Your Town, Aug. 7, 2011

They’re baaaack.

Those cuddly, cooing, soft bundles of love are returning to print.

After reconsidering its stance on the issue of confidentiality, St. Mary’s Hospital has informed The Daily Sentinel that it will reinstate the birth announcements in the For the Record column that appears in Saturday’s paper.

It’s good to know that the tradition of tucking the newspaper clippings into scrapbooks, baby books and family Bibles will continue for years to come.

The Grand Junction High School class of 1951 will have its 60-year reunion Aug. 19-20, at the Grand Vista Hotel ballroom, 2790 Crossroads Blvd.

The classes of 1950 and 1952 are invited to join the reunion at the mixer from 7 to 10 p.m. Aug. 19. There will be a program and hors d’oeuvres.

Call Dennis Lowery at 242-6278 for information.


The next meeting of the Sunset Slope Quilters will feature Harriet Hargrave from Denver, presenting a trunk show and sharing her many beautiful quilts.

Hargrave is an expert machine quilter who, according to her website, “mastered machine embroidery in the mid-1970s and adapted machine quilting from those skills. She was machine quilting when the local quilt guilds in Colorado thought machine piecing was not kosher, let alone machine quilting.”

The meeting is at 9 a.m. Wednesday, at American Lutheran Church, 631 26 1/2 Road. Everyone is welcome — quilters of any skill level or if you’re just interested in the art of quilting. There is a $3 guest fee.

Visit or call Lori at 812-5411 for information.


The Western Colorado Writers Forum has scheduled a writers’ group meeting from noon to 2 p.m. Aug. 17 at the Central Library, Mesa County Libraries, 530 Grand Ave.

The informal group will share information about the process of writing, writing contests, places to submit original work and other news of importance to aspiring or published writers.

The meeting is facilitated by Di Herald, the author of 10 books published by Libraries Unlimited.

Writers will have an opportunity to share their work with other writers for critique.


A benefit spaghetti dinner is planned for Aug. 14, at Bananas Fun Park, 2469 Riverside Parkway, to assist Michael Welch, a Grand Junction man who is fighting a rare form of cancer, Adenocarcinoma, stage 4.

The dinner is from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Aug. 14. Tickets are $15 for adults and $7 for ages 12 and younger, cash or check only. Tickets can be purchased at Coldwell Banker Home Owner’s Realty Inc., 2499 U.S. Highway 6&50; Feather Petroleum, 2492 Industrial Blvd.; The Galleria Art of Photography and Salon, 428 Main St.; and The Village Hare Salon, 2249 Broadway, 243-3132.

A silent auction will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. Discount passes for Bananas will be available during the special event.

A fund has been set up and donations can be made to The Michael Welch Benefit Account, at Sooper Credit Union, 2440 F Road.


Do you love a good story? Do you love to tell a good story?

Mesa County Spellbinders will have its next training session in September.

Volunteers will learn to keep the art of oral storytelling alive and enhance literacy skills for children in School District 51 elementary school classrooms.

The four-session training dates are from 9:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sept. 6, 9, 13, and 16. Attendance at Spellbinders’ monthly workshop Oct. 13 is also required for the volunteers.

Call 243-7303 to register or for information.


The Grand Junction Horizon Sunrise Rotary Club is seeking applications for a Rotarian team leader and four non-Rotary team members for a group study exchange that will happen in May.

The District 5470 Group Study Exchange is with District 2430, that covers central and eastern Turkey. The outbound team will depart May 6, returning June 6.

The program is funded by The Rotary Foundation and is a cultural and vocational exchange opportunity for business people and professionals ages 25 to 40. Team members will experience the host country’s culture and institutions, observe how their vocations are practiced abroad, develop personal and professional relationships and exchange ideas.

The foundation provides airline tickets between the home and host country. Rotarians in the host area provide for meals, lodging and group travel within their district.

Applications and information is online at

Application deadline is Sept. 10.


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