By City Councilmember Don Shelton
One of my assignments on the city council is to work with the PACD Board (Public Arts and Cultural Development Board). The assignment is a bit of a dichotomy for me since I really have no artistic talent at all! That being said, the volunteer members of the board and the city’s professional staff that work with the board are very talented people in a wide variety of the arts. I am personally grateful to each of them for their dedicated service. The role of the PACD Board is to represent the city council in all things artistic and/or cultural. In that role the board sponsors artistic endeavors and education within our city and also provides funding through grants to significant artistic and cultural events or programs. The board provides the opportunity for many of our local artists to display their talents during the course of the year.
As much as I hate to mention it, the Holidays are just around the corner—the good news is that the City and the PACD Board have numerous opportunities for residents to join in the festivities through contests, artistic displays, and musical productions. Here is a quick list of upcoming activities and events:
Arts at the Gale—Ginger Bread Creations, taught by Janell Brown, owner of One Sweet Slice and the winner of TV’s “Cupcake Wars”! The classes are to be held on Nov. 4 and 11 at 7 p.m., at the Gale Center. As always, there is no charge for these classes.
Paint with Good Taste—This is a watercolor class taught by Jodie Milad. Nov. 12 at 6:30 p.m., at the Gale Center. This class includes all painting supplies, soft drinks and appetizers! There is a $35 fee and seating is limited, so you should register in advance at painterspaletteutah.com.
Light the Night—Dec. 5 at 6:30 p.m. at 1600 W. Towne Center Drive. Bring your family to see all the lights go on, and enjoy hot chocolate and a visit from the Jolly Ol’ Elf himself—Santa Claus! Of course, the lights remain on during the holidays. This event is free of charge.
Candy Windows—go on display Dec. 5 at the Towne Center. The displays stay up through the holidays. This event is free of charge.
Sounds of the Season Concert—Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. and at 7 p.m., at Bingham High School auditorium. This event is free of charge.
There are many benefits to living in South Jordan. We have a beautiful city that is safe and clean. We have a great place to raise a family, and we have lots of choices for wholesome entertainment and recreation. Through the dedication of our city employees and members of the PACD Board, there are also many opportunities for you and your family to enhance your life and talents through the arts. Check out the city website for more information. You can find it at www.sjc.utah.gov
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