Briefs, March 24, 2010

Kiwanis Golden K Club dinner tonight

Homemade chili, potato soup, tossed salad, drinks and homemade brownies are on the menu for the annual dinner of the Kiwanis Golden K Club of Grand Junction at 5:45 p.m. today at Redlands Middle School, 2200 Broadway.

The Kiwanis Golden K Club is known for annually making and distributing around 3,000 wooden toys locally and worldwide. A display of the toys will be set up during the dinner. Tickets will be sold for drawings, with the winners taking home a wooden toy. There also will be a silent auction of items donated by Kiwanis members and from local merchants.

Call Don Espeland at 245-9081 for information.

2 Palisade rail crossings closed Thursday

The railroad crossings at Main and Kluge streets in Palisade will be closed from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday so the Union Pacific Railroad can replace a section of rail.

Crossings at Bower Avenue and Elberta Avenue will remain open Elberta Avenue connects Interstate 70 and U. S. Highway 6. Bower Avenue can be reached from First Street and Third Street.

Call Frank Watt, Town of Palisade Public Works director at 464-1116 for information.

Educational center sets awards dinner

The Riverside Educational Center staff will honor tutor volunteers and business partners and give special recognition to Michaelle Smith, an adviser for the center, during its RECognition Fest from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Pinon Grill at Tiara Rado Golf Course.

Four volunteer awards will be presented as well as a few sponsor awards. Light appetizers will be served.

Center volunteers who would like to attend should RSVP by calling Mary Gonzales at 433-0481 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Red Cross open house will be Friday

The Western Colorado Chapter of the American Red Cross will have an open house from noon to 6 p.m. Friday at its office at 506 Gunnison Ave. Refreshments will be servied.

Chapter officials will accept donations from the community for support of operations. Although Red Cross donations for support of recent international disasters have been excellent, donations that usually support local chapter operations have dropped off significantly.

For   more information or to donate, visit   http://www.ColoradoRedCross .org or call 242-4851.

Veteran benefits fair set for Saturday

A Veterans Benefits Fair will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, in the New Academic Building, or Building 1, at Mesa State College, off of Cannell Avenue.

The fair will offer assistance to veterans and their families on matters such as service-connected disability claims, enrollment with a Veterans Affairs medical center, educational and vocational rehabilitation or other benefits, such as VA home loans.

Representatives from the Department of Veteran Affairs and non-profit organizations will be available.

Training for victims advocates to begin

A training academy for people interested in victim advocacy for the Grand Junction Police Department and the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office will begin April 13.

Background checks for volunteers are mandatory.

Call 244-3580 or 244-3275 for information.


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