March 2, 2014

St. George Catholic Church

St. George, Utah Catholic Church, Click for Home Page

St. George, Utah Catholic Church, Click for Home Page

The St. George Catholic Church is located at 259 West 200 North, St. George Utah 84770  only three blocks away from Best Western Coral Hills.  Office: 435-673-2604, Rectory: 435-673-7354.  See below for a history of the Southern Utah Catholic congregation.

Click HERE for Mass times.

Click HERE for Mass times.

 

From the Washington County Historical Society:
In 1879, Father Lawrence Scanlan  established the St. John’s Catholic Church,  the Silver Reef Hospital,  and St. Mary’s School in Silver Reef.  At the invitation of his friend, John MacFarlane, a deputy U.S. mineral surveyor at Silver Reef,  Father Scanlan offered mass in the newly completed St. George Tabernacle.  The St. George Tabernacle choir sang and three thousand people attended the mass.  This was the first high mass celebrated in southern Utah.
In 1951, Bishop Hunt of the Salt Lake City Diocese of the Catholic Church purchased the old   Presbyterian Church and property.  For several years, the small chapel in this structure was used for mass.
The historic building was remodeled in 1958 to serve as a church with an adjoining rectory.  It was dedicated by Bishop Federal on June 8, 1958.
The St. George Parish was formally established in 1958.  It was administered jointly with Christ the King Parish in Cedar City,  since neither parish was large enough to accommodate a full-time priest.  Though there was only one resident Catholic family in St. George in 1958,  the church there served the needs of the influx of tourists during summer months.  They also cared to missions in Enterprise and Zion National Park.
In the 1970s, fifteen Catholic families were registered  at the church/rectory duplex on Main Street in St. George.  The resident pastor of Cedar City provided pastoral care throughout Washington County.
In 1979, under the supervision of John Lanham of Dammeron Valley,  the church was renovated and expanded to double the seating capacity.  Local residents paid the cost by raising $25,000,  and the Catholic Church Extension Society also assisted the project.
In 1981, landscaping was completed and an addition was made to the rectory  by contractors Jim Martin and Sal Grillo.
Also in 1981, two Holy Cross Sisters served as pastoral associates  to the five parishes in the Southwestern Deanery  of the Salt Lake Diocese and visited St. George regularly.
The St. George Parish received its first full-time priest in 1983.  Father James M. Greenwell (administrator of the parish from late 1980 to 1983)  served as the first full-time pastor during the year 1983.  He was also administrator of St. Christopher Parish in Kanab  during that year until Father Anthony Vollmer CPpS was named pastor there.
The Father Paul S. Kuzy CPpS became pastor in 1984.  At this time, there were 150 Catholic families and well over 250 members.  He also served Zion National Park as a station of the St. George Parish,   offering mass in the lodge there weekly from May through September.  During this time, a parish council was formed, a Newman Club  was started at Dixie College, and a parish thrift shop was opened.  Father Kuzy served until his death in the spring of 1997.
The old church building was torn down in 1990.  A new and larger white stucco Spanish-style building was constructed on the site in 1991.  That building with attached hall and offices was dedicated July 14, 1991 by Bishop Weigand.
A new social hall was dedicated December 14, 1995 by Bishop Niederauer,  and later named Kuzy Hall for the beloved pastor who died in 1997.  The church was then expanded to include the section previously used as a parish hall.
In 1998, the Metcalf property was purchased as a rectory.  The old rectory was demolished in 2003 and in 2005 the recently purchased rectory was renovated.
On March 13, 2005, Bishop Niederauer dedicated the new Bishop Scanlan Catholic Center,  which housed a large thrift store, parish classrooms, and offices.  Surrounding homes had been purchase to provide space for the expansion and required parking.
The present parish in St. George serves some 1,800 families  and also gathers people in Hurricane for mass, prayer, and socializing.
The future:
During the 1990s, with the assistance of benefactors as well as the Diocesan Development Drive,  the diocese purchased property at Washington City on the east side of St. George for a future church.  They also acquired ten acres in Hurricane, where the local Catholics have organized a thrift store  to begin raising funds for a church there at some future date.  In 2007 the diocese purchased property in the areas of Southgate and Ivins.

December 23, 2013

Christmas Greetings from Best Western Coral Hills

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Christmas Greetings from our family to yours.

