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Tim Hughes and his sidekick, Russ Smith, hosts of the KSL Outdoors Show visited Brian Head Utah to learn first-hand what this popular southern Utah mountain resort is all about. The show was broadcast live from the Grand Lodge at Brian Head. Visit KSL.com for podcast.

Broadcasting live from the lobby of the Grand Lodge at Brian Head

Snowmobile tour to Cedar Breaks National Monument with http://www.brianheadthunder.com

Cedar Breaks National Monument

February 15, 2010

MEDIA ALERT

WHAT: Brian Head’s new full-service upscale hotel announces its grand opening at southwest Utah’s popular year-round mountain resort. Activities include western entertainment, snowman building contest, billiards tournament, pool party, Dutch Oven cooking, art gallery featuring local artists, ribbon cutting, and more.

WHEN: February 18 – 20; ribbon cutting on Thursday, Feb. 18.

WHERE: The Grand Lodge at Brian Head, 314 Hunter Ridge Drive, Brian Head, UT 84719, 877-505-6343

WHO: Lodge owners, management, local dignitaries, and regional tourism officials. Public is invited to attend Friday and Saturday activities.

INFO: The Grand Lodge at Brian Head has 100 guest rooms and suites, bar, spa, steakhouse, indoor pool with cascading waterfall, indoor/outdoor hot tubs, fitness center, meeting rooms, arcade and gift shop. Visit GrandLodgeBrianHead.com for more information. Photos are available at Flickr.com.

Contact:
Bob Grove
(801) 651-0920
bob@wildwestpr.com

Sun Valley, ID – February 15, 2010 – Sun Valley Resort’s first Lunar Eclipse Rail Jam Series will begin Saturday, February 20 at 5 pm on Dollar Mountain.

The Series will consist of a practice session at 5 pm followed by the Jam, 6-8 pm and awards at 8 pm. Carol’s Dollar Mountain Lodge will serve BBQ and drinks on the Lodge Terrace. A DJ will be on hand.

The Lunar Eclipse Rail Jam Series will continue Saturday, March 13 and Saturday, March 27. The winner of all three events will receive a trip to Windell’s Camp on Mt. Hood, OR. The $15 entry fee for each competition does not include lift ticket.

The Rail Jam Series is sponsored by Smith Optics and Sun Valley Resort. For more information contact Dollar Mountain Terrain Park Manager at bcallahn@sunvalley.com

Friends…Colleagues…and RACE FANS!

I wanted to give you all a way to purchase discounted Race tickets at Miller Motorsports Park for the upcoming 2010 Season.  We have some great events coming right here to Utah and you don’t want to miss out.   If you click on the following link, you can receive discounted tickets to all of our major race events for the 2010 season.  Come out and join in the fun at Miller Motorsports Park this coming year…you won’t be disappointed.  See you at the races.

For tickets click here.

Enter the PROMO code of JH8116 to redeem.

  • World Superbike Championships May 29 – 31, 2010
  • Lucas Oil Off-Road Truck Series June 26 & 27, 2010
  • American Le Mans Series July 9 – 11, 2010
  • Grand Am & NASCAR Camping World Series September 10 – 12, 2010

Spring Break is just around the corner, ski season is in full swing, and fun is the mission. The Sun Valley/Ketchum Chamber and Visitors Bureau (SVKCVB) is enticing skiers and visitors to the Sun Valley, Idaho area with entertaining events, discounted lodging packages, ski free packages as well as activity and retail offers.

Music is abundant this spring beginning with Marley in the Mountains, February 26th & 27th which celebrates “mountain niceness” with two days of reggae. The Cox Winter Concert Series kicks off on February 11 and offers a FREE concert each Thursday night at Town Plaza until March 25th. The WinterSol Festival, March 5 & 6, serves up the Wailers and Soul Asylum in a great downtown venue. SolFest on March 27th & 28th celebrates spring with an on-mountain poker run, street dance and lots of specials.

Here are some of the great money saving deals available this spring:

• COLLEGE 6-PACK Get six days of skiing anytime during the season for just $249 ($41.50 per day). Can be purchased at any time with current college ID. Valid only for full-time college students with valid College ID. Must have proof of full time status. One-time six-day extension allowed during season. No phone or internet orders.

• KIDS SKI FREE dates have been expanded this year to include: February 22, 2010 through the end of the season. One child (age 15 & under) stays & skis FREE per skiing & lodging adult staying in a participating property. Also kids 4 and under ski free the entire season with a skiing/boarding adult.

