Your Town Sept. 27, 2009

Growing up a tomboy, my busy days were spent crawling around outside, playing with cars and trucks or seeing how high I could climb a tree.

Most of the time, my knees were scabbed from roughhousing, or the knees of my pants were torn to shreds from crawling around in the dirt and rocks.

I reached back to my tomboy heritage recently while preparing for a costume party. A surprise milestone birthday party we were planning for my sister last Friday had a 1970s theme — the guys were dressing as suave disco dudes, the younger girls wearing hot pants, and the rest of us were groovy hippies. I picked out a tie-dyed T-shirt and some scuffed-up jeans at the secondhand store, but the knees on the jeans needed more grunge.

That won’t be hard, I thought. I’ll just crawl around on the patio for a few minutes and that should scuff them right up. I changed into the jeans, and as I crawled around, memories of pushing big yellow dump trucks flooded my mind.

Ouch. The concrete is kind of hard.

The dog looked at me funny, came up and sniffed at my face.

“Not now, Nessie,” I said, scratching behind her ears, “I’m on a mission.”

Ouch. I crawled and scraped and dragged my knees some more, but the jeans weren’t shredding. As a kid, tearing up the knees just came naturally. This kid play is hard work. I went inside, changed out of the jeans, came back outside and rubbed the knee area violently on the roughest part of the concrete for a couple of minutes.

Voila! Grungy, “far out” jeans.

We may be far from being kids, but we’re young at heart, and smart.

Happy birthday, sis. Surprise!

How about going out for breakfast on Saturday? Grab the kids, go out to your car, drive up the hill and help a cause.

The Coates Creek School pancake breakfast is from

7:30 a.m. to noon at the log schoolhouse on Glade Park. Proceeds from the fundraiser will help preserve a community treasure that is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places.

To get there, drive west on DS Road, past the Glade Park Store.

Call Deb Moorland at 255-6721 for information.

The days are shorter; the nights are cooler. Curl up with mug of hot chocolate, a warm quilt and a friendly book club.

Mesa County Libraries will sponsor a Discover Book Club Services event from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the central branch, 530 Grand Ave.

Visitors can discover the variety of library book clubs and resources available for outside book clubs.

You can also learn more about a new book club for readers in their mid-20s to 40s.

Call Sheila at 243-4442 for information.

The Grand Mesa Nordic Council will have work days Oct. 3 and Oct. 10 to prepare trails for the ski season. Anyone interested in helping should show up at 9:30 a.m. at the Skyway parking lot on Grand Mesa.

Take gloves and a tool for clearing brush (such as loppers or a pruning saw) and dress for cool weather. And, on Oct. 10, wear hunter orange for safety.

Call 464-0675 or go to www. for information.

The CROP Walk (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) for the hungry and homeless will get under way at 1 p.m. Oct. 4 on the Connected Lakes section of the Riverfront Trail, beginning near Blockbuster Video in the Albertsons shopping center on Broadway. The walk recognizes October as Poverty Awareness Month.

The walk is a project of Church World Service. Last year, CROP hunger walks and events around the world raised more than $17 million. Twenty-five percent of the money raised is returned to local agencies for their work with the hungry. The Grand Junction CROP walk will benefit Catholic Outreach, Child and Migrant Services, The Agape Food Basket and The Community Food Bank.

Walkers will get to know more about these local organizations by stopping at their booths along the trail that day.

Organizations and individuals interested in walking to help the hungry and homeless can pick up pledge packets by calling Karen Sjoberg at 243-0136.

If you are interested in supporting the walk but can’t walk that day, you can walk online at


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