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East Midvale students took to the street May 6 in the school’s third annual fun run fundraiser. —Julie Slama

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Mascots, Friends Dunk Their Way into Children’s Hearts By Travis Barton | travis@mycityjournals.com

The Pep Rally served as an opportunity for kids to interact with some of their favorite mascots. – Jay Alldredge

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ngels and heroes come in all shapes and sizes, but dimensions don’t contain children’s’ joy. Smiles were aplenty as Mascots provided laughs and memories for kids at the Mascot Miracle Foundation (MMF) Pep Rally on Saturday, April 23 at Murray High School. Founded in 2013 by Rich and Trina Ellis, MMF is a non-profit organization that aims to create smiles by putting on events with mascots for children with serious health conditions or special needs. “We get to see these kids just enjoy life,” Trina said. “They go through a lot of horrible things and to give them a time where they can forget about the things that they go through and bond with these mascots…to be able to see that, the rush is incredible, I can’t explain it.” Angels of the foundation refers to those “who earned their wings too soon,” while the Heroes are kids still fighting. Trina said even when Heroes transition to become Angels, they’re still a part of MMF. “Once part of MMF family, always a part of MMF family,” Trina said. “We’re just trying to serve as many Heroes as we can…we treasure every moment” Rich said The pep rally not only saw multiple mascots come to interact with the over 500 people in attendance, but the audience also got to witness unique talent that Utah has to offer. Emceed by Grant Weyman of KSL, the event included performances from the Utah Jazz Dunk Team, the Utah Rush wheelchair basketball team, Elite Angels Cheer Team

Mascots and members of the Utah Jazz dunk team pose with the Utah Rush basketball team during the Pep Rally at Murray High School on April 23. – Jay Alldredge

and singer Ashlund Jade. “A committee member had this idea and that’s really how we create these magical moments, people come up with an idea and we’ll never pass an opportunity inviting our heroes to an event,” Trina said. The evening opened and closed with the Dunk Team demonstrating their skills that involved a volunteer from the crowd providing a no-look alley-oop pass to a member of the team as well as jumping over a group consisting of mascots and volunteers. “Three different times we got to get people involved, it was just an amazing time,” Matt Griff, a member of the Dunk Team, said. Griff said the experience brought smiles to the team just as much to the crowd. “This stuff is easy to smile at; at Jazz games we have to worry about being entertainers, here we’re just dudes that want to be here as much as people in the stands,” Griff said. The Dunk Team normally performs at events like Jazz home games and school assemblies. Griff said it was special being one of the main attractions for an event that gave them the opportunity to do something for others. “When we feel like we’re making somebody happy by making them laugh or making them smile, that’s the most important stuff to us,” Griff said. The special needs Elite Angles Cheer Team also performed one of their signature routines for the crowd. Ashlund Jade, a 13-year-old singer, actress and dancer who is featured on DreamworksTV with over 30 million views

are her YouTube channel, sang three cover songs to the crowd including “Stand By You,” by Rachel Platten, a special song dedicated to the Heroes Jade brought down to the court. The Utah Rush Basketball team, held a scrimmage displaying their abilities. Rush is a national junior wheelchair basketball team that consists of kids ages 12-18. And the mascots were there through it all, whether it was having a dance off, joining the Dunk Team or simply hanging out with families in the crowd. “These mascots are their best friends,” Trina said. The mascots came from around the valley led by Felix the Falcon from MMF. It included mascots from high schools like Murray, Lehi and Copper Hills, Griff from Westminster College and even professional teams as Bumble from the Salt Lake Bees and Grizzbee from the Utah Grizzlies. All of them came with the goal to make kids smile. “Those smiles light us up and the more we see the smiles the more we wanna do, it’s definitely an adrenaline rush,” Rich said. MMF is always looking for sponsors, event venues or donations to put these types of events on. The foundation is always looking for ways to help kids smile even carrying out wishes for them. Some of the stories involve mascots go-karting with a 13-year-old with cancer or a terminally ill girl who had a Belle, from “Beauty and the Beast,” birthday party put on by the mascots. “It’s whatever we can do,” Rich said. To find out more about MMF, go to www.mascotmiraclefoundation.org. l


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opperview Elementary third-grader Savannah Williams sat on her school stage while she watched some split ends fall to the floor from her thick, long hair. Thanks to the Paul Mitchell School, Copperview students had the chance for free haircuts April 14, the day before spring school photos. About 10 stylists and future professionals from the Paul Mitchell School donated their time and set up a makeshift salon in the school’s gymnasium. About 30 students took advantage of the offer. “All of our students deserve an opportunity to look their best, so we thought this would be a great tradition to start and one our patrons can take advantage of,” Principal Chanci Loran said. “We didn’t set any limits other than to say it’s just haircuts.” Savannah appreciated the new trim. “If I don’t have my hair cut, it just knots up,” she said, adding that her mom’s cousin usually cuts it but has been busy. Her dad, Marcus, said that the trim was at the right time. “Her haircut was overdue, so this was a blessing,” he said. For years, photos have been a typical back-to-school event. But Copperview, a Title I school where 33 percent of the student body turns over each year, holds school photos twice a year, once in fall and again in spring, Canyons School District spokesperson Kirsten Stewart said. This is the second Canyons School District elementary school to team up with Paul Mitchell to give students free haircuts. Earlier this year, students at Midvale Elementary got their hair trimmed. “We — all of us, the stylists and the kids — have such a great time,” said Paul Mitchell School learning leader (or instructor) Hollie Galloway Langlois, who helped at Midvale Elementary. Hair stylist Kat Denney sad that she has helped with styling hair and makeup at several high school events, musicals and Keys to Success events.

