Your Town, April 1, 2012

Last fall, I led Your Town with a metaphor of a brilliant September, slipping out an open door into October, like a cat, escaping into the night never to be found again.

With March transitioning into April, I was hoping to come up with an eloquent description of the third and forth months and their unique characteristics.

Eloquent, however, it is not!

March and April can be like a couple of unruly children — the fury of a storm — jumping on the bed, throwing toys when they can’t have their way, spilling their milk just to watch the mess, cranky because they’re hungry, and screaming at the top of their lungs in the produce aisle in the grocery store, for no reason at all.

But then, the storm calms and like a warm gentle spring breeze, dancing in the curtains, they’ll will eat all their peas instead of sticking them in their ears, tidy up the toy box when asked, and freely pass out hugs when you least expect it.

They’re still young, March and April. Yes, they can be unruly, but they have their good sides too. One minute you are snuggling in the warmth of their innocence, then tempers flare, the dust starts kicking up, you wanted to send them to the corner to think about what they’ve done.

Enjoy the unpredictably of spring’s youth, they’ll be teenagers before you know it.

The Montrose’s Woman’s Club flea market, featuring 100 tables of new and used items, is set for 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, at the Montrose County Fairgrounds, in Friendship Hall.

Breakfast and lunch will also be offered. All proceeds will go to charitable organizations in the community. Call 964-4721 for information.

The Order of the Azure Rose — a Renaissance-era, re-creation society guild — meets at 6 p.m. the first Friday of each month, at various locations.

According to its website, the guild “portrays an anachronistic Royal Court and Order of Chivalry. The Order is the brainchild of founders Scott and Sheri Mathes, who observed a need to bring the ancient ideals of chivalry into 21st century society.”

“The Order of the Azure Rose was first formed in 2002 as the Royal Guard and military for the Grand Valley Renaissance Faire.” It has since grown into an independent organization, in January 2009, and received its 501(c)(3) nonprofit status in April 2009, the website notes.

Along with teaching history, the group seeks to instill the “values of chivalry and courtesy, civic responsibility, personal accountability, reasoning and the importance of developing a personal code of ethics.”

Call 640-7119 or visit for information.

It’s you’re move. (Psst ... I’d take the king’s knight if I were you, but his rook is looking a little vulnerable too).

Want to learn more?

The Grand Junction Chess Club meets from 6:30–10:30 p.m. Mondays, at Starbucks, in the Safeway store at Patterson and 29 roads.

Players of all ability levels are welcome.

Call Rick at 243-1073 for information.

The Mount Garfield Daughters of the American Revolution will have its monthly meeting at 1 p.m. April 14, at Ed Bozarth Chevrolet.

Gary Parrott will present “Colorado and the Civil War.” Anyone interested is welcome to attend.

For information about the DAR, call Mary McFarlin at 242-7074.

The employees at Choice Hotels are having a huge fundraising yard sale from 8 a.m.–3 p.m. April 14, in the Choice Hotels International parking lot, 2697 U.S. Highway 50.

All proceeds will benefit Mesa County Partners.

The Grand Junction Champs Veteran Association, Golden Age Games team will have a big yard sale April 14, in the parking lot of the Veterans Affairs Hospital, 2121 North Ave.

The sale starts at 8 a.m. If you’d like to donate items to the sale, take them to the parking lot the morning of the sale, beginning at 8.

Proceeds from the sale will help team members pay for transportation and housing at the games. Call team captain Emma at 245-6175 or recreation therapist/coach Henry Bullock, at 242-0731, ext. 2417.

Sons of Norway, Vestafjell Lodge will have is April meeting at 2 p.m. the third Sunday of the month, at Zion Lutheran Church, 701 S. Junction Ave., in Montrose.

Thor Groswold will present the program, “How to Find Your Family Roots,” and will share his experience in searching for his Norwegian ancestors.

Members should take a dish to share for the potluck meal.

Call Thor at 249-8691 or Barb at 245-5649 or visit for information.

Happy 60th birthday to those in the Grand Junction High School class of 1970.

Birthday festivities are planned for June 23, at Seventh and Main streets, featuring cake at 7 p.m. and live music at 9 p.m.

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