Saturday, December 31, 2011

FREE Days At The NEW Natural History Museum of Utah


The Museum will offer four Free Days during 2012 in appreciation for the important Zoo, Arts, and Parks funding we receive from Salt Lake County.  The 2012 Free Days are scheduled for:

Monday, January 9
Monday, April 9
Monday, July 9
Saturday, September 22

Hours for all days will be 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

It is strongly recommended that visitors reserve advance tickets for Free Days on a while supplies last basis.  Tickets will be offered for visits starting at 10:00 a.m. and every half hour after that through 4:00 p.m.  The last admission will be 4:00 p.m.  The galleries close at 5:00 p.m.  The total quantity of tickets will be limited to ensure a safe and pleasant visit for all attendees.

Tickets for the Monday, January 9 Free Day will be available online starting Wednesday, January 4 at 12:00 Noon MST.

More about the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks Program
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FREE Rides Home On New Year's Eve


PLEASE do not drink and drive any time, especially tonight! There are a few people offering FREE rides home tonight! AAA's information is below. Robert J DeBry is also offering FREE rides home. 

DeBry’s Free Rides Home

Utah Personal Injury Lawyers 

The law office of Robert J. DeBry & Associates is committed to helping prevent drunk driving by offering a free ride home program for adults who need a safe way home. To date, the program has been offered during New Year’s Eve, St. Patrick’s Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Halloween, and more. Adults age 21 and older are eligible to utilize this opportunity and can qualify for up to $35 in reimbursement, which covers the cost for most cab rides in the Salt Lake Metro area. Cab rides will be given from a bar or restaurant to a residence, not to other drinking locations.
"I am willing to do whatever it takes to keep drunk drivers off the road this holiday season, even if it means paying for it myself. I see more cases of drunk driving around the holiday season than any other time throughout the year."

-Robert Debry

How do I get reimbursed?

Mail a photocopy of your valid driver's license along with your original taxi receipt (no photocopies) to the law office of Robert DeBry & Associates, and Robert DeBry will reimburse you up to $35. Rides must be within the Salt Lake Metro area. All receipts must be submitted within 10 days after the holiday. Send receipts to:
Robert J. DeBry & Associates
ATTN: Accounting
4252 South 700 East
Salt Lake City, Utah 84107



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Friday, December 30, 2011

New Year's Eve in Ogden


There are so many fun things to do to ring in the New Year in Utah! Whether you're checking out the big celebration EVE in SLC, or staying close to home, there are so many fun options for fun things to do today. Check out Indie Ogden for all of the events up north-ways. Happy New Year!

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Thursday, December 29, 2011

New Year's Eve Safety Tips


Thanks to West Valley City for emailing this great list!

New Year's Eve Safety Tips
New Years Eve is a huge night for everyone, which means crowds will be swarming toward all the metropolitan hubs around the world. People feed off eachothers' excitement, and sometimes things can get out of hand if safety precautions are not taken. Everyone wants to have an unforgettable night (in a good way!). By simply using some common sense, we can keep it that way. Ring in the New Year safely!

Designate a Driver: 
If you are going to be driving New Years Eve, don't drink and drive. If you have a friend who does not prefer to drink, make sure they take the wheel.  

Don't forget about your pets!
They are just as much a part of the family as everyone else. If you are using fireworks, anything with loud noises, or fire, be sure that pets are kept at a distance as well as children. None of these are a good mix. Candles are also a potential hazard. 

Be Alert:
Be aware of your surroundings and how others are acting. Stay away from those who are out of control and might cause harm. Taking preventive measures is key. If someone is really intoxicated, prevent them from trying to drive or leaving with someone they do not know. It's important to keep an eye out for each other. 

Don't Drive:
If you don't have to go behind the wheel, avoid it. More people will be driving under the influence on this particular night, so avoid a potentially dangerous accident by staying off the road. Otherwise, be alert and drive defensively. Most importantly, wear your seatbelt! Also, using public transportation is a wise option. If taking a cab is too expensive, crashing at a friend's place nearby is a convenient solution. 