“It’s the first time I’ve volunteered and cut for elementary students,” she said. “It’s been a lot of fun doing trims and easy styles — nothing drastic, but something they can style and keep up.” Learning leader Erin Dockstader said that it has given their future professionals a chance to give service to the community. “We are able to donate our time and help some of these students with haircuts who may not have been able to afford them,” Dockstader said about providing service to the Title I school children where 85 percent of the student body qualifies for free or reduced lunch. “We want to help them look their best and feel their best for school photos. I know how nervous or uncertain young children can feel when you don’t have the same opportunities as others, so this is a way to make everyone feel comfortable and have the same fun experience.” Dockstader said that normally at Paul Mitchell, hair cuts cost about $12-14. That’s about how much Joana Clavel pays to have her second-grader Jahaziel Loya’s hair cut twice each month. “When I go to the salon, it costs $13 twice each month,” she said. “Money is important. This is free and he looks much better.” Fourth-grader Nathan Hallum got his hair cut as well. “My dad is the one who said I needed my hair cut,” he said. “School photos are tomorrow, but it will help if my hair isn’t in my face when I’m doing sports.” Nathan’s dad, Daniel, said he served in the military, so he appreciates Nathan’s hair cut short. “We compromise and find a happy medium,” Hallum said. “Today worked out great, as he came out of one after-school program and there was a spot available for him. It was awesome that the whole school could take advantage of [it], especially since we’re a Title I school and might not be able to afford it. It’s great timing right before our school photos.” l


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Midvale Middle School Awards International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program Certificates By Julie Slama | julie@mycityjournals.com

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ore than 160 Midvale Middle School eighth-grade students are expected to receive International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program certificates this spring, bringing the total to more than 825 students who have earned the honor since the school began awarding them four years ago. On May 26, those eighth-grade students who have written reflective pieces and completed a Make a Difference project will be honored for their service, said Shelley Allen, Midvale Middle School MYP coordinator. Last year, photos of each student and his or her Make a Difference project were projected on a screen as the student received a certificate and shook hands with the school’s administrators. MYP is designed to provide students with a challenging academic framework on their level that encourages them to embrace and understand connections between traditional subjects and the real world, and to become critical and reflective thinkers, Allen said.The program is designed so all students can participate, and there are different areas of consideration — gold, silver, bronze and service certificates, Allen said. For each certificate, students are required to complete service reflections. These responses, typically one page in length, are based on the service that students provide to their family, friends and community. The number of service reflections count toward the certificate level students receive, she said.

Another area is the subject area achievement score. This is based on the academic grades earned during the eighth-grade year at Midvale. Unlike traditional report cards with As, Bs and Cs, students earn points to show their mastery of the skills learned in each class, Allen said. The third area is the Make a Different project. Students design their own project answering the question, “How will I make a difference?” and perform this act of service outside of class, Allen said. Projects have ranged from a blood drive to an educational platform on light pollution to tutoring students in math at the city library. “The Make a Difference project is meant to be a culminating experience for students, where we hope that they will take the knowledge they have gained through MYP to make an impact in their community. It’s usually a bigger project where they are trying to make a difference such as organizing a food drive, making blankets for hospitals, helping with animal care at the Utah Humane Society or gathering clothing for those in need. We’ve had students realize the need within their own family and take on the responsibility during the school year to prepare meals for the evening as both parents are working,” Allen said. To reach the gold-level certificate, students need to complete 14 or more service reflections, complete a Make a Difference Project with a high score and receive a high level of subject

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idvalley fifth-grader Mason Zabriskie began to sprint when he turned the corner of his school and could see the finish line in sight. “I dreamed of being the first Midvalley kid to finish,” Mason said, knowing he would have to beat Ricky Garcia, a thirdgrader who was ahead of him. Mason proudly accepted the second place ribbon, second only to high school sprinter Casey Hake, who was the first runner in the one-mile school fun run. “I run laps around the baseball field and I’ve run a couple 5Ks, so I was ready to run,” Zabriskie said. However, it wasn’t just about the April 19 Parent Teacher Association fun run for Mason. He also enjoyed going to about 15 of the activities and booths that were held as part of the school’s health and wellness week. “I liked the dental booth where they gave us a packet of information,” he said. “I’d like to be an orthodontist after I play professional baseball for the Nationals or Yankees.” The booths ranged from recreation centers’ summer offerings to information on mental health and dyslexia. There was a DJ who kept students active with games and hula hoops. As students went from booth to booth, they had passports stamped, and at the end they could receive a Midvalley plastic water bottle, PTA President Barbara Hake said. Taminna Tampirak, the school’s nutrition services manager, offered healthy snacks donated by parents, the PTA and Smith’s as well as recipes and coloring sheets. “I gave out fruit and cottage cheese, just a bit of something after the run,” she said. “The tangerines were a hit.” The health and wellness event was coordinated by the PTA and AmeriCorps,

with several parents volunteering, Hake said. “We wanted to raise awareness for healthy lifestyles and to give them a chance to be active and have fun with their friends,” Hake said. On May 5, East Midvale hosted its Family Health and Fitness Night. During the evening, about 175 students and their families were asked to visit at least five fitness stations and four informational booths to record on their log sheets. Those could then be placed into a drawing for prizes. The fitness stations included hula hoops, basketball, a soccer clinic organized by Brigham Young University men’s soccer, Just Dance, human bowling, a United Fire obstacle course and other activities. The information booths included tables about nutrition, bike safety and the CHIP insurance program, as well as a nursing service station to learn about blood pressure and pulse rates, among other things. Participants received vouchers to use at El Pariente taco truck to receive free tacos. “The point of it is to help our families learn about more healthy options for them that are available in our community,” East Midvale principal Justin Pitcher said. The next morning, 610 students could run, along with some faculty and family members, the one-mile PTA fun run along the city streets. Pitcher joined every grade level in the fun run. The first two runners in were kindergarteners Judah Lawli and Samantha Chauv. “It was fun running with my principal,” Judah said, who beat Pitcher at the finish line. Samantha said she likes to exercise. “I go on walks with my family and my Australian shepherd mix,” she said. “I like running. It’s fun.”

