer and even sewing machines! The creative lab offers free classes and per-


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Marianne Felt, CMHC, MT-BC 12/18

801.524.0560, ext. 2, 150 S. 600 E., Ste. 7C, SLC. Certified Mental Health Counselor, Board certified music therapist, certified Gestalt therapist, Mountain Lotus Counseling. Transpersonal psychotherapy, Gestalt therapy, EMDR. Open gateways to change through experience of authentic contact. Integrate body, mind and spirit through creative exploration of losses, conflicts and relationships that challenge & inspire our lives. WWW.M OUNTAIN LOTUS COUNSELING . COM

Mountain Lotus Counseling 6/18DA

801.524.0560. Theresa Holleran, LCSW, Marianne Felt, CMHC, & Sean Patrick McPeak, CSW. Learn yourself. Transform. Depth psychotherapy and transformational services for individuals, relationships, groups and communities. WWW.MOUNTAINLOTUSCOUNSELING.COM

Natalie Herndon, PhD, CMHC 7/18

801.657.3330. 1151 E. 3900 S, Suite B175, SLC. 15+ years experience specializing in Jungian, Analytical, and Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy. Are you seeking to more deeply understand yourself, your relationships, and why you struggle with certain thoughts and feelings? Call today for an appointment and let's begin. NatalieHerndon@HopeCanHelp.net WWW.HOPECANHELP.NET

Stephen Proskauer, MD, Integrative Psychiatry 10/18

801.631.8426. Ambassador Plaza, 150 S. 600 E., Ste. 3B, SLC. Steve is a seasoned psychiatrist, Zen priest and shamanic healer. He sees kids,

teens, adults, couples and families, integrating psychotherapy and meditation with judicious use of medication to relieve emotional pain and problem behavior. Steve specializes in treating identity crises, LGBTQ issues and bipolar disorders. SPROSKAUER@COMCAST.NET

Summit Community Counseling3/18

5689 S Redwood Rd. #27, Taylorsville. 801.266.2485. SCC is open to all individuals across the lifespan from toddlers to the elderly population and offer individual, family, couples, and group counseling, medication management and comprehensive psychological/neuropsychological assessments. Most Insurances accepted including Medicaid and Medicare. See our website for our specialties. WWW.SUMMITCOM.ORG. REFERRALS@SUMMITCOM.ORG.

Sunny Strasburg, LMFT3/18

1399 S. 700 E., SLC. Sunny is a licensed marriage and family therapist specializing in Jungian Psychology, Gottman Method Couple’s Therapy and EMDR. Sunny meets clients in person at her office in Salt Lake City. For questions, or to schedule an appointment, please email Sunny at: SUNNYS@JPS.NET.

Thomas Laskowski, LCSW 5/18

801.696.5538. 3018 E. 3300 S., SLC. INTENSE PSYCHOTHERAPY. I work primarily with people who suffer from the negative effects of intense life experiences, PTSD, unresolved/complex grief (suicides,etc.) and child sexual abuse. Talk therapy can be helpful, but it does-

Mindful Yoga Collective at Great Basin Chiropractic

n't fix the problem. Free 15 minute consultation, or text/email. THOMAS.M.LASKOWSKI.PLLC@GMAIL.COM

SHAMANIC PRACTICE Sarah Sifers, Ph.D., LCSW 9/18

801.531.8051. ssifers514@aol.com. Shamanic Counseling. Shamanic Healing, Minister of the Circle of the Sacred Earth. Mentoring for people called to the Shaman’s Path. Explore health or mental health issues using the ways of the shaman. Sarah’s extensive training includes shamanic extraction healing, soul retrieval healing, psychopomp work for death and dying, shamanic counseling and shamanic divination. Sarah has studied with Celtic, Brazilian, Tuvan, Mongolian, Tibetan and Nepali Shamans.

