Your Town, March 5, 2017

This time next weekend, we’ll be basking in the sunshine that lingers later in the day, thanks to the annual ritual of springing the clocks forward.

I realize we lose an hour of beauty sleep when we do that, but look at it this way: Being a loser means we’re rewarded with an extra hour of evening light, and, that’s a winner in my book. 

The Kiwanis Club of Grand Junction has published and distributed its 2017 Children’s Resource Directory to local libraries, health care providers, family and parenting services and other places accessible to the public.

A total of 11,000 English language directories and 2,500 Spanish language directories were distributed.

The Resource Directory provides information on available resources and services that focus on the care and well-being of children in Mesa County, a news release said.

“This directory is a great example of how Kiwanis demonstrates a commitment to the children of Mesa County,” said club president Kevin Price in the news release.

“It has been published each year in partnership with Western Colorado 2-1-1 for many years as a service project for the community.”

Copies are available at the Western Colorado 211 offices, 510 29 1/2 Road and online at kiwanis-gj.org.

Anyone interested in coming together to start a Boys and Girls Club in Grand Junction is invited to an introductory meeting to learn how to make it a possibility.

The meeting is planned for 5 to 6 p.m. March 15 at the Central Library, Mesa County Libraries, 443 N. Sixth St., and will feature the director of the Montrose Boys and Girls Club talking about his own personal success story. More meetings will follow to pull together ideas, information and a plan, a news release said.

Why Boys and Girls Clubs?

“Boys and Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow — all while having fun,” the release said.

“It is the place where great futures are started each and every day. In every community, boys and girls are left to find their own recreation and companionship in the streets. An increasing number of children are at home with no adult care or supervision. Young people need to know that someone cares about them.”

Boys and Girls Clubs offer companionship, programs and services that promote and enhance the development of boys and girls in a safe and fun environment, and instill “a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence.”

Visit bgca.org/Pages/index.aspx for information.

The American Legion Post 2006 recently presented five Fruita-area schools with a publication titled “Indivisible” that tells the history of “Old Glory” and promotes a greater patriotic appreciation for the nation’s colors.

Librarians at Fruita Monument High School, Fruita 8/9 School, Fruita Middle School, Shelledy Elementary School and Rim Rock Elementary School accepted the books on behalf of the students and faculty.

“This is one such effort to bring about a greater appreciation of our military and specific ways the American Legion contributes to a better America and its future citizens,” a news release said.

The book also provides educational information on the display of the flag and its origin.

The American Legion Post 2006 meets at 9 a.m. on the second Saturday of each month at the Fruita Civic Center. All veterans are invited to attend.

Call 640-7971 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Colorado West Timekeepers, Chapter 138 of the National Association of Watch and Clock Collectors invites anyone interested in horology to its local meetings.

Meetings are at 2 p.m. the third Sunday of each month at the Redlands Methodist Church, 527 Village Way, and feature a presentation or a show and tell session.

A local membership of $10 per year allows members to attend meetings, give programs, participate in the local mini-mart, work on committees, serve as a host for meetings and vote on Colorado West Timekeepers issues.

Members of the national association are also subject to national dues that include all benefits. Officers of the Colorado West Timekeepers must be national members.

Call Ann Reddin at 241-0792, Kathy Raff, 243-7457, or Dorothy Stevenson, 245-2613 for information.

The Clifton Veterans of Foreign Wars Auxiliary will host a St. Patrick’s Day Dinner from 5:30 to 7 p.m. March 17 at VFW Post 4663, 3244 F 1/4 Road, in Clifton.

Diners can enjoy a plate of corned beef and cabbage, potatoes, carrots, salad, desserts and drinks. Cost is $9 for adults and $5 for ages 12 and younger. Ages 5 and younger are free.

The Fruita Monument High School class of 1977 is planning its 40th reunion in June and is seeking the more than 50 “missing” classmates. 

If you are a member of this class and have not been contacted about the reunion, you are classified as “missing.” To be “found,” search Facebook and join the “FMHS 77” page or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) with your contact information.

The Grand Junction chapter of Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing program will benefit from the next firkin fundraiser, happening Monday at Kannah Creek Brewery, 1960 N. 12th St.

“Project Healing Waters Fly Fishing is an international nonprofit committed to the physical and emotional healing of injured and disabled current and former military personnel,” a news release said.

Each year, the program teaches approximately 100 veterans how to build rods, baits and other fishing tools, and takes them on trips to area rivers and lakes to fly fish.

The firkin keg will be tapped at 5 p.m. Monday. Donations and proceeds from $4.50 pints of the India Red Ale — while supplies last — will go to the nonprofit to fund fishing trips and purchase supplies for classes they offer.

Submit Calendar and community news items by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), by fax at 244-8578, or by mail to 734 S. Seventh St., Grand Junction, CO, 81501. Items to be considered for Your Town should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.


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