Parent Sean Patrick McDonald was there supporting his son, Oisin. “I’m excited that they’re learning about health and fitness,” he said. “We don’t have soda or chips. I can’t keep grapes, cherries, strawberries around the house as the kids eat them so fast. The event doubled as a fundraiser, and at a midway point, Sadie Ruetz’s fourthgrade class brought in the most donations to that date. So on April 29, the class received a tour of the Rio Tinto stadium and met with some Real Salt Lake players and saw their practice, school community facilitator Shelley McCall said. Donations still were being totaled as the race took place, with a goal to reach $5,000. The money is earmarked for field trips and school programs, said PTA president Heather Erickson. “With the fun run, 100 percent of our money goes for things we need at our school,” she said. Neighbor Tamara Jensen said that this was a much better way to raise money for the students. “The usual fundraisers are never what you want,” she said. “I buy things to support the students and school, but it’s shoved in the drawer. I’d much rather give donations to the school and encourage them to be active.” Many items were donated by area businesses, said Wendy Court, who, along with PTA fundraising chair Lesley Baer, helped get contributions. “We love this run,” she said about the school’s third annual fun run. “There’s energy [and] involvement, and the kids are active.” Kindergarten teacher Karen Kalm agreed: “It’s just a fun day where people come out on the streets to cheer them on after spending the night on the playground, learning about fitness.” l


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t is graduation season and I congratulate all who have worked hard to meet their goals to graduate from high schools and from colleges. Graduation is important because it opens up many opportunities that people will have for work in the future. Many of you have attended public schools and charter schools. School funding has come from the State of Utah through income taxes paid by the citizens of Utah. Our State Constitution states that public education through high school will be free to all students who live in Utah. (I know that this does not cover special fees that may be charged for special school activities.) Higher education students attending institutions must pay the individual student tuition money as well as paying for books and other fees that may be required for some kinds of classes. Many of our graduates have looked for scholarships which, when awarded, can help to pay college expenses. Many of you are heading for universities and colleges in Utah and throughout the United States. Students can be involved in a variety of colleges including medicine, architecture, earth science, social science, communications, education, technology, engineering, business to name few. Some scholarships are available and some students apply for student loans. (Loans are usually very expensive in the long term.) University and college programs take several years to complete. There are many schools and universities to help you continue your education. Stevens-Henagar College with a campus in Murray has given me two schol-

Mayor JoAnn B. Seghini arships to award. You must be a high school graduate or have a GED. The winner of these scholarships must enroll in and start a degree program no later than December 12, 2016 and the scholarship can only be used at Stevens-Henagar colleges. This college offers programs in Healthcare, Business, Technology and Graphic Arts. They offer an associate’s degree and a bachelor’s degree. I am offering these scholarships to recent graduates or to older people who are high school graduates or has a GED and who may wish to continue their education. The scholarship for someone seeking an associate’s degree is $15,000 and the scholarship for a bachelor’s degree is $25,000. Educational programs at Steven-Henagar College can be

done on campus and some work can be done on line. If you are interested in applying for either of these scholarships you must write a letter indicating that you wish to be considered. The letter will be addressed to Mayor JoAnn B. Seghini, Midvale City Hall, 7505 S. Holden Street, Midvale, UT 84047. The due date for your application letter is July 15, 2016. Scholarship will be awarded on August 3, 2016 at a special ceremony. If you have questions about the programs available from Stevens-Henagar College you can call Craig Wallace, Director of Admissions-Salt Lake City Campus 801 281 7632. Many students, men and women, may be interested in working in building trades. All of the jobs related to construction and building have apprentice programs. If you wish to be a plumber, an electrician, an iron worker, a mechanic for heating and air conditioning, or any of the many trades that support construction you can apply for the AFLCIO Apprentice Program. If accepted into the apprentice program, you are paid a salary and you will have opportunities to learn and work toward a license. This is open to men and to women. For women, an interesting web address is www.utah. womenintrades.org. As a society those who work to support the trades are the ones who are very important to construction, home repair, building of homes and roads, and generally supporting the quality of life for our communities. For further information please contact: www.utahaflcio.org. Phone: 801-972-2771

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une is National Safety Month. The summer months are here! Kids are outside in full force, riding their bikes and scooters. Unfortunately, being an adult means we are still hard at work, pecking away at our weekly routine. Before you leave your house to travel to whatever destination you may be headed towards, please slow down and take a couple more minutes and add some extra steps in your routine. Before getting into your vehicle, walk completely around the exterior of your vehicle to check for children, bikes, or other hazards that may be behind your vehicle. If you have a family member nearby, have them serve as a set of eyes and assist you backing out of your drive way. Now that you are safely out of your driveway, please be watchful for motorcycles! Motorcycles are much smaller than

regular vehicles so they hide in our blind spots much easier. Triple check your mirrors and over your shoulder before changing lanes. Let’s share the road. Summer is a great time of year that we spend building memories with our loved ones. Utah is a great place for activities including water sports, shooting sports, riding ATVs, and much more. Before starting an activity, take time to educate yourself and others who are joining you about the activity and ways you will be safe. Information about your event can be found on-line or call the establishment you are going to be visiting for answers to any questions you may have. Unified Police Department is excited to be participating in Cops and Helmets program sponsored by Safe Kids during the summer months. In an effort to pro-

mote safety within our community police officers will be handing out bike helmets and bike licenses when they see children riding a bike or scooter without a helmet. The license gives the children some safety tips while riding their bikes and encourages them to wear a helmet. And an ending note. The Unified Police Department participated in the National Take Back Initiative hosted by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) at the end of April. Here at Midvale City we had over 60 pounds of medication turned in. Thank you to all who participated in this event. If you have any unused or expired medications, remember there is a drop box inside the Midvale Police Station lobby, open during business hours. Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


