Day of the Dead comes to Thanksgiving Point 07

An attendee has her face painted during a Day of the Dead celebration Saturday, Oct. 29, 2016, at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi. ISAAC HALE, Daily Herald

Thanksgiving Point hosts fall events through October

Thanksgiving Point features a wide array of local and cultural events each year. Two of the biggest signature events include the Scarecrow Festival at the Ashton Gardens on Oct. 16-21, and the Dia de los Muertos celebration on Oct. 28.

The Scarecrow Festival features scarecrows from across the community inside the 55-acre Ashton Gardens. Enjoy the beautiful autumn colors in the expansive gardens and dozens of imaginative scarecrows built and submitted by the community. This weeklong festival also features fun outdoor games, crafts, music and amazing food.

Legend has it that on Dia de los Muertos, the dead join us as a part of our community, awakened from their eternal sleep to share celebrations with loved ones. Members of the community are invited to build an altar inviting a loved one to enjoy the fragrance of marigolds and delicious pan de muerto (bread of the dead). A community altar will be available at the event to write notes or share mementos in celebration of souls no longer on Earth.

Bike collective partners with refugee center

Provo Bicycle Collective announced a newly-formed partnership with Utah Community and Refugee Partnership Center, or UCRPC , through which they hope to provide dozens of free bikes each year to refugees each year.

UCRPC is nonprofit organization that is devoted to motivate, empower, enlighten and transform refugees’ life through education. Its mission is to provide the education, orientation and support refugees need to become self-sufficient members of society.

The partnership allows UCRCP to recommend their clients to the Provo Bicycle Collective shop for a free Goodwill Bike — donated bicycles refurbished by PBC volunteers. In 2016, the collective gave away 1,436 Goodwill Bikes.

The hope is that their clients will use these bikes to meet daily transportation needs; riding to work, shopping for groceries, and meeting appointments.

Local practice continues Share

A Smile program

Oral surgeons Dr. Michael Harris, Dr. David Park, and Dr. Jared Brown of Utah Surgical Arts have launched their second annual Share A Smile program to give a local resident a brand-new smile, replacing their old, decaying teeth. The final recipient of the program will receive their new set of teeth through the All-on-4 Treatment Concept, an extensive procedure that will fix the receipt’s poor oral health with a permanent solution.

The ideal applicant has many decaying or missing teeth, and cannot afford the surgery on their own, typically costing upwards of $40,000. With a brand-new smile, the Share A Smile recipient will have a chance to reclaim their life.

Utah Surgical Arts is looking for businesses in the community to donate their products and services in support of the Share A Smile program. With more help from local businesses, the recipient’s transformation will be even more impactful. Businesses can donate by going to

The application period for the Share A Smile program opened Oct. 2 and will run until Nov. 2. The final recipient will be announced Nov. 21. To apply, residents can visit

American Fork Fire to hold open house Wednesday night

The American Fork Fire Department is inviting residents to the station on Wednesday to learn more about safety and the department.

The open house, which runs from 6 to 8 p.m., will have station tours, apparatus displays, educational opportunities and giveaways for kids. There will also be free smoke detectors for those who need them at the station, which is located at 96 N. Center St. in American Fork.

Author to debut fantasy novel at Provo City Library

Provo City Library’s Teen Book Fest has returned. Celebrate by joining author Caitlin Sangster for the release of her debut young adult fantasy novel “Last Star Burning” at 7 p.m. Tuesday.

Described as “incredibly immersive and tightly plotted,” the book depicts 17-year-old Sev’s frantic run from the government after being branded a criminal. Accused of a crime she didn’t commit, she meets an unlikely ally, the chairman’s son. Howl promises to help her, but can he be trusted? And does he know more about her past than he admits.

Kirkus Reviews raves that, “Sevvy’s story is thrilling to get lost in. By the end, readers will be clamoring for more.”

Sangster will give a presentation followed by a book signing in the Bullock Room No. 309 of the Provo Library. Books will be available for purchase at the event courtesy of The Printed Garden.

This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required.

Halloween Cruise returns for family fun on Provo River

The Halloween Cruise is back this year for its boat ride along the lower Provo River. The cruise is open from Oct. 2 through Oct. 31 from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. weekdays and 6:30 to 10 p.m. on Friday and Saturday.

There are over 100 pumpkins reflecting off the water, with a scary story and song. A pirate even attacks the boat and ends up handing out candy. There are two professional excursion boats that can accommodate up to 40 people each. Over 6,000 people come each year.

The ride is a round-trip experience that takes 20-25 minutes and departures every 15 to 30 minutes.

The boarding location is at CLAS Ropes Course, 3606 W. Center St. The price is $8 per person.