Your Town, Sept. 4, 2016

Labor Day weekend plays a tug-o-war of sorts in my head.

It’s a bittersweet contest of seasons in which one side of my brain tugs hard saying: “Yay, the days will be cooler and crisp, the leaves will be breathtaking and I can wear snuggly fall sweaters again.”

The other side of my brain — the rebellious side — pulls back even harder, urging the sun to shine brighter, burn warmer and linger in the sky later. I love my sleeveless tops and the open-toed shoes, the lush green grass and flowers in bloom.

I’m fairly certain I know which team will eventually drag the other across the line. One of me will win and one of me will lose.

What’s the consolation prize?

I was going to say a firm lesson in patience and tolerance, but I think I’ll just take myself out for a pumpkin spice latte and call it good.

HomewardBound of the Grand Valley is reaching out to the public for assistance with a couple of needs:

■ Can you sponsor a dinner for $25?

“We know that cooking for 180 people can be intimidating, so let us do the work,” the shelter said in a release.

“For only $25, our culinary training program will cook the meal and you and your group can service it.”

The $25 sponsorship fee will go directly to the kitchen fund to help pay for food items to cook meals at the shelter.

■  Where oh where has my little sock gone, oh where oh where can it be? Is this song your weekly laundry anthem? Do you have a pile of lost socks missing their match? HomewardBound can put those matchless socks to good use. As the cold weather approaches, shelter residents would love miss-matched warm socks rather than socks with holes or no socks at all.

Drop off gently used, clean mismatched socks at HomewardBound, 2853 North Ave. or at Benges, 514 Main St.

■ Can you host a food or hygiene drive? HomewardBound is always looking for people will to host drives. It can be as simple as putting a donation box in a break room or lobby at work or your place of worship. Canned goods, toilet paper and paper towels are always needed. A list of items most needed can be provided.

Call 256-9424 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information on any of these requests.

Grand Junction Music Teachers Association will kick off the year at 
9:30 a.m. Friday at Church of the Nativity, 2175 Broadway.

New officers for the year will be welcomed at the first meeting: Donna Ramsey, president; Linda Jenks, vice president; Malinda Lyons, secretary; and Sydnee Martinez, treasurer.

Also on the agenda is the finalizing of plans for the upcoming Ribbon Festival, happening Nov. 12. The annual festival hosts about 180 students from across the valley. The meeting will also feature members talking about the Colorado State Music Teachers’ Conference they attended in June.

All teachers or people interested in teaching music to children are welcome. Call Lyons at 245-5632 for information.

The public is invited to a dedication ceremony at 10 a.m. Thursday for the Long Family Park New Flag Pole Project, a gift to the citizens of Mesa County from Clifton Lions Club.

Clifton Lions Club recently completed the project to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Lions Clubs International next year. Lions Clubs around the world are completing Legacy Projects as lasting contributions to their communities.

“The completion of this project will provide a long-lasting legacy honoring our country, state, and Mesa County Sheriff’s Deputy Derek Geer, who gave his life in service to the citizens of Mesa County,” a news release said.

Clifton Lions Club President David Reinertsen said in the release that the dedication of the flag pole to Mesa County citizens provides for a legacy honoring all veterans, law enforcement and emergency services personnel of Mesa County, and especially Deputy Geer who gave his life in service of providing selfless protection to our fellow Mesa County citizens. 

Clifton Lions Club meetings are at 
6:30 p.m. the second and fourth Thursday of each month at the Clifton Community Center. Call John Ballagh at 208-5849 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.

Western Colorado Suicide Prevention Foundation and Grand Junction Rotary will host a Kick 4 Hope Foot Golf Tournament from 2 to 6 p.m. Sept. 17 at Chipeta Golf Course.

You get the kicks and the foundation will benefit.

Foot golf is similar to golf, where the objective is to kick a small soccer ball into a hole with as few kicks as possible.

Register your team online at suicidepreventionfoundation.org.

Black Canyon Camera Club will have a joint potluck luncheon with Delta Fine Arts on Sept. 13 at the Orchard City Town Hall community room, 9661 2100 Road, in Austin.

The club will meet at noon, and the potluck will start at 1 p.m. A program on copyrights will start at 2 p.m. The public is welcome to attend.

Visit blackcanyoncameraclub.org or email rae-anns@live for information.

The Routt County gathering is planned for 11 a.m. Sept. 17 at Palisade Nazarene Church, 3595 Front St. in Palisade.

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

Cost is $2 per person or $4 per family with small children.

Call Dani Hawk at 314-9270 for 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 81501. Items to be considered for Your Town should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.


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