Your Town, May 14, 2017

It’s no doubt the most common name in the world is “Mom.”

Have you ever noticed when a child at the grocery store yells “Mom!” every woman within earshot usually turns?

If you’re of the maternal sort, your name could be, but not limited to: Mom, Mama, Mommy, Mother, Ma, Mum, Mummy, or Mudder.

My grown boys call me all sorts of things, but usually they text.

The teens at church call me “Mama T,” or “T-Mama,” depending on what music I’m blasting on my phone when they arrive at youth group.

My grandson calls me “Zqihglmns” and usually blows raspberries when he’s talking to me. That’s OK. He’s only 7 months old.

Here’s a shout-out to all the moms today, including his mom, Lacie, celebrating her first Mother’s Day today.

Hope you all have a wonderful day!

Love, Zqihglmns.

The Connecticuters are here! The Connecticuters are here!

Or is that Connecticotian? Maybe it’s Connecticutian?

Regardless, they’re arriving for a week’s stay in the Grand Valley and you’re invited to help Friendship Force of Western Colorado lay out the welcome mat.

The group from Connecticut will arrive in Grand Junction on Tuesday, and a welcoming potluck party is planned for 6:30 that evening at a private home. The public is invited and can call 644-7347 for information on the potluck.

A fun-filled week is in store for the close to two dozen travelers, ending with a farewell party on May 21. While visiting the area, Western Colorado Friendship Force members will show them the sights of our “backyard” playground, including museums, parks, downtown Grand Junction, Arches National Park, Colorado National Monument, petroglyphs and pictographs and more.

Call Jim Witt at 209-9241 to learn more.

The Redlands Lions Club members and volunteers will place flags on May 20, recognizing Armed Forces Day.

Flags will be placed in the early morning and picked up late in the afternoon on the same day. The areas/subdivisions served are Tiara Rado, Seasons, Monument Village, Panorama, Village Way, Vineyards and others. Flags are also displayed at some Redlands area businesses. 

“Armed Forces Day was established during President Harry S. Truman’s term, for citizens to come together and thank our military members for their patriotic service in support of our country,” a news release said.

The Redlands Lions Club flag service honors nine holidays throughout the year and displays more than 700 flags.

Cost for residents is a donation of $35. To subscribe to the service or learn about volunteering, call Lion Chuck Stevenson at 242-3222 or Lion Dave McIlnay at 433-7961.

The Grand Junction Veterans Affairs Medical Center will sponsor its seventh annual VA2K walk and roll event from 
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the Medical Center’s Community Living Center patio area.

The event is open to the public and seeks to raise awareness for homeless veterans and promote healthy living habits. Donations will be accepted to benefit the facility’s homeless veteran program and for emergency clothing purchases and purchasing items for the annual Homeless Veterans Stand Down that takes place in the fall.

The Grand Junction VHCS’s satellite clinics in Montrose, Craig, Glenwood Springs and Moab , Utah, will also sponsor VA2K walks at their locations. Register upon arrival and join the fun with games, refreshments, music and more.

Last year, donations from all five sites totaled nearly $2,000.

A free clothing giveaway, sponsored by Children’s Refuge, is planned for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday at HomewardBound of the Grand Valley, 2853 North Ave.

Children’s Refuge is a nonprofit that gathers gently used clothing from newborn to size 3XL. The clothes are given away to anyone in need. Take a bag for carrying away the free items.

Call 256-9424 for information.

The Rotary Club of Grand Junction gave more than $45,000 to local organizations at its weekly meeting last week.

Organizations receiving funds were the Boy Scouts, Mesa County Partners, the Colorado Mesa University International Student Program, Colorado Canyons Association, Colorado National Monument Association, Family Health West, Powderhorn Racing Club, Colorado Discover Abilities, HomewardBound and the Grand Junction Hockey Club.

The Rotary Club of Grand Junction also raised more than $56,000 for The Salvation Army through the bell-ringing campaign, which brings the total amount of funds raised and distributed locally to more than $100,000.

Call Tom Benton at 216-6241 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.

The Giving Club and the Guys Giving Club collected donations from members at meetings earlier this month and the designated funds will go to two area nonprofits.

The Grant a Wish Program will receive a check on Monday from The Giving Club in the amount of $20,500. The funds will benefit youth in the community who otherwise couldn’t afford to participate in programs like parkour, arts, sports, the Colorado Mesa University MASH Camp, dog obedience and more.

The Guys Giving Club raised $9,700 that will go to the Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation.

The clubs meet four times a year — August, November, February and May — and members pledge $100 each quarter toward a local nonprofit organization.

Visit to learn more.

An AARP Smart Driver Classroom Course is planned for 1 to 5 p.m. June 1 at Colorado Christian University, at the corner of 24 1/2 Road and Patterson Road.

Cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for nonmembers. The course refreshes driving skills and knowledge of the rules of the road. Those who take the course are eligible to save money on their car insurance.

Call 314-7408 to register prior to the course.

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