Monday, May 31, 2010

Summer Park It Program

For Kids
Monday - Thursday
10:00 - 2:00pm

Themed play and art projects, movies, pool and game activities will be held at Down Town Park, Discovery Park, Battle Creek Park & Pool, and P.G. Community Center.

  1. June 1 - 10  
  2. June 14 - 24
  3. July 5 - 19   
  4. July 19 - 29  
Registration Fees:
1 week $45 (late $55)
2 weeks $80 (late $90)

1 week $55 (late $65)
2 weeks $90 (late $100)

For Moms and Tots
10:30 - 11:30
  1. June 9
  2. June 23
  3. July 7
  4. July 21
Class Fee: $16 for 4 weeks or $5 per class
Must register one week before class.

Community Center
(801) 785-6172

Tsing Tao - Restaurant Review

Tsing Tao

Check out the menu here
Sunday, May 30, 2010

Memorial Day Activities

No plans for Memorial day? No worries, check out this article in the Salt Lake Tribune of 25 things to do.

Summer Cooking Classes

Kids Summer Cooking
June 1st - July 28th
Tuesdays or Thursdays
10:00 or 11:30 am
PG Community Center

This course will run for 8 weeks. You will have the option to register for one, several or all 8 weeks.

Resident: $8 per class or $7 for 6 or more classes
Non-Resident: $9 per class

Toddler Cooking Class

Mondays, June 7 - July 9
10 or 11:30 am
PG Community Center

For children ages 2 to 4 years. An adult or older sibling (8 and up), must attend with child. 

Community Center
(801) 785-6172

Take a "Tour" of the Salt Lake Temple

Ever wondered what the inside of the Salt Lake Temple looks like? Here's a glimpse!

The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has opened up a new exhibit where you can "virtually" tour the Salt Lake Temple through kiosks that include photos of the actual rooms in the temple accompanied by narration explaining the purposes of each room. The over 7 foot tall, 1/32nd scale model of the temple is on display at the Temple Square South Visitor's Center. Read more about the exhibit here at Deseret News.

A cut-away view of the rooms inside.

all photos taken by Laura Seitz, Deseret News
Thanks to Chocolate on My Cranium for sharing this

Twilight Tales

7:00 -7:30 p.m.
PG library - downstairs

The mission of Twilight Tales story time is to bring families together in a shared love for books and reading, and provide a friendly, welcoming atmosphere in which that love of literature can be fostered.

Upcoming themes include:
June 1, 2010 – Brothers and Sisters
June 8, 2010 – Strawberry Days
June 15, 2010 – Caldecott Books
June 22, 2010 – National Pink Day
June 29, 2010 – Zoo Day!

Saturday, May 29, 2010

BBQ Train

June 5 & 19, 2010

6:30 - 9:00 pm 
Heber Depot

Enjoy a relaxing train ride along the shores of Deer Creek Reservoir then stop for live music and a delicious BBQ dinner buffet in the beautiful outdoor setting while the sun sets over majestic Mt. Timpanogos.  A fun, outdoor experience for all ages and for any occasion.

The Sunset BBQ Special departs from the Heber Depot, travels along the shores of Deer Creek Reservoir to Decker Bay, and returns. Dinner is served buffet-style at the Soldier Hollow Platform.

$48 Adult/Senior
$30 Child (3-12)

July 3 & 17, 2010
August 7 & 21, 2010
September 4 & September 18, 2010

Living Planet Aquarium 6th Birthday

Saturday, June 5
10am – 8pm
Wish the aquarium a Happy 6th Birthday with the Radio Disney Road Crew 11am-12:30pm.
Activities, prizes, music, dancing!
Friday, May 28, 2010

50th Annual Fireman's Breakfast

Saturday, May 29th
6:00 am -11:00
Fire Station - 70 South 100 East

The boys were thrilled to meet Smokey the Bear and to climb all over the fire trucks. It's a fun experience.
When we went we had pancakes, hash browns, eggs, a meat and a drink.

Wild Outdoors Festival: Gone to the Dogs

Friday, June 4: 4 - 8 pm
Saturday, June 5: 10 am - 6 pm
Thanksgiving Point's Electric Park

Adults $9 (age 13+)
Children $6 (age 3-12)
*TP Members receive half-off

This year the Wild Outdoors Festival features Splash Dogs, a crowd favorite for guests of all ages. The festival also includes Course A’lure, fun matches in agility and obedience, fly ball, canine clinics and more!

Making Waves at your library - Tween Summer Program

June 8- July 30.
3:00 p.m

Youth who are 11 to 12 can participate in this group.


June 9th - Ocean Commotion
June 16th - Pirate Palooza
June 23rd - Liquid Lit
June 30th - Bubble Mania
July 7th - Gator Golf
July 14th - Dive In
July 21st - Sound Waves
July 28th - Pool Party

Special Tween Movie Events (No registration needed):

Friday, June 25 @ 3:00 p.m. - "Swiss Family Robinson" 126 minutes.
Friday, July 16 @ 3:00 p.m. - "Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief" 118 minutes.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Make a Splash - Kids Summer Reading Program

Make a Splash Read
June 8th -July 28th
Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays
10:00, 11:30, or 1:00 p.m.
PG library - down stairs
  1. Open to children ages 3 -10: 
  2. Register online, by phone (801) 785-3950, or at the library
  3. Pick up or print off a reading log. After every 5 hours read, return the log to receive a prize.
  4.  The library offers a variety of programs, give-aways and contests all summer, so pick up a calendar of events or check the website as often as possible.
  5.  Everyone who completes the reading log will earn a reading medal and an entry to win one of the grand prizes, and will also be invited to a “Splish Splash” final party on July 28th.

