Your Town, Feb. 3, 2013

‘Tis a super day. The sun is shining, the birds are singing. Most importantly, the guacamole is ready for the big game.

Avocados are one of my favorite food — all that scrumptious green flesh, surrounded by a huge pit. Imagine how much more scrumptious-ness there would be without that over-sized pit taking up all that space. More dip for your chips, that’s for sure.

Years ago, after slicing open an avocado, my dad rinsed the pit then suspended it in some water to see if it would sprout. Patiently we watched, anticipating what may come, and over the course of several weeks, tiny roots formed. Dad transplanted it in a pot of soil and months later, after watching it slowly grow, we had a hardy plant. Sadly though, it never produced the scrumptious fruit from whence it came.

In March, 2012, the seeds of hope were planted when the Denver Broncos announced that Peyton Manning would be their next starting quarterback. When the games were under way last fall, we watched in anticipation, what may come, and over the course of several weeks, the Broncos took root and the thrill of winning grew. Sadly though, the playoff game against the Baltimore Ravens was the pits and Denver couldn’t produce a win. So, here we are watching the Ravens and the San Francisco 49ers today.

Sigh.

At least I know the guacamole will be good.

There is a season for everything. A season of harvest and snow, commonly known as football season, and a season to sow and plant, a.k.a., baseball season.

Got seeds?

A seed swap is planned for 2–4 p.m. Feb. 10, at Western Colorado Botanical Gardens Children’s Library, 641 Struthers Ave.

A news release suggests you should “bring seeds to swap, envelopes for seeds, and a sense of humor.”

The seeds can be store- bought, saved seeds or plant cuttings. Mark donations with the species, variety, date of harvest or any other pertinent information.

Take only a portion and save seeds from what you reap, so you can bring it to the next seed swap.

Call Marian Dorn at 255-0417 or Laurie Reiser at 243-5417 for information.

The annual IHOP Pancake Day, to benefit Shriners Hospitals, is set for 7 a.m.–10 p.m. 
Feb. 5, at IHOP, 2420 U.S. Highway 6&50.

The celebration offers every guest a free short stack of IHOP’s signature buttermilk pancakes as a way to thank guests for their loyal patronage. In exchange, guests are invited to make an optional contribution to Shriners Hospitals.

Members of the Western Colorado Shrine Club, affiliated with El Jebel Shrine Temple in Denver, will attend the event.

The local Shrine Club is “committed to easing the suffering of children,” wrote member John Green in an email to The Daily Sentinel. “We parade and put on the Shrine Circus to make everyone aware of us and that our services are available to all children, plus we have fun in the process.”

IHOPs in Alabama, Colorado, New Mexico, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas and Wyoming will make donations to Shriners Hospitals while IHOPs in other states will donate to The Children’s Miracle Network.

Hospice & Palliative Care of Western Colorado will offer Caregiver Connections, a support group for caregivers, beginning Feb. 12.

Anyone who is a caregiver for a loved one, either directly or indirectly or if you’re expecting to become a caregiver, is encouraged to attend.

The group is designed to help caregivers learn more about community resources and support while connecting them with others facing similar situation.

The group meets from 10 a.m.–11:30 a.m. at the Miller Homestead, 3090 N. 12th St., and is free and open to all caregivers in the community.

Call Terry at 260-8931 or visit http://www.hospicewco.com for information.

Callahan-Edfast Mortuary is sponsoring a free Seminar about Emergency Preparedness for Seniors at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 12, in the chapel, 2515 Patterson Road. 

A panel from various agencies and businesses will discuss the special needs of seniors to prepare for a home emergency or a disaster. Grab & Go Backpacks will be given to the first 200 attendees. 

Call Sandra Johnson, CPC at Callahan-Edfast Mortuary, 243-2450 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.

The Knights of Columbus council 13621 has announced the winners of its essay contest with the theme “The Responsibility of the Catholic Citizen in a Free Society.” The contest was open to all Catholic students.

First place winner Ben Shettler received $100; second place winner Natalia Weber, $75; and third place winner Brent Metzler, received $50.

In an effort to raise funds to attend the annual Sweet Adelines competition in Colorado Springs, Cover Charge quartet is offering singing Valentine’s Feb. 13–14 at the cost of $45.

It will be the first time the quartet competes and funds raised from the singing Valentines will go toward the costs involved. The singing Valentine features two songs, candy and a flower. Reserve early by calling Colette at 261-0304 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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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