Utah Valley Calendar: Things to do – Sept. 25
Fireside chat with Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson — Join the Utah Women & Leadership Project from noon to 1:15 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 1 for an engaging fireside chat with Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson and Susan Madsen on women and leadership. Henderson will respond to questions about her own leadership journey and provide her insights and perspectives on why, where and how women today are needed to influence, impact and lead in all settings. The event is part of the group’s second Fall Women’s Leadership Forum. Register at https://fireside-chat-with-lt-governor-deidre-henderson.eventbrite.com to either attend the event in person at the Utah State University Brigham City campus or to view the event on YouTube.
Writing Conference — A Writing Conference featuring a keynote address, workshops and a Q and A is set for 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 25. Register at https://aflibrary.eventbrite.com.
Fat Bear Week — Kick off Fat Bear Week with a Teddy Bear Picnic at 1 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 27 at the American Fork Library. Bring your teddy bears for stories, snacks and more. Register for this event at https://aflibrary.eventbrite.com. At 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 4, there will be a “Brother Bear” movie night. Don’t forget your blankets and pillows. All week long, there will be a bear scavenger hunt and famous bears in books matching game available.
History Club — The American Fork Library will host History Club for ages 9 to 12. At 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29, the theme will be “The Bronze Age Apocalypse.” Register at https://aflibrary.eventbrite.com.
“Sweeney Todd” — American Fork Community Theater and the Timpanogos Arts Foundation will present “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street” from Friday, Oct. 15 to Friday, Oct. 29 at the Valentine Theater. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. daily, except Wednesdays and Sundays. There will be an additional 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday, Oct. 23. Tickets are $15 and are available at https://www.afctshows.com. Please note that the show is intended for mature audiences. Parental guidance is recommended.
Storytime — The American Fork Library is offering storytimes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. 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.
Pressurized irrigation winterization — Cedar Hills will be turning off pressurized irrigation on Oct. 1 and there will no longer be water until spring. The city asks residents to leave their individual, pressurized irrigation shut-off valve in the open position to all for proper drainage of the system. Please notify the city if your sprinkler system is still in service after Oct. 18.
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.
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.
Tulip Planting Service Project — Help Thanksgiving Point plant over 280,000 tulips bulbs with a service project from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 5. Please RSVP at https://bit.ly/3lYo7ze before Sept. 28. Meet at the Thanksgiving Point Ashton Gardens Visitor Center, 3900 N. Garden Drive, Lehi. Volunteers should fill out an online volunteer liability form at https://bit.ly/3CJeYB9 (the volunteer group name is “Explore Utah Valley”). Volunteers should bring close-toed shoes, clothing that can be dirtied and a water bottle. Gardening gloves and kneeling pads are optional. Thanksgiving Point will provide hand trowels and plastic gloves.
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.
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. 28: Fall Session Little Hoopsters Basketball early registration ends (grades 1-2). Sept. 28: Jr. Wrestling registration ends (pre-K to grade 6). Oct. 1: Wicked Pickle Pickleball Tournament entry deadline. Oct. 5: Little Hoopsters registration ends (grades 1-2). Oct. 7: Youth Basketball early registration ends (grades 3-8). Oct. 12: Men’s Basketball League early registration ends. Oct. 12: Women’s Volleyball early registration ends. 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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