Your Town, Feb. 28, 2010

Hope. Very soon, tulip, daffodil and crocus plants will emerge from the ground, offering a hope of spring.

The American Cancer Society Daffodil Days are March 15-20, a symbol of hope that cancer can be eliminated soon as a major health problem.

Daffodils proceeds enable the society to offer free programs and services that help people fight cancer with courage and optimism while providing physical and emotional support and financial information to ease the cancer experience. Proceeds also go to cancer research, education and advocating for public health policies that benefit the community.

Purchase a bunch of daffodils for $10 or purchase a “Gift of Hope” for $15, to be anonymously donated to a local cancer patient.

To order daffodils or learn more, call 254-5581.

Vestafjell Lodge of the Sons of Norway, along with the Grand Mesa Nordic Council, will present Barnelopet 2010, featuring cross-country ski activities for ages 3-16 on March 6 at the Skyway Nordic Area on Grand Mesa, between mile markers 32 and 33 on Colorado Highway 65.

Barnelopet is a Norwegian word that translated means “the children’s race.” The event encourages and promotes the healthy, exhilarating sport of cross-country skiing while emphasizing its connection to the people and culture of Norway and Scandinavia.

Registration is at 10 a.m. with an instructional clinic and free learn-to-ski lesson at 11 a.m. At noon, skiers can participate in one, two or five kilometer fun races. Take or rent your own cross- country skis, warm clothing, sunscreen, water and lunch.

Adults are needed to make noise and cheer on the racers (cowbells will do the trick). Hot drinks and healthy snacks will be provided.

Call Ron Thoreson, with Sons of Norway at 249-1869 or Tom Ela, with the Nordic Council at 434-9753 for information.

Corned beef and cabbage is on the menu at the Sons of Norway dinner and meeting at 2 p.m. March 14 at Covenant Presbyterian Church, 237 32 Road. Tickets are $8 for adults. Ages under 18 are free. Members A-K take a Scandinavian item of interest to display. Guests are welcome.

Call Barb at 245-5649 or Arvid at 260-4018 for reservations.


Mended Little Hearts will have its first meeting Wednesday, in the Mesa County Courthouse, training room A, floor 3A, 544 Rood Ave.

The nationwide support program is for families and caregivers of children with congenital heart defects and heart disease. Members give and receive comfort and support for any child at any stage — from diagnosis to illness to good health.

The group will meet the first Wednesday of every month. Call Angela Scott at 210-0431 or e-mail mendedlittlehearts. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).


Vaughn Hadenfelf of Far Out Expeditions in Bluff, Utah, will present a program on Grand Gulch backcountry trips at the Colorado Mountain Club meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the American National Bank building, 131 N. Sixth St.

National Geographic named Far Out Expeditions one of the Top Ten adventure travel companies in the world.

Call Lon Carpenter at 242-7411 for information.


Women in Construction Week will be recognized with a proclamation at the Grand Junction City Council meeting on Monday.

Women in Construction Week will be celebrated March 7-13, and the local chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction will have a member recognition meeting and an equipment rodeo.

The week eek provides a unified time for more than 5,500 national members to raise awareness of the opportunities the construction industry holds for potential employees and to highlight women as a visible growing force in the industry.

The local chapter’s monthly membership meeting is March 8 at the Grand Vista Hotel, 2790 Horizon Drive.

Networking begins at 6:15 p.m. followed by dinner. The program will feature Cindy York and Chris Long with CC Enterprises, speaking on the challenges of operating a women-owned company. Cost is $20 for members and $22 for nonmembers. Reservations are requested by March 4. Call Mitzi Kenyon at 245-5000 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.

The week will conclude with an equipment rodeo Marh 13,  sponsored by United Rentals. Activities include a variety of timed contests featuring heavy construction equipment and is open to members and their guests.

Call Kenyon or visit http://www.nawic for information.


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