Summer 2023

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The Beauty of Boredom

• 2023 High School Grad Spotlights

• 5 No-Fail Tips To A Pinterest-Worthy Pantry

• 2023 Summer Classes and Camps Guide

Illustsrates CAPSA’s Mission in a Painting

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Healing with Horses: Equine Therapy at TriStar Ranch ... pg 6


Cache Valley Music Competition Showcases Young Musicians ... pg 8


The Beauty of Boredom ... pg 14


Family Fun for Real pg 19



Cache County School District: A Summer of Learning ... pg 22

Logan City School District: The Importance of Celebration ... pg 23



Artist Mike Malm Illustrates CAPSA’s Mission in a Painting

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Magically Modernize and Enjoy Old Home Videos ... pg 29


Fair Housing is Worth Celebrating ... pg 42


Brotherly Love ... pg 10

How to Combat a Vole Invasion... pg 12

National Ability Center Helps People with Disabilities Experience Active Lifestyles ... pg 16

Organization: 5 No-Fail Tips to a Pinterest-Worthy Pantry ... pg 27


2023 High School Grad Spotlights ... pg 31

The Art of Appreciation in Marriage ... pg 36

6 Simple Ways to Stretch Your Vacation Dollar in 2023 ... pg 38

Let Your Kids’ Minds and Eyes Develop Outside this Summer ... pg 41

Classes + Camps Guide 2023 ... pg 43

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Healing with Horses: Equine Therapy at Lewison's TriStar Ranch

For as long as she could remember, Samantha Draney wanted horses. First, she decided she would be a doctor when she grew up so she could afford them. Then, when she was a senior in high school, she realized something, “I [didn’t] have to be a doctor to have horses; I could just make horses my career,” she said.

When she decided to pursue a degree in equine management, Samantha attended Asbury University in Kentucky and graduated with her bachelor’s degree in 2015. She was also given the opportunity to participate in an internship at a residential treatment center specializing in equine therapy.

“During my internship, I fell in love with equine therapy and recognized how beneficial it is,” Samantha said.

When she took the job as an equine manager at the residential treatment center she had interned at and was given the opportunity to get certified

as an equine specialist through multiple therapy organizations, Samantha knew this was what she wanted to be doing.

Samantha was working full-time at the residential treatment center in Logan when she found out that what is now TriStar Ranch was for sale in Lewiston. She knew the property would be perfect for equine therapy and decided to purchase it. Although she was already working full-time, she wanted to do more to help people through equine therapy.

“My heart wanted to help everyone. But I didn’t know how I was going to make it work. At first, I thought I could split my time between the residential treatment center, helping those who were desperately in need, and the other half of the time helping people before they needed to go to residential care,” Samantha said. But, after much thought, she realized that she wanted to put complete focus on helping people through equine therapy in an effort to prevent them from needing residential care.

“This is such a powerful therapy modality, and I felt the general public should have direct and early access to early intervention before it is too late for outpatient help,” she said.

Since purchasing the ranch, Samantha has developed it into a beautiful and therapeutic place to provide equine services to those in need. TriStar Ranch offers equine-assisted psychotherapy, equine-assisted EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy), equine-assisted learning, horsemanship lessons, equine courses, riding lessons, and camps for kids and teens. With 10 horses ranging from 7 months to 14 years old, each has a personality that different people are drawn to and can benefit from.

“Something different about TriStar Ranch is that we always have at least one baby horse around,” Samantha said. “The power of having a baby horse around is that they can show you the healthy struggle of life and that everyone is worthy.”


During summer camps, TriStar Ranch uses horses to help teach teens how to handle their emotions and develop life skills.

“There are three natures of the horse that make them the ideal animal to help you learn core life skills,” Samantha said. She explained how horses are prey animals, giving them the instinct to observe humans very carefully. Horses react to our emotional, mental, or physical response, called “mirroring.”

“The horse’s ‘mirroring’ provides immediate nonbias feedback to the client of what is going on for them. Half of our battle is understanding what we are feeling. The horse can provide that feedback for us to look further into what is going on in us and why,” Samantha said.

Horses are herd animals who stay safe in the wild by having an alpha. It is important to be the alpha when working with these animals. One must balance passive and aggressive communication around horses to take charge without being too forceful. “Horses teach humans how to have calm assertiveness, which is a skill everyone needs to have,” Samantha said.

Horses are very curious animals. They want to investigate their surroundings and communicate nonverbally by pushing, kicking, or biting.

Samantha explained that “this curious and pushy nature of a horse is perfect for teaching people how to have healthy boundaries. They will be in your space and pushy if you do not have any boundaries. If your boundaries are too big, they will stay away,

and you will be unable to form a real relationship with them.”

TriStar Ranch also provides helpful equine services to veterans. Coming from a military family, Samantha has witnessed the positive effect that animals can have on those struggling with PTSD. “My father was a Vietnam Veteran who suffered from PTSD, and the only time he was truly at peace was when he was around animals,” Samantha said. “It blew my mind growing up how this explosive person could be so still and calm around animals, specifically dogs and horses.”

Because of this experience, Samantha wanted to help bring that same peace to other veterans. So, at TriStar Ranch, she offers various services to help meet each veteran’s individual needs. For

example, equine-assisted psychotherapy, equineassisted EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization Reprocessing Therapy), and horsemanship lessons provide different ways for veterans to process and work through issues that have arisen during or after service, desensitize their extreme reactions, or be around horses to feel calm. “Talk therapy is not for everyone,” Samantha said. “That is when equine therapy comes in.”

When equine therapy saved Samantha Draney’s life, she decided she wanted to use horses to help others in need.

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Samantha Draney and her horse, Snap.

Cache Valley Music Competition Showcases Young Musicians

For 24 years, young musicians living in Mountain Crest High School (MCHS) and, most recently, Ridgeline High School (RHS) boundaries have had the unique opportunity to showcase their musical talents at the annual Young Artist Cup competition held every spring for judges and community audiences alike.

Founded in 2000 by George and Julie Whitney, the event has grown over time, boasting cash prizes and trophies in six categories: graphic art, female and male vocals, strings, piano, and brass/wind/percussion. Year after year, event organizers are amazed at the caliber of talent displayed at the competition.

This year's strings winner Benjamin Gilbert says he decided to enter the Young Artists Cup because he loves to perform.

“I thought I might as well, and it was a really cool experience. Being just me and my viola on the stage really stretched me as a performer,” Benjamin said.

A sophomore at RHS, Benjamin started playing the viola in 4th grade in the Mountain West Strings Academy. Currently, he’s in RHS’s advanced orchestra, where he’s the viola section leader, and he recently participated in the honors recital for the Cache Valley String Festival. He also enjoys playing in a quartet he formed. During the summers, he participates in the Fry Street Chamber Music Festival at Utah State University. He’s studying with Bradley Ottesen, a member of the award-winning Fry Street Quartet. Additionally, he stays busy with theater, acoustic guitar, singing, and school. When he’s not playing viola, he’s writing songs and just released some songs on Spotify and Amazon Music. “Music makes anything awesome,” Benjamin said. He likes sharing his music with others because

he feels it is an awesome gift.

"I just love music; the feeling you get when you play with expression feels your whole body,” he said. “When you play a piece and really know it, you can create a world with it.”

This year's winner in the brass/wind/percussion category is 17-year-old Libby Tarbert from Wellsville. Libby is homeschooled and she has played the flute for seven years and plays the

An ongoing series of articles written by a local teen about other teens who are
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Benjamin Gilbert, 2023 Young Artist Cup strings winner

The logo for this year’s Young Artist Cup was selected from submissions by students in a competition held earlier this year. The design of Jared Hochstrasser of Hyrum was chosen to represent the 2023 Young Artist Cup. Past Young Artist Cup participants have gone on to excel in music, performing arts, and graphic design.

piano and even the penny whistle.

She first noticed the flute during performances of the Orchestra at Temple Square. She says she was impressed with the flute’s beauty, and her love for the instrument has grown.

“When I first started playing, I just wanted to learn,” she said. “I didn’t have specific goals then, but I enjoy seeing myself getting better

and focusing on what I could become. Seeing my own potential and continuing to get better encourages me. It’s all the little things that stack up. Each day I grow, and tomorrow I won’t be who I am today as I practice and improve.” Libby feels the Young Artists Cup has helped prepare her for other competitions and auditions. She's currently auditioning for a concerto competition with the Northern Utah Youth Symphony.

She performs with the youth symphony throughout the year and shares her music at church events and rest homes.

She hopes to continue playing in an orchestra while attending Brigham Young University or Brigham Young University — Idaho.

Libby also likes to sew, crochet, and Irish Dance. She is enrolled in the Allegro Dance Studio and loves Irish music. The Young Artists Cup, as competitive as it is, serves as an excellent opportunity for high school musicians. The prizes come with winning — yet rewards come with the experience. The Young Artists Cup will continue for the foreseeable future and will continue to boost talents such as Libby and Benjamin.

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Libby Tarbert, 2023 Young Artist Cup brass/wind/percussion winner

I think I love you. Does that make you uncomfortable? It makes me just a little uncomfortable, but less so than it used to. After my mom died I started sharing my feelings with abandon. Specifically, I started telling close guy friends I love them. Just like that. “Casey, I love you.” Or to my friend in Idaho over the phone, “Bye, Jason. Love you.” It took some of my friends by surprise, others just said it back easily. Since I have begun telling my guy friends I love them, I’ve wondered often, “Why is this not more commonplace?”

