Snap Selfies with a Disney Star While Shopping at the Outlets at Traverse Mountain Saturday, April 14.

Ready for some scream-filled fun this weekend?

Saturday afternoon the air surrounding the Outlets at Traverse Mountain is sure to be filled with the delighted squeals of thousands of Disney-loving tweens as they get the chance to meet the star of one of the channel’s most popular shows! And the parents of those tweens will be rejoicing in some good, kid-free shopping time, too!

Ethan Wacker, “Bernie” from Disney Channel’s “Bizaardvark,” will be greeting fans and signing autographs from 1-3 p.m. Saturday as the highlight of an afternoon gaming party at the outlets. The day’s festivities run noon-5 p.m. and feature an array of activities sure to delight those tweens including selfie booths, virtual reality tours, gaming trucks, live entertainment and even some superhero appearances.

For more information, visit

Ethan Wacker

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Utah Scouts Hope to Hit 20 Million Meals Collected

For Immediate Release


Media Contact:

Community Action and Food Bank Tabitha’s Way Local Food Pantry

Dave Smith, Food Bank Manager Wendy Osborne, Founder

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Utah Scouts Hope to Hit 20 Million Meals Collected

Statewide food drive March 17 will benefit neighbors facing hunger


Utah County, Utah – March 7, 2018 – Community Action Services and Food Bank and Tabitha’s Way Local Food Pantry, together with the Utah Food Bank, are working with the Boy Scouts of America to help Fight Hunger Statewide during the 32nd annual Scouting for Food, scheduled for Saturday, March 17. This food drive comes at a critical time when supplies at Community Action Services and Tabitha’s Way are beginning to thin following the holiday season. This effort has provided the equivalent of over 18 million meals statewide since 1997 alone, and scouts hope to hit the 20 million meal mark with this year’s efforts.

Scouts will be going door-to-door across the state to distribute reminders to Utah residents during the week of March 12th. Utah residents are encouraged to fill any bag or box with non-perishable food items to leave on their doorstep by 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 17, when scouts will return to pick up the food donations. All donations will be delivered to Community Action Services and Food Bank at 815 S. Freedom Blvd., in Provo, or at Tabitha’s Way Local Food Pantry at 920 E. State Rd, Suite C, American Fork. Alternatively, donations can be dropped off at either location.

“The food these scouts will be collecting will have a great impact on our neighbors and friends, many of whom may very well be classmates or friends of these scouts,” said Karen McCandless of Community Action Services and Food Bank.

“It is so rewarding to see these youth and their leaders all working together to help fight hunger within their own communities. You can’t tell if someone is hungry just by looking at them — they look a lot like you and me, and they need our help,” said Al Switzler of Tabitha’s Way.

Donated food should be commercially packaged (non-glass), non-perishable and nutritious items (ideally low-sodium and low-sugar items). Most needed food items include rice, pasta, cereal, chili, peanut butter, boxed meals, canned meats and canned fruits, and even non-food items including diapers, toilet paper and hygiene items. For more information about Scouting for Food, or to find a local food pantry, visit or, or

About Community Action Services and Food Bank

Community Action Services and Food Bank has been serving Utah, Wasatch and Summit counties since 1967. Its mission is to foster self-reliance in individuals, families and the community. Last year, Community Action helped thousands of families with food, housing, utility and other assistance, and provided community gardens, a commercial kitchen, financial literacy and homebuyer education. For more information, visit   Find us on Facebook at

About Tabitha’s Way Local Food Pantry

Founded in 2010, Tabitha’s Way Local Food Pantry in Spanish Fork and American Fork provide emergency food assistance to almost 6,000 individuals each month in north and south Utah County. The mission of Tabitha’s Way Local Food Pantry is to help individuals and families through tough times by providing temporary food assistance, recommending resources for self-reliance and helping neighbors help neighbors.

