Celebrating abilities.

Jordan is 8 years old with a wisp of blonde hair spiked like a Kewpie doll and pale skin with a smattering of caramel-colored freckles across the bridge of his nose. He has limbs like cooked spaghetti—thin and jumbled from the nonstop energy that comes simply from being his age. He is a kid on the go! A kid with…

Safety Day

Draper Park played host to helicopters, go karts, inflatables, fire engines, horses and safety-related and emergency preparedness booths as families enjoyed a fun August evening learning about safe and healthy lifestyles in our community.

Around Town

The 2015 Big Band Tribute performed two nights in August at the Draper Amphitheater. The Riverton Jazz Band took center stage and played timeless classics such as “Chattanooga Choo Choo," “Embraceable You" and “Orange Colored Sky." Audience members joined in on the dance floor for “In the Mood," “Sing, Sing, Sing” and many more. The show was directed by Valaura…

Draper Jam

Draper Jam was a free concert held August 22 that featured several local bands including the Utah State Battle of the Bands winner from Corner Canyon High School. Photography by Alessia Cameron

The Friends Clubhouse

Like all graduation ceremonies, this one is a happy time complete with caps, gowns and diplomas, but if you look around the room you will see behind the smiles and cheers of the parents a look of trepidation. There is a slight anxiety in the air as pictures are taken and good-byes said to favorite teachers. For these parents and…

Herzog Hollow

Herzog Hollow is becoming a new Draper tradition in the month of October. On the corner of Fort Street and 13200 South, the unassuming 100-year-old white house is transformed every year into a spooky, Halloween spectacle that brings joy and creepy fun to Draper residents. Ryan and Juli Herzog are Halloween fanatics that truly enjoy making Halloween extra special and…

An Ultimate Alaskan Hunting Trip

On the day after Christmas 2014, the Adams family gathered around the telephone anxiously anticipating the dreaded call from the doctor. The atmosphere was understandably tense. Bruce and Lynette Adams and their six children were waiting to hear the news. Did their youngest child Jake have cancer? When the call finally came, it was not good: stage three Hodgkins Lymphoma.…

jordan beetdiggers

Schools of every type have followed the tradition of choosing a mascot to represent them. The frightening reincarnations of Vikings, leopards, bears and eagles are emblazoned on sports uniforms and proudly displayed at places of prominence on and in the schools. Even professional sports teams are known by their bold symbols. They are revered, sung about and recognized as the…

A Fresh Take on Hospital Food

Hospital food doesn’t have the best reputation—canned vegetables, bland starches, and dry meat lumped together. Luckily, hospital menus are changing for the better at Draper’s Lone Peak Hospital. And the formula is simple. Apply the golden rule to food—cook for others as you would want someone to cook for you.

Rise Above It All At the ridge market & cafe

Hungry hikers, bicyclists, motorcyclists, neighborhood residents, and valley dwellers seeking relief from the weather will find much to satisfy their taste buds at The Ridge Market & Cafe. “We have a diverse clientele,” says Chef Cal Wadsworth, who along with his wife Gaye, owns and operates the popular cafe atop Suncrest in Draper. “We welcome everyone.”

BUST OUT OF THE NORMAL ROUTINE

Want to come face to face with a parole violator? Perhaps be part of a felony? Need to break out of the normal dining routine? Then book a visit to Serving Time Cafe, a little bright spot at the Utah Department of Corrections in Draper, where female inmates serve up generous portions of good cuisine with a dash of humor.…

The Fix is Here to Stay

Sugar cookies, right? It really is all about sugar cookies these days. Draper is fortunate enough to have several places with deliciously yummy sugar cookie options. One place is at the Chevron on 1300 East and 123rd South. That is because every day, Karissa Peterson is in the commercial kitchen at the back of her store baking freshly made cookies…

A Foolproof Secret to Fall Success

Before I proceed with my so-called parting thoughts, I have an assignment for you: set a ½ cup of butter on the counter and preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Just trust me. I am terrible at planning Halloween costumes, have yet to host Thanksgiving dinner and anything that involves the phrase back-to-school stresses me out. In spite of all…