Weekend best bets: 5 Utah Valley weekend events

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BYU’s Theater Ballet company opens “Carnival of Animals” this weekend at BYU. (Photo by BYU Photo)

It’s the month of love and now you can show how much you heart Utah County on the weekends. Fall in love with these Utah Valley weekend events:

Carnival of Animals

Lions and tigers and bears … kind of. BYU’s Theater Ballet company opens a wild show, “The Carnival of the Animals,” this weekend. Playing the roles of circus animals, the BYU ballerinas will perform in victorian inspired costumes similar to what you’d see in “The Greatest Showman.” Plus, the ballet brings in 12-foot tall puppets.

When: Feb. 3
Where: BYU
Cost: $9–$16
Site: news.byu.edu

Sorenson Legacy Tower Open House

To celebrate the Sorenson Legacy Tower opening on Feb. 12, Utah Valley Hospital is hosting a community open house on Saturday, Feb. 3. There will be a free exercise class at 8 a.m. in the Ashton Auditorium. Then from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. families can tour the new building. There will also be giveaways, door prizes and performers. Learn more about the new Sorenson Legacy Tower here.

When: Feb. 3 from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Where: BYU
Cost: FREE
Site: intermountainhealthcare.org

BYU’s National Women and Girls in Sports Day

Let’s hear it for the girls! BYU’s athletic department is celebrating its female athletes on Saturday with a National Girls and Women in Sports Day event. Prior to the women’s basketball game against Gonzaga, BYU female athletes will sign custom posters in the concourse level of the Marriott Center. Then the BYU-Gonzaga women’s basketball game is free following the signing.

When: Feb. 3 at 1 p.m.
Where: BYU
Cost: FREE
Site: byucougars.com

“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

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

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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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