Your Town, Oct. 16, 2016

I haven’t much time to tap out a note to accompany this week’s Your Town column.

I’m smack dab in the middle of harvesting the ripened tomatoes and peppers from my brick garden and have been cooking down batches of tomato sauce and roasting the peppers for freezing.

I’d had my eye on a particular tomato — a freak of nature type monster from the beefsteak variety. Over the course of the past 10 days, it slowly turned from the “fried green tomato” status to a deep “spaghetti-sauce-ready red.” After wrestling that little bugger off the vine, it came in at whopping 3-pounds and had a 17-inch circumference.

I’m elbow deep in tomatoes, so perhaps next week I’ll have more time to write and we can ketchup.

Groan.

Altrusa International of Palisade, Inc. will have its annual Make a Difference Day Book Giveaway from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the Palisade Town Plaza at Third and Main streets.

The Altrusa Club Book Giveaway is a part of the organization’s worldwide efforts to advance literacy.

“This Make a Difference Day is extra special for the Palisade Club as we are celebrating our 20th year of service in Palisade,” a news release said.

“Come browse and select from hundreds of books. You will find a wonderful selection of adult and children’s books, hardback and paperback to choose from. Take as many as you can carry away for the amazing price of free.”

For more information, call 261-1998 or search for “Altrusa International of Palisade” on Facebook.

The third annual Tiara Rado Animal Hospital Pet Food Drive, to benefit the Community Food Bank, is underway and will continue through Nov. 15.

Pet food is one of the top requests at food banks in the area, a news release said.

“We host this pet food drive to ensure that pets in need in our community have food going into the winter months,” said Dr. Bob Marquis, owner of Tiara Rado Animal Hospital in the release.

During the 2015 pet food drive, Tiara Rado Animal Hospital matched and doubled the food, raising the amount to 2,000 pounds of food and $1,000 given to the Community Food Bank. This donation allowed the Community Food Bank to feed pets for nearly the entire year, the release said.

The Food Bank provides a three-day supply of emergency food to community residents. Volunteers bagged the pet food into three-day supplies for those with pets.

The public is invited to drop off pet food, cash or checks, made to Community Food Bank. Drop off hours are 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, at 2245 3/4 Broadway.

Call 243-4007 or visit tiararadoanimalhospital.com for information.

The Friendship Force of Western Colorado is now meeting the third Thursday of each month.

The October meeting is at 6:15 p.m., Thursday at the American Red Cross building, 506 Gunnison Ave., in the conference room.

Friendship Force International provides opportunities to explore new cultures by bringing people together at the personal level. Visit thefriendshipforce.org or call Sue Palmer, membership coordinator, at 260-4653 for information.

The Monthly Oral History Program, hosted by The Mesa County Historical Society, will feature a presentation by local archaeologist, Curtis Martin. 

Martin will give a talk on the Ute Indians of Colorado from noon–1 p.m. Thursday at the Whitman Educational Center, 248 S. Fourth St. A slide show will take a look at some of the remaining wooden structures the Utes left behind, wikiups, tipi frames and tree platforms.

He will also bring artifacts from these locations.

The program is jointly sponsored by the Museums of Western Colorado and the Mesa County Historical Society and is free and open to the public. Take a lunch. Coffee will be served and cookies are usually served.

For more information call MCHS president, Priscilla Mangnall at 260-5226 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call the Loyd Files Research Library at 242-0971, ext. 209.

The Grand Valley Audubon Society October program will feature “Sage Grouse Conservation and Energy Development,” presented by avian researcher Brett Walker.

The program will begin at 7 p.m. Monday at the First Presbyterian Church, 3940 27 1/2 Road.

Walker will share his research and experiences studying the ecology of sage-grouse in the oil and gas fields of northwest Colorado.

Walker received his PhD in wildlife biology from the University of Montana in Missoula and has been an avian researcher for Colorado Parks and Wildlife for the past nine years. He is also an experienced birder and amateur wildlife photographer.

Visit audubongv.org for more information.

Do you have room in your heart to provide a nurturing home for a child who has been abused?

Find out more about becoming a foster parent with Mesa County Department of Human Services at 6 p.m. Oct. 24, in Training Room 1060, at 510 29 1/2 Road.

Reserve a spot by emailing .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit FosterCareOfMesaCounty.org for information.

The Daily Sentinel Senior Fair, offering seminars, vendors, resources, and products for seniors, will be from 9 a.m.–3 p.m. Friday at Two Rivers Convention Center.

The free interactive fair is a great opportunity to get information on health services, learn more about a new hobby, or gain valuable insight on topics like estate planning.

Free blood pressure screenings and nail polish applications will be conducted by students from Intellitec College.

Call 256-4289 for information and plan to attend.

Submit Calendar 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 734 S. Seventh St., Grand Junction, CO, 81501. Items to be considered for Your Town should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.


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