LS: Your Town Column February 22, 2009

The grocery shopping trips of late have been an eye-opening experience.

For the past few months, the bathroom scales haven’t been working properly. The little dial was moving way too high, registering numbers I’d never before comprehended. And to top it off, my clothes were shrinking.

Instead of taking a sledgehammer to the defective bathroom gadget and taking my clothes to Goodwill, I took control and stopped eating.

Well, not completely stopped, but really cut back. A dietician was invited to our office a while back to help those of us wanting to lose weight get the education and information we needed to get the weight gain under control.

Besides adding more regular exercise to my daily regimen, I realized I needed to cut back on my portions and I’m reading labels at the grocery store.

And that’s an eye-opener.

But so far it’s paid off — I’ve shed 14 pounds of my 20-pound goal.

Thankfully, the scales are now working properly.

They just needed a little scare. I’ll still keep the sledgehammer nearby.

•  Don’t want to cook today?

Put away the apron and head to the 57th annual Martha Washington Dinner, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Palisade Masonic Temple, Fifth and Kluge streets.
The public is invited for a dinner of ham and homemade applesauce, coleslaw, pies and more.
Cost is $8 for adults and $4 for ages 3-12. Call 464-5922 or 245-7975 for information.

•  Pack your bags and become a member of the Mesa County Chapter of Friendship Force International.
The nonprofit international travel and cultural exchange program has 350 chapters in 56 counties, with 41 in the United States. The mission is “to create an environment in which personal friendships are established across the barriers that separate the people of our world.”
In 2007 and 2008, the local club hosted clubs from Japan, Brazil, Canada and New Zealand, and travelled to China, Germany, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand.

•  This year, the St. Petersburg, Russia, club will visit April 4-9 and, in October, the local group will travel to Turkey to visit clubs in Izmir and Istanbul.
The business meetings are every odd-numbered month at Community Hospital. On even months, the group has parties and outings.
For information, call Linda at 243-5456 for information.

• KAFM 88.1 Community Radio and Project Common Ground will sponsor the first installment of Lifelong Learning Series with Cafe Social, a monthly event that will bring people together for coffee and dialogue.
Cafe Social, meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 25, presents an opportunity to meet new people one-on-one and learn about different cultures. This month’s conversation will revolve around commonalities rather than differences.
Karen Sherman Perez will speak briefly on the purpose and history of Project Common Ground, and then those attending can talk.
Events in the Lifelong Learning Series are free, though a donation of $5 is appreciated. Call 241-8801, ext. 223, for information.


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