Utah Valley Calendar: Things to do -- Aug. 12
‘Shrek: The Musical’ — American Fork Community Theater presents “Shrek: The Musical” at The Valentine Theater, 839 E. 900 North. Performances will be at 7 p.m. on Aug. 9 to 11, Aug. 13 and Aug. 15 to 18. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for children. To purchase tickets, visit http://bit.ly/Shrek-AF.
Timpanogos Chorale auditions — The chorale is always excited to add new voices and will hold auditions for the Winter 2018 season at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 16 and Thursday, Aug. 23 at American Fork City Hall, 31 Church St. Just bring your voice and a smile. Rehearsals begin Aug. 23.
American Fork Children’s Choir fall registration open — Registration is open for the various groups of the American For Children’s Choir. The choir is able to offer full-tuition scholarships to all participating students, thanks to Greenwood Elementary, American Fork Arts Institute, American Fork PARC, and American Fork Library. Groups that rehearse on Mondays, including the Gator Choir, Concert Choir and Ukulele Youth Choir, will begin on Aug. 20 at Greenwood Elementary. Tuesday groups, including the Youth Music Theater Writing Workshop and the Family Handbell Choir, will begin at Sept. 4 at the American Fork Arts Institute. Wednesday groups, including the Chimes & Voices Choir and the Ukulele Youth 3-Chord Choir, will begin Aug. 22 at the American Fork Library. Learn more at http://afchildrenschoir.org/.
Join the symphony — The American Fork Symphony is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year with five concerts at American Fork Junior High School, starting with the Fall Concert on Oct. 15. Rehearsals for the group will begin Saturday, Aug. 18 at the school. String players are often needed for this non-auditioned group. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
History and Heritage Pageant — The city’s annual History and Heritage Pageant will be held from 6 to 9:30 p.m. on Aug. 25, 27 and 28 at the American Fork Cemetery, 26 W. 600 North. The event showcases vibrant history through vignettes, crafts, displays, wagon rides, food and entertainment. Admission is $3 per person, $15 per family and groups for $2 per person. There will be food available for purchase. Some of the crafts will be available for free while others will have a small charge.
Life drawing class — Instructor Chuck Gilliam will help students come to an understanding on drawing a human figure in a two-day course from 10 to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18 and Saturday, Aug. 25 at the American Fork Art Center. The class fee for people 16 and older is $30, with a $5 discount for pre-registration. For more information, visit http://americanforkarts.com/life-drawing-2018.
Library events — Upcoming events at the American Fork Library include: Aug. 13: Family Night at the Library at 7 p.m. will feature a “Camp Out.” Wear pajamas and bring blankets, pillows and fort-building supplies for an evening of activities and snacks. Don’t forget a flashlight. Aug. 16: Create Cooking Class at 6 p.m. Aug. 27: Monday Movie Night at 6 p.m. features “Early Man.” Bring your own blankets, pillows and snacks.
Youth theater classes — Classes for Cedar Hills Youth Theater will begin Thursday, Aug. 16 for ages 8 to 18 (with case-by-case exceptions for 7-year-olds). During the 12-week course, students will learn the basic and finer points of musical theater and rehearse to perform “Seussical The Musical” in November. Classes will be from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m., although students will speaking roles will be asked to stay longer, but never later than 8:45 p.m. The cost is $120. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/cedarhillsrec.
Pancake breakfast for Cedar Hills families — Cedar Hills families can get a great start to the day with a free breakfast with pancakes, bacon, eggs, juice and milk from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 18 at the Cedar Hills Community Center, 10640 N. Clubhouse Drive.
Bingo night — Adults 18 and older can play Bingo at the Cedar Hills Community Recreation Center at 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays. Prizes and snacks will be provided. Cost is $10 for 10 cards. No children allowed.
Self-defense class — Damsel in Defense is a program that teaches about situational awareness, the ABCs to a Warrior Mindset and tools and you can use to protect yourself. The same class will be taught on June 19, July 18 and Aug. 16 at 7 p.m. at the Cedar Hills Community Recreation Center. The $18 per participant cost includes one protection tool of the participant’s choice, either pepper spray or a Sock It to Me Kubaton device. For more information, visit http://www.cedarhills.org/damsel2018.
