Your town, Sept. 17, 2017

The days are shorter, the nights are crisp. Time to add a comforter to the bed.

That’s a blanket statement, but it pretty much covers my point.

Fall falls on Friday, bringing with it a patchwork quilt of color.

Speaking of quilts, this month’s Oral History Project presentation will feature a talk on, and the opportunity to see “The Hobo Quilt,” by Verda.

The event is at noon Thursday, at the Whitman Educational Center, 248 S. Fourth St.

“It has been said that every quilt has a story and in this case, every block on the quilt — all 42 of them — tells a story,” wrote Verda in a news release.

“The designs of the blocks are based on the secret sign language used by hobos during the Great Depression in America during the 1930s,” she wrote.

Hobos would ride the rails in search of work and would help each other by leaving markers on fence posts, tree trunks and sidewalks with practical information. Verda will tell the stories depicted on the quilts and audience members can share stories of parents and grandparents who survived the Great Depression.

Verda is a member of two local quilt guilds — Monument Quilt Guild and Colorado West Quilters Guild. She has three public quilts on display, one at the Museum of the West, one at Cross Orchards Historic Site and one on a barn on C 1/2 Road, as part of the American Quilt Barn.

Call 242-0971, ext. 210, for information.

The Grand Junction Symphony Guild kicks off its season of camaraderie and support for the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra at 9:30 a.m. Friday at the First Presbyterian Church, 3940 27 1/2 Road.

The meeting will feature Music Director Charles Latshaw, former Canadian Brass horn player Jeff Nelsen and his wife, mezzo-soprano Nina Yoshida Nelsen, who will talk about the music they will perform with the orchestra at its first fall concert.

Guild meetings and membership are open to all who would enjoy supporting the Grand Junction Symphony and its educational activities. Most guild meetings happen the Friday prior to a classics concert.

Call the Symphony Office at 243-6787 or visit for information.

In an effort to keep on truckin’, the paleontology field crew at Dinosaur Journey in Fruita has set up a crowdfunding website to raise money to purchase a “tough field truck.”

“Believe it or not, we’ve been digging up dinosaurs and other fossils for more than 30 years, but we’ve never had a truck powerful enough to move our work trailer in and out of dig sites, or to haul large fossils back to the Museum,” wrote Museums of Western Colorado Curator of Paleontology Julia McHugh in a news release.

“We’ve been using volunteer vehicles to move heavy dinosaur bones and equipment along uneven terrain. And, while we are forever grateful to our volunteers and their willingness to sacrifice their personal transmissions for the Museum, it is time to do our own heavy lifting and moving at the dinosaur quarries,” she said.

The goal is to raise $30,000 to acquire a used, three-quarter ton 4x4 truck with crew cab for the 2018 field season. Anyone interested in helping can visit the Razoo Fund site at to donate with a credit card or PayPal account.

Call McHugh at 858-7282 or visit and for information.

Is Fido due for a bath?

Plan to attend the “Scrub a Dub Dub, Fido in the Tub” dog wash fundraiser at 10 a.m. Sept. 24 at Palisade Veterans Memorial Park in Palisade.

Proceeds will benefit the launch of Aunt Mary’s Commercial Teaching Kitchen, a nonprofit “unique school that not only teaches young adults who have left home how to cook for survival, but also how their food is manufactured in the kitchen veggie garden, as it goes from pod to plate.”

Visit to learn more.

The community is invited to a kick-off event for a Western Slope unifying project from 6:30–7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Central Library, Mesa County Libraries, 443 N. Sixth St.

The event takes place on International Day of Peace and the project, The Ribbon: Tangible Hope, focuses on that dream.

“Consider what you cannot bear to think of as lost forever — all that you cherish on this planet home,” a news release said.

“Make your hopes visible by creating a fabric panel and unite with others to wrap communities in ribbons of art representing our hopes and dreams.”

Participants can learn about the origins and goals of the project and how you and others can be a part of it.

Call Kathryn Christian at 986-9245 or Karen Sjoberg, 242-1054, or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.

Are you new to Mesa County? Has your name or address changed recently?

In recognition of National Voter Registration Day, Tuesday, Sept. 26, The League of Women Voters of Mesa County will sponsor events to register to vote or update your Colorado voter registration.

Events will be Sept. 26 at these locations:

■ 9:30–11:30 a.m., Catholic Outreach, 245 S. First St.

■ 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Central Library, Mesa County Libraries, 443 N. Sixth St.

■ 2–4 p.m. Clifton branch library, 590 32 Road, No. 6F

■ 4–6 p.m., Collbran branch library, 111 Main St., Collbran

■ 11 a.m.–2 p.m., Orchard Mesa branch library, 230 E. Lynwood St.

■ 10 a.m.–noon, Palisade branch, 119 W. Third St., Palisade

Visit for more 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 should be submitted at least two weeks before the event.


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