Southwest Applied Technology College is offering community members a chance to improve their computer skills for free at a series of evening workshops in May and June.
The four topics focus on providing computer literacy and fundamentals like basic word processing, introduction to spreadsheets, enhancing digital photographs, introduction to computers and the internet. The sessions will be Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. and are free to the public.
SWATC’s Business Technology instructors are offering the free workshops as a way to promote computer literacy and to give local residents a glimpse of what the college has to offer. Community members are invited to attend as many of the workshops as they want. Participants are welcome to attend any or all of the workshops. There are no requirements to attend the full series and there is no pre-registration. Each workshop has multiple class dates available.
According to Debbie Drake, SWATC Business Technology Program Coordinator, “The same topic will be offered more than once. However, because they are really workshops, not structured classes, the instructor will adapt the time to cover information that individual students may need.”
The free workshops will take place at Southwest Applied Technology College’s Main Campus, Room 4, 510 West 800 South, Cedar City, starting May 21. For more information call Debbie or Kirk at 435-586-2899.
Introduction to Computers and the Internet May 21 or 23
Basic Word Processing May 28 or 30
Enhancing Digital Photographs June 4, 6, 11 or 13
Introduction to Spreadsheets June 18, 20 or 25
For more information visit www.swatc.edu]]>
Participants will gather at 11 a.m. at the Southern Utah University business quad by the Gerald R. Sherratt Library to sign in, and the march will begin at noon said event organizer Carin Miller.
Miller said that marchers will walk from the SUU business quad to University Boulevard and proceed east to Main Street where they will observe a moment of silence for those who have been harmed by Monsanto Company’s products in front of city hall. She said those who have difficulty walking, but want to march, can join in at this time. After the moment of silence, Miller said the group will continue north and finish the march at Main Street Park with a rally.
According to their website www.march-against-monsanto.com
The website reported that of the more than 280 cities that will be marching on May 25 across the globe, only 219 of them are within the United States. Other countries whose citizens plan to march against Monsanto include: Mexico, Canada, Ireland, Germany, Australia, France, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Greece, England, India, and Puerto Rico.
March Against Monsanto cofounder Tami Canal said this movement’s profound impact will achieve its goals by, “Taking to the streets to show the world and Monsanto that we won’t take these injustices quietly.”
MAM Cedar City, Utah’s co-coordinator Erin Fletcher said that as a mother who has worked hard to eliminate GMO’s from her family’s food, this event means more to her then simply marching down a street. She said that, for her, it is an opportunity to raise awareness about a topic not many people are familiar with, but is close to her heart.
“I believe that access to pure and clean food – free of chemicals, un-natural substances and grown sustainably – is my right,” Fletcher said. “(It’s) the most valuable freedom we all possess.”
Miller said that Fletcher’s assistance, as well as the help of co-coordinators Malake Davis and Amber Gower have been instrumental assets in the planning of the Cedar City branch of MAM. Davis said she first got involved, because she felt like it was important to pave the road for our children’s children, and to look for sustainable solutions to cultivate benevolence in regards to the issue of food security.
As part of the rally, coordinators said they will provide activities for children, like face painting, and GMO-free seed planting. They said there will be free information available to concerned community members who want to know more about who Monsanto is, what they do, and how to begin to reduce GMO’s within one’s diet.
Coordinators said that they are still looking for a musician who is interested in donating of one hour their time at the rally, and volunteers to help set things up at the park before the marchers arrive.
The final event meeting will be an open potluck featuring GMO-free foods at the Cedar City Area Chamber of Commerce visitor’s center, 77 N. Main St., on May 24 from 4 to 9 p.m., and coordinators said all are welcome to bring their sign making materials and create collaboratively.
Anyone interested in helping to coordinate this event can contact MAM Cedar City on facebook at www.facebook.com/events/
We have a fun Mother’s Day giveaway for you today!
We have partnered with two of our new contributors and bloggers in their own right. Dixie Dollar Deals and Lemon Poppy Inc. to bring you a giveaway full of products to spoil any mother for Mother’s Day, and best of all, they are all products from Southern Utah businesses! I LOVE LOVE LOVE supporting our local business owners!
