Mobile Junction: December 23, 2009

Art gathering grows from one-time event

• What started as a one-time art demonstration almost two years ago has turned into a twice-monthly art class for cancer survivors.
“All these people kept asking me, ‘Can you teach me to draw?’ ” said Penny Creasy, a local wildlife artist. “I said, ‘Absolutely.’ ”
Creasy said after she was invited to give an art demonstration for cancer survivors at St. Mary’s Hospital, she worked with the hospital’s cancer survivorship program and the Pastel Society of Colorado to establish an art class that meeting twice a month.
“It’s working,” Creasy said. “The idea is for these people to get a whole hour and a half to not think about being sick.”
Local professional artists donate their time to teach the classes each month, exploring different mediums and styles with their students, and the Pastel Society funds the class and purchase of art supplies.
“The students get a smorgesborg of art,” Creasy said. “It’s about finding what turns them on.”

Toy donations pick up after report

• After word got out donations for the U.S. Marines Corps Reserves Toys for Tots Foundation were down this year and that some needy families might be without presents under the tree, donation at one drop-off site came pouring in.
Last Thursday Toys for Tots picked up six boxes of toys from Talley’s restaurant on Main Street.
The Daily Sentinel also reported last week that donations to the foundation were down significantly, and Toys for Tots had to briefly suspend accepting applications from needy families looking for toys for their children.
At the time, Sue Tuffin, a volunteer coordinator with Toys for Tots, said the foundation was down about 1,000 toys for this point last year, and Rich Griffin, also with Toys for Tots, said the economy had stunted donations.
Since that article, Talley’s has collected another six boxes of toys for Toys for Tots, which was picked up Monday morning.

Last-minute shoppers hit mall

• The parking lot at Mesa Mall was a little more full than one would expect on any other Monday morning.
With Christmas looming just three days away, shoppers packed into the mall to tie up last-minute loose ends.
“We’re just picking up a few more gifts, nothing big,” said Diane Schreeber, who was shopping at J.C. Penney. “I’ve had to watch my money a little more this year, but it hasn’t been too bad.”


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