Hogle Zoo Merit Badges

$15 per scout; Leaders FREE
Scout group leader ratio standards apply (1:6)
No unregistered children
Private Scout classes can also be arranged for groups of at least 10.

Saturday, June 5
8:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Fun, hands-on activities will help you get back to nature (and a little bit dirty) during your visit to the Zoo. During class, we plan to finish requirements 1, 2, and 3, plus get well on the way with 4a, 4c, 4d, 4e and 4g.

Tuesday, September 7
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

You’ll fly through requirements 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 9, 10, and 11 in this eventful and "buggy" evening. By participating in this program, you will also be on your way to completing requirements 4 and 7. Come discover the exciting world of insects!

Thursday, September 23
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Environmental science affects everything around us from the foods we eat to the car commercials we see on TV. Come learn more about this important topic while you work on your merit badge. We will complete requirements 1, 2, 3a3, 3b3, 3d1, 3e2, 4a, and 6 in class. We will give tips for requirements 3c, 3f, and 5.

Tuesday, October 12
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Learn more about your furry friends and work on your Mammals Study merit badge. We will complete requirements 1, 2, 3c, and 4g in class, and give tips for requirement 5.

Tuesday, October 26
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Some are slippery, some are slimy; few are scary. Learn more about reptiles and amphibians and get to know a few in person as you work on your merit badge. We will finish requirements 1-7, 9b and 10. We recommend that scouts do requirement 8b to complete their badge.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Raft 'n Rails

Tuesday through Saturday
June 2 through August 29, 2009*
11:00 - 5:00 pm
Heber City Depot

Cool off a hot summer day with this fun activity for ages 3 and above. Enjoy a scenic ride from Heber to Vivian Park, raft the renowned Provo River with experienced guides through Class I and II rapids, visit the famed Sundance Resort, then catch a return shuttle to the depot. Dress appropriately and don’t forget sunscreen! Fare includes shuttle transfers and boxed lunch.

$99 Adult/Senior,
$74 Child (3-12)
Advance reservations are required 24-hours in advance. No outside food or beverage is allowed.

Timesaver Option Excludes Sundance Resort and boxed lunch.
11:00 - 3:00 pm
$79 Adult/Senior,
$56 Child (3-12)

Sea Ventures Summer Camps

Register Now

Undersea Safari, pre-K, June 29th & 30th, 8:30-11:00am, $50 ($45 members)

Join us for a safari adventure at the Living Planet Aquarium! Your camper will be outfitted for fun as we travel through Utah, South America and then on to the open ocean. All along the way there will be crafts, songs and plenty of hands-on exploration.

Riddles of the Sea, Kindergarten graduates, July 22nd & 23rd, 8:30 – 11:30am, $55 ($50 members)

What is lurking in the ocean blue? Come along and bring a friend or two! The sea is full of mystery, plenty enough for you and me. With The Living Planet Aquarium as your guide, let us take you for a magical ride. Your next adventure is waiting here!

Scaly Water Adventures, 1st & 2nd grade graduates, July 15th & 16th, 8:30 – 11:30am, $55 ($50 members)

It’s a jungle out there! Grab your exploring gear and join The Living Planet Aquarium's education staff to learn all about some of nature's slipperiest, slimiest, and most scaly animals!

Shark Sleuths, 3rd & 4th grade graduates, July 13th & 14th, 8:30 – 11:30am, $55 ($50 members)

SHARKS, SHARKS AND MORE SHARKS!! Come to The Living Planet Aquarium and explore the secret lives of sharks with our 15,000 galloon shark tank!

Myths and Legends, 3rd & 4th grade graduates, August 3rd & 4th, 8:30 – 11:30am, $55 ($50 members)

Do you believe in the kraken? At the Living Planet Aquarium, you will find out that many sailors’ legends were based on actual creatures! Join us for an exciting adventure, but beware: there be monsters here!

Shark Sleuths 2, 5th & 6th grade graduates, July 20th & 21st, 8:30 – 11:30am, $55 ($50 members)

The Living Planet Aquarium promises to keep you on the edge of your fins, while you use your super sleuthing powers to solve the mystery surrounding sharks. Will your detective work deduce who “dunnit” in this diabolic and dastardly dilemma of the deep?

Are You Afraid of the Dark?, 5th & 6th grade graduates, July 20th & 21st, 12:30 – 3:30 pm, $55 ($50 members)

The Living Planet Aquarium spotlights animals that never lose their way in the dark. We will take an up close and personal look at the amazing things animals do to stay alive in the darkest of places. Are you brave enough to join us?

Extreme Eaters, 7th-9th grade, July 6th-8th, 8:30am – 4:00pm, $155 ($145 members)

Are you extreme enough for this camp? Finicky eaters need not apply… Some animals can eat prey 3 times the size of their head! Come uncover how gluttonous the animals of The Living Planet Aquarium can be.

