Local Briefs, Oct. 11, 2009

Animal Expo slated today at fairgrounds

The Western Slope Animal Expo is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. today at the Mesa County Fairgrounds.

There will be a pet/owner costume contest sponsored by Roice-Hurst Humane Society, a pumpkin patch, heartworm testing and a microchip clinic.

Animal demonstrations, pony and camel rides, face painting, balloon animals and vendors are planned.

The event is organized by The Western Slope Animal Services Networking Group. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for children and seniors, with $1 from each ticket going to Morris Animal Foundation and Walk 4 Life.

Call 270-4663 for information.

Family Health Fiesta scheduled Oct. 17

A Family Health Fiesta is planned from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 17 at the Lincoln Park Barn.

Dental, vision, diabetes and blood pressure screenings will be offered at no charge to uninsured and underinsured families and individuals. There will also be health and information booths, information on food and nutrition, entertainment, children’s activities and more.

Spanish language interpreters will be on hand.

Call 255-1828 or visit http://www.MarillacClinic.org for information.

Safety fair planned for children

High Desert Martial Arts will sponsor a kids safety fair from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 17 at 560 S. Westgate Drive.

The free event for all kids includes DNA kits, digital fingerprinting, a climbing wall, a squad car and mock crime scene, a bump ‘n’ jump and safety talks.

For information, call 243-8010,

Collbran history told in park setting

COLLBRAN — Scott Walck will present “History of the Stockmen’s Bank Building and the People Who Built It” at 1 p.m. Oct. 17 at Mother’s Park.

The presentation is in celebration of the building’s 80th anniversary and is brought to the community by Plateau Valley Friends and Mesa County Libraries.

Learn more by calling 487-3545.

Victim advocates being recruited

The Grand Junction Police Department and Mesa County Sheriff’s Department are recruiting volunteer victim advocates to assist law enforcement with victims who are suffering pain, confusion or loss.

The next Victim Advocate Training Academy begins Oct. 27.

Learn about this opportunity by calling the Grand Junction Police Victim Services at 244-3580 or the Mesa County Sheriff’s Department Victim Services at 244-3275 by Oct. 16.

‘Split Estate’ film showing at Mesa State

“Split Estate,” a 70-minute film featuring Garfield County residents’ efforts to protect their health and homes from booming natural gas drilling, will be shown at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday in the Weldon Lecture Room of Wubben Hall at Mesa State College.

The Mesa State College Outdoor Program is sponsoring the documentary during its Wednesday Night Wanderings. The film is presented by Western Colorado Congress.

Call Heather Tischbein at 256-7650 for information.

Concert to benefit child, migrant service

A Latin American concert taking place Monday at Palisade High School will benefit Child and Migrant Services.

The concert at 7 p.m. features vocalist Adriana Rojas and pianist Richardo Uribe, both from Colombia, as well as percussionist Marcelo Santana.

Admission is a $3 donation or three canned goods.

Call 464-0404 or 270-4886 for information.

Riverside offers after-school tutoring

Riverside Educational Center provides structured after-school tutoring and enrichment activities for kindergarten through 12th- grade students who are academically and financially challenged.

The center has openings during its 5:30-6:30 p.m. tutoring session on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays, as well as enrichment openings from 4:30-5:45 p.m. Thursdays. Call Mary at 433-0481, e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or visit http://www.REC4kids.com for information.


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