Stick Together:
This way we can look out for our friends and family. Going out to parties and nightclubs means a fast-paced, crazy night; so be sure to travel in groups. Having a safety net around you in this environment, especially for women, is imperative. 

Monitor your Alcohol Intake:
A majority of people will be drinking on New Years Eve, and there is nothing wrong with that. Just be sure to pay attention to how much you and others are consuming. Drinking too much alcohol can have lethal affects. Be responsible. 

http://newyears.noo.com/about/new-years-eve-safety-tips
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Hidden Voices: Women In Printmaking

January 3–March 3, 2012
Hidden Voices: Women in Printmaking with The Clothesline Project
The Hidden Voices program focuses on underrepresented populations and offers a safe outlet for expression through art projects, developing skills and building community in Utah County. As the second session of the Hidden Voices program, “Women in Printmaking” showcases work from women in our community, selected to share their life experiences and personal views through the printmaking medium. Some participants have overcome tremendous obstacles in their pasts and have used the program as a safe place for expression. The resulting art is a powerful example of issues facing women in today's society, and a celebration of women though art.

January 10, 2012 6–8 p.m.
Opening Reception for Hidden Voices: Women in Printmaking
A chance to meet and discuss the printmaking process with the women artists of "Hidden Voices: Women in Printmaking." Open to the public, light refreshments served. 

We look forward to seeing you at these events!

Utah Valley University’s Woodbury Art Museum is proud to present “Hidden Voices: Women in Printmaking” Jan. 3–March 3. 

The Hidden Voices program focuses on underrepresented populations and offers a safe outlet for expression through art projects, developing skills and building community in Utah County. As the second session of the Hidden Voices program, “Women in Printmaking” showcases work from women in our community, selected to share their life experiences and personal views through the printmaking medium. Some participants have overcome tremendous obstacles in their pasts and have used the program as a safe place for expression. The resulting art is a powerful example of issues facing women in today's society, and a celebration of women though art.

The public is invited to an opening reception for "Hidden Voices: Women in Printmaking" on Jan. 10 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Woodbury Art Museum. Light refreshments will be served.

This year’s participants are Linda Arrowsmith, Alison Cook, Shanine Cornish, Carrie Espinoza, Alysandra Holden, and Katie Johnson. 

 “When I heard it was called Hidden Voices, that’s the reason I wanted to participate. I’ve had trouble finding my own voice and it’s easier to express myself through art than talking to someone, and I was really excited,” Cornish said.

She and the others committed to participate in weekly activities with mentor Nick Mendoza, to learn the process of printmaking, brainstorm ideas, print images and help each other. Each week the participants were given a piece of Sintra board, a lino cutter and a theme to represent on the board. The next week would be spent hand printing the boards. The results are intensely personal interpretations of social and community issues, such as roles women play, self–confidence and violence against women. The themes dovetail nicely with the goal of Hidden Voices, to employ art as a means to open dialog for both participants and viewers. 
The Woodbury Art Museum has partnered with the Clothesline Project and the Center for Women and Children in Crisis for this exhibition. The Clothesline Project will be on display during the Hidden Voices exhibition.

 “Its great to see women come together and express themselves through art because women are sorely lacking in the art scene,” Mendoza said.

In conjunction with “Hidden Voices: Women in Printmaking” exhibition, the Woodbury Art Museum is displaying works by women from their permanent collection. 

“This has been a great opportunity to specifically represent women artists museum wide,” said Melissa Hempel, the museum’s interim director and curator. “Work was selected to show a range of techniques and media.” 

Utah artists Jeanne Leighton-Lundberg Clarke, Josie Bell and Tawni Shuler are on display along with many others. 

The Woodbury Art Museum is located in the University Mall, 575 W. University Parkway in Orem, on the second floor between Nordstrom and Gap. Admission is free. For more information please call 801-863-4200 or go online to www.uvu.edu/museum.
 