Marine Biologists In Training – Unlocking Animal Behavior Secrets, 9th-12th grade, July 26th-30th, 8:30am – 4:00pm, $240 ($225 members)

Ever wonder why animals do the things they do? Here's your chance to find out! Join us for a week long adventure of discovery as we learn the ins and outs of animal behavior. You will get hands on experience training various animals while learning the importance of training in zoos and aquariums.
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Entertainment Under the Stars

Beginning May 31
8:00 pm
Scera Shell

Davy Jones - Monday, May 31
Linda Eder - Thursday, June 24
Emerson Drive - Saturday, July 24
Utah Symphony - Monday, August 16th
Dancing under the Stars: August 20 -21
John Michael Montgomery - Thursday, August 26
KC & the Sunshine Band - Monday, September 6th

Funny Girl: June 10-21
Willy Wonka: July 1-17
Annie get your Gun: July 30 -Aug 14

Get a season ticket, save 48% off the single ticket price.
Monday, May 24, 2010

Davy Jones of the Monkees Concert

Monday, May 31 at 8:00 pm 
Best known as the international teen idol on the 1960’s TV show “The Monkees,” England-born pop star Davy Jones has generations of fans who adore him – as a Tony Award-winning actor, musician, composer, motivational speaker, artist, writer, humorist, storyteller and consummate entertainer. 

Click here for more information on seating and pricing.
Sunday, May 23, 2010

Kids Summer Matinee Program

There are two different movie series available, each featuring 12 of the most current and popular family movies on the big screen for an absolutely amazing price!

Just select the series you'd like, and then choose the day and time you'd like to attend each week.

Cinema Series 1
10:30 am & 1:00 pm
Xango Grand Theatre at Scera Center

May 31-June 3: ALIENS IN THE ATTIC (PG, 86 minutes)
June 7-10: ICE AGE: DAWN OF THE DINOSAURS (PG, 94 minutes)
June 14-17: TOOTH FAIRY (PG, 101 minutes)
June 21-24: HANNAH MONTANA (G, 92 minutes)
June 28-July 1: THE FANTASTIC MR. FOX (PG, 86 minutes)
July 5-8: ENCHANTED (PG, 107 minutes)
July 12-15: MONSTERS VS. ALIENS (PG, 94 minutes)
July 19-22: CLOUDY WITH CHANCE OF MEATBALLS (PG, 89 minutes)
July 26-29: PLANET 51 (PG, 91 minutes)
Aug. 9-12: ASTRO BOY (PG, 94 minutes)
Aug. 16-19: IMAGINE THAT (PG, 107 minutes)

Cinema Series II
Monday-Thursday @ 10:00am
SCERA Showhouse II

May 31-June 3: NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM 2 (PG, 105 minutes)
June 7-10: GI JOE (PG-13, 118 minutes)
June 14-17: STAR TREK (PG-13, 127 minutes)
June 21-24: CORALINE (PG, 100 minutes)
June 28-July 1: CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: PRINCE CASPIAN (PG, 140 minutes)
July 5-8: THE SPY NEXT DOOR (PG, 92 minutes)
July 12-15: WHERE THE WILD THINGS ARE (PG, 101 minutes)
July 19-22: SHORTS (PG, 89 minutes)
July 26-29: HARRY POTTER & THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE (PG, 153 minutes)
Aug. 2-5: LEAP YEAR (PG, 100 minutes)
Aug. 9-12: THE MUMMY: TOMB OF THE DRAGON EMPEROR (PG-13, 112 minutes)
Aug. 16-19: NEW IN TOWN (PG)
Saturday, May 22, 2010

Restaurant Review

Diamond Grill in Salem

Seven Peaks

Opens May 29th
Monday - Saturdays
11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.
1330 East 300 North
Provo, Utah 84606

The largest waterpark in Utah, with 16 waterslides, a 500,000 gallon Wave Pool, kids swimming areas and slides, group pavilions & cabanas, a giant Half Pipe tube ride, 100-foot Free Fall drops slides, and a quarter-mile Lazy River!

Half Days

August 23-27
August 30-September 3
4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Friday, May 21, 2010

Heber Valley Historic Railroad - Memorial Day Weekend

Friday, May 28 through Monday, May 31
11:00 am and 3:00 pm
Heber Depot

Hop aboard the Heber Valley Historic Railroad for a very special excursion this Memorial Day Weekend. Our summer schedule will start with a bang —or more appropriately, the unmistakable whistle of the Steam Locomotive #618! This will be the final run for our beloved engine before it is taken out of service for complete renovation. Don't miss this opportunity to experience steam on the Heber Valley Historic Railroad.

Gateway BBQ - postponed

The weatherman is predicting cold rainy weather this weekend.
So Gateway's Community BBQ has been postponed until

Saturday, June 5th 

Mysteries of Monster Grove

May 28-June12
7:30 pm
Nelke Theatre at Harris Fine Arts Center

The play is about Sylvia, whose parents are accountants for classic monsters like Count Dracula. Things are great until the day her father mysteriously vanishes. Sylvia sets out to solve the mystery of her father's disappearance and solves a few other puzzles along the way.