About Utah Food Bank

Founded in 1904, Utah Food Bank has operated under various names, but remains true to its mission of Fighting Hunger Statewide by providing food to a statewide network of 149 emergency food pantries and agencies. Last fiscal year, Utah Food Bank distributed 39.2 million pounds of food and goods, the equivalent of approximately 32.7 million meals, to families and individuals in need. For more information about Utah Food Bank, visit Find us on Facebook at and Twitter at

Utah Valley Chamber Business of the Month: Weaver Business Coaching

PROVO, UT- January 31, 2018 The Utah Valley Chamber Ambassadors, the welcoming arm of the chamber, are proud to announce their February Business of the Month recipient; Weaver Business Coaching. The Chamber Ambassadors will be awarding Weaver Business Coaching at the Utah Valley Chamber office located on 111 S University Avenue at 10 a.m. Press, media, and public are welcome to attend.


Keith Weaver (Weaver Business Coaching’s CEO and Founder) has helped many new chamber members navigate their first year within the organization successfully,” said Utah Valley Chamber Business Development Executive, Kate Bowcut. “In fact, he has mentored chamber members for over two years!”


“Keith is consistent and engaged,” said Habitat for Humanity Director, Kena Mathews, “He is a fun person to work with and you can count on him to get things done. That is why we asked him to be our Chamber Ambassador Mentor Chair! He does a great job.”


“We can’t thank Keith enough for the time and energy he has contributed to our chamber,” said Bowcut. “He truly deserves this award and we are excited to recognize him and celebrate his accomplishments.”




About the Business of the Month Award:


The Business of the Month award recipient is chosen by the Utah Valley Chamber Ambassadors. Businesses who earn the award, are given a large Business of the Month sign to display in front of their business. They are also awarded a certificate at a Utah Valley Chamber event. To get involved with the Utah Valley Chamber, visit


About the Utah Valley Chamber:

The Chamber is a group of member businesses working to build the communities we serve. We are established as a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization. Our governing body is the Board of Directors made up of volunteer business leaders from throughout Utah Valley.


For more information contact:

Amandi Heperi




February 13, 2018





Utah County has developed community-wide public/private partnerships to educate its residents about the risks associated with prescription pain medication and to promote a conversation between patient and doctor about effective alternatives.

Salt Lake City, February 13, 2018—Addiction to prescription pain medications, also known as opioids, is an epidemic in Utah and across the nation. For many, addiction began with a legal prescription. To educate the public about this health crisis, Intermountain Healthcare, MountainStar Healthcare, Wasatch Mental Health, Utah County Department of Drug and Alcohol Prevention & Treatment and the state’s prevention campaign, Use Only as Directed, have joined forces to encourage Utah County residents to Speak Out, Opt Out and Throw Out their prescription opioids.

On Thursday, February 15, at 11:00am at Mountain View Hospital—1000 E. 100 N. in Payson—leaders from three participating healthcare organizations will join with local prevention experts and Utah County Commissioner Bill Lee to unveil the widespread public awareness campaign. The gravity of the problem in Utah County, including the particularly hard-hit Payson community, is underscored by Utah Department of Health morbidity (injury) data that reports Utah County is one of the top five hotspots in the state for emergency department visits due to opioid misuse/overdose. These concerning trends have mobilized the county’s public and private healthcare organizations to deliver a unified public health message to their patients. Specifically, the local effort also includes opioid prevention messages in its community mental health clinics—a crucial, underserved audience where 60-70 percent of patients being treated for a mental health disorder also have a substance use disorder.

Large-scale messaging throughout the hospitals and clinics will educate patrons to the fact that 7,000 opioid prescriptions are issued each day in Utah, increasing the chance for misuse or abuse; and will remind Utahns that while prescription pain medications can be a powerful, healing tool, it can take just seven days to develop a physical dependency to opioids. “MountainStar Healthcare is pleased to be part of an educational campaign that supports our commitment to patient safety. It complements and enhances our initiatives to empower our patients and caregivers to work together to make more informed, healthier choices about pain management,” says Janet Zarndt, director of pharmacy services for MountainStar Healthcare.

Partners in the initiative are encouraging Utah County residents to Speak Out, by having a conversation with their doctor about the potential risks of opioids and Opt Out of prescription pain medications in favor of other CDC-recommended, effective alternatives. “Intermountain Healthcare has set a goal to reduce the number of opioid tablets prescribed for acute pain by 40 percent in 2018. We are committed to working with our patients and providers to improve the health and well-being of the communities in which we serve,” stated Kevin Brooks, MHA, administrator of Intermountain Healthcare Utah Valley Hospital. The partnership with five Intermountain hospitals and clinics, two MountainStar hospitals and four Wasatch Mental Health clinics will also feature signage about the Five Questions to Ask Your Doctor About Opioids, and Throw Out messaging directing patrons to use their local medication drop box for safe disposal of leftover opioids.

