?Spy Hop Tackles Vaccine Hesitancy + SLC Winter Shelter Now Open – Patch.com

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Happy Wednesday, Salt Lake City! Let’s get this day started off right. Here’s everything going on today in town.

First, today’s weather:

Hazy sun. High: 44 Low: 26.

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Here are the top 3 stories in Salt Lake City today:

  1. The CDC Foundation wants to reach younger audiences with youth-driven content that is digitally native and creative. As a result, local nonprofit, Spy Hop — a digital media arts center for youth — will receive funds from the foundation to use the power of art to activate media projects on the topic of vaccine hesitancy. The nonprofit will collaborate with the Salt Lake County Health Department on its Vax2theMax 2.0 project. (ABC 4)
  2. At long last, a winter shelter in Salt Lake City is open for use and will house 35 unsheltered individuals. Despite still feeling the effects of a worker shortage that has significantly delayed the opening of several seasonal shelters, county and state employees are volunteering in order to not delay the opening for this shelter any longer. More shelters are planned, but managing organizations like The Road Home are still navigating the hurdle of fully staffing them. (Salt Lake Tribune)
  3. The Salt Lake County Council has the power to repeal the health department’s most recent mask mandate, and they’ve done it before. But in the wake of the extremely contagious omicron variant, with record-breaking numbers of new daily cases, the County Council won’t repeal the mask mandate this time. Councilwoman Aimee Winder Newton came out in support of the mandate, marking a change from her previous position. (KSL Newsradio)

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Today in Salt Lake City:

  • Learn the basics of pointillism and how to paint a wintery scene of the Wasatch Mountains surrounded by a spectrum of blue dots in this DIY workshop from Elizabeth Walsh Art. All supplies are provided, and beginners are welcome! Presented by Craft Lake City at the Valley Fair Mall. (6:00 PM)
  • Attend a cooking class with Red Butte Garden’s course series Cooking with Plants for a Healthier U. “This series of courses aims to empower individuals with the tools and confidence to redefine healthful cooking while pursuing deliciousness!” Attendees will enjoy a meal after the cooking demonstration. (6:00 PM)
  • See Phantom as you’ve maybe never imagined? Desert Star Playhouse brings its hallmark hilarious spin to the classic show in its musical parody of Phantom of the Opera. (7:00 PM)
  • The Utah Jazz face the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight for a home game in Salt Lake City at the Vivint Arena. From the arena: “Masks are required and all guests 12 years of age and older must present proof of full vaccination against COVID-19 OR a qualifying negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of the event to gain access to the arena.” (7:00 PM)

From my notebook:

  • “If you’ve been out and about along the Wasatch Front, you’ve probably seen the tell-tale haze. Yes, high pressure means inversion conditions through at least midweek, resulting in declining air quality. Carpool or use public transportation if you can.” (US National Weather Service Salt Lake City Utah)
  • “Even superheroes have to wear face masks. In compliance with Salt Lake County’s new mask mandate, masks, worn correctly, will now be required in Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum, regardless of vaccination status.” (Discovery Gateway Children’s Museum)
  • UMOCA is looking for a proactive self-starter with fundraising, development, and grant management experience to assume the position of Manager of Grants and Strategic Funding.” (Utah Museum of Contemporary Art)
  • “Submissions are now open for our Folk Arts Apprenticeship Grants, which seek to enable qualified individuals to study with traditional master artists of Utah’s ethnic, Native, rural, and occupational communities who demonstrate a commitment to passing on cultural knowledge.⁠” (Utah Arts & Museums)

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Lastly, looking for a little inspiration for your social life during the winter season? You may want to check out these 8 great winter date ideas in Utah from Utah Stories. OK, now you’re in the loop and ready to start this Wednesday off right! See you tomorrow morning for your next update.

Joseph Peterson

About me: Joseph is a writer and marketing communications strategist with a degree in Mass Communication and Public Relations from the University of Utah. He’s keen on city life, public libraries, national parks, and promoting events that build community.

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