Naomi Silverstone, DSW, LCSW FOG

801.209.1095. Psychotherapy and Shamanic practice. Holistic practice integrates traditional and nontraditional approaches to health, healing and balance or “ayni.” Access new perceptual lenses as you reanimate your relationship with nature. Shamanic practice in the Inka tradition. NAOMI S ILVER @ EARTHLINK . NET

SPIRITUAL COUNSELING Wendy Thorne, Ph.D. Metaphysician

385.414.6916. Spiritual Counselor and Educator for Inner Spiritual Transformation Work with 22 years of experience in advanced energy healing. Wendy is the Director of Utah Integrative Health Alliance, and helps de-

801.487.1807, 1383 S. 2100 E., SLC. Shopping Made Sexy. Since 1987, Blue Boutique has expanded to four locations, offering the finest in a variety of sexy lingerie, sexy shoes and sexy adult merchandise to discriminating shoppers. WWW.B LUEB OU TIQUE . COM

Dancing Cranes Imports DA8/18

801.486.1129, 673 E. Simpson Ave., SLC. Jewelry, clothing, incense, ethnic art, pottery, candles, chimes and much more! Visit Café Solstice for lunch, too. WWW.D ANCING C RANES I MPORTS . COM

Golden Braid Books DA 11/18

801.322.1162, 151 S. 500 E., SLC. A true sanctuary for conscious living in the city. Offerings include gifts and books to feed mind, body, spirit, soul and heart; luscious health care products to refresh and revive; and a Lifestyles department to lift the spirit. www.G OLDEN B RAID B OOKS . COM

Lotus DA 12/18

801.333.3777. 12896 Pony Express Rd., #200, Draper. For rocks and crystals. Everything from Angels to Zen. WWW.ILOVELOTUS.COM

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BRIEFLY NOTED sonal training sessions if you are not already familiar with what they have to offer. To get in on this, reserve your time at the lab or sign up for a free course. If you want to check out electronics like cameras, you’ll need your library card—you’ve got one, right? if not, now’s the time; they’re free, but priceless Mon-Thurs 10a-8p and Fri-Sat 10a-5p. To see everything The City Library and other branches have to offer in their creative labs, check out SLCPL.ORG/CREATIVELAB

TRACES fans redirected to 42nd St. Green

Join the Wasatch Co-op Market now and help make it happen If you’ve lived in almost any U.S. college town, you’re probably familiar with natural foods co-ops—community-owned groceries that bring together local producers and consumers. But of the 147 registered storefront co-ops in the country, not one is located in Salt Lake City. However, in the last two months, membership in the dream-stage Wasatch Cooperative Market, powered by an all-volunteer team, has grown to 543 founding member-owners. They are now only 57 investors away from launching the site search. A one-time equity investment of $300 gets you a lifetime membership. After nine years in the making, the excitement is mounting. This month, some Co-op volunteers will spend a weekend with Boise Co-op board members and management to learn about the successes and unique challenges to running a cooperative grocery store in the Intermountain Region.   WWW.WASATCH.COOP

For 20 years, many of us annually sought out our naturally grown, pesticide free tomato seedlings from Tanya Chatterton of the nowdefunct Traces Organic Garden on 11th East. Tanya is directing her former customers to 42nd Street Green, where Diane Angus is growing over 80 varieties of tomato and other vegetable plants. Angus is also growing a small number of specialty tomatoes for Wasatch Community Gardens’ plant sale, to be held at Rowland Hall on May 12. WWW.42NDSTREETGREENHOUSE.COM

Filmy plastic out of the blue (bin) If you haven’t already, it’s time to cultivate a tighter relationship with your cloth shopping bags. Because you’re going to need them. Because the days of single-use plastic bags are nearing the end.

Ask about our group room rentals

Center for Transpersonal Therapy, LC Transpersonal Therapy is an approach to healing which integrates body, mind and spirit. It addresses basic human needs for self-esteem, satisfying relationships and spiritual growth. The Center offers psychotherapy, training, social support groups, workshops and retreats. Sherry Lynn Zemlick, PhD Chris Robertson, LCSW • Denise Boelens PhD • Wil Dredge LCSW Heidi Gordon MS, LCSW • Nick Tsandes, LCSW • Kate Tolsma LCSW 5801 Fashion Blvd. (300 East), Ste 250, Murray • WWW.CTTSLC.COM • 801-596-0147

Mindfulness Meditation

With Diane Musho Hamilton Sensei

Sundays at Artspace Zendo 10:00 -11:30 am

Day of Zen With Michael Mugaku Zimmerman Sensei

Saturdays at Artspace Zendo May 12 & June 16

230 South 500 West • Salt Lake City • Artspace Building Suite 155 Find More information at

WWW.TWOARROWSZEN.ORG/EVENTS


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Healing Mountain Crystals DA

