Your Town, June 3, 2012

Are we still in Grand Junction?” I asked Allen as I walked with him through the new concourse at Suplizio Field last weekend.

Hopefully, you too were among the crowds attending baseball games, ooo-ing and awe-ing like I did, while locating a seat in the stands. Experiencing the remodeled, big-city-like facility made me feel as if I’d been transported to a Major League Baseball park.

During a brief tour of the tower before Monday morning’s game, I visited the ADA level and was awestruck by the 360-degree view of the familiar landscape of the valley — the Grand Mesa, the San Juans on the distant southern horizon, the Uncompahgre Plateau, Colorado National Monument, the Bookcliffs and Mount Garfield — were all visible in one quick spin.

That was the validation I needed. Yes, it was still Grand Junction, only new and improved.

The Bookcliff Barbershop Harmony Chorus will have its annual yard sale fundraiser from 7 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Friday and from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday in the former Tuesday Morning location, in the northeast corner of Red Cliff Pointe Shopping Center, 2650 North Ave.

Proceeds from the sale will support vocal music programs in local schools. To donate to the sale, call 255-9992 for pick up information.

Are you planning to attend the Black Canyon Audubon Society dinner at 6 p.m. June 14 at the Bridges in Montrose?

If so, be aware that Tuesday is the date paid reservation are due.

Along with dinner, expert Jason Beason will explain the mystery of the Black Swifts. The public is welcome. Reservation cost is $30.

Call 252-0918 for more information.

Lynne Hagmeier of Kansas Troubles Quilters will be the guest of Sunset Slope Quilters and will present a trunk show and lecture at 9 a.m. June 13 at American Lutheran Church, 631 26 1/2 Road.

Hagmeier will also teach “Square Pegs Lap Quilt,” from 9 a.m.–4 p.m. June 14, at Quilter’s Corner.

Call Laura Pedge at 901-1972 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) for information.

Western Slope Non-Smoking Singles will have its regular potluck dinner at 6 p.m. Saturday at First Presbyterian Church, 3940 27 1/2 Road.

The business meeting and game night will take place and visitors are always welcome.

Additional events planned for June are a day trip to Black Canyon of the Gunnison June 16, dining out at Tequilas on North Avenue June 20 and a second potluck June 23.

Call 434-5277 or 434-3690 for more information.

Marcia Borgen, a tenor for more than 10 years with the Grand Mesa Chorus Sweet Adelines International, was recently named the chorus’ 2012 Sweet Adeline of the year.

Borgen has held the office of chorus finance manager for most of her membership, creating the budget, doing the banking and bookkeeping, preparing dues statements, tax returns and keeping international and national chorus documents up to date.

Linda Barker, the assistant lead section leader, was awarded the president’s award and the director award.

Baritone singer and new member Cindy von Gogh was presented the novice member award. The music award, given to the most improved musically, was given to the entire lead section because of its collective hard work and musical improvement during the past year.

Bette Lowenstein was presented a 30-year membership pin, Laura Glad a 25-year membership pin and Bobbie Knowles and Sue Chapman 10-year membership pins.

This year, five new members participated in the 2012 Sweet Adelines Rocky Mountain Region Competition and Convention — Sandy Olson, von Gogh, Wanda Curry, Peggy Sharpe and Amber Hasson.

The next Palisade Reflections program will feature Palisade native and professional geologist Bennett Young presenting “Coal Mining in Palisade Part 2,” at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, at the Veteran’s Memorial Community Center in Palisade.

As a youngster, Young explored the nearly 20 coal mines near Palisade, and again when he worked for the Bureau of Mines. He will present new information and photographs recently acquired for the Palisade Historical Society’s collection since the first program last October. The program is free and open to the public.

Call 464-2177 or visit for more information.

The Western Colorado Botanical Gardens will host its fourth annual Calabash Gourd Festival from 9 a.m to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Gardens, 641 Struthers Ave.

Members of the Calabash Gourd Artisans group are selling raffle tickets to win a gourd “quilt.” Tickets are $2 each or $5 for three.

The pieces that make up the “quilt” are a combination of carved, collaged, inlaced or of natural plant materials, and most are signed by the artist.

In previous years, the event took place in the fall. Read more about the festival in the Friday, June 8 issue of The Daily Sentinel’s Out and About or visit for more information.

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