10 things Utah Valley residents need to know right now


By Chelsea Adams

It’s finally Friday. The weekend is mere hours away.

Here are 10 things you simply must know before you start your weekend.

byu-stretch-y-logo1. Rise and shout the Cougars are out

BYU men’s basketball team enters the West Coast Conference tournament in Las Vegas as a No. 2 seed. They play Saturday at 2 p.m. against the winner of the Portland vs. Loyola Marymount game.

Make sure to pick out your favorite BYU apparel first thing Saturday to show support.

2. Run against cancer!

Embrace the start of spring by attending the 19th annual Rex Lee Run Against Cancer 5K and 10K.

The race, which is scheduled to begin at 8:45 a.m., will be run at the BYU outdoor track. Admission is $15 to run the 5K and $20 to run the 10K.

For more information, call Jason Thomson at 801-422-3913 or email him at rexleerun@byu.edu.

3. When they say “run” they really mean “dance”

The Electro Dash is coming to Utah Valley on April 26th (as seen on this season’s Bachelor episode).

Early bird admission, which is $39, ends this weekend. So be sure to sign up soon.

Race participants will receive a T-shirt, glow-in-the-dark glasses and a run that feels more like a dance party.

Visit the race website for more information.

Frank-Jackson-Brendo-Bailey4. High School basketball state championships

On Saturday, March 8, the best 4A and 5A high school basketball teams will meet for a chance to take home a state championship at the Huntsman Center.

The 4A championship game will begin at 1:30 p.m. and the 5A championship game will begin at 4 p.m.

5. Vocal Point

The BYU acapella group, Vocal Point, will be performing at the Covey Center Saturday, March 8, at 7:30 p.m.

Can’t make the live performance? No worries, the group will release a new album titled “Spectrum” tomorrow as well.

6. Spring break is less than a month away

The signs of spring are everywhere. Tulips are just starting to poke out of the ground and grass is just starting to take on a hint of green.

Soon, 28 days soon, Alpine, Provo and Nebo school districts will all halt educational efforts for spring break.

Can’t wait that long to escape? Make plans to watch your favorite Major League baseball team at the Cactus League spring training in Phoenix.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman, a popular animated comedy from the 80s, is reinvented for this 2014 family-friendly film.

Mr. Peabody and Sherman, a popular animated comedy from the 80s, is reinvented for this 2014 family-friendly film.

7. Blast from the past

Don’t have the time or money to escape to warmer climates? Try staying closer to home and catch the new family-friendly film “Mr. Peabody and Sherman,” which premieres today.

With all the popular reviews this movie has already received, it’s shaping up to be a must-see clean comedy.

8. The world’s quick fix — chocolate

The Chocolate Extravaganza, an event organized for the purpose of raising money for the Utah Valley Regional Medical Center’s Newborn ICU, is happening tonight.

Money raised by this event will help pay for state-of-the-art equipment, cutting-edge new services, parent support programs and bereavement services.

The event starts at 6 p.m. at the Utah Valley Convention Center.

Immense amount of chocolate and charity is not a bad way to start the weekend.

9. Spring into veggies

Vegetables are always more fun to eat when they come straight from your garden and it’s nearly that time of year again.

Experts say that just as soon as the soil dries in your garden, you’ll be safe to plant “hardy” vegetables like spinach, broccoli and peas along the Wasatch Front.

festival10. The holy day holiday

The 2014 Holi Festival of Colors, everyone’s favorite excuse to throw handfuls of colorful chalk, is just weeks away.

The event, scheduled for March 29-30, happens at the Krishna Temple in Spanish Fork and is the ultimate Instagram picture opportunity.


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