Our Town Column July 05, 2009

I picked my first tomato of the season last week. I wasn’t sure what to do with just one tomato, so I diced it for tacos that evening.
There are a few more tomatoes on the vine, but they have some growing and many shades of green to transition through before they’ll be a deep red and ripe enough to pick.
I wasn’t sure I’d be getting tomatoes at all this year as I’d only planted one starter and it’s growing in a pot on the back patio. It gets watered occasionally, not on a regular basis, and the sun really hasn’t been out much this summer.
I have dreams of making fresh salsa and other tasty tomato-based dishes, but it will be awhile before more tomatoes are ready to harvest.
I wont’ fret too much about it though ... I’m sure the others will ketchup.

• For those of you with oodles of fruits and vegetables during harvest, CSU Extension will sponsor a two-day hands-on canning workshop from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 16-17 at the Business Incubator.
Day one of the workshop will cover canning basics and water bath canning procedures. Day two will cover pickling and pressure canning procedures. Pressure canner dial gauges will also be tested during the workshop.
Cost is $50 for both days and includes a “So Easy to Preserve” food preservation cookbook. A one-day class is $25 and does not include a cookbook.
Call Norraine Hetzell at 244-1834 for information or to register.

• Are you hungry?
Is your car dirty?
The Grand Valley Figure Skating Club will have a car wash and bake sale from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Saturday at the Glacier Ice Arena, 2515 River Road.
Proceeds from the wash and sale will benefit the nonprofit organization that supports local talent.
Call 216-8597 for information.

• A benefit concert featuring acoustic duo New Directions will get under way at 5 p.m. Friday at Fly’N Roosters, 200 W. Grand Ave.
The event is free; however, donations will be accepted for a local family in need.
Call 243-6727 for information.

• The Fruita Monument High School class of 1999 is seeking missing classmates for its 10-year reunion that is set for Aug. 7-8.
A dinner is planned the evening of Aug. 7 at Adobe Creek Golf Course, and a family picnic is Aug. 8 at Canyon View Park.
For information or reservations, go to Web site, http://www.fmhs1999.com.

• Do you know a princess?
The Cinderella Scholarship Pageant is searching for participants for the Fruita Cinderella Pageant taking place Sept. 12 in Saunders Fieldhouse at Mesa State College.
Age categories include Infant, newborn to 11 months; Baby, 12-23 months; Tiny Tot, 24-35 months; Prince Charming, boys newborn to 6 years; Tot, ages 3-6; Mini Miss, ages 7-9; Miss, ages 10-12; Teen, ages 13-17; and Woman, ages 18-26.
Information can be found by calling 639-2704, e-mailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or by going to Web site http://www.freewebs.com/mesacountycinderella.

• The city of Fruita is sponsoring a number of senior activities during the month of July, many with an advance registration deadline. Call 858-0360 for information or to register for any of these events:

•  Interpretive hike on Black Ridge Trail in Colorado National Monument is July 10. Cost is $3 and preregistration is required.

• Free Movie Night is July 10, featuring a John Wayne movie, “North to Alaska.” Movie is free, homemade tacos and a drink costs $1.50. Call the day before to reserve a taco.

• A Glenwood Springs day trip is July 13 and includes a visit to the Fairy Caves, lunch in Glenwood Canyon and a leisure walk along Colorado River Trail. Cost is $35. Register by July 8.

• Mystery Dinner Night is July 20. Cost is $10. Registration deadline is July 13.

• A High Country Retreat to Mesa Lakes Lodge on Grand Mesa is July 30-Aug. 1. Cost is $175 and includes transportation, lodging and meals. Preregister by July 24.

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