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NEW DATE: Rescheduled from Sept. 12 Draper Amphitheater will play host to the best and most unique dance show in the State! With dance performers from most every college and university in the state along with some top dance companies and high schools, this is the dance spectacular not to be missed. It will be fast paced with lots of performances with a wide variety from contemporary to hip-hop, modern-jazz, ballet-clogging and everything in between. A jam packed show of group after group. Just look at a few scheduled to perform!

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By Julie Slama This fall, Jessica Sudman won’t be returning to her Channing Hall classroom where she has taught English the past couple years. Instead, she will be coordinating the school’s international baccalaureate program. “I’ll be helping teachers incorporate the IB criteria into their classrooms, making sure the common core fits with the IB and providing feedback,” Sudman said. “The whole reason I love teaching is because I love IB. It’s what I’m passionate about.” The IB program is an international educational program offered to students in about 150 countries for primary years, middle years and, for high school students, an IB diploma or career-related certificate. The program encourages students to become creative, critical and reflective thinkers and to make connections between their studies in traditional subjects and the real world, which helps not only their academics, but in the development of the whole student: intellectually, emotionally, physically, and ethically in lifelong and life skills. Much of the learning is student driven, so if students have questions, they are encouraged to investigate, research, analyze, communicate, create school projects and figure out answers, Sudman said. “They become more well-rounded and develop a thirst for knowledge. Students learn that issues not only affect them but all around them in the world, and they connect to others through education and service,” she said. There are 10 IB profiles students learn through their course of study, such as being open-minded, communicative and reflective. However, they also are told to be caring, risktaking or courageous and to be global-minded, Sudman said. Assignments, such as what kinds of food do other people eat in a certain country and why do they eat it, and asking questions like is it because of climate for the crops, trade — or how do kids get to school in another country and studying transportation — will lead students to explore subjects and ask questions. When students travel internationally, they’ll learn more about the world and other countries’ traditions

and culture, she said. “It helps broaden their perspective so when they come back to the classroom and share with their peers, it becomes impactful. It brings them a better understanding of the world,” Sudman said. For example, this summer, Channing Hall’s Sophie Hoecherl spent about a month visiting her grandparents in Japan. “They live differently than we do here,” said the fourth grader. “Their beds are different; they don’t sit in chairs; they have different foods, like octopus; they dress in kimonos and have different dances. So when I was there I needed to remember to be open-minded and courageous to try new foods.” That helped Sophie, who is fluent in Japanese, learn to love some new foods such as a seafood wrap and strawberry Kit Kats. She also visited some places unique to Japan, such as Bunnyland on Okunoshima Island, where she ran around with rabbits, and Deer Island on Miyajima Island, where she enjoyed petting and feeding the animals. Fourth grader Georgia Barrett had the opportunity to be close up with tigers as visitors fed them raw meat in Russia. Georgia and her family traveled through China and Russia for several weeks this summer. “When we travel in different countries than America, we eat differently, we live differently, we appreciate different customs,” she said. “We got to see cool stuff, like walking to the top of the stairs at the Great Wall of China and collecting sea glass at Lake Baikal. We saw a lot of different foods like pear and peach drinks, yogurt chips, lobster chips, cabbage rolls, green tea or melon ice cream, and hot dog and mashed potato rolls.” At one point of their vacation, Georgia and her family stayed in a home in a neighborhood where she would play hide-and-seek with neighbor kids, watch them play soccer and pet kittens. “Some things are different, but we found a lot of things we enjoyed are the same,” she said. Georgia’s classmate, Brynn Frohman, and her second-grade sister, Paige, traveled

