January 2019 | Vol. 16 Iss. 01
FRIEND TO FRIEND BRINGS HOLLADAY
COMMUNITY TOGETHER FOR NIGHT OF SERVICE By Lindsey Baxter | firstname.lastname@example.org
Friend to Friend with youth from He First Loved Us. (Courtesy of Amy Johnson)
he Holladay community came together to serve at the end of November, hoping to demonstrate its charitable heart. Monday, Nov. 26, from 6–9 p.m., was a special night of service at Olympus High School. The organization Friend to Friend put together a major event. Over 13 different charities had 30 projects put together for them with donated items from community sponsors. The event had dancers that performed for the volunteers, music, and food trucks to provide great food to snack on while
putting together all of the service projects. Taygin Dehart, a senior at Olympus High School, is the president of the Friend to Friend organization. “Friend to Friend is a nonprofit organization that runs out of Olympus High School but has students that participate from Skyline High School, and the middle schools that feed into Olympus and Skyline High School,” she said. “There is like 250 of us and we usually invite the community to come out and serve with us. We do an evening of service every year but this is the first year it’s been here.”
Jen Wunderli has been director of Friend to Friend for five years now. She said they have over 200 “amazing kids” from Olympus, Skyline, Olympus Jr. High, Evergreen Jr. High and Riverwalk Elementary in Lehi. “We are starting to expand a little bit. Our mission is building friendships through service and that’s why we do it,” Wunderli explained. “This is our big annual event where we teach the kids about gathering and resourcing and getting all of these kids together.” Continued on page 4...
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...continued from cover Kids, families and the community brought the 30 projects together with 13 charities to help that evening, she said. “It’s crazy how fast everyone came together and just got these projects put together. These kids are just amazing; they get so much done so quickly it’s just unbelievable,” Wunderli says. By 7:15 p.m. that night, over 90 percent of the projects were already completed and ready to be moved on. Some of the charities supported in the event had multiple projects made and donated for them. The charities that were supported included the Christmas Box House, the Sharing Place, Because He First Loved Us, Youth Making a Difference, Santa Sacks for the Granite Schools, Volunteers of America, the Road Home, Primary Children’s Hospital, Granite Education Foundation, Utah Food Bank, YWCA, Humane Society of Utah and Feeding Children Everywhere. With such a wide variety of charities, there was a place at the event for everyone to feel welcome in making a gift or putting together a hygiene kit. The night was so planned out that as the projects were being completed, another service project was getting starting in the gym. The Youth from Because He First Loved Us mixed with players from Friend to Friend for a basketball game. Prior to the game starting, the Olympus High basketball coaches, Matt Barnes and Whitney Hunsaker, were teaching the players drills and some techniques for basketball. “The players (on the high school team) can’t play because they are in season so the Friend to Friend kids come in and play with the refugees,” Dehart said. “The refugees are from Because He First Loved Us and they mix with the Friend to Friend players to play a game of basketball and the cheerleaders are here to cheer them on. Each group, the cheerleaders and the basketball coaches, encourage service throughout the school year.” When asked what her favorite thing about being a member of Friend to Friend is, Dehart said, “Our motto is building friendships through service. One of my favorite things is seeing us come together and serve and recognize the relationships being built as we are showing we are
Some of the members with the director of Friend to Friend. (Lindsey Baxter/City Journals)
becoming stronger friends and relationships. I love being a part of it and I really love that we recognize multiple charities and it gives us a chance to give back to so many different ones.” Allis Safford, a student at Olympus High School and member of Friend to Friend, said, “It’s changing our lives to change other people’s lives. I love helping other people and it helps me too. Seeing the change in other people’s lives helps us. A big group of the community has come together tonight to show support.” Wunderli said their program operates all through volunteers and lots of donors. “We love that people want to come and help volunteer with us,” she said. “We do a variety of events throughout the year. We go to the Road Home, we are at the Homeless Youth Resource Center that we interact with, and we will be doing an inclusion campaign in the schools. With the suicide rates and all that stuff going up, we are really trying to pull kids into groups
and have them serve together. The inclusion campaign is to help build friendships and have them feel connected somehow. The campaign will last all week with a big concert to end the week.” One little volunteer, Lily, made it clear why she was there that night. “Because I like helping people.” Her mom, Kristen Harmon, an Olympus High alumna, said this was her first time attending the event. “With all the focus around the holidays of serving, I’m not the best at organizing service, but I thought I would love to get my kids involved in helping others out. My kids have been finding their own way into what they have been interested in,” Harmon said. Any student is welcome and encouraged to join by emailing Wunderli at Wunderlijen@ gmail.com while a new and improved website is being put together. l