Residents who have been directly affected by someone struggling with prescription opioid addiction will also be in attendance when the Speak Out, Opt Out, Throw Out campaign is unveiled to show their support for local prevention efforts. “Opioid misuse is a community problem that requires a community solution. That’s why partnerships like these are a crucial part of turning the tide, helping us move upstream to prevent substance use through local outreach and education,” says Heather Lewis, ASUDC, prevention program manager at Utah County Department of Drug and Alcohol Prevention & Treatment.

The Use Only as Directed campaign, a collaboration between federal, state, city, county and private businesses, was launched in 2008 and is dedicated to preventing prescription opioid misuse and abuse. By mobilizing media, community partnerships and local outreach, it seeks to educate Utahns about the risks associated with opioids and other effective pain management alternatives, as well as change behaviors regarding proper use, storage and disposal of prescription opioids. For more information and to find a local medication drop box near you, visit

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National Youth Development Organization Seeking Local Board Members

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2018 “The Year of Technical Education” A Letter From The CTE Coalition

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Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce: Eggs and Issues 2018

Provo, UT (January 18, 2018​) – Starting Saturday, January 27th, ​The Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce​ will partner with ​Intermountain Healthcare​ to host the 2018 Eggs and Issues breakfasts.

The ​Eggs and Issues Breakfasts​ are dedicated to giving community members and local legislators chances to discuss how certain issues affect Utah Valley businesses. This year’s breakfasts will focus on issues pertaining to economic development, education and transportation.

“Eggs and Issues has been a chamber tradition for years,” said Utah Valley Chamber President, Rona Rahlf. “It is an event that allows business owners and community members to discuss important matters regarding legislation.”

“Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend Eggs and Issues!,” said Utah Valley Chamber Member Services Director, Amandi Heperi. “There will be time for questions, so I encourage you to come prepared with a question in mind.”

The first Eggs and Issues breakfast will be held at Clark Auditorium, the home that has hosted Eggs and Issues for years. The next two will be held at Ashton Auditorium located in the new Sorensen Tower. Breakfast will start and 7:15 a.m. Breakfast and entry are free. For date, times and locations visit or refer to the information below.

Eggs and Issues 2018:

Saturday, January 27

Utah Valley Regional Medical Center, Northwest Plaza,

Clark Auditorium Corner of 500 W, Bulldog Blvd.

Provo, UT 84601

7:15 – 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, February 10

Utah Valley Regional Medical Center

Sorenson Tower, Ashton Auditorium.

1134 N 500 W

Provo, UT 84604

7:15 – 9:00 a.m.

Saturday, March 3

Utah Valley Regional Medical Center

Sorenson Tower, Ashton Auditorium.

1134 N 500 W

Provo, UT 84604

7:15 – 9:00 a.m.

About the Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce​:

The Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce is a 501(c)(6) non-profit organization member-driven organization whose mission is to build relationships, advocate principle-based public policy, and promote business and community prosperity.

For more information please contact:

Amandi Heperi

Utah Valley Chamber of Commerce

Member Services Director

801-851-2555 ext. 1


Theatre for Young Audiences one hour musical “Little Red” to have world premiere at SCERA Feb. 5-23

(Orem, Utah) — As he headed toward an interview in Los Angeles to pitch a show to the Bravo television network, Chase Ramsey took a call to explain his newest project called “Little Red” that will have its world premiere at SCERA Center for the Arts in February.

“It’s kind of my last hurrah at a place that feels like home,” says the director and actor who is the on-screen personality for Dream365 TV’s California Dream Eater and a director for the Walt Disney company. Ramsey is relocating his family to California from Utah and has directed and acted at SCERA for many years, after starting out as a young boy in the SCERA Youth Theatre program.

He and collaborator, David Smith – a seasoned actor, director and composer – are presenting their third musical at SCERA as part of the organization’s popular Theatre for Young Audiences program.

