Your Town, Nov. 4, 2012

This week, and in the weeks to come, the Your Town column will be heavily laden with bullets.

No, I’m not referring to the bullets that make an impact during hunting season, and I won’t be wearing a bright orange safety vest as I compile the weekly column.

I am, however, referring to “bullets” defined by Wikipedia as “a typographical symbol or glyph used to introduce items in a list.”

The lists this time of year are numerous, because there is a lot happening, and many in need in our community.

In an effort to including as many events and people-helping-people items in Your Town, as space allows, I’ll use a lot of bullets during the next few months.

If you’d like to add to the lists, “shoot” your information this way, using the information at the end of this column.

Sunday, Nov. 11, is Veterans Day and events are planned in the coming days to honor those who have served our country:

■ A Veterans Day parade is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday on Main Street downtown. People wanting to participate should call Rich Peterson at 245-6454 for information.

■ Fleet Reserve will host a wreath ceremony at 9 a.m. on Veterans Day at the Blue Heron Boat Ramp off of Redlands Parkway. For information, call Jim Tarr, 778-0232.

■ A ceremony is set for 11 a.m. on Veterans Day at Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial Park in Fruita.

■ Flag retirement ceremonies by the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3981 State Color Guard are scheduled for 1 p.m.  at The Commons at 2:30 p.m. at The Fountains on Veterans Day.

■ The Redlands Lions Club will put out flags in Redlands communities Veterans Day. For information on flag service in the Seasons, Tiarado, Panorama, South Broadway and Redlands Village areas on nine holidays a year, call Chuck Stevenson at 242-3222, Skip Hughes, 243-6785 or Dave McLinay, 433-7961.

The list of ongoing efforts, offering ways to help the community this holiday season, has grown, and it will continue to grow during the next few weeks. Pick one, pick two, or a handful of ways to help your neighbors.

■ SPUNK — Socks, Pajamas and Underwear for Needing Kids — is collecting new socks, pajamas and underwear for children served through Catholic Outreach, Mesa County Foster Care, Latimer House, School District 51’s REACH Program and HOPE of the Grand Valley. Info: 243-3404.

■ Elevation Now is accepting nonperishable food items and canned food for its annual food drive through Nov. 20 at 2505 Foresight Circle, Suite C1, in exchange for complimentary chiropractic screening with Dr. Jen Sanford. Donations will benefit Grand Junction Catholic Outreach. For information, call 263-9100.

■ The third annual food drive to support local veterans continues through Dec. 3, at the Grand Junction Vet Center, 2472 F Road, Unit 16. Info: 245-4156.

■ The Salvation Army in Glenwood Springs is seeking blankets, sleeping bags, tents, winter gear and stuffed animals for families and individuals in need. Take donations from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays to 918 Grand Ave., Glenwood Springs. Info: 945-6976.

■ The Help a Neighbor in Need food drive to benefit Food Bank of the Rockies is accepting nonperishable and canned foods, Roman Family Chiropractic, 2584 Patterson Road, through Nov. 15, receive gift certificate for chiropractic consultation and evaluation or $10 off one-hour massage. Info: 243-8896.

■ Hope of the Grand Valley Adopt a Family for Christmas is focusing on parents who are working but do not have the funds to provide their children Christmas. Applications for adopting a family or for assistance at http://www.hopegv.org. For information, call 778-4880.

■  Wreaths Across America and Western Slope Patriot Guard Riders are sponsoring a drive for wreaths to be placed at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado during the Christmas season. To sponsor a wreath, call Art Edwards, 250-1174 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

■ Operation Interdependence Adopt-A-Box: A $30 donation will ship a box of 50 Civilian Rations (C-rats) in your name or the name of a loved one to deployed U.S. troops. Information: http://www.oidelivers.org, click on Adopt-a-Box; mail donations to Operation Interdependence, 2695 Patterson Road, No. 2-147, Grand Junction, 81506; email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); 523-4217.

In lieu of traditional candy give-aways for Halloween, Western Colorado Atheists and Freethinkers donated $250 to Kids Aid, the local nonprofit whose Backpack Program sends food donations home with school children who otherwise would go hungry over the weekend.

The group is encouraging those in the community to do the same. Send monetary donations to Kids Aid, in care of Mike Berry, P.O. Box 2569, Grand Junction 81502.

The annual Fur Ball, hosted by Community Cat Care, is set for 7–11 p.m. Saturday at Two Rivers Winery, 2087 Broadway.

The event features live and silent auction items, hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and entertainment.

Tickets are at City Market stores and Atlas Conoco at First Street and Orchard Avenue.

Proceeds go to the feral cat spay and neuter program. Call 245-5675 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, CO, 81502. Items to be considered for Your Town should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.


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