Your Town, June 2, 2013

The recurring theme in this week’s Your Town is “reminiscing” and catching up on “the good ol’ days.”

There are a number of picnics and reunions highlighted in Your Town today, and no doubt, there will be more as the summer rolls on.

Will you be attending a reunion this summer?

Social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, has changed the face of reunions and gatherings, but not necessarily for the good. While it may be easier to locate the “lost” classmates, gone is the element of surprise and the opportunity to ask someone you haven’t heard from in years — “how have you been?”

An acquaintance recently received a Facebook invitation to his high school class reunion this summer. There were some in his class that he was looking forward to seeing, but was hesitant about going. While visiting the class reunion Facebook page, he browsed through the profiles of those who noted they’d be “going” as well as those who were listed as “maybe” and “decline.”

“I already found out what everybody has done since graduating, where they went to college, saw pictures of their wife and kids and photo albums detailing various things they’d done and places they’d visited. I’m all caught up with everybody,” he said.

“So now what? I’m not sure what to talk about when I already know too much,” he added.

It’s quite sad, when you think about it.

I wonder. Is the barrage of electronic updates from classmates, family and friends, in reality, just keeping us farther away from them?

The 40th annual Summit County picnic is set for 
11:30 a.m.–3 p.m. June 9 at Long’s Family Memorial Park, Grand Mesa Shelter.

Lunch will be at noon. Take your favorite picnic dish and beverage. Donations will be collected to fund future picnics. Cups, plates, silverware, napkins, ice, tea and water will be provided.

“Those of you who have been unable to join us recently, we have missed you,” an invitation to the event said.

“It is a wonderful chance to get together and talk about the good old days and catch up on today’s lives.”

Call Wanda at 216-2297, Reba at 241-5925 or 210-9522 or Patsy at 261-1880 for information.

The Fruita Monument High School class of 1988 will have its 25th reunion weekend 
July 19—20, daring classmates to go “Back to the ‘80s!”

There will be a golf outing with tee times starting at 
11 a.m. July 19 and a bar social that evening at 6 at The Ale House. 

A family picnic is set for 
11 a.m. July 20 at Canyon View Park. The picnic will include pizza, beverages and family fun.

A reunion dinner that night will be at 6, at The Rock Bar and Grill at Tiara Rado Golf Course.

Dig deep (or not so deep) into your closets for whatever ‘80s clothing attire you have and join the night of laughs and reminiscing. Prizes will be given.

Visit for information or call Eric Gilbert at 443-0045 or email fmhsclass

The Grand Valley School class of 1963 will host the 20th annual Grand Valley School reunion June 22 at Cottonwood Park in Parachute.

There will be coffee and donuts at 10 a.m. with a potluck lunch at noon. Take your favorite dish to share, a beverage, lawn chairs and table. Coffee, plates, napkins and cutlery will be provided.

Call Linda (Standlee) DeGeus at 970-589-9926 for information.

Mesa County Women’s Network will meet from 
11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Tuesday at the Lincoln Park Tower Hospitality Suite at Suplizio Field.

Lunch will be catered by one of the network’s members. The nonprofit recipient this month is Camp Good Grief.

Lunch tickets are $16 for members with preregistration and $20 for guests paid in advance. Go to for information and to register.

Call Rowena Boroughs at 216-1232 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.

The Parenting Place, 1505 Chipeta Ave., has a busy summer of activities planned for parents and kids:

■ An infant/toddler story time, “Nite-Nite-Sleep-Tight,” focusing on sleep challenges and strategies, will be at 2 p.m. Wednesdays, June 5, 12 and 19, at the 516 N. 15th St. playroom. Cost is $5 per session or $15 for the series. The interactive story time is for parents and caregivers of infants and toddlers up to 18 months.

There will be developmentally appropriate stories with American sign language, nursery rhymes, puppets and poetry, music play, singing, dancing, scarves, and parachute play.

To register, call Grand Junction Parks and Recreation at 254-3866. 

■ A Green Parenting Series: DIY Toxic-free Home will be offered from 3–4:30 p.m. 
June 15. Participants can take home recipes and samples for cleaning supplies and air fresheners. Cost is $7. To register or for information, call The Parenting Place at 254-8240.

■ Parenting That Works: Love and Logic for Parents of Infants and Toddlers, for parents of children newborn–2 years, will be from 6–7:30 p.m. Thursdays, June 27–Aug. 8.

Work together as a parenting team to guide infants and toddlers, using the Love and Logic model.

Topics include negotiating and building family rules, disciplining as a team, understanding baby’s/toddler’s development, learning to say “no” in a variety of effective ways, and enforcing limits with empathy to your baby’s response

Cost is $50 per family.

■ Coming in July:  Green Parenting: Baby Bites – DIY Nutritious Baby Foods.

To register or learn about upcoming events and classes, call The Parenting Place at 254-8240.

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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