A League Of Their Own

Each spring Draper and Sandy residents will see kids at local parks donning official looking uniforms with the logos of Major League Baseball (MLB) teams embroidered on their jerseys or emblazoned on their baseball caps. That can only mean one thing: The Southeast Valley Baseball Association (SVBA) season has officially begun.

Modern Traditionalists

Blacksmith, bladesmith and author Jason Keller calls himself a “hillbilly turned mountain man.” He left his Appalachian farm 21 years ago to ski Utah’s slopes and eventually made Draper’s foothills his new home. Despite the change in locale, he draws much of his creativity from childhood experiences.

Awesome Athletes of Juan Diego

Students who go all out all season

Express Yourself

Fun back-to-school looks to copy—without getting in trouble!

Fashion Says

Your style is as unique and free as your spirit. You go through your day with the flow and your clothing and accessories match your easy-going attitude.

All The World’s a Stage

For most Draper students, going back to school means a return to homework, tests, and long days in the classroom. Some may be excited to see old friends and classmates, while others dread the end of relaxing summer days. But some students at Corner Canyon High School look forward to something entirely different: the opportunity to get back on stage…

Ultimate Summer

Amanda Hagen, Corner Canyon High School, Senior, "Hi I'm Amanda and I enjoy swimming in the summer. I literally will go anywhere to swim; I love it!! It's always so fun to be able to spend time with my friends and get some exercise in as well!!"

Respecting Rattlesnakes

An 18 year old male, bit by a rattlesnake in Corner Canyon’s Movie Rocks area in June, was airlifted from the incident location to a nearby trailhead parking lot. He was in stable enough condition to be transported to Utah Valley Hospital by his mom. The teen, hiking on the upper portion of the Ghost Falls trail around 5 PM,…

The Finishing School

Extracurricular activities have been shown to provide students a multitude of benefits including a stronger mind, training in targeted skills, a wider social circle, time management skills, and exploration of interests. While it may seem difficult to squeeze any sort of extracurricular activity into the business of life these days, the benefits definitely pay off.

Just Keep Swimming!

Kelsie Bowler is 23 years old and has been teaching swim lessons for eight years. She swam competitively starting in the 4th grade and continued through all of high school. She attended Brigham Young University where she took courses such as Teaching Competitive Swimming where she was able to increase her knowledge as an instructor while working towards her bachelors…

The Suburban Falcon

One of the main purposes for banding Kestrels with a colorful band is to allow birdwatchers to “re-sight” them and report to HawkWatch where and when Kestrels were sighted. This information provides valuable data about survival and movement.

DL Transformation Challenge

From Mark Thackeray, Publisher of Draper Lifestyle Magazine, everyone involved on the magazine side, and the other contestants, to the gyms and trainers, Carr says the whole transformation challenge experience was great! She believes the challenge helped showcase all the facilities involved regarding varieties of weight loss and fitness possibilities.

Ride On

It was love at first sit for David Anderson when he test-rode a Harley-Davidson. “I’ve never looked back and have never bought anything other than a Harley after that first ride,” says Anderson, who wears a Harley-Davidson “Tail of the Dragon” T-shirt from his ride through the Smoky Mountains of Tennessee. The way a Harley corners and the bike’s ergonomics…

Order On the Court

The duo that makes up the Corner Canyon High School (CCHS) Tennis coaching staff provide life lessons on character and discipline with a little bit of tennis coaching mixed in. Head Coach of the boys’ and girls’ CCHS teams, Mykel Seeborg, was raised in Maryland and started heading to the tennis courts with his father when he was seven years…

Pleased to Meat You

Introduce yourself to these favorite burgers from around town

Deep Draper Roots

Visit Summerhays website at SLMUtah.com or call them at 801-571-8713 to request a free quote and chat about your vision for your yard. Ryan Summerhays grew up in Draper and remembers when the town was primarily made up of farms and horse property. He has watched the evolution of Draper from wide-open spaces to the growing city that it is…

Something Different for Mom this Mother’s Day

This year gather local ingredients and cook for mom!

Permission to Dream

Calendar a few minutes to check out some of the organizations and opportunities highlighted by The Refugee Connection at at ServeRefugees.org Follow their Facebook page and download the Serve Refugees App to view the most current needs.

Draper Lifestyle’s Transformation Challenge

Angie Carr is a 35-year-old sonographer originally from Evanston, Wyoming. She has three amazing kids and one great husband. Her family loves the outdoors and enjoys living in Utah because of all the easy access to a variety of outdoor adventures. Their favorite family activities include camping, hiking, biking, and snowboarding.

