Your Town, Aug. 5, 2012

Turning the calendar page from July to August is a wake-up call.

It’s the moment you realize the bucket list of accomplishments over the summer is no- where near completed and there’s only a few weeks left to tackle the list.

Whether it’s taking a much needed vacation, reading the book that been on the night stand since February, or sorting all the nuts and bolts in the garage — it’s crunch time.

Ready, set ... go!

The public is invited to have some good clean fun with the WATER (Western Association to Enjoy Rivers) Club on Saturday during its summertime cleanup of the Colorado River.

Volunteers will float from the boat ramp at the Riverside Parkway to Fruita State Park and then to the Loma boat ramp. There will be an appreciation barbecue, plus T-shirts and prizes for participants.

Sign up at Whitewater West, 418 S. Seventh St., or call 241-0441 or 245-4604.

As part of its 75th anniversary celebration, the Kiwanis Club of Grand Junction set a goal of a donating 75 pints of blood to the St. Mary’s Hospital Blood Bank through its members and others who donated in the name of the local service club.

The club noted in a recent news release that the goal was achieved July 26, when Kiwanis Club member Lee Kreidler donated the 75th pint.

Learn more about the club and its mission by calling club president Vicki Bell, at 260-7711.

The Elliepalooza benefit event July 14 raised more than $11,500 to assist drunken driving accident victim Ellie Phipps Oliver.

More than 600 people attended the event that included live bands, food and a silent auction, at Weaver’s Red Room.

Visit to learn more.

Here’s a few ways to help the less fortunate:

■ Colorado State Patrol Women’s Resource Network is seeking donations of paper towels, bath tissue, toiletries, canned goods and monetary donations for Food Bank of the Rockies. Items can be taken to the Colorado State Patrol office in Fruita, 554 Jurassic Court. Visit for information.

■ Roman Family Chiropractic is hosting a school supply drive through Aug. 30. Those who donate new school supplies for students in the Grand Valley will receive a gift certificate for select services/discounts. Take supplies to 2584 Patterson Road, Suite D, or call 243-8896 for information.

■ Healing Horizons is collecting healthy food for the Backpack Program through Aug. 31. Items on the list can be found at Vitamin Cottage, and drop-off locations are Healing Horizons, 2139 North 12th St., No 7, or Vitamin Cottage. Call 256-8449 for information.

As you clean closets, kitchens, garages, or whatever else might need going through, set aside the good stuff to donate to the Grand Junction Veterans Golden Age Games Team for its yard sale Aug. 18 in the parking lot of the Veterans Affairs Hospital, 2021 North Ave.

Items can be dropped off beginning at 7 in the morning of the sale. Proceeds will help send the team to the games in May 2013 in Buffalo, N.Y.

Nonperishable food donations will also be collected for Vets for Vets Food Pantry. Call team captain Emma at 462-5028 or team coach Henry Bullock at 242-0731, ext 2417 for information.

The Knights of Columbus Council 1062 offers an evening of family-oriented entertainment and bingo on the second Friday of each month, at the Council Hall, 412 32 Road, in Clifton.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and play begins at 7 p.m. Fifty percent of the proceeds are paid as prizes with the half going to the organization’s scholarship fund.

Call Reed Wyatt at 434-4037 for more information.

Palisade High School’s class of 1972 will celebrate its 40th reunion Aug. 17–18.

Friday’s activities feature a visit to the old high school, a chauffeured tour of wineries and the east end of the valley, and an evening of food and music at Palisade Brewery.

A potluck picnic will take place from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday at Palisade Park. Palisade friends and families are invited to the festivities on Saturday.

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

As part of the National Night Out activities, Crime Stoppers and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department will host a free community party from 6–8 p.m. Tuesday at Kimwood Park in Clifton.

Families can meet the Mesa County Search and Rescue bloodhounds and McGruff The Crime Dog and see sheriff’s patrol cars, the BEARCAT vehicle and trucks from the Clifton Fire Department.

There will be kids games, bump ‘n’ jumps and ice cream from Meadow Gold.

Call 260-7002 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

Party like a Viking at the Sons of Norway Vestafjell Lodge annual Viking Day at 2 p.m. Aug. 12 at Hawthorne Park, Fifth Street and Gunnison Avenue.

A celebration of Viking culture with an emphasis on food will be presented by Tom Sorensen and Roric. The picnic will feature food items from the Viking era.

Call Barb at 245-5649 or Bud at 242-3396 for food dish suggestions to take for the shared Viking meal.

Side note: Forget the potato salad or sliced pickles — according to the news release from the Vestafjell Lodge, “the Vikings didn’t have potatoes or cucumbers.”

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