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A large percentage of Washington County residents will be volunteering in one way or another during the month of October as Tuacahn’s summer season comes to an end even as the world comes to our door to participate, first in the St. George Marathon, now in its 39th year with an anticipated 7,500 runners along with friends and family members.

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The most important resource here in our high desert community is water although, it seems, there is always too much or too little!  Conservation is a constant topic for discussion among local leaders concerned how a long hot summer during a dry year should be handled or how to plan for water needs here in the nation’s 6th fastest growing community when the population – at its current rate of growth – is expected to see 75,000 – 90,000 new residents in the next 5-8 years.

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If you love the great outdoors, we have it on 360-degree display here in Washington County, UT.  We also have the Ultimate Outdoor Expo helping you outdoor enthusiasts prepare for outdoor adventures in our red rock country.  If you’ve always thought you’d like to try your hand at archery … or shooting … or fishing …  or you’d like to find a guide with knowledge of hiking trails for different experience levels, you’ll want to be at the Dixie Center on the first weekend of the New Year.  If you are good enough to qualify for the NRA Shooting Competition, the Bowhunter National Tour Regional Qualifying Shoot … or if you are only marginally interested in the outdoors, but you love country music, you’ll want to be at the Dixie Center on the weekend of January 6-7, 2017.

If that’s not enough excitement and fun for the whole family, you can throw in the opportunity to see the world famous Dock Dogs in action – with canines diving off a dock to catch big air – or, put a team together to compete in the Dutch oven cooking contest, or enjoy celebrity entertainment featuring the winners of the local singer/songwriting competition.

Your ticket pays your way to non-stop fun (separate tickets required for the Truck and Tractor Pull) where you’ll enjoy cooking demonstrations, workshops and seminars on Friday from noon to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. – 8 p.m.

If one of your new year’s resolutions is to explore our beautiful red rock country, you’ll find a good place to start is at The Ultimate Outdoor Expo.  If you need a place to stay, you’ll find an attractive, affordable vacation resort home-away-from-home online at Five Seasons Vacation Rentals.com at laspalmasresortcondos.com or St. George Resort Rentals at stgeorgeresortrentals.com. Come stay with us for a week or a month and let us put a smile on your face!  Let us help you start your New Year off right.  We’ll be waiting for you!

most-charitable-state

It’s no surprise, Utah has – for many years – been recognized as the #1 state in the nation for volunteerism.  Utahn’s in large numbers – approximately 50% of every man and women and most teenagers – are scoutmasters, ticket takers, literacy tutors, mentors for at risk kids, volunteer soccer, softball, basketball coaches, and many other assignments – are willingly donating time, talents and obviously financial support without any expectation of remuneration.

A new recognition for the Beehive State is as the most “generous” state in the nation, as measured by thirteen indicators of charitable giving and volunteering, in a recent report from Wallet Hub, a service of Evolution Finance.

To arrive at this designation, WalletHub.com measured the percentage of income donated, rate of volunteering, hours volunteered per capita, percentage of the population who donates time and money, percentage of the population who donates collected and/or distributed food and clothing, number of public charities per capita, percentage of sheltered homeless, and whether there is a community service requirement for high school graduation.  When all the data was collected and analyzed 2016’s Most and Least Charitable States ranked Utah as the most generous state, as it did last year, followed by Minnesota, North Dakota, Maryland, and Oklahoma. According to this same source, the states least likely to open their pocketbooks or give of their time and resources as Arizona, California, Texas, Nevada, and Hawai’i.

Among the poorest states, but whose citizenry are also still charitable, were West Virginia, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Tennessee, while the residents of California, Hawai’i, Texas, Rhode Island and Massachusetts were found to be the richest but least charitable.

Here in our community, local residents step up without hesitation when the needs of others in our community are made known to them, including our staff and management – all really nice people tending to the needs of vacationers looking for comfortable, affordable vacation resort rentals.  If you are one who believes in charity begins at home, it also applies to your home-away-from-home. Register today online for a beautiful vacation resort rental at St. George Resort Rentals at stgeorgeresortrentals.com or Five Seasons Resort Condominiums at laspalmasresortcondos.com.   Come stay with us for a week or a month and let us put a smile on your face!

Happy, Happy & Happiest

Based on 28 key metrics – ranging from emotional health and income levels to sports participation and volunteerism – Utah came out on top in a comparison of all 50 states and the District of Columbia in 2016’s Happiest States in America, according to WalletHub.com.

Utah was ranked #1 in several areas, including lowest divorce rate (15.97% compared to the District of Columbia which has the highest rate at 31%).  Utah also topped the charts with the lowest rate of heart attacks (2.7% which is 2.7 times lower than in West Virginia, where the rate is highest at 7.4%) and as the state with the highest volunteer rate (45.2% compared to Louisiana with the lowest at 18.2%).

In other comparisons, Hawaii has the lowest number of depressed citizens (Oregon has the nation’s highest); the District of Columbia is doing something right with the lowest suicide rate per 100,000 residents in the U. S. (Montana has the highest); and North Dakota has the lowest long-term unemployment rate compared to the number of citizens looking for work in the District of Columbia.

