Your Town, Sept. 18, 2016
After writing about the pumpkin spice latte a few weeks ago, I knew that wouldn’t be the end of it.
Pumpkin pie spice — usually a blending of cloves, allspice, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg — has worked its way into just about everything this season. I had to duck out of the way at the grocery store, when a family-sized box of pumpkin spice Cheerios flew into my cart.
Pumpkin spice isn’t just a noun.
It is the character, atmosphere and mood of the autumn season. It creates a certain ambience — a feeling of satisfaction and warmth that saturates and mingles with the crisp fall air. Pumpkin spice says “warm, brown boots, laced up high, and crunching leaves underfoot.”
Happy first day of fall (on Thursday).
Plateau Valley 4-H will host its Color Sunday traditional turkey dinner and arts and crafts fair on Sunday, Sept. 25, at the Mesa Community Center in Mesa.
The arts and crafts fair is from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and the turkey dinner is from 10:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost for the dinner is $10 for adults and $8 for ages 60 and older and for ages 5–17. The dinner is free for children younger than 4.
All proceeds will benefit the Plateau Valley 4-H Club.
For information on the arts and crafts fair, call Terri Snyder at 447-0014.
The September meeting of the Western Colorado Classical Guitar Society is from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Moss Performing Arts Center, Colorado Mesa University, 1231 N. 12th St., Room 128.
Society vice president Don Neal will welcome new and current members and inform the community about the goals, activities and membership.
Michelle Martinez, a Colorado Mesa University music student, will perform favorite works for solo guitar. Martinez will soon graduate from CMU as a music performance major in guitar performance.
Javier de los Santos, a CMU guitar instructor, and society president and artistic director, will perform works from Spain, Mexico, Argentina and Paraguay.
The meeting is free and open to the public. Snacks and soft drinks will be provided.
Membership dues are $25 a year and will be collected from members. Ensemble guitar music will be distributed to those interested in playing in the society’s guitar ensemble.
The Fruita Lions Club will host its Fruita Fall Festival pancake breakfast from 7 to 9:30 a.m. Saturday in Circle Park.
Cost is $5 for adults, $3 for ages 6–12, and free for ages 5 and younger. It includes pancakes, ham, a fruit cup, coffee and juice. Proceeds from the breakfast will go to the Fruita Chapter of Future Farmers of Am- erica.
Call 639-9781 for information.
The Grand Valley Audubon program, at 7 p.m. Monday, will feature a slide show on Birds of Africa, presented by retired biology and geology teacher Tim Henson.
The meeting is at the First Presbyterian Church, 3940 27 1/2 Road.
Henson served as a Peace Corps volunteer in Ghana in 1969–71. The slide show and movie he created documents his extensive birding adventures in Ghana, Rwanda, Zaire, Zimbabwe, South Africa and Namibia.
Visit audubongv.org for information.
The River City Singles group invites singles ages 55 and older to a variety of activities.
“We are a very active group and do all sorts of things,” said Jo Anne Eberhart in a news release.
The group’s three main events are:
■ Sunday: Bowling at 12:30 p.m., Orchard Mesa Lanes, register with Bob at 263-8462
■ Tuesday: Early Start Breakfast at 9 a.m., Denny’s, register with Debbie at 245-4995
■ Friday: Social Club FAC at 5 p.m., Travelodge, 718 Horizon Drive.
Anyone who is single and 55 or older is welcome to come and learn about the many extra activities at the Friday night social.
The group features “lots of friendly folks” who may who have just lost their mates, divorced or just plain single, who are wanting to get more involved in living, Eberhart said.
The G.J. Faceters is a group that meets monthly to exchange ideas, information and cutting diagrams.
The group’s next meeting is planned for Friday, Sept. 23.
“Our purpose is promoting interest in the faceting hobby,” a news release said.
“Meetings are not structured, no dues, no officers and no responsibilities except to participate in the social interaction.”
Call Connie Duncan at 244-2984 for information.
Beauty and Brains Workshops are planned for September and October.
The September event is from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday at KAFM Radio, 1310 Ute Ave. The workshop is an opportunity to ask questions and learn about real estate.
Realtor Christie De Herrera from Cherry Creek Properties, mortgage lender Kim Genevay from Bank of Colorado, and personal lawyer Ashley Whitham will discuss buying, selling, transfer of property, probate, rental property and more.
There will be light snacks and the “ever-inspiring dove release” will close the event. The workshop is free and registration is requested.
An Autumn Celebration is from 4 to 8 p.m. Oct. 8 at the Clarion Inn, 755 Horizon Drive. It will feature booths, light refreshments, music and fun.
To reserve a booth, call Linda Wethington at 260-2099.
Items to be considered for Your Town should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.