Your Town, July 15, 2012

There’s something sneaky on the prowl and its name is Back to School.

Subtly it lurks, like a burglar, ready to steal what’s left of summer. Smack dab in the midst of their summer break — with days splashing at the pool, traveling on family vacations, and sleeping until noon — kids especially are steering clear of its ominous presence.

I first noticed its appearance in the Sunday paper store inserts, advertising back-to-school clothing sales, followed by the observation of store clerks, stocking aisles with school supplies. Sneaky indeed.

Here’s to what’s left of summer break. I hope you’re making the best of it.

It’s time to get out of bed.

The Museum of Western Colorado will host a two-part Oral History program addressing the Teachers Strike of 1973.

Phil Born, Museum of Western Colorado staff member and Mesa County school teachers will present the sessions at noon July 19 and Aug. 16, at the Whitman Educational Center, 248 S. Fourth St.

The 1973 labor dispute was one of the most successful strikes of that time period, according to a news release from the museum.

Take a lunch to the informative programs.

Call 242-0971 or visit for information.

The Foster Grandparent Program will have a volunteer roundup at 9 a.m. Tuesday, at Connection Church, 402 Grand Ave., the former First Assembly of God building.

The nonprofit organization is recruiting adult volunteers ages 55 and older to spend time in area classrooms, tutoring and mentoring children, one-on-one.

Staff members will be on hand to provide information, conduct interviews and answer questions. The need for volunteers is great at preschool and elementary schools in Loma, Fruita, Delta, Clifton and Grand Junction.

Volunteers must relate well to children, display patience, kindness and compassion, while working under the supervision of a teacher for approximately 15 hours a week during the school year. Those who meet age and income criteria are eligible to receive a modest, non-taxable stipend plus other benefits.

Call Tanya Fink, program coordinator, at 263-9091, ext 6, or make plans to attend the volunteer roundup.

The Kiwanis Golden K Club will host a visit by the president of Colorado State University, Tony Frank, at its 9 a.m. meeting Wednesday, at the Redlands Community Center.

Anyone interested in hearing Frank speak is invited to attend.

Roxie Denning was named Kiwanian of the Year for her continued efforts to serve the Kiwanis Club of Grand Junction and the community.

Denning, an eight-year member, was honored with the award that recognized efforts in 2011 and previous years.

Denning has been editor of the weekly Kiwanis Bulletin since 2007 and serves on the allocations committee that determines which local charitable organizations receive funding from Kiwanis. She served as the Pancake Day silent auction chairperson this year, participates in The Salvation Army Bell Ringing fundraiser each December, serves on the Citizen of the Year Committee, was a Kiwanis board member from 2009–11 and was a delegate to the Kiwanis International Convention in 2010.

Are you interested in supporting victims of crime or other traumatic events, or looking for a challenging but rewarding volunteer opportunity in the community?

The Grand Junction Police Department and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office are conducting a joint victim advocate training academy in early September. The deadline to apply for the training is Aug. 1.

Volunteers must pass a background check, have their own vehicle and insurance and be available for 12-hour shifts.

Call Tracy Baker at the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, 244-3275 or Mary Harmeling at the Grand Junction Police Department, 244-3580 for more information.

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, a kickoff and silent auction will be from 11 a.m.–6 p.m. July 22, at Bananas Family Fun Park.

A portion of the proceeds from sales of wristbands will go to the making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk, set for Oct. 13, at Stocker Stadium.

Call Latasha Harris at 985-9172, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Brandy Callaway, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit for information.

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