Briefs, Feb. 21, 2013

Altrusa planning open house Saturday

Members of Altrusa International of Grand Junction will have an open house to showcase their projects and activities of community involvement from 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, at the Garden Village Apartments Community Building, 2601 Belford Ave.

Altrusa of Grand Junction’s mission is to better the community through service, monetary grants, and direct involvement. Community members interested in becoming a member or interested in community involvement are encouraged to attend the open house.

Parenting conference planned at church


Canyon View Vineyard Church will host a Community Parenting Conference featuring bestselling author and international speaker Gary Thomas, on Saturday, at the church, 736 24 1/2 Road.

Thomas, author of “Sacred Parenting,” will present concepts such as learning to enjoy your kids for who they are and reducing the pressure for your kids to turn out perfectly.

The conference is from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a lunch break from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Cost is $30 per person in advance or $35 per person at the door. A day camp will be available for children of the attendees, ages 5 through fifth grade, at the cost of $5 per child.

To register, visit

Homeowners association workshop set


The city of Fruita will offer a workshop to help residents and homeowners associations understand how to work well with the city.

The free event will be from 9 a.m. to noon March 2, in the Fruita Council Chambers (upstairs) in the Fruita Civic Center, 325 Aspen Ave., in Fruita. 

Coffee and light refreshments will be served. An elevator is available.

Speakers are Mesa County staff, city of Fruita staff and police, drainage district staff and a homeowners association specialist. The fact-filled morning will advise residents about weed management, drainage management, permits and rules, code enforcement, Neighborhood Watch Program, and problem-solving at the neighborhood level.

The event will conclude with an open discussion panel to address residents’ questions. Pre-registration is required and space is limited. To register or for more information, call Susan Carter at 858-0763 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

CSU offers disaster preparation course


Colorado State University Extension will offer an Uncompahgre Valley Agriculture Workshop that presents three important segments that can help farmers avoid costly disasters or prepare for what could happen.

The workshop will be from 9 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. March 5, at Bill Heddles Recreation Center in Delta.

The morning session will look at how the impact of the Rocky Ford melon Listeria outbreak affected local communities. It will be followed by a discussion of how to assess food safety risks on your farm.

Other topics are an overview of federal food safety legislation and the newly implemented Cottage Food Industry law, and a focus on disease, insects and soils unique to western Colorado.

Cost is $20 and lunch is included if fee is received by March 1.

To register or for more information call 244-1834 or visit

Student nurses traveling to Nicaragua


Student nurses and faculty from Colorado Mesa University are preparing to travel to Nicaragua to donate more than 500 hours of health care in one of the poorest country in the western hemisphere and are raising funds for the trip by offering a special three-day ski pass at Telluride Ski Area, in an effort to meet its fundraising goal of $30,000.

A portion of the proceeds from each $125 ski pass will go directly to the Nicaragua trip. The three-day pass is good through April 7 with no restrictions. Additional discounts are available to pass holders.

To obtain a pass, go to Under the “Passes” tab, choose “all pass products.” Choose CMU Three-Day Pass. Follow the instructions for a new account. Enter CMU125 promo code for a $425 discount at check out.

Email Beverly Lyne at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

County library branches closed March 1


All Mesa County Libraries locations will be closed Friday, March 1, for a daylong staff training event.

All locations will resume regularly scheduled operation Saturday, March 2. Overdue fines will not accrue during the closure.

As always, the library’s website at will be available during the closure for access to online resources.


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