Late last fall, I was in Eugene, Oregon with my brother. Contemplating my long drive back to Utah we decided to sneak in one last mountain bike ride before I hit the road to return home. It felt like we had squeezed another bit of fun from an already rewarding trip. So there we were in the trailhead parking lot, high

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on endorphins having just finished a 10/10 ride, but I was already feeling an oncoming homesickness for my brother. I looked over at him and said, “Gordo. I love you.” He smiled, and easily returned the words with no hesitation or gratuitous fluff to cheapen the declaration.

This would be a different essay if I were writing it in Greek. Unfortunately, English only has the word “love” to convey what Greek has four different words for. Eros seems like the least nuanced type, which is the romantic love we seem to come by innately and understand easily. Agape is a love toward mankind and a hope for good in humanity. Storge is the love hopefully found in the family and involves empathy, compassion, and affection. The love I’d like to concentrate on is Philia, the love that is found in friendships and is defined by support, affection, and a sense of equality.

If the English language were a game of Tetris, the word love would have all sorts of holes and gaps around it that keeps it from being whole. These four types of love help us understand what we are missing and help all the blocks fall into place. C.S. Lewis described Philia as the least instinctive and least necessary type of

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love. But I would argue that because we need it the least for our survival, it is the type that most helps us understand what it is to be human.

So what is it that makes a man-to-man declaration of love potentially awkward? Is it a culture steeped in homophobia? Is it that our best masculine role models don’t model this for us? Is there some inherent awkwardness in men expressing emotion? I don’t believe the answer is simple, but I do understand that, especially for men, professing and even feeling “love” is

a vulnerable action. When using language to express it, we don’t want to be misunderstood.

As a man, father, and friend, I try to emulate men who I see as being worthy of praise. Two of the most masculine figures in history professed Philia openly to their friends Marcus Aurelius, a Stoic and a Roman Emperor, was known to be an openly affectionate and loving man. And Jesus, who washed his disciples’ feet and, most of all, freely spoke of love to his friends.

If you feel love for someone, it is worth expressing. If they misunderstand you, then it’s worth clarifying.

I see the different types of love unfolding in different ways in different chapters of my life. My parents were openly loving to me and to each other. Even in such a good atmosphere, as a kid and then a teenager, I was uncomfortable with people hugging me or getting close to me; snuggling from my mother, my dad tousling my hair or wrestling with me, then teenage hugs (eek!), and slow dancing. After white-knuckling it through my teen years, I served a two-year mission for my church, and a lot of good things came from that, one of which is that I was finally able to show affection for people I felt close to. Basically, I learned to enjoy hugging people for whom I feel love. Now I am working on sharing it verbally also. Experiencing all four types of love, and expressing them, helps us to live the ultimate human experience and grow closer to those around us.

If you love someone, tell them. If you made it through this essay, I think I love you … in a connected Philial way.

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How to Combat a Vole Invasion

Not only have we had to endure the longest winter officially recorded in Cache Valley (early November to late April), but all that snow has created some unwelcome consequences. You know what I’m talking about, right? Voles. Read on for best tips and strategies for repairing the damage and preventing another infestation next winter (I really don’t even want to write that “w” word ever again this year!).

If you have experienced vole damage this past season (see how I avoided the “w” word there?), the first thing to remember is not to stress. It’s fixable! No worries.

Start by raking all the damaged areas with a metal tine rake to remove all the dead grass; you could also power rake. Next, mow the lawn close to pick up all the dead leftovers and debris and to get the remaining grass short. Use a

little topsoil to fill the divots where the voles damaged the grass. Just rake in a thin layer to help level the soil. At this point, overseed with a grass seed mix that will match well with your existing turf. Add a little fertilizer and HuMic to help speedup the recovery, and then a light, 5-minute watering two or three times a day (depending on how hot it is and rain storms) to get the seed to germinate. Usually, in about 4 to 6 weeks you will have all new grass back in the damaged areas.

You won’t have to worry about voles again until September or October. Voles reproduce every 25-30 days, so you could start with two voles in October, and by March you could have 300. You understand now how they can do so much damage in a short amount of time? During the spring and summer months, there are enough natural predators (snakes, hawks, cats) that gradually decrease their population. When the weather turns cold, they start looking for a place to hide for the cold months (again, I avoided that nasty “w” word).

If you live near a field or a vacant lot, start with a repellent that contains caster oil in late September or early October. When it looks like

apply the repellent again. The repellent will last even longer under the snow than when exposed to sunlight, so you can get months of control with that last application.

The other option is to put bait stations around your yard, in strategic locations like by the shed, under the deck, or under the shrubs. Use a bait with zinc phosphide in it, as it is less toxic to birds, pets, and secondary consumers (if a vole eats the bait and then a cat eats it). This can drastically decrease an existing population in the fall.

One more option is to compact the snow around your property perimeter once 12 inches or more snow has accumulated. A snowmobile or other ATV works well for this. The voles will usually enter your property under the snow, where an air pocket forms between the soil and the snow. Compacting the snow fills in this pocket, and the voles are less likely to burrow through the snow to enter your property.

Vole damage is frustrating, but it can be repaired. With a little prevention it can also be avoided. If you use one, two, or all of my suggestions, you will see a difference next spring when the snow finally does melt … on

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The Beauty

It was the witching hour here again in our household when my then 3-year-old asked the daily question: “Can I watch a movie?” I usually don’t have a problem with a movie a day, so this wasn’t a big deal to me. However, I felt that inkling to pause, and I responded instead this time with, “Nope, see what else you can do.” Immediately, there were tears and a level 7 tantrum on the kitchen floor. It was uncomfortable and loud and inconvenient, and I knew that if I caved in at any point, he would immediately cheer right up. Sound familiar? His conniption lasted a solid 45 seconds, and then, slowly, he came to terms with his reality. Within minutes, he created a game with a paper airplane and a basketball hoop. This experience was truly

amazing to see this little boy harness the power of boredom while also enabling me the confidence to say “no” more often.

Boredom is something we ALL fight throughout the day. We fill every inch of our kid’s schedule with things and places to be; we don’t stop at a red light, wait in grocery store lines, or have five minutes of downtime without finding something to fill the quiet. (Cough cough, scrolling Instagram.) It’s not so much the boredom I love; it’s the ideas, solutions, and connections we get in that stillness. Stephanie A. Lee, PsyD, from the Child Mind Institute, states, “Boredom fosters creativity, self-esteem, and original thinking.” Research backs this up (like in this article from the Creativity Research Journal: 400419.2014.901073).

But you do not need academic research to know this for yourself. When driving in the car with no radio and no distractions, it is amazing what inspiring thoughts float around. Same for your children: When put in an environment with less, they seem to create more. Screens get in the way of this. It is so much harder to think creatively and get that reset when our senses are flooded with images and sounds. When this happens 5 to 9 hours a day, the average screen time for kids in the United States, real changes are made in our brains that overstimulate our neural pathways. This causes loads of dysregulation, according to the American Academy of

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Child and Adolescent Psychology. ( https:// Facts_for_Families/FFF-Guide/Children-AndWatching-TV-054.aspx )

So, parents, pause your podcast and consider joining me in a screentime fast this summer. This will look different for each family and individual and doesn’t have to be as intense as it sounds.

Here are some steps to put this plan into action:

1. Put it on the calendar for at least a week at a time.

2. Talk about your “why” openly and often.

3. Get a buddy to hold you accountable, preferably a friend your family interacts with often, and go through this experience together.

4. Set the parameters based on the specific needs of your family, don’t forget to include yourself in some degree in the fast.

5. Brace yourself for the negotiating, meltdowns, and pushback.

6. Follow through, stick with it, and watch the magic unfold.

You will get to see what they are like, what interests them, what they are good at, and so much more, and then you all have the opportunity to build on those strengths. Parents included!

Here’s to joining the "Mean Parent Club" and making good decisions for our family even when it is uncomfy, unpopular, and inconvenient. Here’s to saying “no” more often and then watching the magic that unfolds. Here’s to watching boredom blossom into something beautiful. Happy Parenting! Some levels of screen addiction should be detoxed safely with

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Jentrie Hales is a community advocate with five years experience empowering parents and children in different settings. She has been invited into classrooms, youth groups, and parent groups throughout Cache Valley to speak about healthy relationships with tech. She also professionally mentors families that feel overwhelmed with managing the tech in their homes. Follow her on Instagram @techhealthyfam or email her at

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National Ability Center Helps People with Disabilities Experience Active Lifestyles

For over 38 years, the National Ability Center (NAC) has served its non-profit mission of building self-esteem, confidence, and lifetime skills through sport, recreation, and educational programs. By providing a safe, inclusive, and uplifting environment for people with disabilities, the NAC has empowered its participants to achieve individual goals, strengthen socialization, recreate with peers, and foster independence and self-advocacy.

The NAC staff are adventure-seekers who love recreating and are passionate about helping people with disabilities reach their undiscovered potential. We are playful, yet focused and purposeful in cultivating a more accessible and inclusive world. We draw from decades of collective experience, working with people who live with a disability while also harnessing the power of specialized adaptive equipment, techniques, and teaching methods.

One out of four people in the United States lives with a physical, cognitive, or developmental disability. Too often, people with disabilities experience barriers and a lack of accessibility to recreational opportunities while facing discrimination and exclusion. We believe a disability shouldn't hinder anyone from living a vibrant, active, and rewarding

life. By encouraging everyone to enjoy life and reach their fullest potential, regardless of ability level, our goal is to help people bridge the gap between perceived limitations and what is truly possible. We aim to help the adaptive nation explore, learn, and grow through the spirit and mindset of "I Can."

