Your Town, Oct. 6, 2013
Who knew that turning to the October calendar would offer such an array of weather options?
It’s a “toss it all in a hat and see what you can pull out” kind of month already and we’re not even a week in. Already we’ve been blessed with sunny days, cloudy days, cold days, warm days, windy days, and rainy/snowy days, depending on where you live.
Regardless of the weather, one thing that October always ushers in is the many community food drives, clothing drives and yes, toy drives.
It’s time for Your Town to focus on the community’s needs and here are a few ways you can help.
■ Through the month of October, participating Grand Valley branches of Edward Jones Investments will be the collection points for non-perishable food and household items that will delivered to Western Slope Food Bank of the Rockies to help aid the food bank in its mission to relieve hunger in the surrounding area.
Eight branches in Palisade or Grand Junction will participate with barrels to collect non-perishable canned and boxed goods, paper products, personal care items, kid-friendly foods and pet food.
Call Jim Roland at 245-4869 for information.
■ The fourth annual Holiday Food Drive to support local veterans is under way.
Donations will be accepted through Dec. 6, at the Grand Junction Vet Center, 2472 Patterson Road, Unit 16, at any Alpine Bank location, Cabela’s, the Crossroads Fitness airport location and the Grand Junction Free Press office.
Items will be distributed the week of Dec. 9 to area veterans and their families.
Call 245-4156 for more information.
The 4–H Paper Clover Campaign, in partnership with Tractor Supply Co., will take place Oct. 9–20.
Shoppers at the Grand Junction Tractor Supply Co. store, 2449 U.S. Highway 6&50, can support 4–H in Mesa County by purchasing paper clovers for $1 or more at checkout.
All funds raised will be donated to 4–H and will support 4–H youth development program activities in Mesa County.
Funds donated during the national campaign will be tracked online and recorded by state and store. Visit http://www.tractorsupply.com/4-H for information and to view the donation tracker.
The Molina Center has launched an ambitious crowdfunding campaign designed to garner funding for its new internship programs for at-risk youth.
With three innovative programs in the pipeline, and a new administration building nearly complete, the 42-acre sustainability education center near Mesa is ready to open its doors and is asking for the public for support in raising the final $30,000 needed to “go live,” a news release said
The center is working with partners from the area and nationally to create three to 12 month on-site paid internships for vulnerable youth to learn vocational and business skills in permaculture landscaping, urban farming and green building, the release said.
In addition to the residential programs for youth, The Molina Center will be launching regular workshops, movie nights and a boutique restaurant for the general public.
Visit http://www.themolinacenter.org and following the crowdfunding links for information and to participate. The campaign ends Nov. 2.
Mesa County Republican Women’s Luncheon is set for 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Monday at Two Rivers Convention Center.
Steve Aquafresca will be the keynote speaker, and candidates for School District 51 School Board will be present to answer questions.
Cost is $15 for members and $20 for nonmembers.
Call Linda at 424-9378 for reservations.
The Mount Garfield Daughters of the American Revolution will host its annual card party from 11:30 a.m.–4 p.m. Saturday at the Moose Lodge, 567 25 1/2 Road.
Tickets are $8 and includes a light lunch and door prizes. Take your own cards or board games for an afternoon of fun. Proceeds will help fund awards and scholarships.
Call Dorothy Inscho at 245-2645 for information or tickets.
For the third consecutive year, a woman has been installed as president of the Kiwanis Club of Grand Junction.
Veteran member Rita Crumpton was sworn in Sept. 26 as president for the 2013–14 year, succeeding Beverly Troester, who succeeded Vikki Bell as president.
According to a news release, it was just last year that the local Kiwanis Club celebrated 25 years since it accepted women into the club. The worldwide service organization is in more than 80 countries, and focuses on projects that benefit young children. In addition to offering clubs for adults, it offers Circle K college clubs, Key Clubs for high school students, Builder Clubs for middle school students, K-Kids clubs for elementary school students, and Aktion Clubs for people with disabilities.
During the Sept. 19 Allocations Day, the Kiwanis Club of Grand Junction awarded more than $35,000 to local non-profit organizations. Proceeds were raised through the annual Kiwanis Pancake Day, which took place in June.
Visit Kiwanis-gj.org for more information.