Weekend best bets (Aug. 2-4)

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It’s the weekend at last. Don’t get caught stuck on the couch when there are so many activities happening around Utah Valley. Here are five events sure to liven up your weekend.

1. Jon Schmidt Benefit Concert

Jon Schmidt will perform his New Age Classical piano pieces at Thanksgiving Point on Saturday, Aug. 3 to benefit international adoption. The show goes from 7-9:30 p.m. in the Show Barn. Tickets are $20 in advance or $22 at the door. They are also offering a meet and greet for $50.

2. Rooftop Concert Series

Three bands will take to the roof Friday night. Mindy Gledhill (indie singer), Mideau (electric pop band) and Scott Shepard (known for Book on Tape Worm) will rock the Provo Town Square Parking Terrace. Take this opportunity to explore new artists from right here in Utah Valley for free. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.

3. Give me a chance, I’ll show you my dance Highland!

As part of the Highland Fling, Give me a chance, I’ll show you my dance Highland! invites Utah’s dance talent to compete for one $1,000 prize, which will go to the overall favorite dancer. Last year, Malece Miller, a contestant on this season’s “So You Think You Can Dance,” won this competition. Come vote for your favorite Utah dancers and listen to celebrity judges Derryl Yeager (owner of Odyssey Dance Theater), Eldon Johnson’s (Odyssey Dance Theater), Whitney Carson (“Dancing With the Stars”) and Brandon Bryant (Runner-up of season five “So You Think You Can Dance”) critique contestants. The competition starts at 4:30 p.m. and runs until about 9 p.m. at Heritage Park in Highland.

4. Guns N Hoses

Watch Orem’s police officers and firemen play a non-competitive baseball game following the Orem Owlz game Friday night. This game is taking place for Public Safety Appreciation Night directly following the Orem Owlz game, which starts at 7:05 p.m.

5. Cougar Alumni Basketball Camp

Attention all BYU Cougar basketball fans — Noah Hartsock and Jackson Emery are returning to teach at the Cougar Alumni Basketball Camp. Join Hartsock and Emery at the Provo Recreation Center to sharpen your dribbling, shooting and defensive skills Friday and Saturday. The camp costs $70 and is separated with 1st-5th graders in the morning and 6th-12th graders in the afternoon. For more details, click here.

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Rebecca Lane

While her first language is sarcasm, Rebecca dabbles in English and Russian to achieve her lifelong dream of being a journalist. A BYU sports fan, reading enthusiast and wannabe world traveler, Rebecca is a Colorado transplant that is convinced Colorado's mountains are much larger than the many Utah County peaks. Rebecca manages UtahValley360.com for Bennett Communications. Follow her on Twitter @rebeccalane.

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