Your Town, July 9, 2017

The series, “Diary of a Graceful Gray,” continues this week with installment No. 3.

Last week’s entry was a mixed bag of nuts, containing elements of empowerment, insecurity, impatience and a heaping handful of uncertainty. Frankly this entire journey could pretty much be summed up in those words.

Here are a few entries from last September. It had been approximately two months since I last colored my hair.

■ Sept. 13, 2016

I’m back from vacation and wait ‘till you see what I did. I cut my hair so short.

I am not trying to emulate anyone in particular, but I’ve been looking at photos of actress Jamie Lee Curtis, and that is how I want my hair styled. Short, like hers.

The “white” is really starting to show and, to put a more positive spin on it, I’ve decided to tell people “I’m growing out my natural color” rather than “I’m growing out the gray,” when they ask.

Or, if they ask. Isn’t it a bit odd that no one has said anything?

There are so many shades happening right now as the color fades to a lighter brown, the darker natural color is more prominent, and the white emerges. Allen reached to touch above my ear the other day, with alarm, thinking I was going bald there, but alas … it was just the white showing.

P.S. An after thought: No one is ever going to say: “looks like you’ve put on a few pounds recently.” Or, “wow, your wrinkles are really starting to show these days.”

So, why am I thinking someone is going to say, “Well, look at that — I just noticed how gray your hair is.”

■ Sept. 15, 2016

And, there’s Andrea Derujinsky.

Andrea who? Unless you went to Miller Jr. High School with me a few decades ago, you probably don’t know who she is. Her father was a fashion photographer, Gleb Derujinsky, who was famous in the ‘50s–‘70s for his photos in Harper’s “Bazaar” magazine. Anyway, Andrea sat next to me in one of our seventh grade classes. Fast forward … she now lives in Hollywood and, according to internet sites and social media, she is highly involved in the fashion, art and movie scene industry there. She’s a published author, has done commercials, film and photo shoots and is just downright successful.

I like her hair. It’s natural and short. She’s my age and I know her.

Fine, I knew her 45 years ago. She probably doesn’t remember me.

But, she oozes confidence with that natural hair-color thing.

■ Sept. 19, 2016

With apologies to Tom Petty … the waiting is the hardest part.

To be continued ...

The Knights of Columbus No. 1062 continues its bingo nights on the second and fourth Fridays of each month throughout the rest of the year.

July bingo nights will take place the 14th and 28th.

Bingo starts at 6:30 p.m., at St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish Center, 330 White Ave. Cost is $10 for the first packet (includes all games) and $7 for a second packet.

Call Jim Pasterz at 261-1952 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Mike Moran, 270-6162, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

Western Colorado Astronomy Club will have a free public night sky viewing session starting after sundown on Saturday.

The public is invited to look through telescopes to see the Great Globular Cluster (M13) in Hercules and double stars. Viewing is at the Saddlehorn Pincnic Area at Colorado National Monument.

Visit wcacastronomy.org for more information.

The Mesa County Women’s Network‘s July luncheon meeting, happening from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Tuesday, at the Bookcliff Country Club, 2730 G Road, will feature a presentation on “Building Our Brain Health” by Paula Roelands and Rebecca Glasser.

Take cash to purchase tickets for the opportunity basket that will benefits Ariel Clinical Services.

RSVP and pay for the luncheon using the tab at mcwn.org. Cost for the meeting and lunch for members is $18 with a reservation by the due date, or $22 for all guests and late reservations.

Visit the website or call Brenda Watson at 261-3446 for more information.

Vegan Life Colorado, Grand Junction Branch will host a Salad Days of Summer raw foods vegan potluck on Saturday at the Lakeside Community Room, 3150 Lakeside.

Participants will gather at 5:30 p.m. and eat at 6 p.m. For the potluck, take a raw foods vegan dish free of animal products to serve eight. Recipe ideas can be found at raw-food-diet-magazine.com/raw-food-recipes.html.

Bring the recipe with all ingredients listed, your own place setting and beverage. Call Marian Dorn at 255-0417 or Rhonda Dunlap at 242-2089 or visit VeganLifeColorado.org for information.

The call has gone out to clubs and organizations that would like to be included in the Western Colorado Portrait Living glossy magazine that will publish on Sunday, Aug. 27.

The former Answer Book/Users Guide was published for the first time last August in a glossy format, and included the various listings for, but not limited to:

■ Dance, theater and music organizations, galleries, museums and miscellaneous arts.

■ Clubs and organizations that love pets, critters and animals, plants and agricultural, support organizations, and general interest groups.

■ Fraternal and service organizations, military and veteran organizations and business organizations.

■ Youth, sports and recreation organizations.

To be a part of the listings, send your club or organization name, telephone number and website if you have one, as well as a brief description of the organization, using one of the options at the end of this column (email, fax, mail).

The deadline to submit the information is July 31.

Submit Calendar 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 734 S. Seventh St., Grand Junction, CO, 81501. Items to be considered for Your Town should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.


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