One winner will receive a huge prize package including:
-A signed copy of Nomemade cookbook
-Set of 5 Lemon Poppy recipe books
-Lindy’s Butler’s cd The Dream
-A Chocolate Sensations gift basket which includes; caramel dipped pretzels, chocolate covered gummy bears (These are AMAZING!), deluxe chocolate turtles, white chocolate popcorn, caramels and more!
-Juanita B. Photography custom portrait or couple photo session PLUS professional makeover with Christine Hansen from Beauty-N-Brow Studio, and $50 print or product credit (note: session must take place in Southern Utah by August 2013)
-A beautiful hand stamped “Lucky Mama” necklace created exclusively by Posh Daisy
-Bohemian Style Tear Drop earrings and Camera necklace from Elsie’s Finds
-Mountain Meadow lotion, sugar scrub and lip balm
Here’s more about the amazing Southern Utah businesses participating in this giveaway (hint, these products would make any mom happy on Mother’s Day!):
Utah Chocolate Sensations: LuWenn Tait Jones and Jennifer Tait Hess are sisters that live in Southern Utah. They started Utah Chocolate Sensations in January 2013. They both love food and cooking (especially sinful chocolate creations!) Their affinity for chocolate comes from their mom and dad and Swiss ancestors!
Elsie’s Finds: Elsie’s Finds is a daily deal site based in St. George, Utah that has new trendy and fashionable items daily at wholesale prices! Don’t miss out on the fun!
Juanita B. Photography: Photography sessions with Juanita have a balance between traditional and lifestyle, allowing for guidance in posing but also freedom to move and play. She specializes in family and individual portraiture and thrives on being able to create artistic portraits of clients in their element: being able to photograph artists in their studio, athletes in the gym, families in their home and children jumping on the bed. Juanita says, “ Showing others the beauty that I see is my gift to give. We are each beautiful, our lives create art and I simply give you a chance to see it in yourself.” Juanita B. Photography is based in St. George, Utah and is available to travel. **BONUS: book a session by June 15th and receive 20% off! (Excludes the mini session special)**
Lemon Poppy Recipe Books: Ali Eisenach started her Cedar City based company LEMON POPPY when life dished her up a good helping of lemons and she had to make lemonade! She has created her own line of cookbooks and photographs food on the side… but her full-time job is being a mom!
Lyndy Butler, Singer and Songwriter: “She’s got a singular sound, and an ability to connect to an audience of kids, or kids at heart. You can’t help but fall in love with Southern Utah’s Rootsie-pop sweetheart, Lyndy Butler.” -Aliveutah.com. When Lyndy isn’t performing she is fighting crime, flying, and doing other normal mom/wife stuff…
Mountain Meadow Bath and Body Essentials: Mountain Meadow Bath And Body Essentials is a local Cedar City company that creates bar soap, salt scrubs, sugar scrubs, lotion and lotion bars, bath salts, shampoo bars and lip balm. They carry products for all skin types and have unique products for problem skin irritations such as acne, rosacea, eczema and older skin.
Nomemade Cookbook: Lynn and Kim are creators of the Nomemade Cookbook. Both sisters were born and raised in Nome, Alaska and enjoy creating new recipes together. Lynn Hicken graduated from BYU Hawaii and now makes her home in Cedar City, Utah!
The Posh Daisy: The Posh Daisy was started in St. George, Utah in 2011 by a mother and daughter duo. They create one of a kind hand stamped jewelry and accessories. They say “creating something special and meaningful for each person really gives what we do meaning and is so enjoyable.” They are striving to grow their business and hope to have a new line of jewelry within the year! **Save 25% on any item in their shop with the code “daisylove”**
To enter the giveaway, follow the options on the Rafflecopter giveaway below. One winner will be selected and posted below after the giveaway has ended. The more facebook pages you like the better chance you have at winning. Plus, we love our Utah mama entrepeneurs. Let’s give them a little love. We will be shipping the items to the winner (in the United Sates only) Good luck!
