Wednesday, December 23, 2009

New Year's Celebrations

First Night 2010 at the Provo Towne Center
Dec 31 from 6:30 pm to 12:00 midnight

First Night Star Singing Competition
Live Bands, Big Band Dance & Top 40's Dance
Food Court & Concessions
Crafts, Face Painting
Games & Balloon Artists
Enterainment: Performers & Karaoke

Purchase your First Night Admissions Button at the Provo Towne Centre Customer Service or at the Provo City Parks and Recreation Office at 351 W. Center St.

Pre-purchased Buttons
$3 Children 12 and under
$4 Adults 13 and over
3 and under are free with a paid adult
Buttons purchased the day of the event are an additional $1 each per person
Volunteers Needed: Call 801-852-7636

P.S. The performance team from my hula studio will be performing that evening.

EVE (Salt Lake City)
Tuesday Dec 29 - Thursday Dec 31

All EVE performances on Temple Square are free and open to all ages. Tickets or passes are not required. Other downtown EVE events require a $15 pass (children under 10 are free). Plan to arrive early to allow for parking and traffic congestion.

There are so many events and locations, you just have to check out this flyer.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Antique Doll Collection

Woodbury Art Museum University Mall on the second floor between Nordstom and the Gap.
November 6, 2009 - January 15, 2010

Shirley Paxman founded the McCurdy Doll Museum in 1978 in Provo, UT and named it for Laura Christensen McCurdy who provided more than 3,000 dolls. McCurdy, who was a teacher, collected and used the original dolls in her instructional programs. The museum’s dolls are grouped in such historical themes as women of the Bible, folk dresses of the world, Native American dolls, and first ladies of America. The museum was located in a restored 1893 carriage house until 2005. The museum closed that year and the dolls have not been seen publically since that time. For the first time in four years, a special selection of dolls will be on display at the Woodbury Art Museum (UVU School of the Arts).

The dolls in this exhibition represent a small selection of the works created by Lewis Sorensen. Born in 1910, Sorensen became one of America's premier creators of wax dolls – both life size figures and smaller doll size sculptures. The subject of numerous newspaper articles, Sorensen gained a broad reputation for his life-size wax figures, and a general reputation as an outstanding sculptor. Appearing in this exhibit is a series of 12 “Father Christmas” dolls commissioned by Paxman representing traditions from a variety of nations. Sorensen developed a unique wax technique that he developed that is soft enough to carve, but firm enough to resist melting. The life-like, and individual characters of each ornately clothed figure adds charm to the stories of their origin.

Monday, December 21, 2009

National Invitational Postcard Exhibition

Woodbury Art Museum
November 6, 2009 - January 15, 2010
Monday - Friday from 11:00am - 7:00 pm
Price: Free

Through a network of artists, an artist from each of the fifty states was invited to make a postcard size (5" x 7") image dealing in some respect with the place in which they live. The curator of the exhibit is Jeanne Voltura, Director of the Bridge Gallery, City of Las Vegas, NV.
The art pieces represent visual contexts and environments with diverse impetus and purpose. While the concept of postcard art is not new, this iteration of such an event presents serious works of art on a miniature scale, as opposed to simply images that has transited the country through the US mail. Many of the works on paper are two sided - and are installed in such a manner as to permit the patron to examine both surfaces.

The exhibition was exhibited at the Bridge Gallery from April - July of 2009. It is also traveling to these other venues as of this time: Woodbury Art Museum, Utah Valley University School of the Arts, Orem, UT; McCutchan Art Center, University of Southern Indiana; A.D. Gallery, University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Pembroke, NC; USCB Gallery, University of South Carolina, Beaufort SC. Other venues are under consideration.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Sundance Night Skiing

Sundance Resort (8841 N. Alpine Loop Road)
December 21, 2009 - April 2, 2010

Ski the best snow on earth at Sundance Resort at night (new for 2009-2010)! Awarded ninth place in Conde Nast Traveler's "Best Places to Ski and Stay" in 2008 Sundance Resort will be open for even more hours this year.

Opening December 21, 2009, come enjoy Night Skiing Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday at Sundance. The majority of front mountain runs including Top Gun, Montoya, Stampede and Maverick will all be in operation.

Make sure to dress warm and take advantage of the thrill of racing down the slopes with the moon and stars shinning brightly above you.

Night Pass: $25 Adult/ $18 Junior/ $10 Senior
Season Pass:
Night Skiing Only Pass
$150 Adult/ $99 Junior
Upgrade to Seasons Pass
$70 Adult/ $55 Junior

The Night Skiing Upgrade is valid for all night skiing hours including the night portions of certain restricted day passes.

To purchase your Passes: 1-801-223-4849 or
Saturday, December 19, 2009

Salsa Dancing

Salsa Chocolate (116 West Center Street, Provo)
until December 31 from 9:00pm-1:30am
$6 General Admission

Enjoy some latin music and a chocolate fountains with fun items to dip in it. Non-alcoholic drinks are available for an additional charge.
Friday, December 18, 2009

Candy Windows

Historic Downtown Provo (425 West Center Street)
now - December 31, 2009
begins at 6:30.

Visit the Candy Windows displays in many of the store windows in historic downtown Provo: see scenes made entirely from candy! Several community artists are working throughout the year to create these tasty sculptures in windows displayed in storefront window along Historic Provo Center Street.
Thursday, December 17, 2009

Christmas Cruise

Dec. 4 - 26
M-T 6:30pm-9:00pm
F-S 6:30pm-10:00pm

Have a very unique Christmas Adventure! Fun for the whole Family! Enjoy a lighted riverboat ride on the lower Provo River. It is like a hayride, but a boat ride. There are thousands of lights reflecting off the water, Holiday scenes along the shore, and Christmas music on the boat. Santa even comes to visit on his canoe. Last year close to 2,000 people enjoyed our Christmas Cruise during the month of December. We have two professional excursion boats that can accommodate 40 people per ride. Since the boats are uncovered, blankets and warm clothes are strongly encouraged. The ride is a round trip experience that takes 25 minutes, with departures every 30 minutes, on the hour and half-hour.

