This week, you can sponsor a recently settled refugee family to help make them feel at home in Utah for the holidays with the International Rescue Committee's donation drive. Later on, swing by the Salt Lake City Council, which will once again consider how to regulate horse-drawn carriages in the city. Then don your ugliest Christmas sweater to help raise funds for the Road Home homeless shelter.
Light One Candle Holiday Gift Drive
Through Dec. 12
You can make the season merry for refugee families in Utah displaced from their homes by war and calamity. By lighting one candle and sponsoring a local refugee family through the International Rescue Committee's holiday gift drive, you'll help fulfill their holiday wish lists.
International Rescue Committee, 221 W. 400 South, 801-883-8457, through Dec. 12, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Salt Lake City Council
Tuesday, Nov. 25
In 2013, Jerry the horse collapsed on a Salt Lake City street while pulling a carriage with passengers in the summer heat. After much debate, the council is now holding a hearing on a proposed ordinance that would make it unlawful for horse-drawn carriages to operate as businesses in Salt Lake City, but would allow horse-drawn carriages for parades and special events.
Salt Lake City & County Building, 451 S. State, 801-535-7600, Nov. 25, 7 p.m., SLCGov.com
Ugly Christmas Sweater Party
Wednesday, Nov. 26
If you're lucky enough to own a sweater straight out of the late-'80s renaissance of tacky winter wear, then you need to bring it down to Gracie's to help raise funds for the Salt Lake City Road Home homeless shelter. This festival of ugly will include live music and prizes for sweaters; all you have to do is bring some gently used clothing to donate to help clothe Salt Lake City's homeless.
Gracie's, 326 S. West Temple, 801-359-4142, Nov. 26, 5 p.m., TheRoadHome.org