Local Briefs, Aug. 13, 2010

Open house set at medical group home

Mesa Developmental Services will sponsor an open house for the community from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at 680 29 1/2, the site of one of its three new medical group homes for people displaced from the closure of the skilled nursing unit at the Grand Junction Regional Center.

Call 243-3702 for information.

Food drive set for Homeward Bound

A food drive will continue from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. today at the North Avenue Wal-Mart to benefit Homeward Bound of the Grand Valley.

Donated food items will help stock the pantry for the upcoming fall and winter months.

Call 256-9424 for information.

North Avenue waterline to be installed

Work will begin at 9 tonight to install new waterline pipe between Sixth Street and First Street on the south side of North Avenue.

East and westbound traffic will be shifted to the north side of the road with traffic reduced to one lane in each direction. Work will continue for 24-hours each day through 8 a.m. Aug. 16.

Traffic will then be restored to all lanes in each direction while crews flush and test the new line.

During the weekend work, access to businesses on the south side of North Avenue between Sixth and First streets will be from the alley south of the businesses, or from Belford Avenue.

This project will replace aging cast iron and steel water pipes in North Avenue with new PVC piping and replace old service lines with copper lines.

Mesa Youth Services given $1,000 grant

Allstate agent Lori Carlston presented Mesa Youth Service Inc. with a $1,000 grant as part of The Allstate Foundation’s “Agency Hands in the Community” program.

The program, which began in 2003, recognizes agents’ volunteerism within the community and provides financial support to organizations through the Allstate Foundation. Every Allstate agent who volunteers for a charitable organization in their community may qualify for this award.

Union Pacific employees plan picnic

Union Pacific Employee Club No. 81 will have its annual picnic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at Columbine Park.

Tickets are $2 for adults. Ages under 12 are free. Tickets are at the Rio Grande Credit Union. Call Lisa Bower at 250-5474 for information.

Safeway benefit for muscular dystrophy

Safeway stores at 681 Horizon Drive and 2148 Broadway will offer hot dogs and root beer floats for a donation to the Muscular Dystrophy Association from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sundays through Sept. 6.

The proceeds will help send kids to the Summer Camp Mobiles Program. Call 241-2181 for information.

Free admission to national monument

Admission to Colorado National Monument Saturday and Sunday will be fee-free — an effort announced by Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar to encourage Americans seeking affordable vacations to explore their national parks and national refuges.

A number of ranger-led programs are planned.

Call 858-3617 or visit http://www.nps.gov/colm for information.

Memory Walk donations sought in Fruita

FRUITA — Dragon Treasure Chinese Restaurant is offering everything on its menu free from noon to 8 p.m. Sunday with a donation at the door to Alzheimer’s Association Memory Walk.

The restaurant is at 576 Kokopelli, Unit A.

Latin-Anglo Alliance gives scholarships

The Latin-Anglo Alliance presented scholarships at its annual scholarship banquet Friday.

Those receiving the 2010 Latin-Anglo Alliance Foundation Scholarship are: Jaron Sparks (Central High School) attending Mesa State College; Vandon Sanchez (Central High School), Mesa State College; Bryce Moglia-MacEvoy (Grand Junction High School), Mesa State College; Jeanette Ramos (Fruita Monument High School), Mesa State College; Jasmine Flores (Grand Junction High School), Mesa State College; Jamie Pomaski (Central High School), Northern Arizona University; Krystina Pacheco (Fruita Monument High School), Colorado School of Mines; and Ashley Paul (Central High School), Mesa State College.

Training class slated on city planning

The city of Grand Junction Comprehensive Planning staff will have a training class Tuesday for the public designed to provide information about the vision, goals and guiding principles of the plan and an overview of major changes to the zoning and development code.

The training will be from 10 a.m. to noon or 6 to 8 p.m. in the City Hall auditorium, 250 N. Fifth St. Call 244-1430 for information.


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