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Wine & Cheese, Glass & Green Please

Alisha Self, Of the Record staff

New year’s resolutions: Go green. Become a wine connoisseur. Make a charitable contribution Where, oh where to begin?

Get a head start on your 2009 pledges and enjoy a night out on the town at the same time. On Friday, Jan. 9, Main Street’s Gallery Mar is hosting "Wine & Cheese, Glass & Green Please," a fundraiser for Recycle Utah.

The idea is for each guest to bring his or her favorite bottle of wine to share (the suggested price range is $15 or less). Everyone will get a chance to try several varieties of wine and please their palates with complementary cheese samples. A wine sommelier will be present to record which wine each guest brings as well as the reactions from designated "blind taste testers," who will select the three favorites of the night.

Entertainment for the evening will be provided by members of Crazy Parkite Productions and Russell Britton, who will perform his rendition of the Plastic Bag Ballad. The event will also feature a fashions from a local boutique and a silent auction with glassware from local blowers and various other items.

There is no charge to attend the event, but Parkites are encouraged to bring their checkbooks to support Recycle Utah and enable the program to continue serving the community. There will be different gifting levels for donations and incentives for each level, including several pairs of Deer Valley season passes. All donations and proceeds from the event will benefit the recycling center’s programs and help offset deficits from the dropping prices of commodities.

Lola Beatlebrox, event chairman and outreach director for Recycle Utah, explains that the center is no longer getting revenue from the sale of glass and cardboard. The center collects 38 different items, and revenues the center recoups from all materials have dropped, she says. The increased cost of shipping compounds the problem. Since one-third of the center’s funding comes from the sale of recycled materials, the organization is taking steps to counteract the shortfall and keep its programs afloat. "We normally have our fundraiser on Earth Day," Beatlebrox explains, "But we really want to keep collecting and keep our education programs going."

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Recycle Utah has been providing free recycling for Parkites for the past 17 years. "Now it’s time to pay it forward," says Beatlebrox. "Whatever you can give every little bit will help."

The new hours for the recycling center on Woodbine Way are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information about the "Wine & Cheese, Glass & Green Please" fundraiser, call 649-9698. To become a member of Recycle Utah, sign up at the event or visit http://www.recycleutah.org.