About UVU
Utah Valley University is located in Orem, Utah, and is home to more than 33,000 students. UVU began as a vocational school during World War II, and in the seven decades since has evolved into a technical school, community college, state college and, finally, a comprehensive regional teaching university. UVU is one of Utah’s largest institutions of higher learning and offers programs ranging from career training to high-demand master degrees, with emphasis on undergraduate education. 
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Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Macey's FREE Cooking Classes - January 2012



All classes below are located at the Pleasant Grove Maceys

For more info visit customer service, or www.pleasantgrovemaceys.com

~January 2012~
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday Classes 7-8 pm 
Friday Classes 10-11 am

Tuesday 3rd 
New Years Fiesta
Mexican Quiche & Brownies With A Kick~Shauna Golightly~

Wednesday 4th
Potatoes Made Delicious
Potatoes in Main Dishes, Side Dishes & More ~Bobby and Lou Robison~

Thursday 5th
Ridiculously Good Appetizers To “Begin” Each Meal
Spanakopita Bites, Buffalo Wing Meatballs, Bite Sized Tacos, & Dreamsicle Fruit Dip
~Ashley Webb & Brittany Boyd~

Friday 6th
A Healthy Jump Start For The New Year 
Delicious Breakfast Smoothie, Healthy Cashew Chicken, & Gram's Oatmeal Raisin Bars Cut the calories without sacrificing the taste for a Healthy and Happy New Year! 
~Ruth Armstrong~ *See Ruth’s blog at www.whatscookingwithruthie.com

Tuesday 10th 
Food For The Soul
Bean & Squash Chili, Cornbread, & Angel Lush Cake~Mindy LeMieux~

Thursday 12th
Sun Flour Mills “GLUTEN FREE”
Chocolate Chip Cookies, Cinnamon Rolls, Donuts, &
Whole Grain Bread ~Denise Brinley from Sunflour Mills~

Tuesday 17th Cooking Made Simple
Learn how to cook a full course meal simply! ~Heather Whitworth~

Wednesday 18th
Living Life Raw; Keeping Your New Year Resolution to Loose Weight with Easy & Delicious Food
Green Smoothie, Raw Spaghetti, Lettuce Wraps with Aoli Mayonnaise & Spinach Ice Cream.  The recipes are quick, easy and delicious.
~Mechel Hasleton and Dave Tolman~
 
Friday 20th
Veggies As A Main Dish & A Side
Veggie Rice Pie, Sweet Potato Burritos, Peppered Vegetable Medley, & Bacon Cabbage
~Jackie Colette~

Tuesday 24th
Easy Gourmet Italian Dinner
Skillet Chicken Parmesan With Butter Noodles, Chocolate Truffle Cake With Whipped Cream~Wendy Paul~ (author of several 101 cookbooks)

Wednesday 25th
Homemade Dumplings/Pasta Noodles…
only four ingredients, and no special tools needed!
~Angie Hodes~ *see Angie’s blog at www.theamericanhomemaker.blogspot.com

Thursday 26th
Our New & Old Favorites
Chicken Enchiladas With Green Chili Sour Cream Sauce, Lip-Smacking Good Green Beans & SO MUCH MORE!
 ~Cindy Draper & Emily Marlowe~ (directors of the Theatre) 

Friday 27th 
Succulent Soups & Artisan Bread
Taco &, Broccoli Cheese Soup ~ Lori Potts~
Artisan Bread with ~Christy Hurd~

Tuesday 31st
Pull-A-Part Breads
Red Velvet, Lemon, Chunky Apple Cinnamon, & Cinnamon Pumpkin
~Kendall Stevens~
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Learn How To Use Electronics You Received For Christmas


One of the most purchased items for gifts this year were electronics. Did you receive something electronic and have no idea how to use it? 

On January 5th at 7pm, the Hunter Library will be holding a class that will teach you how to use these electronic gadgets and devices! Bring your items and ask questions!

