UTE Protest and Spiritual Walk
With all the talk of nuclear holocaust, we rarely think of the issues right here in Utah. Let's talk uranium mills—like those around the Grand Canyon and specifically one that sits just a few miles east of the for-now Bears Ears National Monument. It's owned by Canadian Energy Fuel Resources. Of course, the San Juan cabal wants the license renewed over the objections from the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe and White Mesa residents who are mostly tribal members. Join the White Mesa Ute Community Protest and Spiritual Walk, highlighting the contamination and diseases that accompany the mill's operation. White Mesa Ute Recreation Center, 1400 U.S. Highway 191, Blanding, 435-678-2118, Saturday, May 19, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., free, bit.ly/2wtdWME.
Summer's a great time to head south, and an even better time to advocate for the voiceless. Equality Utah is hosting a family friendly Equality Celebration to bring together members of the LGBTQ community, their families and friends. Everyone is welcome to this opportunity to dialogue and better understand each other's concerns and successes. There's an open reception, dinner and a show—think the swinging '60s, as well. So dress for the occasion in your most creative costume. 317 S. Donlee Drive, St. George, 801-355-3479, Saturday, May 19, 6-9 p.m., $100, bit.ly/2ry5ruG.
If you can't yell it from the mountaintops, you can put pen to paper and tell it like it is. The Sierra Club is holding a writing circle to help you send letters to the editor. "Come with a passion to write, an issue to address [or open to suggestions] and an enthusiasm to write with the support of a knowledgeable group," organizers say. There will be a robust discussion of current issues and individual help in writing, with fact sheets and refreshments. It's important to let people know what you care about, and the Writing Party to Protect Utah's Life Outside! is a good place to start. 423 W. 800 South, Ste. A103, 801-560-4251, Wednesday, May 23, 6-8 p.m., free, bit.ly/2KUi5Mr.