Utah Valley Calendar: Things to do -- Dec. 30
Library events — Upcoming events at the American Fork Library include: Jan. 3: Teen Thing Movie Night for ages 13 to 18 will screen “The Avengers” at 6 p.m. Jan. 7: Balcony Gallery Artist Reception at 6 p.m. features the art of the American Fork Visual Arts Group. Jan. 8: Adult Craft Class at 1 p.m. will repurpose old calendars. Jan. 10: Lego Club for ages 5+ at 4 p.m. Online registration required. Jan. 10: Game Night for ages 14+ at 6 p.m. Options will include board and card games, as well as Dungeons and Dragons. Jan. 14: Join the library for the Harry Potter Escape Game during Family Night at the Library at 7 p.m.
Timpanogos Chorale auditions — The Timpanogos Chorale is an auditioned ensemble and will hold auditions from 6 to 6:55 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 3 and Thursday, Jan. 10 in the City Council room at 31 Church St. Those interested should prepare a solo musical selection that features their voice. There will also be a short except to sight read. More information is available at https://americanforkarts.com/chorale.
Karate classes — The deadline for adults and children older than 6 to sign up for karate classes is Jan. 1. Classes begin Jan. 2. For more information, visit https://secure.rec1.com/UT/city-of-cedar-hills/catalog.
Youth theater — Registration is open through Jan. 10 for kids ages 8 to 18 to perform in the new junior adaptation of the Disney musical “Aladdin!” There are case-by-case exceptions for 7 year olds. Rehearsals begin in January with performances in mid-March. For more information, visit https://secure.rec1.com/UT/city-of-cedar-hills/catalog.
Classes for fathers — The free, five-session course Fathering with Love and Logic to help teach dads ages 18 and older how to raise responsible kids and enjoy parenting. will take place at the Cedar Hills Community Center from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays beginning Jan. 8. Food will be provided at each session and there will be opportunities for incentives. For more information, visit http://www.cedarhills.org/node/6446,
Jr. Jazz youth basketball — Registration is open for the Jr. Jazz youth basketball program for boys and girls in the second through ninth grades. The season runs from early January through mid-March. Games for lower grades will be played at Mountain Ridge Junior High, while the older grades will play at Lone Peak High School. For more information, visit http://www.cedarhills.org/jr-jazz.
Ski bus — The Cedar Hills Ski Bus to Snowbird is full. A special rate is still available for lessons, lifts and ski time, but participants must provide their own transportation. The cost is $170 per student for ages 7 to 17 on Feb. 2, 9 and 23. For more information, visit http://www.cedarhills.org/ski.
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.
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.
Valley Visioning workshop — The Valley Visioning team, including the Association of Utah County Chambers and Envision Utah, is holding a series of public workshops to get community feedback on their hopes and concerns for the future of the valley. The first workshop will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8 at the Pleasant Grove High School cafeteria. For more information, visit https://utahvalleyvisioning.org.
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.
Lecture on Eldred Smith — The Utah Valley Historical Society will present a lecture by E. Gary Smith on “Eldred Smith, the Last Church Patriarch” at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 8 in Room 201 of Provo City Library.
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 — Now through December: Festival of Lights from 6 to 10 p.m. nightly at Canyon View Park. Jan. 1: Last night for the Festival of Lights from 6 to 10 p.m. at Canyon View Park. Jan. 2: Begin taking reservations for pavilion and water park rentals. Jan. 10: Winter session Little Hoopsters early registration ends. Jan. 24: Adult co-ed volleyball early registration ends. Jan. 24: Adult arts education registration ends. For more information, see http://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 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.