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- Calendar items are published only as space permits. Submissions are due one week before publication. Send all items to: Plus, Box 1257, Salt Lake City, UT 84110.- Great Basin Symphonic Band:

The Great Basin Symphonic Band is seeking more musicians. For more information, call Jim Kirby at 298-4213, or Tom Hanrahan at 277-9688.

- Children's Museum of Utah:

The Children's Museum of Utah, 840 N. 300 West, Salt Lake City, will sponsor the following events:

Friday, April 17: Storyelling at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on "Hitting and Hurting." Tracy Aviary will present "General Birds" with owls at 11 a.m. and a magic show with Christopher Fair will start at 2 p.m. ($1 with museum admission. Fair will conduct a magic workshop at 2 p.m. ($2.50 per person cost).

Saturday, April 18: Earth Day celebration. Learn trail etiquette from the U.S. Forest Service from 1-2 p.m. and also at 1 p.m., a "Pioneer Trails Today" workshop will be held. Help plant a tree at 3 p.m. and pledge banner signing and designing a masterpiece of sidewalk will continue all day long.

Monday, April 20: "Tie-A-Quilt" from 6:30-8:30 p.m. The cost is $5 with a museum admission.

- Cultural Homestay looking for host families:

The Cultural Homestay Institute is looking for families willing to host students from a variety of countries. Students from this CSIET approved program come medically insured and have their own spending money. Call Paul Hansen at 963-9615 for more information.

- Springfest Carnival/Foodfest:

St. Francis Xavier Church, 4501 W. 5215 South, will hold a Springfest Carnival and Foodfest, May 1-3.

Highlights will include a dance on Saturday, May 2, from 9-12 midnight (cost is $5 a person person or $10 a couple) and a Sunday, May 3, breakfast from 9 a.m. until noon.

The public is invited. Call 964-1609 or 967-1884 for more information.

- West Valley City Arts Council:

The West Valley City Arts Council is looking for volunteers who would be interested in playing the piano during the lunch hour at the West Valley Center, or for the 30 minutes prior to the group's monthly concerts. Call 964-0861 for more information.

Other West Valley Arts Council events:

- Artistic works by Kristina Dansie will be on display at the center through May 8, weekdays from 8 a.m until 5 p.m.

- The Oquirrh Writers Group meets every month on the third Thursday at 7 p.m. and the April 16 meeting will feature Renon Hulet, author of "Don't You Dare Give Up." Potential members are welcome.

- April 17 is planned as a free, sing-a-long production of "Messiah" at 7 p.m. at the West Valley Center, 3600 S. Constitution Blvd.

- The West Valley Symphony will perform at Granger high on April 25. Tickets cost $5.

- The Mother's Day booklet, "The Art of Motherhood," full of submissions from local writers is nearly complete. The booklet will be distributed at the free West Valley concert on May 8.

- Murray High Alumni Reunion:

The Murray High School Alumni Reunion and Partners-Classes of 1920-1931 will be held on May 16 at 4 p.m. at the Murray Heritage Center, 10 E. 6550 South. The cost is $10 a person and the registration deadline is May 1. Send payment to: Harold Christensen, 3034 Crescent Drive, Salt Lake City, Ut. 84106.

- Alzheimer's Support Group meetings:

Alzheimer's Support Group meetings are held on the third Thursday of each month at 575 E. 11000 South, Sandy. The next meeting is April 16 at 7:30 p.m.

Meetings are also held on the third Tuesday of each month at the Life Care Center, 460 W. 2600 South, Bountiful. The next meeting at that location is April 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Call 596-0308 for more information.

- West Valley AARP Chapter:

The West Valley AARP Chapter 3940 will hold its monthly meeting on April 16, 1 p.m., at the Harmon home, 4090 S. 3600 West. For more information, call Sally Nelson at 969-5175.

- Nacel Cultural Exchanges:

Nacel Cultural Exchange program is seeking 300 host families for French, Spanish, German and Mexican teens for a one-month homestay. Students will arrive in July and August. Contact Carol Peterson at 943-6983 for more information.

- Pacific Intercultural Exhange:

The Pacific Intercultural Exchange needs host families in the Salt Lake area for students arriving this summer and fall. Call 800-245-6232 for more information.

- South High Class of 1939 reunion:

The South High School Class of 1939 is holding a 53rd reunion on June 6. Those class members who have not yet been contacted should call Frances Cheney Pedersen at 521-6999.

