Gardner Village – Saturday Outing
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Salt Lake City in November

Salt Lake City always has something fantastic going on and we hope to see you around town!  Here’s some awesome happenings:

  • Just in case you had no idea – Nov. 6th is Election Day, please vote!
  • The BOB Project by Brolly Arts until the 30th.  Located at the I-15 underpass on 300 North and 700 west, between the Jackson and Guadaloupe neighborhoods of Salt Lake City.
  • Science Movie Night: Never Cry Wolf,  based on the book by Farley Mowat.  Free Admission at the City Library on the 13th from 7-9pm

    Never Cry Wolf

  • Always a band to fit your own tune… such as Minus the Bear on the 6th, and The Devil Makes Three on the 17th at The Depot , FYI – there is always a great line-up at The State Room like Ben Sollee on the 15th and Sean Hayes (SO excited about this!) on the 16th.

    Sean Hayes - Fri Nov 16

    Sean Hayes @ The State Room – Fri Nov 16

  • Wicked-er is playing at the Desert Star Playhouse thru the 10th, then from Nov. 15th thru Jan. 5th it’s My Big Fat Utah Christmas.  This playhouse always does a great job!  Speaking of plays – The Pioneer Theatre Company is putting on A Christmas Carol starting the 30th.
  • We’re still waiting on an opening date from Trader Joe’s . . . hurry please!  They have the best Pearl Couscous mix and Dark Chocolate Salted Caramel bars mmmmm….yum.
  • Life In Color: Salt Lake City, UT – 2012 E.N.D Tour on Sat, November 10th at 8:00 pm in the Great Saltair

There’s something for everyone, so we hope you’ll be out and about in this fantastic November weather while it lasts!

Millcreek Pipeline Trail

The Pipeline Trail in Millcreek Canyon is far from a secret. But that doesn’t make it any less awesome.

Just a short 15 to 20-minute drive from downtown (isn’t that the absolute BEST part about SLC??), the trail is winding and mostly flat with a few rolling hills– perfect for when you want to get in a long run without tormenting your body with a herniating climb or knee-grinding descent. Hikers, bikers, and runners will find exposed, rusted pipes at the trail’s meandering corners. Shaded by tree canopies and the rock face itself, it’s also the perfect place to escape the dry valley heat.

During my collegiate days, I spent many a morning plowing through the terrain, more focused on my lactic acid levels and my stopwatch than the surroundings. While I still enjoy a good heart-pounding morning run, I didn’t feel too guilty about stopping to snap a few photos on my Sunday run a few weeks ago:



Salt Lake is surrounded by fantastic trails for runners, bikers, and hikers alike. Which is your favorite? {J}

Lorna Jane ‘Warm It Up’ Workout Wear Challenge

I’ve always been somewhat of a fitness fanatic. I ran competitively for years and still can’t enter a 5k without sizing up my competition. But lately, I’ve put the running shoes on the backburner (although I ran an awesome relay race in the red rocks of Moab, Utah last weekend — more on that later). 

Instead, I’ve been really into (read: mildly obsessed) with a new type of workout called XtendBarre. A new studio opened in Salt Lake City last May and, since then, I’ve attended over 150 classes. Not only have I never felt more strong, but this class is FUN!  SUPER CHALLENGING, but always fun!  The workout is what I like to call ‘ballet-inspired pilates’ — it focuses on tiny accessory muscles to give you that long, lean dancer look — or at least as close to it as genetics will allow. 🙂 

Of course, it can always be tough to stay motivated. That’s why I was thrilled to hear that XtendBarre was offering a challenge in the month of May. Those that complete 5 classes each week during the month of March will receive an entire workout oufit — crops, tank and sports bra — from Lorna Jane — FREE! It’s always nice to have some extra incentive, especially in the form of cute clothes! 

I’m more than halfway there — just 9 classes to go. Have any of you checked out a barre method class? What’s your favorite way to work out? — [J]