Weekend best bets (Sept. 12-14)

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Jack Stokes is Gomez (older man with striped jacket); Shelly Stewart Truax is Morticia (long black hair and black dress); Morgan Flandro is Wednesday (green and black dress, braided pigtails; Mitch Bandley is Pugsley (younger boy with black and white striped shirt); Patrick Brannelly as Fester (bald head with black coat); David Henry as Lurch (the tall one); Brandi Washburn as Grandma (old lady); and Brandon Haden as Lucas (Wednesday’s love interest - blonde hair, khaki pants).  (Photo by Mark A. Philbrick)

Jack Stokes is Gomez (older man with striped jacket); Shelly Stewart Truax is Morticia (long black hair and black dress); Morgan Flandro is Wednesday (green and black dress, braided pigtails; Mitch Bandley is Pugsley (younger boy with black and white striped shirt); Patrick Brannelly as Fester (bald head with black coat); David Henry as Lurch (the tall one); Brandi Washburn as Grandma (old lady); and Brandon Haden as Lucas (Wednesday’s love interest – blonde hair, khaki pants). (Photo by Mark A. Philbrick)

From the Point of the Mountain all the way down to Santaquin, Utah Valley has a lot to offer — especially in weekend activities. There are no excuses for staying in all weekend when there are these quality activities happening around Utah Valley. Here are five of our picks for the upcoming weekend:

1. “The Addams Family”

When Wednesday Addams falls for a perfectly normal boy, the Addams family is asked to leave their “creepy and spooky” habits behind to impress the boy’s family. But, is this something the Addams family can pull off? This musical spinoff of the original Addams family is making it’s first appearance in Utah County.

When: Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays through Oct. 4
Where: SCERA,
Cost: $12 for adults and $10 for children
Website: scera.org

2. Community Date Night

If you are looking for a way to end arguments with your spouse that seem to be on repeat or want to learn skills to reach out to your children, then the Community Date Night with Joseph Grenny, author of “Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes are High,” should be penciled into your Friday night plans. Learn how to hold others accountable, help motivate loved ones and shrink the gap between expectations and results.

When: Friday, Sept. 26 from 7 p.m.–8:30 p.m.
Where: Provo City Library, 550 North University Ave., Provo, UT 84601
Cost: $10 per person
Website: vitalsmarts.com

3. Utah Renaissance Faire

Come me ladies and gentlemen to the annual Utah Renaissance Faire at Thanksgiving Point. Here you can step back in time to times of knights, jesters and Shakespeare. Enjoy jousting, medieval entertainment, music and street performers. Read more about the event here.

When: Friday, Sept. 26 and Saturday, Sept. 27, 2014, 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. each day
Where: Thanksgiving Point’s Electric Park, Lehi
Cost: $12/adults (ages 12+), $10/students (with valid ID), $10/seniors (ages 65+), $8/children (ages 6-11), Free/children (ages 5 and younger). A $2 discount will be given to those who attend in Renaissance attire.
Website: thanksgivingpoint.org

4. Sundance Harvest Market

Celebrate the official arrival of autumn with Sundance’s annual Harvest Market. With live Blugrass/Americana music, food vendors and over 30 local artists, there is bound to be something that tickles your season-switching fancy.

When: Saturday, Sept. 27 from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Where: Sundance Resort Rehearsal Hall, 8841 N. Alpine Loop Road in Sundance
Cost: Free to attend
Website: sundanceresort.com

5. Utah Regional Ballet: “Romeo and Juliet”

In honor of natioanlly acclaimed playwright William Shakespeare’s 450th birthday, the Utah Regional Ballet is performing his most recogonized play “Romeo and Juliet.” The ballet of the star-crossed lovers who defy their families to be together is choreographed to Sergei Prokofiev’s music.

When: Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m., Saturday at 2 p.m.
Where: Covey Center, 425 W Center St. in Provo
Cost: $16-$25
Website: provo.org

If you would like to be part of “Weekend best bets,” please send event information to news@utahvalley360.com.

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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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