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This week, learn how to beat the heat by using the scorching power of the sun to power your life at the third-annual Solar Day Salt Lake festival. This weekend, you can also take part in a swinging dance party to benefit the good work being done at Primary Children’s Hospital at an event put on by the passionate pinup aficionados of charity group Dolls & Gents. Later, Salt Lake City residents won’t want to miss a Planning Commission meeting that will be going over proposed zoning changes around the Sugar House Streetcar line.

Solar Day Salt Lake
Saturday, July 27

Learn how to harness the awesome power of that skin-burning, car- roasting life-giver that is the sun at Solar Day Salt Lake. The event will feature live music by Desert Wind and speakers like Anthony Denzer, author of the The Solar House, who will talk about making the most of clean, inexpensive solar power. The event is free and 100 percent solar-powered.
Liberty Park, 900 S. 700 East, 801-833-4865, July 27, 12-6 p.m.,

Primary Children’s Charity Social
Saturday, July 27

Dolls & Gents is a different kind of charity group that’s tapped in to good causes as well as local artists and musicians. This Saturday, come out to Lumpy’s South for a social get-together to dance and drink to good health—10 percent of all drink sales will go to Primary Children’s Hospital’s Liver Disease & Transplantation Program. The social is free before 10 p.m. and $5 afterward, when there will be dancing and a DJ.
Lumpy’s South, 8925 S. Harrison St,. July 27, 7-10 p.m.,

Salt Lake City Planning Commission
Wednesday, July 31

The proposed extension of the Sugar House Streetcar line has drawn a mixed reaction from residents. At this week’s Planning Commission meeting, the city will revisit a proposal to rezone the area to allow for development of parcels surrounding the proposed line. Show up to make sure one of Salt Lake City’s most iconic neighborhoods doesn’t get railed in a bad way.
Salt Lake City & County Building, 451 S. State, 801-535-7700, 6 p.m.,

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