Easter weekend is going to be bright and beautiful this year, with gorgeous spring weather for egg hunts, spring festivals, Easter brunches and more. There's no better time to renew friendships and celebrate the good things in life. Connect and have fun with these ideas for celebrating Easter in SLC.
SLC Easter Events
Best Easter Brunches
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A beautiful brunch is a meal just about everyone can love, and with Easter just a few days away, it's time to make reservations for Salt Lake City's favorite Easter brunches. Easter brunch is a holiday tradition for many families, and whether you prefer a huge buffet like the ones at the Grand America or La Caille, a Saturday option like Harvest restaurant at Thanksgiving Point, or a plated brunch like the ones at Caffe Niche and Market Street Grill, there are lots of yummy options to choose from.
SLC Easter Brunches
SLC Easter and Passover Events
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A century ago, University of Utah administrators opened a small art gallery in the Park Building on Presidents Circle. That small collection has grown to become the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, the official fine arts museum of both the university and the state of Utah. The UMFA collects, interprets, and preserves a collection of 19,000 objects, ranging from antiquities and European masterworks to art of the American West and international contemporary art.
To mark this milestone, UMFA is celebrating Art is 100--100 years of collecting at the U--with a series of parties and programs that highlight artworks, events, and people who have influenced the making of the museum. Events begin Wednesday, April 16 with an "Art Swap Party," and continue through spring, summer and fall 2014.
"Art is 100" 2014 Special Events at UMFA:
- Free SMAC Art Swap Party, Wednesday, April 16, 4-7 p.m.
The Students' Museum Advisory Council (SMAC) marks Art is 100 with an art swap party on the UMFA patio. Celebrate 100 years of collecting art on campus by swapping or making some art while enjoying refreshments and live music.
- Free Third Saturday for Families: Art is 100 Anniversary Finger Puppets, Saturday, May 17, 1-4 p.m.
The University of Utah and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts have been collecting and exhibiting portraits for 100 years. During this free Third Saturday event, families will use portraits as inspiration for puppets.
- Art is 100 Gala, Thursday, May 29, 6 p.m.
The UMFA's Art is 100 Gala is this year's must-attend event for Utah art lovers. Enjoy gourmet food; pop-up performances University of Utah singers, dancers, musicians, and visual artists; and a special preview of Creation and Erasure: Art of the Bingham Canyon Mine. For tickets, visit the UMFA website or call 801-585-0464.
- Free UMFA Family Day, Saturday, July 19, 1-4 p.m.
This free family day celebrates 100 years of art at the University of Utah. Get inspiration for your own art-making projects from UMFA's amazing collection of 5,000 years of human creativity, and enjoy fun performances.
- Art is 100 After-Hours Party, Friday, October 3
Celebrate Art is 100 and the premiere of American sculptor Tony Feher's new Great Hall installation with hors d'oeuvres, cocktails, and dancing to live music. For tickets and more information visit the UMFA website or call 801-585-0464.
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Tax prep is the most unwelcome rite of spring, and I know from personal experience that tax filing mistakes can be an expensive hassle. Unless your return is extremely simple, it's a good idea to get expert advice before filing your taxes. Utah families earning $52,000 or less annually can get free tax preparation help before the filing deadline of April 15 through VITA, Volunteer Income Tax Assistance, at sites throughout the state.
VITA consultants will help families file online for free and will advise taxpayers whether they qualify for the EITC, Earned Income Tax Credit, which can be worth thousands of dollars. Families earning $58,000 or less can prepare their own taxes for free through VITA.
If your income is higher or you have a more complex tax situation, it pays to get advice from a qualified tax preparer. About.com's guide to tax planning, William Perez, has useful advice for how to find quality tax preparation assistance.
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