Walton has created a production just for BYU that will require the audience to help solve the mystery by voting on the ending.

$6 Dress rehearsals available May 26-27
$6 Matinees on June 3, 5, 11 and 12 at 2 p.m.
There will be no performances Sundays or Mondays.

Tickets are available at the Fine Arts Ticket Office, (801) 422-4322 or at
Thursday, May 20, 2010

Soldier Hollow Express

Soldier Hollow Express
A Shorter Scenic Excursion

May 27 through October 9, 2010
Tuesday through Saturday
3:00 - 4:30 pm
Heber Depot

This 90-minute trip offers incredible views of the Wasatch Mountains and wide-open vistas of Deer Creek Reservoir and the beautiful Heber Valley. The Soldier Hollow Express departs from The Heber Valley Railroad Station, follows the shores of Deer Creek Reservoir to Decker Bay, and returns. Well-behaved friendly dogs on leash allowed in open cars during warmer months.

  $24 Adult, $19 Senior (60+),
  $16 Child (3-12)

October 15 through October 30, 2010
      Fridays and Saturdays
November 6, 13 & 20, 2010
December 27-20, 2010

Arts Education at SCERA Center

Registration begins April 6th
SCERA Center for the Arts

745 South State Street, Orem, UT 84058

The reviews are in and our popular art education programs at SCERA are this summer's big winners!  Check out the many fun and creative ways below you can develop and share a new talent during Summer 2010.  Click on any program link for detailed information on class descriptions, dates, times and tuition.

Download the Summer 2010 Registration Form. Bring the completed form and full payment to the main office of the SCERA Center for the Arts.  There is a $15 cancellation fee per class.

Musical Theatre & Acting (Ages 5-18)

Weeklong theme camps (Grades K-6th)
Drawing/Painting (Grades 6-8th)

Beginning (Age 12-16)   |  Intermediate (Age 13-16)
ADULT CLASSES: Social Dance Instruction

(Ages 8-13)
Violin, viola or cello   |   Classical or acoustic guitar

SCERA Sprouts (Ages 5-7)   |  SCERA Singers (Ages 8-12)
ADULT CLASSES: Beginner Voice & Jazz Choir

Learn to make a simple rod or marionette puppet or make a paper mache mask (Ages 6-18)

Create and star in your own DVD movie (Ages 6-15)

Create your own play (Ages 14-18)

Broadcast & Multimedia (Ages 10-18)

Make wood projects to take home (Ages 12-18)

Hands-on experience in the SCERA Scene Shop (Ages 17+)

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Sonic Shakes are BOGO

Creamy, indulgent Real Ice Cream. Stop by for a Real Ice Cream Shake today, and get another one FREE, on the spot or on your next visit. We're serving up creamy, indulgent real ice cream in all our frozen treats. Drive in tonight and try it in all your favorite SONIC® desserts.

Buy One, Get One Free Anytime offer ends June 27, 2010.

Buy one shake at regular price (plus tax), get one free shake of equal or lesser value now or receive a coupon for a free shake for a future visit. Coupon expires July 15, 2010.

Includes Cream Pie shakes and malts where available. Add-ins cost extra. Please mention and present coupon when ordering. Limit one free shake per coupon. One coupon per visit. Not good in conjunction with any other offers. No cash value. Copies, sale, or Internet distribution or auction prohibited. For a limited time only at participating SONIC® Drive-Ins.

Kids Science Class: All About Water

Wednesday, May 26
11:00 a.m.
Central Utah Gardens

Observe awesome experiments showing the properties of water. Water pH painting and other fun activities!

Register here.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Day out with Thomas

May 27-31, 2010
Heber Valley Railroad
450 South 600 West, Heber City, Utah

The Celebration includes a 25 minute ride with a full size Thomas the Tank Engine™ Also enjoy meeting Sir Topham Hatt, storytelling, live music, build with Mega Bloks© and much more!

Reserve your tickets now.

Basic Gardening 101 training

Saturday, May 22th
700 South building

Saturday, May 29th
700 South building

If you need to pick up your irrigation hose and get your plot assignment, you may do so after the training concludes around 10:00am.

Men's Fall Slow Pitch Softball

REGISTRATION: June 1 - Until Filled
SEASON: Start of August - October
FEE: $550/Team

Lower Division will play on Tuesday nights, and the Upper Division will play on Thursday nights with each team playing 2 games per night. The season will end with a double elimination tournament in each division.

For division information and online registration, click here.

Monday, May 17, 2010

City Council Public Hearing

Tuesday,  May 18
6:00 p.m.
City Council Chambers
86 East 100 South, PG

This Public Hearing is to consider a Resolution (2010- 028) amending the fee schedule charged by the Utility Department to increase the late fees on utility bills and establishing an effective date.

For any questions, you may contact City Hall (801) 785-5045.

