LS: Your Town Column April 05, 2009

In my eighth-grade physical education class, we were timed running the
quarter-mile circular track, and I managed to keep up with a gal who was on the school’s track team.

“Wow, I must run fast,” I thought. “I should try out for the track team.”

So I signed up. During the first practice, we sprinted indoors around the school halls, up and down the stairs, fast, slow, start, stop. Exhausted, I dragged myself home and after the second grueling practice, gave up and never returned.

These days, I run errands, run around like a chicken with my head cut off, run after the kitty who escapes out the front door, and run up a mean bill at the grocery store.

Running sure is exhausting.

I need to go run the vacuum now. You’re welcome to stay and run your eyes across the rest of Your Town.

It’s a healthy way to start the day.

I set out my flip-flops, but now they’re covered with snow.

• Girls on the Run of the Grand Valley invite you to don your flip-flops and join them at the fourth annual Flip Flop Fling from
7 to 9 p.m. April 9 at Two Rivers Winery, 2087 Broadway.
Wear your flip-flops and enjoy an evening of appetizers, fine desserts, wine and a silent auction to benefit Girls on the Run, a nonprofit program that helps girls in third through fifth grades. It combines training for a 5-kilometer run with education in areas such as healthy living, self-esteem, values and life skills.
Call 257-9267 for information or go to

• The Mesa County Republican Women monthly luncheon and meeting April 13 will feature speaker Martha Graf, executive director of Kids Voting of Mesa County.
The event is at noon at the Masonic Center, 2400 Consistory Court.
Cost is $12 per person. RSVP by calling 623-0273.

• Strong Families, Safe Kids will sponsor the second Dine Out for Kids fundraiser April 22 at participating restaurants.
The restaurants are Ale House, Crystal Cafe, Il Bistro Italiano, Garden of Eaten, Kannah Creek Brewing Co., Main Street Bagels, Munchies Pizza and Deli in Fruita, Old Chicago, Pablo’s Pizza in Fruita, Red Canyon Grille at Redlands Mesa, Smugglers and Texas Roadhouse.
The restaurants will donate a percentage of food proceeds for the day to Strong Families, Safe Kids.
Go to for information about the organizations.

• Fruita Middle School will sponsor a yard sale fundraiser from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 18 to benefit The White Family Home Project.
The project is a new home for Mary White and her daughters, one of whom is a paraplegic.
Anyone can rent booth space for $15 to sell items.
Call Irene Almond at 254-6568 for information.

• During the April 11 meeting of the Daughters of the American Revolution, speaker Michiko Haller will discuss “The Process of Becoming an American Citizen.”
The meeting at Cross Orchards Historic Site will include the election of officers for next year.
Call Teri Dunn at 314-6286 for information.

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