FAMILY CHRISTMAS TREE? FAUX OR FOR REAL?

CHRISTMAS TREE POLL – DAVIS COUNTY

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CHRISTMAS TREE POLL – WEBER COUNTY

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Faux or Fake Christmas tree was ultimately the winner over real trees, in both Davis and Weber county, interesting even more so in Davis county.  Christmas traditions start with the main decoration of the tree.  There are so many ways to play out this tradition and whatever works best for you and your family is the right way.

When purchasing a real tree at the local seasonal tree companies, you give back to your community.  Many of these companies make it worth the extra costs of the tree by offering hot cocoa, candy canes and entertainment for a fun family event, plus saving you gas money.   Verses the drive in the mountains to find the perfect tree, purchasing a forest service tag, tools to cut the tree and haul it home, but the time spent driving together singing Christmas songs and the effort cutting it together, is bonding and priceless.  Funny stories about real trees are that some come with bugs or baby spiders that hatch as it warms up in your house, eek.  Or it dries out so fast that all the needles and even ordainments are on the ground by Christmas.

Anyone can purchase a Faux tree, there are many sales right after Christmas at the local discount stores.  Even better search your local DI or confinement stores for slightly used trees.  You may have to re-light it or do some small repairs but the price can’t be beat, if your willing to do the work.  For sure fake trees do save time, which gets very limited with all the hustle and bustle the holiday season brings.

The most important thing is setting the family tradition to be past on for generations.  It is OK to test and try new ways and look back in your past to discover what you liked most about Christmas time.  It doesn’t always have to be just like how your parents did it or how your neighbors are doing it, just have fun in creating a Christmas tree family tradition in your home and the choice is yours!

List of local Christmas tree farms to get started:

Davis County:

Green Ridge Christmas Trees, 1370 N. US 89, Kaysville; 801-513-1861

  • Open: 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Black Friday, Nov. 27; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 28; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 29; 5 to 8:30 p.m. weekdays from Nov. 30 through Dec. 18, depending on inventory
  • Price: $45 and up depending on type and height
  • Types of trees: Precut Nordman, Noble and grand firs, with a limited selection of spruces to cut

Neville Farm Christmas Trees, 1875 W. 1000 South (westside Drive), Layton, UT 84041; 801-544-9401

  • Open: 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday Nov. 27 and 28
  • Willing to accommodate for other times, call Donald at 801-390-4823 except Sundays for appointments
  • Will have about 100 nice trees from four to eight feet tall, with the majority being five to six feet tall. $50 for each tree
  • You-Choose and You-Cut varieties: Blue Spruce, Norway Spruce, Scotch Pine.

Morgan County:

Robinson’s Tree Farm, 6262 West Old Highway Road, Morgan; 801-876-3190

  • Open: 8 a.m. to dark, Monday through Sunday starting Friday Nov. 27, (might be sold out on Friday)
  • Price: $50 for each tree
  • Species: Colorado blue spruce, balsam
  • Cut your own tree; hand saw supplied

Weber County:

North Pole Pines, 2546 W. 3100 North, Farr West; 801-731-6466 or 801-628-1041

  • Open: 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday and Saturday Nov. 27 and 28
  • Tree varieties and prices:

Scotch Pines: Approximately 350 to choose from —  $30 for 10 feet tall plus with special tags, $40 without; $50 for eight to 10 feet tall; $60 for under eight feet tall

Weekend Warriors – 🎄 BEST Christmas Lights in Davis County 🎄

The Best Free Family Holiday tradition is making your own map of local amazing house’s and cities lit up to the fullest with music, dancing lights and more.  Load up the kids with travel cups of hot coco and cookies, blast Christmas music in the car and enjoy a whole night of entertainment for free or at least the cost of gas only.  Go to our Facebook or Instagram Page to add to our list of your favorite house or city in Davis county to drive by.  Also find more Holiday Fun events going on in your Davis county city.
Below is just a start to the Holiday Lights list:)
  1. Layton City Utah – surf n swim
  2. Kaysville City, Utah – main street
  3. Eccles Family Christmas Light Show
  4. The Lights on Sherwood Drive
  5. CentervilleChristmas.com
  6. Bountiful, Ut – Main Street
  7. Bountiful temple neighborhood
  8. Farmington, Utah – Farmington Station
  9. Clearfield City
  10. Lights on Gentile St – Layton
  11. Tune your radio to 90.7.
    2336 Doral Drive, Syracuse
  12. 223 N 1400 W
    Clearfield, Utah