The NAC offers over 20+ seasonal recreational programs, including archery, mountain biking, cycling, skiing/snowboarding, indoor/ outdoor rock climbing, watersports, day camps, overnight camping adventures, and more! All programs are designed to provide enriching experiences and improve the lives of individuals, families, and groups of all ages and abilities.

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Family Fun for Real

What comes to mind when you think about family activities? Do you think of a warm, fuzzy collection of good memories? Or do you get a knot of stress in your stomach? Maybe a little bit of both? With spring and summer upon us, Cache Valley’s offerings for family activities are expanding. If you’re not a winter sports family, you might have been indoors for quite some time. Family activities are indoor or outdoor, planned or spontaneous. Read on for some thoughts from a few experienced families, and even an expert opinion from our local marriage and family therapy community.

If you look around and feel pressure to plan certain things and your family doesn’t fit that, or you try to do things together and it leads to more negative interactions than positive, maybe a new perspective will help. Think about it: If it helps create positive vibes, then it’s a good thing. Maybe it doesn’t really matter what activities you do; perhaps it just depends on the family. For the Weston family of Providence, the game Dungeons and Dragons gets everyone

into an imaginary world where they’re invested in a quest. It’s one way they escape the mundane and do something unique together. Also, everyone wins. In more ways than one.

What is it for you? Maybe it’s not a big event, but more an everyday thing that brings smiles for your family. The Gledhills like to take turns

sharing their favorite part of the day when they’re together at dinner or other times. It’s a casual conversation that brings goodness to the forefront and can actually provide opportunities for bonding and a positive feeling in general.

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Aubrey of Millville, a loving and artistic mother of four busy kids says, “The things we try and plan are often full of complaining — like hikes — but the spontaneous things like dancing ridiculously to their music are the ones that lead to a happier connection at home.” So try and watch for those moments that can be turned into something fun. For Heidi, a mother of four, she says her family likes to go on bike rides after dinner. When the whining happens, she doesn’t back down. She says, “We usually just require it (we call it forced family fun). By the time we make it home, everyone’s attitude has changed for the better and we’re all glad we went. It’s magic to do something

physically active together.” Or, perhaps, Heidi is a magic mom to see how to create the right opportunities and then follow through with them.

Maybe just having a mutual interest can create some solid connections in a family. The Cowley family likes to watch the show Survivor together. They talk about strategies and who they want to win. That can totally be a great way to connect and it’s not elaborate and doesn’t require a lot of planning. If it accomplishes the goal of good vibes in the family, it counts. Don’t overthink it. You’ve got this.

Joanna Chase is a local marriage and family therapy intern and has seen a lot. She is a mother of six, works with people in the therapy world, and knows what helps and what doesn’t. Below are her tips for family activities:

1. Make it a priority. Plan at least one day a week to spend time as a family. While vacations are amazing, spending time together every week should be at the top of your list.

2. Make it simple. Spending time together does not have to be elaborate, expensive, or cause a lot of stress. Find simple ways to spend time together doing things like

playing games, riding bikes, going for hikes, or just playing ball in the backyard.

3. Get rid of distractions. Removing distractions like work, devices, or a neverending to-do list is important. Remember, quality time is better than quantity, so make your time together count.

4. Create connection. Creating connection with our family members is the greatest way to stay happy and healthy. Plan activities that allow you to get to know one another, laugh, and enjoy being together.

5. Let everyone be involved in the planning. Sitting down and creating a family bucket list is a great way to ensure everyone is involved in planning family activities and can have something to look forward to. Family members can take turns being in charge, so one person doesn’t get burnt out.

6. Have fun! Enjoy your time together. Expect some activities to fail, expect your kids will still argue or have meltdowns, and don’t expect perfection. It’s the little moments that count. So sit back, take a big breath, and enjoy the journey!

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The Importance of Celebration

Think of a time when you achieved something that required significant effort. Maybe it was learning a song on the piano as a child, developing the skills to make the varsity basketball team, or even mending a broken relationship. For most of us, the effort we put into these tasks felt worthwhile when we were able to celebrate our accomplishments, even if the accomplishment fell short of our original goal.

We all need recognition, and even celebration, of our accomplishments. Children are no different, and the end of the school year is an excellent time to have some celebrations!

Children work hard in school, and they are acutely aware of their own successes and failures. Consequently, as a parent, it's essential to celebrate your child's success in school and in life. Whether it's getting an A on a test, winning a sports game, or just being a kind and thoughtful person, it's important to recognize and acknowledge your child's accomplishments. Celebrating your child's success can have a significant impact on their confidence, self-esteem, and overall well-being.

As we end the school year, celebrating your child's success in school can help them develop a positive attitude toward education. When children see that their hard work is being acknowledged and appreciated, they are more likely to continue putting in effort and striving for success. Not only should parents celebrate academic achievement, but they should also celebrate student effort, recognizing that when students exert themselves to achieve difficult goals, they may fall short, but they should still celebrate what they have learned through the process. This celebration of academic success, and a child’s effort, can help children set and achieve future goals, which is an essential skill that will serve them well throughout their lives.

Celebrating your child's successes in other areas of life, such as sports or extracurricular activities, can also help them develop a

sense of pride and self-worth. When children feel good about themselves and their accomplishments, they are more likely to have a positive outlook on life and feel motivated to continue pursuing their passions. Celebrating these successes can also help children develop a sense of teamwork and sportsmanship, which are essential skills for success both in and out of the classroom.

It's important to note that celebrating your child's success doesn't have to be a grand event. Something as simple as a high five, a hug, or a special treat can go a long way in showing your child that you are proud of them.

Celebrating small successes can also help children develop a growth mindset, where they see their failures and setbacks as opportunities for growth and improvement. This is why acknowledging and supporting your child through their failures and setbacks is just as important as celebrating their successes. This helps children learn that failure is a natural part of life and that it's OK to make mistakes.

When children feel supported and encouraged, even in the face of failure, they are more likely to persevere and continue striving for success. For parents, one significant payoff of celebrating your child’s successes is that it can strengthen the bond between you and your child. When children feel supported and loved, they are more likely to have a positive relationship with their parents. Additionally, celebrating successes can help children feel like they are part of a team, where everyone is working toward a common goal.

Celebrating success is both an exciting and an essential part of parenting. By celebrating your child's successes and supporting them through their failures, you can help them develop a positive attitude toward life and a sense of self-worth that will serve them well throughout their lives. So as the school year ends and summer begins, go out and find something to celebrate!


Artist Mike Malm Illustrates

CAPSA’s Mission in a Painting

Approximately four years ago, artist Mike Malm, of Wellsville, was at a CAPSA (Citizens Against Physical and Sexual Abuse) fundraiser hosted by the Malouf Foundation when he heard a domestic violence survivor talk about her experience and ways she grew as a result of CAPSA services. He recalls her saying something like, “Out of the ashes, I will rise with a fire in my soul.”

“I thought, ‘That sounds like an amazing painting.’” He put the thought in the notes on his phone, not knowing if he’d ever get to act on it.

Two years later, in 2021, with the financial support of the Charis Legacy Foundation, CAPSA opened a new 9,575-square-foot wing to its main office. At the ribbon cutting for

the wing, CAPSA Chief Executive Officer Jill Anderson said, “I’m reminded about how many people it takes to make our work possible. This building is not just a building. It provides us the ability to expand all of our services — to do life-saving, life-changing work. This building allows us to expand and provide more services across all of our programming.”

The Dave and Lynette Jenkins Family, who founded the Charis Legacy Foundation, wanted to go further and add a beautiful piece of art for the new wing, so they commissioned Mike to create a painting and have it on loan to CAPSA for display in the building.

“The ideas had been in my mind for a couple of years, so when the opportunity finally presented itself, [it] just fell into place,” Mike said.

From concept and collaboration to unveiling was a detailed process. Mike says it goes from a rough pencil sketch to a rough watercolor sketch, to taking hundreds of photos of models, to piecing together the images in Photoshop to match his vision before actually getting to work on painting the final piece.

“There were times I had to put it aside to let ideas marinate and work toward expressing the narrative we wanted,” Mike said. “My job is to work on [a painting] until I feel it … If I don’t feel it, no one else is going to feel it, so I’m really conscious of the colors I’m using, the tones I’m using, how the lines move through the piece; all of that is really important. I feel it out as I’m working, and I know when it feels right … that’s when I’m done.”

Mike says the piece, titled From the Ashes, is a story about overcoming darkness and is full of symbolism.

“We are grateful to have the opportunity to find such a great home for this painting at CAPSA, and we are so grateful to Mike for his vision and talent in creating such a beautiful artistic work,” Lynette Jenkins, co-founder of the Charis Legacy Foundation said. “It is perfect for CAPSA because the painting is a beautiful representation of a person being able to rise above the hard things in their lives and take the steps that will help them move forward to a better place. It also represents how the help of others is important in a victim’s progression to recovery. This painting gives one an immediate feeling of hope! Our desire is that this is what those who visit CAPSA will feel as they receive help from the services provided.

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Photo by Brittany Cascio

We appreciate the dedicated staff and others involved with CAPSA and their work in providing a safe haven for victims to find healing and hope in their lives.”

