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SALT LAKE CITY — The Nihon Matsuri Japan Festival was held Saturday in downtown Salt Lake City. The festival shared Japanese culture and traditions with the Utah community and featured a variety of Japanese artists and forms of entertainment.

The festival was held on 100 South, which was known as "Japantown" in the early 20th century due to its location at the geographic and cultural heart of downtown Salt Lake City.

Visitors to the festival witnessed Japanese activities and entertainment such as the martial arts and ate traditional Japanese food.

Cultural festival celebrates diversity

Another cultural festival was held this weekend to bring the community together and bring business back to North Temple restaurants.

Indian and Pakistani families in the community came together Sunday evening at the Airport Express Grill on North Temple street. The restaurant, right along the construction corridor for the Airport Trax Line, has suffered since construction on the line began.

"We just wanted to give the bring everybody together in one place to just enjoy the show," said Mehwish Gill, the organizer of the event and owner of City Mart, also located on North Temple. "We had bollywood dancers, singers, Pakistani singers and local talent. It was awesome, just bringing the community together."

Gill said at least 100 people attended the event. She said another event is planned for August.

"We wanted to help the community out and just take all the conflict between religions and all of that out," Gill said.

Coming up:

University Pkwy to close for up to 16 nights

University Parkway will close for up to 16 nights between 400 West and the I-15 interchange in Orem as crews work to complete another phase of the I-15 CORE project.

The closure will allow the conversion of the intersection at University Parkway and Sandhill Road to a Continuous Flow Intersection — the first of its kind in Utah County, according to UDOT.

The closure will take place between May 2 and May 21, between 9 p.m. and 5:30 a.m. Beginning May 17, drivers should use Geneva Road to access east-west routes, Utah Valley University and local businesses, and should use the 800 N. or Provo and Orem Center Street on-ramps to access I-15.

Two shooting ranges hosting free open houses

Shooting range information:
Lee Kay range, SLC
6000 West 2100 South, 801-972-1326
  • May 4, noon to 8 p.m.
  • May 5, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Cache Valley range, Logan
2851 West 200 North, 435-753-4600
  • May 11, 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • May 12 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Members of the public can shoot bows and arrows and firearms free of charge at the Division of Wildlife Resource's two public shooting ranges in May.

Shotgun ranges will not be free, but people can shoot there for a reduced price. Free equipment and instruction will be provided each day.

Those who attend also can watch expert shooters — dressed like cowboys from the Old West — demonstrate their shooting skills while moving through a course that includes stationary and pop-up targets.

Sandy holding annual cleanup event May 19

The Sandy Exchange Club is partnering with the city in sponsoring the 27th annual Sandy Pride Day on May 19 to encourage residents to clean up and beautify their city, whether at home or through a project in their neighborhood or park.

For more information ...
For more information, visit www.sandy.utah.gov/sandypride or call Angela at 801-568-7254.

Volunteers will deliver more than 40,000 green Sandy Pride bags to residents about two weeks before the May 19 event. The bags can be used for a variety of improvements around homes or neighborhoods and then disposed of in the normal trash cans.

The Home Depot has provided gift cards that will be used to help veterans, the elderly or individuals with debilitating diseases complete projects for their homes or yards. Applications for these projects are available online.

The day will begin at about 8 a.m.



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