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Holladay’s best photos of the year
f a photo says a thousand words, then the following pages could write a book capturing some of Holladay’s most memorable moments
in 2018. From the countless artists in the city to a clean air crusader, 2018 was one to remember. l
Holladay resident Archer Birrell shakes hands with Superintendent Martin Bates at a surprise assembly where Birrell was named Granite School District’s Teacher of the Year. (Courtesy Granite School District)
“I’m king of the world!” Children at the Blue Moon Festival. (Justin Adams/City Journals)
Thayne Tagge standing next to himself at Tagge’s Famous Fruit and Veggie Farms fruit stand on Highway 89 on May 10, 2018. (Holly Vasic/City Journals)
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A large grasshopper near the playground elicited a few shrieks during the Blue Moon Festival. (Justin Adams/City Journals)
Lydia Timms and other student leaders at Churchill Jr. High speak about the need for more gun control as well as more kindness between students. (Justin Adams/City Journals)
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Young Simba (Jackson Staker) speaks with Mufasa (Brandt Bosworth) during “The Lion King Jr.” at Wasatch Jr. High in April. (Travis Barton/City Journals)
Learning to care for magical creatures makes this little girl smile when others may scream. This is part of a Harry Potter Academy summer camp. (Courtesy of Kim Bouck)
Skyline High student Kate De Groote toured many places during her weeklong trip to Washington, DC. Kate was one of 104 student delegates selected across the country to attend the 56th annual United States Senate Youth Program. (Photo by Jakob Mosur)
Cottonwood High’s Chaparrals, seen here in their pom routine, were host to the 5A region competition on Jan. 20. (Cottonwood High School)
The lionesses perform a number during “The Lion King Jr.” at Wasatch Jr. High in April. (Travis Barton/City Journals)
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Lots of children got face paintings at Holladay’s Blue Moon Festival. (Justin Adams/City Journals)
Tad Calcara lets loose on the clarinet at Holladay City Park on July 21 as part of Holladay’s Concerts on the Commons. Calcara has been the principal clarinet of the Utah Symphony since 1999. (Travis Barton/City Journals)
n last month’s Cottonwood Heights Journal article Breaking Down the Proposed Property Tax Increase, editorialist Cassie Goff does a nice job of analyzing the 22% tax increase the City of Cottonwood Heights may impose on its citizens in year 2019. Since it’s inception as a city in 2005, Cottonwood Heights has never had to raise taxes. In fact, this was one of the main selling points in becoming our own city. So how did we move from a city of surplus to one of the higher taxed cities in the Salt Lake Valley? Running a city government is complex. There are many moving parts that come with associated costs. Like our household costs, the city has non-discretionary costs (utilities, maintenance and mortgage) and discretionary costs (things that are nice to have but not necessary). Many large discretionary cost decisions have been put before our mayor and city council in the past 13 years. One of the first large discretionary cost decisions arose in 2007 pertaining to starting our own police department vs. continuing with services provided by Salt Lake County. We were told the estimated cost to run our own police department would be equal to or less than what we were currently paying Salt Lake County which was $3,596,238 per year. An additional $1,500,000 would be needed for start-up costs. Our mayor and city council decided to start our own police department. The original estimate turned out to be low and is now costing $6,202,410 per year ($5,723,622 personnel and operations + $478,788 for leased
police equipment and vehicles). A second large discretionary cost decision arose in 2012 pertaining to contracting with an outside snow-removal company vs. continuing our contract with Salt Lake County. The annual cost of snow removal through Salt Lake County was under $2,000,000 per year. Terracare was contracted but failed to perform adequate snow removal and the contract was terminated after three years. Our mayor and city council decided to start our own Public Works department. The cost of equipment was $2,719,314, the cost of the public works site to-date is $4,262,945 and annual operating costs are projected for $1,949,290 in 2019. A third large discretionary cost decision arose in 2015. Should we incur debt to build our own city hall or continue to lease city offices? The estimated cost to build was $14,000,000. Our mayor and city council decided to build our own city hall. The original cost estimate was incorrect and later adjusted to around $16,500,000. The total annual cost to operate our city has risen from $9,968,353 in 2007 to $19,783,343 (proposed) in 2019. Cottonwood Heights now has a higher tax rate than Sandy, Draper, Holladay, Murray, Bluffdale and Alta. Let’s make no bones about it, our 22% tax increase is not solely a function of the consumer price index increasing, or the effects of inflation on city expenses as reported in the Cottonwood Heights Newsletter dated August 2018. Our tax increase is a direct result of the spending decisions made by our city government officials. -Bob Mutz
