July 1-31: Fiery Furnace 1/2 Day Hiking Tour Through Arches National Park. Hike through Arches with experienced guides from Tag-A-Long Expeditions, 452 North Main St., Moab. Visit https://www.vacationsmadeeasy.com/MoabUT/activity/FieryFurnace12DayHikingTourThroughArchesNationalPark.cfm for more information and to sign up.
July 8: HawkWatch at Millcreek. Presented by HawkWatch International, this free event will be held at Eastwood Elementary School, 3305 South Wasatch Blvd., from 6pm to 9pm. Learn about the sites and attractions that make Utah a great place for birds of prey. Check http://www.hawkwatch.org/ for more information.
July 9: Fantastic Fables at Red Butte Gardens 10 to 11:30am. Aesop’s Fables has taken over the Children’s Garden. Tour the animal-shaped topiaries on display and learn more about fables and the life lessons they teach us. Then plant your own fable-themed mini-terrarium to take home. Registration is required. Visit http://www.redbuttegarden.org/garden-adventures for more information.
July 17: Lindquist Pops Concert & Fireworks at Weber State University, Ada Lindquist Plaza (The Duck Pond), 3850 Harrison Blvd., Ogden. A free 60-minute concert will begin at 9 p.m. The performance will include movie and patriotic music and will feature Tchaikovsky’s “1812 Overture,” complete with a battery of 17 cannons. At approximately 10 p.m., attendees will enjoy one of the largest fireworks displays in Utah, accompanied by the symphony. Visit http://www.ogdencity.com/events.aspx#/?i=14 for more information.
July 28-30: Price City International Days – a yearly celebration celebrating Price and diversity. Events include a Kidsmobile Derby, booths, car exhibitions and parade. Visit http://www.priceutah.net/InternationalDays/InternationalDays2016.asp for more information.
July 29-31: Wasatch Wildflower Festival: Friday, July 29th, Brighton and Solitude, Saturday, July 30th, Alta, Sunday, July 31st, Snowbird. Visit http://cottonwoodcanyons.org/events/wasatch-wildflower-festival/ for more information.
DATING SLC: A Not So Romantic Comedy
Matt and I met up early for quick introductory drinks. I’ve never dated a guy like Matt before; he had piercings on his face, tattoos and a hipster comb-over that made me think he was edgy. The more he talked, the more I realized he was a huge Mama’s boy. In fact, she was practically his best friend! I accepted a second date to Lucky 13. It was decent until I told him they made my drink wrong. Annoyed, Matt called the waiter over and said, “You made her drink wrong,” then insisted he make me another one. When the waiter brought my new drink, I thanked him and he wrote down our food order. I asked for my burger to be well-done and Matt ordered his food. As soon as the waiter left, Matt, with eyes following each waitress, looked back at me and said, “First of all, when the waiter brings you a new drink, you’re supposed to thank him. Second, this place is famous for their burgers; you don’t need to tell them how to make it.”
I thought, first of all, I did thank the waiter, but Matt was too busy drooling over waitresses to notice, and second, I was in no way giving step-by-step instructions. When the check finally came, Matt pushed it back to the waiter and said, “Can you split the check please?” He then suggested that I come over to his house. A lecture and a split check really doesn’t make me want to run home with a guy.