It's a circus at fairgrounds
Daredevils and exotic animals are among the acts the Jordan World Circus brings to the Top of Utah beginning next weekend.
The Las Vegas-based circus comes to the Weber County Fairgrounds Jan. 28-30 and to the Davis County Fairgrounds on Jan. 31.
The traveling three-ring show varies every year, but always includes people acts, animal acts and clown acts, said Dave Hansen, director of the Legacy Events Center.
"They try to keep something going all the time," Hansen said.
Show times are 7 p.m. Jan. 28, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Jan. 29, and 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. Jan 30 at the Golden Spike Event Center, 100 N. 1200 West, Ogden.
In Farmington, the circus plays at 4:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Jan. 31 at the Legacy Events Center, 151 S. 1100 West.
Tickets are $16 for adults and $12 for children; however, free children's passes are available at various local grocery stores and gas stations, Hansen said.
For information, call the Golden Spike Event Center at 801-399-8798 or the Legacy Events Center at 801-451-4080.
Storytellers spin tales at fest
FARMINGTON -- Farmington's Storytelling Festival is an annual winter tradition, and this year's festival starts at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Community Arts Center at 120 S. Main St.
The festival features Utah Storytelling Guild members Clive Romney and Brenna Barnson, as well as youth teller Alyssa Wood of Farmington.
A grant from the National Storytelling Network also made it possible to hire Nannette Watts, from Utah County, a professional storyteller with a background in choreography and music. She spins tales throughout Utah and Idaho, and serves as artistic director of a small traveling troupe called Resonance Story Theatre.
The storytelling festival starts with a craft session for kids. The storytelling runs from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Hot chocolate will be served after the stories.
Admission is $1. For more information, call 801-451-0953.
Nature center plans winter fun
OGDEN -- The Ogden Nature Center has plans for some winter-weather fun, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. If Mother Nature cooperates, visitors are invited to bring snowshoes and sliding saucers to use on the nature center's property, at 966 W. 12th St. Naturalist-led snowshoe hikes start at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., behind the visitor center. There will also be winter crafts, and hot cocoa.
Admission is $5. Snowshoes may be rented for $2.
For more information, call 801-621-7595.
Plunges get blood pumping
If jumping into ice water in the dead of winter sounds like a blast, you've got two chances to do it on Saturday.
* Bear Lake Monster Polar Plunge and Cisco Disco
Put on a crazy hat or swimsuit and dive into Bear Lake at noon in a benefit for Primary Children's Medical Center. Prizes are awarded for best costume as well as the largest donation.
Registration is 10 a.m. to noon at the Utah State Park Marina, 1030 N. Bear Lake Blvd., Garden City. Tickets are $30, which includes a sweatshirt. For more information, call 435-946-3343.
The annual Cisco Disco, or fishing for cisco, is 6 a.m. to 10 a.m. at Cisco Beach, on the east side of Bear Lake. The park entrance fee is $5; for information, call 801-537-3123.
Ice skating is offered from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Garden City Office, 69 N. Paradise Parkway. Bring your own skates; admission is free.
* Hyrum State Park Polar Plunge
Registration begins at 11 a.m. for this jump to benefit Utah Special Olympics. The plunge starts at noon at the park, 405 W. 300 South, Hyrum.
Entry fee is $25. More than 60 participants have registered. Dress in a costume or come as you are.
For more information, visit www.sout.org or call 435-245-6866.
Festival celebrates snow, ice
CLINTON -- Cold weather makes it tempting to stay indoors, but the Clinton Arts Board is encouraging people to get outside and socialize at the Snow & Ice Festival.
"The idea behind the festival is to bring our community together, and to promote the artistic side of everybody," said Debbie Barlow, a member of the board.
The fun starts at 10 a.m. Saturday, and continues until 1 p.m., at Clinton Civic Center Park, 1651 W. 2300 North. Admission is free.
If there's plenty of snow in the park, there will be a snow-sculpting competition. An ice-carving competition will also be held, using ice blocks that are typically used in coolers. There is no charge to enter either competition, but anyone who wants to carve ice should either bring their own block or call to reserve one, for $2. Sculptors need to bring their own carving tools.
Winners receive ribbons -- and the admiration of the crowd.
"It's mostly just for fun," said Barlow. "Come play in the ice and snow with us."
To help festival-goers keep warm, scones, nachos and hot chocolate will be sold.
For more information, or to reserve a block of ice, call 801-614-0780.
Mansion gets new residents
LOGAN -- The historic Thatcher-Young Mansion has some new residents. The Hatch Academy of Magic & Music and The Studio, a photography studio, moved in on Jan. 1. To celebrate, there will be an open house from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, in the mansion at 35 W. 100 South.
The open house gets under way with a magic ribbon cutting, followed by 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. performances of magic and music. From 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., The Blue String Quartet plays music.
An exhibit of historic magic posters runs from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., as does a silent auction or art to benefit a Cache Valley family in need.
The Thatcher-Young Mansion was the home of the Alliance for the Varied Arts, which merged with the Cache Valley Center of the Arts and no longer needed the space. After public discussion, the CVCA decided to continue using the mansion as a place to offer arts instruction and activities.
For more information, call 435-752-0026.