What’s new around town.
2014 a victory for cannabis
In the aftermath of the November 4 election, liberals across the country were in a funk, having lost both houses of Congress to the Republicans. However, when we went to brunch with two notable pot-heads of our acquaintance the following weekend, they were both smiling ear to ear.
“The Republicans may have won Congress, but we won the nation!” enthused Mr. J. Not only did both Oregon and Alaska become the third and fourth states to legalize recreational marijuana, but the very seat of federal power, the District of Columbia, decriminalized it as well. The city of South Portland, Maine also legalized weed, and Guam has now allowed medicinal marijuana. Even in Florida, where the constitutional amendment to legalize medicinal mary-jane failed, it still garnered 58% of the vote, requiring only another 2% to pass. Better luck next time, Florida!
“All of this is great,” said Mr. F., “but what I’m really happy about is Prop 47 passing in California.” Drug and theft crimes that involve less than $950 have now been reclassified under the proposition, from felonies to misdemeanors. It should result in 40,000 fewer incarcerations per year, with the greatest effect in drug possession cases, and with the savings going towards drug treatment programs, schools and victim services. “It’s not legalization, but it’s a big step in ending the drug war,” he continued. “I think we’ll see a lot more of this in 2016.”
Kate Tolsma joins CTT
The Center for Transpersonal Therapy (CTT), one of the oldest holistically oriented counseling centers in the Valley, has added a new associate partner. Kate Tolsma, LCSW brings over 14 years of clinical experience to the group. Kate has worked with children, adolescents, adults, and families in inpatient and outpatient settings as well as in private practice. She is now accepting new clients. Call to inquire about services, her expertise, and to set up appointments.
Center for Transpersonal Therapy, 801.596.0147. 5801 Fashion Blvd. (280 East), Ste. 250, Murray. www.cttslc.com
Register your vehicle online
Did you know that most emission and safety inspection stations can automatically send test results to the DMV? What this means for you is that rather than taking all your paperwork to a long DMV line to re-register your vehicle, you can do it quickly and easily online. All you need is your license plate and the PIN from the postcard sent by the Division of Motor Vehicles or your last name, five-digit zip code, license plate and the last 8 digits of your VIN. You will also need a valid credit card to make the payment.
Once completed, you can immediately print out a temporary registration and the DMV will mail you new tags for your car and the formal registration. (Note: Some Safety and Emissions Inspections stations called On the Spot are also authorized to issue DMV renewal decals. Convenient one-stop-shopping!) We’ve done our auto registration renewal online for years and it really is quick and easy—we save time and fuel, which means less auto emissions. Valuable any time, but especially in winter months.
Downtown wine store — brightening the season in more ways than one
When the downtown wine store underwent a remodel in 2000, they made the vast wall space in the store available to showcase local artists instead. With the help of the Utah Arts Council a system was established whereby artists could submit their work for consideration and chosen artists would then be allowed to hang their art on a three-month rotation.
To submit your artwork for consideration, pick up an application next time you’re in the store. While you’re there, be sure to take some time and admire the current exhibit. Through the end of 2014 artist Shami Kanekar shares her rich, vibrant paintings which are strongly influenced by the environment and traditional Indian textiles.
State Wine Store, 255 So. 300 East.
One-of-a-kind sculpture garden at Marriott Library
A two-level sculpture garden and study patio is coming to the University of Utah’s Marriott Library. Ground will be broken for the project next May. It is a gift from Utah philanthropist Katherine W. Dumke and will be located just off the fine arts & architecture library that also bears her name.
Sustainability is a key focus. Students currently enrolled in an architectural studio class are designing and sourcing innovative furniture built with sustainable materials for the patio and garden. In addition, “living walls” filled with low-light plants will provide natural partitions.
Students will also have access to a new Materials Library Collection, which will offer hands-on access to hundreds of innovative physical materials – metals, fabrics, polymers, ceramics, natural resources – used in design, construction and manufacturing. The Marriott Library will be one of only a few public institutions in the U.S. to offer such a collection.
—University of Utah Communications
A catalyst for sin and virtue
Writer Teresa Jordan’s early ruminations on sin and virtue took shape on her blog (and appeared between the covers of CATALYST) four years ago. Now, Jordan’s essays have a home in the pages of a new book, The Year of Living Virtuously (Weekends Off): A Meditation on the Search for Meaning in an Ordinary Life. The book is structured around individual themes, many inspired by Benjamin Franklin’s list of 13 virtues and also by the seven deadly sins.
