A list of upcoming rallies and grassroots resources curated by KRCL’s RadioACTive team. Featured events ≠ endorsement. Information adapted and abridged from public listings posted by organizers. All times Mountain unless otherwise indicated. Check with the organizer for the latest info on rallies and resources in this list.
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NOW: MAUI WILDFIRES. Visit Maui's KMNO – Mana’o Public Radio’s Maui Rapid Response site for the latest information on nonprofits on the ground supporting our Ohana as they start the long recovery and rebuild from the recent wildfires. The Maui Rapid Response site has the latest information on open shelters, where to receive or make food and clothing donations, road closures and more. To locate missing loved ones, call 1-800-RED-CROSS.
Warm Welcome Winter Clothing Drive. The The International Rescue Committee in Salt Lake City is currently collecting new and like-new winter clothing items, including winter coats, warm boots and waterproof gloves, to distribute to over 500 newly arrived refugees. Gather winter items from neighbors, start a drive in your community or make an online contribution. Volunteers are needed for the upcoming distribution event from October 9 through October 11. Sign up to gather winter clothing and volunteer here.
Now - October 15: Invisible No More: Latinxs Dignity March in Utah, a photo documentary exhibit on display now at Mestizo Coffeehouse in SLC. In commemoration of Hispanic/Latinxs Heritage Month 2023, this photo-travel exhibit is the work of five Latinx photographers who captured more than 5,00 images of the march, which was attended by nearly 50,000 people. UoU Prof. Armando Solórzano collected the speeches made by city officials, religious leaders, and community members at the march, as well as an archive of interviews, newspaper clippings, and an analysis surrounding the event. The exhibit depicts the different actors, laws, motives, and accomplishments of the march. Each of its 60 frames contains four or more pictures, which include a caption ion both English and Spanish.
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Saturday, October 7:
Giant Pumpkinpalooza and Zombie Walk 2023, 12:00-5:00 p.m. at The Gateway, 18 S. Rio Grande St., SLC. Event by Utah Giant Pumpkin Growers: "Come for the pumpkins, stay for the zombies, and have a spook-tacular time with your fellow ghouls and goblins! **Admission: FREE** Giant Pumpkinpalooza - GIANT PUMPKIN CONTEST! (12-5PM) Bring your gargantuan gourds. We are celebrating all things pumpkin, with many pumpkin-related events throughout. The highlight will be gigantic pumpkins - some possibly over 1000 lbs - battling for the 2023 championship and the orange jacket! Did you grow something huge in your garden this year? Bring it to our first annual Gateway weigh-off. If not, just bring your family and enjoy the fun. Big prizes await the growers of these massive orange beauties! There will also be extremely tall sunflowers, gigantic watermelons, and other oddly large garden specimens. Share with your friends and family – the more, the merrier! Get ready for a day of monstrous pumpkins and spine-chilling fun at the Giant Pumpkinpalooza & Zombie Walk 2023! See you there!"
Recycle Utah's 13th Annual Harvest Festival at Cattlemen's Hall, 911 W. Center St., Oakley. 12:00p-5p "There will be dozens of vendors selling a dazzling array of local goods; you’re bound to admire the character, flavor, and creativity of the area! The festival will feature local food and drink, activities for kids, live music, local crafts, and more. The festival is free and open to the public."
International Rescue Committee's Discover Food Festival, 11a-9p at 450 S. 200 E., SLC. "The Discover Food Festival, presented by the IRC in Salt Lake City and Charcuterie Artisans, will offer community members the opportunity to engage with and support local refugee and new American culinary businesses, featuring a variety of global cuisines. The festival aims to bring together over 1,000 community members to celebrate global food traditions and taste the rich culinary diversity available in Utah. Enjoy food from around the globe, live entertainment, and entrepreneur food demonstrations!"
Tuesday, October 10:
Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce - Annual Conference, 11a-5p at Zions Bank Technology Center, 7860 S. Bingham Jct. Blvd., Midvale. Event by Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce: "Come hear updates from the Utah Hispanic Chamber of Commerce and take advantage of incredible networking and business growth opportunities. Most of the content will be in English with a small mix of Spanish as well. Lunch is provided." For tickets, click here.
