Your Town, Oct. 20, 2016

A most interesting thing happened recently.

Somehow, in an instant, I was magically transported to a world with no election drama, no violence, no crime, no hate and no division. It was a peaceful place, where flowers bloomed, smiles were genuine, joy surrounded and hearts were full.

It was the moment my newborn grandson was placed in my arms.

(Cue the angel choir singing).

As I gazed at his perfect, precious, slumbering face — knowing all was well with the world — came the diaper blowout heard ‘round the world.


(Angel choir replaced by sound of needle sliding across the record).

Welcome to the world, my sweet little stinker — my heart is full (and, unfortunately, so is that little diaper).

Western Slope Non-smoking Singles announced its November schedule of happenings.

The group’s regular monthly meeting and lunch will be at 1 p.m. Saturday at Starvin’ Arvin’s in Clifton.

At noon Nov. 9, members and guests will attend A Little Noon Music, featuring the Western Colorado Chorale at First United Methodist Church, 522 White Ave. Lunch will follow at the Village Inn, 1910 North Ave.

Visitors are always welcome. Anyone interested can call Marg at 434-0803 for information.

The Western Slope Wreaths Across America campaign, with the goal of placing 2,000 wreaths at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery during the Christmas season, is now fully funded.

“We have had a great response this year,” said wreath coordinator Art Edwards in a news release.

The wreaths will be placed the afternoon of Dec. 9 ,and the wreath ceremony will be at 10 am Dec. 1, at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado. 

Mesa County Guys Giving Club will meet at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday at Springhill Suites, 236 Main St.

This is the late meeting of 2016 and the push is on to get 100 men to join at this time. The club meets four times a year — the first Tuesday in February, May, August and November — and at each meeting, awards a generous donation to one worthy local charity.

At the meeting, members are invited to nominate a local charity of their choice, a news release said. Three of the nominees are chosen at random and the person who placed the nomination speaks briefly about why he chose that nonprofit. A vote is taken, a winner is chosen and members write a $100 check to that nonprofit.

The August meeting awarded $5,100 to New Emerson School to help purchase more computer equipment for its STEM Program (science, technology, engineering and math).

The goal for November is to recruit 100 guys and give $10,000.

Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call Mike Baker at 270-6184 or Kevin VanGundy at 243-8829 for information.

P.S. The Giving Club — for women — also meets four times a year with the same philanthropic goal. It meets from 5:15 to 7 p.m. the first Monday of the month in February, May, August and November, also at Springhill Suites.

Visit or call 241-1139, or 260-6140 for information.

Mount Garfield Daughters of the American Revolution will have its monthly meeting at 1 p.m. Saturday at Dinosaur Journey Museum, 550 Jurassic Court in Fruita.

Jennifer Grossheim Harris, director of marketing and public relations with Habitat for Humanity of Mesa County, will present “Under Construction.”

The DAR is a nonprofit, non-political volunteer women’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history and securing America’s future through better education for children.

Interested in the DAR? Call Mary McFarlin at 242-7074 for information.

Paws and Pies, a fundraiser for Roice-Hurst Humane Society, will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday at Hot Tomato Cafe and Pizzeria, 124 N. Mulberry St. in Fruita.

Ten percent of all sales that day will be donated. During the Paws and Pies hours, there will be dogs available for adoption, merchandise, goodie bags, and a drawing.

Visit or call 434-7337 for information.

There’s plenty of soup for you during the Orchard Mesa Lions Club‘s annual Soup Extravaganza from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Nov. 12 at the Mesa County Fairgrounds, Building C.

Five delicious soups will be served at the all-you-can-eat extravaganza. Cost is $6 in advance and $7 at the door. Each ticket enters you for a door prize, including cash and True Value Hardware gift certificates. Funds donated and collected by community members will be used to benefit the community in various areas supported by the Orchard Mesa Lions Club such as The Salvation Army, local vision impairment and Operation Interdependence.

“Money raised on Nov. 12 will allow Lions to contribute to the needs in our community. Lions members thank everyone who contributes to this important work. You are truly helping Lions make a difference in our community,” said club President Michael Bussey, in a news release.

The Orchard Mesa Lions Club has 31 members and meets at 7 p.m. the first and third Monday A Taste of Heaven Catering. Call Bob Pena at 200-7362 for information.

The Redlands Lions Club members and volunteers will place more than 600 flags on Veterans Day in the Tiara Rado, Seasons, Monument Village, Panorama, Redlands Village and other subdivisions.

The flags will be out early the morning of Nov. 11, weather permitting, and picked up later that afternoon. Flags will also be placed at some Redlands area businesses. 

The Redlands Lions Club flag service honors eight holidays throughout the year. Cost for residents is a donation of $30.

Funds are used for community projects such as KidSight, Kids Aid and Colorado Mesa University scholarships.

Those interested in subscribing to the service or volunteering to help should call Chuck Stevenson at 242-3222 or Dave McIlnay at 433-7961 for information.

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