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Midvale City Council adopts Tentative Budget

n May 3, 2016, the Midvale City Council adopted the Tentative Budget for Fiscal Year 2017 (beginning July 1, 2016 and ending June 30, 2017). The Council is reviewing the proposed budget in detail with Department Directors during each Council Meeting through June. The General Fund budget, the main budget of the City, totals $17,658,600. This is a decrease of $596,400 from the prior year budget, which included several large capital projects. Even though operating costs are increasing due to inflation, existing revenues are staying fairly flat. The City has been able to cover cost increases over the past six years, but in order to continue providing vital services such as public safety and road maintenance, a property tax increase is necessary. The tentative budget calls for a property tax increase, the first since Calendar year 2010. City staff is recommending an increase of 150%, which equates to $8 per month ($100 per year) on a $200,000 home. Funding road maintenance is one of our most pressing issues. The Utah State Legislature increased the statewide Gas Tax by 5 cents per gallon effective January 1, 2016, adding $150,000 per year to the City for road maintenance; however, Salt Lake County voters rejected a .25% general sales tax for transportation, which would have provided the City with an additional $540,000. The budget for road maintenance is $800,000 this year, up from $530,000 in FY 2016. The desired funding level for road maintenance is $1.5 million per year. Another critical funding issue is the increasing cost of public safety. The City saved $500,000 per year by joining the Unified Police Department in FY 2012. Costs of providing police service have increased an average of five percent, or $250,000 - $300,000 per year. With continuing growth in our City, we can anticipate similar increases in the future. The following graphs illustrate where General Fund revenues come from and how they are spent: The proposed tax rate for Midvale City (including taxes paid directly to Fire and Police agencies), remains in the middle of the range of property tax rates assessed by Salt Lake County municipalities. The graph below illustrates

those rates. Bonds issued by the City’s Enterprise Funds require us to maintain revenues equal to 125% of expenditures in each fund. In order to comply, the Council is considering increasing water revenue by eliminating the 4,000 gallons of water included with the base fee. Base rates would be decreased, and users would be billed for each 1,000 gallons of water consumed. This billing structure encourages conservation, complying with recommendations from the state. The 4,000 gallon allowance would also be eliminated for sewer rates. For the average residence, the monthly increase would be $4 for water and $6 for sewer. Staff also recommends increasing the storm water fee by 5%, less than $5 per month for a residential property. No rate increases are proposed for Garbage or Street Lighting fees. We encourage everyone to come to a public hearing on the proposed budget on June 21, 2016. The Fiscal Year 2017 budget is available on the City’s website (www.midvalecity.org). You may also call the Finance Director at (801)-567-7238 if you have questions.

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United Way Day of Action 2016 Midvale City Partnership Information

Overview: Every June, more than 150,000 volunteers in hundreds of cities nationwide participate in United Way Day of Action to harness the volunteer spirit and improve the conditions in which they live. Locally United Way of Salt Lake plans a fun volunteer event to engage companies, community groups, families, and individuals in service that benefits UWSL Neighborhood Centers and Community Schools. 2016 UWSL Event Details: Midvale City info: assets, opportunities To support Midvale, Day of Action volunteers will do a variety of projects to change a life, change a school, and change a community. The event will take place on June 24, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at Hillcrest High School and other locations in Midvale. After volunteering, volunteers will enjoy lunch from locally owned food stands as well as other festivities. Don’t miss this year’s Day of Action! Learn more and sign up at http://dayofaction.uw.org/. Contact Stephanie Rokich at volunteercenter@uw.org or 801.746.2566 for more details.  Date and Time: Friday, June 24, 2016, 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. - Volunteer Check-In: 9:00 – 9:30 a.m. - Welcome and Instructions: 9:30 – 10:00 a.m. - Volunteer Projects: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. - Lunch: 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  Locations: All volunteers will meet at Hillcrest High School, 7350 South 900 East, Midvale, UT 84047 - Kit-Packing and Inside Cleaning: Hillcrest High School - Outside Cleaning: Hillcrest High School and nearby park - Community Outreach: nearby neighborhoods  Project for 360 volunteers - Assembling kits for students (Volunteers will be inside Hillcrest High School assembling various kits including literacy kits, adult education kits, etc.) - Cap: 100 volunteers - Inside cleaning (Volunteers will be working inside Hillcrest High School cleaning lockers and desks.) - Cap: 100 volunteers - Outside cleaning (Volunteers will be working outside Hillcrest High School and in a nearby park cleaning the canal, picking-up trash, etc.) - Cap: 100 volunteers

Bulk Waste Midvale City would like to thank Ace Disposal and our Public Works Department for their hard work on the citywide Spring clean-up in April. We do our best to offer programs for our residents to help keep the city clean, and we appreciate those residents who participated in the recent spring clean-up. We will be holding another bulk waste clean-up this upcoming October. If you have any questions, please contact Public Works at: 801-567-7235.