Price: $6 per person, $25 Family
*A family consists of a mother, father, and their immediate children. In-laws, grandparents and grandchildren count as individuals. Two-year-olds and younger get in free.

Individual pass coupon here
Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical

SCERA 745 South State Street, Orem
November 27 - December 21, 2009
Price: $12 General Admission, $2 Discount Child/Senior/Student

Set as the first TV special taped in the studio built by Reverend Mother in the convent basement, the nuns you love are back as Reverend Mother, Sister Mary Amnesia, Sister Robert Anne, Sister Mary Leo and Sister Hubert are joined by Father Virgil, and four of Mount Saint Helen's most talented students. This show is filled with typical Nun-sense of humor, sing-a-longs, some of your favorite carols and a "Secret Santa" audience participation. We're certain this Nunsense Christmas Show will make you laugh, and maybe tug at your heartstrings. It's the perfect way to insure that your holiday season is merry and bright!

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

Valley Center Playhouse
November 13 - December 21, 2009
780 North 200 East, Lindon, UT 84042

Hours of Operation: 7:30 pm
Price: $7 for adults, $5 for students and children, $25 per family

"The Best Christmas Pageant Ever" is the funniest Christmas show you'll ever see but has a tender message as well. With a cast made up mostly of children, this is an amazing production that continues to delight year after year. Returning for its 21st year, you won't want to miss this great play written by Barbara Robinson.

Doors open at 7 p.m. and tickets are available at the door until 7:30 p.m. on performance nights. Please do not bring babes in arms or children under 5 years of age. If you would like to make reservations or learn directions to the theater, call 785-1186.

Ticket prices are $7 regular admission, $5 for students,
children and seniors, and $25 per family. $5 group rates
are available for groups of 20 people or more.

Tales for the Season

Orem Public Library (58 N State St)
Dec 17 at 7:00 pm

Orem Arts Council Presents: Tales for the Season. Join storytellers Cherie Davis and Nanette Watts as they share Christmas stories to warm the heart! You’ll enjoy a variety of tales, from personal vignettes to folk traditions.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Holiday Night Live

Noorda Theatre at UVU
December 17 - 19, 2009
7:00 pm and 9:00 pm

UVU Theatre is proud to present the Black Box Rep's annual send up of the holidays, ala a musical theater Saturday Night Live. We've had sold out crowds the last few years, so get your tickets early.

Price: $8 for general admission, $6 for students

Seahorse Symphony Opening Day

Saturday December 19th
Living Planet

This new exhibit celebrates one of the most captivating and charismatic species on the planet, and will feature several species of live seahorses and their relatives, including the unique and fascinating pipefish. The exhibit will also include an interactive reproductive component that will educate visitors about the unique reproduction of seahorses. Seahorses lock tails, change colors, swim snout-to-snout and whirl around in unison for days before engaging in a “true courtship dance” that lasts about eight hours. When one thing finally leads to another, it is the male of the species that becomes pregnant and carries the offspring.
Monday, December 14, 2009

Utah Symphony Christmas

Holidays Pops with Jerry! Dec 18 & 19 8:00pm Abravanel Hall
Join the Utah Symphony for a holiday concert guaranteed to make the season merry. Jerry Steichen will lead the orchestra in a seasonal stroll of your favorite holiday melodies.

Here Comes Santa Claus! Dec 19 11:30 & 12:30 at Abravanel Hall
Whether you’ve been naughty or nice, take a break from the seasonal rush and warm your vocal chords while your family sings along with Santa Claus and the rest of the Utah Symphony family. This concert is certain to make your children merry, and Santa will be in the lobby for any last-minute requests. Also, children are invited to come early to make their own tambourines out of paper plates, ribbon and jingle bells to play during the concert.
Sunday, December 13, 2009

Farley Family Christmas

December 14 - 21, 2009

Get ready to laugh till you cry with Aunt Pearl, Uncle Heber, Fayreen the cheerleader, Qweezel, Dean the wrestler, and little Tiffany with the big prayers. There is no better way to spend X-Mas than with your Farley Family.

Temple Square Christmas

Christmas on Temple Square:
Now through December 27

Christmas performances by high school, college, and community choral groups are held throughout the holiday season on Temple Square on the days and times listed below. Each free performance is 40 minutes in length. All ages are welcome to attend any these concerts. For a detailed schedule, call Temple Square Performances at 801-240-3323 or visit online at

Assembly Hall:
Tuesday - Sunday at 5:30, 6:30, 7:30, and 8:30 p.m.

South Visitors’ Center:
Tuesday - Sunday at 6:00, 7:00, and 8:00 p.m.

Joseph Smith Memorial Building
Monday - Saturday at 1:00, 2:00, 3:00, 4:00, & 5:00 p.m.

Church Office Building
Monday - Friday at 12:00 noon and 1:00 p.m.

Family History Library
Various days at 12:00 noon and 4:00 p.m.

Museum of Church History and Art
Tuesday - Friday at 7:00 p.m.

Savior of the World - Conference Center Theater
now – Jan. 2
Tuesdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.
Saturdays at 2:00 p.m.

The musical production Savior of the World, based on scriptural accounts of the birth and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, will return to the Conference Center Theater for the Christmas season. The show features a cast of talented actors, singers, and musicians sharing testimony through drama and song of the divine mission of Jesus Christ, the Son of God and Savior of the world.

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Christmas in the Grove

Alpine Tabernacle 100 East Main Street, American Fork
Dec. 13 at 7:00pm

The musical celebration is the 15th annual performance of a group of local Christmas choirs.

Holiday Lights

Holdman Christmas Light Display (61 King Peaks Drive)
now until Jan 2
Come see an amazing light display accompanied by Christmas music. The lights will run from 5pm to 10pm Sunday through Thursday & 5pm to 11pm Friday & Saturday.