801.808.6442, 363 S. 500 E., #210 (east entrance), SLC. WWW.H EALING M OUNTAIN C RYSTALS . COM

iconoCLAD—We Sell Your Previously Rocked Stuff & You Keep 50% 3/19

801.833.2272. 414 E. 300 S., SLC. New and previously rocked (aka, consigned) men’s and women’s fashion, summer festival gear and locally made jewelry, clothing, crafts and decor. M-Sat 11a-9p, Sun 1p-6p. Follow us on Instagram/Facebook/Twitter @iconoCLAD to see new inventory before someone beats you to it! WWW. ICONO CLAD. COM

Turiya’s Gifts8/18 DA

801.531.7823, 1569 S. 1100 E., SLC. MF 11a-7p, Sat 11a-6p, Sun 12-5p. Turiya’s is a metaphysical gift and crystal store. We have an exquisite array of crystals and minerals, jewelry, drums, sage and sweet grass, angels, fairies, greeting cards and meditation tools. Come in and let us help you create your sanctuary. WWW.T URIYAS . COM

Urban Renewal Boutique Consignment

435.640.2636, 2015 Sidewinder Drive No. 109, PC. A curated collection of women’s new & previously enjoyed designer, trendy, & aspiring brands at discounted prices. Featur-

ing KOKUN NYC cashmere 50% off retail. Earn money while you upcycle your closet. 40/60 split. Track inventory, sales, & payout online. Mention this ad, receive 10% off first purchase! WWW.U RBAN R ENEWAL B OU TIQUE . COM 5/18

HEALTH & WELLNESS Dave’s Health & Nutrition 7/18

SLC: 801.268.3000, 880 E. 3900 S. and W. Jordan: 801.446.0499, 1817 W. 9000 S. We focus on health & holistic living through education, empowerment and high-quality products. With supplements, homeopathics, herbs, stones, books and beauty care products, we provide you with the options you need to reach your optimum health. Certified professionals also offer private consultations. WWW.D AVES H EALTH . COM

SPIRITUAL PRACTICE line goes here ORGANIZATIONS Center for Spiritual Living 7/18

801.307.0481. 332 Bugatti Dr. We are an open, welcoming community— celebrating our Divinity, loving our

Humanity and nurturing our Journeys of spiritual discovery. Ours is a spiritual philosophy that is loving, inclusive and accepting of all people. Meditation Sundays at 10am; Celebration Service at 10:30am. Classes, workshops, and more. WWW.S PIRITU ALLY F REE . ORG

Inner Light Center Spiritual Community

801.919.4742, 4408 S. 500 E., SLC. An interspiritual sanctuary that goes beyond religion into mystical realms. Access inner wisdom, deepen divine connection, enjoy an accepting, friendly community. Events & classes. Sunday Celebration: 10a; WWW.T HE I NNER L IGHTC ENTER . ORG

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Unity Spiritual Community 8/18

801.281.2400. Garden Center in Sugar House Park, 1602 E. 2100 S., SLC. Unity principles celebrate the Universal Christ Consciousness by practicing the teachings of Jesus. We honor the many paths to God knowing that all people are created with sacred worth. Unity offers love, encouragement and acceptance to support you in discovering and living your spiritual purpose. WWW.U NITYOF S ALT L AKE . ORG , CON TACT @U NITYO F S ALT L AKE . ORG

Urgyen Samten Ling Gonpa Tibetan Buddhist Temple

801.328.4629, 740 S. 300 W., SLC. Urgyen Samten Ling Gonpa offers an open environment for the study, contemplation, and practice of Tibetan Buddhist teachings. The community is welcome to our Sunday service (puja), group practices, meditation classes and introductory courses. WWW.U RGYEN S AMTEN L ING . ORG 12/18

Utah Eckankar 12/18

801.542.8070, 8105 S. 700 E., Sandy. Eckankar teaches you to be more aware of your own natural relationship with Divine Spirit. Many have had spiritual experiences and want to learn more about them. You will meet people with similar experiences who also wish to share how these improve our daily lives. WWW.E CKANKAR -U TAH . ORG

INSTRUCTION Two Arrows Zen Center 3/19DA

801.532.4975, ArtSpace, 230 S. 500 W., #155, SLC. Two Arrows Zen is a center for Zen study and practice in Utah with two location: SLC & Torrey. The ArtSpace Zendo in SLC offers daily morning meditation and a morning service and evening sit on Thursday. TAZ also offers regular daylong intensives—Day of Zen—and telecourses. WWW.T WO A RROWS Z EN . ORG