- Red Cross volunteers needed:

The Salt Lake Chapter of the American Red Cross needs volunteers to help with a special event. Data entry, typing and office skills are a must. Flexible hours during the day. Contact Ruth at 467-7339 for more information.

- Tracy Aviary begins summer hours:

Tracy Aviary, 589 E. 1300 South, has started summer hours and is now open from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m. seven days a week. Admission fees are also being charged six days a week - $1.50 for adults, 50 cents for kids 6-12 and 75 cents for senior citizens. Admission is free every Monday, except holidays.

For more information, call 596-5034.

- National Boys and Girls Club Week:

April 12-18 is National Boys and Girls Club Week, and the Greater Salt Lake Boys and Girls Clubs will be celebrating with 1,340 other clubs across the nation. Theme of the celebration is "What are the Boys and Girls Clubs About?"

For more information on local activities, contact Darlene at 466-1540.

- Day of '47 Royalty Pageant:

Applications for the Days of '47 Royalty are available by sending a stamped, self-addressed envelope to: the Pioneer Museum, 300 N. Main, Salt Lake City, UT 84103. Call Virginia at 467-6712 or 538-1050 for more information.

- Cash management/budgeting class:

A free class on cash management and budgeting and ways to earn extra income is held every Tuesday at 7 p.m. at 935 E. S. Union Ave., suite D-204. Call 562-5973 for more information.

- Buffalo barbecue dinner:

The public is invited to Boy Scout Troop 410's annual Buffalo Barbecue Dinner on Saturday, May 2, 4-8 p.m. at the Christ United Methodist Church, 2375 E. 3300 South. The cost for adults is $7.50 in advance and $8.50 at the door. For children under 11, the cost is $4 in advance and $4.50 at the door. Call 268-3243 or 487-5594 for more information.

- "Friendly" dances:

"Friendly" dances are held every Friday, 8-11 p.m., at the Multipurpose Center, 300 N. 1300 West. Dances feature a live orchestra, "The Super Sounds." More dancers are needed.

Call 581-1864 for more information.

- Welcome Wagon of Sandy:

The Welcome Wagon of Sandy has open enrollment for any Sandy resident during April. The group's next meeting is April 28, 7:30 p.m., at Hilltop United Methodist Church, 985 E. 10600 South. Call 572-2641 for more information.

- Alzheimer's support group meetings:

Alzheimer's support group meetings are held the second Thursday of each month at three locations - Wasatch Canyons Hospital, 5770 S. 1500 West, Room 141; at the Sandy Regional Convalescent and Rehab Center, 50 E. 9000 South, and at the Mapleridge Day Care Center, 345 S. 300 East, Bountiful.

The next meetings will be Thursday. Call 596-0308 for more information.

- Volunteers needed for "Earth Day":

Volunteers are need for Utah's "Earth Day Festival" April 24-26 at the Valley Fair Mall. Call 530-1426 for more information.

- "Earth Day" is also sponsoring a cleanup of the Jordan River on April 25. Call 521-3906 for more information.

- The Salt Lake Valley Recycling Guide is also looking for businesses and environmental entrepreneurs to be listed in its guide at no charge. Call 974-6902 for more information. The recycling office also has volunteer speakers available to address recycling issues.

- Salt Lake Diosesan Council of Catholic Women:

The Salt Lake Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (DCCW) is hosting its 64th annual State Convention on April 25-26 at Seven Peaks Resort Excelsior Hotel in Provo.

- ASSE seeks host families:

The ASSE International Student Exchange is seeking host families for foreign students coming to Utah high schools next year.

If you are interested in volunteering for the program, contact Kirt Larson at 969-9802 or call 800-733-ASSE.

- Wild Things:

A traveling exhibit of children's artwork will be displayed at the Salt City Avenues Branch Library, 455 F St., through April 30.

The exhibit consists of artwork from a two-week class at Hogle Zoo last August by children ages 6-14. For more information, call 524-8276.

- Volunteers needed for Living Traditions:

The Salt Lake City Arts Council is looking for volunteers for the seventh annual "Living Traditions Festival" May 15-17 on Washington Square, the grounds of the Salt Lake City and County Building.

Volunteers need only commit as little as two hours of their time. Call 596-5000 for more information.

- World's largest garage sale:

Booths are now being rented for the Arthritis Foundation's "World's largest garage sale" fund-raising event April 25 from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. at the Murray National Guard Armory, 5189 S. State St.

For more information, call 486-4993 or write to the Arthritis Foundation, 1733 S. 1100 East, Salt Lake City, UT 84105.

