Your Town, Sept. 1, 2013

“Summer’s over.”

I don’t know how many times I’ve heard that recently from kids and adults. It makes me want to plug my ears and sing “la, la, la, la — I can’t hear you.”

Just because Labor Day is upon us, it doesn’t mean “summer’s over.” Kids may think that because they went back to school a few weeks ago, that “summer’s over.” While there’s still daylight after dinner and ice cream cones and warm temps, to me, it’s still summer and, according to the calendar, it will officially be summer for three more weeks.

That’s three more weeks of popsicles and bike riding and running through the sprinkler and baseball and watermelon ...

Happy Labor Day!

... and picnics and green grass and camping and flip flops and ...

Mesa County Republican women will host an “Ice Cream in the Park” event from 2–4 p.m. Sept. 8, in the Ash Shelter at Lincoln Park.

Candidates running for School District 51 Board of Eduction will be on hand to answer questions ala “Musical Chairs.”

Cost is a $5 donation. Ages younger than 12 are free. There will also be a fund raising bake sale.

Call Florence Naylor at 257-1718 for more information.

The Mount Garfield Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution is sponsoring an essay contest for students in fifth through eighth grades.

The theme is"The Lives of Children During the American Revolution.” Students are asked to pretend they are a boy or girl during the colonial fight for freedom. Using historical facts, discuss how the war affects your life as a colonial child.

The deadline to submit an essay is Nov. 13.

For more information email Sherri Brown at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

In an effort to build membership this year, Mesa Fiber Arts Guild now offers an evening meeting each month.

The meeting is from 6–8 p.m. the first Thursday of each month, at the Center for Independence, 740 Gunnison Ave., in the gym. Visitors should enter through the east side door.

Guest speaker for the Sept. 5 meeting is Mary Hertert of Color Creek Fiber Art, a local fiber artist who will share her project with the group. All are invited to attend. Visit http://www.colorcreekfiberart.com/about.shtml to learn more about Hertert.

Mesa Fiber Arts Guld will also meet at noon Wednesday, at First Presbyterian Church, 3940 27 1/2 Road. Dean Minion will present “Knitting Cruise in Baltics.”

You do not have to be a guild member to attend. Mesa Fiber Arts Guild provides a place for people to share their interest in fiber arts, weaving, spinning and knitting.

Call 818-269-9948, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit mesafiberartsguild.org for information.

Put down that mop, grab the kids and head to the MOPS (Mothers of Pre-Schoolers) gathering, happening from 9–11:15 a.m. the first and third Thursday of the month, at Redlands Community Church, 2327 Broadway.

The group meets September through May. The first gathering of the 2013–14 season happens Sept. 5.

Call 245-9020 for more information.

The Redlands Lion’s Club members and volunteers will place flag on two holidays this month — Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 2 and Patriot Day, Wednesday, Sept. 11, weather permitting.

Flags will be placed early each morning and picked up the same day, late in the afternoon. Areas served are Tiara Rado, Seasons, Monument Village, Panorama, Village Way and other subdivisions. Flags are also displayed at some Redlands area businesses.

Cost for the service is $30 per years and includes 10 holidays throughout the year.

Call Chuck Stevenson at 242-3222 or Dave McIlnay at 433-7961 for information.

Happy 70th birthday to graduates of the Grand Junction High School class of 1961.

Alumni of the class turn 70 this year and the class is planning a celebration with a catered birthday picnic from 11 a.m.–3 p.m. Oct. 5, at the Long Family Memorial Park, 3117 F Road, in the south gazebo, behind Central High School.

Wear your black and orange!

Cost is $20 per person and the RSVP deadline is Sept. 5.

More more information visit gjtigers.com/1961. To RSVP, email Shirley at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or call Paula at 243-1110.

Celebrate Labor Day at the monthly firkin fundraiser that begins at 5 p.m. Monday, at Kannah Creek Brewing Company, 1960 N. 12th St.

This month’s firkin keg is a honey-infused Blonde Ale and all proceeds from sales ($4 per pint) will be donated to Habitat for Humanity of Mesa County. Cash donations will also be accepted.

Visit http://www.hfhmesa.org for information on Habitat or call 243-0702 to learn more about the firkin fundraisers.

Test your Norwegian trivia at the next meeting of the Vestafjell Lodge, Sons of Norway, at 2 p.m. Sept. 8, at Zion Lutheran Church, 701 S. Junction Ave. in Montrose.

There will also be peaches and ice cream provided by the lodge for dessert. Take a dish to share for the potluck dinner.

Call Barb at 245-5649 or Bud, 242-3396, or visit http://www.vestafjelllodge.org for information.

The club and organization spotlight this week is shining brightly on the Colorado West Paint Horse Club, a club that recognizes and encourages participation of all breeds of horses and ability and interest.

The club has its general membership meetings at 6:30 p.m. the first Wednesday of each month, at Grand Valley Bank, 570 25 Road.

Visit http://www.coloradowestpainthorseclub.com or call 314-7519 or 640-4442 for information.

Submit your Planner 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 P.O. Box 668, Grand Junction, CO, 81502. Items to be considered for Your Town should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.


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