Briefly Noted

Briefly Noted: April 2017

By Staff

What’s new around town.

New chiropractor


Dr. Scott Graziosa has always had a love for the mountains, which led him to Salt Lake City after high school. He held his professional electrician license in the state of Utah before finding his true passion for chiropractic work. He chose to change careers, from electrician to a doctor, after witnessing many testimonials of patients whose lives were changed for the better from a chiropractic “specific” adjustment. Dr. Scott Graziosa, originally from New York, received his Bachelors in Biology and Doctorate of Chiropractic from Life University in Marietta, Georgia. He recently moved back to Salt Lake where he hopes to educate his clients about the importance of living a balanced life, eating healthy and maintaining a low stress mindset. He hopes to educate and empower people to express their full potential through an optimally working nervous systemKCPW easier to locate


KCPW has finished a nearly two-year project that strengthens its signal and increases its broadcast range at a consolidated frequency. This means more geographic coverage and a wider audience, at one spot on the radio dial: 88.3 FM.


The site is located in the Oquirrh Mountains. From this improved geographic location, and thanks to new equipment, the newly strengthened signal alone now reaches all of the communities the combined main signal and translator used to reach – and then some!


For a lucky nonprofit


Third Sun, a SLC-based branding and web design company, is offering a qualified nonprofit a pro-bono sponsorship for services valued up to $10,000 through their new Design for Good Community Grant Program. Applications are being accepted March 15-April 30.




Our country feels more divided than ever before. People increasingly feel their voices are being ignored.


It seems we’ve collectively lost the ability to listen. The playwrights of Plan-B Theatre have come together to script a non-partisan evening of new work drawn from real-life stories – equal parts liberal and conservative – some you’ll agree with, some you won’t, all from people just like us.


Contributors working on their scripts now are Austin Archer, Matthew Ivan Bennett, Carleton Bluford, Rachel Bublitz, Elaine Jarvik, Julie Jensen, Jennifer A. Kokai, Melissa Leilani Larson, Jenifer Nii, Eric Samuelsen, Morag Shepherd and Debora Threedy.


Cast includes Lily Hye Soo Dixon, Bijan Hosseini, Tito Livas, Jayne Luke, Matthew Sincell, Darryl Stamp, Aaron Swenson, Jason Tatom (others TBA). Directed by Jerry Rapier.


Tickets are free but required for seating—reserve now. Patrons are encouraged to contribute to The Children’s Center while at the theatre.


June 8-18, 2017, Th & F @ 8, Sat @ 4 & 8, Sun @ 2. Rose Wagner Theatre. Free tickets available




Last September, Lindsey Garden’s playground, in the historic Avenues, lost the city’s last merry-go-round, a piece of beloved equipment that had been in use in the park for over 50 years. Partially out of a sense of nostalgia, partially out of a frustration with our overly safety conscious society (the city claims the merry-go-round was too dangerous), encouraged by her own daughter’s disbelief that her favorite piece of the local playground had been removed, Avenues resident Phoenix Ostermann started a petition to get the play piece back.


Initially, local media picked up on the story and supporters generously donated to a fund to bring the merry-go-round back (the city said that it needed to have a costly retrofit to make the equipment more child-safe) but the project slowly lost momentum. Now Ostermann is hoping that the grand opening of the new Lindsey Garden’s playground, planned for this month, will give her cause some new life.


“We are going to participate in the grand reopening and do a booth or a lemonade stand and take advantage of the crowd,” says Ostermann. “That’s when I hope we can pick the campaign back up.”


Plein air artists unite to save a state treasure


At the southern edge of Zion National Park, a picturesque metal bridge in Rockville, Utah spans the Virgin River. Some have called her “Utah’s Iron Maiden” or “The Virgin’s Bow.” Others remember her as “The Green Bridge.” Most know her as the Historic Rockville Bridge and after 90 years of service, this iconic structure is overdue for restoration.


Sixteen plein air artists are joining forces with the Town of Rockville to raise funds for the bridge. Such notable names include Doug Braithwaite, Eileen Guernsey Brown, Royden ­Card, Bruce Gomez, Ken Harris, Brad Holt, Lisa Huber, Mary Jabens, Rick Kinateder, Roland Lee, Nancy Lewis, Bonnie McGee, Valerie Orlemann, Rachel Pettit, Stephen Stauffer, and Gregory Stocks.