- Action shooting events:

The Salt Lake Practical Shooting Association (SLPSA) holds monthly matches and practice sessions for all shooters interested in IPSC/USPSA (action-style) shooting with a pistol, rifle or shotgun. Call Doug at 942-1760 or Jim at 942-8573 between 6 and 9 p.m. for more information.

- Credit union oratorical contest:

The Utah League of Credit Unions will hold its sixth annual Utah Credit Union Oratorical Contest Saturday, May 9, at Salt Lake Community College, 4600 S. Redwood Road.

The event is to open to all Utah high school seniors; this year's topic is "World Change - Is America Keeping Up?"

Call 972-3400 or 1-800-662-8684 for registration information. Entry deadline is May 1.

- Presidents Toastmasters Club:

Have fun and increase your speaking skills at a monthly Presidents Toastmasters Club meeting. Call Pauline Thatcher at 969-2242 for more information.

- Increase SAT score:

The Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) is coming, and The TestBusters Score Improvement System offers help in preparing for it. Call 1-800-475-3388, extension 3389, for more information.

- Master Your Destiny seminars:

Co-dependency workshops to gain the ability to overcome co-dependency are held 8 p.m. Wednesdays at Master Your Destiny, 935 E. South Union Ave., Suite D-204. There is a $10 fee; call 562-5973.

Call Master Your Destiny at the same number for more information on managing finances at the same location.

- WELLderly lectures:

Holy Cross Hospital's WELLderly Lecture Series continues through the end of April. The free lectures are every other Friday in the Moreau Medical Building auditorium, 1002 E. South Temple, from 2 to 3 p.m. The lectures are aimed at people age 55 and older, but anyone can attend.

- Friday, April 24, "An Update on Medicare, Catastrophic Care and Long-term Health Care."

For more information, call 350-4995.

- Holy Cross Hospital offers special exercise classes:

Holy Cross Hospital Breast Care Services is offering free exercise classes, designed for women who have had breast surgery. Call 350-4012 for more information.

- Free assistance with Medicare/Medicaid:

Need help with your Medicare paperwork? The American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) has trained consultants who will provide free help. Assistance is provided for preparing medical insurance claims, processing doctor and hospital bills, etc. This is co-sponsored by Intermountain Health Care.

For more information on the program, call 269-4200.

- Utah Old-Time Fiddlers:

The Salt Lake Chapter of the Utah Old-Time Fiddlers meets the second Saturday of each month, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m., at the Wheeler Historic Farm, 6351 S. 900 East. Call 363-2022 or 266-4568 for more information.

- Looking for former crewmen of the USS Maddox:

Crewmen of the USS Maddox (DD622, D731) are hoping to hold an annual reunion, Aug. 6-8, in San Diego, CA. Contact Joyce or Bill Metcalf, 12686 W. Highway 55, York, SC 29745, or phone (803) 222-3180 for more information.

- Seeking World War II veterans of Camp Shanks:

The Rockland County, N.Y., Veterans Office is helping plan a reunion of World War II Army veterans who passed through Camp Shanks, N.Y., en route to North Africa, England and Europe. Write Jerry Donnellan, P.O. Box 1942, Orangeburg, NY 10962, for more information.

- Writers-at-Work conference:

The annual Writers-at-Work conference will be June 21-26 at Park City. For further information or for registration materials, contact Writers at Work, 2100 Emigration Canyon, Salt Lake City, UT 84108, or phone 298-9936.

- Volunteer CPR instructors needed:

The Salt Lake chapter of the American Red Cross is taking applications for volunteer instructors to teach infant CPR at baby showers. Training will be provided at no cost. Contact Ruth, 467-7339.

- Utah Heritage Foundation Historic Homes Tour:

The 21st annual Historic Homes Tour by the Utah Heritage Foundation will be May 16 and 17 in the Gilmer Park area.

The foundation will also sponsor a national workshop on heritage education, "Expanding the Classroom: Integrating Your Community With Curriculum," June 25-27.

Call Dina Williams at 533-0858 for more information.

- Host a foreign student:

The American Institute for Foreign Study Scholarship Foundation is looking for host families for international high school exchange students. For more information, call Bertelle Bagley, 277-2952.

- EF seeks host families/students for study abroad:

Host families are needed for exchange students. High school students who wish to study abroad are also being sought. Call 572-2590, or 800-44-SHARE for more information.

- IEF seeks host families:

The International Education Forum urgently needs host families. Students ages 15-18 will arrive from 23 different countries in August. Students have medical insurance and their own spending money. Call Karen Bloomquist at 250-7133 or IEF at 800-365-0555 for more information.

