This weekend, all it takes to do some good in the community is to go out and see and be seen. On Saturday, grab the kids and the dog and head to Liberty Park to strut in the name of animal welfare. Later in the day, swap your animal-themed T-shirt for a pink one and head to the International Peace Gardens, where you can form a giant human amoeba to show your support and love for LGBT people. On Sunday, take a break from all that moving around and visit the library for a conversation on immigration and what it means to be American.
Strut Your Mutt
Saturday, Sept. 22
Sure, you can take Spot for a stroll any day of the week, but it’s not often that walk includes contests, entertainment, free T-shirts, demonstrations and a chance to make a positive impact on the lives of homeless pets. For $30 ($35 day-of), you and your mutt can strut your stuff on a one-milk walk in Liberty Park, with all proceeds benefiting Best Friends Animal Society or one of the 13 local animal-rescue group of your choice—like Have Pittie Pit Bull Rescue or Cause for Paws.
Liberty Park, 700 East 900 South, Sept. 22, registration @ 9 a.m., walk begins @ 10 a.m. StrutYourMutt.org
Pink Dot Celebration
Saturday, Sept. 22
Show your support for your LGBT family members, co-workers, neighbors, friends and strangers by putting on a pink shirt and packing a picnic for an afternoon of entertainment and speakers. The second-annual Utah event, organized by the Support Love Courage Council, will culminate in the attendees forming a thousands-strong giant pink dot as a reminder to speak up whenever possible for the acceptance and love of LGBT people.
International Peace Gardens, 1060 S. 900 West, Salt Lake City, Sept. 22, 2-6 p.m., PinkDotUT.org
American Hybrid: Stories of Immigration
Sunday, Sept. 23
What does it mean to be “American,” and how do the stories and experiences of immigrants change this idea? Join immigration attorney Mark Alvarez for a discussion on the challenges of immigration, from both a policy standpoint and a human standpoint.
Salt Lake City Main Library, fourth-floor conference room, 210 E. 400 South, 801-524-8200, Sept. 23, 1:45-4 p.m. Questioning-Minds.org