Weekly Calendar, June 8, 2014

June 8

Juniper Ridge Community School Bookfair, 9 a.m.–10 p.m., Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 2451 Patterson Road, 243-5113.

Vestafjell Lodge, Sons of Norway, 2 p.m. Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 3133 F Road, Norwegian humor with “Little Ole’s Big Adventure”; celebrate the 24th anniversary of the lodge with cake and ice cream, take a side dish, small sandwiches, salad or fruit for the potluck Koldbord lunch, 245-5649, 242-3396, http://www.vestafjelllodge.org.

Swedes of the Grand Valley Midsummer Celebration, 4–8 p.m., Hawthorne Park, eat 5 p.m., 263-8406.

Fifth annual Tracy Bain Ride for Life, benefit for the St. Mary’s Cancer Survivorship Fund, progressive ride lines up 10 a.m., Moses Leather Company, 759 Horizon Drive, leave 11 a.m., first stop at private residence in Whitewater for appetizers, ends with late lunch, silent auction open to the public and live music at Mesa Lakes Lodge on the Grand Mesa, $25 per bike/auto, $5 each additional person, includes meal, 589-9881.

The Organic Gardening Group, 2–4 p.m., second Sunday of each month, Western Colorado Botanical Gardens Library, 641 Struthers Ave., 255-0417.

June 9

Grand Junction Outing Club, road biking 9 a.m. Monday and Friday, Colorado National Monument — Monday, Cold Shivers, Friday, Visitor Center; road biking Tuesday, Canyon View Park to Fruita; mountain biking Thursday, Mary’s Loop to Steve’s Loop; hike Saturday, Otto’s Bathtub, 462-5598, 986-8051,

Art Jewelers Guild, 6:30 p.m., second Monday of each month, Grand View Apartments, northwest corner of First Street and Independent Avenue, 243-1220, artjewelryguild.com.

Colorado Desert Herb Society, 6:30 p.m. second Monday of each month, Western Colorado Botanical Gardens and Butterfly House, 641 Struthers Ave., 242-4840.

Grand Valley Veterans, American Legion Post 2009, free dinner provided by the Atrium, 5:30 p.m., meeting 6:30 p.m., second Monday of each month, The Atrium, 3260 N. 12th St., 242-9195.

Grand Valley Porcelain Artists, 
9 a.m.–1 p.m., second Monday of each month, Grand Valley National Bank, 570 25 Road, 242-2797.

Blue Dots Rod and Custom Car Club, 7 p.m. second Monday of each month, 434-9377.

National Alliance on Mental Illness Western Slope, support groups 6–7:30 p.m., second Monday of each month, Mind Springs Health, 515 28 3/4 Road, Building A, separate support groups meet — family members of adults living with mental illness; individuals living with mental illness; parents of children and adolescents living with a mental illness, 462-3989, http://www.namiws.org.

Fruitvale Lions Club, 7 p.m. second and fourth Monday of each month, 434-4736.

Overeaters Anonymous, 7 p.m. Mondays; noon Tuesdays; noon and 7 p.m. Thursdays; 9 a.m. Saturdays, Unity Church, 3205 N. 12th St., in the basement, 263-4496.

Wild Mustangs Toastmasters, 4:45 p.m. Mondays, Veterans Affairs Hospital, 2121 North Ave., Room 3204, 241-1192.

Potluck Mondays, 5 p.m. Mondays, Copper Club Brewing Co., 233 E. Aspen Ave., Fruita, take a dish to share, 858-8318, http://www.facebook.com/CopperClubBrewingCompany.

June 10

Delta Fine Arts, 2–4 p.m., First Church of God, 11th and Howard streets in Delta, demonstration by Jodeen Broscovak on making inexpensive art carriers, 2:30 p.m., public welcome, 856-7809, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Mesa County Women’s Network, 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m., Two Rivers Convention Center, donation recipient is Play Back Sports, RSVP mcwn.org, 270-1410.

Black Canyon Camera Club, noon, First Church of God, 11th and Howard streets in Delta, blackcanyoncameraclub.org, 856-7809.

