Your Town, June 30, 2013

Monday, July 1 will be the 182nd day of 2013, leaving 183 days left in the year.

The year is almost half-way done ... or is it half-way begun? A pessimist says the glass is half-empty. The optimist says the glass is half-full.

I’d say, in this scorching, sizzling, sweltering heat — that is rather common at the year’s half-way mark — we should just fill all the glasses back up, add lots of ice and try to think chilled, glacial, frosty, and goose-bumpy thoughts.

Cheers, and have a happy and safe Fourth of July.

The Grand Junction High School class of 1993 reunion will happen July 19–20.

Events include a happy hour at the Ale House, a breakfast tour of the high school campus, a potluck picnic at Canyon View Park, and a dance at Two Rivers Winery.

Register at, or for more information email Brian Fleming at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The Grand Junction High School class of 1958 will have its 55-year reunion Sept. 6–7, at Two Rivers Convention Center.

RSVPs are due by July 15 — call Don at 241-2461 or Jackie at 242-1270 for more information.

Are you seeing pink?

Flamboyant pink flamingos are congregating on a lawns in the area, but have no fear, it’s not an invasion, it’s for a good cause.

In May, Center for Independence kicked off a Flamingo Flocking Rental Program in which rental flocks will roost for 48 hours in the yard of your “special someone.” The public is invited to rent the flamingos for a birthday, anniversary, graduation, retirement, or “just because.”

Were you “flocked” and looking to send a revenge flocking? 

Yard displays will include anywhere from 10 to 100 pink flamingos, a “You’ve Been Flocked Certificate” for your friend, a “You’ve Been Flocked” yard sign and one special announcement sign wishing someone “Happy Birthday,” “Congratulations,” “Welcome,” “Happy Anniversary,” “Over-the-Hill,” or “Surprise!”

Flocking is by reservation only and flamingos are limited so plan ahead.

To make a reservation, call 241-0315 and ask for a CFI Flamingo Specialist.

The latest class of graduates for CASA of the 7th Judicial District class were sworn in by District Court Judge James Schum and assigned to cases in the 7th Judicial District involving abused and neglected children.

The graduates — Marcia Allison, Mary Ann Coons, Trisha Schaeffer, Rebecca Taylor, David Kirk, Dave Adams, Debbie Myrick, Kelsey Smith, Christina Fulmer, Carlton Mason, and Stacey Ryan — completed 32 hours of training required to become “court appointed special advocates.”

Formally trained and dedicated CASA volunteers participate as independent child advocates in the complex and difficult decision-making process directly affecting these abused and neglected children.

To learn more about CASA and its mission and child advocacy efforts, call 249-0337 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Friendship Force International will have an indoor potluck picnic from 11 a.m.–1 p.m. July 13, in the lower level conference room at Community Hospital, 2021 N. 12th St.

Guest speaker Frank Fristensky will present “Inside the Czech Republic,” following the picnic.

Call 241-9122 for more information or visit

American Legion 2009 is now meeting on the second Monday of each month, at The Atrium, 3260 N. 12th St.

Veterans are welcome to attend. A free dinner, provided by The Atrium, is at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting is at 6:30 p.m.

Call 242-9195 for more information.

Recruiting Seniors for Volunteer Positions — RSVP — will celebrate its 40th anniversary in Mesa County, with an open house from 1–4 p.m. July 9, at its offices, 422 White Ave., Suite 090, in the lower level of the US Bank building.

A raffle drawing will take place at 4 p.m., for a new 7-foot pool table and a new 42” 3D Cinema LG flat screen television. Raffle tickets can be purchased by calling RSVP at 243-9839.

RSVP helps more than 79 agencies in Mesa County by providing senior volunteers who help with many different tasks ranging from building ramps for handicapped individuals to tutoring in schools, to one-time event projects and more.

Call 243-9839 or visit for information.

Western Slope Non-smoking Singles Inc., For Seniors has planned events for July.

■ Potluck meeting followed by games, 1 p.m. July 13, at First Presbyterian Church, 3940 27 1/2 Road

■ Dine out, 11:30 a.m. July 17, Randy’s Southside Diner, 3210 Interstate 70 Business Loop in Clifton. Call Winnie at 589-9309, by July 16 for reservations. Guests are welcome but you must have reservations.

■ Outing to Aspen, meet at 9:30 a.m. July 20, at Coronado Plaza in Clifton. Lunch will be in Aspen. Call Flora at 434-5277 if you wish to go and let her know if you are willing to drive.

■ Potluck, 1 p.m. July 27, at First Presbyterian Church, 3940 27 1/2 Road. Games will follow. Guests are not only welcome but encouraged. Guests are not expected to bring food.

Although the group meets at a church, it is not affiliated with any church.

Call 424-5277 for more 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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