Your Town, April 14, 2013

This time of year, our meal menus shift from the hearty comfort foods that previously warmed us from the inside-out, to lighter fare that is more compatible with the shift to outdoor activity and more light at the end of the day for playing.

Step away the casserole dishes and crock pots — nothing welcomes the change in seasons better than a crisp salad, fresh fruits and veggies and something sizzling on the grill.

And those in need of a helping hand, welcome a change too.

The Catholic Outreach and soup kitchen wants the public to know of its current need for fresh produce of all kinds in its effort to serve hot and nourishing meals six days a week to its guests.

Catholic Outreach serves a variety of ages, sexes, cultures — folks who have few resources and support systems — luxuries that a lot of us take for granted.

“We wish to offer green and fruit salads for lunch but can only serve what is donated by your kind generosity. The cooler has been void of fresh produce for a month now,” indicated an email received by The Daily Sentinel. “Thank you for your continuing support of the Catholic Outreach and soup kitchen. It takes the entire valley to maintain all the services,” the email said.

Visit or call 243-0091 for more information.

Grand Junction Green Drinks has extended an invitation to a gathering of eco-friendly like minds at 6:30 p.m. April 23, at Planet Earth & the 4 Directions Gallery, 524 Colorado Ave.

The ‘“organic, self-organizing network” is focused on getting environmentally minded people together for drinks, food, and invigorating discussions. The idea is to generate dialogue based around environmental issues, to educate and learn from one another, and to share ideas on how to implement various sustainability programs in the local community,” a news release said. “It is a great way of catching up with people you know and for making new contacts. Everyone invites someone else, so there is always someone new. Be prepared to meet a diverse group of people who share your passion about the health of our planet.”

The April meeting will feature guests Jess and Scott Washkowiak of Field to Fork, Community Supported Agriculture.

Visit to learn more about the local chapter or call 256-9630.

Center for Independence has extended its appreciation to Kannah Creek Brewery for hosting a Firkin Keg Fundraiser on its behalf.

“Kannah’s generous contribution will make a difference to CFI and to our consumers as we continue to provide an array of services to people with disabilities throughout Mesa County and beyond.  Thank you Kannah Creek for supporting the community’s nonprofits,” wrote Lisa Wabel, Center for Independence executive assistant in an email to The Daily Sentinel.

Visit to learn more about CFI.

Book Cliff Chapter International Association of Administrative Professionals will host its Administrative Professionals Day event with the theme “Be the One,” from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. April 24, at Taste of Heaven Catering, 2817 North Ave.

Sue Hansen, a national speaker, trainer and consultant specializing in helping people become better people, is the luncheon keynote speaker.

Vendor exhibits will open at 10:30 a.m., registration is at 11 a.m. and the lunch is from 11:45 a.m.–1 p.m. The afternoon workshop is from 1:30–3:30 p.m., followed by the opportunity to browse vendor exhibits again at 3:30 p.m.

Visit for information and registration.

The Colorado Saddle Makers Association will have its annual spring seminar April 19–21, at the Mesa County Fairgrounds.

The focus of the seminar will be on making gun leather. Participants will also discuss methods for forming leather for magazine cases and various other projects. There will also be demonstrations on designing and drawing patterns for small projects, which will include a hands-on portion on spur straps.

Call Harry Knipe, northwest regional director, at 245-3068.

Shimmy Mob Western Colorado will have a yard sale from 8 a.m.–5 p.m. April 19–20 and 8 a.m–noon April 21, at 2065 Corral de Terra Dive, to benefit Hilltop’s Latimer House.

A variety of household and personal items will be offered for sale, as well as belly dancing costumes.

To donate goods and/or assist with the cause, call Jan at 248-9378 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.

Learn more about the May 11 Shimmy Mob by visiting

Are you missing?

You might not think you are, but you’re classmates are looking for you.

Moffat County High School class of 1978 has scheduled its 35-year reunion for June 14–15 in Craig and if your name is listed here, they are looking for you: Dan Akins, Chris Allan, Matt Archuleta, Mike Atchley, David Bachman, Mary Lynn Behrman, Randy Bergman, Rusty Brady, Cherryl Brown, Richard Crabtree, Vic Dell, Kathy Ditges, Kenneth Ditges, Phil Douglas, Kenny Flies, Jack Ford, Abel Garcia, Brett Gardner, Colleen Gardner, Argy Georgeou, Joni Grandbouche, Becky Grimm, Dennis Harper, Viola Henson, Dean Hunter, and Davis Hutchins.

Also, Kevin M. Johnson, Tony Johnson, Marty Jones, Greg Knez, Stacy Leander, Shirley McMinn, Teresa Miles, Doug Moore, Rita Moore, Pam Orr, Brenda Pickett, Pam Poirier, Colleen Rowley, Jerri Rutherford, Debbie Spicer, Ruth Stewart, Mike Stewart, Bucky Taylor, Dannielle Urbanski, Debra Vanoy, Annette Vigil, Steve Wilkinson, Sandie Young and David Young.

If you are one of these missing folks, email Sharine Powell Endersen at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or call 623-393-2015 or Siouxanne Herod Mease .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) 970-985-9110 with your contact information.

Montrose Historical Museum is accepting donations for its annual yard sale.

Most items are welcome with the exception of appliances, electronics or clothes. Call Sally at 249-2085 for drop-off times and information.

Submit your Planner and community news items by email to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), by fax at 244-8578, or by mail to P.O. Box 668, Grand Junction, CO, 81502. Items to be considered for Your Town should be submitted at least two weeks prior to the event.


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