Your Town, Aug. 18, 2013

A big thank-you to all who submitted club and organization listings for inclusion in the User Guide that will be inserted in the Aug. 25 Daily Sentinel.

Submissions were accepted from mid-July through early August from a number of clubs, organizations and nonprofits in a number of categories — arts, youth, business, sports, health and support and more.

Organizations were asked to include their name, a phone number or email address and website if applicable, along with a brief description of themselves to better determine what category they should be listed under.

Many of you included information that, while too lengthy to be added to the listings, can be detailed here in the Your Town column, when we have space. Look for these club/organizations “profiles,” beginning next week.

Meanwhile, read on to see what area organizations are up to this week.

Members of the Palisade American Legion Auxiliary Unit 50 presented checks 
Aug. 8 to two local veterans from funds raised during its Poppy Drive on July 3 at the North Avenue Walmart.

Vietnam veteran Lowall Thomas received a $300 check to help build a ramp in his house for his wife. Thomas was nominated to receive the funds by George Delahanty of the Grand Junction Veterans Center.

Brad Fox, an Iraq/Afghanistan veteran with back injuries, who served seven years in the Army and Air Force, also received a check for $300. The funds will help support his young family.

Call Julie Dominguez-Aysse, president of the auxiliary unit, at 623-0146 for information.

Are there any Roaring Fork Valley folks now living in Mesa County?

If so, this is for you.

Basalt Union/High School students of 1935–1999 will have a reunion from 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Aug. 31 at 600 Southside Drive in Basalt.

Take a potluck dish to share and a lawn chair. There is no charge to attend.

Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.

The town of Uravan will have a reunion and public picnic from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Aug. 31 at the old Uravan Ball Park, Colorado Highway 141, at mile marker 74.

“Every year, people gather to celebrate the town that provided uranium and minerals for our nation’s defense arsenal,” a news release said. There will be historic displays, door prizes and food provided by Smokin’ Charlie’s Barbecue available for purchase.

Anyone who has an association with Uravan or the uranium industry is encouraged to attend.

Call Noel McDonnell or the Rimrockers Historical Society at 970-865-2100 for information.

CLAWS, the largest, cat-only shelter in the Grand Valley area, is in desperate need of cat litter, canned cat food and other supplies.

CLAWS rescues and re-homes 550 to 600 cats every year, according to a news release, and supplies are running low. The community is asked to assist with donations of clay (non-clumping) cat litter and canned cat food.

Call 241-3793 for information.

The Grand Junction Cribbage Club will sponsor the Colorado West Peach Classic Cribbage Tournament on 
Aug. 23–25 at the Holiday Inn and Suites, 2751 Crossroads Blvd.

This is the second ACC-sanctioned cribbage tournament the local club has sponsored. Fifty players participated in the inaugural tournament last year, which included the local club, clubs from the Front Range, southern Wyoming and two players from Virginia and California.

There will be two sanctioned tournaments, a 22-game main tournament Saturday and a nine-game consolation tournament Sunday. There will also be a nine-game tournament on Friday and Saturday night.

Call Dan Vogel at 261-1670 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call Barb Chaplik, 245-2004 for information.

The Colorado Chapter of the Ninety-Nines, the International Organization of Women Pilots, is offering a Flight Without Fear course, designed to help individuals who want or need to fly but are anxious or nervous about doing so.

The eight-week class is a partnership between The Ninety-Nines and United Airlines and will begin Sept. 17, meeting once a week in Denver.

Cost is $550 and includes all field trips, books and study materials and a class graduation trip on a regularly scheduled commercial flight.

Visit for detailed course information.

The Grand Junction Police Department and Mesa County Sheriff’s Department are recruiting volunteer victim advocates who have the heart and compassion to stand with those who are experiencing some of the worst times in their lives.

After passing background checks with either law enforcement agency, the new recruits will attend a joint, 35-hour training program sponsored by both agencies, and then begin serving the community by providing support, comfort and resources to victims of crime and other traumatic incidents.

Victim advocates with the Police Department respond to incidents within city limits. Sheriff’s Department victim advocates respond outside city limits.

The next training session starts the week of Sept. 22. Sessions are two nights a week for six weeks.

Call Mary Harmeling at 549-5290 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to become a Police Department victim advocate, or Tracy Baker, 244-3275, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to become a Sheriff’s Department victim advocate.

Visit and 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, CO, 81502. Items to be considered for Your Town should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.


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