Your Town, March 17, 2013

Top o’ the mornin’ to you and happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Just in the nick of time, the globe willows are starting to show a little green on their tree tops. Are you wearing your green today?

I suppose, in a pinch, you could wear blue and wow your friends and family with this information if they ask “where is your green.” Tell them that (Wikipedia says) that the original color associated with Saint Patrick was blue.

Blue? 

Saint Patrick (c. AD 385–461), the most commonly recognized of the patron saints of Ireland, is said to have used a three-leaved shamrock to explain the Holy Trinity to the pagan Irish. Wikipedia also notes that green ribbons and shamrocks were worn in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day as early as the 17th century — prior to that, blue was the hue.

Possibly, the idea of drinking blue beer — as opposed to green beer — was a bit unappealing, and an executive decision to change it to green was made.

I had a co-worker once who refused to eat blue food. Instead of a birthday cake one year, we brought in a pizza for him and put blue candles on it. Do the math: hot pizza + melted blue candle wax = blue food.

Might not be so bad if you wash it down with green beer.

Erin go bragh!

The April Fools’ Day Firkin Keg tapping at Kannah Creek Brewing Co. will benefit the Center for Independence.

The keg will be opened at 5 p.m. April 1 at Kannah Creek, 1960 N. 12th St., and will be available until the keg is empty. All proceeds from the firkin keg will be donated to Center for Independence, a nonprofit organization that promotes community solutions for helping people with disabilities live independently since 1982.

Call 241-0315, ext. 23 for more information.

On a regular basis we include the volunteer needs of Mesa County RSVP in the newspaper. If you’ve ever wondered what that’s all about, read on.

The nonprofit organization will host its 40th annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on Friday at Two Rivers Convention Center. The doors will open at 1 p.m. and hundreds of senior RSVP members will gather together for lunch, fun, door prizes and recognition.

“This momentous occasion for us also offers Mesa County businesses the opportunity to sponsor a table or other event in support of RSVP and seniors,” said executive director Jean Brewer, in a news release.

Volunteers can attend the luncheon at no charge. Reservations are mandatory and can be made by calling 243-9839 by Monday. Guests and others who would like to attend may pay $20 in advance and call to reserve a place. Seating is limited.

Businesses who would like to participate in the celebration and help support RSVP can call to ask about sponsorship opportunities.

Mesa County RSVP Inc. is exclusively for people ages 55 and older and serves the community by using the time, talent and skills of these seniors to fill volunteer needs for more than 90 agencies throughout Mesa County. RSVP depends on grants and donations for its funding.

Some of the needs are:

■ Tutors at Riverside Educational Center, up to six requested for after school hours.

■ Administrative assistant for the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation

■ Clothing sorters and warehousemen for the Fruita Thrift Shop

■ Physician outreach volunteer at Alzheimer’s Association

■ Handymen for the RSVP Handyman Project

Call 243-9839 or visit http://www.rsvpgrandjunction.org for more information and volunteer opportunities.

The Mount Garfield Daughters of the American Revolution Card and Games Benefit (formerly known as The Card Party) will be from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Moose Lodge, 567 25 1/2 Road.

There will be door prizes and finger foods. Tickets are $8 each and proceeds help fund the scholarships and awards given to outstanding and patriotic citizens in the community. And, according to a news release — it’s a fun event in any case.

For tickets or information, call Bonnie Karp at 243-7374 or Dorothy Inscho at 245-2645.

Patricia Martinek of Golden will present “A Weaver’s Tour in Guatemala” at the next meeting of the Mesa Fiber Arts Guild, at noon April 3, at First Presbyterian Church, 3940 27 1/2 Road.

Mesa Fiber Arts Guild has a general meeting and program the first Wednesday of each month, September through May. It’s a place for people to share their interest in fiber arts, weaving, spinning and knitting.

According to a new release, Martinek learned to weave and spin from a Navajo family in Arizona when she was in high school. She built and has woven on her left-handed four-harness loom for more than 40 years.

“She also spins, dyes, knits, felts, sews, processes fleeces, teaches, sells, writes knitting patterns, publishes in SpinOff, writes poetry, raises five fiber animals, and is helplessly losing the battle to control her ever-growing fiber SABLE (Stash Amassed Beyond Life Expectancy).”

Visit http://www.mesafiberartsguild.org for more information.

A prom dress drive is underway through Thursday and the public is encouraged to drop off gently used dresses at Jo’s Clothes Consignment, 251 Colorado Ave., or First Baptist Church, 720 Grand Ave.

Hosted by The House: A Safe Place for Western Slope Teens and Jo’s Clothes Consignment in association with Karis Inc., the drive gives teens in the Grand Valley who don’t have the financial resources to by a new dress the opportunity to experience their high school prom in style.

The dresses will be offered at no charge to any teen in the community, from 3 to 7 p.m. March 22–23, at Jo’s Clothes Consignment.

Call 234-0714 for more information.

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