Your Town, Dec. 2, 2012

Are you wrapped up in this year’s holiday preparation — baking, decorating, shopping, wrapping and hiding presents until the big day?

That brings to mind the year I had to lock myself in the walk-in closet, hiding so I could wrap presents in peace and quiet. There was barely enough space in the tiny area for me to roll out the paper, cut and tape, but it was the only place I could go.

There’s help these days, at least in the wrapping department. Head to Mesa Mall for the annual Mesa County Partner’s Wrap up for Charity event continuing through Dec. 24, in Clock Court at the mall. The gift wrapping booth will be open during all Mesa Mall holiday hours, generally 9 a.m.–9 p.m. daily. Donations will be accepted for the service to benefit Partner’s programs — One-to-One Mentoring, Community Service/Restitution Program, The After School Program and the Western Colorado Conservation Corp.

Call 245-5555 ext. 12 or ext. 19 for more information.

Those living in Parachute can visit the Wrap it Up event happening from 6–8 p.m. Thursday at the Parachute Branch of the Garfield County Libraries, 244 Grand Valley Way. Large tables and lots of space will be provided for you to wrap gifts and refreshments will be provided during the event.

Call 285-9870 or visit http://www.gcpld.org for information.

That’s a wrap.

The Grand Junction High School class of 1943 will have its annual Christmas dinner Wednesday at Berna B’s Restaurant, 2913 Patterson Road.

Since the class’s 50th reunion in 1993, the lady classmates or spouses of classmates have met for lunch the first Monday of each month. Lunch or dinner gatherings, attended by classmates and their spouses, have occurred on a quarterly schedule.

This years gathering marks the 69th reunion and 20 or more are expected to attend. Toys will be collected at the dinner to benefit the Toys for Tots program.

Call Paul Coe at 245-7158 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

The Western Colorado Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will have its Christmas party/meeting Thursday at Two Rivers Convention Center.

Cocktails begin at 6 p.m., followed by dinner at 7. A Christmas program is planned following dinner. All former and current military officers are invited. Take an unwrapped toy for the toy drive.

For reservations or information, call Don Kissinger at 241-7448 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Nick-N-Willy’s was recognized at the Mesa County 4-H Achievement Night and awards ceremony as the 2012 Business Friend of 4-H. 

Tom Sharpe of Grand Junction received the 2012 Individual Friend of 4-H award. Volunteer leaders were recognized for milestones in service years of one, five, 10, 15 and 20 years. Ed Vial of Palisade received the Outstanding Leader award, and Jill Fasken of Palisade the The Power to Believe Award.

Members of 4-H were honored with awards for years in the program, graduating Cloverbuds, top secretary book, top treasure book, record book awards and project recognition. 

The Mesa County 4-H Sportsmanship Awards for the senior, intermediate and junior divisions were awarded to Eddie Vial, Shyanne Draper, and Kyler Greenhow; Hope Pfalzgraff was Outstanding Senior Member and Ashley Teal, Outstanding Junior Member; the Family and Consumer Science Junior award went to Austin Dinsmore; and Morgan Avery received the Family and Consumer Science Senior award.

Mesa County Commissioner Steve Acquafresca awarded Garrett Guthrie with the Danforth “I Dare You” Award. 

Ongoing community needs:

■ SPUNK needs new Socks, Pajamas and Underwear for Needy Kids. Info:  243-3404.

■ The third annual food drive to support local veterans continues through Monday at the Grand Junction Vet Center, 2472 F Road, Unit 16. Info: 245-4156.

■ The Salvation Army seeks blankets, sleeping bags, tents, winter gear and stuffed animals for people in need. Hours are 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays at 918 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs. Info: 945-6976.

■ Hope of the Grand Valley Adopt a Family for Christmas focuses on working parents who don’t have funds to provide Christmas for their children without additional stress to the family. Applications for adopting a family or for assistance at http://www.hopegv.org. Info: 778-4880.

■ Wreaths Across America is a drive for wreaths to be placed at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado during the Christmas season. To sponsor a wreath, call Art Edwards, 250-1174 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

■ Kokopelli Animal Hospital pet food drive: Take donations of dog food, cat food or kitty litter to 456 Kokopelli Blvd., Unit E, Fruita, through Dec. 20 to benefit CLAWS, Grand River Humane Society, Mesa County Animal Services and Roice-Hurst Humane Society. Info: 858-4299, http://www.kokopellianimalhospital.com.

■ Operation Interdependence Adopt-A-Box: A $30 donation will ship box of 50 Civilian Rations (C-rats) in your name or the name of a loved one, to deployed U.S. troops. Info: http://www.oidelivers.org, click on Adopt-a-Box; mail donations to Operation Interdependence, 2695 Patterson Road, No. 2-147, Grand Junction, 81506; email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), 523-4217.

■ Sharing Ministries Food Bank, 121 N. Rio Grande, Montrose, is seeking donations to help feel families during the holiday season and throughout the coming year. Info: 240-8385, http://www.sharingministries.com.

■ The Grand Junction Area Realtors Association annual toy drive continues through Wednesday. Drop off new, unwrapped toys/gift at a local Realtor’s office to benefit The Salvation Army toy distribution, gifts for teens encouraged, 270-3573, 201-9430.

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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