Your Town, May 27, 2012

The Memorial Day weekend is upon us and there are many ways to celebrate the holiday.

A three-day weekend for many, no doubt household projects are under way, new hammocks are being assembled and tested, picnics being planned and JUCO baseball teams being cheered to victory.

Most importantly, Memorial Day, or Decoration Day as my Grandma used to call it, is a time for us to pause and remember those who have died in our nation’s service — those who have given their lives to allow us the freedom to do whatever we want in our free time (within legal limits).

I salute all who have served — past, present and future — and raise an especially high five to my niece Camille, proudly serving abroad in the Middle East with the U.S. Air Force.

Thanks, Cam, we’re proud of you!

The Colorado National Monument Association’s annual member meeting is set for June 5 at the Fruita Community Center, 324 N. Coulson St. in Fruita.

Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., and the program begins at 6:15 p.m. The public is invited to attend and celebrate the association’s accomplishments during the past year and learn about its plans for the coming year.

Emmy-award winning filmmaker Greg Mikolai will present a program on his Rocky Mountain PBS documentary, “Colorado National Monument: Celebrating 100 Years of John Otto’s Dream.”

The program will take a look behind the scenes of the making of the film. DVD copies of the documentary will be available for purchase.

The 2013 Colorado National Monument calendar will be unveiled, and visitors can meet the board of directors, members and the monument’s new superintendent, Lisa Eckert.

Call 858-3617, ext. 360 or 308, for information.

Former residents of Nucla, Uravan, Naturita, Redvale and Norwood are invited to a potluck picnic from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 9 at Long’s Family Park, Grand Mesa Pavilion, 3118 E 1/2 Road in Grand Juntion.

Take your own service and drink and a potluck dish to share. Coffee will be provided.

Call 254-8088 for information.

Friends of the Mustangs will celebrate its 30th anniversary with the Bureau of Land Management, and all former members are invited to join them on July 28.

For information on the time and location of the celebration,  call 640-2751 or 216-0011 and register no later than July 7.

Olathe resident Stefanie Suppes has graduated from Western State College and hopes to connect with the local community in an effort to provide for a community thousands of miles away.

Suppes applied to a nonprofit organization, Kale Uganda, for an unpaid internship and was accepted. She hopes to start a lunch and art program in Maokla Village, Uganda, which will increase school attendance with the offering of at least one balanced meal that students may not get otherwise.

Suppes majored in political science, but art has always been her passion, she writes in a news release.

“I want kids to experience their creativity and discover their artistic potential. Art has always helped me express myself where there are no words, and kids deserve to have this outlet.”

Suppes is finishing an unpaid student teaching internship and is planning to work as hard as possible to raise $5,000 to go to Uganda. She is also seeking sponsorship.

“You could be a part of helping me reach my goal while helping a community to inspire their kids,” she writes.

Anyone interested in sponsoring Suppes or donating to the program should call 970-417-9950 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.

Tickets, get your tickets, and make plans to attend the 45th annual Kiwanis Pancake Day from 6 a.m.–2 p.m. June 15 at Two Rivers Convention Center.

Tickets are $5 for one adult or two children younger than 12 and are available at the door. Breakfast (or lunch) features all-you-can-eat pancakes, eggs, ham, coffee and juice. There will be a cake walk for kids, live entertainment and a silent auction.

Proceeds from Pancake Day benefit local nonprofit organizations that help children, such as the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Catholic Outreach and the Western Slope Center for Children.

Call 255-8518 or visit Kiwanis-GJ.org 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 81502. Items to be considered for Your Town should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.


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