Your Town, Aug. 10, 2014

If you missed “Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbors’ Porch Night” (last Friday), you’re still in luck.

SSZOYNPN is celebrated each year on 
Aug. 8 — a result of the overzealous planting of zucchini.

It’s not zucchini I’ll be sharing with you, but rather an abundant harvest of information that I’ve gathered recently. You see, the seeds were planted several weeks ago when we asked clubs, organizations and nonprofits groups to provide information for the Users’ Guide, which will be a part of the Aug. 24 Daily Sentinel.

I watered, tended and nurtured the seedlings and eagerly watched them grow. Because many of these groups provided mission statements and descriptions with their contact information, I now have a bumper crop of information to share. I’ll be serving up tasty and enlightening tidbits from these diverse clubs, organizations and community nonprofits, right here in Your Town, for the next several weeks.

Grab a plate and a napkin, it’s time to dig in. Today, I’m dishing up these two groups:

■ Military Offers Association of America, Western Colorado Chapter, is based in Grand Junction and spans the Western Slope.

“Eligibility for membership includes active duty, former, retired, Reserve and National Guard, commissioned and warrant officers and cadets and midshipmen of the uniformed services and their surviving spouses,” according to secretary Donald K. Schneider. Call Schneider at 241-8714, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit wccmoaa.com for information.

■ American Business Women’s Association, Grand Junction Charter Chapter (chartered in November 1967), meets at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month at A Taste of Heaven Catering, 2817 North Ave.

According to the group’s submission for the upcoming Users’ Guide, “The Mission of the American Business Women’s Association is to bring together businesswomen of diverse occupations and to provide opportunities for them to help themselves and others grow personally and professionally through leadership, education, networking support and national recognition.”

Call Sarah Miller at 464-7319 or Lisa Mullen, 216-1419 for information.

Frank and Teresa Coons of Grand Junction are on a quest to complete the Camino de Santiago trek and will present “Trekking the Camino de Santiago — A Pilgrim’s Tale” at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Central Library, Mesa County Libraries, 443 N. Sixth St.

Camino de Santiago is a well-known trek over the Pyrenees from southern France into Basque Spain and beyond, a news release said.

“The Coonses’ journey along the 500-mile route started in September 2013 with a 100-mile walk over the Pyrenees. They completed the next 200 miles in June 2014 and plan to finish the journey in 2015, ending at the Cathedral in Santiago, Spain,” the release said.

The presentation covers the first 300 miles of the Camino de Santiago, “focusing on sights, sounds, and people along the way.”

Call 243-4442 for information.

For the first time since 2008, Grand Junction is the site for the Rocky Mountain District Convention for Kiwanis International.

The convention began Thursday and continues through today at Two Rivers Convention Center.

According to a news release, the governor (or chief) of the district is Grand Junction Kiwanis Club member LeAnn Zetmeir, who is also former president of the Grand Junction club.

Members from clubs in three states have attended seminars on current issues affecting children, enjoyed fellowship with other Kiwanians and their families and toured attractions such as wineries in Palisade and Colorado National Monument, the release said, adding that many of the visitors have stayed at the three Main Street hotels. 

Visit Kiwanis-gj.org for information.

Sandra Starley, a nationally certified quilt appraiser, historian and quilt collector, will present “Patterns Through Time —Revolutionary Changes in American Quilts” at the Colorado Quilting Council’s state meeting at 10 a.m. 
Aug. 23 at the Wine Country Inn, 777 Grande River Drive, in Palisade.

The guest fee to attend is $10.

Starley will also teach two workshops:

■ Antique Quilt Study — Quilts of the 19th Century, 1:30–5:30 p.m. Aug. 23. Cost is $30.

■ Cheddar Stars Miniature Quilt Workshop, 
10 a.m.–5 p.m. Aug. 24. Cost is $55 for council members and $75 for nonmembers.

The workshops will be offered at Busy Bea Quilters, 529 Bogart Lane. An RSVP is required for the workshops. Call Kathy at 970-980-8649, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information and to register or visit ColoradoQuilt
Council.com for information.

The Palisade Historical Society will offer its popular Guided Walking Tours of Downtown Palisade at 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.  Friday during the Palisade Peach Festival.

For a $5 suggested donation, visitors can select from four tours with different routes offered at those two times, depending on the information you want and the part of downtown Palisade you want to see.

Call 464-2177 to make advance reservations for a tour. Routes and more information are available at historicpalisade.org

The History Center will also be open during Saturday’s Peach Fest parade that starts at 9 a.m. — look for the Historical Society members’ old cars in the parade.

The Historical Society is still seeking funds for The Palisade Tribune Archive Fund to purchase archival storage boxes and begin digitizing past issues. Send tax-deductible checks payable to the Palisade Historical Society, to P.O. Box 631, Palisade, 81526.

And finally, new to this week’s calendar is a Gamblers Anonymous meeting, that takes place at 7 p.m. Tuesdays, at Four Winds Coffee and Tea, 1235 Bookcliff Ave.

Call 213-386-8789 for information.

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


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