Biz Buzz, July 6, 2014

A local real estate agency reported positive signs of growth in the Mesa County real estate market last week.

According to REMAX 4000, 120 W. Park Drive, the average selling price of family residences in Mesa County was up 24 percent compared with the same period last year.

Active listings were also up 13 percent in May compared with May 2013, the agency said.

The average selling price for residences in May 2013 was $189,733. In May this year, the average selling price was $235,736, the agency reported.

Although the average time a home spends on the market is down 24 percent — from 160 days in May 2013 to 122 days in May this year — there is an 11-month inventory of homes priced between $300,000 and $400,000 on the market, according to the agency.

■ The Young Professionals Networks is hosting a couple of events in July, spokeswoman Alyssa Hampson said.

The first, After Hours, is an informal get-together that takes place 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. July 17 at The Ale House, 2531 N. 12th St.

The second, “A Conversation with Diane Schwenke,” is set for noon July 22 at the chamber offices. Schwenke is chamber president.

For information, go to

Mesa Midwives, 2525 N. Eighth St., is now offering centering prenatal care as well as traditional prenatal care, said Cindy Busker, a certified midwife.

“This is when women and their partners meet in small groups of six to eight with midwives to foster group education and support,” Busker said.

Groups meet for 10 sessions throughout the pregnancy, focusing on care of the pregnant woman, preparation for labor and birth, and welcoming the new baby.

For information, call (970) 241-4001.

■ The Grand Junction Visitor and Convention Bureau announced a “lesson plan” for youngsters with six ways to learn about the wonders of western Colorado. 

Students of all ages can study geology, ecology and cultural history and go on ranger-guided field trips, earning a Junior Ranger badge in the process. Go to

Children can dig for bones and search for tracks in the 150-million-year-old badlands of the Morrison Formation. One-day “101” sessions include transportation between Dinosaur Journey Museum in Fruita and the quarry, field instruction and a tour of the museum’s paleo lab. For details, visit

Costumed interpreters at the region’s Cross Orchards Historic Site guide students back in time through scenic grounds and historic buildings. If timing is right, everyone scores a cookie fresh from the bunkhouse woodstove. Click on the Cross Orchards Historical Site link at

John McConnell Math and Science Center of Western Colorado is evolving into a world-class learning facility. Among its top learning options are exhibit bingo and exhibit scavenger hunts. It also offers a resource library and self-contained kits for classroom use. Study the details at

Palisade’s agricultural businesses offer lessons on the growing process with a pick of tours from orchards and farms to vineyards. Find individual tour details at

Interact with tortoises, parrots, amphibians and sting rays at The Children’s Nature Center. The center is offering Animal Explore Classes. Find information on times, admission fee and classes at

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