Syrian Refugee Dialogue
As refugees flee their war-torn countries, the United States has been alternately welcoming and dismissive. The Syrian Refugee Crisis is one of the more horrific and urgent, as more than 250,000 have lost their lives and some 11 million forced from their homes. Join Salem Ajluni, former academic economist and former U.N. economist stationed in the Middle East, as he analyzes the impact of Syrian refugee flows on the neighboring countries of Lebanon and Jordan. As a board member of the Amaan Charitable Foundation, he has been assisting refugees arriving in Northern California. University of Utah Hinckley Institute caucus room, Building 73, Room 110, 332 S. 1400 East, 801-581-8501, Friday, April 20, noon-1 p.m., free, bit.ly/2pNtyUl.
Earth Day Cleanup
On Earth Day, no one wants to think about garbage. But last year, 100 stalwart volunteers ventured out in Dimple Dell Park and picked up tons of trash and debris. This year, the park will be divided into working zones, and they need at least 500 volunteers to help clean the park's 646 acres at the Earth Day Park Cleanup. "We will take all comers on the day of the event, but because the park is so vast, and the goal so ambitious this year, we are looking for Scouts, neighbors, business employee service groups, clubs or community groups who can cover pre-assigned work zones," say Keep Dimple Dell Wild organizers. Dimple Dell Park, 2755 E. Dimple Dell Road, Sandy, Saturday, April 21, check-in 9 a.m., free, bit.ly/2GGelPB.
Bear River Diversion Panel
Utahns need to think about water and how we use it, and how our rivers and streams are at risk. At The Bear River: Thinking Below the Surface, you will hear about problems and solutions to a long-standing plan to dam the Bear River, largely to sustain population growth and agriculture. Panelists will explore how Utah will meet its future water demands; how a dam would affect surrounding ecosystems and wildlife, and other environmental issues. A Q&A will follow the panel, moderated by Rod Decker. Westminster College, Gore Auditorium, 1840 S. 1300 East, 801-832-2308, Monday, April 23, 6-7:30 p.m., free, bit.ly/2IdO7kx.