Remember Charlottesville? And then there were more. Because of this threat to U.S. and global security, a panel of academic, civic and student leaders are addressing the historical and contemporary dynamics of violent extremism. "At issue are questions of ethnic nationalism, free speech, intolerance, and ideologies that justify or perpetuate violence. At stake is the very possibility of respectful and peaceful dialogue," the event's Facebook page says. That very statement underscores the reason you should attend The Global Resurgence of Violent Extremism: A Panel Discussion. Already there are several opinionated if hate-filled posts on the event site. University of Utah College of Social Work, 395 S. 1500 East, Room 155-B, 801-581-6192, Thursday, Nov. 30, 5-7 p.m., free, bit.ly/2zxUA9Y.
With political turmoil and climate change looming, it's no wonder emergency preparedness is a hot topic. There's even something for your pets. Be Ready, Be Prepared, teaches "Communicating in the neighborhood in times of disaster," and how to store water in your home for a short period of time. This is more than LDS food storage and a little less than building a bunker. In the Disaster Preparedness for Pets Workshop you'll learn how to make an emergency kit and plan for that human-caused or natural disaster. And finally, Resilient Salt Lake County prepares you for flood, fire or the Big One. Be Ready: Public Safety Building, 475 S. 300 East, 801-799-3605, Saturday, Dec. 2, 9 a.m., free, bit.ly/2ioZDhU. Pets workshop: Salt Lake County Animal Services, 511 W. 3900 South, 385-468-7387, Thursday, Nov. 30, 5-6 p.m., free, bit.ly/2jiMbfE. Resilient SLC: Salt Palace Convention Center, 100 S. West Temple, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., free, bit.ly/2iPcomX.
Addiction is not a life failure, but could ultimately end someone's life. There is a solution, and it often starts with simple steps—HIV/HCV/STI prevention education and counseling, referrals, testing, overdose prevention, rescue training and more. At Outreach with Utah Naloxone and SLCHD, overdose rescue kits are provided and nursing consultation is available. As Salt Lake County considers how to attack homelessness, it also works toward solving the drug-addiction problem. Washington Square, 451 S. State, 385-434-9324, Wednesday, Dec. 6, 5-9 p.m., free, bit.ly/2Ar5oXz.