to Croatia, Slovenia, Italy and Denmark this summer. Paige’s favorite country was Denmark. “There are some nice kids; we made friends and we played on the swings. They’re pretty much the same as us,” she said. Brynn appreciated Slovenia where they stayed in a home so they could learn about the country’s culture. They also hiked and visited a couple of lakes. Brynn brought home a few souvenirs, such as a hat she loves from Slovenia, and a bookmark of The Steadfast Tin Soldier statue from a tale by Hans Christian Andersen in Odense, Denmark. However, she also appreciates the things they have done as a family, such as paint each country’s flag on a rock from the country and placing Danish krones, coins that have a hole in the center, on a necklace she can wear. A fun tradition Brynn and Paige’s family does is have a scavenger hunt where they may look for a gelato stand, a cat or a castle ruin. “We have lots and lots of photos. We picked some of our favorites and created a photo gallery on a wall in our dining room from our trip last summer and now, we’ll have to add to it this summer,” Brynn said. Before their trip, they had a family party where they would learn about the food, facts, music and language of the countries they visited. This was followed up with a party upon their return, so they could bring in recipes they gathered, photos they took and customs they learned to appreciate. She would also read experiences she wrote about in her journal. Brynn has used information from what she studied for school reports. For example, after her travels last summer, her favorite hero was the chancellor of Germany and her favorite national park was in Iceland. “When we travel, we kept an open mind so we could learn to appreciate what we were seeing, and we were courageous to try new things and learn about other people’s culture,” Brynn said. “I’ve learned so much.”

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Mascots Performing Miracles The Mascot Miracles Foundation is simply as its name describes – mascots performing miracles. All of the major mascots in the state support this foundation, from Felix the Falcon, Jazz Bear, Leo from REAL and Bumble from the Salt Lake Bees, to name a few. At any given time there are 14 to 20

Kisses for Felix. Photo credit: Camera Shy

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mascots participating with the foundation. Mascot Miracles is a family-centered organization, dedicated to the happiness of children who are severely and, many times, terminally ill. As mascots instead of men, they can transport the children from a world of pain and struggle to a paradise of imagination.

The foundation was created in 2013, after the mascots raised over $2,700 for a girl named Brinley who was fighting leukemia. Her generous heart inspired the mascots, she donated the money to research rather than keeping the proceeds for herself. On Aug. 8, that generosity was passed forward. Cowabunga Bay in Draper was host to an event for about 500 people; all families of Heroes and Angels were invited. A MMF Hero is a child who is currently fighting a serious illness, and an Angel is a child who lost their fight. Once a part of the MMF group, a family is never dismissed. One woman was about to pass the two-year mark since the passing of her daughter, but she continues to bring her other children to the event. “It helps us to still be involved instead of cut out because our daughter’s gone. We can still honor her and still be a part of all of the families. I feel bad that my daughter’s not here to experience this; she would have loved this,” the Angel mother said. Melissa Hill, board member for MMF, was awestruck when she first encountered the foundation at a parade. She immediately wanted to take part. Melissa herself lost two infants because they were born too early. “Had they lived, they most likely would

have had a disability, so it’s great for us to be able to give back,” she said. She also involves her daughter, who has struggled in her own life. “What these guys have done for her is a miraculous thing. It just helps her have a sense of pride. She’s able to help volunteer with the mascots and help these little kids and

Felix, having troubles on the lazy river. Photo credit: Camera Shy

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DraperJournal.com she feels good about it,” Hill said. Big events, like the one at Cowabunga Bay, happen about every other month, which is as often as the foundation is able. A few months ago there was an event at the Loveland Living Aquarium that brought over 1,100 people from Hero and Angel families. The mascots also will do personal, one-on-one bowling with a Hero. Sometimes because of their illness, a child cannot go out

in public, so a mascot comes to them. “We basically become their pets immediately, and we’re adopted into their families immediately,” Felix Falcon, president of MMF, said. The relationship the mascots build with the suffering families is so personal that sometimes a mascot is invited to be a pallbearer at the funeral of a new Angel. “It’s not a bragging thing, but for us

Some affection from Grizzbee. Photo credit: Camera Shy

it’s a huge honor to be that close to a family to be considered family. Four of the hardest times I’ve ever had to do anything in costume, not that I like to talk about it either, as you can tell. I get emotional about it, but that’s the kind of relationship we build with these kids,” Felix said. The relationship the mascots build with the children surpasses even mental disabilities. Megan Sorenson, a young girl with autism and heart defects, has trouble making friends. The mascots are able to break through her tough shell and reach her heart. “She has a picture of Felix the Falcon above her bed who she kisses goodnight every night. She looks forward to these activities; they really are her best friends. The mascots are loving and accepting,” Marcia, Sorenson’s mother, said. Lilly, a 7-year-old who has battled with ALL (Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia) since February 2014, missed all but two months of first grade because of cancer treatment. She is currently in remission, however, and has a year left of a milder treatment. She was ecstatic to announce she was going to second grade in the fall. “Even though I have cancer, they can make it really fun for people; even though they go through really hard things, they can have a little fun in it. I was really scared at first, but I’m not anymore. They makes you feel like you don’t have cancer, you’re a normal

