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Preparatory Division String Camp, June 20-24, Ages 6-9 and 9-12. Registration deadline is May 20th. Preparatory Division, Tanner Dance and Youth Theatre Arts Passport, June 27 - July 1, Create an original performance work to be presented at the Tanner Dance Building. Preparatory Division International Piano Festival, July 26 - July 29, Musicianship, ukulele, and choir classes. University of Utah, School of Music.

Home in Their Eyes: Images and Stories of Home by Residents in Rural China, Friday, March 25 – Thursday, June 2, 2016, J. Willard Marriott Library 3rd Floor

Salt Dance Fest 2016 brings together internationally renowned dance artists and dance makers Jeanine Durning, Alex Ketley and Jennifer Nugent, along with esteemed SLC dance artists Daniel Charon, Molly Heller and Stephen Koester for two weeks of moving, collaborating, dance making and the lively exchange of ideas, June 6-17, 2016.

Summer Chamber Music Workshop, Matt Zalkind, June 26 - 30, 2016, Hasse Borup, Director, Open for serious string and piano players, age 12 - 26,  School of Music, University of Utah

University of Utah Department of Ballet Summer Intensive, June 20 - July 15, 2016. Join us for an exciting four-week ballet intensive with internationally recognized faculty and guest artists.

Performance Calendar of 2015 - 2016 Season, Department of Ballet, University of Utah

Performance Calendar of 2015 - 2016 Season, Department of Modern Dance, University of Utah

Natural History Museum of Utah 2015 Lecture Series

College of Fine Arts, University of Utah

Trees for the Future

In the early 1970s, Dave and Grace Deppner served as volunteers in the Philippines, where they witnessed the human tragedy brought on by illegal logging and unsustainable land management systems. Working with community leaders in nearby villages, the Deppners found a way to offer hope. They revitalized degraded lands by providing farmers with tree seed, technical training, and on-site planning assistance. People responded enthusiastically, joining in to save their homes and way of life.

After returning from their overseas assignments they continued what they had started, communicating by mail with rural community leaders, providing information, seeds, and training materials. After many years of informal operations, Trees for the Future (‘TREES’) was incorporated as a 501 (c) (3) public charity in Maryland on August 14, 1989.

Through seed distribution, agroforestry training, and in-country technical assistance, Trees for the Future has empowered rural groups to restore tree cover to their lands, protect the environment and help to preserve traditional livelihoods and cultures for generations. The organization to date has planted over 65 million trees worldwide in 30 countries and has served over 11,000 villages around the world.

For more information about Trees for the Future, please visit its website, Wikipedia, Facebook, Flickr, YouTube, and Twitter.

Students in Tanzania show off the seedlings they've received as part of a planting event sponsored by Trees For The Future near Lushoto town in the Tanga region:

Green Club students have prepared their seedlings and are ready for tree planting day in Ethiopia:

Tabitha is a dairy cow and goat farmer in Kenya. She and her daughter, Grace (8), are standing in their steep green farmland where their family plant a diverse mix of crops. This includes coffee, bananas, tomatoes, maize, beans, spinach, napier grass, and a grevillea and vitex woodlot:

Little farmer in Senegal:

Mr. Kinyua from the Embu District in Kenya transporting seedlings to planting:

In Cameroon, this family is enjoying their fully grown sweet potatoes (Ipomoea batatas):

This 3 year old cashew tree (Anacardium occidentale) is one of the first cashew trees planted in this region of Ethiopia. Cashew nuts have the potential of bringing supplemental income to farmers and households who grow them. The cashew tree also provides timber and lends itself to soil conservation efforts:

In Ghana, these women are preparing to process their freshly picked Moringa. Moringa is beneficial in many ways. Just some of its uses are to filter water, fill a wound, and relieve stomach pain. It also adds nutritional value by being a great source of protein and fiber:

Joseph and Emily's children benefit from the income their papayas bring in from the Kenyan marketplace:

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