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The time is right for buying electric (bicycles)! Ever thought of buying an electric bike? Wondered about the various types, and which one might be best for you? The University of Utah, along with Utah Clean Energy, are about to make your life thrilling. U Bike Electric, an electric bicycle (e-bike) purchase program, is offering the university community (which means all of Salt Lake City) the opportunity to purchase a variety of makes and models of e-bikes at discounted prices through May 26. E-bikes are an easy way to get around the U’s hilly terrain, and all across the Wasatch Front, with the backup power of an electric bike—without emissions! “They are great fun and, even better, they will get you where you need to go quickly. We invite everyone to join in to get some exercise and have fun while we clean up Utah’s air,” says Amy Wildermuth, the U’s chief sustainability officer. The U and Utah Clean Energy have partnered before, pioneering multiple successful community purchasing programs which now serve as models for this program. Participating in the program are Bingham Cyclery, Contender Bicycles, Guthrie Bicycle Company, eSpokes Electric Bicycles and Trek Bicycle Salt Lake City Downtown. Discounts for electric bicycles vary by make and model, and are 10-25% off the manufacturer’s suggested retail price. These selected dealers are certified to maintain electric bikes after purchase, ensuring continued customer support long after purchasing. You can test ride the bikes Wednesday, April 11, 10 a.m.-2 p.m at the Marriott Library Plaza. Additional test ride opportunities will be offered throughout Salt Lake City in April and May. For more information on all test ride opportunities, visit ELECTRIC.UTAH.EDU or HTTP://UTAHEV.ORG/U-BIKE-ELECTRIC

For starters, plastic bags and other plastic filmy substances are no longer allowed in the blue recycling bins. This includes shopping bags, garbage bags, trash liners, zip top bags, produce bags, bread bags, newspaper bags, dry cleaner bags, bubble wrap—you get the picture. Why? The bags gum up the sorting machine, shutting it down and wasting everyone’s time. (Recycling plant employees stand alongside the conveyor belt pulling out bags but once in a while they miss one.) What’s a shopper to do? Remember your cloth shopping bag. You have one, or a dozen, yes? As for those plastic bags: Reuse them—who says they must be single-use? You can also save them up till you get a critical mass and drop them off at Harmons, Lowe’s, Target and some Albertson’s stores. They will donate bags to the Bags to Beds Project (see CATALYST, March 2018). HTTPS://BIT.LY/2PEM9XM

It’s time to nix tampons, invest in menstrual cups Ingredients used to make tampons are not regulated by the FDA. The cotton is typically bleached and not organic. This means you are inserting lists of unknown chemicals and toxins into your body. And you’ll absorb them. The lining of the vagina absorbs 10-80 times as much chemicals as the mouth does. If not wanting to shove toxins into the most sacred part of your body isn’t motivating you, maybe the impact on our landfills will. Women throw away 11-16,000 tampons in their lifetimes along with the plastic applicators and wrappera. That’s money you are spending and throwing away every month. Invest in a menstrual cup. Today there is a huge market for various shapes, sizes and even colors. You’ll never run out of the menstrual cup.

FOR SALE IN TORREY

Delightful High Desert Dwelling

Cathy Bagley • Boulder Mountain Realty, Inc,

245 E. Main St., Torrey, Utah 84775 435-425-3200 office • 435-691-5424 cell cathy@bouldermountainrealty.com

Expertly designed for the Torrey environs where nature, landscape and views reign, this contemporary home has an easy, smooth flow throughout, creating a sense of both space and intimacy. Two bedrooms, two baths, High ceilings open kitchen, library, porches, patio, walking paths, artist’s studio and 2 acres. $615,000.

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You’ll never forget to bring extra to work. It is truly the lazy girl’s way to have a period! You can leave the cup in for up to 10 hours, which means you can wait until you are back in the comfort of your own home to take it out and clean it. As we ride this third wave of feminism it is important that we keep our personal health and the health of the planet at the front of our minds. Friends shouldn’t let friends shove toxins up inside themselves. Check out MENSTRUALCUPREVIEWS.NETto learn everything you need to know about modern feminine hygiene.

Hosts needed for Urban Garden & Farm Tour Wasatch Community Gardens is looking for folks with beautiful gardens, chicken coops, beekeeping operations, permaculture havens, fruit groves or other interesting urban agriculture projects in your yard to be hosts for their Urban Garden & Farm Tour on Saturday, June 23. This event will give you the opportunity to share your hard work with community members as they travel the city looking for inspiration for their own yards. Yards need not look like they’re out of "Better Homes & Gardens" yards per se. The point is to offer true DIY encouragement for fellow gardeners.  Wasatch Community Gardens: Amber, 801-359-2658.

