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Entrepreneur competition, bilingual radio bingo and public lands march.

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Well, we know the world is full of challenges, but the whole Make America Great Again thing is pushing us back from the future. But innovative thinkers can pitch their ideas with a chance to win a free trip to the Global Finals at Challenge Festival in New York City. You can watch our local startups in action or participate with some 15-20 would-be entrepreneurs taking part in Challenge Cup Salt Lake City, "a worldwide tournament for the most promising, innovative startups to win prizes, make connections and share their vision on a global stage." Church & State, 370 S. 300 East, 801-901-0459, Thursday, July 20, 6 p.m., free, registration required, bit.ly/2ukSCWQ

How about building bridges instead of walls? Third Friday Bingo supports Bilingual Radio in Utah, a bridge between Latino/Spanish and American cultures, as well as others. This is a popular event, sometimes leading to standing-room only. That's probably because it's hosted by the amazing and audacious Sparkles del Tassel and Pansy Pap Smear of Matrons of Mayhem: Drag Queen Bingo for Charity in Salt Lake City. This kid-friendly event includes food and concessions, and a $50 contribution gets you a drag makeover. First Baptist Church, 777 S. 1300 East, Friday, July 21, 7-9 p.m., $6 or two for $10; Drag-in-a-Bag, $50, bit.ly/2rQI7qX

Remember those outdoor retailers, the ones who are packing up because Utah can't commit to its public lands? You can be in-your-face with them on Day 2 of Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2017, as show attendees and citizens gather for the "This Land is Our Land" March for Public Lands. It's too late for the Outdoor Retailer show—it's already headed to Colorado. But you can make a difference "in celebration of the backbone and foundation of the outdoor industry, our federal public lands." There's a 45-minute rally with industry leaders, tribal leaders, athletes and policy makers. We're not sure if Rep. Mike Noel will be able to hear the din of dissatisfaction, but he should be listening. Salt Palace Convention Center, South Plaza, 100 S. West Temple, Thursday, July 27, 4:30-6:30 p.m., free, bit.ly/2r0CmG7

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Katharine Biele

Katharine Biele

A City Weekly contributor since 1992, Biele is the informed voice behind our Hits & Misses and Citizen Revolt columns. When not writing, you can catch her working to empower voters and defend democracy alongside the League of Women Voters.

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