Ziegfeld Theater Face Lift

In January of 2012, Caleb and Morgan Parry purchased the old "Country Club Theater" from Lenny Hoskins. Construction of the theater began in the 1940’s and was completed around 1948. Originally built with 500 seats the theater now seats 256 patrons. From the early days in 1948 until the 80’s the theater was a first run, single screen, theater. Many people tell the tales of coming to see Star Wars and many other movies for the first time in this theater. In the 80’s it became a second run "Dollar Theater" and was kept as a second run theater until the early 2000’s. It was then home to a local church for Sunday meetings. In 2008 or 2009 the theater was no longer used except for a few "Heavy Metal" concerts that were rough on the community and surrounding area.

In 2012 the Parrys bought the theater and they knew there was much work to be done! Owner, Caleb Parry, says "We have completely renovated the space from top to bottom! We took out the original movie screen (that we still have and use occasionally), built a 22X30 foot stage, added theatrical lighting instruments, state of the art sound system, dressing rooms, green room, etc. We also have renovated the lobby: New floors, new snack bar, benches, paint, women’s restroom, etc. No need to worry we still have and use the original popcorn machine. We have also done renovations to the upstairs of our building." The upstairs area is now a rehearsal/ performing space as well as a music studio, storage room and an administrative office. The Parrys are currently working on and have nearly completed the building’s exterior. The exterior has remained almost unchanged since 1948. They have added the theaters logo to the front and plan to keep the iconic "THEATER" sign that has been a part of Washington Blvd for over 60 years. In the future, the Parry’s plan to add new paint and as well as replace the old neon with multi colored LED Neon.

The Ziegfeld Theater opened it’s first Broadway style musical in June of 2012 with the musical "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels" and has been providing the South Ogden area with quality Broadway style shows ever since. This winter the Zig will be performing "It’s a Wonderful Life a live radio play" and the 2015 season will include "Fiddler on the Roof" "Les Miserables" and "West Side Story". The Zig Family encourages you to bring your families, see the shows and please take home the gum you left here in the 70’s! The theater is currently looking for season and show sponsors for the 2015 season. Questions, contact Caleb Parry, Owner, at 801-719-7676.

City Council Updates

A Message from Councilman Brent Strate

Hello Friends,

Today is a time of reflection. An opportunity to look back and evaluate our stewardship and responsibility to the commitments which we have made.

On March 4, 1861 President Abraham Lincoln delivered his first inaugural address. This occurred at a time of impending crisis that would result in civil war. Lincoln declared his responsibility to adhere to the constitution in regards to the issue of slavery. He also proclaimed the importance of preserving our Union. In spite of his pleading the crisis would not be averted and the unity of the nation challenged, but not broken.

I am not suggesting that any challenge faced within the confines of South Ogden compare in overall magnitude to the Civil War, but the principles are applicable to any and all conflict or crisis whether individual, family, neighborhood, community, state, or nation. Read with me now the conciliatory words of the last paragraph of Lincoln’s speech.

"We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic chords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave to every living heart and hearthstone all over this broad land, will yet swell the chorus of the Union, when again touched, as surely they will be, by the better angels of our nature."

Council Member Benard shared with us a vision of community in the November newsletter, of which I am in total agreement. My family and I have many fond "chords of memory" associated with the community of South Ogden which strike a note that is both clear and true. For me, South Ogden is not just where I live, it is HOME! It is my desire that each of you know that You Are Home, in South Ogden. It would be unwise however, to not acknowledge that actions or issues within our city have at times "strained" our community’s "bonds of affection". It would be my desire that disillusion be replaced with hope and a remembrance that "we must not be enemies". This does not suggest however that there is any need to betray conscience or principle to make a false peace with false friends. In the words of Thomas Paine; "I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection".

As we reflect upon the challenges we have faced over the past year, let us gather peace and strength through commitment to action. That we resolve to be more understanding, control emotions and desires, adhere to principles of right, and train our mind to think and understand. That we will act with boldness and resolution in adhering to the "better angels of our nature."

