Your Town, March 21, 2010

The mornings are dark, the evenings are light, it rains, it snows, it blows ... five minutes later, the sun brightly shines.

Windows up, windows down, heater on, heater off. On. Off. Warm coat, light jacket, short sleeves, boots or sandals?

Some of the grass is green, some of the grass is brown. Shrubs need pruned, cars need washed, legs need tanned.

The bike is ready, the trails are muddy, the snow’s deep and powdery on the mountain, the golf clubs are begging to come out and play.

Spring in the Grand Valley has many personalities. If you don’t like what you see now, wait a little while. It will change.

Whatever you decide to do, plan accordingly.

Sunglasses, warm gloves, lawn mower, snow shovel, baseball mitt, cold beer, hot chocolate?

The weather has kept us indoors for much too long and it’s time to get outdoors.

Mesa Developmental Services is looking for volunteers to help ensure that everyone has an opportunity to get outdoors and enjoy the surroundings. Volunteers are needed from 10 a.m. to noon Fridays to push wheelchairs, enjoy the natural beauty of the community and be a positive role model for individuals with disabilities.

Transportation and training is provided.

For more information, call Jennifer at 256-8648 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.


“A Conversation with Writers,” hosted by Western Colorado Writers’ Forum, will be from 2 to 4 p.m. March 28, at Mesa County Libraries, 530 Grand Ave.

Writers in the community are invited to bring ideas of what they want or would like to see offered at a new regional writing center.

The Western Colorado Writers’ Forum is a new nonprofit organization set up to promote literary arts, help writers and grow an audience for literature and culture. Those attending the March 28 meeting can meet some of the founding writers of the forum and the judges of a spring contest, “Poetry in the Streets.”

The contest is funded by a Grand Junction Arts Commission grant, which will pay local contest winners for one-time rights to poems that will be displayed on buses, on 6,000 coasters in downtown restaurants and on seven Main Street art installations. Call Sandy Dorr at 257-1498 for more information.


Mesa County Young Republicans will host its first after hours event from 5 to 7 p.m. March 29, at the Ale House,

The event is planned as a quarterly gathering to compliment the group’s monthly luncheons.

The board will provide appetizers for those in attendance. Republican candidates running for office will be invited to the social event. Cost is $5, and you do not have to be a member to attend.

Call 201-4252 for information.


Homemade chili, potato soup, tossed salad, drinks and homemade brownies are on the menu at the Kiwanis Golden K Club of Grand Junction’s annual chili dinner, beginning at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday at Redlands Middle School, 2200 Broadway.

The Kiwinis Golden K Club is known for annually making and distributing around 3,000 wooden toys locally and worldwide. A display of the toys will be set up during the dinner. Tickets will be sold for drawings, with the winners taking home a wooden toy. There will also be a silent auction with items donated by Kiwanis members and from local merchants.

Call Don Espeland at 245-9081 for information.


Cars and the people traveling in the Cruise to Mopars at the Strip, Las Vegas, will gather for some pre-cruise fun and a meet and greet at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday at Pine Country Trailer Sales, 2520 U.S. Highway 6&50.

Cars are expected from all across Colorado for the fun-filled cruise. At the Grand Junction stop, all kinds of show and race cars will be on display and munchies will be provided.

If you can’t make it to the meet-and-greet event but would like to see the cars before they leave town, plan to be at Grand Junction Chrysler Jeep Dodge, 2578 U.S. Highway 6&50, at 8 on Thursday morning, where the cars will gather before heading west, by 9:30 a.m.

Call Dennis Crawford at 241-1815 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or Carol and Roger Bryant at 434-7756.


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