Grand Valley Bike Month events, bike safety class, 5 p.m. Tuesday, Palisade Branch Mesa County Libraries; Bike-n-Bite, 12:15 p.m. Wednesday, St. Mary’s Hospital, “How to get to Work on Your Bike,”  http://www.healthymesacounty.org/solve/get-involved/colorado-bike-month.

Knitting Club, 6–8 p.m. second Tuesday of each month, Community of Christ Church, 2880 B 1/2 Road, open to all ages and skill levels, yarn, looms, needles and hooks available for use, 623-1455, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Grand Valley Blue Star Mothers, business meeting, 6:30 p.m. second Tuesday of each month, http://www.gvbluestarmothers.org.

Grand Valley Landlord’s Association, 7 p.m. second Tuesday of each month, Dragon Treasure Chinese Restaurant, 402 Jurassic Ave., Fruita, 245-3494.

Caregivers Support Group, 1:30 p.m. second Tuesday of each month, Aspen Ridge Alzheimer’s Special Care Center, 622 28 1/4 Road, supervised care available, 256-1274.

The Grand Mesa Nordic Council, second Tuesday of each month, 434-9753, 874-8318.

Clifton Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4663 Ladies Auxiliary, noon second Tuesday of each month, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 4663, 3244 F 1/4 Road, Clifton, 434-7762.

June 11

Surface Creek Saddle Club Summer Gymkhana Series, Surface Creek Arena in Cedaredge, sign-up 6 p.m. at the arena, gymkhana begins 6:45 p.m., $5 per event, $20 one-time fee, 856-3365.

Lavender Under the Tent, presented by Tracy Harrison, Master Gardener and president of the Western Slope Lavender Association, 7–8:30 p.m., Montrose Botanic Gardens, south of Montrose Pavilion, 249-1115, montrosegardensorg.

Science Showcase, Summer Reading Program event for kids featuring scientific demonstrations involving chemistry, sound, motion, matter and electricity, 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Silt Branch, Garfield County Libraries, 680 Home Ave., Silt, 876-5500; 10;30 a.m. Thursday, Rifle Branch, 207 East Ave., Rifle, 625-3471; 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Parachute Branch, 244 Grand Valley Way, Parachute, 285-9870, gcpld.org.

Grand Junction Stamp Club, 7 p.m. second Wednesday of each month, call for location, 986-1502. 

Fleet Reserve Association Colorado West Branch 244 and Ladies Auxiliary Unit 244, 7 p.m. second Wednesday of each month, Veterans of Foreign Wars, 503 1/2 Florence Road, 434-0868.

Sunset Slope Quilt Guild, 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, American Lutheran Church, 631 26 1/2 Road, speaker Jackie Theriot from Splendora, Texas on “Sewing Seeds” ; public welcome; Theriot will teach a class Thursday on her Star Fire Quilt pattern, sunsetslopequilters.com.

Western Slope Coin Club, free coin and currency evaluation clinic for the public 5:30–6:30 p.m.; meeting 6:30 p.m. second Wednesday of each month, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1247, 1404 Ute Ave., 241-1770, http://www.gjcoinshow.com.

Western Colorado Beekeepers Association, 6:30 p.m. second Wednesday of each month, Mesa County Fairgrounds at Veterans Memorial Park, Jockey Club room, 2785 U.S. Highway 50, 241-4905.

Western Colorado African Violet Society, 7 p.m. second Wednesday of each month, Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, 641 Struthers Ave., 257-1718.

Macho Men, (Men Against Cancer Helping Others), 5-6:30 p.m. second Wednesday of each month, at Java City Coffee Shop, St. Mary’s Advanced Medicine Pavilion, 750 Wellington Ave., entrance 26, 298-7500.

Mesa County Suicide Prevention Coalition, noon second Wednesday of each month, Harris Suites, 619 Main St., 683-6626.

Grand Junction Area Newcomers Club coffee and meeting, 9:30 a.m. second Wednesday of each month, First Christian Church, 1326 N. First St., 243-4168.

