Planning Roller Coaster 

Field trip, fundraiser & plant sale

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The idea of a mountain coaster at Snowbird resort has been a thrill ride of controversy for conservationists concerned about the proposal’s effect on Little Cottonwood Canyon. But a new proposal is being hammered out, and you can check out a tour of the site at a special Salt Lake County Planning Commission meeting. This weekend, you can also attend a fundraiser for Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker’s Human Rights Education Project and, later, a plant sale to benefit Wasatch Community Gardens.

Salt Lake County Planning Commission
Thursday, May 10

Go on a field trip with the Salt Lake County Planning Commission to inspect the proposed site of a mountain coaster alongside Snowbird Mountain Resort. The tour will go over the site, discuss standards to protect the canyon and also consider the coaster’s proximity to nearby streams. Snowbird Resort, 9500 E. Little Cottonwood Canyon Road, Snowbird, 801-468-2000, May 10, 5:30 p.m.,

Human Rights Education Project Fundraiser
Friday, May 11

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker is holding a fundraiser to launch the Human Rights Education Project, a series of classes on human-rights issues for refugees and immigrants. This event will be raising funds with food and a silent auction. The event is free, but donations of hygiene items and school supplies are gladly accepted. You can also volunteer at the event itself and help with setting it up, cleaning and other tasks. Salt Lake City & County Building, 451 S. State, 801-535-7734, May 11, 5:30 p.m.,, RSVP by e-mailing

Wasatch Community Gardens Annual Plant Sale
Saturday, May 12

This year, plant a seed of self-reliance and help out the local green thumbs of the Wasatch Community Gardens by checking out the annual garden sale. Water-wise native plants, cheap organic compost, veggie and fruit seedlings, thousands of plants and more than 50 varieties of heirloom tomatoes will be available for purchase. Rowland Hall, 720 S. Guardsman Way (1580 E.), 801-359-2658, May 12, 8 a.m.-1 p.m.,

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