Your Town, April 27, 2014

Why is it mandatory when hammering something that you whack your thumb?

I’ve taken the proactive approach with that. Now, before I start to hammer a nail, I go ahead and give my thumb a good whack, just to get the inevitable out of the way. Since there’s a 100 percent chance it’s going to happen anyway, might as well do it first thing so I can get on with the task at hand.

Let’s hope these ladies below have better luck with a hammer than me.

If you build it, they will come.

Women in Mesa County are invited to Habitat for Humanity’s seventh annual National Women Build Week event from 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday —  no construction skills are necessary.

National Women Build Week is May 3–11 with the goal of challenging women to devote at least one day to building simple, decent and affordable housing in their communities. More than 52,000 women volunteers in all 50 states have participated in previous years.

Cost is a $50 donation and includes lunch and a shirt.

Call Stacy Kelley at 255-9850 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to volunteer or for information.

Thursday is the deadline to register for the oatmeal baking and cooking contest, sponsored by Operation Interdependence.

Because of the excess donations of boxes and boxes of instant oatmeal, Operation Interdependence has more than enough packets of oatmeal to supply the more than 2,500 troops each month. In an effort to empty the shelves of the extra oatmeal packets, organization has launched an oatmeal baking and cooking contest.

Cost is $1 per entry. Participants should register for the contest by 
May 1, and use the instant oatmeal furnished by the organization. Contest categories are cookies, cakes, pies and “other.” Those competing will take their cooked or baked entries to VFW Post 1247, 1404 Ute Ave., on May 17.

Operation Interdependence will also have a coin challenge that day. Start saving your coins and take the container(s) to the post at 
1 p.m. May 17, where the coins will be counted and donated to the organization. The person with the most coins will win a pizza party for 10, donated by Nick N’ Willy’s Pizza on Horizon Drive.

Call Karon Carley at 523-4217 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.

The Fore-Kin Trails Genealogical Society will sponsor a one-day genealogy seminar May 17 in Montrose, featuring speaker and prominent genealogist Patricia Roberts of Boulder.

Roberts is active in many national, state and local genealogy societies, and is a well-known writer, teacher and popular speaker.   

At the event, which is open to the public, Roberts will speak on “Writing a Family History Your Family Will Read,” the “Salem Witch Trials,” a fascinating story with a personal connection, and “Cemeteries,” in which she relates her adventures in cemetery research, along with cemetery art and tips and techniques for how to search graveyards for elusive ancestors.

The seminar is scheduled from 
9 a.m.–3:30 p.m. at the Warrior Resource Center, 11 S. Park Ave. in Montrose.

Registration is $20 for Fore-Kin Trail members and $25 for non-members, and includes lunch.

For information, email Dorothy Causey at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call her at 596-0264, or Cathy Crim, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 240-3803.

The Grand Mesa Back Country Horsemen will sponsor a tack swap from 
9 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday at The Cowboy Mercantile, 316 U.S. Highway 6&50, Fruita.

Bake sale items and lunch will be available to purchase from Loma Stars 4-H.

Take clean tagged items from 
5–7 p.m. Friday. A 20 percent consignment fee will be donated to 4-H and FFA. Go to gmbch.com or call Carolyn at 639-2071 for information.

The annual membership meeting for Grand Valley Public Radio will be at 6 p.m. Tuesday in the KAFM Radio Room, 1310 Ute Ave.

Allt KAFM members in good standing are invited to attend and vote in the board election. If you cannot attend, written proxy forms for the election are available at the station or online at kafmradio.org.

CLAWS (Cat’s League and Assistance of the Western Slope) is now the go-to spot for placing cats in homes in Mesa County.

The nonprofit organization has helped find homes for cats from Mesa County Animal Services and Mesa County residents since 2007, and based partially on the success that CLAWS has achieved, Mesa County Animal Services is now referring cat owners, who need to find a new home for their pet cats, directly to CLAWS.

“Mesa County Animal Services is not an adoption agency and transfers the majority of cats released by their owners to adoption agencies for rehoming” said Penny McCarty, director of Mesa County Animal Services.

“We have become the middle man in this process and it is far more effective to have owners that need to find a new home for their cat communicate directly with the adoption agency.”

Call CLAWS co-founder Valerie Mazrin at 210-3721 or visit clawsgj.org for information.

Submit your Planner 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 P.O. Box 668, Grand Junction 81502. Items to be considered for Your Town should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.


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