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Subject:Harry Potter Event at the Main Library
Time:11:09 pm
I got this from an email from the Salt Lake Film Center, but I'm sure the Library website will have more info as well:


Dear SLC Cine Lover,

The Library is hosting blow-out free party on Friday. Real Salt Lake ,
our new professional soccer team, will be playing an earth-bound
version of Quidditch, fortune tellers and tea-leaf readers will reveal
you future, jugglers and magicians will be on hand as well. Kids can
become pieces in a life-size chess tournament. Take your turn sitting
under the Hogwarts Sorting Hat and find out in which house you belong.

Wizards from the clark Planetarium will be here and your visit to
Hogwarts will include classes in Divination, Transfiguration, Potions,
Herbology, Runes, Defense Against the Dark Arts, Care of Magical
Creatures and more.

Come dressed as your favorite Harry Potter character and enter the
costume contest and see all 3 HARRY POTTER movies (see above for
times). The movies start at 3PM and the rest of the festivities start
at 6PM.

Become a member of the Order of the Phoenix by bringing a can or box of
food to donate to the Urban Crossroads Center. Shop the stores of
Diagon Alley for a magic wand, a box of Bertie Botts Every Flavour
Beans, Chocolate Frogs, Ice Mice, Fizzing Whizbees and more.
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Time:02:18 am
I was just curious if anyone has visited the zoo since the elephant exhibit opened? Just wondered if it was worth the trip.

Im dying to take my 2 year old.

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Subject:Global Artways Summer Classes
Time:10:22 pm
Global Artways is offering classes again, for a wide variety of ages. My oldest daughter is taking guitar lessons through global artways. The sessions last 6 weeks, and all classes are $10 for the whole six week session. That means that my daughter's 2 guitar classes a week cost less that $1 per lesson.

I've just signed up my 18 month old for the parent/tot music class, so we'll see how that goes.

Sign ups are happening now, at the Sorensen Center. More info can be found at www.globalartways.org

They still have room in the following classes:

Visual Arts – parent/child (ages 1 ½ - 3 ½ ), Fridays BOTH 1 & 2 p.m. classes at Central City
Music – parent/child (ages 1 ½ - 3 ½ ), Fridays BOTH 1 p.m. & 3 p.m. classes at Central City
Music – 2nd – 3rd grade, Tuesdays 2:30 p.m. at Central City
Ceramics – 4th - 6th grade, Tuesdays 4 p.m. at the Sorenson Center
Dance – parent/child (ages 2 ½ - 3), Tuesdays 9:30 a.m. at the Sorenson Center
Dance – ages 4 ½ - 5, BOTH Tues. & Thurs. 11:30 a.m. at the Sorenson Center
Dance – 4th – 6th grade, Wednesdays 3:30 p.m. at Central City
Guitar – 7th – 9th grade, Tues. & Thurs. at Northwest Multi-Purpose Center
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Current Music:baby sleep music
Subject: Looking for Liz and Darius (Dukas) and their little ones Looking for Liz and Darius (Dukas) and the
Time:10:44 am
Current Mood:optimisticoptimistic
This is a stretch I realize... but I was trying to locate some friends of mine who moved to Utah and are most likely teaching in one of the schools. Their names are Liz and Darius (who goes by Dukas and Dado and other nick names). Liz also has a nick name that I can not recall.

They are old old friends and I haven't seen them in a long time. Last I checked they had two children Silas and Dakota. They are not real email folks. If you know of them or can point me towards a resource where I might be able to track them down and say hi, let me know...or forward me email to them and let them know I was trying to find them.

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Subject:New Here
Time:03:30 pm
Current Mood:happyhappy
Hello my name is Mary Callahan, I am a 28 year old, Utah (Salt Lake City) native and mother of two. I am married to Brandon. I work 2 jobs and I am also a certified childbirth instructor (the Bradley Method), working on doula certification, hoping to go back to school soon to eventually become a certified nurse midwife. I am also a hardcore LJ addict.
Glad to be here.
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Subject:Great family event this weekend -- Living Traditions Festival
Time:07:39 am

I'm always looking for ways to give my children the opportunity to experience other cultures and the performing arts. When I was doing the single parenting thing with my oldest daughter, I made sure I never missed the Living Traditions Festival. Now that I'm married with a second child, we still make sure to go.

While the festival itself is free, I would always take $20 (more now that we have more family members) so we could enjoy the variety of ethnic foods available. A meal at Living Traditions might enclude crepes from the French booth, a stir fry from one of the Asian food booths, and a trifle from the Scottish booth.