Deadline for applications to RDT's So You Think You Can Choreograph. "Calling all dance enthusiasts and aspiring choreographers! Are you ready to unleash your creative flair and imagination on the world? Join us as a choreographer for RDT’s thrilling gala fundraiser, Regalia: So You Think You Can Choreograph? We are looking for a few brave souls (that are NOT dance professionals) to try their hand at being a choreographer. RDT’s 2024 Regalia event will provide the perfect platform to share your passion for dance and make a difference in the lives of your community." For more details and to apply, click here.
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Saturday, October 14:
Equality Utah Allies Gala Ft. Indigo Girls, 6:00 p.m. at Eccles Theatre, 131 S. Main St., SLC. "Dinner and drinks included with ticket. Dress Theme: Western Americana Eleganza. Pull out your rhinestones, adorn your hats, and bring all the fun. Walk the runway in your best DIY to Cowgirl Couture." For tickets, click here.
SLCC Community Writing Center, 210 E. 400 S. #8, SLC. "A deep dive into horror isn’t only for those who have a taste for the ghoulish and the macabre. Monster stories from cultural traditions and pop culture inventions play a deeper part in our history and present than we care to admit. Come to this workshop to share, reclaim, and write monster stories from our cultural traditions from the zonbi to the windigo to La Llorona to the werewolf to the aswang and beyond. During this workshop, we'll also discuss cryptids and other pop culture monsters to discover what they say about the cultures that created them and what their stories may help us explore about our own monster writing adventures, terrors, and more. Cost: Free. Registration is required., 1:00-3:00 p.m. at
October 12-15: Damn These Heels Queer Film Festival, at Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center. 138 W Broadway, Salt Lake City. "Utah Film Center is proud to present its annual Damn These Heels Queer Film Festival 2023, October 12th-15th in person at the Rose Wagner Performing Arts Center in downtown Salt Lake City along with a selection of films available online starting October 15th. This year, Damn These Heels celebrates 20 years of entertaining and inspiring our local community with films, workshops, special performances, and guests that highlight queer stories, queer history, and queer joy. By walking in another’s shoes, Damn These Heels symbolizes gaining a new perspective by experiencing another’s journey."
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Saturday, October 28:
West Valley Arts Presents Day of the Dead, 11a-6p at Utah Cultural Celebration Center, 1355 W. 3100 S., WVC. "Join us for traditional Mexican dance & musical performances, traditional food, a beer garden, and a variety of complimentary, hands-on activities for the whole family. This year is going to be bigger and better than ever! You don't want to miss it! Find out more info at DayOfTheDeadUtah.com."
K.A.V.A. Talks 9th annual Heels 2 Heal, 12:00-2:00 p.m. at International Peace Gardens, 1160 Dalton Ave., SLC. "October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month! Each year on the last Saturday of this month, we invite men of all ages and backgrounds to participate in K.A.V.A. Talks Annual Heels 2 Heal 1 Mile Walk in high heels to raise awareness and funds for victims and survivors of Domestic Violence. This year will be our 9th hosting this community event! Heels or no heals all are encouraged to participate. Wear purple! You can bring your pets, walk as a family, or even as a business or organization to help us raise money for relief and direct services for our community members in need as well as connect individuals to the resources available like food, housing, employment, victim funding, etc.
All proceeds raised go towards our victim advocacy programming that directly assists victims, survivors and their families, with a focus on our Pacific Islander population." To register, click here.
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Wed-Thurs, November 15-16:
SL County Mayor Jenny Wilson and BYU Professor Ben Abbott invite you to take action to protect the Great Salt Lake. Center for Biological Diversity rallies for Bear River Migratory Bird Refuge. And we go back to school with art teacher Megan Hallett and students who reflect on the meaning of home. READ MORE
Calling all allies -- Equality Utah and the Indigo Girls are getting ready to throw a party, and you're invited. Plus, Back-to-School Mental Health Day, Friends of GSL beer bash, and the social and moral imperatives of regulating artificial intelligence with The AI Project.READ MORE
"Third Spaces" in our community with Danielle Littman and Alessandro Rigolon of the University of Utah. Kim Struthers and Mike West, City Planners for Lehi City discuss their recent visit to the Netherlands and what they learned about accessibility, mobility, and how it can be applied to Utah.READ MORE