Monday, January 31, 2011

Tucanos Valentines Special


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$2 Off At The Living Planet Aquarium

The Living Planet Aquarium is always a fun place to visit, and visitors of all ages could get lost in there for hours!

From now until March 31st 2011 at 6pm, you can get $2 off admission! Here's how:
That's it! It's as simple as that!

The Living Planet Aquarium
725 East 10600 South
Sandy, UT
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Sphinxes and Sweethearts

Need to woo your valentine?  Bring a date to BYU’s Museum of Peoples and Cultures (MPC) to experience a night of Egyptian culture and cuisine on Friday, February 11th.  The Egyptian-themed date night “Sphinxes and Sweethearts” will begin at 7:00 that evening.
“We created this date night as a means to educate participants about ancient Egyptian culture in a relaxed, casual setting,” said Anna McKean, promotions manager at the MPC
February 11th will be an evening filled with competition, prizes, learning, and food.  Couples will have the chance to win prizes through three different activities:  a mummy-wrapping race, a set of three different games (Pyramid, Egyptian Balderdash, and “Matching of the Gods”), and painting hieroglyphics.  Mediterranean refreshments will also be provided for the couples to enjoy.
“I like ‘Sphinxes and Sweethearts’ because it’s a date night unlike any other,” said McKean.  “How often do you hear someone say that they learned to paint hieroglyphics over the weekend?”
  Tickets for the date night are $10 per couple and will be available at the WSC Information Desk beginning Monday, February 7th.  For more information visit mpc.byu.edu or call 801.422.0020.
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Valentines Vienna Ball

If you are in the mood for something Viennese and looking for a romantic way celebrate Valentine’s day, then don't miss the Salt Lake Symphony's annual Vienna Ball on Saturday February 12th, 2011, from 8:00 p.m. to Midnight,at the University of Utah's Union Ballroom in Salt Lake City, Utah.

This fundraising event—with food, dancing, silent auction, and live music provided by the Salt Lake Symphony—is the only traditional Viennese Ball in Utah, with visitors attending from out-of-state.

Enjoy the ambiance of the Union Ballroom—on the University of Utah campus—as the Symphony fills the hall with some of the world's greatest melodies and you enjoy savory Viennese-style dining.

Our emcee this year is a well-known figure on the local music scene, Kurt Bestor. The evening will include floor shows by the BYU Ballroom Dance team, contemporary standards by the Mark Chaney Jazz Trio, and a variety of items up for bid at the silent auction.


Tickets:
$50.00 General Admission
$75.00 Reserved Seats—closest to the dance floor
$1,000.00 Corporate Reserved Table (eight people)—next to the dance floor, with recognition the night of the ball and in the concert programs for the coming year.

Tickets may be purchased on-line at Brown Paper Tickets
or by calling 1-800-838-3006
or the Salt Lake Symphony


Dance skills a little rusty? Come polish your steps with dancing instruction by Margene Anderson, starting at 6:30 PM.

University of Utah - Olpin Union Ballroom (Directions)
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Family Valentines Dance


Thanks to Tonya, our calendar contributor, for posting about this event!!!
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Groundhogs Day Events, Crafts, and Info!

You have reached the 2011 Groundhog Day page. Please CLICK HERE to view the 2012 Groundhog Day information!
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WINNER! Monster Jam Tickets

Congratulations to
Ed Hand!
He is the winner of a family four-pack of tickets to
Monster Jam on Friday February 18th 7pm


Congratulations Ed, and enjoy the show!
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Sunday, January 30, 2011

FREE Events Happening This Week

Monday January 31st - Sunday February 6th                       Here are your picks for FREE activities going on this week. As always, make sure to check our calendar page. Also, check this page frequently, as many events are added throughout the week as I hear about them.

You can also check out our Winter In Utah page for more fun ideas, many of them free!





Utah Grizzlees Family Night
This event isn't completely free, but I think it's free enough to qualify for our free events listing! Kids 12 and under get in FREE to the Utah Grizzlees hockey game Monday January 31st. PLUS, they have $1 food specials! You can't beat that! Two kids are admitted free with each adult.

