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Timpanogos Cave National Monument

Timpanogos Cave National Monument, in conjunction with the Uinta National Forest, Sundance Resort and the Utah Humanities Council, will continue its free summer evening programs Friday, Saturday and Monday, Aug. 18, 19 and 21.

All programs are free to the public, but there is a $2 entrance fee into American Fork Canyon.

On Friday, Aug. 18, from 7 to 8 p.m., enjoy "Exploring the Great Unknown," at the Timpanogos Cave Visitor Center.

Saturday, Aug.19, from 7 to 8 p.m. at Timpanogos Cave Visitor Center, learn about "Radical Reptiles."

Monday, Aug. 21, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Sundance Resort, Creekside Amphitheater, learn about "Wild in Utah."

For more information on these and other activities, call 756-5238.


To help local children avoid a lifetime of vision challenges, Dr. Michael S. Abrams, Utah County's only pediatric ophthalmologist, is offering free vision screenings to all local children Mondays, at the Excel Eye Center of Orem, 700 W. 800 North.

The screenings require just 10 minutes, are non-invasive and painless and are conducted in a friendly and fun environment that puts children at ease.

Appointments are required for all screenings and can be scheduled by calling 426-9800.


Vinyl dresses, knee-high boots and polyester suits will be center stage at Provo Towne Centre's "Back to Class Fashion Show," at 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 19.

Models will show off merchandise from a variety of stores in the mall. There will be a comic relief segment featuring costumes from Halloween FX, a mattress costume from Select Comfort and the bird from the Red Robin Restaurant, all merchants in the mall.

For more information on the fashion show, call customer service at 852-2401.

Spanish Fork

A new assisted living facility will open here in October, its owners say.

Hearthstone Manor, with 32 beds, may be the largest facility of its kind in south Utah County, Bryan Mathews said. Mathews, along with his wife, Kalene, will administer the care center. The other owners are Keith Swain, Kalene Mathews' father, and her brother, Scott Swain.

The owners will devote one wing — 20 beds — of the new center at 1420 S. 1700 East to the care of dementia and Alzheimer's patients, Bryan Mathews said. He works as a physical therapist for the elderly, and his wife is a registered nurse. The new care center is adjacent to Canyon Elementary.

That wing will be secured to prevent the residents from wandering off. The remaining 12 beds will be for elderly residents who don't need quite as much care, he said.


The Read Leaf bookstore, 164 S. Main, will welcome author Paul Pitts for a book club discussion of his book "Racing the Sun" at 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17. Members of the public, especially younger readers, are invited.

"Racing the Sun," a novel for children ages 9-12, introduces readers to 12 year-old Brandon Rogers, who reluctantly learns about his Navajo heritage when his grandfather comes to live with his family.

Book club meetings are held at 7 p.m. the first Tuesday, second Wednesday, and third Thursday of each month. For more information, call 489-1390.