LS: Your Town Column April 19, 2009

I have learned how to write stories in my sleep.
It’s not a flawless effort, though, so I either need to stop or add more memory to my “computer.”
The other night as I was drifting off to sleep, thoughts were bouncing around in my head, as they usually do as I unwind at the end of the day.
I started thinking about the Your Town column for this weekend, when I suddenly came up with the greatest lead-in item. It was so great that I started dictating the words to myself, composing the column in my sleep.
When I was done, it was the perfect length, clearly written, with no grammar errors or misspelled words, and I even edited a few sentences and copied and pasted sections from one place to the other.
That’s one less thing on my list to finish this week, I thought.

Except, I forgot to hit “save.”

When I woke up the next morning, it was gone. I couldn’t even recall what the topic was.
It was frustrating. I tried all day to jog my memory, but, as you can tell, it was to no avail.
Maybe I new a “soft”ware upgrade.
Of course, that would be a new pillow.

• Mesa County Libraries offer a number of computer classes for beginners (and those who are awake), such as how to search the Internet and Microsoft Word and PowerPoint instruction.
If you have questions, plan to attend the Internet/E-mail FAQs class April 27.
Space is limited and registration is required.
Our online calendar at includes all of the classes through April.
Call the Central Library at 243-4442 for information.

• Great Old Broads for Wilderness in the Grand Junction area will gather at 3 p.m. April 27 at Goodwill Industries, 630 24 1/2 Road, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the organization, which was founded in 1989 by a group of audacious women interested in protection of public lands.
Members past as well as present and new members are invited to attend, get acquainted and learn about new projects, “broad” walks and celebrations being planned.
Call 242-8451 for information.

• A national group of folks who love to knit, crochet and quilt for needy babies and children is seeking volunteers to create items to be donated to hospitals all around the country.
Stitches from the Heart needs blankets, little sweaters and hats for babies in need. The organization has donated several thousand hand-made hats, booties, sweaters and blankets to more than 411 hospitals and charities around the country.
Patterns are available. Donated yarn is also appreciated.
More information can be found at; write to 3316 Pico, Santa Monica, CA 90405, or call 877-985-9212 for information.

• As the Clifton and Fruitvale areas prepare to revamp the entrances into their communities, local students have submitted original artwork for design of the projects.
The students from Clifton and Fruitvale schools submitted artwork inspired by their communities, surroundings and history, and community members have voted for their favorite artwork, which will be incorporated into the new entryway design.
Winners will be announced at an award ceremony at 3:30 p.m. April 29 at Alpine Bank in Clifton. The top three designs will win $100, $200 and $500 savings bonds.
Savings bonds will also be awarded to the top selection in “Community Choice” in each school level.
Call 244-1640 for information.

Submit your Planner and community news items by e-mail to communitynews@, by fax at 244-8578, or by mail to P.O. Box 668, Grand Junction, CO 81502. Items to be considered for Your Town should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.


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