I recommend bringing a blanket -- it's nice to camp out under a tree and enjoy the performances. They do have chairs set up though, if you prefer to use them. But I like the blanket, because you can use it to set up a "home base" and it's easier to eat food that way.

From http://www.slcgov.com/arts/livingtraditions/

"The Living Traditions Festival celebrates the traditional ethnic music, dance, crafts, and food that are vitally important elements in the lives of many Salt Lake Valley citizens.


Here at the festival music and dance are performed by many of our valley's talented residents, some of whom learned their performance skills in their native lands; others having honed their knowledge here from teachers, parents and master performers. Ethnic crafts are demonstrated by artisans intent on keeping alive the traditional art forms of their cultural heritage. And ethnic cuisines cooked in kitchens throughout the valley are represented in a marvelous feast of aromas, flavors, colors and textures."

Here's a little more info from the website:

Washington Square, Salt Lake City & County Building, 450 South 200 East

Friday, May 20, 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, May 21, Noon to 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, May 22, Noon to 7:00 p.m.


FIRST AID: Adjacent to Crafts Market

FESTIVAL INFORMATION: 596-5000; www.slcgov.com



Performing Arts
Two stages, North and South sides of the City and County Building

Stage located on w
est side of City & County Building

Crafts Demonstration and Display Area
Invited demonstrating craft artists located under six canopies on the east side of the City & County Building

Crafts Market
Items made by invited demonstrating artists available for purchase, south of Information Canopy

Traditional ethnic cuisine prepared and sold by 20 food vendors, each representing a local nonprofit community group. Located along 200 East.

Traditional Ethnic Drinks - Various festival food booths.
Various Soft Drinks - Pepsi trailers along 200 East.
Beer and Wine - Available at two Living Traditions Beer Gardens, located near North and South stages.
Water Bottled Water - Pepsi trailers
Water Fountain - Center of Festival by Information Canopy

Living Traditions Kids
Interactive area for children 12 and under, Saturday & Sunday, 1:00 - 5:00 pm.

Bocce Ball Court
Located on northwest lawn of City and County Building. Hours of operation - Friday Evening 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Saturday 1:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Sunday 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m

T-SHIRTS AND OTHER MERCHANDISE: Merchandise Canopy and Crafts Market

FESTIVAL PROGRAMS: Information Canopy, Beer Gardens

PARKING: Street parking in surrounding blocks and private paid lots in the vicinity of the Festival.

Bike racks - Located near the City & County Building.
Handicapped parking- Designated on 500 South, between 200 East and State Street.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION: Visitors can ride TRAX to the Courthouse or The City Library stations, call RIDE-UTA for bus schedules or visit www.rideuta.com

LOST & FOUND: Information Canopy

RESTROOMS: Portable toilets, including handicap-accessible units, are located on the north and south perimeters of the Festival grounds.

ATM: Temporary ATMs are located on the City and County Building grounds.

PUBLIC TELEPHONES: Nearest public phones are located at Burger King, northeast corner of 400 South 200 East and Public Library.

NO PETS ALLOWED: For their own sake, please leave your pets at home.

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Subject:Today in Salt Lake City -- Forum with Mayor on Sex Education
Time:11:39 am

Freedom Forum Four: The freedom for young people to receive honest information about sexuality. Salt Lake City Mayor Rocky Anderson will host a discussion on Utah's approach to sex education. Thursday, April 28, 2005 7:00 p.m. in the Main City Library Auditorium, 200 East and 400 South Please plan on attending this community dialogue.

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Subject:Safety Pin hunt
Time:09:12 pm
Does anyone know a good place that sells safety pins? We use a diaper service for my toddler and we are down to our last two safety pins, and they are starting to get dull and hard to push through the cloth of the diaper. I'm not looking for the cheap all metal ones that you can find in sewing and craft sections, but the sturdier pins with the plastic head that are meant for diapering.

I've tried Rite Aid and Smith's (where we got our pins before) but neither store carries them anymore, probably because not many people use cloth diapers. If you've seen pins like those I've described above,please comment.
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Subject:Open Classroom Open House
Time:02:34 pm

The Open Classroom at Washington Elementary will be hosting a spring open house Thursday April 14 at 6:30 in the multipurpose room at Washington Elementary, located at 420 North 200 West in Salt Lake City.

The Open Classroom is an optional, free program in the Salt Lake City district that features a co-operative learning environment. The Open Classroom is a community of learners where the parents, students and teachers actively participate in creating and maintaining a meaningful, purposeful learning environment.

