Your Town, Oct. 7, 2012

I lived for a short time, years ago, in the South Bay area of Los Angeles.

It was December when I arrived and it seemed so odd hearing Christmas carols while shopping for presents in shorts and flip flops. Ah, southern California — palm trees, sunny skies, the beaches — and no four seasons.

How can they live like this, I wondered? Colorado and its four seasons was all I’d ever known.

When spring rolled around, I realized how much I missed seeing the forsythia bushes in bloom, marking the beginning of the new season’s life. It was summer year-round.  Flowers were always blooming and the trees always green. When October rolled around I yearned to see trees sporting yellow or rust colored leaves, but there were no crunching piles underfoot, as I walked along. Snow? The locals kept telling me that on a clear day, you could see the San Bernadino Mountains way off in the distance.

No ceremonial switching in the closets from a summer wardrobe to colorful winter sweaters. No fall or winter slacks. No knit scarves. No warm mittens.

“No way,” I said after 18 months, “I’m going home.”

Now excuse me while I switch out the tank tops hanging in the closet to warm fuzzy sweaters.

A change is coming.

For this week’s spotlight organization, we need to change into our colorful traditional Norwegian sweaters and focus our attentions northeast ... make that about eight time zones east.

Vestafjell Lodge, the Western Slope lodge of The Sons of Norway, centered locally in the Mountain Standard Time zone, promotes Norwegian and other Nordic countries heritage, traditions and culture through programs and activities of interest to Scandinavians and others.

The lodge will have its annual Torsk and Kjottbolle (baked cod and Norwegian meatball) dinner at its meeting at 2 p.m. Oct. 14, at Shepherd of the Valley Lutheran Church, 3133 F Road.

Cost is $8 for the meal for members and guests, with no charge for children.

Leif Erikson Day will also be remembered with a presentation by Ron Thoreson. Take a gift or practical item for the silent auction. The 2013 Norwegian or Swedish calendars will also be for sale.

Call Barb at 245-5649, Bud at 242-3396 or visit for more information.

The Western Colorado Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America will have its fall dinner/social meeting on Friday, at the Redlands Community Center, 2463 Broadway.

The social hour begins at 6 p.m., followed by a catered dinner at 7 p.m. All current and retired military officers are invited to join.

Call Don Kissinger at 241-7448 for information or reservations.

The Kiwanis Club of Grand Junction had its annual installation and “passing of the torch” from current president to new president and board members at its meeting Sept. 27.

Outgoing President Vikki Bell was honored and new President Beverly Troester was welcomed to the leadership roll.

Other officers elected for the year are Rita Crumpton, president elect and Lynn Thompson, vice-president.

Returning board members are Heather Smith, Stewart Cruickshank, Lindsay Byers and Erick Field. New board members are David Priddy and Darlene Hallmark.

Other members are Bell, past president, Chris Howard, secretary, and Cathy Staten, treasurer. Lee Kriedler was elected to finish Ron Sherman’s board term.

The Kiwanis Club of Grand Junction meets Thursdays at noon at Two Rivers Convention Center.

Other Kiwanis Clubs in the valley are the Golden K breakfast club, an Aktion Club at Mesa Developmental Services, the newly formed Circle K Kiwanis Club at Colorado Mesa University and Key Clubs at Fruita Monument, Grand Junction and Central high schools.

Visit for more information.

Three representatives of the Bookcliff Chorus, the local chapter of the Barbershop Harmony Society, attended the Rocky Mountain District Convention, Sept. 28–29, in Albuquerque, N.M. 

Raisha Quinn, the front-line director of the Bookcliff Chorus and music teacher at East Middle School, taught a well-attended class entitled “Directing for the complete Klutz – or the beginner.”

Vern Dockter attended the board of directors meeting as the district historian and discussed plans to attend the International Convention in Toronto, Canada in July. 

Roger McClelland, current president of the Bookcliff Chorus, was elected the treasurer for Rocky Mountain District for 2013. 

The annual fall convention featured 17 quartet and seven chorus performances from chapters of the Barbershop Harmony Society from a nine state area including Idaho, North Dakota, Kansas and New Mexico and all states within that area.

The largest chorus, “Sound of the Rockies” from Denver, featured more than 75 members on stage.

The Bookcliff Chorus sings four-part harmony a cappella and rehearses from 7–9:30 p.m. Tuesdays, at the Northeast Christian Church, 2001 Patterson Road. Men of all ages are invited to visit practices on Oct. 16, 23 and 30, the dates of the groups official membership drive. Call 255-9992 for information.

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