A Safe Crossing

Every day, and especially every holiday, Sandy Smith misses her nine grandchildren. Luckily, she has a few hundred kids at Channing Hall who make great substitutes. “They’re all my grandkids,” says the crossing guard of 6½ years. Chatting with her young charges makes her day, and she loves the thank-you’s she receives as she safely escorts them across the street.

Urban Farm & Feed

There aren’t many things that taste better than a vine-ripe tomato just picked, or the crunch of a carrot pulled from the ground, or the crispness of that first bite into an apple that just fell from the tree. Unfortunately, when you live in the city, finding this kind of freshness isn’t always the easiest. Urban Farm & Feed to…

Home Sweet Historical Home

Call it solid construction or call it a teenager’s worst nightmare, but the nine-inch-thick walls of this grand home block Wi-Fi signals. “My kids would tell you that is a major deterrent (to living in a historical home),” says Laura Clark, who along with her husband Carl and two teenage sons, live in the Fort Street home. But, as a…

Read-aloud books for bedtime battles

Reading out loud to youngsters at bedtime will build memories for a lifetime. Furthermore, selecting great books that will entice children, along with settling them down, will help them look forward to bed. This should help eliminate the struggles of getting them to go to bed. For older kids, reading great chapter book page-turners should do the trick (although they…

Before and After Curb Appeal

Marty and Jennifer Harris are Utah natives who have lived in Draper for 21 years. They have been renovating homes full time for the past 12 years. They have been married for 27 years and have three children. Jennifer is the designer for all projects noted in the article and Marty did all of the renovation work, with the exception…

Home Grown Parting Thoughts

As I sit down to write on the theme “Home Grown”, the ground outside is covered in snow and temperatures are hitting record-breaking lows. This is not the kind of weather a farmer wishes for, but no matter the weather outside, something that can always be cultivated is kindness.

 To Every Thing There Is A Season

The story of Rasmussen Farms began in 1976 when newly-married Jeff Rasmussen and his bride, Mary Bradford Rasmussen, began their life together in Draper. Jeff, the son of Welden (Sonne) Rasmussen and Ramona Leak Rasmussen had lived in Draper most of his life. Jeff’s parents lived at 12244 South 900 East in Draper next to the home owned by Sonne’s…

Innovative Thinkers

Make No Small Plans. That’s the quote on Aaron Neuenschwander’s Instagram page and the one that inspires him as an entrepreneur. “There is no real excuse for us not to use all that we’ve been given and become our best selves,” says the 32-year-old COO of Arvo Watches and co-founder of Collabor8, a mobile app that connects brands with social…

The Appeal of the Fat Bike

This winter consider leaving your skis or board in the garage and head to the mountains for a ride on a fat bike instead. In the last ten years, fat biking has grown in popularity as the bike industry’s fastest growing trend. Fat biking is a year around activity as the beefed up width of the tires allow for better…

The Path to Wellness

Wellness is not only a state of good health, it is a state of wellbeing. We can find a little acceptance for the things we cannot change and make small steps towards the things we can change. By changing our diets, exercising more, and adding a little more time to our workout routine, we can make changes in how we…

Warm Up This Winter

Chloe, Nicole and Lauren are a Charger, a Beetdigger and a Hawk, respectively. They show us how (and where!) they escape the cold with good friends and yummy drinks.

Local Gift Guide

New to the neighborhood, Piper & Scoot offers women's contemporary clothes that sing to your inner style and confidence. The girl on you list, whatever her age, wants this in her stocking. 892 E 12300 South PiperAndScoot.com

Lifetime Fan of the Ho Ho Man

There’s always room for Santa Claus at Caralee Skinner’s home. He’ll just have to squeeze in with 500 others. Space is at a premium in Skinner’s Santa room, filled floor to ceiling with Santas of all shapes and sizes. With the eye of a museum curator, Skinner displays her Santas with great care so that each gets a bit of…

A Party for a Cause

There is a refugee crisis in the world today. It is almost overwhelming, but as a citizen in our small community of Draper, it can feel like a daunting task to be able to help in tangible way. In the past year, the LDS church has specifically asked its members to find ways of helping. Linda Burton implored members to,…

Building Upon a Vision

The proverbial phrase, “It takes a village,” supports the idea of a community meeting all of a child’s needs. For both children and adults, this idealistic type of kinship can be experienced at Gardner Village. The property was initially settled by the reputably industrious, Archibald Gardner. Gardner emigrated from Scotland as one of the original Mormon pioneers with the first…

Deserving Of A Salute

Charles Keller has a gift for giving. While out and about in Draper—which is often—the 95-year-old resident carries a pocket full of boondoggles. To everyone he meets, he offers a hand-woven boondoggle—the nickname for a zipper-pull used on jackets or key chains.