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MAYOR’S MESSAGE January 17th marks the 3rd anniversary of the tragic death of Holladay Police Ofﬁcer Doug Barney. Doug was shot on a quiet Sunday morning while responding to a routine trafﬁc incident. It was an awful time for me personally and for the community at large. It is a searing memory, something I will never forget. We will host a catered lunch at City Hall for our First Responders as our way of acknowledging the anniversary and to honor all that protect and serve our community. You wouldn’t think that any good could come from an act of pure evil, but those that recall the days following Doug’s passing will remember a community coming together to support the Barney family. Any hint of anger or hate was set aside to focus on Erika and her three children. A campaign was started to raise funds to assist the family in their time of need. We all understood that the support the family would require extended well beyond the playing of Taps. Our actions showed the true character of this community. I’ve never been more proud to be a citizen of Holladay than I was the weeks following Doug’s memorial service. I wish I could say it was the last memorial service I attended, but in the last 6 months we have had four in-the-line-of-duty deaths: • August 8th, 2018, West Valley Code Enforcement Ofﬁcer Jill Robinson, shot and killed while investigating a code violation in her city. • Draper Battalion Chief Matthew Burchett, End of Watch August 13, 2018. Chief Burchett was killed while supporting the Mendocino Complex Fire in California. He leaves behind wife Heather and a young son. • November 3, 2018, Major/Mayor Brent R. Taylor, serving his 3rd overseas deployment, was killed while supporting training of Afghan soldiers. Leaves behind wife Jennie and 7 children. • South Salt Lake Police Ofﬁcer David Romrell, End of Watch November 24, 2018. Struck and killed by a vehicle ﬂeeing a scene. Leaves behind wife Elizabeth and a four-month-old son. These losses serve as a stark reminder that protecting our communities involves real risks, risks shouldered by the families of our First Responders. As 2018 comes to a close, please take time to remember these families and honor their service by showing gratitude, by living a life worthy of their sacriﬁce. That is what they would ask of you. Finally, Riverton City announced the selection of Holladay Precinct Chief Don Hutson to head up their new department. Chief Hutson was selected from a pool of over 50 candidates. Though we are sad to see him go, we agree that Riverton made the right choice. Chief Hutson has served our city with distinction. We thank him for his dedication to the citizens of Holladay and wish him well as he takes on this new and exciting challenge. As part of our First Responder luncheon on the 17th, we will honor Chief Hutson’s service. On behalf of the Holladay Council and staff, we wish you and your family an abundance of good health, happiness and prosperity in 2019! –Rob Dahle, Mayor
by Crystal Bruner Harris, Community Clean Air Advocate
After the holidays, we really notice bad air days. Winter loses its magic when blue skies become gray. Those weeklong inversions make me want to hide indoors or move away. The good news is we can make a difference. There are many contributors to our local inversions but the largest contributor is on-road vehicles. Our vehicles are responsible for 48% of the harmful wintertime inversion pollution. Of those pollutants, 75% of them are created in the ﬁrst 3 minutes of driving after a “cold start” (starting the engine after it has been off for more than 12 hours). Cold engines are a problem because the catalytic converter doesn’t clean emissions until it’s warm. A warm engine reduces vehicle emissions by 99%! The key is limiting your cold starts by carpooling, trip chaining, and avoiding driving whenever possible. When you can’t avoid a cold start, get your engine warm as quickly as possible. The worst way to warm up your engine is by idling. This creates the most emissions as the engine slowly warms. Instead, begin driving right after starting to warm the engine much faster. Contrary to popular belief, modern engines are built to handle cold weather. Even diesel engines only need 30 seconds to warm up. So unless you’re driving a classic car from the 1970s or earlier, wear a coat, get inside that cold car, and get it moving. It’s easy to be idle-free because we can still get everywhere we need while cutting our emissions. Wear a jacket so you can shut off your engine while you’re waiting for someone to run in the store. Keep blankets in the car for kids in car seats. Drive-thru or school pick-up moving slowly? Don’t be afraid to restart your car several times as you go. If the entire city of Holladay quit idling, we would have better air quality than our neighboring cities. Although we all share the air, it takes time to disperse. Take a look at purpleair.com/map to see air quality differ by neighborhood. In small ways, we can improve our air quality, and our health, together.
