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Maud's Café Turns 1
A year ago, the Utah chapter of Volunteers of America (voa.org) opened Maud's Café (422 W. 900 South, maudscafe.com) to provide income and a sense of community to the tenants living at the VOA Homeless Youth Resource center nearby. Since then, it's not only become one of the Granary District's hippest new coffee shops, but it's helped offset a variety of problems for the homeless youth who work there. Working at Maud's, these young people learn professional skills and earn a wage, which helps them take control of their situations in a unique way. On Friday, Jan. 25, from 5 to 7 p.m., Maud's celebrates its one-year anniversary. In addition to great food and coffee, KRCL 90.9 FM is live-broadcasting an episode of RadioActive, and local singer Josaleigh Pollett is performing.

Belly Dancing at Cedars of Lebanon
While the lamb tagine alone is worth your time, there are several reasons to visit downtown's Cedars of Lebanon (152 E. 200 South, cedarsoflebanonrestaurant.com). Case in point: On Friday, Jan. 25, the Middle Eastern restaurant hosts a dinner performance from 7 to 10 p.m., featuring Megan Sybor, belly dancer extraordinaire, who performs her full routine while diners enjoy their meals. I'd suggest attending with an open mind—Sybor likes to get the most out of her audience, so be ready to learn a few tantalizing dance moves during dinner. For those who catch the belly dancing bug, Sybor also offers classes where she imparts the nuances of this celebrated form of entertainment. Fill your belly and then work it, y'all.

Hydroponics Winter Workshop
Interested in cultivating a garden without the benefit of a yard? You'll want to check out the University of Utah's Edible Campus Gardens and its Hydroponics Winter Workshop on Tuesday, Jan. 29, from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The folks from Moonlight Garden Supply (moonlightgardensupply.com) explain the basics of hydroponics and aquaponics while demonstrating their products. Even if the idea of an indoor garden doesn't strike your fancy, the event presents a few different solutions you can keep in your back pocket to prepare for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. The workshop takes place at Lassonde Studios (1701 Student Life Way) on the U's campus.

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—David Letterman

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