Writing group for adults, focusing mostly on speculative fiction. Sponsored by the Community Writing Center. Feb. 1st - 6pm Columbus Library

FREE Tax Prep
West Valley City Hall. Feb 1st 5pm to 8pm, and Feb 3rd 5pm to 8pm

Looking for a fun family activity that everyone can enjoy? Come stretch and laugh with your kids! Space is limited and registration is required. All family members should register individually online with whatever library they will be attending at.
Feb. 1st - 7pm Hunter Library

FREE Flu Shots
Phil's Food For Flu Groundhog Event
Preschool - 6th grade. Get ready for Dr. Seuss' birthday by reading 10 of his books. Pick up your reading record at the information desk starting Monday, January 24, 2011. Complete the reading record and earn a prize! Now through Feb. 28th - Taylorsville Library
Visit the Children's Desk and guess how many candy hearts are in the jar. All correct answers will be entered into a drawing for the candy jar and some sweet books! 1 guess per child per visit.
Feb 1st - 14th Riverton Library
Help us decorate the children's area by making a valentine to add to our chain of hearts. How long will it be on Valentine's Day? Stop by the children's desk for materials.
Feb 1st through 14th - Sandy Library
Feb 1st 4:30pm

Families are invited to come into the Columbus library and make a valentine for a special someone.
Feb 1st - Feb 12th Columbus Library
From Tuesday, February 01 2011 -  8:00pm to Tuesday, March 08 2011 - 9:00pm
Recreation Department 801-754-5805

Freestyle World Ski Champions
All events are free to spectators! Deer Valley Resort. Feb 2nd - Feb 5th

Teens and Adults - Celebrate Chocolate Lovers Month! Try to guess which candy bars are pictured, and then turn in your answers at the Information Desk for a piece of chocolate. A chocolaty prize will go to both the teen and adult with the most correct answers!
Feb 1st - 26th Draper Library
Feb. 1st - 4th Holladay Library

This talk describes the basic facts of cardiovascular disease including how common it is in the United States. The audience will learn how to recognize the common and not-so-common signs and symptoms of heart attacks and strokes and what to do if these occur. We will discuss risk factors for the development of cardiovascular disease and how to reduce your risk. A list of trusted websites will be given for those who would like to continue to learn about this subject.
Feb. 1st - 7pm Columbus Library
Feb 3rd - 7pm Draper Library

So You Think You Can Dance Auditions
Utah has many talented dancers! Try out for the popular TV show So You Think You Can Dance, on Feb 2nd at the Jeanne Wagner Theater.

Young Glenwood Haggins doesn't want to give up his beloved onsies for the new, big boy pajamas his mom wants him to wear. But Mom makes him...Big mistake! For little does Mom know, these new pajamas will turn him into a MONSTER! Told with a blend of puppets and live acting. This fun tale is safe for kids of all ages and will entertain the littlest of the littles and the biggest of the bigs.
Feb. 2nd - 7pm Kearns Library
Teens can create simple knitted scarves, hats, and more to donate to a local charity. No experience needed. (Grades 7-12) Feb. 2nd - 3pm Kearns Library
Come make a cool valentine for that special someone. Using pins to create words and designs, you can make unique cards to give on Valentine's Day. (Grades 7-12)
Feb. 3rd - 3pm Kearns Library
First Friday Art Stroll
Historic 25th in Ogden. Friday Feb. 4th

Michael's Craft Workshops
Feb 4th - 4pm to 6pm

Teens, ages 11-19, join us for games and fun. Make a fun Valentine's pencil too! Feb. 4th - 4pm Hunter Library

Give your sweetheart or loved one a valentine gift that he or she can show off to everyone!! Join us for Valentine buttons! For teens grades 6th-12th.  Feb 4th - 3pm West Valley Library

We are delighted to have Tracy Aviary come and give an informative family program about birds and their adaptations.Whenever we enjoy something about the way a plant or animal looks or acts, we're really experiencing species survival tricks called "adaptations." The Build-A-Bird program introduces audiences to the basics and intricacies that make birds so unique. From their wings and feathers to their bones and gizzard, birds are exquisite flying machines. Participants will recreate these avian adaptations with fun props and then view some of these adaptations up-close with a visit from an Aviary bird. Feb. 4th - 3pm Columbus Library
Feb. 4th 3:30pm

Annual Bald Eagle Day
This is a wonderful family activity that gives you a chance to view bald eagles in their natural setting.
Feb. 5th

Teens. Make a Valentine for yourself or your Valentine! Stop by the library and make Duct tape rose pen. Feb. 5th - 2pm to 5pm West Jordan Library

FREE Centerville Trail Hikes
Feb 5th 9am

PGCL invites all girls 4 to 10 years of age to a very special party. Come dressed in your fanciest for this marvelous tea party. This party is free with a valid and current PGCL card but requires a small refundable registration fee of $5.00 to hold your place. The fee will be refunded when you attend or if you cancel before Friday, February 4. You will be given a ticket when you register and you must have that ticket in hand to be admitted to the party. Parents are invited to stay and take pictures, with seating provided around the room.
Feb 5th - 11am or 1pm  Pleasant Grove Library

Authors Paul Genesse, Virginia Smith, and Amy Wadsworth will speak. Come listen to these authors tell their stories and discuss the writing process.
Feb 5th - 12pm to 5pm Whitmore Library

Come dressed up for a Valentine party and bring your favorite American Girl doll. We’ll have stories from the different girls, make valentines like Samantha, dance like Kit, play games like Molly, practice manners like Felicity and receive recipes from all four for your own Valentine party.
Feb 5th - 2pm Draper Library
Feb 5th - 11am Riverton Library
Traveling Treasures
Experience Utah's Natural History with an exhibit of artifacts.
The Wood Carvers' Exhibit is a yearly exhibit, but new pieces are on display each year along with many old favorites. Don't miss out on seeing these beautiful pieces carved in such unique ways.