Corner Canyon High Presents West Side Story

West Side Story, a musical take on one of the greatest love stories of all time, will be featured at Corner Canyon High School in Draper on November 17, 18, 19 and 21 at 7:00 p.m. in the CCHS Auditorium. This timeless classic tells the story of a modern day Romeo and Juliet who are involved in rival New York…

Kids Who Rock

In 2009 Jared Barney founded Rock University Guitar School in Draper with the desire to pass on the gift of guitar to others. “Our program is designed to not just teach guitar, it is designed to develop confidence and self-esteem in each student," states Jared. It was with this idea in mind that “Rock U Live” was born. “We wanted…

An Unlikely Ute Walk-on

On October 24, 2015, Mackay Dunn sat in the stands at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum watching the Utah Utes get thumped by USC, ending their run at a perfect season. But Dunn was not upset, he was inspired. He had been avidly following the Utes every game and at that moment he had an epiphany. He knew he could…

Draper Track and Field

Around 150 local kids took advantage of a visionary new athletic program this summer. Draper Track and Field held its inaugural season at the Corner Canyon High School track, exposing kids ages eight to 14 to a wide variety of track and field events. For eight weeks, kids rotated through pole vault, high jump, long jump, shot put, discus, javelin…

Breaducation 101: Whole Grains, Simple Ingredients, and a Lot of Love

Freshly milled whole wheat flour. Filtered water. Salt. Fresh yeast. Idaho honey Five pure ingredients is all it takes to create a loaf of bread like you’ve never tried before. And unlike most things that taste this heavenly, Great Harvest’s honey whole wheat bread is packed with whole grains, protein, and fiber, and it contains no processed sugar.

“Tree-t” with Care

Fall is the best time to plant trees. For information on what trees work well in Draper, including South Mountain, see the Tree Guide at Draper.ut.us Take a tree-spotting ride with Margaret Bird, a member of the Draper Tree Commission, and she’ll point out the good, the bad, and the ugly.

Huntington Learning Center

High school students from all over northern Utah, including places like Bingham, Alta, Morgan, Lone Peak, Park City, Spanish Fork, and even parts of Wyoming, come to the Huntington Learning Center in Draper year round for the excellent ACT exam prep they offer. It may seem extreme to make a daily trek from Morgan, a town that is an hour…

Bringing Joy Into The World

Melanie Longmore loves her job as Nurse Manager for the Mom/Baby Unit and Special Care Nursery at Riverton Hospital. Her mother and grandmother were both nurses. “It was in my blood,” Longmore said. During nursing school she realized that women’s services and work pertaining to childbirth appealed to her the most.

GoldCoast Skateboards

Not every person in this world is destined for the standard path to success. As Robert Frost once penned, “Two roads diverged in a wood, and I…took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference.” Brock Harris has taken the road less traveled, but it was the path he was meant to take and it has…

Academics, Service and Faith

It’s Friday night and Karen Smith is grading papers at Saint John the Baptist Middle School. Her students nicknamed her the “Fastest Grader in the West” and she’s living up to it. “Kids’ job is school,” says the 8th-grade social studies teacher. “Their grades are what they earn. I want to pay them back as soon as possible.”

Glamping at Conestoga Ranch

Set on a pristine hillside overlooking the immense, unending blue of Bear Lake, Conestoga Ranch is what happened when five guys took their love of the beautiful Garden City area and combined it with a desire to bring “glamping” to Utah.

Style By Dani’s Packing Picks

Dani Slaugh is a certified image consultant, personal stylist, blogger and local Draperite. You can find her at www.StyleByDani.com. Who wants to lug around a heavy bag while on vacation? Packing efficiently is all about great planning. The set below includes enough pieces for dressy or casual occasions, warm days, cool nights and 12-15 different outfit options. You may even…

Draper Parks and Rec

It's safe to say if you live in Draper that you have visited one of our city's many parks. With 39 parks in Draper and countless trails, it's almost impossible not to take advantage of these numerous open spaces. There is a lot of work that goes into these parks and trails including the maintenance of the baseball diamonds at…

Draper’s Car Guys

Like an old friend, Don Bartholomew’s 1964½ Ford Mustang coupe rolls into an auto show on a first-name basis with everyone.

Dan Farr’s Ultimate Geek Party

As Dan Farr winds his way through the massive convention floor at the Salt Palace, many people stop and stare or work up the courage to ask for a picture with him. Other people just say thank you or tell him how awesome it all is. Then there are those people who talk to him and have absolutely no idea…