Your Town, April 25, 2010

The annual Spring Cleanup Program for city of Grand Junction neighborhoods begins this week.

Homes on the north side of North Avenue will have trucks picking up piles beginning Monday and homes on the south side of North Avenue (including Orchard Mesa and the Redlands) will see the trucks in their neighborhoods the following Monday.

What a great service this is and I encourage city residents to take advantage of the annual opportunity to muck out the house/garage/yard/shed.

Before you drag anything to the curb, first drag your mouse to to read the rules and regulations. There are numerous items that will not be picked up such as hazardous materials, electronics and more.

A number of charities are also listed at the website that might be able to use items you no longer want or need. Consider donating instead of dumping. It really is true — one man’s junk is another man’s treasure. Happy cleaning!

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Yes, you are worthy and so is your stuff.

The Worthiest Yard Sale, Car Wash and Food Drive to benefit HomewardBound of the Grand Valley is set for 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the homeless shelter parking lot, 2853 North Ave.

Organizers are seeking donations of various items to sell (furniture, tools, small working appliances, knick knacks, books, video games, CDs, dishes, towels, kitchen items and sporting goods), as well as food, paper or cleaning items for use at the shelter.

Monetary donations are needed as well.

Did you know that $12.34 will accommodate a guest for shelter, and two meals, along with all the amenities for one night?

Checks can be made payable to HomewardBound of the Grand Valley, 2853 North Ave., Grand Junction 81501. Donations are also accepted online at

Call Daretha Piper at 256-9424 for more information.

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While grocery shopping during the next few weeks, make a point to throw a few extra canned and non-perishable foods into the basket, to help Stamp Out Hunger in Mesa County.

Now in its 18th year, the Stamp Out Hunger effort is conducted by letter carriers and is the nation’s largest one-day food drive. This year’s drive is Saturday, May 8.

The public is invited to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta or rice, next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on May 8. Mesa County letter carriers will collect the donations from homes across the county and take them to the Agape Food Basket of Fruita, Child and Migrant Services, the CCC Food Bank of Clifton, the Community Food Bank, Outreach Soup Kitchen, the Rescue Mission and The Salvation Army.

For more information, ask your letter carrier or contact your local post office. Information is also online at

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In an effort to raise awareness to combat stigma against mental illness and raise funds for consumers and family run programs, The National Alliance on Mental Illness Western Slope and Colorado West Mental Health will host its annual Walk for Recovery, from 10:30 a.m. to noon May 1, at Sherwood Park.

Cost is $20.

Call NAMI Western Slope at 462-3989 or Janice Curtis at 257-0891 for information or to register.

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MOMS Club of Grand Junction, West Chapter, will host an open house from 10 a.m. to noon April 27, at Sherwood Park.

Moms Offering Moms Support (MOMS) Club is an international support group for stay-at-home moms.

According to the local chapter’s website, the group offers monthly activities such as mom’s night out, tour of local businesses, weekly play groups, park days, craft days, a recipe club, coffee club and LiveWell Club.

If you live in Grand Junction, west of 28 Road and would like more information call 797-1998 or check out

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Plants, crafts and food will be on hand at the annual Bloomin’ Deals event taking place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 8, at the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, 655 Struthers Ave.

More than 20 booths will offer Mother’s Day gifts, plants, and handcrafted items, and there will be a silent auction and bake sale with proceeds going to the Botanical Garden.

Call 242-6081 for more information.


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