A Christmas thank you for your patronage and comments over all these years.  We have been blessed with great employees and wonderful guests.  The year has gone by so quickly and there are many improvements we have made to the property because of your recommendations.  Thank you for being such great supporters and trusting us to care for your friends and family.  We do not take your trust lightly.

From the staff of Best Western Coral Hills, St. George, your home-away-from-home.

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December 8, 2013

Nutcracker by St. George Ballet Company

The Nutcracker by the St. George Ballet

St. George Ballet Company, Shelia Bailey – Directory

 

Nutcracker performed by St. George Ballet this Dec 12-14, 2013

Nutcracker performed by St. George Ballet this Dec 12-14, 2013

William F. Christensen presented the first full length production of The Nutcracker Ballet in the United States in 1944. In kind of Bene` Arnold and Florence Christenson, the St. George Ballet Company has established his original choreography in Act I, scenes 1 & 2 as a part of their Nutcracker. Grown-ups and children will delight in seeing the mice and soldiers in battle before Clara continues into the Snow Kingdom and the Land of the Sweets to visit the Sugar Plum Fairy. Dancers from around the world entertain the Nutcracker Prince and Clara along with bringing smiles to the faces of all involved.

The St. George Ballet Company in association with Westside Studio of Performing Arts, under the direction of Sheila Bailey, with assistants Bene’ Arnold, Amber Shakespeare and Deborah Dawn, has enjoyed putting on the annual production of The Nutcracker Ballet for 12 Christmas seasons in southern Utah. Many families have made attending The Nutcracker a part of their Christmas tradition.

The cast features over 120 local dancers who will be sharing the stage with professional dancers Erica Bryce dancing Sugar Plum Fairy with Troy McGee her cavalier.  We welcome our own local master artist, Roy Fitzell playing Drosselmeyer.

Following Saturday’s matinee the children can attend Clara’s Party, “A Magical Journey”.  The party is held on stage meeting characters and cast, taking a trip through the Land of Sweets, sliding down the Mother Hubbard slide along with seeing behind the scenes operations of putting on the production. A craft and treat also make this a fun activity for all. Tickets for Clara’s Party are $8.00.

The St. George Ballet Company invites everyone to attend the full length Nutcracker Ballet.  The Nutcracker begins at 7:30 p.m. on December 12th, 13th and 14th at Desert Hills Theater. A matinee performance is on December 14th at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are available at westsidestudio.org/tickets or call 674-9728.  Ticket prices are $20 and $15 for obstructed view.

The St. George Ballet Company is honored to have something of such quality to present to our community that comes from their own children.

 

Admission: $20.00

The Nutcracker 2013 Performance dates and times:
December 12th, 7:30 pm

December 13th, 7:30 pm

December 14th, 7:30 pm  2:00 pm (matinee)

December 14th, 7:30 pm December 21st, 7:30 pm
Performances at Desert Hills High School 828 East Desert Hills Drive

Call for ticket information at 435-674-9728

 

December 6, 2013

Storyteller Master shares Stories of Christmas Memories

Master Stroyteller Nanette Watts comes to share her Christmas Memories with St. George Audiences on Dec 13 and 14, 2013 7:PM at the St. George Opera House.  The Historic Opera House is located only two blocks away from the Best Western Coral Hills.

Come enjoy a heartwarming evening of Christmas memories and stories with Master  Storyteller, Nannette Watts. Energetic, high-strung, full of life, funny,  graceful, animated, spunky, … are words people are using to describe Nannette  Watts’ storytelling.

Master Storyteller Nanette Watts graces St. George audiences.

Master Storyteller Nanette Watts graces St. George audiences.

Nannette masterfully blends movement and voice to  create animated characters in her storytelling. You may have seen her as a  featured teller at the Timpanogos Storytelling Festival, Weber State Festival,  Blanding Winter, Vernal, Zion, and Snake River Storytelling Festivals, or in  Libraries and schools. She has been billed as very energetic and fun to  watch!

Nannette  has been a professional storyteller for over a decade.  Growing up, her family life was immersed in stories and storytelling. She holds  a BFA in Music Dance Theatre. Nannette is a member of the Utah Storytelling  Guild, Timp Tellers Chapter. She has presented workshops on storytelling from  local to national venues. Nannette is a co-founder and the artistic director for  Resonance Story Theatre. She is a Stories Unlimited instructor focused on  teaching the art of storytelling to all ages.

