On The Scene: Ladies who lunch

Bonnie Ball, Laura Lenhardt, Lee Sparn and Judee Jenkins

Stephanie Boda and Aije Boda

Zoey and Nicole Goodknight

Shayna Heiney, Angela Wetzel and Brigette Targett

Sheri Parker and Patty Howell

Lydia Reynolds and Sandy Mallory

This past weekend, I was totally absorbed with my Senior Theatre production, and I didn’t have a chance to attend any of the great events that were going on across the valley.

I thought it would be fun to head downtown and see what the lovely “ladies who lunch” were having. There are so many wonderful and diverse options these days that I chose to stick to three, knowing I would end up at the regular Tuesday Grand Junction Lions Club meeting at Two Rivers Convention Center. That’s one way to get me there, and I was glad I’d planned it that way.

Larry Jones, Evan Walton and Harry Griff gave the program, which happened to be an update on Las Colonias Park, the Lions pet project for the next three or so years. That’s what the Grand Junction Lions do with all that hard-earned carnival money, and what an incredible asset it will be to LoJo. The entire community will benefit.

On my way to the meeting, though, I stopped at Nick Santos’ Café Sol. I knew people with incredible good taste in healthy food would be found lunching there, and I spotted Sandy Mallory and Lydia Reynolds in line, ordering up some deliciousness. Lydia and Sandy both work for the city of Grand Junction and, unbeknownst to one another, ordered exactly the same thing on Café Sol’s expansive menu: The Crunch Salad with Italian Sausage Soup. Nom, nom, nom.

They then chose the patio to sit and wait for their order to be delivered. It was their first time there.

Precious Zoey Goodknight was dining with her mother, Nicole. Zoey happily munched her Grilled 5 Cheese with a pasta salad side while her mother was near the end of her Cobb Salad. They shared a smoothie of apple, OJ, mango, spinach and basil. Zoey’s 3-year-old brother Mason wasn’t with them, so they took advantage of a “ladies only” lunch.

Down at the Dream Café, I saw manager/owner Tom Bell and asked permission to take some photos. Another mother-daughter duo caught my eye. Aije Boda and her mother, Stephanie Boda, had just finished and were settling the bill. Stephanie had the Salmon Caesar Salad and Aije, the Fish Tacos. Aije works at Sprouts and her mother is lucky enough to get to stay at home with her other children. Lunch was their chance to spend some time together.

Outside on the Dream Café patio a birthday was being celebrated. Bonnie Ball, Laura Lenhardt and Judee Jenkins had gathered to enjoy the fabulous spring day and Lee Sparn‘s birthday. All of these ladies are community volunteers and cultural supporters. Heirloom’s for Hospice, Hopewest and the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra are all beneficiaries of their generosity and involvement.

The Grand Junction Lions Club of 2014 is lucky to have plenty of Lady Lions. Without them it would be a pretty boring bunch and I say that because I am a Lady Lion. Lunch at Two Rivers is always good with a salad bar, a buffet of sometimes-surprising offerings and always a good dessert. I grabbed Shayna Heiney, Angela Wetzel and Brigette Targett for a photo. Shayna and Angela have been in the club a couple of years or, as they put it, a couple of carnivals. Brigette has survived one.

Sheri Parker of KJCT-TV and Patty Howell, who works for attorney Gordon Gallagher had just started on the buffet and were loading up on salad. It is spring after all.

Main Street patios are the perfect place to dine out and as the weather warms, people will be jockeying for those prized tables. The next time my weekend is too busy for events, I’ll head back out and feature a few more restaurants. Bon appetit!

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■ Powderhorn Mountain Resort will host plenty of entertainment during it’s closing weekend, this Saturday and Sunday, with a Margaritaville theme. On the schedule for Saturday is a Strider Adventure Zone, a boardercross race for skiers and snowboarders and Jack+Jill with music. On Sunday there will be a Slush Sprocket Mountain Bike Race, the pond skim, a pig roast and music from Zolopht and the Destroyers. Go to powderhorn.com for information about the weekend.

■ Edesia: A Palisade Culinary, Wine & Spirits Adventure will be from 1–5 p.m. Sunday at Wine Country Inn, 777 Grande River Drive, in Palisade. There will be gourmet food from area restaurants or caterers, local wine, beer and spirits and cooking demonstrations by “celebrity chefs.” Tickets cost $75 and can be purchased at edesiapalisade.com and at Wine Country Inn.


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