APRIL LINE-UP 2018 4/3 - JAKE BUGG Fans of: The Kooks, Miles Kane, George Ezra

4/4 - TROUT STEAK REVIVAL (FORMERLY OF OLD CROW MEDICINE SHOW) Fans of: The Felice Brothers, Aaron Lee Tasjan, Justin Townes Earle

4/6 - DURAND JONES & THE INDICATIONS Fans of: Lee Fields & The Expressions, St. Paul & The Broken Bones

4/7 - PETTY THEFT (TOM PETTY TRIBUTE) Fans of: Tom Petty

4/10 - I’M WITH HER (SOLD OUT) Fans of: Sarah Jarosz, Aoife O’Donovan, Sara Watkins

4/12 - LO MOON Fans of: Ten Fé, Joywave, The Moth & The Flame

4/13 - THE POUR / PIXIE AND THE PARTYGRASS BOYS (PRESENTED BY CITY WEEKLY) Fans of: Pink Floyd, Phish, The Motet

4/14 - HEAD FOR THE HILLS Fans of: Greensky Bluegrass, Poor Man’s Whiskey

4/16 - PJ MORTON Fans of: Kindred The Family Soul, Ledisi, Maroon 5

4/19 - CAM Fans of: Carrie Underwood, Sara Evans, Lady Antebellum

4/20 - BOOK OF LOVE (SOLD OUT) (PRESENTED BY 103.1 THE WAVE) Fans of: A Flock of Seagulls, The Cure, Howard Jones

4/21 - TALIA KEYS AND THE LOVE ALBUM RELEASE Fans of: Janis Joplin, Jimi Hendrix, Michael Jackson

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BRIEFLY NOTED of cancer cells has still been quite poor. This finding could lead to treatment strategies that interrupt the body's process of metabolizing sugar—and look as simple as  restricting the amount of sugar in a our diets. Duh. Holistically oriented practitioners have been saying this forever. But it’s nice to be proven correct.

Third Sun offers free website design for qualified nonprofit Strawless in SLC Little things add up. And small gestures can be perfect teachable moments for understanding larger, more reemingly complex issues. Take, for instance, plastic drinking straws. Did you know Americans use and dispose of 50 million one-time-use plastic drinking straws every single day? The majority come from restaurants and other businesses— and end up in our landfills or oceans. SLC Air Protectors has spearheaded a campaign to help Salt Lakers understand this issue. Catalyst Magazine, Heal Utah, Recycle Utah, Utah Physicians for a Healthy Environment, PANDOS, Conscious Community Collective and many restaurants have signed on to the Strawless in SLC Campaign. Sign the petition to get SLC businesses to stop handing out “disposable” plastic straws. Yes, we know lipstick is a bear to wash from glasses. Paper straws are a workable alternative. The uber-cool SLC bar Twist has been using paper straws for years, now. For personal use (or for your own DIY zero-waste kit), consider bamboo, glass or steel washable straws and maybe a water bottle with a built-in straw. Or carry your own paper straws. Sign the petition here: HTTPS://WWW.CHANGE.ORG/P/HELP-RESTAURANTSSWITCH-TO-BIODEGRADABLE-STRAWS

New research: Certain lung cancers love sugar Recent research at the University of Texas at Dallas, with an  American Lung Association grant, reveals that squamous cell carcinoma is uniquely addicted to sugar.  It’s a sweet deal because, while great strides have been made over the years, the effects of conventional chemotherapies on this type

Third Sun, a Salt Lake City-based branding and web design company, is offering a pro bono sponsorship for services valued up to $10,000 to a lucky qualified nonprofit through their new Design for Good Community Grant Program. Applications are being accepted through April 30. Details available at THIRDSUN.COM/DESIGN4GOOD.