Admission is $5 Adult – $4  Sr./Children/Military and seating is limited. Tickets can be obtained at the St.  George Art Museum located at 47 E 200 N. Seats not claimed by 6:55 pm will be  released to waiting patrons.

Season of Stories 2013-14 is a series of  presentations at the St. George Opera House. Presented in conjunction with the  Dixie Tellers – a chapter of the Utah Storytelling Guild. For additional  information call 435-627-4510 or E-mail artadmn@sgcity.org

Read more:  KCSG Television – Christmas Memories with Master Storyteller Nanette Watts Dec 13 14 7 00 PM

November 27, 2013

Restaurants Open On Thanksgiving, St. George, Utah

Going out to eat for Thanksgiving?  Almost all restaurants will be open for Thanksgiving, but Christmas is a different story.

Here is a list of some of the restaurants that are open for Christmas  in St. George, Utah. There are 18 nearby restaurants within 3 blocks of Best Western Coral Hills.

Eating at the restaurant for Thanksgiving this year?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RESTAURANTS

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CHRISTMAS

TYPE 

BEAR PAW* 75N. MAIN ST. 634-0126 7AM-3PM BRUNCH
BUCA DI BEPPO 1812 E RED CLIFFS DR. 627-6832 11AM-8PM ITALIAN
CHUCK-A-RAMA 127 N. RED CLIFF DR. 673-4464 11AM-3PM BUFFET
IHOP 275 S. GREEN SPRING DR 627-2282 6AM-MIDNIGHT DINER
PANDA EXPRESS 245 RED CLIFFS DR. 674-0300 11AM-8PM CHINESE
PANDA GARDEN 212 N. 900 E. 674-1538 11AM-9:30PM CHINESE
SAKURA 939 E ST GEORGE BLVD 275-2888 11:30-2:30; 4:30-10 JAPANESE
STARBUCKS 250 N. RED CLIFFS DR. 673-8320 6AM-4PM COFFEE

*Walking Distance.

When choosing a place to stay one of the first things people look at after the property itself is the location to things to do and nearby restaurant options.  At the BEST WESTERN Coral Hills there are 18 restaurants within just three blocks and they are all worth checking out.  If you want to know what we recommend…well, that will depend upon what you are in the mood to eat!  But within those three blocks you can choose from Italian, Pasta, Pizza, Cosmopolitan, Mexican, Sushi, Thai, Chinese, American, Fast Food, Yogurt, and Seafood

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

November 25, 2013

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November 21, 2013

Museums in St. George, Utah

Museums continue to pop up all around St. George.

Museums in the area abound with history, education, natural wonders and art in St. Goerge.  Here is a list with links and descriptions to many in the area. The list below each contains a hyperlink to its respective site, and the approximate distance from BEST WESTERN Coral Hills.

  1. Daughters of the Utah Pioneers Museum - 0 blocks,  FREE to the public, area artifacts and stories
  2. St. George Art Museum - 2 blocks, Minimal cost, well operated and very relaxing
  3. St. George Children’s Museum - 3 blocks, the Newest addition to a great collection, well worth a visit especially for young children with a lot of energy.  Many hands on exhibits.
  4. Dixie State University Sears Art Gallery - 7 blocks, A great rotating gallery of art and history exhibits, minimal cost if any 
  5. Rosenbruch Wildlife Museum - 2 miles, full body game animal mounts from across the globe and a vast collection of insects for your young entomologist (study of insects)
  6. Washington City Museum - 3 miles, Pioneer era artifacts
  7. Dinosaur Tracks at Johnsons Farm - 3 miles, showcases footprints of a kind raptor only known to exist in this area 
  8. Samuel R. Knight Santa Clara History Museum - 5 miles, in the basement of the city offices.
  9. Western Sky Aviation Warbird Museum - 6 miles, a great collection of full and operational war planes.
  10. Hurricane Pioneer Museum - 16 miles, local pioneer artifacts
  11. Wells Fargo Silver Reef Museum - 10 miles, well operated, artifacts, restored buildings  of an old mining ghost towm
  12. Pilot Peak DUP Museum - Enterprise, Utah, local pioneer artifacts
  13. Zion Human History Museum - 42 miles, natural history
St. George Art Museum

St. George Art Museum

 

For a comprehensive list with addresses and phone numbers for area museums in and near  Washington County click here.