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Employee Spotlight

The Midvale Arts Council presents the Levitt AMP Midvale Music Series

Laurie Harvey

Assistant City Manager and Director of Administrative Services

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he countdown to an unforgettable season of free concerts under the stars in Midvale is underway! The Midvale Arts Council presents the Levitt AMP Midvale Music Series with an impressive lineup of artists who will perform at the Midvale Outdoor Stage in the Park each Friday at 6:30 pm from June 3 to August 6. So grab your family, friends and neighbors and get ready to head on down to Midvale’s newest community treasure! Sponsored in part by the Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation, a private family foundation that empowers communities to transform neglected public spaces into thriving destinations through the power of free, live music, the Levitt AMP Midvale Music Series will present 11 free, family-friendly concerts to the public this summer at the Midvale Park. We are excited to announce our remaining concerts: July 1 is the return engagement of local favorite The Utah National Guard 23rd Army Band, in addition to being a group of musicians, the 23rd Army Band is a group of U.S. Army Soldiers. They maintain readiness with a full training schedule including an annual weapons qualification, a semiannual physical training test, basic Soldier training, and training in many other skills required of Soldiers and members of the Utah National Guard. July 8 is Latin Roots a unique mix of musicians of diverse styles, from different parts of the world--here to bring you a new sound, a new way of experiencing the Latin Culture. July 15 will feature Dunmore Lasses at 6:30. They fuse traditional Irish/Scottish music with the infectious energy of rock and will be followed by Edison at 8:00 pm. Edison is an alt/folk trio hailing from Colorado known for layered harmonies, tribal drumming and mandolin, fronted by Sarah Slaton, with multi-instrumentalist, Dustin Morris, and grammy nominated guitarist, Maxwell Hughes (formerly of The Lumineers), July 22 brings the Salt City Saints (authentic New Orleans Jazz from the early 1900s) at 6:30 pm and City Jazz (Utah’s professional fabulous Jazz orchestra) at 8:00 pm. July 29 features singer/songwriter, Susie Brown at 6:30 pm and last year’s crowd favorite, Caleb Chapman’s Super Crescent Band at 8:00 pm. This talented group of young musicians has been frequently hailed as one of the best professional bands in the world.

We are thrilled to announce the final two nights of concerts will be held in conjunction with Harvest Days. Friday, August 5th will feature The Five Strings, a family violin group ranging in age from 6 – 16 years old, at 6:30 pm and they will be followed by Alex Boyé at 8:00 pm. Embracing his rich heritage after years of successful recordings as a gospel artist, the charismatic, London born, U.S. based vocal powerhouse is having a breakthrough year as a mainstream pop artist. His concert will feature “pop music with an African twist”. The Levitt AMP Midvale Music Series will culminate with American Idol winner Taylor Hicks at 7:30 pm on Saturday, August 6th. From the start, Hicks’ material on the mega-hit show set him apart, with a unique take on Southern soul, R & B, country and blues. The public is invited to bring their own picnics, blankets and lawn chairs to the concerts, which will have an open lawn setting. Food trucks will be on site each night. Additional activities will include sports, art, music & dance for the whole family. The Levitt AMP concert series will be presented at the Midvale City Park, 455 West 7500 South. Admission is free. Visit http://levittamp.org/midvale for a full schedule of concerts, directions and information on parking and wheelchair accessibility.

aurie has been an indispensable part of the Midvale City team since July of 1998. Before working for Midvale City, Laurie worked for the CPA firm KMG Main Hurdman then switched to government accounting and worked for the Governor’s Budget Office. She obtained her accounting degree from the University of Utah and also has CPA and CPFO designations. Some of Laurie’s responsibilities with the city include overseeing the Administrative Services department, overseeing and preparing the annual budget and audit, as well as monitoring the budget throughout the year. When Laurie’s not at the office she enjoys spending time with her family, golfing, biking, and traveling. When asked the following questions, Laurie’s responses were: What was your favorite TV show when you were growing up? Huckleberry Hound. If you won one million dollars, what’s the first thing you would buy? Houses for my kids. If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live? Utah. Cats or Dogs? Cats. If you could go back in time, what year would you travel to? 1920. Muppet Show or Sesame Street? I don’t know the difference. Do you believe in any urban legends? Yes, Emo’s Grave haunting. Where is the furthest from home you have ever been? India. What is your favorite holiday and how do you celebrate it? Thanksgiving, as long as were together with loved ones it doesn’t matter where we eat.

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idvale continues to experience new development and growth. Two new additions with notable attention are Zagg’s new corporate headquarters with their prototype retail shop in Midvale’s View 72 area and in the Riverwalk development occurring across the street. The other big announcement and the opening of Utah’s first Topgolf in Midvale featuring outstanding food/beverage options, recreation, and golf. These two new Midvale residents bring two highly visible additions to the community. One brings innovation and another corporate headquarters in the high technology sector to View 72 Corporate Center. The other, Topgolf, brings in social, sport, entertainment, recreation with food and drinks that should attract people from throughout the state and mountain region. The addition serves as their 27th location in the U.S. and provides another entertainment option to Midvale in the middle of the Wasatch Front. It also serves this up across the street from View 72 Corporate Center with Zagg’s new headquarters that soon will be home to Overstock.com, CHG, FLSmidth, Savage, IHC, Progressive Insurance, and Presidio Insurance Company. This growth and location has also attracted Staybridge and Marriott Fairfield Inn who provide area lodging options and all come together along 7200 south, the mountain corridor of Midvale, serving base lodging amenities to the mountains featuring the four mountain resorts of Ski City, Salt Lake City, Utah. Midvale has some 1033 rooms within our city and adding to the amount of business travel/tourism to the city.