June 12

Young Professionals Network, noon–1 p.m., FCI Constructors Inc., 3070 Interstate 70 Business Loop, conversation with Ed Forseman, president of FCI Constructors Inc., RSVP required, lunch provided, $10 cover, members free, YPNMC.org.

Organizational meeting to revitalize American Legion Post 2700 in Whitewater, 6 p.m., Veterans Art Center, 307 S. 12th St., all veterans, especially those from Whitewater, Orchard Mesa and East Orchard Mesa, welcome, refreshments served, RSVP by Tuesday to Dallas Hanson, 462-3623.

Colorado National Monument Association annual meeting, 7:30 p.m., Two Rivers Chateau and Winery, 2087 Broadway, celebrate the 50th anniversary of the association, 2015 Monument calendar will be unveiled, silent auction to sell the cover photo art, 216-4596, coloradonma.org.

Lecture on geology of the Colorado Plateau, presented by exploration geologist Larry Meckel, Changing Landscapes of Science series, 7–9 p.m., Whitman Educational Center, 248 S. Fourth St., $5 students or members of the John McConnell Math and Science Center or Museum of Western Colorado, $10 nonmembers, 254-1626.

Christian Women’s Network, doors 11:30 a.m., Clarion Inn, 755 Horizon Drive, speaker Linda Pringle, “Women Who Make a Difference”; “Sweet Surprise,” Patties Tiny Cakes, $15, reservations required, 256-0749.

Grand Valley ALS support group, (Lou Gehrig’s disease) 10 a.m.–noon, second Thursday of the month, Egg and I Restaurant, 120 Park Drive, in the meeting room, 242-5783.

Leukemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma family support group, 4–5:30 p.m. second Thursday of each month, St. Mary’s Advanced Medicine Pavilion, 750 Wellington Ave., 298-2254.

Friendship Force International, 6:30 p.m., second Thursday of each month, Community Hospital, lower level conference room, 2021 N. 12th St., http://www.thefriendshipforce.org.

Chinle Cactus and Succulent Society, 6:30 p.m. second Thursday of each month, Mesa County Fairgrounds, Veterans Memorial park, 2785 U.S. Highway 50, Sagebrush Room, 270-3287.

Mesa County Genealogical Society, 7 p.m. second Thursday of each month, The Commons of Hilltop, 625 27 1/2 Road, 434-3409.

Grand Junction Gem and Mineral Club, 7:30 p.m. fourth and second Thursday of each month, Gem and Mineral Clubhouse, 2328 Monument Road, 243-1030.

June 13

Pancakes, pancakes, and more pancakes at the 47th annual Kiwanis Pancake Day, all-you-can-eat breakfast or lunch, 6 a.m.–2 p.m., Two Rivers Convention Center, $6 one adult or two children younger than 12, tickets at the door, 216-1707, 242-3647.

Lit & Lattes Book Club, 10 a.m., Barnes & Noble Booksellers, 2451 Patterson Road, discuss “The Mysterious Death of Jane Austen,” by Lindsay Ashford, 243-5113.

American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, opening ceremony 6 p.m. Friday, Survivors Lap 6:20 p.m., Luminaria Ceremony 9:30 p.m., closing ceremony 8 a.m. Saturday, Long Family Memorial Park, 3117 F Road, relayforlife.org.

Learn the difference between frogs and toads, program hosted by park rangers of James M. Robb Colorado River State Park, 8 p.m., Fruita Section, 434-3388, cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/Parks/jamesmrobbcoloradoriver.

Retired Firefighters of Mesa County, monthly breakfast, 8–9 a.m. second Friday of each month, Otto’s Restaurant, 2210 U.S. Highway 6&50.

Caregivers Support Group, 10 a.m. second and fourth Friday of each month, First Congregational Church, 1425 N. Fifth St., 242-0298, ext. 101.

Masonic Lodge 173 A.F. and A.M. Stated Communication, 7:30 p.m. second and fourth Friday of each month, Masonic Center, 2400 Consistory Court, 242-0120.

