Utah Valley Calendar: Things to do -- Sept. 30
Youth speech contest — Entry forms for the 2018 Mary Kawakami Speech Contest for north Utah County students from seventh to 12th grade are due Oct. 10. Prizes include a $1,000 scholarship for first place. Winners must present their speech during a Nov. 10 awards ceremony and at the Nov. 12 Veterans Day ceremony. Free speech coaching is available on Oct. 11 and Oct. 13. For more information, visit http://americanforkarts.com/speechcontest.
Beginning musical theater skills class — Bravo Troupe, a theater skills class for kindergarteners to second-graders, holds classes from 4 to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays from October to January and January through March at the American Fork Fitness Center. The cost is $30 per month. The troupe will perform three pre-shows for the American Fork Youth Theater’s production of “Cinderella” in January and “Sleeping Beauty” in March. Register at https://goo.gl/forms/7fKKYxl5NOv2Hl582.
Advanced acting class — Theatrix II, a six-week course for third-graders and older, will be held from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays from Oct. 16 to Nov. 27 at the American Fork Veterans Hall. Register at https://goo.gl/forms/djIwc4FLGpdtrjsl2.
Colored pencil class — Adults and teens older than 16 can learn how to use colored pencils with instructor Chuck Gilliam in two, three-hour sessions beginning at 10 a.m. on Oct. 13 and 20 at the American Fork Art Center. The cost is $25 in advance or $30 at the door. For more information, visit http://www.afvap.org.
Calligraphy class — Lauren Fancher will address the basic elements that make up solid calligraphy and teach fundamental strokes to create letters in two, two-hour sessions beginning at 6 p.m. on Oct. 10 and 17 at the American Fork Art Center. The cost is $25. For more information, visit http://www.afvap.org.
“Suite Dreams” concert series — Wasatch Winds launches its 2018-19 concert series with “Suite Dreams” at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 8 at the American Fork High School Auditorium. Suites include “American Hymnsong Suite” by Dwayne S. Milburn; “Band of Brothers Suite,” arranged by Jerry Brubaker; “The Dark Knight Suite,” arranged by Victor Lopez; and four more. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and $15 for immediate families. Kids 5 and under are free.
Library events — Upcoming events at the American Fork Library include: Oct. 1: Pageturners Sr. Book Club for ages 9 and up at 4 p.m. Discuss a favorite book and ones you’ve been reading. Oct. 2: Adult Craft Class for ages 18 and up at 1 p.m. will make an embroidered bookmark, all supplies included. Oct. 2-30: Code Club for ages 8-14 held each Tuesday at 4 p.m. Register online. Oct. 2: Home Buyers Education Class at 7 p.m. Oct. 4: Teen Thing for ages 11-18 at 7 p.m. features a Book Banquet. Register online. Oct. 4: Kids Build It! for ages 7-11. Register online. Oct. 5: Scare Story Contest Entries due by 5 p.m. Oct. 8: Library closed. CEDAR HILLS
Mommy and Me Music Makers — A weekly class to promote musicality and literacy for little ones up to age 5 as they bond with their parents. The class will be held Wednesdays from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. from Sept. 5 through Dec. 12 at the Cedar Hills Community Recreation Center. Registration and fees are due on the first day of class or by contacting the instructor in advance. For more information, visit http://www.cedarhills.org/node/6344.
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.
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.
Orem Chorale welcomes new members — The Orem Chorale is starting its new season on Thursday, Sept. 7 and welcomes new members. Rehearsals are Thursday evenings from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. in the Orem High School choir room, 175 S. 400 East. Check the website at http://theoremchorale.com.Central Utah Gardens events — Here’s a look at upcoming events at Central Utah Gardens. Oct. 26: Pumpkin Carving Contest from noon to 6 p.m. Oct. 27: Pumpkin Walk from noon to 6 p.m. Register for classes at http://www.CentralUtahGardens.org.
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 Health and Wellness Fair — All Utah County seniors can take part in the fair from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11 at the Provo Recreation Center, 320 W. 500 North. The event will feature free health screenings, adult immunizations, a shred truck, door prizes and more. A light breakfast and lunch will also be served. For more information, call 801-229-3804 or visit http://mountainland.org/health.
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 http://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 http://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 — Oct. 2: Fall Session Little Hoopsters Basketball early registration ends (grades 1-2). Oct. 2: Jr. Wrestling registration ends (pre-K to grade 6). Oct. 9: Jr. Jazz Basketball early registration ends (grades 3-8). Oct. 9: Little Hoopsters registration ends (grades 1-2). Oct. 11: Men’s Basketball league early registration ends. Oct. 11: Women’s Volleyball early registration ends. Oct. 16: Toys for Kids Co-Ed Softball Tournament registration ends. For more information, see http://www.spanishfork.org or call Spanish Fork Recreation at 801-804-4600.
Sculptor to speak — Local sculptor Alex Fuentes will be speak at the Springville Senior Center at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 3. All are invited to attend the free event at 65 E. 200 South. For more information, call 801-489-8738.UTAH COUNTY
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 http://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.