Your Town, Oct. 13, 2013

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For the remainder of 2013, the Your Town column will focus on the needs of the community.

If you’re planning a food drive, clothing drive, fundraiser or other event — any type of effort with the goal of assisting those in need — get the information to me and I’ll include it here as space allows.

Using the contact information at the end of this column, shoot me an email, send me a fax or write me an old-fashioned note.

I look forward to helping you, help others.

The Grand Junction Church of Christ is accepting clothing items for its clothing giveaway that will take place Oct. 31–
Nov. 2.

Take clean, usable clothing and coats for all ages and sizes to the church, 2893 Patterson Road, beginning Monday, through Oct. 25.

The giveaway will be from 8 a.m.–6 p.m. Oct. 31–Nov. 1 and from 8 a.m.–noon Nov. 2.

Call 245-4210 or visit for information.

The Redlands Lions Club members and volunteers will place flags Monday, to recognize Columbus Day.

Flags are placed in the early morning and picked up the same day, late in the afternoon, weather permitting. The areas served are Tiara Rado, Seasons, Monument Village, Panorama, Village Way and other subdivisions. Flags are also displayed at some Redlands-area businesses.

The Redlands Lions Club flag service honors 10 holidays throughout the year for a donation of $30.

Call Chuck Stevenson at 242-3222 or Dave McIlnay at 433-7961 for information.

The Kiwanis Golden K Club of Grand Junction will have its annual chili dinner beginning at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Redlands Middle School, 2200 Broadway. 

Cost is $6 per person for your choice of chili or potato soup, cornbread and dessert. A silent auction will also take place.

Proceeds will benefit Golden K’s allocation fund to assist nonprofits in the community.

Call Claudia Jackson at 210-5827 for information.

“A Sweet Ride to Freedom,” a fundraising spaghetti dinner for Jane Newton, will happen Saturday at the Center for Independence, 740 Gunnison Ave.

All proceeds will assist Newton with the purchase of a wheelchair accessible van. A meet and greet is scheduled at 4:30–5 p.m., the silent auction is from 4:30–6:30 p.m., dinner will be served from 5–6:30 p.m. and musical entertainment will follow from 7–9 p.m.

Tickets are $12 for adults and $8 for ages 4–10. Ages 3 and younger are free. Tickets can be purchased at Brown’s Cycle, 549 Main St., Serenity Salon, 2470 Patterson Road, No. 12, and at the door. Advance ticket sales are preferred.

The Bookcliff Barbershop Harmony Chorus will have three guest nights for prospective members from 7–9:30 p.m. Tuesdays Oct. 15, 22 and 29, at Northeast Christian Church, 2751 Patterson Road.

Barbershop harmony consists of four-part harmony with no accompaniment — also known as a cappella singing. The four voice parts are tenor, lead (melody), baritone and bass. Men of all ages who like to sing are invited. The ability to carry a tune and the willingness to learn are all that are required. Prior experience is also helpful but is not required.

Call Wendell Johnson at 523-0376 or 255-9992, or stop by Tuesday night to join the fun. The chorus will be learning Christmas songs in four-part harmony for its December performances — that you could be a part of. 

Visit the group’s Facebook page or for information.

Welcome Home Montrose will participate in the upcoming USS Montrose reunion 
Oct. 15–17 in Las Vegas.

Welcome Home Alliance founder Melanie Kline and Warrior Resource Center Executive Director Emily Smith will attend and present to the association’s membership, as will Montrose Mayor Judy Ann Files.

According to a news release, The USS Montrose Association comprises veterans who served on the USS Montrose APA-212, a sturdy ship named for the town of Montrose, that served the United States in three wars.

The Welcome Home Montrose representatives will take a specially carved eagle head cane created by local woodworkers to the reunion.

Members of the USS Montrose Association will visit Montrose next year to present the community with a model of the ship itself, which was first launched in 1944 and ultimately stricken from the list of Naval ships in 1969, the release said.

Visit for information.

HOPE of the Grand Valley’s Adopt a Family for Christmas sign-up is under way.

The focus again this year is on working families — parents who are working but do not have the funds to provide their children Christmas without additional stress to the family. Families are required to complete an application explaining their situation and their family income.

HOPE of the Grand Valley will review the applications and attempt to fill the gaps with working parents with children who are struggling to make ends meet. Minimum-wage employees with families are encouraged to apply.

Call 778-4880 or visit for information.

Members of the Palisade American Legion Auxiliary Unit 50 presented checks 
Oct. 10 to two local disabled veterans, using funds that were raised during the Sept. 11 poppy drive at the Rimrock Walmart.

A check was presented to Dennis Gabriel, who had a total knee replacement and whose wife is in a wheelchair. Also receiving a check was veteran Bob Raitt who, because of a disability and other health issues, walks with a cane.

Both Gabriel and Raitt are Vietnam veterans.

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