In her chapter “Gluttony, a re-enchantment with food,” Jordan begins with a story of breakfast – chorizo, eggs and tortillas hecho por mano at a friend’s house in Mexico – before delving into the history of the Catholic Church’s definition of gluttony as a sin, encompassing five errors starting with eating before feeling hungry, and then playing with the idea of food as a place of generational, cultural and economic divide. Throughout the book, Jordan approaches each subject with this reflective, creative, modern and often lighthearted touch.
Counterpoint: 2014. $23, hardbound. Available at local bookstores.
Electric bus trial run at U
In 2011, the University of Utah announced a radical new re-envisioning of its campus transit system. With funding from a $2.7 million federal grant, they proposed paving a road through the heart of campus from the Business Loop near the Huntsman Center all the way to the north end of campus. They hoped to start work on the transit line in the fall of 2012, but three years after first announcing plans the University is still plugging away and championing the cause.
“Our buses drive over a million miles a year,” says University of Utah Director of Commuter Services Alma Allred. “That costs us a lot of money and uses a lot of gas.” The internal trans-campus commuter shuttle route, now slated for construction this coming spring, could change all that, with one little problem. “We don’t want diesel buses running through the heart of campus,” says Allred. That’s where the University’s new electric bus comes in.
Built with wireless charging technology developed by neighboring Utah State University’s Energy Dynamics Laboratory, the University of Utah’s new 40-foot all-electric bus has been taking warmup laps around campus. Soon, the electric bus will be given a regular route. Data collected from early trial runs will eventually be analyzed and compared with information from the campus’ natural gas vehicles to determine which type of shuttle will be best suited for the trans-campus route.
FruitShare: fruitful harvest
More people than ever before reaped the fruits of their labor from Salt Lake City trees this year. The city’s FruitShare program organizes groups of volunteers to collect fruit throughout the growing season from owner-registered urban trees and distributes the harvest between the volunteers, the tree owners and local food assistance programs. The program had its most successful year ever.
According to the City Mayor’s Office, this year FruitShare harvested 25,000 pounds of fruit from 300 trees. That, according to Utahns Against Hunger, is up from 10,000 pounds gathered in 2013.
The FruitShare program benefits everyone involved – feeding the hungry and helping landowners manage their trees, as the program even offers free spring pruning services.
To register your tree for next season: www.slcgov.com/slcgreen/fruitshare.
Let there be light
By the time this magazine hits the stands only a few days will remain in Salt Lake City’s Kickstarter campaign to bring the largest disco ball in the US to EVE WinterFest, the city’s New Year celebration. It’s a worthy cause. Who wouldn’t want an equally exciting (according to some) but less polluting alternative to fireworks? Well, Salt Lakers it seems. As of the writing of this news blurb, with 10 days to go in the campaign, only one-eighth of the money has been raised. The goal of $25,000 would match funds provided by the city.
To see an artist’s rendition video and to contribute: http://tinyurl.com/ka7oylj
The annual Zero Waste Awards, presented by Utah Recycling Alliance, a local non-profit that promotes recycling and progressive waste management, recognizes local businesses for best practices and innovative recycling solutions. This year’s winners are Laziz Foods, Clark’s Auto, Real Food Rising and Sugar House Coffee. Thanks for making our city better.
Solissa becomes Sage
Solissa’s Boutique is now Sage by Olivia Wares, a boutique that focuses on unique designs for women of all sizes and shapes. With a new sewing area in the works, owner/designer Rachel Barnard will be refurbishing and embellishing vintage women’s apparel to create all new pieces. Shop off the rack or have Rachel help you track down what you’re looking for, or create it from your vision.
Sage also hosts private shopping/styling parties and events for 10-25 guests that include individual personal styling, photography, food and drinks.
1950 South 1100 East, SLC, UT 84106, 801.467.2909. —LM
20% off vintage, artisan and locally made jewelry
Enjoy shopping for recycled and vintage gifts this year at locally owned Fun & Frolic Consignment Shop in Sugar House. All jewelry—including vintage, locally made, and artisan—is 20% off through Dec. 24.
Owner Kathleen Bratcher will post other weekly sale specials for gifts, seasonal gear, clothing and accessories on its Facebook page too.
2066 So. 2100 East, SLC, 801-487-6393. MyFunandFrolic.com.
Finca now open downtown
Finca, a small plates restaurant formerly located on the east side, is now open in its Warehouse District Lofts location. The expansive and newly renovated space in the circa-1910 building exudes an authentic Old-World Spanish tavern feeling that complements Finca’s acclaimed Spanish tapas and craft cocktail menus. There are special hours through December 5 and then back to normal hours. [For an interview with owner Scott Evans, see the November 2014 CATALYST Magazine, p. 27.]
