Your Town, Aug. 20, 2017

My focus is over-“shadowed” today by the fun word-play used in creating (really bad) headlines for Monday’s impending total eclipse.

Hear are a few I hope you don’t see:

■ Shady character steal’s Sun’s limelight: It couldn’t stand being in its shadow

■ Social media drama unfolding: Moon temporarily blocks Sun

Whatever the headlines proclaim, I hope you do see (safely through glasses or other means) an incredible phenomenon that has been a long time coming.

Happy eclipsing!

Grand Valley Robotics has planned a robotics camp from 4–8 p.m. Thursday, for area families with students in kindergarten through 12th grade.

The interactive camp, hosted by the Hi-Fives high school team, will take place at the Business Incubator, 2591 Legacy Way. It is designed to help schools and individuals start a team and will show what each age level offers.

The program operates under FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).

There are more than 30 teams operating already in the Grand Valley, wrote organizer Amy Carlton in an email, “but we are hoping to provide information to those who are interested in becoming involved,” Carlton said.

Visit firstinspires.org for more information.

The Grand Junction Police Department has openings for volunteer victim advocates, who provide support and resources to victims of crime or other tragedy.

Individuals can support local law enforcement agencies and the community in this challenging, volunteer role. Apply online at gjcity.org — click on the “jobs” link then “volunteer opportunities,” or call Mary at 549-5290 for information. 

United Way of Mesa County is seeking volunteers to help at the US Bank Pork and Hops “People’s Choice” tasting event, Sept. 9, at Las Colonias Park.

“We need the most help from 1–3 p.m. with serving barbecue,” an email said. Volunteers should arrive at 12:30 p.m. for prep. Additional help is needed to direct participants and let them know about the festival.

Proceeds from the event benefit United Way. Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 243-5364 for information.

Registration will begin next month for classes offered through the nonprofit New ​Dimensions Lifelong Learning Institute.

Grand Valley adults ages 50 and older can enroll in a variety of non-credit classes, focusing on academic and personal enrichment. Cost for each term is $50 and includes unlimited classes. 

The first step involves adding your name to the email list to receive class offerings and registration information. Visit newdimensionsgj.org or call 270-8425 to add your name to the list.

New Dimensions classes will appear online Sept. 11. The fall term is from Oct. 2–Nov. 10 and online registration takes place Sept. 18–22.

For those without computers, a one-time assisted registration will be Sept. 14 at the Universalist Unitarian Church, 536 Ouray Ave. Call 270-8425 for information.

The American Association of University Women, Grand Junction Branch invites the public to attend an afternoon with M.L. Hanson, the founder of The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame.

AAUW, along with Chevron, ANB Bank, Girls Scouts of Colorado and others are hosting “Grit & Grace: Great Colorado Women and their Stories,” on Saturday in conjunction with the “Women of Excellence: The Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame Collection” temporary exhibit at Museum of the West, 462 Ute Ave.

Hanson’s lecture will begin at 2 p.m., in the Whitman Educational Center. A tour of the exhibit will be at 3 p.m., and a cookie and lemonade reception at 4 p.m.

“Since 1985, the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame has inducted 152 visionary and trailblazing women from the past and present who have a connection to Colorado,” a news release said. Inductees include teachers, doctors, scientists, politicians, social activists, bankers, newspaper publishers, philanthropists, aviation pioneers, humanitarians and authors.

The American Association of University Women is a leading voice that promotes equity and education for women and girls. Its mission is “advancing equity for women and girls through advocacy, education, philanthropy, and research.”

The annual Grand Junction Senior Theatre picnic happens at noon Saturday, at Long’s Family Park, at the Grand Mesa shelter on the south end of the park.

This is a yearly gathering where members, nonmembers and family get together to talk about the upcoming season. If you have ever considered joining senior theater (ages 50-plus), this is the perfect time to meet the group and hear about what they do. Membership is $10. No experience is necessary to be in the performance, just the desire to have fun.

For the picnic, take something to share — a salad, side dish or dessert. The meat, tableware and beverages will be provided.

Call Stuart Gardner at 640-0351 or search Grand Junction Senior Theatre on Facebook for information.

The first week of school is in the books and today’s club/organization spotlight again focuses on kids.

Kids Aid, the backpack program, is a community solution to “Helping Kids Be Kids.” It is “an army of volunteers, clubs, businesses and churches working together to improve the lives of Mesa County kids ... striving to make a profound difference ... one backpack, one hungry child at a time.”

“Many children go hungry on the weekend because mom and dad are at work, are absent due to their own addictions, or simply don’t have enough money,” according to KidsAidColorado.org.

The last meal these children might have is Friday’s school lunch, and they don’t eat again until lunch on Monday.

They are sent home with bags full of “kid friendly,” non-perishable foods that can easily be prepared by a child or eaten right from the package.

Visit the website to learn more.

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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