Mike says a piece like this is a lot of work, but it also comes with much satisfaction. “I can’t even imagine what some people feel or what they are dealing with when they come to CAPSA,” Mike said. “I just hope this painting can help inspire. I hope people can see themselves coming out of this and that it’s going to be OK — that they have a lot of people around them at CAPSA who love them and are there for them. That there is hope. That they aren’t alone. If a glimpse of the painting can give a little spark of, ‘Maybe it’s going to be OK,’ then I’ve done my job.”

A Story of Hope


From the Ashes was designed for CAPSA’s central stairway with an unfolding story as you approach and travel up the stairs.

Mike explained that as someone, whether a client, advocate, or supporter of CAPSA, approaches the stairway, one of the first things they will see in the painting is a woman holding a baby in despair (on the lower left side).

“You kind of see the beginning of her journey,” Mike said. “There are ashes at her feet, with a burnt landscape behind her.” The scene illustrates what it feels like to be in a place where you may wonder if there is any hope.

“Then you see a woman behind her, holding a candle,” he said. “The candle illuminates and catches her face. The woman in despair sees that light and recognizes it as the light of hope.”

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CAPSA is a nonprofit domestic violence, sexual abuse, and rape recovery center serving Cache County and the Bear Lake area that provides support services for women, men, and children impacted by abuse. Their services are free and confidential. They have a mission to provide safe, caring, and confidential shelter, advocacy, and support for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault and to reduce incidents of abuse through prevention education.

If you need help, please call their 24HOUR support phone line: (435) 753-2500.


Michael Malm lives in Cache Valley with his wife, Juanita. They have four children. His serious study began under Del Parson at Dixie College, where he completed his associate’s degree. He then went on to Southern Utah University, where he had the opportunity to study with Perry Stewart, and completed his formal education at Utah State University where he received a master of fine arts degree studying under Glen Edwards. Workshops have also played an important part of his development studying with such master painters as Richard Schmid, Burton Silverman, Daniel Gerhartz, Quang Ho, Ron Hicks, Michael Workman, and Jim Norton.

Mike started his career as a portrait painter and then as a gallery artist before spending the last decade working on biblical and narrative works, including many pieces for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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Artist Mike Malm standing in front of CAPSA’s “From the Ashes” Photo by Heather Palmer Photo by Brittany Cascio

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As you move through the painting, Mike explains that the rising figure is the same woman who was holding the child. The child is now a toddler. The figure by her side is assisting her upward — an advocate helping her upward toward her goals.

The figure on the right side of the piece, holding the basket, is more concealed. “She is charity,”

Mike said. “Like the donors who supported this painting, they want to contribute without recognition. People who will just give and don’t want recognition. She represents people who offer sustenance and physical help.”

Mike points out that the painting is full of

additional symbolism, including flowers coming up through the ashes on the ground. “With all that destruction, the ground is fertile and ready for new life. The blossoms start to grow and eventually reach full bloom because they have been nurtured and cared for and are now giving back, with their beauty, to the people who offered nourishment. It is a symbol of overcoming and giving back.”

Mike says he believes people could find themselves in different elements of the painting at different times in their lives, whether they are one coming to CAPSA in despair or coming as a helper.

James Boyd, CAPSA's chief development officer, who works closely with individuals

and organizations who support CAPSA, said, “Individuals who experience domestic violence or sexual abuse often feel isolated and afraid. This is one of the traps of abuse — feeling no one cares, leaving them trapped and alone. Survivors quickly realize that CAPSA’s caseworkers and advocates will stand by them in their darkest hours, helping them find their footing on their path. This painting communicates a far broader level of support. It illuminates that there are individuals throughout our community who care about them, believe in them, and see a path to a future without abuse. "

To learn more about the painting and its symbolism, visit

Prince Gallery is selling framed prints as a fundraiser for CAPSA. Because Mike Malm gifted the digital rights to CAPSA and Prince Gallery is printing/framing at cost, more than 75% of the purchase price is a donation to CAPSA.

Consider Donating

When you donate to CAPSA, you are supporting the more than 1,900 women, men, and children who receive direct services, including shelter, court advocacy, housing, and clinical therapy each year, and backing CAPSA’s prevention program, which works to reduce violence through education to more than 18,000 participants each year. Please consider donating by visiting

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Photo by Mike Johnson CAPSA served 1,927 victims of domestic violence in 2022. Visit Prince Gallery to see “From the Ashes” by Mike Malm in person and purchase your copy at 2600 North Main Ste 106, North Logan. Photo by Brittany Cascio Photo courtesy of CAPSA

No-Fail Tips To A Pinterest-Worthy Pantry

TIP #3: Measure your space and buy products to better serve you. The more packaging you have the more cluttered and less efficient your space. We love clear, airtight containers for bulk items. Container Store and Target have some of our favorite plastic airtight containers, but glass containers can be found almost anywhere and are also beautiful.

What do you use the most? Make sure it gets the prime real estate and put less used items up high or down low. More unsightly packaged things that don’t make sense to empty into their own container can go in solid bins or baskets.

Have you ever wondered if it is realistic for a normal family to have a pantry that looks like it came out of a magazine? Or have you ever thought that picture-worthy pantries look picture-worthy, but are impractical and that there is no way that it could function for you and be easily maintained.

I want you to know that not only is a beautifully designed pantry realistic, practical, and functional for you, but you can do it yourself! Once systems are set up and set up in a way that caters to you and your needs, it is easy to maintain.

TIP #1: Take everything out, and I mean everything! Throw out anything expired and make piles of like items. You might be surprised about that hidden jar of Nutella that was hiding behind the spaghetti sauce or that there are three half-eaten boxes of the SAME cereal in your food cupboard.

TIP #2: Working with a clean slate, you can see your space in a new way. Pull ideas from Pinterest or your favorite organizers and decide what look and feel you want to create. Food cupboards can have style!

Another pantry essential are open bins or baskets. This is where we put everything that can’t be easily emptied into a clear container. As you analyze the things you have pulled out, decide if you need tiered shelving for cans, Lazy Susans for hard-to-reach corners, big baskets for Costco-sized packages, etc. Because we want our pantry space not only to be functional, but also beautiful, try to keep the look consistent. For example: if using clear acrylic, pair with natural woven baskets and black wire baskets. If using glass containers, match the lids of the jars to other materials in the pantry. Too many looks will make the space feel cluttered and not as custom.

TIP #4: Put everything back. Empty packaged items into your new bins and containers. Keep like things together. Do you have a way to keep spreads and bread by your toaster? Can you keep your protein powders by your blender?

TIP #5: Label! Label! Label! You can write directly on the container with chalk markers, use a label maker, order custom vinyl, or print labels off your computer; however you do it, labels will help you (and, more importantly, all those less invested in your beautiful new space) to keep things where they belong.

Following these five tips will set you and your home up for success! Not only will your pantry be Pinterest-worthy, but it will also be functional.

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Magically Modernize and Enjoy Old Home Videos

There’s nothing like watching home movies that document first steps, special events, or even the sound of a loved one’s voice who is gone. But often, these memories are buried in dusty boxes of VHS, MiniDV, 8 mm, or even film reels in the back of a closet — becoming more and more susceptible to decay and damage each day. It sounds a bit dramatic, but memories are priceless, and rescuing them is easier than you think.

Even if you don’t have a box of “forgotten memories” that you’re not quite sure what to do with, most likely, a parent or grandparent does. Before the ease of cell phones, it was challenging to keep up with rapidly evolving technology. Just when a documenter thought they’d caught up, it changed again. So be gentle with yourself or a loved one who has tried to document all the moments but is drowning in all the media.

Where to begin? There are many companies that offer to digitize home movies and even photos, but two companies that are touted by influencers are iMemories and Legacy Box. There is also a local company called Nembur that digitizes and organizes family memories. We looked to local memory expert Krista White from Memory Lane for her thoughts from years of experience and did our own research to evaluate the pros and cons of each service. Our evaluation ranked the companies as followed based on process ease, price, and end goal:


• Gather all technology to be digitized. Prioritize which pieces to do first (it can get costly at $15.99 a tape).

• If using iMemories or Legacy Box, order the safe ship kit (the box to mail your technology to them). There is a big difference here between Legacy Box and iMemories. iMemories provides one easy size box, whereas Legacy Box has varying sizes at different price points and Krista has found this to be the least customer-friendly option.

* The easiest shipping option is Nembur. There’s no mailing your precious memories to Arizona or Tennessee — you drive them to 160 North Main Street in Logan. Mailing my memories was harder than expected. I ordered and received the safe ship box, gathered all the VHS tapes, photo CDs, and miniDvs, placed them in the box, and then … couldn’t bring myself to mail them. I had to assure myself that they wouldn’t get lost, and they didn’t! Upon receipt of my memories, I was emailed an invoice and they proceeded to complete the digitizing process upon payment and choice of which digital format (download on their app, custom DVD, USB drive, cloud service).


• There was some price shock when I received the invoice from iMemories — I thought I had calculated the number of media I had and the cost, but it was significantly higher than expected.

2023 is the year to organize and then document all those photos and videos stranded in phones, hard drives, boxes, CDs, and gulp … VHS tapes. Every 2023 Family Matters offers tips and resources on how to preserve and share your memories.