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Snow Reminders • Snow team members have been instructed not to clear roads with cars parked on them. DO NOT park on Holladay public streets when it is snowing or snow is accumulating on the street during the months of November, December, January, February, March, and April. Residents may call their local code enforcement or police department to assist with the removal of the cars to enable the plows access. When clearing your driveways and sidewalks, do not deposit snow in the road. Set garbage cans at the curb in the morning and removed promptly. • Sidewalks and mailboxes are the responsibility of the abutting property owner to keep clear of snow. Remove snow off paved sidewalks within 24 hours after the storm. Be mindful of new sidewalks and sidewalks that may be blocked from view by a fence, hedge, ditch or other barrier. • If you have a ﬁre hydrant on your property, the Uniﬁed Fire Authority requests that you clear snow from a 3’ diameter around the hydrant, and also a path to the street. Having the hydrant clear lets the ﬁreﬁghters get right to work without ﬁrst having to dig it out. Minutes count when responding to a ﬁre. • When the temperatures drop below 17 degrees, the salt used on the road is less effective. The melt rate slows and the snow & ice may take days to completely melt. Drivers need to exercise extreme caution. For additional information, please call the City of Holladay at 801-272-9450 or Salt Lake County Public Works at 385-468- 6101 or visit www.pwops.slco.org/html/snow.
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ext month will mark the oneyear anniversary of the opening of the Harmons grocery store in Holladay Village. It wasn’t the first business to go in the new development and certainly won’t be the last. However, it is the largest business to become part of the Holladay Village development, a proverbial anchor meant to support the rest of the growing town center. With one year passed since the Harmon’s opening, it’s a good time to take a step back and consider the overall impact of the Holladay Village development. Has it fulfilled the vision of those who created it, and more importantly, has it improved the lives of Holladay residents? Holladay Village boasts a variety of dining options including Caputo’s, 3 “The credit needs to go to Cups, Tonyburgers and Taqueria 27. (Justin Adams/City Journals) Dennis Webb, the mayor who served before me, and the then-city dining options certainly benefit from having a council who had the vision for creating a village nearby junior high full of students eager to go center out of what was urban blight,” Holladay grab a bite to eat and hang out somewhere after Mayor Rob Dahle told the Holladay Journal. school. “That whole area was run down and dilapidatHowever, for some of the older businessed. It has completely transformed.” es further south along Holladay Boulevard, Dahle, who was elected in 2014 when the Holladay Village development hasn’t been plans for the development were already well completely positive. under way, said he has tried to continue to imOne business owner who didn’t wish to be plement Webb’s original vision of a city center identified said he felt the new development hurt that emphasizes pedestrian accessibility and his business because potential customers are connection between residents. deterred by the prospect of having to turn left “The one thing we did lack was a mini an- onto a very busy road during certain times of chor. Harmons provided the mini anchor that the day. was the missing piece to the village. The place Two other business owners said they that will keep everyone wanting to come into hadn’t noticed any difference in their business this area,” Dahle said. as a result of the Holladay Village progress. The idea for Holladay is to avoid “leakage” Tessa Reinemer works at one of the busi— a municipal code word for when residents nesses in the area and said that, outside of work, leave their city boundaries to spend money in she actively avoids the entire Holladay Village other cities — which hurts not only the city’s area because of the traffic. sales tax income but also the city’s employment “I don’t know what the city planners were potential. Now, the hope is that residents will do thinking,” she said. their grocery shopping at the Holladay Village Dahle said increased traffic is just the price Harmons instead of going somewhere in Mur- you have to pay for having a successful ecoray or Millcreek. nomic city center. Then if they’re already going to the Vil“Has traffic increased? Absolutely it has. lage, they can also stop by Blues Barbershop to But the flipside is that you can’t have a vibrant get a haircut, get some light bulbs at ACE hard- retail core without traffic. They go hand-inware, pick up a prescription at Meier’s pharma- hand. If you don’t then you probably have busicy and round it all up with a cup of coffee at 3 nesses that aren’t thriving,” Dahle said. Cups. The mayor also pointed to recent renova“It’s all about convenience,” Dahle said. tions at neighboring Holladay City Park that “We want people to be able to get everything helped to make the Holladay Village a place they might need right here in Holladay.” for the whole community together, such as the Eric Flynn is the owner of Flynn Cyclery, multiple free outdoor concerts that took place one of the new businesses to move into the Hol- this summer. laday Village plaza. He says business is going Holladay residents can also expect even well enough that he’s going to renew his lease more additions to come to the Holladay Village on the building. “I’m swamped with business in the coming years, according to Dahle. during the summer months,” he said. “I think there’s a lot of things to be proud Other businesses in the new development of,” he said. “We’re moving in the right direcappear to be successful as well. The various tion but there’s still a lot of work to do.” l
