Utah Valley Calendar: Things to do – Sept. 16
Bolder Way Forward forum — Join the Utah Women & Leadership Project for a forum to learn about Utah’s A Bolder Way Forward, which focuses on making Utah a place where more girls and women can thrive. This free, online event is set for noon on Wednesday, Sept. 20. For more information and to register, visit https://a-bolder-way-forward-for-utah.eventbrite.com.
Events at the American Fork Library — Here are some upcoming events at the American Fork Library: Sept. 16: “Charlotte’s Web” Picnic for ages 5 and up with a caregiver at 11 a.m. We’re going to Zuckerman’s Farm (a.k. the Community Room) for a fun-filled afternoon. Register online. Sept. 18: Little Art Explorers for ages 3-5 at 1 p.m. Children can explore, discover and create with different art materials and techniques in this open-ended art class. Please dress for a mess. Register online. Sept. 18: Family Movie Night at 6 p.m. “The Super Mario Bros. Movie” will be screen. Don’t forget blankets and snacks. Sept. 18: Birthing Class at 7 p.m. Learn the do’s and don’ts of labor, delivery and postpartum with doula Amanda Ballash. Sept. 21: Tween Club at 4 p.m. Join the library for a Pokemon Party with crafts, trivia and lots of fun. Register online. Sept. 22: “Lord of the Rings” After Hours Trivia for families at 7 p.m. Celebrate Bilbo and Frodo’s birthday with the library. Put your knowledge of Middle Earth to the test with trivia, prizes and lots of fun. Enter at the east doors. Sept. 23: Gen Z Generosity Service Club at 11 a.m. This month, the club will be making craft kits for Primary Children’s Hospital. Sept. 25: Author Series: Jessica Day George at 6:30 p.m. The event will include a book discussion, Q&A and a book signing.
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 Pals will also be offered as a Zoom Storytime at 10 a.m. Wednesdays. Register at https://aflibrary.eventbrite.com.
Food Truck Rally — Food trucks will be on hand every Wednesday at Harvey Park through the summer.
Fall Snapology Robotics — Two programs featuring learning and play facilitated with Lego Technic kits and motor packs are being offered this fall for children in kindergarten to second grade and third grade to sixth grade. The camp will be held on Wednesdays from Sept. 20 to Oct. 25. For more information and to register, visit https://www.cedarhills.org/snapology-robotics.
Vinyasa Yoga (mixed level) — Join Kristen Rutter at 8:15 a.m. every Wednesday at the Cedar Hills Recreation Center for a dynamic practice that unites body, mind and breath. Bring your own mat, strap and block (a limited number is available to borrow).
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 7 a.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays at the Cedar Hills Recreation Center. The drop-in rate is $3.50 and punch cards can be purchased at a discount. For more information, visit http://www.cedarhills.org/highfit.
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.
United Utah Party Utah County Convention — The United Utah Party will hold its Utah County Convention from 5-6:30 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 16, at Orem City Center Park South Pavilion, at Center Street and 300 E in Orem. In this convention, registered Uniters will choose Utah County leaders. We welcome all voters to come learn more about the party and how we promote more civil, less partisan political conversations. We focus on practical solutions based on common sense and common ground. Register for the convention at https://www.unitedutah.org/utah_county_convention_2023.
Join the Orem Chorale — Members of the community are invited to join the Orem Chorale for the 2023-24 season. The group will meet weekly from 7:30 to 9 p.m. Thursdays n the Orem High School choir room September through May, except for major holidays and school breaks. The chorale is a non-audition community choir whose focus is to sing beautiful, uplifting music while honing musicianship and serve the community. For more information, visit http://oremchorale.com, the Orem Chorale YouTube channel or the Orem Chorale page on Facebook.
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.
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.
Mental health support groups and classes — NAMI Utah County offers free in-person and online support groups and classes for adults and teens living with mental health conditions and for family members of loved ones living with mental health conditions. For more information, contact Angela Peterson at (801) 400-3516.
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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