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When digitizing memories, think of the end game. Do you want a bunch of digital memories now “sitting” on a hard drive or available to be easily watched and shared? This is where Nembur is helpful. Besides the shipping savings, Nembur has two additional features that differ from other services: They can organize videos by child or special event and then download to a flash drive or upload onto a service. Get ready for this, Nembur partners with Projector, a new family video streaming app that can stream your family videos onto TV just like Netflix! It's private and secure and an account over 5 gigs is a $30 yearly subscription. Nembur offers customized quotes to help users migrate more family content onto the app.

Joseph Horner, owner of Nembur, loves the joy he’s witnessed from families watching home movies that feature loved ones they haven’t seen for years. It’s why he and his wife Brinlee started their business; they wanted their children to be inspired by the memories of his mother who passed away when he was young. They are committed to helping other families do the same.

So, begin today. Pull out the boxes of dusty tapes and start bridging the generations. You never know what treasures of inspiration and fun await on those aging tapes and reels.

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Grad Spotlights

It has become a tradition for Cache Valley Family Magazine to recognize one graduating senior from each Cache County and Logan City School District high school. Highlighted seniors are selected from nominations provided by each school’s counseling department. We are honored to share these stories of exceptional students who have excelled inspite of extraordinary challenges.

Cache Valley Family Magazine is pleased to award the Paul Norton Memorial Scholarship for the second year. This scholarship honors Paul Norton, who mentored Cache Valley Family Magazine publisher Emily Buckley in her first professional position after college. Paul shared the Roman philosophy worth repeating to every young person seeking success: Luck exists where preparation and opportunity meet. He said, "You never know when you'll be presented with an opportunity, so prepare yourself for the

success you seek."

Paul Norton was a Utah State University alum who held a successful career in the Public Broadcasting System, as Vice President of University Relations and Development at Utah State University, and later as Director of Communications at Logan Regional Hospital. Through his success, he was known for taking an interest in every person he met, especially young people just beginning their educational and career pursuits.

This year's scholarship recipient, Jose Arrega Zamora, was selected from the six nominated students in this feature. He stood out for his ability to rise above challenges, his work ethic, and his dedication to future goals.

Congratulations to these and all the graduates of the class of 2023! We wish you success as you chart your life's course.



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take time off from school to become her mom’s main caregiver. Sadly, her mom passed away at the end of her sophomore year, leaving her in what Daizee calls a really low place. She says she could have easily dropped out of school, but knew her mom wouldn’t have wanted that.

For her junior year, Daizee started at Cache High where she says “I kicked butt.” She put her head down, worked hard, and graduated early in November 2022. During her time at Cache High, she also took classes to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA). She says working as a CNA brings her comfort and she finds healing in serving others. Daizee plans to become a nurse.

my mom a lot, rooting me on. My dad is my biggest fan!”

Somehow along the way, Daizee became a social media influencer. She has a huge following with her positive outlook and lighthearted videos. While going through hard times, she found an outlet in making videos. She says she didn’t expect it to go anywhere, but now it’s a place to help others laugh and not worry.

Daizee Christensen began her high school freshman year as a carefree, country music loving fan who was ready to conquer the world. She conquered, but not how she planned.

When Daizee’s mom Brooke was diagnosed with cancer during her sophomore year, she chose to

Daizee was born with a cleft lip/palate that had been repaired when she was younger but additional surgery was needed. After early graduation, she underwent multiple reconstructive surgeries on her mouth. She said the experience was rough not only physically but mentally. She’s happy to be doing well now, but it was challenging.

“There were a lot of times I had breakdown after breakdown,” she said. “It was my dad, and I felt

Daizee loves spending a lot of quality time with her family. A special time for them was when her brother and sister-in-law welcomed a baby girl into their family just three months after her mom’s death. She loves spending time being an aunt and looks forward to getting married this September.

Her advice to incoming freshmen: “Don’t give up! Take advantage of your high school years; go to the dances and have fun. You never know when it’s going to change. I had such a whole different outlook for my high school journey. In the moment I wasn’t happy, but at the end of the day I wouldn’t be who I am without the hard.”

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In 2019, Marjorie Tauti traveled from Samoa to her brother’s home in Oregon to welcome the family’s new baby, but unexpectedly, she wouldn’t be going home.

Instead, she endured a worldwide pandemic and eventually moved to Smithfield, Utah, where she’d find new opportunities and graduate from Sky View High School (SVHS).

During the COVID-19 pandemic, restrictions kept Marjorie and her mom from traveling back to Samoa. When she finally could go home, she chose to confront the unknown at SVHS while her mother traveled back to Samoa. Marjorie says she stayed to seize every opportunity for her future.

As a junior at a new school living with her sister and her family, Marjorie didn’t know what to expect. “I knew sports back home had helped me get through a lot of hard times, so I figured I needed it here too.”

Marjorie jumped into playing new sports and making new friends. Marjorie found success, taking 4th place at the girls state wrestling championship and proving to be a tough goalie for the SVHS girls lacrosse team. She’s grateful for the friendships gained and lessons learned about discipline and respect through these sports.

Marjorie Tauti

Her work ethic in sports transferred into the classroom and Marjorie has made an impact in other areas at SVHS. School counselor Amanda Robinson shares that Marjorie’s cheerful, outgoing personality has helped make SVHS a better place. Marjorie serves as a student ambassador so she can help plan activities and make sure new students feel welcome.

“I want other students to have the best years at school because I love Sky View!” Marjorie said. “I love the students; I’ve met really good friends who are worth keeping.”

Marjorie took classes over the summer to make sure she graduates. Currently, she’s enrolled in one extra class, and when asked about the extra class she says it’s seminary. Marjorie is contemplating going on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and hopes to graduate from seminary.

“I was taught from a young age that when you need help from God, you need to make time for God,” she said. “I take it [seminary] because I feel like I really need it.”

Marjorie balances a busy schedule with sports, studies, work with her aunt who lives nearby,


Rainn shares that through immense struggles with identity and self-worth, they are finally the person they’d like to be. Rainn identifies as non-binary and looks to the future with hope and excitement. Rainn plans to attend Utah Tech University this fall to study film.

During the times Rainn felt very alone, it was the marching band family at RHS that Rainn found a place. Rainn loves music and started to play the flute in the 7th grade. Rainn excelled in band, serving as the flute section leader and woodwinds leader. Still, band members gave Rainn so much more.

“My junior year a great group of freshmen [band members] helped me get out of my sad life and helped me see my worth and that I am loved,” Rainn said. “Band is a home away from home.”

and time with friends when possible. She plans to become a nurse so she can help people. She has researched the possibility of attending Salt Lake Community College to become a Certified Nursing Assistant before enrolling at Weber State to become a nurse.

Marjorie’s advice to incoming freshmen: “Don’t fall back on your grades. It’s a better experience when we’re all winning together!”

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While Rainn will study at Utah Tech this fall, their twin will serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Indiana. Rainn is grateful for parents Eric and M’Lisa, and brothers. “They recognize how I feel and who I am,” Rainn said. “Things are really good at home. They’re pretty great, I love them.”

In five years, Rainn hopes to be pursuing filmmaking as an intern, producer, or screenwriter.

For now, when not studying, at band practice, or working at Papa Murphy’s Pizza, Rainn loves writing short stories, poems, plays, and watching a lot of movies.

When reflecting on their journey through high school, Ridgeline High School’s (RHS) Rainn Frandsen says, “If you were to ask me as a freshman who I am today, I’d tell you you’re crazy. I’m just happy to be alive right now; I’m proud of myself for just sitting here right now.”

Rainn shares that amazing teachers at RHS were always supportive and accepting as well.

Rainn says family members have been supportive over the last years. Rainn has a twin brother and 14- and 11-year-old brothers. Rainn says their twin is their “best buddy and rock.”

Relating to characters in movies has helped Rainn through the ups and downs of life. Rainn is ready to face the future as they’ve found the confidence and strength to push through adversity.

Rainn’s advice to incoming freshmen: “Right now it seems so impossible and overwhelming, but keep sticking to what you love and stick to true friends and get rid of people who make you feel bad about yourself.”

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At 15 years old, while checking out a local secondhand store, Wyatt Goodwin stumbled across an electronic synthesizer, and according to him, with it discovered his place in the world. Wyatt’s journey to graduation from Logan High School (LHS) hasn’t come without challenges. As a very young child, Wyatt was diagnosed with bilateral hip dysplasia, club foot disorder, and low muscle tone. In elementary and middle school, he recalls being teased for walking differently and feeling lost because he wasn’t interested in what the other kids were. It was the fateful find at the secondhand store that gave him a new direction.

Music and the Arts have opened doors for Wyatt. Besides the piano, he plays bass guitar and guitar, and is learning the saxophone. At 15, he started writing and producing music and released his first album available on most platforms. Much of his music has been inspired by his grandfather and the time he spent with him before he died. His music has helped him deal with challenges.

“Music helps me cope with loss,” Wyatt said. “It’s a good way to get my emotions out there and turn those feelings into songs.”

Music isn’t Wyatt’s only creative outlet. Most Wednesday evenings, he enjoys “Whysound”

Wyatt Goodwin

on Federal Avenue in Logan, where he enjoys painting, drawing, and listening to live music from “a lot of talented musicians.”

He’s also found expression through photography. He says his “favorite teacher of all time,” LHS’s photography teacher Roger Rigby, inspired his love for this medium.

For Wyatt’s Advanced Placement (AP) photography portfolio, he took the risk to create a 15-piece collection of self-portraits documenting what it’s like to be him as he battles physical and mental health challenges. He was nervous about sharing, but a photograph from the series recently received recognition and a $2,000 scholarship award in the Northern Utah High School Art Competition.

