CHECK IT OUT

• The new SCERA Youth Artists program will have a full-scale gallery exhibit through Dec. 22. The exhibit will open at 5:30 p.m. in the gallery, SCERA Center for the Arts, 745 S. State, Orem, and will include paintings, collages, ceramics, sculptures and furniture. Free.

• "Art for Life," benefit exhibition at the UVSC Woodbury Art Museum, through Dec. 14, 575 E. University Parkway, Room N250 (second floor of the University Mall, between Nordstrom and the Gap). The exhibit is free to the public Monday-Friday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Call 426-6199.

• 22nd Annual Spiritual and Religious Art of Utah through Dec. 27, Springville Museum of Art, 126 E. 400 South. This exhibition explores spiritual aspirations, feelings and perceptions of contemporary Utah artists through different styles and mediums. Free.

• "Soviet Art in Conflict: The Artist as an Agent of Social Change" through Feb. 2, Springville Museum of Art, 126 W. 400 South. Museum hours: Tuesday-Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from 3-6 p.m. Exhibition explores the artwork produced in the Soviet Union from 1934-85. Free.

• "Great Things, Small Packages" exhibit through Dec. 31, Terra Nova Gallery, 41 W. 100 North, Provo. Featuring numerous artists, original art in small sizes. Hours: Monday-Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Other times by appointment.

• "Cliche and Collusion: Video Works" by Grant Stevens through Feb. 9, BYU Museum of Art, Provo campus. The works incorporate familiar excerpts from advertising, music, film and common conversation. Free.

• Minerva Teichert "Pageants in Paint" exhibit, BYU Museum of Art, Provo campus, through May 26, 2008. Call 422-1140 to schedule a tour, must be arranged at least a week in advance. Family-oriented tours on Monday evenings. Free.

• "Splendor and Spectacle: Images of Dance From Court Ballet to Broadway" BYU Museum of Art, Provo campus, through Jan. 1. The exhibit features 65 prints and 33 objects of art from the private collection of BYU faculty members Madison and Debra Sowell. Free.

• "American Dreams," selected works from the permanent collection of American Art, BYU Museum of Art, BYU campus, Provo. Call 422-ARTS. Free.

• Orem Heritage Museum, SCERA Center, 745 S. State. Guided tours 3-7 p.m. Monday-Friday or by appointment. Call 225-2569. Free.

• Crandall Historical Printing Museum, 275 E. Center, Provo. Open weekdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Cost: $3. Tours by appointment. Call 377-7777.

• Hutchings Museum, 55 N. Center, Lehi. Check the Web site for classes, workshop and exhibit information: www.hutchingsmuseum.org Call 768-7180. Free.

• Springville Museum of Art, 126 E. 400 South, Springville. Open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Sunday from 3 to 6. Closed Mondays and holidays. Call 489-2727. Free.

• Camp Floyd/Stagecoach Inn State Park, 18035 W. 1540 North, Fairfield, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Cost: $2. Call 768-8932.

• Monte L. Bean Life Science Museum, BYU campus in Provo, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday. Call 422-5051. Free.

WHERE TO GO

Thursday, Dec. 13

• Home for the Holidays is the topic of Pleasant Grove Macey's Little Theater class at 7 p.m. at 931 W. State. Learn to prepare a milk-free Christmas dinner. Call 796-6601. Free.

Chess for Kids & Open Chess at the Orem Public Library, 58 N. State. Want to stretch your mind and improve your skills? Come to the library on any Thursday. Volunteers available to help with kids chess. from 4-6 p.m., or come to open chess from 6:30-9 p.m. Bring your own board if possible. Meet on the main floor in the storytelling area.

Friday, Dec. 14

• Friday night movies at Provo City Library at Academy Square, from 6:30-8:30 in Room 201. Tonight's feature is "Unaccompanied Minor." Bring blankets, pillows and treats. Free.

