Local Briefs, April 2, 2010

Botanical Gardens cancels egg hunt

The Easter Egg Scramble scheduled for Saturday at the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens has been cancelled because of the road construction and road closures near the area.

Instead, event organizers will be handing out the plastic eggs with candy or prizes inside to visiting children and their families.

The egg handout will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Botanical Gardens, 655 Struthers. Eggs will handed out on a first-come, first-served basis. For information, call 245-3288.

Art exhibit will open at City Hall

The Grand Junction Commission on Arts and Culture is sponsoring an opening reception for the newest art exhibit at City Hall, 250 N. Fifth St.

The reception is from 5:30 to 7 tonight in conjunction with First Friday. The exhibit features works by local photographer D.B. Cooper, painter Teri Shecter and sculptor Raymon Anderson, as well as works by Brush and Palette Club members. The artwork will be on display through the end of June and many of the pieces are for sale. Call 254-3876 for information.

Organizing for America has local office

The grass-roots group that helped Barack Obama become president opened an office in Grand Junction on Thursday.

The group, Organizing for America, opened its Western Colorado Regional Office at 546 Main St., Suite 3, which is on the fourth floor. It already maintains an office in Denver.

The group is a project of the Democratic National Committee and is designed to build on a network it created in 2008 to get Obama elected. The group has similar offices across the nation.

Flip Flop Fling scheduled April 8

Girls on the Run of Western Colorado will have its fifth annual Flip Flop Fling from 6 to 9 p.m. April 8 at Two Rivers Winery, 2087 Broadway.

The fundraising event offers a night of socializing, appetizers, desserts and a silent auction.

Tickets can be purchased in advance for by calling 257-9267. Tickets are $30 for one tickets and $50 for two. Tickets are also available at the door.

No-till drill demo planned in Silt

SILT — Bookcliff, South Side and Mount Sopris Conservation District have purchased a Great Plains 6-foot no-till compact drill.

Mike Mello will demonstrate it at 9 a.m. Monday at 0896 Country Road 266. Travis Porter will be on hand to help explain how the drill works and answer any questions.

Call 945-5494, ext. 105, if you are interested in attending.

Well-crafted poems sought for contest

The deadline is April 14 to submit well-crafted original poems to the Poetry in the Streets, Western Colorado Writers’ Forum contest, funded by the Grand Junction Arts Commission.

Poetry contest winners will receive a $50 prize for one-time use of each poem.

Poets must be at least 16 years old and current Grand Valley residents. The poems should reflect life in the Grand Valley.

Two pages of two poems, maximum, with a maximum poem length of 24 lines, including spaces between stanzas will be accepted. Postmark poems by the deadline and mail with contact information to WCWF, P.O. Box 3261, Grand Junction 81502. Poems can also be dropped off at the Mesa County Libraries, 530 Grand Ave., by 8 p.m. April 14. Go to http://www.sandradorr.com or call 257-1498.

Symphony helps kids with food drive

The Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra is participating in the Orchestras Feeding America Food Drive and will accept kid-friendly, nonperishable food items until April 6.

Items can be dropped off at the symphony office, 225 N. Fifth St., Suite 120, or at any of the Grand Valley City Market stores.

Kid-friendly ideas include Spaghetti-0s, ravioli, chicken noodle soup, Easy Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Ramen noodles, individual fruit or applesauce cups, individual juice boxes, individual cracker and cookie packs, pudding cups, granola bars, cereal bars and Pop Tarts.

Call 243-6787 for information.

Casting call for next top model slated

Cycle 15 of “America’s Next Top Model” will have a casting call at Victoria Rose Bridal Parlor from noon to 6 p.m. April 7 at 2454 U.S. Highway 6&50.

Contestants must be at least 5 feet 7 inches tall, between ages 18 and 27 and have a copy of their passport, driver’s license, birth certificate and a head shot, full body shot and a swimsuit shot in the application. Judges are looking for personality so contestants must be prepared to explain why they should be chosen for the show.

Pick up requirements and application before the day of casting.

Call 245-5851 for information.

Human Resource Club in regional games

The Mesa State College Society for Human Resource Management Club sent two teams of three participants each to the Regional HR Games on March 26-28 in Albuquerque, N.M.

Students engaged in a “Jeopardy”-style knowledge bowl that uses human resource information.

Mesa State’s Maroon team was Lukas Burton, Wanda Williams and Chris Brown. Mesa State’s White team was Ashley Krebs, Patti Anderson and Kelly Mugford. The Maroon team placed fourth after the preliminary five-round competition but was eliminated by Utah State in the next round.

Liquor license training offered by city

The city of Grand Junction will offer free training for liquor licensees, their managers and employees from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. April 15 at the City Hall auditorium, 250 N. Fifth St. Registration begins at 8:30 a.m.

Training will cover server responsibility, identification checking and enforcement, recognizing signs of intoxication and guarding against over-service of patrons. Call the City Clerk’s Office at 244-1510 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) to register.

Artists can apply for 2011 Datebook

Artspace is seeking artists to be included in its 2011 Datebook publication. The portable calendar offers color art images of notable area artists for each month of the year.

The deadline is April 30 to submit two .jpeg art images, no less than 300 dpi, to Linda at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Cost for inclusion is $55, payable to the nonprofit organization and should be mailed to P.O. Box 2827, Grand Junction 81502.

For information, go to artspacecolorado.org or call 640-8177.

Habitat offers homeowner applications

Habitat for Humanity is seeking Mesa County residents interested in becoming a homeowner. Prospective homeowners must be a Mesa County resident for at least one year, have a minimum annual income of $16,965 and be able to put in the required amount of sweat equity or volunteer hours.

Call 255-9850 or pick up an application at the Habitat office at Alpine Bank, 225 N. Fifth St., Suite 200.


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