Free practice every Sunday. Click the link for more info.

A variety of movies shown at the libaries in Weber County
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FEBRUARY Traveling Treasures: Experience Utah's Natural History

Traveling Treasures moves UMNH exhibits across the state. Actual objects and artifacts from the Museum's collection travel to Zions Bank branch locations to be displayed in a community for one month at a time.
Some exhibits are opened with a local community event.

County Collage: Experience Utah's Natural History
For the past 13 years, Zions Bank and the Utah Museum of Natural History at the University of Utah have partnered to bring Traveling Treasures to branch locations throughout the state. This year, we are unveiling a new exhibit, County Collage: Experience Utah's Natural History. The current Traveling Treasures exhibit features pieces from each of Utah's 29 counties. An ideal place for scientists to study diverse natural history, the new exhibit articulates Utah's rich resources in biology, geology and archeology.
Visit Traveling Treasures in your region and see first-hand these pieces that represent the diversity of the state's natural history

February:
3913 West 9000 South
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Utah County Library Events - February

Below are the February library events in Utah County. For the address of each library, click on the library name and it will forward you to their website.

She’s Crafty
Girls aged 10-18. Join us every month as we get together to learn a new craft! Join us this month as we learn how to make bath salts and soap. Sign up at the front desk.
Thursday, February 17th, 7 pm Lehi City Library

Puppet Show: And They Lived Happily Ever After
Love is in the air, and who doesn't love a puppet show?  Join in the fun as librarian and puppeteer Mark Pulham brings his puppets to life in a celebration of love for children of all ages.
Orem Library Storytelling Wing
Monday, February 7 / 6:00 & 7:30 pm  Orem City Library

Research Revolution: Mummy DNA
Gathering DNA from ancient artifacts is a tricky business.  Dr. R. Paul Evans will explain the lengthy process and many variables that make mummies a difficult, but fascinating, subject of study.
Tuesday, February 8 / 7:00 pm Orem City Library

Research Revolution: The Body's Triggers: Figuring Out Proteins
Proteins are essential to how our bodies grow and develop. BYU microbiology professor Laura Bridgewater has been studying, with some assistance from Nobel Laureate Mario Cappechi, how a specific protein affects muscle and neurological functions. Join Dr. Bridgewater as she explains how proteins work and how scientists create experiments to understand their complex interactions.
Thursday, February 17 / 7:00 pm  Orem City Library

Fancy Nancy Party
PGCL invites all girls 4 to 10 years of age to a very special party. Come dressed in your fanciest for this marvelous tea party. This party is free with a valid and current PGCL card but requires a small refundable registration fee of $5.00 to hold your place. The fee will be refunded when you attend or if you cancel before Friday, February 4. You will be given a ticket when you register and you must have that ticket in hand to be admitted to the party. Parents are invited to stay and take pictures, with seating provided around the room.
Feb 5th - 11am or 1pm  Pleasant Grove Library

Make And Take Pop-Up Valentines Card
Free craft projects for children ages 12 and under and their parents or caregivers.  Children must be accompanied by an adult.
Feb. 7th - 6:30pm Provo City Library

The Annual Valentine’s Ball, held in the Provo City Library’s Ballroom, is a wonderful way to celebrate Valentine's Day.  This romantic evening includes dinner catered by Marvelous Catering Company, music by CB Jazz, and a red rose for each lady. Formal dress is preferred; however, Sunday best dress is acceptable.  Tickets are twenty-five dollars each, fifty dollars per couple. Ball tickets will be available on Monday, January 31st, and must be purchased by Friday, February 11th at 12:00 noon. 

Learn It: Easy Home Repairs
Classes taught by Home Depot. Feb. 15th 7pm Provo City Library. For specific details, call (801) 852-6661.

