Timpview & Provo High
Provo Rocks Shirts

Highschool Shirts

Leave it to our high schools to come up with a great idea that promotes school loyalty and helps a good cause at the same time.

Timpview and Provo High are selling their own #Provorocks shirts for $10 each. All of the proceeds go to the Food and Care Coalition here in Provo.

To buy a Provo High shirt visit their business office before April 3rd. To buy a Timpview High shirt contact Cassidy Baker at cassidyb@provo.edu.

Of course, I’ll be buying one of each.


Happy Birthday Provo!

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Happy Birthday Provo!

One hundred and sixty-six years ago this week at a muddy outpost south of the Provo River and upstream from Utah Lake, the first seeds of Provo City were planted. From that small outpost christened “Fort Utah” grew a city with upward momentum and unrelenting success. Started by those early settlers—the Timpamogots tribe, the Catholic Priests, Etienne Provost and the Mormon colonists—was the beginning of a community enlightened by learning, powered by culture and surrounded by undying beauty. We have them to thank for a city that now stands on top of national charts and exceeds citizen expectations.

We think it’s time to start celebrating the beginnings of Provo in a big way. We think it’s time to take a week out of our year to applaud our community efforts and accomplishments. We think it’s a great week for Provoans to thank Provoans for making this city liveable and loveable and so often enjoyable.
What do you think?

Here are 5 ways I hope you’ll celebrate Provo’s birthday week with us, March 30-April 3. Pick one or two or all five of them. (Provoans are known to go the distance!)

  1. Balloon Blitz — We want to decorate Provo for its birthday and we want your help. We want to fly as many yellow balloons around town as possible throughout the entire week. We are kicking off the blitz by placing 166 balloons along Center Street in honor of the 166th anniversary of Provo’s founding. You can join in by placing yellow balloons on your homes, in your neighborhoods, and on businesses or establishments that mean something to you. Consider placing balloons at your children’s schools or favorite spots around the town. Do you have a favorite park, or landmark, or trailhead? Think about leaving a balloon there to pay tribute to “your Provo”. Need some balloons? You can pick up yellow balloons at the City Center Lobby (351 W Center Street) during business hours (one per person).
  2. Throw a Birthday Party — Get together with friends, colleagues, family or neighbors and throw a birthday party for our city. Try Pin the Y on the Mountain. Eat funeral potatoes. Play The Provo Celebrity Name Game (Jimmer! Donny! Mayor Curtis!). Serve BYU Creamery Ice Cream. Have a dance party spinning only local music. Test your trivia about Provo using facts from the Provo Library’s History of Provo City Timeline. Want to invite me? I will personally show up to any Provo birthday party. Email me at john@provo.org so I can visit your bash in style.
  3. #happybirthdayprovo — Are you on social media? Please take time next week to post one thing you appreciate about Provo (the mountains, the parks, the ample number of babies) and tag it with #happybirthdayprovo. I’ll be retweeting, liking and sharing your posts all week long, so please be generous. Don’t know what a hashtag is? Skip number 3.
  4. Provo Founders’ Day Celebration—This yearly celebration will happen on Provo’s Birthday – April 1st at the Provo Pioneer Village in North Park (500 N and 500 West) from 5:00 – 8:00 pm. Never been to the Pioneer Village? It’s time you go. Take the whole family! Want to go to more parties during the week? Check out a list of events here »
  5. You could win a Prize! I’ll be giving out prizes all week long to those who join in the weeklong birthday celebration. If I see you sharing a picture or message on social media, participating in the balloon blitz or attending a Provo birthday celebration you could win a personal birthday cake! I will randomly pick a few winners each day.

Happy Birthday Provo! From muddy outpost to most livable city in America! We celebrate you!