kid,” Lilly said. Not one of the mascots, or board members, is paid. All proceeds return to host events for the children and their families, to bring dreams to life for a few hours of precious relief. Hundreds of children in Utah suffer from life-threatening diseases, and the demand for participation is increasing. Many times the mascots will be called on with a moment’s notice. The mascots try to respond to every call, though, unfortunately, it is not always possible. “Over the last two months, I’ve actually missed four opportunities because family members haven’t made it and that bothers me because I don’t ever want that to happen,” Felix said. When a child suffers from a disease, the whole family suffers, according to Felix. All of the Mascot Miracles Foundation events are family friendly and are meant to include the entire family. As long as the children are old enough to recognize a mascot, age two and up, the family is adopted into the foundation from that time on. Unity and a tangible family bond reinforce their motto that truly, “No one fights alone, and never is forgotten.” If you are interested in more information about the Mascot Miracles Foundation, either to donate or participate, please visit www. mascotmiraclesfoundation.org


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Draper’s Growth Prompts Changes

Draper Days 2015 Delights All

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Draper’s exponential growth has left the city with few places to expand, and has led the Draper City Council to approve general plan and zoning map amendments that will accommodate a rapidly increasing population. The affected property, located at approximately 11970 South 700 East, was once intended for agricultural and commercial use, but has now been changed to allow for multi-family, high-density land use. High-density communities are often centered near public transit in order to encourage its use, making this an important move for the city’s future. A community like this has not yet been established in Draper and “this would be the place where you would want see some higher density development, basically to take advantage of the transit connectivity,” community development director Keith Morey said. If this development succeeds in

convincing the majority of its residents to take public transport, it could lead to similar communities in the future, which not only enables more people to enjoy the Draper lifestyle, but could also help to alleviate traffic and pollution. Some concerns about the new development include detracting from the rural atmosphere of the area. But overall, people are convinced that this is the best way for the city to proceed. “I’ve lived here a while and, unfortunately, seen a lot change, but I understand why it’s happening. Draper’s a big deal now, and it has to go where it’s led,” Jean Starnes said. With the immense growth Draper has seen recently, the city is looking ahead at options that will best suit the needs of its residents, and these types of communities are a very plausible solution.

Vendor tents filled the park for two days as local businesses supported the community and promoted their items and services. Everything imaginable could be found within those booths; from airbrush tattoos offering body art to those who prefer the art without the commitment, to local churches handing out balloons to children passing by. West Wind Karate set up a mannequin and had children of all ages lining up to take turns kicking and punching it. Seemingly shy little ones quickly came out of their shells to take their turn with the mannequin, and many even took the instructor’s advice to “poke him in the eyes!” A couple of booths down, little girls were lined up to get autographs from “Miss Draper 2015,” Brynn Garfield. Advocating for “Zero Fatalities,” Garfield provided the kids with information about staying safe and happily signed autographs with a big smile for each child. There was a lot of focus on children, pets and family at this year’s event. Draper Communities That Care was handing out information about protecting the youth of their community through prevention programs. The organization conducts studies to know where they need to focus their prevention efforts for issues such as underage drinking. While many utilized their booth space to promote a message, a product or a service, a couple of booths were used for political purposes. Mani Grewal and Michele Weeks, who are both in the running to fill one of the three open seats on the Draper City Council, had booths set up and were happily interacting with all who passed by. Many people put their booth browsing and shopping on hold to stop and hear each candidate’s vision for their city, providing their own insights and ideas. Across the bridge, on the opposite side of the park, was the car show. Shiny cars of every make, model and color were lined up on display in the hopes of winning prizes. Local car enthusiasts swapped stories and awaited


the announcement of the winners. After walking through the car show, visitors were on canine turf. In this area of the park, the dogs were definitely in charge as they received treats and plenty of attention at the veterinary booths, while enjoying strolls through the park. The main event for the dogs was the large pool provided by Splash Dogs. Above the pool was a 40-foot dock, and all those who were interested could enter their dogs into a jumping contest. Throughout the day on Friday and Saturday, dogs could be seen flying through the air and into the pool below. Throughout both days, there was no shortage of activities. Each day kicked off with activities in the park for the whole family to enjoy, as well as the Heritage Festival, which included music and stories, a reptile rescue, pie contests and much more. Draper Days came to an end as the sun went down on Saturday evening, but Draper Nights had only just begun. This year’s Draper Nights feature was a concert with Collin Raye, who up-and-coming musician Ellee Duke as his opening act. With the fireworks show, Draper Days 2015 came to an incredible end. Family time was spent, memories were made, Draper’s communities were celebrated and vendors and participants closed out another successful year of promoting businesses and building relationships.

