Friday, September 12, 2014

Weekend Roundup

Passport to Provo

The city of Provo, Downtown Provo Inc, and Google Fiber are teaming up to host this amazing event "Passport to Provo". So get together with you close 2-8 friends and get a team going. Stops include Downtown businesses and landmarks. Then the fun really starts at the Utah Valley Convention Center at the free after party featuring Ryan Innes, BBoy Federation, DJ Skratchmo, and FlipOut Flip Books. You can also get a limited-edition Provo Rocks shirt and silicon slopes t-shirts to help in the celebration (while supplies last). 
There will be a judge from Guinness World Record there to see if they can set a new world record!

Schedule of Events: 
September 12 | Early Pick-up (Optional)
To avoid the check-in crowd on event day, check-in the day before! We’ll even give you the task list so you can pre-plan your route. You must still be present for the hunt’s start at 1pm on September 13 in order to officially be counted for the world record.

September 13 | Event Day
The hunt starts at 1pm. Everyone must be present at this time, and at the hunt's end (no later than 6pm) to officially be counted for the record.
10am-12pm: Day-of Registration (if you haven’t pre-registered on Eventbrite).
12pm-1pm: Event check-in (if you didn't participate in the optional check-in on 9/12 at the Provo City Library).
1pm: Scavenger hunt starts from the Convention Center.
1pm-5pm: Complete tasks! We estimate it should take no longer than 2 hours.
5pm-6pm: Hunters return and enjoy hors d'oeuvres while volunteers and the Guinness Judge tally tasks.
7pm-11pm: Winner announcement and party featuring Ryan Innes, BBoy Federation, local DJ “Skratchmo”, and FlipOut FlipBooks. 

Bullock Room, Provo City Library (550 N. University Ave., Provo) 
Utah Valley Convention Center (220 W. Center St, Provo) 

"Chalk the Block" Art Festival 

Chalk the Block at the Shops at Riverwoods is three days of free amazing art. More than 200 artists will spend hours painting and chalking the streets transforming the Riverwoods into a one of a kind experience. The proceeds from this event will support Clear horizons' efforts to build brighter futures for children with autism. 
Activities include:
-Free Shuttle Parking
-Farmer's Market
-Great Promotions
-Face Painting
-Hair Chalk
-Awesome Vendors
-Amazing chalk art!

28th Annual Festival of India

September 13, 2014 at the Sri Sri Radha Drishna Temple in Spanish Fork there will be the Annual Festival of India. The event starts at 5:00 pm with Sound bath and Sonic Massage by Chad Davis and Friends. At 6:00 pm duets by Adwaita and Vibhu start, and Sushma Mohan Dance troupe from Las Angeles will be performing. The main event starts at 7:00 pm with the pageant of the world's most loved epic, The Ramayana. It Culminates at 8:00 pm with the spectacular burning of the effigy of evil Ravana with flaming arrows and fireworks. Make sure to bring a blanket, seating is on the grass.

Utah Women's Show

At the Women's Exp they love to celebrate everything women. This event is held at the Utah Valley University UCCU Center and runs all day today and tomorrow (9/12-9/13, 2014). You can enjoy the best fashions, beauty trends and tips, health education and products and hundreds of other great things. Tickets are $5 at the show or free with this promo Click Here

Friday, September 5, 2014

Downtown Provo

Downtown Provo is the place to be this weekend! Tonight, Friday 5th, 2014, is the September rooftop concert. Tonight's concert is The Moth and the Flame, The Brocks, and Coral Bones. The fun starts at 7:30 on 100 west in Downtown and goes until 10. Make sure to stop by the Provo City booth to get your very own Provo Rocks t-shirt.
Then tomorrow head to 51 south University Ave for the 20th Annual Taste of the Valley. Restaurants from across the Valley gather for this amazing yearly event. Each restaurant showcases their best food for the opportunity to win Best Taste of the Valley. There will be live music, prizes, games, and of course food. Get your tickets at the chamber of at the event. $15 for adults, $10 for children and students, and $45 for a family pass (up to 6 people).

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

2014 Utah Valley Fall Bucket List

Don't just count the days, make the days count!
Now that summer is coming to a close, we're getting ready for fall!
"Don't you just love New York Utah Valley in the fall? It makes me wanna buy school supplies. I would send you a bouquet of newly sharpened pencils." - You've Got Mail 
Rather than mourning the end of warm days, barbecues, and time spent poolside, let's savor the fun of fall! Crisp air, cute cardigans, and pumpkin EVERYTHING!