Spring Cleanup 2015

Yep, it is that time of year again — to de-clutter and tackle a little early spring maintenance. Below are a few resources for you, to help make your spring cleaning a little easier! Dumpsters Dispose of trash, yard waste, and metals free of charge using dumpsters located throughout the city, March 30 – May 9, Mon-Fri, 8AM – 6PM and Sat 8AM – 3PM (dumpsters at the compost yard are open on Sat until 6PM). Please separate the yard waste and metals from the trash and put them in the appropriate dumpsters. The dumpsters will be closed nightly, and …

Provo Founder’s Day Celebration 2015

A celebration of the 166th anniversary of Provo’s founding will be held at Provo’s Pioneer Village in North Park (500 N 500 W) on Wednesday, April 1, 2015. To celebrate Provo’s 166th birthday, the gates of the pioneer village will open at 5:00 p.m. for free, self-guided tours of the village, including the schoolhouse, Haws Cabin, Turner Cabin, the George A. Smith Store, and other historic buildings. This will be a chance for the public to take a close look at the progress being made on the newest addition to the village: the James Washington Loveless adobe house, which is the …

Trader Joe’s Giveaway – Week 4

Who’s ready for another Trader Joe’s Giveaway?! This week I’m giving away an awesome “Trader Joe’s Goodie Bag” full of your favorites – Joe’s O’s, Pound Plus Milk Chocolate imported from Belgium, Speculoos Cookies, Italian Grapefruit Soda, and a limited edition Trader Joe’s Provo Rocks Shirt! If you would like to win this awesome goodie bag all you have to do is share a location in Provo where you would like to see a Trader Joe’s store. Share a picture, address, or description on the Trader Joe’s for Provo Facebook Group. Tell us why you think this would be a great spot for Trader …

Apple Creek Amish Market

The newly opened Apple Creek Amish Market located on 1331 S State Street in Provo has scheduled its Grand Opening this Friday, March 27 and Saturday, March 28 starting at 10:00 am. Greg Arlint and wife Rachelle started Apple Creek back in 2012, opening their first store in Willard, UT. People love the products and travel great distances to their our unique country store. They are very excited to have just opened their new location in Provo! Greg is a 3rd generation grocery store owner – his grandfather Howard Arlint had a small town grocery store in Western, Montana and Greg’s father Rod …

Easter Basket Auction

Sue and I have always enjoyed the Provo School District Foundation’s Easter Basket Auction. This year’s event will be held Thursday, March 26th at the Provo Library. Hors D’oeuvres and the silent auction start at 6:30 pm. This is a very special night where Provo business leaders team up with the Provo School District’s Foundation and host an evening to raise funds for after school and intervention programs. 100% of the donations raised are used for these important programs. Every year I’m amazed at the generosity of donors who give some amazing baskets full of goodies. If you like BYU sports you can pick up BYU signed …

ImprovBroadway w/ Stacey Harkey + Giveaway

ImprovBroadway is doing their biggest show ever! Stacey Harkey from Studio C will be performing with the cast of ImprovBroadway in an amazing family-friendly improv comedy show at the Covey Center for the Arts this Saturday, March 28 at 8:30 PM. Come see the cast of ImprovBroadway and Stacey perform hilarious improv games in the first act, then see Stacey star in a never-before-seen improvised musical comedy in the second! There will be a “meet and greet” with Stacey after the show. Tickets are $8 – $10 and can be purchased online at coveycenter.org or by calling the box office 801-852-7007. All ages …

Provo #8 Best City for Basketball Fans

Provo has been ranked #8 Best City in the nation for Basketball fans! With March Madness in full swing, WalletHub crunched the numbers to find the best cities in America to be an avid professional and college basketball fan. They looked at 300 of the most populated U.S. cities across 11 key metrics, ranging from the performance level of each city’s NBA and NCAA Division 1 basketball teams to ticket prices to stadium accessibility. Number of NBA & NCAA Division 1 Basketball Teams Performance Level of Teams (Number of Wins Divided by Total Games Played) Average Ticket Price for an NBA …

Utah Valley’s Fab 40: Karen Larsen

Have you seen the latest Utah Valley Magazine? The March/April issue features 40 of Utah Valley’s most positive people. Among these fabulous ‘lemonade makers’ is Provo City’s Customer Service Director, Karen Larsen! The article gives a shout-out to Provo’s 311 Customer Service Center and Karen’s efforts to expanding the call center. Sweet life Karen began working for Provo City 26 years ago as an entry-level customer service rep. In 2012, she elevated the city experience by launching Provo311, a customer service call center. Karen manages 37 employees who answer up to 8,000 calls a month about everything from utility billing to general …