Your Town Column May 31, 2009

My contacts were driving me absolutely nuts last week.
I put them in every morning the same way — wash my hands, handle lens carefully (picking out the cat hair), add a drop of solution — place in half-open, still sleepy eyes. Blink. Blink again. And again. Focus.
A couple of minutes is usually all they need to settle before my world is crisp and clear. Not last week. It is about time to toss them and put in a new pair since we’re about ready to turn the calendar page, but I’m often able to wear them a little longer without such gunky buildup and irritation.
Of course the pollen counts have been higher, and the winds have whipped up more this past week. What I do know is when my vision isn’t clear, I’m not a happy camper.
Working on the computer, I need to make sure I’m really seeing what I’m seeing. There’s nothing worse than typing in a name or address wrong — is that a “p” or an f?”
Blink, blink, blink. Focus. Goodness — it’s a “g?!”
Thankfully, I can rip out my old contacts, throw them away and put in a fresh pair at the beginning of each month, or wear my glasses at the end of the day. And in that regard, I often take my vision for granted.
Many are losing their eyesight or already have severe vision loss, but through technology and innovation are discovering new ways to enjoy life to its fullest.
Read on and “see” what I mean.

• The next Insight meeting is set for 3 to 4:30 p.m. Monday in the library at The Commons, 625 27 1/2 Road.
The program will be presented by Mary Sullivan on the topic “Art is For Everyone: Good Vision Not Required.” Sullivan will demonstrate ways for those who have severe vision loss to paint in either watercolor or acrylic with puffy paint and to use clock sweeps to know where colors are set in a color wheel.
Light refreshments will be served.
A pre-meeting share-and- learn discussion will be at
1:30 p.m., offering tips and tricks — how to thread needles, pour without spilling, write checks and more. A survey also will be taken to evaluate the structure, purpose and future direction of the group, as well as coming up with a new name for the group.
Call Carol at 248-7107 or Lorene at 256-1811 for information.

• Nonprofit organizations can get training at a Foundation Center Training Series: New Common Grant workshop scheduled June 4 at Mesa County Libraries Central Branch, 530 Grand Ave.
Participants can learn about “Boards that Work” from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Call 243-4442 to register.

• Anyone interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities with Hospice is encouraged to attend the volunteer information session from
5 to 6 p.m. June 8 at the Hospice Care Center, 3090-B N. 12th St.
Refreshments will be provided.
Volunteer positions are available in patient and family support, special events and with the Tanglewood Society gardening club. Also, Spoons, the new restaurant in the Care Center, is seeking volunteers for general restaurant support.
Call 257-2378 or go to Web site http://www.hospicewco.com for information.


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