Ricks College in Rexburg, ID hosted a program titled Sunbirds. The Sunbird program was dedicated to providing continuing education and housing opportunities to the 55+ generation. On June 5, 1976 the Teton Earthen Dam ruptured flooding up to 15 miles out including the city of Rexburg and Ricks College where the Sunbird program was hosted. Due to the destruction of student housing and facilities on the Ricks College campus, the Sunbirds were without a summer residence.
Utah State University opened its doors to the displaced Sunbirds. The Ricks College Sunbirds found both the university and the community so welcoming and friendly that plans were made to return to Logan the following summer of 1977.
Rebuilding Ricks College was a lengthy process and housing and educational opportunities for Sunbird senior citizens dwindled until the program eventually ceased to operate. Meanwhile, the Logan Utah housing opportunity included 12 properties for this displaced group of seniors seeking a summer retreat with an enhanced experience. The Summer Citizens Program was born due to this unfortunate set of circumstances which resulted in the development of a lifelong continuing learning program or summer camp for seniors in Logan Utah.
During the development process of the Summer Citizens Program at Utah State University a partnership was formed with Logan City, the Cache Chamber of Commerce, and to promote Cache Valley/Logan Utah as a summer destination for seniors seeking moderate summer climate, as well as an environment that provides cultural and educational experiences. Logan, UT and Utah State University developed a partnership that provided exactly that opportunity.
USU and community leaders began a recruiting trip each January traveling to Arizona retirement communities to promote both the program and housing options to a captive audience of retired 55+ generation. That recruiting partnership continues through today. Each year a team coordinated by Linda D'Addabbo, Summer Citizens Program Coordinator, will offer presentations in retirement communities in southern Arizona. Apartment sponsors, Cache Valley Visitors Bureau Director, Utah Festival Opera & Musical Theater GM, and Lyric Repertory Company will be among this team of presenters.
With a thriving performing arts district, Logan UT is a cultural hub for entertainment through live theater, first class opera, and a daily free noon concert in the Logan Tabernacle.
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Summer Citizens Program 2019
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Cache Valley Transit District
Summerfest Arts Fair
USU Dining Services
Intermountain Logan Regional Hospital
The Worx Physical Therapy & Fitness
Four Seasons Theatre Company
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