Your Town, March 10, 2013

The mission of this weekly column is to offer a “sampling what’s going on in the community” — a glimpse of Grand Valley clubs and organizations and what they are doing.

Well I know what they’re doing this week — eating.

Every item in today’s Your Town is edible. Drinks, soups, greens, main dishes ... clear down to the desserts.

So, let’s say grace and get to the point. It’s time to dig in.

There are no rules, so I suggest we start with desserts.

Cooookie! (spoken in a Cookie Monster growl, as cookie crumbs fly all about).

In its continued effort to raise funds to assist the team in traveling to the National Games in May in Buffalo, N.Y., the Grand Junction Veterans Golden Age Games Team is selling “Best of Country Cookies” recipe book. More than 250 of the best cookie recipes are contained in the 114-page quality printed book.

Need more? How about baking a batch of the Five Chip Cookie, described as “chewy with peanut butter and five kinds of chips” (page 33). Or — Fruit and Spice Rounds, “the lemon glaze adds a nice touch,” (page 45).

Recipe books are $10 and will be available for purchase at every team event or call Joe at 712-2717. All funds will be used for transportation and housing of team members.

What are you waiting for? Go preheat the oven.

Circle K Kiwanis Club, a collegiate division of Kiwanis International, will have a new- member social from 7–8:30 p.m. Tuesday at Cold Stone Creamery, 2474 U.S. Highway 6&50.

The social will help prospective members learn more about Circle K and save money — it’s 2-for-1 ice cream night for students. Those needing a ride should meet in the University Center lobby at Colorado Mesa University, at 6:30 p.m.

Call 260-0158 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The Golden K Kiwanis Club of Grand Junction will have its annual chili supper and silent auction from 5:30–7:30 p.m. March 20 at the Redlands Middle School, 2200 Broadway.

Tickets are $6 at the door for a menu of chili, potato soup, salad and dessert. Proceeds will be used to benefit local charities that help children with special needs.

The silent auction, featuring items donated by Kiwanis members and local businesses, will end at 7 p.m. Handcrafted wooden toys will also be available to win through drawings at the cost of three tickets for $2. Toys will also be for sale.

The fourth annual Fruitvale Lions Club St. Patrick’s Day Corned Beef and Cabbage Supper is set for 4–7 p.m. Saturday, at the Clifton Community Hall, 126 Second St., in Clifton.

The all-you-can-eat supper features corned beef and stewed cabbage, carrots and potatoes in an Irish-style feast, chaired by native Irishman and Lions Club member Irwin Stewart.

There will also be a silent auction and cake wheel raffle.

Cost is $8 for adults, $5 for ages 6–11 and free for ages 5 and younger.

Call Stewart at 243-0609 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.

Meat or no meat? We have them both.

The Vegan Life Colorado is hosting a Great American Meatout vegan potluck on Saturday at the Lakeside Community Room, 3150 Lakeside Drive. Diners will gather at 5:30 p.m. and eat at 6 p.m.

The Great American Meatout is a yearly event, similar to the Great American Smokeout, when people are asked to eat vegan, at least for one day, on the first day of spring (March 20). You can “save animals’ lives, protect our environment and improve public health by taking the pledge to eat vegan on March 20,” a news release said.

For the potluck on March 16, take a plant-based dish, free of animal products, to serve eight, the recipe with all ingredients listed, your own place setting and beverage.

Call Marian at 255-0417 for information or visit http://www.VeganLifeColorado.org for information.

The American Association of University Women, Grand Junction Branch will have a Cocktails and Conversation event from 5–7 p.m. March 20 in Mario’s Lounge at Springhill Suites, 236 Main St.

The event is a “happy hour” for community women to gather together in a casual setting to discuss current topics. The honored guest is Teresa Coons, director of the John McConnell Math and Science Center.

Call 314-7482 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.

Junior Service League of Grand Junction distributed $30,000 in funding to local non-profit organizations during its annual banquet in December at Bookcliff Country Club.

Funds were raised through the sale of JSL cookbooks and through the annual Viva el Vino wine tasting event. This year’s Viva el Vino is from 6–9 p.m. April 13 at Two Rivers Convention Center.

Grants in the amount of $1,000 were distributed to Court Appointed Special Advocates, Desert Edge Therapy, Fruita Imagination Library, Grand Junction Imagination Library, John McConnell Math and Science Center, and Western Colorado Center for the Arts. Hilltop Community Resources received $1,050; Karis, Inc. and Pro Bono Project of Mesa County, $1,500; and Community Food Bank, $1,800.

Organizations that received $2,000 are Grand Valley Catholic Outreach, Kids Aid, St. Mary’s Hospital Foster Grandparent Program and Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation.

Mesa County Public Library Foundation received $2,150; Colorado National Monument $3,000; and Mesa Developmental Services (now Strive), $5,000.

Visit http://www.jslgj.com to learn more about Junior Service League and to purchase tickets for the Viva el Vino event.

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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