• SPRING BREAK SPECIALS

o From March 26 until the end of the season, Sun Valley Resort is offering a $69 per night package that includes a lift ticket.

“Sun Valley offers an affordable getaway for students, families, and everyone else and we want them to know about the values we have available,” commented Carrie Westergard, Marketing Director for the SVKCVB.

Sun Valley offers non-stop daily flights from Seattle, and Los Angeles on Horizon Air and from Salt Lake City on SkyWest/The Delta Connections. Sun Valley Stages runs a three times daily shuttle service from the Boise Airport to the Sun Valley Area.  Complete information about visiting the area including events and specials can be found at www.visitsunvalley.com

While Angela, Stacey, and Kim began their musical careers many years ago, they first began playing together as BYU Folk Ensemble members in 2000. Each of them has toured all over the world, including across the United States, Europe, South America, and Asia, performing and sharing their love for music. Their music is played on the radio, featured in recent films, and recognized across the Wasatch Front for both an energetic and soothing sound all of their own. Their style is a unique combination of upbeat fiddle tunes mixed with original vocal songs in a playful, folk style. With the guitar, mandolin, fiddle, and bass, along with their blended voices, Marigold captures the beauty of folk music in a deep and refreshing way. Check out www.marigoldmusic.com for more information. For more information about the Homestead Resort in Midway, UT click here.

February 9, 2010 – Salt Lake City – Red Butte Garden displays 200,000 spring bulbs. That’s about one bloom for every resident of Salt Lake City, Utah. The display is throughout the Garden with optimal blooming from March 15-April 15. Spring bloomers include our collection of crab apple trees, wild flowers in the natural area and more. Let Red Butte Garden bring you into the gardening season.

Garden Education:

BEGINNERS BOUNTY: VEGETABLE GARDENING 101

TUESDAY, MARCH 2 from 6 – 8 PM.

Want to grow your own veggies, but aren’t quite sure where to begin? We will cover site selection, soil preparation, fertilizer, crop selection, planting times, starting seeds and transplanting. REGULAR GARDEN ADMISSION/ MEMBERS FREE. NO REGISTRATION REQUIRED.

RESIDENTIAL LANDSCAPE DESIGN (LLHG 512)

WED., MARCH 3 – APRIL 7 or THURS., MARCH 4 – APRIL 8 from 6 – 9 PM. Save time and money by making informed landscaping choices before you plant. We’ll start with a base map and site analysis then apply landscape design principals to plant selection and placement as well as patios and walkways.

MEMBERS (SECT. 002) $176 NONMEMBERS (SECT. 001) $194 REGISTRATION REQUIRED (801) 587-5433 OR ONLINE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH LIFELONG LEARNING

WATERWISE LANDSCAPES (LLHG 521)

TUESDAYS, MARCH 16 – 30 from 6:30 – 8:30 PM. We’ll look at plant varieties and landscaping techniques that help conserve water. Learn which water-wise perennials to combine for continual bloom.

MEMBERS (SECT. 002) $65 NONMEMBERS (SECT. 001) $72 REGISTRATION REQUIRED (801) 587-5433 OR ONLINE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF UTAH LIFELONG LEARNING

TOMATO PROPAGATION WORKSHOP

SATURDAY, MARCH 6 from 9AM – NOON or from 1 – 4PM (two classes)

Would you like to harvest your first tomato before the middle of August? Looking for heirloom varieties? Join us and learn the secrets to successful seed starting in your own home and plant some unusual tomato and pepper seeds for your garden.

MEMBERS $35 NONMEMBERS $43 REGISTRATION REQUIRED (801) 581-8454 OR register online click here.

WINTER PRUNING WORKSHOP

SATURDAY, MARCH 13 OR SATURDAY, MARCH 27 from 10AM – 1PM. (two classes)

Take the guesswork out of pruning by joining us for this three-hour hands-on workshop.

MEMBERS $20 NONMEMBERS $25 REGISTRATION REQUIRED (801) 581-8454 OR register online click here.

WINTER PRUNING WORKSHOP: WISTERIA

SATURDAY, MARCH 20 from 10AM – NOON. Wisterias offer breathtaking beauty and fragrance to the spring garden. Learn how our gardeners create and maintain Red Butte Garden’s spectacular Wisteria arbors.

MEMBERS $15 NONMEMBERS $20 REGISTRATION REQUIRED (801) 581-8454 OR register online click here.