View more information here.
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Family Yoga


Yoga is a great way to get some exercise, and being able to attend a class with your family is even better! Below are some FREE Family Yoga Classes offered at the Salt Lake County libraries:

January 4th - 7pm Hunter Library
January 9th - 7pm Kearns Library
January 10th - 7pm Ruth Vine Tyler Library
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January Events at The Ogden Nature Center


"Picture-Perfect Winter" Photo Contest
January 2 - January 31, 2012 - shoot your winter pictures!
Entry deadline: Thursday, February 2 at 4:30 pm
Awards: Winners will be announced in the LS Peery Education Center at 1 pm, Saturday, February 4
Entry fee: $3 per entry for ages 8-15, $5 per entry for ages 16 to adult
Winter is a terrific time to capture the wonders of the Ogden Nature Center. So grab your camera (film or digital) and come out to shoot an entry for an Ogden Nature Center photo contest.
Requirements: Entries must be shot at the Ogden Nature Center during regular center hours. No after-hours shots will be permitted. Entrants will be divided into two age groups: ages 16-adult and ages 8-15. Entrants can submit photos in two categories -- one entry per category:
. Ogden Nature Center's resident animals including resident birds, reptiles & arachnids in cages and the Nature Center's three wild turkeys
. General nature shots - includes the Nature Center's deer and all other wild critters, in addition to the landscape.
Photos submitted for judging must be no larger than 8 x 10 inches and mounted on cardboard or foam board (no frames or glass, please), with entrant's full name, age, phone number, e-mail, street address and entry category (see above) on the back of the board.

Wild Wednesdays -- Hooked on Fish
Wednesday, January 4 at 3:30 pm
Free for ONC members
$2 children / $3 seniors / $4 adults
All ages welcome!
Did you know there are eight endangered or threatened species of fish that call Utah home? Spend an hour with an Ogden Nature Center naturalist and learn other cool facts about Utah's diverse fish. Observe Least Chub in the aquarium and meet some of our resident, fish-eating birds. Meet in the Visitor Center.

Preschool Discovery Days - Motionless Marvels

Choose a date and time:
Thursday, January 5 at 9:30 am, 11:00 am or 1:00 pm
Friday, January 6 at 9:30 am, 11:00 am or 1:00 pm
Cost:
$4 child/adult pair - members
$4 per child for preschool groups of 5 or more students, teachers/aides are free with class
$5 child/adult pair - nonmembers
Ages: 3-5
From towering trees to tiny rocks, many of nature's wonders hardly move at all. Sing songs and hear stories, play games and learn through hands-on discovery what makes nature so marvelous.
General admission fees will apply to any additional family members in attendance. A non-refundable deposit of 50% must be paid in advance to pre-register groups of 5 children or more. Pre-registration is required as classes fill up quickly. Please call 801-621-7595 to register.

Wild Wednesdays -- Fantastic Falcons
Wednesday, January 11 at 3:30 pm
Free for ONC members
$2 children / $3 seniors / $4 adults
All ages welcome!
What can dive at over 200 miles per hour? What has a beak that acts like a can opener? Falcons! Spend time observing a live falcon while learning about these fast and fascinating birds. Meet in the Visitor Center.

Project Wet Teacher Workshop
Saturday, January 14 from 9 am - 3 pm
Cost: $25.00
Project WET workshop participants gain hands on experience in the use of the Project WET Curriculum and Activity Guide for PreK-12th grade. A range of activities which link to the Utah State Core Curriculum for science, math, language arts, social studies, reading, art, and music will be demonstrated and participants will receive information and resources pertaining to Utah's water. These workshops use nationally recognized, award winning curriculum and give participants ideas and resources to integrate the environment into the classroom while meeting core curriculum requirements. Teachers can also get USOE credit. Please contact Charice Bourdeaux at charice@usee.org <charice@usee.org> or call 801-328-1549 to register or for more information. USEE members receive $5 off.

Wild Wednesdays -- Who's a Buteo?
Wednesday, January 18 at 3:30 pm
Free for ONC members
$2 children / $3 seniors / $4 adults
All ages welcome!
Meet Sampson, the Ogden Nature Center's resident Red-tail Hawk, while discovering what makes a buteo a buteo. Then take a short hike with a naturalist to look for signs of buteos at the Nature Center. Meet in the Visitor Center.

