Utah Valley Calendar: Things to do -- April 14
Arbor Day celebration — The American Fork Beautification Commission is organizing an Arbor Day Celebration. Everyone is invited to help plant trees at Rotary Park at 11 a.m. on Friday, April 26.
Easy Acrylic Painting for Beginners — Twice-monthly acrylic painting classes for beginners are offered from 10 a.m. to noon on the second and fourth Friday of each month at the Timpanogos Arts Foundation Art Center. The next class is April 26. The cost is $25 for each class, with discounted punch cards available. Supplies are not included — each artist must bring the appropriate canvas, brushes, paint and more. To register, call Heidi Boden at 801-913-3835.
Library events — Upcoming events at the American Fork Library include: April 15: Storybooks and Dance at 7 p.m. features an interactive music and dance production of a young bear’s adventurous journey through life. April 18: Full STEAM Ahead! for ages 8 to 11 will feature an Egg Drop Challenge at 4 p.m. Register online. April 20: Life Hacks — Do Your Own Thing at 7 p.m. for teens ages 14-18 will feature an After hours Pajama Prom Movie Night with the film “Wonder.” April 22: Food, Fun and Reading for children pre-K to second grade is at 11:30 a.m. The library and Food $ense will help children learn about My Plate with activities and snacks. Participants may bring a sack lunch for afterward. April 22: Monday Movie Night at 6 p.m. will screen “Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.” April 23: Monthly Reading Challenge Discussion at 7 p.m. There will be an informal book discussion centered around this month’s reading prompts. April 25: Teen Harry Potter Book Club will feature Chamber of Secrets at 7 p.m. April 30: Learn how to grow small fruit in your garden at Gardening Class at 7 p.m.
Table Time — Artists are welcome to work on their individual art projects while collaborating with others from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. every Tuesday, except holidays, at Historic City Hall. The first hour is free for a first-time participant. Rates are $10 per hour or get a discount with a punch card available at Table Time.
Children’s Art Class — Art Classes for Children features an hour-long guided art experience exploring a different medium each month. The next classes will be from 10 to 11 a.m. and from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 27 at the American Fork Fitness Center. The cost is $15 per class, with supplies included in the cost. Every child will take home one or more artworks of their own making.
After School Science Class — Students from kindergarten through sixth grade can participate in hands-on simulations of natural disasters, like earthquakes and tornadoes, and explore the science behind these events. The class will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays from April 16 to May 21 at the Cedar Hills Rec Center. The cost is $79 and people may register online.
Mindfulness Meditation Classes — Learn how to change your relationship with your thoughts with a three-week meditation course from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from April 16 to May 2 at the Community Recreation Center. The cost is $30 and people may register online at http://rec1.com.
Annual Spring Clean-Up — The city’s annual clean-up is scheduled for 7 a.m. to noon on Saturday, April 27 and Saturday, April 4. Large roll-off dumpsters will be available at five locations. For a list of locations and information on prohibited items, visit http://www.cedarhills.org/cedar-hills-spring-clean-up.
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.
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 Feb. 6 through May 22 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.
Tee ball, coach pitch registration open — Registration for tee ball, for 4- and 5-year-olds, and coach pitch, for 6- and 7-year-olds, is open online. Games begin the first week of June and are played throughout the month. For more information on tee ball, visit http://www.cedarhills.org/t-ball. For more on coach pitch, visit http://www.cedarhills.org/coach-pitch.
Lacrosse registration open — Cedar Hills Recreation partners with Central Utah Youth Lacrosse for boys in grades 3 to 8. The six-game season features regional teams from Orem to Mapleton. Participants are responsible for their own equipment, including mandatory mouth guards. For more information, visit http://www.cedarhills.org/lacrosse.
LEGO Summer Camps — Kids from 5 to 12 can explore principles of engineering and physics with LEGO Summer Camps at the Cedar Hills Community Rec Center. Registration is open for camps running June 18 to 22. The cost is $150 and people may register online at http://www.cedarhills.org/recreation.
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.
Third Wednesday Community Lecture Series — Retired entrepreneur Steve Gibson and his wife, former BYU educator Bette Gibson, will tell how they started a movement in the Philippines that has helped eliminate poverty in the homes of thousands of Latter-day Saints there. What they started there is now being played out in Peru, Mexico, Venezuela and Brazil. Its beginnings predated the Perpetual Educated Fund and was a forerunner to the worldwide Self Reliance program of the Church. Their presentation, entitled “Helping RMs Progress From Poverty to Prosperity,” will take place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 17 at the Orem Senior Friendship Center, located at 93 N. 400 East.
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.
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.
“Fight the New Drug” Parent Night — The Salem Junior High School Community Council will present a “Fight the New Drug” parent presentation at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 16 at the school. The presentation is designed to educate students and parents on the harmful effects of pornography on individuals, relationships and society.
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 — April 16: Summer Track Club early registration ends (ages 7 to 14). April 18: Fast-Pitch Clinic early registration ends (grades 3 to 9). May 1: Summer Swimming Lesson registration for Spanish Fork residents only. May 2: Summer Swimming Lesson open registration. May 2: Phoenix Softball and Colt League Baseball early registration ends (grades 9 to 12). May 3: Pickle Jam Mayhem Pickleball Tournament entry deadline. May 8: Youth Arts Festival registration opens. May 9: Colt League and Phoenix League registration ends. For more information, see http://www.spanishfork.org or call Spanish Fork Recreation at 801-804-4600.
‘Comfort Kits’ charity event — The nonprofit Tender Mercy Angels is conducting a charity event through Easter to benefit abused and neglected children removed from dangerous home situations in Utah County. The Christmas Box and Tender Mercy Angeles have partnered in organizing donations for “Comfort Kits” — a colorful duffel bag with a drawstring containing a small, warm blanket, a storybook, teddy bear, coloring book with crayons and a box of animal cookies. Good home sewers needed to volunteer their time and skills to make blankets. New or gently used items, including fabric and quilt batting, can be donated at 221 E. 2475 South, Springville. For more information, email IamBettyBoop71@mail.com.
Sage Creek discussion — Helen B. Beardall will present “Springville’s Sage Creek Area of Yest-er Years” at the Springville Historical Society Lecture at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24 at the Springville Art Museum. Beardall is a board member of the historical society.
South County Quartet performance — The Springville Senior Center will host the South County Quartet for a free, public performance at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, May 1. The group will present a variety of traditional barbershop songs mixed with upbeat contemporary arrangements. The center is located at 65 E. 200 South. For more information, call 801-489-8738.
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 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.