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Last summer the Willow Glen Theatre Company brought the hysterical comedy “Who Shot Juanito Bandito” to the Southern Utah community theater scene. This summer this band of professional actors and directors will encourage area youth to stretch their acting muscles in one of their intensive youth acting camps and performances.
Willow Glen Theatre is excited to be offering a youth acting program for kids and teenagers here in Iron County. The five-week intensive will feature dance, singing, and acting workshops taught by professionals and students from Southern Utah University. Training will be put to practical use as they rehearse the musicals, Oklahoma! and Into the Woods. Led by theatre founders Nate Marble, Zac Trotter, Sterling Young, Tatem Credille, and Director Britannia Bahr Howe, this program will show its students the world of musical theatre while teaching collaboration, self-confidence, and instilling within them a love of the art.
For auditions, students will be asked to sing 32 bars of a Broadway style song and to perform a short monologue or poem.
Auditions for Into the Woods Jr. will be Thursday, May 9 from 4:00pm-8:00pm with callbacks Friday, May 10. They will be held at Willow Glen Inn (3308 N. Bulldog Rd, Enoch).
Program Fee: $100 per student (for the workshops, costumes, set, space rental, and rehearsals).
Dates: The workshop runs Monday-Thursday from May 20-30 and then Monday-Saturday June 3-15 (from 4:00-7:00pm) with performances of Into the Woods on June 18, 19, 21, 25 and 26
For more information or to schedule an audition time visit willowglentheatre.com or email WillowGlenTheatreCompany@gmail.com or call and leave a voice-mail at (435) 574-9493.
It’s time! Time to landscape, redo, remodel, and build. Spring is here and that means home building and home projects. Do you need some ideas and advice?
On April 26-27 over 45 exhibitors from the home and garden industry will be showcased at the Cedar City Spring Home & Garden Fair at the SUU Sharwan Smith Center. The event is known as the premier spring home event in Iron County and features the best products and services related to home improvement, remodeling, building, home technology, landscape, decorating, outdoor living and related home products and services. Doors open at 3 p.m. on Friday. Friday hours are 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
With experts on hand from vendors like Jones Paint and Glass, Intermountain Farmers of America, Sears Appliance and Hardware Center, Dailey Builders, Recycled Consign and Design, SMJ Construction Rocky Ridge Landscape, construction companies and more, there is an opportunity to get advice and information from a variety of experts and businesses in the home industry.
The Cedar City Spring Home & Garden Fair- hosted by the Iron County Home Builders is promising more than just a stroll through vendor booths. There will be prizes and giveaways along with a line-up of entertainment that includes bands and dance groups.
The Iron County Home Builder’s Association (ICHBA) has a long history of providing volunteer service hours and donations for many worthy projects. This time, their efforts will focus on helping a local family through the Share Organization.
On Saturday, April 27 from 8am–9am, a fundraising breakfast buffet will be held, in conjunction with ICHBA’s Spring Home and Garden Fair that weekend. In partnership with generous sponsors, Cedar City Institute of Women’s Health, Recycled Consign and Design and Funder Welding and Design, all proceeds will go to the National Share Organization and the Low family.
Tickets for the fair are $3 at the door or FREE at the following Sponsors IFA, Sears Appliance and Hardware and Rocky Ridge. Free tickets do not include the benefit breakfast.
For more information on the Spring Home and Garden Fair, you can visit cedarcityspringshow.com]]>
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The Texas Roadhouse is a steakhouse that serves some awesome food. There is something for almost anyone.
As we entered the restaurant, we were greeted and seated immediately This is not always the case if they are busy. Sometimes there is a wait. There is an area as you enter the restaurant to the right that has a TV, long benches and peanuts galore. It isn’t unusual to see peanut shells on the floor and I think for the most part it is expected. Since we came at lunch time, we had no wait. If you do happen to want to dine during busy times, they have it where you can call ahead and you can reserve a place in line. If you come for lunch they do have an early bird menu and they are only $8.99
This is from their website;
You can Call Ahead to shorten your wait! Just give us a call and we’ll add your name to the wait list, make sure to let us know of any special needs. Write down your arrival time and confirmation number to bring with you. Once your entire party has arrived at Texas Roadhouse, check in at the host stand and we’ll give you the wait time remaining.
