ICYMI: Salt Lake Comic Con crowd is 47 percent women; Provo Pride Festival moves to downtown Provo

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Attendees at the Provo Pride Festival talk at a booth. (Photo courtesy of Provo Pride Facebook)

In case you took a break from the news this weekend, here are a few local stories from the weekend to help you catch up on the know.

Provo Pride Festival moves to downtown Provo

For the first time, the Provo Pride Festival moved to downtown Provo, according to the Daily Herald. After spending its first four years at parks around Provo, the Provo Pride Festival was finally able to hold a festival where most Provo festivals are held — Historic Utah County Courthouse. This year, the festival’s theme was “Moving Mountains,” which symbolizes respectfully pushing boundaries. The festival helps raise funds for the local LGBTQ community. Read more here.

Sen. Orrin Hatch not letting age determine if he’ll run again

While Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch is 83 years old, he told the Salt Lake Tribune that he’s not going to let his age determine whether he’ll run for an eighth term. As the third oldest member of the senate, Hatch admits his age has slowed him down a bit, but he doesn’t doubt he could fulfill the responsibilities for another six-year term. Read the profile here.

Salt Lake Comic Con crowd is 47 percent women

Women make up 47 percent of the Salt Lake Comic Con crowd, according to organizers. Deseret News interviewed several women who make up that statistic including a woman who builds statues out of Lego bricks, a woman participating in cosplay groups and a woman who volunteers at Comic Con. Salt Lake Comic Con is from Sept. 21–23 at the Salt Palace Convention Center in Salt Lake. Read more about these women here.

Utah County helps with United Way’s annual Day of Caring

Last week, United Way hosted the annual Day of Caring and Utah County residents worked to help serve in the community. Volunteers painted educational games on playgrounds, encouraged literacy in school-aged children and made repairs and updates at homes and critical nonprofit agency partners, Bill Hulterstrom, President and CEO of United Way of Utah County, wrote for the Daily Herald. Read more about the Utah County Day of Caring here.

‘Everwood’ cast remembers time filming in Utah 15 years later

The cast of “Everwood” — a TV show on the CW 15 years ago — reunited and nostalgically remembered its time recording in Utah. A cast of young actors, including now popular actors Chris Pratt and Emily VanCamp, filmed 88 of the 89 episodes in Utah, according to the Salt Lake Tribune. Reruns of “Everwood” are now being shown online at the CW Seed. Read more about the reunion and the casts’ memories here.

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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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