Weekend Warriors – Thankful for HEALTH, FAMILY and FEAST

SIMPLE TIPS TO IMPRESS THE FAMILY

Stress Less and Keep It Simple Silly! We all have lots of researching, preparing, cleaning, cooking, baking, decorating and impressing to do in the near future, let alone deal with relatives.  With these healthy recipes, substitutes, and tips you can keep the extra holiday stress weight away and be in control of your own choices by preparing your Thanksgiving Family Feast plan ahead of time, saving time to get to that extreme Turkey Burn workout before all the stuffing.

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Skips, Subs, and Sweets Save the Day

You can make simple ingredient substitutions to create healthy recipes that don’t sacrifice taste and enjoyment.  To create healthy recipes, first look at what’s on hand in your own pantry. You may have healthier ingredients available and not realize it.  Then shop local groceries with in-season produce sales and coupons. If it all fails, you can always find great events to do or restaurant coupons on our sites GoDavis.biz & GoWeber.biz. 

1- Skip overloading the plate, start small portion control, wait 30 mins.

2- Skip Full-Fat Dips, Eat Yogurt Dips

3- Skip Some Alcohol Calories, Drink Wine Spritzer or Kombucha

4- Skip Candied Yams, Eat Roasted Sweet Potatoes

5- Skip Dark Meat, Eat White Meat Turkey

6- Skip Store-Bought, Eat Homemade Stuffing

7- Skip Traditional Gravy, Eat Low-Fat Gravy

8- Skip Cranberry Sauce, Eat Cranberry Relish

9- Skip the Casserole, Eat Fresh Green Beans

10- Skip White Flour Rolls, Eat Whole-Wheat Rolls

11- Skip Eggnog, Drink Cider

12- Skip Pecan Pie, Eat Pumpkin Pie

INGREDIENT IN RECIPE — SUBSTITUTE WITH THIS INGREDIENT.  Use this substitution guide to help reduce the amount of fat, salt, sugar and calories as you prepare healthy recipes.

Bacon — Canadian bacon, turkey bacon, smoked turkey or lean prosciutto (Italian ham)

Bread crumbs, dry or white — Rolled oats or crushed bran cereal, whole-grain bread

Butter, margarine, shortening or oil in baked goods — Applesauce or prune puree for half of the called-for butter, shortening or oil; butter spreads or shortenings specially formulated for baking that don’t have trans fats

Cream, cream cheese, full fat — Fat-free or low-fat cream cheese, Neufchatel, or low-fat cottage cheese pureed til smooth, fat-free half-and-half, evaporated Skim milk

Eggs — Two egg whites or 1/4 cup egg substitute for each whole egg

Flour, all-purpose (plain) — Whole-wheat flour for half of the called-for all-purpose flour in baked goods

Fruit canned in heavy syrup — Fruit canned in its own juices or in water, or fresh fruit

Rice, white — Brown or wild rice, bulgur wheat, pearl barley

Salad dressing — Fat-free or reduced-calorie dressing or flavored vinegars

Seasoning salt, such as garlic salt, celery salt or onion salt — Herb-only seasonings, garlic powder, celery seed or onion flakes, or finely chopped fresh herbs

Sour cream, full fat — Fat-free or low-fat sour cream, plain fat-free or low-fat yogurt

Soy sauce — Sweet & sour, hot mustard, low-sodium sauce

Sugar or Syrup — Half sugar in baked goods; add vanilla, nutmeg or cinnamon to intensify sweet, applesauce or sugar-free syrup

Go Weekend Warriors! Go to the Movies!

Weather changing, leaves falling, lots of eating, no school days, lots of breaks, settling down, trying to stay warm but what to do now weekend warriors??

Gooo To The Movies!  November is the perfect month to take the family to the movies!  With great new releases every weekend, almost too cozy seats,  blankets to stay warm, ways to save money and even get free popcorn!!  Families read below the current holiday 10 top family movies and top 10 ways to save on movies.  Some kid movies seem to get even funnier the second time you see it, so take your kids more than once and beat the crowds by going to matinees or early bird showings.  