Performances of the one hour musical will begin Feb. 5 and continue through Feb. 23 on Mondays and Fridays at 7 p.m. The shows, designed for families with children, also provide morning field trips for school groups, which are already sold out.

Reserved seat tickets to the public Monday and Friday evening performances are $6 for adults and $4 for children 3-11 and seniors 65 and older.  They are available at, by calling 801-225-ARTS, or in person at the main office at SCERA, 745 South State, Orem, open 10am-6pm weekdays and Saturdays from 12noon-6pm.

“Little Red” tells the story of Little Red Riding Hood, but in a creative way. “We did what Disney does in that we took a parable and built it into a great big story.” The basic tale is simple with Red going into the forest, encountering a wolf in the woods on the way to give food to her grandmother. The wolf tries to eat the grandma and the girl, but ultimately thwarted by a local woodsman.

“Some versions of this classic tale are quite dark, and we did not want that as part of our version of the story,” Ramsey explains. “We always try to have a message, and we selected bravery. We decided to build our story around Little Red Riding Hood, because she is the bravest of them all.”

Ramsey, who has partnered with Smith for “Peter Pan’s Great Adventure” and “Alice in Wonderland,” explains that, “We started this project to provide shows that can educate and bring a message to children. We find a story that fits our message and build a script and music around it.”

In selecting bravery for their topic, they also emphasized that bravery isn’t always smart. Going into the woods alone is probably not the smartest idea. “What if she hadn’t met the huntsman there,” Ramsey asks. “We wanted Red to be brave but also to keep her head up, focus and listen to what is around here. We are making her a hero, and bravery is not the only quality that makes a hero.”

Because Ramsey and Smith wanted a light version of what could be a dark tale, they are doing the set in bright colors. The town is reminiscent of the village in “Beauty and the Beast,” and it and the costumes are designed to be bright and beautiful. The woods, too, are lovely, with bright colors and birds in the trees.

“Unlike the usual forbidding woods, these are not terrifying, but the villagers think they are,” Ramsey says. “That’s because the wolf is always coming out with signs that read, “Stay Out” and “Beware of the Wolf.” By using a thunder sheet as a prop, the wolf creates loud noises as a way to create the scariness.”

In reality, the wolf is not frightening at all. He believes the woods are getting too crowded and everybody is eating all his food. He makes up a story of the big, bad wolf to keep the town residents away from his stomping grounds. One of the final lines in the musical lays it out clearly and comically:  “Oh, I’m not trying to eat you, I’m a vegetarian.”

The six-member cast includes Rilee Crump as Little Red, Shawn M. Mortensen as the Big Bad Wolf, and Nicolas Thomas as the butcher, whose brother, the woodsman, is played by Chase Ramsey. Also performing is Shannon Follette as Granny and TJ Thomas as the Baker.

Smith wrote the music and lyrics, and is serving as music director, while Ramsey wrote the script book and is serving as director. Others assisting Ramsey are Danielle Berry as stage manager, Shawn M. Mortensen as scenic designer, Deborah Bowman as costume designer, Chase Elison as sound and lighting designer, and Christy Norton as props designer.

Ramsey said he cast himself in a role, because he wanted to play on the SCERA stage one more time before leaving Utah. “This is likely the last time I’m directing, but David and I will continue to create these Theatre for Young Audiences shows. I’ll be sure to fly in next year to see it. I believe it is important to have new works created in Utah Valley.”

SCERA President and CEO Adam J. Robertson agrees. “We are happy building a collection of original works that help introduce children to the magic of live theatre.” For licensing information or to obtain a perusal of the show, contact SCERA at (801) 225-ARTS or send an email inquiry to

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Good With Numbers? Here’s How You Can Volunteer to Serve Utah County Families

United Way’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program is starting up again in January. We are looking for several dozen additional volunteer tax preparers.

Our volunteer tax preparers help us return approximately $5 million in tax refunds to our local community. Last year, they served over 3,000 families and helped them find peace of mind and financial stability during tax time. We provide a fairly easy training for all, and no previous tax preparation experience is required.

Please contact Claire at or801-691-5371; you can also get more information at our website by going to: