Weekend best bets (Jan. 24-26)

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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. Run 4 Philippines

Are your marks, get set, run for the Philippines!

After Typhoon Haiyan destroyed many homes in the Philippines, Run 4 Philippines was organized to help in the recovery process.

The run, which will take place on Provo Center Street, includes a concert, hot air balloons, Polar Bear Plunge, food and many other fun activities.

Join the 5K or 10K race Saturday at 1 p.m., or join the other festivities for $5 per child and $15 per adult.

Tim Watts (Alvin Sputnik) is part of the Australian performance, “The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer.” (Photo by Michelle Robin Anderson)

Tim Watts (Alvin Sputnik) is part of the Australian performance, “The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer” at BYU. (Photo by Michelle Robin Anderson)

2. “Off the Map”

Get ready for a weekend of discovery with BYU’s “Off the Map,” a collection of three non-traditional theater performances from three international performing companies from Australia, England and Iran.

The performances include mime, physical theatre, puppetry, live animation, music, media, solo performance and devised theatre. Have your pick between “The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer,” “Translunar Paradise” and “Hamlet, Prince of Grief,” or enjoy them all.

Performances are Friday and Saturday. See the website for ticket pricing and performance times.

3. Sundance Film Festival

It’s not the red carpet, but for the hundreds of independent filmmakers the Sundance Film Festival might as well be just that. Enjoy original films, documentaries and celebrity watching at the annual festival in Park City. Tickets cost vary.

4. “Vibe: Move”

Celebrating the “beauty of the body in motion,” the Covey Center of the Arts presents “Vibe: Move.” Local dance celebrities Lindsay Arnold and Witney Carson are joined by other “So You Think You Can Dance” and “Dancing With the Stars” dancers.

Tickets cost $10-18, and the show begins at 7:30 p.m.

5. Protect your kids from TV

Are you worried about your children’s media consumption? XFINITY from Comcast is hosting a free parental controls seminar at the Utah Valley Convention Center in Provo Saturday. Three speakers will teach the best ways to use media in a beneficial way, discuss the effects of media on development and how families can balance child wellness with their media environment.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. Saturday morning.

 

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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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