Local happenings: walk-a-thon, kite flying and 'stuff the bus'

August 6, 2012
Author: Brielle Valyntin Alexander | KSL.com

SALT LAKE CITY — Shake Obesity has organized the Salt Lake City Walkathon taking place on August 11 at Sugarhouse Park.

The walk is designed to be a "fun, educational and interactive" learning experience, according to Shake Obesity. At one mile, the walk is somewhat challenging, for the purpose to fight obesity. Participants will be given a Shake Obesity wristband, and a measurement of their Body Mass Index (BMI) upon request, which Shake Obesity says can be the starting point of improvement for an obese persons' weight loss journey.

This free event takes place at the Sugarhouse Park starting with registration at 8 a.m. and the walk beginning at 9 a.m., followed by free giveaways and music at 10.

Registration is also available online, and on Facebook.

Kite flying in Syracuse

Professional kite fliers from around the world will take part in a special indoor kite flying presentation at the Syracuse Community Center, 1912 W. 1900 South.

The presentation will take place Thursday, Aug. 30, at 4 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

United Way's "Stuff the Bus"

United Way of Salt Lake is encouraging the community to "Stuff the Bus" and donate school supplies to help 5,000 children get the tools they need to learn.

Supplies will be collected through Aug. 31, stuffed into backpacks and delivered to more than 20 United Way Neighborhood Centers serving low-income children and families.

Hundreds of volunteers will stuff supplies into backpacks and deliver them on Sept. 13 during the organization's 20th annual Day of Caring event.

Those looking to participate can sign up at www.uw.org, choose up to three items to donate and hold a drive with family and co-workers. Supplies can be dropped off at the Stuff the Bus store front at the 70 S. Rio Grande at The Gateway Sept. 4-6 from 8-10 a.m. Donations also can be dropped off at any Walgreens location in Davis, Salt Lake, Summit, or Tooele counties.

Items that can be donated include: pencils (packages of 10), pens, notebook paper, spiral notebooks, pocket folders, three-ring binders (1.5-2 inches), markers, colored pencils, glue sticks, crayons (boxes of 16) and highlighters.