Spanish Fork City - 17th Annual Festival of Lights

Now through New Year's - Jan 1, 2010
Nightly from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Canyon View Park, 3300 E. Powerhouse Rd. (Map)

You can buy gift certificates at the Spanish Fork City Office (40 South Main) or at the Parks & Recreation Office (775 North Main) for $5.

**Listen to the holiday music on 99.9 FM while you drive through the displays.

Murray - 5631 Whispering Pine Circle (5631 South 820 East)
Come watch the Elves dance! We look forward to having you visit our Christmas Light Show.

The synchronized display begins at 5:30 P.M. each night. It ends at 10:00 P.M. Sunday through Thursday and 11:00 P.M. Friday and Saturday.

Be sure to tune your car stereo to 99.9 FM as you enter the subdivision.

Friday, December 11, 2009

A Christmas Carol

until Dec. 23rd

Often lauded as the "second greatest Christmas story ever told," Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol will usher you into the season of giving. This traditional story of Scrooge and his ghostly visitors is filled with old-world charm, beautiful costumes, breathtaking music and, of course, a full helping of Hale heart and comedy.

For performance times and to purchase tickets click here.

until Dec. 23rd
Mon-Sat 8:00pm
Matinees 5:00 pm nightly, 11:30am & 2:00 matinees each Saturday, 2:00 pm on Dec. 23

In its 25th year of Christmas magic! HCT again weaves its spell-binding recreation of Charles Dickens’ beloved story. Acclaimed as one of the nation’s finest Christmastime traditions – with powerful adaptation and music by Wilkins and Bradford – this timeless production just gets better and better over the years. ‘…May it haunt your houses pleasantly…’

Breakfast with Santa

Provo Marriott 101 West 100 North
December 5 - 19, 2009
Breakfast buffet served from 7:00am – 12:00pm.
Get your picture taken with Santa.

Price: $13.95 Adult, $7.95 Child, Under 4 Free

Covey Center for the Arts Christmas

The Thrillionaires- Studio Theatre
December 12, 19 at 8:00 p.m.

Since 2006, The Thrillionaires have been making up quality Broadway-style musicals and improvising other film and theater styles for Utah audiences. Using only suggestions from the crowd, The Thrillionaires are the perfect union of theater and improv.

Joyful Noise
Back by popular demand! Joyful Noise is the beloved story of how Handel wrote the Messiah. Watch as love, passion, scandal, and struggle mix when George Frederic Handel writes his most famous oratorio.

Thursday, December 10 evening
Friday, December 11 7:30
Monday, December 14 7:30
Thursday, December 17 7:30
Saturday, December 19 2:00
Saturday, December 19 7:30

Covey Center for the arts is located at 425 West Center Street in Provo,
at the west side of the Provo City Center complex.

The Nutcraker

December 4-31, 2009, see performance times here

Ring in the holidays with Willam Christensen’s beloved production of The Nutcracker. Set to Tchaikovsky’s famous score, The Nutcracker‘s dazzling blend of costumes, sets and choreography creates an enchanted storybook world that has captivated Utah audiences for over 50 years. Tickets available here

The Nutty Nutcracker
Dec. 30 at 7:00 pm
Dec. 31 at 2:00 pm
Enjoy the same choreography with fun flourishes and humorous surprises!
Here's more information about the Nutty and Nice Package

Sugar Plum Party
The magic of The Nutcracker continues after the performance ends. Directly following the matinee performances, excluding Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve, you are invited to join the Sugar Plum Fairy and her friends on stage for punch, cookies, and the opportunity to have your picture taken with the Artists.

Sugar Plum Party tickets may be purchased when you purchase a Season Subscription package, when you purchase individual Nutcracker performance tickets from ArtTix or on the day of your Nutcracker perfromance at the ArtTix box office at the Capitol Theatre. Space is limited, purchase early for the best availability.

Performances with live orchestra - December 12, 17, 18, 19, 22 at 7:30 p.m.
$26, $22, $18

Performances with recorded music - December 21 at 7:30 p.m.; December 12 & 19 at 2;00 p.m.
$20, $18, $16

December 11, 12, 14, 18, 19, 21 at 7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
December 12 & 19 Matinee at 2 p.m.

Mountain West Ballet will present its twenty-fifth year of “The Nutcracker” for Sandy residents. The performances this year will involve almost 300 dancers from throughout the Salt Lake Valley and surrounding areas. The ballet will be performed at the theater at Mount Jordan Middle School located at 9360 South 300 East in Sandy

Ticket prices are:
Adults $12
Seniors/Students $10
Children $8

Tickets may be purchased at Sandy Parks and Recreation located at 440 East 8680 South, at Mountain West Ballet located at 489 West Park Land Drive (8845 South), online at or at the door one hour prior to performances.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Christmas Concerts: December 10, 11, and 12 (Conference Center)

The Mormon Tabernacle Choir and Orchestra at Temple Square will hold annual Christmas concerts in the Conference Center on December 10, 11; and12, at 7:30 p.m. A mini-concert will follow The Music and the Spoken Word broadcast on Sunday, December 13.

BYU Christmas

Bean Museum Nativity
Dec 11, 18 10:00am to 9:00pm
Location: Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum
From Dec. 1 - 31, the Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum will display its annual Nativity Exhibit. This year's exhibit will be located in the center atrium of the "Species Conservation" section. It will include the museum's elephant and white rhino. The Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum is open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Stories From Around the World
Dec 11 at 11:00am to 12:00pm
Location: Museum of Peoples and Cultures (700 N 100 E Provo)
Join us at the Museum of Peoples and Cultures every Friday at 11 a.m. for stories from around the world. Listen to folktales from other cultures and make a craft to take home or share with others. For preschoolers and young children. Admission is free.

