Briefs, March 20, 2010

Celtic entertainment tonight at college

A night of Celtic entertainment featuring local Irish step dancers and a special guest bagpiper will be at 7 tonight, in the Glass Box Studio on the second floor of the Moss Performing Arts Center at Mesa State College.

Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students. For more information, call 433-3999.

Deadline March 31 for art exhibit entries

March 31 is the deadline to enter art work in the 30th annual Peach Blossom art exhibit, hosted by Palisade Art Lovers.

The exhibit will be on display April 15-18 at the Palisade Memorial Building, 120 E. Eighth St. in Palisade.

Visit for more information and registration forms.

Public input sought for state parks plans

Colorado State Parks is inviting the public to “Have a Say in How You’ll Play” by attending a meeting from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. March 30 at the Courtyard Marriott, 765 Horizon Drive.

Public input is needed to help guide development of the state parks’ 2010-14 Strategic Plan, which will outline the agency’s top priorities and objectives for the next five years.

In developing the strategic plan, Colorado State Parks will use the public comments to clarify constituents’ needs and improve services and programs.

For more information call Scott Babcock, Colorado State Parks’ planning coordinator, at 303-866-3203, ext. 4306, or visit and click the heading “Have Say in How You’ll Play.”

Public can help animal shelter win grant

The public has an opportunity to help Roice-Hurst Humane Society win $1,000 or more by participating in The Animal Rescue Site’s $100,000 online Shelter Challenge.

Together with, the Shelter Challenge will provide various grants to select animal rescue and welfare organizations. Supporters of the Roice-Hurst Humane Society can cast one vote daily to help the society receive support from

Online votes will be accepted until 11 p.m. April 18 at or through the link at Scroll down the home page to find the Shelter Challenge link, then type Roice-Hurst Humane Society and/or Clifton, to locate the link.

County needs volunteer for weed panel

The Mesa County Board of Commissioners is looking for volunteers to fill a vacancy on the Mesa County Weed Advisory Board.

The board makes recommendations regarding the management plan for designated noxious weeds, recommends action to be taken to control or eradicate noxious weeds and declares certain weed species as noxious. Candidates must be residents of the unincorporated portion of Mesa County and shall be landowners of more than 40 acres.

Information can be found online at, under volunteer opportunities. Board interest forms also are available online.

Call Jude Sirota, weed and pest inspector, at 255-7120 for information.

Forum for group-home project March 25

Mesa Developmental Services will host a public forum at 5 p.m. March 25 at the MDS Administration Offices, 950 Grand Ave., to discuss planning efforts for community-based services for people with developmental disabilities.

The public is invited for input, observations and recommendations regarding the annual plan. An update on the “A Home of Their Own” new group home project will be provided.

If you are unable to attend but would like to participate in the planning process, call 256-8602 prior to the public hearing.

Scholarship available for female educator

Delta Kappa Gamma, Xi Chapter of Grand Junction is offering an annual merit scholarship in the amount of $1,000 to support an outstanding female educator during her final student teaching internship semester.

Criteria for selection include the applicant’s eligibility for student teaching during the fall 2010 or spring 2011 semesters; review of three academic letters of recommendation from professionals who believe in the applicant’s potential for success in the teaching field; review of a statement of the applicant’s education and personal goals and review of the applicant’s unofficial transcriptions having a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.00 or higher on a 4.00 scale.

Application forms are available electronically through Deborah Snider. E-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Deadline to return applications is April 2.

Call Snider at 248-1767 for information.

Ute ceremony with elder in Carbondale

CARBONDALE — A Ute ceremony with traditional Ute elder Clifford Duncan will be at 4 p.m. March 24 at Sustainable Settings, 6107 Colorado Highway 133.

A potluck will follow the ceremony from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., at the Carbondale Town Hall, 511 Colorado Ave.

Duncan will present a slide show from the XII Native Gathering of the Americans in Cayambe, Ecuador. There will be a joint book signing with Charlotte Graham, author of “Memoirs of a River ... Up the Crystal, Vol. 1,” and Duncan, a Ute historian and major contributor.

Call 963-1874 for information.

County seeking senior volunteers

Mesa County RSVP Inc. connects individuals ages 55 and older volunteer positions in any of its 90 member agencies.

Several current RSVP volunteer opportunities include:

Office/clerical support at Western Colorado Area Health Education Center.

Volunteer deputy probation officer training is in April for 21st Judicial Probation Department.

Mosaic has a variety of volunteer positions.

Western Colorado Math and Science Center needs a docent, kit coordinator, greeter and fix-it person.

Museum Docents are needed at Museum of Western Colorado.

Meal site volunteers and delivery drivers are needed at Gray Gourmet.

Call 243-9839 or go to for more opportunities.


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