Provo’s Taste of the Valley 2014

Taste of the Valley

Join the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce for its 2oth Annual Taste of the Valley event and get ready for the BYU Cougars vs. Texas Longhorns Football Game! Be a part of the huge pre-game tailgate party, get a “taste” of the delicious food that the wonderful Utah Valley restaurants and food trucks have to offer, vote for your favorite restaurant, enjoy local bands, fun activities, door prizes, a visit from Cosmo, and much more!

The annual event will held on Saturday, September 6, 2014, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in downtown Provo (Center Street from University Avenue to 200 East). Participating restaurants and trucks will be competing for the Best Taste of the Valley Award 2014 and other recognition.

Event Admission

Cost is $15.00 for adults, $10.00 for kids, students, Veterans, and seniors, $45.00 for family of 6, or $25.00 for a fast pass. Bring a can a food for the Community Action Food Bank and get an extra door prize ticket.

Tickets are available online at, at the Chamber office at 111 S. University Avenue in Provo, at local Food Truck Underground events, and at the event. For more information, contact the Chamber office at (801) 851-2555.

Obstacles of Obesity 5k

Obstacles of Obesity

Come Run Obstacles of Obesity, a charity obstacle 5k on Saturday, September 20, 2014 at the Utah Lake State Park. This unique charity fun run incorporates a trendy obstacle course with a twist! Everyone will be wearing inflatable costumes! We’re going to have a great time while educating people about the causes and challenges of obesity, especially in children. Obstacles of Obesity 5k shares a glimpse of what it’s like to live with obesity. This obstacle course isn’t primarily for professional racers or the habitual slim runner, this race is for everyone! 

Every participant regardless of size, age, or fitness level can have fun and know this race is informative and positive for our community. While running a picturesque 5k route, participants will complete various obstacles that quiz about the health risks of obesity and are challenged difficult tasks one might face as an overweight child. 

Student nurses will also be on sight to do free health assessments and educate bystanders on healthy habits. Half of the event proceeds will be contributed to local organizations and foundations that have a similar mission of helping youth overcome the obstacles of obesity.

For more information or to register for the run, check out

Blog Props from Forbes

The blog has been so much fun for me. It’s been an unfiltered tool to communicate with residents and build the image of our great City. I hope you’ve enjoyed reading half as much as I’ve loved sharing. Yesterday, Cheryl Snapp Conner wrote an article for Forbes about the way we use social media and specifically the “EPIC” announcement of Google was coming to town. Give her article a read and let me know what you think. You can get it here.

Our RDA Can Beat Up Yours – But What to do with the Dollars

Our Redevelopment Agency (RDA) is asking for the community’s help. As part of the long range planning and spending Federal HOME and CDBG dollars, the RDA has put together a survey and is asking for feedback on what you would like to see as priority project categories. If you have any questions, concerns, or comments, please contact the RDA directly at 801.852.6160.

Passport to Provo

Provo City has teamed up with Google Fiber and Downtown Provo to bring an exciting new event to Provo called, Passport to Provo! To celebrate all of Provo’s accomplishments and raise awareness of the 9/20 Google Fiber sign-up deadline, Provo will host a record-breaking scavenger hunt on Saturday, September 13, 2014. This FREE community event will send provo residents, students, family and friends all over Downtown Provo (in teams of 2-8 people) to local businesses and landmarks.  A judge from Guinness World Records will be on site to see that the record is broken, and to make it official! To break the record which was previously …


The Rivergroves had another great service project last week.Thanks to the seventy-plus neighborhood volunteers who helped make quick and enjoyable work of moving nearly 96 tons of gravel from the road to the excavated area on the two and half blocks on 800 West to prepare for a new sidewalk. We don’t keep good stats but if we did Rivergrove would be off the charts for service in their neighborhood.

Free Trees for Provo Residents

Got central air conditioning? If your answer is yes and you are a Provo resident then Provo City Power would like to help you lower your electric bill and energy consumption by offering you a free tree! Provo Power gives away trees once a year to shade homes and reduce energy consumption for their Trees for Energy Conservation Program. HOW TO GET YOUR FREE TREE Have central air conditioning in your home. Sign up for your free tree at and submit the online form located under Trees for Conservation. Once determined that you are eligible, a voucher for your free …

How to get rid of stuff

The simple truth of trash talk is that we Americans generate a lot of garbage. We represent only five percent of the world’s population yet we generate 30 percent of the total amount of the world’s garbage. So what can we do with all of the trash we produce? I’ve put together a helpful list that will hopefully answer your questions about where you can recycle glass, large items, batteries, household waste, yard waste, etc. If you notice anything missing from this list, please let me know by leaving a comment.   How do I dispose of Large Items? If it can …

Redevelopment Agency Survey + Giveaway

We need your input! The Provo City Redevelopment Agency is needing feedback from Provo residents on priorities for spending Federal dollars granted to Provo City for HOME and CDBG programs. The Redevelopment Agency is hosting a meeting on Tuesday, August 26 from 5:30-7:00 pm in the Provo City Council Chambers for residents to learn more about this process. Attendees will be able to participate in a survey and be entered in a drawing! HOME Investment Partnerships (HOME) The HOME program is a federal block grant program directed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The purpose of the program is …

Jordan Avenue Flood

We received quite a bit of rain in a small time this past weekend. I thought I’d pass along a few of the pictures that our Public Works Dept captured of the damage. It should have been safely filled in today but I’ll keep updating you here.