Your Town, March 30, 2014

April Fools’ Day is Tuesday — no joke.

A word of caution to those who try to fool. I still cringe when I recall the time my sisters and I, along with some playmates, decided to “fool” Grandma into thinking I was hurt.

Way back in the olden days, before automatic garage door openers were invented, we set the stage to make it look like the garage door had fallen on me while riding my bike in the driveway. As I lay “unconscious” and “trapped” under the gently lowered garage door — my bike “wrecked” nearby — my sister yelled “Help, help!  Tammy’s hurt!”

Grandma, who was enjoying a midmorning coffee with her twin brother in the kitchen, gasped in horror and came quickly to my aid. She and her brother were no spring chickens, and as I peeked out of my mostly closed eyes, I saw them running toward me, alarmed. When they bent down to analyze my “injuries,” we kids burst into laughter, singing “just kidding” like a piercing exclamation point.

Ouch. I would have preferred a firm spanking at the time — I know I deserved it. Instead, the cruel joke and Grandma’s distress are burned into my conscience and resurface, along with intense remorse, each time April Fools’ Day rolls around, always reminding me what a fool I was.

An all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner fundraiser to benefit Hope of the Grand Valley will be from 1–3 p.m. April 6 at The End Zone, 152 S. Mesa St. in Fruita.

There will also be a silent auction and an alpaca petting zoo.

Cost is $10 for adults and $5 for ages 10 and younger. Proceeds will benefit Hope of Grand Valley’s Stonehaven Project. The project aims to make a difference in the lives of working families and first-time moms with newborns, with a vision of helping those struggling by giving a hand up and helping individuals develop a path to well-
being and economic stability.

Tickets can be purchased at hopegv.org.

The Desert Vista Garden Club presented a generous donation March 21 to Habitat for Humanity of Mesa County to help landscape a park area for Habitat’s Hoffman County Estates subdivision, Phase II.

The new park will be created at 3059 D Road in the subdivision.

“Families for years to come will have the opportunity to see the area grow and flourish and enjoy it with their children and grandchilden. It will also help to create a safe and healthy environment for the families,” said Habitat Executive Director Janet Brink in a news release.

The Circle K Kiwanis Club, a collegiate division of Kiwanis International, will host a guest maître d’ night from 8–10 p.m. Thursday at The Point restaurant, a student-operated business at 12th Street and Bunting Avenue.

Club adviser and part-time instructor Michael Moran will be the guest waiter, and all tips will go to the Circle K Club. The club at CMU is in its second year and serves the community through work at the Habitat for Humanity Re-Store, the on-campus Relay for Life fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, a canned-food drive and other projects. The organization has also sent members to the Rocky Mountain District Convention for Kiwanis International. 

The club meets at 5 p.m. Wednesdays at The Point and welcomes new members.

Visit Kiwanis-gj.org or call 270-6162 for information.

Grand Valley Audubon Society is continuing its spring bird walks every Wednesday and Saturday morning through late May.

The walks are great for novices and experts alike. Check lists, field guides and binoculars are provided. According to a post on the society’s Facebook page, these are the upcoming walk locations through April:

■  9 a.m. April 2, Audubon Trail, led by Jim Liewer (for all Audubon Trail walks, meet in the Albertsons parking lot)

■ 8 a.m. April 9, Audubon Trail, led by Peter Robinson

■ 8:30 a.m. April 12, Audubon Trail, led by Cary Atwood

■ 8 a.m. April 16, Audubon Trail, led by Dave Trappett

■ 8 a.m., April 19, Horsethief Wildlife Area, led by Dave Price, meet at Dinosaur Journey parking lot

■ 8 a.m. April 23, Connected Lakes, led by Nic Korte, meet at the kiosk — parks pass required

There will be no walk April 5. Instead, participants are encouraged to go on the Owl Prowl, led by Dick Fillby. Last year, participants spied Great Horned owls, burrowing-owls and long-eared owls.

Visit audubongv.org or the group’s Facebook page, or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.

An effort to clean up Watson Island is part of a day of recognition for national service organizations, happening Tuesday at Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, 641 Struthers Ave.

The public is invited to bring work gloves and join the effort. Refreshments will be provided and entrance to the Botanical Gardens is free for volunteers.

The special day recognizes national service organizations and their volunteers in Mesa County. The event, happening from 2–6 p.m., will begin with a proclamation delivered by Grand Junction Mayor Bill Pitts, followed by the service project.

“The National Service organizations who work day-in and day-out throughout Mesa County include Mesa County AmeriCorps, Senior Companions, Foster Grandparents, Mesa County RSVP, and the Western Colorado Conservation Corps,” a news release said.

“These programs provide important services for families and individuals throughout the County. They make a positive and lasting impact on the Grand Valley and create a safer, stronger community for everyone.”

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