Your Town, Aug. 25, 2013

From the stack of Daily Sentinel User Guide club and organization profiles received last month, I’ve chosen three organizations to highlight this week.

The Newcomers Club of Grand Junction allows newcomers to the area to make friends with settled members of the community. Its motto is “Where newcomers become old friends.”

It offers numerous activities for social gatherings from hiking and snow-shoeing to golf and a dinner club. Its members are active as volunteers in the community as well.

“Although we are focused on providing a resource for new arrivals in the Grand Valley, we welcome anyone who wishes to join, no matter how long they have lived here. After all, new members are newcomers to our club,” wrote president Bob Noble.

Call Noble at 549-0440 or visit for information.

Mesa Land Trust for 33 years has been dedicated to preserving the special places in our community — the agricultural lands, wildlife habitat and scenic landscapes. To date, the Land Trust has conserved more than 64,000 acres of these lands that are so important to the quality of life we enjoy here in Western Colorado, according to its description.

Mesa Land Trust is at 1006 Main St., can be reached at 263-5443 or visited online at

The non-profit Grand Valley Pets Alive was formed with the purpose of bringing the national No-Kill movement to the Grand Valley, according to the brief description it submitted last month with its User Guide listing submission.

“The goal of the No-Kill movement and of GVPA is to bring the live release rate of healthy, treatable and redeemable animals from municipal animal shelters to 90 percent or better.”

“GVPA presently does not operate a shelter, but will work to achieve the No-Kill goal by assisting existing humane organizations in the Grand Valley, creating public awareness of the importance of spay/neuter, fund-raising, assisting with trap/neuter/return programs for feral cats, fostering pets prior to adoption and adoptions. Volunteers are needed and welcomed.”

Visit or call Boyd Steele at 241-7875 for information.

Western Colorado Congress will host an open house from 4–6:30 p.m. Thursday at its new office location, 134 N. Sixth St.

Refreshments will be served. Take a friend, learn about WCC and become a member during its 2013 membership drive.

Call 256-7650 for information.

Grand Mesa Chorus, Sweet Adelines International has welcomed its newest bass singer, Claudia McFate.

Recently retired as a school teacher, McFate passed her audition and is learning new songs for the Christmas season as well as the Sweet Adelines International Competition that will take place in spring, 2014.

Grand Mesa Chorus rehearses from 6:30–9:30 p.m. Tuesdays at the Redlands United Methodist Church, 527 Village Way. Visit or call Shirley at 255-9419 for membership information.

The Roice-Hurst Roundup, celebrating the 50th anniversary of Roice-Hurst Humane Society, is set for Sept. 7, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, 743 Horizon Drive.

Festivities will begin at 6 p.m. and will feature cocktails, a sit-down dinner, music and dancing and a silent auction.

“The atmosphere will be rustic and casual, and we’re encouraging folks to wear Western attire,” said Roice-Hurst board president Julie Butherus in a news release. “Thanks to all of our wonderful sponsors, 100 percent of the proceeds of tickets sold will go directly to the care, shelter and adoption of our wonderful pets.”

Tickets are $60 and are available at Chow Down Pet Supplies, Fisher’s Liquor Barn, and Roice-Hurst — either at, or at the shelter, 362 28 Road.

Grand Junction Green Drinks, an environmentally focused networking group, will host its third event from 7–9 p.m. Wednesday, at Edgewater Brewery Tap & Grill, 905 Struthers Ave.

The end-of-summer gathering will take place on Edgewater’s manicured lawn. Take a lawn chair. Discussion will focus on the new partnership between Mesa County’s Organic Materials Comporting Facility and Edgewater Brewery.

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

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