Zumba Fitness
From Tuesday, February 01 2011 -  8:00pm to Tuesday, March 08 2011 - 9:00pm
Recreation Department 801-754-5805

Jumpin Jungle
Feb 3rd. Jumpin Jungle is a class where kids can monkey around!  This class will focus on a variety of activities including obstacle courses, large interactive inflatables and each class ends with parachute activities.  Come enjoy a fun play center experience with our instructor.  Parent participation required.  For walking to age 5.  We will need a minimum of 8 kids to hold the class.  Cost is $36 for a 9 week session, Thursdays at 10:15am.  Santaquin Library

Princess Academy
Feb. 12th 10am. The Princess Academy is for ages 3-10.  It will be held in the Eagle Mountain city council chambers. Cost is $10/person. Come dressed in your favorite princess dress. Participants will do two crafts, get their fingernails painted, get a picture with "The Fairy Godmother" and Miss Eagle Mountain, Hartley Lojik and enjoy a royal princess lunch! Pre-registration required - Sign-up at City Hall (reception desk), space limited to 50. For questions please call Melissa Smith 801-769-9484.
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Eagle Mountain Valentines Dance

Friday February 11th 7pm

The Eagle Mountain City Youth Council is sponsoring a Valentine's Dance for adults in the City Council Chambers.  All proceeds will go to the Youth Council.

Cost:  $10 per couple.  Dressy or casual attire acceptable.  Refreshments provided. 
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Valentines Day Ball

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Romantic Valentines Dinner

Monday February 14th 2011

Nice romantic dinner with live guitar player "Bira, and the Brazilian "Bossa-Nova".

3485 So Main Street
Salt Lake City, UT

There are limited tickets, so get yours before they sell out!
COUPLE $40
SINGLE $25
CHILDREN UP TO 10 yo FREE.

Valentine's Day is a day to celebrate love, the most beautiful feeling in the world!
For more details, visit Eventos Reception Center or call (801) 759-7560, or (801) 231-7058.
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The Lost Valentine Movie and Book


This was SUUUCCHHH a good book! I cried at the end! It's about a newlywed couple who are married on Valentines' Day, only to say goodbye to each other one year later on their wedding anniversary when the husband goes off to fight in WWII. He becomes missing in action. It tells of what happens to him, and what happens 50 years later. I HIGHLY recommend it!

This is taken from page 224 of "The Last Valentine" by James Michael Pratt. It was an excellent book, and I especially like these few paragraphs from it:

"True love is like a metal tested in a fire. Fires of adversity surround us daily. Are we to love when it is merely convenient? Like gold or silver, which very hot fires must heat to purge them of impurities, love must be thrust into the fire from time to time to make it purer, stronger, and more resilient. And in the same way, love shines its brightest right out of the flames.

The beauty of the rose and its fragrance? There's another example of the quality that I'm trying to explain to you. The fragrance is found in the blossoms of the rose. The blossoms are found after the rosebud opens. Notice the stem on the rose bush. Notice that the bud doesn't even open until the thorns, those prickly things that can stick you and cause you to bleed, are fully formed. It's as if the rose bush is saying 'No! You can't have my beautiful flowers and the sweet smell of their petals. If you try to take one, I'll hurt you!' Is it worth risking the thorns to have the rose? It's where the blossoms dwell. Above the thorns, you will find the prize.

So it is with life. The thorns, the prickly problems of life, cause us to strive to rise above them and then, as we do, we learn. We learn to exercise true compassion, true kindness - or the thorns, if we let them, cause us to brood, to mourn over our trials. Then we plant the seeds of bitterness, hate, and ruin - weeds. We may reach up for the rose or down to the weeds....the weeds in life that tangle us, strangle us, and cause us to lose hope."


(NOTE: There are two versions of this book. This one is the St Martin's Press version. The other version, the first draft, was self-published by the author through Windsong Communications. He self-published it to get attention, and then it was bought by St Martin's Press. I am now going to read the self-published version. The author told me in an email that they have different beginnings, middles, and ends, but the same characters. The St Martin's Press is more edited than the self-published version.)

The Hallmark movie aired on Channel 2 Sunday January 30th. The movie is called "The Lost Valentine", even though the book is called "The Last Valentine". It stars Betty White and Jennifer Love Hewitt.

If you missed the movie, you can read more about it and order it on the Hallmark website. I absolutely loved it, and will be asking for a copy of it for my upcoming birthday! You may also watch it online at: http://spiritclips.com/films/lostvalentine

There were a few differences I noticed between the movie and the book:
(SPOILERS BELOW! DO NOT READ IF YOU DO NOT WANT TO KNOW WHAT HAPPENS!!!!!!)
  • One thing they left out of the movie was that when they found his body and belongings, they found a valentine he had made to give her when he returned. It had a long letter, which is posted above. He always promised he would return to her on Valentines Day.
  • Another thing different in the book than the movie is when he is shot. He is not just "out looking for the enemy". Him and the locals discover that the American troops are coming up the jungle, and Neil knows that they will never make it past a certain point. The enemies are always hiding in the trees, and there is no way for the American troops to know that. So Neil and the locals come up with a plan to take over that part of the jungle, so that when the American troops arrive, they will not be blindsided.
  • Yes, Caroline Thomas dies at the end. In the book, Neil's body is returning to the states via airplane, but Caroline goes to the train station instead, where she last saw him. As she is sitting there, she has a heart attack, and she sees him come for her in the distance. She dies, becomes young again, runs to him, and they fade off into the distance. Very different from the ending in the movie.
I love when my favorite books are made into movies! Watch the movie, go read the book, and then come back here and post your opinions, and if you liked it as much as I did! It's a great book for this time of year, and I am especially excited to watch the movie tonight!

