June 2015 Around Town 3


Canyons District Film Festival

The top-judged films in the 6th annual Canyons District Film Festival were announced April 9 in a ceremony that featured a red carpet and donated snacks from generous community sponsors. Several Draper-area students were winners. From Entrada High Draper Campus: Clayton Williams (Anti Goat Bullying), Wesley VanDam and Josh Rollo (The Amazing Race), Chris, Tiger, Zach, Patrick, Clayton, Sam, Wesley and Ammaron (V Tech 80 News) and Wade Harman (The Fabulous Life of Mr. Harman). From Draper Park Middle: Cade Barrows (Betrayal), Julia Tolk, Megan Lindsay and Spencer Billings (Chocolate Newscast), Livi Redden and Lauren Wilson (Animal Rescue), Morgan Heart, Brynn Thayer, Kaitlin Talbot and Abbie Luber (Twigs Woodwear), Ethan Wilsher, McKenzie Wagner, Kade Kneilins, Jeremy Van Slooken and Patrick Holmes (F.A.T.E.).

Confucius Classroom

Draper and Lone Peak elementary schools, which have Mandarin Chinese-English dual-language immersion programs, recently received word that their schools have received the prestigious designation of Confucius Classroom. Selected by China’s Education Ministry and the Confucius Institute at the University of Utah, both schools will receive $10,000 grants to support Chinese dual-language immersion teachers, students and programs. The grants also promote the learning of Chinese language and cultural understanding. Additionally, the schools will receive textbook money to support the Mandarin Chinese-English language program, an interactive cultural display and funding for language teachers to attend language-based professional development conferences.

Draper Visual Arts Foundation Scholarship Competition

The Draper Visual Arts Foundation held their annual high school art scholarship competition from March 30 to April 3. Darrell Smith officiated at the awards program held on Thursday, April 3, at Draper City Hall. There were 80 student entries from various high schools in the Canyons School District boundaries. The competition included two-dimensional (paintings) and three-dimensional (jewelry, ceramics, etc.) entries. Jeanne Flint, Lynn Smith and Lowell Baum were members of the organizing committee and the winners are as follows: Grand Prize-Hannah Petersen, Hillcrest High School; First Place in three-dimensional art-Pantara Coshow, Brighten High School; First Place in two-dimensional art-Olivia Braiker, Jordan High School; Second Place-Caroline Ann Hollow, Hillcrest High School; Third Place-Elizabeth Harrison, Jordan High School.

=”Every year we are so impressed with the entries submitted by the talented high school senior art students,” says Flint. “The Draper Visual Arts Foundation is proud to offer this scholarship award to help foster the future of the arts in our community.”

Draper Tennis Lessons

With Penny Clinger, director of tennis, and Binh Huynh, head pro, Draper City supplies some of the most sought-out tennis instructors in the state. Both are USPTA/USPTR certified teaching professionals, and together have taught at Gold’s Gym, Sportsmall, Alta Canyon and South Jordan Center. They are focused on building a foundation of fundamentals for all levels. For adults, a punch pass allows you to attend lessons to fit your schedule. Beginner and intermediate classes available for men and women, morning and evening. For kids, classes run in sessions that run for two weeks, with classes twice a week–Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday. Maximum of 12 per class and a strict 6:1 student/Pro ratio. Questions? Call Penny at 801.520.0480 or Binh at 801.651.3486 or the Draper Recreation Office at 801.576.6570.

Arts and Crafts in the Barn

Spend the lazy summer days creating and having fun in the Day Barn Pavilion. Children ages four to six will have the chance to make sand art, decorate a custom t-shirt and work with paint and plaster. Kids will get messy–be sure to dress accordingly. Sign up at Draper.ut.us.

Lifestyle Publications Partners with Angel House

Lifestyle Publications is inspired by communities and a desire to build up communities around the world. To that end, Lifestyle Publications, the parent company of Draper Lifestyle, recently made a significant donation to Angel House in India so that an orphanage in the village of Medchal could be opened and a clean water pump installed. The mission of the Angel House organization is to bring abandoned children from the slums to safety and into the loving arms of caretakers that will educate, love and raise them to become future leaders in their generation. The home in Medchal will house a dozen children. To learn more, visit AngelHouse.me.

Music in the Park: Draper’s Summer Concert Series

Nothing says summer quite like it’s lovely, lazy evenings, and what better way to spend them than at an outdoor concert? Bring dinner, blankets, lawn chairs and your friends and neighbors to concerts in Draper Historic Park. Every Monday in June, from 7-9 p.m., except for the last Monday in June. Concerts are free. June 1: Cold Creek (Bluegrass), June 8: First Things First (hits from the 1970s to present), June 15: Crazy Coyota aka Jersey Street (Country), June 22: Dueling Pianos (song request and audience participation). Concert series brought to you by Draper City and the Draper Community Foundation, where “good people and good causes work to build a better community.” DraperCommunityFoundation.org.

Women’s Mountain Biking Class

Interested in mountain biking but feeling a little intimidated? A new class offered by Draper Recreation is designed specifically for the ladies. Learn more about mountain biking including: climbing and downhill technique, pedaling, braking, obstacle, tips and tricks. For women 18 years and older, all abilities welcome. In addition, Draper also offers mountain biking for kids ages 10-13. NICA certified course instructors will teach braking, pedaling, positioning, etiquette, cornering and safety in sessions that Monday to Friday. Beginners welcome and encouraged; riders will use the cycle park and Corner Canyon trails. More information can be found through Draper Recreation at Draper.ut.us.

Canyons District Teachers of the Year

Several Draper-area school teachers were nominated to be the Canyons School District Teacher of the Year. Russ Boyer, from Corner Canyon High School; Patricia Fenton from Draper Elementary; Emily Nance from Draper Park Middle; Sebastien Levitre from Oak Hollow; Jessica Roberts from Willow Springs.

Local Patriotic Employer Recognized

Russell Oliver was recognized by the Office of the Secretary of Defense as a Patriotic Employer for contributing to national security and protecting liberty and freedom by supporting employee participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve Forces. Oliver is a veteran himself and knows the strain put on employees and their families when a member is deployed or moved to a new location.  He respects the level of commitment and dedication shown by his team and strives to support them in all aspects of their careers, both with the military and his company. Oliver is Founder and President of OSS, OSS-Online.com.

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