Your Town, Aug. 24, 2014

Five months ago, I haphazardly planted a bunch of seeds in little peat pots, stuck them in a warm room under a window and waited for little sprouts to peek out from under the dirt.

Later in May, I planted the still small seedlings outdoors and let Mother Nature do “Her thing.”

Well, now “Her thing” has taken over my backyard brick garden and it’s a tomato/jalapeno/basil nirvana.

Did someone say salsa? Pesto? Tomato sauce? Sun-dried? Grilled? Gazpacho?

Guess you know what I’m doing this weekend.

The Bookcliff Barbershop Harmony Chorus plans 4 to 8 p.m. fundraiser today at McAllister’s Deli, 480 W. Park Drive, to benefit vocal music programs in local schools.

Call Jim Witt at 209-9241 or visit the Bookcliff Barbershop Harmony Chorus Facebook page for information.

A trio of businesses joined together, in honor of National Be an Angel Day, to collect new shoes for kids in foster care.

“A brand new pair of shoes can mean the world to a child who’s never had anything new of their own,” a news release said. New shoes of all sizes will be collected, through October, at Girl Scouts of Colorado Service Center, 580 24 1/2 Road, Nick-N-Willy’s, 683 Horizon Drive, and the CASA office, 744 Horizon Court.

Anyone who donates a pair of shoes to the “Kicks for Kids” shoe drive will receive a coupon for a free pizza, with the purchase of a pizza, from Nick-N-Willy’s.

Call 242-4191 for information.

Colorado Parks and Wildlife will offer amateur astronomers a chance to learn more about the universe at Highline Lake State Park’s Star Party, beginning at dusk Aug. 30, at the Visitor Center, at the east side of the park, near the lake.

The Western Colorado Astronomy Club will share telescopes and answer questions under the night skies, a news release said.

Highline Lake State Park’s interpreter, Greta, will test your knowledge of the skies with fun games and brain teasers.

Dress for the weather and take a blanket, chair, and bug spray. Rangers ask that you dim your headlights if arriving after dark and use flashlights with a red filter only.

The event is free. A $7 daily pass or a $70 annual pass is required to enter the park.

Call 858-7208, or visit or search for Highline Lake State Park on Facebook.

Girl Scouts of Colorado will host parent information nights about troop opportunities in Mesa County:

■ 5–7 p.m. Aug. 27, Fruita Community Center meeting room, 324 N. Coulson St.

■ 5–6:30 p.m. Sept. 4, Girl Scouts of Colorado Service Center, 580 24 1/2 Road.

Visit or call 242-4461 for information.

The Kiwanis Club seeks sponsors for its 18th annual Golf Tournament on Sept. 12, at Chipeta Golf Course on Orchard Mesa. 

Proceeds go to scholarships for high school students and students at Colorado Mesa University. Sponsor levels range from $125–$1,500.

Call John Schmidt at 263-2001 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or Wally Bissinger, 242-1750, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

This week, we’re shining the spotlight on four local organizations:

■ Cat’s League and Assistance of the Western Slope Rescue and Adoption Center, 2214 Sanford Drive, Unit A5, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preventing cruelty and ending the suffering of cats.

Volunteers rescue cats, spay/neuter, provide medical care, fostering and adoption to approved homes to cats in need.

Operated by an all-volunteer base of people, CLAWS hosts weekend adoption events at Petco or Petsmart and is always in need of volunteers and foster homes.

Call 241-3793 or visit

■ Western Colorado Beekeepers Association is a social and mentoring club for beekeepers of every skill level and style.

The group meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at the Jockey Club at the Mesa County Fairgrounds at Veterans Memorial Park, (and occasionally meeting elsewhere).

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■ The Altrusa Club of Palisade, (part of the worldwide Altrusa International Inc.),  is a service organization that works to make the community better through leadership, partnership and service.

Known for its Christmas food and gift baskets for needy families in the Grand Valley’s east, the organization last year provided canned and fresh food, and age-appropriate gifts for 45 families.

Altrusa has many projects in east end schools — “I Like Me” personalized books for kindergartners, a snack cupboard at Taylor Elementary, sports scholarships at Mount Garfield Middle School, and Teacher Appreciation Breakfasts and Jazz for Education fundraiser.

The club has its annual book give-away the last Saturday of October.

The club raises funds though its Palisade Sunday Market peach sundae/parfait sales, pecan sales, and more. 

New members are welcome. Call Sharron Steele at 261-5316 or Cheryl Borchardt, 261-1998 for information.

■ Bookcliff Rattlers Motorcycle Club is a dirt-bike club, based in the Fruita/Grand Junction area, that puts on desert and enduro races, hosts club rides and does trail work projects all across the Western Slope of Colorado and eastern Utah.



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