Read more about my favorite books at Michelle's Favorite Books.


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Tooele City Library Events - February

Here are some of the events happening at the Tooele City Library during February.
 






Did you know you can download FREE audio books, and transfer them to your iPod? CLICK HERE for more information.
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Salt Lake County Library Events - February

The Salt Lake County Library always has tons of events going on for families of all ages! Below is a description of special events.

CLICK HERE to go to the entire calendar to view storytimes and others not on this list.
CLICK HERE to select a library near you.
CLICK HERE for information on special exhibits at the libraries.
CLICK HERE for the Kid Zone.
CLICK HERE for the Teen Space.

CLICK HERE for a map and addresses to all the Salt Lake County libraries.

Lego Car Races - Ready Race Party
Ages 5 and up. Get out of the cold and experience the Indy 500. Ready Race Party will provide legos and a deluxe race-track. Make lego cars and then race them. Drop in anytime between 3:00 and 4:00 p.m. (We don't get to keep the legos). No registration required.
Feb. 25th - 3pm Taylorsville Library

Princess and the Dragon
Families. Puppet Show. A fiery dragon is making trouble in the kingdom, and all the princes turn out to try their hand in the adventure. Will they be able to get rid of it or will it be the princess instead?
Feb 7th - 7pm Bingham Creek Library
Feb 12th - 11am Herriman Library
Feb 17th - 10:30am Sandy Library
Feb 18th - 10:30am Sandy Library
Feb. 23rd - 11:15am Draper Library
Feb. 23rd - 1:15pm Draper Library
Feb 28th - 7pm West Valley Library
GO - Organizing Your Kitchen and Pantry
Adults. Learn a "Clear and Simple" way of organizing your kitchen and pantry.
Feb. 9th - 7pm Bingham Creek Library

Teen Valentine's Origami
Ages 11-18. Feeling creative? Join us for a fun afternoon of paper folding with origami expert Ginger Brakke. If you'd like to make a valentine's surprise for someone special, bring a dollar bill. Origami paper will be provided.
Feb. 12th - 2pm Bingham Creek Library

Family Craft Night
Families. Chinese New Year was February 3rd. Join us to celebrate by making a bracelet or a dragon.
Feb. 14th - 7pm Bingham Creek Library

Women And Heart Disease: What You Need To Know
Adults. More women die from cardiovascular disease each year that men. Come and learn how to prevent heart disease and stroke. Learn the signs of a heart attack.
Feb. 22nd - 7pm Draper Library
Feb. 23rd - 7pm Bingham Creek Library

Movies At The Library
Feb. 9th - 6:30pm Ruth Vine Tyler Library (Family Movie)
Feb. 14th - 7pm Draper Library (A fun family movie)
Feb 25th - 3:30pm Sandy Library (Teen Movie)
Feb. 26th - 2pm Bingham Creek Library (A fun family movie)

President Lincoln
Ages 5-11. Why was Lincoln known as "Honest Abe"? Learn some of the songs and games that were popular during the civil war. Hear stories about Lincoln and learn some of his favorite quotes.
Feb. 28th - 7pm Bingham Creek Library

Hearts, Lace, And Love: Design A Valentine
Families are invited to come into the Columbus library and make a valentine for a special someone.
Feb 1st - Feb 12th Columbus Library

Heart Attack And Stroke: What You Need To Know
This talk describes the basic facts of cardiovascular disease including how common it is in the United States. The audience will learn how to recognize the common and not-so-common signs and symptoms of heart attacks and strokes and what to do if these occur. We will discuss risk factors for the development of cardiovascular disease and how to reduce your risk. A list of trusted websites will be given for those who would like to continue to learn about this subject.
Feb. 1st - 7pm Columbus Library
Feb 3rd - 7pm Draper Library

Fiction Writing Group
Writing group for adults, focusing mostly on speculative fiction. Sponsored by the Community Writing Center.
Feb. 1st - 6pm Columbus Library