Movie screening: "Travel Special: A European Christmas"
Dec 11 at 12:00pm to 2:00pm
Location: 238 Herald R. Clark Building
This screening is free and open to the campus community and the general public. The event is sponsored by BYU’s David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies.

BYU's Classical 89
Listeners can tune in to 89.1 FM and 89.5 FM (Utah County) or online at For more information, visit

"Glad Tidings"
Dec 13 5:00pm
Dec 21 7:00pm
dec 24 1:00pm
Glad Tidings 2009 features the internationally acclaimed choral ensembles and Philharmonic Orchestra of Brigham Young University.

"Salt Lake Children's Choir at Christmas "
Dec 15 6:00pm to 7:00pm
dec 24 3:00pm to 4:00pm
The Salt Lake Children's Choir features selections from their 2008 Christmas Concert in the Cathedral of the Madeleine. Favorite carols appear in the concert program, along with music from many lands, newer compositions and lesser-known gems.

"Celebration of Christmas"
Dec 20 5:00pm to 6:00pm
This annual concert is one of the most popular performances of the year at BYU. Join us for an evening of special yuletide offerings from hundreds of student musicians.

Kurt Bestor & Michael McLean

A Kurt Bestor Christmas Abravanel Hall
Dec 10 7:30 pm
Dec 11 8:00pm
Dec 12 2:00 & 8:00 pm
Purchase tickets online

Dec 10, 11, 12 , 14
7:30 - 10:30
Click here for tickets

Polar Express

December 11, 12, 18, 19, 21, 22 & 23
Depart 5:00 pm / Return 6:30 pm
Depart 7:30 pm / Return 9:00 pm

Don't miss the ever popular trip to the North Pole! A wonderful experience for the whole family. Elves serve hot drinks and treats while sharing favorite carols and a Christmas story. Children's eyes light up when Santa climbs aboard.

NEW IN 2009!!!
Experience the Polar Express in first-class style! All first-class passengers will enjoy their hot cocoa with whipped cream, served in a ceramic, Polar Express souvenir mug, and will receive a special Polar Express souvenir ticket. Reserve your tickets early, seats sell-out fast!

Check out First Class and Peak fares here.

Photos with Santa

Provo Towne Center

Santa Claus is coming to town! Come take advantage of this perfect photo opportunity for your family and friends while letting the kids whisper their gift ideas to Santa! Plus, children visiting Santa will receive a free coloring and autograph book, The Very Best Gift in the World is You, while supplies last.

Santa Hours: Monday - Saturday 10am - 1pm, 2pm-5pm, 6pm-9pm

Sunday 12pm-2:30pm, 3:30 pm-6pm

Click HERE for Santa photo coupon & holiday drawing for your child to color.

University Mall

Santa's Village Nov. 27 - Dec. 23
Santa will be dressed in his toy shop apparel, but will have his traditional red suit upon request. Visit with Santa following hours:
November 27 - December 23 Monday - Saturday 11am to 8pm
Christmas Eve 10am to 4pm

University Mall Giving Tree Nov. 27 - Dec. 19
Comcast and The United Way are the proud sponsors of this year's Giving Tree at University Mall. From November 27 through December 19, the Giving Tree will be decorated with ornaments representing individuals in our community who need special help this holiday season. Each ornament includes information about the individual which will help in selecting a gift that will bring a smile to their face on Christmas morning. Simply return the unwrapped gift to the University Mall by December 19 to ensure delivery by Christmas morning or help out by donating your change to the University Mall Christmas Jar which will be used to purchase additional gifts for the Giving Tree. Your simple gift can bring love and hope to someone in need.

Sounds of the Season Dec. 7 - Dec. 19
Daily Choral Performances in the Tree House Court.

South Towne Center Now through Thursday, December 24, 2009
Visit Santa for photos and a free gift and check out Santa's home in Center Court! You can learn how to track Santa around the world at the South Towne Center Tracking Station!

Santa's hours and photo packing and pricing

Donate to the Tree of Hope, located by Guest Services. All donations will go to the Huntsman Cancer Foundation's Bag of Hope for children diagnosed with cancer. Help bring a bit of holiday joy to a child who could really use it.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Clark Planetarium Christmas Events

Light Before Christmas - ATK Imax Theatre
Light Before Christmas
Locally produced in the Salt Lake area by Tandem Motion Picture Studios. After losing their way on a cold, blustery Christmas eve, two children are rescued by their friend. After inviting them into his cozy cottage he begins to read, “The Night Before Christmas.” To their astonishment, the children find themselves as characters in the poem, where they experience the wonder and delight of Santa’s visit to their home.

32 minutes - Ages: All
12:00pm 4:00pm 6:00pm

I remember seeing these figures in the little annex at the Dinosaur Museum

Santa vs the Snowman - ATK Imax Theatre
From the Academy Award nominated team that brought you Jimmy Neutron, comes the IMAX® 3D holiday film, Santa vs. the Snowman 3D. This film tells the story of a lonely Snowman who at first is swept away by the magical wonders of Santa's Village, only to ultimately wage war on Santa because he's jealous of all the attention Santa gets during Christmas time. An epic-scale polar war develops. The hilarious battle features such holiday defense mechanisms as hot chocolate squirt guns, giant Igloo Robot Walkers and even a 50-foot tall toy soldier manned by Santa himself.

30 minutes - Ages: All
2:45pm 7:30pm

Hansen Dome

Tickets for all shows available here.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Christmas Around the World Dinner

Pleasant Springs Ward Relief Society invites us to join them for a Christmas around the World dinner and program!

Wednesday, Dec 9th -6:00 pm at the church building.

Sounds like fun! Hope to see you there!

Gardner Village Christmas Events

HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS at Gardner Village
Dec 01, 2009 Thru Dec 24, 2009
We know you love shopping and we know you love Christmas. We also know that Christmas shopping can be difficult. This month Gardner Village has some great gift ideas to make your Christmas even more enjoyable. Visit us before Christmas for great savings on some of our most popular items. Click here for a list of gift ideas.

