All in the Family It's all about family in Utah. Our birthrates top the chart, the Family History Library in SLC is the world's largest genealogical library, and you'll save money on sports events if it's Monday or "family" night. In honor of our family-centric state, we created our own family, the Utahns. Each member is unique, talented and deserves Best of the Beehive recognition.
Head-of-the-Fam: Scott Anderson President and CEO of Zions First National Bank Scott's the father figure at Zions Bank and on about 20 different community boards, including The Leonardo museum, which opens this summer. During Sundance, he works to bring business to Utah. Join Dad at Zions Bank's Neighborhood Breakfast on July 8.
Pioneering Mom: Becky Lockhart Utah Speaker of the House Becky is Utah's first female speaker of the House, but she focuses more on the skills than the gender she brings to the job. The House used minimal rainy-day funds and didn't raise taxes for the state budget this year, and she supported a repeal of HB 477, which limits access to government records.
Rockin' Older Brother: Stu Maxfield of Fictionist Stu and his band Fictionist have toured like crazy the past three years, playing small venues and opening for big names. Fans recently voted them to the top four in Rolling Stone's cover contest. Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath even gave Fictionist props, saying they wouldn't open for his band again, because next time they'll be headliners. fictionist.com
Sporty Older Sister: Stephanie MacCalister University of Utah Gymnastics Utes gymnastics had a great season and set a new record for the largest crowd ever to watch NCAA women's gymnastics at their last home meet. Stephanie stepped up this year when a teammate was injured and will lead next year's team to even more success.
Artsy Little Sister: Sherel Barnes local artist Sherel was the featured artist at the University of Utah Women's Week, and the talented 16-year-old amazed us. She also volunteered with The Go Girlz, a program to expose disadvantaged girls to higher ed.
Brainy Little Brother: Rajdeep Trilokekar Wasatch Junior High academic team captain The National Academic League gives smart junior high kids the chance to represent their schools in competition, and Rajdeep is one of the smartest. This year, Wasatch's team became national champions. nationalacademicleague.org
Tough Uncle: DaMarques Johnson Ultimate Fighting Championship fighter DaMarques started Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu after joining the army, and later became runner-up on The Ultimate Fighter. He recently won via the body triangle submission, only done once before in the UFC. He's really more of a smart-ass, funny uncle; unless someone needs to be punished. damarques-johnson.com
Cool Aunt: Deena Marie Manzanares local actress Deena's an actress, model and Youtube star; watch her channels BeanerLaRue and MissDeenaMarie. She recently promoted the 2011 Ford Fiesta with monthly vids, and now she's ready to perform in A Doll's House at the Jeanne Wagner Theatre on Aug. 28. We follow her on Twitter @DeenaMarie
Gift-bearing Godfather: Jason Mathis Executive Director of the Downtown Alliance Jason and the DTA bring SLC programs like the Downtown Farmer's Market and EVE - which keeps getting better. Right now, the DTA is working on a year-round public market and a streetcar system. downtownslc.org
Cute, Cuddly Cat: Sherbert adoptable cat from Furburbia Sherbert is a playful short hair mix looking for a loving home. Adopt her at Friends of Animals Utah's storefront, Furburbia. 6699 N. Landmark Drive, Park City, 435-649-5441, foautah.org
Best mother/daughter date Chocolate Class at Caputo's Moms and daughters can identify flavors and textures in a dozen different chocolates, all made from scratch. Taste and learn what makes fine chocolate "fine." $25 per person. 314 W. 300 South, SLC, 801-531-8669, caputosdeli.com
Best stop for toddler accessories Oopsie Daisy (recommended by you on facebook.com/SaltLakemag) So much is packed into this little, local shop. Children's furniture, toys and games, kids clothes, books - and we love the toddler-sized Elegant Baby rocking chair for $65. 11259 S. Kestrel Rise Road, South Jordan, 801-254-2727, oopsiedaisy.com
Best spot for kids to meet VIPs Discovery Gateway Over the past year, Santa and Blitzen the reindeer, Dorothy and friends from Oz, Governor Herbert and the Radio City Rockettes all stopped by the museum. We drop by daily to hit the KSL media zone and pretend we're broadcast reporters. The Gateway, SLC, 801-456-5437, discoverygateway.org
Best spot for future Broadway stars Jaks Theatre Company (recommended by you on facebook.com/SaltLakemag) Kids learn all about theater and actually act in Broadway musicals - they also leave with full portfolios of their work. Summer session starts July 11 with shows Aug. 13-14, ages 5 to 18. 2491 S. 1150 West, Syracuse, 801-510-8414, jakstheatrecompany.org
Best place for fanboys and girls Dr. Volts Comic Connection The kids' comics display is front and center, stocked with Archie and DC Kids, and Yu-Gi-Oh!, and Magic card tournaments are held regularly. Never miss an issue with the Doc's free hold service, which also gets you 10 percent off purchases $20 or more. 2043 E. 3300 South, SLC, 801-485-6114, drvolts.com
Best late-night family laughs Off-Broadway Theatre The OBT has the funniest parody plays in town, and Laughing Stock improv follows Friday and Saturday night shows at 10 p.m., so push bedtime back a little. The Importance of Being Charley's Aunt runs July 29-Aug. 27. 272 S. Main Street, SLC, 801-355-4628, theobt.org
Best local-flick movie night My Girlfriendâ€™s Boyfriend Alyssa Milano plays Jesse Young, a young lady who juggles two relationships with guys she met at Sugarhouse Coffee. Yes, OUR Sugarhouse Coffee. It's romantic, funny and OK for the kids to see, too. DVD available at Wal-Mart, Amazon and Netflix.
