April 22 is the 45th anniversary of Earth Day, a celebration of all good things provided by this wonderful blue marble that we call home. This year, why not celebrate by learning about responsible recreation and the future of the ski industry at Alta's Earth Day celebration? Or, later, you can join Tree Utah in planting trees at Wheeler Historic Farm. Those concerned about Utah's political ecosystem will want to check out a legislative ethics-report hearing, along with a discussion about the future of Utah State Fairpark.
Alta Earth Day
Friday, April 17
Alta Ski Area's Earth Day bash runs from morning till night—you can check out eco-friendly vendors or go birding and snowshoeing with naturalists, or skiing with nature guides—all for free. In the evening, enjoy some drinks and snacks before a screening of Disruption, a documentary about the troubling consequences of inaction in the face of climate change.
Alta Ski Area, Highway 210, Little Cottonwood Canyon, 801-832-1700, AltaEnCe.com
Saturday, April 18
Join the tree huggers (and planters) of Tree Utah in partnership with Mark Miller Subaru for Project Oxygen. Participants will get free lunch and a chance to do some pre-planting yoga before getting their hands dirty cleaning up the air.
Wheeler Historic Farm, 6351 S. 900 East, 801-364-2122, April 18, 9 a.m., Facebook.com/TreeUtah
Legislative Management Committee
Wednesday, April 22
This legislative committee will discuss the economic viability of the Utah State Fairpark at its location on Salt Lake City's west side. Should it be relocated? And, if so, should the land then house a prison, or a homeless shelter (just kidding about that last part, that's not on the agenda—but, hey, you never know). This committee will also hear two ethics reports: one from the Independent Ethics Commission and another from the Utah Executive Branch Ethics Commission.
Utah Capitol, 350 N. State, Room 445, 801-538-1029, Le.Utah.Gov