Your Town, October 1, 2017

The hum of airplanes and the thunderous roar of jet engines has occupied the vast valley skies this week.

The precision and skill of the US Air Force Thunderbirds pilots’ acrobatic maneuvers is thrilling to watch, and the speed and beauty of the aircraft is breathtaking.

No, seriously — barreling across the sky, upsidedown, doing loop-de-loops at supersonic speed can pretty much take your breath away.

Among the static exhibits of planes, helicopters and cars on display at this weekend’s air show are two Grand Junction-based Commemorative Air Force planes — a Grumman TBM Avenger Torpedo Bomber/Submarine Hunter and a Piper J3 Cub Grasshopper.

“If it was a country, the Commemorative Air Force, with 165 flying WWII Aircraft and 80+ units around the US would be the 27th biggest Air Force in the world,” a news release said. 

Grand Junction’s CAF Rocky Mountain Wing has “80 dedicated volunteers who restore, maintain, and fly the planes, and operate an amazing Airpower Heritage Museum just inside Gate 10 on the east side of the airport,” the release said.

The torpedo bomber was the biggest single-engine bomber built for the war, using the shortest runways and the “Grasshopper” was used as a primary trainer and low-level reconnaissance scout. It was the smallest WWII plane, and was based on Navy ships, some with no runways.

These planes are fully functional and FAA certified to carry passengers. CAF members regularly fly in them to 12–16 air shows and other events each year.

“And unlike most other museum pieces, visitors are welcome to get up close and personal with these historical aircraft, or even take a ride in them,” the release said.

The CAF Rocky Mountain Wing branch sponsors several events each year, including photo shoots, visits with Santa, and a Rise Above educational/inspirational outreach program that touched more than 700 School District 51 middle school students last year. 

The Rocky Mountain Wing has set aggressive growth goals, and is “currently seeking new members, donors, and sponsors to help us grow our fleet and museum, and to expand our outreach program.”

Anyone can become a member. If you love history, airplanes, or changing young people’s lives, stop by and visit with them at the Grand Junction Air Show – they’ll be there through today.

Call Kent Taylor, Wing Leader, CAF Rocky Mountain Wing at 970-921-3700 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information, or visit to learn more.

To help build awareness and recognize World Habitat Day, Habitat for Humanity of Mesa County began a program in 2015 titled “The Door Project,”

This year, six unfinished doors from the ReStore were given to local artists who donated their time and creative talents to the fundraising project by creating artistic masterpieces. The doors were on display at the ReStore and at Alpine Bank branches throughout September.

“We feel this is a unique way to draw attention to an important issue,” said Habitat for Humanity of Mesa County Executive Director Janet Brink in a news release.

“Doors are symbolic of the life change when people have safe and adequate shelter. Our hope is that the door project will grow in both, artists and doors each year.”

A drawing for the artistic doors will take place at 10 a.m. on World Habitat Day, Monday, Oct. 2, at the ReStore, 2936 North Ave.

The annual pancake breakfast to benefit Coates Creek School on Glade Park, is planned for 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Saturday, at the school.

Come fill your plate with homemade sourdough pancakes, eggs, ham, bacon, and hash browns, along with milk, juice and coffee. There will be door prizes and a bump ‘n’ jump for the kids.

Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for ages younger than 12. To get to the breakfast, drive through Colorado National Monument and follow the signs to Glade Park. Go west on DS Road past the Glade Park Store.

Call 712-3360 or visit for information.

The third annual Animal Care Fair, a day of caring for all creation, is planned for 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Saturday at Church of the Nativity 2175 Broadway.

The adoption and animal resource event will feature more than 30 fair vendors, animal rescue and animal welfare groups. There will also be a low cost vaccinations clinic (dogs only), and animal-related seminars.

Seminars planned for the fair include:

■ What Makes a Good Pet? 11:30 a.m., presented by Children’s Nature Center

■ Essential Oils for Pets (dogs, cats, horses), noon, by Hardick Essential Oils — doTERRA

■ What’s going to happen to our wild horses? Are they still a value to society? 12:30 p.m., by Steadfast Steeds Mustang Sanctuary

■ Why does my dog do that? 1 p.m., by Angels in the Making, LLC

■ Integrated Medicine, to heal is to feel, 1:30 p.m. by Animobility, Dr. Janet Gordon Palm, DVM

■ Mesa County Animal Services, 2 p.m., by Doug Frye, director, and a canine supervisor

Visit for more information.

The public is invited to attend the quarterly veterans memorial service at 1 p.m. Monday, in the committal shelter at the Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado, 2830 Riverside Parkway.

The Grand Valley Combined Honor Guard and Team III COARNG Honor Guard will perform military honors as a tribute and final salute in memory of veterans who had no military honors during their committal in July, August and September.

The service includes a dove release, pipers, the tolling of the Veterans Memorial bell and firing of cannons.

Call 263-8986 for information.

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