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Federal, State, and local emergency management experts and other official preparedness organizations all agree that “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” is the appropriate action to reduce injury and death during earthquakes. Great ShakeOut Earthquake Drills (www.shakeout.org) are opportunities to practice how to protect ourselves during earthquakes. You cannot tell from the initial shaking if an earthquake will suddenly become intense…so always Drop, Cover, and Hold On immediately! • DROP to the ground (before the earthquake drops you!), • COVER your head and neck with your arms and seek shelter by getting under a sturdy desk or table if nearby; and • HOLD ON to your shelter and be prepared to move with it until the shaking stops. If there is no table or desk near you, drop to the ground and then if possible move to an inside corner of the room. Be in a crawling position to protect your vital organs and be ready to move if necessary, and cover your head and neck with your hands and arms. Do not move to another location or outside. Earthquakes occur without any warning and may be so violent that you cannot run or crawl. You are more likely to be injured if you try to move around during strong shaking. Also, you will never know if the initial jolt will turn out to be start of the big one…and that’s why you should always Drop, Cover, and Hold On immediately! These are guidelines for most situations. Read below to learn how to protect yourself in other situations and locations, or visit www.earthquakecountry.org/step5.

If you are unable to Drop, Cover, and Hold MYTH – Head for theDoorway: On: If you have difficulty getting safely to the floor on your An enduring earthquake image of own, get as low as possible, protect your head and neck, and California is a collapsed adobe home move away from windows or other items that can fall on you. with the doorframe as the only standing In a wheelchair: Lock your wheels and remain seat- part. From this came our belief that a ed until the shaking stops. Always protect your head and neck doorway is the safest place to be during with your arms, a pillow, a book, or whatever is available. an earthquake. In bed: If you are in bed, hold on and stay there, protect- We now understand that doorways are ing your head with a pillow. You are less likely to be injured stay- no stronger than any other part of the ing where you are. Broken glass on the floor has caused injury house, and do not provide protection to those who have rolled to the floor or tried to get to doorways. from falling or flying objects. You are In a high-rise: Drop, Cover, and Hold On. Avoid win- safer under a table. dows and other hazards. Do not use elevators. Do not be surprised if sprinkler systems or fire alarms activate. In a stadium or theater: Stay at your seat or drop to the floor between rows and protect your head and neck with your arms. Don’t try to leave until the shaking is over. Then walk out slowly watching for anything that could fall in the aftershocks. In a store: When Shaking starts, Drop Cover and Hold On. A shopping cart or getting inside clothing racks can provide some protection. If you must move to get away from heavy items on high shelves, drop to the ground first and crawl only the shortest distance necessary. Whenever you enter any retail store, take a moment to look around: What is above and around you that could move or fall during an earthquake? Then use your best judgment to stay safe. Outdoors: Move to a clear area if you can safely do so; avoid power lines, trees, signs, buildings, vehicles, and other hazards. Driving: Pull over to the side of the road, stop, and set the parking brake. Avoid overpasses, bridges, power lines, signs and other hazards. Stay inside the vehicle until the shaking is over. If a power line falls on the car, stay inside until a trained person removes the wire. Near the shore: Drop, Cover, and Hold On until the shaking stops. If severe shaking lasts twenty seconds or more, immediately evacuate to high ground as a tsunami might have been generated by the earthquake. Move inland two miles or to land that is at least 100 feet above sea level immediately. Don’t wait for officials to issue a warning. Walk quickly, rather than drive, to avoid traffic, debris and other hazards. Below a dam: Dams can fail during a major earthquake. Catastrophic failure is unlikely, but if you live downstream from a dam, you should know flood-zone information and have prepared an evacuation plan.

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Midvale Senior Center located at 7550 South Main (7th West) is excited to announce that starting June 2 the center will be extending its hours of operation on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We will be open from 7 am to 8 pm on these two days of the week. What a great opportunity for the community to experience this great new center. The Center’s evening hours will allow the community to enjoy programs, activities, and classes built around your busy work schedule. We would love to be your evening meeting place for your Book, Card or Social club. We are looking for volunteer instructors who may want to teach an art, pottery, games, financial, Zumba, yoga or other fitness classes. We would like to develop a schedule of events for each evening that we are open. If you are interested in teaching or scheduling an event contact Amy at 385-468-3350. We also offer rental of the center and for more information on rental contact Ken at 385-468-3350


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Hale Centre Theatre Announces 2017 Line-up, Completion Dates for New Theater By Chris Larson | chris@mycityjournals.com

The new Hale Center Theatre will overlook both Sandy City Hall and I-15. The project is estimated to cost $65 million.—Chris Larson, Sandy City Journal

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ale Centre Theatre Vice President Sally Dietlein announced the 2017 performance schedule and estimated completion dates for their new theater at a media tour of the construction site on May 4. The 460-seat proscenium thrust currently titled “The Jewel Box” is slated to show “Forever Plaid” starting Sept. 1, 2017, according to a statement from Hale Centre Theatre. The theater will house 1,360 seats with six inches more legroom than the Hale theater location in West Valley City, Sally said. The larger, 900-seat “theater in the round” style main theater will open with the play “Aida” on Nov. 16, 2017, according to the same statement. “This kind of a world-class premier facility is being built for the actors who live, breathe and work here in Utah — where they reside with their families, where they learned their craft and where they want to be,” Sally said. Hale Centre Theatre Annual Fund Development Director Quin Dietlein said the nonprofit has the goal to pay back the $42.7 million bond in 10 years after the completion of their new theater at 10000 South and Monroe Street. He also said the “firm” price tag for the new Hale Centre Theatre facility is $65 million,