If we were to add another  the next should be a location for a film and movies showcasing the development of the film industry and the many movies made in the Southern Utah area.  Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, a multiple of John Wayne westerns, and SciFi movies such as Galaxy Quest and others. Much of the feature film The Fly Boys was filmed in St. George proper just blocks away from the Best Western Coral Hills property.

 

November 18, 2013

Jubilee of Trees

Jubilee of Trees returns for its 10th year! 

ST. GEORGE – From humble beginnings in 1981, to generating $6 million over the last 10 years, the Jubilee of Trees has become the largest showcase of custom-designed Christmas trees and wreaths between Salt Lake City and Las Vegas and a powerhouse fundraiser for Intermountain Healthcare’s Dixie Regional Medical Center. The 2013 Jubilee opens this week, with its fundraising theme of “In the Blink of an Eye,” because that’s how life changes. The goal aims to bring Trauma II Services, especially for severe head, spinal  and other neurological injuries, to Intermountain Healthcare’s Dixie Regional Medical Center.

Jubilee of Trees

The Jubilee of Trees, St. George, Utah | Image courtesy of Dixie Regional Medical Center

The Foundation of Dixie Regional Medical Center is equally grateful for the  dedication of its volunteers and proudly announces the 2013 leadership of the  annual Jubilee of  Trees fundraising event.  The leadership—collectively known  as the Jubilee of Trees Executive Council—places its heart, soul and elbow  grease into heading the five-day event to generate philanthropy in support of  healthcare advancements at Dixie Regional Medical Center. The Jubilee is the  largest showcase of designer trees between Las Vegas and Salt Lake City, and one  of the southwestern Utah’s most beloved holiday venues. Read more:  KCSG Television – 2013 Jubilee of Trees

If your are in town during the Jubilee of Trees ask for “Jubilee of Trees Discount” which is available off the regular rate.  Thank you for helping to support such a wonderful and worth while event as we usher in the holiday season.

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from the staff at BEST WESTERN Coral Hills!

Jubilee of Trees 2013 Schedule

Click above to go to the Jubilee of Trees home page.

 

 

 

 

November 2, 2013

Time Changes, Daylight Savings Time ends…again.

Daylight Savings Time Ends once again!

Fall Back, Daylight savings

It’s time to spend all that daylight savings we have been holding onto and sleep for an extra hour!  Except in Arizona.

Do you have a hard time remembering whether to go forward or backward on the clock every time this daylight savings changes? There are only two simple things you need to remember.  The first is to commit to memory the short saying: “Spring Forward, Fall Back”.  In the spring we move the clocks forward one hour.  In the fall we move our clocks back one hour.  The second item is to actually remember to set your clocks back prior to going to bed Saturday…then you won’t have to wake up at 2am to make the time at the official moment.

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October 21, 2013

Halloween in St. George, Utah 2013

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Spending Halloween in St. George, Utah 2013 and not certain what to do?

 Here are some ideas to make your stay a little more enjoyable for all your little pumpkins in the family.

October 5 – 26

Field of Screams 8:00pm- Last ticket sold at 11:00pm: Thursday, Friday, and Saturday ONLY, Click HERE for a bunch more information.

Corn Maze: Click here for more information

Saturday, October 12 @ 5-7 pm

Zombie Fun Run: Also in Moab, Utah October 26th.  This is not your average 5K run, you will need to survive in order to win. Satellite  intel shows that the infestation has become more out of control than originally thought.  Run, jump, climb, and evade at all costs. We don’t know who you can trust. Check out the F.A.Q. page for more details on the event and remember to stay ALIVE. This promises to be the funnest 5k run that you will race in. Let the APOCALYPSE begin.  Click for more information

Saturday, October 26

Free Comic Book Day Halloween Fest: 11:00am-6:00pm Celebrate Halloween Fest 2013 this year comic book style. Comics Plus will be hosting Free Comic Book Day as well as a food fundraising event for Dixie Care & Share On Saturday, October 26th. On this day, special Halloween comics will be given away FREE by Comics Plus, no purchase necessary. And while you are here, join in on the spirit of the event by dropping off non-perishable food items in our donation boxes for Dixie Care & Share.  Halloween Fest will be a fun event for all ages. Funtime Inflatables will be here with a bounce house, Epic Adventures will have face painters and your favorite costumed super heroes. Maverik and YO2 Yogurt will be here with snacks, hot dogs, drinks and giveaways.  Free Comics, Free Food, prizes and fun, bring out the whole family for our spooktacular event. Contact: David Roland Admission: FREE