- YES needs host families:

The Youth Exchange Service is looking for families to host 15- to 18-year-olds from foreign countries during the next school year. Call 800-848-2121 for more information.

- Host families needed by AISE:

The American Intercultural Student Exchange program needs host families for high school exchange students. Call 800-SIBLING for more information.

- AIYSEP seeks host families:

The American International Youth Student Exchange program is looking for host families for students. For more information, call 1-800-347-7575.

- ISE needs host families:

The International Student Exchange program needs host families for foreign exchange students. For more information, call 1-800-233-4678.

- Mental-health support:

Recovery Inc., a non-profit, free community health support group, is helping individuals who are coping with depression, anxiety and nervous fears.

Classes are held at the following five Salt Lake County locations each week:

Valley Mental Health Center, Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to noon; First Baptist Church, Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m.; Whitmore Library, Wednesdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Sandy Library, Thursdays, 10 a.m. to noon; and Cottonwood Hospital, Saturdays, 2-4 p.m..

For information on meetings, call 268-2402 or write: Recovery, 3647 Laurelcrest, Salt Lake City, UT 84109.

- Red Cross needs volunteers:

The Salt Lake Chapter of the American Red Cross needs volunteers to interview applicants for the Red Cross-administered Utility Assistance Program. For more information, call Ruth or Bobby, 467-7339.

- Salt Lake County "Bridges" volunteer program:

Salt Lake County is sponsoring "Bridges," a new volunteer program for people 50 or older. Volunteers will spend four hours a week with a child who needs understanding, friendship and academic help. For more information, call 468-2199.

- Speakers bureau:

The Utah Correctional Association Speakers Bureau is available at no charge for panel discussion, presentations and workshops. The bureau features probation officers, juvenile court workers, counselors, therapists and correctional officers. For more information, call Steve Auerbach at 272-8000 or Teague Eskelsen at 533-4008.

- New Utah Food Bank program:

The Utah Food Bank is starting a new program, "S.O.M.E." (So Others May Eat). The program needs on-call volunteers who will be willing to collect and deliver donated food one night once a month, once a week or one-time only. Call Jennifer Turley at 486-2136, or leave a message at 486-2139.

- Union Park Toastmasters Club:

The Union Park Toastmasters Club No. 3222 of Toastmasters International meets every Monday at 7 p.m. at 488 E. 6400 South.

The club's objective is to assist members in becoming better public speakers and leaders. Visitors are welcome at the weekly meetings. Call John Maher at 942-2013 for more information.

- Silver Spurs equestrian club:

The Silver Spurs, an all-women equestrian club, is accepting applications for membership. Members will compete in parade, drill and gymkhana events.

For more information, contact Janice Klien, Spurs president, at 572-1543, or Cathy Garrett, business manager, 254-3170.

- Chronic-pain support group:

The Salt Lake Chronic-Pain Support Group meets the second and fourth Mondays of each month from 7-9 p.m. at 2100 S. State, South Building, Room 3009.

Call 278-7356 for more information.

- Overeaters Anonymous:

Overeaters Anonymous holds meetings every Monday and Friday, 10:30 a.m. at the Whitmore Library, 2197 E. 7000 South. Call Gail at 943-4551 for more information.

- Scrabble Club:

Scrabble Club No. 173 meets every Wednesday evening from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at Peter Piper Pizza, 2201 S. Highland Drive. All levels of play, novice to expert, are included in the club. New players are welcome.

For more information, contact Jim Fischer at 363-4420 or Mike Stevens at 943-2430.

- Free income tax assistance:

Free tax assistance is available through mid-April at many Salt Lake libraries. Special assistance is provided for senior citizens.

Call 524-8200 for more information.

- YWCA classes:

The Salt Lake YWCA holds classes for mothers, on building healthy relationships, on new beginnings, as well as a teen outreach program. Call 355-2804 for more information.

- National Society to Prevent Blindness:

The National Society to Prevent Blindness sponsors a free telephone service that provides information on vision, eye health and safety. Call 524-2020 for more information.

- Fund-raiser for lighting West Jordan High's stadium:

West Jordan High School is hoping to purchase lights for its football stadium in time for the graduation of the Class of 1992. Contributors will be honored with plaques and certificates.

For additional information on the campaign, call the school at 565-7576.

- Stutterers Support Group:

The Stutterers Support Group will meet the first Monday of each month through June at 7 p.m. in Room C-2 of Granite Park Junior High School, 450 E. 3700 South. For more information, call 272-6420 or 539-0907.

