Pink Power, Period

    Utah Period Project and Aunt Flow host Utah’s first “Period Party” to assemble period products for students experiencing period poverty    60,000 tampons and pads.    300 girls.    One mission — Aunt Flow’s mission: “Changing the world one cycle at a time.”     On Sep. 13, The Policy Project/Utah Period Project and Aunt Flow hosted […]

VENARDOS CIRCUS, animal-free Broadway-style circus, to perform in Orem

Venardos Circus (veh-NARR-dos), a Broadway-style animal-free circus, is thrilled to make their debut in Utah, in Orem adjacent to the PLAZA de Americas, 1187 N 1200 W, Orem, UT, 84057, May 12-22 nd . There will be 15 shows over two weeks in the intimate red-and-white striped tent. This is Venardos Circus’ first-ever visit to […]

The Shops at Riverwoods welcomes the holiday season with 1.5 Million Lights.

  The Shops at Riverwoods will host their annual Lighting of Riverwoods event this Friday, November 19. “We want our guests to come and celebrate the beginning of the holiday season with us,” said JJ Haering, general manager of the Shops at Riverwoods. “This event is performed by the community, for the community.”   The event […]

Must-dos: Can’t miss events this holiday season

Nov. 15 – Dec. 22 Happy Mall-idays The Grinch turns on Christmas lights, Santa touches down in style via helicopter, a Gingerbread house contest sparks cheerful competition, and Quiet Santa spends one-on-one time with children who have sensory sensitivities. Check out the events page for the University Place Mall for more details. Nov. 19 […]

A Servant Heart for the Holidays: Christmas and nondenominational Christians

We’re just broken people helping broken people,” says Nathan Hobbs.    For seven years, Nathan and his wife, Maddy Hobbs, have been attending Genesis Project Provo, a nondenominational Christian church focused on celebrating God’s grace, lifting the community and accepting all who walk through their doors. “Come as you are” is the church’s resounding message […]

Hopeful Lights in the Dark, Cold Winter: Hindus light the world for Diwali

Ramu Nukala and his family are from Hyderabad, India, more than 8,000 miles away from Utah. Seven years ago, Ramu arrived in the Beehive State. And three years ago his wife, Nirmala, joined him. The couple and their son practice Hinduism devotedly. Fall and winter hold important religious festivals for Hindus, and the Nukalas look […]

A ‘Silent Night’ at Midnight Mass, Christmas and Catholicism

As Father Eleazar Silva opens his mouth to sing for morning mass, the congregation kneels with bowed heads. A man in Hoka shoes and a gray puffer clasps his hands under his chin, eyes closed in silent worship. Father Eleazar’s sonorous, clear voice swirls through the room. This is a simple Monday mass. Christmas mass […]

Celebrating the End of Suffering, Buddhism brings peace on earth

The Buddha sought to the find the end of suffering during his ministry in approximately 500 BC.    Carl Harman, an Orem native, has found healing from his own personal suffering through Buddhism. Celebrating Bodhi Day on December 8 is a way Carl expresses gratitude for the path he found that continuously leads him to […]

Springville says hola to new Senorita’s Cantina

Sidecar restaurant now has a sidekick Mexican restaurant I’m always on the look-out for new dining establishments in every restaurant category, every price range, every city, every type of cuisine.     I was recently dining at my favorite breakfast joint, The Sidecar in Springville, when I noticed the long-awaited Senorita’s third floor Mexican cantina was […]

Tabitha’s Way Local Food Pantry nominated for the Chick-fil-A True Inspiration Award

We have good news.  Tabitha’s Way Local Food Pantry has been nominated for the Chick-fil-A True Inspiration Award for this year.  The award is given to organizations that have significant impact in their communities, particularly to people in need and people of color.  We have more good news. Tabitha’s Way has passed three levels of […]

18 Reasons to See 1820: The Musical

The Covey Center in Provo is hosting the world premiere of “1820: The Musical” from August 6 – September 11. Here are 18 reasons to see this original musical about Joseph Smith. 1. Written by the head of the playwright program at BYU, George Nelson was inspired by seeing the Book of Mormon Musical on […]

How Prepared was the U.S. for Online Learning?

