Your Town, Jan. 26, 2014

In a failed attempt last year to make the day after the Super Bowl a national holiday, backers of the proposal posted an online petition at We the People (, where Americans are invited to take action on a range of important issues facing the country by posting petitions at the website.

“By declaring the Monday following Super Bowl Sunday a national holiday, the current administration can promote camaraderie among the American people, keep the streets safer for our children on Sunday night and Monday morning, promote a productive workplace when work resumes on Tuesday, and honor the most popular event in modern American culture,” the petition stated.

The petition page closed, after failing to garner the 100,000 signatures required to receive a response from the administration.

Food for thought: if this petition had gone the distance and you actually had a paid day off after the big game, how would you spend it?

Send your responses to the email listed at the end of this column, by next Friday, and I’ll compile the answers for next week’s Your Town.

The Super Bowl Shuffle II 5K, hosted by Riverside Educational Center, is set for noon Feb. 2 at the Old Riverside School, 552 W. Main St.

The family event race starts at noon, well before the “big game,” and packet pickup is from 10:30–11:45 the morning of the race. Strollers and dogs on leashes are welcome.

“This is the only Grand Junction race serving homemade posole and tortillas at the finish line,” a news release said.

Visit or call Mary at 433-0481 for information.

The Colorado Association of 4-WD Clubs will present the Grand Mesa Jeep Club with the 2013 Colorado Club of the Year Award at the club’s meeting on Feb. 3 at Fiesta Guadalajara Restaurant, 710 North Ave.

Social hour and no host dinner is from 6–7 p.m. and the business meeting is at 7 p.m.

Outgoing president Jeff Bates will be presented with the 2013 Colorado 4-Wheeler of the Year Award.

Owners of all makes of off-road vehicles are invited. Visit for information.

The Children’s Nature Center will celebrate its first month anniversary Feb. 4 at 404 Jurassic Ave., in Fruita.

A ribbon-cutting ceremony, conducted by the Grand Junction Chamber of Commerce, will be at 11:30 a.m.

The center opened earlier this month “after three years of work and many more years of dreaming,” according to a Daily Sentinel story detailing the opening.

“Exhibits range from a faux tree plastered with diagrams that detail the life cycles of various species to a station where children can look through masks to see how an insect, shark or chameleon views the world.”

New species of fish, turtles, reptiles and other sea creatures will be added regularly to the zoological displays to educate and entertain beyond the classroom, a news release said.

Winter hours are 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Monday through Saturday and noon–5 p.m. Sunday, through May 1.

Visit for information.

“Journaling your fiber project,” presented by Helen Salter, is the featured program at the Mesa Fiber Arts Guild meeting at noon Feb. 5, at the First Presbyterian Church, 3940 27 1/2 Road.

The evening meeting, at 6 p.m. Feb. 6, will include a presentation by guild president and local entomologist, Jude Sirota, who will show members the many differences and similarities of the cellular structure of fiber. That meeting takes place at the Center for Independence Craft Room, 740 Gunnison Ave. Enter the building from the second front door from the parking lot.

The meetings are open to anyone who enjoys or wants to learn about knitting, weaving, rug hooking, crochet, fiber dyeing or other fiber arts.

Visit for information.

Speechcrafters, a six-week class on improving your public speaking abilities offered by local Toastmasters clubs, will begin Feb. 5.

“You never know when you will need to be able to speak in public,” a news release said. “It could be at your church, across the table at a family dinner, or in front of a large group.”

Call 314-6030 for information.

The Grand Mesa Back Country Horsemen will have its monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Feb. 3, at the Mesa Mall Community Room.

Guest speaker Jan Potterveld will discuss using Facebook to promote club activities and communication.

Call Katey Kelly at 596-4870 for information.

A new eight-week class, “Bridge Transitions,” will be offered from 7–8 p.m. Wednesdays beginning Feb. 5, at Western Colorado Community College.

The class, taught by Barbara Chaplik and Steve Skogland, is for experienced bridge players who want to know more about duplicate bridge.

“You will become comfortable with the nuances of duplicate play and find more fun and new competition for the game of bridge,” a news release said.

Register through WCCC or call Skogland at 270-8410 for information.

Grand Mesa Chorus Sweet Adelines members participated in a “wonderful evening and full day of musical education and sisterhood,” during a weekend music coaching session Jan 10–11.

Chorus Director Tammy Schler and a coach, Vickie Maybury led the productive weekend.

Maybury is an International Expression Judge, a certified International Faculty member and a Master Director of the Denver Skyline Chorus, a news release said.

“Vickie’s creative approach includes teaching vocal skills to both right and left-brained learning styles. She focuses on positive energy and love for the music.”

Women vocalists ages 18 and older are invited to attend the open rehearsals from 6:30–9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, at the Redlands United Methodist Church, 527 Village Way.

Call Cindy at 314-6103 or Linda at 241-5438 for Grand Mesa Chorus membership information or visit

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