Dec 01, 2009 Thru Dec 31, 2009
elves 1The North Pole elves are back for the holidays to fill your heart with delight. The collection of pointy-eared displays will charm you as they help Santa prepare for the season. Bring the camera and kids and capture the magic of Christmas in photos and memories.

Dec 01, 2009 Thru Dec 12, 2009
SnowydayBundle up and get ready for Highlite Photography's first-ever Snowy Days Portrait Event. Bring your fun hats, scarves, earmuffs or wool coats and meet us in the mountains for a serene mountain setting. This family event comes just in time when the family is home for Christmas and is available select dates. Call today at 801.569.1749 to reserve your spot with one of Utah's favorite family photographers.

ORDER YOUR FROZEN ROLLS from Naborhood Bakery
Dec 01, 2009 Thru Dec 24, 2009
If you're looking for the comfort of grandma's kitchen during the holidays, then think of this cozy bakery. Pick up your frozen roll dough early this year for your Christmas parties. You'll love the delicious aroma and taste of parkerhouse, butterflake, old fashioned hand-cut and melt-in-your-mouth orange butterflake rolls. Call 801.566.8808 for more information or just come in and pick up.

Dec 01, 2009 Thru Dec 24, 2009
elf hunt event

The elves have escaped from the North Pole and Santa Claus needs the help of your little ones in finding them. Walk our brick pathways in search of each of our elf displays. Bring the kids and share in the magic of the season. This year's scavenger hunt will be posted here beginning November 19th.

Click here to get started!

Monday, December 7, 2009

Discovery Gateway Breakfast with Santa

‘Tis the Season to Play…with Santa!

Discovery Gateway children‘s museum is hosting our second annual Breakfast with Santa event. Come enjoy a tasty warm breakfast, holiday crafts, and play time in the Museum with Jolly Old Saint Nick!

Saturday, December 12th | 8am — 10am

Members: $10/child, $15/adult | Non-members: $12/child, $17/adult

Bring your camera and capture the special memories of this intimate and unforgettable holiday event. Space is limited, call 801.456.5437 ext. 124 to reserve your spot today!

Library Class Registration

Monday, December 14th -Registration begins for these children's classes:

Story Time
Story time is a six-week program for children three to six years old and consists of approximately 40 minutes of stories, songs, fingerplays, and crafts. The registration fee is $5.00 with a current library card.

Wee Read

Wee Read is a class for little ones, eighteen months to three years.

Registration for this free program is a must because of limited space.

Music and Movement
Music and Movement features rhythm, chanting, singing, and movement. This popular class fills quickly, so sign up soon. This class is designed for children 3 and 1/2 to 6 years old. All participants need to be potty trained.

Class size is limited to 12 students. This class lasts approximately 35 minutes each session, with 6 total sessions.
The class fee is $5.00 with a current library card.

Dec. 15 Closes at 5:00 p.m.
Dec. 24 Closed
Dec. 25 Closed for Christmas
Dec. 26 Closed
Dec. 31 Closes Early at 3:00 p.m.
Jan. 1st Closed for New Year's Day
Saturday, December 5, 2009


November 28th - December 31st (Closed Christmas Eve and Christmas Day)

Utah’s largest animated holiday light park just got bigger and better! Hogle Zoo began Zoolights two years ago with over a million sparkling holiday lights. This year, there are even more lights in the trees, around railings and even more animated light displays! View glittering animated animals made out of light, warm up under heaters and enjoy savory seasonal treats along the way. To make your evening merry and bright, listen to live entertainment as you sip on hot chocolate, and then complete your holiday shopping at the Wild Zootique gift shop. And don't miss the chance to enjoy the Conservation Carousel while riding your favorite carousel animal.
Sunday - Thursday... 5 to 8 pm (grounds close at 9)
Friday - Saturday....... 5 to 9 pm (grounds close at 10)


Adults ...................... $6 Member Adults ....................... $5
Children (3-12) ...... $4 Member Children (3-12) ...... $3
Seniors (65 ) .......... $4 Member Seniors (65 ) .......... $3
Toddlers (2 & under) FREE Member Toddlers (2 & under) FREE
Friday, December 4, 2009

Thanksgiving Point Christmas Events

Holiday Lights - Electric Park
November 27 - Dec 28, 2009 (closed Sundays and Christmas day) 6-10 pm (6-8 pm on December 24)
Join us for 2009 Holiday Lights, a candy land of color, lights, and cheer this Christmas season. With more than a mile of winding path through one million twinkling lights, giant animated holiday displays and illuminated trees, Holiday Lights is better than ever, blending the favorites of the past and the excitement of new displays. The Christmas Story, as illustrated by Simon Dewey, completes the experience with a beautiful and meaningful nativity.

Feed Santa's Reindeer - Water Tower Plaza
November 27 - December 28, 2009 Monday - Friday 6-10 pm Saturday Noon-10 pm

Thanksgiving Point is helping take care of a few of Santa's Reindeer this holiday season. Stop by to visit these real, live, friendly reindeer and even give them treats.

Pictures with Santa - Tropical Room (above the Emporium)
December 1, 8, 15, 22 from 6-8 pm

Prices: Free for Members or with a Holiday Lights receipt, otherwise $2/per photo.

Get your Christmas Conifer at Water Tower Plaza

Breakfast with Santa
Thanksgiving Point Show Barn

December 5, 12, 19 from 9 - 11 am

(doors open at 8:30 am)

Santa makes his annual stop over to enjoy breakfast with his friends at Thanksgiving Point. Enjoy this fun holiday tradition including entertainment, crafts, games, and an unbelievable breakfast. You may even spot some festive characters like the Sugar Plum Fairy, Santa’s Elf, or the Gingerbread Man.

