Your Town, May 7, 2017

Breakfast is served in this week’s Your Town column — hopefully you’ve eaten or you’re going to want to by the time you’re done reading.

The pancake fundraising season is upon us, the griddle is getting hot and the fun is starting to stack up.

Make plans to check out these upcoming flapjack flippin’ feasts:

■ The Orchard Mesa Lions Club‘s 38th annual Mother’s Day pancake breakfast is from 7 to 11:30 a.m. May 14 at the Mesa County Fairgrounds, Building C, 2785 U.S. Highway 50. Cost is $7 in advance and $8 at the door for the all-you-can-eat pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee and milk. Bring used eyeglasses to donate to help others see. All ladies will receive a free flower.

■ The Fruita Lions Club pancake breakfast will be from 7:30 to 10 a.m. June 3, during the Mike the Headless Chicken Days Festival in Fruita, on Circle Park in front of the thrift store. Cost is $5 for adults and $4 for ages 6 to 12, and includes ham, fruit, coffee and juice. Proceeds go to community projects.

■ Tickets are now on sale for the 50th annual Kiwanis Club Pancake Day and Fun Fest from 8 a.m.–1 p.m. June 10 at Two Rivers Convention Center.

Cost is $6 for one adult and a child younger than 12. Advance tickets can be purchased at Unifirst Mortgage, 604 25 Road, and Weichert Realtors-Heiden Homes Realty, 735 Rood Ave., or call 270-6162. Proceeds help local groups that help kids. 

The National Association of Letter Carriers will conduct the 25th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive on Saturday.

The nationwide food drive is the country’s largest single-day food collection effort and provides assistance to millions of Americans struggling to put food on the table. Although nearly 80,000 pounds of food was collected and distributed last year in Mesa County, the need continues, a news release said.

Letter carriers will deliver donation bags to area mailboxes this week and residents are encouraged to fill the bag, or multiple grocery bags, with nonperishable foods such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice, or cereal. Place the bag(s) next to your mailbox the morning of Saturday, May 13,

The letter carriers will collect food as they deliver the mail. Donations will be distributed to Agape Food Basket, Grand Valley Catholic Outreach Soup Kitchen, Palisade Church of the Nazarene, Clifton Community Church Food and Clothing Program, Community Food Bank, Potter’s Remnant and The Salvation Army.

Ariel Clinical Services is celebrating National Foster Parent Appreciation Month during May and will recognize its foster families and celebrate their hard work and dedication at a gathering at 6 p.m. Monday at Orchard Mesa Lanes, 295 27 Road.

Ariel has served the Western Slope as a child placement agency since 1994. The organization became an adult services agency in 2005 and also provides services for adults with disabilities.

To learn how you can become a part of the change for tchildren, call 245-1616.

Friends of the Mustangs will host a “Mustang Safari” caravan into the Little Book Cliffs Wild Horse Range from 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Saturday.

Participants will “view mustangs in their natural environment and be amazed at their wild beauty and familial social structure,” a news release said. You can drive your own high-clearance vehicle or carpool with others in the guided caravan.

Space is limited. Call 260-2783 or 216-9571 to reserve a spot and get details.

Visit FriendsoftheMustangs.org for information.

Knights of Columbus No. 1062 hosts bingo nights at 6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Fridays each month at St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish Center, 330 White Ave.

The organization, founded in 1882 by Fr. Michael McGivney, seeks to be of service to the church and community by helping those most in need. It also seeks to strengthen families and members of the Knights of Columbus and to provide an insurance plan for family survivors of organization members. 

The chapter is raising funds to improve the new Parish Center, delivers Christmas food baskets to families in need, and conducts an annual coat drive for children.

Learn more by attending a Knights meeting at 6:30 p.m. the second Thursday of any month in the St. Joseph Parish Hall, or call Jim Pasterz at 261-1952 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Grand Valley Audubon Society has a number of events coming up, beginning with the Migratory Bird Count on Saturday.

International Migratory Bird Day celebrates and brings attention to bird migration, one of the most important and spectacular events in the Americas. Visit the audubongv.org for details and to sign up to help with count.

Also happening:

■ Spring Bird Walk from 8–11:30 a.m. May 31: Join an experienced birder to see and hear spring migrants like Lazuli buntings and yellow warblers. Free to the public. Meet at Horsethief State Wildlife area parking lot in Fruita. Call leader Dave Price at 640-4508 to sign up.

■ Mountain Birding at 7 a.m. June 15: A field trip to Piñon Mesa to look for Lewis’ woodpecker, golden-crowned kinglets and others. Cost is $10 for adults. Students and kids younger than 5 are free. Pre-registration is required by calling or emailing trip leader Mike Henwood, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  or 720-840-5070.

■ Mountain birding at 7 a.m. June 22: Field trip to the Grand Mesa to look for purple martins, warblers and others. Cost is $10 for adults. Students and kids younger than 5 are free. Pre-registration is required by calling or emailing trip leader Mike Henwood, at 720-840-5070 or .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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