  A recent study compared 30 different countries’ digital education systems in the midst of a global pandemic. Closed schools. Empty lecture halls. Abandoned libraries. COVID-19 has left educational facilities desolate.  The pandemic created unprecedented challenges for education systems worldwide. For many countries, providing fair and equal access to online learning on a national level […]

2021 Best Of Utah Valley: Best Dance Studio — Turning Point

Established in 1989 Turning Point Dance Studio has been serving the South Utah County area for over 30 years! Our program is based on quality technique in a fun and loving environment. We are set apart from most studios in our industry because of our commitment to high standards in modesty and age appropriateness with choreography and music. We […]

6 Must-Listen Local Podcasts

Layers Upon Layers Courtney Rich takes the cake as the nation’s leading cake ambassador, sharing her love of layers on Instagram and on national television shows like The Kelly Clarkson Show and the Today Show. Her podcast is aptly titled “Beyond the Cake,” and her discussions rarely center on batter or icing. With Courtney’s 427,000 […]

Local goodies everyone can agree on

This graduation issue of Utah Valley Magazine is the perfect place to discover what teens and parents agree on. Hint! It’s FOOD!    If you’re looking for a way to connect, break bread and spend time with your teen or graduate, then one of these places may be the perfect place, as these legacy food […]

The Seven Wonders of Utah Valley

How many of these map-worthy icons have you seen? Roots of Knowledge    Utah Valley University houses this permanent stained glass display in the west-facing wall of the university library. Highland’s Tom Holdman, who is the world’s foremost stained glass artist, spent more than a decade creating this jaw-dropping, colorful phenomenon. The recipe for this […]

Top Realty Pros: Lauren Griner

   Lauren Griner was born to be a real estate agent.    As the daughter of a successful real estate professional, Lauren grew up watching her father find perfect places and spaces for families and individuals in the community. While Lauren admired his success in the field, it took her a while to warm up […]

Top Realty Pros: Ned Chidester

   Ned Chidester has been helping families achieve their real estate goals for 23 years and wakes up each day excited for the chance to make dreams come true.    And it’s not just a one-time dream he’s focused on. He knows dreams — and goals — change. He works to be the real estate […]

Home Helps: Spreading Love

‘Love where you live’ with quality style from Four Chairs Furniture + Design    “Love where you live” are words we literally live by at Four Chairs Furniture + Design. A home should be a balance between aesthetic and lifestyle, and we make it our priority to achieve that goal for each client.    To […]

Top Realty Pros: Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Real Estate: Bruce Tucker & Steve Cuillard

   Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Real Estate is designed for today’s real estate market. From first-time home buyers, high-end residential markets and middle market communities to commercial real estate, the brokerage’s agents are down-to-earth, nimble experts on the local markets.    When the Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Elite Real Estate name goes on a real estate […]

Top Realty Pros: Steve & Stephanie Vincent

   When someone hires Steve and Stephanie Vincent, the couple won’t pawn them off onto an assistant or some random member of the “team.”    The Vincent “team” is made up of two people — Steve and Stephanie.    “We could do more volume if we hired people to work for us, but we want […]

Amsco Windows marries look and energy efficiency to make windows modern

Big windows are awesome.    Can we just put that out there?    Big, beautiful windows — strategically placed to take advantage of Utah’s mountain and water views — can turn a great home into a dream home.    Amsco Windows in Salt Lake City knows that the right windows can make all the difference […]

Top Realty Pros: Chris & Sheralyn Bennett

   After meeting at UVSC (UVU) in 2005 and getting married in 2006, Chris and Sheralyn Bennett became interested in real estate from attending a seminar.    “We found out, frustratingly, that we were paying almost as much in rent for our apartment as we would pay for a mortgage on our own home,” Sheralyn […]

Intermountain Spanish Fork Hospital opens in April

At the junction of I-15 and Highway 6 — the main corridor leading to Moab and eastern Utah — the new Intermountain Spanish Fork Hospital sits majestically ready to help and heal.    “The hospital is strategically located,” says Francis Gibson, administrator of Spanish Fork Hospital, which opens  for patients April 5. “South Utah County […]