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AMERICAN FORK

Residents are continuing to create artistic tiles for the new library under construction. The colorful tiles will decorate a wavy wall that will run between the rotunda to the children's library, Assistant Library Director Sheena Parker said.Children and often whole families come to the temporary library at 88 N. Church St. every Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. or Saturdays from 9 a.m. to noon to create a tile, which costs $5. The tile then goes to Shelley Elementary school art teacher Joseph Germaine, who fires them. About 1,200 tiles have been created, but the library needs about 2,500 to complete the project, Parker said. A big push for more tiles is set for Saturday at the Senior Center, 54 E. Main St. For information call Parker at the library, 763-3070.

EAGLE MOUNTAIN

Representatives from the Alpine School District, Eagle Mountain Properties and legislative bodies are planning to be on hand Saturday at a booth during Pony Express Days.

Residents are invited to visit the booth set up by Ruth Brandt to express concerns about the need for a school in Eagle Mountain and ask questions of the officials.

OREM

A special Star Wars Party will be hosted by Barnes and Noble Booksellers, 330 E. 1300 South, Wednesday, June 23, 7 p.m., for children ages 5-12.

There will be a costume party and all participants are invited to dress up as their favorite Star Wars character. Other activities include a drawing contest, games, treats, prizes and more. All events are free and open to the public. For more information call the bookstore, 229-1611.

PAYSON

The 1999-2000 city budget is scheduled for adoption Wednesday.

The proposed general fund budget totals $4.4 million, up from the current year's budget of $3.9 million. The enterprise fund, which includes utilities, ambulance and golf course totals $9.1 million, up from the current $8.8 million. New fees for sewer and secondary water are also on tap. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. with a City Council study session at City Hall, 439 W. Utah Ave. The regular meeting follows at 7 p.m.

PLEASANT GROVE

Strawberry Days activities officially begin with the Children's Parade today and continue through Saturday with the annual rodeo, carnival and assorted activities and a Sunday evening concert in the park.

The Children's Parade starts at 6 p.m. at the drag strip on Pleasant Grove High School. A mammoth parade takes place Saturday morning beginning at 10 a.m. For more information check the city web site at www.plgrove.org.

PROVO

The City Council adopted a $98.9 million budget Tuesday for fiscal 1999-2000. Provo's highest budget ever does not include a tax or fee increases. The $34 million general fund, made up primarily of tax revenue, accounts for slightly more than one-third of the total.

The city found itself with an additional $3 million this year due to higher-than-expected sales-tax income. Mayor Lewis Billings plans to use part of the windfall to hire four new police officers, a new firefighter and a full-time emergency management coordinator.

SALEM

The Governor's 21st Century Community Program through the state rural partnership office will be considered by the City Council on Wednesday.

A resolution has been prepared if the council wants to participate. The program includes an assessment method with the goal of preparing for growth, including visitor growth, reduce rural unemployment, diversify the rural economy and protect the quality of life. The meeting at City Hall, 30 W. 100 South begins at 6:30 p.m. with a work session. The regular meeting begins at 7:30 p.m.

Got news? Call the Deseret News Utah County Bureau at 437-7600 or fax your information to 437-7624.