Neighborhood Art Center

I was able to visit the brand new Neighborhood Art Center last weekend. They are located inside the Provo Towne Centre on the second floor between JC Penny’s and Dillard’s. The Neighborhood Art Center is a place where kids and adults can come to experience, appreciate, and create art! They have a variety of exhibits from screen printing to a clay table to a self-portrait studio. If you haven’t been yet, bring your kids and enjoy hours of arts and crafts!

They are open Wednesday-Saturday for Open Studio time from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm and are open on Tuesdays for pre-registered classes.

Admission is $3 for adults, $5 for children ages 2-18 and free for kids under 2 years old.

Check them out on Instagram and Facebook for upcoming classes, promotions, and more details!

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Never Forget

Sixteen years ago on the morning of 9/11, I boarded a flight leaving the East Coast headed for Salt Lake City. My flight was scheduled for a stop in Denver and unlike most of the other flights we were not rerouted but allowed to continue to Denver.

We were not told anything about the tragedy until we landed. As we taxied the pilot announced that there had been an accident in New York. He told us a small plane had crashed. I remember thinking, “how odd.” Why would this concern us?

As I stepped off the plane in Denver no one had to tell me something was wrong. I could feel it in the air. Without a word I knew that our lives had been changed but I didn’t yet know why. I made my way to a TV monitor and saw the flames. I quickly called my wife to learn the full extent of the events.

Within minutes the airport turned from dead silence to mayhem. We had not been told that no more flights would leave but my instincts told me to make for the rental car line. I was one of the lucky travelers. I found a van for rent and without asking questions took it.

I wasted no time getting on the road and for the next 10 hours it took to drive home I was mesmerized by the reports on the radio. With the exception of the quick glance at the airport monitor I didn’t have a chance to see any video footage until I stopped in a small town for gas.

Before 9/11 I had scheduled a trip to meet in early October with the New York Police Department to discuss a shooting range and planned to take my children with me. My tickets fell in that strange period when they would not refund the tickets so we made the trip.

We walked the ghost town streets of Manhattan and strolled within a few feet of ground zero. As I look back I wonder why I took almost no pictures but I seem to remember almost a reverence for the area that was not conducive to acting like a tourist.

We all feel a connection to 9/11, and mine is being one of the passengers in the air during the event and my close up visit just a few short weeks after 9/11.

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Glass Recycling Drop-off

Provo’s drop-off location for Glass Recycling is located at the southwest corner of the Covey Center Parking lot. Residents can take their glass bottles to the recycling receptacle at 500 West and 100 South.

The receptacle is divided into clear glass, brown glass and green glass. The glass should be rinsed and have its contents removed. This helps to prevent buildup of foreign material from machinery and equipment. It also helps to keep our city collection location clean and free of debris.

For more information visit

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Welcome Back Students!

Photo by Justin Hackworth

I would like to extend a warm welcome (back) to our student neighbors! Provo is lucky to have such a young population—it infuses the city with vibrancy and fresh ideas. Some of our most successful businesses, startups and creative endeavors have come from students who’ve decided to make Provo their home.

Whether you are here for a short time while you study, or you decide to make Provo your home, we want you to feel welcome and safe here in our town. We encourage student voices in our civic engagement and decision-making processes. If you don’t already, please follow us on social media for updates and public postings– it’s the best thing you can do to get involved while you’re here.

Provo City Facebook Page –

Provo City Twitter –

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Provo City Snapchat –

We also have a website just for you, which is full of information about Provo, including government services, how to register to vote (please do so!) and everything you need to know about parking.

And speaking of parking, we’re all in a tight squeeze here in Provo, so please consider walking, riding bikes or carpooling as much as possible to minimize congestion and keep our streets safe.

I hope you’ll enjoy your time here, not only studying in some of the best universities in the world, but also as you take advantage of all Provo has to offer, from hiking and climbing to music and art. And if there is anything we can do for you to make your life better while you’re here, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

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City of Starts: Rooftop Concert Series

Provo resident Courtney Kendrick (aka the Queen of Provo) is one of the co-founders of the Rooftop Concert Series. The concert series was started as an initiative to get more people to come downtown and enjoy what this beautiful city has to offer. The concerts were originally hosted on top of a parking terrace but have been so successful, they’ve run out of room on the roof and now take place on the street.

This is just one example of the significant efforts made to revitalize downtown Provo over the last several years. The combined effort from many parties has had a big impact, with the downtown area now boasting with one-of-a kind restaurants, local art venues, local businesses, and unique shopping experiences.

This video is part of a new series of TV commercials now airing on BYUtv. Go to for more stories about people who got their start in Provo. Provo City is the ‪#‎cityofstarts.

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Rooftop Concert Series: Fleetwood Mac Tribute Show

Don’t miss our last concert of the year! What better way to end a great season than some of our best Provo musicians coming together to perform their favorite Fleetwood Mac songs? We’ll see you in front of the Nu Skin building at 100 W and Center Street in Provo on Friday, September 1st. Just like our other concerts it’s free and it’s going to be a lot of fun. The concerts start at 7:30pm and usually go to about 10:30pm. Bring your friends and don’t forget to spend some time in our great downtown beforehand. There is shopping and restaurants galore.


Please take note of the following road closures:

  • Center Street eastbound lane will be closed on Friday, September 1 starting at 7:00 am from University Avenue to Freedom Boulevard.
  • Center Street westbound lane will be closed on Friday, September 1 starting at 1:00 pm from University Avenue to Freedom Boulevard.
  • 100 West southbound lane will be closed on Friday, September 1 starting at 4:00 pm from 100 North to Center Street.
  • Center Street will reopen on Saturday, September 2.