Youth Summer Camps

Beginning in June
Register at or (801)863-8012

Classes for ages 3-18

Computer Camp
Art Camp
Noorda Camps
    Core Acting
    Creative Drama
    Special Interest
    Specialty Camp
Sunday, May 16, 2010

Gateway Community BBQ

Saturday, May 22nd
Gateway Pavillion

For all residents of Gateway Village

2010 Census - We Can’t Move Forward Until You Mail It Back”

What does it mean? The 2010 Census themes and tag lines “It’s In Our Hands” and “We Can’t Move Forward Until You Mail It Back” reflect a public attitude that “It’s our census, it’s up to me and my community to make sure the we have a complete and accurate count.” The 2010 Census will help determine how more than $400 billion in federal funds is dispersed each year for things like hospitals, job training centers, schools, senior centers, emergency services, bridges, and public works projects. The data collected by the census also help determine the number of seats each state has in the U.S. House of Representatives. The census provides valuable information that can be used in diverse local applications like grant writing, eligibility for housing, and social actions.
Saturday, May 15, 2010

PG Soccer

May 22 - June 19: Registration
July 31 - Mid September: Season

Click here for a age/grade breakdown and costs

Blooming. . .

in the Thanksgiving Point Gardens from May 15- June 30:

Bearded Iris
Shasta Daisy
Summer Annuals
Summer Perennials
Water lilies
Friday, May 14, 2010

Lamb and Wool Festival

Saturday, May 22
10 am - 6 pm
Thanksgiving Point's farm Country

$3.50/child (3-12)
*No charge for Thanksgiving Point and Farm Country members.

Lamb and Wool Festival is an annual event to entertain and enlighten families.

* Hacky sacks (10 am- 6 pm)
* Wool soap (10 am - 6 pm)
* Solar wool dyeing (10 am- 6 pm)
* Wool bracelets (10 am- 6 pm)
* Spinning & weaving demonstrations (10 am- 6 pm)
* Food Vendors (10 am- 6 pm)
* Pony & wagon rides (10 am- 6 pm)
* Wool shearing (10 am- 6 pm)
* Sheep dog demonstrations at 11am, 12 noon, 1 pm, 2 pm, & 3 pm
* Duck herding demonstrations at 12:30 pm, 1:30 pm, and 2:30 pm
* Waulking Demonstration at 2 pm
* Storytelling at 11 am, 1 pm, and 3 pm

Veteran's Memorial Pool

Opens: Saturday, May 22, 2010
Closes: Monday, September 6, 2010

300 S Locust
Pleasant Grove, Utah

Public Swim Hours 
Monday - Friday    1:30 PM - 7:55 PM
Saturday               12:30 PM - 7:55 PM

Daily Admission Prices
FREE  0-3 years old
$4.00  4 years and up
$1.50  Seniors (55 & up)
Thursday, May 13, 2010


Pleasant Grove City through Allied Waste will start delivering recycle cans beginning the first week of May.  Recycle pick up will have a staggered start.  Half of the city will start on Wednesday, June 2nd and the other half will be on Wednesday, June 9th.  You’ll receive a map attached to the recycle can indicating when your individual start date will be.  The map will soon be available on our website at and will be printed in the June newsletter.  Once you have your initial recycle picked up, it will then be picked up every other week.  Your normal garbage will continued to be picked up every week.  The pickup day will continue to be Wednesday.  If you have any questions you can call the city offices at (801) 785-5045.

Jr. Master Gardeners Club

The Junior Master Gardener (JMG) program educates participants about where their food comes from, how it grows, and the importance of fruits and vegetables in a healthy diet.

Organized in conjunction with Utah State University Extension 4-H and located at Thanksgiving Point’s Farm Country, JMG is an intensive summer gardening program for children ages 8-12.

At the beginning of the summer program, with the assistance of Thanksgiving Point’s teen volunteers, youth select which items they will grow. The students choose to grow everything from tomatoes and squash to pumpkins and green beans. For example, the pizza garden is an area youth plant everything needed to make a pizza: tomato, basil, onions, garlic, and peppers.
Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Adult Social Ballroom Lessons

May 1, 2010 thru Sat August 21, 2010
Saturdays 7:30-8:30pm
SCERA Center for the Arts
745 South State Street, Orem, UT 84058

Come and have a great evening with your dance partner of choice and learn social ballroom skills.  This is a fun, low-key environment to find your two left feet and make them move in ways you didn’t think you could!  Join us for a specific dance below or learn them all.  It’s a great excuse to socialize with friends, family and neighbors and get out of the house for an hour!  Perfect for ages 19-99.  Instructor: Shawn Mortensen
Prices: $15/couple per class. No advance reservations required, just pay when you come!

Learn the Cha-Cha
May 1, 8, 15
Saturdays 7:30 - 8:30pm
$15/couple per class

Learn the Samba
June 5, 12, 19
Saturdays 7:30 - 8:30pm
$15/couple per class

Learn American Swing
Aug. 7, 14, 21
Saturdays 7:30 - 8:30pm
$15/couple per class


I have only completed one sewing project involving clothing. Sewing clothes is not my forte. For my recital costume, I arranged to have someone make it for me, so it would fit and not fall apart while I was on stage. But due to unforeseen circumstances she was unable to do it. I was desperate to find someone who could do it and quickly, plus inexpensively.

I called around to the various fabric stores to get a list of seamstresses. (Joann will not give a list) I hit pay dirt at Hancocks when they gave me the name and number of Melody Penrod.

