It's that time of year, just before the Legislature gets rolling with more than 1,000 bills waiting to take wing. As citizen activists, you'll be coming up against some of the best and highest-paid professional lobbyists, so you'd better be ready when the session convenes on Monday, Jan. 22. Following are some options to bring you up to speed:
Yellowstone to Uintas Connection is a nonprofit based in Cache Valley, trying to protect the 350-mile wildlife corridor connecting the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem with the Uinta Mountains. Y2U's training includes experts on lobbying, communications and upcoming environmental and social justice issues. Squatters Pub, 147 W. 300 South, 435-363-6159, Saturday, Jan. 13, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.,$5 students, $10 others, bit.ly/2E8mUOe.
Legislative Bootcamp For Millennials
This is an opportunity to ensure the voices of Utah's young people are heard on Capitol Hill. You'll learn the legislative process, how to track bills and the important difference between educating and advocating. Utah Capitol, 350 N. State, Hall of Governors, Wednesday, Jan. 17, 6:30-8 p.m., free, bit.ly/2CugP1l.
Celebrating The Political Kaleidoscope
Come hear a "conversation about the challenges and opportunities that women of color, LGBTQ and other marginalized communities face both in office and as candidates." Maryann Martindale, former Alliance For a Better Utah director and current policy advisor with Salt Lake County, leads a discussion with Silvia Catten, Millcreek City Council; Bev Uipi, Millcreek City Council; and Marcia White, Ogden City Council.YWCA Utah, 322 S. 300 South, Friday, Jan. 12,at5:30-7:30 p.m., free, bit.ly/2AH232m.
Real Women Run
Each year, there are opportunities to participate in the growing movement called Real Women Run. This year's Real Women Run features a keynote address by Salt Lake Tribune editor Jennifer Napier-Pearce. Salt Lake Community College, 9750 S. 300 West, Sandy, Saturday, Jan. 13, 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m., $15 students, $35 others, bit.ly/2CoHLR3.