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Smith's Food and Drug centers will host a Fresh Values Balloon Launch from 6:30 to 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 19, at Thanksgiving Point.

The event will feature an ascension of more than 40 hot-air balloons of varying sizes, shapes and colors. The event will include face painters, clowns and activities for the whole family. As an added bonus, anyone presenting a Fresh Values Card will be able to enjoy a complimentary continental breakfast.

For more information, call 1-800-285-6733.


Habitat for Humanity of Utah County will sponsor its 2nd annual charity golf tournament Sept. 21 at Gladstan Golf Course.

The group is looking for up to 30 four-person teams to play in the 8:30 a.m. event. A donation of $125 per person is being asked.

The donation includes greens fees, a cart and lunch. Corporate sponsors are also being solicited for a donation of $1,000 per hole.

Those interested in sponsoring a team should contact Dave Tanner at 801-377-1144 or the local office at 344-8527.


The board of the Provo/Utah County Ice Sheet Authority will meet Tuesday to hear an update on Olympic preparations at The Peaks ice arena.

The board meets at 7:30 a.m. in the Utah County Commission conference room, 100 E. Center in Provo. On the agenda is an update on the status of a chiller at The Peaks. General contractor Mike Hogan has asked for the remaining $84,000 owed him for constructing the facility, but The Peaks is withholding the money until a leak in the chiller is fixed.

The board is also scheduled to discuss fixes needed at The Peaks' ice sheet in advance of a pre-Olympic women's hockey tournament scheduled for November.

Provo Schools

Timpanogos High School administrators want to start an academic program requiring students to pass year-end tests before they advance grade levels.

Administrators will make the request at a 7 p.m. board meeting Tuesday at district headquarters, 280 W. 940 North.

Three other Provo schools — Dixon Middle School and Maeser and Canyon Crest elementary schools — also have adopted the educational blueprint, called "Standards and Benchmarks."


Les Smith has been hired as Utah Valley State College's associate vice president for advancement.

Smith, a 21-year veteran of professional fund raising, earned a master's in public administration and a doctorate in higher-education administration from Brigham Young University.

At UVSC, Smith will oversee the school's foundation, capital campaigns and the donation-gathering effort for UVSC's proposed Heber Valley campus.