In an effort to combat the rising drug and alcohol addiction problem in our community, several mental and public health organizations collaborated to start USARA. Though their original responsibility was to plan Recovery Day activities, their advocacy work has expanded. The Recovery Center is a space to find solutions that go beyond treatment programs – which aren’t a financial possibility for everyone – and to get personal support if your loved ones are battling addiction.
Although Salt Lake City doesn’t yet have a strong boxing culture, the introduction of this youth enrichment program might be the beginning of a tradition. Promise South Salt Lake – an initiative to invigorate that community has made promises for the success and well-being of local children, and the PAL boxing program provides structure, discipline, and encouragement for those who need it most.
Surprisingly, The Beehive hasn’t featured its namesake until now! But we couldn’t wait any longer. These insects, and the living structures they build are crucial to our environmental health – especially the food supply. The Wasatch Beekeepers Association is an organization of people that encourages a hive in every backyard, providing community, education and support for newcomers and old hands alike.
The rise in the DIY and craft beer movements has brought more women into the fold of homebrewing. And because the men that they brew with can take over sometimes, groups of local homebrewing and beer-loving women have formed their own clubs – to build community and work on their craft.
For the last 25 years, the Make a Wish Foundation has been hosting the Rubber Ducky Derby, a fun event where the community can come together to raise funds for the organization – which grants wishes to local children dealing with a life threatening medical condition. Savannah and Cesar, two children who have had their wishes granted talk about the power of the experience. The Rubber Ducky Derby is August 10th. More information: http://utah.wish.org/
Salt Lake City’s homegrown DIY Fest and Craft Fair celebrates its 5th event, and first year as a full blown non-profit organization and host of the inaugural Sumobot Competition. August 9-10 at the Gallivan Center in Downtown SLC, the event features artistans, vintage vendors, engineers, and craft food specialists.
One of the first episodes of The Beehiv featured the community developers at the Granary District and the high hopes they had to revive their cute, industrial corner of the city. Who would have imagined that less than a year later, they would be the hosts of Salt Lake’s hippest weekend block party – Granary Row. Every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night until October – a section of 7th south comes to life with food, music, and microshops housed in the 20 ft. shipping containers that decorate the street.
With new bike lanes, Trax lines, and streetcars changing the way that transportation works in Salt Lake City, some of our community’s youngest residents are voicing their input on the ongoing design of the city. The Utah chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar, a professional organization for engineers, urban planners, and others, held a summit for young girls interested in math and science to learn about the mechanics of transportation design and try their hand at long term planning.
There is a therapeutic benefit to being outside and putting the time and effort into growing food. For a group of men in the Salt Lake County Jails, their time in the jail’s gardens helps them serve their time in a productive way, trains them as master gardeners, and prepares them to work in the green industry after they are released. You can visit the Salt Lake County Jail Horticulture program at their booth at the weekly Downtown Farmer’s Market.
Leigh VandenAkker is a local teacher who is passionate about teaching students how to ask questions, challenge assumptions, and see the world through a global framework. As Utah’s 2012 Teacher of the Year and a recently named Pearson Foundation Global Learning Fellow, she is also committed to continuing to learn herself.