Insects — a sustainable food (good for vegans, too?) Insects, a source of complete proteins, iron and vitamin B12, have been in human diets around the world for centuries. In the last century the Western world began moving away from insects as a food source creating the current stigma against eating insects that most of us regard as natural. Yet as the population rises and global climate change threatens our ability to grow crops and maintain livestock and as we are faced with the challenge of producing enough food to sustain our growing populations, we have slowly begun reversing that edible-insect cultural phobia. Chapul, a Utah-based business owned by Pat Crowley, started six years ago with the hopes of pioneering a movement to re-incorporate insects into our diets. Crickets are the base for Chapul’s protein powders and bars. When it started, Chapul was the first US business marketing insectbased food products to consumers. Crowley sold his products directly to consumers and through local stores. Now, 30 US companies sell insect-based food products to consumers and Chapul is expanding their production. Crowley expects that this is the start of a big shift in our nation’s eating habits. “It might take time for more people to adjust,” says Crowley, but he expects that things like cricket protein will “become a fairly common food source in the coming years.” Insects might be the perfect sustainable food not just because they are so powerfully packed with protein and nutrients but also be-

cause raising insects uses a fraction of the water and land resources that livestock and plants require. While it takes 100 gallons of water produce only 6 grams of protein from beef — or 19 grams of protein from chicken — that same amount of water will produce 71 grams of insect protein. So how does one convince a vegetarian or vegan to join the insect-protein bandwagon? Crowley believes there are three main reasons why people choose to become vegan or vegetarian: health reasons, an effort to support sustainable food supply, and opposition to animal cruelty. Insects, Crowley thinks, might be a good choice for vegetarians and vegans since production of insects is the most efficient and sustainable method of food production. Eating insects, he says, is the most ‘green’ dietary choice a person could make. He also points out that insects do not have pain receptors like other animals. “Take some time to reflect on the ideals you base your dietary choices on,” advises Crowley. “Just consider if eating insects is right for you.”

Meet the new birds your native plants will attract More and more of us are planting pollinatorfriendly gardens, which is attracting more birds, bees and butterflies.The free Audubon Bird Guide app is a great way to identify, learn about, and track the birds that will arrive. You can even find nearby birding hotspots and real-time sightings from eBird. Check it out here: HTTPS://BIT.LY/2PNRDJZ

Pledge to be pesticide free this Spring! Want to learn how to forgo chemicals on the lawn and in the garden? SLC Green, our city’s Department of Sustainability, is posting weekly pointers. Pesticides are any  herbicide, fungicide, rodenticide or other chemical intended to kill pests or weeds.    Chemical fertilizers are included, as well. SLC Green will keep us abreast of the  many safe, organic methods to keep lawns and gardens not only looking good but doing good by doing no harm. Take the PesticideFreeSLC pledge ("I pledge to eliminate the use of chemical pesticides and fertilizers and to promote sustainable pest management practices in my home and garden. I endeavor to be a resource to neighbors, friends, or family who are looking to do the same”), request a yard sign, or be added to SLCgreen's email list. Or


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n fundamental ways, our lives depend on rapid, responsible, and widespread solutions to todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s problems. But while we are waiting for the right leader or poem or song (or disaster) to motivate people to act, there are some things we can do as individuals, families, or small groups to begin. It seems logical to me that if our difficulties have arisen from many people engaged in (or tacitly promoting) unsustainable activities, then we could quickly turn things around if many people incorporated nature into their worldviews and naturefriendly activities into their lifestyles. If you have a small space (e.g. a yard) or have a neighborhood that has some small spaces (churchyards, schoolyards, etc.), then you can begin today. You don't need a leader, an advanced degree, a government grant or a permit. You simply need a shovel, a hoe and a few packets of seeds. A small garden provides multiple benefits to the gardener, the landscape, and the global environment: Gardens provide fresh, healthy, organic food for those who tend it and to those with whom they share. Gardens recycle unused nutrients from the kitchen, yard and garden itself via the compost pile back into the next crop. In the process, organic matter accumulates and some carbon is

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removed from the atmosphere and stored in the ever-increasing fertility of the soil. In this way, food can be grown without synthetic fertilizers. With organic matter in the soil and mulch on top, moisture is conserved and efficiently used. As gardeners save seeds from their best vegetable plants and trade them with each other, plant diversity is maintained, and sometimes increased. Diverse organic gardens with food plants, flowers, grassy strips, little rock piles, and odd (weedy) corners provide habitat for beneficial insects, songbirds and other animals that make the home site interesting and biologically functional. Furthermore, food produced in places where we have already displaced Nature helps to preserve the "real Nature" that still exists. And, while we are tending the beets and the kale and contemplating the compost and the lilting morning song of the house wren, we may be able to think of additional approaches to living sustainably in a neighborhood on a finite planet. â&#x2014;&#x2020; Fred Montague is a University of Utah professor (lecturer) emeritus of biology, wildlife biologist, artist, founder of the U of Uâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s organic Edible Gardens and the author of Gardening: An Ecological Approach. He lives in Summit County, Utah.