The OC has an educational goal to teach the whole child and to provide opportunities for growth socially, emotionally, physically, and cognitively. While the primary focus of the program is the education of children, the importance of family and community involvement is strongly recognized and all community members are valued as learning partners. Together they work to provide purposeful learning experiences with a clear goal, building on the students interests, needs and prior understanding; help children develop skills in decision making and problem solving; provide opportunities for making authentic learning choices and being responsible for consequences; experience community learning as well as individual progress.

In addition to the spring Open House, there will be OC tours on April 20 and 27.

Form more information, please call 578-8144 or wisit the OC website at http://www.ocslc.org/index.html

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Current Music:BBC America channel on TV
Time:05:56 am
Current Mood:cheerfulcheerful
Well, my daughter Scarlette was born on 4/2/05 @ 4:04 PM. She weighed 6lbs 12.5 oz and she was 16 inches long. Yes, she's TINY! Like a little doll! Her head was smaller than a grapefruit, my mother-in-law said. Hehe.

I was induced, and it took about 24 hours of induction before she was born. It was an easy labor until the morning of the 2nd because they put the pitocin up SO high because I wasn't "having adequate contractions" but what really happened was that my internal contraction monitor was askew, and they were really giving me too much. So yeah, OW! I was fine until they got it up to level 36, and at that point, I asked for an epidural, which was a mistake because they poked me a million times to get the stupid thing in my back. And it only helped me for a few hours. What sucked was they had to catheterize me- and I wasn't numb there, so I had pain in my urethra with each contraction. They also didn't let me eat AT ALL, and I'm bipolar... and if I don't keep my blood sugar up, I get HORRIBLY mean and terrible to be around. I spent most of the time alternating between sleeping, yelling at the nurse, doc, or my husband, and then crying because I felt like crap.

The birth itself was a breeze. I didn't push real hard until I felt her head work itsway into the birth canal, and when it was there, I pushed her almost out in one push. It happened so fast that the nurse ended up catching her because no one was ready. They were going to let my husband help catch- but, well... it was quick. The birth was the easiest thing I've ever done, and I felt very empowered and fulfilled as a woman after birthing her. In fact, I felt WONDERFUL. There were no tears or abrasions- but then, I didn't have any when I had my son, either. But I think next time I have a baby, it's going to be in a comfortable setting- like in a birthing center. I felt like a number at the hospital, not an individual. I'd do it at home, but it's so MESSY! Yuck, I don't want to clean up that mess, thank you!

We came home 24 hours after my baby was born, which was good because I wanted to just get on with our lives. All was fine and dandy until very early Thursday morning, when I had chills, aches, and a terrible pain in my lower-left stomach. I tried everything I could think of to feel better- sleeping (which didn't work well because Scarlette wanted my attention more than I could give), using the bathroom, even praying... but nothing helped. So I called my mom-in-law to take the baby so I could sleep. I did, but woke up with more chills and a very high fever. So when my husband got out of work, he drove me to the ER, and it turned out that I had endometreosis- which is an infection in the uterus. My case was textbook- happening exactly how it is supposed to. So I was admitted into the hospital and given a full-round of IV antibiotics. I was in there for two nights alone. I wouldn't let my husband stay with me because he had work, and my in-laws kept the baby because I was in no shape to care for her. They released me Saturday afternoon, but I'm still in a lot of pain. As long as there's no fever, I should be fine, though.

Scarlette is a dream of a baby. She sleeps a lot, eats regularly, and does NOT make a habit of crying. She's very sweet, quiet, and serious. I feel so blessed to have such an easy time with her. Even breastfeeding has been easy. I guess that's because I did it before, but I was still surprised that I haven't gotten chapped or anything. I alternate between breast and bottle with formula because it's easier, and I do not feel guilty about it. She doesn't spit up or have excess gas due to indigestion, and since she tolerates it so well, I see no harm in it. It's also nice for my husband to be able to feed her while I'm napping or otherwise occupied with other tasks.

My husband has been wonderful with our daughter. He's sweet, caring, and very devoted. I kind-of had to argue him into changing her, but he finally did it yesterday for the first time. I woke him to care for her when she woke in the morning, and she'd pooped thru her diaper, up her back, and down her legs. *LOL*!!! I'm glad he handled it and I didn't have to, although I was stuck with the laundry. ;)

Well, I think I'm going to catch some more sleep while Scarlette does. It's nice to see some life in this community! :D
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