but acknowledges there is still a margin of error for exact costs as the project continues. “We look at it is a big mortgage. It’s a lot happier place to live if you are not living under a super heavy mortgage payment,” Quin said. City documents note that the Hale has 30 years to pay the bonds with 5.5 percent per annum back to the city. Quin said donors have already raised about $18 million and he is considering selling naming rights for both the theaters, in addition to ticket sales. Sally said the 2017 entertainment season was sponsored by Mountain America Credit Union. “We’re still chasing money,” Quin said. “The fun thing that we get to do is talk to people who believe in the project and believe in the benefit to the community.” The 130,000-square-foot theater will house year-round performances. Layton Construction Executive Vice President Jeff Beecher said the facility, designed by Beecher Walker and Associates, will require 970 tons of rebar, 1,617 tons of steel and 7,700 yards of concrete. Beecher said about 3,000 yards was poured Wednesday. The concrete exterior walls will be 18 inches thick and soundproof. l

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Huskies Boy’s Tennis Wrap Up Another Quick-Served Tennis Season

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or the 21 players on the Hillcrest High School boys tennis team, another fast-paced season is officially in the books. With their season beginning at the end of February and stretching through late April, the Huskies had only about seven weeks to reach their maximum potential. “There was definitely progress made this season,” Coach James said. “But with weather and stuff like that during our season, there wasn’t leaps and bounds of progress, but for the people who showed up and didn’t know much about tennis, I think they learned quite a bit.” The 21 players that came out for the season this year were more than James remembers having in recent years. And with just a few returning players, a majority of the Huskies’ members were new to the team, with a few who were new to the sport of tennis in general. “My objective was to get these guys out there and have fun with it,” James said. “And in general, the team had great attitudes and really did have some fun.” As far as James can tell, he reached his goal of encouraging players to enjoy the lifelong game. “They do fall in love with it [tennis],” James said. “They go out over the center-time and get after it a little bit more and they have that energy you look for as a coach.” Though James said he took certain measures to ensure the boys had fun during the season, he admits that having a team of willing players made his job fairly simple. “It was a really good group of kids,” James said. “I let the captains do a lot of leadership things and they did a really great job.” This year James appointed both a senior captain, Nit Rathi, and a junior captain, Jackson Summerhays, who he says made great impressions on the team and positively impacted the team’s unity. “They are both pretty experienced players,” James said. “They were really good at taking younger players and working with them and helping them adjust.” James said that after the regional season concluded, he received a substantial amount of

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positive feedback from both parents and players. He hopes, too, that players who intend on returning to the team again next season make an effort to continue practicing and improving over the summer. “Our season is so short, the players pretty much have to make progress outside of the season,” James said, “because inside of the season is when we really need to work on finetuning things.” One of James’ goals as a coach each year, besides fine-tuning his player’s skills and getting them ready to compete, is to be a stable leader for the group. “I really try to be present every day for the team,” James said. “And I think that’s what Hillcrest wants me to do, is just be a presence for the team and provide continuity.” With the 2016 season marking his third year as head coach for the Huskies, James, who is also a Spanish teacher at Hillcrest, believes his consistency as a coach has helped to build a solid foundation for the tennis program. For James, coaching isn’t just about showing up every day on the tennis courts and telling the players what they are doing right and wrong — it’s about being a regular, reliable figure that players can depend on and trust to help make them better both on and off the court. In order to further establish his presence in the Hillcrest tennis community, and to encourage players to continue practicing and improving in the off season, James holds tennis camps after the school year ends. “I’ve been doing summer tennis camps every summer to try and encourage kids to come out and play,” James said. “I haven’t had a ton of success, but I keep trying to spread the word around the neighborhood that this is a great opportunity to get out and play tennis.” This year James’ tennis camps will be held in June, with practices lasting from 7 to 8:30 a.m. each day. “Hopefully this season we planted the seed to have some fun,” James said. “Now I just hope these players…take that and go with it on their own over the summertime and improve.” l

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The Power of Yoga: How Yoga Is Changing the Face of Physical Education at Hillcrest High School By Sarah Almond | sarah@mycityjournals.com

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hen I first heard Hillcrest High School was offering yoga class as a physical education (PE) elective to students, I figured it was probably just another PE class where students took a recess-like break to goof around and expel energy. I thought there was no way high school students would take the silence, meditation, and mindfulness of yoga seriously. I was wrong. As I entered the dance room at Hillcrest High School to join the students in their biweekly yoga practice, I was welcomed by a dimly lit room, tranquil music and the smiling face of instructor Vanessa Snopek. We exchanged greetings and she excused herself to unlock the yoga mat room for the 50-some students enrolled in sixth-period yoga. Teens quietly began trickling in, routinely placing their Lululemon yoga mats in a parallel formation and effortlessly taking what’s known in yoga terms as the “resting pose,” or lying in a full relaxation pose on your back. “Welcome to your yoga practice,” Snopek said in a calm voice after each student had taken his or her resting pose. “Today we’re going to start with some meditation and stretching and then move into some more challenging acro-yoga. Remember that this practice is all about you and finding freedom in the movement of your body.”

