Utah Genealogical Association event at Family History Library The 2008 Utah Genealogical Association fall conference will be Sept. 12 and 13 at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City. The theme of the conference is "Solving Family Mysteries." Admission to the conference is free, but registration is requested to help determine classroom size. Interested participants are asked to indicate which classes they would like to take by sending a list by e-mail to [email protected] or mailing the list to UGA, P.O. Box 1144, Salt Lake City, UT 84110.

The annual UGA meeting and banquet will be on the evening of Sept. 12 at the Plaza Hotel (next to the Family History Library) at 6:30 p.m. The guest speaker is Kory Meyerink, who will present "It's True, It's True, I Saw It in Print." Dinner will be a buffet with ham, turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, beans, carrots, bread and a dessert. Cost for the dinner will be $23. Payment must be made to the UGA.

For more information about the Utah Genealogical Association, visit infouga.org or call 1-888-463-6842.

Film festival seeking participants

The LDS Film Festival has posted its "Call for Entries 2009" on its Web site, ldsfilmfestival.org. Festival organizers are encouraging all local and LDS filmmakers to participate in the eighth-annual event by submitting their work. Categories include the short film competition, feature film exhibition, 24-hour filmmaking marathon, special screenings and the seven-page script competition.

The 2008 festival drew an audience of more than 6,500. By the end of 2008, a record of five films will have been released in theaters after screening at the 2008 LDS Film Festival. "Happy Valley" was released in March, "Emma Smith: My Story" was released in April and "The Errand of Angels" was released just last weekend. "Take" is scheduled for theaters in early September, while "Forever Strong," the story of the Highland rugby team, will debut later that month.

Utah War is topic of annual lecture

LOGAN — Historian William P. MacKinnon will speak at the 14th-annual Leonard J. Arrington Mormon History Lecture at the Logan LDS Tabernacle. MacKinnon will speak on "Predicting the Past: The Utah War's 21st-Century Future" on Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. The lecture series is named after Leonard J. Arrington, former church historian and professor at Utah State University. Arrington died in 1999 at the age of 81.

In conjunction with the lecture, a writing contest for college students in Utah and surrounding areas will be held with up to $1,750 in cash prizes. Those interested must attend the lecture, where they can pick up an entry form.

Brazilian festival, benefit this week

The Utah Brazilian Festival will be held Saturday from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Gateway Mall in Salt Lake City. In conjunction with the event, a benefit for the SLC Film Center will be held Friday at 6 p.m. at Tucanos Brazilian Grill at the Gateway. Among the honorees will be Jared and Jerusha Hess, creators of "Napoleon Dynamite" and "Nacho Libre." For more information, call 801-746-7000.