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April 2018 BY SUZANNE WAGNER Osho Zen Tarot: Understanding, Possibilities Medicine Cards: Porcupine, Squirrel Mayan Oracle: Lamat, Hologram, Transparency Ancient Egyptian Tarot: Three of Wands, Death, The Magician Aleister Crowley Deck: Princess of Wands, Love Healing Earth Tarot: Six of Shields, Grandmother of Crystals Words of Truth: Laughter Commitment, Shame

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eep inside, you know what is right. It’s your ego and mind that justify and attempt to weave a story to make your heart wrong. Hearts are never wrong. Ego/mind is often wrong when it’s being channeled through fear and the intent to manipulate and deceive. This month you are being asked to attend to your own healing first. Pay attention to what you need. Be present with the tasks at hand. If you feel ungrounded, then know that you aren’t stable in your core. It’s time to balance your thoughts with your external actions. Only then will your heavy heart lighten. Your energy centers require an adjustment and a new balancing. Be open to the gifts that are attempting to come into your life. The cage in which you have found yourself finally has an open door. Possibilities expand exponentially when you take the risk and step into the unknown. Let discontent propel you into another sky and another world. The very nature of existence cannot have any boundaries. It is a creative, limitless garden of infinite potential. Do you really have enough ecstasy? Do you have enough silence? Do you have enough joy? Choosing smallness is your mind’s imposition upon your freedom and your unlimited potential. Those in power say we can’t do this, and we can’t do that. If they can convince you to accept your lot in life, and your smallness, guess who wins? They do! They get to take that extra money and everything else for themselves. That is not how this world is supposed to operate. The universe is infinite. All things can be ac-

complished. It is only the limitations of the mind that tells us otherwise. Greatness comes when you refuse to accept the social standard and limits. Stop feeling ashamed for wanting what will work for all. Commit to finding a doorway through this delusion and into a place of play and laughter. You can operate from inside the dungeon of your fear or you can allow the innocence in your heart to guide you along an uncharted path toward a new way to connect and contribute to the whole. Lamat is the starseed energy that shows you how to generate harmony through a multitude of beneficial combinations. When you connect to that part of your limitless self, you remember that self-doubt is a lie, disconnection is a choice, and love is eternal. When you choose to cultivate the harmony and the patterns of how we are all connected to everything in this dimen-

You can access energies that are not of this world. sion and beyond, then you have access to energies not of this world that can transcend the obvious and manifest from the subtle. Where have you over-identified with a particular role you’ve been playing? Or perhaps that role has been playing you. Look at how your self-judgment and critical nature stop you from offering your talents to this world. And what a shame and a waste, because right now, everyone’s talents are so desperately needed. There are elements of truth in all teachings. But remember: There are just as many truths when you step on your own path. Where you are in harmony is where you are solid in your foundations of self, which allows your soul to co-exist with this body. Expand that harmony. Now you will feel safe and confident and you will find the path you’ve been seeking. You are an actor with many masks in the closet. When you open into the transparent nature of being, you may “know” nothing. You will finally simply be. ◆ Suzanne Wagner is the author of books and CDs on the tarot and creator of the Wild Women app. She lives in California, but visits Utah frequently. SUZWAGNER.COM

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2018 A monthly compendium of random wisdom for the natural world and beyond by Catalyst Staff Apr 1 Sun rise: 7:10 am. Sun set: 7:52 pm. Easter. A movable holiday. Easter falls on the first Sunday following the first full moon after the Vernal Equinox. Ostera or Eostre was the Anglo-Saxon goddess of spring. Her symbol was a hare.  Apr 2 This is a good time to separate perennial grasses and flowers, including aster, Echinacea, coreopsis, dahlia, delphinium, gloriosa daisy and yarrow. Apr 3 In 1877, Sierra Club founder John Muir visited SLC on assignment from the San Francisco Evening Bulletin. He called it a “city of lilacs and tulips.” Apr 4 Not all robins are the same: The vast majority of robins do move south in the winter. However, some stick around—and move around—in northern locations. Robins migrate more in response to food than to temperature: Fruit is the robin's winter food source. Apr 5 April, or Aprilis, was the Roman name for Aphrodite, the goddess of love and transformation. Her name is rooted in the Latin verb aperies, “to open.”