Build A Bird: Tracy Aviary
We are delighted to have Tracy Aviary come and give an informative family program about birds and their adaptations.Whenever we enjoy something about the way a plant or animal looks or acts, we're really experiencing species survival tricks called "adaptations." The Build-A-Bird program introduces audiences to the basics and intricacies that make birds so unique. From their wings and feathers to their bones and gizzard, birds are exquisite flying machines. Participants will recreate these avian adaptations with fun props and then view some of these adaptations up-close with a visit from an Aviary bird.
Feb. 4th - 3pm Columbus Library

Recycled Book Love Speed Dating
Try a new twist on speed dating! Bring a paperbook you like with your name and a way to contact you in the back.Then convince someone else to read it in a speed dating setting. You could meet that someone special if they take your book at the end. Registration required by calling the Columbus Library or GO HERE.
Feb. 9th - 7:30pm Columbus Library

The Pajama Monster
Young Glenwood Haggins doesn't want to give up his beloved onsies for the new, big boy pajamas his mom wants him to wear. But Mom makes him...Big mistake! For little does Mom know, these new pajamas will turn him into a MONSTER! Told with a blend of puppets and live acting. This fun tale is safe for kids of all ages and will entertain the littlest of the littles and the biggest of the bigs.
Feb. 2nd - 7pm Kearns Library
Feb. 7th - 7pm South Jordan Library
Feb. 22nd - 7pm Hunter Library
Feb 25th - 4pm Columbus Library
Feb 26th - 11am Riverton Library

Pajama Time
For kids of all ages with a participating adult. “Pajammy to the left. Pajammy to the right. Everybody’s wearing them for storytime tonight.” Join us for stories, songs and fun (with or without your jammies).
feb 14th - 7pm West Jordan Library

Name That Candy Bar Contest
Teens and Adults - Celebrate Chocolate Lovers Month! Try to guess which candy bars are pictured, and then turn in your answers at the Information Desk for a piece of chocolate. A chocolaty prize will go to both the teen and adult with the most correct answers!
Feb 1st - 26th Draper Library
Feb. 1st - 4th Holladay Library

Chocolate Poetry Contest
Write a poem using names of chocolate candy. Turn in your poem at the Information Desk for a piece of chocolate. Teens will vote on the submissions at February 24th's Chocolate Cinema program, where the winner will then be announced.
Feb. 7th - 12th Holladay Library

Chocolate Trivia Contest
See if you're up to the challenge of answering the Chocolate Trivia questions. Turn in your answers at the Information Desk for a piece of chocolate. Winner will be determined and announced at February 24th's Chocolate Cinema program.
Feb. 14th - 18th Holladay Library

How Well Do You Know Your Chocolate
For Valentine's Day, we want to know how well you know you know your chocolate. Come into the library and pick up a Chocolate Trivia Quiz. Using any library or online resources, answer 6 questions correctly about Chocolate and get a piece of chocolate! Chocolate will be available at the Children's Desk. No registration required.
Feb. 7th - 14th Whitmore Library

Chocolate Cinema
Teens come celebrate the end of Chocolate Lovers' Month as we watch a movie where some kids wreak havoc in Johnny Depp's chocolate factory. Movie rated PG (for ages 12-19).
Feb. 24th - 3:30pm Holladay Library

American Girl Valentine Party
Come dressed up for a Valentine party and bring your favorite American Girl doll. We’ll have stories from the different girls, make valentines like Samantha, dance like Kit, play games like Molly, practice manners like Felicity and receive recipes from all four for your own Valentine party.
Feb 5th - 2pm Draper Library
Feb 5th - 11am Riverton Library
Feb. 8th - 7pm Ruth Vine Tyler Library

Health For Your Heart: Nutrition And Exercise For Children And Adults
Have you ever wondered if your kids are getting the proper nutrition, exercise, or sleep? Are you trying to shed a few pounds? Do you wish you had more energy to keep up with your kids or grandkids? This presentation is a great starting point for those interested in improving their family eating habits or becoming more active. Learn how to create more healthy meals and find out how much exercise is needed to lose or maintain weight. Discover the specific dietary and sleep recommendations for children made by the American Heart Association. This talk benefits the whole family!
Feb 10th - 7pm Draper Library
Feb. 16th - 7pm Ruth Vine Tyler Library

Valentine Buttons
Give your sweetheart or loved one a valentine gift that he or she can show off to everyone!! Join us for Valentine buttons! For teens grades 6th-12th.
Feb 4th - 3pm West Valley Library
Feb. 12th - 2pm Draper Library

Candy Heart Art
Join us for various candy heart creations! Come make bracelets, necklaces, and more out of a variety of your favorite Valentine's Day candy.
Feb 18th - 3pm West Valley Library

Health For Your Heart: Cardiovascular Disease and Diabetes
Does someone you know have high cholesterol, high blood pressure, diabetes or cardiovascular disease (heart disease, stroke, or peripheral vascular disease)? Come to this informative talk and learn more about these conditions and how to manage them to reduce risk of heart attack and stroke.
Feb. 9th - 7pm Kearns Library
Feb 17th - 7pm Draper Library

