Your Town, May 11, 2014

Mother, may I take you to lunch?

Yes, you may.

Can I buy you some flowers?

Tsk, tsk. You didn’t say “mother, may I.”


Mother, may I offer you this lovely knickknack for Mother’s Day?

Yes, you may.

Can I refresh your glass of iced-tea while you relax in the garden?

Ooops. Sorry, forgot to say “mother, may I.”   

Who knew playing kid’s games could be so hard?

How about this one: Mother, may I wish you and all our readers a very happy Mother’s Day?

Yes, you may.

Good. Can we stop playing now?

No, you didn’t say “mother, may I.”


This time of year is full of endings. As the 2013–14 school year comes to an end, a number of area clubs and organizations are meeting this month for the last time before taking a break over the summer as well.

One group though, the Grand Junction Outing Club has kicked its summer activities into full gear this month. The club’s outings are year-round and range from road and mountain biking to hiking in the summer, to cross-country and downhill skiing and snowshoeing in the winter.

New members are always welcome to join, said member Michele Murphy in a news release. The next meeting of the Grand Junction Outing Club is at 7:30 p.m. June 2. Want to know more? Call 462-5598 or 986-8051 for more information.

Here is a list of what the group is planning for the rest of May.

■ Show-and-Go-Road Biking (Mondays and Fridays): Meet at 9 a.m. at Colorado National Monument. On Monday, the group meets at Cold Shivers; on Friday, it meets at the Visitor Center.

■ Road biking (Tuesdays): All rides start (“wheels turning”) promptly at 9 a.m. 

May 13: Meet at Mack/Cottonwoods, ride to Utah state line.

May 20: Meet at Fruita City Hall, ride toward Highline State Park.

May 27: Meet at Gazebo/Redlands Parkway, ride to Corn Lake and beyond if desired. 

June 3: Meet at Fruita City Hall, ride to Gas Plant/21 Road.

■ Mountain biking (Thursdays):

May 15:  Meet at 9 a.m. at the Loma Trailhead.  Ride Rustler’s (easy) and Mary’s Loop (easy to moderate).

May 22: Meet at 8 a.m. at Dinosaur Museum. Ride Bartlett Wash near Moab, Utah (easy to moderate).

May 29: Meet at 8 a.m. at Orchard Mesa City Market. Ride Cactus Park (moderate).

June 5: Meet at 9 a.m. at the end of 27 1/4 Road. Ride to Carpenter Mine (easy increasing to intermediate near the mine).

■ Hikes (Saturdays):

May 17: Dominguez Canyon (easy).

May 24: Rabbit’s Ear (wildflower hike — moderate). 

May 31: Mee Canyon (wildflower hike ­­— moderate). 

June 7: Smith Point to Carson Hole (moderate). 

An afternoon community sew-in will follow the Sunset Slope Quilt Guild’s monthly meeting at 8:45 a.m. Wednesday, at American Lutheran Church, 631 26 1/2 Road.

The meeting will feature a silent auction of many quilt related items and other treasures.

The public is invited to the community sew-in that will give everyone an opportunity to participate, learn a new quilt pattern and to be of service to the community. A salad lunch will be provided.

According to a post at, the guild has provided several quilts to new Habitat for Humanity homeowners as a housewarming gift during home dedication ceremonies.

Visit the website for more information.

A pancake breakfast, hosted by the Fruita Lions Club and Fruita FFA, will be from 7–10 a.m. Saturday, in front of the thrift store, on Circle Park in Fruita.

Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for ages 6–12. Ages 5 and younger are free.

The breakfast, featuring ham, fruit, juice, coffee and stacks of pancakes, is part of the Mike the Headless Chicken Day festivities taking place Friday and Saturday, in Fruita.

Proceeds will go to Fruita Lions Club community projects.

Celebrate the 200th anniversary of Syttende Mai, Norway’s Constitution Day, with the Vestafjell Lodge, Sons of Norway at 2 p.m. May 18, at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 3133 F Road.

Arvid Koppang will give a travelogue of his recent trip to Norway and visits to Longyearbyen, Kirkenes, Hurtigruten, and Koppang.  The anniversary will be recognized with a special new song, cake and ice cream. For the potluck Koldbord lunch, take small sandwiches, side dishes, salads, or fruits.

Guests interested in Scandinavian history, heritage, and/or culture are welcome to attend.

Call Barb Firth at 245-5649, or Bud Smock at 242-3396 or visit for more information.

A Mexican fiesta-style vegan potluck, hosted by the Grand Junction branch of Vegan Life Colorado, is set for Saturday, at Lakeside Community Room, 3150 Lakeside Drive.

Participants will gather at 5:30 p.m. and eat at 6 p.m. For the potluck, take a Mexican food-themed plant-based dish, free of animal products, to serve eight. Also take the recipe with all ingredients listed, your own place setting and beverage. Need ideas? Visit for recipes.

Call Marian at 255-0417 or Rhonda at 242-2089 or visit for 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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