Congrats to Val Hale

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Part of the magic we’ve seen here in Provo the over the last few years has been due to the partnerships we’ve spent a lot of time establishing throughout the community. That’s relationships with residents, businesses, and groups who all have the City’s best interest at heart.

This morning the announcement was made that one of our community partners and my close friend Val Hale is taking his incredible talent to the Governor’s Office to help grow the State in similar ways he’s helped Utah Valley and Provo.

Val has been an example to me for years on how to interact with people and bring out the best in those around you. He’s a master of being a great member of the team and mentor to so many in our community. This new position is a perfect fit for him.

There’s no one like Val. He’s one of a kind. We’ll miss you.

Congrats again and have fun.

Movies in the Park 2014

Movie in the Park
Every Monday night in August, as soon as it gets dark (around 9 p.m.), our Parks and Recreation Department projects a movie onto a 25-foot inflatable screen at Rock Canyon Park! (2620 N 1200 E) The public is invited to bring blankets and lawn chairs to watch from the hillside, which completely fills up by the time the movie starts.
We will be playing Wii Just Dance before the movie and giving free popcorn to the best dancers. There will also be a food truck roundup alongside the movies each week. Come early to grab dinner, find a good seat, and lay out on a blanket in front of the screen. RSVP on Facebook here»

Summer Movie Line-up

August 4: Despicable Me 2
August 11: The Lego Movie
August 18: Jurassic Park
August 25: Wreck It Ralph

Movie Screen

I’m A Spudman!

The great things about having older kids is they push me to do things I have no business doing. Several months ago my kids prompted me to sign up for the Spudman Triathlon (0.9 mile swim, 25 mile bike, 6.1 mile run) in Burley, ID. We all camped out in one hotel room and each of us dreamed and tossed and turned all night thinking about the race. I was looking for a way out of the race right up until it started but now I’m really glad I did it. We had a blast and most important we all finished. It was …

Gezo Hall Variety Show

This Saturday, August 2nd at 7:00 pm, the Gezo Hall (490 N Freedom Blvd) is hosting a family friendly Variety Show. The show will feature a variety of entertainment including, live bands, comedian, magician, and much more. The line-up includes: BYU’s HumorU Alumni, Comedian Aaron Woodall The Indie Rock Bands, Ice Hotel and Kindred Dead Professional Fire Eater and Comedic Magician, Andrew Germaine For only $6 you can enjoy a night of music, humor and wonder. For more information check out the Facebook Event »

Run for Wellness

The 8th Annual Wasatch Wellness Run presented by Provo Canyon Behavioral Hospital is the premier family-friendly running event in Utah County. The event is scheduled for Saturday, August 2 – starting at 8:00 am at the Peaks Ice Arena (100 N Seven Peaks Blvd. Provo). This event will please both experienced racers looking for a challenging course, runners who are racing for the very first time, and everyone in between. Event features include: •    Cash prizes for winners in the 10k and 5k runs•    Family Fun Fair – including games for all ages•    HUGE Seven Peaks Water Park discount passes …

Provo on Instagram

Every Saturday I share pictures of Provo that I find on Instagram. Trending on Instagram this week: Provo Farmer’s Market, Food Truck Roundup, Temple to Temple 5k, and the Pioneer Day Extravaganza. If you would like to be featured in future posts, use the hashtag #Provo or #ProvoRocks when posting your picture. I am also on Instagram and you can follow me at @ProvoMayor. Check out last week’s photos here »

Building a Community

The following is a guest post by Provo Resident, Laura Christopherson. In early June, I attended a conference hosted by Break Away in Atlanta, Georgia. This conference is one of four – hosted each year in different communities nationwide. They aim to create a national movement of active citizens who value community as a priority when making decisions in their daily lives. During my time in Atlanta, I learned a lot about building a sense of community, what public community assets support a healthy community, and how we as citizens are empowered to be the change we want to see. …

Former Imagine Dragons Band Member Returns to Provo

Today’s post is curtesy of David Lake.  It wasn’t too long ago that Imagine Dragons was captivating Provo, and fans couldn’t help but feel that the band was destined to go places. Behind the scenes Imagine Dragons was shopping their music around, looking for interest from labels and others in the industry. Their biggest hit at that point, “It’s Time,” seemed like the best bet at drawing attention. It was right about this time that Brittany Tolman and her husband Andrew parted with the band. Andrew quickly moved on to a new group, finding a promising future with The Moth …

Sock Alert!

  I’m always on the prowl for not only a good sock but a good deal on a good sock. What I found today is so good I felt compelled to share it with the world. Dillard’s is taking an additional 40% off their already 50% off on some great socks. The clerk wasn’t sure how long the sale would last but suggested it was either Friday or Saturday. I bought so many that I need to figure out how to make sure Sue only sees a few at a time.  

Pioneer Day Extravaganza

It is that time of year again! Families can celebrate their pioneer heritage at Provo’s annual Pioneer Day Extravaganza on Thursday, July 24 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm at North Park, 500 N 500 West. There will be a variety of activities for the whole family at the free event: Pioneer Activities Live entertainment - There will be live bands performing on the Xfinity Stage throughout the event. Hear from Natasha Christensen Band, Utah Fiddlers, and Brushfire. Homemade Pie Cook-off – judged by me, Miss Provo and The Sweet Tooth Fairy Games & Crafts – duck hunt, slingshot saloon, pan …