Weekend best bets (Nov.15-17)

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The Pulley Puppets will perform "Turkey Tales with a Twist" on Saturday at the SCERA Center for the Arts. (Photo courtesy SCERA Theatre)

The Pulley Puppets will perform “Turkey Tales with a Twist” on Saturday at the SCERA Center for the Arts. (Photo courtesy SCERA Theatre)

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. Lighting of the Riverwoods

The Shops at the Riverwoods is hosting a night of holiday fun by lighting up their walkways. Musical guests Alex Boye’Brenda Burch and BYU Women’s Chorus will perform to welcome the winter season. Then Santa Claus is coming to town bringing with him free carriage rides, a fireworks show, giveaways and more. Get this season started on Friday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

2. danceEnsemble

BYU’s danceEnsemble will perform their program “You,” conceived and directed by Graham Brown, explores contemporary American community and unity through the performances. This highly physical dance production provides a range of moods, emotions and ideas. Performances are Friday and Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday at 2 p.m. in the BYU Richards Building. Tickets cost $6.

3. Tree Lighting Ceremony

It is already time to light up the Christmas tree at the Outlets at Traverse Mountain. Join Santa Clause and One Voice Children’s Choir as they light up the over 70-foot Christmas tree. Then enjoy a free show by Zendaya, star of Disney’s “Shake it Up” and ABC’s “Dancing with the Stars,” as well as a firework show.

4. BYU football vs. Idaho State

While the Cougars still have three more regular season games, football season at LaVell Edwards Stadium is coming to a close Saturday. It will be the last night for BYU football seniors, including Kyle Van Noy, to play in front of the home game crowd as they take on the Idaho State Bengals. Plus, another unique thing will happen at the game — thousands of fans and players will recite President Abraham Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address” to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the speech. Kickoff is at 1 p.m. Purchase tickets online here.

5. The Pulley Puppets

Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Crow? Find out in the Pulley Puppets’ show, “Turkey Tales with a Twist,” a turkey twist on classic children’s tales. Follow Little Red Super Hero on his journey to granny’s house and as has he tries to escape his Thanksgiving fate by hiding out in Mr. Barker’s pet shop. Watch the creative puppeteering story unfold at the SCERA Center for the Arts at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Tickets cost $3 for ages three and older.

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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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