Apr 6 Sweet peas, this month’s flower, smell exquisite but contain a neurotoxin, so don’t interplant with edible peas. They appreciate morning sun and afternoon shade. Apr 7 Although the average high is 63 degrees and the low is 44, April historically still delivers three to four inches of snow to Salt Lake City. Apr 8 It’s time to feed fruit trees. The easiest way is to rake fertilizer into the ground and cover it with mulch. Or use pound-in spikes at 12 to 18- inch intervals. Either way, start a foot from the trunk and work your way to the drip line (the perimeter of the furthest reaching branches). Apr 9 Plant trees, shrubs, arugula, asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, cilantro, dill, kohlrabi, lettuce, parsnips, potatoes, peas, radishes, spinach, Swiss chard and turnips this month. Apr 10 It’s time to clear winter mulch from around roses and give them a good pruning and feeding. Same with berry plants.

Apr 11 If you planted your radishes a mere 21 days ago, they may be ready to eat. (And if you didn’t, plant some now!) Try them the French way: with good butter and salt. Yum. Apr 12 Time to start turning the compost pile again. Around 45% of the average household’s waste can be composted. Apr 13 Robert Leroy Parker, better known as Butch Cassidy, was born on this day in 1866, in Beaver, Utah to Mormon settlers from England. Apr 14 Saffron, the world’s most expensive spice, is harvested from Crocus sativus, a lovely fallblooming bulb (actually corm) you can plant now. Bury in rich, well-drained soil and don’t expect to see sprouts until late fall. Each corm produces only one bloom with just three stigmas—hence the cost. Apr 15 For 20 days of March, the temperature is  50 °F max. or more. For 12 days of the month, it’s 32 °F min. or less (0 °C). Apr 16 National Dark Sky Week. Antelope Island is Utah's newest Dark Skies park and the closest certified park to Salt


Lake City, offering fantastic sunset viewing from Buffalo Point and Frary Peak. Apr 17 Check out these great astronomy apps: SkyView, Sky Safari 5, Star Walk 2 and Stellarium.  Apr 18 Wouldn’t it be awesome to have your swamp cooler serviced and ceiling fans installed before it gets hot? Do it now. Apr 19 Bicycle Day. In 1943 on this date, Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann ingested lysergic acid dyethylamide (LSD) to test his creation's properties. Then he rode his bicyc l e home. The rest is history. The famous scientist is said to have microdosed with LSD daily until he turned 100. He died on April 29, 2008 at age 102. Apr 20 There are at least 1,200 names for cannabis (or weed, marijuana, or whatever you call it), according to slang researcher Jonathon Green, including “420." Hence the celebration of this herb on April 20. Apr 21 Low-flying birds are a sign of imminent rain; high-flying birds mean good weather. Apr 22 Earth Day. Phenology is the study of seasonal changes in plants and animals from year to year. Nature’s Notebook is an online citizen phenology project monitoring the effects of climate change. It’s a great reason to really pay attention to your personal environment. Why not celebrate Earth Day by joining? HUSANPN.ORG/USER/REGISTER Apr 23 This would be a good day to repair or replace window screens, before fly season really gets underway. Clean out the dryer vent while you’re at it.  Apr 24: Dried eggshells are the gardener’s friend. Worked into the soil around plant roots, they both provide calcium and deter

snails and slugs. Powdered and sprinkled onto vegetable leaves, they kill flea beetles and Japanese beetles. Apr 25 National DNA Day commemorates the completion of the Human Genome Project in April 2003 and the discovery of the double helix of DNA in 1953. Spending some bucks on 23&me or An-

cestry.com may provide you with the most interesting dinner party conversations you will have had in a long time— and some handy tips on managing your health, as well as long lost relatives (and maybe even revealed family secrets). Apr 26 Audubon Day: Some top birding spots near SLC: Antelope Island State Park, Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge, Mirror Lake, Big Cottonwood Canyon, Great Salt Lake Birding Trail. Apr 27 Arbor Day. Trees absorb carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and carbon monoxide from the air and release oxygen. One large tree can produce a day's supply of oxygen for four people. Apr 28 Download the iNaturalist app and become a neighborhood naturalist. Today and in the months ahead you can explore nature, record your observations and enjoy time outside with the Natural History Museum of Utah. Apr 29 FULL MOON 12:56 am.  Recent research shows that broccoli sprouts contain sulforaphane, a compound extremely effective in killing helicobacter pylori, the bacterium responsible for stomach ulcers. Apr 30 Sun rise 6:27am. Sun sets: 8:22pm.  Beltane/May Eve. This was long a night for celebration in the British Isles, when sacred bonfires were kindled to celebrate fertility.  ◆


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