Your Town, May 5, 2013

Mother’s Day is just a week away.

No pressure.

Take Mom to the 34th annual Mother’s Day Pancake Breakfast, hosted by the Orchard Mesa Lions Club, from 7 a.m. to noon Sunday, May 12, at the Mesa County Fairgrounds, Building C, 2785 U.S. Highway 50.

Tickets are a $5 donation with ages 7 and younger admitted free. Your ticket also enters you into a chance to win a 32 inch flat screen TV, a BluRay DVD player and many other door prizes. There will also be a silent auction and a cake wheel.

The Orchard Mesa Lions Club will also accept donations of used eyeglasses at the event.

Call 623-6064 for information.

Colorado residents who will reach their 100th birthday in 2013 are invited to celebrate the milestone in style.

The Colorado Commission on Aging is inviting all Coloradans who have reached or will reach 100 years of age or older in 2013 (and their guests) to this year’s annual celebration in their honor.

The event will be from 10:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Friday, May 17, at the Hotel Colorado, 526 Pine St. in Glenwood Springs. The program, in conjunction with Older Americans Month, will include recognition of the centenarians by appointees of the Colorado Commission on Aging and local government officials.

Celebrants and/or family members who would like to attend this celebration, should call Tara Franck at 303-866-5288 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) by May 10, for reservations and more information.

The Grand Junction High School Class of 1993 is planning its 20-year reunion July 19–20 in Grand Junction.

Events will include a happy hour at the Ale House, a breakfast tour of the school campus, a potluck picnic at Canyon View Park and a dance at Two Rivers Winery.

Registration deadline is June 15. Register online at or email Brian Fleming at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for more information.

Plan ahead, get ahead of the game, and head to Fruita on May 18 for the Mike the Headless Chicken Festival pancake breakfast, happening from 7–10 a.m., at Circle Park, near the IOOF Hall.

The breakfast, hosted by the Fruita Lions Club, features pancakes, ham, fruit, juice and coffee. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for ages 6–12. Ages 5 and younger are free. Proceeds will benefit local community projects.

The German American Club has offered its translation services to The Friendship Force of Western Colorado, who will host a group from the Vogtland, Germany Friendship Force Club, beginning with their arrival on Monday.

The translators will assist during several of the planned activities throughout the area, before the group’s departure on May 14. Nine members of the Vogtland club will see the sights of western Colorado and eastern Utah — Colorado National Monument, downtown Grand Junction, jeeping and rafting near Moab, Utah, a visit to Arches National Park, an afternoon in Palisade and day trip to Glenwood Springs. 

If you happen to see the visitors on their sight-seeing adventures, be sure to stop and say “hello.”

Want to know more about the Friendship Force? Call membership chairman Sue Palmer at 241-9122.

Learn more about the German American Club by calling James Witt at 242-2657 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information. Or better yet, join the Maifest celebration — a German celebration of spring — hosted by the GAC, from 2–5 p.m. today, at Palisade Brewing Co., 200 Peach Ave., in Palisade. Visitors can dine on brats and German potato salad, while listing to music by Alpine Echo. Admission is a $5 cover charge.

Proceeds from the next Kannah Creek Brewing Company firkin fundraiser will benefit the March of Dimes Western Slope chapter program and its NICU Graduate Resources packet that provides information and resources for parents leaving the neonatal intensive care unit at St. Mary’s Regional Hospital for the first time with their prematurely born babies.

The firkin will be tapped at 5 p.m. Monday and each pint is $4, until the keg is drained. In previous months, Kannah Creek’s firkin fundraisers have raised between $200 and $800 for local charities.

Call 261-0111 for information.

Dan Vogel and Barbara Chaplik, with Two Rivers Cribbage Club, will teach eight-week cribbage classes this summer starting Tuesday, June 4, at Western Colorado Community College, 2508 Blichmann Ave.

The first class, from 6–7 p.m., is for folks who have never played cribbage. They will learn the basics so they can enjoy this great two-person card game. The second class, from 7:15–8:15 Tuesdays, is for people who have played cribbage in the past, and understand the game, but need practice to feel comfortable playing now. Students will gain confidence and learn a few techniques to improve their game. No materials are needed, just a willingness to learn and have fun.

Anyone interested in either of these classes should sign up at Western Colorado Community College.

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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