Your Town, Sept. 26, 2010

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and, on Friday, The Daily Sentinel will help launch the campaign bringing awareness to the disease in a powerful way.

It’s all about the pink, the color symbolically used by the campaign.

Breast cancer affects both men and women. According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer is the most frequently diagnosed cancer and the leading cause of death among women in Colorado.

Finding cancer early is the best defense, and the best way to find cancer early is to get routine screenings. Since 1991, the Women’s Wellness Connection has provided free breast and cervical cancer screenings to eligible women ages 40-64 at more than 120 sites across the state.

A list of free screening providers is online at or call 866-951-9355 to find out if your are eligible or to make an appointment.

It’s time to take a walk — for life.

The Junior Service League of Grand Junction will have its annual fundraising event to promote breast cancer awareness, education, detection and support.

Walk 4 Life is Saturday, Oct. 2, beginning at the Elizabeth B. Harris Amphitheater at the Western Colorado Botanical Gardens, 655 Struthers Ave.

Registration is from 8:30 to 9 a.m. An opening ceremony will begin at 9 a.m., and the 5k walk will travel to Eagle Rim Park.

Cost is $30 per individual and there will be discounted entry fees for teams of five to 10 walkers.

Call 243-7790 or register online at


Former students and family who attended Coates Creek School have undertaken the effort of preserving the historic log structure on Glade Park and will have a pancake breakfast fundraiser Saturday morning at the school.

Organizers will fire up the wood stove and serve sourdough pancakes, bacon, sausage and eggs from 7 a.m. to noon. From Glade Park Store, go west on DS Road to a log schoolhouse. The aroma of cooking bacon will confirm you are there. Cost is a $5 donation.

Call Deb Moorland at 255-6721 for information.


The Grand Junction East MOMS Club will have an open house at 3 p.m. Oct. 6 at Long Family Park, on the north side near Patterson Road.

The MOMS Club is a nonprofit international club with hundreds of chapters. The club has play groups, local tours, preschool activity days, holiday parties and MOMs night out.

The chapter supports the Latimer House with donations each month with a different theme. Themes, for example, range from clothing to toiletries. October’s theme is baby items.

Call 823-2582 or e-mail .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.


Oct. 4 is Counseling and Education Center Night at Chili’s Grill and Bar, 584 24 1/2 Road.

Diners will need to use a coupon that can be downloaded from, or pick up one at the Center, 2708 Patterson Road, or any True Value Hardware Store.

Proceeds from your meal will be donated to the Center to support its low-income counseling programs. Call 243-9539 for information.


Court Appointed Special Advocates of Mesa County will have a food drive Oct. 1-31 to benefit the Mesa County Food Bank.

Along with canned food items, basic hygiene items — toilet paper, diapers, laundry soap, small size shampoo, individual toothpaste tubes and toothbrushes — are also needed.

Donations can be dropped off at the CASA office, 200 Grand Ave., in the lower level; Batteries Plus, 578 25 Road; and in the lobby of Bank of Colorado, 200 Grand Ave.

CASA has also scheduled its fall volunteer training classes beginning Oct. 19.

Call Phil at 242-4191 for information.


These young men have recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout: Michael Braklow and Charlie Bierbaum, Glenwood Springs, Troop 225; Cody Arnold, Fruita, Troop 303; Dayne Myers Grand Junction, Troop 345; and Trevor Moss, Grand Junction, Troop 318.


The Western Colorado Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction has announced its 2010-11 officers.

President is Wanda Graham, Bighorn Consulting Engineers Inc.; vice president, Elaine Harris, Vectra Bank; treasurer, Alice Lobato, Western Building Solutions Inc.; recording secretary, Tara Cerny, ABC Western Colorado; and corresponding secretary, Mary Ellen Fern, E&E Door & Window.

Directors are Kathy Chiono, Eagle Construction; Vicky Gannon, All Types Concrete Work LLC; and Linda Patterson, Moody-Valley Insurance Agency Inc.


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