Utah Valley Calendar: Things to do – Sept. 4, 2021
History Club — The American Fork Library will host History Club for ages 9 to 12. At 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 15, the theme will be “Prehistoric Hunters, Farmers, and Raiders.” At 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29, the theme will be “The Bronze Age Apocalypse.” Register at https://aflibrary.eventbrite.com.
Kindergarten Kickstart — A special four-week series for children that are 4 years old as of Sept. 1 will be held at 1 p.m. on Sept. 9, 16, 23 and 30 at the American Fork Library. The classes will introduce different readiness skills through songs, stories, games and activity stations. Registration is required at https://aflibrary.eventbrite.com.
Storytime begins Sept. 14 — The American Fork Library is offering storytimes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays beginning Sept. 14. Toddler Tales will be at 10 a.m., followed by Preschool Pals at 11 a.m. Preschool Palls will also be offered as a Zoom Storytime at 10 a.m. Wednesdays. Register at https://aflibrary.eventbrite.com.
Library Open House — Get your golden ticket at the “American Fork Library Chocolate Factory” during the library’s open house from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 13. Surprises are promised.
Outdoor watering restrictions — The city of Cedar Hills is implementing outdoor watering restrictions through the 2020 landscape watering season. All house numbers ending in odd numbers will be allowed to water on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. House numbers ending in even numbers will be allowed to water on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Additionally, spot watering with a hose is allowed on Sundays. Restrictions will be enforced with an initial warning, a $50 fine for a second violation and a $200 fine for the third and subsequent violations. Other commercial and community properties may be on different schedules to offset water demand.
After School Science Class — Students in kindergarten through sixth grade can participate in a science class from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays from Sept. 21 to Oct. 26 at the Cedar Hills Recreation Center. Students will conduct hands-on experiments to learn about the unique substances matter and everything around us. The cost is $69. For more information, please visit https://secure.rec1.com/UT/city-of-cedar-hills/catalog.
After School Lego program — Cedar Hills Recreation and Snapology will run a six-week Machines and Contraptions Lego program on Wednesdays beginning Sept. 15 and ending Oct. 20. There are two levels — one for ages 5-8 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. and another for ages 8-14 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. The cost of the class is $75. For more information, please visit https://secure.rec1.com/UT/city-of-cedar-hills/catalog.
HIGH Fitness classes — This weekly class takes aerobics to the next level by combining modern fitness techniques, such as HIIT, plyometics, and intervals of strength and cardio with music. Classes are currently at 6 a.m. Mondays at the Cedar Hills Recreation Center. The drop-in rate is $5 and punch cards can be purchased at a discount. Social distancing will be in effect. For more information, visit http://www.cedarhills.org/highfit.
Get HIGH with Dax — HIGH fitness classes will be offered twice weekly at the Cedar Hills Recreation Center — at 6 a.m. on Thursdays and a kids class for ages 6 to 16 at 4:15 p.m. on Fridays. The drop-in rate for the Thursday class is $3.50 while the Friday class is free. Social distancing will be in effect.
The Emily Effect Fall Festival — Support mothers at The Emily Effect’s Fall Festival from 10 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. at Margaret Wines Park at Center Street and 500 North. There will be raffle prizes, food trucks, free games, music, a petting zoo. Donations and raffle proceeds will go to The Emily Effect, which provides resources to families and support to women suffering from perinatal mood disorders.
Senior bus — The Lindon Senior Center has a bus and is able to offer rides to and from the center on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. This is available for Lindon resident seniors. Pick-ups are between 10 and 11 a.m. Drop-offs are between 1 and 2 p.m. Reservations must be made at least one day in advance. Contact the Senior Center front desk at (801) 769-8625.
Volunteer at the library — Friends of the Payson Library notes that residents can volunteer for an hour or less each month to help the library meet the needs of children and patrons. Volunteers are asked to offer ideas and support the group’s yearly book sale. People interested in volunteering may contact library director Dona Gay, Brittany Johnson at (801) 609-4078, Ann Humpherys at (801) 465-0941, or Steve Southwick at (801) 822-1705.
Festival Latinoamericano — Celebrating culture and community throughout Labor Day weekend on the grounds of the Historic Utah County Courthouse, 50 S. University Ave. The event features music, dances, food and costumes. Hours are 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, a musical program from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday. For more information, visit https://www.facebook.com/festivalprovo.
Mental health support groups — NAMI Utah offers free online support groups and classes for adults living with mental health conditions and for family members of loved ones living with mental health conditions. For more information, contact Christene Finch, state programs coordinator for NAMI Utah at email@example.com.
Community Orchestra — The Saratoga Springs Community Orchestra holds practices on the first and third Thursdays of each month from 7 to 9 p.m. at the city offices, 1307 N. Commerce Drive. The orchestra will be preparing for Saratoga Splash Days and the December holiday concerts.
Recreation news — Sept. 8: Fall Volleyball registration ends (grades 5-9). Sept. 9: Fall Pickleball Ladder League registration ends. Sept. 21: Jr. Wrestling early registration ends (pre-K to grade 6). For more information, see http://spanishfork.org or call Spanish Fork Recreation at (801) 804-4600.
Volunteers to help Kids On The Move — Each Friday and Saturday, Kids On The Move offers Respite Care, providing a free break to parents with special needs children. Families drop their children off at locations in Orem, Lehi and Springville where they are paired one-on-one with a volunteer to play for the evening. A nurse or behavior technician is also present to help oversee. The group is seeking 10 volunteers 16 years and older from 5:45 to 9:30 p.m. every Friday and Saturday to help make this happen. For more information or to sign up, visit https://kotm.org/volunteer-portal. Coronavirus measures are being taken, including requiring masks, taking temperatures and frequent hand sanitizing.
Foster grandparents sought — Utah County is seeking senior volunteers to serve as foster grandparents. Volunteers must be limited-income individuals at least 55 years old and able to serve 15 or more hours per week. Volunteers serve as mentors, tutors and caregivers for children and youth at schools, hospitals, youth centers and similar organizations. Volunteers receive a non-taxable stipend, paid personal leave, transportation reimbursement, ongoing training and more. For more information or if you or someone you know would like to participate, call (801) 851-7784.
Utah County Home Visit Programs in need of donations — Utah County Health Department home visit programs are running low on donated resources such as baby blankets and diapers. The health department is asking Utah County community members to consider donating items or organizing service projects to assist in providing donations. The items most needed are new receiving blankets or small quilts and diapers. Other welcomed items include: infant “onesies,” knit hats and infant-appropriate board books. Items should be in new condition. Donations may be dropped off Monday to Friday (8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.) at the following health department locations: Provo — 151 S. University Ave., Suite 1610, American Fork — 599 S. 500 East. Questions about the home visit programs should be directed to Bonnie Hardy at (801) 851-7026.
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