How else can we make sure we live fall to the fullest? Why a Fall bucket list of course!

What are your favorite fall activities? What do you plan to do this fall? Have we missed something really important/fun? Tell us in the comments, on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter!

Friday, August 29, 2014

Timpanogos Storytelling Festival

This weekend is the 25th Annual Timpanogos Storytelling Festival in Orem. It is one big party. There will be storytellers from around the nation and across the world mixed in with some homegrown talent. They all come together to tell stories in the shadow of Mount Timpanogos. The tales range from fables and fairy tales to personal stories of growing up in the Appalachian Mountains. There is something for everyone from tall tales to youth tellers. There are puppeteers, pottery, food, and music in between the storytelling hours.
Click here for more information about this weekends event.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Weekend Roundup

The first weekend after school starts can be kind of a hectic one. Picking up any school supplies you might have forgotten to buy, filling out paperwork, maybe even a little homework... Take a break by checking out some of the fun events happening in the valley this weekend!

The 9th Annual Dancing Under the Stars presented by the Scera Shell Outdoor Theater is an event you don't want to miss! Nationally prominent professional dancers and musicians take part in this exciting night of killer music and choreography including jazz, ballroom, hip-hop and more. The evening features award-winning teams from Center Stage Performing Arts Studios, which was recently honored with National Studio of the Year. And with a variety of special guests to add sizzle, Dancing Under the Stars is one hot ticket!

Bring a picnic and a blanket to Thanksgiving Point Gardens to enjoy the time-traveling adventures of an advanced canine and his adopted son, as they attempt to fix a time rift they created. The movie begins at dusk!

In the tradition of storytelling and independent voice, Sundance has partnered with the actual Bluebird Cafe to bring a taste of musical storytelling to Utah. The actual Bluebird Cafe is located in Nashville, TN and is renowned for starting the careers of virtually every major artist in the country music business today, including Faith Hill and Garth Brooks.

Friday night's performers include Brett James, Troy Verges, and Hillary Lindsey. 

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

5 Gluten Free Friendly Restaurants in Utah Valley

Celiac? Paleo? Whole30? Just straight up avoiding gluten? We hear you.
It can be tricky to avoid gluten, especially when you begin to feel like it's in EVERYTHING!

And eating out can be a bit of a nightmare too for those of us avoiding those stomach ache inducing proteins. Few people can understand what a pain it is to have to spend at least 10 minutes before every meal out trying to explain to your cashier or waiter what you're trying to avoid. "Can I get a burger but no bun? If you toast your buns, can you clean the griddle off before you cook my burger so as to avoid cross-contamination? Do you batter your fries? Are they fried in the same oil as battered items?" On and on...

We totally get it. So we made a list of 5 Gluten Free Friendly restaurants here in Utah Valley. Eating gluten free isn't as difficult as it sounds when you have friends like the CVB to help guide you!

Malawi's is usually a pretty safe bet if you're worried about cross-contamination. If you tell the cashier why you're ordering gluten free and what you're trying to avoid, they can be pretty darn helpful. You can get your pizza crust gluten free but be aware that their menu is a bit limited in terms of what isn't likely to have traces of gluten (which is why it's a good idea to ask what menu items are safest) so many of the pizzas will be on your no-fly list, but the ones that are GF are pretty delish. I like the BBQ Chicken myself. 

And a note for those of you who are also avoiding dairy, they also have Daiya dairy free cheese (and they know how to melt it properly as well, which seems pretty rare). 

For every meal ordered at Malawi's, they donate a meal to a child in Africa. So if you're looking for a yummy GF pizza and some warm-fuzzy's for doing good, Malawi's is a great choice. They have 2 locations: one in Provo and another in Lehi. There's also one in the works for Spanish Fork. 

Spin Cafe is located in Heber City so if you're heading out to Sundance, Strawberry Reservoir, etc. for some time away from the city life but still need to eat GF, Spin Cafe is a wonderful choice! They have a full, gluten free menu filled with offerings like ribs, sandwiches, soups, burgers and more! You'll LOVE their onion rings - yes, gluten free onion rings! Nothing with gluten goes into their fryer so you don't have to worry at all about cross-contamination. 

They also have yummy, creamy, cold gelato (most of the flavors are GF)! 