Winter Yoga
Looking for a fun family activity that everyone can enjoy? Come stretch and laugh with your kids! Space is limited and registration is required. All family members should register individually online with whatever library they will be attending at.
Feb. 1st - 7pm Hunter Library
Feb 8th - 7pm Whitmore Library
Feb. 9th, 16th, 23rd - 7pm West Jordan Library
Feb. 10th - 7pm Herriman Library
Feb. 14th 7pm Ruth Vine Tyler Library
Feb. 28th - 7pm Draper Library

Wii Free Play
Everyone is invited to come hang out and play Wii at the library. We provide the Wii connected to the BIG screen, with 2 controllers. You're welcome to bring your own games and controllers from home (you're responsible for your own equipment.) We'll have Wii Sport, Super Smash Bro., Mario Kart, Super Mario Galaxy, and the equipment and games for Rock Band 2 and Disney Sing It.
Feb. 18th - 3pm Herriman Library

Valentine Origami
Holiday Origami with the popular Origami Lady!
Feb. 7th - 7pm Taylorsville Library
Feb. 8th - 7pm Holladay Library
Feb. 9th - 4pm Kearns Library
Feb. 12th - 11am West Jordan Library

My Many Colored Days
Jump, hop, gallop, stretch and bounce as we explore emotions and colors in Dr. Seuss’s classic “My Many Colored Days.” For all kids ages 1-10
Feb 23rd - 10:30am Holladay Library
Feb 28th - 7pm South Jordan Library

Dr Suess Reading Program
Preschool - 6th grade. Get ready for Dr. Seuss' birthday by reading 10 of his books. Pick up your reading record at the information desk starting Monday, January 24, 2011. Complete the reading record and earn a prize!
Now through Feb. 28th - Taylorsville Library

Teen Time
Teens, ages 11-19, join us for games and fun. Make a fun Valentine's pencil too!
Feb. 4th - 4pm Hunter Library

Hot Cocoa Bar
Families.Come in out of the cold and enjoy some Hot Chocolate at the library.
Feb. 12th - 10am Hunter Library

Twilight Party
For teens, ages 12-18. (This event requires parent approval and registration) Dress as your favorite vampire or werewolf and enjoy a night of food and fun based on the Twilight series books.
Feb. 12th - 6:30pm Hunter Library

Lullabies At The Library
Families. Bring your little ones to an evening of lullabies and bedtime stories. Singer/guitarist Joe Criswell will entertain you with classic sing-alongs, mellow melodies and some sweet bedtime stories.
Feb. 28th - 7pm Hunter Library

Knitting For Teens
Teens can create simple knitted scarves, hats, and more to donate to a local charity. No experience needed. (Grades 7-12)
Feb. 2nd - 3pm Kearns Library
Feb. 16th - 3pm Kearns Library

Teen Craft: Valentines Cards
Come make a cool valentine for that special someone. Using pins to create words and designs, you can make unique cards to give on Valentine's Day. (Grades 7-12)
Feb. 3rd - 3pm Kearns Library

Carnival Of Animals
Explore "The Carnival of the Animals," Saint-Saens musical suite for children, through listening, movement and a craft, ending with our own very Animal Parade. Ages 2-12
Feb. 8th - 4pm Kearns Library

Dia de Carino
Come and celebrate Valentine’s Day the way they do in Latin America. With chocolates and crafts, games and other Latin Traditions.Feb. 10th - 7pm Kearns Library

Valentines Make And Take
Come to the library and make and take your own Valentine's creation for that special someone!
Feb 11th - 12th Kearns Library

Teen Anti-Valentines Activity and Movie
Take a break from all the love, come participate in some anti-valentine's activites and watch Gremlins! In this movie, called the 'funniest scary movie you'll ever see', an unusual present called a "mogwai" is given to Billy by his dad with three basic rules for caring for the pet: never get him wet, keep him out of bright light, and never feed him after midnight. When Billy inadvertently breaks one of the rules, the consequences multiply at an alarming rate that builds to an explosively suspenseful climax. (Rated PG)  (Grades 7-12)
Feb. 14th - 3pm Kearns Library

Anti-Valentines' Day Party
Ages 10-16 years. Tired of Valentine's Day? You will enjoy this anti-celebration. Join us for fun activites and games for the cynical of heart.
Feb 9th - 3:30pm Sandy Library

Jar Of Hearts Guessing Game
Visit the Children's Desk and guess how many candy hearts are in the jar. All correct answers will be entered into a drawing for the candy jar and some sweet books! 1 guess per child per visit.
Feb 1st - 14th Riverton Library

