Local briefs, Feb. 3, 2010

Marillac, Hilltop getting cash

Colorado Springs-based El Pomar Foundation will present checks today to two Mesa County nonprofit organizations.

The grant recipients are Marillac Clinic, which will receive $10,000 to assist with health services for patients with low and moderate incomes, and Latimer House of Hilltop Health Services, which will receive $15,000 to support programs addressing domestic violence and sexual assault.

Organizations working in the seven counties that comprise the Northwest Region — Garfield, Grand, Jackson, Mesa, Moffat, Rio Blanco and Routt counties — will receive a total of $60,000.

County Coffee meetup Friday

The next County Coffee will be from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Friday at Strayhorn Grill, 1369 12 1/2 Road in Loma.

Mesa County elected officials who will attend include County Commissioners Janet Rowland, Steve Acquafresca and Craig Meis, Assessor Barbara Brewer, Clerk and Recorder Janice Rich and Road and Bridge Supervisor Eric Bruton. The public is invited to attend and chat with the officials, ask questions or let them know what’s on your mind. Call 244-1640 for information.

5 valley artists recognized

Five Grand Valley artists were among those honored with a reception at the state Capitol, recognizing their inclusion in an exhibit of works in the executive offices as well as the Denver International Airport.

Works selected include quilt art by Jane Aldoretta, abstract landscape by Jody Ahrens, photography by Casey Cowgill, mixed media collage by Gayle Gerson and creative photography by Linda Love.

The works will be on display through Feb. 28.

Scholarship applicants sought

The group Mesa County Republican Women is accepting applications for its annual scholarship of $1,500 for a high school senior or college undergraduate.

Qualifications include having a major in history, political science, government, economics or business. Applicants must be a registered Republican and a Mesa County resident or Mesa State College attendee.

Deadline is March 15. Call Phyllis Hunsinger at 241-5983 or Ruth Ehlers at 257-7120 for information.

Students receive honors

Several area students have been recognized at colleges outside of the area.

Charles Richardson, son of Harv and Gretchen Richardson of Grand Junction, received a doctorate in geology from the University of Montana in Missoula. He has accepted a research position at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, working for NASA.

Evan Dean of Grand Junction was named to the fall 2009 semester dean’s list at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Alex Mende, a 2009 graduate of Fruita Monument High School, was named to the fall 2009 semester dean’s list at Colorado State University.

Ranger camp receives award

The Junior Ranger Explorer Day Camp at Colorado National Monument will receive an award for excellence in environmental education from the Colorado Alliance for Environmental Education during a banquet March 12 in Denver.

The camp is among nine organizations from across the state that will be honored for leadership in developing effective, cooperative and cross-sector environmental education programs.

More information is available at http://www.caee.org.

Give your valentine a song

Serenade your valentine this year with a singing valentine:

The Tonettes will offer singing valentines from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Feb. 12-14. Cost is $35 and includes two songs, a rose and chocolate. Call 261-7205, e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit http://www.thetonettes.com for information.

The Bookcliff Barbershop Chorus will offer valentines from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 12-15. Recipients receive a rose, Enstrom candy, a Valentine’s Day card and two love songs delivered by a Bookcliff quartet for $45. To order call 314-7202 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Kids Aid has Web site

Kids Aid, a local nonprofit group that sends District 51 students that qualify for free or reduced lunches home with a backpack full of food each weekend, now has a Web site.

The site, http://www.KidsAidColorado.org, includes information about the Backpack Program, a history of the program, a list of items that can be donated to the program, and a sign-up sheet for volunteering with the program.

Kids Aid currently serves 1,260 students in 17 schools.

Foster grandparents sought

The Foster Grandparent Program is looking for adults ages 55 and older who would like to help children in schools and other educational settings throughout Mesa and Delta counties.

Eligible volunteers earn a nontaxable hourly stipend, mileage reimbursement, an annual wellness exam and other benefits.

For more information call Tanya or Denise at 263-9091.


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