Events to celebrate the 49th annual Earth Day are taking place around the globe. It was a massive oil spill in Santa Barbara, California in 1969 which inspired former Senator Gaylord Nelson for the idea for a national day to focus on the environment. The Wisconsin Senator enlisted support from Republicans and Democrats. The first Earth Day was celebrated on April 22, 1970. By the end of that year, the United States Environmental Protection Agency was created and the Clean Air, Clean Water and Endangered Species Acts were passed. Presently, Earth Day is observed worldwide and is celebrated by more than a billion people annually.
Here are some of the events celebrating Earth Day in our community:
The Ogden Nature Center located at 966 W 12th Street will have activities and entertainment from 11 am to 4 pm. Entertainment includes live performances by the Celtic Beat Irish Dancers, Utah Puppet Association Puppet Show, and live animal presentations. Activities include a climbing wall, storytelling, nature crafts, puppet making workshop, face painting, composting workshops and much more. Plants, pottery, books, and recycled goods will be available to purchase.
Tracy Aviary is holding an Earth Day Eggstravaganza, between 9 am to 5 pm. Pick up a list at the gift shop to check off as you find the eggs hidden among the birds. Bring your own yoga matt or beach towel to do yoga with the birds. Listen to a natured focused story, and watch the bird show. Check the link for the schedule of events. 589 E. 1300 South, Salt Lake City.
Alta is holding their 10th annual Earth Day celebration between 9 am to 8 pm. Participate in the Naturalist Tours, Ski Recycle, and Eco-Friendly Vendors. Listen to live music.
Salt Lake Community College Earth Day Festivities includes a Sustainability Panel, Reuse Fashion Show, Art Contest Awards, Open Mic Night, live music, and food trucks from 10 am to 4 pm at the Taylorsville Redwood Campus located at 4600 South Redwood Road.
The Swaner Preserve and EcoCenter have an afternoon of Earth Day Activities from 3:30 pm to 7:30 pm, located at 1258 Center Drive, Park City. Information tables, green energy displays, games, crafts, and hands-on activities. See the Nature’s Ninjas Exhibit to learn about animals’ defense mechanisms. Between 4:30 and 6:30 pm, participate in the earth day cleanup at the preserve and learn what is recyclable and what isn’t. Volunteers for the Earth Day cleanup will be entered to win sustainable prizes.
An evacuation plan is a necessity for every home, especially if you live in an area where fires, earthquakes, hurricanes, flooding, and other disasters are a possibility. Many homeowners create evacuation plans for their homes and practice them with their kids, but far fewer have considered one for their pets. Take these steps to add your pets to your evacuation plan.
Assign pet evacuation to an adult. Everyone should know how to act during an evacuation, and that includes assigning one parent or adult to the pets. This allows the other parent and the children to focus on their part of the evacuation plan, so there’s no confusion during a high-stress moment when time is of the essence.
Keep evacuation maps and pet carriers readily accessible. If you need to evacuate, you should know exactly where every important item is. If you pets require carriers, keep them in a place that you can access easily.
Practice your plan. Include your pets in your home evacuation drills. It’ll help you see how they will respond and make changes to your plan if necessary. Getting your dog out of a window may not be as simple as you think!
Be prepared in case you get separated from your pets. No matter how much you drill your evacuation plan, it’s possible that a dog or cat will run off while you’re focusing on keeping your family safe. A microchip or a GPS-compatible tag can help you find your pets once it’s safe to return to the area.
Prepare a Pet Emergency Kit including:
- Crate or pet carrier – is needed in the event that you will need to evacuate. The carrier should be large enough to permit your pet to stand up and to turn around in it. Attach a label on the crate with your pet’s name, your name and contact information
- Food & water – at least a seven day supply
- Food & water bowls
- Medicine and veterinarian records – including history of shots, rabies vaccines
- Collar with tags & leash – although your pet should be micro chipped, it is helpful to have a collar with tags for quick identification in the event that the dog gets separated from you.
