Your Town, Sept. 16, 2012

Summer’s drawing to a close, and the final ANB Bank Farmers Market of the season happens this Thursday on downtown Main Street.

While it might be common to see women browsing the market after work, still dressed in heels and office attire, it will be a rare treat Thursday to see men at the market, donning heels, skirts/dresses and who-knows-what-else to participate in the third annual Men in Heels Race, to benefit Hilltop’s Latimer House.

In an effort to raise awareness and funds for Latimer House, and those affected by domestic violence and sexual assault, all-male teams will rise to the challenge — “a real man would run a mile in her shoes.”

The visually entertaining relay race begins at 5:30 p.m. at Sixth and Main streets.

Teams include The Daily Sentinel, Hilltop Community Resources, Grand Junction Police Department, Ace Hardware, MBC Grand Radio, FCI Constructors, Mesa County Probation, Department of Corrections Parole Division, and more.

Make plans to attend the end-of-season market, browse the vendors one last time, and catch a glimpse of police officers, construction workers, radio personalities, and Daily Sentinel sports writer Allen Gemaehlich wearing a skirt and pumps, for a good cause.

I wouldn’t miss it for the world.

The annual Routt County potluck gathering is set for 
11 a.m. Oct. 6 at Palisade Nazarene Church, 3595 Front St., in Palisade.

Those attending should take their own table setting and drink plus one covered dish to share. If your last name begins with A–G, take a salad; H–R, dessert; and S–Z, a main dish.

Call Dani Hawk at 314-9270 or Genie Brandhorst at 858-7087 for information or to register.

The annual Eckert School reunion potluck will be at noon Wednesday at the Eckert Presbyterian Church in Eckert.

Anyone who attended school at Eckert is invited to attend. The event happens the third Wednesday each September.

Call Earlene White Dougan at 874-9351 for information.

All classmates are invited to the 50th reunion of the Fruita High School class of 1962 at 
5:30 p.m. Sept. 28–29 at Enterprise Community Hall, 1477 19 Road in Fruita.

Call Sue Hines at 241-1076 or Carol Wilds at 858-8081 for information.

Eva Gallegos Fruit, of Clifton, the president of National Active and Retired Federal Employees Chapter 351 Grand Junction and Colorado District 5 vice president, recently attended the 32nd biennial national convention of the NARFE Association in Sparks, Nev.

As the largest association of federal employees and retirees, it is dedicated to protecting earned rights and benefits.

At the convention, the association’s legislative agenda and direction for the next two years were determined, focusing on preserving retirement security.

Mount Garfield Daughters of the American Revolution will participate in the annual national ringing of the bells, to celebrate the signing of the Constitution.

Across the nation, at noon Monday, for one minute, DAR Chapters will ring bells. The Mount Garfield chapter will be at Fifth and Main streets, cowbells in hand, to celebrate the patriotic occasion. Visitors are welcome to join.

Later this week, the Colorado State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution will have its board of management meeting Friday and Saturday at the Clarion Inn, 755 Horizon Drive.

For information about these events, call Mary McFarlin at 242-7074.

The Grand Valley Audubon Society will meet at 7 p.m. Monday at First Presbyterian Church, 3940 27 1/2 Road.

The society meets the third Monday of each month and visitors are welcome. Monday’s guest speaker is author and mountain climber David Lien, who set and achieved a goal to climb 44 “fourteeners” (14,000-foot peaks) in Colorado’s rugged Rocky Mountains during four years in the late 1990s.

Four years and three days after climbing his first fourteener, Lien climbed his 54th, Mount Eolus, on Aug. 17, 2003.

For information, call 241-4670 or 242-9443.

Betty “McKenzie” Dolan from New Orleans dropped by The Daily Sentinel earlier this week hoping to locate “anyone from Louisiana, who would like to meet others from Louisiana.” Ya’ll interested? Call Dolan at 210-9225 or 261-2165.

Cats League and Assistance to the Western Slope (C.L.A.W.S.) is our spotlight feature of the week.

CLAWS meets at 7 p.m. Monday, and every third Monday of the month, at 2214 Sanford Drive, Unit A5,

According to its bio, the “100 percent volunteer nonprofit serves cats only. Before adoption, all cats and kittens are spayed or neutered, tested, de-wormed and brought up-to-date on immunizations.”

Cats and kittens are available for adoption on a daily basis at PetsMart, Petco and Chow Down Pet Supply.

Call 241-3793, email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit clawsgj.org 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 81502.


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