Your Town, Nov. 24, 2013

There was a funny illustration I “liked” on Facebook last week that featured an angry pilgrim family attempting to chase a fearful snowman, red-nosed reindeer, Santa Claus and an elf right out of the drawing.

I laughed when I saw the colorful drawing, realizing how it had truly captured the craziness that happens this time of year as Thanksgiving and Christmas duke it out for attention.

With a pastry roller at the ready in one hand, and a cornucopia loaded and swinging in another, the pilgrim woman is accompanied by her husband, armed with a musket, and their young son, poised to throw a pie. The trio, wearing traditional pilgrim garb and a rage in their eyes, yell at the jolly ‘ol intruders that “It’s not Christmas yet!”

The pilgrim family is not happy they are forced to share their celebration of a good harvest and giving thanks, with jingle bells, elves, candy canes and fruitcake(s).

They’re right. The thought of folks rushing through Thanksgiving dinner so they can head out for a frenzied Christmas shopping spree is a bit hard to digest. (And that second helping of stuffing and third slice of pumpkin pie doesn’t help).

Whether you’re joining the shopping crowds Thanksgiving evening or quietly enjoying time with friends and loved ones — take time to give thanks for the many blessings.

Happy Thanksgiving to all our readers. And, while I’m at it, I suppose I could beat the crowds and wish you a merry Christmas, too!

Trot like a turkey at the seventh annual Turkey Trot 5k, happening Thanksgiving Day, Thursday to benefit Toys for Tots, Colorado Professional Firefighters Foundation, and a local fund for sick or injured firefighters and their families.

The race will start and finish on Main Street, downtown.

Cost is $25 for ages 16 and older and $15 for ages 5–15. Ages younger than 5 are free. Strollers are welcome at the family-friendly event.

Registration is open for the event and can be done online at gjturkeytrot.org. The race is set up to be professionally chip timed, however runners and walker who wish to participate in the event recreationally can choose to race without a timing chip.

Call Patrick Dibsie with the Colorado Professional Firefighters Foundation No. 2808, at 256-4616 or visit the website for more information.

Last Wednesday, the Kiwanis Golden K Club of Grand Junction gave $8,000 to five organizations that help children.

Three organizations — Mesa County Partners, Western Slope Center for Children, and Camp Hope— each received $2,000, and Desert Edge Therapy and Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA)  each received $1,000.

The Kiwanis Golden K Club of Grand Junction not only allocates funds annually to other organizations involved with the welfare of children, but the club continues to distribute handmade wooden toys each month to various organizations in Grand Junction.

These toys also go to the Children’s Hospital in Aurora, St. Jude’s Hospital in Salt Lake City to Fort Carson for delivery to Afganistan, and to South Africa and other foreign locations. 

Approximately 7,000 toys are made and delivered annually. 

Toys for Our Tiny Soldiers is collecting new unwrapped gifts through Dec. 10 that will be available free to family members of all branches of military, veterans, and survivors of the fallen,

A “Santa Shop” to distribute the gifts will take place Dec. 14, at the National Guard’s Grand Junction Readiness Center, 2820 Riverside Parkway. Military families planning to attend must bring their Military ID.

The organization will also be stuffing Carville’s Auto Mart’s “Patriotic 9/11 Truck” Dec. 7, during the Parade of Lights, on Main Street in downtown Grand Junction. Take gift donations to the parade to be collected as representatives walk the parade route that night.

There are also a number of “toy box” drop off locations in town.

Call Danielle Hindson at 720-250-5571 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.

Grand Mesa Chorus, Sweet Adelines International has welcomed its newest member, Elizabeth Barry to the lead section of the chorus (usually singing the melody of the song).

Barry also sings and volunteers as board member for The Messiah Choral Society of Grand Junction.

Do you love to sing and perform? Miss music in your life?  Grand Mesa Chorus rehearses from 6:30–9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, at the Redlands United Methodist Church, 527 Village Way. All women are welcome to visit.

Call 314-6103 for more information.

Kokopelli Animal Hospital is hosting its fifth annual holiday pet food drive through Dec. 21.

Donations of dog food, cat food, kitty litter and pet treats will be donated to CLAWS, Grand River Humane Society, Mesa County Animal Services, Roice-Hurst Humane Society and Loma Cat House.

Take donations to 456 Kokopelli Blvd., Unit E in Fruita or call 858-4299 for information.

A fundraiser featuring Charley’s Cookies will benefit intellectually challenged adults and teens served by Ariel Clinical Service.

A variety of cookies are available to purchase and any custom order — big or small — will be taken.

Call Jenni Case at 773-1170 for more information and to place an order.

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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