Advance Purchase:

Day-of Tickets:

Voice Male Thanksgiving Point Show Barn
December 15 & 16 at 7:30 pm (doors open at 6:30)
Voice Male is made up of six very different individuals who came together and have been performing a cappella for over 14 years. They have released 9 cd’s, including the ever popular Jingles and Jingles 2. The year’s tour is sure to please with many of the old familiar Christmas tunes you grew up with, as well as a few extra treats! There's never a dull moment when Voice Male takes the stage with their unique a cappella sound. And yes...everything you'll hear is generated by just their voices.

Mt. Mahogany December Events

Dec. 9 - Christmas Store
If your child would like to participate please send money in a Ziploc bag on that day with their NAME on it.

Dec. 10 - Mark Pullman Assembly
Dec. 14 - Student of the Month Assembly
Dec. 15 - School Chorus Performance: 6 p.m. at Mt. Mahogany
Dec. 16 - School Chorus Performance: 7 p.m. at University Mall
Dec. 17 - First Grade Program: 7 p.m.
Dec. 21 - Sixth Grade NOVA Graduation
Dec. 22 - Last Day of School
Dec. 23 - Winter Break until January 1
Jan. 4 - School resumes


Dec. 7 - Book Orders due
Dec. 11 - Show & Tell: Child's choice
Dec. 18 - Show & Tell: What do you want for Christmas?
Dec. 18 - Polar Express Party for Mrs. Lemmon's Class
Dec. 21 - Polar Express Party for all other classes
The children may wear their pajamas to school that day if they wish. They may be worn over the top of clothing or maybe be pajamas like sweats, robes, or other casual clothes. They will have recess, so the clothes need to be warm. More information will be sent home

Monday, November 30, 2009

Pleasant Grove's Santa

Tonight, Santa Claus is coming to town!!

6:00 Santa will drive into town
6:15 He'll light the city tree
6:30 He'll walk to the library, then greet the children in the basement of the library

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Messiah Sing-Along on December 4th

I just wanted to let everyone know about a fantastic holiday opportunity coming up. On December 4th at 7 p.m. at PG High, I will be participating in the annual sing-along of Handel's Messiah. The PG Orchestra will be accompanying a community choir and some really great soloists and the audience is invited to sing along to the choir parts. I've heard that the house can get pretty packed--what a fun way to celebrate the season with your community! Of course, you don't have to sing along if you don't want to. And, truly, these soloists are sounding just wonderful. Hope to see some of you there!
Monday, November 9, 2009

Mt. Mahogany November Events

Nov 11 Book Orders due
Nov 16 Thanksgiving Lunch money due ( $1.50 in a labeled envelope)
Nov 13 Show and Tell: child's choice
Nov 20 Show and Tell: write a thankful thought to share with class
Nov 24 Thanksgiving Lunch

All Students
Nov 13 First semester ends
Nov 16 Student of the Month Assembly
Nov 16 Book Fair Begins
Nov 19 Second Grade Program
Nov 20 Dads and Donuts
Nov 20 Thanksgiving Lunch
Nov 20 Book Fair Ends
Nov 24 Report Cards Sent home
Nov 25-27 Fall Break

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Books Books and More Books

I love books. I love acquiring books but I do't always like to buy books especially when I have some that I would rather not have on my shelf. My Here you can offer books that you want to send to someone else. When another person requests your book, you send it and receive points. Those points are then used to acquire books that you want.

It is free to use!!!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Statesmen Literature Discussions

We had a great discussion on "Common Sense". One question that was raised was "What can we do to effect change?" At times it can seem like we can't make a difference especially on the Federal level.

But we can make a difference. It starts in our own communities as we help lift each other and band together. And don't forget to vote today!!

Our next discussion will not be held till January 28th at 7:30. We will be discussing "The Crisis" by Thomas Paine...just the first one, but feel free to read them all.

You can read it at
Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Remaining Halloween Fun

Trunk or Treat
Our ward Trunk or Treat will be held at Oct 31st at 6:00 p.m. at the church. If you plan to decorate your car, please come at 5:30.

One of Utah County’s favorite fall and Halloween destinations and the home of Leroy, our famous 1200 pound pig. With activities ranging from hayrides and pumpkin patch to the Cornevil Night Terrors, what better place for some good farmin’ fun? New activities this year will give you a hands on farming experience all wrapped up with fun.

Some activities this year include:
* Corn Maze
* Three Pick-Your-Own Pumpkin Patches
* Cornevil Night Terrors Haunted Attraction

Whether you're finding your way out of a corn maze (featuring a new maze design, honoring Larry H. Miller), exploring the Pumpkin Princess Playland, riding a new Cornbelly's Express train, strolling through the pumpkin patch, tip-toeing through the haunted creature, or enjoying a yummy fall snack, there is unforgettable fun and memories for folks of all ages.

Ends October 31, 2009
Thursday & Friday: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Haunted Canyon – Heber Valley Railroad
Oct 29th - 7:30 pm & 8:30 pm Only
Oct 30th - 7:30 pm, 8:30 pm &9:30 pm
Halloween Fun for Everyone
Dare to climb aboard a ghoulishly spooky 35 minute ride, destination unknown! Come in Halloween costume or as you are, but dress for the outdoors. Glow sticks, snacks and hot drinks available for purchase at Vivian Park (no outside food or beverage is allowed).
Haunted Canyon Departs from Vivian Park
7:30 pm & 8:30 pm Departures —
$16 Adult/Senior (60+)
$8 Child (3-12)
9:30 pm Departures —
$14 Adult/Senior (60+)
$6 Child (3-12)

Witchapalooza - Gardner Village
Enjoy an evening of dinner, music and bewitching fun as the Witchapalooza Dinner Theater returns to The Gathering Place. Our beloved Weston the Warlock and his crazy cackling witches are back for another year of memories, music and fun as he seeks to find his true love. Enjoy traveling through the decades with colorful costumes, witty dialogue and an extraordinary musical score. Add to the mix a delicious dinner, and you have the makings of an ideal outing for the whole family.
$29.99 plus tax - Thursday evening and Saturday matinee
$31.99 plus tax - Friday and Saturday evenings

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Red Ribbon Week

Mt. Mahogany is celebrating being drug free.

