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Seminar on Electrical Power Preparedness set for Sept. 17
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BOUNTIFUL—When the lights go out it is annoying, but what happens if there is a major power outage? Would you know what to do?

Bountiful, West Bountiful, Woods Cross and Centerville cities are sponsoring an electrical power preparedness seminar Sept. 17, 2015 to inform the public of what to expect if an outage occurs. 

The seminar will answer questions such as:

•What can residents expect in a major earthquake or other disaster with our electrical power?

•How long would we expect to be without power in such a situation?

•What can we do as residents to prepare for a major disaster, and are there any restrictions by local government on how we can generate backup power for our homes?

Presenters will also provide specific strategies for residents to prepare for an outage through backup generators, whole house natural gas backup power systems and solar power systems for backup purposes. Information on backup fuel storage and general safety guidelines will also be provided.

Commercial vendors will be available to answer questions about redundant power systems (standalone generators, whole house backup systems and solar power). 

The seminar is from 7 – 8 p.m. at the South Davis Junior High School cafeteria. For more information email emergencyprep@bountifulutah.gov or call Cacey Bowen at 801-809-7590.

bginos@davisclipper.com

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COMMUNITY BRIEFS
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CENTERVILLE

Whitaker Museum is inviting residents out to the farm on Sept. 8 at 6:30 p.m. at Bavelas Farm, located at 1689 N. 400 West (park on 400 West). The farm was a stop for both stage coaches and the Bamberger Railroad. The field trip, which will include a presentation, is part of the museum’s monthly Centennial Storytelling Series.

 

FARMINGTON

Tickets are available now for “Is He Dead?” a dinner/theater production sponsored by Farmington’s Parks & Recreation. Tickets cost $20 and can only be purchased in advance. Dinner service begins at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 7:30 in the Farmington Community Arts Center, 120 S. Main. The show is directed by Ryan Bruckman and runs Oct. 7 to 10. The comedy was written by Mark Twain, and is about a group of poor artists who stage the death of their mentor to drive up the price of his paintings, according to the city website.

 

FRUIT HEIGHTS

Residents here are invited to participate in a seven-week CERT (Community Emergency Response Team) Training session at the Kaysville Police Station, 80 N. Main. Training begins Thursday, Sept. 17 and will include information on disaster preparedness, fire, medical, search and rescue, disaster psychology, team organization and terrorism, plus a mock simulation. Information is available at kaysvillecert.org. Class size is limited to 40 people.  

 

KAYSVILLE

A 10-minute survey to collect input on cycling and walking in Kaysville and Farmington is now available online. The cities are working to develop an Active Transportation Plan and hope to get feedback from residents. Even those who are not cyclists are encouraged to respond on how best to make the cities “friendlier for walking and bicycling.” The survey is available on the city’s website, kaysvillecity.com.

 

WOODS CROSS

Experience a variety of talents and artwork at the Woods Cross Arts Festival on Sept. 19 at Hogan Park, 750 W. 1500 South. Have fun with balloon artists, chalk art, face painting and musical performances, then enjoy a tasty treat from the food trucks. The festival runs from noon – 6 p.m., and submissions are welcome. Contact Mike at 801-706-9139 for more information.

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Movie Beat: Robert Redford’s “A Walk in the Woods” pleasant but not great
by JENNIFFER WARDELL
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© Broad Green Pictures
© Broad Green Pictures
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Rated R for language and some sexual references

Written by Rick Kerb, Bill Holderman and more 

Directed by Ken Kwapis

Starring Robert Redford, Nick Nolte, Emma Thompson, Mary Steenburgen, Nick Offerman and more

Grade: 

“A Walk in the Woods” is like the sitcom version of a movie.

Mind you, it’s not a bad sitcom. There are a reasonable amount of laughs, a handful of mildly thoughtful life lessons about age and a life well lived that are wrapped up in neat little packages, and Nick Nolte indulging in his inner ham. Taken together, it’s a pleasant experience that you’ll completely forget the moment you leave the theater.

Based on the non-fiction book by Bill Bryson, the movie follows Bryson (played by Redford) as he attempts to recapture his writing inspiration and reconnect with an old friend (played by Nolte. They do this by taking on an Appalachian Trail hike beyond both of their capabilities, having various encounters with bears and age-appropriate women, and learning more about themselves and each other.  

I can’t speak to how faithful the movie is to the original book, but on the big screen it reads like a sitcom episode stretched out to an hour and 44 minutes. The movie is a series of smaller adventures that have been literally used as plots in actual sitcoms, from the older married man resisting temptation with an attractive single woman to wacky hijinks with an overly friendly bear. At times, I almost expected to hear the applause of the studio audience in the background.

None of it is painful to watch, but director Ken Kwapis only skims the surface of everything that’s happening onscreen. The scenes are missing both the emotional depth that would have given them some dramatic weight and the wit and comic timing that would have made the movie genuinely funny. You might chuckle once or twice, but that’s it.

Redford is charming as always, but the role makes no demands of him and he apparently chose not to impose any on himself. The resulting character is oddly forgettable, perfectly pleasant company but without the richness that can be found in Redford’s most memorable characters.

Emma Thompson has a nice turn as his wife, sweet with just enough bite to make her interesting. Nolte, however, is the best part of the movie, a grizzled delight who can make even the most absurd lines sound funny. He's a complete wreck of a human being, but Nolte makes the character ultimately loveable. 

The interactions between the three occasionally have the zip that we know legends like these are capable of, but not nearly often enough. Mostly, it’s the kind of story that doesn’t demand anything more of you than simply nodding along. 

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Thomas Jones, The Bard, 1774. Oil on canvas, 46 1/6 x 66 1/8 in. National Museum Wales (NMW A 85).
Image courtesy American Federation of Arts
Thomas Jones, The Bard, 1774. Oil on canvas, 46 1/6 x 66 1/8 in. National Museum Wales (NMW A 85). Image courtesy American Federation of Arts
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