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Corner Canyon Cheerleaders Receive Cheers for Service By Julie Slama

More than 9,000 pairs of jeans were stacked in graduating senior Haylee Richards’ garage last winter as she and other members of Corner Canyon High School’s cheerleading squad gathered items for people in need in the community as part of the Teens for Jeans contest. After reaching out to classmates and neighbors, the group also put boxes in local businesses, encouraging the community to drop off gently used jeans of all sizes. “It’s a really cool thing that they are involved in the service in their community, helping out families who need a hand up,” Corner Canyon principal Mary Bailey said. Their hard work earned them the nation’s title in the contest, with a check of $5,000 being presented to them in late spring. It also came with a free concert of The Vamps for the entire school, which was held Aug. 14, as a kickoff to the new school year. “It was a great service project that Haylee found and brought to us,” Corner Canyon High cheer coach Whitney Lunt said. “Many of our teens at our school have tons of jeans that they’ve outgrown or don’t wear, so it’s a direct tie to getting other teens who need pairs. Some of our girls went crazy collecting hundreds of jeans, wanting to help out.” The contest, connected with the Do Something website and coordinated through

Aeropostale, allowed the cheer squad to deliver the jeans to shelters, where they toured the facilities and learned about the programs offered. “Some of the girls never had been to a shelter before, so it was a real eye-opening experience for them to understand these people have limited clothes. They became more grateful for what they have,” she said. With the $5,000 they earned from the contest, the cheer team purchased new equipment for their mats, stunt stands to train fliers, new sound system technology dedicated to the cheerleaders, summer camp fee assistance and shirts and shoes for the team. Aeropostale also provided last year’s squad of 38 cheerleaders with T-shirts. Corner Canyon, in its third year, won last year’s junior varsity and varsity 4A state titles. Then, they competed in their first year at the National High School Cheer Contest in Florida, where they finished 17th out of more than 100 teams. In addition to participating in the Teens for Jeans contest, which this year’s team 35 cheerleaders plans to do again this year, the squad also helped cheer on runners for the Relay for Life race, held a camp for Junior Cheer this summer in Draper and participated in the Draper Days parade.

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Juan Diego Introducing New Community Service Program By Julie Slama

After examining the community service requirements for Juan Diego Catholic High School that students provide each year, administrators decided to revamp its program. “We were focused on the number of hours of service they give each year, but not on what it means as part of social justice,” Juan Diego director of advancement Molly Dumas said. Students have been expected to provide 25 hours each year, which they could do by volunteering at an animal shelter, serving the homeless or any number of ways to accumulate the hours. “We were finding students were giving the time and energy, but weren’t making the connection to what are the issues that surround these acts of service and how can they address these social issues,” she said. Beginning with senior high school students, the new community service program will have students work side-by-side with those who are making a longterm difference in social justice issues, such as case workers with families who find themselves homeless, or working with Habitat for Humanity and addressing issues while serving those in need. “We want students to grasp more meaning and

immerse themselves in the experience. We know if they’re engaged in a social problem and addressing the problem straight on by serving others, the hours of service will come. More importantly, they’ll want to do it because they’ll love doing it,” she said. This year’s projects, which are still being planned, will be available to all students on the campus and will most likely occur in January, Dumas said. The service program is being coordinated by former campus life director Dave Brunetti. Dumas said that she sees people have a misconception of today’s students as being selfish and lazy. She sees high school students as aware of the needs of those around them, but not sure how to mobilize themselves in making the difference. “We know kids want to help, but they aren’t sure how to go about it. They have so much willingness and time to give, but need the tools to do it. This will make it easier for them to step up and not just give time, but understand the impact and be part of the solution. We want to give our students more meaningful projects that tie into social justice and so when they’re in the community and working as a CEO or a social worker, they will have these connections,” she said.