Monday - Pledge to be drug free: Dress in Red
Kick off assembly will be held at 9:30 am and students will receive a red bracelet to wear throughout the week. If a student is caught wearing the bracelet at the right time and surprise may be received.

Tuesday - Use your Head, Don't do drugs: Wear your hats
They will be signing the "I pledge to be drug free" poster at lunch.

Wednesday - "Lei" off drugs: Dress Hawaiian
During lunch recess they will be tying red ribbons to the playground fence to show our pledge to be drug free, and the Poster Contest Winners will be announced.

Thursday - Be cool and "Shade Out" drugs: Wear your coolest sunglasses
They will be having a class door contest - Things I can do instead of drugs.

Friday - Don't be tricked, Drugs are No Treat!: Wear your Halloween Costume
NO masks or weapons! Class door winners will have a root beer float party.
9:30 Halloween Parade - Parents are invited to watch the parade from the media center/library and gym. If your child needs help with his/her costume, parents may come at 9:15 to assist.

Friday, October 23, 2009

All You Wonderful Cooks Out There

To all you wonderful chefs out there. I am looking for a red spaghetti sauce that does not require meat or canned whole/sliced tomatoes. Does anyone know of a quick sauce that I can whip up when my girls want noodles for breakfast, lunch, and dinner?
Thursday, October 22, 2009

Mt Mahagony Reflections Due Date

I learned after making the mad dash to get my daughters entry ready and submitted today, that today is no longer the deadline for entries. Students have until November 4th to submit their entries. There were only 10-12 TOTAL entries that had been received so far so the participation has been low. Now you have a little extra time to get everything done and submitted.

All the details are in the post below:
Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Statesmen Literature Discussion

Tomorrow will will have our discussion. We welcome all.

Date: October 22nd.. the date is a week earlier because of Halloween.
Time: 7:30
Location: Daines' Condo #3 in Gateway Village
Book: Common Sense by Glen Beck

As always adults and children welcome. See you then.
Thursday, October 15, 2009

I have been researching a way to develop my confidence in communicating my thoughts and ideas. I have been in contact with this school for a little less than a year and the presenter is very passionate about oratory. I thought I would pass this along for anyone interested in the webinar. If anyone needs help setting up their computer for it, let Jared or I know.


This webinar will be available live on Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at 6:00p.m.
Pacific Standard Time.

If you are unable to participate that evening, sign up now and we will send you a link to watch the webinar at your convenience.
• Sign up by October 16 and receive a FREE PARCHMENT copy of one of
America’s Founding Documents.
• You can’t miss this great opportunity to participate in a webinar needed for our time and applicable to your leadership.

Here is a sample of what you will learn:
• Why Knowing Your True Inner Self Ennobles Confidence
• Why Communicating Core Values will Resonate with a Diverse Audience?
• Why Speaking Extemporaneously will Raise Your Level of Influence to World Leadership

This 90 minute webinar is exceptionally priced at $20 per household.
Register now by:
• Paypal Link
• Call 1-801-921-9702 to register using your credit card
• Send a check to:
The Quintilian School of Oratory
P.O. Box 1987
Overton, Nevada 89040

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Meet the Candidates at the Library

It's election season round these parts and on Thursday, October 22nd, the library is hosting a "Meet the Candidates" forum. The meeting will be held on the lower level of the library and will start at 7 p.m. Candidates for Mayor and all other City Council positions will respond to questions posed by a moderator. All the questions will come from citizens. If you're interested in submitting questions, you can email them to library at . I'm planning on going so that I can actually cast a slightly educated vote for the people that I think would do the best job running our city and I would encourage anyone who is interested to join me!
Monday, October 12, 2009

Pleasant Grove Orchestra Concert

Just a heads up that the Pleasant Grove Orchestra is having a concert the evening of Friday, October 23rd, at 7 p.m. at the high school (700 E. 200 S.). We're not anything too spectacular, but it's free and you could get your Culture Points for the month. If you're interested, we'll be performing Shubert's Rosamunde Overture, Tschaikovsky's Cappricio Italien, and Mozart's Jupiter Symphony (Symphony No. 41). So, come support your local arts--we'd love to have you there!
Friday, October 9, 2009

Pleasant Grove Boulevard & Proctor Lane/1300 West

It's an unsafe intersection. Janae was in an accident there which totaled her car. There was another accident there this week. Several of you have mentioned that you go around to avoid it. I was in an almost accident again last week.

After the suggestion of others in our community to start a petition, I thought I'd give the city a call to find out what can be done about getting a light at an intersection. At first, I got the run around. They told me to talk to the police, who told me to talk to UDOT, who told me to talk to the City's traffic engineer. I call the city and ask for the traffic engineer. The WHO? Goodness!! Then they forward me to the City Engineer, Degan Lewis. I left a message.

Today, he called me back. There isn't money in the budget for a traffic signal, it costs $3000-$5000, or a traffic study - $2500. The City was hoping that with the opening of the new road leading into American Fork the traffic on PG Blvd would decrease. MR. Lewis feels that if there is any place in PG that needs a light that's the place.

So he has talked to a higher up to request that funds be obtained for the traffic study. He'll find out next week and let me know. For the traffic study, they set up counters, do occasional manual counting, among other things then review the data collected. The process takes a month.

I'm impressed. I didn't expect to get a call back. I certainly didn't think that anyone would really try to do anything about it. I'll keep you posted.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Parent Teacher Conference

Wednesday, October 7th
Thursday, October 8th

From 4:30 to 7:00
Monday, September 28, 2009

Statesmen Literature Discussion

We have changed the time and the date for our next discussion.

