Briefs: Local news Aug. 08, 2009

Health care reform group in GJ today

• The Campaign for Responsible Health Reform bus tour stops in Grand Junction today.
From 9 to 11 a.m., people from the campaign will be at the Mesa County Courthouse, 544 Rood Ave.

The Campaign for Responsible Health Reform, which is supported by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, believes health care reform is necessary but does not support government-run health care.

A government-run health care option is favored by President Obama, who is scheduled to visit Grand Junction on Aug. 15.

Calabash Festival Sept. 19 seeks vendors

• Organizers of the Calabash Festival of Gourds and More has put out a call to craft and produce vendors.

The event will be from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sept. 19 at the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens. It will include a flower show, exhibits, craft and food vendors, live music and entertainment, games, contests, a beer garden and more.

Proceeds will benefit the Western Heritage Garden.

Call 257-7408, 245-3288 or 242-8268 for information.

Oktoberfest puts out call for vendors

• The 28th annual Grand Junction Oktoberfest is set for Oct. 3, and organizers are seeking food and drink vendors as well as vendors selling hand-crafted items such as woodworking, jewelry, pottery or German-American related products.

Vendors can reserve a 10-foot by 10-foot space by calling Kristin Brethauer at 639-2573 or e-mailing KristinB@InfinityEvent

Cost is $125 if application is postmarked by Sept. 25 and $150 if postmarked after Sept. 25.
Street entertainers such as jugglers and musicians are welcome to attend free of charge if they do not charge the public for services. Entertainers who charge the public are required to pay a $25 fee for a small street corner area.

Call Brethauer for information.

Back-to-school night at Farmers Market

• Kids’ Night Out at the American National Bank Farmers Market will be from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Aug. 13 along Main Street downtown.

The back-to-school event will include four blocks of entertainment just for kids, such as a puppet show, balloon tying, games, music and race cars.

Call 256-4133 for information.

Home-schooling workshop Aug. 17

• Ann Leadbetter will offer a free class for parents about home education from 6 to 8 p.m. Aug. 17 at 875 Bunting Ave.

Leadbetter home-schooled her two daughters from kindergarten until they left for college.

She is writing a book about her daughters’ educational journey and leads a women’s creative writing group.

Call 260-2965 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to reserve a space or get information.

St. Mary’s blood donors will get ice cream

• Beginning Tuesday and through August, donors at St. Mary’s Blood Center will get a free pint of ice cream when donating a pint of blood.

The blood center is at 750 Wellington Ave. Hours are 7 a.m. to
5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to noon Saturday.

Call 244-2066 for information.


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