Your Town, Sept. 3, 2017

I loathe sentences that announce: “Labor Day is your ‘last chance to ______.’ “

That blank can be filled with a plethora of events, statements and sales pitches, but it just gives Labor Day a bad rap.

Yes, there are a few things that need to be done by Monday — Labor Day weekend is your last chance to drive up Mount Evans this season. After that, it will be closed until Memorial Day.

■ Labor Day, some may argue, is the last day to wear white. Ha! I just spewed coffee all over my white skirt.

■ Labor Day is the last chance to fire up the grill and host a barbecue. Pfffffffftttt (that was the rest of the coffee spewing.)

Just because the holiday is upon us doesn’t mean it’s the last yahoo of the summer. I refuse to mourn summer’s demise until Sept. 22, the first day of autumn.

Don’t believe the hype and fashionista phooey. There are lots of picnics and barbecue opportunities in September. Just don’t get barbecue sauce on your white shorts.

Happy Labor Day!

The Routt County gathering is planned for 11 a.m. Sept. 16 at the Palisade Church of the Nazarene, 3595 Front St. in Palisade.

Coffee will be provided. Bring your own table setting, drink and one covered dish to share. Those with the last name S–Z should bring a salad; A–G, a dessert; and H–R, a main dish.

All who have ever lived in Routt County are invited to attend. Cost is $2 per person or $4 per family with small children, to help cover expenses.

Call Dani Hawk at 314-9270 for information.

The annual Eckert School reunion luncheon will start at 11:30 a.m. Sept. 20 at the Eckert Presbyterian Church, 13025 Colorado Highway 65 in Eckert.

Anyone who attended the Eckert School is welcome to attend. Take a side dish to share along with your stories, memories and photos.

Call Betty Reed at 835-3960 for information.

The Grand Valley Audubon Society invites the community to attend two free events it has planned for September.

■ Creature Adventure is geared toward 4–8 year-olds and happens from 2–5 p.m. Saturday, at the Audubon Nature Preserve, 610 Dike Road. Audubon volunteers will help parents and kids explore the small but spectacular creatures of the Grand Valley.

“We’ll search for frogs, identify cool insects and learn fun facts about backyard critters,” a news release said.

■ Birding: Adventures in the Backyard and Beyond will take place from 7–8 p.m. Sept. 18, at First Presbyterian Church, 3940 27 1/2 Road. Audubon Society President Cary Atwood will present on her recent birding trips to West Virginia and Maine. Society treasurer and owner of Wild Birds Unlimited, Larry Collins, will give tips on backyard bird feeding and feeder sanitation to keep your feathered visitors healthy.

Visit audubongv.org for information.

Kiwanis Club of Grand Junction will have its annual Allocations Day event at
6 p.m. Thursday at Two Rivers Convention Center.

A total of $40,000 in donations will be distributed to local charities that help young children. Funds are raised at the club’s annual Pancake Day fundraiser in June, assisted by the Golden K Kiwanis Club, the Aktion Club, Circle K Club at Colorado Mesa University, local high school Key Clubs and other volunteers. 

Also on Tuesday, The Kiwanis Teacher of the Year will be recognized and longtime Kiwanis Club members will be recognized with honorary memberships. Those members are Ron Sherman, former owner of Polar Bear Automotive; Bob Hanson, former owner of Hanson Equipment; and Lynne Sorlye, former manager of The Clarion Inn.

Here are other tidbits of Kiwanis news:

■ The Golden K Kiwanis Club and the Kiwanis Club of Grand Junction are launching the BUGS Program (Bringing Up Grades) at Lincoln Orchard Mesa Elementary School, where Kiwanis members volunteer to assist students at the school.

■ The Colorado Mesa University Circle K Kiwanis Club is back from summer break and planning its Project Linus event, making blankets for traumatized children in local hospitals. The CMU Circle K Club meets at 5 p.m. Tuesdays in University Center, Room No. 225, and is seeking new members and ideas for new service projects for children. Club members are eligible to apply for scholarships awarded by Kiwanis Club of Grand Junction. Call Mike Moran at 270-6162 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for informaiton.

■ The Fruita Monument High School Key Club is also meeting after the summer break. Members plan to determine an annual service project in the next few weeks.

■ The Kiwanis Aktion Club for disabled adults has also been an active contributor in Kiwanis events, including the Pancake Day fundraiser and the Special Olympics.

■ Boston’s Gourmet Pizza, 2404 Patterson Road, will sponsor a fundraiser Sept. 13 for the Kiwanis Alert Service Dog Program. Ten percent of food purchases will be donated to help fund the program.

For information on these events and projects, visit Kiwanis-gj.org.

It’s been said that fences make good neighbors, but have you ever heard of a scenic fence post?

Mount Garfield Daughters of the American Revolution will have its monthly meeting at 1 p.m. Saturday at the Whitman Educational Center, 248 S. Fourth St. 

Corine Hesslink and Cherie Pederson, of Questers International, will present “Ordinarily, a Fence Post Would Not Be Considered a Scenic Attraction.”

The DAR is a nonprofit, nonpolitical volunteer woman’s service organization dedicated to promoting patriotism, preserving American history, and securing America’s future through better education for children.

Interested in the DAR? Call Katey Kelly at 596-4870 for information.

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