Volunteers Needed — The Lehi Senior Center is looking for a volunteer to teach basic computer classes. If interested, call the center at (385) 201-2350.
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.
Central Utah Gardens events — Here’s a look at upcoming events at Central Utah Gardens. Aug. 13: Evening with a Magician at 7 p.m. Register for classes at www.CentralUtahGardens.org.
Payson Community Theater turns 50 — Payson Community Theater is 50 years old this year, making it the oldest, continuously running community theater in the state. To celebrate this event, it is calling on all previous participants to attend a special performance in their honor. These include former cast, crew, orchestra, directors, choreographers, music directors, lighting, sound, special effects, publicists, painters, graphic designers, hair & makeup, stage crew, set construction, ushers, sponsors, donors, or any other behind-the-scenes helpers. You are all invited to attend the final dress rehearsal, free of charge, at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 22 in the Payson High School auditorium, 1050 S. Main St.. Since there is limited seating, you must RSVP at http://paysoncommunitytheater.com by Aug. 15.
‘Mary Poppins’ theater performance — Payson Community Theater is celebrating its 50th anniversary with the presentation of “Mary Poppins,” from Aug. 23 to Labor Day, Sept. 3. Performances are on Thursdays through Mondays, except Sundays. Showtimes are 7:30 p.m., except for the closing 3 p.m. matinee on Sept. 3. Tickets can be purchased for $10 online at http://paysoncommunitytheater.com, or from NAPA Auto Parts, 190 E. 100 North, Payson.
Band concerts in the park — The Payson City Band performs in Payson City Park every Sunday at 8 p.m. during July and August through Labor Day. The one-hour concerts, under the direction of Wayne Huff, feature a variety of good music. Benches are available, in addition to the park lawn. For more information, call (801) 798-8305.
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.
Healthy Lifestyle — USU Extension Food $ense and Snuck Farm present a new series of classes about “Living a Healthy Lifestyle.” The free classes will focus on healthy eating, improving physical activity and will include a recipe demonstration and sampling. Come join us 7 to 8 p.m. at Snuck Farm located at 504 W. 1100 North, Pleasant Grove, on the fourth Wednesday of each month. Visit the snuckfarm.com for more information.
Lions Club eye exams — Pleasant Grove Lions Club has a number of certificates good for eye exams and eyeglasses to be used for children, ages 5 to 17, who have no budget means for this service. If anyone has an interest or knows of a need, please contact Milt at (801) 913-2533. We welcome any donations or financial contributions.
Senior Companion Program — Do you need help getting to the store, doctor or other appointments? The Senior Companion Program can help. Volunteers can help run errands or visit. For information, call (801) 851-7767 or visit www.utahcountyhealth.org/seniorcompanion. Volunteers needed — The Senior Companion Program needs seniors, age 55 and older, to serve other seniors. Volunteers will receive a $200 stipend and mileage reimbursement. Volunteers must be income eligible and be willing to serve 15 or more hours per week. For information, call (801) 851-7767 or visit www.utahcountyhealth.org/seniorcompanion.
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 — Aug. 16: Jr. High Flag Football registration ends. Aug. 28: Jr. Gridiron Football early registration ends (grades 1-2). Aug. 31: Jr. Gridiron Football registration ends (grades 1-2). Sept. 3: Water Park closes for season at 6 p.m. Sept. 5: Fall Volleyball early registration ends (grades 5-9). For more information, see www.spanishfork.org or call Spanish Fork Recreation at (801) 804-4600.
Meals on Wheels — The Meals on Wheels program needs delivery drivers for one hour once a week. Volunteers use their own vehicles to deliver lunch to homebound seniors. For information, visit www.mountainland.org/volunteer or call Stephanie at (801) 229-3821.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 Avenue, Suite 1610, American Fork — 599 S. 500 East. Questions about the home visit programs should be directed to Bonnie Hardy at 801-851-7026.