Your Town, June 23, 2013

Bike to Work Day — a day to promote the fun and freedom of safely riding a bike to work or school, or for errands and recreation — will happen Wednesday in the Grand Valley.

Granted, pedal power won’t get you to your destination as quickly, but planning ahead and enjoying the slower pace can be rewarding. Not only is it great exercise, but it can also find you appreciating the scenery along the way.

As you commute with pedal power instead of the pedal to the metal on Wednesday, take the time to enjoy the ride’s change of pace — the aroma of freshly mown grass, butterflies that flutter alongside, songbirds greeting you from high in the trees, or the coolness of the sprinkler mist that catches the breeze as you ride by.

Disclaimer: All bikers should practice safe riding, obey traffic signals, wear a helmet, and dress comfortably for the ride. Participants should also be aware that riding a bike can causes happiness and impromptu smiling. Because you are open to the elements, it’s recommended that you inspect for bugs in your teeth after dismounting.

Homeowners along your route are not responsible for thorn pricks caused by your stopping to smell their roses.

Having fun!

Grand Junction Harley-Davidson will host a poker run Saturday to benefit the homeless pets at Roice-Hurst Humane Society.

Rider sign-up will be from 9–10 a.m. at the Harley-Davidson dealership, 2747 Crossroads Blvd. Cost is $15 per rider, $25 per couple. First place wins $200, second place $100 and worst hand gets $50.

The after-ride event is from noon–2 p.m., featuring a barbecue and live music by The Instagators. Suggested donation for the barbecue is $10. All proceeds will go to the Roice-Hurst Humane Society. Vintage motorcycles will be on display and the public can vote for their favorites at $1 per vote, benefitting Roice-Hurst.

Call 245-0812 for more information.

Angel Babies Grief Support Group, a group for parents and family members who have experienced the loss of a baby during pregnancy or shortly thereafter, will begin meeting from 7–9 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month at Miller Homestead, 3090 North 12th St.

The group is a community service provided by St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center and HopeWest (formerly Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado).

Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 248-8844 for information.

RSVP will host Water Wise Lawn and Garden Solutions, a free education seminar, at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the RSVP office, 422 White Ave., in the lower level of the US Bank Building.

A master gardener and a speaker from Drought Response Information Project (DRIP) will present ways to maintain a healthy lawn and garden during a drought. Container gardening, xeriscaping, proper watering, drought-tolerant native plants and optional landscaping ideas will be discussed.

Seating is limited. Call 243-9839 to reserve a seat.

The Redlands Lions Club will install a new board of directors at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Redlands Community Center. A dinner meeting will follow the installation.

The board of directors for 2013–14 is president Tom Kalenian; first vice president Cal Bilger, second vice president Jim Johns, third vice president Tom Ladenthin, secretary Burke Dailey, treasurer Dave McIlnay and assistant secretary Joyce Stevenson.

Also, two-year director Reed Shaffer, two-year director Denning Buchter, one-year director Reg Sanderson, one-year director Don Dove, Tail Twister Wally Diede, Lion Tamer Wayne Wells and IPP & membership Jim Landis.

The Redlands Lions Club continues its flag service program with the next scheduled holiday being Independence Day. The service is for residents in the Tiara Rado, Seasons, Monument Village, Panorama, Villiage Way and other subdivisions as well as some businesses on the Redlands.

Call Chuck Stevenson at 242-3222 or McIlnay at 433-7961 for information.

The Central High School class of 1973 will have its 40th class reunion July 26–27 and is looking for lost classmates.

A mixer is planned for 
July 26 and a dinner on July 27 at Chipeta Golf Course Clubhouse.

If you are interested in attending, or have information on any of the missing classmates listed below, call Kim Babbel at 434-7557.

Do you know the whereabouts of Eddie Bambino, Richard Barnes, Sue Berens, Steve Bradley, Synthia Broyles, Vickie Burdick, Veronica Carbajal, Christy Carty, Marsden Chew, Margaret Coakley, Alice Collins, David Crawford,  Jim Donovan, Diane Ellis, Debra Eslinger, Kathy Green, Erlene Harris, Mike Hillwig, Sharon Inskeep, Thom Johnson, Vickie Kasten, Dave Lister, Delia Lopez, Dianna Lopez, or Christina Lowder?

How about Paula Lujan, Barbara Lutz, Lewis McClendon, Kathy McCurdy, Cheryl McKissen, Scott McNeese, Richard McVern, Beverly Motz, Bill Murphy, Glenda Neal, Robert Neilson, Charles O’Neill, Joe Parkhurst, Doug Pickering, Peggy Price, Mike Roberts, Tom Rogers, Steve Searcy, Jeff Singleton, Les Sparks, Karen Stephens, Barbara Stolte, Leslie Tracey, Becky Vela, Mark Vollmert, Jill Wark, Kathy Wesner, Cindi White, Kathy Wilson, Nina Wood, or Lynn Wynkoop?

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