Utah Valley Calendar: Things to do -- Dec. 2
Christmas Sing-along with the Timpanogos Chorale — Gather around the Christmas tree at the American Fork Library to hear beautiful carols and sing-along with the Timpanogos Chorale at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5. The event is free.
Winter Wonder concert — The combined American Fork Children’s Choirs will be joining with the Timpanogos Chorale to present Winter Wonder at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8 at the American Fork Junior High Auditorium. The concert will feature a number of holiday favorites including selections from “The Snowman” and The Beach Boys. The audience will also have a chance to sing along to “Ding Dong Merrily on High” and “Go Tell it on the Mountain.” The event is free, but donations will be gratefully accepted.
“Winter Holiday” concert — The Wasatch Winds will provide a fun evening of Christmas music at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10 at the American Fork High School Auditorium. There will be a special guest appearance for kids. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students and a family pass for $15.
“The Comforts of Christmas” concert — The American Fork Symphony will present its annual Christmas concert, featuring excerpts from Handel’s “Messiah” and other seasonal favorites at 7 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 17 at the American Fork Junior High School Auditorium. The symphony will be joined by several musical guests, including the Witness Music Choir, On the Air and soprano soloist Serena Kanig Benish. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children ages 3 to 18. A $15 family pass is also available. Visit http://AFSymphony.org for tickets and information.
Library events — Upcoming events at the American Fork Library include: Dec. 3: Christmas in the Rotunda featuring a young artists reception at 7 p.m. Dec. 4: Make a wooden holiday craft in Adult Craft Class at 1 p.m. Dec. 5: Christmas in the Rotunda featuring the Timpanogos Chorale at 7 p.m. Dec. 6: Make homemade holiday gifts at Teen Thing at 7 p.m. Dec. 1-20: Food for Fines — take a $1 off fines for each food item donated, up to $10. Donations given to Tabitha’s Way. Dec. 11: Christmas in the Rotunda at 7 p.m. will feature the Beyond Baroque Trio. Dec. 12: At 10 a.m., The Alcove Players will present “There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow.”
“Night with Santa” party — The city’s annual “Night with Santa” party will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 10 in the community center’s Vista Room. Come early to see Santa arrive in his fire truck. Everyone will be able to visit with Santa and receive a candy cane. Bring a camera to capture a photo. There will also be singing to holiday favorites and refreshments for everyone.
”The Polar Express” story time — The annual reading of “The Polar Express” will be at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at the Cedar Hills Community Center. This fun-filled story time will include treats for little ones.
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 — Online registration is open for the Cedar Hills Ski Bus. The bus provides transportation to Snowbird for lessons for skiers and snowboards, ages 7 to 17, of all skill levels. The $200 fee includes lift tickets, two-hour weekly lessons and a half day on the slopes each week on Feb. 2, 9 and 23. For more information, visit http://www.cedarhills.org/ski.
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.
Annual Madrigal Feaste — Step back into medieval times with the Lone Peak High School Choir’s 22nd annual Madrigal Feaste. Performances on Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 3 and 4 feature a preshow, dinner, a play and a concert. The preshow begins at 6 p.m. and the feaste starts at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 for students, $16 for adults and must be purchased in advance from a choir student or from the LPHS finance office.
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.
Night in Bethlehem — Visit the little town of Bethlehem with a free, indoor, live musical nativity for the whole family from Nov. 30 through Dec. 3 at the Stone Gate Events Center, 886 W. 2600 North. Shows begin every 30 minutes from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Admission is free, but people may bring a can of food or children’s book as a donation. Ticket request forms are available at https://www.stonegateweddings.com/night-in-bethlehem.
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.
Santa Cares — Children on the spectrum of special needs and their families are invited to a private photo session at Provo Towne Centre where care is taken to support their needs. The event is set for 9 a.m. to noon on Sunday, Dec. 9.
Gift wrapping at the mall — Visit Provo Towne Centre from 5 p.m. to close on Dec. 10, 14, 17 and 21 for an evening of socializing, gift wrapping, holiday music and treats. Bring your gifts and gift wrap or the mall can provide wrap, bows and tags.
Face painting and balloon modeling — Face painting and balloon artists will be at the Provo Towne Centre from 4 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 8, 15 and 22 near the Santa Set.
Pet photo with Santa — Special times have been set for people to bring their pets to have a photo taken with Santa at Provo Towne Centre from 6 to 9 p.m. on Dec. 12 and 19 by the Santa Set.
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. Dec. 20: Winter Volleyball early registration ends (grades 5 to 12). Dec. 27: Winter Volleyball registration ends (grades 5 to 12). Jan. 1: Last night for Festival of Lights. Jan. 2: Begin taking reservations for pavilion and water park rentals. For more information, see http://www.spanishfork.org or call Spanish Fork Recreation at 801-804-4600.
Heritage of Christmas presentation — Attorney Brent Ashworth, a collector of rarities, will speak on “The Heritage of Christmas as Appears in Artifacts, Books, and Manuscripts” at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 5 at the Springville Senior Center, 65 E. 200 South. This event is free and open to the public.
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.