From April 27 to 29 these accomplished artists will take out pencils and paints to capture Rockville’s beautiful red rocks and grassy green meadows and the historic bridge. The public is encouraged to observe, learn from these artists, and even dabble with their own creations during this three-day event.


On April 28, the Historic Rockville Church will host an art history discussion by Susan Bingham, founder of the Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts in Mount Carmel, created to preserve Maynard Dixon’s legacy. But the most important culminating event of this three-day extravaganza comes on Saturday, April 29, 7:00 p.m. the Rockville Community Center, with the unveiling and sale of the Rockville-inspired art.


“Even if your walls are full, you’ll want to make room for a piece of history,” says fundraiser Jodi McGregor. “This may be your last opportunity to obtain a rendering of the bridge before restoration. Plus, you’re helping preserve an architectural wonder and historic treasure.”


A portion of all sales will benefit the Bridge Fund. There will be a $20 entry fee to the event.


Garden boss in Antigua


Catalyst communist and WCG Green Team Farm Director James Loomis will be traveling to the Caribbean this month as part of a US State Department funded farmer exchange program. Last fall, James hosted in Salt Lake Winston LaVille, an onion farmer from the Caribbean island of Antigua. As part of the Young Leaders of the America’s Initiative, LaVille spent a month farming with WCG and networking, gaining insight to help grow his business back home. Things went so well that two other fellows, an organic farmer from Guyana, and a quinoa broker from Bolivia, spent some of their extra time at the Green Team farm as well. James took them on a road trip to visit some farmers in southern Idaho, giving LaVille a particularly valuable opportunity to network with large-scale onion growers in our region.


LaVille and James submitted a grant proposal in January to continue working together and their proposal was one of 29 out of 250 to be selected! On April 14th, James will fly to Antigua to teach advanced composting techniques, soil organism microscopy, and the art and science of biological tea brewing. The project includes building an aerobic tea brewer and incorporating it into the farms existing system. The overarching goal being to decrease farm dependency on imported products, reduce or eliminate the usage of herbicides, and increase the ability to regenerate fertility on site.


French immersion preschool & kindergarten


Looking for a unique experience for your preschool- or kindergarten-aged child? Check out La Maison des Enfants–a French immersion program offered by the The University of Utah at the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts & Education Complex. Monika Jalil, the program director, says the inspiration behind this program was her own young son. Scientists tell us that learning a second language changes the brain structure and improves future performance and Jalil wanted her child to spend time immersed in the French language before entering elementary school. “The gift of language is one of the greatest we give to our children,” Jalil says. In the immersion program young students learn through a variety of activities including stories, songs, writing, math, art, dance, and exercise with occasional special musical performances.


The French preschool is already full for the 2017-18 school year, and the French kindergarten is expected to be full very soon.


All interested families should arrange a school visit. Registration for the Fall 2017 school year goes to the end of this month.


To schedule a visit contact the program director: The preschool is located on the campus of The University of Utah at the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts & Education Complex, 1721 Campus Center Dr.


— Caitlin Hoffman-Haws


Hey millennials


It is year 2017, and an orange-skinned, reality television star has risen as ruler of the United States. The new Commander in Chief has all kinds of billionaire friends joining him in the White House. We’ve got Rex Tillerson (former dude running Exxon Mobile, i.e oil spill and covering up scientific proof of global warming) as Secretary of State and Rick Perry, a climate denier, as Energy Secretary. My personal favorite, climate denier Scott Pruitt, driven to dismantle the Environmental Protection Agency, is now the agency’s head administrator!


No, this is not a new dystopic Orwellian novel. This is legit. Real. You’re probably sick of reading about it and talking about it. It’s messed up. So what are you going to do about it?


Today more than ever, millennials like ourselves are forging momentous paths into the green economy. We know it’s the future. Our valley is full of fresh career/educational opportunities. There are so many ways to put environmental skills to work and today it is more significant than ever to move into a truly green, sustainable economy.


CATALYST staff recently attended the Intermountain Sustainability Summit at Weber State University. Keynote speaker and former President of Ireland Mary Robinson reminded us to not let the feds get us down. She wanted us to understand how much power we have on the state and city level and how local initiatives are already showing success. Our home could become a mecca for clean energy and a place free from fossil fuels. It’s the future.


I’m working on a story about green careers, and interested in hearing about the educational paths to those careers. If this applies to you, I would like to hear from you. Tell me about how you are forging an ecologically aware career path that will positively impact our planet and help future generations to come. Send me an e-mail, let’s chat.


— Jane Lyon,







This article was originally published on April 4, 2017.