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Sarah Radford, right, hugs Whitney Talbert, "Miss Teen Extraordinaire" event director. Talbert started the pageant for special needs girls five years ago as Miss Spanish Fork.

Miss Teen Extraordinaire Pageant crowns 14 special needs girls

Contestants show their talents, model their evening gowns, and smile and wave to the crowd. The audience cheers, the cameras flash and the judges deliberate — but it’s not a Miss Utah pageant. It’s Miss Teen Extraordinaire, a [...]
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Love Utah, Give Utah: Information to help you decide who to donate to on March 26

One day a year Utah nonprofit organizations team up to encourage the community to give back to these volunteer programs. This year Love Utah, Give Utah, a 24-hour fundraiser for all nonprofit organizations, is on Thursday, March 26. “There [...]
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7 fun facts about the Female Relief Society of Nauvoo

Relief Society, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ organization for women, began in Nauvoo after the women sought Joseph Smith’s approval to organize themselves into a women’s organization similar to others [...]
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Happy Couples: Chris and Heidi Alldredge

This is one in four of Utah Valley Magazine’s “Happy Couples” series. Once Upon a Time Chris and Heidi Alldredge dated for a short five weeks before he popped the question 23 years ago — and it’s worked out, they say, [...]
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7 things Sarah Nitta wants you to know about Highland

Nine years ago, Sarah Nitta, her husband, Kent, and four children left Texas to find a home — and a heaven — in Highland. Living halfway between Salt Lake City and LaVell Edwards Stadium has been ideal for the Nittas (even though Sarah is [...]
Big Ocean Founder and Provo resident Carolina Allen shares ideas with a Catholic youth group that came to share a family-based message at a gathering outside the UN.

Outside UN gates, LDS women call for inclusion of family in Post-2015 Agenda

On Wednesday morning, approximately 25 LDS women gathered in a 9th floor hotel room for their morning devotional before heading off to sessions at the Commission on the Status of Women in New York. What started as a brief logistical planning [...]
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You’re doing it wrong: 6 reasons you aren’t losing weight

We Americans like to diet. An estimated 45 million Americans diet each year, spending $33 billion annually on weight loss products, according to Boston Medical Center’s Nutrition and Weight Management Center. Still, nearly two-thirds of [...]
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4 family traditions for celebrating a Christ-centered Easter (without the bunny)

During the last weeks of Christ’s mortal ministry, he went about serving, sacrificing and suffering for those he loved. During the weeks leading up to our Easter celebration of Him, we typically focus on bunnies, Cadbury eggs, baskets and [...]
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Child’s play: Jenny Moyer creates fashion forwards frocks clothes to home

Childhood should be bright, happy, carefree and fun, which is exemplified in clothing line Taylor Joelle Designs, created by an Eagle Mountain mother of five — Jenny Moyer. “It started with a crib bedding set that I designed for my third [...]
Operation Underground Railroad Founder Tim Ballard (left) and child rights activist Elizabeth Smart instruct Imperial County California's sheriff on what the county can do to protect children. (Photo by FletChet Entertainment)

Elizabeth Smart joined Operation Underground Railroad on a mission

She was back. Back where she was held captive. Back where she feared she would never see her family again. Back in Imperial County, California. But this time she had shifted from defense to offense. In 2002, Elizabeth Smart made headlines when [...]
You'll probably praise and curse my name for introducing you to these little pieces of fried heaven if you haven't already discovered them. Find the Art City Donuts truck's schedule is on on their Facebook page.

8 Utah Valley donut shops you need to indulge in

Lest you think this is just some Google-searched article by an indifferent donut commentator, I should tell you that I consider myself a donut aficionado. I come from a long line of donut lovers, and a delicious donut has long been my weakness [...]
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10 full-time senior missionary opportunities

In April 2006, Elder Robert D. Hales taught Church members about the greatly needed role of senior missionaries in the work of salvation. “Your Heavenly Father needs you,” he said, speaking specifically to members approaching [...]
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Putting Taste to the test: Entrepreneurs aim to produce the world’s finest chocolate

By Mary Crafts-Homer Downtown Provo is home to Taste, which is unlike any other store in Utah.  Like me, maybe you’ve been driving by the building that used to be Coleman Studios and seeing a lot of activity over the past year. A sign went [...]
Libbie Hamann (right) and her daughter, Valerie Pryor, relied on each other — and the caregivers associated with the Intermountain Healthcare Breast Center of Excellence — to get through breast cancer treatments.

Excellence in attitude: New accreditation ensures best breast cancer care for local patients

Sponsored post Written by Greg Bennett On April 7, 2014, Libbie Hamann and her husband went in for their regular, annual physicals. Libbie had always had cystic breasts, but recent weight loss from eating healthier made one lump more noticeable, [...]
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20 sweet behind-the-scenes shots from the Fab 40 lemonade stand

Narrowing down hundreds of photos for the pages of Utah Valley Magazine is a sour task — which is why we’ve setup a digital lemonade stand with additional photos of our Fab 40. So pull up a chair, raise a glass and enjoy these behind-the-scenes [...]
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Fab 40: Sip lemonade with 40 of Utah Valley’s sweetest people

By Jeanette Bennett & Alisha Gallagher  Photography by Dave Blackhurst Utah Valley’s most fabulous ‘lemonade makers’ have a zest for life that serves up more sweet than sour. Read on for a slice of life from Utah Valley’s 40 most [...]
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Every Picture Tells a Story: Orem father paints family history

As told by Kate Nash Larry D. Macfarlane has had a passion for art his entire life — but he was too busy as a communications exec and professor to pursue it seriously. Then 10 years ago, his brushes became his communication tool of choice. [...]
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By the book: 12 LDS titles to read right now

From biographies to fiction to self help to children’s books, LDS authors have flooded the market with reflections of their faith. With hundreds of titles published each year, it’s no easy feat to keep up with the best in LDS literature. [...]
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Ready to Runway: 8 custom looks from the 2014 Provo Fashion Week

Photos courtesy of LC Photography, Breanna White Photography, Endless Photography, Ryan Houston The runway has made its way to Utah Valley via Provo Fashion Week. In this photo essay, we take a look back at the haute highlights of the Spring [...]
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Golden designer takes to Provo Fashion Week runway

Bree Wilkins is the 25-year-old fashion designer behind Bree Lena, a clothing line full of glam gowns, sparkly skirts and striking tops. The Orem native first discovered her love for fashion in elementary school. When she outgrew her favorite [...]