- Photo – of your pet, especially of unique markings or characteristics
- Familiar items – toys, blanket
- Plastic bags to clean up after your dogs, litter box & litter for cats
With the exception of service animals, pets are not permitted in emergency shelters. Be sure to keep a list of pet-friendly hotels. Bring Fido can help you identify hotels/motels which can accommodate your pet.
Make a plan for when you’re not at home. Plan in advance what you would do if a disaster occurred while you are away from home and are unable to return for your pet. Identify a neighbor or other trusted person who would be able to retrieve your pets and their emergency kit for their care.
The search is on for Easter eggs and hunting for them will be on land and under water, in the morning and after dark. While some events are free and do not require registration, other events do require advance tickets and will sell out in advance.
April 6th & 7th
Storybrook Play Cafe will hold their annual Woodland Bunny Brunch & Easter egg hunt on April 6th and 7th from 10 am – 11:30 am. Visit with the Easter bunny. Eggs are hidden throughout the play space. Tickets include egg hunt and waffle brunch. Tickets price range from $15 -$30 according to age. (see link for details)
Heber Valley Easter Bunny Train enjoy a 40 minute round-trip train ride with the Easter bunny on board. Each child will receive an Easter egg. Be sure to arrive early to enjoy baby animal petting zoo at the depot, and to watch the magician who will be performing 30 minutes before the train departure. Children 2 & under do not require a ticket. $5 for children 3 to 11, $15 for ages 12 & over. See website for tickets, and departure times.
Help support the ALS Association Rocky Mountain Chapter at their ALS Spring FUNdraiser & Easter Egg Hunt to raise awareness and funds for Utah families impacted by ALS. Additional activities include games, prizes, face painting and cotton candy. Cost is $5 per child or $20 per family. April 13th from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm. It will be held at the Murray Park, 296 East Murray Park Avenue. – Pavilion 3.
Christmas Box Village Run a 5K race to raise awareness and funds to support teens in foster care. This family friendly event includes a free Kid’s 1 K, Carnival, Easter Egg Hunt and Silent Auction. Held on April 13th at Lakeridge Junior High School, 951 S 400 West in Orem, Utah.
The Utah Food Allergy Network (UFAN) will hold their annual Food Free Easter Egg Hunt for participants who have concerns about food allergies. Pre-registration is necessary due to a limit of 200 participants, for age 12 & under. Cost is $6 per person. It will be held at the Southwood Park, 296 East Murray Park Avenue in Murray at 10:00 am on April 13th.
April 19th & 20th
Riverton City Easter Egg Hunt for Kids & Teens Check the website for details. Night time hunt for teens ages 13 – 18 for candy and cash-filled eggs on April 19th at 9:00 pm. Be sure to bring your own flashlight and basket. At the Riverton City Rodeo Arena, 1300 West 12800 South.
On April 20th, children 12 & under will hunt for candy and toy-filled eggs at 10:00 am. The hunt will take place at the Riverton City Park, 1452 W 12600 S.
West Valley City Parks & Recreation Family Fitness Center Easter Events The following events being either on the 19th or the 20th, see website for details: Teen Flashlight Egg Hunt, Adult Flashlight Egg Hunt, Outdoor Easter Egg Hunt, Indoor Easter Egg Hunt, Easter Egg Plunge and Breakfast with the Bunny. 5415 West 3100 South, West Valley City.
Kearns Recreation Center Easter Egg Hunt Ages 2 -10, hunt begins promptly at 9:00 am on the Oquirrh Park Soccer Field at 5670 South Cougar Lane, Kearns. Call the front desk (385) 468-1715 for questions.
Northwest Recreation Center – Egg Hunt & Egg Dive Hunt for eggs on land or in the pool. April 20th, 9:00 am on the NWRC soccer fields for ages 3 -12. Cost is $3. From 6:00 – 7:00 pm, diving for eggs will take place at the Northwest Recreation Center Pool. For ages 3 -12, the egg dive is divided into 4 age groups, and includes a shallow water egg hunt, egg dive, log rolling, in water climbing rock. 1255 Clark Avenue, Salt Lake City. Call the front desk (385) 468-1305 for questions.
