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Downtown Farmers Market accepting vendor applications for 2013

SALT LAKE CITY -- The 21st annual Downtown Farmers Market and Art & Craft Market are currently seeking applications from vendors for the upcoming season. Applications will be accepted from February 5 - April 8, 2013 for farmers, art and craft vendors, non-profits and musicians.

The 2013 Downtown Farmers Market will be open June 8 - October 19, in Historic Pioneer Park, offering a unique variety of farmers, growers, bakeries, prepared food and beverages, packaged foods and local artisans. The Harvest Market will be open Tuesday evenings August 6 - October 22 for growers only. Reserved space fees are $225 for the full season on Saturdays and $100 for Tuesdays.

Downtown Farmers Market music lineup announced

SALT LAKE CITY - The Downtown Farmers Market has announced its full lineup of musicians that will hit the stage each Saturday from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Pioneer Park.

Featured performers include Holy Water Buffalo, The Suicycles, the Hot Club of Zion and the Folka Dots.

In addition to the live acts on stage, there will be street performances.

The Downtown Farmers Market is open Saturday between 8 a.m. and 1 p.m through October 27. The Tuesday evening Harvest Market begins August 7. Both events are held in Pioneer Park.

For the full lineup and more information about the market, visit www.slcfarmersmarket.org.

SLC FD announces fireworks restrictions

This is a news release from the Salt Lake City Fire Dept.

The Salt Lake City Fire Department has announced the firework restricted areas for the summer of 2012.

The restricted areas are:

  • All areas east of Foothill Drive, and east of 1300 E to 500 S, including the University of Utah campus
  • All areas north of South Temple to State Street and North Temple to 200 W City Creek Canyon
  • East of 200 W / Wall Street to 300 W
  • East 300 W north of Wall Street through Beck Street to the city limit to the north
  • All city parks and wildland urban interface areas
  • All areas west of I-215

The fire department reminds residents that firecrackers, M-80s, cherry bombs, bottle rockets, Roman candles, single or reloadable mortars and ground salutes are strictly prohibited.

Downtown Farmers Market starts Saturday

The following is a press release from The Downtown Alliance.

The Downtown Farmers Market will celebrate its 20th year of providing opportunities for the community to support local. The Market-with more than 250 vendors-offers a unique variety of farmers, growers, bakeries, prepared food and beverages, packaged foods andlocal artisans.

Salt Lake County to boost recycling pickup

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Salt Lake County officials say they're increasing curbside recycling pickup from once every other week to once a week.

The formal announcement is set for Thursday morning.

Mayor Peter Corroon will be joined by Salt Lake County sanitation officials to discuss the changes.

Starting Sept. 1, residents in the county's sanitation district, including unincorporated areas and the cities of Cottonwood Heights, Taylorsville, Herriman and Holladay will have the opportunity to take their blue recycling bins to the curb every week.

Officials say public interest led to the increased service.

Clinic helps prevent foreclosure

Utah is fourth in the nation when it comes to the number of homes in foreclosure and the Utah Housing Coalition is trying to help.

The Coalition sponsored a free clinic Thursday that brought people who fear they may be headed into foreclosure face-to-face with lenders and other credit counselors, hoping to give homeowners options and keep them from defaulting on their loans.

"You don't have to be ashamed what you want to do is empower yourself, pull your head out of the sand and get help now," said Afton January with the Utah Housing Coalition.

The experts say seeking advice early on will give homeowners more options to get out of financial trouble that can lead to foreclosure.

Anyone with questions can dial 211 and a counselor will be available to answer them free of cost.

SL County recycling pick-up may increase

Salt Lake County residents may have their recycling picked up every week instead of twice a month, but that increase could mean an increased fee.

The county is looking at a possible $2 per month increase for the more frequent pick-up. The program, scheduled to start in September, would affect 80,000 homes.

"We're offering recycling every week instead of every two week which will not only satisfy our customers enviornmental concerns but will also allow them to have less of those recyclables and garbage sitting around at home," said Nicole Omer, Director of the Salt Lake County Sanitation District.

If fees are increased, the new rate would not take effect until at least January.