Your Town, March 2, 2014

A number of corned beef and cabbage dinners are planned this month in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day.

The tradition originated as part of Irish-American culture, but the Irish actually eat rashers (bacon) on St. Patrick’s Day instead of corned beef. It just doesn’t sound the same. Rashers and cabbage?

Bacon lovers rejoice — it truly is your holiday!

Sons of Norway, Vestafjell Lodge invites the public to its annual corned beef and cabbage dinner at 2 p.m. March 9 at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 3133 F Road

“Come celebrate those Irish Viking roots and cultural delight with a delicious home cooked dinner provided by those fabulous ‘Norwegian Chefs,’ ” a news release said.

There will be Celtic music by Diamond Jim Hewitt & Friends, and “your taste buds will be tinglin’ while your toes are tappin’.”

Cost is $8 per adult and reservations are recommended. Call Barb at 245-5649 or Annette, 858-6702. by Thursday. For more information visit http://www.vestafjelllodge.org.

Read next week’s Your Town for additional corned-beef and cabbage dinners happening in the area.

Montrose County Young Life has issued a 30/30 challenge seeking 30 donors pledging $30 a month in 30 days.

This year marks the 36th year Young Life has been in Montrose mentoring teens at school events, mingling at local coffee shops and joining students for lunch on a regular basis at Montrose High School.

Call area director Luke Hellwege at 219-9680 or visit montrosecolorado.younglife.org for more information.

The Museum of Western Colorado will have its annual meeting at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Colorado Mesa University Ballroom, 1455 N. 12th St.

After the meeting, there will be a celebration of the Trips and Tours program and the Heritage Awards presentation. Light refreshments will be served.

Visit museumofwesternco.com or call 242-0971 for more information.

The Mount Garfield Daughters of the American Revolution will have its monthly meeting at 1 p.m. Saturday, at the Whitman Educational Center, 248 S. Fourth St.

The agenda will feature the annual History Award to the essay contest winners from fifth through eighth grade. This year’s essay theme is “The Lives of Children During the American Revolution.”

The meetings presentation topic will be from the Colorado Parks and Wildlife Division.

Interested in the DAR? Call Mary McFarlin at 242-7074 for more information.

The Circle K Kiwanis Club, a collegiate division of Kiwanis International, is seeking Colorado Mesa University students to help increase the effectiveness and community service the club provides. 

The Circle K Club at CMU is in its second year and serves the community via work at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store,  the on-campus Relay for Life fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, and other projects.  The organization has also sent members to the Rocky Mountain District Convention for Kiwanis International. 

According to a news release, membership in the club helps individuals learn the value of service, leadership and fellowship, and it’s a great asset for your resume.

The worldwide organization’s local Kiwanis family comprises the Kiwanis Club of Grand Junction, the Golden K Kiwanis Club, the Aktion Club for adults with disabilities, and high school Key Clubs at Grand Junction, Fruita and Central high schools.

Visit Kiwanis-gj.org for more information.

Mesa Fiber Arts Guild has two meetings to choose from this week.

The daytime meeting is at noon Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church, 3940 27 1/2 Road. The meeting is the first Wednesday of each month and open to anyone who enjoys or wants to learn about knitting, weaving, rug hooking, crochet, fiber dyeing or other fiber arts. March’s program will feature a yarn and equipment sale and exchange.

Those who work or can’t attend the noon meeting are welcome to the 6 p.m. meeting the first Thursday of each month, at Center for Independence, 740 Gunnison Ave. Use the second door from the parking lot to enter.

At this week’s meeting, Judy Brock will give a presentation on the needle punch technique.

Visit mesafiberartsguild.org for more information.

A portion of proceeds from sales from the newly released Crossed Irons bottled beer brewed by Kannah Creek Brewing Co., will go to the Terry Farrell Firefighter Fund, Colorado Chapter.

The Terry Fund uses donations to help firefighters injured or killed in the line of duty, or a firefighter family member who is sick or has an ambition to get a college education, a news release said. The fund might also provide resources for a smaller volunteer department with no money for training or equipment. Regardless — all of the money raised by this chapter stays in Colorado.

Call 243-0702 for more information.

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