Call Ahead Seating is not a reservation, but it’s a great way to shorten your wait time in the restaurant.
My husband, grandson JJ and myself were the only ones eating at our table. As we were seated, within a minute or so our waitress was there to take our order and bring us the complimentary hot rolls with honey butter. They do serve Coke products, but they also serve other drinks and they have a full bar.
Managing Partner Paul Bigelow came to our table and made sure our order and service was good. He also mentioned one of the great deals they have for children on Mondays. Having 5 grand-kids this was a great perk when choosing where to eat at. I have listed that information below.
Monday 3:30 PM – 9:30 PM
Round up the lil’ Roadies and join us for our Legendary Kid’s Night featuring:
$1.99 Kid’s Meal*
Kid’s Night is a ton of fun for the whole family so mosey on down to Texas Roadhouse! Please contact us at the restaurant to learn more specific details about out this exciting night.
*Limit 2 Kid’s Meal Discounts per 1 Adult Entree Purchased. Ranger Meals Excluded. Dine in only. Not valid with any other offer. Valid at this location only.
My grandson JJ ordered the children s hot-dog with applesauce as his side. JJ loved the hot-dog. Since he isn’t much for potatoes and fries, they did offer alternate sides which is great. After JJ was done with his meal, he then had a bowl of vanilla ice cream with chocolate drizzled over it.
My husband had the Top Sirloin Steak that was cooked to perfection. For his sides he ordered the corn and Macaroni and Cheese. By the time he was finished there was no room for dessert. My husband is a steak and potato kind of guy and he didn’t leave disappointed.
For my choice I ordered the three piece catfish dinner with a baked sweet potato and a cup of chili topped with cheese and onions. The chili is a bit spicy but that is how I like my chili. I want a kick to it and Texas Roadhouse delivered.
Overall, we had a great time and I like when a manager takes the time to come out and talk the guests. He treated his employees with respect and since I was sitting close to the front, he also made sure all orders were complete and customers were happy. To me this is what a manager should be doing.
They do play country music and if you have a birthday and you get invited there, be careful, haha. They have a saddle that they bring to your table and you get to sit on it. Yes! That’s what I said, a saddle. I would think to work at the Texas Roadhouse you would have to have a great personality, enjoy people and be able to line dance. The reason I say that is because at any given moment, they bust out and dance. They will also dance by request at certain times. It is a fun place to go to. I wouldn’t say it is a quiet place. If you are looking for quiet and low key experience, this may not be the place. But if you want a good time, with good food and service, Texas Roadhouse is spot on.
FYI- This is a little tidbit that we thought was funny. You would think that the Texas Roadhouse would be from Texas right? Well, it actually was started on February 17, 1993, when Kent Taylor opened the first Texas Roadhouse in Clarksville, Indiana. Kent’s goal was to own not just a family restaurant and not just a steak restaurant, but a place where everyone, of all ages, could come and have a great meal and great fun for a great price.
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First off — Did you know it is National Parks Week April 22-26. That means free admission for 5 days. I have a trail I am dying to try in Zion National Park that I have never heard of until this month. Plus, I love Zion but I don’t always love the pricey entrance fee. So, you may see me in Zion this weekend. Of course there are lots of National Parks nearby. Pick one and go explore.
Free Dirt Days – Ladybug Nursery is having its free dirt days Saturday April 20. I am so going to be at Lady Bug nursery Saturday morning. You bring any pot 16 inches or smaller, buy the plants and Ladybug Nursery plants them for you. Best deal ever. Because let’s face it. Good potting soil is not cheap.
Iron County Spring Home and Garden Fair. April 26-27. Over 40 home and garden vendors will be at the Cedar City Home and Garden Fair at the Sharwan Smith Center at SUU. It costs $3 at the door but free tickets are available at Sears, IFA, and Rocky Ridge. Plus my favorite band Spilbeedog is playing Friday night. So I will be hanging out listening to some of my favorite musicians playing rock and roll.