Scout Saturdays
Saturday, January 21
9 am - Native vs. Invasive
10 am - Conservation
11 am - Venomous Reptiles
Cost: $5 per scout
The Ogden Nature Center provides the perfect outdoor classroom for scout activities.
Have our teacher/naturalists help your scout pass off badge requirements during one of our 45-minute workshops. Reservations and a non-refundable deposit required. Please call 801-621-7595. For more information on the requirements in each badge refer to our website at www.ogdennaturecenter.org/education/scouting-programs <http://www.ogdennaturecenter.org/education/scouting-programs> .

Kundalini Yoga 8 Week Session
Mondays, January 23 through March 12 from 6:30 - 7:45 pm
Cost: $45 for members / $50 for nonmembers
Ages: Adults
This Kundalini yoga class is an 8-week series ideal for beginners or for those that want a gentle Kundalini practice. Please bring your own yoga mat and blanket. Wear loose comfortable clothing. It is suggested that you do not eat for at least two hours prior to the class. Taught by Bruce Fisk, certified Yoga instructor. Please call to pre-register at 801-621-7595.

Herbal Bath Products
Tuesday, January 24 from 6 - 7 pm
$8 members/$10 non-members
Ages: 8 to adult - children must be accompanied by an adult
Just in time for Valentine gift-giving! Flowers, oils, salts and scents will all come together to create natural products to pamper yourself and those you love. Bring one empty bottle, 4 oz. or smaller, and one jar (you can re-use a jelly jar) to package your homemade bath products in. We'll combine them into gift baskets you'll be proud to give. We'll supply all ingredients and information - you bring your share of the fun. Please call 801-621-7595 <file://localhost/tel/801-621-7595> to pre-register by Monday, January 23 at 4 pm.

Wild Wednesdays -- Mammal Mia!
Wednesday, January 25 at 3:30 pm
Free for ONC members
$2 children / $3 seniors / $4 adults
All ages welcome!
Learn about the many cool mammals that live in Utah and the Great Basin region.
Touch skulls and pelts and learn what makes mammals unique. Learn why you're a mammal! We'll put on coats and gloves and take a short walk with a naturalist to observe live deer and possibly other mammals at the Ogden Nature Center. Meet in the Visitor Center.

Project Learning Tree Teacher Workshop
Saturday, January 28 from 9 am to 5 pm
Cost; $20.00
Project Learning Tree's (PLT) secondary (6-12th grade) environmental education program represents a series of learning modules that deal with current environmental topics and issues. All communities - urban, suburban, small town, rural - are experiencing growth and change, which has an impact on each community's environment. PLT's module, Exploring Environmental Issues: Places We Live provides educators with a useful tool for place-based education to help create a bond between young citizens and their communities. These workshops use nationally recognized, award winning curriculum and give participants ideas and resources to integrate the environment into the classroom while meeting core curriculum requirements. Teachers can also get USOE credit! Please contact Charice Bourdeaux at charice@usee.org <charice@usee.org> or call 801-328-1549 to register or for more information. USEE members receive $5 off.

Please note:
The Ogden Nature Center will be closed from 1 pm on Saturday, December 24 through Sunday, January 1. We will re-open on Monday, January 2, 2012.

Class sizes are limited to ensure a quality experience. Call in reservations over the phone and pay with a credit card or come in person to pay with cash or checks. The Ogden Nature Center reserves the right to change instructors or cancel classes due to circumstances beyond our control including, illness, inclement weather or low attendance. The Ogden Nature Center is located at 966 W. 12th Street in Ogden, Utah. For more information, please visit www.ogdennaturecenter.org <http://www.ogdennaturecenter.org> or call 801-621-7595.
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All About Utah


Looking for something to do with the kids and/or family?
Do you have out of town guests visitng, and you want to show them what Utah has to offer?

Here is an organized list of places to see in Utah, according to area. If a place fits in more than one category, it may be listed in both.

To view our blog entry about that specific place, click on the title

View our map of what to see in Utah HERE!

Angie's List
A list sent by one of our readers on the fun things she got out to see and do while living in Utah.

