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Snapshots of the heart: Not for the faint of heart

High school sweethearts Aaron and Lexi Gonzalez keep their plates full with two companies and their hearts full with four children. Their family began with a high school pregnancy. The Highland couple have been married for 14 years. (Photo [...]

Provo’s connection to Panama — And why this island resort should be on your bucket list

Red Frog Beach provides separate living accommodations, including jungle lodges and four-bedroom villas. Provo’s Palm Marketing has one of the best views in the county. Outside their second story windows, they watch happy couples outside the [...]

5 reasons to put Panama on the bucket list

Red Frog Beach provides separate living accommodations for travelers including this Swiss Family Robinson-esque villa. As part of Utah Valley Magazine’s “I tried it” section, Editor Jeanette Bennett flew down to Red Frog Beach, [...]

Snapshots of the heart: Putting heart into homes

In Greg and Crystal Adamson’s 17 years of marriage, they’ve remodeled more than 30 homes, including their own. They finished the paneling in the background just moments before this photo shoot. It began on an April day in Salt Lake City [...]

Happy Valley Derby Darlins creates supportive place for women to learn to be assertive

The Happy Valley Derby Darlins consists of five teams competing at the Shove Shack in Lindon. (Photo by Aaron Thompson) Happy Valley just got a little happier and a little more rebellious. Utah County has been home to the Happy Valley Derby [...]

Christopher Clark pulls up a chair for his next act: A live performance of life with ALS

Christopher Clark headlines this year’s Fab 40 feature where we seat a cast of the valley’s most fabulous folk. Christopher teaches and directs theater at UVU. I walk past the remodeling contractors in the garage and step over building supplies [...]

Christopher Clark isn’t an ‘off-the-shelf’ director

Christopher Clark continues to direct and teach theater at UVU, although he stepped down as department chair in December. Nearly one year after his ALS diagnosis, Chris now gets around in a motorized wheelchair. (Photo by August Miller, UVU [...]

Behind the scenes: The Fab 40 photoshoot must go on

When we turn on the lights and prepare the cameras for our Fab 40 photoshoot, the action takes place with multiple poses. Our Fab 40 gave us multiple magazine-worthy shots, but we can only print one photo in the magazine. We’ve raised [...]

Fab 40: Raising the curtain on 40 fabulous people in Utah Valley

By Jeanette Bennett and Lindsey Williams Photos by Dave Blackhurst Props by SCERA and the Orem Michaels Awesomeness by the 2017 Batch of Fab Inspired by cover boy Christopher Clark’s fetish for theater, we unveil 40 other fabulous folk [...]

2017 Fab 40: Ang Black

Age: 53 City: Birdseye Casting call Some say Ang is a palm reader, but she prefers the term interpreter. “Every person has their own answers, and I have learned ways to help them find those answers.” Ang is well known for having spot-on [...]

2017 Fab 40: Janis Farnsworth Lindley

Age: 52 City: Orem Casting call This self-proclaimed lifelong learner enables other women to receive an education while pursuing her own degree in human development and family studies. As scholarship chair of the UVU Women’s Success Advisory [...]

2017 Fab 40: Stephen Mongie

Age: 49 City: Provo Casting call Every Thanksgiving, Stephen reflects on the 1991 evening he arrived at a nearly-empty JFK. “Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday because I am so grateful to be in this country.” After converting to the LDS [...]

2017 Fab 40: Janeen McFadden

Age: 53 City: American Fork Casting call Janeen has been with Giant Steps Autism Preschool since it started in 1997 and is now the program supervisor. Some of her students are high school graduates in college or creating a career. The show [...]

2017 Fab 40: Anadine Marshall

Age: 44 City: American Fork Casting call As pantry manager at Tabitha’s Way food pantry in American Fork, Anadine fed 750 people the week before our shoot. “We hug and feed people not only with food but with care and encouragement,” she [...]

2017 Fab 40: Jeff Parkin

Age: 51 City: Provo Casting call As co-creator of “Studio C,” co-creator and director of “Pretty Darn Funny,” co-creator of “The Book of Jer3miah,” and the magician behind the BYU Vocal Point videos, Jeff has made a major impact [...]

2017 Fab 40: Curtis Morley

Age: 43 City: American Fork Casting call In 2016, Orem’s Elevate Fitness set out to take an “average Curtis” and get him on a triathlon podium with the right training, nutrition and equipment. This father of five and serial entrepreneur [...]

2017 Fab 40: Ardice Lorscheider

Age: 44 City: Alpine Casting call A few of Ardice’s “hats” include infertility, business owner, mother of a special needs child, Utah Merit Mother, board member for American Mothers, and mother of three daughters. Dress rehearsal  “Ten [...]

2017 Fab 40: Nikki Dabrowski

Age: 24 City: Cedar Hills Casting call Nikki began to cradle her love of lacrosse at Lone Peak High and continued through her BYU years. She’s now facing-off with her second season as head coach of BYU’s women’s team. The show must go [...]

2017 Fab 40: Rachel Farnsworth

Age: 31 City: Lehi Casting call Rachel cooks up success with her blog and YouTube channel, The Stay At Home Chef, where she shares restaurant-quality recipes. When a commenter said gray hair made her look like an “old hag,” Rachel responded [...]

2017 Fab 40: Dr. Tom Judd

Age: 69 City: Draper Casting call Although Tom says he is no longer a doctor (he retired in January), more than 26,000 babies in Utah Valley will always call him their delivery MD. “I could fill the Marriott Center with my babies.” His [...]