Utah Shakespeare Festival Student Pass On Sale: If you are a theater going family like we are these reusable $35 tickets are unbelievable. I might just snatch them up early. I have at least one kid that is going to use these this summer. They are available for students of any age. One $35 pass purchase means they can see as many USF plays as they want all summer. They have to use the pass on the day of the show but so what? It is still a great deal.
This next one is not free but I am going to be there anyway. The Cedar City Musical Theater is having auditions for their summer children’s musical Beauty and the Beast Jr. this Thursday. My youngest wants to audition and I am thinking this will be a great summer activity for her. Anyone ages 6-19 can be in the show. You can find out more and reserve an audition spot at cccmt.org]]>
Whether by an international terrorist, an American terrorist or someone with a vendetta against marathon runners we do not yet know.
Each time our great country faces one of these tragedies, I know what to expect from certain people.
Some are going to look for Obama to “fix it.”
Others will accuse Obama of taking advantage of the tragedy. (As a Libertarian I reserve the right to dislike all presidents regardless of political affiliation).
Some will call for a ban on something (such as our guns) as if it was the law-abiding gun owners who committed the crime.
Others will fear other nations and immediately call for a war on Iran even if the terrorist was from another country and was acting alone.
When I heard about the bombing at the Boston Marathon, I saw all of these things within hours of the newscast. But then I saw something I wasn’t expecting. Something that later brought a tear to my eye.
This has been shared across Facebook often since the attacks yesterday.
When I looked at the videos of the bombing, this time I looked a little closer. Here’s what I saw: injured bystanders desperately trying to help each other; military personnel, police officers and regular citizens rushing forward to help; pulling debris off the injured; pushing forward to do whatever possible.
I saw heroes.
Whoever said: “If you’re trying to defeat the human spirit, marathon runners are the wrong group to target” was absolutely right. Although it doesn’t often seem like it, there is more good in this world than there is evil.
Be the light. Be the hero. Be an American.
While I don’t always agree with President Obama, he was right when he said these acts of violence will bring the country together. There are no Republicans or Democrats (or Libertarians) in these tragedies. There are Americans. What kind of American will you be?
Professional Development Workshops
Focused on Business & Event Marketing Strategies
Cedar City, UT – The Cedar City – Brian Head Tourism Bureau, SUU Small Business Development Center, and other community partners are sponsoring a series of professional development training sessions designed to assist business owners, event planners, community activists and anyone wishing to expand their marketing prowess.
The second session of the series will be on April 24th at 9 a.m. “Getting Noticed Online” will introduce the principles of Search Engine Optimization (SEO). When it comes to search engines, content is king, and choosing effective keywords is where search engine optimization begins. Learn how to use free tools, link building and a little bit of “know how” to choose the most effective keywords to boost your site in search rankings. Instructor Zach Hicken, owner of Silver Lizard Design, has been involved in web design and search engine optimization since 1998. With a background in marketing and a love of web design, he specializes in on-site optimization and link building, and utilizes his skills within an overarching marketing plan for each client’s website. Zach also enjoys public speaking and training others how to build their own sites’ effectiveness.
One attendee to the first session on Website Basics for Business said “Just what I needed! I’ve been struggling to find someone to help me with my website and now I feel comfortable doing it myself! I am so excited to do this!!” According to Bonnie Char, Public Relations Specialist for the Cedar City-Brian Head Tourism bureau, “We have great resources in our community. This series allows professionals to share expertise and resources that can benefit business as well as personal proficiency.” The morning session costs $10 and includes breakfast. Community sponsors include the Tourism Bureau and the SUU Small Business Development Center, Southwest Applied Technology College, and the Cedar City Downtown Retail Alliance.
Coming MAY 8 & 22 at 12 noon — Two-part series “Basics of Social Media: A Beginners Guide” and “Social Media: Advanced”. Instructor Ellen Treanor, SUU Communication Professional-in-Residence, will offer a beginners session for social media newcomers, followed by a later session discussing more advanced skills and techniques.
Space is limited. To register for any session, email Bonnie Char at email@example.com or call 586-5127.
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