Wednesday, December 14, 2011

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11 Days of Christmas in Utah - Children Theatre


Thursday 15th 7pm
Friday 16th 7pm
Saturday 17th 1pm
Saturday 17th 4:30pm

Monday 19th 7pm
Tuesday 20th 7pm
Wednesday 21st 7pm
Thursday 22nd 7pm
Friday 23rd 4:30pm SOLD OUT
Friday 23rd 7:30pm
Saturday 24th 1pm Limited Availability

Toyland, Dee & Dum vs. Silas Barnaby
Script by Joanne M. Parker
Music by Victor Herbert & Glen MacDonough

Directed by Jennifer Hohl

Age Recommendation 3+

Babes in Toyland is an operetta composed by Victor Herbert with a libretto by Glen MacDonough (1870–1924), which weaves together various characters from Mother Goose nursery rhymes into a Christmas-themed musical extravaganza.

Babes in Toyland features some of Herbert's most famous songs–among them "Toyland", "March of the Toys", "Go To Sleep, Slumber Deep", and "I Can't Do The Sum". The theme song "Toyland" and "March of the Toys".


Utah children at risk for homelessness due to home foreclosure rate and 'moderate' planning efforts, national report says | Deseret News

SALT LAKE CITY — Utah's high rate of home foreclosures is placing children at a greater risk of homelessness, a new national report has found.

The report, “America's Youngest Outcasts 2010,” compared states according to a number of measurements that can contribute to child homelessness or contribute to their well-being. Utah ranked 27th nationwide.

In the category of home foreclosure ranks — the Beehive State ranked 45th, with 1 being best and 50 bei
In other measurements, however, Utah ranked sixth for child well being for relatively low rates of chronic illness, learning disabilities and low rates of "very low food security."

Yet the state ranked 43rd in terms of the extent of child homelessness. The report, created for the nonprofit National Center on Family Homelessness, said nearly 30,000 Utah children were considered homeless.

Utah's composite score has slightly improved since 2006, when it ranked 37th overall. It improved to 24th in 2007 but climbed to 27th in 2010.

Matthew Minkevitch, executive director of The Road Home , which houses and provides intensive case management for the homeless families and individuals in the Salt Lake Valley, said the report's findings suggest the state has much more work to do on behalf of homeless children.

"I hope that we can regain some of the momentum that we had generated in years past, in order to address this emergent need. We can do better as a community, and I am hopeful that we will work together on this issue to create more housing opportunities for families living with modest incomes," he said.

While Utah is in the midst of a 10-year comprehensive statewide plan to better serve homeless families and individuals — primarily through a strategy that moves them into permanent housing as soon as possible and then surrounds them with needed services — the report ranked the state 34th for its policy and planning efforts. Utah's strategy and practices, in recent years, has won positive acclaim from leaders in the national government and nonprofit organizations.

Minkevitch said he was unclear what time period the report had evaluated but in recent years, public-private partnerships in Utah have been highly effective in reducing chronic homelessness and increasing shelter capacity.

"Now we need to take our collaboration to the next level," Minkevitch said.
"Hundreds of families in need are counting on us, and I have faith that our community will rise to meet the need."

Homeless advocate Pamela Atkinson said many agencies and nonprofits define homelessness differently. For instance, one education report considers a child as homeless if they are doubling up in a single-family residence.