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Draper Elementary Gears Up for 40th Anniversary Celebration By Julie Slama

New programs. New paint. New technology. New carpet. Draper Elementary is getting ready for its 40th anniversary. Draper Elementary will have served students for 40 years in 2016, and the celebration begins as students come back to the new school year. Thanks to two different Boy Scout Eagle projects, students will immediately see new paint on the playground’s United States map, as well as the hopscotches, four squares and curbs. There also are three new portable classrooms to help house the 735 students. As the students enter the school building, they’ll notice new carpeting in the hallways, classrooms, computer lab, kiva and other instructional areas, as well as the unveiling of a new 40th anniversary logo. The logo will be used for the school’s annual fun run on Sept. 12, as well as on commemorative spirit gear. The logo also will be used for the 40th anniversary party in the spring, Principal Piper Riddle said. Once in their classrooms, students will notice 17 more Smart Boards, making it a total of 27 in the school. “ I t ’s our continued effort to work toward a oneto-one technology ratio in the school,” Piper said. “We want to increase devices in the classrooms and hope to add three more in kindergarten this year.” The funding for Smart Boards comes partially from the technology and general school funds, as well as funds from the Confucius Classroom grant, which provides an annual $10,000 grant from the Chinese educational ministry for the dual immersion school. Riddle said that the faculty is committed to train monthly on how to incorporate technology into their classroom to help student learning. They plan to have Technology Tuesdays after school. Also new this year are nine new faculty members: Biyuan Chen, Lachelle Crandell, Jacklynn Harp, Annette Koehler, Ashley Morris, Molly Thomas, Janna Tyndall, Christina Van Dam and Buyin Wang. In addition, Sorenson arts specialist Kylie Welling (see separate article) and physical

education specialist Ciara Ivey will join the faculty. Ivey will be implementing Playworks into the recess curriculum this year. “She will not only teach students how to play, but focus on social skills and conflict resolution. We hope that by teaching cooperation, it will resolve conflicts. We’re having our recess aides and school psychologist also be trained,” Riddle said. According to its website, Playworks, which serves more than 900 schools in 23 U.S. cities, was designed to teach students how to cooperate while playing by increasing opportunities for physical activity through instructional play. Faculty also want to improve the lunch room experience so after reviewing research that shows that if students play first, then eat, they tend to eat better. Draper Elementary’s building leadership team and ParentTeacher Association decided to support a “recess-first” approach this school year, Riddle said. “Research shows that students have a better afternoon of learning because they are well-fed,” she said. So after a 20-minute recess, students will enter the cafeteria for lunch and begin with the new program, “Cafeteria Conversations,” which is designed to support social eating and healthy meal discussions. Riddle said that classes will identify certain themes, topics and questions that integrate with literacy, math, science and social studies themes. These topics then can be used to talk about over lunch and followed up once they return to the classroom. “We want kids to talk and interact with one another, and so we’re giving them ideas of themes to share about. Kids nowadays aren’t natural conversationalists, so teachers thought this could follow up class discussions on topics which would make their learning richer,” she said. Riddle said that other 40th anniversary activities are in the planning stages. “Everyone is so excited about the continued improvements. We’re ready for the new school year here,” she said.

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Draper Elementary Awarded Art Grant By Julie Slama Draper Elementary students will have art lessons integrated into their studies, thanks to the school being awarded a Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program grant. “With the support of the (Canyons School) District, the program provides us with a certified teacher who has a secondary art endorsement to integrate art and support our curriculum,” Draper Elementary Principal Piper Riddle said. “This art program will be supported by our community.” The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program is a teaching partnership between highly qualified arts specialists and classroom teachers in more than 100 Utah elementary schools. Working with the classroom specialist, the arts specialist will give students arts instruction that ties into the state’s fine arts core curriculum. This fall, Arts Specialist Kylie Welling will teach Draper Elementary’s first- through fifth-grade students in the school kiva about art techniques and principles, and at the same time reinforce what they are learning in the classroom. She will share the kiva with the school’s music program. Last year, nine schools within Canyons District received the Sorenson grant. This year, 21 elementary schools and Jordan Valley School received the award. Draper Elementary was the only Draper school in Canyons District to receive it, Canyons School District Arts Coordinator Sharee Jorgensen said. “I’m really excited that so many schools will be offering art in the curriculum this year,”

