May 2015 Around Town 4


Festival of Roses

The 16th annual Festival of Roses will take place on May 15, 16 and 17 at the Skaggs Catholic Center located at 300 East 11800 South in Draper. This community tradition grows in size every year. The festival is a family oriented event open to the entire community and offers something for everyone. There is free live entertainment all weekend long, carnival rides and games, a silent auction, a 5k race and Family Fun Walk on Saturday morning, a classic car show on Saturday afternoon, vendor booths and a wide variety of food and beverages for purchase. For event schedule, please visit Wristbands for unlimited carnival rides can be purchased in advance only by visiting the festival website and clicking on “carnival rides.” Proceeds from The Festival of Roses benefit St. John the Baptist Parish.

Miss Draper/Miss Draper Teen Scholarship Pageant

Open to girls age 13-17 and young women age 17-24, the Miss Draper Scholarship Pageant is an opportunity for young women to learn life skills and have fun making new friends. The bonus is getting to feel like a princess. Participants of Miss Draper are eligible to win a $2,000 scholarship for college and $1,000 to help prepare for Miss Utah. First attendant will receive $750 and second attendant will receive $500. Apply online at or by calling 801.912.2113.

Dining at The Ridge

Perfect for taking advantage of the stunning views and dining al fresco, The Ridge, your Neighborhood Market and Café, is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Ridge is the ideal fast, casual place for coffee with a co-worker, lunch with the neighbors, dinner with the family, or an after work cocktail on the patio. An Italian wood-fired oven bakes delicious artisan pizzas and lends a flavorful smoky finish to great steaks, seafood and chicken. Forgot the milk on the way home? The market features fresh dairy products, house baked breads and hundreds of other locally sourced products and daily essentials. Located in Suncrest, atop the mountain across from the park, this cozy cabin retreat is a destination that offers the perfect vibe in an upscale setting. Featuring live music on weekends.


Summit Academy Elementary and Junior High will be hosting their annual Jogapalooza Festivities on May 27-28. On May 27, the community is invited to a silent auction and dinner in the Elementary gym located at 1285 East 13200 South. This is Summit Academy’s only fundraiser for the entire school year. The dinner will be catered by Fazoli’s and will include pasta, salad and breadsticks. Cost is $5 for adults and $2.50 for kids, with all proceeds going directly to support Summit Academy. Up for bid at the silent auction are many fun gift baskets with themes like “Family Game Night” and “Sports,” as well as other prizes. The following day, on May 28, students will be participating in a fun run during school hours that includes music courtesy of a DJ and a chance for top earners to get to dunk their principal in a dunk tank.

Local Sterling Scholar Award Winners

The Deseret News/KSL 2015 Sterling Scholar award winners for the Wasatch Front region were named March 10 in the culmination of the scholarly competition. Two Draper students took home the prize that includes several categories. Bovey Rao of Hillcrest High School won for Mathematics and Sarah Farnsworth of Alta High School won for Social Science. Photo and article courtesy of and reprinted with permission from Deseret News.

Mothers Day at The Grand

The Grand America provides several ways to make mom feel special on her big day. On Saturday, May 10, from 10 a.m. till 2 p.m., the Grand Ballroom will be hosting a Mother’s Day Brunch. Enjoy selections of traditional brunch favorites, plus fresh seafood, fruits, salads, sushi, roasts and an extravagant dessert buffet. The children’s buffet will feature selections just for kids, and the Courtyard will feature a potting station for them to decorate a pot and plant a flower for mom. While you dine, a special floral arrangement is available for delivery during brunch and will showcase light orange roses, tulips and yellow lilies, accented by white hydrangeas in a contemporary round vase ($100). Similarly, the Spa at the Grand can deliver a bottle of their signature body product wrapped with a gift card for an express facial or massage ($125). If Mother’s Day is already booked for mom, consider treating her to a Mothers and Daughters Afternoon Tea on May 2, 3 or 9. This is a traditional English tea service that includes an assortment of finger sandwiches, scones served with clotted cream and berry jam, a selection of tea pastries, premium loose leaf teas including caffeine-free selections and hot chocolate. Cocktail service is also available. Reservations required for both dining options, 801.258.6707.

Merle Norman Grand Opening

The newly redesigned Merle Norman Cosmetic Studio, Skin Esteem Spa and Boutique, at 213 East 12300 South in Draper, held a grand opening celebration on March 19. The grand opening provided opportunities to try the latest Merle Norman Cosmetic products, receive complete makeup lessons and enjoy interactive shopping.

“We are thrilled to bring the new ‘face’ of Merle Norman Cosmetics to Draper,” says Betty Haslem-Todd, owner. Founded in Los Angeles in 1931, Merle Norman Cosmetics is a leading brand of premium skin care, foundations and color cosmetic products. Haslem–Todd and Alexandra Walker, medical estheticians and Merle Norman Beauty consultants look forward to introducing the store’s new look to the community.

Summer Art Camp for Kids

Summer is practically here, which means it’s time to get the kiddos signed up for summer activities. For budding artists, try Mini Matisse Art Camp. Run by local art students, camps are held in week long sessions for various ages and include arts and crafts projects. For more information, check out