Petersen Family Farm Easter Egg Hunt Hunt for Easter eggs hidden throughout the farm. Pay $0.50 per egg, you decide how many you want to find. Be sure to open the eggs before leaving, as some will include passes for educational workshops, gift cards, and other fun prizes. April 20th, 9 am to 2 pm. 11887 South 4000 West, Riverton, Utah.
Redwood Recreation Center Easter Egg Hunt Bring your own basket, free candy, prizes and meet the Easter bunny, for ages 12 & under. April 20th the egg hunt begins at 9:00 am sharp on the west side of Redwood Recreation Center, 3060 S Lester Street, West Valley City.
South Jordan City Spring Spectacular Meet the Easter bunny at South City Park, 11000 S Redwood Road at 10:00 at the free Easter egg hunt. Festivities continue throughout the day at the Fitness & Aquatic Recreation Center, including magic shows, face painting, balloon artists, crafts, meet your favorite Mascot at the Mascot Alley, and Easter Pool plunge. See website for times and details.
Thanksgiving Point Easter Eggstreme Egg hunts take place every half hour between 10:30 to 1:00 pm on April 20th at Electric Park. The Easter bunny will be available to meet and take photos with the children. Additional activities include jumping on inflatables, face painting, and riding the cow train. Check website for prices, save by buying tickets in advance. Activities are scheduled from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. 3003 North Thanksgiving Way, Lehi.
Wheeler Farm Easter Egg Hunt Annual Children’s Easter Egg Hunt with an option to hunt for eggs on the lawn or in the woods. Pre-registration is required, and opens on March 20th. Visit with the Easter bunny and enjoy a wagon ride. April 20th, 9 am – 2:30 pm. Wheeler Historic Farm, 6352 South 900 East, Salt Lake City.
When you’re getting ready to list your home, it’s of the upmost importance to ensure you are showing it in the best light. Taking time to highlight its strengths and fix up some of its possible weaknesses can make a big difference in how fast it sells. Here are my top four recommended repairs to make before selling your home.
Giving your home a fresh coat of paint is one of the most cost-effective ways to spruce it up, and generally, it can be a do-it-yourself project. Make sure cover any walls with scratches and chips and consider updating any accent walls with a more neutral coat.
Hardwood floors are a very desirable feature in a home, so you want to ensure they look their best by fixing scratches or dull areas. If your carpet is worn or stained, consider replacing them. And don’t forget the tile in your kitchen or bathrooms. Re-grouting can go a long way in making dingy tile work look brand new!
Refresh the landscaping.
Show buyers your home is the full package by dressing up the outside as well as the in. Clean walkways and driveways, plant seasonal flowers and plants, trim hedges and trees, install outdoor décor pieces and fill in mulch and gravel.
Fix your fixtures.
Leaky faucet? Rusted drains? Loose drawer handle? Making these small fixes can make a big difference to potential buyers with detailed-orientated minds. Improve your kitchen. An outdated kitchen can be a real eyesore in a home. Updating cabinetry, repairing or replacing countertops, and installing new faucets and sinks may be worth the investment.
There is a long history of celebrating St. Patrick’s Day in the United States. Despite the long tradition, there are some misconceptions and lesser known St Patrick’s Day Facts. The first celebration occurred in Boston, Massachusetts in 1737. According to the 2015 census, 32.7 million U.S. residents claim Irish ancestry which is approximately 7 times the population of Ireland. Common celebrations often include festivities of eating Irish food, socializing at local pubs, listening to Irish music and storytelling.
Here are a few of the upcoming community events in Utah to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.
The Ogden Nature Center will offer a “Going Green” Scavenger Hunt around the nature center as a special St. Patrick’s Day program on Wednesday, March 13th from 3:45 to 4:15 pm.
“An Irish Evening” at The Rose Wagner Theater is an original production by Acadamh Rince Irish Dance School featuring Irish dance, music, stories and culture of Ireland. Performances are on March 15th and 16th at 7:00 pm.