To see where your state or the District of Columbia ranks, click here.

Hmmmmm, we wonder if WalletHub also took into consideration amazing scenery, great weather (except in June, July and August), really nice people and comfortable, affordable vacation resort rentals in their analysis?  If you are looking for your “happy place” while vacationing in Southern Utah, you’ll find it at St. George Resort Rentals or Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.  Register today online at stgeorgeresortrentals.com or laspalmasresortcondos.com.   Come stay with us for a week or a month and let us put a smile on your face!

BLM in Southwestern Utah

The Bureau of Land Management has been described as a “small agency with a big mission.”  Nationally, including here in Southwestern Utah, the mission of the BLM is “to sustain the health, diversity, and productivity of America’s public land for the use and enjoyment of present and future generations.” The majority of this public land is located in the 12 Western states, including Alaska.  More than 700 million acres of sub-surface mineral estate in the United States is also managed by the BLM.

Putting it another way, the BLM is involved in a series of responsibilities, including – but not limited to – the oversight of America’s timberlands, recreation, coal leases, abandoned mines, grazing and mineral rights, specific to Indian lands.

Here in our part of the world, the BLM St. George Field Office has responsibility for approximately 629,000 surface acres of Washington County located at the convergence of three distinctive eco-regions: the Mojave Desert, Great Basin, and Colorado Plateau. Here many native plants and animals have evolved into unique species, some found nowhere else on earth. Here, too, our BLM field office keeps a close watch on the evidence of the earth’s geologic history and past human cultures, some of the most sensitive lands managed by BLM.

Including the BLM, about two-thirds of Washington County’s land resources are owned or managed by federal agencies. Through the years, there have been numerous uncomfortable encounters but for the most part, the BLM is a friendly and cooperative overseer of our land and resource preservation efforts.

Speaking of friendly and cooperative, St. George Resort Rentals and Five Seasons Vacation condominiums are here to help provide you with a memorable get-away here in Southern Utah in a comfortable, affordable vacation home-away-from-home.  Check us out, then register today online at stgeorgeresortrentals.com  or laspalmasresortcondos.com.   We’re here to help and can’t wait to meet you … or welcome you back!

The Tony Award-winning Utah Shakespeare Festival, on the campus of Southern Utah University, will kick off its 54th season of “entertaining, enriching and educating audiences” in the all-new $36 million Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts with a ribbon cutting ceremony on July 7, 2016.

The Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts (to be known simply as The Beverley) will incorporate visual arts, live theatre, and dynamic arts education to dramatically enrich the cultural life of Cedar City, the region and beyond. The Beverly, located at the corner of University Street and 300 West in Cedar City, will be a year-round destination for thousands of patrons of the arts, including those attending any or all of the eight summer shows.

The Beverley will include USF’s new outdoor theatre, The Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre, which will feel very similar to the now retired Adams Theatre but with updated amenities and modern accessibilities, including an elevator and increased ADA seating. 

The Festival’s other new Eileen & Allen Anes Studio Theatre is a flexible, black box space, with seating capacity to about 200 people. The Festival’s indoor Randall L. Jones Theatre is still immediately next to the new Southern Utah Museum of Art. 

A large covered plaza welcomes patrons and includes a state-of-the art museum which features 5,300 square feet of exhibition space composed of four galleries. The Beverley offers many large public gathering spaces, which will be used for receptions and special events. The Engelstad Shakespeare Theatre has a covered terrace on the lower level of the theatre and a rooftop garden on the back deck of the second level. Landscaping for the Center includes a sculpture grove, tree-lined walkway, a Greenshow stage and enhanced seminar grove.

Named for the long-time arts and education champion, the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts is made possible of the Sorenson Legacy Foundation which had given millions of dollars to this project and other programs at Southern Utah University. In addition to the Sorensons’ contributions, the over $36 million center is being made possible thanks to the generosity of hundreds of benefactors. A gift of $5 million for the New Shakespeare Theatre and Festival outreach programs was received from the Ralph and Betty Engelstad Famiy Foundation of Las Vegas, Nev. The George S. and Dolores Dore’ Eccles Foundation also committed $4 million toward the project. Additionally, the State of Utah, Iron Country and Cedar City have all energetically supported this effort to create this newest center for the arts in Southern Utah. 

In 1962 the Festival attracted 3,276 visitors. Today the audience is over 100,000 and expected to increase during the 2016 season with the impressive new facilities and the nationally acclaimed professional productions.  Enthusiastic patrons come from around the globe to attend the Festival’s professional performances, including drama, comedy, Shakespeare, contemporary theatre and more. It is interactive free green shows each evening, backstage tours, give-and-take seminars in a beautiful outdoor grove with experts, artists and actors … and its all within an easy drive to the beauty of three national parks and breath taking scenery. No wonder it is called a festival!

The Utah Shakespeare Festival is a definite “must see” on your list of “things to see and do” in southern Utah, so now’s the time to reserve a beautiful, comfortable and affordable vacation home-away-from-home.  Register online for a week or a month at St. George Resort Rentals at www.stgeorgeresortrentals.com  or  www.laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.   We look forward to seeing you.