327 W. 200 South. 801.487.0699. Pictured above: Chef Phelix and owner Scott Evans. www.FincaSLC.com
Evening meditation now at Two Arrows Zen
Two Arrows Zen, a Zen Buddhist lay practice community, has added a new Thursday 7-8:15 pm evening sitting practice time to its downtown SLC Sangha schedule. Administrator Julia Sati explains that many people have requested meditation time in the evenings after work.
Two Arrows Zen also offers daily weekday morning meditation practice. Sati says everyone is welcome, no experience is necessary. She recommends checking the website for holiday-closing schedules and parking information.
Artspace 230 So. 500 West, SLC. www.twoarrowszen.org 801-532-4975.
Wasaru Emoto, RIP
Wasaru Emoto, internationally famous for his ideas about conscious intent and its effect on matter, died October 17. His 2005 New York Times best-selling book, The Hidden Messages of Water, featured fascinating photos of water crystals that had been exposed to both positive (“I love you”) and negative (“You are bad”) words and thoughts. The book was adored for its attempt to show that words and ideas have an impact on matter, but also panned for lack of scientific replication. Still, many, including the writers of the 2004 film “What the Bleep Do We Know?,” were inspired by Emoto’s thesis that consciousness creates all and the power of love and gratitude. Emoto died in Tokyo, Japan at the age of 71.
Wasatch Cooperative Market says, “Give the Store”
During the gifting season, the Wasatch Cooperative Market board encourages CATALYST readers to give the community, themselves and others the gift of becoming an owner-member during the development process: “building community, one member at a time.”
The gift, a one-time $300 investment (financing plans available), gives the owner-member a voice in the store management and board elections. There is also the potential of future returns on investment. Membership is essential to creating a storefront community market that supports local organic farmers, sustainable products, local job creation and policy advocacy.
What’s new at Healing Mountain Massage
The local Healing Mountain Massage School Spa is one of Salt Lake’s favorite places for its well-trained student spa treatments and massages. Go to www.healingmaountain.edu to find December’s spa discounts or book an appointment with a Healing Mountain student, advanced student or a licensed massage therapist. Spa gift certificates (something that everyone wants-including the CATALYST staff by the way…) are also now available online. Click on Clinic & Spa, then click on “Book Online” and you are set.
The next Healing Mountain Massage School student program, where you can learn and practice alongside professionals, begins Jan 2015. Call 801-355-6300. Salt Lake Campus 363 So. 500 East, #210, SLC.
Bubble party: Mamachari
Celebrate the opening of Mamachari Kombucha’s new taproom and brewing facility on Friday, December 5. There will be cups and growlers of kombucha for sale at the event and tea from The Queens’ Tea.
445 S 400 W, noon-8pm. Mamachari.cc
Spreading the wealth
Last year Americans spent $57.4 billion on a single day, Black Friday. That means that the average shopper spent $407—and that’s down from the year before. Black Friday might not be your favorite holiday but there’s no denying that the spending trend is only growing stronger with stores like Amazon and Walmart benefitting the most from the shopping spree.
But some business advocates, including the national group ShiftYourShopping.org and local group Local First Utah, are trying to change that. In an attempt to reroute some of these billions towards small, independent and local businesses Local First Utah presents Shift Your Spending Week from November 28 till December 6. As part of the campaign, shoppers who participate can feel good about giving back to their local economy.
Black (Coffee) Friday
Charming Beard, one of Salt Lake’s hippest coffee roasters, celebrated the opening of their new shop La Barba on November 28. Housed in the same downtown building as the new Finca, La Barba serves their single-origin, light roast coffees along with pastries from Finca’s amazing pastry chef, Courtney McDowell.
327 W. 200 South. CharmingBeard.com
Dalai Lama to speak in SLC next year; volunteers needed
On November 17 we posted on CATALYST’s Facebook page that the Dalai Lama would keynote the World Parliament of Religions, taking place at the Salt Palace October 15-19, 2015. In a few hours we noticed the entry had been reposted 49 times! So we know this is big news to the CATALYST community.
It will be the spiritual and political leader’s first visit here since 2001, and his third time addressing the Parliament of World’s Religions, estimated to attract 10,000 people from 80 countries. (Many downtown hotels are already booked for those dates.) It’s the first time in 22 years that the gathering has been held in the U.S.
Next year’s theme is “Reclaiming the Heart of Our Humanity — Working Together for a World of Compassion, Peace, Justice and Sustainability.”
Conference organizers are specifically looking for volunteers in the Salt Lake area. Visit their website for details.
For conference registration information, visit ParliamentOfReligions.org. To volunteer: Once on the website, click on “2015 Parliament,” then “Volunteer in Salt Lake City.”