I left a message and she returned my call the same day. At that time, she scheduled a time to stop by my home to give me a free estimate of the project. She arrived ahead of schedule, and was very quick and efficient. She took my measurements, gave me a price ($25), and a date of completion.

First, I was pleased with the price. My previous inquires resulted in prices between $75-125, or  $15 per hour. My initial seamstress was going to charge me $75, which I was willing to pay to save my time and sanity. I practically danced a jig when she said it would only be $25. Woo hoo!

Second, she completed the dress a few days prior to the completion date, which allowed time for a fitting and readjustments (necessary due to a miscommunication on my part.). She brought the dress back the very next day, completed. A perfect fit. So that's what it's like to have some thing tailored to you body.

I'm so please with her services that I've already planned what clothing projects I'll have her do next: aloha shirts for the family, skirts, and another dress. I am so excited!

If you are in need of a seamstress for mending, tailoring or sewing a complete outfit, I recommend:

Melody Penrod
(801) 687-1011
Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Restaurant Review

Cafe Diablo in Torrey, UT

"How to be active in our community" Evening

Tonight, Tuesday  May 11
6:30 pm
700 S Church building in the cultural hall

Join us to find out about the resources in our community.
Dessert will be served
A nursery will be provided as well.
Monday, May 10, 2010

Summer Reading Program

Children's Summer Reading Program - Make a splash

Teen and Tween Summer Programs - Make Waves

Monday, May 17: Registration
Tuesday, June 8th - July 30th: Classes
PG library

Join the library for another summer of games, creativity, food, and much more. 

Teen events will be held on Tuesdays at 3:00 p.m.
Tween programming will be every Wednesday at 3:00 p.m.

More information will be coming soon.
Sunday, May 9, 2010

UVU Auto Expo & Swap Meet

Saturday, May 15, 2010 (rain or shine)
Show Time: 7 am - 5 pm
Car Registration: 7-11 am
Awards Selection 11:30 am - 3 pm
Awards Ceremony: 4 - 5:30 pm
Thanksgiving Point's Electric Park

$5/person (children 8 and under are free)

Utah Valley University will host their 23rd Annual Auto & Motorcycle Expo and Swap Meet. UVU welcomes thousands of spectators and has more than 700 car entries. The Auto Expo is among the largest car shows in Utah and includes local car clubs and unique private collections. In addition to the spectacular cars on display is the largest automotive swap meet in Utah, which draws in people from all over the northwest. All proceeds from the event will be donated to scholarships for auto, diesel and collision repair students at UVU.

For more information please visit WWW.UVU.EDU/AUTOEXPO/
Saturday, May 8, 2010

Nature's Nightmares Exhibit

Opening Saturday, May 15
Hogle Zoo

This exhibit offers a closer look at animals people typically find “scary.” By examining why people find these critters frightening, this exhibit will explain how these animals are actually beneficial to the environment and show that they’re not so bad after all. This exhibit will be housed in Hogle Zoo’s Tropical Gardens building, which previously featured exhibits like Ghost of the  Bayou and Madagascar!

Nature’s Nightmares features the following “frightening” fiends:

King vultures
Free-flying straw colored fruit bats
Norway rats
Mosquito larvae
Red-bellied piranha
Emperor scorpions
Dung beetles
Giant Vietnamese Centipedes
Goliath bird-eater spider

Organic Beef for Sale

This news comes from Mandi Taylor:
Just wanted to let you know that we butchered our cow yesterday (maybe some of you didn't know that we had a cow, now you do :). Since our little family can not eat an entire cow by ourselves we are selling off half of it. Here are the specifics:
This little cow was pasture raised on alfalfa and hay, he roamed 40 acres his entire 2 year life. He has not been treated with growth hormone, antibiotics, or other medications, nor has he been fed grain/protein infused corn feed. His meat is 100% organic and extremely lean. Also, grocery store beef does not have Omega 3 fatty acid (the good kind) but our dear pasture raised cow does have Omega 3 fatty acids, and less Omega 6 (the more dangerous kind) in his beef.
The beef will taste more like beef than grocery store beef (imagine that), it has more flavor, and is a bit nuttier. some people say that it has a slight alfalfa taste, to me it just taste about the same, but stronger and leaner. The taste is not for everyone, but most people end up preferring it over CAFO beef from the local grocery store.
I priced out what local beef like this usually cost and I found it is about $8.00/lbs for a combo of steak, roast, and hamburger (see Bell Organic Farms for one example)
We are not trying to make a profit, just get rid of some of it: right now we are looking at selling off half a cow in increments of 1/8, 1/4, or maybe even 1/16 ths. this would give you a combo of steak, roast, and yes . . . hamburger. the cost (we think) will be about $3.00/lbs. it may end up being slightly more or less.
I'm just trying to see if anyone is interested, if you are will you let me know how much you would be interested in purchasing? 1/4, 1/8, or 1/16th. I will get back to you with exact pricing, and a delivery date.
seriously, no pressure, we just think it is great to eat organically, and wanted to let you know that we've got organic beef available at a good price. It will be prewrapped and already in a deep freeze so you just need to put it in your freezer.
It should be ready next week. 

