Weekend best bets: 5 Utah Valley weekend events


Marissa Scout Lanham (Miriam Wilkins), Josh Valdez (Lieutenant William Seawright) and Becca Ingram (Ruth Wilkins) perform in Hale Center Theater Orem’s production of “Dear Ruth.” (Photo credit Suzy Oliveria)

New year, new events. As you work on those New Year’s resolutions, make sure you schedule some time for these Utah Valley events.

“Dear Ruth”

In a case of love letters gone wrong, “Dear Ruth” tells the comedic story about two sisters and a soldier serving overseas. When Miriam poses as her older sister, Ruth, by mailing letters and Ruth’s photo to Lieutenant William Seawright, the teenager thinks her actions are harmless. Then Lt. Seawright shows up during his two-day leave to propose to unaware, already happily engaged Ruth.

When: Jan. 3 – Feb. 3 at 8 p.m. with Saturday matinee at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m.
Where: Hale Center Theater Orem
Cost: $16–$24
Site: haletheater.org

UVU men’s basketball vs. CSU Bakersfield

Sitting with a program-best 11–5 non-league record, UVU begins conference play on Saturday night. Put on your Wolverine green and cheer on UVU as the men’s team takes on CSU Bakersfield at home.

When: Jan. 6 at 7 p.m.
Where: UCCU Center
Cost: $8–$15
Site: gouvu.com

Full Moon Cross Country

Just because the sun goes down early in the dark, winter months doesn’t mean you need to stay inside. Let the moonlight guide you on Sundance Resort’s Full Moon Cross Country trip. The unguided tour allows you to explore the trails at your leisure.

When: Jan. 5–6 from 5–9 p.m.
Where: Sundance Resort
Cost: $17
Site: sundanceresort.com

Titanoboa: Monster Snake

Slithering into Provo, Titanoboa is not your average backyard snake. The 48-feet-long, one-and-a-half ton display is a realistic replica of the world’s largest snake. Besides the replica, the display also includes two vertebrae casts made from the original fossils. The exhibition is a collaboration between the Florida Museum of Natural History, the University of Nebraska, and the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. BYU is one of 15 destinations on Titanoboa’s national tour.

When: Jan. 5 – March 17
Where: Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum, BYU
Cost: FREE
Site: mlbean.byu.edu

M.C. Escher: Other Worlds

Change your reality, or at least your perspective of reality, with the M.C. Escher display at BYU. These mind-bending images deal with duality, mirror images, multiple dimensions, relativities and more.

When: Nov. 7, 2017 – May 19, 2018
Where: BYU Museum of Art
Cost: FREE
Site: moa.byu.edu

Do you have a Utah Valley event you want to add to the calendar? Email us at news@utahvalley360.com.

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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