Your Town, July 21, 2013

What is all that green stuff?

I blinked a few times to clear the blur in my eyes from the lack of sleep, buffed my sunglasses’ lens on my shirttail and ran the windshield wipers in the car in an effort to interpret the new, unfamiliar tone I was seeing.

Like most residents in the Grand Valley, I had been startled from a deep sleep early last Wednesday morning, by the abrupt clap of thunder and the subsequent lightning flashes and rumbles that continued for several minutes before the deluge hit like buckets dumping from the heavens.

After seeing water puddles still standing in the streets and debris piled along curbs and gutter drains, I surmised that it had been quite a gully washer, yet the sun was now shining brilliantly on my commute — the clouds had already retreated, giving way to a deep blue sky.

And the green, oh the brilliant, summer green. Green? In July? Unheard of, at least for the past few years, in our arid climate. Everywhere I looked it seemed so fresh and vibrant. Continued rains through the rest of the week have made the desert come alive with color.

I like July’s new fashion sense. Instead of her usual, midsummer garb of tired, dull and sizzled browns, she’s looking rather youthful and refreshing wearing these crisp monsoonal green tones.

Now, if we can just get her to quit stomping around in those thunderous stiletto heels at 3 in the morning and jolting us out of a deep sleep.

The Junior Service League of Grand Junction is accepting 2013 Community Giving grant applications online at through July 31.

Nonprofit organizations that meet Junior Service League’s eligibility requirements are welcome to apply. The funds awarded are raised through the league’s annual Viva El Vino wine-tasting event and the sales of its two cookbooks. All funds distributed by Junior Service League must be used in Mesa County to primarily benefit Mesa County residents.

Visit the website for information, eligibility requirements and to apply.

Funds will be awarded in December, and funds awarded must be used by December 31, 2014.

Want to learn more about the Junior Service League of Grand Junction?

The nonprofit service organization, comprising women who are committed to working together to improve the community through effective volunteerism and fundraising, will host a new member social at 
5:30 p.m. Thursday at JF Strothman Distillery, 2862 North Ave. Women attending can meet current members and learn more about the organization.

According to a news release, “joining JSL is an opportunity to have fun and meet new friends while contributing to the betterment of Mesa County.”

Interested but can’t make it to the social? Visit the website or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.

Montrose resident Claire Braddock has created a unique way for kids in her neighborhood to get involved in supporting troop and veterans.

Braddock started a Warrior Wishing Well in her front yard in which all proceeds from the fountain are donated, on the kids’ behalf, to the Wounded Warrior Project and Welcome Home Montrose.

She also sponsors a barbecue at the end of the month, when they pull out all the money and charge only change to eat.

“This month, Claire was able to donate $50 to the WCR, and several local veterans and National Guard members attended the barbecue and met the kids,” said Warrior Center Executive Director Emily Smith in the Wounded Warrior Project and Welcome Home Montrose newsletter.

Visit to learn about it.

National Night Out — that promotes crime prevention through police, community and neighborhood partnership — will be Aug. 6.

According to a news release from the Grand Junction Police Department, each year, dozens of area neighborhoods sponsor events that “help neighbors build camaraderie and familiarity with each other, while also sending a message to criminals that their neighborhoods are willing to fight back against crime.”

All Grand Junction neighborhoods that register their National Night Out events with the Grand Junction Police Department will be eligible to have an officer visit them during the event to provide safety information and answer questions.

Members of the Grand Junction Fire Department will also visit neighborhoods throughout Grand Junction that night.

To register, visit The website also has links to see which neighborhoods have registered and there are ideas for what to do during the event.

Call 549-5300 for information.

Members of the Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers presented a check 
July 15 in the amount of $1,000 to the Mesa County Public Library to help with expenses related to the Central Library Project.

“Our group sees the Mesa County Public Library as a tremendous asset to the community and an extremely valuable resource, and we want to be sure to support it in any way we can,” said Anne Landman, Freethinkers board member at large, in a news release.

“WCAF are donating these funds to help the library thrive and continue to bring a world of knowledge and enjoyment to the entire community.”

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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