Comings and Goings, Regulars and Shorts

Comings & Goings: December 2013

By Katherine Pioli

What’s new around town.
by Katherine Pioli and Clare Boerigter

Wasatch Community Gardens seek interns for Spring 2014

The Wasatch Community Gardens, a group which provides continued support to 12 of Salt Lake County’s 31 community gardens, is looking for nine enthusiastic interns to fill a range of positions: event planning & fundraising, community education, Green City Garden growers development, Parks for Produce garden development, community gardens network, development & fundraising, plant sale, tool library and an urban farming apprentice. Application deadlines vary.

Contact Jenny Bloom,;

Entrada Institute accepting applications for new Artist-in-residence

The Entrada Institute, an educational organization which celebrates the beauty of the Colorado Plateau, is accepting applications for their 2014 Artist-in-residence; they encourage artists, writers, humanities scholars, and earth and social scientists to apply. The winner will receive $2,000 to write and/or create artwork that prompts dialogue about the natural wonders and historical and cultural heritage of the Colorado Plateau.

Applications are due by Jan. 3, 2014. Contact Kirsten Allen,,

“Rumi” returns

In an encore performance, cellist David Darling and translator Coleman Barks, who performed last year at the Libby Gardner Hall on the campus of the University of Utah, will return to the hall next February with another evening of poetry and music. Accompanied by Darling’s music, Barks will read translations of work by the 13th century Persian mystic Rumi as well as writing from the poet’s spiritual instructor, Shams Tabrizi.

Tickets cost $20-100 and are already on sale. To reserve, go to:

Farewell to Green Drinks organizer Kirsten Gellella

CATALYST wishes all the best to Green Drinks co-organizer Kirsten Gellella as she prepares to leave Salt Lake for another chapter of life. Co-organizer Mary Rogers will still be running the monthly meetings. Stay tuned, she may be looking for someone to fill her former cohort’s shoes.
Green Drinks is a monthly gathering, typically on the fourth Tuesday, hosted at businesses around town. These gatherings offer people a chance to learn about sustainable and green initiatives around the city while networking, socializing and enjoying adult beverages. Find them on Facebook.

Local eggs back on the menu…for now

There’s been some good news this month for local farmer Julie Clifford of Clifford Family Farms. She can sell her eggs again, but the pass is only temporary.

Within the next four months, Julie will likely have to start following new Utah health and safety guidelines for small chicken farmers and undergo regular inspections all based on federal standards. The extra work might create some additional costs, but for now Julie and her loyal customers are happy she’s still in business.

More electric charging stations?

It’s been three years since Salt Lake City installed six electric vehicle charging stations around town. With the success of those stations, the State might be getting ready to increase the number of charging stations throughout Utah.

Who will be building and providing those stations is still up for debate. But a measure recently proposed by Rep. Patrice Arent of Millcreek, which will be brought before the state legislature this upcoming session, would allow just about any business or city to provide a charging station and recoup their costs. Stay tuned during this coming 2014 legislative session to see what happens with the proposal.

New classes coming in January to Inner Light Center

Inner Light Center, a spiritual, metaphysical and mystical community, will offer classes in Qabalah, Shamanic Journey, Sacred Journaling and basic Metaphysics in January. A “school for the soul,” you can join this heart-based community every Sunday at 10am.

801.462.1800. 4408 South 500 East.

Holiday food drive at Dancing Cranes

Donate non-perishable food items to Dancing Cranes Imports during December and save 10% on your same-day purchase. The store will deliver donations to the Utah Food Bank.

Open Mon-Sat 10a-7p, Sun 10a-5p. 673 E. Simpson Ave. 801.486.1129.

Rising Sun Coffee holds holiday food drive, too!

This month, you can bring in two or more non-perishable food items to be donated to the Utah Food Bank and get any 12oz. beverage free from Rising Sun Coffee. Drinks range from vegan beverages to hot chocolate to gluten-free, lactose-free and dairy-free treats.

Open Mon-Fri 5:30a-6p, Sat 7a-5p. 266 W. 2100 South. 801.486.0090.

Dave’s Health has moved

Dave’s Health & Nutrition has finally settled into its new location six blocks south of its former home, providing homeopathics, supplements, consultations, classes and more. A grand opening event will be held in January.

This month, bring in Dave’s CATALYST ad for a whopping 25% off on beauty products at both stores.

880 E. 3900 South, Salt Lake; 801.268.3000. 1817 W. 900 South, West Jordan; 801.446.0499.


This article was originally published on November 27, 2013.