she said. “I’m thrilled the legislature supports giving students this opportunity.” Riddle said the program provides training for new teachers in August at the Utah State Office of Education, which Welling will take part in. Jorgensen, who said the grant pays about 80 percent of Welling’s salary while the District picks up the remainder and supplies, said that the training will provide her ways where she can use topics and lesson plans to cover core curriculum. With the grant, Jorgensen said students study art history and learn different art techniques, which could include clay, watercolor, pastels, oils, metal tooling and more, but that all the projects tie directly into the school curriculum. An example she gave is that the students may study a certain artist, but then be asked to critique his or her artwork, either verbally or in an essay. This uses written and oral language skills and the ability to compare and contrast works. Jorgensen said the Sorenson program not only brings music, visual arts, dance and theatre back into the classroom, but it also integrates it with language arts, math, social studies and science, so it will reinforce the classroom core and provide students with a deeper level of understanding in grade-level core content that will enrich the learning experience. In addition to art concentration, other district schools opted for dance, theater and music emphases.

Draper Police Launch Crime Prevention Initiative By Chloe Bartlett

Police Chief Bryan Roberts spoke in an effort to promote awareness of residential crime during a press conference. This warning comes after the Draper Police Department reported 109 home break-ins and 239 vehicle break-ins in 2014 alone. Even more startling is the fact that in “76 percent of residential burglaries, the suspect did not use any force. The same is true in 60 percent of vehicle burglaries,” Chief Roberts said. To ensure that residents do not become victims of crime, the police department has urged homeowners to, first and foremost, make sure that garage doors are left closed when not in use. While this is generally a good idea, data suggests that it especially important during the summer months when people tend to leave their garages open and unattended, leaving homes more susceptible to theft. Similarly, vehicles should always

be locked and all valuable items should be removed to guarantee security, particularly during the holidays when criminals prey on present-filled cars. Draper’s trend in burglary comes as a shock to most residents, who all too often believe that the city is exempt from it. “I had no idea this was so common here. Luckily, I’m pretty good about keeping everything locked up, but I know that some people feel comfortable leaving things open,” resident Robert Davis said. Police officers will be patrolling neighborhoods to look for potential signs of break-in, and will inform citizens on how to protect themselves in the future. In the meantime, Draper residents are strongly encouraged to help prevent crime by being proactive and getting involved in Neighborhood Watch.

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Desert Star Playhouse Desert Star Playhouse, the theater that’s built a reputation for producing laugh out loud, family-friendly musical comedies, continues its 2015 season with a comedic take on all things nerdy in the pursuit of fulfilling a Home Teaching assignment in “Star Wards - These Are Not the Elders You’re Looking For!” Elder Kirtland and Elder Young are just trying to get their home teaching done for the month. While visiting with Doc, the duo discovers he’s created a time machine to make genealogy easier. But when the elders start messing around with the family history helper, they get swept back to a time long ago and to a galaxy, far, far away! In trying to return to their own time, the elders intercept a distress call from Princess Alibama, who has been captured by the evil Dark Knight and Empress Saltine. Eager to be of service, the elders enlist the help of the beautiful but tough space farmer, Raygun, and Juan Cholo, a cool shootfirst-ask-questions-later smuggler.

Will the eccentric group of heroes rescue the princess before she reveals the location of the rebel base? Will the elders make it back to their own time? Come find out with this crazy cast of iconic characters and their sidesplitting, galactic high jinx as Desert Star takes you through this spoof of the nerd-overse. Written by Bryan Dayley and directed by Scott Holman, Star Wards runs from Aug. 27 to Nov. 7, 2015. The evening also includes Desert Star’s signature musical olios following the show. The highly anticipated Awesome 80’s Olio, Part 2 will feature audience requested songs from radical days past with a unique and always hilarious, Desert Star twist! Desert Star audiences can enjoy gourmet pizza, fresh wraps, burgers, scrumptious desserts, and other finger foods as well as a full selection of soft drinks, smoothies and a large array of iced and hot steamers and coffees while they watch the show. Food is available from an á la carte menu and is served right at your table.