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Holladay students and PTA celebrate 50 years of Reflections contest By Heather Lawrence | email@example.com
his year’s PTA-sponsored Reflections contest marked a big milestone: it turned 50. The theme for 2018–19 was “Heroes Around Me,” and entries were accepted in several arts categories: Dance Choreography, Film Production, Literature, Music Composition, Photography, Visual Arts 2D and Visual Arts 3D. Annie Jarman is in her second year as council chair for Cottonwood Council, which includes Oakwood Elementary. She explained that the entries start at the school level, and winners progress on to council, region (school district), state and eventually the National PTA contest level. Jarman is a firm believer in the program. “I grew up dancing and writing and I did photography for a while. (The arts) is something that speaks to my soul. I know how important it is for our brains, for our happiness, for our well-being and self-expression,” Jarman said. All of the work done by the PTA for Reflections is on a volunteer basis. Part of the reason Jarman volunteered was to make sure her kids had the experience. “My kids love it. They have both participated and they love art, so it’s just a natural fit for me to participate in this part of PTA,” said Jarman. The Cottonwood Council had around 90 winning entries come in, and Jarman was impressed with the efforts of each one. “It’s so fun to see what the kids turn in. It’s a great project and the women and men who chair it on the local level — they are heroes! It is a tough, tough job, and they do it with dedication and love for the arts and the students,” Jarman said. One of the winners from Oakwood Elementary was second-grader Chloe Cederholm. She and other elementary-level students were honored on Dec.1 at a program held at Whitmore Library. Each student who progressed through the council level received an Award of Excellence medallion. Chloe’s family came to watch her receive her medallion and be recognized for her 3D art submission, a sculpture of her hands holding a mask with “hero” words printed on it. “We bought a clay kit and I stuck my hands into it and held them in for two minutes. Then when I took them out, (my mom and I) peeled away some of the clay and it was a sculpture of my hands. We bought a mask and we wrote down some things that an everyday hero does,” said Chloe. Chloe read off some of her favorite words from the mask: helpful, protector, says hi, thoughtful, friendly. “It looks like the person is trying to put on the mask, so it’s like you can wear these (qualities) every day. I was hoping I would win, and I felt good when I found out that I had,” Chloe said. Other schools in Holladay are covered by the Olympus Council, which is chaired by Camille Larsen. “The Olympus Council covers all the schools that feed into, and including, Olympus High. I started as a local chair at Cottonwood Elementary,
and then someone nominated me to be the Olympus Council Chair,” Larsen said. To promote fairness, the contest is regulated by specific rules, which can be found on www. utahpta.org/reflections. Judging is done at each level, and judges can’t be a parent or grandparent of any of the entrants. Each student is asked to write an Artist Statement to describe how their work fits with the theme. “People don’t realize how important the Artist Statement is. The judges are given a rubric to use and are told that the Artist Statement is worth half of the score; there are 40 points possible, and it’s worth 20,” said Larsen. “I love reading the Artist Statements. It encourages students with less artistic backgrounds to enter because they can explain what was going on in their minds and what they were trying to portray,” Larsen said. Based on the points awarded by the judges, she was able to let eight winners from every category move on to the Granite District/Region 5 level. Most school PTAs work Reflections awards into their budgets, but Larsen said the Olympus Council also has sponsors in Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt and Cottonwood Heights Recreation Center. “Menchie’s contacts me each year and gives us free gift certificates for everyone who enters. Cottonwood Heights Rec Center gave us two-forone ice skating coupons. They are really wonderful to support the students,” Larsen said. Granite’s awards night for those who will be moving on to the state level is Jan. 17, and that’s where Michelle Madsen comes in. Madsen started much the same as Larsen and Jarman, and worked up to the region chair position. “For me, when the art comes through the door that’s my favorite part. I like Reflections because it’s open to everyone. Everyone has an equal chance to express themselves and find the art within them. When kids enter every year, their work gets better