Your Town: March 18, 2012

Spring has sprung.

Well, officially, it will be spring on Tuesday, March 20, at precisely 1:14 a.m. EDT, according to The one thing we don’t know — officially — is whether it will it be warm or cold, sunny or snowing, windy, calm or all of the above.

That’s the beauty — and extreme — of spring in Colorado. The word “spring” aptly fits the season — it kind of bounces all over the weather gamut.

So what do you wear? Open-toed shoes and a heavy sweater? Fur-lined boots and a sleeveless top?


Pizza and beer. Need I say more?

More than a dozen local nonprofits will host a Community Action open house from 4:30–6:30 p.m. Thursday, at The Center for Independence, 740 Gunnison Ave.

Groups will have short informational sessions on current issues and easy ways for participants to take action and make their voice heard on a wide range of community topics. There will be free pizza, beer and appetizers. Family and friends are welcome.

Call 779-8506 for more information.

“Emotional Intelligence II,” presented by Amy Gallagher, PhD. Colorado West Inc., is the program at the meeting of the International Association of Administrative Professionals Book Cliff Chapter, from 5:30–7:30 p.m. Wednesday, at Colorado West Inc., 515 28 3/4 Road, Building A.

Dinner will be catered.

Visit or call 639-0838 for more information.

A spaghetti dinner has been planned from 2–4 p.m. March 25, at The End Zone Sports Pub, 152 S. Mesa Ave. in Fruita, to benefit cancer patients Melanie Dewitt and Terry Hollister.

Cost is $10 and includes spaghetti, salad, garlic bread and dessert. Tickets are available online at

Proceeds will “go to help these two amazing ladies scratch a few things off their bucket list,” a news release said.

Author Casey McFarland will present “Feathers & Feather Identification” at the meeting of the Grand Valley Audubon Society, at 7 p.m. Monday, at the First Presbyterian Church, 3940 27 1/2 Road.

The co-author of “Bird Feathers: A Guide to North American Species” will discuss how a feather’s design lends insight into bird physiology, flight styles and wing shape.

Anyone interested is invited to attend.

Grand Junction’s Walk from Obesity, hosted by Weight Loss Surgeons of Western Colorado, will begin at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, at Eagle Rim Park, on Orchard Mesa, behind Orchard Mesa Middle School.

Individuals affected by obesity, loved ones, friends, colleagues, health care professionals and others will join forces and walk to raise national awareness of the disease of obesity.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m.

Call Maria Polen, walk committee chair at 314-0828 or visit for information.

River Canyon School will have its annual yard sale and fundraiser Friday and Saturday, at Koinonia Church, 730 25 Road.

The school is a Waldorf-inspired, play-based kindergarten program for ages 3-7 and proceeds will support the operation costs.

The sale will feature household items, antiques, children’s toys and clothing, baked goods and free Starbucks coffee.

Call 720-220-4474 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) if you would like to donate items to the sale or for more information.

Parent’s Day Out, a fundraiser for HOPE of the Grand Valley, is set for 9 a.m.–noon Saturday, at the Victory Garden Preschool and Creative Center, at Victory Life Church, 2066 U.S. Highway 6&50 in Fruita.

The event is for ages 2 1/2 (potty-trained) to 11 and the cost is $10 per child. There will be crafts, outside play and a movie. A portion of the proceeds will go to HOPE of the Grand Valley.

Space is limited. Call 858-8654 to reserve a space.

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