LS: Your Town Column March 29, 2009

My nephew came to town last week to visit before heading to boot camp to prepare for his career as an Army Ranger.

We had a pizza party send-off for him, complete with a camouflage cake that said “Good Luck Paul,” and then he headed back to Salt Lake City to tie up loose ends. He’ll have another going-away party with family there today and then he’s off.

Kind of scary, when you think of it, in an adventurous sort of way.

Army Rangers are known to jump out of airplanes on occasion. I asked him if he’d ever done that before and he said “no,” but there was a sparkle in his eye that said, “but I can hardly wait.”

I used to baby-sit Paul and his little brother, Chris, when they were kids. Whenever my boys and Paul and Chris would get together, trouble wasn’t far off.

They’d push the trampoline up close to the house and jump off the roof onto it, bouncing so high they could almost touch the clouds. Sometimes they’d push each other off the trampoline into the basement window wells, but that’s another story.

I tried to jump on a trampoline once and just about threw up. However, I can jump a mean pogo stick — without holding on.

Kids ... they grow up way too fast. And as parents, we’re always trying to hold on.

We’re proud of you, Paul, and we wish you the best of luck where ever you go.

Bring me back a cloud.

Kids. They don’t come with instructions.

• The Strong Families, Safe Kids’ — Parenting That Works Program will offer parenting classes during the month of April.
Middle Years — for parents of children ages 7 to 12 — will be from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays, April 2-May 7, at Thunder Mountain Elementary School, 3063 F 1/2 Road.
Early Years — for parents of children prenatal to age 6 — will be from 6 to
7:30 p.m. Thursdays, April 9-30, at The Salvation Army, 1235 N. Fourth St.
Cost is $30 and free child care is offered.
Call 254-8240 for information or to sign up.

• The Mesa County Republican Women will present the second in a series of women’s forums, “Ladies, Let’s Talk,” from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Gala Cafe in the Redcliff Point Shopping Center.
Topics for discussion are “Discrimination in the Workplace” and “Single Motherhood.”
The forum is open to the public, regardless of political affiliation.
Call 464-1183 for information.

• Choir and orchestra students at Central High School will have a yard sale Saturday to raise funds to attend a national competition May 6-8 in Anaheim, Calif.
The sale is from 7 a.m. to noon in the Central High School parking lot.

• The Mesa County Retired Senior Volunteer Program connects individuals ages 55 and older to volunteer positions in more than 100 member agencies.
Have you lost your job?
Do you have extra time on your hands?
A number of opportunities are available ranging from an urgently needed temporary receptionist during April at the American Red Cross to bingo volunteers to help out several times a month for WestCap.
Call 243-9839 or go to Web site for information.



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