Your Town, Dec. 8, 2013

It wasn’t until recently that I realized the beautiful sweaters I’d been wearing at Christmastime these past few years are now considered “ugly.”

Ugly Christmas sweater parties are all the rage —  and , according to nationaluglychristmassweaterday.org Dec. 20 is declared National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day.

I’ll admit, I’m not the sharpest fashionista in the proverbial crayon box, but I really thought the shimmering sequins and colorful bling on the vest were pretty, and that the cute little Christmas scene design on the snow-white sweater were indeed, cute.

Pop culture tells me that my seasonal sweater collection, adorned with snowflake sparkles and whimsical Santa, reindeer and snowman appliques, is now a fashion faux pas — perfect attire to be made fun of at a social gathering.

Never mind the Santa earrings I’ve been wearing, you know the dangle ones that I thought matched the red snowman sequined design. No need to raid someone’s closet, or search the racks at Goodwill for something hideous — I have my own treasure trove of Christmas sweaters, albeit, ugly Christmas sweaters, that I have to admit, have been worn recently and frequently through the holidays.

I realize now these garments are best kept hidden, forever resigned to a life in the seasonal storage tub, rather than on display for all to see. Unlike like the festive garland, Santa knick-knacks and other Christmas decor that grace our home, the pretty ugly Christmas sweaters are not appropriate for everyday public viewing. I get it.

I just hope the Christmas fashion police stay out of my Christmas sock drawer. There’s more flash in there than Rudolph’s shiny red nose.

The Swedes of the Grand Valley will have its Christmas celebration from 4–7 p.m. Dec. 15, at Unity Church, 3205 N. 12th St.

The activities will feature a St.  Lucia procession, silent auction and Swedish food.

Call Jeanette at 241-2945 for more information.

In an effort to earn their Eagle Scout award, three young men in Boy Scout Troop 386 have organized three different projects, each benefitting the same organization.

Eyez4Zimbabwe helps restore eyesight to residents in Zimbabwe and provides many donated items to the under served in that country. The organization is in great need, and three prospective Eagle Scouts are helping this organization by collecting religious scriptures, reading glasses, church clothes and bedding such as towels, blankets and pillows, that will go to an orphanage in Zimbabwe.

The scouts are asking the public for donations of these items and invites the community to drop off donations at three different locations.

The public drop off items at Hart Music, 417 Main St., Rocky Mountain Orthopedic, 627 25 1/2 Road, and United Methodist Church 527 Village Way. 

The items will be picked up after Friday and will be organized for distribution.

Troop 386 in Grand Junction has had more than 10 Eagle projects in the last year that benefited both community and the world.

Projects ranged from building benches in a park to organizing a blood drive. 

Grand Valley Pets Alive will receive a share of the proceeds from the dinner sales from 5–8 p.m. Saturday, at Cafe Sol restaurant, 420 Main St.

GVPA is a new non-profit organization helping to save the lives of homeless pets and stray cats by reducing the overpopulation of animals through humane programs such as spay and neuter and assisting adoptions. 

The public is invited to come out and support GVPA and the animals that night.

Call Boyd Steele, president of Grand Valley Pets Alive, at 241-7875 for information.

What’s for lunch Monday?

If you are one of the many in Mesa County who count on a meal from Mesa County’s Senior Nutrition Program — Gray Gourmet — you’ll be enjoying a hamburger on a bun with garnish, macaroni salad and saucy fruit salad. Tuesday it’s white chili with chicken, Wednesday Neapolitan spaghetti, Thursday shepherd’s pie, and Friday pork roast and gravy.

Each Sunday, readers can find the menu for Gray Gourmet posted here in the Lifestyle section of The Daily Sentinel.

The program, established in 1972, serves both the home- bound elderly of the community with its home delivery program as well as keeping more active area seniors healthy and well-fed with its dining site program, a news release said.

The organization has launched a year-end donation request campaign, seeking donations from the public.

“With federal funds decreasing, we’re hoping for some extra support from the local community this month, said Gray Gourmet project supervisor Jacque Pipe, in the release.

“Demand for our services is on the rise in recent months and we’ve been able to maintain our level of service to date,” she said.

With demand and production costs rising and governmental funds decreasing, Gray Gourmet is seeking private contributions to reduce senior hunger and keep more of the elderly living independently, Pipe said.

Monetary contribution can be made at the St. Mary’s Foundation website, stmarygj.org/aboutfoundation or call 243-9844 for information.

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