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Salt Lake County Moving Forward to Attract, Retain Conventions Recently, I joined leaders from Visit Salt Lake and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development for an exciting announcement: organizers for Outdoor Retailer are extending their contracts with the Salt Palace Convention Center through 2018. This is the largest summer and winter outdoor gear, apparel, accessories and technology tradeshow in the country. Outdoor Retailer has been here since 1996, except for 2002 when we hosted the Winter Olympics. Over time the winter and summer markets have grown to be the largest event hosted by the Salt Palace, with more than 6,000 specialty retailer attendees and exhibitors, drawing 15,000 additional visitors. They fill our hotels and restaurants, rent cars and go shopping during their stay. The total economic impact to us is approximately $45 million annually. That

boost to our budgets represents money that does not have to come from local residents and taxpayers, but rather represents a “bonus” for our bottom line. Outdoor Retailer has become so successful that it has outgrown the exhibit and meeting space available. We have been able to get creative by putting up large tents next to the Salt Palace, and to encourage hotels to move other proposed events around on the calendar to free up lodging. I was encouraged that when Outdoor Retailer surveyed its members about whether to stay in Salt Lake or look elsewhere, over two-thirds said they preferred to keep the show here. Ultimately, the solution is to have more public meeting space and more hotel rooms. That’s why I’ve been pushing hard to find a private company to build a convention



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headquarters hotel adjacent to the Salt Palace, and include 100,000 square feet of additional meeting space. In mid-August, I was forced to discontinue negotiations with Omni, which had responded to our hotel bid request last year, because the company asked for too much by way of public participation. Salt Lake County needs and wants a private hotel, but not at any cost. My job is to negotiate a fair deal with a private sector partner—fair to the company and fair to taxpayers. Now that Outdoor Retailer has announced dates in 2016, 2017 and 2018 for both the

winter and summer markets, I’ll redouble my efforts to secure a private sector partner. Soon, the county will have another request for bids out on the street. I believe we’ll have a private partner selected and a plan in the works within months. We know that having additional public meeting space as well as hundreds of rooms adjacent to the Salt Palace will be important not only to Outdoor Retailer, but to other prospective conventions who have told us that’s the only thing Salt Lake is missing to get their business. For a lot of us here in Utah, getting outdoors isn’t just a pastime, it’s a way of life. It’s how we spend time with our friends and families and, increasingly, it’s how we make a living, as employees and business owners of outdoor equipment and supplies, and as a tourist destination. It’s a unique package as we promote Utah to convention planners and to visitors, as well as becoming an important sector of our economic growth and prosperity.

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We Don’t Need No Dreaducation By Peri Kinder

Every summer vacation I ever had ended with the terrifying fear of going back to school. There’s even a name for that fear: didaskaleinophobia--because nothing describes the fear of school so aptly as a word you will never be able to pronounce or spell. My fears in elementary school included being in a class without my best friend, finding out I wasn’t smart, having a mean teacher and being forced to eat everything on my lunch tray. (The fear of school lunch is a whole different topic.) Boys were also a great fear. They were unpredictable, incomprehensible, disgusting show-offs—and that was on a good day. I continue to be afraid of earthworms after a stupid boy in first grade threw a handful down my shirt. I screamed for 23 minutes straight. As I got older, my fears increased exponentially. Entering junior high was akin to walking into the Roman Colosseum to face a hungry lion. A lion who had better hair than I did. And no pimples. Seventh grade was the year of deodorant, showering at school, Clearasil and the ever mysterious feminine hygiene products no one talked about. The anxiety of reeking with body odor sent me into a Love’s Baby Soft addiction. Even now, that scent reminds me of junior

Fear high locker rooms. Getting lost at school was a huge worry, as was finding and opening my locker. I would often scamper from class to class with my head down, clutching six textbooks across my chest because I couldn’t find my locker. Increasing my fear of lockers, one afternoon my boyfriend was standing next to me with his arm casually draped over my open locker (it looked so cool). Then I slammed the door, accidentally cutting off the top of his finger.

If you think it’s hard remembering a locker combination, try opening your locker when the boy you’re trying to impress is screaming and crying with his finger stuck in the door. He broke up with me soon after that. Then there’s the primordial fear of not being cool. I’d be in the hall when a group of older, popular kids walked by (for some reason, in slow motion). The girls laughed and casually tossed their spiral-permed tresses over their shoulders. To a seventh grader, the mature age of 15 was the epitome of awesomeness.

