Your Town, Feb. 19, 2011

It was probably just the angle of the sun playing tricks on me the other day, but I was fairly certain I saw the faintest hue of spring green at the top of a globe willow tree.

You know, that first hint of green that shows up and catches your eye — usually sometime in March — and gets you thinking about the blooms and buds to come?

It’s been such a mild winter, it doesn’t feel right already longing for warmer spring days and working in the yard.

I haven’t suffered through enough snow shoveling or tested my snow-packed street driving to qualify to pass the winter tests and be promoted to spring.

I guess I should just take what Mother Nature distributes with appreciation and make the best of it.

We must realize, however, that Mother Nature is a woman and has a right to change her mind. For all we know, she could hold the entire winter class back and make us take it all over again. 

Here’s something to get you thinking about tucking the snow shovel back into the garage (but within reach) and rounding up the trowel and hoe.

The Grand Junction Community Gardens, at Fifth Street and Chipeta Avenue, has 29, 20-feet by 20-feet beds that can be rented for $75 for the growing season.

Water for the gardens is provided by the city of Grand Junction, and a storage shed for wheelbarrows, rakes and other tools has been loaned by Mor-Storage.

Compost is provided by the Mesa County Compost Facility, and gardeners who need help tilling it in can be assisted by Colorado State University Master Gardener volunteers.

Gardeners are responsible for maintaining their assigned plots, and representatives of CSU are available to provide advice on insect or disease problems.

Call Susan Rose at 244-1841 for information about renting a plot.

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals and IHOP restaurants will celebrate National Pancake Day from 7 a.m.–10 p.m. Feb. 28.

IHOP offers a free short stack of its buttermilk pancakes to each guest, and in return, diners will be asked to leave a little something behind for The Children’s Hospital.

During the National Pancake Day, 2011, more than $2.5 million was donated to children’s charities.

All the pancakes served last year during the event would create a stack nearly 16 miles high.

That’s a lot of syrup!

Donations are also accepted online at http://www.ihoppancakeday.com.

The Grand Junction IHOP is at 2420 U.S. Highway 6&50.

The Montrose County Historical Society is inviting all to the Montrose Pioneer Social on Saturday at the Montrose United Methodist Church, 19 S. Park, in Montrose.

A short tour of the historical organ and church will be at 1:30 p.m., followed by the social at 2 p.m.

Visitors are invited to wear attire and hats of the era, for a period attire stroll. There will be displays and a presentation of some area founding families.

Donations will be accepted. Call Sally at 249-2085 for information.

The Western Colorado Chapter of the Hearing Loss Association of America has a free monthly meeting each month.

A planning meeting is set for 6–8 p.m. Feb. 21, at the Clifton Branch, Mesa County Libraries, 590 32 Road, Unit F.

Regular meetings are from 10:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m., the first Saturday of every month at Center for Independence, 740 Gunnison Ave.

Call 241-2592 for information or email Amy Becktell at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Astrophotography Basics is the topic of the next meeting of the Black Canyon Astronomical Society at 7 p.m. Feb. 28 at the Montrose Library District, 320 S. Second St. in Montrose.

The talk will precede a discussion about current astronomical and club events. The public is invited to attend.

Visit http://www.blackcanyon astronomy.com or call 856-7716 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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