Giving, Dancing & Gambling 

YouthCity, Idle No More, Utah Arts Fest

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This week, you can volunteer to give back to the youth as a YouthCity mentor, dance against strip mines at the Idle No More protest at the Capitol, or even mock gamble to support the Utah Arts Festival.

YouthCity After-School Volunteers
Salt Lake City’s YouthCity program offers after-school opportunities for kids and teens in the city. Now, you can volunteer to mentor children in activities ranging from sewing and ceramics to homework and even skateboarding. Various locations, various shifts available, visit for more information, or contact Dallas Russell at 801-320-0939 or

Idle No More Utah Round Dance & Panel
Thursday, Feb. 21
Utah may be home to the first tar-sands strip mine in the country, but not the continent. Tar-sands mining in Canada devastated and scarred once- pristine land. This week, Elder Francoise Paulette, a Canadian First Nations activist, is coming to Utah to raise awareness of the consequences of tar-sands mining. While the mining process in Utah is said to be different than in Canada, activists have their doubts about Utah being a guinea pig for a new mining process. Join the protest this week with a flash mob round dance at the Capitol, followed by a discussion with Paulette and screening of the documentary film Tipping Point. Utah Capitol, 350 N. State, Feb. 21, 5 p.m.; panel discussion and film screening, Salt Lake City Main Library, 210 E. 400 South, 6:30 p.m.,

Utah Arts Festival Masquerade Party & Texas Hold ’Em Tournament
Saturday, Feb. 23
Go all in for the local arts scene this weekend by attending the Utah Arts Festival’s annual Texas Hold ’Em poker tournament and masquerade party. Tickets run between $50 and $75 and get you into the event to enjoy mock gambling, live music, prizes for the best costumes, and artfully crafted food courtesy of the Art Institute of Salt Lake City. Rail Event Center, 235 N. 500 West, 801-322-2428, Feb. 23, Texas Hold ’Em begins at noon, masquerade party begins at 6 p.m.,

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