Your Town, Jan. 12, 2013

It’s been so cold lately, even the North Pole’s polar vortex decided to head south for the winter, bringing along its over-sized travel bag, heavily laden with storms and subzero temperatures, creating eerie, yet magnificent ice sculptures in the Midwest and Northeast regions.

Although better off weather wise, here in the West, we’re not even a third of the way through the official season and I’m ready to send winter packing.

Only more 66 days until spring, but who’s counting? Me!

Brrrr.

The Redlands Lions Club has announced that because of wintry condition, its members and volunteers will not be able to set up flags for its flag route customers Monday, Jan. 20, in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The present conditions of cold weather, snow and ice and the safety of the volunteers and members were factors in the decision.

“Most of the flags we place are located on private residences and use a socket that is buried in the yard. These sockets fill with ice or are covered with snow. We apologize for this inconvenience,” a news release said.

The Redlands Lion’s Club flag service honors 10 holidays — weather permitting — throughout the year for a $30 donation.

The areas served are Tiara Rado, Seasons, Monument Village, Panorama, Village Way and other subdivisions

If you are interested in subscribing to this service or volunteering to help, call Lion Chuck Stevenson at 242-3222 or Lion Dave McIlnay at 433-7961.

The Youth and Artability Program is looking for donations of common items for its class at The Art Center, 1803 N. Seventh St.

The concept of “Art for All” is implemented in the Artability Program through art classes designed for individuals with mental, social and physical challenges.

“Artability encourages our appreciation for our own unique talents, abilities and modes of self-expression,” a news release said.

Items needed for the classes are small toy cars, washers, bolts, gears, electric skillet and small metal “stuff.” Items can be picked up.

Call Rachel Egelston at 243-7337, ext. 7 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.

The Art Jewelers Guild is an organization of amateurs and professionals, all joined together to share and grow in the craft they love, a news release said.

The guild meets at 6:30 p.m. the second Monday of the month, at the Grandview Apartments, on the northwest corner of First Street and Independent Avenue.

The guild comprises jewelry makers from the Grand Junction area who focus on the creative aspects of jewelry design, as well as teaching, networking and mentoring.

Visit the guild’s Facbook page, its website artjewelryguild.com or call Virginia Jensen at 243-1220 for more information.

Mesa County AmeriCorps is hosting a book drive to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day and is seeking donations of new and gently-used reading materials for kids, ages birth through third grade.

Last year, roughly 27 percent of Colorado students were not reading at grade level by the end of third grade, a news release said. The book drive aims to provide some of the resources local children need to turn this statistic around.

There is a big need for books in Spanish. Donations are being accepted through Jan. 17, at the following locations:

■ John McConnell Math and Science Center, 2660 Unaweep Ave.

■ Clifton Bible Church, 523 32 Road

■ Main Street Bagels, 559 Main St.

■ Grand Valley Books, 350 Main St.

■ Starbucks, 570 32 Road

■ Habitat ReStore, 2936 North Ave.

■ The Opportunity Center, 1129 Colorado Ave.

■ Hilltop Corporate Office, 1331 Hermosa Ave.

All books collected through the Martin Luther King, Jr. Book Drive will be donated to organizations such as Wishes and Dreams Childcare, Rocky Mountain SER Head Start and Catholic Outreach.

Call Angie Bertrand 244-0633 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or Hanna Bustilla, 244-0639, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

Welcome Montrose, a free welcoming service in the Montrose area, has tallied its numbers for 2013.

According to a news release, from February to November last year, 205 new families were greeted. Of those families, 98 were retired.

Families moved to Montrose from 28 states from New York to Alaska — and Peru, with most families coming from the Front Range (90), Arizona (15) and California (11).

Cumulatively, the families have 149 children (100 grown and 49 young children) and they brought their pets — 149 dogs, 52 cats, eight birds, seven horses, four mules, four chickens,  a fish and a hamster.

A total of 110 families purchased a home and 95 families are renting.

In an effort to welcome the newcomers and introduce them to locals in the community, Welcome Montrose will host three Honky Tonk Boot Stomp dance parties Jan. 17, Feb. 14, and March 14, at the Turn of the Century, 121 N. Fourth St. in Montrose.

There will be dancing (cowboy boots recommended) and a light dinner catered by Pine Cone Catering. Cost is $15 and a cash bar is available.

Tickets can be purchased at http://www.eventbrite.com, search Honky Tonk Montrose, or call Terri Leben at 901-6761.

Visit welcomemontrose.com for more 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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