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Ogden Animal Services

Ogden Animal Services is looking for special help from families who are willing to foster an animal a few weeks. South Ogden Animal Services has teamed up with Young Subaru once again to bring the "Share the Love" Pet Adoption to our community in December. In order to prepare for this event, we need a place for homeless dogs and cats to stay before they can be adopted at this event. Becoming a foster home for one of these animals is easy and virtually costs nothing! The City provides foster families with medical coverage, food and other needed items to care for the needs of these animals. If you could provide care in your home for a homeless dog or cat for a short time and want to get involved in this life-saving effort, please apply at the police department between 8am-5pm, Monday through Friday or contact Karen Disney with questions. Email or call 801-622-2700. Be part of a great animal adoption program that has saved nearly 700 lives so far this year!!


Dog Licensing

Dog licenses renewals for 2015 are being sent out for both Lifetime and Regular dog licenses. Please make sure that all of the information on your renewal is current and correct. If your letter states we need the dogs rabies vaccination updated, please complete this prior to requesting a new license. Licenses will not be issued if the vaccinations are not current. Requests for new licenses may be mailed in or dropped off at 3950 Adams Ave. between 8am and 5pm, Monday through Friday. Also if your dog has been spayed or neutered since the last dog license was issued please bring in that paperwork too. It will save you some big $$$. License renewals are due back on or before February 28, 2015. Late fees will be applies beginning March 1, 2015.

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Christmas Tree Safety: Each year, fire departments respond to an average of 210 structure fires caused by Christmas trees. Carefully decorating Christmas trees can help make your holidays safer.

Picking the tree: If you have an artificial tree, be sure it is labeled, certified, or identified by the manufacturer as fire retardant. •Choose a tree with fresh, green needles that do not fall off when touched. Placing the tree:

•Before placing the tree in the stand, cut 1" - 2" from the base of the trunk. •Make sure the tree is at least three feet away from any heat source, like fireplaces, radiators, candles, heat vents or lights. •Make sure the tree is not blocking an exit. •Add water to the tree stand. Be sure to add water daily. Lighting the tree:•Use lights that have the label of an independent testing laboratory. Some lights are only for indoor or outdoor use, but not both. •Replace any string of lights with worn or broken cords or loose bulb connections. Connect no more than three strands of mini string sets and a maximum of 50 bulbs for screw-in bulbs. Read manufacturer’s instructions for number of LED strands to connect. •Never use lit candles to decorate the tree. •Always turn off Christmas tree lights before leaving home or going to bed. After Christmas; •Get rid of the tree when it begins dropping needles. Dried-out trees are a fire danger and should not be left in the home or garage, or placed outside against the home. Check with your local community to find a recycling program. Bring outdoor electrical lights inside after the holidays to prevent hazards and make them last longer.

S P E C I A L   E V E N T S

Old Fashioned Family Holiday:Our Annual "Old Fashioned Family Holiday" will be held on Friday, December 12 from 6-8pm. Santa and the Mayor will magically light the City’s Christmas Tree and community members in attendance will enjoy chicken noodle soup, hot chocolate, rolls, bonfires, marshmallow roasting, prize giveaways, a Christmas card station and entertainment from local performers. Pictures with Santa will also be available free of charge. We want to thank Costco, Macey’s, America First Credit Union, Texas Roadhouse and Page’s Tree Service for their continued support of this great community event!
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Annual Subaru Share the Love Pet Adoption: Young Subaru is partnering with South Ogden City and the ASPCA for our third annual Share the Love Pet Adoption Event! Saturday, December thirteenth from noon until 4pm. Stop by Young Subaru on Riverdale Road to find your new best friend amongst the one-hundred plus cuddly cats and dogs that will be chipped, spayed or neutered, and ready for adoption. Vaccinations and deworming will be available on site. Give the gift of a home - just in time for the holidays! Remember, December 13 from noon to 4pm at Young Subaru.


P. W.   &   P A R K S

TREE RECYCLING: South Ogden Public Works Department will recycle your discarded Christmas tree. Please bring your tree to one of the areas listed below beginning January 2, 2015 through January 23, 2015. We will not pick up trees at any other locations. Stands, nails, ornaments, lights, etc. that could damage the chipper need to be removed and put into your regular garbage. Please do not discard any paper, garbage or trash at the recycling areas. Thank you for your on-going support in recycling. If you have any questions, please call 622-2900. Listed below are Christmas tree recycling locations:

1. 560 39th across the street, in front of the bowery on the curb  2. Club Heights Park parking lot  3. Madison Avenue Park parking lot  4. Friendship Park parking lot   5. Meadows Park, approx. 5725 South 2000 East at the end of the cul-de-sac in front of the park

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