Briefs, May 16, 2103
Letter carriers help food bank
The recent National Letter Carriers Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive collected 47,640 pounds of nonperishable items for local food banks.
Although the amount collected was down almost 50 percent from last year, “the drive went well and we had a safe day,” carrier Linda Gaines said in a news release.
Redlands Lions to place flags
Redlands Lions Club members will place flags on Saturday in recognition of Armed Forces Day. Flags will be placed in the Tiara Rado, Seasons, Monument Village, Panorama and Village Way subdivisions, as well as at some Redlands area businesses.
The club’s flag service honors 10 holidays throughout the year at the cost of $30, which can be prorated.
Call Chuck Stevenson at 242-3222 or Dave McIlnay at 433-7961 for information.
Service organization certified
Strive, formerly Mesa Developmental Services, has been awarded a four-year accreditation from the Council on Quality and Leadership.
The certification is the benchmark for progressive and top-level service and support in the human services field. There are only approximately 250 organizations nationally that have received the distinction.
Call Marilee at 256-8640 or Sheri at 256-8612, or visit e-clubhouse.org/sites/redlandsco for information.
Park changes permit process
Beginning Sept. 1, Canyonlands National Park near Moab, Utah will be changing the reservation process for all its backcountry permits.
These permits are for backpacking; four-wheel drive and mountain bike camping trips, such as along White Rim Road; four-wheel drive day use in the Needles, including Salt/Horse or Lavender canyons; group sites in the Needles, such as Split Top; river trips; and multi-element trips, such as backpacking and pack rafting combined.
Reservations for the 2014 season will be available no more than four months and no less than two days prior to the permit start date. For example, reservations for trips beginning on Jan. 1, 2014 will be available starting Sept. 1.
Permits or sites not reserved at least two days in advance of the permit start date will be available in person at the park’s visitor centers and park headquarters reservation office on a first-come, first-served basis during normal business hours and seasons of operation. Because of the high demand for these permits, reservations are highly recommended. Reservations will no longer be available one year in advance.
Additional information, including availability calendars, will be posted on the park’s official website, http://www.nps.gov/cany.
Senior volunteers needed
RSVP, a volunteer program exclusively for people ages 55 and older has ongoing volunteer opportunities:
■ Cashiers at the Fruita Thrift Shop.
■ Blood pressure nurses for Gray Gourmet meal sites.
■ Small-electronics tester and greeters at Habitat for Humanity ReStore.
■ Front door greeters for Homeward Bound of the Grand Valley.
Call 243-9839 or visit http://www.rsvpgrandjunction.org for volunteer opportunities.