Your Town, Dec. 1, 2013

The first day of December is upon us and Christmas shopping is in full swing.

It’s a madhouse out there.

The “most wonderful time of the year” can be fun but also challenging as we attempt to tackle the lists, trying to make everything perfect.

And, unfortunately, the magic of the season is often shoved to the side when too much is piled on our plates.

Keep it simple, keep it sane, keep it focused, and be in awe of the magic that is the Christmas season.

Happy 100th birthday to the Grand Junction Elks Lodge 575,

According to a news release, the Grand Junction Elks Lodge 575 began in 1900 with 53 charter members. It became one of the most important organizations in town, quickly outgrowing its rented space on Main Street. Construction began in late 1912 on its current location, 249 S. Fourth St., at the total cost of $79,815.31 for both the building and furnishings, the release said.

“No expense was spared on this showplace of Elkdom, right down to its Elks-embossed doorknobs,” the release said.

With great fanfare, a gala dinner and ball, the new building was inaugurated on New Year’s Eve, 1913.

“After a major addition and renovation, the lodge was rededicated in May 1950 to celebrate the lodge home’s golden anniversary. At 100 years old, the Elks home remains one of the few buildings in Grand Junction under original ownership and use.”

To celebrate the centennial milestone, the Elks are planning three major events this month — a float in the Parade of Lights on Dec. 7, a public Christmas party on Dec. 14, and a New Year’s Eve party for all Colorado Elks and their families, to ring in the second 100 years.

Call Ed Crilly, lodge secretary at 243-0675 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.

The Redlands Lions Club members and volunteers will host an annual chili supper and cake raffle from 5–8 p.m. Dec. 6 at the Redlands Middle School cafeteria, 2200 Broadway.

A choice of chili or potato soup will be offered and tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for ages 7–17. Ages 6 and younger are free. Tickets can be purchased from Redlands Lions members and at the door. Diners can also purchase chances at winning cakes during the event, and a separate drawing will take place for a handmade afghan.

Call Russ Berquist at 589-2124 or Tom Kalenian at 201-8432 for information.

Mesa County Republican Women and Mesa County Republicans will celebrate a “cup o’ holiday cheer” at a joint meeting from 11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. 
Dec. 6 at Two Rivers Convention Center.

The luncheon will feature entertainment by the Madrigal Singers of Central High School, directed by Stan Scott.

For reservations, email Linda Gregory at mesacounty or call 434-9378 or 248-0815.

Operation Revamp Inc., an organization that helps veterans and military families, is in the midst of a year-end campaign to raise funds for the Veterans Art Center, at 307 S. 12th St. to assist with its operating costs and building purchase funds.

Here are a few ways the public can help.

■ Floor Board Campaign: For every donation of $1,000 or more, the donor will have a logo, name or message engraved on a board in the new hardwood floor to be installed in the gallery. The campaign will end in December, and the flooring will be installed in the gallery in January.

■ Apply for an Operation Revamp credit card through Capitol One and the organization will receive $50 the first time you use the card and a percentage on every purchase. Visit for a link to sign up.

■ Set up automatic monthly donations through the Paypal donation link at the website or through its Network For Good. Operation Revamp Inc. is a 501(c)3 organization and donations are tax deductible.

■ Purchase artwork from the gallery, gift shop or online catalog. Purchases are eligible for a tax deduction of 20 percent of the purchase amount.

■ Cash donations in any amount (cash, check or credit card at the Veterans Art Center), by mail, phone or online.

■ Operation Revamp is registered with eBay Giving Works. If you sell through eBay, you can select Operation Revamp as a charitable organization for a portion of the proceeds. If you buy through eBay, you can ask the seller to choose Operation Revamp as a charity.

Visit the website or call 462-3126 for information.

Vestafjell Lodge, Sons of Norway will celebrate Christmas at its lodge meeting at 2 p.m. 
Dec. 8 at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 3133 F Road.

The 2014 lodge officers will be installed by Lyle Berge, District 6 president, and the Uffda Musicians will entertain. Take an unwrapped toy, gift card or cash donation to be donated to The Salvation Army. Members take Christmas cookies for the cookie sale and a potluck side dish, fruit or dessert to accompany the ham provided. Guests are welcome.

Call Barb at 245-5649, Annette at 858-6702, or visit for 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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