...your aching back The University Orthopaedic Center Physical Therapy Clinic The U's therapists treat you amazingly well at the clinic, but also make sure you know what you're doing when you get home by demonstrating exercises, printing take-home instructions and reviewing it when you come back. 590 Wakara Way, SLC, 801-587-7005, healthcare.utah.edu/orthopaedics/therapy
...saying sorry to Mom Salt City Gift Baskets (recommended by you on facebook.com/SaltLakemag) Flowers are cliche. Vitoria Olsen creates gift baskets filled with treats like Ghirardelli Chocolates and high-end cosmetics. Order a custom basket by calling 801-414-3797, saltcitygiftbasket.com
...your high power and water bills The Utah Green Festival is a day of classes, experts and vendors to help you conserve energy, water and more - conserve more, save more. 9 a.m.- 4 p.m. Sept. 10 at Jordan Valley Water Conservancy District, 8215 S. 1300 West, West Jordan. Hint: The Conservancy District's class on Waterwise Plants is July 9. Visit conservationgardenpark.org for more info.
Help Yourself! D.I.Y. For some things, you just want to do yourself
...brewing your own beer The Beer Nut The beer beginners' Bible, The Complete Joy of Homebrewing is $4 off when you buy a starter kit. Enter the Beehive Brew-Off on Aug. 22. 1200 S. State Street, SLC, 801-531-8182, beernut.com
...buying your first home Granite Peaks Lifelong Learning's ABCs of Home Buying For $19, you'll learn the simple steps to owning your own home and how market ups and downs can benefit you. Class is July 12. Granite Peaks Learning Center, 501 E. 3900 South, SLC, 385-646-4666, granitepeaks.org
...fixing your own car Wrench-It Center Wrench-It rents out the space and tools for your DIY car repair. Trouble remembering what you learned in auto shop? Rent a mechanic to coach you for $29 per hour. 1245 S. 400 West, SLC, 801-977-7500, wrench-it.com
...fixing your own bike Salt Lake City Bicycle Collective SLC Bicycle Collective has FREE bike repair class every Monday at 6 p.m. The next class is all about tires and tubes on July 11. 2312 S. West Temple, SLC, 801-328-2453, slcbikecollective.org
Best cat vacation Camelot Pet Resort Luxury private town home, relaxing music, pampering, four-poster oak bed and comfortable mattress, meals in crystal goblets, on-staff vet - even a fish aquarium. Yep, your cat's vacation is better than yours. 483 W. 325 South, Bountiful, 801-292-8228, camelotpetresort.com
Best pet shop for pet rats Pet Planet Fact: Pet rats are clean, social and learn their own names. This small pet shop breeds its own, and they're not all snake food, either. Rats of all ages, cages, toys and a staff that respects the rat - even if Mom doesn't. 11968 S. Redwood Road, Riverton, 801-253-1311
Best way to wear out your dog Auggie's Doggie Adventures Just because you're lazy doesn't mean your dog needs to be. Drop Rover off at Auggie's Doggie Adventures to meet other canine friends on adventure hikes - seven days per week, all year long. August Watcher, 801-512-6661, auggiesdoggieadventures.com