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Poverty Summit, Segregation Panel and more.

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Rally For Sprague
Maybe you "don't believe in" global warming, but there's water everywhere. Another one of those "unprecedented" rainstorms hit homes, schools and businesses. One of its victims was the Sprague Library in Sugar House, where it ruined books and caused damage that will shut down the library for several months. While 2.12 inches of rain flooded the area, Sprague sustained several feet of standing water on the lower level—damaging computers, furniture and library collections. That didn't stop the library system, which has invited local musicians and community leaders to celebrate memories and plan for the future at the Rally for Sprague. There'll be food and crafts while you hear from Mayor Jackie Biskupkski and city council member Lisa Adams. Salt Lake Public Library, Sprague Branch, 2131 S. 1100 East, 801-524-8200, Thursday, Aug. 24, 5-8 p.m., free, bit.ly/2vFa6NY

Poverty Summit
Poverty and homelessness are making headlines big time, but there's a lot of #fakenews out there about why and what can be done to address the problem. At Crossroads Urban Center's Annual Poverty Summit, a panel will discuss the top myths surrounding homelessness and give you facts about Salt Lake City's housing crisis. State Sen. Jim Dabakis plans to talk about a bill to eliminate the sales tax on food—always a controversial issue in this conservative state. In the last legislative session, a plan to raise the food tax was abandoned—at least for now. Cathedral Church of St. Mark, 231 E. 100 South, 801-364-7765, Saturday, Aug. 26, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., free, bit.ly/2uK2ZER

Segregation Panel
Good intentions aside, does it seem like housing and schools are as segregated as ever? Meet investigative journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones who has been studying the issue for the past five years, discovering that official policy has worked to maintain racial segregation throughout the country. Hannah-Jones, who considers herself a "modern-day civil rights writer," kicks off the three-part speaker series "It Starts With You," sponsored by KUER and United Way of Salt Lake. The talks are meant to help understanding by identifying how you "can stand up every day for the values of respect, equality, dignity and inclusion." Join a meet-and-greet with Hannah-Jones at 5:30 p.m. for $25. Salt Lake Community College Grand Theatre, 1575 S. State, 801-957-3322, Tuesday, Aug. 29, 7-8:30 p.m., free, RSVP at speakerseries.uw.org

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