“At first, I didn’t think it was very good, then the picture won the award, and they said how amazing the photo was and how much it touched them,” Wyatt said. “Maybe it was more relatable to people than I originally thought.”

Wyatt hopes to keep creating art that helps people relate to one another. This fall, he plans to attend Utah State University to study photography. He is grateful to his supportive parents, family, and


good friends and teachers at LHS who cheered him on during his path to graduation.

Wyatt’s advice to incoming freshmen: “There’s going to be some hard times, and it will take time to adjust but know that you’re not alone. There’s a lot of great teachers and a lot of great nooks and crannies at Logan High School that you can always trust.”

Jose “Leo” Arreaga Zamora

As an English language learner, he worked tirelessly in ESL (English as a Second Language) classes during his freshman, sophomore, and junior years. As a senior, his proficiency in English allowed him to join standard English classes. “I’m really proud of that,” Leo said.

Kylie Stoddard, Leo’s counselor at GCHS, says Leo has done a phenomenal job at learning in the classroom. Though schoolwork hasn’t come easily to him, she says Leo is always extremely polite, patient, and understanding.

“I have been impressed with this student’s determination to pursue a college degree despite challenges,” Ms. Stoaddard said.

management and knows where he wants to be in five years.

“I have dreams of starting my own family and taking care of my family,” Leo said. “Being financially free — it’s always been a dream.” Family and hard work are central in Leo’s life. He loves spending time with his parents and three younger brothers. His family moved to Benson eight years ago, after living in Virginia, Iowa, and Washington. He says he found so many things to like about these states but has enjoyed the beauty, peace, and calm of Cache Valley.

For Green Canyon High School’s (GCHS) graduating senior Jose Arreaga Zamora, a relentless focus on achieving his dreams propelled him through countless hours of study and work.

Jose, or Leo as friends and family know him, will be a first-generation college student when he starts school at Utah State University this fall. This goal wasn’t always certain for Leo.

Leo says there were moments when the challenges seemed overwhelming, but encouragement from his parents and kind and excellent teachers helped him through. He especially appreciates GCHS teacher Mariah Checketts and her help. Even with this support, he says it was his dreams that kept him going.

Leo is eager to study business at Utah State University’s Huntsman School of Business and dreams of opening and building his own business. He plans to study marketing and business

Since Leo was 13 years old, he has worked most weekend evenings at the Munk Dairy in Amalga. The constant, steady values of hard work and patience he’s learned there have transferred to his view of life. He says he’s learned that good things happen for those who work and wait.

Leo is ready to see the fruits of his labors. “I’m so excited to graduate,” he said. “All that hard work is going to pay off.”

Leo’s advice to incoming freshmen: “Work hard in school and get good grades so you can pursue your dreams.”

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Brody Shock’s bright smile and positive attitude are contagious. He declares that his senior year at Mountain Crest High School (MCHS) was his favorite year and so fun! But more conversation reveals that Brody’s senior year was anything but typical.

At the end of his 7th-grade year, Brody became very sick. He was eventually diagnosed with a chronic disease that can cause extreme pain, ulcers, and weight loss. Brody says he’s been able to control the illness with medication but had flare-ups during his 8th- and 9th-grade years. Since then, he was gratefully symptom-free until the September of his senior year.

This was Brody's worst flare-up, spending days at Primary Children’s Hospital in Salt Lake and being out of commission for a month and a half. Still, with Brody’s positive outlook, there’s always a silver lining, and he chooses to see the good from the experience.

“It was really hard. There were times I didn’t recognize myself in the mirror. I was so sick,” he said. “But it’s been a blessing in my life as well.”

Brody sees all the love and support he received from fellow Mustangs — including friends and teachers — as blessings. He’s also grateful for the lessons he’s learned.


“People were calling, texting, and visiting; people were there for me. It was amazing how much love and support I got, but we’ve all got trials in our lives,” he said. “I’ve learned to love everybody because you never know what someone is going through.”

Brody jokingly added, “Once ski season started, I had to make myself get better.” And ski he did. Brody loves to hit the slopes every chance he gets and spend time with friends and family in Petersboro. At MCHS, Brody was involved in tennis and student government during his sophomore, junior, and senior years, recently serving on MCHS's Executive Council. He finds it rewarding to serve others by working hard, showing love, and seeing the benefits.

“I like to serve others because it’s good to let people know you love them,” he said. “Knowing people are there for you makes a difference.”

Another blessing for Brody through his health challenges is the opportunity to increase his faith in God. During the tough times, he says, “I’d pray a lot, and every time I prayed, He [God] was there. He knew I was strong enough to handle it,” Brody said. “I feel I’m well-prepared for anything.”

Brody plans to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints this fall and hopes to attend Utah State University when he returns to study biological engineering or “anything that will help me find a job to help people."

Brody’s advice to incoming freshmen: “You can do it! It might be hard, but you’ve got it. Love everyone and work hard; you’re going to have a good life.”

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What makes a great Medical Spa?

Appropriate Medical Support

Question: When being treated by your aesthetician, what do they do if they observe an unusual spot or skin condition?

A) They ignore it and continue to treat the area.

B) They just continue to treat and avoid the area.

C) They stop, run down the hall and grab a qualified dermatological provider who can medically access the spot and provide advice on treatment.

If the answer is A or B, you should find another skin care provider. If the answer is C, you are being cared for by a Medical Spa that understands the importance of proper skin care. Tens of thousands of patients every year have skin conditions that require medical attention, yet they receive treatments directly over that condition from lasers, Radio Frequency(RF)devices, surgical scalpels, microneedles and more.

Focus on Patient Needs and Not Marketing Gimmicks

It’s fair to say that almost any skin treatment offered at a medical spa will benefit your skin. The real question is, what treatments do you actually need? Here are a couple red flags that your spa is more interested in making money than caring for your skin.

1. The providers are paid commission for products they sell. Medical Grade skin care is not cheap and there should never be an incentive to offer you something you don’t need.

2. Commitment to a Membership. Memberships were designed by Sales and Marketing teams to create a predictable cash flow to a business and to, unfortunately, take advantage of those who forget to use the services they prepay for. If you are interested in getting discounts with no strings attached, most reputable product lines offer loyalty programs that are free and do not commit you to advanced payments for services.

Relevant Experience

The level of experience of your provider cannot be understated. A well-staffed Medical Spa will have first and foremost a Medical Director that knows skin. A Board-Certified Dermatologist is the gold standard. It will also have well trained mid-level providers such as Nurse Practitioners and Physician Assistants who can perform some of the more advance procedures. Lastly, the staff will be a variety of seasoned Master Aestheticians, as well as those that are fresh out of school and are learning. The unfortunate reality is that what is gained from school only scratches the surface of the knowledge that is required to be a full-service care provider. The exceptional care facility will have a philosophy of the old training the new.

When it comes to something as important as your skin, finding a provider that you can place your trust in is essential.

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The Art of Appreciation in Marriage


The simplest way to show your spouse you appreciate them is to say “thank you.” It may seem obvious, but as we get busy in our daily routines, it is easy to take for granted what your spouse does to contribute to the household. Thank them for working hard to provide financially, cooking and cleaning, mowing the lawn, packing lunches, giving baths, or running errands. A simple word of thanks goes a long way.


Taking care of the kids and the daily responsibilities of running a house can strain your connection with your spouse. The busier you get, the easier it is to drift apart. One way to show your spouse that you love them and maintain a great relationship is to show them a genuine appreciation for all they do in their role to keep the family running smoothly. Here are some simple ways to show your appreciation that go a long way in keeping your relationship strong.

In this day and age of email and text, who doesn’t love to receive a handwritten note? Consider writing your spouse a thank you card or love letter and leaving it where it will surprise them.


I feel very appreciated when my husband comes home from work, notices that I am feeling overwhelmed, and tells me to take a break and go somewhere alone for a while. Pay attention to when your spouse needs a break and send

them off to the spa, out with friends, or even alone on an errand so that when they return they feel rested and recharged.


“I tell him, especially in front of the children, how much I appreciate him,” local mother Darcy King said. “I explain to the kids why I am thankful for him.” Your spouse will feel appreciated if you tell others how much you appreciate them.

“One of the ways I show my husband I appreciate him is how I speak about him to others,” another mom, Holly Searls, said. “I brag on him and tell others how amazing he is; because he is! I am proud to be married to him, and it shows in the stories I tell others.”


You can show your spouse how much you appreciate them by acting grateful. Try to reduce criticism and speak words that build up your spouse. Encourage them, thank them,

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and acknowledge all they do. Sometimes, the kids also need reminders from you to express their appreciation for your spouse.


Giving your spouse a gift, big or small, shows them how much you appreciate them and that you think of them when you are away. Have flowers or cookies delivered to work or pick up a treat for them while you are out and about. When they see that they are in your thoughts, they are renewed to keep working hard for your family.


When it seems like there is a never-ending list of things that need to be done to keep the house clean and organized, the kids fed and to various activities, the budget balanced, the yard maintained, and still manage to raise healthy happy kids, it is easy to get caught up in who is doing which task. Try to avoid keeping score or comparing duties with your spouse. Instead, try to keep an attitude of everyone working as a team and consider taking on a little extra once in a while if it lightens your partner’s load.

