Saturday, June 06, 2009

Stay-cationing in American Fork

Looking for your summer fun? Consider the many benefits of a stay-cation in American Fork. You'll save on gas, lodging and travel time, and you'll get to know your own home town.

Here are a few stay-cation opportunities sponsored by the City:

1. Fun at the Fitness Center. Take advantage of the summer pass sale for three months' unlimited access to all facilities. These include the track, racketball courts, swimming pool, and much more. Purchase before June 19 for a great rate.

2. Be Creative @ Your Library. This is the library's theme for its many summer activities. Story time with the kids followed by a picnic at Robinson Park and a book under a tree -- life doesn't get any better than this. Patrons can also support their library by donating books or flats of annuals. Learn more at the library's Web site.

3. Go to the park. In American Fork's 27 parks, no two playgrounds are alike. Establish a Friday night tradition and plan a picnic at a new park each week. Don't forget to bring bubbles and a frisbee!

4. Go to the state park. Through an innovative partnership with Utah State Parks, the American Fork Public Library is able to check out an annual pass to patrons for a week at a time, free of charge. The pass grants free admission to all state parks but two and entitles the bearer to discounted camping. Use it to "revitalize and inspire children's interest in nature and encourage creative outdoor play." Full details at the library's Web site.

5. Children of Eden. See your friends and neighbors perform Stephen Schwartz's popular musical under the very talented direction of Neal Johnson. Performances are scheduled for June 25, 26, 27, and 29 at American Fork High School.

6. Steel Days, July 11-18. This year's many fun events include the Tour de Donut bike race, free swimming, the quilt, doll, and art shows, the parade and carnival, and much more -- but no Big Show. (No comment.) Full calendar at this link.

7. Concerts in the Park. Cold Creek, Debra Fotheringham, Sam Payne, and the AFHS Marching Band are just a few of the many popular acts presenting this summer at the amphitheater. This free family concert series runs Monday nights through September 14, starting at 7:00 p.m. each night. Full line-up at this link.

American Fork's many arts and water lovers may also be interested in the free Friday night concert series at the Central Utah Water Conservancy District's display gardens, located just above Krispy Kreme in Orem. Concerts begin June 12 with Fiddlesticks. Whether or not you take in the series, be sure to visit the gardens, which are dedicated to showing the incredible beauty that is possible in a Utah landscape through use of native plants and limited watering. Garden hours are 8:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday and admission is always free. You'll be surprised at how much you enjoy your visit, but be warned: If you're not careful, you'll end up learning something.


Blogger M. Ryan Taylor said...

What a great list. Thanks!

9:40 PM  

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