Flash Mobs
Do you want to take part or witness a flash mob!? SLC Mobsters is a local group that goes around flash mobbing groups!

Geocaching
A fun, low-cost way to experience Utah and find "hidden treasure"

Getting Around Town
2002 Winter Olympic Games
A look back at this historic event to take place in Utah.

Utah's Mysteries and Urban Legends
A collection of Utah's favorite mysteries and urban legends. Which ones have you heard before?

Utah History
(There are also more historic posts spread out among the counties. Make sure to look for museum and/or heritage centers when browsing the listings for counties)

DID YOU KNOW!?
Each Monday we post a fun fact about the great state of Utah. Here is a list of what has been posted on Mondays past:

Salt Lake County (for downtown, see below)
Downtown Salt Lake City
Tooele County
Utah County
Wasatch/Summit County
Weber/Davis/Box Elder County
Cache County
Sevier County
Carbon County
Emery County
Uintah County
Daggett County 
Duschene County
Washington County
Mountains, Hiking, Camping, Scenic Drives, etc.
SPORTS:

DATE NIGHT IDEAS:
OTHER / MISC:
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Monday, December 26, 2011

FREE Utah Events, Activities, and Places

Here are picks for FREE activities and events in the state of Utah. As always, make sure to check our calendar page for other fun events going on. Also, check this page frequently, as many events are added as I hear about them.

Our What To See In Utah page will also give you some free ideas.



If there are any other FREE events I may have missed, please let me know! contact@enjoyutah.org



Take Advantage Of Your Local Library!
Libraries are EXCELLENT resources for fun, free events! Below are calendars of some of our libraries here in Utah. If the library close to you has fun events, and I do not have them listed, please email me at contact@enjoyutah.org and I would love to list them here!
A card that is completely FREE, and will get four people in FREE to Red Butte Gardens, Discovery Gateway, Utah Museum of Natural History, and Utah Museum of Fine Arts. It is given out on the first of each month, and there's a limited number given away each month. Click the title for complete details and where to get one!

SheKnows.com "Free Activities" Guide
I put together my top ten picks for free activities in Salt Lake City. You can view it by clicking the link above.

Utah Family FREE Fit Family Events
Utah Family Magazine has a page dedicated just to free Fit Family events. Check them out!

Fun, Cheap Or Free
An excellent resource for everything fun, cheap or free! Local blogger Jordan Page has all the details on her blog.

Always Free:
These places all have free admission, but most of them do accept donations if you wish to donate. It is not required, but always a nice gesture.
If you know of a FREE event or place that we have forgot or might not know about, email us at contact@enjoyutah.org  Thanks!

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Utah Winter Activities




Utah is known for "The Greatest Snow on Earth," and was home of the 2002 Winter Olympics. Besides skiing, what else is there to do in Utah during the winter time? Below are some of our favorite activities. 


If you have an idea for a Utah winter activity that we have missed, please email us at contact@enjoyutah.org . Thanks!


Having Fun Outside:
Staying Warm Inside:
Other Resources:
  • Winter Bingo: A fun activity to participate in all Winter long. Challenge your family and friends and see who can be the first to get bingo!
  • Snowmamas: Let’s face it: Taking your family to the mountains for some fun in the snow can be overwhelming! What to pack? Where to go? How to get kids from the condo to ski/snowboard lessons on time? The questions are endless! That’s exactly why Park City Mountain Resort created Snowmamas.com, a unique online community of snow-loving parents, where real parents provide all kinds of tips, tricks and deals that make planning winter vacations fun and easy! Snowmamas was created to serve as a valuable resource for family winter travel planning. Are you a lover of winter sports? You are a snowmama...or snowpapa.
  • Winter Emergency Car Kit: It's always best to be prepared in the Winter, and being in your vehicle is not exception. Here are suggestions for what to keep in your car during Winter in case of an emergency.
  • Historic Utah Winter StormsA list of some noteable winter storms in Utah

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Friday, December 23, 2011

Merry Christmas!



We want to wish everybody a very Merry Christmas, and say thank you for all of your support over the last year!

