Your Town, Feb. 12, 2012

I cannot tell a lie — February is a busy month.

Two presidential birthdays are jointly celebrated as Presidents’s Day, a federal holiday, on Feb. 20. Honest Abe Lincoln’s real birthday is today, and George Washington’s is Feb. 22.

There’s that little holiday that you best not forget on Feb. 14, or it’s the doghouse. According to, (a website dedicated to insightful things about all holidays), women are responsible for 75 percent of chocolate purchases each year. However, during the days (and minutes) leading up to Valentine’s Day, 75 percent of the chocolate purchases are made by men, equalling $1 billion in Valentine chocolate sales.

The website also notes that Feb. 14 was formerly thought to be the first day of birds mating for the season. Somehow, this sparked the custom of sending valentines to each other. Forget greeting cards, we’re talking tweeting cards!

Which brings us to Twitter, a perfect outlet for lovebird tweeting.

Also happening in February is Ash Wednesday, a solemn day that marks the beginning of the Lenten season. It is preceded 24 hours earlier by Fat Tuesday, a rousing attempt to indulge in all that one intends to forgo, until Easter.

And some time in the next several weeks, according to Punxsutawney Phil on Ground Hog Day, winter should be ending.

Snow shovels, chocolate covered cherries and bank holidays.

February is for the birds.

Community Cat Care meets at 6 p.m. on the third Wednesday of each month, in the lower level conference room at Community Hospital, 2021 N. 12th St.

This month’s meeting is Feb. 15 and new volunteers are always welcome.

Call 243-9098 for information.

Daughters of the American Revolution will have its monthly meeting at noon Feb. 18, at the Bookcliff Country Club, 2730 G Road.

Garry Brewer and Bill Buvinger will discuss the War of 1812.

Anyone interested in the DAR can call Mary McFarlin at 242-7074 for information.

A new caregiver support group will begin Tuesday, at the Miller Homestead, 3090 N. 12th St.

Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado is offering the five-week support group from 2–3:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Feb. 14-March 10.

Topics to be covered are understanding how the caregiving role changes relationships; information on community resources; benefits of a Durable Medical Power of Attorney; anticipatory grief; decision making; and stress management.

The group is free and open to all caregivers in the community. Call Terry Mizak at 260-8931 for information.

The Brush & Palette Club meeting on Thursday will feature a demonstration on the process of jurying and judging, presented by Penny Creasy.

Creasy will take members through a process of jurying entries into a show, eliminating paintings down to a reasonable number for a show and selecting winners. It will be an opportunity for artists to have hands-on experiences with insight into how the process works.

The meeting is at 1 p.m. Feb. 16, at the Art Center, 1803 N. Seventh St.

Jake Jabs, president and CEO of American Furniture Warehouse, Jon Labrum, owner of ProVelocity Computers and Jimmy John Sandwiches franchise, and Chris Thomas, president and CEO of Community Hospital are the featured speakers at the Distinguished Executive Program Dinner, hosted by the Colorado Mesa University chapter of Future Business Leaders of America — Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL).

The dinner is from 5:30–9 p.m. Feb. 24, in the CMU Center Ballroom and features a cash bar and silent auction.

Jabs, Labrum and Thomas will discuss their experiences with opening and running a thriving business in western Colorado as well as some of the challenges specific to the current economy.

Individual tickets are $40 and a table of 10 is $350. Contributions are tax deductible. To purchase tickets call Aleya Bell-Jones at 623-9938 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), or Deb Parman, 248-1170, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

The Eagles Aerie No. 59 will have an open house from 1–4 p.m. Feb. 19, at 1674 U.S. Highway 50.

The open house is an opportunity for the community to learn more about the Eagles and benefits of membership for men, women and children. It is a family-oriented organization, complete with a motorcycle group among its members as well as a senior group that meets on occasion.

Eagles Aerie supports more than 12 local and national charities. It has activities and food every evening from 5:30–7, except Sunday. There is karaoke on Friday evenings and breakfast every Sunday morning.

The open house will include chili and cornbread served to all.

The Real Estate Investors Network (REIN) of Western Colorado will have its monthly meeting from 6–8 p.m. Feb. 15, at the Masonic Center, 2400 Consistory Court.

Mesa County Public Trustee Paul Brown will speak on foreclosures in the local housing market in 2011 and what can be expected in 2012.

Call Doug Van Etten at 433-4312 or visit


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