Ride your Bike – Ride your bike to the concert to avoid traffic and park your bike at our Free Bicycle Valet hosted by Canyon Bicycle and the Provo Bicycle Collective!

Photo by Justin Hackworth

Ride UTA – Forget about worrying where to park, think green and hop on the bus and get off along University Ave. More information here.

FrontRunner – Introducing the best thing to happen to Provo since BYU Creamery! UTA’s commuter rail service, Frontrunner, runs to 600 South in Provo from stations up and down Utah and Salt Lake counties. You can even ride all the way to Salt Lake City International Airport. View current schedules here.

Parking – Parking in Downtown Provo isn’t as stressful as it sounds. ProvoBuzz has plotted out all the spots you need to know in order for you to get around town. Use the interactive Downtown Provo parking map below to find the best place for you to park.

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Free Shade Trees for Residents!

Photo by: The Daily Universe

Do you have 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 shade tree! Provo Power gives away trees once a year to shade homes and reduce energy consumption for their Trees for Energy Conservation Program.


If you have questions regarding this program or eligibility, you can call our office at 801-852-6852.

  1. Have central air conditioning in your home.
  2. To sign up for your free tree, visit and submit the online form located under Trees for Conservation. Once determined that you are eligible, a voucher for your free tree and instructions will be emailed to you. There is a limited supply and Trees will be given out on a first come first serve basis to customers that qualify. All forms must be submitted no later than Tuesday, September 5th – no vouchers will be processed after that date.
  3. Pick up your free tree on September 14, 2017 at the Provo Power Campus located at 251 W 800 N. Provo City Power Representatives will be available that day to help you and answer any questions you may have. Tree species selection is on a first come-first serve basis.
  4. Be sure to follow us on Facebook ( for more information. A list of trees that will be available that day will be posted on Facebook about 1 week before the event. You can also find more information about various tree species on the Provo City Forestry Division’s Tree Selection Guide.

*Residents that have received a tree in the last two years will not be eligible for a tree this year – eligibility will be verified.

Trees Help Reduce Energy Costs

Besides looking good, trees strategically placed around your yard can have a significant impact on your cooling costs. As a locally owned and locally controlled utility, Provo City Power is interested in lowering costs to Provo consumers. Lower power bills save you money, and help the utility reduce the need to purchase expensive power especially at peak times.

Trees act as a natural air conditioner, reducing heat and reflection from the sun’s hot rays. This natural cooling happens as water evaporates from the leaf surfaces into the surrounding air. When the right tree is planted at the proper site, trees can be as beneficial as other energy saving home improvements including insulation, weather stripping, and shade screens.

Cooling costs can be reduced 30-50% by proper placement of trees around buildings, air conditioners, and paved areas. Also, lawns shaded by trees use 30-50% less water. Approximately 20 different tree species will be available to select from. The selection of trees offered by Provo City Power are proven to be the most appropriate for maximum cooling of your home if planted strategically. All trees shed leaves, twigs, flowers or a fruiting structure at some time. There is no tree that is completely maintenance free. You may view various tree species on the Provo City Forestry Division’s Tree Selection Guide at

Remember, when planting your shade trees not to plant them any closer than 25-35 feet perpendicular to any power lines. Determine the shade tree’s width at maturity and plant the tree more than half that distance from the power lines.

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This is Provo

The Provo Landmarks Commission is working to improve its mission of educating citizens about Provo’s history. They have launched a website, featuring a fun video series called, “This is Provo Then and Now”. I’ve been loving their virtual tours of Provo’s historic buildings.

Press play to see behind the scene footage and then head to the website for background research and new episodes! 

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Women Who Build

Save the date! The 2nd Annual Women Who Build summit will be on September 22nd. If you are a woman business owner or a woman who has dreamed about starting something, this workshop is for you!

Get ready for a business building workshop where you will build a business with a team in just 3 hours (no prior business experience required). The sessions will be divided up into 10 teams of 5 people (50 people total). Each team will have a coach and a mentor to help you through each stage of the workshop with industry experts as instructors. Our hope is that you will leave with new relationships and skills that will equip you to start and build something awesome.

This women’s entrepreneurship event is a collaboration between the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce, Mountainland Association of Governments, Orem City, Provo City, and BYU’s Rollins Center for Entrepreneurship and Technology. Join us to build a business in a day and network with amazing people in our entrepreneurship community!

Schedule of Events

8:30am-9:00am Registration & Breakfast
9:00am-9:30am Welcome & Intro
9:30am-12:30pm Business Building: Ideation, Prototyping, & Business Modeling
12:30-1:30pm Lunch & Pitches to Panel of Judges
1:30pm-2:00pm Keynote Address by Vanessa Quigley, Co-founder of Chatbooks
2:00-2:30pm Winners Announced

If you can’t make it for the whole day, you can also opt to join us just for the lunch and keynote address.

To reserve your spot, grab your tickets here.

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Aerial Footage of Provo

Loving this aerial footage of Provo City! Thanks Rob Towne for capturing some of Provo’s most amazing sights. Press play to see incredible views of Provo’s landmarks, architecture and beautiful scenery. Sights like: Lavell Edwards Stadium, Provo City Center Temple, Rock Canyon, Y Mountain, Provo River, Bridal Veil Falls, Rooftop Concert Series, and so much more!

(Be sure to watch with the sound turned on and check the “HD” setting.)

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