Your Town, Oct. 8, 2017

Trees in the valley have taken the stage to perform their annual show, leafing us all in awe, (which will soon be followed by an extended leaf of absence).

The characters are colorful, the scenery magnificent, the action dramatic and the plot is deep.

(Deep, as in piles all over the yard).

Bravo! Bravo! Well done! Encore!

Penny Allman of Toastmasters International will present the program during the meeting of the Mount Garfield Daughters of the American Revolution at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Whitman Educational Center, 248 S. Fourth St.

Mount Garfield DAR Chapter is also sponsoring an essay contest for students in fifth- through eighth- grades. The 2017–18 school year topic is: “World War I: Remembering the War to End All Wars.”

“The end of World War I was the beginning of a new age. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the end of the Great War. Students are to imagine they are living in 1918, and how the end of the war will impact their daily life,” a news release said.

The deadline to submit an essay is 
Nov. 15.

Call Sherri Brown at 241-6121 or Mary Ellen Miller at 242-2160 for information.

Redlands Lions Club members and volunteers will place flags on Monday, recognizing Columbus Day.

Weather permitting, flags will be placed in Tiara Rado, Seasons, Monument Village, Panorama, Redlands Village and other subdivisions. Some Redlands area businesses will also display flags. 

The flag service honors nine holidays each year at a requested donation of $35. Funds are used for community projects like KidSight, Kids Aid and Colorado Mesa University scholarships. 

Those interested in subscribing to the service or volunteering to help should call Lion Lance Wade at 270-4658 or Lion Dave McIlnay at 433-7961.

Grand Valley Audubon Society has planned community events:

■ Public Bird Banding Day will be from 8–11:30 a.m. Saturday at the Connected Lakes State Park- Kingfisher parking lot. Participants can get up-close and personal with wild birds with a licensed bird-bander who will demonstrate how scientists capture birds safely, mark them and collect important data. The event is free and open to the public. There is a state parks entry fee.

■ Birds and Water in the West will be at 7 p.m. Oct. 30 at Colorado Mesa University in the Saccomanno Lecture Hall. Abby Burk, the Western Rivers Program Lead from Audubon Rockies, will talk about the National Audubon’s “Water and Birds in the Arid West: Habitats in Decline” report and Audubon Rockies’ work on river habitats. The events is free and open to the public.

■ The Society’s Art Auction Reception is slated for 6–8 p.m. Nov. 3 at Wild Birds Unlimited, 2454 U.S. Highway 6&50. Artwork will be auctioned Nov. 3–5, via phone bidding, to benefit education and habitat improvement programs. There will be wine and hors d’oeuvres. Art for sale includes Ikki Matsumoto and Robert Bateman prints.

Visit for information.

The Edward Jones branch office at 743 Horizon Court, Suite 202, is conducting a food drive through October to benefit Western Slope Food Bank of the Rockies.

Drop off nonperishable items during regular business hours. Monetary donations cannot be accepted.

Call 245-4869 for information.

Western Colorado Contractor’s Association recently donated $700 to the Mesa County 4-H Shooting Club.

The nonprofit association represents the construction industry in western Colorado and has raised funds for organizations over several years, including Special Olympics, Boy Scouts and The Challenger Program.

The funds were raised during the association’s Trap Shoot in August and will assist Mesa County 4-H Shooting Sports with future competitions, as well as help its youth “find their passion to encourage growth in their community,” a news release said.

Retired archaeologist Sally Crum will talk about traditional Native American use of plants during the meeting of the Grand Junction Chapter of the Colorado Archaeological Society on Monday at Redlands United Methodist Church, 527 Village Way.

Social time is from 6:30–7 p.m. with the program beginning at 7 p.m. The meeting is open to the public at no charge. Small donations are appreciated.

Call 433-4312 or visit for information.

Kiwanis Golden K Club will have it annual chili supper from 5:30–7:30 p.m. Friday at Redlands Middle School, 2200 Broadway. Tickets are $6 and include chili, potato soup, salad, drinks and dessert.

Proceeds from the supper and silent auction will go to various children’s programs.

Roice-Hurst Humane Society received a Rachael Ray “Save Them All” grant from Best Friends Animal Society to support its transfer partnership with Mesa County Animal Services during repairs to its building.

“RHHS has committed to transferring at least 200 dogs from the facility to place in its adoption program throughout the construction period to alleviate pressure on the reduced-capacity building. Funds from the grant will help offset the cost of spaying/neutering and caring for those dogs, and providing other medical services as necessary,” a news release said.

“Mesa County Animal Services has not euthanized a healthy, adoptable pet since 2009, due in large part to its transfer partnerships with shelters like Roice-Hurst. By transferring these dogs to RHHS, MCAS will ensure that its record stays in place because it will not find itself in a situation of having to euthanize due to lack of space,” the release said.

Grand Mesa Sweet Adelines Chorus will have a fundraiser from 4–8 p.m. Wednesday at Dos Hombres, 421 Brach Drive.

A portion of proceeds from your bill will be donated to the chorus.   

Visit for information.

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