Your Town, May 5, 2014

I was browsing the classified section in Friday’s Daily Sentinel and was amazed by the huge number of garage sale events planned for the weekend, designated as the “10th annual City-Wide Garage sale.”

“Downsizing,” “moving,” “years of accumulation,” “fundraiser” — whatever the reason — stuff had to go. You name it, it was listed there, and, no doubt, priced to sell: furniture, clothing, gardening tools, camping gear, Christmas decor, household appliances, dog houses, plants, toys, exercise equipment, “odds and ends” and lots and lots of miscellaneous.

What caught my eye though, as I scanned the eight columns of yard sale ads, was the number of ways that folks spelled knickknacks. Merriam-Webster’s online dictionary says that the one-word knickknack is a noun meaning “a small object used for decoration.” Nicknack is a variant of the word.

However, the spelling of the word in the weekend garage sale ads was as variable as the individuals who were selling them.

It’s apparent that knick-knacks is ready to separate from, but is still attached to Grandma’s antiques and their sentimental value. The multi-family sale had knicknack’s — meaning the families were willing to give up possession of them at a cheap price.

After years of accumulation, it’s possible the Nick Knacks were given proper names (like the kids and grandkids). And lastly, is nick knaks short and sweet for “there’s just too much stuff?”

Regardless of how you spell the versatile word, hopefully you cleared your home of the excess “small object decorations,” or, as a yard sale browser, were able to find that perfect small object decor for your home.

Or, perhaps you found a deal on a unique knickknack item for your mom for Mother’s Day, which by the way, is next Sunday, May 11 ... hint, hint.

Along with that lovely knickknack you picked up for Mom for Mother’s Day, make plans to treat her to breakfast at the Orchard Mesa Lion’s Club annual Mother’s Day pancake breakfast, beginning at 7 a.m. May 11, at the Mesa County Fairgrounds at Veterans Memorial Park, 2785 U.S. Highway 50, in the Community Building.

Cost is $5 and ages younger than 7 are free.

Now that’s a deal.

The 30th annual Kite Day will be from 
10 a.m.–noon Saturday at Sherwood Park.

There will be bump ‘n’ jumps provided by Banana’s Fun Park, face painting, crafts, vendors, treats and more.

The first 600 kids will get a free kite and a goodie bag.

Visit the Magic 93.1 or other MBC Grand Broadcasting radio station Facebook pages for information.

Mount Garfield Daughters of the American Revolution will have its monthly meeting at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Wine Country Inn in Palisade.

The no-host luncheon will be followed by a presentation by guest speaker Garry Parrott on “Civil War Letters From Home.”

Call Mary McFarlin at 242-7074 for information.

You can help Stamp Out Hunger in Mesa County on Saturday when the local National Association of Letter Carriers joins forces with United Way of Mesa County for the 22nd annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.

The national food drive has become the country’s largest single-day food drive, providing assistance to millions of Americans struggling to put food on the table, a news release said. The local drive will support the Agape Food Basket in Fruita, Catholic Outreach Soup Kitchen, Nazarene Food Pantry in Palisade, CCC Food and Clothing Program in Clifton, Community Food Bank, Rescue Mission and The Salvation Army.

United Way of Mesa County and its partners will provide grocery bags that will be delivered to nearly 50,000 homes across the valley as a reminder to participate in the drive. Residents are encouraged to fill the provided grocery bag with non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice, or cereal, and place it next to their mailbox the morning of May 10.

Mesa County’s letter carriers and volunteers will collect food as they deliver the mail, and the food will be distributed to the designated food pantries.

Last year, Mesa County Letter Carriers collected and distributed more than 47,000 pounds of food. More than one million pounds of food have been distributed locally since the first drive in 1993.

Western Colorado Botanical Gardens will host its Bloomin’ Deals plant sale from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday, at the Gardens, 641 Struthers Ave.

Along with entertainment, gardening suppliers and plant vendors will sell a variety of interesting and unusual plants such as natives, xeric, herbs, annuals and vegetables. Proceeds from the fundraiser will benefit the Botanical Gardens.

Call 245-3288 or visit for information.

Sales of a special firkin keg containing a German Alt Bier will benefit HOPE of the Grand Valley, during the monthly firkin fundraiser on Monday, at Kannah Creek Brewing Co., 1960 N. 12th St.

A brewer will hand-tap a firkin keg at 
5 p.m. and pints will be sold for $4 until the keg is drained.

HOPE of the Grand Valley is a local nonprofit whose mission is to provide support and a hand up to hard-working parents that make too much to qualify for government assistance but still find it hard to make ends meet at times, a news release said.

The organization’s capital campaign project is Stonehaven, a property in Fruita that will be used to help first-time moms and families who are not on public assistance. The goal of Stonehaven is to help educate and counsel these individuals, and to provide assistance until they have saved enough money to get on more solid financial ground, the release said.

All of Monday’s firkin proceeds will be donated to HOPE of the Grand Valley.

Visit or call 778-4880 for information.

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