Your Town, Oct. 3, 2010

With local Oktoberfest activities behind us, it’s time to ship the dirndl (dress) and lederhosen (shorts) to the cleaners and find room in the closet for the oversized alpine horn.

If you’re having Oktoberfest withdrawal — or have a new found interest in the German culture —  I have the perfect remedy for you:

A visit with 14 German exchange students will highlight the program of the German American Club of Western Colorado at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at First Baptist Church, 720 Grand Ave.

The Culture Series 2010 program will take place in the multipurpose room downstairs. There will also be a potluck with fried chicken and drinks. Take a dish to share and your own service. Parking is available in the R-5 High School parking lot. Enter the church through the south side, going down the stairs at the southeast corner of the building. An elevator, if needed, is near the entrance on the east side.

Anyone interested in the German American Club, its activities and purpose is welcome to attend. Call president Jim Witt at 242-2657 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.

Polish up on your Norwegian accent and make plans to attend the annual Torsk and Kjottbolle dinner, hosted by Vestafjell Lodge of the Sons of Norway, at 2 p.m. today at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 3133 F Road.

Cost for the dinner — also known as, baked cod and Norwegian meatballs — is $8 for members and guests. Children eat for free. Take a gift or practical item for the silent auction. Norwegian and Swedish calendars will also be for sale.

Call Gladys at 241-6930 or Thor at 249-8691 for information.


Men of all ages who like to sing are invited to attend any of the upcoming Bookcliff Barbershop Quartet guest nights taking place in October.

The chorus meets from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, at the Northeast Christian Church, 2001 Patterson Road. Guest nights are Oct. 5, 12, 19 and 26. The ability to carry a tune and the willingness to learn is all that is required. Prior experience is certainly helpful, but not necessary.

The Bookcliff Barbershop Harmony Chorus traveled last month to Layton, Utah where it participated in the Rocky Mountain District Barbershop Convention. The district includes all or part of nine states. Eleven choruses participated in the annual convention, which takes place in a different location each year.

For information, call Robert McClelland at 261-9498.


A new rock club is forming in Mesa and will meet from 4 to 5 p.m. today at the Mesa Community Center.

Anyone that would like to learn more about rocks is invited. The club is planning speakers, rock trips and programs about geological history.

Call 268-9904 for information.


The Mesa Fiber Arts Guild meeting is set for noon Wednesday at the First Presbyterian Church, 3940 27 1/2 Road.

The program will be about operating an alpaca fiber mill.

Guests are welcome to join the various weavers, knitters, spinners and others with fiber interests.

Call Judy Brock at 261-5702 for information.


The community is invited to welcome home the World War II veterans and their guardians who are traveling to Washington, D.C., on the third Western Slope Honor Flight.

The 110 veterans and the 89 support personnel will tour memorials that were built and dedicated in their honor. The return flight is scheduled to arrive at 6:48 p.m. Wednesday at Grand Junction Regional Airport.

The community is encouraged to gather at the airport and give the heroes a true welcome home. Take flags, and wear red, white and blue.

Call Kris Baugh at 434-2916 for information.


October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month and Roice-Hurst Humane Society has a number of events planned to promote shelter pets.

Until Oct. 31, the public can support the Dollar For Dogs — Cash for Cats campaign, by purchasing a “Paw” for $1 at various local businesses. All donations will benefit the homeless pet shelter.

Purchase a “Paw” at Mesa County Alpine Banks, Chow Down Pet Supply, Creature Comforts Animal Hospital, Dare to Care, Discount Salon Products, Fisher’s Liquor Barn, Hot Tomato Cafe & Pizzeria, Loco Stores, Merry Maids, Murdochs and Old Chicago.

Additional events in which Roice-Hurst will participate include the Western Slope Expo from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 9 at Mesa County Fairgrounds and a benefit from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 16, at the Hot Tomato Cafe in Fruita.

Call 434-7337 or visit http://www.RHhumanesociety. com for information.


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