If you are looking to reconnect with your spouse and show them you appreciate them there are plenty of ways to do it. Write a note, have their favorite snacks on hand, schedule a date night or a quiet night in, tell others why they are great, encourage the kids to tell them, give them a hug, be excited to greet them when they come home from work, cook things they love to eat, give them a break, or simply tell them why you love and appreciate all they do. It may feel awkward at first, but once you see how much it encourages them, you will most likely want to do it more often!

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airplane tickets for your family and a rental car when you land. You may be surprised at the savings and the sights you see along the way.


If you are traveling by car, pack lunch and snacks. My family stops at rest areas and picnics. Most rest stops have a playground to run out some of the sillies before getting back in the car. Look for hotels that offer free meals. Many have deals where kids eat free, or breakfast is included with your stay. During your trip, try to make lunch your big meal of the day. Lunch menus are often priced lower.


Travel expenses have jumped tremendously in the past few years. In a recent search for my own vacation plans, I found the average cost per person for domestic travel ranged between $1200-$2000 per person. For a family of four, that is $4800 to $8000. As any family will tell you, there are many places to spend that money — braces, a down payment for a new car, savings for college, or a room makeover, for example.

While those may be the average range, no one said you had to spend that much to have

a memorable vacation. Nor will you need to spend the week sleeping in a tent and living off the land. By following the suggestions below, you can save hundreds of dollars on your trip.


Go on a road trip. According to a 2022 report from TravelPulse, 80% of domestic vacationers travel by car. If you have the extra time, it is often the cheaper way to travel. Compare the price of gas, the distance you are traveling, and

Visit sites like VRBO or Airbnb to find a house in the area you are visiting. The cost per night is often less than a hotel, and you have more room to spread out. Some homes allow pets so you don’t have to leave your fur babies at home (and pay for a pet sitter). If you are vacationing with friends or family, rent a house big enough for everyone and share the cost. By having a full kitchen, you can prepare your own meals instead of eating at restaurants for every meal.


Kids naturally want to take something home

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Fun Times Camp Science & Engineering

as a reminder of their vacation. In high tourist areas like New York City or Orlando, look for t-shirt vendors advertising cheap shirts or hats. Unless you have a collection, stay away from expensive keychains or mugs that will end up in the bottom of the closet. Consider making a souvenir at home from things you have collected on the trip. When my family went to the United States Bureau of Engraving and Printing in Washington, D.C., we bought a bag

of shredded money that we later stuffed in a glass ornament for our Christmas tree.


Groupon is a great place to look for coupons in the area you are visiting. CityPASS is available in 15 United States cities including Chicago, Boston, and Atlanta. These passes offer a discount on a combination of must-see attractions over nine days. Not only do you save money, but you have the convenience of purchasing all your tickets at once.

Road Trip Survival Tips


No matter where you are traveling, you can find something to do that is free. A quick online search can bring up a variety of activities from zoos to factory tours to free admission museum days. Don’t limit yourself to your destination area only. If you have access to a car on vacation, consider driving off the beaten path of tourism. You may be surprised at the interesting attractions you will find for free.

• Pack snacks that you wouldn’t normally buy at home, after all, you are on vacation! Take them out at the first sign of boredom. The kids will be a lot more content to sit for another hour in exchange for special treats.

• Watch movies and TV programs on your mobile devices by signing into Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime, or directly to networks with your cable password.

• Play audiobooks downloaded through Amazon’s Audible or look for familyfriendly podcasts through iTunes.

• Get new earbuds for everyone — and one to spare. Nothing ruins the purple mountain majesties faster than the sound of electronic games coming from several devices in the backseat.

• Purchase new toys for the trip. Choose smaller items like new crayons and coloring books, Matchbox cars, or craft supplies.

• Look for rest stops for a place to run off some energy. Most rest areas have a playground, but you can also pack a


Frisbee, ball, or sidewalk chalk to help everyone recharge.

• Check the dollar store for cheap dry-erase boards and markers. These are great for games like tic-tac-toe or for simply doodling.

• Find new online games to play. Even the driver can play when you download game apps like Song Pop 3, Trivia Crack, or Don’t Forget the Lyrics.

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Let Your Kids’ Minds and Eyes Develop Outside this Summer

As this school year and eternal winter comes to a close, our children are about to increase the noise and clutter levels of our homes as they spend all day with us. While we love having them close, we need to keep them busy and help them prepare for their next school year. What is the best use of our time with them to maximize their summer preparation?

The eyes and brain must be exposed to an environment rich with stimulation and the opportunity to interact actively with our surroundings. Next time you are fortunate enough to enjoy an infant, watch how they explore their environment with their eyes. Notice how they lock their gaze onto objects around them, trying to convince their tiny body to obey and pick up a toy.

Before we begin to reach and grasp with our hands, we must first “reach” with our vision and learn to direct our actions. Vision-directed movements are clunky and inaccurate at first. Perhaps the child may occasionally, almost as if by accident, manage to grasp the toy as

the arms swing from one side of the body to the other. Think of how those vision-guided movements progress until they pick up a single Cheerio. They advance in this way as long as they are provided opportunities.

When the baby begins to crawl, their vision begins to reach further — planning where their chubby little arms and legs may take them next. Soon, they are up and running. Until their visual system can learn to navigate at new speeds, they will bump into seemingly every corner and ledge they manage to find. Ultimately, these little ones run out the door to discover and explore outside.

Our eyes are meant to be used outdoors! In an ideal situation, our eyes can naturally see well far away from us. If you think of primitive humans, vision was needed to catch prey, tend to fields, and stay safe from danger. The machinery of our eyes is best suited for those types of tasks. Minimal effort is expended to perform at a high level while viewing distant objects.

Being outdoors provides the environment where the budding visual system can develop complex motor skills and decision-making. Our kids need their hands in the dirt, their feet on trampolines, their knees crawling in the grass, and their vision guiding their actions along the way. There is no replacement for the developmental boon of a backyard. If our children can learn to regulate their bodies effectively as they physically play, they will be better able to do so when at rest and when in the classroom.

Being exposed to sunlight has also been shown to reduce levels of nearsightedness in children. Sunlight helps regulate sleep cycles, improves mood, and promotes healthy bodies and bones. This summer, help your kids turn off their devices and spend more time outside. Although Minecraft and Fortnite might be calling their name, it's harder to hear that call with the wind in their hair and the sun on their face. Let’s give them (and their eyes) a chance to grow in the open air!

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Fair Housing is Worth Celebrating

April was a month for celebrations, and the world of Real Estate was no exception! Since 1968, Fair Housing Month has been celebrated to commemorate the Fair Housing Act. This law — passed in 1968 and amended in 1988 — is a federal ban on housing discrimination of any sort and prohibits inequitable treatment in the sale, rental, and financing of homes based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, and familial status.

While exceptions to the Fair Housing Act exist, it’s a law that brings landlords, property managers, and others together to eradicate unjust discrimination from those seeking housing.

Communities around Cache Valley are strengthened as they band together to promote

the idea that all residents should be able to “Live Free Without Discrimination.”

As with other forms of discrimination, discrimination in housing can be blatant and intentional, but statistics show that it is usually unintentional due to a lack of knowledge of local, state, and federal laws. Laws like the Fair Housing Act make the education and knowledge of a REALTOR® indispensable. In all property dealings, it’s crucial to understand the Fair Housing Act, how it is enforced, and the types of resources, support, and remedies that are available to property owners, sellers, buyers, and tenants.

The nation has come a long way over the past half-century, with REALTORS® at the forefront

of an increasingly diverse country. Taking that first step toward buying or renting can feel daunting, but fair housing organizations are found throughout the country and offer guidance to help buyers and sellers avoid unnecessary stress as they navigate what can often be delicate situations. While progress has been made in the racial steering and unfair lending practices that were common, fair housing organizations still receive about 25,000-30,000 complaints each year. But as organizations and communities work to incorporate fair housing policies, segregated housing patterns can be a thing of the past as we all work toward a brighter, healthier, more unified future.

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National Ability Center

Explore more this summer with multi-day and overnight camps for individuals, families, and groups. All camps are safe, inclusive, and fun for people with physical, cognitive, developmental, and intellectual disabilities. Camp activities and recreation opportunities from archery, biking, and climbing to watersports, high ropes challenge course, arts and crafts, and a whole lot more are available!

Summer camps run from June 5 to September 15. We have something for everyone with a variety of camp formats:

• Discovery

• Crusaders & Adventurers

• All Access Camps (One-to-one support)

• Siblings and Intro to Siblings Camps

• Overnight for Families

Scan for a comprehensive lineup and registration process. Or call Reservations at 435-649-3991. Scholarship applications are available for those that need financial assistance.

Around the Campfire

Join the Museum of Anthropology, the Stokes Nature Center, and the Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art (NEHMA) in a summer camp for children ages 6-12. Explore how people in the West have used fire in art, culture, and nature. Learn about fire's constructive and destructive forces through team building, art-making, and outdoor activities.

The camp is $97 per child. For registration/ information visit: index or email

July 10-14: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

July 31 — August 3: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.


The Dance Source Performing Arts

(435) 755-0918


PRINCESS CAMP: Come and celebrate the magical friendships of Cinderella and many more. Join them in this magical world where anything is possible!

Cache Valley Civic Ballet School

(435) 753-3633

The Cache Valley Civic Ballet-School offers qualified training in classical ballet to community members of all ages and skill levels. The 5-week summer semester runs from June 12 to July 13. Ages 3 and up. Visit our website for a complete list of classes.

DANCING THROUGH BROADWAY: Experience the magic of musical theatre with dancing, singing, and acting. “Break a Leg!”

