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I was Googling something the other day and somehow came upon a website dedicated to haiku.

Suddenly I was transported back to various elementary and middle school lessons, where we’d spend a week or so learning about and composing haiku. The Japanese form of poetry is written in three lines — five syllables in the first line, seven syllables in the second line and five syllables in the third line. Creatively illustrating a scene with words while applying these restrictions can be challenging.

It’s more math that poetry, I’d say, as I sit here counting on my fingers the various syllables while I attempt to write a haiku to commemorate Labor Day:

I am a rebel

For I intend to wear white

After Labor Day.

Altrusa International of Grand Junction will have its annual yard sale from 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Art Center, 1803 N. Seventh St.

Proceeds from the sale will be used for community grants, the Art Center and other Altrusa projects, such as helping Haiti orphans and the Grand Junction Imagination Library.

To donate items for the yard sale, take them to the Art Center from 5–6 p.m. Sept. 10–14. Items will be stored in the Lego Van, parked at the Art Center.

Who is Altrusa International, you ask?

Ta-da!

This week’s spotlight is pointed toward the service organization whose purpose is to better the community with a focus on literacy.

According to its bio submitted in August,  Altrusa awards grants to help individuals and community groups,  and also sponsors activities such as the Tech Awards to honor high school students at the Career Center, R-5 High School and Western Colorado Community College, and Altrusa Art Fair to showcase middle and high school student’s art work.

Altrusa meets the first and third Thursday of each month.

For more information or to join, call 250-6363 or visit Altrusa International of Grand Junction’s Facebook page or http://www.altrusa.org.

Operation Interdependence — the nonprofit that sends care packages of food and personal products to troops overseas — is once again asking the community for help.

On a regular basis the group has fundraisers for postage money and seeks donations of items for the care packages, but this time they’re asking for something from the heart — hand written notes to include in the packages.

The organization is asking community members to consider taking a few moments to write even just one note — it doesn’t need to be a long letter, just a simple “thank you” and “thinking of you” on a postcard.

The notes are placed at the bottom of the boxes, often filled with snacked and other items, and is a personal touch to remind troops of the appreciation of their service back home.

Call Karon Carley, national president/Colorado state manager, at 523-4217 for more information and a location for dropping off the notes.

Just for Men, a grief group offered by Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado, will begin a 10-weeks session on Tuesday at the Miller Homestead, 3090 North 12th St., Unit A.

The group provides an opportunity for men to consider various methods or techniques of dealing with the problems that arise as the result of a loss.

Hospice professional staff and volunteers will facilitate the meetings, open to any man in the community who is grieving the loss of a loved one.

Visit hospicewco.com for information.

The Plateau Valley 4H Group will have its annual traditional turkey dinner with all the fixings on Color Sunday, Sept. 30, at the Mesa Community Center in Mesa.

Doors will open at 10:30 a.m. and meals will be served until 3 p.m.

Cost is $8 for ages 60 and older and ages 5–17, $10 ages 18–59, and ages 4 and younger are free.

Also, the seventh annual arts and crafts fair will be at the Mesa Community Center from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. on Color Sunday. Anyone interest in an indoor or outdoor booth to sell handmade items should call Terri at 268-5680 for more information.

Home sweat home.

After investing more than 950 hours of sweat-equity to build homes, 10 families moved into their homes last week in the Palisade Wine Valley Estates, a subdivision made possible through the Housing Resources Mutual Self-Help Program.

The program gives low-income families the means to construct their own homes. Families who participate perform approximately 70 percent of the construction labor, under qualified supervision, on each other’s home. The labor that families contribute substantially reduces the cost of each home and serves as the down payment.

Lean more at http://www.housingresourceswc.org or call 241-2871.

Submit your Planner 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 P.O. Box 668, Grand Junction, CO, 81502. Items to be considered for Your Town should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.

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