Briefs, Jan. 9, 2013

Riverside hosts tutor training this week

Riverside Educational Center, a local nonprofit organization providing after-school tutoring and extracurricular activities for K-12th grade students will host new volunteer trainings at 5:30 p.m. today and Thursday.

New volunteers only attend one evening to learn how to be a volunteer tutor for a K-12th grade student. The time commitment each week is 75 minutes, one day per week.  Call Jennifer at 243-4031 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Classes include orchids, beekeeping

The public is invited to learn about rock gardens, cactus and succulents in preparation for spring planting or for indoor use during a one-hour brown bag lunch class from noon–1 p.m. Jan. 16 at the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens Pomrenke Library, 641 Struthers Ave. 

Don Campbell of the Chinle Cactus and Succulent Society will instruct the class that is sponsored by the Grand Junction Parks and Recreation Department. 

Preregistration is encouraged by calling 254-3866, but drop-ins are welcome. There is a $5 charge for the class with a portion of the proceeds going to the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens.

Garden Talk classes are offered monthly.

Upcoming classes: 
■ Orchids 101, Feb. 20

■ Backyard Beekeeping, March 20

■ Landscaping with Lavender and General Garden Design, 
      April 17

■ Aquaponics, May 15


Doctor to detail joint replacements

Dr. Michael Dohm of Rocky Mountain Orthopaedic Associates will speak at a free seminar for senior citizens at 3 p.m. Thursday at Mesa View Independent Retirement Living Community, 601 Horizon Place.

Dohm will discuss and answer questions about orthopedic health with an emphasis on joint replacement options.

Reservations are required to attend the seminar, which is part of the “Let’s Talk Seniors” series. Call Lauri or Jill at 241-0772 to reserve a space, schedule a free meal, and find out about upcoming events and activities.


Weight Watchers celebrates 50 years

Weight Watchers will celebrate its 50th anniversary from 7–11 a.m. Saturday at 104 Orchard Ave., No. B1.

The celebration, called “One Amazing Day,” will involve Weight Watchers clients sharing their success stories and information about the new Weight Watchers 360-degrees program. 

The event is free and anyone can attend.


Mesa grant used for autism services

Mesa Developmental Services received a grant of $7,000 from the Colorado Health Foundation for its newly developed Audyssey program, a service option for individuals with autism and their families.

Adults and children facing the challenges of autism will benefit from the variety of support services offered.

Call Sharon Jacksi at 256-8608 for more information on the Audyssey program.


Home Loan spreads around generosity

Home Loan Insurance and Home Loan State Bank presented 2012 year-end donations totaling more than $115,000 to various non-profit organizations in western Colorado.

“Home Loan has a long-standing tradition of giving back to our community. We are proud to end the year by supporting those groups that assist the needy, educate and enhance the lifestyle of our children and make the Grand Valley an overall better place to live,” said Home Loan chairman and CEO Jamie Hamilton in a news release,

A few of the organizations receiving donations are United Way of Mesa County, Hilltop Community Resources, Hospice & Palliative Care, the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce, Colorado Discover Ability, Mesa County Partners and Western Slope Center for Children.


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