Your Town, July 2, 2017

The Diary of a Graceful Gray continues with a couple of entries from last summer.

For those that may have missed last week’s column, I’m revisiting the sudden urge I had this time last year, to stop doing something I’d been doing for several decades: coloring my hair. At this point in the diary, it had been about six weeks since I’d last colored and it was still a new, and somewhat sensitive, issue as the “real” me was being exposed.

■ Aug. 29, 2016

My rebel spirit sure reared its ugly head this weekend, and it was quite empowering. I spoke up against the establishment that has been me, hiding behind the facade of hair color, and it validated what I’ve been feeling in regard to letting my gray grow out.

I am excited about meeting the real ME after all these years!

I suppose I got a little snippety and defensive when my sister asked if I was “pulling a Kim or Debbie,” referring to our grayer-haired cousins who rock the natural look.

“No, I’m pulling a Tammy!” I retorted.

She was quick to add why she would never grow out her gray, “because ‘they’ say ‘blah, blah, blah’ about her skin/wardrobe/season color-type.”

“Who are ‘they’ and why do you care what ‘they’ say?” I replied, more for my own benefit, I think.

My weekend mirror check determined that the gray is actually more white, which is even cooler. Grandma Arnold had such beautiful white hair. And, overall, the hair is getting lighter as it should, since the dark warm brown color continues to wash out. There’s a wide swath of darker hair on the right forehead side, meaning I could very well be less “white” than I’m thinking.

■ Sept. 1, 2016

Even if I wanted to throw in the towel and go back to coloring my hair, I’ve been so busy getting ready for a week’s vacation in the mountains, I haven’t had the time. It needs to be cut, too. I’ve packed my scissors and will plan to trim it at the resort.

I know I’ll get shocked looks when I come back to work after a week away, with whacked-off hair and a lot of white showing — big time. I should probably tell my co-workers what I’m doing, or, do I wait until they say something to me? What’s the protocol for something like this? No one has pointed out my dramatic roots … yet.

To be continued ...

Happy Independence Day!

On Tuesday morning, July 4, The Redlands Lions Club members and volunteers will place more than 700 American flags out for its customers to help celebrate the patriotic day.

The flags are placed early in the morning and picked up later the same day in the Tiara Rado, Seasons, Monument Village, Panorama and Redlands subdivisions, to name a few. Flags will also be placed at Community Hospital and some Redlands-area businesses.

The Redlands Lions Club flag service honors nine holidays each year at the cost of a $35 donation for each resident. Anyone interested in subscribing to the service or volunteering to help place the flags is invited to call Lions Club members Tom Kalenian at 201-8432 or Dave McIlnay, 433-7961.

The Mesa County Genealogical Society’s next meeting will feature the topic “Reviewing General History for Context.”

The meeting is at 7 p.m. July 13 at The Commons of Hilltop Garden Room, 625 
27 1/2 Road.

Call Stella at 640-2388 or visit for information.

The society also hosts help sessions on the first Friday of each month at various Mesa County Library branches. The July help session will be from 1 to 3 p.m. July 7 at the Fruita Branch, 324 N. Coulson St. in Fruita. Call the library branch at 858-7703 to schedule an appointment.

A new support group is meeting regularly.

The Tinnitus Support Group (constant ringing in your ears) will meet from 1 to 
2 p.m. on the second Saturday of each month in the St. Mary’s Physician Office Building, Entrance 3.

Call Elaine at 589-0305 for information.

Retirement is bittersweet for Grand Mesa Sweet Adelines chorus director Tammy Schler who is stepping down from the position she has held for 16 years.

Schler has been a member of the chorus for 33 years.

“Making the music sound really good and comfortable for the listener has always been the core of what I believe in singing Barbershop,” she said in a news release.

“I am blessed to have been given the privilege of sharing, learning, and teaching many challenging musical skills. I have grown so much as a person from the age of 26, when I joined, to now,” she said.

According to the history link at, Grand Mesa Chorus is a part of the Sweet Adelines International, “an organization of nearly 30,000 women worldwide who are dedicated to the promotion and performance of barbershop style harmony.”

Grand Mesa Chorus was charted in 1963 with 22 members and has grown to as many as 68 members through the years. Chorus members write and produce their own shows and compete each year in the Sweet Adelines International, Region 8 competition,

“This chorus has provided all of my musical education,” Schler said, adding “they have always believed in me and helped me in so many ways — I will be forever grateful.”

After some time off, Schler will return to the chorus as a bass singing member. A new director will be announced soon.

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