Events for Community Events

Masquerade Party by the Utah Arts Festival

Buy tickets at https://uaf.org/masquerade Put on your beads, wear your best mask and join in an evening of fun and festivities to support the Utah Arts Festival. You’ll find just-for-fun casino games, adult beverages, music and dancing, as well as delicious culinary delights. You won’t want to miss our amazing silent auction filled with items donated from local businesses. Don't forget to wear a creative, hand-made mask — purchase one from the UAF Mask Exhibit or make your own — for the Best Mask Contest and an opportunity to win great prizes. And new to this year, there will be a live local band, Changing Lanes Band! More information and buy tickets at https://uaf.org/masquerade.



Chelsea L. Tolman Reads and Signs Speaking of the Dead

Join author Chelsea Tolman on Saturday, February 23, at 7 PM, for a reading and signing of Speaking of the Dead. In most Western and Westernized cultures, the reality of death is a subject that we avoid because it makes us uncomfortable. Even participants in religions that celebrate death as a release to a paradisiacal realm will avoid talking about or facing the death experience, unless it’s through the lens of their religious beliefs. The rest of us tap dance around the subject, enjoying death-related fiction involving vampires, zombies, and serial killers, while we recoil in mind-numbing horror at the thought of being in the same room with a corpse. Chelsea Tolman is a funeral director, mortician, and embalmer with over 15 years experience. In her book, “Speaking of the Dead”, she attempts to provide the balm that allows us to engage in the real world of death’s circumstances and give us a peek behind the curtain at what it’s like to be a professional in the death industry.This book is a collection of Chelsea’s recounted stories that illustrate the unique perspective of being a professional in the death industry. She covers a wide range of emotions and circumstances from light hilarity to deep sadness and grief. She does well in not taking herself too seriously and is quick to share stories where she laughs about her own foibles and mistakes. Chelsea also takes the time to celebrate the diversity of cultures, describing in intimate detail the way some religions and nationalities treat their dead. All get equal respect, including the careful corpse wrappings of the Bha’i, the pronated wailing women of the Far East, the colorful dancers of Africa, suicides, and drug overdoses. She expertly weaves these stories of culture in with the experience of grief and loss to reveal how we all share the basic human essence of missing our dead.Finally, “Speaking of the Dead” serves as Chelsea’s heartfelt attempt to show to the world that the experience of caring for one’s dead is one that should be embraced and cherished, rather than avoided and feared as it largely is at present. She details the loving care she gives to the bodies and how she encourages the loved ones to participate and catalyze their own progress at closure. The tenderness she shows in wrapping infants in blankets, smoothing an old man’s hair, or applying a young woman’s make-up invites you to step over the gap from macabre avoidance to emotional acceptance and understand that death is simply another part of the human experience that we should all embrace.

Chelsea L. Tolman grew up in Sandy, Utah. During middle school her family moved to Las Vegas where she found a career in a junk yard managing inventory control. After experiencing second hand the effect a funeral director had on grieving families, she decided to pursue a career in funeral service. She moved to Georgia where she attended Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science and graduated in 2005. She worked for two firms in Georgia, managed a firm in North Carolina and has since moved back to Utah and worked for a local firm in Salt Lake City. She now contracts as a community relations consultant with a local mortuary. The reading will be followed by a signing.



Breakfast Club with Catherine Weller

Have a cup of coffee and danish with Catherine Weller, who has all your early morning book news and gossip. Hosted and co-sponsored by Coffee Connection!



Art and Wellness: Mindfulness at the UMFA

Join instructor Charlotte Bell and explore the reimagined galleries of the UMFA as we seek to find stillness within ourselves. Practice slow and mindful looking at artwork as well as traditional, guided meditation. This free meditation practice is perfect for beginners—everyone is welcome.

