Your Town, Feb. 24, 2013

It’s standing room only in Your Town today, with just enough room up here for me to squeeze in a brief “hello.”

Reminds me of our cats, who moonlight as heavy bookends at night — one sleeping soundly right up against one side, the other planted firmly against the other.

Happy reading. I hope to join you soon, but first, need to call for a crane to reposition the steadfast sleepy-heads so I can crawl out of bed.

Women in Construction Week will be celebrated March 3–9, by the Western Colorado chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction.

The chapter’s membership meeting and member recognition will take place March 4 at Grand Vista Hotel, 2790 Horizon Drive. Networking begins at 6:15 p.m. followed by dinner. The program will feature Linda Patterson of Moody Insurance, speaking on the basics of the commercial insurance packages. Cost is $20 for members and $22 for non-members.

WIC Week will be recognized March 6, with a proclamation at the Grand Junction City Council meeting.

“While there are more than one million women employed in the construction industry, women only comprise approximately 10 percent of the construction workforce. These women, whether they are administrative specialists, general contractors, subcontractors, trades people, or professionals, are vital elements to the construction process,” said Cindy Johnsen, president of NAWIC in a news release.

“‘Women in Construction Week’ is simply a time set aside to thank those women for all their efforts toward successful construction projects. WIC Week will also bring attention to the industry and encourage others to realize that construction is a viable, profitable career field.”

Reservations for the March 4 meeting are requested by March 1. For reservations and more information, call Nancy Lazenga at 970-497-8238, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit

New Emerson Elementary School will host its fourth annual pancake breakfast from 8–11 a.m. Saturday in the cafeteria, 2660 Unaweep Ave.

Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for ages younger than 12.

Call Molly Moyer at 254-6504 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.

Are you a military veteran who lives in the Grand Valley or do you know a veteran in the community who could use a little extra help around the yard this season?

Bookcliff Gardens Nursery and Landscape has launched “Operation Give Back,” a salute of gratitude to the Grand Valley veterans for their service to the country by helping local veterans with landscape maintenance chores this season.

To enter the drawing, fill out a form for yourself or for a veteran at Bookcliff Gardens, 755 26 Road.

Each month, a name will be drawn from the entries and services will be provided to the winner. Undrawn names will stay in the hopper to automatically be re-entered in the next month’s drawing.

Services provide are: April, yard maintenance spring cleanup, 15 man hours; May, provide and plant one 10-gallon shade tree; June, up to 12,000 square foot lawn aeration and fertilization; July, landscaped bed spruced up; August, up to 12,000 square foot aeration and fertilization; and September, irrigation winterization.

Call 242-7769 or visit for information.

The Kiwanis Club of Grand Junction honored Grand Junction resident Fred Jones with the Citizen of the Year Award at its annual charter dinner, Feb. 7 at Two Rivers Convention Center.

Jones was nominated by Mary Gonzales and Joy Hudak, directors of the Riverside Education Center, citing his commitment to the program and its students. 

Jeanie Thomas, longtime pianist for the club and a current member, was honored with the BOBS Award, named in honor of first-time recipients Bob Colony and Bob Hanson.

Originally founded with 42 members in 1937, the local Kiwanis Club now boasts about 120 members. The major fundraiser is the annual Kiwanis Pancake Day, scheduled for June 14 this year.

To learn more visit

Orchard Mesa Lions Club will have a soup extravaganza featuring a variety of soups, from 4:30–7:30 p.m. Saturday, at the Mesa County Fairgrounds, 2785 U.S. Highway 50, Building C.

Choose from ham and bean, turkey noodle, tomato bisque, potato and green chili.

Cost is $5 for all you can eat. Ages 7 and younger and active military are free. There will be door prizes and chances to win at the cake wheel.

Professional photographer Joseph Roybal from Denver will present a program at the next meeting of the Thunder Mountain Camera Club, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, at the River of Alliance Church, 701 24 1/2 Road.

Roybal specializes in travel, landscape and documentary style photography.

Monthly competition results will be reviewed and discussed afterward.

Call Kathleen at 260-7488 for information.

The Grand Junction Veteran’s Golden Age Games team will host a bowling tournament at 3 p.m. March 9, in honor of its late friend and team member Asa Farrington.

Farrington was an avid sportsman, loved fishing and participated in many of the local VA recreational events.

Proceeds from the tourney at Orchard Mesa Lanes, 295 27 Road, will assist the team in its travels to the 2013 games in May in Buffalo, N.Y.

Cost is $250 per team and the deadline to enter is March. 1.

For information or to register, call Nancy at 640-1356 or David at 234-1497.

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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