Plus, find even more coupons for movie tickets, restaurants, local events, coming soon local businesses reviews and much more on our website GoDavis.biz & GoWeber.biz. 

i-love-moviesTOP 10 WAYS TO SAVE ON MOVIES:

    • Go in the Afternoon or first showing of the day.
    • Buy at the Box Office, no fees.
    • Skip the 3D and IMAX.
    • Find a Late-Runner theater.
    • Divvy Up the Snacks and eat beforehand.
    • Loyal theater member, specialty discounts or credit card perks.
    • Grab Gift Cards, group discount deals or purchase in advance.
    • Use Movie Clubs. If you have a Sam’s Club or Costco membership, you can save on movie tickets with club cards also can be purchased at theaters.
    • MONDAY Megaplex Matinee prices all day America First CU members.
    • TUESDAY Discount $5 night. Plus UEC movie theaters have free popcorn.

TOP 10 MOVIES TO SEE THIS HOLIDAY SEASON:

  • Dr. Seuss, The Grinch  – opens Nov. 9, 2018
  • Cirque Du Soleil in Cinema; Kurios – opens Nov. 13, 2018
  • Fantastic Beasts; The Crimes of Grindelwald – opens Nov. 16, 2018
  • Instant Family – opens Nov. 16, 2018
  • Ralph Breaks the Internet – opens Nov. 21, 2018
  • Robin Hood – opens Nov. 21, 2018
  • The Nutcracker and the Four Realms
  • Small Foot
  • The House with a Clock in its Walls
  • Goosebumps 2; Haunted Halloween

Parks and Recreation

Baseball/Softball: Registration

February 1- March 31

This program is for pre-kindergarteners (must be 5 before September 1, 2018) thru 9th grade. The cost/league is as follows: T Ball and Coach Pitch ($40). Machine Pitch ($45); Minor/Major ($50); Jr. High ($55). Registration fee includes a jersey and hat.

Community Garden

The city will be providing garden plots for residents at Legacy Park (2356 South 1000 West). Individuals can purchase a maximum of two plots, one plot for $15.00 or two plots for $25.00. Water will be available for irrigation (April 15th). For an application or more information, please visit the Syracuse Community Center. Plots will be assigned at time of registration.

Heritage Days Committee

The Parks and Recreation Department is looking for individuals interested in volunteering to be on our Heritage Days Committee. If interested, please contact Tess Jones at 801-614-9655 or tjones@syracuseut.com

FREE St. Patty’s Day Zumba Party

Saturday, March 17, 9:00 am

Wear Green and dance like a Leprechaun!

Little Dancers (spring)

This is a fun introduction to dance.  
Children will explore their movement potential as they learn 
a variety of dance with an introduction to ballet/creative movement.  Dance shoes not required. Ages 3 – 5

Thursdays 10:15-10:55 am or 11:00-11:40 am
8 week session for $40, March 22-May 17 (No class April 5)

Fun Fitness Classes

Zumba with Angie!

Tues/Sat 9:00 am • Thursday Zumba Zone 9:00 am

Cost-$36 for 12 Class Punch Pass or $5/class

First Class is FREE – More info at angiec.zumba.com

Step It Up!

Mon & Wed 9-10am

Work your heart, muscles and mind in this fun, energetic workout! All skill levels are welcome, we offer low and high intensity options for you to choose from. Find more info on Facebook at Syracuse Fitness Classes. $3 Drop-In, $20 10-class punch pass, First class FREE!

Pump It Up!

Tuesday 6:10 am; Friday 9:00 am

Boost your metabolism and tone your muscles with resistance training. We provide hand weights and exercise balls, you just bring your own exercise mat. All skill levels are welcome, we suggest different options. Syracuse Community Center. $3 Drop-In, $20 10-class punch pass, First class FREE!

 

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Employee Spotlight-Kim Dabb

Kim Dabb is a building inspector for Syracuse City. Last summer, the City’s Chief Building Official was injured while on vacation and was on temporary leave due to a surgery. This left a big hole in staffing for inspections, especially during a time of immense growth in our City. Kim stepped up and filled in by working extra hours and weekends to ensure inspections were done on time, and consequently averted a crisis for the City’s inspection service. With his efforts, he was given the City’s Employee of the Month award in October. Kim loves the building industry and he is a fascinating character that adds a genuine flavor to our staff. He is extremely experienced and well trained. We are happy to have him on the City’s team.

