Pollution, Spaghetti & Budgets 

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This weekend, stop by The Leonardo to hear a discussion about the lung- blackening inversion and learn more about the solutions that might make an actual difference. You can also show your support for spaghetti and your opposition to tar-sands mining in the state at the Spaghetti, Not Tar Sands fundraiser dinner. Start next week right by stopping by the Legislature’s Executive Appropriations Committee and watch the early number-crunching that goes into developing the state’s budget for everything from education to social services.

All Choked Up
Friday, Jan. 31

As part of The Leonardo’s After Hours series, you can attend a panel discussion of scientists and journalists and hear more about the gritty realities of our state’s abysmal air quality. The discussion will talk about the solutions that can make a difference not only in cleaning up our extra-chunky air, but proposals that will also actually get passed by state and local officials.
The Leonardo, 209 E. 500 South, 801-531-9800, Jan. 31, 6 p.m., TheLeonardo.org

Spaghetti Not Tar Sands
Saturday, Feb. 1

For $10, you can get a plate of ’sghetti and join the Utah Tar Sands Resistance in its goal to keep the controversial tar-sands industry from stomping a heavy-carbon footprint along the Colorado Plateau and in Utah, where companies have already been given the green light to develop. Funds will be used to help support travel to front-line communities and other peaceful, direct-action protests. Free music will accompany this food for thought, and there will also be vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options available.
Free Speech Zone, 511 S. 800 East, Feb. 1, 6-8:30 p.m., http://citywk.ly/1fkRXWp, for advance tickets e-mail craphaelc@gmail.com

Executive Appropriations Committee
Monday, Feb. 3

The 2014 Legislature will wrap up in a month and half after having formulated a state-wide budget affecting everything from funding schools and health services to prison and corrections facilities. If you want to see where your tax dollars are going, this is the committee to follow.
Utah Capitol,
350 N. State, Room 210 Senate Building, 801-538-1029, Feb. 3, 5:15 p.m., visit Le.Utah.gov to listen to the committee online

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