Your Town, Sept. 25, 2016

Today is Color Sunday and if you’re planning to drive over Grand Mesa to take in the colors, be prepared.

For the travels, you should plan to take sunglasses, an umbrella, a sleeveless top, snow pants, sandals, a jacket, shorts, gloves, sunscreen, boots, a sunbonnet, earmuffs, air conditioning and a snow shovel. Seriously, this is late September and fall is still trying to figure out what it wants to be when it grows up.

Will I be pretty, will I be rich? Will it be cold, will it be hot? Will we have rainbows, will I need chains?

Ah, but the most important thing you should take is lots and lots of photos.

Que sera, sera. Whatever will be, will be.

Coffee Time at the Vet Center happens from 8:30 to 10 a.m. the first and third Saturday at the Vet Center, 2472 Patterson Road, Unit 16, in the Monument Plaza.

Veterans can meet other veterans, build camaraderie and talk with others who have had similar experiences in the military. Benefits assistance is also available.

Call 245-4156 for information.

The Pro Bono Project of Mesa County and Colorado Legal Services Senior Legal Assistance Program will present a free legal clinic, “What is a Will? What is a Trust and Do I Need One?” from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Grand Junction City Hall auditorium, 250 N. Fifth St.

Local attorney Lloyd Quesenberry will present to seniors and other interested citizens.

Call 424-5748 for information and to register.

The Grand Junction Gem and Mineral Club invites the public to its yard sale and rock auction Saturday at the clubhouse 2328 Monument Road, near the east entrance of Colorado National Monument. 

The yard sale starts at 9 a.m., and the rock auction starts at 1 p.m. For those interested in rocks and lapidary equipment, items will be available for viewing from 10 a.m. until noon. There will be “buy it now” items available for sale during the viewing period, for those not wanting to stay for the auction.

The club is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating people interested in geology through classes, scholarships to Colorado Mesa University, and now through its work with the Math and Science Center.

Macy’s Mmmazing Lemonade Fundraiser will be open from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday at the Veterans Art Center, 307 S. 12th St.

Twelve-year-old Macy is raising money for the local Veterans Day event as well as the Gary Sinise Foundation. She is helping to kick off her family’s art exhibit, The Coulter Clan Art Exhibit, with an opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday at the center.

Call 462-3126 or visit

Mesa County’s Grand Valley Kennel Club will host its 51st annual Conformation Rally and Obedience Dog Show from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. 
Sept. 29–Oct. 2, at the Mesa County Fairgrounds.

More than 550 dogs representing 180 breeds will compete for Best In Show honors. The public can also watch trained dogs with their handlers display their talents and commands.

There is no charge to attend the show; however, a $5 parking fee will benefit Tope Elementary School.

Visit for information.

October is national Adopt-A-Shelter-Dog Month, and Roice-Hurst Humane Society has partnered with local businesses to help area homeless pets with the eighth annual “Dollars for Dogs/Cash for Cats” fall fundraising campaign.

During October, animal lovers can purchase a paper “paw” for $1 (or more) at participating Grand Valley businesses and the Roice-Hurst shelter, at 362 28 Road.

All donations to the fall fund drive will help the nonprofit organization continue its 53-year-old mission of providing a safe haven for abandoned and relinquished pets until their “forever” home is found.

Call 434-7337, or visit or for information.

The Clifton Lions Club is moving forward after its successful flagpole and flag dedication at Long Family Park earlier this month and is now raising funds for a shade shelter on the Riverfront Trail, just east of 32 Road. 

A spaghetti supper is planned for 4:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Clifton Community Hall, 126 Second St. in Clifton. Tickets are $6 for adults, $5 for age 6 to 12 and free for kids younger than 6.  Tickets may be purchased from a Clifton Lion’s Club member or at the door.

A portion of the funds raised will also go toward KidSight, the Lions Clubs effort to screen young persons for eye problems.  The Clifton Lions Club helps by screening kids at Chatfield, Clifton, Rocky Mountain, Thunder Mountain, Fruitvale and Nisley elementary schools.

Call John Ballagh at 208-5849 for information.

Today, Sunday, Sept. 25, is observed as Gold Star Mother’s Day, to recognize and honor those who have lost a son or daughter while serving in the United States Armed Forces.

The day is observed each year in the United States on the last Sunday in September, according to

“A gold star symbolizes a family member who died in the line of duty while serving in the United States Armed Forces. It may be seen on a service flag or in the form of a pin, which is worn by Gold Star mothers. The pin is not limited to mothers and is awarded by the U.S. Department of Defense,” the website said.

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