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Recycle Utah readies for big weekend

MATT JAMES, Of the Record staff

Painted lampshades and decorated chairs were among the items beautified at Art Attack last year. Image courtesy of Recycle Utah.

Recycle Utah is getting ready for a big weekend with a variety of events. Fittingly enough, from garage sales to movie screenings, all aim to help the environment.

First will come a pair of movie screenings this Thursday at the Jim Santy Auditorium, when the organization joins the Park City Film Series to present the short film, "Kilowatt Ours," about the sources of America’s energy, and "Nobelity," a feature-length documentary featuring a look at the world’s problems through the eyes of a group of Nobel laureates.

"It’s enjoyable viewing and it’s educational," said film series executive director Frank Normile.

The films, which will screen as a belated part of Recycle Utah’s Earth Day celebration and will signal start a weekend of events for the organization.

Saturday, the nonprofit will host a pair of events starting with a community garage sale from 8 a.m. noon, and concluding from 1-4 p.m. with Art Attack, Recycle Utah’s annual program with Arts-Kids.

While, with its ongoing Good Wood project, Recycle Utah already offers opportunities for Parkites to recycle tables, chairs, lumber and old appliances, the garage sale will give people a chance to dispose of additional items like clothing, textiles and other housewares.

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Those interested in donating items for the sale simply need to drop them off at Recycle Utah’s facility on Woodbine Way.

Recycle Utah staffer Lola Beatlebrox said the sale is perfect for anyone in the throes of spring cleaning, particularly those who don’t want to hold garage sales of their own.

"All they need to do is bring their items here," noted Beatlebrox.

The organization will accept goods all week long. Items should be in useable condition. All donations are tax-deductible.

At the sale, everything will be available to the public for garage-sale prices. Proceeds from the items sold will go toward Recycle Utah’s operating budget, and in keeping with the organization’s mission, any items purchased will stay out of the trash.

"We want to keep the landfills as slim as possible," said Beatlebrox.

In the afternoon, Art Attack will use a different method to accomplish a similar task. The event, which pairs Arts-Kids with Recycle Utah, gives kids a chance to create works of art from recycled materials.

"You take things that would go into the landfill and turn them into art," said Beatlebrox.

Creations, she said, range from wire sculptures to fish with compact disc-scales and old chairs and lampshades painted a whole rainbow of colors.

"It’s really very cool," said Arts-Kids program director Pat Drewry Sanger.

The event will be open to all kids in the community. Those interested should simply come prepared to do some painting and creating. Recycle Utah volunteers Greta Andrieni and Sheri Russell will join Park City artists Paul Jakubowski and Bill Kranstover to help the young participants.

The afternoon will follow the same pattern as Arts-Kids’ regular after-school programs, with artists offering their expertise and creativity to help the children express themselves.

Sanger said Art Attrack is entering its third year.

"The idea was to do something that would just be fun to bring families out," she said.

The event will also include face painting for children and a chance for parents to become members of Recycle Utah.

Beatlebrox said she is excited about the event. Seeing what the kids decide to make, she noted, is always interesting.

"It is," she said, "a really good thing."

"Kilowatt Ours" and "Nobelity" will both screen Thursday, May 18 at 7 p.m. in the Jim Santy Auditorium, the event is free and open to the public. Recycle Utah’s community garage sale will run Saturday from 8 a.m. to noon, while Art Attack runs from 1-4 p.m. the same day. Both events are free and open to all. For more information, visit http://www.recycleutah.org or call 649-9698.