Briefs, April 12, 2014

A hallelujah moment today

In an effort to promote its free performance of Handel’s “Messiah” on Easter Sunday, the Messiah Choral Society of Grand Junction will host two “flash mob” events today at Mesa Mall.

The first will be at 1 p.m.  just inside the interior mall entrance to Cabela’s. A soloist will sing an aria followed by a chorus singing the “Hallelujah Chorus” from Messiah.

The second flash mob performance is set for 1:45 p.m. just inside the interior mall entrance to Herberger’s.

The Messiah Choral Society’s presentation of “Messiah,” featuring soloists, chorus and orchestra, will be at 2:30 p.m. Easter Sunday at Grand Junction High School. Doors will open at 1:30 p.m. and an “informance” will be at 1:45 p.m.

Visit or call Ed Arnos at 245-4914.

$43,300 goes to arts groups


The city of Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture has awarded $43,300 in financial support to 14 cultural organizations through its annual grant program.

The donations help underwrite all types of local arts and cultural projects ranging from festivals, dance performances, art lecture series, art exhibits, and musical concerts.

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Grants were awarded to: The Zikr Dance Ensemble — Mysteries, Rites & Revelations, Downtown Grand Junction Business Improvement District — Art & Music Festival, Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra — Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker 2014, The Art Center — National and Regional Artists Lecture Series, and Western Colorado Writers Forum — Writer/Reader Programs & Writers in the schools each received $4,000; KAFM — Arts and Entertainment Calendar received $3,500; The Western Colorado Chorale — A Musical Evening with Grand Valley Stars, $3,050; and Juniper Ridge Community School — Eurhythmy Dance Event and Rocky Mountain PBS — Western Bounty, $3,000.

Also, Mesa County Public Library Foundation — Culture Fest 2014 and Riverside Educational Center — Look What I Did, $2,500; Super Rad Art Jam – Super Rad High School Mall Show, $2,450; Aspen Dance Connection — Synchronicity & Sacred Spaces, $1,800; and Messiah Choral Society — Handel’s Messiah, $1,500.

Sentinel proactive on bug


The Daily Sentinel has made efforts to protect our readers’ data in light of this week’s surfacing of a computer bug known as “Heartbleed.”

The Sentinel on Wednesday was made aware of the flaw in a widely used Web encryption program known as OpenSSL. The bug opened hundreds of thousands of websites to data theft.

The OpenSSL framework is used by many Internet sites, including To protect our users’ sensitive data, the Sentinel immediately took steps to protect its subscribers from any potential security breaches with their online subscriptions.


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