Heal Utah Help You Vote
Join HEAL Utah in its effort to get out the vote and change the world. Yes, you! Don't fall for the line that voting doesn't matter because it obviously does. Every vote should count, but if you don't exercise your constitutional right, then it won't count. HEAL is one of many organizations focusing on voter registration before the midterms. If you can't make it to HEAL's There's a Lot at Stake: Register to Vote, they're at almost every popular event—concerts, festivals, lectures. You also can register on many websites including rockthevote.org. In the primaries, voter turnout was a pitiful 29 percent. Guess who gets to make the decisions? It's the people who vote. Patagonia Outlet, 2292 S. Highland Drive, 801-355-5055, Saturday, Aug. 11, noon-4 p.m., free, bit.ly/2LTEPkc.
Wildlife SOS Talk
Did you know that during the 1980s, an estimated 100,000 elephants were killed each year, and up to 80 percent of herds were lost in some regions? The World Wildlife organization calls this a risk of extinction. Come hear Kartick Satyanarayan and Geeta Seshamani, co-founders of Wildlife SOS, a wildlife conservation group based in India. They helped put an end to the country's weird dancing bear practice and at the same time advanced social-welfare issues. At this Wildlife SOS public lecture, they will speak about how Hogle Zoo has become an important piece of worldwide wildlife conservation practices. "Their important work continues as they now focus on shaping a new national ethos of elephant care and conservation while continuing their wildlife rescue operations across the country," the event's website says. Hogle Zoo, Conservation Resource Center, 2575 E. Wasatch Drive, 801-584-1700, Monday, Aug. 13, 7-8:30 p.m., free, bit.ly/2OEoc9D.
Take Action At Capitol Hill
You live in Utah, so what better way to affect change than to get involved with your local representatives? Action Utah takes you on an Interim Tour & Talk: Civic Engagement on the Hill and Beyond to help you understand what the hell is going on in the name of the people. You'll get Civil Engagement 101 training, tips and tools to impact policy decisions and an overview of Interim Session. This is often where the real decisions are made—before the annual legislative session begins. Bring a sack lunch. You'll enjoy the action and find that it's really not all that difficult to be a citizen activist. Utah State Capitol, 350 N. State, Wednesday, Aug. 15, noon-1 p.m., free, bit.ly/2OHOnMT.