The serenity and peace that flowed through the dance room during those first few minutes of yoga practice made me completely forget that I was simply a visitor at a local high school. If just moments of this experience had such an impact on me, I thought, then it is no wonder why so many Hillcrest students are eager to practice yoga, and are dedicated to making the most out of it. “I teach meditation, so we do a lot of that,” Snopek said, when explaining the foundation of her yoga class. “We also incorporate different lessons so the kids can kind of get outside of the real world and the school environment and really tap into what’s going on inside their mind and body.” In early 2015, Snopek, the school’s PE teacher, approached the Hillcrest administration with the idea of establishing a yoga class for students to choose as an elective. The administration jumped on the opportunity to branch out. “I wanted to do something where I could help people, and teaching yoga has been a total blessing for me because I get to teach kids and we work through everyday stuff like fear and selfconfidence,” Snopek said. At the beginning of the semester, Snopek teaches students Ashtanga yoga, an ancient, regimented form of yoga. As the semester

Fifty Hillcrest High School students lay in “resting pose” to begin their yoga practice. This is the first year yoga has been offered as a physical education elective at Hillcrest.

progresses, students learn different branches of Ashtanga yoga, like karma, which is the practice of selfless acts of service, to bhakti, or devotion, to meditation and more. “I’ve taken this class twice,” said senior Annie Bunker, a member of Hillcrest’s state champion drill team. “I love it because in high school things can be pretty stressful with classes and stuff, and being a senior, this is the one class I can come to and relax and breathe and not think about schoolwork — I’m thinking about myself.” Like Bunker, several of Hillcrest’s athletes participate in and reap the benefits of yoga class. “Annie and I are both on the drill team here,” said senior Bayley Johnson, “and before performances or competitions, we’ll find each other and just take a few minutes to meditate together because we’ve done it in class and we know it works and helps us relax and calm our nerves. I’ve never meditated before coming to this class.” One of Snopek’s goals when starting

Hillcrest’s yoga class was to encourage the practice of meditation. To do this, she created a “personal practice and meditation journal,” which each student is to complete on his or her own time. This activity requires students to meditate for a minimum of five minutes either in the morning or before bed and to personally practice yoga for 10 to 15 minutes each day. “A lot of the students have reported amazing feedback from this class,” Snopek said. “I’ve had students come out of last semester’s class telling me that they had gotten off their anxiety medication or that their anxiety had decreased; their sleep had improved because they did meditation before bed. I’ve had kids tell me they have suffered from depression for many years and they actually feel like they’ve found out who they are.” With such positive feedback and the renewed sense of peace and perspective that each student gains as a result of yoga, Snopek is confident the elective will remain an option for years to come. l

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County Council Discusses Future of Equestrian Park

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he Salt Lake County Equestrian Park may soon see some changes, thanks to the hard work of equestrian park users and the county’s parks department. During the county budget process last fall, I learned that the equestrian park operates with a roughly $1 million dollar subsidy from county taxpayers. I also learned of a litany of deferred maintenance items that hadn’t been funded and were causing problems for park users, including lack of adequate restrooms, and drainage problems near horse stalls. I started asking questions about whether this was the best use of taxpayer dollars and offered optimal value to our community. County voters have demonstrated that they value open space in our communities—a sentiment I share. Preserving places for our residents to enjoy outdoor activities is good for the physical and emotional health of those who call Salt Lake County home. The county subsidizes parks, on average, $5,000 per acre. The equestrian center on the other hand, is subsidized at about $7,500 per acre. Though the equestrian center generates some revenue (the operating budget is roughly $2 million, with about $1 million in revenue), it still is a significant cost to taxpayers each year to maintain. As I’ve worked to learn more in recent months, I’ve been extremely impressed with the users of the equestrian park who

have been helpful in outlining the value the park provides to the community, as well as working to identify ways we can improve the park and ultimately reduce the subsidy. We’ve been working through our public process to address the questions I raised, as well as the future of the park. The first part of that process is for the county parks department to finalize four different proposals for the future of the park. They include: status quo with maintenance improvements, an equestrian regional blend that removes the race track and adds soccer fields, an “enhanced” equestrian park that expands the functionality of the facility, and converting all of the land into a regional park with various sports fields. The council will review each of these scenarios and their corresponding costs, as well as ongoing operational costs under each scenario. This, coupled with a better understanding of the value the park provides, will equip the council to make the best decision regarding which scenario is best for the park’s future. We’ve been collecting a tremendous amount of public input thus far. I want to specifically thank each resident who has offered their perspective through the online survey as well as the town hall event we held at the park. Moving forward, I am committed to a few key principles. First, I remain absolutely committed to efficient and effective use of taxpayer dollars. With every project that this council

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funds, we should ask whether the benefit to the community justifies the cost to the taxpayer. This principle was the primary motivator for my initial questions about the park, and remains a key focus. Second, we must maintain our practice of bringing key stakeholders to the table to work together to find a solution both the park users and county taxpayers find acceptable. The Equestrian Park Coalition has already shown tremendous initiative educating county officials—myself in particular— and offering possible solutions.The Mayor’s office has created an Equestrian Park Advisory board, comprised of county parks staff and equestrian park users. This board is instrumental in identifying viable options for the park’s ongoing future. Lastly, If this park is going to stay, then we as a county need to commit to investing in the park’s future. We will find areas to use taxpayer funds more efficiently, freeing up dollars for other needs, and ultimately reducing our ongoing subsidy of the park. Smart spending coupled with improved management will make a valuable difference​. This is a great example of how Salt Lake County residents, advocates, and elected officials can work together to find the best solution. I’m encouraged by the productive conversations we’ve had so far, and eager to see this important issue soon resolved. l

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Mr. and Mrs. William Calloway of Sandy annoucne with great pride the graduation of their daughter, Claire Elizabeth Calloway from Sandy High School. Claire graduated with honors and is lookign forward to attending Utah State University in the fall where she will be studying accounting. A reception to celebrate her achievements will be held at the 5th Stake House in Sandy at 1pm. While you’re under no obligation to give a gift, even if you aren’t attending a party and aren’t close to the family, a card of congratulations or a handwritten note is something the graduate will appreciate. Thank you and congratulations Claire. We love you!!

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