and better,” Madsen said. Madsen volunteers because she believes the program makes a difference in the lives of the students. “What I like the most is seeing how the kids creatively express themselves through art. It helps them to think about life differently and their feelings differently. Maybe they even see their situation and other people around them differently,” Madsen said. Madsen appreciated the addition of the Special Artist category a few years ago. “Special Artists is for any child with special needs. We get quite a few entries, and I like to see that. Reflections really is for everybody. Every age level and ability level. It’s a program that does it all,” said Madsen. With next year’s theme of “Look Within” already selected, the scores of PTA volunteers across the valley hope that the next 50 years of Reflections are even better than the last. l
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tephan Micklos became a financial advisor more than 20 years ago. He was always passionate about helping people, and was looking for a way to feel like he was making a real and lasting impact on their lives. When he met with Merrill Lynch and learned what a financial advisor really does, he knew it was the perfect career for him. “We are not stock brokers. We really get to know our clients and understand their individual priorities and goals. It’s only then that we can create a unique strategy to help them meet those goals.” says Stephan. This approach has allowed him to build his practice and he prides himself on the life-long client relationships he has developed. Stephan is now a Sr. Vice President – Investments and a Business Wealth Management Advisor. In 2015, he and tenured Financial Advisors, Nicole Fernandez-Seoane and Robert Markosian, partnered together to create a plan for the future of their practice and to preserve their standard of service for clients for years to come. The result of that planning was the creation of The Micklos Group. In 2017, they added three additional Financial Advisors: Andrew Harding, Nicholas Marsh and Cassie Alvey. Stephan explained his
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his summer, we took the best parks around the valley and pitted them against each other in head-to-head contests with winners determined by social media voting, until we had a victor. Now, we’re turning our attention to local restaurants, diners, grills and cafes. This is Lunch Madness. We started by selecting one restaurant to represent each city in the Salt Lake Valley, using
a variety of criteria. First and foremost, it had to be a locally owned and operated restaurant. As a chain of local newspapers, we’re all about supporting small and local business. Second, we wanted to have a diverse tournament so we selected a broad range of types of restaurants. From classic burger joints and taquerias to Thai-fusion and potato-centric eateries, there’s something for everyone in this competition.
Voting will begin the week of January 22. As with regular voting, we encourage all participants to be informed voters. So go try a few of these restaurants, especially if there’s one in your area that you’ve never been to before. Find a favorite, then help vote them on through the tournament. Voting will take place on the City Journals Facebook page. l
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ow do you put on one of the biggest improv comedy festivals in the country? Well, you improvise. “Last year we really didn’t know fully what we were doing,” admitted Wasatch Improv Festival Board Member Jason Wild. “All we knew was we wanted it to be something that we’d all be proud of and that everyone who came out would have some laughs and be glad they came. Somehow, we did that, and a lot more.” In its first year, the Wasatch Improv Festival (WIF) did a little, “let’s announce a festival and see if anyone comes.” Soon they were not only having to turn away acts that were submitting from around the country, but also guests who were trying to get into the Midvale Performing Arts Center. “We were putting in as many chairs as we could, but finally we just had to tell people we couldn’t fit any more,” said Wild. “This was one of the best festivals we’ve been to,” said Rolland Lopez of the Los Angeles improv duo Rollin ‘n’ Riches. “I can’t believe that this was a first-year festival. This was better than a lot of festivals in their seventh year.” And now the people behind the Wasatch Improv Festival, taking place once again at the Midvale Performing Arts Center January 17-19, have their work cut out for them as they try to improve on last year and make it even bigger and better. A lot of their success was in the mix they represented last year, and that will be in play again this time out. The mix is not just in Utah and non-Utah teams, though that is very important (this year will feature teams from 11 different states), but also in the style of improv. This year will see a complete mash-up of different types of comedy. This means that you’ll be seeing something different every 20 minutes – and all of it funny. The Wasatch Improv Festival is all about exposing people to something a little different. “Last year’s festival was one of the greatest times of my life,” said board member Blake Heywood. “I met so many new friends and learned so much about different styles. I really can’t wait to see how this year goes.”
