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A new mural by artist Leon Araujo lights up the South Ogden backyard location of the yART sale.
Photo provided, Audrey Christensen
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Inside Unspoken, where Ogden’s first Speak-Easy Poetry & Mixed Media Jam will be held.
Deann Armes, Special to Standard Examiner
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Nurture the Creative Mind’s Community Water Balloon Battle is back this Saturday, July 16, 2022.
Photo provided, Ben Zach
Summer Art Sale
The biggest backyard art market is back! It’s at the home of Audrey Christensen of Hey Be Fab, who started it at her South Ogden home in 2020 during the pandemic. Now backed by the city, it’s expected to be the biggest yet, featuring over 80 artisans and makers and six live performances from Grandpa Paul Entertains, Holly Faith Music, The Pho3nix Child, DKOEN, Kyle McBride and Smol Stone. For the first time, sponsors supported 10 lucky vendors, making this event truly inclusive for everyone from newbies to seasoned artists and creators. “I believe when we get up, we all do! That’s why it’s so important to me to keep building a community of creatives,” Christensen said on the yART Sale Instagram page. Sponsors receive “yARTie bags” full of gifts and special perks. There’s also more food this time around with Jen Taylor Cakes, Wing Wah and Los Churros Del Norte. “Toasted Lavender”, a live podcast, will be there to record, launch their art zine The LQ and sell specially selected records from Lavender Vinyl’s collection. “Join the Joy” this Thursday during the yART Summer Sale. — Deann Weapons
Thursday, July 14, 3-8 p.m., 3746 Madison Avenue, South Ogden, free, heybefab.com
Speak-Easy Poetry & Mixed Media Jam
Step back in history at Unspoken for “Speak-Easy,” a showcase of poetry and mixed media. Hosted by local Ogden women Deann Armes with The Ogdenite, award-winning poet Angelika Brewer and creative entrepreneur Sarah Glass, the evening will kick off with the jazz singer and key player in local band Standards and Substandards. Next, eight local poets will perform, including writer/poet Wynter Storm as emcee, new Ogden Poet Laureate, Angelika Brewer, Jayrod Garrett, Stephen St. Peter, Christina Re Anderson, Rees Sweeten, Kellie Joy, Jocelyn Cortes and Leon Araujo (actor). Artist Rachel Manning will paint live during the show and Josh Fawsom will accompany the spoken word performances with his acoustic guitar. Rapper RhaGenetix will ignite the powder and DJ Linus Stubbs will end the evening with a dance party. “We hope to bring together our diverse creative communities in a way that will inspire a poetry movement in Ogden and new opportunities for all artists to shine their light on our city,” says Armes. Event sponsors helped keep tickets at $10 and paid all performers for their time, including Michelle Williams, Realtor, Team Live Play Utah, Powered by Real Broker (Gold Sponsor), LeeAnn Ballard with Only In Ogden, The Local Artisan Collective, Maegan Lovelady Realtor, Unspoken, WBs Eatery, Just James Photography, Christina Miller and Paddy Teglia Music. — Karen Painter
Thursday, July 14, 8 p.m., Unspoken, 211 25th Street, $10, theogdenite.com
Community water balloon fight
A great community water balloon battle, something so simple but likely to be a child’s most memorable fun this summer. A creation of Nurture the Creative Mind and Ogden Arts Festival, this is a free family event for all ages to hang out and have some old-fashioned fun. There will be over 6,000 water balloons, a huge water fight, but there is some structure; individual water balloon battles are categorized by age, and adults can even play in a separate category just for them. All are welcome to enjoy the pleasures of water. It is becoming a favorite summer pastime in Ogden. — Deann Weapons
Saturday, July 16, 4-6 p.m., Ogden City Park, 343 25th Street, free, [email protected]
Blues, beers and barbecue
Snowbasin Resort’s Blues, Brews, & BBQ series continues this Sunday with two touring bands: ’70s-inspired Southern rock and folk songwriters Aaron Davis & the Mystery Machine, and the New Orleans Suspects making waves straight out of Louisiana. Great music, beer, and a barbecue on the patio make this laid-back concert series a favorite gathering spot for locals and visitors alike. Attendees can bring blankets, chairs and umbrellas to set up on the plush lawn, and dancers of all ages enjoy dipping their feet in the sandpit in front of the stage. Cocktails and local beers are available on the terrace to wash down Earl’s Lodge barbecue-style food. While there, friends and families can also explore the hiking trails, hop on the gondola, or head to the Wildflower Mini Golf Course and playground. — Deann Weapons
Sunday, July 17, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Snowbasin Resort, 3925 East Snowbasin Road, Huntsville, $10, shop.snowbasin.com/s/summer-activities
Lindquist Pops and Fireworks Concert
July 4 in Ogden is really just a prelude to the real deal: the annual Lindquist Family Symphony Pops and Fireworks show at Weber State University. The tradition, started in 1978 with John A. and Telitha E Linduist, brings the community together every year on a Sunday evening in mid-July, attracting thousands of people. This year’s festivities will begin with a 60-minute patriotic concert by the New American Philharmonic, conducted by Shannon Robers, at Ada Lindquist Plaza, which accompanies one of Utah’s biggest fireworks displays at 10 p.m. Food trucks will sell refreshments and beverages, and on-campus parking and seating are available. Organizers said extra precautions were being taken due to the drought conditions. The event may be canceled if wind or weather conditions pose a threat. — Deann Weapons
Sunday, July 17, 9 p.m., Weber State University, 3848 Harrison Boulevard, free, weber.edu