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This week is about bracing yourself for a sucker-punch: Prepare for coming higher-ed cuts and then console yourself (and your wallet) by learning how to become your own backyard organic farmer and party with a clean conscience in Moab.

Student Awareness: University of Utah budget cuts Friday, Feb. 20

This special Hinckley Forum will give students a chance to speak with head higher-ed honchos. U budget & planning veep Paul Brinkman and Jason Perry of the Governor’s Office of Economic Development talk about piecing together the institutional scraps that will be left after the Legislature puts away its meat cleaver. University of Utah, Orson Spencer Hall, 260 S. Central Campus Drive, Feb. 20, 12 p.m., 801-581-8501

Beginning Organic Gardening Saturday, Feb. 21

It’s hard nowadays to take a bite out of anything without swallowing 200 percent more than your daily requirement of plastic and pesticides. All the more reason to learn how to go green, from the comfort of your own back yard. And, after you get the organic gardening basics from the green thumbs of the Wasatch Community Gardens, you, too, can wage your own, very tasty rebellion against corporate agribusiness.

The workshop is free to the public, but donations are appreciated. Salt Lake City Public Library, 210 E. 400 South, Feb. 21, 10 a.m., 801-359- 2658, admin@wasatchgardens.org

WabiSabi Mardi Gras Fashion Show ’09 Tuesday, Feb. 24

If you must splurge in these trying economic times, why not do so for a good cause? Like at the fabulous WabiSabi Mardi Gras fashion show in Moab? The event will feature the finest in recycled, wearable art as models strut their stuff wearing thrift-store spawned fashion. Beyond the delights of enjoying the post-modern thrift aesthetic, food and dancing—all this revelry comes guilt-free, with proceeds going to support great southern Utah charities including Canyonlands Community Recycling and the Living Rivers group’s conservation efforts. Moab Brewery, 686 S. Main, Moab., Feb. 24, 6 p.m.-1 a.m., for tickets call 435-259-3313, WabiSabiMoab.org

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