Briefs, Dec. 17, 2009

Drive raises $15K, 3,000 pounds of food

The food drive challenge hosted by The Williams Drilling Department raised more than $15,000 and collected 3,000 pounds of food.

Employees of Williams will deliver food and monetary donations to the Western Slope Food Bank of the Rockies at 10 a.m. today.

Vigils for migrants planned on Friday

Communities in Colorado will have vigils on Friday to mark International Day of the Migrant and ask Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform in 2010.

Western Slope vigils include 7 p.m. at the corner of North Avenue and 12th Street in Grand Junction; 7 p.m. at Demoret Park, corner of Main Street and Townsend Avenue, Montrose; and 6 p.m. at Sayre Park in Glenwood Springs.

Call Chandra Russo, with the Colorado Immigrant Rights Coalition, at 720-273-2022 for information.

Christmas event Saturday in Fruita

The Merry Christmas For All Committee will have its 23rd annual Christmas Give-Away at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Fruita Middle School auditorium.

The evening will include Christmas carols and gifts for children 12 and younger. Santa Claus will hand out gifts as well as bags filled with a variety of wrapped candy, nuts, an apple or orange, toothbrush and toothpaste. More than 300 food baskets will be given to families in need.

The committee is accepting donations of toys, wrapped candy and turkeys for the giveaway.

It is also taking orders for tamales at $15 per dozen. Proceeds will go toward the purchase of toys. Call Shirley Romero Otero at 210-9843 for information.

Toys for Tots event planned for Sunday

Walgreens will have a Toys for Tots event from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday at 573 32 Road in Clifton. For each toy donated, the donor will get a free hot dog and soda. There will also be $1 photos with Santa.

Call 523-2080 for information.

Homeless-awareness march on Sunday

Housing First, No More Deaths is organizing a march for 1 p.m. Sunday from Whitman Park to Hawthorne Park, hoping to raise the awareness of homeless deaths in Grand Junction.

Organizers say 16 people died of hypothermia on local streets last winter and that the march signifies a new level of involvement from church groups, the police, and groups such as Angelite and Housing First, No More Deaths. Anyone can participate. Call 245-3720 or visit for information.

GJ student wins academic honors

Kerry Sheader of Grand Junction was among 12 science and mathematics students named Adams State College Porter scholars for 2009.

Sheader was honored at a dinner Oct. 28.

Housing program seeks participants

Home Now is seeking landlords or property owners willing to participate in a program that provides safe, stable and affordable housing for families this winter.

Donations to the program also can be sent to United Way of Mesa County (with Home Now in the memo line), P.O. Box 153, Grand Junction, CO,  81502; or to, by clicking on “Home Now.”

Call 263-5346 for information.

Medicare assistance available for seniors

Medicare beneficiaries still have time to get answers to Medicare questions before the annual open enrollment period ends Dec. 31.

Those with questions can call the Mesa County RSVP Senior Health Insurance Assistance Program at 243-9839 for phone or in-person appointments with a counselor from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fridays.


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