Your Town, May 12, 2013

Little handprints forever captured in a plaster of Paris mold; a shadow drawing that highlights the facial profile of a 6-year-old; colorful paper mâché beads crafted into a necklace ... the list is endless.

These and many more items compile a treasure box of Mother’s Day mementos, presented to me in the earlier years, when my two sons were once shorter than I.

In more recent years, their grown-up gifts have shifted from to fragrant lotions and candles, to time spent together hiking Mount Garfield or mountain biking area trails.

One of my favorite Mother’s Day “gifts” however, was a CD I bought for myself almost 20 years ago of beautiful Celtic flute music, ocean waves, seagulls and haunting mourning dove calls. It was a warm and sunny Mother’s Day and I wanted nothing more than to find a quiet paradise in the backyard, pop the CD in the portable player (iPods/iPhones weren’t invented yet) and relax the afternoon away with my earphones.

As I delighted in the simple pleasure of flutes and delicate piano notes, gentle waves, bird song, and the warm sun rays, I succumbed to a relaxation in which no luxurious spa could compete. The best part of the afternoon though was the two little boys, one on each side, with squirt bottles, as they took turns every few minutes, sprinkling my bare back and legs gently with a subtle mist of cool water.

I am listening to that CD now as I write this column. The memory of that special moment is still as clear as the blue sky was that Sunday, 20 years ago.

The plaster hand molds are tucked safely in my cedar chest, the shadow drawing is discolored and worn with age, and while beautiful and appreciated, the bead necklace is rarely worn.

Do you want to give your mom something very special for Mother’s Day this year?

Give her endearing memories — they last a lifetime.

Spoons Bistro and Bakery will offer a Mother’s Day brunch from 9 a.m.–2:30 p.m. today, at 3090 N. 12th St., with open patio and indoor seating.

A special menu will be offered, as well as a signature dessert for Mom and a dessert buffet. Diners will also have a chance to win a $100 gift basket. Proceeds from Spoons Bistro and Bakery support the mission of Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado.

Call 255-7237 for or visit http://www.SpoonsBistroAndBakery.com for information.

A fundraising concert to benefit breast cancer patient and mom Rhonda Manee will be at 7 tonight, in the ballroom of the La Puerta Dance Studio, 523 1/2 Main St.

Admission is by donation. Music will be performed by Just Us, joined by singer/songwriter Leah Rachelle. Ballroom dancers Ben Smith and Madison Manee will perform for donations.

According to a news release, Manee is preparing for her second phase of reconstructive surgery while continuing to deal with variety of medical issues that complicate her choices of treatment and surgical options.

Proceeds from the event will go to Manee’s medical fund and the medical expenses incurred.

The public is invited to a “night of music and dancing and to give a gift to a lovely lady, who is also a great mom,” the release said.

Donations will also be accepted at an account set up at Alpine Bank, 2424 Patterson Road. Call 263-0335 for more information.

The 24th annual Viva el Vino, presented by the Junior Service League last month, raised more than $40,000 to benefit local nonprofit organizations through a grant process.

The JSL Community Giving will accept grant applications from nonprofits June 15–July 30. Applications will be online at http://www.JSLGJ.com. Click on “Grant Guidelines” for more information and qualifications or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The Veterans Committee of the Western Slope and American Legion Family Post 200 will celebrate Armed Forces weekend with a barbecue from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. May 19, at the Mesa County Fairgrounds, 2785 U.S. Highway 50.

Cost for the alcohol-free event is $5 and includes hamburgers, hot dogs, soft drinks and water. Proceeds go to the American Legion Programs, Fisher House, Veterans Memorial Park improvements and the Western Slope Veterans Center.

Join the games of volleyball, badminton, horseshoes and other fun activities.

Call Rita Park at 208-4459 for information.

It’s a zoo out there!

Well, that is the hope of the Grand Valley Zoological Quest, to have a zoological center in the near future. Meanwhile you are invited to help the organization raise money, sponsor events or volunteer time to help build a home for the animals.

Beginning Tuesday you can “Recycle for the Rain Forest.” Paper only recycling bins will be located in front of the Fruita’s Walgreen’s and in the Redlands Monument Village Shopping Center. All proceeds will go to the Grand Valley Zoological Quest nonprofit building of a rain forest and aquarium.

Zoo Crew critters will be at the Mike the Headless Chicken Festival May 18, as well as more information about the planned Western Colorado Wildlife Conservancy. There will be birds, reptiles, turtles and more at the GVZQ booth at the festival from 10 a.m.–2 p.m.

Other fundraising events are planned for the near future. Visit http://www.gvzooquest.org to learn more.

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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