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Get Your Local Shop On!
With Christmas a little more than a week away, it's time to put on your shopping gameface. This is the time when ordering stuff online gets a little risky time-wise, so you're better off hoofing it down to the Made in Utah Winter Fest this weekend. The event is not only a celebration of local chefs, artists and craftspeople of all backgrounds, but a chance to peruse a wide variety of locally made products. As shopping without eating is quite ridiculous, all sorts of great food and drink vendors—Mama Africa, Beehive Cheese, Fatty Tuna, Sugar House Distillery and Mountain West Cider, to name a few—are on deck to provide sustenance for a few days of local bargain hunting. The event spans two days, Saturday, Dec. 15, and Sunday, Dec. 16, noon-8 p.m. at The Gateway (400 West 100 South), and admission is free.

Bacon with Santa
After having a kid of my own, I've found myself freakishly involved in tracking down the right Santa photo-op. In the end, the deciding factor was more selfish than anything. If I was going to spend a day waiting to see jolly old St. Nick with my little girl, I needed something to sweeten the pot just a little. Lo and behold, the Breakfast with Santa event at Discovery Gateway Children's Museum (444 W. 100 South). Not only will the Santa be present, but the event throws in breakfast and admission to the museum, to boot. Mark your advent calendar for Saturday, Dec. 15, from 8-10 a.m. Tickets can be purchased at and run $33 per child (kids under 12 months are free) and $38 per adult. Bring your own camera if you want a snapshot of your family and Santa.

Rock the Food Bank
After Metallica's recent show broke Vivint Smart Home Arena's single-concert attendance record—some 17,000 nostalgic metalheads joined the fray—the group paid a visit to the Utah Food Bank to drop off a $10,000 donation before they headed off on the next leg of their tour. The legendary rockers are making contributions like this to similar nonprofits through their All Within My Hands Foundation (, which raises money to support communities around the country. According to the Utah Food Bank's tweet about the donation, it's enough money to provide 30,000 meals to Utahns who need food this season. For more information on how you can help the Utah Food Bank, channel your inner Lars Ulrich and visit

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