4th Annual Zombie Walk for Hunger 4-7pm: Celebrate Halloween 2013 this year zombie style. Comics Plus will be hosting the 4th annual St. George Zombie Walk as a food fundraising event for Dixie Care & Share On Saturday, October 26th. This year we walk for a humanitarian cause, hunger. We’re raising food donations for the great folks at Dixie Care & Share to help feed people. After all, zombies crave well-fed brains. To walk in the event, simply dig up your best undead costume and bring 3 non-perishable food items.  Free Comics, Free Food, prizes and fun, bring out the whole family for our spooktacular event. Contact: David Roland Phone: 435673322 Admission: 3 non-perishable food items Location: Comics Plus Address: 348 W. St. George Blvd., St. George  Web Site: www.comicsplus.com, Accessible to those with disabilities

October 26 – Nov 1

Thriller at Tuacahn: Click for times:  If Odyssey Dance Theatre’s “Thriller” isn’t part of your yearly Halloween tradition, it should be. The spooky spectacular combines technical aspects of dance while paying homage to the stars of All Hallows’ Eve.  Throughout the two-hour program, “Thriller” highlights all the heroes of the season, including Frankenstein’s monster and his bride, skeletons, mummies and werewolves. But among the ghouls, you’ll find other unlikely heroes of Halloween, such as Bubbles the Clown and the “Giggle Girl,” who sings and maniacally laughs her way through songs such as “I Saw Mommy Killing Santa Claus.”

 Monday, October 28

Fall Festival & Pumpkin Alley @ Tonaquint Nature Center:  5-7pm:Try your best at our dartless balloon pop game, cast your line into the Swampy Pond or see how many “bats” you can throw into the Witch’s Brew. We will have multiple carnival games outside for kids to play for prizes.  Zelda the Fortune Teller will be sharing secrets of the future all evening.  You can also visit Dr. Jekyll and his mad laboratory. Kids can get their faces painted at the Black Cat Parlor ran by the gals from Hairitage before sitting down and making a fun holiday themed craft.  Get your pre-decorated pumpkin to the Nature Center before 6:30 pm and be eligible for prizes. There are 4 different age categories.  General Admission: FREE   Crafts:  $1 each   Monster Boogers:  25 cents/bag

October 28th-29th

The Pumpkin Festival7:00pm-9:00pm: Professional Carved Pumpkins, Pumpkin Carving Hints and Tips, Wick’a Dee Witch, and more FREE With Farm Admission CLICK HERE for more information

Wednesday, October 30 

Boo-Nanza @ Sand Hollow Aquatic Center 6:30-9pm:  Join the spooky fun at the SHAC for  haunted canoe rides, Halloween games and root beer floats.   At 7:00 pm the lights will be dimmed for the evening’s dive-in movie - “Hotel Transylvania “    General Admission:  $8/family

Thursday, October 31

Halloween Carnival @ SG Recreation Center 4:30-6:30pm: Attention Kids!! Get your costumes and start your trick-or-treating early. After playing all the Halloween games, take a turn in the bounce house or sit down and create a Halloween craft. You can bring your carved pumpkin to the event and enter our contest for prizes. All pumpkins must be submitted by 5:15pm; judging is at 5:30pm. You must be present to win.  General Admission:  FREE

Monster Mash …Annual Halloween Celebration! Time: 4pm – 7pm: Crafts-Center Court, Trick-or-Treating-through out mall: Red Cliffs Mall is hosting the annual Fall Family Festival featuring family-friendly activities. Bring your children to the mall for an afternoon of fun, including make-and-take crafts. The mall will also host the annual Trick-or-Treating for kids throught the center as well as free hot-dogs and refreshments from radio station Mix 103.1, hosted by DJ’s Bryan & Cindy. Kids ages 2-12 are welcome and encouraged to wear costumes.

 

Need a costume? 

Here are the best stocked and most unique Halloween Costume shops in St. George:

Spirit Halloween Superstore: (435) 674-3477 250 Red Cliffs Dr, Saint George, UT 84790 in the Promenade across from the Zion Outlet Stores

Partyland: (435) 674-7655 Map 1930 West Sunset Boulevard, St. George, UT  84770 Mon-Sat 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

 

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