Your Town, July 25, 2010

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Is this how you approach the canning season year after year?

Take the fuss and guesswork out of your yearly canning rituals and make plans to attend canning and food preservation clinics this year, offered by CSU Extension.

Clinics are set for:

July 29-30, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Business Incubator Center, 2591 B 1/2 Road, Grand Junction. First day will cover canning basics and water bath canning procedures;  the second day will cover pickling and pressure canning procedures. Pressure canner dial gauges will also be tested during the workshop. Cost is $50 for both days (includes a “So Easy to Preserve” food preservation cookbook) or $25 for one day (cookbook not included). Call 244-1834 for information or to register.

Aug. 19-20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Westminster Hall, 135 E. Fourth St., Delta. This workshop offers the same instruction, dial gauge testing and cost as the workshop listed above. Call 244-1834 for information or to register.

July 31, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Delta Hardware, 121 Gunnison River Drive, in Delta. Dial gauge testing will be available ($5 per dial gauge test) along with free canning and food preservation information. Info: 244-1834.

Beginning Aug. 2, Overeaters Anonymous will meet at a new location, Unity Church, 3205 N. 12th St.

Meetings are at 7 p.m. Mondays; noon Tuesdays; noon and 7 p.m. Thursdays; and 9 a.m. Saturdays.

Call 263-4496 for information.

With just four weeks left in The Animal Rescue Site’s $100,000 online Shelter Challenge, Roice-Hurst Humane Society is leading the contest in Colorado, but the shelter needs the support of the community to keep it No. 1 and win the $1,000 state prize.

According to Roice-Hurst board president Elaine Johnson-Craig, faithful supporters have been voting every day for the past three months, but more animal lovers are needed to vote daily through Aug. 22.

Roice-Hurst is barely ahead of the second-place Front Range shelter, and everyone’s help is needed, said Johnson-Craig in a news release.

Together with, The Animal Rescue Site has sponsored the biannual Shelter Challenges, which award grants to nonprofit animal rescue and welfare organizations.

Roice-Hurst won the spring contest for Colorado and placed 49th out of 12,000 shelters overall.

Online votes can be cast at Scroll down the home page to find the Shelter Challenge tab on the right side, and type in Roice-Hurst Humane Society and/or Clifton, CO.

You can also visit and scroll down the home page to find the Challenge link.


Territorial Daughters of Colorado will celebrate its 30th anniversary from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Cross Orchards Historic Site, 3073 F Road.

The Territorial Daughters of Colorado are direct descendants of pioneers who had a residence in the Colorado Territory prior to Aug. 1, 1876, when Colorado became the 38th state. The purpose of the organization is to perpetuate the memories and traditions of their forefathers who laid the foundation for the state of Colorado.

Refreshments will be served and the public is invited to the celebration and to tour the Cross Orchards Historic Site.

Call Kay Fiegel at 261-8137 or visit for information.


The Grand Valley chapter of Catholic Daughters of America will host its annual yard sale to raise money for Catholic Outreach and is seeking donation of items for the sale.

Drop off items from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Aug. 2-4 at the St. Joseph Church Parish Hall on the northeast corner of Third Street and White Avenue.

The sale is 8 a.m. to 5 a.m. Aug. 5-6 and 8 a.m.-noon,  Aug. 7 and will include items from “Grandma’s Old Wooden Chest” — such as cookbooks, a loom, yarn, wool and knick-knacks.

For information or to volunteer, call 243-2667.

Submit your Planner and community news items by e-mail 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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