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Thanksgiving Point will host its first Children's Fair and Home Show as a charity event for Ronald McDonald House through Monday, Sept. 3. The exhibit will be open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The event consists of 16 elaborately built playhouses set in town-square style north of the new Thanksgiving Garden Visitor Center. Admission is free and includes balloon-tying, carnival games, a photo booth and live entertainment by local performers.

For more information call 1-801-768-2300.


Lindon Mayor Larry Ellertson has recently joined the staff of United Way of Utah County as vice president of development.

Ellertson has been actively involved in the Utah County community and has served as a member and chairman of the United Way of Utah County board of Directors, Healthy Utah Valley and the Provo/Orem Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. He was also named the Lieutenant Governor's Civic Volunteer of the Year in 2000.


Orem Recreation Department will offer the last Little Hoopsters and Super Hoopsters basketball camps this summer. Little Hoopsters will meet Monday through Thursday, July 30-Aug. 2, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Super Hoopsters will meet the following Monday through Thursday, Aug. 6-9.

The Little Hoopsters is open to boys and girls entering first, second, and third grade in the fall. Super Hoopsters is open to boys and girls entering fourth, fifth and sixth grade in the fall. The fee for either program is $20.

For more information, call Orem Fitness Center at 229-7154.


The Franciscan, 172 N. 500 West, will present "West Side Story" July 30 - Aug. 10 at 8 p.m. nightly.

As part of the Franciscan Summer Stock program, West Side Story is a study in star-crossed lovers and rivalry. It deals with gang contention rather than family feuds and seems more relevant today than it did when first conceived by Jerome Robbins in the late 1940s. This production is part of the Franciscan's Urban Community Awareness program.

Tickets are on a donation basis. For reservations call 801-377-6789.

Utah County

The "Y" mountain blaze, which has been one of the most expensive fires in the nation to put out this year, has been contained.

The fire, which Uintah Forest officials believe was started by an arsonist, was contained at 6 p.m. Tuesday night, but firefighters will continue extinguishing hot spots near the top of the mountain on Wednesday.

Some firefighters have been sent home, but three helicopters continue to cover the 525-acre area burned by the fire.

Because of the steep terrain and the fire's proximity to homes and other structures, expensive aircraft had to be used to battle the blaze.