Family City, U.S.A., which began four years ago as a weeklong celebration in July, has expanded to fill an entire year with arts, sports, educational and entertainment events geared toward families.

For the past two years, the organization - co-sponsored by Orem City, Utah Valley Community College and the SCERA Corp. - has filled its summer calendar with a variety of events, most of them performances in the outdoor SCERA Shell amphitheater in SCERA Park.The Miss Utah Scholarship Pageant, parade, street dance, fireworks and dog and car shows were included under the Family City umbrella this past summer.

Additional activities for the 12-month year include concerts, theatrical performances, exhibits and holiday specialties such as a family Halloween party, the "Earn Your Turkey" road race, an Easter egg hunt and kite flying.

The current offering is a murder mystery, "Catch Me if You Can." Displays, films, speakers and workshops at Utah Valley Community College will highlight Drug Awareness Week Oct. 18-20. Families will be invited to a free Halloween party at the Orem Fitness Center Oct. 31.

A family racquetball tournament will be held Nov. 1-5, and the Air Force Band will perform a free concert in the Mountain View High School auditorium Nov. 17.

(BU) "Catch Me If You Can," directed by veteran actor and drama teacher Neil Barth, opened Tuesday in the Orem High School Little Theater, kicking off the first full-year season of Family City, U.S.A.

Performances will continue at 7:30 p.m. through Saturday and again Sept. 26.

Based on the French play by Jack Weinstock and Willie Gilbert, the play is a "whodunit" with a double twist ending, said Barth.

The cast includes Steve Taylor, John Tichy, Jason Butler, Kimberley Bartlett, Mike Correy, Spring Christensen and Jason Russell.

Tickets will be sold at the door. Cost is $2.50 for adults and $1.50 for students. Orem High School is at 175 S. Fourth East.