Table of Contents

Mayor's & Council Messages

Election Information

Veterans Day Program

Orem Recreation

Seniors Dance

EveryDay Strong

North Lakeshore Study

Weatherization Workshop

The City of Orem is Hiring

Calendar of Events

Message from
Mayor Richard Brunst
"To make democracy work, we must be a nation of participants."  

"One who does not vote has no right to complain."  Those quotes are from Louis L'Amour

Orem's municipal election is taking place now, with vote by mail, and the general election ends on November 5th. I encourage every one of us to exercise our right to be heard through our right to vote. This is a basic principle of our country. It is what our veterans have fought for and our soldiers have died to protect. The right to vote allows each of us as one of our country's citizens to be heard. This right protects our freedoms from tyranny.  

I ask each of you, if you haven't voted yet, to please do so. And if you have voted, thank you. On the importance of voting I would like to offer some quotations from a article in Inc. Magazine.

"We do not have government by the majority. We have government by the majority who participate." -Thomas Jefferson

"It is heartbreaking that so many hundreds of millions of people around the world are desperate for the right to vote, but here in America people stay home on election day." -Moby

"Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting." -Franklin D. Roosevelt

And further some quotations from a Trade School magazine.

"Your vote is your voice and you deserve to be heard."

"Countless Americans have sacrificed their lives or suffered extreme hardships in order to secure your right to vote. That includes military service members, women suffragettes, minority groups, and many others abroad and at home have fought for liberty and civil rights. When you vote, you honor their sacrifices."  

"Be a doer, not a complainer. Other people are depending on you to do the right thing. We must never take our voting rights for granted."

Please exercise your rights and guard our freedoms and get out and vote.

Mayor Brunst
Message from
Councilmember Debby Lauret
S ummerfest

This last June, we had a wonderful Summerfest celebrating Orem’s Centennial featuring extended fireworks (thanks Vivint!) and new and improved events across the week.  We consolidated the events to City Center park with the exception of the expanded car show (hot dog dinner and family activities) at Scera Park. We added a chess competition and continued our favorite events--food-eating contests, swim at the Scera Pool, Orem’s Got Talent, and the ever popular Grand night parade. The Thursday family day had extended hours, better rides and shows (Scales and Tales and Jugglenutz), and pre-selling of tickets that made the day a fun-filled experience for young and old. 

Next year’s Summerfest 2020 is going to be one to remember with a new theme, “ This is Where You Belong ” and with our special VIP Grand Marshall Governor Gary Herbert and his wife Jeannette. Mark your calendars now: June 8-13. 

Arts Council

The Orem Arts Council had a successful summer with two major offerings—two days of performances at the Summerfest celebration and Monday night concerts at the Park. The Summerfest celebration had a wide variety of performing groups from Scera School of Performing Arts and Acting Up! (theater), Ballet Folklorico de San Francis de Assisi (cultural dance), to fun choral music from Barbershop Chorus and The Chauntenettes. A sample of the variety of performers on the summer Monday night stage included Peter Breinholt (Folk, Rock, Pop) Deep Red Dirt (Country), Lindy and the Hops (Jazz/Swing), and finishing with Geezerfest (Rock).

Exciting news: In 2020, ugly Utility Boxes across the city will start being replaced with artistic vinyl wraps designed by various local artists including Cassie Barney and Cindy Clark. Our first one will appear in the Arts District at 400 E 800 S. Watch as these develop around the city.  

Councilmember Debby Lauret
2019 City of Orem Municipal Elections
Veterans Day Program
Seniors Dance
EveryDay Strong
A new approach to anxiety and depression

To become more educated about—and to better help respond to—the growing amount of anxiety, depression and suicide we’re seeing in the children and youth in our community, the City of Orem has partnered with the United Way of Utah County to become its first, “EveryDay Strong City.” EveryDay Strong program is a community initiative to help children and youth to feel more safe, connected, and confident. The goal of the initiative is to help build more resilient kids and a stronger community.

This important initiative includes specialized training, activities for children, and a question and activity guide for adults. The City would like to encourage residents to complete the one hour, specialized training online at or in person at a upcoming training session at one of the local schools (see calendar for upcoming dates and locations). The Resilience Handbook can be downloaded at

As a parent, grandparent, teacher, friend, or neighbor, you can start building everyday resilience by building safety, connection and confidence in the children around you. To find out more about the program, please look online at or contact Kena Mathews at (801) 229-7023 or .  
Mountainland Association of Governments (MAG), UDOT and American Fork, Eagle Mountain, Lehi, Lindon, Orem, Pleasant Grove, Saratoga Springs, and Vineyard are partnering to conduct a regional study along the north shore of Utah Lake to develop a future transportation system that supports the values of the regions.

Please take a brief survey to help us understand what you value and what opportunities exist in your community. The survey will be available from October 20 to November 20 at .
Calendar of Events
In the City of Orem, there are always plenty of events to keep you and your family busy! Keep up with all Orem City events by following the link below.