We hope this year brings you all you wished for and more!



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My Thoughts on Oranges and Lumps of Coal



There are a few things at Christmas time that many of us joke about, and "oranges in the bottom of your stocking" and "getting a lump of coal" are two topics of conversation that seem to come up more often than not. But were they always thought of as "bad" during Christmas? Not always!....

Oranges In Your Stocking:
During The Great Depression, and times of war during the 1930s and 1940s, fruit and other "delicacies" were hard to come by. When parents wanted to give their children an extra special treat, an orange was that one special surprise the kids were excited to find. Because the children of the 30s wanted to share the joy they felt when finding that sweet and juicy orange in the bottom of their stocking on Christmas morning, that is something they passed on for their kids, and their kids are now doing it for their kids, all due to tradition. 

Lump of Coal:
As far as a "lump of coal" goes, this was not always a bad thing, but a "resourceful" gift. Before the days of furnaces and heated homes, heating up coal and putting a lump of it underneath your bed at night is what kept you warm in the cold winter months. Receiving a lump of coal for Christmas is similar to children today receiving socks or underwear. Who knows; in fifty or one hundred years from now, maybe parents will be saying to their children "You better be good, or all you are going to get for Christmas is a pair of socks" instead of "a lump of coal"! 

Next time you receive an orange in the bottom of your stocking, or a lump of coal, know that you weren't "bad" all year, but that somebody loves you enough to get you "something that will bring you joy" or "something that will keep you warm"!
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Wednesday, December 21, 2011

JOIN ME For A Cooking Class!


Taste Culinary Boutique will be opening soon at Gardner Village, and they have some really fun cooking classes coming up! Come with me on Friday January 6th at 6:30pm for the Warm Winter Soups class! I would love to have some of you join  me! Register online before the class is full!

Register as soon as possible, because for a limited time they have pay for one class, and bring a friend for free!

Check out all the other classes they have available.
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FREE Cooking Classes - January 2012


The schedule for January 2012 FREE cooking classes is up! Go check it out on the Macey's website!
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Johnston's Army Adventure Camps


Fairfield - Johnston’s Army Adventure Camp is designed for Boy Scouts and offers an authentic and unique hands-on adventure! Scouts travel back in time to 1858 – 1861 and enter the world of a soldier with Johnston’s Army at Camp Floyd in the Utah Territory.  New recruits are processed, mustered into the army and issued uniforms. As a new enlisted private, scouts will shoulder their musket, and march off to a new adventure!  Leaving modern possessions behind, the call of bugles and officers’ commands will replace the daily routine of 21st century life.

The camp curriculum is based on the history of Johnston’s Army at Camp Floyd, Utah Territory, and is designed to complete the requirements for the American Heritage Merit Badge and the National Historic Trails Award.  Each camp is limited to 30 scouts and leaders.  Camp fees are $20 per boy / adult, which includes all camp material and breakfast.  This two-day program includes an over night stay with sleeping accommodations in period military tents.  Scouts will need to provide their own sleeping gear.  

The 2012 camps are scheduled for:
April 20-21, 27-28
May 4-5, 11-12, 18-19
June 15-16
July 6-7
August 3-4
September 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29
October 5-6, 12-13

All registrations are online this year and can be made by following the links at http://stateparks.utah.gov/calendar/2012/cfsp  Registrations begin January 3, 2012.

Established in 1858, Camp Floyd housed the largest concentration of U.S. troops then in the United State.  The troops were sent to Utah to suppress a rumored Mormon rebellion, which never took place.  The army was recalled back east in 1861 for the Civil War emergency.  

Camp Floyd State Park is located in the town of Fairfield, 22 miles southwest of Lehi on State Highway 73.  For more information please visit our website at www.stateparks.utah.gov or contact the park at:  801-768-8932. 

Mark A. Trotter
Park Manager
Camp Floyd State Park
18035 West 1540 North
Fairfield, Utah  84013
801-768-8932

Experience the history of Camp Floyd. Visit www.stateparks.utah.gov for a list of this years special events and programs. 

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