Learning is also a big part of the festival. There is always something you can learn by watching others perform, but there are also classes that you can take. The WIF offers classes from national teachers Andel Sudik, Celeste Pechous and Nick Candon. There is even a “Free Lunch” class that can be attended that includes a lesson and lunch – all for free. “I’m really excited about the teachers we have this year,” said board member Tom Shannon. “These are teachers we really wanted to go out and get, and I’m so happy that they’ve said yes. It’s going to be a big part of our festival.” Once again, the festival will feature 10 different acts each night. The shows will start at 7 p.m. on January 17-19 (Thursday-Saturday) at the Midvale Performing Arts Center, 695 W. Center St. Each night will be broken up into two acts with a 30-minute intermission in between. Tickets will be $10 per night. There is a special pass available to the first 50 buyers for all three nights for $22. It should be noted that the comedy is mostly PG-13, but there will likely be some language that can come out, especially in the second half of the shows. This will be especially true on the final set on Friday night. This year the WIF has some of their favorite acts from last year returning, including Rollin ‘n’ Riches and The Purdy Twins, and some new acts including Murder, Murder (improvising a 20-minute murder mystery), The Next Generation Gap (father and son team), and Bird & Friend from New York. Utah teams like Quick Wits, Murder Fairy & Arson Leprechaun, and Park City Improv, will be joined by some other teams making their first WIF appearance. These include Improv Broadway and Rev Mayhem: The Improvised Rock Band. When not improvising, the performers will be enjoying the wonders of Utah as well as competing in the second annual WIF Top Golf Shoot Out, doing some “Laugh Yoga,” going on a ghost hunt in the Midvale Performing Arts Center, and wrapping up with a late-night karaoke party featuring “Life of the Party” and Rob Ferre. For more information about the festival and tickets, please visit their website at wasatchimprov.com. l
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he long line at the local auto body shop isn’t just for oil changes, it’s for winter tires too. With temperatures dropping and leaves soon to follow, it’s time for a refresher course on safe winter driving. 1) Know the conditions Technology affords us the privilege of knowing road conditions before ever leaving the house. Utah Department of Transportation has more than 2,200 traffic cameras or sensors which gives visuals and data on all major UDOT roads. Drivers can then adjust their routes or schedules according to the heaviness of traffic making for less congestion and less risk for accidents. The UDOT app means you can see all those cameras from your phone. Twitter feeds also provide alerts about traffic situations throughout the state, including roads up the canyon. Unified Police have a canyon alerts Twitter page for to update traffic in Big and Little Cottonwood Canyons as well as tire requirements and road closures. 2) Prepare the car Make sure the car is prepared for the road conditions, first with good tires. Snow tires give greater tread for better traction. If only two new tires are placed on the car, make sure to put them in the rear. With the falling snow, it’s necessary to have quality wiper blades that ensures clear views rather than leaving water streaks across windshield impairing your ability to drive. The wiper fluid reservoir also needs to be replenished before the first snows hit. Snow and ice should be completely removed from the windows, headlights and taillights prior to driving to ensure visibility. If your car is parked outside overnight, place towels over the windows. This keeps the windows from icing over. A system should be in place to check everything in your car such as the battery power and your cooling system. Antifreeze helps the vehicle withstand the freezing temperatures. The vehicle should also be stocked with safety items in the case of an emergency. The Utah Department of Public Safety suggests on its website to have
jumper cables, a tow rope and small shovel in case the car gets stuck, reflectors or flares to make sure your car is visible to others driving, flashlight and batteries, extra winter clothes, firstaid kit, battery or solar powered radio, sleeping bag, fresh water and non-perishable food, paper towels and hand warmers. 3) Control the vehicle Keeping the car under control requires some safe driving tips. The most obvious: drive slowly. Despite our impatience or urgency to get to the desired location, slow driving is the safest driving. Staying under the speed limit, which is meant for ideal conditions, becomes even more important when traveling over snow, ice, standing water or slush. In driver’s education courses, prospective drivers learn about the rule for distance between your car and the one in front of you. Driving 60 mph? Stay six car lengths back. 70 mph? Seven car lengths back. This distance should be increased even more during wet conditions to allow the car time and space to stop without rear ending the vehicle in front. All movements should be gradual rather than sudden. This means avoiding sharp turns, accelerating slowly and braking softly. Though you may have four-wheel drive or even all-wheel drive, this does not give license to drive recklessly in winter conditions. This means staying off cruise control as well. The need for seat belts increases tenfold during the winter. With car seats, place coats or blankets around the children after strapping them in. Coats can limit the effectiveness of a car seat. Stay alert. Deer become more active after storms. Black ice causes many crashes and that ice typically looks like wet spots. If skidding does take place, steer in the direction the back of the car is going and ease off the gas. Remember to keep the gas tank at least halfway full, it will keep the gas tank from freezing and if you get stuck in a traffic jam, you may need as much gas as possible. 4) Time For those of you who struggle with punctuality, this becomes paramount. Giving yourself plenty of time to reach your destination means you won’t rush, decreasing the chances of a crash l
