Your Town, Dec. 15, 2013

Dear Santa: I have been a good girl this year, except for fighting with my little sister. She started it. I will do better next year.

Please bring me an Etch A Sketch, a Slinky, a Crissy doll, some trucks and cars and a new sled. Thank you.

Enjoy the milk and cookies! Here’s a carrot for your reindeer.

Merry Christmas.

Love, Tammy

Growing up a tomboy, it wasn’t unusual for me to ask for a variety of cars, trucks and dolls, although the cars and trucks probably got more mileage.

It’s amazing how toys change over the years as new technologies are introduced.

The Etch A Sketch — named one of the 100 most memorable and most creative toys of the 20th century by the Toy Industry Association — is the original tablet, minus the battery, the apps, the Internet, the camera, and on and on.

Do you remember your favorite toys over the years?

The public is invited to learn about “Christmas Toys from the Past to the Present” at the next Oral History Program, at noon Thursday at the Whitman Educational Center, 248 S. Fourth St.

Mike Allen, owner of Toys for the Fun of It, will give the presentation. Everyone is encouraged to take an old toy for “show and tell” as well as their favorite Christmas cookies to share with others at this holiday program.

The Oral History Program is jointly sponsored by the Museum of Western Colorado and the Mesa County Historical Society and features a different speaker each month. The programs are free to the public, and you can take a lunch to enjoy during the program.

Call the Loyd Files Research Library at 242-0971, ext. 209, for information.

Hiking, biking, skiing and more — the Grand Junction Outing Club is always out there.

More than 40 people attended the annual December potluck and meeting in spite of the chilly and snowy weather.

New 2014 club officers were elected at the meeting and it was decided that 2014 dues will remain only $5 per year for all existing and new members.

Also at the meeting, members chose to donate $200 each to the Mesa Nordic Council and Mesa County Search and Rescue.

The group’s outings take place year-round. During the winter months, they host Show-and-Go-Skiing outings each week — downhill skiing on Tuesdays and cross-country skiing on Thursdays.

Saturday outings are also planned through Jan. 11 and include cross-country skiing outings to area destinations.

Want to learn more about the club and its activities? Call 254-1656, 986-8051 or 462-5598.

In an effort to assist The Salvation Army’s need for turkeys this holiday season, the Grand Junction Area Realtor Association is hosting a Turkey Blitz, calling for public donations.

According to the association, 1,400 turkeys are needed by 3 p.m. Monday. Take donations to the association office at 2743 Crossroads Blvd., or call 243-3322 for information.

The Grand Junction branch of Vegan Life Colorado will host a Festive Foods vegan potluck on Saturday at the Community Room at Lakeside, 3150 Lakeside Drive.

Take a vegan appetizer dish free of animal products to serve eight. Something as simple as cut-up fruits or veggies will suffice or visit http://www.vegweb.com or http://www.vegancooking.com for ideas.

Along with the dish, take the recipe with all ingredients listed, your own place setting, and beverage. Diners will gather at 5:30 p.m. and eat at 6 p.m.

Call Marian at 255-0417 or Rhonda at 242-2089.

Operation Revamp Inc. and the the Veterans Art Center will be open Christmas Day and will sponsor a Christmas dinner around 1 p.m.

Those who would like to attend are asked to register in advance at the Veterans Art Center, 307 N. 12th St., or call 462-3126. Space is limited.

For meal planning, those wishing to donate a dish or dessert are also asked to call. 

The center will also be collecting small gifts for under the tree.

Mark your calendars and make plans to attend the Orchard Mesa Lions Soup Extravaganza happening from 4:30–7:30 p.m. Jan. 11 at the Mesa County Fairgrounds at Veterans Memorial Park, 2785 U.S. Highway 50, Building C.

The dinner will feature five soups — ham and bean, turkey noodle, green chili, potato and tomato (vegetarian).

Cost is $5 in advance and $6 at the door. Ages younger than 7 and active military can eat for free.

Take chances at the cake wheel, silent auction and door prizes with a value of more than $500.

Call Sharron at 623-6064 for information.

A free community Christmas Day dinner, sponsored by Montrose United Methodist Church, will be at 
2 p.m. Dec. 25 in Baldridge Hall at the church, 19 S. Park Ave., in Montrose.

To volunteer or make reservations, call the church at 249-3716 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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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