Your Town, May 25, 2014

Scrape, scrape, scrape. Scrub, scrub, scrub. Rinse and repeat.

Sorry. Don’t mind me. I’m just getting the grill ready for the picnic and barbecuing season that officially starts this weekend. Time to polish the burger flippers and the bratwurst tongs and search for the shish kabob skewers, buried somewhere in the overstuffed kitchen utensil drawer.

There’s barbecue sauce recipes to try, spice rubs to tweak and smoke box techniques to perfect.

Time to slice the onions, tomatoes, and cheese, set out the ketchup, mustard, pickles and horseradish — the hotter the better. Add a side of homemade ‘tater salad, my famous baked beans and make room on your plate for a big ol’ slice of watermelon.

I’m ready. The grill is clean, the side dishes are prepared, the drinks are on ice and everyone is gathered around the picnic table.

The grilling season officially starts ... now!

Happy Memorial Day!

The fourth annual West End potluck picnic is set for 11:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. June 14 at the Oak Shelter in Lincoln Park.

Take your own service, drink of choice and a potluck dish to share. Coffee and water will be available.

Call 254-8088 for information.

Swedes of the Grand Valley will have its midsummer celebration from 4–8 p.m. June 8 at Hawthorne Park.

The eating part of the celebration will begin at 5 p.m.

Call Sharon at 263-8406 for information.

Tickets are now on sale for the 47th annual Kiwanis Pancake Day from 6 a.m.–2 p.m. June 14 at Two Rivers Convention Center.

The all-you-can-eat breakfast or lunch features a plate-full of pancakes, eggs and ham, along with coffee and juice to drink.

Tickets are $6 for one adult or two children younger than 12. Call 242-3647 for tickets or go to

Proceeds from Pancake Day are donated to local nonprofit organizations that help children — the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Catholic Outreach and the Western Slope Center for Children.

Speaking of picnic season, as part of its team host hospitality, the Kiwanis Club of Grand Junction had a picnic Saturday for the JUCO baseball players from Johnson County Community College in Kansas and their families. There were 50–60 players, family members and members of the local Kiwanis Club attending.

Want to learn how to find your ancestors?

Make plans to attend the Western Colorado Family History Fair from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. Saturday at the Grand Junction Stake Center, 2881 Orchard Ave.

There are 30 classes to choose from for beginners to advanced genealogists. Participants can learn how to find ancestors, who they are, what they did and where they lived. Learn how to use the vast technical resources available to explore and discover your family roots.

Admission is free. Visit to learn more and register.

June 1 is just a week away — which means you only have one week before the Grand Valley Bike Month Commuter Challenge begins.

Grand Valley Bike Month will feature numerous events to keep the pedals turning throughout the month — from Bike-n-Bite events, happening Wednesdays, to rides, classes and end of challenge parties.

All the fun leads up to Bike to Work Day, happening June 25.

Visit for a full calendar of events taking place and information.

GoHawkeye, a grassroots group based in Telluride that provides support to adaptive organizations and individuals, is seeking stories to be selected for its next film.

GoHawkeye supports through financial aid, outdoor experiences and filmmaking meant to inspire people of all abilities. Its films showcase people overcoming disabilities and reaching their goals through active lifestyles and outdoor adventures.

In partnership with, GoHawkeye will award an off-road handcycle, custom-made in Crested Butte, to the adaptive individual whose story is selected.

GoHawkeye is asking individuals to tell about your physical limitations, what barriers you’ve had to overcome and what you would do with this bike to improve the quality of your life.

Visit for information. Submission deadline is June 30.

I am allowed only one phone call, and I’m calling you.

As I mentioned last week, I’ve been “arrested,” but don’t panic, it’s for a good cause. Believe it or not, I’m going to jail and I need your help. While it’s not a real jail, it’s even more important, as I’m raising bail to help children and adults with muscle disease in our community who are supported by the vital work of the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA).

I might not be able to rely on good behavior to get out, so that’s why I desperately need your help. I need you to donate to my bail.

I have until June 4 to raise bail, along with all the other jailbirds in the community who have been “arrested.”

Visit and click “Find a Jailbird.” Please enter my name, Tammy Gemaehlich, and your donation. Thank you! Together we can make a difference.

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