HIP HOP: High-energy hip hop dance camp that will have you moving.

SUMMER INTENSIVE: Classes in contemporary, jazz, ballet, turns, leaps, and technique.

Visit our website and social media for more information.


North Logan City Library Free Summer Reading Programs

Summer Reading begins on June 1. Track your reading and win prizes. Information is available on our website.

ROCKY MOUNTAIN PUPPETS June 1, 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Popular ventriloquist Meghan Casey will perform her show twice. Space is limited and signups are required for this event.


June 5, 6:30-8:30 p.m. The biggest event of the summer! Learn about our summer reading programs and have fun! Construction crews will be busy building the new community center on the library grounds, so the kick-off party will be held across the street in Greenville Elementary’s backyard. There will be bounce houses, yard games, cotton candy, and other treats to enjoy!


June 14, 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Choose from one show. Space is limited and sign-ups are required. SCALES AND TALES SHOW July 12, 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Educational show with live animals! Choose from one show. Space is limited and sign-ups are required.

CLOSING SOCIAL August 4 at 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m. Water games and foam party. Thank you for all of your hard work reading! Grand prize winners will be announced.

Keep an eye on our website for announcements of additional programs. Don’t forget our regular library programs such as Kids’ Crafts, Story Time, Lego Club, STEM Club, and Teen activities. Some activities require signing up in advance.

Tueller School of Dance

(435) 752-9154

Join us for our fun Summer Technique Workshops! Offering classes for ages 3 and up. This is a great time to get little ones started and for experienced dancers to improve their turns, leaps, tricks, and overall dance technique. See our schedule and classes on our website or email us for more info at Come dance with us!

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The Family Place

The Family Place is offering weekly kids’ camps this summer. There are six different weeks filled with themed educational children’s activities. Children will learn social skills and self-regulation while they have fun participating in crafts, water games, and more!

TREASURE SEEKERS: Ahoy Matey! Point your compass to true treasures.

June 12-16, 10 a.m. to Noon, $50

PLACE PATRIOTIC PALS: Red, White, and Blue which friend are you?

June 20-23 or July 25-28, 10 a.m. to Noon, $50

GALAXY FAR, FAR AWAY: Jedis learn how to understand and control their emotions.

July 10-14 or August 7-11, 10 a.m. to Noon, $50

KID EXPLORERS: Working together to experience adventures in new cultures.

July 31-August 4, 10 a.m. to Noon, $50


Pickleville Camp

Insanely fun musical theater camps taught by Pickleville's awesome cast members and directors! Join us for a week of singing, dancing, and acting — culminating in an end-of-week performance and epic pizza party! All campers receive a Pickleville Camp t-shirt and a complimentary ticket to Pickleville Playhouse's 2023 production of The Little Mermaid

July 10-14 OR July 17-21 (Logan: Ages 8-18)

July 17-21 (Logan: Ages 6-7)

July 24-28 OR July 31- August 4 (Bear Lake: Ages 8-18)

Dance Illusion

(435) 755-6783

42 East 2200 North, North Logan

Register Now for our Summer Classes!


June 5 - June 28

Improve your technique, try a combo class, and make new friends!


3-DAY TECHNIQUE INTENSIVES: J uly 5-7 and July 18-20


June 15 —16



Highpoint Tumbling

(435) 753-7500

Ongoing, year-round tumbling and gymnastics classes for toddlers through competitive teams. Check our website for the current schedule.

Imagine This!


(435) 774-2414

We have many options for our summer camps this year! We will be offering a Jr. Music and Art Camp for ages 5 to 8, Anime/Cartoon Camp for ages 8 to 12, 3D/Ceramics Camp for ages 8 to 18, Teen Painting Camp for ages 12 to 18, and a Drawing Camp for ages 8-12!

All camps will be one week in the summer (Monday through Friday, 12:30 to 3:30 p.m.). Information on dates for each camp and prices is available on our website.

Ballroom - July 31

Acro - Aug 1

Hip Hop - August 2


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Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art


The Nora Eccles Harrison Museum of Art (NEHMA) offers art classes to children and youth! On summer Wednesdays, join us for the "Inspired By" art-making classes. Become “inspired by” the NEHMA collection, then make your own creation! The 9 to 11 a.m. morning class is for ages 13-17. The afternoon class from 1-2:30 p.m. is for ages 6-12. The cost is $97 for the summer.

Join us on Thursdays for the Mini Makers class, a toddler art exploration experience. Caregivers and toddlers ages 2-5 experience art through singing, playing, moving, and making. Each class is $5 per child from 11-11:45 a.m.

For registration/information visit: or email

Utah Festival Opera Broadway Bound

Train like a PRO with the stars of Utah Festival Opera and Musical Theatre.

BROADWAY BOUND-SENIOR: Ages 13-18, July 2428, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. Includes tickets to Utah Festival Mainstage shows and daily lunches. $350 BROADWAY BOUND-JUNIOR: Ages 8-12, July 8-12, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. daily. Includes tickets to Utah Festival Mainstage shows. $250 Family discounts available.



We are excited to offer 3-day Summer Cooking Camps for kids and teens ages 8 and up. Your kids will get hands-on experience making real food and having fun in the kitchen. You will be amazed at how much your kids can do in the kitchen if you just empower them! They will not only be learning how to make great food, but they will also learn kitchen safety, knife skills, safe food handling practices, and more. Register early! Classes fill up fast!

KIDS CAMPS (ages 8-11):

June 6 - 8 (10 a.m. to Noon or 2 to 4 p.m.)

June 13 - 15 (10 a.m. to Noon or 2 to 4 p.m.)

June 20 - 22 (10 a.m. to Noon)

July 11 - 13 (10 a.m. to Noon or 2 to 4 p.m.)

July 18 - 20 (10 a.m. to Noon or 2 to 4 p.m.)

July 25 - 27 (10 a.m. to Noon)

Cache Valley Fun Park

(435) 792-4000

Summer camps at the FUNNEST place in town! Our camps are the perfect way to beat the summer doldrums! Your kids will experience activities full of fun and learning. No vegging out in front of the TV … just FUN times and happy memories.

Logan Music Academy

(435) 265-6691

UKE CAMP (ages 5 and up) June 19-23

YOUTH VOICE CAMP (ages 6 and up) June 26-30

All camps run from 10 a.m. to Noon daily. $120 for each camp. Discounts are available for multiple camps or early enrollment. Includes treats, games, and prizes. Parent program on Friday.

TEEN CAMPS (ages 12-17):

June 20 - 22 (2 to 4 p.m.)

July 25 - 27 (2 to 4 p.m.)

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Mountain Peak Volleyball

SUMMER CAMPS: Youth volleyball camps for ages 4 to 18 for all skill levels begin in May! We offer camps from May through August. Instruction from our Mountain Peak coaching staff, as well as collegiate-level coaches.

OUTDOOR VOLLEYBALL: Get outside and play under the sunshine. Our grass and sand volleyball clinics begin in late May and end in July. Tournaments are offered on select weekends in collaboration with Logan City.

FALL LEAGUE: Practice and competition in a league format for 1st through 12th graders begin in August! Our recreation and competitive leagues are split into 1st-2nd grade, 3rd-4th grade, 5th-6th grade, and 7th-12th grade. Both north and south practice options are available.

Cache Valley Center for the Arts


Send your kids through a journey in time with CacheARTS Summer Art Camp! Campers will explore the Roaring 20s, the Fabulous 50s, and the Awesome 80s through art, dance, music, and more! At the end of each session, you’ll have the chance to see your child perform on stage with their new friends. Space is limited, enroll today!

Sports Academy

SUMMER PRESCHOOL: Designed for 3 to 5-year-olds to keep kids engaged and prepare them for school this coming fall. Three 1-week sessions, $120 per session. See our website for dates and times.

SUMMER CAMPS: Keep your kids entertained and active with a week-long camp. Camps run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Ages 5 to 12. $180 per camp. See our website for dates and times.

SUMMER SWIM SCHOOL: Learn to swim with the best instruction in Cache Valley! Classes begin June 5. Two-week sessions, Monday-Thursday, 40-minute classes.

TENNIS CLASSES AND CAMPS: Professional tennis instruction from the Valley's top coaches and players. All ages and ability levels. Begins June 5.

TUMBLING CLASSES: Flip and tumble to new heights with classes for all ages and abilities. Begins June 5.

Manny Martin’s Soccer Camps at Utah State University

KIDS CAMP: June 19-22 or July 10-13

Coed ages 6-14


Girls ages 14-18

RESIDENTIAL : July 17-19

Girls ages 12-18

Cache Children’s Choir (435) 752-6260

10% early registration discount before May 15

CAMP I: Ages 4-5

June 19-23, 9 a.m. to Noon, Wilson Elementary

CAMP II: Ages 6-7

June 19-23, 1 to 4 p.m., Wilson Elementary

Come along explorers! Come dive deep into the Underwater World of Music with Camp Director Erika Andrus! We will move like sea creatures along with music, make an ocean-themed craft, and use our crafts as props as we tell stories and play instruments. Activities are inspired by both Dalcrose and Orff-Schulwerk methods.

CAMP III: Ages 8-14

June 12-16, 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., USU Fine Arts Center

Come along for a Summer Music Ocean Extravaganza with Camp Director Sadie Julander! We'll play instruments, move to the music, and sing our hearts out. Music, crafts, friendships, and memories are all part of the fun.

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