Dia De Los Muertos Celebration, November 1
Nurture the Creative Mind will host their inaugural Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration at Ogden Union Station on November 1. This event will run from 6 - 9 p.m., and will be Ogden’s chance to participate in a holiday that celebrates life and death, while honoring family members and ancestors. Dia De Los Muertos is a spiritual time of remembrance paired with vibrant festivities that are largely celebrated in Mexico and other countries in Latin America. Ogden’s celebration is a free community event that will include authentic Mexican food and music, a low rider car show, community altar presentations, education opportunities and Ballet Folklorico dance performances. More information on the upcoming festivities can be found by following the official Facebook Event page titled Dia De LoS Muertos Ogden-Day of the Dead.
Ogden City General Elections, November 5
Registered voters in Ogden can beat the lines on November 5, General Election Day, by dropping off voting ballots in a secure ballot box in the community ahead of time. There are secure ballot boxes located in the parking lot of the City Municipal Building (2549 Washington Blvd) or the Weber County Library (2464 Jefferson Ave). This year ballots sent to registered voters through mail will arrive two weeks before the General Election. Ballots may also be returned by mail after placing a stamp or submitted in person to any of the six Weber County area voting centers on Election Day. More information on secure ballot box or voting center locations can be found online.
Holiday Electric Light Parade, November 30
The Holiday Electric Light Parade on November 30 begins Ogden’s winter festivities. Starting at 5:30 p.m., elaborate floats and performances will fill Washington Boulevard from 22nd Street to 26th Street. Santa arrives on the last float, and when the parade stops at the Municipal Gardens, he will ceremoniously flip the switch that illuminates all of Christmas Village. The opening ceremony begins at approximately 6:30 p.m., featuring parade floats on display along 25th Street through the night, entertainment at the amphitheater and a spectacular closing fireworks show. The fireworks will be lit after the end of the parade between 6:30 - 7:00 p.m., though the time may vary if the parade and Christmas Village Opening Ceremony goes over schedule. If any attendee would like to enjoy the parade and leave before the Opening Ceremony and the beginning of the fireworks, it is suggested to park at the North end of the parade route toward 22nd Street, East of Washington Blvd. Applications to volunteer or be featured in the parade procession will be accepted beginning October 1. More information about the parade, applications and Christmas Village can be found online.
Be Aware of the Risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
Carbon Monoxide (CO) is an invisible, tasteless, odorless gas that can come from fuel-burning appliances like furnaces, fireplaces and water heaters. This gas is impossible to detect with the five human senses, but it can cause serious illness and even death. Early symptoms of CO poisoning include headaches, nausea and dizziness. Worsening symptoms can include collapse, coma or death. CO poisoning is extremely dangerous for all ages and household pets, but the risk is higher for infants, 4 years old or less, and elderly, 75 years or older. To help avoid carbon monoxide poisoning:
- Get a Carbon Monoxide detector. A CO detector is an electronic device, much like a smoke detector, that sounds an alarm when the CO gas in the air reaches a health-threatening level, even before symptoms of poisoning are noticed.
- DO NOT leave automobiles idling in the garage.
- Check all fuel-burning equipment at least once a year.
The City is selling CO detectors at a discounted price of $10.00 to support the Fire Department’s goal of ensuring every Ogden residence has one. Those interested in purchasing a detector must bring a utility bill to prove residency to the cashier’s office in the City Municipal Building (2549 Washington Blvd Suite 240).
Nine Rails Creative District Update
The Nine Rails Creative District Association recently hosted a meeting to evaluate progress made over the last year and to gather community input on priorities for the year ahead. Over the last year in Nine Rails, Ogden City has funded numerous public art pieces and programs, awarded arts grants to four local arts organizations, and provided RDA funding to support development of The Monarch building and the Peery Lofts. Ogden Downtown Alliance has formed the Nine Rails District Association and is managing marketing and communications for the district. The Monarch will have its grand opening on November 1, where an art installation by O1ARTS Visiting Artists in Residence, Wade Kavanaugh and Stephen Nguyen, will be featured in the building lobby for anyone to view. The community can stay informed about Nine Rails news by signing up for the newsletter here and following @ninerailsogden on Facebook and Instagram.
Emergency Preparedness: Cybersecurity
The 2019 National Cybersecurity Awareness Month theme of “Own IT, Secure IT, Protect IT” is focused on encouraging personal accountability and proactive behavior in security best practices and digital privacy. Follow these three details to gain more awareness on Cybersafety.
- Own IT: Stay safe on social media by never revealing personal locations or information. Update the privacy settings on social media and device applications, and make sure to research any application before downloading it onto a device.
- Secure IT: Create strong, unique passphrases and double login protection by turning on multi-factor authentication. Shop safely online and always on a secure network when entering financial information. Learn how to spot phishing scams that can come from strangers through online messages.
- Protect IT: Update to the latest security software, web browser and operating systems. Never connect to unsecured Wi-Fi networks.