As America continues to wage its wars across the globe into 2015, the Salt Lake Society of Friends will stage a peace rally to get the year going this week. In bustling Sandy, the city council will field public comment as it considers selling five acres of land to a pair of developers. Later, make some time to visit the Capitol, which, prior to being filled with lawmakers and lobbyists, is showcasing an exhibit focusing on Utah's women artists.
Saturday, Jan. 3
The Salt Lake Society of Friends (Quakers) is kicking off 2015—and the month of January—the same way they kick off every month: with a "Peace Witness." The Peace Witness, which takes place the first Saturday of every month, provides a rare reminder that America remains in a state of perpetual war—one that since the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, has undoubtedly fatigued the nation's ability to even contemplate peace.
Northwest corner of 700 East and 2100 South, Salt Lake City, Jan. 3, 3-4 p.m., SaltLakeQuakers.org
Sandy City Council
Tuesday, Jan. 6
Like all hamlets strung out along the Wasatch Front, Sandy City is growing. In November, city leaders celebrated the groundbreaking of a 25-story residential tower—a $75 million nugget in a planned multi-billion dollar project known as "The Cairns." And this Tuesday, city leaders will contemplate selling just over a half an acre and a building to Simons Platt Creations, LLC, the same company erecting that residential skyscraper. Another 4.42 acres is also up for sale, the hopeful suitor being Texas-based property management firm Kaplan Acquisitions, LLC. The city will be taking public comment on the sales, the prices of which were not posted at press time.
Sandy City Hall, 10000 Centennial Parkway, Sandy, Jan. 6, 7 p.m., Sandy.Utah.gov
Women Artists of Utah
Through March 13
Before the halls are swarming with politicians during the upcoming legislative session, visit the Utah Capitol to see the Women Artists of Utah exhibition, which will showcase works by women artists from a collection that began in 1899 and continues to this day.
Utah Capitol, fourth floor gallery, 350 North State, Salt Lake City, 7 a.m.-8 p.m., Heritage.Utah.gov