The Art of Giving Back 

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Being an engaged citizen doesn’t mean following a formula; it’s about getting involved in what you’re passionate about and paying attention to what affects you and your community. This week, you can sign up to volunteer for the upcoming Utah Arts Festival, and Sandy residents can hit up a hearing about a proposed impact-fee increase. Later on, the Legislature will hold committees covering everything from how to better process rape kits to possible regulation of e-cigarettes.

Volunteer at Utah Arts Festival
Ongoing through June 26

The Utah Arts Festival depends on more than 1,000 volunteers to help put together the community celebration of all things local and artsy. If you’re interested in donating a few hours to paint faces, set up and/or tear down, serve beverages or help with recycling, then sign up now for the festival, happening June 26-29.
Visit UAF.org/Volunteers
to sign up

Sandy City Impact-Fee Hearing
Tuesday, June 17

Sandy City is looking for residents to weigh in on a host of proposed impact fees—one-time payments designed to help fund city services. Sandy’s proposed impact-fee increases are meant to cover a number of city projects, from improving storm-water systems to acquiring park land in the city. Speak up or prepare to be impacted.
Sandy City Hall, 10000 Centennial Parkway, Sandy, 801-568-7100, June 17, 7 p.m., Sandy.Utah.gov

Legislative Interim Day
Wednesday, June 18

The Legislature has a full slate of committees with lawmakers chewing the fat on pressing state business and potential bills for the 2015 session. The Health & Human Services Committee will talk prescription drug abuse and consider regulating e-cigarettes. The Law Enforcement & Criminal Justice Committee will talk about rape-kit processing and how warrants are served, while Government Operations will discuss campaign-finance reforms designed to prevent future John Swallows from selling favors to fill their campaign coffers.
Utah Capitol, 350 N. State, 801-538-1029, June 18, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Le.Utah.gov

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