Around Town 13

Adventures of a Vatican Astronomer

by Nevah Stevenson

Brother Guy Consolmagno, Director of the Vatican Observatory, addressed a rapt audience of 800 science enthusiasts at a public event hosted by Juan Diego Catholic High School on March 13. Consolmagno, who was appointed by Pope Francis in 2015, said “Being a Jesuit brother doesn’t only mean I get to do wonderful science. It means that I get to be an ambassador of the Creator in lots of different ways.” The 125-year-old Vatican Observatory was built to underscore the church’s belief that science and faith can co-exist. Consolmagno spoke to the symbiotic pairing of the scientific how and the spiritualistic why as he shared his adventures. He splits time between Rome, the Vatican telescope in Arizona and global expeditions studying meteorites and their interactions with asteroids. Consolmagno holds a Planetary Science M.A. and Ph.D. from MIT and the University of Arizona’s Lunar and Planetary Laboratory respectively. A firm believer in nurturing young minds, Consolmagno remarked, “You’re never too young to learn important things. The astronomy that I use now at 63 years old is in part based on the astronomy that I learned from a book that I read when I was 10 years old.”

Susan Madsen Memorial 5K

by Mary Etherington

Save the date for the Susan K 5K Fun Run at 8 a.m. and Classic Car Show, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., on Saturday, May 14 in honor or Susan K. Madsen. Susan died May 8, 2014 in a car accident in Draper and is survived by her husband and five children, who are organizing this event close to Mother’s Day in her memory. Susan was an actively involved member of our community who always put others first. She loved serving unconditionally and was always willing to lend a helping hand with a warm smile. Proceeds from the 5K will be donated to MADD, and from the Car Show to Zero Fatalities. Food trucks will be at the event. The start and finish will be at the Equestrian Center Parking Lot, 1600 E. Highland Drive (13675 South). Come be part of a special day with your neighbors and the Madsen family. More info at

Retirement Reception Planned For Summit Academy’s Mr. Z

By Mimi Darley Dutton

Principal Bob Zentner, lovingly referred to by Summit Academy students and parents as Mr. Z, will be retiring at the end of June. “The past eight years I have been at Summit Academy have been the best eight years that I have worked in any school throughout my 41 years in education. Thanks for a wonderful ride!” Zentner said. Mr. Z is known and appreciated for having established the “Dunkin with Mr. Z” monthly program that recognizes students for good behavior by inviting them to the principal’s office to dunk cookies in milk. In keeping with the dunking theme, Zentner also steps into a dunk tank every spring at the charter school’s annual Jogapalooza fundraiser, allowing students to dunk him into a cold tank of water as a fundraising incentive, this after running laps around the school with the students. He often wears a half BYU/half U of U baseball cap during unloading and loading at school. And most noteworthy is Mr. Z’s uncanny ability to remember each of his student’s names, many of whom he’s known since Kindergarten. Zentner’s love of fishing and plans for traveling with his wife will keep him busy in his upcoming retirement, though there’s no doubt he’ll be missed at Summit. A retirement reception has been planned for Mr. Z and current as well as former Summit students and families are invited to participate. For more information, please contact Nikki Meehan at

Earth Day (Salt Lake County Health Department Household Hazardous Waste Collection Event) 2016

In order to avoid duplication of services, Draper City has elected not to host its own hazardous waste/recycling Earth Day event, but instead is supporting Salt Lake County’s efforts in this area. Salt Lake County will hold three Hazardous Wastes Collection events at Draper Park in 2016. Following are the dates for the Salt Lake County Health Department Household Hazardous Waste Draper collection events this summer: Thursday, May 26, 2016 from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Thursday, June 23, 2016 from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Thursday, July 21, 2016 from 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

The Piano Place

Interested in music lessons but don’t know where to turn? Look no further! The Piano Place is a brand new music studio located in the heart of Draper, specializing in piano, voice and guitar lessons. Of its many talented instructors, some include a former American Idol contestant, the lead vocalist of Utah’s 2014 Band of the Year and two featured pianists from Salt Lake’s esteemed Roof Restaurant. The Piano Place offers a fun and flexible, yet progress driven environment for students of all ages to learn and succeed. For questions about rates, scheduling and other details visit

Local Paul McGarrell’s Farmers Insurance Receives Award

Paul McGarrell’s Farmers Insurance in Draper was selected for the 14th year in a row for Presidents Council, the most elite honor for a Farmers Insurance Agency. They would like to thank their wonderful team and clients! A big part of our community, Paul was recently the secret reader at his grandson’s kindergarten class at Saint John the Baptist Catholic Elementary.

