August 2015 Around Town 1


Kaplan ACT & SAT Test Prep/Training 2015

For high school students looking for help with PSAT, ACT or SAT, Draper Recreation has partnered with Kaplan College Prep to offer a course designed to increase scores. All materials, proctors, practice tests, detailed score reports and student breakdown performance included. For students in ninth to twelfth grade, on August 1, from 9 a.m. to noon, in the Draper City Council Chambers, 1020 East Pioneer Rd. Register online or at the Draper Parks & Recreation Office through July 29. Cost to participate is $10, light breakfast and snacks provided by Draper Recreation Department.

2015 Silver Pen Essay Contest

All seniors are invited to participate in the 2015 Silver Pen Essay Contest by writing and submitting your own essay based on: “I Surprised Myself When…”

Author must be 60+ years old. Work must be original, unpublished and created in essay format during 2015. All entries must be between 350 to 500 words. (Essays longer than 500 words will be disqualified.)

All essays must be submitted electronically. If you need assistance sending your entry electronically, visit Draper Senior Center or Draper Library. All entries must be received by September 7, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. Winners will be announced and notified by October 1, 2015. First, second and third place winners will be awarded prizes at a Recognition Party on October 5, 2015 at 2 p.m. at the Columbus Community Senior Center, 2530 South 500 East, Salt Lake City.

The SLCC Community Writing Center will offer a FREE workshop to assist participants. The two-part workshop will be held on August 13 and 20 from 1-3 p.m. at the Mt. Olympus Senior Center, 1635 E. Murray Holladay Road. Registration is required. To register call 801.957.2192.

With questions about the contest, contact Susie Cates 385.468.3130 or Liesl Seborg 801.948.7954, or by email,

Wasatch Front Farmers Market

The Wasatch Front Farmers’ Market is held in three locations across the Wasatch Front, all weekends through October. Come support local farmers, food artisans, bakers, artists and musicians with markets on Saturday at Gardner Village and Thanksgiving Point, and on Sunday at Wheeler Historic Farm. Special features at each location—from face painting for the kids and live music at Gardner Village to a traditional farm fresh pancake breakfast at Wheeler Farm. For specifics, see

Local Primary Election

There will be three Draper City Council seats open in the 2015 Draper City Municipal Election. Each Council seat is at-large for a four-year term. If necessary, the primary election will be held Tuesday, August 11. The general election will be held Tuesday, November 3. Contact Rachelle Conner, 801.576.6502, with questions.

High School Sports Recognition

Several area high school students were recognized for excellence in sports. Boys baseball 5A all-state teams are based on coaches votes and included Drew Lisk, a Junior at Jordan High School. Playing short stop and pitcher, Lisk earned a .475 BA, 22 RBI, 9 2B and 5-2 record. Two 5A Honorable Mentions were Cody Davis and Alex Baeza, both of Jordan High.

In addition, fourteen Canyons District students earned Academic All-State Honors in spring sports from the Utah High School Activities Association. The students are: Stephen Peck, Alta; Blake Burns, Brighton; Peter Lynch, Hillcrest for Boys Track and Field; Alyssa Hirschi and McKell Kellogg, Brighton for Girls Track and Field; Mylei Hong, Brighton; Rebekah Kay Anderson and Alexis Marie Varankis, Hillcrest for Softball, Chandler Olsen, Alta; Marshall Underwood, Hillcrest for Boys Soccer; Brandon Cui, Bovey Rao, Jacob Ulrich and Calvin Yu, Hillcrest for Boys Tennis.

Perfect ACT Score

Hillcrest student Dale Schlachter earned a perfect ACT score of 36, the highest that can be achieved on the exam.  The soon-to-be-senior’s score continues an 11-year Hillcrest tradition of at least one student per year earning such exemplary marks on the most popular college admissions test. Schlachter, who is a member of the school’s robotics team and took seven Advanced Placement Tests this year alone, has his sights set on earning his International Baccalaureate diploma from Hillcrest, then likely attending either Brigham Young University or the University of Utah.

Tide Dry Cleaners Now Open In Draper

Nothing smells better than the fresh scent of clean laundry. That, plus the smiling staff, are exactly what greet you the moment you enter the brand new, locally-owned and operated Tide Dry Cleaners at 593 East 12300 South in Draper. They’re revolutionizing dry cleaning by utilizing silicone-based, environmentally safe GreenEarth® Cleaning to gently lift and carry away dirt in a way that most other dry cleaners can’t. Colors stay bright and clothes stay looking newer, longer. Combine that with the cleaning power of Tide detergent and Downy fabric softener and you have a dry cleaner that’s changing dry cleaning for good. And, they’re available anytime. Take advantage of their extended hours, drive-thru valet and 24-hour drop box and kiosk.

Salt Lake City’s Urban Flea Market

Local radio personality Kate Wheadon and Michael Sanders (proprietor of Now & Again Vintage) have created an amazing cultural addition to the downtown area in The Urban Flea Market. Wheadon first hatched the idea when she returned to Utah from living in L.A. and San Francisco, because she missed the weekend flea markets she’d come to know and love in Santa Monica, the Rose Bowl, Hollywood High and SFO. With 80 vendors and held only once a month, The Urban Flea Market is the perfect place to hunt for treasure. August 9, September 13 and October 11. Text by Michael Mack

Outdoor Summer Concerts and Theater

If you’re interested in soaking up the last of these gorgeous summer nights, several options for outdoor concerts and theater abound. The Draper Amphitheater will showcase two productions this month–Alice in Wonderland, Jr. and Big Band Tribute. See pages 34-35 for info.

At the Deer Valley Music Festival, enjoy the world-class talent of the Utah Symphony, paired with the best in classic rock, country, show tunes, pop, jazz, chamber and classical music. August will feature stars like Kristin Chenoweth and Diana Krall. Concerts start at 7:30, come early to picnic and enjoy the beauty and cool mountain air of Deer Valley. For schedule:

In Salt Lake City, Red Butte Gardens Concert Series will host Alabama Shakes, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Brandi Carlile, Wilco, Garrison Keillor and more. Bring a picnic and chairs, on-site concessions available.

A bit closer to home, Sandy Amphitheater’s summer line-up includes a mix of touring acts and local favorites, including Shrek the Musical, Weird Al, Chris Issak, Colbie Caillat and Chrtistina Perri. Additionally, the Outdoor Movie Series returns to the Thanksgiving Point Gardens.  Bring a blanket and a picnic, and enjoy unforgettable family films under the stars. Movies begin at dusk, August 7: Maleficent, August 14: Big Hero 6. Free with Garden admission.

The Utah Renaissance Faire

The Utah Renaissance Faire is a world-class event with full-contact jousting matches and artisan villages of the Renaissance. It will be held August 28-29 at Thanksgiving Point. Other entertainment includes archery, sword and shield combat shows, theater, music and street performers. Special appearances will be made by Knights of Mayhem and Grassroots Shakespeare. Join in the Kings Feast five-course dinner on both Friday and Saturday at 7 p.m. The Feast includes authentic medieval entertainment, VIP jousting seats, a five course medieval dinner and more (seating is limited, $40 per person).