Join the Hibernian Society Of Utah for the 41st annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Salt Lake City on Saturday, March 16th. The parade will begin at 10:00 am at 200 South & 500 East and follow this route rain or shine. Festivities will continue after the parade at the Siamsa featuring live Irish music and food at the Celtic festival at the Gallivan Center.
In Springdale, festivities kick off at 2:00 pm on March 16th. The St. Patrick’s Day Celebration includes a parade, live music with Utah Pipe Band Performance, Beer Garden, Food, Kids’ Zone and a Jell-O Sculpture Contest.
If you are hosting a St. Patrick’s Day party and would like to serve authentic Irish dishes such as Sweet & Sour Stuffed Cabbage, Chicken & Dumplings or Potato Pancakes without doing all of the cooking yourself, then you may want to order from this Cuisine Unlimited menu on-line. Orders must be placed by March 14th for pickup or delivery on the 17th.
“If you’re enough lucky to be Irish, you’re lucky enough!” – Irish Saying
What is a mortgage pre-approval?
In a nutshell, a mortgage pre-approval is written assurance from a lender or broker that you’re able to borrow money to purchase a home up to a certain amount. It’s based on the income, employment and asset documentation you supply at the time of application, in conjunction with your credit history. So let’s look at reasons you should get pre-approved.
- It carries more weight than a “pre-qualification”.
A pre-approval differs from a pre-qualification. With the former, the lender has actually checked your credit and verified your documentation to approve a specific loan amount (usually for a particular time period such as 30, 60 or 90 days). A pre-qualification can be useful as an estimate of how much you can afford to spend on your home, but it’s a less accurate indicator of your ability to purchase. A pre-approval always carries more weight.
- You’ll know how much house you can afford.
Getting pre-approved before you begin house hunting allows you to know how much house you can realistically afford. Knowing this narrows down the options and makes the selection process more efficient. Not to mention, it protects you from the unpleasant surprise of realizing the home you fell in love with doesn’t fit your budget.
- It adds clout to your offer.
In the Salt Lake housing market, at this time there is a shortage of inventory in properties priced below $450,000, and often we are experiencing multiple offers of homes. Although, not as common in the higher price ranges, on well priced homes, it is also possible to have two or more competitive offers. When the sellers are weighing one offer against another, they will most likely work with the offer that is accompanied by a pre-approval letter. That’s because pre-approvals instill confidence that the buyer is financially capable of purchasing their home.
- It could increase your negotiating power.
In addition to strengthening your offer when compared to buyers who haven’t taken this step, getting pre-approved may give you a better opportunity to negotiate the price or the terms. If the homeowner is eager to sell, they may be more willing to accept a lower offer from someone they’ve been assured is financially capable of purchasing their home.
- It saves time.
Obtaining a mortgage is a lengthy process. Getting pre-approved ahead of time shortens the time between the contract acceptance date and the closing date — this way you’re ready to proceed with finalizing the mortgage once you’ve found the home you want to purchase.
Mrs. Cavanaugh’s Chocolate Factory tour is a fun way to see how the candies in your favorite box of chocolates are made. The tour is child friendly, with steps near windows to enable young chocolate enthusiasts to have a close up view of the process.
Throughout the factory, there are several Curious George stuffed animals for the children to search for. They will find him in high and low locations throughout the kitchen. The book, Curious George Goes to a Chocolate Factory, is also available to purchase along with a variety of candy and ice cream inside of the store. The family’s model train collection and mural of a village is in a room at the end of the tour and includes a searching game to find the hidden sweets among the train scene.
The tour includes a short video on the history of chocolate. The tour guide will also tell the story of how a family recipe for Pecan Rolls, which was passed down to Marie Cavanaugh, was initially used as a church fundraiser and later evolved into the business it is today.
Mrs. Cavanaugh’s Chocolates have been family owned and operated since 1964. They have six stores throughout Utah, located in Bountiful, Layton, North Salt Lake, North Ogden, Orem and West Valley City. A new store recently opened in Spokane, WA.
