Utah Valley Calendar: Things to do -- Dec. 16
“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.
Children’s choir concert — The American Fork Children’s Choir will present its annual free “Christmas in the Rotunda” concert at the American Fork Library at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 18.
Library events — Upcoming events at the American Fork Library include: Dec. 18: Christmas in the Rotunda featuring the American Fork Children’s Choir 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.
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.
Orem Library Christmas Sing-along — Your family is invited hear beautiful carols and sing-along with the Timpanogos Chorale at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 19 at the Orem Public Library. The event is free.
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.
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). 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.