If you are interested, contact Mandi at
Friday, May 7, 2010

Breakfast at the Hogle Zoo

Saturday, May 15
7:45 AM to 10:00 AM

Enjoy a continental breakfast before regular Zoo hours and catch up with some of the animal moms at the Zoo. Learn how their babies grow up during their first year, and take your mom to visit some of our favorite animal families.

Saturday, June 19
7:45 AM to 10:00 AM

From birds of prey to leopards, learn what some of the animals are having for breakfast at the Zoo while you enjoy your own breakfast. Meet some animal friends up close and make a treat for an animal friend.

Saturday, October 23
7:45 AM to 10:00 AM

Join Spiderella, Queen of the Spiders, as she dines with some of her creepy friends and dispels all those nasty rumors about them just in time for Halloween. Costumes are welcome.

Saturday, November 13
7:45 AM to 10:00 AM

Just like people, animals like things to do. Learn how zookeepers enrich our animals' lives, what they do with different smells, tastes, sounds, sights, and textures. Determine why this is important in a day of the life of a zoo animal.
Thursday, May 6, 2010

Free KOA Kamping

Come Kamp & Care With Us Weekend 2010

Join us for KOA’s special Come Kamp & Care With Us Weekend, May 14 and 15, 2010. Pay for Friday, May 14 and kamp Saturday May 15 at the same kampground for FREE! KOA’s Come Kamp & Care With Us Weekend has become a favorite way for many families to kick off their summer camping season.

For the seventh year, kampgrounds will be collecting donations and holding fundraising events to benefit KOA Care Camps for children with cancer, the official charity of the KOA Owners Association. This network of 43 specialized summer camps gives children with cancer, and their siblings, a chance to experience the joys of camping while continuing their treatments.

Last year, KOA kampers contributed nearly $250,000 in KOA donations for this truly special charity. To find out more about KOA Care Camps, or to make a donation, go to

Make your reservations today!
  1. View the full list of participating KOA Kampgrounds.
  2. Click on the kampground where you'd like to stay, and make your reservations!
BONUS! Value Kard Reward members will receive an extra 1,000 kamping points and Value Kard Reward VIPs will receive an extra 2,000 kamping points for camping at participating KOAs during “Come Kamp and Care Weekend.”

Don’t wait! There is a limited supply of kampsites and accommodations available for this very special weekend. Remember stay and pay for Friday, May 14 and kamp Saturday, May 15 for free!
Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Glass Flowers - An Experience

When I found out that one could make glass flowers at the Art Institute at Thanksgiving Point, I knew I wanted to do it. I'd never just do it for myself, but I decided it would be the perfect everlasting flower I could send to our moms for Mother's Day.

On April 24th, I set off to the Art Institute to make 3 glass flowers. Walking in the walls are lined with beautiful glass pieces, like these:

as well as photos of their stained  and blown glass projects. Isn't this upside down tree incredible? My photo of the photo really doesn't do it justice.

When you arrive in the main room, to the right is the classroom (although it did not look as organized as this, it looked like a well used room)

Then to the left is the glass blowing room with a big window and several chairs so anyone can watch the blowers as they work. I didn't expect to have an audience while working on the flowers (but they came in handy taking pictures for me).

A decorative channel cut into the floor featuring a kaleidescope of colors glass pieces, leads you through the gallery/shop of colorful glass sculptures, Dowdle Folk art, jewelry and this amazing Glass Christmas Tree that lights up.

As I looked around Nathan, the glass blower, prepared the rods by heating them in a flaming box. Once those were ready, he demonstrated the process with clear glass, which he would then recycle for use later.

I selected the colors for my first flower,which he piled onto a metal table.

The heated rod goes into the hot furnace, a small glob of glass is collected.
Nathan rolled the rod to round out the glass as it cooled to provide a base for the bowl of the flower.

He collected another glob of glass, rolled it into a cone shape on the metal table then rolled the edge of the cone in the colored bits of glass to give the flower's edge color.

He returned the rod to the furnace until the colored pieces joined with the clear glass, shaped the glob into a cone again then dipped the flat side of the cone into the second pile of colored glass bits to give the stem color.

It went back into the furnace, then came out for me to flatten the edge.
See how red hot the glass is.

Nathan would rotate the rod as I used a pair of big tweezers to grasp a bit of the hot glass and pull to start shaping the flower's petals.

Then we pulled at a 45 degree angle. It was interesting to watch how the colors changes as the glass cooled.

Once the petals were shaped, we pulled the flower to create the stem, which Nathan crimped at the head of the rod. I chose the straight stem, but you can also have a curvy one.

Nathan took the flower to a blanket, where he crimped it again then gently tapped the rod to release the flower.

He used a blow torch to smooth the end of the stem.

The flower was placed in an oven, and will then need 24 hours to cure so that it will not shatter.

And here is the result of a half an hour's time, 3 beautiful flowers:
Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Salt Lake City Connect Pass

Salt Lake's diverse assortment of unique activities and attractions will make sure the only thing you'll never do in Salt Lake is run out of things to do. That's why we created the Visit Salt Lake Connect Pass; it's the best way to gain access to 13 of Salt Lake's most famous and fascinating attractions.