Levis and Lace Square Dance Club, round 7–7:30 rounds, Mainstream with plus tips 7:30–9 p.m., second and fourth Friday of each month, Masonic Center, 2400 Consistory Court, 986-8801, 434-6541.

Reformers Unanimous International, faith-based addiction program, 7 p.m. Fridays, 1600 Ute Ave., 985-0350.

Redlands Rotary Club, noon Fridays, Redlands Mesa Golf Club, 2325 W. Ridges Blvd., 523-5990.

June 14

Gone Batty, program about bats and why we need them, hosted by Grand Mesa, Uncompahgre and Gunnison National Forests, 6 p.m., Grand Mesa Visitor Center, off of Colorado Highway 65 on the Grand Mesa, 242-8211.

Local Legends and True Tales, historic walk of the alleys in downtown Montrose, 9 a.m., beginning at the Montrose County Historical Museum, in Montrose, $5 donation, space limited, RSVP 249-2085.

West End fourth annual potluck picnic, 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m., Lincoln Park, Oak Shelter, take your own service, drink and a dish to share, coffee and water available, 254-8088.

Montrose Garden Tour, 9 a.m.–2 p.m., five local gardens in Montrose, with music and artist demonstrations in the gardens, $10 members, $12 nonmembers, tickets at the Montrose Pavilion, Around the Corner Art Gallery and at the Montrose Botanic Gardens the morning of the tour, montrosegardens.org, 249-3577.

Junior Ranger Program, 10 a.m. James M. Robb Colorado River State Park, Corn Lake Section, learn how to build and take care of a fire, 434-3388, cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/Parks/jamesmrobbcoloradoriver.

Geology can be fun, program hosted by park rangers of James M. Robb Colorado River State Park, 7 p.m. Island Acres Section, 434-3388, cpw.state.co.us/placestogo/Parks/jamesmrobbcoloradoriver.

Flag Day Celebration, hosted by the Mt. Garfield Daughters of the American Revolution and the Grand Mesa Sons of the American Revolution, 11 a.m., Wine Country Inn, Palisade, no-host all American luncheon, reservations to 858-1617 by Tuesday, 242-7074.

American Legion 2006 (Fruita), 9 a.m., second Saturday of each month, 325 E. Aspen Ave., Fruita, 640-7971, http://www.coloradolegion.org.

American Legion Post 37, 10 a.m. second Saturday of each month, VFW Post 3581, 503 1/2 Florence Road, 216-9111, http://www.coloradolegion.org.

Western Colorado Decorative Artists, social 9 a.m., business meeting 9:30 a.m. second Saturday of each month, First Congregational Church, 1425 N. Fifth St., 241-8228.

Submit Calendar items by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), by fax at 244-8578, or by mail to P.O. Box 668, Grand Junction, CO, 81502, at least two weeks prior to the event.

PBS: Ivory tusks are off ‘Antiques Roadshow’

LOS ANGELES — PBS says “Antiques Roadshow” is dropping appraisals of ivory tusks.

The tusks won’t be shown in new episodes or in segments drawn from previously aired shows, PBS said this week.

The popular public TV series features a wide variety of items brought in for professional assessment, including of their market value.

The Wildlife Conservation Society lauded the decision as an important step in ensuring elephant ivory tusks and their “assumed monetary value” are not glorified on TV.

Ivory poaching is decimating the ranks of Africa’s endangered elephants, the group said.

George Takei sees gay 
pride beginning in Japan


TOKYO — George Takei said he needed courage and anger to come out as gay and to join the equal rights movement for sexual minorities in the U.S., and he hopes his Japanese counterparts will do the same to make their society more equal.

Takei said he has noticed a movement beginning in Japan, though the country of his ancestry still has a long way to go. He said Japanese people need to fight for their own rights and they need to be angry, too.

The “Star Trek” actor also known for his gay rights activism spoke Thursday at a U.S. Embassy-sponsored talk, held at American Center in Tokyo, where about 100 people gathered.

Takei, 77, is in Japan to attend embassy-organized events marking Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month in the U.S.


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