Weekend best bets: ‘Xandu’ raising money for director diagnosed with ALS; Lehi Round-Up rides into town

Hale Center Theater Orem is reviving Chris Clark's 2012 production of "XANDU" to raise money for Clark who was recently diagnosed with ALS.

Hale Center Theater Orem is reviving Chris Clark’s 2012 production of “Xandu” to raise money for Clark who was recently diagnosed with ALS.

By Erica Palmer and Rebecca Lane

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 events happening around Utah Valley. Here are five of our picks for the upcoming weekend:

“XANDU” — A benefit production for Chris Clark

For 10 years, Chris Clark has directed plays and musicals at the Hale Center Theater Orem. Clark was recently diagnosed with ALS — a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Faced with this new challenge, Clark wants a reason to laugh and the HCTO is reviving his 2012 production, “XANDU,” to help him do just that. This comedic plays tells a tale of Greek muses who come to Earth to inspire men to create great art. This play is donations based, which will help Clark with his treatment.

When: June 24–25 and June 30 – July 2
Where: Hale Center Theater Orem
Cost: Donations starting at $25
Site: haletheater.org

Lehi Round-Up Rodeo

Lehi invites all to “Join the Tradition” with one of the state’s most iconic rodeos galloping through its 78th year. Held along a backdrop of Mount Timpanogos to the east and the setting sun in the the west, the rodeo is a major stop for professional cowboys ‘n gals on the Wilderness Circuit. This year’s lineup includes barrel racing, bull riding, the ‘Flyin’ Cowboyz’ motorcycle act and more. Tickets are $12-$13, and children get in for $5 on Thursday.

When: June 23–25 at 8 p.m.
Where: Rodeo Arena in Lehi
Cost: $12–$13; $5 for children on Thursday
Site: lehirodeo.com

BrickSlopes — A LEGO fan event

Over the past two years more than 60 displays have been built for the annual LEGO show at the UCCU Center in Orem. Enjoy a mini LEGOLAND right here in Utah Valley

When: June 24 (noon – 7 p.m.) and 25 (10 a.m.–7 p.m.)
Where: UCCU Center
Cost: $7 at the door; $6 online; FREE to kids 8 and under
Site: brickslopes.com

Utah Symphony Patriotic Celebration

Rain or shine, the Utah Symphony will have Sundance’s Eccles Outdoor Stage humming as they ring out America’s favorite red, white and blue tunes over the purple mountains majesty. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for youth. For an extra $16, participants can enjoy an evening BBQ before the show in the cool mountain air.

When: June 25 at 8 p.m.
Where: Sundance Mountain Resort Outdoor Amphitheatre
Cost: $15–$20
Site: utahsymphony.org

Capturing the Canyons: Artists in the National Parks

Get the outdoor experience indoors with the BYU Museum of Art’s new exhibit, “Capturing the Canyons: Artists in the National Parks,” a show set up to celebrate 100 years of national parks. The museum even encourages people to take selfies with the paintings and use the hashtags #FindYourPark and #BYUMOA. Learn more about the exhibit here.

When: April 29 – Aug. 20
Where: BYU Museum of Art
Cost: FREE
Site: moa.byu.edu

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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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