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Library celebrates black history with African American research series

SALT LAKE CITY — Author and genealogist Darius Gray will be the keynote speaker at the seventh annual African American Family History research series Saturday, Feb. 6, at the Family History Library. Gray's presentation "The African American Family: We Must Remember!" will be 9:30 a.m. in the library's main floor classroom.

The research series, sponsored by the Utah Chapter of the Afro-American Historical and Genealogical Society and the Family History Library, is free and also includes classes on beginning research, land records and migration patterns.

To register for these classes, e-mail and note desired classes, call 801-240-4950 or in-person by 9 a.m. Saturday.

Library staff and volunteers will also be available throughout the day to assist patrons with personal research.

The Family History Library is at 35 N. West Temple, directly west of Temple Square in downtown Salt Lake City.

YSA sports event Friday in Murray

MURRAY — A young single adult late-night activity featuring myriad sporting activities is Friday in Murray.

YSAs 18-30 years old in the Salt Lake Valley are invited to attend the event at the Sports Mall, 5445 S. 900 East, on Friday from 10:45 p.m. to 1 a.m. There will be three-on-three basketball tournaments, swimming races, line dancing, squash, dodge ball, wallyball and tennis. The cost is $2 at the door, and it is asked that those who attend bring correct change. For more information, e-mail

Law society conference Feb. 11-13

SALT LAKE CITY — Stephen R. Covey, best-selling author and leadership entrepreneur, will speak at 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 12, at the annual J. Reuben Clark Law Society Fireside in the Salt Lake Tabernacle on Temple Square in Salt Lake City.

Covey's talk, "Blessed Are the Peacemakers," is free and open to the public. The fireside will also be broadcast live on the LDS Church satellite network and later at 7:30 p.m. and 9 p.m.

The fireside is part of the three-day J. Reuben Clark Law Society conference beginning Thursday, Feb. 11, and ending Saturday, Feb. 13. The conference also features a keynote address Feb. 11 by Elder Lance B. Wickman, of the Quorum of the Seventy and general counsel of the LDS Church. Other presenters include BYU President Cecil O. Samuelson; University of Utah President Michael K. Young; William Atkin, associate general counsel of the LDS Church; R. John Hughes, former editor of the Deseret News; and Richard E. Turley Jr., assistant historian of the LDS Church. For more information, cost (the fireside with Covey is free, but the rest of the conference requires registration) and a full schedule, go to

Registration closes on Friday, Feb. 5.

Women's retreat scheduled in March

REXBURG, Idaho — The second annual Nauvoo West women's retreat will be March 25 and 26 at the Springhill Suites Marriott Hotel in Rexburg, Idaho.

"This retreat offers some of the same experiences as the Women's Retreat in Nauvoo (Ill.)," said Beverly Kingsford, Rexburg retreat director. "Those attending will see the Relief Society re-enactment just as it is performed in the Red Brick Store in Nauvoo. Nauvoo West is the only entity authorized to use that script. We also hold the Friday evening Legacy Concert, always a favorite with those who attend."

The theme is "Women of Hope," and the keynote speaker is Glenn Rawson, the voice of "Sounds of Sunday." Early registration by Feb. 10 is $49 for the full event, $59 after Feb. 10. To register, visit