Your Town, Feb. 9, 2014

With Valentine’s Day upon us I wanted to get to the heart of the matter and present 10 heartifacts, my random collection of anything having to do with the heart and heart-related words. (Google gets credit for its assistance in finding these hearty tidbits of information online).

1. Though weighing only 11 ounces on average, a healthy heart pumps 2,000 gallons of blood through 60,000 miles of blood vessels each day — enough to wrap around the world 2½ times.

2. To make a heart shape while texting/tweeting, use these on your touch pad: “

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3. Heart, the rock band fronted by sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson, was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013.

4. A kitchen faucet would need to be on full force at least 45

years to equal the amount of blood pumped by the heart in an average lifetime.

5. In the King James version of the Bible, the word “heart” is used a total of 830 times — 725 in the Old Testament, 105 in the New Testament.

6. Every day, the heart creates enough energy to drive a truck 20 miles. This Heartmobile could travel daily from Fruita to Palisade.

7. Early Egyptians believed that the heart and other major organs had wills of their own and would move around inside the body. Gives new meaning to “where’s your heart?”

8. Heartburn is a burning sensation in the chest, just behind the breastbone (often caused by eating too much Valentine’s Day candy).

9. The “thump-thump” of a heartbeat is the sound made by the four valves of the heart closing.

10. Bobby Sherman, David Cassidy and Donny Osmond are the top three photos that come up when you Google images for “Heartthrobs of the 70s.”

Here’s wishing you a happy, and heart-warming Valentine’s Day!     

What’s a Valentine llama?

Find out at the food drive hosted by Grand Junction Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram from 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturday at 2578 U.S. Highway 6&50, to benefit the Western Slope Food Bank of the Rockies.

“The Valentine llamas will be helping to collect food and greet customers,” a news release said. All food or cash donations will enter donors into a drawing for a free oil change.

Call 245-3100 for information.

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The Grand Valley Audubon Society will host four raptor- viewing field trips giving participants the opportunity to view the wintering hawks, eagles and falcons of the Grand Valley.

Reservations are required to join these field trips:

Feb. 15 — reservations to Peter Robinson, 250-0409, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Feb. 16 — reservations to Nic Korte, 242-3779, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Feb. 23 — reservations to Mike Henwood, 720-840-5070, email, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Feb. 24 — reservations to Bob Moston, 242-9443, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)

Viewers will meet at 9 a.m. at the Bureau of Land Management office, H Road and Horizon Drive, and return about 3 p.m. Take a lunch, water, snack and binoculars. Scopes will be available for better viewing.

The society will also host birder and photographer Jackson Trappett at its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at First Presbyterian Church, 3940 27½ Road.

Trappett will present “Photography and Birding in Western Colorado,” sharing his photos and information about bird watching and photography. The public is invited.

Learn about historical coal mining in the Palisade area from Bennett Young, an environmental engineer and geologist who will lecture on the subject from 7–9 p.m. Thursday, at the Whitman Educational Center, 248 S. Fourth St.

The lecture is part of the Changing Landscapes of Science series, sponsored by the John McConnell Math and Science Center and the Museum of Western Colorado. Cost is $5 for students and members of either the Math and Science Center or the museum. Cost is $10 for nonmembers.

Call 254-1626 for information.

One Billion Rising For Justice, a nationwide campaign to bring recognition to survivors of, and an effort to end, gender violence, will take place from 4:30–5:45 p.m. Friday at Two Rivers Center for Spiritual Living, 251 Colorado Ave.

According to a news release, The Grand Valley community will join with participants around the world on Feb. 14 to build on the energy and momentum that was created a year ago, when one billion activists in 207 countries and territories came together Feb. 14, 2013 to “rise, strike and dance in the biggest mass action in human history, to demand an end to violence against women and girls.”

This year’s focus is on the “issue of justice for all survivors of gender violence and ending the rampant impunity that prevails globally,” the release said.

The local free and family friendly event will feature belly dancers, live music, and speakers to raise awareness for women impacted by domestic violence and rape. Donations will be accepted to benefit Hilltop Latimer House.

Call 808-397-6941 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.

The Fruita Monument High School class of 1984 reunion is set for July 18–19.

Classmates are invited to mingle at the FMHS Class of 1984 — 30 Year Reunion Facebook page or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 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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