Clark Planetarium
Discovery Gateway
The Lion House Pantry Restaurant
The Living Planet Aquarium
Red Butte Garden
Snowbird Ski & Summer Resort
Thanksgiving Point
This Is The Place Heritage Park
Tracy Aviary
Utah Museum of Fine Arts
Utah Museum of Natural History
Utah Olympic Park
Utah's Hogle Zoo

DaysAdultSenior (65+)Child

Admission to all 13 attractions totals over $120, making the Connect Pass a great value. Check out the savings

The Visit Salt Lake Connect Pass is activated the first time you use it and remains active for the number of consecutive days purchased. The 365-day pass remains active for an entire year; however, if you do not use/activate any Connect Pass within the calendar year it was purchased, it will expire. You may visit as many attractions as you like while your Connect Pass is active but you are limited to only one (1) visitation at each participating attraction.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Zoo Borns

Tuesday, May 11
9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Hogle Zoo
$20.00 per child
(10% discount for members)

Cubs, pups, chicks and kits are just a few of the babies we’ll discover on this animal adventure. Join us as we uncover the world of baby animals and their parents at the Zoo.

Each program features theme animals with guided tours, art activities, songs, snacks and special experiences. Adults attend with children ages 3-5.

  • No older or younger siblings allowed.
  • Children registered for the Pre-K sessions must be age 3 by the date the class session begins.
  • We reserve the right to cancel the registrations of children registered in sessions that do not match their age/grade.
Sunday, May 2, 2010

Talley's Folly and Randy King

Winner of both the Pulitzer Prize and a Tony Award for Best Play, the romantic comedy Talley’s Folly shows one evening in the courtship of two unlikely lovers, Sally Talley and Matt Friedman. Sally is from a conservative, small-town, wealthy family of bigoted Protestants, and Matt is a Jewish accountant twelve years older than Sally. The story of how they become brave enough to reveal their most painful secrets touched audiences and critics, and the play’s Broadway run was a great success. This is one you won’t want to miss!

Written by Lanford Wilson, and directed by Randy King, a member of our community. 

Click here to obtain tickets

Swimming Lessons

Early Registration  

April 26 - 29 3:30 - 6:00 PM. Pleasant Grove Residents Only
May 3-6,  May 10-13, May 17-20,  All others at 3:30 - 6:00 PM.
Veteran's Memorial Pool (300 S Locust)

Resident $25
Non-Resident $30
Residents must show City Bill at registration or pay Non-Resident prices.

Swim lessons consist of 9 daily one half hour lessons over a two week period; the second Friday of each session will be used as a rain out day if needed.  

9:30 am lessons will begin, with a new class beginning every 35 minutes, the last class ends at 12:55. 
10:35 am Parent and Tot classes will begin 

Early Registration for the first two sessions will begin on the following dates:

April 26 Session 1  June 7 – June 18
April 26 Session 2  June 21 – July 2

Regular sign-ups will begin Monday, May 24th.

Registration for remaining sessions will begin on the following dates:

June 23 Session 3  July 5 – July 16
July 7 Session 4  July 19 – July 30
July 21 Session 5  Aug 2 – Aug 13

Check out the Veteran's Memorial Pool page for descriptions of Lessons and Classes.

Lesson Refund Policy -  
  1. Cash refunds will not be given for swim lessons. Credits will be extended, less a $5 handling fee, for any other pool service. 
  2. A $5 transfer fee will be charged when class time, class level, or session is changed.

Mother's Day Brunch

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Gardner Village at The Gathering Place
May 09, 2010
9;00 am to 3:00 pm

Celebrate the wonderful women in your life at a scrumptious brunch buffe. Enjoy a bountiful selection of fresh crepes and omelets, delicious desserts, breakfast and lunch items and even a chocolate fountain with all the trimmings.

Call 801.566.0917 for more information. First-come, first-served seating.
Saturday, May 1, 2010

Mt. Mahogany May Events

May 4 Hope of America (Chorus performs at BYU)
May 6 First Grade Field Trip
May 10-18 CRT testing (please make every effort to have your child at school)
May 12 Second Grade Field Trip
May 17 Student of the Month Assembly
May 18 3:15pm in the Gym Volunteer Appreciation Social
May 21 Field Day
May 24 Make up Field Day - in case of inclement weather
May 26 Sixth grade Graduation

May 28 Last Day of School
Attendance times:
8:00-9:30 Track A students
8:45-10:15 Track B
8:45-10:15 all Kindergarten classes

Teacher Request Information
 If you feel the need to request a specific teacher, request forms and guidelines will be available at the office beginning Monday May 3 and are due no later than Thursday May 6, no exceptions.

Next Year
August 23 Class lists will be posted
August 24 1:00-3:00 Open house
August 25 School Begins

Monday Dismissal Times
1:25 Track A
2:40 Track B

Mother's Day Brunch at Harvest Restaurant

Saturday, May 8, 2010
10 am – 2 pm
Harvest Restaurant at Water Tower Plaza

$14.95/children (under 11)
*Please call 801.768.4990 for reservations.

* Assorted pastries and artisan breads
* Domestic and imported cheeses
* Fresh berries & fruits
* Iced gulf shrimp
* Hot entrée selections, including traditional breakfast items
* Hand carved meats
* Fresh salads
* Display of house-made desserts