Your Town, Aug. 15, 2010

One of my Facebook friends posted a photo last week of the bounty from her garden — piles and piles of green chiles and jalapenos, bell peppers, beets and pickling cucumbers.

I’m so jealous.

I clicked on the “like” button to show my approval, grousing the entire time about her gardening luck, compared to mine.

I’d hoped by this time of year to be snipping my own fresh cilantro and basil from container gardens in my back yard, but my initial efforts have gone to weed, or seed.

It’s my own fault. I know they need water, sunshine and tender loving care, but I’d rather be riding my bike or walking the dog.

Let’s face it — the only thing green in my gardening genes is that I’m green with envy.

Thank goodness for neighbors, co-workers and even the Facebook friends who keep fresh fruits and veggies coming my way.


Mama always said “eat your fruits and veggies.”

Was mama right?

Learn more about “The Benefits of a Raw Food Diet” with a presentation by Dee Goodsell, following the Vegetarian Society of Colorado vegan raw foods potluck Saturday at the Global Heart Spiritual Center, 1622 Glenwood Ave.

Participants will gather at 5:30 p.m. and eating begins at 6 p.m.

For the potluck, take a plant-based, raw foods dish, free of animal products, to share, along with the recipe — it can be something as simple as cut fruit or vegetables or check out recipe ideas at

Also take your own service and beverages, as well as a chair for seating.

Call Marian at 255-0417 for information or visit http://www.vegetariansocietyof


Doggone it! There’s no way that summer’s almost over.

Whether you’re dog person or a cat person, there a couple of things up and coming that will help the felines and canines.

Roice-Hurst Humane Society will have its Hawgs-n-Dogs motorcycle poker run benefit Saturday, beginning and ending at Grand Junction Harley Davidson.

Registration is at 9 a.m. and the ride starts at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $15 per hand, $25 for two on one bike, and $10 per extra hand.

There will be cash prizes for best hand, second-best hand and worst hand. Non-riders are welcome to join the post-ride at noon for music, food and more.

Call 434-7337 for information.

Don’t forget to vote online for Roice-Hurst in the Animal Rescue Site’s Shelter Challenge. The link is: www.


Cats League and Assistance of the Western Slope (CLAWS) Rescue and Adoption Center will host its Cat Tails and Cocktails Gala on Oct. 2 at the DoubleTree Hotel, 743 Horizon Drive.

According to a link at, CLAWS is a local nonprofit, all-volunteer organization dedicated to preventing cruelty and ending the suffering of cats in need. With rescue, spaying/neutering, medical care, fostering and adoption to approved homes, these cats can have a higher quality of life.

Educating the community about the proper care of cats and the importance of spaying and neutering are also priorities.

Entertainment for the gala will be Dr. Kevin Fitzgerald from Animal Planet’s “Emergency Vets.” He is a board-certified veterinarian by day and comedian by night. The evening will offer a plated dinner, cash bar, slide show and a silent auction.

Tickets are $60 each or two for $110. Proceeds will benefit the cats and kittens at the adoption center. Tickets can be purchased by calling the shelter at 241-3793.


The Western Colorado Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction has announced its 2009-10 new members: Mary Ellen Fern, with E&E Door and Window; Vicky Gannon with All Types Concrete Work LLC; Imelda Mulholland, Hoskin Farina & Kampf P.C.; Linda Patterson, Moody-Valley Insurance Agency Inc.; and Cheryl Powell, Labor Ready Inc.

Interested in seeing your name among the members for next year? Call Mitzi Kenyon at 245-5000 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.


The American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer event will have its 2010 team kickoff reception at 8 a.m. Aug. 19 at the Clarion Inn, 755 Horizon Drive.

Anyone interested in learning more about the Oct. 16 event is encouraged to attend.

Register with Kristen Woods Madril by calling 254-5583 or e-mail kristen. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address); or Dianna Shirley at 250-7024, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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