Things to Know about Your Community


Mothers of Preschoolers

MOPS is a group of mothers — with kids of any age, despite the group’s acronym — from around the Heber Valley who meet once a month for encouragement, support, growth and friendship. The season of motherhood is a unique time of life, and MOPS provides a space to share the joys and struggles with understanding friends.

Childcare is provided during each meeting to give moms the opportunity to have meaningful conversations and to enjoy breakfast (while it’s still hot!), which is also provided. In addition to breakfast, each gathering includes a craft, an inspirational video or speaker, and discussion with fellow mothers.

If you or someone you know is interested in participating, the MOPS group meets on the second Tuesday of every month (September through May) from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. at Mountain View Fellowship in Heber. A $5 donation is requested to cover the cost of childcare and craft, but is not required to attend.


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The Yellow Dog Project

The Yellow Dog Project is a world-wide movement that has grown through community education and participation. The project seeks to identify dogs who need space around other dogs and people while they are out and about.

Yellow Dogs are not necessarily aggressive — they may be dogs who have fear issues, are in training for service, haven’t mastered obedience while on or off leash, or have other issues specific to them.
When a dog is sporting yellow on itself or its leash, it communicates to those around them that they need to be given space — no long explanation necessary!

Professional dog trainer Amy Francis introduced the Yellow Dog Project to the Heber Valley two years ago with help from Paws for Life, Heber Valley Animal Services, the Heber City Police Department, TJ Mutt Cuts, Coombs Kennels, B.Y.O.P. and Anytime Fitness. Through their donations, she was able purchase yellow bandanas (free to the public) and signage that’s posted around the valley and at local trailheads.

It is her hope that through education and community participation, the Yellow Dog Project can help easily identify our doggy residents with special needs and bring more recreational enjoyment for all types of dogs and owners in our beautifully valley.

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Heber Valley Artisan Cheese held their 2nd annual Ice Sculptures Exhibition this weekend. Several local businesses sponsored the sculptures being displayed. There were also two different ice carving demonstrations. The event was free to the public.

The annual event began last year when Carolee Kohler saw ice sculpting on a Hallmark movie and thought it would be a fun idea for their farm. They are also considering a woodcarving event.

According to Lindsey Strother, social media and events coordinator, each sculpture takes between 1-3 hours to carve. “We contacted Amazing Ice Creations back in November, and we reached out to local companies to sponsor the ice sculptures,” she said. “Yesterday morning around 9 am, they came in a massive truck and dropped them all off for us, and we set them up.”

Along with the ice sculptures, sponsors receive a sign and canopy for the display and social media marketing. The sponsors decide what they want to have sculpted. After the event, they can take the ice sculptures and display them at their businesses. The creations normally last a couple of weeks. Some will be left in the field and can be viewed throughout the week.

The ice this year included Olaf, company logos, animals, and other items. Darron Kingston, the sculptor, has carved ice for over 10 years with his dad. According to Kingston, “I like sculptures that give me a challenge. Here, for example, my favorite was the lumberjack.” One of his favorite past creations was a 9-foot bear.

Grant Kohler, owner of Heber Valley Artisan Cheese, explained, “We decided to do something that was free and something that people could just get out and come and enjoy. Especially this year with Covid, it seems like Januarys are slow months. People are looking for things to be able to get outside and do.” He continued, “Businesses pay in and buy the sculptures, we have them sculpted, and then we just let people come and enjoy them.” Kohler estimated around 3,000 to 4,000 people will stop by the event.

The dairy farm also offers cheese-making classes and tours of their new robotic barn. “The tours are everyday except Sunday,” according to Kohler. “People hayride over, intermingle with the cows, see the barn and amenities, and watch the cows be milked. The cows will literally go get milked on their own.” Tickets for the tours and other events are available on the Heber Valley Artisan Cheese website: