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by Melissa Martin
Get wild with Greg Brown & SUWA
August 7 5:30-9:30p. Gallivan Center. If there is one thing Utahns love, it's their wilderness, so come celebrate the 25th anniversary of SUWA and Utah Wild Lands. Get wild with renowned singer-songwriters Greg Brown and Kate MacLeod, enjoy a cold one from local sponsor Squatters, and help welcome the "Hybrid-pedal" cyclists who have journeyed through Washington, Oregon, and Idaho to help expand awareness regarding wilderness areas. $5 gets you in the door, as well as a membership in the Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance and entry into a contest for fabulous prizes. Kids free. Order tix online: www.suwa.org.
Hone your garden savvy
Wasatch Community Gardens can turn your black thumb green, remind you that you do like vegetables (especially fresh grown), and teach you to have a blast in the garden. 359-2658. www.wasatchgardens.org.
Utah Community Gardens
Network Potluck Aug 7 6-8p. Meet other community gardeners from the Wasatch Front. Learn about straw bale green houses, bring a dish to share. Grateful Tomato Garden, 600 E 800 S.
2nd Annual Salsa Party
Aug 18 6-8p. Celebrate the season of tomatoes, peppers, and onions at the annual Salsa Party and competition! Sample the entries, or bring your own homemade salsa, enter to win exciting prizes. Free, live music and kids activities. Competition rules and entry forms at www.wasatchgardens.org. Fairpark Garden, 300 N 1037 W.
Bug ID & Organic Pest
Management Workshop Aug 21 6-8p. Good Bug? Bad Bug? Find answers to these questions and more at this interactive workshop. Learn organic methods to rid your garden of bad bugs without harming the good bugs. $5 donation. Call to reserve. Grateful Tomato Garden, 600 E 800 S.
Planting for the Fall & Winter
Aug 29 6-8p. Eat fresh garden salad in January? Learn how to grow cover crops to protect and nourish your garden while you wait out the winter. Now is the time to plant! Join the garden. $5 donation. Call to reserve. Grateful Tomato Garden, 600 E. 800 S.
Silver Lake Nature Center
Instead of turning on your air conditioner, turn to the mountains and learn something new. Join Silver Lake Nature Center for these fun events and escape the heat! Silver Lake Nature Center, Star Route, Brighton, www.cottonwoodcanyons.org, 466-6411. Call to reserve your space. (Remember to dress appropriately and bring water.)
Beaver & Wetland Walk
Aug 11 10a-12p. Learn about one of nature's finest engineers. Beavers play an extremely important role in wetland ecosystems, positively affecting water quality and biodiversity. Moderate walk on unlevel terrain in the mountains.
Aug 18 10a-12p. What's a pika? Join the Cottonwood Canyons Foundation to find out. Take an easy hike up to an active colony of these alpine farmers to see what they're up to. Moderate walk on uneven terrain in the mountains.
Aug 10 and17. The world is different at night. Learn about adaptations of night time creatures. View the stars in all their brilliance and learn about the summer constellations.
Timpanogos Storytelling Festival
Aug 30-Sept 1 all day. Imagine sitting under a shady canopy in a beautiful spot at the foot of Mt. Timpanogos, listening to stories of adventure and excitement . A peaceful place where memories and magic are captured and spun into tales that make you laugh and cry. Hear stories that tell of a time that used to be, of folk in distant lands or the people next door. Glimpse into the past and live the imaginary. Learn more about your parents, your children, yourself. Mt.Timpanogos Park, Hwy 189, Provo Canyon, Orem. www.timpfest.org.
Salt Lake American Muslim Cultural Festival
Aug 25-26 3-8p. Diversity is beautiful thing. Come enjoy this family-oriented cultural festival with multi-ethnic, multi-faith activities. See world-class performing artists such as Japanese Taiko Drummers, Sol De Jalisco Mariachi Band, Vietnamese Dragon Dance and more. Donate nonperishable foods to Crossroads Urban Center and receive a festival tee-shirt. Wide variety of ethnic foods, merchandise, and children's activities. Washington Square City & County Building, www.saltlakeamericanmuslim.com.
Art at the Main
Aug 17 4-10p. Whether it's the soaring mountains filled with aspens and evergreens, or an ancient red rock arch in the desert, it's impossible not to have a connection with Utah's wilderness. Come get your fix for your favorite Utah landscape and art, when Art at the Main features water colorist Dana Ballard. "Wish you were here" is Ballard's love letter to this beautifully diverse state. Opening reception at the Main Library.