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March 2014 Newsletter
Staying Connected with the Citizens of Orem
Mayor's Message
I recently woke to find that I had ice on my windshield. Before leaving for work, I had to scrape off the ice and clear my view to be able to see properly. With the first day of spring occurring on March 20th, I believe that it is a great time to clear our views and see all of the beauty that is around us at this time of year.

I have traveled many places in my line of work, including South America, Canada, Europe, and the Middle East. I have enjoyed visiting all of them, but none have looked as beautiful to me as our own city of Orem. I love the many trees, the clean roads, the beautiful way the citizens keep their homes and yards. I love walking down the sidewalks and visiting with neighbors. I love riding my bike down the Murdock Canal Trail.

I especially enjoy being able to watch baseball games at the City Center baseball fields. I loved watching my daughter play soccer and my three sons play Lacrosse. I enjoyed attending the "Last Laugh" event of the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival at the SCERA Shell last year. I have loved watching my neighbor perform in plays at the SCERA over the years, and I have enjoyed many performances at the Hale Center Theater.

I believe that we have a quality of life here in our wonderful city that is hard to beat. I would hope that we might all clear our views and enjoy springtime when it comes. I hope that we can all feel and show gratitude for the many wonderful things we enjoy and the great people we know by living in Orem.

Every time I fly back to Utah, I feel so thankful to call Orem home. I love the good feeling that exists in our wonderful city and for the citizens who live and work here. Thank you to all who make Orem "Family City, USA" and a great place to enjoy friends and neighbors.

Mayor Richard Brunst

2014 Miss Orem PageantMissOrem

Miss Orem and Miss Orem's Outstanding Teen are proud to announce the 75th Anniversary Scholarship Pageant! For 75 years, Orem has held this wonderful service- and scholarship-based pageant for residents and we are excited to bring you this year's contestants! 


The pageant will be held on March 22nd at Mountain View High School. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the event starts at 7:00 p.m. You can also meet past Miss Orems starting at 6:00 p.m.


Join us to find out who will be Miss Orem 2014 and Miss Orem's Outstanding Teen 2014! Come say farewell to the 2013 Miss Orem royalty: Miss Orem, Sydney Flanigan, and Miss Orem's Outstanding Teen, Brenna Jeffs. 


Tickets are $10 pre-sale or $15 at the door and can be purchased online at For questions regarding the pageant or tickets, please contact Kimberly Harris at (801) 608-6776 or email If you have previously served as Miss Orem, you are invited to participate in this year's pageant. Contact Kimberly Harris for more information.


CARE Grant Applications

Each year, the Cultural Arts and Recreation Enrichment (CARE) Program provides grants to eligible non-profit and government organizations to enrich cultural arts and recreation in Orem. To qualify, organizations must submit grant applications by 5:30 p.m. on March 20th. Applications and instructions can be downloaded on at the bottom of our CARE webpage


Green Waste Disposal

With spring almost upon us, March is the perfect time to order a green waste can. Green waste cans allow you to dispose of grass clippings, leaves, tree branches/limbs, and other plant material at a lower cost than regular garbage pickup.


Many Orem residents pay an extra $9.50/month for a second garbage can. If you are using this can to dispose of green waste, you can order a green waste can for just $5.50/month instead. Green waste cans have yellow lids so Waste Management knows to treat the waste differently.


Green waste cans are also more environmentally friendly. Green waste materials are converted to renewable energy or compost, reducing the amount of waste that ends up in our landfills.


The City offers curbside green waste collection from March 1st to November 30th each year. Pickup is weekly on the same day as regular garbage collection. If you have questions or want to sign up, call our utility billing staff at (801) 229-7275. To have a can repaired or replaced, call Waste Management at (801) 852-0060.


Research Revolution Program

The Orem Library's fifth annual Research Revolution is underway. Come hear fascinating presentations and discussions with scientists, scholars, and experts in technology, engineering, and mathematics. Many of these speakers will highlight innovative research taking place right in our community.


All presentations will take place at 7:00 p.m. in the Storytelling Wing of the Library. Complimentary copies of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba are available at Research Revolution programs while supplies last (one copy per household).


Programs for Kids

Monday, March 17, 7:00 p.m. - Fascinating Creatures

We share this planet with some amazing creatures. Come learn about some of them as the Bean Museum presents an entertaining live animal show.


Monday, March 24, 7:00 p.m. - Chemistry Magic Show

UVU chemistry professor Merrill Halling will share with us the wild and wacky world of chemical interactions. The whole family will enjoy an evening of scientific magic.


Programs for Adults & Teens

Tuesday, March 18, 7:00 p.m. - Forensic Science

Are you a CSI fan?  Join Utah Crime Lab Director, Jay Henry, and learn how Utah's own crime series investigators use a multidisciplinary scientific approach in solving crimes.


Wednesday, March 19, 7:00 p.m. - Tumor Suppressing Drugs

Join BYU Chemist Dr. Willardson as he discusses the results of his ongoing research in tumor suppression.


Wednesday, March 26, 7:00 p.m. - Super High Mileage Cars

Dr. Jerry Bowman of BYU will discuss the research and development of a car that gets over 1,000 miles per gallon.


Home Energy Assistance Program

The Home Energy Assistance Target (HEAT) Program is a federally funded program that provides one-time utility assistance to low-income families and individuals. This program can provide a benefit of up to $400 for those who qualify, depending on household income. 


Mountainland Association of Governments, who runs the program, is accepting new applicants through April 30, 2014. To qualify, you must meet the following criteria:

  • At least one member of your household must be a U.S. Citizen or qualified alien;
  • You must be responsible to pay your utility bills either directly (the bill is in your name) or indirectly (you pay utilities as part of your rent); and
  • You must meet income guidelines.
You may also qualify for an added target group if you have a child under 6 or if you or a member of your household is disabled or over 60 years of age.

If you think you may qualify, please contact Mountainland Association of Governments at (801) 229-3855. You can also visit their website for more information.

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Orem Library
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Upcoming Events
March 20: CARE Grant Application Deadline
March 22: Miss Orem Pageant, Mountain View High School, 7:00 p.m.
March 25: City Council Meeting, City Center, 
6 p.m.
April 8: City Council Meeting, City Center, 
6 p.m.
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