Date: October 22nd.. the date is a week earlier because of Halloween.
Time: 7:30
Location: Daines' Condo #3 in Gateway Village
Book: Common Sense by Glen Beck

As always adults and children welcome. See you then.
Saturday, September 26, 2009

Shout Out

to the Rappleyea Family for running the Rampage 5K.
Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Mt. Mahogany School Picture Day

Tomorrow, Thursday, September 24th.

Makeup: Tuesday, September 29th.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009

PTA Reflections Program

From each of the boys, I received this little pink slip titled Reflections Theme 2009-2010: "Beauty is. . ." Uh, what's that? I got that it was some sort of arts contest, but what was the point. So I looked it up at

The PTA Reflections Program is designed to enhance a quality arts education by providing an opportunity for students to explore their artistic talents and receive positive recognition for their efforts.

When children express themselves through words, pictures, music, dance, and other art forms, they grow intellectually and socially. They learn to analyze their thoughts, feelings, and ideas; learn to look at things, people, and experiences in a fresh and exciting way; and become more interested in the ideas and works of others.

Oh, ok! On with the details of the contest. There is no cost to enter. Students, kindergarten to sixth grade, may submit works in each of these arts areas: (read the requirements over carefully for the category that your child wishes to enter as they may be turned back for not following entry directions)

Dance choreography
Film production
Musical composition
Visual arts
Theatre Arts &
3-D arts (sculpture, jewelry, mobiles, etc)

As with any student activity, parent involvement and support are very important. But parents must remember that student artists need to be responsible for their own work. Children must make their own decisions about what to create and what to enter in the Reflections Program . . . Students should simply do their best; crooked lines, incorrect musical notes, or misspelled words do not disqualify anyone. ~

Entry forms will be available in the Mount Mahogany office on Thursday, October 1st.
All entries are due Thursday, October 22nd.
Winners will be announced at the November Student of the Month Assembly (during the school day)

Contact Wendy Cook ( or 796-8974) if you have any questions or if you would like to judge Music, Film & Video, or Theatre Arts this year.

Brekke Felt was a judge last year!
Monday, September 21, 2009

Statesmen Literature Discussions

On Sept. 24th we will be discussing Thoreau's work "Walking". You can find it at It is written in red so I would recommend copying and pasting it into a word doc.

Remember, this discussion will be open to all family members.

Location: Daines' condo #3
Time: 6:30
Saturday, September 19, 2009

Health And Safety Week

Starting on Monday, September 21 is Health and Safety Week at Mount Mahogany.
Each day has a theme and a fun way for the kids to participate.

Everyone is Different! It is great to be me and you to be you. Come to school with Crazy Hair.
Exercise to have fun and be healthy. Wear your sweats, favorite sports jersey or uniform day.

Use your head! Wear your helmet to school

Walk away from danger (internet or stranger). Crazy socks or mismatched shoes will help you on your way.

Picture Day is also on Thursday. If you are looking for an alternative to the traditional school pictures, check out Brekke's website: Day Dreamers Photograpy. Although, I think she's going to post more about it on here.

Be healthy from the inside out! Wear your clothes inside out.

Don't forget to support the Mt Mahogany Rampage 5K. (a map of the course)
Rampage Pancake Breakfast in front of Macey's, $2 per person.

Emergency Preparedness Snack
On Tuesday, don't forget to send in an Emergency Preparedness Snack to school for your child. This snack will be stored at school all year long in case an emergency situation was to occur during school hours. Write your child's name on a ziplock baggie and place a granola bar/crackers and juice/water inside. Make sure the snack is well packaged and won't get stale.

Internet Safety Seminar
Thursday, September 24th at 7:00 pm in the school gym.

Learn the best methods for keeping your children safe on the internet!
The goal of this parent-only educational meeting is to teach parents of all technical skills levels how to keep kids safe on the internet. More importantly, we will discuss how to help kids grow up in an environment where the internet is all-pervasive.

Every participant will learn how to access free software to help you immediately implement these ideas in your home . When you leave this seminar, you will have the tools and knowledge you need to keep your kids safe on the internet.

Some of the items that will be discussed include:
* dangers of the internet - instant messaging, chatting, social networking sites, pornography, cyber-bullying, and more
* teaching children to be safe on the internet, setting internet, usage rules for your home and outside your home
* using internet filter to protect children, including amazing new filters just released in the last few months.

If you have any questions, please call Sam Farnsworth, the Utah PTA technology advisor at (801)830-3112.

Mount Mahogany Evacuation & Emergency Procedures

Safety and Bus Conduct
Friday, September 18, 2009

Haunted Forest

The Haunted Forest opens tonight at 7:30 pm

Weekdays - 7:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays 7:30 p.m. until 12:00 Midnight

TICKET PRICES (Listed are for cash purchase only)

• $15.00 Haunted Forest
• $15.00 Psycho Manor Insane Asylum

• $20.00 TERROR TICKET- Psycho Manor, Haunted Forest & Haunted Mansion Show

Here's a coupon valid only Monday -Thursday

I went years ago while attending the Y. I'm not sure how my friends convinced me to go, cuz honestly I'm a HUGE wimp when it comes to scary stuff. I've never been so freaked out scared in all my life. Although, it was also quite the rush, once was enough. Those of you made of sterner stuff, I hope you enjoy it!
Thursday, September 17, 2009

PTA's new website

A note from Kate Merrill - PTA Liaison Coordinator at Mount Mahogany

This year the PTA has launched an all new interactive website, (JBF).
All parents, whether PTA members or not, are encouraged to sign up. The ease of communication allowed by this website will be a valuable tool to make this school year the best ever. Visit the website and enter the token to get started.

Where JBF is a newly developed website we ask for your patience as we are still learning the system. Please report any problems to Kate Merrill's email address. Thank you.

If you did not receive the token or Kate's email address, leave a comment and I'll get you the info.

A group is available for each class, when you sign up for a group you will able to receive and send announcements. As a Parent Volunteer you can ask for volunteers.

The PTA will be using this a lot as they will be going paperless.