Your Town, Aug. 6, 2017

The weekly musings of “Diary of a Graceful Gray” continue with more ponderings of the ups and downs of growing out my natural color last year, after decades of coloring.

Installment No. 6 comprises entries leading up to Thanksgiving and, at this point, I was very thankful for the courage and ability to cut my own hair. Frugality and resourcefulness during my single-parent years meant doing it myself, if we wanted to eat that week. There were plenty of scissor “oooops” moments, but the savings was worth it.

It had been about four months since I’d last colored when I wrote these entries. Even this far in, with so much white showing, no one except close friends and family had acknowledged the change.

■ Nov. 3, 2016

I stopped Googling ideas for cute “short styles for gray hair” because, today, I have achieved that image.

Right now — in this very moment — I am that woman in the photo. I no longer say, “I wish I could do that with my hair.”

I did that with my hair.

■ Nov. 14, 2016

The seasons are changing and it’s not just leaves falling from the trees. That ol’ seasonal color analysis thing just got thrown into a 180 degree spin.

I have always loved and felt comfortable wearing the warmer “seasons” and have worn browns, rusts and golds confidently most of my life. Enter white hair and va-va-voom — the whites, grays, blues, greens, pinks and purples are really starting to pop. The warm colors are more of a second thought while the cooler hues get first dibs.

Hello cool colors! You’re my new friends.

P.S. It’s been more than a month since I last played Edward Scissorhands in my hair. I know the next time will be one step closer to the final cut.

■ Nov. 21, 2016

My hair is in an “ombre” stage now. It’s my unintended version of the super popular salon procedure where the under layers in the hair are processed into an eye-catching, contrasting color. The light brown on the tips gives my hair that oh-so-trendy ombre look — and it’s just lil’ ol’ me growing out my natural color. Who knew being clueless could be so savvy?

■ Nov. 28, 2016

I cut an inch of the dark ends off last Thursday, Thanksgiving evening. I’m thankful for many things in my life, but the ability to take scissors to my hair and end up with half-decent results, ranks pretty high up on that list. Sadly though, the ombre-look was cut away. There’s just a tiny bit of light brown on a couple of tips above my bangs. That part either grows slower or I’ve cut my hair enough that I know any more would have been too much. One more month. Just four more weeks, and that little bit will be gone, too.

To be continued ...

AARP Colorado will sponsor a volunteer opportunity event from 5–6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the lobby at SpringHill Suites, 236 Main St.

Join AARP representatives “for a relaxing happy hour and get to know how you can volunteer with AARP in your own community,” a news release said.

Fun, engaging and meaningful volunteer opportunities are available. 

Snacks and beverages will be provided with one drink ticket per adult for beer or wine.

Register online at aarp.cvent.com/d/h5q582/1Q or call 877-926-8300 for information.

HopeWest has a number of support groups that are free and open to the community.

Cups Club is open to all friends of HopeWest looking to meet new people, grow friendships, enjoy the company of others, learn skills, discover hobbies and participate in fun activities. Friends and family are welcome.

The group meets from 2–3:30 p.m. Wednesdays at Artful Cup, 3090 N. 12th St. Transportation options are available. Call 248-8827 for reservations, transportation or information.

Angel Babies is a grief support group for parents and family members who have experienced the loss of a baby during pregnancy or shortly thereafter. A professional counselor and group of volunteers provide an atmosphere where members of the group can feel comfortable sharing their experience or quietly listening and learning from others. Meetings are from 7–9 p.m. the third Wednesday of each month at Miller Homestead, 3090 N. 12th St. Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 248-8844 for information.

■ Caregiver Connections is designed to help caregivers learn more about available resources and allows participants to connect with others facing similar situations. Sessions cover understanding how the care-giving role changes relationships, advance directives, community resources, learning to care for the caregiver, anticipatory grief and decision-making. Meetings are from 10–11:30 a.m. Tuesdays at Miller Homestead. Call 248-8844 for information.

Thanks to all who submitted club and organization information for inclusion in the fall 2017 Western Colorado Portrait Living Magazine that publishes Sunday, Aug. 27.

As I have done in the past, and as space allows during the next few weeks, I will highlight a few of the club/organizations here in Your Town.

Like, this one:

Grand Junction Modeleers is an AMA (Academy of Model Aeronautics) flying field with more than 80 members flying scaled radio control planes and jets as well as multi-rotors (drones and helicopters). Call 245-8484 or visit gjmodeleers.com for information.

And this one:

Wings and Warriors’ mission is to provide highly trained service dogs to assist and enhance the quality of life for those afflicted with PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder) and TBI (traumatic brain injury). Call 216-3392 or visit wings-and-warriors.org for information.

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 81501.

Items to be considered for Your Town should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.


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