Your Town, Feb. 2, 2014

How would you spend the Monday after Super Bowl, if it were declared a national holiday?

That was your essay homework question from last week and, according to your responses, the hypothetical holiday we’ll affectionately call Super Bowl Monday would be spent sleeping it off.

No surprise there.

When you finally do crawl out of bed, you’ll unroll your newspaper and read the numerous stories in print and online that capture the essence of the game, followed by absorbing the endless game analysis on the TV and talk radio.

You like to soak it all in like a sponge.

Speaking of a sponge, the next order of business is cleaning up the big mess you and your guests made the night before. Whether your team wins or loses, you still have to scrape dried queso dip out of the carpet, take out the mounds of trash, and return the furniture to its original, upright position.

So much for a relaxing day off.

Well, until that official declaration of Super Bowl Monday comes, this Monday is, for most of us, a normal one — up and at ‘em, back to work.

But, if the game ends as Broncos fans hope, this Monday will be so much different as we revel in the celebration of our new title: Denver Broncos, Super Bowl XLVIII Champs.

Now, that has a nice (Super Bowl) ring to it.

Go Broncos!

As you stare out your window this Ground Hog Day and see nothing but white — take heart. Spring will arrive before long, no matter what Punxsutawney Phil says. And, with that in mind, make plans to attend the seed swap, hosted by the Organic Gardening Group, from 2–4 p.m. Feb. 9 at the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens Children’s Library, 641 Struthers Ave.

“Bring seeds to swap, envelopes for seeds, and a sense of humor,” a news release said.

Seeds can be store-bought, saved seeds or plant cuttings. Mark donations with the species, variety, date of harvest or any other pertinent information you think is of interest.

Take only a portion, and do save seed from what you take, so you can bring it to next year’s seed swap.

Call 255-0417 for information.

The German American Club’s meeting on Tuesday will feature guest speaker LaVeta Nachtigall giving a short presentation on her ancestor’s trek from Russia to Germany to escape religious persecution.

The meeting is at 6:30 p.m. in the Activities Area of The Atrium, 3620 N. 12th St.

Members will hear a presentation by Nachtigall on her German Mennonite great-grandfather Peter Nachtigall, whose family made the trek from southern Russia into Germany.

Nachtigall will use her great-grandfather’s diary, photos, an old family Prussian recipe and the book “The Great Trek of the Russian Mennonites to Central Asia, 1800-1884,” to detail the story.

Light refreshments will be served at the meeting. For information, call German American Club president Jim Witt at 242-2657 or 209-9241 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Mount Garfield Daughters of the American Revolution will have its monthly meeting at noon Feb. 15 at the Bookcliff Country Club, 2730 G Road.

There will be a no-host luncheon celebrating the chapter’s 104th anniversary. Garry Brewer will give a presentation as George Washington.

Lunch is $20. For information or registration, call Mary McFarlin at 242-7074.

The Grand Junction High School class of 1964 will have its 50th reunion Aug. 1–3 and is seeking classmates who have moved or have not recently received mail regarding the reunion. 

Call Cliff Kramer at 250-0852 or Rojean Chaparro at 242-8188 for information.

Local journalist and author Bill Haggerty, will share his recent experiences of “Hunting in Norway with Norwegian Elk Hounds,” at the meeting of the Sons of Norway, Vestafjell Lodge, at 2 p.m. Feb. 9 at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 3133 F Road.

“Those interested in hunting, reflections on the culture and scenery of Norway, and/or Norwegian Elk Hounds will especially enjoy this program,” a news release said.

Guests are welcome to attend. Members should bring a dish to share for the “old-fashioned potluck” meal.

Call Barb at 245-5649 or Bud, 242-3396, or visit vestafjelllodge.org for information.

The League of Women Voters of Montrose County, serving Montrose and Delta counties, will host “Our Land, Our Water, Our Food, Our Future ... they are in our hands,” at noon Feb. 13 at the Montrose Library Community Room in Montrose.

Guest speaker John Ikerd, professor emeritus of agricultural economics at the University of Missouri, Columbia, will speak on “Sustainable Agriculture — What Is It?”

Ikerd will address what impact it has on local economies and human health, what is being done locally to educate and further sustainable agriculture practices and what are the negative impacts of factory farming on local economies.

A question-and-answer period will follow.

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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