If you happen to see him, be sure to ask about his hat collection and his experiences at the Fort Bridger Mountain Man Rendezvous.

Precious Pets Chloe + Seamus

These Wheaten Terriers are living the good life with their owners.

Meet Chloe (left, age 10) and Seamus (right, age 6). They are both Wheaten Terriers, which is not a super common breed but should be! They are sturdy, medium-sized dogs (averaging 35 pounds) and are great family pets. Very fun-loving, they are known for their “Wheaten Greetin’” which usually includes an overly excited hug, tail wag and lots of licks. Wheatens originate from Ireland and are completely hypoallergenic. They actually have hair like humans, not fur, so no oils/dander and no shedding!

Chloe moved to Utah from the East coast with us seven years ago—1,800 miles in a U-Haul (we won’t be doing that again). She needed a buddy once we were settled, so we got Seamus to keep her company. They love going for walks, eating snacks and napping on our bed. They like to think they are lap dogs, especially Seamus, and are not shy to give up their bellies for a good scratch!

By Allie Brown

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What’s your Earthquake protection?

Every Homeowners policy has an “Earth Movement” exclusion, which means damage from an earthquake is excluded on your home policy. The state of Utah has more fault lines than most of us realize, and when the big one comes are you covered? In 2015, a study predicted that when the big one comes, 84,000 households are expected to be displaced with 53,000 people seeking shelter in Utah.

Essential lifelines of water, electricity, gas, and sewer will likely be out for days, months and some even longer! More than 300,000 structures in 30 days will need to be evaluated for safe occupancy, which will require about 2,400 building inspectors.

Depending on the time of day, there will be an estimated 2,000 to 2,500 deaths, and the estimated number of people injured and needing hospital care ranges from 7,400 to 9,300. The number of available hospital beds will be reduced from 4,790 to 3,200. Another challenge will be the removal of debris generated by the earthquake–requiring over 820,000 truckloads at 25 tons per truck.

One of the biggest concerns in coverage will be “Loss of Use.” Where will you go to live if your home is unsuitable? These Earthquake Policies have coverage for this. No matter who you are insured with on your home, we can offer you an Stand Alone Earthquake Policy with either a 5% deductible that has a Masonry (Brick) exclusion or a 10% deductible without the exclusion. We can insure both the actual home itself and your personal property or just the home itself.

The rates for this are far more reasonable than you think. There are some underwriting requirements to review so contact us to see if you qualify.

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Arts Council

Enjoy a night of music on February 12, at 7 pm, in the Syracuse High School auditorium as the Symphony Orchestra presents Love That Jazz! The event is, once again, free to the public.

The Theater Committee is now accepting letters of interest for the production team of Hairspray the Musical. Please email volunteer@syracuseutaharts.org if you would like to serve as Assistant Director, Music Director, Choreographer, Set Designer, or Publicity Manager—or even just help in other areas of the production. Be sure to include some background, any experience, and dates of other commitments that might conflict with the production from April to July.

The Arts Council Board is always looking for fresh ideas and the hands to help make them happen. Plans are in the works to expand the opportunities for residents to enjoy participating and watching more programs this year by creating a choir, a junior theater program, and additional theater productions. The Board has three terms ending this June. If you enjoy the arts, are willing to serve your community, and would like a fun opportunity to interact with great people while promoting culture through the performing arts, email your interest to serve on a committee, such as sponsorships, junior theater, choir, etc., or on the General Board at the address listed above. Board meetings are usually held the first Wednesday evening of each month. These meetings are open to the public, and visitors and input are always welcome.

http://www.syracuseutaharts.org/

 

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CodeRED Notifications

Syracuse City encourages every citizen to sign up for our CodeRED notification system. By simply entering your phone number into this service, we can notify you in the event of a city-wide or county-wide emergency. Please take a moment to fill in the appropriate information to be notified by your local emergency response team in the event of emergency situations or critical community alerts. Examples include: evacuation notices, bio-terrorism alerts, boil water notices, and missing child reports.

Please got to www.syracuseut.com and follow the prompts to sign up. It is free to sign up, and takes less than five minutes.

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