Your Town, Oct. 14, 2012

This time of year my email inbox fills rapidly with requests to inform readers about warm clothing drives, food drives and donations for various charities.

Soon, various toy drives will be under way to benefit children at Christmas.

If your club, organization or business is sponsoring one of these drives or an event to help those in need, email the information to me as early as possible and I’ll include the requests in Your Town, on a regular basis, as space allows.

Send the information by email, fax or regular mail, using the information at the end of this column.

There’s always a need, but this time of year it’s important that our community stay warm, fed and in good cheer. I look forward to helping your group make that happen.

Now in its eighth year, the SPUNK drive is under way.

Socks, Pajamas and Underwear for Needing Kids is collecting new socks, pajamas and underwear to fill a need for children served through Catholic Outreach, Mesa County Foster Care, Latimer House, School District 51’s REACH Program and HOPE of the Grand Valley.

The items collected through Dec. 15 will be donated to children during the Christmas season.

Call Gretchen Haynes at D&G Autocare, 243-3404 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), for information or a list of drop-off locations.

Visit the SPUNK Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/pages/SPUNK/154596814582769 for information.

The Mount Garfield Chapter of the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution Card and Games Benefit — formerly known as the Card Party — is set for 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday at the Moose Lodge, 567 25 1/2 Road.

There will be door prizes and finger foods. Cost is $8 per person.

For tickets or information, call Bonnie Karp at 243-7374.

The Roice-Hurst donation sale, that took place Oct. 6 in the Hillcrest neighborhood, raised more than $3,200 that will benefit the nonprofit organization.

The event was a success because “the community really came out and all the folks that gave their time to help set up and work the sale,” organizer Tim Jewett wrote in an email to The Daily Sentinel.

“Thanks to all that donated items and their time,” he added.

Here’s another event to help the little critters at Roice-Hurst Humane Society.

Paws and Pies, a fundraising, adoption and micro-chipping event, will happen Saturday at the Hot Tomato Cafe & Pizzeria, 124 N. Mulberry St., Fruita.

All proceeds from the restaurant’s sales that day will benefit the shelter’s homeless cats and dogs.

Pet adoptions will be from 
11 a.m.–3 p.m., dog training demonstrations from 11:30 a.m.–
2:30 p.m., and low-cost micro-chipping from 11 a.m.–2 p.m.

Visit http://www.hottomatocafe.com or ww.rhhumanesociety.com or call Elaine Johnson-Craig at 986-5819 for information.

Want a sweet deal?

Operation Independence will host a fundraising event to raise proceeds for postage to ship holiday boxes to troops overseas.

The event will be from 9 a.m.–noon Saturday at 2944 Interstate 70 Business Loop (29 1/2 Road and North Avenue).

Thanks to a donation of bags and bags of candy — that can’t be shipped to the troops — candy will be available to purchase.

Why would one need so much candy this time of year?

Looking for candy pumpkins? Check. Candy corn? Check. Chocolate? Bingo.

And there’s more.

Proceeds from the sales will go toward postage. What you do with the candy is entirely up to you.

Call Karon Carley at 523-4217 or visit http://www.oidelivers.org for information.

It’s that time of year:

Bowls of Halloween candy everywhere you turn.

A yearning for hearty, calorie- rich comfort foods when the weather turns chilly.

A busy time of year that often leads to convenience foods and quick meals on the go — not well-planned, healthy portions on the plate.

What to do?

The spotlight this week is on TOPS — the acronym for Take Off Pounds Sensibly.

According to the information submitted earlier this year by Clifton TOPs 209, “we are women who support each other in our struggle to lose weight.”

On the “about link” at http://www.tops.org, the organization writes that “TOPS Club Inc. is the original, nonprofit, weight-loss support and wellness education organization.

Established in 1948 to champion weight-loss support and success, we’ve helped millions of people live healthier lives.”

There are three TOPS chapters that appear in The Daily Sentinel’s Weekly Planner on a regular basis.

■ The Clifton TOPS 209 has its weigh-in at 5:30 p.m. and the meeting at 6 p.m. Thursdays, at the Turkish World Outreach Building, 508 Fruitvale Court. Call 434-7860 or 434-7928 for information.

■ TOPS CO458 meets at 
5:30 p.m. Tuesdays, at Mesa Mall, 2424 U.S. Highway 6&50. Call 242-0881 for information.

■ TOPS 82 meets at 9 a.m. Wednesdays, at Northeast Christian Church, 2001 Patterson Road. Call 242-8546 for information.

Visit the website or call one of these local chapters to learn more.

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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