Tours are provided by appointment Monday through Friday between 10 am and 3 pm at 835 Northpointe Circle in North Salt Lake. It cost $1 per person, which includes samples. The tour will last approximately 30 to 45 minutes. To schedule a tour, call (801) 677-8888.
You can purchase chocolates at any of their store locations or order on-line at Mrs. Cavanaugh’s Website.
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Deciding whether you’re ready to purchase your first home is perhaps one of your life’s major decisions. Buying is a huge (not to mention expensive) commitment and isn’t a decision you should take lightly. Before you make the leap to homeownership, it’s imperative you know where you stand, what you want, and what’s realistic for you and your financial situation.
Here are 5 questions to ask yourself before buying a home:
- “How much can I really afford?”
One of the biggest mistakes first time home buyers make is stretching their budget and buying a house they can’t afford. Before you start looking for your dream home, you should sit down, write out a budget, and figure out exactly how much you’re comfortable paying per month.
Keep in mind that owning a home is more than just a mortgage payment. In addition to your mortgage, you’ll need to cover additional home-related expenses, like homeowners insurance, mortgage insurance, property taxes, and maintenance.
- “What kind of shape are my finances in?”
Before you purchase your home, it’s imperative you take stock of your financial situation. The state of your finances plays a huge role in how much lenders will approve for your mortgage, and before they approve your loan, the banks will dig deep to make sure you’re a qualified applicant. Your financial situation will also affect the interest rate on your loan, which can save or cost you hundreds of dollars per month.
When deciding whether to approve your mortgage, the banks will look at:
- Your credit history, including your credit score, delinquent payments, and overall balances
- Your debt, including credit cards, student loans, personal loans, and auto loans
- Your income
- Your employment history, including your salary history and your length of employment
- Your savings and the amount available for a down payment
Essentially, your lender is going to review your financial history to determine whether they believe you will pay back your loan. If they feel you’re a risky candidate, they’ll either approve a loan with a high interest rate – or turn down your loan application..
Before you apply for a mortgage, it’s important to get your finances in the best shape possible. Review your credit report and ask for any inaccuracies to be removed. Work on paying down your debt and padding your savings. The better your financial situation, the better deal you’ll get on your mortgage.
- “What are my must-haves, my nice-to-haves, and my can’t-haves?”
Before you buy a property, it’s important to iron out the details of exactly what you’re looking for. You should break down the qualities of your future home into three lists:
Your must-haves are the qualities you absolutely need in a home in order to move forward with a purchase. A must-have might be a home in a preferred neighborhood, enough bedrooms or potential future bedrooms and bathrooms to accommodate your family, or a backyard where your kids can play.
Your nice-to-haves are things you’d ideally like to have in a home but aren’t deal-breakers if they’re missing. Nice-to-haves might include an updated kitchen, a spacious master bedroom, or a finished basement.
Your can’t-haves are the qualities you absolutely don’t want in a property. These are the deal breakers that will keep you from purchasing a home. Can’t-haves might include a property that borders a busy street, a fixer-upper property that needs a lot of work, or a property that’s too far away from your job site.
Once you have these three lists, it will be easier for you and your real estate agents to judge potential properties and narrow down the list of homes to view.
- “Do I know where I want to live?”
When it comes to real estate, one of the more important things is location. And before you purchase property, it’s important you iron out exactly what you’re looking for in a location.
Do you want to live in the center of a city or out in the country? Do you want to live in a residential neighborhood or in a more developed area? Is it more important to be close to your job or close to shops, restaurants, and entertainment?
Once you know everything you’re looking for in a location, your real estate agent can suggest neighborhoods that match your criteria.
5. “When do I want to move?”
When you move is also an important factor to take into consideration. There’s no “best time” of the year to move, but different times of the year have different advantages.
If cost is your top concern, you might want to consider moving in the winter, when prices are traditionally at their lowest. If being able to see a wide variety of home choices is more important to you, then plan to look at properties in the spring and summer, when available inventory peaks.