- Utah Chapter of SIDS Foundation:

The Utah Chapter of the National Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Foundation holds regular monthly support meetings, usually on the third Thursday of every month at the Bryman School, 1144 W. 3300 South.

For more information, call 261-4222.

- New support group:

A new support group for parents of children with mental handicaps meets the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. at 455 E. 400 South, No. 300.

The support group is sponsored by ARC-Utah. For more information, call 364-5060 or 539-0431.

- Year-round reading program continues:

The Salt Lake City Library's year-round reading program continues this winter with more free programs.

More information on any of these programs is available by calling 524-8200.

- Chapter meetings for the Utah Alliance for the Mentally Ill:

The Utah Alliance for the Mentally Ill holds various chapter meetings each month for those who are dealing with mental illness.

Here's a listing of meeting locations:

- Davis County, third Thursdays at 7 p.m., at 85 S. 185 East, Farmington. Call 544-7402 for more information.

- Salt Lake City, second Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m., at 1724 S. Main. Call 255-0009 for more information.

- South Valley, third Wednesdays, 7 p.m., at 195 W. 7200 South. Call 561-3949 for more information.

- West Valley City, third Thursdays at 7 p.m., at 2960 W. 3650 South, Suite 103. Call 254-4856 for more information.

More information on the Utah alliance is also available by calling 584-2023.

- National Scholarship Service:

A National Scholarship Service provides a computer database of scholarship and financial aid information for more than 30,000 sources. For more information on how to qualify for scholarships and financial aid, call 1-800-475-3388, Ext. 3389.

- Mother Club of Utah:

The Mother Club of Utah is an organization for mothers with young children at home. It offers recreational play groups at parks, Wheeler Farm, etc., every Wednesday. Educational classes are provided for parents.

For more information, call Sara Parker, 566-6225.

- Holy Cross Breast-Care Lecture Series:

Holy Cross Hospital, 1045 E. 100 South, presents a continuing Breast-Care Lecture series. Events are each Tuesday from 7:30-9 p.m. in the Moreau Auditorium, 1002 E. South Temple.

The hospital also offers crisis-intervention counseling, support groups and exercise classes. Call 350-4000 for more information.

- S.L. Bridge Center schedule:

Here's a schedule for the Salt Lake Bridge Center, 970 E. 3300 South. Reservations are not required, and the cost is $3.50 per session:

Open pairs - Monday at 12:30 p.m., Tuesday at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. and Friday at 7:30 p.m.

Novice pairs - Monday at 7:30 p.m., Tuesday at 12:30 p.m., Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

Handicap games - Thursday at 7:30 p.m. and Friday at 12:30 p.m.

For more information, call 466-4069.

- Reading Room for the Blind:

The Reading Room for the Blind meets every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from noon to 3 p.m. at 309 E. 100 South. The service is free, and free transportation can be arranged. Patrons need to be age 21 or older, visually handicapped and live in the Salt Lake area.

Call 582-4538 or 583-0098 for more information.

- Incest Survivors Anonymous:

Incest Survivors Anonymous meets every Tuesday from 7-8:30 p.m. at Benchmark Family Care Center, 592 W. 1350 South, Woods Cross. The meeting is open to all women 18 or older.

- RSDSA support group meetings:

The Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Syndrome Association (RSDSA) support group meets on the third Tuesday of each month at LDS Hospital in the education center, Classroom G. For more information, call 530-3459.

- Nannies From Utah training:

Nannies From Utah is offering free training classes for nannies and prospective nannies each Wednesday from 7-9 p.m. Training covers pertinent child-care topics such as creative activities, family relationships, child development, first aid and CPR.

Please call 485-4445 for space reservation and more information.

- Alzheimer's disease support groups:

The Salt Lake County Department of Aging Services offers support group meetings monthly for sufferers and caregivers. For details, call Jeannine at 596-0308.

- Cancer support group:

The First Unitarian Church sponsors a support group for those who have had or currently have cancer, Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m., in the church's Teen Center, 569 S. 1300 East. Call 582-8687 or 277-4862 for more information.

- Library hours: Regular hours for most Salt Lake County Library System branches are 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday and Saturday. The hours for the South Salt Lake Library are Monday, noon to 9 p.m.; Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.; and closed Saturday. The hours for Draper Library are Monday through Thursday, noon to 4 p.m., and 5 to 9 p.m.; closed Friday. Saturday hours are 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 6 p.m.