Another Heber City favorite is Dairy Keen! The owner is celiac so they totally get it (and the employees are trained to avoid cross-contamination). Just be sure to let them know that you're Gluten free when you arrive. You can get the burgers made with a New Grains bun or sandwiches made with Udi's breads. They also offer gluten free soups in the winter! 

Dairy Keen is a fun place to take the kiddos because there's a neat little train that goes around the restaurant! 

Looking for somewhere fancy? La Jolla Groves is a great place to take your gluten free special someone. The owners of La Jolla Groves are celiacs so they have a lot of GF options on the menu (just look for the little leaf next to the menu items). They even have a delicious gluten free dessert: Orange Creme Brulee! Ooh lala! 

Fun fact(s): Only 3 items on their menu are not GF - everything else is totally gluten free! Also, Barbacoa is certified by the Gluten Intolerance Group of North America! Basically, so long as you don't order their flour or wheat tortillas or the cookies, you're totally safe! Lucky for you GF lovers of Mexican food - Barbacoa is totally delicious! And they have a rewards card program - ask about their "Black Card" - which lets you earn free food.   


Honorable Mentions:
You can eat at a lot of places GF (if you're not too concerned about cross-contamination), you just have to get creative and a lot of times, the restaurant will have options for you if you just let them know you're avoiding gluten. The restaurants listed above were selected due to their special efforts to be gluten free friendly, however, there are other restaurants that we would like to suggest that either have items that are naturally gluten free anyway (like salads) or that have the option to switch out a regular bread or bun with something gluten free.

Cubby's Chicago Beef - Cubby's has some amazing salads (a personal favorite is the tri-tip) and they also have Udi's gluten free buns available on on request.

Mountain West Burrito - Mountain West is a fantastic choice for a salad with a little Latin flair. If you're avoiding gluten but cool with beans and fresh salsa, you're safe going with one of their salads.

Noodles & Company - Noodles is actually making some pretty legit efforts for those of us who are Gluten Free. If you want pasta - they've got gluten free pasta now! They also have a few other GF options on their menu (as well as a very helpful allergen info sheet).

Blue Lemon - Blue Lemon focuses on fresh and delicious foods! They have a pretty decent gluten free menu (and everything on it is super tasty!) Sadly, you'll have to stay away from their amazing sweet potato fries as they do dip them in wheat prior to frying.

What are your favorite Gluten Free restaurants in the Valley? Let us know! Send us a comment, post on Facebook, send us a tweet or even tag us in an instagram photo! #VisitUtahValley

Friday, August 15, 2014

Weekend Roundup

What are your weekend plans? (Besides back to school shopping, of course).
Need some ideas? Well here's a roundup of some of the fun events going on this weekend:

Exciting for the young and young at heart, the Great Salt Lake Truck Show is coming to Thanksgiving Point August 15-16. Check out the various 18-wheeler trucks on display, talk to the drivers, and compete in the truck pull challenge! The event benefits the Kidney Foundation of Utah and Idaho and proceeds go towards sending kids with kidney failure to Kidney Kamp in Aspen Grove, UT. The truck show is free to the public but donations are accepted.

The Happy Valley Derby Darlins (Utah County's own all-woman flat-track roller derby team) is hosting a Victory Fray at The Hive in Spanish Fork on August 16th at 7pm (Tickets are $5 online or $7 at the door). Come out and cheer on the Sirens of Steel or the Daughters of Anarchy. The Happy Valley Derby Darlins serve the community by empowering women and girls, providing hard-hitting entertainment for fans, and supporting charitable causes. If you've never seen a roller derby bout then you are missing out on some serious fun!

Head out to Exchange Park on August 16th for Utah Rides for Cancer, a metric century, half century, and fun ride to honor those who have fought, are fighting, and will fight for their lives. 100% of funds raised go towards them to aid them in their fight. Registration and sign in begins at 7am.

The Springville Rotary is hosting a Sunday in the Park Car Show on August 17th. The event is free but donations are accepted and there will be raffles and steak dinners sold to raise funds for the club. The event features hundreds of classic cars and motorcycles as well as live entertainment. The mission of the Rotary foundation is to enable Rotarians to advance world understanding, good will, and peace through the improvement of health, the support of education, and the alleviation of poverty.

And of course, we can't forget that the Utah County Fair continues this weekend with a Jr. Livestock show, 4-H Talent Show, Antique Tractor Pulls, the Taxidermy Exhibit, and more! Hosted at the Spanish Fork Fairgrounds; 8am-10pm and admission is free! Come see what Utah County has to offer!