Your Town, Aug. 4, 2013

With a rapidly aging population, as well as the number of family members with disabilities living at home, the matter of caregiving is in the spotlight now more than ever.

A labor of love, often the caregiver is one of many individuals — our own family, friends, neighbors or skilled nurses or doctors, undertaking these needs:

■  A single mother or father who cares for their adult son in a wheelchair — not only working a full-time job, but taking on part-time jobs to pay the bills.

■  The husband or wife caring for their spouse of 50 plus years, who is challenged by the symptoms of Alzheimer’s.

■ The neighbor, who on a daily basis steps in to help in the direct care of an aging widow, so she can continue to stay in her home.

■ The nurse who goes above and beyond the call of duty, during her home-health care visits.

The Caregiver’s Task Force will be awarding its “Caregiver of the Year Award” at the annual Caregiver’s Toolbox Conference, taking place from 8 a.m.–4 p.m. Aug. 21, at Two Rivers Convention Center.

The task force is seeking nominations for the award. According to a news release, the award recognizes a direct caregiver (family, friend, neighbor, or professional) who provides outstanding care to an adult with disabilities or an elderly individual.

The award winner will be honored at the conference with a gift and a certificate of appreciation.

To obtain a nomination form, call 256-2453 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

The deadline to return the nomination form is Aug. 14.

Area Gray Gourmet breakfast casseroles will have a tasty, fresh addition, thanks to the Mesa County Sheriff’s Posse.

According to a news release, the Posse bought a hog at the Mesa County Fair’s 4-H/FFA Auction and donated it to the Gray Gourmet program – processed, wrapped, and ready to cook.

The hog was raised and shown by Caleb Paulson. It weighed more than 270 pounds and was purchased by the Posse for $1,600.

“We have been doing this for almost 40 years,” Posse member Jack Lucas, said in the news release. “Gray Gourmet is a wonderful organization and we know they can really use these types of donations.”

Lucas spearheads the group’s bidding at the Fair.

Because free, local food is vital to the Gray Gourmet program, the Posse’s annual donations are important said Jacque Pipe, project supervisor of Gray Gourmet’s nutrition program.

“All of our hot lunches are made fresh daily for 400 to 500 people each day. We have nine dining locations and 18 delivery routes all over the valley,” Pipe said in the release.

Visit mesacountysheriffposse.org/ or call Judy Crowner,433-8270 for Sheriff’s Posse information.

National Night Out happens Tuesday and Crime Stoppers of Mesa County and the Mesa County Sheriff’s office will host a free community party as part of the event.

The fun and activities will be from 5–8 p.m. Tuesday, at Kimwood Park, 3240 White Ave., in Clifton. There will be crime prevention techniques, information from Crime Stoppers, Clifton Fire Department truck/water demonstrations, bike giveaways for kids, a live DJ, free ice cream, bump ‘n’ jumps, Sara the Safetysaurus and more.

Safe Kids America will give away free sports equipment and bicycles and will have antidrug mini-classes for kids.

Sons of Norway, Vestafjell Lodge’s annual Viking Day Encampment is set for 2 p.m. Aug. 11, at Hawthorne Park.

“Vikings in the East and Their Living Legacies” will be presented by Tom Sorensen. The picnic will feature pulled pork sandwiches provided by the lodge.

Take a side dish or dessert for the lunch.

Guests interested in Scandinavian history, traditions and culture are welcome.

Call Barb at 245-5649 or Bud at 242-3396, or visit http://www.vestafjelllodge.org for information.

Mesa County Partners will benefit from Kannah Creek Brewing Company’s next Firkin Fundraiser, happening at 5 p.m. Monday, at 1960 N. 12th St.

Partners, a nonprofit organization with the goal of helping young people become independent and productive members of society, will receive all sales from the approximately 10 gallon firkin keg. Fresh pints will be sold for $4, until it’s all gone. Donations will also be accepted to benefit Partners

This month’s firkin is a lavender infused Hefeweizen. It is only the second firkin in the new firkin infusion series.

Last month’s firkin keg event raised $423.47 for Colorado Discover Ability. The most money ever raised during a firkin fundraiser was $866.

Call 243-0702 for more 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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