Worth the Drive: Penguins, acoustic music and a gadget expo

Thursday , April 20, 2017 - 12:00 AM

JACOB SCHOLL, Standard-Examiner Staff

While there’s always plenty to do around Ogden, there’s even more to do throughout the state. 

Here are just a few of the events around Utah that are well worth the drive. 

Wasatch Gem Society Gem, Mineral and Fossil Show

The annual gem, mineral and fossil show is set to take place this weekend in South Jordan. Many vendors will be selling many of their beautiful items, and plenty of door prizes will be given away as well. This family-friendly event will also include comical geology demonstrations for the kids. 

When: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 21-22; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 23

Where: Salt Lake County Equestrian Park and Events Center, 2100 West 11400 South, South Jordan

Cost: $2

Amped Con 2017

Amped Con, a motivational and small business marketing conference, will take place this Friday in Sandy. Keynote and motivational speakers will include some of the most successful entrepreneurs in Utah. Dinner will be included with ticket purchase. 

When: 2 p.m. Friday, April 21

Where: Salt Lake Community College — Sandy Campus, 9750 S. 300 West, Sandy

Cost: $60-$120

Home and Gadget Expo

This event features any and all of the newest innovations in technology for your home. Vendors will feature a range of products, from home renovation ideas to space saving technology, the show will have a little bit of everything for everyone. This event is family friendly and will feature an area for kids to play and engage for themselves. 

When: 12-6 p.m. Friday, April 21; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday, April 22; and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, April 23. 

Where: South Towne Exposition Center, 9575 South State St., Sandy

Cost: $4-$8

A Celebration of the Arts — Cache County School District

The third annual Celebration of the Arts will feature over 500 artworks from Cache County K-12 students, along with 25 music, dance and theater performances by students. The Art in Transit program will also be featured, which combines student artwork with public transportation in order to create a more beautiful community for everyone. 

When: 5 p.m., Friday, April 21

Where: Ridgeline High School, 180 North 300 West, Millville

Cost: Free

Mountain Country and The Backyard Revival

Salt Lake City band Mountain Country will have a release party for their new album “Home Grown” on Friday. This acoustic set will also include another Utah band, The Backyard Revival, and will feature door prizes, special guests and much more. This is a family friendly event, so bring the whole group. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., and music starts at 7 p.m.

When: 6:30 p.m. Friday, April 21

Where: Broadview Entertainment Arts University, 240 East Morris Ave. Salt Lake City

Cost: $8

Between Earth and Sky Movie Screening

For this special screening, Utah State will be showing “Between Earth and Sky,” which details the climate changes observed in Alaska. The event has limited seating, and admission is given on a first come, first served basis. 

When: 7 p.m. Friday, April 21

Where: Eccles Conference Center Auditorium, Parking at 850 East 700 North, Logan

Cost: Free

Historic Homes Tour

The Utah Heritage Foundation’s yearly historic homes tour will feature the Yalecrest neighborhood in Salt Lake City. Specifically, the tour will highlight the Douglas Park subdivision and the nearby area. In previous years, the heritage foundation has toured areas such as the University Neighborhood and the Harvard and Princeton areas of the city. 

When: 10 a.m. Saturday, April 22

Where: Yale Ward, 1431 East Gilmer Drive, Salt Lake City

Cost: $20-$25

Loveland Living Planet Aquarium Penguin World Record

Join the Loveland Living Planet Aquarium as they attempt to set a world record for the most people making a Gentoo penguin call simultaneously. Following the world record attempt, the aquarium will be having a penguin dance party. 

When: 2 p.m. Saturday, April 22

Where: Loveland Living Planet Aquarium, 12033 South Lone Peak Parkway, Draper

Cost: $15-$20

March For Science 

Celebrate Earth Day by joining the March for Science in downtown Salt Lake City. Speakers for the event include professors from local universities and environmental advocates. The march will start at City Creek Park and will move toward the State Capitol, where speakers will address the crowd. 

When: 3 p.m. Saturday, April 22

Where: City Creek Park/Utah State Capitol, 324 South State St., Salt Lake City

Cost: Free

Contact digital producer Jacob Scholl at jscholl@standard.net or follow him on Twitter @Jacob_Scholl.

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