The 70% we share: Celebrating Utah’s public lands

Sept. 22 is National Public Lands Day and will be celebrated beginning Friday, Sept. 21 with events at the Moab Information Center.

More than 70 percent of Utah consists of public lands rich with natural beauty and resources. Throughout the weekend there is a series of events for community members to enjoy, and to show their support for the organizations that help to manage and them.

Canyonlands Natural History Association will be celebrating its support of the National Park Service, U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management with an all-ages party on Friday including live music and treats. The event is open to the public and will take place at the Moab Information Center, from 4:30-7 p.m. in downtown Moab, at the corner of Center and Main.

On Saturday, the NPS and BLM are hosting a clean up along the Mill Creek Parkway running through downtown Moab. The morning meet-up is scheduled at the MIC at 8:30 a.m. and will last until noon. Everyone is encouraged to participate.

Aside from Public Lands Day, Moab residents and visitors can enjoy a number of other events and activities in the next couple of weeks.

Sept. 19-23: Skydivers from across the globe will be in Moab over four days for the Mother of All Boogies. The high-altitude jumps from turbine aircraft are not just for the pros. Non-skydivers are invited to be spectators and tandem skydive opportunities will be available. Call 435-259-5867 for more information.

Sept. 20: The Root Cellar Project is the latest installment of the Museum of Moab’s monthly oral history project. Tell a story or listen to others from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Helipad, 239 W. Center Street. This month’s theme is “The Harvest.”

Sept. 21: Open House at the Family Support Center, The Christmas Box House. Special guest is author Richard Paul Evans, president of Christmas Box International, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 180 South 300 East, Suite 1.

Dancing with the Moab Stars is back for the 5th year. Tickets available at Moab Valley Multicultural Center, 7 p.m. at Grand County High School.

Sept. 22-23: Moab Century Tour, ride one or two days. Every registration includes a donation to Moab Cancer Treatment Center. Visit skinnytireevents.com or call 435-260-8889 for more information.

Sept. 24: League of Women Voters Candidate Forum, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Star Hall, 159 E. Center.

Sept. 27-29: Moab Pride. Visitwww.facebook.com/moabpridefestival.comfor more information.

Sept. 28: Skate Night, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Old Spanish Trail Pavilion, 3641 S. Highway 191. Free for locals, $5 for out-of-towners.