Your Town, Jan. 20, 2013

We all have dreams.When the weather forecast calls for 5 below, we dream of burying our toes in the sands of Waikiki. In July, however, we’ll dream of escaping to higher elevations, rather than sweltering in the scorching valley below.

We dream of winning the lottery, and we dream of losing those extra pounds that keep hugging our midsection.

Martin Luther King Jr. had dreams, too. Oh, but they were much bigger dreams than sandy beaches or cash in the bank. They were dreams of freedom. And, when you think about it, none of that other stuff really matters, unless you’re free.

Here are a few events happening Monday, in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day:

■  Mesa County AmeriCorps, a Hilltop program, is encouraging everyone to join the nationwide movement known as “26 Acts of Kindness.”

Martin Luther King Jr. won the Nobel Peace Prize for combating racial inequality through nonviolence, and to honor his message, as well as the victims of the elementary school shooting in Newtown, Conn., AmeriCorps is asking the community to perform acts of kindness right here at home.

They suggest shoveling someone’s sidewalk, delivering a cooked meal to a busy family, leaving chocolate on the desk of your co-workers, putting a coin in someone’s expired meter, or giving blood. Any random act of kindness will make a difference, a news release said.

Call Angie Bertrand, AmeriCorps director, at 244-0633 for information.

■  In an effort to celebrate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr., Humanists Doing Good will host a day of service titled Blood, Sweat and Cheers from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. Monday at the community garden at Fifth Street and Chipeta Avenue.

“People may choose to donate blood at the St. Mary’s Bloodmobile that will be present, they can volunteer to make improvements at a community garden, and they can celebrate the day with others with food and drink after the event,” a news release said.

Participants will rejuvenate and repair raised garden boxes at the site. The boxes are used by the those living with multiple sclerosis for recreational gardening during the summer months.

A gathering will be at The Ale House, 2531 N. 12th St., after the community garden work.

Humanists Doing Good focuses on charitable activities and good works throughout the Grand Valley, creating a sense of fellowship and community for the nonreligious and promoting secular education and activism by planning volunteer activities, educational events and social gatherings.

Call Jesse Bond at 623-2598 or visit HumanistsDoingGood.org for information.

Because of frigid temperatures, the Redlands Lions Club will not put out flags Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a normally scheduled day for the service.

In-ground receptacles are either frozen or covered in snow, making it difficult to place the poles. To make up for the day, flags will be delivered on Patriot Day, Sept. 11.

The service is offered nine holidays per year to people living in the Redlands Village, Seasons, Tiara Rado, Panorama, Monument Village, Broadway and South Broadway areas at the cost of $30 per year. Flags will be placed next on Presidents Day, Feb. 18, again weather permitting.

Call Chuck Stevenson at 242-3222 or Skip Hughes, 243-6785 for information.

As temperatures hover below freezing, keep in mind the Warming Hands Project drive to collect warm gloves and clothing for the needy.

Imagine being outdoors in the cold and not being able to go inside to get warm. Warming Hands distributes directly to these folks — whether on a corner or through one of the valley’s outreach agencies.

Gloves, in new or gently used condition, can be placed in the orange collection bins at these locations:

Clifton — US Bank, 569 32 Road, No. 16A

Fruita — Turn the Page Bookstore, 119 E. Aspen Ave., and US Bank, 412 Kokopelli Blvd.

Grand Junction — Heirlooms for Hospice, 635 Main St. (ask the staff for assistance); Dollar Tree Store, 2531 Rimrock Ave., Guild Mortgage, 500 Main St.; Returning Balance Therapy, 1000 North Ave, No. 42; US Bank branches at 2448 Patterson Road and 422 White Ave.

Palisade — Meadery of the Rockies, 3701 G Road.

Call Kathie Fingerson at 462-5290 or visit the Warming Hands Project Facebook page.

Laughing Dog Coffee House, 413 Monument Road, will sponsor a French Toast for Furry Friends fundraiser from 7 a.m.–2 p.m. Jan. 27 to benefit Roice-Hurst Humane Society.

One piece of French toast, made with homemade wheat bread, whipped cream, fresh fruit and condiments will be offered for a suggested minimum $3.50 donation or two pieces at a suggested donation of $5. All proceeds go to Roice-Hurst.

Visitors can enter their best “laughing dog” pet photo in a contest that day. There is no entry fee with a French toast donation, or $2 without. Contest fees will be donated to the shelter, also. Photos will be posted on the wall, with the best picture winning a prize.

Call 434-7337 for information.

Five young men have recently earned the Eagle Scout rank: Jade M. Astin, of Crew 481 in Delta, Emerald Park picnic shelter, 183 hours; Braden S. Astin, Team 481 Delta, Confluence Dog Park picnic shelter, 190 hours; Collin Page, Crew 277, Glenwood Springs, Metchell Creek Trail clearing and rebuilding, 186 hours; Bryan Lynn Brent, Troop 225, Glenwood Springs, reconstruction of kiosk for gun range, 82 hours; and Aaron Paul Kline, Crew 230, Bypsum, re-staining and sprucing up ECO bus stops, 181 hours.

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 81502. Items to be considered for Your Town should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.


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