Your Town, June 1, 2014

Kiwanis Club of Grand Junction, Downtown Rotary Club and the Lions Club of Grand Junction combined efforts in March to present the annual Harlem Ambassadors vs. Community All-Stars basketball game at Colorado Mesa University.

It was a successful effort, as the game raised more than $7,000.

Proceeds from the event were donated to three local organizations Thursday during the Kiwanis Club of Grand Junction’s weekly luncheon at Two Rivers Convention Center.

HomewardBound of the Grand Valley received $5,500, School District 51 Foundation received $1,500 and Hope of the Grand Valley received $500.

Zebulon Miracle, curator of programs and advancement for Museum of Western Colorado, will discuss how mining has shaped Mesa County during a talk at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Central Library, Mesa County Libraries, 443 N. Sixth St.

“The history of mining in Mesa County is a story that spans back to the beginning of our local history and contains many colorful characters and ideas,” a news release said.

Miracle will look at everything from copper to coal and uranium to gold, booms and busts and some of the most creative and wondrous ideas to capture mineral wealth.

Call 243-4442 for information.

Kannah Creek Brewing Co.‘s next firkin fundraiser will benefit Child and Migrant Services, a local organization that provides a variety of services to Mesa County’s farm workers and their families.

Child and Migrant Services, celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, was founded in 1954 by three fruit growers’ wives. It helps farm workers attain their most basic needs during their stay in Mesa County, access to bilingual assistance and opportunities for educational and social activities.

Kannah Creek’s brewers will hand-tap a firkin of Honey Amber beer at 
5 p.m. at the brewery, 1960 N. 12th St. All proceeds from sales of $4 pints will be donated to the migrant services,  while supplies last.

Visit or call Kannah Creek, 243-0702, for information.

Local Legends and True Tales of the alleys in downtown Montrose will be at 7 p.m. June 3 and 9 a.m. June 14, beginning at the Montrose County Historical Museum, 21 N. Rio Grande St. in Montrose.

Cost is a $5 donation.

The museum is also planning a cemetery tour at 4 p.m. June 28 at the Grandview Cemetery. Space is limited.

To register or for information, call 249-8085.

Ten years of building trails and helping youth succeed will be celebrated at 9 am. Tuesday, at the Tabaguache Trailhead/Lunch Loop parking lot

Members of Hilltop’s Residential Youth Services volunteer more than 1,000 hours a year to help provide public use trails as part of Hilltop’s Trail Crew. 

“The Trail Crew’s work has resulted in more than 50 miles of trails built, maintained or restored by the Trail Crew for enjoyment by the community,” a news release said. 

“The Trail Crew is an effort to get at-risk kids outdoors doing meaningful work and is supported by the Grand Junction Bureau of Land Management and the Western Colorado Conservation Corps. Local hikers and bikers are well aware of the Trail Crew’s work including Andy’s Loop, Kids’ Meal, Eagle’s Tail, Kurt’s Lane, Holy Cross, Holey Bucket and many more,” the release said.

The public is invited to attend the celebration. The trail head is on the east side of Monument Road, halfway between Albertsons and Colorado National Monument’s East Entrance. There will be refreshments, giveaways and a raffle.

Call David Livingston at 244-0592 for information.

The local chapter of Friendship Force International hosted ambassadors from Moscow this past week, sharing the American culture and western hospitality through a variety of activities.

The ambassadors are in the area through Monday, and their busy itinerary has featured a tour of downtown Grand Junction, a “meet the City Council” event and welcome dinner, travels to the Glenwood Springs Hot Springs, a Rim Rock Adventure float trip, a tour of Colorado National Monument and a special dinner event at the Varaison Vineyards and Winery in Palisade. 

Friendship Force International is a nonprofit organization that provides opportunities to explore the world and experience a unique cultural encounter and lasting friendships. Members serve as U.S. ambassadors who travel as a group to other countries where they are welcomed by FFI club members and hosted in their homes.

In turn, local members share our area’s culture and show off its scenery and western hospitality to ambassadors from other parts of the world.

Learn more about FFI by calling Sue Palmer at 260-4653.

Don’t miss out on some old time Norwegian humor during the next meeting of the Vestafjell Lodge, Sons of Norway at 2 p.m. June 8 at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 3133 F Road. 

The meeting will feature Duane and Annette Helgelien — Knut and Helge — presenting “Little Ole’s Big Adventure,” and the 24th anniversary of the lodge will be celebrated with cake and ice cream.

Take a side dish, small sandwiches, salad, or fruit for the potluck Koldbord lunch. Guests who enjoy Scandinavian culture and cuisine are welcome. 

Vestafjell Lodge will not meet in July.

Call Barb at 245-5649 or Bud at 242-3396 for information, or visit www.

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