• Great Movies for Children: The Orem Public Library presents BYU film professor Dean Duncan, who has movie suggestions that will keep you safe without leaving you sorry. Meet in the Library Media Auditorium, 7 p.m. Free.

• Dinosnorzz at the Museum of Ancient Life at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi. The overnight adventure begins at 7 p.m. and ends Saturday at 10 a.m. Sleep under the belly of a brachiosaurus or the Tyrannosaurus Rex, tour exhibits, watch a movie, participate in paleontology classes and enjoy snacks, breakfast and other activities. Cost: $45 children/$35 adults. Call 766-5015.

Monday, Dec. 17

• Stalking Santa , producer/actor Chris Clark will talk about the movie "Stalking Santa" and answer the age-old question: "Is there a Santa Claus?" at the Orem Library, 58 N. State, in the storytelling wing, 7 p.m. Free.

• Museum Mondays, from 5-7 p.m. at the Museum of Ancient Life at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi. Tonight "Santa Claws" drops by the museum. Cost: $5. Call 766-5013.

• Family Night on the Farm, from 5-6 p.m. at Farm Country at Thanksgiving Point in Lehi. Cost: $3.50/$2.50 for children. Tonight's theme: "O Christmas Tree," Take home a special activity craft. Call 592-9120.

Tuesday, Dec. 18

• Children's laptime at 10 a.m. in Hogwarts' Corner, Orem Public Library, 58 N. State. A 20-minute program for babies, toddlers & their caregivers with songs, fingerplays & short stories. Free.

• Meet You Under the Mistletoe
is the topic at Pleasant Grove Macey's Little Theater class at 7 p.m., 931 W. State. Jennifer Harmon will prepare "kissable" citrus breakfasts, main dish and dessert ideas. Call 796-6601. Free.

Wednesday, Dec. 19

• Children's laptime at 10 a.m. in Hogwarts' Corner, Orem Public Library, 58 N. State. A 20-minute program for babies, toddlers & their caregivers with songs, fingerplays & short stories. Free.

• "We Won't Fudge on this One!" is the topic at Pleasant Grove Macey's Little Theater class at 7 p.m., 931 W. State. Erika Whitmer shares recipes for fudge, Christmas cookies and cakes. Call 796-6601. Free.

Thursday, Dec. 20

• Children's laptime at 10 a.m. in Hogwarts' Corner, Orem Public Library, 58 N. State. A 20-minute program for babies, toddlers & their caregivers with songs, fingerplays & short stories. Free.

• Children's storytime at 10:30 a.m. in the storytelling wing, Orem Public Library, 58 N. State. A 30-minute program for preschoolers & young school age children with stories, puppets and activities. Free.

LAUGH IT UP

• Thrillionaires Improv Theater, Velour Music Gallery, 135 N. University Ave., Provo, 8 p.m. Mondays. Cost: $5, cash only. Call 818-BAND or see www.myspace.com/thrillionaires.

• Johnny B's Comedy Club, Bleachers Sports Grill, 2255 N. University Parkway, Provo. Shows Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m. Tickets are $8. Call 377-6910.

• Fat, Dumb and Happy's Comedy Club, 1350 W. 1140 South, Orem, Suite 3. Must be 18. Cost: $8 adults, $6.50 students. Buy online or at the door.

• Comedy Sportz, 36 W. Center, Provo. Clean improv comedy each Friday and Saturday at 8 and 10:15 p.m. Cost: $8 in advance/$10 at the door, $4/$5 children. Pre-payment required to hold reservations. Call 377-9700. See: www.comedysportzutah.com for more information. Every Thursday ComedySportz laughletes perform musicals, Shakespeare, MST3K-style heckling. Cost: $3. No reservations needed.

SEE THE SHOW

• "Dial Tones," presented by the Nauvoo Theatrical Society, Dec. 13-15, and 20-22, Black Box Theater, Covey Center for the Arts, 425 W. Center, Provo. Cost: $10/$7.50 students. Children 8-up. Call 852-7007.