Kids Classes:

KIDS GARDEN ADVENTURE: Spring Seed Sowing Party

Saturday, March 13 from 10 AM – 11:30 AM. We’ll wander the awakening Garden before heading back to Em’s Sprout House where we will plant a variety of vegetable seeds to get them growing in time for our own gardens. REGISTRATION REQUIRED (801) 581-8454 OR register online click here.

KIDS GARDEN ADVENTURE: Fantastic Fox Families

Saturday, March 27 from 10 AM – 11:30 AM.

Did you know that the Garden is home to multiple fox families? These fantastic animals are year-round residents. We will learn about where they live. We will practice track and scat identification, hiking safety, and how to best detect their dens in nature. REGISTRATION REQUIRED (801) 581-8454 OR register online click here.

Volunteer Classes:

GARDEN VOLUNTEER TRAINING

March 29 and 31st from 9 AM-NOON

Red Butte Garden has over 400 volunteers helping in horticulture, with school children, concerts and in the Garden. Call (801) 585-5688 for more information.

Art Exhibits:

Admission to the Visitors Center is free. Access to the Garden requires garden admission or membership.

RICHARD VROOM February 26-March 14

See the watercolor art of Richard Vroom in the Visitors Center

FRED MONTAGUE March 19-April 4

Ecological Gardening Exhibit demonstrates the global imperative for the local garden. Red Butte Garden Visitors Center

Lecture: FREE

FRED MONTAGUE March 31 at 7 p.m.

Red Butte Garden Orangerie.

In today’s world of population growth, global change, biodiversity loss, and pollution, citizens seek actions to promote sustainability. Montague will share his thinking on how millions of local gardens can begin to address these most troubling environmental issues.

General Garden information (801) 585-0556. Adult admission is $6, $4 for children and seniors. March hours are 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Red Butte Garden is Utah’s botanical garden and arboretum. Our mission includes conservation, education, and presentation. We are a nonprofit organization offering classes, family activities, outdoor concerts, exhibits and private events. With 100 acres, the Garden includes 11 themed formal gardens including a Children’s Garden, Natural Areas, and hiking and walking paths.

Simon’s Pub Presents Live Music by Duolusions of Grandeur February 27, 2010 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Duolusions of Grandeur is comprised of two seasoned, wily, and surprisingly attractive middle-aged men who decided they wanted to play their favorite songs on acoustic guitars. They play a wide range of genres from 80s rock to funk to songs that nearly make you get up and dance. A “tour de force” in the highly competitive Northern Utah County acoustic duo cover bands market, a Duolusions show is a spectacle not to be missed.

“I’ve heard some of the songs they play before.” Bob, Lehi, Utah “I went to their show and heard some music.” Mary, Pleasant Grove, Utah Duolusions of Grandeur is Steve Morton and Tom Rhoton.

Simon’s Pub Presents Live Music by Forever in Blue February 20, 2010 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM & March 20, 2010 from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

With a combined height of 10 ½ feet tall, this Power Duo will knock your socks off. Singing songs about real life experiences and with harmonies that will make you melt. Roger & Liz Archibald make up this fine Duo. Roger currently plays guitar for Utah’s own, Ryan Shupe and the RubberBand and has traveled the Nation touring with the band. Liz has been writing songs ever since she knew she could. Beautifully crafted songs with power house vocals. Together they are Forever Blue.

For more information visit www.homesteadresort.com.

We’re taking roll call at Red Mountain Resort & Spa’s Jumpstart Fitness Boot Camp where Red Mountain’s drill sergeants (AKA fitness instructors) will lead you through your paces. The mission is to find fitness activities that you’ll love so much you stick with your commitment for improved health. The program includes everything in our Signature Package as well as activities and spa treatments tailored to your unique needs. Click here for details.

We stayed the night at La Quinta Inn & Suites in St. George, UT. The hotel is fairly new and located in Bloomington Hills on the east side of Interstate-15 off the Brigham Street exit about a quarter of a mile north of Flying J. It’s convenient to the Dixie Center and Bluff Street and in an area of St. George that is developing very quickly. Directly west of the hotel across the freeway is the Bloomington Super Walmart along with  a few other shops and fast food restaurants.

The hotel has a warm southwest look and still has that new hotel feel. We we’re very pleased with the complimentary breakfast that included hot items, which is ideal for families especially wanting to save a little money on meals. The hotel features large rooms with flat screen TV’s, fitness center, meeting rooms, and outdoor pool and hot tub. We really enjoyed our stay at the La Quinta Inn & Suites! For more information visit their website at www.lqstgeorge.com.