Briefs, April 10, 2010
Statewide tornado drills on Wednesday
As part of Severe Weather Awareness Week in Colorado April 11-17, the National Weather Service in cooperation with the Colorado Broadcasters Association will initiate a statewide tornado drill Wednesday between 9 and 11 a.m., using the Emergency Alert System and NOAA weather radios.
A test tornado warning will be issued by each area office of the National Weather Service, including Grand Junction.
Businesses, schools, hospitals, members of the media and emergency management agencies are encouraged to participate in the drill and test their communications plans and procedures. During the test times, or anytime during the week, everyone should review and exercise their family communication plans, emergency plans and check their emergency kits.
For more information on specific preparedness steps, visit http://www.readycolorado.com.
Dangers of drugs topic of Tuesday forum
PARACHUTE — Lynn Riemer, affectionately known as the “Martha Stewart of Meth Labs,” will present Adolescent and Community Training (ACT) On Drugs to students at Grand Valley Middle School and Grand Valley High School on Tuesday. The presentation will discuss the dangers of inhalants, marijuana, prescription drugs, methamphetamine and more. Students will learn how dealers are using color, flavor and marketing ploys to entice users.
The public is invited to attend an evening session from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday at Grand Valley Middle School. The evening will be geared toward parents as well as others affected by meth labs, such as Realtors, housekeepers and concerned neighbors.
For more information, call Phil Strouse at 970-309-9697.
Egg-smashing event planned for charity
The third annual Egg-Stravaganza Event, to benefit the March of Dimes Walk for Babies, will be from 3 to 4 p.m. Thursday at the American National Bank branch at 1199 Patterson Road.
Pay a minimum donation of $5 and smash an egg on your favorite banker or community leader’s head. If you can’t be present, have your name written on the egg and designate someone to perform the egging for you.
Organizers are looking for volunteers to be egged. Call 255-3895 for information or to volunteer.
County program seeks senior volunteers
Mesa County RSVP Inc. is seeking volunteers ages 55 and older for these positions and more:
Mosaic needs a lunch and learn presenter.
Palisade Living Center needs dining room assistants and a greeter.
Colorado Welcome Center needs a travel counselor.
Atrium Senior Residence needs a basic computer assistant.
Grand Junction Regional Airport needs ambassadors.
Call 243-9839 or go to http://www.rsvpgrandjunction.org for information.
BLM to close picnic area for repairs
The West Creek Picnic Area near Gateway will be closed for about four weeks as the Bureau of Land Management completes upgrades to the facilities.
Funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the project will replace the fence and picnic tables at the popular stop along Colorado Highway 141, remove fire rings and replace them with grills, and upgrade the parking area and road to improve accessibility to the facilities for people with disabilities.
Information on projects and related closures will be posted online at http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/gjfo.html.
Shoe, handbag sale to aid MS Society
Organizers of the Ladies Shoe and Handbag sale event are seeking donations of new and gently worn ladies shoes and handbags. Donations can be dropped off at any Mesa County Alpine Bank location.
An evening of shopping and libations, to benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society, will be from 5:30 to 7:30 April 22, at the Downtown Alpine Bank, 225 N. Fifth St., on the main floor. Cost to enter is $1.
City seeks input on programs and services
The city of Grand Junction is looking for a group of Grand Junction area residents interested in providing future feedback and opinions about city programs, services and plans via electronic surveys that will be distributed by e-mail.
In order to take part, visit http://www.gjcity.org and look for the link to the survey near the top left corner of the home page. The survey asks 13 questions that collect identifying and demographic information. Only one household member can participate, and you must be at least 18 years old. All information gathered is confidential and will be used exclusively for survey purposes.
Once the master panel has been developed, surveys will be e-mailed to panel members seeking their feedback on city-related matters. Call Sam Rainguet at 244-1507 for more information.
Habitat for Humanity seeks volunteers
Habitat for Humanity of Mesa County is seeking volunteers to serve in the areas of Web-site assistance, hands-on fundraising and general office and ReStore assistance.