I stared dumbstruck, my mouth agape, displaying my un-cool braces and wearing my first pair of Levi’s 501 button-fly jeans that my mom bought only after I convinced her I would NOT wear homemade clothes to junior high. In one of the most misguided rebranding campaigns of all time, I decided junior high would be a great time to change my image. I tried swearing for the first time. It was cool. I was determined to reinvent myself as a rebel who drank Coke and said “damn.” For a 12-year-old Utah girl, that’s akin to being a homeless wino who juggles bunnies on a street corner. But what scared me more than anything were the people who kept telling me that my school years would be the best time of my life. It was paralyzing to think that avoiding bullies, flunking geometry, dealing with no self-esteem and eating Funyuns and Coke for lunch everyday would be the highlight of my time on this earth. They were so wrong. There’s not enough money in the world to convince me to relive that hellish experience. For all you students facing these fears this year, trust me, it gets so much better.


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If you think Marines are tough, you haven’t met their offspring. Meet Maura Henry, the 11-year-old daughter of U.S. Marine Michael Henry. She plays competitive boys football, boys lacrosse and boys basketball. And when she’s not on the field or court, she works at a Draper vegetable stand for tips, pulls weeds, mows neighborhood lawns or sells lemonade outside her Draper home. “She’s the toughest of my four kids,” said her dad, who served overseas and was based out of Camp Pendleton near San Diego. A lifelong football player himself, he noticed his daughter’s interest in flag football at age 6. “She was so tough, so aggressive that she was better than the boys who goofed off. She was very serious.” Maura, for her part, loves her sports trio because she enjoys running. So, she goes for positions that require that: running back and linebacker, mid-fielder in lacrosse and, of course, basketball is constant running. “I always like the sport that’s in season, but probably football is my favorite. I have a bunch of friends who I play with,” she said. “And, I love hitting people.” Her brother, 14-year-old Michael Henry II, plays football at Corner Canyon High School and has nicknamed her “Peeps” because she can devour two packs of that candy in a day. He recalled how she would hang out at his practices. “It was cool,” he said. “Peeps would jump right in and run through the drills. All the guys loved her.” She worked as the water girl for a while until she decided to play on her own team. “She’s always had a strong head.” But the going wasn’t always easy. “In every sport, kids were mean to me,” she said. Luckily, she is resilient. “I am here because I want to play the game,” she’d tell naysayers. Eventually teammates and coaches warmed up to her. “At every tryout, I make sure I work my hardest and do my best. I make myself stand out so the coaches will know I am good,” she said. Being good means practicing: one thousand dribbles a day during basketball season, football drills in the fall, cradling skills for lacrosse, and a daily twomile run with her brother. She eats

protein shakes, hard-boiled eggs and whatever her “great cook” mom prepares. During the season, sports often overlap and she has been known to play four games on a single Saturday. Maura’s heroes are her mom and dad, who have encouraged her to pursue what she loves to do and to do it well. Mom supervises homework while Dad handles the children’s life education based on his belief that hard work, respect and responsibility can take you anywhere. A lot is expected in their home, including earning money for school outfits and sports equipment. Good manners are a must. All Henry children, ranging in age from five to 17, shake hands with visitors and address adults as “sir or ma’am.” Shoes are removed at the door and everyone waits ‘til Mom starts eating before they do. “There are high expectations that we’ll do the right thing,” her brother said. High expectations for this year’s football season are on Maura’s mind now. She hopes to make some interceptions, more touchdowns and maybe even play as a receiver. But overall, she just has one goal: “to do anything I can to help the team.”


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Three Ways to Save Money on Dinner and a Movie By Joani Taylor It’s Friday: the office is restless, and your friend in the cubicle next to you has been talking endlessly about their plans for the weekend. You can’t help but feel a little envy. It’s been ages since the two of you have had a real date; maybe you could go this weekend. Alas, you are snapped back into reality. Your wallet is thin, the water heater went out last month and you need to come up with the cash for the kids’ soccer uniforms. It looks like it’s another weekend of cleaning toilets and catching up on laundry and yard work. Spending quality time as a couple can become difficult and seem like an unnecessary expense as life becomes hectic with kids. However, couples that spend time focusing on one another can improve their relationship, resolve communication issues and increase intimacy. It also provides the kids with a good blueprint by showing them the importance of investing time in a relationship. There are hundreds of creative date night ideas on the Utah-based website DatingDivas.com that can

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