Get in the holiday spirit at the Festival of Trees now through Saturday, December 1st. In addition to viewing hundreds of beautifully decorated trees, there are aisles of wreaths, gingerbread houses, quilts, Nativities, centerpieces & collectibles. After walking around the 220,000 square feet of displays, you may want to sit for awhile at one of the two performance stages to watch the dancers and singers performing.
Children will enjoy a visit with Santa or making crafts at the Kids Korner. Be sure to stop by the Elf Emporium for handmade gifts for children, the Sweet Shoppe for some fudge, and the Gift Boutique for some early holiday shopping.
Everything at the Festival of Trees has been donated to raise money for Primary Children’s Hospital. It is run by volunteers. The Festival of Trees was inspired forty-eight years ago by a group of women looking for ways to raise funds for children’s medical costs. In its first year, $47,000 was raised. Last year, $2.7 million dollars was raised.
The Festival of Trees is at the Mountain America Expo Center, 9575 State Street in Sandy. Adult admission tickets are $7. Children (ages 2-11) are $4. Children younger than 2 years are free. Seniors, age 65 and older are $6. If you have younger children, strollers would be very helpful to bring. I would recommend leaving heavy coats in your car (if you can manage the walk from your car to the building), to avoid having to carry them around inside as you are walking around for hours.
The trees are beautifully decorated with themes including super heroes, cartoon characters, sporting events, and nostalgic memorabilia. Many of the trees were designed in the memory of a loved one who has passed away. One of the trees was in honor of South Salt Lake Officer David Romrell who was killed in the line of duty on November 24th.
Although many of the trees have been sold at auction on the opening night; there are still many that are available to purchase at the listed price.
The holiday season starts off before you can finish eating all of leftovers from your Thanksgiving meal. The dark sky is ablaze with festive lights. Here are a few ideas to get into the holiday spirit.
Turning On the Lights!
Draper City Park Tree Lighting Ceremony – Monday, November 26, 2018 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Draper City Park 12500 S 1300 E. Festivities include lighting the Tree of Life, music and a visit from Santa.
Lights on Wakefield’s Lighting Ceremony – Friday, November 23, 2018 Lights will be turned on at 7 PM. 6388 S Wakefield Way (5885 West). 60,000 light display in tune to music. Keep your radio tune to 87.9 FM. Light Display runs nightly until New Years. Free event, but donations are gladly accepted for the Mascot Miracles Foundation.
Midway Town Square Tree Lighting Celebration – Saturday, November 24, 2018 from 6 PM – 7 PM Enjoy cookies, hot cocoa and have photos taken with Santa and Mrs. Claus.
Ogden Electric Light Parade – Saturday, November 24, 2018 5:30 PM. Parade of lighted floats and performers on Washington Blvd, from 22nd Street to 26th Street. Santa arrives on the final float of the parade and flips the switch to light up Christmas Village at the Municipal Gardens.
Park City Electric Light Parade – Saturday, November 24, 2018 beginning at 4:00 PM. Santa and holiday carolers can be found strolling along Main Street. At 5:30 PM the Main Street lights and the Christmas tree in Miner’s Park will be turned on. The Electric Parade arrives on Main Street at 6:00 PM.
Spanish Fork Winter Lights Parade and Tree Lighting Ceremony – Friday, November 23, 2018, lighted floats parade on Main Street beginning at 7 PM.
The Jingle Bus is a free bus service for visitors to downtown Salt Lake City. Jump on board the Jingle Bus for rides to the Gateway, Temple Square, City Creek Center, Gallivan Plaza and the Capitol Theatre. Volunteer hosts provide fun facts about downtown as riders enjoy seeing the holiday lights and decorations in the city. The Jingle Bus runs 7 days a week from Friday, November 23rd to December 31st (except Christmas day) from 5 to 10 PM.
Candy Cane Hunt – Monday, December 10th, 2018 4 PM. Draper Historic Park 12625 S. 900 E. Hunt for thousands of candy canes will be hidden in bushes and trees and scattered around the park. Look for the specially marked candy canes which can be redeemed for toys. Santa will arrive by fire truck. He will be available for visits with the children under the Christmas lit gazebo where you can take your own photos for free.