Charlotte Bell has practiced yoga since 1982. Certified by B. K. S. Iyengar, she has taught classes and workshops continuously since 1986. She has practiced Insight Meditation since 1988 and has attended silent retreats of up to 30 days almost every year since then. The author Mindful Yoga, Mindful Life: A Guide for Everyday Practice (Rodmell Press, 2007) and Yoga for Meditators (Rodmell Press, 2011), Charlotte has also written for Yoga Journal, Yoga International, CATALYST magazine, and other publications and blogs. A lifelong musician, she plays oboe and English horn in the Salt Lake Symphony and the folk sextet, Red Rock Rondo. Her new book, Hip-Healthy Asana, will be published by Shambhala Publications in 2018.



Founders Day 2019

To celebrate the founding of the University of Utah in 1850, the Alumni Association each year recognizes alumni and honorary alumni who have excelled professionally, served the local and national communities, and supported the university in its mission. The annual distinguished and honorary alumni awards, along with honorary degrees, are the highest honors awarded by the University of Utah.

More info here: http://ulink.utah.edu/s/1077/16/interior.aspx?sid=1077&gid=1&pgid=2937&cid=10192&ecid=10192&crid=0&calpgid=591&calcid=3476



Lit Knit

Join Catherine the Knit Chick and her Craft Circle for casual bookish conversation! Lit Knit is held the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of every month.



Ogden NAACP Freedom Fund Luncheon

Join the Ogden NAACP for our Freedom Fund Luncheon on Thursday, February 28th. The event will be held at the Eccles Conference Center and start at 11:30 a.m. Our keynote speaker is Brittany Johnson, KTVX TV Reporter. We look forward to an informative time together as we explore the role and responsibilities involved in reporting the news. We’ve seen for ourselves how the press has often been vilified and mocked as “fake news”. These threats have real implications in Speaking Truth to Power!



Ogden NAACP Freedom Fund Luncheon

Join the Ogden NAACP for our Freedom Fund Luncheon on Thursday, February 28th. The event will be held at the Eccles Conference Center and start at 11:30 a.m. Our keynote speaker is Brittany Johnson, KTVX TV Reporter. We look forward to an informative time together as we explore the role and responsibilities involved in reporting the news. We’ve seen for ourselves how the press has often been vilified and mocked as “fake news”. These threats have real implications in Speaking Truth to Power!



Art and Wellness: Yoga in the Great Hall

Experience the art of yoga. Join us in the UMFA Great Hall to explore connections between the practice of yoga and themes found in the art on view in the galleries. All levels are welcome and a limited number of mats are available.

Classes are led by Jendar Marie Morales, a Yoga Alliance registered master teacher who focuses on hatha, vinyasa, and restorative styles of yoga. She helps run the University of Utah Yoga Teacher Training and teaches yoga across Salt Lake City. Morales has an MA in museum studies from New York University and is the director and curator of Mestizo Gallery.

The series runs every Thursday from January 10 to March 7.  Sponsored by University of Utah PEAK Health and Fitness.

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Author Signing with Bart Merrell

Monetize Your Mindset is not a “how to” book – it is a “how to think” book and a "how to see" book - how to see opportunities all around you that others may miss. What makes the difference between becoming financially secure or constantly living on the brink of financial despair – where a major medical issue or even a simple car problem can push you over the edge? Your money mindset. The way you think about money and the opportunities that bring money your way. Did you know that practically anyone can succeed as an entrepreneur? In fact, everyone who wants to be financially secure, could be and should be financially secure. Tools and technology that were once out of reach of the average individual are now easily accessible. Systems that once cost thousands of dollars are now essentially free. Marketing and promotion concepts that were impossible just a few years ago are now doable. Anyone can build multiple streams of income that supplement or even replace a “real job”. “Anyone” means you, provided you have the right mindset. It’s time to Monetize your mindset. What do you like to do? What do you need to do? What are you already doing? It is time to monetize it – and this book shows you how. Join us in welcoming Bart Merrill to The Printed Garden Thursday, February 28th, to talk about his new book and the possibilities within.