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elcome to 2019! As we all begin to realize the consequences of those holiday snacks and dinners, pesky New Year’s resolutions nip at the frontal lobes of our brains. As we set goals to help us achieve those resolutions, it’s important to remember that we need to set goals that can be completed. Setting a resolution like “lose weight” ends up in a spiral of money lost into programs, diets, gym passes, specialty foods and more. George T. Doran publicized his theory on how to set attainable goals in November 1981. His theory was aimed toward individuals working in the business world, since his original paper was published in “The Management Review.” However, it was such a great idea that today his theory is widely used and almost universally recognized. Doran recommends setting S.M.A.R.T. goals. That’ll be easy to remember right? Let’s walk through each of those letters, and illustrate them through one of the most common resolutions last year: losing weight. A resolution of “I want to lose weight this year” is not considered to be a S.M.A.R.T. goal. S stands for specific. Doran suggests targeting “a specific area for improvement,” even identifying who is
involved and what the action is. For our example, we could identify a loss of pounds, a healthier BMI, or reducing inches around your waistline. M stands for measurable. Doran proposes quantifying “an indicator of progress.” Luckily, for our example, this specific part of our S.M.A.R.T. goal overlaps a bit into measurable. We can measure how many inches around our waist or arms we have lost or see if our body fat percentage has gone down. A stands for achievable. Doran states that “the objective must be attainable with the amount of time and resources available.” In other words, we may think about this point as living within our means. If we know we will be able to set aside only three hours for exercise per week, and two hours for food preparation per week, our goal should not be to be as skinny as Keira Knightley or as bulky as Hulk Hogan. R stands for realistic. Doran advises creating “an objective that is reasonable to ensure achievement.” Health science research has found that an average human being can lose one to two pounds per week, healthily. So, our goal should only be to lose between four and eight pounds per month. T stands for timely. Doran recommends “specifying when results can be achieved.” Make sure to set time stamps
for goals. In our example, if we want to lose weight within the next year, we should set smaller goals within that time frame. For example, maybe we can lose 20 pounds within the first three months and an additional 10 pounds within six months. Setting S.M.A.R.T. goals can be the difference between achieving New Year’s resolutions and failing to even grasp at them. If we are constantly setting unspecific, non-attainable goals, we may be setting ourselves up for failure. Such failure inevitably leads to a depreciation of mental health and personal
well-being. This may be the ultimate objective for the recommendation of setting S.M.A.R.T. goals: making sure we set ourselves up for success, while in the process, protecting the state of our mental health, and ensuring a personal well-being. And hey, setting S.M.A.R.T. goals allows us to save some money as well. Un-S.M.A.R.T. goals usually leave us in a frazzled scramble where we spend too much money on things we think will help us achieve our goals last minute. Avoiding that crunch time helps our brains, as well as our wallets. l
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Life and Laughter—High Intensity Interval Torture
f you heard a loud groan echoing through the stratosphere, it wasn’t our planet finally imploding, it was the sound of millions of people rolling off their couches to start an exercise program for the new year. Maybe they want to lose 10 pounds, run a 5K - or maybe even a marathon if they think they’re some kind of freakin’ super hero. Some people hit the ground running. (I hit the ground every time I run. That’s why I stopped running.) Others might take a gradual approach, adding an extra five minutes each day until, like me, they’re exercising for five minutes each day. But some folks lunge directly into extreme exercise—trying to punish themselves into health, beating muscles into submission and then talking about it NONSTOP. There’s no one worse to talk to than someone who just discovered CrossFit. And people who do Parkour?? Intolerable. They jump from buildings, swing from trees, climb walls and don’t touch the ground for 24 hours. When I was a kid, this was called, “Don’t step in the lava” and we’d jump from couch to end table to piano bench to bookshelf to the safety of the kitchen floor. Now, it’s
basically an Olympic sport. There’s always a new health fad that promises to SHRED fat, BURN calories, BUILD muscles and DESTROY abs. (And they mean destroy in a good way.) Spokespeople are usually tree trunks with heads and are as hyped as a toddler mainlining Mountain Dew. If you trace exercise craziness back to its roots, you’ll find Jack LaLanne, the great-grandfather of fitness, and the first person to make everyone feel super crappy about their bodies. Jack LaLanne didn’t wear a shirt for 40 years. Before that, humans were basically doughy people who didn’t give a rip about biceps. Then, Jane Fonda high-kicked her way into the fitness industry, wearing high-cut leotards, leg warmers and terry-cloth armbands to fashionably wipe the sweat from her brow. She had a gajillion housewives burning calories with her VHS tapes, starting the workout-athome phenomenon. She’s 125 and will still kick your butt Now we’re obsessed with high-intensity fitness. (“We” meaning someone who isn’t me.) We throw down $50 to sweat through an excruciating hot yoga class, cycle like we’re being chased by stationary zombies and do hundreds of burpees to remixed hip-hop tunes.
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