Zoomania
Meet and greet a boa constrictor,a green tinged macaw,sugar gliders, iguanas and more.Feb 7th - 7pm Riverton Library

Teen Valentines Craft
Come pick up a Valentine Charm Bracelet Craft to make for yourself or your special someone. Pick up your kit at the Information desk while supplies last.
Feb 8th and 9th - Riverton Library

Make A Valentine
Come to the Riverton library anytime between 10 and 3 and make a valentine for someone you love.
Feb 12th - 10am Riverton Library

Make A Valentine Chain
Help us decorate the children's area by making a valentine to add to our chain of hearts. How long will it be on Valentine's Day? Stop by the children's desk for materials.
Feb 1st through 14th - Sandy Library

Native Animals by Reptile Rescue
For all ages. Come meet the Reptile Man and his amazing animals. Meet native animals of Utah including a rattle snake.
Feb 9th - 7pm Sandy Library

Look At Me!
For ages K-6th grade. Show everyone how you see yourself when you create a self-portrait.
Feb 10th - 4pm Sandy Library

Book Adventures
For K-2nd grades. Explore excellent books, classic tales, and favorite authors through stories, science experiments, games, and crafts. For children in kindergarten through 2nd grade.
Feb 7th - 4pm Sandy Library
Feb 14th - 4pm Sandy Library
Feb 28th - 4pm Sandy Library

Robin Hood And His Merry Men In The Sherwood Forest
Maid Marian takes you inside Nottingham and the Sherwood Forest. Learn about Robin Hood and how he outsmarted the Sheriff of Nottingham. Includes costumes for children to dress up like Robin Hood, Will Scarlet and Maid Marian. Make a Robin Hood hat to take home to continue your adventures of Robin Hood.
Feb 7th - 7:30pm Calvin S Smith Library

Take Home Craft: Patriotic Noise Maker
All ages. Celebrate President's Day. Pick up a take home craft at the library.
Feb. 14th - 19th Taylorsville Library

Raising Backyard Chickens
Adults. Learn about raising backyard chickens with expert, Celia Bell. She will cover a variety of topics related to raising chickens including: preparing for backyard chickens, breed selection, housing, food, and water, basic chicken care, chickens and your garden, hazards and health management, collecting and storing eggs, and legalities and your neighborhood. No registration required. Feb. 15th - 7pm Taylorsville Library

Duct Tape Rose Pen
Teens. Make a Valentine for yourself or your Valentine! Stop by the library and make Duct tape rose pen.
Feb. 5th - 2pm to 5pm West Jordan Library

Speed Stacking Club
School-age kids. Join the Speed Stacking craze! Learn how to stack and unstack your cups with dazzling speed. Compete against yourself and others to win prizes. It's fun! It's amazing! It's Speed Stacking!
Feb 24th -4pm West Jordan Library

Scrabble Night
Adults. Can you spell F-U-N. Come show off your spelling skills and win prizes.
Feb 28th - 7pm West Jordan Library

Write For The Heights Literacy Fair
Authors Paul Genesse, Virginia Smith, and Amy Wadsworth will speak. Come listen to these authors tell their stories and discuss the writing process.
Feb 5th - 12pm to 5pm Whitmore Library

The Magic Of Reading
Magician Extraordinaire, Paul Brewer, will entertain the whole family with the MAGIC OF READING!
Feb 7th - 7pm Whitmore Library

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Saturday, January 29, 2011

Utah Grizzlies FAMILY NIGHT: Kids Are FREE!

Join the Utah Grizzlies hockey team on Monday January 31st for Family Night:
  • Kids under 12 are completely FREE! (up to two free kids per paying adult)
  • $1 food specials all night
  • All lower bowl seats (no nosebleeds!)
Tickets are available at the Maverik Center box office, or on the Utah Grizzlies web page.

You can also follow the Utah Grizzlies on Facebook to keep up with all the latest news and deals!

The Grizzlies hockey games are always a blast, and their mascot Grizzbee keeps kids of all ages entertained! He does a great job of walking around and interacting with the crowd! We were at the game tonight, and he even got in a silly string fight with a big group of fans! It was great!

You can also check out the Grizz Kids Club. Only $10 per kid to join, and they get a lot of bonuses for joining!
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Monster Jam: Last Day To Enter!

Just a reminder that today is your LAST CHANCE to enter to win Monster Jam tickets! The deadline is tonight at 11:59pm. Visit our Monster Jam Ticket Giveaway page to enter. GOOD LUCK!
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Friday, January 28, 2011

Wild Hearts Auction For The Utah Museum Of Natural History


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Utah Museum of Natural History

1390 E Presidents Circle University of Utah Salt Lake City, UT 84112

Ph: 801.585.6308


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