Bits and Pieces of Utah Valley: Parks & Recreation

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March/April cartoon

Strike up the band because it’s time to March into spring. Utah Valley is blooming with American Idol hopefuls, an active arts community, creative bloggers and coaches who step up to the plate. Pack your picnic lunch and zip up your jacket so you can meet this issue’s group of faces that are going places.

 

Local American Idol finalists

Three Utah Valley crooners were given “golden tickets” to show off their vocals during the 2014 season of American Idol. Lindon’s Tessa Norman, 19, Salem’s Jocelyn Baker, 18, and Highland’s Sabrina Haskett, 15, all made it to Hollywood but not to the final 30. Tessa auditioned with Jessie J’s “Mamma Knows Best” while Jocelyn sang “No Such Thing” by John Mayer, and Sabrina sang “If I Ain’t Got You” by Alicia Keys and “Since U Been Gone” by Kelly Clarkson.

 

Will Rubio

Will Rubio can be caught on a recent episode of NBC’s Community, but he first made a splash with BYU’s Divine Comedy and ComedySportz. This joker also gained traction by sneaking onto the BYU football field and recently filmed Mandy Patinkin (Inigo Montoya from Princess Bride) while driving him around at Sundance. Will produces hilarious marketing videos for local companies such as Dentrix and ZAGG.

 

Eric Madsen

UVU has stepped up to the plate as a baseball powerhouse under the coaching of Idaho Falls native Eric Madsen. In the three seasons UVU has been in the Great West, the club has amassed a remarkable 76-4 conference record, a winning percentage of .950. During the 2012 season, the club had a 32-game winning streak and got national attention. Eric and his Wolverines are “batter up” at home on March 14.

 

Adam Robertson

As president & CEO of SCERA in Orem, Adam Robertson has masterminded comprehensive improvements at the historic Orem landmark and has also scheduled a steady stream of first-rate shows and concerts. Although the SCERA is best-known for stage productions and concerts, Adam has also maximized every inch of SCERA to offer classes from acting to photography and from to pottery and painting. Get your creativity on at scera.org.

 

Six Sisters

It’s six of one, half dozen of the other when it comes to the creative Adamson sisters, who have shared recipe and project ideas since February 2011 at www.sixsistersstuff.com. Camille, Kristen, Elyse, Steph, Lauren and Kendra turned sibling rivalry into lovalry as they became business partners and regular guests on KSL’s Studio 5 — and they also launched a Six Sisters’ Stuff YouTube channel. The sisters also cooked the books with their first recipe book.

 

John Curtis

Mayor John Curtis has twittered his way to a reputation of being the most accessible mayor in Provo history. He not only continuously updates his personal blog (provomayor.com) but he also lists his cell on the city website. But this colorful sock collector doesn’t take credit for Provo’s growth or cool factor. “Our residents are what make Provo great, not our government,” he says. John married his high school sweetheart, Sue, and has six children.

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As the staff editorial cartoonist at BYU's Daily Universe during the '90s, Aaron won the Locher Award from the Association of American Editorial Cartoonists as the outstanding college cartoonist in North America. His cartoons have appeared in such publications as the Daily Herald, Deseret News, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and the Salt Lake Observer. He currently is a creative director working in Salt Lake City and has been drawing Blood Runs Blue since 2011.

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