Your Town, Sept. 10, 2017

Where oh where has my little sock gone, or where oh where can it be?

Socks like to get up and walk away, even when they aren’t on my feet. Sometimes I’ll find a missing sock, six months later, stuck to a blanket I washed and put away for the season. Sometimes my socks accidently end up in my bachelor son’s laundry bag — he comes over for Sunday dinner and does his laundry. There is a laundry room at his apartment complex, but it doesn’t serve a home-cooked meal.

I have a special drawer where I place lonely socks as they await the return of their “sole” mate, wherever it may be off gallivanting. A few of those socks are feeling rather “defeated,” as they have been waiting a very long time.

Sound familiar?

If so, gather up your lonely and single socks to donate to HomewardBound of the Grand Valley’s annual Lost Sock Drive, happening Sept. 17 at the shelter, 2853 North Ave.

HomewardBound conducts its annual sock drive every September to benefit its residents.

“Our residents would rather have two mismatched socks than no socks at all in the cold winter months,” a news release said.

The open house event is from 11 a.m.–3 p.m.  You can drop off gently-used socks, and tour the shelter while learning more about Homeward Bound and the services it offers. Or, if you wish, through September, drop off single socks at Benges, 514 Main St.

Call 256-9424 or visit for information.

The Women’s Surface Creek Saddle Club will host the Grand Mesa Trail Horse Trials Sept. 16 on Grand Mesa.

The trials comprise a nine-mile ride in beautiful fall colors, with judged obstacles along the route.

“These are things you would normally encounter on a trail, that you can challenge your horse with, or skip,” a news release said. 

“The footing is good but slightly rocky and the views are spectacular.” 

Entry fee is $25 for adults in advance or $35 at the gate; $50 for a family (up to four riders) in advance, and $60 at the gate. The youth entry fee is $15 in advance and $20 at the gate. Prizes are awarded in four age categories.

Call Lori Molitor at 856-4680 or email: .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for an entry form and more information.

The Western Slope Blue Star Mothers, CO8 will meet at 6 p.m. Tuesday, at the Alzheimer’s Association office, 2232 N. Seventh St.

The organization comprises mothers who have children serving in the military and is part of the national organization, Blue Star Mothers of America, who raise money to send care packages to deployed soldiers in all branches of the military. 

“We support each other, our troops and our vets,” a news release said.

Call Cheryl at 661-808-5590 for information.

The KAFM Radio Room will host an event in its Life Long Learning series featuring an interactive forum-type Beauty and Brains Workshop.

“The Wise Woman’s Forum” will be from 11:30 a.m.–1 p.m. Wednesday at KAFM Radio, 1310 Ute Ave. Presenters are Yvonne Rowland, manager of Community Bank, speaking on fraud and your money; Mary Hertert, owner of Color Creek Fiber Art; Elizabeth Wheeler, “Ladies of a Certain Age” blog writer, speaking on fashion trends; and Linda Wethington, from Mutual of Omaha, speaking on women and managing personal finances.

Light refreshments will be served, complements of Alison Brinkley from First Light Home Care.

Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call 260-2099 for information.

The Grand Junction High School class of 1967 will have its 50-year class reunion Sept. 22–24.

A welcome party is planned for Friday evening with festivities continuing Saturday and Sunday. Email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or call Tom at 261-5156 or Janis at 720-320-0066 for information.

Organizers have also planned a picnic potluck for 1967 graduates of Central High School and Grand Junction High School, at 4 p.m. Sept. 20, at a local park. Call Lavonne at 250-2463 for details on that picnic.

Colorado Archaeological Society- Grand Junction Chapter will host Todd McMahon, staff archaeologist with History Colorado, on Monday at Redlands United Methodist Church, 527 Village Way.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. for a half- hour of social time. The meeting and lecture will begin at 7 p.m. McMahon will talk about interaction in this region of Native American cultures from north and south of the Grand Valley region.

The lecture is free and open to the public. A small donation is encouraged.

Call 433-4312 or visit for information.

Humans and dogs are welcome at Dog Fest 2017, happening from noon–4 p.m. today at Lincoln Park.

The family-friendly event features games and contests, adoptable dogs from Roice-Hurst Humane Society, and a chance to win a years supply of dog food from Chow Down Pet Supplies.

Admission is $3, or purchase a commemorative glass for $25 at the door and receive entry to the festival, unlimited beer, and entry into the grand prize drawing, goodie bags, and a complimentary photo with your pet.

A number of booths will be on hand, including River Valley Gateway, who will commemorate National Pet Memorial Day during the event. Bring a photo, poem or story in remembrance of a beloved pet that has passed away, to the River Valley Gateway booth.

Online registration for New Dimensions senior learning classes will be Sept. 18–22.

Individuals without computer access can attend a one-time assisted registration on Thursday, at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of the Grand Valley, 536 Ouray Ave.

New Dimensions offers non-credit courses to adults ages 50 and older.

Call 270-8425 for information.

Submit Calendar 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 734 S. Seventh St., Grand Junction, CO, 81501. Items to be considered for Your Town should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.


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