Your Town, Dec. 6, 2009

My wardrobe has abruptly changed from lightweight tops and shorts to numerous layers and lined jackets, thanks to the plummeting mercury in the thermometer.

But what really warms me is seeing how a community comes together to help others, especially this time of year.

A gentleman inquired last week about a story that was in The Daily Sentinel that focused on “helping families.” I had to pause a moment as I recalled the numerous e-mails, faxes and phone calls we’ve received from the community regarding that very topic.

I asked if he could be more specific on which story he was referring to.

From food drives to toy drives and fundraisers for individuals needing medical treatment —  it is amazing to see the number of clubs and organizations, as well as schools and businesses who put on fundraisers and events to help those in need.

Here are a few upcoming events that will warm your heart.

The Fruita Lioness all-you-can-eat chili supper — to warm your tummy, too — is from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Dec. 18 at the Fruita Police Community Room.

Cost is $4 for adults and $2 for ages 6-12. Ages under 6 eat free. Proceeds will benefit Latimer House and Homeward Bound.

Call 858-6762 for information.


While we’re on the subject of chilli suppers, mark your calendar for Jan. 16 and make plans to attend the Clifton Lions Club all-you-can-eat chili and potato soup supper from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Clifton Community Hall, 126 Second St. in Clifton.

Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for ages 6-12. Ages under 6 eat free.

Proceeds go to community projects such as eye exams and glasses, the Grand Valley Lions Health Fair, Colorado Lions Camp for Physically and Mentally Challenged Youth and Adults, leader dogs for the visually impaired and screening children’s eyes for defects.

Call 241-4168 or 241-2498 for information.


The Teen Graphic Novel Club is inviting teens to eat food and watch the movie “Elf” from 3 to 5 p.m. Dec. 21 at the Mesa County Libraries, 530 Grand Ave., while making Christmas cards for local residents who need good cheer.

The event is sponsored by the library’s Teen Advisory Board.

Call 243-4442 or go to for information.


If you’d like to stretch your donation dollars as well as your muscles while helping a family in need, join the Yoga for a Cause event from 11 a.m. to noon today at Yoga: Vinyassa, 2500 Broadway, No. D.

Cost is $10 and proceeds will help make the holidays a little brighter for a family (and your body will thank you, too).

Call 424-5116 for information.


Horses are needing help this time of year, too.

Dream Catcher Therapy Center and End of the Trail Horse Rescue Sanctuary ask for the public’s help to sponsor a horse, with proceeds assisting abused, abandoned and neglected horses.

Cost is $500 to sponsor a horse for a year.

Call 323-5400 or go to for information.


Rimrock Chiropractic is helping to provide gifts for 300 children this year who live in two, low-income housing units.

Members of the community are asked to pick up a gift tag for a specific child at 1133 Patterson Road, No. 3, and purchase an $8-$10 gift, then return it to Rimrock Chiropractic on or before Dec. 19, where the “elves” will wrap the gift and see that it gets to the intended child.

Those who make a donation will receive a gift card for new patient services or a discounted massage.

Call 243-1388 for information.


Military Families of America has set up a Christmas tree at the Mesa Mall, dedicated to service men and women of our nation’s armed forces who won’t be home for Christmas this year, and to the families who anxiously await their return.

Just like the colors in the American flag, the colors of poinsettias that make up the tree have special meaning — blue stands for vigilance, perseverance and justice; white stands for purity and innocence; and red stands for valor, hardiness and courage.

The public can take donations of used paperback books and place them in the “Books 4 the Troops” donation box next to the tree. The donations will be sent to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Go to http://www.militaryfamiliesofamerica. for information.




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Nicolas Cage wins U.N. award

UNITED NATIONS — Nicolas Cage has won a U.N. award for his humanitarian work and has been appointed a goodwill ambassador for the U.N. Office on Drugs and Crime.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon presented the actor and filmmaker with the U.N. Correspondents Association’s Global Citizen of the Year award for humanitarian endeavors.

Cage said his role will be “to shine a spotlight on the need for global justice.”

The Amnesty International advocate has donated $2 million to establish a fund to help former child soldiers and led a campaign around his film, “Lord of War,” to raise awareness about international arms control.

The secretary-general also presented a Global Citizen of the Year award to William Roedy, chairman of MTV Networks International, for his work to combat HIV and AIDS.

Rock and Roll Hall annex closing

CLEVELAND — The year-old New York City annex to Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum will shut down Jan. 3.

A news release issued Thursday by S2BN Entertainment, a partner in the venture, gave no reason for the closing.

Rock hall CEO Terry Stewart tells The Plain Dealer newspaper in Cleveland the decision was made by corporate partners who had backed the $10 million annex in downtown Manhattan.

Backers had hoped to attract up to a half-million visitors annually but have not said what attendance was.

The collection displayed at the annex included Bruce Springsteen’s 1957 Chevy. The rock hall says some of the artifacts could become part of a traveling show.

Twisted Sister guitarist recovers from surgery

ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. — Twisted Sister guitarist Eddie Ojeda is recuperating from emergency back surgery that forced him to miss the band’s concert near Philadelphia.

Ojeda experienced intense pain that prevented him from standing or sitting, went to a hospital and had surgery to repair a ruptured disc, according to bandmate Jay Jay French. Dan McCafferty, who played guitar in singer Dee Snider’s solo band, was pressed into duty as a last-minute replacement at the Keswick Theater on Wednesday night.


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