Your Town, April 16, 2017

There is a difference between getting “out and about” and getting in the Out and About.

I often receive requests from local clubs and organizations wanting their monthly meetings listed in the Out and About calendar. The world wouldn’t stop revolving if that were to happen, but like a square peg in a round hole, it just doesn’t fit.

Imagine going to the hardware store to buy a wedding dress. The helpful customer service rep might wonder if you have a loose screw and would patiently escort you to the tool department in the effort to find a screwdriver to tighten that loose screw.

Calendar listings follow a similar principle: wedding dresses at a bridal shop; screws at the hardware store. Clubs/organizations in the Sunday Weekly Calendar; entertainment events in the Friday Out and About.

It’s not unlike sorting laundry into separate piles before washing — whites go in one pile, darks/colors in another.

Using the analogy of calendar listings as laundry, the Clubs/organizations = whites and entertainment items = darks/colors.

Laundry disclaimer: Some calendar items fit the criteria for both calendars. We’ll call that pile the delicates.

Let’s say, for illustration purposes, the Nuts, Bolts and Screws Club meets at 1 p.m. the fourth Tuesday of each month. Meetings include a rousing discussion on the newest trends in metal and aluminum doohickeys and gadgets and, this month, club officers will be elected and installed.

This is a group of people — usually a nonprofit club or organization — with a common interest, that meets on a regular basis. Add additional listings, some detergent, warm/hot water and voila! The Sunday Weekly Calendar, no ironing needed.

The next “pile” is a compilation of entertainment events focusing on the performing arts, musicians and concerts, theatre productions, art/craft exhibits, comedians, puppet shows, fun runs and festivals (i.e., beer, fruit and veggie fests). Add similar listings, pre-measured detergent, cold water and voila! The Out and About Entertainment Calendar, soft and fluffy out of the dryer.

The delicate pile is a little trickier. Suppose the Nuts, Bolts and Screws Club penned a theatre production for the public, that will be on stage at the Avalon Theatre. The two-act musical comedy, “We’re All Nuts,” will have its show dates and times in the O&A Calendar, but member meetings to discuss and rehearse the play are in the Weekly Calendar.

It all comes out in the wash regardless, but to make it an agitation- and wrinkle-free process, remember: All calendar items should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the publication date.

Diiiiiiinnng. That would be the dryer.

Time to fold this up and press on.

A great example of the delicates pile is ...

The Western Colorado Classical Guitar Society will host a concert by classical guitarist Randy Drake at 7 p.m. Tuesday, as part of its monthly meeting. The concert is open to the public.

Because the information regarding the event was received after the O&A calendar deadline, I included it in Sunday’s Weekly calendar. The fact that it’s happening during the regular monthly meeting makes for the perfect “delicate” storm.

At the concert, Drake will perform “music gems by Villa-Lobos, Sainz de la Maza, Agustin Barrios Mangore, Federico Moreno Torroba, Luiz de Narvaez  and Francisco Tarrega” in the music classroom in the Moss Performing Arts Center at Colorado Mesa University, a news release said.

“He also will share his experience recovering from focal dystonia, a neurological disorder that can strike musicians or others involved in repetitive hand movements. The disease is sometimes known as musician’s dystonia, or musician’s cramp,” the release said.

Call the guitar society’s President Javier de los Santos at 778-6116 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.

Colorado Archaeological Society now meets at 7 p.m. the third Monday of each month at Redlands United Methodist Church, 527 Village Way.

Monday’s meeting will feature Zeb Miracle, curator of curiosity at Gateway Canyons Resort, talking about archaeology in the Dolores River area.

“This month is our two-year anniversary as a chapter of the 11 chapter CAS organization,” a news release said.

In October CAS-GJ hosted the annual statewide archaeology conference, “setting records for most overall attendance, most attendance by one chapter, most field trips (17 on Friday, Sunday and Monday), first overnight field trips associated with the conference, and most money raised by the silent auction for college scholarships,” the release said.

For more than a year the Grand Junction Chapter has been the largest chapter in Colorado, “exceeding even Denver with its large population and Cortez and Durango, both down there at the doorstep of what many people consider classic 4-corners archaeology, Mesa Verde.”

The meetings are open to the public, and small donations are accepted.

Visit, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call Doug Van Etten at 433-4312 for information.

The Brush and Palette Club will meet Thursday in Fruita with mural artist Lee Bowerman.

The public is invited to join and all should meet at 1 p.m. at the site of his largest mural to date — on the west wall of In the Middle Liquors, 303 U.S. Highway 6&50 in Fruita, across from the grain tower.

Call 433-4180 or visit for information.

The Grand Valley Forever Buffs Group, a chapter of the CU Buffs Alumni Association, meets from 4 to 7 p.m. the third Thursday of each month at The Ale House, 2531 N. 12th St.

The chapter formed in March with the intent to network, socialize and plan upcoming community service projects.

Find the local chapter information at the “connect” link at

Submit Calendar and community news items by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), by fax at 244-8578, or by mail to 734 S. Seventh St., Grand Junction, CO, 81501. Items to be considered for Your Town should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.


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