Your Town, March 25, 2012

I’ll admit it — some days I’m not the sharpest crayon in the box, but this week I’m patting myself on the back for solving a complex scientific problem on the home front.

Last Monday, I backed the car out of the garage to head to work and hit the button on the garage door opener for it to close. Halfway down the block, I realized the garage door was still open. I backed up to the house, got out and pushed the button a few more times — you know, like the guy trying to get the “walk” signal at the traffic light — the more times you push the button, the sooner it changes.

Nothing.

Not again, I thought, the same thing happened this time, last year ... and the year before that, now that I think about it.

For about two weeks, immediately after the clocks spring forward with the Daylight Saving Time, my garage door refuses to close, but only when I head to work in the morning. If I wait about 10 minutes, it closes, as if nothing’s wrong. It closes fine in the evening when I come home after work.

Explain that one!

It took a week of parking the car outside overnight, and even scraping windows a few mornings, before it finally donned on me what was happening.

The morning sun, slowly rising over Grand Mesa, is just at the right (or wrong) angle and is interfering with the safety laser at the bottom of the garage door, not letting it close. In a few minutes time, the sun rises enough, and the interference passes.

This science stuff is kind of fun. Maybe now I’ll look into the laws of gravity (why does the peanut butter side of the bread always land face down?); and principles of displacement, (I put my glass of water down somewhere, and now I can’t remember where).

The International Association of Administrative Professionals, Book Cliff Chapter has announced its annual Administrative Professionals Day luncheon, workshop and vendor exhibit, happening from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 25 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 743 Horizon Drive.

This year’s theme is “Becoming the Positive Pulse of the Office.” There will be goodie bags, door prizes and vendor bingo.

Sharon Raggio, chief executive officer of Colorado West Inc., is the keynote speaker.

For registration information, visit http://www.iaap-bookcliff.org, call 639-0838 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Some of the American Cancer Society-Relay for Life Dines for the Cure have been scheduled, with a portion of proceeds from meals at these restaurants being donated to the cause:

■ 5–9 p.m. March 29, Chuck E. Cheese

■ April 10, The Winery Restaurant

■ 5–8 p.m. April 12, Arby’s

■ 4–8 p.m. April 15, McAlister’s

■ All day April 17, Pablos Pizza

■ All day April 18, Chili’s

■ All day April 19, Carinos

■ All day, April 26, Arby’s

Call Annette Burenheide at the American Cancer Society, 254-5584 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.

The Redlands Community Center is facing some tough times financially and is battling back by hosting the No Foolin’ chili dinner April 1 at the center, 2463 Broadway.

The longtime center has hosted wedding receptions, birthdays, anniversary parties and service club meetings, but it recently, according to a news release, has found itself in competition for these events with other venues, such as Two Rivers Convention Center and the new Colorado Mesa University Center.

Cost is $12 for the all-you-can-eat chili supper and proceeds will benefit the center’s continued use.

There will also be music by The Wooden Nickel from Glenwood Springs. Dinner times are 4, 5 or 6 p.m.

Call Bob Hanson, Redlands Community Center board, at 242-7066 for tickets and information.

A yarn swap and sale will happen at a meeting of the Mesa Fiber Arts Guild at noon April 4 at First Presbyterian Church, 3940 27 1/2 Road.

Anyone interest in fiber arts, such as knitting, spinning, weaving, fiber dyeing — beginner to expert — is invited to attend and join the guild.

More information is at mesafiberartsguild.org.

Thunder Mountain Camera Club’s monthly meeting is at7 p.m. Tuesday at River of Alliance Church, 701 24 1/2 Road.

The program will feature the Photographic Society of America’s winning images from 2011.

Call Kathleen at 260-7488 for information.

Alpine Hospice will offer a five-week grief education group beginning April 3 in The Garden Room of The Commons, 625 27 1/2 Road.

The group will meet from 1–2:30 p.m. Tuesdays April 3–24, and Wednesday May 2.

Jessica Seufert, Alpine Hospice bereavement coordinator and grief counselor, will facilitate the meetings.

Call 210-6646 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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