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Bees & Birds, Bikers & Bars

By Eric S. Peterson
Posted // November 4,2009 -

The Salt Lake City Council will debate quality-of-life initiatives, such as backyard chickens, beekeeping, community bicycles and neighborhood bars. For the weekend, check out a rug sale to benefit the Adopt-a-Native-Elder program.

Salt Lake City Council meeting
Thursday, Nov. 5
Living in the city doesn´t prevent people from flexing their green thumbs with sustainable practices such as keeping bees or setting up backyard chicken coops. However, for those city slickers who want to undertake one of these agrarian endeavors, you’ll want to hear the council’s proposed requirements for urban chicken coops and beekeeping.

After chickens and honey, the council will tackle bicycling and boozing. The city is looking for input on a proposal to donate unclaimed bicycles to the Bicycle Collective, a local organization that gives free bicycles to low-income residents and refugees. The city usually auctions off hundreds of bicycles a year but believes it may actually be losing more money this way with the cost of storing the bikes.

The neighborhood-bar proposal is probably the headliner issue, as the council will be accepting public comment about allowing social clubs as a permitted conditional use in mixed-use zones. Translation: allowing bars into mixed-residential neighborhoods, such as the Jam in Marmalade.
Salt Lake City & County Building, 451 S. State, Nov. 5, 7 p.m., 801-535-7600, SLCgov.com

Adopt-a-Native-Elder Rug Sale
Friday, Nov. 6-Sunday, Nov. 8
For 20 years, the Adopt-a-Native-Elder nonprofit has been taking food and medical supplies to elders of the Navajo Nation which includes the four corners of Arizona, Utah and New Mexico. This weekend, the nonprofit is selling Navajo rugs and other native-made handicrafts to raise money. You also can see weaving demonstrations, meet a Navajo code talker and learn more about helping the Navajo. Friday’s show will cost adults $30, and children under 12 are $10. Saturday and Sunday, the cost drops to $5—or even get in free by bringing a canned food item.
Snow Park Lodge, 2250 Deer Valley Drive, Nov. 6-8; Friday 6-10 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., 435-649-0535, AnElder.org

 
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