Lovers of Yahtzee, Memory, Monopoly, Jenga and Trekker, are invited to play the national park versions of these popular board games at the St. George Art Museum from 6 – 8 pm on the first Monday night of each month through the end of the year.

This fun activity at 47 E. 200 North is an opportunity to also see the national park art currently on display throughout 2016 in celebration of the 100-year anniversary of the National Park system.

Don’t know the rules of the games?  The museum promises to have knowledgeable helpers on site to assist where needed.  Sign-ups are encouraged but not mandatory with regular admission fee of $3 or free to museum members. 

Game nights are scheduled during the centennial year of the National Park System and during the St. George Art Museum’s yearlong tribute to national park art.  So mark your calendar for Monday, May 2, June 6, August 1, October 3, November 7 and December 5, invite friends and family members to join in the fun, then call 435-627-4525 to register for play or for more information.

The rules are also pretty simple for making reservations for your beautiful, comfortable and affordable home away from home while vacationing in Southern Utah.  Just register online for accommodations at St. George Resort Rentals at stgeorgeresortrentals.com  or at laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.   We can’t wait to meet you … or welcome you back!

Alfred Lord Tennyson, poet laureate of Great Britain and Ireland said,  “In the Spring a young man’s fancy lightly turns to thoughts of love.”  But, in the spring, the heart of a young man (or woman) also turns to gardening.  That’s why, since 2006 here in Southern Utah, thousands of lovers of the soil can be found at the 15th Annual Spring Home and Garden Expo, Southern Utah’s largest and most complete showcase of  all-things-garden and landscape.  On the weekend of March 18-19 at the Dixie Center in St. George, you’ll find more than 100 vendors with amazing ideas, information, inspiration and home, gardening and landscape experts who can help you create the backyard of your dreams. 

You’ll find everything from landscape rock designs, gorgeous tile outlays, the latest faucet heads for your kitchen sink, hot tubs, and even vibrating pillows … in short, ideas and products available to make the interior and the exterior of your home beautiful.  Learn to prune your trees, mulch your soil, create magnificent flower beds or find out more about low maintenance synthetic grass.

But, if you’re thinking about taking a break from yard work back home to enjoy a week or a month vacationing in Southern Utah, you’ll want to check out our beautiful, affordable and comfortable vacation resort rentals.  Find St. George Resort Rentals online at stgeorgeresortrentals.com  or  laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums.

Looking for a pleasant day trip while visiting in St. George?  Try Cedar City, an easy 50-mile drive up the I-15 freeway.  Different in many ways from nearby St. George, Cedar City’s elevation is much higher, the population is much smaller and the weather is much cooler, but the people are just as nice and there’s plenty to see and do. 

Also known as the “festival city” as the home of the renowned, Emmy award winning Utah Shakespearean Festival, a visit to Cedar City would not be complete without a walkabout on the campus of Southern Utah University where The Bard’s works come to life throughout the summer theater season.  Even if there is nothing on stage, the grounds are amazing, including a completely new theater complex opening in the summer of 2016.

The Iron Gate Winery, a one-of-a-kind business in southern Utah located at 102 N. 200 West, offers tastings, tours of the wine production area, and sales of world-class wines made in Cedar City from grapes sourced from some of the finest California, Oregon and Washington vineyards.  The first and only winery and tasting room anywhere in this part of the state is open during the spring and summer each Monday through Saturday from 11:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. while in the fall and winter months, the winery is open the same hours but only Thursday through Saturday.

A tour of Frontier Homestead State Park (formerly known as Iron Mission State Park) will provide visitors with up-close displays of turn-of-the-20th century pioneer artifacts, including horse-drawn vehicles and agricultural implements, a variety of craft demonstrations, rotating art exhibits, interpretive lectures, and guided tours. An iron industry exhibit displays a town bell, the only known artifact from the original foundry, as well as other items of interest including several historic cabins, a large collection of horse-drawn farm equipment, and a replicated pioneer household.

Another stop you’re certain to enjoy in nearby Cedar City is an easy one-mile hike to the Cascade Falls overlook on Cedar Mountain.  While this is considered a hike nearly anyone can manage, the trail elevation is about 8900 feet in altitude … and it is accessible only in the summer months when there is no threat of snowfall.

You are also certain to enjoy a drive – generally best seen from June through October – through the Dixie National Forest and Red Canyon State Park to Cedar Breaks National Monument, a natural amphitheater, stretching 3 miles across and about 2,000 feet deep. Remember though, for those who find it difficult to breath at high elevation, the rim of the amphitheater is over 10,000 feet above sea level.

You can always return to Cedar City If you haven’t crossed everything off your to-do list, but the best thing about daytrips is coming back at the end of the day to your comfortable and affordable home-away-from-home at St. George Resort Rentals or Five Season Vacation condominiums.  Register online today at stgeorgeresortrentals.com for accommodations at the St. George Resort Rentals or laspalmasresortcondos.com for Five Seasons Vacation condominiums. We’ll be waiting for you!

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