Your Town, July 8, 2012

A hearty round of applause to all those who have been washing their cars and household windows, planning picnics, parades and outdoor weddings, and leaving home without the umbrella. I’m beginning to believe all our hard work is finally going to pay off.

Recent weather stories “indicate that something new is in the air” besides the 100-degree air that has hung heavy the past few weeks. We could be in for a bit of liquid falling from the skies, but we still need to keep up the efforts — shake the rain stick, do a rain dance, plan a family outing, wash something. Well, maybe not wash something. That seems kind of oxymoronish in a drought.

Pray for rain. We sure could use a rainbow.

It didn’t rain on this parade — here are the winning entries from the Independence Day Parade that took place July 4 in downtown Grand Junction: first place, The McCallister Family; tie for second place, Liz’s Pampered Pet Parlor & Paws Grooming Academy and TLC Grooming by Danielle.

The Western Colorado African Violet Society meets at 7 p.m. the second Wednesday of the month at the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, 641 Struthers Ave.

The monthly program features a show and tell, demonstrations, hands-on workshops and a question and answer session. Call 257-1718 for information or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

A Mount Garfield Middle School staff reunion is set for 3–6 p.m. Aug. 11 at the Ale House, 2531 N. 12th St., on the patio.

Call Deb Osborne at 858-0665 for information.

The Grand Junction High School class of 2002 will have its 10-year reunion July 27–28.

The back patio at the Rockslide, 401 Main St., will be reserved from 6 p.m. until close July 27, and a picnic will take place at 11:30 a.m. July 28 at the south shelter in Sherwood Park. Hot dogs and hamburgers will be provided.

An informal happy hour will take place the evening of July 28 at the Ale House, 2531 North 12th St.

Call 720-244-0404 for information.

The Western Colorado Botanical Gardens will host a butterfly count beginning at 8 a.m. July 14 at the Gardens, 641 Struthers Ave.

Participants can practice identification of local butterflies and learn how to do a butterfly count, according to rules established by the North American Butterfly Association.

Call 257-1718 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.

RSVP’s annual volunteer ice cream social is set for 12:30 p.m. July 13 at the First Presbyterian Church, 3940 27 1/2 Road. There will be ice cream and toppings, entertainment and door prizes.

Seating is limited. Call 243-9839 for reservations or to learn more about becoming an RSVP volunteer.

The following young men have earned their Eagle rank through the Boy Scouts of America, Western Colorado Council: May 17, Aaron Parker, Crew 242, Basalt; Eric Palmer, Team 233, New Castle; June 10, Christian Richardson, Troop 303, Grand Junction.

Center for Independence and Men’s Wearhouse are partnering to help local job seekers through a professional clothing drive that will benefit Grand Valley’s disadvantaged workers.

Members of the community are invited to take donations of men’s and women’s suits, shirts, jackets, ties, belts and shoes to the Men’s Wearhouse location in Mesa Mall.

According to the CFI website, its “Vocation Program has been the recipient of donations from the Men’s Wearhouse Suit Drives for the last couple of years. The donations go to clients who are job-seeking and want to look their best for interviews, or who need them for employment.”

Call 241-0315 or visit http://www.NationalSuitDrive.com for information.

The July 9 meeting of the Mesa County Republican Women will feature member Janet Grove summarizing the book, “Christianity and the Constitution — The Faith of Our Founding Fathers,” written by John Eidsmoe.

The meeting begins at noon at Two Rivers Convention Center. Cost is $15 per person. Register with Joan Kelsey at 248-0815.

Western Colorado Congress of Mesa County will present an Atomic Ice Cream Social with geologist Pete Winn, from 7–9 p.m. July 12, at the KAFM Radio Room, 1310 Ute Ave.

Winn, a geologist with 30 years experience analyzing the viability of projects for the mining industry, will speak on the economic aspects of uranium mining in the Uravan Mineral Belt.

Ice cream will be served after the talk.

For information visit http://www.wccongress.org or call 256-7650.

Mesa County Democrats will host a free barbecue from 3–7 p.m. July 15 at Canyon View Park to meet the Democratic candidates.

Food and beverages will be provided.

Take spare change or dollars to “Jam the Jar” with donations to benefit the candidates.

Call 986-8342 for information.

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


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