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Salt Lake County Animal Services is looking for donations of food for kitties in need, starting right meow (sorry, that was terrible). If you’re more worried about the political animals who run our government, then stop by Salt Lake Community College for a free workshop on how to persuasively write to your elected officials. Later, drop by a Legislative preview breakfast hosted by the United Way to learn about the legislatin’ to happen when the 2014 Legislative Session starts later this month.

Pet Food Pantry

Salt Lake County Animal Services has this year opened for the first time a Pet Food Pantry, run by the good folks of the Best Friends Animal Society. The pantry needs donations of opened or unopened bags of dry cat and dog food, as well as unopened cans of wet cat and dog food. The donations are made available to low-income pet owners and caregivers of community cats.
Best Friends Animal Society Pet Adoption Center, 2005 S. 1100 East, 801-574-2412, Tuesdays through Saturdays, 11 a.m.-7 p.m.,

Writing for Change
Tuesday, Jan. 14

There’s a certain art to writng a letter to your local public official. Besides turning caps lock off, there is, in fact, much to learn about how to politely but persuasively communicate with elected leaders. You can learn all the tricks vital for civic dialogue at this free workshop hosted by the Salt Lake Community College Community Writing Center and the Salt Lake City Public Library. A reservation is required.
Salt Lake City Public Library, 210 E. 400 South, 801-957-2192, Jan. 14, 6-9 p.m.,

Legislative Preview Breakfast
Wednesday, Jan. 15

The 2014 sausage-grinding session will get started Jan. 27, and at this preview breakfast, hosted by the United Way, you can learn about what issues will get ground up this session. The event will include House Speaker Becky Lockhart, R-Provo, and Lt. Gov. Spencer Cox talking about possible bills, budgets and more. The event is free, but registration by Jan. 10 is required.
Salt Lake Marriott Downtown, 75 S. West Temple, 801-736-7787, Jan. 15, 8-9:30 a.m.,

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