Woodland Fairies at Gardner Village

The fairies have landed at Gardner Village! Look high. Look low. Head over for the day and see if you and can spot the newly-arrived, enchanted residents. Enjoy tiny houses and bitty scenes in the center court area and around every turn, then stay for a Fairy Garden Class or Fairy House Tour. Saturdays include Fairy Parades, face painting and Fairy bracelets. Through May 31.

Dogs in Corner Canyon Restricted from Watershed Area

At its March 29 meeting the Draper City Council members voted 5-0 to approve Ordinance No. 1197 amending Sections 7-1 and 7-5 of the Draper City Municipal Code regarding watershed protection. The change amends the code to keep dogs (off or on leash) out of the Corner Canyon watershed area. This watershed supplies drinking water to Draper residents.

“Animals shall be allowed in a designated watershed area on and downhill from the Bonneville Shoreline Trail from Hidden Valley Park in Sandy to the junction of Potato Hill Trail and on and downhill from the Potato Hill Trail to the junction of Ann’s Trail. This subsection shall not apply to dogs specially trained for and actually assisting a person with a disability, or dogs used in law enforcement or search and rescue work.” The Draper Police Department will be monitoring the watershed area and will issue tickets for non-compliance.

Local Family Touts Huntington as Priceless Tool in Education

Our daughter was in the fifth grade when we realized she was not catching on to the subjects being taught in school. We explored several tutoring options when we came across Huntington Learning Center. Huntington tested her skills to determine that she was learning at a second grade level, mainly due to deficiency in comprehension skills. Huntington knew, based off of their experience, how many hours it would take to get her up to grade level. From there, we planned out the path that would work best for our schedule and our budget—including progress meetings every 4-6 weeks—all while bringing her up to grade level and continuing to work on current grade level work. Because of Huntington, she was completely prepared for middle school and successful with both classroom work and at-home studies. Now a sophomore in high school, she has been able to take her math credits at Huntington because they are accredited with the state of Utah. Being able to work with a teacher who knows her learning style and abilities has been vital to her success.

Alta Mural Brings History to Life

Here’s a terrifying idea: Hand eight gallons of paint to a group of teenagers and encourage them to unleash their creativity on a school wall of their choosing. But Alta High’s visual arts teacher Denise Crane trusted her students, never doubting they would rise to the challenge, and they didn’t disappoint. Their handiwork, a colorful, 24-foot-long mural reminiscent of the rock art panels gracing southern Utah’s canyon walls, was unveiled to great acclaim earlier this month—the culmination of five months of work. 
Students were given full artistic freedom, says Crane. “They’d come every day after school for at least two hours on their own time. They weren’t told to be here. They weren’t earning a grade to be here. They were here because they wanted to participate and because of their love for art.” Now a permanent fixture at Alta, the fresco celebrates our American Indian heritage and was made possible by the Center for Documentary Expression and Art and its “Sacred Images” artist-in-residence program. The program pairs students with professional artist guides—in Alta’s case, Utah muralist Ruby Chacon—whose role is to empower students to express themselves. Funding was provided by the Utah Division of Arts and Museums, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Salt Lake County Zoo, Arts and Parks Program. Board members and District administrators and dignitaries, including Shirlee Silversmith, Director of the Utah Division of Indian Affairs, were on hand for the unveiling to celebrate the achievement. But the mural was wholly conceived and created by students. “It’s amazing to know when I graduate I’ll be leaving something behind,” said student artist Peyton Camomile. for full article.

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